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Petri Dishes with Alexandra Petri (April 27 | 11 a.m. ET)
Humor columnist Alexandra Petri takes your questions and comments on the news and political in(s)anity of the day.
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White People Given Special Instructions When Entering George Floyd Square in Minneapolis
"This is where George Floyd took his last breath under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer, under the watch of three other officers," a sign reads.
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EU declines option to buy 100 million AstraZeneca vaccine doses
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Obama pushes Congress to tackle paid sick leave
The president calls paid sick leave a "must-have" economic policy.
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63 Russian Diplomats to be Expelled From Czech Republic as Sides Exchange Public Barbs
Foreign Minister Jakub Kulhanek said that Russia will have to limit its number of diplomats to the same number that the Czechs have at their embassy in Moscow.
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Is a mission to Mars possible?
This week, Elon Musk's company SpaceX announced its plans to colonize the planet Mars. However, Musk did predict a few hiccups in the plan. Time magazine's editor-at-large Jeffrey Kluger joined "CBS This Morning: Saturday" to discuss what might actually happen.
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Massive car pileup in Wisconsin leaves 1 dead, several injured amid whiteout snow conditions
A massive multi-vehicle pileup in Wisconsin left one woman dead and several other motorists injured amid whiteout snow conditions on Wednesday.
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Viral photo shows women snacking during typhoon
A photo going viral shows a woman in Taiwan chowing down on a pork bun in the middle of Typhoon Megi. The photo made its way around the internet with #DoingItRight. CBSN anchor Reena Ninan has more on who the woman is.
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New Jersey deli valued at more than $100 million delisted from stock market
The modest purveyor of meats and cheeses had achieved a market capitalization of more than $100 million despite the fact that its sole shop only logged sales of $35,000 over the past two years.
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OJ Simpson hits LeBron James for Ohio cop tweet, slams media for portraying 'edited versions' of story
O.J. Simpson took to social media Thursday to address the controversy surrounding NBA star LeBron James for his tweet targeting an Ohio police officer and slam the media for showing “edited versions” of the shooting that resulted in the death of 16-year-old Ma'Khia Bryant.  
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Iranian women protest ban on women riding bicycles
Iranian women are posting photos of themselves riding bicycles under the hashtag #IranWomenLoveCycling. The hashtag grew after Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader of Iran, issued a fatwa banning women riding bicycles. CBSN anchor Renna Ninan has the story.
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How do CBS News polls work?
CBS News has been conducting its own polling since 1975. Since 2012, however, the number of polls has risen sharply. CBS News correspondent Mark Albert has more on how pollsters get their data.
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Stream It Or Skip It: ‘Ellen’s Next Great Designer’ On HBO Max, Where Ellen DeGeneres And Scott Foley Host A Furniture Design Competition
Foley does double duty as host and judge on this six-episode competition series.
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Syrian city of Aleppo under siege
The rebel-held areas of the Syrian city of Aleppo are currently under siege. Neither food nor aid has been able to get in to reach the civilians trapped inside. CBSN anchor Reena Ninan has the harrowing details.
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Marjorie Taylor Greene says BLM protests are ‘the same tactics the Ku Klux Klan used to use’
Greene later said the "Democrat Party" is the party of the "Ku Klux Klan" and "now the party of Black Lives Matters."
