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Wearing a mask has become politicized. Science says it shouldn't be.
- As cases of the coronavirus accelerate in the United States, more state and local governments are requiring masks in public. While most Americans seem to be in favor of wearing a mask, according to a recent Pew Research poll , there’s still considerable resistance to the universal use of face coverings in public. Part of the confusion around wearing a mask comes from contradictory messages between public health ...

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Trump would ‘blow up’ at negative information about Russia from intelligence sources
- CNN host and reporter Jim Sciutto’s upcoming book wasn’t scheduled to be released until Aug. 11, but his findings are proving to be critically important as news continues to be released about what President Donald Trump knew about the Russian plot to pay Afghan militants to kill American soldiers. The Madman Theory: Trump Takes on the World walks through the concerning ways in which Trump refuses to not listen ...

Source: rawstory.com
WORLD   POLITICS  
Made-in-China Law Keeps Hong Kong Guessing Whether It’s Guilty
- Protesters hold flags that read 'Hong Kong Independence' during a protest in Hong Kong on July 1. Chinese officials have described Hong Kong’s new national security law as “tailor-made” for the former British colony. Lawyers in the city, however, say the statute may be open to abuse and difficult to apply. The 35-page legislation drafted behind closed doors in Beijing represents an uneasy marriage between ...

Source: bloomberg.com
US   BUSINESS  
Facebook Ads boycott: What will be the measure of success?
- Claiming the advertiser boycott as a success or failure won't likely be clear cut. on July 1, 2020 at 3:07 pm The list of advertisers keeps growing — 5 00 and counting, according to Sleeping Giants. Much has been written about whether the advertiser boycott of Facebook Ads that kicked off today will amount to anything. It may depend on your expectations. Most brands want to see action to create a cleaner, safer ...

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US  
The Latest: PA high court rejects bid to halt virus shutdown
- HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania’s high court has rejected an effort by Republican state lawmakers to end Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s pandemic shutdown orders. A divided court ruled Wednesday that a resolution passed with mostly GOP votes was a “legal nullity” because it was not sent to Wolf to sign or veto. Republican majorities in both chambers, along with a few Democrats, voted early last month to end the ...

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As cases surge, lines for coronavirus tests sometimes stretch miles in the summer heat
- Surging cases of the coronavirus across the Sun Belt are sparking unprecedented demand for testing, with lines stretching miles in the summer heat, supplies running out and medical workers left exhausted. Supply-chain issues that hampered testing from the beginning of the pandemic have improved but not ended, even as many states opened sites that require no appointment or referral. Reagents — substances used to ...

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US  
Explained: Why Orthodox are cheering Supreme Court’s Espinoza v. Montana ruling
- A narrow U.S Supreme Court ruling on Tuesday could open the door for government funding of religious education across the country. While that’s a cause for celebration in some Jewish communities looking to alleviate the high cost of operating schools, other Jewish organizations say the ruling erodes the longstanding separation between church and state. The backstory In 2015, Montana’s state government created a ...

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US  
Fort Hood soldier Vanessa Guillen believed dead, family says; 1 suspect kills himself, 1 arrested
- The family lawyer for missing Fort Hood soldier Vanessa Guillen said Wednesday that they "believe" the human remains that were discovered late Tuesday belong to her. Meanwhile authorities said Wednesday that one suspect was dead and another suspect was in custody in connection with Guillen's disappearance. During a news conference in Washington D.C., attorney Natalie Khawam said the Guillen family believes she is ...

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US   POLITICS  
Mississippi changing its flag isn't the end of Confederate symbols in state flags
- (CNN) Mississippi has made it official: The state's flag, which bears the familiar cross of the Confederate battle flag, will officially be changed. The state's Republican Governor signed the decision into law , solidifying yet another response to ongoing racial reckonings around the country. However, though the Mississippi flag was the last to bear the obvious image of the Confederate battle flag, there are other ...

