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Manchin Offers A Voting Bill Compromise, But Key Republicans Swiftly Reject It

An attempt by West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin to float a compromise proposal on Democratic-led efforts to enact sweeping voting and election reforms was swiftly criticized by the chamber's Republican leader on Thursday. Manchin has frustrated many voting advocates and fellow Democrats by coming out in opposition to the party's far-reaching election and campaign fundraising measure — S.1, the For the People Act — because it doesn't have bipartisan support. Instead, Manchin has backed a narrower...

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Biden Tells Putin To Crackdown On Ransomware. What Are The Odds He Will?

If you want to extort millions of dollars from a large U.S. company, you can't do it alone. It takes a village. A village of hackers with advanced computer skills, who hang out on the Dark Web, and most likely live in Russia. "Ransomware has become a huge business, and as in any business, in order to scale it, they're coming up with innovative models." said Dmitri Alperovitch , head of the technology group Silverado Policy Accelerator in Washington. At Wednesday's summit in Geneva, President...

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In impassioned debate Thursday, U.S. Catholic bishops clashed over how to address concerns about Catholic politicians, including President Joe Biden, who continue to receive Communion despite supporting abortion rights.

Some bishops said a strong rebuke of Biden is needed because of his recent actions protecting and expanding abortion access. Others warned that such action would portray the bishops as a partisan force during a time of bitter political divisions across the country.

File under sorry not sorry.

The wealthy husband-and-wife team who were slapped with criminal charges for waving guns at Black Lives Matter protesters in St. Louis, Mo., last year, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges in court on Thursday and agreed to give up the guns seized during the investigation.

Are you getting calls or postcards from people who say they want to buy your house? If so, NPR is doing stories about this and we'd like to hear from you.

Don't worry, NPR does not want to buy your house! But we would like to hear about how many offers you are getting and where they're coming from. Have you talked to these people? Are they nice? Or pushy? Are you considering selling your house this way or is it just a minor nuisance?

A Vermont board on Thursday rejected a proposal to rename a brook that has an outdated racialized name to the name of a Black woman who was an early settler of the town.

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Gov. Phil Scott will award the Soldier's Medal to a Vermont National Guard member who risked his own life in rescuing two lost and injured skiers in Stowe last year.

Jackie Orchard walked at graduation May 2021, receiving her bachelor's in journalism from UAlbany.
Matthew Burton

On today’s 51%, for graduation season, we celebrate non-traditional students who returned for their degree later in life. And we’ll hear a first-hand experience of walking across the graduation stage: mine.

The pandemic has taken a massive toll on people's mental health. But a new report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirms what many of us are seeing and feeling in our own lives: The impact has been particularly devastating for parents and unpaid caregivers of adults.

An attempt by West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin to float a compromise proposal on Democratic-led efforts to enact sweeping voting and election reforms was swiftly criticized by the chamber's Republican leader on Thursday.

Banner near the Church Street Marketplace promoting Burlington's Juneteenth
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The nation is poised to celebrate Juneteenth as a federal holiday.  Communities in the region have been planning local commemorations.  Both Plattsburgh and Burlington will hold their first Juneteenth celebrations on Saturday.

Sean O'Brien (left) and Chris Hawver (right)
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Albany’s Pine Bush Preserve got a visit Thursday from a scientific data company that has worked to help conservation groups protect endangered species and ecosystems.

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