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U.S. Spent $7.8 Billion on Cars, Buildings in Afghanistan—Most Fell Into Disrepair
About $2.4 billion in assets were not in use, not in use as intended or in disrepair, according to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.
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Doctor urges Americans to get whatever COVID-19 vaccine is available to them
Americans now have a third coronavirus vaccine option after Johnson & Johnson received emergency-use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration for its single-dose shot. The company wants to distribute 20 million doses by the end of March. CBS News transportation correspondent Errol Barnett reports on the rollout from Louisville, Kentucky, and Dr. Ron Elfenbein, the medical director and owner of First Call Medical Center, joined CBSN to discuss.
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Taylor Swift responds to Netflix show's "deeply sexist joke" about her
"How about we stop degrading hard working women," she wrote in her response to the joke about her dating life.
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Andrew Cuomo ex Sandra Lee reacts to sexual harassment claims: ‘Oh my God!’
Sandra Lee reacted to the latest sexual harassment allegations against her former longtime boyfriend, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, with just three shocked words: “Oh my God.” Lee, 54, made the remark but declined to comment further when asked by The Post about a New York Times piece published Saturday in which former Cuomo staffer...
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Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Rollout Begins In U.S. As COVID-19 Cases Tick Up
Johnson & Johnson has started shipping its first vaccine doses across the U.S., adding a third vaccine to the country's arsenal as public health officials warn of an uptick in cases.
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Sen. Roger Marshall: Biden's gender discrimination executive order will destroy women's sports
On the very first day of his presidency, Joe Biden took one giant leap backward for women’s rights when he issued an executive order forcing schools to allow transgender athletes to compete in sports based on their gender identity instead of their biological sex.  
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Merrick Garland AG nomination advances to Senate floor
The Senate Judiciary Committee gave its approval of President Biden's attorney general nominee Judge Merrick Garland on Monday, following a vote of 15 to 7.
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Will Bryan Cranston’s ‘Your Honor’ Get a Season 2 on Showtime?
Cranston earned a Golden Globe nomination for his role in this Showtime limited series.
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Biden administration, Senate Democrats retreat on $15 minimum wage in relief bill
Senate Democrats and the White House are retreating on efforts to include a $15 minimum wage increase in President Biden’s $1.9 trillion relief bill as they aim to move the package forward this week in the Senate.
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Russia launches satellite to monitor climate in Arctic
MOSCOW – Russia launched its space satellite Arktika-M on Sunday on a mission to monitor the climate and environment in the Arctic amid a push by the Kremlin to expand the country’s activities in the region. The Arctic has warmed more than twice as fast as the global average over the last three decades and...
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Assaults on Asian Americans spike nationwide during pandemic
There has been a troubling rise in hate crimes against Asian Americans. Manjusha Kulkarni, co-founder of Stop AAPI Hate and executive director of Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council joins CBSN, along with a freelance writer Andrew Wang who says the violence against his community has brought back some disturbing memories from the past.
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Washington to release Alex Smith days after revealing interview
Last week, Alex Smith ripped the Washington Football team for not wanting him. Now, the team appears ready to part ways with the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year. The 36-year-old Smith is expected to be released, NFL Network reported, after he helped lead the team to the postseason. Smith, 36, had said he wants...
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In His Return to Politics, Donald Trump Uses Lies and Bullying to Threaten His Party
This article is part of the The DC Brief, TIME’s politics newsletter. Sign up here to get stories like this sent to your inbox every weekday. Donald Trump lost his bid for re-election almost four months ago, but judging from the former President’s remarks over the weekend, neither he nor a conservative enclave of his…
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DeRosa omits Cuomo sexual harassment, nursing home scandals in staff email
DeRosa -- who's stunning admission that the Cuomo administration hid the true toll of COVID-19 nursing home fatalities from the public and officials was exposed by The Post -- thanked her underlings Sunday in a staff-wide email.
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Jane Timken, ex-Ohio GOP chair running for Senate, calls on Gonzalez to resign for voting to impeach Trump
EXCLUSIVE: Former Ohio GOP chair and U.S. Senate candidate Jane Timken on Monday called on Republican Rep. Anthony Gonzalez to resign, after voting to impeach former President Trump last month.
