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Bolsonaro becomes 'poster boy' for unproven virus treatment – (Associated Press)
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — After months of touting an unproven anti-malaria drug as a treatment for the new coronavirus, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is turning himself into a test case live...

Melania Trump statue torched in Slovenia – (BBC News)
Police investigate after the statue of the US first lady was targeted in her hometown on 4 July.

Country band Lady A files suit against singer with same name – (Associated Press)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country group Lady A, which dropped the word “Antebellum,” from their name because of the word's ties to slavery, has filed a lawsuit against a Black singer who has...

Why monuments in the US are being taken down – (BBC News)
Statues of leading figures of the Confederacy, as well as those that depict people of colour as inferior, are being reconsidered.

Biden-Sanders task forces unveil joint goals for party unity – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Political task forces Joe Biden formed with onetime rival Bernie Sanders to solidify support among the Democratic Party's progressive wing recommended Wednesday that the former...

Facebook takes down accounts and pages of Trump ally Roger Stone – (Al Jazeera English)
The social media platform said Stone and a prominent right-wing supporter used fake accounts to promote Stone's books.

Canada projects $343bn deficit amid pandemic – (BBC News)
The government has been pumping money into the economy to mitigate the effects of the pandemic.

Things US has got wrong about pandemic - and right – (BBC News)
Many states reopened too quickly, but the damage to the US economy may not be as bad as first feared.

US surpasses three million coronavirus cases – (BBC News)
Despite surges in new infections, the White House wants to press forward with school reopenings.

Health official: Trump rally 'likely' source of virus surge – (Associated Press)
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — President Donald Trump's campaign rally in Tulsa in late June that drew thousands of participants and large protests "likely contributed" to a dramatic surge in new...

Depp denies slapping Heard for laughing at tattoo – (BBC News)
The Hollywood star tells a libel hearing his ex-wife had been "building a dossier" against him.

University of California names first black president – (BBC News)
Michael Drake will be the first black president in the university system's 152 year history.

UN chief: Foreign interference in Libya at 'unprecedented levels' – (Al Jazeera English)
Guterres told UNSC Libya's 'conflict has entered a new phase with foreign interference reaching unprecedented levels'.

Officer to Floyd: 'It takes ... a lot of oxygen to talk' – (Associated Press)
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — As George Floyd told Minneapolis police officers that he couldn't breathe more than 20 times in the moments before he died, the officer who pressed his knee against Floyd's neck...

Witness 'bullied by Trump' quits military – (BBC News)
Alexander Vindman testified against the president at his impeachment trial.

Court: Some employers can refuse to offer free birth control – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled broadly Wednesday in favor of the religious rights of employers in two cases that could leave more than 70,000 women without free contraception and tens...

Melbourne begins second shutdown after cases spike – (BBC News)
Five million residents are now barred from leaving home for six weeks, except for essential reasons.

Ex-teacher who married boy she raped dies at 58 – (BBC News)
Mary Kay Letourneau had two children with Vili Fualaau, both conceived when he was under 15.

Facebook civil rights audit: 'Serious setbacks' mar progress – (Associated Press)
A two-year audit of Facebook’s civil rights record found “serious setbacks” that have marred the social network’s progress on matters such as hate speech, misinformation and bias.Facebook...

Russia and China veto UN extension of cross-border aid to Syria – (Al Jazeera English)
The two nations veto UN resolution to maintain two border crossing points from Turkey to deliver aid to northwest Syria.


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From various sources

Highlights: Atalanta 2-0 Sampdoria – (Football Italia)
Atalanta left it late and had some scares, but eventually battered down the Sampdoria defences with Rafael Toloi and Luis Muriel for a ninth straight win.

Highlights: Roma 2-1 Parma – (Football Italia)
Roma fought back from an early penalty with Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Jordan Veretout power, but should Parma have had another spot-kick?

Gattuso: 'Milik wants a change of scenery' – (Football Italia)
Gennaro Gattuso urges Napoli to keep raising the bar, but concedes Arkadiusz Milik ‘wants a change of scenery and we must respect that.’

