Review: FX’s Legion isn’t like any X-Men story you’ve ever seen. It’s better.

It’s so good, it’ll make you feel sorry for other superhero shows. Legion, quite simply, is the best superhero show on television. Granted, superhero stuff — the countless movies, television shows, comic book tie-ins and crossovers — enjoys a home court advantage of sorts when it comes to criticism. It’s why, when would-be blockbusters receive negative reviews, like Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice did last spring, aficionados brush off criticism by promising that, like…

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The US president is attacking Nordstrom for dropping his daughter’s fashion line

Nordstrom is no longer carrying Ivanka Trump’s fashion collection in stores — and President Donald Trump isn’t happy about it, lashing out at the retailer in a tweet saying she has been treated “so unfairly”: My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by @Nordstrom. She is a great person — always pushing me to do the right thing! Terrible! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 8, 2017 Then the @POTUS account — the official…

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The dream of a conservative carbon tax will never die

Every few years, various economists and wonks try to sell the Republican Party on a carbon tax as a conservative solution to climate change. And so far, these campaigns have attracted public support from … exactly zero elected GOP officials. But the dream refuses to die. On Wednesday, a handful of Republican elder statesmen — including two Reagan-era officials, James Baker III and George Shultz — unveiled their own big proposal for a conservative carbon…

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Should you call Trump’s executive order a “Muslim ban”? What about “extreme vetting”?

A guide to the terms people have used for the president’s most controversial policy so far. You’ve probably heard something about this story. President Trump signed an executive order on January 27 that banned entry into the US by anyone from seven majority-Muslim countries for 90 days, and banned nearly all refugees for 120 days. Over the week that it was in effect, it caused chaos at airports, heartbreak to families inside and outside the…

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A Senate staffer who helped shape Obamacare answers our readers’ questions

To understand what’s going on with the law, it’s helpful to look back at how it was created. If anyone truly understands the Affordable Care Act, it is John McDonough. He was a key Senate staffer in Sen. Ted Kennedy’s office during the health care debate in 2009 and 2010, and had a front-row seat to how the 1,300-page bill came together. He even wrote an entire book about the experience, called Inside National Health…

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GOP senator: Elizabeth Warren shouldn’t criticize Sessions, because “think of his wife”

Orrin Hatch suggested that a woman senator, quoting a woman civil rights leader, should stop talking because she insulted another woman’s husband. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) was silenced by Senate Republicans on Tuesday night when she tried to read a 1986 letter by Coretta Scott King opposing the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) to a federal judgeship. Warren was trying to use King’s letter to argue that Sessions, President Trump’s pick for attorney general,…

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Why President Trump is not (yet) rolling back Dodd-Frank

The pen isn’t mightier than the independent regulatory commission. The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (or, more simply, “Dodd-Frank”) was passed in 2010 in response to the 2007-2010 financial crisis. It centralized and strengthened federal regulatory control of financial services industries. It is one of the most controversial and important pieces of legislation in decades. With Dodd-Frank firmly in his sights, President Trump signed Executive Order (EO) 13772 on February 3, 2017.…

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Bitch Planet has always been absurd. But in 2017, it reads like a warning.

A chat with co-creator Kelly Sue DeConnick. Bitch Planet might no longer be absurd enough to effectively comment on the state of sexism in America today. The three-year-old comic book, from writer Kelly Sue DeConnick and artist Valentine De Landro, has always been an irreverent, zippy, and at times sorrowful satire and intergalactic allegory. The gist: A group of men hold all of the world’s power, and decide that women who are deemed “non-compliant” —…

"Bitch Planet has always been absurd. But in 2017, it reads like a warning."

Elizabeth Warren couldn’t read this letter on the Senate floor. Why did Jeff Merkley get to?

Senate Republicans silenced Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on the Senate floor late Tuesday night as she read a 1986 letter from Coretta Scott King critical of the record of Attorney General nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions. But less than a few hours later, Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley returned to the Senate floor to pick up where Warren had left off, reading portions from much of the same letter. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had found Warren…

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Trump still follows his businesses on Twitter

President Donald Trump, the first enthusiastically tweeting president, follows just 41 accounts on Twitter — and 10 of them belong either to his own businesses or to his adult children who are running them. Trump promised a total separation between his businesses and his presidency. But he’s fallen far short of the blind trust ethics experts recommend. Rather than sell his businesses and real estate and have an independent adviser reinvest the proceeds, he simply…

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