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Watch: Biggest moments from Bill Barr’s confirmation hearing

Barr offered standard GOP responses on a variety of topics — with the notable exception of the Russia investigation. Key exchanges between William Barr and senators on...

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Vox Sentences: Brexit takes a U-turn

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Exploratory committees, the opening bells of the 2020 campaign, explained

Kirsten Gillibrand is the latest Democrat to launch a presidential exploratory committee. For the next few months, you’re going to hear a lot of high-profile Democrats...

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Kirsten Gillibrand announces 2020 presidential exploratory committee

Her main message: Women are the future of the Democratic party. Kirsten Gillibrand, a New York lawmaker known for her #MeToo advocacy, has announced an exploratory com...

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Theresa May lost the Brexit deal vote. Now she has to fight to keep her job.

May’s government faces a no-confidence vote on Wednesday. British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal was voted down by Parliament on Tuesday, and now she’s s...

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Theresa May lost the Brexit vote because Brexit was a lie

May was tasked with negotiating a deal that neither she nor anyone else could deliver on. UK Prime Minister Theresa May spent months negotiating a deal with the...

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Sen. Hirono is asking William Barr — and every other nominee — about sexual misconduct

She’s setting a precedent that allegations of sexual harassment and assault matter. During attorney general nominee William Barr’s confirmation hearing on Tuesday, S...

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Cory Booker presses William Barr on racism and criminal justice

Barr has previously said that white and black offenders are treated the same by the criminal justice system. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), a likely Democratic contender for...

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The UK Brexit deal vote, explained in 500 words

Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal suffered a historic defeat, and now her government faces a no-confidence vote. British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit d...

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House Democrats are frustrated the shutdown is drowning out the rest of their agenda

A government shutdown was a really weird way for the new majority to start. This wasn’t the beginning House Democrats imagined when they won their new majority in Nove...

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Treating regular people like influencers is the key to Glossier’s success

The wildly popular beauty brand’s customers are also its biggest evangelists. Everyone is an influencer now, at least according to Emily Weiss, the founder and CEO of...

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Trump tried to bypass Nancy Pelosi and negotiate with members of her caucus. None of them showed up.

Trump doesn’t understand how to negotiate with House Democrats. President Donald Trump tried a new strategy to get his border wall by going around House Speaker Nancy...

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Why Gillette’s toxic masculinity ad is annoying both sexists and feminists

The Procter & Gamble-owned razor company used its Super Bowl ad to weigh in on #MeToo. Do brands have beliefs? This is a question we’re forced to ask today th...

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Attorney general nominee William Barr doesn’t reject the possibility of jailing journalists

When Sen. Amy Klobuchar asked about it, he didn’t shut down the option outright. Attorney general nominee William Barr — much like his predecessor Jeff Sessions —...

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The Brexit deal was defeated in Parliament. Here’s what happens next.

The outcome deals a huge — if not entirely unexpected — blow to Prime Minister Theresa May. British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal was just voted down by...

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The government shutdown is disrupting people’s wedding plans

The latest unlikely government shutdown victims are weddings in national parks and DC events. We’re currently in the midst of the longest partial government shutdown...

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“The Pussy Grabber Plays” puts the stories of Trump’s accusers on stage

More than a dozen women accused Trump of sexual misconduct. A new production shows the aftermath. After Natasha Stoynoff wrote that Donald Trump had forcibly kissed her...

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Barr backs Trump on the border wall and government shutdown

The remarks came in an exchange with Sen. Amy Klobuchar. William Barr, President Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general, is on board with the president’s positi...

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6 key takeaways from Bill Barr’s testimony about the Mueller probe so far

Trump’s AG nominee offered some reassurances — but dodged on other questions. The big question heading into attorney general nominee William Barr’s confirmation he...

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Americans are now more likely to die from opioid overdoses than car crashes

The opioid epidemic is now a bigger public health and safety threat than car crashes. For the first time in history, Americans are more likely to die from opioid overdos...

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The controversy around Trump’s fast-food football feast, explained

People are calling Trump’s McDonald’s and Wendy’s meal for the Clemson Tigers racist and classist. When President Trump welcomed the Clemson Tigers, natio...

