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When will we return to normal? The question looms as Fauci says mask-wearing may continue in 2022.

When will we return to normal? The question looms as Fauci says mask-wearing may continue in 2022.

ADPandemic-weary Americans have employed a particular dependent clause so often that it has become a cliche: “When things are back to normal ...”Kids back to school. Parents back at work. Bars. Gyms. Concerts. Travel. Dinner parties.It is a phrase as optimistic as it is anticipatory. But it hides a burning question: When will things be normal again?Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s top infectious-disease doctor, gets this question several times per week, and he is clearly aware of how closely Americans are following his every prediction amid the pandemic.“No, you know, I can’t say that, Dana,”...

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Four reasons experts say coronavirus cases are dropping in the United States

Four reasons experts say coronavirus cases are dropping in the United States

ADIn recent weeks, U.S. coronavirus case data — long a closely-watched barometer of the pandemic’s severity — has sent some encouraging signals: The rate of newly recorded infections is plummeting from coast to coast and . But scientists are split on why, exactly, it is happening.Some point to of vaccine administration, some say it’s because of the natural seasonal ebb of respiratory viruses and others chalk it up to social distancing measures.And every explanation is appended with two significant caveats: The country is still in a bad place, continuing to notch more than 90,000 new cases...

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Fauci says U.S. vaccinations to increase in spring as Biden administration nears doses goal

Fauci says U.S. vaccinations to increase in spring as Biden administration nears doses goal

ADPublic health officials and experts injected some optimism into a dreary cycle of news about the pandemic in the United States on Sunday, sounding hopeful about the springtime availability of vaccines and doses.Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s highest-ranking infectious-diseases doctor, acknowledged that the demand for vaccinations “clearly outstrips supply right now,” but he said he expects the situation to improve in the coming months.“I can tell you that things are going to get better as we get from February into March, into April, because the number of vaccine doses that will be...

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How Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, promoter of QAnon’s baseless theories, rose with support from key Republicans

How Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, promoter of QAnon’s baseless theories, rose with support from key Republicans

ADAs Marjorie Taylor Greene entered a runoff last year to be the Republican nominee for a U.S. House seat in Georgia, her opponent sounded the alarm. He warned top party officials that she had made several dangerous, baseless claims, and that she would tear apart the GOP if she won.But Greene’s widely reported comments about the radical ideology of QAnon and other matters had not stopped a coterie of top Republicans from urging her to run for the seat representing a deeply conservative district in north Georgia, and then issuing fervent endorsements.Greene was “exactly the kind of fighter...

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene endorsed the execution of Democrats in old Facebook posts, report says

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene endorsed the execution of Democrats in old Facebook posts, report says

ADRep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, a booster of conspiracy theories with a track record of making racist statements, repeatedly endorsed violence against Democratic leaders and federal agents, according to of her Facebook activity.Greene (R-Ga.) filled her feed with extremist content for years before she was elected in November, becoming , an extremist ideology based on false claims, to win a seat in Congress. In a January 2019 post, Greene “liked” a comment advocating “a bullet to the head” of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), according to a screenshot published by CNN’s KFile.In another,...

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Biden fires Trump-appointed labor board general counsel who refused to resign

Biden fires Trump-appointed labor board general counsel who refused to resign

ADA standoff between the Biden administration and the National Labor Relations Board’s general counsel ended Wednesday evening in the top lawyer’s firing, according to a White House official.The fracas over now-former general counsel Peter Robb’s tenure unfolded just hours into Joe Biden’s presidency. It began earlier Wednesday, when the Biden administration asked Robb to resign, the White House official said, a precedent-breaking move first reported by .But Robb, a Trump appointee with 10 months left in his Senate-confirmed role, refused. In a letter to the White House, he called the...

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Robin Kemp lost her news job in Clayton County, Ga. — but she kept reporting the news. It paid off on election week.

Robin Kemp lost her news job in Clayton County, Ga. — but she kept reporting the news. It paid off on election week.

Robin Kemp was 12 hours into the longest day of her journalism career when she got a call from a funny number. A British radio station wanted her on air to talk about the presidential election in Clayton County, Ga., where she lives and works. Could she be ready in, oh, 30 seconds?That was Kemp’s first clue that her county, a suburban community south of Atlanta, had become the center of the political world. It was late on Thursday, nearly two full days after polls had closed, and Joe Biden was suddenly on the precipice of overtaking President Trump in Georgia and turning the state blue for...

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A white IRS security guard pulled a gun on an armed man. It was a black police officer — in uniform.

A white IRS security guard pulled a gun on an armed man. It was a black police officer — in uniform.

Sheriff’s deputy Alan Gaston thought they were on the same side. One man, Gaston, was a high-ranking officer in the Lucas County, Ohio, Sheriff’s Department with 34 years of experience. The other was a security guard contracted to protect an Internal Revenue Service office in Toledo. But then the guard pulled his gun. He raised his voice. He put a hand on Gaston’s arm and rested his finger on the trigger. In a matter of seconds, what began with a routine errand at the IRS escalated into a frightening standoff between a white security guard and a black police officer, who said he heard...

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