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  • James Clyburn: Trump doesn't plan to 'give up the office'

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    Rep. James Clyburn defended his recent comments saying President Trump "thinks that the American people will be duped by him, like the people of Germany was duped by Adolf Hitler."

    Sun, 02 Aug 2020 12:36:30 -0400
  • Homicides Spike in 50 Largest Cities across Nation

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    Homicides and gun violence have spiked in major cities around the country since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, spurred by an economic recession and unrest that arose from protests against police brutality.Across the nation’s 50 largest cities, homicides are up 24 percent this year, totaling 3,612 so far, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of police department data. In 36 of those cities, the homicide rate increased by double digits.Shootings have also surged, but other kinds of violent crime have declined, including robberies, which sank 11 percent across the 41 cities that provided such data.Chicago saw the largest jump in homicides, reporting more than 400 more homicides than last year, an increase of more than 50 percent. Philadelphia and New York City came in just behind the country's third-largest city, both tallying more than 200 more homicides this year. Along with Chicago, Austin and Fort Worth, Tx. saw the largest increase in murders.The staggering increase in violence comes after months of protests against police departments that have included calls to defund and dismantle departments in Minneapolis, where the police custody death of George Floyd sparked national outrage. Homicides in Minneapolis have nearly doubled, with 41 homicides compared to 21 by this time last year.Police and crime experts have attributed the spike in violence to a variety of factors, including a rise in gang violence, an economic recession caused by the shutdown of businesses, and the lack of activity during the pandemic by social institutions that historically help tamp down crime, such as churches and schools.Meanwhile, lockdown orders that have kept residents in their homes may help explain the decline in robberies and rapes, since burglars are less likely to target a home with residents inside, and fewer potential victims were on the streets, experts said. The rise in shootings and murders was particularly stark in disadvantaged neighborhoods rather than the sites of protests against racism and police brutality in many cities.The homicide rate in the nation's major cities is still a far cry from the crime levels of previous decades, such as in 1990, when New York City recorded a total of 2,262 murders.

    Mon, 03 Aug 2020 12:04:05 -0400
  • Florida man once bitten by alligator is chomped by 8-foot shark while on vacation

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    Justin Stuller is now sporting two dozen stitches and a small limp after tangling with an eight-foot lemon shark in the Florida Keys.

    Sun, 02 Aug 2020 21:41:44 -0400
  • Who is Karen Bass?

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    Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., has been mentioned as a potential running mate for former VP Joe Biden, who has vowed to pick a woman as his vice president.

    Sun, 02 Aug 2020 16:48:18 -0400
  • See Inside Zaha Hadid’s Revolutionary Oeuvre

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    Mon, 03 Aug 2020 16:32:47 -0400
  • A California couple were arrested on hate-crime charges after they yelled 'white power' during an episode of road rage, police say

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    They yelled "white power" and "only white lives matter" at a Black man and his girlfriend in a racist altercation on the road on July 22, police said.

    Sun, 02 Aug 2020 16:14:17 -0400
  • U.S. coronavirus 'extraordinarily widespread', say White House experts

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    The United States is in a new phase of the novel coronavirus outbreak with infections "extraordinarily widespread" in rural areas as well as cities, White House coronavirus experts said on Sunday. Coronavirus cases continue to surge in some parts of the country and the public health officials are trying to work with governors to tailor responses for each state. "We are in a new phase," said Dr. Deborah Birx.

    Sun, 02 Aug 2020 15:03:02 -0400
  • Virginia gov faces new hurdle in bid to remove Lee statue

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    A judge dismissed a legal challenge Monday that had been blocking Virginia officials from removing a towering statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from the state's capital city, but he immediately imposed another injunction against dismantling the figure. The new 90-day injunction bars Gov. Ralph Northam's administration from “removing, altering, or dismantling, in any way” the larger-than-life statue of Lee on a prominent Richmond avenue while claims in a lawsuit filed by local property owners are litigated. Now covered in graffiti, the Lee monument has become a focal point and gathering spot amid Richmond's sustained anti-racist protests since the police custody death in Minnesota of a Black man, George Floyd.

