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Ministers eye 'astonishing' plan to give everyone who tests positive for Covid a one-off £500 payment to 'encourage more swabs'

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"The Simpsons" seemed to get it right again -- by predicting part of the inauguration

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Chief immunologist Dr Anthony Fauci has returned to the White House under the new administration - and described working under Trump as 'uncomfortable" at times. Read more:

In the end, former Pres. Trump was generally in line with other Republican presidents. It was unusual, though, in just how last-minute his clemency spree was. Read more, via @FiveThirtyEight :

Japan says Tokyo Olympics will go ahead as planned this year and doubled down on its commitment to host the Games as organizers denied reports of a cancelation

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#WATCH Mumbai: Indian Navy P-8I maritime reconnaissance aircraft will supply 1 lakh dosages of #COVID19  vaccine to Mauritius and 50,000 dosages to Seychelles. The consignment will be first delivered to Seychelles and then to Mauritius.

Since 2017 Britons have enjoyed the right to use their mobile phones anywhere in Europe at no additional cost. Brexit means that, starting this month, they may have to pay

At the inauguration, Bernie Sanders gave off a casual “This has been fun, but the post office closes at six” vibe that people felt deep in their souls.

Google’s threat to block Australia over content fees sparks anger

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Opinion: Right on schedule, Republicans pretend to care about deficits again

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Scoops of the Day

Labour TD @AodhanORiordain  says "every time the minister gets an opportunity ... to speak about this issue she only makes things worse". He says it's clear Minister for Education @NormaFoleyTD1  has lost control of the situation with regards to special needs education

On the day Politico gave Playbook to Ben Shapiro, it asked my thoughts on how Biden can unite us. Given that it published Shapiro in the spirit of airing diverse views, I thought it would be open to whatever I had to say. But Politico refused to run what I wrote, which is below.

Twitter refused to remove child porn because it didn't 'violate policies': lawsuit

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Dr. Fauci: If we get 70-85% of Americans vaccinated by the end of the summer or middle of the summer, we will be approaching a "degree of normality" by around the fall.

Greta Thunberg trolled Sen. Ted Cruz after he claimed rejoining the Paris climate deal shows President Biden is more interested in "the citizens of Paris than in the jobs of the citizens of Pittsburgh." The agreement is named after Paris because that is where it was adopted.

Conservatives will pretend “unity” means Democrats have to let them keep ill-gotten gains, leave saboteurs in positions of power, but nobody has to pretend to believe them.

“If… I hear you treat another colleague with disrespect… I will fire you on the spot.” President Biden tells his new appointees he won’t tolerate bullying in his administration - and expects them to restore “decency and dignity, that’s been missing… for the last four years”.

The Japanese government has privately concluded that the Tokyo Olympics will have to be cancelled because of the coronavirus, and the focus is now on securing the Games for the city in the next available year, 2032

Ever since her beloved owner was hospitalized, this dog walks to the hospital every day and sits outside, waiting to see him 😢

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Scoops of the Week

Amanda Gorman, speaking now, when I asked her for her first political memory:

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You can’t quote Dr. King on social media one day out of the year and live a life that runs counter to his words and teachings the other 364.

Former First Lady Michelle Obama: "After a disturbing era of chaos and division, we are entering the next chapter of American leadership with the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris." #InaugurationDay 

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Just In: Seven men suspected in the brutal beating of a D.C. police officer defending the Capitol are sought by the FBI

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'The best is yet to come.' President Donald Trump on the lasting legacy of his movement - "a belief that a nation will serve its citizens will not dwindle."

Video of insurrectionists stealing documents on the senate floor. “I think Cruz would want us to do this so I think we’re good.” Great work, @tedcruz  (Full video and article at @NewYorker  )

I would rather be without a state than without a voice.

Exclusive: China Has Built Village In Arunachal, Show Satellite Images

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South Korea’s best-selling boyband, BTS, continue to make their mark in the art world as one of the group’s singers, RM, has been named “art sponsor of the year” in Korea. @bts_bighit  @BTS_twt  @BTS_ARMY 

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