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DHS deploys special federal unit to protect monuments over July 4 weekend amid vandalism fears

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is deploying a special federal unit across the country for the July 4 weekend in order to protect federal monuments and statues from a possible fresh wave of vandalism. 
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Walmart and Sam's Club to require all customers to wear masks
The face coverings mandate at the retail giants goes into effect on July 20.
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Trey Gowdy hits back at AOC on NYC crime wave: 'Go check the criminal histories'
New York City's recent crime spike has nothing to do with impoverished residents being hungry, former House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy said Wednesday.
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Monument To Black Lives Matter Protester Replaces Slave Trader In Bristol
Edward Colston's statue had stood for 125 years before protesters toppled it in June. Now, a very different figure has taken its place — but it won't last long without the British city's permission.
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Britons faces $125 fine for failing to wearing masks amid coronavirus resurgence
People in England who do not wear face coverings inside shops and supermarkets later this month face upwards of $125 in fines, according to new rules announced this week in an effort to prevent further coronavirus outbreaks.
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De Blasio says Phase 4 reopening of cultural venues in NYC may be delayed
Some of the Big Apple’s biggest attractions including leading cultural venues and shopping malls may have to wait longer to reopen from the coronavirus shutdown, Mayor de Blasio said Wednesday. New York City is the only region in the state that has not entered Phase Four of Gov. Cuomo’s reopening plan — and it has...
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This is what Ben Bernanke says needs to be done to save US economy
Ben Bernanke says the most important thing Congress can do to fix the US economy is to provide help to state and local governments .
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Jeff Sessions stands by Mueller probe recusal, leaves office ‘with no regrets’
Speaking to supporters after conceding to Tommy Tuberville in Tuesday’s GOP primary, Sessions said he was ending his career in public service "with no regrets."
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Massive oil pipeline fire in Egypt injures 17
CAIRO – A major fire broke out after a leak of oil from the Shuqair-Mostorod pipeline next to a busy highway in a Cairo suburb on Tuesday and 17 people were injured, authorities said. The pipeline runs along a motorway on the outskirts of the capital and a spark caused by passing cars ignited crude...
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New Hampshire Gov. Sununu says masks won't be required when students return in the fall
If New Hampshire schools return to in-person classes in the fall, masks will not be mandated despite the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendation that everyone wear a mask around other people in public.
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Brazil governor: We have to combat the coronavirus and Bolsonaro virus
São Paulo governor João Doria criticizes Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's response to the coronavirus pandemic and growing case numbers in Brazil, saying Bolsonaro "gives the wrong example."
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The international community must guarantee equal global access to a covid-19 vaccine
We must ensure that vaccines will be distributed according to a set of transparent, equitable and scientifically sound principles.
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An all-Black football team at a Georgia high school receives its championship rings -- 50 years later
In 1969, the Houston High Indians football team won the state championship, defeating Wilson High School 14-0. It was a first for the middle-Georgia city of Perry.
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White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf says Michael Jordan would have reached the majors
Jordan played for the White Sox's Class AA team in 1994 during his NBA hiatus.       
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Transcript: Trump on masks, schools, race and Roger Stone
The president spoke to CBS News' Catherine Herridge at the White House.
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Ecuador teen teaches class under a tree for kids without internet
GUAYAQUIL, Ecuador – An Ecuadorean teenager has set up an improvised school under a tree in a poor neighborhood of northern Guayaquil for some 40 students who haven’t been able to study during the novel coronavirus lockdown for lack of internet access. Almost nobody in the Reality of God neighborhood has a computer or a...
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Letters to the Editor: New lawyers can't take the bar exam. The L.A. Times' proposed fix wouldn't help
Allowing recent graduates to practice law now while making them study for an exam in October would not help.
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French president Macron, wife confronted by maskless protesters on Bastille Day
French President Emmanuel Macron’ and his wife Brigitte were confronted by maskless protesters during a Bastille Day stroll in a public garden, raising new concerns about their security arrangements.
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Atlantic hurricane season: Where do tropical storms form in July?
