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    1. Green Party Removed from the Pennsylvania Presidential Ballot

      Green Party Removed from the Pennsylvania Presidential Ballot

      The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the presidential and vice presidential candidates for the Green Party cannot appear on the state’s ballots this cycle, handing Democrats a win as they try to consolidate support in the key swing state.

      The court ruled in a 5-2 decision that the Green Party did not follow proper procedure for getting on the ballot, overturning a Republican judge’s decision in a lower court ruling.

      The Green Party earlier this year swapped out Elizabeth Faye Scroggin for Howie Hawkins as its presidential candidate. But the high court ruled that it failed to properly get Scroggin on the ballot, so “subsequent efforts to substitute Hawkins were a nullity.” It ruled a similar substitution ...

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    2. Robin Kelley Enters Race for Vice Chair of Democratic Caucus

      Robin Kelley Enters Race for Vice Chair of Democratic Caucus

      Rep. Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) formally announced she is running for vice chair of the House Democratic Caucus next Congress in a letter to her colleagues Wednesday obtained by The Hill.

      The Illinois lawmaker is running to replace Rep. Katherine Clark (D-Mass.), who is gunning for the assistant speaker position.

      Kelly, who was first elected in a 2013 special election, touted her position as a member of the Congressional Black Caucus and as a Midwestern Democrat in her letter asking colleagues for support.

      "I’m proud that our caucus focuses on diversity and firmly believe it represents our greatest strength," she wrote. "As a Black woman and Midwesterner, I will provide a unique voice in leadership discussions and serve as a ...

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    3. Pelosi: House will Stay in Session Until Coronavirus Aid Agreement

      Pelosi: House will Stay in Session Until Coronavirus Aid Agreement

      Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Tuesday announced that the House will remain in session until the parties have an agreement on another round of emergency coronavirus relief. 

      In a conference call with the House Democratic Caucus — the first since the chamber returned from a long summer recess — Pelosi indicated she isn't willing to accept a "skinny" legislative package, but told her troops the chamber's calendar will be extended until an agreement is sealed, according to sources on the call. 

      “We have to stay here until we have a bill,” Pelosi told lawmakers.

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    4. Trump Hosts Israel Normalizing Relations with UAE and Bahrain Signing

      Trump Hosts Israel Normalizing Relations with UAE and Bahrain Signing

      Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed agreements with Abdullatif bin Rashid al-Zayani, foreign minister of Bahrain, and Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, foreign minister of the UAE, to establish diplomatic relations during an event on the South Lawn of the White House. 

      The agreements, called the “Abraham Accords,” represent the first time an Arab country has normalized relations with Israel since Jordan did in 1994 and Egypt did in 1979.

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    5. Federal Judge Rules Pennsylvania's COVID-19 Orders are Unconstitutional

      Federal Judge Rules Pennsylvania's COVID-19 Orders are Unconstitutional

      A federal judge ruled on Monday that Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s (D) coronavirus orders, which shut down the state, closed businesses and limited gatherings, were unconstitutional.

      U.S. District Judge William Stickman IV, a Trump appointee, said in his opinion that COVID-19 orders from Wolf and Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Rachel Levine violated and continue to violate the First Amendment right to freedom of assembly and the due process and equal protection clauses of the 14th Amendment.

      The efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus “were undertaken with the good intention of addressing a public health emergency,” Stickman wrote.

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    6. Top HHS Official Accuses Scientists of Plotting Against President Trump

      Top HHS Official Accuses Scientists of Plotting Against President Trump

      The top communications official at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) accused career government scientists of plotting against President Trump and told Trump supporters to arm themselves ahead of the November presidential election.

      In a Facebook Live video on Sunday, HHS Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs Michael Caputo said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was harboring a “resistance unit" to Trump, The New York Times reported.

      The career scientists "haven’t gotten out of their sweatpants except for meetings at coffee shops” to plot “how they’re going to attack Donald Trump,” Caputo said, according to the Times. “There are scientists who work for this government who do not want America to get well, not ...

