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The funding for the coronavirus vaccine candidate being developed by Novavax comes as part of Operation Warp Speed.
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This week in TikTok: Are you cottagecore or more “dark academia”?
Plus, the uncanny world of “boyfriend TikTok.” Hello from The Goods’ twice-weekly newsletter! On Tuesdays, internet culture reporter Rebecca Jennings uses this space to update you all on what’s been going on in the world of TikTok. Is there something you want to see more of? Less of? Different of? Email rebecca.jennings@vox.com, and subscribe to The Goods’ newsletter here. I’ve spent lots of time on “aesthetic TikTok,” the part of the app where people put together what are essentially slideshows of Pinterest boards devoted to a certain feeling or mood. You don’t need a psychology degree to understand why — it’s a pleasant escape from looking at anything else on my phone, most of which is bad news. For a while, my For You page was just Italian coastlines and Roman statues set to the music of Call Me By Your Name; though somehow the algorithm must have known I was planning a trip to Italy, it did not predict that it, along with everyone else’s vacations in 2020, would eventually be cancelled. There are lots of aesthetic videos on TikTok — ironic ones laying out the criteria of, say, Karencore (think the Kate Gosselin haircut plus “mommy’s go-go juice” T-shirts) or ones that show examples of historical literary and artistic movements like retrofuturism. Perhaps the most famous of these aesthetics is “cottagecore,” where people display a dreamy life of domesticity and homemade rosewater and chicken ownership. @rissahdude not all of these are super underground like dark academia but they’re aesthetics i like that need more love >:( #aesthetics #rareaesthetic ♬ crimewave by crystal castles - kermishy And then there is “Dark Academia,” in which the viewer imagines life as a New England Ivy League or English boarding school student studying Greek literature and wearing lots of tweed. In a recent piece, the New York Times categorizes it as a “more approachable” version of cottagecore. The argument is that not all of us can access the actual trappings that cottagecore requires — a house in the country, excess time to devote to twee crafts, a calm and quiet home life — but the simple act of putting on a blazer and reading Dostoevsky is far more doable. I don’t think that’s the full extent of their similarities, though. Both take historical aesthetics that evoke conservative values and gender roles (Eurocentrism and heteronormativity, respectively), which modern-day fans often reject. Cottagecore is particularly popular among lesbians on TikTok, and as one Dark Academia TikToker told the Times, “It’s a very open community, even though it’s about classics. It’s also about breaking stereotypes regardless of gender or sexuality.” The same goes for the web of offshoots of Dark Academia and cottagecore — there’s goblincore or crowcore (collections of weird shiny trinkets), meadowcore (pretty pictures of meadows), fairycore (meadowcore but with mushrooms and magic), and Light Academia (Dark Academia, but girlier and in the summer). These cute little slideshows aren’t just an escape from the Bad Internet, they’re a reminder that another kind of life is possible. TikTok is (rightfully) in the news for its political importance right now, but whenever a post from aesthetic TikTok pops up on my feed, I’ll always stop and watch. TikTok in the news Three police officers in Tacoma, Washington are under investigation for their TikTok posts. One officer poked fun at a police abolition protest that requested police presence; another voiced support for the “thin blue line” flag. The third, however, posted a video saying that she felt the flag was divisive and should be removed from all police vehicles. All three have been told to “cease the unauthorized use of city equipment, uniforms or vehicles in any personal communications.” More than 200 million Indians are being urged to delete their TikTok accounts after the government banned it along with dozens of other China-owned apps. At Bloomberg Opinion, Mihir Sharma writes how the decision will be a detriment to India’s thriving internet culture. “Much more than Facebook or Twitter or YouTube, TikTok in India had an equalizing effect. It was the online home of small-town Indians with outsized dreams and, if you looked, unforgettable stories.” There isn’t a single social media platform that hasn’t been infiltrated by white supremacists, and TikTok is, unfortunately, no different. The Guardian covered how easily it is to find videos from the Boogaloo Bois on TikTok, where people show off their guns and extensive combat clothing. This, on an app that was once for tweenage lip-synchers. 