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Senate gives Biden a big tool to work around GOP filibuster
WASHINGTON (AP) — With a powerful new tool, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has fresh options for potentially advancing President Joe Biden’s infrastructure package and other priorities past Republican obstruction in the 50-50 split Senate.


Updated today at 6:41 PM CDT

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Schumer gets his game changer
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House to vote on admitting Washington, D.C., as a state
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Senators press for more on SolarWinds hack after AP report
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Arkansas legislature overrides veto on transgender health care bill
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Honoré says Jan. 6 stemmed from 'propaganda' that gave people 'a little BS'
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McConnell warns "stupid" business leaders off political speech: "Republicans drink Coca-Cola, too"
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McConnell warns biz off political speech, says it’s ‘stupid’
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U.S. must invest heavily to stay No. 1 economy: White House economist
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Texas, Louisiana sue Biden administration for ‘refusing’ to take criminal illegal immigrants
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Facebook removes over 1,100 accounts spreading deceptive content
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Biden: It's 'reassuring' businesses are voicing opposition to Georgia's new voting law
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Georgia voting fight sets the stage for Kemp’s 2022 run
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Man whom Gaetz accused of $25M request confirms bizarre docs but says it wasn't extortion
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Man in car with George Floyd the day he died doesn't want to testify in Chauvin trial
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Atlanta mayor directs Chief Equity Officer to take action to ‘mitigate’ effects of Georgia’s voting law
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U.S. considering joining boycott of 2022 Beijing Olympics, State Department says
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Here's the cynical political reality behind Mitch McConnell bashing big business
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Five ways an obscure Senate ruling could change Washington
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Ex-national security officials call for commission to investigate Capitol attack
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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott bans government-mandated 'vaccine passports'
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Eating our lunch: Biden points to China in development push
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Democratic U.S. congressman Alcee Hastings of Florida dies at 84
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Cotton: US has 'major under-incarceration problem'
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Colorado voting laws are similar to Georgia's despite decision to move Major League Baseball All-Star Game
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Capitol riot defendant alleges beating by jail guards
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As Biden Pushes Major Rail Investments, Amtrak's 2035 Map Has People Talking
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Biden still considering cancellation of as much as $50k per person in student debt
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Former Trump HUD official fined and barred from federal work over Hatch Act violation
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Ohio businessman announces run for Portman's U.S. Senate seat
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Biden tells Georgia to ‘smarten up’ to avoid losing business over new election law
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What we know about the "unprecedented" Capitol riot arrests
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'Millionaires tax' threat has some NY bankers, managers eyeing exits
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Michael Flynn endorses pro-Trump Virginia GOP candidate
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GOP mandating negative test for entry to spring donor retreat in FL
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Piers Morgan to Tucker: Trusting Markle 'like believing Pinocchio;' She's 'spinning' future Kings of England
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Fears of White People Losing Out Permeate Capitol Rioters' Towns, Study Finds - NY Times
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House to vote on DC statehood, gender pay gap
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Biden's infrastructure plan gets boost from Senate 'reconciliation' ruling
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State Department considering joint boycott of 2022 Beijing Olympics
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Myanmar forces arrest comedian, break up doctors’ protest
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A Person Speaking 'Does Not Mean They Are Breathing Adequately,' Officer Says
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Sen. John Kennedy: MLB moving All-Star Game from Atlanta 'has nothing to do with race'
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Education Department reviewing campus sex assault rules
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Gaetz slated to speak at summit in Trump-owned resort
