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TechNews for the week: September 25; September 23; September 21;

War, Politics and Reports (Also, see Finance and Economics)
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dead at 87; Who might succeed Justice Ginsburg? Trump's short list begins with these four women (and one man);
McConnell says Trump's court nominee will get Senate vote despite Ginsburg's dying wish that next president choose replacement;
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) says she doesn't support filling Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat before the election;
A new conservative Supreme Court justice could boost religious rights at the cost of LGBTQ protections;
Romney becomes the latest Republican to offer a dubious historic rationale to side with Trump;
Trump's potential Supreme Court nominee slammed Obama for trying to 'dramatically flip the balance of power';
Barbara Lagoa refused to recuse herself from Florida felons' voting case, creating controversy;
Ted Cruz blocks resolution honoring Ginsburg after Tucker Carlson pushes conspiracy theory about her;
Trump gets brutally booed by protesters while paying respects to RBG; For Trump's faithful, the Supreme Court 'game' brings excitement as protests spark fear;
Post-ABC poll: Next Supreme Court justice should be chosen by the winner of the presidential election, majority of Americans;
Trump expected to nominate Amy Coney Barrett to fill Ginsburg seat, kicking off Supreme Court fight weeks before election;
U.S. says U.N. sanctions on Iran to be reimposed Saturday. What does that mean? Arms depot of Iran-backed Hezbollah explodes in Lebanon;
Thousands protest Netanyahu; many ignore Israeli virus rules; Israel's Netanyahu brings suitcases of dirty laundry to Washington for his U.S. hosts to clean free of charge;
China Sends Warning to Taiwan and U.S. With Big Show of Air Power ;
Why is Taiwan-China tension rising and what are the risks? China threatens U.S. companies with sanctions following Trump's WeChat ban;
Trump Demands U.N. Hold China to Account for Coronavirus Pandemic;
Former World Leaders Urge Ratification of Nuclear Arms Ban Treaty;
Nearly 500 former senior military, civilian leaders signal support for Biden;
Secret CIA assessment: Putin 'probably directing' influence operation to denigrate Biden; Trump suggests he'd consider removing FBI director over unfavorable testimony;
Court revives House's challenge of Trump wall funding; Former border commissioner: President Trump's 'incredibly expensive' border policy didn't make sense in first place;
House easily passes stopgap funding bill, averting shutdown;
CDC removes statement on airborne virus transmission, claiming website error; Denial and Defiance: Trump and His Base Downplay the Virus Ahead of the Election;
'We May Be Surprised Again': An Unpredictable Pandemic Takes a Terrible Toll;
FDA to issue tougher standards for emergency authorization of coronavirus vaccine, making a green light by Election Day unlikely;
Trump's 'political move': attack FDA plan for tougher standards on emergency vaccine approval as a 'political move';
Manhattan DA says news reports on misconduct alone justify subpoena for eight years of Trump's tax returns;
Appeals Court runs out of patience with fight over Trump's taxes, calling his claims 'highly contrived';
Judge orders Trump's son Eric to meet with N.Y. attorney general's office investigators by Oct. 7;
Justice Dept. Threatens to Withhold Federal Funds From N.Y., Seattle and Portland;
Federal official says White House intervened to halt release of Bolton book with flawed classification review;
Trump administration rescinded 'Courage Award' for woman who criticized Trump, then gave false explanation for its decision, watchdog finds;
Trump's niece sues him and other relatives, alleging they cheated her out of millions in inheritance;
After years of promising his own health care plan, Trump settles for rebranding rather than repealing Obamacare;
A Deal on Drug Prices Undone by White House Insistence on 'Trump Cards';
Trump pledges to send $200 drug discount cards to Medicare recipients weeks before election; funding source unclear;
Allegations of racism have marked Trump's term and become a key issue as election nears;
Report: Trump said Jews are 'only in it for themselves' and 'stick together';
How Republicans Are Trying to Use the Green Party to Their Advantage;
Trump Supporters Disrupt Early Voting in Virginia;
The Trump campaign is reportedly 'discussing contingency plans to bypass election results'; The report; Trump won't commit to peaceful transfer of power if he loses;
Pennsylvania election officials warn of 2000 Florida redux; Justice Department statement on mail-in ballot investigation appalls election law experts;
False Claims, Spread by a Trump Son, That Biden Used a Teleprompter;
Internal USPS documents link changes behind mail slowdowns to top executives ;
Head of government media agency flouts subpoena, angering Democrats and Republicans;
How Pompeo Blurs the Line Between Diplomacy and Politics;
GOP senators' report calls Hunter Biden's board position with Ukraine firm 'problematic,' but fails to show how it changed U.S. policy;
In secret tapes, mine executives detail their sway over leaders from Juneau to the White House;
At least 1,010 people have been shot and killed by police in the past year; A woman killed. An officer shot. And no one legally responsible;
Police are using the law to deny the release of records involving use of force;

Math, science and technology:
Security issues
The Russian Trolls Have a Simpler Job Today. Quote Trump; Election Day Simulations Demonstrate Struggle to Combat Hackers;
Iranian Government Hacking Android; Microsoft detects active Zerologon attacks;
'FinCEN' documents reportedly show banks moved illicit funds; CEO of NS8 Charged with Securities Fraud;
Documented Death from a Ransomware Attack;
Math and science
Massive genetic study shows coronavirus is mutating and potentially evolving amid its rapid spread in the U.S.;
How genetic science helped expose a secret coronavirus outbreak;
How to Ship a Vaccine at –80°C, and Other Obstacles in the Covid Fight;
New Study Finds An Iceberg Might NOT Have Sunk the Titanic After All;
Archaeologists Found 115,000-Year-Old Human Footprints Where They Shouldn't Be;
Ocean Heat Waves Are Directly Linked to Climate Change;
Scientists Using Cassini Spacecraft Data Find Fresh Ice On Saturn's Moon Enceladus;
NASA Changes ISS' Position To Avoid Collision With Debris;
At the Math Olympiad, Computers Prepare to Go for the Gold;
Web, computing and technology issues
Facebook Tried to Limit QAnon. It Failed; Facebook Reportedly Plans to Limit Content Amid Election Chaos, Unrest;
Facebook Says Chinese Operations Interfering in U.S. Election; Facebook Shuts Down Two Russian Disinformation Networks;
YouTube Changing Election Search Results to Fight Misinformation;
Justice Department asks Congress to weaken social media companies' liability protection;
Twitter Faces Class-Action Lawsuit Over Providing Access to Phone Numbers;
TikTok says Oracle can review its source code, but deal won't allow tech transfers;
SC News and Politics
Supreme Court Hypocrite Lindsey Graham Blistered By Own Words In Lincoln Project Ad;

