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If you're fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (as in, you've gotten all your shots and waited two weeks) the U. S.Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday you can mostly go ahead and stop wearing your mask and stop social distancing — inside and out.

Updated April 28, 2021 at 11:47 PM ET

South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott delivered the official Republican response to President Biden's address to Congress.

Scott, the lone Black GOP senator, spoke after Biden concluded his remarks Wednesday night.

Updated April 28, 2021 at 11:30 PM ET

"America is on the move again," President Biden said in his first joint address to Congress Wednesday night, remarks given amid the coronavirus pandemic.

On Thursday, Earth Day, President Biden is holding a global summit on climate — aiming for the U.S. to cut greenhouse gasses to half of their 2005 levels by the end of the 2020s.

Meanwhile at NPR, we want to share some ways we have connected with our Mother Earth via the arts. So, here are some of our favorite Earth-related media — from books to movies to songs — ones that might just give you something to think about and celebrate this Earth Day. (After you go for a walk or plant some flowers in your garden.)

Updated May 3, 2021 at 9:47 AM ET

Every April, in honor of National Poetry Month, we call on our audience (yes, you!) to help us celebrate the art of the verse.

We asked for your original poems: haiku, couplets, free form, you name it. This year we added TikTok to the mix.

National Poetry Month is over for this year, but the poems shall live on. Here are the submissions that caught the eyes of professional poets over the last month, who joined All Things Considered to talk about them.

Update at 2 p.m. ET: NPR special audio coverage of the inauguration has ended. Watch the livestream below. Follow updates in our liveblog.

Updated at 12:22 p.m. ET

Joe Biden addressed the nation for the first time as its 46th president on Wednesday. Biden spoke at a scaled-down event before a divided nation still reeling from the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol and from the coronavirus pandemic that has now killed more than 400,000 Americans.

But his remarks were ones of hope.

Updated at 12:37 p.m. ET

National security adviser Robert O'Brien promised a "professional transition" with the incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden, partly diverging from the mode in use by President Trump, who says he contests the election.

"If the Biden-Harris ticket is determined to be the winner — and, obviously, things look that way now — we'll have a very professional transition with the National Security Council, no doubt about it," O'Brien said.

Updated at 1:34 p.m. ET

President Trump has won the state of Alaska, The Associated Press reported on Wednesday, days after President-elect Joe Biden won the general White House race.

As ballots continue to be counted in the week since the election, Trump won Alaska's three electoral votes, as had been expected. The state typically supports Republican presidential candidates, but Trump's lead in polls had been smaller than usual, with the Republican nominee leading by fewer than 10 points in some recent polls.

Updated Friday at 9:21 a.m. ET

The Associated Press has not yet called the presidential race in valuable Pennsylvania, leaving its 20 electoral votes highly contested. But after trailing early, Joe Biden pulled ahead of President Trump in the vote count on Friday morning.

Updated at 8:48 a.m. ET Friday

President Trump and Joe Biden remain locked in a tight race in Georgia, which the Associated Press has not yet called as of Friday morning Eastern time.

The president jumped out to an early lead in the state, but by Friday morning Biden had taken a narrow edge in the vote count.

Updated at 10:06 a.m. ET Friday

As of Friday morning ET, The Associated Press has not called the presidential race in Nevada.

Nevada, which has six Electoral College votes, went for Democrats in the past three presidential elections, though the Trump campaign has talked ambitiously about flipping it. Nevada secretary of state's elections division expects to provide an update on the voting results Thursday morning.

Updated at 11:40 a.m. ET. on Nov. 4

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This Election Day is shaping up to be unlike any other. Americans are shattering early voting records as coronavirus cases climb, and questions loom about the timing and outcome of the actual results.

A voting season unlike any other is coming to an end, but the timeline for results is up in the air. Follow NPR's live election coverage, including voting updates, race calls and analysis.

The 2020 election is going to be different from any election in American history. Experts are anticipating record-high levels of people choosing to cast their ballots by mail because of concerns over the coronavirus.

Vice President Pence and Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris are in Salt Lake City for their only debate of the 2020 campaign. The face-off comes at a time of turmoil for the current administration, with President Trump continuing treatment for the coronavirus.

Follow live updates and fact checks throughout the night.

President Trump's medical team held a briefing with reporters at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center again on Sunday.

The doctors said that since testing positive for the coronavirus, Trump has had two episodes of a drop in oxygen — one Friday morning before he went to the hospital and again on Saturday — and began a steroid treatment for that specifically.

Editor's note: President Trump's doctors gave a briefing Saturday morning outside Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and answered questions from reporters.

In a statement later, Dr. Sean Conley said he misspoke during his news conference. He said he incorrectly used 72 hours instead of "Day 3" for the president's diagnosis. He also said a reference to 48 hours ago should have been "Day 2" for administering Regeneron.

"The fact that the Afghans are sitting across the table for the first time in 42 years is a moment of hope and opportunity," U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad tells NPR. "But this moment is not without its own challenges."

Peace talks began in Doha, Qatar, last month between the Afghan government and the Taliban, even as deadly violence in Afghanistan continues.

President Trump on Tuesday said he had expanded a ban on racial sensitivity training to federal contractors.

His administration had instructed federal agencies to end such training earlier this month.

American policy toward Russia for two decades has struggled under a mistaken belief that presidents or positions can break through with President Vladimir Putin, former national security adviser H.R. McMaster said Monday.

And actually, he argued, they probably can't.

McMaster told NPR's Rachel Martin that he sought to help President Trump recognize the need for a tougher suite of policies against Russia after its aggression in Eastern Europe and interference in the 2016 election.

Updated on Oct. 14 at 5:15 PM ET

Voting in the 2020 election will look a lot different from participating in previous elections.

More people than ever before are set to vote by mail because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and laws around mail voting are different in each state.

Republicans pitched the reelection of President Trump and Vice President Pence at the Republican National Convention this week, culminating in an acceptance speech from Trump at the White House.

Listen to special coverage as it aired throughout the week:

Nearly two weeks after an Aug. 9 election kept Belarus' authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko in power amid accusations of vote-rigging, massive protests against Lukashenko continue and neither side is backing down.

"New fair, free and transparent elections must be held," Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, Lukashenko's main challenger, told reporters in Lithuania on Friday. She fled there under pressure from Belarusian authorities last week. "People of Belarus have woken up and they do not want to live in fear and lies anymore."

Joe Biden formally accepted the Democratic Party's nomination for president on Thursday at the Democratic National Convention in a passionate, 25-minute speech delivered from his home state of Delaware.

Addressing the challenges facing the nation, including the coronavirus pandemic, climate change and economic uncertainty, Biden asked Americans to "entrust me with the presidency," vowing to "draw on the best of us, not the worst."

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