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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
Bill Maher delivers mock eulogy for Trump...

Today's Top News Compilation - Friday, August 7, 2020

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

Trump claims he'll extend unemployment benefits through the end of the year
Trump to try going it alone on coronavirus aid after talks with Congress break down
Trump brushes off view that Russia denigrating Biden: 'Nobody's been tougher on Russia than I have'
Trump announces plans to extend unemployment benefits, payroll tax cut to the end of 2020 (Video)
Last-ditch virus aid talks collapse; no help for jobless now
Trump tees up executive orders on economy but won't sign yet
Florida's lack of transparency about election security funds aided alleged coverup, watchdog says
U.S. officials now worry about election logistics more than hacking
As Trump digs in, will it be US versus China in tech?
Russia working to boost Trump's reelection, 'denigrate' Biden: US intelligence report
Gowdy knocks Biden as a 'career offender as it relates to racially curious comments'
Trump and Macron discuss sending aid to Lebanon
Officials long warned of explosive chemicals at Beirut port
US election 2020: China, Russia and Iran 'trying to influence' vote
Trump teases order requiring insurers to cover preexisting conditions
Trump vows to circumvent Congress amid coronavirus aid talks stalemate
'Monkey' or 'Moor'? Biden surrogate under fire for bizarre metaphor
AP sources: Whitmer met with Biden as he nears VP decision
GOP House candidate's China coronavirus mask sparks criticism
Jerry Falwell Jr to take leave of absence after racy photo

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US calls for shower rules to be eased after Trump hair complaints

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The US government has proposed changing the definition of a showerhead to allow increased water flow, following complaints from President Donald Trump about his hair routine.

Under a 1992 law, showerheads in the US are not allowed to produce more than 2.5 gallons (9.5l) of water per minute.

The Trump administration wants this limit to apply to each nozzle, rather than the overall fixture.

Consumer and conservation groups argue that it is wasteful and unnecessary.

The changes were proposed by the Department of Energy on Wednesday following...
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China launches 'Clean Plate' campaign against food waste

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China has stepped up measures to reduce food waste, after President Xi Jinping called the amount wasted "shocking and distressing".

The "Clean Plate Campaign" comes after Mr Xi highlighted that Covid-19 had "sounded the alarm" on food waste.

He added that China had to "maintain a sense of crisis about food security".

It also comes after weeks of mass flooding across southern China which left farms wrecked and ruined tons of produce.

However, Chinese state news agency the Global Times said these factors would not lead to a food crisis, but that...
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Dolphin stampede wows whale watchers

  • News source: BBC News - World
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A safari group sailing near Dana Point in southern California came across a travelling pod of dolphins.
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China's Tencent downplays Trump's WeChat app ban

  • News source: BBC News - World
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Tencent has played down Donald Trump's ban on its WeChat app, believing it will only affect its US operations.

The tech giant runs an equivalent messaging platform in China called Weixin which it hopes will be unaffected.

The bigger fallout may be Apple's sales in China if its iPhones aren't allowed to download Chinese messaging apps.

WeChat has more than one billion users worldwide but says the US only accounts for 2% of its revenue.

Last Friday, US President Donald Trump ordered US firms to stop doing business with both WeChat and TikTok within...
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DeVos accuses teachers unions of concern with 'alternative agendas' like 'defunding police' over students

  • News source: Charles Creitz
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Teachers unions have shown themselves as being more concerned with political agendas and posturing than offering students a fulfilling learning experience, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos told "The Ingraham Angle" Wednesday.

DeVos told guest host Mike Huckabee that she was glad to see Democratic Govs. Phil Murphy of New Jersey and Andrew Cuomo of New York support reopening schools this fall, and said that it is imperative for families "not to be held captive to other people's fears or agendas."

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Schweizer claims Harris 'deep-sixed' release of documents ID'ing clergy accused of sex abuse as city DA

  • News source: Charles Creitz
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Presumptive Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris' handling of cases involving alleged child sex abuse by Catholic priests while she was San Francisco District Attorney should receive more scrutiny, investigative journalist and author Peter Schweizer told "Tucker Carlson Tonight" Wednesday.

Schweizer told host Tucker Carlson that when Harris took office in 2004, her predecessor, Democrat Terence Hallinan, left her with "hundreds of pages" of internal Catholic Church documents that included names of 40 accused clergy.

"Hallinan was...
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AOC posts poem after told she’ll get 1 minute to speak at Dem convention

  • News source: Dom Calicchio
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Time – even as short as one minute -- is what you make of it, U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez appeared to be saying Wednesday evening.

