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Explainers

We live in a world of too much information and too little context. Too much noise and too little insight. That's where Vox's explainers come in.

Bernie Sanders’s proposal to make college free and cancel all student loan debt, explained

Elizabeth Warren thinks corruption is why the US hasn’t acted on climate change

We read 9 Democratic plans for expanding health care. Here’s how they work.

Does Trump want a war with Iran?

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We asked all the 2020 Democrats how they’d fix child care. Here’s what they said.

Why Iran is fighting back against Trump’s maximum pressure campaign

What we know (and what we don’t) about Trump’s decision not to attack Iran

Bill de Blasio’s inexplicable presidential bid, explained

9 questions about the US-Iran standoff you were too embarrassed to ask

The summer solstice is here: 9 things to know about the longest day of the year

The competing paths to the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, explained

The race to be the next British prime minister, briefly explained

Boris Johnson, the frontrunner to be the UK’s next prime minister, explained

The battle over extending the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, explained

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Cory Booker has a plan to reform the criminal justice system — without Congress

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The controversial 1994 crime law that Joe Biden helped write, explained

The 2020 Nevada caucuses — and growing political power of the West — explained

Joe Biden’s controversial comments about segregationists and wealthy donors, explained

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The 2020 Democratic primary debate over reparations, explained

The Green New Deal is fracturing a critical base for Democrats: unions

Are Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders the same? The debate, explained.

The high-stakes battle between Uber executives and drivers in California, explained

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The 24 Democrats running for president, debate lineups, and everything else you should know about 2020

Facebook may have too many users for its cryptocurrency to fail — even if you don’t trust it

The Kyle Kashuv-Harvard controversy, explained

Trump’s new health care plan, health reimbursement arrangements, explained

Wish, the super popular, ultra-cheap shopping app, explained

Is it actually illegal to accept “campaign dirt” from foreigners?

The hasty plan to get Americans back on the moon by 2024, explained

How “soccer girl” became the indisputably coolest look

How the Trump administration is using 9/11 to build a case for war with Iran

The first Democratic debate qualification rules — and controversies — explained

Trump’s legally problematic claim that he’d accept “oppo research” from foreign governments, explained

This Austrian company is betting you’ll take a flying drone taxi. Really.

Congress’s high-stakes budget fight to avert an economic crisis, explained

Will climate change kill everyone — or just lots and lots of people?

Prohibition worked better than you think

America’s anti-alcohol experiment cut down on drinking and drinking-related deaths — and it may have reduced crime and violence overall.

Kamala Harris’s plan to provide DREAMers a pathway to citizenship, explained

The fight over the 2020 census citizenship question, explained

The Democrats who are still undecided on Medicare-for-all, explained