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This Is Us goes to Vietnam for a poignant, gut-wrenching episode

Somehow, this show, of all shows, captures the arbitrary horrors of war. Every week, we pick a new episode of the week. It could be good. It could be bad. It will always...

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“It’s not going to create or take away a single job”: Why Trump’s excuse on the Saudis doesn’t hold up

There are a lot of reasons for Trump to avoid punishing the Saudis. Jobs aren’t one of them. When President Donald Trump explained over the past two weeks why he was...

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The Trump administration reportedly wants the government to revoke civil rights protections from transgender people

They want to define gender at birth — and force DNA tests to prove otherwise. The Trump administration is weighing making its biggest attack on transgender rights yet...

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Trump says there’s another tax cut on the way. We have no idea what he’s talking about.

The GOP had a chance to cut taxes for the middle class last year. Instead, they went with rich people and corporations. Running on the tax cuts isn’t working particula...

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NYTimes report shows how Twitter, McKinsey were complicit in helping Saudi Arabia silence critics

Saudi Arabia reportedly groomed a Twitter employee to help it spy on dissenters. The Saudi Arabian government enlisted a Twitter army to silence its critics online. It g...

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Halloween’s post-credits “scene,” explained

The new movie does indeed have an end-credits moment. Here’s what it means. The buzz around the new remake of Halloween has been pretty loud, so it’s not that surpri...

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How Republicans are misleading voters about preexisting conditions

Fact-checking the 2018 campaign spin on preexisting conditions. Republicans have a preexisting conditions problem in the 2018 midterms, and they know it. Take the Misso...

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Alaska’s independent governor drops out of three-way race and endorses Democrat Mark Begich

Gov. Bill Walker is backing Democratic candidate Mark Begich in the 2018 election as his approval ratings sag. The race to be Alaska’s next governor just saw a huge sh...

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Michael Cohen now wants to get out the vote

He would also like to remind you of his GoFundMe page. Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer and fixer and former deputy finance chair of the...

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Judy Blume’s seminal Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret is becoming a movie

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

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Abortions by mail are available now in the US. Here’s what you need to know.

The medication used in self-managed abortions is safe for most women less than 10 weeks pregnant. With the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, the futu...

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Vox Sentences: Meddling in the midterms

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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After weeks of lying, Saudi Arabia just admitted Jamal Khashoggi is dead

This is a big test for President Donald Trump. The government of Saudi Arabia has officially announced that Jamal Khashoggi, the dissident journalist who disappeared two...

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Karlie Kloss and Josh Kushner’s marriage adds new star power — and weirdness — to the Trump family tree

Ivanka Trump has already tweeted her congratulations to the happy, publicly liberal couple. Some readers may still be reeling from Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande’s br...

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How the Sears catalog transformed shopping under Jim Crow, explained by a historian

The Sears catalog brought city goods to the country. It also unintentionally combatted white supremacy. Sears, the once-iconic American retailer known for its catalogs,...

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Nancy Pelosi just suggested she sees herself as a “transitional” House speaker

Pelosi may have just given skeptical House Democrats a reason to vote for her. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi just suggested she sees herself as a short-term bridge...

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Justice Department charges Russian national for conspiring to interfere with 2018 midterms

It’s another charge in connection with a “troll farm” that posts social media propaganda. Federal prosecutors have criminally charged a Russian national for trying...

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A radio ad invoked lynchings to court black voters. It did not go over well.

A super PAC is defending the ad, which claimed that “white Democrats will be lynching black folk again.” A Republican congressional candidate in Arkansas has condem...

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5 fascinating stories about Lee Israel, the real person behind Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Melissa McCarthy plays the biographer turned literary forger in the new film based on Israel’s memoir. Lee Israel had tasted success. Her career as a freelance journal...

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Social issues YA novels can be terrible. The Hate U Give is a stunning exception.

It’s a smart, warm-hearted book that takes on police shootings and systemic racism. The Hate U Give is a didactic issues novel for teenagers. It is also a good book. T...

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13 found-footage horror movies actually worth watching this Halloween

An appreciation of an undeservedly maligned subgenre of horror movies. Ever since 1999’s The Blair Witch Project sent early internet denizens scouring the web to figur...

