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Sunday, July 05, 2020
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The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has confirmed a report by The Associated Press that some of the service members who were mobilized to Washington, D.C., last month in response to civil unrest over the killing of George Floyd were issued bayonets. read more


These Charts Show Why. The United States is different. In nearly every other high-income country, people have both become richer over the last three decades and been able to enjoy substantially longer lifespans. But not in the United States. read more


The U.S. is sending two aircraft carriers into one of Asia's hottest spots to deliver a pointed message to China that it doesn't appreciate Beijing's military ramp-up in the region. read more


At least eight Secret Service agents are currently holed up in a hotel in Phoenix, some suffering the flu-like coronavirus symptoms after coming down with the disease while preparing for a visit by Vice President Mike Pence, two people familiar with the matter say. read more


The abrupt uprooting of the Republican National Convention from Charlotte to Jacksonville has created a tangled financial predicament for party officials as they effectively try to pay for two big events instead of one. Tens of millions of dollars have already been spent in a city that will now host little more than a G.O.P. business meeting, and donors are wary of opening their wallets again to bankroll a Jacksonville gathering thrown into uncertainty by a surge in coronavirus cases. read more


Half of the nation's electorate says they have ruled out voting for Donald Trump in November, while 4 in 10 say the same about Joe Biden. Biden currently holds a 12 point lead in the presidential race according to the latest Monmouth ("Mon-muth") University Poll. Biden holds a significant advantage among the 1 in 5 voters who do not have a favorable opinion of either candidate. Slightly more voters say they are confident about the challenger's mental and physical stamina than say the same about the incumbent. read more


As coronavirus infections continue to spike across the U.S, six of the nation's largest medical equipment distribution companies are raising "troubling concerns" about the Trump administration's coordination of critical supplies to COVID-19 hot spots, according to a memo outlining a key House committee's discussions with the companies. read more


For Trump, there are two broad pathways to maintaining power. First, we can already see very clearly a strategy designed to suppress voter turnout with the purging of registration rolls of large numbers of mostly urban voters; efforts to suppress mail-in ballots, which are more necessary than ever, given COVID-19; a re-election apparatus that is training 50,000 poll watchers for the purpose of challenging citizens' right to vote on Election Day; and significant efforts to make in-person voting in urban areas as cumbersome as possible in order to have long lines that discourage people from exercising their voting rights. The second pathway to subverting the election is even more ominous"but we must be cognizant of it because Trump is already laying the groundwork for how he can lose the popular vote, and even lose in the key swing states necessary for an Electoral College victory, but still remain president. read more


After several months of mixed messages on the coronavirus pandemic, the White House is settling on a new one: Learn to live with it. read more


'Take that off!' Trump supporters slam Ivanka as 'silly' and 'stupid' for wearing a face mask for a photo op with GOP congressmen - as she urges others to wear masks, too read more


Neil Young joined the chorus of musicians who have objected to Trump playing their songs at his events according to Spin: In May, the Village People's Victor Willis denounced the use of "Macho Man" and "Y.M.C.A," and Tom Petty's estate ripped the campaign for using "I Won't Back Down" at a now-infamous Tulsa rally in June. Last week, the Rolling Stones threatened to sue the Trump campaign for its continued use of "You Can't Always What You Want." read more


As the fireworks show for Mt. Rushmore took shape, there are early reports that state officials hoped for private business sponsorship to fund it. But that didn't happen. read more


The Republican establishment has largely avoided discussing QAnon so far, even as the once-fringe theory continues to pick up credibility from candidates. read more


Kimberly Guilfoyle, a top Trump campaign official and the girlfriend of Donald Trump Jr., tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, according to reports by CNN and The New York Times. read more


Much of the world remains consumed with the deadly novel coronavirus. The United States, crippled by the pandemic, is in the throes of a divisive presidential campaign and protests over racial inequality. But at the top of the globe, the Arctic is enduring its own summer of discontent. Wildfires are raging amid Ârecord-breaking temperatures. Permafrost is thawing, infrastructure is crumbling and sea ice is dramatically vanishing. In Siberia and across much of the Arctic, profound changes are unfolding more rapidly than scientists anticipated only a few years ago. read more


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