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How meritocracy harms everyone — even the winners

A new book challenges one of our most persistent illusions.

Drug companies reach $260 million deal with Ohio counties over role in opioid epidemic

The legal settlement will let the companies avoid trial — for now.

Poll: Pete Buttigieg joins the list of presidential frontrunners in Iowa

Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren top the field in a Suffolk/USA Today poll. Buttigieg is third; Bernie Sanders is fourth.

Google’s attempt to shut down a unionization meeting just riled up its employees

Management tried to shut down an employee-led talk at its Zurich office on unionization, but it happened anyway.

Halloween costumes have a size problem

Mainstream retailers like Target and Party City only offer extremely limited options.

US troops leaving Syria will fight ISIS from Iraq

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said the troops will help "defend Iraq" and "perform a counter-ISIS mission."

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6 comic book callbacks from Watchmen’s series premiere

Watchmen plunges straight through the funhouse mirror into another 2019

I think HBO’s Watchmen is tremendous television. Lots of people will strongly disagree.

UK leaders insist Brexit will happen by October 31 despite an extension request

State Department talking points counter Trump’s optimistic message on Syria

HBO’s Watchmen tells stories about America’s racist past in America’s racist present

Trump won’t host the G7 at his Miami resort after all

Algorithms are grading student essays across the country. Can this really teach kids how to write better?

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The UK Parliament just blew up Boris Johnson’s Brexit plans

Clinton’s email practices were risky but not malicious, State Department finds

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A controversial Florida law stops some former felons from voting. A judge just blocked part of it.

Introducing Reset, a new podcast about how tech is changing our lives

In London, hundreds of thousands demand another chance to vote on Brexit

Tulsi Gabbard calls Hillary Clinton “the queen of warmongers” in her latest clash with top Democrats

Capitalism is turning us into addicts

The 4 words that will decide impeachment

Vox Sentences: Impeachment, Day 24

No one expected The Athletic could get people to pay for sports news. Now it has 600,000 subscribers.

Why a vote to close New York’s Rikers Island is being met with backlash

Rick Perry, a key figure in Trump’s dealings with Ukraine, will resign as energy secretary

Barney the Dinosaur is getting a new movie. But is America ready?

Trump loves dictators. Erdogan is the latest to take advantage of that.

The problem with Amazon’s speedy shipping, in one graphic

In 1986, Watchmen skewered the way we love superheroes. It’s still as relevant as ever.

ABC’s Emergence blends Lost with This Is Us and adds a dash of E.T.

The Supreme Court will decide if Trump can fire the CFPB director. The implications are enormous.

Trump’s Dallas rally showed how untethered from reality his impeachment pushback is

Support for impeachment isn’t as high in battleground districts

When I twerked onstage with Lizzo, it was an act of political defiance

The White House admits to a Ukraine quid pro quo. Just not that one.

A new high-powered super PAC is going to spend millions to back Andrew Yang

The Syrian ceasefire the US brokered is already falling apart

House Democrats say migrants aren’t getting fair hearings at tent courts on the border

Netflix’s The Laundromat is certainly the most entertaining way to learn about the Panama Papers

Affordable housing is disappearing. So cities are designating parking lots to sleep in.

Impeachment is too important to leave to Congress — it’s going to take mass mobilization

Basic income can’t do enough to help workers displaced by technology

Netflix’s Tell Me Who I Am is a nearly unbelievable documentary about a dark secret