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Seattle police clear protest zone after flares of violence
- SEATTLE (Reuters) - Seattle authorities moved on Wednesday to dismantle a protest zone that the city’s police chief derided as "lawless and brutal" and which had prompted U.S. President Donald Trump to call for action against demonstrators. Officers, clad in helmets and extra protective gear, entered the "autonomous zone" early and by midmorning had arrested 31 people for failure to disperse, assault and other ...

Source: reuters.com
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Earnest Eats’ Hemp CBD snack
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Weinstein Reaches Tentative $19M Deal With Accusers
- Harvey Weinstein, center, leaves a Dec. 11, 2019, court hearing in New York. (Courthouse News photo/Josh Russell) NEW YORK (AP) — Harvey Weinstein and his former studio’s board have reached a nearly $19 million settlement with dozens of his sexual misconduct accusers, New York state’s attorney general and lawyers in a class-action lawsuit said Tuesday. The agreement was announced by New York Attorney General ...

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NY Judge Apparently Unaware Of The Supreme Court's Ban On Prior Restraint: Puts Temporary Restraining Order On Trump's Niece's Book
- — Mike Masnick Last week, we wrote about the president's brother, Robert Trump, suing his (and the president's) niece, Mary Trump to try to block her from publishing her new book that criticizes the president. The initial filing to block the publication failed for being in the wrong court, but the follow up attempt has succeeded, at least temporarily . NY Supreme Court (despite the name, this is the equivalent of ...

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Florida streak of 5,000+ daily cases of COVID-19 continues
- Baker, Duval, Putnam and St. Johns counties each show test positively above 10% JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The trend lines for coronavirus cases in Florida and around greater Jacksonville are still way too high and predicted to stay there for the near future. The string of near-record days of new cases that began more than two weeks ago continued Wednesday with the Department of Health reporting 6,563 additional cases ...

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Senate Republicans shrug off Trump's veto threat over renaming Confederate bases
- “It was expected,” says one GOP senator. Fort Bragg in North Carolina is seen. The base was named after Confederate Gen. Braxton Bragg. Chris Seward, File/AP Photo Senate Republicans were unfazed Wednesday by President Donald Trump’s threat to veto the annual defense policy bill over his opposition to the renaming of U.S. military installations honoring prominent Confederate figures. The reactions from GOP ...

Source: politico.com
US  
De Blasio On Shifting $1 Billion From NYPD: 'We Think It's The Right Thing To Do'
- The New York City Council approved an $88.1 billion budget overnight that includes shifting roughly $1 billion away from the New York Police Department. For the past week, the city has seen "defund NYPD" demonstrations, where crowds have gathered at City Hall and outside of the residences of some members of the city council. On Wednesday morning , Mayor Bill de Blasio defended the budget cuts to the city's police ...

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US  
The July 15 tax deadline is almost here — here’s one reason not to worry if you’re dreading it
- ‘This of course, would be a de facto second stimulus.’ Americans are approximately two weeks away from the filing deadline in this prolonged tax season and the Internal Revenue Service has received 6.3 million fewer returns than the same point last year, when the filing deadline had come and gone. Here’s a potential bright spot for anyone dreading the July 15 filing deadline: There’s still a good chance ...

Source: marketwatch.com
US   POLITICS  
Deep-Red Oklahoma Narrowly Passes Medicaid Expansion
- Medical student Ashton Gores speaks before supporters of Yes on 802. The people of Oklahoma voted to expand Medicaid on Tuesday, with mostly urban voters pushing the measure over the line by a one percent margin . The state is the 37th to expand the program since the Supreme Court’s landmark Obamacare ruling in 2012, which left the decision of whether to do so under local control. Notably, Oklahoma is one of ...

Source: nymag.com
SCIENCE  
First exposed planetary core discovered allows glimpse inside other worlds
- The surviving core of a gas giant has been discovered orbiting a distant star, offering an unprecedented glimpse into the interior of a planet. The surviving core of a gas giant has been discovered orbiting a distant star by University of Warwick astronomers, offering an unprecedented glimpse into the interior of a planet. The core, which is the same size as Neptune in our own solar system, is believed to be a gas ...

