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PETER HITCHENS: If you want to tell the truth in modern Britain, you need to be very patient. More than 20 years ago, I discovered just how badly English school exams had been devalued.
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Judge refuses to shutter Ventura County church that has defied COVID-19 health order
Ventura County judge refuses to close Godspeak Calvary Chapel in Newbury Park and find its pastor in contempt of court for holding indoor services.
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Sarah Cooper lands Netflix comedy special for fall
She found fame on social media by lip-synching President Donald Trump.
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Lou Reed jams with John Mellencamp in previously unseen 1987 video
The late John Prine even makes an onstage cameo.
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Leah Remini slams Tom Cruise, thinks he has master plan for daughter Suri
He's "not a good person," she says.
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Zonnique Pullins shares her pregnancy beauty routine
She's stocking up on cocoa butter and skipping the hair dye.
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How the Biden campaign can engage with Muslim voters ahead of the election
Nadia Ahmad, an associate professor at Barry University School of Law and the co-founder of the Muslim Delegates and Allies Coalition, joined CBSN to discuss what Joe Biden's this choice of Kamala Harris as his running mate means for progressives and how the campaign can reach out to Muslim voters.
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What Kamala Harris as VP would mean for Silicon Valley
With Sen. Kamala Harris ascending to become former Vice President Joe Biden's running mate, Silicon Valley can breathe a little easier, at least for now.
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Bodycam video shows Utah cops order dog to attack black man on his knees
Newly released police bodycam video shows cops in Salt Lake City order a police dog to maul a black man in his own backyard. The disturbing footage, obtained by the Salt Lake City Tribune, shows Jeffery Ryans, 36, approached by police officers while he’s smoking in his yard before heading off to his job as...
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Sarah Cooper is getting a Netflix special
Sarah Cooper may want to send President Donald Trump a muffin basket.
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House Oversight chair introduces new bill to reverse organizational changes at USPS
A new bill aimed at reversing organizational and structural changes undertaken at the United States Postal Service by the new postmaster general was introduced to Congress Wednesday.
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Online fraud is surging: Five facts you probably don't know
Online fraud is surging as more people stay at home and online activity increases.
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Arrested Portland protesters won’t face charges under revised policy
About 550 protest-related cases have been referred to Schmidt's office since May 29, only 133 of which were felonies. More than 350 were misdemeanors or violations that included no claims of physical violence.
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Arnon Mishkin: Biden-Harris team signals 'we're the risk-free ticket' -- but will it sway voters?
Biden’s 2020 strategy is quite simple
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New species of dinosaur related to Tyrannosaurus rex discovered
A new species of dinosaur related to Tyrannosaurus rex has been discovered in the U.K.
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Comedian Sarah Cooper Lands Netflix Variety Special
The Trump impersonator is taking her talents to Netflix.
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Phillies analyst calls Orioles game ‘an embarrassment to baseball’
NBC Sports Philadelphia analyst and former MLB reliever Ricky Bottalico definitely did not sugar coat how he felt about the Phillies’ series-opening loss to the Baltimore Orioles Tuesday. Following the Phillies’ 10-9 loss, in which a pop-up gaffe and an inside-the-park homer headlined the defeat, Bottalico did not hold back while discussing the performance he...
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Florida men accused of selling fake COVID cure arrested
They face a maximum of between 14 and more than 17 years in prison if convicted of all charges.
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Maroon 5's Sam Farrar settles into Sherman Oaks home
Musician Sam Farrar of the bands Phantom Planet and Maroon 5 recently dropped $1.659 million on a single-story home in Sherman Oaks.
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Stevie Nicks fears COVID-19: 'If I get it, I will probably never sing again'
In one of the most dramatic celebrity coronavirus messages so far, singer Stevie Nicks is imploring younger people to wear a mask and stop feeling immortal.
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Trump: ‘Suburban housewives’ will vote for me over Joe Biden
WASHINGTON — President Trump on Wednesday said housewives in the suburbs will vote for him over Joe Biden in November because he is trying to roll back low-income housing initiatives. “The ‘suburban housewife’ will be voting for me. They want safety & are thrilled that I ended the long running program where low income housing...
