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How to win an Oscar

The campaign trail for the Academy Awards is expensive, exhausting, and not really about the movie.

3 big things to know about Nigeria’s presidential elections

After a week-long delay, the incumbent, Muhammadu Buhari, is facing off against business leader Atiku Abubakar during a tenuous time for Nigeria’s economy and its security situation.

Top cardinal admits the Catholic Church destroyed files to hide sex abuse

"The rights of victims were effectively trampled underfoot."

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Jussie Smollett's worst enemy

Jussie Smollett was the victim of a racist, homophobic hate crime last month. Or at least that’s what he’d have you believe. The Advocate’s Zach Stafford tells the Smollett saga from its shocking start to its outrageous end.

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Michael Cohen is sharing new information with federal prosecutors about Trump’s inauguration money

Trump nominates Kelly Craft as United Nations ambassador

Here are all the 2019 Oscar nominees

There’s a book made out of American cheese

This clothing brand proudly uses prison labor. Critics say it’s exploiting workers.

The kids suing the government over climate change want to halt fossil fuel extraction

A new Uniqlo outfit looks like a Mao suit. The company says it’s a coincidence.

One video refutes Sarah Sanders’s claim that Trump has never encouraged violence

The real story of the Green Book, the guide that changed how black people traveled in America

Google employees fought for their right to sue the company — and won

The frenzy over Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s solicitation charges, explained

Trump just reversed his decision to pull all US troops out of Syria

Sexual misconduct allegations against R. Kelly spanning 25 years, in one timeline

The Trump administration is finalizing plans to strip funding from Planned Parenthood

R. Kelly has been charged with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse

Are Uggs kosher? Rabbis say the boots might violate Jewish law.

A guide to this year’s exceptionally good Oscar-nominated documentaries

How Soviet hockey ruled the world — and then fell apart

The complicated case of A Star Is Born and its Best Picture dreams

President Maduro’s forces clash with Venezuelans in aid showdown

Empire will cut Jussie Smollett’s scenes from the rest of the season

The House will vote Tuesday on blocking Trump’s national emergency

How #$@!% became shorthand for cursing

American sunscreen isn’t good enough. Can new regulations help?

Jussie Smollett arrested and charged over alleged hate crime attack hoax

How to make more Vox Video happen

Jeffrey Epstein, the convicted sex offender who is friends with Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, explained

Banks made record profits last year thanks to the Republican tax cuts

Measles is back because states give parents too many ways to avoid vaccines

9 questions about the Mueller report you were too embarrassed to ask

Elizabeth Warren’s universal child care plan, explained

It is absolutely time to panic about climate change

Democrats welcome an increasingly diverse America; Republicans aren’t so sure

Is lab-grown meat actually worse for the environment?

How Vice’s makeup designer turned Christian Bale into Dick Cheney

Steve Irwin said, “My mission ... is to save wildlife.” He did.

Have smartphones really destroyed a generation? We don’t know.

“All the Stars” is up for an Oscar, but Kendrick Lamar and SZA won’t perform it during the show

How the Jussie Smollett case became part of a larger controversy around believing survivors

These volunteers get malaria on purpose so we’ll know how to fight it