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Deadly shootings are rising in U.S. after steady declines

After steadily declining for more than two decades, deadly shootings are rising across the country, according to a new government report.

3 ways the women’s movement in US politics is misunderstood

Women made history in 2018, but there is more to the story than the Democratic “blue wave.” The diversity of women and the different contexts in which they operate have implications for politics and policy for decades to come.

Don’t count on Jeff Flake to save the republic

Retiring Republican U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona is taking another one of his grand,courageous stands against the outrages of President Donald Trump. I almost want to believe him this time.

Why Jeff Sessions’ final act as attorney general could have more impact than expected

On his way out, Sessions limited the Justice Department’s ability to oversee abusive police departments. That policy also could hamper the department’s role in environmental, voting-rights, and other cases.

High stakes, entrenched interests and the rollback of environmental regs

Critics say new strictures on scientific research and efforts to overturn standards for protecting air, water and worker safety could have long-term, widespread effects that would upend hard-won gains in environmental and public health.

Here are the counties where the US anti-vaccine movement thrives

There are now at least 57,000 Texas school children being exempted from their vaccines for nonmedical reasons, about a 20-fold rise since 2003.

Democrats won big. Can they go bold, too?

The party’s leaders have been far too cautious in the past. Newer ideas could spark real change in who owns and runs America.

WTF, white women?

In terms of white women’s voting habits, 2016 was bad—and 2018 was worse.

Midterm takeaway: We need a lot more Democracy

Republicans banked this election on lies, fear-mongering, and rule-rigging. It almost worked.

The other 2018 midterm wave: A historic 10-point jump in turnout among young people

Voter turnout among 18 to 29-year-olds in the 2018 midterm elections was 31 percent, according to a preliminary estimate by Tufts University.