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Op-Ed: Could COVID-19 set off a wave of heart disease?

The lasting effects of COVID-19 on the heart are limited to a small subset of patients, studies show.


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Dreamworld theme park operators fined $2.5 million for malfunction that killed four people
The operator of Australia's Dreamworld theme park has been fined 3.6 million Australian dollars ($2.5m) for a 2016 malfunction on one of its rides that killed four people.
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‘An ER visit costs more’: Trump’s $750 tax bill inspires a rush of comparisons
Of all the revelations in a bombshell New York Times report on Trump's tax returns, it was the $750 he paid in federal taxes that proved most insulting to the president’s critics.
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Big Hit IPO makes BTS millionaires and their producer a billionaire
All seven members of boy band BTS have become multimillionaires after their label, Big Hit Entertainment, pulled off South Korea's biggest stock market listing in three years.
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The photographer who captured Hollywood royalty
Photographer Firooz Zahedi joins Christiane Amanpour to talk about his career capturing Hollywood royalty and his new book, "Look At Me."
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Uber can continue operating in London, judge says
Uber has won the right to continue operating in London, a crucial market for the company.
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How to watch Fox News coverage of the first Trump-Biden debate in Ohio
President Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden will face off for the first time Tuesday in a highly anticipated debate at Case Western University in Cleveland.
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What is it like to watch your son play an NFL game in person in 2020? ‘It’s surreal.’
A few Washington Football Team players had family members in the stands for Sunday's game at the Browns.
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The Tedium of Trump
Donald Trump has built his public persona around the central importance of grabbing attention—whether his actions provoke delight or fury. And yet he is, and has long been, boring.Four years into his presidency, Trump isn’t boring in the way a dull, empty afternoon is boring. Trump is boring in the way that the seventh season of a reality-television show is boring: A lot is happening, but there’s nothing to say about it. The president is a man without depths to plumb. What you see is what you get, and what you get is the same mix of venality, solipsism, and racial hatred that has long been obvious. Trump’s abuses of the presidency are often compared to those of Richard Nixon, but Nixon had a deep, if troubled, interior life; one biographer characterized Nixon as struggling with “tragic flaws,” a description hard to imagine any credible biographer using to describe Trump. In a democracy whose vitality depends, at least in part, on what people are paying attention to and what they think about it, the frenzied monotony of Trump raises the question: What happens when politics is crucially important, but there is little original to say?[Annie Lowrey: The party of no content]The fact that pundits may have a tough time concocting original commentary is not, in itself, the country’s biggest problem. But at its best, the work of people who write and talk and make art about politics is valuable because it helps other members of society make sense of their shared world. If that work loses depth or relevance, democratic culture in the United States diminishes, and people who otherwise would be engaged with politics turn their attention elsewhere.It’s not that nothing is happening. With Election Day only a month away, Trump has repeatedly refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power and is doing his best to cast doubt on the integrity of the vote, calling mail-in ballots “a whole big scam.” He is now poised to fill his third seat on the Supreme Court following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a victory that would tilt the politics of the Court rightward for a generation. Throughout his presidency, he has arguably committed dozens of impeachable offenses during his time in office, from firing FBI Director James Comey and attempting to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller to promising pardons to Department of Homeland Security officials if they turned away asylum applicants at the border to doling out a commutation to his associate Roger Stone, seemingly as a reward for Stone’s refusal to testify against Trump during the Russia investigation.But while these scandals are important, they also are in some ways the same story: The president is a greedy racist and misogynist who does not understand his job. “Is it technically news if he’s doing his usual racism?” pondered the Daily Beast reporter Asawin Suebsaeng after Trump let loose a particularly vile screed against Representative Ilhan Omar during a rally this month. Even Trump’s disturbing threat not to