Midway through the summer and the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season continues to be one of the most active on record.
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Iggy Azalea reveals the name of her baby boy
Azalea shared her son's name in a post to Instagram on Tuesday.
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Nick Cannon let go by ViacomCBS over anti-Semitic comments
ViacomCBS is ending a decades-long relationship with Nick Cannon after he recently made anti-Semitic comments on his podcast.
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Oklahoma governor tests positive for the coronavirus
Governor Kevin Stitt attended President Trump's rally in Tulsa last month.
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There’s a Washington football bombshell coming and it’s not about the name
The removal of a racist nickname won’t end Daniel Snyder’s problems. Not long after the Washington owner announced that his team would no longer be known as the Redskins, a series of cryptic tweets from local reporters emerged, warning of an imminent bombshell set to shake the franchise to its core. “The warped and toxic...
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Competitive hot dog eaters are near peak human ability, study finds
Joey Chestnut better ketchup. Competitive eaters are physically capable of gobbling down 84 hot dogs in ten minutes — nine more than the world record set by Chestnut earlier this month, according to a sports study published Wednesday. The theoretical speed eating performance standard, based on 39 years of data from Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog...
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Universe is 13.8 billion years old, scientists confirm
The universe is about 13.8 billion years old, according to new research recently published by an international team of astrophysicists.       
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A look back at the tragic deaths that rocked the 'Glee' cast
The cast of “Glee” was hit with tragedy once again after authorities in California officially confirmed on Tuesday that actress Naya Rivera died in an accidental drowning incident last week.
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The bill is coming due for those who sold their souls to Trump
He makes fools and losers of those who back him.
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Sitcoms on Peacock: 5 Classic Shows to Start Streaming
Munsters, beavers, rednecks—oh my!
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Trump says he has 'very good relationship' with Fauci after White House official criticizes doctor
President Trump said Wednesday that he has a “very good relationship” with Dr. Anthony Fauci, just hours after White House trade adviser Peter Navarro published a blistering op-ed criticizing the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for his projections on the coronavirus pandemic.
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33-Year-Old Tech Entrepreneur’s Dismembered Body Discovered Inside His Luxury Manhattan Condo
Security footage shows a struggle between Fahim Saleh and a man dressed entirely in black outside his front entrance
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Walmart Will Require Shoppers To Wear Masks; Other Retailers Urged To Follow
Walmart and Sam's Club join a growing list of retailers to make masks mandatory in stores. The National Retail Federation is urging all stores to adopt the same policy.
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Fox News' Harris Faulkner to host primetime special on civil unrest across America
Fox News Channel will air a primetime special about race relations, “Harris Faulkner Presents: The Fight For America,” on Sunday, July 19th at 10 p.m. ET, the network announced on Wednesday.  
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All Walmarts, Sam’s Clubs to require shoppers wear masks
Walmart will require customers to wear face coverings at all of its namesake and Sam’s Club stores, making it the largest retailer to introduce such a policy that has otherwise proven difficult to enforce without state and federal requirements. The company said the policy will go into effect on Monday to allow time to inform...
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Companies consider workplace surveillance measures amid coronavirus pandemic
As more companies prepare for employees to return into the workplace, some are considering different ways of monitoring employees for possible COVID-19 infections. Axios reporter Erica Pandey joined CBSN to discuss her reporting on how companies are weighing the use of surveillance on employees in the name of safety.
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Center Theatre Group, looking to a post-pandemic future, picks a Dave Harris play
Playwright Dave Harris' "Tambo & Bones," an examination of American racism past, present and future, joins the Kirk Douglas Theatre lineup.
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Jeff Sessions loses Senate bid to Trump-backed newcomer Tommy Tuberville
Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions lost his chance to win back his old Senate seat in Alabama's GOP runoff election. Political newcomer and former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville beat Sessions, who has been at odds with President Trump since he recused himself from Robert Mueller's investigation into the 2016 election. Tuberville was backed by the president and is now set to face Democratic Senator Doug Jones in November. Ed O'Keefe reports.
