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18 Aug
1/ The passage of the #19thAmendment has long been heralded as the turning point for women’s voting rights in America.

But in reality, the 19th Amendment did not affirmatively grant the vote to all women — or even to any women in particular. bit.ly/3kRHs3P Image
2/ All the #19thAmendment text says is: “the right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.” Image
3/ In other words, after its ratification, states couldn't keep people from the polls just because they were women.

But officials who wanted to stop people from voting had plenty of other tools with which to do so.
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27 Feb
1/ Israel’s government elections are next week, and the country’s democracy is in grave danger.

To understand why, we need to look back at the country's difficult politics over the course of the past few decades:
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2/ 1948: Israel issues its Declaration of Independence. The document contains deep tensions.

It asserts that Israel is a Jewish state but commits to “complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex.” Image
3/ 1967: Israel conquers the overwhelmingly Palestinian West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Since then, it’s been more than 50 years of military occupation with no end in sight. Palestinians have neither sovereignty nor the right to vote in Israel's elections. bit.ly/2vdruvU
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29 Jan
1/ Vox's @dylanlscott traveled to Taiwan, Australia, and the Netherlands to find out how their universal health care works.

Here are nine lessons he discovered that Americans need to learn about health care. bit.ly/2Uha2kj
2/ Every developed country in the world has decided that health care is something everybody should have access to and that the government should play a significant role in guaranteeing it — except the United States.
3/ Every system for universal health care comes with trade-offs that should be taken seriously.
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17 Jan
1/ In the Netherlands, a mandatory cooperative of doctors provides after-hours care for patients.

It's a microcosm of their health care: a complex machine with many moving parts, providers working in concert to deliver medical care to their patients.

bit.ly/2NCODh7
2/ Private insurance is the foundation of the Netherlands’ health care system, with strict government regulation to ensure affordability and access mixed in.

And it’s working well.
3/ The Netherlands has built one of the highest-quality health care systems in the world, ranking first in the world on one measure: a quality and access index that measures how well a country’s health care system does in avoiding preventable deaths. thelancet.com/action/showFul…
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6 Jan
It's clear now that the killing of Maj. Gen. Qassem #Soleimani, the long-time leader of Iran’s paramilitary Quds Force, is a watershed moment for the Middle East.

Here's what's happened since in the days that followed:
2/ In the wake of Soleimani's killing, tensions with Iran have only escalated.

Thousands of mourners flooded the streets of Baghdad Saturday and called for revenge against the US.

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3/ Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called for three days of mourning before seeking retaliation.

But in the meantime, President Trump has continued making threats – on Twitter.

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5 Nov 19
1/ Just launched: #ImpeachmentExplained, the ultimate guide to the Donald Trump impeachment saga.

It’s an evolving guide that will slow down the news and answer your biggest impeachment questions.

Explore it here: vox.com/impeachment
2/ The frenzy of impeachment scoops leaves even political reporters feeling behind. The public is left to fend for itself.

That’s why we built this. It will help you understand:

– how impeachment works
– what’s being investigated
– who all these people are
– what's next
3/ Start here, with how it all started.

vox.com/2019/11/5/2091…
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24 Sep 19
Speaker Nancy Pelosi to announce a formal impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump this afternoon vox.com/2019/9/24/2088…
2/ It’s worth remembering that an impeachment inquiry is *not* the same thing as voting on articles of impeachment.

So what exactly is it, then? Here’s what it means, and what could happen next:
3/ An impeachment inquiry is essentially the investigation that precedes any vote in committee or on the floor of the House.

In this case, it’s important because it gives Democrats more tools to try to extract information from the Trump administration.
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3 Jun 19
1/ Many industries are increasingly leaning on algorithms to make decisions they say will be more efficient and impartial. But algorithms often end up reflecting human biases.

Some experts think it’s time for an algorithmic bill of rights to protect us from the risks AI poses.
2/ So @SigalSamuel asked 10 experts what an algorithmic bill of rights might look like:
bit.ly/2Z6jWo0

First: Transparency
3/ Explainability
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18 Apr 19
1/ A revealing passage in the redacted #MuellerReport states pretty unequivocally that Trump certainly tried to influence the investigation — multiple times, in fact.

But his efforts failed because people around him refused to follow his orders. vox.com/2019/4/18/1848…
2/ Trump asked then-FBI director James Comey to “see his way to” letting former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn off the hook from criminal investigation, but Comey didn’t do it.
3/ Trump told then-White House Counsel Don McGahn to call Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (then serving as acting AG over the Russia investigation) to remove Mueller from his appointment as Special Counsel, but McGahn didn’t do it.
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18 Apr 19
These are the 10 episodes Robert Mueller investigated for obstruction of justice, as outlined in the #MuellerReport:
1/ Trump asking James Comey to let Michael Flynn go
2/ Trump’s reaction to the continuing Russia investigation
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7 Feb 19
1/ After much debate and anticipation, the #GreenNewDeal is here.

Here’s what you should know about the sweeping proposal to fight climate change 👇
2/ The Green New Deal is an ambitious plan to make the US carbon neutral by 2030 and turn the country into a global leader in renewable energy in the process.

Rep. @AOC has made the GND her top priority. She and @SenMarkey, a fellow Democrat, introduced the resolution Thursday.
3/ The GND’s goals — achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions, creating jobs in the sustainability field, securing clean air and water — are broadly popular. It seeks to achieve these goals through investment in industry and infrastructure projects.
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15 Jan 19
Sen. Dianne Feinstein: “Top of mind for all of us is the ongoing investigation. Importantly, the attorney general must be willing to resist political pressure and be committed to protecting this investigation.” #BarrHearing
Sen. Orrin Hatch says Barr, in his last stint as attorney general, “prioritized fighting violent crime and became known as the law and order attorney general.”

