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    What Is Going on With America’s COVID Booster Plan?The Biden administration wants to reboot the U.S. booster drive with reformulated vaccines this fall. Here’s what we know.
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    Trump’s Long Campaign to Steal the Presidency: A TimelineThe insurrection wasn’t a one-day event. It was the culmination of a multifaceted, yearslong plot — and it isn’t over.
  3. covid-19
    When Will Young Kids Be Able to Get the COVID Vaccine?The FDA has authorized emergency use of Moderna and Pfizer vaccines for children under 5.
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    What We Know About All the Omicron Subvariants, Including BA.2.12.1BA.2.12.1 is now the dominant COVID strain in the U.S. and is driving another wave of cases.
  5. war
    The Horrors Emerging From Russian-Occupied Territory in UkraineIt’s not just Bucha. Reports of war atrocities targeting civilians continue to surface from across the country.
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    What We Know About Second COVID Booster ShotsAmericans over 50 are now eligible for an extra dose of COVID-19 vaccine. But experts are still debating who should get one.
  7. covid-19
    How to Get Free N95 Masks From the GovernmentThe Biden administration is distributing 400 million free N95 masks through pharmacies and health centers. Here’s what we know about the program.
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    Prince Andrew Settles Sex Abuse Suit With Virginia GiuffreWeeks before he was to be deposed, the prince settled for an undisclosed amount of money in addition to a donation to a victims rights’ charity.
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    What We Know About the Texas Synagogue Hostage StandoffRabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker said Monday that he and two other hostages were able to escape after he threw a chair at their captor.
  10. covid-19
    What We Know About Omicron in New YorkThe city and state continue to put up eye-popping case numbers.
  11. covid-19
    What We Do and Don’t Know About the Omicron VariantThe variant is now the most common strain in the U.S. and appears well on its way to becoming dominant worldwide.
  12. covid-19
    What to Know About the New COVID-19 Antiviral PillsThe FDA has issued an emergency use authorization for the Pfizer treatment, which will be available by the end of the year.
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    What Is Congress Even Doing Right Now? A Brief Guide.Congress is tangled in interlocking bills and delayed crises. Here’s the real status and deadline on reconciliation, the debt ceiling, and the rest.
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    What to Know About Booster Shots, NowCountless Americans are now eligible for a booster dose of any of the three U.S.-authorized COVID vaccines.
  15. foreign interests
    Ethiopia’s Crisis Shows No Sign of AbatingThe widening conflict between government forces and rebels in the Tigray region has prompted a humanitarian disaster and allegations of genocide.
  16. covid-19
    New Documents Detail How Trump White House Interfered in CDC’s COVID ResponseEmails and transcripts released by congressional investigators reveal more about Trump administration efforts to influence and muzzle CDC scientists.
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    Let’s Get to Know Space Force, Trump’s Most Misunderstood CreationDespite Trump’s misleading hype and the constant sci-fi jokes, the newest military branch has a serious mission (though it’s still a bit funny).
  18. covid-19
    What to Know About the COVID Vaccine for KidsAppointments to get Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine for children who are 5 to 11 should be widely available within days.
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    Who Is Ron Watkins, the QAnon Celebrity Running for Congress?Everything you need to know about why people think Watkins is Q, his campaign to unseat an Arizona congressman, and whether he actually has a shot.
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    The Havana Syndrome Mystery and How the U.S. Plans to Solve ItState officials have complained about not being taken seriously, as a declassified report says the symptoms weren’t caused by microwave weapons.
  21. mint the coin
    How Biden Could End the Debt-Ceiling Crisis by ‘Minting the Coin’The president could bail the United States out of debt default by ordering the creation of a $1 trillion platinum coin. Really.
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    Why Trump’s Election-Audit Circus Just Won’t EndA guide to Arizona’s sloppy recount, why other Republican-led states are following suit, and what “audit” proponents are really after.
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    Will America Finally Get National Paid Family Leave?What to expect when you’re expecting the U.S. Congress to pass a paid family-leave law in 2021.
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    What Is China Doing to the Uighurs in Xinjiang?Beijing claims it’s merely fighting extremism. But it’s been accused of committing atrocities against the Muslim minority group, including genocide.
