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    1. Supreme Court Blocks Access to Trump's Financial Records, For Now

      Supreme Court Blocks Access to Trump's Financial Records, For Now

      The Supreme Court on Thursday blocked House Democrats from accessing President Donald Trump's financial records, but ruled that the President is not immune from a subpoena for his financial documents from a New York prosecutor.

      The cases were sent back to lower courts for further review, all but ensuring that Trump's financial documents, which he has long sought to protect, will not be handed over before the November presidential election.
      Chief Justice John Roberts penned the 7-2 opinion in the New York prosecutor case, and was joined by Trump's two nominees, Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh. Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito filed dissenting opinions.

      "(W)e cannot conclude that absolute immunity is necessary or appropriate ...

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    2. Trump Admin Notifies Congress of Official Withdrawal from WHO

      Trump Admin Notifies Congress of Official Withdrawal from WHO

      The Trump administration has notified Congress and the United Nations that the United States is formally withdrawing from the World Health Organization, multiple officials tell CNN, a move that comes amid a rising number of coronavirus cases throughout the Americas over the past week.

      The withdrawal, which goes into effect next July, has drawn criticism from bipartisan lawmakers, medical associations, advocacy organizations and allies abroad. Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden vowed Tuesday to reverse the decision "on (his) first day" if elected.
      Sen. Robert Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee tweeted the news Tuesday.
      "Congress received notification that POTUS officially withdrew the U.S. from the ⁦‪@WHO⁩in the midst of a pandemic. To call ...
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    3. Tammy Duckworth Emerges as Serious Contender for Biden Running Mate

      Tammy Duckworth Emerges as Serious Contender for Biden Running Mate

      When Joe Biden pledged at the final Democratic primary debate to select a woman as his running mate, Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth was rarely mentioned as a contender. But that is changing as Biden and his campaign move closer to a decision that is expected to come early next month.

      Duckworth, 52, is among the broad tier of those being vetted by the Biden campaign. She would be the first woman of color nominated for that high office if chosen. She has served as the junior United States senator for Illinois since 2017. An Iraq war veteran, Duckworth was the first Thai-American woman elected to Congress, the first female double-amputee in the US Senate and the first senator to give ...
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    4. 4th of July Leads to 200,000 Coronavirus Cases in Florida

      4th of July Leads to 200,000 Coronavirus Cases in Florida

      Florida surpassed 200,000 cases of Covid-19 on Sunday, following the Fourth of July holiday during which the state recorded its most cases reported in a single day.

      At least 40,000 cases have been reported by the Florida Department of Health in the last four days. On Saturday, the Sunshine State reported 11,458 cases, the most reported in a single day, beating the previous record that was set on Thursday.
      The state has now surpassed New York's previous single-day high of 11,434, which was recorded in mid-April.

       "It's clear that the growth is exponential at this point," Miami Mayor Francis Suarez told ABC's "This Week" on Sunday. "We've been breaking record after record ...

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    5. Trump Delivers Deeply Divisive Independence Day Speech

      Trump Delivers Deeply Divisive Independence Day Speech

      President Donald Trump delivered another deeply divisive speech to mark Independence Day on Saturday, comparing the US's fight against Nazis and terrorists to his efforts to defeat "the radical left" in the US and accusing social justice protesters of trying to destroy America.

      "American heroes defeated the Nazis, dethroned the fascists, toppled the communists, saved American values, upheld American principles and chased down the terrorists to the very ends of the earth," Trump said. "We are now in the process of defeating the radical left, the Marxists, the anarchists, the agitators, the looters, and people who in many instances have absolutely no clue what they are doing."
      Building on similar remarks he delivered at Mount Rushmore on Friday, Trump ...
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    6. Supreme Court Ruling Denies Release of Secret Mueller Documents

      Supreme Court Ruling Denies Release of Secret Mueller Documents

      Grand jury material from former special counsel Robert Mueller won't be released to the Democratic-led House of Representatives at least for now, after the Supreme Court on Thursday granted the Trump administration's request to take up the case next term.

