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How the Kavanaugh allegations became a test for #MeToo

The #MeToo movement exposed the myths around assault. What happens with Brett Kavanaugh will show if anything has really changed.

Puerto Rico’s push for statehood, explained

Puerto Rico is asking to become the 51st US state. Trump just said no.

“Public charge,” Trump’s new proposal to restrict legal immigration, explained

Immigrants could be barred from green cards based on use of food stamps or Medicaid.

Why do brands care if you vote?

It’s about democracy, but it’s also about the bottom line.

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It’s time to rethink how much booze may be too much

Researchers are changing how they study the risks of alcohol — and it’s making drinking look worse.

As “dieting” becomes more taboo, Weight Watchers is changing its name

The new name, "WW," could just be savvy marketing rather than meaningful change.

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Accusers, plural

U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is facing more accusations of sexual misconduct.

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Kellyanne Conway: at least Kavanaugh’s better than Harvey Weinstein

Peter Brimelow and VDare, the white nationalist website with close ties to the right, explained

Half of 2018’s Democratic campaign ads are about health care

Meet Noel Francisco, the man who could oversee the Mueller probe after Rosenstein

Many banned books were made into movies. Where the Wild Things Are may be the greatest.

How to watch Trump’s speech at the UN General Assembly

What does Michael Avenatti have on Brett Kavanaugh? What we know so far.

Trump’s latest rant about Puerto Rico’s death toll makes no sense

Watch: John Oliver explains how Facebook is wreaking havoc overseas

The very simple reason Republicans are fighting so hard for Brett Kavanaugh

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s future in question

Brett Kavanaugh faces possible new misconduct allegations in Montgomery County, Maryland

The Dallas police officer who shot Botham Jean has been fired

Affordable housing is just the beginning of YIMBY

Nike’s Colin Kaepernick ad sparked a boycott — and earned $6 billion for Nike

A scholar of forgiveness explains what makes a good public apology for sexual misconduct

Republicans just don’t take sexual assault seriously

At least 600 Yale alumnae stand with new Kavanaugh accuser Deborah Ramirez in open letter

Mark Judge, the man whose name keeps popping up in the Brett Kavanaugh allegations, explained

Why colleges tolerate fraternities

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The first source of the New Yorker bombshell wasn’t Deborah Ramirez. It was Yale alumni.

After 2 years of increases, the US murder rate officially fell in 2017

Brett Kavanaugh’s habit of dissembling makes it hard to take his word over Ford’s

What we know — and still don’t — about the sexual misconduct allegations against Brett Kavanaugh

Republicans reportedly knew about Brett Kavanaugh’s second accuser — and then tried to speed up his confirmation

Europe has a plan to force academic publishers to make research free to read

There is no fall TV season anymore

The rise of YouTube’s reactionary right

Measles cases have hit a record high in Europe. Blame austerity.

The waiting list for organ transplants is finally shrinking — for a grim reason

Brett Kavanaugh and the Supreme Court’s looming legitimacy crisis

What the rise of men’s makeup means for masculinity

As cosmetics for men become more mainstream, they could give men more opportunities for self-expression — and more pressure to live up to unrealistic beauty standards.

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Teen shopping habits, explained by teens

What’s Gen Z into? Juuls, Glossier, and thrift stores.

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Why do so many millennial brands think adults want stickers?

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Another woman has accused Kavanaugh of misconduct. Here’s why that matters so much.

A second woman comes forward with sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh

Ted Cruz tweets out viral Beto O’Rourke video in a bizarre move

Don’t sleep on Sorry for Your Loss, a terrific new half-hour drama airing on Facebook

Ford will testify on Kavanaugh sexual assault allegations in front of Senate on Thursday