Tribune News Service

International Budget for Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Updated at 0000 UTC (8 p.m. U.S. EDT Tuesday).

Additional news stories, including full U.S. coverage, appear on the MCT-NEWS-BJT and MCT-NEWSFEATURES-BJT.


^Biden lays out plan to address racial injustice, slams Trump<

CAMPAIGN-BIDEN-WEALTHGAP-1ST-LEDE:LA — Joe Biden on Tuesday unveiled plans for addressing systemic racism that has put Black people and other nonwhite communities at an economic disadvantage, promising "bold, practical investments" to rebuild as the country struggles with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and as American streets are rocked by protests over racial injustice.

In a speech in Wilmington, Delaware, the Democrats' presumptive presidential nominee called for several programs aimed at shrinking the racial wealth gap.

1050 by Janet Hook and Melanie Mason. MOVED


^As Trump attacks Biden on China, he's playing a weak hand<

CAMPAIGN-CHINA:LA — As vice president, Joe Biden chummed around with China's Xi Jinping from South Gate to Beijing, boasted of tutoring him on American politics during long walks and quiet dinners, and even helped him forge partnerships with Hollywood movie moguls.

President Donald Trump subsequently worked just as hard to charm the Chinese autocrat, guiding him on a tour through Trump's gilded Florida resort, posing for a joint portrait in Beijing's ancient Forbidden City and repeatedly praising his "friend" for controlling the coronavirus outbreak.

For Xi, such coziness with America's leaders was invaluable as he consolidated power at home and argued for China's preeminence on the world stage. Those same moments have become toxic for both Biden and Trump, however, as they contend for the presidency with U.S.-China relations as bitter as at any time in memory, and Xi the symbol of America's failed policies from trade to pandemic control.

1800 by Noah Bierman and Evan Halper in Washington. MOVED



^Senate uses pandemic bill to fill accounts raided for Trump's border wall<

CORONAVIRUS-RELIEF-MILITARY:CON — Billions of dollars included in Senate Republicans' proposed $1 trillion installment of coronavirus emergency relief funding would restore money for military hardware that was redirected to pay for President Donald Trump's border wall.

The Trump administration reprogrammed funding for a slew of ships, aircraft and other weaponry earlier this year to pay for the politically contentious wall on the border with Mexico. The bill, made public Monday evening, includes money for fighter jets, helicopters, radars, ships and armored vehicles.

500 by Mark Satter in Washington. MOVED


^Trump's bid for FBI building money draws bipartisan scorn<

CORONAVIRUS-RELIEF-FBI-BUILDING:BLO — The inclusion in the Republican coronavirus relief plan of $1.75 billion for a new FBI headquarters in Washington, a priority for President Donald Trump, drew bipartisan scorn Tuesday that is all but certain to result in the provision being scuttled.

Senate GOP leaders and other lawmakers expressed surprise that the allocation ended up in the multi-part stimulus package they unveiled Monday. Even some of Trump's strongest supporters questioned why it was included in legislation that was supposed to be focused on the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

400 by Billy House and Laura Litvan in Washington. MOVED


^Senate aid bill allocates $3 billion to immigration agencies<

CORONAVIRUS-RELIEF-AGENCIES:CON — Two immigration agencies facing budget deficits after struggling to collect fees amid the coronavirus pandemic would get nearly $3 billion in relief from an economic aid package unveiled by Senate Republicans.

The help would come as part of a series of measures that make up a $1 trillion plan to help address the current economic downturn by extending unemployment benefits and offering another round of tax rebate checks. But the coronavirus relief package, the result of weeklong talks between Republicans and White House officials, would not include aid to certain immigrants excluded in the last round of aid payments.

650 by Camila DeChalus in Washington. MOVED


^Texas coronavirus death toll approaches 6,000<

^CORONAVIRUS-TEXAS:AU—<The coronavirus death toll in Texas is fast approaching 6,000, according to data from the Texas Department of State Health Services.

State health officials reported 164 additional fatalities on Tuesday, bringing the pandemic total in Texas to 5,877.

