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Paging Dr. Hamblin: How Close Is Too Close While Biking?

Dear Dr. Hamblin, My partner and I are both blind. Since March, our primary means for getting anywhere has been walking. We haven’t ridden public transit and very rarely ride as a passenger in a car. However, we do have two tandem bikes. In normal…

Cancel the Debates

Pity the poor closed-caption writers. Pity the poor ASL interpreters. But most of all, pity poor us, the American electorate. Tonight was the first presidential debate of the 2020 election, and if there is any sense or mercy left in this nation, it will be…

Kentucky attorney general to release Breonna Taylor jury deliberations

Grand jury proceedings in the case of Breonna Taylor, an unarmed Black woman fatally shot by police, will be released on Wednesday, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron confirmed to news outlets. Driving the news: Cameron’s announcement late Monday came hours after a judge granted an…

Former Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale hospitalized

Police responded to a home owned by former Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale in Fort Lauderdale Sunday evening after his wife called to say he “had guns and was threatening to harm himself,” officers confirmed to the Sun Sentinel. Details: Fort Lauderdale Police Chief Karen…

Texas city declares disaster after brain-eating amoeba found in water supply

Texas authorities have issued a warning amid concerns that the water supply in the southeast of the state may contain the brain-eating amoeba naegleria fowleri following the death of a 6-year-old boy. Details: The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality issued a “do not use” water…

Podcast: The child care tax on America’s economy

Child care in the U.S. is in crisis, which makes it much harder for the American economy to recover — as providers struggle to stay in business and parents wrestle with work. Axios Re:Cap digs into the problems and what can be done to solve…

Trump Is a Feudal Lord

The Trump administration named New York City, Seattle, and Portland, Oregon, “anarchist jurisdictions” on Sunday, threatening to slash federal funding due to protests against police brutality and property damage. The announcement built on an earlier order that accused several cities of “permitting anarchy, violence, and…

Texas and Louisiana face fresh flood threat from Tropical Storm Beta

Tropical Storm Beta crossed the Texas coast near the southern end of the Matagorda Peninsula late Monday, the National Hurricane Center said, bringing with it the risk of “life-threatening storm surge” and flooding to parts of Texas and Louisiana. What’s happening: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott…

Louisville police declare state of emergency as Breonna Taylor decision looms

The Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) declared in a memo obtained by news outlets a “state of emergency” on Monday to prepare for Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s expected announcement on the Breonna Taylor case. Of note: Louisville has witnessed more than 115 days of…

Arrest over letter to Trump containing poison ricin

A suspect was arrested for allegedly “sending a suspicious letter” after law enforcement agents intercepted an envelope addressed to President Trump containing the poison ricin, the FBI confirmed in an emailed statement to Axios Sunday. Details: The suspect, a woman, was arrested while trying to…

The positions of key GOP senators on replacing Ruth Bader Ginsburg

With President Trump planning to nominate his third Supreme Court justice nominee by next week, key Republican senators are indicating their stance on replacing the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg just over six weeks out from Election Day. The big picture: Senate Majority Leader Mitch…

What Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Death Means for America

A furious battle over a Supreme Court vacancy is arguably the last thing the United States needed right now. The death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg today represents a devastating loss for feminists who held up the 87-year-old as an icon of women’s rights, and…

Air quality in American West among the worst in the world

The air quality in Portland has become the worst in the world — with Seattle, Los Angeles and Denver also ranking up there with notoriously polluted places like Delhi and Shanghai. Why it matters: Big-city residents often consider themselves smugly immune to the physical wreckage…

The Slow-Fingered President

President Donald Trump has warned his Twitter followers three times as often about the threat from mail-in ballots as he has urged them to protect themselves from the threat of COVID-19. Since March, when the stay-at-home orders started, he has written a little over a…

Bill Barr: “All prosecutorial power is invested in the attorney general”

Attorney General Bill Barr dismissed accusations of political interference in criminal cases involving figures connected to President Trump during a speech at Michigan’s Hillsdale College Wednesday night. Details: “What exactly am I interfering with? Under the law, all prosecutorial power is invested in the attorney…

DOJ watchdog probing Roger Stone sentencing changes

The Department of Justice inspector general’s office has launched an internal investigation into Attorney General Bill Barr’s intervention in the sentencing of President Trump’s associate Roger Stone, the DOJ confirmed Monday night. Why it matters: The probe centers around Barr’s February decision to seek a…

Photos: Oregon Communities Devastated by Wildfires

More than 30 wildfires are currently burning in the state of Oregon, mostly along its Cascade Mountain range in the west. Over the past week, dry weather and strong winds drove the flames into several towns and neighborhoods, leaving some communities utterly destroyed. Thick smoke…

The Coming Crisis of Legitimacy

In normal times, it would seem outlandish to worry that an American president might refuse to concede defeat upon losing his bid for reelection. This year it is not. Even though he won in 2016, Donald Trump falsely claimed that he was the victim of…

The Democrats May Not Be Able to Concede

This is the era of expecting the worst while hoping for the merely tolerable. Some might say that the worst is already happening—economic disaster and 190,000 dead from a pandemic—while the president and his surrogates insist, in a feat of self-delusion, that the “best is…

The race to finish the Census count

With less than three weeks to go before the 2020 U.S. Census ends, cities are anxiously nudging residents to stand up and be counted, but they’re bumping up against a tightened deadline, pandemic complications and general confusion. Why it matters: The once-a-decade count determines how…

Western states pummeled by wildfires and extreme weather

The Western U.S. is being hit by wildfires that have destroyed hundreds of thousands of acres along the Pacific Coast, while Colorado has set records for both heat and the cold within three days. Driving the news: California fighters are battling more than two dozen…

New Hampshire primary serves as enthusiasm barometer ahead of general election

Corky Messner beat retired Gen. Don Bolduc in New Hampshire’s Republican Senate primary Tuesday night after the coronavirus pandemic postponed the original race date, AP reports. Why it matters: The GOP primary served as a test of the president’s influence in the state, with lawyer…

California hiker dies as record heat wave fuels massive wildfires

Los Angeles County authorities announced Santa Monica Mountains trails will be closed this long weekend after a woman died hiking during California’s record-breaking heat wave, as wildfires continue to ravage much of the state. What’s happening: Red flag warnings were issued across California. The National…

Trump issues memo to cut funding from “anarchist” Democratic cities

President Trump issued a memorandum on Wednesday titled “Reviewing Funding to State and Local Government Recipients That Are Permitting Anarchy, Violence, and Destruction in American Cities.” Why it matters: The review threatens to withdraw federal funding for any “anarchist” jurisdiction” it finds “disempowers or defunds…

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