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U.S. Agency for Global Media CEO Michael Pack, named by Trump, resigned at President Biden's request. CREDIT: U.S. Agency for Global Media

Voice of America CEO Pack, Defined By Scandal, Resigns At Biden’s Request

Michael Pack resigned Wednesday as the CEO of the federal agency over the Voice of America and other federally funded international broadcasters, after a turbulent seven-month tenure. He leaves the U.S. Agency for Global Media with a Trumpian legacy of ideological strife, lawsuits, and scandal, his departure effective just two hours after the swearing-in of President Biden, who requested him to leave. Continue Reading Voice of America CEO Pack, Defined By Scandal, Resigns At Biden’s Request

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Joe Biden is sworn in as president as his wife, Jill, looks on during his inauguration on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. CREDIT: Alex Wong/Getty Images

‘This Is America’s Day’: Inauguration Of Joe Biden And Kamala Harris

Joe Biden will become the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday, having defeated Donald Trump in an acrimonious, divisive election last November. Biden will be sworn in alongside Vice President-elect Kamala Harris in an unusual inauguration ceremony, conducted amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis and heightened physical security risks. Continue Reading ‘This Is America’s Day’: Inauguration Of Joe Biden And Kamala Harris

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Mary Estime-Irvin, a councilwoman in North Miami, Fla., writes the name of a friend lost to COVID-19 on a symbolic tombstone that is part of a pandemic memorial at Griffing Park in North Miami in October. CREDIT: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

U.S. Records 400,000 Lives Lost To COVID At 1-Year Mark Of 1st Confirmed Case In Washington

While millions wait for a lifesaving shot, the U.S. death toll from the coronavirus continues to soar upward with horrifying speed. On Tuesday, the last full day of Donald Trump’s presidency, the official death count reached 400,000 — a once-unthinkable number. More than 100,000 Americans have perished in the pandemic in just the past five weeks. Continue Reading U.S. Records 400,000 Lives Lost To COVID At 1-Year Mark Of 1st Confirmed Case In Washington

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Tents of unhoused resident line a street in Washington, D.C., in April. CREDIT: Yasin Ozturk/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

For Many Areas, Count Of Homeless Population Is Canceled, Or Delayed

Every January, in the middle of the night, thousands of volunteers and outreach workers spread out across the country to count the nation’s homeless population. They search highway underpasses, wooded areas, abandoned buildings and sidewalks to locate those who are living outside. But this year, because of the pandemic, the annual street count has been canceled or modified in hundreds of communities, even as the nation’s unsheltered population appears to be growing. Continue Reading For Many Areas, Count Of Homeless Population Is Canceled, Or Delayed

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In this image provided by NASA, the core stage for the first flight of NASA's Space Launch System rocket is seen at NASA's Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. The four engines fired for a little more than one minute. CREDIT: NASA/Getty Images

NASA’s 8-Minute Rocket Test Shuts Down After 67 Seconds

The test, at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, was part of NASA’s Artemis program, a plan to return to the moon in the coming years. NASA’s test called for four engines to fire for eight minutes — roughly the time it will take for NASA’s long-delayed Space Launch System (SLS) to generate the thrust needed to send the rocket to space. Continue Reading NASA’s 8-Minute Rocket Test Shuts Down After 67 Seconds

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The backpack bomb made by Kevin Harpham, of Stevens County, Washington, was discovered on the parade route of Spokane's 2011 Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade, before it could be detonated. CREDIT: FBI

10 Years After White Supremacist Tried To Bomb Spokane’s MLK Parade, Extremism Is More Mainstream

This week marks 10 years since a white supremacist attempted to bomb the Martin Luther King Junior Day parade through downtown Spokane. The bomb was discovered and defused just in the nick of time. But the effects of extremist ideologies in the region lived on. Journalist Leah Sottile examined that in the podcast Bundyville, from Oregon Public Broadcasting. Leah spoke with Scott Leadingham in August 2019 about the podcast’s second season and the anti-government movement in the region. Continue Reading 10 Years After White Supremacist Tried To Bomb Spokane’s MLK Parade, Extremism Is More Mainstream

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