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Recession coming? Trump insists U.S. economy ‘very strong’

WASHINGTON --- The "fundamentals" of the U.S. economy are solid, the White House asserted, invoking an ill-fated political declaration of a decade ago amid mounting concern that a recession could imperil President Donald Trump's reelection. Exhibiting no such concern, senior adviser Kellyanne Conway declared to reporters on Monday, "The fact is, the fundamentals of our economy are very strong." It's a phrase with a history. Republican John McCain was accused of being out of touch when he made a similar declaration during the 2008 presidential campaign just hours before investment bank Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy, setting off a stock market crash and global financial...

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Oregon Fire Map, Update, Storm to Help Firefighters Battle the Blazes
A storm in the early hours of Friday may help contain the wildfires as Gov. Kate Brown says: "Our firefighters are grateful for rain."
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Column: QAnon's monstrous conspiracy theories fit the Trumpian moment
A vocal faction of Americans — some seeking high places — are trafficking in canards: 5G is deadly, COVID-19 is a hoax, blue state pedophiles roam the halls of Congress. No wonder they might also believe Tom Hanks — Tom Hanks! — is a cannibal.
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Editorial: A COVID-19 vaccine doesn't exist yet, but already people don't trust it
A COVID-19 vaccine doesn't even exist yet, and already many people don't trust it, thanks to the mixed messaging that has defined the White House's response to the pandemic.
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Trump faces a bigger decision than TikTok -- What to do about China’s WeChat
The Commerce Department is scheduled to decide by Sunday which U.S. transactions with WeChat to ban.
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Op-Ed: Why remote learning is hard — and how to make it easier
There are psychological reasons Zoom school is so difficult. Luckily, science also gives us some solutions.
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Endorsement: Yes on Proposition 17: Parolees deserve the right to vote
Parolees should get their right to vote restored while they are on parole.
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Op-Ed: The pandemic food fascination that won't go away
Maybe bougie food fantasies will accompany us all the way through the destruction of life as we know it?
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Police have shot people experiencing a mental health crisis. Who should you call instead?
After the death of Daniel Prude, some are calling for more police mental health training while others are promoting alternative crisis responders.        
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Dwayne Haskins is off to a solid start, but his push to prove himself has just begun
Before he coached Dwayne Haskins, Ron Rivera got some important advice from Urban Meyer: Challenge him.
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Oil companies aren’t actually going green — but some are heading there faster than others
Adopting a few climate-friendly measures is one way that companies hedge against tighter regulations.
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Deep in Oregon wilderness, five men battle wildfire to save a historic resort
Five men stayed behind, after dozens of guests and staffers were evacuated in the face of a massive wildfire, to save Breitenbush, a famed Oregon hot springs retreat.
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Kevin McCarthy and the House Republican Commitment to America | Opinion
When Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy and the House Republicans unveiled their Commitment to America agenda this week, they were operating in the best tradition of the modern House GOP.
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Suffolk Police face $20M cut amid fiscal crisis, county executive says
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone plans to slash police spending by $20 million to deal with a fiscal crisis triggered by the coronavirus pandemic. Bellone, who will unveil his grim plan later Friday, told The Post he’s canceling two police recruitment classes for 200 police officers to save $9 million and suspending the class for...
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Emmy-Nominated Cecily Strong Defined 'SNL,' Now She's Ready to Sing on Apple TV
"Thanks to Donald Trump for making Jeanine a household name so that I can act like a clown," Cecily Strong tells Newsweek about portraying Jeanine Pirro on 'SNL.'