Source: sciencedaily.com
Facebook Bans 220 'Boogaloo' Accounts; Talks With Ad Boycott Reps To Continue
- Facebook Inc.’s efforts of recent days to demonstrate greater responsibility in the face of the rapidly expanding #StopHateForProfit boycott continue. Now, the company has that it has removed some 220 accounts related to the Boogaloo anti-government extremist group, 95 Instagram accounts and other groups/accounts that violated its policies against non-state actors designated as Dangerous Individuals and ...

Source: mediapost.com
US   POLITICS  
All eyes on turnout in vote on amendments to keep Putin in power
- MOSCOW — Nearly six months after President Vladimir Putin first suggested a raft of constitutional changes, Russians voted Wednesday on the culmination of an agenda to keep the president in power until 2036. Russia’s parliament had already greenlighted the constitutional amendments which, among other things, will give Putin a clean slate of presidential terms , meaning he can run two more times after his ...

Source: washingtonpost.com
POLITICS  
A Trump-appointed federal judge just threw out the administration’s inhumane asylum ban
- In yet another major court loss for the Trump administration, a Trump-appointed judge on Tuesday  struck down  a 2019 policy  that effectively halted asylum  at the southern border and blocked thousands of Central Americans and others who didn’t first ask for protections in a nation they traveled through before reaching the U.S. The rule, plaintiffs  said , “operated as a virtual ban on asylum at the ...

Source: alternet.org
US   POLITICS  
Lauren Boebert upsets five-term Colorado Rep. Scott Tipton in GOP primary; former Gov. John Hickenlooper is Democrats’ choice to face Sen. Cory Gardner
- DENVER — Five-term Colorado U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton was upset in Tuesday’s Republican Party primary by Lauren Boebert, a pistol-packing businesswoman, ardent defender of gun rights and border wall supporter who wants to abolish the U.S. Department of Education. Meanwhile, in the senate race, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper won the Democratic nomination to face Republican Sen. Cory Gardner in November, ...

Source: chicagotribune.com
SCIENCE  
A Massive Star Seems to Have Just … Disappeared
- Stars Aren’t Supposed to Go Out Like This When a massive star went missing, astronomers expected to find a supernova in its place. But there wasn’t one. A star has gone missing. Not in our own Milky Way, but in a galaxy about 75 million light-years away. The star in question is so hot that it glows crystal blue, and it shines a couple million times brighter than the star we know best, our sun. Even as stars go, ...

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16 States Are Now on the NY, NJ, CT Travel Quarantine List
- As the tri-state area comes out of lockdown, it’s wary of becoming a COVID-19 hot spot once again. Here’s what to know if you plan to visit. T he threat of COVID-19 in New York City is still very real—and emotions raw. You’ll see locals outside, be it in playgrounds or nursing a cold beer on the sidewalk, and they have masks and Clorox wipes at the ready. Ask anyone from the city and they’ll rattle off ...

Source: afar.com
US   SCIENCE  
A new virus emerging in Chinese pig farms has the ‘essential hallmarks’ for a pandemic
- Fauci says the emergent flu is not ‘an immediate threat,’ but ‘it’s something we need to keep our eye on’ An emergent strain of flu in China is attracting the attention of scientists just as the world is wrestling with the worst pandemic since the 1918 Spanish flu. Chinese researchers identified a novel strain of influenza that is infecting pigs in China and that has characteristics of the so-called swine ...

Source: marketwatch.com
US   POLITICS  
House passes PPP extension bill giving small businesses more time
- WASHINGTON – Small businesses struggling to weather the coronavirus crisis will have several more weeks to take advantage of a popular federal loan program that's already distributed $500 billion to keep Main Streets alive. The House Wednesday followed the Senate's lead Tuesday and voted to extend the Paycheck Protection Program through Aug. 8. Created earlier this year as part of the CARES Act to help the ...

