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The West has all the ingredients for another terrible wildfire season

Extreme heat and extreme drought are combining to drive up fire risks. But blazes aren’t inevitable.

Juneteenth, explained

The holiday’s 156-year history holds a lot of meaning in the fight for Black liberation today.

How free trials trick you into thinking you’ll get something for nothing

Why we can’t resist the idea of something for nothing.


Why so many Covid-19 variants are showing up now

And what that tells us about the pandemic.

The problem with Facebook’s attempt to be more like Nextdoor

Nextdoor’s approach to content moderation doesn’t always work.

How the vaccine changed bartending, according to a bartender

The pandemic made bartending more stressful. Is it better now?

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Once more unto the Brexit

The Atlantic’s Tom McTague provides a halftime report on Brexit. It appears it’s going very well for Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

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Vox’s audience support program, explained

Biden says Putin “knows there are consequences” if cyberattacks continue

Poll: A majority of voters support the PRO Act and union protections

What’s with these invasive “crazy” worms and why can’t we get rid of them?

The World Health Organization broke its own rules to spend millions on BCG consultants

Naomi Osaka and tennis journalism’s ugly history of demeaning its players

Trump’s lies about the 2020 election are endangering America’s election workers

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GameStop. Dogecoin. Now AMC. Do meme traders need to be protected from themselves?

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Is a pro-democracy coalition to defeat Trumpism possible?

The backlash against In the Heights, explained

What we know about the police killing of Winston Smith and the death of protester Deona Knajdek

Lina Khan will be chair of the Federal Trade Commission

The Putin summit may backfire on Biden

MacKenzie Scott gives away billions, again

Sotheby’s is selling a piece of web history, signed by its creator

Call it authoritarianism

Travelers have gotten rowdy. This Instagram account aims to keep them in line.

“Back to normal” puts us back on the path to climate catastrophe

Free the wrinkle

The pandemic could help Americans finally embrace aging skin.


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What's the deal with that new Alzheimer's drug?

Vox's Dylan Scott joins Matt and Dara to explain — as well as pronounce — the controversial and recently-FDA-approved drug for treating Alzheimer's disease

Hate crime laws won’t actually prevent anti-Asian hate crimes

Amazon’s Black employees say the company’s HR department is failing them

Chrissy Teigen’s fall from grace

What the Novavax vaccine means for the global fight against Covid-19

How Apple helped Trump’s DOJ seize lawmakers’ data without realizing it

Elon Musk says Tesla will once again accept bitcoin

The Asian American wealth gap, explained in a comic

Money Talks: The mother and the college student who shared stimulus checks

One Good Thing: A very funny show about girlboss feminism

The DOJ has a plan to protect voting rights. It might not be enough.

The fall of “King Bibi”

The richest colleges didn’t need to cut their budgets in the pandemic — but they did

Biden plans to reverse Trump’s Alaska policy. Here’s why it matters.

What Facebook’s two-year Trump ban does and doesn’t do

Colombia’s protests are a product of its post-peace-deal reality

The star-crossed history of In the Heights and West Side Story

One possible cause of the 2020 murder increase: More guns

How stressed out are factory-farmed animals? AI might have the answer.

What the new IG report about the gassing of protesters around Lafayette Square actually says

What you need to know about the House’s opening bid to rein in Big Tech