22-year-old Harvard student Claira Janover lost her internship at Deloitte after posting an anti-”all lives matter” TikTok (she used the analogy that “all lives matter” is sort of like if she stabbed you and then she got a paper cut and said “all cuts matter.”) One Twitter user posted the video and claimed that Janover was threatening to stab people, and conservatives like Ann Coulter and Charlie Kirk piled on, eventually reaching Deloitte. “During the hiring process, Deloitte continually pushed this message of ‘We want to support you. We want to include you. We want diversity,’” Janover told Insider. At so many companies, however, “diversity” can be little more than a corporate buzzword. A Subway sandwich artist filmed a video of how to make the chain’s tuna salad and it’s precisely as nauseating as you expect. As commenters pointed out, it’s probably not very different from any other pre-packaged tuna salad, but the video is part of a larger segment of TikTok where staffers at massive chains reveal behind-the-scenes footage and little known quirks of their corporate employers. This, of course, can get complicated. Meme watch There’s this one TikToker who’s constantly showing up on my feed, but I’ve hardly ever been able to make it through a full video because I simply cannot bear to. Nearly all of his most popular videos go like this: Schmaltzy music plays as we stare at a close-up of his face, while he lip-syncs to us as though we are desperately in love. Often, he is weeping. On TikTok, he is a running joke, but he is also very popular. His name is Devin Caherly, and his POV videos are why 2.4 million people follow him and so many other accounts of teenagers making videos pretending to be the viewer’s boyfriend. Back in November, Sarah Manavis wrote about the phenomenon for the New Statesman, where young men shoot TikToks where they pretend to comfort you after a breakup or take you out to dinner in the 1920s, the gist of all of them being that the creator is earnestly suggesting he is the platonic ideal of a partner. There is something both charmingly naive and very icky about this, but they are teenage boys on the internet, and there are obviously worse things they could be doing. Whenever Devin shows up on my feed, it’s a reminder that TikTok will never really escape its deeply cringey roots. Somehow that’s comforting! One Last Thing Here is an example of someone making fun of the aforementioned genre of video. I have watched it 100 times. @themichaelspencer i recreate this guy’s videos every day pt. 1 #duet with @bradrad #foryou #fyp ♬ SLOW DANCING IN THE DARK - Joji 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. Vox’s work is reaching more people than ever, but our distinctive brand of explanatory journalism takes resources — particularly during a pandemic and an economic downturn. Your financial contribution will not constitute a donation, but it will enable our staff to continue to offer free articles, videos, and podcasts at the quality and volume that this moment requires. Please consider making a contribution to Vox today.
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Kamala Harris’ Wikipedia page has been edited over 500 times amid VP rumors
The Wikipedia page for Sen. Kamala Harris has been placed under “discretionary sanctions” after administrators discovered that the article had been edited over 500 times since early May — mostly by one user. According to Harris’ (D-Calif.) “talk” page, where editors could discuss improvements to Wikipedia articles, the page “must adhere to the biographies of...
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David Schwimmer gives update on the production schedule for 'Friends' HBO Max reunion
“Friends” star David Schwimmer gave an update about when the HBO Max reunion would be filmed. The cast refuses to do it remotely.
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Here's what Trump said about Confederate flags in 2015
Back in 2015, then-presidential candidate Donald Trump said the Confederate flag belongs in a museum.
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Bills' Jake Fromm text message controversy was 'learning opportunity' for team, co-owner Kim Pegula writes
Buffalo Bills co-owner Kim Pegula on Monday addressed last month's text message controversy surrounding Jake Fromm.
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The MacDowell Colony artist retreat renames itself MacDowell
One of the country’s oldest retreats for artists — The MacDowell Colony — will drop “Colony” from its name and call itself “MacDowell.”
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Dodgers' Mookie Betts says MLB 'did not do a good job' with George Floyd response
Los Angeles Dodgers star Mookie Betts accused Major League Baseball of missing the mark when it came to the league’s response to the death of George Floyd and the protests that came afterward.
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Trump to travel to coronavirus hotspot to talk South America drug trafficking
President Donald Trump is expected to travel to Doral, Florida, later this week, landing squarely in the center of a coronavirus hotspot and taxing the already limited local health resources.
