Explainers

Military Coalitions, Explained

Why the United States engages in them, what their advantages are, and what their disadvantages are.

Joe Biden’s Student Debt Cancellation, Explained

Although the Supreme Court blocked one of the president’s debt cancellation plans, his administration has forgiven billions via other policies.

How Sports Are Shaping the Future of Streaming, Explained 

A newly announced merger could radically change the streaming landscape.

NATO’s Funding, Explained

How much do NATO members contribute to the alliance?

How Much Immigration Power Does Joe Biden Have?

A complex landscape of authorities and constraints limits what presidents can do without Congress.

E. Jean Carroll’s $83 Million Verdict, Explained

How likely is the verdict to stand?

Sore Loser Laws, Explained

Forty-seven states impose restrictions on political candidates who lost a primary election, but how they would apply in a presidential election is not always clear.

The United Nations’ Palestinian Refugee Agency, Explained

The revelation that U.N. staff members participated in October 7 is the latest in a string of controversies.

How the Military Plans Joint Operations, Explained

Long-established procedures guide virtually every military operation carried out today.

Joe Biden and Greg Abbott’s Fight Over the Texas Border, Explained

Who has the authority to do what at the U.S.-Mexico border?

Recent Attempts to Lower the Cost of Prescription Drugs, Explained

Federal and state governments, along with private enterprises, are all trying to deliver prescriptions at lower prices to consumers.

South Africa’s International Court of Justice Claims Against Israel, Explained

The United Nations arm will weigh in on claims of genocide.

The Recently Unsealed Jeffrey Epstein Documents, Explained

Documents made public last month reveal new details in ongoing Epstein cases.

A New Legal Challenge to the Administrative State, Explained

The Supreme Court hears arguments in two fishing cases that could limit rule-making powers of federal bureaucracies.

The Secretary of Defense and the Chain of Command, Explained

The Pentagon inspector general is investigating after Lloyd Austin’s recent hospitalization.

Ohio’s Battle Over Gender Procedures, Explained

The Ohio governor placed new limits on gender-related surgical procedures after choosing not to pursue more restrictive bans.