Trump reportedly preparing to pardon several US military members accused or convicted of war crimes

The president's potential pardons include Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, Major Mathew Golsteyn and Army 1st Lt. Clint Lorance.

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

  • PGA pro and kids among victims in Idaho plane crash, cops say. Here’s what we know
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    PGA pro and kids among victims in Idaho plane crash, cops say. Here’s what we know

    A PGA golf professional and two of his children were among the eight killed when two airplanes collided over a lake in northern Idaho on Sunday, officials said Tuesday. At least eight people, including three children, were killed in the crash in Coeur d'Alene, the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office said. Six of the bodies have been recovered, officials said Tuesday.

  • 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.

  • India raises concerns with U.S. over new rules for foreign students
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    India raises concerns with U.S. over new rules for foreign students

    India has conveyed its concerns to the United States about a new immigration order that could force a large number of Indian students to return home, the foreign ministry said on Thursday. U.S. President Donald Trump's administration issued a new rule this week that would bar foreign students from remaining in the United States if their universities are not holding in-person classes during the upcoming fall semester because of coronavirus. "We have urged the U.S. side that we need to keep in mind the role that educational exchanges and people to people relations have played in the development of our relations," Anurag Srivastava, spokesman at India's foreign ministry told a news conference.

  • 'I would be very careful in the middle of the street': Drivers have hit protesters 66 times since May 27
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    'I would be very careful in the middle of the street': Drivers have hit protesters 66 times 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. "I look at it as an anti-protester group of acts, some of which are white supremacist, some not."

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

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    Tyler Perry to pay funeral expenses for girl shot in Atlanta

    Tyler Perry has offered to pay the funeral expenses for an 8-year-old girl who was fatally shot in Atlanta over the weekend, a representative for the actor and filmmaker confirmed Wednesday. Secoriea was riding in a Jeep Cherokee with her mother and another adult on Saturday night when they encountered “a makeshift roadblock that was manned by numerous armed individuals,” Atlanta police Lt. Pete Malecki said. Malecki said the video comes from a surveillance camera near where Secoriea was shot.

  • Left urges Joe Biden to limit debates against President Trump
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    Left urges Joe Biden to limit debates against President Trump

    New York Times opinion writer Tom Friedman says Biden should refuse to debate Trump unless he releases his tax returns; Jacqui Heinrich reports.

  • Florida sheriff wins battle with DeSantis administration over coronavirus data
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    Florida sheriff wins battle with DeSantis administration over coronavirus data

    Just two days after a Florida sheriff announced the state had abruptly cut him off from data about local cases of coronavirus infections, state health authorities have reversed course, agreeing on Thursday morning to continue providing the information. For four months, Mike Chitwood, the sheriff of Volusia County, a stretch of central Florida coastline that includes Daytona Beach and other popular destinations, has tried to compensate for the state's shortfalls in data reporting by using his social media accounts to inform people where new infections were being reported. “Sorry to inform you tonight that our covid-19 data updates for Volusia County are over,” Chitwood wrote on Twitter on Tuesday evening, explaining that the state's Department of Health would no longer be providing him with address-specific information that he was then using to determine how the virus was spreading across the county.

  • FBI head calls China 'the greatest long-term threat' to the US and alleges Chinese plots to steal US data and forcibly repatriate its citizens
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    FBI head calls China 'the greatest long-term threat' to the US and alleges Chinese plots to steal US data and forcibly repatriate its citizens

    Feng Li / Getty FBI Director Christopher Wray has called China "the greatest long-term threat to our nation's information and intellectual property, and to our economic vitality." Wray said during remarks on Tuesday that China had "brazenly violated well-settled norms and the rule of law" by attempting to force its citizens to return home to silence criticism of the Chinese Communist Party. Wray said China had threatened, coerced, and even arrested family members of Chinese nationals abroad who refused to return home.

  • César Duarte: Fugitive Mexican ex-governor arrested in Miami
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    César Duarte: Fugitive Mexican ex-governor arrested in Miami

    César Duarte, a former Mexican state governor who became a fugitive, has been arrested in Miami after more than three years on the run. Mr Duarte, governor of Chihuahua until 2016, fled after he was accused of embezzling public funds. The arrest came as Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador paid an official visit to the US for talks with President Trump.

  • As One of Russia’s Leading Journalists Is Charged With Treason, a Chill Settles Over the Press
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    As One of Russia’s Leading Journalists Is Charged With Treason, a Chill Settles Over the Press

    The younger Safronov took up the banner of investigative reporting at Kommersant and became one of the country's leading defense correspondents in his own right, but just recently took a job as a senior adviser to Dmitry Rogozin, the head of Roscosmos, Russia's major space agency. Rogozin told the TASS news agency on Tuesday that Safronov “did not have any access to classified information,” and that he knew Safronov as an honest and professional man. Nonetheless, Safronov is alleged to have turned over national defense secrets to someone from what was initially reported as an unnamed "NATO country."

