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NYC restaurant industry plans march on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Manhattan office
Fed-up New York City restaurant owners and workers are planning to march on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Manhattan headquarters next week to protest what they call lethal COVID-19 restrictions on the industry. The group is demanding that outdoor dining be extended past its current cut-off of Oct. 31, indoor dining be expanded from 25 percent to...
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15 headstones vandalized at historic black cemetery in Texas
The defaced headstones at Evergreen Cemetery – established in 1926 as the city’s first major municipal graveyard dedicated to black residents – were covered in blue spray-paint.
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Why the Kings are lending some of their top prospects to European clubs
Alex Turcotte, the No. 5 pick in the 2019 draft, is one of several prospects the Kings have lent to European teams while the NHL sorts out next season's schedule.
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ESPN’s Max Kellerman: ‘Extremist right-wing agitators’ largely responsible for violent protests
ESPN’s Max Kellerman raised eyebrows on Tuesday when he claimed that "extremist right-wing agitators" are largely responsible for violent demonstrations that have erupted across America since George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police
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Twitter users say the platform crops out Black faces
Social media platform launched probe after users complained that its photo preview tool appears biased.
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Woman charged with chucking bottle, yelling N-word at jogger held on bail
The woman charged with chucking a glass bottle and yelling a racial epithet at a jogger in Queens last month was held on $2,500 bail Tuesday. Lorena Delaguna was caught on video Aug. 17 allegedly throwing a bottle at Tiffany Johnson — a black woman who passed Delaguna while she was jogging in Woodside midday,...
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Brute who slugged elderly victim allegedly yelled ‘that’s what I do’ during attack
A brute barked “That’s what I do” as he randomly delivered the blow that left a 77-year-old in Manhattan in need of brain surgery, the man’s wife said Tuesday. “I’m really upset that this happened to him,” the wife, who asked to remain anonymous out of fear for her safety, told the Post. “The man...
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Halloween 2020: Move Over Jack-O-Lanterns, It's Time for 'Thankful Pumpkins'
A pumpkin tradition originally developed for Thanksgiving can prove useful during the ghoulish Halloween season as well.
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‘A Girl Is a Body of Water’ is a poignant coming-of-age tale about women’s hard-won wisdom
Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi’s Uganda-set novel follows a girl caught between tradition and her rebellious urges.
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NYPD cop accused of spying for China raised suspicions at party attended by AOC
A former president of the Tibetan Community of NY & NJ said the group became suspicious of Officer Baimadajie Angwang, 33, and "cut off the relationship" with him.
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NASA outlines $28 billion plan to land the first woman on the Moon by 2024
NASA has big plans for 2024.
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Micah Kiser making an impact with Rams' linebacking corps
Rams inside linebacker Micah Kiser caused an early fumble and finished with a team-high 16 tackles in Sunday's win over the Philadelphia Eagles.
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Adam Silver gives his ‘best guess’ when next NBA season will start
NBA commissioner Adam Silver confirmed the earliest the NBA will consider starting next season is January and still hopes to stuff in an 82-game slate. Under normal times, NBA training camps would begin next week with the season opener in mid-October. During these pandemic times, the NBA is in the midsts of the conference finals...
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John Boehner reveals wild front cover of new tell-all book
Former House Speaker John Boehner is the latest Washington DC luminary with a tell-all book deal — and the cover art alone is worth the purchase price.
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Evaluators weigh in on Mets’ Pete Alonso vs. Dominic Smith debate: Sherman
Pete Alonso or Dominic Smith. Who you got? The Mets can and probably will keep both, especially if the NL goes to a designated hitter permanently or the Mets willingly continue to have dubious defense by shoehorning Smith in left field. But that this is even a question says something about how both have played...
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Four Missouri School Districts Agree To Let Students Skip COVID Quarantine, Return To Classes, Sports
Larry Bergner, administrator of the Newton County Health Department which serves the four districts, worried about potential mental health effects as a result of being kept at home and a lack of food in some students' homes.
