Right-Wing Media Outlets Duped by a Middle East Propaganda Campaign

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Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Getty
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Getty

If you want a hot take about the Middle East, Raphael Badani is your man.

As a Newsmax “Insider” columnist, he has thoughts about how Iraq needs to rid itself of Iranian influence to attract investment and why Dubai is an oasis of stability in a turbulent region. His career as a “geopolitical risk consultant and interactive simulation designer” and an “international relations senior analyst” for the Department of Labor have given him plenty of insights about the Middle East. He’s printed those insights at a range of conservative outlets like the Washington Examiner, RealClear Markets, American Thinker, and The National Interest.

Unfortunately for the outlets who published his articles and the readers who believed them, Raphael Badani does not exist. 

His profile photos are stolen from the blog of an unwitting San Diego startup founder. His LinkedIn profile, which described him

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12 ways to cope with coronavirus anxiety, according to psychologists

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  • The novel coronavirus continues to batter cities and overload hospitals across the US, causing residents to experience anxiety over the unknown, the health of their loved ones, the economy, and more. 

  • Psychologists say feeling worried and anxious is normal in a crisis like this, but it can be managed. 

  • To cope, limit your media exposure to the issue, do your part in helping control the virus’s spread, reach out to others, and follow these other expert tips. 

  • Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Know that feeling anxious about coronavirus is OK and normal.

Wall Street traders are among those experiencing stress as the economy suffers.
Wall Street traders are among those experiencing stress as the economy suffers.

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With rising case loads, physical isolation from loved ones, and, for many, a loss of routine and purpose, Americans have been enduring a mental-health crisis alongside the medical one for months. 

A May study found more than a

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Old Navy, Nordstrom, Anthropologie, and more

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70+ retailers selling face masks online
70+ retailers selling face masks online

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Now that we’ve adjusted to the “new normal” in the age of coronavirus (COVID-19)—and now that many states are slowly starting to open back up—staying safe as we venture out to stores, work, and doctor’s appointments is more important than ever. That’s why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people wear a cloth face covering to slow the spread of the virus when you’re out in public. While not as effective as a medical-grade mask or an N95 mask, these coverings provide an extra layer of protection by blocking respiratory droplets, which is the primary way that COVID-19 is transmitted.

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The demand for these cloth face coverings is on

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All the best 4th of July sales you can still shop right now

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From apparel to Gravity blankets, the 4th of July is the perfect time to snag goodies at a discount.
From apparel to Gravity blankets, the 4th of July is the perfect time to snag goodies at a discount.

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The Fourth of July may have come and gone, but you can still score some huge savings on clothing, appliances, mattresses, electronics and more, thanks to plenty of extended and particularly patriotic sales from all your favorite retailers.

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With discounts on fridges and washing machines at Best Buy and deals on patio furniture, grills and décor at Home Depot and Wayfair, plenty of stores are still feeling the red, white and blue spirit. Ahead, find our roundup of all the best Fourth of July sales you can still shop this week to finally

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Appointments For Coronavirus Testing Now Available Online

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RIVERSIDE COUNTY, CA — Riverside County residents interested in getting screened for coronavirus at one of several county-operated testing sites can now make an appointment online.

Nearly 250,000 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in Riverside County, and health officials continue to encourage residents — those with and without symptoms — to get screened for the virus.

To make an appointment, click www.rivcoph.org/coronavirus/testing.

Residents can also call 800-945-6171, seven days a week between the hours of 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. The wait time to make an appointment by phone is shorter between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m.

“The online appointment system will make it easier and more convenient for everyone to get tested for coronavirus,” said Riverside County Board Chair and Fourth District Supervisor V. Manuel Perez. “It will save time for families making testing appointments, and enable everyone to register for an account to view the result online. An

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Women say they were groped, violated by police during L.A. curfew arrests

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Julia Dupuis, 21, photographed Sunday, says an LAPD officer groped her June 2 as she was being arrested on a curfew violation while participating in a demonstration. <span class="copyright">(Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)</span>
Julia Dupuis, 21, photographed Sunday, says an LAPD officer groped her June 2 as she was being arrested on a curfew violation while participating in a demonstration. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

It was just getting dark when Julia Dupuis was handcuffed on a curfew violation and walked by two Los Angeles police officers to a fence on the side of an empty church, beyond the watchful eye of nearby apartment residents and a good 15 feet from the next protester.