And the agency reported 8,341 new cases of the coronavirus, bringing the total number of confirmed cases since March to nearly 400,000.

500 by Nicole Cobler in Austin, Texas. MOVED


^Florida reports a single-day record of COVID-19 deaths<

CORONAVIRUS-FLA:FL — Florida's COVID-19 fatalities continue to surge, as officials said another 191 people died in the state from disease complications.

That's the most reported on any day so far in the coronavirus pandemic, topping the 173 deaths reported Thursday.

The deaths reported Tuesday happened over several weeks, rather than over the past 24 hours. The additional deaths push the state's death toll to 6,240.

800 by Marc Freeman in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. MOVED


^Cuomo adds Puerto Rico, DC, 3 states to coronavirus quarantine order<

CORONAVIRUS-NY-QUARANTINE:NY — Another three states plus Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico were added to the tri-state quarantine list on Tuesday, bringing the total number of states to 34 as coronavirus cases continue to climb across the U.S.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Illinois, Kentucky and Minnesota were added to the travel order, which was first issued in June as New York, New Jersey and Connecticut emerged from the worst of the COVID-19 outbreak.

500 by Denis Slattery in Albany, N.Y. MOVED


^The color of COVID-19: Will vaccine trials reflect America's diversity?<

^CORONAVIRUS-VACCINE-DIVERSITY:KHN—<When U.S. scientists launch the first large-scale clinical trials for COVID-19 vaccines this summer, Antonio Cisneros wants to make sure people like him are included.

Cisneros, who is 34 and Hispanic, is part of the first wave of an expected 1.5 million volunteers willing to get the shots to help determine whether leading vaccine candidates can thwart the virus that sparked a deadly pandemic.

"If I am asked to participate, I will," said Cisneros, a Los Angeles cinematographer who has signed up for two large vaccine trial registries. "It seems part of our duty."

It will take more than duty, however, to ensure that clinical trials to establish vaccine safety and effectiveness actually include representative numbers of African Americans, Latinos and other racial minorities, as well as older people and those with underlying medical conditions, such as kidney disease.

1600 by JoNel Aleccia. MOVED


^'It's apparent that they're failing': As Florida inmate deaths soar, families feel dread<

^CORONAVIRUS-FLA-PRISONS:MI—<At 22 deaths, July has been the deadliest month for inmates when it comes to COVID-19. The second-deadliest month was June, during which nine inmates died. At first, inmate deaths weren't even acknowledged by the Florida Department of Corrections until the News Service of Florida revealed them after obtaining data from a local medical examiner.

1000 (with trims) by Samantha J. Gross. MOVED


^Number of households with hungry children nearing 14 million, study finds<

^CORONAVIRUS-CHILDREN-HUNGER:PH—<While the coronavirus isn't hitting children as hard as adults, the economic effects of COVID-19 appear to be having a disproportionate effect on young people in one vital area: hunger.

Food insecurity is rising among American children as the coronavirus savages the economy, diminishing the salaries of parents struggling to feed their kids.

During the first week of July, the number of households with children that reported not having enough to eat was 13,570,374, according to an analysis of U.S. census data by the nonprofit, nonpartisan Council on Contemporary Families. Before March 13, the day the federal government declared a national emergency, the number was 12,046,456.

That's an increase of more than 1.5 million households in just four months, from 12.8% to 14.5%.

800 by Alfred Lubrano. MOVED


^Fauci says MLB season may be in peril, NFL might need a 'bubble'<

^CORONAVIRUS-FAUCI-SPORTS:BLO—<The nation's top infectious disease expert said that the Major League Baseball season may be in danger after 12 Miami Marlins players and two coaches tested positive for COVID-19 — and that the outbreak doesn't bode well for the start of professional football.

"I don't believe they need to stop but we just need to follow this and see what happens with other teams on a day-by-day basis," Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, said in an interview Tuesday with ABC.

