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Dodgers' Joe Kelly calls Astros 'cheaters,' says they snitched on GM: 'They're not respectable men to me'
Dodgers pitcher Joe Kelly is apparently really good at holding grudges. 
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It’s not just Twitch: The military has a history of using video games to reach young people
The US military is using Twitch to reach young people. | Phil Barker/Future Publishing via Getty Images Remember America’s Army? The US military is trying to get people interested in enlisting with the help of Twitch, a highly popular video game streaming platform — so civilian gamers are now using government-moderated chat rooms as an opportunity to troll the military. “They would ask about Eddie Gallagher, the Navy SEAL that was turned in by his fellow Navy SEALs for alleged war crimes, and that Trump later pardoned — just kind of asking really unpleasant questions about the military,” said Matthew Gault, a contributing editor at Vice’s Motherboard who has reported on the trolling and spoken about it on an episode of the Reset podcast. In response, the military banned users from its chat rooms, a move that’s been called out as an act of government censorship. “That’s yet to be adjudicated in a court of law,” Gault said. Others are taking note of these Twitch streams, too — and taking action. In July, US Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a known gamer, proposed an amendment to a House appropriations bill that would have permanently prevented the military from spending part of its budget on Twitch. Through Twitch, “Children as young as 13 and oftentimes as young as 12 are targeted for recruitment forms that can be filled online,” Ocasio-Cortez said during a speech on the House floor. Despite failing in the House, the amendment garnered more votes than expected, Gault said. But here’s the thing: This isn’t new for the military. The Army developed its own game, America’s Army, to improve the military’s image in the early 2000s. We cover that and more in the final episode of Reset, published today. Take a listen: Will you become our 20,000th supporter? When the economy took a downturn in the spring and we started asking readers for financial contributions, we weren’t sure how it would go. Today, we’re humbled to say that nearly 20,000 people have chipped in. The reason is both lovely and surprising: Readers told us that they contribute both because they value explanation and because they value that other people can access it, too. We have always believed that explanatory journalism is vital for a functioning democracy. That’s never been more important than today, during a public health crisis, racial justice protests, a recession, and a presidential election. But our distinctive explanatory journalism is expensive, and advertising alone won’t let us keep creating it at the quality and volume this moment requires. Your financial contribution will not constitute a donation, but it will help keep Vox free for all. Contribute today from as little as $3.
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Durham probe must return indictments for 'fraud' on FISA court, says Judge Pirro
Indictments should come soon against former FBI officials for "fraud" involving the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, Fox News host Judge Jeanine Pirro said on Friday, reacting to the recent developments in the Durham probe into the of the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation.
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Third person dies from Revel scooter crash after succumbing to injuries
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Geraldo Rivera laments NYC cancelling 9/11 light tribute: 'Kind of a surrender'
New York City's decision to cancel the 9/11 "Tribute in Light" was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic but Fox News correspondent-at-large Geraldo Rivera told "Fox & Friends" he thinks it has more to do with the "symbolism" of sticking it to President Trump.
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The best sales to shop this weekend: Best Buy, Home Depot, Sephora and more
Your download of the best discounts of the weekend is here: No matter what you need — new tech, home decor, outdoor gear, stylish workwear and much more — you can find it for less at any of the retailers listed here.
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US retail sales reach pre-pandemic levels but growth slows
US retail sales recovered to pre-coronavirus levels last month as stores continued to do business despite the pandemic, but the rate of growth fell below expectations as COVID-19 infections surged and stimulus funds ran dry. Merchants raked in about $536 billion in July, up 1.2 percent from the prior month and roughly 1.6 percent above...
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Courtroom Proceedings Are Now Streaming on YouTube
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Pro-democracy protests grow in Belarus after disputed election
In Belarus, workers from state-run factories joined thousands of people on the streets for a fifth day of protests over disputed election results. There's been unrest since the longtime leader, Alexander Lukashenko, declared victory in a vote condemned by many as not being free or fair. BBC News correspondent Abdujalil Abdurasulov reports from Minsk.
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Thousands of new Covid-19 cases reported in Georgia
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Coronavirus tracing apps launching in 3 more states        
Apps warning about exposure to the novel coronavirus are being launched in three more states. Alabama, North Dakota and Wyoming are the latest states in the U.S. to warn users about potential exposure to COVID-19 by tracking their encounters through an app on their phone.
