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Mississippi gov. signs bill removing Confederate emblem from flag

The flag was the last in the country to display the emblem.
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Bus carrying Chinese high school students falls into lake, killing at least 21
The bus plowed through a guardrail and veered into Hongshan Lake in Guizhou province about noon local time, emergency management officials said.
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New report argues perils of mail-in voting go beyond fraud
A new report from a conservative group on the potential problems with large-scale mail-in voting argues that a recent push from states to send ballots to all registered voters for November's election would not only expose them to possible fraud but could likely result in a significant waste of taxpayer dollars.
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Trump Is Campaigning on a Platform of Abject Failure
President Trump has laid out his case for reelection.In a series of speeches over the past several days, the president has spelled out, or at least gestured toward, the major themes of his coming campaign. There will be other themes, to be sure—mostly, one presumes, attacks on Joe Biden—but the president’s recent speeches in Tulsa, in Phoenix, and at Mount Rushmore all outline what appear to be the main components of his affirmative case for a second term.The argument is an odd one—a brew of nostalgia for an economy that the president’s incompetence has actively helped ruin, magical thinking about the course of the pandemic, and white racial grievance and identity politics.The argument is not based on any programmatic promises or some kind of policy agenda for a second term in office. In fact, when asked recently what he wants to do in a second term, Trump went off on an extended and barely coherent riff about the word experience. There’s no equivalent to his 2016 assurance that “I alone can fix it” or his promises to shake things up or drain the swamp or build a wall. Nor, for that matter, is there anything like his broad assertions about his great powers as a dealmaker, someone who could do business with a hostile Congress as easily as with Vladimir Putin.Largely gone as well are major themes of Trump’s speeches during his years in office. He’s not vamping about the “Russia hoax” these days. The impeachment saga makes only a relatively brief appearance. He’s not complaining about the “coup attempt” or the “deep state” much either.[Quinta Jurecic and Benjamin Wittes: Trump is boring now, and he can’t do anything about it]So what is Trump’s case for reelection?The argument proceeds as follows—with the important proviso that we are imposing a bit more discipline and organization on it than is obvious in Trump’s speeches themselves:First, Trump wants voters to support him based not on the current state of the economy—crushed as it is by the coronavirus pandemic—but on how well the economy was doing before the pandemic. Or as he put it in a June speech in Phoenix: “Before the plague came in, we had the best of everything. We had the best interest rates. We had the best employment rates. We had the best job numbers ever.” Having made the economy great prior to the pandemic, he argues, he is the best man to, well, make the economy great again—unlike the presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden, who, Trump says, will “raise your taxes like crazy.”Second, while declaring that he can help the country recover from “the plague,” Trump also insists that the plague is not really that bad. “I have done a phenomenal job with it,” he told the crowd in Tulsa, trumpeting the limitations his administration imposed in late January on travel from China and ignoring the skyrocketing number of new coronavirus cases in the United States. At the same rally, he suggested that “my people” should “slow the testing down, please,” to keep the number of new cases low. The president seems to believe he may not need to do anything to address the pandemic at all. As The Washington Post reports, he has suggested 19 times since February that the virus might just “go away”—most recently on July 1.The president’s other themes place him in familiar culture-war territory. In what The New York Times politely describes as an effort to “exploit race and cultural flash points,” Trump has, third, positioned himself against protesters pulling down or defacing statues memorializing the Confederacy or other racist figures or causes. To listen to his rhetoric, the issue isn’t one of a handful of demonstrators but an immense, coordinated effort to blot out American history—though just how remains unclear. “The left-wing mob,” he warned in his Mount Rushmore speech, “is trying to demolish our heritage so they can replace it with a new repressive regime that they alone control.”Trump thus links statues to a fourth theme: the “unhinged left-wing mob” seeking to “punish, cancel, and persecute anyone who does not conform to their demands.” Trump is all in against such repression, calling it at Mount Rushmore “a new far-left fascism that demands absolute allegiance. If you do not speak its language, perform its rituals, recite its mantras, and follow its commandments, then you will be censored, banished, blacklisted, persecuted, and punished.” He promises to stand against this.And this leads to the final variation on Trump’s culture-war pitch and fifth major theme: Not only does the “left-wing mob” want to tear down statues and punish conservatives, but this supposed radical cohort will bring about the destruction of law and order altogether in its calls to defund police. In many of the president’s recent speeches, this blurs together with the imagined danger of “open borders”—one of the president’s older themes that has retreated in centrality but always lurks close to the surface. “They want to punish your thought, but not their violent crimes,” he said at Tulsa. “They want to abolish bail, abolish and open up your borders. They want open borders.”Finally, Trump argues that Biden is too weak to prevent this chaos. Consequently, voters—presumptively white ones—have a choice between order and a reopened, rejuvenated economy, and the barbarian hordes coming for their treasure and Confederate statues.