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Can transgender students go to women's colleges?
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Women’s colleges have long offered women a sanctuary from some of the discrimination they face in the wider world — but across the country today, these schools are deciding whether to broaden their mission to include all students who face discrimination because of their gender. In recent years, more than a dozen have developed admissions policies for transgender students — the latest being Spelman, a historically black women’s college in Atlanta.

Click the link in our bio to see a breakdown of where 39 women’s colleges across the country currently stand on the issue — along with analysis by Vox’s Anna North.

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“The way these guys are going, it’s going to kill our country. We have to fight. I’m able to get out here and fight, and I will continue to do that,” says Becky Ogle, pictured on the bottom left. She’s just one of several demonstrators who gathered outside the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, DC Tuesday — alongside Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, and more — to protest Cassidy-Graham, the latest Obamacare repeal bill.
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After Senate Republicans rejected four different Obamacare repeal plans this summer, Cassidy-Graham is the last one standing — and in many ways, it’s the most radical one yet. Check the link in our bio for our explainer on the bill. #healthcare #obamacare

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President Trump’s statement on refugees during his speech to the UN General Assembly Tuesday isn’t the kind of rhetoric you typically hear from the US — especially in recent years. Here’s an example: last year, Barack Obama used the same UN appearance and a subsequent Leaders’ Summit to press for global solutions to the refugee crisis — and commit the US to more a more generous policy.
Click the link in our bio to read more about the president’s “America first” address at the #UNGA.

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Searching for "bad guys" during a natural disaster may be a compelling way to tell the story — but it gets us angry about all the wrong things. In the latest episode of #Strikethrough, Carlos Maza (@gaywonk) walks through how treating hurricanes like war zones hurts survivors. Watch the full version on our YouTube channel. #Irma #Harvey #hurricaneseason

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With Congress back in session, legislating was (sort of) in order this week. Both conservative Republicans and liberal Democrats put forward pet health care bills in recent days; tax reform remained a cause for division; and Trump and Democratic leaders struck a big deal on immigration — or maybe they didn’t.
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Here’s a simple breakdown of the past week in politics.

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Since @NASA’s #Cassini mission began, scientists have discovered thousands of planets outside our own solar system. Investigating the moons of Saturn helps us gain an understanding of what planets might look like across the galaxy.
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Here’s a look back at some of the very best, most inspiring images from the 20-year mission, which powered down its cameras for the last time Friday morning. See more via the link in our bio.

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For all the wonky policy objections raised against Bernie Sanders’s single-payer health care plan —  which would give every single American free health insurance — he often returns to what he regards as his fundamental motive: that 28 million Americans still lack health insurance, and about 30% still say they face personal crises over medical debt and making insurance payments.
The bill, released today alongside 16 other Senate Democrats, is sure to be met with scrutiny. But Sanders is ready to defend it. Click the link in our bio to read a transcript of a sit-down interview between the senator and Vox’s Jeff Stein. #healthcare #berniesanders

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Unleashed from the campaign, Hillary Clinton defends her political vision in a sit-down interview with Ezra Klein. She lit into Bernie Sanders’s single-payer plan, warned that Donald Trump is dragging us down an authoritarian path, spoke openly of the role racism and white resentment played in the campaign, and argued that the outcome of the 2016 election represented a failure of the media above all.
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Click the link in our bio to watch the full conversation. #hillaryclinton #whathappened

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More than 300,000 #Rohingya refugees in Myanmar have streamed across the border to Bangladesh over the past two weeks alone, running from what appears to be a crackdown on their villages by the military — one that still controls crucial aspects of Myanmar’s government.
Meanwhile, the country’s leader — the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Aung San Suu Kyi — has been nearly silent. Tap the link in our bio to read more about the unfolding humanitarian disaster.

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President Trump kicked the week off with an immigration measure that outraged many. Meanwhile, Congress put the finishing touches on a bill to finance relief and recovery from Hurricane Harvey, only to leave residents of Florida and adjacent states staring down the barrel of an even larger and more powerful storm. Here’s a breakdown of the past several days of news.

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The US Border Patrol budget has increased 14x since 1990, bringing it to $3.6 billion in 2016. For the latest stop in the #VoxBorders journey — a project that aims to explore the human impact of lines drawn on maps — @JohnnyWHarris traveled to the US-Mexico border in Texas to get a firsthand look at some of the ways that money is being spent.
Watch the full video on his Facebook page at Facebook.com/JohnnyHarrisVox (and stay tuned for a full report in the fall).

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“I think it’s important for the nation to see millennials out in the front lines in a moral, nonviolent way to uproot white supremacy and to take that message to the White House. … This was the right time, and this was the right moment. When we started this journey 10 days ago, we didn’t expect what would transpire across this country as it relates to the deadlock in Congress and the decision of the DREAMers. But this has brought more meaning to this march because it shows that we’re here to push back against business as usual.” —Stephen Green, from Roselle, New Jersey
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Wednesday marked the last leg of a 10-day, 120-mile march that began in #Charlottesville, Virginia — with a goal to fight white supremacy. We met a few attendees at the Washington, DC endpoint. Check the link in our bio to read about their experiences.

