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Hoda Kotb's new role on 'Today' just made history for the morning news show.

'It could not happen to a sweeter, better, more beloved person.'

It's official: Hoda Kotb is the new permanent co-host of "Today" on NBC.

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Kotb had been the temporary replacement for Matt Lauer since November.

But, throughout the past month, she seemed to impress all the right people.

Her earnest, delicate on-air handling of Lauer's dismissal was widely praised, CNN noted, after the former "Today" co-host was fired for mounting allegations of sexual harassment.


"This is a very tough morning for both of us," Kotb said on the day of Lauer's firing, sitting alongside co-host Savannah Guthrie. "It's hard to reconcile what we are hearing with the man who we know, who walks in this building every single day."

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Kotb's promotion to co-host is a big deal, and fans and celebrities were quick to celebrate the occasion.

It's the first time "Today" as been anchored by two women, bucking tradition that typically places a man and woman in co-host roles.

Fellow NBC stars Kathie Lee Gifford, Al Roker, and Lester Holt sang Kotb's praises.

Actor and producer Mindy Kaling said she was "looking forward to [Kotb] lighting up [her] morning in a brand new way."

Singer-songwriter Darius Rucker chimed in, "You go girl."

Chelsea Clinton sent warm congratulations.

The fact that Kotb is a woman of color also shouldn't be overlooked, some pointed out.

Of course, Kotb seemed over the moon about her new role.

"Whaaaaaatttttttt!" she captioned on Twitter with a photo of her and Guthrie.

"It could not happen to a sweeter, better, more beloved person," Gifford said on-air Tuesday morning.

While Lauer's absence may have initially shaken the "Today" team, it hasn't shaken the morning show's ratings.

In fact, in the weeks that followed his dismissal, "Today's" viewership actually increased as Kotb sat in as co-host, besting rival "Good Morning America" for the first time in over a year, according to The New York Times.

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Over on CBS' "This Morning," Charlie Rose's departure didn't spark a ratings downturn either; viewership has held steady after the iconic journalist was fired for sexual misconduct just days before Lauer's dismissal.

Maybe morning newsmen aren't so vital in 2018 after all?

A breastfeeding mother's experience at Vienna's Schoenbrunn Zoo is touching people's hearts—but not without a fair amount of controversy.

Gemma Copeland shared her story on Facebook, which was then picked up by the Facebook page Boobie Babies. Photos show the mom breastfeeding her baby next to the window of the zoo's orangutan habitat, with a female orangutan sitting close to the glass, gazing at them.

"Today I got feeding support from the most unlikely of places, the most surreal moment of my life that had me in tears," Copeland wrote.

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RumorGuard by The News Literacy Project.

The 2016 election was a watershed moment when misinformation online became a serious problem and had enormous consequences. Even though social media sites have tried to slow the spread of misleading information, it doesn’t show any signs of letting up.

A NewsGuard report from 2020 found that engagement with unreliable sites between 2019 and 2020 doubled over that time period. But we don’t need studies to show that misinformation is a huge problem. The fact that COVID-19 misinformation was such a hindrance to stopping the virus and one-third of American voters believe that the 2020 election was stolen is proof enough.

What’s worse is that according to Pew Research, only 26% of American adults are able to distinguish between fact and opinion.

To help teach Americans how to discern real news from fake news, The News Literacy Project has created a new website called RumorGuard that debunks questionable news stories and teaches people how to become more news literate.

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A mom describes her tween son's brain. It's a must-read for all parents.

"Sometimes I just feel really angry and I don’t know why."

This story originally appeared on 1.05.19


It started with a simple, sincere question from a mother of an 11-year-old boy.

An anonymous mother posted a question to Quora, a website where people can ask questions and other people can answer them. This mother wrote:

How do I tell my wonderful 11 year old son, (in a way that won't tear him down), that the way he has started talking to me (disrespectfully) makes me not want to be around him (I've already told him the bad attitude is unacceptable)?

It's a familiar scenario for those of us who have raised kids into the teen years. Our sweet, snuggly little kids turn into moody middle schoolers seemingly overnight, and sometimes we're left reeling trying to figure out how to handle their sensitive-yet-insensitive selves.


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