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DeSantis proposes law cracking down on looters, 'violent' protesters
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday announced a new law to counter violent protests that have rocked the state and country since the police custody death of George Floyd in late May.
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The CDC Posted—But Then Suddenly Deleted—Critical Guidance About How COVID-19 Actually Spreads
The reversal may increase public skepticism about the agency's pandemic messaging
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Darrick Minner's quick finish of T.J. Laramie at UFC on ESPN+ 36 has him finally seeing payoff
Darrick Minner's quick finish of T.J. Laramie at UFC on ESPN+ 36 has him finally seeing payoff        Related StoriesUFC 253: Make your predictions for Adesanya-Costa, Reyes-Blachowicz title fightsAfter settling for split call at UFC on ESPN+ 36, Andre Ewell wants a trip to 'Fight Island'How to watch UFC 253: Fight card, start time, online results, where to stream Adesanya vs. Costa 
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A Republican president. A liberal justice. Their memorials show how united America really is.
Dwight D. Eisenhower and Ruth Bader Ginsburg are revered across the political spectrum for their essential qualities of leadership and morality.
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Kim Cattrall is done talking about Sarah Jessica Parker. She has other stories to tell
"Sex and the City" star Kim Cattrall makes her network TV debut in Fox's "Filthy Rich" as the cunning matriarch of a televangelist family.
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McConnell: Trump's SCOTUS nominee 'will receive a vote' from Senate
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McConnell says Trump nominee for RBG vacancy will be voted on before election
WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday vowed to bring a vote on President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee before the November election following the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. “President Trump’s nominee for this vacancy will receive a vote on the floor of the Senate,” McConnell (R. Ky) said on the floor...
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Foods with front-of-package nutrition labels show 'improved' quality over the years, study suggests
Researchers found evidence suggesting that there is a correlation between front-of-package nutrition labels and the quality of nutrition in those foods.
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Microsoft is buying Bethesda's parent company for $7.5 billion
Microsoft on Monday announced plans to purchase game publisher Bethesda Softworks's parent company, ZeniMax, in a landmark $7.5 billion acquisition deal.
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Popcorn farmers are sitting on mountains of unsold popcorn, in part due to closed movie theaters
The popcorn market may have popped.
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Ellen DeGeneres Admits Struggles With “Be Kind” Persona in First Show Since Toxic Work Environment Reports
"I am that person you see on TV. I am also a lot of other things."
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‘Dukes of Hazzard’ jumper busted for wild stunt over rising drawbridge
A Michigan daredevil launched his car over a rising drawbridge “Dukes of Hazzard”-style while he was allegedly high on whippets, according to reports. Miguel Gomez, 26, of Allen Park, was busted on new charges Monday for pulling the wild stunt on the Fort Street bridge in Detroit, The Detroit News reported. Police said Gomez was...
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House Democrats charge health care inadequate in ICE facilities amid allegations of medical neglect
Detainees in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement face inadequate medical care and challenges in accessing legal services, according to a report released Monday by the Democratic-led House Homeland Security Committee.
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'Use my words against me': What GOP senators said about election-year SCOTUS picks in 2016 and now
In 2016, Republicans blocked Obama's Supreme Court nominee, saying there was no recent precedent for confirming nominees in election years. That has changed.
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Code Commerce @ home
A series of live, on-the-record interviews with retail and e-commerce leaders https://voxmediaevents.com/codecommerce/conferences
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Ohio parents killed in murder-suicide after dad posts alarming messages online
An Ohio man shot and killed his wife before fatally turning the gun on himself in a suspected murder-suicide, police said. The grisly incident unfolded inside the couple’s home in the Ohio city of Lima last week, according to authorities. Officers with the Lima Police Department were called to the Ford Avenue residence on Wednesday...
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NYPD commissioner claims NYC gunplay finally declining — even as 9 more people shot
Nine people were shot — one fatally — across the city Sunday and Monday, cops said. The latest incident came when a 27-year-old man was blasted in the stomach behind a building on Wortman Avenue near Hemlock Street in East New York around 1:20 a.m. Monday, police said. He was rushed to Brookdale University Hospital...
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Column: Did drug makers really stand up to Trump over those 'Trump card' discounts? Doubtful
Reports that the drug industry took a moral stand against Trump are just drug industry PR.
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I Teamed Up With a Bunch of Strangers to Save Animals From the Oregon Wildfires. Here’s What I Witnessed in the Face of Tragedy
Pigs aren’t meant to be hoisted overhead by teenage girls and goats aren’t meant to be shoved through open windows, but when fire’s eating its way out of the woodlands into pastures and beasts balk at the barn door, proper loading protocol be damned. You get them into that horse trailer by any means necessary.…
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240 Years Ago Today, Benedict Arnold Committed Treason and Inspired a Delicious Breakfast—Maybe
Arnold probably would've preferred to be associated with a breakfast dish, rather than what he's actually famous for.