Business and Economics
Federal Reserve Orders New Round of Stress Tests; Stocks plunge Monday after report alleging large banks profited from illicit dealings;
Federal Reserve: Net Worth Of US Households Back At Pre-Pandemic Levels;
Jay Powell says US small businesses may need 'direct fiscal support'; House To Vote On Scaled-Down $2.4 Trillion Emergency Spending Package;
Federal Reserve Officials Reiterate Commitment To Keep Interest Rates Near Zero;
Improvement in U.S. jobless claims loses some momentum in latest week; New Jobless Claims Rose Slightly Last Week; The Cost of Unemployment to the Economy;
Fewer Americans See Economy Worsening; Community Colleges Can Be Engines of Economic Recovery;
Andrew Yang Advocates For Multi-Trillion Dollar Investment In Rebuilding America's Aging Infrastructure;
Pentagon used taxpayer money meant for masks and swabs to make jet engine parts and body armor;
Publicly traded firms paid dividends, bought their own stock after receiving PPP loans to pay employees; Hundreds of US companies fight new rules on hedge fund disclosure;
Employers consider eliminating certain worker benefits before open enrollment begins;
Public sector strikes to hit Germany next week over wages;
China's Tencent rebrands WeChat work app ahead of Trump ban; Federal court temporarily blocks Trump administration's ban of WeChat;
Trump Approves Deal Between Oracle and TikTok;
TikTok tussle shows the uneven economic 'decoupling' that has accelerated between U.S. and China; TikTok Deal Complicated by Disagreement Over U.S. Ownership;
TikTok Seeks Preliminary Injunction Against Ban by Trump Administration; Judge Tells Trump Administration to Defend or Delay TikTok Ban;
Facebook Says it Will Stop Operating in Europe If Regulators Don't Back Down;
Survey: 74% of Hotels will lay off more employees without further aid; U.S. hotel performance for August 2020; 23.4% of hotel loans are 30 or more days delinquent;
FedEx Considering Use Of Reliable Robotics Technology To Power Flights To Remote Areas;
Sources Say Boeing Will Announce Shift Of 787 Production To South Carolina Soon;
California to require all new cars to be 'zero emissions' by 2035;
Trump Administration to Announce Plan to Open Tongass Forest to Logging;
4 Ways to Limit Taxes on Stock Gains and Dividends;
Football Player Died of Blood Clot Following Covid-19 Diagnosis;
Big Ten football schedule filled with familiar rivalries packed into nine weeks; Pac-12 announces return of fall football season for first week in November;
Other news
The four political states of Arizona; The 50 political states of America;
Jeff Zucker Helped Create Donald Trump. That Show May Be Ending;
Luxury cars, MAGA flags and Facebook invites: How an unknown Idaho family organized the Portland rally that turned deadly;
Political Scholar Norm Ornstein On What's At Stake In 2020; Political scientist: Fox News built an "alternative reality" to allow Trump to steal the election;
George Will: A useful litmus test for the next Supreme Court justice;
The Inside Story of the Mueller Probe's Mistakes;

Colleges Seek Lower-Risk Ways For Students To Socialize Amid Pandemic; Colleges Cancel Spring Break, Make Plans For Next Spring;
Campus Reopenings Linked To Thousands Of New COVID-19 Cases; Colleges Seeking Federal Guidance Encounter Compromised CDC;
U Colorado Pauses For Two Weeks Due To COVID-19 Spread; Boulder, seeking to stop coronavirus surge, bans all gatherings among 18 to 22 year olds until Oct. 8;
Florida Governor Wants To Pass "Bill Of Rights" To Stop Colleges Disciplining Students For Holding Parties Amid Pandemic;
Colleges Reducing Free College Programs Amid Pandemic;
College Officials, Faculty Feel Prepared To Teach Classes Online; Higher Ed Course Material Sales Undergo Dramatic Slide;
Harvard's Undergraduate Enrollment Drops 20% Amid Pandemic; California Community Colleges Experiencing Decline In Student Enrollment;
Undergraduate Enrollment Dips 2.5% Amid COVID-19 Pandemic; Experts Discuss How Community Colleges Can Weather Enrollment Declines;
University Of California Admitted 64 Well-Connected, Rich Students Over More Qualified Students;
University Of Minnesota Conducts External Review Of Police Department;
More Colleges Begin Offering Data Science Programs;
Trump Bars Federal Grants for 'Divisive and Harmful' Racial-Sensitivity Training; DeVos Vows to Withhold Desegregation Aid to Schools Over Transgender Athletes;

TechNews for the week: September 18; September 16; September 14;

