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Amazon's Jeff Bezos backs Biden's infrastructure plan, supports 'a rise in the corporate tax rate'

Biden's plan would raise the corporate tax rate from 21% to 28%, something the Amazon CEO says the company supports.      
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NASA Mars Photos Show Ingenuity Helicopter's Historic First Flight
The little helicopter flew in the early hours of Monday, and photos were beamed back to Earth hours later. It marks the first time humanity has conducted powered flight on another planet.
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'The Circle' Season 3 Casting: How to Apply for the Next Season of the Netflix Show
"The Circle" may have only just begun its second season on Netflix, but applications are already open for potential future seasons of the social media reality show.
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The World Changed a Lot Since 1986. The Politics of Immigration Hasn't | Opinion
While Congress should pass President Joe Biden's important citizenship bill, our immigration problems will linger until we all begin to imagine our future rather than content ourselves with fixing problems currently before us.
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The Interior Lives of Hoarders
Tomas Schuler / EyeEm / Getty I cannot remember whether I knew what compulsive hoarding was before 2009. Likely not. That year, the TV network A&E put the disorder on the cultural radar in an unparalleled way with its show Hoarders. The series introduced a public audience to a sometimes-private struggle—the obsessive need to acquire objects, coupled with the fear of letting them go—and offered its participants mental-health resources and extensive cleaning services. But it aimed to horrify viewers, too, with its footage of gawking neighbors and close-ups on maggot-filled refrigerators, set to a horror-movie-esque soundtrack. The show attempts the impossible union of a serious psychological analysis with the flair of television; its appeal suggests a fascination with witnessing people’s pain as well as a shared curiosity about our attachments to stuff. The premiere recorded 2.5 million viewers, at the time one of the largest audiences of a premiere in A&E’s history. Now in its 12th season, Hoarders remains one of its most popular shows.I’m an avid reality-TV fan—Plathville, the Real Housewives franchise, and My Strange Addiction all make my rotation—but I’ve always found Hoarders nearly too unsettling to watch. It is not just that I’m seeing people at their most vulnerable as they work through their trauma; it’s that I frequently feel repulsed by them, as I’m supposed to. Every episode ends with what is framed as a redemption: Dumpsters dropped off outside the house, cleaners in respirators disposing of junk, psychologists on hand to reassure participants of the need to let go. Every story ends with an offer of treatment. But if you’re like me, you won’t research whether they’ve successfully been rehabilitated. If they haven’t, the fantasy of the show’s support vanishes. All that’s left is our voyeurism.In an attempt to mitigate my own discomfort, I’ve tried to find an episode that feels more helpful than sensational. I haven’t quite found one. Instead, I’ve found Laura from Season 3, a 47-year-old writer with Stage 4 colon cancer. Her husband, Wayne, a psychologist, has stood by her for 15 years, despite what he calls the “over-accumulation” of stuff in their home. Laura’s two daughters have had their lives upended by their mother’s hoarding: Stephanie, 20, and her young daughter have moved back in to care for Laura. Michelle, 23, struggles with her resentment toward her mother. “I’ve felt before that she chooses these things over me and my sister,” she says, and even if it’s more complicated than that, she isn’t wrong.The TV cameras are not generous: They pan across black mold crawling like moss up the walls; they capture Stephanie’s toddler stumbling over boxes strewn on the floor; they land on dilapidated furniture and dust bunnies twice the size of actual bunnies. Laura’s A&E-appointed psychologist calls the house “probably the worst … I’ve ever been in, in terms of the smell.” The cleanup is almost unbearable to watch. At one point, the camera zooms in on Laura’s face as she cries in the kitchen; she is stricken with guilt for raising her children in this home. Laura is having what might be the worst day of her life, on national television. I’m lying in bed eating chocolate-covered almonds, watching.I imagined that I’d cycle through the same revulsion, pity, and then shame while reading Kate Durbin’s new poetry collection, Hoarders. I suspected that it wouldn’t be able to avoid sensationalism and doubted that a series of poems could really say something new about hoarding. But Durbin’s work has what the A&E show lacks: a capacious sense of humanity, a nuanced understanding of how consumerism might shape compulsions, and a deeply expressed empathy for the subtleties of life under capitalism.Durbin’s characters collect all manner of things: food, plants, books, dolls, novelties. Some of them are loosely inspired by the real-life people appearing in shows such as Hoarders, though