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Woman accused of mailing ricin to Trump also may have targeted Texas law enforcement
A woman accused of sending a letter containing ricin to President Trump is also suspected of mailing the highly-potent poison to law enforcement agencies in Texas, sources close to the matter said Monday. The woman, who was not identified prior to her initial court appearance, was taken into custody Sunday by US Customs and Border...
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In nursing homes and assisted living communities, minorities suffer most from Covid-19, research says
Older racial and ethnic minority residents in nursing homes and assisted living communities in the United States and their caregivers have been hit hardest by the Covid-19 pandemic, according to new research by the University of Rochester Medical Center.
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Coronavirus cancels pumpkin spice at this restaurant chain
It seems even pumpkin spice isn't safe from the coronavirus.
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Can the Senate vote on a replacement for Justice Ginsburg before the election?
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. | Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images The practical and strategic considerations around a Supreme Court vote. Election Day is just over six weeks away. Can Senate Republicans hold a vote to replace Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before then? The short answer is yes, they can, if they — meaning, at least 50 Republican senators — want to. In recent decades, the Supreme Court confirmation process — from nomination to the final vote — has lasted two to three months. Typically, this time is taken up by vetting of the nominee’s history, writings, and career, and then hearings in the Senate Judiciary Committee (which can last several days), before Senate leaders attempt to line up sufficient support for a floor vote. But there’s no reason other than decorum that all this has to take so much time. If Republican senators are unconcerned about the appearances of an unseemly rush to a vote, they can certainly hold a quicker vote should they so desire. Ginsburg herself was confirmed just six weeks after being nominated, though her nomination was uncontroversial and it wasn’t just before an election. President Trump says he plans to announce his nominee for Ginsburg’s seat on Friday or Saturday, which would leave five and a half weeks before election day — a shorter timeline, but not that much shorter. Overall, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Republicans certainly can push a vote before the election if they want to do so. But McConnell will only choose to do this if he sees it as preferable to the other option (waiting until the lame-duck session), and if he can line up the votes for confirmation before then. Democrats can use protest tactics, but there’s no magic procedural solution to thwart a determined Senate majority here Of course, the Senate is famous for the ability of the minority to thwart the majority’s wishes, through the filibuster, which takes 60 votes to overcome. But Democrats changed the rules to dispense with that 60-vote requirement to advance most nominations back in 2013, and Republicans finished the job with their own rules change to let Supreme Court nominations be advanced by a simple majority in 2017. So the minority no longer has its famous procedural tool to block action here. There are some remaining procedural moves that Democrats can make to delay things slightly, but they should be understood more as protest tactics than anything that could actually “stop” a confirmation that the majority wants. For example, Democrats could boycott Senate Judiciary Committee chair Lindsey Graham’s (R-SC) hearings for the eventual nominee. That would deny the committee a quorum, which, under a strict interpretation of the rules, would mean they can’t act. However, Democrats have tried similar tactics with Graham’s committee in the past, and he has simply ignored the rules when they are inconvenient. Others have pointed to the Senate rule requiring 51 senators for a quorum to conduct business. There are currently 53 Republican senators, meaning that three Republicans could vote no on a Supreme Court nominee and that nominee would still be confirmed by the other 50 Republicans and the tiebreaking vote of Vice President Mike Pence. However, former Senate aide Jeff Blattner points out that Pence does not count for purposes of establishing a quorum. So the idea here is that if those three Republican senators join all Democrats in denying a quorum (by not answering or not being present when one is called), they could block a nomination vote from proceeding. However, the idea that any, let alone three, Republican senators will join Democrats in this highly unusual tactic to thwart their colleagues from even taking a vote seems fanciful. (Procedural extremism from the minority is generally not an effective tactic at winning over members of the majority, who tend to resent it.) Finally, others have suggested that, more broadly, Democratic senators use their power to “grind everything to a halt” in the Senate by withholding the “unanimous consent” that the chamber runs on day to day. The problem here is that, to McConnell, this Supreme Court nomination effectively is “everything.” Filling this seat will be his top priority. Making other Senate business more inconvenient for him and Republicans might be an effective attention-getting stunt, but it certainly wouldn’t make him cave. The big picture is that McConnell can essentially hold a vote on an eventual nomination whenever he wants to hold one. The only real constraints are whether he can line up 50 Republican senators for confirmation, and if so, how long that will take. (That’s not to say McConnell will hold a vote before the election — he may see it as in his party’s political interest to do it afterward.) A pre-election vote or a lame-duck vote? All this doesn’t mean the outcome is certain, but it does mean the outcome will be shaped more by politics than by procedural tricks or games. As usual, the question is whether enough Republican senators will decide to stand by McConnell and Trump, or defect. So far Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) have said the seat should be filled by the next president (even if there is a bit of wiggle room in their statements). But that’s not enough — two more defections would be necessary to block a nominee, and it’s unclear who they’d be. Perhaps Democrats’ best hope is the window for confirmation is narrow enough that something — we don’t know yet what — may go wrong. For instance, the time-honored way to derail a Supreme Court nomination is to unearth some scandal in the nominee’s background. It’s at least possible that something like this will throw a wrench into McConnell’s plans. Still, Republicans ended up confirming Brett Kavanaugh despite Christine Blasey Ford’s accusation that he sexually assaulted her as a teenager (an accusation Kavanaugh denied), so the bar for a nomination-scuttling scandal here will surely be set quite high. And even if a nomination is botched, depending on when it happens, Trump and Republicans could still have time to confirm someone else. Other close Senate votes, such as the Obamacare effort, have been placed in jeopardy by health problems for certain senators, or by surprising special election results. The point is that the future’s uncertain, so the longer the process takes, the better for Democrats. McConnell has a more complicated calculus. He wants to get a nominee confirmed, but he also wants to hold on to his Senate majority, and those two objectives could theoretically come into conflict. The question here is what’s best for the vulnerable GOP senators facing tough reelection fights? Sens. Martha McSally (R-AZ) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) have both said they want the current Senate to fill Ginsburg’s seat, but they haven’t said whether that should happen before or after the election. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO), trailing in every poll this year, hasn’t announced his position. A pre-election vote could theoretically help mobilize Republican voters — but it could also energize Democrats in opposition. The problem with waiting for the lame duck, for McConnell, would be that he doesn’t know what the post-election world will look like. If Democrats win big, a hasty November vote to replace Ginsburg will look very ugly and likely encourage Democratic reprisals next year (some in the party are musing about threatening to abolish the legislative filibuster or pack the courts). McConnell doesn’t even yet know how many Republican senators he’ll have throughout the whole lame duck. Arizona’s race is a special election, and if McSally loses, her Democratic opponent will replace her shortly after the election results are certified, which could be at the end of November. There’s also the Georgia special election for Kelly Loeffler’s seat, where polls show the vote split between two Republican and two Democratic candidates — theoretically, it would be possible for one Democrat to win the race with over 50 percent of the vote, which would avert a runoff, and mean the winner would be seated during the lame duck. This would be a tall order considering the current state of the polling, but it’s not outright impossible. Now, if McConnell is hell-bent on getting a nominee confirmed anyway, he can just make sure to hold the vote in November, before any special election winner is sworn in. But still, it’s an added layer of complication that lessens his room for error and opens up the possibility that something can go wrong. The problem is that acting before the election could lessen the chances that he’s still the majority leader next year. Will you help keep Vox free for all? The United States is in the middle of one of the most consequential presidential elections of our lifetimes. It’s essential that all Americans are able to access clear, concise information on what the outcome of the election could mean for their lives, and the lives of their families and communities. That is our mission at Vox. 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 understand this presidential election: Contribute today from as little as $3.
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North Carolina dad-to-be wins $1 million jackpot while at grandma’s house
A North Carolina father-to-be won a $1 million jackpot in a scratch-off game while at his grandmother’s house for dinner, lottery officials said. Clayton Cook, of Hickory, won big on Sept. 14 when he bought some instant lottery games at a grocery store — including a $30 Colossal Cash ticket with a $10 million top...
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Jets’ skill group barren with Breshad Perriman likely out
The hits just keep coming for the Jets. Wide receiver Breshad Perriman left Sunday’s loss to the 49ers with a sprained ankle and could “miss a game or possibly two” because of it, Adam Gase said Monday. It’s just the latest blow to the Jets’ skill position group, which is already without running back Le’Veon...
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NYC shooting incidents are nearly double this year compared to last year, NYPD stats show
New York City has had nearly double the amount of shooting incidents this year compared to this point last year, statistics from the NYPD show.
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‘Schitt’s Creek’ Season 6 Will Be Added to Netflix in October
The wait is almost over to stream the sitcom's final season on Netflix.
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Who is Judge Joan Larsen, possible Trump Supreme Court contender?