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Burned-out NYC moms prepare for weekend away from kids, COVID-19
Mommy needs a break.
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Kate Middleton debuts new necklace dedicated to her three children
How charming!
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Police Commission to review LAPD's facial recognition use after Times report
The Los Angeles Police Commission says it will review the LAPD use of facial recognition software and how it compares to programs in other major cities.
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Trump Takes Away a Lifeline for Swing-State Senators
President Donald Trump demands loyalty, but isn’t so quick to return it. Republican members of Congress have passed his bills, rationalized his behavior, kept him in power. Now, with a new Supreme Court vacancy, some of the GOP senators who risked the most in tethering themselves to Trump sorely need his help keeping them in power. He isn't guaranteed to deliver.Trump tweeted today that he’ll announce his nominee at the White House on Saturday, and he’s said that he wants a vote to take place before the November 3 election. That could spell trouble for swing-state Republican senators in tough reelection fights, such as Susan Collins of Maine and Cory Gardner of Colorado. They have one obvious lifeline: Voters could split their tickets, backing Joe Biden for president and supporting Republicans down-ballot. But Trump is making that prospect a lot less likely. A fierce confirmation fight over the conservative replacement for Ruth Bader Ginsburg may only reinforce purely partisan voting patterns.Trump gives senators little space to carve out the sort of independent identity that might make ticket-splitting more realistic. As I’ve written before, his intolerance for apostates has been a pattern throughout his presidency; he won’t brook criticism from inside the party or out, even as handling of the pandemic and civil unrest has made his administration’s performance tougher to defend. Pushing a nominee through before Election Day poses perhaps the starkest test yet of Trump’s insistence on fidelity. He’s asking that senators cast one of the most polarizing votes imaginable, amid one of the most fraught races in modern history, on a timeline driven by a political clock.A preferable scenario for embattled swing-state senators would be for Trump to put off a confirmation vote and let the election winner pick the nominee. Or, alternatively, he could wait until the election passes and announce a nominee during the lame-duck period, sparing senators the need to vote before November 3.Either approach could placate moderates and independents recoiling at the rush to fill the vacancy, as well as suburban-women voters stricken by Ginsburg’s death. “I need suburban women to be ticket splitters, and I can’t lose them as ticket splitters,” Sarah Chamberlain, the CEO of the Republican Main Street Partnership, a moderate-Republican advocacy group, told me. “If we don’t handle this correctly as a party, we’re going to have a problem.”Collins was trailing her Democratic opponent, Sara Gideon, by five points in a poll released this week. Gardner has the misfortune of running in a state dominated by independent voters who largely favor his Democratic rival, former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. Making things worse for the senators, Trump is struggling in both states, meaning his vaunted base likely isn’t enough to grind out victory for other GOP candidates. He’s trailing Biden by nearly seven points in Colorado and 14 in Maine.A vote on a Supreme Court nominee “makes it that much harder for Collins and Gardner, because [they were] trying to run independently of Trump as much as they could,” Jessica Taylor, the Senate-and-governors editor at “The Cook Political Report,” told me.Gardner aired a 30-second TV spot in the spring that made no mention of the president. Collins has long struck an awkward balance in which she sounds disapproving of Trump, but doesn’t actually throw up obstacles to what he’s trying to achieve. Like Gardner, Collins voted to acquit the president during his impeachment trial earlier this year, even as she complained about his behavior; she memorably said that she believed Trump had absorbed “a pretty big lesson” from the ordeal.When it comes to both senators’ reelections, the Supreme Court vote “brings it all back to Trump,” Taylor said.Collins and Gardner have staked out different positions when it comes to picking Ginsburg’s successor. Gardner put out a statement yesterday indicating that he’d vote to confirm a Trump nominee who meets certain standards. Collins, though, took issue with the president, saying that the candidate who wins the presidential election should be the one to choose.Trump’s focus isn’t on the Senate’s fate so much as his own. A quick Court appointment works to his advantage, diverting attention from