War, Politics and Reports (Also, see Finance and Economics)
Israel's Netanyahu pressed to sign conflict-of-interest deal; Bahrain opposition rejects Israel normalisation, calls for resistance;
Israel signs deal establishing formal ties with two Arab states at the White House; The key winners and losers of Israel's peace agreements with the UAE and Bahrain;
Netanyahu will not talk to Palestinians; Quincy Institute leader: Middle East peace agreement 'an arms deal';
Gulf powers 'now view Israel as main regional ally' as five more nations set to embrace Jewish state;
Gaza rockets, Israeli air strikes accompany Israel-Gulf pacts;
Israel returns to lockdown as COVID-19 cases mount; Israel tells pilgrims to come home as Ukraine bars entry;
Iran warns US against 'strategic mistake' after Trump threat;
Taliban and Afghan government launch formal peace talks after nearly two decades of war; Secret Tibetan Military Force Raises Stakes in India-China Clash;
Ukraine's anti-corruption drive hits buffers;
U.S. Pushes Large Arms Sale to Taiwan, Including Jet Missiles That Can Hit China; China Launches Nine Satellites Into Orbit From Ocean Platform;
Russia to sell 100 million doses of controversial coronavirus vaccine to India;
Japan's New Leader Picks His Team: Familiar Men, and Fewer Women;
War Crime Risk Grows for U.S. Over Saudi Strikes in Yemen;
Pompeo Seeks Deal to Remove Sudan From Terrorist List Before U.S. Election;
Belarusian President Lukashenko is threatening to close his country's borders with NATO members Poland and Lithuania;
The Air Force Secretly Designed, Built, and Flew a Brand-New Fighter Jet;
Global views of U.S. plunge to new lows amid pandemic;
US Ambassador to China Terry Branstad stepping down to help Trump campaign; US ambassador to Hungary to step down ;
Prosecutor looking into the origins of Russia probe resigns; Former FBI agent says it's 'clear' that 'Donald Trump is compromised by the Russians';
A Chinese virologist claimed the coronavirus was 'intentionally' released. Turns out, she works for a group led by Steve Bannon;
Trump isn't talking about the wildfires; Trump falsely claimed that the California wildfires were fueled by trees that 'explode';
The president who says coronavirus will go away makes same prediction about global warming;
Wisconsin's Top Court Rules Against Reprinting of Ballots, Avoiding Election Chaos;
Key election lawsuits that could help shape the presidential race;
Judge temporarily Judge temporarily blocks USPS from sending election mailer to more voters in Colorado;
Postal Service and State Officials Feud Over Mail Voting as Election Looms; Documents reveal Postal Service feared Trump's rhetoric could cost it billions in Amazon business;
Newly revealed USPS documents detail a scrapped plan to ship masks to Americans and a standoff with Amazon amid pressure from Trump;
Federal judge issues temporary injunction against U.S. Postal Service operational changes amid concerns about mail slowdowns;
Republican-led probe of Biden, Ukraine nears a close;
Trump Accuses Judge of 'Stacking the Deck' Against Him in Tax Ruling;
Trump officials seek greater control over CDC reports; Political Appointees Meddled in C.D.C.'s Health Reports;
CDC reverses heavily criticized guidance it issued last month about who should be tested for the novel coronavirus;
CDC director predicts Coronavirus vaccines won't be widely available until the middle of next year;
Trump contradicts health advisers on coronavirus vaccine timetable as death toll mounts;
Trump's 'terrific' health-care plan is so secret his own health advisers don't know it exists;
Senior HHS official Michael Caputo warned of armed insurrection after election; Trump Health Aide Pushes Bizarre Conspiracies and Warns of Armed Revolt;
Trump health appointee taking medical leave after calling on president's supporters to prepare for insurrection;
Trump seizes on judge's ruling that Pennsylvania lockdown is unconstitutional;
Court Rules 400,000 Immigrants Can Be Forced to Leave the U.S.;
Donald Trump Says He'll Be Doing 'Fox & Friends' Every Week Until Election, But Steve Doocy Says They Haven't Committed;
Veterans Fortify the Ranks of Militias Aligned With Trump's Views; A fake FBI raid orchestrated by right-wing activists dupes The Washington Post;
Pro-Trump youth group enlists teens in secretive campaign likened to a 'troll farm,' prompting rebuke by Facebook and Twitter;
Trump, in town hall, says he wouldn't have done anything differently on pandemic;
Fact Checker: Trump's ABC News town hall was a stream of falsehoods, over and over again;
The Justice Department says defaming women is part of Trump's job; Justice Dept. Opens Criminal Inquiry Into John Bolton's Book;
Roger Stone Calls For Trump To 'Declare Martial Law' To Seize Power If He Loses;
Trump suggests he would 'negotiate' a third term as president because he is 'probably entitled' to it;
Reports: Barr told prosecutors to consider charging violent protesters with sedition;
Whistleblower says Federal officials stockpiled munitions, sought 'heat ray' device before clearing Lafayette Square;
Barr accuses career Justice Dept. prosecutors of 'headhunting' in politically charged defense of his actions as attorney general;
Secret Service reveals more charges by Trump properties, including for rooms at N.J. club while it was closed for pandemic;
Former model accuses Trump of assault during 1990s tennis tournament; Giuliani associate Lev Parnas faces new criminal charges;
Assange lawyer says Trump offered indirect offer of pardon;
State Dept. offers murky analysis of job performance survey to justify IG’s firing;
Scott Walker helping to prep Pence for debate against Harris;
Former Pence aide says she will vote for Biden because of Trump's 'flat out disregard for human life' during pandemic;
Trump may end up at Rikers Island by the end of 2023 if he loses re-election;
Biden's CNN town hall: An occasional whopper;
What the Trump and Biden town halls taught us about their upcoming debates;
On the first day of early voting, Virginians wait up to four hours to cast ballots; Florida Latinos swamped by wild conspiracy theories;
For Trump, It's Not the United States, It's Red and Blue States;
Watchdog group calls on FEC to investigate donations to Trump and others by relatives and associates of USPS's Louis DeJoy;
Kanye West's Perplexing Run as a Potential 2020 Spoiler;
White House, Congress reach agreement on short-term spending bill to avert October shutdown;
Wisconsin asks unemployed residents to return $300 in jobless aid if Congress passes new relief;
Florida senators pushing to keep Daylight Savings Time during pandemic;
Study finds More than half of all wrongful criminal convictions are caused by government misconduct;
Documents Reveal How the Police Kept Daniel Prude’s Death Quiet;

