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The Supreme Court Might Kill Obamacare. That Could Be a Disaster for Young Adults.

Artist and prop-maker Dara Williamson visited the gynecologist for the first time when she was 25, after realizing that her health coverage on her mother’s high-quality insurance plan was set to expire ...

Added October 28, 2020

We Can Tackle Hunger and Joblessness at the Same Time

Back in March, as coronavirus cases were just beginning to surge and cities were locking down, chef and globe-trotting disaster-relief activist José Andrés called for a federal mobilization to combat the ...

Added October 27, 2020

An Ex-Cop Is Running as a Reformer to Unseat LA’s First Black District Attorney

In the days after a Minneapolis police officer killed George Floyd, George Gascón, an ex-police officer who is now running for district attorney in Los Angeles County, stepped out of his home near Long ...

Added October 27, 2020

Payday Lenders Gave Trump Millions. Then He Helped Them Cash In on the Working Poor.

This story was reported in partnership with Type Investigations, with support from the Puffin Foundation. Mike Hodges was still a small fry among payday lenders when Donald Trump visited Hodges’ hometown ...

Added October 26, 2020

Payday Lenders Gave Trump Millions. Then He Helped Them Cash in on the Working Poor.

This story was reported in partnership with Type Investigations, with support from the Puffin Foundation. Mike Hodges was still a small fry among payday lenders when Donald Trump visited Hodges’s hometown ...

Added October 26, 2020

A Radical New Plan for MeToo Turns Away From “Law and Order” Feminism

Not long after Brett Kavanaugh landed a lifetime gig on the Supreme Court, Mónica Ramírez started thinking about what it would take to make survivors of sexual violence into a political force to be reckoned ...

Added October 26, 2020

Are Black Homeowners Suffering From Slow Price Growth?

In the Washington Post today, Michelle Singletary writes about the history of redlining and how it has destroyed the value of houses in Black neighborhoods. But then she says this: “Politicians and advocates ...

Added October 24, 2020

Voter Suppression Efforts Could Be Backfiring on Republicans

In the last week of September, Chris Rollins, the county clerk of Harris County, Texas, sent out mail ballots to voters in the Houston area who had requested them and set up 12 locations where voters concerned ...

Added October 23, 2020

Inside Colorado’s Epic Battle Over a Popular Gun Safety Law

When ex-Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale was tackled, detained, and hospitalized late last month after his wife alleged he was violent and trying to hurt himself, Fort Lauderdale police confiscated ...

Added October 23, 2020

Trump Insists He Can’t Be Racist Because He Signed a Criminal Justice Bill

The second and final presidential debate Thursday night featured some changes that were supposed to make tonight’s event less chaotic than the first shoutfest was. And even though there was less interrupting ...

Added October 23, 2020

Yes, Trump Was Calmer in Debate No. 2. He’s Still a Narcissist With No Sense of Empathy.

In the second presidential debate of 2020, the sitting president running for reelection was not bonkers. He was only occasionally rude, and his rants were intermittent, not constant. So compared with his ...

Added October 23, 2020

Liveblogging the Final Presidential Debate

This struck me as a very “by the numbers” debate. Both Trump and Biden mostly just rehashed things they had said before, using much the same words as before. There was nothing even mildly unexpected. If ...

Added October 23, 2020

How Gun Culture and the Government Fell Back in Love

“The criminal element is out in our community. We do see that on the news every single day.” That’s Ed O’Carroll talking. He’s appearing at the outset of a promotional video for the National Rifle Association ...

Added October 22, 2020

Trump’s Obsession With the Death Penalty Will Culminate Just After the Election

With less than two weeks remaining before the election, and President Donald Trump trailing former Vice President Joe Biden in the polls, Trump is traveling to battleground states and holding rallies with ...

Added October 22, 2020

How Will We Know if a COVID-19 Vaccine Is Safe? Because Scientists Will Tell Us.

The first COVID-19 vaccines will be approved in the next few months, but many Americans say they won’t immediately take them. A STAT/Harris poll this week found that 42 percent of respondents don’t trust ...

Added October 22, 2020

Barack Obama Doesn’t Think Voting Will Make the Country Perfect. He Wants You to Do It Anyway.

This afternoon, Barack Obama stopped by Philadelphia, the largest city in that crucial swing state of Pennsylvania, to urge people to elect his former vice president, Joe Biden, to the highest office in ...

Added October 21, 2020

How the Most Toxic, Notorious Pro-Trump Online Community Tricked Reddit and Got Back Online

By the time Reddit banned r/The_Donald in June, the community had become one of the most notorious in the platform’s history. The pro-Trump message board, home to a noxious group of his supporters, wasn ...

Added October 21, 2020

“We Shall Overcome”: Raphael Warnock’s (Not-So-Long-Shot) Bid to Be Georgia’s First Black Senator

“This is the day that the Lord has made. We have come to rejoice and be glad in it,” says the Reverend Raphael Warnock during his October 4 sermon at Ebenezer Baptist Church. It’s a normal Sunday, with ...

Added October 21, 2020

Progressives Tell Biden: Appointees Must Be Diverse and Free of Corporate Ties

Election Day is still two weeks away, but progressives are already ramping up their efforts to influence who gets to serve in a potential Biden administration. In a new letter sent to the Biden transition ...

Added October 20, 2020

The Cycle of Punitive Justice Starts in Schools. Eric Butler Is Showing Kids and Teachers How to Break It.

When the phone rang at 7 a.m. on a January morning in 2010, Eric Butler learned that his sister had just been murdered. He had four sisters—“I’m the only boy in a sea of girls”—and 29-year-old Lanell was ...

Added October 20, 2020

New Eyewitness Accounts: Feds Didn’t Identify Themselves Before Opening Fire on a Portland Antifa Suspect

This story was published in partnership with ProPublica, a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up for ProPublica’s Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox ...

Added October 19, 2020

Carroll Fife Is in the House. Now She Wants to Burn It Down.

As a girl, Carroll Fife never quite knew what her grandfather James did for a living, but she knew he was a somebody. James was a factory worker, like most everybody else in Muskegon Heights, Michigan ...

Added October 19, 2020

New Eyewitness Accounts: Feds Didn’t Identify Themselves Before Opening Fire on Portland Antifa Suspect

This story was published in partnership with ProPublica, a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up for ProPublica’s Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox ...

Added October 19, 2020

Carroll Fife Is in the House. Now She Wants to Burn it Down.

As a girl, Carroll Fife never quite knew what her grandfather James did for a living, but she knew he was a somebody. James was a factory worker, like most everybody else in Muskegon Heights, Michigan ...

Added October 19, 2020

In Chile, 25 Rare Chinchillas Are Sitting on Top of 3.5 Million Ounces of Gold

This piece was originally published in Undark and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. The short-haired chinchilla, a high-altitude South American rodent, was hunted almost to extinction ...

Added October 18, 2020