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The past 24 hours in Trump’s legal issues and pardon news, explained

Bill Barr’s moves, possible pardons for Trump’s children, news of a bribery-for-pardon investigation, and more.

The death and rebirth of America’s department stores, in charts

A look at the finances, footprints, and futures of department store chains.

Who will get the Covid-19 vaccine first? A CDC advisory panel just weighed in.

Health workers and people in long-term care facilities take priority, but some experts say the advice isn’t specific enough.

The rise in murders in the US, explained

The homicide rate is significantly up in American cities. Here are some explanations for why.

Religious conservatives have won a revolutionary victory in the Supreme Court

Roman Catholic Diocese v. Cuomo is one of the most significant religion cases in the past 30 years.

How Santas are handling a pandemic Christmas season

"It hurts when somebody brings a baby and we can’t hold them": What it’s like to play Kris Kringle during Covid-19.

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The key to the Cabinet

President-elect Biden has started announcing his Cabinet nominees, but Matthew Yglesias says the most important positions aren’t the ones you’d think.

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Vox’s audience support program, explained

How Trump’s blizzard of misleading fundraising emails explains his refusal to concede

What happened to department stores?

The battle over Trump’s huge UAE arms deal, explained

A bipartisan group of senators wants to pass emergency Covid-19 relief

Want to help animals? Here’s where to donate your money.

The 12 Days of Christmas: The story behind the holiday’s most annoying carol

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Is the pandemic making people more generous — or more selfish?

How voice actors are fighting to change an industry that renders them invisible

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The high rate of executions during Trump’s last weeks in office, explained

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Trump’s pardon shenanigans are ramping up

“The stakes are life and death”: Addiction treatment’s Covid-19 challenge

Why Trump taking credit for the Covid-19 vaccines could be a good thing

Pop culture’s department stores taught us what to want

This week in TikTok: The only election that mattered

The pandemic is changing college. Let’s reconsider GPAs while we’re at it.

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The job nobody wants

Dara and Matt on Biden’s choice to run Homeland Security and the many challenges he’ll face

4 looming foreign policy crises that could derail Biden’s agenda early on

A criminal justice expert’s guide to donating effectively right now

This man has donated at least 10% of his salary to charity for 11 years running

These are the charities where your money will do the most good

Trump’s attempt to overturn the election result has sputtered out

Ajit Pai, Trump’s FCC chair who repealed net neutrality, is leaving on January 20

Don’t wait: The case for giving sooner rather than later

Joe Biden announces Janet Yellen as Treasury secretary pick

What happened to Democrats in North Carolina: “It was a total effort that failed down ballot”

Staying safe this winter means a lot of time outside. Here’s how to stay warm.

Giving Tuesday, explained

Even Amy Coney Barrett appears skeptical of Trump’s latest attempt to rig the census

Moderna released more Covid-19 vaccine results. They’re very encouraging.

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One Good Thing: An amazing game played entirely via text message

11 films to watch if you loved — or hated — Hillbilly Elegy

It’s easy to assume pawnshops are doing great in the pandemic. It’s also wrong.

Want to improve climate policy in the Biden era? Here’s where to donate.

9 questions about the Georgia Senate runoffs you were too embarrassed to ask

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The death of the department store and the American middle class

The collapse of America’s middle class crushed department stores. Amazon and the pandemic are the final blows.