Math, science and technology:
Security issues
September Crypto-Gram Newsletter, robocalls, disinformation, surveillance and more ;
US Space Force confirms Space Based Infrared System detected missile attack in January;
FBI director affirms Russia's aim to 'denigrate' Biden ahead of election; U.S. Sanctions Two Russians for $17 Million Phishing Campaign;
How the FIN7 Cybercrime Gang Operates;
Privacy Bug in Biden's App Allowed Access to Sensitive Voter Information; New Bluetooth Vulnerability;
Interesting Attack on the EMV Smartcard Payment Standard;
Ransomware Attack Takes Down School System in California;
Matt Blaze on OTP Radio Stations;
Math and science
A supercomputer found a promising theory about why COVID-19 cases go downhill fast. It even explains the bizarre range of symptoms;
Researchers Find Face Shields, Neck Gaiters, Masks With Valves Not Effective Against COVID-19;
Moderna signals slower timeline for Covid-19 vaccine; Moderna and Pfizer Reveal Secret Blueprints for Coronavirus Vaccine Trials;
Scientist Who Denies Climate Change Hired At NOAA By Trump Administration;
Is There a Black Hole in Our Backyard? Potential sign of alien life detected on Venus;
Perfectly preserved Ice Age cave bear found in Arctic Russia; Divers in SE Asia may have found US submarine lost in WWII;
Two major Antarctic glaciers are tearing loose from their restraints increasing the threat of rising seas;
Mayflower Autonomous Ship To Sail 400 Years After The Original;
Harvard Researchers Develop AI To Determine How Medical Treatments Affect Life Spans;
Nearly two-thirds of US young adults unaware 6m Jews killed in the Holocaust ;
What Is VO2max? The New Apple Watch Measures Your Blood Oxygen. Now What?
Web, computing and technology issues
False Rumors That Activists Set Wildfires Exasperate Officials;
FBI Director Warns Against Getting Election Information from Social Media; Memo Says Facebook Ignored Fake Accounts Used to Undermine Elections;
Twitter Adding Election Hub to Users' Accounts to Fight Misinformation; Twitter Adds Misleading Label to Trump's Tweet Attacking Mail-In Voting;
QAnon Website Shuts Down After Fact-Checking Group Identifies Owner; Report: Left-Wing Groups Embracing Violent Themes in Social Media;
Facebook and Instagram Flag Tucker Carlson Virus Posts;

Business and Economics
US Consumer Prices Increased In August; Census Bureau: Median Household Income Rose 6.8% In 2019; Gallup Poll Shows US Satisfaction Remains Near Historic Low;
U.S. Job Losses Persist as Claims Come In Higher Than Forecasts; New Unemployment Claims Fell Again Last Week, But Remain High;
U.S. Poverty Hit a Record Low Before the Pandemic Recession; A Lifeline to the Jobless Has Problems With Fraud, and With Math;
Medicaid rolls swell amid the pandemic's historic job losses, straining state budgets;
The Federal Reserve projects the economy to improve next year, with unemployment falling to 5.5 percent by the end of 2021;
Fed Pledges Low Rates for Years, and Until Inflation Picks Up; Federal Reserve mulls extension of bank dividend and buyback curbs;
Global equities slip after Fed fails to move on bond buying programme; Global outlook less pessimistic, but risks and uncertainty remain high;
Mnuchin: "Now Is Not The Time To Worry About Shrinking The Deficit"; No Major Employers Participating In Trump Payroll Tax-Deferral Option;
US Manufacturing Production Rose In August, But Momentum Slowing; Online retail sales slow down in August after massive spike during pandemic;
Independent Watchdog Report Finds Inequity in Farm Aid Payments; Struggling Hotel Owners, Some With Trump Ties, Seek Federal Bailout;
OPEC and non-OPEC allies to review oil production cuts after dire demand warnings;
WTO panel rules that U.S. tariffs against China violated trade rules;
China Bans German Pork Imports Over Swine Fever Case;
Judge Declines To Block Administration’s Restrictions On H-1B Visas;
TikTok has chosen Oracle as U.S. 'technology partner,' rejecting Microsoft's bid; Republican Senators Raise Concerns About TikTok's Deal with Oracle;
Trump administration says TikTok and WeChat will be banned from app stores beginning Sunday;
A Secret Recording Reveals Oil Executives' Private Views on Climate Change;
Tesla To Export China-Made Cars; Daimler, Mercedes Benz USA To Pay $1.5B To Settle Emissions Cheating Allegations;
Airbus Set To Deliver First US-Made A220 To American Customer; Airbus Will Likely Have To Issue Compulsory Layoffs;
Investigation: Boeing 737 Max crashes were 'horrific culmination' of errors; Boeing Halts NeXt Division Work;
Southwest Temporarily Grounds 130 Boeing 737-800 Due To Discrepancy In Weight Data;
Raytheon Technologies To Cut 15,000 Jobs At Corporate Offices, Subsidiaries;
How to Calculate the GDP of a Country;
Who Gets Hurt When the World Stops Using Cash;
Why Housing Market Bubbles Pop;
Big Ten universities will play football this fall, reversing decision to suspend the season amid pandemic;
LSU football coach says 'most of our players have caught' coronavirus;
SF Giants Hit a Home Run with AI;
Other news
America's History of Nasty, Tumultuous, and Strange Presidential Elections; What happens if the US election is contested?
The five political states of Minnesota;
How former Trump adviser Steve Bannon joined forces with a Chinese billionaire who has divided the president's allies;
The Falwells, the pool attendant and the double life that brought them all down;