Durbin’s fictionalized depictions grant them more freedom. In this reinvention, each character’s own narration takes precedence over the more salacious details of their disorder, bringing us into their personal, sometimes painful, worlds. Each poem consists of connected fragments, little piles. Each stanza reads like a conversation between the person and their stuff. In italics is the character’s inner world. Bleeding into it, unitalicized, is a catalog of objects. As if to say, This here is my wound, and that there is my elixir.Take the first poem, “Marlena,” which follows a woman’s storybook romance to its downfall: But after our daughter was born, my husband started dating other women secretly dozens of Louis Vuitton bags under the bed Connecting Marlena’s circumstances with the objects that weigh her down forces us to reevaluate both. Are the Louis Vuitton bags the symptom of a dissolving relationship? Is the relationship a symptom of a larger trauma? Rampant consumerism is everywhere in these poems, but the stuff is treated with tenderness—sometimes even anthropomorphized. A mother treats her childhood dolls almost as if she’s cradling a small, innocent part of herself: In the kids’ rooms, I have a lot of storage of my dolls too two Bratz dolls huddled on a tiny bed; the pink haired one is holding herself as if she is cold; the other has green skin, a tattered shirt, and a leg brace; next to the Bratz is a their-size Christmas tree The pink-haired Bratz doll holding herself is an embodied gesture; she might even have the capability to feel cold. (I’m reminded of the phenomenon of users naming their Roombas and then not being able to bear replacing them if they malfunctioned.) In some cases, Durbin doesn’t humanize objects so much as imbue them with a perpetual sense of possibility, as with the belongings of one couple, Noah and Allie, who are “omnivores for every kind of information”: You can find a book about anything Crocheting for Dummies, Screenwriting for Dummies, Organic Chemistry for Dummies, British Sign Language for Dummies … The pair are an outlier in the collection, because they’re able to bond over the magnitude of their stuff. A reader might almost forget that their hoarding was a problem, might even begin to see it as a sweet quirk. Of course, the outcome is just as dangerous: “Books behind the front door, collapsing.” Noah has a health condition and Allie knows that an EMT would have a hell of a time navigating through the piles and piles of books in an emergency. A&E / Screaming Flea Prod. / Everett Collection The poems themselves are cluttered, yet their vibrancy is hard to overstate. Durbin astutely marries content and meaning, overwhelming the reader while dialing into our internal monstrous consumer. Why is swimming in this brand soup so exciting? I suppose because I recognize myself there, in a Luna-bar wrapper, a Safeway bag with shriveled lettuce, Drew Barrymore’s Home Collection. I know them all. A typical passage might feel anxiety-producing, disgusting, thrilling, or deeply relatable, sometimes all at once: That was really when I started the snowball effect of all this collecting hundreds of Beanie Babies watching as she shops on eBay; Beanie Baby reindeer, Beanie Baby bat, Beanie Baby panda, Beanie Baby lemur, Beanie Baby snow leopard, Beanie Baby harp seal, Princess Diana Beanie Baby bear; inside the Beanie Babies, legs of smothered Barbies jut out into the air As a kid of the ’90s, I feel an almost erotic desire reading this passage. I recall my Princess Diana Beanie, with small teeth marks on her heart-shaped tag, courtesy of my childhood dog. I cannot think of that baby without thinking of how I always wanted more, how I wanted all of the babies, piled into one of those above-the-bed stuffed-animal nets I’d seen advertised in Sears catalogs.The pleasure I feel in remembering these Beanie Babies is the real achievement of Durbin’s work. To read it is to attach oneself to something mentioned in its pages—an object, a brand, a trauma, a moment. The effect is something like empathy, which brings a reader closer to an experience they might otherwise feel scandalized by or distanced from. These characters are extreme, but are they not also understandable?My attachment to stuff is very different from that of the people in Durbin’s book, or the participants on A&E’s Hoarders. But I recognize myself in Durbin’s hoarders. I think of them as whole because there’s a humanity on the page that doesn’t exist on the screen.Reading these poems makes me curious about my own attachment to objects—how they promise to transform me and, inevitably, turn into obstacles. Sometimes looking around at what I’ve amassed prompts a deep fatigue: piles of clothes, unread books, wrappers, bottles of antidepressants, boxes of sentimental cards, photos, buttons, scraps, receipts, cat toys. When I move from one apartment to another, I donate several trash bags full of stuff and feel relief; so little in life can be let go of as easily as a box of old cassette tapes, novelty graphic tees, and chipped coffee mugs.