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White House reinstates HHS official who claimed Ted Cruz frequents prostitutes: report

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Jon Cordova, the HHS principal deputy assistant secretary for administration, will be back at his tax-payer funded job on Wednesday, Politico reported Tuesday.

Cordova had been placed on administrative leave after CNN reported on his conspiracy theory views posted on social media during the 2016 campaign when he worked for Trump’s campaign and was a Trump delegate to the Republican National Convention.

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During the 2016 campaign, he had falsely claimed that Gold Star father Khizr Khan was a “Muslim Brotherhood agent” paid by the Clinton Foundation.

Cordova also suggested that Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) frequented prostitutes and that Democrats were “the real racists” in America.

“Mr. Cordova has expressed sincere and deep apology for those statements and for any harm or injury he may have caused to readers of any of his social media posts,” an HHS spokesperson told POLITICO. “While he continues to work at HHS, Mr. Cordova – along with all department employees – will be expected to demonstrate a full commitment to inclusiveness and respect for all Americans that we serve.”

Politico cited four sources who claimed Cordova was repeatedly seen at work after allegedly being suspended.

“He has acknowledged that he may have allowed the heat of the political campaign to undermine his better judgment, resulting in posted content by him that may have inadvertently offended many,” the HHS spokesperson added.

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Trump’s decision to block coronavirus aid to hard-hit states will cost 4 million jobs: analysis

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President Donald Trump's refusal to provide federal aid to states hit hard by the economic crisis sparked by the coronavirus pandemic would cost the country 4 million jobs, according to an analysis by Moody's Analytics.

Negotiations over the next phase of coronavirus relief have stalled as Trump attempts to circumvent Congress with unworkable and legally dubious executive orders that fall far short of the aid that would be included in any Congressional proposal. Though House Democrats already approved a $3 trillion relief bill including an extension on federal unemployment benefits and $1 trillion in aid to states and cities whose tax revenues evaporated amid coronavirus lockdowns, Trump and Senate Republicans have balked at both provisions.

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Greenland’s ice sheet has melted past the point of no return

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Greenland's ice sheet may have shrunk past the point of return, with the ice likely to melt away no matter how quickly the world reduces climate-warming emissions, new research suggests.

Scientists studied data on 234 glaciers across the Arctic territory spanning 34 years through 2018 and found that annual snowfall was no longer enough to replenish glaciers of the snow and ice being lost to summertime melting.

That melting is already causing global seas to rise about a millimeter on average per year. If all of Greenland's ice goes, the water released would push sea levels up by an average of 6 meters -- enough to swamp many coastal cities around the world. This process, however, would take decades.

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Trump’s campaign has plans to disrupt coverage of the Democratic convention: report

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According to a report from Politico, Donald Trump will be hitting the road next week where he will visit battleground states in an effort to steal headlines while the Democrats hold their national convention to select former Vice President Joe Biden as their presidential nominee.

With the physical convention set aside due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Democrats will hold a virtual convention that will feature a host of high-profile Democrats including former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama among others, and Trump's campaign wants to get the president out front of them and grab the limelight.

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