Trump announces US ‘terminating’ relationship with WHO

President Trump on Friday announced that the U.S. is “terminating” its relationship with the embattled World Health Organization (WHO) over its failure to enact reforms in the face of U.S. concerns over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic and its pro-China bias. “Because they have failed to make the requested and greatly needed reforms, we […]

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Investor group allowed to buy Grindr from Chinese firm for $620M

Chinese gaming company Beijing Kunlun Tech said on Friday that a US national security panel approved the $620 million sale of popular gay dating app Grindr to an investor group called San Vicente Acquisition. The panel, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), ordered Kunlun last year to divest Grindr amid concerns […]

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Minnesota state Democrats postpone convention due to unrest over George Floyd death

The Minnesota Democratic-Farmer Labor (DFL) party on Friday said it has postponed its virtual convention, originally slated for this weekend, due to unrest across the state following the death of George Floyd. “This was the only appropriate course of action given the grief and anger gripping much of our state and nation following the murder […]

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North Carolina will still work with RNC to ‘ensure the convention can be held safely,’ governor’s office says

North Carolina officials said Friday that the state will “continue working” with the Republican National Committee to ensure that the 2020 GOP convention “can be held safely” in the state as previously planned. “North Carolina will continue working with the RNC to ensure the convention can be held safely,” Sadie Weiner, a spokeswoman for North Carolina’s […]

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Stocks tumble as Wall Street awaits Trump’s China salvo

US stocks tumbled Friday as Wall Street anxiously awaited for President Trump to announce his next economic salvo against China. The Dow Jones industrial average slid as much as 368.97 points, or 1.4 percent, to 25,031.67 ahead of Trump’s 2 p.m. news conference, where he’s expected to detail the US response to China’s recent crackdown […]

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Congress Calls State Dept. Officials for Interviews in Expanded Pompeo Inquiry

WASHINGTON — Democratic leaders in Congress announced on Friday that three committees were calling top State Department officials to be formally interviewed in an expanding investigation into Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his role in the sudden firing by President Trump this month of the department’s inspector general. At the urging of Mr. Pompeo, […]

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Washington DC starts to reopen, but not everyone is ready

The nation’s capital began its phased-in reopening Friday in fits and starts, with not everyone ready for even a limited return to pre-pandemic normality after a three-month-old stay-at-home order was lifted. Barbers and hair salons now can welcome back clients grown haggard from months of self-maintenance. Nonessential businesses, shuttered since late March, can start offering […]

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Questions on reopening New York’s economy baffle businesses

Some upstate New York business owners who made plans to reopen Friday as the state gradually loosens restrictions put in place during the coronavirus crisis remained close amid last-minute confusion over whether their region indeed had the OK to move forward. County leaders learned on a 7 p.m. call with state officials that public health […]

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Hillary Clinton accuses Trump of ‘calling for violence against American citizens’ with Minneapolis tweet

Hillary Clinton on Friday accused President Trump of “calling for violence against American citizens” when he tweeted about cracking down against riots in Minneapolis — with Trump’s 2016 rival using the controversy to urge people to work to vote him out of office in November. “The president of the United States is calling for violence against […]

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CNN Reporters Arrested For Covering Protests in Minnesota

A crew of CNN reporters were arrested early Friday morning in Minneapolis for … well, it’s not totally clear. Correspondent Omar Jimenez, producer Bill Kirkos, and camera operator Leonel Mendez were taken into custody by Minnesota State Police while reporting on street closures that followed a night of protests over the death of George Floyd. […]

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Trump’s Looting Remarks Escalate Growing Crisis in Minneapolis

President Trump issued a violent ultimatum to protesters in Minneapolis on Friday and inserted himself in a harshly divisive fashion into the growing crisis there, attacking the city’s Democratic mayor and raising the specter that the military could use armed force to suppress riots that erupted after the death of George Floyd, a black man, […]

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Twitter Flags Trump for ‘Glorifying Violence’ After Tweet About ‘Shooting’ Protesting ‘THUGS’

Twitter placed a “glorifying violence” disclaimer Friday morning over a tweet in which President Trump referred to those protesting police brutality in Minnesota as “THUGS,” before concluding, “When the looting starts, the shooting starts.” Users must click through the disclaimer to view the text of the tweet, and the liking, retweeting, and commenting functions have […]

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Trump Attacks Minneapolis Mayor Over Protests

President Trump on Friday threatened to send the National Guard to Minneapolis unless the city’s Democratic mayor brought the violent protests touched off by the death of a black man at the hands of four white police officers under control, injecting himself into a growing crisis over police abuse and race that will be another […]

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White House hits back after Twitter cracks down on Trump’s Minneapolis tweet, reposts censored message

The White House on Friday pushed back against Twitter after the social media giant censored a tweet by President Trump threatening action against rioters in Minneapolis — with Trump accusing the company of double standards, as his team moved to get around Twitter’s restrictions. “Twitter is doing nothing about all of the lies & propaganda being put out by […]

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CNN Crew Covering Minneapolis Protests Is Arrested on Live Television

A CNN reporting team was briefly arrested early Friday by the police in Minneapolis while covering the protests there, even as the news network’s camera continued to broadcast live. The episode took place shortly after 5 a.m. in Minnesota, as Omar Jimenez, a correspondent based in Chicago, was reporting on the third night of protests […]

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Trump blasts Minneapolis mayor, vows military support if needed

President Trump took to Twitter early Friday to vow military support for the governor of Minnesota after another night of violent protest in Minneapolis, which included a police station being overrun and set on fire. “I can’t stand back & watch this happen to a great American City, Minneapolis,” Trump tweeted. “A total lack of […]

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U.S.-China tension to push Asian shares lower in choppy trade

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Asian shares were set to dip in choppy trade on Friday as worries about worsening U.S.-China ties offset the fillip from hopes massive government stimulus can jump-start the world economy. E-Mini futures for the S&P 500 () edged down 0.12% in early Asian trade, while futures () pointed to a loss […]

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Fire set to begin individual workouts

The Fire announced Thursday they will begin voluntary individual workouts Friday at SeatGeek Stadium. | Sun-Times The team announced Thursday they will begin voluntary individual workouts Friday at SeatGeek Stadium, while the league said clubs can begin to use outdoor fields for voluntary small group sessions. The Fire are one step closer to restarting their […]

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Can the Yang Gang Take Out Mitch McConnell?

On Friday morning, Andrew Yang dropped his first U.S. Senate endorsement of 2020. For those who’d been wondering how Yang might wield the political capital accrued during his giddy run for president — beyond championing Universal Basic Income and toying with a run for mayor of New York City — here was an answer. And […]

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China stands by pledge to implement US trade deal despite tensions

China on Friday repeated its pledge to implement its landmark trade deal with the US amid growing tensions between the two countries. “China will continue to boost economic and trade cooperation with other countries to deliver mutual benefits,” premier Li Keqiang said at the annual meeting of China’s parliament in Beijing, according to Bloomberg News. […]

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NAACP pushes back on Biden’s claim it endorsed him after ‘you ain’t black’ furor

The NAACP on Friday pushed back on a claim by presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden that the civil rights organization had endorsed him “every time I’ve run” — stating that the group never endorses any political candidate. “Yesterday, former Vice President Joe Biden made a comment about the NAACP’s endorsement,” the statement by Derrick Johnson, […]

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Slash tax rate in half for corporations returning to US, White House adviser suggests

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow on Friday floated the idea of cutting the corporate tax rate in half for US companies that bring their operations back from other countries. “Why not provide a 50 percent discount for the corporate tax rate if you’re moving from outside the US to the US?” Kudlow told reporters […]

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