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The controversy over a Navy captain’s firing following his warning about coronavirus, explained

The controversy over a Navy captain’s firing following his warning about coronavirus, explained

Defense Secretary Mark Esper has forcefully defended the Navy’s controversial decision to relieve a captain of his command after he wrote a pointed letter to his superiors about a Covid-19 outbreak aboard his aircraft carrier, which leaked to the press. “I think Acting [Navy] Secretary [Thomas] Modly made a very tough decision — a decision…
The raging controversy over “Bernie Bros” and the so-called dirtbag left, explained

The raging controversy over “Bernie Bros” and the so-called dirtbag left, explained

It seemed natural to many that when Sen. Elizabeth Warren dropped out of the presidential race, she would endorse her longtime ally for Bernie Sanders for president. Yet she didn’t — and one reason, judging by her Thursday exit interview with Rachel Maddow, is anger at the way Bernie’s online supporters have behaved. “I think…
The Controversy Around Kanye West Isn’t Enough To Keep Fashion People Away

The Controversy Around Kanye West Isn’t Enough To Keep Fashion People Away

After taking a break from fashion in 2018, Yeezy — Kanye West’s fashion line — is back for season 8. Since the 2016 election, West’s shows, already controversial in their own right, have been colored by his chummy relationship with President Donald Trump. In 2019, he tweeted, “Trump all day,” followed by: “Just so in…
The controversy over the new immigration novel American Dirt, explained

The controversy over the new immigration novel American Dirt, explained

The new novel American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins, officially released on Tuesday, was anointed the biggest book of the season well before it ever came out. It sold to Flatiron Books at auction for a reported seven-figure advance. Flatiron announced a first print run of 500,000 copies. (For most authors, a print run of 20,000…
The Houston Astros’ self-created domestic violence controversy, explained

The Houston Astros’ self-created domestic violence controversy, explained

A story published on Monday by Sports Illustrated details how Houston Astros executive Brandon Taubman allegedly taunted a group of female reporters, including one wearing a domestic violence-awareness bracelet, over a domestic violence incident following the team’s American League Championship Series-clinching win on Saturday night. But if the story itself wasn’t damning enough, the baseball…
GitHub is the latest tech company to face controversy over its contracts with ICE

GitHub is the latest tech company to face controversy over its contracts with ICE

GitHub, which hosts an important platform for software developers, is the latest prominent Silicon Valley company to be embroiled in controversy over its contracts with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). On Wednesday, GitHub’s employees began publicly pressuring their company’s leadership to stop working with the immigration agency over human rights concerns. GitHub CEO Nat Friedman…
How a CNN graphic sparked the #YangMediaBlackout controversy online

How a CNN graphic sparked the #YangMediaBlackout controversy online

CNN forgot to put Andrew Yang in an election graphic on the screen and now his supporters are mad on the internet. To catch you up: On Thursday, the hashtag #YangMediaBlackout trended on Twitter because the 2020 presidential candidate’s followers — the so-called “Yang Gang” — were angry over a perceived slight in media coverage…
Kim Kardashian Addresses Kimono Brand Name Controversy

Kim Kardashian Addresses Kimono Brand Name Controversy

“I heard it, and it instantly clicked with me,” Kardashian West tells WSJ of the word “Kimono” prior to hashtag #KimOhNo trending on Twitter. “It started with the Kim pun. And I think ono means ‘one,’ ” she said at the time. “The Kim part I thought was, like, clever. I’ve always been a little…
The Taylor Swift/Scooter Braun controversy, explained

The Taylor Swift/Scooter Braun controversy, explained

Typically, record company sales don’t trend on social media, but when Taylor Swift is involved, all bets are off. This past Sunday, June 30, Swift published an explosive Instagram post accusing two major music executives of bullying her. And now Swift’s loyalists — and loyalists to those executives — are feuding across the Internet, in…
The Kyle Kashuv-Harvard controversy, explained

The Kyle Kashuv-Harvard controversy, explained

Typically, the status of one high school student’s application to Harvard is not national news. But when the high schooler in question is a prominent conservative activist who has met President Donald Trump, and when the outcome of his application directly touches on the raging culture war surrounding politics on college campuses, things are different…

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