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A judge has stopped the Trump administration from asking about citizenship in the census

Judge Jesse M. Furman ruled the Department of Commerce lied about why it wanted to add a citizenship question in 2020, which violated federal law. A federal judge has st...

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Microcredit was a hugely hyped solution to global poverty. What happened?

Studies have shown it hasn’t really lifted people out of poverty. But it’s still made a difference in the lives of the poor. For a period of time from the 1980s to...

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The emoluments clause, explained

A guide for William Barr, who claims not to know what it is. Asked by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) about ongoing litigation arguing that President Trump’s various busi...

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What the Jill Abramson book scandal tells us about publishing’s fact-checking problem

In book publishing, the onus for fact-checking is on the author. That creates problems. Book publishing has a fact-checking problem, and that problem might have just cau...

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A remarkable new study shows stem cells can reverse MS in some patients

A majority of patients in a small trial who got stem cell transplants after chemo saw their quality of life and disability improve. By the time Amanda Loy turned 28, her...

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Trump has reportedly discussed withdrawing from NATO. That would be great for Russia.

According to the New York Times, Trump brought up pulling out of NATO several times in 2018. President Donald Trump has reportedly on multiple occasions suggested the Un...

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The 70% marginal tax rate is only the beginning of a fair system

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has begun a better tax debate, but we still need to close loopholes, not just raise rates. There’s a wonderful clarity to New York Rep. Alexan...

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Theresa May’s Brexit deal is on the verge of defeat. What happens if it fails?

The British prime minister faces tough opposition to the deal, which could add more uncertainty to the EU-UK divorce — and her political future. The future of Brexit c...

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Lindsey Graham asks about debunked right-wing conspiracies in William Barr hearing

And President Trump’s attorney general nominee seems worried about some of them. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), the new Judiciary Committee chair, opened up the confirmat...

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How books for tweens and teens are doing politics in 2019

Books like The Girl King, Unpresidented, and Wicked King are thinking hard about power and ambition. Books for children have always been interested in politics. There is...

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16 big predictions about 2019, from Trump’s impeachment to the rise of AI

The staff of Future Perfect forecasts the year ahead. Predictions are hard, especially about the future. But for 2019, Future Perfect is going to try to get better at fo...

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Attorney general nominee Bill Barr’s “tough on crime” record, explained

Here’s why Trump’s attorney general nominee worries criminal justice reformers. William Barr will face questions from senators at confirmation hearings on Tuesday, a...

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Trump suddenly decides there might not be a national emergency at the border after all

After days of stoking fears about a “crisis” to get his border wall built, Trump has changed his mind. After days of publicly toying with the idea of declaring a nat...

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DNA scientist James Watson has a remarkably long history of sexist, racist public comments

“People say it would be terrible if we made all girls pretty,” he said in 2003. “I think it would be great.” The legacy of James Watson — who discovered DNA al...

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The Green New Deal’s first test: what counts as clean energy?

The smart political move is leaving it as open as possible. The Green New Deal has captured the public imagination, emerging from obscurity to become the talk of the tow...

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Spider-Man: Far From Home’s first trailer shows Peter Parker alive and slinging in Europe

The first trailer for a post-Avengers: Endgame Peter Parker has arrived. After revealing the first trailer for Marvel’s fourth Avengers movie, Avengers: Endgame, last...

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

In Trump’s America, why bother with fiction when reality is beyond belief? Let me run an idea for a novel past you. Tell me what you think. What if a reality star beca...

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Trump’s tweet about “hamberders” illustrates just how effortlessly he lies

Trump boasted about serving the Clemson football team 300 burgers. Overnight the number grew exponentially. While not as significant as his lies about the situation at...

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The Pentagon extends US troop mission at southern border for 9 more months

The decision comes as President Trump and Democrats still fight over funding for the border wall. President Donald Trump’s controversial military deployment at the sou...

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William Barr, Trump’s nominee to serve as attorney general, explained

A former AG with a record that was Trumpy long before Trump. The US Department of Justice is shut down this week, with many staff furloughed and many others working with...

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Attorney general nominee William Barr faces confirmation hearing

Barr, if approved by the Republican-controlled Senate, will replace former Attorney General Jeff Sessions. In December, President Donald Trump nominated William Barr, a...

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Democrats aren’t saying no to physical barriers on the border. They are saying no to Trump.