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American shopping is back to pre-pandemic levels. That's a big deal
Millions of Americans remain unemployed during the coronavirus pandemic and many are struggling to pay their bills. But despite devastation in other parts of the US economy, American consumerism has staged a rapid comeback.
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California becomes first state to pass 600,000 coronavirus cases
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Dodger Stadium becomes a polling site for 2020 presidential election
The Dodgers are the first Major League Baseball team to make their stadium available for voting.
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Nickelback replaces fiddle with electric guitar in new 'The Devil Went Down to Georgia' cover
Nickelback has released a cover of Charlie Daniels' famous song "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" – the band's first music release in three years.        
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Kroger dips with onions possibly tainted with salmonella recalled
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Sonya Deville Is Ready to Turn 'SmackDown' Upside Down, Starting With Mandy Rose
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For Saudi Arabia, Lynchpin of Trump's Middle East Strategy, Recognizing Israel Is Too Great a Risk
The Saudis are unlikely to quickly follow in the footsteps of their Emirati neighbors, who announced the normalization of ties with Israel on Thursday.
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Trump pushes back against more funding for U.S. Postal Service
President Trump is pushing back against Democrats' request for more funding for the U.S. Postal Service and for states as they prepare to process mail-in ballots for November's elections. CBS News White House correspondent Ben Tracy joins CBSN to talk about the latest.
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Texas Man Wed From Hospital Bed After Contracting Coronavirus Week Before Wedding
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Trump says he will accept GOP nomination at the White House
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Trump ramps up attacks on U.S. Postal Service and mail-in voting
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Doctor on COVID-19 symptoms and the deadly risks of seeking herd immunity
The nation's top infectious disease expert is warning against the idea of letting coronavirus infections to run rampant in order to achieve possible herd immunity. And a new study outlines the specific order of symptoms that may help set COVID-19 apart from other illnesses. Dr. Bob Lahita joins CBSN to discuss the latest on the pandemic.
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‘It’s a Struggle They Will Wage Alone.’ How Black Women Earned the Right to Vote
The activism of Black women often predated that of famous white suffragists—and still informs debates over what history is worth remembering
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How ‘The Legend of Korra’s Ending Changed LGBTQ+ Representation in Animation
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How Stephen Miller Survived So Many Trump Elimination Rounds
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How The Vanishing Half fits into our cultural fixation with racial passing stories
Zac Freeland/Vox “Passing for white never left.” The Vox Book Club is linking to Bookshop.org to support local and independent booksellers. In Brit Bennett’s The Vanishing Half, the character of Stella haunts the narrative like a ghost. Stella is the half who vanished: half of her family, half of her sister’s heart. And she vanished by excising half of her own identity. Stella is a light-skinned Black woman, and when she is 16, she decides to start passing for white. Her identical twin sister Desiree, meanwhile, grows up to marry the darkest-skinned man she can find. Stella breaks away from her family, and we don’t get a chance to meet her on the pages of the novel until nearly halfway through the book when at last her niece, Desiree’s dark-skinned daughter, tracks her down. It’s only in that last section that we finally learn exactly what happened to Stella. Stella’s fate haunts the novel, and so does the genre her story belongs to. There’s a long history of narratives of racial passing in the American novel, and The Vanishing Half plays with the genre in new and interesting ways. So as the Vox Book Club spends the month talking about The Vanishing Half, I wanted to put it in the context of the passing novel more broadly. To get an expert view, I called up Alisha Gaines, an English professor at Florida State University and the author of Black for a Day: White Fantasies of Race and Empathy. Together, we talked through the history of the African American passing novel, what passing looks like after Jim Crow (sorry, Ben Shapiro), and how passing novels can show us how race is produced and reproduced. Below is a transcript of our conversation, lightly edited for length and clarity. The first African American stories of racial passing are slave narratives Constance Grady Do we know when the first of these narratives emerged? How old are stories about racial passing? Alisha Gaines It’s an old story. In literature and in life, America has a fascination with impersonation, which includes blackface minstrelsy. And passing narratives, if you want to be technical about it, in African American literature, they start with the slave narrative. A good example of that would be William and Ellen Craft running a thousand miles for freedom. This happened in 1848. Ellen was light enough to pass. She dresses up as a land-owning white man, and she then