Gorilla memes, YouTube trolls, and McMansion copyright fights: this week in internet culture

Anita Sarkeesian faces a Gamergate troll at VidCon, while a beloved webcomic gets a publishing deal. You could be forgiven if you paid scant attention to the internet this week, because it was a relatively quiet one — unless you happened to be at VidCon. The usual glut of turbulent political controversies mostly gave way to debates about copyright infringement and online harassment spilling over into real life: A popular parody blog came under attack,…

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Simone Veil, dead at 89, survived the Nazis and then spent her life fighting for women’s rights

“I have survived worse than you.” Few Americans probably know the name Simone Veil. But ask almost any French woman about the 89-year-old who died today and she’ll tell you that perhaps no modern woman in France is more revered. She is considered the very symbol of courage. A feminist icon and Holocaust survivor who spent a year in Nazi death camps, Simone Veil championed the rights of women and forever altered French society. Most…

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Here’s how much every White House staffer is paid

The Trump administration publicly disclosed its staff salaries on Friday. On Friday afternoon, the White House posted its staffers’ salaries, publicly disclosing how much Trump administration officials are paid. Most of the administration’s most well-known figures — such as Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, press secretary Sean Spicer, and Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway — are paid $179,700. However, some big names known to be quite wealthy already are foregoing…

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I can’t get no Sasse-isfaction

Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse wants “repeal and delay” back on the table for Republicans’ health care efforts. This is the web version of VoxCare, a daily newsletter from Vox on the latest twists and turns in America’s health care debate. Like what you’re reading? Sign up to get VoxCare in your inbox here. Defector of the Day: Ben Sasse Each day leading up to the Senate vote, we’ll take a closer look at a Republican…

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Where to stream Jay-Z’s 4:44 (if you don’t already have a Tidal subscription)

Jay-Z just released his new album, 4:44, and with it, he seems to have confirmed everything Beyoncé implied about him on last year’s Lemonade: He almost definitely cheated on her. So maybe you can’t normally justify a Tidal subscription, but this is big news. It’s a pop culture bombshell! Beyoncé was right all along! That’s almost definitely what that whole Solange elevator thing was about. Plus, this Jay-Z guy is supposed to be pretty good,…

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Trump just made a humiliating economic error in front of South Korea’s president

And trade was supposed to be Trump’s sweet spot. President Trump just used a White House meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in to complain about the US–South Korean trade deficit, a perennial Trump talking point. The problem is that what he said isn’t true. Here’s what Trump said while sitting across the table from Moon, who was elected in May after a scandal led to the arrest of his predecessor: The United States has…

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9 of June’s best new music releases, from Fleet Foxes to Lorde

While you’re hanging out at the pool and enjoying warm-weather vacations, musicians are busy dropping their midsummer albums. From introspective folk rock to a long-awaited Fleet Foxes album, June had some stellar releases. Check out all the best tunes below. Big Thief’s second album digs deep into personal stories As the frontwoman and songwriter for Big Thief, Adrianne Lenker draws heavily on her personal history to inform the band’s songs: She was born into what…

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Germany’s chancellor just engaged in some not-so-light Trump bashing

This is fine. Leaders of close American allies don’t typically slam the US president at home to win political points. But that’s just what happened on Thursday, when German Chancellor Angela Merkel implicitly, but unmistakably, ripped into President Donald Trump in a speech at the German parliament. “Whoever believes that you can solve problems through isolation and protectionism is making a grave error,” Merkel said, a clear shot at Trump’s hostility to international trade and…

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Trump and Putin meet next week. Guess which one has an agenda?

Putin will bring a specific list of demands. Trump, not so much. A senior member of George W. Bush’s Cabinet once told me a revealing story about Vladimir Putin. Each meeting, the official said, began the same way: Putin would reach into his suit jacket pocket, remove notecards listing perceived American sins against Russia, and read them one by one. Only then would the substantive discussions begin. That’s a key detail to keep in mind…

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Blue America reaches out to the world, ignoring Trump

States and cities are forming a kind of parallel national government around climate change. Even before President Trump announced that the US would withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, it was clear that he intended to lead the US on a fossil fuel bender. He has made it crystal clear that the federal government has no interest in addressing climate change. But every action has an equal and opposite reaction; his announcement on Paris has…

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