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Republicans think they have a galvanizing opening into an issue that could catch fire next year in the suburbs

America's freshest and most emotive political battle is now raging over its schools as kids and teachers get drawn into the cultural and ideological fights dominating national and local politics.

Toni Morrison's 'Beloved' becomes latest flashpoint in Virginia gubernatorial race

The latest back-and-forth in the race to be Virginia's next governor is centered on the value of teaching a Toni Morrison novel in commonwealth schools, highlighting Republican Glenn Youngkin's attempt to make the culture wars around education the major issue of the race as Democratic nominee Terry McAuliffe accuses him of using a "racist dog whistle."

Biden makes his closing pitch in Virginia by unloading on Youngkin and comparing him to Trump

President Joe Biden on Tuesday excoriated Virginia Republican Glenn Youngkin during his final event with Democrat Terry McAuliffe ahead of next week's election, repeatedly comparing the gubernatorial candidate to former President Donald Trump.

Garland faces relentless GOP pressure after issuing memo on school board threats

A Justice Department memo that has put Attorney General Merrick Garland in the center of the roiling political controversy over masks and history lessons in schools continues to fuel Republican fire towards the department.

How GOP is trying to push early voting despite skepticism

Republicans in Virginia are pushing for party members to vote early in the gubernatorial race despite casting doubt about early voting for the past year. CNN's Jeff Zeleny reports.

School boards around the country are under fire. What exactly do they do?

School board members around the country have faced heckling, protests, even death threats and at least one lawsuit recently.

How the fatal 'Rust' shooting unfolded

• District attorney hasn't ruled out criminal charges in fatal shooting on 'Rust' set • 'Rust' actor calls gun scenes on set 'life threatening'

Once kids are vaccinated, can they stop wearing masks? An expert weighs in

• Immunocompromised people may need a 4th Covid-19 shot, CDC says • Opinion: Why are cops fighting vaccine mandates?

Missing hiker ignored calls from rescuers' unknown number

A Colorado rescue team has some simple advice for lost hikers or anyone else who might find themselves stranded in the mountains -- answer your phone.

Removal of cargo ship off Georgia coast is largest in US history, Coast Guard says

An official providing an update on the Golden Ray wreck removal off the coast of Georgia said it is the largest in United States history and required more than 3 million collective man-hours.

Why journalist thinks Zuckerberg's time as Facebook CEO is over

New York Times journalist Kara Swisher and CNN's Anderson Cooper discuss Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his future at the company.

Analysis: Marjorie Taylor Greene is now trying to justify the January 6 riot

There have been lots and lots of attempts by Republicans -- from Donald Trump on down -- to rewrite the history of what happened on January 6 at the US Capitol.

Decades-old cold case of abandoned infant remains solved using DNA evidence

Three decades after infant remains were found in a North Carolina beach town, police say they have arrested and charged a couple based on new DNA evidence.

Beijing says it's time for companies to pay their overseas debts

Beijing is making one thing clear to the country's embattled property developers: Pay your debts. All of them.

US has few good options if China seizes islands close to Taiwan, war game concludes

If China were to seize one of Taiwan's outlying islands, the US would have few good options to respond without risking a major escalation and a war between the superpowers, according to the conclusions from a recent war game conducted by foreign policy and defense experts.

Daughter of ex-Saudi official says kingdom attempted to lure her to Istanbul consulate

The daughter of a former top Saudi intelligence official has told CNN that representatives of the Saudi government attempted to lure her to the same consulate where Jamal Khashoggi was murdered in Istanbul, as part of a series of threats against her and her family.

Congressman wears mask on House floor with not-so-secret message

South Carolina Republican Rep. Jeff Duncan wore a mask on the House floor that read "Let's go Brandon," a coded phrase adopted by the Right signifying "F*** Joe Biden." CNN's Maggie Haberman analyzes what the lack of decorum signifies.

Opinion: The racist theory that is animating some Trump backers

In former President Donald Trump's world, a high-speed cycle of influence can move radical ideas from the fringe to his personal agenda in short order. While other candidates and politicians use experts to screen out bad ideas -- Obama used a whole group just for health care issues, for instance -- Trump's filter seems calibrated to select themes like his false claims of voter fraud that excite or alarm his supporters. Follow the pattern, and there is a risk of a Trump 2024 campaign powered by the White Replacement Theory.

Investigators confused Brian Laundrie's mother for him while watching home, police reportedly say


Hear how Marjorie Taylor Greene describes events of Jan. 6

CNN's Don Lemon reacts to GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene's attempt to minimize the events of January 6 by saying it was "just a riot at the Capitol."

$547 million Villa with world's only Caravaggio ceiling mural goes on sale

A stately villa in the heart of Rome, which houses the world's only ceiling mural by the Italian painter Caravaggio, will be auctioned at a starting price of 471 million euros ($547 million) in January, a court in Rome has confirmed.

Kat Von D closing famous tattoo parlor

Kat Von D's move means the end of an era.

Billie Eilish calls for 'urgent action' ahead of COP26

Music star Billie Eilish joined forces with scientists from the group Arctic Basecamp on Tuesday, calling on world leaders to stand together and take urgent action at the U.N. COP26 climate summit next week.

'Dune' sequel release date set after strong box office opening

The Dune story continues.

Watch PM bump interpreter out of the way

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern literally bumps a sign language interpreter out of the picture. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports.

Opinion: What a cancer misdiagnosis taught me about coping with medical distrust

Fourteen years ago, I sat face-to-face with my doctor, weighing my odds of survival. Was it a flip of a coin?