his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and potentially giving his core supporters extra incentive to vote. Evangelical voters in particular are “now going to turn out, because they know what’s at stake,” Bryan Lanza, a former Trump-campaign adviser, told me, referring to immigration, taxes, and the environment, among other issues. “This is their one window. They’re not going to let it go by.”A speedy confirmation would also bulk up the Court’s conservative majority ahead of what could be a slew of litigation arising from the election. Disputes over recounts and mail-in ballots may well wind up before the Court. In the 2000 presidential race, the Supreme Court voted 5–4 to stop a recount in Florida and thereby handed George W. Bush the presidency. Should Trump confirm another justice by November 3, he’d enter the murky postelection period in a formidable position: Six of the nine justices will have been appointed either by him or other Republican presidents. “An ideological shift on the Court could have a pretty profound impact on the outcome,” Rosa Brooks, a Georgetown University law professor, told me. Whatever happens to Collins and Gardner, their fate illustrates the unenviable position Republican lawmakers are in. Both supported the president in crucial moments, including past Supreme Court nomination fights and, most recently, the Senate’s impeachment vote. Two weeks after the trial, Trump flew to Colorado for a rally, stood with Gardner, and called for his reelection. The senator, Trump said, “has been with us 100 percent.”The gratitude isn’t forever. The last vote cast is not the one that matters; it’s the next vote that risks Trump’s wrath. After Collins called on the election winner to choose the nominee, Trump appeared on Fox News and delivered a rebuke. “People are not going to take it,” he said.
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Woman who allegedly sent ricin to White House charged
Pascale Ferrier has been charged with making threats against the president of the United States, and will make her first appearance in federal court in Buffalo on Tuesday afternoon.
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Letters to the Editor: In the fight over RBG's seat, Democrats are the real pro-America 'conservatives'
It's Democrats who want abortion to be legal as it has been since the 1970s. Which party is trying to change America beyond recognition?
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Why Kate Chastain loves ‘Real Housewives of Potomac’
She's ready to bring it.
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Police identify woman found fatally shot in Md. home
Fatima Kamara, 25, was found slain in her home Monday.
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NASA Is Finally Sending a Woman to the Moon...in 2024
A woman will travel to the moon as part of NASA's Artemis program.
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Could Republicans Fill Ginsburg's Supreme Court Seat With Trump Nominee Even if They Lose the Senate?
Republicans could lose control of the Senate in November and still confirm Trump's nominee, but it's unlikely Democrats will let that happen without a fight.
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On Fox News, Conservatives Are the Victims of the SCOTUS Vacancy
A network built around grievance politics can’t celebrate a fight it’s already won.
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Opinion: If 4-year-olds can wear masks, so can Jon Gruden, Sean Payton and other NFL coaches
The NFL handed out hefty fines after Seattle's Pete Carroll, San Francisco's Kyle Shanahan and Denver's Vic Fangio didn't wear masks.        
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COVID-19 death toll: Souls of 200,000 are asking their fellow Americans why
Our View: Donald Trump and his administration aren't the only ones to blame in how America is failing against historic pandemic.      
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Gloria Steinem revealed she teamed up with Meghan Markle to cold-call voters
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, joined forced with political activist Gloria Steinem in efforts to get people to vote in November's presidential election.
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China's Xi, Russia's Putin push back at Trump during annual UNGA
China's Xi Jinping responded to President Trump's comments about the coronavirus and warned that China will not "engage in zero sum game."
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Florida man sues dating site over refund after doctor ordered him to stay home
An 86-year-old Florida man who paid a dating service nearly $5,000 couldn’t get a refund despite letters from doctors ordering him to stay home amid the coronavirus pandemic, a lawsuit claims. Widower Alexander Walker Sheen, of South Pasadena, sued Sun Coast Introductions LLC earlier this month for more than $8,000 in damages after signing a...
