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A secretive and controversial startup may go public. Here's what you should know about it
In the 17 years since it was founded, Palantir Technologies has received financial backing from the CIA, become one of the most valuable private companies in the US, and earned a seat at the table alongside the biggest tech companies in meeting with President Donald Trump.
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Sen. Kelly Loeffler continues to rip Black Lives Matter, says she won’t sell stake in WNBA team
After accusing BLM of harboring “anti-Semitic views” and promoting “violence and destruction across the country,” Loeffler continued her scathing depiction of the movement on Fox News.
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Trump brushes aside Kanye West’s presidential aspirations
President Trump suggested in a new interview that he bears no harsh feelings for Kanye West, who recently announced a run for the White House and said he no longer supports the commander-in-chief. “He is always going to be for us, and his wife is going to be for us,” the president told Fox News’...
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Fighter Mike Perry must complete alcohol treatment before he fights again, UFC announces
Video surfaced earlier this week of Perry punching a man at a Texas restaurant.
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Florida county reports 33.5% positivity rate
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Grassley disappointed Iowa-Iowa State game nixed after Big Ten make schedule change
The Big Ten’s plan to have a conference-only schedule during the college football season stunned many fans and left at least one U.S. senator upset.
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Toobin on Trump's IRS claim: I have no idea what he's saying
CNN's Jeffrey Toobin reacts to President Donald Trump's recent claim that he had an audit deal worked out with the IRS prior to running for office.
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What you need to know about coronavirus on Friday, July 10
WHO director-general makes emotional plea for international solidarity, as coronavirus cases spiral around the world.
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The week in pictures, July 4 - July 10
Here's a selection of the most amazing images captured around the world in the past seven days. Enjoy!
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Tigers' Ron Gardenhire admits difficulty wearing mask in heat, may affect communication
Detroit Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire admitted Thursday it’s difficult to wear a mask in the dugout during the dog days of summer with baseball’s official start around the corner.
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Johnny Depp said he called ex-wife Amber Heard ‘turd’ after she pooped in their bed
Depp had been sent photographs of the feces in their bed, the day after he and heard celebrated her 30th birthday, in 2016. The cleaner had discovered the offending pile.
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Raptors ride to Florida hotel with 'Black Lives Matter' message across bus
The Toronto Raptors made a clear statement when the team bus pulled up to their hotel in Orlando, Fla., as the league is about three weeks from restarting.
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Japanese baseball allowing fans back in stadiums
Japan is easing social restrictions from July 10 for the first time in more than four months. Ballparks will allow 5000 spectators in at a time. Japan's baseball commissioner walks CNN through the new 80-page guidelines, where fans are often as riveting as the game.
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Tropical Storm Fay picks up speed, strength en route to NYC area
Tropical Storm Fay picked up some speed and strength as it moved closer to land Friday — and is expected to dump 2 to 4 inches of rain as it passes through the tri-state area, forecasters said. The rains may result in flash flooding where the heaviest amounts occur, the US National Hurricane Center said...
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Doctor on Covid-19: There is a propensity for blood clotting
CNN's Erin Burnett speaks to Dr. Amy Rapkiewicz about how autopsies performed on coronavirus patients reveal a pattern of blood clotting in vessels and organs.
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'Never Trump' movement returns for Act II, armed with President's own words and record
The Never Trump movement failed four years ago. But a small band of Republicans still bucking their party are back with a new game plan for their second act: turning President Donald Trump's words and record against him.
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Column One: Coronavirus may be creating better bosses, who talk less and listen more
The pandemic has prompted managers to take on new roles: counselor, supporter, wellness coach.
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Justin Haskins: If you believe Black lives matter, support more funding for police — not less
Demands by some to defund or disband police departments around the nation will only lead to increased crime and the loss of more innocent lives, including Black lives.
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For die-hard Redskins fans, name review brings a mix of anger, sadness and relief
While some fans vow not to root for the team under a new name, others say they believe a change is necessary.
