How the Infrastructure Bill Will Help the West Manage Megafires

Cal Fire troops battle the Dixie Fire in Plumas County, California, July 2021.Noah Berger/AP

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Zack Bashoor was 19 years old when he joined the US Forest Service in northwestern Montana to fight wildfires.

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Lauren Boebert Apologizes for “Unnecessary Distraction” of Her Bigoted Comments About Ilhan Omar

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Footage of Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) making a racist comment about her colleague, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) surfaced this week. And Boebert is very sorry. Sort of.
In a video shared on social media by Patriot Takes, a left-wing organization that posts unflattering videos of Trumpy political figures, Boebert tells a crowd the (dubious) story of what she calls a “jihad squad moment.

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Here’s What We Know About the COVID-19 Omicron Strain So Far

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Yes, a new variant has emerged. On Friday, the WHO designated a fourth, possibly more transmissible “variant of concern”—B.1.1.529 or Omicron—after a steep increase in COVID-19 infections in South Africa.
Health officials have detected the variant in Belgium, Britain Botswana, Hong Kong, Israel, and the United Kingdom. As of Friday, there have been no cases of Omicron detected in the United States, according to the CDC.

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The QAnon Cult Leader in Dallas Has an Allegedly Violent Past

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When pictures started circulating in early November of QAnon supporters crowding Dallas’s Dealy Plaza, where John F. Kennedy was assassinated, in anticipation of the second coming of the slain president and the arrival of John F. Kennedy Jr., his dead son, it became a political Twitter joke.

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Biden Considering New Protections for Greater Sage Grouse

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The Biden administration is considering new protections for the greater sage grouse, a bird known for the strutting and puffed-up courtship displays of males, that is losing grassland habitat across the western United States to climate change and pressure from industrial development.

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QAnon Hero Michael Flynn Secretly Said QAnon Is ‘Total Nonsense’

Former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn has embraced his position as a hero to QAnon conspiracy theorists. He took the QAnon oath, sold QAnon T-shirts, and even auctioned off a QAnon quilt. He appeared at a QAnon convention and signed books with a QAnon slogan. Some QAnon followers even believe that Flynn is “Q,” the mysterious figure behind QAnon.
But a recording released late Saturday night by a one-time Flynn ally suggests that the retired three-star general privately believes QAnon to be “total nonsense.

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A Quick, Compelling Bible Study Vol. 89: What You Should Know About Joshua

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Thanks for joining our study. Today we will learn about Joshua, who succeeded Moses as the leader of the ancient Israelites and led them into the Promised Land. 
The Lord anointed Joshua after he showed extraordinary faith when the Israelites were rebelling against Moses and Aaron.

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One Good Thing: How fashion became a part of The Nanny’s legacy

The often-used meme, “I watched it for the plot,” is an irony-laden acknowledgment that we, as viewers, often gravitate toward eye candy. Most people prefer to watch flashy productions and beautiful celebrities over “highbrow” content; they have a knack for avoiding convoluted plot lines that force the viewer to think. This is not an incrimination but a very real aspect of our media consumption. Even Netflix’s official social media accounts have leaned into the joke to promote shows like Squid Game.

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National Adoption Month – Here's how to connect children in need with forever families

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Every child has the inherent right to be a part of a loving, caring and secure family. It’s a truth that we have championed for more years than we can count, yet it is juxtaposed with the reality that some 15 million children around the world are living outside the love, security and permanency of a family.  
Our most recent federal reports show that approximately 400,000 children are being cared for in the U.S. foster care system with 120,000 of them having had parental rights terminated. And those numbers are only climbing.

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Opinion: In Sondheim’s essential lyrics, a soundtrack for life

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Stephen Sondheim onstage during an event at the Fairchild Theater in East Lansing, Mich., in 1997. Douglas Elbinger/Getty Images hide caption

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Folks on our show will tell you I use Blackwing grey pencils because Stephen Sondheim did. Not as well, of course. But I always hope for a scintilla of his magic in my words, which was really imagination, fueled by discipline.
I did a few stage shows with Stephen, who died Friday, over the years. I would toss up worshipful questions for him to brush aside.

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