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us Senator Joe Manchin, Democrat of West Virginia, departs the US Capitol in Washington, DC

Manchin says he will support Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin announced Friday he will vote for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, clearing the way to an all-but-certain confirmation. The West Virginia Democrat has become a pivotal vote in the evenly divided Senate, as he often sides with Republicans, and his opposition could have blocked Jackson from becoming the… Read More

Children draw on top of a canceled check prop during a rally in favor of the child tax credit in front of the U.S. Capitol on Dec. 13, 2021, in Washington, D.C.

Families are in distress after the first month without the expanded child tax credit

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Had Congress renewed the expanded child tax credit at the end of last year, Jen Cousins would have received $1,000 from the government on Jan. 14. She would have used the money to fix the brakes on her family’s only vehicle, a minivan. She would have taken her four kids to… Read More

Frozen turkeys sit in a refrigerated case inside a grocery store

Expect to pay more this year to stage your Thanksgiving feast

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Get ready to add another stressor to your Thanksgiving holiday this year. The Farm Bureau reports that the cost of a Thanksgiving dinner for 10 people is up 14% over last year, averaging at $53.31. The Farm Bureau’s calculations include turkey, stuffing mix, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, a… Read More

To observe the 100th anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, former sentinels are joined by the Ceremonial Unit of the U.S. Capitol Police for a flag folding observance, at the Capitol in Washington

Veterans Day and Memorial Day both honor those who’ve served. Here’s how they differ

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Both Veterans Day and Memorial Day honor the U.S. military community, but the two holidays serve different purposes — and their origins are rooted in two different wars. Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day Celebrated every November, Veterans Day honors all who have served in the U.S. military. The federal… Read More

Armed forces secure the area where Haiti's prime minister, Ariel Henry, placed a bouquet of flowers in front of a memorial to independence hero Jean-Jacques

What we know about the 17 missionaries from kidnapped in Haiti by a notorious gang

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Seventeen people who traveled to Haiti for a Christian mission trip to build houses are being held hostage by one of the country’s most notorious gangs, 400 Mawazo. The gang is asking for a $17 million ransom, or $1 million for each person in the group, according to reporting from The… Read More