Plus: how amateur genealogists solved the cold case of ‘Lavender Doe,’ why Americans are fascinated by parenting techniques from other countries, and more
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What Joe Biden Can’t Bring Himself to Say

His verbal stumbles have voters worried about his mental fitness. Maybe they’d be more understanding if they knew he’s still fighting a stutter.

John Hendrickson

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What It Means to Name a Forgotten Murder Victim

Thirteen years ago, a young woman was found dead in small-town Texas. She was nicknamed “Lavender Doe” for the purple shirt she was wearing. Her real identity would remain a mystery until amateur genealogists took up her case.

Sarah Zhang

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Australia’s ‘Catastrophic’ Bushfires

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian declared a state of emergency, and residents have been warned of “catastrophic” fire conditions, as extreme high temperatures and strong winds remain in the forecast.

Alan Taylor

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Trump’s War on Expertise Is Only Intensifying

But his attacks on career government officials could backfire with an ever more educated electorate.

Ronald Brownstein

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The Stunning Rise of Single-Payer Health Care

How a socialist-seeming health-care policy became a rallying cry in the Democratic mainstream

Olga Khazan

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‘I Felt I Didn’t Deserve to Be Unapologetically Joyous’

Kesha opens up about being back to party-animal mode despite her ongoing struggle with the producer Dr. Luke.

Spencer Kornhaber

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An Alarming Discovery in an Astronaut’s Bloodstream

A study has turned up a side effect of human spaceflight that no one had observed before.

Marina Koren

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My Friend Mister Rogers

I first met him 21 years ago, and now our relationship is the subject of a new movie. He’s never been more revered—or more misunderstood.

Tom Junod

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A Woman Missing in the Mountains

A Chinese American woman searches for her missing sister in China, encountering the dark side of the country's economic rise.

Frank Langfitt

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The Best Parenting Advice Is to Go Live in Europe

Many Americans are fascinated by the child-rearing practices of other countries, but those practices might be harder to import than they seem.

Joe Pinsker

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Dear Therapist: My Dad Expects Me to Spend Thanksgiving With His New Family

My parents recently divorced, and I’m not ready to spend the holiday with new people.

Lori Gottlieb

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The Books Briefing: Following Food From Field to Market to Plate

Examining how we farm, sell, and consume our food: Your weekly guide to the best in books

Myles Poydras

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The Death and Afterlife of the Mall

Once the veritable town square and a cornerstone of American consumerism, malls have aged into oblivion, replaced by cheaper and more convenient alternatives.

Sophia Myszkowski and Catherine Spangler

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