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De koersen op de Amerikaanse beurzen dalen met tussen de 2 en 3 procent. Dat komt door vrees voor een tweede golf coronabesmettingen. Verder is de topman van de Fed, de centrale bank in de VS, somber over de economie.
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Trump campaign sues Nevada over plan to mail ballots to all registered voters
The Trump campaign filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the state of Nevada over its plan to send absentee ballots to all active voters this November in a major expansion of mail-in voting in the battleground state.
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Trader Joe's Knows Petitions Aren't Commandments
Trader Joe’s has long given playful foreign versions of its name to certain international product lines: Trader José, Trader Giotto, Trader Ming, and so on.One could have guessed that amidst our racial reckoning (“the Great Awokening,” as Vox’s Matthew Yglesias calls it), these names would come under attack. This happened: A 17-year-old woman spearheaded a petition that attracted more than 5,000 signatures, asking Trader Joe’s to eliminate names that reflect “a narrative of exoticism that perpetuates harmful stereotypes.”Trader Joe’s initially seemed inclined to rebrand, but recently decided to retain the names, insisting, “we disagree that any of these labels are racist. We do not make decisions based on petitions.”Bravo. We must certainly submit what we consider funny to periodic reexamination, and be vigilant about the dangers of stereotyping. However, petitions must also be subject to examination and vigilance, because they can function in ways that are less progressive than puritan.At the heart of wokeness is a paradox. On one hand, we are not to shoehorn people into preset characterizations; we are to see them as individuals. But on the other hand, we are not to deny that subgroups exist. For example, it is wrong under this catechism to say “I don’t see color” because it can be taken as not only a denial that people of color exist in subordination to white people, but also a denial of cultural differences.Trader José and Trader Ming would seem to acknowledge the difference, no? Many would say that this misses the point. But just which point?One might argue that although subgroups do differ from the mainstream, subgroups should define themselves, rather than have the likes of Trader José thrust upon them from the outside. But the problem here is that actual subgroup members often have different preferences than the educated white cohort who see themselves as speaking for the marginalized. For example, in the late 1990s, the Cartoon Network stopped showing Speedy Gonzales cartoons because of claims that the character was an offensive stereotype. However, many Latin Americans continued to adore Speedy, the League of United Latin American Citizens voiced its support for the character as an “icon,” and Latino message boards overflowed with love for him.A related argument is that Trader Ming’s is, in effect, a joke, and that jokes about a subgroup should come exclusively from the subgroup itself. Because the owners of Trader Joe’s are not Chinese, it’s game over. In the post-Blaxploitation comedy I’m Gonna Git You Sucka, a “Black” GPS setting casually abuses and cusses at the driver in Black slang as if a Black person’s grouchy aunt were in the passenger’s seat. Presumably that’s okay because the movie was written by Black people, but would be “stereotyping” if written by white people.But if the intent of the joke about a subgroup is not to harm, why is it taboo? Robin DiAngelo in White Fragility is among many these days who argue that intent doesn’t matter, and that how the message is received is sacrosanct. The problem with this seemingly innocent idea is that reception is rarely monolithic; not everyone in a subgroup will find the same joke offensive, and in many cases, well-off outsiders are the most upset.Indeed, Trader Joe’s ultimately refused to change its branding in part because, a statement read, “we have heard from many customers reaffirming that these name variations are largely viewed in exactly the way they were intended—as an attempt to have fun with our product marketing.”A great many people seem to think Trader José is just a little joke, rather than a bark of white supremacy. To dismiss this take as mere ignorance requires a punitive kind of creativity in the name of social progress. If the decree is that a company must not acknowledge the existence of differences between human groups, then we need a crystal-clear argument for why this is unacceptable.The teenager who started the Trader Joe’s petition, Briones Bedell, thinks she has one. Her case about the foreign product names: “They’re racist because they exoticize other cultures, present ‘Joe’ as this default normal, and then the other characters—such as Thai Joe, Trader José, Trader Joe San—falling outside of it.”Here, however, is a counterproposal. Couldn’t Trader José be taken as a playful but progressive gesture acknowledging that in Mexico or another Spanish-speaking country, a trader named Joe would be a foreigner, a “gringo,” and that a local trader would more likely go by José?Note the difference here between Aunt Jemima and Trader José: Aunt Jemima is a stereotype implying that Black women’s place is as jocular, none-too-bright servants, while Trader José has no traits at all—it’s just a name, implying, if anything, a person of success and influence within a Spanish-speaking country. Trader José is a harmless hypothetical that makes the diaphragm twitch because it depicts a slight distortion of reality—key to humor—in this case, Trader Joe being a native of another country and thus named with that country’s closest equivalent.To pretend that self-described anti-racist demands must be automatically adjudged authoritative is to give in to a kind of reign of terror. In response to viewer feedback, the Cartoon Network added Speedy Gonzales back to its programming in 2002. And Speedy was revived in the underrated early-2010s reboot The Looney Tunes Show as an intelligent and genuinely funny character—but with the same accent and clothes. The world kept spinning, but this year HBO disappeared him again in its latest revival, presumably to avoid winding up in the sights of those who insist that a character many Latinos love is an immorality.The woke have valuable lessons to teach us all. However, we depart from the liberal foundations of this society in pretending that their lessons are commandments. Trader Joe’s could be pioneering in its polite but firm pushback against the excesses, and, hopefully, will be followed by other organizations, educational institutions, and individuals.
