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AOC Scolds Joe Manchin for Deb Haaland Indecision, Cites His Vote To Confirm Jeff Sessions

Manchin is reportedly undecided on whether or not to confirm Biden's interior secretary nominee.
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Greg Abbott Blames Biden Border Policies for Spreading COVID, Days After Lifting Mask Mandate
Abbott says "the president and his administration need to step up and stop this program," ending the process of bringing asylum seekers into the country.
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Dr. Anthony Fauci and West Virginia Governor Jim Justice appear on Sunday's "Face the Nation"
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UFC’s Megan Anderson gets Amanda Nunes title fight after ‘disgusting’ controversy
While preparing for the biggest fight of her life, UFC title contender Megan Anderson earlier this year found herself the center of attention she didn’t ask for, the focus of crude remarks by a male fighter.  Casey Kenney, responding to a question on fellow UFC bantamweight Sean O’Malley’s “The Timbo Sugar Show” podcast, cracked jokes...
Lawmakers call for probe of Cuomo nursing home COVID death cover-up
A Queens lawmaker is calling on state Attorney General Letitia James to investigate Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office alleged cover-up of the accurate count of nursing home residents killed by the coronavirus. “I’m very troubled by this development,” Democratic state Sen. Joe Addabbo told The Post Friday. “The attorney general should conduct a full and complete...
Former Homeland Security chief Chad Wolf on "The Takeout" - 3/5/2021
Former acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf joined Major Garrett to discuss the Department of Homeland Security's offer to assist the U.S. Capitol Police during the January 6 assault on the Capitol on this week's episode of "The Takeout."
UFC 259 predictions: Who are we picking in the three title fights?
Check out our staff members' picks for the UFC 259 main card, which features three title fights.       Related StoriesUFC 259 weigh-in highlights, faceoffs and photo galleryUFC 259 video: Champs Jan Blachowicz, Israel Adesanya get close in final faceoffUFC 259 breakdown: What could be Megan Anderson's path to longshot win vs. Amanda Nunes?
Ava DuVernay’s Debut ‘This Is The Life’ Ranks Among Hip Hop’s Greatest Documentaries
DuVernay's familiarity with the subject matter gives it an authority which is both thorough and affectionate.
The Casual Marvel Fan’s Guide to WandaVision’s Finale
The mid- and post-credits sequences, the ship of Theseus, the Darkhold, “Ralph Bohner,” that alien, and more.
Austin Mayor Steve Adler on Texas ending its statewide mask mandate
Democratic Mayor Steve Adler of Austin, Texas, joined CBSN to discuss his reaction to Republican Governor Greg Abbott ending the statewide mask mandate there next week.
Hillsong leader apologizes ‘unreservedly’ after scandal
The leader of megachurch Hillsong has apologized — but will congregants forgive him?  Five months since the firing of adulterous NYC superstar pastor Carl Lentz — which exposed rifts across the church, fraud accusations and congregant allegations of abuse — Hillsong’s senior pastor and co-founder Brian Houston has for the first time publicly said that...
AstraZeneca hopes to file for COVID vaccine authorization within weeks
The drugmaker is working on a potential new vaccine that could be more effective against variants.
Flying during the pandemic: Pilots' perspective
CNN's Richard Quest reports how many pilots have been forced to adapt due to the pandemic and having a life under Covid-19.
Pittsburgh Penguins discipline staffer for altering fan photo to show proper mask use
"Our social media team should never send out altered photos to our fan base," the Pittsburgh Penguins said, adding it had disciplined the staffer.
Myanmar envoy to UN: It seems like they have a license to kill
CNN's Christiane Amanpour speaks with Dr. Sasa, envoy representing Myanmar's Parliament to the UN, about the ongoing protests in Myanmar.
Best sandals and slides for men 2021: 15 casual but cool summer shoes
Slide into spring and summer in style.
Non-Fungible Tokens Could Change 'Culture, Period,' Says Art Specialist
With one lot at Christie's going for over $3 million at auction, the art world is assessing the value of digital art—but this could just be the beginning for NFTs.