concede is a replay of his insistence in October 2016 that he would accept the results of the upcoming election “if I win.”Read any of the tell-alls written by Trump’s former close associates or family members—not to mention journalists such as Bob Woodward—and you will come away with basically the same understanding. As the journalist Jennifer Szalai wrote in her New York Times review of Woodward’s latest chronicle of the Trump administration, “The Trump that emerges in ‘Rage’ is impetuous and self-aggrandizing—in other words, immediately recognizable to anyone paying even the minimal amount of attention.”There is something uncanny about this. The English novelist E. M. Forster argued that the difference between a fictional character and a real person is that it is possible to know everything about a character in a novel; real people, however, see one another through a glass, darkly. And yet while it may not be possible to know every hidden detail of Trump’s life, it is trivially easy to understand everything about his personality. If he were a character, Forster would call him flat, unrealistic: He does not, as Forster requires, have the capacity to surprise. At some point over the course of the Trump era, this became a running joke among political commentators, who, every time Trump does something appalling and yet obvious, make cracks on social media about how hackneyed the Trump presidency would seem if it were fiction.This has created a problem for artists as well. Surveying the landscape of anti-Trump art in February 2019, the cultural critic Jillian Steinhauer argued that the work had failed to hit the mark: It was missing, she wrote, “the critical introspection to accompany the laughter.” But such introspection is hard to achieve when the person prompting it is so lacking in depth or interiority.Likewise, four years into this presidency uncovering fresh insight into Trump or his administration is difficult. Activists, journalists, and commentators found those insights earlier on. Use of the phrase The cruelty is the point, coined by The Atlantic’s Adam Serwer in 2018, has become widespread in part because it continues to be uncomplicatedly true: A lot of the time, the motivations of Trump and those around him are not actually more involved than a desire to hurt others. The idea is so simple that it’s more or less become a meme, which isn’t to deride its perceptiveness but rather to say that the Trump White House is fundamentally simple. Personally, I wrote a great deal in the first few years of the administration about Trump’s understanding of law as a cudgel against the vulnerable before it dawned on me that I was writing the same article over and over again.This leaves two main options for those analyzing and writing about politics. One is to shrug and accept that the times may merit writing the same thing over and over again. The country is in the midst of an emergency; what does it matter if the emergency is repetitive? Sometimes yelling loudly enough, and for long enough, can move the relevant political figures to act—as it did in the case of impeachment.[Quinta Jurecic and Benjamin Wittes: The serious silliness of impeachment]But the danger is that, by yelling, the speaker becomes part of the great roaring Trump media machine, the engine of which is dependent on the indignation of the president’s opponents as much as the president’s own vileness. “There is no such thing as Trump fatigue,” the journalist Sopan Deb said when news of John Bolton’s book broke in January. “There will always be Trump books sucking up oxygen and authors to make money off them.” The same could be said of the fleet of commentary launched by Bolton’s book and all the books like his, Woodward’s among them. Along these lines, the opinion writer Drew Magary announced recently that he was stopping his column out of exhaustion with the “hamster wheel” of political commentary: “I have nothing left to say beyond what I’ve already said.”That leaves the option of taking a step back from politics and finding intellectual engagement elsewhere. “It may be enough to cultivate your own artistic garden,” Margaret Atwood wrote after Trump’s election, suggesting that artists and writers find their footing in exploring common humanity: “Lives may be deformed by politics—and many certainly have been—but we are not, finally, the sum of our politicians.” Atwood struck a hopeful note, but this instinct can also manifest as something more parochial, a turning inward rather than an effort to expand one’s horizons beyond the events of the day. In 2019, Venkatesh Rao began writing on his blog Ribbonfarm about what he saw as an emerging aesthetic of home goods and fuzzy socks as a refuge from political tempests: “Domestic cozy,” as he called it, is “something of a pre-emptive retreat from worldly affairs for a generation that, quite understandably, thinks the public sphere is falling apart.” The comfort of a weighted blanket can be a shield from political engagement as well as other people.This has a historical echo with the later years of the Soviet Union. In the 1970s and ’80s, many Soviet citizens—among them young people, writers, and artists, the sorts of people one would expect