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Veteran: Each day Trump's in power, our enemies celebrate

During an interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo, Iraq War veteran Paul Rieckhoff discusses the reports that the White House was warned about potential Russian bounties for killing US troops.
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What Americans could learn from Donald Trump's financial records
Real estate holdings, business relationships, spending habits, even romantic entanglements can be deduced from tax and bank records.
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Armie Hammer and wife Elizabeth Chambers announce split
"It has been an incredible journey, but together, we’ve decided to turn the page and move on from our marriage."
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Long-lost ‘mega-structure’ in space discovered in mysterious ‘dark zone’
Astronomers claim to have found a mysterious space structure spanning 1.4 billion light years across. It’s being referred to as the ‘South Pole Wall’ and has been picked up on stunning 3D maps of the universe. The discovery is said to be one of the biggest cosmic structures ever. For some perspective, one light-year is...
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On the roster: Biden battles Trump for Rust Belt backers
Joe Biden challenges President Trump in rust belt states.
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Stream It Or Skip It: ‘The Claudia Kishi Club’ on Netflix, a ‘Baby-Sitters Club’ Spinoff Doc Addressing Asian-American Representation
Six Asian-American artists share funny and poignant anecdotes about their favorite pop-cultural character.
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West Virginia schools target Sept. 8 for reopening after coronavirus closings, governor says
West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced Friday that the state will tentatively reopen schools for in-person learning in September after the coronavirus closings.
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New York to send coronavirus treatment Remdesivir to Florida amid surge in cases, Cuomo says
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that he would send the COVID-19 medication Remdesivir to Florida as the state struggles with a resurgence of positive cases of the novel coronavirus.
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Amazon tells workers to delete TikTok app, citing security concerns
TikTok, owned by Chinese company ByteDance, is under mounting pressure from lawmakers, who see the company as a potential national security threat.
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Gov. Murphy: Giants, Jets won’t have to quarantine before training camp
Giants and Jets players traveling to New Jersey won’t be subject to the state’s new rule, requiring visitors from certain states with large numbers of COVID-19 cases to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said NFL players would qualify under the “carve-out for essential travel,” with team training camps scheduled...
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Singer Lady A roasts country trio Lady A for 'ironic' trademark lawsuit
Blues singer Anita White slams the band Lady A, formerly Lady Antebellum, for suing her over the name she's used for decades.
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Katy Perry's new single encourages listeners to 'Smile'
The singer released the title track of her forthcoming album, "Smile," after sharing the album title and cover.
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Arizona community becomes COVID-19 hot spot without access to speedy testing
Arizona's cases jumped from 64,000 to over 85,000 in just one week.
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Liz Peek says Trump campaign must get 'succinct and coherent campaign message' out to voters
Fox News contributor Liz Peek told “Outnumbered Overtime” Friday that she found it “astonishing” that the Trump campaign does not have a short, coherent message prepared to appeal to voters.
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Grubhub releases ‘State of the Plate’ results to show trending food orders
Meal delivery services like Grubhub have seen significant growth this year as the coronavirus pandemic has forced many Americans to stay home and closed sit-down dining.
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Charlie Daniels' friends, fellow musicians pay tribute to late country icon at Tennessee memorial service
Late country singer Charlie Daniels was honored by friends and fellow musicians during a touching memorial service in Tennessee.
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How small NJ bank Cross River distributed $5.4B in PPP funds
JPMorgan Chase’s closest local rival in the race to lend out US coronavirus loans wasn’t Citigroup or BNY Mellon — it was a tiny, tech-savvy lender based in New Jersey. Jamie Dimon’s megabank handed out nearly $29 billion of government money to small businesses during the throes of the pandemic shutdown — the most of...
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Nearly Every Major League Baseball Team Has Had A Coronavirus Test Come Back Positive
So far, 71 players have tested positive for the coronavirus, the MLB said on Friday. "I'm actually kind of pleased it's as low as that," the league's medical director says.
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Florida Gov. DeSantis says schools can open if Walmart and Home Depot are open
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is pushing to reopen schools in the fall against the advice of some of the nation's top health officials, and said if Walmart and Home Depot are open, schools should be, too.
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Amazon tells employees to remove TikTok from their devices immediately
Amazon has instructed its employees to remove the short-video app TikTok from their devices immediately, according to a person familiar with the matter.
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Elevate history "we're all proud of," not Confederate flag, analyst says
The debate over Confederate flags and statues reignited following the police killing of George Floyd.
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Australia was a coronavirus success story. Now, an outbreak is prompting new lockdowns.