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Democratic outreach to Latino voters doesn’t look much better than it did in 2016

Most Latino voters say they haven’t experienced any kind of midterms outreach. Latino voters could make the difference in some of this year’s most competitive congre...

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Here’s why Trump threatened to pull out of a 144-year-old postal treaty

This is Trump’s weirdest move in the China trade war. President Donald Trump is taking another swipe at China — by ripping up an international treaty that’s more t...

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The Orionid meteor shower peaks this weekend. Here’s how to watch.

Earth is currently passing through a patch of debris created in the wake of Halley’s comet tail. Halley’s Comet won’t make a full return to the skies until 2061...

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Louisiana voters will have a chance to strike down a Jim Crow law this November

Louisiana’s non-unanimous jury law goes back to a state constitutional convention that disenfranchised black voters. More than five decades after the civil rights move...

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Can You Ever Forgive Me?

The true tale of literary forgery is currently in theaters. Metacritic score: 86 Marielle Heller (The Diary of a Teenage Girl) directs Melissa McCarthy in Can You Ever...

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The new Halloween reimagines the franchise as a tale of maternal warrior women

It’s not a great movie — but boy is it cathartic. I don’t know if Halloween — the 11th entry in the horror franchise that codified the rules of the slasher subge...

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Edible cotton now exists — and it could have a big effect on world hunger

Apparently, it tastes like hummus. Cotton has many purposes. It is good for T-shirts. It is good for Q-tips. But, with the exception of one catastrophic fad diet, it has...

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Lyft has a new “all-access” subscription plan. But is it really worth the money?

The ride-hailing app is offering 30 rides a month for $299 — with a couple of caveats. As of today, everyone in the US can buy a subscription to Lyft. The ride-hailing...

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Halloween costumes are about dressing as someone else. I decided to go as my own fears instead.

Halloween can be the perfect time to step outside yourself and embrace the parts you usually shy away from. Do you ever get tired of yourself? As an adult, it’s easy...

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Cage-free, free range, organic: what all those egg labels really mean

And why “no eggs at all” is probably the most ethical option. If you've ever bought eggs in a supermarket, you've probably faced this conundrum: do I buy t...

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Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi disappears in Turkey

Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi Arabian journalist and Washington Post columnist who was critical of his country’s government, vanished two weeks ago in a saga that has gotte...

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Reconsidering the US-Saudi relationship

Saudi Arabia is a difficult but valuable ally. Or, rather, it was during the Cold War. That’s because during the Cold War (especially its latter stages), the United St...

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Twitter released 9 million tweets from one Russian troll farm. Here’s what we learned.

The massive data dump reveals how trolls disrupt and destabilize local and global politics. On Wednesday, Twitter, in keeping with its recent promise to Congress to be t...

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Julian Assange is fighting the Ecuadorian government over a cat

Worst. Houseguest. Ever. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange may be one of the world’s most feared activists after helping Russia interfere in elections and exposing mili...

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Watch: Stephen Colbert skewers white supremacists’ weird obsession with chugging milk

“Lactose is their only form of tolerance.” On his show Thursday night, Stephen Colbert highlighted an absurd point of pride for white supremacists: the ability to f...

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The LIFT Act, Kamala Harris’s newest big idea for 2020, explained

Harris has come closer than any other 2020 candidate to proposing a basic income. It falls short. Likely 2020 Democratic presidential candidates are in the midst of a ki...

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Report: 300 Pennsylvania Catholic priests sexually abused more than 1,000 children

The report is a watershed moment in the Catholic child sex abuse crisis. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court made public one of the broadest-ever investigations into Catholic...

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Trump blamed disaster relief funding for the deficit. It’s mostly the tax cuts.

The deficit swelled to $779 billion in 2018. The tax cuts make up 20 percent of that. Republicans, once the party of fiscal responsibility, are staring down a ballooning...

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The 13 most important governor elections in 2018, briefly explained

With many GOP seats open, Democrats could gain a lot of ground in the 2018 gubernatorial elections. Republicans currently hold an astonishing two-thirds of the governors...