    Mon, 03 Aug 2020 10:51:46 -0400
  • Ningaloo Reef: Woman injured by humpback whale at Australian tourist spot

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    The woman is in a "serious but stable condition" after being hit by the whale during a group swim.

    Mon, 03 Aug 2020 08:06:07 -0400
  • The federal pullback in Portland immediately brought calm to the anti-racism protests

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    Large crowds have still been showing up at the federal courthouse in Portland, Oregon, since federal agents disappeared from view Thursday, but there's been a palpable change in atmosphere, and for the first time in weeks, calm. Protesters and members of the Trump administration cited the withdrawal of militarized federal agents and their violent tactics — tear gas, rubber bullets, clubs, legally dubious detentions — as the main reason for the relative peace. With federal agents present, some protesters threw bottles or firecrackers, tried to breach fencing around the courthouse, and shined laser pointers at officers."There is still violence going on in Portland," acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf told Fox News on Saturday. "But we do see it at a much lower level. We're happy about that." Demetria Hester, one of the mothers who formed a wall between the federal agents and other protesters, told The Wall Street Journal she thinks federal authorities "got the message" and left because they knew "we're not going to back down."Sunday's crowd outside the federal courthouse in downtown Portland, the 67th straight night of anti-racism and police reform protests since the Minneapolis police killed George Floyd, appeared "relatively small," The Oregonian repots. But Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights drew the larger groups that have been congregating since President Trump sent in the federal agents in early July. Oregon State troopers have replaced the federal agents at the courthouse, under an agreement Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) reached with the Trump administration.With federal agents off the streets, the protesters have refocused their efforts on systemic anti-Black racism and their longstanding issues with local policing. A clash broke out Saturday night outside a police precinct across the river in Southeast Portland, as officers aimed bright lights and what appeared to be video cameras at a protest march, and some protesters responded with laser pointers and bottles.The federal agents aren't gone yet — a "quick reaction force" of some 130 agents are hidden around Portland. But they are no longer the issue. "On Saturday night, as protesters downtown marched peacefully through the streets, they noticed through the windows of a different federal building that Homeland Security agents were standing inside watching them," The New York Times reports. "Some in the crowd stopped to flash lights through the window. One agent appeared to respond by raising a middle finger. Then the crowd continued on."More stories from theweek.com The most damning inside portrait of the Trump administration yet Why Democratic voters might stay home on Election Day 5 brutally funny cartoons about Bill Barr’s brand of justice

    Mon, 03 Aug 2020 01:27:00 -0400
  • The Maryland county where Barron Trump attends school ordered private schools to stay closed until October, but the governor overrode the decision

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    In rejecting the Montgomery County order, Gov. Larry Hogan said it was "overly broad and inconsistent with the powers" of the county health officer.

    Mon, 03 Aug 2020 13:44:47 -0400
  • Thousands evacuate as Apple Fire grows in Southern California

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    About 7,800 people have been ordered to leave their homes as of Sunday.

    Sun, 02 Aug 2020 09:13:41 -0400
  • Transcript: Mark Meadows on "Face the Nation"

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    The following is a transcript of an interview with White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows that aired Sunday, August 2, 2020, on "Face the Nation."

    Sun, 02 Aug 2020 11:21:11 -0400
  • Homeland Security official reassigned after intelligence reports on journalists covering protests

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    A US intelligence official with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been reassigned following revelations that his office compiled "intelligence reports" on journalists and analysed communications between protesters amid ongoing demonstrations in Portland, Oregon.Brian Murphy was removed from his post following a report in The Washington Post revealing that the DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis sent open source intelligence reports to federal law enforcement agencies containing information from two reporters who had published leaked unclassified government documents while covering Black Lives Matter protests.

