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A new CDC director is arriving to a mammoth task: reasserting the agency while the pandemic is in its deadliest phase yet and the nation’s largest-ever vaccination campaign is wracked by confusion and delays.
Following her show stopping performance at the inauguration of President Joe Biden, Morgan State University President David Wilson reached out via Twitter.
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  • What’s in a name? Maybe more than we think or anticipate when our expectant children are kicking around the possibilities.
  • At the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, with travel restrictions in place worldwide, we began this series, in which photojournalists help transport you, virtually, to some of our planet’s most beautiful and intriguing places.
  • A raging pandemic, tumultuous presidential election and deadly Capitol insurrection have combined to make the annual tradition of Dry January more moist than air-tight for some.
  • Gene Scheer, an opera librettist, was at his home in Washington, Connecticut, on Wednesday, ostensibly working but really watching the inauguration, when two words fluttered out of the television and practically knocked him out of his chair.
  • Among the press jobs Jen Psaki held in the Obama administration was as a spokesperson at the State Department, where she was comfortable delivering lengthy, policy-heavy briefings in a role often held by career foreign policy officials. And she was popular with Washington reporters.
  • The killings cast a spell of grief and terror at the Carter G. Woodson Houses in Brownsville, Brooklyn, a public housing development for seniors where the women had lived and died at the hands of a killer who remained elusive until this week.
  • Because Yuma County produces the lettuce, broccoli and other leafy greens that Americans consume during the cold months, it is known as “America’s salad bowl.” Now it has become a winter hothouse for COVID-19.
  • For many months to come, COVID-19 will continue to shutter schools and thwart attempts to gather. The changes have forced educators and researchers to change their teaching tactics. But several groups have met the challenge head on, not merely weathering the pandemic’s inconveniences but transforming them into opportunities for scientific growth.
  • To stop Trumpism, Democrats need to re-imagine their role. They cannot merely defend the political system. They must rebuild it.
  • As he took the oath in front of a Capitol that only days before was under the siege of a mob of the misinformed, in a country deadened by a pandemic, the oldest man ever elected president should remember that in the home of his ancestors, poetry is the language of politics.
  • Some, perhaps most, of the opposition he’ll face will come from people who are deeply corrupt. And even among Republicans acting in good faith he’ll have to contend with deep-seated cluelessness, the result of the intellectual bubble the right has lived in for many years.
  • Every president sets the moral and cultural tone for the nation. We saw that in a terrible way over the past four years. Just by who he is, Biden sets the stage for a moral revival.
  • In so many ways, Donald Trump was a stress test for our democracy. And as we begin to assess the damage from his time in office, it’s clear we did not do especially well.
  • In the upscale shisha lounge of one of Baghdad’s new restaurants, customers puffing on fragrant fruit-scented tobacco sit at gold-rimmed tables flanked by a giant video screen and views of the Tigris River. It’s a weekday night, but the Dawa restaurant’s Sky Lounge is crowded with people partying like it’s 2019: no masks, no distancing, no problem.
  • As Trump departed the White House on Wednesday, the Proud Boys, once among his staunchest supporters, have also started leaving his side. In dozens of conversations on social media sites like Gab and Telegram, members of the group have begun calling Trump a “shill” and “extraordinarily weak,” according to messages reviewed by The New York Times. They have also urged supporters to stop attending rallies and protests held for Trump or the Republican Party.
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