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Today's Top Political and Coronavirus News Compilation - Sunday, August 9, 2020

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Trump suggests some states may 'pay nothing' as part of unemployment plan
Fed's Evans says another coronavirus aid package 'incredibly important': interview
Sen. Ron Johnson denies getting dirt on Biden from Ukrainian lawmaker, blasts Blumenthal for 'twisting' classified briefings
The *final* Joe Biden VP rankings
Trump, US face pivotal UN vote on Iran
Trump is smashing ethical norms and setting a dangerous precedent during an election year, officials say
Trump says he's open to allowing unemployed to get enhanced benefits without states paying part of the cost
Trump's postmaster general is playing with political fire
Hillary Clinton bashes Trump's executive orders as 'a stunt' and 'a big diversion'
Trump end run around Congress raises questions on his claims
Democrats Slam Trump's Executive Actions, Critiquing Both Substance And Legality
Maxine Waters says she's confident Biden will choose a Black woman as a running mate
As Biden mulls his choice, women's groups brace for sexist, racist attacks on VP
Trump denies White House asked about adding him to Mount Rushmore
Puerto Rico’s primary goes off the rails
Bill Barr: ANTIFA is 'new form of urban guerrilla warfare' (Video)
States on hook for billions under Trump’s unemployment plan
Trump’s executive actions under fire as unemployed Americans eager for relief
Schumer: Idea that $600 unemployment benefit keeps workers away from jobs 'belittles the American people'
Coronavirus negotiation 'makes me wonder' if Democrats want to tank economy: Navarro...

Today's Political and Coronavirus News Compilation - Saturday, August 8, 2020

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Below are some of the top political news stories of the day:

Pelosi, Schumer slam Trump executive orders, call for GOP to come back to negotiating table
Trump signs measures to boost economic aid but could face challenges
Biden says Trump executive order is 'a reckless war on Social Security'
What's in President Trump's four coronavirus relief executive orders?
Trump walks out of news conference after reporter asks him about Veterans Choice lie he's told more than 150 times
Trump signs 4 executive actions on coronavirus relief
Trump orders $400-per-week unemployment payments amid COVID crisis, hits Dems for stonewalling
As Democrats allege USPS 'sabotage,' a conspiracy theory in the making
Trump got into testy exchange with top GOP donor Adelson: report
Trump extends student loan relief through year's end
Blumenthal calls for declassification of materials detailing Russian threat to US elections
Watch live: President Trump signs executive orders related to unemployment relief
Trump signs executive orders on coronavirus economic relief
Trump signs executive orders providing temporary coronavirus relief after stimulus talks with Congress stall
Washington Post: Mnuchin and Navarro feuded over TikTok in front of Trump before he signed executive order
Trump seems ready, willing to bypass lawmakers on virus aid
Susan Rice dismisses Republican ‘harping’ on Benghazi amid pandemic: ‘Fine, let them’
Thousands of bikers pour into South Dakota for motorcycle rally
Zelensky calls on Ukrainians not to interfere in U.S. election
Vote-by-mail worries: A ‘leaky pipeline’ in many states
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Twitter 'looking' at a possible TikTok tie-up

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Twitter has approached TikTok's Chinese owner ByteDance to express an interest in buying its US operations, according to sources.

Video-sharing platform TikTok has been at the centre of fierce debate in recent weeks and takeover talk.

Last week US Donald Trump ordered firms to stop doing business with TikTok within 45 days over security concerns.

Tech giant Microsoft is the front-runner to buy TikTok but now Twitter has emerged as a possible suitor.

But it remains unclear whether Twitter can afford to buy TikTok from its Chinese owners and can...
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Jimmy Lai: Hong Kong's rebel mogul and pro-democracy voice

  • News source: BBC News - World
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He was 12 years old when he fled his village in mainland China, arriving in Hong Kong as a stowaway on a fishing boat.

Like a number of the city’s famed tycoons, he went from a menial role, toiling in a Hong Kong sweatshop, to founding a multi-million dollar empire.

But unlike others who rose to the top, Jimmy Lai also became one of the fiercest critics of the Chinese state and a leading figure in Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement.

He was born in Guangzhou, a city in southern China, to a wealthy family that lost everything when the communists...
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Trump's big power move leaves workers in limbo

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(CNN)President Donald Trump's big executive power move ostensibly meant to support laid-off workers and stimulate the economy is already mired in confusion that threatens to leave millions of jobless Americans waiting in vain for help from Washington.

