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Pompeo says U.S. looking at banning Chinese social media apps, including TikTok
Pompeo says U.S. looking at banning Chinese social media apps, including TikTok

"I don't want to get out in front of the President (Donald Trump), but it's something we're looking at," Pompeo said in an interview with Fox News. U.S. lawmakers have raised national security concerns over TikTok's handling of user data, saying they were worried about Chinese laws requiring domestic companies "to support and cooperate with intelligence work controlled by the Chinese Communist Party." Pompeo's remarks also come amid increasing U.S.-China tensions over the handling of the coronavirus outbreak, China's actions in Hong Kong and a nearly two-year trade war.

Televangelists, Dallas megachurch that hosted Pence approved for millions in pandemic aid
Televangelists, Dallas megachurch that hosted Pence approved for millions in pandemic aid
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  • 2020-07-07 03:18:32Z

A Dallas megachurch whose pastor has been a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump was approved for a forgivable loan worth $2 million to $5 million, according to long-awaited government data released on Monday. Vice President Mike Pence spoke at a rally last month at the First Baptist Church of Dallas, whose pastor, Robert Jeffress, has been on Trump's evangelical advisory board. It was among the tens of thousands of religious organizations that received a total of $7.3 billion in pandemic aid from the Small Business Administration.

Dr. Anthony Fauci warns US is
Dr. Anthony Fauci warns US is 'knee-deep' in first wave of coronavirus cases and prognosis is 'really not good'

Dr. Anthony Fauci said Monday the United States' handle on the COVID-19 outbreak is "really not good" and that action is needed to curb the spread.

Seattle City Council approves new tax on big business
Seattle City Council approves new tax on big business

The Seattle City Council on Monday approved adopting a new tax on large businesses, two years after the council repealed a big business tax amid pressure from corporations such as Amazon and the prospect of a voter referendum. The new tax called "JumpStart Seattle," from lead sponsor and council member

Surge in NYC shootings fuels police reform debate
Surge in NYC shootings fuels police reform debate

New York reeled from a spate of holiday weekend shootings Monday, with police fueling controversy by partially attributing them to reforms undertaken following the death in custody of George Floyd. The Big Apple was rocked by 45 shootings -- which resulted in 11 deaths -- over the long July 4th weekend, up from just 16 shootings for the same period in 2019. Terence Monahan, the NYPD's highest-ranking uniformed officer, said "tremendous animosity" shown towards officers following the recent Black Lives Matter protests had contributed by lowering police morale.

Coronavirus: China
Coronavirus: China's workers and graduates fear for their future

As Beijing focuses on state-owned companies, workers at smaller firms are being hit hard by the pandemic.

Auto dealers, restaurants with ties to lawmakers were among the firms that got PPP loans: Treasury report
Auto dealers, restaurants with ties to lawmakers were among the firms that got PPP loans: Treasury report

Businesses owned by lawmakers or their families received Paycheck Protection Program loans designed to stem the economic fallout of the coronavirus.

Kanye West? The Girl Scouts? Hedge funds? All got PPP loans
Kanye West? The Girl Scouts? Hedge funds? All got PPP loans

The government's small business lending program has benefited millions of companies, with the goal of minimizing the number of layoffs Americans have suffered in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. All told, the Treasury Department's Paycheck Protection Program authorized $520 billion for

Democratic challengers in two tight U.S. Senate races step up fundraising
Democratic challengers in two tight U.S. Senate races step up fundraising
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  • 2020-07-06 22:48:11Z

Democratic contenders for two Republican-held U.S. Senate seats on Monday said they accelerated fundraising in the second quarter, pointing to their momentum in what were already seen as competitive races. To win the Senate, Democrats need to pick up three seats if the party wins the White House and four if not.

McConnell opens door to more coronavirus stimulus checks for low-income Americans
McConnell opens door to more coronavirus stimulus checks for low-income Americans

"I think the country needs one last boost," the Senate majority leader said of another round of direct payments.

Disappointing photos show how small Mount Rushmore is in real life
Disappointing photos show how small Mount Rushmore is in real life

Mount Rushmore is considered one of the most famous monuments in the US, but the attraction appears disappointingly small in real life.

