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August 6, 2020

The President of the United States is already trying to discredit the 2020 election
President Donald Trump's barrage of challenges to the reputation, structures and traditions of elections is conjuring up a contentious and potentially constitutionally critical three-month period for America's democracy. ... click to read more

Top Senate Republican pushes back against Trump's unsubstantiated claims mail-in-voting leads to mass fraud
A Senate GOP leader raised concerns on Wednesday over President Donald Trump's unsubstantiated claims that mail-in-voting leads to mass fraud, arguing that Republicans should instead be encouraging voters to use the method in order to compete in a consequential election that will determine control ... click to read more

RNC and Trump campaign prepare to wage war over voting laws
Republican officials said the Trump campaign's lawsuit over a new Nevada law on mail-in voting is a preview of what they predict will be a months-long, multi-million dollar battle over the practice. ... click to read more

Tennessee GOP Senate primary goes down to the wire
Last year, President Donald Trump publicly endorsed Bill Hagerty, his former ambassador to Japan, to be the next Senator from Tennessee before he even announced his campaign. That should've been enough in a conservative state where Republicans overwhelmingly approve of the President. ... click to read more

A Trump ad doctored photos of Biden to make him seem alone
CNN's Daniel Dale breaks down the facts behind a misleading video posted to social media by President Trump and his campaign, which Facebook and Twitter later took down. ... click to read more

Analysis: New polls suggest Trump's position has stabilized
There's little doubt that former Vice President Joe Biden has the upperhand against President Donald Trump at this point. Biden has led in poll after poll nationally and in almost every poll in the core six battleground states (Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin)... click to read more

10 photos that capture the intensity of 2020's campaign trail
When there's news from the campaign trial, the reporter covering the story often appears on screen perfectly composed and coiffed as they deliver urgent updates with ease. ... click to read more

Twitter temporarily restricts Trump campaign's ability to tweet
Twitter said on Wednesday it had restricted President Donald Trump's campaign from tweeting after its account shared a video containing false claims about the coronavirus. ... click to read more

US can get coronavirus levels 'way down' by Election Day, Fauci says
The United States has what it takes to get Covid-19 case levels down to more manageable levels by Election Day in November if it uses masks and other "fundamental tenets of infection control" -- but it needs to get serious now, Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN on Thursday. ... click to read more

Dr. Fauci says this is a predictor of trouble ahead
Dr. Anthony Fauci tells CNN's John Berman that he agrees with Dr. Deborah Birx's warning about rising coronavirus positivity rates in nine US cities and the central valley of California. ... click to read more

Birx warns 9 cities about increasing cases
The White House coronavirus task force is warning states about an uptick in coronavirus test positivity rates in a number of new cities this week. ... click to read more

Some teachers wrote their own obituaries as part of their back to school prep
Sarah Backstrom knew this school year was going to be different, even without the Covid-19 pandemic. The veteran teacher moved to Des Moines, Iowa, with her young daughters to teach in a new school district -- but this is the first time she's been scared about returning to the classroom. ... click to read more

This rally is expecting 250,000 people. Masks aren't required
Sturgis, South Dakota, Mayor Mark Carstensen talks with CNN's John Berman about the city's upcoming motorcycle rally that expects more than a quarter of a million people to show up, during the coronavirus pandemic. ... click to read more

NYC parents must choose how their kids will go back to school by tomorrow
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Trump singles out Texas and Florida for help with response
President Donald Trump agreed to continue paying for the full cost of National Guard troops deployed to help with the coronavirus response in just two states -- Texas and Florida -- after their Republican governors appealed directly to him. ... click to read more

Virginia mayor urged to resign after allegedly saying Biden picked 'Aunt Jemima' for VP
Backlash in a small Virginia town was swift after a racist and sexist post showed up on the mayor's Facebook page. ... click to read more

Another 1.2 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week
The recovery from America's jobs crisis seems to have hit a roadblock, and weekly claims for unemployment benefits are proof of that. ... click to read more

A Russian ship's dangerous cargo was stranded in Beirut for years
As Lebanon's investigation into the devastating blast in Beirut continues, officials have pointed to a possible cause: A massive shipment of agricultural fertilizer that authorities say was stored in the port of Beirut without safety precautions for years -- despite warnings by local officials. ... click to read more

French president says aid to Beirut 'will not go to corrupt hands'
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From sea to mountain, how the blast devastated Beirut
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She was posing for her wedding photos, then an explosion hit
A photographer in Beirut was filming a bride on her wedding day when an explosion suddenly ripped through the city. ... click to read more

