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Washington’s NFL team is dropping its name and logo after 87 years. A new name has not been announced.

Source: Chicago Tribune The Washington NFL franchise announced Monday that it will drop the “Redskins” name and Indian head logo immediately, bowing to decades of criticism that they are offensive to Native Americans. A new name must still be selected for one of the oldest and most storied teams in the National Football League, and it was unclear how soon that will happen. FedEx, Nike, Pepsi … Continue reading Washington’s NFL team is dropping its name and logo after 87 years. A new name has not been announced.

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Supreme Court Expands Religious-School Exemption From Civil Rights Laws

Source: Wall Street Journal The Supreme Court expanded religious schools’ exemption from civil-rights laws, the latest in a series of decisions elevating the role of religious exercise and sectarian institutions in American society. As religious institutions, the court found, the schools cannot be second-guessed by judges or juries regarding dismissal of teachers who help propagate the church’s beliefs. In 2012, the Supreme Court itself recognized … Continue reading Supreme Court Expands Religious-School Exemption From Civil Rights Laws

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Trump Approval At 38% In Latest Gallup Poll, Which Shows Historic Partisan Divide

Source: Forbes The latest Gallup poll shows President Trump’s approval rating ticking down to its lowest point in a year and a half, while registering the largest partisan divide in a presidential approval survey since Gallup began polling presidential approval in the 1940s. Overall, President Trump’s approval ticked down from 49% in May and 39% in June to just 38% in July, his lowest approval rating since the … Continue reading Trump Approval At 38% In Latest Gallup Poll, Which Shows Historic Partisan Divide

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Jobs report for June shows 4.8 million jobs added, unemployment falls

Source: Market Watch U.S. stock-index futures added to gains on Thursday after a closely followed report on the health of the labor market showed that the U.S. added 4.76 million jobs in June and the unemployment fell to 11.1% from 13.3% in May, suggesting that the employment picture is improving after a stunning collapse due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, a separate report showed that Americans … Continue reading Jobs report for June shows 4.8 million jobs added, unemployment falls

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Supreme Court lifts ban on state aid to religious schooling

Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette The Supreme Court on Tuesday made it easier for religious schools to obtain public funds, upholding a Montana scholarship program that allows state tax credits for private schooling. The state’s highest court had struck down the tax credit as a violation of the Montana constitution’s ban on state aid to religious schools. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the opinion that said the … Continue reading Supreme Court lifts ban on state aid to religious schooling

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Trump Denies Reports Russia Paid Taliban To Kill U.S. Troops

Source: Forbes President Trump took to Twitter early Sunday morning to break his silence on Friday’s bombshell report in the New York Times that a Russian military intelligence unit offered bounties to militants in Afghanistan to kill U.S. soldiers, even as Democrats sharply criticized the Trump administration for failing to respond. Citing U.S. officials briefed on the intelligence, the Times reports that Russia last year … Continue reading Trump Denies Reports Russia Paid Taliban To Kill U.S. Troops

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Trump administration illegally rescinded DACA program, Supreme Court rules

Source: Market Watch The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected President Donald Trump’s effort to end legal protections for 650,000 young immigrants, a stunning rebuke to the president in the midst of his re-election campaign. The justices on a 5-4 vote upheld lower court rulings that found that Trump’s 2017 move to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, created in 2012 by his Democratic … Continue reading Trump administration illegally rescinded DACA program, Supreme Court rules

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Widely available steroid reduced COVID-19 deaths by up to one third in severely ill patients, study shows

Source: Chicago Tribune Researchers say they have the first evidence that a drug can improve COVID-19 survival: A cheap, widely available steroid called dexamethasone reduced deaths by up to one third in severely ill hospitalized patients. “This is a result that shows that if patients who have COVID-19 and are on ventilators or are on oxygen are given dexamethasone, it will save lives, and it … Continue reading Widely available steroid reduced COVID-19 deaths by up to one third in severely ill patients, study shows

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FDA revokes authorization for hydroxychloroquine

Source: Market Watch The Food and Drug Administration said Monday that it has withdrawn the emergency use authorization granted to hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine during the COVID-19 pandemic. The federal agency had issued the EUA in March, allowing some patients with COVID-19 to be treated with the drugs when used from a federal stockpile. A number of clinical trials evaluating the drugs have failed, and the emerging … Continue reading FDA revokes authorization for hydroxychloroquine

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CDC Says the U.S. May Need Another Lockdown if Cases Rise Dramatically

Source: Barrons The U.S. may need another lockdown if coronavirus cases rise “Dramatically,” the Centers for Disease Control warned Friday in its first briefing about the pandemic since March. Jay C. Butler, CDC’s deputy director of infectious diseases, said: “If cases begin to go up again, and particularly if they go up dramatically, it’s important to recognize that more mitigation efforts such as what were … Continue reading CDC Says the U.S. May Need Another Lockdown if Cases Rise Dramatically

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Jobless claims climb 1.88 million at end of May, but there’s growing signs unemployment is peaking

Source: Market Watch The numbers: Some 1.88 million people applied for traditional jobless benefits at the end of May and another 623,000 filed new claims under a federal-relief program, but the number of unemployed collecting government checks appears to have stabilized as more workers return to their jobs. Initial jobless claims have slowly tapered off since peaking at almost 7 million in late March. More important, … Continue reading Jobless claims climb 1.88 million at end of May, but there’s growing signs unemployment is peaking

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Mike Pompeo recommended Trump firing of State Department inspector general, White House says

Source: Market Watch President Donald Trump fired the State Department’s inspector general on the recommendation of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, a White House official said Saturday. Trump announced late Friday that he was firing the inspector general, Steve Linick, an Obama administration appointee whose office was critical of what it saw as political bias in the State Department’s management. Democrats demanded that the White … Continue reading Mike Pompeo recommended Trump firing of State Department inspector general, White House says

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New coronavirus deaths in California show U.S. had COVID-19 victims weeks earlier than thought

Source: Fortune Health officials say two people died with the coronavirus in California weeks before the first reported death from the disease. Gavin Newsom promised a “deep dive” update Wednesday of the state’s ability to test for the coronavirus and to track and isolate people who have it, one of the six indicators he says is key to lifting a “stay-at-home” order that has slowed … Continue reading New coronavirus deaths in California show U.S. had COVID-19 victims weeks earlier than thought

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