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Mike Pence tries to clean up Trump’s Khan family mess — reaffirms Muslim ban instead

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Donald Trump has spent the last two days attacking the parents of a young Muslim Captain killed while fighting for the United States.

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He then went after Captain Humanyun Khan’s mom, alluding to her silent presence behind her husband, who spoke at the Democratic National Convention Thursday night before Hillary Clinton’s speech. The Gold Star mother has since given an interview where she discussed the overwhelming sadness she experiences seeing her son’s face. Understandably, she didn’t want to burst into tears on national television.

Trump followed that by telling the family that he too has made sacrifices.

Republicans (and more republicans) and Democrats have come out in droves denouncing Trump’s heartless attacks on the family of a soldier who gave his life for his country.

Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton denounced the assault on Mrs. Khan and spent Sunday calling out Trump’s comments about the soldier’s family at her Ohio rally. Clinton said described his attacks as “insulting the family of a fallen soldier — Captain Khan, an American Muslim who sacrificed his life to protect his unit and other soldiers as a taxi raced toward a base containing a bomb.”

But, Sunday night, Trump’s vice presidential running mate finally released a statement walking back some of Trump’s attacks on the family.

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Pence attempts to claim that despite the attacks over the last 48-hours, Trump actually cherishes the Khan family. “Captain Khan gave his life to defend our country in the global war on terror,” Pence writes, before turning to politicize the ordeal and blame Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton for ISIS.

He then moves on to reaffirm his support of Trump’s ban on Muslims entering the United States. “By suspending immigration from countries that have been compromised by terrorism, rebuilding our military, defeating ISIS at its source and projecting strength on the global stage, we will reduce the likelihood that other American families will face the enduring heartbreak of the Khan family.”

Pence walks a difficult line as his son is a Marine.

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In a secluded region in Russia’s Arctic they are rejecting Putin in rare protest

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Lyudmila Laptander, an activist advocating autonomy for her mineral-rich Nenets region in the Russian Arctic, worries authorities are planning to sacrifice its traditions for the promise of economic enrichment.

"If Nenets is merged with another region, I worry that no one will look after our language or our traditions, and that our small villages in the tundra will be forgotten," said Laptander, 61, a member of the Yasavey cultural group.

The autonomous region on the edge of the Arctic Ocean was gripped by protests in May against the government's plans to integrate it with neighbouring Arkhangelsk.

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People are paying to hire this donkey to crash their Zoom meetings

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The coronavirus pandemic has led millions of people to embrace meetings via Zoom, but admittedly, those can be as tedious as in-person conferences.

So one animal sanctuary in Canada, in dire need of cash after being forced to close to visitors, found a way to solve both problems.

Meet Buckwheat, a donkey at the Farmhouse Garden Animal Home, who is ready to inject some fun into your humdrum work-from-home office day -- for a price.

"Hello. We are crashing your meeting, we are crashing your meeting -- this is Buckwheat," says sanctuary volunteer Tim Fors, introducing the gray and white animal on a Zoom call.

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Republican senators are suddenly trying to social distance — from Trump

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There’s something interesting in today’s news:

A number of Republican Senators have said they are skipping the Republican National Convention this year. The convention was originally scheduled in Charlotte, North Carolina, but at Trump’s insistence was relocated to Jacksonville, Florida, last month. The stated reason was that Democratic North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper would not commit to permitting a full convention out of concerns about the spread of coronavirus, but the abrupt switch to Florida, less than 80 days before the convention, still seems odd to me. Regardless, the switch has created a new problem: Florida is in the midst of a dramatic spike in coronavirus cases, setting a record for new cases in a single day during the weekend —11,458—and running low of ICU beds.

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