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Analysis: Why the longest-serving speaker in the country just admitted defeat

On Monday morning, Illinois State House Speaker Mike Madigan made a stunning announcement: He would no longer try to get the 60 votes he needs to be elected to the post he has held almost continually since he first won it in 1983. Madigan represents one of the last vestiges of the old party boss system -- a man not terribly well-known outside of the city of Chicago but someone who, arguably, wields more influence than any other single figure in this massive Midwestern state.

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Analysis: Why the longest-serving speaker in the US is on the verge of being ousted

Illinois State House Speaker Mike Madigan has held his post almost continually since he first won it in 1983. He represents one of the last vestiges of the old party boss system -- a man not terribly well-known outside of the city of Chicago but someone who, arguably, wields more influence than any other single figure in this massive Midwestern state.

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What's behind Trump's mail-in ballot reversal in Florida

"Florida Man" has become a well-known Internet meme in recent years after Twitter users highlighted the bizarre news stories that seem to emerge frequently from the Sunshine State. Recent headlines include: "Florida man jumps onto hood of truck, holds on for 9 miles," "Florida man kills Burger King employee after order takes too long" and "Florida man tries to buy Rolex watches with check printed from home computer."

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DACA recipient: My face shield, mask and hospital scrubs cannot protect me

For the last four months, I have been fighting two battles. One against a well-known threat to New York City and the world, Covid-19, and the other against a less visible threat to immigrants nationwide, the systematic attempts by the Trump administration to dismantle Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) -- the program that protects Dreamers, undocumented immigrants like me who came to the United States as children, from deportation.

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Pentagon chief confirms he was briefed on intel about Russian payments to Taliban

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper confirmed Thursday that he had been briefed on information regarding Russian payments to the Taliban, seemingly acknowledging that Russia's support for the militant group in Afghanistan is not a "hoax," as President Donald Trump has claimed. However, Esper also made clear that he has not seen intelligence that corroborates claims that American troops were killed as a result of the "bounty" payments, walking a delicate line between acknowledging a well-known threat and potentially clashing with the President.

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India bans TikTok amid rising China tensions

India is banning TikTok and several other well-known Chinese apps, saying they pose a "threat to sovereignty and integrity," in the latest indication of escalating tensions between the two countries.

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When art and sex met on New York's waterfront

Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood is well-known now as an arts center, home to the Whitney Museum of American Art, major galleries and the elevated High Line park. But in the '70s, the Hudson Piers that run along its coast were an unofficial creative space and erotic playground where artists took over and transformed the large city-owned decaying buildings that had once been part of an active port.

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Banksy shares new artwork supporting Black Lives Matter

Banksy, perhaps the most well-known anonymous artist and social critic in the world, is showing his support for the Black Lives Matter movement with a new piece of art and a stark message: "People of Colour are being failed by the system."

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Polaroid innovator Elsa Dorfman has died at age 83

American photographer Elsa Dorfman, known for her intimate large-scale portraits of well-known figures including Bob Dylan, Allen Ginsberg and Faye Dunaway, died last Saturday at age 83.

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Judge in Michael Flynn case hires prominent DC law firm to help with appeal

US District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan, who is overseeing former national security adviser Michael Flynn's criminal lying case, has retained a Washignton, DC, law firm run by well-known trial lawyer Beth Wilkinson to help him respond to the appeals court about the Flynn case, according to a person familiar with the arrangement.

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