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Our constitutional crisis is already here

Trump’s charges of fraud in 2020 are not about looking back, as many Republicans insist. They are about establishing the predicate to challenge future election results more effectively.

The pursuit of happiness is happiness

Veteran columnist George F. Will retraces his steps through the past 50 years.

It wasn’t hubris that drove America into Afghanistan. It was fear.

Americans may consider their Afghan experience a failure. They would do it all over again if given the choice.

America forgot how to make proper pie. Can we remember before it’s too late?

Americans invented the dessert we call pie. Why are they letting it die?
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Will you fall into the conspiracy theory rabbit hole? Take our quiz and find out.

Who believes in conspiracy theories? Statistically speaking: almost everyone.

Journalists bungled coverage of the Attica uprising. 50 years later, the consequences remain.

On Sept. 13, 1971, authorities killed 39 men at Attica Correctional Facility, following a takeover by inmates who were protesting poor treatment. On Sept. 14, newspapers across the country repeated the lies from officialdom about the carnage.

Jamal Khashoggi was murdered three years ago. These Saudis are still being silenced.

We are highlighting just a few of the figures who remain in prison or are otherwise unable to live freely inside the kingdom, where secret trials, detention and censorship have created a climate of fear.

How Trump mobilized women — including me

Women saved democracy from Trump. And might need to again.

A cartoonist’s look back at 9/11

Washington Post editorial cartoonist Ann Telnaes looks back 20 years at her work in the immediate aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

How 9/11 conspiracy theories fueled the war on reality

Conspiracy theories blaming George W. Bush for the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks have been debunked, yet millions of Americans still believe them. What does this say about U.S. society today?

My father was killed on 9/11. I still struggle to understand how he just disappeared.

Sometimes, I hear myself sound like other people whose dads have passed away. But my father vanished.
  • Sep 3

For Navajo, crowded homes have always been a lifeline. The pandemic threatens that.

For many Navajo, multigenerational homes became one of the deadliest places to be during the pandemic. Solutions are needed to protect both their health and tradition of living together.
  • Aug 30

Inside the mind of someone who won’t take a fully approved vaccine

There will be no micro ships in their bloodstream.

Gavin Newsom is in trouble. Here’s why.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom is the top Democrat in the nation's biggest blue state. So why is he in danger of being recalled?
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From the Archives

How our democracy has made dependency a right

Progressives want to dilute the concept of individualism, but that’s antithetical to America’s premise.

Want to build a far-right movement? Spain’s Vox party shows how.

Vox blazed across the Internet, dividing its country. Now it’s in parliament.

The strongmen strike back

Authoritarianism has reemerged as the greatest threat to the liberal democratic world — a profound ideological, as well as strategic, challenge. And we have no idea how to confront it.

Iran has reinvented the hostage crisis, 40 years later

Taking hostages has become a tool of diplomacy.

Jamal Khashoggi: A missing voice, a growing chorus

The quests that animated the Saudi journalist’s life cannot be so easily defeated.
  • Sep 30, 2019

China tried to erase the memory of Tiananmen Square. But its legacy lives on.

Three decades after the crackdown, Beijing is still terrified of the movement and what it stood for.
  • May 30, 2019

As brands keep wading in, it’s time to ask: Is Pride for sale?

Pride celebrations and the corporations that sponsor them are deeply intertwined, with far-reaching consequences.
  • Jun 21, 2019

Voices of the Movement podcast: Stories from civil rights leaders who changed America

A collection of memories from the past and lessons for the future from the people who lived through the movement, as told through a nine-episode podcast series.

‘If you don’t get at that rot, you just get more officers like Josh Hastings’

The shooting of 15-year-old Bobby Moore revealed a horror show of misconduct, cover-up and cascading institutional failure at the Little Rock Police Department.
  • Nov 2, 2018

She reported her rape. Her hometown turned against her. Can justice ever be served?

Twelve years later, past and present residents of Arlington, Tex., are still reckoning with Amber Wyatt’s story.
  • Sep 19, 2018

Trump’s travel ban is tearing couples apart: ‘My entire life has been put on hold’

One is American. The other is Iranian. This short film shows what happens when the U.S. government keeps you from your spouse.

Gun reforms can save lives. Science proves it.

Those who oppose reforms say nothing can be done. That’s demonstrably wrong.

The tweets, statements and speeches that defined Trump’s first year as president

We present the highlights: Year One of the Trump administration, as told by those who are (or were) part of it.
  • Jan 16, 2018

The one best idea for ending sexual harassment

We asked 16 leaders what one change could help stop sexual harassment in their fields.
  • Dec 8, 2017

Ken Burns wants ‘The Vietnam War’ to unite America. Can anyone do that under Trump?

When the filmmaker started his new series, he had no idea it would coincide with the most divisive era since Vietnam.
  • Sep 14, 2017

How police censorship shaped Hollywood

The police story is one of the elemental dramas of American popular culture.
  • Oct 24, 2016

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