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@SRuhle : "Did you feel like you had no choice? You had to say on the world stage I need a break?" Simone Biles: Yeah, I had to ... That's probably one of the bravest things and one of my greatest accomplishments."

It's time for Americans to demand that their elected officials explain why we shouldn’t even proceed with a vote on the Freedom to Vote Act, @levinsojessica  writes for @msnbc_breaking .

Americans are leaving their jobs in record numbers for new ventures, whether it's because of a change of heart or a need to survive. We asked people to share their stories. Here's what they said.

Covid-19 cases are soaring in the U.K., with new cases rising close to 50,000 per day over the last week.

'It's taking a terrible toll on our staff': Schools districts facing major staffing crisis

California Gov. Newsom has declared a statewide drought emergency. "Nearly 88% of the state and a good portion of the west are facing extreme drought. This past August was the driest and hottest on record," @ErinCNN  reports.

Sen. King: "If you take the states, that those 41 senators represent, add up all the population together, you get 24% of the American people. So the situation we're in now is that 24% of the American people have an effective veto."

@levinsonjessica : Democrats and voters must play hardball and understand the importance of voting rights.

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White Americans aren’t afraid of the cops. White Americans are never afraid of the cops, even when they’re committing an insurrection,” @JoyAnnReid  says about the Trump supporters rioting the US Capitol.

Andrea Jenkins, vice president of Minneapolis City Council, says George Floyd and Officer Chauvin worked at restaurant near Third Precinct. "They were coworkers for a very long time."

Sen. Sanders: "Some people ask: Why would you impeach and convict a president who has only a few days left in office? The answer: Precedent. It must be made clear that no president, now or in the future, can lead an insurrection against the U.S. government."

After raising employee wages to $15/hour, Klavon's Ice Cream Parlor in Pittsburgh received "well over 1,000 applications" for job openings. Co-owner Jacob Hanchar says customer service has improved and he hasn't "noticed a difference on our bottom line."

Dr. Fauci says Americans will likely need to stay home for at least several more weeks: “I cannot see that all of a sudden, next week or two weeks from now it's going to be over. I don't think there's a chance of that."

Rep. Connolly during House Oversight and Reform Cmte. hearing: "You can talk all you want about whether the poor Border [Patrol] is overwhelmed that makes no excuse for how we are treating children...Is there no limit to what you will justify in this administration?"

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney: “I think what the president needs to do is, frankly, put his big boy pants on."

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