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1. US defies world to say Iran UN sanctions back in force10:45[−]

US defies world to say Iran UN sanctions back in forceThe United States unilaterally proclaimed on Saturday that UN sanctions against Iran were back in force and promised to punish those who violate them, in a move other major countries -- including its allies -- said lacked legal basis.


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2. AP PHOTOS: Elderly protesters defy Belarus' strongman09:49[−]

AP PHOTOS: Elderly protesters defy Belarus' strongmanThousands of protesters who have flooded Belarusian cities for six weeks of demonstrations to demand an end to the 26-year rule of the country’s authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko include people of all ages, professions and social groups. While younger people make up the bulk of the protests pushing for Lukashenko’s resignation after the Aug. 9 vote that the opposition sees as rigged, many retirees also have joined the daily demonstrations. The 73-year-old former geologist has become one of the most recognizable faces of Belarus protests, fearlessly waving a huge red-and-white opposition flag in front of riot police.


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3. Janusz Walus: Why far-right Polish football fans idolise a murderer in South Africa09:43[−]

Janusz Walus: Why far-right Polish football fans idolise a murderer in South AfricaJanusz Walus killed anti-apartheid leader Chris Hani in 1993, sparking fears of a racial civil war.


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4. Tropical Storm Beta meandering toward Texas, Louisiana09:25[−]

Tropical Storm Beta meandering toward Texas, LouisianaTropical Storm Beta on Sunday was making a slow crawl to the shores of Texas and Louisiana, casting worries about heavy rain, flooding and storm surge across the Gulf Coast. Beta was one of three named storms whirling in the Atlantic basin during an exceptionally busy hurricane season. If the system makes landfall in Texas — which forecasters predict it will either late Monday or early Tuesday — it would be the ninth named storm to make landfall in the continental U.S. in 2020.


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5. Desert communities told to evacuate as winds stoke flames08:29[−]

Desert communities told to evacuate as winds stoke flamesStrong winds stoked a wildfire burning for nearly two weeks in mountains northeast of Los Angeles, prompting authorities to issue new evacuation orders for desert communities that lost some homes a day earlier. Meanwhile, officials were investigating the death of a firefighter on the lines of another Southern California wildfire that erupted earlier this month from a smoke-generating pyrotechnic device used by a couple to reveal their baby’s gender. The death occurred Thursday in San Bernardino National Forest as crews battled the El Dorado Fire about 75 miles (120 kilometers) east of Los Angeles, the U.S. Forest Service said in a statement.


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6. Trump promises to replace Ginsburg with a woman - and soon07:33[−]

Trump promises to replace Ginsburg with a woman - and soonPresident Donald Trump is promising to put forth a female nominee in the coming week to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, pushing the Republican-controlled Senate to consider the pick without delay. “We win an election and those are the consequences,” said the president, who then seemed to signal that he'd be willing to accept a vote on his nominee during the lame-duck period after the election. Maine’s Susan Collins, who is in a tough reelection battle, said earlier Saturday that she believed replacing Ginsburg should be the decision of the president who is elected Nov. 3.


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7. U.N. chief says no action on U.N. Iran sanctions due to 'uncertainty'06:11[−]

8. S.Korea police arrests defector trying to cross back to N.Korea05:58[−]

9. US has restored UN sanctions on Iran, says Pompeo05:41[−]

US has restored UN sanctions on Iran, says PompeoThe Trump administration declared on Saturday that all UN sanctions against Iran have been restored, a move most of the rest of the world rejects as illegal and sets the stage for an ugly showdown at the world body ahead of its annual General Assembly. The administration said that its triggering of the "snapback" mechanism in the UN Security Council resolution that enshrined the 2015 Iran nuclear deal had taken effect at 8pm Eastern Time. That is 30 days after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo notified the council that Iran was in "significant non-performance" with its obligations under the accord, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). "The United States took this decisive action because, in addition to Iran's failure to perform its JCPOA commitments, the Security Council failed to extend the UN arms embargo on Iran, which had been in place for 13 years," Mr Pompeo said in a statement released at precisely 8pm. "In accordance with our rights ... we initiated the snapback process to restore virtually all previously terminated UN sanctions, including the arms embargo," he said. "The world will be safer as a result." The White House plans to issue an executive order on Monday spelling out how the US will enforce the restored sanctions, and the State and Treasury departments are expected to outline how foreign individuals and businesses will be penalised for violations.


