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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., dropped his demand that any power-sharing agreement with Democrats must keep the legislative filibuster intact.
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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has backed down from demands that Democrats promise to keep the filibuster intact. He and Majority Leader Chuck Schumer can now negotiate a power-sharing agreement.

On Monday evening, the House transmitted to the Senate a single article of impeachment against former President Donald Trump. The trial is expected to begin in two weeks

The Senate is set to vote Tuesday on President Biden’s choice to lead the State Department, Tony Blinken. On Monday, the Senate confirmed Janet Yellen as the next Treasury Secretary, making her the first woman to hold the job.

Dominion Voting Systems filed suit against former President Donald Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani on Monday over baseless claims he's made that Dominion was at the center of a scheme to perpetuate widespread election fraud.

President Biden has overturned the Trump-era ban on transgender troops first enacted in 2017.

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Today's Listens

Demonstrators raise their arms and chant, "Hands up, don't shoot," in August 2014 as they protest the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.
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NPR has identified the shooting deaths of at least 135 unarmed Black men and women by police over the past five years. The majority of officers were white and for at least 15 of them, the shootings were not their first or last. They have been involved in two — sometimes three or more — shootings, often deadly and without consequences. NPR’s Cheryl W. Thompson has the story. Listen here or read it

Moderna is developing a booster shot for its COVID-19 vaccine to ensure that it works against a variant from South Africa. The variant contains mutations that help the virus evade the immune system. Click here to listen
 
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The photo of a Confederate flag inside the U.S. Capitol is an emblematic image from the January 6 insurrection. There were white supremacists among the attackers. Hosts of NPR's history podcast Throughline Rund Abdelfatah and Ramtin Arablouei discuss the evolution of the modern white power movement, starting at the end of the Vietnam War. A warning that this story begins with hateful and offensive speech. Listen to the story

Ahead of Holocaust Remembrance Day on Wednesday, we hear from Ruth Cohen, an Auschwitz survivor, about her message to young people about the importance of the phrase "never forget." Listen here.

The Picture Show

A photo shows a storm blowing over the Sangin district in Afghanistan's Helmand province.
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Photojournalist David Gilkey was 50 years old when he was killed in an Afghanistan combat zone in 2016. What he left behind was a body of work that told human stories in moments of desperation, and a high standard for the visual work that would come out of NPR, a radio-first outlet. A new book, Pictures on the Radio, collects just a portion of that work across his career. You can listen to NPR's Rachel Martin and Julie McCarthy talk to ex-Morning Edition host David Greene about Gilkey's visual driveway moments here

Before You Go

People stop to take pictures in front of a mural depicting Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna. They and seven other people were killed in a helicopter crash last month in Calabasas, Calif.
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  • Today is the one-year anniversary of the helicopter crash that killed NBA star Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others. For many fans, the loss is still acute. (The Washington Post)
  • The Biden Administration says it will speed up efforts to put abolitionist Harriet Tubman on the U.S. $20 bill. The effort, begun under the Obama Administration, was slowed when President Trump was in office

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