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The trauma of Thanksgiving for Native communities during a pandemic

Novelist Tommy Orange on whether racial justice protests and Covid-19 disparities bring a new perspective to the holiday.

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Three critics from rural places discuss Ron Howard’s Netflix adaptation of J.D. Vance’s bestseller.

The Supreme Court fight over Trump’s last-ditch effort to rig the census, explained

The Court must decide whether to follow the Constitution’s clear text — or to rubber-stamp an illegal effort by Trump.

The long list of contenders for Kamala Harris’s Senate seat, explained

California Gov. Gavin Newsom must choose a candidate for Harris’s Senate seat from a crowded field.

Why a negative Covid-19 test before Thanksgiving isn’t an all-clear

A negative test isn’t enough to have a safe holiday. Here’s why.

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

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The presidential transition begins as the GSA formally recognizes Biden’s victory

Where Trump’s attempt to overturn Biden’s win stands

Biden is expected to announce Janet Yellen as Treasury secretary pick

What Amazon’s big pharmacy news means for US health care

Biden announces veteran diplomat Linda Thomas-Greenfield as UN ambassador pick

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Congress should cancel its Thanksgiving recess and pass another stimulus bill

Michèle Flournoy is expected to become the first woman secretary of defense. She’s ready.

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Tony Blinken, one of Biden’s most trusted aides, is reportedly chosen as his secretary of state

Big California donors want to fill Kamala Harris’s Senate seat with a woman of color

Trump lashes out at fellow Republicans as his legal challenges to election results fail

The FDA authorized the use of an experimental antibody treatment for Covid-19

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