[Read: The privilege of clutter]But in truth, the reward for letting go is attaching once again. My joy is in the impulsive thrill of acquiring, predicated on a belief that the best version of myself requires the constant consumption of products. The journey of e-commerce—selecting something, placing it in my cart, confirming my order, tracking the package to my doorstep—might not make me happy, but it is the arc of my desire.That consumer cycle would seem relevant to the A&E’s Hoarders conversation. But the show, which tends to prompt the question “How did things get so bad?,” nonetheless seems unconcerned with understanding hoarding as a symptom (an egregious one, but a symptom nonetheless) of capitalism. Durbin, however, is deeply interested in this connection. Because of that, her focus is different. The excrement and the dust are still there, but she also shows us the items a camera might move right past, ones that could tell a more intimate story: “still life of grapes spilling out of a bowl,” “Ancient Rome Gladiator Barbie,” “Mount Rushmore replica.” Durbin encourages us to recognize our urges in these characters’ need to collect, and by extension, our complicity in consumerism. After reading this list, “cracked pineapple jar with something black inside” somehow does not repulse me.Durbin does not offer solutions to hoarding, does not condemn it or ask us to approve of it. Rather, she unboxes these lives for us. What the collection offers in its hypnotic fullness is perhaps akin to a hoarder’s serenity prayer, like the wall sign found among one character’s belongings that reads LORD, HELP ME TO DO WHAT I CAN, WHERE I AM, WITH WHAT I HAVE.After I watched Laura’s episode of Hoarders, I tried to remember something about her that seemed to bring her happiness, and which objects might have represented that happiness to her. She was a writer, but didn’t mention writing bringing her any joy. No amount of clever camerawork could skew the obvious love Laura and her daughters had for one another—even if that love felt like fear at times, or resentment. I think of Wayne, who stayed despite it all. Somewhere in the floor-to-ceiling boxes must have been old anniversary cards from him, family photo albums, manuscripts in progress. If you watch closely enough, you can see Stephanie’s old art projects still hung on the walls.There is empathy to be felt in this story—it just requires more unearthing. I wonder how different Laura’s episode might have been if Durbin had written it as a poem. Maybe it could have gone: “I’m Laura, mother of two beautiful daughters and one granddaughter box of Pampers diapers, line of pill bottles along the kitchen counter, old manuscript in bankers box, Michelle’s macaroni necklace, red wagon wheels on green yarn.”In the final scene, all of Laura’s stuff is gone and the whole family is gathered comfortably in the living room. According to the logic of the show, the clean house, not the family’s resilience, is their redemption. Instead of dividing Laura’s life into a horrific before and a peaceful after, I wish A&E had shown its mundane fullness and complicated joys alongside the pain and the trash. If less time had been spent discussing the odor of the basement, perhaps more time could have been spent acknowledging the heavy lift of loving the most broken parts of one another.
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Relatives of injured Dallas police officer speaks
In the aftermath of the shooting in Dallas, at least one injured police officer is in good condition. Relatives of the officer spoke with Dallas CBS affiliate KTVT.
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FBI Director James Comey testifies on Clinton email case
FBI Director James Comey testified following the decision to close the case on Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server. CBS news chief legal correspondent Jan Crawford joins CBSN to discuss.
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Former president and CEO of NAACP on deadly shootings
Two separate police shootings have left two black men dead. The deadly shootings have sparked outrage and nationwide protests. Former president and CEO of the NAACP Ben Jealous joins CBSN from Baltimore.
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11 People Shot, 3 Officers Killed in Dallas
A peaceful protest of the recent officer-involved shootings was shattered by gunfire in Dallas Thursday night. The Dallas Police Department says two snipers shot 11 officers, killing three. Dallas Police Chief David Brown and Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings held a press conference regarding the shooting.
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Biden preparing for 'tinderbox' with country on edge ahead of verdict in Chauvin trial
President Joe Biden is keeping a watchful eye on this week's closing arguments in the Minneapolis trial of Derek Chauvin, fearful that a controversial verdict could inflame new racial tensions and further escalate a deepening crisis in confidence with the nation's police forces.
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7 L.A. men charged with firebombing African Americans' homes
Seven men from Los Angeles were charged with firebombing homes of African Americans in 2014. They were charged in a ten-count indictment unsealed in federal court recently. CBS News justice reporter Paula Reid joins CBSN with the latest details.
