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Climate activists to Nancy Pelosi: go big or we won’t go home

The struggle is on for control of the long-term Democratic climate agenda.

The Property Brothers’ empire, explained

Their new venture offers the next best thing to living on TV.

The FDA may soon crack down on flavored vapes and menthol cigarettes

It’s likely a response to new data showing a 75 percent increase in the use of vaping devices since 2017.

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The citizenship question

The Trump administration would very much like to know if you’re a citizen come the 2020 census. NPR’s Hansi Lo Wang explains how that might break the census.

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Why airlines are allowed to overbook their flights

Elon Musk’s “Teslaquila” hits a speed bump

A white professor called police on a black student for putting her feet up in class

Mitch McConnell says sexual harassment legislation could still get through Congress this year

Republican group runs “protect Mueller” ad on Trump’s favorite show

Trump’s latest make-believe about voter fraud: Dems change shirts and vote twice

Bad product photos can hinder a small business. This company is trying to help.

Transgender people: 10 common myths

As transgender issues get more attention, pernicious myths remain. Here’s what you should know.

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The 2018 midterm races that still aren’t over

Even Trump’s favorite TV network supports CNN’s lawsuit against the White House

Why racist politics appeals to white women, explained by American history

Marijuana legalization, explained

More states and countries are legalizing marijuana. Here’s what you need to know.

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Police shootings and brutality in the US: 9 things you should know

Racial disparities in American policing are under heightened scrutiny. Here’s what you need to know.

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Democrats’ very limited options for stopping Mitch McConnell’s judicial onslaught

The world is about to redefine the kilogram

Kevin McCarthy finally gets to be the top House Republican — but in the minority

House Republicans have a new messenger: Liz Cheney

Donald Trump left out Hindus when tweeting about a mainly Hindu holiday 

What the 2018 results tell us about 2020

Chuck Schumer and Mitch McConnell hang on to their Senate leadership roles

Hillary Clinton’s press secretary on why beating Trump in 2020 is harder than you think

Why history will have trouble remembering Marvel's Stan Lee as a good guy

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Why the political fight in Georgia is far from over

California’s wildfires are hardly “natural” — humans made them worse at every step

Why the Camp Fire in Northern California is so severe

The many scandals of Trump’s new acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker, explained

12 years after mocking Al Gore’s fight against climate change, South Park reconsiders

We read all 25 National Book Award finalists for 2018. Here’s what we thought. 

Jim Acosta vs. the Trump White House, explained

How to be a better carnivore

Israel and Gaza just saw their worst violence in years. It could get worse.

How corporate cash bought higher education

How Willem Dafoe learned to paint like Vincent Van Gogh

China’s military power could match America’s by 2050

Peloton’s $2,000 stationary bike has totally disrupted working out at home

House Republicans are trying to block a vote on the Yemen War

Vox Sentences: Amazon is done house hunting

Gerrymandering, explained

How politicians draw the lines to benefit themselves.

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Melania Trump publicly demanded a top NSC aide’s firing — and reportedly got it