Politics
The 2020 United States Presidential Election
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.
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nytimes.com Sep 19, 2020, Saturday
Trump Supporters Disrupt Early Voting In Virginia - The New York Times
A group waving Trump flags and chanting “four more years” created a commotion at a polling location in Fairfax, Va. A county official said some voters and staff members felt intimidated.
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Filling Supreme Court Vacancy To Replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at 87 on Sep 18, 2020
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npr.org Sep 19, 2020, Saturday
Sources: Trump Considers Barrett, Lagoa, Rushing For Supreme Court Spot : Death Of Ruth Bader Ginsburg : NPR
Judges Amy Coney Barrett, Barbara Lagoa and Allison Jones Rushing are emerging as serious contenders to fill the seat on the Supreme Court vacated by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, according to sources familiar with the process.
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Bussiness
Microsoft to Buy TikTok in U.S, finnally it is Oracle
Trump is considering forcing ByteDance to sell U.S. video app TikTok.
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techcrunch.com Sep 19, 2020, Saturday
The TikTok Deal Solves Quite Literally Nothing | TechCrunch
Well… that was pointless. After debasing the idea of free commerce in the U.S in the name of a misplaced security concern, stringing along several multi-billion dollar companies that embarrassed themselves in the interest of naked greed, and demanding that the U.S. government get a cut of the…
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Senate Seats Play In 2020
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.
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desmoinesregister.com Sep 19, 2020, Saturday
Iowa Poll: Theresa Greenfield Narrowly Leads Joni Ernst In Senate Race
"Theresa Greenfield is holding her own, and I think that says something about Joni Ernst's vulnerability," pollster J. Ann Selzer said.
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Health
COVID-19 Coronavirus Spreads
Novel coronavirus, denoted 2019-nCoV by the WHO
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theguardian.com Sep 18, 2020, Friday
Iran Appears To Be In Grip Of ‘third Wave’ Of Coronavirus Outbreak | World News | The Guardian
New cases above 3,000 a day – as high as at any point since virus first hit country
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Law
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dies At 87
Ginsburg, the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court, died from complications from cancer. Her death will set in motion what promises to be a tumultuous political battle over who will succeed her.
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vox.com Sep 19, 2020, Saturday
Democratic Donors Have Raised Millions After Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Death - Vox
Swing state polls show voters want Joe Biden to choose the next Supreme Court justice.
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Politics
Trump Administration to Ban TikTok and WeChat From U.S. App Stores
Both companies have Chinese owners. One of them has support from Trump-backers.
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bloomberg.com Sep 18, 2020, Friday
WeChat IPhone Downloads Surge In The U.S. Ahead Of Trump Ban
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Voting By Mail In 2020 Election
The coronavirus pandemic is set to change the way millions of Americans can vote in November, and Trump Administration to Kill the U.S. Postal Service
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pbs.org Sep 17, 2020, Thursday
Trump’s War On Mail-in Voting Suffers Setback In Pennsylvania | PBS NewsHour
Lawsuits around voting laws in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and a half-dozen other key states have been overshadowed by President Donald Trump’s frequent verbal attacks on mail-in voting and the United States Postal Service. But the court battles could play a far greater role than the president’s rhetoric in shaping how voters are able to cast their ballots in the middle of a pandemic.
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Health
ICE Whistleblower Complaint Alleges Mass Hysterectomies Performed at Irwin County Detention Center in Georgia
The allegations are part of a larger complaint alleging “jarring medical neglect” and lack of coronavirus safety precautions at a detention center in Georgia.
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apnews.com Sep 18, 2020, Friday
AP Exclusive: More Migrant Women Say They Didn’t OK Surgery
HOUSTON (AP) — Sitting across from her lawyer at an immigration detention center in rural Georgia, Mileidy Cardentey Fernandez unbuttoned her jail jumpsuit to show the scars on her abdomen. There...
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Law
Supreme Court Stop 1 Million Floridians From Voting
The justices refused to halt Florida’s poll tax on ex-felons—and didn’t bother explaining why.
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vox.com Sep 18, 2020, Friday
Supreme Court: Roberts’s Lifelong Crusade Against Voting Rights, Explained - Vox
He has fought to undermine voting rights his entire career.
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Joe Biden 2020 Presidential Campaign
Our Best Days Still Lie Ahead.
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factcheck.org Sep 18, 2020, Friday
FactChecking Biden's Town Hall - FactCheck.org
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden answered questions from the public in a CNN town hall, but he got some facts wrong and misled on others.
