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PM prepares for "Covid election" as NZ marks 100 days of no community spread (Rebecca Falconer/Axios)

4 hours 6 min ago

Rebecca Falconer / Axios:
PM prepares for “Covid election” as NZ marks 100 days of no community spread  —  New Zealand has now gone 100 days with no detected community spread of COVID-19, the Ministry of Health confirmed in a statement.  —  Why It Matters: New Zealanders are going to the polls on Sept. 19.

Stephen F. Williams, longtime federal appeals judge in D.C., dies of coronavirus at 83 (Fredrick Kunkle/Washington Post)

4 hours 16 min ago

Fredrick Kunkle / Washington Post:
Stephen F. Williams, longtime federal appeals judge in D.C., dies of coronavirus at 83  —  Judge Stephen F. Williams, a member of the powerful Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit for more than three decades, died Friday of complications from the coronavirus, his family and court officials said.

Trump promises permanent cut to payroll tax funding Social Security and Medicare if he's reelected (Tony Romm/Washington Post)

4 hours 40 min ago

Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Trump promises permanent cut to payroll tax funding Social Security and Medicare if he's reelected  —  The president made the pledge after signing a directive postponing payroll tax payments into next year  —  President Trump pledged on Saturday to pursue a permanent cut to the payroll taxes …

Trump announces executive actions after stimulus talks broke down (Politico)

4 hours 40 min ago

Politico:
Trump announces executive actions after stimulus talks broke down  —  President Donald Trump on Saturday announced he would move forward with multiple executive actions designed to provide relief to millions of financially struggling Americans after talks between his aides and Democratic leaders …

Biden campaign, women's groups are working to blunt sexist attacks on his vice presidential pick (Washington Post)

4 hours 46 min ago

Washington Post:
Biden campaign, women's groups are working to blunt sexist attacks on his vice presidential pick  —  Jennifer O'Malley Dillon, Joe Biden's campaign manager, warned on a recent all-staff call that when his vice presidential pick is announced, sexism will motivate the ugliest attacks against her — no matter who she is.

My Statement on President Trump's Executive Orders to Sow More Chaos and Confusion (Joe Biden)

4 hours 56 min ago

Joe Biden:
My Statement on President Trump's Executive Orders to Sow More Chaos and Confusion  —  Unable to deliver for the American people in a time of crisis, Donald Trump offered a series of half-baked measures today.  He is putting Social Security at grave risk at a time when seniors are suffering …

One-Third of American Renters Expected to Miss Their August Payment (Kriston Capps/Bloomberg)

5 hours 11 min ago

Kriston Capps / Bloomberg:
One-Third of American Renters Expected to Miss Their August Payment  —  Renters across America are wading into unknown territory.  With the lapse of the federal moratorium on evictions that expired July 31 and the end of the $600 per week boost to unemployment benefits …

The lost days of summer: How Trump struggled to contain the virus (Washington Post)

5 hours 16 min ago

Washington Post:
The lost days of summer: How Trump struggled to contain the virus  —  As the White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows is responsible for coordinating the vast executive branch, including its coronavirus response.  But in closed-door meetings, he has revealed his skepticism of the two physicians guiding …

College Democrats allege inappropriate behavior between Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse and college students (Mayor Alex Morse Official/Massachusetts ...)

5 hours 26 min ago

Mayor Alex Morse Official / Massachusetts Daily Collegian:
College Democrats allege inappropriate behavior between Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse and college students  —  The student organization banned the mayor from attending future events  —  In a letter to Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse on Thursday, the College Democrats of Massachusetts disavowed their groups …

Michelle Obama, Bernie Sanders and John Kasich expected to join forces for first night of Democratic convention (CNN)

5 hours 36 min ago

CNN:
Michelle Obama, Bernie Sanders and John Kasich expected to join forces for first night of Democratic convention  —  (CNN)The first night of the Democratic National Convention is currently expected to bring a message of unity featuring Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, former first lady Michelle Obama …

Half a million incorrect absentee ballot applications sent across Virginia, including to dead people (Nicholas Ballasy/Just The News)