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Poll shows partisan divide on acknowledging human effect on climate change
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House Democrats to target 22 districts in next year's midterms
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Study: Drought-breaking rains more rare, erratic in US West
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Carnival threatens to remove ships from U.S. as cruising shutdown continues
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Google AI scientist Bengio resigns after colleagues' firings - email
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Hastings’ death narrows Dem majority, sets off race for his seat
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'Unacceptable': Latino groups push Biden to nominate more Hispanic federal judges
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Cuomo uses vaccine presser to cite year from 'hell' over personal scandals
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Bezos: Amazon backs Biden plan to hike corporate tax rate
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Russian Police Arrest Physicians Seeking To Treat Opposition Leader Alexei Navalny
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EU diplomat: First meetings on Iran nuclear deal 'constructive'
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Former Trump official sanctioned over video
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Fact-checking GOP criticism Biden's infrastructure plan will kill jobs, and isn't really infrastructure
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Capitol Police officer killed in ramming attack to lie in honor in Rotunda
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White House says 'limited' wall construction is funded, despite overall pause
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Shareholders target ‘white man’s world’ with record demands for diversity data
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Biden: Up to the Masters if it dumps state over voting laws
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In departure from Trump, State affirms editorial freedom of Voice of America
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Floyd's family takes its seat in ex-officer's murder trial
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Petty officer shoots 2 sailors; is stopped, killed on base
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Biden admin announces next steps in overhauling Betsy DeVos' Title IX rules
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Businesses and philanthropy unite to fight racial wealth gap
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After A Major Hack, U.S. Looks To Fix A Cyber 'Blind Spot'
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GOP lawmakers urge clampdown on Confucius Institutes at American colleges and universities
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Rockies to host MLB's All-Star Game amid controversy over Georgia voting law
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George Floyd death: Chauvin 'trained to stay away from neck'
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Doctor who tried to save Floyd testifies to cause of death
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Koch-backed group joins marijuana push after Zoom with Snoop Dogg
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During pandemic, the world added a record amount of new renewable energy capacity
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CNN, Washington Post slammed for casting doubt on Trump vaccine timeline claim
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Netanyahu asked to form new government, but faces long odds
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Ben Carson asks Dems to explain what's racist about Georgia voting law (video)
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GOP proposals attempt to change how local officials conduct elections
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Joe Biden's Joe Manchin problem slows agenda again: The Note
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GM to start making Silverado electric pickups late next year in Detroit: source
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Families are 'self-separating' in Mexico after being expelled from the US, Border Patrol says
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How Gaetzgate is seen in the Florida Panhandle — More fallout and finger-pointing over vaccine story — State to spend $200M to end toxic water threat?
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Refugee families urge Biden to keep promise to up admissions
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How to find out if your Facebook info was offered to hackers
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Biden gives McConnell credit for urging vaccine-skeptical young conservative men to take shot
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Fla. lawmakers plan $200M to close leaky reservoir
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Texas Rangers rescue baby thrown into Rio Grande by smugglers (video)
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Police trainer testifies Chauvin used unauthorized neck restraint on Floyd
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The Border Patrol's New Migrant Child Care Cadre
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POLITICO Playbook: Matt Gaetz matters little to Liz Cheney
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Dollar slips as profit-taking, falling yields bite
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Lawmakers call YouTube Kids a 'wasteland of vapid' content
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Oil gains over 1% on strong U.S., China economic data