    Sun, 02 Aug 2020 10:34:14 -0400
  • Verdict looms in killing of Lebanon ex-PM Hariri

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    A UN-backed tribunal will give its verdict Friday on the 2005 murder of former Lebanese premier Rafic Hariri, but questions will remain over a long and costly trial whose suspects remain at large. Four alleged members of the Shiite Muslim fundamentalist group Hezbollah are on trial in absentia at the court in the Netherlands over the huge Beirut suicide bombing that killed Sunni billionaire Hariri and 21 other people. The judgment harks back to an event that changed the face of the Middle East, with Hariri's assassination triggering a wave of demonstrations that pushed Syrian forces out of Lebanon after 30 years.

    Mon, 03 Aug 2020 05:58:07 -0400
  • Anxious WHO implores world to 'do it all' in long war on COVID-19

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    The World Health Organization warned on Monday that there might never be a "silver bullet" for COVID-19 in the form of a perfect vaccine and that the road to normality would be long, with some countries requiring a reset of strategy. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and WHO emergencies head Mike Ryan exhorted nations to rigorously enforce health measures such as mask-wearing, social distancing, hand-washing and testing. The WHO head said that, while the coronavirus was the biggest health emergency since the early 20th century, the international scramble for a vaccine was also "unprecedented".

    Mon, 03 Aug 2020 06:44:13 -0400
  • Annual Sturgis rally expecting 250K, stirring virus concerns

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    Sturgis is on. The message has been broadcast across social media as South Dakota, which has seen an uptick in coronavirus infections in recent weeks, braces to host hundreds of thousands of bikers for the 80th edition of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. More than 250,000 people are expected to rumble through western South Dakota, seeking the freedom of cruising the boundless landscapes in a state that has skipped lockdowns.

    Sun, 02 Aug 2020 09:48:57 -0400
  • She got the virus. Then she was fired. Some sick workers left in cold by employers.

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    McDonald's and Marriott franchises are among hundreds of businesses that have illegally denied paid sick leave during the pandemic, records show.

    Mon, 03 Aug 2020 10:45:33 -0400
  • Dr. Deborah Birx says the US is in a new, 'more widespread' phase of the coronavirus pandemic

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    The White House coronavirus response coordinator told CNN that current outbreaks in the US are "different from March and April."

    Sun, 02 Aug 2020 13:08:01 -0400
  • These 43-square-foot pods were originally for travelers to take a nap at the airport, but now the company is selling them for $50,000 each

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    NapCity's pods are modular and customizable, starting at $50,000.

    Sun, 02 Aug 2020 09:00:00 -0400
  • Splash Mountain log flume ride sinks at Disney World's Magic Kingdom

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    Walt Disney World's Splash Mountain hit rough waters Sunday as Twitter users posted video of a submerged log flume ride they were in moments earlier.

    Mon, 03 Aug 2020 16:57:27 -0400
  • Biden has edge in North Carolina, race is tight in Georgia — CBS News poll

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    Concern about President Trump's handling of coronavirus pandemic is continuing to take a political toll on him.

    Sun, 02 Aug 2020 10:30:00 -0400
  • Bower Studios and West Elm Reprise a Partnership With This New Collection

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    Mon, 03 Aug 2020 12:30:13 -0400
  • Mexico crime: Mexican police seize alleged oil theft crime boss The Sledgehammer

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    "The Sledgehammer" is caught after releasing a bizarre, tearful video declaring war on security forces.

    Sun, 02 Aug 2020 21:54:11 -0400
  • New York City has already had more shootings in 2020 than in the whole of 2019

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    New York City has recorded more shootings so far in 2020 than the whole of last year, authorities have confirmed.There were 777 shootings between January and 2 August 2020, compared with 776 in 2019, according to figures compiled by the New York Post, and later confirmed by New York Police department (NYPD).