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'This is not the summer for a spontaneous road trip': The case for canceling your vacation
Vacationing during a pandemic is an act of pure selfishness. It doesn't just endanger your life. It could spread COVID-19 and prolong the situation.       
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Colin Jost talks memoir, pressure 'to keep improving' and why Scarlett Johansson is like the moon
"I think part of success on any level is a constant feeling of anxiety about why aren't you at a better level?" says Colin Jost, "SNL" writer and author of "A Very Punchable Face."        
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Let’s make it rain for Starz’s ‘P-Valley,’ an evocative and entertaining series about a Southern strip club
Creator Katori Harris takes us to “P-Valley,” where pole dancers define their own dignity.
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Entertainers promised to see us through the quarantine. Even they are running out of steam.
Online cocktail hours and basement concerts sounded like a great idea until streaming fatigue set in.
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What to watch with your kids: ‘History 101,’ ‘The Old Guard’ and more
Here’s what parents need to know.
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D.C.’s failed investigation into our son’s death is a tragedy. So we conducted our own.
Thanks to negligence, incompetence and misconduct, the public still doesn’t know the truth of what happened to our son.
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The way we commute is likely going to change. We should prepare now.
To keep our region moving forward, we must reexamine our transportation investments.
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Ten years into redevelopment, is Tysons what we envisioned?
The plan, so far, is failing to make the area as walkable and transit friendly as it’s supposed to be.
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A covid-19 silver lining in Maryland: Better roads
Our crews have taken advantage of fewer vehicles on the highways and interstates to make significant progress on key projects.
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How the Union Promoted White Supremacy in the West
Three weeks ago, a sculpture of a Union soldier who had fought in the Civil War stood on a pedestal before the state Capitol building in Denver, gazing out toward the Rocky Mountains. Across the street, Christopher “Kit” Carson—a frontiersman and scout—kept his balance on a rearing horse, the centerpiece of a fountain dedicated to Colorado’s pioneers. Four hundred miles to the south, another Carson monument stood in front of the Santiago E. Campos United States Courthouse in Santa Fe: a sandstone obelisk that lauded his career with an inscription reading “Pioneer, Pathfinder, Soldier.” One block away, another large obelisk towered over Santa Fe Plaza. A granite and marble monument to Union soldiers who fought in New Mexico, the obelisk’s four sides commemorated these soldiers’ battles with Confederates and Native peoples, who were originally described on the monument as “savage Indians” (an Indigenous protester chiseled off the word savage in the 1970s).Today, these sites look strikingly different. The Union soldier in Denver is gone, pulled down by protesters demonstrating against police brutality and racial inequality. Carson had a less violent end, carted off by the city in anticipation of another protest. Santa Fe’s two obelisks are now covered in plywood to cover up tags labeling them as racist memorials of genocide and the theft of Indigenous lands.Those responsible for pulling down and tagging these monuments have not been identified, so we cannot know their motives, but some Americans might see these removals as part of a “slippery slope” that monument advocates warn against. After all, as Colorado’s governor, Jared Polis, put it, these statues are of “Union heroes of the Civil War who fought and lost their lives to end slavery.” But while many Union soldiers did fight for emancipation in the East, Union soldiers in the West fought for Native annihilation and removal. For this reason, these monuments in Denver and Santa Fe deserve to be examined with the same scrutiny as Confederate statues.