Senate vote on $1.9T stimulus stalled by swing Democrat Manchin on unemployment
The Senate on Friday unexpectedly paused consideration of President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill after Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WVa.) wielded his outsized influence in a debate over unemployment insurance. Manchin supports reducing a weekly federal supplement to $300, down from $400 in the House-passed version of the bill. But there are dueling proposals on...
Review: 'The Orphanage,' an imperfect yet charming blend of Bollywood and Soviet Afghanistan
An underage ticket scalper is sent to a boys' home near the end of Soviet-era Afghanistan in Shahrbanoo Sadat's Bollywood-tinged drama "The Orphanage."
Allegedly impaired NJ dad drove 11-year-old son onto railroad tracks, got stuck: cops
A New Jersey dad allegedly high on drugs and with a stash of $110,000 cash got behind the wheel of a car with his 11-year-old son inside and drove the pair onto railroad tracks — where they got stuck, according to cops. Elmwood Park Police rescued Asad Ali, 55, and his son from the Toyota...
Zappos founder Tony Hsieh's self-described 'right-hand person' seeking over $9M from his estate
Creditor’s claims filed in a Las Vegas court shed more light on Tony Hsieh’s self-described "right-hand" person’s bid for money she said the Zappos founder owed her, according to a recent report.
Trump State Department official charged for attacking police in Capitol riot
A former Trump State Department political appointee appeared in Washington, DC, federal court Friday after being charged for pushing against police in the Capitol building during the January 6 insurrection.
The 2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo is the world's-quickest off-road station wagon
The 2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo has been revealed with blistering performance and prices starting at $92,250.
Latina lawmaker mocked for accent while discussing racial disparities in Maryland: 'I was in disbelief'
Councilmember Nancy Navarro of Montgomery County, Maryland was discussing racial disparities in vaccination rates when she was mocked for her accent.
Progressives grapple with path forward as hopes of passing minimum wage fade
The Senate dealt progressives a blow they have been trying to prevent but knew was coming by voting down an amendment to include a $15 minimum wage in President Joe Biden's Covid relief package.
Biden calls for teachers to receive COVID-19 vaccines "immediately"
President Biden has called for teachers and support staff to be prioritized for vaccines against COVID-19. Laura Meckler, a national education reporter for The Washington Post, joined CBSN's Tanya Rivero to discuss the difficulties of reopening schools during the pandemic.
Why isn’t Biden a Nazi, too and other commentary
Iconoclast: Why Isn’t Biden a Nazi, Too? The left acted like President Trump “was always either embodying the evils of the Second World War or propelling humanity into a third,” but now that President Biden is “doing a lot of the same things,” it’s telling that no one is calling him a Nazi, notes Spiked...
PM Update: Loads of sunshine but still chilly through the weekend
Temperatures are more like February than March.
A turning point for voting rights
The future of voting rights — in state legislatures across the country and before the Supreme Court.
Proposed Senate bill aims to fight illegal deforestation globally
There's a push on Capitol Hill to hold nations accountable for illegal deforestation. Tanya Rivero spoke with CBS climate and energy reporter Cara Korte about a new bill proposed by Democratic Senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii.
Texas Sheriff Candidate Pleads Guilty to Misleading FBI About Racist Social Media Posts
A former sheriff’s candidate in West Texas admitted to posting racist messages on his social media accounts in previous years after initially blaming his political rival for fabricating the content. The politician ultimately pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about the incident.
Democrats Rage as $15 Minimum Wage Effort Fails: 'Despicable, Unacceptable'
Several prominent Democrats expressed disappointment and frustration after several Democrats joined Republicans in the Senate in rejecting Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-VT) effort to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.
Backlash After Washington Post's ‘March 4 Threat from Militant Trump Supporters’ Story a ‘Mirage'
After warning to brace for violence at the Capitol by “QAnon crackpots” who believed former President Trump would return to power on March 4 (the country’s original Inauguration Day), with a militant group possibly plotting to breach the Capitol again, the Washington Post followed up by declaring the supposed threats a mere “mirage.”