    Mon, 03 Aug 2020 07:33:51 -0400
  • Russia says suspected mercenaries detained by Belarus were going to Latin America

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    A Russian diplomat said on Monday a group of more than 30 suspected Russian mercenaries detained in Belarus last week were only passing through Minsk and were on their way to an unnamed Latin American state. Belarusian authorities have said they suspect the men entered their country to plot "acts of terrorism" and destabilise it before an Aug. 9 presidential election. The Russian state says it does not use mercenaries.

    Mon, 03 Aug 2020 10:02:17 -0400
  • Spanish police launch investigation after DJ filmed spitting beer in to a crowd

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    Police have launched an investigation after a video emerged of a DJ spitting beer onto dancers at a beach club in a Spanish resort as the country battled to reduce a spike in coronavirus cases. Video film showed a man spraying the crowd with beer then offering some dancers drinks from the same bottle at the club in Torremolinos, a destination popular with British tourists near Malaga in southern Spain. Many people dancing do not appear to be wearing masks according to the images which were shared widely on social media. One member of the Spanish DJ duo called Les Castizos was said to be the person who spat the beer at the crowd during part of their act. Police said they were investigating the pair for alleged “behaviour which does not abide by the measures of protection and security against coronavirus”. Torremolinos council has closed the beach bar Kokun Ocean Club for 15 days after the video emerged.

    Mon, 03 Aug 2020 06:44:23 -0400
  • The Latest: Italy's tally of new virus cases down to 239

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    The number of new confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Italy nudged lower to 239 in the last 24 hours, while all eight deaths were recorded in Lombardy, the epicenter of the country's epidemic. The number of daily cases in Italy has hovered between 200-300 for weeks, mostly related to people arriving from outside of Italy, either foreign workers or migrants.

    Sun, 02 Aug 2020 00:26:50 -0400
  • 'A courageous trailblazer': The US Navy's first Black female fighter pilot has earned her 'Wings of Gold'

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    "Very proud of LTJG [Madeline] Swegle," a senior Navy official wrote when she graduated. "Go forth and kick butt."

    Mon, 03 Aug 2020 12:02:00 -0400
  • As cruising resumes in some parts of world, multiple cruise ships affected by new COVID-19 cases

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    While most of the cruise industry remains on pause, some cruise lines have begun to resume operations in international waters.

    Mon, 03 Aug 2020 16:30:56 -0400
  • Sen. Murkowski Says Confirming Supreme Court Nominee in 2020 Would Be ‘Double Standard’

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    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s recent health problems have revealed a rift among Senate Republicans over what to do if a Supreme Court seat becomes vacant before the end of President Trump’s first term.While Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) has indicated his intent to fill any Supreme Court vacancies in 2020, other Republicans are more hesitant.Senator Lisa Murkowski (R., Alaska), expressed concern that confirming a Trump nominee before the end of the president’s term would create a “double standard” after Republicans in 2016 declined to appoint then-president Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland, to fill the seat vacated by conservative justice Antonin Scalia’s death.“When Republicans held off Merrick Garland it was because nine months prior to the election was too close, we needed to let people decide. And I agreed to do that. If we now say that months prior to the election is OK when nine months was not, that is a double standard and I don’t believe we should do it,” Murkowski told The Hill. “So I would not support it.”Republicans, who control 53 Senate seats, wouldn’t be able to confirm a justice with more than three defections of a confirmation vote if all 47 Democratic senators stay unified.When Scalia died in mid-February of 2016 and Obama nominated Garland one month later, McConnell and then-Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa) blocked Garland from even getting a hearing.McConnell has said confirming another Trump nominee would be different because Republicans control both the White House and the Senate, while in 2016 Democrats controlled only the White House. For his part, Grassley, who now serves as the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, said he would likely maintain Republicans' 2016 position if the situation arises, though he stressed that the decision is ultimately up to Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.).Graham told The Hill that while he’d be willing to fill a vacancy, his decision would depend upon what his Republican colleagues think. Senate Republican whip John Thune (S.D.) said he would support filling a vacancy before the election but was less certain about a course of action should Trump lose the election. Senator Josh Hawley (R., Mo.) expressed support for confirming a Trump nominee in 2020.Graham expects Trump to release a list of conservative nominees in the coming weeks, which he would pick from should a Court vacancy occur this year or in Trump’s second term, if he wins reelection. “I don’t know. We’ll see,” he said. “I hope everybody stays healthy on the Supreme Court and we don’t have to worry about it.”

