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Trial set for Navy SEAL in Islamic State prisoner’s killing

SAN DIEGO — The trial of a decorated Navy SEAL charged with killing an Islamic State prisoner in his care is set to begin Monday following months of turmoil in one of the Navy’s most prominent war crimes cases. The court-martial of Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, which begins with jury selection, has included the...
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Trump abruptly leaves podium after starting coronavirus briefing
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Stimulus, Border Rule, Conventions: Your Monday Evening Briefing
Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.
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Trump briefing halted by Secret Service after shots fired near White House
WASHINGTON — Secret Service agents abruptly ended President Trump’s coronavirus briefing on Monday after shots were fired near the White House. The president was just minutes into his briefing when an agent whispered in Trump’s ear, causing him to leave the stage with other administration officials. Reporters in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room...
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Stream It Or Skip It: ‘We Summon the Darkness’ On Netflix, A Satanic Panic Horror Comedy With a Helluva Twist
True Detective's Alexandra Daddario and Johnny Knoxville star in this '80s-set bloodbath.
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Donald Trump Leaves Abruptly During Press Conference
"Excuse me?" Trump said as the press conference was interrupted. 
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Giants’ Evan Engram practicing, feels ‘great’ after hectic offseason
Evan Engram is healthy and relieved after what he calls “a very blessed offseason.’’ Engram, the Giants’ dynamic yet injury-prone tight end, underwent Dec. 20 foot surgery to repair a partial Lisfranc tear. He started out his rehab work at the team facility but was forced out of that familiar environment when COVID-19 restrictions kicked...
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Trump abruptly escorted out of White House press briefing minutes after taking podium
President Trump on Monday was abruptly escorted away from the White House briefing room just a few minutes after taking the podium for a press briefing.
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MLB postpones Cardinals-Tigers doubleheader on Thursday
The St. Louis Cardinals will go yet another day without playing their first game since July 29 after MLB postpones Thursday doubleheader vs. Tigers.       
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Rudy Giuliani blasts de Blasio's handling of New York City's rise in violent crime
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Parents are going nuts for these Nuna car seats—and they're on sale
During the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, you can get the wildly popular Nuna RAVA car seats and Nuna PIPA Lite LX car seats on sale for a great discount.       
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Watch live: Trump briefing interrupted by Secret Service agent
It's unclear how all of the president's measures will be implemented, and they're likely to be challenged in court.
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Amid a swirl of uncertainty for UCLA's Martin Jarmond, a terrible loss
For Martin Jarmond, the unexpected death of his mother has given UCLA's new athletic director an added perspective as he embarks on new challenges.
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Cuomo taunts McConnell to pass bill allowing states to file for bankruptcy
ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo dared Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to sponsor and pass a federal bill allowing cash-strapped states thanks to the coronavirus’ hit to state revenues to declare bankruptcy. “You would need to change the federal law. I challenge McConnell to pass that law,” the third-term Democrat taunted during an afternoon conference...
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Eagles’ Jatavis Brown abruptly retires at age 26
Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Jatavis Brown abruptly announced his retirement Sunday, ending his NFL career at 26 years old and days before training camp was set to open. Brown this offseason signed a one-year deal with the Eagles in March worth up to $1.0457 million, $550,000 guaranteed. Philadelphia placed him on the reserve/retired list Sunday. He...
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Sports agent: No college football is bad for Trump
Sports agent Drew Rosenhaus says he think that President Trump is saying that there should be a college football season because if the season is canceled it won't reflect well on him.
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Postal worker says USPS not providing same service since Trump appointee
American Postal Workers Union Local 89 President Nick Casselli says the USPS is not providing the same level of service since President Donald Trump's appointee Louis DeJoy took charge as postmaster general, raising concerns for mail-in voting during the upcoming 2020 presidential election.
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New Jersey house party with 300 attendees busted, host arrested
An unidentified host of a New Jersey party with 300 attendees, mostly not from the area, was arrested on Sunday, according to reports.
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Portia de Rossi says wife Ellen DeGeneres is ‘doing great’ amid show drama
In July, dozens of former staffers came forward with claims that DeGeneres' show was a toxic work environment.
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Lack of optimism for new coronavirus relief bill as negotiations stall
There was hardly a soul at the US Capitol on Monday, reflecting the lack of optimism for a new coronavirus relief deal amid the mounting blame-game between Democratic and Republican lawmakers. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Monday dismissed President Trump’s sweeping executive orders on coronavirus pandemic relief as “all sizzle, no steak.” The New...
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The NBA Season Feels Abnormally Normal
It looks like basketball, only different.
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Who is speaking at the Democratic National Convention? Here's what we know so far.
