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CNN’s Harry Enten tells Chris Cuomo why some states with Covid-19 hotspots are now looking to be key battleground states in the 2020 presidential election. #CNN #News,

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PBS NewsHour full episode, Aug. 7, 2020

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Aug 7, 2020  PBS NewsHour

Friday on the NewsHour, the White House and congressional Democrats are at a stalemate over a new coronavirus relief bill. Plus: U.S. intelligence warns of foreign election interference, Americans cope with the pandemic’s financial fallout, Ohio Gov. DeWine on COVID-19 in his state, a contentious election in Belarus, reporting on Hiroshima, Mark Shields and David Brooks and victims of COVID-19. Support your local PBS station here: https://pbs.org/donate Stream your PBS favorites with the PBS app: https://to.pbs.org/2Jb8twG Find more from PBS NewsHour at https://www.pbs.org/newshour Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/2HfsCD6

PBS NewsHour full episode, Aug. 6, 2020

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Aug 7, 2020  PBS NewsHour

Thursday on the NewsHour, congressional Democrats and Republicans appear to be at an impasse over a new coronavirus relief package. Plus: White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow on where talks stand, teachers and local officials struggle with how to open schools, survivors of Hiroshima, business owners with criminal records can’t get federal loans and an essay on systemic racism and the police. Editor’s Note: In our segment about teachers and school administrators, the original video has been modified to remove two photographs that included students. Support your local PBS station here: https://pbs.org/donate WATCH TODAY’S SEGMENTS News Wrap: New York sues NRA over alleged misuse of funds https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEi8k… Port employees detained in Beirut blast investigation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=281oJ… Congress stuck in ‘staring contest’ over pandemic aid deal https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GAeO… Kudlow: Trump might repurpose money to fund unemployment https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mh0a… Teachers and administrators scramble to adapt school plans www.youtube.com/watch?v=A–Dt6yHN8I Top Mississippi health official recommends virtual school https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATKbK… Japan’s youth rush to document memories of Hiroshima horror https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vd11_… Business owners with criminal records haunted by their past https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNuSF… An essay on power and the police https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ku4I4… Stream your PBS favorites with the PBS app: https://to.pbs.org/2Jb8twG Find more from PBS NewsHour at https://www.pbs.org/newshour Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/2HfsCD6

PBS NewsHour full episode, Aug. 5, 2020

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Aug 5, 2020  PBS NewsHour

Wednesday on the NewsHour, Beirut grapples with the fallout of a cataclysmic explosion that injured thousands. Plus: What issues matter to voters, a GOP strategist on the party’s migration to President Trump, the 75th anniversary of Hiroshima, Minneapolis considers abolishing its police force, a new book about class and hierarchy and a Brief But Spectacular take on surviving COVID-19 at age 102. Support your local PBS station here: https://pbs.org/donate WATCH TODAY’S SEGMENTS Beirut blast means new suffering for a country in collapse https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZkBT… News Wrap: Sally Yates denies Obama influenced Russia probe https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9a1k… 2 views on what matters most to heartland voters https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKV_v… GOP strategist will ‘work with Democrats’ to defeat Trump https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tavb-… Should U.S. president be authorized to launch nuclear bomb? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DufU7… Minneapolis officials debate future of city’s police force https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvfES… ‘Caste’ author Isabel Wilkerson on race, class hierarchy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nz0HY… This nursing home resident survived COVID-19 — at age 102 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOzaJ… Stream your PBS favorites with the PBS app: https://to.pbs.org/2Jb8twG Find more from PBS NewsHour at https://www.pbs.org/newshour Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/2HfsCD6

