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Supreme Court Blocks Plans for Curbside Voting and Loosened Absentee Restrictions in Alabama

Supreme Court Blocks Plans for Curbside Voting and Loosened Absentee Restrictions in Alabama

(MONTGOMERY, Ala.) — The U.S. Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision Thursday blocked a lower court ruling allowing curbside voting in Alabama and waiving some absentee ballot requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic.Conservative justices granted Alabama’s request to stay a federal judge’s order that would allow local officials to offer curbside voting in the July runoff and loosen absentee ballot requirements in three of the state’s large counties. The order will remain stayed while the court decides whether to hear Alabama’s appeal.Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall said he was pleased the...

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MLB Cancels All-Star Game for First Time Since 1945 Due to Pandemic

MLB Cancels All-Star Game for First Time Since 1945 Due to Pandemic

(LOS ANGELES) — Dodger Stadium’s 40-year wait to host the All-Star Game is going to last even longer.The game scheduled for July 14 was canceled Friday because of the coronavirus pandemic, and Dodger Stadium was awarded the 2022 Midsummer Classic. The 2021 game is set for Atlanta’s Truist Park, home to the Braves since 2017.Because of the pandemic, opening day had already been delayed from March 26 to July 23 or 24.“Once it became clear we were unable to hold this year’s All-Star festivities, we wanted to award the Dodgers with the next available All-Star Game, which is 2022,” baseball...

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We Are Mayors of 11 U.S. Cities Advocating for Guaranteed Income

We Are Mayors of 11 U.S. Cities Advocating for Guaranteed Income

n 1967, against a backdrop of massive civil unrest, Dr. Martin Luther King wrote Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community? and called for the immediate abolition of poverty. In the richest nation in the world, King saw no justification for the evil of rampant poverty and chastised the government’s efforts against the ill as Housing efforts were subject to the whims of the legislature, educational reforms were sluggish, and family assistance programs were neglected; all failed to reach the most profound needs of the poor. King’s economic dream was the most direct – a guaranteed income...

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U.S. Prosecutor Calls on Prince Andrew to Speak With FBI After Ghislaine Maxwell's Arrest

U.S. Prosecutor Calls on Prince Andrew to Speak With FBI After Ghislaine Maxwell's Arrest

he arrest of Ghislaine Maxwell on Thursday on charges that she to be sexually abused by convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein has brought renewed attention to his relationship with Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, who has been trafficked by Epstein.Audrey Strauss, the acting U.S. attorney in Manhattan, said U.S. prosecutors would “welcome Prince Andrew coming in to talk to us” during a press conference announcing the charges against Maxwell on Thursday.“We would like to have the benefit of his statement,” Strauss told reporters.Virginia Roberts Giuffre, a survivor of Epstein’s abuse, has...

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U.S. Customs Seizes Shipment of Human Hair Weaves From Prisoners in Chinese Internment Camps

U.S. Customs Seizes Shipment of Human Hair Weaves From Prisoners in Chinese Internment Camps

ederal authorities in New York on Wednesday seized a shipment of weaves and other beauty accessories suspected to be made out of human hair taken from people locked inside a .U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials told The Associated Press that 13 tons (11.8 metric tonnes) of hair products worth an estimated $800,000 were in the shipment.“The production of these goods constitutes a very serious human rights violation, and the detention order is intended to send a clear and direct message to all entities seeking to do business with the United States that illicit and inhumane practices...

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U.S. Customs Seizes Shipment of Human Hair Weaves From Prisoners in Chinese Internment Camps

U.S. Customs Seizes Shipment of Human Hair Weaves From Prisoners in Chinese Internment Camps

ederal authorities in New York on Wednesday seized a shipment of weaves and other beauty accessories suspected to be made out of human hair taken from people locked inside a .U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials told The Associated Press that 13 tons (11.8 metric tonnes) of hair products worth an estimated $800,000 were in the shipment.“The production of these goods constitutes a very serious human rights violation, and the detention order is intended to send a clear and direct message to all entities seeking to do business with the United States that illicit and inhumane practices...

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Are Superheroes Basically Cops With Capes?

