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Wednesday August 5th, 2020 morning edition

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Louisville's top cops refuse to answer questions on Breonna Taylor case They walked out of a committee hearing on Monday, refusing to answer questions.

Louisville's top police officers walked out of a committee hearing on Monday, refusing to answer questions amid an ongoing investigation into the city's handling of the case of Breonna Taylor, a young Black medical worker who was fatally shot by plainclothes officers.

The officials had agreed to testify before the Government Oversight and Audit Committee about the city's response to ongoing protests over Taylor's death.

Attorneys for Schroeder and Hess argued that they couldn't answer the questions due to a federal lawsuit filed Thursday by the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky and the NAACP.

Schroeder's attorney, Joey Klausing, made a similar argument, saying a testimony in open court this early on in the case could jeopardize the officers' defense.

Louisville police officers had executed a no-knock search warrant and used a battering ram to forcefully enter the young woman's apartment.

Taylor and her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, got out of bed around midnight when they heard a commotion outside. »

Hollywood Is Running Out of Villains

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Film and television have shaped how the world sees the United States—and how it perceives the country’s adversaries.

When it comes to some of the great questions of global power politics today, Hollywood has become remarkably timid.

And as the retreat from the kind of films that once bolstered American soft power accelerates, Hollywood is running out of real-life antagonists. »

TIL a Princeton University undergraduate designed an atomic bomb for his term paper. When American nuclear scientists said it would work, the FBI confiscated his paper and classified it. Few months later he was contacted by French and Pakistani officials who offered to buy his design. He got an "A".

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After World War 2, the U.S. government recognized the need for tight control over nuclear energy.

[1] The act was revised in 1954 to further advance the commercial nuclear energy industry, and more tightly control civilian access to nuclear materials and information.

[2] R. Rein "A Princeton Tiger Designs An Atomic Bomb in a Physics Class," People Magazine, 25 Oct 76. »

This is ‘the cognitive test Trump didn’t pass’: Internet reacts to president’s ‘shocking’ Axios interview

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Last week, Axios political reporter Jonathan Swan teased his HBO interview with President Trump as “one of the most shocking exchanges” he’s ever had with him.

“Those people that really understand it, that really understand it, they said it’s incredible the job that we’ve done.”.

Swan asked how Trump could claim that the outbreak is “under control” when the average daily number of deaths is again more than 1,000. »