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The NBA’s Restart Shows the Power of Addition by Contraction
When you get rid of bad teams, the games are better.
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Trump still thinks schools should reopen because Covid-19 “will go away.” Really.
Trump speaks during a press briefing on Tuesday. | Drew Angerer/Getty Images Trump’s latest Fox & Friends interview revealed he’s learned nothing about the coronavirus. Mere weeks after a number of outlets remarked on his “new tone” about the coronavirus, President Donald Trump fully reverted to form during a lengthy interview on Wednesday’s installment of Fox & Friends. Echoing widely derided, unscientific comments he made during the early days of the outbreak in January and February, Trump insisted schools should open for in-person instruction because the pandemic “is going to go away.” “My view is the schools should open,” Trump said. “This thing is going away. It will go away like things go away, and my view is that schools should be open.” Suffice it to say that public health experts do not think wishful thinking will be enough to bring Covid-19 under control in the US. Nor is it the case that the virus is currently “going away” — the more than 51,000 new cases reported in the country on Tuesday represent a slight decline from some particularly grim days late last month, when daily new cases exceeded 70,000, but is still far above the daily case numbers in May and June. Yet in his next breath, Trump made another stunningly irresponsible claim, claiming children are “almost immune” from Covid-19. (There’s a lot we still don’t know about how the disease affects children, but even if their symptoms are generally milder, they can certainly still catch and transmit the disease.) Trump pushes the claim that children are "almost immune" to make his case: "My view is the school's should open. This thing's going away. It will go away like things go away." So this morning he's said "this thing's going away" and "it will go by." This is where we're at. pic.twitter.com/7KEICeU77T— The Recount (@therecount) August 5, 2020 Trump doesn’t seem to have many qualms about letting the pandemic rage on in hopes of boosting the economy ahead of November’s election, so perhaps it’s not surprising that he views school closures, mask mandates, and other measures taken by state and local officials in response to the pandemic as nothing more than conspiracies to damage him politically. “We’re set to rock and roll, but the big problem we have is Democrats don’t want to open their schools, because they think it’s going to hurt the election for the Republicans,” said Trump — seemingly oblivious to the reality that the problem is the pandemic, not efforts to save lives while responding to it. "We're set to rock & roll, but the big problem we have is Democrats don't want to open their schools, b/c they think it's going to hurt the election for the Republicans." - Trump still thinks mask mandates & schools closures are Dem conspiracies, not necessary public health steps pic.twitter.com/56WfTxF978— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 5, 2020 During another part of the interview, Trump went to desperate lengths to make it seem like US isn’t doing that badly with regard to the coronavirus when compared to other countries. “You look at Spain is in a big, big second wave. Italy has a wave going. A lot of countries are having a [second wave] — but nobody ever talks about that. We have done an incredible job in this country, an incredible job,” Trump said. "Italy has a wave going. A lot of countries are having a [second wave] -- but nobody ever talks about that. We have done an incredible job in this country, an incredible job." -- Italy reported 190 new Covid cases on Tuesday. The US had 51,185. The outbreaks are not comparable. pic.twitter.com/ZzwCePBqkE— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 5, 2020 But while new cases in Spain have spiked from under 300 a day last month to 5,760 on Tuesday, that pales in comparison to the 50,000-plus a day that has been the norm in the US for the past month (Spain reported 26 coronavirus deaths on Tuesday, compared to 1,265 in the US). Despite Trump’s statements, the dire situation in the US is apples and oranges compared to Europe. Trump is barely trying to conceal his efforts to dismantle the Post Office and use the White House as a political prop As is usually the case when Trump is interviewed by Fox News hosts not named Chris Wallace, the president’s misleading and irresponsible claims were met with no pushback. But the friendly nature of the questioning didn’t prevent him from making a number of newsworthy remarks that weren’t directly about the coronavirus. Asked whether he’s intentionally sabotaging the Post Office to create difficulties for voters hoping to cast their ballots by mail this November, Trump not only didn’t deny it but claimed “the Postal Service for 40 years has had big problems, and they’re not equipped” to handle a high volume of mail ballots. (The Postal Service said on Monday it actually has “ample capacity” to handle it.) Asked on Fox & Friends about Hillary Clinton accusing him of sabotaging the Postal Service, Trump immediately pivots to bashing Clinton and never denies that that's what he's up to pic.twitter.com/zlEMwXxquw— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 5, 2020 Trump’s handpicked postmaster general — Louis DeJoy, a Trump megadonor — has overseen changes to the USPS, including the end of overtime pay, that have resulted in service slowdowns. Coming as they do just weeks before the November’s election, elections experts worry that Trump is trying to make his claims that widespread mail-in voting will result in a “CORRUPT ELECTION” a self-fulfilling prophecy. Of course, with the coronavirus pandemic making it risky to physically go to polling places, Americans have good reason to want to vote by mail. Trump, however, indicated on Fox & Friends that he’s not particularly worried his efforts to make mail-in voting as burdensome as possible will disenfranchise seniors and other at-risk groups, because he thinks the country “will probably be in very good shape” with regard to the coronavirus by then — another claim at odds with public health experts from his own government who have warned that this fall will be a very difficult time for public health in the US. "By the time we get to [Election Day], we will probably be in very good shape" -- Trump suggests the coronavirus won't be an issue preventing seniors from physically going to the polls in November pic.twitter.com/NOgENfPCdx— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 5, 2020 While Trump seems to think the coronavirus isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, it’s a big enough deal to disrupt plans for the Republican National Convention. With his goal of delivering his big RNC speech later this month before a packed house in North Carolina or Florida now off the table because of the pandemic, Trump told Fox & Friends he’s strongly leaning toward doing it at the White House. “We’re thinking about doing it from the White House because there’s no movement — it’s easy — and I think it’s a beautiful setting,” Trump said. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) wasted no time responding to that news by characterizing Trump’s new plan as an egregious abuse of power. “President Trump accepting the GOP nomination from the White House would be completely unprecedented,” CREW communications director Jordan Libowitz told Vox in an email. “Giving a political speech of this magnitude and visibility on the White House grounds creates the appearance that it’s a government sanctioned event, something multiple laws were written to avoid.” Fox & Friends hosts, however, didn’t press the issue. Nor did they challenge Trump minutes later when he pushed a baseless and anti-Semitic conspiracy theory about antifa, saying, “You have Democrats funding them. They say Soros and they say other people.” Trump may have wanted a pick-me-up after his disastrous Axios showing While Trump’s latest Fox News appearance stood in stark contrast with the grilling he received from Axios’s Jonathan Swan in an interview that aired Sunday, there were a number of instances where Trump appeared flummoxed by total softballs. Asked to detail his second-term agenda, Trump — who has repeatedly struggled with this question during interviews on Sean Hannity’s show — still couldn’t name a single specific thing, and instead started talking about how “we had the greatest economy in the history of the world” before the coronavirus hit. Unbelievable -- Trump still can't name a single specific thing he wants to accomplish in a second term pic.twitter.com/M5P24zsLI8— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 5, 2020 Then, to close out the interview, host Ainsley Earhardt asked Trump what he can do to heal racial strife in the country. Trump responded by ranting about unemployment rates and his poll numbers. Asked as the interview winds down what he can do to heal racial strife in the country, Trump immediately starts ranting about the unemployment rate and his poll numbers. Beyond parody. pic.twitter.com/5PXoKdfueQ— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 5, 2020 Trump’s hour-long appearances on Fox & Friends often have the feel of public therapy sessions where he can blow off steam, brag about overinflated achievements, and rail against his perceived enemies. The picture that emerged on Wednesday was one of a president who is remarkably out of touch with what’s actually going on in the country — one who views a pandemic that has now killed nearly 160,000 Americans as a personal affront to his waning reelection hopes. Support Vox’s explanatory journalism Every day at Vox, we aim to answer your most important questions and provide you, and our audience around the world, with information that has the power to save lives. Our mission has never been more vital than it is in this moment: to empower you through understanding. Vox’s work is reaching more people than ever, but our distinctive brand of explanatory journalism takes resources — particularly during a pandemic and an economic downturn. Your financial contribution will not constitute a donation, but it will enable our staff to continue to offer free articles, videos, and podcasts at the quality and volume that this moment requires. Please consider making a contribution to Vox today.
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Trump falsely says kids are 'almost immune' from Covid-19
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In Lawsuit, Cruise Line Crew Members Say They’re ‘Effectively Held Hostage’ on Stranded Ships, Working Without Pay
Workers filed a class-action lawsuit against Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line
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Bill English, co-inventor of the computer mouse, dies at 91
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Arsenal to cut 55 jobs due to financial damage from pandemic
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NYPD asks civilian staff to volunteer for de Blasio’s COVID-19 checkpoints
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Russell Wilson's cringeworthy 'Mr. Unlimited' video resurfaces, fans poke fun at quarterback
Russell Wilson has an alter ego.
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Walmart announces free drive-in movies: Theater locations and dates
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How to help Beirut explosion victims
An explosion rocked Lebanon's capital city of Beirut, here's how you can help the city and it's people recover.
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'Insecure,' LeBron James among recipients of 2020 AAFCA TV Honors
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Layoffs coming at NBC News
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Slum2School Africa wants to ensure every child has access to education
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Chelsea Handler poses naked with ping pong paddles and more star snaps
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Catlin out of tournament after breaking COVID-19 protocol
American golf player John Catlin and his caddie Nathan Mulrooney have been removed from this week’s English Championship by the European Tour after they breached its COVID-19 protocol.
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Coronavirus-infected Louisiana dog is first in state to test positive for COVID-19
A dog in Lousiana has become the first canine in the state to test positive for the novel coronavirus, officials said this week. 
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U.S. COVID-19 deaths rose 24% last week; new cases down 9%
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Trump on Beirut explosion, coronavirus relief negotiations. mail-in voting
President Trump is contradicting local Lebanese officials by suggesting that the deadly explosion that rocked Beirut was an "attack." Lebanon says a stockpile of confiscated explosives is to blame. CBS News White House correspondent Weijia Jiang joins CBSN with more on that as well as new details on COVID-19 relief bill negotiations and the Trump campaign's lawsuit targeting Nevada over mail-in voting.
