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Trump signs Hong Kong Autonomy Act authorizing sanctions against China
President Trump on Tuesday signed the Hong Kong Autonomy Act to authorize sanctions against Chinese officials. The act was unanimously passed in the House and Senate this month after China enacted a new security law in Hong Kong that squelches free speech, effectively ending the former British territory’s autonomy. “Today I signed legislation and an...
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Here’s what the coronavirus pandemic was like for a Wall St. billionaire
Poor little rich boy! A Wall Street billionaire whined about being forced to drive himself around and learn Zoom amid the pandemic that’s cost a half a million people their lives and crippled the economy. An unnamed bigwig dubbed “one of America’s richest men” by Bloomberg spoke to the outlet about his biggest worries during...
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Notre Dame AD Jack Swarbrick on possibility of no football amid pandemic: 'Result will be dictated to us'
Notre Dame AD Jack Swarbrick says if coronavirus trends continue, "America is not going to return to normal" and football will "be a victim of that."        
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John Legend admits he cheated in the past before meeting Chrissy Teigen
John Legend admitted he wasn't the best boyfriend in the past.
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Jim Carrey’s Showtime series ‘Kidding’ canceled after two seasons
The decision was allegedly kept a secret because Carrey is campaigning for an Emmy.
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President Trump Signs Bill Approving Sanctions on China Over Hong Kong Crackdown
He also issued an executive order that ends U.S. preferential treatment for Hong Kong
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Trump signs executive order to hold China accountable for actions against Hong Hong
President Trump on Tuesday announced two actions his administration has taken against China as tensions between Washington and Beijing continue to rise.
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Jemele Hill on DeSean Jackson's anti-Semitic posts: 'Unfortunate truth' is Black Americans have 'cultural blindspot'
The Atlantic staff writer Jemele Hill addressed the anti-Semitic posts made by Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson, suggesting in an op-ed on Monday that it stems from a much larger issue among Black Americans, including herself. 
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The Trump administration just backed down on its attempt to kick out foreign students
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and international students rally at the statehouse against ICE visa rules that would potentially remove students from the country or prevent others from reentering, weeks before fall semester begins, during the coronavirus pandemic on July 13, 2020, in Boston. | Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via Getty Images Foreign students will be able to take online-only course loads and remain in the US this fall. The Trump administration announced Tuesday that it will rescind a policy change that would have prohibited international students from remaining in the US if they are taking only online classes amid the coronavirus pandemic. The announcement came during a hearing in Massachusetts federal court. Harvard and MIT, backed by more than 200 other universities, had challenged the new policy, which would have forced students taking solely online classes to either return home, transfer to programs with in-person classes, or face the risk of deportation. US Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced the policy change last week, just hours after Harvard unveiled its plans to hold only online classes for the coming academic year. Ken Cuccinelli, the acting deputy secretary of homeland security, later told CNN that the policy change was meant to “encourage schools to reopen” — part of the Trump administration’s goal of forcing American life to resume even as the coronavirus continues to spread and the death toll mounts. Universities have argued that the policy overlooked their efforts to keep students, instructors, and other members of their communities safe amid rising cases nationwide — especially those who are immunocompromised and face higher risk of complications from Covid-19. It’s one of the rare instances in which the Trump administration has retreated on a major immigration policy priority in the face of widespread public backlash. By contrast, President Trump defended his decisions to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and impose his travel ban on several majority-Muslim countries — both intensely unpopular policies — until the Supreme Court weighed in. “The Trump Administration appears to have seen the harm of its July 6 directive, but it shouldn’t take lawsuits and widespread outcry for them to do their job,” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who had filed a separate lawsuit challenging the policy, said in a statement Tuesday. “In the midst of an economic and public health crisis, we don’t need the federal government alarming Americans or wasting everyone’s time and resources with dangerous policy decisions. President Trump’s arbitrary actions put the health and safety of our students and communities