Getting Used to Your Government Tear Gassing You

A group of protesters who’ve been coming out night after night in Portland sued the administration today in federal court. They’re accusing federal agents of going beyond their authority and using excessive force, like repeatedly tear-gassing peaceful protesters. VICE News’ Dexter Thomas talks about what he’s seen and experienced in Portland.

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What It’s Like Being Arrested By the NYPD for Protesting

Protests against racism and police violence erupted in Minneapolis after the killing of George Floyd. The movement spread across the country. In New York City, tens of thousands marched. Within a week, the New York Police Department had arrested more than 2,000. VICE News spoke to protesters who know first-hand what happens when the NYPD take you into their custody.

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Obama on George Floyd Death in Virtual Town Hall — Watch With VICE News

Former President Obama addressed the recent protests against police violence in a Town Hall Meeting Wednesday. VICE News’ Lee Adams and Refinery29’s Danielle Cadet hosted the event for VICE News — start at 0:14:55 to check it out!

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Navajo Nation May Finally Get a Better Shot at Voting in the Presidential Election

VICE News spent time on Navajo Nation, before COVID-19 hit the reservation, to see how advocates are using technology to bring change to this often disenfranchised community.

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First Generation College Graduates Are Celebrating Alone at Home

VICE News explores what it’s like to be a first-generation college graduate in the middle of a pandemic, and how families are filling in the void left by all the canceled and postponed celebrations.

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The Writers and Directors Who Saw Coronavirus Coming

In the middle of an international pandemic, VICE News goes straight to people who spent years learning how outbreaks work and how humans will respond.

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Kamala Harris: Trump Has ‘Abandoned’ His Role as President

Sen. Kamala Harris thinks that President Trump’s failure to respond quickly to the coronavirus has made the crisis worse, causing economic destruction and costing American lives.

“There is no question that that had we a president in charge who actually took their responsibility seriously, that we would probably be looking at a lot less damage than we have incurred,” she said in an interview with VICE News. “We watch every day of the number of people infected and the number of people who are dead. We are every day hearing and watching stories about body bags. So, look, the buck stops with the president.”

This week the U.S. took the global lead in both confirmed coronavirus cases as well as deaths, surpassing Italy, Spain, and possibly China, though data from China is thought to be unreliable. At the same time, 22 million have claimed unemployment benefits in the past three weeks, and retail sales have plummeted as wide sectors of the economy have shut down.

“The fact is that he has abandoned his role of leadership and meaning the role of the president of the United States,” she said. “He’s abandoned the role of the president of the United States.”

Then the California Democrat ticked off what she sees as failures of the Trump administration in its response to the pandemic, which has now claimed nearly 30,000 lives in the U.S.

“His failure to take this seriously, from the time of calling it a hoax, to getting rid of the Obama administration’s focus through the White House on pandemics, to him trivializing the issue including the importance of social distancing” has made the crisis in the United States worse than it needed to be, she said.

Harris spoke to VICE News through a video conference on Thursday to discuss legislation she has introduced to prioritize funding and tracking of racial health disparities from the pandemic. An Associated Press analysis of communities with racial impact data show that while African Americans made up 21% of the population studied, they accounted for 42% of the deaths to the coronavirus.

Harris, who dropped her own run for the White House earlier this year, is thought to be a potential vice presidential pick for presumed Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

In the interview, she accused the current White House of taking an ideological approach to fighting the virus, rather than using the best science and fact-based analysis..

“The thing about this moment and it also is a source, therefore, of frustration about who this president is and how he has been approaching this issue: this is science. These things just don’t lie. Science is based on empirical data. Science is based on peer review. Science is based on analysis, objective analysis.”

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Inside Italy’s Coronavirus Epicenter

In a VICE News special report, Senior Correspondent Isobel Yeung travels to the epicenter of Italy’s COVID-19 outbreak.

Since February 20, when it was first detected in the country’s Lombardy region, Italy has been devastated by the virus. While official data says that more then 19,000 people have perished so far, there are signs that the actual death toll could be much higher.

Spending a shift with EMTs, Yeung witnessed firsthand a healthcare system in crisis. And she and her team gained rare access to an ICU in a hospital overwhelmed by COVID-19 cases.

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Isobel Yeung | VICE on SHOWTIME

Isobel Yeung is a multi-award-winning correspondent for VICE News. Yeung has reported from nearly every war zone throughout her deployments for VICE News, documenting conflict and crisis in Yemen, Syria, Libya, Iraq, Turkey, the Philippines and Afghanistan.

