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CNN's Cuomo: 500,000 COVID Deaths 'Came Because of How We Denied the Reality' - Reality 'Was Scripted to Suit Political Interests'

On Monday’s broadcast of CNN’s “Cuomo Primetime,” host Chris Cuomo stated that the high number of coronavirus deaths “came because of how we denied the reality in this country.” And that “misinformation has been a killer, and it has been
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A civil rights hero's posthumous memoir a guidebook for today's activists
Standing on the steps of a courthouse, the Rev. Cordy Tindell "C.T." Vivian pleaded for the right of every person to vote with "verbal jabs" when a sheriff literally jabbed him, beating and knocking him to the ground.
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A Race To Protect His Country — And His Mother
For this health expert based in Boston, the effort to get vaccines to his native South Africa was intensely personal.
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NASCAR at Homestead-Miami 2021: Start time, lineup, TV schedule and more for Dixie Vodka 400
All the information you need to get ready for Sunday's Dixie Vodka 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.      
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It's Not Just Texas. The Entire Energy Grid Needs An Upgrade For Extreme Weather
The Texas blackout is a reminder that climate-driven extreme weather stresses the U.S.'s power system in many ways. Much is needed to harden the grid for the future as the number of outages increase.
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Co-working companies are trying to tap into customers experiencing work-from-home fatigue
The remote-work industry suffered a significant blow during the pandemic. At least 226 co-working locations closed permanently in 2020, according to Upsuite, a co-work matching service. But the industry sees a market in workers exhausted by work-from-home life.
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A Chapter In U.S. History Often Ignored: The Flight Of Runaway Slaves To Mexico
As the U.S. Treasury considers putting Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill to honor her role in the northbound underground railroad, there is new attention to the often-overlooked southbound route.
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In 'Girlhood,' Teens Across The Globe Write About Their Everyday Lives
'Girlhood,' a collection of diary-style entries by teen girls, aims to bust stereotypes about cultures while revealing girls' everyday lives.
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Here’s What’s New on Amazon Prime in March 2021
From 'Coming 2 America' to 'Back to the Future'
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Here’s Everything New on Netflix in March 2021—And What’s Leaving
From 'Waffles + Mochi' to 'Last Chance U: Basketball'
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The 25 Best Comedy Movies on Netflix, According to Critics
In need of a good laugh? Stop aimlessly scrolling Netflix and choose from one of these acclaimed comedies to enjoy, streaming now on the platform.
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The History of Women in Public Office
From the first woman elected to the United States Senate in 1932, to Kamala Harris being sworn in as the first female vice president, here are some important firsts and influential female players in American political history.
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Confused About Bitcoin as I Am? Some Answers to Your Questions | Opinion
Here's a Q&A with a Bitcoin cryptocurrency expert.
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Public health experts say ‘we can’t give up on testing’ as vaccinations ramp up
Testing is down a third as infections dip in Virginia, Maryland and the District.
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Q&A with Cameron Esposito: Putting out a memoir during a pandemic and facing the darkness onstage
“For a long time, I was using standup to talk about my life, what had happened to me,” the comedian says.
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Snow, severe weather and flood threats across the Eastern US
Icy conditions on the Yellowstone River Bridge in Billings, Montana led to a 30 vehicle pile-up that resulted in the closure of I-90 for hours on Saturday.
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ChargePoint CEO Pasquale Romano on When American Cars Will Go All-Electric
Car charging stations are a hot new employee benefit.
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Marjorie Taylor Greene Calls Herself Congress's 'It Girl' On SNL Weekend Update
Cecily Strong reprised her role as the freshman Congresswoman to discuss her latest controversy on SNL's Weekend Update.
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DeSantis: 'Flawed assumptions' led some states to send COVID-positive patients to nursing homes
"Flawed assumptions" about overcrowded hospitals led states like New York to order coronavirus-postive patients into nursing homes during the early days of the pandemic, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis told "Life, Liberty, & Levin."
