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Conservative Party says Stefanik ‘perfect’ to replace Cheney in House GOP leadership

Former President Donald Trump and some prominent Republican members of Congress are endorsing North Country Rep. Elise Stefanik to take over Rep. Liz Cheney’s conference chair, which would make Stefanik the third-highest ranking Republican in the House. Conservatives say they’d be happy with the change, but some question the long-term implications.

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When President Biden announced this week that his administration would raise the cap on refugee admissions to 62,500 for this fiscal year, refugee advocates breathed a collective sigh of relief. The number is far above the historically low limit of 15,000 refugees set by the Trump administration.

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When will the pandemic end? How many more COVID-19 waves will the U.S. go through?

Less than three weeks after launching a quarantine-free "travel bubble" between New Zealand and Australia, officials in Wellington, New Zealand's capital, announced Thursday that flights from Sydney would be temporarily suspended after new coronavirus cases were detected there.

Kenneth Newton never imagined his mom would die alone. He lives in Petaluma, Calif. Last winter his mother developed a tumor while she was living in a nursing home in Tennessee. Her health declined quickly. Newton longed to visit, but it was against the rules.

His mom saw people who delivered food and those who made sure she took her medicine. But otherwise she was alone, though Newton and his four siblings talked with her regularly.

Then, last January, they received the dreaded call. His mom had died at age 92 without any family present.

Troll-hunter alert in Boothbay, Maine: This summer, five ginormous monsters are taking up residence at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, courtesy of artist Thomas Dambo. These gentle giants are the newest additions to his tribe of dozens of trolls now inhabiting mountains, forests and parks around the world, from China to Puerto Rico.

Vice President Harris has a big opportunity to shine with her latest assignment from President Biden: leading the White House push to expand broadband access. But it's a job that also comes with risks.

The pandemic has underscored the importance of having good internet, without which it became difficult to work from home, attend virtual classes, or stay in touch with family and friends. So there's momentum to deal with gaps in availability, and Biden said during his joint address to Congress last week that with Harris in charge, "I know it will get done."

Twitter wants users to think twice about sending a mean or offensive tweet.

The tech company on Wednesday announced it has released a feature that detects "mean" replies on its service before a user presses send. When a not-very-nice tweet is detected, an automatic prompt reads, "Want to review this before Tweeting?" The user is presented with three choices: tweet, edit, or delete.

This feature, which launched Wednesday, will initially be enabled on accounts with English-language settings. It's unclear when other languages will be added.

Beverly Pickering says her neighbors in suburban Detroit are hitting the road. And that's good news for her pet sitting business.

"I have people going to California, Florida, the Carolinas — all over the country," she said. "It's travel, travel, travel. It's just exploded."

Facebook's Oversight Board on Wednesday essentially punted the decision back to the company on whether to eventually allow former President Donald Trump back on Facebook and Instagram. What the social media giant decides in the coming months will likely have major consequences for Trump's political power.

"It could be a make-or-break moment for Trump's political future," said Eric Wilson, a Republican political technologist.

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