Sep 20, 2017

Republican Governors Association launches news website

Screengrab: Free Telegraph / Facebook

"The Republican Governors Association has quietly launched an online publication that looks like a media outlet and is branded as such on social media," AP's Bill Barrow reports.

Why it matters: This is an awesome example of the reason that people rightly distrust so much of what they read online — and should trust even less.

  • "The Free Telegraph blares headlines about the virtues of GOP governors, while framing Democrats negatively. It asks readers to sign up for breaking news alerts."
  • "It launched in the summer bearing no acknowledgement that it was a product of an official party committee."
  • "Only after [AP] inquired about the site last week was a disclosure added to The Free Telegraph's pages identifying the publication's partisan source."

Be smart: We used to make fun of a kid on our street who was so dopey that he didn't know milk came from a cow — he thought it came from the market.

News doesn't come from Facebook, folks. We need to be discerning readers, and do more to help the young people in our lives sort out all the pixels coming at them.

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In photos: Protesters clash with police nationwide over George Floyd

Police officers grapple with protesters in Atlanta. Photo: Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images

Police used tear gas, rubber bullets and pepper spray as the protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd spread nationwide on Friday evening.

The big picture: Police responded in force in cities ranging from Atlanta to Des Moines, Houston to Detroit, Milwaukee to D.C. and Denver to Louisville. In Los Angeles, police declared a stretch of downtown off limits, with Oakland issuing a similar warning.

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Supreme Court sides with California on coronavirus worship service rules

The Supreme Court has ruled 5-4, with Chief Justice John Roberts joining the court's liberal justices, to reject a challenge to California's pandemic restrictions on worship services.

Why it matters: This is a setback for those seeking to speed the reopening of houses of worship, including President Trump.

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Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 10 p.m. ET: 5,923,432— Total deaths: 364,836 — Total recoveries — 2,493,434Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 10 p.m. ET: 1,745,930 — Total deaths: 102,808 — Total recoveries: 406,446 — Total tested: 16,099,515Map.
  3. Public health: Hydroxychloroquine prescription fills exploded in March —How the U.S. might distribute a vaccine.
  4. 2020: North Carolina asks RNC if convention will honor Trump's wish for no masks or social distancing.
  5. Business: Fed chair Powell says coronavirus is "great increaser" of income inequality.
  6. 1 sports thing: NCAA outlines plan to get athletes back to campus.