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America's new mask rule means new questions

(CNN) — Suddenly, and surprisingly, Americans are taking off their masks. The country's top public health body, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, announced stunning new guidance that fully vaccinated people no longer need to cover their faces in most situations, indoors or outside. Hugs and handshakes are back too!
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Biden has a plan to fix America's broken bridges. It may not be big enough.

President Joe Biden wants to go big with his infrastructure plan. But a look at the state of America’s bridges shows he may not be going big enough. Biden’s plan would repair 10,000 of the nation’s smaller bridges, along with 10 of the most economically significant ones. But an NBC News analysis of data from the Federal Highway Administration found that more than 35,000 of the nation’s smallest bridges, those with two lanes or less, have been rated in need of repair in their most recent inspection.
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MLBMother Jones

America Fumbled the Pandemic. Michael Lewis Shows Us How It Happened.

Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters. Fans of the best-selling author Michael Lewis know that his nonfiction books often spring from a deceptively simple question whose pursuit manages to unearth incredible characters and stories. In The Fifth Risk, published in 2018, he basically asks: “What are the essential, even existential, things our federal government does—and what happens when someone comes into power who couldn’t care less?” Years earlier, in Moneyball, Lewis asked how the Oakland Athletics, one of the poorest teams in Major League Baseball, could so reliably make it to the playoffs. That book ended up transforming how MLB teams are managed and players recruited.
Public HealthWired

Covid Forced America to Make More Stuff. What Happens Now?

Growing up in Duluth, Minnesota, in the 1990s, Lloyd Armbrust always figured he’d work at a factory. His father managed a lime processing plant in the city, which was dominated by manufacturing—until it wasn’t. Midwestern factories withered as companies started finding cheaper labor and supplies overseas. Armbrust instead found work in publishing and then ad tech. At holidays and family gatherings, he would listen sympathetically but somewhat skeptically to his father warn that the US would face a grand reckoning for allowing China to become the world’s factory.
Public HealthSeattle Times

Scenes From America’s Reopening

With climbing vaccinations and dwindling virus cases, Americans from Honolulu to Sumter, South Carolina, have begun to return to the things they did before — the nights out, religious services and annual traditions that made life richer. But after a year of isolation, it has all been a bit uncertain, both familiar and not quite.

80% Of Asian Americans Say They Are Discriminated Against

A recent survey found that nearly 80% of Asian Americans don't feel respected and say they are discriminated against by their fellow Americans. Additionally, a significant portion of respondents of multiple races said they were unaware of an increase in hate crimes and racism against Asian Americans over the past year.
Video GamesMotorTrend Magazine

CSR Racing 2 and Top Gear America Want to Give You Free Fuel!

CSR Racing 2 is the most popular car-themed game for mobile devices today. With hundreds of cars to choose from, countless modifications to perform, and racing locations all over the world—just the visual and tinkering aspects of CSR 2 are amazing enough to fall in love. Then there's the game play—you might think a game where the only two commands are launch and shift to be too simple, but you'd be very wrong. This game is all about timing and even the slightest hesitation can leave you choking on a cloud of digital tire smoke. Think you have it mastered? Try a live race that could match you with anyone in the world. We challenge anyone to play this game and not have a great time.
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Deseret News

No country for old things?

A bronze statue of Robert E. Lee, encircled by a fence in Richmond, Virginia, has two things in common with the 1939 film “Gone With The Wind.”. Both are under fire in 2021. And both are old, both in physical age and in the expression of values that are no longer widely seen as appropriate.