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Trump’s attempt to overturn the election result has sputtered out

His lawsuits have flopped, certifications are proceeding on schedule, and state legislatures aren’t seriously trying to interfere.

Ajit Pai, Trump’s FCC chair who repealed net neutrality, is leaving on January 20

Pai’s business-loving, regulation-undoing legacy will likely last for years to come.

Staying safe this winter means a lot of time outside. Here’s how to stay warm.

Tips for braving the pandemic when it’s also very cold, from an arctic researcher.

What happened to Democrats in North Carolina: “It was a total effort that failed down ballot”

Democrats tried, and failed, to turn North Carolina blue. Activists say a major shift in strategy is needed ahead of 2022.

Even Amy Coney Barrett appears skeptical of Trump’s latest attempt to rig the census

Trump wants to exclude undocumented immigrants from the census. The result is a messy Supreme Court case.

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Trump’s first interview since losing reelection was a smorgasbord of disinformation

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court just dismissed a GOP bid to overturn the election

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The post-election economy

Emily Stewart joins Dara and Matt to discuss the prospects for Covid relief and Janet Yellen

The assassination of a top Iranian nuclear scientist, briefly explained

Black Lives Matter helped shape the 2020 election. The movement now has its eyes on Georgia.

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We know how to prevent up to 40 million people from being evicted. It’s up to Congress to do it.

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Why we get defensive about our holiday recipes

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In China, nearly 1 million people have reportedly already gotten a coronavirus vaccine

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