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  • An emergency medicine physician projects that if schools open in the fall, they'll close by the end of October with COVID-19 outbreaks

    An emergency medicine physician projects that if schools open in the fall, they'll close by the end of October with COVID-19 outbreaksOne doctor said reopened schools could shut down again by the end of October, citing the "confluence" of the flu season and increased exposure.


  • 2020 prediction from professor who called every election since 1984

    2020 prediction from professor who called every election since 1984Allan Lichtman accurately predicted in 2016 that Donald Trump would win, and then be impeached.


  • Portland's Black police chief says violent protesters have 'taken away from' the Black Lives Matter movement

    Portland's Black police chief says violent protesters have 'taken away from' the Black Lives Matter movementWhile the protests in downtown Portland have largely been peaceful, there have been violent offshoots in other parts of the city this week.


  • Direct-to-Consumer Furniture Brand Burrow Expands Its Offerings

  • MS-13 gang members charged with sex trafficking, other charges in abuse of 13-year-old runaway

    MS-13 gang members charged with sex trafficking, other charges in abuse of 13-year-old runawayFederal prosecutors allege that gang members beat the girl, raped her and prostituted her in Virginia and Maryland.


  • North Korea's escalating virus response raises fear of outbreak

    North Korea's escalating virus response raises fear of outbreakNorth Korea is quarantining thousands of people and shipping food and other aid to a southern city locked down over coronavirus worries, officials said, as the country's response to a suspected case reinforces doubt about its longstanding claim to be virus-free. But amid the outside skepticism and a stream of North Korean propaganda glorifying its virus efforts, an exchange between Pyongyang and the United Nations is providing new clarity - and actual numbers - about what might be happening in the North, which has closed its borders and cut travel - never a free-flowing stream - by outsider monitors and journalists. In late July, North Korea said it had imposed its "maximum emergency system" to guard against the virus spreading after finding a person with Covid-19 symptoms in Kaesong city, near the border with rival South Korea. State media reported that leader Kim Jong-un then ordered a total lockdown of Kaesong, and said the suspected case was a North Korean who had earlier fled to South Korea before slipping back into Kaesong last month. North Korea's public admission of its first potential case and the emergency steps it took prompted immediate outside speculation that Pyongyang may be worried about a big outbreak after months of steadfastly claiming it had no cases. Foreign experts are highly skeptical over the North's assertion of no cases, in large part because of its long, porous border with China, where the virus emerged, and its history of hiding past disease outbreaks.


  • Former Census Bureau directors warn of 'seriously incomplete' count after Trump administration cuts it short

    Former Census Bureau directors warn of 'seriously incomplete' count after Trump administration cuts it shortFour former Census Bureau directors say it's a big mistake to cut counting efforts short. The Census Bureau said last week it would stop its in-person count on Sept. 30, a month earlier than its scheduled end date of Oct. 31. The move left census workers concerned a "massive undercount" is imminent. The former directors, who worked under nine past presidents, reflected that fear in a Tuesday statement, and called for the count's data delivery date to be extended to April 30, 2021, to avoid "seriously incomplete enumerations in many areas across our country."In-person census interviews are used to count people who didn't respond to a paper or online census, and are essential for counting underrepresented and hard-to-reach populations. The four former directors acknowledged the in-person count was supposed to happen from May 15 through July 31, but was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. This rescheduling led the Census Bureau to determine it needed four more months beyond the end of 2020 to tabulate congressional redistricting and apportionment stemming from the count, and the former directors agreed."Our expert opinion is that failing to extend the deadlines to April 30, 2021, will result in seriously incomplete enumerations in many areas across our country," the former leaders said, calling on Congress to make those necessary legal extension. In addition, they asked Congress "to require the Census Bureau to continue data collection operations through Oct. 30, 2020."More stories from theweek.com Republicans offer $400/week unemployment benefits, but stimulus bill talks remain divided New Lincoln Project ad crowns Jared Kushner 'Secretary of Failure' Report: Deutsche Bank complied with subpoena from New York prosecutors over Trump's finances


  • Facebook rejects request to release Myanmar officials? data for genocide case

    Facebook rejects request to release Myanmar officials? data for genocide caseThe social media giant urged the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Tuesday to reject the demand, which it said would violate a U.S. law that bars electronic communication services from disclosing users' communications. Facebook said the request, made in June, for the release of "all documents and communications" by key military officials and police forces was "extraordinarily broad" and would constitute "special and unbounded access" to accounts.


