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Spain’s prime minister has moved to strip Catalonia of its leadership. It’s an unprecedented act.

Mariano Rajoy’s response to the Catalan independence movement is the most dramatic moment in Spain’s 40 years of democracy.

The most effective clean energy policy gets the least love

In defense of renewable energy mandates. Back in the 1990s and 2000s, when Democrats had more power in state governments, 29 states (and DC) passed some form of renewable portfolio standard (RPS), a policy that requires a state’s utilities to get a certain percentage of their power from renewable sources by a certain year.

Nobel laureate Kazuo Ishiguro wrote a screenplay about a gourmet who eats a ghost

Welcome to the weekly Vox book link roundup, a curated collection of the best writing on the web about books and related subjects.

Geostorm, a disaster movie about a weather apocalypse, somehow manages to be unbelievably boring

If you must see it, see it in 4DX. It’s not a crime for a movie to be boring. Boredom can be a rare and precious gift in a culture of distraction.

Vox Sentences: Republicans inch closer to cutting taxes

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Geostorm, a disaster movie about a weather apocalypse, somehow manages to be unbelievably boring

If you must see it, see it in 4DX. It’s not a crime for a movie to be boring. Boredom can be a rare and precious gift in a culture of distraction.

All the women who have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and assault, so far

On October 5, the New York Times published an exposé alleging that Harvey Weinstein, one of Hollywood’s most revered moguls and influential kingpins, has been sexually harassing and abusing women for nearly 30 years.

4 political stories that actually mattered this week

Policy action on health care, taxes, trade, and more. The week closed with a cacophonous battle over President Trump’s phone call to the grieving widow of a dead Special Forces soldier, featuring emotional pushback from Chief of Staff John Kelly, outrage from many former military officers, and the now-customary mix of shifting stories and ferocious accusations of “fake news” from the White House.

Lulu the CIA dog who wouldn’t sniff bombs is the week’s most adorable internet hero

Lulu wouldn't locate explosives. Instead, she located our hearts. Ah, Lulu, we hardly knew you. Or at least the CIA, which tried to train you to sniff out bombs, hardly knew you.

Candy corn: Halloween’s most contentious sweet, explained

Ah, Halloween, the glorious holiday devoted to underdressing in the cold while overindulging in sugar-filled treats.

3 white supremacists arrested in Florida for shooting at anti-racism protesters

The shooting happened after a Richard Spencer speech at the University of Florida in Gainesville. The aftermath of white nationalist Richard Spencer’s speech at the University of Florida in Gainesville turned violent on Thursday when three white supremacists allegedly shot at anti-racism protesters.

Sarah Sanders: It’s “highly inappropriate” to question John Kelly — because he’s a general

Kelly made a false claim about a member of Congress, but Sanders says it’s “inappropriate” to debate that.

Why I Capture the Castle has gained a secret cult of book lovers

“Every time I meet someone who also loves I Capture the Castle,” writes Jenny Han in her foreword to the new edition of Dodie Smith’s 1948 classic, “I know we must be kindred spirits.” I Capture the Castle is that kind of book.

Republicans have picked a huge environmental fight in their push for tax reform

Drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is a bargaining chip in securing votes. For decades, Alaskan politicians have sought a highly coveted prize: permission from Congress to open up sections of the pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska to oil and natural gas drilling.

John Kelly has become a field commander in Trump’s culture war

The chief of staff divides America into those who “serve” in uniform — at home and abroad — and those who should shut up.

An Indiana county just halted a lifesaving needle exchange program, citing the Bible

The program has overwhelming evidence behind it. But that wasn’t enough to save it. “People will absolutely die as a result.” That’s how Chris Abert of the Indiana Recovery Alliance described the consequences of an Indiana county’s decision to stop a needle exchange program, which provides clean syringes to drug users in an effort to stop the spread of infectious blood-borne diseases like HIV and hepatitis.

The “Fake Melania” conspiracy theory, explained

The idea of Melania Trump having a body double appeals because people have already created a narrative about the first lady.

The raging controversy over Trump and the families of fallen soldiers, explained

From an ambush in Niger to a multi-front political fiasco. In emotional remarks in the White House briefing room Thursday afternoon White House Chief of Staff John Kelly — a former general whose son died on the battlefield in Afghanistan in 2011 — pronounced himself “stunned” and “broken-hearted” to learn about “a member of Congress who listened in on a phone call from the president of the United States to a young wife.” It was a stunning rebuke of a sitting member of congress and Kelly paired it with an additional swipe at Rep.

Here’s what Rick Perry would have recommended if he’d listened to his own grid study

How to actually make the grid more resilient. The Trump administration absolutely united around one goal: supporting the US coal industry.

Harvey Weinstein’s “sex addiction” excuse harms my patients who have real issues about sex

Mental health issues surrounding sex are no excuse for sexual crimes. The day after I listened to the New Yorker audio clip of Harvey Weinstein sexually harassing a woman, Steve walked into my office for an initial therapy session.