U.S. News Releases 2021 Best Colleges List; Princeton Again Tops U.S. News College Rankings Despite Changes To Assessment Process;
Dept. of Education launches probe after Princeton acknowledges systemic racism; Challenge to Harvard's admissions practices hits federal appeals court;
As Universities Experience COVID Spikes, Other Colleges Keep Virus At Bay; Colleges Forced To Deal With Increasing Number Of COVID-19 Cases;
University Of Michigan Struggles With Campus Reopening Due To No-Confidence Vote, Grad Strike;
Health Experts Evaluate College Reopenings; Colleges Begin Planning For Spring Semester Amid Pandemic;
International Student Enrollment At US Colleges Plunge Due To Pandemic’s Travel Restrictions, Trump Administration;
Low-income students are dropping out of college this fall in alarming numbers;
More Working Adults Enrolling In Postsecondary Education, But Still Skeptical About Its Value;
Pennsylvania State System Plans To Integrate Three Universities, Altering Previous Proposals;
Trump alleges 'left-wing indoctrination' in schools, says he will create national commission to push more 'pro-American' history;
Professor suspended for saying Chinese word that sounds like a racial slur in English;

TechNews for the week: September 11; September 9;

War, Politics and Reports (Also, see Finance and Economics)
Belarus Protest Leader Vanishes Amid Reports of Masked Abductors; Belarus opposition leader arrested after tearing up her passport to avoid deportation;
Elections in Russia's regions will be test of Putin machine; Russia's COVID-19 vaccine showed antibody response in initial trials;
Netanyahu blames opposition as red cities chaos continues; Serbia and Kosovo warned by EU against Israel embassy moves;
Hamas leader says group has missiles that can hit Tel Aviv; Palestinians set to soften stance on UAE-Israel normalisation;
Trump announces that Bahrain will be latest Arab nation to establish diplomatic ties with Israel;
Trump nominated for Nobel Peace Prize by Norwegian official, citing Israel-UAE peace deal;
IAEA: Iran continues to expand stockpile of enriched uranium;
Trump Emerges as Inspiration for Germany's Far Right;
Brexit back in crisis: EU warns UK over divorce pact; Boris Johnson threatens to override Brexit deal; E.U. says that would break international law;
Shots fired on the India-China border for the first time in decades as tensions flare;
Trump pulls 2,000 troops out of Iraq and plans drawdown in Afghanistan in days amid bust-up with top commanders he accused of going to war to enrich defense contractors;
White House moves to bar federal agencies from racial sensitivity training sessions it calls 'Un-American';
Trump, Biden clash over military support after president’s alleged disparagement of fallen troops;
John Kelly, at Center of Report on Trump Disparaging U.S. Soldiers, Keeps Silent; Why Trump's generals are remaining silent on story of fallen soldiers;
Trump has a long history of disparaging military service; Trump Has Mocked the U.S. Military His Whole Life;
Trump says troops love him even if Pentagon brass doesn't; VA Secretary Defends Trump's Insults of POWs: Just 'Politics' and 'Heat of the Campaign';
What Trump officials really say — and don't say — in denying that he disparaged fallen troops;
A Striking Reversal: Trump's Attacks on the Military and Defense Contractors; This Election Has Become Dangerous for the U.S. Military;
Pentagon Pushes To Shut Down Legendary Military Newspaper; Trump Says He Will Reverse Pentagon Plan to Close Newspaper;
USPS chief DeJoy's rise in GOP was fueled by donations from his company's workers who were later reimbursed;
Trump-Nominated Postal Service Board Member Pushed Black Lives Matter Conspiracy Theories;
House Oversight Committee will investigate DeJoy's campaign fundraising; Postal Service to Tap Republican Lobbyist to Quell Mounting Scrutiny;
Pompeo's wife assigned State Dept. work on secretary's behalf using private email;
Judge blocks administration's 'winding down' of census operations; Court blocks Trump's order to exclude undocumented immigrants from Census count;
Court Approves Warrantless Surveillance Rules While Scolding FBI;
Harris warns of Russian interference in November election;
Whistle-Blower: D.H.S. Downplayed Threats From Russia and White Supremacists;
Right-wing protesters gather outside Portland, adding to tensions;
Rochester police chief, other high-ranking officials retire amid inquiry into death of man who was hooded and pinned by officers;
Ex-officers charged in George Floyd killing blame each other;
Pennsylvania moves toward adopting a smart way to reduce election chaos; In Year of Voting by Mail, a Scramble to Beef Up In-Person Voting;
Former Republican Gov. Tom Ridge urges Pennsylvania to speed up mail vote counting; Georgia secretary of state says as many as 1,000 potential cases of double voting detected;
Federal appeals court blocks hundreds of thousands of felons in Florida from registering to vote less than a month before deadline;
Court examines North Carolina's new law that requires photo IDs for voting;
New poll confirms Republicans' wariness of voting by mail;
Trump fixates on promise of a vaccine — real or not — as key to reelection bid;
After Trump promised an October vaccine, a major human trial stops for an 'unexplained illness';
Most Americans won't be allowed to get a vaccine immediately; Study says High numbers of Los Angeles patients complained about coughs as early as December;
ICE flew detainees to Virginia so the planes could bring agents to D.C. protests. A huge coronavirus outbreak followed.;
Republican Senator says Woodward's question was a gotcha question;
Trump's reelection campaign is paying to replace sod on White House lawn, Rose Garden after damage from crowds at GOP convention events;
How Trump Draws on Campaign Funds to Pay Legal Bills;
Justice Dept. intervenes in defamation lawsuit brought by a woman who accused Trump of raping her decades ago;
Mnuchin says agreement with Pelosi in place to avoid government shutdown Oct. 1;
Coronavirus stimulus: What's in Senate Republicans' pared-down relief bill; Senate Republicans are apparently struggling to find 51 GOP votes for a COVID-19 relief bill;
Slimmed-down GOP relief bill fails to advance in Senate;
While Trump Was Golfing, His Campaign Attacked Joe Biden For Visiting Cemetery;
In Encounters With Black Leaders, Trump Has Chosen Photo Ops Over Substance;
Trump and allies ratchet up disinformation efforts in late stage of campaign; Republicans Revive 2018 Strategy: Scare Voters and Hope for Better Result;
Trump employs images of violence as political fuel for reelection fight; More Than Ever, Trump Casts Himself as the Defender of White America;
The Fed Enabled a Record Expansion. Trump Is Taking Credit;
Trump's spotty record on manufacturing jobs;
John Bolton likens Trump to Elizabeth Warren following 'incoherent' remarks on military;
Ben Sasse Calls for Repealing 17th Amendment, Eliminating Popular-Vote Senate Elections;

