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The debate over whether to ban “virginity testing,” explained

The debate over whether to ban “virginity testing,” explained

The rapper T.I. sparked nationwide controversy last month when he said he takes his 18-year-old daughter to the doctor every year to check if she is a virgin. While he later said his comments had been misinterpreted, experts say “virginity testing” is a real thing that happens in the US. Now, one state is taking…
Gender equity was at the forefront of the fifth Democratic debate

Gender equity was at the forefront of the fifth Democratic debate

In a marked contrast from several past debates, gender equity took center stage at Wednesday’s Democratic debate, which featured wide-ranging discussion about paid family leave, abortion rights, and the higher standards that women candidates must meet. Though Democrats’ 2020 presidential field is one of the most diverse in history, addressing gender disparities hasn’t always been…
4 winners and 3 losers from the November Democratic debate

4 winners and 3 losers from the November Democratic debate

The November Democratic presidential debate in Atlanta came at the end of a marathon day of political news, marked by US Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland’s historic testimony before the House Intelligence Committee confirming that President Donald Trump tied military aid to Ukraine to investigations into the Biden family. Indeed, moderator Rachel Maddow opened…
The most substantive answers from November’s Democratic debate

The most substantive answers from November’s Democratic debate

The November 2019 Democratic debate, held on a very long day after some very important impeachment hearings, had its fair share of zingers. This is not a post about those. It’s about the best and most substantive answers from the night — the high-level responses that make the stakes of the race clear. These are…
Vox Sentences: Oh, there’s also a debate tonight

Vox Sentences: Oh, there’s also a debate tonight

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. Presidential candidates gear up for DNC debate Ten candidates for the Democratic nomination for president will take the stage…
What to expect at the fifth Democratic debate

What to expect at the fifth Democratic debate

The fifth Democratic presidential debate — which will once again feature 10 candidates — will be on Wednesday, November 20, from 9 to 11 ET at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, and will be broadcast by MSNBC. The debate will be co-hosted by the Washington Post and will include an all-female panel of moderators,…
The 4 fights that make up the Medicare-for-all debate

The 4 fights that make up the Medicare-for-all debate

Last Friday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren answered a question pundits and Medicare-for-all skeptics have been hounding progressives with for years: How will you pay for it? After Democratic presidential debate moderators asked whether single-payer health care would raise taxes on the middle class for what felt like the umpteenth time, Warren put out a plan. She…
Elizabeth Warren can’t escape the  Medicare-for-all funding debate — even on SNL

Elizabeth Warren can’t escape the  Medicare-for-all funding debate — even on SNL

The debate over the cost of Medicare-for-all took a new turn this week when Sen. Elizabeth Warren released her plan for paying for the policy. Warren had been under pressure for some time to explain how she would fund the switch to single payer health care; at the October presidential debate, her rival Mayor Pete…
An all-female panel will moderate the November Democratic debate

An all-female panel will moderate the November Democratic debate

For the first time this election cycle, the moderators for a Democratic primary debate will be all women, marking only the third time this has happened in US history. The fifth Democratic debate, taking place on November 20 in Georgia, is set to be moderated by MSNBC anchors Rachel Maddow and Andrea Mitchell, NBC News…
Here’s everything you need to know about the November Democratic debate

Here’s everything you need to know about the November Democratic debate

The fifth Democratic presidential debate is set to take place on November 20 in the Atlanta area, and will be hosted by MSNBC and The Washington Post. It could feature the smallest slate of candidates yet, and will be a crucial opportunity for top-tier contenders to further establish themselves as the early primaries approach. The…

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