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Kim Jong Un’s wife Ri Sol Ju appears in public for first time in a year

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Kim Jong Un's wife Ri Sol Ju appears in public for first time in a year

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s wife appeared in public for the first time in more than a year on Wednesday, at a concert marking one of the nation’s biggest holidays.

Ri Sol Ju and her hubby were seen in photos published by state media, sitting side by side and smiling at the Mansudae Art Theatre in the capital of Pyongyang.

The event commemorated the birthday of Kim’s late father and former leader Kim Jong Il.

While the Hermit Kingdom’s first lady has often accompanied Kim, 36, to major public events, she’s been out of the limelight since last January, when she attended an event for the Lunar New Year holiday.

Her absence from the public eye sparked speculation over her health and rumors that she may be pregnant.

South Korea’s National Intelligence Service (NIS) told lawmakers on Tuesday that Ri appeared to have held back from outside events to ward off the coronavirus.

Ri, who is believed to be in her mid-30s, has been spending her time “playing well” with the couple’s three children, the NIS said.

Nobody in the new images of the couple — released by the official ruling Worker’s Party newspaper Rodong Sinmun — were wearing masks or maintaining social distancing measures.

The newspaper also reported that Kim visited the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, which houses the embalmed bodies of his father and grandfather, to lay wreaths for the holiday, called the Day of the Shining Star.

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House Democrats surrender to QAnon, scrap March 4 session

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Leaders of the House of Representatives decided to scrap planned votes on Thursday due to reports that QAnon conspiracy theory adherents may attempt to storm the Capitol in a far-fetched scheme to return former President Donald Trump to office, according to a Democratic congressman.

The Capitol complex is ringed with non-scalable, barbed-wire topped 8-foot fences and is still guarded by hundreds of National Guard members following the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, during which a mob of Trump supporters smashed into the building and disrupted certification of President Biden’s victory.

But House leaders were fearful enough of another assault to move Thursday votes to Wednesday night, Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.) told CNN.

“Yeah, that’s correct, that’s correct,” Himes said, confirming the House would not be in session Thursday due to the possible threat.

“Obviously from a security standpoint, it’s better to have us scattering to the four winds as opposed to all concentrating in one building,” Himes said.

But the Democrat, who is a member of the House intelligence committee, said he found it doubtful that anyone would be able to breach the Capitol given the intense security.

“Capitol Hill, and it makes me sad to report this, it is still an armed camp. There are very heavily armed, body-armored national guardsmen all over the place. There are still fences. You can’t get near the Capitol without an ID,” Himes said.

He added: “Unless there is a very well-trained force on their way to Washington, DC, they are going to meet security like they’ve never imagined before.”

The House will vote late into the night on legislation including a police reform bill so that it won’t have to convene on Thursday.

The threat reportedly involves online chatter about a theory that Trump will return to power because March 4 was historically a date for presidential inaugurations, before that was modified to be Jan. 20.

The Jan. 6 Capitol riot occurred after Trump supporters easily pushed over waist-high fencing and approached Congress. Thousands of people who attended a speech by the then-president near the White House descended on Capitol Hill as members of the crowd fought police to enter the building.

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Rep. Jamaal Bowman calls standardized testing ‘a pillar of systemic racism’

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Rep. Jamaal Bowman, one of the newest members of “The Squad,” says standardized testing is a manifestation of “systemic racism.”

In a pair of tweets Tuesday, Bowman (D-NY) wrote simply, “Standardized testing is a pillar of systemic racism,” before linking to an article from the National Education Association, one of the two largest teachers unions in the country.

The article from the NEA was titled “The Racist Beginnings of Standardized Testing.” It was published in April 2018.

“Since the beginning of standardized testing, students of color, particularly those from low-income families, have suffered the most from high-stakes testing in U.S. public schools.

“Decades of research demonstrate that African-American, Latino, and Native American students, as well as students from some Asian groups, experience bias from standardized tests administered from early childhood through college,” the article reads.

Reached for comment by Fox News, Bowman’s office pointed to a pair of videos posted by the freshman lawmaker on Twitter late last month. In them, he criticized the Biden administration over its refusal to grant waivers federally for standardized testing.

“Over the past year, our students have faced unfathomable amounts of trauma and anxiety due to the pandemic. They’ve lost teachers, family members, and their entire way of life. The Biden Administration’s refusal to grant waivers for standardized testing is WRONG,” he wrote alongside one of the videos.

“If you have never been an educator, you should not be leading on matters of education in our country. All of the data that they claim they need standardized tests to analyze can be better understood by speaking with the educators in our classrooms,” he continued.

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Dr. Fauci donates his 3D model of COVID to Smithsonian museum

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Dr. Anthony Fauci has donated his personal 3-D model of the coronavirus to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, DC, which honored him with its Great Americans Medal.

“Dr. Fauci has helped save millions of lives and advanced the treatment and our understanding of infectious and immunologic diseases across more than five decades of public service,” museum Director Anthea Hartig said.

“His humanitarianism and dedication truly exemplify what it means to be a Great American,” she added.

Fauci, 80, who has led the nationwide COVID-19 response and is President Joe Biden’s science adviser, was asked by the museum to donate a personal item to mark the pandemic.

He chose the lumpy blue and orange ball that he has used to explain the complexities of the virus in myriad interviews.

The model, which was made with a 3-D printer, shows what the Smithsonian’s announcement calls “the various components of the SARS-CoV-2 virion (the complete, infectious form of the virus), including the spike protein.”

“This has been a terrible year in so many respects,” said Fauci, the director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. “Decades from now, people will be talking about the experience that we went through.”

In 2008, Fauci received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award, from then-President George W. Bush for his decades of work, dating back to the earliest days of the AIDS crisis.

Previous recipients of the Great Americans Medal include former secretaries of state Madeleine K. Albright and Gen. Colin L. Powell, tennis star Billie Jean King and musician Paul Simon.

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