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Twenty-six words tucked into a 1996 law overhauling telecommunications have allowed companies like Facebook, Twitter and Google to grow into the giants they are today. Those are the words President Donald Trump challenged in an executive order Thursday. Matt Rourke/AP hide caption

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As Trump Targets Twitter's Legal Shield, Experts Have A Warning

While President Trump lashes out at Twitter, consensus is growing in Washington to repeal the decades-old law that shields tech platforms from lawsuits. Experts warn about unintended consequences.

The U.S. Postal Service faces challenges as more voters turn to mail in ballots during the coronavirus pandemic. Mark Lennihan/AP hide caption

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As More Americans Prepare To Vote By Mail, Postal Service Faces Big Challenges

From Trump's tweets to funding issues, the U.S. Postal Service is under pressure as voters are set to turn increasingly toward mail-in ballots during the coronavirus pandemic.

As More Americans Prepare To Vote By Mail, Postal Service Faces Big Challenges

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President Trump gives remarks on retaliation against China in the Rose Garden on Friday. Alongside him are (left to right) trade adviser Peter Navarro, national security adviser Robert O'Brien, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Trump, Retaliating Against Beijing, Revokes Privileges For Hong Kong

President Trump said the U.S. would take a number of steps after China's central government asserted more direct authority over the territory, which it had pledged to treat differently.

This weekend, temporary pay bumps for workers during the coronavirus pandemic are ending at companies across the country. In a normal world, high hazard pay might be the only way to stop employees from quitting en masse. But with tens of millions unemployed, workers quickly lost a lot of leverage. Ada Yokota/Getty Images hide caption

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As 'Hero' Pay Ends, Essential Workers Wonder What They Are Worth

Many retail and food workers are losing temporary wage bumps they got during the pandemic. Some say their work hazards are only increasing, while their wage is lower than unemployment benefits.

As 'Hero' Pay Ends, Essential Workers Wonder What They Are Worth

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Clarence D. Castile, uncle of Philando Castile, speaks outside the governor's mansion July 7, 2016 in St. Paul, Minn. Stephen Maturen/Getty Images hide caption

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Philando Castile's Uncle On Bridging The Gap Between The Public And Police

After his nephew was killed by police in 2016, Clarence Castile became a St. Paul, Minn., reserve police officer to understand the divisions. He speaks with NPR's Scott Simon about the experience.

Philando Castile's Uncle On Bridging The Gap Between The Public And Police

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Police officers gathered Thursday in downtown Louisville, Ky., as protesters demonstrated against the killing of Breonna Taylor, a black woman fatally shot by police in her home in March. @mckinley_moore via AP hide caption

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7 Shot At Louisville Protest Calling For Justice For Breonna Taylor

It's not yet clear who shot people in the crowd. The mayor says no officers fired weapons on the demonstrations for the black woman killed by police in her home. Two victims required surgery, he says.

The rate at which black Americans are killed by police is more than twice as high as the rate for white Americans. This is a non-comprehensive list of deaths at the hands of police in the U.S. since Eric Garner's death in July, 2014. LA Johnson/NPR hide caption

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A Decade Of Watching Black People Die

The last few weeks have been filled with devastating news — stories about the police killing black people. At this point, these calamities feel familiar — so familiar, in fact, that their details have begun to echo each other.

A Decade Of Watching Black People Die

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Margaret Sullivan looks out the windows of Goodwin House in Falls Church, Va. Tyrone Turner/WAMU hide caption

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'I Find Myself Very Seriously Feeling Hollow': Documenting A Pandemic Experience

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As the coronavirus sweeps the nation, 85-year-old Margaret Sullivan watches and records the changes from inside her retirement home in Virginia.