[Stephanie McCurry: The Confederacy was an antidemocratic, centralized state]In the fall of 1861, young white men of fighting age, most of them gold miners, began to volunteer for the Union Army in Colorado. They were called into action because an almost 3,000-man force was on its way to New Mexico from neighboring Confederate Texas, intent upon taking that territory and then California, whose gold mines and Pacific ports it coveted. Colorado’s soldiers were needed to march south into New Mexico, to defend that territory from the Texans.More than 600 men enlisted in the 1st Colorado Infantry and trained outside Denver, while several “independent” companies left for New Mexico in January 1862, joining a diverse fighting force of more than 3,000 Army regulars, Hispano New Mexican volunteers, and Ute and Pueblo scouts. One of the larger regiments in this army, the 1st New Mexico Volunteers, was commanded by Carson, who had enlisted at the outset of the war. In February 1862, the Army of New Mexico clashed with Confederates at the Battle of Valverde and lost.The Confederates took Albuquerque and Santa Fe before meeting the 1st Colorado Infantry and Army regulars at Apache Canyon and Glorieta Pass. At Glorieta, the commander of Union forces sent a contingent of Colorado troops to get behind the Confederate line and destroy the wagon train. Their success in this endeavor, led by a minister from Denver named John Chivington, meant that the Confederates’ conquest of the West was over. They could not hope to survive in the high deserts of the Southwest with no supplies.After the Texans retreated to San Antonio in the summer of 1862, some Colorado troops stayed in New Mexico for a few months. Many of these were reorganized and sent east to fight Confederate guerrillas; others served as a “home guard” along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, to defend white communities against Plains Indian raids. The 3rd Colorado Cavalry, organized specifically to fight Native peoples, moved south in November 1864 and launched an unprovoked attack on a nearby Cheyenne and Arapaho camp. The soldiers killed as many as 230 Native people, many of them women, children, and the elderly, burned down their lodges, and then mutilated the dead bodies. When they returned to Denver several weeks later, the soldiers marched through the streets, displaying the scalps and other body parts they had taken from Sand Creek as trophies. The city’s residents cheered them on. The mastermind behind the Sand Creek Massacre was John Chivington, the Union Army’s hero at the Battle of Glorieta Pass.Meanwhile, in New Mexico, the Union Army broke off into mobile units, and redeployed against Apache and Navajo communities. These Native peoples had been resisting the U.S. Army’s attempts to build forts and travel through their territories since the 1840s. When the Civil War came to New Mexico, they siphoned off horses, cattle, and weapons from Union and Confederate camps. In September 1862, the new commander of the Department of New Mexico, James Henry Carleton, declared war on these new enemies and tapped Carson to lead the campaigns.[Read: The people who profited off the Trail of Tears]“All Indian men of that tribe are to be killed whenever and wherever you can find them,” Carleton instructed Carson in a letter, before sending him to fight Mescalero Apaches in the fall of 1862. Women and children would be taken prisoner. Carson was not to engage in any peace talks, only violence. “We believe if we kill some of their men in fair open war,” Carleton told him, “they will be apt to remember that it will be better for them to remain at peace than to be at war.” Carleton planned to send the survivors to live on reservations guarded by Union Army soldiers, and force them into full-time farming and Christianity.Carson followed orders. After a successful campaign against the Mescaleros, he rode across the Navajo homeland in the summer and fall of 1863 with 400 troops, burning crops and hogans (Navajo homes), and taking as many sheep as he could find. The point of this “hard war” strategy was to starve the Navajo out, forcing them to surrender to the Union. It worked perfectly; in January 1864, Carson led the first 270 Navajo prisoners out of their homeland and toward the Rio Grande.This was the first of many forced removals, collectively known as the Long Walk. Over two years, the Union Army forced as many as 10,000 Navajo people to travel 300 miles, from what is now Arizona to Bosque Redondo, a “reservation” on the Pecos River in central New Mexico. Bosque Redondo, overseen by Union soldiers posted at nearby Fort Sumner, was a disaster from the start. Poor water, spoiled rations, a lack of wood, and a series of insect infestations that destroyed corn crops resulted in mass malnutrition and rampant disease. The Navajo began to call the reservation “Hwéeldi,” Land of Suffering. By 1868—when they were able to negotiate a return to their homeland—more than 2,000 Navajo had died either on the Long Walk or at Bosque Redondo.The Long Walk was a pivotal moment in Navajo history, a traumatic period that marks all that came before and after for their people. Since 1868, Navajo peoples have continued to struggle with the federal government over land rights and resources. These fights have been exacerbated by the Trump administration’s determination to open Native lands to extractive industry, and by the coronavirus pandemic. In May, the Navajo Nation had the highest per capita infection rate in the U.S., and continues to be a major hot spot. As in the 1860s, the Navajo story today is one of suffering and survival. This is one of the stories that should be told in plazas and in front of capitol buildings across the West, rather than the myths embodied by laudatory sculptures of soldiers and frontiersmen.