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Logitech has updated the MX Keys, MX Master 3 and K380 keyboard specifically for the Mac
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Scientists discover diminutive dinosaur ancestor: a 4-inch 'tiny bug slayer'
Researchers have discovered an ancient relative of dinosaurs, a 4-inch reptile that lived 237 million years ago.
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Why state lawmaker says his state's contact tracing is a 'joke'
After testing positive for Covid-19, Florida Democratic state Rep. Shevrin Jones shares his experience with contact tracers in Florida as cases continue to surge.
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Pullout couch fail! Woman is hilariously gobbled up by bed
No one loves a pullout couch. This woman who appeared to be “eaten alive” by one, however, might never sleep on a fold-up bed again. Watch the hilarious moment when Dani Garland, 25, fell inside a sleeper sofa while trying to make the bed at Challaborough Bay Holiday Park in Bigbury-By-Sea, UK. She and her...
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Mark Ruffalo shape shifts as twins for moving HBO journey of self-discovery
In HBO's Emmy-contending limited series "I Know This Much Is True," the veteran actor faces some of his most difficult challenges.
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Braves and Nationals benefit the most from having a DH in 2020
From 2006, the first year MLB adopted leaguewide drug testing, to 2019 NL pitchers batted .134 with a .338 OPS. The league’s position players hit .264 with a .757 OPS over that same span.
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As protests against police brutality go global, these Latina moms fight in memory of their sons
In East L.A., a group of 15 moms have lost their sons to law enforcement killings in the past few years.
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Reopening L.A. economy improved mental health, but coronavirus fears persist, survey finds
Mental health improved as economy reopened, L.A. survey finds
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Edward McCaffrey, who once worked as assistant postmaster general, was a history buff who was active in his church
McCaffrey, of Olney, died of covid-19 at age 90.
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Congress’s Covid-19 rescue plan was bigger than the New Deal. It’s about to end.
The CARES Act, the massive economic rescue legislation which sent stimulus checks to people whose jobs were lost because of the coronavirus pandemic, was passed by the House and Senate on March 27. | Win McNamee/Getty Images The CARES Act was vital, historic legislation that is expiring before its time. The CARES Act, the $2 trillion economic rescue legislation signed by President Trump on March 27 and scheduled to end on July 31, was perhaps the most pleasant legislative surprise I’ve seen in my decade of covering American politics. The bill authorized hundreds of billions in spending on expanded unemployment benefits and stimulus checks to support the millions of workers who lost their jobs once pandemic lockdowns began. The result was that the poorest Americans barely saw their spending fall once federal support kicked in. Despite the crisis, poverty did not increase, and might even have fallen. The legislation passed at the end of a decade that was marked by congressional stalemate and ineptitude. My basic model of federal politics going into the Covid-19 calamity was that presidents typically get two years to try to implement their agenda, which the opposition tries to block at every turn; once the opposition wins back Congress in the midterms, the bulk of domestic affairs is handled in a series of bare-knuckle budget fights for the rest of the president’s term or terms in office. That model fit the Obama administration and early Trump administration well — but the passage of the CARES Act blew it to pieces. It is a transformative piece of social legislation passed during the fourth year of a presidency, by a divided Congress. It is a massive expansion of the safety net that passed by voice vote in the House and unanimously in the Senate. It is a bipartisan measure that emerged not out of years of careful coalition building (like so many bipartisan efforts at immigration reform) or heated and bitter negotiations (like so many bipartisan deficit-reduction deals) but out of a couple weeks of frenzied bill-writing with minimal conflict. The individual provisions of the CARES Act are widely known, but it’s worth dwelling a bit on the bill itself, its historic importance, and what it means that Congress was able to pass it. “Congress has increasingly stalemated on most of the big public problems of the day: immigration reform, global warming, future of entitlements, pensions, and so on,” said Sarah Binder, a professor of political science at George Washington University and an expert on Congress. “And in that context, your surprise about CARES Act seems quite reasonable. How did a polarized and divided Congress — that can’t solve most public problems — manage to legislate nearly $3 trillion (plus more before and after CARES) in a mere few weeks?” “Honestly, it was just what I needed, maybe even better,” Sarah Gordon, a musician and actor in New York City who has relied on the federal $600 unemployment benefit