“Do you think it’s a female?” she heard one of the male cops say to the other, with a laugh.

Dupuis, who is gender nonconforming but identifies as a woman, felt paralyzed with fear. The officers had already taken her ID, which identifies her as female, and asked her name. They didn’t appear confused about her gender, she said, just keen to mock it.

One of the officers

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Exotic meats are a Chinese delicacy. But they’re causing concern about another outbreak.

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Ou Yang is having a hard time finding snake to eat.

“A very famous restaurant specialized in cooking snakes in my city already stopped providing such dishes,” Ou told NBC News from Foshan, in southern China, where snake has long been regarded as a delicacy. “They are all banned now.”

As the world struggles to contain the coronavirus pandemic, China is clamping down on the sale of wildlife for human consumption amid concerns about another outbreak of a zoonotic disease. What began as a temporary ban to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 is making legislative leaps to a broader ban on the practice — a move international public health and wildlife experts have been urging for years.

While it means Ou will have to forgo his dinners of snakes, crocodiles, boars and bamboo rats, he understands the reasoning.

“I think the ban is helpful to maintain public health safety,” he

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Hollis Wong-Wear Builds a Business to Fuel Her Art

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In NerdWallet’s Money/Makers Q&A series, we talk with artists and innovators about their money moves, including unique struggles they’ve faced and lessons they’ve learned along the way.

Musician and activist Hollis Wong-Wear built up a business model that gives her more freedom to pursue creative work. (Photo by Janae Jones)

Hollis Wong-Wear knows what it means to fight for what you’re worth. The Los Angeles-based musician and activist has worked for years to build the business infrastructure needed to make her passion profitable — while championing the social causes she believes in.

In the beginning, that meant working on music for free while holding down a side job. She began collaborating with other musicians, such as Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, and got a deep understanding of the logistics of making money as a musician.

Once she had that foundational knowledge, Wong-Wear professionalized. She formed an S corp, a type of

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4 Reasons Why You Should Add Rite Aid to Your Portfolio

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Rite Aid Corporation RAD is an appropriate investment option at the moment given the robust services provided by this drug-store retailer. The company has been benefiting from its efforts to reach out to customers and making available medicine refills for the prescribed customers. Moreover, the company’s EnvisionRxOptions strategy and focus on PBM bode well.

Driven by these positives, the company’s shares have outperformed the industry and the overall Retail-Wholesale sector in the past three months. This Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) stock has rallied approximately 44.8% compared with the industry’s and sector’s growth of 14.4% and 20.6%, respectively.

That said, let’s delve into the factors that make Rite Aid a promising bet.

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Rite Aid is benefiting from the expansion of services to its customers amid the COVID-19 crisis. Notably, the company is providing free home delivery service to customers with an eligible prescription. Further, it is offering

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7 Stay-at-Home Stocks to Buy Amid Second Wave Fears

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Apprehensions regarding a second wave of coronavirus with no vaccine yet in sight are likely to compel people across the world to stay at home until and unless it is absolutely necessary to do otherwise. People are expected to follow social distancing norms, wear masks and limit travel for the foreseeable future.

Notably, over the July fourth weekend, the United States registered a whopping 156,000 new coronavirus cases. New coronavirus cases are up 42% in Florida, followed by 40% in Montana, 37% in Virgin Islands, 33% in Idaho, 32% in Arizona, 30% in South Carolina, 29% in Texas and 21% in California during the same period, per the Washington Post. The paper added that the seven-day average of new coronavirus cases was 48,361, up from 11,740 a week ago.
 
Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said that the early reopening of many states, failure

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