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President Trump accepted his party’s nomination from the South Lawn of the White House on the last night of the RNC. In one of the longest convention acceptance speeches ever given, Trump warned the country would be overtaken by “violent anarchists, agitators and criminals” if Joe Biden won in November. He also touted his administration’s response to the coronavirus, saying it focused on ‘science, facts and data’ – even as deaths in the United States kept increasing – and claimed he had done more for black Americans than any other president, largely glossing over the recent problems of systemic racism that sparked protests across the country. With the evening’s events taking place outside, protesters who had gathered near the White House could clearly be heard as the president spoke.
2. Police violence
For the second day in a row, professional sports teams have postponed games in response to the shooting of Jacob Blake, a black father, last weekend in Wisconsin. However, senior White House officials downplay the importance of the moment. Marc Short, chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence, called the NBA walkouts absurd and silly, and Jared Kushner called them a “night off.” We also learn more about two characters at the center of the crisis in Kenosha. Police said Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old accused of shooting and killing two people and injuring another during a protest, called a friend to tell him he ‘killed someone’ one ”before shooting two more. Meanwhile, family members of the critically injured Blake say he is handcuffed to his hospital bed.
The White House announced the purchase of 150 million rapid tests for Covid-19 with the hope that faster and wider tests will help keep schools and businesses open and operational. New coronavirus cases have declined by about 12% nationwide in the past seven days, but the United States still averages 900 deaths per day and could see 200,000 total deaths by mid- September. Hong Kong will start offering free tests to the city’s 7.5 million residents next month in an attempt to contain a third wave of the virus, and South Korea and Germany have again tightened restrictions. However, the UK government is telling people it is safe to return to work just a day after the country saw its biggest daily rise in new coronavirus cases in months.
4. Election 2020
A federal judge gives the Trump administration 10 days to answer questions and provide evidence on recent controversial political changes within the U.S. Postal Service. The order is part of a lawsuit brought by a group of states over the mail slowdown and the impact on the 2020 election. In Iowa, a state judge sided with the campaign. Trump and the Republican Party, which filed a lawsuit this month seeking to reject thousands of postal ballot request forms in the state. As a result, more than 50,000 requests for postal votes must now be invalidated and returned.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has resigned, citing the recurrence of a chronic disease he has been battling for years. Abe is the longest-serving prime minister in the country’s history. He first took office in 2006, but resigned in 2007 for health reasons. He was re-elected in 2012 and has maintained his political dominance since then, despite multiple scandals and plummeting popularity. Abe’s right-wing Liberal Democratic Party is still very strong, and since the leader of Japan is chosen by parliamentarians, his party’s next leader should have an easy path to becoming the next prime minister. Abe said he would remain in office until a successor is chosen.
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg to receive this year’s National Constitution Center Medal of Freedom
Another thing to add to his incredible list of accomplishments.
President Trump’s Madame Tussauds statue will now greet visitors to New York under a mask
Just when you thought these sculptures couldn’t be more realistic.
Amazon’s new portable health device can judge your tone of voice
Why pay for this feature when we already have in-laws and rivals in the workplace to do it for free?
Stressed zoo elephants will be given CBD oil to help them relax and stop fighting
FDA Warns of Hand Sanitizer Packaged to Look Like Food or Drink
Please do not eat hand sanitizer! Don’t let your kids eat hand sanitizer! It’s for the hands! Only!
That’s about the number of people Delta has had to ban from its flights for failing to adhere to the carrier’s mask policy.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“We cannot protect our borders by violating the rights of people. “
European Commissioner Ylva Johansson, in response to allegations of violence against asylum seekers in the EU. The pandemic has added another layer of pain and difficulty to the already severe migrant crisis in Europe.
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Social distances, but make art of it
The Dutch National Ballet has designed a dance for the era of the pandemic. It’s evocative – and certainly more graceful than our everyday experience. (Click here to view.)