boost since losing her job in fitness, told me. She said it took weeks to get through to the New York State unemployment agency on the phone, but once she did, the money kept her afloat. “After NYC rent (mine is a little below average for living by myself) plus bills and other expenses, it put me just even.” However, Congress has left town and does not appear ready to pass any legislation at all to extend the $600 bonus unemployment payments — or any other aspect of the CARES Act. Now Gordon and millions like her are facing a sudden collapse in support from the federal government even as unemployment remains at its highest point since the Great Depression. “It would be great if it would continue, but even better for those who have additional expenses, like house payments, car payments, or even another mouth to feed,” Gordon said. The CARES Act is a bigger fiscal stimulus than the New Deal or the 2008-09 packages The Covid-19 crisis is the biggest economic disaster, at least in terms of measured unemployment, since the Great Depression, so it’s perhaps appropriate that the main measure enacted to fight it was historically enormous too. But its scale has been, if anything, underappreciated. I asked Marc Goldwein, senior vice president at the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB), to determine how the CARES Act and accompanying legislation compared to the bills passed in the wake of the 2008-2009 recession. Goldwein and his team have been documenting Covid-19 economic relief spending through their COVID Money Tracker. CRFB’s analysis found that the Covid-19 response has to date totaled $2.5 trillion, or about 2.3 percent of GDP over the next five years. The Great Recession Response cost $1.8 trillion over five years, or 2.4 percent of five-year GDP. The two are, as a share of the economy, roughly equivalent, despite the Great Recession measures being gradually passed from February 2008 to December 2010. Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget Jason Furman, an economics professor at Harvard and former top adviser to President Obama who was involved in crafting the 2009/2010 stimulus policies, has put together his own similar estimates that even further underline the magnitude of the Covid-19 response. The two measures total to about the same amount of spending, he finds, but the Covid-19 response was condensed into just one year. As a result, the biggest year for fiscal stimulus during the Great Recession (2010) saw stimulus only amount to 4.7 percent of GDP. In 2020 so far, stimulus has amounted to 11.4 percent of GDP. Not only was the Covid-19 response larger than the stimulus policies enacted in 2008-2010, it was larger than the New Deal, at least from a fiscal perspective. The 1930s era New Deal was much more than just a fiscal stimulus initiative. It included far-reaching labor law reforms, the creation of Social Security, and a variety of new regulations of the housing and securities industries (and new agencies to govern them). But it also entailed new deficit spending and fiscal measures meant to boost employment through programs like the Civil Works Administration, Public Works Administration, and Works Progress Administration. In a 2015 paper, economists Price Fishback and Valentina Kachanovskaya tallied the fiscal stimulus undertaken between 1930 and 1940 (the vast majority of which was initiated by Franklin D. Roosevelt after taking office in 1933) at $41.7 billion, or about $653 billion in 2009 dollars — less than the $840 billion cost of the 2009 stimulus bill, as the St. Louis Fed’s Bill Dupor notes. Dupor also finds that, between 1931 and 1939, the federal debt grew by 30.3 percent of the economy; between 2008 and 2011, it grew by 32 percent of the economy. Again, the Great Recession response was larger. Since the CARES Act is, at least relative to one year, larger than the 2008-2010 stimulus measure, this data suggests that it is bigger than the New Deal as a purely fiscal matter as well. CARES has been a huge humanitarian boon The importance of CARES is perhaps better seen in the actual outcomes among the American people during an unprecedented lockdown. Perhaps most notable is the $600 per-week increase to unemployment insurance (UI) benefits it included. That produced a strong, positive incentive for people to leave work if it was deleterious to their health, even as they kept their heads above water financially. This aspect of the legislation was criticized by some Republicans in Congress for deterring work, but deterring work in this circumstance was a feature, not a bug. A recent paper by economists Peter Ganong, Pascal Noel, and Joseph Vavra found that the average UI recipient is getting 134 percent of their previous salary; “two-thirds of UI eligible workers can receive benefits which exceed lost earnings and one-fifth can receive benefits at least double lost earnings.” The program, which is set to expire at the end of July, seems to have had a tremendous impact. In April, personal income (defined as the money Americans receive from wages, government benefits, investments, and so on) grew by 10.5 percent, by far the highest monthly growth rate in the metric’s 60-year history, even as unemployment shot up from 4.4 percent to 14.7 percent that same month. That’s largely attributable to the $600 UI boost and the one-off stimulus checks upping unemployed people’s incomes