Biden will accept the presidential nomination and attend the convention from Delaware. Other speakers will attend virtually as well.       
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Trump’s Executive Order About U.S.-Made Drugs May Not Enhance Public Safety the Way It Should
Pharmaceutical manufacturing has long been a dirty business. The antibiotic-laced wastewater, and other pollutants it leaves behind, is just one of many reasons that so many American drug-manufacturing plants closed up over the last few decades and moved to places like Hyderabad, India, and China’s Zhejiang province, with their low labor costs and minimal regulations.…
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Stelter: Trump has taken up residence at his own Potemkin Village
President Trump's response to the coronavirus crisis can be likened to a Potemkin Village. He tries to look impressive and sound positive, but his rah-rah rhetoric is a facade, disguising the ugly reality beneath.
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Latin American governments move to scuttle Trump's pick for international development bank
In rare challenge to Trump, several countries are trying to block his nominee to lead the Inter-American Development Bank.
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Lebanon's prime minister resigns amid outrage over deadly explosion in Beirut
Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab said Monday he is stepping down in the wake of last week's devastating explosion in Beirut and widespread protests over government corruption and inaction. CBS News foreign correspondent Imtiaz Tyab has more from Beirut.
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New York GOP releases digital ad calling for 'restoring safety and security' on New York City streets
The New York state Republican party is releasing a new digital ad in a campaign appealing to New Yorkers of all political stripes to "restore safety and security on the streets of New York City." 
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Quibi chief Meg Whitman lists West Hollywood condo for $6.5 million
Quibi chief Meg Whitman is seeking $6.5 million for her condominium at the Sierra Towers building in West Hollywood.
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Nutritious snacks help keep kids healthy and alert
A childhood ritual — snacking — is getting a bad rap. But purposeful snacking can help with overall nutrition!       
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Why Joe Biden's running mate selection matters more than usual
Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden is expected to name his running mate in the coming days. Alexandra Jaffe, a national political reporter for the Associated Press, spoke to CBSN's Tanya Rivero about why Biden's choice for the ticket carries even more consequence than usual.
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Protests erupt in Belarus after election results
Thousands of people took to the streets across Belarus on Sunday night, after longtime authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko claimed a sixth consecutive presidential term with over 80% of the vote cast in his favor. CBS news foreign correspondent Chris Livesay joined CBSN with the latest.
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Jan Steward, artist and Corita Kent book coauthor, dies at 91
The prolific artist designed work for George Harrison and Ravi Shankar and turned her L.A. home into a crossroads for world music stars.
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Football Players and Donald Trump Are Both Demanding a College Football Season
A player revolution suddenly has reactionaries rooting for it.
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How AFC East teams will or won't make the playoffs
SportsPulse: For the first time since the 90s Tom Brady is no longer in the AFC East. That should give every team in the division hope for the playoffs this season.        
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‘The Boys’ Season 2: Shawn Ashmore Joins Cast as Lamplighter
The Boys returns for Season 2 Sept. 4.
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David Bossie: Biden's already failing miserably -- Just look at dithering over VP pick
Joe Biden’s clumsy delays in announcing his pick suggest that he’s not satisfied with his choices. 
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Republicans ask Supreme Court to intervene in Rhode Island case involving whether absentee ballots need witness signatures
The Republican National Committee has asked the Supreme Court to intervene in a case about absentee ballots in Rhode Island, where a recent legal battle in federal court eliminated the state's requirement that two witnesses, or a notary public, must sign absentee ballots for them to count.
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Trick-or-treating is in doubt this year, so Halloween candy is coming early
No, your eyes aren't playing tricks on you. Halloween candy displays have arrived even earlier this year.
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Trump's unemployment benefit plan won't work in California, Newsom says
Newsom and others called on federal officials to overcome a stalemate involving Congress and the president to provide additional funding for states.
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Brooklyn man pleads guilty to attempting to support ISIS
A Brooklyn man who uploaded instructional manuals online about how to conduct lone-wolf terror attacks in New York City pleaded guilty Monday to attempting to provide material support to ISIS. Zachary Clark, 41, entered the plea in Manhattan federal court after he was arrested last fall for posting manuals such as “Knife Attacks” and “Make...
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Inside the political ad campaign Republican Voters Against Trump
The political group Republican Voters Against Trump is gathering testimonials from former Trump supporters who are now backing Joe Biden. New York Times Magazine writer-at-large Jason Zengerle joins CBSN to discuss how the group is seeking to make an impact and how its messages are being received.