Appeals court reverses decision tossing Derek Chauvin’s third-degree murder charge
A decision to toss out the third-degree murder charge against ex-Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin in the police-custody death of George Floyd was reversed by an appeals court Friday, according to a report. The reversal could delay the trial of the former officer, who already faces second-degree murder and manslaughter raps, an NBC-TV affiliate reported. The...
Virgin Galactic shares plummet after chairman dumps $213M stake
Virgin Galactic’s stock took a nosedive Friday after chairman Chamath Palihapitiya cashed out his personal stake for about $213 million. Shares in Richard Branson’s space-exploration firm tumbled 21 percent to a low of $23.95 after Palihapitiya, a prominent venture capitalist, revealed that he dumped the last 6.2 million shares in his personal portfolio. The stock...
Kanye’s Campaign Store May Land Him in Deep Trouble With the Feds
REUTERSFormer Birthday Party presidential contender Kanye West has not yet terminated his campaign, but he has disabled donations and removed merch from his website after receiving a notice from the Federal Election Commission and numerous complaints about extended shipping delays from some of his zoomer donors hopeful that their federal contribution would return a black-market payday.The unusual violations in the West campaign’s FEC reports include multiple donations from minors, multiple possible contributions from foreign nationals and several fake names and addresses that trace to drop-shipping warehouses on both coasts. On top of that, experts say, West himself may face an investigation for unlawful fundraising practices that pulled in nearly $100,000 in small donations this year.“In five-plus years of doing this I’ve never come across something like this,” said Jordan Libowitz, communications director for government watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, which has filed 14 federal lawsuits targeting illegal campaign finance activity since 2016.Read more at The Daily Beast.
NY AG: Monahan encouraged cops’ ‘unlawful behavior’ during George Floyd protests
Outgoing Chief of Department Terence Monahan “actively encouraged and participated in [NYPD’s] unlawful behavior” during the George Floyd protests over the summer, the state attorney general charges in a scathing new court filing. The amended complaint filed Friday by New York Attorney General Letitia James takes aim at the highest-ranking uniformed officer as he’s set...
Biden Allies See Urgency in Confirming Xavier Becerra As Immigration Woes Deepen
Democrats and Latino leaders say the delay to confirm Xavier Becerra as secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) has effects beyond the ever-present pandemic, and includes the Biden administration's deepening immigration woes.
Gig workers could end up losers in Covid relief bill
The industry says it’s getting ambushed, complaining it didn’t even know lawmakers were planning the tax crackdown.
CIA Sees Diversity as Weapon Against Changing Threats from China, Russia
"As you think about how the world has evolved, and how it continues to evolve, and our need to actually address those changes in the evolution of the threat," senior CIA official Sheronda Dorsey told Newsweek, "we need diverse candidates that are coming from all walks of life, all backgrounds."
Stream It Or Skip It: ‘City Of Ghosts’ On Netflix, An Animated Documentary-Style Show Where Kids Find “Ghosts” From L.A.’s Past
Creator Michelle Ito combines scripted animation and documentary-style interviews to give children a view of Los Angeles' recent past.
Fact Check: Are COVID-Positive Migrants Allowed to Cross Southern Border Into U.S.?
As President Biden rolls back Trump-era immigration policies, some fear that a surge of migrants at the southern border will spread coronavirus across the country.