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Bill Barr’s Stinging Attack on Bill Barr
In an administration that tends toward incoherence and lunacy, Bill Barr’s great strength is the ability to sound levelheaded. The attorney general is calm, cogent, and logical—and, in contrast to many of his Cabinet colleagues, clearly well studied and qualified for his role.Barr’s sober demeanor allows him to make a lot of arguments that sound reasonable and persuasive when delivered, as he demonstrated in a speech to Hillsdale College on Wednesday. The problem comes when you start trying to reconcile what he says with the Justice Department’s actions. It’s almost as if there are two Bill Barrs, arguing with each other. If you take what Bill Barr says when he’s posing as a wise legal theorist seriously, you should be very worried about what Bill Barr is actually doing as attorney general.For example, although there have been accusations that Trump has improperly intervened in the Justice Department, Wise Legal Theorist Bill Barr contends that nothing is amiss, because in a democracy, the people should have ultimate control over the legal system: The most basic check on prosecutorial power is politics. It is counter-intuitive to say that, as we rightly strive to maintain an apolitical system of criminal justice. But political accountability—politics—is what ultimately ensures our system does its work fairly and with proper recognition of the many interests and values at stake. Government power completely divorced from politics is tyranny. The Justice Department, he adds, “is an agency within the Executive Branch of a democratic republic—a form of government where the power of the state is ultimately reposed in the people acting through their elected president and elected representatives.” (Barr later adds, “Letting the most junior members set the agenda might be a good philosophy for a Montessori preschool, but it’s no way to run a federal agency.” Referring to your employees as preschoolers might be good red meat in a speech to a conservative audience, but it’s no way to run a federal agency.)All reasonable stuff on its face. But Attorney General Bill Barr seems to disagree. After all, he assigned U.S. Attorney John Durham to conduct an extensive review of Obama administration officials involved in investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election, including “unmaskings” related to Michael Flynn, whose prosecution for lying to FBI agents he is seeking to drop. Weren’t those just the actions of democratically accountable executive-branch officials exercising their lawful authority?[Read: Why the Democrats can’t nail Bill Barr]Wise Legal Theorist Barr argues that the officials of the Department of Justice are accountable, in part, because “the elected Congress can summon them to explain their decisions to the people’s representatives and to the public.” But under Attorney General Barr, the Justice Department has repeatedly stonewalled Congress. The attorney general himself long refused to testify to the House, and the Justice Department has supported Trump’s attempts to argue that allegations of misconduct against him can be pursued neither by the justice system nor via congressional investigation.Wise Legal Theorist Bill Barr fulminates against: taking vague statutory language and then applying it to a criminal target in a novel way that is, at a minimum, hardly the clear consequence of the statutory text.This is inherently unfair because criminal prosecutions are backward-looking. We charge people with crimes based on past conduct. If it was unknown or even unclear that the conduct was illegal when the person engaged in it, that raises real questions about whether it is fair to prosecute the person criminally for it. The result of this, he says, is “prosecutors bringing ill-conceived charges against prominent political figures.”Quite right. Has Attorney General Bill Barr heard this critique? He is the person who reportedly told prosecutors to consider charging violent protestors with sedition—that is, plotting to overthrow the United States government. That’s a rarely used charge, and is practically unheard-of in the case of mere violent protests. Now there is a movement that is seeking to provoke a civil war, the “boogaloo.” Federal prosecutors have charged several boogaloo adherents with violent acts over the summer, but Barr himself has been more focused on the left-wing “antifa,” a loose group that, whatever its dangers, does not have seem to have any intention of toppling the government.Barr is also the person who has reportedly asked prosecutors to look into criminal charges against Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan for allowing protesters to establish a police-free zone in one section of the city over the summer, in what would almost certainly be a novel application of civil-rights laws. (Barr denies this.) And he’s the person who has rushed a decision to bring antitrust charges against Google over the objections of career lawyers. As Wise Legal Theorist Bill Barr would be quick to tell us, this is Attorney General Bill Barr’s prerogative, but it hardly exemplifies the careful, meticulous application of legal theories that he called for in the speech.Wise Legal Theorist Bill Barr warns that bringing charges against prominent figures in this way creates a “criminalization of politics” in which the legal system is used to punish behavior that is merely “questionable,” and not illegal. This is an important point. There’s all sorts of behavior that is unsavory and perhaps even corrupt in a colloquial sense, but not illegal, and it’s a matter for the political system, not the criminal-justice system, to deal with.[Sarah Chayes: Hunter Biden’s perfectly legal, socially acceptable corruption]This seems almost like a rebuke to Attorney General Bill Barr, who blasted Democrats for using the (political) process of impeachment to go after Trump’s attempt to extort Ukraine into assisting his reelection effort, accusing them of taking the president conducting the business of his office, and misconstruing it as misconduct. Yet Barr was also eagerly accepting information from Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani about the business dealings of Joe Biden’s son Hunter in Ukraine—dealings that indeed seem questionable, but about which there remains no proof of criminality.If Barr is so worried about the criminalization of politics, he can find the chief culprit in the White House. His boss won office on a platform of locking up his opponent, complaining that no charges had ever been brought against her—and then repeatedly pressured Barr’s predecessor to investigate her and find some pretense, any pretense, to prosecute her.Much of what Barr said in his Hillsdale speech makes a great deal of sense in the abstract. Of course it’s good for ultimate responsibility to rest not with career bureaucrats who are largely unaccountable to the public, but with political appointees accountable to the president, Congress, and finally voters. Of course it’s dangerous for people to be charged under novel legal theories, applied retroactively. Of course politics should not be criminalized. So why doesn’t he take his own advice?“The Justice Department is not a praetorian guard that watches over society impervious to the ebbs and flows of politics,” Barr said in his Hillsdale speech. Instead, with Barr at the helm, the Justice Department is a praetorian guard that faithfully serves its president, highly attuned to the ebbs and flows of politics.