The New York Democrat reacted on Twitter to reports that she’ll get just 60 seconds to speak when she participates next week in the Democratic Party’s mostly online national convention.

Ocasio-Cortez quoted from “God’s Minute,” by the late civil rights leader Dr. Benjamin E. Mays, whose poem was a commentary on the brevity of life.

“I only have a minute. Sixty seconds in it. Forced upon me, I did not choose it...
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Pro-life journalist David Daleiden rips Kamala Harris' 'radical disrespect and contempt' for First Amendment

  • News source: Sam Dorman
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Center for Medical Progress founder David Daleiden blasted Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Wednesday for what he described as her "radical disrespect and contempt" for the First Amendment.

"I hope that all Americans ... are going to be able to come together to oppose the kind of radical disrespect and contempt for the First Amendment and for First Amendment civil liberties that Kamala Harris has demonstrated throughout her career," Daleiden told "Hannity."

As California's attorney general, Harris sued Daleiden through an unprecendented application of...
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Hatch Act does not prohibit Trump from delivering RNC acceptance speech on White House grounds, agency says

  • News source: Caitlin McFall
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House Oversite Committee Ranking member Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., announced Wednesday night that President Trump is legally able to deliver his Republican National Convention speech from the White House lawn.

Comer told Fox News Wednesday in a statement that the Hatch Act does not prevent Trump's use of the venue. He said that will likely not stop Democrats who "continue to deflect, deter and undermine every lawful action" by the president.

“Truth be told, Democrats should be comforted knowing that the President can deliver his acceptance speech...
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New Zealand coronavirus: 14 new Covid-19 cases reported

  • News source: BBC News - World
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New Zealand has reported 14 new Covid-19 cases a day after its biggest city, Auckland, went back into lockdown.

The detection of four new infected family members earlier this week shocked a country that had recorded no locally transmitted cases for more than three months.

Of the new cases, 13 have been linked back to this family, while one is an overseas arrival who was in quarantine.

A three-day lockdown was imposed in Auckland on Wednesday.

"We can see the seriousness of the situation we are in," Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in a news...
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Widow of Harris staffer shares touching story about her

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Beth Foster Gayle, the widow of Sen. Kamala Harris's former press secretary Tyrone Gayle, tells CNN's Anderson Cooper how Harris reacted to her husband's cancer diagnosis, and how she was there for him in his last days.
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Pence tells 'Hannity' he 'can't wait' to debate Kamala Harris, says voters' choice 'could not be clearer'

  • News source: Victor Garcia
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Presumptive Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris has "embraced the agenda of the radical left," Vice President Mike Pence told "Hannity" Wednesday, adding that he "can't wait" for the Oct. 7 vice presidential debate in Utah.

"I think she is a skilled debater, but I can't wait to get to Salt Lake City and be on the stage --whether to compare Joe Biden's nearly 50 years in public life, the agenda of the radical left, the agenda that she's embraced throughout her political career -- with the results of this president and this...
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Sen. Ron Johnson defends investigating Joe, Hunter Biden's ties to Ukraine: 'They put themselves' in spotlight

  • News source: Sam Dorman
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Former Vice President Joe Biden's son wasn't unfairly targeted by Republicans, but rather brought scrutiny on himself by serving on the board of Burisma Holdings in a conflict of interest, Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson, R-Wis., argued on "The Story" Wednesday.

"We didn't target the Bidens," Johnson told host Martha MacCallum. "We were actually looking at potential DNC involvement corrupting some of the agencies in the Obama Administration."

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Office of Special Counsel confirms Trump can deliver convention speech from White House

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(CNN)The US Office of Special Counsel said in a letter Wednesday that President Donald Trump could deliver his Republican National Convention speech from the White House.

The letter from Erica Hamrick, the deputy chief of the US Hatch Act Unit, comes in response to a request from Rep. Carolyn Maloney, a New York Democrat who's the chairwoman of the House Oversight Committee, for an advisory opinion after Trump earlier this month floated the idea of delivering his speech accepting the Republican nomination on White House grounds. The letter was made...
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Coronavirus: Netflix to stream Diana musical before Broadway debut

  • News source: BBC News - World
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Diana the musical will be streamed on Netflix next year before it makes its official Broadway debut.

This is an unprecedented move for the entertainment industry which is dealing with coronavirus restrictions.

Broadway theatres remain closed during the pandemic and may not reopen this year, according to experts.

The musical, based on the life story of Princess Diana, is now not scheduled to open on Broadway until 25 May next year.

A filmed version of the musical, featuring the original Broadway cast, will be made without an audience in New York...
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