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Hong Kong's controversial national security law is increasingly being used to stifle political dissent in the semi-autonomous city. LA Times
VOA VIEW: China will lose big.
’Burn it down” is rarely a wise or prudent sentiment. A cadre of GOP opponents of President Trump is nonetheless calling for a purifying fire to sweep through the Republican Party in the fall, taking down not just Trump but as many party officeholders as possible. Only this bloodletting will teach the party the hard... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Fools!
All players and coaches, as well as the referees, knelt during the anthem to protest systemic racism ahead of the NBA's first game in Orlando.        USA Today
VOA VIEW: No use supporting unpatriotic games.

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Eight demonstrators were arrested Thursday near the Missouri Governor's Mansion during a protest against a recently-passed crime bill. The arrests began after some of the protesters blocked intersections by lying in the street, and ignored police orders to disperse, police spokesman David Williams said. KRCG-TV ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Good!
The rule made it more difficult for immigrants in poverty to get legal status. ABC
VOA VIEW: A liberal foolish judge.
A Senate committee has canceled a confirmation hearing on a controversial former general’s nomination to a top Pentagon post ABC
VOA VIEW: And the truth is ...
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has issued a statewide mask mandate amid a spike in coronavirus cases, setting up a conflict with Republican legislative leaders who oppose such a requirement and successfully sued earlier to kill a “safer at home” order ABC
Apple and Amazon saw sales surge during lockdown, while the number of Facebook users jumped. BBC
VOA VIEW: Sad!
Weekend series between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Toronto Blue Jays has been postponed, Major League Baseball announced Thursday. CBS
VOA VIEW: Playing games is a dumb move.

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Meanwhile, the Senate adjourned Thursday, with Republicans and Democrats far from a deal on unemployment benefits. CBS
VOA VIEW: There should be no voting by mail.
Nearly 300 million people around the world are likely to face repeat flooding, new study concludes. CBS
Amazon and Apple had a blowout quarter, while Facebook stalled and Google saw its first revenue drop in history. CBS
VOA VIEW: They should all be sanctioned.
Forecasters say it's too soon to say whether and where storm would hit mainland, but added people shouldn't let their guard down. CBS
VOA VIEW: Be safe.

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More than 3,600 companies have gone bankrupt this year, a 26% jump from the year-ago period. CBS
Earlier this month, the judge in Flynn's case asked the full appeals court to hear the arguments after an earlier decision demanded he dismiss the case, as requested by the Justice Department. CBS
VOA VIEW: Let's move forward.
The shares will be distributed to shareholders at the close of business on August 24, and trading will begin on a split-adjusted basis on August 31. CNBC

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday said there is no timetable for when employees will return to the company's offices amid a continuing surge in Covid-19 cases in the U.S. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Easy to control the minds of the people.
The Federal Communications Commission declared on Thursday that Amazon may build its ambitious satellite internet system. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Too much power.
While the United States has historically led the way when it comes to dealing with diseases such as smallpox, polio and HIV, other countries were faster with a coronavirus response, Microsoft founder Bill Gates said Thursday. CNN
VOA VIEW: Not even close comparison.
President Trump continued to express concerns about mail-in voting in the coming November election during a White House briefing. CNN
VOA VIEW: Needed!
A colorful Black Lives Matter mural was defaced this week, with vandals attempting to obscure "Black" with red, white and blue paint. CNN

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Federal officers are preparing to leave Portland, Oregon, Gov. Kate Brown said on Thursday. CNN
VOA VIEW: Deception!
The Oregon State Police on Thursday will take over the duties of guarding a federal courthouse in Portland that has become a flashpoint during weeks of protests that have frequently turned violent. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Time will tell the results.
Federal prosecutors unveiled indictments Thursday against eight Pennsylvania residents accused of taking advantage of protests over George Floyd’s death in Pittsburgh to attack police, damage property and commit other crimes. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Good start.

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The U.S. National Hurricane Center is warning Americans Thursday to prepare for “a risk of impacts from winds, heavy rainfall and storm surge” as Tropical Storm Isaias is moving along its forecasted path toward the country’s east coast.  FOX News
Holocaust survivors launched an online campaign Wednesday to implore Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg to classify posts that deny the genocide of six million European Jews carried out by the Nazi regime during World War II as hate speech and be taken down from the social media platform. FOX News
VOA VIEW: As they should.
Seattle PD released photographs and videos of the contraband, as well as damage caused by one explosive. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Sad!
President Donald Trump on Thursday called for Americans who have survived COVID-19 to donate their convalescent blood plasma as part of a potential treatment. UPI

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