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Queasy Rider: The Uncertain Future of Harley-Davidson
A gasoline-soaked symbol of America finds itself at a crossroads.
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Think You’re Smarter Than Slate’s Director of Media Relations? Find Out With This Week’s News Quiz.
Test your knowledge of this week’s big stories.
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Why I Changed My Mind About the Caster Semenya Case
She should be allowed to compete against women and defend her Olympic title.
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Things Are Not Getting Better for Susan Collins
Plus six other vulnerable GOP senators.
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Justin Thomas leads US Open with record first-round score at Winged Foot
Winged Foot has a reputation as one of the toughest golf courses on the circuit, but American Justin Thomas made light work of the New York course on Thursday as he took an early lead of five-under at the US Open.
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London Fashion Week: Designers put to the test against a struggling market and more social restrictions
As London Fashion Week (LFW) begins it's likely that a lot of attention will be on the digital and live presentations, and not just the clothes.
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As firefighters hope to gain ground on some West Coast fires, others prompt more evacuations
With rain finally arriving in parts of the West Coast, fire officials hope the forecast will help them gain ground on the deadly wildfires that forced thousands to evacuate this week.
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No Revenue Is No Problem in the 2020 Stock Market
First, Nikola. Now SPAC mania targets the next wave of untested electric vehicle companies.
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Aaron Judge on Yankees’ chances: ‘We have best team out there’
So much about baseball has changed since March 12, when the first spring training was shut down due to the coronavirus. Empty ballparks. Seven-inning doubleheaders. Designated hitters in the AL and NL. Alternate sites replaced minor league games. Teams forced to quarantine after players tested positive for COVID-19. Bubbles in front of postseason bubbles. The...
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Obama Book Coming Post-Election Saves Former President Overshadowing Biden
The first volume of the former president's upcoming memoir is due to be released two weeks after election day.
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Covid has stopped most adventures. But this family is still setting sail on an epic voyage
The oceans have emptied over the past few months, with seagoing voyagers around the world seeking safe harbor amid fears that Covid outbreaks or restrictions could leave them stranded with nowhere to go.
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Covid has stopped most adventures. But this family is still setting sail on an epic voyage
At at time when most sailors have found safe harbor to avoid being stranded due to Covid-19, an Italian couple have stirred controversy with plans to embark on a year-long sailboat trip with their three young children.
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Trump Tells Rally in Wisconsin, Where Riots Flared and He Is Losing, 'I Saved the Suburbs'
Wisconsin is a crucial battleground state—one which Trump won only narrowly in 2016—but three recent polls put Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden in the lead.
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Trying Seven Unique Pizza Recipes From Around the World
No matter how you slice it, one pizza-themed episode of “Around the World” simply wasn’t enough for Great Big Story senior producer Beryl Shereshewsky. The pizza enthusiast asked for your recommendations on how you top your pizza. And, wow, a lot of you put pineapple on your pizza. Who knew that was a thing, from Malaysia to Sweden to Australia? She tries pizza topped with everything from Thousand Island dressing to gruyère cheese to bacon in this special episode of “Around the World.”