Raven Leilani, author of Luster, on how to be alone in New York City
Raven Leilani at the Vox Book Club The novelist joins the Vox Book Club to discuss her smash hit debut. The Vox Book Club is linking to to support local and independent booksellers. The Vox Book Club spent this February with Raven Leilani’s Luster, a rich and powerful debut novel about the artistic development of a young Black woman. Luster follows Edie, who dreams of becoming a painter but finds herself working a series of terrible entry-level jobs in New York City instead. At the end of her rope, she winds up moving in with her white boyfriend, his white wife, and their Black daughter in their peaceful house out in the suburbs. There, Edie can at last find time to paint — but violence and turmoil lurk around the corners. At the end of the month, as is our tradition, we met up with Leilani live on Zoom. Together, we talked through the problems of navigating the world as a Black woman, how to make New York City a character in your novel, and what it means to become an artist, no matter what your medium is. You can check out our full conversation in the video above or read highlights in the transcript below, lightly edited for length and clarity. And if you’d like to keep the fun going, sign up for the Vox Book Club newsletter and stay tuned for the discussion of our March book, Naomi Alderman’s The Power. Now let’s talk art! The vulnerability of this book is so important, especially because so much of what Edie is experiencing is being in these weirdly gate-keeping industries. Which is something that you’ve also experienced. Besides being in an MFA program, you worked in publishing for a while, and those are both places where people spend a lot of time talking about what it takes to make a book publishable and what’s allowed and what isn’t. So did you feel those expectations or those conversations shaping the way you were going into the novel? A lot of the book came from that sense of what you have to do in order to advance as a Black woman in the workplace. You have to engage in that performance. You have to project a professional avatar, and I feel like that itself is very loaded. Often as you come to work with the reduced self, understanding that as a Black professional your margin for error is very thin. In fact, that’s why this book is published under Raven Leilani [rather than her full name, Raven Leilani Baptiste]. The very first things I ever published were short stories and poetry, which I published while I was working a handful of jobs. I felt that I had to keep my artistic pursuits separate from what was actually feeding me. And part of that was because I had felt I had to defer to that expectation that I’d be kind of a sterile avatar in order to get anywhere professionally. But yes, I definitely, in writing this book, was thinking a lot specifically about the character Edie, who’s an aspiring artist. I was thinking about how to depict that in a way that felt honest. And for me, the most honest way of depicting that journey was showing how you navigate around the world to do the work that you need emotionally. And then so much of what is at the heart of the book is about Edie’s artistic maturity and becoming a painter. I know you’ve worked as a painter as well, or it’s been an area of yours. So what was your experience in that medium like, and then what was it like to transition more toward writing? It was really, truly my first love. That’s always how I talk about painting: the very first thing I really loved and wanted to do with my life. I was in a really great public high school that had a wonderful art program that was really rigorous. We would constantly produce work, and the critique was essential to the program. I always had a canvas under my arm. But any art form where critique is central, it orients you to be aware of your competition, your peers, and also makes you very realistic on where you are in your journey. So when I was graduating high school, I was applying to programs and trying to think if I was going to go to a strictly art school or a liberal arts school. And I looked at my work and it didn’t feel quite there yet. And so this book partly came from that. Partly came from my obsession with art but also what it feels like to grapple with your limits and to grapple with self-doubt. That is where I started. I have a love of the medium, but I also am very close with the emotional trajectory of art-making, and I really wanted to put that on the page. But it’s also something that now I come to on my own time, and I really love just even the tactile element. It was important for me to get on the page. How do you feel the artistic and emotional journey of making a painting is different from the emotional journey of making a story or a novel? How do those two processes line up against each other? Where they overlap for me is that both, for me, require a level of study that I think is necessary if you’re trying to replicate a reality that has texture, that has feeling, and that feels true. Both would require curiosity and studiousness. How they’re different for me is that with writing, I never really know if the thing is going to pan out until the end, but I still do feel like I have some control over how it ends up. With painting, I don’t know if this will always be how it is for me, but it really isn’t until it’s done that I feel like it’s worked out. When I’m in my painting, I’m lost until it’s done. And so, in a way, I guess, both are a kind of discovery. And practicing both has made me have to be kinder to myself and be more realistic about the process, which is really messy and which is