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Vox's policy and politics team explains everything you need to know about what's going on in Washington and what it means for your life.

Joe Biden has been talking about income inequality a lot lately — to his rich donors

2020 Democrats’ campaign finance pledges, explained

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

As immigrant children go without soap and toothbrushes, Trump and Pence say Congress is to blame

Oregon Republicans are still on the lam to avoid voting on a major climate change bill

After cancelling a retaliatory strike on Iran, Trump warns: “If they do something else, it’ll be double”

Trump called off a military strike against Iran. The US targeted its computer systems instead.

Trump postpones ICE’s planned deportation raids in 10 big cities

Pete Buttigieg tries to translate South Bend police shooting into a 2020 message

Joe Biden explains why he flipped on the Hyde Amendment

Here’s where all the 2020 Democratic candidates stand on abortion rights

Iranian officials issue warnings to the US as Trump announces new sanctions

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

“We r all on the same team”: read Sean Hannity’s chats with Paul Manafort

Donald Trump is trying to gaslight us on E. Jean Carroll’s account of rape

E. Jean Carroll isn’t alone. That matters.

Advice columnist E. Jean Carroll says Trump sexually assaulted her

Trump plans to nominate Mark Esper, a former combat veteran and lobbyist, as Pentagon boss

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.

E. Jean Carroll joins at least 21 other women in publicly accusing Trump of sexual assault or misconduct

The Supreme Court overturned Curtis Flowers’s murder conviction, citing racial bias

John Bolton and Mike Pompeo are the hawks behind Trump’s Iran policy

It sucks to go to the doctor if you’re trans

Trump is trying to rewrite the history of his family separation policy before 2020

New York will expand marijuana decriminalization but falls short of legalization

Bill de Blasio’s inexplicable presidential bid, explained

Frank Luntz vs. Grover Norquist: the GOP’s climate change dilemma in a nutshell

Washington’s first attempt at regulating Big Tech is a joke

The competing paths to the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, explained

Marion Wilson was the 1,500th person executed in the US since 1976

Does Congress need to approve any military action against Iran? Republicans aren’t so sure.

Judges rule that Trump administration’s “domestic gag rule” can go into effect

Roy Moore is running for Alabama’s Senate seat — again

America is having an unprecedented debate about reparations. What comes next?

I’m a Jewish historian. Yes, we should call border detention centers “concentration camps.”

John Delaney, a 2020 Democrat you likely forgot about, has a serious foreign policy plan


When white supremacists overthrew a government

Sean Hannity just demonstrated how not to interview President Trump