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Michael Bloomberg to speak at Democratic National Convention
Michael Bloomberg — who spent nearly $1 billion in a failed bid for the Democratic presidential nomination — said he will be speaking at the Democratic National Convention next week, according to a report. The former three-term New York City Mayor announced his upcoming appearance in an email to supporters Thursday saying he plans to...
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‘OkStupid’: Dating site for anti-maskers faces backlash
If dating during a global pandemic isn’t enough of a health risk already, now there’s a website dedicated to anti-maskers looking for love. A British dating forum for anti-mask-wearing singles called “Love in a Covid Climate” and hosted under a website called LockdownSceptics.org launched on Sunday. “We’ve introduced a dating forum at (Lockdown Sceptics), so...
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Serena Williams battles past sister Venus in 31st career clash
Back against the wall against her sister Venus in grueling conditions, Serena Williams finally found her game.
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Texas family stunned to find stranger in grandfather’s casket at funeral
“I went up to the casket to tell him, ‘I love you,’ before anybody came in and [I] was touching the wrong person, with [my] dad’s clothes," his daughter said.
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Palestinians Recall UAE Ambassador, Call Deal With Israel 'Betrayal of Jerusalem'
A Palestinian government spokesperson called the Israel-UAE peace deal a "blow to the Arab Peace Initiative and the decisions of the Arab and Islamic summits, as well as an aggression against the Palestinian people."
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Is “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” Really a Pro-Confederate Anthem?
The answer may lie in the ear of the beholder.
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Trump campaign attack on Kamala Harris’s citizenship is right out of the birtherism playbook
Kamala Harris at a coronavirus briefing with Joe Biden and health experts on August 13 in Wilmington, Delaware. | Drew Angerer/Getty Images The Trump campaign wasted no time suggesting the first Black woman on a major party ticket is ineligible to serve. If you thought Trumpworld moved past birtherism, think again. Mere hours after presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden introduced Kamala Harris as his presidential running mate on Wednesday, the Trump campaign got busy trying to revive racist conspiracy theories of the sort Donald Trump rode to political prominence back in 2011. Trump campaign legal adviser Jenna Ellis retweeted an op-ed written by law professor John Eastman in which he argues Harris is “not entitled to birthright citizenship under the 14th Amendment as originally understood,” citing a fringe legal theory holding that children of temporary visitors to the country are not conferred citizenship even if they are born here. Ellis is clearly trying to gin up controversy about whether Harris, a Black woman who is a natural-born citizen to immigrant parents from India and Jamaica, is actually an American citizen, and therefore eligible to serve as vice president. Trump campaign legal advisor Jenna Ellis RTs a link to that birther op-ed about @KamalaHarris, putting the campaign's handprint on something that Democrats are very happy to rebut/talk about. pic.twitter.com/qopyGpZCfY— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) August 13, 2020 Asked for comment by ABC’s Will Steakin, Ellis doubled down, saying Harris’s eligibility is “an open question.” In reality, however, Harris’s eligibility is not up for debate. Kamala Harris is a “natural born citizen” under the Constitution Sen. Harris was born to immigrant parents in Oakland, California. That fact alone makes her a “natural born citizen,” and thus eligible to serve as either president or vice president. Under the 14th Amendment, “all persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside.” Thus, with a narrow exception for individuals not subject to the “jurisdiction” of the United States — that is, people who are not subject to US law — anyone born in this country is automatically a citizen. The Supreme Court explained the narrow scope of this “jurisdiction” exception in United States v. Wong Kim Ark (1898), a case holding that a Chinese American man born in San Francisco was a US citizen. Certain Native Americans, who historically were exempt from US taxation and primarily subject to tribal law, were not considered citizens even if they were born within US borders. Similarly, the children of foreign diplomats (who enjoy diplomatic immunity from US law), and “the children of alien enemies, born during and within their hostile occupation” are also not citizens by birth. But Harris’s parents were not foreign diplomats, and they certainly weren’t part of a invading army. That makes her a natural-born citizen. Nevertheless, in the Newsweek opinion piece promoted by Ellis, Chapman University law professor John Eastman attempts to lay out a case for Kamala Harris birtherism. Eastman’s primary argument is that there is a missing word in the 14th Amendment’s declaration that “all persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof” are citizens. The phrase “subject to the jurisdiction thereof,” Eastman claims, means “subject to the complete jurisdiction, not merely a partial jurisdiction such as that which applies to anyone temporarily sojourning in the United States (whether lawfully or unlawfully).” Thus, Eastman suggests, Harris is not a citizen if her parents were not “lawful permanent residents at the time of her birth.” This argument that the words “subject to the jurisdiction thereof” actually means “subject to the complete jurisdiction” is not a new one — in fact, it is very old. In Wong Kim Ark, the two dissenting justices made a very similar argument. “Born in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof,” according to Chief Justice Melville Fuller’s dissent in Wong Kim Ark, means born “under such circumstances as to be completely subject to that jurisdiction.” In fairness, Fuller took an even stingier view of citizenship than Eastman — Fuller’s dissent suggests that only the children of US citizens are entitled