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August 15, 2020

The CDC's chief of staff and deputy chief of staff left after White House officials said they were not loyal enough
Track the spread | Reopening Q&A | Covid-19 symptoms ... click to read more

FDA grants emergency use authorization to quick, inexpensive saliva-based Covid-19 diagnostic test
Track the spread | Reopening Q&A | Covid-19 symptoms ... click to read more

New CDC guidance says Covid-19 rates in children 'steadily increasing'
Health experts say children make up more than 7% of all coronavirus cases in the US -- while comprising about 22% of the country's population -- and the number and rate of child cases have been "steadily increasing" from March to July. ... click to read more

This makes you more vulnerable to Covid-19
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains what factors make people likely to face severe illness, hospitalization or even death from Covid-19. ... click to read more

Vaccines are safe. But huge numbers of people around the world say they wouldn't take a Covid jab
Susan Bailey, a 57-year-old retired nurse from Florida, has had all her jabs and gets a flu shot every year. She's a vocal Joe Biden supporter -- and one of a growing number of people globally who say they wouldn't take a coronavirus vaccine even if one becomes available soon. ... click to read more

A big sign Trump is a weak candidate
It's often been said that President Donald Trump is "underperforming the fundamentals". Some believe Trump's doing worse than the average Republican president would be doing in the polls under similar circumstances. It's difficult to prove that, however. ... click to read more

Analysis: How to make sure your 2020 mail-in vote is counted
A lot of people have concerns about mail-in voting (is the Postal Service being sabotaged? Will their vote be counted?), and also about the state of American democracy in general. ... click to read more

Fact-checking Trump's favorite claims on mail-in voting fraud
CNN's Brianna Keilar fact-checks the baseless and misleading claims President Trump has made to cast doubt on mail-in voting. ... click to read more

Trump administration to withdraw controversial nominee for Bureau of Land Management
The Trump administration will withdraw the controversial nomination of William Perry Pendley to serve as director of the Bureau of Land Management, an administration official familiar tells CNN. ... click to read more

Postal service inspector general reviewing DeJoy's policy changes and potential ethics conflicts
The internal watchdog at the United States Postal Service is reviewing controversial policy changes recently imposed under Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, and is also examining DeJoy's compliance with federal ethics rules, according to a spokeswoman for the USPS inspector general and an aide to Sen... click to read more

Smerconish: Beware the 'Blue Shift'
We could be headed for a major dispute over the 2020 Presidential race outcome even without foreign interference or fraud, because of delays in vote counting. ... click to read more

Trump to speak near Biden's hometown on the night he is expected to accept the Democratic nomination
President Donald Trump plans to head to Old Forge, Pennsylvania, just outside of Joe Biden's hometown of Scranton, on Thursday — the same day the former vice president is expected to formally accept the Democratic presidential nomination. ... click to read more

The Electoral College, explained
Americans who go to the polls on Election Day don't actually select the President directly. ... click to read more

Jared Kushner responds to Barack Obama's criticism
CNN's Christiane Amanpour asks Jared Kushner about President Obama's recent criticism of President Trump's handling of the US Postal Service and mail-in voting plans. ... click to read more

Father of 5-year-old who was shot in the head says suspect was a neighbor for eight years
The grieving father of a 5-year-old North Carolina boy allegedly killed by a neighbor is sharing details on the final moments leading up to the shooting. ... click to read more

A Connecticut inmate killed himself with a mask meant to prevent the spread of Covid-19, officials say
An inmate at a Connecticut prison was confirmed dead this week after he was found with a cloth mask intended to prevent the spread of Covid-19 tied around his neck, according to the state Department of Correction. ... click to read more

'Do you regret all of the lying?': Reporter's blunt question to Trump causes a stir
The Huffington Post's Senior White House Correspondent, S.V. Date, tells CNN's Brianna Keilar why he bluntly asked President Donald Trump if he regretted "all of the lying" he had done over the past three years. ... click to read more

Syracuse University mistakenly sends out dozens of acceptance letters
If you received a letter of acceptance from Syracuse University, you may want to hold off celebrating. ... click to read more

Douglas Emhoff could become 'America's first second gentleman'
After Sen. Kamala Harris made her campaign debut as Joe Biden's vice presidential pick on Wednesday, she posed for pictures with her husband, Douglas Emhoff, who would also make history if the ticket is elected in November. ... click to read more

Massachusetts' Ed Markey tries to defend his seat from a Kennedy
Rep. Joe Kennedy rejected the initial calls for him to run for Senate more than a year ago, saying in an interview that the "thought literally never crossed my mind to jump into a Democratic primary" against his friend, Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey, who has served in Congress since before he was bo... click to read more

Amanpour asks Kushner to apologize for Trump's birther attack. Hear his response
CNN's Christiane Amanpour talks to Jared Kushner about Trump and the recent birtherism attack on presumptive Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris. ... click to read more