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10. US says all UN sanctions on Iran restored, but world yawns03:00[−]

US says all UN sanctions on Iran restored, but world yawnsThe Trump administration declared Saturday that all U.N. sanctions against Iran have been restored, a move most of the rest of the world rejects as illegal and sets the stage for an ugly showdown at the world body ahead of its annual General Assembly. The administration said that its triggering of the “snapback” mechanism in the U.N. Security Council resolution that enshrined the 2015 Iran nuclear deal had taken effect at 8 p.m. Eastern Time. “The United States took this decisive action because, in addition to Iran’s failure to perform its JCPOA commitments, the Security Council failed to extend the UN arms embargo on Iran, which had been in place for 13 years,” Pompeo said in a statement released at precisely 8 p.m.


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11. GOP senators confront past comments on Supreme Court vote00:22[−]

GOP senators confront past comments on Supreme Court voteRepublican senators weighing what to do about the vacancy on the Supreme Court are facing questions about their own past comments amid complaints by Democrats that their views have shifted with changing political reality. President Donald Trump on Saturday urged the GOP-run Senate to consider “without delay” his upcoming nomination to fill the seat vacated by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday. A look at what key Republican senators were saying in the past — and what they are saying now — about filling a seat on the Supreme Court during an election year.


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12. Coronavirus in South Africa: Relief, pride and the 'new normal'00:09[−]

Coronavirus in South Africa: Relief, pride and the 'new normal'As the "worst phase of the epidemic" is overcome, experts delve into the data to learn more about Covid-19.


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13. Virus measures targeted by protesters despite case spikesСб, 19 сен[−]

Virus measures targeted by protesters despite case spikesDemonstrators took the streets of London, Tel Aviv and other cities on Saturday to protest coronavirus restrictions, decrying how the measures have affected daily life even with infection rates rising in many places and the global death toll approaching 1 million. The government recently banned social gatherings of more than six people in the hopes that it would help reverse a steep rise in COVID-19 cases and suggested that tougher restrictions could be coming. Saturday's protest in Trafalgar Square, which was themed “Resist and Act for Freedom,” ended in clashes between demonstrators and London police, as officers tried to disperse hundreds of people holding banners and placards scrawled with anti-restriction messages such as “This is now Tyranny.”


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14. AP source: Envelope addressed to White House contained ricinСб, 19 сен[−]

AP source: Envelope addressed to White House contained ricinFederal officials intercepted an envelope addressed to the White House that contained the poison ricin, a U.S. law enforcement official told The Associated Press on Saturday. The letter was intercepted at a government facility that screens mail addressed to the White House and President Donald Trump, the U.S. official said. A preliminary investigation indicated it tested positive for ricin, a poison found naturally in castor beans, the U.S. official said.


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15. Pandemic retools diplomacy as world leaders gather virtuallyСб, 19 сен[−]

Pandemic retools diplomacy as world leaders gather virtuallyWith COVID-19 still careening across the planet, the annual gathering of its leaders in New York will be replaced this year by a global patchwork of prerecorded speeches, another piece of upheaval in a deeply divided world turned topsy-turvy by a pandemic with no endpoint in sight. As U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres put it: “The COVID-19 pandemic is a crisis unlike any in our lifetimes, and so this year’s General Assembly session will be unlike any other, too.” This is the first time in the 75-year history of the United Nations that there will be no in-person meeting.


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16. 'I loved her to pieces,' retired Justice Souter says of RBGСб, 19 сен[−]

'I loved her to pieces,' retired Justice Souter says of RBGThe remaining eight Supreme Court justices, and two former colleagues, are speaking out about their colleague Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday at age 87. The justices all spoke of her undying devotion to the law and her grace as a colleague.