PBS NewsHour full episode, Aug. 4, 2020

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Aug 4, 2020  PBS NewsHour

Tuesday on the NewsHour, Congress and the Trump administration continue to negotiate over another economic relief package as the coronavirus crisis continues. Plus: Devastating explosions rock Beirut, a conversation with Dr. Jill Biden, authoritarianism grows during the pandemic, a college that is cutting costs for remote learning and more. Support your local PBS station here: https://pbs.org/donate WATCH TODAY’S SEGMENTS Pelosi: GOP still doesn’t recognize ‘gravity’ of pandemic https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EoOm1… News Wrap: Tropical Storm Isaias pummels East Coast https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2VYoZ… Mammoth explosions rock Beirut, causing widespread injury https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYix1… Jill Biden on healing from heartbreak, possible VP picks https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDBrD… How authoritarianism has spread since pandemic began https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7diAn… How 1 college is adapting to pandemic — and cutting tuition https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgDww… Trump claims only Florida can vote by mail successfully https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jW6f… Stream your PBS favorites with the PBS app: https://to.pbs.org/2Jb8twG Find more from PBS NewsHour at https://www.pbs.org/newshour Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/2HfsCD6

PBS NewsHour full episode, Aug. 3, 2020

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Aug 3, 2020  PBS NewsHour

Monday on the NewsHour, negotiations between the White House and Congress over a new pandemic relief bill continue. Plus: How to handle mail-in voting during the pandemic, TikTok is under political scrutiny, a summer without camp, Politics Monday with Tamara Keith and Amy Walter and a new book on the current relevance of James Baldwin’s work. Support your local PBS station here: https://pbs.org/donate WATCH TODAY’S SEGMENTS Where Congress stands on potential new pandemic relief bill https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CqHS… News Wrap: Carolinas brace for Hurricane Isaias https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFmmA… The vital role of U.S. Postal Service in American elections https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04aO0… Why ‘grandpa’ Microsoft wants to buy tech upstart TikTok https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cHtZ… What kids are losing as coronavirus cancels camp https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfbYB… Tamara Keith and Amy Walter on Trump’s messaging, Biden’s VP https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_kas… Why James Baldwin’s work is attracting renewed attention https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zL18V… Stream your PBS favorites with the PBS app: https://to.pbs.org/2Jb8twG Find more from PBS NewsHour at https://www.pbs.org/newshour Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/2HfsCD6

Nightly News Full Broadcast (August 8th)

Aug 8, 2020  NBC News

President Trump signs executive orders for coronavirus economic relief, massive Sturgis motorcycle rally taking place amid coronavirus concerns, and speculation swirls over Joe Biden’s vice presidential pick.

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Aug 5, 2020  NBC News

Chicago Public Schools to be remote this fall, U.S. citizen among the dead in Beirut explosion, and Tropical Storm Isaias leaves millions without power. Watch “NBC Nightly News With Lester Holt” at 6:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. CT (or check your local listings). 00:00 Intro 01:27 Chicago To Begin School Year With Online-Only Learning 02:59 Florida Tops 500,000 Coronavirus Cases 03:15 Georgia Second- Grader Tests Positive, Class Quarantined 03:29 Trump Pushes School To Reopen, Says Virus ‘Going Away’ 03:46 New York City Considers Some In-Person Teaching For Fall 04:54 Desperate Search For Survivors After Beirut Explosion 07:38 Biden Will Not Travel To DNC To Accept Nomination 07:54 Trump: ‘I’ll Probably’ Give RNC Speech From White House 08:26 Trump Campaign Sues To Stop Nevada Mail-In Voting Law 09:02 Trump Praises Mail-In Voting In Florida And Arizona 09:20 Post Master General Meets Coronavirus Relief Negotiators 09:45 Facebook Removes Trump Post For ‘Covid Misinformatoin’ 10:02 New York City Imposes Quarantine Checkpoints 10:29 Millions Without Power After Tropical Storm Strikes 12:27 Grocery Prices Surge As American Families Struggle 14:31 Health Officials Leave Jobs Under Pressure And Threats 16:58 Robots Give High-Tech Help To Essential Workers » Subscribe to NBC News: http://nbcnews.to/SubscribeToNBC » Watch more NBC video: http://bit.ly/MoreNBCNews

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AXIOS on HBO: President Trump Exclusive Interview (Full Episode) | HBO

