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The Black Lives Matter movement became an international phenomenon in 2020. As protesters took to the streets in cities across the U.S. in the aftermath of the police killing of George Floyd, a Black man in Minneapolis, Minn., so did demonstrators in other countries — all with a similar message: Black lives matter.

"There is a George Floyd in every country," South Africa-based journalist Lynsey Chutel tells NPR's David Greene during a recent roundtable interview.

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Relief aid will be on the way to millions of struggling Americans and a looming government shutdown has been avoided. President Trump signed into law last night the massive coronavirus relief and spending package that Congress passed last week.

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On this Christmas morning, the fate of the $900 billion COVID relief bill that Congress passed this week after seven months of tough negotiation is up in the air.

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President Trump issued even more pardons last night to his friends, his loyalists and his daughter's in-law.

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Adam Weiner sings and plays piano like an old school rock and roller in the band Low Cut Connie. Like so many musicians this year, Weiner saw all his gigs go up in smoke.

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President Trump now says he has problems with the relief bill Congress passed this week. Here he is last night.

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Federal assistance was about to run out for millions of Americans, but now Congress has approved new aid.

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The holidays will be different this year. Why not follow that theme with your dinner menu? Save the more conventional fare for when family and friend can safely gather again.

Instead, this year, Morning Edition host David Greene and Jack Bishop from PBS' America's Test Kitchen cook – virtually – two dishes that might not seem traditional for everyone.

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Well, we've been waiting for this moment for quite some time. Congress has reached a deal on a new coronavirus relief package.

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More than 3,000 people in the United States died from COVID-19 on Wednesday.

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From the outset, 2020 has been a roller coaster for R&B singer PJ Morton. It began in January when he won a Grammy and lost one of his heroes, basketball star Kobe Bryant.

"Of course, it's amazing to win a Grammy, but there was a dark cloud," Morton says. "So for me, even before the pandemic, it kind of started as a weird year."

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The first coronavirus vaccine in the U.S. could be approved in just a few days, but the next few months still look bleak.

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All right. This is a really big day in the global fight against this devastating pandemic.

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We expect that as early as today, President-elect Joe Biden will name his choice to lead the Department of Health and Human Services.

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The Morning Edition Song Project, in which musicians compose an original song about the COVID-19 era, returns this week with singer-songwriter Sarah Jarosz, Americana artist and one-third of the band I'm with Her.

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We are beginning in Europe, where leaders have been responding to President-elect Joe Biden's key Cabinet picks.

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Black people are disproportionately getting sick and dying of the coronavirus, but surveys suggest they're more hesitant to get a vaccine than other racial and ethnic groups in the U.S.

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Early Monday afternoon, thousands of people watched online as a previously obscure Michigan board did its work.

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All right. Joe Biden is starting to put together his Cabinet.

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