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  • The Supreme Court is keeping Trump’s promises
    Former President Trump with Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett at her swearing-in ceremony in October 2020. | Getty Images The former president is out of office, but his policies have found a lifetime appointment. The night of the 2016 election, millions stood in front of television screens fearful that Trump’s electoral victory would mean harsher treatment for groups like people of color, immigrants, women, and LGBTQ individuals. He had, after all, promised such policies and delivered on many of them. With President Joe Biden finally in office after a seditious mob overran the Capitol, some believed they could lay...
  • We’re battling a sleep loss epidemic. California has a plan to fight it.
    Sleep loss — whether due to insomnia or sleep deprivation — is a global epidemic. | Getty Images A new law will require the school day to start later in California — and other states may soon follow. In California, a new law went into effect July 1 that will probably make a lot of teenagers happy. It delays school start times, requiring public high schools to start at 8:30 am or later — half an hour later than the US average — while middle schools will start at 8 am or later. The result: Teens get to sleep in...
  • One Good Thing: A Danish drama lets its girlbosses fail
    Johanne Louise Schmidt as Signe Kragh, left, and Sidse Babett Knudsen as Birgitte Nyborg in Borgen season 4. | Mike Kollöffel/Netflix via IMDB The latest season of Borgen is a political thriller for the Great Resignation. It’s no surprise that the Danish series Borgen was a balm for many American viewers in the early days of the pandemic. Centering on the (fictional) first female prime minister of Denmark, the show depicts a functioning democracy with a robust social safety net, where government-funded health insurance and pensions are benefits voters take for granted. Sure, the show sometimes felt like fanfic, and...
  • 10 ways to fix a broken Supreme Court
    Abortion rights demonstrators gather outside the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC, on June 24, 2022. | Yasin Ozturk/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images Democrats don’t have the votes right now for major Supreme Court reform. But if they pick up seats, they could have many options. Editor’s note, July 2: The following is an updated version of an article that originally ran in Vox in October 2020. We are republishing it with revisions to reflect the Court’s most recent term. The Supreme Court’s just-concluded term was a bacchanalia of reactionary indulgence. Roe v. Wade is dead. Gun laws throughout the...
  • VideoThe many reasons the “just vote” rhetoric from Democrats falls flat
    President Joe Biden speaks during a virtual meeting with governors to discuss efforts to protect access to reproductive health care, on July 1 in Washington, DC. | Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images “It is unacceptable that there was not a concrete plan the minute this decision came down.” Over and over, Democrats’ main refrain in response to the end of Roe v. Wade has been to tell people to vote in the midterms. “This fall, Roe is on the ballot. Personal freedoms are on the ballot,” said President Joe Biden in a recent speech. “A woman’s right to choose — reproductive freedom...
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