Voting by mail is fair, safe, and easy. Why don’t more states use it?

Snail mail is well-tested technology. Earlier this week, Sen. Ron Wyden and Rep Earl Blumenauer, both Democrats from Oregon, introduced a bill that would expand their state’s vote-by-mail system to the entire country. It’s not a new notion. Wyden has been pushing versions of the bill since 2010. But given the events of the past year — Trump’s narrow electoral-college victory, accusations of voter fraud, voter-suppression laws in various states — it is more relevant…

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Want to save animal lives without going veg? Eat beef, not chicken.

“Go vegan!” and “It’s not food, it’s violence!” are two rallying cries that animal welfare activists have been chanting for years. But for activist and vegan Matt Ball, the purist ideologies espoused in those mantras might actually work against the goal of reducing and ultimately ending animal slaughter. Despite the animal advocacy from vegan and animal welfare groups, consumption of meat has grown in the United States from 183 pounds of red meat and poultry…

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9 questions for Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The talented novelist on inspirations and her favorite book. This week, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, novelist, short story writer, and author of Americanah and We Should All be Feminists, answers our questions. What’s the first piece of media you consume every day? Depending on where I am, the New York Times or NPR or BBC World News. Name a writer or publication you disagree with but still read. The Wall Street Journal editorial page, because I…

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40 summers ago, the great Roger Moore starred in his best Bond film: The Spy Who Loved Me

It was part of a bumper crop of summer blockbusters (including Star Wars) from which still we haven’t recovered. Every weekend, we pick a movie you can stream that dovetails with current events. Old, new, blockbuster, arthouse: They’re all fair game. What you can count on is a weekend watch that sheds new light on the week that was. The movie of the week for May 27 through June 2 is The Spy Who Loved…

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Netflix’s Bloodline ends in season 3 as it lived — slow-moving and a little boring

The series never figured out how to turn great acting into riveting TV. Bloodline, the slowest burn on Netflix — a streaming network known for slow burns — has ended its run after three seasons, when its creators originally planned to end it after five or six. (Vulture reported that the show’s per-episode budget was in the $7 million range, so maybe it was just too expensive for Netflix.) Speaking with Variety about this unexpected…

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Read an excerpt from Philip Pullman’s upcoming companion to His Dark Materials

Welcome to the weekly Vox book link roundup, a curated selection of the best online writing on books and related topics. Here’s the best the internet has to offer for the week of May 21, 2017, to help you while away the long hours of a three-day weekend. Philip Pullman has released the first details about his upcoming trilogy The Book of Dust, set in the same universe as his celebrated His Dark Materials trilogy.…

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Experts: The Great Barrier Reef cannot be saved

Two-thirds of the reef is at risk of dying. It’s time to focus on maintaining rather than improving it, scientists say. It’s official. The Great Barrier Reef cannot be saved. The prognosis comes from the Australian government’s Reef 2050 advisory committee, made up of experts and scientists responsible for managing the reef’s future. In the more optimistic times of 2015, the committee put out a report on how to best preserve the reef. But now…

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The 5 rules of success for highly effective lifestyle gurus

Amanda Chantal Bacon, who’s convinced celebrities to buy herbal dust, followed the formula of the wellness guru with great success. Los Angeles–based wellness guru Amanda Chantal Bacon has made a fortune selling … herbal dust. That’s the big takeaway from a masterful New York Times magazine profile of Bacon, the newest darling of the health and wellness industry. The story, by Molly Young, details Bacon’s rise to fame — opening LA health food stores, being…

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The dueling scoops about Jared Kushner’s plan for secret communications with Russia, explained

Actual policy is the elephant in the room On Friday night two versions of an incredible story emerged. They both start like this: In early December, Jared Kushner and future former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn met with the Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak in Trump Tower to see about setting up a secret communication channel between the transition team and Moscow. One version — from Ellen Nakashima, Adam Entous, and Greg Miller of the Washington…

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Vox Sentences: Martial law and government-sanctioned murder in the Philippines

Vox Sentences is your daily digest for what’s happening in the world, curated by German Lopez. Sign up for the Vox Sentences newsletter, delivered straight to your inbox Monday through Friday, or view the Vox Sentences archive for past editions. Trump’s terrifying ally in the Philippines; an unsatisfying victory for Republicans in Montana; the nation’s deadliest drug overdose crisis. Trump praises Philippine president who encourages mass murder George Calvelo/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images You may…

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