What’s left of affirmative action, explained

What’s left of affirmative action, explained

The latest attack on affirmative action comes in the form of a lawsuit that alleges Harvard is discriminating against Asian Americans. The highly charged allegation follows a long history of conservatives casting Asians as victims of affirmative action in hopes of outlawing the policy. But the affirmative action debate often paints an inaccurate picture of…
Parties, private jets, and multimillion-dollar paintings: Art Basel, explained

Parties, private jets, and multimillion-dollar paintings: Art Basel, explained

Tens of thousands of artists, gallery owners, art collectors, celebrities, and hangers-on will descend on Miami this week for Art Basel Miami Beach, the North American leg of the storied Swiss art fair. Now in its 16th year, Art Basel Miami is perhaps better known for the party scene it attracts than for the deals…
Robert Mueller’s Trump-Russia investigation, explained

Robert Mueller’s Trump-Russia investigation, explained

In May 2017, the Justice Department appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as the special counsel overseeing the investigation into possible links between the Trump campaign and Russian government officials during the 2016 election. Since then, Mueller’s ongoing investigation has unearthed numerous crimes that have led to indictments or guilty pleas from 33 individuals and…
USMCA, the new trade deal between the US, Canada, and Mexico, explained

USMCA, the new trade deal between the US, Canada, and Mexico, explained

Say goodbye to NAFTA — and hello to USMCA. The US, Canada, and Mexico officially signed a new trilateral trade deal on Friday at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires. It’s known as the USMCA, or the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. (At least in the United States.) While on the campaign trail, President Donald Trump had…
Advent, explained

Advent, explained

Most Christmas customs in the US share two characteristics. First, it’s usually hard to pin down their origins to a single source. And second, their roots almost always reach back to religious custom — Christmas being the second most important feast day (behind Easter) on the Christian calendar — but have since been adapted and,…
The past 24 hours in Trump-Russia news, explained

The past 24 hours in Trump-Russia news, explained

It’s been a whirlwind 24 hours of news about special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. First, on Monday night, Mueller’s team said that former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort, who had agreed to cooperate with their investigation, had breached his agreement by repeatedly lying to them. The special counsel has not yet offered specifics on what…
Nancy Pelosi’s Problem Solvers Caucus problem, explained

Nancy Pelosi’s Problem Solvers Caucus problem, explained

Another group of Democrats is threatening to reject Nancy Pelosi’s bid for speaker during a party vote on Wednesday if she doesn’t concede to a set of demands. House Democrats of all stripes have tried to extract promises from Pelosi in exchange for their support. Now, nine members of the bipartisan House Problem Solvers Caucus…
The many possible outcomes of Brexit, explained

The many possible outcomes of Brexit, explained

The British government plunged into chaos last week after Prime Minister Theresa May unveiled her draft Brexit deal. Two top cabinet ministers resigned and a group of pro-Brexit members of May’s party moved to challenge her leadership. The drama follows the prime minister as she heads to Brussels this week, where European leaders plant to…
The drama over Trump answering Mueller’s questions, explained

The drama over Trump answering Mueller’s questions, explained

After 10 long months of delay and recalcitrance, President Donald Trump is finally about ready to submit his answers to some of special counsel Robert Mueller’s questions on Russian interference with the 2016 election — or so he claims. That’s according to Politico’s Eliana Johnson and Darren Samuelsohn, who say Trump will submit the written…
Bernie Sanders’s new plan to bring down drug prices, briefly explained

Bernie Sanders’s new plan to bring down drug prices, briefly explained

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) have a new plan to bring down American drug prices, and it sure looks a lot like a recent proposal from President Trump. The Sanders-Khanna legislation, released on Tuesday, attacks two issues at once: the disproportionately high prices that America pays for prescription drugs when compared…

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