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Medicare-for-all’s big problem

YouTube’s conspiracy theory crisis, explained

How the federal courts have failed victims of sexual harassment

Top House Democrats join Elizabeth Warren’s push to fundamentally change American capitalism

The Trump inauguration is now being criminally investigated

California’s cap-and-trade system may be too weak to do its job

CrossFit is amassing an army of doctors trying to disrupt health care

We read Democrats’ 8 plans for universal health care. Here’s how they work.

A judge just blocked another effort to raise wages for restaurant workers in DC

Uber and Lyft are racing each other to go public. Here’s why.

Why Trump wants to repeal an Obama-era clean water rule

Why Netflix could have lost Friends — and what it means for the future of streaming

The VA’s latest issues paying student veterans their benefits, explained

The First Step Act, Congress’s criminal justice reform bill, explained

2018 belonged to Black Panther. And it could change Marvel’s future.

The US government’s ongoing battle with Chinese telecom giant Huawei, explained

TikTok, explained

There’s a great anti-poverty bill in the Senate. Why haven’t we heard more about it?

The Supreme Court’s surprising decision on Planned Parenthood, explained

Advent, explained

“Public charge,” Trump’s proposal to restrict legal immigration, explained

Why willpower is overrated

“Witch hunts” explained, from Salem to Donald Trump

Mueller’s sentencing memo for Michael Cohen is very ominous for Trump

William Barr, Trump’s pick for attorney general, will hold the fate of the Mueller probe

Google’s contractors accuse CEO of creating unequal workforce

William Barr helped establish mass incarceration. Now Trump wants him as attorney general.

Why Taylor Swift’s 2017 album Reputation got a 2019 Grammy nod

A brief guide to the legal challenges against acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker

The sexual misconduct allegations against Neil deGrasse Tyson, explained

Tchiya Amet went public with allegations against Tyson in 2010. Why is her story only getting attention now?

Felix Sater, the spy, criminal, and mafia-linked business executive tied to Trump, explained

“Designer bugs”: how the next pandemic might come from a lab

Video game addiction is real, rare, and poorly understood

The World Health Organization now recognizes "gaming disorder." It’s a controversial, but some argue necessary, classification.

A big new review of the evidence finds that prescription heroin works

The Mueller investigation has gotten closer to Trump

The mind-bendy weirdness of the number zero, explained

Why are we still signing credit card receipts?

North Carolina wrote the playbook other states are using to undermine democracy

4 takeaways from Mueller’s sentencing memo for Michael Flynn

12 million pounds of beef are recalled for possible salmonella. Check your freezer.