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The Paradise fire is catastrophic. And the wildfire threat to California is only growing.

The ingredients that fueled the deadly wildfire were brewing for years. Residents only had minutes to flee.

Exclusive: House Democrats will introduce a bill to protect millions of health care workers

Nurses and social workers are more likely to get attacked on the job than police officers.

What the reported charges against Julian Assange may — and may not — mean

There could be major implications for freedom of the press.

Don’t buy your friends an abandoned Spanish village, no matter what Gwyneth Paltrow says

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HBO’s My Brilliant Friend adaptation is a knockout

Even if you’ve never read Elena Ferrante’s novels, this new eight-episode series will have you gripped.

The real reason conservative critics love talking about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s clothes

Ocasio-Cortez’s political critics often disparage her clothes. They’re really worried about her policies.

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The extraordinary trial of notorious drug lord El Chapo is underway

5 Republican women senators told us they don’t want a seat on the Judiciary Committee

2 maps show how the blue wave washed away Republicans in Orange County

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Green Book builds a feel-good comedy atop an artifact of shameful segregation. Yikes.

Northern California now has the worst air quality in the world, thanks to wildfire smoke

Sen. Lindsey Graham is poised to lead the Senate Judiciary Committee

Cam has the brilliant audacity to argue that the internet isn’t about connecting people

California’s newly homeless fire victims face the state’s severe housing shortage

Why the wildfire in Northern California was so severe

Marcia Fudge, an Ohio Democrat, might challenge Nancy Pelosi

Beauty junkies love cheap dupes of expensive products. A new L’Oréal lawsuit could threaten that.

What the Amazon tax breaks really mean

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“This will make schools less safe”: why Betsy DeVos’s sexual assault rules have advocates worried

Bohemian Rhapsody loves Freddie Mercury’s voice. It fears his queerness.

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The US economy doesn’t need more Amazon jobs. It needs higher wages.

How Friendsgiving season eclipsed Turkey Day

The thrill of watching Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez bring her whole self to Congress

The guidebook that helped black Americans travel during segregation

In Widows, Viola Davis’s heist crew captivates even when the story stumbles

Trump-appointed judge orders White House to temporarily restore Acosta’s credentials

What’s going on with Brexit, explained in under 500 words

Netflix’s Ballad of Buster Scruggs is an old West folk tale, with a signature Coen brothers twist

Losing control of the House hasn’t stopped Trump from threatening a shutdown over his border wall

“Maybe we want to make it just a little more difficult”: GOP senator on college students voting

Healthy options — or soda taxes? How two cities are tackling obesity.

Netflix’s The Princess Switch is the best kind of dumb, cozy Christmas movie

Does cutting carbs really help keep weight off? The big new diet study, explained.

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