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Jon Voight releases video calling Trump 'the greatest president since Abraham Lincoln'

Jon Voight ended a two-part video posted to Twitter by saying President Donald Trump is "the greatest president since Abraham Lincoln."        
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Gov. Cuomo says school reopening plan needs teachers’ backing
Gov. Cuomo said Thursday that reopening schools will only work with the backing of teachers. With debates raging over the resumption of classroom learning across the state, Cuomo stressed that a return to buildings will require more than parental support. “The teachers have to believe the plan makes sense, as well as parents,” he said....
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European court adviser sides against prime McCann suspect
BERLIN — A legal adviser to Europe’s top court issued an opinion Thursday that could make it easier for Germany to keep in prison a new suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, the British toddler who vanished from a Portuguese resort 13 years ago. In the non-binding opinion, Advocate General Michal Bobek said that...
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Fmr. Republican strategist: 'It was all a lie'
Former GOP strategist Stuart Stevens speaks with Christiane about his disillusionment with his old party and why he once "represented the worst of the political system."
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Mortgage rates hit another all-time low
If it seems like you keep hearing about mortgage rates hitting yet another record low, that's because you are. The 30-year mortgage rate just hit its eighth record low so far this year.
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‘A League of Their Own’ series headed to Amazon
"A classic movie, reimagining it for a new generation."
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‘Drunk’ Lyft rider puts driver in chokehold over COVID-19 barrier: video
A drunken man attacked a Lyft driver in Florida over his plastic partition to protect himself from COVID-19, putting the man in a chokehold from the backseat, wild video shows. The footage released by the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office shows Travis S. Smith, 36, chatting it up with a Lyft driver just after midnight Sunday...
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How An American Pickle’s Pickler Pickled Its Pickles
Plus: his secret recipe for the nastiest-looking pickles around.
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Mariah Carey's estranged sister suing their mother for alleged Satanic sexual abuse
Mariah Carey’s estranged sister is suing their mother claiming that she was forced to endure sexual abuse from multiple men by way of Satanic worship meetings when she was a child.
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Chris Wallace says Trump wouldn't want more debates if he was leading in polls
If President Trump were leading in the polls against presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, he probably wouldn't want more debates, "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace told the "Brian Kilmeade Show" Thursday.
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Montana plans mail-in voting for November runoff
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock issued a directive Thursday allowing counties to expand voting by mail and early voting for the November general election. (August 6)       
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How Music Could Become a Crucial Part of Your Sleep Hygiene
An unlikely sedative has seen a spike in usage around bedtime: music. Here's how sleep music became a mainstream relaxation tool
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FL governor says hug with PPE on despite medical warnings
In an interview with CNN's Brianna Keilar, Dr. Adrian Burrowes said it is reckless and irresponsible for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to say it is safe to hug with PPE on during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Stephen Colbert, James Corden returning to studios next week
The shows have filmed remotely since March.
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Actress Geena Davis looks to pull up stakes in Pacific Palisades
Oscar-winning actress Geena Davis has listed her longtime Pacific Palisades home for sale at $5.995 million.
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Beirut in crisis after deadly explosion. Here's what's being done to help.
As many as 300,000 people have been displaced by the explosion, according to the city's estimates.
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The Canadian government is allowing 4 terminally ill patients to use psychedelic mushrooms to help ease their anxiety
The Canadian government will allow four patients with incurable cancer to receive psilocybin therapy, which uses the drug found in the so-called "magic mushrooms" or "shrooms," to ease their end-of-life distress.
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Astros vs. Diamondbacks prediction: Arizona has the advantage
Though many eyes are on the Houston Astros given the controversies of the past few seasons, the Arizona Diamondbacks are a team that has a young pitcher who is looking to keep a pretty remarkable streak going on Thursday. Diamondbacks starter Zac Gallen has shown the ability to keep his team in every game he...
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Karen Bass says she thinks Trump is racist and he is 'essentially giving license to racists'
California Rep. Karen Bass said in an interview aired Thursday that she believes President Donald Trump is racist and that he is "essentially giving license to racists."
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UFC on ESPN+ 32 breakdown: Can Aleksei Oleinik make Derrick Lewis his latest submission victim?
