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Hidden Cost of Mass Layoffs: Why Job Cuts Won’t Solve States’ Budget Crisis

In Ohio, Governor Mike DeWine froze hiring. New York’s Andrew Cuomo halted raises for 85,000 union workers, including police and corrections officers. In Pennsylvania, 9,000 state employees stopped getting paychecks. And it’s just the beginning. While over 40 million jobs have vanished during the pandemic, states have held off on firing workers en masse. Yet as they reopen, huge deficits caused by Covid-19 mean layoffs are all […]

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Trump Signs Executive Order Targeting Social Media After Twitter Fact-checking Controversy

President Donald Trump has signed an executive order that takes away legal protections enjoyed by social media platforms. Trump’s move comes a day after he threatened to close down social media platforms after Twitter alerted users to fact-check his “false claim” that Mail-In Ballots will lead to massive corruption and fraud. A statement issued by the White House Thursday said […]

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Trump's Social Media Executive Order Is a Confession of His Ignorance

With more than 100,000 Americans now dead from the coronavirus, President Trump has spent this week doing what he does best — ignoring the crisis and instead railing against invented demons. This week’s demon is Twitter, the social media platform that the president normally uses to his great advantage, peddling falsehoods and conspiracy theories to stoke right-wing rage. But on […]

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They Were Fervent Trump Supporters. Then Coronavirus Hit.

In his northern Missouri town of about 6,000, Vincent Harris suspects he was one of the most vocal supporters President Donald Trump had there. The 54-year-old Navy veteran was a self-described “deplorable” (a reference to Hillary Clinton’s notorious dig at Trump supporters in 2016). He fiercely defended the #MAGA mindset on social media, acting as one of the president’s model […]

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Minnesota Police Arrest CNN Television Crew Live On Air

Minneapolis (AP) — Cheering protesters torched a Minneapolis police station that the department abandoned as three days of violent protests spread to nearby St. Paul and angry demonstrations flared across the U.S over the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer kneeled on his neck. A police spokesman confirmed late […]

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Former U.S. officials question DOJ's probe of 'unmasking' of Trump ally

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former U.S. intelligence officials questioned the Justice Department’s naming of a prosecutor to probe the “unmasking” of names in spy-agency eavesdropping reports by Obama administration officials, saying such requests had not previously been treated as criminal matters. Attorney General William Barr this week assigned a U.S. attorney in Texas, John Bash, to look into unmasking requests that […]

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Rank-And-File Republicans Turn On Trump In New Effort To Block His Reelection

A new ad campaign puts Republican voters front-and-center to talk about President Donald Trump ― but it’s not an endorsement.  Just the opposite: They’re all explaining why they can’t vote for Trump, and why many plan to cast a ballot for former Vice President Joe Biden even when they disagree on policy, in the new campaign called Republican Voters Against Trump. “I’d […]

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Europe Reaches a Tipping Point Over China’s Hong Kong Gamble

Europe’s relations with China are going from bad to worse. Beijing’s decision to force national security laws on Hong Kong has outraged many in the European Union for what they see as an attack on democracy. It places EU governments on the horns of a dilemma over how to respond as they shift from battling the coronavirus to economic recovery, […]

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