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The extraordinary danger of being pregnant and uninsured in Texas

The state’s system for helping the uninsured thwarts women at every turn and encourages subpar care.

Rudy Giuliani just blew up Trump’s “no quid pro quo” talking point

Posting from somewhere in Ukraine, Trump’s lawyer tweets the quid pro quo.

Trump orders review of EPA water rules because “people are flushing toilets 10 times, 15 times”

Trump has often complained about environmental regulations, and now claims water efficient toilets are causing problems.

Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver are devastating in the brilliant, brutal Marriage Story

Noah Baumbach’s outstanding new film turns divorce into a reminder of love’s many shades.

Trump isn’t allowed at NATO’s cool kids’ table in SNL’s cold open

Parodying a viral video in which world leaders complain about Trump, SNL turned NATO into high school: Macron and Trudeau became bullies who won’t let Trump sit with them at lunch.

This year’s Bad Sex in Fiction Award recognizes a passage comparing a penis to a small monkey

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“This will end when one of us dies”

ProPublica’s Lizzie Presser explains why Americans are being jailed for their medical debt.

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Wonder Woman 1984’s first trailer teases the triumphant return of Gal Gadot — and the 1980s

Pensacola, Florida, Naval Air Station shooting: what we know

New House Judiciary Committee report defines impeachable offenses 

The Supreme Court just handed the Trump administration a rare rebuke

White House declines to be involved in House impeachment inquiry, leaving defense to Republican lawmakers

Pete Buttigieg’s McKinsey problem, explained

How Andrew Johnson’s impeachment created the template for Trump’s

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The government keeps its use of facial recognition tech secret. The ACLU is suing.

It’s not just passengers being assaulted in Ubers. Drivers are at risk, too.

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Bloomberg’s first TV interview showed him to be exactly who progressives feared he was

Uber’s sexual assault report won’t hurt it as badly as other incidents

Uber says it’s focusing on safety. Its new report shows that there’s far more to be done.

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Venezuela’s opposition leader failed to depose Maduro. He explains why he’s not giving up.

Waves star Sterling K. Brown learned a lot about parenting from playing a father on screen

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Don't curl your lashes and talk about Uighurs on TikTok

TikTok, the video sharing app that has taken the tweens and 2019 by storm, is now facing still competition, concerns over censorship, and a federal investigation.

The House has passed a bill to restore key parts of the Voting Rights Act

This comedy of manners from 2012 perfectly anticipated the 2010s’ reckoning with misogyny

Trump’s use of a personal cellphone means Russia could have intel about Ukraine calls

Could this be Trump’s orange makeup?

Hundreds of wacky, obsolete laws still exist. Why don’t more states remove them?

The Trump campaign’s boast about impeachment polling is actually an own goal

Pregnant people are being offered an unproven treatment to “reverse” abortions

There is no culture war peace treaty

Republicans are introducing a new compromise LGBTQ rights bill. But everyone already hates it.

2 Nobel-winning economists speak out on our big economic problem: not enough immigration

Peter Singer on the lives you can save

The Supreme Court considers a $12 billion plan to sabotage Obamacare

Could squeezing more oil out of the ground help fight climate change?

“Professional bridesmaid” is an actual job. Meet a woman who does it.

Americans want a woman to take down Trump. Just not in the election.

Jeff Bezos finally added 2 more women to Amazon’s senior leadership team — joining 19 men

Amazon Prime one-day shipping apparently doesn’t mean one-day delivery

The Gates Foundation has enormous impact. Its CEO leaving could have an enormous impact, too.

Julián Castro explains his vision for a “progressive” foreign policy as president

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We asked 2020 Democratic candidates 7 key questions on technology

From breaking up Facebook and Google to facial recognition technology in policing, here is how some 2020 Democrats think of the biggest issues in tech.

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