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Most mass killers have one common trait – a propensity for domestic violence. sdecoret/Shutterstock.com

Most mass killers are men who have also attacked family

The shooter at the Texas church had beaten his first wife and hurt his infant stepson. This connection between mass shooters and domestic violence is the norm, not an exception.
Should the future of voting look more like the past? AP Photo/Alex Brandon

Designing better ballots

Have you ever struggled to understand exactly what to do inside a voting booth?
Donald Trump’s and Rodrigo Duterte’s mutual admiration could bring about a thaw in U.S.-Philippine relations. Reuters/Athit Perawongmetha

Did Trump’s charm offensive work in the Philippines?

When Obama was president, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to break up with America. Is it time to make up?
Gov.-elect Ralph Northam won handily in Virginia with a campaign focused on abortion rights, racial justice and support for immigration. He has black voters and northern Virginia’s diverse suburbs to thank for the victory. Cliff Owen/Reuters

Democrats’ sweep of Virginia shows the state is moving beyond its Confederate past

In Virginia, suburbanites, city-dwellers and black voters together rebuffed racism as an electoral strategy and handed Dems a huge win. Is this diverse coalition the future of Old Dominion politics?
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration has been plagued by corruption and scandal, and many voters have finally had enough. Edgard Garrido/Reuters

As angry voters reject major parties, Mexico’s 2018 presidential race grows chaotic

Mexico's 2018 presidential race hasn't even begun, but it's already a nail-biter, featuring two women, a left-wing firebrand, party defections, strange bedfellows and no small dose of scandal.
A small – but powerful – Latino middle class has emerged in California, led by elites like State Senator Kevin de Leon. AP Photo/Jae C. Hong

Latino elites are paying the California dream forward

Scholars say elites are critical to helping ethnic communities thrive. So, who are the Latino elites and what work are they doing for their community?
At least in Connecticut, legal advocates can now represent the interests of abused animals. Spillikin/Shutterstock.com

How dogs and cats can get their day in court

When lawyers represent the interests of abused animals in the courtroom, they help human victims too.
For six months, the Venezuelan opposition staged daily protests against the Maduro regime. Then they decided to take their fight to the polls. Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters

Venezuela’s opposition is on the verge of collapse

After the Maduro regime won Venezuela's recent gubernatorial elections, results are contested, people are desperate and the opposition has fractured. Can the resistance survive this setback?
Police work near a damaged Home Depot truck on Nov. 1, 2017, after a motorist drove onto a bike path near the World Trade Center memorial. AP Photo/Andres Kudacki

What draws ‘lone wolves’ to the Islamic State?

Sayfullo Saipov, the suspect in the Manhattan bike path attack, wasn't a devout Muslim. He cursed and came late to prayers. A terrorism expert explains why such a man may want to be a martyr.
Is the California Dream still alive and well? Ivan Aleshin/shutterstock.com

Imagining the ‘California Dream’

Millions of people have imagined California, but only one man was its historian.