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On National Voter Registration Day, Big Tech Looks to Expand the Electorate

Mi Familia Vota workers organized their voter registration materials and personal protective equipment before canvassing in Las Vegas on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. (Bridget Bennett/The New York Times)
Mi Familia Vota workers organized their voter registration materials and personal protective equipment before canvassing in Las Vegas on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. (Bridget Bennett/The New York Times)

Mi Familia Vota workers organize their voter registration materials and personal protective equipment before canvassing in Las Vegas on Sept. 12, 2020. Credit – Bridget Bennett—The New York Times/Redux

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Happy National Voter Registration Day!

Sure, the day lacks the symbolism of the Fourth of July, the adrenaline of Labor Day’s starting-pistol crack or even the familiarity of Arbor Day. But the fourth Tuesday of September is its own sort of quasi-holiday for political insiders. It represents a coast-to-coast, bipartisan and in-the-weeds deadline of sorts to get Americans off the sidelines and prepared to participate in the

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GA Unemployment Rate Falls To 5.6 Percent, Beats National Average

GEORGIA — The Georgia Department of Labor recently that for the month of August, Georgia’s unemployment rate was 5.6 percent, while the national unemployment rate stood at 8.4 percent. Along with outpacing the national rate, Georgia recorded a decrease of 2 percentage points since July and a seven-point drop since the beginning of the pandemic. The state reported a 12.6 percent unemployment rate in April and has seen a steady decrease since the initial surge.

“We anticipated a drop in the unemployment rate as we have seen many businesses reengaging in the economy and bringing employees back to work,” Commissioner of Labor Mark Butler said. “I believe our strong unemployment rate has a positive influence on the number of jobs we are seeing on EmployGeorgia.com. With an unemployment rate of less than half of what we registered in April and more than double the jobs available on our state job

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6 takeaways the virtual Democratic National Convention

Framing his candidacy as a vessel of light meant to lead America out of its “season of darkness,” Joe Biden formally accepted the Democratic presidential nomination Thursday night, capping a more than three-decades long quest at an unprecedented convention transformed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Pledging to draw on the best of the country through the restoration of core values like character, compassion and decency, the 77-year-old Biden drew an implicit contrast with President Donald Trump without ever having to utter his full name.

“I will draw on the best of us, not the worst of us. I will be an ally of the light, not the darkness,” he told a convention hall in Delaware largely empty except for a handful of reporters and photographers.

The themes that Biden stressed in the most momentous speech of his career were not new, and they largely eschewed concrete policy promises. Instead, the former

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How Kamala Harris’ Senate Record Reveals What Kind of National Leader She May Be

VP candidate Harris speaks in Wilmington, Del., on Aug. 13
VP candidate Harris speaks in Wilmington, Del., on Aug. 13

VP candidate Harris speaks in Wilmington, Del., on Aug. 13 Credit – Carolyn Kaster—AP

The election hadn’t gone the way she expected, so Kamala Harris needed a new plan. Late on the night of Nov. 8, 2016, the newly elected U.S. Senator gathered her campaign team in a drab gray room in the Los Angeles event venue where she was celebrating her victory–just as most Democrats were mourning the unexpected win of President Donald Trump. “This is some sh-t,” Harris said mournfully, describing a godson who’d come to her in tears. The staffers’ faces were grave and a siren wailed in the background as she groped for words to describe what she was feeling. “We’ve got to figure out how to go out there and give people a sense of hope,” she said.

The four years since that night have

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National Treasure Betty Gilpin Is Ready for America’s ‘Gut Renovation’

Mike Pont/Getty
Mike Pont/Getty

Betty Gilpin has been folding paper cranes.

It’s a hobby the GLOW actress taught herself by watching YouTube tutorials around 10 years ago when she quit smoking. And now, in coronavirus quarantine times, it’s something to do. Her medium of choice? Cardboard New Yorker subscription tear-outs.

“It has a very Etsy feel to it,” Gilpin quipped during an interview last week—although she also made clear she has no interest in becoming an online entrepreneur. “I don’t have the patience for that,” she said. “It’s just gonna be piles.”