    Mon, 03 Aug 2020 11:30:53 -0400
  • Illinois officials call to abolish history classes in the state until an 'alternative' is set up to highlight underrepresented groups

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    Illinois Democratic State Representative LaShawn K. Ford is demanding the history of minority groups to be taught in state schools.

    Mon, 03 Aug 2020 16:38:15 -0400
  • Trump 2020 campaign manager Bill Stepien: We want more debates against Biden and sooner

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    Trump 2020 campaign manager Bill Stepien joins 'Fox & Friends' to discuss refocusing the reelection strategy and the latest polls.

    Mon, 03 Aug 2020 07:55:59 -0400
  • Mysterious seeds sent from China to the US identified by the USDA

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    The mysterious seed packs from China that hundreds of Americans received in the mail have been identified, according to the US Department of Agriculture.Federal officials warned those who received the seeds not to plant them over fears that some may be invasive species and could destroy native plants and insects.

    Mon, 03 Aug 2020 11:11:05 -0400
  • California governor says COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, trending down

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    The rates of new COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and intensive care unit admissions were all trending downward in California in the latest counts, the governor said on Monday. Governor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, said that despite that good news, the state's Central Valley agricultural region was still being hit hard by the coronavirus. "This virus is not going away," Newsom said at a daily coronavirus briefing.

    Mon, 03 Aug 2020 15:30:14 -0400
  • Detained 'drug smuggler' cat escapes Sri Lanka prison

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    A cat detained at Sri Lanka's main prison while allegedly trying to smuggle drugs and cell phone SIM cards has escaped, media reports said Monday. The feline was detected by jail intelligence officials on Saturday at the high-security Welikada Prison, a police official said. He said nearly two grams of heroin, two SIM cards and a memory chip were found in a small plastic bag tied around the cat's neck. But it escaped on Sunday from a prison room where it was kept, the Aruna newspaper said. There was no immediate comment from prison authorities. The prison had reported an increase in incidents of people throwing small packets of drugs, cell phones and phone chargers over the walls in recent weeks. Sri Lanka is battling a major drug problem with some anti-narcotics detectives also implicated in selling confiscated drugs. Police last week seized an eagle allegedly used by drug traffickers to distribute narcotics in a suburb of Colombo.

    Mon, 03 Aug 2020 05:40:06 -0400
  • Shoprite: Africa's biggest supermarket considers pulling out of Nigeria

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    Shoprite is the latest high-profile South African retailer to struggle in the Nigerian market.

    Mon, 03 Aug 2020 09:45:52 -0400
  • Bill Gates: What Joe Biden should do on his first day in office to stop the coronavirus, if he is elected

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    "You really have to view the pandemic as a problem that you're willing to talk about," Bill Gates said.

    Mon, 03 Aug 2020 10:54:00 -0400
  • Navarro Throws Another White House Health Expert Under Bus Over Hydroxy