Are Superheroes Basically Cops With Capes?

n the past several weeks, as calls to defund the police have , pop culture critics and fans have been reconsidering . Legal procedurals and shoot-em-up action movies have long presented a skewed perception of the justice system in America, in which the police are almost always positioned as the good guys. These “good cop” narratives are rarely balanced out with stories of systemic racism in the criminal justice system. The “bad guys” they pursue are often people of color, their characters undeveloped beyond their criminality.In this period of reckoning, the long-running show Cops and the...

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"The Words of a President Matter." Biden Says We Can't Heal COVID-19 Without Healing the Country First

"The Words of a President Matter." Biden Says We Can't Heal COVID-19 Without Healing the Country First

n a major speech Tuesday, former Vice President Joe Biden described his plans to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, slammed President Donald Trump’s response to the crisis, and once again modeled a vision of competent, compassionate leadership that forms the foundation of his Presidential campaign. Biden positioned the pandemic as the kind of threat that can only be addressed by a united effort, and argued that Trump’s divisiveness made him incapable of handling the crisis.He started off with a searing recounting of all the times he had sounded the alarm about COVID-19, and all the times Trump...

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The World Hits Sobering Coronavirus Milestones: 500,000 Dead and 10 Million Confirmed Cases

The World Hits Sobering Coronavirus Milestones: 500,000 Dead and 10 Million Confirmed Cases

(ROME) — The world surpassed two sobering coronavirus milestones Sunday — 500,000 confirmed deaths, 10 million confirmed cases — and hit another high mark for daily new infections as governments that attempted reopenings continued to backtrack and warn that worse news could be yet to come.“COVID-19 has taken a very swift and very dangerous turn in Texas over just the past few weeks,” said Gov. Greg Abbott, who allowed businesses to start reopening in early May but on Friday shut down bars and limited restaurant dining amid a spike in cases.California Gov. Gavin Newsom rolled back reopenings...

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Trump Is Trying to End Obamacare in the Middle of a Pandemic. That’s a Huge Gift to Biden

Trump Is Trying to End Obamacare in the Middle of a Pandemic. That’s a Huge Gift to Biden

etween the protests and the pandemic, you’d be forgiven for forgetting that the Affordable Care Act is still in limbo. But the events of the last week have set the stage for Democrats and Republicans to fight a 2020 rematch of the battle over health care coverage: between the party that giveth, and the party that taketh away.The Trump Administration asked the Supreme Court on June 25 to overturn the law known as Obamacare, joining a group of Republican attorneys general in arguing that Congress effectively made the ACA unconstitutional in 2017 when it zeroed out the individual mandate. The...

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After Trump Denies Knowledge of Reported Russian Bounties on U.S. Soldiers, Lawmakers From Both Parties Demand Answers

After Trump Denies Knowledge of Reported Russian Bounties on U.S. Soldiers, Lawmakers From Both Parties Demand Answers

eaders of both parties pressed on Sunday for answers from the White House about reports that Russian President Vladimir Putin had put bounties on U.S. troops in Afghanistan and that the U.S. had taken no action in response. Democrats called for hearings to be held.In his first comment on the matter, President Donald Trump tweeted Sunday that “nobody briefed or told me” about the “so-called attacks,” a comment that his former national security adviser termed “remarkable.”The New York Times reported Friday on the alleged actions by Russian military intelligence — paying Taliban-linked...

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18 Professional Softball Players Quit and Form New Team After Being 'Misrepresented' by Manager's National Anthem Tweet

18 Professional Softball Players Quit and Form New Team After Being 'Misrepresented' by Manager's National Anthem Tweet

ll 18 players of the professional softball team Scrap Yard Fast Pitch (Scrap Yard FP) quit Monday night after the team’s general manager tweeted at President Donald Trump, showcasing that the players stood during the national anthem. The players have now formed a new team.On Monday, Texas-based Scrap Yard FP faced off against The USSSA Pride in Melbourne, Fla., in what was supposed to be the first of a seven-game series. During the game, the Scrap Yard FP Twitter account posted a now-deleted photo of the players standing for the national anthem along with the text: “Hey @realDonaldTrump Pro...