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Mets taking it slow with Jacob deGrom’s hamstring injury
Jacob deGrom’s right hamstring is showing improvement, but the Mets are still taking it slow in declaring the right-hander set for his next scheduled start. A day after the Mets ace departed after just two innings because of a spasm in the hamstring, manager Luis Rojas was encouraged with the signs. “The response was actually...
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Michigan driver arrested after pulling 'Dukes of Hazzard' stunt over Detroit bridge
A Michigan man was arrested Wednesday night after apparently jumping a Detroit drawbridge in "Dukes of Hazzard" fashion, according to multiple reports.
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Tucker Carlson says alleged Nashville coronavirus data 'cover-up,' other obfuscations 'unforgivable'
Tucker Carlson weighs in on the coronavirus cover-up in Nashville
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Ready for School to Start? For Most Students, Not So Fast.
Mayor Bill de Blasio's abrupt announcement of a phased start to in-person classes left many parents with little lead time to make alternative arrangements. 
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Hear from outgoing US ambassador to China on US-China relationship
Speaking to CNN's David Culver in Beijing, China, the outgoing US Ambassador to China Terry Branstad denounced Beijing's initial handling of coronavirus, saying that "what could have been contained in Wuhan ended up becoming a worldwide pandemic."
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United Kingdom sees spike in coronavirus cases, second lockdown may be looming
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Tom Brady’s response to Bruce Arians’ criticism after Saints loss
TAMPA, Fla. — Tom Brady had little to say Thursday in response to coach Bruce Arians’ critical assessment of the quarterback’s play during the six-time Super Bowl champion’s debut with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Arians made headlines after the Bucs fell to New Orleans 34-23 in the season opener, initially attributing a pair of interceptions...
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U.S. Open 2020 Leaderboard: How to Watch, Live Stream Second Round
Justin Thomas leads the U.S. Open by one shot after carding a 5-under 65 in the first round on Thursday.
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Yankees’ Aaron Boone hoping to be in MLB bubble for a long time
When the Yankees return from Buffalo late next Thursday night, they will check into a New York hotel and play the final three games of the regular season while living in a bubble atmosphere. Should they not grab the fourth seed in the AL postseason, the Yankees would open on the road and never play...
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How The Pandemic Is Widening The Racial Wealth Gap
The coronavirus has affected most Americans, but NPR's latest poll shows Black, Latino and Native American households are hardest hit by the financial impact of the crisis.
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'This is going to bankrupt me': Americans rack up $45B worth of medical debt in collections
Millions of unemployed Americans are struggling to stay afloat after losing their health-insurance coverage following a historic wave of layoffs.       
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Budweiser offering free beer to buyer of Florida condo lined floor to ceiling with Bud cans
No word on if these beer cans are load-bearing.
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Biden And Trump Visit Minnesota As The State Begins Early Voting
The contested state's opening of early voting underscores the extent to which Election Day has become election season.
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Secretary of State Pompeo: US will protect citizens and defend sovereignty against international court
The International Criminal Court, in its present form, is inherently susceptible to political bias, manipulation and corruption.
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Mental Health And Police Violence: How Crisis Intervention Teams Are Failing
Efforts are growing to remove or reduce the role of police in responding to people in a mental health crisis. Critics and proponents alike say a widely adopted police program has too often failed.
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Italians will vote on a reform to create stable governments. But will it work?
The governing coalition proposes to shrink the size of parliament.
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Donald Trump's Mideast Peace Deals Present the Nobel Committee with a Benjamin Netanyahu Dilemma
"The Peace Prize is for peace, not for being a nice guy. Netanyahu brought peace," says one of the Israeli prime minister's supporters. Others—including the Palestinians—don't see it that way.
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'I Built a Restaurant Inside a Boeing KC-97 U.S. Air Force Aircraft'
The plane is 110 feet long, so we had to bring it from Texas to Colorado on eight semi trailers. When the plane arrived at my restaurant location, we reassembled it and treated it like a metal building we had to transform into a restaurant.
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California, Engine of U.S. Economy, Reeling From Double Blow of COVID-19 and Wildfires
Smoke and air pollution from wildfires will significantly impact the state's economy—particularly the tourism and hospitality industries, which have already been battered by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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