Tools

Lasse Virénin ennätys helisemässä tänä kesänä? Suomen juoksijasuuruus antoi myrskyvaroituksen

Topi Raitasen kauden avauskisa sunnuntaina Lahdessa vakuutti asiantuntija Lauri Hollon.
Load more
Read full article on: is.fi
'Dream come true': Everett Fitzhugh, hired by Seattle Kraken, will be NHL's first Black play-by-play announcer
The Seattle Kraken, set to begin play in 2021-22, hired Everett Fitzhugh as play-by-play announcer. He had worked with ECHL's Cincinnati Cyclones.       
8 m
usatoday.com
96-year-old WWII veteran graduates from college
Giuseppe Paterno, a 96-year-old World War II veteran from Palermo, Italy, just graduated from college – becoming the country's oldest university graduate.
cbsnews.com
A Year After India Revoked Kashmir’s Special Status, Kashmiris Worry About a Demographic Shift
India’s government has made full use of the COVID-19 lockdown by passing the domicile rule, which has caused alarm because of its potential to change the demography of the Muslim-majority state of Jammu and Kashmir, writes human rights activist Khurram Parvez.
time.com
NFL player DeAndre Baker charged with armed robbery over alleged incident at Florida house party
He's accused of stealing cash and watches from four men at a house party in Miramar, Florida, in May. At the time of the alleged incident, witnesses said he robbed the men at gunpoint.
edition.cnn.com
Canada's last intact Arctic ice shelf has collapsed
A 4,000-year-old chunk of ice larger than the size of Manhattan has collapsed into the Arctic Ocean.
cbsnews.com
I Worked at the Polls for the Michigan Primary. Mask Propaganda Started Early.
My fellow inspectors seemed more worried about voter fraud than the coronavirus.
slate.com
Hero bystander drowns after jumping into river to save three children
A selfless hero drowned while to save three drowning children — all strangers to him — in California this week. Manjeet Singh, 29, died after jumping into the Kings River after seeing two girls and one boy get swept away by the current at the popular recreation area in Reedley, the local ABC affiliate reported....
nypost.com
Temperatures in Iraq hit 126 degrees in record heatwave
Folks in Iraq aren’t hot on this weather trend.
nypost.com
Elliott: NHL continues to adjust on the fly in the COVID-19 era
Post-series handshakes are gone, but scrums remain as the NHL resumes during the COVID-19 era.
latimes.com
Ellie Goldstein, model with Down syndrome, shines in Gucci campaign
Teen model Ellie Goldstein is one of the faces of the "Unconventional Beauty" project an initiative between Gucci Beauty and the Photo Vogue Festival. Ellie says "It's important for others to see different types of beauty because everyone is different, and the world must see us." (Aug. 7)       
usatoday.com
Republicans want Trump to issue executive orders after coronavirus stimulus talks fall apart
White House negotiators will recommend Trump make executive orders after stimulus talks with Democrats fell apart Friday.        
usatoday.com
Fast-food wrappers at McDonald’s, Burger King may harbor toxic chemicals
The calorie count might not be the only thing to be concerned about in that fast-food order. Toxic chemicals may be coating the wrappers and containers used at popular fast-food restaurants, according to a report titled “Packaged in Pollution: Are food chains using PFAS in packaging?” that was released Thursday by environmental advocacy groups Toxic-Free...
nypost.com
Trump adds to list of states exempt from National Guard fee amid COVID-19
President Trump on Friday ended his bid to force a number of states pay for part of the cost of National Guard troops deployed to help with coronavirus efforts.
nypost.com
76-year-old proposes to girlfriend at senior living facility
Two residents at a senior living facility in Brooklyn proved this week that true love can come at any age. 76-year-old Jeffrey Miller proposed to his girlfriend, 71-year-old Gloria Alexis, as residents and staff members at Amber Court Assisted Living cheered him on.
cbsnews.com
Twitter loves Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion's new video. Except that Kylie cameo
Rappers Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion's video for their new song, 'WAP,' features appearances by Kylie Jenner, Normani, Rosalía and others.