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The new rom-com Together Together explores the romance of platonic friendship
Ed Helms and Patti Harrison in Together Together. | Bleecker Street Director Nikole Beckwith says there are “different ways to be the object of someone’s affection.” I get ornery about romantic comedies. Not because I don’t like them; not because I’m particularly cranky about romance. I just find myself wishing there were more movies about other kinds of relationships, about unlikely people building friendships that seem destined to last a lifetime. That’s why I loved Together Together, one of my favorite movies from this year’s (virtual) Sundance Film Festival. The film stars Ed Helms and Patti Harrison as Matt and Anna: Matt is a middle-aged man who wants a child but is single. Anna is in her twenties, and the two meet when she applies to be his surrogate. Their relationship grows steadily, but it doesn’t take the turns you might suspect from that setup. Instead, writer and director Nikole Beckwith tells a story that challenges how we imagine supportive relationships, the boundaries of friendships, and the many shapes love can take. (It’s also very funny.) After I saw Together Together, I knew I wanted to talk to Beckwith about why she made the movie and how she thinks about the wide spectrum of relationships we all form in our lives. We chatted over Zoom about love, friendship, the messed-up ways we talk about “romance,” and how a film set can be a place to learn about yourself. The following conversation has been edited and condensed for clarity. The premise of Together Together flips a typical “rom-com” on its head. Is that what you set out to do? I was really just thinking about what it would be like for two strangers to embark on such a crazy, intimate, emotionally charged endeavor, and to be so integral to each other while moving forward into the next chapter of their lives. I wrote from a place of curiosity: I wonder what that would be like? Once I got into this story and got to know the characters, that’s when I realized, Oh, yeah, I’ve got a massive appetite for a story about a different kind of love, a different kind of relationship, between a man and a woman. I have a huge appetite for seeing the male biological clock represented, seeing a man who wants to become a father, and seeing a woman who isn’t completely eclipsed by a pregnancy. The things I had been craving revealed themselves to me through the characters and through the story. Bleecker Street Ed Helms and Patti Harrison in Together Together. Together Together made me think about how many people I know who have mutually supportive, committed, and loving relationships between friends, but without any “will they or won’t they” expectation, or a desire to convert the relationship into a romance that’s “headed somewhere.” And yet, while watching the film, I felt like Matt and Anna’s relationship was surprising, and even strange. Why do you think it’s so unusual to see a relationship like this in a film when it’s not so unusual in real life? Why do screenwriters seem to gravitate toward plots where the two characters get together by the end, or where there’s a lot of drama over whether they’ll get together? I didn’t want them to get together! When Patti first read the script, she was nervous that they’d either get together, or that it would be revealed that Anna is a grifter and was never pregnant at all. And I was like, Yeah, right. I guess those are like the two lanes that we’re used to seeing. It’s so frustrating. It’s so, so frustrating. I feel like it happens when we’re young. We get fed fairy tales over and over and over again from such a young age, and it brainwashes us into thinking that being “with” someone is the paramount thing, the ultimate goal. I don’t know why we do that! As soon as we’re done with the how-to count, how to identify color books, you’re just pivoting right over to “And then he kissed the sleeping princess, and she was psyched.” Then those children grow into adults who have that in their head, not just in terms of a way of viewing the world, but also story structure! Also, girls grow up reading books with male protagonists. When we start reading chapter books, we’re reading White Fang, or Huckleberry Finn, or whatever. But young boys are not being assigned books with female protagonists. I was assigned Diary of Anne Frank and Little Women multiple times in school, but I know guys who have never once been assigned either of those books. That’s mind-blowing! Women are learning to identify with male protagonists and female protagonists, but boys are only learning to identify with male protagonists. And we’re living in a patriarchy; the boys grow up to write most of the stories and produce most of the movies. So male protagonists are what we see on screen, and female characters are Manic Pixie Dream Girls. Generations of people grew up watching those stories, and then it repeats itself. It’s a very weird cycle. But look at actual life. There’s a whole spectrum of love. There’s a whole spectrum of relationships. Why aren’t we representing them? I can’t possibly be the first person who wrote a movie like this. I’m just one of the first people to get it through the gatekeepers. It wasn’t easy, and it took a long time. And then, people watch and think, Oh, that was good. Why don’t we see more movies about relationships like that? So yeah, it’s a strange cycle. Stop reading fairy tales. Right. And the movies that try to turn the fairy tale structure on its head wind up telling the audience that you can either have the prince, or you can be alone. Maybe you can have some woodland creatures as friends if you’re lucky. I