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Voting Rights Lawsuits That Could Affect The 2020 Election

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A record 170 lawsuits have been filed around the country concerning voting rights, particularly in regard to the Covid-19 pandemic, and could have a significant impact on voting in November. The Onion looks at some of the most prominent voting rights lawsuits that could affect the 2020 election.

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Martin v. Missouri: Challenging Missouri ballot law requiring names of Democratic candidates to be printed in invisible ink.

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MacMillan v. NY Board of Elections: Suing New York to grant voting rights to plaintiff’s very smart and gifted 11-year-old daughter.

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Ayers v. Abbott: Suing Texas to ban use of masks, disinfectant wipes, and hand sanitizer at voting stations.

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Barack Obama Storms Out Of Michelle Obama Podcast Interview After Questions About Administration’s Drone Use

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‘We’re Done Here,’ Says Former Commander In Chief

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WASHINGTON—Suddenly standing up and ending the interview as the conversation took a more heated turn, former President Barack Obama reportedly stormed out of a taping of The Michelle Obama Podcast Friday after the host continually pressed him on his administration’s drone use policy. “Hey, this is a complete ambush and I don’t have to just sit here and take it,” said the ex-commander in chief, slamming the door of the studio on his way out before returning a few minutes later to continue cussing out Michelle Obama for what he viewed as “unfair ‘gotcha’ questions” about his controversial implementation of over 500 drone strikes during his presidency...

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Hacky Pop-Up Book’s Narrative Tension Pretty Dependent On Lifting Colored Flaps

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IOWA CITY, IA—Deriding the work’s narrative structure as formulaic and ultimately predictable, local 4-year-old Sophia Newsome issued a pointed critical assessment of the pop-up book Mr. Pottle’s Green Garden Friday, arguing it was overly dependent upon the lifting of colored flaps. “Naturally, I was impressed the first time I turned up a shiny, glitter-adorned flap and Mrs. Rabbit suddenly entered the story, but by the fourth or fifth time it happened, it became clear that [author Janet] Whipple was relying too much on this single device to generate dramatic tension,” said Newsome, admitting she asked her father to put down the book after “patiently enduring” the introductions by flap-lift of Mr. Worm, Mr. Bumblebee, Mr. Mouse, and Miss Frog...

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‘What, You Told Me To Get Rid Of It,’ Shouts Dad As Entire Family Cries Watching Him Bludgeon Possum With Shovel

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Citing Coronavirus, Hong Kong Postpones Legislative Elections

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Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said legislative elections would be postponed for a year because of the pandemic, but pro-democracy groups denounced the move as part of a political crackdown by China. WSJ’s Natasha Khan explains what it means for the city. Photo: Anthony Wallace/AFP

HONG KONG—Chief Executive Carrie Lam said she would postpone coming legislative elections for a year, citing a recent upsurge in coronavirus cases, in a move likely to fuel international furor over the city’s fast-diminishing political freedoms.

The city’s top local official told reporters that after recording more than 100 new infections ...

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Federal Agents Drive 3 Hours Away From Portland Before Realizing Abducted Protester Still In Backseat

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ECHO, OR—Cursing their inattention and debating whether they should turn around, several U.S. federal agents reportedly had driven three hours away from Portland Friday before realizing an abducted protester was still in the backseat. “Goddamnit, how did we miss him?” said federal agent Steve LaJoie to his partner after hearing muffled cries from a handcuffed man and registering that he must have been unconscious in the backseat of their unmarked vehicle for nearly 200 miles since the operatives had pulled out of Portland. “Shit, we hightailed it out of there so quickly we didn’t even check the backseat. Hey, Dave, did you pick up this guy? I don’t remember grabbing him and shoving him back there. Fuck, our ass is grass if we show up at headquarters with an abducted protester...

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Europe Plunges Into Recession as Economy Suffers Record Contraction

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A quiet Piazza del Duomo in Milan on Tuesday.

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FRANKFURT—Stringent lockdowns to prevent the pandemic’s spread weighed heavily on Europe’s economy in the second quarter, causing a record downturn that was even more severe than in the U.S., but the continent’s strategy of coronavirus containment coupled with aggressive stimulus is fanning hopes of a robust recovery.

The eurozone’s gross domestic product fell 40.3% annually in the three months through June, exceeding the U.S. economy’s 32.9% contraction, according to data published Friday...

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Authorities Abandon Search For Missing Girl After Finding Huge Bass While Dredging Lake

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Police in Franklin Country, IL have called off their search for missing 12-year-old Brittany Morel after reeling in what they believe to be at least a 20-pounder, which would make it the largest bass ever hooked on Rend Lake.

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North Korea’s Economy Grew in 2019, Despite International Sanctions

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North Korea’s economic growth was boosted last year by productive harvests. Farmers planted rice seedlings in South Pyongan Province, North Korea, in May 2019.

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SEOUL—North Korea’s economy grew by 0.4% in 2019, the first time Pyongyang posted positive growth in three years, South Korea’s central bank said, helped by increased construction activity and expanded agricultural output.

But North Korea watchers cautioned against reading this as a sign of a recovery for Pyongyang’s sanctions-hit economy...

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اقتصاد منطقه یورو قرارداد با رکورد 40%

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فرانکفورت—مستندات دقیق وزن به شدت در اقتصاد اروپا در سه ماهه دوم باعث کاهش رکورد بود که حتی شدید تر از در ایالات متحده, اما این قاره استراتژی مهار همراه با تهاجمی محرک است فانینگ امید قوی بازیابی.

منطقه یورو تولید ناخالص داخلی کاهش یافت 40.3% سالانه در سه ماه منتهی به ماه ژوئن بیش از اقتصاد ایالات متحده است 32...

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