Members of Victoria Police perform checks at a road block on the Calder Highway just before Gisborne on July 09, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. | Darrian Traynor/Getty Images Hundreds of new cases in the Melbourne area have prompted lockdowns and border closures. Australia initially contained its coronavirus outbreak so well that there were several days in May in which the entire country’s daily number of new cases was in just the single digits, and the country began to reopen. But thanks to a new outbreak, the daily numbers are back in the hundreds — and once again, shutdowns are starting. To contain the new resurgence, Australia on Wednesday closed the border separating Victoria and New South Wales, restricting nearly all travel between the two states. The border was closed to contain an outbreak in Melbourne, the capital city of Victoria, and the surrounding metropolitan area, where hundreds of new cases have been reported over the past several weeks. Australia’s management of the pandemic has been a huge success — the country not only flattened its curve but “crushed” it, as University of South Australia biostatistics professor Adrian Esterman told me. But epidemiologists told me that worldwide, even places with low numbers of new cases will still be susceptible to resurgences until a vaccine is available — so new case numbers, in Australia and elsewhere, will continue to fluctuate. “You’ll have surges where everyone has to go into lockdown and then cases will go down. Then you can start doing normal things again, then the cases will go up, then you’ll have to go into lockdown again,” Raina MacIntyre, head of the Biosecurity Research Program at the Kirby Institute at the University of New South Wales, told me. “It’ll be intermittent periods of epidemic and inter-epidemic periods and intermittent lockdowns to manage the situation until we have a vaccine,” MacIntyre said. How Australia managed to control the pandemic Australia has done a great job controlling the pandemic, experts told me. But you really don’t need experts to tell you that — just look at the country’s total number of cases. Only slightly more than 9,300 people in Australia have been diagnosed with Covid-19 to date, and about 100 people have died as of July 10, according to Johns Hopkins University’s Coronavirus Resource Center. To put that in perspective, Peru and Chile have comparable population sizes to Australia’s — but each has reported over 300,000 coronavirus cases, with thousands of deathsas of the same date. The Australian government took the pandemic seriously from the beginning and, unlike in the United States, government officials listened to the advice of public health experts, Esterman told me. Esterman also said the vast majority of the public complied with social distancing and mask-wearing guidelines — again, unlike in the US, where masks are seen by some as an attack on individual liberty. Australia first tackled the virus with a ban on travelers from high-risk areas in February. MacIntyre told me that most cases from the first outbreak were travelers returning to Australia. That, and Australia’s lack of land borders with other countries, made it easier to identify who was infected or at risk. Australia’s borders were closed to non-citizens on March 19, and later that month public gathering places like movie theaters, bars, and schools were closed and social distancing rules were imposed. Testing has also been widely available — more than 2.6 million people of Australia’s population of 25 million have been tested as of last week. The country’s biggest misstep, Esterman told me, was the docking of a cruise ship in March with infected passengers on board. Hundreds of cases could be traced back to the Ruby Princess cruise ship, where passengers that were clearly sick left the ship without being tested, dispersing around the country. Reopening began in May, with the intent of safely reopening the economy fully by July. In the US, the coronavirus is disproportionately impacting Black, Latinx, and Native American communities. But in Australia, although institutional racism against Indigenous populations in health care is pervasive, Esterman said there were not significant racial disparities in Covid-19 infection rates during the initial outbreak because not many people were infected in the first place. “There were basically too few cases for there to be any differentiation,” Esterman said. But the new Melbourne-area outbreak is largely affecting immigrant communities. This outbreak began because of failures at quarantine hotels, where people who fly into Australia must stay for two weeks under mandatory quarantine. The BBC reports that improperly trained private security forces are facing the blame, including allegations of rule-breaking — like sharing cigarette lighters and having sex with quarantined travelers. From the hotels, the virus spread to low-income communities with large immigrant populations in Melbourne, Esterman told me. He said the government also didn’t spend enough time communicating with these non-English-speaking communities about the importance of mask-wearing and social distancing, leaving them vulnerable. Victoria logged a record-high 288 new cases on Friday. That’s the state’s highest number since the 212 new cases reported on March 28, during the peak of the first outbreak. 