Bannon: Bush “didn’t understand anything he was talking about” in his anti-Trump speech

The America First architect takes aim at Bush as part of his war against the GOP. Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon eviscerated George W. Bush at the California Republican party convention on Friday in a fiery speech that underscored his agenda to remold the GOP’s worldview. Before a capacity crowd packed with hundreds of Republican delegates, Bannon — perhaps the nation’s most influential advocate for Trump’s America First worldview outside the White House — argued…

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Spain’s prime minister has moved to strip Catalonia of its leadership. It’s an unprecedented act.

Mariano Rajoy’s response to the Catalan independence movement is the most dramatic moment in Spain’s 40 years of democracy. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced Saturday that he would set in motion a process to strip Catalonia of its leadership, relieving the regional president Carles Puigdemont of his position. Rajoy will ask the Spanish parliament to dissolve the Catalan parliament and Catalonia will then be asked to hold new elections in the region. “This is…

"Spain’s prime minister has moved to strip Catalonia of its leadership. It’s an unprecedented act."

Nobel laureate Kazuo Ishiguro wrote a screenplay about a gourmet who eats a ghost

Welcome to the weekly Vox book link roundup, a curated collection of the best writing on the web about books and related subjects. Here’s the best the internet has to offer for the week of October 15, 2017. Let us travel back in time to the early ‘80s, when Nobel Prize winner Kazuo Ishiguro wrote a screenplay for the BBC about a gourmet who eats a ghost: Manley kills the tramp — now twice murdered…

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Vox Sentences: Republicans inch closer to cutting taxes

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. Congressional Republicans move one step closer to tax cuts; a US appeals court rules against the Trump administration in a key case involving abortion and immigration; Quebec lawmakers pass a burqa ban. Republicans have a…

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Geostorm, a disaster movie about a weather apocalypse, somehow manages to be unbelievably boring

If you must see it, see it in 4DX. It’s not a crime for a movie to be boring. Boredom can be a rare and precious gift in a culture of distraction. We should all be bored more often. But the level of boredom I experienced during Geostorm ought to qualify as at least a second-degree felony in the state of New York. Consider the title of the movie. Consider its central conceit, which is…

"Geostorm, a disaster movie about a weather apocalypse, somehow manages to be unbelievably boring"

4 political stories that actually mattered this week

Policy action on health care, taxes, trade, and more. The week closed with a cacophonous battle over President Trump’s phone call to the grieving widow of a dead Special Forces soldier, featuring emotional pushback from Chief of Staff John Kelly, outrage from many former military officers, and the now-customary mix of shifting stories and ferocious accusations of “fake news” from the White House. But while Trump once again threw Washington into a tizzy with tweets…

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Lulu the CIA dog who wouldn’t sniff bombs is the week’s most adorable internet hero

Lulu wouldn’t locate explosives. Instead, she located our hearts. Ah, Lulu, we hardly knew you. Or at least the CIA, which tried to train you to sniff out bombs, hardly knew you. The internet, however, fell in love with the sweet black Labrador — thanks to an uncharacteristically sentimental dispatch from the CIA’s official Twitter account about how the canine trainee was excused from her explosives-detection education because she just wasn’t that into ferreting out…

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3 white supremacists arrested in Florida for shooting at anti-racism protesters

The shooting happened after a Richard Spencer speech at the University of Florida in Gainesville. The aftermath of white nationalist Richard Spencer’s speech at the University of Florida in Gainesville turned violent on Thursday when three white supremacists allegedly shot at anti-racism protesters. According to the Gainesville Police Department, 28-year-old Tyler Tenbrink, 30-year-old William Fears, and 28-year-old Colton Fears, all from Texas, are now held on charges of attempted homicide for shooting at the group…

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Sarah Sanders: It’s “highly inappropriate” to question John Kelly — because he’s a general

Kelly made a false claim about a member of Congress, but Sanders says it’s “inappropriate” to debate that. The days-long controversy over President Trump’s phone call to a soldier’s widow continued Friday, as White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said it would be “highly inappropriate” for reporters to question a false claim Chief of Staff John Kelly made about a member of Congress — because he’s a “four-star Marine general.” “If you wanna go…

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Candy corn: Halloween’s most contentious sweet, explained

Ah, Halloween, the glorious holiday devoted to underdressing in the cold while overindulging in sugar-filled treats. Of all the types of candy that are consumed during its observance, perhaps none is as controversial as the humble, cloying little triangles known as candy corn. What makes this waxy, tricolored candy so essential to All Hallow’s Eve — and so hotly debated? Read on for more facts about candy corn than you probably ever wanted to know.…

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