President Obama wants to give young leaders around the world the tools to organize

The former president explains the idea behind his foundation’s first “leadership summit.” In a speech at his foundation’s “leadership summit” on Tuesday, President Barack Obama didn’t discuss President Donald Trump or the Russia scandal or the Republican attempts to dismantle Obamacare. Instead, the former president spoke at length about his time as an organizer on the South Side of Chicago — an experience he cited as crucial for informing the two-day summit that just kicked…

"President Obama wants to give young leaders around the world the tools to organize"

“Based on the information we know, this was an act of terror”

What we know so far. Around 3:25 pm Eastern time Tuesday, a truck drove into a pedestrian and bike path in Lower Manhattan in New York City. The New York Police Department confirmed “several fatalities” and “numerous people injured.” “Based on the information we have so far, this was an act of terror,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a press conference hours after the attack. He also confirmed that so far…

"“Based on the information we know, this was an act of terror”"

New York City vehicle incident: what we know so far

This is a developing story. Around 3:25 pm Eastern time Tuesday, a truck drove into a pedestrian and bike path in Lower Manhattan in New York City. The New York Police Department confirmed “several fatalities” and “numerous people injured.” The truck continued along the path until it hit another vehicle, at which point the suspect got out of the truck bearing imitation firearms, according to the police. The suspect was then shot by authorities and…

"New York City vehicle incident: what we know so far"

One more reason not to binge on black licorice, the most divisive candy

The FDA warns that a key ingredient in the candy could hurt heart health. When my Vox colleagues ranked Halloween candy from best to worst, they put Twizzlers near the bottom. “The perfect candy for someone who would like to feel the thrill of chewing on a candle” is how Caroline Framke and Alex Abad-Santos described licorice. Black licorice seems much more reviled than red licorice. And now there’s yet another reason to hate this…

"One more reason not to binge on black licorice, the most divisive candy"

The not-so-spooky truth about next year’s Obamacare prices

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. About a month ago, President Trump cut off a key Obamacare subsidy program. Weirdly, it appears that this might make Obamacare more affordable than ever for many enrollees. It might make Obamacare work a bit better than last year,…

"The not-so-spooky truth about next year’s Obamacare prices"

Miss Peru hopefuls chose to highlight women’s safety onstage instead of their measurements

Beauty pageant Miss Peru candidates talked about violence against women instead of women’s bodies. Beauty pageant contestants in the South American country of Peru used this year’s Miss Peru contest on Sunday to bring attention to the scourge of violence against women plaguing their country. Clad in matching gold sequined evening gowns, each woman stepped up the microphone to introduce herself. But instead of giving their bodily measurements, each contestant offered horrific statistics about violence…

"Miss Peru hopefuls chose to highlight women’s safety onstage instead of their measurements"

Notre Dame will drop birth control coverage for students, faculty, and staff

The university is taking advantage of new Trump administration rules allowing exemptions to the Obamacare contraceptive mandate. The University of Notre Dame just became one of the first employers to take advantage of new Trump administration rules allowing exemptions to the Obamacare contraceptive mandate. Last week, the university announced that it would drop birth control coverage for its students, faculty, and staff. The private Catholic university notified students and employees of the change on Friday,…

"Notre Dame will drop birth control coverage for students, faculty, and staff"

Take religion. Remove God. Add #resistance. Meet the Satanic Temple.

The Satanic Temple might be the religion for 2017. SALEM, Massachusetts — On a quiet New England street, just steps from a yoga studio, a giant wicker sculpture of Baphomet — a demonic entity often associated with Satan — looked down on passersby. The statue is perched upon a historic colonial-style house, filled with occult and diabolical-themed art. And that house is the national headquarters of the Satanic Temple, a national organization that’s equal parts…

"Take religion. Remove God. Add #resistance. Meet the Satanic Temple."

Catalonia’s ill-fated bid for independence from Spain

On October 1 Catalonia held an illegal referendum on seceding from Spain. The Spanish Central government sent in the national guard to prevent voters from reaching the ballot boxes; violence ensued. Protestors have rocked the streets of Barcelona in the weeks since that vote. First came the secessionists, then came those asking for dialogue, and finally an enormous number of people calling themselves the “silent majority” demanded to remain with Spain. But on Friday, October…

"Catalonia’s ill-fated bid for independence from Spain"

Andy Dick getting fired for sexually harassing people is new. The allegations are not.

The comedian has been kicked off a movie set for reasons that are very familiar. Comedian Andy Dick has been fired from his role in the indie movie Raising Buchanan for allegedly sexually harassing people on set. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Dick’s infractions included “groping people’s genitals, unwanted kissing/licking and sexual propositions of at least four members of the production.” Dick denied the groping claims to the Hollywood Reporter but admitted the possibility that…

"Andy Dick getting fired for sexually harassing people is new. The allegations are not."