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Please, Wear A Mask
- Remember when we were all convinced there was going to be a second wave of COVID-19?  Remember when we were all committed to "flattening the curve"?  Do you recall the concept of "the hammer and the dance" that was used to describe the back-and-forth policy to manage the spread of the virus?   I recall those conversations.  Now, here we are, stuck in the same first phase, with numbers ballooning once again.  ...

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Senate Dems request briefing on Russian bounty wire transfers
- © Aaron Schwartz Senate Democrats are requesting a briefing on wire transfers intercepted by U.S. intelligence connected to reports of bounties being offered by Russian forces to incentivize Taliban-linked militants to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan. According to The New York Times , which first reported the intelligence last week, U.S. analysts concluded that large financial transfers intercepted by the U.S. ...

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Hong Kong Faces Arrests, Confusion, Despair After China Shock
- A ceremony in Hong Kong to mark the 23rd anniversary of its return to Chinese rule on July 1, 2020. Sign up for Next China , a weekly email on where the nation stands now and where it's going next. Hong Kong woke up to a new reality on Wednesday, after China began enforcing a sweeping security law that could reshape the financial hub’s character 23 years after it took control of the former British colony. The ...

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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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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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GOP senators downplay Trump's veto threat over renaming military bases
- (CNN) Senate Republicans have a simple message after President Donald Trump dashed off a late-night tweet Tuesday threatening to veto their must-pass defense policy bill over the renaming of bases named for Confederate leaders: Give it some time. Republicans responded to Trump's tweet on Wednesday by noting that the bill, the National Defense Authorization Act, is a long way from the President's desk -- arguing ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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New Trump immigration policy would disqualify asylum for people from countries with spreading disease
- The Trump administration is preparing broad new immigration restrictions that would deny humanitarian refuge to anyone from a country with a disease outbreak, deeming those asylum seekers to be a danger to public safety. The policy, which the administration outlined this week among several new attempts to tighten border controls and restrict immigration, is likely to be announced by the Department of Homeland ...

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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, ...

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Congress Extends Small Business Loan Program for 5 Weeks
- The House cleared the extension, which would give companies more time to apply for pandemic relief loans, sending it to the White House for President Trump’s signature. WASHINGTON — The House agreed on Wednesday to extend for five weeks a popular pandemic relief loan program for small businesses , sending President Trump legislation to give companies more time to apply for federal help under an initiative ...

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Richmond mayor invokes emergency powers to remove Confederate statues from city
- Washington (CNN) The Democratic mayor of Richmond, Virginia, invoked his emergency powers on Wednesday to remove multiple Confederate monuments in the city, including a statue honoring Confederate Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson , from the city's historic Monument Avenue. Crews spent part of Wednesday afternoon removing the Jackson statue as scores of onlookers watched the monument honoring the late slave owner who ...

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Trump says painting ‘Black Lives Matter’ on New York’s Fifth Avenue would be ‘a symbol of hate
- President Trump on Wednesday said painting “Black Lives Matter” on New York’s Fifth Avenue would be “a symbol of hate” and wind up “denigrating” the street outside Trump Tower, as he ratcheted up objections to a plan that he suggested the city’s police could stop. Trump’s comments, in morning tweets, were his latest volley directed at New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (D), who last week ordered that ...

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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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Immigration judges’ union sues to block DOJ speech restrictions
- (Reuters) - U.S. immigration judges contend they’ve been muzzled by the Department of Justice - and now they’re doing something about it. The union, representing more than 460 immigration judges, three Department of Justice officials in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, on Wednesday, challenging a policy edict from DOJ’s Executive Office for Immigration Review that allegedly bars almost all immigration ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Trump backs work incentives as part of next stimulus bill
- WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he supports another coronavirus stimulus bill but wants it to include incentives for Americans to go back to work, setting up a clash with Democrats in Congress over jobless benefits. Trump said he supports direct payments to individuals as part of the so-called Phase 4 stimulus package. "I do, I support it, but it has to be done properly, and I ...

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Biden Blasts Trump Over Response to Coronavirus Crisis
- (CN) — Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden went after President Donald Trump for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic Tuesday, slamming his Republican rival for not expanding testing.   During a speech in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware, the former vice president focused on what he said was Trump’s failure to protect the American people as well as the need to control the pandemic and ...

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