  • New York to set up COVID-19 'checkpoints'

    New York to set up COVID-19 'checkpoints'New York will put up checkpoints at key entry points to the city to ensure that travelers are complying with the state's quarantine requirements, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday. Visitors from 35 US states, including Florida and Texas, are currently required to quarantine for two weeks after entering New York in an attempt to contain the spread of coronavirus. De Blasio said law enforcement agencies will operate "traveler registration checkpoints" at major bridge and tunnel crossings into the Big Apple from Thursday.


  • Aerial footage shows the full scale of Beirut's devastating explosion, which killed 100 and reduced buildings into rubble

    Aerial footage shows the full scale of Beirut's devastating explosion, which killed 100 and reduced buildings into rubbleThe government said the blast was caused by a stockpile of 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate that had been kept at the port for years.


  • Senate Democrats propose 'Force to Fight COVID-19' in next relief package

    Senate Democrats propose 'Force to Fight COVID-19' in next relief packageThe proposal combines seven existing bills, including ones with bipartisan support, that were drafted in response to the coronavirus pandemic.


  • Baltimore is investigating after officials removed 5 approved Black Lives Matter murals

    Baltimore is investigating after officials removed 5 approved Black Lives Matter muralsThe city department blamed a "miscommunication" for the error, but also said a staff member accused of problematic behavior is under investigation.


  • One American is dying every 80 seconds from coronavirus as Trump shrugs off death toll: ?It is what it is?

    One American is dying every 80 seconds from coronavirus as Trump shrugs off death toll: ?It is what it is?At least one person in the United States has died every 80 seconds on average over the last seven days, according to new research, as President Donald Trump said the nation?s soaring death toll ?is what it is? in a recent interview.The grim figures were first reported by NBC News on Wednesday, which noted its own tally revealed 7,486 people died in the last seven days due to Covid-19.


  • Portland police declare unlawful assembly of Defund the Police protestors on 68th night of protests

    Portland police declare unlawful assembly of Defund the Police protestors on 68th night of protestsProtestor have gathered outside the homes of the mayor, the chief of police, and several city council members. Dan Springer reports from Seattle.


  • This is what it looked like after the US dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima 75 years ago

    This is what it looked like after the US dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima 75 years agoOn August 6, 1945, a U.S. bomber famously known as the Enola Gay dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, marking a historic act of nuclear warfare.


  • Poll: Most Black Americans Want Police to Remain in Their Areas

    Poll: Most Black Americans Want Police to Remain in Their AreasMost black Americans say they want police to continue their current presence in local areas, even as protests against racism and police brutality sweep the nation, and calls to reform and even defund police departments persist.Close to two-thirds, 61 percent, of black Americans said they want the police presence in their area to remain the same, while 20 percent said they would like to see police spend more time in their neighborhood, according to a new Gallup poll. Another 19 percent said they would like to see the police presence in their area decrease.Among the general population, 67 percent of Americans say they want the police presence near them to remain the same, with 71 percent of white Americans saying so. A majority of other minority communities also said they do not want to see fewer police officers patrolling their neighborhoods, with 59 percent of Hispanics preferring the current police presence.Black Americans said they observe police in their neighborhoods slightly more than other groups, 32 percent saying they see police officers often or very often in their area, above the national average of 24 percent of all Americans who say the same. About 27 percent said they rarely or never see police in their neighborhoods. Only 22 percent of white Americans said they see police often or very often around where they live.Of black Americans who see police frequently in their areas, only about a third say they think police should curtail their time in the neighborhood, similar to the overall percentage who say so.Despite most black Americans approving of the level of police presence in their neighborhoods, less than one in five say they are very confident that they would be treated with courtesy and respect during an encounter with police. Meanwhile, over half, 56 percent, of white Americans say they are confident in the same.The Gallup poll was taken after weeks of unrest in metropolitan areas around the country over police tactics involving interactions with minority communities, particularly black Americans. Protests and riots broke out in May in many cities following the police custody death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck as he pleaded for air.Calls to defund police have been particularly prevalent in Portland, Ore. and Seattle, Wash., both of which are predominantly white cities.The survey was conducted online from June 23 to July 6.