Highlights: Torino 3-1 Brescia – (Football Italia)
Brescia thought they were going to stage another huge upset with Ernesto Torregrossa’s opener, but Torino fought back for a 3-1 victory.

Highlights: Bologna 1-2 Sassuolo – (Football Italia)
Sassuolo took bragging rights and three points in the Emilia-Romagna Derby thanks to a fantastic Domenico Berardi strike and Lukas Haraslin finishing off a team move.

Highlights: Fiorentina 0-0 Cagliari – (Football Italia)
There was no shortage of scoring opportunities at the Stadio Franchi, but between poor finishing, excellent goalkeeping and the woodwork, Fiorentina and Cagliari couldn’t find the net.

Highlights: Genoa 1-2 Napoli – (Football Italia)
Napoli came away from Marassi with all three points thanks to Dries Mertens and Hirving Lozano goals, after Edoardo Goldaniga’s temporary Genoa equaliser.

Build Your Dream Room And We’ll Reveal Your True Emotional Age – (Buzzfeed)
Are you truly 23 or 12?

Not Many People Remember These Tiny "High School Musical 3" Details — Do You? – (Buzzfeed)
"Take my hand, take a breath..."

Coronavirus latest: Trump campaign rally ‘likely contributed’ to surge in cases – (Financial Times)
Tulsa health director blames rally in late June that drew thousands of participants and protesters

Patrick Mahomes is prohibited from doing these activities after signing new contract – (Fox News)
The quarterback gets $477 million in guaranteed mechanisms and the ability to opt-out at several points in the deal if his mechanisms aren’t exercised, his agency, Steinberg Sports, announced. He also has a no-trade clause.

The National – (CBC News)
The National for July 8: The staggering cost of COVID-19. Plus, how challenges with child care threaten the economic restart.

We can't send mail more than 500 miles – (Hacker News)

Coronavirus Australia live update: Queensland to turn anyone from Victoria away at border as Melbourne enters lockdown – (Google News (Australia))
The NSW premier is expected to announce new restrictions today as the state tries to contain ‘high-risk situation’. Follow live news and updates

House Foreign Affairs Committee calls on Pompeo to testify – (CBS News)
One of the U.S. military's top generals is speaking out about intel reports that suggest Russia may have paid the Taliban to kill U.S. troops. CBS News intelligence and national security reporter Olivia Gazis joins Elaine Quijano on CBSN's "Red and Blue" to d…

Supreme Court hands down major decisions on religion and employers – (CBS News)
The Supreme Court made multiple rulings on cases dealing with religion and employers. Loyola law professor Jessica Levinson joins Elaine Quijano on CBSN's "Red and Blue" to explain how the Supreme Court's vote will impact access to cost-free birth control and…

Trump pushes forward with reopening plans as new book questions his fitness for office – (CBS News)
President Trump says he is pressuring governors to open schools this fall. Meanwhile, a new book written by his niece alleges he is psychologically damaged and a threat to the country. CBS News political contributor and Democratic strategist Joel Payne and Re…

NBN to sack 800 staff, dissolve business unit – (Australian Financial Review)
NBN Co will dismiss 800 staff by the end of the year, in a major restructure following the completion of the initial roll out of the network last month.

MSI Optix MAG301CR Review - IGN – (IGN)
200Hz panels were once reserved for elite esports monitors, but they’ve finally come to more budget-focused gaming displays.

It's Kinda Weird, But We Can Guess Your Eye Color Based On The House You Build – (Buzzfeed)
Can we get it right?


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All about Trump

Coronavirus latest: Trump campaign rally ‘likely contributed’ to surge in cases – (Financial Times)
Tulsa health director blames rally in late June that drew thousands of participants and protesters

Trump pushes forward with reopening plans as new book questions his fitness for office – (CBS News)
President Trump says he is pressuring governors to open schools this fall. Meanwhile, a new book written by his niece alleges he is psychologically damaged and a threat to the country. CBS News political contributor and Democratic strategist Joel Payne and Re…

Trump pushes to reopen schools in the fall despite growing coronavirus concerns – (CBS News)
President Trump is pushing to reopen schools in the fall despite surging coronavirus cases across the U.S. Several universities are suing the Trump administration over a rule that would force international students to leave the country if in-person classes ar…

Melania Trump statue torched in Slovenia – (BBC News)
Police investigate after the statue of the US first lady was targeted in her hometown on 4 July.

