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Breaking: Lebanon PM to announce government's resignation

Lebanon's prime minister Hassan Diab will announce his government's resignation, according to Reuters. Diab is due to announce the dissolution of his government over last week's devastating explosion in Beirut which uncovered more than 2000 tonnes of explosives that had been stored at the city's port for 6 years. Meanwhile in Washington, the Trump administration has yet to respond to criticism for the president's debunked claim that the explosion, which has killed more than 160 people, was an attack.

Donald Trump first blamed the gaffe on senior intelligence officials, who then contradicted him.

Mnuchin: Chaos in Congress avoidable if Dems were 'reasonable'

On Capitol Hill, US treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Monday said the Trump administration and Congress could reach a deal as soon as this week if Democrats are more "reasonable." Mnuchin on CNBC:

I think there is a compromise if the Democrats are willing to be reasonable. There is still a lot of things we need to do and that we've agreed on.

If we can get a fair deal, we'll do it this week."

Mnuchin added that he had heard House speaker Nancy Pelosi and senate minority leader Chuck Schumer's comments over the weekend and thinks "they're willing to compromise". He declined to say when talks could resume, however. On Sunday, Schumer called on top Republicans to come to the table on the next phase of coronavirus aid after Donald Trump signing three memorandums and one executive order.

Critics have noted they will do little to immediately relieve unemployed Americans. Via MSNBC's Morning Joe:

I hope saner voices in the Republican Party will prevail and say: 'Sit down with Pelosi and sit down with Schumer'. We are not going to settle for some skimpy thing that doesn't work.

Meanwhile, the president is letting his thoughts on the negotiations be known, as usual, on Twitter:

Donald J.

Trump (@realDonaldTrump)

So now Schumer and Pelosi want to meet to make a deal. Amazing how it all works, isn't it. Where have they been for the last 4 weeks when they were "hardliners", and only wanted BAILOUT MONEY for Democrat run states and cities that are failing badly?

They know my phone number!

August 10, 2020

Updatedat 4.34pm BST

Trump responds to Ben Sasse's anti-EO statement

Donald Trump is responding to a statement released Sunday by Republican senator, Ben Sasse, who excoriated the president for his attempt to use executive orders to combat the worsening coronavirus outbreak.

Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)

RINO Ben Sasse, who needed my support and endorsement in order to get the Republican nomination for Senate from the GREAT State of Nebraska, has, now that he's got it (Thank you President T), gone rogue, again. This foolishness plays right into the hands of the Radical Left Dems!

August 10, 2020

Sasse, a former Trump all now foe, called the president's executive lawmaking "unconstitutional slop".

President Obama did not have the power to unilaterally rewrite immigration law with DACA, and President Trump does not have the power to unilaterally rewrite the payroll tax law.

Under the Constitution, that power belongs to the American people acting through their members of Congress.

Meanwhile Democrats in Sasse's home state of Kentucky have announced a new endorsement. The party will support newcomer Alisha Shelton to challenge Sasse's seat, after rescinding its endorsement of Chris Janicek, who withdrew earlier this year after reports surfaced that he sent sexually offensive text messages to a campaign staffer.

Updatedat 4.50pm BST

Chicago Mayor takes swipe at AG following night of unrest.

In a press conference Monday, following a night of unrest and looting, Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot appeared to criticize Cook County's state's attorney Kim Foxx, whom she previously endorsed.

People believe there is no accountability in our criminal justice system. We need the prosecutors and courts to step up".

Chicago police superintendent David Brown further characterized looting as people who "feel emboldened" after being arrested during the unrest triggered by the death of George Floyd but not facing charges.

Lightfoot later told reporters they should not pit her and Foxx, both Black women, against each other. "Don't bait us," she said. The remarks comes as a Chicago Tribune analysis found that Foxx is drops felony cases involving charges of murder and other serious offenses at a higher rate than her predecessor.

New group will confront gender bias in VP coverage

A group of female, Democratic lawmakers are challenging the news industry to check its sexist and racist stereotypes while covering Joe Biden's soon-to-be announced vice presidential pick.

In an open letter, signed by roughly a dozen women including leaders at the National Women's Law Center, Planned Parenthood and TimesUp, the women want newsrooms to "actively work to be anti-racist and anti-sexist in [their] coverage." From Hilary Rosen, a Democratic strategist involved in the group:

"We've seen so many disappointing things: a mocking of Kamala Harris' ambition, as if every politician running for president is not ambitious. Whether or not candidates are likable, there were just so many examples that kind of nauseated us."