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UFC on ESPN+ 36 medical suspensions: Tyron Woodley, Sarah Alpar, two others face 180-day terms
Three main card fighters and one prelim fighter are facing lengthy suspensions.        Related StoriesUFC on ESPN+ 36 Promotional Guidelines Compliance pay: 'Cowboy' Cerrone gets highest payoutNiko Price wants to run things back with Donald Cerrone in a main eventFormer UFC title challenger Stephen Thompson pivots for Leon Edwards callout 
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A’s vs. Dodgers prediction: Pitching matchup is recipe to go Over
The Oakland Athletics have been superb with their pitching in 2020 but have seen Frankie Montas become a weak link. Montas will try to recapture his prime form on Tuesday against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Chavez Ravine. Since having a start pushed back nearly a month ago due to a back injury, Montas has...
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Staying Apart, Together: Happy first day of fall, such as it is
Fall will still be fun. We can enjoy it safely, I promise.       
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At the UN, China’s Xi showed he understands the system better than Trump
Spencer Platt/Getty Images The US is ceding leverage, which is giving China the influence it craves. President Donald Trump spent most of his United Nations speech blasting China — for its handling of the coronavirus, for its contributions to pollution, for its trade policy. China’s President Xi Jinping, who spoke shortly afterward, did not mention the United States directly. Instead, he talked about Beijing’s commitment to global cooperation and the humanitarian response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Both speeches misrepresented the realities of their countries, and the world, right now. But 75 years after the United Nations was founded, China, not the United States, has shown it knows how to work the multilateral system to its advantage. Trump’s dismissiveness of international cooperation has been a theme of his presidency, culminating in his fourth (and maybe final) United Nations speech, where he once again revisited the greatest hits of “America First.” Or as Trump put it in his short, prerecorded address: “But only when you take care of your own citizens will you find a true basis for cooperation. As president, I have rejected the failed approaches of the past, and I am proudly putting America first, just as you should be putting your countries first.” Even if expected, Trump’s tone was at odds with the UN’s 75th anniversary, which is all about member states renewing their commitment to multilateralism. His attacks on China were in sharp contrast to the warnings from UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, who warned earlier Tuesday morning against the start of a “new Cold War” and a world where “the two largest economies split the globe in a great fracture.” “We must hold accountable the nation which unleashed this plague onto the world: China,” Trump said, referring to the coronavirus. “In the earliest days of the virus, China locked down travel domestically while allowing flights to leave China — and infect the world.” He accused the World Health Organization, which the Trump administration announced it was withdrawing from this summer, of being too greatly influenced by China. He demanded the “United Nations must hold China accountable for their actions.” A representative for China, speaking to introduce his leader Xi, rejected the US’s characterizations, but in contrast to Trump’s adversarial tone, China tried to paint a picture where actually, they were the good guys, and just trying to defeat the pandemic responsibly. “We should follow the guidance of science, give full play to the leading role of the World Health Organization, and launch a joint international response to beat this pandemic,” Xi said in his address, through an interpreter. “Any attempt of politicizing the issue of stigmatization must be rejected.” Of course, China silenced whistleblowers who spoke out in the early days of the pandemic, it delayed reporting the outbreak, and there are still questions about China’s level of cooperation with the WHO investigation into the origins of the virus. China has also deployed propaganda to try to blame the US for the coronavirus, too. “We will never seek hegemonic expansion or sphere of influence,” Xi said in his speech, clearly a nod to Trump’s accusations. “We have no intention to fight either a cold war or a hot one with any country. We will continue to narrow differences and resolve disputes with others through dialogue and negotiation.” Xi is framing China as a sort of responsible global partner and humble participant in the global order; he didn’t try to go tit-for-tat with the US. Instead, the leader of a country that is interning 1 million of its Uighur Muslim minority population, and has stifled democracy in Hong Kong, talked about the need “to join hands to uphold the values of peace, development, equity, justice, democracy, and freedom shared by all of us.” The Trump administration isn’t wrong to call out China its misdeeds. (Trump did not mention Hong Kong or the Uighurs directly, though he warned against “religious persecution, and the ethnic cleansing of religious minorities.”) But the US also failed to offer an alternative vision of global leadership other than everyone looking out for themselves. In rejecting