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    White House trade adviser Peter Navarro publicly bashed yet another White House public-health expert on Monday while touting an unproven anti-malarial drug, saying he took “exception” to coronavirus testing czar Brett Giroir dismissing hydroxychloroquine as an effective coronavirus treatment.Days after CNN cut short a Navarro interview after he kept repeating the racist phrase “China virus,” the network invited him on for yet another contentious segment that featured the combative Trump aide disseminating coronavirus disinformation.Navarro, who has been an outspoken proponent of hydroxychloroquine and has repeatedly attacked top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci for warning about the drug’s lack of efficacy, doubled down on his embrace of the drug while taking aim at Giroir.“One of the president’s chief advisers on the coronavirus pandemic, Adm. Giroir, he said given five studies now that have found the drug hydroxychloroquine—that there’s no proof that it helps with COVID-19 patients,” host Jim Sciutto noted. “I just wonder, given your past public support for it, is it time for the administration to focus on proven treatments for COVID rather than one that has not been proven?”Navarro—who recently groused that the government is “sitting on millions of doses” of the drug—shot back that he takes “exception to Giroir’s analysis, adding that the HHS official “hasn’t looked at the data” within the past two weeks.“It’s his job to look at data,” Sciutto interjected.After demanding that CNN bring on a couple of doctors who claim the drug is beneficial for COVID-19 patients—CNN had actually interviewed one of them hours earlier—Navarro brushed off the large number of experts criticizing hydroxychloroquine.“My view of this now is doctor’s opinions are a dime a dozen and some doctors say it doesn’t work,” he exclaimed. “You’ve got some doctors who say it does.”The CNN host, meanwhile, retorted that this isn’t a “both sides thing,” prompting Navarro to insist that is exactly what it is.“No, it is a both sides. It is—it is both sides,” he declared.Sciutto went on to note that several high-quality double-blinded clinical trials show that there is no benefit to the drug and that the FDA has revoked emergency use of hydroxychloroquine due to concerns over potentially deadly side effects.“This hasn’t passed muster so why all the focus on that drug,” the CNN anchor wondered aloud. “Why not focus on things that work like remdesivir?”Undeterred, Navarro claimed that there is now a study that shows hydroxychloroquine “works better” than remdesivir—even though White House coronavirus coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx said just last week that randomized trials have shown the anti-viral drug efficacy as a treatment. She also reiterated that there appears to be no benefit to hydroxychloroquine.Team Trump has suddenly rallied back around the controversial malaria drug after a fringe doctor—who believes that demon sperm causes female medical problems and “alien DNA” is being used in medication—proclaimed it a coronavirus “cure” in a viral video last week. Despite that doctor’s bizarre past claims, President Donald Trump has called her “spectacular,” “very respected,” and an “important voice.”Chris Wallace Confronts Trump Campaign Spox Jason Miller: Admit ‘You’re Losing’Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

    Mon, 03 Aug 2020 12:25:50 -0400
  • Chicago Teachers Union to hold rally calling for remote learning for CPS to start year

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    The Chicago Teachers Union is planning to rally outside City Hall to demand remote learning only this fall.

    Mon, 03 Aug 2020 13:25:31 -0400
  • This teen avenged her parents' murder. Or did she? The story that has electrified Afghans

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    “When I heard about her bravery, I just felt proud of her, that we have powerful women like her,” one Kabul resident said.

    Sun, 02 Aug 2020 04:30:00 -0400
  • US entering 'different' phase of coronavirus outbreak

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    Top medical adviser Deborah Birx says the virus is affecting rural communities as well as cities.

    Sun, 02 Aug 2020 20:54:38 -0400
  • Points of Progress: Where women are seeing gains, globally

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    In good news this week: There’s still work to be done, but women’s rights are making progress across the world. A look at some recent highlights.

    Mon, 03 Aug 2020 14:28:28 -0400
  • Tropical Storm Isaias is expected to become a hurricane again as it heads for the Carolinas

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    Tropical Storm Isaias is expected to become a hurricane again as it prepares to make landfall in South Carolina.

    Mon, 03 Aug 2020 15:50:00 -0400
  • Dunkin' employee in Illinois arrested after state trooper finds mucus in coffee

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    A Dunkin' employee was arrested and fired after a state trooper in Chicago found what police said was mucus in his coffee.

