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Schumer: 'We made progress' on voting bill, filibuster rules

  • filibuster: Schumer: 'We made progress' on voting bill, filibuster rules.
  • civil: The Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act is seen by party leaders and civil rights advocates as essential to protecting the right to vote as Republican-led states nationwide put in place laws that will make it more difficult for Black Americans and others to cast ballots.
  • advocate: The Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act is seen by party leaders and civil rights advocates as essential to protecting the right to vote as Republican-led states nationwide put in place laws that will make it more difficult for Black Americans and others to cast ballots.
  • ballot: The Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act is seen by party leaders and civil rights advocates as essential to protecting the right to vote as Republican-led states nationwide put in place laws that will make it more difficult for Black Americans and others to cast ballots.
  • ballot: States are curbing early voting and mail-in ballots, both popular during the COVID-19 pandemic, and requiring various types of voter identification, among other changes.

How Beijing Is Redefining What It Means to Be Chinese, from Xinjiang to Inner Mongolia

  • arrival: Upon arrival in the western province of Xinjiang, however, she was arrested, for no given reason.
  • torture: No charges were ever brought, but she spent the next 15 months being ferried between five different prison camps with barbed wire and watchtowers, during which she was interrogated 19 times and tortured with electric batons.
  • ache: Afterward, she was sent to a labor camp for two months, where she sewed gloves until she says her neck ached and her eyes turned bloods hot.
  • infrequent: At one point, Auelkhan was given what she was told was a flu shot, and afterward her periods became infrequent and irregular.
  • incarcerate: In 2019, while incarcerated, he was awarded both the Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize and Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.

How conservative anger at Big Tech pushed the GOP into Bernie Sanders' corner

  • demonstrator: A demonstrator protests the spread of disinformation on Facebook outside a San Francisco home owned by CEO Mark Zuckerberg in late November.
  • orthodoxy: It is also moving many Republican lawmakers to abandon a decades-long conservative free market orthodoxy to join progressives in demanding the federal government vastly expand its antitrust operations.
  • propel: The decision by Facebook on Wednesday to extend its ban of Trump from the platform has further propelled the movement.
  • marketplace: In federal court, he noted it is Republican attorneys general who have been most forceful in their antitrust cases against Google and Facebook, alleging the companies are using illegal, monopolistic tactics to dominate the marketplace and mislead users.
  • landmark: The landmark antitrust action against Google filed by the Justice Department was launched in the final weeks of the Trump administration.

Eight in 10 flights to deport illegal migrants blocked by human rights challenges

  • deport: Eight in 10 flights to deport illegal migrants blocked by human rights challenges.
  • depress: First, higher labor costs force employers to raise prices, which depresses demand and leads firms to cut back their operations.
  • norm: However, almost all the evidence for the impact of higher minimum wages on jobs is based on the relatively small increases that historically have been the norm.
  • subtle: Economists expect these very large hikes eventually will result in disproportionately more job losses because outsized increases give employers more incentive to cut costs while unable to make the subtle adjustments to lower nonwage benefits or higher labor productivity that help firms control overall costs.
  • characteristic: Demonstrating these basic personal characteristics quickly qualifies most minimum-wage earners for higher pay.

Once the mainstream model, Michigan GOP embraces right wing

  • plot: Its own Capitol in Lansing was the rallying point in April for armed Michigan Liberty Militia protesting pandemic restrictions, including some members who were later charged with plotting to kidnap Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whit mer.
  • retribution: Decades in the making, and punctuated loudly by Trump's 2016 win, Michigan's drift from the GOP's center has prompted departures from traditional conservatives and retribution against moderates.
  • moderate: Decades in the making, and punctuated loudly by Trump's 2016 win, Michigan's drift from the GOP's center has prompted departures from traditional conservatives and retribution against moderates.
  • ominous: It's ominous for a party that suffered defeat statewide in 2018 and 2020 and where some Republicans worry it has cost the party credibility in a place long viewed as a bulwark of Midwestern common sense.
  • bulwark: It's ominous for a party that suffered defeat statewide in 2018 and 2020 and where some Republicans worry it has cost the party credibility in a place long viewed as a bulwark of Midwestern common sense.

For Trump, an Escape, Not an Exoneration

  • waste: Once again, former President Donald Trump beat the rap and once again he wasted no time claiming victory.
  • asterisk: This one will come with an asterisk in the history books if not a dark stain.
  • elude: This time Trump did not have the East Room of the White House to summon allies for a celebration to crow about eluding conviction.
  • castigate: This was the most bipartisan impeachment in history, and even the Republican leader castigated him.
  • stick: He forced most Republican senators to stick with him in the trial, but few of them defended his actions, citing constitutional reasons for their votes.

