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  • As COVID cases spike in Florida, Trump now says he's 'flexible' on convention format in Jacksonville
    Yahoo News

    As COVID cases spike in Florida, Trump now says he's 'flexible' on convention format in Jacksonville

    With coronavirus cases exploding in Florida, President Trump said he is “flexible” about the need for a traditional indoor Republican National Convention in Jacksonville next month. The Republican National Committee had scrapped plans to hold the party's convention in Charlotte, N.C., after Gov. Roy Cooper said he would only allow “a scaled-down convention with fewer people, social distancing and face coverings.” In a television interview with former Fox anchor Greta Van Susteren, Trump suggested the format for the Aug. 24-27 event would depend on the severity of the outbreak in the Sunshine State.

  • As COVID-19 makes a comeback, so will lockdowns
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    As COVID-19 makes a comeback, so will lockdowns

    At the outset, Fauci warned that America was still “knee-deep in the first wave” of the contagion, describing the country's new normal of more than 50,000 cases per day as “a serious situation that we have to address immediately. But how? asked Collins.

  • Nursing homes, coronavirus and the future of elder care
    Yahoo News 360

    Nursing homes, coronavirus and the future of elder care

    At least 54,000 residents and workers at nursing homes and other elder-care facilities have died of COVID-19 in the United States, according to data compiled by the New York Times in late June. The U.S. has more deaths connected to nursing homes than any country other than Brazil has in total. People over 65 represent more than three-quarters of America's nearly 131,000 coronavirus deaths.

  • The Lincoln Project continues anti-Trump ad campaign
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    The Lincoln Project continues anti-Trump ad campaign

    On Tuesday, the Lincoln Project, a conservative political action committee formed in late 2019, released an ad titled “Whispers,” which suggests those in President Trump's inner circle are secretly mocking him. This is the latest in a series of attack ads produced and distributed by the committee, whose members include George Conway, Steve Schmidt and other prominent Republicans who oppose Trump. Yahoo News has assembled a compilation of some of the Lincoln Project's most controversial advertisements.

  • Texas Governor Is ‘Putting Lives at Risk,’ Local Officials Say
    The Daily Beast

    Texas Governor Is ‘Putting Lives at Risk,’ Local Officials Say

    Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo believes she knows what her county needs to fight back against COVID-19. “I'm at the mercy of what powers he positively gives us,” Hidalgo told The Daily Beast. As Texas faces a resurgent coronavirus and some officials have emphasized concerns about hospitals in the state becoming potentially overrun or overwhelmed, Hidalgo can find plenty of reasons to worry.

  • ‘Let me borrow your bike’: Atlanta police officer takes passing man’s bicycle to chase fleeing murder suspect
    The Independent

    ‘Let me borrow your bike’: Atlanta police officer takes passing man’s bicycle to chase fleeing murder suspect

    Police in Atlanta were able to apprehend a murder suspect thanks to a passerby's bicycle. The Atlanta Police Department said in a statement that the suspect had been seen around the Old Fourth Ward area last Tuesday when one cop commandeered a bicycle to chase the man down. The department said on Twitter afterwards that a cyclist had assisted with 21-year-old Nicholas Fonseca's arrest, who was wanted in connection with a 28 June shooting.

  • Poll: 70 Percent of Americans Think ‘Black Lives Matter’ Has Not Improved Race Relations
    National Review

    Poll: 70 Percent of Americans Think ‘Black Lives Matter’ Has Not Improved Race Relations

    A majority of Americans believe the Black Lives Matter movement has not improved race relations, according to a new poll from Monmouth University, with 38 percent of respondents saying BLM has hurt racial issues in America, compared to 26 percent who say the movement has helped. The poll's findings, released Wednesday, compared results from June 2020 to a similar poll conducted by Monmouth in 2016. While 71 percent of respondents agreed that Black Lives Matter has “brought attention to real racial disparities in American society” — a double-digit increase from 2016 — 70 percent of respondents think that the movement has not improved race relations, with 38 percent saying Black Lives Matter has made race relations worse.

  • 15 Platform Beds to Elevate Your Bedroom Style
    Architectural Digest

    15 Platform Beds to Elevate Your Bedroom Style

    You'll love these contemporary styles and budget-friendly price points Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest

  • 'I would be very careful in the middle of the street': There have been at least 66 vehicle-ramming attacks in US since May 27
    USA TODAY

    'I would be very careful in the middle of the street': There have been at least 66 vehicle-ramming attacks in US since May 27

    Amid thousands of protests nationwide against police brutality, dozens of drivers have plowed into crowds of protesters marching in roadways, raising questions about the drivers' motivations. While witnesses, law enforcement and terrorism experts say that some of the vehicle incidents appear to be targeted and politically motivated, others appear to be situations where the driver became frightened or enraged by protesters surrounding their vehicle.

