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Gov. Gavin Newsom Closes All Movie Theaters, Bars in California

Citing soaring coronavirus rates, Gov. Gavin Newsom has ordered all movie theaters and bars in California to close immediately. The mandate, announced Monday, also covers…

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Ayanna Pressley to Betsy DeVos on schools reopening: ‘I wouldn’t trust you to care for a house plant, let alone my child’

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has been pushing for all schools to reopen this fall amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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Sudan reforms strict Islamist laws after 30 years

The ban on alcohol is lifted for non-Muslims, while the apostasy law and public flogging are scrapped.

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Japan is ‘shocked’ and furious at the US after a major coronavirus outbreak at 2 Marine bases in Okinawa — and says the US is not taking the virus seriously

“We now have strong doubts that the US military has taken adequate disease prevention measures,” Okinawa governor Denny Tamaki said.

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Stare Down

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New York Times: Trump considered selling Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria, former acting Homeland Security chief says

President Donald Trump considered the idea of selling Puerto Rico in 2017 after the island was devastated by Hurricane Maria, the former acting Homeland Security…

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‘I thought this was a hoax’: 30-year-old patient dies after attending ‘COVID Party’

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The Role of Cognitive Dissonance in the Pandemic

The minute we make any decision—I think COVID-19 is serious; no, I’m sure it is a hoax—we begin to justify the wisdom of our choice…

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Florida breaks record with 15,300 coronavirus cases reported in single day

Florida reported 15,300 new COVID-19 cases Sunday, once again shattering its record for a single-day increase in cases. The state also broke its record for…

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Signal’s New PIN Feature Worries Cybersecurity Experts

The popular encrypted app is now going to store your contacts in the cloud. Experts are worried this compromises users’ privacy.

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Trump Commutes Sentence of Roger Stone in Case He Long Denounced

The president’s friend had been convicted of impeding a congressional inquiry that threatened Mr. Trump.

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American Passports Are Worthless Now (Map)

Oh the places you can’t go

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Donald Trump is a Supreme Loser

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AP: After lobbying, Catholic Church won $1.4B in virus aid

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Roman Catholic Church used a special and unprecedented exemption from federal rules to amass at least $1.4 billion in…

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Michael Cohen taken into custody for violating terms of his early release from prison

President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen has been taken into custody for violating terms of his early release from prison, his attorney Jeffrey…

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San Francisco supervisor introduces ‘CAREN’ Act to outlaw racially motivated 911 calls

San Francisco Supervisor Shamann Walton on Tuesday introduced an ordinance to outlaw racially motivated 911 calls.

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Creepy Trump

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I was arrested, jailed and assaulted by a guard. My ‘crime’? Being a journalist in Trump’s America

In his 30-year career, The Independent’s Chief US Correspondent Andrew Buncombe has filed dispatches from across the world. Last week, while reporting on protests in…

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Starship Troopers For $2

‘The historians can’t seem to settle whether to call this one ‘The Third Space War’ (or the fourth), or whether ‘The First Interstellar War’ fits…

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An increase in people dying at home suggests coronavirus deaths in Houston may be higher than reported

In Houston, one of the nation’s fastest-growing coronavirus hot spots, more residents are dying before they can make it to a hospital. Medical examiner data…

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Bombshell Report Says Trump Ordered CIA to Share Counterterrorism Intel with Russia ‘Despite No Discernible Reward’

Not long after the Russia-Taliban bounty scandal first started unfolding in public view, a bombshell new report from Just Security claims that President Donald Trump…

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How the Media Turned Child Rape Into a ‘Tryst’ for Mary Kay Letourneau

In 1996, a 34-year-old teacher began a sexual relationship with her 13-year-old student. Instead of calling it what it was — rape — the tabloids ate…

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“Weird Al” Yankovic – The Hamilton Polka

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Vindman retiring from U.S. Army, lawyer accuses Trump of ‘bullying, intimidation and retaliation’

The statement says Vindman is leaving the Army after more than 21 years after it had been made clear “that his future within the institution…

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