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Less than two weeks under a new national security law enacted by Beijing, Hong Kong residents already feel a curtain of control falling over the city's realms of speech and thought. LA Times
TikTok, owned by Chinese company ByteDance, is under pressure from lawmakers, who see a potential national security threat. LA Times
VOA VIEW: China cannot be trusted.
As Michael Flynn’s three-year legal drama nears its end, some of President Trump’s allies are hyping a new job for the ousted national security adviser: campaign surrogate. “He’s the perfect example of deep-state victimization,” former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich told Politico. “Great surrogate — lots of people would come to see him.” Flynn,... New York Post
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The Republican Party has edged out the Democrats in the race to sign up new voters — and coronavirus lockdowns are to blame, a new report says. New registrations cratered in the last three months, says TargetSmart, a Democratic data firm. In May of this year, 194,596 new voters were registered nationwide, according to TargetSmart’s... New York Post
Mitt Romney, an avid critic of President Trump, said that Trump granting clemency for Roger Stone is "unprecedented, historic corruption."
VOA VIEW: Romney is a traitor.
Gov. John Edwards on Saturday ratcheted up Louisiana's restrictions to combat the coronavirus's spread, saying he's instituting a statewide mask mandate, putting tougher limits on group gatherings and shuttering bars. The tightened requirements will take effect Monday, the Democratic governor said. Washington Times
A Native American man convicted in Oklahoma of first-degree murder and another who pleaded guilty to manslaughter had their convictions vacated because the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that much of the eastern part of the state remains a reservation on which tribal members are subject to ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: A nation within a nation - dumb.
The class-action lawsuit filed by nearly two dozen entities in Seattle's former so-called Capitol Hill Occupied Protest (CHOP) was amended Friday, as the plaintiffs accuse the city of "deliberate indifference to the known and obvious harm" businesses and residents suffered. The amendment was filed Friday in federal court, and now ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The city and state are the blame.
A lower court’s ruling halted the first federal execution in nearly two decades. ABC
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Visitors are required to wear masks, socially distance and have temperature checks on arrival. BBC
Jeff Sessions will face off against Tommy Tuberville in Tuesday's Republican primary runoff in Alabama. CBS
VOA VIEW: It's a shame Trump and Sessions have got so far apart.
Social isolation has long been a problem for many of the country's senior citizens, and with many confined to their homes because of the coronavirus pandemic, it has become an even greater concern. A volunteer group made up of high school students is stepping up to help seniors using Zoom, the conference app that has exploded in popularity in recent months. They are called Generation Tech, and their mission has been to introduce the newest technology to older generations, even before the pandemic struck. CBS
An extensive list of charges was filed in a California court in July, after a CBS News investigation found two years ago that vulnerable drug addicts were being paid to have experimental surgeries -- and insurance companies were being billed thousands of dollars in the process. Jeff Glor spoke to one mother whose life was changed when her son, who was paid $1,000 to get the treatment, overdosed. CBS
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President Trump has commuted the sentence of longtime friend and political adviser Roger Stone. Mr. Trump's decision late Friday came days before Stone was to begin serving more than three years in federal prison on charges stemming from former special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the 2016 election. Nikole Killion reports on the fallout. CBS
Barr had previously said that Roger Stone's prosecution was "righteous" and the sentence was fair, and defended his decision to oppose a stricter sentence for Stone. CNBC
Before departing for Walter Reed, Trump told reporters on the White House South Lawn that he would "probably have a mask" while visiting the hospital. CNBC
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The new fifth generation of mobile networks known as 5G is a catalyst for the next industrial revolution that is giving rise to smart factories worldwide. CNBC
Internal documents from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that fully reopening K-12 schools and universities would be the "highest risk" for the spread of coronavirus, according to a New York Times report, as President Donald Trump and his administration push for students and teachers to return in-person to classrooms. CNN
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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis supported schools reopening amid the coronavirus pandemic saying, "if we can do Walmart, we can do schools," but former governor of Florida, Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL), says he "doesn't get the analogy." CNN
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Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top expert on infection diseases in the US, says he hasn't briefed President Trump in months, and says his blunt messaging may be why he's not being allowed on US television recently. CNN
VOA VIEW: Fuaci is a fraud and flake.
Michael Lofthouse has resigned as CEO and cut all business ties with his San Francisco-based tech company Solid8 after a video surfaced showing him making racist comments to an Asian family. FOX News
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized a shipment of 15,750 Xanax pills in Cincinnati in late June, the agency announced Friday. FOX News
Authorities in St. Louis executed a search warrant Friday evening at the home of Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the couple who made headlines last month when they took up arms to defend their home from protesters. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Vindictive rogue law enforcement.
A group of Norman, Okla., residents have launched a recall effort to oust the city's mayor and half the City Council over budget cuts to the police department and her order that people wear masks in public to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. FOX News
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The Trump administration has announced a 25 percent tariff on $1.3 billion of French goods, including handbags, cosmetics and soaps. UPI
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Sad!. North Korean soldiers are feeling hare-ied by a recent request by military authorities to start breeding more rabbits — 15 of them to be exact, according to a new report. The directive from the Ministry of People’s Armed Forces came down June 7 ordering soldiers and their families to raise more bunnies to eat, including some that are at least 7.7 pounds, Daily NK reported. The military’s politiburo, the General Political Bureau, is billing the new order as a way to boost the country’s meat supply in an inexpensive way — as part of Kim Jong Un’s order to raise more grass-eating animals.
An “evaluation” of the soldiers’ breeding efforts will be made before the end of August. The request is believed to add more stress to soldiers, who began summer military drills on July 1, the publication said. They’ll have to find bigger cages and more food for their burgeoning nest, on top of preparing for the drills.