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“Send a Baby to Mars!” and other AI-generated petitions

An AI was asked to write petitions to the government. Here’s what it came up with.

My great-grandmother’s struggle with mental illness — and the therapy that saved her life

Electroconvulsive therapy can help people with severe depression. But it has a controversial past.

How AirPods became an unlikely status symbol

Apple’s wireless earbuds have been fodder for memes and jokes about eating the rich — but people are still buying them.

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Stem cell clinics are popping up all over the United States. They're profitable and full of promises, but almost totally unregulated. ProPublica's Caroline Chen explores the shadier side of a booming business.

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Democrats: we’d love to nominate a young woman of color in 2020. Also, we love Joe Biden.

The hasty plan to get Americans back on the moon by 2024, explained

“American Taliban” John Walker Lindh’s controversial release from prison, explained

Meet the man with an impossible job: cleaning up YouTube

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Eric Garner died during a 2014 police encounter. An officer involved might lose his job.

The Harriet Tubman $20 bill was supposed to be unveiled in 2020. Now it might be delayed by almost a decade.

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Vox Sentences: Nevada is no Alabama

We asked all the 2020 Democrats how they’d fix child care. Here’s what they said.

Vox’s guide to where 2020 Democrats stand on policy

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Why protesters are throwing milkshakes at Nigel Farage

What the leaked IRS memo does and doesn’t say about the Trump tax returns controversy

We asked the dads running for president what they do for child care

A Silicon Valley startup is trying to rebrand payday loans

“Elizabeth Warren called me!” is turning into a meme

20 lingering questions about the Game of Thrones series finale

Trump’s bizarre Rose Garden news conference on impeachment, explained

How to get the most out of your exercise time, according to science

A simple guide to high-intensity interval training, or HIIT, the fitness trend du jour.

Congress’s high-stakes budget fight to avert an economic crisis, explained

Poll: Most Americans disapprove of the Alabama abortion ban

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Amazon’s Fleabag season 2 is gorgeous, heartbreaking — and so, so funny

Trump walked away from infrastructure negotiations before they really began

Nevada is lifting abortion restrictions, even as other states pass near-total bans

Why North Korea called Joe Biden an “imbecile” and “a fool of low IQ”

8,000 Amazon employees asked the company to do more on climate change. Shareholders just said no.

What’s behind Elizabeth Warren’s comeback in the polls

Airbnb is partnering with 23andMe to send people on “heritage” vacations

Disney’s live-action Aladdin is almost a charming rom-com — when it’s not a sluggish musical

The Green New Deal is fracturing a critical base for Democrats: unions

America’s newest stock exchange wants to fix one of capitalism’s fundamental challenges

Mnuchin denies that an IRS memo contradicts his position on Trump’s taxes. Spoiler: It does.

Urban Outfitters is introducing a clothing rental service

Nancy Pelosi and Maxine Waters disagree over impeachment at closed-door meeting

The US-Iran standoff may be cooling off