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Nick Cannon slams ViacomCBS for firing him over anti-Semitic comments
Cannon demanded full ownership of MTV's "Wild 'n Out" and an apology from ViacomCBS, which cut ties with him over 'anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.'
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How comic book rebel Grant Morrison put his stamp on Peacock’s ‘Brave New World’
“I was looking for a challenge,” he says.
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Property manager says Amber Heard assault pics are ‘a hoax’
Amber Heard was accused in court Wednesday of perpetrating “a hoax” by faking photos showing her with a badly bruised face — despite having “no marks” when she first reported being attacked by husband Johnny Depp. Property manager Kevin Murphy told London’s High Court that Heard immediately called out to him when he arrived at...
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Oklahoma’s Kevin Stitt becomes first governor to announce he's positive for coronavirus
Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt said on Wednesday that he has COVID-19 – making him the first state leader in the country to announce that he has tested positive for coronavirus as the country experiences a surge in new cases.
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How easily can children contract and spread coronavirus?
CNN senior medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta visits a school in Atlanta to examine the precautions they are taking to protect students and staff from the coronavirus ahead of the school year.
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Trump will further challenge Manhattan DA's subpoena following Supreme Court decision on tax records
Lawyers for President Donald Trump say they will raise additional challenges to the Manhattan district attorney's subpoena for his tax records after the Supreme Court ruled a president does not have broad immunity against a state grand jury investigation.
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Ime Udoka is wild-card Knicks candidate outside of ‘Recycled Coaches Association’
Knicks owner James Dolan passed on one Nigerian basketball brain in Masai Ujiri to be president. Some feel Dolan should take a harder look at a Nigerian-American in Ime Udoka to be head coach. Tim Shea, the former Knicks director of international scouting and assistant Olympic coach for Nigeria, says hiring Udoka would be a...
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De Blasio reveals anti-violence plan in Brooklyn, but omits NYPD officials
Mayor Bill de Blasio rolled out his plan to curb soaring gun violence in the hardest-hit areas of Brooklyn -- while purposely leaving out police officials from the press conference Wednesday.
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NYPD proposes changes making it easier to revoke press credentials
The NYPD wants to make it easier to take away journalists’ press credentials — weeks after massive protests against police brutality where working reporters were arrested doing their jobs. The department is proposing changes to the rules that govern the suspension and/or revocation of press credentials issued to members of the media. The policy changes...
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Covid-19 vaccine trials are showing promising results. A lot can still go wrong.
Some scientists expect that a Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine will be ready in record time, but others are skeptical. | Mladen Antonov/AFP via Getty Images Not all experts are optimistic we’ll have a vaccine by the end of the year. When will an effective Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine be ready for production for the general public? Some top US health officials and researchers now expect one will be approved for use in less than a year. The specific estimates vary, but they say that the current push for a Covid-19 vaccine is unmatched in its scale and speed. With more than 140 vaccine candidates being studied, more than one is likely to pan out, they say. “I am guardedly optimistic that by the end of 2020 we will have at least one vaccine that has been proven safe and effective in a large-scale trial,” Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, told New York Magazine on July 1. Similarly, Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at NIH, said while there’s not guarantee that a vaccine will come to fruition, it is more likely than not. He told a United Nations meeting July 8 that he has “cautious optimism that we will be successful at least in developing a vaccine with some degree of efficacy by the end of the year, the beginning of 2021.” It echoes similar comments he made to Congress in June. There is also mounting political pressure for good news. As the United States has become the epicenter of the Covid-19 pandemic, leading the world in cases and deaths, the White House has been desperate for any beacon of hope in an election year marked by its disastrous pandemic response. On July 15, vaccine developer Moderna published some preliminary results in the New England Journal of Medicine showing that its vaccine candidate was able to generate antibodies to Covid-19 in test patients, a critical step toward demonstrating some immunity to the virus. President Trump hailed the announcement on Twitter: Great News on Vaccines!