Sat, 08/08/2020 - 23:55

Nicholas Ballasy / Just The News:
Half a million incorrect absentee ballot applications sent across Virginia, including to dead people  —  “Approximately half a million applications sent to eligible voters in Virginia included incorrect information, and we are working diligently to address the issues,” says the Center for Voter Information

Failure wasn't an option on coronavirus aid. It was the only option. (Jonathan Allen/NBC News)

Sat, 08/08/2020 - 23:50

Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Failure wasn't an option on coronavirus aid.  It was the only option. … WASHINGTON — No matter the actual need, there was never much chance Congress would agree to another major spending package for coronavirus relief this summer.  —  That's because the most comfortable outcome …

Trump Authorizes Extending Special Unemployment Benefit at $400 a Week (Wall Street Journal)

Sat, 08/08/2020 - 23:45

Wall Street Journal:
Trump Authorizes Extending Special Unemployment Benefit at $400 a Week  —  President bypasses Congress on coronavirus relief with executive orders  —  WASHINGTON—President Trump signed on Saturday executive actions aimed at providing coronavirus aid, including one that authorizes $400 …

A protester tried to ID a police officer on Twitter. Now he faces a felony - along with four who retweeted him. (Jaclyn Peiser/Washington Post)

Sat, 08/08/2020 - 23:10

Jaclyn Peiser / Washington Post:
A protester tried to ID a police officer on Twitter.  Now he faces a felony — along with four who retweeted him.  —  When Kevin Alfaro noticed a masked police officer befriending a counterprotester who had threatened him at a Black Lives Matter demonstration in Nutley, N.J., on June 19, he whipped out his phone and took a picture.

Twitter, TikTok Have Held Preliminary Talks About Possible Combination (Wall Street Journal)

Sat, 08/08/2020 - 22:40

Wall Street Journal:
Twitter, TikTok Have Held Preliminary Talks About Possible Combination  —  Microsoft still seen as front-runner in bidding for video-sharing app's U.S. operations  —  Twitter Inc. TWTR -1.46% has had preliminary talks about a potential combination with TikTok, the popular video-sharing app …

Kanye West submits paperwork to make the Ohio ballot in U.S. president race (Jessie Balmert/Associated Press)

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 22:10

Jessie Balmert / Associated Press:
Kanye West submits paperwork to make the Ohio ballot in U.S. president race  —  COLUMBUS - Rapper Kanye West filed an independent bid for U.S. president in Ohio on Wednesday, aided by GOP operatives in the state.  —  To qualify as an independent candidate for president, West will need 5,000 valid signatures of registered Ohio voters.

Rand Paul: Republicans should apologize to Obama for complaining about spending (Rashaan Ayesh/Axios)

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 21:45

Rashaan Ayesh / Axios:
Rand Paul: Republicans should apologize to Obama for complaining about spending  —  Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) tore into his fellow Republicans on Fox News Wednesday for considering a coronavirus relief package that could cost more than $1 trillion, calling on them to apologize to President Obama …

Trump administration's probe of the Russia investigation may be nearing conclusion (Ken Dilanian/NBC News)

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 21:35

Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
Trump administration's probe of the Russia investigation may be nearing conclusion  —  WASHINGTON — The investigation ordered by Attorney General William Barr into how the CIA and the FBI looked into the Trump campaign's connections to Russia's 2016 election interference operation may be nearing …

CIA steers clear of Senate Republican probe into Bidens (Politico)

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 21:25

Politico:
CIA steers clear of Senate Republican probe into Bidens  —  The Central Intelligence Agency has ignored requests to brief senators as part of a Republican-led investigation that targets presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his son Hunter, according to sources familiar …

Top GOP super PAC launching $21M Senate ad blitz this month (James Arkin/Politico)

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 21:10

James Arkin / Politico:
Top GOP super PAC launching $21M Senate ad blitz this month  —  The ads in five states with GOP incumbents represent an earlier starting point for Senate Leadership Fund, as Republicans defend their endangered majority.  —  Senate Leadership Fund, the outside group with ties …

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