It’s the weekend. Here are some stories you may have missed ☕️

A group of Minneapolis tenants organized against their landlords — reinventing what stable, affordable housing could be in their community, Matthew Desmond reports.
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"It’s ridiculous that some people think the simple phrase 'Protect Black women' is controversial," writes Megan Thee Stallion. "We deserve to be protected as human beings."
In 1989, Matthew McConaughey wrote: "I think I’ll write a book. A word about my life. I wonder who would give a damn About the pleasures and the strife?" Now, he's done it.
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Local newspapers are vanishing across the country. Popping up in their place: A network of nearly 1,300 local websites publishing articles ordered up by Republican groups and PR firms.
The sites appear as ordinary local news outlets, with names like Des Moines Sun and Ann Arbor Times. Most declare that they aim to provide "objective" information but do not disclose that some of the articles are directed by clients.
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Roughly a quarter of the Pantanal wetland in Brazil, which regulates the water cycle upon which life depends in the region, has burned in wildfires worsened by climate change this year.
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Its swamps, lagoons and tributaries purify water, help prevent floods and droughts, and also store untold amounts of carbon, helping to stabilize the climate.
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Follow along live, and find more context and analysis here.
While it is true that people are leaving New York City amid the pandemic, President Trump's assertion that it can't be built up again lacks evidence.

We're following both town halls tonight. See all of our fact checks here.
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We're following both town halls tonight. See all of our fact checks here.
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