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On Wednesday morning, President Trump sat down with House and Senate leaders from both parties and struck a deal to tackle Congress’s “month from hell”: in September alone, they have to fund the government, raise the debt ceiling, pass disaster aid, and reauthorize several major government programs or agencies.
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The deal ended up being just what Democrats wanted, and Republicans are furious. Read all about it via the link in our bio.

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Dan Rather has covered some of the most historic events of the modern era. What does someone who’s seen it all think of the current political climate?
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Search “Ezra Klein Show” on Apple Podcasts to listen to Ezra's full conversation with the veteran journalist —which touches not just the Trump presidency, but also the Republican Party's future, our fractured media landscape, and Rather's own evolving career in media.

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Hundreds of activists gathered in Washington, DC Tuesday to #DefendDACA — chanting in languages ranging from Spanish to Korean, sharing stories about friends being separated and families being torn apart, and waving cheeky signs in front of the White House, the Trump International Hotel, and the Department of Justice building.
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Visit Vox.com to read our ongoing coverage of the Trump administration’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (#DACA) program.

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Tuesday that the Trump administration would be winding down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program — one that many people didn’t know about and even fewer understood.
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But it’s a big deal: DACA has protected 800,000 young adult unauthorized immigrants from deportation and allowed them to work legally since 2012. The program was supposed to give them a chance to build a life here.
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Above is a breakdown of how #DACA works. Click the link in our bio to read more about what could happen to the immigrants involved.

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🔊Turn your sound on for this post, and hear us out: The fade out is underrated. It should come back.
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In the latest episode of #Earworm, Estelle Caswell  traces the origins of the fade out in popular music — from a door slowly closing on a choir in 1918 to George Martin’s genius idea to fade out and fade back in on The Beatles’ “Strawberry Fields Forever.” Watch the full version via the link in our bio or on YouTube. #music

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Historic rainfall on Houston and its resulting floods should be enough news for a week. But Hurricane #Harvey — and the need to finance relief and reconstruction — is heading into a legislative calendar that’s already packed to the brim with must-pass bills.
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Meanwhile, the Trump administration is stirring up controversy by taking new action against the Affordable Care Act, and floating action against young DREAMers.
Here’s a breakdown of the past week.

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You can basically split highway drivers into two groups: those who get really upset about people driving in the left lane, and those who do it all the time and have no idea what the problem is. As major traffic hits this holiday weekend, can we all agree that the left lane is for passing only, please? (Watch the full video on our Youtube channel: Youtube.com/voxdotcom). #LaborDay

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After Hurricane Katrina hit, some 100,000 New Orleans residents relocated to the Houston area to rebuild their lives. Nicole Eugene, a professor, is one of them.
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12 years later, she found herself reliving the nightmare as Hurricane Harvey and its resulting floods devastated her relatively new hometown. “I never thought another storm could be so bad,” she writes in an essay for Vox. “I was wrong.”
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Read her full story via the link in our bio.

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While all eyes have been on the devastation from #Harvey in Texas, catastrophic floods have also been wreaking havoc more than 8,000 miles away in South Asia. Unusually heavy monsoon rains over the last several weeks have killed 1,000+ people across #India, #Nepal, and #Bangladesh.
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Read more via the link in our bio.

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Donald Trump made about 500 false statements in the first 200 days of his presidency, turning news outlets into full-time fact-checking organizations. But despite these fact-checks, many Trump supporters still believe the lies.
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In the latest episode of #Strikethrough, Carlos Maza (@gaywonk) explains why misinformation is so pervasive — and what the media needs to do to correct it. Watch the full version on our YouTube channel.

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How do we talk about climate change in the wake of #HurricaneHarvey? Plenty of pieces have been written about it in the past few days, but as Vox’s energy and climate writer David Roberts puts it, they aren’t saying enough.
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Here are a few crucial points about the impact of global warming on the storm — most importantly, it’s not fair to say climate change *caused* it, but it certainly made it worse. Click the link in our bio for five more key facts to help you contribute to the conversation. #climatechange #science

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Washington’s long summer vacation headed toward a close. *A lot* is happening, but don't miss these important stories that happened this week. Click the link in our bio for more details.

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“There’s a little town in on the coast of Morocco that belongs to Spain. Migrants camp out on the outskirts of the town to prepare to jump the border fence in an attempt make it to the refugee center without getting caught and sent back. Both Spanish and Moroccan security forces are on high alert at all times. As I trekked out in these forest camps to talk to the migrants, I ran into a lot of problems with Moroccan officials, who — at one point — brought me to the police station to question what I was doing. They don’t want anyone to see how they treat migrants in their country. Over the course of four very tense days, I was able to sneak my camera into these camps and interview migrants about their stories. I had to hide SD cards, delete photos from my phone, and disassemble my tripod multiple times to keep my footage safe. But I got the story, and I’m looking forward to sharing it with you.” .

