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At long last, the Obama presidential library breaks ground in Chicago

The Obama Presidential Center on the city's South Side will include a museum, an athletic center, a public plaza, a play area and a public library branch.
Image: Former US President Barack Obama
Image: Former US President Barack Obama

Black women need to be a bigger voice in the Afghanistan withdrawal conversation

Black women make up an increasing portion of the U.S. military, yet their views on war are rarely heard in the media.
Photo collage: US Marines and Afghan National Army personnel holding their flags, a silhouette of a woman military officer and a close up of the medals of a servicewoman from the armed forces.
Photo collage: US Marines and Afghan National Army personnel holding their flags, a silhouette of a woman military officer and a close up of the medals of a servicewoman from the armed forces.

R. Kelly is finally going to jail. That’s not enough.

 True progress means holding men to account even when they aren’t famous.
Image: R. Kelly appears during a court hearing.
Image: R. Kelly appears during a court hearing.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is right to shame NBA anti-vaxxers

Opposing vaccinations isn’t smart or brave — it’s literally dead wrong. 
Photo illustration: Images of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar speaking and a hand holding a syringe and a vaccine vial with an image of a basketball game on either sides.
Photo illustration: Images of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar speaking and a hand holding a syringe and a vaccine vial with an image of a basketball game on either sides.

Thanks to the House, local police forces will still get military-grade equipment

The lower chamber recently approved a spending bill that will send all sorts of dangerous gifts to local police.
Photo illustration: A strip in the foreground shows a line of police officers over a background that shows the U.S. Capitol dome.
Photo illustration: A strip in the foreground shows a line of police officers over a background that shows the U.S. Capitol dome.

Restaurateur Melba Wilson won the week! Here are some honorable mentions.

Only one person can claim the title, but these people and things had a solid week, as well.
Image: Melba Wilson
Image: Melba Wilson

Trump’s lies and costly investigations have marred Arizona for a decade

The recent election “audit” in Arizona is just the latest grift.
Photo illustration: Joe Arpaio, Donald Trump and an image of the contractors recounting the Maricopa County ballots cast in the 2020 general election.
Photo illustration: Joe Arpaio, Donald Trump and an image of the contractors recounting the Maricopa County ballots cast in the 2020 general election.

Why these Trump associates were subpoenaed as part of the Jan. 6 probe

The House panel investigating the U.S. Capitol riot is honing in on the Trump world. Enjoy this subpoena-themed playlist as you read the latest updates.
Illustration of Mark Meadows, Steve Bannon and Dan Scavino.
Illustration of Mark Meadows, Steve Bannon and Dan Scavino.

Watchdog report warns about the dangers of racist media, particularly for Latinos

The Government Accountability Office’s findings raise alarms about the lack of Latino representation in media and its harmful effects.
IMage: A restaurant employee moves between tables in Manhattan on Dec. 11, 2020.
IMage: A restaurant employee moves between tables in Manhattan on Dec. 11, 2020.

The Texas Legislature is the ‘Absolute Worst.’ Here are dishonorable mentions.

These are a few names who just barely missed the cut for Joy Reid’s latest pick.
Image with text: Texas State Capitol building and a tab on the right that reads,"The Absolute Worst"
Image with text: Texas State Capitol building and a tab on the right that reads,"The Absolute Worst"

Just one more reason to delete Facebook and Instagram for good

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg signed off on an internal effort to push pro-Facebook content on users' News Feeds, according to a new report.
Image: Two screens lined up showing Mark Zuckerberg speaking virtually.
Image: Two screens lined up showing Mark Zuckerberg speaking virtually.