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President Biden and first lady Jill Biden attended Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday morning before the inauguration. Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Biden Is Catholic. He Also Supports Abortion Rights. Here's What That Could Mean

President Biden is only the nation's second Catholic president. He also supports abortion rights — a position at odds with his church.

Biden Is Catholic. He Also Supports Abortion Rights. Here's What That Could Mean

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Caucus goers during last year's disastrous Iowa Democratic caucus. Democrats are now weighing whether the predominantly white, rural state should keep its prized place at the front of the presidential nominating process. Steve Pope/Getty Images hide caption

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Democrats Weigh Whether Iowa Should Stay 1st In Line For 2024 Election

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Iowa's decades-long lock on the nominating process has been under threat since last year's disastrous caucus, when results were delayed for days due in part to a faulty smartphone app.

Facebook's oversight board is considering what to do about Donald Trump's accounts. Jeff Chiu/AP hide caption

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Facebook Oversight Board Co-Chair On Determining The Future Of Trump's Accounts

Facebook oversight board co-chair Jamal Greene tells NPR about what the board is considering as it weighs whether to allow Donald Trump back onto Facebook and Instagram.

Facebook Oversight Board Co-Chair On Determining The Future Of Trump's Accounts

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The acting head of the U.S. Agency for Global Media has fired the presidents and boards of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Radio Free Asia and the Middle East Broadcasting Networks. Above, the headquarters of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty is seen in Prague in January 2010. Michal Kamaryt/Associated Press hide caption

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USAGM Chief Fires Trump Allies Over Radio Free Europe And Other Networks

The acting head of the U.S. Agency for Global Media fired the presidents and boards over three not-for-profit international networks who were appointed by an ally of former President Trump.

David Gilkey and his mother Alyda. Layla Miller hide caption

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Alyda Gilkey On The Life And Legacy Of Her Son David, Who Put 'Pictures On The Radio'

Gilkey died in 2016 while on assignment in Afghanistan. His mother, Alyda Gilkey, remembers the man behind the lens: an adventurous soul who had a way of putting his subjects at ease.

Alyda Gilkey On The Life And Legacy Of Her Son David, Who Put 'Pictures On The Radio'

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She Resisted Getting Her Kids The Usual Vaccines. Then The Pandemic Hit

A mother of three in Canada was opposed to getting her kids vaccinated against childhood diseases. The pandemic led her out of that movement. Getting there was a years-long search for answers.

She Resisted Getting Her Kids The Usual Vaccines. Then The Pandemic Hit

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The U.S. Postal Service is still struggling to deal with mail sent during the recent holiday season. Quinn Klinefelter/NPR hide caption

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'There's No End In Sight': Mail Delivery Delays Continue Across The Country

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The U.S. Postal Service is still digging out from under an avalanche of mail sent over the holidays. Plus, the system has been strained by the impact of COVID-19 on its workflow and workforce.

'There's No End In Sight': Mail Delivery Delays Continue Across The Country

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Chantelly Manzanares grades her daughter Rosabella's spelling test. Because her mother is deaf, Rosabella sometimes uses American Sign Language to interpret what's happening in her classes on Zoom. Kristin Gourlay hide caption

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Parents With Disabilities Face Extra Hurdles With Kids' Remote Schooling

Parents with disabilities often face extra issues with remote learning. A deaf mom whose first language is American Sign Language is navigating the challenge of monitoring her hearing child's work.

Parents With Disabilities Face Extra Hurdles With Kids' Remote Schooling

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A patron, who did not want to give his name, uses the lottery ticket vending kiosk at a Smoker Friendly store to purchase tickets for the Mega Millions lottery drawing in Cranberry Township, Penn. The jackpot for the Mega Millions lottery game grew to $1 billion ahead of Friday night's drawing after months without a winner. Keith Srakocic/AP hide caption

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Who Wants To Be A Billionaire? $1 Billion Winning Lottery Ticket Sold In Michigan

It's the third-largest lotto jackpot in U.S. history. The odds of winning the top prize were 1 in 302.5 million.

The social network MeWe is among a number of apps seeing an influx of users after Facebook and Twitter kicked off former President Donald Trump. Chesnot/Getty Images hide caption

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Fast-Growing Alternative To Facebook And Twitter Finds Post-Trump Surge 'Messy'

Social network MeWe began as a privacy-focused alternative to Facebook. Trump supporters and right-wing groups disillusioned with mainstream social media have flocked to it since the Jan. 6 riot.

