daily links: july 2020

7.1.20
ABCnews.com—Putin now has the ability to rule Russia until at least 2036
CNN.com—House unanimously passes extension to bill that provides paycheck relief to small businesses
CBS News—Trump says he will veto the entire annual defense spending bill over the provision that bases named after Confederates will be renamed
NBC News—Trump says that NYC's decision to paint Black Lives Matter on the street outside of Trump Tower is a "symbol of hate"
BBC News—Tesla's stock price surge makes the most valuable car maker in the world
USA Today—U2 getting their own SiriusXM channel


7.2.20
CNN.com—Texas governor finally mandates the wearing of masks in public statewide. Good that it has finally happened, but just imagine how many lives could have been saved if this was done back in April.
CBS News—Ghislaine Maxwell, paramour of Jeffrey Epstein who helped recruit young women for him to sexually assault, is arrested by the FBI
USA Today—Former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain is hospitalized with serious Covid symptoms after attending Trump's Tulsa rally
NBC News—US economy gains 4.8 million jobs in June as states started to open back up, but that's going to take a serious nosedive in July once they are all forced to close down again
BBC News—The US buys the entire supply of Covid-alleviating drug Remdesivir that will be produced in the next three months
ABCnews.com—Hugh Downs, former host of 20/20 and many other television shows, dies at 99


7.6.20
CNN.com—Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms says she has tested positive for Covid
CBS News—Judge orders shutdown of the Dakota Access pipeline to further gauge the environmental impact of the project
ABCnews.com—Goldman Sachs issues report that says mandatory mask wearing could significantly boost the economy. And, oh, you know, SAVE LIVES.
NBC News—Uber acquires Postmates food delivery service for $2.7 billion
BBC News—Oscar-winning film composer Ennio Morricone dies at 91
USA Today—Country music star Charlie Daniels dies at 83


7.7.20
ABCnews.com—Georgia public university system will now require everyone on campus to wear masks in classrooms and public spaces, changing their earlier policy after the state experiences a major spike in Covid cases
CNN.com—Trump's niece claims in her tell-all book that the future president paid someone to take the SAT for him
USA Today—Patrick Mahomes signs 10 year extension worth $450 milllion, making the total value of his contract worth more than half a billion dollars
NBC News—New protests in Phoenix sparked after police murder a man sitting in a parked car in a driveway
CBS News—Walmart launching premium delivery service designed to compete with Amazon Prime
BBC News—Trump continues to push for the US to leave WHO amid a global pandemic that his administration has badly bungled the response to


7.8.20
CBS News—Supreme Court says that employers may refuse to cover birth control in their healthcare plans for religious reasons
CNN.com—Tulsa sees Covid spike in the wake of Trump's June campaign event, where attendees were not required to wear masks or practice social distancing
ABCnews.com—Atlanta mayor defies an executive order from the governor and says she will require masks in public in the city (interestingly, the governor's mansion is located in the Atlanta city limits)
USA Today—The CDC revises its guidelines on how to reopen schools safely after Trump tweets his displeasure with the original version. Public health policy in a pandemic should not be influenced by politics, but when you fire all the competent people to lead government agencies, that's what you get.
BBC News—Harvard and MIT sue the government over Trump administration rule that would require international students to attend in-person classes to be eligile for their F-1 visas
NBC News—WNBA players want Senator Kelley Loeffler to be ousted from her part ownership of the Atlanta Dream after saying that she opposes the goals of the Black Lives Matter movement. For context for people who don't live in Georgia, Loeffler is an incredibly wealthy businesswoman who was appointed to her seat (not elected) due to her influence over Georgia's governor and who violated the law by using insider information to profit from the impending Covid crisis (although of course she'll never be prosecuted by the Trump/Barr DOJ).


7.9.20
CNN.com—Supreme Court rules that Trump is not above the law and that prosecutors and Congress can seek his tax records, but kicks the cases back to lower courts, all but ensuring that his taxes will not be made public before the election
ABCnews.com—Trump threatens to cut federal funding to schools that don't reopen for in-person classes in the fall, but he likely doesn't have the power to actually do that
USA Today—Supreme Court rules that a significant part of eastern Oklahoma—including the city of Tulsa—is legally part of a Native Amerian reservation
NBC News—NYC paints Black Lives Matter in giant yellow letters on Fifth Avenue outside of Trump Tower
BBC News—There is increasing evidence that Covid can be spread by airborne particles, not just by nasal droplets, making mask wearing even more critical in slowing the spread of the virus
CBS News—Amazon removes merchandise for the Washington DC football team with the offensive name from its website


7.10.20
BBC News—Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey donates $3 million to universal basic income experiment
CBS News—The US sets another record for daily Covid cases
ABCnews.com—Goya foods threatened with boycott after CEO expresses support for Trump
CNN.com—Elon Musk now richer on paper than Warren Buffett
USA Today—A black singer who has gone by the stage name Lady A for decades is being sued by the newly rechristened Lady A country band, who changed their name from Lady Antebellum a few weeks ago due to the negative slavery-related connotations of the word antebellum
NBC News—Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue will feature a trans model for the first time this year