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18. Global Wide-Bandgap Power (WBG) Semiconductor Devices IndustryСб, 19 сен[−]

19. Libyan official: Sarraj opposes oil deal with rival HifterСб, 19 сен[−]

Libyan official: Sarraj opposes oil deal with rival HifterLibyan officials said Saturday that the leader of the U.N.-supported government would not support a deal with his primary rival in the country's civil war to lift a monthslong blockade on its vital oil trade. According to an official at his office, Prime Minister Fayez Sarraj opposed the final deal struck with commander Khalifa Hifter, whose east-based forces led a failed yearlong siege to take the capital, Tripoli, from the U.N.-backed government. “The prime minister did not give his approval to the final version of the deal,” the official told The Associated Press, speaking on condition of anonymity.


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20. McConnell's legacy: Wielding majority power to reshape courtСб, 19 сен[−]

McConnell's legacy: Wielding majority power to reshape courtFulfilling the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the fall election is as much about McConnell’s goal of securing a conservative majority on the court for decades to come as it is about confirming President Donald Trump’s upcoming nominee. For better or worse, this will be how McConnell’s tenure as a Senate leader will be measured. “Sen. McConnell already has played a huge role in shaping the Supreme Court for decades to come,” said Edwin Chemerinsky, dean of the University of California, Berkley School of Law.


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21. Global Search Engines IndustryСб, 19 сен[−]

22. Ginsburg's death draws big surge of donations to DemocratsСб, 19 сен[−]

Ginsburg's death draws big surge of donations to DemocratsDemocrats raised more than $71 million in the hours after Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death, demonstrating how the liberal icon's passing and the contentious nomination fight that lies ahead have already galvanized the party's base. The jaw-dropping sum was raised by 9 p.m. Saturday after news of her death broke late Friday, according to a donation ticker on the website of ActBlue, the party's online fundraising platform. The 2020 campaign, which will decide control of the White House and the Senate, had already delivered record-shattering fundraising totals for the Democrats, a sign of the motivation within the party to rebuke President Donald Trump on Election Day.


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23. Rights group: More than 300 detained at Minsk women's marchСб, 19 сен[−]

Rights group: More than 300 detained at Minsk women's marchPolice in the capital of Belarus cracked down sharply Saturday on a women’s protest march demanding the authoritarian president’s resignation, arresting more than 300 including an elderly woman who has become a symbol of the six weeks of protest that have roiled the country. More than 2,000 women took part in the march in Minsk. Officials said President Alexander Lukashenko won a sixth term in office with 80% support in that vote but opponents and some poll workers say the results were rigged.


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24. Jailed Iranian rights lawyer hospitalized amid hunger strikeСб, 19 сен[−]

Jailed Iranian rights lawyer hospitalized amid hunger strikeA leading Iranian human rights lawyer has been hospitalized a month after launching a hunger strike seeking better prison conditions and the release of political prisoners amid the pandemic, her husband said Saturday. Reza Khandan said that healthcare professionals decided to hospitalize his wife, Nasrin Sotoudeh, because of heart and respiratory problems as well as low blood pressure. Khandan said Sotoudeh was transferred to a hospital in north Tehran from the notorious Evin Prison earlier on Saturday.


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25. Alexei Navalny shares photo, speaks of initial 'despair' when waking from comaСб, 19 сен[−]

Alexei Navalny shares photo, speaks of initial 'despair' when waking from comaRussian opposition leader Alexei Navalny posted a photo of himself walking on stairs and spoke about his recovery after being poisoned last month. Navalny, the most high-profile opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin, is recovering in a German hospital after falling ill on Aug. 20 on a flight out of a Siberian city where he and his team were conducting a corruption investigation. On the insistence of his family, Navalny was flown to Berlin, where the German government said he had been poisoned by a military-grade nerve agent.


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26. Is 8 enough? Court vacancy could roil possible election caseСб, 19 сен[−]

Is 8 enough? Court vacancy could roil possible election caseJustice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death has left the Supreme Court shorthanded during a polarizing presidential campaign in which President Donald Trump has already suggested he may not accept the outcome and the court could be called on to step in and decide the fate of the nation. The Supreme Court’s role, then, could be vital in deciding a contested election, as it was in 2000 when its 5-4 ruling effectively handed the presidential election to Republican George W. Bush. Just moments after Ginsburg's death the prospect of a disputed election and the role of the court in deciding it was already causing anxiety across the political spectrum.


