Politics

Trevor Noah and 'The Daily Show' explore the inspiring life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

It still hasn’t quite sunk in that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Friday at age 87, due to “complications of metastatic pancreas cancer,” according to the New York Times.   Tributes to the feminist icon and pop culture monarch have continued since, including a comprehensive and poignant look at her historic career from The Daily Show. On Monday, host Trevor Noah took at look at the inspiring life of “The Notorious R.B.G.” life as… Read the rest

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We read 'Rage,' Bob Woodward's new Trump book, so you don't have to

Whisper it low: Could Rage, out in bookstores this week, be the first Bob Woodward book in an age that’s actually worth reading?  My answer: Yes, but only 50 percent of the thing. Only after Woodward, at age 77, has an Alice in Wonderland epiphany halfway through, and that changes the way he interviews Trump. At long last, with unusual honesty, Woodward becomes a visible character in his own decades-long story — and actually checks… Read the rest

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A 13-year-old with a stutter gave the Democratic convention's best speech

The fourth and final night of the Democratic National Convention wrapped up on Thursday night with a speech from now-official nominee Joe Biden, and fireworks in place of a balloon drop. But the most powerful moment of the four-night event came in the form of a two-minute speech from an extraordinary teenager. Brayden Harrington recounted how he met Biden at a campaign event in New Hampshire earlier this year.  “He told me that we’re members… Read the rest

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Facebook announces it's cracking down on both QAnon and Antifa

One is a conspiratorial pro-Trump movement that believes Hollywood celebrities and the Democratic Party run a global, satanic child-sex-trafficking ring. The other is a protest movement featuring antifacist activists who sometimes get a bit violent when defending communities, like Charlottesville, Virginia, from white supremacists. Facebook is cracking down on both. On Wednesday, Facebook announced sweeping new rules on how it will treat pages, groups, and content posted on its platform and on Instagram that promote… Read the rest

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Stephen Colbert rounds up the highs and lows of the Democratic National Convention's first day

So the Democratic National Convention is now underway, and Stephen Colbert is feeling optimistic. “This feels like the real beginning of the election — a chance for the American people to do the work that our elected officials failed to do for the past four years, and that’s hold Donald Trump accountable,” says Colbert in the clip above, which was broadcast live Monday night. “It’s a little bit like we’re in the middle of a… Read the rest

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John Oliver takes an eye-opening look at the way U.S. history is taught in schools

With the memory of Trump’s rescheduled June rally — originally planned on Juneteenth, an annual holiday commemorating the end of slavery — still fresh in memory, John Oliver decided to take a deeper look at the way U.S. history is taught, and specifically, the “embarrassing gaps in many people’s knowledge.” In the monologue above, the Last Week Tonight host takes us through some troubling examples of actual school textbooks, explaining that the “impulse to downplay… Read the rest

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Automated fact-checking won't stop the social media infodemic

The coronavirus pandemic, protests over police killings and systemic racism, and a contentious election have created the perfect storm for misinformation on social media.  But don’t expect AI to save us. Twitter’s recent decision to red-flag President Donald Trump’s false claims about mail-in ballots has reinvigorated the debate on whether social media platforms should fact-check posts.  The president suggested Twitter was “interfering” in the 2020 election by adding a label that encouraged readers to “get… Read the rest

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Big Tech CEOs will face 'anti-conservative bias' claims at hearing. They're BS—and dangerous.

When the CEOs of Big Tech testify in Congress on Wednesday, they’ll almost certainly be hit with a dubious and regular Republican talking point: censorship of conservative voices on social media. President Donald Trump and other politicians and pundits on the right love to complain that social media companies “censor conservatives.” There is no evidence that’s true. In fact, conservative news thrives on Facebook. Of Trump’s thousands of lies, Twitter had the audacity to lightly… Read the rest

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Snapchat hungry for political ads as Twitter, Facebook shy away

In case you were wondering where cute, Bitmoji-filled Snapchat stands on advertisements from politicians these days, it’s hungry for ’em. “Yes, it’s a segment that we are actively going after,” Jeremi Gorman, Snap’s chief business officer, said in response to a question during the company’s Q2 earnings call Tuesday.  Citing the amount of young people the platform reaches, Gorman said “educating them, allowing them to learn more about the issues in a factual based manner,… Read the rest

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We read Mary Trump's book about Donald Trump so you don't have to

As a keen student of the shitshow formerly known as the daily news, you may have noticed the president’s niece has a book out this weekToo Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man is the first tell-all written by one of Donald Trump’s relatives. The fact that Mary Trump is a psychologist with a Ph.D. adds fuel to the fire, as she diagnoses her uncle with having all the… Read the rest

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