would love to see a prince story where they’re just like, Wow, you’re my best friend. This is great. We’re couldn’t be happier. In one interview, you said, “There are a lot of different ways to be the object of someone’s affection.” Yeah. There are so many, so many ways to love and so many ways to be loved. I love loving people. I’m not as good at being loved, candidly, but I do really love the people in my life. I love birthday gifts and Christmas gifts and figuring out how to make some special, perfect little gesture. That’s not just for people that I’m sleeping with! Why would that only be kept for people I’m sleeping with? If anything, it’s like, You’re already sleeping with me, you’re welcome, why am I bending over backward? (laughs) There are a lot of different ways to be the object of someone’s affection. But we don’t think of it that way. Matt and Anna aren’t sleeping together in this movie, thank god, but they are the object of each other’s affection. There is romance to it. We tend to categorize it as, well, it’s not a “romantic relationship.” But it is romantic. It’s just not sexual or physical. Our vocabulary is hindering us because there is a lot of romance in friendship. It’s one of the most romantic things to feel seen, and to see, to be understood and to understand, to be present, to be supportive, to be elated, to be lit up. The people who do this for you are your friends. Friendship really is the basis for everything. I’m one of those people where I’m always best friends with a person when I’m seriously dating them. If you’re not, what are you doing? When I’m in a long-term functioning relationship, that person’s got to be my best friend. It’s the foundation for all of it. It’s that layer that’s nurturing you and moving you forward and challenging you, giving you all this life sustenance. But I don’t know why it’s only “romance” if you’re also putting your tongues in each other’s mouths. [A friendship] is still a really important relationship. Bleecker Street Ed Helms and Patti Harrison in Together Together. So many of those assumptions about “romance” come from decades of watching movies and TV shows that tell you unless you graduate to that level, then it’s not a “real” relationship. In fact, we tend to use the word “relationship” only to refer to those dating relationships, which tells us how much we’ve bought that idea wholesale. As Julio [Torres’s] character says in the film, “Just because you’re not ‘together, together’ doesn’t mean it’s nothing.” Lots of different types of people are in relationships. Lots of different types of people break up. I’m sure if we take a closer look, it’s probably really detrimental to all of our minds, and especially young minds. And it’s likely also partially responsible for keeping people in unhealthy relationships because we’ve made the idea of being in a relationship out to be “you complete me.” We think that’s the type of relationship that’s going to complete you. That’s probably really, really bad! It gets candy-coated and glossed over so that this bad, toxic thing looks like a beautiful cupcake. But there’s poison in it. I keep describing Together Together as a “platonic rom-com,” but not “romantic.” Now I don’t even know if that’s the right way to put it. It’s hard, because when you’re saying it, you’re aware of the way it sounds. You say “romantic,” but then you have to lay out three caveats to contextualize. It’s complicated. When I’m asked, “What is the genre of the movie?” I don’t know. Just an honest, intimate, kind movie. That’s the genre. Is that a genre? I don’t know. Is it a comedy? Is it a “dramedy”? Is it a drama? I don’t know! Did you take away anything, personally, from making the movie? Even if it came from my own heart and mind originally, I’m still being confronted with what it says. I realized, through repeated exposure, what from my own life I was working out or exploring or celebrating or examining. Taking a good, hard look at those corners of my heart over and over again is illuminating. Also, when you make a movie, when you’re on set and you’re collaborating, you can’t help but learn things from each other, because you’re all working so closely together. We had a really beautiful set. We were enabling each other to make our best work. I think a common misconception, as a director, is that everyone on set is there to enable you to make your best work. But it’s the opposite. Your job as director is to enable everyone around you and to try to empower everyone around you to be making their best work. That’s what everyone should be doing. When you do that, there’s a sense of everyone being present with each other and taking care of each other — not unlike the themes in the film. That wasn’t totally surprising; no one who gravitated toward making this project made a lot of money. We were drawn to these feelings and these ideas and ideals. That’s the kind of set we had where we were all very present for each other. You learn a lot just by being in that environment every day. I think that’s strengthening. Not to use the word “nourishment” again, but once you are getting that kind of nourishment, you’re like, Oh, I should be eating that every day. And I should be putting that onto the world every day. That is definitely not the rule on every film set! Yeah. It’s hard to make a movie! I can see how when you add that to some kind of toxic masculinity it might be a difficult stew. Or you can approach that difficulty and stress with solidarity, with connectivity, with being in it together. And it can be really bonding in that way. Or I’m just a Care Bear! Together Together opens in limited theaters on April 23 and will premiere on digital on-demand platforms on May 11.