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27. Official: Toilet display mocking mail-in voting is a crimeСб, 19 сен[−]

28. Ginsburg to be remembered with statue in her native BrooklynСб, 19 сен[−]

Ginsburg to be remembered with statue in her native BrooklynA statue of late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be built in her native Brooklyn, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday. Ginsburg died Friday of complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. Cuomo, a Democrat, said that he'll appoint a commission to choose an artist and oversee the selection of a location for the statue.


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29. Minneapolis to name stretch of street for George FloydСб, 19 сен[−]

Minneapolis to name stretch of street for George FloydA stretch of a Minneapolis street that includes the place where George Floyd was killed will soon be named in his honor. Although the street will still be called Chicago Avenue, the city will refer to the blocks between 37th and 39th streets as George Perry Floyd Jr. Place, the Star Tribune reported. The City Council approved the naming Friday, and Mayor Jacob Frey’s office said he would likely sign off on it as well.


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30. Ethiopia charges opposition figures with terrorismСб, 19 сен[−]

Ethiopia charges opposition figures with terrorismThe group, who will appear in court on Monday, faces charges related to deadly violence in June.


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31. Alexei Navalny announces he can now walk with a 'tremble'Сб, 19 сен[−]

Alexei Navalny announces he can now walk with a 'tremble'Alexei Navalny, Russia’s leading opposition figure, revealed on Saturday that he is now able to walk following his suspected poisoning with Novichok nerve agent. The Putin critic posted a photograph to Instagram of himself walking down the stairs, captioning it that he could now walk with a “tremble”. "Quite recently, I did not recognize people and did not understand how to talk," Navalny wrote. "Every morning the doctor came to me and said: Alexey, I brought a board, let's figure out which word we can write on it. This drove me to despair because although I understood in general what the doctor wanted, I did not understand where to get the words from. "Now I'm a guy whose legs are shaking when he walks up the stairs, but this guy thinks: 'Oh, this is a staircase! People get up on these. Perhaps we should look for an elevator.' And before, I would have just stood there and stared at it blankly," the post added.


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32. Police, protesters clash as London eyes tighter virus rulesСб, 19 сен[−]

Police, protesters clash as London eyes tighter virus rulesPolice in London clashed with protesters Saturday at a rally against coronavirus restrictions, even as the mayor warned that it was “increasingly likely” that the British capital would soon need to introduce tighter rules to curb a sharp rise in infections. Scuffles broke out as police moved in to disperse hundreds of demonstrators who gathered in London’s central Trafalgar Square. Stricter localized restrictions have also been introduced in large parts of England’s northwestern cities, affecting some 13.5 million people.


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34. Coronavirus-wary Bavarians kick off toned-down OktoberfestСб, 19 сен[−]

Coronavirus-wary Bavarians kick off toned-down OktoberfestOktoberfest celebrations got underway Saturday in Munich with the traditional tapping of a keg and the cry of “O'zapft is!” — “It's tapped!” — but this year's festival is very non-traditional and highly regulated due to coronavirus concerns. The official Oktoberfest has been cancelled, so there's no huge tents full of people or hundreds of stands selling food. Former Mayor Christian Ude got the party started, hammering a tap into a 20 liter (5 gallon) keg — a tenth of the size of the Oktoberfest norm — at the Schillerbraeu beer hall while dressed in Bavarian lederhosen leather pants and wearing a protective mask.


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35. Iran vows 'hit' on all involved in U.S. killing of top generalСб, 19 сен[−]

Iran vows 'hit' on all involved in U.S. killing of top generalThe chief of Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard threatened Saturday to go after everyone who had a role in a top general's January killing in Iraq.