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    7. Ex-NFL Player Running For House as Republican Blasts Democrats

      Ex-NFL Player Running For House as Republican Blasts Democrats

      A former NFL player and current GOP congressional candidate slammed leaders of the Democratic Party during an interview Sunday, accusing the party's leadership of being devoid of empathy.

      During an interview with "Sunday Morning Future" on Fox News, Burgess Owens was asked by host Maria Bartiromo for his opinion on the policies pursued by "Democrat-led cities" around the U.S.

      “I truly believe this, Maria, that the Democratic Party, what really draws the type of people, I’m talking about leadership, now, they draw narcissists and sociopaths," Owens told Bartiromo.

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    8. Teachers in Five States Died with Coronavirus Since School Started

      Teachers in Five States Died with Coronavirus Since School Started

      Teachers in at least five states have died from COVID-19 since the fall semester started, The Washington Post reported Thursday

      At least six teachers across Iowa, Missouri, Mississippi, Oklahoma and South Carolina have died since early August as students return for the school year. It is unknown whether these teachers became infected at school, but several attempted to quarantine to avoid infecting other students and educators. 

      Special education teacher AshLee DeMarinis died on Sunday after showing symptoms four days after the start of school for John Evans Middle School in Potosi, Mo. The 34-year-old, who suffered from asthma, spent three weeks on a ventilator in the hospital, the Post reported. 

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    9. Senate Democrats Block GOP Coronavirus Relief Bill

      Senate Democrats Block GOP Coronavirus Relief Bill

      Senate Democrats blocked a GOP coronavirus bill on Thursday amid a deep stalemate over the next relief package. 

      Senators voted 52-47 on the roughly $500 billion Republican bill, which marked the first coronavirus-related legislation the chamber has voted on since it passed a $484 billion package in April. 

      The vote handed a symbolic victory to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who spent weeks haggling with Republicans and the White House over the contours of the pared-down GOP bill as he sought to overcome deep divisions over the path forward.

      GOP leadership worked behind the scenes to lock down 51 votes, a U-turn from last month when McConnell predicted that up to 20 GOP senators wouldn’t vote for any ...

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    10. Anthony Fauci Says President Trump Didn't Distort COVID-19 Impact

      Anthony Fauci Says President Trump Didn't Distort COVID-19 Impact

      During an interview with Fox News's John Roberts, Fauci said Trump's public press conferences in the early spring mostly echoed what members of the White House coronavirus task force were telling him in private.

      "I didn't see any discrepancies between what he told us and what we told him and what he ultimately came out publicly and said," Fauci, the country's top infectious diseases expert and head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said.

      "He really didn't say anything different than we discussed when we were with him," Fauci said.

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    11. Arizona Lawmaker is Urging State to Unmask and Fight Back

      Arizona Lawmaker is Urging State to Unmask and Fight Back

      Republican Rep. Andy Biggs (Ariz.) is urging people to "unmask" and fight back against restrictions imposed in response to the coronavirus pandemic, arguing the policies are "oppressive" and have been worse than the disease itself. 

      Biggs, the chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, made the comments in a series of tweets published this week. On Wednesday, he tweeted it was time for Arizona to take a new approach that "values and protects all life."

      "We must give hope to the public and set forth a plan to reopen the economy and remove oppressive gov't restrictions," he said, adding the hashtag #ReOpenArizona.

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    12. People Who Voted Twice in Georgia's Primary May Face Charges

      People Who Voted Twice in Georgia's Primary May Face Charges

      Georgia's secretary of State said Tuesday that 1,000 people voted twice in the state’s June primary election and warned that prosecutors may pursue felony charges after an ongoing investigation is completed.

      Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R), speaking to reporters outside the state Capitol in Atlanta, said about 150,000 voters who applied for absentee ballots also appeared in person at polling places on election day.

      Although poll workers managed to screen out the vast majority of these voters, he said, about 1,000 votes “worked their way through the system.” Some of the double votes were counted in election results, but did not affect the outcome of the races, he said. 

