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Holiday shopping: Amazon, Target, more retailers push earlier deals amid COVID pandemic

NEW YORK — Add last-minute holiday shopping to the list of time-honored traditions being upended by the coronavirus pandemic. Retailers are kicking off the holiday season earlier than ever this year in hopes of avoiding big in-store crowds and shipping bottlenecks in November and December.

Stores like Best Buy, Macy’s, and Target typically offer their biggest Black Friday deals over Thanksgiving weekend, but now they’re starting them in October so people don’t crowd their stores later, creating a potentially dangerous situation during a pandemic.

And with more people expected to shop online, retailers are trying to avoid a rush of orders closer to Christmas, which could lead to late packages and more expensive shipping. Many had a hard time keeping up with the surge in buying when shoppers were locked down in their homes during the early days of the pandemic. Even Amazon, which has spent 25 years building warehouses

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Top Trump Aide Mark Meadows Held Mask-Less Wedding for His Daughter amid COVID Restrictions: Report

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows hosted a wedding for his daughter in Atlanta in late May, with about 70 mask-less guests in attendance, despite local officials urging against such gatherings to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, according to a new report by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The previously undisclosed event underlines the extent to which the Trump administration has resisted following the basic public health tips intended to avoid infection.

The Meadows family wedding, as reported, also fueled criticism that the president’s team has ignored the guidelines numerous others had to follow.

The contagious and deadly virus, which Donald Trump has downplayed to the public, reached the Oval Office in recent days — infecting both the president and First Lady Melania Trump as well as various senior advisers, campaign staff and others.

Many of those who were sickened around

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White House’s Meadows Reportedly Flouted Covid Rules In May For Daughter’s Large Wedding

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Mark Meadows, Trump’s chief of staff, hosted a 70-person indoor wedding for his daughter in Atlanta in late May, possibly violating state rules and federal guidelines designed to halt the spread of Covid-19, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported, another case of White House officials seemingly flouting coronavirus protocols.

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The wedding took place in an ornate Atlanta ballroom, and its 70-person guest list included Representative Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), who has expressed skepticism of coronavirus restrictions and frequently declined to wear a face mask, AJC reported.

Guests stood close to each other during the wedding, and most did not appear to wear masks, according to photos of the event reviewed by AJC.

Earlier

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Trump’s Chief of Staff Violated Georgia State COVID Restrictions With Daughter’s Wedding

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows reportedly violated the state of Georgia’s COVID-19 restrictions in May when he attended his daughter’s wedding, photographs from the event show.



a man wearing a suit and tie: White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows waves as he walks back to the West Wing wearing a facemask following an interview with FOX News outside the White House on October 7, 2020 in Washington, DC.


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White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows waves as he walks back to the West Wing wearing a facemask following an interview with FOX News outside the White House on October 7, 2020 in Washington, DC.

Meadows walked his daughter, Haley, down the aisle on May 31 at the event hosted at the Biltmore Ballrooms in Midtown Atlanta, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. The lavish, black-tie wedding featured crystal chandeliers, marble floors and a frame of soaring Roman arches, but no face coverings to help mitigate the spread of coronavirus.

‘Get Out There’: Trump Removes Face Mask For Photo Op As He Returns To White House

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At the time of the wedding, both

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Left-Wing Jane Fonda: ‘COVID is God’s Gift to the Left’

Jane Fonda. (Getty Images)

In an online interview, actress and long-time left-wing activist Jane Fonda admits that it is “a terrible thing to say,” but states that “COVID is God’s gift to the left.” She adds that the left can use it to “harness” their “anger and make a difference.”

In the interview, Fonda stated, “We can stop fascism. We are at a point — this is a crossroads, an existential crossroads.” She then crossed her hands to make an X. 

“What a great gift, what a tremendous opportunity,” she said.  “We’re just so lucky, we have to use it with every ounce of intelligence, and courage, and wherewithal that we have.”

“This is it, this is it,” Fonda said, and then added, “I just think COVID is God’s gift to the left.” Fonda then snickered about her remark.  

