Trump taunts Kim Jong Un: My nuclear button “is a much bigger & more powerful one”

Trump escalates tensions with North Korea in a tweet. President Donald Trump taunted Kim Jong Un Tuesday night, bragging about his “Nuclear Button” and how it is “much bigger & more powerful” than the North Korean leader’s. North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the “Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.” Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button,…

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Vox Sentences: Iran is gripped by its 6th day of violent protests

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. Violent protests continue in Iran; North Korea makes a rare diplomatic overture to its southern neighbor. Frustration with the Iranian government has reached a boiling point Scott Olson/Getty Images Six days of protests in Iran…

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Time’s Up: hundreds of Hollywood women are pledging to fight harassment

They’re working to change the entertainment industry — and to support low-income women speaking out against sexual misconduct. If 2017 was a year of reckoning, in which survivors came forward to name the powerful people who had harassed and assaulted them, will 2018 be a year of change? That’s the goal of Time’s Up, a group of more than 300 women in Hollywood who are working to fight sexual harassment in their industry and beyond.…

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Orrin Hatch just announced he’ll retire from the Senate

After 40 years in Congress, Hatch’s retirement could open the way for Mitt Romney. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) will not be running for reelection in 2018, the 83-year-old Senate veteran is expected to announce Tuesday, opening the field for Republicans like Mitt Romney to run for his seat. Hatch, who has had the nation’s tax code, health care policy, and trade policy at his fingertips as the chair of the Senate’s indelibly powerful Finance Committee…

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Where babies in movies come from

Casting babies isn’t the same as casting adult actors. Have you ever wondered how babies get cast in film and television? It turns out there are many unique rules and regulations producers have to follow if they want to have a newborn in their movie. It’s a confusing and oftentimes complicated process that varies wildly from state to state. California has the most stringent guidelines regulating baby actors, only allowing them to work for 20…

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California’s new legal marijuana market marks the beginning of the end for prohibition

This is a big deal not just for California, but for the entire country. If a single date marks the beginning of the end for the legal prohibition of marijuana, there’s a very good case for January 1, 2018. On this day, California began allowing the legal sales of marijuana for recreational use. According to state estimates, more than 400 businesses were licensed. With that, the most populous state — and the world’s sixth-largest economy…

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North Korea’s first move of 2018: sow division between the US and South Korea

Kim had very different things to say to the two countries during his New Year’s Day speech. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un started 2018 much the same way he ended 2017: with harsh threats to use a literal “nuclear button” on his desk to hit the US if war breaks out. But there was more to Kim’s New Year’s Day speech than his threat to strike anywhere in the US with a nuclear bomb,…

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Obama’s best of 2017 list is hip and wonky — and might be nodding at Trump

His end-of-the-year list centers on class, race, and gender in America. Former President Barack Obama is making his hip, literate pop culture bona fides known. He’s shared a list of his favorite books and songs of 2017 on Facebook, and the result is equal parts wonky, high-minded, and cool — not to mention laced with what look like a few winking nods to the current occupant of the White House. Obama’s taste in books tends…

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N.E.R.D.’s hit song “Lemon” owes a lot to New Orleans bounce

Big Freedia explains where “Lemon” got its bounce from. In the first five seconds of N.E.R.D.’s hit single “Lemon” featuring Rihanna, we hear three things: a voice, a heavy 808 bass, and a high-pitched raucous beat that sounds like a cross between a cowbell and a water drop. These three things immediately signify you’re listening to a Pharrell song because they create an unabashedly upbeat energy. But they also give us a peek into a…

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