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36. Navalny shows early stages of recovery from poisoningСб, 19 сен[−]

Navalny shows early stages of recovery from poisoningRussian opposition leader Alexei Navalny on Saturday posted a photo to his Instagram account in which he is walking down a flight of stairs as part of his recovery after he was poisoned last month.In the photo's caption, Navalny, one of Russia's most prominent Kremlin critics, wrote that he has a "clear path" to recovery, but suggested it will be a long one. He was removed from a ventilator five days ago and said he is still having trouble climbing stairs, pouring water, and using his phone. Still, he has apparently made significant progress since, he said, he was previously considered only "technically alive."Navalny fell ill in August while in Siberia and was airlifted to a hospital in Berlin while in a coma. Multiple labs in Europe have confirmed he was poisoned by a Soviet-era nerve agent called Novichok. His supporters suspect Russian President Vladimir Putin was behind the assassination attempt, but Moscow has denied any involvement and has accused Navalny's aides of removing evidence, jeopardizing the official inquiry into the poisoning. Read more at Deutsche Welle and The Guardian.More stories from theweek.com How a productivity phenomenon explains the unraveling of America How the Trump-Russia story was buried The conservatives who want to undo the Enlightenment


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37. Central African Republic: Ex-officer arrested for war crimesСб, 19 сен[−]

Central African Republic: Ex-officer arrested for war crimesEric Danboy Bagale, a guard under ex-President Fran?ois Boziz?, was arrested by French police.


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38. 10 things you need to know today: September 19, 2020Сб, 19 сен[−]

39. Wanted: Bilingual poll workers who reflect U.S. diversityСб, 19 сен[−]

Wanted: Bilingual poll workers who reflect U.S. diversityThe national Mi Familia Vota organization has long been involved in voting rights issues and other matters of civic engagement, but this year it's added a new initiative: Recruiting bilingual poll workers. The Phoenix-based group is joining advocacy organizations, nonprofits and even businesses across the U.S. in trying to persuade younger people to work at polling places, especially those who are bilingual. The coronavirus has upended how elections officials recruit poll workers, who are typically older and thus more susceptible to becoming seriously ill from COVID-19.


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40. Coronavirus has forced us to care more about others, Europe's chief Rabbi saysСб, 19 сен[−]

Coronavirus has forced us to care more about others, Europe's chief Rabbi saysSmartphones have made us more selfish, Europe’s chief rabbi has suggested, but coronavirus has forced us to care more about others. Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, Chief Rabbi of Moscow and President of the Conference of European Rabbis, made the comments as the world’s Jewish community celebrate Rosh Hashanah this weekend. Speaking to The Telegraph, Rabbi Goldschmidt said: “We live in a postmodern generation, an individualistic generation, where the individual usually takes precedence over the public or society and everything we do is with iPhone, iPod, everything is ‘I’ and I think this challenge which was brought to us, this pandemic, [it shows that] if something is happening thousands of miles away in a Chinese province it can affect us. “Humanity has to stand together and strive for each other.” His comments come as the UK Government issued unprecedented guidance for Jews preparing to celebrate the festival, including keeping two metres apart from fellow worshippers in synagogue. New regulations imposed on blowing of shofar – or ram's horn – were imposed in effort to stop the spread of coronavirus, meaning that it cannot be shared, must be blown in the opposite direction from congregants and those who blow the horn must bring their own. Jews consider it to be a good deed to hear the shofar being blown during the prayer service on Rosh Hashanah. The Torah does not specify why the shofar must be blown on Rosh Hashanah. However, it has been speculated, among other reasons, that its trumpeting call heralds the exciting event of the Jewish New Year. Rabbi Goldschmidt also spoke about the ongoing Brexit negotiations, and said that if the UK decided it would rejoin the European Union, it would be “a miracle”. “I think very much that this divorce will not extend into a tragic comedy,” he said. If the divorce is going to be final, it should be final.” However he added: “I hope we can still put some sense into some people and if we get back together, it would be a miracle and I hope we would do it.”


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41. Underwater and on fire: US climate change magnifies extremesСб, 19 сен[−]

Underwater and on fire: US climate change magnifies extremesAmerica's worsening climate change problem is as polarized as its politics. The already parched West is getting drier and suffering deadly wildfires because of it, while the much wetter East keeps getting drenched in mega-rainfall events, some hurricane related and others not. Climate change is magnifying both extremes, but it may not be the only factor, several scientists told The Associated Press.