      The move means the documents won't likely be released before the November election, even if the Democrats win the case.
      The court's move is a victory for the Justice Department, which is seeking to prevent the release of the information, which includes portions of Mueller's report that were redacted to protect grand jury information and underlying grand jury testimony and exhibits that relate to certain individuals and events.
      The case is a major separation of ...
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    7. Senators Propose Bill to End Qualified Immunity

      Senators Propose Bill to End Qualified Immunity

      Three senators proposed a bill Wednesday to end qualified immunity, a legal doctrine that critics say is shielding law enforcement and government officials from accountability.

      The legislation, proposed by Democratic Sens. Edward Markey and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats, codifies that qualified immunity -- a creation of the Supreme Court nearly 40 years ago -- cannot be used as a defense by police officers and other public officials who violate the law.
      Though the Supreme Court could still announce that it will take a closer look at qualified immunity at some point, the court has decisively signaled an unwillingness in the short term to overturn its previous rulings, punting the ...
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    8. Trump's Highly Classified Phone Calls Alarm US Officials

      Trump's Highly Classified Phone Calls Alarm US Officials

      In hundreds of highly classified phone calls with foreign heads of state, President Donald Trump was so consistently unprepared for discussion of serious issues, so often outplayed in his conversations with powerful leaders like Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Erdogan, and so abusive to leaders of America's principal allies, that the calls helped convince some senior US officials -- including his former secretaries of state and defense, two national security advisers and his longest-serving chief of staff -- that the President himself posed a danger to the national security of the United States, according to White House and intelligence officials intimately familiar with the contents of the conversations.

      The calls caused former top Trump deputies -- including national security ...
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    9. Fauci Warns Vaccine May Be Unable to Achieve Necessary Immunity

      Fauci Warns Vaccine May Be Unable to Achieve Necessary Immunity

      Dr. Anthony Fauci says he would "settle" for a Covid-19 vaccine that's 70% to 75% effective, but that this incomplete protection, coupled with the fact that many Americans say they won't get a coronavirus vaccine, makes it "unlikely" that the US will achieve sufficient levels of immunity to quell the outbreak.

      With government support, three coronavirus vaccines are expected to be studied in large-scale clinical trials in the next three months.
      "The best we've ever done is measles, which is 97 to 98 percent effective," said Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. "That would be wonderful if we get there. I don't think we will. I would settle for [a ...
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    10. Mississippi Passed Bill to Remove Confederate Symbol from State Flag

      Mississippi Passed Bill to Remove Confederate Symbol from State Flag

      The Mississippi state legislature on Sunday passed a bill to remove the Confederate emblem from their flag in a historic referendum on the only remaining state flag to feature the Confederate insignia. The bill will now go to Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves, a Republican, who has said he would sign it into law.

      The legislation -- which cleared the state House in a 91-23 vote and the state Senate with a 37-14 vote -- comes as Mississippi lawmakers have been weighing a change to their flag for weeks amid ongoing racial justice protests across the country. The flag, first adopted in 1894, has red, white and blue stripes with the Confederate battle emblem in the corner.
      The bill establishes a commission to ...
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    11. Chesapeake Energy Becomes Largest Oil-and-Gas Bankruptcy of Pandemic

      Chesapeake Energy Becomes Largest Oil-and-Gas Bankruptcy of Pandemic

      Fracking pioneer Chesapeake Energy Corporation on Sunday became the largest oil-and-gas company to file for bankruptcy protection during the coronavirus pandemic.

      Chesapeake was once the nation's No. 2 natural gas producer, thanks to early bets on fracking. Aubrey McClendon, Chesapeake's late founder and CEO, was considered one of the leaders of the shale boom that transformed the United States into the world's largest oil and natural gas producer. But more recently, bankruptcy rumors had swirled around Chesapeake (CHK) as the company grappled with depressed energy prices, a poorly timed push into oil and a mountain of debt.

      The coronavirus crisis exacerbated those challenges. Despite a recent recovery to $40 a barrel, the price of oil has fallen ...

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    12. Supreme Court Rules Against Asylum-Seekers' Right to Object in Court

      Supreme Court Rules Against Asylum-Seekers' Right to Object in Court

      In a win for the Department of Homeland Security, the Supreme Court said Thursday that a Sri Lankan farmer who lost his bid for asylum in the United States after immigration officials ordered his removal could not challenge that decision in federal court.