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‘Leadership Matters.’ Researcher Says Rate of Fatal Police Shootings Is Lower in Cities With Black Police Chiefs

‘Leadership Matters.’ Researcher Says Rate of Fatal Police Shootings Is Lower in Cities With Black Police Chiefs

police chief’s race may significantly impact how often officers fatally shoot people, a new analysis says.In cities with Black police commanders, the per-capita rate of is about 70% lower than in cities with white police leaders, according to Stephen Wu, the study’s author, who analyzed data from the 60 largest U.S cities between 2015 and the first half of 2020. The rate of deadly shootings is also lower in Latino-led police forces, he says.“A lot of people will talk about training and the racial makeup of officers,” says Wu, 47, an economics professor in New York’s Hamilton College, who...

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We Should Be As Worried About Domestic Disinformation as We Are About International Campaigns

We Should Be As Worried About Domestic Disinformation as We Are About International Campaigns

e’ve become so familiar with the idea that during the 2016 election thousands of Russian trolls—with very poor grammar—pretended to be Republican voters in Tennessee, Black activists in Michigan, and Trump supporters in Palm Beach that we think of disinformation as a foreign problem. I have news for you: the majority of disinformation is domestic, most of it is made right here in the USA. Focusing on is something of a distraction from the seeming endless supply of homegrown conspiracy theories, fake local news sites, alt-right message boards, clickbait, and Donald Trump’s daily Twitter...

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The Coronavirus Task Force Reemerges After 2 Months, With Bad News and No President in Sight

The Coronavirus Task Force Reemerges After 2 Months, With Bad News and No President in Sight

efore Friday, the last time the White House Coronavirus Task Force had addressed the country was April 27. The U.S. had recorded 978,680 and 55,266 deaths, and states were getting ready to re-open as the percentage of people testing positive for COVID-19 began declining. “We continue to see evidence that our aggressive strategy is working and working at a very high level,”This time, as the task force held its first televised press conference in two months, Trump was notably absent. The briefing, previously held at the White House, was delivered instead at the headquarters for Health and...

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Trump Administration Freezes Funding Intended to Benefit Hong Kong Protesters

Trump Administration Freezes Funding Intended to Benefit Hong Kong Protesters

he Trump Administration has frozen funding intended to help people in evade surveillance by the Chinese government, sources with knowledge of the matter tell TIME, just as Beijing prepares to impose a new that protesters fear will erode civil liberties there.The funding freeze came on June 9, five days after , an ally of President Trump, was confirmed by the Senate to lead the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM), which oversees federal funding of several Internet freedom and foreign news initiatives, including Voice of America and Radio Free Asia.Senior staff at the agency were informed in...

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Betsy DeVos Directs More Coronavirus Aid to Private Schools as She Warns of 'Looming Crisis'

Betsy DeVos Directs More Coronavirus Aid to Private Schools as She Warns of 'Looming Crisis'

he Trump administration on Thursday moved forward with a policy ordering public schools across the U.S. to share coronavirus relief funding with private schools at a higher rate than federal law typically requires.Under a new rule issued by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, school districts are ordered to set aside a portion of their aid for private schools using a formula based on the total number of private school students in the district.The policy has been contested by public school officials who say the funding should be shared based on the number of low-income students at local private...

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Costa Rica President Carlos Alvarado Quesada on Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage

Costa Rica President Carlos Alvarado Quesada on Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage

his May, Costa Rica became the first country in Central America to . During a session with correspondent Justin Worland, Costa Rica President Carlos Alvarado Quesada discussed the journey that led to this moment of change.“There’s a set of rights that cover all of the people around the world and it’s a worldview and a global ethic,” he said. “So in terms of egalitarian marriage, it’s a way to protect the community of LGBTQ people, but it’s also a way to reinforce not only one specific right, but the strength of the whole set of rights. It’s a message of equality and of respect. and was the...

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3 N.C. Officers Fired After Video Captured ‘Extremely Racist’ Rants in Squad Cars

3 N.C. Officers Fired After Video Captured ‘Extremely Racist’ Rants in Squad Cars

(WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.) — Three members of a North Carolina police department have been fired after a department audit of a video recording captured one of the officers saying a civil war was necessary to wipe Black people off the map and that he was ready.The Wilmington Police Department took the action on Tuesday against Cpl. Jessie Moore, and officers Kevin Piner and Brian Gilmore. Each was accused of violating standards of conduct, criticism and use of inappropriate jokes and slurs. After conferring with the city council, Wilmington City Manager Sterling Cheatham cleared Police Chief...