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42. Court weighs allowing courtroom cameras in George Floyd caseСб, 19 сен[−]

Court weighs allowing courtroom cameras in George Floyd caseThe trial of four former Minneapolis police officers charged in George Floyd's death will generate massive public interest when it begins in March, but as it stands, most people who want to watch the proceedings will be out of luck. Supporters of audio and visual coverage say the high-profile nature of Floyd’s death, the outrage that led to worldwide protests, and courtroom restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic make this the right time and case to allow cameras in court. “I just can’t think of a situation where it’s more important than a case like this for the public to see what’s actually transpiring in the courtroom,” said Jane Kirtley, director of the Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law.


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43. A new book offers a rare glimpse inside North Korea's frozen-in-time tourist hotelsСб, 19 сен[−]

44. AP FACT CHECK: Trump's virus revisionism; Biden on the hoaxСб, 19 сен[−]

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's virus revisionism; Biden on the hoaxPresident Donald Trump would have you believe Americans are already living that success story, even as the death toll approaches 200,000 and infections spread by the tens of thousands a day. Trump's latest revisionism on the pandemic came during a week when he unleashed a torrent of misbegotten claims about mail-in voting, a monthslong preoccupation growing more intense with the approach of the Nov. 3 election. While Democratic presidential rival Joe Biden laid out a broad and largely supported case that Trump has underplayed the severity of the pandemic, the devil was in the details: No, Trump did not call the coronavirus a hoax.


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45. Evangelicals at base of Trump hopes for Pennsylvania repeatСб, 19 сен[−]

Evangelicals at base of Trump hopes for Pennsylvania repeatPresident Donald Trump’s homestretch push to repeat his razor thin victory in Pennsylvania four years ago won't happen without white evangelicals, and there are signs that critical component of his coalition hasn't lost the faith. It's a group that has often made the difference for Republicans on the Pennsylvania ballot. Trump's policies have helped keep in the fold evangelicals who otherwise might have been discomforted by his style.


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46. What Does QAnon Stand For?Сб, 19 сен[−]

