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God’s Plan for Mike Pence

Will the vice president—and the religious right—be rewarded for their embrace of Donald Trump?

McKay Coppins

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Trump Did Not Bring Jerusalem Crashing Down

In the Palestinian area of the city, many people just want to get on with their lives.

Emma Green

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I Believe Franken’s Accusers Because He Groped Me, Too

The Democratic Party needs to stand with women who have been harassed—and not defend the politicians who abused them.

Tina Dupuy

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Heavy smoke covers the seaside enclave of Mondos Beach north of Los Angeles, California from wildfires in the region

Did Climate Change Worsen the Southern California Fires?

Seven of the state’s 10 largest modern wildfires have occurred in the last 14 years.

Robinson Meyer

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Running for His Life

One Marine learned that you can’t outpace your demons or suicidal thoughts. But it doesn’t hurt to try.

Devon Heinen

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What's Missing From Reports on Alabama's Black Turnout

Democratic Senate candidate Doug Jones will have to get significant numbers of black voters to the polls in order to win, but the state’s voter suppression will make that a tough task.

Vann R. Newkirk II

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How Politicians Can Use Big Data to Win Elections

With the help of new data aggregation tech, gerrymandering is now more precise than ever.

Vann R. Newkirk II, Alice Roth, Atthar Mirza, and Tynesha Foreman

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The Winter Getaway That Turned the Software World Upside Down

How a group of programming rebels started a global movement

Caroline Mimbs Nyce

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People ride yellow stationary bikes in an outdoor SoulCycle class.

The Consumerist Church of Fitness Classes

Gyms provide ritual and community, serving as a sort of religion. They also promote values American culture already worships—capitalism and overwork.

Zan Romanoff

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The Deaths That Come When an Industry's Left to Regulate Itself

The Consumer Product Safety Commission tried for 16 years to make portable electric generators less dangerous. Then a Trump-selected official took charge of the agency.

Jesse Eisinger and ProPublica

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Do Employers Overestimate the Value of a College Degree?

Worker-training programs could bring companies good workers at low costs.

Lolade Fadulu

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Can You Prove Your Innocence Without DNA?

Benjamine Spencer is serving a life sentence for a violent crime he insists he didn't commit. But he lacks biological evidence—and old-fashioned detective work may not be enough to clear his name.

Barbara Bradley Hagerty

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2017 in Photos: How the First Months Unfolded

Time to take a look back at some of the most memorable events and images of 2017. Among the events covered in this essay: the inauguration of President Donald Trump, the Women’s March on Washington, observations from Saturn, and much more.

Alan Taylor

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