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A scientist found a tongue-eating parasite in the mouth of a fish
The parasite, a tongue-eating louse, is found in a variety of fish and ecosystems, but it's not known to what degree. The accidental discovery could spur further research into the parasite.
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Steve-O taped himself to a billboard in Los Angeles advertising his new comedy special
Steve-O is getting creative to promote his new comedy special.
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Congressional action on new relief package likely to wait until September -- at least
Republicans and Democrats have been angrily bickering for weeks over a new economic stimulus package that has bitterly divided the two parties as millions wait for badly needed relief from Washington amid the worsening coronavirus crisis.
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Graham: FBI director committed to holding officials accountable who broke law at origin of Russia probe
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham on Thursday said FBI Director Christopher Wray is committed to “holding accountable” those who may have violated the law in the origins of the Russia probe “sooner rather than later.”
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Porygon Is the Logical Choice for the Next 'Pokémon Go' Community Day Event
The Normal-type Pokémon is the only option that doesn't already have its Shiny form in "Pokémon Go."
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PETA ruffles feathers after blaming COVID-19 on eating meat
Critics are having a cow.
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Google’s Advertising Platform Is Blocking Articles About Racism
Its algorithm for screening out offensive content “demonetized” Martin Luther King Jr.’s letter from jail and coverage of David Duke and Scrabble.
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Joanna Kerns and Marc Appleton sell Montecito home for $8.35 million
Actress Joanna Kerns and architect Marc Appleton have sold a Montecito home, which Appleton designed, for $8.35 million.
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Epstein estate has ‘belittled’ accuser for not dropping suit, lawyers claim
The executors of Jeffrey Epstein’s estate and their attorneys have belittled one of his victims and launched a concerted effort to delay her legal case against them, her attorney alleged in a new court filing. The accuser, who sued Epstein in January under the pseudonym Jane Doe, says she’s the only victim who has not...
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Taiwan’s president praises relationship with US as tensions with China grow
The president of Taiwan praised the relationship between her country and Washington in the face of mounting threats from China, just days after Secretary of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar became the highest ranking US official to visit the island nation in four decades. “As effective our military is, we cannot stand alone without...
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Late Herman Cain's Twitter platform takes on Harris, Biden – daughter will share what 'he believed in'
Herman Cain has continued tweeting posthumously through his supporters to take on Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, making good on a promise to “go on using this platform to share the information and ideas he believed in.”
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President Trump Says He Wants to Block Post Office Funding to Stop Mail Voting
President Donald Trump escalated his attacks on mail voting on Thursday, when he seemed to say clearly what he has insinuated for months: that his opposition to funding the U.S. Postal Service, and additional election resources, is part of a deliberate effort to make it more difficult for Americans to vote by mail in November.…
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It’s Truly Ridiculous That House Democrats Are on Vacation Right Now
Why protect the election now when you can put it off till September?
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College students shocked to hear 'Biden' student loan plan is really Trump's: 'I hate him, but that's a start'
College students told a Campus Reform correspondent they approved of President Trump's recent executive actions deferring student loan payments and payroll tax collection -- believing that such moves were being touted by presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
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This four-piece Mellanni sheet set is a quality and affordable bedding option
Your search for the perfect sheets is over now that we’ve found a set sure to meet all your bedding needs. The 1800 Collection set, created by Mellanni Fine Linens, is one the most highly rated sheet sets on Amazon. The bedding, which has received over 55,000 five-star ratings, is applauded for its extremely soft...
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These 'Star Wars' Fans Hope the New Holiday Special Will Be Better Than the Last One
"Please tell me this is a joke... right? You guys remember the last time Star Wars did a holiday special right??" one fan Tweeted.
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Biden calls for nationwide mask mandate
Joe Biden is calling for a nationwide mask mandate, citing predictions that it could save 40,000 lives over the next three months. "Every governor should mandate mandatory mask wearing," Biden said alongside running mate Sen. Kamala Harris. (Aug. 13)       
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Half of voters expect voting to be difficult in November as Trump ramps up attacks on mail-in voting
A new poll from Pew Research Center finds that 49% of registered voters expect voting in the November elections to be difficult, a vast increase from the midterm elections two years ago as President Donald Trump attacks mail-in voting.
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NYC mayor defends school reopening timetable
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio held firm Thursday to plans to reopen the nation's largest public school system within a month, despite public concerns from teachers and administrators that it's too soon to ensure the safe return of students. (Aug.13)       
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NBA's embrace of social justice causes was 'unavoidable,' Commissioner Adam Silver says
"To be honest, it makes me uncomfortable. I understand critics who say that they turn to sports to avoid controversy," Silver said.
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Harrison: Lindsey Graham doesn't have a backbone
Democratic Senate Candidate Jaime Harrison speaks to Amanpour about his bid to unseat Trump confidante Senator Lindsey Graham in South Carolina.
