The US death penalty just got a lot crueler

A horrific new ruling would let states execute people in more painful ways, even when alternatives are available.

After Trump: What’s next for US foreign policy?

Centrist liberalism is dead, and Trump is a disaster. But progressives can use what he’s done to remake America and its place in the world.

Anti-vaxxers appear to be losing ground in the online vaccine debate

Social media activity suggests that pro-vaccine evidence may be starting to outweigh anti-vaxxer disinformation.

New Zealand massacre dredges up worries at traumatized New York mosque

“We worry because we got the hate already,” said the general secretary of Al Furqan Jame Masjid, a Queens mosque whose imam was shot to death in 2016.

Collusion is in plain sight

There’s plenty of collusion in plain sight, and it wouldn’t take a 22-month inquiry to find Trump conspiring with enemies of U.S. democracy.

Why Americans shouldn’t feel grateful for $137 insulin

Only by the bizarre logic of the U.S. pharmaceutical industry does this drug count as any kind of generic.

The public may never see a report from Mueller’s investigation

Will the public ever see a report from Robert Mueller’s investigation of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia? Maybe not. There are big legal hurdles to making it public.

Why rural America needs Medicare for All — and fast

An Iowa nurse says privatized care in rural communities is an extractive industry — and it’s drying up. Medicare for All is the prescription rural America needs.

How Trump and Barr could stretch claims of executive privilege and grand jury secrecy

The president and attorney general can try to keep the findings of Mueller’s investigation secret. They’ll likely use both the secrecy of grand jury proceedings and executive privilege to do that

How the rich really play ‘Who Wants to be an Ivy Leaguer?’

A ProPublica editor who investigated how the rich buy their children’s way into elite colleges reflects on the latest scandal—and remembers when affluent readers mistook his expose for a “how-to” guide.