Amazons Pushing Into India and Jeff Bezos Is MIA on Controversial Citizenship Law

Jeff Bezos was in India this week, documenting a highly anticipated business trip with sunny Instagram posts from choice destinations like a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. But the richest man in modern history has been silent on a top issue gripping the country: a controversial new citizenship law that has produced deadly unrest. The law in question, the Citizenship Amendment Act, provides a pathway to Indian naturalization for refugees of all major South Asian religionsexcept practitioners of Islam. While most of Indias neighbors are majority Muslim, Islamic minority sects like Rohingya from Myanmar or the Ahmadi in Pakistan face first use of religion to determine eligibility for citizenship in modern Indian law, remarkable in a country that, despite a history …

Converse Finally Goes Waterproof, With Some Help From Gore-Tex

The rain is drenching Darryl "Curtains" Jackson. It's coming down in sheets from a machine overhead that's been programmed to dump water droplets at the rate of 3.25 inches an hour. "This is a nice, steady rain," he says, as drops fall from the ceiling and drain into the grated floor below. Curtains, Gore-Tex fabrics. The tower is designed to simulate nasty weather of all kinds—slanted downpours, harsh winds, insistent drizzle—so Gore can test the efficacy of the materials it manufactures. Even in this fabricated deluge, Curtains doesn't need an umbrella. Today, he's wearing a hooded black zip-up jacket and orange and green high-top sneakers. They're part of the Urban Utility collection, a new line of weatherproof mens shoes and …

Chris Evans Goes to Washington

It’s a languid October afternoon in Los Angeles, sunny and clear. Chris Evans, back home after a grueling production schedule, relaxes into his couch, feet propped up on the coffee table. Over the past year and a half, the actor has tried on one identity after another: the shaggy-haired Israeli spy, the clean-shaven playboy, and, in his Broadway debut, the Manhattan beat cop with a Burt Reynolds ’stache. Now, though, he just looks like Chris Evans—trim beard, monster biceps, angelic complexion. So it’s a surprise when he brings up the nightmares. “I sleep, like, an hour a night,” he says. “I’m in a panic.” The panic began, as panics so often do these days, in Washington, DC. Early last February, …

Senate impeachment trial rules: No phones and no talking for senators

(CNN)Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska saluted Senate rules announced Wednesday for the impeachment trial that are designed to ensure senators are not distracted and can pay close attention to the proceedings. Murkowski was responding to guidelines released by Senate leaders, which includes a description of how members should conduct themselves throughout the duration of the impeachment trial. Other rules listed include that Senators “should plan to be in attendance at all times” and should refer to Chief Justice John Roberts as “Mr. Chief Justice.” The memo describing decorum guidelines for a Senate trial from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s offices also states that “upon the announcement of the arrival of the Chief Justice, …