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Opinion: I fled Kabul in 1992, and I'm having disturbing flashbacks

This week has been highly distressing for millions of Afghans like me. We witnessed, in real-time, the Taliban take over Afghanistan two decades after the US began its so-called "war on terror." But this catastrophe could have been avoided -- and, more to the point, it should have been.

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White fear is the wrong way to tell the Census story

A significant part of the current political and racial divides in the United States has been fueled by reports that America will become a majority-minority country within our lifetimes. Conspiratorial and racist so-called "replacement" theories have inspired White nationalists in American society, ranging from those bearing tiki torches in Charlottesville to Fox News host Tucker Carlson and the rioters at the US Capitol on January 6.

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In dramatic shift, top Biden officials say Covid lab-leak theory as credible as natural origins explanation

Senior Biden administration officials overseeing an intelligence review into the origins of the coronavirus now believe the theory that the virus accidentally escaped from a lab in Wuhan is at least as credible as the possibility that it emerged naturally in the wild -- a dramatic shift from a year ago, when Democrats publicly downplayed the so-called lab leak theory.

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The problem with a parade for New York's Covid heroes

This week, New York City will hold a ticker-tape parade along lower Broadway's so-called Canyon of Heroes to honor our "hometown heroes," the essential workers who got us through this pandemic. Among those recognized will be hospital and health care workers, transportation workers, small business owners and employees, educators and childcare workers and first responders.

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What will Kamala Harris seek in Mexico?

There are several questions around Vice President Kamala Harris's upcoming trip to Mexico and Guatemala on June 7 and 8. They mainly involve the larger of those two countries, but as the US seeks to deepen its ties in Latin America -- and, importantly, as it hopes to stem the flow of migrants heading to the southern US border -- the answers will help determine whether the Biden administration can effectively address the so-called "root causes" of that migration in Mexico and the Northern Triangle of Central America.

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Appeals court rules cops should have qualified immunity in violent takedowns

A federal appeals court on Tuesday granted so-called qualified immunity to Louisiana officers who were accused of forcing an unarmed Black man to the ground and beating him into compliance, a case that experts say exemplifies how difficult it can be for victims of police brutality to overcome the controversial doctrine in court.

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Tennessee governor signs controversial bathroom bill into law

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee signed a so-called controversial bathroom bill into law Friday, according to the state General Assembly website, prompting criticism from those who say the bill is discriminatory toward transgender individuals.

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Fact-checking allegations of irregularities in controversial Arizona audit

As Republicans continue to question the legitimacy of the 2020 election, the controversial audit taking place in Arizona's Maricopa County is receiving national attention over charges of election irregularities. Following a pause in the audit, Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas and former President Donald Trump weighed in on the ongoing dispute between the Arizona state Senate President, the Arizona Secretary of State's office and Maricopa County over this so-called audit.

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Idaho GOP governor signs 'heartbeat' abortion ban

Idaho on Tuesday became the second state this week to enact a so-called heartbeat ban -- a law barring most abortions at the onset of a fetal heartbeat, which can occur as early as six weeks into a pregnancy and before many people know they are pregnant.

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Anti-Defamation League CEO: Fox needs to rethink its entire primetime lineup

Tucker Carlson sparked a wave of backlash with comments about the so-called "white replacement theory" on his Fox show Thursday evening. In response, Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt sent a letter urging Fox to dump Carlson, and now he's saying the network needs to rethink its entire lineup.

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