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Disaster Capitalism Is All Millennials Have Ever Known — But Shopping Won’t Save Us Now

Disaster Capitalism Is All Millennials Have Ever Known — But Shopping Won’t Save Us...

The oldest millennials were just entering adulthood — finishing high school, entering college, leaving home for the first time — on September 11, 2001, when terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C., precipitated 18 years (and counting) of unconscionable war, and a horrific new reality suffused with persistent, ambient catastrophe. In the immediate…
Mike Bloomberg is a disaster

Mike Bloomberg is a disaster

Not only has Mike Bloomberg spent a lot of money on buying TV airtime, the ads his team has made for him are generally really good. If you knew him primarily through those ads, plus a vague sense that he seemed to be a popular mayor of a big city and made a lot of…
Tuesday’s impeachment hearings were a disaster for Republicans

Tuesday’s impeachment hearings were a disaster for Republicans

In theory, the makeup of Tuesday’s House Intelligence impeachment hearings could have led to a balanced day, with some good news for Democrats and some for Republicans. The first part of the hearing featured testimony from two witnesses called by the Democrats: Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a National Security Council official who listened in on…
Facebook’s political ads policy is predictably turning out to be a disaster

Facebook’s political ads policy is predictably turning out to be a disaster

Facebook’s political ads policy that allows politicians to lie on its platform has, unsurprisingly, turned into a mess. As it faces pressure tests from politicians and political groups, Facebook is starting to make exceptions to its policy that it won’t fact-check advertisements published by politicians. It’s a position CEO Mark Zuckerberg in particular had taken…
Rent the Runway is accepting new customers again following warehouse operations disaster

Rent the Runway is accepting new customers again following warehouse operations disaster

Rent the Runway, the popular clothing rental service, said Tuesday it was once again accepting new rental orders and subscribers following a nearly month-long operations disruption that caused customer outrage. The New York City-based startup, valued at $1 billion by investors, had announced in late September that it would pause new subscriber signups to its…
A House Republican is holding up $19 billion in disaster aid funding — again

A House Republican is holding up $19 billion in disaster aid funding — again

After six months of congressional delays on disaster aid, two House Republicans are determined to stall the process even further. Last Thursday, the Senate — with buy-in from House Democrats and President Donald Trump — approved a $19.1 billion package to provide disaster relief for Americans hit by wildfires, flooding, and hurricanes. On Friday, however,…
Ben Carson’s first hearing before Maxine Waters’s committee was a disaster

Ben Carson’s first hearing before Maxine Waters’s committee was a disaster

On Tuesday, Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson testified before Rep. Maxine Waters’s (D-CA) Financial Services Committee for the first time since Waters became the chair in January. His performance did not go well. Carson — a former brain surgeon and Republican presidential candidate whom President Donald Trump nominated as his HUD secretary…
FX’s Fosse/Verdon is either a masterpiece or a disaster

FX’s Fosse/Verdon is either a masterpiece or a disaster

You should know that I’m a sucker for Broadway musicals, for stories about deeply broken and co-dependent relationships, and for structural gimmickry. And as such, I devoured and adored the five installments I’ve seen so far of FX’s new Fosse/Verdon, a glossy eight-episode miniseries about a Great Man Who Is Also A Terrible Human, the…
Trump’s health care agenda is a legal disaster

Trump’s health care agenda is a legal disaster

President Donald Trump’s health care agenda keeps running aground, again and again, in the courts. Unable to pass a health care bill in Congress, the Trump administration decided to use regulations to roll back the Affordable Care Act and reshape Medicaid. But those plans have been blocked repeatedly by the judiciary. This week alone, federal…
DHS Secretary Nielsen’s first public hearing before the new Congress was a disaster

DHS Secretary Nielsen’s first public hearing before the new Congress was a disaster

During her first hearing before the new Democrat-controlled House of Representatives, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen insisted that the cages Customs and Border Protection (CBP) used to detain migrant and asylum-seeking kids aren’t really cages. “Sir, they are not cages, they are areas of the border facility that are carved out for the safety and…

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