Covid-19 Live Updates: Top U.S. Health Officials Try to Defend Their Integrity Before the Senate

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‘It Won’t Be Politics,’ F.D.A. Chief Says of Vaccine Approval Process

Dr. Stephen M. Hahn, the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, told lawmakers he was confident that the development of a coronavirus vaccine would be safe from political interference.

“We have not made a commitment to the timeline per se because we haven’t seen the data, and we don’t know the complexity of the data or the amount of data that will come our way. What I can tell you, sir, is we do feel the urgency of

The Meaning of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Lace Collar

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[Live coverage of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg funeral, which begins on Wednesday with three days of honors.]

In 2014, the Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the pioneering legal mind and advocate for equal treatment of the sexes who died on Friday, did something that probably none of her male colleagues were ever asked to do: she gave a tour of her office closet.

The occasion was an interview with Katie Couric after Justice Ginsburg’s strongly-worded, 35-page dissent in the

Fourth-Largest U.S. School District to Allow Students Back in Classrooms

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ImageVanessa Acosta gives a lecture using an online platform from her empty classroom in Miami Lakes, Fla., on Aug. 31.
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Students in Miami-Dade County, the fourth-largest district in the United States and the biggest school system in Florida, will be able to choose to return to their classrooms next month under a plan approved by the school board on Tuesday after a marathon two-day meeting.

Students would attend classes