to birthright citizenship. But the fact that the Wong Kim Ark dissent and Eastman both read the word “complete” into an amendment that does not use that word deeply undercuts Eastman’s argument. It should go without saying that a dissenting opinion is not the law. There are also good reasons to believe that, as an original matter, the Wong Kim Ark majority opinion is correct, and the dissent misread the 14th Amendment. The Wong Kim Ark majority produced an unusually scholarly opinion, which traced the history of birthright citizenship back to the English common law that existed prior to US independence. “The fundamental principle of the common law with regard to English nationality was birth within the allegiance,” Wong Kim Ark explains. This rule of citizenship was “not restricted to natural-born subjects and naturalized subjects, or to those who had taken an oath of allegiance; but were predicable of aliens in amity, so long as they were within the kingdom.” This English common law rule, Wong Kim Ark continues, “was in force in all the English Colonies upon this continent down to the time of the Declaration of Independence, and in the United States afterwards, and continued to prevail under the Constitution as originally established.” Indeed, the principle that “all children, born within the dominion of the United States, of foreign parents holding no diplomatic office, became citizens at the time of their birth, does not appear to have been contested or doubted until more than fifty years after the adoption of the Constitution.” There was one very significant early American departure from the rule of birthright citizenship. In Dred Scott v. Sandford(1857), an infamous pro-slavery decision, the Court held that Black people are “regarded as beings of an inferior order, and altogether unfit to associate with the white race, either in social or political relations” — and thus not entitled to the rights of citizenship. But one of the primary purposes of the 14th Amendment was to overturn Dred Scott. As the Wong Kim Ark majority explained, the amendment sought to “establish the citizenship of free negroes, which had been denied in the opinion delivered by Chief Justice Taney in Dred Scott.” This history, in other words, suggests that birthright citizenship was the American rule long before the 14th Amendment was ratified. This general rule inevitably came into conflict with chattel slavery — which could only exist in a nation that denied enslaved people the full rights of citizenship — but our nation choose birthright citizenship over slavery as part of the settlement that ended the Civil War. And that settlement was written into the Constitution itself when the 14th Amendment was ratified. There is simply no basis, in other words, to deny that the child of immigrants — someone like Kamala Harris — is a natural born citizen. Once a birther, always a birther It’s not a shock that the Trump campaign would so quickly resort to pushing conspiracy theories of this sort about the first Black woman to appear on a major party’s presidential. Trump has a long and sordid history of doing the same about America’s first Black president. During the run up to President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign in 2012, Trump endeared himself to the far right by pushing conspiracy theories about his place of birth. For instance, during an April 2011 appearance on CNN, Trump said, “he could have been born in Kenya and gone over to the United States. Everybody wants to be a US citizen, and his grandparents put an ad in saying he was born in the United States because of all the benefits you get from being born in the United States.” Obama responded that same month by releasing copies of his long-form birth certificate. But even then, Trump wouldn’t admit he was wrong, and in the months that followed he repeatedly claimed Obama’s birth certificate was a fake. An 'extremely credible source' has called my office and told me that @BarackObama's birth certificate is a fraud.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 6, 2012 When then-Republican presidential nominee Trump finally addressed his history of birtherism during a September 2016 press conference, he went as far as to suggest he actually deserved congratulations for raising the issue in the first place, saying unapologetically, “I finished it. President Obama was born in the United States — period.’’ But there are indications that Trump’s interest in birtherism persisted into the White House. In November 2017, the New York Times reported that Trump “used closed-door conversations to question the authenticity of President Barack Obama’s birth certificate.” One senator who listened as the president revived his doubts about Mr. Obama’s birth certificate chuckled on Tuesday as he recalled the conversation. The president, he said, has had a hard time letting go of his claim that Mr. Obama was not born in the United States. The senator asked not to be named to discuss private conversations. Reached for comment on Thursday afternoon, Biden campaign spokesperson Andrew Bates said Trump “was the national leader of the grotesque, racist birther movement with respect to President Obama and has sought to fuel racism and tear our nation apart on every single day of his presidency.” “So it’s unsurprising, but no less abhorrent, that as Trump makes a fool of himself straining to distract the American people from the horrific toll of his failed coronavirus response that his campaign and their allies would resort to wretched, demonstrably false lies in their pathetic desperation,” Bates added. The Trump campaign didn’t immediately respond to an inquiry about whether Ellis’s comments reflect the official position of the campaign. Will you become our 20,000th supporter? When the economy took a downturn in the spring and we started asking readers for financial contributions, we weren’t sure how it would go. Today, we’re humbled to say that nearly 20,000 people have chipped in. 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Georgia teen is being persecuted for telling the truth
The reaction to Hannah Watters' now-viral photo of a hallway in her Georgia school crowded with unmasked people -- which she says she posted because it was "the right thing" but which has brought her threats in response -- reveals a staggering, but not surprising, breakdown in empathy, says Holly Thomas.
