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Words matter. They’re critical tools for debate, inspiration, and understanding. We take them seriously at Medium. We know you take them seriously, too — 200 million words were published in January, Medium’s biggest month in history. Driving that growth are people well-known and unknown, sharing their insight into what’s happening in American politics and the world at-large. Your posts reveal that substance, candor, and credibility more than ever, from people who can deepen our perspectives and challenge our biases, are paramount.

To get you started, here are five top important topics rounded-up from January:

1. The travel ban for refugees and immigrants

Donald Trump issued a flurry of…

1. Hillary Clinton says “thank you” to her supporters and urges them not to give up and grow weary.

2. Elizabeth Warren declares she will work with President-elect Trump if he wants to help middle-class families, but she and Democrats will fight bigotry and work to protect Americans’ human rights.

3. Senator Jeff Flake shares his thoughts on election day, promising to sustain and support whomever his new president is.

4. In his successful race for Missouri governor, Eric Greitens hits back on his record of military service.

5. Senator-elect Kamala Harris thanks her supporters for their help in winning…

1. Senator Tim Kaine shares a story on Labor Day about his experience growing up and working in his father’s ironworking shop in Kansas City. He also details a plan to address the mental health crisis.

2. Senator Pat Toomey and former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge make the case for maintaining U.S. sanctions against Iran and put a fine point on their grievances with the Iran Deal.

3. President Barack Obama joins Chinese President Xi Jinping in Hangzhou to sign the Paris Agreement, citing it as “the most ambitious climate change agreement in history,” while Ambassador Susan Rice…

President Obama visits Yellowstone National Park. (From White House photo essay by Pete Souza)

1. In celebration of the 100th birthday of the National Parks Service, The White House photographer Pete Souza shares a photo essay of the President’s memorable visits to national parks.

2. Sen. Chuck Grassley answers a few questions regarding his review into the EpiPen pricing hike.

3. In a four-part series, the U.S. Dept. of Education shares the story of 17-year-old Justin Mesteth, who recently started his first week at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, and the adults who helped raised him on Pine Ridge Reservation.

4. Rep. Gus Bilirakis calls for a “simpler, fairer and flatter” tax code that will…

1. Gov. Gary Johnson makes the case for his candidacy, talking to voters “who want a candidate to vote for — not just someone to vote against.”

2. Hillary Clinton writes to young people who are undocumented, encourages them to apply for DACA benefits, and says she plans to introduce immigration reform in her first 100 days in office.

3. Rep. John Shimkus writes about the importance of the NATO alliance and how it has preserved freedom and security for countries around the world.

4. United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro writes about expanding the nation’s…

The last two weeks in politics on Medium

1. Hillary Clinton announces her vice presidential pick and shares why she chose Tim Kaine. Senator Tim Kaine responds and introduces himself to the world.

2.The second half of July brought us the GOP Convention and the DemConvention, with tons of speeches and plenty of red, white and blue. The RNC published all the speeches from Cleveland here, and the DNC shared most of their speeches in their publication here.

3.Meanwhile, Libertarian presidential candidate Gov. …

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