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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is already pressuring Nancy Pelosi on climate change

The struggle is on for control of the long-term Democratic climate agenda.

A white professor called police on a black student for putting her feet up in class

The University of Texas at San Antonio concluded that the incident was not motivated by racism.

How the media should respond to Trump’s lies

A linguist explains how Trump uses lies to divert attention from the "big truths."

New Yorkers condemn Bezos at an anti-Amazon HQ2 rally in Queens

At a rally in Long Island City, protesters and politicians spoke out against the "corporate welfare" given to Amazon.

Michael Avenatti has been arrested on a domestic violence charge

The attorney rose to prominence by painting himself as a champion of women.

Jeff Flake says he’ll block judicial nominees until a Mueller protection bill gets a vote

This isn’t the first time he’s made this kind of threat.

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Saudi Arabia seeks the death penalty for 5 suspects over Khashoggi murder

Photos: what California’s lethal wildfires look like on the ground

Why the political fight in Georgia is far from over

California’s wildfires are hardly “natural” — humans made them worse at every step

Who does Facebook fire after a bombshell New York Times investigation?

Florida’s high-stakes recounts for governor and Senate, explained

A black security guard caught a shooting suspect — only to be shot by police minutes later

The FDA cracks down on menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars

Sigrid Nunez wins the 2018 National Book Award for The Friend

Watch a 2-year-old solve one of philosophy’s most famous moral dilemmas

Florida judge sides with Democrats, giving thousands a second chance to fix their ballots

McConnell just said there’s no need for a “protect Mueller” bill. Trump already made that look silly.

We read all 25 National Book Award finalists for 2018. Here’s what we thought. 

Trump’s incompetence and authoritarianism are both scary

This city just approved a new election system never tried before in America

This startup is selling bags from Prada and Gucci factories — without the labels

All the House seats Democrats have flipped in the 2018 elections

Ousted House Republican: Trump will make it almost impossible to win back the House

The world is about to redefine the kilogram

Walmart is using virtual reality to train its workforce for Black Friday

Facebook reportedly used anti-Semitic attacks to discredit its critics

The 2018 midterm races that still aren’t over

Vox Sentences: El Chapo’s trial is underway

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White House argues Trump has “broad discretion” to ban reporters

Why airlines are allowed to overbook their flights

Elon Musk’s “Teslaquila” hits a speed bump

Mitch McConnell says sexual harassment legislation could still get through Congress this year

Republican group runs “protect Mueller” ad on Trump’s favorite show

Trump’s latest make-believe about voter fraud: Dems change shirts and vote twice

Mattis: military deployment to the US-Mexico border is “necessary”

Bad product photos can hinder a small business. This company is trying to help.

Theresa May gets cabinet approval for her draft Brexit deal

Even Trump’s favorite TV network supports CNN’s lawsuit against the White House

Marijuana legalization, explained

More states and countries are legalizing marijuana. Here’s what you need to know.

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Police shootings and brutality in the US: 9 things you should know

Racial disparities in American policing are under heightened scrutiny. Here’s what you need to know.

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Transgender people: 10 common myths

As transgender issues get more attention, pernicious myths remain. Here’s what you should know.

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Why racist politics appeals to white women, explained by American history

Democrats’ very limited options for stopping Mitch McConnell’s judicial onslaught

The Property Brothers’ empire, explained