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3 ways this election could transform money in politics


By Mark Schmitt Mark Schmitt is director of the program on political reform at the New America Foundation.

How dozens of managers were conned into illegally strip-searching their employees


How far will people go to obey authority? The most powerful example may have come from a real-life con: prank calls that led dozens of managers at fast food joints and grocery stores to interrogate and strip search their own employees.

Mindy Kaling got mistaken for Malala Yousafzai at the New Yorker festival


Mindy Kaling is a 35-year-old American writer and comedian of Indian heritage, famous for TV shows The Office and the Mindy Project. Malala Yousafzai is a 17-year-old Pakistani activist who won the Nobel Peace Prize for her work on behalf of girls' education and who survived an assassination attempt by the Pakistani Taliban.

Amnesty International finds "human rights abuses" in Ferguson, Missouri


After Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed unarmed black 18-year-old Michael Brown, residents took to the streets to protest what many saw as yet another example of police mistreatment of black Americans.

How copyright law gives Amazon too much power over the book industry


I mostly agree with my colleague Matt Yglesias's argument that Amazon is doing the world a favor by crushing book publishers.

There's a new Kickstarter campaign to raise money for a fake phone


The NoPhone is exactly what it sounds like — a phone that is not a phone. Well, OK, it's not actually a phone.

Vox Sentences: The ridiculous New York City Ebola freakout


1. Ebola in Mali (and New York) Mayor Bill de Blasio at a press conference about the Ebola outbreak. (Kena Betancur/Getty Image) The first Ebola patient in Mali died.

Marysville school shooter Jaylen Fryberg: what we know


There was a shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, just north of Seattle, Friday morning. The gunman, 14-year-old Jaylen Fryberg, is dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Taylor Swift's new album 1989 has leaked


After months of perfect secrecy and rumors that Taylor Swift was only allowing people to listen to her new album 1989 on her personal iPhone, the entire album has leaked just days before it is scheduled Monday release date.

What we know so far about the school shooting in Marysville, Washington


There was a shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, just north of Seattle, Friday morning. The gunman is dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to local law enforcement.

We still judge Monica Lewinsky more harshly than Bill Clinton, and it’s not okay


Let's imagine a hypothetical workplace where the male CEO has an affair with a young, female intern. The CEO is married, of course, and a serial philanderer.

President Obama meets — and hugs — cured US Ebola patient


President Barack Obama on Friday met — and hugged — Nina Pham, the Texas nurse who was cured of Ebola after becoming the first person to contract the disease in the US while treating Liberian patient Thomas Duncan.

Solar power is contagious: Installing panels often means your neighbors will too


Solar power still generates just 0.4 percent of America's electricity. But it's expanding at a shocking rate, with a new rooftop system installed every four minutes. There are lots of reasons for that, from lower costs to federal subsidies to innovative financing schemes.

Why is Ebola less deadly in America than in Africa?


So far, every story of an American infected with Ebola has ended happily, most recently, with today's news that Dallas nurse Nina Pham — the first patient to contract Ebola in the US — has been discharged from hospital, Ebola-free.

You're more likely to die of a shark attack or bee sting than contract Ebola in the US


It's been said again and again: There are a lot of things in the US that are far more dangerous to the typical American than Ebola.

Taylor Swift's new album 1989 has leaked


After months of perfect secrecy and rumors that Taylor Swift was only allowing people to listen to her new album 1989 on her personal iphone, the entire album has leaked just days before it is scheduled Monday release date.

Campaign spending is growing even faster than healthcare spending


TIME's Michael Scherer, Pratheek Rebala, and Chris Wilson have created a cool interactive "campaign inflation calculator." They find that spending on Congressional campaigns has increased at an even faster rate than spending on health care — and has far outpaced growth in household income or GDP: (Time.com) These numbers include outside spending as well as spending directly from campaigns.

One chart that explains why the recovery doesn't feel like a recovery


Americans' paychecks just jumped higher, but wages are still pretty flat. If that sounds nonsensical, just take a look at the latest data from the Labor Department.

The New York Ebola patient is a brave and heroic doctor. Stop criticizing his bowling trip.


Let's start at the beginning: Craig Spencer, who contracted Ebola while working with Doctors Without Borders to stop the outbreak in West Africa, is almost certainly a better person than you are.

Scientists just found out that this comet smells like rotten eggs and horse crap


The awful-smelling comet 67P/C-G. (ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM) The Rosetta space probe is about to make history.


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