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4 Teams Head Into Finals Of Collegiate A Cappella Championship

Described as Pitch Perfect meets March Madness, the competition received performance videos from hundreds of groups. Groups can win cash prizes for charities.

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As A Stepparent, Kamala Harris Puts 'Families You Choose' In The Spotlight

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House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., supports bringing earmarks back with limits. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Democrats Want To Bring Earmarks Back As Way To Break Gridlock In Congress

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Do You Want To Build A Snowman?
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PJ Morton's new track for Morning Edition's Song Project, "Still Here," is about working through a year full of challenges and loss. Matt Robertson/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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On 'Still Here,' PJ Morton Reflects On Surviving 2020

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You Are Mine Fractite

Tom Vilsack served as secretary of agriculture during the Obama administration and has been a trusted adviser to President-elect Joe Biden. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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Biden Plans To Bring Vilsack Back To USDA Despite Criticism From Reformers

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VOA Director Forced Aside In Drive To Embed Trump Loyalists Before Biden Era

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At Last, Sunrise Maree Docia
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The Harvard Opportunes is one of the four groups to advance to the final stages of UpStaged National Collegiate Performing Arts A Cappella Championship. Dylan Zhou /Twins Talent Casting hide caption

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4 Teams Head Into Finals Of Collegiate A Cappella Championship

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Labrinth - Featuring Zendaya Harvard Opportunes
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