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    13. WHO Warned Against Releasing 'Political Motivated' Coronavirus Data

      WHO Warned Against Releasing 'Political Motivated' Coronavirus Data

      The World Health Organization’s (WHO) head of emergencies on Monday warned against governments releasing “politically motivated” data about the coronavirus pandemic.

      “Trying to present oversimplified, simplistic solutions for people is not a long-term strategy that wins,” Michael Ryan told reporters, warning that governments that opt for this strategy risk their citizens’ trust.

      “Transparency, consistency, honesty” and admitting mistakes where necessary are a far better blueprint, he added, according to The Associated Press.

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    14. What to Know About Trump Administration's Payroll Tax Deferral

      What to Know About Trump Administration's Payroll Tax Deferral

      One of the Trump administration’s latest efforts to help workers amid the coronavirus pandemic is off to a rocky start.

      President Trump signed a memo last month directing the Treasury Department to allow employers to defer payroll taxes from Sept. 1 through Dec. 31 for employees making less than $4,000 on a biweekly basis.

      White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow told reporters Friday he thinks the deferral will be “extremely helpful,” and the administration is pushing for the deferred taxes to be forgiven.

      But few businesses are expected to participate in the deferral, in part because of the administrative burdens but also because it could result in their employees receiving less in take-home pay in the first few ...

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    15. Michigan Teacher was Fired After Raising Concerns About No Masks

      Michigan Teacher was Fired After Raising Concerns About No Masks

      A teacher in Michigan says he was fired by a private elementary school that refused to comply with the state's mask mandate for incoming students in the fall.

      In an interview with Michigan Public Radio (MPR), Nathan Smith explained how he repeatedly warned Oakdale Academy's headmaster that students would face unsafe learning conditions in the fall due to the school's plans to make mask-wearing voluntary for students and continue to hold all-school gatherings in violation of orders preventing large social gatherings in the state.

      Smith said the school's head, David Stanton, declined to take seriously his repeated efforts to raise concerns about the school's violations, and eventually fired him after asking him to resign.

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    16. Trump Encourages North Carolina Residents to Illegally Vote Twice

      Trump Encourages North Carolina Residents to Illegally Vote Twice

      President Trump on Wednesday suggested supporters in North Carolina should illegally attempt to vote both by mail and in person, saying doing so would test the integrity of the system.

      Asked by reporters whether he trusted North Carolina’s mail-in balloting system, the president responded, "Let them send it in, and let them go vote, and if their system's as good as they say it is, then obviously they won't be able to vote. If it isn't tabulated, they'll be able to vote."

      "If it's as good as they say it is, then obviously they won't be able to vote. If it isn't tabulated, they'll be able to vote. So that's ...

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    17. CDC Wants States to Have Vaccine Sites Ready by November

      CDC Wants States to Have Vaccine Sites Ready by November

      The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) asked state governors last week to speed applications for building permits for vaccine distribution sites that would be operational just before November’s elections.

      In a letter to state governors and health departments obtained by The Hill, CDC Director Robert Redfield said the McKesson Corporation and its subsidiaries would soon be applying for permits to build distribution sites. He asked governors to consider waiving requirements that would delay construction or opening the sites.

      “The normal time required to obtain these permits presents a significant barrier to the success of this urgent public health program,” Redfield wrote. “CDC urgently requests your assistance in expediting applications for these distribution facilities and, if necessary, asks ...

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    18. Moderators Announced Trump and Biden Debate

      Moderators Announced Trump and Biden Debate

      The presidential debates between President Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden will be moderated by journalists from Fox News, C-SPAN and NBC, with CNN being shut out of the debates for the first time since 2008, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced Wednesday. 

      Fox News Channel’s Chris Wallace, who has angered some Republicans for his pointed questioning of Trump and White House officials, will moderate the first presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio, on Sept. 29. 

      The second debate, which will be town-hall style, will be moderated by C-SPAN’s Steve Scully in Miami on Oct. 15.

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    19. Facebook Says Russia Hired US Journalists to Target Left-Leaning Readers

      Facebook Says Russia Hired US Journalists to Target Left-Leaning Readers

      Facebook said Tuesday it has taken down a network of accounts associated with a Russian troll farm that hired U.S. journalists to write articles targeting left-leaning readers.