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Everything you need to know about Prince Harry’s sleep tracker fitness ring

Billionaire biohackers and at least one Real Housewife also love the Oura ring. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are on a whirlwind tour of Australia, New Zealand, and the...

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The Hate U Give’s creative team talks turning the best-seller into a movie

Author Angie Thomas talked with the director and cast of the upcoming movie. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas has been on the New York Times’s best-seller list for 85 w...

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Halloween: a complete guide to horror’s quirkiest, most erratic franchise

John Carpenter’s 1978 movie spawned a cat-and-mouse battle between Michael Myers and Laurie Strode that’s lasted four decades. The tale of Halloween in Haddonfield,...

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The DOJ is investigating clerical child sex abuse in Pennsylvania. Such an inquiry is unprecedented.

Seven of Pennsylvania’s Catholic dioceses have been subpoenaed this week. The Department of Justice has subpoenaed records from seven of Pennsylvania’s eight diocese...

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Farts: which animals do, which don’t, and why

Farting across the animal kingdom is wonderfully diverse, a new book explains. Here’s a mind-boggling fact: Almost all mammals fart, yet the sloth does not. I learne...

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Why DNA test results are actually pretty fuzzy

A geneticist explains why DNA testing kits can’t reveal anyone’s complete ancestral history. You may say the 2020 presidential election cycle began this week. Sen. E...

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Trump praises a Montana Congress member for body-slamming a reporter

“Any guy who can do a body-slam ... he’s my guy.” During a rally in Montana on Thursday night, Donald Trump celebrated Montana Republican Rep. Greg Gianforte, who...

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The Hate U Give is equal parts coming-of-age drama and Black Lives Matter primer. It’s terrific.

The best-selling novel makes for a riveting, funny, incisive big-screen drama anchored by outstanding performances. Angie Thomas’s novel The Hate U Give, about a teena...

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Kristen Bell has some doubts about Snow White and consent. She’s part of a long tradition.

Kissing a sleeping girl isn’t fundamental to Snow White. It’s a 20th-century addition. Actual Disney princess Kristen Bell has some issues with her fellow Disney pri...

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Making a Murderer is back. Here’s all that’s happened since the first season.

The first season was a huge hit, and quite a bit has happened since it premiered. The Netflix true crime docuseries Making a Murderer returns for a second season on Frid...

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A guide to the 2018 midterm elections

The 2018 midterms could be pivotal for the future of the Trump administration. Here’s everything you need to know about who’s running, what to watch, and why it matt...

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Making a Murderer season 2 is more entertainment than investigation. It feels a little gross.

5 things to know about the return of Netflix’s hit true crime docuseries. Nearly three years after the true crime docuseries Making a Murderer premiered on Netflix, it...

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A Star Is Born is built on a rock vs. pop music binary. Does one side win?

How a music criticism debate from the early 2000s came to drive the narrative around A Star Is Born. If there is a La La Land of 2018, an unabashed melodrama that revels...

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An American campaign tee is trendy in Asia. Its popularity has nothing to do with the US.

The process of globalization and cultural exchange is sometimes clearer in the most outlandish examples. In January 2018, a surprising clothing item popped up on the Sou...

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Salt Fat Acid Heat host Samin Nosrat’s surefire secret to a successful Thanksgiving

Samin Nosrat, of the Netflix series and the cookbook of the same name, will make your menu sparkle. That sound you hear all across the country is the brains of millions...

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80,000 Americans died of the flu last winter. Get your flu shot.

That’s more than the number killed in traffic collisions, gun violence, or from opioid overdoses. Eighty thousand Americans died of the flu last season, according to...

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The 15 most interesting House races of 2018

There’s a dizzying number of contested House races. Here are the 15 you need to know. Democrats are favored to win back the House on November 6 — but it’s no sure...

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This is exactly how a nuclear war would kill you

This is how the world ends — not with a bang, but with a lot of really big bombs. Matthew Kroenig has witnessed firsthand the growing fear that nuclear war is...

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Jared Kushner reportedly wants Trump to back Saudi crown prince

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has withstood criticism in the past. Correction: This story was based on a section of a New York Times article that has since been chang...

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