even as jobs disappeared. You can see this as well in real-time economic data collected by Raj Chetty, John Friedman, Nathaniel Hendren, Michael Stepner, and other economists at Harvard’s Opportunity Insights research group. The research group is able to see what effect the stimulus checks specifically had because data from Earnin, a private company that tracks wages and offers payday loan-like products, indicates that the large majority of people (over 70 percent) got their $1,200 from the IRS on April 15, exactly; a small minority got theirs on April 14. That allowed the researchers to test how the stimulus affected households by comparing spending on April 13 to April 15 and the days immediately after. This is a variant on what’s called a “regression discontinuity” approach in social sciences, and it’s one of the higher-quality tools we have for testing what effects a policy actually caused as opposed to what happened around the same time. Sure enough, spending jumped modestly for high-income households (by 9 percentage points; the green line below) and enormously for low-income households (by 26 percentage points; the blue line below) over the two days that the stimulus package was implemented: Chetty, Friedman, Hendren, Stepner, and the Opportunity Insights Team, 2020 By the beginning of June, spending by the poorest Americans had almost entirely returned to its pre-crisis state. Two research groups have also put some hard numbers on CARES’s humanitarian impact by measuring how it affected poverty rates Zachary Parolin, Megan A. Curran, and Christopher Wimer of the Center on Poverty and Social Policy, based at Columbia, found that poverty rose an almost imperceptible amount, from 12.5 percent of the population to 12.7 percent, between 2019 and 2020. But without CARES, it would have risen to 16.3 percent, resulting in almost 12 million more people being in poverty. The reductions were concentrated disproportionately among Hispanic and Black households. The second group, longtime poverty research duo Bruce Meyer of the University of Chicago and James X. Sullivan of Notre Dame, collaborating with UChicago scholar Jeehoon Han, found that in April and May, the estimated poverty rate covering the previous 12 months was 8.6 percent compared to 10.9 percent in January and February, suggesting that poverty actually fellafter the Covid-19 pandemic hit, almost certainly due to the overwhelming federal response. The two studies use slightly different methodologies. The Columbia researchers use monthly survey data for April from the census and project the annual poverty rate for 2020 based on that one month; they also model how poverty would look under different policy schemes. Han, Meyer, and Sullivan use both April and May survey results, specifically a rarely used question about annual family income that’s asked in the monthly census surveys. To assess the cumulative impact of the coronavirus and CARES Act, they compare January and February data to April and May data. The two studies also emphasize different aspects of the recovery package in explaining the CARES Act’s effect on poverty. The Columbia study in particular highlights the role of the $600-a-week boost to unemployment benefits. Among individuals who lost their jobs and did not receive UI benefits, the other measures in the CARES Act (principally the $1,200 checks) reduced poverty from 35.1 percent to 30.2 percent, the paper finds. But among jobless individuals who did get UI benefits, the CARES Act reduced the poverty rate from 19.5 percent to 6.4 percent, less than the rate among employed individuals. (The higher pre-CARES poverty rate in the former group reflects that many of those not eligible for UI benefits were undocumented immigrants, who are poorer in general.) The Han, Meyer, and Sullivan paper finds that both stimulus checks and UI benefits were important, and is slightly more positive on the former. If you exclude the $1,200 checks, the poverty rate in May is 1.3 points higher, they find, while if you exclude UI benefits, it’s only 0.7 points higher. Overall, though, they’re similar papers with similar conclusions: The stimulus checks and UI benefits helped tremendously in keeping low-income people afloat during the pandemic. This is not to say that the CARES Act was perfect. No economic research I’m aware of has found positive results from the $500 billion the bill included in bailout money for large corporations. Chetty et al. found that the Paycheck Protection Program offering forgivable loans to small businesses produced no real effects on employment. But it’s unreasonable to expect every single provision of a bill this large to be effective. The stimulus checks and UI payments appear to have worked extraordinarily well at preventing a humanitarian calamity, and that’s a strong endorsement for any legislation. What made its passage possible So how could a bill this sweeping, and this helpful to poor people, pass during divided government? Frances Lee, a professor of political science at Princeton who studies congressional conflict, notes that in some ways the bipartisan passage of the bill should be unsurprising: It’s easier for legislation supported by bipartisan majorities to make it through in general, even outside of emergencies. “There’s very little legislation that passes on party-line votes,” Lee explains. “All of the rise in congressional