Singapore’s government says most foreign workers can now resume work as their dormitories have been cleared of COVID-19 after months of lockdown and virus testing
Joe Biden has chosen Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate, making her the first Black woman to appear on a major-party presidential ticket. The former California attorney general was seen by the Democratic establishment as "one of the safest choices" for Biden's running mate and was long considered the...
The director of the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University says Joe Biden's pick of Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate "changes the face of the future of the Democratic Party" and sets a new tone for U.S. politics. (Aug. 11)
For the first time in American history, a Black and South Asian woman has been chosen for national office by a major political party. CNN reports presumptive Democratic nominee former Vice President Joe Biden named Sen. Kamala Harris on Tuesday as his running mate. Harris follows Democrat Geraldine Ferraro and Republican Sarah Palin as only the third woman to be chosen as the running mate on a presidential ticket. When Harris herself entered the presidential race in January 2019, she was greeted by an adoring crowd of 20,000 outdoors in Oakland, California. But on the campaign trail, she often found herself philosophically stuck between Senators Warren and Sanders' progressivism and the more centrist Biden.
Zac Efron to Star in 'Three Men and a Baby' Remake . The actor has been confirmed for the upcoming remake of the classic 1987 comedy. which will stream on Disney+. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gordon Gray is producing the flick, . with Will Reichel adapting the script using the material from the 1987 original. As of yet, there is no director attached to the project, but a search is believed to be underway. For Zac, the return to Disney comes as he found fame with the media giants in the early 2000s, . when he landed the lead role of Troy Bolton in the 'High School Musical' franchise
Amazon is in talks to convert JCPenney and Sears mall stores stores into distribution centers. The Wall Street Journal reports this move could position Amazon to build out its order capacity amid the pandemic. Amazon is discussing working with US mall operator Simon Property Group to convert mall stores into hubs to help complete Amazon's online orders. Business Insider predicts Amazon would have several deals in the works by the end of 2020 to pick up stores from struggling retailers.
Alyssa Milano says she is losing large amounts of hair as a result of COVID-19. The actress, who recently tested positive for coronavirus antibodies , months after other tests apparently missed the infection, says she is still dealing with symptoms four months after falling seriously ill, CNN reports. In a video...
Bill Gates Says Coronavirus Will End For Developed Nations by 2021. The Microsoft co-founder made his comment in a new interview with 'Wired.'. ...for the rich world, we should largely be able to end this thing by the end of 2021, and for the world at large by the end of 2022, Bill Gates, via 'Wired'. Gates explains that some vaccines in production will only assist more prosperous nations due to manufacturing and worldwide demand. It's because of innovation that you don't have to contemplate an even sadder statement, which is this thing will be raging for five years until natural immunity is our only hope, Bill Gates, via 'Wired'. Gates, who funds medical research and vaccine programs, has criticized the United States' handling of the virus. In an interview from late June, he said America was not doing enough to contain COVID-19. Gates blamed a lack of contact tracing and testing, as well as people merely ignoring the pandemic. The billionaire himself has also been a target of misinformation surrounding coronavirus. Gates believes a vaccine is on the way and praises antiviral medication remdesivir for COVID-19 treatment. We've had about a factor-of-two improvement in hospital outcomes already, and that's with just remdesivir and dexamethasone, Bill Gates, via 'Wired'
Russian President Vladimir Putin's announcement that his country is the first to approve a coronavirus vaccine hasn't provoked the awe and wonder of the Soviet Union’s launch of the first satellite into orbit in 1957
President Donald Trump is urging college football to continue its fall tradition on a day when the Big Ten and Pac-12, announced teams won’t play this fall due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Aug. 11)
The Democratic ticket in November will be Biden-Harris. After months of speculation that Joe Biden was most likely to pick Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate, the presumptive Democratic nominee confirmed it Tuesday, the BBC reports. If elected, Harris will become the first female, first Black, and first Asian...
