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An incomplete guide to this very weird year, in charts

From concerts to crypto and from unions to Ukraine: 14 charts that explain this wild year.

I went to effective altruism’s first post-Sam Bankman-Fried conference. Here’s what I saw.

EA faces a reckoning after the fall of a major donor, but its rank-and-file members haven’t given up.

Why Brittney Griner was released now

The WNBA player is returning to the US after months in Russian detention.

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How FIFA corruputed the World Cup

And how Russia and Qatar took advantage of it.

Netflix’s Harry and Meghan docuseries brings nothing new to the table

The three-episode first volume trods extremely familiar ground.

Megan Thee Stallion, Me Too, and hip-hop’s cycle of misogynoir

The outcome of the Tory Lanez shooting trial won’t erase Megan Thee Stallion’s pain.

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Sen. Tammy Baldwin managed to rally bipartisan support for a marriage equality bill, but she’s the first to admit the legislation is “humble.” An activist wonders if there’s an overemphasis on the institution of marriage.

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The pickleball craze, explained

The Whale screenwriter on writing about religious fundamentalism, bodies, and hope

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The US government wants to stop the biggest deal in video game history

What the Respect for Marriage Act actually does

Congress’s historic shift on marriage equality, in 2 charts

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How migration has shaped the World Cup

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Layoffs, buyouts, and rescinded offers: Amazon’s status as a top tech employer is taking a hit

Why Republicans are so intent on rolling back the military’s Covid-19 vaccine mandate

The people who hate Sam Bankman-Fried the most

Amy Coney Barrett appears likely to block the GOP’s latest attack on democracy

AI is finally good at stuff, and that’s a problem

Mauna Loa is erupting in Hawaii. Here are 7 things to know about volcanoes.

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The bipartisan bill that could protect elections

Why lawmakers are trying to reform a 135-year-old law.

The 4 major criminal probes into Donald Trump, explained

We don’t need another Twitter

World leaders have 2 weeks to agree on a plan to save nature

Every “chronically online” conversation is the same

The Good Morning America anchors made cheating scandals fun again

What your kid’s teacher really wants for the holidays

China’s health system isn’t ready for the end of “zero Covid”

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The 3 winners and 3 losers from the Georgia runoff

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Raphael Warnock is officially Democrats’ 51st senator. Here’s why that matters.

A Senate breakthrough on immigration might still be a long shot

Trump’s company was just convicted of fraud. That’s the least of his legal worries.

The US has never recorded this many positive flu tests in one week

What to know about the $60 price cap, the plan to limit Russia’s oil revenues

Lots of bad science still gets published. Here’s how we can change that.

5 key questions the Georgia Senate runoff will answer

We forgot to fix unemployment insurance yet again

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China’s protests are testing the surveillance state

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Inside the fight for an end-of-year deal on the child tax credit