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Tech 2020-07-29T12:15:00Z
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Congress will grill the CEOs of Facebook, Google, Amazon, and Apple in an antitrust hearing today — here's how to watch it

You can watch Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, Tim Cook, and Sundar Pichai testify before Congress on July 29 at noon ET via live stream.
Politics 2020-07-29T12:11:39Z
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Trump says he didn't confront Putin about Russia paying for Taliban attacks on US soldiers because he considers it 'fake news'

Previous reporting by Insider confirmed that Taliban-affiliated groups have taken Russian money to attack US forces.
Politics 2020-07-29T12:01:05Z
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The doctor in a COVID-19 disinformation video endorsed by Trump belongs to a fringe group of medics whose founder said the virus is not a major threat

Dr Stella Immanuel is a member of America's Frontline Doctors, which has for months been questioning public health guidelines.
Military & Defense 2020-07-29T11:43:52Z

Iran fired missiles at a replica US aircraft carrier in the Strait of Hormuz in an attempt to show off its military

The military exercise involving helicopters, fast boats and missiles in the Strait of Hormuz comes at a time of high tension between the US and Iran.
News 2020-07-29T11:16:55Z

My wife was detained, released, and disappeared again in China. Here's my message on behalf of my people, the Uighurs.

The author, Mamutjan Abdurehim, is a Uighur father from Xinjiang — the Chinese region synonymous with surveillance, detentions, and forced labor.
Politics 2020-07-29T10:59:18Z

Boris Johnson believes the UK could be hit by a second coronavirus wave in just 2 weeks

The UK government is reportedly set to reintroduce quarantine measures for more European countries as cases surge across the continent.

Russia has been publishing English-language articles to spread COVID-19 disinformation to Americans, US officials said. It could skew the 2020 elections as it did in 2016.

Russia's GRU intelligence unit published 150 articles about the coronavirus pandemic via proxy websites. Many ridiculed the US pandemic response.
Politics 2020-07-29T10:07:28Z

Trump questioned why Fauci has a higher approval rating than his over the coronavirus while 'nobody likes me'

Trump questioned his lower coronavirus approval rating compared to Dr Anthony Fauci, saying the administration could have chosen not to work with him.
News 2020-07-29T07:17:11Z

The doctor in the COVID-19 misinformation video Twitter deleted from Donald Trump Jr.'s account also believes wild things about dream sex with demons and alien DNA

"I thought she was very impressive... I thought her voice was an important voice, but I know nothing about her," President Donald Trump said.
Politics 2020-07-29T06:48:01Z

White House reportedly in talks with Oregon over removing federal agents in exchange for increased local police presence

Oregon's Democratic governor is reportedly in talks with the Trump administration about drawing down the federal presence in the state's largest city.
Politics 2020-07-29T06:44:55Z

Senate Republicans won't expand food stamps program in pandemic relief proposal. It does suggest doubling the 'three-martini lunch' tax deduction

The act doesn't expand upon the SNAP program but suggested doubling the "three-martini-lunch deduction," a tax deduction for business meals.
News 2020-07-29T06:33:05Z

A GOP chairwoman in Arizona, who is also a doctor, was temporarily limited on Twitter after she shared a viral coronavirus misinformation video

The states Republican Party has claimed that Twitter's response to Ward's retweets of the video was an attempt at "election interference."

Kamala Harris topped Joe Biden's list of handwritten notes alongside talking points like 'do not hold grudges' and 'great help to campaign'

Under Harris' name, Biden listed talking points like "do not hold grudges," "talented," "great help to campaign," and "great respect for her."
News 2020-07-29T05:17:51Z

2 doctors from a viral video peddling false or misleading coronavirus information say they met with Vice President Mike Pence

The two were featured in the viral coronavirus misinformation video that has since been removed from social media websites.
Tech 2020-07-29T02:46:35Z

Peter Thiel, Trump's biggest supporter in Silicon Valley, is reportedly pumping nearly $1 million into a US Senate race in Kansas as he seeks new allies in Congress

Tech titan Peter Thiel has given up on Trump's campaign while seeking new political allies among other anti-immigration Republicans like Kris Kobach.
Politics 2020-07-29T02:11:10Z

Rep. Pramila Jayapal excoriated AG Bill Barr over 'aggressive' approach to Black Lives Matter protests

Jayapal said there is a "real discrepancy" in Barr's response to anti-lockdown protests outside the Michigan capitol and Black Lives Matter protests.
Premium Tech 2020-07-29T00:45:00Z

Sundar Pichai will tell Congress that Google's search and advertising business faces plenty of competition, and that its free products benefit the 'average American.' Read his prepared remarks in full

In his opening remarks, Google CEO Sundar Pichai is set to argue the company's search and advertising business faces plenty of competition.

