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Pandemic Triggered Massive Decline In US Prison Population: Report

More than 100,000 state and federal prisoners were released from custody between March and June as the coronavirus spread nationwide, according to analysis from a criminal justice organization. The overall U.S. prison population declined by 8% over the course of those four months compared to the 2.2% decrease that occurred in the entirety of 2019, according to data compiled by ...

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Health Professionals Advocate For School Reopening Despite Coronavirus Pandemic

Health professionals nationwide released statements in a Tea Party Patriots Action Second Opinion Project email on Thursday that they believe schools should reopen and that it is the safest option for kids. The consensus among the physicians, that kids would benefit academically, socially, and health-wise from schools reopening this fall, echoes a statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) ...

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Barr Says Hollywood ‘Kowtowing’ To China, Warns US Executives Against Acting As Chinese Foreign Agents

Attorney General William Barr said Thursday the Chinese government has achieved a “massive propaganda coup” by shaping the content coming out of Hollywood, while warning U.S. business executives against acting as agents of the communist regime in possible violation of foreign lobbying laws. Speaking at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library, Barr offered a sober assessment of China’s efforts to ...

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Democratic Challengers In 10 Key Senate Races Outraise Republicans By $34 Million

Democrats hoping to unseat Republicans in 10 key U.S. Senate races outraised their opponents by $34 million over three months ending June 30, Federal Election Commission filings show. The 10 Democrats raised a total of $86 million compared to the $52 million that Republicans raised, Reuters reported. Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Mitch McConnell of Kentucky were ...

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Planned Parenthood Six-Figure Ad Buy Targets Susan Collins For Supporting Kavanaugh

Planned Parenthood will  Republican Main Sen. Susan Collins with a six-figure media buy highlighting Collins’ support for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, according to the Hill. The nation’s largest abortion provider launched the ad campaign against Collins Thursday with an ad that criticizes the senator’s support for Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court in light of his dissenting vote on ...

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FBI Opens An Investigation Into Twitter Hack Amid National Security Concerns: Report

Internet Privacy

The FBI is leading an investigation into a hacking campaign that targeted several high-profile Twitter accounts, The Wall Street Journal and Reuters reported Thursday, citing sources who are familiar with the probe. Cyber services company Unit 221b chief researcher Allison Nixon told TheWSJ that the FBI contacted her about the plot, which compromised the platform Wednesday. Blockchain analysis company Chainalysis also said ...

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GOP Caps Attendance For Convention Over Coronavirus Concerns

The Republican National Committee announced Thursday morning that it would restrict attendance for the party’s convention next month in Jacksonville, Florida. The announcement comes a day after the RNC announced that they would move the convention outdoors due to growing concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, The Hill reported. The decision comes as positive cases are skyrocketing across the state, according ...

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Supreme Court Allows Second Federal Execution In A Week To Proceed

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The U.S. carried out its second federal execution Thursday morning after the Supreme Court lifted a series of injunctions preventing the execution. Wesley Ira Purkey was lethally injected a 8:19 a.m. at the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana, the Associated Press reported. Purkey was convicted and sentenced to death for kidnapping, raping and killing 16-year-old Jennifer Long before ...

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1.3 Million Americans Filed First-Time Jobless Claims Last Week

An additional 1.3 million Americans filed first-time jobless claims for the week ending July 11, according to Department of Labor data released Thursday. Thursday’s numbers are down only 10,000 from the week before, CNN business reported. On an unadjusted basis, over 1.5 million Americans filed jobless claims for the first time – a number that has risen almost 109,000 from ...

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Grenell: Documents Will Show Intel Officials Who Warned About Steele Dossier Were Ignored

Richard Grenell, the former acting director of national intelligence, said Wednesday that U.S. intelligence officials who expressed doubts early in the Trump-Russia investigation about the infamous Steele dossier were ignored. In an interview on Newsmax TV, Grenell said that documents that have yet to be released will show that career intelligence officials pointed to red flags about the dossier, which ...

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Josh Hawley Urges Twitter To Call In FBI To Help Stop Massive Cyberattack

Republican Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri urged Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to call in the Department of Justice and the FBI to take “any necessary measures” to secure the social media site after some of its most prominent users were compromised by suspected bitcoin scammers Wednesday afternoon. The twitter accounts of former President Barack Obama, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden ...

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North Carolina Town Creates Reparations Commission For Black Residents

The city council of Asheville, North Carolina, on Tuesday unanimously approved a commission to develop proposals for reparations to black community members and issued a formal apology for the city’s role in black inequality. The resolution, signed by Mayor Esther Manheimer, directs the city to create a “Community Reparations Commission” made up of advocacy groups, businesses and community leaders that ...

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U.S. Navy Amphibious Assault Ship USS Tripoli Joins the Fleet

The U.S. Navy commissioned USS Tripoli (LHA 7), yesterday, July 15, 2020. Although the Navy canceled the traditional public commissioning ceremony due to public health and safety restrictions on large public gatherings, the Navy commissioned the USS Tripoli administratively and the ship transitioned to normal operations. Meanwhile, the Navy is looking at a future opportunity to commemorate the special event ...

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What Could Go Wrong? Minneapolis Parks Board To Vote On Repealing Rule Prohibiting Women From Going Topless In City Parks

The Minneapolis Park Board will vote Wednesday to repeal a park rule prohibiting women and transgender people from publicly going topless in city parks, according to local news outlet KARE 11. If the park ordinance is repealed, women and transgender people will not be prohibited from exposing their breasts in Minneapolis parks and parkways, according to KARE 11. The park ...

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Smithsonian Museum Says Objective Thinking Is A Sign Of ‘Whiteness’

A taxpayer-funded museum in Washington D.C. says on its website that objective thinking, self-reliance and planning for the future are among the signs of whiteness that have permeated throughout American culture. Whiteness and the normalization of white racial identity in America has “created a culture where nonwhite persons are seen as inferior or abnormal,” according to an article published by ...

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