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This year at Pacific Standard we published over 2,900 articles, covering the daily news—the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh, the straw bans that swept the nation—and the stories that have gestated for years on issues such as toxic waters and animal extinction.

As our list of the 20 most-read stories we published this year shows, Pacific Standard readers have an appetite both for longform investigations and quick round-ups of cutting-edge studies; historical analysis and personal histories; examinations of familiar political operators and extremist groups.

Whatever your interests and reading habits, there's sure to be something here for you.