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How free trials trick you into thinking you’ll get something for nothing

Why we can’t resist the idea of something for nothing.

Why so many Covid-19 variants are showing up now

And what that tells us about the pandemic.

The World Health Organization broke its own rules to spend millions on BCG consultants

The agency paid the consultants a total of $11.7 million — enough to buy 600,000 Covid-19 vaccines.

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Israel is under new management

Benjamin Netanyahu is out. Israel has a new leader and a new coalition government. The question now is whether they bring anyone closer to peace.

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Biden’s big Putin bet

Poll: A majority of voters support the PRO Act and union protections

What’s with these invasive “crazy” worms and why can’t we get rid of them?

Trump’s lies about the 2020 election are endangering America’s election workers

How the vaccine changed bartending, according to a bartender

GameStop. Dogecoin. Now AMC. Do meme traders need to be protected from themselves?

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Is a pro-democracy coalition to defeat Trumpism possible?

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The backlash against In the Heights, explained

What we know about the police killing of Winston Smith and the death of protester Deona Knajdek

Lina Khan will be chair of the Federal Trade Commission

The Putin summit may backfire on Biden

MacKenzie Scott gives away billions, again

Sotheby’s is selling a piece of web history, signed by its creator

Call it authoritarianism

Travelers have gotten rowdy. This Instagram account aims to keep them in line.

“Back to normal” puts us back on the path to climate catastrophe

Free the wrinkle

The pandemic could help Americans finally embrace aging skin.

Hate crime laws won’t actually prevent anti-Asian hate crimes

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What's the deal with that new Alzheimer's drug?

Vox's Dylan Scott joins Matt and Dara to explain — as well as pronounce — the controversial and recently-FDA-approved drug for treating Alzheimer's disease

Amazon’s Black employees say the company’s HR department is failing them

Chrissy Teigen’s fall from grace

What the Novavax vaccine means for the global fight against Covid-19

How Apple helped Trump’s DOJ seize lawmakers’ data without realizing it

Elon Musk says Tesla will once again accept bitcoin

The Asian American wealth gap, explained in a comic

Money Talks: The mother and the college student who shared stimulus checks

One Good Thing: A very funny show about girlboss feminism

The DOJ has a plan to protect voting rights. It might not be enough.

The fall of “King Bibi”

The richest colleges didn’t need to cut their budgets in the pandemic — but they did

Biden plans to reverse Trump’s Alaska policy. Here’s why it matters.

What Facebook’s two-year Trump ban does and doesn’t do

Colombia’s protests are a product of its post-peace-deal reality

The star-crossed history of In the Heights and West Side Story

One possible cause of the 2020 murder increase: More guns

How stressed out are factory-farmed animals? AI might have the answer.

What the new IG report about the gassing of protesters around Lafayette Square actually says

What you need to know about the House’s opening bid to rein in Big Tech

What are you legally allowed to say at work? A group of fired Googlers could change the rules.