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Protesters march with the family of Jacob Blake during a rally against racism and police brutality in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on August 29, 2020.
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Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers is calling state lawmakers into a special session on Monday to push police reform eight days after the police shooting of Jacob Blake. The GOP says they need more time to figure out their next steps. In other news, Evers urged President Trump to reconsider his planned trip to Kenosha on Tuesday, saying the president’s presence will only “hinder our healing.”

Oregon’s governor says state police are being deployed to Portland to help local police deal with ongoing nightly protests. One person was shot and killed Saturday as a large caravan of President Trump supporters and Black Lives Matter protesters clashed in downtown Portland. City leaders have denounced the violence while President Trump criticized their ability to contain it.

Democrats in Congress are calling the Trump administration’s decision to cancel election security briefings “outrageous” after the change was announced on Friday. Election Day is about nine weeks away. Congress will still be briefed on election security by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, but through written reports instead of in-person, verbal briefings.

India has emerged as a new COVID-19 epicenter, recording 78,000 cases within 24 hours on Saturday. More than 25 million people have been infected with the coronavirus worldwide; the U.S. accounts for about a quarter of those infections, according to John Hopkins University. 

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American culture is all about positive affirmations. Dream big! Shoot for the stars! But do positive fantasies actually help us achieve our goals? The Hidden Brain podcast revisits a conversation with researcher Gabriele Oettingen about how we can make our goals more attainable. Click here to listen.

A recent NPR story about an escaped emu named Winston triggered an international incident over the pronunciation of the bird's name. While we stand by our story, it took an apology to smooth over ruffled feathers. Listen in

In Memoriam 

Chadwick Boseman, pictured in June 2019 in Los Angeles, portrayed historical figures with dignity and humanity. In public comments, he gave thanks to those who came before him.
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In his movie roles, actor Chadwick Boseman was praised for bringing dignity and humanity to icons in the fight for racial justice — figures like Jackie Robinson, Thurgood Marshall and James Brown. He also inspired millions as the superhero Black Panther. Boseman spoke often about the contributions of his predecessors, including those he portrayed on screen, and was open about his own challenges finding success as a Black man in America. Boseman died Friday after battling colon cancer for four years. He was 43.

Before You Go

Lady Gaga wore a lot of masks Sunday night, but this is the one with tusks. Yay, tusks!
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  • Lady Gaga had a big night at Sunday night's MTV Video Music Awards. BTS finally got its due and the lines between "live performances" and "music videos" were blurred like never before. Here are 10 takeaways from the show.
  • Welcome to story hour! This year we had kids and caregivers in mind when we chose the genre for our summer reader poll. Here are 100 favorite kids' books picked by readers and expert judges.
  • Two sign language interpreters who work for South African president Cyril Ramaphosa have become unlikely social media stars.
  • The Smithsonian National Zoo's new panda cub got its first close up in all of its fur-less, screaming glory.

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