Aug 3, 2020  HBO

On the return of Axios on HBO, Axios National Political Correspondent, Jonathan Swan, speaks with President Donald Trump about multiple topics including the coronavirus crisis, the Black Lives Matter movement, the November election, and U.S. Foreign Policy in Afghanistan, China, and Russia. Axios On HBO airs Mondays at 11pm. #HBO #AxiosOnHBO Subscribe to HBO on YouTube: https://goo.gl/wtFYd7 Known for delivering news, coverage, and insight with a distinctive brand of smart brevity, Axios on HBO helps viewers better understand the big trends reshaping America and the world through exclusive interviews, profiles, and breaking news content. Official Site of Axios on HBO: https://www.hbo.com/axios Watch Now Get HBO: https://itsh.bo/ways-to-get Get More HBO Official Site: https://itsh.bo/dotcom Twitter: https://twitter.com/hbo Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hbo Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hbo AXIOS on HBO: President Trump Exclusive Interview (Full Episode) | HBO

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Jul 28, 2020  BBC Newsnight

With less than 100 days until the US Presidential election, coronavirus cases are still increasing, unrest continues on the streets and Donald Trump is lagging behind Joe Biden in the polls. Newsnight looks at the current state of America. Subscribe to our channel here: https://goo.gl/31Q53F In any other presidential election year, America would be dominating our screens. The November race has the power to define not just the future of our closest ally — but the direction of the UK’s foreign policy and trade deals. But much of this vital race has been swallowed up by the pandemic and the spike in cases has hit republican areas hard. What damage could this do to Trump’s chances of re-election? As Joe Biden seems to be ahead in all the key battlegrounds, how can Donald Trump retain the presidency? The US has also seen protests and riots taking place across the country in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death. Does this help or hinder Trump’s Donald law-and-order-focused re-election campaign? Emily Maitlis is joined by The Lincoln Project’s Rick Wilson, former senior adviser to the Trump campaign Barry Bennett and pollster Rachel Bitecofer. BBC’s North America Editor Jon Sopel reports. #BBC #Newsnight #USElection2020 Newsnight is the BBC’s flagship news and current affairs TV programme – with analysis, debate, exclusives, and robust interviews. Website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsnight Twitter: https://twitter.com/BBCNewsnight Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bbcnewsnight

Trump’s Tax Nightmare Comes True as NY D.A. Probes Fraud, Demands Taxes | MSNBC

Aug 3, 2020  MSNBC

The New York D.A. is moving quickly to compel Pres. Trump’s secret financial records after winning a blockbuster Supreme Court case, an outcome previewed by former U.S. Solicitor General Neal Katyal. The seasoned lawyer discusses the escalating criminal probe with MSNBC’s Chief Legal Correspondent Ari Melber. (This interview is from MSNBC’s “The Beat with Ari Melber, a news show covering politics, law and culture airing nightly at 6pm ET on MSNBC. http://www.thebeatwithari.com). Aired on 8/3/2020. » Subscribe to MSNBC: http://on.msnbc.com/SubscribeTomsnbc MSNBC delivers breaking news, in-depth analysis of politics headlines, as well as commentary and informed perspectives. Find video clips and segments from The Rachel Maddow Show, Morning Joe, Meet the Press Daily, The Beat with Ari Melber, Deadline: White House with Nicolle Wallace, Hardball, All In, Last Word, 11th Hour, and more.

Acosta to Trump: Why does virus task force keep contradicting you?

Aug 3, 2020  CNN

When asked by CNN’s Jim Acosta why members of his coronavirus taskforce have contradicted him, President Donald Trump dodged the question and made inaccurate claims about hydroxychloroquine again. CNN’s Brianna Keilar fact-checks those claims. #Trump #CNN #News

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Aug 3, 2020 CNN

CNN’s Erin Burnett criticizes President Donald Trump for saying coronavirus task force member Deborah Birx was “pathetic” for caving to Democrats after she told the truth about the coronavirus. #Burnett #Trump #CNN #News

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The CFPB once defended consumers. Thanks to Trump, it now helps companies prey on them instead.

Kathleen Kraninger testifies in the Senate on her nomination to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in Washington on July 19, 2018. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)

Opinion by   Helaine Olen  Columnist   August 1, 2020

For two days this week, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Kathy Kraninger testified to Congress about protecting consumers during the coronavirus pandemic, first in the Senate and then in the House. It went about as well as could be expected, which is not particularly well at all. Kraninger, a thoroughly unqualified Trump appointee, has shown little interest in doing her purported job, which is protecting Americans from the financial services industry. Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-N.Y.) said she lacked empathy, while Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) demanded she resign.