Source: usatoday.com
US  
Numbers of Non-COVID-19 Deaths Up During Pandemic
- WEDNESDAY, July 1, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly one-third of excess deaths in the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States were linked to causes other than COVID-19, but that doesn't mean that the virus didn't play a role in those deaths, a new study claims. The researchers found there were just over 87,000 excess deaths in the United States between March 1 and April 25. Excess deaths are ...

Source: consumer.healthday.com
US   MEDICINE  
Why Pfizer Stock Rose Today
- Investors are excited about the drug maker's experimental coronavirus vaccine. What happened Shares of  Pfizer ( NYSE:PFE )  rose 3.2% on Wednesday after the pharmaceutical giant released promising early results from its COVID-19 vaccine trials.  So what   Pfizer is working with German biotech BioNTech ( NASDAQ:BNTX ) to develop a novel coronavirus vaccine. On Wednesday, the two companies said that one of their ...

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US   POLITICS  
Confederate monuments in Richmond, former capital of the Confederacy, ordered removed immediately by mayor
- RICHMOND, VA. — The mayor of Richmond, Virginia, on Wednesday ordered the immediate removal of all Confederate statues on city land, saying he was using his emergency powers to speed up the healing process for the former capital of the Confederacy amid weeks of protests over police brutality and racial injustice. Within hours, a towering statue of a Confederate general was hoisted from its base. The decision came ...

Source: orlandosentinel.com
US   MARKETS  
Correlation Between Low Housing Supply and Purchase Loan Size
- Despite the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) tracked 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage rate moving further downward, by one basis point from the previous week to a new record low of 3.29%, mortgage activity slowed, per the latest Weekly Application Survey. The Market Composite Index, representing purchasing and refinancing activities, decreased by 1.8% on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier, with the ...

Source: eyeonhousing.org
DIGITAL   BUSINESS  
YouTube TV Hikes Price By $15, Adds Viacom Channels
- YouTube TV, blaming rising programming costs, has announced a monthly price hike of $15, to $64.99. The new price is effective immediately for new subscribers, and will kick in for existing subscribers starting with their next billing cycles, on or after July 30. At the same time, as was announced in May as part of an expanded agreement, the SVOD is adding eight ViacomCBS channels: BET, CMT, Comedy Central, MTV, ...

Source: mediapost.com
European Health Experts Concerned by U.S. Hoarding of Only Licensed Coronavirus Drug
- , the only drug licensed so far to treat COVID-19, warning that type of selfish behavior sets a dangerous precedent for attempts to share scarce treatments amid the pandemic. The U.S. government announced Tuesday that President Donald Trump had struck "an amazing deal" to buy the drug for Americans, made by Gilead Sciences. The Department of Health and Human Services said Trump has secured 500,000 treatments of the ...

Source: time.com
US  
Despite tearful plea from Rayshard Brooks' widow, judge grants bond to ex-cop who killed him
- The fatal shooting occurred on June 12 in a Wendy's parking lot. A white former Atlanta police officer charged with felony murder in the death of Rayshard Brooks , a Black man who was shot twice in the back, was granted a bond of $500,000 on Tuesday despite Brooks' widow making a tearful plea to keep him locked up. Following a nearly two-hour hearing, Judge Jane C. Barwick of the Superior Court of Fulton County ...

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Coronavirus: Travellers from 14 'safe' countries can now enter EU
- The EU opens to nations beyond its borders, but the US and China must agree to be reciprocal before they are included. The European Union has given approval for people travelling for business or leisure from 15 countries beyond its borders to enter the bloc from today. The 27 member nations gave majority approval on Tuesday to allow non-essential travel from its initial "safe list" of countries, which excludes the ...

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Here's How To Actually Get Thicker, Healthier Hair
- The dos and don’ts of hair growth. If you’ve noticed more strands in the shower drain or on the hairbrush than usual, you're not alone, and we are here to help. Hormonal changes, aging, stress, and constant color changes can damage and weaken your hair, causing it to thin, and in extreme cases, fall out. But fear not, this can be fixed! There are so many options out there ( Hi, shampoos , conditioners , ...