across the country at risk.” ICE did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the reasoning behind its decision. The Trump administration could still pass narrower restrictions The Trump administration may still announce a narrower set of restrictions on foreign students who are newly enrolling in US universities, including college freshmen, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. That could upend the plans of thousands of students who have already committed to attend a US university just weeks before the start of the fall semester. But the judge in Harvard and MIT’s case has announced that she intends to keep the case open, meaning the Trump administration would likely have to defend any such changes before her court. (Harvard declined to comment on whether it would challenge such rumored restrictions in court.) It would just be the latest way that Trump, who has criticized universities for “taking the easy way out” by canceling in-person classes amid the pandemic, has targeted foreign students. In recent years, he has sought to clamp down on visa programs that allow foreign students to gain work experience post-graduation, preside over sting operations to weed out student visa fraud, and make it easier for students to fall out of legal status. Foreign student enrollment, which totaled about 1 million students nationwide in 2014, has been on a steady decline since his election. That has dealt a blow to universities that rely on their talents and tuition, and to the US economy — foreign students generate an estimated $32 billion in revenue annually and support more than 300,000 jobs, according to the think tank New American Economy. The policy change that ICE retracted would have forced students to self-deport Before the pandemic, ICE had a longstanding policy of barring international students from living in the US while pursuing online-only curricula. To maintain a valid visa, foreign students must pursue the number of credits necessary to complete whatever their school deems to be a “full course of study.” For students on F-1 visas, only a single online class can count towards their full course of study, and for students in technical and vocational programs on M-1 visas, none count. ICE changed its policy as universities suspended in-person classes starting in early March to stop the spread of the coronavirus, temporarily waiving limits on how many online courses foreign students can take for the spring and summer semesters. The exemption would remain “in effect for the duration of the emergency” related to Covid-19, the agency said at the time. But the national emergency is by no means over, and universities have been working for months to determine how they can safely hold classes in the fall without becoming “superspreaders.” ICE nevertheless announced that it was updating the policy change last week such that students pursuing online-only curricula would no longer be allowed to remain in the US. It would have offered schools more flexibility than the agency’s pre-pandemic policy, Cuccinelli told CNN last week, adding that “anything short of 100 percent online” would have allowed foreign students to stay in the US. But schools say the policy change would have hampered their careful plans to reopen and leave their students with no option but to leave the country. ICE suggested that students could have transferred to programs that are not online-only, but that would have been impossible within weeks of the start of the fall semester. And for many students, the prospect of returning to their home countries to take classes online would have been “impossible, impracticable, prohibitively expensive, and/or dangerous,” according to Harvard and MIT’s suit. Raúl Romero, a Kenyon College student from Venezuela, said that returning to his home country would mean going back to a socioeconomic and political crisis that has displaced thousands and led to increases in violent crime, starvation, and poverty. Tuesday’s announcement from the Trump administration came as a relief to those students who will no longer have to imminently return to their home countries. This isn’t the first time Trump has targeted students On the campaign trail in 2015, Trump voiced support for keeping foreign students in the US. But once he took office, he pursued a number of policies taking aim at them instead. When foreigners attend our great colleges & want to stay in the U.S., they should not be thrown out of our country.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 18, 2015 Trump has imposed restrictions on visa programs that provide a pathway for students to remain in the US long-term, including the sought-after H-1B visa program for skilled workers. It’s a pipeline for foreign talent, particularly in the fields of computer science, engineering, education, and medicine. During the pandemic, Trump signed a proclamation temporarily blocking the entry of foreign workers coming to the US on H-1Bs and other visas through the end of the year. According to a senior administration official, he’s also pursuing reforms to the program that would make it harder for entry-level workers just graduating from US universities to qualify. More than 85,000 immigrants get H-1B visas for skilled workers annually,including thousands of workers at tech giants such as Google and Amazon. Recipients are currently selected by lottery, but Trump is proposing to instead prioritize workers with the