to be engaged in political life—pulled away from politics, which seemed to them to be a waste of time. They were not dissidents or activists; they just didn’t care. This lack of interest took different forms. In his study of the late Soviet period, Everything Was Forever, Until It Was No More, the anthropologist Alexei Yurchak describes some young Soviets forming odd, apolitical artist collectives, while others joined clubs whose members passionately debated more or less everything except current events. “Everyone understood everything, so why speak about that? It was uninteresting,” a former university student told Yurchak dismissively of dissident politics. Likewise, in an exchange with an American sociologist during this period, one Soviet rock musician explained, “We’re interested in universal problems which don’t depend on this or that system, or on a particular time.” His bandmate chimed in: “People are interested in politics, and I don’t know why they are.”These Soviet musicians might have agreed with Atwood’s suggestion that artists should focus on timeless explorations of what it means to be human. Yurchak also quotes a onetime member of an apolitical literary club remembering the group as an “artificially created microclimate”—which recalls Atwood’s vision of an artistic garden separate from politics, or the Instagrammable comfort of domestic cozy. Writing in The New York Review of Books in 2019, the British writer Viv Groskop wondered whether Westerners overwhelmed by the news might wish to adopt the Soviet tradition of “internal exile” and curl into themselves to find peace away from politics. “It is reasonable,” Groskop wrote, “to conclude that apathy must surely be defensible as some kind of political act.”[Read: A brief history of Soviet rock and roll]Those Soviets who withdrew from politics were responding to the boredom of a public life curtailed by official limitations on what could and couldn’t be said. Today, the boredom of the Trump era is the product of a different kind of censorship, what the journalist Peter Pomerantsev calls “censorship through noise.” Instead of the tedium of silence, this is the tedium of endless clatter. But it has the same effect. Whether you choose not to speak about politics and turn your attention elsewhere, or you decide to say the same thing over and over again, the odds are that political leadership will carry on just as it did before. So why bother at all?The United States is not yet in the extreme circumstances in which Yurchak’s subjects found themselves. When Atwood suggested in 2017 that artists should tend their own gardens, she was not recommending that they turn away from the news entirely—after all, she’s continued to speak publicly about the Trump presidency and explore political themes in her fiction—but rather that they remember that there are ideas outside politics. If Trump retains power for a second term, though, resisting the pull of apathy may prove more difficult. This pervasive disinterest is a dangerous thing for a democracy, which depends on political engagement among its people in order to survive. And Trump would surely welcome such detachment, which would only make it easier for him to hold on to power.If Joe Biden wins the election, this problem will likely fade when he is sworn in as president in January 2021. Part of Biden’s pitch to voters is that his administration just won’t suck up as much of their attention: as a Biden campaign ad asked in August, “Remember when you didn’t have to think about the president every single day?” But under a Biden administration, Trump will not go away, and alternative ways of engaging with him—ways that don’t cultivate apathy—are needed for the political and historical reckoning with Trump’s legacy that will need to take place after he leaves office. There is also, of course, the possibility that the current president remains in place for another four years—in which case the battle against apathy becomes even more urgent.Recently, a handful of writers have begun to suggest such alternatives. “The most essential books about the Trump era are not about Trump at all,” the Washington Post nonfiction critic Carlos Lozada writes in his forthcoming book on the literature of the Trump era, What Were We Thinking. Better, Lozada suggests, to examine the forces that enabled Trump’s rise and continued hold on power. Similarly, Szalai argues in her review of Woodward’s book that “the real story about the Trump era is less about Trump and more about the people who surround and protect him.” Along these lines, Anne Applebaum recently wrote in The Atlantic on the question of why Republican leaders choose to enable Trump’s abuses, and this conversation about responsibility and complicity has continued as former administration officials and staffers seek absolution in publicly supporting Joe Biden.The world that made Trump possible is deeper, stranger, and more worthy of thought than Trump himself has ever been, and studying it can offer answers and insights about the current American crisis that the president, in his shallowness, can’t. This approach has another advantage, too. It denies Trump the thing he wants most of all: undivided attention.
