I was skeptical that the anti-vaccine movement was gaining traction. Not anymore.

Trump has energized the vaccine skeptics, and that’s dangerous. If there was ever a moment to fear the anti-vaxxers could win, this is it. Considering the following: We now have a president who courts known anti-vaccine crackpots like Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and makes the same kinds of pseudoscience claims about lifesaving immunizations that they do. RFK Jr. has seized on the attention, holding a press conference earlier in February — with another anti-vaccine sympathizer…

"I was skeptical that the anti-vaccine movement was gaining traction. Not anymore."

Trump wants Robert Mueller gone. He needs to get rid of Jeff Sessions first.

Washington is justifiably obsessed with the unprecedented battle between President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, an early and vocal Trump supporter who now finds himself at the receiving end of the president’s verbal and Twitter abuse. Depending on which anonymous report you believe, Trump is either a) getting ready to fire Sessions, b) deliberately humiliating Sessions to get him to quit, or c) throwing a temper tantrum with no actual plan of ousting…

"Trump wants Robert Mueller gone. He needs to get rid of Jeff Sessions first."

Mitch McConnell’s many failures on the health bill

He failed to legislate. He failed to protect his members. And he failed to protect the Senate itself. Mitch McConnell came up one vote short in his effort to pass the Health Care Freedom Act through the Senate early Friday morning. “Our regret,” he said, is “that our efforts were simply not enough this time.” But no matter how that vote ended up, McConnell had already failed. It was already clear that he and the…

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The Incredible Jessica James only works because of the incredible Jessica Williams

The sorta-rom-com will make you love its star, forget its story. The Incredible Jessica James is ostensibly a romantic comedy, loosely centered on a nascent relationship between its titular star, played by stand-up comedian and former The Daily Show correspondent Jessica Williams, and a recent divorcee played by Chris O’Dowd. But what it actually is is a hangout film, that Tarantino-coined term for movies whose primary appeal is the opportunity to spend time in the…

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Anthony Scaramucci, explained

He’s not here to “suck his own cock.” Anthony Scaramucci, the newly installed White House communications director and, more importantly, the newest prominent featured player in the Donald Trump Show, is in some respects the most improbable but in other ways most inevitable addition to the cast of characters. He’s already become famous for his interview with the New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza, in which he said a lot of profane things, including, “What I want…

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A new study shows marijuana legalization really might hurt academic performance

That doesn’t necessarily mean legalization is a bad idea. It’s not uncommon to see marijuana described as harmless — a claim that suggests that legalizing the drug will carry few, if any, major negative consequences. Not so fast. According to a study recently published in The Review of Economic Studies, access to legal marijuana may significantly reduce academic performance. The study took advantage of a natural experiment in the Dutch city of Maastricht. In 2011,…

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What McCain did was hard. What Murkowski and Collins did was much harder.

In the early-morning hours after Senate Republicans’ last-ditch attempt to repeal Obamacare failed, a common narrative began to emerge: that while three “no” votes from Republicans killed the bill, only Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) saved the day by voting no. CNN called it “John McCain’s maverick moment.” The Washington Post described it as “The night John McCain killed the GOP’s health-care fight.” To be sure, McCain’s vote against the bill was dramatic and decisive. He…

"What McCain did was hard. What Murkowski and Collins did was much harder."

Watch: John McCain becomes 3rd “no” vote on Senate GOP skinny repeal, killing the bill

Early Friday morning, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) voted against the so-called “skinny repeal” version of the GOP plan to repeal Obamacare, joining Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Susan Collins (R-ME) to kill the bill. McCain, who returned from Arizona for the health care vote after being diagnosed with brain cancer, was a surprise addition to Murkowski and Collins, who had both previously opposed other versions of the Senate plan, the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA)—…

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Congress can’t save Jeff Sessions

Senators are lining up to defend the attorney general. It doesn’t matter. Senators from both parties are telling President Donald Trump not to fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Sen. Lindsay Graham said Sessions’s firing “could be the beginning of the end” for Trump’s presidency. Sessions himself says he won’t quit, and will only leave if Trump forces him out. Given the depth of Trump’s rage, that may be only a matter of time. All of…

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Runaways, the classic Marvel comic, is coming to Hulu. Here’s what we know.

The cast and producers have shared some intriguing new details. Few new series arriving this fall are as highly anticipated as Hulu’s Runaways, an adaptation of the 2005 Marvel comic created by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphonsa. The series focuses on six teenagers who learn two very big things: 1) they have superpowers, and 2) their parents are supervillains. They’re forced to decide whether they will take down their parents or give in to…

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