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Meet Noel Francisco, the man who will oversee the Mueller probe if Trump fires Rosenstein

The solicitor general has argued for broad executive powers.

Finding homes for immigrant kids is hard. Trump’s making it harder — by arresting their relatives.

The federal government has a record 12,800 immigrant kids in custody — but ICE has started arresting parents who step up to take them.

Ed Whelan’s tweets have created a second Kavanaugh scandal

Did Brett Kavanaugh know a friend of his was planning to smear a private citizen?

The Trump administration says global slavery and child labor are bad — for American businesses

They give an "unfair advantage" to US competitors, according to the US Labor Department.

Ryan Zinke to the oil and gas industry: “Our government should work for you”

The interior secretary’s latest gaffe was a pledge of allegiance to fossil fuels.

The fall equinox is Saturday: 8 things to know about the first day of autumn

A brief scientific guide to the first day of fall.

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Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke shot Laquan McDonald 16 times. His murder trial began this week, four years after Laquan was killed. WBEZ's Shannon Hefferman explains how this shooting has changed Chicago.

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Hog manure is spilling out of lagoons because of Hurricane Florence’s floods

Where Brett Kavanaugh’s Senate confirmation process stands

Putting a dollar value on one of oil’s biggest subsidies: military protection

Do you remember the very best meme of September?

Life Itself is a disaster of a movie, caught in a web of its own privilege

The 25th Amendment, explained: how a president can be declared unfit to serve

9 times Mister Rogers said exactly the right thing

Rosenstein is the only person between Trump and Mueller. He may soon be gone.

#WhyIDidntReport is a sad, but necessary, rebuke to Trump

Pockets are important to women, and high-fashion designers are recognizing that

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Why Disney is pulling back on its Star Wars release schedule, according to CEO Bob Iger

The bipartisan plan to end surprise ER bills, explained

Ford is laying out conditions to testify on sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh

This is what happens to your body when an airplane cabin isn’t pressurized

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Is there a humane way to boil lobsters alive? One woman thinks it’s by getting them high.

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Needles in strawberries, cyanide in Tylenol: the long history of product tampering

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Beto O’Rourke could lead a blue wave in Texas — even if he loses his Senate race

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen has been ordered to take a psychiatric exam

Josh Groban and Tony Danza’s appealing odd-couple dynamic can’t quite save The Good Cop

Amazon’s looming challenge: Europe’s antitrust laws

John C. Reilly explains how to properly fit a men’s hat

Republicans in a US territory just legalized marijuana

Cody Wilson, 3D-printed gun creator, arrested in Taiwan

How much would the iPhone cost if it were made in America?

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Trump just walked back his controversial order to declassify Russia investigation information

Amazon’s smart microwave is a Trojan horse

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Joe Biden apologizes again about Anita Hill during the Kavanaugh firestorm

Trump’s latest interview shows Republicans have nothing to run on in November

Netflix’s Maniac, with Jonah Hill and Emma Stone, is either too weird or not weird enough

FDA: we might have to ban some e-cigarettes to stop teens from vaping

The 10 most important Senate elections, briefly explained

A top Cornell food researcher has had 13 studies retracted. That’s a lot.

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Trump: Kavanaugh’s accuser should have gone to the police if she’s telling the truth

Conservative activist Ed Whelan apologizes for insinuating a Kavanaugh doppelgänger assaulted Ford

Fox News won’t say Kavanaugh’s accuser is lying. They say she’s misremembering.

Why every social media site is a dumpster fire

Aberdeen, Maryland, shooting at Rite Aid distribution center: what we know

Kavanaugh and Trump are part of a larger crisis of elite accountability in America