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A Black Amazon manager is suing company executives in a discrimination and sexual harassment and assault case
Amazon Web Services senior manager Charlotte Newman is suing the company. | Courtesy of Charlotte Newman Charlotte Newman, a former adviser to Sen. Cory Booker who works for Amazon Web Services, is suing Amazon and company executives. A Black Amazon senior manager and former economic policy adviser to Sen. Cory Booker is suing the tech giant and two of its current executives for alleged race and gender discrimination, and for allegedly violating the Equality Pay Act, according to a lawsuit filed in district court in Washington, DC, on Monday. The suit also alleges that a former Amazon executive sexually harassed and assaulted the employee. Charlotte Newman, a senior manager who has worked in the Amazon Web Services division of the company since January 2017, told Recode in an interview that the discrimination began when she was first hired at a level lower for a public policy manager role than she applied for — and what she believes her qualifications justified. She said the discrimination continued when she was denied a promotion for more than a year even though she was performing aspects of the more senior role and had begun pushing her manager to assign her to a higher level. She was finally elevated to a senior manager in the fall of 2019, more than two and a half years after being hired. Newman said what made matters worse was that her first boss, an AWS director named Steve Block, employed what she believed were racial stereotypes in telling her that her communication style was “too direct,” and “just scary,” and that she “can intimidate people.” Some of the alleged actions that Newman said were the most painful involve a former AWS director, Andres Maz, a senior colleague who at times assigned work to Newman. Newman alleges that Maz sexually harassed her on several occasions, including propositioning her. The complaint also accuses Maz of sexual assault, including pressing on her lap near her genitalia and groping her thigh under a table at a work dinner, and on a later occasion yanking her long braided hair when she attempted to leave a post-work outing. “There’s been deep emotional pain,” Newman said in an interview with Recode. “All of the hard work, all of the sacrifices I made, my education — none of that saved me from someone who’s a predator and living in fear of what else he might do.” A third AWS executive, a vice president named Shannon Kellogg, who was Newman’s manager after Block, allegedly relied on feedback from Maz in his judgment of Newman’s performance, thus helping to create a work environment in which Newman felt unable to report the sexual harassment to her managers for fear of retaliation. The suit also alleges that Kellogg and Block “frequently complained about the personalities of other female employees, which is not their common practice regarding men under their supervision.” Amazon spokesperson Doug Stone did not immediately reply to a request for comment on behalf of the company, Block, and Kellogg. Maz could not be reached for comment and an attorney believed to represent him did not immediately return messages seeking comment. Newman’s suit was filed after Recode published an investigation last week that detailed allegations by Amazon employees that Black corporate workers face bias and an unlevel playing field where they receive lower performance ratings than non-Black peers and are promoted less frequently. Newman said the Recode report was one of the reasons she decided to speak publicly about her experience. “I strongly believe that Amazon should be harnessing the light of diverse leadership rather than dimming the light of Black employees and other employees of color,” Newman said. “For years I had been sort of suffering in silence, [but] I’m sure there are a lot of people who now feel more empowered to add their voices to the story, and hopefully there’s some real change that occurs.” Newman said the Recode investigation resonated for many reasons, including details of an Amazon hiring practice that some employees call “down-leveling” — or “de-leveling,” as her lawsuit refers to it. All 10 Black Amazon employees interviewed for the report told Recode that either they or a Black colleague they know were hired at a lower level than they believe their qualifications justified. “It is not uncommon for women, and especially Black women, to have a role advertised at one level but extended an offer at a position that is lower,” former Amazon diversity manager Chanin Kelly-Rae told Recode in the investigation. An Amazon spokesperson previously said that it is common for down-leveling to happen, but that the practice occurs with candidates from all backgrounds. Newman says she was taken aback by the original Amazon job offer at the lower level but accepted it because of the explanation that the scope of her work would be limited to “Level 6” responsibilities — in particular, that the job would only require her to do US-focused policy work. Newman said she also did not know of the allegations from other Amazonians that down-leveling may happen more often to Black women.Before joining Amazon, Newman, a Harvard Business School graduate, worked for three years for Booker, advising the New Jersey senator on economic policy issues. She previously worked for three other Congress members, all of whom served on the House Financial Services Committee. But after interviewing for a senior manager role in AWS’s public policy division — Level 7 in Amazon’s hierarchy — that would have included work in both North and South America, she was ultimately offered a US-focused position at Level 6. Within months, though, she says she was assigned projects outside of the US. Newman said she eventually realized that several of her white Level 6 peers had less work experience than she did and lacked graduate degrees, and one allegedly received a promotion to Level 7 shortly after being hired. The suit claims that the leveling error cost Newman millions, with the compensation difference between the levels growing exponentially since stock awards make up a significant portion of Amazon pay packages, and Amazon’s stock price has increased rapidly in recent years. “Once I joined and talked to other people about their experiences, I began to hear that there was a view that Black employees, other underrepresented employees, and women