After a massive backlash, a Republican yanks his bill to sell off public lands

In January, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) introduced a bill in the House that would direct the Bureau of Land Management to sell off 3.3 million acres of federally owned lands — an area the size of Connecticut. But this week, Chaffetz decided to yank the bill after a fierce backlash from hunters, sportsmen and women, and conservationists on both the left and the right. Privatizing public land, it turns out, is a lot harder than…

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Republican lawmakers were more likely to criticize Trump’s immigration order in places Clinton won

How Trump’s election results influenced congressional reactions to his immigration order. House Republicans who come from congressional districts that voted in favor of Hillary Clinton were more likely to criticize President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration, while Republicans representing districts that supported Trump were more likely to back the order or remain silent on it, a Vox analysis shows. We’ve been tracking how members of Congress are responding to Trump’s immigration order, and we…

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How Trump’s visa ban affects everyday American residents, in their own words

“Imagine being sent back to a war zone or to a place you fled due to political persecution.” President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Friday, January 27, banning all immigrants and visa holders from seven majority-Muslim nations from entering the United States for 90 days. The executive order, titled “Protecting the Nation From Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals,” applies to visitors from Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, and Iran, including dual citizens.…

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The Australian refugee deal that has Donald Trump so angry, explained

Australia keeps refugees offshore, in miserable conditions. Now Trump may be depriving them of their best hope. On his 13th day in office, President Donald Trump threatened to break an international agreement. On Twitter. Do you believe it? The Obama Administration agreed to take thousands of illegal immigrants from Australia. Why? I will study this dumb deal! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 2, 2017 The tweet appeared to confirm a report from the Washington…

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A conversation with J.D. Vance, the reluctant interpreter of Trumpism

The author of Hillbilly Elegy on why Trump won, how elites helped, and what we miss about social mobility. J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy has been adopted as the book that explains Trumpism. It’s the book that both Sen. Mitch McConnell and Sen. Rob Portman recommended as their favorite of 2016. It’s a book Rep. Keith Ellison, the frontrunner to lead the Democratic National Committee, brought up in my recent conversation with him. Everyone, on both…

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Trump may not be popular at home, but the Russian media sure loves him

While Donald Trump is struggling with his popularity here at home, he can at least now boast about being the most discussed person in Russian media last week. This honor usually goes to Russian President Vladimir Putin, and this is the first time since 2011 that Putin was not the most discussed person, according to the Russian news agency Interfax. Trump was mentioned 202,000 times by the Russian press in January. Putin placed second, with…

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Inside the brutal, thorough process of vetting refugees

I counseled refugees, and Donald Trump is wrong: They go through a long, intensive screening before they have any hope of coming to the United States. What kind of knife was the man that killed your father holding? Can you remember how many stars were on the jacket of the military officer that raped you? How many hours were you on the boat that night before the smuggler shot your brother and threw him overboard?…

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Why cartoon characters wear gloves

Those little gloves reveal the fascinating origins of animation. There’s a moment in the cult classic animated film An Extremely Goofy Movie where Bobby Zimmeruski, Max’s stoner friend, asks, “Why do you think we’re always, like, wearing gloves?” If anyone could help me get to the bottom of this question, it’s John Canemaker. He’s an animation historian and professor at NYU. “At the dawn of animation” he explains, “certain techniques to make the animation process…

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The Comedian, starring Robert De Niro, explores how aging comics navigate decades of cultural shift

De Niro plays a shock comic with a potty mouth whose career is on the rocks. If one marker of a successful film is that it’s surprising, then The Comedian succeeds for almost all of its two-hour run time. However, that’s mostly because until the end, The Comedian doesn’t really have a plot. It’s more like a series of capers, headlined by a character — a washed-up comedian who bottoms out — who’s more complex…

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