escapes her slavery with her husband while she is dressed as a man. She’s also performing various disabilities. She pretends to be Deaf. She has her arm in a sling so she doesn’t have to sign anything, because she can’t. And then her husband is her personal valet-butler kind of person. She basically gets on a train and goes up out of slavery based on the fact that she can pass. It’s had a very long history. I actually teach my Intro to African American literature course going through these narratives of passing. Because I think it gets us from the very early moments of African American literature — even though African American literature predates the founding of this country — but it gets us from the 19th century all the way to now, with Brit Bennett’s book. It’s a narrative that I think is particularly useful for thinking about African American literature, African American cultural production, because it doesn’t allow us to take Blackness for granted. When you destabilize the category of Blackness through passing, you can ask different, more interesting questions. Constance Grady This Ben Shapiro quote went around recently, I don’t know if you saw it. He made the claim that Black people passing for white people ended with Jim Crow, and that now you only ever see white people passing for Black, as with Rachel Dolezal. He makes the argument that this proves that Black people have more cultural power than white people now, which, there’s obviously a lot to unpack there. Alisha Gaines I’m sorry, what? Okay. No, I didn’t see the quote. He said Black folks stopped passing during Jim Crow? That’s historically inaccurate. He doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Constance Grady Could you tell me a little about what passing looks like after Jim Crow, for those like Ben Shapiro who do not know? Alisha Gaines Passing for white has never left. There was a moment during the civil rights movement — and Gayle Wald discusses this in her book Crossing the Line — where there would be these bursts of people saying, “I’m done with passing.” Folks who had been passing, but then seeing the gains of the civil rights movement, there are these splashy spreads in Black periodicals like Ebony and Jet where they would announce their triumphant return to Blackness. The same Black periodicals would also run spreads with various light-skinned folks, and you would have to guess who was the actual Black person and who was a white person. The thing about passing that folks need to understand is that we’ll never have “accurate numbers,” because the whole point is you’ll never have an audience for it. If someone knows you’re passing, your passing has failed! The point is to never be found out. If you’re found out, you’re vulnerable to violence. It’s not as if people are saying, “Hello, I’m passing!” That’s impossible. We know that folks are still passing because in 1999 Lawrence Otis Graham releases this book Our Kind of People: Inside America’s Black Upper Class. The whole thing is about the secret world of the Black upper class. He’s got a chapter called “Passing for White” in which he distills a list on how to pass that he gained from having so many conversations with wealthy Black folks who had family members who could pass and who opted to pass. That book was published in 1999! The idea that this has gone away and that now it’s white folks doing the opposite is laughable. Early passing narratives depended on the archetype of the tragic mulatto Constance Grady Moving back to the idea of passing as a literary genre, is there a classic, recognizable structure to passing narratives? Alisha Gaines Yes, and then that structure gets messed with. It sounds like with The Vanishing Half, Brit is messing a little bit with it. Danzy Senna’s book Caucasia does the same thing. There’s this literary archetype of the tragic mulatto, which is not something you would call someone in real life. Usually it’s a woman. It’s very gendered, with a couple of exceptions, like The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man by James Weldon Johnson. But it’s usually a woman, and she’s caught between two worlds. She’s not Black enough; she’s not white enough. She’s usually undone in some perilous way. We see this in Nella Larsen’s Passing in 1929. We see this in Imitation of Life in 1933. There’s this tragedy. Usually it’s a death, the murder or suicide of the mixed woman. They often start out with a light-skinned person actually finding out they’re not white, which happens in Iola Leroy in 1892 or The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man. They discover the racial truth about themselves, for whatever reason, and then endeavor to navigate choosing whiteness or choosing Blackness. And then there’s a consequence where they’re punished for passing for white. These generic conventions get played with by a number of different authors. Danzy Senna did in Caucasia. George Schuyler did even earlier than that in Black No More. He’s playing with the idea of Black folks becoming white through a machine. It’s a speculative science book, so it’s not based on what you already look like. You can pay 50 bucks and be Black no more. Constance Grady As these stories evolved over time, are there any specific tropes that really shifted? Has the attitude toward the person who is passing changed? Alisha Gaines What really changes is that tragic mulatto literary archetype. People deliberately started messing with that character. Imitation of Life — which is not by a Black person; Fannie Hurst is white — it got remade twice into two different films. In Imitation of Life, it’s not the passing character who dies. It’s her mother who dies of a broken heart. The great tragedy is that her refusal to embrace her own Blackness kills her mom. Then