absolutely not a photogenic kind of process. I really think that both have taught me that sometimes you kind of have to step away and rest. But also — this is, I think, a metaphor that a lot of people use, but painting itself looks terrible until it’s done, right? You have to get those layers down one after the other, to trust that what happened, what will come out in the end will be good or will be something of substance. And with writing, I feel the same way. It’s a mess, until it’s done. And I think the controlled messiness of the characters is part of what’s so compelling about Luster. Especially for Edie, because she is very unruly in a way that it feels like we rarely get to see Black women characters be. To have a character who gets to make casual jokes about her abortion feels like a very Fleabag, messy-white-girl kind of thing. So what did it mean to you to be able to develop what this character looks like as a Black woman? It was really exhilarating, and it was really liberating. To be able to depict a Black woman who is fallible in that way, who’s grappling with her own darkness, but also the darkness that’s out there in the world she kind of has to contend with or to survive. It was important to me that her messiness not be pathologized. When I came to this project, I knew that I wanted to write a messy Black woman. Because I am a messy Black woman, and most of us are, but I wanted to make space for that expression. Because in our culture, we valorize or reward the stoicism of Black women. And I think that that is, in a way, rewarding our silence. Black women who are stoic and who are intact in the face of adversity and trauma, we call them brave and we call them strong. But being able to feel is human. I think that the expectation that we have that stoicism is an extremely dehumanizing thing. And it also has real-world ramifications across the board. There’s a lot of reporting on this: Our pain is illegible, and one piece of that is that expectation of our stoicism. So it was important to me to write against that, to write against respectability. And not even just allow her to be human, but also to make the wrong choices, as we all do, and in that way to present the human being as a whole, not necessarily well behaved. But I don’t think you have to be or should have to be well behaved to be afforded empathy. That was my project in writing messy Black voices. It was reporting. I was reflecting the data that is in my life, in the lives of women I love, but I also was trying to write against that. It’s wild how literal that can be. I’ve read studies that Black and Hispanic women are less likely to be given literal painkillers in the hospital. There was a really wonderful essay about Luster in the Virginia Quarterly Review by Kaitlyn Greenidge, where she reads Edie as a black female flâneur: someone who observes the city and moors herself in it but is not a member of the community and doesn’t interact with it. So how were you thinking about Edie’s relationship with New York City, which is such a character in this book? Edie is an aspiring artist. So it’s imperative that she be studious and that she’s curious and watchful. She does that literally in this book, where she’s cataloging her environment and trying to figure out a way toward her self-portrait through her environment and having trouble with it in that way. And her Blackness, too, is a big part of why she has to be studious and hypervigilant. But as far as New York as a character, that, too, was my love of this city. And also the material, a crazy amount of material of the city you can consume. But also, sitting somewhere in the text, Edie is thinking, and the way she thinks about the city is through her love of the anonymity it grants. I feel that deeply as an introvert. The good feeling of feeling like you are faceless and lost. Those things sound terrible. It’s easier to be alone in a crowd in New York than anywhere else. You feel like you’re a part of something, like a living breathing organism that’s made by everyone here. As a character, New York is this dense environment that she feels can grant her this anonymity that she doesn’t really enjoy in some parts of her life, as a person who is Black and female. But it also is a city that is full of motion and speed and rhythm and that, in sort of her darker moments, she is just trying to keep her head above water. So it is both. It is both a place of peace, but also a place where she loses herself in not the great sense. It was important for me to kind of use that backdrop in the way that I had felt it personally. And then, of course, she goes off to the suburbs where the Walkers are. And traditionally in this kind of novel, the suburbs are sort of stultifying. They’re a trap, and you have to get out. But for Edie, they become this really hostile place of surveillance where she’s just always being watched and there’s this threat of potential violence running through it. So how did you think about seeding that possibility of violence into the background of the novel? That part of the book is two-sided. When she arrives in the suburbs, it’s a place she’s freed from having to think about rent. She’s actually able to turn her attention to her work and start painting. So it’s a place that is extremely fertile for her when she finally gets going, but also, because she is a Black woman, it is not this idyllic place of stasis. The malaise isn’t that nothing happens. There is this assumption that she doesn’t belong there, and she feels it immediately, and she feels how that surveillance can become violence. When I wrote those scenes, I wanted to write both what that space and what