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Today's Top News Compilation - Thursday, August 6, 2020

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McConnell goes hands-off on bill
Trump leads July fundraising, but Biden closes resources gap
Trump raises $165 million in July, beating Biden by $25 million
Twitter bans Trump campaign until it deletes tweet with COVID-19 misinformation
Emboldened Pelosi takes hard line as relief talks drag on
Trump says Sally Yates 'lying or grossly incompetent' on Comey testimony
Attacking Vote-By-Mail Was Hurting Trump In Fla., Experts Say. So He Changed Course
Capitol negotiators still stuck, still trying on virus aid
Sen. Rand Paul blasts GOP colleagues, says they should 'apologize' to Obama for past spending complaints
Experts held 'war games' on the Trump vs. Biden election. Their finding? Brace for a mess
Lincoln Project ad dubs Jared Kushner the 'Secretary of Failure'
As U.S. Congress wrangles over aid, millions of renters get desperate
Trump to sign order in Ohio requiring government to buy 'essential' drugs from U.S. companies
Seeking refuge in US, children fleeing danger are expelled
Survivors of Beirut explosion on where they were and the horrifying aftermath
Trump campaign fires back at Facebook removal of Trump post: 'Flagrant bias'
Fear of COVID-19 will not be reason to vote absentee in November, Tennessee Supreme Court rule
Facebook, Twitter, YouTube pull Trump posts over coronavirus misinformation
Pence: Chief Justice Roberts 'has been a disappointment to conservatives'
Esper says 'most believe' Beirut explosion 'was an accident' after Trump claimed it was an attack
Trump says he has the right to suspend payroll tax if Congress won't
Stocks stall and...

Today's Top News Compilation - Wednesday, August 5, 2020

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WH officials signal relief negotiations will end if agreement not reached by Friday
Yates says Obama, Biden didn’t influence Flynn investigation
Professor who accurately predicted every election since 1984 says Biden will beat Trump
Skepticism grows over Friday deadline for coronavirus deal
US accuses Russia of conducting sophisticated disinformation and propaganda campaign
Gallup poll finds highest Supreme Court approval rating since 2009
CIA steers clear of Senate Republican probe into Bidens
Clyburn claims Trump won’t leave office quietly, military might have to step in
Fact check: Trump makes at least 20 false claims in Fox & Friends interview
Trump campaign requests presidential debate in early September to address early voting
Yates: Comey went 'rogue' with Flynn interview
White House, congressional Democrats harden stances on coronavirus relief
Defense Secretary says Beirut explosion appears to have been 'an accident'
Top federal official says 'more details coming' on foreign election interference
Virus aid: Where things stand in high-level Washington talks
Biden scraps plans to travel to Milwaukee for nomination acceptance, citing coronavirus concerns
TikTok, WeChat and ‘untrusted’ Chinese apps should be removed from U.S. app stores, Pompeo says
Fact check: Trump ad edits out microphone and trees from Biden photo to make him seem alone in basement
Progressives say primary wins latest sign of momentum shift
Illinois lawmaker calls for Dem governor Pritzker to be held in contempt over coronavirus measures
Trump's perfect storm of a Kodak deal is getting new scrutiny...

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Cities go to extremes with quarantine crackdowns: Checkpoints, power shutoffs, steep fines

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With the daily number of coronavirus cases in the United States still hovering at about 50,000 and American deaths from the disease approaching 160,000, cities across the country are taking increasingly severe measures to force the curve of the outbreak downward -- including power shutoffs, fines and more.

In perhaps the most striking example of a city's coronavirus response, Los Angeles sent police to a large house party in the Beverly Crest neighborhood after complaints from neighbors about the number of people there. CBSLA sent a news chopper --...
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Biden appears to split with Obama on eliminating Senate filibuster – then backtracks

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Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden appeared to break from former President Barack Obama on whether or not the Senate needs to eliminate the filibuster, only to immediately backtrack when pressed on the issue.

In an interview with the National Association of Black Journalists and National Association of Hispanic Journalists, CBS News national correspondent Errol Barnett asked Biden if he agreed with Obama regarding ending the filibuster to bolster the Voting Rights Act.

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GOP senators introduce bill to allow judges to hold illegal immigrants who miss hearings in contempt

  • News source: Adam Shaw
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EXCLUSIVE: Two Republican senators on Wednesday introduced a bill that would allow immigration judges to hold illegal immigrants in contempt of court and issue arrest warrants if they miss their court proceedings -- a move the lawmakers say will also deal with the massive backlog of cases.

