Vox Sentences: Visas — they’re everywhere you want to be, as long as it’s Moscow

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. Tonight’s Sentences is written by Dara Lind. Remember when the war in Afghanistan was going to end?; the US reminds Russia that it can’t do 100 percent of the diplomacy with 50 percent of the…

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America’s solar eclipse might have been the most watched in history

Millions got outside to see Monday’s eclipse, and millions more watched online. Monday’s solar eclipse was truly an American experience, visible as a partial eclipse from all 50 states and as a total eclipse from a 70-mile-wide sliver of 14 states. While total solar eclipses occur somewhere on Earth about every 18 months, it has been 38 years since the last total solar eclipse passed through the United States, and 99 years since the last…

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I spent the eclipse with Asheville’s witches

For some witches, the eclipse was about banishing negativity. For others, it was about “overthrowing princes.” ASHEVILLE, North Carolina — “Do you want to do something ethically challenging?” asks Queen Lady Passion. She’s smiling. The solar eclipse, she reminds me, will be at its strongest at 2:38 pm. We have to be ready. She’s prepared the ingredients for the spell: a bottle of rubbing alcohol, a Stop Trump postcard, a cigarette lighter. Her partner, the…

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I saw a total solar eclipse from South Carolina. It made everything feel big again.

Why driving nine hours for a total solar eclipse was worth it. WESTMINSTER, South Carolina — When I was a little kid, I loved the sky. I loved it for its bigness, for the endless feeling it evoked. When you’re a kid, the daytime sky is like a movie screen. Clouds were characters caught in an epic, endless drama. The night sky was even grander: an eyepiece into the infinite; a great black canvas upon…

"I saw a total solar eclipse from South Carolina. It made everything feel big again."

Social media’s eclipse party featured jokes, goats, and lots of marketing

Twitter’s brand game ranged from clever to corny. Monday’s solar eclipse may have united millions of Americans in staring (not directly) into the sun. But for corporations and those unable, or unwilling, to view the event itself, the payoff wasn’t in the sky but on Twitter. Numerous brands tried to participate in the cosmic energy of the day by working themselves into the celebrations, with results ranging from awkward to acceptably savvy to hilarious. The…

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Bonnie Tyler staged a total eclipse of the iTunes chart

Thirty-four years after its release, Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart” is the No. 1 song on iTunes Once upon on a time, Bonnie Tyler was singing about falling in love. But now, 34 years later, she’s atop the charts. On Monday, a.k.a. solar eclipse day, Tyler’s song “Total Eclipse of the Heart” made its way to the top of the iTunes chart, displacing Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito.” USA Today reported: On…

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Donald Trump looked at the eclipse without glasses

President Donald Trump ignored the advice of scientists and public health officials around the country — not to mention his own daughter — and looked at the sun without special protective glasses during Monday’s solar eclipse. Trump, first lady Melania Trump, and son Barron watched the eclipse from the White House’s Blue Room balcony. Although they were all armed with protective glasses, Trump looked up at the sun for a moment, prompting staffers to yell,…

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The time Obamacare’s opponents won by losing

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. The following is an outtake from our oral history of Obamacare’s near-death experiences. Randy Barnett is maybe the person who, prior to last month, had come closest to killing Obamacare. He was one of the legal minds behind the…

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Trump’s large family and frequent travels are blowing through the Secret Service’s budget

USA Today reports that the Secret Service is running out of money to pay its agents. On Monday, USA Today published an exclusive report on the state of the Secret Service just seven months into the Trump presidency: Facing astronomical costs for protecting multiple properties and the members of a large family, the Secret Service is essentially running out of money for the overtime required to protect the president. The Secret Service is required by…

"Trump’s large family and frequent travels are blowing through the Secret Service’s budget"

White-on-black homicides are much more likely to be ruled “justifiable” than black-on-white ones

A recent report points out another racial disparity in the criminal justice system. If you kill someone, whether the criminal justice system throws you in prison may come down to your race. That’s the takeaway from a recent report by Daniel Lathrop and Anna Flagg at the Marshall Project. They looked at federal data to analyze the circumstances in which a homicide was deemed “justifiable” by police. Their findings were astounding: In almost 17 percent…

"White-on-black homicides are much more likely to be ruled “justifiable” than black-on-white ones"