[Read: How America’s past shapes Native Americans’ present]Most Americans are not taught the history of the Union Army in the West, and its campaigns against Native peoples. They do not know that a plaque on the Civil War monument in front of Denver’s capitol, erected in 1909, lists the Sand Creek Massacre as a Union victory understood by the soldiers—as the historian Ari Kelman explains in his book A Misplaced Massacre—as a proud moment in their service.Most Americans do not know that the obelisk in Santa Fe Plaza, dedicated in 1868, lists the Union Army’s battles against “savage Indians” as part of its service to the Union, or that Kit Carson was among the vanguard of white supremacy in New Mexico. It is hard for many people to wrap their minds around the fact that Union Army soldiers fought to wrest Native lands away from multiple tribes, as part of the Union cause to create a free, white West.The monuments in Denver and Santa Fe glorify the settler colonialism enacted by Union troops. That is why activist groups such as the Three Sisters Collective in New Mexico and the American Indian Movement in Colorado have been calling for their removal for decades. For them, Union soldiers and Kit Carson represent racism and oppression in the same way that Confederates embody these values for Black Americans. In this transformative moment in American life, the combined efforts of Indigenous activists and Black Lives Matter demonstrators have finally brought them down.Communities are in the midst of deciding how these monument sites should look going forward. In Colorado, Governor Polis and the mayor of Denver have created committees to reassess the names of places and landmarks that honor controversial historical figures, but these measures do not include the evaluation of monuments. As of July 7, Polis’s position on these sites—that he will repair the Civil War monument to Colorado soldiers and arrest those responsible for bringing the sculpture down—does not seem to have changed. His decision ignores the state’s Civil War history and dismisses many Colorado residents’ demands.In Santa Fe, local politicians have chosen a different and more direct path. The mayor has called for the creation of a “Truth and Reconciliation Commission” to discuss the removal of the monuments and what should replace them; Indigenous representatives should have a voice in those decisions. In the meantime, city officials have invited residents to contribute artworks that will be affixed to the plaza obelisk, reimagining it as an inclusive space for the entire community to enjoy. This engagement with monument removal holds the most hope for a future in which public spaces are open to everyone and reflect the richness of diverse communities, while also acknowledging and reckoning with the dark history of the American West.
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The difference between Trumpism and fascism
Trumpism borrows from fascism but lacks its heft.
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Help! My Friend Is Self-Deprecating in a Way That Makes Everyone Uncomfortable.
She’s always said funny stuff about herself, but these comments have become quite negative.
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Meghan Markle's favorite Lululemon leggings are on sale right now
Meghan Markle's favorite Lululemon Align leggings are currently on sale as part of the online Lululemon sale.       
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Naya Rivera presumed dead in "tragic accident" after disappearance
Rivera's 4-year-old son was spotted drifting alone on a rental boat on a California lake.
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Chinese stocks are on an incredible run. But going too high, too fast is risky
China's stock markets have been on an absolute tear.
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Chinese stocks are on an incredible run. But going too high, too fast is risky
China's stock markets have been on an absolute tear.
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Baby laughing at a ball is the joy you need
What’s so funny? This baby laughed hysterically when mom Becky tried to keep a ball in the air with a wooden spoon. Filmed on their kitchen floor in Manchester, UK, watch the adorable moment that sent this tot into titters.   Subscribe to our YouTube!
