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A new study traces how the policies adopted by Democratic and Republican states over the last several decades have helped widen the gap in life expectancy. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Democrats worry less.
A Michigan lawmaker and rising star in the Democratic Party who is running for Congress in one of the nation’s most contested seats discussed drug use and sex in a now-deleted blog where he also published derogatory comments about women and creepy remarks about children in underwear. State Rep. Jon Hoadley (D-Kalamazoo) is seeking the... New York Post
Democrats in Congress last week blocked an effort to slash funding to Iranian terror organization Hezbollah — just days before the group launched an attack on Israel’s border. According to a report by the Washington Free Beacon, the legislation would have cut millions in funding to the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) which have... New York Post
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Israel is using diplomatic channels to offer humanitarian aid to Lebanon following a devastating blast in Beirut Tuesday that killed at least 60 people and injured thousands more, according to reports. “Pursuant to his approval of humanitarian and medical assistance to Lebanon, Prime Minister (Benjamin) Netanyahu has instructed NSC head Ben-Shabbat to speak with UN... New York Post
The president’s 2020 campaign on Tuesday tapped its email network to ask supporters to wear facemasks while out and about. “We are all in this together, and while I know there has been some confusion surrounding the usage of face masks, I think it’s something we should all try to do when we are not... New York Post
In St. Louis, Cori Bush, a progressive activist, will try again to unseat William Lacy Clay, a 20-year incumbent. Joe Arpaio, the immigration hard-liner, is trying to reclaim his job as a sheriff in Arizona. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Tlaid should lose.
Running a social media service brings headaches and scrutiny. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Microsoft should opt-out.
According the poll, 60% of New Hampshire residents disapprove of Trump's work as president.
VOA VIEW: Don't believe the liberal press.
Independent polling firm Morning Consult shows Sen. Mitch McConnell with a commanding 53% to 36% lead over his Democratic challenger Amy McGrath.
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Trump, who has attacked mail-in voting, singled out Florida as an exception, saying his supporters there should request absentee and mail ballots.
Prominent law professor Jonathan Turley warned Congress on Tuesday that the Antifa movement is a threat to free speech and it's "winning" in its crusade to silence opponents. Mr. Turley, who teaches at George Washington University, said the kinds of battles now playing out on city streets are nothing new ... Washington Times
Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows are "absolutely" willing to use executive orders to break the gridlock on coronavirus talks if progress isn't made in their next round of negotiations with top Democrats. Mr. Meadows told reporters, as the two White House liaisons ... Washington Times
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The United States' special representative for Venezuela told lawmakers Tuesday that the Trump administration will continue to support interim Venezuelan President Juan Guaidó as the country's legitimate leader even if the government of socialist leader Nicolas Maduro forces the opposition from its control of congress. Washington Times
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Education officials in Alabama say more than 4,000 new laptop computers bound for a school district are being held by customs due to human rights concerns ABC
Roger Penske has reversed course and decided not to allow fans at the Indianapolis 500 later this month ABC
VOA VIEW: As it should be.
Health experts say the coronavirus pandemic might disrupt another disease: a rare paralyzing illness that has been hitting U.S. children for the past decade ABC
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12 hours after coming ashore, Isaias was still sustaining near-hurricane-strength top winds of 70 mph. CBS
Rice said the coronavirus pandemic must be handled "far more effectively" than how the Trump administration is handling it. CBS
VOA VIEW: Rice is an idiot.
It is awarding over $35 million in housing assistance grants to 73 non-profit organizations from 33 states that provide housing and services to victims of human trafficking. CBS
After another day of talks, negotiators cite progress on the next coronavirus stimulus bill but remain far from a deal. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Total Dem madness.
Joe Biden's bundlers are preparing a fundraising blitz that will follow the announcement of his running mate. CNBC
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Major corporations including Coca-Cola, J.M. Smucker Company, Diageo, Mars, HP and CVS Health will continue pausing on Facebook after the official end of a major advertiser boycott of the platform, but others are returning. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Time will tell.
A large explosion ripped through the Lebanese capital Beirut on Tuesday, injuring people and smashing windows in buildings across the city. CNN
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told CNN on Tuesday that she still wants a sweeping stimulus deal this week -- but she made it clear she is not budging on the price tag put forward by House Democrats, reflecting how far apart the two sides are despite days of talks. CNN
VOA VIEW: Pelosi has lost her mind.
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The husband of Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey was charged Monday in connection with pulling a gun on Black Lives Matters protesters outside their home in March, a move that further inflamed an already fraught relationship between activists and Lacey's office. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Looks like there is a change in procedure for different people.
Shooting incidents across New York City during the month of July jumped 177% compared to July of last year, the city’s police department said. FOX News
VOA VIEW: The fault of DE Blasio.
An unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile was launched early Tuesday morning over 4,000 miles from a base in California into the Pacific Ocean, the U.S. Air Force Global Strike Command announced. FOX News
The Air Force announced Thursday that it will now allow women to wear pants with their mess dress uniform. UPI
Reaction in Beijing has been fierce to the Trump's administration move for the owners of China-based video-sharing app TikTok to sell to Microsoft, with some comparing it to "robbery" and "theft." UPI
VOA VIEW: Tough for China.
Ford President and CEO Jim Hackett, who has led the company since 2017, will retire this fall and be succeeded in the posts by Chief Operating Officer Jim Farley, the automaker announced Tuesday. UPI
President Donald Trump signed the Great American Outdoors Act into law on Tuesday, a major bipartisan conservation effort that will secure lands and pay for a backlog of maintenance at National Parks. UPI
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Schiff is an idiot. The House Intelligence Committee, chaired by Rep. Adam Schiff, is opening an investigation into how the Department of Homeland Security responded to protests over police brutality, according to a new report. The probe will focus specifically on the department’s intelligence arm which reportedly distributed material on both reporters and demonstrations who were present at protests in Portland and other US cities, according to a Politico report. “The revelations thus far require a full accounting, and, if substantiated, must never be allowed to occur again,” Schiff (D. Calif) wrote to top DHS officials on Monday, per the report.
DHS accessed in July encrypted messages from protesters on the secured app Telegram, according to a Washington Post report — prompting a statement from Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf disavowing the actions from his intelligence branch. But Wolf’s deputy Ken Cuccinelli reportedly pushed for less internal oversight of the department’s intel branch in the months before the protests, according to a Politico report, cited by Schiff.
The Trump administration has faced fierce scrutiny for its decision to deploy more than 100 federal troops to Portland last month to disperse violent demonstrations where protesters tried multiple times to torch a federal court house and injured a handful of officers.