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What police could find out about your illegal abortion

How the US polarized on abortion — even as most Americans stayed in the middle

What’s the best way to help extremely poor people? After 20 years, the evidence is in.

Afghanistan’s staggering set of crises, explained

3 winners and 2 losers from the Alabama, Georgia, Virginia, and Washington, DC, elections

When is an animal — or even an AI — a person?

Biden distanced himself from Saudi Arabia — until gas prices got bad

What gas prices do — and don’t — tell us about the economy

The FDA has authorized Covid-19 vaccines for babies and toddlers. Here’s what parents should know.

How the US got so dependent on baby formula

Stopping inflation is going to hurt

The federal government started New Mexico’s largest wildfire. It had good intentions.

Why investors suddenly care about saving the environment

4 winners and 2 losers from the Maine, Nevada, North Dakota, and South Carolina primaries

How the US is failing refugees, in one chart

The scandal embroiling Washington’s most venerable think tank, explained

How Democrats plan to win big in Georgia again

The first January 6 hearing served up surprising revelations — that all point to Trump

The bad vibes economy

The sexual abuse scandal rocking the Southern Baptist Convention, explained

Why meat is so expensive right now

Guns do more than kill

The environmental limits of eating local

What does the Second Amendment mean in 2022?

How Ukraine’s new weapons reflect a very different battlefield

100 days in, Russia’s war is now a brutal offensive in eastern Ukraine

America’s unique, enduring gun problem, explained

The simple, impactful way to make cars cleaner

Johnny Depp, Amber Heard, and their $50 million defamation suit, explained

Pro-gun rights lawmakers want to arm teachers, but there’s little evidence these programs work

The increase in US births in 2021, explained

Underground hip-hop is banned in Egypt. Now, it’s the soundtrack to Marvel’s Moon Knight.

Days after school shooting, Republicans defend gun rights at NRA convention

The Supreme Court just okayed Biden’s “social cost of carbon.” It’s still way too low.

The long, long, twisty affair between the US military and Hollywood

How bad could the monkeypox outbreak get?

What we know about the Uvalde elementary school massacre

How gun ownership became a powerful political identity

What the latest Covid-19 variants and subvariants mean for the pandemic

The eel-shaped parasite that threatens a $7 billion economy in the Great Lakes

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