polarization is on other types of votes than enactments: amendments, procedural votes, message bills. But when measures actually succeed in getting through the legislative process, large majorities are the overwhelming norm.” This is true of both routine legislation like post office renamings and major bills. The Children’s Health Insurance Program was enacted by a large bipartisan majority in 1997. More recently, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, a bill expanding the EPA’s ability to regulate chemicals, passed nearly unanimously in 2016, despite Republican control of Congress and a Democratic presidency and despite historically unprecedented levels of inter-party conflict (there’s a whole book on how this happened). But the scale of CARES is still notable. Lee argues that you have to understand it by analogy to war measures, perhaps even going back to World War II as the closest historical analogue. “The government is effectively putting a lot of people out of work. It’s putting whole sectors of the economy out of business [by imposing lockdowns]. So it’s easier ideologically to accept the idea that some compensation would be acceptable even to hardliners,” Lee says. “Clearly, the behavior of the Federal Reserve and federal government after the pandemic is comparable to war. All of that is comparable to policymaking in wartime more than anything else.” Lee adds that the sheer speed with which the bill was passed helped enable its bipartisan support, as there was no time for a countermobilization. Binder, the professor of political science at George Washington University, notes that individual political self-interest helps explain the bill’s success, a point Lee concurs on. “I think we have a notion that in times of crisis, lawmakers and their leaders put aside partisan differences and ‘rise to the occasion,’” Binder wrote in an email. “But I think that idea of bipartisanship in a crisis misses the broader electoral dynamic that often motivates Congress to act: A crisis can motivate action, not so much because it’s the ‘right thing to do’ but because neither party wants to be blamed for failing to act. When the consequences of stalemate are too steep for both parties (an economy in a coma, millions already filing for unemployment, tens of thousands dying), we shouldn’t be surprised to see them go to the bargaining table and reach a deal.” Binder also notes that the bill had a little something for each party: Republicans got large-scale support for major businesses, Democrats got a big UI expansion, Trump got checks he could put his signature on. “The CARES Act wasn’t a zero-sum game of legislating. It’s more like a positive-sum game,” Binder wrote. “To a large extent, the parties have secured their most preferred outcomes and ceded a bit to the other party. … In that sense, the parties aren’t seeking out the ideological sweet spot between the parties (there might not be one ...) and then agreeing to a least-common-denominator deal; instead, they’re each getting what they want the most. That’s often the case in polarized times, I would wager.” Lee notes that this dynamic changes if Joe Biden enters the White House. Much as then-minority leader Mitch McConnell found it advantageous to try to sink the Obama administration’s stimulus measure in early 2009, both due to Republican ideological opposition to expanded spending and because it was not in his self-interest to hand Obama a legislative win, McConnell and his allies could find themselves blocking similar measures under Biden should he beat Trump in November. “As a minority party, it should be easier for [Republicans] to resist,” Lee says. “It might inaugurate more austerity.” Not extending the CARES Act could mean calamity The CARES Act’s passage was a huge achievement that kept millions of people out of destitution during this crisis. But as big as the bill is, it’s not, on its own, equal to the task in front of us right now. The expanded UI benefits are set to expire at the end of July. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has pledged not to renew the program in its present form. Meanwhile, some Senate Republicans are more sympathetic to extending it in a modified form, but the July congressional recess greatly limits the time Congress has to put together a replacement. The Trump administration has voiced more openness to additional stimulus checks than to extending UI, but as of now the $1,200 per adult, $500 per child payments that landed on April 15 are the only unrestricted cash payments the administration has authorized. There are any number of measures that could effectively extend the benefits of the CARES Act. The House-passed HEROES Act would extend the $600 per week UI benefit through the end of January 2021, at least, and execute another round of $1,200 per adult stimulus checks (this time with $1,200 per child on top, not just $500). It would also include $500 billion in state aid and $375 billion for local governments, both of which are facing severe budget crunches. You could go further than HEROES, of course. Groups like the Economic Security Project, backed by congressional leaders like Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), have pushed for regular cash payments of $2,000 per month to all Americans for the duration of the crisis. Another relief bill could include automatic stabilizer provisions so that