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On This Day: 28 September 1934
In 1934, French superstar Brigitte Bardot was born in Paris. (Sept. 28)       
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5 things to know for September 28: Tax returns, Supreme Court, coronavirus, police violence, China
Here's what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day.
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New York City Scrambles to Open Schools As Global Death Toll Approaches 1 Million
The city is the only major school district in the U.S. restarting in-person classes this month. New coronavirus hot spots are emerging around the world. Here’s the latest.
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Julian Castro Compares Trump Tax Payments with Undocumented Migrants: 'Stop Freeloading Off Americans'
The Obama-era HUD secretary hit out at the president after The New York Times revealed details from 18 years of tax returns.
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Power Up: The unlikely state where Joe Biden is likely to flip a Trump electoral vote
Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District is leaning blue.
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Trump’s Taxes
And what else you need to know today.
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Lewis Hamilton says race officials are 'trying to stop me'
Lewis Hamilton says race stewards are "trying to stop me" after he was denied a record-equaling 91st career win at the Russian Grand Prix on Sunday.
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Amid Trump Tax Controversy, One Thing Is Clear: Americans Want the Details
With longstanding questions over the president's tax payments and the release of such information, polling has frequently shown most people asked want details to be made public.
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California Fire Map, Update as Glass Fire Burns Through Napa Valley, Zogg Fire Sparks Evacuations
The Glass Fire is burning with "a dangerous rate of spread," the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection confirmed.
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How climate change affects pandemics
A new study reveals that this cold, rainy weather was part of a once-in-a-century climate anomaly that occurred from 1914 to 1919 and added to the severity of the 1918 pandemic -- research that has eerie similarities to the coronavirus crisis.
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NFL Week 3 winners, losers: Seahawks' Russell Wilson makes MVP case; Bears' Mitchell Trubisky flops
After Sunday's NFL action, there's a clear early front-runner for MVP in Russell Wilson. But another QB's time time as starter might be ending.        
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Op-Ed: The danger in postponing cancer screenings during the pandemic
Cancer screenings are down dramatically during the pandemic. By delaying tests, patients are delaying treatment — and putting their health at risk.
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The 10 Senate seats most likely to flip 5 weeks from Election Day
President Donald Trump's nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court over the weekend is likely to further nationalize the fight for control of the Senate, with Republicans looking to defend a majority that was very much at stake well before Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died.
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Can lab-grown diamonds replace the real thing?
Billy Porter is a man who knows how to rise to a fashion occasion. For the 2019 Met Gala, the "Pose" star dressed as the Pharaoh god Ra and was carried onto the red carpet by six shirtless men, while his 2020 Grammys ensemble included a hat with a crystal-curtain fringe that opened and closed.
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Can lab-grown diamonds replace the real thing?
Lab-grown stones have been billed as the ethical, traceable alternative to mined diamonds, whose history has been mired in scandal. Are they the future?
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Trump's Tax Returns Show His Golf Courses Are Losing Him Loads of Money
According to a New York Times investigation, the president's golf courses have lost a combined $315.6 million in the last two decades.
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Endorsement: Yes on Measure J. Shift L.A. County spending from punishment to treatment
Measure J will shift Los Angeles County funding toward a community-based, care-first approach to public safety. It deserves support.
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Exclusive: As States Prepared Mail-in Ballots, Postal Service Failed to Update at Least 1.8 Million Addresses
As states prepared to send out tens of millions of ballots, USPS inexplicably stopped fully updating its change-of-address database.
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Should you hire a real estate lawyer when buying a newly built home?