Check out more of Rosen's interview with CNN's Brian Stelter here.

Puerto Rico ballot shortage exposes voting risks

Puerto Ricans are calling on the island's president of elections commission to resign.

On Sunday, the US territory was forced to partially suspend its scheduled primary due to some districts lacking ballots. The shortage couldn't be rectified before afternoon, forcing officials to postpone some areas' voting until next week.

Financial Oversight & Mgmt Board for Puerto Rico (@FOMBPR)

#FOMBStatement: The FOMB is deeply concerned about the dysfunctional voting process in today's primary elections in PR. The disruptions today are the result of inefficient organization.

This is not an issue of funding. ? |

August 9, 2020

Voting is only set to be rescheduled for centers that didn't receive ballots. The federally-appointed fiscal board in Puerto Rico said it was "deeply concerned" about the voting process and blamed "inefficient organization."

The elections commission president has vowed not to step down.

Bianca Padr? Ocasio (@BiancaJoanie)

President of the Elections Commission says he will not step down, amid primaries fiasco and calls for his resignation. He blames today's delays partly on backlogs in printing at the only ballot printing facility on the island.

August 9, 2020

California paper lines front page with coffins from coronavirus

The Sacramento Bee offers a somber and stark look at the extent of the pandemic in California, revealing 10,000 coffins on its front page.

Coronavirus US: study shows 97,000 children tested positive in last two weeks of July – live Sacramento Bee10-08 Front Page Photograph: Sacramento Bee

According to the paper, each coffin represents "one California life lost to the coronavirus".

Good Day - It's morning in the US, here's what's on tap

It's a busy Monday.

I'm Kenya Evelyn in Washington taking over for the live blog. Here's what we're following:

  • Unrest and looting in Chicago following a police involved shooting
  • Another day to debate Joe Biden's vice presidential pick
  • The continued fall out of Donald's Trumps executive orders aimed at combating the coronavirus outbreak. Are they legal?

Stay tuned for more throughout the day.

Updatedat 2.45pm BST

In a move that anybody wearing a face mask and trying to pay for things with their phone will empathise with, New York's mass transit agency has written to Apple CEO Tim Cook asking for the company to come up with a better way for iPhone users to unlock their phones without taking off their masks. In the letter, seen by the Associated Press, Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Patrick Foye said riders have been seen removing their masks to unlock their phones using face-recognition technology, despite a recent update by Apple that simplifies the unlock process for people wearing masks. "We understand Apple is working to address the issue and know that Apple has a range of technologies at its disposal as a global leader among tech companies," Foye wrote in the letter sent Sunday. "We urge Apple to accelerate the deployment of new technologies and solutions that further protect customers in the era of Covid-19."

Foye added that the MTA would be willing to collaborate with Apple on messaging to make sure users know about the recent iPhone modification. In response to the pandemic, Apple's iOS 13.5, released in May, automatically presents the passcode field after a user swipes up from the bottom of the lock screen, but it seems like not everybody on the subway appreciates this. That's it from me today, I am handing over to my colleague Kenya Evelyn now.

I'll be back tomorrow.

NBC News have what looks like an amazing piece of exclusive access this morning - to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, the lab that has been at the centre of so many of the conspiracy theories surrounding the origins of the coronavirus. You may recall that previously Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state, said: "I can tell you that there is a significant amount of evidence that this came from that laboratory in Wuhan" and president Donald Trump has also alluded it to it being the source of Covid-19.

During the roughly five-hour visit (by NBC News), which included a tour of the BSL-4 lab, where technicians clad in bubblelike protective suits handled small vials and other equipment while sealed inside a thick-walled glass enclosure, Wang Yanyi, director of the Wuhan Institute of Virology, said she and others felt unfairly targeted.

She urged that politics not cloud investigations into how the coronavirus spilled over into humans.

"It is unfortunate that we have been targeted as a scapegoat for the origin of the virus," she said. "Any person would inevitably feel very angry or misunderstood being subject to unwarranted or malicious accusations while carrying out research and related work in the fight against the virus."

Read it here: NBC News - Inside the Wuhan lab at the center of the coronavirus storm

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