MMA Junkie fight analyst Dan Tom takes a closer look at the UFC on ESPN+ 32 main event between Derrick Lewis and Aleksei Oleinik.        Related StoriesMMA Junkie Radio #3076: Bellator 243, UFC on ESPN+ 32 previews and much moreBellator 243 predictions: Chandler or Henderson? Which former champ comes out on top?DWCS 27 winner Jordan Leavitt unafraid to grapple anyone: 'You have to be really good to tap me' 
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Bellator 243 breakdown: Will former champ Michael Chandler stay on track vs. Benson Henderson?
MMA Junkie fight analyst Dan Tom takes a closer look at the Bellator 243 main event between Michael Chandler and Benson Henderson.       Related StoriesDana White's Contender's Series 27: Grading the winnersUFC on ESPN+ 32: Make your predictions for Derrick Lewis vs. Aleksei OleinikSlowing the hype train: 6 hot prospects who suffered shock defeats 
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Georgia students punished over photos of crowded school
One student received a five-day suspension for sharing a video of her school during dismissal.
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The Tennessee GOP primaries will be determined by one question: Who loves Trump the most? 
In the fight for the GOP Senate nomination and the state’s First Congressional District, the president looms large. In Tennessee on Thursday, the Republican primaries for both the Senate and the state’s First Congressional District are likely to be determined by one critical factor: adherence to the doctrine of Donald Trump. The Senate GOP primary, a race to replace the retiring Sen. Lamar Alexander, is a battle among 15 candidates with two frontrunners: Bill Hagerty, a businessman and formerly Trump’s appointment to be ambassador to Japan; and Dr. Manny Sethi, who has decried Hagerty for being inadequately supportive of the president and too close to moderates like Sen. Mitt Romney. Hagerty has leaned hard on his endorsement from Donald Trump and the strength of his relationship with the president. He served as chair of Trump’s 2016 campaign in Tennessee, and in an interview with RealClearPolitics in January, he noted that he was the only member of the Trump administration to receive an endorsement from the president. But that endorsement hasn’t gone quite as far as Hagerty may have hoped, in part due to the Covid-19 pandemic. I spoke with Erik Schelzig, editor of the Tennessee Journal, a political paper focused on state politics. “The Trump endorsement was expected to be a major boon for Hagerty, but the lack of personal appearances by the president in Tennessee has robbed the former ambassador of the excitement that such rallies have generated for other candidates. Writing the Trump endorsement on a campaign sign just isn’t the same thing as appearing onstage with him.” And those signs haven’t stemmed the tide of ads calling him a “liberal” just like Lamar Alexander, the man he’d be replacing (who is a Republican who voted with Trump 90 percent of the time). The campaign has attracted national attention from Republicans using the contest as a preview of future fights over what conservatism will look like in the Senate. Sens. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Tom Cotton (R-AR) have endorsed Hagerty, with Cotton describing him on Twitter as “a strong conservative who will take on China, support law enforcement & stand up for our military.” But Sethi has received endorsements from Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Ted Cruz (R-TX). Schelzig told me that in his view, the opposing endorsements “feel like a bit of a proxy war with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.” The battle for the state’s First Congressional District has similar themes, as 15 Republicans, including several with political experience on the state and local level, battle it out with ads focused on combating Chinese influence and purported “Antifa chaos” taking place in cities far from the district’s borders. Because the state of Tennessee encompasses two time zones, polls will close in the First Congressional District at 8 pm ET while polls for the center and west of the state will close at 7 pm CT. The Tennessee Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that voters cannot vote by mail simply because of concerns over Covid-19, but absentee ballots already filed will be counted, and voters with underlying conditions and their caretakers can vote by mail. Vox will have live results for the Senate and House primaries, thanks to our partners at Decision Desk HQ. The GOP Senate primary: A nasty fight between very similar options In a race led by two very Trumpian men, Sethi is attempting to make his comparative lack of political experience into a positive. Hagerty’s ties to Romney — he chaired the finance committee of Romney’s 2008 campaign and was a national strategist for his 2012 effort — have been a particular target for Sethi. “Sethi’s underdog campaign hasn’t been shy about prodding Hagerty as an ‘establishment’ figure from the get-go,” Schelzig said. The hits have been effective enough that a Hagerty spokesman told the New York Times that the campaign returned a donation from Romney’s Believe in America PAC because “we do not share Senator Romney’s liberal, anti-Trump political positions.” But while the two candidates