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Explainers

We live in a world of too much information and too little context. Too much noise and too little insight. That's where Vox's explainers come in.

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How the Saudi crown prince erased the stigma of a murder

Four years after Khashoggi’s killing, the rehabilitation of MBS is complete.

Alabama’s high-stakes Supreme Court fight over racial gerrymandering, explained

Merrill v. Milligan could eliminate one of the few remaining nationwide safeguards against rigged legislative maps.

The rise of Giorgia Meloni, Italy’s new far-right prime minister, explained

Why Iranian women are risking everything by burning their hijabs 

The Mississippi welfare fraud involving Brett Favre, explained

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House of the Dragon and the Targaryen family, explained

HBO’s Game of Thrones prequel reveals a period of turbulence and upheaval for Daenerys’s formidable family.

How interest rate hikes ripple throughout the economy

The 4 major criminal probes into Donald Trump, explained

The West is testing out a lot of shiny new military tech in Ukraine

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Everything you need to know about voting right now

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Yes, most Latinos are Christian. No, that doesn’t make them anti-abortion.

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The power of Hispanic voters, in 10 charts

Biden’s promise to defend Taiwan says a lot about America’s view of China

The racist backlash to The Little Mermaid and Lord of The Rings is exhausting and extremely predictable

Why it’s so hard to rewrite a country’s constitution

Can Europe keep supplying Ukraine with weapons?

Blowtorching spotted lanternflies is, in fact, a bad idea

What’s at stake in the freight rail labor fight

The queen’s funeral (plus what’s happening with the money and the corgis), explained

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The case for Democratic optimism — and pessimism — in the midterms

Now is the best time in human history to be alive (unless you’re a farm animal)

NASA’s latest moon mission is the dawn of a new space age

Does Taylor Swift want an Oscar? Perhaps (ahem) All Too Well.

A new book claims Trump’s efforts to politicize the Justice Department were worse than we knew

When, why, and how to get a new Covid-19 booster shot

A complete timeline of the Lea Michele-Beanie Feldstein-Funny Girl casting controversy

Effective altruism’s most controversial idea

The housing market slowdown, explained in 7 charts

You’re being tracked through your email. Here’s how to stop it.

Why Iraq could be approaching another civil war, explained by an expert

Why Covid-19 death rates remain stubbornly flat

How melting glaciers fueled Pakistan’s fatal floods

The flooding in Pakistan is a climate catastrophe with political roots

The expanded child tax credit kept 4 million kids out of poverty. Can it come back?

How unions are winning again, in 4 charts

Pumpkin spice lattes — and the backlash, and the backlash to the backlash — explained

“Scary easy. Sketchy as hell.”: How startups are pushing Adderall on TikTok

Six months in, how are sanctions impacting Russia’s economy?

Reading between the lines of the Mar-a-Lago affidavit

Public transit for nine bucks a month? Germany tried it.

The downfall of Armie Hammer, explained

Book publishers just spent 3 weeks in court arguing they have no idea what they’re doing