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Witness describes Dallas shootings
A witness to the shootings in Dallas describes the scene to CBS News' David Begnaud.
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Protests held nationwide over police shootings
Across the nation, protesters took to the street to protest recent police shootings in Minnesota, and La. Marlee Hall has a report.
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Billboards troll Warnock, Biden, Abrams over All-Star game as poll says public wants companies out of politics
Conservatives are doubling down on their attacks against Democrats after Major League Baseball moved its All-Star Game from Atlanta in protest of Georgia's new elections law, arguing "lies" about the content of the law led to the decision. 
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Johnson & Johnson said blood clots have been reported with all Covid-19 vaccines. The author of the study they cited says they're wrong.
When news broke that Johnson & Johnson's Covid-19 vaccine might be linked to blood clots, the company responded by pointing a finger at Pfizer and Moderna's vaccines, issuing a media statement that said a study showed there were reports of blood clots with their vaccines as well.
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California Woman Plunges to Her Death After Parachute Fails Midair
The experienced parachutist fell to the ground on Saturday after her equipment reportedly became tangled.
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7/7: Fatal police shooting of Minn. man sparks outrage; the impact of police shootings
Philando Castile was fatally shot by a Minn. police officer during a traffic stop, and his girlfriend recorded the aftermath; all of America is talking about the fatal police shootings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota
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The Cybersecurity 202: Cybersecurity experts say elevating and supporting Black professionals is key to workforce shortage
It's a matter of national security too, they say.
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Full Video: President Obama addresses recent police shootings
President Obama addressed this week's police shootings, saying Americans should be troubled by them. The deaths of two different black men at the hands of police officers in Minnesota and Louisiana was captured in videos. See the president's full remarks.
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Manchester City, Real Madrid lead these very early power rankings of the European Super League's 12 founding clubs
A start date for this proposed European Super League hasn't been announced yet, but we're not going to wait to figure out how these teams stack up.      
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Donald Trump searches for unity on Capitol Hill
Donald Trump went to Capitol Hill on Thursday in search of party unity. He met with House and Senate Republicans, and got mixed reactions. Major Garrett reports.
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NASA Ingenuity Mars helicopter makes history with first powered, controlled flight on another planet
NASA made history Monday with its Ingenuity Mars helicopter making the first-ever powered, controlled flight on another planet.
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After learning from Kobe Bryant and LeBron James, Jordan Clarkson thriving as Jazz sixth man
Jordan Clarkson seems intent on emulating Manu Ginóbili, Lou Williams and Jamal Crawford who starred in sixth man roles.      
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Crowd gathers in Chicago to remember Adam Toledo
The group of people planned to walk around Toledo's neighborhood near where an officer fatally shot him in March.
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Oath Keepers Leader Jim Arroyo Says Militia Being Trained by Police
The Oath Keepers extremist militia believes that a global cabal is plotting to strip Americans of their rights.
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Daniel Shaver's Widow Uses TikTok to Fight for Justice Over Police Shooting
Shaver, a 26-year-old unarmed man, was shot dead in the hallway of a hotel in Mesa, Arizona, in 2016.
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Politicians respond to recent police shootings
President Obama and Hillary Clinton both responded quickly to the recent deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling. Congressman Elijah Cummings went so far as to make a plea to the director of the FBI during a congressional hearing.
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Photos: The Culture Of Whales
Belugas play, a sperm whale nurses, and orcas teach their pups to hunt in a series of photographs from National Geographic photographer and explorer Brian Skerry.
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Former NYPD detective weighs in on police shootings
Director of the Black Law Enforcement Alliance and former NYPD detective Marq Claxton discusses recent police involved shootings.
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What NASA's Mars Ingenuity Helicopter's First Flight Means for Future of Space Exploration
"Showing something is possible is the first step in making it routine," researcher Jonathan Black told Newsweek.
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Minnesota Gov: "Justice must be served" after police shooting
Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton spoke out about the shooting death of Philando Castile, and said nobody should be shot and killed in his state for a traffic stop.
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As a megadrought persists, new projections show a key Colorado River reservoir could sink to a record low later this year
A megadrought that began around the year 2000 continues to grip much of West, and new projections show that key reservoirs on the Colorado River could sink to historically low levels later this year, potentially triggering water cutbacks in 2022.