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‘Last Chance U: Laney’ Is About College Football, Sure, But It Also Doubles As A Study of The Impact of Gentrification in Oakland
Local pride carries Part 5, but it's not the naïve kind where the people at Laney College are blind to all of Oakland's challenges.
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What exactly is in Trump's executive orders to help the economy?
President Trump took matters into his own hands and signed 4 executive actions he said would help boost the economy. But the measures could face legal hurdles because they were not approved by Congress. Washington Post economics correspondent Heather Long joins CBSN's Tanya Rivero with a closer look at what the orders entail.
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How a Small Brewery Can Survive COVID-19
Here is one more item on a bellwether business category that until recently had been an indicator of downtown renewal and locally focused entrepreneurship—and which now is figuring out how and whether to survive.I am talking about the small, independent, start-up breweries and distilleries whose numbers have increased by the thousands in the past decade—but for many, whose members are now just trying to hang on.In previous installments, I reported on businesspeople from Massachusetts to Minnesota to Southern California who were trying to adapt to pandemic-era realities. Among their themes:The newest companies are the most vulnerable. Those that survive are usually drawing on at least a few years of market awareness, built-up savings, and civic support to get through these bleak times. Adaptability is everything. Start canning and selling beer your previously dispensed via taps. Move operations outdoors. Make hand sanitizer (although even that market has drastically changed.) Do whatever it takes. Embrace the “shift to quality.” As people are spending less time and money in bars and restaurants, some of them are “buying up” to higher-level food and drink to have at home. Recognize long-standing sources of friction. Antiquated distributorship laws, described here and here, had for years been a nuisance for small businesses. With the pandemic, they became a life-or-death threat. Shortages and soaring prices of aluminum cans, labels, and canning machinery suddenly were crucial to whether small businesses could last this collapse. Now, two more brief reports, from different kinds of small businesses in different parts of the country. One is a small, relatively young taproom-based operation in Pensacola, Florida. The other is a longer-established independent brewery with wide distribution in California. Each underscores some of the previous principles and illustrates new ones.Perfect Plain in Pensacola, Florida: Almost three years ago, the Perfect Plain brewing company opened in a still-reviving part of downtown Pensacola, the westernmost city on the Florida panhandle. The name came from a locally famous description that Rachel Jackson had given the region in 1821, when her husband, Andrew, was the incoming governor of Florida. “Pensacola is a perfect plain,” she wrote to a friend. “The town is immediately on the bay, the most beautiful water prospect I ever saw … There is something in it so exhilarating, so pure, so wholesome, it enlivens the whole system.”The city has long had an economic bulwark in the nearby Naval Air Station, and of course its beach and resort areas, as well as a deliberately nurtured and increasingly popular arts-and-events scene. Its downtown has followed the retail, restaurant, and residential pattern of revitalization we have seen in many other cities. Part of that downtown growth was the opening of the Perfect Plain’s taproom, downtown on East Garden Street, in November 2017.I visited Pensacola, to take part in its CivicCon public-discussion series, a few months after Perfect Plain opened. Naturally I made the taproom part of my inspection tour of the town (along with the stadium for the Blue Wahoos minor league baseball team, which has been put to creative use during the pandemic). I talked then, and have stayed in touch since, with D.C. Reeves, a Pensacola native and former sportswriter in his mid-30s. He co-founded Perfect Plain (with Reed Odeneal) in 2017, and has since written a how-to handbook for aspiring microbrewery entrepreneurs.Over the next two-plus years, the business grew fast; Reeves hired more staff (17 people, from the original 8), and Perfect Plain leased more space for expansion. Pensacola was on the rise as a resort destination. Although the brewery’s only sales were (by choice) through its own taproom, rather than through retail or restaurant distribution, by early this year Perfect Plain had entered the top quartile of overall beer production in the state.The team at Perfect Plain, before the pandemic (Courtesy of Perfect Plain)But what happens now, when the very elements of a downtown brewery’s success—crowds in the taproom, live events, drop-in traffic from tourists or ballgame crowds or shoppers strolling the downtown—are gone or diminished?When I talked with Reeves last week, he repeated some themes I’ve heard and reported on elsewhere. For instance, he told me that his company was in better shape than some other, newer outlets, because it had nearly three years to build its brand and generate community support. And all-fronts scrambling, he said, was an expected part of the start-up path.