Criminal justice reformers worry about that history: bit.ly/2sqwzfb #BarrHearing
Barr takes the floor at his confirmation hearing and introduces his family to the committee.

"My son ... will someday be in the Department of Justice," he says. #BarrHearing
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15 Jan 19
1/ William Barr, Trump’s nominee for attorney general to replace Jeff Sessions, faces the Senate today for his confirmation hearing.

Things could get tense. Here’s what to expect:
2/ First: Dems will almost certainly grill Barr on his opinions about Robert Mueller’s investigation.

That’s because in June 2018, Barr wrote a memo blasting the special counsel’s obstruction of justice inquiry into Trump. bit.ly/2HfB0DN
3/ That memo was made public last month, and it immediately raised questions about whether those opinions are what attracted the president to Barr. Expect that line of questioning to dominate the conversation.
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11 Jan 19
1/ This government shutdown is all about money for a border wall, and President Trump wants America to believe that the US-Mexico border is in crisis.

That isn't true. Here are 7 facts to help you understand what’s happening at the border.
2/ In historical context, illegal border crossings are way down. Border Patrol apprehensions are at the lowest they’ve been since the 1970s.

The difference now is we’re seeing unprecedented numbers of children and families crossing the border.
3/ A 2017 report estimated that children and families made up less than 2% of border crossers between 2003 and 2008. For the past few months, they’ve made up more than half of all apprehensions.
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8 Dec 18
1/ Another week, another whirlwind of news surrounding Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Trump-Russia investigation.

If you’re just catching up, here’s a rundown of what happened:
2/ On Monday, President Trump sent some 👀 tweets that railed against one cooperating witness (his former lawyer, Michael Cohen), while praising the “guts” of another potential witness (Roger Stone) who hasn’t cooperated with the probe. bit.ly/2BYTbcc
3/ Some background: Stone has been complaining for awhile about Mueller coming after him, in search of information about emails that Russian intelligence officers allegedly hacked from top Dems.

In a recent video, Stone insisted he had nothing on Trump. bit.ly/2B0Hn7x
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7 Nov 18
1/ #Midterms2018 saw a number of historic firsts:
The first two Native American women elected to Congress
The first openly gay man elected governor in the US
The first two Muslim women elected to Congress

Here are some of the candidates who broke new ground last night:
2/ At 29, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. The democratic socialist’s victory proved Dems can run on leftist ideas and win — even against party favorites. bit.ly/2zCz94Q
3/ Democrats Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland will be the first Native American women to serve in Congress.

Davids's campaign appealed to her district's moderate suburban voters. Haaland told Vox that one of her biggest priorities will be working to fight climate change.
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5 Nov 18
1/ As many as 75 House seats could be competitive Tuesday, and Democrats need to pick up 24 to retake the chamber.

Here are 10 of the most interesting and important races to keep an eye on:
2/ Iowa: Rep. Steve King (R) may be in trouble. He’s known for his racist rhetoric and support for foreign neo-Nazi politicians. Now some companies have pulled money from his campaign. His challenger is J.D. Scholten, a former baseball player & paralegal. bit.ly/2AHigI6
3/ Virginia: Barbara Comstock was swept into Congress in a 2014 Republican wave. Now she could be on her way out. Democrat Jennifer Wexton is highlighting Comstock’s ties to Trump and is up in the polls. This race could come down to women voters. Clinton won here by 10 points.
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30 Oct 18
1/ Our world is getting warmer. But how much will temperatures in US cities change by 2050, one generation from now? We crunched the data — looking at average summer high and winter low temperatures in 1,000 US cities in the lower 48 states — to find out. bit.ly/2AAAsTv
2/ Why 2050? It’s a world you’ll (probably) be living in. And it’s the one we’re definitely handing off to the next generation. By then, scientists expect average global warming since preindustrial levels to be twice what we've seen as of 2018.
3/ By 2050, every season in every city and town in America will shift, subtly or drastically, as average temperatures creep up.

Heat waves around the US could last up to a month. Winters will lose days in the 20s and 30s.
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27 Sep 18
1/ During the #KavanaughHearings today, remember that Christine Blasey Ford isn’t the only woman who has accused him of sexual misconduct.

Here’s a refresher on the women who have come forward:
2/ Ford, the first to come forward and who we will hear from today, accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a party in high school. bit.ly/2OUr3Ls
3/ Deborah Ramirez says he exposed himself to her and thrust his genitals in her face during a drinking game at Yale. bit.ly/2QdBk5t
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11 Jul 18
1/ We're halfway into one of the most scandal-plagued presidencies ever. But on Fox News, Hillary Clinton is still the villain.

The network can’t stop talking about her — even though nearly two years have passed since the 2016 election.
2/ Since Trump’s inauguration, Fox News has spent far more time covering Clinton than any other cable news channel. It’s not even close:
3/ Whether they’re discussing the Supreme Court, Russian election meddling, immigration, or pretty much any other story, Fox News pundits somehow find a way to paint Hillary Clinton as the bad guy.

The network has shown Clinton’s face more than 2,000 times in recent months.
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19 Jun 18
1/ Having trouble wrapping your head around family separations at the border?

Here’s some context on how families end up in this situation:
2/ It begins with asylum seekers from deadly nations like Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador taking a dangerous journey to the US-Mexico border. bit.ly/2JZyaQk
3/ To get into the US, they could go to a port of entry (like a border checkpoint) and claim asylum, which is legal.

But those ports can’t process asylum seekers quickly and that border officials sometimes refuse them.
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