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  1. covid-19
    What to Know About COVID Breakthrough InfectionsThere have been isolated reports of new cases among fully vaccinated people, prompting confusion and alarm. Here’s what’s going on.
  2. covid-19
    The Mask-Mandate Debate Is Back. Here’s What to Know.Amid the Delta-fueled wave of U.S. COVID cases, universal mask mandates are back on the table and as politically fraught as ever.
  3. explainer
    What We Know About the Dangerous Delta VariantThe more transmissible COVID strain now accounts for an estimated 83 percent of new cases in the U.S.
  4. extreme weather
    Scenes of Devastation After Deadly Floods in Germany and BelgiumAt least 188 people are dead and hundreds still missing. Over the weekend, more flash floods struck other parts of Germany and Austria.
  5. covid-19
    Biden: Facebook Is ‘Killing People’ With Vaccine MisinformationWhile the White House works to pressure Facebook and other platforms to fight vaccine misinformation, the president blamed them for new COVID deaths.
  6. rip
    Hip-Hop Pioneer Biz Markie Dead at 57The rapper, producer, actor, and renowned beatboxer was known as the “Clown Prince of Hip-Hop.”
  7. liveblog
    Virgin Galactic, Richard Branson Go to Space: UpdatesThe nearly 71-year-old billionaire and a group of test pilots plan to make a brief journey to the stars on Sunday.
  8. gallery
    Charlottesville Finally Removes Confederate Statues: Photos and VideosFour years after the deadly Unite the Right rally, the city has at last finished the job.
  9. politics
    Biden Fires Trump-Appointed Social Security CommissionerAndrew Saul, who was fired after refusing to resign on Friday, says he’ll challenge the legality of the move.
  10. the truth is in here
    Pentagon Releases UFO Report: Here’s What We KnowA guide to the government’s unclassified report on unidentified flying objects, which was released on Friday.
  11. war in afghanistan
    U.S. Leaves Bagram Airfield, Withdrawal From Afghanistan Nearly FinishedThe epicenter of America’s war effort in the country has been evacuated and handed over to Afghan forces.
  12. politics
    The New York City Board of Elections Wins at Screwing UpA non-exhaustive list of scandals before Tuesday’s botched mayoral results.
  13. international affairs
    U.S. Air Strikes Target Iran-Backed Militias in Syria and IraqThe Pentagon said Biden ordered the strikes in retaliation for recent drone attacks on U.S. personnel by Iran-backed militias.
  14. 2021 mayoral race
    Eric Adams Volunteer Stabbed in the BronxHe was reportedly stabbed multiple times while canvassing for Adams, but survived. The motive for the attack is not yet clear.
  15. 2021 mayoral race
    Garcia Is Taking Yang’s Help, But Not Returning ItThe mayoral candidates may be campaigning together, but only Yang has cross-endorsed, and Garcia says she just wants his “number twos.”
  16. department of justice
    Trump DOJ’s Secret Subpoenas and Data Seizures: What We KnowThe Trump Justice Department went to unprecedented lengths to hunt down leakers, seizing records from reporters, Democrats, and a White House counsel.
  17. international affairs
    Netanyahu Ousted As Prime Minister of IsraelNaftali Bennett has been sworn in as the country’s new leader, ending Netanyahu’s 12-year reign, but the new governing coalition remains fragile.
  18. covid vaccines
    Johnson & Johnson Must Toss 60 Million Vaccine Doses Made at Troubled PlantOnly ten million J&J doses produced by Emergent BioSolutions’ Baltimore facility have been cleared for use.
  19. 2021 mayoral race
    AOC and Elizabeth Warren Back Maya Wiley in New York City Mayoral RaceHow much of an impact the big endorsements could have for Wiley, who has struggled to consolidate support from the city’s left, remains to be seen.
  20. straight pants news
    Trump Successfully Wore Pants Correctly at Rally: ReportThere’s a lot of stuff the former president can’t seem to keep straight, but that doesn’t include his pants.
  21. politics
    Manchin Says He’ll Oppose For the People ActDemocrats’ would-be landmark voting-rights legislation now officially appears to be dead on arrival.
  22. politics
    Second Woman Accuses Scott Stringer of Sexual MisconductTeresa Logan alleges that the mayoral candidate groped her while she worked for him at an Upper West Side bar in the early 1990s.
  23. international affairs
    China Will Allow Married Couples to Have 3 ChildrenThe country is facing a significant demographic crisis, but most experts are skeptical that boosting the child limit again will reverse the trend.
  24. voting rights
    Texas Democrats Block Voting Restrictions Bill, For NowThe GOP-led bill bans drive-thru voting, caps poll hours, and adds new rules for mail-in ballots, among other measures to limit voting access.
  25. covid-19
    Biden Joins the COVID Lab-Leak-Theory DebateThe president says that U.S. intelligence is considering the theory and he wants them to push harder to answer where the coronavirus originated.