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Biden snaps at reporter questioning his cognitive abilities: ‘Are you a junkie?’
The heated exchange happened during an interview with CBS correspondent Errol Barnett who asked Biden to clarify if he had taken a test to measure his mental acuity.
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Beirut death toll likely to rise after massive blast blamed on improperly-stored explosives
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Can I Opt Out of Kindergarten?
The 2020 school year will be many 5-year-olds’ first experience with formal education. I’m trying to decide if mine should skip it.
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Lebanon Arrests Beirut Port Officials Overseeing Storage Following Blast
Lebanon's executive cabinet agreed to place under house arrest every Beirut port official responsible for storing confiscated items Wednesday in response to a massive blast in the port that has killed at least 100 and left thousands homeless.
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Hydrate from anywhere with LifeStraw's personal water filter, on sale at Amazon for one day
If you're looking to escape into the woods for a hiking, camping or backpacking trip, it's never a bad idea to be prepared for purifying your own water — especially if you're heading way out into the backcountry. For this task, there's LifeStraw's personal water filter, which removes bacteria from water so well it goes above and beyond the EPA's standard.
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'The kids are going stir-crazy': L.A. battles house parties that could spread COVID-19
The city attorney's office has said homeowners with a history of renting to partygoers could face criminal prosecution and six months in jail.
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Lawsuit Claims TikTok Sends Children's Personal Data to China
A new class-action lawsuit alleges that the popular Chinese-owned social media app TikTok funnels personal details of children to communist China.
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Iowa governor signs executive order restoring some ex-felons' voting rights
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on Wednesday signed an executive order that reinstates the voting rights of Iowans who have completed their felony sentences.
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Biden Plans To Accept Democratic Nomination Remotely
The former vice president and presidential candidate will not travel to Milwaukee for the convention because of the coronavirus pandemic — and neither will any other convention speakers.
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Isaias was ‘most serious’ storm to hit NYC since Sandy: de Blasio
Tropical Storm Isaias’ appearance in New York may have been brief — but it was the worst storm to wallop the area since Hurricane Sandy, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday. The powerful storm, which packed damaging wind gusts as high as 70 mph, left one man dead in Queens and a woman injured in...
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There is a birthday cake thief inside the NBA bubble
There is a thief with a sweet tooth lurking inside the NBA bubble. New Orleans Pelicans center Derrick Favors’ birthday cake was stolen as he recently celebrated his 29th birthday, according to a Yahoo Sports report. After practice July 15, the rookies sang “Happy Birthday” to Favors, and informed the big man that the special...
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FBI reportedly raids YouTube star Jake Paul’s home after party video surfaces
Federal agents are searching the Los Angeles mansion of controversial YouTube star Jake Paul after footage surfaced of a massive party there amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to reports.
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'Absolutely devastating': Salma Hayek, Ariana Grande and more stars send love to Beirut
Celebrities, such as Salma Hayek, Halsey and Ariana Grande, are using their platforms to raise awareness about the tragic explosion in Lebanon.       
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Utter devastation after huge explosion in Beirut
Residents of Beirut confronted a scene of utter devastation on Wednesday, a day after a massive explosion at the port rippled across the Lebanese capital, killing at least 100 people, wounding thousands. (Aug. 5)       
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Cleanup underway at Camp Lejeune after Isaias
Marines and contract workers are leading the cleanup efforts at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune following Hurricane Isaias. (Aug. 5)       
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Woman punches McDonald's employee in the face for forgetting condiments
Authorities are searching for a suspect who allegedly assaulted a fast-food worker over missing ketchup.
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Lou Williams feels he was ‘thrown under the bus’ for strip-club visit
Like many men, Lou Williams only realized after leaving a strip club that he could have made a better decision. Speaking for the first time since a visit to the gentleman’s club Magic City necessitated Williams to quarantine for 10 days in the NBA bubble in Orlando, the Clippers guard stuck to his story that...
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Arizona police lasso escaped emu with help of residents, search for owner
Arizona police are looking for the owner of an escaped emu after one of the world’s largest birds was found wandering near a Scottsdale golf course Tuesday morning.
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Chicago Public Schools Reverse Course, Announce Online-Only Learning This Fall
Mayor Lori Lightfoot attributed the change in plans to a recent uptick in confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the city
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Eastern Kentucky kicker quits over coronavirus: 'Coach and some staff, do not care about player safety'
Eastern Kentucky football kicker Landon White quit the team Tuesday and said coaches have not prioritized player safety amid the COVID-19 pandemic.       
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Dad's promise to dying daughter is inspiration for proposed national law
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Burned, water-damaged mail sit at USPS center
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Man allegedly broke into home, threw party
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Man takes job at nursing home to see wife
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Photographer confident his business will survive
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Sally Yates says Comey went rogue by sending agents to interview Flynn
Flynn was interviewed by the FBI at the White House in January 2017.
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