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Japan reports more than 1,200 new cases as country struggles to contain spike
• Airline cuts back on Covid-19 cleanings • US obesity epidemic could undermine effectiveness of a vaccine
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Bolivia cancels school year for 2 million children due to Covid-19
Bolivia has made the stark choice to cancel school for the rest of the year due to coronavirus. Some two million students in the highland nation won't attend either online or in-person classes until at least 2021. CNN's Patrick Oppmann reports.
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Who Gets Counted?
And what else you need to know today.
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AOC-aligned Cori Bush upsets longtime incumbent Lacy Clay in Missouri Dem primary
The Democratic primary in Missouri's 1st Congressional District grabbed national attention as a party fixture and longtime Congressional Black Caucus member battled a younger progressive activist who came up through the Black Lives Matter movement.
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Zooey Deschanel, Jonathan Scott celebrate 1 year of knowing one another: 'How time flies'
Zooey Deschanel and Jonathan Scott have hit a major milestone.
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‘Stay Black and Die’
One woman reflects on her path to protesting police brutality.
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5 things to know for August 5: Beirut, coronavirus, election, airlines, Taiwan
Here's what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day.
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Artist tells the story behind her New Yorker cover portrait of Sojourner Truth
Grace Lynne Haynes writes on her artistic choices in portraying the 19th-century activist Sojourner Truth, and how in her wider work, she explores what it means to be a Black woman in 2020.
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Artist tells the story behind her New Yorker cover portrait of Sojourner Truth
When the New Yorker asked me to illustrate the cover of their new August issue commemorating 100 years of women's suffrage in America, I chose to depict 19th-century activist Sojourner Truth. Truth was an early advocate for Black women's rights who didn't live to see the fruits of her labor. I wanted to point out that while White women gained the right to vote in 1920, it would still take another 45 years -- until the Voting Rights Act of 1965 -- for women of color to be able to cast their ballots.
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Op-Ed: U.S. leaders knew we didn't have to drop atomic bombs on Japan to win the war. We did it anyway
We've been taught that the U.S. had to drop atomic bombs on Japan to end World War II. Historical evidence shows Japan would have surrendered anyway.
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Coronavirus updates: Stimulus package deal expected by end of week; US nears 5M cases; Clorox wipes shortage could stretch into 2021
A deal on the coronavirus stimulus package could be reached by end of week. The fifth vaccine developer released promising results. Latest news.       
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Trump's demand that the US get a cut of TikTok's sale could set a dangerous precedent
TikTok is up for grabs. But while the popular short-form video app likely won't lack for suitors, President Donald Trump says the US government needs to get a "substantial amount of money" as part of any deal.
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Thinking of buying a 5G smartphone? Finding your carrier's flavor of 5G requires a taste for investigation
Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile all have 5G networks up and running. But assessing whether the move is right for you now is no easy decision.      
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Editorial: The new school year is starting, ready or not. Much of California is not
School boards and their superintendents needed clear direction, not the figure-it-out-yourselves philosophy that's been coming from Sacramento and Washington.
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Editorial: California is releasing prison inmates in droves. It needs to do more to help them reenter society
It's time for California to develop its own prison inmate reentry program, not just for the era of COVID-19 but for normal times as well.
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Sean Hannity: Biden's Ukraine dealings example of 'swamp' corruption Trump was elected to stop
Joe Biden was leveraging his role in the White House—and your tax dollars—for a get-rich-quick scheme for his family.
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Op-Ed: COVID-19 has been such a disaster even red state residents aren't happy with Republicans
Survey data show a real disconnect between red-state voters and politicians over management of the pandemic that could cost the GOP dearly in November.
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Editorial: It's taken Biden a while to pick a running mate. So what?
Having raised hopes for a quick decision, Biden continues to deliberate
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Social Security: There may be no cost-of-living increase in 2021
The government won't officially announce the next COLA until October 2020, but experts are predicting a small raise or none at all.      