global institutions, Trump then wants these global institutions to change — a proposition that seems doomed to fail. At least for the United States. China’s influence in multilateral institutions is becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy The UN and its agencies like the WHO are really the sum of their parts, which is a collective of member states. That makeup is also reflective of the geopolitical realities of the world: The richest and most powerful states tend to have the most leverage. That is, still, the United States, even as it doesn’t always claim to have that role. The United States, for example, is far and away the largest donor to the UN. While China’s contributions are increasing, in fiscal year 2019, the US’s commitments to the UN’s regular budget were nearly double China’s. (China is the biggest donor to UN peacekeeping missions.) As for the World Health Organization, in 2018 and 2019, the US’s contributions dwarfed China’s, in both assessed and voluntary contributions. There’s no doubt China’s influence is growing, but it is slightly overblown. But when the United States walks away from cooperative bodies — from the Paris climate accord to the WHO — it leaves behind a vacuum. China has hastened to fill it, and that, more than anything, is bolstering Beijing’s rise and influence. It gives China a chance to be a good guy — say, pledging $30 million to the WHO when the US threatened to withdraw, a fraction of the money the US provides annually. The Trump administration, in abandoning institutions for being too China-centric, is allowing them to become just that. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy. Again, this is not to say the US doesn’t have legitimate criticisms of the WHO, or China. But by refusing to work within the system, it is actively ceding leverage and losing credibility. Last week, in a discussion with reporters about the implications of the US leaving the WHO, Elizabeth Cousens, the president and CEO of the UN Foundation, said that even as the US is trying to push the WHO to reform, it’s “losing influence in that conversation because they’ve stepped off the field.” The US can’t officially withdraw from the WHO until July 2021 because it must fulfill certain financial commitments through then. But that undermines trust in the United States as a reliable partner. China is happy to try to fill that gap. And Trump’s anger at some of these multilateral institutions is somewhat misplaced. For all his “America is the best” rhetoric, he’s suggesting the United Nation bodies have powers that it just doesn’t have, in part because powerful member states don’t want it to. It’s not exactly like the US likes supranational bodies getting involved in its affairs. The UN system is far from perfect. But as Stewart Patrick, an expert on global governance at the Council on Foreign Relations, told me before Trump’s speech, past presidents used to criticize the United Nations “more in sorrow than in anger” — in other words, this body is imperfect and needs to be reformed. But Trump’s wholesale rejection doesn’t achieve those ends. If America wants UN bodies to work for its interests, then it has to work within them, rally support, defend, and make the case for them. That’s what China tried to do on Tuesday. China might not succeed in this because global cooperation is as much a means to an end, in this case to build up China as a great power. Take the quest for an effective and safe Covid-19 vaccine. In Trump’s speech, he said: “We will distribute a vaccine. We will defeat the virus. We will end the pandemic. And we will enter a new era of unprecedented prosperity, cooperation, and peace.” What he notably didn’t mention were any specific commitments to the rest of the world. Alternatively, Xi claimed China had a “safe and effective vaccine,” then added that “there is a particular need in terms of leadership for the leaders of this movement to cooperate and collaborate with the most vulnerable countries.” He also pledged $50 million to help the UN’s Covid-19 humanitarian response. But here’s the thing: Neither the United States nor China is among the 156 countries participating in a WHO-linked initiative to invest in Covid-19 treatments and vaccines and distribute them equitably around the world. You might understand that from Trump’s speech, but not necessarily China’s. And that’s the point: Actions matter. If the US wanted to make the case that China isn’t a good global partner, putting its weight behind a vaccine project would show China isn’t the responsible actor it claims to be. It would also be using multilateral institutions in the US’s interests. But the Trump administration has not done so — and it’s not stopping China from doing it, either. Help keep Vox free for all Millions turn to Vox each month to understand what’s happening in the news, from the coronavirus crisis to a racial reckoning to what is, quite possibly, the most consequential presidential election of our lifetimes. Our mission has never been more vital than it is in this moment: to empower you through understanding. But our distinctive brand of explanatory journalism takes resources. Even when the economy and the news advertising market recovers, your support will be a critical part of sustaining our resource-intensive work. If you have already contributed, thank you. If you haven’t, please consider helping everyone make sense of an increasingly chaotic world: Contribute today from as little as $3.