7.13.20
CNN.com—Robert Mueller makes rare public statement in op-ed to remind everyone the Roger Stone was properly convicted of multiple felonies by a jury despite Trump commuting his sentence before he served a single day of the 40 months in prison the judge gave him
USA Today—Starbucks announces that customers will now be required to wear masks inside its stores
ABCnews.com—Turkey announces without warning that the famed Hagia Sophia, which was originally a Christian cathedral, will no longer be a secular historical site but will instead become a functioning mosque
CBS News—Washington NFL team says it is officially dropping its racist name, but doesn't announce a new one
BBC News—Johnnie Walker to experiment with selling its whiskey in environmentally friendly bottles made out of paper
NBC News—Actress Kelly Preston, wife of John Travolta, dies at 57 after a two year battle with breast cancer


7.14.20
CNN.com—Trump administration drops rule that would have required international students studying at US universities to take in-person classes to maintain their visa status
ABCnews.com—After intervention by the Supreme Court, the federal government carries out its first execution in nearly two decades
NBC News—Three US states account for 20% of new Covid cases worldwide
BBC News—Banksy dresses in disguise to paint pro-mask-wearing graffiti in a London Tube car
USA Today—Vintage sealed Super Mario game cartridge sells for $114,000 at auction
CBS News—Mythbusters cohost Grant Imahara dies suddenly at age 49 after suffering a brain aneurysm


7.15.20
CNN.com—Walmart to require all customers to wear masks in its US stores
ABCnews.com—Oklahoma governor tests positive for Covid but still will not consider a mask mandate
CBS News—Ruth Bader Ginsburg discharged from hospital after treatment for infection
USA Today—City council of Asheville NC approves reparations for black residents that take the form of investing in solutions to reduce disparities
NBC News—New Hampshire right wing radio host loses her job after posting a video of herself ranting at construction workers speaking Spanish
BBC News—Apple has $14 billion Irish tax bill overturned


7.16.20
CNN.com—Georgia governor Brian Kemp sues Atlanta over the mayor's decision to make mask-wearing mandatory in public after Kemp issued an emergency order saying that no one government entity in the state can make masks required
ABCnews.com—EEOC says that businesses can't require employees to take the blood-based antibody test, but they can require the swab-based test to see if a person is currently infected
CBS News—Study finds that black people and low-income hosueholds recieved their Covid stimulus checks slower than white people and middle class households
USA Today—NFLPA reveals that 72 NFL players have already tested postive for Covid as training camps are set to open later this month
NBC News—US extends ban on cruise ship sailings from July 24 to September 30
BBC News—Verified Twitter accounts of highly visible personalities like Jeff Bezos and Barack Obama are hacked in Bitcoin scam


7.17.20
CNN.com—Masked federal agents in camoflage are abducting protestors off the streets of Portland and hauling them off in unmarked minivans
CBS News—Ruth Bader Ginsburg being treated for recurrence of cancer
ABCnews.com—White House blocks CDC director from testifying before Congress
USA Today—Home Depot joins Target, CVS, Walgreens, and many other national retailers in requiring customers to wear masks to enter their stores
NBC News—Secretary of Defense effectively bans the Confederate flag from being displayed an military bases
BBC News—British Airways permanently grounds its entire 747 fleet as a result of the downturn in air travel


7.20.20
CBS News—Civil rights icon and congressman John Lewis dies of pancreatic cancer at age 80
ABCnews.com—In interview with Fox News, Trump will not commit to accepting the results of the November election if he loses
CNN.com—Wisconsin bank is paying a premium to people who exchange their coins for dollars in light of the national coin shortage caused by the pandemic
USA Today—Two more Covid vaccines from Oxford University and AstraZeneca join Moderna's vaccine in showing early positive results in human trials
NBC News—Florida's largest teachers' union files lawsuit against the state government over in-person school reopenings
BBC News—China starts to reopen movie theaters six months into their aggressive Covid response


7.21.20
NBC News—Ohio's GOP Speaker of the House arrested in connection with $60 million bribery scheme
CNN.com—Trump trying to alter constitutional mandate for census to leave out undocumented residents
CBS News—Dem congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez says she was accosted on the steps of the Capitol by a GOP congressman who called her a "fucking bitch"
BBC News—Apple pledges to be carbon neutral by 2030
ABCnews.com—With theaters, sporting events, and theme parks shut down, Coke revenues plunge 28%
USA Today—Cheez-Its selling limited edition box that combines a 3 liter box of wine with a separate compartment of its white cheddar crackers for National Wine and Cheese Day