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U.S. Senate parliamentarian says Democrats can use reconciliation to pass more bills
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'Vaccine passports' are a hot-button issue for the GOP. Some experts worry it may fuel hesitancy.
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Border agents stop, arrest two Yemeni men on FBI terror watch list (video)
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Biden boosted by Senate rules as GOP bucks infrastructure
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Man tied to Matt Gaetz's extortion allegation says lawmaker is 'trying to direct attention from himself'
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Key takeaways from Day 6 of Derek Chauvin's trial in George Floyd's death
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Group-Chat App Discord Says It Banned More Than 2,000 Extremist Communities
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GOP lawmakers call for boycotts, chastise companies that criticize Georgia voting law
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Can-cel culture: GOP lawmakers in Georgia kicking Coke to the curb over voting law criticism
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Rep. Crenshaw tells United Airlines to just 'shut up' after airline follows same route as Delta
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Wisconsin cities: Trump should pay legal bills for challenge
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Senate parliamentarian to let Democrats bypass GOP filibuster on two more bills
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Police: Suspect in Capitol attack 'intentionally struck' officers
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Trumpworld has no lifelines it wants to throw Matt Gaetz
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Senators unveil tax proposal as infrastructure plan faces hurdles in Congress
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McConnell downplays need for aid to home state’s government
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Filmmaker says he potentially uncovered man behind QAnon (video)
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Crews Drain Florida Wastewater Pond As Leak Threatens To Unleash 'Catastrophic Flood'
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U.S. state officials urge Garland to reverse Trump positions on climate deception cases
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War over voting laws further corrodes trust in elections
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Democrats who downplayed suspected terrorists at border remain silent as agents keep catching more
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How America’s migrant policies have changed in the Trump and Biden years
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Republicans want to make 'woke' corporations pay — literally
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Piers Morgan: 'I was under attack' to 'conform' to Meghan Markle's story
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An Extraordinary Winning Streak for Religion at the Supreme Court - NY Times
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Manchin warns Biden's infrastructure bill is in trouble over corporate tax hikes
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5 US colleges to require students be vaccinated before returning in fall
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Former Training Commander On Chauvin Neck Restraint: 'That's Not What We Train'
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Capitol Police in crisis: Mental health fears rise following deadly attacks
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US, Iran expected to begin indirect nuclear talks in Vienna
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Rand Paul on MLB-Georgia controversy: 'If they want to boycott us, let's boycott them'
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'That was their decision:' White House walks fine line on MLB moving All-Star Game out of Atlanta
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Crisis in Guatemala drives migrants to U.S. border
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Spirit Airlines: Adults, not young child in viral video, refused to comply with mask mandate
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6 dead in Texas in apparent murder-suicide after brothers made pact, police say
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Customers unable to book online flights with American, Delta and United airlines
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They’re obsessed with trains. Will Biden bring them Nirvana?
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George Floyd death leads states to require cops to intervene
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Ron DeSantis blasts CBS' '60 Minutes' for 'deceptively edited' Publix-COVID clip: A 'political narrative'
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What to know about the Matt Gaetz controversy
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Hawley, a critic of Biden picks' support for wars in Middle East, previously blogged in support of Iraq War
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Myanmar protesters paint Yangon red, defying bloody army crackdown
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Former staffer for Matt Gaetz describes FBI encounter
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MLB's All-Star Game reportedly moved to Denver in wake of Georgia restricting voter access
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The wage gap that threatens Biden's climate plan
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Tammy Duckworth pressures postal service board on firing DeJoy
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Biden WH 'tension' to blame for Major getting agitated, dog expert says
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Senate parliamentarian ruling clears way for Democrats to use reconciliation for infrastructure bill
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'60 Minutes' faces backlash from Democrats and Publix for critical story
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In Israel, twin dramas point to difficult path for Netanyahu
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Senate Dems can pass Biden infrastructure package on party-line basis
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Justice Clarence Thomas Takes Aim At Tech And Its Power 'To Cut Off Speech'
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Capitol officer remembered for humor, paying ultimate price
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Drones that swarmed U.S. warships are still unidentified, Navy chief says
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How a battery plant dispute in Georgia pits Biden's climate goals against U.S. trade policy
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Netanyahu trial: Editor 'told to drop negative stories about Israel PM'
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Georgia voting law changes are OK with Americans, 42% to 36%: poll
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What to expect as Iran and world powers head for nuclear talks
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Washington Teachers' Union president killed in Easter Sunday car crash
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VP Harris is the latest White House official to appear with California Gov. Newsom amid recall effort
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Credit Suisse overhauls management as it takes $4.7 billion hit on Archegos
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Piers Morgan takes to Tucker Carlson to make case on Meghan
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North Korea says it won’t participate in Tokyo Olympics
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Former USAID chief tapped to lead vaccine diplomacy efforts
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Hunter Biden on addiction: My life is not a tabloid
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New Utah law requires dads to pay prenatal child support
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Hunter claims no memory of dropping off laptop
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Stocks scale fresh peak as U.S. and China lead recover
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Myanmar junta charges celebrities with promoting protests
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Prosecutors indicate they’re nearing cooperation with Oath Keeper charged in Capitol assault
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More than 1,800 prisoners escape in Nigeria
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Derek Chauvin 'absolutely' violated policy, Minneapolis police chief testifies
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Airline stocks in Asia-Pacific boosted by Australia-New Zealand travel bubble
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Jordan bans publishing information on royal rift


