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'Most believe that it was an accident': Pentagon chief contradicts Trump on Beirut explosionLess than 24 hours after President Trump said some “great generals” told him they thought that yesterday’s massive explosion in Beirut was an “attack” involving “a bomb of some kind,” Defense Secretary Mark Esper seemed less than convinced by that explanation.


8/5/2020 3:15:01 PM

Black man's life sentence in stolen hedge clippers case is 'cruel and unusual,' Louisiana judge saysRepeat offender laws sent Fair Wayne Bryant to prison for life after trying to steal hedge clippers. Louisiana’s Supreme Court won't review the case.


8/6/2020 2:04:54 PM

Within 11 days of schools opening, dozens of students and teachers have gotten COVID-19: 'I truly wish we'd kept our children home'Schools began reopening several weeks ago. Dozens of students and staff have already tested positive for COVID-19.


8/6/2020 2:10:00 PM

Biden asks reporter if he's a 'junkie' in testy exchange over cognitive declineJoe Biden asked an African American reporter if he was a "junkie" for questioning whether the former vice president had taken a cognitive test in response to attacks targeting his mental health.At an event for black and Hispanic journalists, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee compared the question to asking CBS News correspondent Errol Barnett if he was using cocaine during the interview.


8/5/2020 10:54:58 AM

Baltimore is investigating after officials removed 5 approved Black Lives Matter muralsThe city department blamed a "miscommunication" for the error, but also said a staff member accused of problematic behavior is under investigation.


8/5/2020 1:54:53 PM

Man fights with bear after it enters home with 10 kids inside, Alaska officials sayHe went toe-to-toe with the 300-pound predator, and it didn’t go very well


8/6/2020 9:22:35 PM

Republicans offer $400/week unemployment benefits, but stimulus bill talks remain dividedRepublicans and Democrats still remain sharply divided over a replacement for the coronavirus relief bill that expired last week.When the last stimulus bill expired at the end of July, so did the $600/week boost to unemployment benefits that millions of out-work Americans have relied on since the beginning of the pandemic. Extending those benefits still remains a point of contention as Republicans offer a $400/week concession and Democrats stay firm at $600, among other disagreements, Politico reports.The Democratic-controlled House passed its version of the next relief bill a while ago, with $600/week boost that would last until the end of the pandemic. Republicans control the Senate, though, and at first indicated there would be no unemployment boost at all in the next phase bill they'd support. They then upped their offer to $200/week, and as of Tuesday, have proposed a $400/week boost that will last until Dec. 15, Politico reports via a meeting between party leaders and White House officials. But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) also said Tuesday he would back a $600 enhancement if President Trump does as well, and Trump seemingly indicated his support last week.Also in contention is funding for child care. Democrats want $50 billion for this, while Republicans prefer $15 billion, and the two sides have moved on to closer issues for now. Republicans also think Democrats are also looking for lots of funding for mail-in voting, but Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has reportedly made it clear states can use election funding for whatever they see fit. A debate over pensions meanwhile remains "a different breed of cat" altogether, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) reportedly said. Read more about the state of stimulus talks at Politico.More stories from theweek.com The problem with the rush to disband the Minneapolis police New Lincoln Project ad crowns Jared Kushner 'Secretary of Failure' The Republican problem no one knows how to solve


8/5/2020 9:49:00 AM

Joshua Wong and other Hong Kong activists charged over banned June 4 vigilTwo dozen people in Hong Kong, including pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong, have been charged with participating in an illegal assembly at a vigil on June 4 commemorating the crackdown on protesters in and around Beijing's Tiananmen square in 1989. It was the first time the vigil had been banned in semiautonomous Hong Kong, with police citing coronavirus restrictions on group gatherings in refusing permission for it to take place. The anniversary struck an especially sensitive nerve in the former British colony this year, falling just as China prepared to introduce national security legislation later that month in response to last year's often violent pro-democracy demonstrations.


8/6/2020 8:02:40 AM

Virginia business owner reacts to employee's house arrest for defending shop from robber	Worker arrested after defending himself from armed robbery; Arlington Smoke Shop owner Jowan Zuber speaks out.


8/5/2020 7:56:35 PM

New poll shows plummeting GOP satisfaction with direction of countryThanks to a marked shift among Republican voters since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, just 13 percent of Americans surveyed now say they are satisfied with “the way things are going in the United States.”


8/5/2020 2:20:13 PM

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8/6/2020 7:53:29 PM

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8/6/2020 4:30:00 PM

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8/6/2020 1:00:00 PM

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8/6/2020 11:32:25 AM

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8/6/2020 11:16:32 AM

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8/6/2020 10:30:59 AM

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8/6/2020 10:00:00 AM

Rashad Robinson, an organizer behind the Stop Hate for Profit boycott, says civil rights groups can’t be left to police the company by themselves.

8/6/2020 8:00:00 AM