Isobel Yeung landed two Emmy award wins for her unprecedented access to the frontlines of Yemen’s humanitarian crisis. She has also earned two Front Page awards and a Gracie Award.

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We Talked to an ICU Nurse Working in an Overwhelmed COVID-19 Ward

The curve of COVID-19 is beginning to flatten in New York City, with admissions to the ICU, dropping for the first time on Friday. But that doesn’t mean life on the frontlines is getting any easier.

Medical workers are warning that even if the number of new hospitalizations reaches a plateau, hospital resources in the city—and the staff required to keep them running—will continue to be stretched thin.

While much of the media’s focus has been on ER physicians and ventilator stockpiles, intensive care nurses are just as scarce a resource. They’re the specialized caregivers responsible for executing treatment plans for the most critically-ill patients.

VICE News spoke with KP Mendoza, an ICU nurse from Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan who’s spent the last few weeks working in an overwhelmed COVID-19 ward.

“I think it’s too soon to have hope,” Mendoza told VICE. “I say that because even if you reach that peak, there will be a plateau. My patient ratio, my patient safety, my stress as an ICU nurse won’t diminish. It’s still gonna be bad in hospitals for a long time.”

In an interview in Central Park, Mendoza also talked about what it’s like to help patients make video calls to their families for what may be their last moment together, and his concerns about the personal protective equipment he’s been given to use while working with COVID patients in the ICU.

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VICE News Tonight Presents COVID-19: Italy’s Tragedy | Morgue Trailer

In a VICE News special report, Isobel Yeung travels to the epicenter of Italy’s Covid-19 outbreak.

Since February 20, when it was first detected in the country’s Lombardy region, Italy has been devastated by the virus. While official data says that more then 19,000 people have perished so far, there are signs that the actual death toll could be much higher.

Spending a shift with EMTs, Yeung witnessed firsthand a healthcare system in crisis. And she and her team gained rare access to an ICU in a hospital overwhelmed by Covid-19 cases.

VICE News Tonight Presents Covid19: Italy’s Tragedy. Airs April 14 at 11PM ET on VICE TV.

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VICE News Tonight Presents COVID-19: Italy’s Tragedy | ICU Trailer

In a VICE News special report, Isobel Yeung travels to the epicenter of Italy’s COVID-19 outbreak.

Since February 20, when it was first detected in the country’s Lombardy region, Italy has been devastated by the virus. While official data says that more then 19,000 people have perished so far, there are signs that the actual death toll could be much higher.

Spending a shift with EMTs, Yeung witnessed firsthand a healthcare system in crisis. And she and her team gained rare access to an ICU in a hospital overwhelmed by COVID-19 cases.

VICE News Tonight Presents COVID-19: Italy’s Tragedy. Airs April 14 at 11P on VICE TV.

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Meet the Conservatives Lobbying Lawmakers to Act on Climate Change

Last month, conservatives from around the country gathered in DC for the first ever Conservative Climate Lobby Day. They represent a growing number of conservatives who worry that the Republican party is losing ground on the issue of climate change.

One of the participants, 22-year-old Jacob Abel, told VICE News that the party might lose young people like himself if it doesn’t lead more on climate policy.

“I think that’s why they’re starting to move on it more now because they see the writing on the wall. This is an important issue for people who are my age. They want to see climate change addressed. They want conservative Republican solutions for it. So if they don’t adjust to it, I think they will lose voters.”

Abel and about seventy other conservative lobbyists spent two days in DC- one for training, one for lobbying – to push Republican lawmakers on the Energy and Carbon Dividend Act. It would place a carbon fee on emissions to be paid out by companies. And that money would be given back to citizens as a dividend check to American households. The bill has some sweeteners for conservatives too, like halting certain greenhouse gas regulations in the Clean Air Act.

Their lobbying didn’t result in congressional action on the bill, which still only has one republican co-sponsor. The lobbyists even found resistance with certain Republican members who are considered the party leaders on the issue.

Rep. Garret Graves of Louisiana, a state ravaged by receding coastline, is the ranking member on the House Select Committee for the Climate Crisis. VICE News spoke with him in his office on Capitol Hill to hear his approach to tackling climate change and how that differs from what the conservatives lobbyists are proposing.

To Graves, much of the problem is a messaging issue that the public has not been made aware of the successful climate initiatives already underway.

“We need to do a better job educating people about the extraordinary progress that we’ve made.”

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Coronavirus Has Put These People Out of Work

VICE News spoke with an actor, a teacher, a food worker who cannot do their jobs in self-quarantine, one of whom was laid off amidst coronavirus cuts. We look at the ways these individuals have managed to cope and get creative in their new lives.
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How Hospitals Could Decide Who Gets a Ventilator During the Coronavirus Pandemic

VICE News spoke with Dr. Tia Powell, a physician and bioethicist who helped write the guidelines.

