Candidates chase cash as July comes to a close

Christel Deskins

Hard to believe, but it’s the final day of July, meaning presidential candidates and political parties were making their final pitches before the monthly filing period closed, according to CBS News political unit associate producer Sarah Ewall-Wice. In fundraising emails over the past couple of days, the Biden campaign was racing to raise $8 million more to close the month while the Trump campaign said it wanted to see $25 million more in donations before July came to an end.  

This comes after the Biden campaign and Democrats outraised the president and Republicans in the last two monthly filings for May and June. Meanwhile, the Democratic National Committee had its best online fundraising day and its third best online fundraising day ever Thursday. The online cash haul came in the same day that President Trump tweeted about delaying the election and former President Obama spoke at the funeral of John

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Chris Evans opens up about his new political site, ‘Rocky’ quarantine workouts and Finstas

Christel Deskins

Former superhero Chris Evans is in a new groove during the pandemic: He’s setting his sights on politics. 

The actor (or Captain America, ahem), has devoted himself to launching his new website, A Starting Point, which aims to create a bridge for the public and elected officials on wide swath of issues, from reopening the economy amid COVID-19 to mail-in voting. In addition to encouraging Democrats and Republicans to (civilly) debate each other, the site invites elected officials to upload their views on hot topics – often in a minute or less – in a video feature called Daily Points.

USA TODAY’s Andrea Mandell caught up with the actor Thursday, when he popped up on Zoom from his Boston-area home (where he’s been quarantining with his dog, Dodger) as President Obama was eulogizing John Lewis. Evans, 39, opens up about proving to members of Congress that he was the real

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Edited Transcript of TC.OQ earnings conference call or presentation 2-Jul-20 12:00pm GMT

Christel Deskins

Jul 31, 2020 (Thomson StreetEvents) — Edited Transcript of TuanChe Ltd earnings conference call or presentation Thursday, July 2, 2020 at 12:00:00pm GMT

Good morning, and good evening, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you for standing by, and welcome to TuanChe Limited First Quarter 2020 Earnings Conference Call. (Operator Instructions)

Today’s conference call is being recorded. I would now like to turn the conference call over to your host today, Ms. Cynthia Tan, IR Director of the company. Please go ahead, ma’am.

Thank you, and hello, everyone. Welcome to TuanChe First Quarter 2020 Earnings Conference Call. We have released our earnings results earlier today, and it is now available on our IR website as well as on newswire services. Before we continue, please note that the discussion today will contain forward-looking statements made under the safe harbor provision of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements involve … Read More

How Big Tech Surged in the Coronavirus Era

Christel Deskins

The U.S. economy’s free fall may be nauseating for some sectors, but for the four tech giants that posted earnings results on Thursday, the past three months have been more like a thrill ride.

The day after taking tough questions from the House Judiciary Committee on whether they’ve become too powerful, chief executive officers from Google-parent Alphabet, Amazon, Apple and Facebook revealed that their influence is only growing.

These captains of tech industry posted a collective $28 billion in profits and added $214 billion in market value, a gobsmacking set of figures even in the best of times. But it stands out against a doom-filled backdrop of a U.S. economy that shrank 33 percent, while fears stretch worldwide across other businesses — from Main Street mom-and-pops to the arbiters of global luxury — that are dancing on the knife’s edge of real or potential extinction.

That may be stunning, but

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What is ‘Blackfishing’? Here’s why a Black publication was criticized after employing a white dating columnist

Christel Deskins

Some critics have accused a white writer of "blackfishing." Here's what that means. (Illustration: Getty Images)
Some critics have accused a white writer of “blackfishing.” Here’s what that means. (Illustration: Getty Images)

MadameNoire, a self-described “space for the unapologetic black woman,” is sticking with its mission in a new way this week — by refusing to apologize to angry readers who accuse the publication of “digital blackface” and “blackfishing,” after discovering that one of its top dating columnists is a white woman.