“There is this built-in creativity to the business,” he said. “If you have a brewery, or want to open a brewery, you know you’re going to have to claw and fight and create to keep a business alive.” He and his team ramped up sales of canned beer-to-go; they produced and sold hand sanitizer, the profits from which went directly to the staff. The company’s scrambling had been centered on trying to minimize layoffs. Perfect Plain received about $90,000 in PPP grants and devoted it all to staff salaries. Those funds expired in June. Since July, Reeves and Odeneal have reduced their own salaries to zero.And, as we had heard elsewhere, Reeves underscored that the craft-brew business had always been volatile. The current crisis, coupled with an already impending plateau of craft-beer saturation, was weeding out any company without a sound business strategy—in addition to penalizing others that simply had not had enough time to establish their brands.But he also mentioned a distinctive Florida aspect: the “magical hotdog,” or plate of food.Florida’s handling of the COVID-19 threat has been, at best … well, you can fill in the adjective. One of its regulatory aspects was a bright-line distinction between “restaurants” and “bars.” In the closings-and-openings of businesses across the state, enterprises officially classified as restaurants were at first treated like bars, both of which were closed down. Then restaurants were given much more leeway to reopen while bars remained closed. Since restaurant owners were also desperately doing whatever they could to survive, the result was an additional challenge for businesses like Reeves’s.“What we’ve seen is, in effect, restaurants becoming bars,” Reeves told me. “You can sit outside and have drinks all afternoon, but if you’ve got that plate of jalapeño poppers, it’s ‘safe’”—because you’re in a “restaurant.” The same drinks with the same spacing on a similar outdoor patio, minus the jalapeño poppers, would mean you were in a “bar,” which was supposed to be shut down. “The rules put a brewery like ours, with expansive square footage to space people out, in the same category as a boom-boom room in Miami,” Reeves said.Inside the Perfect Plain taproom (Courtesy of Perfect Plain)Because their business plan was based solely on sales on their own premises, closing the taproom initially cut off their entire revenue stream. “But it was a different market when everyone was closed down”—that is, bars and restaurants alike. “We could capitalize on having an exclusive product and do the things breweries know how to do”—including to-go sales of canned beer. “We’ve been ready to wash cars, deliver on an ice-cream truck, do whatever it takes,” Reeves said. But when the restaurants were opened and the bars were not, revenues plunged once again. “It’s hard to convince someone to pick up a can of beer to go when they can sit on a restaurant patio and drink all day and night as if it’s a bar,” Reeves told me in an email.What was the answer? The civics-course response was an open letter from Florida’s craft brewers to the governor, asking for comparable treatment to restaurants. Halsey Beshears, the secretary of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (which oversees brewery and liquor licenses), responded with a tour of small breweries around the state, including a stop in the Florida panhandle. He heard from Perfect Plain and its counterparts about strategies for reopening, and what to do in the case of another spike. After the trip, Reeves told me, “we felt heard by Halsey,” and new plans may be in store. In the meantime, the scramble-for-survival answer was to convert their taproom into a “restaurant” as quickly as possible, a trend rapidly spreading statewide. (Here is a Pensacola News Journal report on the ways bars were rushing to obtain “restaurant” licenses.) “Hot dogs, hummus, chips and salsa—we’ve got it!” Reeves said. Just inviting a food truck wouldn’t qualify for a restaurant license. (Florida has since allowed it if the truck’s permanent address is the brewery/bar) But the Perfect Plain building had a sink and kitchen equipment in a back room. “We worked full bore for about seven days to get it all ready, and get our plan set for review..” Hotdogs, hummus — “We’ll do what it takes.”Almanac in Alameda, California: Almanac’s story differs from that of Perfect Plain in several obvious ways. Almanac is nine years old, versus nearly three for Perfect Plain. From the start it has been based in the prospering and food-and-drink conscious San Francisco Bay area, rather than in a town of 50,000 close to the Florida-Alabama border. And comparatively little of its business has been made up of direct sales through its own taproom, compared with distribution through other outlets. (For the record: One of my sons, an Almanac customer in California, has invested in the company.)But the sharpest difference is how Almanac has fared through the pandemic. While most food-and-beverage outlets are scrambling to make it week by week, Almanac just had its best quarter ever.Why, and how? I asked Damian Fagan, a design specialist and longtime homebrew enthusiast who, with Jesse Friedman, co-founded Almanac in 2011. The name was explicitly based on the venerable Farmer’s Almanac, and was meant to signal the farm-to-table (or in this case, farm-to-tap) spirit of the company’s operations.