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Mistaken identity

Aiming to halt Chinese threats, the U.S. government sometimes labels innocent researchers as spies

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No ordinary time

Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination underscores the battles to come over Roe v. Wade and religious liberty

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Plot twists and poll numbers

A rancorous debate, a presidential COVID-19 diagnosis, and a high-stakes Supreme Court nomination set an unpredictable stage for the 2020 election