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Raphael gave himself a 'nose job' in self-portraits, 3D rendering reveals
Italian researchers have created a 3D reconstruction of the face of Renaissance master Raphael, which they say proves once and for all that the artist was buried in the Pantheon in Rome.
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Three associates of R. Kelly busted trying to bribe his victims: feds
Three men were busted in different states for trying to intimidate and bribe alleged victims in R. Kelly's sex-trafficking case, prosecutors said..
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Avatar: The Last Airbender Creators Cut Ties With Live-Action Netflix Series
Michael Dante DiMartino said leaving the production was "necessary for my happiness and creative integrity."
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The congressional candidates who have embraced the baseless QAnon conspiracy theory
A Republican candidate who subscribes to the baseless QAnon conspiracy theory prevailed Tuesday night in a House primary runoff in Georgia.
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Twins vs. Brewers prediction: Kenta Maeda makes Minnesota the pick
The Milwaukee Brewers have gotten off to a tough start to 2020 and have to turn to Eric Lauer on Wednesday to face a Minnesota Twins lineup that ranks in the top seven in MLB in home runs per game. The Twins set a record for most home runs in 2019 and now get to...
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Woman Crush Wednesday: Dominique Fishback is a ‘Power’ House
The Project Power star does some serious heavy-lifting in this upcoming Netflix superhero film.
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Astros-Athletics brawl leads to 20-game suspension for Alex Cintron, 6 games for Ramon Laureano
Houston Astros hitting coach Alex Cintron and Oakland Athletics outfielder Ramon Laureano received discipline from Major League Baseball over their bench-clearing fiasco over the weekend.
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Cuomo slams bigot who left anti-Semitic note at Rebecca Seawright’s office
Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants the bigot who taped an anti-Semitic message to the storefront of Assemblywoman Rebecca Seawright’s Upper East Side office brought to justice, he said. “This cowardly act is antithetical to New York’s values,” Cuomo tweeted Wednesday that linked to a Post story on the hateful message. “New York has zero tolerance for...
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The Italian master Raphael gave himself a 'nose job' in self-portraits, 3D rendering reveals
Italian researchers have created a 3D reconstruction of the face of Renaissance master Raphael, which they say proves once and for all that the artist was buried in the Pantheon in Rome.
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‘Avatar’ Creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko Quit Netflix’s Live-Action ‘Avatar’ Series
"I realized I couldn’t control the creative direction of the series, but I could control how I responded," DiMartino said.
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Chinese man's big belly saves him from falling down well
An overweight Chinese man found his big belly to be a lifesaver — after it got wedged in a well and stopped him falling down, according to officials.
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‘It Was a Planned Attack.’ Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot Says Looting Was Organized
A day after looters smashed-in retailer’s windows, carried away loads of high-end merchandise and overwhelmed police officers in downtown Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot says the violence was an organized raid and not a demonstration of angry protest. “When people showed up on Michigan Avenue in the downtown area with U-Haul trucks and cargo vans, and…
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Telepsychiatry Is Leaving Behind the Most Seriously Mentally Ill
Without face-to-face appointments, it is difficult to spot warning signs about my patients.
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Beyoncé's Black Parade Route catalog giving African-owned businesses a boost
Beyoncé has created a directory of black and African owned businesses on her website.
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Beirut still reeling one week after devastating explosion
CBS News correspondent Imtiaz Tyab reports on how survivors are coping with the destruction and calling for political change.
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'We Made Herstory': Fani Willis Poised To Become First Woman DA in Georgia County
Willis defeated six-term Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard, and her former boss, in Tuesday's runoff. Howard has been dogged by scandal, including his handling of the Rayshard Brooks case.
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Giuliani blasts Kamala Harris' 'embarrassing' record as a prosecutor: She 'flooded' prisons
Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., is the “worst nightmare” as a prosecutor,” Rudy Giuliani, the attorney for President Trump, said on Wednesday.
