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Trump Bans DoD Diversity Training That Suggests US Is Racist

President Donald Trump issued a sweeping executive order Tuesday banning the military’s use of diversity training programs that suggest that the United States is “an irredeemably racist and sexist country.”

The move is an extension of a prior ban that applied to government workers; the latest order would also block the agencies from paying for “divisive” training programs supplied by federal contractors.

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Trump said his order is aimed at combating a “pernicious” ideology taking root in the U.S. that “some people, simply on account of their race or sex, are oppressors; and that racial and sexual identities are more important than our common status as human beings and Americans.”

“Unfortunately, this malign ideology is now migrating from the fringes of American society and threatens to infect core institutions of our country,” he said in the order.

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TikTok, WeChat bans starting Sunday will be limited in scope

The restrictions the US government plans to impose on popular Chinese apps TikTok and WeChat will be limited in scope, and it has effectively pushed the deadline for TikTok to strike a deal out to November.

The Commerce Department announced early on Friday that as of Sunday, new US downloads of TikTok, owned by ByteDance, will be prohibited. WeChat will be banned from using services in the US necessary for the app to function. TikTok users who have the apps can continue to use them, but no upgrades or updates will be available after Sunday.

“The scope of the orders is pretty narrow, focused on US operations of the firms [and] apps, and not extending to their use in key markets like China or Southeast Asia,” said Paul Triolo, head of the geo-technology practice at Eurasia Group.

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Business Recovery Hampered for Some by Foreign-Worker Visa Bans

GATLINBURG, Tenn.—Jerry Huskey, a senior staff member at Ober Gatlinburg, spent his summer struggling to hire enough staff to operate its amusement park and he is dreading the same challenge as the winter ski season approaches.

Lockdowns and travel restrictions because of the coronavirus pandemic created one set of hiring hurdles this year; Washington created others. In June, President Trump banned several work-based visa types through the end of the year, including the J-1 and H-2B programs for seasonal foreign workers, with the aim of safeguarding any open jobs for Americans.

Recruiting those U.S. workers, however, proved difficult this summer because the seasonal jobs aren’t permanent, affordable housing is hard to find, and, in some locations, there simply aren’t enough workers available, business leaders say.

The enhanced unemployment benefits approved by Congress and the White House this summer also meant American workers could make more money staying at home rather

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