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Professor Carnage

Dave Grossman teaches police officers to think like "warriors." But is the rise of a militarized mindset turning black citizens into targets?

Divided We Fall

The Founders knew that economic inequality would destroy America's democracy. So why can't the Constitution save us?

The Fire Last Time

An elite police squad was supposed to clean up the streets of 1970s Detroit. Instead, it terrorized African Americans, and turned the city into a battleground.

The General and the Refugee

Police from four countries joined forces to bring down a notorious human smuggler. Here's how they blew the operation—and why the crackdown on immigration is making things worse.

Amazing Disgrace

How did Donald Trump—a thrice-married, biblically illiterate sexual predator—hijack the religious right?

Inside the Recount

Jill Stein and a ragtag team of computer experts decided to take America's elections to court. Here's how it all went wrong.

Obama’s Lost Army

He built a grassroots machine of two million supporters eager to fight for change. Then he let it die. This is the untold story of Obama’s biggest mistake—and how it paved the way for Trump.

America’s New Opposition

From Occupy Wall Street to Black Lives Matter, the left has been reborn. Can it find a way to harness the populist uprising that brought Trump to power?

Beyond Hope

What did Barack Obama accomplish? And how much of it will survive in the age of Trump? Five historians and political observers weigh in.

The Things They Burned

A private contractor tossed U.S. military waste in Iraq and Afghanistan into giant pits and burned it. Now soldiers forced to breathe the toxic fumes are sick or dying—and the government is using faulty science to evade responsibility.

The Last Unknown Man

He appeared out of nowhere. He had no name, no memory, no past. He was the only person the FBI ever listed as missing even though they knew where he was. How could B.K. Doe remain anonymous in the modern age’s matrix of observation?