Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is a woman of the people. So much so that she walked past a Black Lives Matter protest outside the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and joined the starry Met Gala inside as a guest earlier this week.

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By the time the sun set on the evening of Sept. 11, 2001, a wounded, grieving nation wept. The full magnitude of the loss of life wasn’t yet known, but this much was certain: The United States had suffered an unprecedented attack on our own soil, with civilians, service members, and political leaders alike all targeted by a foreign enemy.

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A new Texas law that went into effect Wednesday bans abortion when a fetal heartbeat is detected — typically around six weeks of gestation — and turns individuals into antiabortion vigilantes by empowering them to file civil suits against anyone who provided an abortion or helped procure one.

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The General Assembly was supposed to complete its most significant duty by June 30 — pass a state budget so state agencies, public schools, community colleges, health care providers, local governments and others would know how to move ahead for the new fiscal year.

Many Americans who pay the online do-it-yourself tax-preparation giant TurboTax may not even know the company offers a free version of its services, under an agreement with the federal government. Critics say that lack of knowledge is intentional — that after agreeing two decades ago to provide free filing services in exchange for a promise that the federal government wouldn’t offer its own free filing system, the company has downplayed its free service and steered users toward its paid services at every turn.

It speaks volumes about the world today that a U.S. president was more worried about the Taliban looking weak than about his Western allies. Britain, France and Germany asked Joe Biden to continue evacuating civilians from Kabul past his self-imposed deadline of 31 August. But the U.S. rejected these requests. Biden wanted to end the chaotic TV scenes from Afghanistan that hurt his domestic poll ratings. But he also accepted that Kabul’s new rulers could not afford to look weak in front of their rival ISIS, which is looking for an opportunity to embarrass its Taliban peer.

As the delta variant fuels a surge in new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations throughout North Carolina, mask mandates are returning in many parts of the state. Following counties like Orange and Durham, the City of Raleigh reinstated a mask mandate for indoor public spaces last week. A mask mandate for Charlotte and the unincorporated parts of Mecklenburg County goes into effect 5 p.m. Wednesday.

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The world awoke this past week to some alarming news: The climate Apocalypse is nigh, humanity is to blame, and unless the world remakes the global economy, havoc and death are inevitable. Repent of your sins all ye who enter here.

After UNC-Chapel Hill made national headlines last fall for coronavirus outbreaks on campus, some fear the university might be headed in that direction once again. Despite increasingly worrisome trends in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, especially among the unvaccinated, the UNC System will not require the vaccine for students, faculty and staff at its 16 university campuses.

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