550 by Kathleen Miller and Brandon Kochkodin. (Moved as a sports story.) MOVED



^Attorney General Barr defends response to protests, his role in criminal cases of Trump allies<

BARR-1ST-LEDE:LA — Attorney General William Barr on Tuesday aggressively defended the federal response to violence and protests at the federal courthouse in Portland, Oregon, and his decision to intercede in criminal cases involving President Donald Trump's close associates.

The attorney general's highly anticipated appearance before the House Judiciary Committee lasted a contentious five hours as he parried attacks by Democrats over his response to nationwide protests against police violence, his handling of the Russia investigation and his skepticism about the security of voting by mail.

1250 by Del Quentin Wilber in Washington. MOVED


^Trump to keep DACA protections in place to review court decision, reject new applications<

TRUMP-DACA:BLO — President Donald Trump will allow certain young, undocumented immigrants to renew deportation protections for one year as his administration reviews a Supreme Court decision that blocked his efforts to end a program designed to let them to remain in the U.S.

The administration will maintain its limited implementation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — rejecting new applications and reviewing requests for renewal on a case-by-case basis, according to a senior administration official who spoke to reporters Tuesday on condition of anonymity.

500 by Mario Parker and Jordan Fabian in Washington. MOVED


^Georgia governor withdraws request for emergency injunction against Atlanta's mask mandate<

CORONAVIRUS-GA-MASKS:AT — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Tuesday withdrew his request for an emergency injunction against Atlanta's mask mandate and other measures focused on fighting the spread of COVID-19, while citing progress in his talks with Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms.

But Kemp's lawsuit against the city remains alive as both sides differ over how to best to stop the spread of the highly contagious disease caused by the coronavirus.

500 by Jeremy Redmon and Greg Bluestein in Atlanta. MOVED


^Trump again touts hydroxychloroquine as coronavirus cure despite FDA warning<

^TRUMP-DRUG:NY—<President Donald Trump kept pushing hydroxychloroquine as a miracle coronavirus cure on Tuesday, calling the drug "safe" and "successful" even though his own federal regulators have said it should not be used to treat COVID-19 because of serious safety concerns.

Trump doubled down on the dubious coronavirus regimen after being asked at a White House briefing why he had retweeted a stream of posts overnight hailing the drug's supposed efficacy.

350 by Chris Sommerfeldt. MOVED


^Twitter suspends Donald Trump Jr.'s account for sharing misinformation about COVID-19<

TRUMPJR-TWITTER:BLO — Donald Trump Jr.'s Twitter account was temporarily suspended for sharing misinformation about COVID-19 after the president's eldest son posted a video of people touting the drug hydroxychloroquine as an effective treatment.

The Food and Drug Administration last month revoked emergency-use authorization for the anti-malaria drug as a COVID-19 treatment after determining it may have deadly side effects. The World Health Organization also said it would discontinue its own tests of hydroxychloroquine.

500 by Mario Parker and Kurt Wagner in Washington. MOVED


^Death draws lawmakers' scrutiny to Robinhood's trading app<

CONGRESS-TRADINGAPP-DEATH:CON — The apparent suicide of a 20-year-old investor on Robinhood Markets Inc.'s phone-based securities trading app after what appeared to be significant losses has attracted scrutiny in Congress, with lawmakers contemplating legislation or hearings on the matter.

The app, which the company says has 10 million users, allows people to trade stocks, options and cryptocurrencies without fees. Lawmakers on the House Financial Services Committee say the company may allow customers to access risky trading strategies without proper due diligence, which Robinhood denies.

1150 (with trims) by Caitlin Reilly in Washington. MOVED


^USDA examining unidentified seeds mailed from China<

SEEDS-PACKAGES:CON — The Agriculture Department is looking into the origins of mysterious packages of seeds with Chinese mailing addresses delivered to recipients who say they never ordered them.

With tensions running high between the U.S. and Beijing on issues including defense and trade, some recipients of the seeds asked via Twitter and Facebook postings last week if there could be a nefarious intent like spreading invasive plant species.