[David A. Graham: Donald Trump’s lost cause ]Trump’s case has obvious problems, both moral and intellectual. But, more pragmatically, the argument is flawed from an electoral standpoint. For example, even voters who believe that Trump deserves credit for the pre-coronavirus economy may worry that his disastrous response to the virus has contributed to the economic devastation the country now faces. Trump’s approval rating on his handling of the pandemic is not good; a solid and growing majority disapproves of it, and a whopping 85 percent of the country is either somewhat or extremely worried about the economy. Those aren’t good numbers against which to ask for a vote as an incumbent.Moreover, the human costs of the pandemic beg for an electoral reckoning, one that Biden is likely to demand of Trump and to which the current president is extremely vulnerable. His propensity to wish the matter away only exacerbates this problem. And the United States’s performance cannot convincingly be portrayed as admirable in the face of rising COVID-19 case numbers not seen anywhere else in the developed world.The attempt to tag Biden with the excesses of every anarchist protester is also unpersuasive. Whatever Biden is, he’s no leftist firebrand, and his rhetoric has not given aid or comfort to demonstrators engaged in illegal activity—who are not obviously part of his political camp in any event. Painting him as responsible for controlling the supposed mob Trump warns about will be tricky, particularly because Trump himself is the incumbent, and many Democratic primary voters supported Biden as a moderate alternative to more radical choices—as Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, no moderate herself, pointed out recently. Finally, despite hopeful noises from his campaign that Trump’s culture-war shtick will ingratiate him with frightened suburban white women, the polls don’t bear this out. Rather, the attempt to stand behind law enforcement against protesters is actually unpopular, given the current public horror at police behavior, and sympathy with the large majority of protesters who have remained peaceful.So Trump is swimming upriver with this case.But he may not have much choice. He hardly has an obvious alternative argument for his own reelection. He could have his campaign generate a policy program for a second term, but that would be very off-brand. Trump has never talked policy much, beyond promises to build walls and make better trade deals. And a sudden lunge in that direction would be utterly unconvincing. Trump is left with grievance and magic because he’s running for reelection while presiding over the smoldering ruins of an economy and a six-figure death toll from the virus he has let grind the nation to a halt.
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Kevin Hart feels ‘lucky to be alive’ on his 41st birthday
The comedian celebrated his birthday on Monday.
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Yoenis Cespedes’ golf sighting brings back old controversy
Yoenis Cespedes is back to playing on the manicured green grass of New York — and Citi Field, too. The Mets outfielder is feeling so good that he went to play golf the day before the team held its first workout of spring training 2.0, according to Boomer Esiason, who said he ran into Cespedes...
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Charlize Theron says being passed over for 'Mad Max' prequel was 'a little heartbreaking'
Charlize Theron realizes how fortunate she was at getting another chance to star in an action movie, even as she's sad about losing out on one.
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Charlize Theron says being passed over for 'Mad Max' prequel was 'a little heartbreaking'
Charlize Theron realizes how fortunate she was at getting another chance to star in an action movie, even as she's sad about losing out on one.
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Trump administration vows to work ‘hand in hand’ with local governments to reopen schools amid coronavirus
Trump administration officials said Tuesday it is their “goal” to work “hand in hand” with local governments and jurisdictions to safely reopen schools in the fall after the coronavirus closings, while claiming the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention did not recommend closing schools to begin with.
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Blackout Day 2020: Economic protest encourages supporting Black-owned businesses
Blackout Day comes amid calls for social justice and racial equality.       
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Michigan drivers met with startling billboard message: 'Driving while Black? Racial profiling just ahead'
"Driving while Black? Racial profiling just ahead. Welcome to Livonia," the billboard reads. The town's mayor called the sign "counterproductive."        
