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How kidnap-for-ransom became the “most lucrative industry in Nigeria”

Bandits have extorted $4.9 million from ordinary Nigerians this year.

Hosting the Olympics comes at a massive cost

The Tokyo Olympics could cost four times as much as expected.

Federal eviction protections have ended, leaving renters scrambling

Only $3 billion of a $45 billion relief package has been distributed to renters.

The $5,000 quest for the perfect butt

How the Brazilian butt lift, one of the world’s most dangerous plastic surgery procedures, went mainstream.

These immigrants have one shot to come to the US. But Biden has to act.

Diversity visa applicants were targeted by Trump, but have remained in limbo under Biden.

Here’s how police can get your data — even if you aren’t suspected of a crime

And you may never know they did it.

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The spike in gun violence (Part II)

A Philadelphia election tested progressive ideas on how to reduce shootings in America. ProPublica’s Alec MacGillis explains.

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Why the “wolf turn” is such a big deal

Trump’s aggressive efforts to overturn election results come to light

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Biden’s fight to de-Trumpify the courts, explained

Will the Tokyo Olympics be a superspreader event?

“Progressive prosecutors” are working within the system to change it. How is that going?

The Green Knight is glorious and a little baffling. Let’s untangle it.

Feds are seizing cryptocurrency from criminals. Now they have to figure out what to do with it.

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Matt is joined by Liza Reed of the Niskanen Center to talk about energy policy, electricity transmission, and America's complex power delivery system

Beetles, drought, and fires are a ticking time bomb in the West

Medical debt was cut nearly in half in states that expanded Medicaid

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Biden is turning back Haitian migrants at sea, echoing a shameful chapter in US history

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How to make the child tax credit more accessible

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Google and Facebook lead the way with Covid-19 vaccine mandates. Will corporate America follow?

Why Simone Biles withdrew from the Olympic gymnastic women’s team finals

Democracy’s big threat isn’t coming from China. It’s coming from within.

Don’t dwell on the US life expectancy drop. Worry about the long-term trend.

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