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How Supreme Court vacancies are filled—including in election years

How Supreme Court vacancies are filled—including in election years

Please be respectful of copyright. Unauthorized use is prohibited.On September 19, the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as to whether President Donald Trump would be able to replace her as his term draws to a close. Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to bring Trump’s nominee to a vote—even though just four years prior he had blocked President Barack Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland on the grounds that it was an election year., this Supreme Court vacancy is the second-closest to an election ever—the only one that occurred closer was when Chief...

September 19, 2020
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We still don’t know the origins of the coronavirus. Here are 4 scenarios.

We still don’t know the origins of the coronavirus. Here are 4 scenarios.

Please be respectful of copyright. Unauthorized use is prohibited.The search continues for the origins of the virus that causes COVID-19—and the pathway it took to leap from animals to humans, wreaking havoc across the globe, infecting more than 171 million people and killing more than 3.6 million, .On May 26, the Biden administration to take a closer look at the virus’s origins, including zoonotic transmission—the virus spilling over from another animal to humans—and the possibility of an accidental leak from a laboratory where a wild sample containing SARS-CoV-2 might have been...

April 2, 2021
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Presidents' Day technically only celebrates one president

Presidents' Day technically only celebrates one president

What started as—and legally remains—a celebration of George Washington has transformed into something more.Most American calendars mark the third Monday in February as Presidents' Day. Retailers use the observance to advertise deep discounts over the long weekend. But this holiday doesn’t commemorate all presidents. It's not even legally called Presidents’ Day. U.S. law this holiday "Washington’s Birthday" in honor of the nation’s first president, . And, contrary to its formal declaration more than 50 years ago, the whole thing is still a bit of a sore subject.America has been celebrating...

February 17, 2020
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Here’s what coronavirus does to the body

Here’s what coronavirus does to the body

Please be respectful of copyright. Unauthorized use is prohibited.Much remains unknown about the novel coronavirus ripping through China, but one thing is certain. The disease can cast a storm over the whole human body.Such has been the nature of past zoonotic coronaviruses, ones that hopped from animals to humans like SARS and MERS. Unlike their common-cold-causing cousins, these emergent coronaviruses can spark a viral-induced fire throughout many of a person’s organs, and the new disease—dubbed "COVID-19" by the World Health Organization—is no exception when it is severe. That helps...

March 10, 2020
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Inflamed brains, toe rashes, strokes: Why COVID-19's weirdest symptoms are only emerging now

Inflamed brains, toe rashes, strokes: Why COVID-19's weirdest symptoms are only emerging now

These symptoms sound scary, but they should be expected. Here's what scientists know about the "new" effects of the coronavirus.An infection can inflict serious damage inside your body in many different ways, and COVID-19 seems to use just about all of them. The , which can cause pneumonia or even respiratory failure, and in one of every five patients, it also leads to multiple organ failure.Yet, as the pandemic continues to ravage the world, case reports have emerged of more unusual damage ranging from to , and even , such as full-body rashes in children and the red lesions that have come...

May 21, 2020
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