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    The White House will brief members of Congress Monday on intelligence reports that Russia offered to pay members of the Taliban to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan, an allegation President Donald Trump called a 'Russian hoax.' It's unclear how many lawmakers have invited to this afternoon's briefing but it will include both Democrats and Republicans, ABC News reported, noting members on 'committees of jurisdiction' have been invited.   Several members of Congress demanded more information and that the president respond to Russian aggression.    'This is totally outrageous. You would think that the minute the president heard of it he would want to know more instead of denying that he knew anything,' Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sunday on ABC's 'This Week.' 'We...
    TGIF, MarketWatchers! Here are today’s top top stories: Personal Finance 5 critical mistakes that created the biggest public-health crisis in a generation 100 days of the COVID-19 pandemic: Don’t wear a mask! Everyone should wear masks! Scientists estimate the speed and distance of coronavirus transmission when people cough, sneeze, speak — and run A slew of studies examine the role of COVID-19’s contagiousness. ‘Being anti-racist is a verb, so it requires action’: Don’t stop demanding racial equality — how to become a lifelong ally ‘It’s really important for us to understand that we need to be always working for racial justice, whether there’s dramatic moments or not.’ ‘They get a get-out-of-jail-free card’: How qualified immunity protects police and other government...
    President Donald Trump claimed on Wednesday that protesters will be coming after statues of Jesus Christ and the founding fathers next and said he'd be ready to sign a 'very strong executive order' by the end of week to punish those who topple statues.  'Now they are looking at Jesus Christ, they are looking at George Washington, Thomas Jefferson,' the president said during a Rose Garden press conference with Polish President Andrzej Duda. Trump, who has been working on an executive order that would strengthen laws protecting historical statues, said it would be ready for his signature by the end of week. He said earlier this week it would include up to 10 years in prison for anyone who vandalizes...
    Attorney General Bill Barr committed to testifying before the House Judiciary Committee next month after Chairman Jerry Nadler threatened him with a subpoena.  Barr's spokeswoman Kerri Kupec made the announcement Wednesday over Twitter.  'The Attorney General has accepted an invitation to appear before the House Judiciary Committee for a general oversight hearing on July 28th,' she said.  Attorney General Bill Barr will testify before the House Judiciary Committee on July 28, his spokeswoman said. He was supposed to testify in March, but it was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Barr has never sat before the Judiciary panel as attorney general   Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler threatened to subpoena Barr on Monday after the firing of U.S. Attorney...
    Japan has taken the lead in the supercomputer race, having built a machine that is 2.8 times faster than the previous title holder, according to its developers.  The Fugaku supercomputer was developed by Japanese research institute RIKEN and Fujitsu Ltd - its processor technology comes from UK-based ARM.  Chips designed by Intel and IBM have dominated the TOP500 list of most powerful supercomputers - this is the first time an ARM-based chip has hit the top spot.  At the heart of the Fujitsu machine is a 48-core system-on-a-chip - 158,976 of those chips work together to create this powerful machine that hits 415.5 petaflops.   The previous top-ranked system as of November 2019 was at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the...
    The New York Police Department has reported a staggering increase in shooting numbers, and injuries, as officials warn there’s “a storm on the horizon” – and say changes must be made. An estimated 74 people were wounded in 55 shootings citywide from June 15 through Sunday night, an NYPD spokesperson said Monday morning. The department told Spectrum NY1 it saw 18 shootings for the same time period last year. “We cannot expect the police to go out there and fix laws that are broken… We need bad people held accountable, and right now we have a lack of accountability.”— Dermot Shea, NYPD CommissionerThose numbers include a 24-hour period on Saturday that recorded about two dozen shootings in that time frame, the spokesperson confirmed. NYPD...