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This woman is a chess champion. And she’s blind

This woman is a chess champion. And she’s blind

Jessica Lauser is relentless on the chess board. She plays quickly, applying constant pressure on her opponents. She attacks constantly, not unlike the Beth Harmon character from the Netflix television series, “The Queen’s Gambit.” She baits her opponents out of their comfort zones, then leverages the element of surprise. Her success in the game has…MORE

First on CNN: Biden administration moves to make gender confirmation surgery available through Veteran Affairs health care system

First on CNN: Biden administration moves to make gender confirmation surgery available through Veteran Affairs health care system

Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough is moving to make gender confirmation surgery available to transgender veterans through Veterans Affairs health care coverage, according to a VA department spokesperson. McDonough will announce the move at a Pride event at the Orlando Vet Center in Florida later on Saturday, according to the spokesperson. “We are taking the…MORE

New York City’s chaotic mayoral campaign is jolted by a late twist

New York City’s chaotic mayoral campaign is jolted by a late twist

The race to become New York City’s 110th mayor began in a pandemic-enforced bubble, with the campaign playing out in drab Zoom forums, on social media and through the press, where email statements took the place of live exhortations to swells of supporters. But with the city now open as vaccination rates climb and infection…MORE

The Juneteenth flag is full of symbols. Here’s what they mean

You might see another red, white and blue flag flying today over state capitols and city buildings. That banner with a bursting star in the middle is the Juneteenth Flag, a symbolic representation of the end of slavery in the United States. The flag is the brainchild of activist Ben Haith, founder of the National…MORE

The housing market is on fire. The Fed keeps adding gasoline

Bidding wars. All-cash offers. Homes selling for $1 million over asking. The housing boom has officially reached the ridiculous stage. Despite surging home prices that are rising at the fastest pace on record, the Federal Reserve continues to prop up the housing market by purchasing $40 billion of mortgage bonds each month. And while the…MORE

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