that silence allows you in terms of your work, but also what is often behind that silence. The way that it can be violent even if it’s more covert, and the way that can become less covert at the drop of the hat. And yet at the same time, there is all of that joy in this book. There’s the disco and there’s the Comic-Con. So how did you think about balancing those two emotional poles? It was really important to me to have, in this book, a lot of dark corners, in this book that is about — I’m trying to replicate the consciousness of a Black woman. I felt a responsibility to tell the truth but also to make space for there to be joy. And so yes, there’s disco, partly because it’s a genre I really love and I feel like it embodies that joy. It was important for me to have these sites where the Black women can let down their guard and enjoy themselves and engage earnestly with something they love. I want to talk a little bit about the pacing. It’s almost musical the way that sometimes Edie will be sort of hurtling through an experience in this really breakneck pace, like the first sex scene that is just this one single sentence. And then other times, it turns into this sort of languorous and fragmented timeline. So how did you think about feeling your way through to the right rhythm as you were writing? When you’re writing, I feel like the worst thing you can do is to be thinking, “What will people think when they read this? Who’s gonna want to continue to the end?” When it comes to the structure, I was really thinking about any potential readers. I was thinking, how do I keep a reader with me? How do I make sure that they’re not bored and are reading toward something? That was a huge part of why I structured it that way and perhaps even why the book is short as it is. But also, you want to keep that excitement and life. So that I’m writing toward something but also so that the readers are reading toward something. In the pacing, I think on a sentence level, language was my biggest tool. That sex scene you were talking about, in order to try and convey the frenzy and the desperation of this moment where she really, really wants to have sex with this person and she doesn’t understand why it’s not happening. I actually do think that the not having sex is also really interesting real estate. And so, in order to convey that frenzy, I use language. I used long sentences, also, to help me transition in time. I was just talking with someone recently about why I did that, and part of it is because I think time is such a hard thing to kind of make palpable, the passing of time, and so I tried to do that with motion and with language. So now let’s go to our audience Q&A. There are a couple of people who want to know about the choice to call the novel Luster. There are a few meanings there, right? The title that I came in with was not the title that I ended up with. This was a real brainstorming session that I have with my editor, Jenna Johnson, who’s amazing. We landed on Luster, and as soon as I saw it in my Notes app, on the list of names I was considering, it felt right. It felt right because it does have that most initial thing, which is that wordplay of lust. Desires are central to the book. And there is that luster of the fantasy up against the flesh, or the fantasy up against the real-life complications of pursuing something or trying to remain attached to a human being. And then also, more importantly, for me the title is about how to retain that when we’re trying to strive for something that is difficult, in a world that is difficult. Edie is trying to remain intact, fighting a war on a number of fronts and trying to retain that spark, and God bless her, in the midst of a tumultuous year. And also in an environment that would have her dampen her spirit and her personhood.
Baseball is back!: Post’s week in photos
Baseball players and fans return to the field during the start of Spring Training games in Florida.
How ‘A Million Little Things’ will play out this season
"A Million Little Things" returns this Thursday (March 11 at 10 p.m.) for an unprecedented 14-episode run -- after only four episodes aired last fall due to primetime's juggling act triggered by the pandemic shutdown.
Condos along Chicago’s Gold Coast area targeted by gunfire, cops say
Chicago police are warning residents in the city’s upscale Gold Coast neighborhood to be on the lookout for an alleged gunman targeting condo buildings. Four condo units along the 1100 block of North Lake Shore Drive have been struck by gunfire within the past three weeks, damaging windows or the building’s façade, Chicago police said...
Monster fish from Amazon River spotted in Florida
Slither over, Burmese pythons — Florida’s next invasive carnivore could be a 10-foot monster fish that can leap out of the water and eat small mammals. “I can’t imagine it’s good for our ecosystem,” Josh Constantine, a charter fishing captain, told the South Florida Sun Sentinel of the arapaima, an Amazon River predator that can...
Nick Faldo’s cheap shot was really meant to help Rickie Fowler
Nick Faldo wants a mulligan for the Masters shot he directed earlier this week at one of the game’s most visible stars, Rickie Fowler. The CBS Sports golf analyst released a video Thursday explaining that he only was joking and attempting to motivate Fowler when he tweeted “Good news is if he misses the Masters...
Black mother in Rochester pepper sprayed by cops
A Rochester police officer has been placed on administrative duty after using pepper spray on a woman suspected of shoplifting who tried to escape with her 3-year-old child in her arms, authorities said Friday. (March 5)