Published 1:34 AM EDT Jul 21, 2020
Negotiations in full swing on next coronavirus stimulus bill
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will meet with Republicans and top Democrats Tuesday in hopes of quickly passing another coronavirus stimulus bill. Mnuchin is planning to brief Senate Republicans on the president’s priorities in the next bill, including another stimulus check for Americans and a payroll tax cut — a measure long sought by President Donald Trump. Mnuchin will also meet with Democratic leaders to discuss their priorities in the bill, including the need to extend the $600 weekly boost to unemployment benefits that are readying to expire at the end of the month.
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Alex Trebek’s memoir is out: ‘The Answer Is…: Reflections on My Life’
Alex Trebek, the beloved “Jeopardy!” host and game-show icon, is finally telling his life story in a memoir out Tuesday — a day before his 80th birthday. “I want people to know a little more about the person they have been cheering on for the past year,” Trebek says in an excerpt from “The Answer Is…: Reflections on My Life.” Trebek announced to the world in March 2019 that he had been diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Throughout his treatment he’s continued to host “Jeopardy!” and provide fans with health updates along the way.
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‘Vanity Fair’ cover of Viola Davis is the magazine’s first by a Black photographer
The new issue of Vanity Fair featuring a powerful image of Oscar-winning actor Viola Davis — on newsstands Tuesday — marks the first time the publication has featured the work of a Black photographer on its cover. The historic image of Davis was shot by photographer Dario Calmese. Radhika Jones, the magazine’s editor-in-chief, writes in the issue that 17 Black people have been on the cover in the 35 years between 1983 and 2017, and that she was determined to fix the lack of representation when she took over the job. In her cover interview, Davis discusses the recent racial justice protests, her upcoming role as Michelle Obama, and the challenges of being a Black woman in Hollywood.
- Viola Davis talks protests, diversity in Hollywood: “I feel like my entire life has been a protest.”
- Hundreds of Black stars call on Hollywood to quit glorifying police, commit to anti-racist content.
Publix to require masks in all of its stores
The nation’s largest retailers are now requiring what some states and cities won’t: the use of face masks. Publix will require all customers to wear masks in all of its stores beginning Tuesday, joining a growing list of businesses with face covering requirements as COVID-19 cases rise. The move comes after Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said that if the American public were to embrace masking now, the pandemic could be brought to heel in less than two months.
- See the full list: Which retailers require face masks?
- Wearing a mask doesn’t just protect others from COVID, it protects you from infection, perhaps serious illness, too.
NFL begins training for rookie teams
After an offseason marked by debate over the COVID-19 pandemic and how to handle the season, all NFL rookies are scheduled to be in training camp by Tuesday. Quarterbacks and injured players are scheduled to report two days later, while all other players are set to be in camp by July 28. Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans rookies reported Monday. The pandemic suspended offseason in-person activities, and the NFL Players Association still has plenty of questions and reservations about returning amid surging cases in hot spots, including Miami, Los Angeles and Arizona.
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