latimes.com
A look at Biden's potential running mates: Maggie Hassan, Keisha Lance Bottoms, and Tammy Baldwin
Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden is expected to announce his pick for vice president next week. CBS News political correspondent Ed O'Keefe joined CBSN with more on some of the contenders: Maggie Hassan, Keisha Lance Bottoms, and Tammy Baldwin.
cbsnews.com
Delta wants at least 3,000 flight attendants to take unpaid leave
Delta Air Lines will need at least 3,000 of its roughly 20,000 flight attendants to take unpaid leave of four to 12 months, or consider other options, to avoid involuntary furloughs, a person with knowledge of the matter said Friday. Airlines are suffering their worst crisis in history due to the coronavirus pandemic, which decimated...
nypost.com
UK pledges to crack down on ‘appalling’ wave of illegal immigration across English Channel
The U.K. government is promising to crack down on an “appalling” fresh wave of illegal immigration that has seen hundreds of migrants crossing the English Channel in boats -- with the government calling on France to do more to stop the crossings.
foxnews.com
How NFC East teams will or won't make the playoffs
SportsPulse: It's the most talked about division in sports. It's the NFC East. We provide a reason for why each team will or won't make the playoffs. Yes, New York and Washington too.        
usatoday.com
When Is ‘Selling Sunset’ Season 4 Coming to Netflix?
The drama can't be over just yet.
nypost.com
Kylie Jenner and BFF Stassie Karanikolaou’s many matching outfit moments
The longtime pals are obsessed with twinning.
nypost.com
Video showing incident leading to inmate's death released
A judge ordered the release of video showing the events that led to the death of inmate John Neville. Five corrections officers and a nurse have been charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with his death.
edition.cnn.com
Epstein accuser gets another shot at exposing his alleged accomplices
A Jeffrey Epstein accuser will get another shot at unmasking the dead pedophile’s alleged accomplices, an appellate court ruled Friday. Courtney Wild, 32 — who claims the twisted 66-year-old multimillionaire sexually abused her starting when she was just 14 — had been trying to revive her 2008 lawsuit seeking to throw out a controversial non-prosecution...
nypost.com
Fact check: Troll doll button in 'private' area not intentional or part of kids 'grooming'
Hasbro withdraws the doll from store saying the placement of the button was not intentional but the company recognizes how it may be perceived as inappropriate.       
usatoday.com
American Cancer Society's new cervical cancer screening guidelines spark disagreement among physicians
Some doctors are speaking out against the American Cancer Society's recently updated cervical cancer screening guidelines.
foxnews.com
Jewish advocacy groups slam Trump's pick for German ambassador for bigoted comments
Several Jewish advocacy groups are opposing President Donald Trump's nominee to become the US ambassador to Germany in light of his incendiary comments, including some unearthed by CNN's KFile, about Germany, the Holocaust and Jewish groups.
edition.cnn.com
Big Sky Conference pushes college football season to spring due to coronavirus concerns
The Big Sky Conference is postponing college football until next spring, a move that casts more doubt on the viability of an FCS playoff this fall.        
usatoday.com
Jason Derulo on TikTok fame in exclusive video interview
Jason Derulo broke the internet multiple times this year — first with his anaconda Instagram post, then over and over with his viral TikToks, like chipping his tooth for the corncob drill challenge. Derulo sat down for an exclusive video interview with Page Six to discuss his viral fame. Derulo, who boasts over 30 million...
nypost.com
'Lovecraft Country' review: In HBO's horror series, America's racism is the real monster
Horrifying and wickedly smart, HBO's parable "Lovecraft Country" is a successor to "Get Out" in its melding of race and horror.        
usatoday.com
Braves troll Blue Jays’ Reese McGuire after car masturbation arrest
Reese McGuire won’t have to hear it from fans, but he won’t be getting off that easily. After the Blue Jays catcher was revealed to have been busted for allegedly masturbating in his car outside of a strip mall in February, he was trolled on his way to the plate Thursday night in Atlanta. The...