3,379 cases have been reported in Victoria to date. “These are unsustainably high numbers of new cases,” Victoria state premier Daniel Andrews told reporters on Tuesday. “It’s clear we are on the cusp of our second wave — and we cannot let this virus cut through our communities.” Lockdowns are being reimposedto contain the new outbreaks Now, metropolitan Melbourne residents are in a six-week lockdown, which began Wednesday, with limited exceptions for leaving home or traveling outside the metropolitan area. The Victoria-New South Wales border was closed Tuesday for the first time in 101 years — the last closure was an attempt to contain the Spanish flu in 1919, which killed 15,000 Australians. People who cross the border, which is guarded by New South Wales police and military personnel, will face large fines; 14-day permits are available for a few exceptions, and emergency service and law enforcement workers as well as people seeking medical care are free to cross. People in the metropolitan Melbourne area aren’t eligible for permits except in extreme circumstances, the Guardian reported. MacIntyre told me that the decision to close the border was made once daily new cases hit triple digits. Previously, affected suburbs and apartment buildings were locked down, but case numbers continued to rise, MacIntyre said. The border closure is meant to prevent people from bringing Covid-19 from areas with a high number of cases into unaffected areas, Krutika Kuppalli, an infectious disease physician and emerging leader in biosecurity fellow at Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, told me. Kuppalli compared the Australian border closure to stay-at-home orders and quarantine mandates in the US, which are also intended to limit travel. More than 50,000 people crossed the border into New South Wales on Wednesday but were forced to wait for hours due to delays with the online permit system. One person has already been arrested for attempting to cross the border without a valid permit or exemption, the Guardian reported. Esterman said the fact that people can get a permit and cross the border at all could be dangerous. “If you live in Victoria and work in South Australia, they will let you through,” he said. “How is that helpful in trying to stop it from spreading from other states?” Areas that controlled the spread of the virus will continue to see outbreaks Australia’s new outbreak and the reimplementation of strict prevention measures show that areas that have limited the spread of the virus aren’t immune to spikes in Covid-19 cases once economies reopen and lockdown policies are lifted. “I think there’s always going to be a risk of resurgence until there is a vaccine, and the decision of when to initially reopen the economy and initially reopen society can be guided by best practices and evidence,” Gregory Tasian, an associate professor of urology and epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, told me. South Korea also contained its virus outbreak well but then faced spikes in new cases, including one linked to nightclub reopenings. Officials declared in June that the greater Seoul area is facing a second wave. Tasian said areas that meet criteria for reopening should effectively communicate universal masking and implement social-distancing guidelines in the workplace to decrease the overall transmission. But the United States is in a completely different situation than countries like Australia and South Korea, which have both managed to flatten their country’s curve of Covid-19 cases, Tasian said. The Northeast, which was once the US’s epicenter, has been able to control the pandemic, but cases in the South and West are on the rise. “The US never got out of the first wave,” MacIntyre told me. “So opening up is going to be extremely dangerous. It is guaranteed it’s going to result in another big surge of cases.” Tasian said that to ideally manage the pandemic, the US should implement nationwide policies, like masking and social distancing, and policies targeted to areas seeing spikes in cases — but that widespread testing is necessary to know which areas are facing larger outbreaks. Even if the US manages toslow the spread of the coronavirus nationwide — which doesn’t seem to be happening any time soon, as cases have just topped 3 million and a record-breaking nearly 60,000 cases were reported Thursday — it’s clear that we’ll be seeing outbreaks until we finally have a vaccine. Support Vox’s explanatory journalism Every day at Vox, we aim to answer your most important questions and provide you, and our audience around the world, with information that has the power to save lives. Our mission has never been more vital than it is in this moment: to empower you through understanding. 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Independent autopsy of Robert Fuller finds no signs of foul play
An independent autopsy commissioned by the family of Robert Fuller, a Black man whose body was found hanging from a tree in Palmdale, found no signs of foul play, the family's attorney said Friday.
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Usain Bolt only works out when he starts ‘putting on weight’
“I will put weight on and I will work out, and as soon as it goes, I stop."
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Trump's campaign, struggling in the polls, aims for a comeback
Trump's reelection campaign, once thought to be a juggernaut, is adrift as it faces unexpected challenges unique to this extraordinary election year.
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ESPN reporter Adrian Wojnarowski apologizes to Sen. Josh Hawley for profane email response
ESPN said Adrian Wojnarowski's profane email response to Sen. Josh Hawley was "unacceptable behavior and we do not condone it."       
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Education Dept. Announces It Won't Punish Colleges For Reconsidering Student Aid
In June, NPR reported that the department was making it harder for colleges to reconsider aid for students whose finances have changed. On Thursday, the agency reversed course.
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Cooper to CDC director: Is the CDC caving to Trump?
CNN's Anderson Cooper asks CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield about President Trump trashing the agency's guidance for reopening schools.
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Opinion: Atty. Gen. William Barr wants to kill three people next week
After 17 years, the federal government intends to resume executions under a system that's just as flawed and inhumane as the surviving state systems.
