Politics
Voting By Mail In 2020 Election
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The coronavirus pandemic is set to change the way millions of Americans can vote in November
inquirer.com Aug 14, 2020, Friday
USPS Tells Pa. It Can’t Deliver Mail Ballots On Time, State Warns Of ‘overwhelming’ Risk To Voters
The Postal Service's statement came amid false attacks on mail voting by Trump, and as concerns mount about how the coronavirus pandemic could disrupt the election.
Bussiness
Apple Pulls Fortnite From App Store Over In-App Payments Rule
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That was fast: Apple, just hours after Epic Games announced a new direct-payment option for “Fortnite” to bypass the Apple App Store 30% “tax” on in-app purchases, has remov…
wired.com Aug 13, 2020, Thursday
Epic Games' Lawsuit Fires A Shot At Apple's App Store 'Monopoly' | WIRED
The Fortnite developer filed a suit today in California that suggests it may even want to launch its own app store on iOS.
Bussiness
Big Tech Hearing: Apple, Google, Facebook And Amazon CEOs Testified Before Congress
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The CEOs of Facebook, Apple, Amazon and Google virtually testified before Congress in a historic antitrust hearing.
variety.com Aug 13, 2020, Thursday
Apple Pulls Fortnite From App Store Over In-App Payments Rule - Variety
That was fast: Apple, just hours after Epic Games announced a new direct-payment option for “Fortnite” to bypass the Apple App Store 30% “tax” on in-app purchases, has remov…
Law
Here Are The Major 2020 Supreme Court Rulings
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A look at the major Supreme Court rulings of 2020, including on abortion, religion and immigration.
scotusblog.com Aug 13, 2020, Thursday
Court Denies Republicans’ Request To Reinstate Witness Requirement For Rhode Island Absentee Ballots - SCOTUSblog
The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to intervene in a dispute over absentee ballots for the upcoming elections in Rhode Island. The justices rejected a request by the Republican National Committee and Rhode Island Republicans to freeze a lower-court order that approved an agreement between state e
Politics
Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and 4 Others Arrested In $60M Bribery Case
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and four others were arrested Tuesday in a $60 million federal bribery probe, a person briefed on the investigation confirmed. U.S....
daytondailynews.com Aug 13, 2020, Thursday
Indicted Former Ohio House Speaker Will Remain On Ethics Panel
Although removed as speaker, state Rep. Larry Householder is still a member of the Joint Legislative Ethics Committee – the body that investigates and rules on ethics and lobbying matters for the Ohio General Assembly.
Politics
Lawmakers On New Coronavirus Relief Bill
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Leaders from both parties maintain that they want to approve a deal and send it to the president to sign before they head out for an August recess, which marks the final campaign push before the November elections. Pelosi has said she will "absolutely" delay the start of ...
vox.com Aug 13, 2020, Thursday
Trump Admits He’s Sabotaging USPS Funding To Curb Mail Voting - Vox
Trump is blocking post office funding to sabotage mail-in voting.
Politics
Federal Law Enforcement Use Unmarked Vehicles To Grab Protesters Off Portland Streets
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Federal law enforcement officers have been using unmarked vehicles to drive around downtown Portland and detain protesters since at least July 14.
apnews.com Aug 13, 2020, Thursday
Portland Protest Clashes Re-emerge Near US Courthouse
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Protesters and police clashed in downtown Portland in a demonstration that lasted into the predawn hours of Thursday, with some in the crowd setting a fire and exploding...
Politics
Senate Seats Play In 2020
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The 2020 United States Senate elections will be held on November 3, 2020, with the 33 class 2 seats of the Senate being contested in regular elections.
thedailybeast.com Aug 13, 2020, Thursday
Connecting The Dots Between Kelly Loeffler’s Big-Money Backers
A new super PAC is dropping huge sums attacking Loeffler’s opponent, and her campaign is quietly making its resources available
Politics
Joe Biden: 2020 Presidential Campaign
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Our Best Days Still Lie Ahead.
politico.com Aug 13, 2020, Thursday
What Harris Got From Biden During Her Job Interview - POLITICO
Unlike Joe Biden in 2008, Kamala Harris had almost no negotiating leverage. But that may be beside the point.