nypost.com
Tanzanian miner finds third rare tanzanite gem worth millions
A small-scale miner from Tanzania made another record discovery of one of the world’s rarest gemstone this month, hauling in a precious, 14-pound stone valued at $2 million, according to a report. Saniniu Laizer, 52, became an overnight millionaire in June after he sold two violet-blue tanzanite gemstones said to be the largest ever found...
nypost.com
NYCHA faces suit for Harlem ‘death trap’ building where fire killed 6
The families of the victims who perished in a Harlem public-housing fire last year — including a mom and four of her children —  say the building was a “death trap,” according to new court papers. Andrea Pollidore, 45, her daughters Nakiyra, 11, Brooklyn, 6, and Andre, 8, son Elijah, 3, and family friend Mahmoud...
nypost.com
What’s wrong with the mail
Some say that recent delays in the mail are part of an effort by President Trump to sabotage mail-in ballots in the November election. | Paul Ratje/AFP via Getty Images As November nears, the Postal Service is facing a crisis that could interfere with the election. The United States Postal Service is dealing with crippling backlogs of letters and packages. A postmaster in upstate New York recently told their union that the regular mail was two days behind and, for the first time in their career, Express Priority Mail was not going out on time. Despite a surge in package delivery during the pandemic, postal workers are no longer able to work overtime, and fewer mail trucks are on the road. If your own mail seems delayed or unpredictable, it’s not a one-off problem. Mail service has been disrupted nationwide in recent weeks due to a series of factors. While the USPS has been suffering financially for years, the pandemic has delivered an existential threat to the agency. The self-funded Postal Service has been seeking billions in aid from Congress — an effort that’s been stymied by President Trump, who has long had a contentious relationship with the USPS and has pushed to privatize it. And now, the USPS is adjusting to cost-cutting policies put in place by its new postmaster general, Louis DeJoy, who is a top Trump donor and longtime Republican fundraiser. All of this means the future of the Postal Service is in jeopardy. It was actually in big trouble months ago, when postal leaders warned that without intervention from Congress, the USPS could run out of cash as soon as September. What’s happening now is even more urgent. Decisions being made by Trump allies are leading to delays that could motivate the Postal Service’s biggest customers to send their packages through competitors like UPS and FedEx. And according to some, the strategy could have devastating consequences. “It is unimaginable to think of an America without the Postal Service,” said John McHugh, chairman of the Package Coalition, a trade group that counts Amazon and eBay as members. “But if things go toward a worst-case scenario in this instance, which is entirely possible, that’s what would have to occur.” It gets worse. A more serious and immediate consequence of the Postal Service’s recent problems has led to concern that the delays could interfere with the November election, when a record number of people are expected to vote by mail due to the pandemic. Given the facts and the president’s on-going public criticism of mail-in voting, some are accusing Trump of intentionally kneecapping the Postal Service in an attempt to sabotage the election, as he trails Joe Biden in the polls. Democrats in Congress are worried enough about the reported delays and their potential effect on democracy that they called the new postmaster general to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to demand he reverse the new policies. The story of how we got here is complicated, and there is disagreement about what’s really going on. However, according to postal leaders and Democrats, the way to fix the mail in time for the election involves an infusion of cash and an end to the delays. Even then, the Postal Service faces a tough road ahead. The Postal Service’s controversial new policies, explained It’s tempting to blame all of the Postal Service’s service problems on the new postmaster general, DeJoy, but it wouldn’t be entirely fair. After years of money problems tied to a decline in certain types of mail and an obligation to prefund its retirement benefits, the USPS suffered a very serious financial blow when the pandemic hit. Starting in March, the volume of first class mail began to plummet (though a surge in package delivery has helped make up for that lost revenue). Meanwhile, tens of thousands of postal workers got sick or began quarantining, leading to a labor shortage and the need for more overtime hours. The Postal Service also spent hundreds of millions of dollars on personal protective equipment (PPE) and on retrofitting post offices with more plexiglass and more space for social distancing. This is why postal leaders asked Congress for $75 billion when the CARES Act was being negotiated in April. (This is not something the USPS likes to do, by the way. It’s been 40 years since the Postal Service took taxpayer dollars.) In response, President Trump called the Postal Service “a joke” and threatened to veto the bill if it included any money for the USPS. Despite the president’s attempts to avoid giving the Postal Service any money at all, the agency ended up making an agreement with Treasury Secretary Seth Mnuchin for a $10 billion loan with strict terms. Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images Postmaster General Louis DeJoy met with congressional leaders as well as Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows in the Capitol on August 5. All of that happened around the same time that Postmaster General DeJoy took office in mid-June. It’s worth pointing out that DeJoy was not appointed by President Trump. He was appointed by the six members of the Postal Service Board of Governors, all of whom were appointed by Trump. And it was after DeJoy got to work that the mail delays began, according to multiple postal service-related union leaders and trade groups interviewed by Recode. DeJoy, a former logistics executive with no Postal Service experience, started his new gig by launching a series of pilot programs designed to slash USPS spending. Multiple postal worker unions reported that DeJoy’s policies limited mail transportation, causing mail to be left at the sorting plant for days longer than it normally would. Meanwhile, a crackdown on overtime hours meant that sorting machines are shut down before the day’s work is done. (“If the plants run late, they will keep the mail for the next day,” read one USPS memo obtained by the Washington Post.) As a result, mail is sitting undelivered across the country. In response to questions about the recent issues, USPS spokesperson David Partenheimer used variations of the word “efficient” six times in explaining how the agency is adjusting its operations. “Of course we acknowledge that temporary service impacts can occur as we redouble our efforts to conform to the current operating plans,” Partenheimer said, “but any such impacts will be monitored and temporary, as the root causes of any issues will be addressed as necessary and corrected as appropriate.” It’s not entirely clear how temporary the delays will be. In fact, none of the postal workers Recode spoke to were exactly sure what the new policies entailed since DeJoy and his lieutenants did not communicate the details of the pilot programs to the unions or to individual postmasters. “In the field, we don’t have the details — only that we can’t approve overtime, only the district manager can,” explained a postmaster who runs a post office in the Northeast and spoke on the condition of anonymity as they’re not authorized to speak to the press. “I’m in a delivery unit, so I can’t speak for delayed mail in a plant. But by cutting the overtime, it would certainly delay a lot of mail.” Individual managers might be selectively enforcing the new rules, they said, but with such poor communication from DeJoy, it’s hard to tell exactly what’s happening. The postmaster, who is a 20-year veteran of the USPS, added, “Amazon parcels are given priority over everything at a national level.” None of this confusion has helped DeJoy win any popularity contests in his short tenure as postmaster general. Some have called DeJoy “a crony,” and many are scrutinizing his background and political ties. As a former logistics executive, DeJoy ran companies that counted the USPS as a client, and his family has invested $30.1 million to $75.3 million in USPS competitors or contractors, including UPS. DeJoy is also a celebrated Republican party fundraiser who contributed over $1.5 million to Trump’s campaigns in 2016 and 2020. His wife, Aldona Wos, served as ambassador to Estonia in the George W. Bush administration and has been nominated by President Trump to be the next ambassador to Canada. Others want to give DeJoy a chance. After all, he did take on a tough job at a struggling agency in the middle of a pandemic. AFP via Getty Images Postal workers and unions say new policies from the postmaster general restrict overtime and lead to mail being left behind. “Just to be honest, we’re very suspicious of this new postmaster general. We have a healthy bit of skepticism,” said Jim Sauber, chief of staff for the National Association of Letter Carriers. “But I know my boss and officers are not going to level charges that we can’t substantiate, and we’re not gonna jump to a conclusion until we can get a better fix on this.” Democratic leaders in Congress seem less accommodating with regard to what DeJoy has done so far. After the new postmaster general confirmed the details of the operational changes to the Postal Service in their Wednesday meeting, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi demanded that DeJoy reverse the new policies. The Democrats said this and preserving funds for the Postal Service are essential for a deal on a new coronavirus relief package. Still, even if the Postal Service does get an infusion of cash — you might call it a bailout — the agency’s future remains uncertain. Whatever damage to the reputation of the USPS that’s being done now stands to affect the broader perception of the agency under the new postmaster general. We might be hearing more about privatizing the Postal Service in the future, whether we like it or not. Trump’s campaign against voting by mail Considering DeJoy’s connections to Trump and the Republican Party and the reports of worsening mail delays with the election less than 100 