Judge Joan Larsen, 51, was a former law clerk for the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
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Election Official Warns Pennsylvania Is Heading for Controversy Not Seen 'Since Florida in 2000'
"Recent actions by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court have set Pennsylvania up to be the subject of significant post-election legal controversy," Philadelphia City Commissioner Lisa Deeley wrote.
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Fire is one of largest ever in Los Angeles County
An enormous wildfire that churned through mountains northeast of Los Angeles and into the Mojave Desert is continuing to threaten homes, but officials say calmer winds could help crews corral the flames. (Sept. 21)       
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NYPD is searching for man who threw rock at cop on UWS
A man who chucked a rock at an NYPD officer on the Upper West Side — sending him to the hospital — is still on the loose nearly four months later, police said. The uniformed officer, 33, was on duty and riding a department scooter at Columbus Avenue and West 67th Street, near Lincoln Center,...
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Emmanuel Sanders reveals the one trait that makes Drew Brees special
SportsPulse: Mackenzie Salmon connected with Saints WR Emmanuel Sanders recently and asked what traits Ben Roethlisberger, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees had in common that helped shape them into legendary QBs.       
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Tech chiefs endorse Biden, rebuking Trump’s immigration policies
Executives and top scientists at tech giants Google, Microsoft and Facebook endorsed Joe Biden’s White House bid on Monday, complaining that President Trump’s immigration policies have prevented them from hiring overseas talent. In a public letter, the group of 24 computer scientists — all winners of the Turing Award, known as the Nobel Peace Prize...
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How to watch the Emmys 2020 winning TV shows: 'Schitt's Creek,' 'Succession,' and more
You can stream 2020 Emmys winning shows like 'Schitt's Creek,' 'Watchmen,' 'The Morning Show,' and more on Netflix, Hulu, and HBO Max.       
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UK govt adviser: 'Britain faces a choice' on Covid
Wellcome Trust director Jeremy Farrar speaks to Amanpour about the second wave of coronavirus facing the UK and the urgent need for action.
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Triathlete's act of kindness at Spain event applauded on social media
A Spanish triathlon competitor was praised on social media last week after his act of decency during an event went viral.
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Brooklyn Dem got student suspended as revenge for public criticism, lawsuit claims
A Medgar Evers College student has filed a lawsuit claiming the school colluded with Brooklyn Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo to punish the student for publicly criticizing the lawmaker during a community board meeting last year.
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What Justice Ginsburg’s Death Means for the Affordable Care Act—And Democrats’ Election Prospects
Health care was already a major focus in this fall’s election, but the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday adds a new layer of urgency to the issue: the Supreme Court is set to hear a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on Nov. 10, exactly one week after…
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Fauci's NIAID Co-Worker Secretly Mocked, Criticized Him Using Pseudonym on Conservative Website: Report
The employee told the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases that he plans to retire soon, a spokesperson told Newsweek on Monday.
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Amy Coney Barrett, a proven conservative on Trump's Supreme Court short list
Judge Amy Coney Barrett, a federal appellate judge and Notre Dame law professor, is a proven conservative with a compelling personal story who has long been atop President Donald Trump's Supreme Court short list.
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Manufacturer recalling 'subpotent' thyroid tablets, adverse effects reported, FDA says
A manufacturer is recalling thyroid tablets found to be subpotent and with adverse effects, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
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Djokovic makes Masters 1000 history in first tournament since being defaulted at US Open
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Way Day 2020 is almost here at Wayfair—here's everything you need to know
Wayfair's huge Way Day 2020 sale is nearly upon us and we've got the scoop on the retailer's Black Friday-level savings event—get all the details.       
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Opinion: After 0-2 start, Philadelphia Eagles have real reason for concern on many fronts
The Philadelphia Eagles have made the playoffs for the last three years, but Carson Wentz and Co. are off to a troublesome 0-2 start.        
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Jeffrey Katzenberg’s Quibi app is exploring a sale, report says
Hollywood mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg is already thinking about throwing in the towel on his six-month-old streaming startup Quibi, according to reports. The app, which tapped big stars like Kevin Hart, Jennifer Lopez and Nick Jonas ahead of its April launch, is exploring its strategic options, including a sale, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday. A...
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Opinion: Patriots QB Cam Newton earning validation, right to tell NFL, 'Told you so'
While Came Newton reminds everyone what he's capable of, several NFL teams that to be wondering exactly what they were thinking this off-season.        
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UCF's Dillon Gabriel declares the Knights the 'best team in Florida' after win over Georgia Tech
Central Florida quarterback Dillon Gabriel had a blunt message on Saturday for every school in the state after the Knights’ 49-21 victory over Georgia Tech.
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