benefits like the UI boost and stimulus measures continue indefinitely until some objective threshold (like unemployment falling below 5 percent) is reached. The UI provision could be converted into a “job losers’ allowance” that recipients are allowed to keep when they go back to work, as a way to encourage people to take jobs when the economy “reopens.” Gordon, the NYC actor and musician, manages a Facebook group for other New Yorkers dealing with unemployment, and she says many are wrestling now with whether to try to return to work during the pandemic or wait it out. The UI money expiring could force their hands. But it’s not clear there’s even work available for those who want to return. “I have hope that I will have a job once we are called back,” Gordon said. “But I have also seen four people called back for a week and then laid off.” As of now, the Trump administration and its allies in Congress appear set to follow up one of the most ambitious measures adopted in American history with absolutely nothing. The result of that will likely be that all the progress in terms of poverty and recovered spending among the poor enabled by the CARES Act will be undone. That will be a calamity, both for the American people and — ironically — for Republicans’ chances of holding on to the White House and the Senate. Sign up for the Future Perfect newsletter and we’ll send you a roundup of ideas and solutions for tackling the world’s biggest challenges — and how to get better at doing good. 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. Vox’s work is reaching more people than ever, but our distinctive brand of explanatory journalism takes resources — particularly during a pandemic and an economic downturn. 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Lightning strike in Georgia kills 'sweet' girl, 9, seriously injures sister
A 9-year-old Georgia girl was killed and her sister was seriously injured in a lightning strike as they were on a hike with their mother over the Fourth of July holiday weekend, according to officials. 
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Colleges unveil plans to reopen campuses
While the coronavirus sweeps the U.S., colleges and universities are figuring out how to keep the pandemic from reaching their campuses as they prepare for the upcoming academic school year. Meg Oliver reports.
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Eagles’ DeSean Jackson posts anti-Semitic quotes on social media
He later said his posts were taken “the wrong way.”
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Why #RIPEllen is trending on Twitter: Ellen DeGeneres death hoax goes viral
Is this her last dance?
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NYC boy, 14, shot 3 times in broad daylight attack: police
The teenager was shot in the neck, torso and leg, but is expected to survive.
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Three people fatally shot in Southeast Washington
The killings bring to 11 the number of people slain in the District in first week of July
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Los Angeles School District Cut Its Police Department, Then the Chief Resigned
The former chief called the decision “potentially life-threatening” for students and staff members.
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Work crews prepare to remove Richmond’s statue of Confederate Gen. J.E.B. Stuart
Erected in 1907, memorial is fourth and last to come down from city-owned property along Monument Avenue. Only Robert E. Lee remains.
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Kristian Alfonso is leaving 'Days of Our Lives' after 37 years
Kristian Alfonso announced via Instagram on Monday that she is retiring from her iconic role.
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Trump asks Bubba Wallace to apologize. Hear his response
NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace responds to President Donald Trump's tweet that Wallace should apologize after a noose was found hanging in his team's garage -- which the president refers to as a "hoax."
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Thousands of dead fish found floating in the Hudson River. Experts say they suffocated
Atlantic menhaden are suffocating, Riverkeeper officials say, as heated up water and sewage drain oxygen from the Hudson estuary.        
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Red Sox’s racism apology ‘slap in face’ for clubhouse worker’s alleged sexual abuse victims
Last month, when former Major League All-star Torii Hunter said he’d been called the N-word “a hundred times” at Boston’s storied Fenway Park, the Red Sox were quick to back him up with a promise to fight racism. “Torii Hunter’s experience is real,” the team said in a June 10 Twitter post, adding that there...
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Pussy Riot member faces new charges in Russia
A member of the Pussy Riot protest group has been charged with failing to properly notify Russian authorities about his Canadian citizenship, officials said Tuesday
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Sen. Kennedy's advice to Americans: If Joe Biden wins, 'build a fallout shelter'
Sen. John Kennedy on Monday advised Americans to “build a fallout shelter” if presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden is elected president. 
