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White House counsel Don McGahn is worried Trump’s setting him up on obstruction — so he’s talking a lot to Mueller

According to the New York Times, McGahn is cooperating “extensively” with special counsel Robert Mueller’s obstruction of justice inquiry. President Donald Trump m...

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Trump reportedly plans to strip more security clearances

The White House wants to time the announcements to distract from the news cycle. What if every time there’s a new Omarosa tape, the White House strips another security...

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Trump buys into conspiracy that social media censors conservatives

And Alex Jones’s seven-day Twitter ban seems to be why. President Donald Trump, who has publicly discussed an interest in overhauling libel laws and derailed the press...

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Kofi Annan, former UN secretary general, has died at 80

The Nobel Peace Prize laureate was one of the world’s most celebrated diplomats. Kofi Annan, former United Nations secretary general and Nobel Peace Prize winner, has...

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How to tell stories about evangelical Christians that neither mock nor glorify them

How director Desiree Akhavan worked to get Christian culture right for her new movie, The Miseducation of Cameron Post. You might not expect writer-director Desiree Akha...

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Elon Musk’s (probably serious) proposal to take Tesla private and the fallout, explained

All hell broke loose when Musk made the announcement. Now the SEC is reportedly investigating. Elon Musk’s Twitter habits have become quite a roller-coaster ride — w...

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Why the YA book world is talking about dick soap

And the rest of the week’s best writing on books and related topics. Welcome to Vox’s weekly book link roundup, a curated selection of the internet’s best writing...

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Crazy Rich Asians is a dazzling, sumptuous success

The movie triumphantly breathes new life into the Hollywood rom-com. I’m not sure any Hollywood romantic comedy has hit the big screen bearing more expectations than C...

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Vox Sentences: Nearly 1,000 killed by floods in India

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European museums may “loan” stolen artifacts back to countries in Africa

Some museums are discussing how to deal with objects obtained in an illegal or illegitimate way. The legacy of colonialism and empire looms large in Europe. In recent m...

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Photos: unprecedented floods kill hundreds in India

Monsoon floods in the southern Indian state of Kerala have killed at least 180 people in the past few days alone. Unprecedented flooding in the southern Indian state of...

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Exclusive: new lawsuit claims Trump illegally denied asylum claims of separated parents

Hundreds of parents failed screening interviews for asylum while they were separated and traumatized. Now, dozens of them want a second chance to make their case. A grou...

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The symbolism of Crazy Rich Asians’ pivotal mahjong scene, explained

The popular Chinese game is loaded with symbolism in an important Crazy Rich Asians scene. One of the most beautiful things about Crazy Rich Asians is how it refuses to...

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Twitter’s Jack Dorsey spent the week responding to backlash. It didn’t clarify much.

Get it together, @jack. It’s been a hard few weeks for Twitter. Following its initial refusal to ban controversial far-right conspiracist Alex Jones and Infowars, the...

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The employee backlash over Google’s censored search engine for China, explained

Google employees are angry that the company is making a censored search engine. They can shut it down. Google is experiencing a “moral and ethical” crisis. That’s...

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Trump has repeatedly attacked the NFL. That hasn’t stopped players from protesting.

On Thursday, three members of the Philadelphia Eagles remained off the field as the national anthem played. For the past several months, the NFL and the owners of its 32...

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

The move was announced at the network’s football media day. At ESPN’s football media day, encompassing both college football and the NFL, ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro...

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US sanctions Myanmar’s security forces over Rohingya ethnic cleansing

The US Treasury is targeting four commanders and two military units. The Trump administration has placed sanctions on several commanders and units of Myanmar’s securit...

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Crazy Rich Asians’ mid-credits scene is brief, but very revealing

Who is that guy, and what’s up with that Look? Hello, Charlie Wu. If you went to a screening of Crazy Rich Asians during its opening week, there’s a good chance you...

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The 2018 midterms, explained by this Heidi Heitkamp ad

She’s focusing on Obamacare — and preexisting conditions, specifically. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) faces one of 2018’s most difficult reelection campaigns. Donald...

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The man whose story inspired BlacKkKlansman, on the complicated reality of black cops

“That no man’s land that we live in, it’s a lonely existence, but it’s one that we’ve chosen.” The new movie BlacKkKlansman is one of my favorites of the yea...

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The Pentagon says ISIS is “well-positioned” to make a comeback

New reports show ISIS may still have as many fighters as it did at its peak. It looks like ISIS isn’t quite as defeated as President Donald Trump claims. Over the past...

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How Minding the Gap went from skateboard documentary to a raw look at domestic abuse

Director Bing Liu talks about taking inspiration from skate videos, being his own subject, and making one of the year’s best films. One of the most extraordinary films...

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Watch: Ariana Grande sings “A Natural Woman” in tribute to Aretha Franklin

The singer honored the Queen of Soul in an emotional performance on The Tonight Show. In the hours since the death of Aretha Franklin on Thursday, August 16, there’s b...

