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What We’re Reading Today: Back To School, U.S.-Mexico Trade Deal, China Tightens Its Grip On Hong Kong . . . And More

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Some headlines that caught our eye.

COVID-19 & Schools

Message From Schools About Reopening: ‘We’re Ready to Go’ — The Epoch Times

Trump Officials Push Schools to Reopen, Setting Up a Fight — Bloomberg News

DeVos ‘very seriously’ considering withholding funding from schools that don’t reopen — The Hill

Coronavirus Task Force to Focus on Southern Outbreaks, School Reopenings — Bay 9 News

Pence on Trump administration’s push to reopen schools: ‘We can’t let our kids fall behind academically’ — Fox News

U.S.-Mexico Trade Deal Goes Into Effect

Mexican President López Obrador praises U.S.-Mexico relations — Los Angeles Times, Via YouTube

Trump meets Mexican president at White House, despite Democratic objections — Fox News

China’s Hong Kong Beatdown

Overnight, a Hong Kong Hotel Is Transformed Into China’s State Security HQ — Wall Street Journal

China’s Great Firewall descends on Hong Kong internet users — The Guardian

Hong Kong Schools Ban Students from Protesting against National-Security Law — National Review

U.S. tech giants face hard choices under Hong Kong’s new security law — Reuters

China Demands Total Obedience From Hong Kong And Everyone Else — Newsweek

U.S.-China Tibet Trade Spat

China, U.S. trade tit-for-tat visa curbs over Tibet — Reuters

State Department Bars Chinese Officials Who Restrict Access to Tibet — New York Times

Russia ‘Bounty’ On U.S. Troops

CENTCOM commander doubts Russian bounty intel tied to U.S. troop deaths in Afghanistan — Fox News

Russia Denies Allegations It Paid Militants To Kill U.S. Troops As ‘Nonsense’ — NPR

U.S. Economy & Business

Fed’s $600 Billion Lending Program Will See More Interest If Economy Slumps, Official Says — Wall Street Journal

United Airlines to furlough nearly 36,000 employees — Fox News, Via YouTube

Bed Bath & Beyond is closing 200 stores as quarterly sales tumble nearly 50% — Business Insider

Brooks Brothers files for bankruptcy, plans to close dozens of stores — Boston.com

Think Tanks, Long Reads & Interesting Miscellany

The Moment: Confronting the prospect of death by COVID — Mark Tapscott, HillFaith blog

The academic Trumpists: American professors who support the Trump presidency — David L. Swartz, Theory and Society

Bjorn Lomborg: New green deals detrimental to post-Covid economic recovery — New Zealand Herald

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