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Capitol defenders blame bad intelligence for deadly breach
WASHINGTON (AP) — Faulty intelligence was to blame for the outmanned Capitol defenders’ failure to anticipate the violent mob that invaded the iconic building and halted certification of the presidential election on Jan. 6, the officials who were in charge of security declared Tuesday in their first public testimony on the insurrection.

Updated 4:05 PM CST

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FBI warning of potential Capitol violence did not reach top security officials, they say
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Senate confirms Biden’s choice for UN ambassador
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Security officials disagree on Capitol riot help
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READ: Testimony from police and former officials on Capitol riot
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Schumer urges Democrats to stick together on $1.9T bill
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Senate approves Vilsack for Agriculture Department again
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Psaki defends reopening of migrant facility for children under Biden: ‘This is not kids being kept in cages’
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Biden considers regulating ‘ghost guns,’ other executive actions to curb gun violence
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Facebook's oversight board has received appeal from 'user' in Trump ban case
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Finger-pointing dominates hearing on Capitol riot
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Capitol security officials point fingers over disastrous January 6 riot response
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Cruz: Wife 'pretty pissed' about leaked Cancun texts
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Senate advances key nominees for Joe Biden as president's Cabinet starts to take shape
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HHS pick says pandemic is top job, but agenda is broader
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Capitol security officials blame poor intelligence — and each other — for the Jan. 6 riot
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Debate rages over whether race had role in police response to Capitol riot
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Kristi Noem gets a Trump-hosted fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago
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GOP senators question Becerra qualifications to lead HHS, past vote against partial-birth abortion ban
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Inside a 'Patriot Party' rally where Trump loyalists search for a path forward
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Psaki mocks Trump's CPAC address as a mere 'performance'
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Cheney rejects Trump's 'America First' foreign policy as dangerous isolationism
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Historic U.S. Interior pick tests Senate support for Biden on climate
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OnPolitics: We're still figuring out how the Capitol Riot happened
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Interior nominee Haaland questioned on drilling, pipelines
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Two decades after 9/11, FBI accused of intel failure before Capitol riot
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GOP 'Civil War is now canceled,' says NRSC chair Rick Scott in fiery memo asking for party unity ahead of 2022
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Capitol Police captain describes suffering chemical burns on her face during insurrection
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New York GOP district leader arrested for role in Capitol riot
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March For Our Lives makes list of costly gun control demands
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U.S. Treasury No. 2 nominee Adeyemo urges get-tough attitude on China
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Judge says wife of drug kingpin ‘El Chapo’ to stay in jail
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Fed Chair Jerome Powell Warns Of Long Road Ahead To Recover Millions Of Lost Jobs
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Judge hearing dispute over venue, Flint water case
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Rep. Liz Cheney, a top House Republican, again hits Trump over Capitol riots
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Republicans say Biden COVID package pays off teachers union ‘ransom note’
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McConnell to support Garland for attorney general
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Democrats defend pork in $1.9T coronavirus spending bill
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House GOP warns Biden against lifting sanctions on Iran
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'A death sentence': Activists call on Florida governor to prioritize vaccines for farmworkers
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The Latest: After hearing on Jan. 6, chair calls for action
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Merrick Garland draws sharp contrast with William Barr by saying 'it is plain to me' that systemic racism exists in US
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Critics: GOP measures target Black voter turnout in Georgia
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NASA confirms hidden message on Perseverance parachute, teases more secrets
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With dozens of anti-abortion bills introduced this year, states aim to chip away at Roe v. Wade
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Texas power retailer accused of price gouging in $1B class action suit
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SolarWinds, Microsoft, FireEye, CrowdStrike defend actions in major hack - U.S. Senate hearing
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Alaska was openly ‘targeted’ by Biden executive order, Murkowski claims in Haaland confirmation hearing
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Retired NYPD cop charged in Capitol riot, accused of attacking officer with flag pole
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Board leaders of Texas’ grid operator resign after outages
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Democrats plan major stimulus bill 'very soon' after COVID spending package
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AP Exclusive: Black Lives Matter opens up about its finances
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Schumer eyes infrastructure, tech as next priorities for Democrats
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Poll: Congress hits its highest approval rating at 12-year high
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'You are not alone': Former far-right activists launch project to fight online radicalization
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The Point: Ron Johnson just dropped a ridiculous conspiracy theory at the Senate Capitol attack hearing
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Lawmakers plan to meet with Biden Wednesday on supply chain - sources
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Collins: Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus package won't get any GOP votes in Senate
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White House defends reopening Trump-era migrant detention facility
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Iran officially imposes curbs on UN nuclear inspections
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Georgia Republican Perdue will not seek Senate return in 2022
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Not so fast: WH dodges on whether Biden agrees with Kerry nine-year deadline to avert climate catastrophe
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Biden to visit storm-ravaged Texas Friday
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Maryland wants to tax Big Tech. Could other states follow?
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Google trying to put Microsoft on the spot at SolarWinds hearing
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Two men charged after allegedly threatening MI Dems, judge over 2020 election
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A new Trump loyalist 'party' makes room for the Proud Boys (video)
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Baptists oust 2 churches over LGBTQ inclusion
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White House says appointing members to U.S. Postal Service board of governors is a priority
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South Dakota House moves to impeach AG after fatal crash
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Cindy McCain memoir about late husband coming in April
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Grand jury declines bring charges against officers in death of Daniel Prude
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Tiger Woods hospitalized with multiple injuries after car accident
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Tiger Woods Undergoes Surgery After Roll-Over Vehicle Accident
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Trump issues statement on Tiger Woods after golfer hospitalized in crash
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The Point: Why has Donald Trump fought so hard to keep his tax returns secret?
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Antitrust crusader Tim Wu likely landing in the White House