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Adama Diomande announces on social media he is leaving LAFC
LAFC forward Adama Diomande says he's terminating his contract with LAFC "in order to best care for my loved ones."
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This is when Earth won’t be able to sustain its digital data
Digital content is on track to equal half of Earth’s mass by 2245, according to new research. The research by Dr. Melvin Vopson, a senior lecturer at the U.K.’s University of Portsmouth, highlights the physics of information creation and the demands of storing vast quantities of digital data. “Assuming the current growth trends in digital...
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NASA’s powerful exoplanet hunter finishes primary mission — sort of
NASA’s most powerful tool for spotting exoplanets is TESS, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite. The spacecraft scans the skies for tiny dips in star brightness that reveal the presence of distant planets, even if we can’t directly see them. Now, after two years, TESS has officially completed its primary mission, but like many of NASA’s...
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Trump Says He Opposes Additional U.S. Postal Funding That Would Help Anticipated Mail-In Ballot Surge
The USPS' new leader has instituted operational changes that have led to delivery delays across the U.S.
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Chris Evans wants website to shield democracy
"Captain America" star Chris Evans is putting his personal politics aside to launch a civic engagement website and app called A Starting Point. (Aug. 13)       
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Stream It Or Skip It: ‘Five Bedrooms’ On Peacock, An Aussie Dramedy About Five Single Semi-Strangers Buy A House Together
Five people buy a money pit of a house together and become a family in the process.
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Watch: Lake fire spawns 'terrifying' fire tornado as it burns through Angeles National Forest
The National Weather Service called the Lake fire tornado, or fire whirl, 'an impressive and terrifying example of extreme fire behavior.'
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July 2020 was among the Earth's hottest months ever recorded
July 2020 tied with July 2016 as the second-hottest month ever recorded for the planet Earth, according to a report released Thursday.        
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Joe Biden Calls for National Outdoor Mask Mandate, Regardless of Age
Every American should wear a mask outside for at least the next three months, Joe Biden demanded Thursday during a virtual briefing on the coronavirus pandemic.
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WATCH: Illinois Boys' Lemonade Stand Robbed at Gunpoint
Two boys were robbed of their hard-earned money while running a lemonade stand in their front yard in Peoria, Illinois, last week, according to a surveillance video.
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Fortnite's maker is suing Apple after being removed from its App Store
The maker of Fortnite is suing Apple after Apple blocked the wildly popular online video game with hundreds of millions of registered players from its app store Thursday.
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Trump blocking USPS money over mail-in ballots
CNN's Chris Cillizza discusses President Trump's comment to Fox Business tying Trump blocking the inclusion of money for the United States Postal Service in a coronavirus relief bill to mail-in ballots for the 2020 presidential election.
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Turkish Drone Strike Kills Three in Iraqi Kurdistan
A Turkish drone strike in northeastern Iraq's Kurdistan Region killed three Kurds on Tuesday, "two members of Iraq's border guard and the driver of the vehicle they were in," according to the Iraqi military.
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Trump admits to blocking Postal Service funding to undercut voting by mail
Trump says he won't approve emergency funding for Postal Service, raising the chances of political chaos in November when mail-in ballots flood in.
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Rochester airport to be renamed after Frederick Douglass
The Greater Rochester International Airport will be rechristened in honor of African American abolitionist Frederick Douglass, after a popular petition called for the air hub to change its name and pay homage to the author, orator and civil rights leader. On Tuesday night, local lawmakers voted to change the New York air hub’s name to...
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Arrest made in slaying of New York teen stabbed and set afire
A teenager died after he was stabbed and set on fire Wednesday in a Bronx apartment building, according to police.
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Brooks Koepka’s ‘regret’ has nothing to do with Dustin Johnson
Brooks Koepka regrets insulting “other” golfers, but not Dustin Johnson. As Koepka chased a fifth major title and assessed the field in front of him heading into the final round of last weekend’s PGA Championship, he seemingly insulted Johnson, then leading the pack, for having “only won one” major, as well as “other guys up...
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Amy Schumer ‘decided’ she can’t ‘be pregnant ever again’ after son Gene
"We thought about a surrogate, but I think we're going to hold off for right now."
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Joe Biden calls for nationwide mask mandate
Former Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday called for an immediate nationwide mask mandate for the next three months, providing few specifics but saying the measure could save 40,000 people. “I hope we learned a lesson. Hope the president has learned the lesson. But again, this is not about Democrat, Republican or independent. This is...