Two boys selling lemonade were robbed at gunpoint. Their community stepped in to help
An Illinois community is rallying behind two 13-year-old boys after their lemonade stand was robbed at gunpoint. ... click to read more

12-year-old caught on camera gambling at casino
A 12-year-old girl was among three minors caught gambling at a casino in Sydney, Australia, regulators said Saturday. ... click to read more

Vacation spots, salons and youth sports leagues want people to sign coronavirus waivers. Here's what to know
Add paperwork to the list of things that the coronavirus pandemic has added or changed in your life. ... click to read more

'Price is Right' host shows off his pandemic look
"The Price Is Right" host Drew Carey posted a picture on his Instagram page showing off his new beard. ... click to read more

Boston Bruins goalie opts out hours before NHL playoff game
Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask opted out of the National Hockey League postseason hours before a playoff game, the team announced Saturday. ... click to read more

Fashion magazines about to face a reckoning with the September issue
In February, just weeks after starting as editor in chief of Marie Claire, Aya Kanai jet-setted to Europe for fashion week in Milan and in Paris. It was there that she started planning the magazine's September issue, considering what trends to highlight in what is heralded as fashion magazines' mar... click to read more

James Corden's parents review racy new Cardi B music video
The parents of late-night host James Corden joined "The Late Late Show" to offer their review of Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion's new music video for their hit song "WAP." ... click to read more

No bull: Firefighters take off running when 'Ferdinand' shows up
Firefighters face fear all the time, but this was something different. ... click to read more

Former 'Jackass' star tapes himself to billboard in publicity stunt
TV personality and former "Jackass" star Steve-O attached himself to a billboard in Los Angeles as a publicity stunt for a new comedy special. ... click to read more

Ryan Reynolds asks young Canadians to please not kill his mother by spreading the virus
Ryan Reynolds has one simple request for young Canadians in British Columbia: Please don't kill his mom. ... click to read more

British tourists rush back from France to avoid quarantine
Thousands of British holidaymakers have been trying to return home from France in an attempt to avoid new quarantine restrictions imposed by the UK government. ... click to read more

The sad pandemic checklist you didn't know you needed
At this point, we've all been living in a coronavirus world for more than five months. That's almost half a year lost to a terrifying and depressing pandemic limbo. ... click to read more

How teens are coping with COVID-19's mental health crisis
Though COVID-19 has added stress to the lives of most Americans, teens in particularly have been hit hard as they miss major milestones with their friends and worry about family joblessness and illness. CNN visits some of the programs and services helping young people cope. ... click to read more

How come White people can't use the n-word but some Black people say it all the time?
... click to read more

Six questions about slavery reparations, answered
If you feel like you're hearing more about slavery reparations, it's not your imagination. ... click to read more

Analysis: How Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion flipped the script on the male gaze
For this week, we talk about the new track from Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion, get excited about the upcoming biographical drama about Fred Hampton, offer a couple culture recommendations, and reflect on the resonance Kamala Harris has for islanders. ... click to read more

Brazil's Christ the Redeemer statue and Sugarloaf Mountain reopen Saturday
Two of Brazil's best known tourist attractions -- the Christ the Redeemer statue and Sugarloaf Mountain -- have reopened after being shut for five months due to the coronavirus pandemic. ... click to read more

Disney confirms its first bisexual lead character, who is also multi-cultural
Diversity is making its way onto the Disney Channel. Disney has confirmed it has a bixsexual lead character on "The Owl House" series. ... click to read more

How these images changed a woman's family history
Her uncle's decision to fight in World War II horrified his conservative Mennonite family, who rarely spoke of him even after his death. She discovers the truth about his service decades later. ... click to read more

Save on 300+ deals at Amazon's Big Summer Sale Event
We're used to finding great discounts on Amazon every day, but the retail giant's Big Summer Sale Event is really stepping it up. Amazon's currently offering more than 300 deals across most of its categories, from home and kitchen to tools, toys and electronics. ... click to read more

109 year-old IBM is planning to take on Amazon. Here's how
When former IBM cloud leader Arvind Krishna took over the company's top job earlier this year, the move sent a clear signal about where the company sees its future. ... click to read more

The Red Bull heir, a crashed car and the scandal that angered Thailand
Before dawn on September 3, 2012, a roaring black Ferrari struck a police motorcycle in downtown Bangkok, knocking the officer to the ground and dragging his body down the darkened street before speeding away. ... click to read more

Zillow exec: Why we changed our minds on remote work
Last month, Zillow joined a growing list of companies that have decided to allow most employees to work from home permanently, even after the pandemic. ... click to read more

It'll cost 55 cents to protect your vote
President Donald Trump is doing his darndest to make sure that Americans' mail-in ballots won't get to the finish line in time to be counted, including most recently opposing much-needed funding for the US Postal Service. But there's a way to make sure he doesn't override the right to vote. ... click to read more