highest wages and raise the program’s minimum wage requirements. For foreign students deciding to attend American universities, the prospect of being able to work in the US post-graduation is a major draw. Absent that ability, they might decide against attending school in the US. Trump has also sought to clamp down on student visa fraud, using what many advocates consider to be questionable methods. ICE came under fire in November after announcing that it had been operating a fake university designed to lure in immigrants seeking to obtain student visas fraudulently — but the students claimed they were the ones who had been deceived. Some 250 students at the University of Farmington in Farmington Hills, Michigan, were consequently arrested. The University of Farmington wasn’t a real educational institution: Although ICE advertisedthe university as offering graduate STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) courses, it did not have any teachers, curriculum, classes, or other educational activities. Its primary selling point, prosecutors said, is a ticket to an F-1 visa. But attorneys for the students affected say these operations are entrapment, designed to trick unknowing international students into paying thousands of dollars to a university, while having no way of knowing that their actions are illegal. The Trump administration also tried to make it easier for students to face penalties for violating the terms of their visas. US Citizenship and Immigration Services issued a memo in 2018 that meant that mistakes as minor as failing to file an address change report or having to drop a course could have prevented students from applying for a new visa or barred them from reentering the US for up to 10 years, Ron Klasko, a Philadelphia-based immigration attorney, said. That memo, however, was blocked in federal court before it could go into effect. Universities argue Trump’s attacks on students harm American innovation Trump’s attempts to target foreign students have already led to a decline of almost 11 percent in enrollment since the fall of 2016. That drop can largely be attributed to their perception that the US is less welcoming toward foreign students. That’s a loss for both universities and the businesses that rely on their talent and economic power. Foreign students tend to pay more in tuition than Americans, and the loss of that revenue could hurt the quality of US higher education more broadly, universities have argued. At the graduate level, many serve as research and teaching assistants, now aiding critical research on the coronavirus pandemic, and some grad programs could not exist in the STEM fields and social sciences without them. Post-graduation, many international students become entrepreneurs or pursue careers in fields requiring specialized skills, particularly in STEM fields where there are well-documented labor shortages. Nearly a quarter of the founders of billion-dollar American startups came to the US initially as international students, according to the National Foundation for American Policy. Absent that talent, many businesses may have to resort to candidates that are less qualified, institute training and reskilling programs for their employees, or outsource work abroad, Bhaskar Chakravorti, dean of global business at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, said. Even if international students go back to their home countries post-graduation, they still indirectly contribute to the US economy. Many become contact points for American businesses looking to build a relationship with companies abroad or expand their business outside the US. And US-educated graduates populating foreign governments may pursue US-friendly policy. “It is the American-trained, American-educated graduates that become the primary interlocutors,” Chakravorti said. But as Chakravorti has observed among his own students, Trump’s immigration policies have soured many foreigners on attending university in the US or staying in the country after they graduate. When João Cardoso, a rising senior from Portugal, was accepted to Yale, he was seriously considering finding a job in the US after graduation, but the past three years have dissuaded him. He speaks German, so he could get a job in Germany instead as a software developer and wouldn’t even need to apply for a new visa since he is a European Union citizen. For him, staying in the US isn’t worth the hassle or the heartache. “I’m out of here as soon as possible,” he said. “I’m completely disappointed with this country in so many ways.” 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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Doctor says what we saw in Wuhan we are seeing in Miami
Dr. Lilian Abbo, an infectious disease expert at the Jackson Health System says Miami is the new coronavirus epicenter. Florida reported its highest number of new Covid-19 cases in one day -- 15,300 on Saturday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
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Mary Trump’s takedown of president proves she’s the one who’s crazy
Mary Trump has got the wrong man. Her glitzy, buzzy new book, released Tuesday amid a whirlwind of anger, pain and recrimination, is titled “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created The World’s Most Dangerous Man.’’ The titular bogeyman is, of course, her uncle, President Donald J. Trump, who’s presented here as a...