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People can’t stop listening to songs from Netflix’s sex-filled ‘365 Days’
For the last month, amid the usual teen flicks and true-crime shows, an erotic drama has sat at the top of Netflix’s list of most popular offerings. That film, “365 Days (365 Dni)” — which movie critics have called a Polish “50 Shades of Grey” — has garnered an intense, if controversial, reaction on social...
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Europe's recession will be even deeper than expected
Europe's economy will contract more sharply this year and take longer to recover from the coronavirus pandemic than previously expected, piling pressure on EU leaders to finalize plans for a huge recovery package.
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Sen. Duckworth, who lost both legs in the Iraq War, hits back at Tucker Carlson for suggesting she hates America
Duckworth who lost both legs in a 2004 helicopter crash, hit back at Fox News host Tucker Carlson by asking if he wanted to "walk a mile in my legs."       
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Lin-Manuel Miranda responds to critics calling to cancel ‘Hamilton’
"'Hamilton' is a flawed play about flawed people."
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Michigan governor calls for 'mask-up campaign' amid coronavirus surge
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday called for a "national mask-up campaign," saying it is necessary for everyone, even those in the White House, to wear masks to stem the spread of coronavirus as the number of cases surge across the US.
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Terry Crews and CNN's Don Lemon clash over Black Lives Matter during broadcast
Don Lemon and Terry Crews got into a heated discussion about the Black Lives Matter movement during a CNN broadcast Monday.        
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Bindi Irwin posts a cute photo of her ‘little family’
Bindi Irwin shared a sweet glimpse into her life with her husband Chandler Powell.
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There are more than 1 million international students in the US. Here's where they're from
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DeSean Jackson posts anti-Semitic fake Hitler quotes, vows no hate toward Jewish community
DeSean Jackson posted several fake Adolf Hitler quotes, drawing backlash and prompting him to say he has no hatred toward the Jewish community.       
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The Fug Girls share their favorite royal style moments ever
From Kate Middleton's Alexander McQueen wedding dress to the Queen in lime green.
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Aston Martin selling new 007 'Goldfinger' DB5s for millions
The British automaker has completed the first of 25 reproductions of the iconic DB5, gadgets included.
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Review: A trophy wife takes sweet corporate revenge in a gripping, dated Swedish noir
Camilla Läckberg should be better celebrated in the U.S., but her gripping update of a Fay Weldon thriller isn't updated enough.
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For Israeli actress Shira Haas, starring in 'Unorthodox' has been 'a gift for me'
Shira Haas, who also stars in the Netflix series 'Shtisel,' found many similarities with her Hasidic character in 'Unorthodox'
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High school sports teams are running into major obstacles in trying to work out
Orange and San Bernardino counties advise high school teams to stop football camps and conditioning workouts because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Large mural to Breonna Taylor done in Annapolis park
Several groups put together the mural at a park in Annapolis.
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Massive gap: Gallup measures historic partisan divide on Trump’s approval
Gallup reports that there's an 89-point difference between Republicans' and Democrats' ratings of President Trump in their latest poll - the largest partisan gap they’ve ever measured for a presidential approval rating in a single survey.
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Suspect charged in fatal shooting of 7-year-old Chicago girl Natalia Wallace
A suspect with a lengthy rap sheet is facing murder and other charges in connection to the Fourth of July shooting death of 7-year-old Chicago girl Natalia Wallace, according to police and reports. Reginald Merrill, 33, was charged with first-degree murder and aggravated battery on Monday, after a bloody holiday weekend that saw 17 people...
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Severe storms and flash flooding in the East, gusty winds spread fires in West
There were more than 220 damaging storm reports from the Plains to the Northeast yesterday.
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Miranda Devine: Backlash to 'Hamilton' proves 'you can never be woke enough'
New York Post Columnist Miranda Devine said on Tuesday that the backlash against the Hamilton musical proves that “you can never be woke enough.”
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Stream It Or Skip It: ‘Hannibal Buress: Miami Nights’ On YouTube, Returning To The Scene Of His Non-Crime
Don't blame Buress for introducing his special with an ad: "I can’t just put out my special for free," later adding: “What do you want from me? The world is crumbling!"
