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Trump: I never directed Cohen to make illegal payoffs. Prosecutors: Yes, you did.

The president’s latest defense comes as prosecutors continue to probe hush money payments made during the 2016 election.

Nancy Pelosi’s red coat is so popular that Max Mara is bringing it back

"The color’s official name is ‘blood of my enemies,’" one person tweeted.

Young people are having less sex. Who cares?

The "sex recession" assumes there’s a right way for young people to have sex. There isn’t.

The Geminid meteor shower peaks Thursday night. Thank this very cool “rock comet.”

How the asteroid 3200 Phaethon creates the dazzling Geminid meteor shower.

Read: accused Russian spy Maria Butina’s plea agreement

Butina admitted to making contacts with Republicans and conservative groups at the direction of Russia, and will cooperate with prosecutors.

Roma is coming to Netflix on Friday. You should still see it in a theater.

The awards-season favorite is a visual feast that rewards attention.

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The Geminid meteor shower — one of the best of the year — peaks Thursday and Friday

If Beale Street Could Talk adapts James Baldwin’s novel into a haunting, gorgeous film

More than 500 million Marriott guests’ information was hacked. Here’s what you need to know.

Kids’ toys are the latest battleground in the online privacy wars

California’s cap-and-trade system may be too weak to do its job

Why millennial-themed airlines don’t attract millennials

Mortal Engines’ eye-popping spectacle makes up for a flimsy plot

Everything Amazon did in 2018 that you might have missed

Most Americans aren’t familiar with the current 2020 Democratic contenders

Vox Sentences: Theresa Maybe

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse makes Spider-Man feel original again

The case for raising the alcohol tax

Elizabeth Warren’s strategic partnership with House Democrats

Online reviews will never help you find the “best” product. That doesn’t mean they aren’t useful. 

Senate debates resolution to end US support for war in Yemen

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Pelosi officially has the votes to be the next speaker — if she steps down in 2022

A judge just blocked another effort to raise wages for restaurant workers in DC

Trump is pushing Vietnam to accept deportees who have lived in the US for over 20 years

British Prime Minister Theresa May survives no-confidence vote

Mia Love wants the GOP to reach out to minority voters. The party is doing the opposite.

Uber and Lyft are racing each other to go public. Here’s why.

What’s next for the Trump hush money investigation

What’s illegal about Trump’s hush payments to women, briefly explained

Republicans’ civil war over criminal justice reform, explained

New York already has thousands of Amazon workers — and some are unionizing to demand better conditions

Congress just voted to legalize hemp

YouTube’s conspiracy theory crisis, explained

How Crazy Ex-Girlfriend pulled off recasting Greg, one of its biggest characters

Tyler Perry paid off 1,500 Walmart layaway accounts, but the service can be risky for low-income shoppers

The “Trump effect” threatens the future of the Paris climate agreement

Ivanka Trump reportedly advocated for a tax break she and Jared Kushner could profit from

Trump signed a good law this week. Yes, really.

Amazon workers in New York just announced their plan to unionize

Everyone warns of China’s rise. But its decline could be even worse.

Michael Cohen’s joke about Hillary Clinton going to prison seems awfully ironic now

Trump keeps complaining about the Fed while appointing people who don’t agree with his complaints

Obamacare enrollment is almost over and sign-ups are lagging

Why advertisers are tracking your emojis