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Kansas Congressman Steve Watkins charged with felonies in voter registration case
Kansas Congressman Steve Watkins charged with felonies in voter registration case

The charges are linked to the 2019 municipal election, in which Watkins voted but was not a candidate, according to authorities.

Tommy Tuberville defeats Jeff Sessions in Alabama Republican Senate runoff
Tommy Tuberville defeats Jeff Sessions in Alabama Republican Senate runoff

The first-time political candidate and former Auburn football coach will face U.S. Sen. Doug Jones in the fall.

Jeff Sessions loses Alabama Senate runoff to Tommy Tuberville
Jeff Sessions loses Alabama Senate runoff to Tommy Tuberville

Tuberville will take on Democrat Doug Jones in November.

Kansas congressman charged with voter fraud shortly before GOP debate
Kansas congressman charged with voter fraud shortly before GOP debate

Republican Rep. Steve Watkins, who was charged with 3 felonies moments before a primary debate, declared "I haven't done anything wrong."

Duckworth will no longer block military promotions after Pentagon confirms Vindman
Duckworth will no longer block military promotions after Pentagon confirms Vindman's would-have-been promotion

Duckworth said the Pentagon confirmed Vindman was slated for a promotion and the "DoD signed off on and submitted the Army promotions packet without modification to the White House."

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Trump says 'more white people' are killed by police, while studies show Black people are more likely to be killed

President Trump's comments come after weeks of protests against racism and police brutality in the wake of George Floyd's death.

Trump swings at Biden at official event announcing he signed Hong Kong sanctions bill
Trump swings at Biden at official event announcing he signed Hong Kong sanctions bill

Trump's decision on Hong Kong came as U.S.-China relations falter over trade, the coronavirus and a crackdown on pro-Democracy efforts in the city.

Trump plans to appoint former aide Sebastian Gorka to the National Security Education Board
Trump plans to appoint former aide Sebastian Gorka to the National Security Education Board

Gorka served as deputy assistant and to the president for less than a year before leaving his position rancorously. He focused on national security.

Kansas freshman GOP Rep. Watkins charged with 3 felonies
Kansas freshman GOP Rep. Watkins charged with 3 felonies

A freshman Kansas congressman who had listed a UPS Inc. postal box as his residence on a state voter registration form was charged Tuesday with three felonies, including illegal voting. The charges against GOP Rep. Steve Watkins came three weeks before the state's Aug. 4 primary election with fellow Republicans pushing to oust him from the eastern Kansas seat he barely won in 2018, even though he's largely toed the conservative policy line and supported President Donald Trump. GOP critics already had worried that the months-long investigation into whether Watkins violated state election laws puts the 2nd District seat in play if he wins the primary.

Trump says he has ended preferential treatment for Hong Kong
Trump says he has ended preferential treatment for Hong Kong

The president says he has also signed a bill to impose sanctions on Chinese officials over Hong Kong.

An Airman Died After His Chute Opened While He Was Still in the Plane, Says New Report
An Airman Died After His Chute Opened While He Was Still in the Plane, Says New Report

A report concluded that the unexpected deployment of a T-11R reserve parachute led to the death of Staff Sgt. Cole Condiff.

US Supreme Court justice Ginsburg, 87, hospitalized
US Supreme Court justice Ginsburg, 87, hospitalized

US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the 87-year-old anchor of its liberal faction, has been hospitalized for a suspected infection, the court said Tuesday. Ginsburg was admitted to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore early Tuesday after first going to her regular Washington hospital with fever and chills. Ginsburg "is resting comfortably and will stay in the hospital for a few days to receive intravenous antibiotic treatment," it added.

White House Orders Hospitals to Bypass CDC Even as Agency Director Prepares for
White House Orders Hospitals to Bypass CDC Even as Agency Director Prepares for 'the Most Difficult Times'

The White House is now requiring hospitals around the country to change how they report data on COVID-19 patients in a move that effectively bypasses the nation's largest public health agency. In a letter from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the agency mandated that hospitals send information on their COVID-19 patients directly to a database managed by HHS rather than the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The order outlining the alteration claims it will help federal agencies move from manual data entry to automated, which would streamline the collection and dissemination of coronavirus data for multiple federal agencies that will have access to the...

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg hospitalized with infection
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg hospitalized with infection

Ginsburg's health has been the subject of conversation among court-watchers for years, and more so as President Trump's first term draws to a close.

