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If you haven't quite had a chance to focus on the dangers of the delta variant, an internal document from the CDC may help.

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A bipartisan infrastructure deal weeks in the making cleared its first hurdle last night.

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Iranian American journalist Masih Alinejad says she is the target of an alleged kidnapping plot that was foiled by the FBI and recently laid out in a federal indictment.

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Exactly how much can you change the United States with $3.5 trillion?

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Texas Democrats for the second time this year have staged a walkout in an effort to stop Republicans from passing new voting restrictions.

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The push to get America vaccinated is going a little more slowly than President Biden had hoped.

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Today, the U.S. Senate takes up a plan to set federal standards for elections.

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The writer Ibram X. Kendi has been reading a lot of books to his five-year-old daughter, Imani. And when he chooses those books, he makes sure they include many kinds of people.

"I'm also really excited now because her favorite color right now is the rainbow," he says. "And so I feel like we're doing something right because I constantly emphasize this sort of human rainbow and appreciating it."

On a warm May night, the sound of footsteps and a stranger's voice in the darkness outside his home startled a man in Afghanistan. Alarmed, he went to investigate. He saw that someone had affixed something to his door.

He found a handwritten note: "You have been helping U.S. occupier forces and ... you are an ally and spy of infidels, we will never leave you alive."

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President Biden is back at the White House this morning after his high-profile summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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President Biden is wrapping up his work in Brussels today, but he already has his eyes on Geneva.

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For the first time in 12 years, Israelis woke up today with a prime minister who is not Benjamin Netanyahu.

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It was a busy few days in Texas.

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After 12 years, Israel could be nearing a change in leadership.

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Where exactly did COVID-19 come from? President Biden wants the intelligence community to find the answer.

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Just what does a Manhattan prosecutor think he knows about the businesses of former President Trump?

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What's it like to live in a war zone?

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John Osborne and T.J. Osborne are the Brothers Osborne, one of the larger acts in Nashville. Their newest album is called Skeletons, which the pair wrote to be louder than previous material, in order to have something suitable for rowdy crowds in large, booming venues. The only problem? "We put it out and performed it nowhere," John Osborne tells Morning Edition. It was released last year, so only now are they preparing to tour with it.

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How do Israel and Hamas end a war that has now killed hundreds of people?

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Suppose you're a Palestinian living in Gaza. You can't easily leave. Israel and Egypt control the borders. Your local government is dominated by Hamas. And for the past week, Hamas rockets have flown out of Gaza while Israeli bombs have been falling in.

That is the experience for Jamal al-Sharif and his family.

"For a full week now, we couldn't sleep for more than two or three hours in the 24 hours," says al-Sharif. "Children are screaming, shouting all the time. And the situation is terrifying."

Brian Broome began writing a memoir of his life when he was at the absolute bottom — in rehab for drug addiction in his 40s.

"That's where it kind of officially started, and then when I got out of rehab, it just went from there," he tells Morning Edition.

His book, Punch Me Up to the Gods, begins with his father beating a 10-year-old Broome with his fists. The blows by his father, and even his friends, were meant to pound manliness into him.

Broome later came out as gay.

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Just over a week ago, the Middle East was growing tense, but few people could have expected the war that is now underway.

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We've got good news for anyone between 12 and 15 years old. The Food and Drug Administration has approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for kids in that age range.

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This story is part of an NPR series, We Hold These Truths, on American democracy.

Stanley Martin was one of the Black Lives Matter activists who organized last year's protests in Rochester, N.Y. She pushed to change policing from outside the system.

This year, Martin is seeking change from the inside, running in the Rochester City Council primary on June 22. Her focus: "reimagining" public safety. To Martin, this means a radical new plan to abolish the police gradually.

Howard University in Washington, D.C., is the nation's only historically Black university with a classics department, but it provoked criticism last month when it was reported that school officials had decided to eliminate the department.

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