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Free agent OF Yasiel Puig, Braves reach 1-yr deal
Free agent outfielder Yasiel Puig and the Atlanta Braves have agreed to a one-year deal, a person with knowledge of the deal said Tuesday.
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg admitted to hospital
The 87-year-old justice is being treated for a possible infection.
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Sperry is having a massive sale right now—boat shoes included
You can get Sperry shoes at a major discount right now thanks to the brand's Semi-Annual sale—see the details.       
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Student Visas, China, Cake Memes: Your Tuesday Evening Briefing
Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.
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Candace Parker, and daughter Lailaa, are more than ready for WNBA season
For some WNBA players, a strictly quarantined season, a pandemic and social unrest were reasons to pass. For Parker, those were reasons to play.
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Trump's allies say his mask-wearing is a political winner. But it took him a long time to get there
When President Trump wore a mask in public for the first time this weekend, it marked a major shift from his previous stance.
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Chinese state media editor-in-chief asks if US is 'mentally retarded'
The editor-in-chief for The Global Times, a state-funded newspaper in China, asked Monday if the United States is “mentally retarded” for rejecting Beijing’s broad territorial claims in the South China Sea, a region with long-standing disputes between China and other Southeast Asian countries.
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A long summer of basketball isn't new for everyone in NBA
Formulating a plan to get a team ready for the restart of the NBA season wasn’t as difficult as one might expect for Indiana coach Nate McMillan.
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Overworked firefighter’s disgusting feet go viral online
No mean feet.
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Ghislaine Maxwell pleads not guilty in federal court
Ghislaine Maxwell has pleaded not guilty to federal charges accusing her of conspiring with Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse underage girls. CBS News legal analyst Rikki Klieman joins CBSN with the latest developments in the case.
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Dad and teen stepson kill each other in Far Rockaway shooting: NYPD
A teenager and his stepfather shot each other to death in Queens Tuesday afternoon, cops said. The 15-year-old boy and 34-year-old man were having a dispute when the bullets rang out around 2 p.m. at 2815 Deerfield Road in Far Rockaway, cops said. The nature of the dispute wasn’t immediately clear. But police believe both...
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Fact-checking the White House statement against Fauci
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has earned the trust of millions of Americans for his straightforward comments on the coronavirus pandemic. But the nation's top infectious disease expert has drawn the ire of President Donald Trump, whose false and misleading statements Fauci has repeatedly corrected.
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Trump punishes China for actions in Hong Kong
President Donald Trump plans to address China during afternoon remarks at the White House, officials said.
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg admitted to hospital for ‘treatment of a possible infection,’ Supreme Court says
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was admitted to a hospital in Baltimore on Tuesday “for treatment of a possible infection,” the court said in a statement.
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The revolution is waning and other commentary
From the right: The Revolution Is Waning “The Jacobin left is just now beginning to get edgy,” argues Victor Davis Hanson in National Review. Black Lives Matter’s “outright racists and ­nihilists,” antifa’s “Maoists” and “their wannabe hangers-on” have now begun to embarrass the “woke rich” who aided and abetted the riots. “Some 150 leftist writers...
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Vanity Fair debuts first cover by a Black photographer
Dario Calmese made history as the magazine's first Black cover photographer in its 106-year existence.
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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg hospitalized for possible infection
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was hospitalized Tuesday for a possible infection and is expected to remain for several days, according to a statement from the Supreme Court.
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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg hospitalized with infection
Ginsburg's health has been the subject of conversation among court-watchers for years, and more so as President Trump's first term draws to a close.       
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Shaq helps save the day for stranded driver in Florida
Addressing a routine traffic call, these Florida deputies were greeted by a surprise celebrity sighting. Shaquille O’Neal, who lives in the Orlando area, was traveling on route I-75 through Florida’s Alachua County on Monday and witnessed a woman addressing a blown out tire on the side of the road. The NBA legend pulled over to...
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Coastal flooding in US will continue to increase as seas rise, report says
It doesn't take a storm to inundate the coast with potentially ruinous floodwaters. "Nuisance" or "sunny day" high-tide flooding is becoming more commonplace.       