Why Democrats won’t negotiate with Trump on the wall. When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said “no wall” — not now, not ever — she meant it. But unlike President...

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Pelosi learned the art of “no” working with Bush. Trump is a whole new test.

“She is not there to simply follow the dictates of any other branch.” Donald Trump would do well to examine how Nancy Pelosi worked with the last Republican presiden...

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Driving Uber, freelancing, babysitting: shutdown workers scramble for cash

As the shutdown drags on, government contractors are struggling to afford medication, baby formula and other necessities. Donna Kelly, a Smithsonian security guard who...

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

The rarest pleasure is having things exactly how you’d prefer to have them.  I learned about the tragedy of the commons in a college sociology class, but I di...

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Mueller’s investigation will dominate Bill Barr’s confirmation hearing

Trump’s nominee for attorney general will face questions about his past comments and that memo. William Barr, President Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general,...

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Republicans remove Rep. Steve King from committee assignments for defending white nationalism

This comes days after the Iowa Congress member told the New York Times: “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become of...

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William Barr, Trump’s nominee for attorney general, heads to the Senate on Tuesday

Barr’s views on the Mueller probe will be a major point of focus during his confirmation hearing. William Barr, President Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general...

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Vox Sentences: What happens in Finland stays in Finland

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Almost all of the actresses who’ve played Cleopatra have been white. But was she?

Angelina Jolie and Lady Gaga are rumored to be contenders to play the queen in a new biopic. What did Cleopatra look like? A debate about the last real ruler of Egypt’...

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Outdoor brands are speaking up for national parks during the government shutdown. It’s a good business move.

You can’t have an outdoor industry without the great outdoors. On Friday, January 11, Columbia Sportswear, an outdoor apparel and accessories company based in Portland...

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Trump attacks immigrants who don’t show up to hearings — and makes fun of those who do

Mocked if you do, deported if you don’t. President Donald Trump might not think it’s very smart to show up to an immigration hearing, but most undocumented immigrant...

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Why the White House is attacking Democrats for traveling to Puerto Rico, explained

With some help from Fox News. President Donald Trump on Monday attacked roughly 30 House and Senate Democrats for traveling to Puerto Rico over the weekend amid an ongo...

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The US apparently kept no detailed notes of Trump-Putin meetings for the past 2 years

That’s a huge problem. President Donald Trump may be harming America’s foreign policy with one simple — yet often overlooked — move: denying his own team access...

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California’s largest utility just declared bankruptcy. Hello, climate change.

The company faces billions of dollars in liability from wildfires exacerbated by rising temperatures and drought. PG&E, the largest utility in California, announ...

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Democrats’ small-donor campaign finance proposal is a great deal for taxpayers

A public matching system for donations will pay for itself in more responsive policy. As we begin to debate the House Democrats’ landmark “For the People Act” (HR...

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Starbucks will begin installing needle disposal boxes in some of its bathrooms

Some Starbucks employees have complained of finding — and being hurt by — used hypodermic needles in the chain’s bathrooms. Starbucks will begin installing needle...

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You can now look up charges at your local hospital. Good luck understanding them.

What “2-D ECHO TTE COMP NO CONTRST” tells you about modern health care. The Trump administration rang in 2019 by enacting a seemingly great health care policy: requi...

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Fasting diets are going mainstream — ahead of the science. Here’s why.

Some people lose weight fasting but many others can’t stick to it. When John Kane was approaching 50, he noticed his weight had crept up to 275 pounds. At 6-foot-2 and...

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John Bolton’s obsession with fighting Iran is making Trump policy more dangerous

The US didn’t attack Iran this time, but the national security adviser still seeks regime change. National Security Adviser John Bolton had his team request options fr...

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Ever wake up to a numb, dead arm? Here’s what’s happening.

Waking up in the middle of the night to discover one of your arms has lost all feeling is frightening. At first, the limb is limp and flops around like a useless bag of...

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Oumuamua is the only interstellar object we’ve ever seen in our solar system. What is it?

Harvard scientists recently speculated it could be an alien spaceship. It’s a fun thought, though extremely unlikely. In October 2017, astronomers operating the Pan-S...

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The weekend’s Trump-Russia news, explained

Trump hiding Putin meeting details, the counterintelligence investigation into the president, and Bill Barr’s promises on the Mueller probe. The question of what, exac...