U.S. Offshore Wind Prospects: Overblown Promises and Blown-Up Costs

  • arbitrary: It was not a random or arbitrary fluctuation, much less political favor or the power of vested interest, that led coal to dominate British energy supply as early as 1700, eroding the status of a deeply resistant landed aristocracy and gentry.
  • fluctuation: It was not a random or arbitrary fluctuation, much less political favor or the power of vested interest, that led coal to dominate British energy supply as early as 1700, eroding the status of a deeply resistant landed aristocracy and gentry.
  • resistant: It was not a random or arbitrary fluctuation, much less political favor or the power of vested interest, that led coal to dominate British energy supply as early as 1700, eroding the status of a deeply resistant landed aristocracy and gentry.
  • aristocracy: It was not a random or arbitrary fluctuation, much less political favor or the power of vested interest, that led coal to dominate British energy supply as early as 1700, eroding the status of a deeply resistant landed aristocracy and gentry.
  • gentry: It was not a random or arbitrary fluctuation, much less political favor or the power of vested interest, that led coal to dominate British energy supply as early as 1700, eroding the status of a deeply resistant landed aristocracy and gentry.

Biden pauses Trump policies as Blinken takes diplomatic helm

  • initiate: On his first full day on the job, Blinken said the administration has initiated a comprehensive review of the U.S. relationship with Russia and is examining details of a U.S.-Taliban peace deal signed nearly a year ago.
  • ambassador: He said the administration had, however, asked Trump's special envoy for Afghanistan, former ambassador to the United Nations Zalmay Khalilzad, to remain on the job for continuity's sake.
  • continuity: He said the administration had, however, asked Trump's special envoy for Afghanistan, former ambassador to the United Nations Zalmay Khalilzad, to remain on the job for continuity's sake.
  • lobby: Speaking to reporters just hours after his ceremonial but coronavirus-limited entrance into the State Department's main lobby, Blinken also said the administration is willing to return to commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, which former President Donald Trump withdrew from, but only if Iran returns to full compliance with the accord.
  • corps: In his remarks to a demoralized diplomatic corps that was often denigrated or ignored over the past four years, Blinken vowed to rebuild the ranks of the foreign service and rely on its expertise as the Biden administration tries to restore U.S. global standing.

A Biden presidency could bring a wave of policy shifts. Here are the ones you likely care about.

  • filibuster: Any of Biden's legislative priorities will have to pass through the Senate, which is narrowly Democratic-controlled but still requires at least 10 Republican votes to advance legislation and break a filibuster.
  • precaution: While Trump has at times embraced conspiracy and downplayed the seriousness of the virus, Biden has said he will impress upon Americans the severity of the pandemic and urge precautions.
  • evict: Millions are on the verge of being evicted with the federal eviction moratorium set to expire at the end of January.
  • moratorium: Millions are on the verge of being evicted with the federal eviction moratorium set to expire at the end of January.
  • suspend: This would be a reversal from the Trump administration, whose Department of Housing and Urban Development and Secretary, Ben Carson, suspended the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule.

Trump's Final Days of Rage and Denial

  • outbreak: He mentioned the coronavirus pandemic now reaching its darkest hours four times — and even then just to assert that he was right about the outbreak and the experts were wrong.
  • depress: Moody and by accounts of his advisers sometimes depressed, the president barely shows up to work, ignoring the health and economic crises afflicting the nation and largely clearing his public schedule of meetings unrelated to his desperate bid to rewrite the election results.
  • afflict: Moody and by accounts of his advisers sometimes depressed, the president barely shows up to work, ignoring the health and economic crises afflicting the nation and largely clearing his public schedule of meetings unrelated to his desperate bid to rewrite the election results.
  • desperate: Moody and by accounts of his advisers sometimes depressed, the president barely shows up to work, ignoring the health and economic crises afflicting the nation and largely clearing his public schedule of meetings unrelated to his desperate bid to rewrite the election results.
  • fixate: He has fixated on rewarding friends, purging the disloyal and punishing a growing list of perceived enemies that now includes Republican governors, his own attorney general and even Fox News.

