• Politics
    The Week

    McConnell unexpectedly rejects Democrats' funding bill, leaving U.S. on the verge of government shutdown

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) rejected the government funding resolution House Democrats introduced Monday, leaving the U.S. government on the verge of a shutdown.The current government funding package only lasts another nine days, so on Monday, Democrats released a draft resolution that would extend in through Dec. 11. But McConnell alleged the Democrats' proposal "shamefully leaves out key relief and support" for farmers via Commodity Credit Corp. funding — though CNN reports the Trump administration views those funds as "an unaccountable political slush fund."> Senior Dem aide says the Trump admin views the CCC funds as "an unaccountable political slush fund."> > McConnell makes clear Rs want it in any CR. > > 9 days til government funding deadline.... https://t.co/AgUazyMW2G> > — Phil Mattingly (@Phil_Mattingly) September 21, 2020House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Sunday rejected the idea that she'd use the spending bill as leverage to stop Senate Republicans from filling Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Supreme Court seat. "None of us has any interest in shutting down government, that has such a harmful and shameful impact on so many people in our country," she said, adding that "we have arrows in our quiver."More stories from theweek.com Trump told Bob Woodward that with Mitch McConnell by his side, he's 'broken every record' on judges Biden's polling lead over Trump holds steady at 8 points, but his sizable cash advantage is new Biden drops a 10-second campaign ad featuring Trump and an iffy promise

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  • Entertainment
    The Daily Beast

    ‘Fox & Friends’ Apologizes for Running False Story on Nashville Coronavirus ‘Cover-Up’

    Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy on Monday morning issued an apology for his show having run with a since-retracted story falsely accusing Nashville’s Democratic mayor of engaging in a coronavirus cover-up, admitting that the mayor did not conceal information from the public as alleged.Last week, a supposed bombshell by a local Fox affiliate in Nashville set the conservative media ecosystem on fire. According to the report by Fox 17—a Sinclair-owned station—the mayor’s office allegedly covered up numbers that showed relatively low spread of COVID-19 in bars and restaurants. The clear implication of the story was that the city was hiding the data in order to justify its coronavirus lockdown orders on public businesses.The story, which focused on a selective misreading of emails, was quickly picked up by large right-wing digital outlets such as The Daily Wire and Breitbart and soon found its way to Fox News’ pro-Trump opinion shows. Tucker Carlson—who has become one of the network’s loudest coronavirus skeptics— kicked off his show on Thursday with the story, claiming the Fox 17 report was “conclusive proof” that Nashville officials hid key health stats “for no justifiable reason,” while explicitly calling for Mayor John Cooper’s impeachment.His Fox primetime colleague Laura Ingraham also jumped on the report, claiming it exposed “a sinister COVID cover-up,” comparing it to something “you’d expect from communist China” or “Soviet Russia.” The following morning, Fox & Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade insisted the emails were proof that “they lied” while saying Cooper “has to resign yesterday.”Fox 17’s explosive report, however, was quickly and easily debunked by other media outlets. The data about the low number of cases at the time tied to bars and restaurants was disclosed at a July 2 press conference. A local Nashville reporter also published a story on the numbers back on August 4. Eventually, the station fully retracted the story.“In a segment that aired earlier this week, we incorrectly asserted that Mayor Cooper's office withheld COVID-19 data from the public, which implied that there had been a cover up,” the station said in a statement. “We want to clarify that we do not believe there was any cover-up, and we apologize for the error and oversight in our reporting.”“We continue to have questions about the level of transparency that the government showed to the restaurant and bar industry—whose livelihood was on the line,” the statement continued. “As journalists, we will continue to ask those questions and hold elected officials accountable.”> Here's Steve Doocy spending 30 seconds admitting the story they ran last week about a Nashville coronavirus "cover-up" was totally wrong. Fox had used it to demand the mayor's resignation and speculate that similar "cover-ups" are happening everywhere. https://t.co/sH2n25vabz pic.twitter.com/7iTbG2xl4C> > — Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) September 21, 2020In a brief standalone segment on Monday morning, Doocy addressed the retraction during the first hour of Fox & Friends.“We wanted to give you update on a story last week,” he noted. “On Friday, we reported on allegations that the mayor of Nashville had hidden coronavirus numbers. That was according to our local Nashville fox affiliate.”“They have since retracted their story. And we now know the mayor’s office did apparently not conceal those numbers and did release them to the public and so this morning on this Monday we wanted to apologize for any confusion,” Doocy concluded.A Fox News spokesperson told The Daily Beast that both Carlson and Ingraham will also be addressing the retracted story on their programs Monday nightRead more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

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  • News
    Yahoo Finance

    'We have a silent epidemic emerging right now in K-12 schools:' infectious disease specialist

    As global COVID-19 cases continue to tick upwards, schools around the U.S. are struggling to reopen during the pandemic. Dr. Michael Saag, associate dean for global health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, joined Yahoo Finance to discuss schools’ problems across the country. “I believe that we’re having a silent epidemic merging right now within the K through 12 schools,” said Sagg. He tells Yahoo Finance that K-12 students pose more risk of spreading COVID-19 because, unlike their college-student counterparts, younger students are not being tested and quarantined at the same rate. 

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  • Entertainment

    The 37 Scariest Horror Movies to Watch Right Now—If You Dare

    Literally screaming. Originally Appeared on Glamour

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  • Sports
    MMA Weekly

    Colby Covington trashes LeBron James and ‘woke athletes’ as ‘spineless cowards’

    * * *Colby Covington ripped on LeBron James and those he called "the woke athletes," saying that he is fighting for law enforcement and the Trumps.Covington unleashed on LeBron James at the UFC Vegas 11 post-fight press conference following his victory over Tyron Woodley.(Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube)* * *TRENDING > Video: US President Donald Trump calls Colby Covington to congratulate him after UFC Vegas 11 win* * * Trending Video > UFC Vegas 11: Colby Covington vs Tyron Woodley Recap(Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube)

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  • U.S.
    LA Times

    Armed and Black. How a group of men licensed to carry guns say they are seeking racial justice

    Armed Black groups like the Minnesota Freedom Fighters work to protect the streets as calls for racial justice mount.

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