Trump downplays police violence against Black people, says
Trump downplays police violence against Black people, says 'more white people' killed
  • US
  • 2020-07-14 21:58:53Z

President Donald Trump on Tuesday praised U.S. police departments and downplayed police violence against Black people, saying "more white people" are killed by police officers. The May 25 death of African-American George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis sparked protests across the United States and has led to an increased focus on U.S. police violence against Black people. According to a Washington Post analysis updated on Monday, half of people killed by police are white, but Black Americans are shot at a disproportionate rate.

US Postmaster General tells postal workers to leave mail behind if it slows down their route
US Postmaster General tells postal workers to leave mail behind if it slows down their route

The US Postal Service is in a financial crisis, and is now instructing workers to avoid logging overtime - even if it means leaving mail behind.

First COVID-19 vaccine tested in US poised for final testing
First COVID-19 vaccine tested in US poised for final testing

The first COVID-19 vaccine tested in the U.S. revved up people's immune systems just the way scientists had hoped, researchers reported Tuesday -- as the shots are poised to begin key final testing. "No matter how you slice this, this is good news," Dr. Anthony Fauci, the U.S. government's top infectious

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Trump: 'More White People' Are Killed by Cops and How Dare Anyone Suggest Blacks Have it Bad

Following weeks of nationwide protests over a spate of police killings of Black people, President Donald Trump has claimed that "more white people" actually die at the hands of law enforcement.The president made the comment after appearing to briefly lose it when asked about the hot button topic in a CBS News interview."Why are African-Americans still dying at the hands of law enforcement in this country?" host Catherine Herridge asked, prompting the president to immediately recoil."So are white people. So are white people! What a terrible question to ask," he huffed. "So are white people."Studies have shown that Black men are about 3.5 times more likely than white men to die in police...

Trump administration drops rule barring foreign students from taking online-only classes
Trump administration drops rule barring foreign students from taking online-only classes

The about-face came after a backlash from universities and state officials who said the United States should not force international students to leave.

Former veteran hospital nursing assistant pleads guilty to murder charges in string of insulin deaths
Former veteran hospital nursing assistant pleads guilty to murder charges in string of insulin deaths

Reta Mays was charged with seven counts of second-degree murder.

Multiple NBC Affiliates Won
Multiple NBC Affiliates Won't Air Thursday's '30 Rock' Special Due to All the Peacock Promos

Not everyone will see the "30 Rock" reunion that will air Thursday on NBC. Multiple station groups are preempting the hour-long special, which will double as an advertisement for NBCUniversal's 2020-21 programming and its new streaming service, Peacock.The full list of stations that are choosing to preempt the special come from station groups Gray Television, Hearst, Nexstar, Tegna and Sinclair Broadcast Group, an individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap. While it's not clear exactly how many of the stations are skipping the special, those collectively represent about half of NBC's footprint.NBC declined to comment on the reason for the preemptions, but Vulture reported...

Ghislaine Maxwell a "sexual predator," accuser says in emotional court statement
Ghislaine Maxwell a "sexual predator," accuser says in emotional court statement
  • US
  • 2020-07-14 20:56:44Z

Annie Farmer addressed the court before a judge ordered Maxwell to remain in detention pending her trial next year on charges of helping Jeffrey Epstein abuse girls and young women.

Michigan man refused service for not wearing mask stabs customer, is fatally shot by deputy
Michigan man refused service for not wearing mask stabs customer, is fatally shot by deputy
  • US
  • 2020-07-14 20:34:00Z

A squabble over coronavirus safeguards at a convenience store in Delta Township ends with the stabbing of a 77-year-old man and the death of Sean Ernest Ruis.

As millions lose  health insurance, Trump administration offers little help
As millions lose health insurance, Trump administration offers little help

The administration has taken few steps to help people gain coverage after massive job losses caused millions to lose their plans amid the coronavirus.

The St. Louis couple that aimed guns at Black Lives Matter protesters received dozens of offers to replace a firearm that was seized by police, their attorney says
The St. Louis couple that aimed guns at Black Lives Matter protesters received dozens of offers to replace a firearm that was seized by police, their attorney says

Police seized Mark and Patricia McCloskey's rifle in a search warrant. Since then, the couple has received over 50 offers to replace it, their lawyer said.

Will Walmart require shoppers to wear masks nationwide? CEO says mandate is
Will Walmart require shoppers to wear masks nationwide? CEO says mandate is 'something on our minds'

Walmart CEO Doug McMillon said Monday the retailer currently requires masks at 3,700 stores and a national mandate is "something that's on our minds."

Reparations for slavery are back on the table. Here
Reparations for slavery are back on the table. Here's how likely it is lawmakers take action on them and what it could mean.