days away, many are afraid that the president is plotting to rig the election in November by casting doubt on the dependability of mail-in voting. “The Trump administration’s ongoing campaign to sabotage the US Postal Service is a direct attack on our democracy,” Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA), chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations, which oversees the USPS, told Recode. “Rural and urban, Democrat, Republican, or independent, every American has come to rely on the Postal Service, and our election is increasingly dependent on it. Congress must with one voice and clear action ensure service standards are not allowed to falter.” Delays and political connections aside, we don’t have much hard evidence of a Trump-led plot to overthrow the Postal Service. It does look bad that the USPS appears to be facing an existential crisis just weeks after a Trump donor took over as postmaster general. It looks worse that the president has spent months attacking the broader use of mail-in voting, even threatening executive action to stop it. But these things don’t quite add up to proof of a conspiracy against the Postal Service. “The notion that the postmaster general makes decisions concerning the Postal Service at the direction of the president is wholly misplaced and off-base,” Partenheimer, the USPS spokesperson, told Recode. “With regard to election mail, the Postal Service remains fully committed to fulfilling our role in the electoral process when public policy makers choose to utilize the mail as a part of their election system, and to delivering election mail in a timely manner consistent with our operational standards. Still, Trump seems to be doing everything he can to undermine American voters’ confidence in mail-in voting. There are so many tweets: With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history. It will be a great embarrassment to the USA. Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 30, 2020 And that might be all he needs to discourage people from voting by mail. Different states have different laws about how mail-in ballots work. Currently, 34 states — including swing states like Arizona, Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin — require ballots to be received by election authorities by Election Day, so any delay in the mail could lead to untold numbers of votes going uncounted. Rules about when states count the mail-in ballots also vary, so results are bound to be delayed in states like New York, where ballots can only be counted after the polls close. The Postal Service and postal unions are quick to point out that they take mail-in voting very seriously, and the process for delivering ballots is tried and tested. “The Postal Service has always given special attention to mail ballots,” said Sauber. “In general, in most places in the country, during election time, if the Postal Service has mail ballots, they move heaven and earth to make sure it’s delivered. They give top priority to the ballots.” “We’ve been doing mail ballots as postal workers for generations,” said Mark Dimondstein, president of the American Postal Workers Union. “It’s been increasing in popularity. In the last election, 31 million people voted by mail. There’s virtually no fraud.” Individual states can update their laws governing mail-in voting before November. Aware of this fact, the Trump campaign has sued state and local governments across the country over mail-in ballot rules. One suit, in Pennsylvania, argues that mail-in ballot drop boxes — which are designed to handle ballots, look like mailboxes, and are monitored closely — are unconstitutional and should be removed. Another lawsuit from the Trump campaign and other Republicans seeks to overturn a new law in Nevada that would require the state to mail everyone a ballot. Still, assuming all laws remain as they are, disrupting the Postal Service is an obvious way to hinder the mail-in ballot process. If slowing down the mail isn’t enough on its own, even creating a perception of problems with the mail could be enough to discourage some Americans from mail-in voting. And it looks like Trump is being effective at doing this — perhaps too effective. A poll this week showed that voters in Florida, Pennsylvania, and Michigan have become so distrustful of mail-in voting that they would rather not vote at all than rely on mail-in ballots. Not long after this poll was published, Trump assured voters in Florida that mail-in voting was safe there. “We’ll be able to deliver. There won’t be a problem with vote-by-mail,” said Ronnie Stutts, president of the National Rural Letter Carriers. “I think even President Trump is starting to see that. I think he’s lightened up a little bit.” The most anxiety-inducing part of all this is that there seems to be little for the average American to do. The Postal Service is an independent agency, and there’s only so much Congress can do to shape its policies. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), chair of the House government oversight committee, has called DeJoy to Capitol Hill to testify. If he doesn’t show up, there’s a possibility that Maloney would subpoena him, though it’s terribly clear at this point that members of the Trump administration don’t necessarily care about subpoenas or showing up in Congress when asked. Greg Whitesell/Getty Images The Postal Service is asking Congress for $25 billion in cash, which is far less than the $500 billion it gave to big corporations in the CARES Act. But again, the Postal Service’s problems extend well beyond Trump’s war on vote-by-mail. The election will come and go, and there’s a decent chance the USPS will still be in trouble. Depending on how negotiations go around the new coronavirus stimulus package, these recent delays could continue. Growing backlogs mean the mail delays could actually get worse in the weeks and months to come. Ongoing delays could chase big package senders like Amazon and eBay away from the USPS, and without that revenue, the Postal Service would be in even more serious trouble. After all, these customers have long been concerned about whether it might be better for their business to go through UPS or FedEx. What the Postal Service needs right now — both to deliver mail and to keep existing — is money. What it needs in the long term, some say, is a bit of restructuring. “If you think of the analogy of a house, it needs to be remodeled,” said Arthur B. Sackler, manager of the Coalition for a 21st Century Postal Service, whose members include not only Amazon and eBay but also catalog and greeting card companies. “And, at the same time, this house you’re remodeling, the roof is on fire. So you’ve got to put the fire out first before you can remodel.” The vast majority of Americans do not want to let the house burn down, by the way. Americans don’t just rely on the Postal Service. They love it. For years, the USPS has been the most popular government agency in the United States. According to a Pew Research Center study released in April, 91 percent of American have a favorable opinion of the Postal Service, and roughly the same percentage of Americans want to bail out the agency. Similarly, countless companies that do business with the Postal Service are fans. Online retailers, including Amazon, even spent millions of dollars on an ad campaign begging lawmakers to save the Postal Service. These facts leave us with a very curious situation. The Postal Service is seriously struggling, but it’s never been more important. It’s critical to get prescriptions to the homes of people during a pandemic and to deliver ballots to state election boards. It’s even prized by huge corporations like Amazon, who could easily give their money to a competing private company but would rather work with Postal Service. At the same time, President Trump seems to disdain the agency, and the new postmaster general seems to be doing more harm than good. The upshot of it all is that the USPS has survived difficult moments in the past. The agency can trace its roots back to the days of the American Revolution. Two and a half centuries later, mail service has never been more essential. If anything, a crisis like this could serve to remind the country how much it needs the Postal Service, despite what a handful of powerful people might believe. Support Vox’s explanatory journalism Every day at Vox, we aim to answer your most important questions and provide you, and our audience around the world, with information that has the power to save lives. Our mission has never been more vital than it is in this moment: to empower you through understanding. Vox’s work is reaching more people than ever, but our distinctive brand of explanatory journalism takes resources — particularly during a pandemic and an economic downturn. Your financial contribution will not constitute a donation, but it will enable our staff to continue to offer free articles, videos, and podcasts at the quality and volume that this moment requires. Please consider making a contribution to Vox today.
vox.com
Is TikTok More of a Parenting Problem Than a Security Threat?
Even as the White House moves against the Chinese social media app, the intelligence agencies do not see it as a major issue along the lines of Huawei.
nytimes.com
Attorney general denounces murder charge over stillborn baby
California's top prosecutor says 'the law was misapplied' in the case of a Central Valley woman who was charged in her stillborn infant's death.
latimes.com
Tyga urged by Human Rights Foundation to cancel concert in Belarus
The show is due to take place the night before the country’s presidential election that could potentially end the 26-year rule of its authoritarian leader, Alexander Lukashenko
nypost.com
Keke Palmer hosting MTV VMAs at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center in August
Keke Palmer is set to host the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards on August 30.
foxnews.com
Ohio Gov. DeWine pleased with negative test result
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Friday said he is pleased he has tested negative for a coronavirus infection after testing positive a day earlier. (Aug. 7)       
usatoday.com
Michigan woman: People "really, really struggling"
Two Michigan women are decrying the expiration of a supplemental $600 weekly federal unemployment payment. (Aug. 7)       
usatoday.com
Indiana man allegedly threatened black neighbor with burning cross, swastika
Shepherd T. Hoehn, 50, of Lawrence, was angered by the removal of a tree on the man’s property on June 18, prompting him to take “several steps to intimidate” his neighbor.