      The ruling will keep courthouse doors closed to asylum seekers in expedited removal processes who say they cannot return home because they have a credible fear of torture or even death.
       
      The ruling is a win for the Trump administration, which has attempted to dramatically limit who's eligible for asylum in the US, though it likely won't have an immediate impact since the vast majority of asylum seekers are currently barred from entering the country ...
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    13. House to Vote Today on Police Reform Bill

      House to Vote Today on Police Reform Bill

      House Democrats are set to pass a policing reform proposal on Thursday named in honor of George Floyd, whose death in police custody has sparked nationwide calls to address police misconduct and racial injustice and prompted weeks of protests and civil unrest.

      The vote comes a day after Democrats blocked a competing Republican bill in the Senate. The House bill is expected to pass largely along party lines, with Republicans opposing it.
       
      The legislation -- titled the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020 -- has provisions to reform qualified immunity for law enforcement, prohibitions on racial profiling on the part of law enforcement and bans no-knock warrants in federal drug cases. It would ban chokeholds at the federal level and ...
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    14. GNC Declares Bankruptcy, Closing Up to 1,200 Stores

      GNC Declares Bankruptcy, Closing Up to 1,200 Stores

      GNC has filed for bankruptcy, warning it will close up to a quarter of its stores and search for a buyer.

      The 85-year-old vitamin and dietary supplement company has been saddled with nearly $1 billion of debt and has faced declining sales at its brick-and-mortar locations since before the pandemic. However, GNC said that stay-at-home orders during the Covid-19 pandemic prevented the company from accomplishing its refinancing plans because of the abrupt "dramatic negative impact" on its business.
       
      GNC will continue operating, but it will become a smaller company. It plans to close up to 20% of its 5,800 retail stores, which amounts to as many as 1,200 locations across the United States. GNC also sells its products ...
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    15. Officer in Shooting Death of Breonna Taylor is Fired

      Officer in Shooting Death of Breonna Taylor is Fired

      A police officer involved in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky, has been fired more than three months after Taylor's death, according to the police department.

      Det. Brett Hankison was informed in a letter signed by the the police chief that his employment with the department "is terminated," effective immediately. The Louisville Metro Police Department posted the letter, dated June 23, on Twitter.
       
      Taylor, a 26-year-old Black EMT, was killed when police broke down the door to her apartment in an attempted drug sting and shot her eight times. 
       
      Hankison and two other officers were later put on administrative leave.
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    16. NASCAR Investigates Noose Found in Bubba Wallace's Stall

      NASCAR Investigates Noose Found in Bubba Wallace's Stall

      Department of Justice investigators said Monday they are looking into the noose that was found in NASCAR star Bubba Wallace's garage stall.

      "The U.S. Attorney's office for the Northern District of Alabama, FBI and the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division are reviewing the situation surrounding the noose that was found in Bubba Wallace's garage to determine whether there are violations of federal law," US Attorney Jay E. Town said in statement.
       
      "Regardless of whether federal charges can be brought, this type of action has no place in our society." The announcement came a day after NASCAR said a noose was found in Wallace's garage stall and launched its own investigation into the matter.
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    17. More Young People Are Testing Positive for Coronavirus

      More Young People Are Testing Positive for Coronavirus

      Officials in states across the South are warning that more young people are testing positive for coronavirus. The shifts in demographics have been recorded in parts of Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, Texas and other states -- many of which were some of the first to reopen.

      And while some officials have pointed to more widespread testing being done, others say the new cases stem from Americans failing to social distance.
       
      In Mississippi, where one health officer called adherence to social distancing over the past weeks "overwhelmingly disappointing," officials attributed clusters of new cases to fraternity rush parties. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said last week that people under 30 made up a majority of new coronavirus cases in several counties. He said ...
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    18. Trump Campaign Blames Protesters and Media for Rally Attendance

      Trump Campaign Blames Protesters and Media for Rally Attendance

      Just fewer than 6,200 people attended President Donald Trump's rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the Tulsa Fire Department said Sunday -- a figure Trump's reelection campaign is disputing as it also seeks to blame "radical" protesters and the media for it's smaller-than-expected crowd size.