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Trump’s $92 million military parade is postponed — for now

The Department of Defense first said the parade was going to cost $12 million. On Thursday, it increased that estimate by $80 million. President Donald Trump isn’t goi...

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This week in MoviePass: un-cancellations, lawsuits, record losses, and more usage changes

MoviePass has not had a good week. Neither have MoviePass subscribers. The well-documented woes of MoviePass users were supposed to end this week. On Wednesday, the new...

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America’s prisoners are going on strike in at least 17 states

Incarcerated Americans are often forced to work for cents an hour. So they’re launching what could be their biggest protest ever. America’s prisoners are going on st...

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The political and cultural impact of Aretha Franklin’s “Respect,” explained

“It was the need of a nation,” Franklin wrote in her autobiography. “Everyone wanted respect.” Aretha Franklin takes a breath. She thanks the audience for their...

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Crazy Rich Asians has a daring premise: an Asian man that everyone desires

Hollywood doesn’t often make room for Asian men to be worthy of affection. When my sister and I were younger, we found out that my father, a resoundingly heterosexual...

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Leader of bin Laden raid tells Trump: revoke my clearance, too

Retired Adm. William H. McRaven blasted the president for revoking former CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance this week. The man who led the raid that kill...

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Crazy Rich Asians: reviews, news, and analysis of the huge Hollywood milestone

The groundbreaking rom-com is an instant classic. It’s possible that no Hollywood romantic comedy has hit the big screen bearing more expectations than Crazy Rich Asia...

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The awesome beauty of Jupiter captured by Juno, in 13 photos

For the past two years, the spacecraft has been taking photos of Jupiter. Here are the best shots.  On July 4, 2016, NASA’s Juno spacecraft arrived at Jupiter...

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Pretty Woman: The Musical is high on charm, low on substance

This Pretty Woman is best when it stops painstakingly recreating its predecessor and lets the magic of theater take over. Alas, it doesn’t do that enough. “I never j...

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Crazy Rich Asians is a win for Asian Americans. But it gets Singapore wrong.

Crazy Rich Asians is being touted as a progressive win for Asian Americans. But it doesn’t do a great job representing Singaporeans. Jon M. Chu is on a mission: “We...

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Judge blocks Trump from deporting reunited families

Hundreds of parents had been told to waive their children’s right to an asylum hearing to keep the family together. Late Thursday night, a federal judge blocked the Tr...

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Ryan Zinke’s claim that “environmental terrorists” are to blame for wildfires, explained

Poor forest management is a key driver of fires, but it’s not activists that are standing in the way. Massive infernos continue to rage across much of the West. Califo...

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West Virginia is testing a mobile voting app for the midterms. What could go wrong?

The state is letting members of the military and other overseas voters cast ballots through a new app called Voatz. On November 6, West Virginians who are serving in the...

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Why so many people who need the government hate it

Everyone benefits from welfare. Here’s why most people don’t know that. “Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.” President Ro...

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Kevin Williamson’s unhinged attack on Elizabeth Warren’s corporate accountability bill, explained

I’m not sure he actually read it. As someone who tries to follow progressive policy development trends pretty closely, I was struck to see Thursday morning that Kevin...

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Vox Sentences: Goodbye, Queen of Soul

Vox Sentences is your daily digest for what’s happening in the world. Sign up for the Vox Sentences newsletter, delivered straight to your inbox Monday through Friday,...

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Manafort trial jury ends first day of deliberations with no verdict

The jury sent four questions to the judge. The jury in Paul Manafort’s trial hasn’t made up its mind just yet. Deliberations began Thursday morning, and jurors discu...

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The billionaire house hostage saga of Azealia Banks, Elon Musk, and Grimes, explained

Here’s the background you need to understand the story. The most inescapable and yet also somehow least consequential scandal on the internet this week is the one abou...

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7 iconic Aretha Franklin musical moments from movies and TV

Plus the one song that eclipsed them all. Aretha Franklin was a riveting live performer, which is why so many retrospectives of her career have focused on her ability to...

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Colorado baker who refused to serve gay couple now wants to refuse to serve transgender person

Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, is suing Colorado officials. The Colorado baker who earlier this year won a Supreme Court case over whether he can refu...

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Women are running — and winning — in 2018

The rise of women in politics isn’t just about taking on Trump. It’s potentially about real change for the whole country. 2018 is the year of the woman. Astounded b...

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The debate over Donald Trump’s alleged n-word tape, explained

The obsession over Trump saying a racial slur exposes a big problem with how America talks about racism. The last time recording devices played such an outsized role in...

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The Obamas’ Aretha Franklin tribute is an elegant reminder of how she united us

Aretha Franklin was a frequent voice at the Obamas’ White House. “She helped us feel more hopeful, more human.” Barack and Michelle Obama have always had a special...