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Woman’s body pulled from water between Brooklyn and Governors Island
The body was spotted in the Buttermilk Channel tidal strait between Pier 12 and Governors Island just after 1:30 p.m. today, according to police.
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Pelosi accuses Trump of being ‘afraid of the American people’ amid mail-in voting fight
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday accused President Trump of being “afraid of the American people” in his pushback against funding for universal mail-in ballots as part of a new round of economic stimulus.
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Navigating the housing market during a pandemic
Home prices are up in 96% of U.S. cities, but deals can still be found due to the impact of COVID-19.
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Mets' Jeff McNeil carted off the field after making sensational catch, crashing into wall
New York Mets outfielder Jeff McNeil was carted off the field Thursday afternoon after making a sensational catch in the first inning of a game against the Washington Nationals.
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Lebanon sees record number of COVID-19 cases following Beirut explosion
Lebanon saw a record number of new coronavirus infections last week — a week after the Beirut port explosion ravaged the capital city, killing at least 172 people and injuring thousands. The country reported 309 new cases — in addition to seven new deaths — on Monday, data from its Ministry of Public Health shows....
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New book examines impeachment trial of President Trump
Norman Eisen served as counsel for the House Judiciary Committee during President Trump's impeachment trial. In his new book, "A Case for the American People: The United States v. Donald J. Trump," he breaks down the investigation and suggests that the American people are the ultimate judges. He joins CBSN for a closer look.
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Seahawks' Kemah Siverand cut after caught sneaking female in hotel, attempted to 'disguise her as a player': report
This is not the start to his football career that Kemah Siverand was hoping to have.
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Arizona woman loses legal fight over Cuomo’s quarantine rules
An Arizona woman sued to fight New York’s 14-day quarantine requirement for travelers from hot-spot coronavirus states — arguing that it unfairly stopped her from helping friends move house and going sightseeing with her pals. But a judge this week tossed the suit, ruling that the restrictions in the middle of a pandemic were not...
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EMS workers are quitting. COVID-19 makes the job too risky
"I knew it would probably kill me if I went out there," says one emergency responder on his decision to retire early.
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Online learning during coronavirus hurts poor students most, California school survey finds
A recent survey of Southern California school districts showed that students from low-income families have struggled the most with online learning during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a Thursday report.
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Biden on masks: Be a patriot, protect your fellow citizens
Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and running mate Sen. Kamala Harris advocated for a national mask mandate following a coronavirus briefing with health experts. CNN's Arlette Saenz reports.
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LeBron James wins Sports Emmy for Muhammad Ali documentary
LeBron James’ production company won a Sports Emmy for their Muhammad Ali documentary.
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Netanyahu hails Israel-UAE deal as 'greatest advancement toward peace' in two decades
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday addressed the historic deal between his country and the United Arab Emirates, calling it "the greatest advancement towards peace between Israel and the Arab world in the last 26 years."
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SCOTUS: Rhode Island Mail-in Voters Don’t Need Witnesses
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday left in place an agreement that allows Rhode Island residents to vote by mail through November’s general election without getting signatures from two witnesses or a notary.
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Homeless man arrested for pushing 7-year-old girl to the ground in NYC
Police arrested a homeless man Thursday for pushing a 7-year-old girl on Staten Island because he didn’t like the look her mother gave him, police and sources said. “He didn’t like the way the mom looked at him,” a police source said. “That’s why he did that to the kid.” Vondell Cox, 20, was arrested...
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Nightstream Virtual Film Festival Will Launch In Time For Halloween 2020
Nightstream kicks off just in time for the spooky season, running Oct. 8 through Oct. 11.
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US calls to ease shower rules after Trump complains about his hair
The US Department of Energy released a proposal to roll back water efficiency standards for showerheads following President Donald Trump's comments that he was unable to wash his "beautiful hair properly." CNN's Bill Weir has more.
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American Airlines to drop flights to 30 US cities if requirement expires
American Airlines is planning to drop flights to up to 30 smaller US cities if a federal requirement to continue those flights expires at the end of next month, an airline official familiar with the matter said Thursday. American agreed to keep serving those smaller cities as a condition of receiving $5.8 billion in federal...
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Kamala Harris throws Trump off balance
Everyone knew that Sen. Kamala Harris was a frontrunner to get the nod as Joe Biden's running mate; everyone, it seems, except President Donald Trump and his brain trust of loyalists and paid staffers.
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CNN Business Exclusive: 109 year-old IBM is planning to take on Amazon. Here's how
When former IBM cloud leader Arvind Krishna took over the company's top job earlier this year, the move sent a clear signal about where the company sees its future.
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This famous Old Hollywood hotel is selling for $100 million to an unidentified bidder
An unidentified bidder last month set a $100-million base price for the posh Viceroy L'Ermitage Beverly Hills hotel, and no larger bids have emerged.
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