were more often down-leveled,” she said. Even after she says she first began experiencing sexual harassment, Newman said she did not report it because she says Maz had not yet touched her, and she feared harming her new career at the company. After Maz allegedly groped her the next year and propositioned her, she altered how she traveled for work trips, and when and where she worked in the company’s Washington, DC offices. She says she wanted to avoid being caught alone with Maz, who was at times responsible for assigning her work as a more senior colleague, though he was not her official manager. In June of 2020, when the pandemic meant that Newman could work from home — and had time to come to grips with her experience —and as the US began experiencing a renewed reckoning over racial inequality after the police killings of Black Americans including Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, she decided she was tired of staying quiet. She filed internal complaints detailing the alleged harassment and assault by Maz and the discrimination she says she experienced at Amazon. Amazon conducted an investigation and eventually terminated Maz’s employment, and required Block to take training, according to the suit. But for several months between when she filed her internal complaints and learning of the investigation’s result, Newman says she was expected to attend virtual meetings attended by Maz. “At the very least, Amazon could have better safeguards in place to protect employees,” she said. “A company of Amazon’s size should have clear guidelines about what happens if you report, hear what your rights are ... [and] ensure that once you report you don’t have to be contacted by the person who harassed you.” Late last year, Newman transferred to a new role in a different division of AWS because she feared retaliation from her superiors in the wake of her complaint. She said she has told company representatives that the only way she’d consider staying at Amazon long term is if the company makes some significant changes to its hiring and diversity programs, including banning or significantly altering the practice of “down-leveling” to fix employees’ complaints that it’s a racially biased process. Newman is represented by Douglas H. Wigdor, a high-profile employment lawyer who represented six of Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual abuse victims as well as more than 20 former Fox News employees in sexual harassment and racial discrimination suits against the network. He also at one time represented Tara Reade, the former staffer of then US Senator Joe Biden, who accused the now-president of sexual assault in 1993. Wigdor said his current client has refused any settlement with Amazon that would bar her from speaking about her experience. “As one of the largest and most powerful companies in the world, Amazon has a moral obligation to lead by example and promote a level playing field for all workers,” he said in a statement. “Sadly, though Amazon treats its Black employees like second-class citizens ... Because of Ms. Newman’s bravery, we expect other current and former Black employees at Amazon will now have a voice to stand up to this discrimination and no longer suffer in silence.”
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Monday marks the first day of meteorological spring. Here’s what that means.
The days get longer and warmer, but the potential for severe thunderstorms grows.
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Nikki Haley praises Trump’s ‘strong’ CPAC speech after rebuking him weeks earlier
Former ambassador and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley’s latest comments regarding Donald Trump are raising eyebrows.
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'A straight up lie': Keilar fires off on Trump's CPAC speech
CNN's Brianna Keilar reacts to former President Trump's speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida, where he echoed several of the baseless and false election fraud claims he's continued to perpetuate following the US 2020 election.
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It's official, the New York Knicks are making noise in the NBA
SportsPulse: NorthJersey.com's Chris Iseman breaks down some of the recent success enjoyed by the New York Knicks and discusses the realistic chances of them being a playoff contender.       
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Donald Trump Laments Lack of Masks Among Migrants After CPAC Crowd Refuses Masks
Former President Donald Trump claimed "thousands" of migrants arrive at the U.S. border with "no masks" in his remarks at CPAC, the same event which saw attendees booing organizers for requesting they don masks.
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Garland confirmation advances out of committee, setting up floor vote
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted on Monday to advance President Joe Biden's nomination of Judge Merrick Garland for attorney general, setting up his confirmation before the full Senate.
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Longtime Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah to retire, per report
Former NBA big man and longtime Chicago Bulls player Joakim Noah is "effectively" retiring from basketball, The Athletic reported Monday.       
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Entire supply of 3.9M J&J COVID vaccine doses to be distributed this week
The feds will begin delivering the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to states as early as Tuesday — releasing their entire current cache of 3.9 million doses by week’s end, the White House said Monday. But another major rollout of the highly anticipated single-dose immunizations — 16 million shots — won’t come till later in...
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Letters to the Editor: Trump's CPAC speech was just about the only thing that could make me thankful for Twitter
If it were not for Twitter's ban we would be getting a daily dose of these juvenile, bitter and toxic tirades.
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Trump's Takeover of the GOP is Great for Biden — But Disastrous for America | Opinion
What's good for Biden and the Democrats in the short run is potentially disastrous for America over the longer term. One of its two major parties is centered on a Big Lie that threatens to blow up the nation, figuratively if not literally.
