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Brooklyn Center Police Chief And Officer Who Shot Daunte Wright Resign

The resignations of Kim Potter, who fired her gun at Wright, and Chief Tim Gannon come after the city council passed a resolution calling for them to be relieved of duty.

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Fewer Than Half Of U.S. Adults Belong To A Religious Congregation, New Poll Shows

For the first time since Gallup began asking the question in 1937, fewer than half of U.S. adults interviewed said they belonged to a church, synagogue or mosque. That figure is down from 70% in 2000.

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WHO Points To Wildlife Farms In Southern China As Likely Source Of Pandemic

Peter Daszak of the investigative team sent to Wuhan says the farms were probably where the coronavirus first jumped from bats to another animal before infecting humans.

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Asian Americans Experience 'Far More' Hate Incidents Than Numbers Indicate

Racially motivated attacks against Asian Americans have been on the rise since the start of the pandemic, but a Los Angeles-based civil rights group says the actual numbers are even higher.

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Black Farmers Have Long Faced Discrimination. New Aid Aims To Right Past Wrongs

Generations of systemic discrimination have decimated the number of Black farmers in the U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack talked with NPR about new funding for debt relief.

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'Life-Changing' Stimulus Checks Begin Rolling Out

Within days of President Biden signing the stimulus bill into law, many Americans have been delighted to see bank accounts showing $1,400 deposits already pending.

Politics | Politics

NPR says “no” to guilt-free world music. | City Journal

For the woke, every silver cloud has a dark lining. Take the recent interview of music historian Jonathan Ward by Ari Shapiro on NPR’s All Things Considered.

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Some Faith Leaders Call Equality Act Devastating; For Others, It's God's Will

Some religious groups fear the Equality Act could undermine the freedom to exercise traditional faith beliefs. Other denominations say anti-LGBTQ discrimination cannot be tolerated.

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Iowa Reporter Found Not Guilty By Jury After Arrest At Black Lives Matter Protest

Des Moines Register reporter Andrea Sahouri was arrested by police as she was covering a Black Lives Matter protest. She was charged with failing to disperse and interfering with official acts.

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Derek Chauvin, Charged With George Floyd's Death, May Face Additional Murder Charge

The former Minneapolis police officer is to be tried on charges of second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter starting next week. A charge of third-degree murder had been dismissed earlier.

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Antifa Didn't Storm The Capitol. Just Ask The Rioters.

Many charged in the Capitol riot mentioned antifa in relation to the attack, describing the anti-fascist movement as an enemy and refuting the baseless claim that Trump supporters weren't involved.

Politics | Politics

'More Dangerous And More Widespread': Conspiracy Theories Spread Faster Than Ever

While false conspiracies aren't new, experts say their reach is spreading – accelerated by social media, encouraged by former President Trump, and weaponized in a way that is unprecedented.

Politics | Politics

Disinformation Fuels Distrust And Even Violence At All Levels Of Government

Political scientists say growing acceptance of unfounded conspiracy theories is fueling disengagement and distrust in democratic institutions, an effect that is trickling down to local politics.

Politics | Politics

Why Republicans Are Moving To Fix Elections That Weren't Broken

GOP-led legislatures in dozens of states are moving to change election laws in ways that could make it harder to vote, by for example, reducing early voting days or limiting access to voting by mail.

Miscellaneous | Interesting stories

A Chapter In U.S. History Often Ignored: The Flight Of Runaway Slaves To Mexico

As the U.S. Treasury considers putting Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill to honor her role in the northbound underground railroad, there is new attention to the often-overlooked southbound route.

Miscellaneous | Interesting stories

'Black Moses' Lives On: How Marcus Garvey's Vision Still Resonates : Throughline

Decades before Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, Marcus Garvey attracted millions with a simple, uncompromising message: Black people deserved nothing less than everything, and if that couldn't happen in the United States, they should return to Af

Entertainment | Culture/Art

Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Beat Poet And Small Press Publisher, Dies At 101

In 1956, Ferlinghetti published the first edition of Allen Ginsberg's Howl. According to one critic, his greatest accomplishments were fighting censorship and starting a small press revolution.

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Dominion Voting Systems Files Defamation Lawsuit Against MyPillow, CEO Mike Lindell

Dominion is seeking damages of $1.3 billion. According to the complaint, Lindell knowingly spread disinformation that Dominion's voting systems rigged the 2020 presidential election.