  • 15 Platform Beds to Elevate Your Bedroom Style
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    15 Platform Beds to Elevate Your Bedroom Style

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

  • Texas to execute man convicted of killing elderly man for his truck
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    Texas to execute man convicted of killing elderly man for his truck

    Texas has executed more prisoners than any other state since the U.S Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976. Wardlow would be the third inmate in Texas and the seventh in the United States to be executed in 2020. Wardlow's lawyers have filed a request with the U.S. Supreme Court to halt the execution, arguing that since Wardlow was 18 at the time of the crime, he was not fully capable of understanding his actions and thus should not face the death penalty.

  • 'I feel threatened': Unmasked Florida man's viral Costco outburst cost him his job
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    'I feel threatened': Unmasked Florida man's viral Costco outburst cost him his job

    A man's outburst at a Costco in Florida that was caught on video has cost him his job. A video of the incident was posted to Twitter on Monday night by filmmaker Billy Corben. "Florida man at Fort Myers Costco in 'Running the World Since 1776' shirt flips out on elderly woman who asked him to wear a mask and man who defended her #BecauseFlorida," Corben tweeted.

  • Brazil: Bolsonaro reportedly uses homophobic slur to mock masks
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    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.

  • 'Scared for my life' but needing a salary: Teachers weigh risks of COVID-19
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    'Scared for my life' but needing a salary: Teachers weigh risks of COVID-19

    Christy Karwatt teaches social studies, but she's been thinking more like a math teacher the last few days. At 61, the Sarasota High teacher is entering her 27th year in Florida's retirement system, and she loves her job. She had planned on teaching three more years to maximize her retirement payment.

  • US seizes 81 vehicles in Venezuela smuggling ring
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    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 ...

  • Pelosi rejects White House's $1 trillion price tag for pandemic relief
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    Pelosi rejects White House's $1 trillion price tag for pandemic relief

    Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday rejected the Trump administration's calls to limit the next coronavirus relief package to $1 trillion, arguing that Congress will need to approve at least double that amount amid a surge in cases. Congressional leaders, including Pelosi, are in the early stages of drafting a fifth mammoth aid bill to stave off a total collapse of the U.S. economy while infusing cash in health efforts to control the coronavirus pandemic. Pelosi said Congress needed to approve that package and send it to President Donald Trump's desk by the end of this month, when lawmakers are slated to depart for their August recess.

  • China’s Confucius Institutes Attempt to Rebrand Following Backlash
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    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.”

  • Fox News Anchor Sandra Smith Forced to Quickly Pivot When Trump Spox Goes on Bizarro Biden Rant
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    Fox News Anchor Sandra Smith Forced to Quickly Pivot When Trump Spox Goes on Bizarro Biden Rant

    Fox News anchor Sandra Smith quickly jumped in and interrupted Trump campaign spokesperson Hogan Gidley on Thursday when he went on an absolutely off-the-rails tangent about former Vice President Joe Biden and what the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee will say in a debate performance. In recent days, Republicans and conservative pundits have suggested that Biden is looking to skip the presidential debates, focusing largely on a New York Times opinion column that urged the ex-veep to make a couple of demands before debating President Donald Trump. Interviewing Gidley on Thursday morning's America's Newsroom, Smith brought up the Times piece while noting that veteran Democratic strategist James Carville “flipped the script” and claimed that it was Trump who wouldn't show.

  • Joe Shapiro's widow says her late husband met Donald Trump in college
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    Joe Shapiro's widow says her late husband met Donald Trump in college

    Raw video: Pam Shriver says her late husband met Trump after he was already enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Case Against Amy Cooper Lacks Key Element: Victim's Cooperation
    The New York Times

    Case Against Amy Cooper Lacks Key Element: Victim's Cooperation

    The Manhattan district attorney's decision to charge a white woman with filing a false police report against a Black man in Central Park does not have the support of one key person: the victim himself. The man, Christian Cooper, has not cooperated with the prosecution's investigation. The woman, Amy Cooper, lost her job and was publicly shamed after a video Christian Cooper made on May 25 was posted online; it showed her calling 911 to claim an “African American man” was threatening her.

  • National security law: Australia suspends Hong Kong extradition treaty
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    National security law: Australia suspends Hong Kong extradition treaty

    Australia has suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong in response to fears over a new national security law imposed by China. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the new law undermined "Hong Kong's own basic law" and the territory's current level of autonomy from Beijing. Australia planned to extend visas for Hong Kong residents and encourage businesses there to relocate, he said.