News
Black Man George Floyd Dies After Police Kneeled on His Neck
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Black man George Floyd died shortly after a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck
motherjones.com Samantha Michaels Aug 13, 2020, Thursday
The Infuriating History Of Why Police Unions Have So Much Power – Mother Jones
The uprisings of 2020 might have finally cracked their invulnerability.
Politics
The 2020 United States Presidential Election
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The 2020 United States presidential election is scheduled for Tuesday, November 3, 2020. It will be the 59th and *maybe the last* quadrennial presidential election in USA.
vox.com Aug 13, 2020, Thursday
Kamala Harris Is A US-born Citizen. Trump Is Bringing Back Birther Conspiracy Theories To Smear Her. - Vox
The Trump campaign wasted no time suggesting the first Black and Asian American woman on a major-party ticket is ineligible to serve.
Tech
Facebook on Misinformation
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Facebook has traded moral accountability for commercial gain
factcheck.org Aug 13, 2020, Thursday
Facebook Post Makes Baseless Claim About Bill Gates' Family Ties - FactCheck.org
A Facebook post makes the baseless claim that Bill Gates' mother was related to Ghislaine Maxwell, an associate of convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. The post also shows an image of a young man who is misidentified as Gates.
Bussiness
California judge ruled that Uber and Lyft have to classify their drivers as employees
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A California judge on Monday granted the state's request for a preliminary injunction blocking Uber Technologies Inc and Lyft Inc from classifying their drivers as independent contractors rather than employees.
bloomberg.com Aug 12, 2020, Wednesday
Uber CEO Threatens Future Shutdown In California Over Labor Law - Bloomberg
Dara Khosrowshahi, chief executive officer of Uber Technologies Inc., threatened to temporarily shut down service in California if it loses a drawn-out fight over a state law seeking to reclassify contractors as employees.
Environment
Trump administration’s effort to weaken environmental rules
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The reversal is the latest move in the Trump administration’s ongoing effort to weaken environmental rules, but it could be quickly undone after the November election.
npr.org Aug 12, 2020, Wednesday
Migratory Birds Gain Protection As Judge Rules Against Trump Admin Decision : NPR
In 2017, the Trump Administration scaled back protections of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. A federal judge has now struck down the rule change — and quoted from To Kill A Mockingbird in so doing.
Politics
Hong Kong Arrests democracy advocates Under National Security Law
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Hong Kong pro-democracy activists been arrested under National Security Law: Agnes Chow, Jimmy Lai
afr.com Aug 12, 2020, Wednesday
What Jimmy Lai's Arrest Means
Just months ago, Hong Kong people had rights that Australians take for granted. Losing those rights is not good for doing business either.
Law
New York AG James Accuses Gun Group NRA Execs Of Self-dealing
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According to the lawsuit, the senior leadership of the NRA squandered millions in donations on personal trips, private jets and expensive meals.
thetrace.org Aug 12, 2020, Wednesday
Daily Bulletin: The NRA Is Funneling Money Into A Newly Formed Super PAC
The National Rifle Association’s existing PAC, the Political Victory Fund (PVF), may take contributions, capped at $5,000 a year, only from NRA members. Spending restrictions also apply. The new super PAC, called just the Victory Fund, however, may accept donations of any size from individuals, corporations, nonprofits, and other PACs with no limits on what it can spend. While the PVF can give directly to candidates, the Victory Fund is prohibited from doing so and can’t coordinate its spending with parties or campaigns. According to Federal Election Commission filings, the new super PAC has collected more than $1 million since it was formed in March. All of the money has come from the NRA’s lobbying arm. The larger takeaway: While super PACs have donor disclosure requirements, “social welfare” organizations like the NRA do not. Anna Massoglia, a researcher at the Center for Responsive Politics, said it is increasingly common for social welfare groups to fund super PACs as a way to “skirt disclosure rules.” Records show the PAC has spent only $14,000 so far, all of it on in-kind contributions to the NRA’s lobbying arm. It’s evidence, Massaglia said, that the NRA and the Victory Fund are sharing resources and staff. Such setups, she said, “contribute to an erosion of campaign finance transparency.” — Will Van Sant, staff writer.