Math, science and technology:
Security issues
Race for Coronavirus Vaccine Pits Spy Against Spy;
Senior DHS official told to stop providing intelligence analysis on threat of Russian interference in election;
Russian spies are targeting U.S. political parties, while China and Iran tried to hack the presidential campaigns;
Treasury Dept. sanctions Russian, Ukrainian individuals for election interference;
Some States Calling on National Guard to Help with Election Cybersecurity;
Ranking National Cyber Power; US Space Cybersecurity Directive;
Math and science
A massive 164-feet deep crater suddenly opened up on Siberia's Arctic tundra and it could be the result of an explosion triggered by climate change;
The Quest to Find—and Save—the World's Most Famous Shipwreck;
Scientists confounded by new findings on universe's mysterious dark matter;
Vaccine CEOs issue safety pledge amid Trump's quest for pre-election approval; 'Follow the Science' Isn't a Covid-19 Strategy;
University Of Cincinnati Researchers Working On Home COVID-19 Test;
Vanderbilt Researchers Develop Laser Tweezers That Can Move Single Proteins; Quantum Effects Could Have Major Impact On Sensor Arrays, Precision Clocks;
U.S. utilities say Biden plan to cut CO2 hinges on breakthroughs;
Energy Innovation Releases Report On Path To Net-Zero Carbon Emissions In US Electric Grid;
Web, computing and technology issues
Microsoft apps can identify deepfakes now, just in time for the 2020 US election;
Facebook Takes Down Pages of Far-Right Group Patriot Prayer, Founder; Zuckerberg Denies Facebook Label as 'Right-Wing Echo Chamber';
Twitter Expands Policies Against Voter Suppression, Premature Victory Claims; Twitter bans far-right extremist group the Oath Keepers;
Google Removes Autocomplete Predictions Related to Election;
Republicans Wicker, Graham and Blackburn Bill Would Limit Section 230 Protections;
U.S.-China Showdown Over Big Data to Leave Decades-Long Impact;
Forget TikTok. China's Powerhouse App Is WeChat, and Its Power Is Sweeping;
China Blocks Access to Children's Programming Language Scratch;
How to disable the Bixby button;
SC News and Politics
Lincoln Project targets "parasite" Lindsay Graham over fealty to Trump;
Graham Defends Trump After He Admitted Downplaying True Threat Of COVID-19;

Business and Economics
Battered tech stocks send Wall Street reeling; Dow falls more than 600 points; Tech stocks plunge, sending Nasdaq into correction territory;
Inflation Is Higher Than the Numbers Say; US companies stretch out debts to lock in low rates for longer;
Federal Report Warns of Financial Havoc From Climate Change;
Do Jobless Benefits Deter Workers? Some Employers Say Yes. Studies Don't;
Saudi Arabia Just Crushed U.S. Crude Oil Prices Again;
Trump considers 'decoupling' U.S. from China; U.S. considers cutting trade with China's biggest maker of chips;
China may trim its U.S. Treasury holdings as tensions simmer, U.S. debt swells;
TikTok Bid Highlights Oracle's Public Embrace of Trump; China prefers TikTok shutdown to forced sale;
US Cancels Over 1,000 Visas For Chinese Nationals Deemed Risks;
China data initiative aims to counter U.S. Clean Network program;
France Accuses U.S. of Undermining Talks on International Digital Tax;
In reversal, Trump to ban oil drilling off coasts of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina;
Corps Of Engineers Formally Launches Environmental Review Of Dakota Access Pipeline;
Manhattan's Office Buildings Are Empty. But for How Long;
Boeing Says 787 Production Issues Will Cause Delay In Deliveries;
Tips on Spending the Money in College Savings Accounts;
Study: Majority of US adults under 30 now living with parents;
Colleges should offer a major in sports. It could solve some problems;
Economists' study finds NCAA rules let White students, coaches profit off labor of Black ones;
Louisiana Tech-Baylor postponed after 38 players reportedly have coronavirus after Hurricane Laura ;
Why you should stretch more often than before and after exercise — especially nowadays;
Other news
The seven political states of Pennsylvania; The six political states of Michigan;
In new book, former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen describes alleged episodes of racism and says president likes how Putin runs Russia;
Trump's ex-lawyer Cohen links Falwell's endorsement in 2016 to suppression of racy photos;
The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg Addresses Trump's "Loser" Remarks, Talks Using Anonymous Sources;
In recorded interview for Bob Woodward book, Trump said he knew coronavirus was 'deadly' even as he publicly played down threat;
Woodward's Book Says Trump Attacked Generals as Weak and Too Focused on Allies; Woodward's 'Rage' is a damning account of Trump's cowering sycophants and enablers;
Why Trump supporters can't admit who he really is; Why women falling for Q;
George Will: The fourth branch of government is on its way to evicting Congress;

Website Crashes and Cyberattacks Welcome Students Back to School;
Colleges Scrambling To Find Quarantine Locations For Infected Students; University Of Georgia Declined To Hire Contract Tracers It Trained Over The Summer;
Debates over race, history and values roil Texas A&M as campus diversifies; At VMI, Black alumni want Stonewall Jackson's statue removed. The school refuses;
For-Profit Colleges Prepare To Blame Biden For Their Bad Finances;
Experts Discuss Math Anxiety, How To Help Children Avoid It;