450 by Ellyn Ferguson in Washington. MOVED


^Parkland couple apologizes for taking in school shooter<

PARKLAND-CRUZ-FAMILY:FL — Looking back on it, James and Kimberly Snead say they never should have provided refuge to a disturbed teenager who later slaughtered 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

They should not have let him bring guns into their home. They should not have ignored the warnings of people who knew him better.

"We thought we could handle this troubled young man, unfortunately, we were wrong," they say in a public apology revealed Tuesday. The letter is part of a legal agreement that settles a slew of negligence suits filed in civil court against the Sneads in connection with the 2018 tragedy.

1200 by Megan O'Matz and Brittany Wallman in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. MOVED


^Trump spends 9-in-10 advertising dollars defending states he won<

^CAMPAIGN-TRUMP-ADVERTISING:BLO—<President Donald Trump is spending nearly all of his advertising money to keep states he won in 2016, playing a game of defense in areas a Republican incumbent should be able to count on.

More than 92% of his state-based spending in the month of July is in states he won in 2016, according to a Bloomberg analysis of television advertising data compiled by Advertising Analytics.

800 by Gregory Korte. MOVED


^Ahead of Trump's 16th visit to Texas, yet another poll shows he trails Biden<

CAMPAIGN-TEXAS-POLL:DA — Another day, another poll showing that Texas is up for grabs despite President Donald Trump's bluster.

Former Vice President Joe Biden leads 47% to 45%, with only one in 20 voters still undecided, in a Morning Consult poll released Monday night.

A raft of recent polls have found a dead heat, with the candidates within a point or two, and Trump returns to Texas on Thursday for the 16th visit of his presidency.

450 by Todd J. Gillman in Washington. MOVED


^Federal agents depart Seattle after pressure from local and Washington state officials<

SEATTLE-FEDAGENTS:SE — A team of federal security agents recently deployed to the Seattle area has withdrawn after pressure from local and state officials, Gov. Jay Inslee's office announced Tuesday.

A tactical team of Customs and Border Protection (CPB) agents had flown to the Seattle area last week to beef up security at federal buildings amid recent protests.

But after objections by officials including Inslee, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and King County Executive Dow Constantine — who said the federal show of force could fan conflicts — the forces departed the Seattle area.

400 by Jim Brunner in Seattle. MOVED


^Parkland couple apologizes for taking in school shooter<

PARKLAND-CRUZ-FAMILY:FL — Looking back on it, James and Kimberly Snead say they never should have provided refuge to a disturbed teenager who later slaughtered 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

They should not have let him bring guns into their home. They should not have ignored the warnings of people who knew him better.

"We thought we could handle this troubled young man, unfortunately, we were wrong," they say in a public apology revealed Tuesday. The letter is part of a legal agreement that settles a slew of negligence suits filed in civil court against the Sneads in connection with the 2018 tragedy.

1200 by Megan O'Matz and Brittany Wallman in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. MOVED


^Mars rover set to launch from Florida in search of ancient life on the Red Planet<

NASA-MARS-ROVER:OS — In early March, when out of thousands of name ideas for NASA's new Mars rover 13-year-old Alexander Mather's suggestion of "Perseverance" was chosen, no one foresaw the prescient message it would carry as the coronavirus pandemic capsized American life.

"We as humans evolved as creatures who can learn to adapt to any situation, no matter how harsh," Alexander, a seventh-grader from Virginia, read aloud from his winning essay, with no way of knowing that COVID-19 would soon begin to take hold in the United States. "We are a species of explorers, and we will meet many setbacks on the way to Mars. However, we can persevere. We, not as a nation, but as humans will not give up. The human race will always persevere into the future."

1150 (with trims) by Caroline Glenn in Orlando, Fla. MOVED


^Much of eastern Caribbean under tropical storm warnings<

WEA-STORMS-1ST-LEDE:MI — Puerto Rico and the eastern Caribbean could see several inches of rain and high winds from Tropical Storm Isaias as soon as Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center said.

The fast-moving disturbance east of the Antilles is expected to strengthen into the season's ninth tropical storm overnight, before dropping rain over eastern Caribbean islands most of Wednesday.

