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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.

The past, present, and future of the singular “they”

Boris Johnson, the UK’s prime minister, explained in under 650 words

There’s a conservative civil war raging — over porn

India just redefined its citizenship criteria to exclude Muslims

Artificial intelligence will help determine if you get your next job

The Nobel went to economists who changed how we help the poor. But some critics oppose their big idea.

From Pokémon Go to Facebook, here’s how to protect your privacy on apps

Can Joe Biden win the nomination even if he loses Iowa and New Hampshire?

How Mike Bloomberg made his billions: a computer system you’ve probably never seen

Vouchers can help the poor find homes. But landlords often won’t accept them.

Why every website wants you to accept its cookies

Bill Barr’s Justice Department swings into action to undercut the inspector general report

The 2019 UK elections, explained

The dust-up over Elizabeth Warren’s private legal work, explained

What Trump has done to the courts, explained

Pregnant people are being offered an unproven treatment to “reverse” abortions

Could squeezing more oil out of the ground help fight climate change?

The extraordinary danger of being pregnant and uninsured in Texas

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Where every 2020 candidate stands on guns

Pelosi announces Democrats will draft articles of impeachment against Trump

The new bill that would create a crime called “abortion murder,” explained

The fight to #ReleaseTheSnyderCut of Justice League (which may not even exist), explained

Democrats’ impeachment report reveals new phone records from Giuliani and others

Baby Yoda: the Mandalorian’s adorable alien co-star, explained

The debate over whether to ban “virginity testing,” explained

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The 15 Democrats still running for president and everything else to know about 2020

How Amazon’s Ring is creating a surveillance network with video doorbells

The alarming trend of beached whales filled with plastic, explained

These are the charities where your money will do the most good

Jeremy Corbyn is the UK’s Bernie Sanders — and wildly unpopular. Could he still become prime minister?

Trump’s Iran whisperer

Giving Tuesday, explained

What Trump has actually done in his first 3 years

Instagram is broken. It also broke us.

All the clues in Watchmen about Doctor Manhattan

The new details about Trump blocking aid to Ukraine, explained

Trump’s made-up war on Thanksgiving, explained

These uses of CO2 could cut emissions — and make trillions of dollars

Why everybody is freaking out about political ads on Facebook and Google

The latest news about SDNY’s investigation into Rudy Giuliani, explained