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The simplest way to fix our gun laws

California has the strictest gun laws in the country, but they didn't prevent last week’s mass shooting in Thousand Oaks. Vox’s German Lopez explains the flaws in California’s laws, and points to a far-away state doing a better job.

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This historian spent 10 years researching wartime presidents. Trump scares him the most.

What Machiavelli can teach us about Trump and the decline of liberal democracy

How Kristen Bell’s terrific performance grounds The Good Place’s wildest season yet

Vox Sentences: To all the votes I’ve counted before

Study: Trump is scaring immigrant families away from food stamps

Relief efforts want money. So why do we insist on donating canned goods?

Monica Lewinsky is finally having her moment

A new study further undermines the myth of the “savage” Neanderthal

A black security guard caught a shooting suspect — only to be shot by police minutes later

We could end factory farming this century

It took 46 years for Aretha Franklin’s concert doc to come out. The wait was worth it.

New Pew poll: the public prefers congressional Democrats to Trump on most issues

The case against cruises

How to make $6,000 a day writing Instagram quotes — sort of

Every sentence of Trump’s tweet accusing Democrats of “collusion” with Russia is a lie

Jell-O is finally capitalizing on the Instagram slime trend

A MAGA outlet just published a piece blaming Trump for the GOP midterm loss

Trump’s latest interview shows a president who’s in way over his head

Nancy Pelosi doesn’t currently have the votes to be speaker

How pesticide bans can prevent tens of thousands of suicides a year

How Trump-skeptical Republicans swung the 2018 midterms

Saudi Arabia seeks the death penalty for 5 suspects over Khashoggi murder

Photos: what California’s lethal wildfires look like on the ground

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Why the political fight in Georgia is far from over

California’s wildfires are hardly “natural” — humans made them worse at every step

The FDA cracks down on menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars

Sigrid Nunez wins the 2018 National Book Award for The Friend

Watch a 2-year-old solve one of philosophy’s most famous moral dilemmas

Florida judge sides with Democrats, giving thousands a second chance to fix their ballots

New Yorkers condemn Bezos at an anti-Amazon HQ2 rally in Queens

A white professor called police on a black student for putting her feet up in class

McConnell just said there’s no need for a “protect Mueller” bill. Trump already made that look silly.

We read all 25 National Book Award finalists for 2018. Here’s what we thought. 

Trump’s incompetence and authoritarianism are both scary

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is already pressuring Nancy Pelosi on climate change

This city just approved a new election system never tried before in America

This startup is selling bags from Prada and Gucci factories — without the labels

All the House seats Democrats have flipped in the 2018 elections

Ousted House Republican: Trump will make it almost impossible to win back the House