  • Joe Biden cancels plans to travel to Wisconsin to accept presidential nomination amid coronavirus fears

    Joe Biden cancels plans to travel to Wisconsin to accept presidential nomination amid coronavirus fearsJoe Biden announced he will no longer travel to Wisconsin to accept the Democratic presidential nomination during the party?s national convention this month because of coronavirus concerns. Instead, Mr Biden, 77, will accept the nomination and deliver a national address from his home state of Delaware. It means the Democratic convention, usually a huge jamboree designed to boost party morale and give maximum media exposure to the presidential candidate, will be almost entirely virtual. The even, which runs from August 17 - 20, had originally been intended to take place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a key swing state which Donald Trump narrowly won in 2016 and Mr Biden hopes to retake in November. It comes hours after Mr Trump suggested that he may deliver his own Republican nomination acceptance speech later this month from the White House.


  • Your Face Mask in the Garbage Could Make a Great Biofuel

    Your Face Mask in the Garbage Could Make a Great BiofuelThe world's disposable PPE doesn't have to go to waste.


  • 'Delta may be onto something': Experts describe how the company is winning with customers even though rival airlines can fit more passengers

    'Delta may be onto something': Experts describe how the company is winning with customers even though rival airlines can fit more passengersA new survey and financial figures indicate travelers are willing to pay higher fares for social distance.


  • U.S. Representative Maloney declares victory in New York Democratic primary

    U.S. Representative Maloney declares victory in New York Democratic primaryU.S. Representative Carolyn Maloney, who has represented a New York City district in Congress since 1993, declared victory in a hard-fought Democratic primary on Tuesday, defeating progressive challenger Suraj Patel. Maloney announced the win in New York's 12th congressional district after the New York State Board of Elections certified the results from the June 23 primary. The conclusion of the race was delayed more than a month as election officials struggled to count thousands of mail-in ballots during the coronavirus pandemic.


  • Student wearing 'Black Lives Matter' mask in graduation procession told to remove it

    Student wearing 'Black Lives Matter' mask in graduation procession told to remove itDean Holmes, 18, was allowed to march in the ceremony with the rest of his classmates after removing the mask.


  • Coronavirus updates: Dr. Anthony Fauci calls US plateau of cases 'unacceptable'; Beirut explosion devastates 'struggling' health system

    Coronavirus updates: Dr. Anthony Fauci calls US plateau of cases 'unacceptable'; Beirut explosion devastates 'struggling' health systemBiden won't go to Milwaukee to claim the Democratic nomination. Explosion in Beirut devastates 'struggling' health system. Latest COVID-19 news.


  • 5 science-backed benefits of vitamin B12 and how to get enough of it in your diet

    5 science-backed benefits of vitamin B12 and how to get enough of it in your dietThere are many health benefits of vitamin B12 from red blood cell production to growing healthy hair and nails.


  • Op-Ed: U.S. leaders knew we didn't have to drop atomic bombs on Japan to win the war. We did it anyway

    Op-Ed: U.S. leaders knew we didn't have to drop atomic bombs on Japan to win the war. We did it anywayWe've been taught that the U.S. had to drop atomic bombs on Japan to end World War II. Historical evidence shows Japan would have surrendered anyway.