Debbie Eagan, Gilpin’s enterprising GLOW character, would certainly know how to turn these paper crane heaps into a flourishing e-commerce empire—and if she didn’t, she’d learn fast. A soap opera star-turned-wrestler-turned producer, Debbie is an unstoppable force whose ambition is matched only by her own self-doubt.

As it turns out, Debbie is also the perfect vessel for Gilpin’s transfixing weirdness

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Read Michelle Obama’s full keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention

Former first lady Michelle Obama delivered the keynote speech for the first night of the Democratic National Convention on Monday, highlighting former Vice President Joe Biden’s experience and empathy for others.

“I know Joe. He is a profoundly decent man guided by faith. He was a terrific vice president,” Obama said. “He knows what it takes to rescue an economy, beat back a pandemic and led our country.”

Wearing a necklace that spelled out the word “vote,” Obama focused on the “consequences” of the Trump presidency, calling him the “wrong president for our country” who “cannot be who we need him to be for us.”

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Read Michelle Obama’s full speech:

Good evening, everyone. It’s a hard time, and everyone’s feeling it in different ways. And I

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Best rum to drink on National Rum Day

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For Jackie Summers, a New York-based spirits industry expert (and many others in the field), there’s no real need for a holiday like National Rum Day to enjoy a pour. “As the grandchild of Caribbean immigrants, rum was an integral part of my upbringing,” says the author, public speaker, entrepreneur and educator. “It was in the foods we cooked and part of every celebration, no matter how small.” Having said that, Summers can appreciate the rum-centric occasion as something meaningful. Today, in a landscape overrun with cultural co-opting and appropriation, it’s more important than ever to be educated and intentional about our purchases as

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Amazon descending onto malls is the logical next step: National Retail Federation chair

Donning his National Retail Federation chief hat for a second, Mike George says it would make sense that Amazon (AMZN) enters the mall by turning once occupied department stores into massive fulfillment centers.

“I think it is too early to speculate on that specific move, but it’s a wonderful reflection of this innovative industry,” George — whose full-time job is that of CEO of QVC/HSN owner Qurate Retail — told Yahoo Finance’s The First Trade.

But speculation has commenced in full force this week that Amazon will soon be the next generation mall’s primary anchor tenant.

Amazon is in talks with Simon Property Group — the biggest mall owner in the U.S. — to convert current or former Sears and J.C. Penney stores into monstrous distribution centers, The Wall Street Journal reports. Sources have told Yahoo Finance in recent months that Amazon has had teams on the ground at J.C.

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How Beijing’s National Security Crackdown Transformed Hong Kong in a Single Month

After Beijing enacted a sweeping national security law for Hong Kong, the city’s leader tried to allay fears of a broad crackdown on dissent by promising the measure would affect only a very small minority of people.

But throughout July, the first full month under the new legislation, the measure featured prominently in a sustained effort to quell political upheaval in the enclave, while also ushering in a transformative climate of fear and uncertainty.

The law’s provisions — which punish crimes related to secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces — have been used as grounds for disqualifying political candidates, arresting students over social media posts and banning common protest slogans.

The blows to the city’s democracy movement over the past few weeks have extended beyond the far-reaching law itself. Academics who are key figures in the protests were fired from their posts, police raided the office of an

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National Trust joins victims of Blackbaud hack

The National Trust is a charity that looks after places of historic interest and natural beauty
The National Trust is a charity that looks after places of historic interest and natural beauty

The UK’s National Trust is among more than 80 organisations that have confirmed data breaches resulting from an attack on cloud computing provider Blackbaud.

Others involved include homeless charities The Wallich and Crisis, the terminal illness charity Sue Ryder, and the mental health group Young Minds.

Dozens of British universities have also alerted past and present students.

Museums, schools, churches and food banks have also been affected.

The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) told the BBC that 125 organisations had reported to it in relation to the attack to date.

“BlackBaud has reported a data breach incident which has potentially affected a large number of UK organisations using its services and we are making enquiries,” a spokeswoman said.

“Organisations involved should be getting in touch with their customers to inform them if their personal

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