What Pandemic? Melania and Ivanka Trump
What Pandemic? Melania and Ivanka Trump's July 4th Fashion Show Was all About Them

We all have those friends who continue to live their lives online, sharing their brunch and July 4th cookouts, ignoring the disastrous backdrop of a global pandemic and nationwide protests. Count Melania and Ivanka Trump among such social media showboats.Former Melania Trump Confidant to Release an 'Explosive' Tell-All Before the ElectionEchoing Trump's new strategy for handling the coronavirus crisis-"we need to live with it"-both women used the holiday weekend to parade some flashy clothing after months of austere dressing. Face masks, which Ivanka so performatively promoted in the past, were not to be found in photos taken from her western vacation. Was Ivanka's Heidi-on-the-range...

Former Melania Trump Confidante to Release an
Former Melania Trump Confidante to Release an 'Explosive' Tell-All Before the Election

Following months of legal drama, threats, and public controversy surrounding multiple books published by former Trumpworld insiders, yet another blockbuster Trump book is set to hit shelves this summer and contain "explosive" revelations about first lady Melania Trump, written by her once close adviser and friend of 15 years.According to people familiar with the project, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff-who was previously seen by the first lady as a loyal confidante and helped plan President Donald Trump's 2017 inauguration in Washington, D.C.-will release a tell-all, Melania and Me, on Sept. 1. People with knowledge of the project say the content of the book is largely negative and that the...

Trump lashes out at NASCAR, Wallace over flag and noose
Trump lashes out at NASCAR, Wallace over flag and noose

NASCAR's layered relationship with President Donald Trump took a sharp turn Monday when Trump blasted the series for banning the Confederate flag and wrongly accused the sport's only full-time Black driver of perpetrating "a hoax" when a crew member found a noose in the team garage stall. Trump suggested Bubba Wallace should apologize after the sport rallied around him after the noose was found in his assigned stall at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama. NASCAR and the FBI have exclusively referred to the rope - which was used to pull the garage door closed - as a noose.

White woman who called police on Black bird watcher in Central Park faces false report charge
White woman who called police on Black bird watcher in Central Park faces false report charge
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  • 2020-07-06 20:58:46Z

Video of Amy Cooper calling 911 to allege that a Black man was threatening her after he asked her to leash her dog drew widespread outrage.

Robocall Ban Upheld, Broadened by Supreme Court in Speech Case
Robocall Ban Upheld, Broadened by Supreme Court in Speech Case

(Bloomberg) -- The U.S. Supreme Court broadened the federal ban on robocalls to mobile phones, eliminating an exception that had existed for government-debt collection while leaving the rest of the law intact.In a splintered ruling, the court said the 2015 exception, which allowed robocalls if made to

McConnell Expects New Virus Relief Bill by End of Month
McConnell Expects New Virus Relief Bill by End of Month

(Bloomberg) -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell predicted Congress will pass one final coronavirus rescue package later this month and appealed to everyone in public life to urge people to wear masks to control the spread."This is not over. We are seeing a resurgence in a lot of states," McConnell

Target shopper wearing
Target shopper wearing '$40,000 Rolex' destroys face mask display, while Costco shopper protests mask policy

Add two more videos to the growing bunch of shopper tirades about face masks. A public relations executive destroyed a display at an Arizona Target.

Amy Cooper charged in Central Park false report against Black bird watcher
Amy Cooper charged in Central Park false report against Black bird watcher
  • US
  • 2020-07-06 20:01:00Z

The Manhattan district attorney has charged Amy Cooper, the white woman who was filmed threatening to call the police on a Black bird watcher in Central Park in May. "Today our office initiated a prosecution of Amy Cooper for falsely reporting an incident in the third degree," Manhattan DA Cy Vance said in a statement. Vance would not give more details other than Cooper, 40, was issued a desk appearance ticket for an Oct. 14 arraignment on the misdemeanor charge.

We Fought a U.S.-China War in the South China Sea. The U.S. Navy Lost.
We Fought a U.S.-China War in the South China Sea. The U.S. Navy Lost.

For more than a hundred years, the U.S. Navy has been using naval wargames to test ships, tactics and strategy.

Sen. Chuck Grassley will skip the RNC for the first time in 40 years, citing coronavirus
Sen. Chuck Grassley will skip the RNC for the first time in 40 years, citing coronavirus

Grassley said it will be the first time he skips the convention since he was elected to the U.S. Senate.

