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There’s election fraud in North Carolina. That’s not the same thing as voter fraud.

Conservatives claim the North Carolina ballot tampering scandal proves voter fraud is real. Not quite.

The US government’s ongoing battle with Chinese telecom giant Huawei, explained

The US has long expressed concerns about Huawei and its ties to the Chinese government.

The Arctic has lost 2.6 million reindeer over the past 20 years

The Arctic is changing — fast. That’s bad news for reindeer and caribou.

This Democrat thinks voting rights should be one of the House’s first big priorities in January

Rep. Terri Sewell is introducing a bill to restore the Voting Rights Act.

Time’s 2018 Person of the Year is Jamal Khashoggi and other “Guardians” of the truth

The list includes Filipina journalist Maria Ressa, imprisoned Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, and the staff of the Capital Gazette.

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The $3.5 billion shaving industry is secretive and litigious — and disrupting itself silly.

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Why the Kevin Hart Oscars backlash was different from other recent public shamings

Embattled French President Macron announces concessions to quell weeks of violent protests

GOP leader who gloated about Benghazi probe wants Dems to refrain from investigating Trump

There’s a great anti-poverty bill in the Senate. Why haven’t we heard more about it?

It’s official: Trump’s asylum crisis is driven by people coming legally

A woman died of a brain-eating amoeba infection. The suspect: her neti pot.

Scaling up good ideas is really, really hard — and we’re starting to figure out why

The Supreme Court’s surprising decision on Planned Parenthood, explained

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The Geminid meteor shower — one of the best of the year — peaks Thursday and Friday

A groundbreaking antitrust lawsuit is ensnaring the generic drug industry

Advent, explained

How umami became the fifth basic taste

2018 was by far the worst year on record for gun violence in schools

The Trump administration’s tone-deaf school lunch move

Accused Russian spy Maria Butina appears to reach plea deal with prosecutors

In 2018, movies didn’t just feature strong women. They shoved men aside.

Trump is having a tough time finding his next chief of staff

The problem with beach nourishment

Trump makes a desperate attempt to downplay illegal payments to women

The controversy over Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas’s wedding, explained

Good riddance to John Kelly

What’s left of affirmative action, explained

Why willpower is overrated

Greenland’s ice sheet is melting at its fastest rate in centuries

Why the cast of Vanderpump Rules will sell you anything

The Trump-era threat to democracy is the opposite of populism

House Intelligence Dems will look into Trump-Russia — and these 4 other things

The 2018 midterms had the highest turnout since before World War I

Paul Ryan’s long con

The somewhat absurd controversy over Maine’s ranked choice voting system, explained

Trump lashes out at “Leakin’ James Comey” over details in a publicly available transcript

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