Here’s why Netflix renewing Dear White People for a second season is such terrific news

By Casey Newton

Dear White People, Justin Simien’s witty, often profound satire of life on a fictional Ivy League campus, is coming back to television. Netflix said today that the ensemble cast will return for a second season, which is set to begin production later this year. As a fan of the series, I’m thrilled: Dear White People is as smart about race and campus life as anything I’ve ever seen, and its wonderfully complicated characters are entering season two with a host of unfinished business.

The show picks up after the events depicted in Simien’s 2014 feature film, also called Dear White People. (Movie spoilers follow.) Sam White, a mixed-race student at the predominantly white Winchester University, hosts a radio show called “Dear White People”…

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States and Trump voter fraud commission set for showdown - The Hill

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A growing number of states are refusing to cooperate fully with President Trump’s voter fraud commission, setting the stage for a showdown over the nation’s elections. The White House commission, led by Vice President Pence and Kansas Secretary of
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Even setting an expiration date on Obamacare would massively disrupt the health-care system - Washington Post

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Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) used the most direct means possible of making his pitch for repealing Obamacare directly to the president: He appeared Friday morning on “Fox and Friends.” Within 20 minutes of Sasse’s appearance, Trump had tweeted his support …
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WATCH: GOP Reps confident Congress will send repeal bill to TrumpThe Hill
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White House releases salaries of top Trump staffers - The Hill

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The White House on Friday released a list of salary information for nearly 400 employees of President Trump’s executive office. The 16-page document details the annual salaries of top staffers and advisors to the president. They are making slightly
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StarCraft’s 4K remastered version launches on August 14th

By Nick Statt

Blizzard Entertainment announced today that StarCraft: Remastered, the 4K resolution version of its iconic real-time strategy game, will be launching for Windows and Mac on August 14th. The package, originally announced back in March, contains both the original StarCraft and the StarCraft: Brood of War expansion. The game will cost $14.99 and will arrive fully localized for more than 10 languages.

Beyond 4K visuals, the remastered version will also come with remastered audio and dialogue, better illustrations for campaign missions, cloud saving, new matchmaking and leaderboard systems, and syncing with Blizzard’s cloud service (formerly known as Battle.net). You’ll also be able to switch between the 4K version and the 1998 original with…

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Roboticist Mark Setrakian on Men in Black’s 20th anniversary: ‘It’s almost a perfect movie’

By Kwame Opam

When Men in Black hit theaters on July 2nd, 1997, it was already fast becoming a phenomenon. It had a star-studded cast, including a freshly minted superstar in Will Smith. It had a hit song that briefly managed to overtake pop music. Now, 20 years later, it’s easy to take for granted how massive the movie was at the time — and how well it holds up. That’s not bad for a movie based on an obscure 1990 comic miniseries from a nigh-forgotten publisher.

The truth is, Men in Black works because it’s a sharply plotted and hilarious sci-fi film. So much of that comes from the script. Smith and the dry-as-a-bone Tommy Lee Jones have some of the best comedic back-and-forths in any movie. Smith plays — in a break from his charismatic and…

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France’s new startup campus is focused on fostering entrepreneurs with diverse backgrounds

By Shannon Liao

France is launching the world’s largest startup campus in a converted railway depot in Paris, and it’s keeping the door open for those from underprivileged backgrounds. The space, now dubbed Station F but previously known as the 1920s-era freight hall Halle Freyssinet, opened its doors this week to eligible startups from around the world. The building is 366,000 square feet and contains 3,000 desks, an on-site restaurant and bar, and eight event spaces.

The space will host companies from 26 international programs, and the French government is working with the city of Paris to build nearby housing starting in 2018. This is all part of a larger push from France to foster homegrown entrepreneurship and try and build a incubating tech…

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Zillow ends its dumb legal crusade against McMansion Hell blogger

By Natt Garun

When Zillow sent Kate Wagner, the 23-year-old behind the popular blog McMansion Hell, a cease and desist letter this week, the real estate listing company gave her until the end of today to delete photos obtained from Zillow from her website. It’s nearing the deadline and Wagner’s blog is back up, all photos remained, and Zillow has agreed to instead back away from a potential lawsuit.

Here’s the TL;DR of what happened: on Monday, Zillow sent a letter to Wagner claiming her use of Zillow photos to illustrate bad architecture was in violation of copyright laws and did not apply under fair use. We contacted Zillow and the company admitted it technically doesn’t “own the photos” it claims to have copyright over. Just about every law expert…

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White House Panel Asks States For Their Voter Rolls - NPR

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A letter from Kris Kobach, the vice chairman of a new White House commission looking into voter fraud and other irregularities, is drawing firing from some state election officials. The letter was sent Wednesday to all 50 states, and requests that all
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House passes bills to crack down on 'sanctuary cities' and deported criminals who return to US - Washington Post

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The House on Thursday passed two hard-line immigration bills that would penalize illegal immigrants who commit crimes and local jurisdictions that refuse to work with federal authorities to deport them. Both bills, Kate’s Law and the No Sanctuary for …
House passes ‘Kate’s Law’ and bill targeting sanctuary citiesThe Hill (blog)
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