there’s Caucasia, which does some really interesting stuff and was published in 1998. It’s got a white mom, a black dad, and two daughters. One can pass and one cannot. It sounds like a similar thing is operating in Brit’s book. Constance Grady Yeah, it’s a similar idea. In The Vanishing Half the whole family is Black and light-skinned. The protagonists are identical twin sisters, and one chooses to pass and one chooses not to. Alisha Gaines Yes, similar. In Caucasia, they’re not twins. One can pass and one, there’s no way. She looks more mixed in the way that we think about it. It’s set in the ’70s, during Black Power and all that kind of stuff. And the parents have to go on the run from the FBI. The white mom takes the white-looking child, the Black dad takes the more Black-looking child, and they split. So instead of this desperate desire to be white on the part of the character of Birdie, the white-looking protagonist, it’s placed on her and then ultimately rejected. Birdie spends a lot of time in the novel desperately wanting to be seen as Blacker, and then has to go on the run with her white mom and therefore pass as Jewish. There is no great tragedy. The white-passing character in Nella Larsen’s Passing dies either getting pushed or throwing herself out of a window. That doesn’t happen in Caucasia. It’s much more complicated, and it’s about making sure the white-passing Black person can understand their place in the world without getting pushed out of a window. Constance Grady And that deconstruction of the archetype also happens a bit in The Vanishing Half, although Stella chooses to pass. But there’s no great tragedy that ends up punishing her for her deception. And in the end she just keeps living her life, only now her daughter knows the truth and her sister knows where she lives. You touched on this a bit earlier when you talked about the history of passing narratives being a way of understanding the history of African American literature, but I wanted to widen out a bit here at the end. What do you think tends to draw people to stories about racial passing? What cultural ideas are embedded in these stories? Alisha Gaines It’s about thinking about race as a social construct, that’s the real thing here. “Race is a social construct!” Yes, it’s a social construct, but with real consequences. How you are seen in this world, even as this category is a construct, comes with these vulnerabilities and consequences that we’re seeing in these various pandemics that we’re living in right now. Folks are drawn to — and I’m particularly drawn to — passing narratives because they destabilize our sense of who we are. They also help us think through other categories of identity. If race isn’t as stable as we want to think about it, maybe sexuality isn’t either, or gender. They can also speak to an anxiety that Americans have around really defined and concrete racial categories that get animated at different moments for various different political reasons. We know Black folks pass for white for survival, to be free from racial persecution. That is in the literature as well. And it’s also in the literature that we want to have some flirtation with the seduction of white privilege for white-passing folks, too. Thinking about who we are at various historical moments, and thinking through what race means and how it is produced and reproduced, all of that is in the African American passing narrative. Constance Grady There’s a lot to dig into here, so I’m going to turn it over to you, book clubbers. Let us know what you think about The Vanishing Half and how it fits into the history of passing stories in the comments down below. You can meet us back here again next week for another conversation, and on Thursday, August 27, I’ll be talking with Bennett live on Zoom. You can RSVP here, and make sure to sign up for the Vox Book Club newsletter to be sure you don’t miss a thing. Support Vox’s explanatory journalism Every day at Vox, we aim to answer your most important questions and provide you, and our audience around the world, with information that has the power to save lives. Our mission has never been more vital than it is in this moment: to empower you through understanding. Vox’s work is reaching more people than ever, but our distinctive brand of explanatory journalism takes resources — particularly during a pandemic and an economic downturn. Your financial contribution will not constitute a donation, but it will enable our staff to continue to offer free articles, videos, and podcasts at the quality and volume that this moment requires. Please consider making a contribution to Vox today.
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Florida police bust boy, 17, for allegedly pimping 14-year-old girl through social media
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Kevin Durant dominates Drake during 1-on-1 game in music video
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These States Are Already Having Problems With Mail-In Voting
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Every QAnon Supporter Running For Congress
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College towns face a potentially devastating economic blow this fall: No football
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Resident: Why should we leave Beirut to crooks and thieves?
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Mets legend Dwight Gooden says Yoenis Cespedes may get 'blackballed' after 2020 opt-out
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Khabib Nurmagomedov opens door to Conor McGregor rematch – on one condition
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‘3%’ Season 3 Recap: What to Remember Before Season 4
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