  • Chicago rapper FBG Duck killed in brazen daytime shopping attack

    Chicago rapper FBG Duck killed in brazen daytime shopping attackThe attack was committed in the Gold Coast luxury shopping district by four gunmen in two vehicles.


  • Esper says he underestimated how much racial injustice affects service members

    Esper says he underestimated how much racial injustice affects service membersDefense Secretary Mark Esper called George Floyd's death a wake-up call for military leadership.


  • Syrian refugee hailed as hero in Germany after saving woman from rapist

    Syrian refugee hailed as hero in Germany after saving woman from rapistA Syrian refugee has been hailed as a hero in Germany after he stopped a man raping a woman. The 30-year-old Syrian, named only as Faner O under German privacy laws, intervened after he saw a woman being attacked by a man in the early hours of Sunday morning. With the help of another passerby, he overpowered the rapist and held him until police could reach the scene. The rape victim, who has not been named, is understood to be a trainee police officer. Faner O, who fled to Germany from his native Syria four years ago, works as a car mechanic in the west German city of Wuppertal. He was driving home in the early hours of Sunday morning when he saw a woman being pursued by a man. ?It was around half past three in the morning. I had just dropped a friend off and was driving home to my wife and daughter, when I saw a woman walking along Friedrich-Engels-Allee and a man in a red T-shirt running after her. Then they disappeared into the bushes,? he told Bild newspaper. Concerned, Faner O stopped his car and followed them into the bushes, where he found the man pinning the woman to the ground. ?He had one hand over her mouth and was choking her with the other. She was resisting, but he was very strong.? The would-be rapist fled but Faner O gave chase. A 20-year-old passerby who had heard the sounds of struggle came to his help, and together they were able to overpower the perpetrator. The rapist has not been named but is understood to be a 20-year-old Afghan migrant known to local police in connection with similar incidents. The woman suffered only minor injuries, according to local police. ?She fought hard and cried out for help. This alerted witnesses who rushed to her aid and drove off her attacker. They then gave chase and were able to seize him after a short pursuit. They held him until officers arrived,? police said in a statement. Faner O said he was not afraid during the encounter. ?At that moment I was only thinking of helping the woman,? he told Bild. ?If something like that happened to my daughter, I?d want some one to help her.?


  • Virginia business owner reacts to employee's house arrest for defending shop from robber

    Virginia business owner reacts to employee's house arrest for defending shop from robber	Worker arrested after defending himself from armed robbery; Arlington Smoke Shop owner Jowan Zuber speaks out.


  • Bill Gates issued a stark warning for the world: 'As awful as this pandemic is, climate change could be worse'

    Bill Gates issued a stark warning for the world: 'As awful as this pandemic is, climate change could be worse'Gates said to understand the impact climate change will have, we need to "look at COVID-19 and spread the pain out over a much longer period of time."


  • Children rapidly deported from the United States strain Guatemalan shelters

    Children rapidly deported from the United States strain Guatemalan sheltersHundreds of migrant children rapidly expelled from the United States under a coronavirus immigration policy are returning to shelters in Guatemala where virus testing and bed capacity are regularly stretched to their limits. Shelter operators, government officials in the Central American nation and international organizations said they are seeing rising numbers of children being sent back to Guatemala alone, with some unable to return to their homes because of domestic abuse or gang violence. "Child protection services, which were already overstretched and under-resourced have now been further compromised by COVID-19," said United Nations children's agency UNICEF spokesman Christopher Tidey.


  • Passenger on Alaska cruise tests positive for COVID-19, prompting quarantine, canceled sailings

    Passenger on Alaska cruise tests positive for COVID-19, prompting quarantine, canceled sailingsPassengers are quarantining on the ship until Alaska "deems it safe for them to return home" after one passenger tested positive for COVID-19.