Two Black women accuse Secret Service of wrongful detention; Secret Service disputes their account
Two women say US Secret Service officers rammed into their vehicle near the White House last Thursday evening, and surrounded and pointed guns at them before handcuffing and detaining them, leaving their babies unattended and crying. ... click to read more

Michelle Obama says she's suffering from 'low-grade depression'
Former First Lady Michelle Obama says she's suffering from a "low-grade depression." The reasons? The pandemic, race relations in the US and the political strife surrounding it all, she says. ... click to read more

The truth behind Russia's coronavirus response
CNN gains exclusive access to a new coronavirus testing facility in Moscow, which Russia is promoting as more effective than Western counterparts. CNN's Matthew Chance reports. ... click to read more

FBI agents executed a federal search warrant at YouTube star Jake Paul's home
A law enforcement official confirms to CNN that FBI agents executed a federal search warrant at the Calabasas, California, home of YouTube celebrity Jake Paul Wednesday. ... click to read more

Woman attacks another after she is asked to put on mask
A woman has been charged with aggravated assault for allegedly attacking another woman after she asked her to properly wear a face mask at a New Jersey Staples store, police said. ... click to read more

YouTubers the Stokes Twins have been charged for bank robbery pranks
YouTube celebrities the Stokes Twins could face up to four years in state prison for their role in two fake bank robberies. ... click to read more

When a nearly 12-foot alligator came toward his 4-year-old, this dad sprung into action
Andrew Grande didn't hesitate before jumping into action when he saw a massive alligator making its way to his 4-year-old daughter. ... click to read more

If you see people gathered in large numbers, Rhode Island wants you to call it in
A new unit of the Rhode Island State Police will be enforcing the state's limitations on social gatherings, and Gov. Gina Raimondo wants Rhode Islanders to call in with information. ... click to read more

Jimmy Fallon mocks Donald Trump's use of charts in his Axios interview
Seth Meyers and Jimmy Fallon took shots at President Trump's defense of his coronavirus response during an interview with Axios on HBO. ... click to read more

Grandmother sues after she was arrested at Disney with CBD oil in her purse
Attorney Ben Crump has filed a civil lawsuit against several entities including, The Walt Disney Co. and the Orange County Sheriff, on behalf of Hester Burkhalter, a 69-year-old White woman from Hickory, North Carolina, and her family. ... click to read more

Body found of 5-year-old girl missing in storms
The body of 5-year-old Eliza Talal was found Wednesday after she went missing from her Pennsylvania home at the height of the storm a day earlier, Towamencin Township Police Chief Tim Dickinson said. ... click to read more

Stunning video captures moment a pair of whales pay visit to a cluster of surfers
Beachgoers in Australia got a closeup view of two southern right whales just off Manly Beach in Sydney. ... click to read more

Making TV shows during coronavirus is taking more time -- and money
TV shows can get back up and running during the age of Covid-19. But as Hollywood seeks to adopt new health and safety protocols, production is going to take more time -- and money. ... click to read more

Covid-19 victim's spouse explains why he took off his PPE in final moments
ICU Dr. Joseph Costa died after battling Covid-19. His husband, David Hart, remembers his emotional final moments as staff throughout the ICU gathered to say goodbye. ... click to read more

Cameron Diaz reveals why she quit acting
Former Hollywood star Cameron Diaz has revealed her reasons for retiring from the movie business, saying she found "peace" when she quit acting. ... click to read more

Zoe Saldana apologizes for playing Nina Simone in panned 2016 biopic
Actress Zoe Saldana has apologized for playing Nina Simone in a 2016 biopic, four years after she was heavily criticized for darkening her skin and wearing a prosthetic nose for the role. ... click to read more

Aimée Osbourne doesn't regret not appearing on 'The Osbournes'
"The Osbournes" made her siblings famous, but Aimée Osbourne now says she always knew she had no desire to appear on the hit MTV reality show. ... click to read more

Chip and Joanna Gaines bringing 'Fixer Upper' back
"Fixer Upper" fans have something to look forward to next year. ... click to read more

'Big Brother: All-Stars' meet their competition in Season 22 premiere
"Big Brother" was back Wednesday with a live two-hour Season 22 premiere that revealed just who the new houseguests would be. ... click to read more

Hollywood bubbles back to business
Everyone wants life to return to normal -- and Hollywood is no different. ... click to read more

