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Sally Q. Yates

Michael Flynn secretly ‘neutered’ Obama’s moves on Russia

Former deputy attorney general Sally Q. Yates told Congress on Wednesday that President Trump’s incoming national security adviser Michael Flynn in late 2016 had secretly “neutered” Obama administration actions toward Russia, prompting an investigation that consumed the early days of Trump’s presidency.

Republican Party

15 QAnon-linked candidates on the November ballot

At least one QAnon conspiracy-theorist was among those who protested Oregon's economic-closure efforts aimed at minimizing the lethal impact of coronavirus/Covid-19, at the Governor's Mansion, Mahonia Hall, in Salem, Oregon on April 25, 2020.

The Lincoln Project

Could this anti-Trump Republican group take down the president?

Amid all the noise of an election involving Donald Trump – all the inflammatory tweets and shadowy Facebook posts – one set of ads has somehow managed to break through.

Dzhokar Tsarnaev

Court overturns Boston Marathon bomber's death penalty

Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has had his death sentence overturned by a federal appeals court.

Withdrawal of federal troops

Portland sees peaceful night of protests

Thursday night’s protest passed off without major incident or intervention by the police in the absence of federal officers.

US troop withdrawal from Germany

Democrats and Republicans take aim at Pompeo

Secretary of state receives bipartisan grilling, and makes false claim to have fought along East German border as soldier in 1980s.

Republicans

Trump tests GOP loyalty with election tweet and stimulus strategy

President Trump is testing the loyalty of his Republican allies on Capitol Hill at a time when his weak job approval numbers have GOP lawmakers increasingly concerned that he may lose re-election and drag down their Senate majority with him.

John Lewis eulogy

Barack Obama issues forceful call to action on voting rights, racial equality

President Barack Obama hailed the late Rep. John Lewis as a modern-day founding father of a more perfect union that has not yet come to fruition — and challenged Americans to carry on Lewis' legacy.

Election 2020

Donald Trump suggests delaying presidential election

Donald Trump on Thursday morning floated the idea of delaying November’s presidential election, justifying the extraordinary suggestion by repeating his false claim that widespread voting by mail from home would result in a “fraudulent” result.

COVID-19

Herman Cain, former Republican presidential candidate, dies aged 74

Herman Cain, a 2012 Republican presidential candidate and ardent supporter of Donald Trump, has died of coronavirus, his team announced on his website on Thursday.

Human merchandise

Russia jails former US marine for nine years for police assault

A Russian court has sentenced a former US marine to nine years in prison on charges of assaulting a police officer while drunk, in a controversial case that he has claimed is political.

Editorial board Houston Chronicle

Major Texas newspaper warns Trump is losing support due to pandemic

The Houston Chronicle’s editorial board warned that President Trump is losing support in the Lone Star state due to his response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Civil War

Federal officers to pull out of Portland

Oregon’s governor says local police will guard the courthouse as the president says the pullout will not begin until the city is secure

COVID-19

US deaths cross 150,000 as 21 states declared 'red zone'

US deaths from the coronavirus were approaching 150,000 on Wednesday, the highest level in the world and rising by around 10,000 in just 11 days, as 21 states enter what the federal government considers the “red zone” of rising infection rates.

Donald Trump Jr

Sometimes when a bad bartender publishes a bad book

Donald Trump Jr tries to tidy up his book Liberal Privilege's grammar. Misplaced apostrophe in the self-published book’s subtitle has been amended after widespread ridicule.

House Judiciary Committee

Bill Barr clashes with Democrats

House Democrats clashed with Attorney General William Barr at a contentious hearing where they argued over the Justice Department's deployment of federal officers to cities and the use of force against protesters, Barr's intervention in the prosecution of two allies of President Donald Trump and numerous other issues.

Watchdog alleges “laundering”

Trump campaign illegally concealed $170 million in spending

A nonpartisan watchdog filed a complaint with the Federal Election Committee (FEC) on Tuesday alleging President Trump’s reelection campaign broke the law by “laundering” $170 million in spending in an effort to conceal payments to people close to the Trump family and campaign.

COVID-19: USA

Anthony Fauci denies Trump claim that he misled US public

Dr Anthony Fauci insisted on Tuesday he had “not been misleading the American public under any circumstances” – countering a claim by Donald Trump that he had.

John Lewis

Farewell to the lion of the “greatest generation”

John Lewis was a gentle man but a stentorian speechmaker. On Monday, for the last time, his courageous voice echoed in the halls of the Capitol and brought all who heard it to a standstill.

The Guardian

Oil giants help fund powerful police groups in top US cities

Investigation portrays fossil fuel industry as common enemy in struggle for racial and environmental justice in America.

Selma

John Lewis crosses Edmund Pettus Bridge for final time

John Lewis crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, for the last time on Sunday, as remembrances continued for the civil rights leader and congressman.

New poll

Approval of Trump's handling of coronavirus hits new low

Support for President Trump's handling of the coronavirus pandemic reached a new low on Sunday as various parts of the country continue to experience a surge in infections, according to a new poll.

Shortnews

Le Tote

Lord & Taylor Files for Bankruptcy

Lord & Taylor, the floundering department store company that traces its roots to 1826, became the latest retailer to file for bankruptcy protection as the coronavirus outbreak accelerates the demise of chains that were already teetering. The chain was acquired last year from Hudson’s Bay by the clothing rental start-up Le Tote in an unusual $100 million deal. Now Le Tote and Lord & Taylor are both seeking Chapter 11 protection from their creditors in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

United Nations

Trump plans to address General Assembly in person

Donald Trump is likely to be the only world leader speaking live from New York at this year’s United Nations General Assembly debate, scheduled to take place Sept. 22 to 25. The U.N. will be holding its biggest annual event virtually this year, with up to 190 world leaders delivering speeches via pre-recorded video message. As host country of the U.N. headquarters during the Covid-19 pandemic, the U.S. has a unique opportunity to hold center-stage at an organization Trump has consistently derided, and which at times has returned the favor. Other world leaders have openly laughed at his speeches and been witness to awkward moments, ranging from Trump announcing to leaders that he could “totally destroy” North Korea, to a spat with teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg.

German Shepherd

Buddy, first U.S. dog diagnosed with Covid-19, dies

A German shepherd in New York that had the first confirmed case of Covid-19 in a dog in the U.S. has died. The 7-year-old shepherd, Buddy, developed breathing problems in mid-April after Robert Mahoney of Staten Island had been sick with the coronavirus for several weeks. A veterinarian tested Buddy in May and found him positive for the virus. Buddy's health declined steadily after he developed breathing problems and thick nasal mucus in April. He was euthanized on July 11 after he started vomiting clotted blood. USDA database of confirmed cases in the United States includes 12 dogs, 10 cats, a tiger and a lion.

COVID-19: Florida

Highest single-day death toll

Florida has reported its highest single-day death toll since the pandemic began, with 186 deaths reported, bringing total deaths in the state to 6,117. The state health department has also confirmed 9,230 new cases, bringing the state’s known total to 441,977. The way Florida collects statistics means the 186 deaths reported on Tuesday did not necessarily all happen on Monday. More than 4.3m cases and more than 148,500 deaths have been recorded in the US as a whole. That source puts Florida second in total cases confirmed, behind California, an early hotspot now experiencing a resurgence.