U.S.
Russian Bounties on U.S. Troops
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The recovery of large amounts of American cash at a Taliban outpost in Afghanistan tipped off U.S. officials.
huffpost.com Aug 11, 2020, Tuesday
Trump Has Nearly Eliminated Intelligence Briefings From His Schedule Entirely
A HuffPost analysis finds the president has averaged less than one a week since July 1, after the public learned of Russian bounties on murdered U.S. soldiers.
News
"I Can't Breathe" Before Dying
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Officers restrained , I Can't Breathe, then die
buzzfeednews.com Aug 08, 2020, Saturday
North Carolina Man John Neville Told Corrections Officers "I Can't Breathe" Before Dying — VIDEO
John Neville, 56, told officers in a North Carolina jail that he couldn't breathe more than 20 times while they restrained him during a medical episode. He died in a hospital two days later.
Health
California's Coronavirus Test Result Data May Be Flawed
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Newsom may have relied on faulty numbers when announcing a steep decline in infection rates.
latimes.com Aug 11, 2020, Tuesday
Over 13,000 New Coronavirus Cases Reported In California - Los Angeles Times
With a reporting backlog of test results cleared up in California, more cases are expected to show up in daily coronavirus totals this week.
Bussiness
Kodak Wins US Loan To Enter Pharmaceutical Chemical Business
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Company plans to manufacture generic drug active ingredients that are now imported
motherjones.com Aug 11, 2020, Tuesday
The White House–Kodak Controversy Has A New Angle: A Billionaire’s Huge Stock Gift To A Synagogue – Mother Jones
Why did investor George Karfunkel donate shares worth up to $180 million to a little-known congregation?
Education
Grace, Black Teenager Sent To Juvenile Detention for Not Doing Her Online Coursework
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A 15-year-old in Michigan was incarcerated during the coronavirus pandemic after a judge ruled that not completing her schoolwork violated her probation. “It just doesn’t make any sense,” said the girl’s mother.
propublica.org Aug 11, 2020, Tuesday
Case Closed: Michigan Judge Removes Grace, Black Teen Jailed For Not Doing Online Schoolwork, From Probation — ProPublica
The 15-year-old is now free from the court system. In a hearing, an Oakland County judge released her from probation after a caseworker said, “It is best for the family to move forward.”
Health
COVID-19 Coronavirus Spreads
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Novel coronavirus, denoted 2019-nCoV by the WHO
vox.com Aug 11, 2020, Tuesday
Covid-19 In America, Explained In 18 Maps And Charts - Vox
The US’s coronavirus epidemic is among the worst. Here’s what you need to know.
Education
Two Students Suspended From Their Georgia High School For Posting Photos Of Crowded Hallways
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The images of students packed together in hallways went viral on Twitter as the school faces scrutiny from staff and students.
washingtonpost.com Aug 10, 2020, Monday
North Paulding High School In Georgia Closes For Cleaning After 9 Positive Coronavirus Tests - The Washington Post
Six students and three staff members at North Paulding High School have reported infections.
News
The tragic death of Breonna Taylor
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Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old African-American emergency medical technician, was fatally shot by Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) officers Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison, and Myles Cosgrove on March 13, 2020.
snopes.com Aug 10, 2020, Monday
Winfrey Demanding Justice For Breonna Taylor With Billboards
Twenty-six billboards displaying a portrait of Taylor are going up across Louisville, Kentucky, demanding that the police officers involved in her death be arrested and charged.
Politics
Supreme Court Rules On Trump Financial Records In 2 Key Cases
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The U.S. Supreme Court handed President Trump a big loss Thursday, ruling that he is not "categorically immune" from having his pre-presidential financial records released to a New York grand jury. But in a second decision, the court pushed back against the breadth of con...
nytimes.com Aug 10, 2020, Monday
Trump Moves To Force Manhattan D.A. To Reveal Details Of Inquiry - The New York Times
Lawyers for the president said a subpoena seeking eight years of tax returns amounted to illegal “harassment.”
