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The Beirut explosion was likely caused by fireworks and ammonium nitrate, experts and video footage find. But now more difficult questions arise. LA Times
VOA VIEW: The truth may be known.
President Trump is prepared to sign executive orders on Friday to revive a moratorium on evictions and the lapsed federal boost in unemployment insurance pay, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said Wednesday. “By Friday if we haven’t made significant progress and we’re just too far apart, the president is prepared to take an... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Trump and Republicans should not give in to Dems.
President Trump on Wednesday announced he is dispatching members of his coronavirus task force to different states to help them tailor their response to the coronavirus crisis. “In recent weeks, members of the coronavirus task force have visited over 15 states to encourage them to follow our path forward, including Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia,... New York Post
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The NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau issues “fraudulent,” warrant-less subpoenas to investigate rank-and-file cops and to prevent leaks to the media, a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday claims. The subpoenas violate officers’ constitutional right to privacy and are part of a broad pattern in the department, according to the suit filed in Manhattan federal court by former... New York Post
The mail-in ballots of more than 84,000 New York City Democrats who sought to vote in the presidential primary were disqualified, according to new figures released by the Board of Elections. The city BOE received 403,213 mail-in ballots for the June 23 Democratic presidential primary. But the certified results released Wednesday revealed that only 318,995... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Mail-in ballots is not the American way.
Democrats announced that their convention would be almost entirely virtual, citing coronavirus concerns. In primary races, progressives triumphed and a polarizing Republican fell. New York Times
"I feel optimistic that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, but how long that tunnel is remains to be seen," Pelosi said after the meeting.
VOA VIEW: Time will tell - who gives in?
The Trump campaign has asked to move up the last debate to the first week in September if the election commission denies their request to add a fourth debate.
VOA VIEW: As is should be - Biden is a coward.
Facebook took down post from President Trump's personal page of a Fox News interview in which he said that children are "almost immune" from COVID-19.
VOA VIEW: USA Today is a joke.
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Trump said as early as February that the COVID-19 virus would "disappear," but the pandemic has accelerated at times during the past five months.
A federal appeals court on Wednesday reversed a judge’s order that shut down the Dakota Access pipeline pending a full environmental review. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit sided with pipeline owner Energy Transfer to keep the oil flowing, Washington Times
"As soon as we discovered something, we shared it ... " the ambassador said. ABC
The Treasury Department says it will be increasing the size of the Treasury bonds and other securities it auctions across-the-board in an effort to cope with the unprecedented borrowing needs facing the government as a result of the coronavirus pandemic ABC
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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has signed an executive order granting convicted felons the right to vote, ending Iowa’s place as the only remaining state to broadly deny voting rights to felons ABC
Flynn was interviewed by the FBI at the White House in January 2017. CBS
VOA VIEW: Yates is still deceptive.
The lawsuit takes aim at a new bill signed by Governor Steve Sisolak on Monday. CBS
VOA VIEW: As they should.
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Republicans and Democrats remain in stalemate over what should be included in the next coronavirus relief bill. CBS
The convention will have invited speakers appear remotely from their home states. CBS
"I mean, the numbers don't lie," Dr. Anthony Fauci said when asked during an interview whether the U.S. had the world's worst coronavirus outbreak. CNBC
VOA VIEW: You have to consider size.
A warehouse storing thousands of tons of unsecured highly explosive material has emerged as a possible source of the massive blast that ripped through the Lebanese capital on Tuesday, killing nearly 80 people, injuring 4,000 and sending a shock wave across the city that damaged buildings and blew out windows up to 10 kilometers (6 miles) away. CNN
Dr. Anthony Fauci tells CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta that he has had to get security protection after his family received threats and harassment. CNN
VOA VIEW: Fauci has made too many mistakes.
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During an interview set to air Thursday, former Vice President Joe Biden said that he had not taken a cognitive test and attacked the question as unfair, likening it to being asked if he was a "junkie." CNN
VOA VIEW: It's called lying.
Joe Biden is no longer expected to accept the Democratic presidential nomination in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, during the Democratic National Convention, three officials confirmed to CNN. CNN
"Look, we need help," he said. FOX News
VOA VIEW: It's all De Blasio's fault.
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The Buncombe County Board approved supporting reparations to Black people for the era of slavery and Jim Crow laws. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Wishful thinking - hold your breath.
The U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer USS Hudner joined Canadian, French and Danish forces for an Arctic training mission, the Navy announced. UPI
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday declared racism a public health crisis, citing the disproportionate toll the coronavirus pandemic has taken on the state's minority communities. UPI
VOA VIEW: Whitmer is an idiot.
The U.S. Supreme Court's approval rating has reached its highest mark in a decade, improving to 58%, according to a new Gallup poll released Wednesday. UPI
The U.S. economy added 167,000 workers during the month of July, ADP and Moody's Analytics said Wednesday in its monthly preview of the government jobs report. 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.