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COVID-19 relief talks begin to see progress, negotiators say – New York Post

Lawmakers reported progress on a huge coronavirus relief bill Saturday, as political pressure mounts to restore an expired $600-per-week supplemental unemployment benefit and send funding to help s…

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Lawmakers reported progress on a huge coronavirus relief bill Saturday, as political pressure mounts to restore an expired $600-per-week supplemental unemployment benefit and send funding to help schools reopen.
This was the longest meeting weve had and it was more productive than the other meetings, said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., who was part of the rare weekend session. Were not close yet, but it was a productive discussion now each side knows where theyre at.
Schumer spo…

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Brain-eating microbe: US city told not to use water amid contamination concerns – BBC News

People in Lake Jackson, Texas, are urged not to use tap water because it might be contaminated.

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Residents of Lake Jackson have been urged not to use tap water
Residents of Lake Jackson, Texas, have been urged not to use tap water because it might be contaminated with a deadly brain-eating microbe.
The local water authority warned of the potential contamination of its supply to the town – home to about 27,000 people – by Naegleria fowleri.
The amoeba typically infects people when contaminated water enters the body through the nose. It is usually fatal.
Infections are ra…

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Trump targets Biden’s mental health in debate lead-up, despite aides’ efforts to raise expectations – ABC News

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President Donald Trump is set to enter the first presidential debate on Tuesday down in the polls, but coming off the high of nominating his third Supreme Court justice. Some top advisers expect a dominant performance by the president, despite the opposing narratives of attacks on Joe Biden’s mental state and the Trump campaign’s work to raise expectations for the Democrat ahead of the showdown.
With days to go the debate, Trump has carried out conflicting and confounding strategies both repeat…

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How Trump picked Amy Coney Barrett over Barbara Lagoa for the Supreme Court – CNN

It was only a week ago President Donald Trump appeared practically “giddy” about a particular candidate to fill the newly vacant seat on the Supreme Court that had been held by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg for more than 27 years, people familiar with the matte…

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(CNN)It was only a week ago President Donald Trump appeared practically “giddy” about a particular candidate to fill the newly vacant seat on the Supreme Court that had been held by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg for more than 27 years, people familiar with the matter said.
The potential pick was not the woman Trump nominated on Saturday night, though by the end of the week he was enthusiastically telling friends his choice of Amy Coney Barrett had the potential to salvage his political career.
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