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Notre Dame’s coronavirus outbreak halts promising season
Notre Dame is joining the postponement parade. Its game against Wake Forest was postponed on Tuesday after seven players tested positive for COVID-19. First, practice on Tuesday was canceled. Later, the Wake Forest game was pushed back. The players were put in isolation and their close contacts were identified. “With student-athlete health and safety our...
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Betsy DeVos says there is no 'perfect option' to safely return students to classrooms in COVID-19 era
There is no "perfect option" to guarantee the safe return of K-12 children to their classrooms in a COVID-19 era, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said Tuesday.
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Fire alarm forces Brooklyn teachers to abandon their remote classes
Now that’s alarming. The troubled start of the COVID-19-wracked school year got even wilder for teachers at a Sunset Park school, when they had to temporarily abandon their remote classes Tuesday because of a fire alarm. Teacher Annie Tan said the unwelcome racket only added to ongoing staff bewilderment. She posted video of the din...
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Supreme Court heads into election season amid uncertainty
The death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has tilted the Supreme Court further rightward at a time when voting access cases or even a contested presidential election could head to the high court.
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VA cancels 'race cafe' event that allegedly violated Trump's executive order
The Department of Veterans Affairs told Fox News that it has cancelled an event on race and microaggressions after appearing to defend it as complying with the president's recent executive order on critical race theory.
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National Weather Service radar picks up huge bat colony in skies over Phoenix
The official start of fall may be Tuesday, but forecasters in Arizona recently spotted a sight in the sky more fit for Halloween. The National Weather Service (NWS) forecast office in Phoenix last Sunday spotted something strange over the city. “What might be causing all the radar returns around Phoenix between 6-7 PM this evening?”...
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Joe Biden blasts Bernie in pitch to Wisconsin voters: 'I beat the socialist'
Former Vice President Joe Biden appeared to slight his former opponent, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., on Monday in an attempt to assuage voters' concerns that he would pursue a socialist agenda.
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Why we should listen to what Olivia Troye says about Donald Trump
Miles Taylor writes that Olivia Troye put herself at great risk reputationally, personally, and professionally by turning herself into the nation's body cam and bringing transparency to a White House that thrives on misdirection and deceit. She deserves to be listened to.
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Celtics’ locker-room blowup ‘needed to happen:’ Marcus Smart
Marcus Smart says the Boston Celtics’ blowup in the locker room earlier in the NBA Eastern Conference Finals has made the team mature and come together. He also admits it “needed to happen.” Smart and Jaylen Brown reportedly got into a heated argument following Boston’s second straight collapse in two losses to the Miami Heat...
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‘Dynamite’ week: BTS sets ‘Tonight Show’ residency, ‘Tiny Desk’ record
The weeklong visit with Jimmy Fallon kicks off Monday, Sept. 28.
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Cuckoo battle over birdhouses allegedly prompts ‘serial-killer notes’
“Cluck you!” “No, cluck you!” It’s all-out war on the Upper East Side over some birdhouses that residents painted and hung on city trees to decorate their street amid COVID-19, only to have their artwork ripped down and trashed by a woman in the middle of the night. Someone has now posted handwritten, “bizarre, serial-killer...
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Matt Gaetz: 'Congress Not Going to Rein in Big Tech, Congress Owned by Big Tech'
Congress cannot be trusted to take on Big Tech censorship because Silicon Valley has purchased politicians' compliance, warned Matt Gaetz.
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