The Democratic senator holding up Joe Biden’s domestic spending bill insists the full federal child tax credit should only go to which parents who are what?

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Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) said unemployed parents might spend child tax credit money on drugs; he also wants an income limit of $200,000 for the benefit.

More than 700,000 people flocked to mingle and dance at an outdoor music festival in what country?

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The MDL Beast Soundstorm electronic music festival provided Saudi men and women a rare opportunity to dance together in public.

Which country music star did Guinness World Records honor for breaking three records as a performer?

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Dolly Parton got Guinness certificates for spending the most decades on the country charts, having the most hits and the most number-one country songs.

What federal program is getting $282 million from the U.S. Treasury and its own three-digit phone number?

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The new number — 988 — will make it easier for American to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline starting in July 2022.

A Washington, D.C. teacher has been removed from the classroom after telling third-graders to reenact scenes from what historical period?

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The unnamed teacher cast a Jewish student in the role of Adolf Hitler, and told others to simulate being in a train car bound for a concentration camp.

Who sued New York’s attorney general in order to stop a wide-ranging investigation of his businesses?

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Donald Trump alleged in his lawsuit that New York A.G. Letitia James violated his constitutional rights by conducting a politically-motivated investigation.

What common feature of the entertainment industry is the United Arab Emirates phasing out?

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The UAE announced it will no longer censor films released in movie theaters, and is adding an over-21 rating category instead.

Protests in Poland’s biggest cities drew tens of thousands who object to a law that would limit what?

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Poles protested a bill aimed at limiting the operation of a U.S.-owned television network that their government believes has too much power.

What technology did a SpaceX vehicle release into orbit?

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The 52 Starlink internet satellites were launched to bring broadband Internet access to underserved areas of the world.

The Biogen pharmaceutical company announced it will cut the price of its treatment for what disease by about 50 percent?

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Biogen faced widespread criticism over the initial annual cost of its Alzheimer’s drug that could have reached $56,000 per patient.

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