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A federal judge stopped Texas from ending its refugee program

The stakes were even higher than the thousands of refugees Texas is on track to resettle in 2020.

Twitter, Microsoft, and other companies call for an end to Trump’s rule to keep out low-income immigrants

Dozens of tech companies signed on to an amicus brief in support of appealing the controversial public charge rule.

Impeachment, explained

The ultimate guide to the Donald Trump impeachment saga

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Why Australia’s fires are linked to floods in Africa

Fires are normal in Australia. This year was off the charts.

Top 2020 candidates will be stuck in Washington because of the impeachment trial 

Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and Amy Klobuchar are eyeing alternate ways to campaign while they’re in the Capitol.

Trump judge lashes out at a transgender litigant in a surprisingly cruel opinion

Judge Kyle Duncan was a prominent anti-LGBTQ lawyer before joining the bench.

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The 100 year fight for equal rights

Virginia became the 38th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment this week. Now, Congress is the only thing standing between the 28th amendment and the Constitution of the United States.

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Netflix’s The Goop Lab pushes flimsy wellness trends. But it’s strong on vulvas.

Yes, the UK media’s coverage of Meghan Markle really is racist

9 questions about Trump’s impeachment trial you were too embarrassed to ask

Trump’s prayer event began with an inaccurate 2016 election map and ended with a rage-tweet

“Privacy shouldn’t be a luxury”: Advocates want Google to do more to secure cheap Android phones

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Wuhan pneumonia outbreak: What we know and don’t know

How a clunky, retro hair dryer suddenly went viral

Peacock, NBC’s new streaming service, wants you to watch ads

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New York could put a hold on facial recognition in schools. Here’s why.

What Netflix’s The Circle gets right about social media

6 things to know about Peacock, NBC’s new (free) streaming service

How thousands of Iranians went from mourning a general to protesting the regime, in a week

House of the Dragon is the first Game of Thrones prequel that’s actually happening

Iran says it’s now enriching uranium at levels higher than before nuclear deal

The surprising protest of Exxon’s law firm at Harvard Law

HBO’s Game of Thrones prequels: what we know so far

The alarming trend of beached whales filled with plastic, explained

Elizabeth Warren’s ambitious plan to bypass Congress and erase America’s student debt, explained

Google Chrome’s cookie ban is good news for Google — and maybe your privacy

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Facebook's fake deepfake problem

The dark origins of deepfake videos and Facebook’s new policy explained.

Lev Parnas’s dramatic new claims about Trump and Ukraine, explained

Why Netflix’s fantastic new docuseries Cheer is so addictive

USMCA, Trump’s new trade deal, explained in 600 words

The Senate has approved the USMCA, bringing Trump’s trade deal one step closer to reality

Trump’s hold of Ukraine aid was illegal, according to the US government’s top watchdog

The life and death of sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, explained

The old-school pomp and circumstance of impeachment, briefly explained

2020 Democrats finally got specific on foreign policy in the Iowa debate

Why #NeverWarren should make you nervous about 2020

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The Rehab Racket: Investigating the high cost of addiction care

Reporter German Lopez is looking into America’s notoriously opaque addiction treatment industry, which affects thousands of people each year.

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“Flood the zone with shit”: How misinformation overwhelmed our democracy

The impeachment trial probably won’t change any minds. Here’s why.

Voting rights advocates just won a small but important victory in Missouri

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Methadone can help people beat opioid addiction — if they can afford it

"I’m on a hamster wheel of trying to figure out how to pay this price. It just never ends."

These candidates were accused of sexual misconduct. They’re running again in 2020.

The psychology behind over- (and under-) packing

Bloomberg plans to make a secret pitch to Silicon Valley billionaires, showing he’s not afraid to schmooze Big Tech

The Russian government’s dramatic shake-up, briefly explained

The feud between Warren and Sanders supporters feels like 2016 all over again

How Broadway’s Jagged Little Pill tries to reinvent the jukebox musical

Trump wanted to repeal an anti-corruption law so US businesses could bribe foreigners