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Televisions show a news broadcast of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Taipei, Taiwan, on Jan. 11. The Trump administration removed decades-old restrictions on interactions with Taiwanese officials just days before President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration. I-Hwa Cheng/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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As Pompeo Dumps Rulebook For U.S.-Taiwan Relations, Some See 'Trap' For Biden

The Trump administration has upended decades of diplomatic practice in U.S. relations with Taiwan. For the new president, "this is meant to be a trap," says a former Obama administration official.

As Pompeo Dumps Rulebook For U.S.-Taiwan Relations, Some See 'Trap' For Biden

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House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., launched a security review of the Capitol following the January 6 attack on the building that resulted in five deaths. Samuel Corum/Getty Images hide caption

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Pelosi Taps Russel Honoré, Retired Military Leader, To Lead Capitol Security Review

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., announced that Russel Honoré, who commanded troops during Hurricane Katrina, would conduct a security review of the Capitol complex after last week's riot.

Lydia Mobley, an ICU nurse pictured on Dec. 18, 2020, when she received her first dose of a coronavirus vaccine, says her hospital in central Michigan is "seeing more COVID patients, which means more people dying." Lydia Mobley hide caption

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Lydia Mobley

ICU Nurse Says Careless Attitudes Around COVID-19 Are 'A Slap In The Face'

Lydia Mobley has experienced the pandemic's deadliest days from the inside of a Michigan hospital. "You see people not wearing masks. And then you go to work and you watch people die," the nurse says.

ICU Nurse Says Careless Attitudes Around COVID-19 Are 'A Slap In The Face'

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Civil liberties advocates say they fear that the kinds of measures that could be put in place after last week's riot at the U.S. Capitol could disproportionately hurt minorities. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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Response To Capitol Riot Could Hurt Minorities, Civil Libertarians Say

They say new police and surveillance powers could, if history is a guide, be used against Blacks and other people of color in the justice system, not the white rioters who stormed the Capitol.

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris delivers remarks on Jan. 8 as President-elect Joe Biden looks on. The two are set to be inaugurated Wednesday at the U.S. Capitol. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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With Impeachment Trial And Relief Plan On Deck, Harris Stresses Need To 'Multitask'

The vice president-elect joins NPR to discuss the attack on the U.S. Capitol, the looming impeachment trial in the Senate and the massive rescue plan the president-elect just unveiled.

With Impeachment Trial And Relief Plan On Deck, Harris Stresses Need To 'Multitask'

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Mask-wearing and social distancing are up in the United States, a survey finds. Noam Galai/Getty Images hide caption

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Mask-Wearing, Social Distancing Improve, But Too Slowly, Survey Shows

Mask-wearing hit an all-time high, but other COVID-19 precautions are less common now than last spring, a survey finds. Experts worry we're ill-prepared for the spread of more infectious new variants.

Mask-Wearing, Social Distancing Improve, But Too Slowly, Survey Shows

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Shoppers walk past a "Sale" sign outside a store at the Easton Town Center Mall in Columbus, Ohio, on Jan. 7. Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Retail Spending Dips For 3rd Straight Month As Infections Surge

Restaurants and bars are reeling from persistent spikes of coronavirus cases in their communities. Earlier holiday sales also meant online shopping and electronics sales dipped in December. Retail sales fell 0.7%.

Patches is reunited with Norm Borgatello at the Animal Shelter Assistance Program in Santa Barbara County, Calif., on Dec. 31. Jillian Title/Animal Shelter Assistance Program via AP hide caption

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The Cat Who Came Back: Patches, Believed Killed In Mudslide, Shows Up 3 Years Later

A calico cat thought to have died with her owner in the mudslides that swept through California's Santa Barbara County in 2018 has been found and reunited with her late owner's partner.

The Cat Who Came Back: Patches, Believed Killed In Mudslide, Shows Up 3 Years Later

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Then presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks at a "Build Back Better" Clean Energy event on July 14, 2020. On Thursday, Biden unveiled an ambitious economic plan just days before he's set to be inaugurated as president. Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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$1,400 Checks And Help For The Jobless: What's In Biden's Plan To Rescue The Economy

President-elect Joe Biden is proposing a $1.9 trillion plan to address the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting economic crisis.

The Trump administration's decision to relax rules regarding the prescription of buprenorphine comes as record-level drug overdose deaths occurred in the U.S. in the 12 months ending in June 2020. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Trump Administration Will Let More Doctors Prescribe Drug To Fight Opioid Addiction

The change means that doctors will no longer need a special federal waiver in order to prescribe buprenorphine, a medication to treat opioid use disorder.

Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, left, and former Mexican Defense Secretary Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda during an honor cordon at the Pentagon in 2017. Mexico cleared Cienfuegos of all charges related to drug trafficking on Thursday. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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Mexico Will Not Charge Former Defense Chief With Drug Trafficking

Retired Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos was arrested in October at Los Angeles International Airport by U.S. law enforcement, outraging Mexican officials who demanded and obtained his extradition.

Maria Schneider (center) whose album Data Lords was one of 2020's most acclaimed jazz albums, performs with her orchestra at the New York City club Jazz Standard, where the group had an 16-year annual Thanksgiving week performance that was interrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Gulnara Khamatova/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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We Need To Be Able To Feel

The cost of 2020 — in lives, livelihoods, legacies and communities — is high and still being tallied. For jazz critic Nate Chinen, all that loss demands change to old ideas of critical objectivity.

On April 3, 1968, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., second from right, stands with other civil rights leaders on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn., a day before he was assassinated at approximately the same place. From left: Hosea Williams, Jesse Jackson, King and Ralph Abernathy. Charles Kelly/AP Photo hide caption

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'I May Not Get There With You': An Eyewitness Account Of MLK's Final Days

Clara Jean Ester was a college student in 1968 when she saw Martin Luther King Jr. give his final speech. A day later, Ester was at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn., when he was assassinated.

'I May Not Get There With You': An Eyewitness Account Of MLK's Final Days

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'One Night In Miami' Humanizes Four Icons

Regina King has won an Oscar and a collection of Emmys as an actor. Now, she's making her debut as a feature film director with One Night In Miami.

'One Night In Miami' Humanizes 4 Icons

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Then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions visits California in April 2017. Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz has released a critical review of Sessions' 2018 zero tolerance policy on people trying to cross the Southwest border. Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images hide caption

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Justice Department Knew Its 2018 Border Policy Would Separate Children From Parents

Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz released a review Thursday confirming Trump administration officials knew its policy would separate children from their families at the Southwest border.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., displays the signed article of impeachment against President Donald Trump in an engrossment ceremony before transmission to the Senate for trial on Capitol Hill. It's unclear when a Senate trial will start Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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4 Ways President Trump's 2nd Impeachment Will Change Washington

President Trump made history, the siege on the Capitol exposed splits in the GOP that are likely to remain, Biden's agenda will now compete with a Senate trial and the Capitol is a fortress.

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Micro Wave: How 'Bout Dem Apple ... Seeds

Many folks eat an apple and then throw out the core. It turns out, the core is perfectly OK to eat — despite apple seeds' association with the poison cyanide.

Micro Wave: How 'Bout Dem Apple...Seeds

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