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Opinion: The SEC needs to follow the Big Ten's lead and play a conference-only schedule
The Big Ten is making the best of a bad situation by altering schedule to play only in conference. The SEC should do the same as COVID-19 cases rise.       
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Amazon, Apple and Microsoft race to $2 trillion
Two trillion dollars is a lot of money. Government stimulus and budget deficit kind of money. But there are now three American tech companies that could soon be valued at $2 and twelve zeroes.
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UFC 251 preview show: Setting the scene for fight night on 'Fight Island'
MMA Junkie's John Morgan was joined by The Mac Life's Oscar Willis as they set the scene on Yas Island and previewed UFC 251 ahead of a huge event on Jul. 11.       Related StoriesKamaru Usman not taking Jorge Masvidal lightly: He's 'biggest, baddest' opponent I've facedDefining Fights: UFC 251 co-headliner Max HollowayUFC 251 breakdown: Can Max Holloway take title back from Alexander Volkanovski? 
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West Virginia mail carrier guilty of election fraud after altering ballot requests to Republican
Thomas Cooper admitted to having tampered some of the requests he delivered "as a joke." He did not know any of the voters whose requests he changed.        
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This Arizona ICU nurse protested for lockdowns. Now she is stretched thin as public rejects precautions
An ICU nurse who stood in defense of Arizona's early stay-at-home order and other Covid-19 precautions now says she feels her profession is forgotten as crowds gather and her hospital reaches capacity
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Trump says doctors were ‘very surprised’ by his ‘unbelievable’ results on a cognitive test
"I proved I was all there, because I aced it,” President Trump said.
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Naya Rivera security cam video, 911 call released
Authorities planned Friday to keep searching for "Glee" star Naya Rivera, who is believed to have drowned in a Southern California lake while boating with her 4-year-old son. Security cam video and a 911 call recording were released on Thursday. (July 10)       
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Opinion: DeSean Jackson's anti-Semitic social media posts provide painful yet important lesson for all of us
DeSean Jackson was roundly criticized for sharing anti-Semitic posts on Instagram. Now it's time for the Eagles receiver — and others — to learn.        
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This Is Angela Merkel’s Swan Song as Leader
For the next six months, Germany will try to do something counterintuitive: lead Europe “from the center.”
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$600 a Week Buys Freedom From Fear
Like millions of other workers, Bridgit Fatora was facing a financial abyss. Before the pandemic hit, she was a freelance photographer and part-time nanny in Seattle. The coronavirus made both of her jobs untenable. Her photography bookings disappeared when Washington State banned mass gatherings, and the couple who employed her to watch their kid laid her off, too.Normally, she made $375 a week for nannying and an additional $150 or so working as a photographer and babysitter. On standard unemployment insurance (UI), her income would have dropped to roughly $200 a week, not enough for anyone to live on for any kind of extended period and below the federal poverty line. But Congress’s emergency legislation added bonus payments of $600 a week for UI recipients, and expanded the program’s eligibility to include gig workers. Fatora did not just stay out of poverty. Her income went up to $735 a week.“It’s the first time I’ve been financially stable since graduating college,” she told me. “I’ve been able to pay down my credit-card debt and have some sort of savings account, which I am going to have to use when the $600 a week goes away.”[Read: A moral case for giving people money]The UI bonus in the CARES Act expires at the end of July, and Congress is in the midst of a roiling debate over whether to extend it, winnow it down, or end it entirely. Democrats largely favor keeping the bonus payments in place, given the scope of the recession. Republicans have argued that, by allowing workers to stay home rather than look for jobs, the bonus is harming the recovery. White House officials are pushing for it to end, too.But the economic evidence, as well as testimonials from Americans receiving the bonus, supports not just keeping the $600 payment, but expanding it to encompass millions more Americans. Simply giving people cash turns out to be a powerful way to protect workers during a public-health crisis, to alleviate poverty, and to empower employees to