550 by Alex Harris and Michelle Marchante in Miami. MOVED


^George Floyd hologram to tour US and replace Confederate statues<

FLOYD-HOLOGRAM:NY — George Floyd lives on in light.

A hologram effigy of the 46-year-old Black man killed by a since-fired Minneapolis police officer in May will tour the U.S., traveling roughly along the route of the 1961 Freedom Rides.

A collaboration between the George Floyd Foundation and Change.org, the display will stop at five sites in North Carolina, Georgia and other Southern states.

550 by Theresa Braine. MOVED


^MacKenzie Scott begins giving away most of her Amazon wealth. Here's where nearly $1.68 billion is going<

SCOTT-PHILANTHROPY:SE — MacKenzie Scott sees the $60.4 billion she's accumulated through her ownership of Amazon as "the product of a collective effort, and of social structures which present opportunities to some people, and obstacles to countless others."

On Tuesday, a day before her ex-husband, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, is scheduled to testify in front of a congressional committee investigating whether the company has too much power, Scott announced nearly $1.68 billion in donations to 116 nonprofits, universities and other organizations.

300 by Benjamin Romano in Seattle. MOVED


^Swimmer killed Monday in suspected shark attack off Maine vacation spot, state says<

^MAINE-SHARKATTACK:CH—<A woman swimming off the coast of Maine is believed to have been killed in a suspected shark attack Monday, according to a statement released Monday evening by the Maine Department of Marine Resources.

300 by Mark Price. MOVED



^Popular TikTok stars to leave platform for rival app over data privacy concerns<

TIKTOK-STARS-PRIVACY:LA — When Josh Richards first began posting lip-syncing videos as a high school freshman four years ago, he never imagined he would one day become a huge TikTok star. Since then, Richards, 18, has amassed more than 20 million followers on the popular video streaming app.

But now Richards has decided to leave the platform that made him a star, citing growing concerns about TikTok's Chinese parent company ByteDance and how it manages user data.

The Studio City influencer, along with other TikTok creators, announced Tuesday they are moving to a rival app, L.A.-based Triller, and will encourage their millions of fans to join them there.

900 by Wendy Lee in Los Angeles. (Moved as a business story.) MOVED



^Hollywood 'kowtowing' to China takes heat from Washington. But why now?<

^USCHINA-HOLLYWOOD:LA—<After a half year of uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 crisis, China's beleaguered movie theaters reopened last week with films that ranged from local patriotic blockbuster "Wolf Warrior 2" to Pixar's "Coco." For Hollywood, the return of the film industry's most important foreign market was cause for cautious optimism.

"Where it leads, I don't think anyone knows," said Scott Einbinder, a Los Angeles producer and president of ANA Media, which consults for Chinese companies. "But it's a relief that there's been some light forming at the end of the tunnel after such a long period of darkness."

Still, any sense of reassurance is clouded by a growing chorus criticizing Hollywood's relationship with China. Trump administration officials and political allies have repeatedly hit the entertainment industry for its efforts to gain access to the lucrative Chinese market by appeasing the government in Beijing.

1500 Ryan Faughnder in Los Angeles. MOVED


^TV networks pledged to improve diversity in 1999. Will this time be any different?<

^TV-DIVERSITY:LA—<The continual and elusive struggle to grasp the complexity of diversity in TV took an abrupt turn in recent months as ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox hurried to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement by making announcements touting an unprecedented commitment to diversity, particularly to Black performers and producers. The announcements show a marked escalation in pledges from past years, when executives said they were trying to increase diversity but in many cases offered little follow-through.

Several observers of and participants in the efforts to increase the presence of Black people and other people of color dating to 1999 are eyeing the announcements with caution, ranging from optimism to skepticism that the latest round of pledges will lead to significant change.

1400 by Greg Braxton. MOVED


^Warner Bros. examines complaints of toxic culture on 'Ellen' TV show<

^TV-ELLEN-INVESTIGATION:LA—<The producer of Ellen DeGeneres' talk show told employees it was looking into reports of a toxic workplace, including complaints of intimidation and racism.

