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Climate change policy can be overwhelming. Here’s a guide to the ideas that work.

A new book from veteran energy analyst Hal Harvey simplifies decarbonization.

Brian Kemp elected governor of Georgia after Democrat Stacey Abrams ends campaign

The controversial former secretary of state was repeatedly accused of voter suppression.

What the reported charges against Julian Assange may — and may not — mean

There could be major implications for freedom of the press.

HQ2 is a perfect opportunity to massively upgrade the DC area’s commuter rail

Envisioning an S-Bahn for the Chesapeake Bay region.

HBO’s My Brilliant Friend adaptation is a knockout

Even if you’ve never read Elena Ferrante’s novels, this new eight-episode series will have you gripped.

The real reason conservative critics love talking about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s clothes

Ocasio-Cortez’s political critics often disparage her clothes. They’re really worried about her policies.

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Turkey: Khashoggi’s dismembered body possibly carried through Istanbul’s airport

The host of You Must Remember This on writing a book as essential as her podcast

CIA reportedly concludes that Jamal Khashoggi was killed on the Saudi crown prince’s orders

Why history will have trouble remembering Marvel's Stan Lee as a good guy

Does cutting carbs really help keep weight off? The big new diet study, explained.

Elite library sorters race to process books in cutthroat competition

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald feels like a giant prologue for some other movie

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’s bonkers plot twist, explained

Vox Sentences: A government secret Julian Assange wants no part of

Céline Dion has a new gender-neutral clothing line for kids

How Trump’s favored midterm candidates performed

Facebook has been accused of peddling anti-Semitic conspiracy theories to promote its brand

Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend doesn’t just compel people to read, but to travel

Jonathan Franzen’s new essay collection is a bird-obsessed, condescending mess

The best movies out this weekend

13 great films now in theaters and on streaming.

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Exclusive: House Democrats will introduce a bill to protect millions of health care workers

The extraordinary trial of notorious drug lord El Chapo is underway

5 Republican women senators told us they don’t want a seat on the Judiciary Committee

2 maps show how the blue wave washed away Republicans in Orange County

The author of The Princess Bride shaped pop culture as few screenwriters have

Here’s what you need to know about Sri Lanka’s escalating political crisis

Don’t buy your friends an abandoned Spanish village, no matter what Gwyneth Paltrow says

Green Book builds a feel-good comedy atop an artifact of shameful segregation. Yikes.

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Northern California now has the worst air quality in the world, thanks to wildfire smoke

Sen. Lindsey Graham is poised to lead the Senate Judiciary Committee

Cam has the brilliant audacity to argue that the internet isn’t about connecting people

California’s newly homeless fire victims face the state’s severe housing shortage

Why the wildfire in Northern California was so severe

Marcia Fudge, an Ohio Democrat, might challenge Nancy Pelosi

Beauty junkies love cheap dupes of expensive products. A new L’Oréal lawsuit could threaten that.

What the Amazon tax breaks really mean

Mercury retrograde, explained without astrology

“This will make schools less safe”: why Betsy DeVos’s sexual assault rules have advocates worried

Bohemian Rhapsody loves Freddie Mercury’s voice. It fears his queerness.

Who are period-tracking apps really built for?

What if your house is too ugly to be smart?

The US economy doesn’t need more Amazon jobs. It needs higher wages.

How Friendsgiving season eclipsed Turkey Day

The thrill of watching Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez bring her whole self to Congress