Proponents say they're necessary to right centuries of oppression and inequality.

Trump says school districts making a "terrible decision" by not reopening
Trump says school districts making a "terrible decision" by not reopening

The president said school districts that don't reopen in the fall are making a "mistake."

Trump on Black Americans killed by police: "So are White people"
Trump on Black Americans killed by police: "So are White people"

In an interview with CBS News, the president also said he believed waving the Confederate flag was a matter of freedom of speech.

Photo shows Arizona
Photo shows Arizona's governor without a mask at party with no social distancing days before telling constituents to 'arm yourself with a mask'

Cases have skyrocketed in Arizona recently, with record high hospitalizations and deaths climbing over 2,000 as the state rolls back its reopening.

Americans quick to use cloth masks after govt recommendation - CDC
Americans quick to use cloth masks after govt recommendation - CDC
  • US
  • 2020-07-14 19:05:08Z

CDC researchers analyzed data from more than 800 adults in two internet surveys in April and May who reported going outdoors in the past week. Data published in CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report showed that within days of the first national recommendation, 61.9% people reported using cloth face-coverings when they left home. The use of cloth masks rose in May across socio-demographic groups.

Police across Virginia are searching for people who are putting up offensive flyers calling on residents to
Police across Virginia are searching for people who are putting up offensive flyers calling on residents to 'pray for white Americans in 2020'

The flyers, packaged in ziplock bags with bird seeds, were placed in mailboxes and called for "100% Americanism."

Fact check: A fake tweet claims AOC urged governors to shut down businesses to hurt Trump
Fact check: A fake tweet claims AOC urged governors to shut down businesses to hurt Trump

There is no evidence that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted the anti-Trump message shared by a Republican congressional candidate on social media.

Trump administration rescinds rule on foreign students
Trump administration rescinds rule on foreign students
  • World
  • 2020-07-14 17:42:35Z

Facing eight federal lawsuits and opposition from hundreds of universities, the Trump administration on Tuesday rescinded a rule that would have required international students to transfer or leave the country if their schools held classes entirely online because of the pandemic. The decision was announced at the start of a hearing in a federal lawsuit in Boston brought by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A lawyer representing the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said only that the judge's characterization was correct.

'Difficult to attack vanilla': Trump's throwing everything at Biden but nothing is sticking

It's different from four years ago when the president was "helped by the fact that Hillary had 20 years of built-in negatives," one Republican said.

Black Leaders Call on NYPD to Bring Back Anti-Crime Unit as Shootings Spike
Black Leaders Call on NYPD to Bring Back Anti-Crime Unit as Shootings Spike

Leaders in the black community are calling on the New York Police Department to bring back the plainclothes Anti-Crime Unit that was eliminated last month as shootings and murders spike across the city.About 600 undercover officers from the unit were set to be transferred to other assignments including detective work and policing neighborhoods, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said a month ago. The anti-crime unit, which was responsible for getting guns off the streets, had been criticized as stoking distrust in law enforcement in minority communities.Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, one of the African-American voices calling for action on gun violence, criticized the police force's...

Four more states added to New York quarantine order, Cuomo says
Four more states added to New York quarantine order, Cuomo says
  • US
  • 2020-07-14 15:12:27Z

Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday ordered those arriving in New York from an additional four states to quarantine for 14 days to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus. The newly added states - Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio and Wisconsin - were all seeing 'significant' community spread of the virus, Cuomo said in a statement. Travelers arriving in New York from a total of 22 U.S. states are now required to quarantine for 14 days, according to Cuomo's order which was first issued in June.

Florida Death Record; N.Y. Adds Quarantine States: Virus Update
Florida Death Record; N.Y. Adds Quarantine States: Virus Update

(Bloomberg) -- Florida reported a record number of coronavirus deaths among residents even as the rise in new cases slowed. Resurgent infections prompted tighter social distancing and hygiene rules around the globe.A potential new wave this winter poses a serious risk to the U.K. and could lead to as

Fact check: Rep. Ilhan Omar was not photographed at an al-Qaida training camp
Fact check: Rep. Ilhan Omar was not photographed at an al-Qaida training camp

A photo claiming to be of Rep. Ilhan Omar was taken in 1978, four years before she was born. Social media posts claiming this are false.

First federal execution in 17 years carried out after Supreme Court cleared way
First federal execution in 17 years carried out after Supreme Court cleared way
  • US
  • 2020-07-14 14:37:22Z

Daniel Lewis Lee was executed early Tuesday at the Federal Correctional Institution in Terre Haute, Indiana.