Why the Left Is Mad about the Supreme Court

  • indulge: W hen Joe Biden finally answered, after several weeks of hemming and hawing, whether he would indulge the recently revived left-wing fantasy of adding justices to the Supreme Court, it was revealing.
  • essence: This is, in essence, the same belief held by others on the left, amplified during the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.
  • aggrieve: Ignoring arguments of precedent, and the fact that, while McConnell undoubtedly played hardball, he did so well within his constitutional powers, many liberals are simply aggrieved at conservative political victories.
  • capitulate: Their response was not merely to capitulate to this state of affairs, but to work, slowly yet surely, to change it.
  • seed: The Federalist Society helped these efforts greatly, bringing originalist-inclined law students together, connecting them to like-minded professors, helping to seed law schools and courts nationwide with trustworthy exponents of its philosophy, broadly speaking, and more.

Amidst a second COVID-19 lockdown, Macron is facing mounting international backlash and a boycott of...

  • hate: Now under a second COVID-19 lockdown, French Muslims and anti-racism activists worried about a rise in hate crimes as a result of diplomatic tensions and new Charlie Hebdo row.
  • decapitate: After French school teacher Samuel Paty was decapitated by a Chechen Islamic extremist in France days after Paty showed caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad to his pupils, French President Emmanuel Macron stated that Islam was " in crisis" and that he would fight " Islamist separatism" in France, prompting international outcry.
  • caricature: After French school teacher Samuel Paty was decapitated by a Chechen Islamic extremist in France days after Paty showed caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad to his pupils, French President Emmanuel Macron stated that Islam was " in crisis" and that he would fight " Islamist separatism" in France, prompting international outcry.
  • outcry: After French school teacher Samuel Paty was decapitated by a Chechen Islamic extremist in France days after Paty showed caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad to his pupils, French President Emmanuel Macron stated that Islam was " in crisis" and that he would fight " Islamist separatism" in France, prompting international outcry.
  • quiet: Speaking at the French schoolteacher's wake last week, Macron called Paty a " quiet hero" of the French republic and added that France would continue to produce the cartoons and defend anyone's right to do so.

Inspired by Trump, Hasidic Backlash Grows Over Virus Rules

  • shout: The men, who were fellow ultra-Orthodox Jews, were shouting that the journalist, Jacob Kornbluh, was a snitch, an informer who had betrayed his own by publishing reports on how devoutly religious Jews in the city had been ignoring coronavirus guidelines.
  • betray: The men, who were fellow ultra-Orthodox Jews, were shouting that the journalist, Jacob Kornbluh, was a snitch, an informer who had betrayed his own by publishing reports on how devoutly religious Jews in the city had been ignoring coronavirus guidelines.
  • raucous: The tense scene spoke to what many Orthodox leaders said they had been seeing for weeks: a growing, raucous faction of young men in the community, tired of pandemic guidelines and resentful of secular authorities, who are taking their cues from the broader right-wing movement in society, including from President Donald Trump.
  • precaution: After the virus devastated Hasidic neighborhoods in the early days of the pandemic, many residents began to believe that safety precautions were unnecessary because they had developed herd immunity, according to community leaders.
  • unnecessary: After the virus devastated Hasidic neighborhoods in the early days of the pandemic, many residents began to believe that safety precautions were unnecessary because they had developed herd immunity, according to community leaders.

Mayflower at 400: What we all get wrong about the Pilgrim Fathers

  • contradiction: At a time when America is straining under the weight and contradictions of its history, along comes the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower dropping anchor off these shores.
  • anniversary: At a time when America is straining under the weight and contradictions of its history, along comes the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower dropping anchor off these shores.
  • confront: Already this year the country has been forced to confront the baleful legacy of slavery, and the systemic racism that grew from that Original Sin.
  • baleful: Already this year the country has been forced to confront the baleful legacy of slavery, and the systemic racism that grew from that Original Sin.
  • legacy: Already this year the country has been forced to confront the baleful legacy of slavery, and the systemic racism that grew from that Original Sin.

Libya conflict: Why Egypt might send troops to back Gen Haftar

  • brigade: Imagine the house next door is on fire and there is no fire brigade to call on to avert an imminent disaster about to engulf you and your family.
  • avert: Imagine the house next door is on fire and there is no fire brigade to call on to avert an imminent disaster about to engulf you and your family.
  • imminent: Imagine the house next door is on fire and there is no fire brigade to call on to avert an imminent disaster about to engulf you and your family.
  • porous: Libya has no properly functioning state institutions, no unified army or security forces to speak of, and, crucially, no border guards on its side of their porous 1,100km ( 685-mile) long desert border.
  • spill: The fire began to spill over when Libyans failed to agree on a path forward, militias of all kinds proliferated, jihadists resurfaced to pursue their dream of creating an Islamic state in Libya and beyond.