      The social media platform announced it took down 13 accounts that it attributed to “individuals associated with past activity by the Russian Internet Research Agency” after receiving a tip from the FBI. 

      The accounts were directing people to a news site called Peace Data, a “global news organization” that’s focused largely on the environment and corporate and political corruption. Though the company, which launched this year, recruited some real journalists, several accounts that posed as “editors” were not real. 

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    20. Lawmaker Proposes Ban on Unemployment if Convicted of Protest Crimes

      Lawmaker Proposes Ban on Unemployment if Convicted of Protest Crimes

      Republican Rep. Jim Banks (Ind.) has introduced legislation that would bar individuals from receiving federal unemployment assistance if they are convicted of a crime during a protest.

      The Support Peaceful Protest Act, which was introduced last Friday, would target individuals who are convicted of federal offenses during the course of demonstrations. According to a copy of the bill's text, people would be prohibited from receiving unemployment assistance under the CARES Act or any other aid package approved amid the coronavirus pandemic if they are convicted of a crime related to a protest.

      The bill would also hold individuals convicted of federal offenses financially liable for cost of federal policing.

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    21. COVID-19 School Opening Battle Goes to Court

      COVID-19 School Opening Battle Goes to Court

      Teachers unions are waging court fights across the country aimed at unwinding what they say are unsafe and politically motivated timetables for reopening schools that risk exposing personnel to the coronavirus pandemic.

      State officials eager to ramp up brick-and-mortar operations are facing lawsuits from Florida to Texas to Iowa over reopening plans as well as access to the COVID-19 infection data needed to monitor the rate of spread within school communities. 

      At the same time, lawsuits are flying from the opposition direction: Parents in several states, including New York, Massachusetts and Oregon, dissatisfied with web-based teaching alternatives, are suing to force state officials to reopen physical schools sooner as courts are increasingly called upon to referee the fight over education ...

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    22. Thousand Signed Petition Replacing Confederate Statue with Chadwick Boseman Memorial

      Thousand Signed Petition Replacing Confederate Statue with Chadwick Boseman Memorial

      Thousands are signing onto a petition pushing for a Confederate statue in Anderson, South Carolina, to be replaced by a memorial for actor Chadwick Boseman, who was born there.

      The petition, which was posted online over the weekend, has racked up more than 6,300 signatures in the past two days.

      “Mr. Boseman is without question an American treasure and his accolades go on and on. It is only fitting that his work is honored in the same place that birthed him,” the petition states, adding: “As fellow citizens go about their day they should have a face that sees all people as equal. That sees all citizens regardless of outward appearance as a member of the Anderson community.”

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    23. US Officially Joined the Global Trillion Tree Planting Program

      US Officially Joined the Global Trillion Tree Planting Program

      The U.S. is officially participating in a global program that aims to plant 1 trillion trees worldwide, something that Republicans, including President Trump, have latched on to as a way to combat climate change. 

      The U.S. chapter of the One Trillion Trees program, launched Thursday, aims to plant at least 855 million trees by 2030.

      The goal of the initiative is to try to pull carbon out of the air through reforestation, though scientists have said planting trees isn’t a panacea and that the U.S. will also have to significantly reduce its emissions to mitigate climate change impacts. 

      As of its launch, 26 nonprofit organizations, cities and companies in the U.S. have committed to participate ...

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    24. Biden Denounces Protests Saying 'Burning Down Communities is Not Protest'

      Biden Denounces Protests Saying 'Burning Down Communities is Not Protest'

      Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Wednesday pushed for calm amid an outbreak of violent protests in Kenosha, Wis., over the police shooting of a Black man, saying that destroying property and burning down neighborhoods will not achieve racial justice.

      Speaking into a camera for a video he released over Twitter, Biden expressed anger over the police shooting of Jacob Blake, who was shot in the back by police as he entered his SUV in front of his children over the weekend.

      “What I saw on that video makes me sick,” Biden said.

      But Biden denounced the violence that has unfolded as part of demonstrations in Kenosha in recent days.

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