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Why the Derek Chauvin guilty verdict is so rare

When a jury found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of murdering George Floyd, it did something very unusual.That difficulty begins with the immediate aftermath of a police office

Biden urges Congress not to abandon policing reforms

After the conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd, President Joe Biden pleaded with the nation — and Congress — not to look away.“This can be

Facebook’s social audio plans include podcast discovery and a Clubhouse clone

Facebook wants you to start talking, and listening, on Facebook.They include Facebook’s take on Clubhouse, the audio-only social network that grew rapidly last year, as well a push into podcast disc

Biden’s blunt opposition to marijuana legalization

This month, something unusual happened: Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer took a stand against President Joe Biden.The New York Democrat, typically a strong Biden ally, has transformed into one of

How Akwaeki Emezi’s The Death of Vivek Oji inverts the murder mystery

The Vox Book Club is linking to Bookshop.Vivek Oji begins, like all murder mysteries do, with a death.“They burned down the market on the day Vivek Oji died,” Emezi writes, in the novel’s openin

SNL cold open addresses Derek Chauvin trial

SNL’s cold open this week featured a fictitious morning news show in Minnesota in which uncomfortable disagreements between anchors highlighted differences in how white and Black Americans perceive

Why Northern Ireland is experiencing the worst unrest it’s had in years

Rioting in Northern Ireland continued on Friday night, with demonstrators using gas bombs against the police and setting a car on fire in the capital of Belfast.A 1998 peace agreement ended 30 years o

Supreme Court rules against Covid-19 rules on religious liberty grounds

The Supreme Court blocked California’s Covid-19 restrictions on religious gatherings in private homes in a late-night order on Friday, saying that the law infringes on constitutionally-protected rel

SNL’s cold open: Matt Gaetz allegations, Satanic Panic, and Pepe Le Pew

This week, Saturday Night Live brought back the talk show Oops, You Did It Again, hosted by Chloe Fineman’s Britney Spears and sponsored (fictitiously) by Georgia — “voted best place not to vote

Mike Nichols: A Life: A genius who wasn’t a jerk

Mike Nichols, the director behind a wide range of seminal stage productions and movies, from The Graduate to Working Girl to HBO’s Angels in America, was always a filmmaker I respected more than I l