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20 Republican AGs oppose 'alarming' court-packing efforts in letter to Biden, congressional leaders
Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody and 19 other Republican state attorneys general sent a letter to President Biden and congressional leaders opposing efforts to alter the makeup of the Supreme Court.
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Data recorder retrieved from New Jersey train crash
The Hoboken, New Jersey, train crash investigation is already underway. Officials have located the train's data recorder, raising questions about what is inside. CBS News transportation correspondent Kris Van Cleave has the details.
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SpaceX Crew Dragon, 4 astronauts bound for space station
It is the first piloted flight of a previously-flown first stage booster and a Crew Dragon capsule making its second flight.
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How damaging are Trump's Miss Universe comments?
Tensions remain high on the campaign trail after Donald Trump went on a tirade against a former Miss Universe, Alicia Machado. Trump's actions are raising questions about his plan for the final month of the election. CBS News correspondent Errol Barnett joined CBSN to break down the race.
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Activists allegedly refusing to leave George Floyd Square after Chauvin verdict, call for demands to be met
Activists who have taken up Minneapolis’ George Floyd Square, which grew to become an "autonomous zone," say they will not leave the area until officials agree to comply with their list of two-dozen demands.
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Deroy Murdock: D.C. statehood vs. tax freedom -- GOP should demand local vote
GOP and conservative reservations about D.C. statehood have nothing to do with anti-black bigotry.
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Does Trump have a plan with Miss Universe attacks?
Donald Trump's surprising decision to launch an early morning tweetstorm full of attacks on a former Miss Universe left many of his supporters confused as to what his plan is. CBSN political contributor and Republican strategist Leslie Sanchez joins CBSN along with Roll Call columnist Jon Allen to discuss Trump's moves.
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Queen Elizabeth II’s grandson-in-law Mike Tindall says Prince Philip’s ‘no fuss’ funeral was 'perfect'
The former rugby player is married to Queen Elizabeth II's granddaughter Zara Tindall.
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Jordan releases 16 tied to foreign-backed sedition plot
The royal intrigue between the tiny kingdom's two half-brothers has enthralled the nation for weeks.
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Bodycam captures Louisiana cop tasing handcuffed 67-year-old man
"Scream again," Police Officer Nolan Dehon is heard telling 67-year-old Izell Richardson during the encounter.
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Georgia firefighter Efren Medina dies during first shift on the job
A young Georgia firefighter died in his sleep during his first shift on the job, department officials said.
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Lawmaker allegedly told cops arresting him is ‘bad’ because he controls budget
Officers had to use pepper spray and a Taser to subdue Michigan state Rep. Jewell Jones and take him into custody. A loaded .40-caliber Glock was also found inside the SUV, according to the report.
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Gerald Haslam, author who chronicled life in rural California, dies at 84
Gerald Haslam, a prolific author and historian who chronicled rural life in California's Central Valley and beyond, has died at 84.
latimes.com
The Proven but Hidden Climate Solution | Opinion
The international community must work harder to incorporate Indigenous knowledge into climate and forest solutions.
newsweek.com
House passes DC statehood bill, now it heads to Senate and faces uphill battle
A bill for D.C. statehood passed the House on a vote 216-208 and heads to the Senate, where it has 45 co-sponsors but an uphill battle for passage.
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U.S. Military: We’ll Still Bomb Post-Pullout Afghanistan
John Moore/Getty ImagesThe defense intellectual Fred Ikle once wrote that every war must end. Yet the U.S. military’s plans for Afghanistan after President Biden’s announced withdrawal are its latest rebuke to Ikle.In testimony to a skeptical Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday morning, Gen. Kenneth “Frank” McKenzie of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) explained that after the withdrawal of American troops, the U.S. will reserve the right to launch airstrikes, typically from drones, into Afghanistan, should it perceive a threat to its interests.“We have a number of ways to get to a ‘fix’ solution,” said McKenzie, using jargon referring to a lethal targeting designation, “ranging from precision strike at very long range, to on-the-ground options, should those prove necessary.” At a different point in the hearing, McKenzie and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) discussed how long it takes to get armed MQ-1 Predator and MQ-4 Reaper drones into the country from offshore bases.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Australia Says it Won't Be 'Bullied' After Canceling China Trade Deal
Australian Defense Minister Peter Dutton said that the country will not be "bullied" by China after canceling two trade deals with the Communist nation.
