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September 21, 2020
Houston Chronicle
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump and his GOP allies are playing loose with the facts when it comes to a successor for the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Seeking to justify a possible confirmation vote before the Nov. 3 election, Trump asserted over the weekend that many high court nominations were made in an election year and "in all cases, they went forward." That's clearly not true. In fact, just one hour after Justice Antonin Scalia's unexpected death in February 2016, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell publicly made clear the Senate should not confirm a successor chosen by President Barack Obama because of the coming election. That slot ultimately went unfilled until after President Donald Trump announced a nominee 11 months later. Republican Sen. Ted Cruz on Sunday also claimed a "constitutional crisis" if a replacement isn't confirmed right away, insisting Democratic presidential rival Joe Biden has stated he won't accept the election results if he loses. Biden has said he will. The revisionist GOP history comes following a week of outright falsehoods, on subjects like auto manufacturing, voting fraud and more. Trump told a North Carolina rally that a conversation with the Japanese prime minister led to five new car companies opening in Michigan the next day. That didn't happen. Biden laid out a broad and largely supported case that Trump has underplayed the severity of the pandemic. But the devil was in the details: No, Trump did not call the coronavirus a hoax. A look: GINSBURG TRUMP, on advancing a Supreme Court nominee in a presidential election year: "This has happened numerous times. And every time, there was a nominee, as you know. There's been many occasions where, frankly, it turned out to be during a presidential year. ......
By HOPE YEN and CALVIN WOODWARD, Associated Press
September 19, 2020
Houston Chronicle
WASHINGTON (AP) - After months of mass death and sickness, what could possibly count as a success story against the pandemic? President Donald Trump would have you believe Americans are already living that success story, even as the death toll approaches 200,000 and infections spread by the tens of thousands a day. Trump's latest revisionism on the pandemic came during a week when he unleashed a torrent of misbegotten claims about mail-in voting, a monthslong preoccupation growing more intense with the approach of the Nov. 3 election. While Democratic presidential rival Joe Biden laid out a broad and largely supported case that Trump has underplayed the severity of the pandemic, the devil was in the details: No, Trump did not call the coronavirus a hoax. A review: PANDEMIC TRUMP: "If you look at what we've done and all of the lives that we've saved ... this was our prediction, that if we do a really good job, we'll be at about a hundred and - 100,000 to 240,000 deaths. And we're below that substantially, and we'll see what comes out. But that would be if we did the good job. If the not-so-good job was done, you'd be between 1.5 million - I remember these numbers so well - and 2.2 million." - news conference Wednesday. THE FACTS: He's glossing over grim numbers and wrongly describing the scientific projections. First and most notably, the U.S. is not running "substantially" below projections that 100,000 to 240,000 would die from COVID-19. The death toll is close to 200,000 and the pandemic is far from over. Tens of thousands of new infections are being reported each day. The White House and federal public health authorities have often pointed to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington as a source...
Rasha Aridi
September 17, 2020
the Guardian
Tiehm's buckwheat in the Silver Peak Range. Conservations have been working to protect the unique flowering plant from the proposed mining operation. Photograph: Patrick Donnelly/AP
By HOPE YEN and CALVIN WOODWARD, Associated Press
September 14, 2020
Houston Chronicle
WASHINGTON (AP) - Playing defense on his handling of the coronavirus, President Donald Trump is letting the falsehoods fly. Over the weekend, he railed against cases of voting fraud that didn't exist, asserted that COVID-19 was "rounding a corner" despite what his top health advisers say and blasted Joe Biden for supposed positions on energy and health care that his Democratic rival doesn't hold. As the rhetoric flew during the past week, both Trump and Biden exaggerated accomplishments - Trump about himself and Biden about his son, Beau - as well as their own influence in reviving the auto industry. A recent sampling: VIRUS TRUMP: "We are rounding the corner." - remarks Sunday at a Latino roundtable event in Las Vegas. TRUMP: The coronavirus "is rounding the turn, rounding the corner." - remarks Saturday to reporters in Reno, Nevada. THE FACTS: To be clear, that's not what his top health advisers say. "I'm sorry but I have to disagree with that," Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government's top infectious diseases expert, told MSNBC on Friday, calling the current coronavirus levels seven months into the pandemic "disturbing." He expressed concern about a potential spike in cases following the Labor Day holiday beyond a present rate of 40,000 cases a day and 1,000 deaths. "What we don't want to see is going into the fall season, when people will be spending more time indoors - and that's not good for a respiratory-borne virus - you don't want to start off already with a baseline that's so high," Fauci said. Fauci this past week also cautioned that people should not "underestimate" the pandemic and they will "need to hunker down and get through this fall and winter because it's not going to be easy." He and other health...
