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We read all 25 National Book Award finalists for 2019. Here’s what we thought.

The Vox staff reviewed all the finalists in each of five categories: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, translated literature, and young people’s literature.

The wolves are coming for Kurt Volker

Democrats are probing whether the special envoy was directed by Trump to squash an investigation in Ukraine. Republicans have a plan to throw him under the bus.

The Walmart shooting is part of a typical week for America

There are a lot of shootings in America.

16 great documentaries from this year and how to watch them

From con artists to cults, nonfiction cinema is rich right now.

A new study finds immigrants aren’t drawn to states that offer them health insurance

It pushes back on the idea that health insurance is a "welfare magnet" for immigrants.

Trump’s controversial vaping flavor ban is now dead

Angry vapers and vaping companies convinced the president to kill his flavored vape ban.

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Noise will be noise

After hearing a mysterious whine in suburban Arizona, Karthic Thallikar started on a journey that would ultimately lead to the center of the internet.

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These senators are going after the biggest climate villains in Washington

How to follow (and listen to) Recode’s Code Media conference in Los Angeles

Having a bad day? Dave Eggers can help. 

Costume design for animated movies is ridiculously difficult. The team behind Frozen 2 explains why.

Fresno, California, shooting: what we know

How Watchmen’s giant squid attack changes everything

Impeachment, explained

Watchmen wants us to know one thing: We’re all being used by those with power

A Prince Andrew interview has renewed questions about his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein

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Poll: Pete Buttigieg becomes the presidential frontrunner in Iowa

The world’s most profitable company is about to go public

SNL adds “pizzazz” to the impeachment hearings by turning them into a soap opera

America’s sex education system is broken. This chatbot wants to be the solution.

Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards hangs on to his Louisiana seat

Obama says that Americans are seeking “improvement” not “revolutionary” change

A State Department aide overheard Trump pushing for Ukrainian investigations into Biden

Live results for Louisiana’s governor’s race: John Bel Edwards vs. Eddie Rispone

The execution of Rodney Reed has been stopped

Trump just issued multiple war crime pardons. Experts think it’s a bad idea.

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The Birds and the Bees ... and the bot

A sex education chat bot answers questions from teens about sex and puberty.

Has Donald Trump obstructed justice?

The post-truth prophets

One advantage of Elizabeth Warren’s employer health fee plan: It polls well

With impeachment, America’s epistemic crisis has arrived

How a conspiracy theory about the Bosnian genocide infiltrated the Nobel committee

Disney+ will stream The Simpsons in its original 4:3 aspect ratio in early 2020

Vox Sentences: A tampering tweet?

4 main takeaways from Marie Yovanovitch’s impeachment hearing

How a bad-faith attack on Schiff made its way from Twitter to Trump’s lips

Disturbing video shows an Arizona sheriff’s deputy body slam a quadruple amputee

Elizabeth Warren’s new Medicare-for-all plan starts out with a public option

Twitter is walking into a minefield with its political ads ban

Did Trump just commit witness tampering? I asked 7 legal experts.


Melting permafrost in the Arctic is unlocking diseases and warping the landscape

Fare evasion costs cities millions. But will cracking down on it solve anything?

The battle for voting rights in the age of mass incarceration

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All of Robert Mueller’s indictments and plea deals in the Russia investigation

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Roger Stone was just found guilty on all counts

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