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Man's most unusual job as a professional hermit
Meet a man with the most unusual paying job. Saturday is Michael Daum's first official day as a professional hermit. Michelle Miller reports.
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Video Shows Happy Pup Zooming Past Competition After Crashing Track Race
A track meet at Logan High School in Utah on Saturday had a brilliant and unexpected performer who outdid his competitors effortlessly.
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Bloomberg's list of 50 most influential people on global financial markets
From U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch to comedian John Oliver, Bloomberg's list of 50 most influential figures is comprised of a wide-ranging group of men and women who exert significant influence on global markets. Bloomberg Businessweek editor Ellen Pollock joins "CBS This Morning: Saturday" to reveal some of the big -- and surprising -- names that have made the list.
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Disney World to power 40% of park with solar power
It’s a good thing that this theme park is located in one of the sunniest states.
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New York English exam questions recycled from old tests
Citing the upheaval wrought by the coronavirus, state officials asked the federal government for a waiver on tests this year but were denied.
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Summit can't just be 'politically correct green act of bunny hugging', Boris Johnson says
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Morning Rounds: Zika funding, health threats from air pollution, and more
CBS News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook and CBS News contributor Dr. Tara Narula join "CBS This Morning: Saturday" to break down Congress' funding of $1.1 billion to fight the Zika virus. They also discuss the global health impact of air pollution and the importance of vaccination.
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New filings show how Republican lawmakers raised millions
New financial disclosures show Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene of Florida and Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri raked in millions of dollars of donations in early 2021. ProPublica reporter Isaac Arnsdorf joined CBSN to discuss his reporting that found the politicians use those donations to tout grassroots support while consultants and vendors profit behind the scenes. Since this video aired, CBSN has reached out to both the Hawley and Greene campaigns, but has not yet heard back.
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"Tremendous challenges" facing NTSB in N.J. train crash investigation
CBS News national transportation safety analyst Mark Rosenker -- also a former chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board -- joins "CBS This Morning: Saturday" to discuss the investigation into the deadly train crash in Hoboken, New Jersey.
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Dubai-bred baby sharks released into Persian Gulf
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The baby sharks, bred at a gargantuan luxury resort on Dubai’s artificial palm-shaped island, had never before encountered the open sea. But on Thursday, the tiny carpet sharks were jolted out of their warm pools at the flashy Atlantis Hotel aquarium to travel farther than they ever have in their...
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Frost advisories and freeze warnings issued area-wide as frigid night looms for D.C. area
Temperatures in the 30s could damage plants.
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Biden’s bold move to recognize the Armenian genocide
Plenty of presidents have said they would do so and then backed down. So why now? And what are the risks?
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Knicks’ late-night shooting sessions have changed everything
Even Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau felt the Knicks needed a break to savor their accomplishments. After the winning streak hit eight Wednesday in their overtime thriller over Atlanta to move them into fourth place in the Eastern Conference, Thibodeau told his players to cease and desist Thursday. While Thibodeau has cut back on formal practices/scrimmages...
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Data recorder in N.J. train crash located, but more information needed
An intensive investigation is underway to determine why a commuter train crashed through a station barrier in New Jersey Thursday morning, killing one person and injuring more than 100 others. Officials are talking with members of the train crew, but haven't yet interviewed the engineer. Work continues to recover one of the train's data recorders. Kris Van Cleave reports from Hoboken, the site of the crash.
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Severe storms this weekend are just the beginning of a very active week of weather
After a final taste of old man winter this week, spring's extreme weather will roar back to life with tornadoes, hail and extreme winds over the next week
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