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Extraordinary Neanderthal skeleton found at famous burial site could finally answer ancient DEATH-RITES question - rt

Extraordinary Neanderthal skeleton found at famous burial site could finally answer ancient DEATH-RITES question

The landmark discovery in Iraq of the skeleton of a 70,000-year-old Neanderthal has reignited a debate about whether these ancient humans were sophisticated enough to have burial rituals.
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Murdered Sex Therapist Had a Restraining Order Against Her Ex Who Was Just Arrested in Her Death - vice

Murdered Sex Therapist Had a Restraining Order Against Her Ex Who Was Just Arrested in Her Death

Harwick was a former Playboy model who often worked with domestic violence victims.
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Here's the depressing results of a survey of all 367 residential recycling facilities in the U.S.
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China is being accused of mistreating coronavirus nurses for propaganda - quartz

China is being accused of mistreating coronavirus nurses for propaganda

In the video, a nurse averts her gaze so that she doesn't have to see her newly cut-off ponytail in her hairdresser's hands.
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Have a strong accent? Here’s how that hurts your paycheck

People with strong regional accents face a wage penalty of 20%.
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African countries debate repatriating citizens from China as coronavirus fears mount - quartz

African countries debate repatriating citizens from China as coronavirus fears mount

"Our African students in Wuhan do not deserve to be stranded for so long. We are their voice in this tragedy.”
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US ‘shamelessly & impudently’ PILLAGES Syrian oilfields but forbids supply of hydrocarbons to Damascus, says Russian defense chief - rt

US ‘shamelessly & impudently’ PILLAGES Syrian oilfields but forbids supply of hydrocarbons to Damascus, says Russian defense chief

Russia’s Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu slammed the US for occupying Syrian oilfields, calling it a major obstacle to the reconstruction of the country after the conflict.
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Passengers forced to hide in driver’s cabin after knifeman gets on board - metro

Passengers forced to hide in driver’s cabin after knifeman gets on board

Armed officers arrived on the scene after the man, believed to be in his 50s, boarded the Southern Railways service.
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This Artist Is Trolling ‘Skid Rodeo Drive’ With Chanel and Gucci-Branded Homeless Tents - vice

This Artist Is Trolling ‘Skid Rodeo Drive’ With Chanel and Gucci-Branded Homeless Tents

Rodeo Drive and Skid Row are only about 12 miles apart.
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NOAA’s hurricane hunter ‘Kermit’ meets St. Elmo’s fire as it flies through lightning storm in the clouds (VIDEO) - rt

NOAA’s hurricane hunter ‘Kermit’ meets St. Elmo’s fire as it flies through lightning storm in the clouds (VIDEO)

The fearless crew of NOAA’s plane Kermit were busy hunting down hurricanes in the North Atlantic, when they were dazzled by a bout of St. Elmo’s fire. Thankfully, the cameras were rolling and captured the awe-inspiring sight.
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‘Twisted grandparents filmed themselves torturing grandson, 12, to death’ - metro

‘Twisted grandparents filmed themselves torturing grandson, 12, to death’

Patricia Batts and James Sasser are said to have starved and spanked James Hurley, and made him perform grueling exercises while they filmed
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Like the ‘Titanic,’ the glory of the US won’t prevent it from sinking… and it will sink – Iran’s Khamenei - rt

Like the ‘Titanic,’ the glory of the US won’t prevent it from sinking… and it will sink – Iran’s Khamenei

Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has denounced the US ahead of Iran’s elections, likening Washington to a sinking ocean liner, and calling it out as a mass oppressor.
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Ted Cruz Is Not a Fan of the Government Telling Men What to Do With Their Bodies - vice

Ted Cruz Is Not a Fan of the Government Telling Men What to Do With Their Bodies

An Alabama lawmaker has proposed a bill to force men to get vasectomies.
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Twitter down across eastern US and parts of Europe in latest major outage - rt

Twitter down across eastern US and parts of Europe in latest major outage

Hundreds of users have reported issues with the Twitter website Tuesday afternoon, while the mobile app appears to be largely unaffected. Twitter has not given any explanation for the mysterious outage at time of writing.
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Ukraine witch-hunter Mirotvorets blacklists retired NATO generals, Munich Security Conference head as ‘PRO-RUSSIA’ propagandists - rt

