A Pastafarian hilariously trolled a town council meeting. The stakes are profoundly serious.

A figure of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is seen during the Equality March in Katowice, Poland, on September 7, 2019. | Beata Zawrzel/NurPhoto via Getty Images The Satanic Temple and the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster are playing a dangerous high-stakes game with the Supreme Court. Last Tuesday, Barrett Fletcher, the “founding pastor of the First Lower Peninsula Congregation of Pastafarians,” placed a pasta strainer on his head and opened an Alaskan local government…

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Biden wants Trump to release a transcript of the call that led to a whistleblower complaint

Joe Biden at the 2019 Iowa Steak Fry in Des Moines. | Scott Olson/Getty Images Trump responded to claims he asked Ukraine to meddle in a US election by saying he did nothing wrong. Biden says he should prove it. Following a whistleblower complaint that Presidential Donald Trump repeatedly attempted to pressure Ukrainian government officials into investigating the business dealings of Joe Biden’s son — seemingly in effort to damage Biden’s candidacy — the Democratic…

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An exchange at an LGBTQ forum reopens questions about Joe Biden’s treatment of women

Joe Biden speaks at a September 2019 LGBTQ presidential forum in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. | Scott Olson/Getty Images Moderator Lyz Lenz called Biden’s comments towards her “a little condescending,” and said, “You shouldn’t be calling women sweethearts.” Former Vice President Joe Biden, the leading Democratic presidential contender, defended his record on LGBTQ issues at a forum on Friday, but in doing so, once again raised questions about his comportment towards women, and — after a…

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Bernie Sanders wants to put credit reporting companies like Equifax out of business

The Equifax Consumer reporting agency company logo seen displayed. | Photo Illustration by Igor Golovniov/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Sanders’s campaign is calling for a public credit registry, where you can get your credit score for free. Hidden at the bottom of presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders’s plan to erase Americans’ medical debt is a proposal that would replace a roughly $10 billion private credit reporting industry — populated by companies like Equifax, Experian and…

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A whistleblower alleges Trump requested 2020 election interference. Pelosi still says she won’t pursue impeachment.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi during a press conference at the Capitol on September 19, 2019. | Win McNamee/Getty Images Instead, Pelosi said Congress should focus on passing new laws governing presidential indictments. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday that despite reports President Donald Trump may have attempted to have Ukraine interfere in the 2020 presidential election, she still does not support impeachment proceedings. Instead, she suggested that laws ought to be passed to make clear when…

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Bernie Sanders’s plan to eliminate medical debt, explained

Ethan Miller/Getty Images Bernie Sanders wants to eliminate $81 billion in medical debt and set up a public credit registry Americans go bankrupt every year because of unpaid medical bills. Now Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), one of the leading progressives in the 2020 presidential race, says he wants to eliminate all Americans’ medical debt. Sanders released a plan on Saturday to pay off $81 billion in existing medical debt, reform the 2005 bankruptcy reform bill,…

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Joe Kennedy is officially going after Ed Markey’s Senate seat

Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III speaks to reporters outside the Newton Fire Department headquarters in Newton, Massachusetts, before a meeting inside on Aug. 27, 2019. | John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images “It’s going to be a heavyweight slugfest.” Joe Kennedy, a Massachusetts Congress member and scion of one of America’s most well-known political families, is officially levying a primary challenge against sitting Sen. Ed Markey. “In this moment, we refuse to accept the…

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Scholars think they’ve found Milton’s annotated copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio

Photo by: Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty images And the rest of the week’s best writing on books and related subjects. Welcome to Vox’s weekly book link roundup, a curated selection of the internet’s best writing on books and related subjects. Here’s the best the web has to offer for the week of September 15, 2019. At the New York Times, Katherine Rosman explores the world of luxury writing workshops: For $1,200 per person, groups…

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2 winners and 3 losers from the LGBTQ presidential forum

Scott Olson/Getty Images Joe Biden had an uncomfortable showing. Ten Democratic presidential candidates gathered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Friday night to discuss a topic that has largely been ignored on the primary debate stage thus far: LGBTQ issues. Organized by LGBTQ media advocacy group GLAAD, LGBTQ media outlet the Advocate and the Cedar Rapids Gazette, the forum primarily revolved around how each candidate would respond as president to the current administration’s attacks on LGBTQ rights,…

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Vox Sentences: There’s no planet B

Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images Vox Sentences is your daily digest for what’s happening in the world. Sign up for the Vox Sentences newsletter, delivered straight to your inbox Monday through Friday, or view the Vox Sentences archive for past editions. Youth strikes calling for action against the climate crisis are happening simultaneously around the world; an American pilot is detained in China. To skip school and strike Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images Adults often don’t get it right….

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