27 Senate Democrats get behind a big new plan to make child care an entitlement

Senate Democrats’ policy ambitions are getting bigger and bigger during the Trump administration — and not just on health care. On Thursday, Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) and Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA) introduced legislation that would make child care an entitlement, meaning that the federal government would guarantee it much like it guarantees Social Security or Medicare. Twenty-seven of 48 Senate Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA),…

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The 2017 Emmys are a weirdo mixed bag. Here are the 5 biggest categories to watch.

Will Stranger Things or The Handmaid’s Tale win the night? Or none of the above? Of all the major awards shows, the Emmys are often the most derided. (Well, it’s them or the Grammys.) There are so, so, so many categories, often with completely nonsensical names or hard-to-understand distinctions. The same programs and performances keep getting nominated, even after they’re well past their prime. And the winners often make no sense. But the 2017 Emmys…

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How an underground script list changed movies

What if movie buzz came from scripts instead of stars? This list made it happen. Hollywood’s aptly understood as a buzz machine — where fickle excitement around celebrities, franchises, and big ideas determines whether producers will invest millions in a film. Franklin Leonard has built an institution that generates buzz around scripts instead of stars. Since 2005, the Black List has changed how Hollywood views the thousands-high pile of unmade scripts. The annual survey asks…

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Single-payer health care failed miserably in Colorado last year. Here’s why.

Nearly 80 percent of Coloradans voted no — including many Democrats and progressives. On the day the state of Colorado voted for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump by about 5 points, voters there also rejected a ballot measure to enact a state-based single-payer system by an astounding margin of 79 percent to 21 percent. Amendment 69, the Colorado Creation of ColoradoCare System Initiative, would have created a system in which all Coloradans would gain insurance…

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BoJack Horseman is famous for being emotionally wrenching. But it’s also ridiculously funny.

Here are 7 types of jokes that make this show TV’s most hilarious dive into existential angst. There is no show I love unraveling quite like BoJack Horseman, Netflix’s animated show about a group of humans and anthropomorphic animals living in Los Angeles while wallowing in bourbon and existential despair. Despite its completely absurd premise, Raphael Bob-Waksberg’s show has smacked me in the face with capital-F Feelings more times than I can count, brought on…

"BoJack Horseman is famous for being emotionally wrenching. But it’s also ridiculously funny."

North Korea: the US should be “beaten to death like a rabid dog”

And it also wants to turn US to “ashes,” “sink” Japanese islands, and “wipe out” South Korea. North Korea just threatened to destroy the United States, South Korea, and Japan — escalating tensions during an already dangerous time. “Let’s reduce the US mainland into ashes and darkness,” said a spokesperson for the Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee, which oversees North Korea’s foreign affairs and propaganda, as reported by the state-run Korean Central News Agency. He even…

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Irma brought deadly blackouts to Florida. Climate change will make them longer and more common.

Utilities are focusing on restoring power after storms rather than preventing outages during them. Millions of Floridians are ready to get on with their recovery from Hurricane Irma, which roared through the state earlier this week, pummeling homes and flooding streets. But for the moment, many are stuck anxiously waiting in the sweltering heat for the power (and the all-important air conditioning) to come back on. One of the largest Atlantic storms ever, Irma knocked…

"Irma brought deadly blackouts to Florida. Climate change will make them longer and more common."

Sean Spicer, in his first postmortem interview, swears he’s not mad at Trump, a little mad at SNL

Spicer might have left the White House, but the White House sure hasn’t left him. Sean Spicer briefly returned to the spotlight Wednesday night, appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live in his first interview since resigning as White House press secretary in July. But even though Kimmel tried to squeeze as much juicy information out of him as possible now that Spicer’s not technically tied to the government, Spicer delivered more of the same hemming and…

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I’m a woman who fought wildfires for 7 years. Climate change is absolutely making them worse.

Warmer climate is creating the perfect conditions for long wildfire seasons in the West. The mundane days all run together. But those days when I was genuinely unsure if I would make it to the end of my shift intact are the ones that stand out. I remember fighting a fire on the Angeles National Forest in 2002. Our crew flew onto a ridge in a helicopter. The rotor wash, or wind created by the…

"I’m a woman who fought wildfires for 7 years. Climate change is absolutely making them worse."

Trump is now tweeting that DREAMers are wonderful and should be allowed to stay in the US

“Does anybody really want to throw out good, educated, and accomplished young people who have jobs?” President Donald Trump is now tweeting about how some unauthorized immigrants are really good people. On Thursday morning, the president tweeted that unauthorized immigrants enrolled in the DACA program “have been in our country for many years through no fault of their own.” He also praised them as “good, educated and accomplished young people who have jobs.” Does anybody…

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