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3 ex-cops charged in George Floyd's death try to blame 'excited delirium' as the cause

Lawyers for two of them suggested Floyd's death was caused by the condition, alleging it made made him violent and superstrong.
A general view of the memorial site known as George Floyd Square on January 20 in Minneapolis, MN.
A general view of the memorial site known as George Floyd Square on January 20 in Minneapolis, MN.

Matt Gaetz sex trafficking case heats up with latest development

The number of witnesses aiding the federal sex trafficking probe into the Republican congressman is growing, and it seems all of them could offer info that takes him down.
Photo Illustration: Representative Matt Gaetz
Photo Illustration: Representative Matt Gaetz

3 words wholly undermine Republican hysteria over Biden's SCOTUS pledge

Conservatives say President Biden nominating a Black woman to the Supreme Court is an undeserved affirmative action hire. But Justice Amy Coney Barrett owns that label.
Photo illustration: Justice Amy Coney-Barrett
Photo illustration: Justice Amy Coney-Barrett

You may not care about NFTs right now — but you absolutely will one day

Digital art, memes and more have sold for thousands of dollars. They’re virtually useless in the real world, but they'll have value in the virtual one. 
Photo illustration: NFTs in a Macbook trashcan
Photo illustration: NFTs in a Macbook trashcan

Watch Texas students go off on school district officials over potential book ban

Fed-up students in Texas' Granbury Independent School District voiced their anger at school officials looking to ban books on social inequality from libraries.
Image: A student speaks at a Granbury ISD school board meeting about banned books.
Image: A student speaks at a Granbury ISD school board meeting about banned books.

Why Nancy Pelosi running for re-election is good for the Democratic Party

The House speaker announced she’s running for her 19th term in Congress this fall. Here’s what she needs to do to make it worthwhile, for herself and her party. 
Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi speaks during a weekly news conference at the U.S. Capitol on January 13.
Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi speaks during a weekly news conference at the U.S. Capitol on January 13.

Women are uniquely vulnerable to long Covid. So why isn't the CDC paying more attention?

Reps. Ayanna Pressley and Don Beyer urged the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to study the long-term health affects of Covid on women and minorities.
Photo illustration: Democrats are demanding a CDC report on long covid's impact on women and minorities
Photo illustration: Democrats are demanding a CDC report on long covid's impact on women and minorities

Why conservative claims about Asian Americans and affirmative action don't hold water

A white-led organization is using Asian American plaintiffs to beat back affirmative action polices in colleges. But Asian Americans broadly back affirmative action.
Photo illustration: The Supreme Court is taking up college admissions cases
Photo illustration: The Supreme Court is taking up college admissions cases

In Trump’s honor, Arizona Republicans approve conspiracy-based election bills

Republicans running an Arizona Senate committee approved sweeping measures that co-sign the former president's baseless claims of fraud in the 2020 election.
Image: Supporters of then-President Donald Trump gather outside of an office where election ballots are counted in Phoenix, Ariz., on Nov. 6, 2020.
Image: Supporters of then-President Donald Trump gather outside of an office where election ballots are counted in Phoenix, Ariz., on Nov. 6, 2020.

'Irreparable harm': Court blocks Alabama Republicans' gerrymandered maps

A three-judge panel found the state's Republican-led Legislature drew district maps that would illegally diminish Black voters' power.
Photo illustration: Federal court deals a blow to Alabama GOP's racially gerrymandered maps
Photo illustration: Federal court deals a blow to Alabama GOP's racially gerrymandered maps

Texas governor throws teachers to the wolves with new ‘parental bill of rights’

A new “bill of rights” introduced by the Republican governor calls for educators to be fired, lose benefits and face blackballing for teaching lessons parents don’t like.
Photo Illustration: Texas governor Greg Abbott is issuing a "parental bill of rights"
Photo Illustration: Texas governor Greg Abbott is issuing a "parental bill of rights"