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The strongest case for — and against — Matthew Whitaker’s appointment

Two big legal arguments, all explained in less than 700 words.

Kids are stranded in Mexico because officials won’t let them seek asylum in the US

Mexico won’t let unaccompanied children go to a US port. Trump doesn’t want to give them other options.

Ohio Democrat Marcia Fudge will not challenge Nancy Pelosi

Fudge dropped her potential speakership bid, and Pelosi still has no challenger.

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Airlines are getting tough on emotional support animals. Some people think they're a scam. Science isn’t sure. An expert weighs in, as does an emotional support dog.

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Reckoning with Twilight, 10 years later

Trump thanks Saudi Arabia for low oil prices after letting it off the hook for Khashoggi murder

Ryan Zinke blamed environmentalists for California’s massive wildfires. Again.

All the House seats Democrats have flipped in the 2018 elections

Democrats won 6 more state governments. New Jersey shows what they can do.

How the baby boomers, not millennials, screwed America

The true story behind Arlo Guthrie’s Thanksgiving staple, “Alice’s Restaurant”

The time Nancy Pelosi saved Social Security

Mark Zuckerberg is essentially untouchable at Facebook

Working at the mall on Black Friday doesn’t have to be a nightmare

Don’t get the allure of Black Friday? A mother-daughter shopping duo explains

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Trump reportedly tried to order the Justice Department to prosecute Clinton and Comey

The US may name Venezuela as a state sponsor of terrorism. Here’s why that could backfire.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez isn’t rich. There’s no reason to talk about it.

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

What made solar panels so cheap? Thank government policy.

The best movies out this weekend

13 great films now in theaters and on streaming.

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

My Brilliant Friend pulls back the curtain on women’s lives. What it reveals is dark and violent.

Black Friday is longer, and tamer, than ever

Trump’s Khashoggi statement is a green light for murder

The decline of David’s Bridal says a lot about millennial attitudes toward weddings

Why do so many animated films have great stories? One secret: storyboarding.

Several white evangelical leaders reject anti-immigrant rhetoric. Why do their flocks embrace it?

Read Trump’s bizarre statement on Saudi Arabia and Jamal Khashoggi

Bernie Sanders’s new plan to bring down drug prices, briefly explained

Roma, from celebrated director Alfonso Cuarón, is one of the year’s best movies

Your politics aren't just passed down from your parents. This cartoon explains what actually happens.

“It’s our responsibility”: Ellen Pompeo wants white people to address Hollywood’s lack of diversity

The 18 best TV shows airing right now

Need some new TV to watch? These are the 18 best shows airing new episodes on television right now.

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The human costs of Black Friday, explained by a former Amazon warehouse manager

Americans sit too much. Standing desks aren’t going to fix the problem.

Martha McSally just lost the Arizona Senate race. She could still be a senator next year.

Cindy Hyde-Smith called for a “front row” seat at a lynching. Now donors want their money back.

What I wish my friends had said to me after my mom died

Forget football. The National Dog Show is Thanksgiving's best entertainment.

Ivanka Trump’s personal email excuse shows she only wants to seem competent some of the time

The classist vilification of the Black Friday shopper