have been spending on negative ads aimed at one another (which Schelzig told me had voters “expressing bewilderment about what exactly is going on” given how much the primary was on the back burner due to the pandemic), the two have very few policy differences. Sethi opposes abortion even in cases of rape or incest, while Hagerty has said that there should be “very infrequent” exceptions for those instances. Sethi attracted some attention for promoting the use of hydroxychloroquine as a potential treatment for Covid-19 despite a lack of evidence and demanding that Trump fire Dr. Anthony Fauci, arguing that he “failed” and damaged the American economy. And while Hagerty supports the use of active-duty military to quell protests (asking Trump to invoke the Insurrection Act to do so), Sethi campaign manager Chris Devaney said in a statement back in June: Manny appreciates President Trump’s leadership, which is why he doesn’t think we need the 101st Airborne in this. Our U.S. military exists to kill bad guys, not to do police work. Our National Guard is more than capable of dealing with these rioters and looters, upholding the rule of law, and busting some heads if need be, to protect our country. The Fight for 15 (Republicans) The race for the Republican nomination in Tennessee’s First Congressional District — a heavily Republican area encompassing roughly 710,000 people — has attracted little national attention but is no less contentious. Fifteen Republicans are running to replace Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN), who is retiring this year. They include Diana Harshbarger and state Rep. Timothy Hill, the choice of the DC-based conservative super PAC Club for Growth. As Schelzig told me, Hill aligned with groups like Americans for Prosperity while a state lawmaker, and when he got into the race for the First District, “he pumped most of his money into advertising to boost his poll numbers and demonstrate his viability to the Club for Growth.” And while Hill’s ads have attacked Harshbarger — one arguing that she has sketchy ties to Chinese pharmaceutical interests — Schelzig told me, “The attacks have more to do with dragging her down from her early lead to give Hill a better chance at winning, rather than any deep-felt antipathy toward Harshbarger.” For her part, Harshbarger is campaigning as an outsider taking on establishment political interests (a familiar tactic in Republican primaries), blasting her opposition for allegedly supporting tax increases and for putting outside interests ahead of Tennesseans. Her ads also follow a general GOP theme this cycle: Voting for Harshbarger and other Republicans can stem the “chaos” taking place across the country (though, notably, not in her district). Other Republican candidates for the First Congressional District include State Sen. Rusty Crowe, former Kingsport Mayor John Clark, and former Johnson City Mayor Steve Darden, all of whom are well known to voters in the area. But Crowe also has some baggage that might turn off Republican voters — he was a Democrat who switched parties in 1995, and he voted to support a failed effort to expand Medicaid coverage back in 2015. And as former mayors of cities, Clark and Darden both have valuable managerial experience, but Schelzig told me that “there is traditionally some suspicion among Republicans from the more rural parts of the district of those from the cities, whom they perceive as more moderate.” The Tennessee GOP was unable to comment on either of these races, both of which seem to indicate that the Tennessee Republican Party, like the national party, has turned to Trump as the ultimate arbiter of conservative bona fides. It remains to be seen how voters will respond. 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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Michelle Obama: Watching this administration is dispiriting
During an episode of "The Michelle Obama Podcast," the former first lady revealed watching the current administration has contributed to her having "low-grade depression" during the pandemic.
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Meteorologists warn hurricane season could be ‘extremely active’
This year’s Atlantic hurricane season is whipping up to be a dangerous doozy, with double the number of “named” storms than a normal season, meteorologists are warning. The 2020 season will be “extremely active” with 24 named storms predicted by Colorado State University researchers. A dozen of those storms are expected to be hurricanes, with...
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'Wear a damn mask.' And remain stylish. Here are 31 of our favorite masks
We're still in a pandemic. Cover up with some of our favorite face masks.
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Lakers star LeBron James will not play against Rockets
LeBron James will not play against the Houston Rockets on Thursday night because of a sore right groin, according to the Lakers.
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NAACP refuses to cut ties with Philadelphia leader who shared anti-Semitic post
The NAACP is not parting with Philadelphia chapter President Rodney Muhammad after he shared an anti-Semitic social media post, even after many including Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf called for his resignation.