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 15, 2020 But does it make sense to bank on a vaccine by the end of the year? After all, a vaccine developed in less than a year would break the record by a wide margin. The fastest vaccine ever developed was the mumps vaccine. It took four years, and the first iteration in 1948 only provided short-lived immunity. Many other vaccines have taken longer than a decade to come to fruition. That’s why other officials have been hesitant to even suggest a timeline. “I can’t predict when a vaccine will be available,” Stephen Hahn, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration told ABC’s “This Week” on July 5. Rick Bright, the former head of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, was also less sanguine. “A lot of optimism is swirling around a 12- to 18-month time frame, if everything goes perfectly,” he told lawmakers in May. “We’ve never seen everything go perfectly. I think it’s going to take longer than that.” And Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier told Harvard Business School on July 13 that officials need to be more cautious about suggesting a timeline. “I think when people tell the public that there’s going to be a vaccine by the end of 2020, they do a grave disservice to the public,” he said. All the while, there’s been a flurry of activity among vaccine developers, with new announcements of positive results seemingly every few days. The emerging data certainly are encouraging and point toward the world developing a vaccine for Covid-19 in record time. But there is a much longer road ahead toward ending the pandemic, and there are many things that can still go wrong along the way. Why some researchers think we’ll get a Covid-19 vaccine in record time The urgency of a dangerous, fast-spreading virus has spurred an unprecedented amount of research. Scientists are pooling findings and resources from around the world on a scale never seen before. “There is a great deal of collaboration and coordination between the federal government, academic groups, and industry that we don’t typically see,” said Stephen Thomas, a vaccine researcher and head of the infectious disease division at SUNY Upstate Medical University. There’s also a ton of money flowing into the endeavor. The United States launched Operation Warp Speed under the Department of Health and Human Services with almost $10 billion at its disposal. Its goal is to deliver 300 million doses of a Covid-19 vaccine by January 2021. The program is making investments not only in vaccine research, but in building factories and supply chains for multiple vaccines, with the expectation that not every vaccine effort will pan out. The program recently awarded $1.6 billion to vaccine research firm Novavax. That’s in addition to funding Covid-19 vaccine development efforts at companies including Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, and AstraZeneca. Companies and research groups in turn have been making progress. Pfizer and BioNTech announced earlier this month that early tests showed that their vaccine could generate an immune response. In addition to its recent promising preliminary data from phase 1 trials, Moderna also expects to begin its final phase of testing later this month. Meanwhile, researchers at the Jenner Institute at Oxford University said that they could have millions of doses of their vaccine candidate as soon as September under emergency approval. Part of the optimism for getting a Covid-19 vaccine within months instead of years also stems from the virus itself. SARS-CoV-2, the virus behind Covid-19, comes from a family of coronaviruses like SARS and MERS that researchers have been studying for years. That’s given them a head start in examining latest entrant. And the fact that the vast majority of people infected with the virus recover on their own shows that most human immune systems are capable of fending off this disease. It stands to reason then that a vaccine could be designed to train immune systems to keep Covid-19 at bay. That’s in contrast to a virus like HIV, for which very few people have natural immunity or resistance, so scientists have yet to develop a vaccine for the virus despite decades of effort. The technology behind vaccines has also improved in recent decades. In particular, Thomas highlighted the rise of platform-based systems for vaccines. Rather than engineering a vaccine from scratch for every new virus, scientists are developing vaccines with standard parts that have a few components that can be tweaked to make it work for a specific virus. “I kind of look at it as the platform is the car and the specific disease that you’re looking at, those are the passengers,” Thomas said. “Because you know how the car is built and you’ve manufactured the car multiple times before, there’s a lot less work that has to go into a developing a new car every time.” For instance, companies like CanSino Biologics and Johnson & Johnson are developing vaccines for Covid-19 that use a different virus, the adenovirus, as a vector to deliver genetic material coding for SARS-CoV-2 proteins that will trigger an immune response. Moderna, meanwhile, is developing an mRNA vaccine, an even newer platform that allowed the company to move with breathtaking speed. “Moderna went 66 days from the time the sequence of Covid was published to their first injection of a patient,” said Drew Weissman, a professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania whose research was licensed by Moderna. Some of these platforms, however, have never been approved for human use, which means they need extensive testing. To this end, clinical trials are also speeding up. Regulators have allowed vaccine developers to combine phases of clinical trials or run them concurrently. Right now, the vaccines are still being tested. They have to meet a higher bar for safety than a treatment for Covid-19. Since vaccines have to be administered to vastly more people than a treatment, including the healthy, any risks are magnified. So while the development process has accelerated, researchers say that there can’t be any compromise on safety. Even so, some vaccine developers have already posted some encouraging results. Some companies have showed they have few safety problems and found evidence that their vaccine candidates could lead to effective immunity. “I think the optimism is warranted,” said Anna Durbin, a vaccine researcher and a professor of international health at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. “We should be able to see efficacy results from two or more of those trials by the end of [2020].” In sum, the record pace of research, the extraordinary amount of resources devoted to the effort, promising new technologies, and early positive results are leading some scientists to believe the world will have a Covid-19 vaccine in record time. “I think it is likely we will have one or more vaccines available to the public by the first quarter of next year,” said Paul Offit, director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, in an email. Thomas estimated that it would take a bit longer. “I would be very surprised if there was a vaccine available before the second quarter of calendar year 2021,” he said. There’s a lot that can still derail a coronavirus vaccine Throwing an enormous amount of money and labor at the challenge of developing a Covid-19 vaccine is still no guarantee that one will be ready in record time, if one is made at all. While the early results from vaccine trials are pointing in the right direction, they still need far more validation before they’re cleared for widespread use. That requires testing tens of thousands of human subjects. Figuring out the efficacy of a vaccine is particularly time consuming because researchers have to compare a test group to a control group and see how they respond to natural exposures to Covid-19 over time. How quickly that happens can change depending on how prevalent the virus is within a given population. It can take months. Scientists also don’t know for certain whether the presence of antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 confers immunity and they don’t know how long that immunity would last. That’s another factor that can only be revealed by waiting and seeing. Though companies have been making promising announcements in press releases and the occasional pre-print paper, some are still being cagey with their data. “There aren’t a lot of results that have been posted,” Durbin said. However, even if a vaccine is proven to be safe and effective by the end of the year, it can’t end the pandemic without a coordinated vaccination effort. Enough people have to be vaccinated within a population to build up herd immunity, making it so the virus can’t easily spread and so that even the remaining unvaccinated people are protected. Building up that capability will take time and at the outset, governments will have to make some difficult decisions about who is going to be vaccinated first. “Without question, we are not going to have enough doses for every single person in the world,” Durbin said. Getting enough vaccines to end the pandemic will therefore require a global supply chain, gargantuan manufacturing capabilities, and thousands of people trained to administer the vaccine. That might be the biggest vulnerability for the United States. The country is still struggling to test enough people for Covid-19 and is still having problems getting adequate personal protective equipment to health workers months into the pandemic. Tests and PPE are far less complicated to manufacture than vaccines, so logistical challenges may end up as a major obstacle to a vaccination effort. So while a Covid-19 vaccine could arrive at a record pace, actually getting it to enough people to end the crisis could be a much longer ordeal. The science is solvable, but building the political will to use it effectively remains a stubborn hurdle.
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Supermodel Beverly Johnson, 67, gets engaged after vowing ‘never’ to get married again
Supermodel Beverly Johnson and Wall Street financier Brian Maillian are engaged.
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Breonna Taylor protesters facing felony charges after dozens arrested at Kentucky attorney general's home
Police arrested 87 people protesting the death of Breonna Taylor outside of Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron's house on Tuesday, and now all of those individuals are facing felony charges of intimidating a participant in a legal process, police said. 
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Dan Gainor: Bari Weiss, Andrew Sullivan depart and leftist journalism sacrifices two more careers to the mob
In 2020, leftist “journalists” seized complete power and doomed neutral journalism.
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