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Americans are gathering with friends and family. Are they wearing masks?

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The pop cultural obsession with Princess Diana’s innocence, explained

Why we’re still talking about Princess Diana in 2020.

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Dark matter holds our universe together. No one knows what it is.

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Dissecting the megapopularity of the Frozen movies with a 5.25-year-old

The 5-and-a-quarter-year-old critic at small loves Frozen. The 39-year-old critic at large doesn’t want to turn 40.

The Supreme Court fight over Trump’s last-ditch effort to rig the census, explained

The Court must decide whether to follow the Constitution’s clear text — or to rubber-stamp an illegal effort by Trump.

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Biden announces veteran diplomat Linda Thomas-Greenfield as UN ambassador pick

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