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A U.S. Border Patrol station in Texas is seen in 2019. Customs and Border Protection is now holding a record number of minors in warehouse-like facilities as the Biden administration struggles with an illegal migration surge.
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As the Biden administration grapples with a surge of migrants arriving at the southern border, the Department of Homeland Security says FEMA will step in to help process unaccompanied minors for the next 90 days. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is leading a group of GOP lawmakers to the border in Texas today to highlight the high volume of migrants and his issues with Biden’s approach.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, already facing calls to leave office over multiple sexual harassment allegations and charges of mismanaging COVID-19 nursing home data, is under fresh scrutiny. Reports surfaced this weekend that a longtime aide currently in charge of the New York's COVID-19 vaccine distribution made calls to local officials to gauge their loyalty to Cuomo. Officials told NPR that they viewed the calls as an “implicit threat,” but Cuomo's office denies unethical behavior.

As COVID-19 vaccines roll out across the U.S., more Americans are planning vacations and booking flights — despite Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance to delay nonessential travel. In fact, Friday marked the busiest day for the nation's airports in a year. Here are five risk-mitigation strategies that infectious disease experts recommend for all would-be travelers, regardless of vaccination status. 

Even as Americans set their clocks to “spring forward” yesterday, gusty winds and heavy snowfall came to parts of Arizona, Wyoming, Colorado and Nebraska. The late-season winter storm is forecast to move into the Midwest today. 

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Today's Listens

Beyoncé (left) and Megan Thee Stallion, who each won three awards at the 2021 Grammy Awards, accept trophy for best rap performance on March 14, 2021 in Los Angeles, Calif.
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BeyoncĂ©, Megan Thee Stallion, Taylor Swift and Billie Eilish were the biggest winners at Sunday night’s star-studded, socially-distant Grammy Awards. Read the storyhear the recap or get the takeaways from NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast.

Officials across Britain’s political spectrum are criticizing London police for the way in which they broke up a Saturday night vigil for Sarah Everard. The 33-year-old's remains were found more than a week after she disappeared while walking home alone, and a police officer has been charged with her abduction and murder. Police said the tightly-packed vigil violated COVID-19 restrictions, but are under fire for handcuffing and restraining female protesters at an event designed to bring attention to violence against women. Take a listen

Myanmar’s military junta declared martial law in parts of Yangon, the country's largest city, following one of the most lethal crackdowns on protesters since the Feb. 1 coup. Members of the military and police officers shot and killed dozens of demonstrators over the weekend, with local media reporting more than 50 deaths. Still, protesters are continuing to take to the streets. Hear more.

Nearly 6,000 employees of an Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Ala., are voting by mail this month on whether to form a union, which would be the first of its kind. They’ve gotten support from President Biden, as well as several lawmakers on Capitol Hill. One of them, Michigan Democratic Rep. Andy Levin, described the unionization push as an issue of “basic dignity.” Listen to the interview
ISIS and domestic extremism in the U.S. are driven by very different ideologies, but the process by which young people are radicalized is remarkably similar.
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People who stormed the Capitol were radicalized by what they consumed online and in social media. Researchers say that should sound familiar: Ten years ago, ISIS used a similar strategy to lure Americans to Syria. Listen to the story or read it here.

A national council of current and formerly incarcerated women is calling on President Biden to grant 100 women clemency by April 30, the end of his first 100 days of office. More than 200,000 women and girls are incarcerated in the U.S., and the country has a backlog of 14,000 petitions for commutations or pardons. Hear the story or give it a read.

One year ago, rapper and content creator Curtis Roach posted a 15-second video and unknowingly created the quarantine anthem for millions across the world. His song “Bored in the House” became an immediate sensation, taking over TikTok and launching his musical career. Hear Roach’s conversation with NPR about what’s changed for him and what comes next, or read the story

The Picture Show

June 20, 2017: Douma — Girls break their daylight fast amid damaged buildings during a Ramadan iftar.
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Ten years ago this week, Syrian government forces opened fire on protesters, setting off a bloody civil war that has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives and displaced millions. When the war started, then-amateur photographer Bassam Khabieh picked up his phone and began documenting what would become years of urban warfare. Along the way he focused his lens on children, many of whom have known only fighting their entire lives. His upcoming photo book Witnesses to War: The Children of Syria aims to capture their suffering as well as their resilience. 

Before You Go

Thousands of people with placards and banners rally in Sydney, Australia, on Monday, demanding justice for women. The rally was one of several across Australia including in Canberra, Melbourne, Brisbane and Hobart.
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  • Tens of thousands of people marched across some 47 locations in Australia on Monday to demand justice for women. Demonstrators are protesting sexual violence, harassment, and gender inequality in the country following a wave of assault allegations tied to Parliament, which accusers say supports a “boy’s club” culture of misogyny. 
  • The highly-anticipated list of Oscar nominees was revealed this morning. David Fincher's "Mank" leads with 10 nominations, while two women are nominated for best director for the first time. The 93rd Academy Awards will take place on April 25, after the pandemic delayed its deadline and prompted changes to its qualifying rules.  (NYT)
  • After receiving his second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma surprised his clinic with an impromptu concert. The solo delighted a gymnasium full of vaccine recipients and administrators at Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield, Mass. 
  • Feeling off-kilter after changing your clocks? A bipartisan group of lawmakers wants to make daylight saving time permanent. More than a dozen state legislatures have passed such resolutions in recent years, but none can take effect without an act of Congress.
  • Is it safe to drink between COVID-19 vaccine doses? Can someone get the single-dose Johnson & Johnson shot and then sign up for one from Pfizer or Moderna? Find the answers to some common vaccine questions here

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