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FBI Director Christopher Wray, seen here speaking at a news conference in November, accused Beijing of stealing American ideas and innovation and launching massive hacking operations. Andrew Harnik/AP file photo hide caption

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Supporters of single-payer health care march to the California capitol in 2017. On Monday, the author of a universal health care bill in the legislature didn't bring the measure up for a vote on the final day it couldn't be considered because he didn't think it would pass. Rich Pedroncelli/AP file photo hide caption

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Sandra Castro vaccinates first-grader Kristen Cruz, 6, at KIPP Believe Charter School in New Orleans last week ahead of Tuesday's deadline for all students in the city's school system to be vaccinated. Ted Jackson/AP hide caption

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Former President Donald Trump speaks during a rally at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Conroe, Texas, on Saturday. Brandon Bell/Getty Images hide caption

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NASA astronaut Jessica Watkins waves at the audience during the astronaut graduation ceremony at Johnson Space Center in Houston Texas, on January 10, 2020. Mark Felix/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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NASA astronaut Jessica Watkins will be the first Black woman to spend months in space

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Judge rejects hate crime plea deal for man convicted of murdering Ahmaud Arbery

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Global culture wars: Some far right groups in the U.S. are taking a pro-Russia stance

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Why the music industry is paying close attention to TikTok

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Writer Jon Ronson wants to find out where 'things fell apart' with our culture wars

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U.S. and Russia clashed over the Ukraine crisis at the U.N. Security Council meeting

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These song sparrows like to keep their playlists fresh

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Debate rages over whether kids should wear masks at school

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Ukrainian foreign minister says global democratic order at stake in Russia standoff

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Howard University in Washington, D.C., is one of at least six historically Black colleges and universities that received bomb threats on Monday. It received a second threat on Tuesday. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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