Amazon Workers Will Likely Get Another Chance to Unionize in Alabama

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Workers at an Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama, who tried unsuccessfully to unionize earlier this year, will likely have another shot at a union election thanks to an order by a regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. The order said the company acted with “flagrant disregard” for certain policies that keep elections fair.

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Lauren Boebert Doubles Down on Her Anti-Muslim Bigotry

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Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) called Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) on Monday after Boebert was caught on video likening the Minnesota congresswoman to a terrorist. The conversation went about as well as you’d expect. 
The video of Boebert made the rounds on social media over the holiday weekend, drawing condemnation from Democrats and even a Republican or two.

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Jack Dorsey Tried to Be Cool, But the Company He Built Is Deeply Conventional

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Jack Dorsey always looked like a person who was trying to affect something else. He was the CEO of two big Silicon Valley tech companies—Square and Twitter—and is, as of today, just the CEO of one after leaving the latter. But he tried to present himself as something else. A “cool CEO,” maybe.

Instead of button-down business casual, Dorsey wore drapey, oversized, Yeezy-brand-esque black T-shirts.

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Anonymous Republican Bravely Stands Up to Kevin McCarthy

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Great news! At long last, Republicans in the House of Representatives are taking a courageous stand against the wing of their party that traffics in bigotry and outlandish conspiracy theories and that tried to end America democracy. Just look at the exciting headline on this scoop CNN published yesterday: “Moderate House Republican warns McCarthy over embracing far-right members.

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Republican Governor Says GOP Leader Should Condemn Boebert’s Bigoted Remarks

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After a video of Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) making anti-Muslims comments about Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) went viral over the holiday weekend, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, a Republican, is calling on House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy to condemn Boebert’s actions.

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How the Infrastructure Bill Will Help the West Manage Megafires

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This story was originally published by High Country News and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.
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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