  • Trump banned Jeffrey Epstein from Mar-a-Lago after he hit on teenage girl, book claims

    Trump banned Jeffrey Epstein from Mar-a-Lago after he hit on teenage girl, book claimsDonald Trump banned Jeffrey Epstein from Mar-a-Lago after the disgraced financier hit on another member?s teenage daughter, a new book has claimed.Epstein was a member of the now-president?s Palm Beach, Florida, club until 2007, according to The Grifter?s Club, a detail that has contradicted what Mr Trump?s company previously said about the president?s relationship with the convicted sex predator.


  • A Florida woman was kicked off an American Airlines flight for wearing a 'F--- 12' face mask

    A Florida woman was kicked off an American Airlines flight for wearing a 'F--- 12' face maskArlinda Johns told local news that she put on a new mask when she was told her mask was offensive. She was later escorted off the flight.


  • Husband of DA charged with pulling gun on protesters in LA

    Husband of DA charged with pulling gun on protesters in LAThe husband of Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey has been charged with pointing a gun at Black Lives Matter members who demonstrated outside the couple?s home the day before she faced a primary election in March. The state attorney general filed three misdemeanor charges Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court against David Lacey for assault with a firearm for the March 2 incident. Lacey, 66, pointed a gun at demonstrators who protested outside the couple's home before dawn on March 2 and said ?I will shoot you," according to video of the incident.


  • Foreign policy experts propose 6 ways U.S. should change its Russia strategy

    Foreign policy experts propose 6 ways U.S. should change its Russia strategyMore than 100 foreign policy experts ? including former White House officials in Reagan, (both) Bush, Clinton, Obama, and Trump administrations ? laid out six proposals for how the United States should alter its relationship with Russia in an open letter published by Politico on Tuesday.The letter calls for squelching Russian interference in U.S. elections, while also engaging with Moscow about the matter through negotiations "out of the public square." Another top priority, the signatories believe, is for the White House and Congress to restore "normal diplomatic contacts" with Russia after several were shuttered following the Crimea invasion in 2014. "Too often we wrongly consider diplomatic contacts as a reward for good behavior, but they are about promoting our interests and delivering tough messages," the letter reads.The other ideas include taking on a dual leadership role with Moscow in nuclear arms control, focusing on "three-way cooperation" between Washington, Moscow, and Beijing, and emphasizing that even in areas of genuine disagreement between the countries ? like Ukraine and Syria ? "measured and phased steps" are key to improving the "overall relationship."Finally, the letter argues that Washington's sanction strategy needs to change. While, the signatories agree sanctions should remain part of the U.S.'s Russia policy, they need to be more flexible so they can be "eased quickly" should Russia engage productively in negotiations. At the moment, Moscow lacks the incentive to change course even in the face of sanctions, the letter says, because it considers U.S. sanctions "permanent." Read more at Politico.More stories from theweek.com New Lincoln Project ad crowns Jared Kushner 'Secretary of Failure' LeBron James: NBA 'could care less' if Trump stops watching The Republican problem no one knows how to solve


