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Global Warming. Inequality. Covid-19. And Al Gore Is ... Optimistic?

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As vice president, he looked for big policy answers to hard global problems. Now he says all our crises are speeding us toward real solutions.
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Several GOP Senators Plan To Skip The Republican National Convention

As pandemic cases spiral upwards in Florida and elsewhere, there are new calls to scale down the August event.

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Baseball Summer Camp - Sharpening Skills While Fending Off The Coronavirus

Major League Baseball is getting ready to play ball once again. But it all depends on the coronavirus. Teams have begun 'summer training' before a shortened season that's supposed to begin on July 23.

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More States Require Masks In Public As COVID-19 Spreads, But Enforcement Lags

Governors and mayors in some regions with rising COVID-19 counts have made masks mandatory in public places. But sometimes their own police refuse to enforce the mask rules.

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Trump's Drive On Division And Fear May Not Be A Winning Strategy Come November

A month into Trump's latest law-and-order, fear-the-anarchists push, there is little indication in polling that it is working.

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New Clues To ALS And Alzheimer's From Physics

Structures inside healthy brain cells nimbly move from one state to the next to perform different functions. But in certain degenerative brain diseases, scientists now think, that process gets stuck.

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Chief Justice John Roberts Was Hospitalized In June After Falling, Injuring Head

Roberts injured his forehead after falling while walking near his home in June. He received sutures and was kept at the hospital out of an abundance of caution, according to the Supreme Court.

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Heat Shield Milestone Complete for First Orion Mission with Crew

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Technicians at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida recently finished meticulously applying more than 180 blocks of ablative material to the heat shield for the Orion spacecraft.
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Virginia Governor Calls For Renaming Schools That Honor Confederate Leaders

Gov. Ralph Northam wrote a letter to school boards across the state saying he wants to change the names that have a "traumatizing impact on students, families, teachers and staff of all backgrounds."

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Matchup Set For New Jersey Rep. Van Drew, Who Switched Parties To GOP

Congressman Jeff Van Drew switched parties in opposition to the impeachment inquiry of President Trump. He now faces a challenge from Amy Kennedy, the AP's projected winner of the Democratic primary.

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States Sue Education Department Over Allocation Of Pandemic Funds To Schools

Five states and the District of Columbia have accused the Trump administration of trying to unlawfully divert COVID-19 relief funds from public schools to private schools.

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Movie Theaters Sue New Jersey For Right To Reopen

Movie chains, including AMC Entertainment, Cinemark and Regal Cinemas, are seeking an injunction against Gov. Philip Murphy's phased reopening schedule unless it allows them to reopen.

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Texas Sets State Record With More Than 10,000 New Coronavirus Cases Reported Tuesday

Texas recorded 10,028 new cases, surpassing its previous single-day increase as statewide hospitalizations also set new records.

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Say Her Name: How The Fight For Racial Justice Can Be More Inclusive Of Black Women

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Kimberlé Crenshaw, co-founder of the Say Her Name campaign, about how the Black Lives Matter movement can be more inclusive of Black women.

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Why U.S. Schools Are Still Segregated — And One Idea To Help Change That

Rebecca Sibilia, founder of EdBuild, says a Supreme Court case shaped a funding model for public schools that reinforces inequity. She tells All Things Considered about a new model that could help.

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Trump Sets Date To End WHO Membership Over Its Handling Of Virus

In a letter to the U.N., the president said the United States will terminate its relationship with the World Health Organization effective July 6, 2021. He was met with a barrage of criticism.

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Regardless Of What You Think, 'Irregardless' Is A Word

Grammarians are up in arms over dictionaries including "irregardless." The Merriam-Webster dictionary responds: "We do not make the English language, we merely record it."

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Trudeau Won't Visit Trump. Most Canadians Don't Want To Cross The Border Either

When Canada's prime minister opted not to meet President Trump this week, it sent a message about his country's mood: Most of his fellow citizens want to keep the border closed over coronavirus fears.

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CFPB Strips Some Consumer Protections For Payday Loans

Federal regulators issue a new rule for payday lenders that strips out a key provision crafted during the Obama administration. Lenders no longer have to check that borrowers can repay a loan.

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'The Stakes Are Far Higher Than They've Ever Been': Trump's Niece Pens Tell-All

Mary Trump offers a scathing portrait of the president in a book that very nearly was blocked from publication. Now its publisher is bumping up the release date, and excerpts are starting to surface.

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