The rusty gears driving our current constitutional crisis ratcheted another step forward on Tuesday night as the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection finally cracked down on (one) GOP official flagrantly defying its demands for documents and testimony. A bipartisan majority of committee lawmakers agreed that former Trump administration body-hider and World of…

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Enlarge this image Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is seen on Aug. 20, 2020. Stephanie Keith/Getty Images Stephanie Keith/Getty Images The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday evening unanimously approved a criminal contempt report against Steve Bannon, an ally of former President Donald Trump’s, for defying…

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Steve Bannon, once former President Donald Trump’s chief strategist, has placed himself on a path to now be his chief martyr. On Tuesday evening, the special congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection voted to find Bannon “in contempt of Congress” for refusing to answer questions or deliver documents, as the panel seeks to examine…

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A Massachusetts boarding school’s decision to block the New York Times writer Nikole Hannah-Jones from speaking on campus over the “noise” her presence would create has left some alumni up in arms—but not surprised. “Middlesex is definitely a place that has a lot of milquetoast racism,” said Alexandra Jones, who graduated in 2019. “They often…

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Enlarge this image Members of a team at the Afrigen Biologics and Vaccines lab in Cape Town, South Africa. The World Health Organization has enlisted the company to replicate Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine. Tommy Trenchard for NPR Tommy Trenchard for NPR Fans of the television series The Great British Bake Off have long marveled at the…

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At least three high-ranking public officials in Montana tried to pressure a hospital to allow a woman hospitalized with COVID-19 to access drugs that have not been authorized for treatment of the virus—and even “threatened” doctors and dispatched a state trooper, according to the hospital. “Last week, several of our providers and care team members…

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Enlarge this image Chris Magnus testifies before the Senate Finance Committee on his nomination to be the next U.S. Customs and Border Protection commissioner, Tuesday, Oct. 19, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Rod Lamkey/AP Rod Lamkey/AP President Biden’s nominee to lead U.S. Customs and Border Protection faced tough questions from a Senate committee about…

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