Law
E. Jean Carroll: Trump attacked me in the dressing room of Bergdorf Goodman.
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The Elle advice columnist says the assault took place in Bergdorf Goodman.
snopes.com Aug 09, 2020, Sunday
Judge Nixes Trump Bid To Delay Suit From Woman Alleging Rape
A New York judge knocked down President Donald Trump’s bid to delay a lawsuit from a woman who accused him of rape, ruling that the presidency doesn’t shield him from the case.
Bussiness
Microsoft Is in Talks to Buy TikTok in U.S.
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Trump is considering forcing ByteDance to sell U.S. video app TikTok.
washingtonpost.com Aug 09, 2020, Sunday
Trump Advisers Mnuchin And Navarro Fought Over The Fate Of TikTok Inside The Oval Office - The Washington Post
Trump advisers Mnuchin and Navarro fought bitterly over TikTok as Silicon Valley dealmakers tried to get closer to Trump.
Politics
Don McGahn not Comply With House Democrats' Subpoena
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Former White House counsel Don McGahn is refusing to comply with a congressional subpoena for documents related to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, deferring to a last-minute instruction from the White House to disregard House Democrats' demands.
cnn.com Aug 07, 2020, Friday
House Can Subpoena Don McGahn To Testify, Appeals Court Rules - CNNPolitics
The House of Representatives can sue to force former White House counsel Don McGahn to testify, a federal appeals court ruled Friday, but McGahn can continue to challenge the House's subpoena and likely will not have to appear anytime soon.
Politics
John Lewis, Civil Rights Legend And Longtime Georgia Congressman, Dead At 80
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John Robert Lewis, the son of sharecroppers who survived a brutal beating by police during a landmark 1965 march in Selma, Alabama, to become a towering figure of the civil rights movement and a longtime US congressman, has died after a six-month battle with cancer. He wa...
politico.com Aug 06, 2020, Thursday
Opinion | Voter Suppression Is Back, 55 Years After The Voting Rights Act - POLITICO
As we mourn John Lewis, it’s time to pass the new voting rights law that bears his name.
Media
'Ellen DeGeneres Show' Workplace Under Investigation
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“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” has become the subject of an internal investigation by WarnerMedia following numerous accounts of workplace problems on the long-running daytime series
washingtonpost.com Aug 05, 2020, Wednesday
Opinion | Ellen DeGeneres’s Allegedly Toxic Show Made Kindness A Brand. Now It’s Bringing Her Down. - The Washington Post
The virtue she wore as a medallion has become the millstone around her neck.
Bussiness
Civil Rights Organizations Call For Global Corporations To Pause Advertising On Facebook To Stop Hate Online
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Hundreds Of Businesses Are Standing In Solidarity With Our Most Deeply Held American Values Of Freedom, Equality And Justice And Are Pausing Advertising On Facebook's Services Let’s send Facebook a powerful message: Your profits will never be worth promoting hate, big...
propublica.org Aug 05, 2020, Wednesday
After A Year Of Investigation, The Border Patrol Has Little To Say About Agents’ Misogynistic And Racist Facebook Group — ProPublica
The Border Patrol vowed a full accounting after ProPublica revealed hateful posts in the private Facebook group. Now congressional investigators say the agency is blocking them and revealing little about its internal investigation.
Politics
Trump's Deep Swamp
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then More deep Swamp
cnbc.com Aug 05, 2020, Wednesday
Former Clients Of Acting Homeland Security Chief Chad Wolf Get Millions In DHS Contracts
Wolf, who became the acting chief of the department late last year, was a lobbyist for over a decade at Wexler & Walker before he took leadership roles with DHS under President Donald Trump.
Environment
Hurricane Isaias Makes Landfall In North Carolina
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Hurricane Isaias has made landfall near Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, according to the National Hurricane Center. The hurricane made landfall just after 11 p.m. on Monday with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph (136 km/h).
apnews.com Aug 04, 2020, Tuesday
Hurricane Isaias Makes Landfall In North Carolina
NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — Hurricane Isaias has made landfall near Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, according to the National Hurricane Center. The hurricane made landfall just after 11 p.m....
