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We regret to inform you that aliens are probably not trying to talk to us

The astronomical mysteries that have people wondering if we’re alone in the universe, explained.

Are “healthy” snacks actually good for you?

Vegetable-themed snacks like cauliflower puffs and Peatos aren’t traditional potato chips, but they’re not not chips, either.

Chicago police officers found not guilty of covering up the Laquan McDonald shooting

A judge ruled that the officers did not break the law when they filed reports backing Jason Van Dyke’s account of the 2014 shooting.

How the 10-step Korean skin care routine changed American skin care

The 10-step Korean skin care routine is dead. But Korean skin care lives on.

Will the government shutdown affect tax refunds and returns? Maybe not.

The IRS is trying to make sure that tax refunds still go out — but its employees will have to work without pay for now.

The horrible celebrity biographies of Amazon are impossible to explain

"If Gyllenhaal is seen in a community, he is usually in a t-shirt, a squared shirt, and inadvertent jeans."

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When your power company is a felon

What if your utility were a felon filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy? You would be one of 16 million in California. KQED’s Marisa Lagos lays out Pacific Gas and Electric’s woes and Vox’s Umair Irfan says this is just the beginning of our power problems.

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Anti-Semitism concerns leave the future of the Women’s March in doubt

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Vox Sentences: LA’s teachers are still striking

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Trump postpones Pelosi’s official trip to Afghanistan — unless she wants to “fly commercial”

The controversy over Ilhan Omar calling Lindsey Graham “compromised,” explained

Why the White House is attacking Democrats for traveling to Puerto Rico, explained

What’s open — and closed — during a partial government shutdown

House Republicans really don’t want to look like they voted to reopen the government

74 percent of Americans know almost nothing about Facebook ad targeting

Vox 2019 Audience Survey: help us serve you better

3 parts you don’t remember from Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech

CBD, the super-popular cannabis compound, explained

John Wick 3: Parabellum trailer: Keanu is back

Government workers still don’t have a salary due to the shutdown. American businesses are helping them out.

TSA agents were promised a $500 bonus after working unpaid for weeks. They haven’t received it.

Michael Cohen reportedly paid to rig online polls for Trump

I’m furloughed. I’m also disabled. I have to choose between care and keeping the lights on.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is one of many reasons to care about the House committee that oversees banking

Trump tried to illegally withhold disaster relief money from Puerto Rico

Pulitzer-winning poet Mary Oliver has died at 83

M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass is half-empty and deeply unsatisfying

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, 2020 Democratic candidate, explained

Doctors are frightened by climate change. Their industry is a big part of the problem.

Trump is looking for a new way to cut Medicaid — without Congress

A guide to air travel during the government shutdown

How to make more Vox Video happen

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s tax idea pushed Scott Walker to mislead a bunch of children

Cardi B’s viral shutdown rant made some really good points

How Illinois bet on video gambling and lost

Netflix’s Fyre and Hulu’s Fyre Fraud come at the same topic in different ways. One is better.

Rudy Giuliani’s disastrous CNN interview created more problems for Trump

Book lovers, relax: Marie Kondo is not coming for your books

Congress has 7 big ideas to cut drug prices. Here’s how they work.

Why Buddhism is true

This font you know from old pulp novels is all over new books

Here’s one fight the Green New Deal should avoid for now

Did Chicago police cover up the Laquan McDonald shooting? A judge is about to decide.

Why the NRA is struggling