      The department monitored the crowd at the Bank of Oklahoma Center, an arena that can hold just more than 19,000, and public information officer Andy Little told CNN that Saturday's general admission count does not include suite holders, staff and media.
       
      Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh disputed the department's count Sunday, saying, "12,000 people went through the metal detectors so that number is way off." He added that the ...
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    19. Scientists Project Florida As Next Potential Coronavirus Epicenter

      Scientists Project Florida As Next Potential Coronavirus Epicenter

      Ten states saw a record number of new Covid-19 cases this week, and one of them could be the next epicenter of the national health crisis.

      Florida reported 3,207 additional coronavirus cases on Thursday -- the largest single-day count in the state since the pandemic, according to the state health department. Florida's total reported cases climbed to nearly 86,000, according to data.
       
      The Sunshine State has "all the markings of the next large epicenter of coronavirus transmission," and risks being the "worst it has ever been," according to projections from a model by scientists at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania.
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    20. Supreme Court Rules Against Trump Ending DACA

      Supreme Court Rules Against Trump Ending DACA

      The Supreme Court on Thursday blocked the Trump administration's attempt to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, an Obama-era program that protects hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought to the US as children from deportation.

      The 5-4 ruling was written by Chief Justice John Roberts and joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan, Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor.
       
      In penning the opinion, Roberts once again sided with the liberals on the bench in a momentous dispute that will infuriate judicial conservatives who are still bitter that he once provided the deciding vote to uphold Obamacare.
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    21. McConnell Ensures Quick Action on New GOP Police Reform Proposal

      McConnell Ensures Quick Action on New GOP Police Reform Proposal

      Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday promised quick action in the chamber on a newly unveiled GOP police reform proposal, paving the way for a clash with Democrats who were quick to criticize the proposal and call for major changes to the measure.

      "What I'm announcing today is after we do two circuit judges who are queued up either this week or early next week, we're going to turn to the Scott bill," McConnell said, referring to Senate GOP legislation led by Republican Sen. Tim Scott. McConnell made the remarks during a Capitol Hill press conference to formally unveil the legislation.
       
      McConnell effectively challenged Democrats to decide whether to block the legislation from advancing or allow it ...
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    22. Jay-Z and Beyonce Face Copyright Lawsuit Over Song, 'Black Effect'

      Jay-Z and Beyonce Face Copyright Lawsuit Over Song, 'Black Effect'

      Beyoncé Knowles Carter and her husband Jay-Z are being accused of not giving a Jamaican artist credit for her contribution to their single "Black Effect."

      Lenora Antoinette Stines filed Tuesday in the United States District Court Central District of California to be compensated for copyright infringement, right of publicity and unjust enrichment. The suit is centered around the song "Black Effect" from the couple's joint 2018 album, "Everything is Love."

      Jay-Z's legal name is Shawn Carter and the album is credited to "The Carters."
       
       
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    23. COVID-19 Treatment Derived from Cow's Blood to Begin Human Trials

      COVID-19 Treatment Derived from Cow's Blood to Begin Human Trials

      A South Dakota company expects to start human trials next month for a Covid-19 antibody treatment derived from the plasma of cows.

      But these aren't just any cows. Scientists genetically engineered the animals to give them an immune system that's part human. That way, the animals produce disease-fighting human antibodies to Covid-19, which are then turned into a drug to attack the virus.
       
      "These animals are producing neutralizing antibodies that kill [the novel coronavirus] in the laboratory," Eddie Sullivan, CEO of SAB Biotherapeutics said in a statement to CNN. "We are eager to advance to the clinic as we move forward in the regulatory process with the hopes of bringing this potential COVID-19 therapeutic to patients in need ...
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    24. FDA Warns Pet Owners of Infecting Pets with Coronavirus

      FDA Warns Pet Owners of Infecting Pets with Coronavirus

      Pets might not infect people with coronavirus, but pet owners need to protect cats, dogs and other companion animals, the US Food and Drug Administration cautioned in a new YouTube video.

      The video pushes the "aww" button with images of adorable furry kittens, ferrets, puppies and loving owners.
       
      "Though it doesn't seem like animals can give you the virus, it appears you can give it to them. So if you're sick, avoid direct contact with your pets. If possible, have someone else care for them until you're well again," the FDA says in the video.
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