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The Spy Who Wasn’t

The U.S. government went looking for someone to blame for Russia's interference in the 2016 election—and found Maria Butina, the perfect scapegoat.

Mommy and Data

“Femtech” companies are marketing themselves to women who are worried about having kids. Are these startups alleviating female anxieties or exploiting them?

A Killing Season

Monsanto’s new herbicide was supposed to save U.S. farmers from financial ruin. Instead, it upended the agriculture industry, pitting neighbor against neighbor in a struggle for survival.

Who to Believe

In cases of sexual assault, do requirements for corroborating evidence help or harm the pursuit of justice?

The Dealmaker

Splashy summits and Nobel Prize talk are a sideshow. The real power behind peace on the Korean Peninsula isn’t Donald Trump or even Kim Jong-un. It's South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

Mind Games

How campaigns are using marketing, manipulation, and "psychographic targeting" to win elections—and weaken democracy

Overdose and Punishment

When Chad Baker died from a lethal combination of cocaine and heroin, prosecutors charged Tommy Kosto, his friend and fellow drug user, with killing him—a tactic from the Reagan-era war on drugs that is gaining popularity around the country and making today's opioid crisis even worse.

Can the Democrats Fix Washington?

The prospect of a Democratic wave in the midterm elections this fall recalls the moment, nearly 50 years ago, when a group of young, liberal lawmakers swept into Congress on a mission to overturn the status quo. What can today's Democrats learn from the historic class of 1974?

The Twilight of Free Speech Liberalism

As the ACLU has transformed itself from a nonpartisan protector of civil liberties into one of Donald Trump’s most bitter political foes, it’s been forced to grapple with fundamental questions about its role in American society.