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Philips Hue is still the best smart bulb you can buy—here's why
Philips Hue smart bulbs have long reigned supreme in the smart home lighting category. Here's why it's still our favorite smart bulb.       
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Biden, Harris blasted by mainstream media for not taking questions from reporters
Despite positive coverage of the Biden-Harris rollout from the mainstream media, the Democratic candidates are now facing backlash for not taking questions from the press.
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Why fans think Chrissy Teigen is pregnant
Surprise!
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Michael Bloomberg to speak at Democratic National Convention
Michael Bloomberg — who spent nearly $1 billion in a failed bid for the Democratic presidential nomination — said he will be speaking at the Democratic National Convention next week, according to a report. The former three-term New York City Mayor announced his upcoming appearance in an email to supporters Thursday saying he plans to...
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‘OkStupid’: Dating site for anti-maskers faces backlash
If dating during a global pandemic isn’t enough of a health risk already, now there’s a website dedicated to anti-maskers looking for love. A British dating forum for anti-mask-wearing singles called “Love in a Covid Climate” and hosted under a website called LockdownSceptics.org launched on Sunday. “We’ve introduced a dating forum at (Lockdown Sceptics), so...
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'This is what our founders had in mind.' HBCUs celebrate Kamala Harris' vice presidential run
Joe Biden's choice of Howard University alum Kamala Harris is cause for celebration at HBCUs.
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Serena Williams battles past sister Venus in 31st career clash
Back against the wall against her sister Venus in grueling conditions, Serena Williams finally found her game.
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All the times Kamala Harris criticized Joe Biden during the Democratic primary
Before Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were on the same presidential ticket, they were battling to win the Democratic primary and, in some instances, things got heated. 
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Texas family stunned to find stranger in grandfather’s casket at funeral
“I went up to the casket to tell him, ‘I love you,’ before anybody came in and [I] was touching the wrong person, with [my] dad’s clothes," his daughter said.
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Palestinians Recall UAE Ambassador, Call Deal With Israel 'Betrayal of Jerusalem'
A Palestinian government spokesperson called the Israel-UAE peace deal a "blow to the Arab Peace Initiative and the decisions of the Arab and Islamic summits, as well as an aggression against the Palestinian people."
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NASA 'Hidden Figures' mathematicians, Ella Fitzgerald, BET co-founder among influential women from Virginia
BET co-founder Sheila Johnson and Dawn Staley, one of the greatest women's basketball players of all time, are among Virginia's influential females.       
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Is “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” Really a Pro-Confederate Anthem?
The answer may lie in the ear of the beholder.
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Bengals' John Ross leaves team after son, child's mother test positive for coronavirus: report
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver John Ross reportedly left the team Wednesday to help take care of his son after the child and his mother contracted the coronavirus.
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Trump campaign attack on Kamala Harris’s citizenship is right out of the birtherism playbook
Kamala Harris at a coronavirus briefing with Joe Biden and health experts on August 13 in Wilmington, Delaware. | Drew Angerer/Getty Images The Trump campaign wasted no time suggesting the first Black woman on a major party ticket is ineligible to serve. If you thought Trumpworld moved past birtherism, think again. Mere hours after presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden introduced Kamala Harris as his presidential running mate on Wednesday, the Trump campaign got busy trying to revive racist conspiracy theories of the sort Donald Trump rode to political prominence back in 2011. Trump campaign legal adviser Jenna Ellis retweeted an op-ed written by law professor John Eastman in which he argues Harris is “not entitled to birthright citizenship under the 14th Amendment as originally understood,” citing a fringe legal theory holding that children of temporary visitors to the country are not conferred citizenship even if they are born here. Ellis is clearly trying to gin up controversy about whether Harris, a Black woman who is a natural-born citizen to immigrant parents from India and Jamaica, is actually an American citizen, and therefore eligible to serve as vice president. Trump campaign legal advisor Jenna Ellis RTs a link to that birther op-ed about @KamalaHarris, putting the campaign's handprint on something that Democrats are very happy to rebut/talk about. pic.twitter.com/qopyGpZCfY— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) August 13, 2020 Asked for comment by ABC’s Will Steakin, Ellis doubled down, saying Harris’s eligibility is “an open question.” In reality, however, Harris’s eligibility is not up for debate. Kamala Harris is a “natural born citizen” under the Constitution Sen. Harris was born to immigrant parents in Oakland, California. That fact alone makes her a “natural born citizen,” and thus eligible to serve as either president or vice president. Under the 14th Amendment, “all persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside.” Thus, with a narrow exception for individuals not subject to the “jurisdiction” of the United States — that is, people who are not subject to US law — anyone born in this country is automatically a citizen. The Supreme Court explained the narrow scope