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#BREAKING US President Trump says Hong Kong can 'never succeed' under China control

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Another 1.3 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week. That's 832k under regular state programs (not seasonally adjusted) and another 489k under the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program.

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Trump said he does not want to fund the Postal Service because Democrats are seeking to expand mail-in voting during the coronavirus pandemic, making explicit the reason he has declined to approve $25 billion in emergency funding for the agency

I would imagine there's a lot of A Level students today who, once they've tried to deal with this catastrophic shambles, will then, coldly and furiously, register to vote. It will have politicised an entire generation. This will have a long tail.

Kamala Harris: "We have a president who cares more about himself than the people who elected him."

“Philadelphia public school teacher worries about 'conservative' parents listening in on virtual classes, says [they] are his chief concern when teachers are engaging “in the messy work of destabilizing a kid’s racism or homophobia or transphobia.”

Joe Biden: "Whining is what Donald Trump does best."

the pre-guliani era of NYC was marked by brutal crimes that stood out for their indifference to consequence or witnesses. now they're back.

Brazilian chicken wings tested positive for coronavirus in China

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The media has built up such a reflex of ignoring Trump's wild comments that when he says something that's major, siren-level news — the postal service remarks — it is only leading one website I can find, @HuffingtonPost 

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Scoops of the Day

Donald Trump just said that Russia, China, and Iran run elections more effectively than Democratic governors. How sick and how sad for Republicans that Trump keeps alleging voter fraud before an election. Why doesn’t he just hold up a sign that says “I know I’m going to lose”?

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen calls on the international community to speak out against Beijing’s crackdown on Hong Kong

President Trump seems to be repeating the same talking points at his coronavirus briefings over multiple days.

Man people are gonna be real unhinged when the indictments come.

‘Increasing A-level grades will mean a whole generation could end up promoted beyond their abilities’ says Minister for Irony.

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The widow of Kamala Harris's former press secretart talks about the senator's human side, saying "she found a way to treat him with so much compassion," as he was ill. On the night he lay dying, she dropped everything to fly to NYC to be with the family, she told @andersoncooper 

The USPS was never a business. Politicians: Stop treating it like one.

The number of U.S. residents who have died since March is now more than 200,000 higher than it would be in a normal year. This suggests that the official death counts may be substantially underestimating the overall effects of the coronavirus.

Belarusians, inside and outside of the country, have reached out to me this week to ask why the West is so indifferent to their courageous fight for democracy. I can't explain. Can you?

Today’s English A-Level students are getting results decided by a computer based on whether they are rich or poor and if they are lucky will get into up to £55k of debt to watch online lectures in their bedrooms. It’s a betrayal of this generation.

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Scoops of the Week

BREAKING: We’re calling for the dismantling of the Department of Homeland Security.

Sounds like an amazing plan that Donald Trump already did

#BREAKING Taiwan FM says China trying to turn island into 'next Hong Kong'

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Joe Biden just picked the woman who called him a racist who hung out with segregationists, and who said she believed his sexual harassment accusers.

This is precision tile setting at scale

Mauritius declared an emergency after a tanker hit a coral reef, spilling 1,000+ tons of oil and threatening "thousands" of fragile species. It is still leaking. Volunteers are making barriers and rescuing animals, angry at govt inaction: "We will never be able to recover."

WATCH: Massive explosion rips through gas station in southwest Russia; at least 13 injured

Startling: Kimberly Karol, of postal service workers' union in Waterloo, Iowa, tells @noeleking  the USPS not only banned overtime, but is having sorting machines removed in her area: "That also hinders our ability to process mail. @NPR 

Nearly 20 years of abuse, waste, and corruption demonstrate the failure of the DHS experiment. Many knew DHS to be an ineffective superagency, but President Trump has converted DHS into our government’s most notable badge of shame.

Thousands of students are taking part in a youth revolt in Thailand against the powerful military’s influence in schools. “They want us to be like robots,” said one of the students.

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