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A Kennedy Wife and a Professor Compete to Run Against a Trump Backer

Brigid Callahan Harrison, a professor of political science and law, in New Jersey on June 26, 2020. (Hannah Price/The New York Times)
Brigid Callahan Harrison, a professor of political science and law, in New Jersey on June 26, 2020. (Hannah Price/The New York Times)

Jeff Van Drew’s defection from the Democratic Party began with a vote against impeaching President Donald Trump and ended with a handshake in the Oval Office.

With his pledge of “undying support” for Trump, the freshman congressman from New Jersey unleashed the full fury of his former party and earned a quick embrace from the Republican president, who promptly held a rally for Van Drew in South Jersey, declaring it “Trump country.”

The apostasy set in motion a surprisingly toxic race that has become a moral crusade by Democrats thirsty for political payback in a state where they outnumber Republicans by 1 million voters.

“We’ve got to make an example out of this guy — kick his butt,” said Michael Suleiman, the Democratic Party chairman in Atlantic County, who helped to send Van Drew to Congress in 2018 during the so-called blue wave.

But Tuesday’s primary race among Democrats vying to run against Van Drew has split largely along the political fault lines that have divided the party.

On one side is Gov. Philip D. Murphy, who offered a late endorsement to the candidate with a celebrity surname: Amy Kennedy, a mental health advocate and former history teacher married to Patrick J. Kennedy, a former congressman and a son of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy.

On the other are two of Murphy’s political rivals, George E. Norcross III, a

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The best student discounts we found for 2020

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Amazon Prime

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Amazon

If you’re not piggy-backing off of your parents’ Amazon Prime account, you can have the subscription for less while you’re in school. College students can get Prime Student for $6.50 per month or $60 per year, and it includes the same perks as a standard Prime membership including free two-day shipping, free same-day delivery in select areas, and access to the entire Prime Video library. Amazon also currently offers a six-month free trial, so you’ll pay even less during your first year.

Buy Prime Student at Amazon – $60/year

Shipt

Shipt is similar to DoorDash but for groceries and household essentials: Pay an annual fee and you can get same-day delivery from numerous stores including Target, Costco and CVS. Shipt’s student plan costs $50 for the year — a 50-percent discount from the normal price — and you get the first two weeks free. Just double check that Shipt has stores available in your area before you subscribe.

Buy Shipt – $50/year

Apple

Apple offers some deals to students and educators. This year in particular, Apple is throwing in a free pair of AirPods when you buy select Macs or iPads for college. You’ll get AirPods with the regular wired charging case free, or you can upgrade to AirPods with the wireless charging case for $40 more. Alternatively, you can get the AirPods Pro for $90 more. Apple knows how popular AirPods are and it clearly wants to sweeten the deal for students who have been

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Police detain prominent law professor and government critic as China’s crackdown continues

Chinese President Xi Jinping <span class="copyright">(Ng Han Guan / Associated Press)</span>
Chinese President Xi Jinping (Ng Han Guan / Associated Press)

Tsinghua University law professor Xu Zhangrun, one of China’s few remaining outspoken critics of Chinese President Xi Jinping and the Communist government, was taken from his home in Beijing by police on Monday morning.

Close friends of Xu’s who spoke with his family confirmed that he had been arrested and that they did not know where the police had taken him.

About 20 police officers surrounded Xu’s home Monday morning while more than 10 others entered, searched the residence, confiscated his computer and then took Xu away, according to a statement from friends of Xu, which has been widely circulated among Chinese activists.

Police did not make any public statement about Xu’s arrest or any charges.

The Chinese legal expert had taught jurisprudence and constitutional law at Tsinghua, one of China’s most prestigious universities, but was suspended in 2019 after publishing a series of essays that criticized Xi’s alteration of the Chinese constitution to remove presidential term limits.

Xu’s detention is the latest amid a crackdown on dissent and free speech in China that has especially targeted intellectuals and those who stray from the Communist Party narrative of state-led victory over the country’s coronavirus outbreak. Space for dissent continues to shrink under Xi’s regime, as those who voice challenges to the party’s authority are picked off one by one.

Novelist Fang Fang, whose published diary depicts everyday people’s suffering during lockdown in the city of Wuhan and seeks accountability for

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Why so many students are dreading the return to university this autumn

students coronavirus - Getty Images
students coronavirus – Getty Images

For Grace Cooper, a second-year student at the University of Birmingham, the prospect of going back to university in September is frightening. Grace has arthritis, is immuno-suppressed, and is vulnerable to catching the coronavirus.

Having spent the past few months completely shielding with her family, the thought of returning to her busy student house and attending lectures and seminars with strangers is terrifying. Now, Grace is considering deferring the year.  

“Although deferring might be necessary,’ says Cooper, ‘it makes me frustrated. I feel like I’m being forced to put my life on pause for a year –  but I’m fearful for my safety.” 

The term ‘corona-phobia’ has been used to describe the deep-seated fear of returning to normality once lock down is lifted. For university students, ‘normality’ couldn’t be more different to lock-down life. Instead of being isolated with a few loving family members, they will be rejoining student life in a city amid thousands of strangers – many of whom will be naturally inclined to socialise as often as possible. 

“One of my main concerns is the prospect of house parties – or just loads of people getting together in one place,” says Cooper. “Whenever my friends and I speak about going back to university, I notice that they have different outlooks to me and that they expect me to be more relaxed about government guidelines. They’ve been talking about going to bars and pubs and I just know that doing that sort of

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Czech volunteers develop functioning lung ventilator in days

PRAGUE (AP) — Tomas Kapler knew nothing about ventilators — he’s an online business consultant, not an engineer or a medical technician. But when he saw that shortages of the vital machines had imperiled critically ill COVID-19 patients in northern Italy, he was moved to action.

“It was a disturbing feeling for me that because of a lack of equipment the doctors had to decide whether a person gets a chance to live,” Kapler said. “That seemed so horrific to me that it was an impulse to do something.”

And so he did. “I just said to myself: ‘Can we simply make the ventilators?’” he said.

Working around the clock, he brought together a team of 30 Czechs to develop a fully functional ventilator — Corovent. And they did it in a matter of days.

Kapler is a member of an informal group of volunteers formed by IT companies and experts who offered to help the state fight the pandemic. The virus struck here slightly later than in western Europe but the number of infected was rising and time was running out.

“It seemed that on the turn of March and April, we might be in the same situation as Italy,” Kapler said.

Ventilators had become a precious commodity. Their price was skyrocketing and so was demand that the traditional makers were unable to immediately meet.

Components for the ventilators were also in critically short supply. So Kapler said he set out to “make a ventilator from the parts that

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