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President Trump speaks during a Oval Office meeting Thursday with representatives of Israel and the United Arab Emirates, announcing an agreement to establish diplomatic ties between the two countries.
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Israel and the United Arab Emirates have reached a historic peace agreement brokered by the U.S. As part of the agreement, Israel said it will suspend its controversial plans to annex more territory in the West Bank.

President Trump stoked a controversial (and false) theory — being promoted by the Trump campaign and some of his supporters — that Sen. Kamala Harris is not eligible for the vice presidency. Trump, who led a "birther" conspiracy movement against former President Barack Obama, told reporters Thursday that he heard a "highly qualified, very talented lawyer" opine that Harris didn't qualify to serve as vice president but did not know if it was true or not. Harris was born in California and therefore qualifies for the job.

Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden called for a nationwide mask mandate on Thursday, stating, "Every single American should be wearing a mask when they're outside for the next three months, at a minimum." Biden's lead in the presidential election has expanded to double-digits against President Trump ahead of the Democratic National Convention, which kicks off virtually Monday.

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Today's Listens

Co-hosts Peter Kafka and Rani Molla dive deep into the streaming service in the podcast Land of the Giants.
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Netflix is one of the few companies that has done very well during the pandemic. In the last few months, the streaming service has seen a huge uptick in new subscribers. NPR's Sam Sanders spoke to Land of the Giants podcast hosts, Peter Kafka and Rani Molla, about the Netflix effect: how it got to where it is today, its win over Blockbuster, and the one TV show that launched a thousand binges (figuratively speaking). Here's a link to the It’s Been A Minute episode.

President Trump bluntly stated on Thursday that the money he opposes to boost the U.S. Postal Service for the elections will prevent Democrats from expanding mail-in voting. It’s the latest move in the president’s campaign against mail-in voting and the Postal Service. Click here for the audio clip or link to the transcript

Your Weekend Playlist

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Title tracks often capture the mood, vibe and direction of an album. From Paul Simon's "Graceland" to Amy Winehouse's "Back to Black," here's a playlist of the 100 greatest title tracks ever laid down on wax.

Feel like escaping somewhere far away? Let the Rough Translation take you there virtually with a new Spotify playlist full of vivid storytelling and music hand-picked from the podcast's staff.

Ants on a Log members Julie Be and Anya Rose helped curate a new album that affirms the experiences of transgender and nonbinary kids.

Ari Shapiro's musical chain of gratitude, Play It Forward, begins with Indigo Girls' Amy Ray and Emily Saliers talking about their lifelong bond and the poetic flair of Kae Tempest. Click here to listen or read the story.

How To, For You

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Wanna play 20 Questions? Here's the first one: What’s best for your school-age kid — and you — when classes resume this fall? There are no easy answers to that one, and it’s not a one-size-fits-all. Click here to see the Life Kit list of questions that will help you process all your options to make learning and working from home go smoothly.

Before You Go

Epic Games
  • Apple pulled the popular online shooting game Fortnite from its App Store on Thursday, after its developer tried to get around the fee Apple requires from in-app purchases.
  • The NCAA announced Thursday that there will be no championships this fallexcept maybe football. There are not enough schools participating because of coronavirus cancellations and season postponements.
  • Tribune Publishing, the parent company of local news outlets across the country from the Chicago Tribune to The Baltimore Sun, is closing the physical offices of five newspapers permanently as the pandemic forces journalists to work remotely.

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