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Kids less likely to die from coronavirus, but schools could become hot spots for spread
Some experts say a lack of information about how kids contract and transmit the coronavirus will leave the nation unprepared when schools reopen.       
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Letters to the Editor: 'But there's a pandemic' is a small-minded criticism of Mars exploration
Our world and our politics are limited; limitless space exploration provides a relief from humanity's harsh realities.
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Letters to the Editor: Mask refusers would not have done well in World War II
In Britain in 1940, millions of families were torn apart because of mass evacuations from cities. Today, we're just being asked to wear a mask.
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Letters to the Editor: My great uncle built the Chateau Marmont. Don't worry about its future
The Chateau Marmont has had many owners since it was built in the 1920s. But as L.A. has changed, it has endured.
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NBA bubble breakdown: Pacers' T.J. Warren continues torrid start on Day 6 of play in Orlando
Everything that went down Tuesday on Day 6 of play in the NBA bubble, and what you can look forward to on Wednesday.        
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Letters to the Editor: Putting mom-and-pop landlords out of business isn't a solution to evictions
A state bill to offer tax credits that can be redeemed for cash doesn't give small landlords what they need most: a monthly rent check.
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Op-Ed: The truth behind Trump's need to lie
If you live mainly in the current moment, then the future consequences of your lies will not matter to you. Truth is whatever works to win the moment.
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Letters to the Editor: Take veterinary advice from a vet, not a pet food store owner
It's too bad that the state veterinary board has not done more to respond to complaints that Marc Ching is giving dangerous advice to pet owners.
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How Influencers Are Using Acne to Sell Things
Usually even inclusive ad campaigns feature flawless skin.
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This is what it looked like after the US dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima 75 years ago
On August 6, 1945, a U.S. bomber famously known as the Enola Gay dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, marking a historic act of nuclear warfare.       
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NFL's Top Doctor On How Football Plans To Return
Chief medical officer Dr. Allen Sills defended the NFL's plans to return in September. He tells Morning Edition that the league has an extensive testing program but won't be instituting a "bubble."
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Foreign Workers Living Overseas Mistakenly Received $1,200 U.S. Stimulus Checks
Thousands of foreign workers who entered the U.S. on temporary work visas received $1,200 pandemic stimulus checks in error, and many of them are spending the money in their home countries.
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One pilot brings the world to Iceland
You may have seen his work in "Game of Thrones" or various movies. Jón Kjartan Björnsson is the daring helicopter pilot with a mission to show the real Iceland.
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One pilot brings the world to Iceland
Ancient tales of trolls and magic live on in Iceland, an island nation of volcanoes, lava fields, glaciers and ice caves.
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Tourist snaps toes off 19th century statue while attempting to take a selfie: report
An Austrian tourist damaged a plaster model of a 200-year-old sculpture in Italy last week while trying to take a selfie with the artwork, according to multiple reports.
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The Most Important Thing Parents of Kids in Special Ed Need to Remember This School Year
Maintaining this perspective can help parents through this tumultuous time.
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Trump campaign sues Nevada over mail-in voting plan
The Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee late Tuesday filed a lawsuit against Nevada over expanded mail-in voting for the November election.
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HSBC bet the bank on China. It's in big trouble if tensions escalate
HSBC has spent the last five years extending its reach into China as part of a broader push to Asia. But if push comes to shove and China makes good on its threat to the bank, the company's options are likely to be limited.
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HSBC bet the bank on China. It's in big trouble if tensions escalate
HSBC's business in China has long been a boon for the bank.
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Trump's interview debacle sends a warning for the fall campaign
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Weed is not good for your heart, studies say
You may love smoking weed, but it does not love your heart, according to the American Heart Association's new scientific statement on marijuana.
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Biden campaign to hammer Trump over pandemic response with $280 million in ads across 15 states
Joe Biden's campaign says it has reserved $280 million in television and digital advertising that it plans to use largely to hammer President Donald Trump's handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
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Biden announces largest ad buy ever by a presidential candidate
Signaling the states they see as most competitive, the Biden campaign said their ads will 15 states.
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The biggest 'gym rat' in golf
"He loves working out; He's a gym rat; He hits the ball a mile," are some of the ways Brooks Koepka has been characterized by a number of golf writers and commentators.
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Ted Cruz slams Dems, claims they're 'facilitating' riots, violence in major US cities
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Uncertainty over how much protection Covid-19 antibodies offer
To date there have been no confirmed cases of coronavirus reinfection in the world. While immunology experts stress the chances of it are highly unlikely, one tells CNN's Anna Stewart it's not impossible.
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Coronavirus updates: US daily case count shoots back up over 50,000
A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 700,000 people worldwide.
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