  • This May Be the Most Absurd, Trumpian Drama Ever

    This May Be the Most Absurd, Trumpian Drama EverThe federal agency primarily responsible for the distribution of foreign aid has been roiled in recent days by the most Trumpian of dramas, one involving an anti-LGBT political appointee, blundering conservative operative Jacob Wohl, accusations of stalking, prostitution, and the potential hiring of a young conservative with past racist writings. The chaos seemed set to crest with a slap-dash press conference scheduled for this Thursday. But within a day of the presser?s announcement, the main protagonist was apparently recanting her accusations and insinuating that Wohl had stolen her phone and signed into her Twitter account to send the offending messages that set off the fireworks that got her fired. The setting of the entire mess was the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), an agency known largely as a bit of a backwater when it comes to the government?s foreign policy apparatus, but one with a $16.8 billion foreign aid budget. On Monday a political appointee and deputy White House liaison there, Merritt Corrigan, took to Twitter to accuse her employer of ?anti-Christian? bias. Corrigan?s appointment at USAID has been under fire for months over anti-gay tweets she made in 2019 and 2020, including accusing the United States of being a ?homo-empire? devoted to a ?tyrannical LGBT agenda,? tweeting that ?female empowerment is a civilizational calamity,? and advocating for the creation of a ?Christian patriarchy.? But on Monday, her targets were both USAID itself and House Foreign Relations Affairs Committee Chair Eliot Engel (D-NY), whom she accused of soliciting prostitutes. As Corrigan?s initial tweets went up, she claimed USAID gave her a 3 p.m. deadline to resign or be fired. When the deadline passed, Corrigan said she was fired.On its own, the episode was bizarre. But then it got much weirder. Jacob Wohl Charged With Felony in CaliforniaCorrigan, who is/was apparently dating Wohl, announced that she?d be appearing Thursday in front of Wohl associate Jack Burkman?s Northern Virginia house?a site that has previously hosted farcical attempts to smear Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Kamala Harris (D-CA) with lurid sexual allegations. There, she would further denounce USAID, accuse a Politico reporter who covered her resignation of stalking her, and demand that Engel debate her and Burkman. In a press release announcing the press conference, Burkman and Wohl claimed that Wohl, who is currently facing two felony charges related to security sales in California, had ?been working behind the scenes with Corrigan for months.?Jacob Wohl?s Bogus Warren Accuser Exaggerated His Military Service RecordEngel?s office did not return a request for comment. And, perhaps, for good reason. The accusations have no proof or merit, and as the story unfolded it became increasingly difficult to get a read on where the truth actually began and the innuendo and smears ended. On Tuesday afternoon, Corrigan deleted her tweets attacking USAID and stopped responding to messages from The Daily Beast. Wohl claimed in an interview Tuesday that a coterie of Trumpworld personalities had convinced Corrigan to backtrack on her claims. And Burkman claimed that Corrigan had ?buyer?s remorse? after sending her tweets. ?Somebody does something and then they regret it,? Burkman said. But later in the day, a conduit sent a statement from Corrigan herself that was darker in implication. Corrigan now claimed she?d become the pawn of individuals who had attempted to ?ruin? her. "I would like to apologize,? it read. ?Especially to the people who have been affected or hurt by the messages sent from my Twitter account, and the claims made in my name over the past 24 hours. I did NOT send these messages, and while I vehemently protested about them being sent in my name, my devices were not in my control. I see now that I was part of an abusive scheme and I was used to attack people that have nothing to do with me.?I will not be participating in any press conferences as claimed in my name, and will have nothing to do with individuals who forced me to hand over my devices so they could control me and the output in my name. Due to naivete and inexperience, I became involved with people who abused my trust, conned me, and claimed they were working in my interest. I became powerless in a situation, and I deeply regret not reaching out to people who knew better, or could help me.?Corrigan is far from the first Wohl associate to bail on one of his press conferences. But she does appear to be the first to have formally held such a high post at a government agency. And her drama illustrates the degree to which the once-staid USAID has become a stomping grounds for a twisted, absurdist circus involving Trumpian figures who despise one another and are notorious for trying to conduct botched operations against their political foes.Prior to the apparent change of course, Corrigan had also made one other noteworthy assertion?that USAID was set to hire yet another controversial political appointment: conservative personality Kyle Kashuv, whose admission to Harvard was revoked last year over racist remarks he made in high school. Kashuv, a survivor of the 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, rose to fame on the right in the aftermath of the shooting as a conservative counterweight to pro-gun control Parkland students. Kashuv?s opposition to the gun control measures pushed by his classmates earned him a visit to the White House, and a position at conservative campus group Turning Point USA. Along the way, Kashuv antagonized Wohl and some of his right-wing associates for actions like criticizing anti-Muslim activist Laura Loomer for wearing a Nazi-era Jewish star to protest her Twitter ban. Harvard Pulls Pro-Gun Parkland Survivor Kyle Kashuv?s Admission Over Racial SlursBut Kashuv?s star on the right imploded in May 2019, when he was exposed by a fellow classmate for writing racist messages and Google Doc notes. In one text message, Kashuv complained that a classmate dated ?ni**erjocks.? In the aftermath of the reporting on Kashuv?s remarks, Harvard revoked Kashuv?s admission to its undergraduate class.Corrigan claims Kashuv has been offered a political appointment to be a special assistant to USAID Deputy Administrator Bonnie Glick, after initially being considered for a congressional liaison position. That job offer, she adds, was one point of disagreement with her fellow USAID officials that ultimately led to her speaking out against the agency. ?I don?t believe that he?s a real conservative, and his prior media was going to bring a lot of negativity to USAID,? Corrigan told The Daily Beast. The Daily Beast wasn?t able to confirm that Kashuv has been offered a position at USAID, but did obtain a document dated July 31 purporting to be an offer letter from USAID, offering Kashuv a position with roughly $50,000 annual salary as an assistant to Glick, pending a security clearance. The purported offer letter to Kashuv listed the phone number of a USAID employee. When a reporter for The Daily Beast called the number, the woman who answered identified herself as a USAID employee but refused to answer questions about the letter.?I?m sorry, I can?t answer your call,? the woman said, before hanging up.USAID declined repeated requests to comment on whether the agency had offered Kashuv a position, but a spokesperson said USAID would investigate ?any complaints of anti-Christian bias? made by Corrigan.Kashuv didn?t respond to multiple requests for comment. Glick, who called Kashuv a ?rockstar? in a May tweet, also didn?t respond to requests for comment. Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


