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Immanuel Jarvis, GOP chair in Durham, N.C., sees President Trump as a friend of Black Americans and the media as an enemy. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Liberals are enemies and users of blacks.
A California security guard has been charged with murder after allegedly shooting a man dead during a dispute over a facemask. Umeir Hawkins, 32, was working as a guard in a market in Gardena Sunday when he began arguing with Jerry Lewis, 50, after he entered the store without a mask, according to the Los... New York Post
Attorney General William Barr on Wednesday acknowledged a “widespread phenomenon” where communities of color are treated differently by police in the US. “I do think it is a widespread phenomenon that African American males, in particular, are treated with extra suspicion and maybe not given the benefit of the doubt,” Barr told ABC... New York Post
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Universities opposed a policy that would require students to take at least one in-person class or be denied permission to study in the United States. New York Times
Civil rights groups criticized the company’s top executives, Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg, after a meeting about its policies on hate speech. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Facebook must be defunded by advertisers and users.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is revising its guidance on schools after Trump tweeted his disagreement with them, Pence said.
The document resulted from a half-dozen task forces appointed by Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders to unify the party's moderate and progressive wings.
VOA VIEW: Leftwing radicals.
Budget cuts have hollowed out the IRS's enforcement abilities, leaving tens of billions of dollars in money that's owed to Uncle Sam and could have been collected, had Capitol Hill ponied up, the Congressional Budget Office said Wednesday. The wealthy have benefitted the most, with audits of millionaires peaking above ... Washington Times
For three weeks, Seattle officials allowed hundreds of protesters to take over a six-block area of Capitol Hill that included Cal Anderson Park, but Shella Sadovnik still isn't allowed to take her child to the local playground. "Apparently, my toddler is much more dangerous [than protesters]," said Ms. Sadovnik, a ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Dems have zero credibility.
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As George Floyd told Minneapolis police officers that he couldn't breathe more than 20 times in the moments before he died, the officer who pressed his knee against Floyd's neck dismissed his pleas, saying "it takes a heck of a lot of oxygen to talk," according to transcripts ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The truth hurts.
Democratic presidential candidate Joseph R. Biden on Wednesday formally embraced citizenship rights for 11 million illegal immigrants and a full erasure of all of President Trump's get-tough border policies, as part of the party's new unity platform. He would expand sanctuary locations, limit ICE's ability to deport criminals in local ... Washington Times
Lt. Col Alexander Vindman, a key witness in President Trump's impeachment inquiry, is retiring from service after determining that his future "will forever be limited." ABC
VOA VIEW: The country will be better off.
Most New York City students will return to their physical schools two or three days a week and learn online the rest of the time under a plan announced by Mayor Bill de Blasio ABC
VOA VIEW: A BS plan with no meaning.
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The court ruled 7-2 in a case involving the Little Sisters of the Poor. ABC
Atlanta’s mayor says she will sign an executive order mandating masks in Georgia’s largest city ABC
The Supreme Court is siding with two Catholic schools in a ruling that underscores that certain employees of religious schools, hospitals and social service centers can’t sue for employment discrimination ABC
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The two leaders are recognizing the USMCA, which took effect July 1. CBS
Lane has been charged with aiding and abetting second-degree unintentional murder and second-degree manslaughter. CBS
A drastically smaller United would be the clearest signal yet of how deeply the pandemic is hurting the airline industry. CBS
A Georgia man is charged with the shooting death of a 17-year-old girl last month on a highway in Statesboro. His lawyer says it was self-defense after a group of teens allegedly harassed him and his girlfriend and they claimed to fear for their lives. Mark Strassmann reports from Atlanta. CBS
The U.S. has already been expelling most border-crossers, including unaccompanied children, under a separate CDC order. CBS
VOA VIEW: Illegal immigration must be put to the end.
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President Trump tweeted that he will be meeting with CDC officials to discuss the guidelines. CBS
In Texas, where coronavirus cases are skyrocketing, a growing number of sheriff's departments are refusing to enforce the governor's mandatory mask order. CBS
Bed Bath & Beyond said Wednesday that it plans to permanently close roughly 200 of its namesake stores over the next two years, starting later this year, as it works toward getting back to profitability amid the coronavirus pandemic. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Times are a changing.
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Amazon said it would pull a variety of products featuring the Washington team, including jerseys, t-shirts and jewelry. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Amazon must be sanctioned and reduced in size.
Alex Stamos, who left Facebook in 2018 over its handling of misinformation in the 2016 election, said Mark Zuckerberg is confusing fighting amplification with censorship. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Facebook is a deceptive joke.
Sheriff Richard K. Jones says he will not enforce the mask mandate issued by the Republican Governor Mike Dewine despite a high level of virus spread in his county. CNN
The report calls for a change-up of the department’s command structure, more diversity among leadership and the “redesign” of police’s role in society. FOX News
VOA VIEW: DeBlasio must go so the NYPD can be productive.
Rutgers University students are demanding that tuition and fees be reduced after the school announced that most classes for the fall semester will be taught remotely amid the coronavirus pandemic. FOX News
VOA VIEW: They should receive a substantial refund.
LAPD brass is probing whether the high number of members out sick over the Fourth of July weekend was actually a case of the "blue flu." FOX News
VOA VIEW: There will be a national 'blue flu'.
President Donald Trump and Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador celebrated the launch of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement by signing a joint declaration at the White House on Wednesday. UPI
The anti-drone defense system of Northrop Grumman Corp. -- the Forward Area Air Defense Command and Control -- was selected by the Defense Department for short-term use, the company announced on Wednesday. UPI
The aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman arrived at Norfolk, Va., Naval Shipyard, the Navy reported on Wednesday, for maintenanc eafter seven months at sea. UPI
VOA VIEW: A well-deserved rest.
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Good leadership. President Trump on Tuesday said that his administration would be “putting a lot of pressure” on US governors to reopen public schools in the fall. “We’re very much going to put pressure on governors and everybody else to open the schools, to get them open. It’s very important,” Trump said at a White House event featuring health experts, educators and politicians on school reopenings. “So we are going to be putting a lot of pressure on [governors] to open your schools in the fall,” he continued. “Everybody wants it. The moms want it. The dads want it. The kids want it. It’s time to do it.”
The president also touted his administration’s efforts to fight the coronavirus pandemic — and pointed to Florida GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis, who announced earlier in the day that schools would reopen there in the fall despite a big recent spike in cases. “[Vice President] Mike [Pence] was telling me Gov. DeSantis did a terrific [job], just announced schools will be open in the fall and we hope that most schools are going to be open,” Trump said.
First lady Melania Trump focused on children and their educational and emotional needs in her brief remarks. "The administration has worked around the clock to protect Americans from the coronavirus, but many challenges for children and families can be just as invisible as the virus, and just as dangerous when children are out of school,” she said. “They are missing more than just time in the classroom, they are missing the laughter of the friends, learning from those teachers and the joy of recess and play,” the first lady continued before stressing the importance of safe reopenings.