Pepsi’s pulled protest ad is part of a long history of big soda exploiting black and Latino youth

Soda companies targeting these communities with their marketing practices has exacerbated racial health disparities. A new Pepsi ad that sparked public outrage is a sign of just how far soda companies are willing to go to appeal to black and Latino youth. The ad features a staged protest filled with beautiful, smiling young people (many of them people of color) and the model Kendall Jenner of the Kardashian clan. Near the end of the almost…

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The Trump White House’s rhetoric on North Korea is aggressive. Their policy isn’t.

After a North Korean missile test on Tuesday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson released a terse and frankly bizarre statement — one that confused even dedicated foreign affairs reporters: Uhhhh what does this mean pic.twitter.com/PzRpi6xjVt — Jessica Schulberg (@jessicaschulb) April 4, 2017 Is the US giving up negotiating with Kim Jong Un? Is it planning to slap new sanctions on Pyongyang? Is it even thinking of some kind of military action against North Korea? So…

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Brockmire overcomes a one-joke baseball premise to be one of the year’s best new comedies

IFC’s new Hank Azaria vehicle is much funnier and looser than its online video roots might suggest. You’d be forgiven for assuming that IFC’s new comedy Brockmire would run out of ideas about five minutes in. For starters, it’s based on an online comedy sketch from Funny or Die. Or, to be more precise, it’s based on a funny character type developed by star Hank Azaria over the years and first unveiled by him in…

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The little-known deal that saved Amazon from the dot-com crash

Last week, Jeff Bezos became the second-richest person in the world, with a net worth of $76 billion. If Amazon’s stock continues its meteoric rise, Bezos could soon surpass Bill Gates, whose fortune is worth $83 billion, to become the world’s wealthiest person. Today Amazon is a powerhouse that sells everything from e-books to diapers, so it’s easy to think its rise was inevitable. But Amazon almost didn’t make it. During the dot-com boom of…

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Trump’s latest New York Times interview is a perfect example of his phony war with the press

A pro wrestling-style show feud for mutual benefit. Donald Trump often professes to be doing battle with the mainstream media, frequently lambasting it as “fake news” and specifically calling out the “failing New York Times” by name. But for a clearer view of how Trump actually feels about major media institutions, it’s more useful to look at what he does. For example, he sat down today for an exclusive interview with Maggie Haberman and Glenn…

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After dedicating April to sexual assault awareness, Trump is defending an alleged sexual harasser

In a New York Times interview, Trump spoke up for Fox News host Bill O’Reilly. Last week, Donald Trump declared April National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. This week, he took time in a New York Times interview to defend Bill O’Reilly, a man who has been repeatedly accused of sexual harassment. “I think he’s a person I know well. He is a good person,” Trump said. “I think he shouldn’t have settled. Personally…

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Trump just took Steve Bannon off the NSC. That’s a very good thing.

President Trump’s new national security adviser, Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, just made his first big power play: undoing one of the administration’s most controversial decisions by removing White House chief strategist Steve Bannon from the National Security Council. Bannon had been the first White House political adviser ever appointed to the principals committee of the NSC, an exclusive body charged with giving Trump unvarnished advice about literal life-and-death national security issues. Now Bannon’s short…

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Why the conservative push to repeal Obamacare is stalling yet again

The Trumpcare revival is flailing just a few days after it got started. Republican lawmakers left a big meeting on Tuesday night signaling that there had been no great breakthrough on the issues that derailed the American Health Care Act two weeks ago. Another meeting is expected today, though it’s not clear what there is left to do. No new legislative text has been made public. The overarching question is whether this was a real…

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“We’re going out in a blaze of glory” — why NASA is crashing a 20-year-old spacecraft into Saturn

Before it crashes, Cassini may solve one of the greatest mysteries of Saturn’s rings. In the 20 years it’s been in space, the Cassini spacecraft has seen storms on Saturn’s surface, sent a probe down to the planet’s moon Titan, and shown us the eerie beauty of the gas giant’s hexagonal north pole. As it is rapidly running out of fuel, it’s been given one last mission before it goes offline in September: to solve…

"“We’re going out in a blaze of glory” — why NASA is crashing a 20-year-old spacecraft into Saturn"

President Trump’s wild charge that Susan Rice committed a crime, explained

Susan Rice, President Obama’s final national security adviser, has all of a sudden become public enemy No. 1 in Trumpworld. In a Wednesday interview with the New York Times, President Trump suggested that she had criminally misused classified information for political purposes purposes. “Do I think [she committed a crime]? Yes, I think,” the president told the Times’ Glenn Thrush and Maggie Haberman. “It’s such an important story for our country and the world. It…

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