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CHATTER AWAY: Overnight Open Thread

Deadline Hollywood reports: Roku smashed Wall Street analysts’ consensus estimate for revenue in the second quarter, reporting a jump of 42% from a year ago to $356.1 million. The company now has 43 million active accounts, a rise of 41% over the same period in 2019. The streaming company said it was the No. 1 connected device based on hours …

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Breaking: Twitter Freezes Trump Campaign For Misinfo

UPDATE: The Washington Post has amended the post seen below. It now says this: Twitter said it will require President Trump’s campaign account to remove a post containing coronavirus misinformation, banning the account from tweeting until it does so. Team Trump’s tweet of a video clip from a Fox News interview — in which President Trump said that children are …

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GOP Illinois US House Rep. Rodney Davis Tests COVID+

Chicago’s WBBM reports: Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis said Wednesday he has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The Taylorville Republican said he has a mild fever but no other symptoms and plans to self-quarantine. Davis said he received the positive test result Wednesday morning. His wife and the staff members he has worked with in-person have all tested negative, he …

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Trump Again Pushes To Open Schools: No Question COVID Is “Going Away Like Things Go Away” [VIDEO]

CNBC reports: President Donald Trump reiterated Wednesday that the coronavirus will “go away,” and he continued to push for schools to reopen since the virus “doesn’t have much of an impact” on children. “It’s going away. It’ll go away. Things go away. No question in my mind that it will go away,” Trump said during a White House press briefing. …

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Facebook Removes Trump COVID Lie For First Time

The Washington Post reports: Facebook on Wednesday said it removed President Trump’s post of a video clip from a Fox News interview in which he said that children are “almost immune” from covid-19. “This video includes false claims that a group of people is immune from COVID-19 which is a violation of our policies around harmful COVID misinformation,” said Facebook …

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FL Passes 500K Cases, Breaks Hospitalizations Record

Forbes reports: One of the country’s hardest-hit states, Florida surpassed 500,000 coronavirus infections on Wednesday against a backdrop of dwindling federal aid that has turned local governments against each other. Despite a recent dip in new infections, Florida reported an additional 5,409 coronavirus cases on Wednesday, while setting a new record for hospitalizations. Last week, mayors from 163 Florida cities …

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GOP Lawmakers To Sue MN Gov Over Mask Mandate

The Minnesota Pioneer Press reports: A group of Republican lawmakers and voters on Tuesday said it plans to bring a federal lawsuit against the Walz administration contending the governor’s mandate of face masks in public places, including polling places, violates state law and Minnesotans’ constitutional rights. A handful of voters along with the watchdog Minnesota Voters Alliance brought the action …

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Lively Blames LGBTQs And JMG For “Cultural Marxism”

Peter Montgomery reports at Right Wing Watch: Anti-LGBTQ extremist Scott Lively called Chief Justice John Roberts a “snake in the grass” after Roberts joined a July 24 ruling against churches that were challenging public health orders that restrict the size of gatherings in houses of worship. Lively blamed an array of problems on LGBTQ people, who he said “have been …

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CDC Reports Four Deaths From Swallowing Sanitizer

Reuters reports: Fifteen cases of methanol poisoning caused by swallowing alcohol-based hand sanitizers were reported in Arizona and New Mexico in May and June, leading to four deaths, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Wednesday. Three of the 15 poisoning case patients in the Southwestern states were discharged with visual impairment, the CDC said. An earlier …

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Ex-Clients Of DHS Sec Got $160M In DHS Contracts

CNBC reports: Several former lobbying clients of Chad Wolf, now the acting secretary of Homeland Security, have received millions of dollars’ worth of government contracts while he has held senior positions within the department. Wolf, who became the acting chief of the department late last year, was a lobbyist for over a decade at Wexler & Walker before he took …

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