White House advisers struggled to explain Sunday exactly what the flurry of presidential actions, signed by Trump after the breakdown of talks with congressional Democrats on a new coronavirus rescue package, actually do or how quickly they might work. But it's already clear the measures fall well...
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Coronavirus: Australia records deadliest day but fewer new infections

  • News source: BBC News - World
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Australia has recorded its deadliest day of the coronavirus pandemic amid a second wave of infections in Melbourne.

Nineteen deaths were reported in Victoria - of which Melbourne is the capital - on Monday.

Victoria has now seen about two-thirds of Australia's total 314 deaths and approximately 21,400 infections.

But the rate of daily infections - though still in the hundreds - has dropped in recent days, prompting hope that a strict lockdown is working.

Melbourne's second lockdown began over a month ago, but residents have been subject to a...
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Hong Kong pro-democracy tycoon Jimmy Lai arrested

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Hong Kong pro-democracy tycoon Jimmy Lai has been arrested for suspected collusion with foreign forces, his aide has said.

Mark Simon said the businessman was held under the controversial national security law imposed by China in June.

Mr Lai supported pro-democracy protests that erupted in Hong Kong last year.

In February, the 71-year-old mogul was charged with illegal assembly and intimidation. He was later granted police bail.

"Jimmy Lai is being arrested for collusion with foreign powers at this time," said Mr Simon, an executive at Mr Lai's...
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Trump says he's open to allowing unemployed to get enhanced benefits without states paying part of the cost

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(CNN)President Donald Trump opened the door on Sunday to allowing some unemployed Americans to get enhanced unemployment benefits even if the states in which they live won't pay part of the costs.

Under the memorandum the President signed Saturday, a state must agree to enter into a financial arrangement with the federal government for any unemployed person living there to get any of the additional benefits.

The federal government would require states to pick up the tab for 25% (or $100) of the $400 additional benefit each person may able to...
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Maxine Waters says she's confident Biden will choose a Black woman as a running mate

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(CNN)Rep. Maxine Waters said Sunday she's confident presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden will choose a Black woman as his running mate ahead of his anticipated announcement in the coming days.

"It's going to be historic whomever ever it is. Do I believe that it's going to be an African American woman? I certainly do," the California Democrat told CNN's Jim Acosta on "Newsroom."

Waters specifically cited influence from South Carolina Rep. James Clyburn as well as "the way African American women have emerged in this country, showing they're the...
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Coronavirus: Is the world winning the pandemic fight?

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It is little more than six months since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the arrival of a new virus a global emergency.

On that day, at the end of January, there had been almost 10,000 reported cases of coronavirus and more than 200 people had died. None of those cases were outside of China.

Since then the world, and our lives, have changed profoundly. So how are we faring in this battle between the human race and the coronavirus?

If we take the planet as a whole, the picture is looking rough.

There have been more than 19 million...
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Trump WeChat ban 'an unwelcome signal' for Chinese community

  • News source: BBC News - World
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For the global Chinese community, WeChat is more than a chat app: it is often the primary means of staying in touch with friends and family back home.

So the decision last week by US President Donald Trump to order American firms to stop doing business with WeChat has sent shockwaves rippling out.

"WeChat has become the 'it' tool for Chinese-speaking people, no matter where you are around the world," one Shanghai resident told the BBC.

The billion-user app is primarily a social networking platform but can be used for a host of daily activities...
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Police crack down on protesters in Belarus following contested election

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Protests in Belarus broke out Sunday against the results of a presidential election that gave the country's authoritarian leader, Alexander Lukashenko, a landslide win.
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Belarus election: Clashes after poll predicts Lukashenko re-election

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Protesters and riot police have clashed in Belarus' capital Minsk and other cities, after a state TV exit poll said long-time leader Alexander Lukashenko was re-elected in Sunday's election.

In Minsk, the police used stun grenades to disperse crowds in the city centre. There have been reports of injuries.

The state TV exit poll showed that Mr Lukashenko won nearly 80% of the vote.

Main opposition candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya said she did not trust the figures which gave her 7%.

"I believe my eyes, and I see that the majority is with us," she...
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Islamic State in Iraq: 'How I survived an IS massacre'

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Iraqi soldier Ali Hussein Kadhim recollects his miraculous escape from the massacre that killed hundreds of other cadets.
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Belarus election: Rubber bullets fired at anti-government protesters

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Thousands protest in Minsk after exit polls announced the re-election of President Lukashenko.
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Beirut: Anatomy of a lethal explosion

  • News source: BBC News - World
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Starting with the epicentre, we follow how the blast ripped through the city, bringing life to a halt.
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Israeli military strikes Hamas target in northern Gaza Strip

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The Israeli military says it has struck a Hamas target in the northern Gaza Strip in response to the continued launches of explosives-laden balloons from the Palestinian territory into Israel
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