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Even after an apology, some have concerns about Biden's comments. ABC
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An executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei says it is running out of processor chips to make smartphones due to U.S. sanctions ABC
VOA VIEW: Huawei will hopefully implode.
The prime minister is to ask for early elections amid the crisis over Tuesday's devastating blast. BBC

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The conference's university presidents made the decision to cancel all fall sports - including soccer and volleyball - and explore making them up in the spring season. CBS
VOA VIEW: Smart decision.
Contaminated onions have now been found in 43 states and sickened 640 people. CBS
China slammed the United States for imposing "barbarous" sanctions in response to Beijing's crackdown in Hong Kong. CBS
VOA VIEW: China will lose.
The Equal Pay Act passed in 1963, making gender-based wage discrimination illegal. However, more than 50 years later women are still paid less than their male counterparts. The pandemic could be making the situation worse, with women suffering more job losses than men. For Black and Latina women, the gap is even bigger. CBS
VOA VIEW: Equality and ability are two different things.
Overall, Apple removed 851 apps in the year between July 2018 and June 2019, and the vast majority of requests came from China. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Good!
National Nurses United is urging the Senate to pass the multi-trillion-dollar HEROES Act, approved by House Democrats but stalled by the Senate, which would utilize the Defense Production Act to generate more protective equipment, bring economic relief and order the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration to institute an emergency temporary standard on infectious diseases. FOX News

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A state judge has temporarily shut down a barbecue restaurant at the request of the Louisiana Health Department Friday, for refusing to enforce mask mandate laws. FOX News
Firefighters set controlled fires Saturday to clear vegetation around the Apple Fire, which has spread to more than 32,400 acres in Southern California. UPI
Jerry Sheridan has secured the Republican nomination in the race for Maricopa County sheriff in Arizona, defeating Joe Arpaio in a bid to get his old job back. UPI

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COMMENTARY OF THE DAY
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Robert Namer
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August 09, 2020

     Dems don't believe in fairness.  In April 2005, then-Sen. Barack Obama took to the Senate floor and ardently spoke out against GOP efforts to end the filibuster. Then a rising star in the Democratic Party, Obama noted that despite the pressure partisans might feel, it was imperative to “rise above an ‘ends-justify-the-means’ mentality, because we’re here to answer to the people — all of the people — not just the ones wearing our party label.” Last month, Obama made precisely the opposite argument at John Lewis’ funeral, contending that eliminating a vital check on partisan power was justified as long as Dems got their desired policies.
  

     After offering a shamefully dishonest comparison between George Wallace, Bull Connor and contemporary Republicans, Obama argued that passing a “voting-rights” bill was worth stripping away counter-majoritarian norms. “If all this takes eliminating the filibuster, another Jim Crow relic, in order to secure the God-given rights of every American,” Obama told the congregants, “then that’s what we should do.”

     And by “we,” Obama means 51 percent of Washington should dictate the legislative agenda to the entire country. Why is it a bad idea? Let’s turn to 2005 Obama, who explained that while the American people expected rigorous debate in Congress . . .