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Fox & Friends keeps pushing misinformation about Ocasio-Cortez’s tax idea

Ironically, the latest example occurred during a discussion of how Democrats supposedly don’t understand economics. Conservatives have consistently demonstrated that t...

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Trump is trying to tweet his way out of the shutdown

It’s not working. President Donald Trump seems to be trying to tweet his way out of the government shutdown. It’s not working. We are now in the midst of the longest...

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The economic cost of the shutdown will soon be the cost of the wall

Trump’s $5 billion wall demand caused what’s about to be a $5 billion shutdown. If the partial government shutdown continues for another two weeks, the economic cost...

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Rhode Island’s governor will propose legalizing marijuana

The state would join several of its New England neighbors, which have already legalized or are considering it. Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) will call for marijuan...

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Federal judge blocks Trump’s rollback of contraception mandate

A last-minute ruling halts the new rules from taking effect in 13 states. In a last-minute decision Sunday, a federal court blocked the Trump administration’s rollback...

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Senators are getting paid during the government shutdown. Many low-wage contractors aren’t.

Unlike other government employees, some may not even receive back pay. The partial government shutdown is expected to hit one group of workers particularly hard ... and...

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What’s open — and closed — during a partial government shutdown

Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid are set to keep functioning. It’s officially day 24 of the longest government shutdown ever — and its effects are becoming i...

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Trump promotes Pat Buchanan column that makes white nationalist case for his border wall

The president endorses a column that claims, “The Democratic Party is hostile to white men.” On Sunday night, President Donald Trump tweeted out an excerpt from a CN...

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Buying a new purse? This startup wants to help you pay for it — but could also get you into debt.

Afterpay is the latest company to target young shoppers looking for a deal. In an Urban Outfitters ad, a young woman turns on a neon sign on a bedside table that becomes...

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This filmmaker spent months interviewing neo-Nazis and jihadists. Here’s what she learned.

Deeyah Khan, a Muslim woman, met her enemies — and came away more hopeful than ever. What’s the best way to fight racism and extremism? The impulse to dismiss extre...

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What Alex Berenson’s new book gets wrong about marijuana, psychosis, and violence

The book, Tell Your Children, has received a lot of media attention, but it’s essentially Reefer Madness 2.0. Alex Berenson’s Tell Your Children: The Truth About Mar...

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All of Congress’s ideas for bringing down prescription drug prices, explained

Congress has some big ideas to cut drug prices. Here’s how they work. Americans have been saying for years that they’re frustrated with the price of medicine and it...

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Game of Thrones’ 8th and final season premieres April 14. Watch the latest teaser now.

HBO has finally set a return date for the last six episodes of its smash-hit fantasy epic. Game of Thrones’ eighth and final season will premiere April 14, 2019. Befo...

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Why thousands of Los Angeles teachers are going on strike

The second-largest school district in the country joins a growing national movement for better school funding and higher teacher pay. Monday morning, tens of thousands o...

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Final season premieres are surprisingly important. You’re the Worst has a great one.

The FXX anti-rom-com satirizes ’90s tropes in its final season premiere. But it loves those tropes too. Every week, we pick a new episode of the week. It could be good...

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New polls show Americans blame Trump and the GOP for the shutdown

Just under a quarter of all Americans (24 percent) agree the situation at the border is as bad Trump makes it out to be. Americans widely blame President Donald Trump an...

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Trump reportedly hid details of his meetings with Putin from his own administration

House Democrats are already promising to launch an investigation into Trump’s secret dealings with Russia. President Donald Trump hid details of his meetings with Russ...

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The FDA is going after stem cell clinics that peddle unproven treatments

The clinics claim they can treat serious diseases with stem cells from fat. The FDA doesn’t buy it. Inside Mark Berman’s clinic in Rancho Mirage, California, is a si...

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How to get the most out of your exercise time, according to science

A simple guide to high-intensity interval training, or HIIT, the fitness trend du jour. Modern life has a way of making us feel time-crunched and under pressure to find...

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The extraordinary therapeutic potential of psychedelic drugs, explained

I spent months talking to psychedelic guides and researchers. Here’s what I learned. I had a close call on the second night of the ayahuasca ceremony. I saw my teenag...

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