China Retaliates Against Lockheed Martin on Taiwan Part Sale
China Retaliates Against Lockheed Martin on Taiwan Part Sale

(Bloomberg) -- China will impose unspecified sanctions on defense contractor Lockheed Martin Corp. after the U.S. approved a possible $620 million deal to supply missile parts to Taiwan, the latest in a series of punitive actions by the superpowers as relations grow colder."China firmly opposes U.S.

Jennifer Aniston Shows Off Her Sweaty
Jennifer Aniston Shows Off Her Sweaty 'Post-Workout Self Portrait' on Yoga Mat

The actress revealed that her yoga mat had an outline of her body in sweat after a hard workout

'Sick to my stomach': Trump's visit to Jacksonville on 'Ax Handle Saturday' sparks outrage

"Sick to my stomach. Trump accepting the nomination on the anniversary date of a literal race riot in Jacksonville is not only disgusting, but given the current tension surrounding race relations in this country, it is frightening."

Donald Trump
Donald Trump's niece free to discuss explosive family book, judge rules

* Judge in New York issues ruling a day before book's publication * Too Much and Never Enough review: Mary Trump thumps DonaldDonald Trump's niece, Mary Trump, has been released from a temporary restraining order and is free to discuss her book about the president, Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man.A judge in New York state supreme court issued his ruling on Monday, a day ahead of the book's publication.Publisher Simon & Schuster was originally included in the temporary restraining order won by Robert Trump, the president's brother, but subsequently dropped.Publication was brought forward by two weeks and details of the book published by...

Trump may be no good at leading America - but he
Trump may be no good at leading America - but he's really, really good at lying
  • World
  • 2020-07-14 12:25:30Z

US credibility has been contorted to protect the feelings of one man-child. No wonder he finds Anthony Fauci so offensiveIt's outrageous to say that Donald Trump is good at nothing.He may be no good at leading the country through a pandemic and recession. He may be no good at healing a nation that is deeply scarred by racist power. He may be no good at diplomacy with his allies, or even recognising America's enemies for what they are.But he is really, really good at lying. An Olympic-standard, Guinness Book of Records fabricator of falsehoods. He regurgitates lies as rapidly and copiously as Joey Chestnut swallows hotdogs.Trump represents the historic high-water mark for verbal cheating,...

Coronavirus updates: Cuomo takes heat over nursing home deaths; California tightens restrictions; New York sends testing teams to Atlanta
Coronavirus updates: Cuomo takes heat over nursing home deaths; California tightens restrictions; New York sends testing teams to Atlanta

New York will deploy testing and contract tracing teams to Atlanta. Hawaii extended its quarantine. Oregon to limit group gatherings. Latest news.

Ted Cruz Was Seen on a Flight Without a Mask. His Office Says He Followed Airline Policy.
Ted Cruz Was Seen on a Flight Without a Mask. His Office Says He Followed Airline Policy.

American Airlines said Monday that it had reached out to Sen. Ted Cruz after a widely shared photograph showed him not wearing a mask on one of its flights.The photo, posted on Twitter on Sunday night by an employee of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, shows Cruz sans mask while holding a cup of coffee on a flight.Another photo shows Cruz, R-Texas, sitting outside the flight's gate, also without a mask. A photo shared on a different Twitter account Monday appears to show Cruz wearing a red, black and white mask on a flight.A representative from Cruz's office said that the senator wore a face covering when traveling and that he had temporarily removed his mask to eat or...

'Within 11 days, I lost my mother, my father, and my brother': How Texas' coronavirus outbreak spiraled out of control in a matter of weeks

Experts say Gov. Greg Abbott started reopening Texas prematurely, which backfired, triggering a public-health crisis.

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I'm from Florida. Our coronavirus crisis doesn't surprise me

'America's weirdest state' offers an extreme case of the country's broader failure to take the pandemic seriouslyI have spent the past three months in my home state of Florida, during which time I've watched it become the hottest of coronavirus hotspots on the planet. This week began with the announcement that the state registered over 15,000 new infections in a single day, which was almost 3,000 more daily cases than any state previously had recorded since the pandemic began. If Florida was a country, according to Reuters, it would have the world's fourth-highest tally of new Covid-19 cases over that 24-hour span, trailing only the US, Brazil and India.Florida has a well-deserved...

Trump denies Minnesota governor
Trump denies Minnesota governor's request for $16M in aid after riots

Minnesota Republican Rep. Tom Emmer supports the decision, calling for a full and thorough investigation into the riot response first.

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