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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.

Florida’s high-stakes recounts for governor and Senate, explained

After a machine recount, Republicans stay ahead. But the Senate race is still going to a hand recount.

The fires in California highlight — and worsen — the state’s income divide

While wealthy Californians can afford to hire private firefighters and rebuild destroyed homes, others may remain homeless for months.

Trump’s fake tax cuts are dead

The midterms are over, and so are Republicans’ phantom middle-class tax cuts.

Healthy options — or soda taxes? How two cities are tackling obesity.

New York and Chicago agree: Obesity is a problem. They have really different plans to fix it.

This historian spent 10 years researching wartime presidents. Trump scares him the most.

Michael Beschloss says President Donald Trump is "in a category of his own" among America’s commanders in chief.

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Study: Trump is scaring immigrant families away from food stamps

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Trump doesn’t want to punish Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi. His new sanctions prove it.

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Facebook won’t fix itself

A new study further undermines the myth of the “savage” Neanderthal

A black security guard caught a shooting suspect — only to be shot by police minutes later

We could end factory farming this century

It took 46 years for Aretha Franklin’s concert doc to come out. The wait was worth it.

New Pew poll: the public prefers congressional Democrats to Trump on most issues

The case against cruises

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Every sentence of Trump’s tweet accusing Democrats of “collusion” with Russia is a lie

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A MAGA outlet just published a piece blaming Trump for the GOP midterm loss

Trump’s latest interview shows a president who’s in way over his head

Nancy Pelosi doesn’t currently have the votes to be speaker

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