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Vox's coverage of social policy, from food stamps to paternity leave to gun control.

What we owe to future generations

How Biden could expand paid family leave to more Americans

A Canadian study gave $7,500 to homeless people. Here’s how they spent it.

The hidden holes in America’s social safety net

Study: Smoking bans saved countless lives — could they have increased drunk driving?

The Proud Boys, explained

The great rebuild

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We can end America’s unemployment nightmare

The problem with our social safety net is clear. The solution is, too.

Young people are the new corps of engineers the US has been waiting for

The future of the economy hinges on child care

Why protesters have been banging pots and pans outside their windows

The ironic invisibility of the loudest man in America

How anxiety changes political behavior

There’s a conservative civil war raging — over porn

Bullshit jobs: why they exist and why you might have one

New York City adopts ranked-choice voting, a major milestone for the reform

He needed a gender-affirming procedure. The hospital said no.

The case for raising kids in the city

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Laboratories of Democracy

The Catch-22 for labor unions enjoying newfound public support

Why some anti-abortion conservatives think Alabama’s abortion law goes too far

FBI director: White nationalist violence is a “persistent, pervasive threat”

California Gov. Gavin Newsom is abolishing the state’s death penalty

Want less poverty in the world? Empower women.

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Richard Rorty’s prescient warnings for the American left

Why the NRA is struggling

Denmark gives new fathers paid leave. Why do so few take it?

George H.W. Bush was a champion for people with disabilities

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The scary ideology behind Trump’s immigration instincts

“False flags,” explained

Mary Bono resigns as USA Gymnastics president

Trump’s meeting with Kanye was really about masking his record on criminal justice reform

ESPN will not broadcast the national anthem before NFL games this season

An artist painted on the American flag. The governor of Kansas wants her work destroyed.

Why the myth of a perfect meritocracy is so pernicious 

Why social conservatives are disappointed that Trump picked Brett Kavanaugh

A Harvard economics researcher has been accused of making “sexually inappropriate” comments

Who is the freeloader: the working poor on food stamps — or corporations that don’t pay them enough?

Hundreds of people in Mexico are kidnapped every year. And the problem’s getting worse.

It’s part of a trend experts call the "democratization" of kidnapping.

New evidence shows the Pulse nightclub shooting wasn’t about anti-LGBTQ hate