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Gov. Cuomo shipping Remdesivir to Florida to help fight COVID-19
While COVID-19 cases have plummeted in New York following a severe stay-at home lockdown and other social distancing measures, the killer virus is now ravaging the Sunshine State.
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China churches ordered to praise Xi Jinping’s handling of coronavirus before reopening
Under Chinese Communist Party (CCP) instruction, state-run churches in China say they were required to raise the national flag, sing the anthem and praise Xi Jinping’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic in order to reopen, a watchdog reports. The Lishiting Catholic Church in the Shunhe district of Kaifeng reopened on June 14 with around 20...
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NY allowing family nursing home visits for first time since pandemic
Nursing homes will be allowed to resume limited family visits for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic struck New York in March. The visitations will be permitted in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities that have been free of COVID-19 for at least 28 days, state Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker announced Friday....
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Robert De Niro's finances take a hit due to COVID-19 pandemic, his lawyer says
Robert De Niro's lawyer said the actor lowered his estranged wife's spending limit after experiencing a financial hit due to the coronavirus pandemic.       
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Detroit will open schools this Monday
Detroit Public Schools are scheduled to open their doors Monday for the start of summer classes.
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Long Beach police still looking for shooters in Halloween party attack that left 3 dead
Long Beach officers found victims inside and outside the home. Nine people were taken to area hospitals. Three were pronounced dead at the scene.
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What the Landmark Supreme Court Decision Means for Policing Indigenous Oklahoma
For Indigenous people, cries of “law and order” have always contained a loaded message.
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Arizona wheat farmers prosper amid COVID-19 as pasta sales soar
Some of the world's best pasta wheat actually comes from wheat grown in the desert southwest, including Italy's famous pasta.
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Amazon requiring employees to remove TikTok app from their devices
Amazon is reportedly requiring its employees delete the social media app TikTok due to a potential security risk.       
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COVID-19 surge: Next bailout could cost $1.5 trillion, Moody's says
The price tag jumped from an earlier estimate of $1 trillion due to the hit to states that are struggling with a surge.
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White woman who pulled gun on black family says she feared for her life
The white woman who was arrested after pointing a gun at a black woman and her daughter during an argument in a Chipotle parking lot says she did it because she feared for her life, according to a report Friday. In the first time since footage of the heated confrontation surfaced, Jillian Wuestenberg spoke out...
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ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski responds to Missouri senator’s email: F–k you
We’ve never see a Woj bomb like this before. Missouri Senator Josh Hawley sent a letter to NBA commissioner Adam Silver, criticizing the league’s once-cozy and now-complicated relationship with China. The NBA’s most prominent reporter offered a blunt response to the Republican. “F–k you,” wrote ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski — who didn’t use dashes in his...
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QB Caleb Williams, five-star Oklahoma commit, has plan to become No. 1 pick in NFL draft
Caleb Williams has a plan that starts with finishing high school and ends with going No. 1 in NFL draft. He says Oklahoma will help him get there.        
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Steve Hilton slams de Blasio's 'offensive' stances on police, protests as 'performative wokeness'
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's special support for holding Black Lives Matter protests despite the coronavirus pandemic is "offensive on so many levels," "The Next Revolution" host Steve Hilton said on "Outnumbered" Friday.
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‘David Foster: Off The Record’ Examines Professional Triumphs And Personal Failings Of Hit Music Producer And Reluctant Reality TV Star
Foster makes for a good biographical subject.
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Melrose police investigate 'all lives matter' traffic sign: report
The sign was discovered on Wednesday, and the officer who posted the message claimed no malicious intent.
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Lou Holtz makes Normandy reference to decry idea of no college football
Lou Holtz referenced World War II in an interview with Fox News host Laura Ingraham on why he is in favor of college football being played this fall.        
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Jewish NFL player reacts to anti-Semitic posts by DeSean Jackson
NFL Kansas City Chief's player Mitchell Schwartz tells CNN's Don Lemon that he thinks DeSean Jackson's Instagram post came from "a place of ignorance."
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Dozens of academics, journalists blast 'cancel culture' critics who signed Harper's open letter
A group of journalists and academics denounced a letter Harper's Magazine published in opposition to what's been described as a stifling environment for free speech.
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Opinion: Skipping MLB season for safety of his newborns, Buster Posey makes 'easy' decision, huge sacrifice
After adopting newborn twin girls, the Giants' six-time All-Star catcher announced Friday that he will be sitting out the 2020 MLB season.       
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