  • New York attorney general recommends reducing mayor's power over police
    Reuters

    New York attorney general recommends reducing mayor's power over police

    New York Attorney General Letitia James recommended that New York City's mayor give up sole control over the city police commissioner's hiring, in a preliminary report released on Wednesday on her investigation into the policing of recent protests. The commission would have final say on the department's budget and officer discipline. "There should be an entirely new accountability structure for NYPD," James said in her report, which also recommended giving more power to the Civilian Complaint Review Board, a city agency that reviews police misconduct.

  • Fauci says the emphasis on a lower coronavirus death rate, often touted by Trump, promotes a 'false narrative'
    Business Insider

    Fauci says the emphasis on a lower coronavirus death rate, often touted by Trump, promotes a 'false narrative'

    Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top US infectious-disease expert, says taking "comfort" in the recent lower coronavirus death rate is a "false narrative" of the COVID-19 pandemic. "There's so many other things that are very dangerous and very bad about this virus," Fauci said Tuesday. Fauci, one of the health experts serving on the White House coronavirus task force, appeared on a livestreamed press conference about the coronavirus with Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama on Tuesday.

  • 2 female firsts at the Supreme Court announce retirements
    Associated Press

    2 female firsts at the Supreme Court announce retirements

    The Supreme Court said Tuesday that the first-ever women to hold two prominent positions at the court, handling the justices' security and overseeing publication of the court's decisions, are retiring. Pamela Talkin's most public role in nearly two decades as the court's marshal has been opening court sessions by announcing the justices' entrance into the courtroom and banging a gavel before court begins. Christine Luchok Fallon's name wasn't on any Supreme Court decision, but part of her job as the reporter of decisions was to oversee the writing of summaries of the justices' opinions that begin each decision, turning lengthy legal explanations into a succinct few pages.

  • Brazil: Bolsonaro reportedly uses homophobic slur to mock masks
    The Guardian

    Brazil: Bolsonaro reportedly uses homophobic slur to mock masks

    One day after announcing he had tested positive for coronavirus Jair Bolsonaro has come under fire for allegedly using homophobic language to mock the use of face masks. The Folha de São Paulo, a leading broadsheet, claimed Brazil's far-right leader had baited presidential staff who were using protective masks, claiming such equipment was “coisa de viado” (a homophobic slur that roughly translates as “for fairies”). Bolsonaro is a longstanding enemy of Brazil's LGBTQ+ community and during three decades in politics has made no secret of his homophobia.

  • Officials Terrified That Trump’s Jacksonville Convention Will Be ‘Another Tulsa’
    The Daily Beast

    Officials Terrified That Trump’s Jacksonville Convention Will Be ‘Another Tulsa’

    Sam Newby was excited at first when the Republican National Convention decided to head to his city. “In a normal situation, I would be glad for the RNC to come here, I would be the first one to be there,” Newby said.“But with the spike of it, and I know what it can do, that's why I'm concerned about it coming to Jacksonville.” Trump's drive for a Jacksonville convention is on a collision course with the rampant spread of the coronavirus in Florida.

  • ‘I’m the mayor’s brother,’ says man who stole car with 2 kids inside, Arkansas cops say
    Miami Herald

    ‘I’m the mayor’s brother,’ says man who stole car with 2 kids inside, Arkansas cops say

    An Arkansas man accused of kidnapping two children Monday is the brother of Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott Jr., police say. Darrell Lamont Scott, 31, faces multiple charges after authorities say he took off in a car with two kids — ages 3 and 10 — inside, according to a police report obtained by McClatchy News. Authorities say the suspect, later identified as Scott, then used the victims' phone to call their mother back, saying: “Don't worry, I'm the mayor's brother,” according to the police report.

  • Former Marine who played wide receiver in college catches a three-year-old boy thrown from burning building
    The Independent

    Former Marine who played wide receiver in college catches a three-year-old boy thrown from burning building

    A former Marine and wide receiver in college American football caught a three-year-old boy who was thrown from a burning building by his mother. Phillip Blanks was filmed catching Jameson Long on 3 July in Phoenix, Arizona, after he heard the child's mother, Rachel Long, call for help from inside the building. Mr Blanks managed to catch the child just before he hit the ground and carried the three-year-old to safety.

  • Militants kill BJP politician Wasim Bari and his family in Kashmir
    The Telegraph

    Militants kill BJP politician Wasim Bari and his family in Kashmir

    A Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party politician was killed along with his brother and father in Indian administered Kashmir, officials said on Thursday. Wasim Bari, 38, and his family were attacked by militants at his residence in north Kashmir's Bandipora district on Wednesday night. All three were shot at point-blank range and died on the way to hospital.

  • Amid Black Lives Matter protests, more school districts are pushing to address racism. Is it enough?
    USA TODAY

    Amid Black Lives Matter protests, more school districts are pushing to address racism. Is it enough?