    Sun, 02 Aug 2020 23:07:07 -0400
  • Emeritus Pope Benedict, 93, 'extremely frail' after visiting dying brother

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    Former Pope Benedict XVI became seriously ill after visiting his sick brother in Germany in June and is "extremely frail", according to a report in the German Passauer Neue Presse newspaper on Monday. Benedict, 93, is suffering from erysipelas of the face, a virus that causes a rash and episodes of severe pain, the newspaper reported, citing the former pontiff's biographer, Peter Seewald. "According to Seewald, the Pope emeritus is now extremely frail," the report said. "His thinking and his memory are quick, but his voice is hardly audible at the moment." Mr Seewald reportedly visited Benedict in Rome on Saturday to present him with his biography. "At the meeting the emeritus Pope, despite his illness, was optimistic and declared that if his strength increased again he would possibly take up his pen again," the paper said. Benedict visited his sick brother, Georg, in Germany in June, marking his first trip out of Italy since his shock resignation in 2013. Georg Ratzinger died two weeks later, aged 96.

    Mon, 03 Aug 2020 00:25:50 -0400
  • An Arizona congressman who tested positive for the coronavirus criticized Republican lawmakers for refusing to wear masks in the Capitol

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    Arizona Democrat Rep. Raúl Grijalva tested positive for the coronavirus on Saturday but is currently asymptomatic.

    Sun, 02 Aug 2020 06:35:00 -0400
  • In Africa, stigma surrounding coronavirus hinders response

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    After 23 days in quarantine in Uganda — far longer than required — Jimmy Spire Ssentongo walked free in part because of a cartoon he drew. It showed a bound prisoner begging for liberation after multiple negative tests, while a health minister demanded to know where he was hiding the virus. “The impression was that we were a dangerous group and that what was necessary was to protect the rest of society from us,” said Ssentongo, a cartoonist for Uganda's Observer newspaper who was put in quarantine when he returned from Britain in March.

    Sun, 02 Aug 2020 02:55:59 -0400
  • Joint U.S. military drills get thumbs down from Thais amid virus fears

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    This month's joint U.S.-Thai military exercises in Thailand have drawn criticism from Thais on social media after authorities announced that dozens of visiting American troops would be undergoing their mandatory 14-day quarantine in Bangkok hotels. Thailand has been over two months without a local transmission and has kept infections to just over 3,300. It has closed borders and airspace to tourists to keep the virus out and allows entry only to Thai repatriates or foreigners with special permission.

    Mon, 03 Aug 2020 08:58:33 -0400
  • Obama targets Texas in first round of 2020 endorsements

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    Former President Barack Obama unveiled his first round of 2020 endorsements on Monday, and he's got his eyes on Texas, at least at the local level.Obama is endorsing 27 Democratic candidates in Texas, including 19 for the state House, where Democrats need to win nine seats to grab the majority. The focus seems to make sense for Obama, The New York Times notes, because Texas districts will be redrawn after the 2020 census, and Democrats want to gain a foothold before that happens. The former president has made it a priority to back candidates whom the National Democratic Redistricting Committee has labeled key to the redistricting process.He decided to stay out of Texas' Senate race between incumbent Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and his Democratic challenger MJ Hegar, however. Obama similarly avoided other key Senate races in Republican states, including Montana, Kentucky, and Georgia, where his public support may not provide a boost, or could even prove harmful.> What's missing? Some key red state Senate races, including MT, KY, GA and TX where it is less clear that Obama's public backing would be a benefit.https://t.co/9rIjcI7SvE> > — Shane Goldmacher (@ShaneGoldmacher) August 3, 2020In races at the national level, Obama endorsed 52 Democratic House candidates and five for the Senate in battleground states, and he's set to announce a second wave of endorsements for states who have yet to hold their primaries. Read more at The New York Times.More stories from theweek.com The most damning inside portrait of the Trump administration yet Why Democratic voters might stay home on Election Day 5 brutally funny cartoons about Bill Barr’s brand of justice

    Mon, 03 Aug 2020 13:11:00 -0400
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