Source: elle.com
SCIENCE  
The world should have been going through global cooling right now — but then came humans
- For the past 6,500 years, the global has largely been on a cooling trend -- until humans started burning coal. Researchers at Northern Arizona University analyzed climate data spanning the last 12,000 years and found that human activity reversed a long-term natural global cooling period. Instead of decreasing surface temperatures, as it should have happened naturally, human greenhouse gas emissions have warmed the ...

Source: zmescience.com
US   POLITICS  
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump criticized a proposed Black Lives Matter mural to be painted outside Trump Tower as a "symbol of hate" Wednesday while denouncing New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who ordered the phrase painted outside Trump's ...
- De Blasio said he ordered the mural – the words "Black Lives Matter" painted in bright letters – to be placed right in front of Trump Tower for a reason.  "We’re going to take this moment in history and amplify it by taking the ‘Black Lives Matter’ symbolism and putting it all over this city, including right in front of Trump Tower,” the mayor told MSNBC on Wednesday. Trump responded by attacking ...

Source: usatoday.com
US  
COVID-19 case rise changes Florida Bar exam date, place
- to pass the Florida Bar. This year’s Florida Bar exam will be online, after weeks of pleas from law students who feared getting sick if the exam proceeded as planned. The Supreme Court of Florida on Wednesday announced approval of the Florida Board of Bar Examiners move. Instead of July 28 and 29 in Tampa and Orlando (the split in venues a nod to the novel coronavirus pandemic), the test will be given Aug. 18 ...

Source: bradenton.com
US   POLITICS  
Think Abortion Rights Are Safe Now? Maybe Not Cognoscenti
- Abortion rights advocates have reason to be relieved with the Supreme Court’s opinion  Monday. In a move that surprised many --  including me  -- Chief Justice John Roberts joined the four liberal justices and struck down a Louisiana law that would have greatly limited the number of abortions in the state, forcing many of the state's most vulnerable women to travel long distances, face delays or forgo ...

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US Supreme Court rules in favor of Booking.com, allowing trademarks for generic website names
- On Tuesday, the US Supreme Court issued an unusual ruling on the status of website names, deciding that “Booking.com” is eligible for a federal trademark even though it’s based on a generic term. reports that the 8-1 decision gives Booking.com, owned by Booking Holdings Inc., nationwide legal protection against competing trademarks. “We have no cause to deny Booking.com the same benefits Congress accorded ...

Source: theverge.com
US   POLITICS  
Judges sue over Trump effort to prohibit commentary on immigration
- Immigration judges suing the Trump administration over gag rule saying it violates their right to free speech In January, the Trump administration issued a rule prohibiting immigration judges from speaking about their job or their take on US policy. The one exception is judges who serve in their union. But the Trump administration is also trying to decertify that union. On July 1, the National Association of ...

Source: businessinsider.com
POLITICS  
FCC: Huawei, ZTE Are 'National Security Threats'
- Telecoms Cannot Use Federal Funds to Buy Gear from Chinese Firms ) •     FCC Chairman Ajit Pai The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has officially designated China's Huawei Technologies and ZTE Corp. as national security threats, barring American telecommunications companies from using certain federal funds to buy their equipment, such as for building 5G networks. In November 2019, the FCC voted to stop ...

Source: databreachtoday.com
POLITICS  
DHS launches rapid deployment teams to federal monuments over the July 4th weekend
- The President has been tweeting about jailing protesters for up to 10 years. As President Donald Trump ramps up his hard-line rhetoric against protesters, The Department of Homeland Security said Wednesday it is launching rapid deployment teams to federal monuments over the Fourth of July weekend. The effort comes amid nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody in May -- many ...

Source: abcnews.go.com
US  
Apple to re-close 30 more stores due to coronavirus outbreaks
- Apple was one of the first major retailers to close its stores amid the coronavirus pandemic, temporarily shuttering all retail stores outside of greater China in mid-March. With the coronavirus pandemic still on the rise, Apple said Wednesday that it would re-close 30 stores, including 15 in its home state of California. The move, which also affects stores in Nevada, Idaho and four southern states, brings the ...

