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The Rod Blagojevich scandal and Trump’s commutation of his sentence, explained

Why the former Illinois governor is in prison — and why Trump just granted him clemency.

America’s monopoly problem, explained by your internet bill

We should be asking the government and corporate America how we got here. Instead, we just keep handing over our money.

Poll: Mike Bloomberg is now in second place in the Democratic primary

A new poll places Bloomberg behind Bernie Sanders nationally, and won him a spot in the Nevada debate.

Why algorithms can be racist and sexist

A computer can make a decision faster. That doesn’t make it fair.

6 myths about the history of Black people in America

Six historians weigh in on the biggest misconceptions about black history, including the Tuskegee experiment and enslaved people’s finances.

Japan, in the face of the climate crisis, is building more coal plants

Japan is pushing ahead with a fuel source that’s exacerbating climate change.

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A new investigation reveals what you may have suspected: dating apps can be very dangerous. But there are safer ways to look for love online.

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1 in 4 rural hospitals is vulnerable to closure, a new report finds

Walmart paid Wall Street investors $12 billion last year to keep them happy. Amazon paid $0.

Ta-Nehisi Coates on why political power isn’t enough for the right

Trump’s call for Roger Stone to receive a new trial, briefly explained

The best argument for each of the 2020 Democratic frontrunners

How Democrats can talk about race and win

Why liberals are bad at politics

The best $500 I ever spent: My autism diagnosis

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The coronavirus cruise ship quarantine is a scary public health experiment

Jeff Bezos just made one of the largest charitable gifts ever

The radical moral implications of luck in human life

The unfair pressure for Birds of Prey to be a great feminist superhero movie

I reported through a mass shooting at my own newspaper. Now I’m taking a buyout.

Pete Buttigieg replies to Rush Limbaugh’s homophobic comments: “I love my husband”

More than 1,100 former DOJ officials say Attorney General Bill Barr must resign

Biden says Sanders’s response to his supporters’ online attacks is not “sufficient”

Why there aren’t more polls about the Nevada caucuses

A new report raises more questions about Bloomberg’s alleged sexism and sexual harassment

Poll: Bernie Sanders is beating every other candidate in Nevada

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Pornhub’s content moderation problem

A company called GirlsDoPorn uploaded videos to Pornhub and other sites without the consent of the women in them. VICE’s Samantha Cole explains why these videos are still all over the internet.

France reports the first coronavirus death outside of Asia

Why prediction markets are bad at predicting who’ll be president 

It looks like Amazon throttled sales of a zine after its author publicly criticized Amazon

Trump is sending armed tactical forces to arrest immigrants in sanctuary cities

The US and Taliban take a first step toward a peace deal in Afghanistan

Sonic the Hedgehog’s live-action movie seemed doomed to fail. It escaped unscathed.

Facebook canceled a 5,000-person conference in San Francisco because of coronavirus

This animation shows what would happen if leap years didn’t exist

Andrew McCabe, Michael Flynn, and the latest Justice Department drama, explained

What we know (and don’t know) about the Nevada caucus “tool”

“This is a president declaring himself above the law”: A former ethics chief on Trump’s dangerous new era

Furious Oracle employees are demanding that Larry Ellison cancel his Trump fundraiser

Some Tea Party Republicans in South Carolina are voting for Bernie Sanders

Tinder may not get you a date. It will get your data.

Listen: Billie Eilish’s big 2020 continues with James Bond theme “No Time to Die”

Trump just got bad news from Neil Gorsuch’s mentor in a big Medicaid case


This photo triggered China’s Cultural Revolution

It’s time for Hillary to say “I’m with her”

Dwyane Wade’s unflinching support of his trans daughter is a turning point

Bernie Sanders is leading the 2 most important states on Super Tuesday