Trump wants the FDA to move faster. His actions are having the opposite effect.

“It doesn’t help if there’s chaos, demoralization, and demonization of the agency.” A presidential transition is an inherently uncertain time to be a federal employee. New leaders must be appointed. Potential budget and staff cuts loom menacingly. There’s a lot of flux. But it’s increasingly clear that President Donald Trump’s takeover of the federal government is smashing the norms of transition right and left. Look no further than what’s happening at the Food and Drug…

"Trump wants the FDA to move faster. His actions are having the opposite effect."

A field guide to 2017’s diverse slate of Oscar-nominated documentaries

This year’s slate goes deep on racism, mass incarceration, autism, and the migrant crisis. The five documentaries nominated in the Best Documentary Feature category at the 2017 Oscars are unusually eclectic — and unusually urgent. Dealing with topics including race, mass incarceration, autism, and the European migrant crisis, they might all be seen as “issue documentaries,” movies that challenge the viewer to reconfigure the ways they understand the world. But they’re also all very different,…

"A field guide to 2017’s diverse slate of Oscar-nominated documentaries"

John Wick: Chapter 2 is a very fun movie about being an emotionless death machine

This film is aware philosophical objections to murder exist, but it doesn’t really care. In most shots of the two John Wick movies, John Wick is the only thing worth looking at. Oh, sure, sometimes enemies dare confront him, rushing in from off-camera to be dispatched with a quick, brutal barrage of bullets. But the camera is usually pinned to him as he dances and swirls amid the chaos, a strangely graceful weapon of a…

"John Wick: Chapter 2 is a very fun movie about being an emotionless death machine"

Americans’ respect for police officers surged last year

A backlash to the backlash Over the past few years, Black Lives Matter activists have prompted an unprecedented level of media and political scrutiny on questions related to police misconduct. Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign very openly sounded these themes — first to rally people of color to her standard in the primary campaign against Bernie Sanders, and then on an ongoing basis in her losing general election campaign — in a way that was strikingly…

"Americans’ respect for police officers surged last year"

Dear anti-Trump protesters: don’t forget those of us with disabilities

We’re angry at Trump. Here’s how to make a truly inclusive movement. Between 3 million and 5 million people took to the streets as part of the Women’s March the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration. And on January 28 and 29, thousands of people descended on airports throughout the nation to protest Trump’s “Muslim ban.” I was not one of the protesters. I have myalgic encephalomyelitis (or chronic fatigue syndrome), a disease that has left…

"Dear anti-Trump protesters: don’t forget those of us with disabilities"

Donald Trump vs. Nordstrom, explained

What you need to know about a scandal only the Trump administration could have brought us. Close your eyes and try to remember the world as it existed as recently as January 2015. At the time, Ivanka Trump — a glamorous, well-known former model and mother of young kids with some television experience and a family connection to a brand-licensing business — was a natural partner for Nordstrom, the luxury department store found in upscale…

"Donald Trump vs. Nordstrom, explained"

Hundreds chant “Do your job!” at House Republican in charge of investigating Trump

Hundreds of people shouted down Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) at a town hall he held in his home district on Thursday night, with many yelling “Do your job!” at the chair of the House Oversight Committee. Cong Chaffetz Town Hall crowd chanting “Do your job!” He’s having a hard time answering over crowd noise @UtahIndivisible @IndivisibleTeam pic.twitter.com/gO0BXybGy5 — Kyung Lah (@KyungLahCNN) February 10, 2017 Chaffetz has come under fire for taking few actions against either…

"Hundreds chant “Do your job!” at House Republican in charge of investigating Trump"

Vox Sentences: SEE YOU IN COURT (again)

Vox Sentences is your daily digest for what’s happening in the world, curated by Dara Lind and Dylan Matthews. Sign up for the Vox Sentences newsletter, delivered straight to your inbox Monday through Friday, or view the Vox Sentences archive for past editions. West Coast court cases make for West Coast–timed Sentences. Unanimous Joshua Lott/AFP/Getty Images In a unanimous ruling issued Thursday night, a panel of three judges for the Ninth Circuit rejected the Trump…

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Tom Price is likely headed for overnight confirmation as HHS secretary

The Senate is on track to confirm Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) as health and human services secretary late Thursday or early Friday morning. And at a moment when congressional Republicans are struggling to figure out what comes next, the Georgia legislator and former doctor already has a plan for how to abolish Obamacare. Price is the author of the Empowering Patients First Act, one of the most thorough and detailed proposals to repeal and replace…

"Tom Price is likely headed for overnight confirmation as HHS secretary"

Here’s what’s next for the lawsuit over Trump’s immigration order

It could go before the Supreme Court very soon — but that won’t be anywhere near the final decision. The Trump administration is now 0-for-2 in the legal battle over its executive order banning people from seven majority-Muslim countries, and nearly all refugees, from entering the United States. But the rulings it’s gotten over the last week are just the first 2 (deceptively quick) rounds in what’s likely to be a longer legal battle. Here’s…

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