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Inside Mexico’s Warring Cartels and the Millions of People They’ve Displaced

For decades, the Mexican government has struggled to figure out what to do about warring cartels. And that’s led to a massive and mostly ignored crisis: Entire towns are being displaced by violence, leaving ghost towns behind.

The problem is so severe — and stubborn — that a recent study concluded that just between 2011 and 2017 as many as 8 million people were displaced within the country because of violence stemming from the constant battle for territory. But there are virtually no laws, programs, public policy or official government initiatives to help those displaced. And, because people flee their homes individually or in families — not in caravans — the problem has largely stayed out of the public eye.

Meanwhile, armed groups have been moving in, making many of the neighborhoods their own.

For the past year, VICE News’ Roberto Ferdman has been following the story of hundreds of displaced families, and the violent war that has destroyed their towns.

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Biden: Bernie Is Lying About My Position on Social Security

Former Vice President Joe Biden has taken flack in recent weeks for saying when he was a senator that he’d negotiate with Republicans on entitlements in order to balance the budget.

On Monday, Biden tried to make clear that would never happen if he becomes president.

“There will be no compromise on cutting Medicare & Social Security, period. That’s a promise,” Biden said at the 2020 Iowa Brown & Black Presidential Forum, the nation’s oldest minority-focused presidential forum, this year presented by VICE News.

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Democrats in Congress Are Calling Out the Gop for Defending Trump at All Costs

One day before the House of Representatives voted to impeach President Trump, VICE News asked Democrats about the partisan nature of the vote.

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VICE Investigates: A New Series From VICE News On Hulu (Trailer)

Your world, reconsidered. This is VICE Investigates, a bold new documentary series from VICE News, only on Hulu. Watch the first three episodes on November 1.

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‘Joker’ Doesn’t Have any Incels, But It Does Have Weird Trump References

‘Joker’ has inspired a lot of debate. Many early reviewers thought it was a great film, but worried that it could inspire violence from ‘incels’ – angry young men who resent women who reject them. VICE News’ Dexter Thomas watched the movie, and doesn’t quite agree.

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GOP Activists Just Formed a Dark Money Group to Go to War With Big Tech

When political opposites like Senator Josh Hawley and Bernie Sanders are both railing against the power of Big Tech, there may be real bipartisan momentum toward reining in the giants of the tech industry. Now, amid the calls for new regulations on privacy, antitrust issues, and alleged political bias, two experienced conservative operatives have formed an advocacy group to challenge Big Tech.

The organization, called the Internet Accountability Project, is the brainchild of Mike Davis, who helped lead last year’s fight to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

As a 501(c)(4), the IAP is a “dark-money” group, meaning it isn’t required to disclose who’s funding it. Davis wouldn’t tell VICE News, beyond describing its funders as a “coalition of populist organizations and individuals who are working on this project.” Its strategic partners include several right-leaning organizations, including Publius Lex, a conservative legal nonprofit, and the Media Research Center, which describes its aim as “neutralizing leftist bias in the news media and popular culture.”

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Bart Baker Quit YouTube — Now He’s Trying To Get Big on the Chinese Internet

Bart Baker, former YouTube celebrity, starts off most mornings by screaming in mangled Chinese.

For the past few years, Bart’s bread and butter was edgy parody music videos, mocking stars like Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift. Good videos easily racked in tens of millions of views; a million views was a dud.

But when YouTube started de-prioritizing vulgar videos in order to keep family-friendly advertisers happy, Bart’s income took a massive plunge.

So when he got a mysterious email from a company promising to catapult him to stardom in China, he figured he’d give it a shot. A few videos later, he had millions of followers, in a country he’d never even visited.

Now, Bart’s days start with live chat and song sessions with his millions of Chinese followers on Kwai, a Chinese social media app. Then, his Chinese manager sends him a Chinese song, which Bart translates into English, with the help of Google Translate. Hours later, Bart’s English version of the track is burning up the top ranks in Douyin (China’s version of TikTok).

Bart sees immense potential in the Chinese market, and has already announced that he is quitting YouTube. Meanwhile, his Chinese manager is concerned that Bart’s American persona could be trouble in China, if it isn’t properly handled, since is difficult to use internet in China and is when using tools as VPNs are useful to be able to use internet and services as surfshark vpn recensioni are perfect for this.

VICE News met with Bart Baker in Los Angeles, and his manager in Shanghai, to see if Bart’s path might be a way forward for other struggling YouTubers.

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