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World Leaders Won't Gather for the U.N. General Assembly for First Time in Its 75-Year History Because of COVID-19

World Leaders Won't Gather for the U.N. General Assembly for First Time in Its 75-Year History Because of COVID-19

UNITED NATIONS — The president of the U.N. General Assembly said Monday that world leaders will not be coming to New York for their annual gathering in late September for the first time in the 75-year history of the United Nations because of the COVID-19 pandemic.But Tijjani Muhammad-Bande told a news conference that he hopes to announce in the next two weeks how the 193 heads of state and government will give their speeches on pressing local and world issues during the assembly’s so-called General Debate.“World leaders cannot come to New York because they cannot come simply as...

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Bayer to Pay Up to $10.9 Billion to Settle Lawsuits Linked to Claims Weed Killer Roundup Causes Cancer

Bayer to Pay Up to $10.9 Billion to Settle Lawsuits Linked to Claims Weed Killer Roundup Causes Cancer

(BERLIN) — German pharmaceutical company Bayer says it’s paying up to $10.9 billion to settle a lawsuit over subsidiary Monsanto’s weedkiller Roundup, which has faced numerous lawsuits over claims it causes cancer.In a statement Wednesday, Bayer said it was also paying up $1.22 billion to settle two further cases, one involving PCB in water.The Leverkusen-based company said the Roundup settlement would “bring closure to approximately 75%” of the current 125,000 filed and unfiled claims.It said the agreement is subject to approval by Judge Vince Chhabria of the U.S. District Court for the...

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'We Never Agreed to Full Transparency.' Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin Defends Limits on Paycheck Protection Program Disclosures

'We Never Agreed to Full Transparency.' Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin Defends Limits on Paycheck Protection Program Disclosures

reasury Secretary defended his department’s decision to only release a partial list of the Paycheck Protection Program’s loan recipients, but said Congress could obtain additional information as part of its oversight probes.“This was a program we never agreed to full transparency, and the reason for that is the loan amount is based upon the amount of salary,” Mnuchin said in an interview as part of the TIME100 Talks on Tuesday. “What I wanted to make sure was for the very small businesses we would not disclose the loan amount and the company name. Because if we did that, you would be able...

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LGBT Organizations Criticize President Trump for Hosting Polish President Andrzej Duda

LGBT Organizations Criticize President Trump for Hosting Polish President Andrzej Duda

(WARSAW, Poland) — U.S. President Donald Trump is being accused of sending a message of support to those looking to discriminate against LGBT people and other minorities by hosting Poland’s president at the White House days before his visitor faces a tougher than expected fight for reelection.Trump is scheduled to meet Polish President Andrzej Duda on Wednesday, four days before the first round of Poland’s presidential election. The visit, announced last week after Trump said he planned to remove thousands of U.S. troops from Germany, is expected to include discussions on defense and...

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Geoffrey Berman's Investigations Into Trump Associates Raise Concerns Over His Firing

Geoffrey Berman's Investigations Into Trump Associates Raise Concerns Over His Firing

hen President Donald Trump fired the powerful U.S. attorney in Manhattan over the weekend who had been leading investigations into some of his associates, it was the latest incident highlighting the president’s seeming willingness to subvert the traditional independence of the Justice Department when it serves his own interests.Even for an Administration that is fluent in high-profile ousters, the circumstances of Geoffrey Berman’s dismissal were dramatic: Attorney General William Barr tried to fire him Friday night, but Berman refused to step down, forcing Trump to fire him the following...

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Prosecutor Who Led Michael Cohen Investigation Appointed to Replace U.S. Attorney Berman

Prosecutor Who Led Michael Cohen Investigation Appointed to Replace U.S. Attorney Berman

(NEW YORK) — A federal prosecutor who held a key role in the case against President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney worked Monday to restore calm to the Manhattan prosecutor’s office, following the abrupt ouster of her predecessor.Audrey Strauss, the newly appointed acting U.S. attorney, sent an email to the staff Saturday night within hours of the announcement by U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman that he would leave his position and would be replaced by her.The 72-year-old Strauss, a Democrat, will be only the second woman to lead one of the nation’s most premier districts, home to...

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