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QAnon goes mainstream

QAnon goes mainstream

MenuSign up for our free email newslettersSign Up forOur free email newslettersGOP candidates and Trump supporters are pledging allegiance to a nonsensical conspiracy theory. Here's everything you need to know:What is QAnon? It's a conspiracy theory claiming that world leaders, Democrats, and "deep state" U.S. intelligence officers are all involved in a global child sex trafficking ring that President Trump and his supporters are working to expose and destroy. Named for Q, a supposed military official who began posting anonymously on fringe message boards in 2017, QAnon promises a "Great...

August 9, 2020
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Trump baselessly claims with mail-in voting, it could take 'years' to determine winner

Trump baselessly claims with mail-in voting, it could take 'years' to determine winner

Menu5 things you need to know nowPresident Trump on Thursday evening claimed that if more people are able to vote by mail, it could take "years" to find out the winner of the 2020 presidential election. On Thursday morning, Trump rather than letting more people vote by mail amid the pandemic. Under the Constitution, Congress has the power to set the date for voting, and Trump's idea was quickly batted down by Republican leaders. During a press conference later in the day, Trump tried to create doubt over how states will distribute mail-in ballots, and said he wants to know the results of...

July 31, 2020
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U.S. breaks another daily coronavirus record with more than 57,000 new infections

U.S. breaks another daily coronavirus record with more than 57,000 new infections

Menu5 things you need to know nowThe United States on Friday reported 57,497 newly-confirmed coronavirus cases, the largest single-day total in the country since the pandemic began. It was the seventh time in nine days the U.S. reported a new record, and at least 20 states set new highs for the average number of daily new infections over the last seven days. Florida reported the most new cases at 9,488, and hospitals in at least two Texas counties are reportedly at full capacity, prompting county judges to urge people to shelter in place during the Independence Day weekend. Meanwhile, the...

July 4, 2020
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The Election Day nightmare scenarios

The Election Day nightmare scenarios

MenuSign up for our free email newslettersSign Up forOur free email newslettersIf the presidential election is close, chaos is likely to result. There might not even be a declared winner. Here's everything you need to know:What could go wrong? The coronavirus pandemic could wreak havoc at the polls, especially if November finds us in the midst of a second wave, as many infectious-disease experts predict. The potential for disaster was made evident in recent primaries: Shortages of workers, caused by fear of the coronavirus, led to shuttered and understaffed polling places, creating logjams...

June 28, 2020
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Antifa, explained

Antifa, explained

MenuSign up for our free email newslettersSign Up forOur free email newslettersPresident Trump is blaming a radical leftist group for organizing violent protests and attacks on police. Is this true? Here's everything you need to know:What is antifa? It's an umbrella movement of leftists and anti-racists, rather than an actual group. Antifa (pronounced an-TEE-fa by some, anti-FAH by others) adherents see their mission as using direct action, up to and including violence, to fight fascism and the "alt-right." They believe that law enforcement is complicit in white supremacy, and that...

June 14, 2020
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South Korea’s coronavirus success

South Korea’s coronavirus success

Special reports:MenuSign up for our free email newslettersSign Up forOur free email newslettersThe Seoul government was able to slow the spread of coronavirus and limit deaths. What did it do right? Here's everything you need to know:How does South Korea compare with the U.S.?Both countries saw their first corona­virus cases on the same day, Jan. 20. By April 2, the U.S. had more than 240,000 cases and more than 5,800 deaths. Most businesses were shut down or crippled, and more than 10 million people had filed for unemployment in two weeks. In contrast, South Korea on April 2 had fewer than...

April 11, 2020
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Virus wrecks early retirement dreams

Virus wrecks early retirement dreams

Special reports:MenuSign up for our free email newslettersSign Up forOur free email newslettersHere are three of the week's top pieces of financial insight, gathered from around the web:Ripping off Instacart shoppersSome customers are using Instacart's tipping system for a cruel bait and switch, said Sara Ashley O'Brien and Kaya Yurieff at ​. Before accepting a work order, an Instacart shopper "can see the items requested, the store location, the payment Instacart provides for the job, and the tip being offered." With the service facing enormous demand, clients are "offering big tips, as...

April 18, 2020
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Trump cryptically tells reporters 'a lot of things' might happen soon following call with Putin

Trump cryptically tells reporters 'a lot of things' might happen soon following call with Putin

Special reports:MenuSee More Speed ReadsPresident Trump is celebrating throwback Thursday with Russian President Vladimir Putin.Trump told reporters on Thursday that he spoke on the phone with Putin and the two discussed the so-called "hoax" that was the investigation into Russian election interference, which determined Russia meddled to aid Trump, did not find collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, and did not determine whether administration officials sought to obstruct the probe.Reiterating his displeasure with the investigation, Trump the "Russia hoax" was "very hard" on the...

May 7, 2020
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Italy to allow international, regional travel in June

Italy to allow international, regional travel in June

Special reports:Menu5 things you need to know nowThe House on Friday passed a $3 trillion coronavirus relief package by a vote of 208-199. The Democrat-crafted HEROES Act will now head to the Senate, where — along with the White House — it is expected to face opposition. The bill includes, among other things, nearly $1 trillion in aid to state and local governments, extending unemployment benefits expansion until January 2021, and another round of $1,200 to individual Americans. The bill wasn't looked upon favorably by all Democrats. Some centrists were concerned that it had no chance of...

May 17, 2020
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Trump claims he will designate anti-fascist activists as terrorists

Trump claims he will designate anti-fascist activists as terrorists

Special reports:Menu5 things you need to know nowA tanker truck driver sped into a crowd of peaceful protesters gathered on a bridge in Minneapolis on Sunday evening, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety said. Initial reports state that the thousands of protesters on Interstate 35W were able to get out of the way, and no one was hit. The demonstrators were marching in response to the death of George Floyd, who died after a Minneapolis police officer put his knee to his neck for several minutes. Witnesses said that the truck plowed into the crowd as dozens of protesters were sitting or...

June 1, 2020
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