nypost.com
On GPS: Scowcroft & Powell on global chaos, now and then
In a 2014 interview with Fareed, the former high-level US & UK advisors discuss the nature of today's security threats, compared with those of the Cold War.
edition.cnn.com
U.S. intel shows Russia "denigrating" Biden, while China prefers Trump lose
The U.S. intelligence community has provided an update on attempted influence on the 2020 election.
cbsnews.com
What Indians Lost When Their Government Banned TikTok
The app had become an escape from a repressive government and a brutal pandemic.
slate.com
Jason Nichols: Biden's take on African American voters and 'diversity' was not wrong
Joe Biden was largely correct in his statement about Latino/a/x communities
foxnews.com
Calif. virus tracking system hurt by data delays
California's coronavirus tracking system is being hampered by technical problems that are making it difficult for public health officials to monitor the spread of COVID-19 and make decisions on reopening schools, businesses and workplaces. (Aug. 7)       
usatoday.com
RSVP now to talk The Vanishing Half with Brit Bennett and the Vox Book Club
Our August event will take place live on Zoom at the end of the month. The Vox Book Club is linking to Bookshop.org to support local and independent booksellers. When Brit Bennett’s first novel The Mothers came out in 2016, Bennett was one of the hottest debut authors of the season. Now that The Vanishing Half is out and has become an instant bestseller, she’s cemented her place as a star of the literary scene. So I’m thrilled to announce that we’ll be talking with Bennett about The Vanishing Half for the Vox Book Club on August 27 at 5 pm, and you can RSVP now. Bennett is a SoCal native who graduated from Stanford and got an MFA from the University of Michigan, where she won a Hopwood Award in Graduate Short Fiction as well as the 2014 Hurston/Wright Award for College Writers. She is a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 awardee, and her debut novel The Mothers was a New York Times bestseller. Her essays are featured in the New Yorker, New York Times Magazine, Paris Review, and Jezebel. The Vanishing Half was an instant bestseller and is one of my favorite new novels of the year. It’s a rich, extravagant fairy tale of a book, concerning a set of twin sisters named Stella and Desiree. The twins grow up in an all-Black town where the population is devoted to ensuring that each successive generation has lighter skin than the one before it. At 16, light-skinned Stella and Desiree run away from home. Desiree goes on to marry the darkest-skinned man she can find. And Stella starts passing for white. TheVox Book Clubwill be discussing The Vanishing Half throughout August. Our first discussion post is scheduled to go up on Friday, August 14, and at the end of the month, we’ll all get together live and in person-ish! Bennett and I will be meeting on Zoom to discuss the book on Thursday, August 27, at 5 pm Eastern. We’ll talk until 5:45 pm, with the last 10 minutes reserved for questions from the audience, and at the end of the event, I’ll reveal our pick for next month’s book. We would love to see you there. RSVP now, and be sure to sign up for the Vox Book Club newsletter to make sure you don’t miss anything. Support Vox’s explanatory journalism Every day at Vox, we aim to answer your most important questions and provide you, and our audience around the world, with information that has the power to save lives. Our mission has never been more vital than it is in this moment: to empower you through understanding. Vox’s work is reaching more people than ever, but our distinctive brand of explanatory journalism takes resources — particularly during a pandemic and an economic downturn. Your financial contribution will not constitute a donation, but it will enable our staff to continue to offer free articles, videos, and podcasts at the quality and volume that this moment requires. Please consider making a contribution to Vox today.
vox.com
Biden needs a veep who can do the talking
In just one session this week Biden managed two major blunders.
foxnews.com
Black teen forced to take off Black Lives Matter mask at graduation ceremony
A Black teenager said he was forced to take off his Black Lives Matter face covering during his private high school graduation ceremony in Pennsylvania last month. Dean Holmes, 18, donned the mask prior to the July 28 ceremony for the York Catholic High School in York, Penn., in lieu of a face shield. But...
nypost.com