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Trans people can serve openly in the US military once again

President Joe Biden just fulfilled one of his key campaign promises to trans people.

Why scientists are more worried about the Covid-19 variant discovered in South Africa

The variant carries mutations that may weaken the effect of vaccines, and Moderna is now exploring changes to its vaccine.

Unions just got a rare bit of good news from the Supreme Court

The Court won’t raid the treasuries of public sector unions — at least not yet.

Got a weird text about a package delivery? It could be a scam.

Text message scams are getting more creative, mimicking alerts from the USPS, Amazon, and even Covid-19 testing providers.

When will kids be able to get the Covid-19 vaccines?

It may be a while. Here’s what parents can do in the meantime while their kids aren’t vaccinated and others are.

Netflix’s misguided Night Stalker series treats its cops like gods

To be a true crime fan is to have a troubled dependence on the police.

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Kamala Harris has already broken barriers, but ahead lies the rare task of leading a polarized and evenly divided Senate.

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Thousands of Russians were arrested in protests supporting Putin critic Alexei Navalny

Trump reportedly considered putting an ally willing to dispute election results in charge of the DOJ

Legendary broadcaster Larry King has died at age 87

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The 50-50 Senate is already running into trouble figuring out its rules 

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Author Mike Konczal joins Matt to talk about the history and future of public benefit programs in America

Biden’s LGBTQ rights executive order and the transphobic backlash, explained

Are the Olympics still going to happen in 2021? Here’s what we know.

Biden’s planned actions on reproductive health care, explained

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Fauci threw a lot of shade at Trump in his first comments as a Biden adviser

Biden picks his new acting FCC chair

Biden will use the Defense Production Act in his anti-coronavirus effort

What Reconstruction teaches us about white nationalism today