    To create an environment in schools where students hopefully will not feel these pressures, the administration has asked the school board to come up with a plan to make equity a key focus by creating a dedicated position to provide “leadership and oversight in equity and excellence,” officials said. You need to look at policies, you need to look at curriculum, you need to look at disciplinary practices, you need to look at simply educating everyone on what's going on,” Kannan said. You need to look at hiring.

  • Reuters

    El Salvador murder rate plummets; study says gangs may have informal pact with government

    Homicides in El Salvador fell over 50% in President Nayib Bukele's first year in office, with officials citing tougher enforcement, while a study on Wednesday suggests gangs may have eased up on violence and made informal deals with authorities. Homicides were already in decline in El Salvador, which has recently had one of the world's highest murder rates, when Bukele took office in June 2019. Bukele has attributed the improvement to an increased police and military presence on the streets, and tighter security in jails controlled by the powerful Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) and Barrio 18 gangs.

  • Trump says Harvard move to online courses due to virus 'ridiculous'
    AFP

    Trump says Harvard move to online courses due to virus 'ridiculous'

    US President Donald Trump lashed out at Harvard University on Tuesday, calling its decision to move all its courses online in the fall due to the coronavirus pandemic "ridiculous." Trump, who is campaigning for reelection in November, has taken a bullish approach to reopening the country even as virus infections continue to spike, particularly the south and west. A number of schools are looking at a hybrid model of in-person and online instruction but some, including Harvard, have said all classes will be conducted online.

  • US seizes 81 vehicles in Venezuela smuggling ring
    Associated Press

    US seizes 81 vehicles in Venezuela smuggling ring

    Federal investigators said Wednesday they have seized 81 vehicles worth an estimated $3.2 million that were bound for Venezuela as part of a smuggling ring operated for wealthy and politically connected people. Anthony Salisbury, chief of the Miami Homeland Security Investigations office, said the vehicles were to be smuggled in violation of U.S. export laws and sanctions against the socialist Venezuelan government, “This is all part of an ongoing effort to combat foreign public corruption and in particular for public corruption in Venezuela and the laundering and the fleecing of the Venezuelan people's wealth and the stealing of the Venezuelan wealth from the national treasury for the gain ...

  • Florida's governor promised to release the state's daily COVID-19 hospitalization rate. That still hasn't happened.
    Business Insider

    Florida's governor promised to release the state's daily COVID-19 hospitalization rate. That still hasn't happened.

    Joe Raedle/Getty Images Florida remains one of the few states to not release data on its daily COVID-19 hospitalization rate. At a press conference on Tuesday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis ignored questions about when he would release the data, the Miami Herald reported. The Florida Department of Health reported 7,361 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, the rate of positive tests spiking to over 19%.

  • House defense spending bill would give the MQ-9 Reaper drone a second life
    Defense News

    House defense spending bill would give the MQ-9 Reaper drone a second life

    WASHINGTON —The House Appropriations Committee is aiming to resuscitate the MQ-9 Reaper program, which the Air Force wants to curtail in fiscal 2021. The committee's version of the FY21 spending bill, which its defense subcommittee will deliberate Wednesday in a closed hearing, would allocate $344 million for 16 MQ-9 Reaper drones. The language is a good sign for the aircraft's manufacturer, General Atomics, which stood to lose hundreds of millions of dollars in sales if the Air Force stopped buying the aircraft.

  • Trump Aide Peter Navarro’s Bonkers CNN Interview: ‘Give Peace a Chance, Give Hydroxy a Chance’
    The Daily Beast

    Trump Aide Peter Navarro’s Bonkers CNN Interview: ‘Give Peace a Chance, Give Hydroxy a Chance’

    White House trade adviser Peter Navarro appeared on CNN on Tuesday morning for yet another off-the-rails interview, this time devoting much of his energy to promoting anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine following a disputed new study finding some efficacy in treating the coronavirus. Last week, in the wake of the Food and Drug Administration revoking the emergency use of hydroxychloroquine due to serious safety issues and lack of benefit for COVID-19 patients, a Michigan study found the Trump-touted drug helped patients weather the virus. Appearing on CNN's New Day, Navarro quickly brushed off a series of questions from anchor John Berman about the rapid surge of new coronavirus cases in several states, immediately hyping hydroxychloroquine as a game-changer that can greatly reduce mortality rates.

  • China’s Confucius Institutes Attempt to Rebrand Following Backlash
    National Review

    China’s Confucius Institutes Attempt to Rebrand Following Backlash

    China is attempting to rebrand Confucius Institutes following a worldwide backlash against the centers. Confucius Institutes, which are present on dozens of U.S. college campuses and at other foreign universities, carry the stated purpose of promoting Chinese language and culture. The Confucius Institute Headquarters in Beijing has changed its name to the “Ministry of Education Centre for Language Education and Cooperation.”