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The somewhat absurd controversy over Maine’s ranked choice voting system, explained

The voting system works perfectly well in other parts of the world.

Greenland’s ice sheet is melting at its fastest rate in centuries

The ice on Greenland would raise global sea levels by 20 feet if it were all to melt.

House Intelligence Dems will look into Trump-Russia — and these 4 other things

Rep. Adam Schiff reveals the issues his panel could investigate in the next Congress.

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Wait, why did Canada arrest a Chinese CFO?

Canada arrested a Chinese executive at the request of the United States this week. It may set off a whole new Cold War.

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Trump makes a desperate attempt to downplay illegal payments to women

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

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

Good riddance to John Kelly

What’s left of affirmative action, explained

Why the cast of Vanderpump Rules will sell you anything

Trump lashes out at “Leakin’ James Comey” over details in a publicly available transcript

Do you burn more calories exercising in the cold? Here’s what the science says.

My advice for aspiring explainer journalists

My Brilliant Friend offers Elena an escape — then yanks it away

On SNL, Robert De Niro’s “boogeyman” Mueller is scaring Eric Trump

Saudi Arabia reportedly saw Jared Kushner as an impressionable target

There is always a Trump tweet, chiefs of staff edition

Trump is using the Paris protests to push his anti-Paris Agreement agenda

Trump responds to Mueller’s damning new filings: “NO COLLUSION”

Trump’s ties to the Russian mafia go back 3 decades

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“Witch hunts” explained, from Salem to Donald Trump

What we know about the alleged election fraud plot in North Carolina

How the Avengers: Endgame trailer hints that Captain Marvel will save the day (and Iron Man)

Trump names Army Gen. Mark Milley as new chair of the Joint Chiefs

Netflix’s Dumplin’ sweetly celebrates teen girls and Dolly Parton

Mueller’s sentencing memo for Michael Cohen is very ominous for Trump

Vox Sentences: Ebola strikes again in Congo

Trump directed Michael Cohen to make illegal hush money payments, prosecutors claim

Read: Mueller’s new filing accusing Paul Manafort of lying to the government

White supremacist who drove into a Charlottesville crowd found guilty of murder

Why an ad for bootleg Hallmark socks is one of the most ubiquitous of the holiday season

The best and worst cities in America for public transit, according to an urban planner

William Barr, Trump’s pick for attorney general, will hold the fate of the Mueller probe

Read: Mueller and prosecutors’ sentencing filings for Michael Cohen

This is what wind on Mars sounds like

Gavin Newsom promised to fix California’s housing crisis. Here’s a bill that would do it.

Trump: Rex Tillerson is “dumb as a rock” and “lazy as hell”

Netflix’s Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle proves animals shouldn’t have people faces

How Melissa & Doug captured the toy market, one wooden block at a time

Google’s contractors accuse CEO of creating unequal workforce

Marriott commits to cage-free eggs — and gives protesters vegan sandwiches to celebrate

William Barr helped establish mass incarceration. Now Trump wants him as attorney general.

Attorney general nominee William Barr will fit right in with Trump’s immigration agenda