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The best doesn’t exist. A psychologist explains why we can’t stop searching.

Psychologist Barry Schwartz on the allure of a doomed mission.

How Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer got Trump to own a government shutdown

Pelosi and Schumer didn’t know their meeting with Trump would be televised. They still used it to their advantage.

Adélie penguins poop pink guano. It’s so bright, you can see it from space.

You can join the scientific quest to track penguin poop from space. It could help protect the species.

Mary Poppins Returns — with a sadder story and forgettable songs

The new sequel tries hard to recapture the magic of the 1964 version. It doesn’t offend. But it doesn’t sparkle, either.

“You can make anything a crime”: Republicans shrug at Trump being implicated in felonies

At least seven have already responded with the equivalent of a verbal shrug.

I’ve never had a student ask for a safe space. Here’s what they have asked for.

Panic about students and "safe spaces" is completely misguided.

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Trump doesn’t want the wall. He wants a fight about the wall.

Gillette owner Procter & Gamble is acquiring one of its razor startup competitors

The Geminid meteor shower — one of the best of the year — peaks Thursday and Friday

“In stepping forward, you took a huge risk”: Christine Blasey Ford honors Rachael Denhollander, who spoke up about Larry Nassar

North Carolina GOP admits a new House election is probably needed after election fraud scandal

California’s cap-and-trade system may be too weak to do its job

There are lots of reasons to worry about Google. Congress just picked the wrong one.

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It’s ridiculous that it’s unconstitutional for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to run for president

Why women have better sex under socialism, according to an anthropologist

How Trump made the North Korea crisis worse

What I learned go-karting around Tokyo dressed as Spider-Man

Inside Venezuela’s YouTube prank economy

When the “best” busts: the spectacular rise and fall of smart luggage startup Raden

I used all the best stuff for a week and it nearly broke me

Republicans’ civil war over criminal justice reform, explained

Searching for the perfect lipstick could change your life

Japan plans to purchase nearly 150 F-35 fighter jets from the US

Vox Sentences: Trump is still remaking the judiciary

Video of police ripping a black child from his mom has sparked debate over NYPD practices

Theresa May is seeking a lifeline from the EU after Brexit deal chaos

Why Trump wants to repeal an Obama-era clean water rule

CNN urges people to ignore climate change deniers they regularly feature on TV

Delta is now restricting emotional support animals on flights. This could be a good thing.

House Republicans don’t agree on why they lost the 2018 midterms

The hypocrisy of Trump’s immigration agenda is getting harder to ignore

Google CEO Sundar Pichai refused to rule out launching a censored search engine in China

Embattled French President Macron announces concessions to quell weeks of violent protests

Why Netflix could have lost Friends — and what it means for the future of streaming

Kevin Hart’s Oscars controversy feeds the stereotype of the black homophobe

The fiery meeting between Trump, Schumer, and Pelosi about the border wall, explained