Tom Brady gave hat to 9-year-old cancer survivor. Hear from the boy

CNN's John Berman speaks with 9-year-old cancer survivor Noah Reeb, who received a hat from NFL superstar Tom Brady.

A woman pope? Meet the feminists trying to save the Catholic Church


Surveillance video shows Marine vet stop armed robbery

A Marine veteran is gaining attention after surveillance video showed him disarm an armed robber at an Arizona gas station. CNN affiliate KNXV reports.

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As Kyle Rittenhouse's trial nears, the judge and prosecutor debate use of the term 'victim'

A courtroom debate Monday over the use of terms like "victim" and "arsonist" ahead of the trial Kyle Rittenhouse could foreshadow contentious proceedings when the hearing gets underway for the teen accused in a deadly shooting during protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Accused gunman in Boise mall shooting dies

The accused gunman in an Idaho mall shooting on Monday died Tuesday at a local hospital, according to a news release from the Boise Police Department.

Police officer convicted of firearm assault in 2018 death of a Black man

A California police officer was convicted Tuesday of assault with a firearm, but the jury did not reach a verdict over a voluntary manslaughter charge in the 2018 killing of a 32-year-old Black man who was shot nine times during a low-speed chase.

Estate of deceased Alex Murdaugh housekeeper reaches settlement with former law firm

Attorneys for the estate of Gloria Satterfield, who spent more than two decades as the family housekeeper for embattled South Carolina lawyer Alex Murdaugh, say they've reached a settlement with his former law firm.

Anderson Cooper on his mother's power of perseverance


Braves' pitcher threw 16 pitches after breaking his leg before leaving game

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Charlie Morton will miss the rest of the World Series after leaving Game 1 with a fractured bone in his leg, according to his team.

Jorge Soler hits historic World Series home run as Atlanta Braves beat Houston Astros in Game 1

Jorge Soler knows how to make an impact right from the start.

In photos: The 2021 World Series

The World Series began Tuesday night with the Houston Astros hosting the Atlanta Braves in Game 1 of the Fall Classic.

Yosemite Falls is flowing again thanks to major storm that walloped the West

Yosemite Falls is again hosting its famous deluge after record-shattering rainfall this week in California following an extremely dry summer and extensive drought.

The secret first-class seats offered by airlines

International first class suites -- the kind of double-bed-in-the-sky experiences that have been the stuff of travel dreams for decades -- have been on the way out for a while now.

Game show contestant's 'D'oh' moment goes viral

Game show contestant's Homer Simpson fail goes viral. CNN's Jeanne Moos has the "D'oh" moment.

Electric robots are mapping the seafloor, Earth's last frontier

For centuries, humans have explored the Earth's mountains, jungles and deserts. But despite covering more than 70% of the Earth's surface, the ocean is still a relative mystery. In fact, we know more about the surface of Mars than we do about the sea floor; just over 20% of the ocean bed has been mapped.

The first new Range Rover in a decade faces tougher competition

Land Rover just unveiled what will be the first new, redesigned Range Rover in a decade. This is only the fifth generation of the large off-road luxury SUV since the model was introduced in 1970. A sleek new design, with smoothed off corners and edges, retains the classic proportions, but gives it a more modern look to better compete in an increasingly crowded world of high-end SUVs.

Spanx employees get $10,000 and two first-class plane tickets

The chief executive and founder of shapewear company Spanx has surprised employees with two first-class plane tickets and $10,000 each to celebrate the company's $1.2 billion deal with Blackstone.

Trump SPAC slumps 30% after wild week of trading

The shell company that plans to merge with former US President Donald Trump's new media firm is losing some steam after last week's trading bonanza.

Investors are getting very greedy again

What a difference a month makes.

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16 items from Oprah's 2020 Favorite Things list you can still gift this year


Finding a PS5 can be a nightmare - here's how to actually score a console


We tested Apple's new AirTag - it's the perfect holiday present


REI's massive sale is helping you get ready for fall and winter adventures


Shackets are trending: Here's what to know about the comfy fall fashion staple


Dark academia is the latest fall fashion trend taking over TikTok


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Marriott unveils major changes to its loyalty program for 2022


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Why are cops fighting vaccine mandates?

I was waiting in line at the Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) in Maryland this summer when I noticed two state troopers posted inside. Despite a mask mandate in Prince George's County, neither wore a face covering.

How to tax Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos

The Billionaires' Tax Plan being floated by Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden is an excellent first step in getting the wealthiest Americans to pay something, after a century of nothingness.

The problem with Ron DeSantis' mini-Trump pose

Anyone who wishes to understand how authoritarian leader cults work needs only to listen for their echoes in the evolution of Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida. During three terms in Congress, DeSantis had built up a profile as a "conservative in the Reagan tradition." He was his own man. Then he ran for governor in 2017, and Donald Trump endorsed him.

The risks Americans face going to China

Americans-particularly businesspeople and the politically engaged-should be thinking twice about traveling to China.

Human failures are ruining the climate too

In a few days' time world leaders will meet at the COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow, Scotland. There, they will get a rare and precious opportunity not only to combat global warming, but also to acknowledge -- and make a commitment to fight -- the interconnected crises of climate change and social and racial injustice. Will they take it?

How did live rounds get in Alec Baldwin's gun?

On Thursday, Alec Baldwin fired what he was told was a safe "prop gun" on the set of the film "Rust." Instead, the gun was apparently loaded with live ammunition, leading to the stunning death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injury to the movie's director, Joel Souza. Though an intense police investigation continues, it seems highly unlikely that Baldwin will be charged with a crime. So, after such a terrible tragedy, now what?

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Margins of Error: Why telephone calls make us anxious


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