Billionaire Kanye West
Billionaire Kanye West's Company Gets Multimillion-Dollar PPP Loan From Trump Admin

Billionaire rapper and shoe designer Kanye West's company has received a multimillion-dollar loan as part of the federal government's coronavirus stimulus package, according to records released Thursday by the U.S. Treasury's Small Business Administration.The money was handed out in the latest round of the Paycheck Protection Program, part of the Trump administration's $2 trillion CARES Act designed to provide economic relief to small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.Yeezy LLC, a California company, is listed in the Treasury's log as a recipient of a loan worth between $2 million and $5 million. The company self-identified as being male-owned and a Black or African-American...

Arizona healthcare workers say they
Arizona healthcare workers say they're seeing severe coronavirus cases in people from their 20s to their 90s, but people aren't taking it seriously - in 'denial' they won't get it

"It's scary people aren't taking it seriously," physician's assistant Sarah Barr told Business Insider as Arizona's outbreak keeps getting worse.

South Dakota governor, exposed to virus, joined Trump on jet
South Dakota governor, exposed to virus, joined Trump on jet

Shortly after fireworks above Mount Rushmore disappeared into the night sky on Friday, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem accompanied President Donald Trump aboard Air Force One despite having had close contact with Trump's son's girlfriend, who had tested positive for the coronavirus. Noem had tested negative for COVID-19 shortly before welcoming Trump to South Dakota on Friday. The day before, she interacted closely at a campaign fundraiser with Kimberly Guilfoyle, the girlfriend of Donald Trump Jr. and a Trump campaign staff member.

'Profound weakness': 35-year-old bodybuilder sick with COVID-19 talks about near-death experience

Charlie Aragon, 35, was a healthy weightlifter in Arizona when he got the new coronavirus. He spent two weeks on a ventilator and is still recovering.

Maxwell set for first New York hearing in Epstein sex abuse case
Maxwell set for first New York hearing in Epstein sex abuse case

British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell has been brought to New York and is due to make her first appearance in court there on sex trafficking charges related to disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein this week, officials say. Maxwell -- who was arrested and charged in New Hampshire last week after months of living in seclusion -- is due to be arraigned in a Manhattan federal court on Friday, according to a letter prosecutors submitted to the judge. Maxwell is also accused of taking part in some of the sexual abuse.

Exotic meats are a Chinese delicacy. But they
Exotic meats are a Chinese delicacy. But they're causing concern about another outbreak.

At least 200 species of wildlife, from snakes to civet cats to scorpions, are bred and traded in China, according to the Humane Society International.

New York
New York's Cuomo pleads with Trump to acknowledge COVID-19 as 'major problem'
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  • 2020-07-06 16:17:32Z

"So, Mr. President, don't be a co-conspirator of COVID," Cuomo said at a news briefing. "Acknowledge to the American people that COVID exists, it is a major problem, it's going to continue until we admit it and each of us stands up to do our part." Cuomo said Trump was "enabling" the virus if he failed to acknowledge the severity of the situation, and slammed the president's comments that the spike in U.S. cases was due to increased testing.

Supreme Court rules
Supreme Court rules 'faithless electors' can't go rogue at Electoral College

The ruling in a lawsuit by four "faithless electors" is a win for election officials, who warned of chaos if presidential electors could ignore the will of voters.

Bryson DeChambeau is HUGE -- why isn
Bryson DeChambeau is HUGE -- why isn't anyone asking the obvious question?

PGA star is now leading tour in driving distance and is No. 2 on the money list

Release of Trump Niece
Release of Trump Niece's Book Pushed Up Due to 'Demand' amid Legal Fight: 'What Is Donald Trump So Afraid Of?'

Mary Trump's uncle Robert previously called her memoir a "disgrace" and is trying to block her from releasing it because of a 2001 confidentiality agreement

Maxwell moved to NY for Epstein-related sex abuse charges
Maxwell moved to NY for Epstein-related sex abuse charges
  • World
  • 2020-07-06 15:49:25Z

Jeffrey Epstein's longtime confidante Ghislaine Maxwell was transferred Monday to New York to face charges that she recruited women and girls, one as young as 14, for him to sexually abuse, the Bureau of Prisons confirmed. Prosecutors have asked a judge to schedule a Friday court appearance in Manhattan federal court for for Maxwell, 58, who was arrested last week at a $1 million estate she had purchased in New Hampshire. Maxwell, the daughter of British publishing magnate Robert Maxwell, was the former girlfriend and longtime close associate of Epstein, who killed himself in a Manhattan jail last August while he awaited trial on federal sex trafficking charges.