'I Find Myself Very Seriously Feeling Hollow': Documenting A Pandemic Experience

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Dr. Jonas E. Salk, who discovered the polio vaccine, reads with his wife and three boys in their Ann Arbor, Mich., home on April 11, 1955. The boys were among the first vaccinated during testing. The family was photographed the night before an announcement the vaccine was effective. Pictured from left are Jonathan, 5; Donna Salk; Peter, 11; Salk; and Darrell, 8. AP hide caption

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Among The 1st To Get A Polio Vaccine, Peter Salk Says Don't Rush A COVID-19 Shot

When he was 9 years old, Salk was inoculated by the polio vaccine developed by his father, Dr. Jonas Salk. Today, he is an optimistic about a COVID-19 vaccine but offers a warning.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jenny Harries and Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance at a March news conference on the pandemic. That month, Harries stated that the World Health Organization recommendation for all countries to test extensively was meant more for lower income countries than for wealthy nations. The U.K. later changed its view. Eddie Mulholland/Pool via Reuters hide caption

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The Ghosts Of Colonialism Are Haunting The World's Response To The Pandemic

The era of colonial powers ended in the 20th century. But the legacy lingers on and can be seen in the way the West has reacted to the coronavirus crisis. But there are some hopeful signs, too.

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The Evolution Of Jon Batiste

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Jon Batiste was born for show business. Hear him play an intimate set in New York and on our radio show as we trace his story to his current gig as band leader of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

The Evolution Of Jon Batiste

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In 'Humankind,' Rutger Bregman Aims To Convince That Most People Are Good

The historian and author of Utopia for Realists says that research shows that "especially in times of crisis, we show our best selves. And we get this explosion of altruism and cooperation."

In 'Humankind,' Rutger Bregman Aims To Convince That Most People Are Good

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Sen. Bernie Sanders signs autographs at a February campaign event with Latino supporters in Santa Ana, Calif. Some Democrats say the Biden campaign can learn from Sanders' outreach. Damian Dovarganes/AP hide caption

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Bernie Sanders' Campaign Could Provide Lessons For Biden Latino Outreach

Democrats who are worried the Biden campaign isn't doing enough to engage Latino voters are pointing to the success his primary rival had among the largest minority voting group in the 2020 election.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had been approached to run for the U.S. Senate from Kansas, but he has demurred. The filing deadline for the Aug. 4 primary is Monday. Nicholas Kamm/AP hide caption

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GOP Fears Loss Of Reliable Senate Seat Amid Fractious Kansas Primary

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The party has held both Senate seats in the state since the Great Depression, but ahead of a Monday deadline Republicans aren't confident that any of the candidates are assured of winning in November.

Missouri's only clinic that provides abortions, located in St. Louis, will be able to keep operating after a state commission decided Friday, that the health department was wrong not to renew the license of the Planned Parenthood facility. Jeff Roberson/AP hide caption

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Missouri's Only Clinic That Provides Abortions Allowed To Remain Open

"Planned Parenthood has demonstrated that it provides safe and legal abortion care," a state commission ruled. It said state health regulators wrongly blocked the St. Louis clinic's renewal in 2019.

Jesus' baptism site overlooking the Jordan River, 6 miles north of the Dead Sea. The Jordanian site includes the spot where UNESCO says Jesus was believed to have been baptized, now inland after the river changed course, as well as Elijah's Hill, where tradition says the Prophet Elijah ascended to heaven in a flaming chariot. Moises Saman for NPR hide caption

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Where Jesus Was Baptized, Jordan Vies With Israel For Tourists

While UNESCO and the Vatican agree the site is in Jordan, a spot across the Jordan River, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, draws more visitors.

Writer and activist Larry Kramer, here in 1989, was an unapologetically loud and irrepressible voice in the fight against AIDS. Sara Krulwich/Getty Images hide caption

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Opinion: Larry Kramer, A Remembrance Of A Fierce AIDS Activist

NPR's Scott Simon remembers AIDS activist Larry Kramer who died this week. He was 84.

Opinion: Larry Kramer, A Remembrance Of A Fierce AIDS Activist

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