“That’s a terrible thing to say,” she added. “I think it

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Hanoi Jane Stands Upon 200,000 Dead People to Declare Why COVID Is ‘God’s Gift to the Left’

Jane Fonda is a sick puppy. Is COVID bad or good? She gives a rather odd answer. No, that’s not the right word. She gives a ghoulish answer, noting that she feels the virus has been “God’s gift to the Left” because it’s exposed Trump for who he is or something. Yeah, forget the 200,000+ people who died. Forget about how half of that total is due to Democratic governors forcing nursing homes to admit COVID-positive patients. COVID is great because it could boot Trump from office. She really is no different that her younger self who palled around with communist insurgents in Vietnam back in the day. She sat on an anti-aircraft gun, joked around with America’s enemies, and trashed the country. Hanoi Jane is a traitor, a ghoul, and totally in keeping with someone who is Trump deranged (via Free Beacon):

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Indian-Origin Couple’s Drive-In Wedding To Bypass Covid Guest Limit Rule In UK

Under the UK guidelines, only 15 people are allowed to be part of wedding ceremonies.

London:

 An Indian-origin couple, keen not to delay their wedding plans despite a strict restriction on the number of guests allowed to assemble under England’s coronavirus lockdown rules, are celebrating this week after pulling off a first-of-its-kind drive-in wedding near London.

Londoners Roma Popat and Vinal Patel were originally due to get married on April 20 but when lockdown disrupted their plans, they discussed the concept of a drive-in wedding with their wedding coordinator, Saheli Events, almost as a tongue-in-cheek thought rather than a serious plan.

However, what began as a joke became a reality last Friday, when the couple were married in front of a small gathering of their immediate family with the ceremony being projected onto a big screen in a field next door to friends and family seated in more than 100

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COVID is Reversing Decades of Progress for Rural Women and Girls

When Idris and I visited Sierra Leone last December, the optimism was palpable. The country was back on its feet after a bitter civil war and an Ebola outbreak in 2014. We met resourceful, resilient women like Isatu, a mother of four, who was transforming swampland into paddy fields with the help of the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). She trusted IFAD because it had not abandoned her village when Ebola struck. The agency stayed and supported farmers with access to finance in their most desperate hour.

Back in December, we did not know that a pandemic was about to hit us. And while its impact on our lives in the West has been chronicled exhaustively, we hear little about its effect on the most vulnerable people of all – the 1.7 billion women and girls, more than one-fifth of all humanity, who live in rural areas around

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Women Entrepreneurs Share How They Increased Revenue During Covid. And How You Can, Too.

A recent report by Morning Consult highlights an unfair division of labor between couples when it comes to household work and homeschooling, even when both parents are working remotely. 



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While nearly 50 percent of men say they do most of the homeschooling, a whopping three percent of women agree with them. When asked “Who is currently most responsible for housework, such as cooking and cleaning?” sixty-seven percent of women say they are, but only sixteen percent of men agree with them. This study not only points to an imbalance of responsibilities, it shows that most men — myself included — are completely unaware of it.

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Parenting during Covid-19 is challenging enough as it is, but it presents unique challenges for women who are parents and entrepreneurs. I interviewed several of these women (while my wife, Domenique, so graciously watched our kids) to learn more about

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East Brunswick To Implement New COVID Testing Model In Schools

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ – The East Brunswick School District is partnering with Middlesex County and town officials to implement a new COVID testing model for students and staff members, the County announced Wednesday.

This comes after over a 100 students and staff were quarantined in the school district due to “close contacts” with COVID-19.

Read More Here: Over 100 Quarantine After COVID Positive Cases In East Brunswick

Under the pilot testing program students, faculty and staff will get tested on a voluntary basis by onsite school nurses, using COVID-19 saliva test kits. Results will be available in 48 hours.

Students will require parental consent to participate, while staff can participate upon their discretion. The more participants that join this pilot program, the more impactful the outcome for combating COVID-19 in schools, said County officials.

Testing will be provided at no cost.

Apart from contact tracing, the new program hopes to

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