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Trump Signs New Executive Order On Prescription Drug Prices
The order, which would include Medicare Part D and Part B, replaces a previous order the president signed in July, but the move is unlikely to have any immediate practical impact.
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nytimes.com Sep 18, 2020, Friday
A Deal On Drug Prices Undone By White House Insistence On ‘Trump Cards’ - The New York Times
The White House and the pharmaceutical industry were nearing a major deal to lower drug prices. Then the administration demanded that $100 cash cards be sent to millions of seniors before the election — and the industry balked.
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Tech
Facebook on Misinformation
Facebook has traded moral accountability for commercial gain
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vox.com Sep 18, 2020, Friday
#SaveTheChildren Is Pulling American Moms Into QAnon - Vox
The hashtag, its links to conspiracy theories, and its implications for the election, explained.
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Environment
California wildfires continue burning as governor declares state of emergency
Multiple fires in California triggered evacuations throughout the region. On Tuesday, California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency.
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theintercept.com Sep 18, 2020, Friday
Oregon Police Inundated By False Reports Of Antifa Arson
False claims that antifascists are starting forest fires have been spread by supporters of President Donald Trump.
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Federal Law Enforcement Use Unmarked Vehicles To Grab Protesters Off Portland Streets
Federal law enforcement officers have been using unmarked vehicles to drive around downtown Portland and detain protesters since at least July 14.
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theintercept.com Sep 18, 2020, Friday
Portland’s Progressive Prosecutor Takes On The Cops
Portland’s new district attorney said he wouldn’t prosecute most protesters. Police kept arresting them anyway.
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News
Black Man George Floyd Dies After Police Kneeled on His Neck
Black man George Floyd died shortly after a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck
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npr.org Sep 16, 2020, Wednesday
Military Confirms It Looked For Availability Of 'Heat Ray' System In D.C. : NPR
D.C. military confirms to NPR that hours before federal police cleared protesters near the White House on June 1, the District's top military police officer was looking for a "heat ray" system.
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Unusually sycophantic behavior from federal agencies
National Archives, FDA, CDC, HHS....
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nytimes.com Sep 17, 2020, Thursday
CDC Virus Testing Guidance Was Posted Against Scientists’ Objections - The New York Times
A controversial guideline saying people without Covid-19 symptoms didn’t need to get tested for the virus came from H.H.S. officials and skipped the C.D.C.’s scientific review process.
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Final Report On Russian Interference And Ties To Trump Is Released By G.O.P.-Led Senate Panel
A nearly 1,000-page report confirmed the special counsel’s findings at a moment when President Trump’s allies have sought to undermine that inquiry.
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esquire.com Aug 31, 2020, Monday
Rod Rosenstein Stopped Robert Mueller Investigating Trump's Financial Ties To Russia: Report
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Japan's PM Shinzo Abe Resigns, Yoshihide Suga succeeding
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Cabinet resigned, clearing the way for his successor to take over after parliamentary confirmation later Wednesday. Abe, Japan’s...
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Law
The Tragic Death of Breonna Taylor
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.
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apnews.com Sep 16, 2020, Wednesday
Police Reforms In Breonna Taylor Case Praised, Scrutinized
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A settlement between the family of Breonna Taylor and the city of Louisville could bring wide-ranging reforms to how police officers live and work, changes that would...
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Media
The Epoch Times Became One of Trump's Biggest Supporters
The Epoch Times now wields one of the biggest social media followings of any news outlet.
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abc.net.au Jul 21, 2020, Tuesday
Insiders Reveal The Opaque World Of Falun Gong - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
An ABC investigation reveals the opaque world of Falun Gong and its mysterious leader Master Li Hongzhi.
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Lawmakers On New Coronavirus Relief Bill
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 ...
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speaker.gov Sep 16, 2020, Wednesday
Pelosi, Schumer Joint Statement On Trump Urging Republicans To ‘Go For The Much Higher Numbers’ In Coronavirus Negotiations | Speaker Nancy Pelosi
We are encouraged that after months of the Senate Republicans insisting on shortchanging the massive needs of the American people, President Trump is now calling on Republicans to ‘go for the much higher numbers’ in the next coronavirus relief package.
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2020 United States Senate election in Kentucky
The 2020 United States Senate election in Kentucky will be held on November 3, 2020, to elect a member of the United States Senate to represent the Commonwealth of Kentucky
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courier-journal.com Sep 16, 2020, Wednesday
Mitch McConnell Winning TV Air War Over Amy McGrath, Thanks To PACs
McConnell's campaign and allied PACs have purchased or booked over $25 million in TV and radio ads for the general election, more than double those backing McGrath.
