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Pat Cipollone is Trump’s new White House counsel

The Washington lawyer could be dealing with an onslaught of investigations should the Democrats succeed in taking the House.

The migrant caravan that’s spurring Trump’s latest temper tantrum, explained

The Trump administration sees a group of thousands of Hondurans as a threat to the US’s "border and sovereignty" — but they haven’t even reached Mexico yet.

Why we hate hearing about other people’s vacations

Science confirms that vacation stories are terrible, but also that we love telling them.

Social Security, food stamps, and other programs kept 44 million people out of poverty last year

The new census data probably won’t stop Republicans from trying to gut the safety net.

“This is voter suppression”: black seniors in Georgia ordered off of bus to the polls

Voting rights advocates are accusing local officials of voter intimidation after the incident.

Candy corn: Halloween’s most contentious sweet, explained

People have been loving — and loving to hate — the tricolored candy for more than a century.

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Harvard is on trial. A group of Asian Americans is facing off against the college in court, where it might dismantle the very affirmative action law that was meant to help minorities.

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Steve King endorses a bona fide white supremacist for Toronto mayor

Cosmologist Martin Rees gives humanity a 50-50 chance of surviving the 21st century

When Twitter users hear out the other side, they become more polarized

Exxon is lobbying for a carbon tax. There is, obviously, a catch.

Making a Murderer is coming back. Here’s all that’s happened since the first season.

Stormy Daniels’s response to Trump shows how she turns Twitter insults into power

How blockchain will allow for fewer counterfeit goods and faster product recalls

Why the US won’t break up with Saudi Arabia over Jamal Khashoggi’s likely murder

A leaked email reveals why you can’t always trust Sephora product reviews

Vox Sentences: A mysterious, paralyzing disease hits the US

How meditation and psychedelic drugs could fix tribalism

The weird hegemony of “birthday cake” flavor

Lady Gaga pegged her powerful Women in Hollywood speech to her suit. She didn’t need to.

Why Google wants to sell its gadgets in Goop stores

How Ikea mastered the Gruen effect

Prominent evangelical leader on Khashoggi crisis: let’s not risk “$100 billion worth of arms sales”

Trump says selling weapons to Saudi Arabia will create a lot of jobs. That’s not true.

California and Florida voters could change the lives of millions of animals

Judge bars Paul Manafort from wearing a suit at court hearings

The criminalization of blackness isn’t just about adults. It affects black kids too.

Will Mueller show his cards soon after the election? Here are 3 scenarios.

Nearly everything Meghan Markle has worn since her pregnancy announcement has sold out

Republicans were supposed to run on their tax cuts. Instead, they’re running away from them.

Fighting climate change won’t destroy the economy

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The past 24 hours in Jamal Khashoggi news, explained

Republicans are ramming through more judges — by holding hearings when everyone is out of town

Why scientists are so worried by the huge, sudden loss of insects

How to make the economy great again: raise pay

An outbreak of acute flaccid myelitis, the polio-like illness, is affecting kids

The Conners killed off Roseanne via opioid overdose. The real Roseanne Barr is not happy.

Breast cancer awareness products profit off survivors’ suffering 

Toronto police to Canadians: stop snitching on your neighbors about marijuana

The Eastern Orthodox Churches may split. It’s the biggest crisis for these churches in centuries.

How the Roseanne revival evolved into The Conners — and became a better show in the process

Netflix bet on the long-ignored romantic comedy this summer. It paid off.