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

I live by Yosemite National Park. Here’s what’s been happening since the shutdown.

The unexpected best use of Facebook

I write political thrillers. The Trump era keeps spoiling my books.

The best $104 I ever spent: a rose gold trash can

The retro piece of exercise equipment my parents couldn’t give up

I work with kids. Here’s why they’re consumed with anxiety. 

When I was furloughed, I couldn’t pay for child care. It set off a financial chain reaction.

Black women have been calling out R. Kelly for years. Nobody listened.

Diversity on Capitol Hill starts with paying interns

Kevin Hart’s Oscars controversy feeds the stereotype of the black homophobe

“Are you a doctor?” The unchecked racism faced by physicians of color.

I’m a black man who moved to the Deep South. Here’s what it’s teaching me about race.

I’ve counseled hundreds of victims of gaslighting. Here’s how to spot if you’re being gaslighted.

The 7 things I did to get over a big breakup — and why research says they work

My advice for aspiring explainer journalists

What the holidays are like for a recovering alcoholic like me

I worked in the Interior Department. Watching Zinke’s tenure was heartbreaking.

2018 was the year I changed my mind

The best $6,250 I ever spent: top surgery

The spare button represents all the ways we fail to be good consumers

Young people are having less sex. Who cares?

I’ve never had a student ask for a safe space. Here’s what they have asked for.

I was a Sheryl Sandberg superfan. Then her “Lean In” advice failed me.

How the “Jewish American Princess” became America’s most complex Jewish stereotype

Why are people still living in the western US with the constant threat of climate change?

I knew dating as a widow would be difficult. But the hardest part surprised me.

Why do we stop giving meaningful gifts to our friends?

How you think about raising children says a lot about your political views

What Mark Wahlberg’s new movie Instant Family gets right and wrong about foster care

The big lie we’re told about climate change is that it’s our own fault

Working at the mall on Black Friday doesn’t have to be a nightmare

A historian on our broken election system: “it’s run by people with stake in the outcome”

What I wish my friends had said to me after my mom died

I work in urban planning. Now Amazon’s coming to my city.

The thrill of watching Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez bring her whole self to Congress

In the midterm elections, the GOP strategy was racism. In key races, it worked.

I was on a Forbes 30 under 30 list. Here are the hidden privileges that made me a “success.”

I got my dream job and had my baby the same week. So I brought my baby to work.

I'm a woman who fought wildfires for 7 years. Climate change is absolutely making them worse.