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Should you send your child back to school? Here's how to weigh the coronavirus risks
Tue, 04 Aug 2020 11:59:18 -0400
As parents and caregivers grapple with whether to send their children to school for in-person learning this fall, Dr. Dara Kass, Yahoo News' medical contributor, explains how you can weigh the coronavirus risks based on CDC guidance.


'It is what it is': Trump addresses mounting COVID-19 deaths in wide-ranging interview
Tue, 04 Aug 2020 09:49:01 -0400
In an interview with Axios aired Monday night, Trump discussed the pandemic, Rep. John Lewis, the Civil Rights Act and Russian bounties.


Gun sales spike among African-Americans: 'Our ancestors died for us to vote, they also died for us to be able to carry guns'
Mon, 03 Aug 2020 17:59:42 -0400
When Americans panic, they buy guns — lots of them. During the first six months of 2020, amidst the global coronavirus pandemic, gun retailers reported a record 10.3 million firearm transactions, according to a new survey by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF). And while various demographic groups are buying guns in 2020, African-Americans currently account for the highest increase in gun purchases.


Who CARES about the unemployed? How COVID benefit bill died in the Senate
Mon, 03 Aug 2020 14:54:12 -0400
Democrats passed a bill extending them in May, but Republicans were unable to agree on their own legislation that would have extended the benefits while also cutting them.


Poll gives Democrats bad news in key Senate race
Mon, 03 Aug 2020 14:39:24 -0400
Republican Montana Sen. Steve Daines, running for reelection, holds a 6-point lead against Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock in a race that will help decide the balance of power in the U.S. Senate, according to a poll released Monday by Emerson College.


'Pathetic!': Trump accuses Birx of agreeing with Pelosi's criticism of pandemic response 
Mon, 03 Aug 2020 11:41:57 -0400
The president on Monday tweeted about the public feud between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Dr. Deborah Birx — and seemed to suggest the coordinator of the White House’s coronavirus task force was “pathetic” for taking Pelosi’s “bait.”


How can the U.S. prevent an eviction crisis?
Mon, 03 Aug 2020 11:14:20 -0400
Experts are warning that the U.S. is facing a housing crisis at the levels of the 2008 recession. How can the nation prevent it?


COVID-19 deaths spike 27% even as new cases decline
Mon, 03 Aug 2020 10:04:39 -0400
A senior leadership brief prepared by the Departments of Health and Human Services and Homeland Security showed a spike in deaths even as cases declined in many states.


One Free Press Coalition's '10 Most Urgent' list, August 2020
Mon, 03 Aug 2020 05:00:43 -0400
Yahoo News is a member of the One Free Press Coalition and is publishing the group’s latest “10 Most Urgent” list below to highlight the increasingly dangerous climate for journalism and free expression around the world in an effort to roll back repressive antipress policies.


Will Karen Bass bring her activist bona fides to Joe Biden's presidential ticket?
Sun, 02 Aug 2020 16:06:23 -0400
Rep. Karen Bass is a self-described “lifelong activist,” shaped by transformative decades in South Los Angeles. She's also reportedly a potential Joe Biden VP pick.


James Clyburn: Trump doesn't plan to 'give up the office'
Sun, 02 Aug 2020 12:36:30 -0400
Rep. James Clyburn defended his recent comments saying President Trump "thinks that the American people will be duped by him, like the people of Germany was duped by Adolf Hitler."


Learning pods: A safe alternative to school?
Sat, 01 Aug 2020 10:46:41 -0400
Parents across the country are creating learning pods to avoid the risks of in-person schooling and make up for the shortcomings of distance learning. Are pods a smart solution, or do they leave too many kids behind?


As COVID-19 sweeps across the South, the Army finds it’s not immune
Sat, 01 Aug 2020 05:00:35 -0400
The U.S. Army is facing a significant COVID-19 challenge as infection rates soar across the south and southeast, where most of the service’s installations are located. And now the disease is having a major impact on the Army’s second-largest installation.


Trump says he didn't believe intelligence about Russia paying bounties on U.S. troops 'to be real'
Fri, 31 Jul 2020 19:23:24 -0400
President Trump on Friday disputed a finding by U.S. intelligence that Russia paid bounties to Taliban fighters in exchange for killing American troops stationed in Afghanistan.


Trump says he doesn’t 'think' Herman Cain caught coronavirus at the Tulsa rally
Fri, 31 Jul 2020 16:37:46 -0400
Herman Cain, the entrepreneur, conservative commentator and 2012 presidential candidate, passed away on Thursday due to complications from COVID-19. The 74-year-old contracted the virus in late June, days after attending a Trump campaign rally in Tulsa, Okla.