bargain with employers. Uncle Sam needs to give out a lot more.The CARES Act’s changes to the UI system were unprecedented. With 40 million Americans losing their jobs in a matter of weeks and the jobless rate soaring well above the peak hit during the Great Recession, Democrats negotiated a provision that added gig and informal workers to the system and tacked $600 a week onto the standard state payments, which are generally between $100 and $500 a week.The effect was dramatic. The federal government prevented joblessness from turning into actual income loss for millions of families. Two in three UI recipients ended up making more than they were before with the $600 boost, with one in five workers doubling their income. And the UI expansion, along with the $1,200 onetime checks that Congress sent to most adults, at least temporarily prevented the poverty rate from increasing—an astonishing feat, given the size and scope of the economic shutdown.In more human terms, the helicopter money and UI boost kept families in their home, with food on the table, gas in the car, and the electric bill paid. Without the UI bump, “I would have been quite screwed,” Carrie Callison of Olympia, Washington, told me. She was a full-time student and a part-time receptionist in the spring, before she graduated and lost her job at a primary-care clinic in short order. Her financial aid and steady paycheck disappeared all at once. Her household, which includes her partner and her partner’s young son, might not have been able to keep paying the rent, she said.The UI payments have also helped workers transition from one part of the labor market to another. During the pandemic, tens of thousands of jobs have disappeared at bars, concert venues, airlines, and conference centers and are unlikely to return for months, if not years. George Watt of Portland, Maine, had been working as a massage therapist—a job that carries high risks and will likely be in low demand until a coronavirus vaccine arrives. “I’m pretty versatile,” he told me, describing the gig work he would sometimes pick up as a gardener or a wintertime lift operator at ski resorts. But with the UI bump, he said, he had been expanding his résumé to include white-collar skills that will allow him to work at home. “I’ve been using this time to learn so much, to work on things like affiliate marketing and Photoshop and website design.”[Annie Lowrey: We need to start tossing money out of helicopters]The UI expansion has also given workers the breathing room to wait for a good job, rather than settling for a bad fit out of desperation. The money “is allowing me to be a little bit choosier, especially with the nature of my work, where you build relationships,” Brittany Griebling, a clinical social worker in Tucson, Arizona, told me. “I want a job where I can stay for several years, because picking up and moving around a lot as a therapist is problematic for your clients.” She said she was making the most she had ever made while unemployed, despite having a doctorate.In addition, the UI bump has allowed workers to stay at home when finding a job might be dangerous or otherwise untenable. Many workers I interviewed said that the fear of falling ill outweighed the trauma of unemployment. Others indicated that the UI bump had helped them negotiate the loss of their child care, another daunting barrier to finding a new gig. “I’m terrified to go anywhere to interview for a job,” said Callison, who wants to work in public health. “And honestly, child care is an issue because of the virus right now. I’m not super available to take phone calls or do interviews.” The boost has given workers some purchase, some bargaining power. “It has definitely made me realize that I don’t want to be underpaid and underappreciated and potentially contracting a disease for a job that’s only $15 an hour,” Fatora told me.More money has also given recipients space—emotional, financial, and psychological, assuaging their feelings of precarity during a time of death, disease, and civil strife. “I’ve lived my entire adult life without having any sort of safety net,” said Rachael Cottle, a laid-off bartender in Phoenix, now the site of a massive coronavirus spike. “Just having a little bit of security takes a lot of the burden off. I know that I’ll be able to pay for everything I need. It’s improved my quality of life quite a bit, in terms of stress and not worrying about being homeless or not having enough to eat.”Republicans are now arguing that the benefit of saving families from homelessness and hunger is outweighed by the need to get employees back to work. They point to surveys showing that some small businesses are having trouble hiring, and argue more broadly that the government should not be supporting tens of millions of Americans with what amounts to a generous dole. “We’re paying people not to work,” said Larry Kudlow, the director of the National Economic