July 07, 2020

The Presidential Daily Brief

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  • Backsliding

    Virus Surges in India, Melbourne Locks Down

    Pandemic deaths in the world’s second-most populous nation have reached 20,000, with both mortality and infection rates rising faster than they have in three months. Cases have hit 100,000 in Delhi alone. Even so, India is reopening as the economic pain of lockdown seems untenable. And while Australia appears comparatively…

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  • Senseless

    'You Killed Your Own': Anger Over Shootings

    “Who are we mad at now? Ourselves? Because we should be.” That was how a Washington, D.C., activist reacted to the Independence Day weekend killing of an 11-year-old boy by a stray bullet. Across the nation, a movement sparked by police killings of Black Americans is being tempered by another…

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  • Pack Up

    US: Foreigners Can't Stay for Online Classes

    Here’s your degree from the school of hard knocks. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said yesterday it’ll boot foreigners on student visas if their schools opt for online-only classes in the fall. While students could transfer to other schools with in-person instruction, they’d have to reapply for admission — and…

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  • Friends in Need

    Relief Money Went to Rich, Connected Firms

    While the taxpayer-funded Paycheck Protection Program did actually make loans to struggling small businesses, it also helped major companies and politically connected firms, according to a disclosure demanded by Congress. Recipients included Newsmax Media, owned by a Trump campaign donor, restaurant chain P.F. Chang’s, wealth managers and Kanye West’s apparel…

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  • In Short

    Also Important …

    President Donald Trump has accused “anarchists” of toppling a statue of abolitionist Frederick Douglass in Rochester, New York. Researchers have concluded that 1 in 20 people in pandemic-slammed Spain have immunity to the coronavirus. And the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld — and expanded — a federal ban on robocalls…

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