Supreme Court won
Supreme Court won't throw out ban on robocalls to cellphones

A group of fundraisers, political organizations and pollsters filed a lawsuit alleging the prohibition was unconstitutional.

'Beyonce, you are on notice!' Florida politician calls out superstar in a bizarre rant

The Beyhive is buzzing Monday after a Florida politician accused Beyonce Knowles of not being African-American.

U.S. Treasury to name small businesses that took pandemic aid, says 51.1 million jobs supported
U.S. Treasury to name small businesses that took pandemic aid, says 51.1 million jobs supported
  • US
  • 2020-07-06 15:07:37Z

The Trump administration on Monday said it was releasing the names of hundreds of thousands of businesses which took money from a high-profile $660 billion pandemic aid program, letting the public see for the first time how the majority of the cash was spent and whether it helped save jobs. The U.S. Treasury and Small Business Administration (SBA) said the $521.4 billion in approved loans to employers so far has supported some 51.1 million jobs, or 84% of all small business employees. The colossal data set on the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), released by the Trump administration after some initial resistance, provides transparency for the first-come-first-served program that has...

Driver in Seattle crash that hit 2 protesters due in court
Driver in Seattle crash that hit 2 protesters due in court

The man accused of driving a Jaguar on to a closed Seattle freeway and hitting two protesters, killing one, is scheduled to appear in court on Monday for a discussion on whether he can be released on bail. Dawit Kelete, who is black, drove the car around vehicles that were parked on Interstate 5 to protect a group of Black Femme March demonstrators, hit two people and sped away at about 1:40 a.m. Saturday, police said. The Seattle man was the owner of the Jaguar XJL and was alone in the car, according to a Washington State Patrol report submitted to the court late Saturday.

Utility Giant Kills Gas Pipeline, Sells Assets to Berkshire
Utility Giant Kills Gas Pipeline, Sells Assets to Berkshire

(Bloomberg) -- One of the largest utilities in America is starting to turn its back on natural gas.Dominion Energy Inc., the second-biggest U.S. power company by market value, on Sunday said it's selling substantially all of its gas pipeline and storage assets to Berkshire Hathaway Inc. for $4 billion. In a separate statement, Dominion and its partner Duke Energy Corp. said they're killing the controversial Atlantic Coast gas pipeline along the U.S. East Coast, citing ongoing delays and "cost uncertainty."The moves come as utilities face increasing pressure from local governments, investors and environmentalists to quit the fossil fuel. While long heralded as a cleaner alternative to coal...

Supreme Court rules presidential electors can be forced to uphold popular vote
Supreme Court rules presidential electors can be forced to uphold popular vote

Thirty-two states require the people chosen on Election Day to cast ballots for the winner of their states' popular vote, but 18 states do not.

Frederick Douglass: Historic US black activist
Frederick Douglass: Historic US black activist's statue toppled

Activists say the incident may have been in retaliation for recent attacks on slavery-linked monuments.

A rare case of brain-eating amoeba has been confirmed in Florida. Officials are telling residents to avoid tap water, and to swim with nose clips.
A rare case of brain-eating amoeba has been confirmed in Florida. Officials are telling residents to avoid tap water, and to swim with nose clips.

The Florida Department of Health had to issue a warning for residents to avoid nasal contact with tap water.

Hong Kong: Chinese ambassador warns UK over
Hong Kong: Chinese ambassador warns UK over 'interference'

The warning came just after a pro-democracy campaigner asked for more international support.

U.S. Supreme Court restricts
U.S. Supreme Court restricts 'electors' in presidential contests
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  • 2020-07-06 14:19:06Z

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to free "electors" in the complex Electoral College system that decides the U.S. presidency from state laws that use penalties to force them to support the candidate who prevails in the state's popular vote. The justices unanimously declined to endorse the discretionary power of electors just months before the Nov. 3 president election. The justices ruled in favor of Washington state and Colorado, which had imposed penalties on several so-called faithless electors who defied pledges in 2016 to vote for the winner of their states' popular vote, Democrat Hillary Clinton.