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2017 was the worst year ever for drug overdose deaths in America

Nearly 200 people a day died of drug overdoses in 2017, based on preliminary federal data. 2016 was the worst year for drug overdose deaths in America — at least, unti...

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Aretha Franklin’s “royal persona” commanded respect

The late singer’s legacy, in the words of Etta James, Barack Obama, and Tavis Smiley. To quote Barack Obama, “You can hear Aretha’s influence across the landscape...

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“Socialism” vs. “capitalism” is a false dichotomy

We need go-go capitalism to afford a generous welfare state — and people won’t support go-go capitalism without a safety net. “Socialists” and Republicans forget...

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Trump on Clinton's email server

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John Brennan: Trump revoked my clearance to scare others “into silence”

The former CIA director fired back at the president in a fiery op-ed. Less than 24 hours after President Donald Trump’s revoked the security clearance of former CIA di...

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How ID laws can put trans people in danger

And for the dozens of unsolved trans murder cases, ID laws can delay justice. Voting. Boarding a plane. Driving. Buying a drink. Filling out paperwork for a new job. In...

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Aretha Franklin dragged a columnist who body-shamed her. It was perfect.

Aretha Franklin’s reads are almost as iconic as her music. Aretha Franklin will always be known for her transcendent voice and how that voice changed music. But she wa...

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Aretha Franklin’s long reign as the Queen of Soul, explained in 12 performances

The Queen of Soul held her crown for more than 50 years. These performances show why. Aretha Franklin, who died at her home in Detroit on Thursday, carried the moniker ...

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Ariana Grande sings Carpool Karaoke, reminds us she can imitate the biggest pop stars

Ariana Grande breaks out her pitch-perfect Celine Dion and reminds us that musical impressions are her secret weapon. Ariana Grande is justly famous for many reasons: he...

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Andrew Cuomo claimed America “was never that great”

And now Trump is mad about it on Twitter. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has found himself in hot water over remarks he made on Wednesday, saying, “We’re not going to ma...

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Aretha Franklin dead at 76: reflections on the legendary Queen of Soul

Franklin’s 60-plus-year career was one of broken boundaries and broken records. Aretha Franklin, the legendary Queen of Soul, died on Thursday at her home in Detroit,...

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2017 was a great year for CEOs. Not so much for the average worker.

A new study shows that CEOs made about 312 times more money in 2017 than the average worker. The American economy is booming — especially if you’re a CEO. Earnings f...

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Crazy Rich Asians isn’t about money, it’s about entitlement—and that’s a good thing

The emotional experience of watching Crazy Rich Asians. When I texted my Singaporean aunt that I’d seen the movie Crazy Rich Asians, she immediately wrote back: “Ter...

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Trump called the press “the enemy of the people.” Now more than 300 papers are pushing back.

The papers published editorials defending freedom of the press, in an effort coordinated by the Boston Globe. President Trump has called the press “the enemy of the pe...

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The EPA refuted its own bizarre justification for rolling back fuel efficiency standards

The agency claims it will save lives by making safe cars more affordable. In fact, the proposal will lead to more pollution. The Environmental Protection Agency is start...

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The genius of Aretha Franklin, explained by “I Say a Little Prayer”

Her incomparable voice could turn a good song into a great one. Aretha Franklin was blessed with arguably the greatest singing voice in the history of recorded music —...

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Aretha Franklin, the legendary Queen of Soul, is dead at 76

Celebrating the joyful legacy of a musical icon. Aretha Franklin, the legendary Queen of Soul, died on Thursday, the AP reports. She was at her home in Detroit; no detai...

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What to expect at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards

Cardi B leads the nominations, and scheduled performers include Ariana Grande and Panic at the Disco. Though the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards have yet to announce a host,...

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Omarosa’s nondisclosure agreements: what, exactly, can Trump keep her from talking about?

Much of the campaign NDA is probably enforceable. But the First Amendment also comes into play. Omarosa Manigault Newman, the former Trump staffer who has made incendiar...

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The key to making and keeping friends as an adult: stop flaking out on plans

Canceling plans last minute feels great. But it’s doing damage in the long run. What a lot of people don’t appear to understand is that the single easiest way to mak...

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Why marriages succeed — or fail

Ignore Jerry Maguire — you don’t need someone to complete you. “You complete me.” Everyone knows that line from the movie Jerry Maguire in which Tom Cruise, the...

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Democrats are nominating an unprecedented number of women to run for Congress

Women, and especially college-educated women, have been the epicenter of political backlash to Donald Trump ever since the record-breaking Women’s March on Washington...

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Less than 90 days out from the midterms, things are looking good — but not great — for Democrats

Democrats’ generic ballot lead has dropped in recent days, but they still have an advantage with voter enthusiasm. Less than 90 days out from Election Day on November...

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100 million Americans have chronic pain. Very few use one of the best tools to treat it.

Chronic pain often has no physical cause. Psychotherapy can reduce the suffering. When pain settled into Blair Golson’s hands, it didn’t let go. What started off as...

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