Game of Thrones’ Dorne storyline is dying how it lived: unremarkably

The show never got us to care about Dorne, and now it’s too late. While things look grim for Daenerys and her camp following Euron’s successful attack on her armada of Greyjoy defects in “Stormborn,” Game of Thrones Twitter (and even some writers) found a bright spot within the (literally) dark ambush, taking a moment to celebrate the dispatch of two of the Sand Snakes, who are among the show’s most heavily criticized characters. MVP…

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Trump: I consulted the military about the transgender ban. Military: no, you didn’t.

President Donald Trump said his decision to ban transgender people from serving in the military, announced via Twitter on Wednesday morning, came “after consultation with my generals and military experts.” It’s becoming clearer and clearer that he was lying. Secretary of Defense James Mattis was on vacation when the decision was announced, and privately opposed the move. The Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Gen. James Dunford, said Thursday that the military wouldn’t…

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How fentanyl is making the opioid epidemic even worse

Fentanyl, a drug more potent that heroin, is the latest iteration in America’s evolving opioid epidemic. The opioid crisis began to take root in the mid-1990s, when thousands of Americans started getting hooked on prescription painkillers. Many found their way to addiction by misusing prescription opioids like OxyContin, Percocet, and Vicodin that were prescribed by medical professionals to treat pain. As a result of increasing painkiller addiction, deaths caused by opioid overdose began rising. Within…

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Republicans just killed their plan to pay for tax cuts

House Republicans have officially killed their border adjustment tax. The idea was barely a year old but was a cornerstone to their plan to reduce corporate tax rates this year. Its death leaves big questions for President Trump, the GOP, and the tax reform push. The proposal to tax businesses on imported products, while exempting exports, suffered many near-death experiences in the 13 months it was debated. But it probably never stood a chance against…

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The GOP health plans’ impact on the uninsured, in one chart

Tens of millions of Americans would lose health insurance under the most minimal health care bill Senate Republicans are reportedly considering. Vox’s Alvin Chang created the following chart to illustrate what percentage of Americans would become uninsured under each of the bills Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has proposed. The light blue line shows what percentage of Americans would remain uninsured if Obamacare is left entirely intact. The first two bills — the Better Care…

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Democrats want to stop Trump’s trans ban before it starts

A resistance is forming in Congress. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) is working on legislation to block President Trump’s proposed ban on transgender people serving in the military, part of an effort to move fellow lawmakers from bashing the controversial White House announcement to actually trying to find concrete ways of reversing it. “Our office is working on legislation to stop this from happening and on an amendment to the NDAA, but these are all long-term…

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Do not see The Emoji Movie

It’s one giant ad, dressed up as family-friendly entertainment. Everyone involved should be ashamed. Looking back, it seems so obvious. We should have seen The Emoji Movie’s utter awfulness coming. But as with so many other things in 2017, hindsight is not so much 20/20 as a giant regret generator. All the signs were there. First there was the announcement at CinemaCon in 2016: Sony was going to release a movie set in the world…

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GOP senator: I’ll vote for this Obamacare repeal bill to become law if you promise me it won’t

Republican Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SD) wants a guarantee: that the health bill the Senate that he will likely vote to pass won’t actually become law. Having already voted down the Senate’s revised health bill and a straight Obamacare repeal, Republicans are now facing a vote on a “skinny repeal,” a proposal which would do away with Obamacare’s individual and employer mandates, and possibly defund Planned Parenthood for one year. But most Republicans, including Rounds, don’t…

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The Boy Scouts just apologized for the president’s behavior

The Boy Scouts of America are sorry for the way President Trump behaved at their National Jamboree. On Thursday, chief scout executive for the Boy Scouts Michael Surbaugh apologized to scouts and those who count themselves in the greater “Scouting family” who may have been offended by Trump’s controversial speech at the 20th National Jamboree earlier this week. “I want to extend my sincere apologies to those in our Scouting family who were offended by…

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I’m a proud Eagle Scout. In one speech, Trump undermined our values.

We strive to provide a space free of politics. “Who the hell wants to speak about politics when I’m in front of the Boy Scouts?” These were the words of President Donald Trump as he addressed the National Scout Jamboree, or “Jambo,” an annual Boy Scouts of America gathering that goes back to 1935. The president then went on to do precisely what he said he wouldn’t. Trump spent nearly half an hour discussing efforts…

"I’m a proud Eagle Scout. In one speech, Trump undermined our values."