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Q&A: What does banning TikTok and WeChat mean for users?


The U.S. government is cracking down on the Chinese apps TikTok and WeChat, starting by barring them from app stores on Sunday.

President Donald Trump has cited concerns about Chinese government snooping as his administration prepares to follow through on executive orders that could make it increasingly difficult, if not impossible, for Americans to use the apps.

Trump has also floated a potential way out, at least for TikTok, which on Friday he called an “amazing company” that is “very, very popular.”

Here are some questions and answers about the deal.


The order disallowing TikTok and WeChat from smartphone app stores takes effect Sunday, as do additional restrictions on the use of WeChat.

A broader ban on the use of...

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As U.S. coronavirus death toll nears 200,000, signs of progress but threat of resurgence

As the death toll from the novel coronavirus approached 200,000 in the United States on Saturday, signs of progress continued to mingle with threats of a resurgence.

“There’s been progress in learning how to treat patients with infections that have moderate to severe illness,” Boston University infectious diseases specialist Davidson Hamer said.

The science of treating COVID-19 has come a long way since the virus took hold in the U.S. some six months ago. Hamer cited steroids and remdesivir, the antiviral that has been shown to help shorten hospital recovery times, as helpful treatments. Putting patients in a “prone position” — having them lay face-down — has also been shown to improve oxygenation in severely ill patients.

“We’ve learned more that will help reduce mortality...

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Howie Carr: Drug-lab-scandal hacks continue to run rampant

They are still on the state payroll, the $100,000-a-year hacks who took part in what a state judge in 2017 described as “a depth of deceptiveness that constitutes a fraud upon the court” — namely, suppressing exculpatory evidence that might have kept thousands of low-income defendants out of prison.

Talk about systemic racism. Where the hell is BLM?

Has the woke mob even heard of Sonja Farak, the chemist at the state drug lab in Amherst who went to prison for framing thousands of alleged drug dealers, more than half of whom were non-white, with fabricated drug tests?

Farak was a drug addict. Whenever local police departments would turn contraband for analysis — heroin, cocaine, opioids — she’d get high on the evidence and then concoct false reports of what she’d found.

She ...

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Charlie Baker urges Trump to delay nominating Supreme Court justice

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker is calling on President Trump to pump the brakes on nominating a successor to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday at age 87.

“I urge President Trump and the U.S. Senate to allow the American people to cast their ballots for President before a new justice is nominated or confirmed,” Baker wrote in a tweet Saturday.

“The Supreme Court is too important to rush and must be removed from partisan political infighting,” he continued.

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Tech firms step in on election security as Trump holds back

WASHINGTON — Adam Schiff was in the audience at the 2018 Aspen Security Forum when a Microsoft executive mentioned an attempted hacking of three politicians up for reelection. It was the first that Schiff, then the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, had ever heard of it.

Schiff said he thought it was “odd” that Congress hadn’t been briefed. He got in touch with high-ranking officials in the intelligence agencies, and they didn’t know about it, either. It turned out that Russian hackers had unsuccessfully tried to infiltrate the Senate computer network of then-Sen. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and other unidentified candidates.

Two years later, Schiff says that breakdown is still emblematic of the disjointed effort among government agencies, Congress and private ...

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Djokovic loses his cool again during win at Italian Open

ROME — Less than two weeks after getting defaulted from the U.S. Open, Novak Djokovic lost his cool again midway through a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 win over German qualifier Dominik Koepfer in the Italian Open quarterfinals Saturday.

When Djokovic was broken at love to even the second set at 3-3, he slammed his racket to the red clay in anger.

With the frame broken and the strings all mangled, Djokovic was forced to get a new racket and received a warning from the chair umpire.

Djokovic had already appeared frustrated the previous game, when he glared toward the umpire following a couple of overrules and a point that was ordered to be replayed.

The top-ranked Djokovic had said Monday that he learned “a big lesson” after he was thrown out of the U.S...

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Climate change not only cause of massive wildfires

Message to Democrats: Just because President Trump says it, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s wrong.

One important example: Trump’s widely ridiculed comment that California needs to “rake the floor” of its forests better.

“When trees fall down … they become dry — really like a matchstick — and they can explode,” he said Monday as he met with Gov. Gavin Newsom and California officials for a briefing on our devastating wildfires.

“Also leaves. When you have dried leaves on the ground, it’s just fuel for the fires.”

He couldn’t be more correct, of course. Dried-out dead trees can explode. And forest floors do need to be cleaned. Fires start there and climb into the smaller trees, then ladder up to the big timber and soon there’s a roaring blaze.

What Trump nev...

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Boston police belie image painted by activists

Boston is not Minneapolis. Nor is it Kenosha, Wisc., or Rochester, N.Y.

But activists and protesters call for defunding and dismantling local law enforcement as if the cops who killed George Floyd, Jacob Blake and Daniel Prude were members of the BPD.

The Boston Police Department answers calls similar to the ones that brought officers to the scenes in Minneapolis, Kenosha and Rochester.

In the last incident, Daniel Prude, a Black man who was experiencing a psychotic episode, ran naked into the street in the middle of a cold night in March. He reportedly told at least one person that he had the coronavirus, and then began spitting. Officers responded, and according to police body camera footage, pulled a mesh hood over his head...

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Patriots defense facing ultimate deep-ball test in Seahawks QB Russell Wilson

It’s the first lesson of playing safety for Bill Belichick.


Get the f— back.

For decades, Belichick has drilled this notion into his defensive backs to stress the importance of denying deep passes to strong-armed quarterbacks. This week, you can bet Belichick has given the Patriots secondary an earful of expletives. Because no passer is more dangerous downfield in today’s league than Russell Wilson.

“I don’t think there’s a better deep ball passer in the league in terms of decision making and accuracy,” Belichick said.

That praise was actually a step down from the compliment he delivered the Seahawks’ star quarterback moments earlier Thursday, saying: “I don’t really see anybody better than this player.”

During Seattle’s season-opening win at Atlanta, Wi...

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Anti-Trump speech on college curriculum

Parents of college-age students have enough to worry about — tuition costs, coronavirus safety, whether their kid can land a job post-graduation — without having to wonder if their teachers are spewing hate speech.

According to the Hill, Jennifer Mosher, a professor at Marshall University in West Virginia, felt the need to tell the students in her virtual lecture that she hopes all of President Trump’s supporters contract the coronavirus and die.

“I’ve become the type of person where I hope they all get it and die,” she said. “I’m sorry, but that’s so frustrating — just — I don’t know what else to do. You can’t argue with them, you can’t talk sense with them, um, I said to somebody yesterday I hope they all die before the election.”

Marshall is a public inst...

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