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Finding homes for immigrant kids is hard. Trump’s making it harder — by arresting their relatives.

There’s a record 12,800 immigrant kids in federal custody — but ICE is arresting guardians who step up to take them.

The problem with Jeff Bezos’s $2 billion gift to charity

Why the Amazon CEO’s new philanthropic initiative might not do as much good as he hopes.

The 25th Amendment, explained: how a president can be declared unfit to serve

If the vice president and the Cabinet conclude a president is unwell, they can legally do something about it.

The 10 most important Senate elections, briefly explained

These states will determine who controls the Senate in 2019.

3 key themes in Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke’s first face-off

Cruz tried to define O’Rourke as a radical in their first debate for the Senate race in Texas. O’Rourke seemed unfazed.

The Trump administration says global slavery and child labor are bad — for American businesses

They give an "unfair advantage" to US competitors, according to the US Labor Department.

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Why Disney is pulling back on its Star Wars release schedule, according to CEO Bob Iger

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Is there a humane way to boil lobsters alive? One woman thinks it’s by getting them high.

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Needles in strawberries, cyanide in Tylenol: the long history of product tampering

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Beto O’Rourke could lead a blue wave in Texas — even if he loses his Senate race

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen has been ordered to take a psychiatric exam

Josh Groban and Tony Danza’s appealing odd-couple dynamic can’t quite save The Good Cop

Amazon’s looming challenge: Europe’s antitrust laws

John C. Reilly explains how to properly fit a men’s hat

Republicans in a US territory just legalized marijuana

Cody Wilson, 3D-printed gun creator, arrested in Taiwan

Ed Whelan’s tweets have created a second Kavanaugh scandal

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Trump just walked back his controversial order to declassify Russia investigation information

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Joe Biden apologizes again about Anita Hill during the Kavanaugh firestorm

Trump’s latest interview shows Republicans have nothing to run on in November

Netflix’s Maniac, with Jonah Hill and Emma Stone, is either too weird or not weird enough

FDA: we might have to ban some e-cigarettes to stop teens from vaping

A top Cornell food researcher has had 13 studies retracted. That’s a lot.

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Trump: Kavanaugh’s accuser should have gone to the police if she’s telling the truth

Conservative activist Ed Whelan apologizes for insinuating a Kavanaugh doppelgänger assaulted Ford