Jonathan Dee’s new novel The Locals is one of those books that thinks obsessively about America: about what America means, what it’s good and bad at, about what stories it tells about itself. Set in a small town in the Berkshires between 2001 and 2009, the story moves from the burst of patriotism and shows of unity that filled the country after 9/11 to a growing sense of disillusionment and resentment that erupts after the…"How resentment came to define America, according to Pulitzer finalist Jonathan Dee"
President Donald Trump called out GOP congressional leaders for bucking his guidance on the raising the debt ceiling Thursday, blaming them for creating a “mess” over what should have been “easy” legislative maintenance. On Tuesday morning, Trump tweeted that he had requested Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan tie the debt ceiling legislation to the Veterans Affairs bill, which the president signed into law on Wednesday. They didn’t — and now…"Trump blames GOP leaders for making a “mess” out of the debt ceiling"
By a 54-36 margin, voters trust the Fake News Media over Trump. Donald Trump’s war on the media is succeeding in convincing people that press coverage of the president is unfair, according to a new poll from Quinnipiac University, but the net impact on public perceptions of Trump still seems to be negative. The good news for the White House is that by a 55-40 margin, respondents say they disapprove of the way the media…"Poll: Trump’s war on the media is backfiring"
The report is just muddy enough for the coal lobby and the energy storage lobby to see what they want in it. Back in April, Energy Secretary Rick Perry announced that his agency would be conducting a review of power grid reliability. His comments at the time, as well as similar comments from EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, led many observers — me included — to expect that the study would be agitprop, designed to justify…"There’s something in Rick Perry’s much-anticipated grid study for everyone"
In Putin’s Russia, Jehovah’s Witnesses are labeled “extremists” and accused of being American spies. Still, they keep their faith alive. MOSCOW — “Stay in the car,” Yuri says. He looks out the window, up at the grey Soviet-era tower block we’re idling outside. An old woman is staring out the window. “She’s looking at us. She’s suspicious.” Eugeny and his wife, Lyudmilla, have already gone inside. But Yuri (who, like everyone quoted in this article,…"Jehovah’s Witnesses are banned in Russia. That doesn’t stop them from worshipping."
Producers may have hired an untrained performer based on the color of her skin. A new report about the motorcycle crash that resulted in the death of professional motorcycle racer Joi “S.J.” Harris on the set of Deadpool 2 alleges that concerns about Harris’s ability to safely film the scene were ignored by producers due to a desire to have a black woman perform the stunt. An investigation by the Hollywood Reporter claims stunt professionals…"A Deadpool 2 stuntwoman died in an on-set crash. The film’s crew alleges it was preventable."
The infamous feud between Katy Perry and Taylor Swift is one of those celebrity feuds that is so dumb and so petty that it is frankly astonishing to think it takes up as much real estate as it does in the pop culture universe. But it’s been a major part of the publicity narratives surrounding both Perry and Swift for years — and with Perry hosting the MTV Video Music Awards this Sunday, on the…"Taylor Swift and Katy Perry’s mutually beneficial feud, explained"
The gas-rich nation has a new labor law, but it still leaves workers very vulnerable. The gas-rich nation of Qatar, one of the wealthiest countries on the planet, has just passed a law barring employers from forcing domestic workers to work more than 10 hours a day and six days a week. Sadly, human rights groups consider the new law a win given that Qatar has long subjected domestic workers, almost all of whom are…"Qatar has just made life less terrible for its army of foreign workers"
Tax repatriation holidays, explained. Republican leaders still seem far from agreement on some fundamental questions about tax reform, but they appear to have all rallied around a truly terrible idea for economic policy. According to reporting from Nancy Cook at Politico, negotiators from the Trump administration and the congressional GOP have reached agreement on a plan to push for a discredited tax gimmick that will produce windfall financial gains for wealthy shareholders while doing almost…"Trump is looking to revive a discredited Bush-era tax gimmick"
Vox Sentences is your daily digest for what’s happening in the world, curated by Ella Nilsen. Sign up for the Vox Sentences newsletter, delivered straight to your inbox Monday through Friday, or view the Vox Sentences archive for past editions. Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez faces an imminent corruption trial with big political implications; Google and Walmart team up to challenge Amazon; the British government tries to iron out Brexit wrinkles. Menendez mania Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images…"Vox Sentences: Breaking up is hard to do"