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WI Republicans Seek To Block University’s COVID Tests

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports: A Republican-controlled committee plans to block the University of Wisconsin from instituting COVID-19 testing, masking and vaccination protocols on campuses across the state, a move that comes as health officials sound warnings about the rapidly spreading, highly contagious delta variant. State Sen. Steve Nass [photo] said Wednesday that he would be moving to require the university …

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Australia Won’t Open Border Until 80% Are Vaxxed

Reuters reports: Australia will have to vaccinate 80% of its adults against COVID-19 before it can consider reopening its border, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Friday as he announced a four-stage plan to greater freedom. Australia is now in phase A, or the suppression phase of the plan, with large parts of the country plunging in and out of …

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12 GOP Governors Sign Brief Seeking Overturn Of Roe

The Tampa Bay Times reports: Gov. Ron DeSantis signed Florida on to an effort to have two of the most important abortion cases in U.S. history overturned by the nation’s highest court. In a Thursday brief, DeSantis, along with eleven other Republican governors, argued the Supreme Court should reconsider past decisions on the 1973 case Roe v. Wade and the …

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CHATTER AWAY: Overnight Open Thread

Deadline Hollywood reports: The Walt Disney Co. has fired back at Scarlet Johansson’s lawsuit over the release of Black Widow, in a biting statement in which it said that the litigation showed a “callous disregard” to the Covid-19 pandemic and even revealed that she has so far received $20 million from the project. In her lawsuit, filed on Thursday in …

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Hate Group Loses Appeal Over SPLC’s Hate Group Label

Courthouse News Service reports: The 11th Circuit on Wednesday struck down a Florida evangelical Christian ministry’s claim that it was discriminated against and defamed after the Southern Poverty Law Center labeled it a hate group, causing Amazon to deny its application to fundraise through the online retailing giant’s charitable website. A unanimous three-judge panel of the Atlanta-based appeals court upheld …

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TX Gov To Fine Anyone Who Enforces Mask Mandate

CNBC reports: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order Thursday, reiterating his opposition to mask mandates, Covid-related business restrictions and vaccination requirements and issuing fines of up to $1,000 on those who fail to comply. The measure bans government agencies from requiring individuals to get vaccinated or provide proof of vaccination. Public and private entities receiving state funding are …

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Google To Ban “Sugar Dating” Apps From Play Store

The Verge reports: “Sugar dating” apps will not be allowed on the Android Play Store from September 1st, Google has announced as part of a series of policy changes for the platform. The change, which was first reported by Android Police, specifically prohibits apps relating to “compensated sexual relationships.” Other changes coming to the platform include a new crackdown on …

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Freedom Caucus Pushes To Eject Kinzinger And Cheney From GOP Conference Because They Are “Two Spies”

Mediaite reports: A group of House Republicans is leading a push to remove Reps. Liz Cheney (WY) and Adam Kinzinger (IL) from the GOP conference. The effort comes more two months after Republicans ousted Cheney from her leadership position as chair of the conference. Removing them from the conference would mean the end of their committee assignments and their ability …

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GOP House Reps Perform Mask Stunt On Senate Floor

The Hill reports: Nearly 40 maskless House Republican lawmakers walked across the Capitol and onto the Senate floor in protest of the Capitol physician’s decision to reinstate a mask mandate in the lower chamber but not in the upper chamber. Republicans complained that the policy, backed by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other Democrats, is inconsistent, infringes on personal liberty, …

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