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War, Politics and Reports (Also, see Finance and Economics)
The Bloody Face of Putin's New Crackdown;
For the Kremlin, Aleksei Navalny Is a Threat It Cannot Speak Of;
UAE formally ends Israel economic boycott after US brokered deal; Netanyahu Privately Condoned U.S. Plan to Sell Arms to U.A.E.;
Kushner leads Israeli and UAE negotiators in talks to finalize formal ties; Qatar Emir tells Kushner two-state solution needed to end Palestine-Israel conflict;
Netanyahu: Palestinians no longer have a veto on peace; UAE-Israel deal has guarantee that annexation not happening, UAE Official;
Syria reports Israeli airstrikes against central airbase;
As U.S. air war in Afghanistan surged, investigations into civilian harm plunged;
Senior intelligence officials won't brief Congress in person on foreign threats to election;
The Justice Department secretly curtailed the investigation into Trump's links to Russia in 2017;
The Few, the Proud, the White: The Marine Corps Balks at Promoting Generals of Color;
Trump Stopped Going to Dover AFB To Receive Bodies After Getting Berated On First Visit;
Magazine reports Trump said U.S. soldiers injured and killed in war were 'losers'; Trump's callous alleged comments about military veterans vs. what he's said very publicly;
Biden lambastes Trump over report on comments about wounded soldiers;
Sources for Trump Military Remarks Refused to Go On Record to Avoid 'Being Inundated with Angry Tweets';
Trump boasts about a great economic record. Too bad it's Obama's; Trump Made a Promise to Save Coal in 2016. He Couldn't Keep It;
March on Washington 2020: Protesters Hope to Rekindle Spirit of 1963 ;
One person shot dead in Portland following clashes between BLM activists, pro-Trump supporters;
'Great Patriots!': Trump lavishes praise on supporters amid deadly clashes with protesters;
Trump lavishes praise on his supporters amid protest clashes; Biden accuses Trump of 'recklessly encouraging violence' in response to Portland shooting;
Trump's illuminating defense of Kyle Rittenhouse ahead of his visit to Kenosha; Trump compares shooting of Jacob Blake to missing a 3-foot golf putt;
Trump retweets video tying BLM, antifa to an assault. Neither group was involved;
A Kenosha man says the Trump-supporting 'owner' of a destroyed business in a photo op was actually his predecessor who sold the shop 8 years ago;
Trump's vile tweetstorm reveals the ugly core of his 'law and order' campaign; As Trump appointees flout the Hatch Act, civil servants who get caught get punished;
Biden calls Trump 'a toxic presence' who is encouraging violence in America;
White House Wants to Replace FTC Chair for Resisting Social Media Rules;
New Voice of America overseer called foreign journalists a security risk;
Two P.R. Experts at F.D.A. Have Been Ousted After Blood Plasma Fiasco;
New Trump pandemic adviser with no epidemiology background reportedly pushes White House to adopt herd immunity strategy;
C.D.C. Tells States to Prepare for Covid-19 Vaccine by Early November; Debate rages over whether FDA should use emergency powers to clear a vaccine early;
A New Coronavirus Adviser Roils the White House With Unorthodox Ideas;
Trump's new coronavirus adviser uses made-up statistics and false claims to praise White House pandemic response;
Trump administration won't join WHO-linked effort to develop and equitably distribute coronavirus vaccine;
A second pandemic-related contract facilitated by senior Trump adviser Peter Navarro has been canceled and is under investigation;
Biden blames Trump for coronavirus-related school closures, calls education gap a 'national emergency';
House Panel Moves to Hold Pompeo in Contempt of Congress;
Appeals court rules Michael Flynn case does not have to be immediately dismissed; Court dismisses House lawsuit seeking to enforce Donald McGahn subpoena;
Court temporarily blocks enforcement of subpoena for Trump's tax records;
President Trump's nominee to lead the U.S. Embassy in Germany has a history of racist remarks;
Justice Department zeroing in on longtime GOP fundraiser Elliott Broidy;
Melania Trump used private email accounts while in the White House, the first lady's former colleague and friend says;
Trump Embraces Fringe Theories on Protests and the Coronavirus; CNN's Brian Stelter says 'Misinformation' from Fox News helps shape Trump's views;
Trump Spread Multiple Conspiracy Theories on Monday. Here Are Their Roots;
Barr tightens rules on surveillance of political candidates and advisers;
Betfair Exchange: Trump overtakes Biden as favorite to win in November;
Texas sues over plans to send mail ballot applications;
Trump suggests voters cast ballots twice, which if done intentionally is illegal; Trump tries to clarify comment that voters cast ballots twice;
White House orders review aimed at blocking federal funding from places Trump labels 'anarchist jurisdictions';
Postal Service Has Paid DeJoy's Former Company $286 Million Since 2013;
Some Democrats warn Trump may use 'red mirage' to prematurely declare victory while absentee ballots are being counted;
N.Y.C. Tenants Say They Were Tricked Into Appearing in R.N.C. Video;
House GOP candidate praised as an upcoming 'star' by Trump, posts photo of herself holding a gun next to images of 'Squad' members;

Math, science and technology:
Security issues
Appeals court finds NSA's mass metadata collection was unlawful;
Recognize Misinformation on the Internet ; Viral Russian report shows it's still too easy to fall for misinformation online;
DHS warns Russia is working to undermine confidence in voting by mail;
Barr claims a man collected 1,700 ballots and filled them out as he pleased. Prosecutors say that's not what happened;
North Korea ATM Hack; Hacking AI-Graded Tests;
Math and science
Astronomers spot a super-rare class of black hole for the first time;
Water, Water, Every Where — And Now Scientists Know Where It Came From;
The Lost Languages Discovered in One of the World's Oldest Continuously Run Libraries;
Extreme Weather Expert Urges Governments To Prepare For More "Frequent, Intense" Disasters;
Study Suggests Face Shields, Valved Masks Offer Less Protection Than Regular Masks;
Inside Trump's pressure campaign on federal scientists over a covid-19 treatment;
Scientists Around The World Are Working To Develop Quantum Communications;
China Developing Spaceport To Use As Base For Sea Launches;
Brain Study Reveals One Type of Exercise Increases Stress Resilience;
Web, computing and technology issues
Facebook takes down Russian operation that recruited U.S. journalists amid rising concerns over election misinformation;
Facebook will block new political advertising the week before Election Day; Facebook Says It Won't Let Trump Falsely Declare Victory on Election Night;
Twitter Flags Republican Whip's Video as 'Manipulated Media'; Twitter Removes Trump's Tweet After Musician Sues for Copyright Infringement;
Zuckerberg Admits Mistake in Not Removing Kenosha Militia Page Sooner;
Internet Association Urges FCC to Reject Trump's Attempts to Limit Social Media;
TikTok deal tangles on whether algorithms can be sold;
SC News and Politics
USC Disciplines Students, Greek Life Organizations Over Large Gatherings Amid Pandemic;

