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Microsoft Gets 45 Days To Close Deal To Buy TikTok

Reuters reports: President Donald Trump only agreed to allow Microsoft Corp to negotiate the acquisition of popular short-video app TikTok if it could secure a deal in 45 days, three people familiar with the matter said on Sunday. The move represents an about-face for Trump and prompted the U.S. tech giant to declare its interest in the blockbuster social media …

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MI State Rep Who Fought Lockdown Tests COVID+

The Detroit News reports: A Michigan senator who has been a vocal critic of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s handling of COVID-19 says he tested positive for the virus after going through a screening process because of his service in the Army National Guard. Sen. Tom Barrett, R-Charlotte, who is viewed as a rising star in the Republican Party, sponsored a bill …

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Lord & Taylor, Men’s Wearhouse Declare Bankruptcy

CNBC reports: Lord & Taylor, one of America’s oldest department stores, has filed for bankruptcy, joining a growing list of stores slammed by the coronavirus pandemic. Tailored Brands, the parent company of Men’s Wearhouse and Jos. A. Banks, filed for bankruptcy as well. Many of the companies that have filed for Chapter 11 in recent weeks were already struggling, but …

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CHATTER AWAY: Overnight Open Thread

Playbill reports: Due to the ongoing pandemic, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS took its annual striptease fundraiser online: Broadway Bares: Zoom In. Although the in-person 30th anniversary celebration, originally set for June 21, was postponed until 2021, the annual evening lived on digitally through streamed stripteases featuring New York City dancers. Viewers got new performances that make social distancing sexy, plus …

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FL Reports 7K New Cases, DeSantis Ratings Plummet

The South Florida SunSentinel reports: Florida clocked in with 7,104 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday and another 62 more deaths among residents. The state has tallied 487,132 cases and 7,206 deaths since the pandemic began, according to the Florida Department of Health. The one-day peak for new cases was July 12, with 15,300 infections. On Friday, the state reported yet …

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Homocon Site Blames Fauci For Herman Cain’s Death

Will Sommer reports at The Daily Beast: Herman Cain’s death, in theory, should have brought home the coronavirus’ seriousness to the hardcore Trump faithful who have refused to wear masks. Instead, The Gateway Pundit knew who was to blame: Anthony Fauci, for opposing hydroxychloroquine! “Is Dr. Fauci to Blame for Herman Cain’s Death?” the far-right website asked. “Herman Cain’s death …

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Clyburn: “Mussolini” Trump Won’t Leave If He Loses

Axios reports: Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) said Sunday he believes Trump is “trying to put a cloud over the election” because he doesn’t plan to leave office if he loses. Clyburn told “CNN’s State of the Union” that “the American people had better wake up” to Trump, who he said has taken on strongman tactics. Clyburn compared Trump to Mussolini …

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Texas Gov To Skip GOP Convention Due To COVID

The Texas Tribune reports: Gov. Greg Abbott will skip the Republican National Convention later this month in North Carolina as he continues to respond to the coronavirus pandemic in Texas, and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick will instead chair the state’s delegation to the scaled-down gathering. Abbott announced the plan in a letter dated Friday to the national GOP chairwoman, Ronna …

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SpaceX Capsule Successfully Splashes Down In Gulf

CBS News reports: Crew Dragon astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken enjoyed wakeup messages from their young sons early Sunday before readying their ship for a fiery plunge back to Earth and splashdown in the Gulf of Mexico near Pensacola to close out a 64-day test flight. Hurley and Behnken, launched atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on May 30, …

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