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A Coast Guard officer’s arrest is the latest example of the rising problem of right-wing terrorism in America

Christopher Paul Hasson wrote he was "dreaming of a way to kill almost every last person on the earth."

Isn’t It Romantic is set in a stereotypical rom-com universe. Here’s how it came to life.

The movie’s set designer explains.

Jussie Smollett’s arrest doesn’t diminish the reality of hate crimes

Smollett was arrested for allegedly filing a false police report in a hoax. But hate crimes are real and widespread.

Playing hooky to save the climate: why students are going on strike

Greta Thunberg’s #FridaysforFuture movement has inspired kids in dozens of countries to demand action on climate change.

Why Bohemian Rhapsody should not win Best Picture

Our roundtable discusses the Oscar chances for Bryan Singer’s movie about Freddie Mercury and Queen.

“Zombie deer disease,” a mad cow-like infection spreading in the US, explained

A mad cow-like infectious disease that can turn the brains of deer, elk, and moose into "Swiss cheese."

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Trump’s tweets saying he’s already building the border wall, briefly explained

Thousands of Oakland teachers just went on strike. They want more than a pay raise.

It’s clearer than ever that the US’s North Korea policy is in total chaos

Jussie Smollett arrested and charged over alleged hate crime attack hoax

The strange, beautiful, gross aesthetic of The Favourite, explained

The looming expiration of the federal debt ceiling, explained

A new study finds voter ID laws don’t reduce voter fraud — or voter turnout

Celebrities get tons of free stuff during awards season. Why?

Astronomers are asking kids to help them contact aliens

9 polling experts explain what could happen if Joe Biden doesn’t run for the presidency

Vox Sentences: Is Europe forming its own army?

The conversation about diversity in tech is getting hijacked by bad research

Trump’s pick to chair new climate panel once said CO2 has been maligned like “Jews under Hitler”

Lindsey Graham: Pulling troops from Syria is “the dumbest fucking idea I’ve ever heard”

The race to make the warmest winter clothes

Why winter coats from Canada Goose and Moncler are ready for the Arctic.

Why Trump is lowering expectations for next week’s Kim Jong Un summit

The backlash to CNN’s decision to hire a GOP operative to coordinate 2020 coverage, explained

Why The Favourite is our favo(u)rite Best Picture nominee

Tucker Carlson had a total meltdown when a guest criticized Fox News

These are the Trump associates who’ve pleaded guilty in the Mueller probe

Andrew McCabe claims Trump wanted war in Venezuela because “they have all that oil”

Reports say Robert Mueller could conclude his Trump-Russia investigation next week

Giving housing to the homeless is cheaper than leaving them on the streets

How to make more Vox Video happen

All 5 nominees for the Animated Feature Oscar are worth seeing. One stands above the rest.

Why the US Supreme Court’s new ruling on excessive fines is a big deal

CBD edibles are everywhere now. They also might be illegal.

National Geographic hit 100 million Instagram followers. To celebrate, it wants your images for free.

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

80 years ago, 20,000 New Yorkers cheered for Nazis at Madison Square Garden

Putin warns Trump: Don’t put new missiles in Europe — or else

Vice is in the running for Best Picture. But how good is its history, really?

Southwest Airlines has had to ground an unusually high number of flights

Trump has lined up his pick for deputy attorney general

Covington Catholic student’s family hits the Washington Post with $250 million lawsuit

BlacKkKlansman is a searing indictment of American racism. Should it win Best Picture?

Digital advertising in the US is finally bigger than print and television

Amazon’s $0 corporate income tax bill last year, explained

Marco Rubio’s plan to fix the GOP tax cuts starts with stock buybacks

Why we can’t look away from before-and-after pictures