Beware the Never Trumpers
After a long and hard fought primary season, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have emerged as the Democratic Party's nominees for president and vice president. As delegates prepare for their convention, CNN Opinion asked 10 contributors from across the Democratic spectrum to weigh in on their visions fo... click to read more

Calls to defund the police are dangerous
As the police officer who kneeled on George Floyd's neck faces charges of second degree murder and manslaughter, a national debate on policing continues to take center stage. Protests around the country led to dangerous calls to "defund the police" and "abolish the police," and the New York City Co... click to read more

Harris throws Trump off balance
Everyone knew that Sen. Kamala Harris was a frontrunner to get the nod as Joe Biden's running mate; everyone, it seems, except President Donald Trump and his brain trust of loyalists and paid staffers. ... click to read more

With QAnon, Trump and other Republicans head into the sewer
This week in Georgia, the followers of QAnon, a baseless "deep state" conspiracy, likely found their way into Washington's halls of power. Marjorie Taylor Greene, a wealthy first-time candidate, won the Republican nomination for the state's heavily GOP leaning 14th congressional district, nearly en... click to read more

Chickenality: Oh, yes, it's real
We did not get the chickens because the pandemic was coming. We did not get them to survive what has often felt like the end of the world and has certainly been the end of the world as we knew it. ... click to read more

The hidden meaning in 'Perry Mason' finale
For me and many others, HBO's "Perry Mason" reboot has been a dark mirror -- but after its season finale last week, an immensely satisfying one. (Like CNN, HBO is a unit of WarnerMedia.) ... click to read more

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Pandemic power play: It's China vs. the US in Latin America
At first glance, the picture China's ambassador to Barbados tweeted on July 23 shows nothing more than an online meeting — a typical, screen-based representation of what life has become during the pandemic. ... click to read more

Belarus leader calls Putin to reaffirm mutual cooperation, later rejects foreign mediation offers
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko on Saturday rejected foreign mediation offers to help stabilize the volatile situation in his country. But reached out to Russian President Vladimir Putin with a call, and both men expressed confidence that the situation would "be resolved soon," according ... click to read more

British tourists rush back from France to avoid restrictions
Thousands of British holidaymakers have been trying to return home from France in an attempt to avoid new quarantine restrictions imposed by the UK government. CNN's Scott McLean reports from London. ... click to read more

UN Security Council rejects US proposal to extend Iran arms embargo
The UN Security Council rejected a US proposal to extend the conventional weapons embargo on Iran Friday. ... click to read more

Power lifter fractures both knees while attempting to squat nearly 900 pounds
A Russian power lifter broke both his knees while trying to lift nearly 900 pounds. ... click to read more

Federal court strikes down California's ban on high-capacity magazines
A federal appeals court on Friday struck down California's ban on large-capacity magazines (LCMs), labeling it a violation of the Second Amendment in a consequential 2-1 split decision ruling. ... click to read more

Hurricane-force winds ripped through Iowa leaving homes destroyed and more than 160,000 without power
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Friday that she's requesting a federal disaster declaration, days after storms brought hurricane-force winds to the state. ... click to read more

Walmart is converting its parking lots into free drive-in theaters
Tired of movie nights at home? Walmart has the perfect solution for bored quarantiners. ... click to read more

Beirut's once-thriving cultural community was already at breaking point. Then the blast hit
At the moment that one of the largest non-nuclear explosions in history blasted outwards from Beirut's port and swept across the city, Zeina Arida, the director of Sursock Museum, was standing outside her office with two colleagues. The force of the explosion, less than a mile away, threw them into... click to read more

Why it's important to remember that Andy Warhol was working class
From Marilyn Monroe to Muhammad Ali, Andy Warhol's portraits of the rich and famous are some of the most recognizable works of 20th-century American art. ... click to read more

The 'fox eye' beauty trend continues to spread online. But critics insist it's racist
"Ching chong eyes!" That's what elementary school kids used to call Sophie Wang. It was an insidious racist slur casually thrown around as they mocked her Asian ethnicity while pulling on the corner of their eyes. Upward for Japanese. To the side for Chinese. Downward for Korean. ... click to read more

The secret of Birkenstock's enduring success
Pandemic restrictions have meant one thing for most wardrobes: comfort. As many of us continue to work from home -- and staying safe with a trip to the park remains the height of summer's social calendar -- sensible flat sandals are now more pervasive than ever. ... click to read more

This is how Dolly Parton subverted the dumb blonde cliché
At the Los Angeles premiere of "Steel Magnolias" on November 9, 1989, country diva Dolly Parton was a walking embodiment of that decade of excess: skyscraper hair, elongated nails, pneumatic boobs, and a dress smothered in rhinestones. "I kinda patterned my look after Cinderella and Mother Goose --... click to read more

If you've been watching a lot of 'comfort TV,' you're not alone
At some point last month, during my sixth episode of "Going RV" of the day, I knew I'd fallen too deep. ... click to read more

Kelly Clarkson takes on troll: 'aim higher'
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