“She’s in digital blackface because she always uses stock photos featuring Black women/families/couples and uses ‘sis’ and the inclusive ‘we’ as if she’s a Black woman,” blasted one Facebook user about the writer, Julia Austin. “In addition, she’s been a content contributor mostly for ‘Black’ platforms including Black America Web, NewsOne and a plethora of Black radio stations.” Others echoed the criticism online: “This woman has literally hundreds of articles she wrote for MadameNoire and in a lot of them she speaks on

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This $30 tool claims to stop the itch caused by bug bites. But does it work?

Christel Deskins

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Along with the great things about summer like warmer temperatures and more hours of daylight, one of the more inconvenient aspects of the season is the increase in insects and bug bites. Try as you may to fend them off with sprays or nets, it’s almost inevitable that we all end up with a bite or two. 

Natural solutions like aloe or oatmeal baths can take away some of the itch, but other times you need something stronger. Enter the Bug Bite Thing. 

With a name like “Bug Bite Thing,” you may not

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How to Find an Accredited College Online (and Avoid the Scams)

Christel Deskins

There are many college options out there, and one of them includes online schooling. But if you’re looking to get a remote degree, it’s important to know how to find an accredited college online.

Many traditional universities offer online-only programs along with on-campus learning, and some colleges are mostly or even 100% online. And while lesser-known online college programs can get a bad rap, there are good programs out there that don’t have marquee names. However, it’s important to avoid the poor programs and scams that do exist.

Here are four things to know as search for the right accredited online college for you.

How accreditation works for online collegesHow to find an accredited college online9 red flags of a shady online schoolA final word of caution about online collegesHow does accreditation for online colleges work?

In order for an online college — or any college — to become accredited,

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Colleges could reopen if they test students every 2 days; Fauci ‘cautiously optimistic’ for vaccine this year

Christel Deskins

In its biggest coronavirus vaccine deal yet, the U.S. said Friday it will pay French pharmaceutical company Sanofi and Great Britain’s GlaxoSmithKline up to $2.1 billion to test and produce 100 million doses of an experimental coronavirus vaccine.

The deal is part of Operation Warp Speed, a White House-led initiative aimed at getting a vaccine to stop SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

On Capitol Hill, Dr. Anthony Fauci testified Friday before a special House panel. He told the committee that he’s “cautiously optimistic” that by late fall or early winter a vaccine now being tested would be deemed safe and effective.

Also in Washington, the extra $600 in federal unemployment aid that helped many Americans stay afloat amid the coronavirus pandemic is expiring as plans for additional stimulus stalled in a deadlocked Senate.

Here are some significant developments:

  • A new survey shows fewer Americans want to resume daily activities

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Conspiracy theories around COVID-19 continue to spread. Experts weigh in on why people believe them.

Christel Deskins

More than 200 people gathered at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus to protest the face mask mandate that multiple counties are under in the state. (Photo: Megan Jelinger/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
More than 200 people gathered at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus to protest the face mask mandate that multiple counties are under in the state. (Photo: Megan Jelinger/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

When Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert, a Republican who has publicly shunned face masks, tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, the news sparked a chain reaction. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced new rules that required lawmakers to wear masks on the House floor, and several members of the House revealed that they were planning to go into quarantine. 

Soon after, Gohmert released a video on Twitter, revealing that he is asymptomatic. He then shared a conspiracy theory about wearing masks that, apparently, he also believes. Gohmert said he “can’t help but wonder” if he contracted COVID-19 from adjusting his mask with his hands. “It is interesting, and I don’t know about everybody, but when I have a mask

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Infection growth slows in California, but deaths surge

Christel Deskins

California overall is not experiencing the same alarming surge in COVID-19 infections as it did in late June and early July, but record-breaking death tolls reported this week underscore the continued seriousness of the coronavirus pandemic.

California set a new record Wednesday when it reported its highest COVID-19 death toll in a single day with 197 dead. On Thursday, the state reported another 194 deaths, the second highest single-day coronavirus death toll thus far.

Deaths have dramatically increased from the flat-line levels in May and June: As of Thursday, an average of 112 people died from the virus in California every day over the last two weeks. Two weeks ago, about 84 people died every day on average over a two-week period.

Some of those deaths, however, may have occurred several days or weeks ago because of the verification process used by local health officials.

In the last week, California

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