Telepictures, a unit of Warner Bros. Entertainment, informed staff on the show last week that it was enlisting WarnerMedia's employee relations team and a third-party consultant to interview current and former employees about their experiences on the production, according to a memo seen by The Times.

500 by Anousha Sakoui in Los Angeles. (Moved as an entertainment story.)


^2020 Emmy nominations full list<

^TV-EMMYS-LIST:LA—<The wait is over! The nominations for the 2020 Emmys are being announced today by actress Leslie Jones (alone on a stage representing a cosmic void), joined virtually by fellow presenters Laverne Cox, Josh Gad and Tatiana Maslany. How did your predictions do? Did you beat the experts? Did your favorite shows and performers get their due?

The 72nd Emmy ceremony is scheduled to air Sunday, Sept. 20, on ABC, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel (his third time around).

350 by Michael Ordo a. MOVED


^The biggest snubs and surprises from the 2020 Emmy nominations<

^TV-EMMYS-SNUBS-SURPRISES:LA—<Even with the Emmys expanding the drama and comedy series categories to eight nominees and boosting the supporting acting races to number eight as well, there are omissions. Surprises too. But also crushing, demoralizing exclusions that leave a bitter taste in the mouth and a black cloud over the psyche.

We'll call them, for the sake of alliteration, "snubs," but they're mostly just a sign that there remains too much good television for voters to parse — even during these isolated times when we're stuck inside for too much of the day, wondering if anyone else is enjoying "Never Have I Ever" as much as we are.

So here we present the snubs (sob) and surprises (hurray!) of the 2020 Emmy nominations.

1000 by Glenn Whipp. MOVED


^The case for Catherine O'Hara: Why the 'Schitt's Creek' star deserves an Emmy<

^TV-EMMYS-OHARA:LA—<Why is this Emmy nominations morning different from all other Emmy nominations mornings? It's the last chance for "Schitt's Creek," which ended its run earlier this year, to get in that game. And it has, with nominations for Eugene Levy (lead actor) and Catherine O'Hara, who deserves to take home a lead actress Emmy as Moira Rose, the self-dramatizing, language-massaging, ultimately touching mother in a family that lost all their money, moved into a small-town motel, and, over the course of six seasons, found one another.

This is O'Hara's sixth Emmy nomination, including one last year for comedy actress for "Schitt's Creek" and one in 2010 for the HBO miniseries biopic "Temple Grandin." Her only win was in 1981, as part of the writing staff of "SCTV," an award she shared with her "Schitt's Creek" costar Eugene Levy, among others.

1300 by Robert Lloyd in Los Angeles. MOVED


^Before 'Schitt's Creek,' Annie Murphy nearly quit acting. Now she's an Emmy nominee<

^TV-EMMYS-SCHITTSCREEK-MURPHY:LA—<Before she was cast as Alexis Rose in "Schitt's Creek," the little sitcom that could, Annie Murphy, finding little success, was on the verge of giving up.

"I had a big snotty cry in the Pacific Ocean that I was 100% sure that acting wasn't for me, and the next day I got the audition for 'Schitt's Creek,'" she said Tuesday morning over the phone from Toronto, "and it changed my life in so many incredible ways."

Now, six years later, she has an Emmy nomination (for supporting actress in a comedy series), as do the other members of her TV kin — Catherine O'Hara as Moira Rose and co-creators Eugene Levy and Dan Levy as Johnny and David Rose, a suddenly poor rich family forced into close quarters in a small-town motel — alongside various and sundry behind-the-camera artists.

850 by Robert Lloyd in Los Angeles. MOVED


^Mark Duplass celebrates Emmy nomination for 'Morning Show,' but has bigger plans<

^TV-EMMYS-DUPLASS:NY—<Mark Duplass earned his first acting Emmy nomination Tuesday morning, but that doesn't mean we're going to see his face on TV more often.