Ukraine witch-hunter Mirotvorets blacklists retired NATO generals, Munich Security Conference head as ‘PRO-RUSSIA’ propagandists

A notorious witch-hunt website says the chairman of one the most reputed pro-NATO gatherings and some top US military retirees are now enemies of Ukraine, as they dared to sign a non-binding roadmap for peace in Donbass.
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Mysterious repeating deep space signals may have been produced by aliens, astronomer says - metro

Mysterious repeating deep space signals may have been produced by aliens, astronomer says

Unexplained bursts come from an unknown source 500 million light-years away and appear to repeat every 16 days.
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Bernie Sanders and Mike Bloomberg Will Finally Get To Tear Each Other Apart In Person - vice

Bernie Sanders and Mike Bloomberg Will Finally Get To Tear Each Other Apart In Person

Bloomberg has qualified for Wednesday's debate after coming in second to Sanders in a national poll.
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Shocking Videos Show Chinese Authorities Humiliating People For Not Wearing Masks

One video shows a man being tied up by his neighbors, who forced him to wear a bra as a mask.
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She said ‘yes!’ Fan proposes to girlfriend using Metro Exodus video game - rt

She said ‘yes!’ Fan proposes to girlfriend using Metro Exodus video game

Ukrainian video game studio 4A Games helped out one love-struck megafan of their Metro Exodus series by embedding a marriage proposal into the game. It’s a bold strategy, Cotton, but did it work out for him?
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Libyan General Haftar’s forces claim they've bombed Turkish ship ‘loaded with weapons & ammo’ at Tripoli port

A media arm of the Libyan National Army (LNA) has said their forces targeted a cargo vessel that ferried ammunition and weapons from Turkey to the embattled port of Tripoli, where the UN-backed government is headquartered.
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The Supreme Court Just Did Trump a Huge Solid on Obamacare

The Supreme Court Just Did Trump a Huge Solid on Obamacare

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The Democrats rode voters’ frustrations with the GOP over healthcare to a resounding win in the 2018 midterms. A decision by the Supreme Court just saved Republicans from the worst case scenario in 2020.

The case, fought between two coalitions of states led by California and Texas, centers around the individual mandate to purchase health insurance, an unpopular part of the Affordable Care Act which was repealed as part of the GOP tax law in 2017. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court denied a motion by a coalition of Democratic attorneys general and the House of Representatives to expedite its review of the case before the election.

Now, the Supreme Court won’t decide the case before the November election, which saves Republicans, including President Donald Trump, from a campaign fought on grounds where over 20 million people just had their healthcare taken away by conservative Supreme Court.

The case has so far seen two tough losses for supporters of the ACA, which was passed during former President Barack Obama’s first term. In a December 2018 ruling that was heavily criticized by both ACA supporters and opponents in the legal arena, a federal judge in Texas struck down the law on the grounds that the reduction of the individual mandate’s penalty to $0 made it unconstitutional, and thus the rest of the law was invalidated. One year later, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals — one of the most conservative in the country — also found the mandate unconstitutional but sent it back down to the lower court to rule on how much of the rest of the law should be invalidated.

Earlier this month, the Department of Justice argued — contrary to the pro-ACA states, led by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra — that there was no reason to expedite the case before the election. In its decision Tuesday, the Supreme Court agreed.

The nation’s highest court didn’t completely rule out a review of the case, however, and a spokesman for Becerra told Politico that the Democratic coalition is “cautiously optimistic” the Supreme Court will take up the case by the next term.

The Texas case is just the latest in a long line of legal battles over Obamacare. In a 2012 ruling, the Supreme Court found that the individual mandate was a tax while striking down the federal government’s attempt to force states to expand Medicaid to their low-income citizens. Three years later, the Court upheld an IRS regulation in ruling that people living in states which don’t operate their own health insurance exchanges are eligible for subsidies from the federal government.

It’s likely that healthcare will still be a big point of contention in the general election, due to Democratic candidates’ promises to expand coverage, Trump’s continued criticisms of the ACA, and the cost of rising insurance premiums. Given the Republicans’ failure to repeal Obamacare even with unified control of government, however, Trump and other vulnerable Republicans facing re-election this year are breathing a huge sigh of relief: The Obamacare can has, once again, been kicked down the road.

Cover image: President Donald Trump gives thumbs up as he steps off Air Force One as he arrives Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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