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    What’s Driving the Surge in Ransomware Attacks?From gas to meat, hackers keep disrupting large sectors of the economy. Here’s why the attacks are getting easier and what’s being done to stop them.
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    Why Pandemic Unemployment Benefits (Probably) Won’t Be ExtendedDelta is extending the pandemic, but Congress isn’t extending UI. Here’s what the expiration of enhanced benefits means for workers and the economy.
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    The Supreme Court’s Radical Texas Abortion Law Ruling & What Comes NextA guide to the Texas abortion ban’s “vigilante” enforcement system, the Supreme Court’s shocking response, and the coming flood of legal battles.
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    Yes, Gavin Newsom Could Lose the California Recall to a RepublicanHow voter complacency, GOP enthusiasm, and Democrats’ risky messaging could hand the California governorship to the GOP in September.
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    Why Pelosi and Moderate Democrats Are in a Standoff Over Biden’s AgendaPelosi will try to pick off enough moderate rebels to get a budget resolution passed, but she may have to cut deals and shift her timetable.
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    The Latest Bizarre Twists in the Robert Durst Murder TrialSix years later, the subject of The Jinx is finally on trial for Susan Berman’s murder. Unsurprisingly, the proceedings have been far from normal.
  31. student debt
    Has Biden Abandoned Wide-Scale Student-Loan Forgiveness?While Biden officially supports forgiving $10,000 of every borrower’s student debt, he appears more inclined to expand existing debt-relief programs.
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    Why Afghanistan’s Security Forces Suddenly CollapsedThe Taliban’s shockingly fast and easy takeover wasn’t just because Afghan soldiers and police weren’t willing to fight.
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    Why Pope Francis Is Cracking Down on the Latin Mass and Angering TraditionalistsIn a break with his predecessor, Pope Francis is reimposing restrictions on the service used before the ’60s reforms — and risking a Catholic divide.
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    What to Know About Cuomo’s Successor, Kathy HochulThe upstate Democratic road warrior has built deep relationships with lawmakers statewide and will now be New York’s first female leader.
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    After Cuomo Resigns, What Happens Next?Here’s what Cuomo’s resignation means for the impeachment process, various other investigations into his alleged misconduct, and his political future.
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    What We Know About the Dangerous Delta VariantThe more transmissible COVID strain now accounts for an estimated 93 percent of new cases in the U.S.
  37. covid-19
    Universal Face-Mask Mandates Are Back. Here’s What to Know.Amid the Delta wave, the CDC is once again recommending indoor mask mandates, including in all schools. But the debate remains politically fraught.
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    Why Congress Is Fighting Over the Debt Ceiling Yet AgainA brief guide to the perennial issue. Why Democrats will probably have to include an increase in their budget bill — and what happens if they don’t.
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    What to Know About the Cuomo Investigations and Possible ImpeachmentThe governor is still the subject of multiple state and federal investigations. Here’s where the probes stand, and how impeachment could play out.
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    What Happens Now That the Eviction Moratorium Has Expired?As many as 11 million Americans could be vulnerable to eviction, as billions of dollars in federal aid for renters remains unused.
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    Everything You Need to Know About the 2021 Child Tax CreditA guide to when parents can access their monthly benefits, why it may be wise to opt out, and how the program could become permanent.
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    There’s a Vaccine for Lyme Disease. So Why Can’t We Get It?It’s yet another frustrating aspect of this mysterious disease.
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    How the GOP’s Long War on the IRS Threatens the Infrastructure DealThe bipartisan deal is financed by ramped-up tax enforcement. But for decades, Republicans have been devoted to defunding and demonizing the IRS.
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    When Can I Buy a Ticket to Space? A Guide for Non-Billionaires.Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson will soon go where few tourists have gone before. Here are the costs, the risks, and when the rest of us can join them.
  45. 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.
  46. the economy
    The Case for (and Against) Worrying About InflationRising prices could be a sign of impending crisis — or just the birth pains of a post-COVID boom.
  47. 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.
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    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.
  49. vaccination
    What to Know About the Johnson & Johnson Vaccine PauseThe FDA and CDC recommended a temporary pause in use of the vaccine while they probe several cases of recipients experiencing severe blood clots.
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    Can Marjorie Taylor Greene Be Expelled From Congress?If Republicans go along, Greene could be booted from the House for her violence-boosting behavior. Short of that, it’s up to her constituents.
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