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Disinformation Fuels A White Evangelical Movement. It Led 1 Virginia Pastor To Quit

Some evangelical circles have incubated and spread conspiracy theories for years. It's part of a movement called Christian nationalism that researchers call a threat to American democracy.

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Ocasio-Cortez Fundraising Drive For Texas Relief Raises $4 Million

What began as a call for donations to help Texas residents hurt by the storm grew into millions of dollars that will go to several local charities. Ocasio-Cortez visited a Houston food bank Saturday.

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The Capitol Siege: The Arrested And Their Stories

More than 250 people have been charged in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. NPR is looking at the cases. Each provides clues to questions surrounding the attack: Who joined the mob? What did they do? And why?

Politics | Politics

When Republicans Attack 'Cancel Culture,' What Does It Mean?

"Cancel culture" attacks are everywhere among Republicans: Marjorie Taylor Greene's defenders say the left is canceling her. Others claim they're being canceled for not standing by Donald Trump.

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Aunt Jemima No More; Pancake Brand Renamed Pearl Milling Company

Aunt Jemima and other food brands, such as Uncle Ben's, announced a redesign following protests against systemic racism and police brutality in the U.S. last summer.

Politics | Politics

McConnell Slams Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene Conspiracies As 'Loony Lies'

The freshman congresswoman is facing blowback from Democrats and within her own party for her extreme, baseless theories surrounding American politics.

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Militant Christian Nationalists Remain A Potent Force, Even After The Capitol Riot

The conviction of some Christians that God has a particular plan for America gave extra potency to efforts in support of Trump's attempts to overturn his election defeat.

Miscellaneous | Opinion

Macho Politics Defined Trump's Presidency, Culminating With Capitol Riot

Amid all the chaos of the Trump presidency, he has been consistent in his fixation on emphasizing and protecting his own manhood. Rioters at the Capitol reflected that attitude on Jan. 6.

Miscellaneous | Opinion

How Police Handled Pro-Trump Mob Compared With Protesters For Black Racial Justice

The way police handled Wednesday's onslaught showed that "some people are ... given certain kinds of leeway or space, and other people are not," says African American studies professor Eddie Glaude.

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Where Was Security When A Pro-Trump Mob Stormed The Capitol?

Armed with pro-Trump banners, the rioters far outnumbered and swiftly overwhelmed the Capitol Police as they charged up the steps, smashed windows, broke into the Senate chamber and occupied offices.

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U.S. Capitol In Chaos As Trump Supporters Breach Building

The Capitol was engulfed in chaos, as supporters of President Trump, responding to his call to head there, breached the complex, resulting in violence in the seat of America's federal government.

Politics | Politics

Even If It's 'Bonkers,' Poll Finds Many Believe QAnon And Other Conspiracy Theories

Misinformation about the election and the coronavirus is also gaining a foothold in American society, according to a new NPR/Ipsos poll.

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Louisville Police To Fire Two More Officers Involved In Death Of Breonna Taylor

One officer wasn't at the raid but applied for the search warrant with misleading information. The move comes months after the department fired another detective.

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Columbus, Ohio, Officer Who Shot And Killed Andre Hill Is Fired

"This is what accountability looks like," Police Chief Tom Quinlan said Monday. "Mr. [Adam] Coy will now have to answer to the state investigators for the death of Andre Hill."

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'Toxic Individualism': Pandemic Politics Driving Health Care Workers From Small Towns

A wave of departing medical professionals in rural areas threatens to leave gaping holes in these health care systems and local economies, triggering a death spiral that may be hard to stop.

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'It's So Much Worse Than Before.' Dread And Despair Haunt Nurses Inside LA's ICUs

As hospitals struggle with the patient surge in Los Angeles County, their ICU nurses are overwhelmed by the physical demands and emotional toll of caring for the most seriously ill COVID-19 patients.

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A Rural School Under Pressure To Stay Open: 'People Are Just ... Rough And Tough'

Despite alarming rises in COVID-19 cases and deaths in rural America, some schools are under pressure to stay open for in-person learning while resisting requiring masks and other measures.

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Ex-Houston Police Officer Charged In Attack Over Bogus Election Fraud Plot

Former police captain Mark Anthony Aguirre was paid $266,400 by the right-wing Liberty Center for God and Country to investigate an alleged ballot fraud scheme in Harris County, Texas.

Politics | Politics

Right-Wing Embrace Of Conspiracy Is 'Mass Radicalization,' Experts Warn

Terrorism analysts warn that the country's polarization isn't just damaging to U.S. politics — it's a national security threat.