Source: nbcnews.com
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The private sector added 2.4 million jobs in June, according to ADP's national employment report
- released on Wednesday. The report also included a massive revision to its May data, saying there were 3.1 million jobs added that month rather than 2.8 million lost (as initially estimated). Why it matters: The labor market slowly continued to heal in early June, after historic job losses during the coronavirus pandemic. The ADP report is closely watched for what's to come in the official jobs release from the ...

Source: axios.com
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Focus on Opening Schools, Not Bars
- Resuming classroom instruction is crucial. Infection control inside and outside classrooms can let it happen. The way states lifted social distancing restrictions imposed to fight the coronavirus sadly demonstrates our priorities. Officials let bars, restaurants and gyms open, despite warnings from public health experts that these environments pose the greatest risk for spreading the disease. Yet political leaders ...

Source: nytimes.com
US   POLITICS  
Trump says he supports 'larger' payments to Americans than Democrats in next coronavirus relief bill
- President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he supports another round of direct payments to Americans – and claims he wants to give out more money than Democrats have already proposed. "I do, I support it, but it has to be done properly," Trump said when asked during a Fox Business Network interview at the White House whether he was in favor of sending another round of stimulus checks. "I support actually larger ...

Source: cnbc.com
US  
Coronavirus and unemployment: How bad is it? 5 key questions.
- WASHINGTON — With the viral outbreak worsening and unemployment at Depression-era levels, the government on Thursday will issue what will almost surely be another remarkable jobs report. Hiring in June might have reached the highest monthly total on record — 3 million. Yet so deep were the layoffs this spring that a gain that large would still leave tens of millions of Americans out of work and the unemployment ...

Source: chicagotribune.com
US  
Did Floyd Protests Lead to a Virus Surge? Here’s What We Know
- Epidemiologists have braced for a surge of coronavirus cases. But it has not come yet. For more than two months, the authorities had been urging New Yorkers to stay indoors and keep their distance from others. But after the police killed George Floyd in Minneapolis, tens of thousands of New Yorkers poured into the streets, day and night, to protest police brutality and racism. Epidemiologists braced for a surge of ...

Source: nytimes.com
MLS: Six FC Dallas players test positive for coronavirus at hotel in Florida
- Since arriving in Orlando for the MLS is Back tournament, six members of FC Dallas have tested positive for coronavirus, the team revealed Wednesday.  The team said all players, coaches and staff members had tested negative before leaving Dallas on Saturday. But as part of the screening process at the Walt Disney World resort – where the tournament is set to begin on July 8 – two players tested positive on ...

Source: usatoday.com
BUSINESS  
Dish Officially Buys Boost Mobile for $1.4 Billion
- Dish Aims to Become Fourth Biggest Wireless Carrier Now That Boost Mobile Buy Is Official As part of  T-Mobile’s contentious mega-merger with Sprint , one of the Federal Communications Commission’s stipulations was that new T-Mobile would have to sell off some its holdings, including Boost Mobile. And today, in a deal worth $1.4 billion, Boost Mobile’s new owner Dish has finally begun its attempt to become ...

Source: gizmodo.com
US   POLITICS  
On monuments, Biden draws distinction between those of slave owners and those who fought to preserve slavery
- WILMINGTON, Del. — Former vice president Joe Biden drew a distinction Tuesday between monuments to Confederate leaders and statues of slave-owning former presidents such as Thomas Jefferson and George Washington, saying the former belong in museums while the latter should be protected. Biden’s comments came during a roughly 40-minute question-and-answer session with reporters held in a high school gym here ...

Source: washingtonpost.com
US  
Carl Reiner, 98 years of funny
- (CNN) Ninety-eight? Too soon. Way too soon. Come on, now. You know that's funny. Carl Reiner would have known that was funny. He'd back me up on it -- except that he's the one who died at age 98. He'd also know why it's funny. "The absolute truth," Reiner said , "is the thing that makes people laugh." And Reiner, even though he was at the age when, to paraphrase Casey Stengel, most other people are dead, was still ...

Source: cnn.com