Republicans attack Fauci and defend Trump at coronavirus hearing
Fri, 31 Jul 2020 13:39:57 -0400
Republicans used a House hearing on the coronavirus pandemic to praise President Trump and sometimes criticize Dr. Anthony Fauci.


Exclusive: CDC projects U.S. coronavirus death toll could top 180,000 by Aug. 22
Fri, 31 Jul 2020 13:05:19 -0400
As coronavirus cases have continued to rise in the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is forecasting that the total American death toll from COVID-19 could hit 182,000 by the fourth week of August, according to an internal government document obtained by Yahoo News.


What we know — and what we don't — about Susan Rice, a potential Biden VP pick
Fri, 31 Jul 2020 12:13:41 -0400
Susan Rice is an accomplished diplomat who has already served in the White House, but little is known about her views on matters of domestic policy.


Yakov Smirnoff defends anti-mask stance: 'I don't want to lose America'
Fri, 31 Jul 2020 11:40:45 -0400
Comedian Yakov Smirnoff — best known for his “In Soviet Russia...” shtick — recently spoke out against the policy of requiring face masks, to Twitter’s endless delight.


Trump can’t delay elections. So why is he suggesting it?
Fri, 31 Jul 2020 10:16:21 -0400
President Trump raised the idea of delaying the election, something he has no power to do. Was there a strategy behind the suggestion?


Trump refuses to say he won't seek to delay 2020 election
Thu, 30 Jul 2020 19:32:54 -0400
President Trump used a White House briefing on Thursday afternoon to reiterate unfounded concerns about mail-in voting in the forthcoming presidential election.


Gov. Hogan condemns Trump's 'outrageous' tweet calling for election delay
Thu, 30 Jul 2020 19:27:16 -0400
“I never cease to be amazed by things the president tweets, but even that one took me by surprise,” Hogan said. “He can’t postpone the election, he doesn’t have the power to do it, and that’s why it’s an outrageous statement.


Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker explains why he thinks Biden should select Tammy Duckworth for VP
Thu, 30 Jul 2020 15:40:53 -0400
In an interview with Yahoo News’ “Skullduggery” podcast, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said he’s pushed presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden to pick Sen. Tammy Duckworth as his running mate.


Austin, Texas, joins growing number of U.S. cities in declaring racism a 'public health crisis'
Thu, 30 Jul 2020 15:18:22 -0400
Dozens of cities and counties have passed similar declarations in the wake of George Floyd’s death.


Obama calls for voter protections in fiery John Lewis eulogy
Thu, 30 Jul 2020 15:11:31 -0400
Former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton were among those to pay tribute to the late civil rights icon at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. And Obama used his to level criticism at what he sees as the Trump administration's attack on voting rights.


Family of Black college student killed by white police officer draws support from Jay-Z, Rihanna and Amy Schumer in bid to reopen case
Thu, 30 Jul 2020 14:37:46 -0400
College football standout Danroy "DJ" Henry Jr., 20, was shot and killed by a white police officer outside a New York bar on Oct. 17, 2010, as he drove away from a disturbance he was not involved in. Nearly 10 years later, celebrities join the victim’s family to demand that the case be reopened.


These 13 states need to lock down now, according to Harvard coronavirus experts
Thu, 30 Jul 2020 12:22:01 -0400
A report released by the Trump administration’s coronavirus task force warns that 21 states are now in the “red zone” and need to take aggressive steps to slow the spread of COVID-19. But new guidelines from Harvard University show the task force's recommendations may be too weak to suppress the virus.


Miami-Dade ICUs at 146% capacity with coronavirus patients, according to federal document
Thu, 30 Jul 2020 11:12:22 -0400
Hospitals in the Miami area have been so overwhelmed by coronavirus patients that intensive care units are now operating well beyond full capacity, according to a federal pandemic update obtained by Yahoo News.


Trump floats unprecedented idea of delaying election, which he cannot do
Thu, 30 Jul 2020 09:56:39 -0400
The president tweeted the idea minutes after historically bad economic news was released.


Watch live: John Lewis's funeral in Atlanta
Thu, 30 Jul 2020 09:36:38 -0400
Former President Barack Obama will eulogize the late Democratic congressman from Georgia and civil rights icon at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church.


A guide to guessing Joe Biden's VP pick
Thu, 30 Jul 2020 05:00:48 -0400
The art of choosing the right vice presidential candidate is more complex than it used to be. For Joe Biden, considering his age and his opponent, it may be crucial.