Business and Economics
Department Of Labor's BLS Forecasts Slower GDP Growth, US Jobs Gains In Next Decade; Beige Book Sees Uneven Economic Recovery;
CBO finds Federal debt nearly equals U.S. annual economic output for first time since World War II;
U.S. stocks wrap up a monster month, with S&P 500 posting its best August in more than 30 years;
Consumer Spending Rose For Third Straight Month In July; Census Survey: Impact Of Pandemic On Small Businesses Varies By Region;
U.S. stocks nosedive as tech saps rally, slashing more than 800 points off Dow;
Economy adds 1.4 million jobs in August, and the unemployment rate fell below 10 percent for the first time since the pandemic took hold;
Private Employers Added 428,000 Jobs In July, Below Expectations; Utilities soar as Treasury yields extend declines after jobs disappointment;
Lost Wages Assistance Approved for 40 States; Stiffing Workers on Wages Grows Worse With Recession ;
IRS tells companies to not take out Social Security taxes from checks following presidential order;
Trump Program to Cover Uninsured Covid-19 Patients Falls Short of Promise; Fed's Mester Says U.S. Economy 'Fragile' as Pandemic Lingers;
House report finds billions of dollars in questionable PPP loans; Spotting $62 Million in Alleged P.P.P. Fraud Was the Easy Part;
Federal workers will have taxes deferred under Trump's order, sparking outcry they’re being treated as a 'guinea pig';
U.S. dollar's woes are only beginning, some bears say; Small-Business Failures Loom as Federal Aid Dries Up;
US farmers in line for record $37bn in government handouts this year;
Pelosi says Democrats, White House have 'serious differences' over coronavirus aid after call with Mnuchin;
There's a decent chance the Fed either owns or is about to own your mortgage;
Crunch time for United, American and Delta as clock ticks toward deadline, pressuring DC's warring parties;
Trump's Tariffs? Coronavirus? China's Exports Are Surging Anyway;
Why Does Walmart Want TikTok? Looking to China May Explain; China's New Rules Complicating Sale of TikTok to a U.S. Company;
U.S. Defense Department reaffirms $10 billion cloud deal to Microsoft;
Big Oil Is in Trouble. Its Plan: Flood Africa With Plastic; U.S. regulator backs Energy Transfer in Chesapeake pipeline dispute;
Trump administration rolls back Obama-era rule aimed at limiting toxic wastewater from coal plants;
Appeals Court Overturns Rule To Suspend Lower Fuel Efficiency Penalties;
Postal Service audit finds gaps in timely processing and delivery of election mail;
School Bus Industry in Crisis Because of the Coronavirus;
Japan's 'flying car' gets off ground, with a person aboard;
GM, Ford Fulfill Contract To Produce Ventilators For Strategic National Stockpile;
Stimulus package: 10 important issues in the bill that could impact you;
This Trump Proposal Could Kill Social Security;
Is Social Security Becoming a Pawn in the Postal Service Crisis? How Much Biden's Social Security Fix Would Really Boost Benefits;
Biggest mistake people make when getting rid of old computers and phones;
Iowa State plans to allow 25,000 fans into football opener, even though Iowa is a covid hotbed ;
For These Small Colleges, No Sports Could Mean Game Over;
Hall of Fame pitcher for New York's 'Miracle' Mets of 1969 dies at 75;
Other news
A decade before George Floyd, David Smith died after Minneapolis police kneeled on him. Here's how the department investigated itself.;
There's a reason it's hard to discipline police. It starts with a bill of rights 47 years ago; The Little Cards That Tell Police 'Let's Forget This Ever Happened';
'The 1918 flu is still with us': The deadliest pandemic ever is still causing problems today;
The QAnon problem facing local journalism this election season; Here are the QAnon supporters running for Congress in 2020;
New book argues that Trump has been a player in the murky world of dirty money;
Former Trump chief of staff John Kelly says telling the president that things he wanted to do were illegal was like 'French kissing a chainsaw';
How turnout and swing voters could get Trump or Biden to 270; How to measure Trump's failures so they register with right-wingers;
What a Body Language Expert Saw During the Conventions;
Trump Calls Upon MSNBC to Fire Joy Reid After She Compares His Supporters to 'Muslims';

College Towns Renewing Shutdowns As COVID-19 Cases Rise Among Students; Colleges Begin Publishing "Triggers" That Would Lead To School Closure Amid Pandemic;
Some Colleges Trying To Push Forward Despite COVID-19 Caseloads Among Students, Staff That Are Greater Than 500;
College Students Pay Rent, Enroll In Colleges To Find Courses Aren't In Person;
Colleges Furloughing More Employees This Fall; Colleges Want Professors To Stay Silent On Student Coronavirus Cases;
Legal Experts: Universities Can't Use Privacy Laws To Withhold Coronavirus Outbreak Data; Experts Discuss Whether Student Suspensions Violate Rights Or Protect Others;
What College Students Need To Know About College Liability Waivers Amid Pandemic;
Data Shows That State Politics Influenced College Reopening Plans;
Online Testing Has Brought Along Computerized Surveillance To Prevent Cheating;
Court Bars U. of California From Using ACT and SAT for Fall-2021 Admissions;