  26. explainer
    European Union to Ban Its Airlines From Belarus Airspace After Ryanair DiversionOn Monday, a video also appeared of dissident Roman Protasevich in custody, which his allies claim was recorded under duress.
  27. covid-19
    A COVID Wave May Be the Next Disaster to Strike GazaJust 2 percent of Gazans are fully vaccinated, the health system is crippled, and COVID-19 might have been spreading in the bomb shelters.
  28. covid-19
    WHO: Pandemic Deaths Two to Three Times Higher Than Official TotalThe organization’s data scientists estimate as many as 6 to 8 million people have already died.
  29. explainer
    What We Know About the Colonial Pipeline ShutdownThe pipeline is now flowing as of 5 p.m. on Wednesday, though the company says it will take several days for supply to return to normal.
  30. covid-19
    The COVID Lab-Leak Hypothesis Just Got a Big Credibility BoostA group of experts published an open letter in Science calling for a new investigation into the origins of the coronavirus.
  31. explainer
    What to Know About the Cuomo Investigations and Possible ImpeachmentThough he’s the subject of multiple investigations, Governor Cuomo said he’s not resigning and insists, “I did nothing wrong, period.”
  32. dogecoin
    Dogecoin Survives Musk’s SNL Jokes, Will Fund Moon MissionIt’s been another wacky 48 hours for the internet’s favorite meme/joke crypto, which is not supposed to be worth anything but somehow is.
  33. death from above
    Congratulations, You Weren’t Crushed by Space Debris TodayThat enormous Chinese space rocket has finished its uncontrolled fall back to earth.
  34. rip
    The Obama Family’s First Dog, Bo, Has DiedThe Obamas’ beloved Portuguese water dog, who became a White House celebrity in his own right, was 12.
  35. covid-19
    Have Over 343,000 More Americans Died From COVID?A new analysis suggests COVID has killed far more people than the CDC estimates, as well as twice as many globally, but some experts are skeptical.
  36. dogecoin
    Dogecoin Is Surging Again, and for Some Actual ReasonsTwo more trading exchanges have embraced the crypto, Elon “Dogefather” Musk is about to host SNL, and there’s some seller’s remorse too.
  37. covid-19
    FDA Set to Authorize Pfizer COVID Vaccine for Adolescents: ReportKids aged 12-15 could be able to start getting the shot next week.
  38. india
    India Sees 400,000 New Cases in a Day: COVID-Crisis UpdatesThere’s still no end in sight.
  39. politics
    Biden Cancels Military-Funded Construction of Border WallThe DHS also says it will repair flood levees and soil erosion caused by Trump’s wall-construction efforts.
  40. cat politics
    White House Cat Imminent, Bidens SayDespite a White House official warning that the cat will “break the internet,” the First Family is moving forward with the additional pet.
  41. poll roundup
    Biden Has Modest Approval From Americans Ahead of 100-Day MarkBut his pandemic response enjoys solid popularity, and the public appears to like the post-Trump return to presidential normalcy.
  42. covid-19
    U.S. Resumes Use of Johnson & Johnson COVID VaccineThe FDA and CDC have lifted their pause of the one-shot vaccine after an extensive safety review regarding a very rare blood clot risk.
  43. roundup
    All U.S. Adults Can Get the COVID Vaccine. Now What?The country’s vaccine rollout has hit a major milestone, but expanding access and increasing demand in the next phase won’t be easy.
  44. immigration
    Biden Keeps Trump’s Record-Low Refugee-Admissions Cap, Breaking PledgeFollowing backlash over the reversal, the White House later signaled it would still raise the cap this fiscal year, but not as high as it had pledged.
  45. covid vaccines
    How Experts Are Reacting to the Johnson & Johnson Vaccine PauseMost stressed that federal regulators were right to be cautious despite the long odds of serious side effects.
  46. white house
    Major Biden Being Sent Away for ‘Off-Site Private Training’The extra professional help, which follows a pair of biting incidents at the White House, will apparently last a few weeks.
  47. roundup
    Trump Reprises Mythomania Grievance Routine for GOP DonorsThe Florida man called Mitch McConnell a “dumb son of a bitch” at an RNC event on Saturday, but otherwise had little to add but nauseam.
  48. politics
    Supreme Court Again Sides With Worshippers Over Public-Health OrdersThe Court’s conservative majority ruled that California’s pandemic restrictions on at-home gatherings could not apply to religious activity.
  49. covid vaccines
    J&J Takes Over Plant Where Contractor Error Led to Loss of 15M Vaccine DosesNew reports detail past batches of discarded vaccines and doubts that Johnson & Johnson can correct the course at the plant in Baltimore.
  50. new york
    Recreational Marijuana Is Now Legal in New YorkCuomo signed the bill into law on Wednesday, making New York the 15th state in the U.S. to legalize recreational marijuana.
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