August 29, 2020
A 27-year-old Russian had been arrested for allegedly offering an insider $1 million to assist in a ransomware extortion attack
Beth Mole
August 28, 2020
Ars Technica
It may be rare, but it highlights how much we have to learn about COVID-19 immunity.
Karen Kwon
August 28, 2020
Scientific American
Scientific American is the essential guide to the most awe-inspiring advances in science and technology, explaining how they change our understanding of the world and shape our lives.
Travis Fedschun
August 16, 2020
Fox News
Talk about strange waters.
By SAM METZ, Associated Press/Report for America
August 14, 2020
Houston Chronicle
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - The white rings that wrap around two massive lakes in the U.S. West are a stark reminder of how water levels are dropping and a warning that the 40 million people who rely on the Colorado River face a much drier future. Amid prolonged drought and climate change in a region that's only getting thirstier, when that reckoning will arrive - and how much time remains to prepare for it - is still a guess. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is expected to release projections Friday that suggest Lake Powell and Lake Mead will dip slightly in 2021. That determines how much water flows to cities and farms in seven states. Despite the dip, Lake Mead's levels are expected to stay above the threshold that triggers mandatory water cuts to Arizona and Nevada, giving officials throughout the Southwest more time to prepare for a future when the flow will slow. The Colorado River supplies Arizona, California, Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming and Mexico. Its water pours out of faucets in growing cities like Denver, Las Vegas and Phoenix and nourishes enough farmland to yield 15% of total U.S. crop output and 13% of its livestock production. Last year, with increasingly less water flowing to Lake Mead and Lake Powell - the two largest man-made reservoirs in the United States - Arizona, California and Nevada agreed to a drought contingency plan that built in voluntary cuts to prevent the reservoirs from dropping so low that they cannot deliver water to cities and farms. The other states historically haven't used their full allocation of water and focus on ensuring the level in Lake Powell is high enough to generate hydropower. For the first time, Nevada and Arizona didn't receive their full share of water last year after the Bureau of Reclamation projected Lake Mead would dip to 1,089 feet...
Travis Fedschun
July 21, 2020
Fox News
An up-close view of runways and buildings at the top-secret military base known as Area 51 can be seen in new images from a private pilot who traveled near the mysterious area in the Nevada late last year.
The Associated Press
July 20, 2020
Eldorado Resorts Inc. has completed a US$17.3 billion buyout of Caesars Entertainment Corp. and will take the iconic company's name going forward as the largest casino owner in the world.
Thomas Frank
June 11, 2020
Scientific American
Scientific American is the essential guide to the most awe-inspiring advances in science and technology, explaining how they change our understanding of the world and shape our lives.
Seth Schiesel
June 8, 2020
Computer-vs.-computer games of FIFA livestream to gamblers on Twitch. Fantasy contests carry League of Legends lineups. In the coronavirus age, video games have grown into a darling for casinos.
Jon Marcus
June 2, 2020
With record numbers of Americans jobless, some are turning to nontraditional programs that offer rewards for completing short courses on specific skills.
BS Web Team & PTI
May 21, 2020
Trumps threats drew an immediate sharp response from Democrats, who alluded to impeaching the president for his threats to withhold aid from Ukraine if that country did not help his reelection effort
May 20, 2020
The Telegraph
The President has repeatedly expressed his opposition to mail-in voting amid concerns of voter fraud
Makiko Yamazaki
May 18, 2020
Panasonic Corp&#039;s <6752.T> finance chief said the company is seeing strong demand for battery cells from U.S. partner Tesla and they are in talks to expand their joint plant in Nevada, which is now profitable.
By Michael Thomsen For
May 12, 2020
Mail Online
NASA scientists gathered in a dried lake bed in western Nevada to conduct one last round of real world testing before the Perseverance rover departs for Mars this summer.
Helen Coster
April 19, 2020
Wynn Resorts Chief Executive Officer Matt Maddox on Sunday called on the Nevada governor to begin to reopen the Las Vegas Strip in mid- to late May with extensive safety measures in place, assuming the state is in line with certain benchmarks around the spread of the coronavirus.
Reuters Editorial
April 4, 2020
Tesla Inc is cutting contractors from its U.S. car and battery plants, CNBC reported on Friday, citing workers and a contract staffing agency.
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