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US: Human rights will be ‘central’ to relations with Egypt
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See Mars like never before in 1st full-color image from NASA's Perseverance rover
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IRS extends tax deadline for Texans after water systems fail
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Exclusive: French antitrust investigators say Google breached its orders on talks with news publishers - sources
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All eyes on Senate parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough as she reviews minimum wage provision in Covid relief bill
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Block Party Aims To Be A 'Spam Folder' For Social Media Harassment
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Senate to hold 1st public hearing on Capitol insurrection
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'They were terrorists': Capitol Police officer recounts Jan. 6 attack
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GOP working to block Biden’s health care pick; Dems unfazed
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Trump may soon have to answer rape allegations under oath
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Justice Clarence Thomas reveals some sympathy for Trump's baseless fraud claims
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Security officials to answer for Jan. 6 failures at Capitol
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State Dept briefing gets heated as reporter asks if Biden admin taking credit for Trump accomplishments
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The Memo: Trump faces deepening legal troubles
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Fed's Powell heads to Congress with economy at a crossroads
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Centrists flex political muscle in critical week for Biden agenda: The Note
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GOP wages uphill battle to turn voters against Biden's virus spending plan
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Trump taunts don't shake McConnell's hold on Senate GOP
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DOJ asks Supreme Court to cancel argument in case on Trump's Medicaid work requirements
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Biden's unity effort falters
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Dissent by Justice Thomas in election case draws fire for revisiting baseless Trump fraud claims
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Biden attempt to resurrect Iran nuke deal off to bumpy start
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In Pennsylvania - an important swing state - thousands have quit the GOP since the US Capitol riot - BI
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Garland response to Cruz query about Cuomo investigation 'not good enough': Rep. Stefanik
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Canada's parliament declares China's treatment of Uighurs 'genocide'
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Big moment is here for Senate centrists to flex muscles
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U.S. ambassador sends plea to Washington for help as diplomats near breaking point
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Mounting confirmation battle sends warning sign to Biden
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Graham, Trump huddle to talk GOP's 2022 strategy
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Congress finally gets first chance for answers about the Jan. 6 insurrection
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Ted Cruz under fire for 'photo ops' in Houston following controversial Mexico trip
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Health secretary pick Xavier Becerra braces for contentious Senate hearings
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What NY prosecutors could learn from Trump’s tax records
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Former Trump officials eye bids for political office
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Pence and Trump's relationship is 'amicable,' source says
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Graham warns Biden immigration policies will lead to 'caravan after caravan' at US-Mexico border
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‘A double standard going on’: Democrats accuse GOP and Manchin of bias on Biden nominations
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Texas freeze raises concerns about 'ridiculous' variable rate bills
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States set for clash with admin over transgender athletes
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Coronavirus forces Biden to forgo pomp for US-Canada meeting
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A Moonshot against extremism
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U.S. shelters for migrant children near maximum capacity as border crossings increase
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DOJ announces arrest of 'El Chapo's' wife
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'We are desperate': Advocates demand Congress pass $15 minimum wage increase, but its prospects are murky
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Trump offered Kim Jong Un a ride home on Air Force One following Vietnam summit, source says
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Biden readies his first major penalties on Russia
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U.S. Senate advances nomination of Biden U.N. nominee, final vote due Tuesday
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California OKs $600 stimulus payments for 5.7M people
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US B-1 bombers arrive in Norway in historic first
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Wife of drug kingpin ‘El Chapo’ arrested on US drug charges
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'Everyone should be safe when they run': The lasting trauma of Ahmaud Arbery's shooting
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DOD's China review seen as Trump-style sleight of hand
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Adam Kinzinger says he's glad family letter was released so Americans could see the real divides over Trump
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This Congress is the most diverse ever. But Hill staffers remain overwhelmingly white.
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Democrats seek control of commission to study January 6 attack on Capitol
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GOP's Westerman looks to take on Democrats on climate change
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Biden seeks to 'reinvigorate' US-Canada relations in first bilateral meeting with Trudeau
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U.S. Treasury No. 2 nominee Adeyemo faces questions on China in hearing
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Violence against civilians surged dramatically in Afghanistan after U.S.-Taliban talks
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Trump to attend RNC spring donor summit
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Trump supporters, conspiracists shift to new social media sites
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As Cities Grapple With Climate Change, Gas Utilities Fight To Stay In Business
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China's abuses haunt Biden, Trudeau climate plans
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Deb Haaland hearing is Indian Country’s Obama moment
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Psaki pressed on COVID bill setting aside most school funds for after 2021
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Supreme Court to debate whether misdemeanors can be a foot in the door for warrantless home search
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Third of global freshwater fish species threatened by extinction
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3 families sue Saudi Arabia over Florida shooting
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Shalanda Young emerging as a top contender to lead OMB with Neera Tanden's nomination on the rocks
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Bloomberg’s 2020 aides got an unwelcome surprise in their tax forms
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Metal fatigue apparently played role in engine explosion on United flight over Denver, NTSB chief says
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75-year-old protester shoved to ground by police in Buffalo files lawsuit
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Fear, silent migration: A year after anti-Muslim riots in Delhi
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The Boeing 777 grounding, explained visually
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CPAC pulls featured speaker for expressing 'reprehensible views'
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U.S. Senate begins review of security failings ahead of deadly Capitol riot
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Biden calls for national unity and healing, as coronavirus death toll climbs past 500,000
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Deputy treasury secretary nominee to focus on national security in confirmation hearing
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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton traveled to Utah during devastating winter storms
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Biden allies lobbying White House to find replacement for budget pick Tanden as senators oppose her