of this “jurisdiction” exception in United States v. Wong Kim Ark (1898), a case holding that a Chinese American man born in San Francisco was a US citizen. Certain Native Americans, who historically were exempt from US taxation and primarily subject to tribal law, were not considered citizens even if they were born within US borders. Similarly, the children of foreign diplomats (who enjoy diplomatic immunity from US law), and “the children of alien enemies, born during and within their hostile occupation” are also not citizens by birth. But Harris’s parents were not foreign diplomats, and they certainly weren’t part of a invading army. That makes her a natural-born citizen. Nevertheless, in the Newsweek opinion piece promoted by Ellis, Chapman University law professor John Eastman attempts to lay out a case for Kamala Harris birtherism. Eastman’s primary argument is that there is a missing word in the 14th Amendment’s declaration that “all persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof” are citizens. The phrase “subject to the jurisdiction thereof,” Eastman claims, means “subject to the complete jurisdiction, not merely a partial jurisdiction such as that which applies to anyone temporarily sojourning in the United States (whether lawfully or unlawfully).” Thus, Eastman suggests, Harris is not a citizen if her parents were not “lawful permanent residents at the time of her birth.” This argument that the words “subject to the jurisdiction thereof” actually means “subject to the complete jurisdiction” is not a new one — in fact, it is very old. In Wong Kim Ark, the two dissenting justices made a very similar argument. “Born in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof,” according to Chief Justice Melville Fuller’s dissent in Wong Kim Ark, means born “under such circumstances as to be completely subject to that jurisdiction.” In fairness, Fuller took an even stingier view of citizenship than Eastman — Fuller’s dissent suggests that only the children of US citizens are entitled to birthright citizenship. But the fact that the Wong Kim Ark dissent and Eastman both read the word “complete” into an amendment that does not use that word deeply undercuts Eastman’s argument. It should go without saying that a dissenting opinion is not the law. There are also good reasons to believe that, as an original matter, the Wong Kim Ark majority opinion is correct, and the dissent misread the 14th Amendment. The Wong Kim Ark majority produced an unusually scholarly opinion, which traced the history of birthright citizenship back to the English common law that existed prior to US independence. “The fundamental principle of the common law with regard to English nationality was birth within the allegiance,” Wong Kim Ark explains. This rule of citizenship was “not restricted to natural-born subjects and naturalized subjects, or to those who had taken an oath of allegiance; but were predicable of aliens in amity, so long as they were within the kingdom.” This English common law rule, Wong Kim Ark continues, “was in force in all the English Colonies upon this continent down to the time of the Declaration of Independence, and in the United States afterwards, and continued to prevail under the Constitution as originally established.” Indeed, the principle that “all children, born within the dominion of the United States, of foreign parents holding no diplomatic office, became citizens at the time of their birth, does not appear to have been contested or doubted until more than fifty years after the adoption of the Constitution.” There was one very significant early American departure from the rule of birthright citizenship. In Dred Scott v. Sandford(1857), an infamous pro-slavery decision, the Court held that Black people are “regarded as beings of an inferior order, and altogether unfit to associate with the white race, either in social or political relations” — and thus not entitled to the rights of citizenship. But one of the primary purposes of the 14th Amendment was to overturn Dred Scott. As the Wong Kim Ark majority explained, the amendment sought to “establish the citizenship of free negroes, which had been denied in the opinion delivered by Chief Justice Taney in Dred Scott.” This history, in other words, suggests that birthright citizenship was the American rule long before the 14th Amendment was ratified. This general rule inevitably came into conflict with chattel slavery — which could only exist in a nation that denied enslaved people the full rights of citizenship — but our nation choose birthright citizenship over slavery as part of the settlement that ended the Civil War. And that settlement was written into the Constitution itself when the 14th Amendment was ratified. There is simply no basis, in other words, to deny that the child of immigrants — someone like Kamala Harris — is a natural born citizen. Once a birther, always a birther It’s not a shock that the Trump campaign would so quickly resort to pushing conspiracy theories of this sort about the first Black woman to appear on a major party’s presidential. Trump has a long and sordid history of doing the same about America’s first Black president. During the run up to President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign in 2012, Trump endeared himself to the far right by pushing conspiracy theories about his place of birth. For instance, during an April 2011 appearance on CNN, Trump said, “he could have been born in Kenya and gone over to the United States. Everybody wants to be a US citizen, and his grandparents put an ad in saying he was born in the United States because of all the benefits you get from being born in the United States.” Obama responded that same month by releasing copies of his long-form birth certificate. But even then, Trump wouldn’t admit he was wrong, and in the months that followed he repeatedly claimed Obama’s birth certificate was a fake. An 'extremely credible source' has called my office and told me that @BarackObama's birth certificate is a fraud.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 6, 2012 When then-Republican presidential nominee Trump finally addressed his history of birtherism during a September 2016 press conference, he went as far as to suggest he actually deserved congratulations for raising the issue in the first place, saying unapologetically, “I finished it. President Obama was born in the United States — period.’’ But there are indications that Trump’s interest in birtherism persisted into the White House. In November 2017, the New York Times reported that Trump “used closed-door conversations to question the authenticity of President Barack Obama’s birth certificate.” One senator who listened as the president revived his doubts about Mr. Obama’s birth certificate chuckled on Tuesday as he recalled the conversation. The president, he said, has had a hard time letting go of his claim that Mr. Obama was not born in the United States. The senator asked not to be named to discuss private conversations. Reached for comment on Thursday afternoon, Biden campaign spokesperson Andrew Bates said Trump “was the national leader of the grotesque, racist birther movement with respect to President Obama and has sought to fuel racism and tear our nation apart on every single day of his presidency.” “So it’s unsurprising, but no less abhorrent, that as Trump makes a fool of himself straining to distract the American people from the horrific toll of his failed coronavirus response that his campaign and their allies would resort to wretched, demonstrably false lies in their pathetic desperation,” Bates added. The Trump campaign didn’t immediately respond to an inquiry about whether Ellis’s comments reflect the official position of the campaign. Will you become our 20,000th supporter? When the economy took a downturn in the spring and we started asking readers for financial contributions, we weren’t sure how it would go. Today, we’re humbled to say that nearly 20,000 people have chipped in. The reason is both lovely and surprising: Readers told us that they contribute both because they value explanation and because they value that other people can access it, too. We have always believed that explanatory journalism is vital for a functioning democracy. That’s never been more important than today, during a public health crisis, racial justice protests, a recession, and a presidential election. But our distinctive explanatory journalism is expensive, and advertising alone won’t let us keep creating it at the quality and volume this moment requires. Your financial contribution will not constitute a donation, but it will help keep Vox free for all. Contribute today from as little as $3.
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Georgia teen is being persecuted for telling the truth
The reaction to Hannah Watters' now-viral photo of a hallway in her Georgia school crowded with unmasked people -- which she says she posted because it was "the right thing" but which has brought her threats in response -- reveals a staggering, but not surprising, breakdown in empathy, says Holly Thomas.
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Ryan Bader on board if ex-UFC standout Corey Anderson gets title shot in Bellator debut
Ryan Bader is no hypocrite. He got a title shot in his Bellator debut, so he thinks it's fair if Corey Anderson gets one, too.        Related StoriesVideo: Behind the scenes of Michael Chandler's knockout of Benson Henderson at Bellator 243UFC 252 breakdown: Will Daniel Cormier's wrestling be the difference in Stipe Miocic trilogy?New-look Junior Dos Santos says trimmer frame will translate to speed advantage at UFC 252 
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Adama Diomande announces on social media he is leaving LAFC
LAFC forward Adama Diomande says he's terminating his contract with LAFC "in order to best care for my loved ones."
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This is when Earth won’t be able to sustain its digital data
Digital content is on track to equal half of Earth’s mass by 2245, according to new research. The research by Dr. Melvin Vopson, a senior lecturer at the U.K.’s University of Portsmouth, highlights the physics of information creation and the demands of storing vast quantities of digital data. “Assuming the current growth trends in digital...
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NASA’s powerful exoplanet hunter finishes primary mission — sort of
NASA’s most powerful tool for spotting exoplanets is TESS, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite. The spacecraft scans the skies for tiny dips in star brightness that reveal the presence of distant planets, even if we can’t directly see them. Now, after two years, TESS has officially completed its primary mission, but like many of NASA’s...
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Trump Says He Opposes Additional U.S. Postal Funding That Would Help Anticipated Mail-In Ballot Surge
The USPS' new leader has instituted operational changes that have led to delivery delays across the U.S.
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Chris Evans wants website to shield democracy
"Captain America" star Chris Evans is putting his personal politics aside to launch a civic engagement website and app called A Starting Point. (Aug. 13)       
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Stream It Or Skip It: ‘Five Bedrooms’ On Peacock, An Aussie Dramedy About Five Single Semi-Strangers Buy A House Together
Five people buy a money pit of a house together and become a family in the process.
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Watch: Lake fire spawns 'terrifying' fire tornado as it burns through Angeles National Forest
The National Weather Service called the Lake fire tornado, or fire whirl, 'an impressive and terrifying example of extreme fire behavior.'
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July 2020 was among the Earth's hottest months ever recorded
July 2020 tied with July 2016 as the second-hottest month ever recorded for the planet Earth, according to a report released Thursday.        
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Joe Biden Calls for National Outdoor Mask Mandate, Regardless of Age
Every American should wear a mask outside for at least the next three months, Joe Biden demanded Thursday during a virtual briefing on the coronavirus pandemic.
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