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Oregon bans indoor gatherings of more than 10 people, requires face masks in outdoor crowds

PORTLAND, Ore — As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Oregon, Gov. Kate Brown announced a ban on indoor gatherings of more than 10 people in an effort to slow the spread. The new rule does not apply to businesses at this time, Brown said. Oregon will also expand face mask requirements outdoors. Starting Wednesday, July 15, face coverings will be required outside if people cannot keep a distance of more than 6 feet away from others...

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Confederate Vance Monument debate reignited amid George Floyd protests

A Confederate monument memorializing Zebulon Baird Vance towers 65 feet over Park Square in downtown Asheville. The Buncombe County native it honors was North Carolina's governor during the Civil War, a slave owner and a documented racist. For years, people have debated whether a tribute to him should hold such a prominent place in Asheville. Several ideas have been floated, ranging from providing historic contextualization at the monument to outright removal.

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Gabbard slams ‘the DNC and their corporate media partners’ for shutting her out of next debate

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) slammed the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and "their corporate media partners" on Tuesday for not allowing her to participate in next week's debate that is slated to feature former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). The pushback from Gabbard comes after the DNC announced new qualifying standards on Friday for the March 15 Arizona debate that will be broadcasted on CNN and Univision...

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Here’s Why Health Experts Want to Stop Daylight-Saving Time

Early Sunday morning, most people in America will spring forward and move their clocks one hour ahead to daylight-saving time. It is good news for those who enjoy more daylight in the evening. But experts say a growing body of evidence shows that the annual time shift is bad for our health, disrupting our circadian rhythms and sleep and leading to a higher immediate risk of heart attacks, strokes, atrial fibrillation and potentially car accidents...

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Buttigieg calls on Bloomberg to drop out after debate

Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg's presidential campaign called on former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to drop out of the Democratic presidential primary race in a memo released on Thursday, warning that Bloomberg's presence in the race would propel Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) to the Democratic nomination.  "If Bloomberg remains in the race despite showing he can not offer a viable alternative to Bernie Sanders, he will propel Sanders to a seemingly insurmountable delegate lead siphoning votes away from Pete, the current leader in delegates," Buttigieg's campaign wrote...

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This Lawmaker Wants to Remove the Words Illegal Alien From the Law

Susan Lontine, a Democratic state representative in Colorado, knows well how some use the term “illegal alien” to disparage migrants. Her district in Denver contains many immigrant communities, and she recoils when she hears President Trump use the term in speeches or catches conservative colleagues uttering it in Statehouse hallways. What Ms. Lontine did not know, however, was that for more than 13 years, the words have also resided in an arcane section of the Colorado state code about who can work on public projects. A friend recently came across the language while training for her job with the City of Denver.

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House Panel Debates Impeachment Articles in Bid to Complete Charges Against Trump

The House Judiciary Committee opened debate Wednesday on two articles of impeachment against President Trump, starting a somber and deeply partisan confrontation over Democrats’ charges that the president abused his power and obstructed Congress. In a rare evening session that was only the third time in modern history the panel had met to consider removing a president, Democrats and Republicans clashed over the Constitution, the allegations against Mr. Trump and the political consequences of moving to oust him less than a year before the next election. The debate unfolded at the start of a two-day meeting that is expected to culminate on Thursday with a party-line vote to send the articles to the full House for final passage...

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‘It’s a shame’: Castro, Booker blast potential all-white Democratic debate lineup after Harris drops out

After Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) announced Tuesday she was ending her campaign for president, some supporters were shocked and some megadonors were frantic, trying to get their recently donated money back. But to many — including several other presidential candidates — the immediate reaction to her departure was what it meant for the Dec. 19 Democratic debate: Namely, that the event may now have an all-white stage...

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Climate scientists say Greta Thunberg’s efforts are building real momentum

Environmental activist Greta Thunberg’s searing address at the United Nations earlier this week earned enthusiastic praise from climate researchers, with many saying that the 16-year-old has found ways to raise awareness of climate science, galvanize support and resonate with people in ways that they have struggled to for decades. “Speaking as a climate change scientist who has been working on this issue for 20 years and saying the same thing for 20 years, she is getting people to listen, which we have failed to do,” said Saleemul Huq, director of the International Centre for Climate Change & Development in Bangladesh...

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Internal documents showed TikTok censoring topics that would anger China

TikTok, the buzzy spiritual heir apparent to Vine, has a history of censoring political content in line with the Chinese government, internal documents viewed by The Guardian reveal. The documents, which provided guidelines for TikTok's moderators, broke infringing content into two categories: "violations" and "visible to self." Violations would result in the content being taken down, while videos marked "visible to self" would be viewable by the user who posted them but invisible to everyone else on the app...

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The missing pieces of America’s education

For this project on how students learn about slavery in American schools, The Washington Post asked noted historians to write an essay on aspects of slavery that are misunderstood, poorly taught or not covered at all in the nation’s classrooms. From the cruel separation of families to the resistance by enslaved people and the widespread enslavement of Native Americans, these contributions address gaps in our common knowledge about what the practice of slavery has meant for America.

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What to expect at the first Democratic presidential debate

The first Democratic presidential debate is finally here. The two-night event will take place from 9 to 11 pm Eastern on Wednesday and Thursday in Miami, and will air on NBC, MSNBC, and Telemundo. We’ll also embed a live stream here once it’s available.This is the first time Democratic candidates will get to square off on the same stage. But they won’t all debate together: A different set of 10 candidates will be featured on each night...


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Varian Fry’s Grave Responsibility

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On April 11, the world observed Yom HaShoah, or Day of Remembrance of the Holocaust and Heroism. Varian Fry, often called the “American Schindler,” was an American journalist who recognized early on the evils of the Nazi regime and did everything he could to save refugees from it. He wrote about the increasingly troubling events taking place at the beginning of the Third Reich and eventually went over to Europe to help refugees escape across the border and into countries like Spain, Portugal, and the United States. Through his bravery and commitment to finding solutions for a situation in which many felt helpless, he was able to get many desperate refugees out of the Third Reich and into Allied territory.