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Conway on Joe Biden's 'safe' VP pick Kamala Harris: Democrat voters already 'rejected her'
Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway told "America's Newsroom" Wednesday why Sen. Kamala Harris, who was picked on Tuesday by Joe Biden as his running mate in the Democratic ticket, is President Trump's top choice.
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4 questions to answer before you transfer your credit card debt
Here's how to tell if it's the right money move for you.       
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Florida sheriff forbids staff, visitors from wearing masks
Florida sheriff forbids staff, visitors from wearing masks
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France sees spike in coronavirus cases, country going ‘wrong way,' PM warns
A surge of coronavirus cases in France has Prime Minister Jean Castex warning that the country has been going the “wrong way” for two weeks as he urged citizens to step up their efforts to curb the spread.
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How can we beat the coronavirus? Join editorial board member Jeneen Interlandi to discuss.
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Madewell's having a Secret Stock Sale, featuring up to 70% off clothes, shoes and accessories
Madewell's casual, stylish clothes are perfect for the chilled-out days of peak summer, and right now, the much-loved label is having a secret sale — think up to 70% off a ton of pieces from the brand's collection of menswear and womenswear.
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Man installs life-size wax model of dead wife for housewarming
Even death could not do them part.
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A back-to-school shopping season like no other has parents, retailers scrambling
Many Wisconsin parents don't know whether their children will be sitting in a classroom or in front of a computer in the dining room.       
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Mars ‘nightglow’ spotted by NASA spacecraft
NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft has spotted a pulsing ultraviolet light in the Martian night sky. “The MAVEN team was surprised to find that the atmosphere pulsed exactly three times per night and only during Mars’ spring and fall,” explained NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in a statement. “The brightenings occur where vertical winds carry gases down...
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The Left Warms Up to Kamala Harris
The far left of the Democratic Party spent much of the primary attacking Kamala Harris, decrying her as an untrustworthy “cop” whose overtures to the left were half-hearted and opportunistic. But with Joe Biden naming the senator from California as his running mate, some progressive leaders and activists, including Harris skeptics, sound reluctantly optimistic about what the pair could achieve.The progressives I interviewed seem to view Harris and Biden as similar figures, occupying an “in-between space” in American politics, as one activist put it to me. Their political identities and agendas are a muddled mix of the old establishment Democratic politics and the progressivism of the surging Millennial left—a combination progressives believe they can work with. They think that, just as Biden has already welcomed progressive input in his campaign, Harris could be malleable, a potential vice president they can push in their ideological direction.“The same guy who was willing to sit down with Strom Thurmond is now talking like he wants to be the 21st-century FDR,” Julian Brave NoiseCat, the vice president of policy and strategy at the progressive polling firm Data for Progress, told me. “A savvy politician like Harris is going to see where the winds are blowing and move in that direction.”Harris, who joined the Senate four years ago, described herself a “progressive prosecutor” in her previous career, but many lefties have never claimed her as one of their own. That’s largely because of her long and complicated record in law enforcement. As California’s attorney general, a position she held from 2011 to 2017, Harris repeatedly declined to investigate officer-involved shootings. Activists in California also criticized her for not supporting reforms that would have increased police accountability; for championing an anti-truancy law that disproportionately affected parents of color; and for aggressively prosecuting misdemeanors and so-called quality-of-life crimes, such as panhandling and graffiti.