President Biden speaks on his administration's response to the economic crisis in the State Dining Room of the White House on Friday. Ken Cedeno/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Opinion: Joe Biden's Lifetime Of Experience

NPR's Scott Simon reflects on the life and career of the nation's newest, and oldest, president.

Opinion: Joe Biden's Lifetime Of Experience

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Retired U.S. Army Gen. Lloyd Austin was confirmed as the next secretary of defense. He is seen above speaking after being nominated by then-President-elect Joe Biden last month. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Lloyd Austin Confirmed As Secretary of Defense, Becomes First Black Pentagon Chief

Austin's near-unanimous confirmation came despite concerns raised on both sides of the aisle that he hadn't been out of uniform for the legally-mandated minimum seven-year period.

South Korea's KF94 mask does a good job concealing Mona Lisa's smile — but how effective is it at preventing coronavirus spread? Above: masked pedestrians in a shopping district in Seoul. Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images hide caption

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Coronavirus FAQ: Why Am I Suddenly Hearing So Much About KF94 Masks?

There are N95s, reserved for health workers. There are KN95s, which you can buy easily — except that quality may vary. And now South Korea's KF94 masks are getting a lot of buzz.

Director Fernando Frías arrives for the screening of the HBO series Los Espookys on June 2019 in New York City. Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Mexico's Oscar-Winning Directors Embrace Rise Of Fernando Frías De La Parra

Director Fernando Frías de la Parra's Netflix film I'm No Longer Here is Mexico's entry for Best International Feature Film at the Oscars. "He's truly original," says Roma director Alfonso Cuarón.

Mexico's Oscar-Winning Directors Embrace Rise Of Fernando Frías De La Parra

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Tabla player Zakir Hussain (left) accompanies sarod player Ali Akbar Khan and his wife and collaborator Mary Khan. Courtesy of the Owsley Stanley Foundation hide caption

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When The Giants Of Indian Classical Music Collided With Psychedelic San Francisco

The new live album That Which Colors the Mind, recorded in 1970 by Grateful Dead sound man Owsley Stanley, captures a riveting performance by Ali Akbar Khan, Zakir Hussain and Indranil Bhattacharya.

When The Giants Of Indian Classical Music Collided With Psychedelic San Francisco

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Cemetery workers carry the remains of 89-year-old Abilio Ribeiro, who died of the new coronavirus, for burial at the Nossa Senhora Aparecida cemetery in Manaus, Amazonas state, Brazil, on Jan. 6. The day before, Manaus declared a 180-day state of emergency due to a surge of new cases of the coronavirus. Edmar Barros/AP hide caption

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Coronavirus Crisis Gets 'Even Worse' In Brazilian Amazon City Of Manaus

Another surge in coronavirus cases has collapsed Manaus' health system, leading hospitals to run out of beds and oxygen for patients. It's also having a deadly fallout in nearby communities.

Migrants, mainly from Cuba, occupy the Mexican side of the Paso del Norte border bridge, where a plaque marks the border line, as they protest to be allowed into the U.S. to apply for asylum in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, just before midnight on Dec. 29, 2020. Christian Chavez/AP hide caption

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Asylum Seekers Hope Biden's Pledge To Welcome Immigrants Includes Them

One of the most daunting immigration challenges facing the Biden administration is what to do about the multitudes of migrants who want asylum protection in the United States.

Asylum Seekers Hope Biden's Pledge To Welcome Immigrants Includes Them

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Rep. James Clyburn has filed a bill in Congress that would make "Lift Ev'ry Voice And Sing" the U.S. national hymn. Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images hide caption

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Rep. James Clyburn Proposes To Make 'Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing' The National Hymn

Rep. James Clyburn says it's time for "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing" to be honored as the national hymn, and on Jan. 13, he filed a bill to try to make that official.

Rep. James Clyburn Proposes To Make 'Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing' The National Hymn

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A defining characteristic of the Resistance was its breadth in terms of what different groups cared about. March For Our Lives, for instance, brought together young Americans in favor of gun control. Jim Young/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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With Biden In Place, The 'Resistance' Tries To Pivot From Defense To Offense

With former President Donald Trump out of office, progressive groups are attempting the tricky pivot from fighting Trump's agenda to pushing a new one.

With Biden In Place, The 'Resistance' Tries To Pivot From Defense To Offense

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