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Last week the US wanted to break up Big Tech. Now it’s trying to supersize it.

The TikTok/Microsoft deal — if it happens — will make it harder to shrink Facebook or Google. Do you think Donald Trump cares about that?

The 6 most interesting Michigan races to watch in Tuesday’s primary

Rep. Rashida Tlaib is facing off against a Democratic primary challenger on Tuesday.

The murder spike in big US cities, explained

Murders are up in big cities this summer. Here are seven possible reasons why.

Trump’s tweets about saving the “Suburban Lifestyle Dream,” explained

White identity politics trump free market regulatory reform.

Polls: Biden and Trump are nearly tied in North Carolina and Georgia

New CBS polls find Biden has a slight advantage in the key Southern states — but that doesn’t mean he’ll win either.

The TikTok-Microsoft-Trump drama, explained

Trump says he isn’t banning the app — for now — because he’s open to having Microsoft buy it instead.

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Who’s “Karen?” And what’s BIPOC?

A Washington Post columnist named Karen explains her feelings about “Karen.” A University of Arizona linguist named Sonja explains BIPOC and the capitalization of “Black” and “White.”

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