President Donald Trump came within minutes of starting another war in the Middle East last week when he ordered, and then abruptly canceled, a missile strike against Iranian bases. Instead, he launched another strike: a long-planned cyberattack, designed to quietly cripple Iran’s missile defense systems. Anonymous U.S. officials claimed an instant victory, although Iran insists…
Today's policy paper from Elizabeth Warren: election security and voting rights. The Democratic 2020 candidate who’s distinguished herself with near-daily plan releases dropped another one on Tuesday, detailing what she’d do to improve election security and expand voting rights. Under the Massachusetts senator’s plan, every state will get “state-of-the-art” voting equipment (every voting machine in…
WASHINGTON — Lots of people have long forgotten about the whole Peter Strzok–Lisa Page affair, but plenty of conservatives just can’t let go of it. That’s where the play "FBI Lovebirds: Undercovers" comes in. The new “verbatim theater” production in D.C. focuses on the texts between the former senior FBI agents (Strzok was on Robert…
Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox? Sign up here. Just a few years ago, the composition of the 2020 presidential field would have seemed impossible: There’s not one but two viable Democratic candidates with policy ideas that court the left, instead of center-liberals. The Bernie vs. Warren narrative has captured the…
Police departments can dismiss employees for fraternizing with hate groups like the Ku Klux Klan. But what a department should — and can — do gets a little murkier when officers belong to Facebook groups that deal in hate, or when they share hateful, violent, bigoted material online. Police officials in three cities — Phoenix,…
COMITÁN DE DOMÍNGUEZ, Mexico — The soldiers sped through the dusty backroads of this Southern Mexico town in two military trucks. Many of them had come from the frontlines of a decade-long war against drug cartels. Just recently they were hunting drug-traffickers and training for battle. Now, wearing the same type of ballistic vests and…
In denying E. Jean Carroll’s allegation that he raped her, President Donald Trump insulted her, insisting she was not his “type.” In a piece published at New York Magazine on Friday, Carroll wrote that in the mid-1990s, Trump assaulted her in a dressing room at Bergdorf Goodman in Manhattan. Speaking with The Hill on Monday,…
The Iranian president slammed the latest U.S. sanctions against Iran’s leaders as “outrageous and idiotic” and mocked President Donald Trump, claiming the White House is “afflicted by mental retardion.” Hassan Rouhani made the comments in a live TV broadcast on Tuesday morning, hours after Donald Trump signed an executive order imposing sanctions against Supreme Leader…
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, the 2020 candidate running on climate change, just announced his plan to prosecute the fossil fuel industry for its role in heating the planet. As part of his campaign — less a real bid for the presidency than a crusade to promote awareness of climate policy solutions — he’s put forward…
Imagine knowing how much your personal data is worth to Big Tech. Or how little. That’s the idea behind legislation set to be rolled out Monday that would require large tech companies like Facebook and Google to put a price tag on the information they collect from users. Such data — app usage, locations, relationship…
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