The one thing only Trump can do to help Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico needs more money — but Trump needs to ask first. As the crisis continues in Puerto Rico, there is one thing President Donald Trump — and only President Donald Trump — could do right now to help: ask for more money. The island is currently in a very dire situation, described as similar to war-torn Iraq in 2003 by an Army Corps of Engineers official on the ground. People on the island are…

"The one thing only Trump can do to help Puerto Rico"

“So mad I could spit”: a former disaster relief official on Trump’s response to Puerto Rico

He described the Trump administration’s response as “malpractice.” The Washington Post has a new report out breaking down the response by President Donald Trump’s administration to the ongoing crisis in Puerto Rico. Now a former foreign disaster assistance chief under President Barack Obama, who said he was trying “to be balanced” regarding Trump’s handling of the situation because he knows “how hard this stuff is,” said that the report has finally made him snap —…

"“So mad I could spit”: a former disaster relief official on Trump’s response to Puerto Rico"

A mayor in Puerto Rico asked for more help. Now Trump is insulting her on Twitter.

Meanwhile, a relief worker at the island described the situation as “societal collapse.” The mayor of San Juan is begging for help from federal officials as Puerto Rico recovers from Hurricane Maria. Meanwhile, from his New Jersey golf club, President Donald Trump responded by starting a feud with her on Twitter. The Mayor of San Juan, who was very complimentary only a few days ago, has now been told by the Democrats that you must…

"A mayor in Puerto Rico asked for more help. Now Trump is insulting her on Twitter."

Trump is proposing big tax hikes on vulnerable House Republicans’ constituents

The GOP is getting cold feet already. There are a lot of known unknowns about the Republican tax reform framework that was rolled out this week, but one thing that seems clear is they want to eliminate the state and local tax deduction (SALT). And rank-and-file party members are already grumbling about it. Republicans want to do this to help raise revenue that can be poured into important causes like lowering the top tax rate,…

"Trump is proposing big tax hikes on vulnerable House Republicans’ constituents"

Many banned books were made into movies. Where the Wild Things Are may be the greatest.

The 2009 film is a perfect encapsulation of Maurice Sendak’s beloved children’s story. 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 September 30 through October 6 is Where the Wild Things Are (2009), which is available to…

"Many banned books were made into movies. Where the Wild Things Are may be the greatest."

Netflix’s Gerald’s Game is a graceful, mold-breaking Stephen King adaptation

Mike Flanagan’s taut film subverts our expectations with an added dose of feminism. Unlike most Stephen King film adaptations, the new Netflix movie Gerald’s Game, about a woman who becomes trapped in a remote vacation house after her husband dies, doesn’t announce itself as being based on a King novel. In a year when King is everywhere, that may be surprising — but it’s also indicative of how different both Gerald’s Game and its source…

"Netflix’s Gerald’s Game is a graceful, mold-breaking Stephen King adaptation"

7 of September’s best new music releases

Now that it’s officially fall, those who love the season have a lot to look forward to: changing leaves, cooler temps, apple picking, and pumpkins galore. But September brought more than just autumnal vibes; it also unleashed a ton of new great new music. Here are seven of the month’s best new singles and albums. St. Vincent’s Masseduction is set to be a pop sensation St. Vincent, a.k.a. Annie Clark, has a new album coming…

"7 of September’s best new music releases"

3 years ago, Marvel killed Wolverine. He just came back from the dead.

Wolverine is now the star of Marvel’s next big comic book event. In 2014, Marvel did the unthinkable: It killed off Wolverine, a massively popular X-Man whose superhuman healing power should have, by all means, prevented him from dying. Wolverine’s death was a huge event, one of the rare moments where what happens in a comic book becomes mainstream pop culture news. But now, three years later, the adamantium-enhanced mutant is back. Marvel brought back…

"3 years ago, Marvel killed Wolverine. He just came back from the dead."

Read the 10 best short stories Playboy ever published

And the rest of the week’s best writing on books and related subjects. Welcome to the weekly Vox book link roundup, a curated collection of the best writing on the internet about books and related subjects. Here’s the best the web has to offer for the week of September 24, 2017. The internet has been buzzing this week with the news that in Roald Dahl’s first draft of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Charlie Bucket…

"Read the 10 best short stories Playboy ever published"

Most states have rolled back abortion access for low-income women. This one is expanding it.

A new law in Illinois expands Medicaid coverage for the procedure. Illinois’s Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner infuriated some members of his own party on Thursday by signing a bill that would significantly expand access to abortion in his state. By expanding state Medicaid coverage of abortion, the new law will put the procedure within reach for more low-income women. It also removes a “trigger” provision that would have made abortion illegal in Illinois if Roe…

"Most states have rolled back abortion access for low-income women. This one is expanding it."