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Letters to the Editor: Trump is snubbing Obama's portrait unveiling because of course he is

To Trump, everything is transactional — he won't do anything if there's nothing in it for him. This is why Obama isn't getting a White House portrait ceremony.


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Trump's approach to the presidency: Ignore the challenges and embrace the easy
It is notoriously difficult being president.
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Sheriff warns protesters he will deputize gun owners
A Florida sheriff is warning protesters that he will deputize lawful gun owners to quell protests that turn violent in his county.
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Boeing to stop making 747 jumbo jet: report
Boeing is pulling the plug on its 747 jumbo jet, Bloomberg News reported on Thursday. The 747 democratized global air travel in the 1970s but fell behind modern twin-engine passenger jets. The last 747-8 will roll out of a Seattle area factory in about two years, according to the Bloomberg report. The news didn’t seem...
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Anthony Davis confident Lakers can pick up where they left off
Despite the uncertainty of playing in a bubble when the NBA season resumes, Lakers forward Anthony Davis is confident the team can continue its title run.
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81 People Killed During Protests Over Murder Of Ethiopian Musician
At least 81 people in Ethiopia have been killed in massive protests that erupted following the killing of musician and activist Hachalu Hundessa. The 34 year-old singer—a prominent figure of the Oromo ethnic group—was shot dead while driving to Addis Ababa on June 29. The motive for his death remains unknown. In the days following…
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$1 billion shortfall, furloughs could bring US immigration system to a halt
The federal agency responsible for granting citizenship, providing immigration benefits, and processing visa applications is bracing to furlough over 13,000 employees next month -- a move that could grind the US immigration system to a halt.
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'John Lewis: Good Trouble': 5 lessons from the documentary that still apply today
John Lewis' film centers around his contributions to the civil rights movement, but the social issues he battled are more relevant now than ever.        
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‘Warrior Nun’ on Netflix: Showrunner Simon Barry Explains that Cliffhanger Ending
Say your prayers that Netflix orders Warrior Nun Season 2 because we need more stat!
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Amanda Kloots has been told four times that Nick Cordero won't survive: 'But he has'
Fitness instructor Amanda Kloots updated Gayle King on her husband, Broadway star Nick Cordero, who's been in the ICU for about 90 days as he battles COVID-19.
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Former GOP candidate Herman Cain hospitalized with COVID-19
Cain attended President Trump's June 20 rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and was photographed not wearing a mask.
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Partygoers at center of coronavirus cluster to cooperate after threats of hefty fines
Money talks. Rockland County’s threats of hefty fines in order to force a group of partygoers to cooperate with health officials trying to contain a coronavirus cluster has worked as the socializers have now bowed down and complied with local contact tracers. The county, north of New York City, warned Wednesday of $2,000 daily fines...
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What America needs to do if we are to beat this pandemic
Sir Mark Lowcock, the top UN official for humanitarian response, writes that the US needs to step up with leadership and money if the world is to successfully confront Covid-19
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Hugh Downs, genial presence on TV news and game shows, dies
Hugh Downs, a genial and near-constant presence on television from the 1950s through the 1990s, has died
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Hugh Downs, longtime TV personality, dies at 99
Hugh Downs' career stretched back to the birth of television.
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Massachusetts rookie cop fired over Instagram photo of niece at Black Lives Matter rally: reports
A Massachusetts police officer was fired last month after posting a photo to her Instagram account while off the clock showing her niece at a Black Lives Matter rally in Atlanta.
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European police crack encrypted phones network, arrest hundreds in major cyber sting
European police delivered a major blow to organized crime after cracking an encrypted communications network, allowing them to covertly watch "over the shoulder” of criminals in real time as they planned drug trafficking, arms sales, assassinations and torture, officers announced Thursday.
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Bradford, NH: Everything to know about where Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested
Investigators had been “keeping tabs” on Maxwell, including at her new secret country home, “for some time,” FBI Special Agent William Sweeney said.
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Andy Puzder: Signs of a 'V'-shaped recovery — a welcome bounce back in economy
Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Jay Powell admitted we have experienced a welcome “bounce back in economic activity,” and “have done so sooner than expected.”
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Nearly 90 percent of coronavirus patients saw improved taste, smell after 4 weeks, study says
A new study reports that nearly 90 percent of COVID-19 patients saw an improvement or complete resolution of impairment after four weeks.
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How Black Lives Matter transformed the Fourth of July
Black Lives Matter protests since George Floyd's death have finally given millions of Americans renewed language to discuss the messy reality of a nation in the grips of structural racism -- imbuing this July 4 with new meaning about what it means to be an American, says Peniel Joseph.
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CHOP businesses, protesters react after CHOP taken away
Businesses and local residents on Wednesday expressed relief after Seattle police cleared out an “occupied” protest area known as the Capitol Hill Organized Protest, or CHOP, while protesters vowed they will continue to put pressure on city leaders to meet their demands.
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I was fired from my job because my kids were noisy during calls on lockdown
"It was so heartless. I felt degraded as a mother."
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Video shows cops laughing as they shoot protesters with rubber bullets
Florida cops laughed and celebrated shooting protesters with rubber bullets during a George Floyd rally in May, newly released body camera footage shows. “Beat it, little f–ker,” Detective Zachary Baro, the leader of a Fort Lauderdale Police Department SWAT team unit, can be heard saying in the video, which was obtained by The Miami Herald....