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Lou Holtz says college football season unlikely: Virus 'rules and regulations' make it 'absolutely impossible'
Hall of Fame college football coach Lou Holtz told "Bill Hemmer Reports" Tuesday that he does not believe college football will be played this fall due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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Nets’ coronavirus issues worsen as Michael Beasley tests positive
Another Net has coronavirus. Recently signed forward Michael Beasley tested positive for the illness and his status for the NBA restart in Orlando, Fla., is now up in the air, according to The Athletic. The Nets brought in the 31-year-old Beasley as a substitute player recently with the team missing several players due to injury...
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Opinion: WNBA botches decision to deny MVP Elena Delle Donne medical waiver
A panel of physicians has denied 2019 WNBA MVP and champion Elena Delle Donne's request to opt out of the 2020 season because of medical concerns.       
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Horse gets stuck after failing to jump stable door
This is why you look before you leap.
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Red-winged blackbird photographed hitching ride on bald eagle’s back
New York wildlife officials shared a rare photograph Monday of a red-winged blackbird hitching a ride on the back of a hunting bald eagle.
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Andrew Cuomo is touting a new pandemic poster. Artists call it an ‘incoherent’ mess.
Cuomo has already gotten 12,000 orders for copies of his “New York Tough” poster, which includes a tall mountain, President Trump sitting on a moon and a "boyfriend cliff."
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Trump signs Hong Kong sanctions bill amid tensions with China over coronavirus, trade
Trump's decision on Hong Kong came as U.S.-China relations falter over trade, the coronavirus and a crackdown on pro-Democracy efforts in the city.       
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FDA adds 50 more toxic hand sanitizers to recall list
These hand sanitizers won’t just remove bacteria from your hands — they could also poison you. The Food and Drug Administration has updated its growing list of hand sanitizers that contain methanol, a wood alcohol substance that can be toxic when ingested or absorbed through the skin. And worse yet, sometimes the ingredient may not...
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A Teacher Who Contracted COVID-19 Cautions Against In-Person Schooling
Three teachers in rural Arizona contracted COVID-19 after working together in a classroom. One of them died. NPR's Steve Inskeep talks to Jena Martinez-Inzunza about her experience.
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Mysterious 'Dirty Dancing' lake is filling up with water 12 years after it dried up
In 2008, Mountain Lake, made famous by the 1987 film "Dirty Dancing," dried up and remained that way for over a decade. But this summer, it's starting to fill back up, astonishing both locals and visitors.
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Jennifer Lopez’s $11K custom hoops are ‘totally her’
The pop star's found a new way to personalize her favorite earrings.
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Moderna's COVID vaccine candidate appears to be safe and provide some immunity, new data from early trial shows
It's too early to say if the vaccine candidate can protect someone from the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, but early trials are encouraging.      
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Bari Weiss' resignation letter proves New York Times engaging in 'outright censorship,' critic says
New York Times opinion columnist and editor Bari Weiss announced Tuesday she is leaving the paper with a blistering resignation letter that some feel proves the Gray Lady is censoring diversity of thought. 
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Naya Rivera death was an accidental drowning, medical examiner rules
The actress, whose body was discovered Monday, disappeared last week during a boat outing with her young son.
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Watch Live: President Donald Trump Holds a Press Conference
The press conference is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. EST. 
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Police shooting of 17-year-old girl was justified, Orange County prosecutors say
The fatal July 2019 shooting of the girl — whom family members previously identified as Hannah Williams — happened on the eastbound 91 Freeway in Anaheim.
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New Jersey sexual assault suspect caught on video fleeing scene
Cameras caught a man fleeing after sexually assaulting a woman on a New Jersey street, police said. The shirtless suspect, wearing dark blue shorts and a face mask, allegedly approached a 20-year-old woman from behind, pulled down her shirt and grabbed her breast at about 8 a.m. on July 2 as she walked on Main...
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