7.22.20
NBC News—Ohio's GOP Speaker of the House arrested in connection with $60 million bribery scheme
CNN.com—Trump trying to alter constitutional mandate for census to leave out undocumented residents
CNN.com—Men's Wearhouse closing hundreds of stores
CBS News—College athletic programs will still lose $150 million even if football is able to be played in a more limited conference-only schedule
ABCnews.com—With theaters, sporting events, and theme parks shut down, Coke revenues plunge 28%
USA Today—Cheez-Its selling limited edition box that combines a 3 liter box of wine with a separate compartment of its white cheddar crackers for National Wine and Cheese Day


7.23.20
BBC News—China launches its first Mars rover mission
ABCnews.com—The former police officer who murdered George Floyd is now also facing felony charges for tax evasion
CBS News—The US has surpassed 4 million official cases of Covid, though the real counts are likely much higher
NBC News—I know this will come as a real shock to everyone, but Facebook employees say the company ignored research that showed its algorithms had racial bias
CNN.com—The Washington NFL team to call itself simply the Washington Football Team until it can settle on a new name
USA Today—Judge rules that Michael Cohen's return to prison was a retaliatory act meant to intimidate him into not publishing a tell-all book about his years working for Trump


7.24.20
BBC News—TikTok bans known QAnon hashtags
NBC News—New study finds that one third of people who get Covid but aren't hospitalized still suffer long-term consequences
CNN.com—McDonald's will now require masks for people coming into its restaurants
CBS News—Delta has already permanently banned 120 passengers for refusing to wear masks on flights
USA Today—More blockbuster movies pushed to next year or delayed indefinitely
ABCnews.com—Owners of iconic cheesesteak restaurant in Philadelphia face tax evasion charges for hiding nearly $8 million in revenue from the IRS over the course of a decade


7.27.20
BBC News—National Guard major disputes Trump's and Barr's accounts of how the streets were cleared for Trump's photo op at a church, saying that the demonstrators were being peacefully and that tear gas was suddenly launched against them in a display of excessive force
CBS News—Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas says that he thinks slavery was a necessary evil
ABCnews.com—MLB postpones games after just one weekend of play after over a dozen members of the Miami Marlins test positive for Covid
CNN.com—Google tells its employees to plan to work from home for at least another year—through July 2021
NBC News—Racist couple permanently banned from all Walmarts after wearing face coverings that prominently featured a swastika
USA Today—Trump says he won't attend John Lewis' memorial service because of course he won't because he's a racist


7.28.20
USA Today—Trump administration to allow current DACA recipients to apply for extensions but will not accept any new applications to the program for undocumented young people
ABCnews.com—Twitter puts temporary restrictions on Donald Trump Jr.'s account for posting misleading information about the Covid crisis
CBS News—Americans are receiving mystery seeds in the mail from China
CNN.com—Patrick Mahomes is now part owner of MLB's Kansas City Royals
NBC News—Former UCLA soccer coach pleads guilty to taking $200,000 in bribes as part of college admissions scandal
BBC News—Video from Chainsmokers drive-in concert in the Hamptons shows hundreds of people outisde their cars, not wearing masks, and not socially distancing


7.29.20
ABCnews.com—Texas congressman who refused to wear a mask tests positive for Covid
USA Today—150,000 Americans have officially died from Covid
CNN.com—NBA player claims that Covid is being used for population control and that the threat is overblown
BBC News—Source of Stonehenge monoliths traced to quarry 15 miles away
CBS News—MacKenzie Bezos, ex-wife of Amazon's Jeff Bezos, has donated $1.7 billion to charity since her divorce from the tech titan
NBC News—Man arrested for setting fire to Arizona's Democratic Party headquarters


7.30.20
CNN.com—Former GOP presidential candidate and Trump supporter Herman Cain dies after month-long battle with Covid that he likely contracted from Trump's Tulsa rally where people were discouraged from wearing masks or social distancing
CBS News—Trump suggests delaying this November's presidential election, which he has no power to do
ABCnews.com—Florida couple jailed for refusing to quarantine after they both tested positive for Covid
USA Today—US economy contracts by 32% this quarter, the worst decline in history
NBC News—NASA successfully launches new Mars rover mission, which is expected to land on the Red Planet next February
BBC News—Man who killed endangered mountain gorilla in a protected reserve is sentenced to 11 years in prison


7.31.20
CNN.com—Former GOP presidential candidate and Trump supporter Herman Cain dies after month-long battle with Covid that he likely contracted from Trump's Tulsa rally where people were discouraged from wearing masks or social distancing
CBS News—Trump suggests delaying this November's presidential election, which he has no power to do
ABCnews.com—Florida couple jailed for refusing to quarantine after they both tested positive for Covid
USA Today—US economy contracts by 32% this quarter, the worst decline in history
NBC News—NASA successfully launches new Mars rover mission, which is expected to land on the Red Planet next February
BBC News—Man who killed endangered mountain gorilla in a protected reserve is sentenced to 11 years in prison

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