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Eleven dead, 98 injured after train derails in Egypt
Eleven people were killed and 98 injured on Sunday in a train accident in Egypt’s Qalioubia province north of Cairo, the health ministry said in a statement. The train was heading from Cairo to the Nile Delta city of Mansoura when four carriages derailed at 1:54 p.m. (1154 GMT), about 40 kms (25 miles) north...
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NASA's Ingenuity helicopter makes maiden flight on Mars
It became the first aircraft to fly on another planet.
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Bernie Sanders plans to endorse Clinton
Bernie Sanders has been working through the process to endorse Hillary Clinton. The Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign have been working on this for weeks. The two campaigns are planning an event in New Hampshire.
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Donald Trump meets House and Senate Republicans
Donald Trump hosted a private meeting with House and Senate Republicans ahead of the GOP convention, which is less than two weeks away.
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Study shows vaccines carry much lower risk of blood clots than COVID
Research by Oxford University suggests all major vaccines carry a similar risk of rare clots, and all seem to have much lower risk than infection with COVID-19.
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FBI director defends decision on Clinton email case
During a tense hearing on Capitol Hill, FBI Director James Comey defended the decisions made in the Hillary Clinton email case although he did say that he saw "evidence of great carelessness." Many spoke out in frustration at the FBI's decision to not charge Clinton for her handling of classified information.
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Trump's fight with Murkowski roils GOP with new Alaska Senate challenger emerging
The first major GOP rift in the post-Trump era centers on Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, the maverick Republican who has the strong backing of GOP leaders in Washington but has been targeted for defeat by former President Donald Trump and his closest confidantes over her vote to convict him for inciting the January 6 attack on the US Capitol.
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Live updates: Biden to host bipartisan group of lawmakers as White House continues push on infrastructure bill
Vice President Harris is heading to North Carolina to visit a community college and a manufacturer of electric school buses as part of the White House’s efforts to promote the ambitious $2 trillion plan.
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How will new police shooting investigations play out?
Two black men have been killed by police in the last week. The Justice Department has already launched an investigation into one of the deaths, and it's being asked to investigate the second. Criminal defense attorney A. Scott Bolden joins CBSN for more on the shootings' aftermath.
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Sen. Thom Tillis: Biden's border crisis – he promised security, dignity to migrants. This is how he's failed
The surge of unaccompanied minors, the subpar living conditions of migrants, and the state of an overworked and overwhelmed Border Patrol have been direct consequences of the Biden administration’s failed policies. 
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How to watch ONE on TNT III: Fight card, start time, live stream for John Lineker vs. Troy Worthen
ONE Championship continues the most prolific month in its history this week with the third of four straight events on TNT.      Related StoriesCallout Collection: Who UFC on ESPN 22 winners want next – and how likely they'll get them3 biggest takeaways from Triller Fight Club: Loving to hate Jake Paul, and did Ben Askren dive?'The Ultimate Fighter 29' rosters announced, season premiere date revealed 
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TIME Partners with Crypto.com to Offer Cryptocurrency as a Form of Payment for Digital Subscriptions
Today, TIME will begin accepting cryptocurrency as a form of payment for digital subscriptions through a new partnership with Crypto.com. Subscribers who elect to pay with cryptocurrency will receive unlimited access to content across Time.com for 18 months with their one-time purchase, as well as subscriber-only events and offerings. Currently, purchasing a subscription through cryptocurrency…
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Exclusive: Inside the Facilities Making the World’s Most Prevalent COVID-19 Vaccine
Behind the scenes at the German facilities making COVID-19 vaccines for the world
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My son has autism. Our society has gotten used to him, but it still won't include him.
Without health care and employment, and without friendships, Ryan is not living his life as fully as he could, if only society accepted him.       
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10 of our favorite beachfront restaurants across Florida
The best beachfront restaurants on Anna Maria Island, Clearwater Beach, Daytona, Fort Myers, Jacksonville Beach, Melbourne, Miami, Pensacola and more.       
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How far can Nets go if Kevin Durant, James Harden, Kyrie Irving aren't all healthy?
This certainly wasn't how Nets envisioned things going when they traded for James Harden in January to play alongside Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.      
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There’s a long, global history to today’s Anti-Asian bias and violence
“Foreigners” have been blamed for pandemics and disease all the way back to the bubonic plague -- and probably before.
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