India, China agree to
India, China agree to 'complete disengagement' from deadly border flashpoint

Chinese troops were seen removing structures from a Himalayan valley where they fought a deadly battle with Indian soldiers last month, Indian army sources said Monday, after high-level talks between the nuclear-armed neighbours. Brutal hand-to-hand fighting in the Galwan Valley in Ladakh on June 15 left twenty Indian soldiers dead and sent tensions between the countries soaring. China has acknowledged it suffered casualties but has not given figures.

Supreme Court rules electoral college representatives must honor choice of state
Supreme Court rules electoral college representatives must honor choice of state's voters

Justices reject claim that members of electoral college have a constitutional right to defy their state's popular vote and cast a ballot for the candidate of their choice.

Dakota Access Oil Line to Be Shut by Court in Blow for Trump
Dakota Access Oil Line to Be Shut by Court in Blow for Trump

(Bloomberg Law) -- The Dakota Access pipeline must shut down by Aug. 5, a district court ruled Monday in a stunning defeat for the Trump administration and the oil industry.The decision is a momentous win for American Indian tribes that have opposed the Energy Transfer Partners LP project for years.

'We Should Listen to the Argument' for Removing George Washington Statues, Says Senator Duckworth

Senator Tammy Duckworth (D., Ill.) said that "we should listen to the argument for removing George Washington statues" in an appearance on CNN's State of the Union Sunday. Statues of slave-owning historical figures such as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson have become the latest target of the nationwide racial reckoning sparked by the death of George Floyd in police custody this summer.When asked by CNN's Dana Bash if she supported taking down monuments of leaders who were slave owners, as she has expressed support of changing military bases named after Confederate leaders, Duckworth instead initially took aim at President Trump's Mount Rushmore speech on Friday.The senator, who the...

Horseshoe crabs may be the answer to a safe coronavirus vaccine next year. Here
Horseshoe crabs may be the answer to a safe coronavirus vaccine next year. Here's why.

Because of its quick and detectable response to bacteria, horseshoe crab blood is used in testing medications, and now, the coronavirus vaccine.

Florida surpasses 200,000 COVID-19 cases as July 4th holiday weekend comes to a close
Florida surpasses 200,000 COVID-19 cases as July 4th holiday weekend comes to a close

Florida surged past 200,000 total COVID-19 cases Sunday, exactly one month after most of the state entered Phase 2 of its reopening plan.

Atlanta Mayor Orders Protesters to
Atlanta Mayor Orders Protesters to 'Clear Out' After 8-Year-Old Girl Fatally Shot

The mayor of Atlanta is forcing protesters to "clear out" of the Wendy's where a police officer fatally shot Rayshard Brooks last month after a violent night that included a dozen shootings citywide and the death of an 8-year-old girl, the mayor said Sunday. "You shot and killed a baby," Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said at a news conference. "Enough is enough."Secoriea Turner was shot and killed less than a half mile from the Wendy's, which had become a place of memorial and protest since Brooks's death on June 12. Three suspects have been arrested on suspicion of arson after protesters set the fast-food joint ablaze the day after Brooks's death.Interim police chief Rodney Bryant said the...

Chicago Gun Violence Spikes and Increasingly Finds the Youngest Victims
Chicago Gun Violence Spikes and Increasingly Finds the Youngest Victims
  • US
  • 2020-07-06 12:15:12Z

As Yasmin Miller drove home from a laundromat in Chicago's Englewood neighborhood last weekend, a gunman in another car peppered her red Hyundai sedan with bullets, grazing her head and striking her son, Sincere Gaston, in the chest. Sincere died in his car seat. He was 20 months old.On June 20, a man fired gunshots through the back of a dark blue SUV, wounding the 27-year-old man driving and hitting his stepson, Mekhi James, in the back, killing him. Mekhi was 3.Two other girls, both aged 3, were hospitalized with gunshot wounds in separate incidents in recent days -- one after her mother thought she heard fireworks and turned around to see her daughter collapsed on the ground.These were...

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