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Manchin and Sinema think their pursuit of bipartisanship is admirable. It’s not.

Senators who oppose ending the filibuster are gambling with voting rights and losing big.
Photo illustration: Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin
Photo illustration: Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin

Anti-vaxxers try — and fail – to make Colin Powell their smoking gun

Vaccination skeptics wanted to use Powell’s death to help their cause. It didn’t work.
Illustration of Colin Powell and a healthcare worker prepping a Covid-19 vaccine.
Illustration of Colin Powell and a healthcare worker prepping a Covid-19 vaccine.

A judge’s passionate defense of affirmative action could signal its end

A federal judge passionately supported race-conscious school admissions in a ruling about the University of North Carolina. The Supreme Court might gut them anyway.
Image: The University of North Carolina Campus at Chapel Hill in 2013.
Image: The University of North Carolina Campus at Chapel Hill in 2013.

Trump’s pretend presidency is losing power — and he knows it

As he tries to claim executive privilege, Trump is learning true presidential power can’t be mimicked.
Image: Donald Trump looking away.
Image: Donald Trump looking away.

In Texas, an attack on trans kids is poised to get the official 'OK'

Gov. Greg Abbott is expected to sign a bill targeting transgender children who play sports.
Photo collage: Image of LGBTQ protestors at the Texas State Capitol holding signs that read, "#LetKidsPlay" and an image of Greg Abbott.
Photo collage: Image of LGBTQ protestors at the Texas State Capitol holding signs that read, "#LetKidsPlay" and an image of Greg Abbott.

The dangerous argument at the heart of the Ahmaud Arbery case

Jury selection has begun in the murder trial for three white men whose defense may lean on a now-defunct law that allowed private citizens to make arrests.
Image: People marching with a portrait of Ahmaud Arbery and  other signs that read,"Black Lives Matter".
Image: People marching with a portrait of Ahmaud Arbery and  other signs that read,"Black Lives Matter".

The most outspoken league in sports just put Texas in its crosshairs

The WNBA players union took out a full-page ad targeting Texas and other states with “cruel” anti-abortion laws.
Photo collage: An image of Nneka Ogwumike holding a basketball over an image of protestors holding signs that read, "Bans off my body".
Photo collage: An image of Nneka Ogwumike holding a basketball over an image of protestors holding signs that read, "Bans off my body".

The WNBA won the week! Here are some honorable mentions.

Joy’s selection for the Oct. 11-15 edition of “Who Won the Week?” — plus some excellent runners-up.
Image: Dianna Taurasi and Brittney Griner of the Phoenix Mercury.
Image: Dianna Taurasi and Brittney Griner of the Phoenix Mercury.

Don’t act surprised: Conservative antisemitism is alive and well 

The school curriculum fight isn’t only about racism — and this audio of a Texas school official proves it.
Photo illustration: Scribbles over images of a Holocaust memorial, stack of books and a banner that reads, "Southlake Texas".
Photo illustration: Scribbles over images of a Holocaust memorial, stack of books and a banner that reads, "Southlake Texas".

Biden's SCOTUS commission releases initial findings. Progressives aren't happy.

A committee created to consider reforms to the court returned with some lukewarm ideas. 
Photo illustration: Image of the Supreme Court of the United States and Joe Biden.
Photo illustration: Image of the Supreme Court of the United States and Joe Biden.

The GOP’s plot to limit Black, brown power is working

Gerrymandering and census sabotage are diminishing the power of nonwhite Americans.
Photo collage: A census taker with a tablet, pages with the title,"United States Census 2020" and an image of a child sleeping on his father's shoulders.
Photo collage: A census taker with a tablet, pages with the title,"United States Census 2020" and an image of a child sleeping on his father's shoulders.