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Why scammers are everywhere now — and why we love them

Con artist expert Maria Konnikova explains our fascination with grifter stories.

Science funding is a mess. Could grant lotteries make it better?

We might be better off funding scientific research by choosing projects at random. Here’s why.

What we learned from the BuzzFeed News report that Trump told Cohen to lie to Congress

If confirmed, the report would offer the clearest evidence yet of obstruction of justice.

Federal judge strikes down Wisconsin Republicans’ lame-duck early voting rollbacks

A federal judge just chipped away at part of Wisconsin Republicans’ lame-duck power grab.

“The world doesn’t fit me”: a new memoir chronicles everyday life at 460 pounds

Writer Tommy Tomlinson on battling obesity.

Even with the shutdown, the Trump administration is suing to take land for the border wall

Most federal lawsuits have been postponed due to shutdown — except where a delay would compromise "the safety of human life."

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When your power company is a felon

What if your utility were a felon filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy? You would be one of 16 million in California. KQED’s Marisa Lagos lays out Pacific Gas and Electric’s woes and Vox’s Umair Irfan says this is just the beginning of our power problems.

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Watch: White House spokesperson repeatedly declines to deny that Trump directed Cohen to lie to Congress

Can Americans learn to love ugly fruits and vegetables?

The Fyre Festival was the con of a generation. Two streaming docs tell the story.

This is the telegram MLK sent Malcolm X's wife after her husband's assassination

How Democrats are responding to the BuzzFeed report that Trump told Cohen to lie to Congress

M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass is half-empty and deeply unsatisfying

Why these young tech workers spent their Friday night planning a rebellion against companies like Google, Amazon, and Facebook

The Vox guide to Robert Mueller’s Trump-Russia investigation

Everything you need to know about special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s contact with Russia.

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Pelosi learned the art of “no” working with Bush. Trump is a whole new test.

Felix Sater, the spy, criminal, and mafia-linked executive tied to Trump Tower Moscow, explained

How tax brackets actually work

How Trump’s EPA is letting environmental criminals off the hook, in one chart

Vox 2019 Audience Survey: help us serve you better

Lunar eclipse 2019: how to watch this “supermoon” turn blood-red

Read MLK's childhood letter about throwing snowballs and making snowmen

Trump Tower Moscow, and Michael Cohen’s lies about it, explained

How conservative media became a “safe space”

Barr to Congress: Telling a witness to lie is a crime. New report: Trump told a witness to lie.

Anti-Semitism concerns leave the future of the Women’s March in doubt

Eminent domain, the big-government tactic Trump needs to use to build the wall, explained

The Good Place gets weirder than usual when “Chidi Sees the Time-Knife”

Will the government shutdown affect tax refunds and returns? Maybe not.

Chicago police officers found not guilty of covering up the Laquan McDonald shooting

Netflix is finally sharing (some of) its audience numbers for its TV shows and movies. Some of them are huge.

Trump postpones Pelosi’s official trip to Afghanistan — unless she wants to “fly commercial”

The horrible celebrity biographies of Amazon are impossible to explain

The controversy over Ilhan Omar calling Lindsey Graham “compromised,” explained

How to make more Vox Video happen

Why the White House is attacking Democrats for traveling to Puerto Rico, explained

What’s open — and closed — during a partial government shutdown

House Republicans really don’t want to look like they voted to reopen the government

Trump administration admits “thousands” of families were separated before it could reunite them

74 percent of Americans know almost nothing about Facebook ad targeting

3 parts you don’t remember from Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech

CBD, the super-popular cannabis compound, explained

John Wick 3: Parabellum trailer: Keanu is back

Government workers still don’t have a salary due to the shutdown. American businesses are helping them out.

TSA agents were promised a $500 bonus after working unpaid for weeks. They haven’t received it.

Michael Cohen reportedly paid to rig online polls for Trump

I’m furloughed. I’m also disabled. I have to choose between care and keeping the lights on.