Council, in a recent TV interview. “It’s better than their salaries would get.”The bonus payment surely does create some disincentive for the jobless to look for work and take the first thing that comes along. But the main things preventing workers from getting a job right now are the raging pandemic, the massive recession, and the necessity for extended public-health shutdowns caused by the federal government’s incompetent response to the virus. Businesses are dying; jobless workers outnumber open positions by four to one; many open positions are too dangerous for workers who are elderly, have preexisting medical conditions, or live with someone with health problems; millions of workers do not have adequate child care, with schools and daycare centers still closed; and demand for goods and services is weak across the economy. These, not the bonus payments, are the real sticking points. “I’ve been trying to get jobs in local government—that field, as you can imagine, has been completely decimated,” Joshua Baum, a Southern California economic analyst, told me. “I had multiple interviews lined up. They all just got canceled.”Moreover, the $600 bonus payments are acting as a lifeline for the whole economy, not just individual jobless workers. Without the additional UI payments, millions of Americans would have neither jobs nor cash to spend on groceries, rent, and so on. The economic contraction would become more severe, not less. Indeed, a large body of research shows that expanded UI payments are one of the most effective recession-fighting expenditures available to the government, with every $1 in UI supporting approximately $2 in economic activity.When the pandemic is brought under control and the economy enters a sustained recovery, lawmakers could consider shaving the payments down bit by bit, rather than having them suddenly disappear. A bipartisan group of policy experts, including Obama-era Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and George W. Bush economic adviser Glenn Hubbard, have put forward a proposal that would tie UI payments to the unemployment rate. Many Democrats have repeatedly pushed for such a change.[Derek Thompson: The four rules of pandemic economics]Rather than let the bonus payments end, why not expand them instead, given the success of the CARES Act? Why not use cash payments to cut the poverty rate when financial times are good? Why not support low-wage families with cash regardless of the macroeconomic circumstances? Workers’ lack of leverage against their employers is an endemic problem, so why not give them more bargaining power? Why not end poverty using cash, period?A small pilot program in Stockton, California, is doing just that. Zohna Everett got laid off from a steady job at the Department of Defense two years ago, and struggled with unemployment. Her finances became more and more tenuous. Then, the organizers of the Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration—a guaranteed-income program launched by the mayor’s office and funded by private donations—notified her that she would receive $500 a month, no strings attached, for months on end. “I was Door Dash–ing here and there when I could, but if I couldn’t put gas in the car, I couldn’t do it,” she told me. “My financial problems—it was all just messed up for me. I get shots in my head for migraines, so I didn’t have benefits and was even more messed up. [The money] was just a blessing.”The cash tided her over until she found contract work and eventually permanent work as a production associate at Tesla. It also helped her when she contracted COVID-19 this spring, she told me. “I couldn’t hardly breathe, I was suffocating even sitting up, like somebody was putting a pillow over my head,” she said, describing diarrhea, extreme exhaustion, delirium, and traumatic distress caused by the illness. But not concerns about having at least some cash in the bank. The $500-a-month check from the Stockton program would come, no matter what. “Everybody’s having hardship,” she said. “I did not have to worry.”The ability not to worry: That is what the economy denies so many millions of workers, even when economic times are good. Freedom from fear is something that society should provide low-income families, especially now.
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5 Lego challenges to make a stay-at-home summer fly
Setting up Lego challenges in your house is easy — get some blocks, set a time limit, start the clock and let the fun begin. Lego has been posting challenge ideas on its website all summer. Here are five other ideas to get you started.
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Health expert says 250,000 Americans could die of COVID by end of year
On "The Takeout" this week, Dr. Zeke Emanuel of the University of Pennsylvania slammed the Trump administration's response to the coronavirus.
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