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  • The author whose story inspired Netflix’s Maid on why welfare is broken
    on October 18, 2021

    Margaret Qualley as Alex in Netflix’s Maid, based on the memoir of the same title by Stephanie Land. | Ricardo Hubbs/NeflixHow Stephanie Land went from Vox article to book deal to Netflix show. When Stephanie Land moved out of her abusive boyfriend’s house at age 29, she was a single mother, […]

  • The chaotic, irreplaceable Wendy Williams
    on October 18, 2021

    Wendy Williams speaks onstage during her celebration of 10 years of The Wendy Williams Show at the Buckhead Theatre, in Atlanta, Georgia, in 2018. | Paras Griffin/Getty ImagesWendy Williams’s rise, reputation, and absence from her talk show, explained. Centuries ago, those accused of gossip, […]

  • How screwed are Democrats in the Senate?
    on October 18, 2021

    Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) speaks on the passage of the bipartisan infrastructure bill on August 11, 2021, in Washington, DC. | Kevin Dietsch/Getty ImagesThe challenges the party will face in keeping its majorities in 2022 and 2024. Democrats are terrified of what the future holds […]

  • Fake rhino horns were supposed to foil poachers. What went wrong?
    on October 18, 2021

    An official with Malaysia’s Department of Wildlife and National Parks holds one of 50 rhino horns that it seized in August 2018. Together, the horns were worth $50 million. | Manan Vatsyayana/AFP via Getty ImagesWhy buzzy tech often fails to protect wildlife. Several years ago, a Seattle-based […]

  • The past, present, and future of body image in America
    on October 18, 2021

    Amanda Northrop/VoxMillennials grew up hating their bodies. Does Gen Z have to be the same? For Isheyla Elena Ariza, the body-shaming started in middle school. At her predominantly white school in California, “I was a part of a small minority group of Latinos, and a lot of us looked different,” […]

  • What to know about the latest fight over Trump’s executive privilege claims
    on October 17, 2021

    Former White House strategist Steve Bannon exits the Manhattan Federal Court in New York City on August 20, 2020. | Stephanie Keith/Getty ImagesFormer Trump adviser Steve Bannon is facing a contempt vote by the January 6 committee. The House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on […]

  • The best $160 I ever spent: A session with a Black therapist
    on October 17, 2021

    Dana Rodriguez for VoxI hadn’t realized how important for my mental health it was to talk with someone like me. Four years ago, during a sticky New York summer, I anxiously sat in the lobby of the clinic waiting to meet my new therapist. Glued to the torn pleather couch in front of the rattling […]

  • Joe Manchin won’t support a key climate program. Alternatives won’t be enough.
    on October 16, 2021

    Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) speaks to reporters in the US Capitol on October 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. | Anna Moneymaker/Getty ImagesThe clean electricity program is “the backbone of the energy transition,” experts say. A key climate policy designed to phase out fossil fuels will likely be cut […]

  • Americans are ready to tax the rich
    on October 16, 2021

    A September MoveOn “Hold the Line” rally encourages members of Congress to pass President Joe Biden’s entire Build Back Better recovery package. | Paul Morigi/Getty Images for MoveOnIt’s not always clear what the public wants. But a new poll shows strong support for taxing the rich to pay […]

  • The myth of the climate moderate
    on October 16, 2021

    Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) in front of the US Capitol on September 30. | Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images“There isn’t a middle ground between a livable and unlivable world.” After months of discussion and debate, Democrats are at an impasse on a raft of infrastructure […]