  • Weekly Jobless Claims Fall to Pandemic Low

    Weekly Jobless Claims Fall to Pandemic LowWeekly unemployment claims fell last week to their lowest level since the coronavirus pandemic began, although claims continue to be filed at a rate unprecedented before the U.S. outbreak began.Initial jobless claims totaled 1.186 million for the week ending August 1, below the 1.42 million economists had expected and about 249,000 less than the previous week's claims.Continuing claims totaled 16.1 million, a drop of 844,000 from the previous week.The previous record for initial jobless claims was a week in 1982 that saw 695,000 claims, far below the weekly levels seen during the pandemic.As of July 18, a total of 32.1 million Americans have claimed jobless benefits as the economy sputters in the wake of business closures and other lockdown measures implemented in March when the coronavirus began to spread in the country.


  • Germany is showing 'very concerning' signs of a second coronavirus wave, the country's doctors' union has warned

    Germany is showing 'very concerning' signs of a second coronavirus wave, the country's doctors' union has warnedThe Robert Koch Institute, Germany's epidemiology institute, has called the uptick in new coronavirus cases 'very concerning.'


  • Michigan governor takes steps to combat racism

    Michigan governor takes steps to combat racismMichigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announces additional steps to combat racism, declaring it a public health crisis (Aug. 5)


  • 'Blatant disrespect of Black women': Women leaders criticize treatment of Black women being considered as Biden VP pick

    'Blatant disrespect of Black women': Women leaders criticize treatment of Black women being considered as Biden VP pickSen. Kamala Harris, Rep. Karen Bass, Susan Rice, Rep. Val Demings and Stacey Abrams have all been floated as possible running mates for Biden.


  • A nuclear sea-launched cruise missile will help deter nuclear aggression

    A nuclear sea-launched cruise missile will help deter nuclear aggressionA Pentagon official argues a nuclear sea-launched cruise missile is a measured response to a growing threat from America's adversaries.