REAL ESTATE MATTERS | Of course, if you lawyer, it will cost you money and there is a balance between how much you should pay and the risk of having something happen and then paying to fix it down the line.
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The Past, Present and Future of Amy Coney Barrett
The judge’s nomination to the Supreme Court has enthused conservatives. What does her record say about the role she might play as a justice?
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Newt Gingrich: Presidential debate – Which Biden will show up on stage with Trump?
I have no idea which Joe Biden will show up for the debate. And I have no idea how President Donald Trump will respond to whichever Biden appears on stage. 
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How Ruth Bader Ginsburg became a cultural icon
Americans still long for public figures with extraordinary intellectual, physical and moral achievements.
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Nearly Two-Thirds Of U.S. Households Struck By COVID-19 Face Financial Trouble
Plus, of all U.S. homes that include someone with a disability, 63% report serious financial hardship during the pandemic, and 37% have used up all or most of their savings.
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November may be the darkest month Americans have seen in a long time
The days will be short. The election fight may be long. And the pandemic isn’t letting up.
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Full reopening, firefighter lawsuit, sidewalk extension: News from around our 50 states
How the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting every state      
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When Is Amazon Prime Day 2020? Deals on Devices, Audible, Kindle, and More
Prime members won't have to wait until Amazon Prime Day to make the most of the retail holiday offers, as there are plenty of deals to be had from today.
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'Family Guy' Hints It Will No Longer Have White Actors in Non-White Roles
"Family Guy" and "The Simpsons" may no longer have white actors play non-white roles—though its most major Black character will not be recast until later in the season.
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Man Asked for $30,000 to Shoot Louisville Police Officers on Facebook Live, Authorities Say
Cortez Lamont Edwards, of Louisville, brandished a gun in the video and requested money to shoot police officers, according to the criminal complaint.
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There’s a Looming Eviction Crisis, and We Have No Idea How Bad It Will Be
America is very good at tracking when people buy homes—and terrible at tracking how many are booted from them.
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Trump Says U.S. Will Try to Stop Armenia, Azerbaijan War As Nations Urge Calm
Fighting broke out over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region this weekend, killing dozens and raising fears of a wider conflict.
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Corey Johnson Drops Out, Shaking Up the Mayor’s Race
The pandemic and the George Floyd protests have altered the 2021 contest, and new candidates are emerging.
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Trump And Biden Debate Tuesday. Here's What You Need To Know
The two presidential candidates will face off for the first time in a debate moderated by Fox News' Chris Wallace.
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Donald Trump's Tax Returns Expose 'Lying, Cheating Felon,' 'Art of the Deal' Co-Author Says
"We have a felon in the White House," the co-author of Trump's 1987 book "The Art of The Deal" told Anderson Cooper.
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Donald Trump's Tax Returns Raise Deutsche Bank Loan Questions
Revelations about President Donald Trump's taxes have raised serious questions about decisions at one of the world's largest banks.
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Some countries are eying Sweden's 'light-touch' Covid response. It's a gamble that could backfire
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In Internet Dead Zones, Rural Schools Struggle With Distanced Learning
Many American schools are back in class via distance learning. It's stressful everywhere but especially in rural districts where most students lack high-speed Internet and cell phone service at home.
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IHOP introduces 'IHOPPY Hour' value menu with $5 meals daily from 2-10 p.m.
IHOP is introducing "IHOPPY Hour" menu with snacks and meals with prices that compare to fast-food chains. The new menu was delayed due to COVID-19.       
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Liz Peek: Biden and the debate – this could shake up the race as former VP finally gets grilled
On Tuesday, Joe Biden will finally – finally – be forced to answer tough questions from a non-sycophant newsman.  
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Educating kids & teens for success in future
Logiscool: international network for coding education
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Where Digital Meets Physical
Pratt Miller’s legacy is innovation: As Autonomy and Artificial Intelligence sweep the globe, the company sits at the meeting point between two worlds.
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