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Fauci Predicts U.S. Could See Signs Of Herd Immunity By Late March Or Early April

Dr. Fauci said once the vaccine becomes widely available, if by "April, May, June, July, we get as many people vaccinated as possible, we could really turn this thing around" by the end of 2021.

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What We Know About Russia's Latest Alleged Hack Of The U.S. Government

The list of affected agencies is growing by the day. The full extent of the damage is still not clear, and U.S. authorities have provided few details.

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Electoral College Affirms Biden Victory As Trump Continues Baseless Challenges

Supporters of President-elect Joe Biden hope the milestone will end President Trump's false allegations of widespread fraud and unsuccessful attempts to overturn the results — but that is unlikely.

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Idaho Anne Frank Memorial Defaced With Nazi Propaganda

Nine stickers with swastikas were placed on the memorial in downtown Boise sometime between Monday evening and Tuesday morning. One of the stickers read, "We are everywhere."

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Nearly 85% Of California Residents To Be Under Stay-At-Home Orders Through Christmas

State officials announced on Saturday that they will bring back sweeping new restrictions as coronavirus cases continue to climb and ICU capacity dwindles.

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Public Health Workers In Kansas Walk Away Over Pressure From Pandemic Politics

Across the country, they are quitting and the exodus is particularly pronounced in rural Kansas where opposition to mask mandates and other public health edicts remains strong.

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Gov. Newsom: Most Of California Likely Under New Stay-At-Home Order Within Days

Newsom announced new stay-at-home rules on Thursday that will trigger when a region’s intensive care unit capacity falls below 15%. Newsom said four of the state’s five regions are likely to meet that threshold within a day or two.

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Biden Asks Fauci To Join His Team, Will Urge 100 Days Of Mask-Wearing

The president-elect also told CNN on Thursday he would ask Americans to wear masks for the first 100 days of his administration.

Politics | Politics

'Someone's Going To Get Killed': Ga. Official Blasts GOP Silence On Election Threats

In a fiery Tuesday news conference, Gabriel Sterling had scathing words for top Republican leaders who have been attacking Georgia's election system.

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More Americans Pay Rent On Credit Cards As Lawmakers Fail To Pass Relief Bill

Many Americans who've lost income in the pandemic are falling deeper into debt — forced to pay bills or even their rent on credit cards. It's a sign of trouble ahead for the economy.

Politics | Politics

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rejects Republican Suit To Throw Out Ballots

One justice writes: "It is not our role to lend legitimacy to such transparent and untimely efforts to subvert the will of Pennsylvania voters."

Politics | Politics

Trump Is In No Mood To Concede, But Says Will Leave White House

President Trump took questions from reporters for the first time since he lost the election to Joe Biden. He said he'll leave the White House on Jan. 20, but made clear he won't concede.

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Government Model Suggests U.S. COVID-19 Cases Could Be Approaching 100 Million

Government scientists estimate that the true number of coronavirus infections is eight times the reported number of 12.5 million, meaning "most of the country remains at risk," the team reports.

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Are More Lockdowns Inevitable, Or Can Other Measures Stop The Surge?

The U.S. added more than 1 million cases in the past week. More than 85,000 people are hospitalized. Some states may have no choice but to lock down again. Others are trying a "surgical approach."

Politics | Politics

Biden Wins Presidency, According To AP, Edging Trump In Turbulent Race

With Pennsylvania in Joe Biden's column, the former vice president gains the 270 electoral votes needed to be elected.

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 NPR Explains the New Democratic Left: Jesus Was a Socialist

Inside a bar in West Virginia, a group of socialists shared with National Public Radio what the new face of the Democratic Party looks like.

Health & Fitness | Psychology!

When It Comes To Politics and 'Fake News,' Facts Aren't Enough

In politics, it sometimes feels like we can't agree on basic facts. But according to neuroscientist Tali Sharot, facts are not enough — emotions may be the key to changing our minds.

Politics | Obamacare Fallout

NPR and Harvard Say: Obamacare Is a Complete Failure | Power Line

National Public Radio collaborated with Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to survey Americans' recent experience with health care. As to the Affordable Care Act, the survey's findings are damning. They sugg

Music | Music

Yo La Tengo Perform on NPR's "Morning Edition" | News | Pitchfork

This morning, Yo La Tengo were NPR "Morning Edition"'s first ever live house band. Easing transitions between segments on talking cats, birdsong, and plunging stock markets, they played songs including...