The 43-year-old actor and filmmaker, who was nominated for outstanding guest actor in a drama series for his role on "The Morning Show," the Apple TV+ series starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon about a #MeToo scandal behind the scenes of a morning talk show and the ripples that causes, told the Daily News that he wasn't expecting to the nod.

350 by Kate Feldman. MOVED


^Emmys 2020: Netflix scores record 160 nominations<

^TV-EMMYS-NETFLIX:LA—<Streaming giant Netflix handily reclaimed its seat as television's critical dynamo Tuesday by capturing 160 nominations for the 2020 Emmy Awards, setting an industry record and unseating rival HBO.

The Los Gatos, California-based company's massive haul was led by multiple nominations for its violent crime drama "Ozark," the British royal period piece "The Crown" and the post-World War II miniseries "Hollywood."

750 by Ryan Faughnder. MOVED


^Defying its rocky start, Quibi scores multiple 2020 Emmy nominations<

^TV-EMMYS-QUIBI:LA—<Quibi, the short-form streaming service that got off to a shaky start in April, hasn't had much to crow about since its launch. Until now.

The mobile-only network snagged 10 Emmy nominations Tuesday morning, all of them — unsurprisingly — in the awards ceremony's short-form categories.

Quibi performers dominated the short-form acting categories, with four nominees out of five on both the actor and actress lists. Oscar nominees Anna Kendrick and Laurence Fishburne and two-time Oscar winner Christoph Waltz are among the Quibi nominees.

400 by Christie D'Zurilla. MOVED


^Why the Emmy nominations surprise 'The Mandalorian' is a win for Baby Yoda (and Disney+)<

^TV-EMMYS-MANDALORIAN:LA—<Just because Baby Yoda can't qualify for an acting award doesn't mean his excellence wasn't recognized by the Television Academy. "The Mandalorian" is among the shows nominated for the drama series Emmy.

On Tuesday morning, "The Mandalorian" received 15 Emmy Awards nominations. In addition to a surprising nod for drama series, the show's overall haul includes nominations for Taika Waititi's voice-over performance as IG-11, guest actor Giancarlo Esposito as Moff Gideon, production design, special visual effects and stunt coordination.

450 by Tracy Brown. MOVED


^'Ramy' becomes first Muslim American sitcom to land an Emmy nomination<

^TV-EMMYS-RAMY:LA—<TV's first Muslim American sitcom has scored an Emmy nomination.

Ramy Youssef, the co-creator and star of Hulu's "Ramy," was among those recognized in the comedy actor category when the 2020 Emmy nominations were announced Tuesday morning.

"Ramy," which released its second season in May, is an irreverent half-hour comedy that follows Egyptian American Ramy Hassan (Youssef) as he grapples with his Muslim faith while navigating life as a millennial in New Jersey.

300 by Tracy Brown in Los Angeles. MOVED


^Families of Lynn Shelton and Fred Willard moved by posthumous Emmy nominations<

^TV-EMMYS-SHELTON-WILLARD:LA—<When the 72nd Emmy Awards nominations were announced Tuesday morning, director Lynn Shelton and actor Fred Willard were posthumously recognized for their work.

Shelton — a triple threat behind the camera as a writer, director and producer for TV and film — died of a blood disorder in May. On Tuesday, she was nominated for her last directing credit, the finale of Hulu's "Little Fires Everywhere."

300 by Laura Zornosa. MOVED


^Emmys 2020: Why 'Big Little Lies' is nominated but 'I May Destroy You' is not<

^TV-EMMYS-BIGLITTLELIES-MAYDESTROYYOU:LA—<Sure, the COVID-19 pandemic has warped our sense of time, but as you scroll through the list of Emmy nominees you might find yourself wondering why so many shows from soooo long ago — "Stranger Things," "Big Little Lies" and "The Handmaid's Tale" among them — showed up in this year's race.

Blame the Emmy calendar.

To qualify for this year's awards, shows must have premiered between June 1, 2019, and May 31, 2020. "The Handmaid's Tale's" third season debuted on June 5. "Big Little Lies" dropped its second season on June 9. And perhaps you remember celebrating Independence Day last year with a "Stranger Things" marathon, though, if you're like us, you probably don't remember what you did this Fourth of July, much less 12 months ago.