What Does QAnon Stand For?(Bloomberg Opinion) -- When asked about QAnon last month, President Donald Trump said: “I don’t know much about the movement, other than I understand they like me very much, which I appreciate. But I don’t know much about the movement.”This has been mocked as a faux na?ve response, but it has the ring of truth — the president doesn’t know about a lot of things, and it seems safe to say that a relatively obscure conspiracy theory is among them. With QAnon growing in size and visibility, however, it’s worth asking what the movement is really about.To be clear, I am a QAnon outsider and a non-believer in conspiracy theories. Nonetheless, I think it’s necessary to do more than regard QAnon with either incredulity or scorn. America needs to understand it, and part of that is acknowledging that conspiracy theorizing has exerted a significant influence on American history.The American Revolution was in part based on a (mostly untrue) conspiracy theory about the desire of the British Empire to take away American liberties, and much of 19th-century politics was based on tales of cabals and intrigue. It’s a useful exercise to approach QAnon with the same dispassionate spirit used to analyze those historical eras.One place to start is to ask whether any part of QAnon is true. According to Wikipedia, the movement is “a far-right conspiracy theory alleging that a cabal of Satan-worshiping pedophiles running a global child sex-trafficking ring is plotting against President Donald Trump, who is battling them, leading to a ‘day of reckoning’ involving the mass arrest of journalists and politicians.” The next sentence reads: “No part of the theory is based on fact.”That second sentence makes me makes me slightly uncomfortable. It is not reproduced on the pages for the world’s major sects and religions, for instance, nor can it be found in the Wikipedia entry for the Book of Revelation of the Bible, which shares with QAnon an apocalyptic spirit.Part of my approach, you may have noticed, is to consider that for many adherents, QAnon is more about a set of beliefs than a set of facts. One of those beliefs seems to be that child abuse is both widespread and underreported, and the latest statistics appear to support that. But then there are many falsehoods and exaggerations piled on top.At any rate, I wonder how many QAnon adherents are motivated not primarily by opposition to child abuse, but by frustration with elites. Certainly the positive portrayal of Trump, and the corresponding negative depiction of many journalists and politicians, seems designed to offend elite coastal opinion.But it’s necessary to dig deeper still. Is outrage at elites really the central issue? There is good evidence that believers in conspiracy theories tend to think society is changing too fast, and that their world is beyond their control. Maybe the anti-elitism is a convenient marketing device, a way to make the doctrine focal and appropriate for 2020, but not really the driving motivation behind QAnon support.I would like to know how the incomes and social indicators of QAnon adherents compare to those of the rest of the country. A lot of the doctrine is so complex, including figures not famous in America such as George Soros and Angela Merkel, that it seems designed to appeal to people with at least some degree of education. And educated Americans have been doing OK with respect to income and social indicators over the last few decades. Maybe QAnon is a kind of luxury product, one that turns out to have special resonance on the internet in 2020.There is the related possibility that QAnon’s main appeal is in the sheer complexity of the conspiracy itself, rather than the details. QAnon is often described often as a rabbit hole, offering users an initially simple story that gradually becomes more complicated. Some evidence suggests that conspiracy theories need to offer “uniqueness” to their adherents — that is, the promise of exclusive knowledge. The more complex and detailed the theory, the more likely that uniqueness becomes, and thus the greater the appeal. But just how big a factor is that?Which leads to the central question, the one that we outsiders are radically uncertain about: What exactly are the doctrines of QAnon that are most appealing and persuasive to its adherents? The temptation is to focus on the facts, many of which are absurd if not reprehensible. And merely disproving QAnon’s claims may not prove very useful, especially if its followers are motivated by a desire to belong to a special and unusual movement. If the goal is to limit the influence of QAnon, or (if possible) to steer it in a healthier direction, the question of what its followers really believe needs a better answer.This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.Tyler Cowen is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist. He is a professor of economics at George Mason University and writes for the blog Marginal Revolution. His books include "Big Business: A Love Letter to an American Anti-Hero."For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinionSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.


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47. Walmart, Amazon among donors to QAnon-promoting lawmakerСб, 19 сен[−]

Walmart, Amazon among donors to QAnon-promoting lawmakerWalmart, Amazon and other corporate giants donated money to the reelection campaign of a Tennessee state lawmaker who had used social media to amplify and promote the QAnon conspiracy theory, according to an Associated Press review of campaign finance records and the candidate’s posts. The corporate support for a QAnon-promoting politician is another example of how the conspiracy theory has penetrated mainstream politics, spreading beyond its origins on internet message boards popular with right-wing extremists. Unlike state Rep. Susan Lynn, who chairs the Tennessee House finance committee, few are incumbents who can attract corporate PAC money.


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48. Global Pregnancy Care Products IndustryСб, 19 сен[−]

49. Russia's Navalny says he's now more than 'technically alive'Сб, 19 сен[−]

Russia's Navalny says he's now more than 'technically alive'Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said he is recovering his verbal and physical abilities at the German hospital where he is being treated for suspected nerve agent poisoning but that he at first felt despair over his condition. Navalny, the most visible opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin, fell ill on a domestic flight to Moscow on Aug. 20 and was transferred to Germany for treatment two days later. A German military lab later determined that the Russian politician was poisoned with Novichok, the same class of Soviet-era agent that Britain said was used on a former Russian spy and his daughter in England, in 2018.


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50. China's economy remains resilient despite external risks, says XiСб, 19 сен[−]

China's economy remains resilient despite external risks, says XiChina's economy remains resilient and there are ample policy tools at Beijing's disposal despite rising external risks, President Xi Jinping said in remarks published on Saturday. The world's second-largest economy has steadily recovered from a virus-induced slump, but analysts say policymakers face a tough job to maintain stable expansion over the next several years to turn China into a high-income nation. "The basic characteristics of China's economy with sufficient potential, great resilience, strong vitality, large space for manoeuvre and many policy instruments have not changed," Xinhua news agency quoted Xi as saying.


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