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TX Testing Down 42% As Schools Prep For Reopening

The Texas Tribune reports: The number of Texans being tested for the coronavirus has fallen sharply in recent weeks, a trend that has worried public health experts as officials consider sending children back to school while thousands more Texans are infected each day. In the week ending Aug. 8, an average 36,255 coronavirus tests were administered in Texas each day …

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PA Theme Park Worker Assaulted In Mask Dispute

Philadelphia’s NBC News affiliate reports: A man punched a 17-year-old Sesame Place employee in the face after the teen reminded him to wear a mask, police said. A teen employee told an unidentified man and woman that they were required to wear masks while in the park due to COVID-19. Later that day, around 5 p.m., the same man confronted …

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Anti-LGBTQ Pastor Tapped To Stand In For Jerry Falwell

Via press release from Liberty University: Liberty University has announced that Chairman Jerry Prevo has accepted the appointment by the Executive Committee of the Board to serve as the Acting President of the University. This follows the announcement on August 7 that the Board of Trustees and President Jerry Falwell, Jr. agreed to an indefinite leave of absence. All members …

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Lincoln Project: Trump Golfs While Evictions Escalate

Just in from the Lincoln Project: In a new ad released today, “Moving Day,” The Lincoln Project exposes the bleak reality coming for millions of Americans. The ad focuses on the Trump evictions and foreclosures that are coming due to the president’s failed response to COVID and the economic devastation that came as a result. The latest ad comes as …

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US Condemns Belarus Election As “Not Free And Fair”

Via press release from the State Department: The United States is deeply concerned about the conduct of the August 9 presidential election in Belarus, which was not free and fair. Severe restrictions on ballot access for candidates, prohibition of local independent observers at polling stations, intimidation tactics employed against opposition candidates, and the detentions of peaceful protesters and journalists marred …

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Russia Registers COVID Vaccine, Scientists Skeptical

ABC News reports: Russia on Tuesday became the first country to clear a coronavirus vaccine and declare it ready for use, despite international skepticism. President Vladimir Putin said that one of his daughters has already been inoculated. Putin emphasized that the vaccine underwent the necessary tests and has proven efficient, offering a lasting immunity from the coronavirus. However, scientists at …

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Trump May Block Reentry For COVID+ US Citizens

The New York Times reports: President Trump is considering new immigration rules that would allow border officials to temporarily block an American citizen or legal permanent resident from returning to the United States from abroad if the authorities have reason to believe the person may be infected with the coronavirus. Stephen Miller, the architect of the president’s assault on immigration, …

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CHATTER AWAY: Overnight Open Thread

Variety reports: Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight” is officially a hit single again 39 years after its release, thanks to a pair of twins from Gary, Indiana whose spontaneous reaction to the unexpected drum break in Collins’ ballad has caused it to be possibly the most meme-d song of August 2020. “In the Air Tonight” currently sits at No. …

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Trump Says 1918 Flu Pandemic Ended World War II

“No, I wouldn’t have done that. I think it’s been amazing what we’ve been able to do. If we didn’t close up our country, you would’ve had one and a half or two million people already dead. “We’ve called it right, now we don’t have to close it. We understand the disease, nobody understood it because nobody’s ever seen anything …

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Trump Admin To Drop Controls On Methane Emissions

The New York Times reports: The Trump administration is expected in the coming days to lift Obama-era controls on the release of methane, a powerful climate-warming gas that is emitted from leaks and flares in oil and gas wells. The new rule on methane pollution, issued by the Environmental Protection Agency, has been expected for months, and will be made …

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