GOP intransigence in Michigan could lead to a chaotic presidential election
Thu, 30 Jul 2020 05:00:37 -0400
A top Michigan official warned that, unless the Republican-controlled state Legislature passes a law to speed up the reporting of election results, it would be responsible for a chaotic and destabilizing election this fall.


Live event: The Media’s Role in Engendering Trust and Giving Voice to Marginalized Communities: Part 3
Thu, 30 Jul 2020 00:01:10 -0400
In the wake of the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery (among others), this timely discussion brings together leaders in policy, media and anti-racism advocacy to tackle the media’s role in shaping the narrative.


Mueller 'let Trump get away with lying,' former House special counsel says
Wed, 29 Jul 2020 20:58:16 -0400
Former special counsel Robert Mueller's decision not to charge President Trump with obstruction of justice was an “unconscionable” lapse that “let Trump get away with lying,” Norm Eisen, former special counsel for the House Judiciary Committee, said in a Wednesday interview on the Yahoo News podcast “Skullduggery.”


Mass arrest of Black Lives Matter protesters in Omaha raises questions
Wed, 29 Jul 2020 17:19:48 -0400
The mass arrests in Omaha, which were followed by a chaotic, crowded and prolonged detention process that carried well into the next day, have prompted backlash from local officials and civil rights advocates. 


How can the U.S. solve its coronavirus testing troubles?
Wed, 29 Jul 2020 17:05:52 -0400
Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. has struggled to meet the demand for testing. What solutions are there that can bring testing up to the level needed to properly track the virus?


Gohmert confirms COVID-19 diagnosis and wonders whether wearing a mask may have led to infection
Wed, 29 Jul 2020 15:45:06 -0400
Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, on Wednesday confirmed reports that he tested positive for COVID-19 and wondered aloud whether wearing a mask may have led to his infection.


Doctors behind viral COVID-19 misinformation video met with Vice President Pence
Wed, 29 Jul 2020 15:02:08 -0400
A group of doctors who took part in a viral video that was taken down Tuesday by social media companies for spreading disinformation about the coronavirus met with Vice President Mike Pence, according to the co-founder of a group that organized the event.


Why some Americans say they'll never wear a mask — and what that says about the U.S.
Wed, 29 Jul 2020 13:58:12 -0400
While the vast majority of public health experts now agree that wearing face masks could halt the worsening coronavirus pandemic in its tracks, some Americans continue to resist that guidance.


Trump administration has agreed to withdraw some federal officers from Portland
Wed, 29 Jul 2020 12:58:27 -0400
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced that the Trump administration has agreed to withdraw federal officers from Portland. But President Trump told reporters that any reports of a withdrawal were premature, and a top Trump official said an “augmented” force would remain in the city.


Nine of the top 10 U.S. coronavirus hot spots are in Florida and Texas
Wed, 29 Jul 2020 12:53:44 -0400
While President Trump touted improvements in the coronavirus pandemic in the Sun Belt, the CDC warned that nine of the nation’s top 10 growing hot spots are in Florida and Texas, according to an internal government document obtained by Yahoo News.


U.S. still leads the world in coronavirus cases, ahead of developing countries
Wed, 29 Jul 2020 10:26:00 -0400
The United States has fallen further behind Europe and remains the world's leader in both total cases and deaths from the virus.


Trump complains that Americans like Fauci more than him
Tue, 28 Jul 2020 19:22:51 -0400
President Trump used a White House press briefing on Tuesday to wonder aloud why he was less liked than Dr. Anthony Fauci, a prominent member of the White House coronavirus task force.


Barr insists he doesn't read Trump's tweets
Tue, 28 Jul 2020 15:39:59 -0400
In testimony before the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday, Attorney General William Barr insisted that he does not read President Trump’s tweets, including one in which the president said Roger Stone had shown “guts” by not testifying against him.


Park Police defends forcible clearing of Lafayette Park
Tue, 28 Jul 2020 15:20:04 -0400
The remarks came during a hearing of the House Natural Resources Committee about the U.S. Park Police’s role in clearing the protesters from  Lafayette Park on June 1.


Barr says he doesn't believe systemic police racism exists
Tue, 28 Jul 2020 14:21:14 -0400
In an appearance before the House Judiciary Committee, Attorney General William Barr said he doesn't believe that systemic racism in policing exists in the United States, despite being presented with statistics showing racial disparities in the use of force.


Just how far left is Joe Biden, really?
Tue, 28 Jul 2020 11:18:59 -0400
Joe Biden has been portrayed as a centrist with antiquated ideas by his progressive rivals and trojan horse for the radical left by conservatives. Where does he actually stand on the political spectrum?



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