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Vox Sentences: A ton of German politicians just got hacked

Another week ends with no shutdown resolution; Germany’s politicians get hacked.

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Another week ends with no shutdown resolution; Germany’s politicians get hacked.

Tonight’s Sentences was written by German Lopez and Dara Lind.

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  • In the first week of the new year, the federal government has remained partially shut down as President Donald Trump refuses to sign a spending deal that doesn’t include $5 billion for a wall at the US-Mexico border. [Vox / Li Zhou]
  • Trump reportedly told Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer that he’s ready to keep the government shut down for months or even years if necessary. [USA Today / David Jackson and Michael Collins]
  • Trump also said that, if he doesn’t get his way, he may try to declare a national emergency to build the wall. It’s not clear if and how Trump could do that. [Washington Post / Seung Min Kim, Erica Werner, and Josh Dawsey]
  • People are already feeling the effects of the shutdown. Not only are tens of thousands of federal workers going without pay (even as some of them are expected to work), but there’s other problems with government services too — like the Washington, DC, Marriage Bureau closing down. [Washington Post / Fenit Nirappil]
  • National parks, meanwhile, are getting trashed. [Visalia Times-Delta / Calley Cederlof]
  • The longer the shutdown goes on for, the worse it will get. For example, 2018 tax refunds could be delayed if the shutdown lasts past mid-January. [Vox / German Lopez]

Germany, hacked

  • Someone on Twitter hacked and leaked the personal information of hundreds of German lawmakers, from letters to contact details. The breach apparently affected politicians from all parties except the far-right Alternative for Germany, a.k.a. AfD. [New York Times / Melissa Eddy]
  • Twitter shut down the account leaking the private information on Friday. The account had apparently been publishing the information going back to December, but it wasn’t really noticed until Thursday. [The Guardian / Josie Le Blond]
  • It remains unclear if all of the leaked data is authentic, but at least some of it seems to be. [Associated Press / Geir Moulson]
  • The data breach is just the latest to hit a major government, with France experiencing a similar hack during its 2017 election. Similar to the hack in Germany, the French incident seemed to benefit the far right. [BuzzFeed / Zeynep Tufekci]
  • And, of course, Democrats got hacked during the 2016 election — to the benefit of Donald Trump. [Vox / Alvin Chang]


  • Philosopher Elizabeth Anderson isn’t a household name, but she should be. Hopefully this profile will fix that. [New Yorker / Nathan Heller]
  • Beauty work is work; reading this lovely illustrated personal essay from cartoonist/writer (and former model) Carolita Johnson about beauty work is not. [Longreads / Carolita Johnson]
  • The only PowerPoint tutorial on how to take pictures of food you will ever need. [Helen Rosner]
  • An encounter with a member of China’s “Fifty-Cent Army” — so called because they’re rumored to get paid fifty cents for every time they troll a critic of the Chinese government on social media. [Popula / Brian Hioe]


“El Chapo Got Wiretapped Because The Cartel’s IT Guy Screwed Up.” [Vice / Keegan Hamilton]

Watch this: Why monks had that haircut

There was a lot of thought behind the style — and controversy. [YouTube / Phil Edwards and Gina Barton]

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