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Big tech stocks could fall sharply if there's a vaccine
Hopes are growing that a Covid-19 vaccine is coming. But Goldman Sachs thinks a vaccine might actually upend the stock market, which has continued to rally despite worries about a rise in cases in several key states.
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State Department lifts Global Level 4 Health Advisory, easing recommendations for international travel
The Department of State cited changing virus conditions for the decision.
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Listen to Episode 16 of ‘Pinstripe Pod’: Should Yankees Be Concerned With Starting Pitching?
The Yankees were right behind the Twins and Cubs for the best record in baseball at 9-2 after their win in Game 2 of the doubleheader in Philadelphia on Wednesday. To recap the games and storylines surrounding the Bronx Bombers, we present to you a brand new episode of the “Pinstripe Pod” with Chris Shearn...
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Lizzo Strikes First-Look Deal with Amazon Studios
The "Truth Hurts" singer must be feeling good as hell today.
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Protesters praise charges against DA's husband
Black Lives Matter protesters on Wednesday applauded charges against the husband of Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey. Video shows David Lacey pointing a gun at demonstrators who knocked on the couple's door on March 2. (Aug 6)       
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Terminally ill patients can take magic mushrooms in Canada, new law rules
The Canadian government will allow terminally ill patients to take magic mushrooms, a new law has ruled. Four Canadians have been approved to receive psilocybin therapy to help treat their end-of-life anxiety. The main ingredient of the drug is psilocybin, which at high doses can cause hallucinations. The use of psilocybin in Canada was made...
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New FDA limits on arsenic levels in infant rice cereals don't adequately protect children, critics say
The FDA has officially set the upper limit for allowable levels of arsenic in infant rice products, but consumer advocacy groups say it's not enough to protect children from the dangers of the toxic heavy metal.
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Michelle Obama: Coronavirus an Opportunity to Change 'How Wealth Is Distributed'
Wednesday on her new podcast, former first lady Michelle Obama called coronavirus an opportunity to think about "how wealth is distributed" to lower-income essential workers.
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Lakers' LeBron James will miss game against Rockets with sore groin
The Lakers, who have the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference secured, are 2-2 in the NBA bubble and among the worst offensive teams in the restart.        
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US State Department lifts global 'Do Not Travel' advisory
After more than four months, the US State Department on Thursday lifted its advisory warning US citizens against traveling abroad.
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He has a full-time job -- plus three gigs
Host W. Kamau Bell explores working America today, where the fastest-growing category of new jobs is gig work. Watch "United Shades of America" Sundays at 10 p.m. ET.
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Twins' Miguel Sano smacks loud home run vs. Pirates: 'That one ... broke left field'
The Minnesota Twins slugger hit a three-run home run in the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday.
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Snapchat announces tools to increase youth voter engagement
On the anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, Snapchat announced Thursday it would be releasing new tools to help its users register to vote, learn about voting and make a plan to vote.
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Abbi Jacobson’s ‘A League of Their Own’ Reboot Gets Series Order at Amazon
The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League is heading to the small screen.
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What happens if there’s no clear winner?
Our Founders and the Constitution contemplated the possibility of contested elections.
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New Podcast: Inside Coaches Poll
Urban Meyer joins show       
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Bon Appétit names new executive editor as three stars of 'Test Kitchen' exit
Condé Nast has named a new executive editor for Bon Appétit as 3 stars of Test Kitchen say they will no longer produce videos for the channel.       
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Joe Biden suggests African American community not as diverse as Latino community
Biden made the eyebrow-raising comments during a roundtable interview with black and Hispanic reporters on Wednesday when he was asked if he would "re-engage" with Cuba's Communist government.
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Sony just announced the successor to our favorite headphones
The new Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones are now available for pre-order       
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Keedron Bryant’s Anthem for Justice Has Led to a ‘Dream Come True’
When 12-year-old Keedron Bryant shared an Instagram video in late May, he wasn’t expecting viral fame and a record deal to come his way. Bryant, who has been singing since he was just 5 or 6 years old in children’s choir, had regularly posted a cappella singing videos to his social media. But this time,…
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LAPD officer shot in suspected 'friendly fire' incident in Hollywood, police say
A Los Angeles police officer was shot accidentally by a fellow officer while responding Wednesday to reports of a distraught man, the LAPD said.
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