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Tech
China-Backed Hackers Broke Into 100 Firms And Agencies
In indictments against five Chinese nationals, the Justice Department described sophisticated attacks to hijack networks and extort universities, businesses and nonprofits.
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nytimes.com Sep 16, 2020, Wednesday
China-Backed Hackers Broke Into 100 Firms And Agencies, U.S. Says - The New York Times
In indictments against five Chinese nationals, the Justice Department described sophisticated attacks to hijack networks and extort universities, businesses and nonprofits.
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Bussiness
Big Tech Hearing: Apple, Google, Facebook And Amazon CEOs Testified Before Congress
The CEOs of Facebook, Apple, Amazon and Google virtually testified before Congress in a historic antitrust hearing.
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wsj.com Sep 15, 2020, Tuesday
FTC Preparing Possible Antitrust Suit Against Facebook - WSJ
The case preparations come after the Federal Trade Commission has spent more than a year investigating concerns that Facebook has been using its powerful market position to stifle competition.
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Wisconsin Man Jacob Blake Shot By Kenosha Police into his back at close range
Jacob Blake was airlifted to Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee, where he is in serious condition. The officers have been placed on leave.
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apnews.com Sep 16, 2020, Wednesday
Fire Chief: Damage From Kenosha Unrest Tops $11 Million
KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — Kenosha's fire chief says damage from the unrest over the police shooting of Jacob Blake has now topped $11 million. Fire Chief Charles Leipzig told the Police and Fire...
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Bussiness
Kodak Wins US Loan To Enter Pharmaceutical Chemical Business
Company plans to manufacture generic drug active ingredients that are now imported
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wsj.com Sep 15, 2020, Tuesday
Kodak Didn’t Break Law When Loan Was Revealed, Special Committee Finds - WSJ
A special committee hired by the company’s board found several governance concerns regarding the announcement of a planned $765 million loan from the U.S. government, but said none of them violated the law.
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Justice Dept. Opens Criminal Inquiry Into John Bolton’s Book
Investigators are examining whether the former national security adviser illegally disclosed classified information.
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washingtonpost.com Sep 15, 2020, Tuesday
Grand Jury Issues Subpoenas In Bolton Book Investigation Related To Handling Of Classified Information - The Washington Post
The former Trump national security adviser rejects any claim of wrongdoing in the politically charged case.
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Law
2 California deputies shot in apparent ambush; anger and protests follow
The shooting of two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies in an apparent ambush prompted a manhunt for the shooter, reaction from the president and protests outside the hospital where the wounded deputies were being treated Saturday night in California.
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washingtonpost.com Sep 15, 2020, Tuesday
Los Angeles Sheriff Says LeBron James Should Match Reward In Shooting Of Deputies - The Washington Post
"I’d like to see LeBron James step up to the plate and double" the reward money, Alex Villanueva said.
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South Dakota AG Fatally Struck Man With Car, Initially Told Authorities He Hit A Deer
Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg struck and killed a pedestrian Saturday evening, the South Dakota Department of Public Safety said.
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apnews.com Sep 15, 2020, Tuesday
South Dakota AG Was Frequent Traveler Before Fatal Crash
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — For South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg spending Saturday driving hundreds of miles on the state’s roads was not unusual. But by this past Sunday, it was clear...
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Books
Reviews: Supreme Disorder: Judicial Nominations and the Politics of America's Highest Court
Supreme Disorder: Judicial Nominations and the Politics of America's Highest Court (Regnery Gateway, 2020).
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scotusblog.com Sep 15, 2020, Tuesday
Ask The Author: The Evasive Virtues And Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings - SCOTUSblog
The following is a series of questions posed by Ronald Collins to Ilya Shapiro concerning his forthcoming book, Supreme Disorder: Judicial Nominations and the Politics of America's Highest Court (Regnery Gateway, 2020). Ilya Shapiro is the director of the Robert A. Levy Center for Constitutional
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Law
ICE Guards “Systematically” Sexually Assault Detainees In An El Paso Detention Center
Allegations include guards attacking victims in camera “blind spots” and telling them that “no one would believe” them in ICE detention centers, which imprison about 50,000 immigrants each year at a taxpayer expense of $2.7 billion.
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propublica.org Sep 15, 2020, Tuesday
ICE Deported A Woman Who Accused Guards Of Sexual Assault While The Feds Were Still Investigating The Incident — ProPublica
The DHS and DOJ inspectors general are investigating allegations that ICE guards assaulted detainees in camera blind spots. DHS instructed ICE not to deport a key witness, then suddenly decided to allow it.
