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Images of the mob that attacked the Capitol in Washington on Jan. 6 show a dizzying array of political and religious symbols among the crowd. There were flags, logos, sweatshirts and tattoos. Philip Gorski is a professor of sociology and religious studies at Yale University and author of American Babylon: Christianity and Democracy Before and After Trump. He spoke recently with Connecticut Public Radio’s Diane Orson.

President Donald Trump has been heard on tape asking Georgia’s election chief to overturn Joe Biden’s win in the state. Trump suggested in a telephone call Saturday that the official find enough votes to hand Trump the victory. That conversation was the latest step in what’s being called an unprecedented effort by a sitting American president to reverse the outcome of a free and fair election that he lost.

An illustration picture shows vials with COVID-19 vaccine stickers attached and syringes with the logo of U.S. biotechnology company Moderna on November 17.

As he weighs free agent offers this offseason, former Yankee Didi Gregorius is partnering with Johns Hopkins to encourage folks who have tested positive for coronavirus to enroll in a clinical trial for a new covid therapy. 

Johns Hopkins wants to see if plasma drawn from an asymptomatic COVID-19 patient and injected into someone who has tested positive within 6 days could help that newly diagnosed patient recover faster. 

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Earlier this month, a cybersecurity company named SolarWinds revealed it had been hacked. And because it had been hacked, many of SolarWinds’ clients got hacked too -- including most of the federal government. Cybersecurity expert Tim Weber of Farmington-based ADNET Technologies joined All Things Considered to talk about why this hack is a big deal and what it can teach us about being safer online.

Donna Sullivan visits with her longtime partner, Walter Zbikowski, through a window at Parkway Pavilion at Enfield nursing home.
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A Hartford architect says outdated nursing home designs probably contributed to the rampant spread of the coronavirus among nursing home communities. Myles Brown, a principal at Amenta Emma Architects, says many nursing homes statewide are decades old and were designed in a way that discourages social distancing. Though he acknowledges the cost of either retrofitting existing homes or building new ones will be high, he says the cost of doing nothing will be higher. He spoke on All Things Considered.

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Now that COVID-19 vaccines are starting to roll out, will schools and workplaces require their people to be vaccinated? Is that even legal? To talk more about this, Pullman & Comley attorney Mark Sommaruga joined All Things Considered.

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Connecticut’s own William Tong is one of 48 state attorneys general suing Facebook over its alleged anti-competitive practices. What’s the harm of Facebook’s practices? And what are the chances this lawsuit will succeed? To answer those questions, we invited Bloomberg News journalist Sarah Frier to join us on All Thing Considered. She covers social media companies extensively, and she’s written a book called No Filter: The Inside Story of Instagram.

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With the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine already here in Connecticut and the Moderna version reportedly close behind, the big question now is: Will enough of us actually take the vaccine? Recently, Yale infectious diseases specialist Dr. Manisha Juthani joined All Things Considered to talk about why we should not fear taking these new COVID vaccines.

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Some 31,000 doses of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine arrived in Connecticut Monday -- a mere nine months after America and much of the world shut down due to the pandemic. Multiple experts have told us here at Connecticut Public Radio that vaccines usually take years to develop and that a key factor in expediting the novel coronavirus vaccine has been the over 40,000 people worldwide who have volunteered for clinical trials.

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The Mashantucket Pequot tribe, owner of Foxwoods Resort Casino, says it’s made a deal with the online sports betting and fantasy sports operator DraftKings. Rodney Butler, chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, indicates this move is largely in anticipation of state lawmakers legalizing sports gambling in Connecticut next year.

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With the second wave of coronavirus infections seemingly roaring across Connecticut, state teachers unions have been calling for students to go to a distance-learning-only model for the time being. But the state -- led by Gov. Ned Lamont -- remains adamant about keeping kids at least partially in the classroom.

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The folks who do the actual casting of votes to the Electoral College in presidential elections are having something of a higher-profile moment now with President Trump and his team openly angling for them to vote for him in Michigan, Arizona, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania -- states where the popular vote went to Joe Biden.

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We’ve heard much rhetoric from politicians and the media about President Trump’s allegations of election fraud as he continues to refuse to concede to President-elect Joe Biden. One group we haven’t heard much from is our nation’s corporate chief executive officers. 

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The U.S. Supreme Court’s new 6-3 conservative majority was assumed by many to be the death knell for the Affordable Care Act. But a funny thing seems to have happened Tuesday during oral arguments. Conservative Justices John Roberts and Brett Kavanaugh appeared to indicate their support for leaving the ACA intact -- with the exception of the individual mandate. 