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Coronavirus News and Updates:
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Drug executives: Big jump in vaccine supply is coming soon
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FDA to allow Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to be stored at higher temps: NYT
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Pulse oximeters, used to fight COVID-19, may be inaccurate on people of color: FDA
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Exclusive: AstraZeneca to miss second-quarter EU vaccine supply target by half - EU official
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COVID-19 vaccine makers pledge massive supply increase
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FDA lays groundwork for variant-focused vaccines
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As COVID-19 turns more children into orphans, siblings step up to fill the void
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Fauci says he sees U.S. CDC relaxing some COVID-19 guidelines soon: CNN
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Fed Chair Powell's congressional testimony: Stimulus, job losses and inflation
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History Repeats Itself: COVID-19 Vaccine Inequities Echo HIV Crisis
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Vaccination call center for seniors receives nearly 1 million calls in a day

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Fauci says U.S. political divisions contributed to 500,000 dead from COVID-19
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Half a million dead in US, confirming virus’s tragic reach
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'We've done worse than most any other country,' Fauci says as US marks grim Covid-19 death toll
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How 1 household item has been a lifeline to undocumented immigrants in the pandemic
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‘Extremely promising’: 1st dose of COVID vaccine cuts illness
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Why President Biden can't make states vaccinate teachers — or anyone else
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Covid US death toll: Imagining what 500,000 lost lives look like
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Biden targets diverse groups with vaccine hesitancy for COVID-19 funds
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Johnson & Johnson says it can provide 20M vaccine doses by late March
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Texas Vaccination Site Apologizes For Refusing COVID-19 Shots To 2 Eligible People
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'Find purpose': Biden marks 500,000 Covid-19 deaths with poignant address to the nation
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Not to be sniffed at: Agony of post-COVID-19 loss of smell
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Timeline: How the US reached 500,000 COVID-19 deaths
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Pharmacists say 'heartbreaking' waste of Covid vaccines has a simple solution
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Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine gets nod in South Korea from first of three expert panels
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Race Versus Time: Targeting Vaccine To The Most Vulnerable Is No Speedy Task
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Bells toll for lives lost as U.S. reaches 500,000 COVID deaths
 
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