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Coronavirus News and Updates:
Updated today at 6:41 PM CDT

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Biden makes all adults eligible for a vaccine on April 19
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Clear link between AstraZeneca vaccine and rare blood clots in brain, EMA official tells paper
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Nearly half of new US virus infections are in just 5 states
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White House rules out involvement in 'vaccine passports'
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Research exec: Far-right groups pushing vaccine as 'mark of the beast'
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Oxford pauses COVID-19 vaccine study in kids, awaits more data on blood clot issues
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'A biological Fukushima': Brazil COVID deaths on track to pass worst of U.S. wave
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Biden: US still in 'life and death race' with coronavirus
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Full coverage: Coroanvirus Crisis
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AstraZeneca seeks a new manufacturing partner
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Scientists Race To Develop Next Generation Of COVID Vaccines
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Vaccination pace picks up steam; normality appears closer
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Biden ramps up vaccine diplomacy efforts as hopes rise that he'll share surplus doses
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California plans to fully reopen economy on June 15
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Most kids with serious inflammatory illness had mild COVID
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CDC: Almost 80 percent of teachers, childcare workers have gotten at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose
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Eligible For The COVID Vaccine? Here's How To Book It In Your State
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Analysis: Why vaccine passports are so politically complicated
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As states expand vaccines, prisoners still lack access
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New York plans to build memorial to COVID-19 essential workers
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Covid: Trust regulator on AstraZeneca vaccine safety, Boris Johnson says
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Tanzania's new president to review COVID-19 stance, lifts media ban

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Another US Covid-19 surge may look different, experts say, particularly for younger people. Here's how
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CDC shifts guidance on using disinfectants, soap to clean home surfaces
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White House thanks McConnell for leadership on vaccinations
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'Love Your Neighbor' And Get the Shot: White Evangelical Leaders Push COVID Vaccines
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A dangerous Covid-19 variant has spread to all 50 US states. Experts worry it could send cases surging
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The Latest: Montana governor tests positive for COVID-19
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How Biden, Republicans and public health leaders are trying to persuade GOP skeptics to get their Covid vaccinations
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Walgreens changing vaccine schedule after giving customers extra week between doses
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Bar reopening linked to 46 COVID-19 cases, school closure: CDC
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Blinken: Public can't 'start traveling again' before worldwide vaccination
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UK COVID certificate scheme would not be discriminatory, minister says
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In Michigan's latest coronavirus surge, there's a new kind of patient
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Vaccinating adults appears to protect children around them; bar opening event linked to 46 COVID-19 cases
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Michigan becomes newest COVID-19 epicenter
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Washington, D.C. to expand COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to those ages 16 and older
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Australia-NZ 'travel bubble' to begin April 19 in pandemic milestone
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The Latest: S. Korea not ruling out curbing vaccine exports
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Study: Around 40,000 US children lost a parent to COVID-19
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COVID-19 vaccine eligibility expands to 16 and over in NY
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It's 2 a.m., and 'vaccine fairies' are up booking shots for vulnerable Americans
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Norwegian Cruises asks CDC to allow trips from US in July
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Get your COVID relief exit plan ready, regulator tells the G20
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Undercover Video Of Clandestine Luxury Dinner In Paris Prompts Police Inquiry
 
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