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A Cold War theory for why scientists and the government have become so estranged


These are dark times for science — or at least that’s what we keep hearing. President Trump is pushing to slash research budgets.

Alex Jones sells “Truth Journalism” on air — but his lawyers say he’s a performance artist


This revelation from his custody battle is unlikely to cost him many followers. In a Texas courtroom, Alex Jones’ persona is on trial.

The opioid epidemic may be even deadlier than we think


The current drug crisis already kills more people than guns or cars. But a new study suggests it’s even worse than the current numbers say.

The Handmaid’s Tale is a handbook for surviving oppressive systems


When Margaret Atwood published The Handmaid’s Tale in 1985, she created one of America’s most enduring dystopian myths.

It turns out Trump is open to a border adjustment tax after all


Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin is suggesting that the border adjustment might not be dead yet. The controversial tax provision, proposed by House Republicans to offset lost revenue from corporate rate cuts, didn’t have much support from the Senate.

The 1979 Alien trailer has influenced countless horror trailers — because it’s a microcosm of horror itself


The Alien: Covenant trailer calls back to the franchise’s classic horror roots April 26, dubbed #AlienDay by Fox, sees a one-night only double re-release of the oldest and latest installments in the Alien franchise: Alien and Prometheus.

Review: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is Marvel’s funniest film, and much braver than the original


The new sequel proves that Guardians of the Galaxy wasn’t a one-hit wonder. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.

9 radical changes that are coming to transportation


We’ve gotten used to transportation technology improving at a glacial pace. Today’s cars and airplanes look and work about the same as they did 25 and even 50 years ago.

A clash is brewing at the Justice Department: is drug addiction a public health crisis or a crime?


Jeff Sessions’s new No. 2 is more moderate than his boss on a range of issues — and an effective crime-fighter.

How Trump could make himself richer through tax reform, explained with a cartoon


Pass-through income has made the rich even richer. Donald Trump owns hotels, resorts, golf courses, and much more.

Normal presidents downplay the 100 Days cliché. Trump is letting it control him.


The most media-obsessed White House ever Donald Trump’s White House is obsessed with how its first 100 days will be scored in the media.

Elizabeth Warren: Obama was wrong. The system is more rigged than you know.


“Money slithers through Washington like a snake...the influence is everywhere.” Elizabeth Warren is the founder of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the senior senator from Massachusetts, and the author of the new book This Fight is Our Fight.

Why it’s so hard to stop the government from shutting down


Transactional politics has gone out of style. The challenge for Congress this week is to avoid a government shutdown.

Going green shouldn’t be this hard


How we can have our cake and solve climate change too. Lauren Singer lives a nearly waste-free life. How near?

Republicans are still very far from repealing Obamacare


It all comes down to turnout. Suddenly, House Republicans sure seem like they are starting to move again on their previously stunted quest to repeal and replace Obamacare.

The opioid epidemic’s startling age divide


Young Americans are overdosing on heroin while older ones continue to overdose on prescription painkillers.

This voting reform solves 2 of America’s biggest political problems


“Proportional” voting would reduce party polarization and the number of wasted votes. Back in October, Alec MacGillis penned a provocative New York Times opinion piece titled “Go Midwest, Young Hipster.” The argument was straightforward.

The NYT's new columnist defends his views on Arabs, Black Lives Matter, campus rape


On April 12, the New York Times’s vaunted editorial page got a new addition. Bret Stephens, formerly a columnist at the Wall Street Journal, will join Ross Douthat and David Brooks among the stable of in-house conservatives at the Gray Lady.

In 2016, in-person voter fraud made up 0.00002 percent of all votes in North Carolina


The state’s voter ID law caused protests and court battles — essentially for one vote out of nearly 4.8 million.

The Handmaid’s Tale’s first 3 episodes are brilliant, terrifying television


Hulu’s new series starts by broadening the book’s world — and leaning into its horror. Every week, a few members of the Vox Culture team will gather to talk out the latest episode of The Handmaid’s Tale, Hulu’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel.


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