Kraninger’s main accomplishment since the start of the covid-19 pandemic has been the loosening of regulations on payday loans. Previously, regulations stopped people who couldn’t afford to repay the loans from taking them on, because borrowers seeking short-term relief instead often found themselves trapped in a cycle of quickly rising debt. Annual interest on payday loans can run above 500 percent.

When queried as to why she loosened regulations on payday loans, Kraninger said that consumers are showing a lot of interest in them. That’s quite possibly true, given that at least 1 million people have filed for unemployment every week since mid-March, but hardly the point of Kraninger’s critics, who believe payday loans are exploitative products that prey on the financially desperate.

Then there is the fact that, since the beginning of the shutdowns, tens of thousands of consumer complaints have poured into the CFPB about mortgage issues, inaccurate credit reports, hassles with debt collectors, you name it. Kraninger says she’s addressing them but her critics — such as Warren — disagree.

The CFPB was conceived by Warren while she was a professor at Harvard Law School. It was meant to give consumers leverage over the financial-services sector, which all too often saw them as so much prey. It scored major victories during the Obama administration. It called out lending institutions for racist auto loan lending standards and spearheaded the federal investigation into Wells Fargo for a decade of turning a blind eye to its employees opening fake accounts for customers in an attempt to keep up with unrealistic sales goals.

No surprise, the financial services sector, which hates the CFPB, cheered Kraninger’s appointment to the job. Their faith was well rewarded, and not just in the area of payday loans. Last year, a House Financial Services Committee investigation revealed that during Kraninger’s first six months on the job, the amount of money the bureau recovered for consumers fell to six percent of what it had been under the final months of Obama appointee Richard Cordray’s leadership. Instead, under Kraninger, the CFPB emphasizes “financial literacy,” despite the fact that, when put on the spot by Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.) in 2019, Kraninger couldn’t even properly calculate an annual interest rate.

Of course, the sabotage — and make no mistake, that’s what it is — of the CFPB isn’t even a major story in the Trump era. On Thursday, Vanity Fair revealed that a White House initiative led by Jared Kushner (who else?) to devise a national policy to test for covid-19 was undermined from within, possibly because the disease initially hit politically expendable Democratic states. Millions of parents are suddenly realizing there will be no in-person public school for their children this fall and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos shows next to no concern. The U.S. Postal Service, systemically underfunded, is now falling behind on delivering mail, seemingly at the behest of its new head, Trump donor Louis DeJoy. That’s not just an annoyance, but something that could contribute to election chaos in November if ballots are not delivered or received on time.

In the face of all this, Kraninger’s inept management of the CFPB barely merits a moment of attention. But it should. Her tenure in the top role of the government’s most powerful consumer advocacy organization is a demonstration of the contempt Trump and Republicans hold for governance, not to mention their prioritization of the interests of the wealthiest segments of our economy over the well-being of everyone else. It’s an absolute shame and travesty that Kraninger, whose knowledge of personal finance appears limited to how she can best serve the all-powerful financial sector, is in charge of one of the government agencies best positioned to help Americans protect their money at a time of unprecedented economic carnage.

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Helaine Olen is a contributor to Post Opinions and the author of “Pound Foolish: Exposing the Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry.” Her work has appeared in Slate, the Nation, the New York Times, the Atlantic and many other publications. She serves on the advisory board of the Economic Hardship Reporting Project. Follow

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BoredPanda: See How The “10 Billion Tree Tsunami” Tree Planting Campaign Transformed This Area Between 2019 And 2020

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Within the last year, planting trees was the thing to do in easing the negative effects of climate change. This is evident by the slew of various tree-planting initiatives that were organized, including Team Trees where 600 YouTubers pledged to plant 20 million trees, Ethiopia breaking the world record by planting over 350 million trees in half a day, and these 13 feel-good stories about saving our planet.

While the coronavirus has taken over airtime in recent months, the need for tree-planting never went away with many of these initiatives continuing to plant trees. And many are making good progress on their goals.