The first-ever silver dollar minted by the United States is going up for auction—but if you want to get your hands on it, you'll probably need at least 10 million younger dollars. The "Flowing Hair" 1794 dollar, which has Lady Liberty on one side and an eagle on the...
The documentary "A Thousand Cuts" shows journalist and news organization founder Maria Ressa's struggles with the government of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte. (Aug. 11)
Business Insider reports that Facebook's ad revenue will continue to increase this year. The growth will come despite the growing number of brands pulling ad campaigns amid the coronavirus pandemic. Net US digital ad revenues at Facebook will increase by 4.9% this year to $31.43 billion. Brands pulled ad spend from Facebook for the month of July in support of the NAACP campaign #StopHateForProfit. The campaign only asks brands to pause Facebook ad spending. It's likely that brands participating won't end up quitting the platform in the long term.
Before Joe Biden named Sen. Kamala Harris his running mate, women’s groups were readying a campaign of their own: shutting down sexist coverage and disinformation about a vice presidential nominee they say is headed for months of false smears and “brutal” attacks from internet haters
Voter Registration Increased During Black Lives Matter Protests, Study Says. According to TargetSmart, a Democratic political data firm, , voter registration surged in June amid protests over the killing of George Floyd. Despite a full or partial lockdown in large swaths of the country for much of the month, voter registration began to rebound as people took to the streets to protest, TargetSmart analysis. Though not all states have reported registration data for the entire month of June, 1.1 million voters registered in the first half of the month. As a comparison, 1.5 million voters registered in all of June 2016. . Minnesota experienced an increase in voter registration that seems to have continued into July. Voter registration for Democrats nearly doubled in June from 17,000 in 2016 to 32,000 in 2020. Meanwhile, Republican registration essentially flat-lined at 17,000, TargetSmart analysis. Increased voter registration was also likely affected by President Trump's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to TargetSmart CEO Tom Bonier. There's this level of intensity, people are feeling like this situation is being very much mishandled, and if they have the opportunity to go and cast a ballot and put different people in charge. I think we're seeing that in the voter registrations, TargetSmart CEO Tom Bonier, via NBC News
Simon Cowell will not be able to appear on Tuesday and Wednesday's episodes of "America's Got Talent". Cowell suffered a serious back injury on Sunday when he fell off an electric bike. The reality TV star judge broke his back in several places. Daytime Emmy winner Kelly Clarkson will be sitting in for him. According to NBC, Clarkson will join fellow judges Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum, and Sofia Vergara.
Jeffrey Epstein's death is making Ghislaine Maxwell's jail stay all the harder—or so claim her lawyers. In a Monday night court filing, they say Maxwell has been subject to "uniquely onerous conditions" while at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, and that it's clear such treatment "is a reaction...
Lebanon’s Government Announces Resignation Amid Widespread Outrage Over Blast. In a televised address on Monday, Lebanon’s Prime Minister Hassan Diab announced that he and his cabinet had decided to “take a step back.”. We take a step back, to stand with the people, in order to wage the battle of change with them. We want to open the door to national rescue, a rescue that the Lebanese will participate in achieving, Hassan Diab, via National News Agency. He further explained the government’s decision to resign, saying it was to encourage a “shift” away from “corruption” and “waste” in the country. The government’s resignation comes just under a week after a deadly explosion rocked the country’s capital of Beirut, killing at least 160 people and injuring thousands. . The explosion was caused by the mismanagement of 2,750 tons of confiscated ammonium nitrate by officials since 2013. . President Michel Aoun has asked Diab and his ministers to continue performing their duties until a new government is put into place. According to Maha Yahya, director of the Carnegie Middle East Center, an independent prime minister will likely be named to undertake economic reforms and prepare for next year’s elections.
Democrat leaders in Senator Kamala Harris' home state of California discuss her history-making selection as Joe Biden's vice-presidential running mate. (August 11)