Republican senator David Perdue deletes campaign ad that enlarged Jewish opponent's nose amid charges of anti-Semitism

The Perdue campaign took down the ad, but claimed the nose enlargement was "obviously ... accidental."
Tech 2020-07-28T23:59:44Z

Jeff Bezos will tell Congress that Amazon's size is a good thing, and that it faces plenty of competition from rivals like Walmart: 'Just like the world needs small companies, it also needs large ones'

Bezos and the top executives of Apple, Facebook, and Google are set to face Congress Wednesday in a historic examination of the tech industry's power.
Premium Enterprise 2020-07-28T23:34:14Z

Cybersecurity experts warn that it may take weeks or months after the presidential election for a winner to be decided, thanks to the threats of security issues and litigation around the results

A panel of cybersecurity experts including former White House advisors agreed that results of the 2020 election may take weeks – or longer.
Premium Politics 2020-07-28T22:24:15Z

Biden VP finalist Val Demings says a medical issue six years ago forced her to drop out of a race. But she's never said what the issue was, and staffers say she quit because she was losing.

In an interview on Tuesday, the Florida congresswoman declined to elaborate when asked what drove her from that local campaign. "I ended up having a procedure done, and I'm good to go."
Tech 2020-07-28T22:00:00Z

The CEOs of Apple, Google, Facebook, and Amazon are set to testify before Congress in a historic antitrust hearing. Here's what's at stake for each company.

Here's what to expect when the CEOs of Apple, Google, Facebook, and Amazon testify to Congress during Wednesday's big tech antitrust hearing.
Tech 2020-07-28T21:55:06Z

Mark Zuckerberg will tell Congress that Facebook's acquisitions are good for competition, according to a copy of his prepared remarks

Zuckerberg is set to testify before the House Antitrust Subcommittee, which is investigating whether the company engaged in anticompetitive behavior.
Retail 2020-07-28T21:54:00Z

Mattel just launched a line of politically themed Barbies, including a campaign manager, a fundraiser, and a voter

The series of political Barbies are the latest dolls to challenge traditional gender roles and come in various ethnicities and body shapes.
Military & Defense 2020-07-28T21:01:18Z

Republican lawmakers are trying to include $30 billion for military projects in the new COVID-19 emergency package

The bill, which is an acronym for "Health, Economic Assistance, Liability protection, and Schools," would pay for America's jets.
Tech 2020-07-28T21:00:18Z

Tech's biggest companies have been accused of antitrust violations. Here's what 'antitrust' means and how 'trust-busting' laws attempt to keep the biggest firms in US history from growing too powerful.

"Trust" refers to the big oil and railroad firms circa 1900. Antitrust laws were created to keep them in check, and now it may be big tech's turn.
Politics 2020-07-28T20:43:08Z

Trump administration announces it will reject new DACA applications and limit protections for current 'Dreamers' to 1 year

The Trump administration is trying to roll back the DACA program after suffering a stinging defeat by the Supreme Court last month.
Science 2020-07-28T19:58:24Z

Mysterious Chinese seed packets are showing up all over the US, and the government is warning people not to plant them

At least 27 state agrictulture departments have reported the strange packets, which could contain invasive species or other pathogens.
Executive Lifestyle 2020-07-28T19:57:00Z

A Hong Kong real-estate tycoon wants to build a new city in Ireland for 50,000 emigrants fleeing China's crackdown

Nextpolis would house 50,000 emigrants from Hong Kong on a 31.07 square mile site located between Dublin and Belfast.
Careers 2020-07-28T19:55:35Z

The $600 unemployment bonuses did not lead to people working less, Yale study finds

Workers receiving the $600 unemployment bonuses "returned to their previous jobs over time at similar rates as others," wrote the Yale economists.
Politics 2020-07-28T19:43:00Z

'I'm going to answer the damn question': Attorney General William Barr lost his temper with House Democrats during a contentious oversight hearing

The attorney general addressed his relationship with President Trump and law enforcement's forceful crackdowns on largely peaceful protests.
Politics 2020-07-28T19:41:33Z

Trump, Barr, and the GOP present antifa as a major threat in the US, but they're not killing people — unlike white supremacists

Far-right groups are tied to dozens of fatal incidents in recent years, while antifa has not been found responsible for any killings.
Politics 2020-07-28T19:29:55Z

Fox News is under fire from everyone from liberal activists to Trump. Here's 7 high-profile departures amid its turmoil.