Law
Supreme Court Strikes Down Restrictions On Removal Of CFPB Director But Leaves Bureau In Place
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In response to the 2008 financial crisis, Congress created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a federal agency with approximately 1,500 employees that tackles everything from payday loans to financial literacy programs and helping consumers navigate the COVID-19 pa...
washingtonpost.com Aug 01, 2020, Saturday
Opinion | The CFPB Once Defended Consumers. Thanks To Trump, It Now Helps Companies Prey On Them Instead. - The Washington Post
In the midst of all our crises, Kathy Kraninger’s inept management of the CFPB seemingly barely merits a moment of attention. But it should.
News
Homeland Security Has Seized $200 Million From Travelers At O'Hare
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The seizures were done under laws meant to curb drug trafficking and other criminal enterprises, but in most cases there were no charges filed.
npr.org Jul 31, 2020, Friday
Homeland Security Has Seized $200 Million From Travelers At O'Hare, Report Finds : NPR
The seizures were done under laws meant to curb drug trafficking and other criminal enterprises, but in most cases there were no charges filed.
Media
James Murdoch Resigns From News Corporation Board
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James Murdoch said he was leaving "due to disagreements over certain editorial content and certain other strategic decisions"
vanityfair.com Aug 01, 2020, Saturday
James Murdoch’s Seemingly-Abrupt News Corp Departure Was Months In The Making | Vanity Fair
James severed his last corporate link to the family’s media empire, in an unusually public glimpse into the Murdochs’ private ideological clashes.
Tech
The Massive Twitter Hack Could Be A Global Security Crisis
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Bitcoin scammers won’t be the last people to take over verified accounts — and we should be very, very worried about who else will
tampabay.com Aug 01, 2020, Saturday
Bail In Twitter Hack: $725,000. Tampa Teen’s Assets: $3 Million In Bitcoin
Graham Ivan Clark, 17, is accused of hacking prominent Twitter accounts. Prosecutors and the defense argued over whether the teen's considerable assets were legally obtained.
Politics
ICE Is Forcing Out International Students, Highlighting Trump’s Agenda To Threaten Student Visas
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Since Trump took office, foreign students have only faced greater challenges in coming to the US.
politico.com Aug 01, 2020, Saturday
The Man Who Made Stephen Miller - POLITICO
Almost 20 years ago, anti-immigration activist David Horowitz cultivated an angry high-school student. Now his ideas are coming to life in the Trump administration.
Sports
FIFA President Facing Criminal Investigation In Switzerland
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A special prosecutor alleges Switzerland's attorney general had a secret meeting with Gianni Infantino and then tried to cover it up.
washingtonpost.com Jul 30, 2020, Thursday
FIFA President Facing Criminal Investigation In Switzerland - The Washington Post
A special prosecutor alleges Switzerland's attorney general had a secret meeting with Gianni Infantino and then tried to cover it up.
Politics
Federal Agents Poised Near Seattle
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Mayor Jenny Durkan said she feared what has happened in Portland — nightly, violent clashes between protesters and camouflaged federal agents — could happen here.
npr.org Jul 30, 2020, Thursday
Seattle Mayor Says Federal Deployments Are Part Of A Darker Political Goal : Live Updates: Protests For Racial Justice : NPR
Jenny Durkan described the administration's sending of federal agents to U.S. cities to quell gun violence "a dry run for martial law" and warned the operation risked disenfranchising voters.
Law
Supreme Court Stop 1 Million Floridians From Voting
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The justices refused to halt Florida’s poll tax on ex-felons—and didn’t bother explaining why.
news.nike.com Jul 30, 2020, Thursday
Michael Jordan And Jordan Brand Announce Initial Partners For $100 Million, 10-Year Commitment - Nike News
Addressing systemic racism in America requires urgent action and long-term engagement — Michael Jordan and Jordan Brand are committed to both.
Media
Local Stations owned by the Sinclair Across The Country Set To Air Fauci Conspiracy Theory Over The Weekend
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Local television stations owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group are set to air a conspiracy theory over the weekend that suggests Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top expert on infectious diseases, was responsible for the creation of the coronavirus.
seattletimes.com Jul 27, 2020, Monday
Sinclair Says It Won’t Air Fauci Conspiracy Theory Segment | The Seattle Times
The Sinclair Broadcast Group says it will not air a segment on its “America This Week” program in which a conspiracy theorist speculates about Dr. Anthony Fauci and the coronavirus.