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Matchup Set For New Jersey Rep. Van Drew, Who Switched Parties To GOP

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 21:41

Congressman Jeff Van Drew switched parties in opposition to the impeachment inquiry of President Trump. He now faces a challenge from Amy Kennedy, the AP's projected winner of the Democratic primary.

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States Sue Education Department Over Allocation Of Pandemic Funds To Schools

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 21:10

Five states and the District of Columbia have accused the Trump administration of trying to unlawfully divert COVID-19 relief funds from public schools to private schools.

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Movie Theaters Sue New Jersey For Right To Reopen

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 19:51

Movie chains, including AMC Entertainment, Cinemark and Regal Cinemas, are seeking an injunction against Gov. Philip Murphy's phased reopening schedule unless it allows them to reopen.

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Texas Sets State Record With More Than 10,000 New Coronavirus Cases Reported Tuesday

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 19:21

Texas recorded 10,028 new cases, surpassing its previous single-day increase as statewide hospitalizations also set new records.

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Say Her Name: How The Fight For Racial Justice Can Be More Inclusive Of Black Women

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 18:59

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Kimberlé Crenshaw, co-founder of the Say Her Name campaign, about how the Black Lives Matter movement can be more inclusive of Black women.

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Why U.S. Schools Are Still Segregated — And One Idea To Help Change That

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 18:58

Rebecca Sibilia, founder of EdBuild, says a Supreme Court case shaped a funding model for public schools that reinforces inequity. She tells All Things Considered about a new model that could help.

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Trump Sets Date To End WHO Membership Over Its Handling Of Virus

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 18:14

In a letter to the U.N., the president said the United States will terminate its relationship with the World Health Organization effective July 6, 2021. He was met with a barrage of criticism.

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'Say Her Name': How The Fight For Racial Justice Can Be More Inclusive Of Black Women

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 17:38

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Kimberlé Crenshaw, co-founder of the Say Her Name campaign, about how the Black Lives Matter movement can be more inclusive of Black women.

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Regardless Of What You Think, 'Irregardless' Is A Word

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 17:28

Grammarians are up in arms over dictionaries including "irregardless." The Merriam-Webster dictionary responds: "We do not make the English language, we merely record it."

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Trudeau Won't Visit Trump. Most Canadians Don't Want To Cross The Border Either

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 16:34

When Canada's prime minister opted not to meet President Trump this week, it sent a message about his country's mood: Most of his fellow citizens want to keep the border closed over coronavirus fears.

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CFPB Strips Some Consumer Protections For Payday Loans

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 16:17

Federal regulators issue a new rule for payday lenders that strips out a key provision crafted during the Obama administration. Lenders no longer have to check that borrowers can repay a loan.

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'The Stakes Are Far Higher Than They've Ever Been': Trump's Niece Pens Tell-All

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 15:51

Mary Trump offers a scathing portrait of the president in a book that very nearly was blocked from publication. Now its publisher is bumping up the release date, and excerpts are starting to surface.

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Florida Orders Schools To Reopen In The Fall For In-Person Instruction

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 15:24

The state's largest teachers' union says educators want schools to reopen, but the plan lacks detail on safety measures. "There's a lot of angst from teachers across the state," the union says.

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U.S. Killing Of Iran's Gen. Soleimani 'Was Unlawful,' U.N. Expert Says

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 14:08

President Trump said the U.S. targeted Iran's Qassem Soleimani because of an imminent threat. A U.N. investigator says the U.S. has produced no evidence to back that up.

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Amid New Surge In Virus Cases, Israel's Top Public Health Official Resigns

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 13:33

Siegal Sadetzki said Tuesday that Israeli leaders ignored her warnings and the country reopened too fast. "The compass handling the pandemic lost its direction," she said in her resignation letter.

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White House Pushes To Reopen Schools Despite A Surge In Coronavirus Cases

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 12:45

The administration acknowledges the risk of students spreading the contagion to vulnerable populations but emphasizes that school closures disrupt "critical services to children and their families."

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'Say Her Name': WNBA Dedicates 2020 Season To Social Justice Initiatives

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 12:36

The WNBA says this season, players will wear warmup shirts with the words "Say Her Name" on them to call attention to the "forgotten victims" of violence and police brutality.

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Atlanta Mayor Tests Positive, Sees 'Perfect Storm Of Distress In America'

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 12:21

Keisha Lance Bottoms' diagnosis comes at an intense time for the city, which is reeling from the police killing of Rayshard Brooks and a spike in violence over the Fourth of July weekend.

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'We've Got To Learn From Our History,' 'Demagogue' Author Warns

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 11:39

Author Larry Tye chronicles Sen. Joseph McCarthy's infamous smear campaign in a new book. He says both McCarthy and Trump are "bullies" who exploit fears and "point fingers when they're attacked."

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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro Tests Positive For Coronavirus

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 11:31

The 65-year-old leader revealed the result Tuesday on national TV. Bolsonaro has repeatedly downplayed the virus' dangers, despite Brazil suffering the world's second-largest outbreak.

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