The Immigration Court Efficiency (ICE) Act, introduced by Sens. Kelly Leoffler, R-Ga., and Tom Cotton, R-Ark,, would also allow judges to declare those who miss their proceedings inadmissible.


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Transcript: DCPS Chancellor on coronavirus impacts on fall year

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The following is a transcript of an interview with DC Public Schools Chancellor Lewis Ferebee with "Face the Nation" moderator Margaret Brennan.
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RNC and Trump campaign prepare to wage war over voting laws

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(CNN)Republican officials said the Trump campaign's lawsuit over a new Nevada law on mail-in voting is a preview of what they predict will be a months-long, multi-million dollar battle over the practice.

With a war chest of $20 million at its disposal, the Republican National Committee's legal team has started to take action -- and is poised to do more -- against voting laws and policies that they view as unconstitutional and potentially damaging to the President's prospects of winning.

"The game plan is to fight at every turn," a senior campaign...
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Another 1.2 million Americans filed for first-time unemployment benefits last week

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New York (CNN Busness)In recent weeks the recovery from America's jobs crisis seemed to have hit a roadblock, but last week's claims for first-time unemployment benefits fell more than expected.

That said, another 1.2 million Americans filed for initial jobless benefits last week on a seasonally adjusted basis, the Department of Labor reported on Thursday. That was down from the prior week's 1.4 million claims.

Not adjusting for seasonal factors, just under 1 million people filed initial unemployment claims last week. Normally seasonal adjustments...
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Virginia mayor urged to resign after allegedly saying Joe Biden picked 'Aunt Jemima' as his VP

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(CNN)Backlash in a small Virginia town was swift after a racist and sexist post showed up on the mayor's Facebook page.

"Joe Biden has just announced Aunt Jemima as his VP pick," read the statement posted to the Facebook page of Luray Mayor Barry Presgraves.

The post was deleted once people on social media, including members of the Luray town council, called it out for being racist, the Washington Post reported. One council member called the mayor's words "inappropriate," another called for him to apologize and yet another called for his...
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Twitter temporarily restricted Trump campaign's ability to tweet over false Covid-19 claims

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San Francisco (CNN Business)Twitter said on Wednesday it had restricted President Donald Trump's campaign from tweeting after its account shared a video containing false claims about the coronavirus.

The tweet, a video of Trump's interview with Fox News in which he said children are "almost immune" to the virus, "is in violation of the Twitter Rules on Covid-19 misinformation," a Twitter spokesperson said in a statement. "The account owner will be required to remove the Tweet before they can Tweet again."

The account appeared to have the ability to...
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Mexico obesity: Oaxaca bans sale of junk food to children

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The Mexican state of Oaxaca has banned the sale of junk food and sugary drinks to children in an attempt to reduce high obesity and diabetes levels.

Oaxaca is the first state to take the measure in Mexico, which has one of the world's highest rates of childhood obesity.

People breaking the law can be fined and have their businesses closed. Re-offenders face jail terms.

The move comes as Mexico's number of deaths linked to Covid-19 nears 50,000.

Mexico's death toll is the third-highest in the world after the US and Brazil. Experts say being obese...
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Beirut explosion: Aerial footage shows site of blast

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Footage captured by drone shows the scale of the destruction after the explosion in Beirut on Tuesday.
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ACLU files nearly 400 cases versus Trump

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As of this week, the American Civil Liberties Union has filed nearly 400 lawsuits and other legal actions against President Donald Trump's administration
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Joe Biden launches new national ad aimed at Black Americans

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Joe Biden’s Democratic presidential campaign has launched a new national ad focused on Black Americans, urging them to stand up to President Donald Trump the way their ancestors stood up to “violent racists of a generation ago.”
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After Isaias rocks Each Coast, more storms on the way

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'Nothing compares': Unemployment filings top 1 million for 20th straight week

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The unprecedented streak of jobless claims has shattered all previous records.
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Sanders says he wants to tax billionaires' 'obscene' wealth earned during coronavirus pandemic

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Sen. Bernie Sanders said he will introduce legislation that taxes the "obscene wealth gains" of billionaires during the coronavirus pandemic.

Sanders, a self-avowed democratic socialist, wrote in a series of tweets on Wednesday evening that he planned to target the profits billionaires have made since the virus-induced crisis began in mid-March.

The Vermont independent proposed imposing a 60% levy on the windfall gains that 467 billionaires earned between March 18 and Aug. 3, which he said could raise more than $420 billion. That money, he said...
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