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What the Pandemic Revealed About Sports
The night that sports began shutting down was the night that the United States began shutting down. On March 11, 2020, an announcer at the Oklahoma City Thunder’s home arena told fans just before tip-off that the evening’s game had been postponed. Within an hour, the visiting Utah Jazz revealed that a player—soon identified as the center Rudy Gobert—had tested positive for COVID-19, and the NBA also declared that it was indefinitely suspending the season. Suddenly, Americans were forced to accept that the coronavirus pandemic was going to completely disrupt everyday life.Although the NBA eventually resumed its season by creating a playoff bubble, and other professional and college leagues figured out a way to return in some form, the sports world is still struggling for normalcy nearly a year after widespread shutdowns began and fans turned their attention to matters of life and death.As the pandemic dragged on, the leagues, universities, pro franchises, and other entities that profit from a multibillion-dollar sports economy made a push for games to return. But these efforts also reflected a working assumption that the mere presence of sports would provide comfort, and perhaps a welcome distraction, for people who wanted to escape the horrors of the pandemic, at least momentarily.But the ratings for some of the biggest sporting events in the past year show that the public’s emotional connection to sports during a tumultuous time has been grossly overestimated. In practically every sport, the number of television viewers nosedived in 2020, despite the fact that more people than usual were stuck at home. Compared with the previous year, ratings were down 51 percent for the NBA Finals, 61 percent for the NHL finals, and 45 percent for tennis’s U.S. Open. Not even the Kentucky Derby was safe: Ratings dropped 49 percent from the previous year. The 8.3 million viewers represented the derby’s lowest TV audience ever.The NFL has long been immune to ratings pressures, but not this year. The NFL couldn’t have asked for a better story line for the Super Bowl earlier this month. The game pitted Tom Brady, the celebrated Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback seeking his seventh Super Bowl win at age 43, against Patrick Mahomes, the brilliant young Kansas City Chiefs star who has become the new face of pro football. The game should have been a ratings bonanza. Instead, the Super Bowl drew its lowest ratings in 15 years.[Justin Ellis: There is no escapism from America’s current crises]Not even Brady and Mahomes could overcome some daunting underlying trends. In recent years, sports programming has had to compete harder for fans’ attention. Streaming platforms such as Netflix and Hulu have exploded in popularity as more Americans are severing ties with their cable and satellite companies. That shift has accelerated during the pandemic. In 2020, streaming services saw a 50 percent hike in viewership from the previous year. Even before the pandemic, cord-cutting had become a real challenge to sports-network giants such as ESPN, which currently has 83 million subscribers. Ten years ago, ESPN had just over 100 million subscribers.Plenty of evidence suggests that sports broadcasts aren’t resonating as well with Generation Z—Americans born after 1996—as they did with previous generations. According to a recent poll, only 53 percent of Gen Zers identify as sports fans. And more troubling for networks that have invested heavily in live sports, Gen Zers are half as likely as Millennials to watch live sports regularly, and twice as likely to never watch.Exacerbating those trends, the pandemic has made sports unusually tough to follow. The normal sports calendar was wildly reshuffled. The NBA Finals, which are usually played in June, began in October. Normally in April, pro golf’s storied Masters Tournament was moved to November. In college football, well more than 100 games were canceled or postponed as many colleges and universities struggled to deal with the virus. During some weeks of the NFL season, games were played on Tuesdays or Wednesdays because positive COVID-19 tests by players and staff had delayed games scheduled for the previous weekend. In late November, the Denver Broncos actually had to play their game against the New Orleans Saints without any quarterbacks on the roster because of COVID-19 protocols. (To fill the position, Denver tapped a wide receiver from its practice squad.) The NCAA men’s March Madness tournament will take place this year, but inside a bubble in Indianapolis, and with a limited number of fans.[Jemele Hill: Denial isn’t working out for college football]Even though the sports world did provide several moments of reprieve for the nation—for example, ESPN’s highly successful documentary series on Michael Jordan—it ultimately could not make fans forget certain harsh realities. Even if some fans were able to compartmentalize the pandemic’s heavy toll, the sports-viewing experience only reminded fans of just how abnormal things were. The pageantry and traditions in sports largely were missing. The Augusta National Golf Club’s “Amen Corner” had no roaring crowd during the Masters. When Green Bay Packers players scored touchdowns at Lambeau Field, they did the famous “Lambeau leap” into empty stands—if they did it at all. The new normal for fans is watching games with manufactured crowd noise and virtual or cardboard fans in the stands.The overriding lesson from the past year is that too much money was at stake for pro and college sports not to forge ahead—no matter how awkward, hypocritical, and exploitative the attempt might be. On March 7, the NBA will hold its All-Star Game festivities in Atlanta, despite serious objections by players, including the superstar LeBron James. The dynamic showcase event is usually stretched out over the course of a weekend, but this year the All-Star Game, slam-dunk contest, skills competition, and three-point-shooting contest will be shoehorned into one day. The bad optics are difficult to ignore. When the NBA announced plans for the event, Georgia had one of the worst COVID-19 death rates in the nation. And even though the league has instituted strict health and safety protocols for its All-Star events—which include requiring participating players and their guests to travel by private transportation—the league clearly believes that trying to create some version of All-Star Weekend is worth potentially exposing its best players. Not to mention that the presence of this event is complicating the jobs of Atlanta officials. Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has already pleaded with basketball fans not to travel to her city for the event and for party promoters not to host All-Star-related events. But considering the state’s lenient COVID-19 restrictions, Bottoms’s pleas may be totally ignored.Since that fateful night in Oklahoma City last March, the sports world hasn’t been the escape that some fans desperately needed it to be. It has simply mirrored the chaos the entire country has experienced. During a deadly pandemic, a lot of people just couldn’t bring themselves to enjoy the distraction that sports traditionally provide.
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NASA spacewalk: Watch astronauts Kate Rubins and Victor Glover outside the space station
NASA astronauts Kate Rubins and Victor Glover Jr. are conducting a spacewalk outside of the International Space Station Sunday. This spacewalk is expected to last for 6.5 hours and will assist with solar array upgrades for the space station.
