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Trump’s labor secretary once helped an admitted child molester stay out of prison

Accused of molesting girls, the wealthy and well-connected Jeffrey Epstein got the "deal of a lifetime" from Alexander Acosta. Senators from both parties want to know why.

The Arctic has lost 2.6 million reindeer over the past 20 years

The Arctic is changing — fast. That’s bad news for reindeer and caribou.

2018 belonged to Black Panther. And it could change Marvel’s future.

This year, Black Panther became Marvel’s flagship hero.

Guns killed more people than car crashes in 2017

Suicides drove an increase in gun deaths from 2016 to 2017.

Time’s 2018 Person of the Year is Jamal Khashoggi and other “Guardians” of the truth

The list includes Filipina journalist Maria Ressa, imprisoned Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, and the staff of the Capital Gazette.

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The VA’s latest issues paying student veterans their benefits, explained

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

Time’s 2018 Person of the Year runner-up is special counsel Robert Mueller

Why criticism of Amazon isn’t sticking

Trump: I secured the border. Trump an hour later: I need billions for a wall to secure the border.

It’s surprisingly hard to give away billions of dollars

Roger Ailes was “not rational”: Alexis Bloom on her new film about the Fox News founder

The political tribalism of Andrew Sullivan

There’s election fraud in North Carolina. That’s not the same thing as voter fraud.

The US government’s ongoing battle with Chinese telecom giant Huawei, explained

The fight for voting rights is personal for Rep. Terri Sewell

The Pelosi-Schumer-Trump meeting could make a spending deal — or go horribly wrong

This Democrat thinks voting rights should be one of the House’s first big priorities in January

The absurd quest to make the “best” razor

The $3.5 billion shaving industry is secretive and litigious — and disrupting itself silly.

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Cannabis is now getting the Instagram museum treatment

Why the Kevin Hart Oscars backlash was different from other recent public shamings

Embattled French President Macron announces concessions to quell weeks of violent protests

GOP leader who gloated about Benghazi probe wants Dems to refrain from investigating Trump

There’s a great anti-poverty bill in the Senate. Why haven’t we heard more about it?

It’s official: Trump’s asylum crisis is driven by people coming legally

A woman died of a brain-eating amoeba infection. The suspect: her neti pot.

Scaling up good ideas is really, really hard — and we’re starting to figure out why

The Supreme Court’s surprising decision on Planned Parenthood, explained

Theresa May halts Brexit deal vote to avoid defeat, throwing British politics into chaos

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

A groundbreaking antitrust lawsuit is ensnaring the generic drug industry

Advent, explained

How umami became the fifth basic taste

2018 was by far the worst year on record for gun violence in schools

The Trump administration’s tone-deaf school lunch move

“Public charge,” Trump’s proposal to restrict legal immigration, explained

Accused Russian spy Maria Butina appears to reach plea deal with prosecutors

In 2018, movies didn’t just feature strong women. They shoved men aside.

Trump is having a tough time finding his next chief of staff

The problem with beach nourishment

Trump makes a desperate attempt to downplay illegal payments to women

The controversy over Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas’s wedding, explained

Good riddance to John Kelly