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Nearly half of all the items Americans buy in grocery stores contain palm oil, which is one driver of deforestation. Most of it is illegal, ravaging the planet and driving emissions up, @CaraKorte  reports. Now, a new bill in Congress seeks to change that.

Antivirus software pioneer John McAfee indicted for cryptocurrency fraud: U.S. officials

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The thing about the minimum wage vote today was that it was a free vote! It needed 60 votes and wasn’t gonna get it. $15 an hour is popular! It’s a lay-up. If you’re voting against it, it’s for reasons other than clear-eyed, ruthless fidelity to optimal political messaging.

People tend to sometimes over-attribute politicians behavior to raw political calculations and under attribute it to ideology. I think Sinema et al genuinely do not want a $15 minimum wage even if items politically desirable. They have bad and wrong views they are pursuing.

Covid: Bolsonaro tells Brazilians to stop 'whining' as deaths top 260,000

TONIGHT: It's one year since the first recorded Covid death in the United Kingdom, now a total of 124,261 have died. Why was the UK so unprepared? #Newsnight  broadcasts a special programme looking at why Covid-19 hit the country so hard 📺 2245 @BBCTwo  with @KirstyWark 

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Sources who've briefed U.S. national security advisors say >30K U.S. organizations hacked by newly-found holes in Microsoft's Exchange email products, and that 100s of thousands of victim organizations worldwide now have web-based backdoors installed.

Opinion | @Deanofcomedy : If there was ever a time for Democrats to go big, it’s now. It’s the only way not to lose badly come 2022. Period. And the GOP knows this.

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"Any responsible government would not force nurses to take strike action just to get a decent wage", says former shadow chancellor John McDonnell. He adds 'of course I would' support strike action. Read more:

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Scoops of the Day

K-pop sensation @bts_bighit  scooped the 2020 Global Recording Artist of the Year Award from @IFPI_org 

This stat blew my mind: do public health measures like social distancing, mask wearing and hand-washing really reduce the transmission of viral respiratory illnesses? Uh, yes.

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TIME's new international cover: "I cannot be intimidated. I cannot be bought." The women leading India's farmers' protests

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Note to @RonJohnsonWI : If you read aloud the names of all the Americans killed by the COVID pandemic, it would take 12 straight days, reading around the clock.

A sheriff from Arizona has accused President Biden of creating 'roads for the cartels'

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Reporter: Does the Trump admin deserve credit for laying the vaccine groundwork? Psaki: ‘I don’t think anyone deserves credit when half a million people in the country have died of this pandemic.’

China's parliament to delay Hong Kong legislative vote, overhaul electoral system

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Breaking News: Aides to Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York rewrote a report by state health officials to hide how many nursing home residents died in the pandemic.

NRA exiting New York to reincorporate in Texas will make for the most successful and powerful #NRA  ever. Don’t just take our word for it... @tedcruz  @mikepompeo  @Jim_Jordan  @BurgessOwens  @markrobinsonNC 

Things I learned on #Sakto  today: 1) Teacher Dan is a legit teacher 2) She lost her job because of the pandemic 3) Elsa pataas not Elsa pababa

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Scoops of the Week

Congrats to @NiallOfficial  who has just won the RTÉ Choice Music Prize Irish Song of the Year 2020 with No Judgement 🙌 #rtechoiceprize  @RTE2fm  @RTEplayer  @choicemusicprize 

I just announced Texas is OPEN 100%. EVERYTHING. I also ended the statewide mask mandate.

The "QAnon Shaman" of the January 6th attack on the Capitol tells his story for the first time from jail, as he faces up to 20 years behind bars. Jacob Chansley spoke with @60Minutes +'s @LaurieSegallCNN 

The bravery and commitment of the Myanmar pro-democracy protesters is impressive as they take to the streets the day after security forces killed 18 protesters. Today in Yangon, the police met them with tear gas, as the junta defiantly defends its coup.

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THIS JUST IN: New IG report shows Elaine Chao apparently violated federal ethics rules in multiple ways, including directing official staffers to do personal tasks. Please read, RT, and share.

Biden removes mention of Dr. Seuss from 'Read Across America Day'

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BTS named world's best-selling artists of 2020

#WATCH : Congress leader Rahul Gandhi doing push-ups and 'Aikido' with students of St. Joseph's Matriculation Hr. Sec. School in Mulagumoodubn, Tamil Nadu

FBI Director Chris Wray makes it clear that the FBI considers the mob storming the U.S. Capitol an act of "domestic terrorism." He says 300 people have been arrested by the FBI and other law enforcement agencies. And he added, more people are being charged almost everyday.

The Myanmar junta has tried to restrict use of social media to organize protests, but a digitally savvy population keeps finding work-arounds, using virtual private networks or Thai SIM cards to evade restrictions. Night raids are live-streamed.

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