  • Joshua Wong and other Hong Kong activists charged over banned June 4 vigil

    Joshua Wong and other Hong Kong activists charged over banned June 4 vigilTwo dozen people in Hong Kong, including pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong, have been charged with participating in an illegal assembly at a vigil on June 4 commemorating the crackdown on protesters in and around Beijing's Tiananmen square in 1989. It was the first time the vigil had been banned in semiautonomous Hong Kong, with police citing coronavirus restrictions on group gatherings in refusing permission for it to take place. The anniversary struck an especially sensitive nerve in the former British colony this year, falling just as China prepared to introduce national security legislation later that month in response to last year's often violent pro-democracy demonstrations.


  • Narendra Modi lays Ayodhya temple foundation, delighting Hindus and dismaying Muslims

    Narendra Modi lays Ayodhya temple foundation, delighting Hindus and dismaying MuslimsNarendra Modi, the Indian Prime Minister, has invigorated his Hindu support base after laying the foundation stone of a controversial new temple on a site contested by Muslims. In November, after a decades-old legal battle, India?s highest court ruled a temple could be built in the city of Ayodhya, where a mosque had stood until it was destroyed by Hindu mobs in 1992. Mr Modi made its construction a key pledge as part of his Hindu nationalist campaign, which saw him re-elected with a landslide victory last year. Many Hindus believe the deity Ram was born at the temple site in Ayodhya, and soil was gathered from more than 2,000 holy sites for its building work. Calling it the ?dawn of a new era?, Mr Modi said: ?India is emotional as decades of wait has ended. For years, our Ram Lalla [the infant Lord Ram] lived beneath a tent; now he will reside in a grand temple.?


  • Pentagon official reportedly has 'no idea' where Trump's Beirut claims came from

    Pentagon official reportedly has 'no idea' where Trump's Beirut claims came fromThe Pentagon is distancing itself from President Trump's claims about the Beirut blast that killed more than 100 people.Trump on Tuesday said his unnamed "great generals" told him they thought the massive explosion was a "terrible attack." In the early aftermath, there was speculation that the catastrophe was intentional, but it the consensus quickly became that it was almost certainly accidental -- albeit brought on by neglect and mismanagement -- and not linked to any foreign power, proxy forces, or terrorist organizations. Defense Secretary Mark Esper and other department officials affirmed they believe it was an accident, as well.The president hasn't repeated his claim from Tuesday, possibly indicating he understands there was no basis for it. But that's what's raised some eyebrows, considering he said he got the information from unnamed high-ranking military officials. A senior Pentagon official, however, told The Associated Press on Wednesday they had "no idea" what Trump was referring to with his comment, leaving some to wonder if it came out of thin air. > So did Trump make it up that US generals told him Beirut was bombed?> > -- Kate Brannen (@K8brannen) August 5, 2020More stories from theweek.com New Lincoln Project ad crowns Jared Kushner 'Secretary of Failure' LeBron James: NBA 'could care less' if Trump stops watching The Republican problem no one knows how to solve


  • A white woman spent years posing online as a Native American scientist and professor, and was caught after claiming the woman contracted coronavirus and died

    A white woman spent years posing online as a Native American scientist and professor, and was caught after claiming the woman contracted coronavirus and diedBethAnn McLaughlin admitted Tuesday that she created the @Sciencing_Bi account on Twitter, which had been active from 2016 until July 31.


  • N. Korea's escalating virus response raises fear of outbreak

    N. Korea's escalating virus response raises fear of outbreakNorth Korea is quarantining thousands of people and shipping food and other aid to a southern city locked down over coronavirus worries, officials said, as the country?s response to a suspected case reinforces doubt about its longstanding claim to be virus-free. In late July, North Korea said it had imposed its ?maximum emergency system? to guard against the virus spreading after finding a person with COVID-19 symptoms in Kaesong city, near the border with rival South Korea. State media reported that leader Kim Jong Un then ordered a total lockdown of Kaesong, and said the suspected case was a North Korean who had earlier fled to South Korea before slipping back into Kaesong last month.


  • Latin America now has world's highest coronavirus death toll

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