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Its March and that means that the Madness is here
Sports Pulse: Scott Gleeson on Bubble Watch, what teams are in and out.       
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‘Operation Varsity Blues’ hits college admissions scandal on Netflix
It's a story of "privilege gone wild."
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What Taylor Nolan Said About Chris Harrison's 'Bachelor' Controversy, Before Her Own Backlash
The "Bachelor in Paradise" alum issued an apology on Instagram on Sunday, for controversial tweets she sent out years ago
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Bill de Blasio Says 'More Truth' Will Come Out About Andrew Cuomo: 'Pattern of Abuse'
"I think as people see more and more evidence, it's going to be clear this is not the way any leader should treat anybody," New York City's mayor said.
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2,000-pound World War II bomb detonated near university
Authorities in Exeter, England, evacuated more than 2,000 homes before detonating a German World War II bomb found at a construction site.
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7 Shows Like ‘Big Sky’ to Watch While You’re Waiting for New Episodes
Montana isn't the only place with some serious fictional crime problems.
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My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell cut off during CPAC interview over COVID comments
My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell was cut off during an interview at the Conservative Political Action Conference Sunday after he hurled wild conspiracy theories about COVID-19 and the vaccines for the virus.
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US agents seize 277 pounds of banned bologna at Mexico border
Pork products from foreign countries are prohibited from entering the U.S. due to possible foreign animal diseases.
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Supreme Court Rejects Sidney Powell Election Fraud Petitions in Less Than 10 Words
Its curt rejection on Monday responded to demands for "extraordinary" action to be taken in the "Kraken" cases.
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US coronavirus numbers coming down, but not enough
CNN's John King goes over the current coronavirus numbers from across the nation and takes a closer look at Covid-19 cases leveling off at numbers higher that health officials would like.
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College football's biggest springtime QB competitions for 2021: Who will replace Justin Fields at Ohio State?
Spring quarterback competitions at Ohio State, Texas and Notre Dame, among others, will define offseason and help decide the 2021 national champion.       
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Meghan Markle wears $30 dress for FaceTime with Prince Harry
Even the Duchess of Sussex loves a bargain buy.
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‘Rebelde’ Revival to Premiere on Netflix Next Year
The hit Mexican telenovela ended in 2005, but will return on the streamer as a fresh new series.
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Elizabeth Warren's Wealth Tax Gains Support From GOP Voters
Senator Warren unveiled a new proposal on Monday that would tax wealthy Americans with a net worth upward of $50 million.
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Harry feared Princess Diana’s ‘history repeating itself’ with Meghan
"My biggest concern was history repeating itself," Harry said in the sit-down with Winfrey.
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Prince Harry opens up about Princess Diana in CBS interview with Oprah
Prince Harry opened up about his late mother Princess Diana and the public pressure on her in a preview for Oprah Winfrey's exclusive interview with the Duke of Sussex and his wife, Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle. Making it clear that no subject was off-limits, the preview showed Oprah telling the couple, "You've said some pretty shocking things here." The special airs on March 7 on CBS.
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US warned variants could wipe out all Covid-19 progress
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Tiger Woods appreciates 'touching' tributes as he recovers from car accident
Phil Mickelson and many other PGA golfers paid tribute to Tiger Woods on Sunday by sporting the red-and-black combination Woods wears during his final rounds.
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Sandy Alderson admits Mets didn’t do due diligence with Mickey Callaway hire
PORT ST. LUCIE – Looking back, Sandy Alderson conceded, the Mets didn’t do their due diligence when hiring Mickey Callaway as their manager. Looking back, Alderson vowed, things will change. In his first public comments since The Athletic reported on multiple allegations of Callaway’s lewd behavior toward female journalists, Alderson said, “When we hired Mickey...
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John Oliver mocked as 'very brave' after finally thrashing Cuomo's coronavirus response
HBO late-night host John Oliver ripped New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D., in the wake of multiple accusations of sexual harassment on Sunday, but some aren't eager to give him credit for joining a growing chorus against the former media darling.
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Biden DHS secretary says Trump admin ‘gutted’ immigration system, claims 'no' crisis at border
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Monday urged migrants thinking of coming to the United States to "wait" as the Biden administration rebuilds a "gutted" immigration system -- and claimed there is no crisis at the U.S. southern border.
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Apple reopens all of its 270 stores across the US with coronavirus protocols still in effect
Almost one year ago, Apple closed its stores at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. Now all U.S. stores have reopened with COVID-19 protocols.      
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