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The indictment of President Donald Trump in Florida on Thursday has raised interesting questions about legal precedents and the historic nature of the charges. Here are a few of our recently published stories:

America has a housing problem. This week I traveled to Washington, D.C., for two journalism conferences and saw people living in tents on the sidewalk, a common sight in many of the nation’s cities. In addition to the unhoused, many working Americans have been priced out of the housing market.

Jeffrey Kruth and Murali Paranandi are professors of architecture at Miami University who study how cities change over time and how certain building trends become commonplace. What’s common in America now are single-family homes, because it is illegal to build anything else on 75% of residential land in our cities, they write.

Their piece explores accessory dwelling units, or ADUs, a “nimble” type of housing that’s cheaper to build, heat and cool and that could help put a roof over more Americans’ heads.

Later this week we’ll bring you stories about how the U.S. death rate compares with that in other high-income countries, how TV shows are portraying abortion in post-Dobbs America and more analysis of the federal government's case against former President Trump.

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Readers' picks

An AI-driven political campaign could be all things to all people. Eric Smalley, TCUS; Biodiversity Heritage Library/Flickr; Taymaz Valley/Flickr

How AI could take over elections – and undermine democracy

Archon Fung, Harvard Kennedy School; Lawrence Lessig, Harvard University

Artificial intelligence looks like a political campaign manager’s dream because it could tune its persuasion efforts to millions of people individually – but it could be a nightmare for democracy.

Editors' picks

A newly built accessory dwelling unit in Los Angeles. Alisha Jucevic/The Washington Post via Getty Images

How building more backyard homes, granny flats and in-law suites can help alleviate the housing crisis

Jeff Kruth, Miami University; Murali Paranandi, Miami University

Though accessory dwelling units have been around for centuries, a recent survey found that 71% of Americans were unfamiliar with the concept.

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