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Sunday, August 09, 2020

The House Judiciary Committee can sue to force the former White House counsel Donald F. McGahn II to testify before Congress, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday. read more


Saturday, August 08, 2020

After dropping in June, Covid-19 deaths in nursing homes have begun to rise again, fueled by increases in states including Texas and Florida that saw coronavirus surges in the broader population, according to new federal data. read more


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is yet again loosening surgical mask requirements for health care workers due to shortages. read more


AAA conclusions after testing vehicles with self-driving features: In the closed-course environment, all test vehicles evaluated in this context impacted a simulated disabled vehicle at least once when evaluated at 30 mph. Among test vehicles, the highest average detection/notification TTC was approximately two seconds. In a real-world situation where a driver is disengaged from the driving task for a significant duration, he/she may be unaware of an upcoming critical situation. In this scenario, it is unlikely a notification provided two seconds prior to an
impending collision will provide enough time for the driver to avoid impact if the system does not
adequately intervene. During naturalistic evaluations, an adverse event was observed on average, once every 8 miles. As highway speeds typically exceed 60 mph, an unexpected lane departure that occurs in combination
with a disengaged driver is potentially hazardous for two main reasons. First, a driver simply may not
have time to avoid a potential collision either with a vehicle alongside or a stationary object on the side
of the roadway. Additionally, a driver may be taken by surprise when regaining situational awareness
and consequently overcorrect, potentially resulting in loss of vehicle control. read more


A new Public Policy Polling survey finds Republican candidate Roger Marshall leading Democratic candidate Barbara Bollier by just 1 point (43-42) in the competitive Senate race in Kansas. read more


A new report exposes how a federal contractor secretly puts government tracking software into hundreds of mobile apps. The data gleaned from this tracking is then sold back to the US government for undisclosed purposes. This tactic is deceptive because the tracking isn't disclosed. However, it appears to be totally legal. read more


Jerry Falwell Jr., the president and chancellor of Liberty University, has agreed to take an "indefinite leave of absence," according to a statement Friday from the evangelical Christian university. read more


Government watchdogs, Democratic lawmakers, and pro-democracy advocates declared it a "Friday Night Massacre" for the U.S. Postal Service after news broke in a classic end-of-the-week dump that Louis DeJoy -- a major GOP donor to President Donald Trump and the recently appointed Postmaster General -- had issued a sweeping overhaul of the agency, including the ouster of top executives from key posts and the reshuffling of more than two dozen other officials and operational managers. read more


Documents gained under the Freedom of Information Act show how a number of small drones flew around a restricted area at Palo Verde Nuclear Power Plant on two successive nights last September. read more


Update: Mid-afternoon on Friday, August 7, the Essex County Prosecutor's Office dropped its cyber harassment charges against all five defendants, the Asbury Park Press reports. These charges stemmed from an incident involving a Tweet attempting to identify a New Jersey police officer. Our original story on the situation appears unchanged below. read more


Protesters in Utah who splashed paint on a prosecutor's office could be given life sentences after they were accused of acting as a "gang". Salt Lake City District Attorney Sim Gill, whose office was targeted by Black Lives Matter marchers issued the charges. Critics, including the city's mayor, have called the felony charges excessive. read more


"Opposition Research is often pegged as a 'dark art' focused on gotcha moments, but the actual work is about connecting disparate data points to tell a much bigger story. With a president as openly amoral and two-faced as Donald Trump, the challenge isn't uncovering corruption or broken promises, it's translating mountains of information into coherent and digestible storylines," said Pat Dennis, Research Director for the Trump War Room at American Bridge 21st Century. "After spending years investigating Donald Trump, his grifter family, and cabinet of cronies, American Bridge 21st Century has compiled the most extensive and exhaustive public file on the president. We have weaved together narratives that paint Trump as a man unfit for office, and we believe the American people should know the truth." read more


All good art is political, said the writer Toni Morrison, but that is perhaps more true when the art is produced by a former president. Immigration is the political issue at heart in a forthcoming book of portraits by George W Bush. read more


Last-ditch negotiations at the US Congress to forge another stimulus package for the coronavirus-ravaged economy have collapsed in stalemate. Democrats and Republicans remain at odds over everything from unemployment benefits to financial aid for schools to cash injections for states' coffers. read more


Intelligencer columnist Jonathan Chait breaks down the Friday night public announcement of William Evanina, director of the United States National Counterintelligence and Security Center, about foreign meddling in America's upcoming presidential election. Chait explains that Evanina made it clear that not only is Russia trying to get Trump reelected but "Even more important is what this warning unmistakably implies: that Trump and his Republican allies in Congress are actively cooperating with Russia's campaign." read more


The Russian government is supporting efforts to damage Joe Biden and boost President Trump, counterintelligence chief William Evanina said on Friday. The statement from Evanina also says that China"prefers" for Trump to lose re-election to Biden. The new, Friday afternoon statement fell short of outright stating that Moscow wants Trump re-elected for a second term, instead noting that the Kremlin "is using a range of measures to primarily denigrate" both Biden and "an anti-Russia establishment.'" read more


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