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Patrick Mahomes' historic contract extension news was broken by liquor-store employee
Breaking the story of Patrick Mahomes’ historic contract extension probably wasn’t part of the job description when one Missouri liquor store employee applied for the position.
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Justin Timberlake, a Tennessee native, says Confederate statues 'must be taken down'
Justin Timberlake is calling for Confederate statues to be removed and noted that more than half ofthem are in the South, where he is from.
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Gwen Stefani's ex-husband Gavin Rossdale says 'most embarrassing moment' was the end of his marriage
Gavin Rossdale doesn't have fond memories of his marriage ending.
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As Texas coronavirus cases cross the 200,000 threshold, some hospitals prepare to hit capacity
Texas surpassed 200,000 coronavirus cases on Monday, marking a surge that has forced some hospitals across the state to prepare for hitting capacity. Janet Shamlian spoke to a nurse who contracted the disease and to Harris County's top elected official, who says she's begging Governor Greg Abbott for the authority to issue a mandatory stay-at-home order.
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‘Days Of Our Lives’ Star Kristian Alfonso Exits Soap After 37 Years
Alfonso has played Hope Williams Brady on the daytime drama since 1983.
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‘Cheer’ is Still the Best Netflix Docuseries of 2020 (So Far)
Cheer needs to take back its pop culture crown from Tiger King.
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Man opens fire outside Brooklyn apartment building moments after child enters
A gunman opened fire outside a Brooklyn apartment building just moments after a child walked inside, disturbing new video shows. The footage, released by police Monday night and captured around 12:45 a.m. Friday, shows an adult, followed by a small child wearing a red hat, walking into the Sheepshead Bay Houses on Avenue W near...
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Ghislaine Maxwell hires Christian Everdell, lawyer who helped take down ‘El Chapo’
Ghislaine Maxwell has hired Christian Everdell, the former prosecutor who helped bring down El Chapo, to try to get her off sex-trafficking charges.
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Jeffrey Epstein accuser Alicia Arden demands investigation into her 1997 report of sexual battery
Days after the arrest of Ghislaine Maxwell, actress Alicia Arden is asking police in California why they seemingly ignored her claims of sexual battery at the hands of Jeffrey Epstein in 1997.
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New Mexico Leaders To Militia: If You Want To Help Community, Stop Showing Up Armed
Armed militias have become a feature at anti-quarantine protests, racial justice marches, and monument pull-downs. But after a shooting in Albuquerque, locals say militias are disturbing the peace.
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Leading Iraqi expert on ISIS, other militant groups shot outside his home
Iraqi mourners and relatives on Tuesday carried the body of a respected analyst shot and killed the previous night in Baghdad after receiving threats from Iran-backed militias. Many Iraqis expressed their shock over the slaying.
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Brit Hume: Why biased coverage of Trump's Mount Rushmore speech 'could be a turning point'
Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume told “Fox News @Night” on Monday that the mainstream media’s criticism of President Trump's Mount Rushmore speech “could be a turning point” for the president if he “has the good sense to respond to it effectively.”
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Video: UFC 251 'Countdown' for Jose Aldo vs. Petr Yan
Check out a preview of the bantamweight title fight taking place at UFC 251.        Related StoriesUFC 251 'Embedded,' No. 1: Kamaru Usman, Jorge Masvidal narrowly miss each otherVideo: UFC 251 'Countdown' for Alexander Volkanovski vs. Max Holloway 2UFC 251 video: Experience every Jose Aldo UFC/WEC finish in this sick sizzle-reel 
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At Least 156 Ethiopians Killed in Riots After Death of Popular Singer
At least 156 people in Ethiopia's Oromia region have been killed in riots sparked by the killing of a popular singer and anti-government activist last week, Voice of America (VOA) reported on Sunday.
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9 of the US's wildest, weirdest and most spectacular outdoor art experiences
After months of lockdown, there may be no better cleanse for the human spirit than art. Across the US, museums, botanic gardens, community-based organizations and artists have built parks that let visitors enjoy that creativity in the sweeping expanse of the great outdoors.
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