Trump pushes for schools to reopen, calls CDC guidelines "impractical" – (CBS News)
CBSN political reporter Caitlin Huey-Burns and Washington Post politics reporter Eugene Scott join "Red and Blue" to discuss the White House response to the coronavirus pandemic, plans for the Republican National Convention, and Joe Biden's presidential campa…

Melania Trump sculpture in Slovenia set on fire on the Fourth of July – (CBS News)
As the U.S. celebrated its Independence Day and President Trump vowed to punish those who destroy U.S. monuments, a life-sized sculpture of First Lady Melania Trump was burned near her hometown in Slovenia.

Trump's Tulsa rally, protests 'likely' contributed to a surge in coronavirus cases, local health official says – (USA Today)
Tulsa County saw a record 261 new coronavirus cases on Monday, just over two weeks after Donald Trump's first campaign rally since lockdowns began.

Neil Young Unleashes Song Ripping Trump: ‘We Got to Vote Him Out’ – (Breitbart News)
Rock musician Neil Young said he won't sue President Donald Trump for using his music during campaign rallies, saying that he would rather the president focus on saving lives amid the coronavirus pandemic. But Young also taunted the president by suggesting hi…

Supreme Court expands religious rights with trio of rulings | TheHill – (The Hill)
The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the Trump administration's expansion of ObamaCare birth con...

Mexico's president uses US visit to tout ties with Trump | TheHill – (The Hill)
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador heaped praise on President Trump on Wednesday as the two leaders celebrated the official start of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) at the White House.

CDC to issue new guidelines on reopening schools after Trump blowup – (Ars Technica)
Trump has intensified calls to open schools, despite clear plans and surging COVID-19.

Trump substitutes warm words for insults, calls Mexico cherished friend – (The Globe And Mail)
López Obrador says while they have disagreed, it was better to find common ground and avoid slinging insults

Watch live: Trump holds joint press conference with Mexican president – (The Hill)
President Trump will be joined by Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and deliver a joint statement to the press Wednesday afternoon.The remarks follow a signing event earlier Wednesday and comes as the Mexican leader makes his first trip to Washing…

Trump admin plans to block asylum seekers from U.S. by citing public health risk of COVID-19 – (NBC News)
A soon-to-be published rule would allow the Trump admin to deny asylum to migrants based on "potential international threats from the spread of pandemics."

In A Big Win For Trump Administration Relief Efforts, Consumer Borrowing Sank While Spending Grew in May – (Breitbart News)
The unusual combination of falling consumer debt use and rising spending is likely a reflection of Trump administration coronavirus relief programs. | Economy

Are we on the verge of a 'Democratic tsunami'? – (CNN)
The debate among smart political handicappers is no longer whether former Vice President Joe Biden is a clear favorite over President Donald Trump to win the White House in the fall.

Supreme Court set to decide who can see Trump’s tax returns, financial records – (Google News)
The ruling, to be unveiled Thursday, could reshape the balance of power between Congress and the White House in the most dramatic way since Watergate.

Trump’s Florida Convention Could Be The First That Actually Helps Lose A State – (The Huffington Post)
Trump yanked the Republican convention from North Carolina because it wouldn't let him give a speech to a packed house. Now coronavirus is spiking in Florida.

Media Claim 'Trump Rally' Led to Tulsa Coronavirus Surge; Ignore Sharpton Rally, BLM Protests – (Breitbart News)
Media claim Tulsa officials blamed Trump's rally, but they never did so explicitly, and there were other events, such as an Al Sharpton rally.

Live: Think you know if Trump will be re-elected? Come tell us (or why it'll be Kanye instead) – (ABC News (AU))
Think you know if Donald Trump will win November's presidential election? Come hang out with your fellow US politics tragics and let's try to find an answer.


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