600 by Glenn Whipp. MOVED


^After 17 straight Emmy nods, 'The Amazing Race' is out. Here's what took its place<

^TV-EMMYS-REALITY-COMPETITION:LA—<"The Masked Singer" nabbed an Emmy nomination in the reality competition program category, alongside relative newcomer "Nailed It!" as well as reigning champion "RuPaul's Drag Race" and former winners "Top Chef" and "The Voice."

This particular category has remained historically rigid. "The Amazing Race" has been nominated every year since the category came to be in 2003, and won 10 times. This is the first year that the CBS series did not get nominated in the category.

450 by Ashley Lee. MOVED


^'Watchmen' has been making history since it premiered. The Emmys are no different<

^TV-EMMYS-WATCHMEN:LA—<"Watchmen," the HBO series that turned traditional comic-book tropes on their head by injecting hot-button issues, such as white supremacy, police brutality against Black people and political corruption, into its story line scored 26 Emmy nominations Tuesday — the most of any show this year and more than any other limited series in the category since the current rules were established in 2015. (The classic miniseries "Roots" earned a record-setting 37 nominations in 1977.)

200 by Greg Braxton. MOVED


^Indya Moore on 'Pose' snubs: 'Imagine if we depended on cis ppl to validate us'<

^TV-EMMYS-POSE-MOORE:LA—<"Pose," a popular TV drama centering on trans characters, has once again received zero Emmy nominations for its trans performers.

On Tuesday morning, "Pose" stars Indya Moore and Angelica Ross responded to the snubs, which included their portrayals of Angel and Candy, respectively. The 2020 nominations also excluded Janet Mock, the trailblazing trans director who executive produces of "Pose."

Moore tweeted: "I didn't invent the academy or any of the award shows. If they think my work is unworthy Chile that's just that. Imagine if we depended on cis ppl to validate anything about us."

500 by Christi Carras. MOVED


^Brad Pitt earns Emmy nomination for 'Saturday Night Live' gig as Dr. Fauci<

^TV-EMMYS-PITT:NY—<Dr. Anthony Fauci's star continues to rise — or at least his kind-of lookalike's.

Hollywood golden boy Brad Pitt earned his second-ever Emmy nomination Tuesday for his bit role on "Saturday Night Live" as the lifesaving head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

150 by Kate Feldman. MOVED



^Commentary: How COVID-19 has added to the problem of drug-resistant antibiotics<

^CORONAVIRUS-ANTIBIOTICS-COMMENTARY:TB—<As the world grapples with COVID-19, another pandemic has gone mostly unnoticed.

Each year, 700,000 people — including as many as 160,000 Americans — lose their lives to antibiotic-resistant bacteria. My 18-month-old son Simon was one of them. He woke up one morning screaming in agony. Within 24 hours, he died from a drug-resistant infection that doctors were powerless to stop. Had effective antibiotics been available, he would still be with us today.

750 by Everly Macario. MOVED


^Trudy Rubin: Putin, facing resistance, needs a Trump win more than ever<

^RUBIN-COLUMN:PH—<Four thousand miles west of Portland, Oregon, clear across the Pacific Ocean, there are other political demonstrations that deserve our attention.

In Russia's far eastern city of Khabarovsk, near the Chinese border, tens of thousands of angry Russians have turned out for three weeks to protest the arrest of a popular young governor. Sergei Furgal was pulled from his car, bundled off to Moscow and accused of 15-year-old murders, but his real crime was to challenge Vladimir Putin by defeating a Kremlin ally in elections.

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^Editorial: War is not a game<

^MILITARY-RECRUITMENT-ESPORTS-EDITORIAL:PG—<War is not a game. But impressionable kids may not be able to tell the difference if the U.S. military continues its esports recruitment.

The U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force have all launched esports teams and have been using popular video game streaming websites, such as Twitch, to drum up recruitment.

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