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Health official is threatening patients with subpoenas. Here's why
CNN's Kate Bolduan talks to a New York health commissioner about the great lengths she has taken to get contact tracers to comply with Covid-19 case investigators.
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Fact-checking Trump's references to the anti-police chant 'pigs in a blanket, fry 'em like bacon'
As President Donald Trump criticizes "Black Lives Matter," he and his team keep bringing up an eight-word protest chant that has been highlighted repeatedly by conservative Fox News personalities.
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Supreme Court to hear case on religious art taken by Nazis
The Supreme Court announced Thursday that they will hear a case brought by the descendants of German Jewish art dealers who claim their family members were forced to sell 
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Facebook and Instagram will alert users to wear masks as coronavirus cases surge
Amid criticism it is not doing enough to help combat the coronavirus pandemic, Facebook said it would start showing alerts to both users of the main app as well as Instagram to wear face coverings.
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As coronavirus surge continues, L.A. unveils color-coded system to assess infection risk
The new tool was released as Los Angeles, like many areas in California and the U.S., continues to see distressing spikes in coronavirus infections and hospitalizations.
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Kids stuck at home interrupt parents' live interviews on BBC and Sky News
Kids adorably interrupted their mothers' live interviews for BBC and Sky News this week.
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Jeffrey Epstein's associate Ghislaine Maxwell arrested on recruiting child sex victims
Ghislaine Maxwell, longtime associate of Jeffrey Epstein, has been arrested as part of the continuing federal inquiry into the child sex trafficking.        
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Hugh Downs, an indefatigable TV host, dies at 99
Downs, who won Emmys for his work on "Concentration," "Today" and "Over Easy," began his long run on ABC's award-winning "20/20" in 1978
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One Way the Courts Can Prove Black Lives Matter
Overturning this little-known Supreme Court decision could help end institutional racism.
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Costco to cut senior shopping hours to twice a week
Sorry, shoppers.
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Man who beheaded US journalist Daniel Pearl, 3 others linked to crime will remain in jail – for now
Four men who were sentenced to life in prison for the death of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl but then were later exonerated, will remain in prison for three more months, officials said Thursday.
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NIH 'optimistic' COVID-19 vaccine by end of 2020
Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the U.S. National Institutes of Health said Thursday that "we are all optimistic" that the Trump administration's vaccine-acceleration program will produce a safe and effective vaccine for COVID-19 by year end. (July 2)       
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Coronavirus forced feds to delay Ghislaine Maxwell arrest: sources
Federal authorities knew for months where alleged Jeffrey Epstein madame Ghislaine Maxwell was hiding out — but couldn’t arrest her in an underage sex-trafficking scheme until Thursday thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, law-enforcement sources told The Post. Investigators spent months tracking the movements of Maxwell, 58, and knew that she used an LLC to mask...
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Some States To Out-Of-Towners: If You Come Visit, Plan To Quarantine For Two Weeks
The 14-day quarantine rule — which in some areas carries fines of up to $10,000 — is meant to help contain the spread of COVID-19, but enforcement varies from state to state.
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Vanilla Ice postpones 4th of July 2020 concert due to COVID-19
This concert's on ice, ice, baby.
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Fact-checking a mask meme shared by Trump Jr. on Facebook
President Donald Trump has finally started to encourage people to wear masks, even while not wearing one himself. Meanwhile, his son Donald Trump Jr. is actively spreading doubt about the effectiveness of masks against the coronavirus.
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‘SNL’s infamous ‘cue card guy’ Wally Feresten launches side hustle
For 30 years, Wally Feresten has been writing and holding the off-camera script cards on "SNL"
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Willie Nelson celebrates July 4 with virtual picnic, new LP
Like many musicians, Willie Nelson would love to be on the road again.
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Gang of Eight briefed by intelligence chiefs on Russia bounty allegations
The country's top intelligence officials on Thursday held a classified briefing with congressional leaders amid demands for more information on the reports that Russian agents offered Taliban-linked militants in Afghanistan thousands of dollars in bounties for killing American troops.
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New Jersey casinos reopen amid pandemic
Five of Atlantic City's casinos reopened Thursday with anti-virus measures in place. (July 2)       
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US companies must avoid Chinese forced labor from Uighur camps: Pompeo
The Trump administration is advising US companies against doing business with Chinese suppliers that use forced labor from Uighur Muslims, a minority ethnic group being forcibly detained in concentration camps in China. In an advisory issued Wednesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo cited the Chinese Communist Party ramping up “its campaign of systematic repression of...
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Massachusetts city recognizes polyamorous relationships in new domestic partnership ordinance
A left-leaning Massachusetts city has declared it will recognize polyamorous relationships following a unanimous City Council vote, according to reports Wednesday.
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High-tech glove can translate sign language with 99 percent accuracy
Bioengineers at UCLA have designed a glove-like device that can translate American Sign Language into English speech in real time with a smartphone app.
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Fact check: Benefits derived from putting essential oils in belly button are questionable
There is no scientific evidence that putting essential oils in your navel offers more health benefits than applying them on any other part of skin.      
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Penn Badgley reveals he did a lot of drugs in his early 20s
The "You" actor didn't have to research the LSD trip on season two.
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