“The idea is to have ‘Northern California in a bottle,’” Fagan told me. “Farmers’ markets here are open 52 weeks a year. There is always a cornucopia of delicious agricultural offerings we can use.” Fagan pointed out that the farm-to-table ethos had made restaurants proud of describing where their tomatoes were grown and how chickens or cattle had been raised. “Beer is 100 percent an agricultural product, but people weren’t paying attention to it in that way.”In Almanac’s first few years of operation, before it had its own brewery, it specialized in “sours” and fruit-based beers, made under contract by local brewers. “Given where we are geographically, we have access to fruit year round.” Sours, which are aged in oaken wine barrels, now constitute about 30 percent of the company’s business. At one point it had a taproom in San Francisco, which has closed. Shortly before the pandemic it opened a sizable brewery and taproom in a former aircraft hangar near the former Alameda Naval Air Station, in the East Bay. Almanac’s brewery and taphouse in Alameda, California, across the Bay from San Francisco (Courtesy of Almanac Beer)“When the first shelter-in-place order [for California] was delivered, in mid-March, we panicked, like most people,” Fagan told me. “We had to shutter our tap room, which had become a big part of our business.” The phone started ringing—with calls from wholesalers and other distributors cancelling their orders, or greatly reducing their scale.“We wondered, is the sky falling?” Fagan said. The key to survival, he told me, was “to be nimble and adaptive.” Every business would use those words, but Fagan laid out what that meant, specifically, for his company.“The first thing we did, within 72 hours, was to spin up an online beer store—a direct-to-consumer channel that we had not had before.” People anywhere in California can now order their beer online, for delivery to their homes. Almanac pushed online sales hard in its social-media outlets. Business through this new channel grew rapidly, and according to Fagan “went a very long way in filling the giant hole caused by closing the tap room.”Almanac also quickly ramped up to-go sales of canned beer, from its Alameda brewery. Last year Almanac had invested in its own canning line; this meant it could avoid some of the problems other breweries encountered in trying to shift rapidly to takeaway sales. Recently I described how the Bent Paddle brewery, in Duluth, Minnesota, had made tough COVID-era safety standards part of its brand. Almanac took a similar approach. It had customers stand in line; it set up contactless pick-up; “we really dialed in on ways for people to feel safe,” Fagan said. “The irony is, when we combine to-go sales with the online store, we’re actually generating more revenue through our taproom with it being closed, than when it was open.” Almanac’s overall revenues for the first half of this year are about 10 percent higher than for last year—even with the near-disappearance of its taproom and restaurant sales.Almanac has one other enormous advantage: Just weeks before the pandemic, its distributor made a deal with Safeway, which means its beers will be carried in some 170 Safeway stores in Northern California, along with some other retail outlets. Last month I quoted Jim Koch, of Sam Adams in Boston, on the make-or-break, life-or-death power that distributors have over many start-ups in this industry. Fagan said that Almanac, which had had difficult distributor relationships in the past, was now on the good side of that divide—“which allowed us to get this massive placement all at once.”Sales through distributors now account for most of Almanac’s revenue. And in these stores, the company is now benefiting from the same “flight to quality”/“trading up” process mentioned before. “Instead of buying a four-pack of beer in the store, they may buy a case,” Fagan said—and of fancier products, like his. “People are buying in higher volumes, and drinking at home more.” The public-health aspects of this part of the pandemic are still to be understood. As a business trend, it is keeping some small companies alive.Are these the biggest business and civic stories of America’s current disastrous dislocations? Of course they are not. But the rise of small, locally minded restaurants, coffee shops, bars, breweries, and other gathering places has been an important element in many cities’ growth in the past decade. Whether, and how, small businesses like these survive is important too.
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How Trump advisers worked against his foreign policy decisions
In his new book "The Madman Theory: Trump Takes on the World," CNN's Jim Sciutto looks at how President Trump's own advisers attempted to block or water down Trump's foreign policy decisions.
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Column: Trump's attack on the Postal Service now endangers democracy
Trump's attack on the U.S. Postal Service goes beyond vandalism and undermines democracy.
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Damian Lillard dunks on Skip Bayless after rip job: ‘You a joke’
Damian Lillard’s dunks are not strictly reserved for the basketball court. The Trail Blazers star posterized Skip Bayless via Twitter on Monday after the Fox Sports host tweeted that he “still wasn’t buying ‘Dame Time.'” “I have never been buying nothing about you fam. You a joke. And after our private convo full of back...
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NYC loses bid to reduce $60M payout to burned Beacon High School student
The city lost its attempt to avoid paying the $60 million verdict that was awarded to a Beacon High School student who was badly burned in a since-banned chemistry experiment gone awry, a judge ruled Monday. Alonzo Yanes was awarded the stunning sum by a jury on July 1, 2019 following a trial that detailed...
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Sasse hits back at Trump, says he 'never asked' for his endorsement
GOP Sen. Ben Sasse on Monday fired back at President Trump for claiming he has “gone rogue” after casting his executive actions over the weekend as unconstitutional.
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