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What Do You Need To Know About Omicron? Biden Says Be Concerned But Don't Panic

A new Covid-19 variant called Omicron is spreading throughout the world and public health officials are worried about its transmissibility. President Biden addressed the nation saying, "this variant is a cause for concern — not a cause for panic." But the variant is reigniting anxieties about the pandemic.

What Do You Need To Know About Omicron? Biden Says Be Concerned But Don't Panic

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The Docket: What Is Executive Privilege And What Are Its Limits?

In order to resist a congressional investigation into the January 6th insurrection, former President Trump and his associates are claiming executive privilege. They say the communication between a president and his advisers should remain confidential. Congress says it wants to get to the bottom of what the president knew. So where does executive privilege come from, and does it take precedent over congress' power to investigate?

The Docket: What Is Executive Privilege And What Are Its Limits?

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Remembering NPR Political Reporter Cokie Roberts

Cokie Roberts was one of NPR's "Founding Mothers," a pioneering journalist whose career blazed a trail for generations of women at the network. NPR's Tamara Keith and Nina Totenberg talk to Cokie's husband Steve Roberts about the ways in which she was also a role model in her personal life. Steve Roberts new book about his wife is Cokie: A Life Well Lived.

Remembering NPR Political Reporter Cokie Roberts

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Will Biden's Signature Achievements Prove More Popular Than The Affordable Care Act?

Though it has grown more popular with time, the Affordable Care Act was widely disliked by the public in 2010 and cost Democrats dearly in the midterms. Democrats failed to successfully explain the legislation's benefits in the face of Republican attacks. Could Biden's infrastructure plan and, should it pass, social programs bill face the same fate?

Will Biden's Signature Achievements Prove More Popular Than The Affordable Care Act?

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America's Other Public Health Crisis: 100,000 Overdose Deaths

More than 100,000 people died from a drug overdose in the 12-month period beginning April 2020. Despite a growing consensus that recognizes addiction as a public health problem, many effective interventions like safe consumption sites and needle exchanges are politically unpopular and legally complex.

America's Other Public Health Crisis: 100,000 Overdose Deaths

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Yes, COVID-19 Cases Are Up. No, It's Not A Repeat Of Last Year.

COVID-19 case numbers are once again rising in the United States ahead of the holiday season, but the country is in a much different place than it was this time last year.

Yes, COVID-19 Cases Are Up. No, It's Not A Repeat Of Last Year.

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House Democrats Pass Biden's Social Programs Bill

The two-trillion dollar package still needs to pass the Senate, where it is expected to undergo extensive changes. Also, a look at what issues are dominating campaigns in a central Virginia swing district.

House Democrats Pass Biden's Social Programs Bill

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Leaders of Canada And Mexico Visit Washington To Talk COVID, Trade, And Migration

The summit comes after a five-year hiatus spanning the Trump administration. Despite the nations' strong relationship, disagreements over sensitive political issues have sometimes led to heightened tensions.

Leaders of Canada And Mexico Visit Washington To Talk COVID, Trade, And Migration

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Democrats Say They Have A Plan To Overcome 2022 Headwinds

Democrats say they will prioritize sustained outreach to communities of color and clear messages about how they think they have improved people's lives. But, if history is any guide, there is plenty of reason for skepticism.

Democrats Say They Have A Plan To Overcome 2022 Headwinds

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US-China Summit May Have Lowered The Temperature, But The Tough Issues Remain

President Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping met for a video summit this week. Both governments lauded the call as productive, but the economic and human rights issues driving tension between the two great powers are likely to persist for years.

US-China Summit May Have Lowered The Temperature, But The Tough Issues Remain

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