Who Was Our Man Boris Johnson? 

Andy Cush · 07/01/16 01:35PM

This week, British Conservative Party politician and Brexit cheerleader Boris Johnson saw his chances of becoming the UK prime minister torpedoed when his ally Michael Gove announced he would also run for the seat. Boris quickly ducked out of the campaign, possibly ending his political career forever. But what a political career it was.

Here's a UK Explainer for Anyone—Anyone at All—Who's Confused About What Brexit Means

Andy Cush · 06/24/16 11:15AM

Let’s say you’re an American who woke this morning to the news that the people of the United Kingdom voted in favor of their nation leaving the European Union, and you’re unsure about what that means. Let’s say, hypothetically speaking, that you happened to be abroad, in a country within the UK, when the news came in. All the Britons around you seemed to understand what was going on perfectly, and you felt like the odd man out. You wondered: What does England have to do with Wales? Why no Southern Ireland? Is that a boy wearing a skirt?

You Don't Have the Range

Tom Scocca · 06/22/16 11:25AM

Late yesterday morning, a funny thing was published on the Internet. It was a series of posts by whoever has the user account @KingBeyonceStan, built around a recurring motif or punchline:

How Is It Possible To Be HIV Positive and "Absolutely Healthy"?

Rich Juzwiak · 11/19/15 12:45PM

When Charlie Sheen announced earlier this week on the Today show that he is HIV positive, he added that through antiretroviral treatment, his viral load is now undetectable. “My medical team could only shake their heads as each and every blood test returned levels revealing a state of remission,” he wrote. In going public with his status, Sheen introduced the country at large to the emerging reality of what it means to be HIV positive in 2015.

King V. Burwell: The Supreme Court Case That Could Destroy Obamacare

Scott Lemieux · 03/04/15 11:45AM

Right now, the Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments in the latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act cooked up by radical libertarians. If the challenge wins, the results would be catastrophic: a majority of the state's health care markets would be turned into chaos, with plenty of needless suffering and death as a result. Why is such a horrible result possible? Let me try to explain.

An Idiot's Guide to the State of the Union

Hamilton Nolan · 01/20/15 12:55PM

This is not one of those general explainers to an upcoming event cheekily labeled "Idiot's Guide." This is, rather, a guide to Barack Obama's State of the Union speech, written by an idiot.

The Non Sports Fan's Guide to the Abuse Scandal Engulfing the NFL

Jordan Sargent · 09/11/14 03:25PM

Even as Barack Obama all but declares war on militants in Iraq, the biggest story in America is the scandal enveloping the National Football League. But for sports fans, this story has been lengthy and complicated, with new information nullifying what we thought we knew. Here, for the still uninitiated, is the story that could undermine our country's biggest sport.

What Is Scotland? An American Guide to the Scottish Independence Vote

Dayna Evans · 09/11/14 12:40PM

Scotland has been a part of the United Kingdom for over 300 years. By the end of the year, that could drastically change. A week from today, all Scots over the age of 16 will have a chance to vote on a very simple question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?" What does this mean? Allow us to explain.

The Deadliest-Ever Ebola Outbreak: How It Started, and What's Next

Andy Cush · 08/01/14 11:20AM

Over the last several months, the deadliest-ever outbreak of the Ebola virus has torn through West Africa, claiming hundreds of lives and leaving hundreds more infected. If you're just catching up with the news, here's some of what we know about the disease, its spread, and how it might be stopped.