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What the rise of men’s makeup means for masculinity

As cosmetics for men become more mainstream, they could give men more opportunities for self-expression — and more pressure to live up to unrealistic beauty standards.

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The waiting list for organ transplants is finally shrinking — for a grim reason

Opioid overdose deaths have led to a sharp increase in lifesaving organ transplants.

Measles cases have hit a record high in Europe. Blame austerity.

A new report in Italy found parts of the country that cut their public health budgets most had lower rates of vaccine coverage.

Rosenstein is the only person between Trump and Mueller. He may soon be gone.

Rosenstein’s ouster may now be imminent. That’s really bad news for Mueller’s Trump-Russia probe.

Teen shopping habits, explained by teens

What’s Gen Z into? Juuls, Glossier, and thrift stores.

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Another woman has allegations of misconduct by Kavanaugh. Here’s why that matters so much.

Even in the #MeToo era, lone accusers struggle to be believed. Christine Blasey Ford isn’t alone anymore.

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Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke shot Laquan McDonald 16 times. His murder trial began this week, four years after Laquan was killed. WBEZ's Shannon Hefferman explains how this shooting has changed Chicago.

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The rise of YouTube’s reactionary right

Why do so many millennial brands think adults want stickers?

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A second woman comes forward with sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh

Ted Cruz tweets out viral Beto O’Rourke video in a bizarre move

Don’t sleep on Sorry for Your Loss, a terrific new half-hour drama airing on Facebook

Ford will testify on Kavanaugh sexual assault allegations in front of Senate on Thursday

6 siblings of an Arizona congressman endorse his opponent in attack ads

Support for Brett Kavanaugh is dwindling among voters amid sexual assault allegations

Americans have a longstanding love of magical thinking

What we know — and still don’t — about the sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh

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

Why movie theaters are trading popcorn and soda for chimichangas and custom cocktails

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Life Itself is a disaster of a movie, caught in a web of its own privilege

A rare brazen terrorist attack in Iran leaves at least 25 dead

“There’s an Elon Musk premium in the stock”: Why Tesla can’t get rid of Musk

Conservatives are skeptical of the New York Times’s Rod Rosenstein story

The emotional response to Kylie Jenner’s cereal, explained

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Jon Batiste walks us through a day in the life of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Hannity’s surprising advice to Trump on Rosenstein: “Under zero circumstances should the president fire anybody”

The fall equinox is Saturday: 8 things to know about the first day of autumn

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Ryan Zinke to the oil and gas industry: “Our government should work for you”

Roald Dahl illustrator Quentin Blake imagines Matilda at 30

How much would the iPhone cost if it were made in America?

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Hurricane Florence’s “1,000-year” rainfall, explained

Ford requests more time to decide on testifying on her sexual assault accusation against Kavanaugh

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

Vox Sentences: Rod Rosenstein’s high-wire act

Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is at the center of a political firestorm again

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

Why Yeezys, a brand based on exclusivity, are suddenly so easy to buy

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The Times’s big new Rod Rosenstein story has major implications for Mueller’s probe

Hog manure is spilling out of lagoons because of Hurricane Florence’s floods

Where Brett Kavanaugh’s Senate confirmation process stands

We now have a dollar value for one of oil’s biggest subsidies

Do you remember the very best meme of September?

Meet Noel Francisco, the man who will oversee the Mueller probe if Trump fires Rosenstein

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

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

9 times Mister Rogers said exactly the right thing