[Read: When Kamala was a top cop]More recently, during the 2020 primary, lefties argued that she wasn’t sufficiently committed to progressive reforms. After initially backing Medicare for All and the elimination of private health insurance, for example, Harris walked back those commitments and developed her own health-care plan. “A lot of why she floundered in the primary was that it was unclear where she stood on a number of things,” Waleed Shahid, the communications director for the progressive organization Justice Democrats, told me.But Harris does have some clear progressive bona fides. A GovTrack analysis showed that she had one of the most liberal voting records of any sitting senator in 2019. She announced her support for the Green New Deal early that year, and this month teamed up with Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York on a bill that would require the federal government to consider the effect of any new environmental legislation on marginalized communities. Throughout the summer, as protests against racism and police brutality erupted in cities across the country, Harris advocated for banning choke holds and no-knock warrants, and called for “reimagining how we do public safety in America.”The progressives I spoke with don’t really care if those moves were genuine or motivated in part by politics. They just want Harris to make more of them. “Her collaboration with AOC on the Climate Equity Act shows that she can take some fairly left-wing and justice-oriented conversations to the highest office in the land, and that’s a good thing,” NoiseCat said.Others framed her leftward shift more cynically: “While her penchant for taking positions broadly palatable to the corporate donor class raises concerns about her dedication to progressive principles, her habit of aligning her stance with the prevailing political winds gives us some hope,” the leaders of RootsAction.org and Progressive Democrats of America said in a statement yesterday.Harris’s potentially pliable ideology, in other words, could prove useful to progressives. It’s also something that she has in common with her running mate. When I asked him to define Harris’s politics, Larry Cohen, the chairman of Our Revolution, the political-action committee spun out of Bernie Sanders’s 2016 campaign, described her the same way one might describe Biden: “a centrist Democrat who has shown willingness in the past to consider progressive ideas.”[Read: Biden goes big without sounding like it]At one point, a Biden nomination was a nightmare scenario for many American progressives. Yet in the past few months, the former vice president and his fiercest critics on the left have reached a tentative détente: Biden has adopted some of the most liberal policies proposed by his former primary rivals, including Elizabeth Warren’s bankruptcy plan, and he invited a group of Sanders-aligned activists to advise his campaign. The $2 trillion climate plan he announced in mid-July was met with glowing praise from influential lefty groups such as the Sunrise Movement, which first came to national prominence after its members held a protest outside House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office on Capitol Hill.“Some of our administrations who have been the boldest haven’t always been the most progressive,” Tory Gavito, the president and co-founder of the progressive Way to Win network, told me. Many liberal Democrats were skeptical of Lyndon B. Johnson’s commitment to progressive reforms when he arrived in office, given his southern background and establishment ties. But Johnson was responsible for “some of the most levelizing, equalizing policies in recent history,” Gavito noted, adding that progressives shouldn’t underestimate the potential for similarly ambitious legislation from a Biden-Harris administration.Many progressives, though, are still highly skeptical of Biden’s VP pick. Some of the activists and organizers behind this summer’s protests believe that Harris is exactly the wrong person to lead the country through this pivotal moment. (Even some statements in support of Harris’s nomination alluded to this concern.) Given Biden’s age, his vice president would likely be viewed as a “potential president-in-waiting” and “a signal for the Democratic Party’s agenda in the years to come,” as my colleague Christian Paz wrote last month. While that’s exciting for progressives eager to see a Black woman occupy the highest office in the land, the idea that Harris represents the party’s future is a worrying prospect for others who are focused primarily on pushing radical change. The next generation of voters “wants a more forceful progressivism that’s grounded in racial justice and economic populism,” Shahid said. “I don’t know if she has proven that she’s able to do that.”There’s no pretending that Harris was their ideal candidate for vice president, the progressives I talked with acknowledged. They still want and expect Biden to demonstrate his commitment to party unity by appointing more liberal Democrats to key roles in his administration, such as tapping Warren to oversee the Treasury Department. And they’re prepared to apply constant pressure to extract the most progressive policy outcomes if the ticket wins in November. “Harris didn’t run on big reforms and neither did Joe Biden, so progressives are going to be pushing them to go as big as they can,” said Charles Chamberlain, the executive director of the lefty political-action committee Democracy for America. But the former vice president has surprised them so far. The next one might too.
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Chris Wallace says Kamala Harris 'doesn't do any harm' to Joe Biden’s chances
Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., “doesn't do any harm” to Joe Biden’s chances to be elected president, “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace said on Wednesday.
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