That’s a dispatch from Vox’s @JohnnyWHarris, the host of a new project called #VoxBorders — an upcoming series of documentaries that will explore the human impacts of border lines drawn on maps. In addition to this contested section of Spain-Morocco, Johnny’s explored border communities in Haiti, Japan, and Mexico, to name a few. Visit his page for more updates — and stay tuned for the full video reports in the fall.

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Attacks on Russia. Soccer games with refugees. Lively chats about human rights with Bono. Browse through Nikki Haley’s Twitter feed long enough and you may forget she’s a powerful and high-ranking official in the Trump administration.
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In her first seven months at the helm of the US mission to the UN, Haley’s differences have gone far beyond optics. Trump campaigned on a foreign policy platform of “America first” — the idea that the US should avoid getting involved in unnecessary conflicts overseas and focus narrowly on national security interests over promotion of democracy and human rights abroad. But Haley has pursued the opposite course: she’s routinely diverged from, or outright contradicted, Trump’s stance on the biggest foreign policy issues of the day.
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These stances could be more than just policy differences: while many worry that Trump may not survive four years — and that those who’ve served in his administration may be tainted by association — Haley appears to be one of the few administration officials with the potential to survive the Trump years, and could be positioning herself for a presidential campaign of her own. Read a full analysis from Vox’s Zeeshan Aleem via the link in our bio.

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On Monday, millions of Americans caught a glimpse of the total solar eclipse that hurtled across the country at about 2,000 miles per hour. It’s a tremendous visual spectacle that everyone from kids on iPhones to NASA’s top scientists have documented via photos and video.
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For the towns and cities along the 70-mile-wide path of totality, which stretches from Oregon to South Carolina, the eclipse has also been a rare opportunity to attract visitors from around the world. Many communities planned eclipse festivals, astronomy talks, science education, and special musical events.
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Here are a few of our favorite shots — from breathtaking captures of totality to photos of communities wearing eclipse glasses — of the special astronomical event, the likes of which hasn’t been visible from the contiguous US since 1979. Click the link in our bio to see more; we’re updating the post as more images become available. #Eclipse2017

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“It’s not like night. It’s not like day. It’s not like twilight. It’s like nothing you’ve ever felt before.” —Rhonda Coleman 🌘

Veteran eclipse chasers — people who spend their vacations and spare money traveling the globe for a glimpse of totality — say that there is nothing like seeing a total solar eclipse. On Monday, they’ll be joining millions of people to see the first total solar eclipse in the US in 38 years. It will sweep from Oregon at 1:16 pm EST to South Carolina and end at 2:49 pm ET. That’s an hour and 33 minutes to cross the country. People along the path of totality will have about two minutes, depending on their location, to see what eclipse chasers say is a life-changing experience.
We want to help people who aren’t in the path of totality understand what it feels like to experience such a thing. And we need your help. If you’ll see a total solar eclipse tomorrow, share how it made you feel, using only six words, on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #VoxEclipsein6Words. We might use your response in a story.
For a preview of what to expect tomorrow, check the link in our bio. #Eclipse2017

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Sound on! 🔊🎶 Over the past few years, a general nostalgia for the 1980s has infiltrated pop culture. Music is no exception: the gated reverb drums of that decade — you know, that punchy percussive sound popularized by Phil Collins and Prince? — has been making a huge comeback in some of today's best tunes. In the second episode of Vox Pop’s #Earworm series, Estelle Caswell spoke with two Berklee College of Music professors to figure out just how that sound came to be, what makes it so damn punchy, and why it’s re-emerged. Watch the full version at Youtube.com/Voxdotcom. #Music

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The #Boston “Free Speech” rally, which many feared would draw a violent crowd of white supremacists Saturday, was instead overshadowed by thousands of counter-protesters denouncing bigotry and racism.
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The dueling demonstrations on Boston Common showed a shocking disparity in size. As Vox’s Alex Ward reported from the scene, the Free Speech rally, scheduled to begin at noon, was only permitted for 100 participants. The press was not allowed within a policed perimeter of the Free Speech rally, gathered in by the Parkman Bandstand — a small gazebo in Boston’s public park. Counter-demonstrators filled the grounds outside a security perimeter, drowning out the speeches at the Free Speech rally.
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More anti-racism protesters, led by the Black Lives Matter chapter, marched through Boston Saturday from the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center to join the counter demonstration at Boston Common. Police are estimating roughly 15,000 people in the march. After Charlottesville, reports of similar white supremacist rallies planned for Saturday dissipated, and instead, Free Speech rallies such as this one go on. But today, it was clear those voices were outnumbered. Visit Vox.com for our ongoing coverage.

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