Samsung unveils new earbuds, phones & more, up for preorder
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Back-to-school essentials in the Covid-19 era
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Shop Amazon's Big Summer Sale Event now
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Going back to the office? Here's what to buy
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10 of the best breathable face masks for exercising
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The 1950s food trend sweeping the US
When the coronavirus pandemic shut down his restaurants, Colton Weiss knew that to survive, he would need a creative (and safe) solution to keep serving his customers. ... click to read more

Olympic speed skating silver medalist Eddy Alvarez makes major league debut with the Marlins
Ahead of their return to playing baseball after a Covid-19 outbreak, the Miami Marlins announced an enormous amount of moves to fill out their roster on Tuesday. ... click to read more

CNN's Chris Cuomo gets personal about turning 50
CNN's Chris Cuomo explains why overcoming coronavirus has given him a new outlook on life as he turns 50. ... click to read more

In pictures: The bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Seventy-five years ago, the United States dropped atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. ... click to read more

The world could look very different to investors in three months
As investors carefully scan an uncertain horizon, one thing is clear: The backdrop for markets will look very different in three months' time. ... click to read more

Kraft mac and cheese is now a breakfast food, apparently
Kraft wants you to wake up and smell the mac and cheese. ... click to read more

Everything at the grocery store is getting more expensive
Grocery prices have skyrocketed during the coronavirus pandemic. That has Americans spending more at the supermarket than they have in years. ... click to read more

Susan Rice is the VP Biden needs
Joe Biden has a high-class problem. He has a short list of highly qualified women, who would all serve as excellent running mates. ... click to read more

Kanye's 'campaign' is designed to help Trump
We need to talk about Kanye. ... click to read more

What Pete Hamill brought to journalism
First, last and always, Pete Hamill, was a newspaperman from the old school -- happily at home in a newsroom roaring with profanity, poetry, punishing deadlines and quirky personalities. He dropped out of high school, worked in the Brooklyn Navy Yard as a sheet metal worker, did a tour in the Navy ... click to read more

It's a lot less likely a Dem will win in Kansas
Republican Party leaders are breathing a sigh of relief and Democratic operatives are licking their wounds after their ill-fated political gamesmanship failed them in Tuesday night's primary election in Kansas. It seems they didn't know who the real Trump candidate was in this race and in this stat... click to read more

Don't blame fate for Beirut's cruel tragedy
Sometimes, it seems as if fate is trying to prove its unlimited capacity for cruelty. When the skies over Beirut exploded on Tuesday, sending shockwaves felt all the way to Cyprus, 150 miles away in the Mediterranean, and devastating much of a city that was once known as the Paris of the Middle Eas... click to read more

Axios interview reveals outrage of Trump's admin
President Donald Trump's interview with the Axios reporter Jonathan Swan, published this week, was an abject disaster -- not for Swan, who was admirably dogged and professional, but for the incoherent, appallingly ignorant President of the United States, and for all of us who live in the country he... click to read more

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The latest sign of Covid-19-related racism in England
Coronavirus conspiracy theorists have spread baseless rumors online -- frequently targeting minorities -- since the beginning of the pandemic. In England the latest wave of vitriol criticizes Muslims, blaming them for spreading Covid-19. ... click to read more

He spent 27 years in prison for murdering two children. Now a Chinese court has found him not guilty
A Chinese man convicted of murdering two children has had his conviction overturned after serving 27 years in prison, in what has been described as one of the longest-serving miscarriages of justice in recent Chinese history. ... click to read more

When movies need an alien planet, they shoot here
Ancient tales of trolls and magic live on in Iceland, an island nation of volcanoes, lava fields, glaciers and ice caves. ... click to read more

How Ethiopian art secured its spot on the world's stage
Over the last five years contemporary Ethiopian artists have been making a name for themselves on the global art market, but it's been a long time coming. ... click to read more

Student forced to take off Black Lives Matter mask at graduation ceremony, family says
A Black student was forced to take off his Black Lives Matter face mask in order to graduate, his family says. ... click to read more

Rayshard Brooks' widow 'baffled' and joins DA's call to revoke ex-officer's bond for vacation trip to Florida
Rayshard Brooks' widow echoed a prosecutor's call Wednesday for a judge to revoke Garrett Rolfe's bond after the ex-Atlanta policeman who killed her husband went to Florida on vacation. ... click to read more

Iowa governor signs executive order restoring some ex-felons' voting rights
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on Wednesday signed an executive order that automatically reinstates the voting rights of Iowans who have completed their felony sentences, excluding those convicted for homicide. ... click to read more






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