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Opinion: By being who she is, BMX freestyle rider Chelsea Wolfe is Changing the Game
BMX freestyle, which involves doing tricks on a bike on a park course, will make its Olympic debut at the Tokyo Games. Chelsea Wolfe wants a chance.       
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Review: ‘Conspiracy’ tells of gold rush and Gilded Age greed
Author Paul Starobin recounts a jaw-dropping tale of greed in the Gilded Age
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The Pandemic Is Pushing Scientists To Rethink How They Read Research Papers
Faced with a glut of pandemic research from around the world, scientists are confronting their biases and learning to engage with science conducted at institutions they're unfamiliar with.
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Jennifer Lopez buys eco-friendly LA home for $1.365M
It was a relatively modest purchase for one of the highest-paid celebrities, whose collection of homes.
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Supreme Court upholds order blocking Keystone XL pipeline
The US Supreme Court denied a request from the Trump administration to allow construction of the Keystone XL pipeline by upholding a lower court’s ruling blocking a permit needed for the project to proceed. The court, in an unsigned brief on Monday, said the pipeline must follow a thorough environmental review process. The justices did...
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There are more than 1 million international students in the US. Here's where they're from
International students in the United States could be made to leave the country if their universities decide to only offer online courses, Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced on Monday night.
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Charlie Daniels: Interviewing the music icon was like talking to a 'really cool, funny' grandpa
Daniels died Monday at 83. I had a chance to interview him a few times ahead of local appearances, once just ahead of his 80th birthday.        
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Cow-painted ice cream bus brings community together during the pandemic
Mireya Villarreal reports on how ice cream is helping build a sense of community and normalcy in the midst of a pandemic. Behind the wheel of a cow-painted ice cream bus is a woman with a passion for bomb pops, orange push-ups and ice cream sandwiches.
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Father’s loss to son in arm wrestling match lead to shooting, standoff: cops
A drunken father’s humiliating arm-wrestling loss to his young son in Kentucky sparked a shooting — and then an 8-hour standoff with deputies, sheriff officials said. Curtis Zimmerman, 55, was drunk when he challenged his juvenile son to an arm-wrestling contest early Monday at a home in Florence, according to the Boone County Sheriff’s Office....
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Lin-Manuel Miranda responds to 'Hamilton' slavery criticism
Disney+ has scored a hit with the filmed version of "Hamilton," but that success has renewed discussion about how the musical deals with the slaveholders it portrays.
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CNN's Don Lemon scolds Terry Crews, says Black Lives Matter is about police brutality, not Black-on-Black violence
CNN host Don Lemon lectured actor Terry Crews on Monday night about the meaning of the Black Lives Matter movement, insisting it’s about police brutality and has nothing to do with Black-on-Black gun violence.
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Florida will require schools to reopen in August despite a surge in coronavirus cases
Florida, which initially avoided the worst of the pandemic in its first few months, now has the third-highest number of coronavirus cases in the US at 206,000 and counting.
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Tom Hanks is disappointed in Americans for coronavirus response
Tom Hanks didn’t name names, but decried the U.S. response to COVID-19 during a 10-minute appearance on “Today” on Tuesday. (Watch video clips below.) “There’s a darkness on the edge of town here, folks,” he said. “Let’s not confuse the fact. It’s killing people. … You can say, ‘Well, traffic accidents kill a lot of...
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‘Racist Drivel’: Conservative MP Cancels His BBC Licence over Racism Against White Women
Conservative MP Ben Bradley said that he has cancelled his BBC licence in reaction to a recent podcast on "white privilege" and "Karens", which he described as racist towards white women.
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The Daily 202: America is in the middle of a child-care crisis
Congress has yet to pass significant legislation to specifically aid the child-care industry.
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Stocks fall as virus outbreaks dim hopes for rebound
U.S. stocks pulled back Tuesday as investors weighed the prospects of a global recovery with spreading coronavirus outbreaks.       
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'Tiny bug slayer': Meet the pint-size ancient ancestor of dinosaurs discovered in Madagascar
Standing about about 4 inches tall, Kongonaphon kely could be one of the last common ancestors of all dinosaurs and pterosaurs.       
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Hernández: Opting out of 2020 not an option for Mookie Betts, to the relief of the Dodgers
Mookie Betts wouldn't consider opting out like Dodgers teammate David Price because he'd lose the service time that will make him a free agent.
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