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NASA spacewalk: Watch astronauts Kate Rubins and Victor Glover outside the space station
It's a nice day for a spacewalk.
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Portland anti-ICE rioters smash windows, spray-paint businesses; downtown merchants frustrated
Rioters vandalized several buildings in downtown Portland, Ore., on Saturday night in one of the largest protests in weeks, according to reports.
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What Learned About Ourselves In the First Year of the Pandemic
And why March may be our psychological turning point
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Op-Ed: Twitter condemns dad who let daughter struggle to open a can. What should he have done?
After a daughter asked her dad how to use a can opener, he let her struggle to figure it out. When kids ask for help, how should you respond?
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Opinion: We're about a year into the pandemic. Tell us your thoughts and memories
When was the moment you realized life would change? We wants readers to share their thoughts almost a year into the COVID-19 pandemic upending society.
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Golden Donald Trump Effigy Seen at CPAC Was Made in Mexico
Designer Tommy Zegan said his sculpture paid tribute to the former president's commitment to creating more American manufacturing jobs.
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McManus: The dumbest thing Ted Cruz said last week. Hint: It wasn't about his Mexico trip
In criticizing Health and Human Services nominee Xavier Becerra for not being a doctor, Cruz betrayed his ignorance about the kind of Cabinet we need.
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D.C.-area forecast: Soggy at times today into early Monday; highs in the 40s and 50s through midweek
Showers are steadiest today during the morning into early afternoon, then becoming more spotty in nature.
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Editorial: L.A. can begin to solve its affordable housing crisis in 2021
The Housing Element is the perfect opportunity to make Los Angeles' housing and land-use policies match its leaders' progressive rhetoric.
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Where are Mexico's disappeared? Many have been in government graves all along
Some 80,000 Mexicans have disappeared in the last 15 years. Many are now thought to be in government custody — among the thousands of corpses that pass through morgues each year without ever being identified and end up in common graves.
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Taliban could return, Karzai warns
The Taliban could make a comeback and take over Afghanistan again, President Hamid Karzai warned Monday at an international conference on Afghanistan's future.
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Tainted water leak at Fukushiima Daiichi
Workers at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility have discovered a leak of 45 metric tons of radioactive water, operator Tokyo Electric Power Company said in a statement Monday.
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Clinton talks to Pakistani leader
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke Saturday with Pakistan's prime minister amid strained relations between the two nations.
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Hong Kong wife wins $154 M divorce payout
A Hong Kong judge ordered a wealthy real estate mogul to pay his former wife $154 million in one of the city's largest divorce settlements.
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Full text: Obama letter to Aung San Suu Kyi
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton personally delivered a letter from President Barack Obama to Myanmar's leading democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi Thursday. Here is the letter in full as released by the State Department:
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Full text: Obama letter to Myanmar president
The full text of a lettter Hillary Clinton personally delivered from President Barack Obama to Myanmar's President Thein Sein Thursday.
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Aging China hit by rising HIV infection among the elderly
When an old widower from the central Chinese city of Wuhan went into hospital last summer because of a persistent high fever, he was diagnosed with the AIDS virus -- and made national news.
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Manila's little people seek their own community
Crowded, gritty, and poor, Metro Manila can be a tough place to live; but when you stand 3ft 10in the odds are seriously stacked against you.
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Suu Kyi briefs U.S. think tank
Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi told a major U.S. think tank Wednesday she intends to run for parliament.
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Anti-Taliban leader killed in car bomb attack
Hashim Khan, an anti-Taliban tribal leader, was killed in northwest Pakistan on Wednesday when a bomb hidden in his car detonated, police said.
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Clinton looks for signs of change in Myanmar
When Hillary Clinton arrives in Myanmar on Thursday she will be visiting a country still trying to make sense of rapid government reforms.
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Ai Weiwei: Wife held by Chinese police
The wife of Ai Weiwei was taken from the Chinese artist's studio by police Tuesday and was questioned for three hours, the high-profile dissident said.
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NATO's perilous Kunar mission
The mistaken NATO air attack on Pakistani military outposts over the weekend, in which 24 soldiers were killed, was an accident waiting to happen.
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Iranian base blast caused extensive damage
An Iranian military compound that blew up earlier this month was extensively damaged, an analysis of new satellite imagery shows.
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Afghanistan announces security handover plan
Afghanistan's president announced Sunday a second group of areas where security operations would be handed over from NATO to Afghan troops.
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Blast kills 3, injures 27 in the Philippines
A blast at a hotel in the southern Philippines on Sunday killed three people and wounded 27, an official said.
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Letters to the Editor: Do more than raise the minimum wage. Adopt price controls too
We should do more than raise the minimum wage to address poverty. Why not spread the burden by enacting wide-ranging price controls?
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Column: California's shameful vote against Black suffrage in 1870 — and why it still matters today
Teaching young students only about what America did right is not only inaccurate; it's a lot less interesting.
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