One such initiative is the 10 Billion Tree Tsunami, Pakistan’s largest ever tree plantation project, which recently had an update on its progress in the form of a before and after video that has been making people gasp in wonder.

It takes years for some of us to get simple things done, but nature is better at reaching its goals

Pakistan’s Advisor to the Minister of Climate Change shared an inspiring before-and-after video of how much the natural landscape in Balloki changed in a year

 Image credits: Malik Amin Aslam

Malik Amin Aslam, Pakistan’s Advisor to the Prime Minister and Federal Minister of Climate Change, shared a video on his Twitter of what the Balloki Nature Reserve near Lahore in the Punjab district looked like a year ago, and what it looks like now.

The video shows barren land with virtually no greenery for miles, a sight that was seen during Aslam’s visit to the area a year ago. Today, it is a luscious and prosperous area fully paved with grass and trees.

The caption read: “Was a treat to visit #BallokiNatureReserve #Lahore after a year – #PMIK @ImranKhanPTI inaugurated this in 2019 as part of #10BillionTreeTsunami and the plantation results in a year are phenomenal – #Change and #NayaPakistan IA”.

This change is a part of the 10 Billion Tree Tsunami project which aims to reforest Pakistan

Image credits: Malik Amin Aslam

10 Billion Tree Tsunami is a government launched and funded project to promote reforestation in Pakistan. The project hopes to plant 10 billion trees within the span of five years, and to achieve a number of other objectives, including to increase forest area, rehabilitate degraded forests, to protect green areas and its wildlife, to provide jobs, among many others.

You see, trees help to protect the soil from degradation and to regulate water on farms, mitigate floods, and enrich the soil and surrounding areas with biodiversity. Also, crops grown in forested areas are often more resilient to the impact of droughts, excessive rains, and extreme weather.

The project aims to increase forest area, rehabilitate degraded forests, and protect green areas and the wildlife living in it, among other objectives

Image credits: Malik Amin Aslam

So far in 2020, 20,798 hectares of plantations were planted to achieve these aims. The Redd Monitor reports that a total of 350,000 hectares of trees were already planted in both planting and natural regeneration form and that the project has also created around 3,500 green enclosures in state-owned forests.

Back in February, the ministry announced their plan to plant 250 million saplings this spring in hopes of populating the bare bits of land around cities. However, it is not clear whether this has been achieved because of the coronavirus and the subsequent lockdown.

The project includes 3 regions with 27 divisions and progress is seen in many locations across the country

Image credits: Malik Amin Aslam

So far, a total of 350,000 hectares were planted with trees, creating 3,500 green enclosures nation-wide

Image credits: Ten Billion Tree Tsunami

The project earned great recognition, including that from the World Economic Forum, WWF, and IUCN

The project has come under fire for a number of reasons. There have been alleged reports of bogus billing, fake plantation, poor quality earthwork, unauthorised payments, and other activities that hint at corruption.

Besides that, it was also reported by the Redd Monitor that the coronavirus lockdown has also led to planters earning around 500 rupees a day—half of what they could on a good day before the pandemic, meaning that they now earn less than minimum wage (which is approx. 800 per day).

Despite this, the project has managed to earn a number of awards and wider recognition over the years, including that from the World Economic Forum, WWF, IUCN, and was ranked 4th biggest initiative by the Plant for Planet Foundation (UNFCCC). And now that people can see more results of the initiative in Aslam’s video, it’s safe to say that the project is going somewhere and both the planet and, subsequently, humanity will benefit from it in the long run.

Besides restoring natural landscapes, the project also plans to create jobs and ensure greater wildlife security

With its 10 billion tree “tsunami”, Pakistan joins a number of other massive tree-planting projects, including the aforementioned Ethiopia’s record-breaking campaign that managed to plant 350 million saplings in 12 hours. Another attempt at breaking the record happened in India, where 1.5 million volunteers planted 66 million trees in the same timespan, showing just how much more natural the world has become over the recent years.

What did you think about this? Have you had a chance to plant a tree, and if so, which one? Let us know in the comment section below!

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