Several prominent hosts and executives have been terminated or left the network in recent years, with sexual misconduct a recurring theme.
News 2020-07-28T18:30:50Z

Florida has reported its highest single-day jump in coronavirus deaths with 186 new fatalities

Hospitalizations among children below 18 rose by 23%, but Gov. Ron DeSantis is pushing for schools to reopen at least five days a week from August.
Tech 2020-07-28T18:18:46Z

Trump is retweeting complaints of censorship after Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter take down hydroxychloroquine video

Trump has again accused social media companies of censorship after the removal of videos touting hydroxychloroquine as a coronavirus cure.
Opinion 2020-07-28T18:15:00Z

Big Tech has no friends in Washington anymore

The CEOs of the four biggest tech companies — Amazon, Facebook, Google and Apple — are going to testify to a House committee. It won't be pretty.
Premium Healthcare 2020-07-28T18:00:00Z

55 million kids are stuck at home, and the US economy is losing $50 billion a month: Inside the DC clash over how to help schools reopen safely

Cleaning and social distancing at schools will be expensive, but parents have a tough time working when their children have to stay home.
Markets 2020-07-28T17:56:29Z

'It's not $600 or bust': Top Democratic lawmaker opens the door for compromise with GOP on reduced unemployment benefits

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said the party isn't drawing a red line on extending the $600 federal payouts on top of state unemployment insurance.
Politics 2020-07-28T17:41:24Z

Europe's last dictator got COVID-19 after telling people they could avoid it by drinking vodka and going to the sauna

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko previously dismissed fears over COVID-19 as a "psychosis" and recommended drinking vodka to stay healthy.

No, Trump can't cancel or postpone the November general election over coronavirus

Attorney General Bill Barr said he "hadn't looked into" the matter on Tuesday. Only Congress can change the date of the election.

The US Postal Service is urging voters to request their November mail-in ballots at least 15 days before the election

USPS cannot guarantee that voters' ballots will arrive by a specific date and is encouraging voters to plan for a 2-week roundtrip for their ballot.
Politics 2020-07-28T16:30:59Z

The Senate GOP coronavirus relief bill provides $1.75 billion for a new FBI building in Washington after the White House insisted on it

When prompted, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell appeared to be unaware of the provision: "I'm not sure that it is, is it?"
Strategy 2020-07-28T16:22:38Z

The GOP's new stimulus package ties two-thirds of school funding to reopening

The Republican "HEALS Act" dedicates $70 billion toward K-12 education, but schools without in-person instruction wouldn't be eligible for most of it.
Strategy 2020-07-28T16:17:00Z

The 25 questions Scott Galloway would ask the CEOs of Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Google when they testify before Congress

The NYU professor says he'd question Jeff Bezos on Amazon's Washington lobbyists, and Tim Cook on Apple's control of the "app economy."
Tech 2020-07-28T16:01:48Z

Bill Gates says tech execs about to get grilled in front of Congress remind him of his own trip in front of legislators: 'I wish them well'

Ahead of Wednesday's blockbuster tech antitrust hearing, Bill Gates reflected on his own 1998 congressional hearing.

How to vote by mail in your state in the November presidential election

Experts recommend requesting your ballot as soon as possible, carefully following the instructions to fill out, and sending it back well in advance.
Tech 2020-07-28T15:37:00Z
Transportation 2020-07-28T15:32:29Z

Tesla quietly revealed it got a government coronavirus bailout after Elon Musk opposed another stimulus package

Earlier this month, the billionaire said the government should only do direct stimulus payments to citizens because of "special interests."
Politics 2020-07-28T15:14:26Z

Fauci pushes back against Trump's claims that he's misleading the public about coronavirus and hydroxychloroquine

"I just will continue to do my job no matter what comes out, because I think it's very important," Fauci told ABC News.
Opinion 2020-07-28T14:59:43Z

There's a clear way for Congress to improve the PPP loan program and help America's small businesses

Streamlining the approval process so that PPP loans for many small businesses are forgiven quickly would save the economy money and help businesses.
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