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If you’ve gotten a steady flow of texts and phone calls from political campaigns this election season, you are not alone. It made us curious -- how do political campaigns get hold of your personal information and how much of it do they have? 

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The state’s new color-coded COVID alert system has designated 19 Connecticut towns as “red alert towns” for having positive test rates exceeding 15 per 100,000 residents for a two-week period. Gov. Ned Lamont has given these towns the option of pulling back from Phase 3 reopening to Phase 2.

Constitution Plaza in downtown Hartford.
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What if the work-at-home trend becomes permanent? What will happen to Connecticut’s downtowns? Economist Victor Calanog of Moody’s Analytics joined All Things Considered to opine on whether downtowns are as good as dead. He also broke down what he thinks city planners should be doing right now to prepare.

Official ballot boxes outside West Hartford Town Hall have sped up the process of accepting absentee ballots, according to Essie Labrot, West Hartford's town clerk. Voters can drop ballots in the boxes up until 8 p.m. on election day.
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The rise in mail-in voting this year due to the coronavirus led to a couple of bumps in the road for Connecticut’s August primary election. With a low percentage of voters familiar with absentee ballots, it was something new for everyone. 

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The federal Paycheck Protection Program distributed funds to thousands of Connecticut companies earlier this year as a way to help keep them solvent during pandemic shutdowns. The deal was: Keep your employees on the books and what was initially a loan will be converted to a grant. Sounded like a simple idea. The catch was, the paperwork to obtain that loan forgiveness was anything but simple. 

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As we get closer to the election, the pace of events in Washington, D.C., only increases. U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy joined Connecticut Public Radio’s John Henry Smith on All Things Considered to talk about the COVID-19 outbreak at the White House, a troubling Twitter thread alleging that the Russians have actually ramped up interference this election season, and why he thinks the Trump administration is trying to politicize the Voice of America. 

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Vice President Mike Pence and his Democratic challenger, U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, met Wednesday in Utah for their one and only debate of the general election.

Two more presidential debates are scheduled before the Nov. 3 election, although negotiations over those remain tense. Last year, the city of Hartford was hoping to host one of these events. That bid was unsuccessful, but a lot has changed since then -- mainly, the coronavirus pandemic.

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Amid a lot of talk about whether K-12 kids should go back to the classroom is the disturbing truth that it increasingly seems as if there aren’t enough teachers to lead their classes. 

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Connecticut's coronavirus infection rate has risen to 1.6 percent -- after spending most of the summer under 1 percent.  Gov. Ned Lamont described the climbing number of positive tests as "concerning" this week, although the administration insists the resumption of in-person instruction in K-12 schools isn't behind the rise in cases.

Signs at Bradley International Airport remind travelers to wear masks at all times and maintain proper social distancing on June 25.
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Gov. Ned Lamont announced this week that folks who ignore Connecticut’s mask mandate will be subject to a $100 fine. Also, there are now fines for parties of more than 25 people indoors or more than 100 people outdoors. 

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Federal authorities have arrested Bridgeport police chief Armando "AJ" Perez and city personnel director David Dunn on charges that reportedly amount to an accusation that the pair rigged Perez’s hiring two years ago. 

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State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff spoke recently with All Things Considered about his allegations of abuse and intimidation at the hands of members of the Norwalk Police Department. He said that treatment came in response to his 'yes' vote on the Police Accountability Bill in special session this summer. Norwalk’s Chief of Police Thomas Kulhawik met with Duff Friday to discuss the senator's concerns. 

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Each year millions of students take in-person standardized tests like the SAT and ACT as part of their application process for college. But amid the pandemic, concerns over health and safety have closed hundreds of test sites nationwide. 

Alexei Navalny at a campaign stop when he ran for mayor of Moscow in 2013.
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Alexei Navalny, a Russian opposition leader with ties to Yale University, was poisoned, according to the German hospital where he is being treated. Navalny remains in a medically induced coma. The 44-year-old is known for his anti-corruption investigations against Russian state corporations and senior officials, and he participated in Russia’s 2018 presidential election.

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The return to college campuses this year is fraught with angst like never before because of the pandemic. Already UConn has had to eject students from university housing because of an illicit, dorm-room party. Several students returning to campus have tested positive as part of the check-in process, and have been quarantined. The university also announced Wednesday that two faculty members have COVID-19.

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The U.S. Department of Justice has ruled that Yale University illegally discriminates against Asian American and white applicants, in violation of federal civil rights law. For its part, Yale calls the allegation “meritless” and “hasty.” The case is similar to one brought against Harvard last year. That case was rejected by a federal judge.