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Civil Rights Organizations Call For Global Corporations To Pause Advertising On Facebook To Stop Hate Online
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...
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foxbusiness.com Sep 15, 2020, Tuesday
Facebook Under More Pressure From Civil Rights Groups With Planned Instagram 'freeze' | Fox Business
Civil rights groups are pressing Facebook to make more changes to its platform to stop hate and disinformation.
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Politics
The Man Who Refused To Spy
The F.B.I. tried to recruit an Iranian scientist as an informant. When he balked, the payback was brutal.
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newyorker.com Sep 14, 2020, Monday
The Man Who Refused To Spy  | The New Yorker
The F.B.I. tried to recruit an Iranian scientist as an informant. When he balked, the payback was brutal.
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Sports
Naomi Osaka: She Wore BLM Masks To 'Make People Start Talking'
Osaka won the U.S. Open's singles tournament on Saturday
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time.com Sep 13, 2020, Sunday
Naomi Osaka: She Wore BLM Masks To 'Make People Start Talking' | Time
Osaka won the U.S. Open's singles tournament on Saturday
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Bussiness
NVIDIA To Acquire Arm For $40 Billion, Creating World’s Premier Computing Company For The Age Of AI
NVIDIA and SoftBank Group Corp. today announced a definitive agreement under which NVIDIA will acquire Arm Limited from SBG and the SoftBank Vision Fund in a transaction valued at $40 billion.
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wsj.com Sep 14, 2020, Monday
Highflying Nvidia’s Deal For Arm Signals Loftier Chip Ambition - WSJ
The impending sale of Arm Holdings to Nvidia for $40 billion could have wide-ranging implications for the global semiconductor industry.
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The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Confirms A Pattern Of Age Discrimination At IBM
A sweeping decision by the EEOC could cost the tech giant millions in settlements or make it the target of a federal age-discrimination lawsuit. Its findings echo those of a ProPublica investigation.
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propublica.org Sep 11, 2020, Friday
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Confirms A Pattern Of Age Discrimination At IBM — ProPublica
A sweeping decision by the EEOC could cost the tech giant millions in settlements or make it the target of a federal age-discrimination lawsuit. Its findings echo those of a ProPublica investigation.
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Steve Bannon was arrested on charges of defrauding through “We Build the Wall” fundraising scheme
Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon was arrested on charges of defrauding hundreds of thousands of donors through his “We Build the Wall” fundraising campaign.by The Times.
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washingtonpost.com Sep 13, 2020, Sunday
How Former Trump Adviser Steve Bannon Joined Forces With A Chinese Billionaire Who Has Divided The President’s Allies - The Washington Post
Bannon has emerged as one of the biggest champions of businessman Guo Wengui, who casts himself as an anti-communist dissident, even as other critics of the Chinese government have grown skeptical of his claims.
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Environment
Trump administration’s effort to weaken environmental rules
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.
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pbs.org Sep 10, 2020, Thursday
Lawsuit Says EPA Failed To Enforce Chesapeake Bay Pollution Caps | PBS NewsHour
The lawsuit says the EPA is allowing the two states to miss an upcoming deadline for meeting pollution-reduction goals.
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Those Boats In Texas Paraded At The Wrong Speed | FT Alphaville
Trump skippers ran planing hulls at displacement speed. That was a problem.
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ftalphaville.ft.com Sep 08, 2020, Tuesday
Those Boats In Texas Paraded At The Wrong Speed | FT Alphaville
Trump skippers ran planing hulls at displacement speed. That was a problem.
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U.S.
Russian Bounties on U.S. Troops
The recovery of large amounts of American cash at a Taliban outpost in Afghanistan tipped off U.S. officials.
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bloomberg.com Sep 09, 2020, Wednesday
Whistle-Blower Says Trump Aides Suppressed Russia Intelligence - Bloomberg
Trump administration appointees suppressed intelligence on Russian election interference and the threat from white supremacists, according to a whistle-blower complaint filed by the Department of Homeland Security’s former intelligence chief.
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Law
E. Jean Carroll: Trump attacked me in the dressing room of Bergdorf Goodman.
The Elle advice columnist says the assault took place in Bergdorf Goodman.
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wsj.com Sep 09, 2020, Wednesday
Trump Accuser’s Lawsuit Would Likely Collapse if Shifted to Federal Court - WSJ
A Justice Department request to take over the defense of a defamation suit against President Trump would almost certainly bring an end to the case if granted, leaving plaintiff E. Jean Carroll with no way to continue the suit.
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