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Vox Card Stacks: How Useful, and in What Contexts?

Is this, in fact, true? How true is this? How useful are these things?

Ezra Klein, Melissa Bell, Matt Yglesias: Announcing embeddable card stacks: "When we launched, we launched it with... the card stack... attempt to solve a problem we believe bedevils the news: we're good at telling readers what just happened, but we're not always so good at giving them the crucial background information... put[ting] the latest story in its proper context. The goal... was to create a library of continually updated guides to the big, ongoing stories.... As they have existed for the past 12 months, the card stacks have been a very useful addition to our site...

Ezra Klein: "The Export-Import Bank is an 80-year-old government agency that subsidizes US exports in a big way — it authorized almost $27 billion in export support in 2013. But despite a long history of bipartisan support and strong backing from the business community, it has become a major target for tea party and conservative activists who see it as an example of crony capitalism, and on June 30th, Congress failed to renew its charter and the agency shut its doors. The question now is whether Congress revives it in the coming months."

Sarah Kliff:

"The individual mandate is the least popular and most controversial part of Obamacare — and it's a policy that's absolutely necessary to making the health reform law work."

Danielle Kurtzleben:

German Lopez: "In 2014, the South had mostly rejected Obamacare, and an April 2014 report from the Kaiser Family Foundation suggested the region could get the most out of the health-care law's marketplaces and Medicaid expansion."

Dylan Matthews: "33,636 Americans died of injuries caused by guns in 2013. Here's what we know about what's behind that problem, and about the effects of guns on society more broadly."

"Here's where tuition is growing the fastest, and why."

"In 2014, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) released one of the most prominent Republican statements on poverty to date. Here's what he proposed."

Brad Plumer:

Andrew Prokop: "Across the country, states fought over whether to except Obamacare's expansion of the program for low-income Americans."

Evan Soltas:

Matthew Yglesias: