The Mueller report, explained

The Mueller report, explained

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s 448-page report is a copiously detailed chronicle of shady conduct from Donald Trump and his associates, from the campaign through to the White House. Mueller makes clear that his investigation did not establish that there was a conspiracy between Trump associates and the Russian government to interfere with the election. And…
The last-minute drama about the Mueller report’s release, explained

The last-minute drama about the Mueller report’s release, explained

On the eve of the Mueller report’s public release, a new controversy has erupted about whether Attorney General Bill Barr is attempting to spin the special counsel’s findings to the benefit of President Donald Trump. The Justice Department announced earlier this week that they’d release Mueller’s report, both to Congress and the public, on Thursday.…
Game of Thrones: Jon Snow and the Targaryen dragon rider theory, explained

Game of Thrones: Jon Snow and the Targaryen dragon rider theory, explained

Spoilers follow for “Winterfell,” the season eight premiere of Game of Thrones. For the last two years, both the readers of George R.R. Martin’s books and fans of HBO’s Game of Thrones have concentrated on a revelation about one of the series’ major characters: Jon Snow. Jon Snow isn’t who he thinks he is. Jon…
The rape allegation against Julian Assange, explained

The rape allegation against Julian Assange, explained

Now that he has been expelled from the Ecuadorian embassy in London, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange faces extradition to the United States over a charge of conspiracy to commit computer intrusion. But he took refuge in the embassy in the first place because two women accused him of sex crimes. In 2010, a Swedish woman…
BTS, the band that changed K-pop, explained

BTS, the band that changed K-pop, explained

In 2012, Rolling Stone published a list of the 10 K-pop bands most likely to make it big in the US. Achieving significant US fame was a newly attainable, if still distant, milestone for South Korean pop groups thanks to the 2000s’ tremendous exporting of South Korean culture overseas — a trend known as Hallyu,…
Bernie Sanders’s Medicare-for-all plan, explained

Bernie Sanders’s Medicare-for-all plan, explained

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) will reintroduce his plan Wednesday morning to transition the United States to a single-payer health care system, one where a single government-run plan provides insurance coverage to all Americans. The Sanders plan envisions a future in which all Americans have health coverage and pay nothing out of pocket when they visit…
Democrats’ sweeping new anti-harassment bill, explained

Democrats’ sweeping new anti-harassment bill, explained

The #MeToo movement may have toppled producer Harvey Weinstein and other men accused of sexual misconduct from their positions of power, but according to caterer Venorica Tucker, it hasn’t put a stop to the harassment many servers and bartenders deal with every day. “Sometimes there’s a little pinch; sometimes there’s just little comments or brushing…
What’s going on with Mar-a-Lago and Chinese spies, explained

What’s going on with Mar-a-Lago and Chinese spies, explained

Concerns about security and the level of access to President Donald Trump at his private Florida club Mar-a-Lago have been swirling since he was elected, but scrutiny kicked into high gear after the US Secret Service arrested a Chinese woman, Yujing Zhang, who they say was carrying four cellphones and a malware-infected thumb drive at…
Shazam!’s 2 end-credits scenes, explained

Shazam!’s 2 end-credits scenes, explained

Shazam! has two credits scenes: a mid-credits scene that could tease out a future sequel and an end-credits scene that’s more of a joke. For over a decade now, most comic superhero movies have come with credits scenes. Marvel’s interconnected superhero universe is largely responsible, as the studio essentially invented the practice of embellishing the…
The absurdly high cost of insulin, explained

The absurdly high cost of insulin, explained

When inventor Frederick Banting discovered insulin in 1923, he refused to put his name on the patent. He felt it was unethical for a doctor to profit from a discovery that would save lives. Banting’s co-inventors, James Collip and Charles Best, sold the insulin patent to the University of Toronto for a mere $1. They…

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