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CHATTER AWAY: Overnight Open Thread

Deadline Hollywood reports: The hit British import and international game show format The Weakest Link is making a comeback with Jane Lynch as host and executive producer. NBC has greenlit 13 episodes of the rapid-fire quiz show, with production to begin later this year. Co-produced by BBC Studios’ Los Angeles production arm and Universal Television Alternative Studio, the new version …

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Tulsa Health Official Blames New Surge On Trump Rally

The Hill reports: A Tulsa, Okla., health official said Wednesday that President Trump’s rally and the accompanying protests “likely contributed” to the surge in COVID-19 cases in the county. Tulsa City-County Health Department Director Bruce Dart during a Wednesday press conference attributed the increase in new cases over the past two days to the rally and the associated protests. On …

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GOP State Rep Uses Chainsaw To Destroy Mask Because Mask Refusers Are Totally Like “Jews In Nazi Germany”

The Monroe News-Star reports: A Louisiana lawmaker said people who refuse to wear masks during the coronavirus pandemic are being treated like Jews in Nazi Germany during the Holocaust. State Rep. Danny McCormick, R-Oil City, posted a Facebook video Tuesday railing against mask mandates as an assault on liberty. It was triggered by a mask mandate issued by Shreveport Mayor …

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Mnuchin’s Ritzy LA Country Club Got Millions In Bailout

The Daily Beast reports: An exclusive California golf course that has counted Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin among its members is seeing plenty of the taxpayers’ green. The Riviera Country Club, located in a posh enclave of Los Angeles, received $2 million to $5 million in assistance through the Paycheck Protection Program—a multibillion-dollar initiative intended to carry small businesses and their …

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TEXAS: Houston Officials Cancel GOP State Convention

The Texas Tribune reports: The Republican Party of Texas’ in-person convention next week has been canceled, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said Wednesday. The news came after Turner directed the city’s legal department to work with the Houston First Corp., which operates the George R. Brown Convention Center, to review the contract with the state party. Turner said officials with Houston …

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Lincoln Project: We Will Punish Every Senate Cultist

Just in from the Lincoln Project: The Lincoln Project’s latest ad, “Names,” laments the Republican Senators who have flagrantly violated their oaths of office to protect President Donald Trump. Reed Galen, co-founder of The Lincoln Project, said, “These are senators who have abandoned their consciences, left the American people behind, and fail to stand up for the Constitution and common …

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California Reports Record 11,694 New COVID Cases

Sacramento’s NBC News affiliate reports: On Wednesday, President and CEO of the California Hospital Association Carmela Coyle offered a grim update from the medical community. “We’re preparing to surge,” said Coyle. And with good reason. California Governor Gavin Newsom then announced a mind-boggling number of new coronavirus cases in the state. Over the previous 24 hours, California saw 11,694 new …

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Ex-Cop In Floyd Murder Seeks Dismissal Of Charges

Minneapolis’s CBS News affiliate reports: The defense team for fired Minneapolis police officer Thomas Lane, who is charged in George Floyd’s death, has filed a motion for the charges to be dismissed. Lane’s attorney, Earl Gray, argues that there is no probable cause for the charges and that Lane “did not intentionally aid, advise, hire, counsel, or conspire with (Derek) …

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Bolsonaro Vetoes COVID Aid For Brazil’s Indigenous People, Told Staff “Wearing Masks Is A Faggot Thing”

The Associated Press reports: Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro on Wednesday vetoed provisions of a law that obligated the federal government to provide drinking water, disinfectants and a guarantee of hospital beds to indigenous communities amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Brazil’s indigenous population of roughly 850,000 is more vulnerable to the COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, as they live …

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