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The Paradise fire is catastrophic. And the wildfire threat to California is only growing.

The ingredients that fueled the deadly wildfire were brewing for years. Residents only had minutes to flee.

Trump says Pelosi deserves speakership, offers Republican votes

Nancy Pelosi has an unexpected (and unwelcome) ally in her bid to lead the incoming Democratic majority.

The real reason conservative critics love talking about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s clothes

Ocasio-Cortez’s political critics often disparage her clothes. They’re really worried about her policies.

Turkey: Khashoggi’s dismembered body possibly carried through Istanbul’s airport

If true, it would show the Saudi operation was far bolder than known to date.

Trump skipped Arlington Cemetery on Veterans Day because he was “extremely busy”

The president reportedly wishes he had a "rare do-over" on those cemetery visits.

Does cutting carbs really help keep weight off? The big new diet study, explained.

The latest episode in the fierce scientific debate over the low-carb diet suggests it helps people burn more calories and keep weight off.

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Andrew Gillum concedes Florida gubernatorial race

CIA reportedly concludes that Jamal Khashoggi was killed on the Saudi crown prince’s orders

Photos: what California’s lethal wildfires look like on the ground

The host of You Must Remember This on writing a book as essential as her podcast

The darker side of Stan Lee’s legacy

HQ2 is a perfect opportunity to massively upgrade the DC area’s commuter rail

Elite library sorters race to process books in cutthroat competition

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald feels like a giant prologue for some other movie

Vox Sentences: A government secret Julian Assange wants no part of

Céline Dion has a new gender-neutral clothing line for kids

How Trump’s favored midterm candidates performed

Facebook has been accused of peddling anti-Semitic conspiracy theories to promote its brand

Brian Kemp elected governor of Georgia after Democrat Stacey Abrams ends campaign

Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend doesn’t just compel people to read, but to travel

Jonathan Franzen’s new essay collection is a bird-obsessed, condescending mess

The best movies out this weekend

13 great films now in theaters and on streaming.

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Exclusive: House Democrats will introduce a bill to protect millions of health care workers

The extraordinary trial of notorious drug lord El Chapo is underway

5 Republican women senators told us they don’t want a seat on the Judiciary Committee

2 maps show how the blue wave washed away Republicans in Orange County

The author of The Princess Bride shaped pop culture as few screenwriters have

Here’s what you need to know about Sri Lanka’s escalating political crisis

Don’t buy your friends an abandoned Spanish village, no matter what Gwyneth Paltrow says

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Green Book builds a feel-good comedy atop an artifact of shameful segregation. Yikes.

HBO’s My Brilliant Friend adaptation is a knockout

Northern California now has the worst air quality in the world, thanks to wildfire smoke

What the reported charges against Julian Assange may — and may not — mean

Sen. Lindsey Graham is poised to lead the Senate Judiciary Committee

Cam has the brilliant audacity to argue that the internet isn’t about connecting people

California’s newly homeless fire victims face the state’s severe housing shortage

Why the wildfire in Northern California was so severe

Marcia Fudge, an Ohio Democrat, might challenge Nancy Pelosi

Beauty junkies love cheap dupes of expensive products. A new L’Oréal lawsuit could threaten that.

What the Amazon tax breaks really mean

Mercury retrograde, explained without astrology

“This will make schools less safe”: why Betsy DeVos’s sexual assault rules have advocates worried

Bohemian Rhapsody loves Freddie Mercury’s voice. It fears his queerness.

Who are period-tracking apps really built for?

What if your house is too ugly to be smart?