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Trump's misreading the map, looking for Electoral College votes in some of the wrong places

Mon, 07/06/2020 - 15:03

Trump's misreading the map, looking for Electoral College votes in some of the wrong placesAnalysis: The president is putting out fires in red states, while Biden is focused on a half-dozen key battlegrounds.


Iraqi jihadism expert Hisham al-Hashemi killed

Mon, 07/06/2020 - 15:01

Iraqi jihadism expert Hisham al-Hashemi killedRenowned jihadism expert Hisham al-Hashemi was shot outside his home in Baghdad on Monday and died shortly thereafter at a local hospital, Iraqi officials told AFP. Hashemi was an authoritative voice on Sunni jihadist factions including the Islamic State group, but was also frequently consulted by media and foreign governments on domestic Iraqi politics and Shiite armed groups. The investigator assigned to the killing told AFP that Hashemi, 47, walked out of his home in east Baghdad and was getting into his car when three gunmen on two motorcycles fired at him from metres away.


White House defends Trump's claim that 99 percent of COVID-19 cases are 'harmless' with chart showing 5 percent are fatal

Mon, 07/06/2020 - 14:17

White House defends Trump's claim that 99 percent of COVID-19 cases are 'harmless' with chart showing 5 percent are fatalPress secretary Kayleigh McEnany came to her press briefing on Monday prepared to defend President Trump’s assertion that “99 percent” of U.S. coronavirus cases are “totally harmless” with two charts that inadvertently disproved his claim.


Trump Administration to Renew Attempt to End DACA This Week: Report

Mon, 07/06/2020 - 14:16

 ReportThe Trump administration will re-up its attempt to end President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program this week after the Supreme Court blocked its latest effort last month, multiple sources told The Hill.One source who briefed The Hill on the latest developments said the White House had initially slated the renewed effort for last week, but pushed it back to this week. Speaking to Fox & Friends on Monday morning, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows signaled action was coming, saying “starting this week, you’ll see executive orders, you’ll see business that actually goes forward from the Oval Office when Congress doesn’t act.”In June, the Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that the Trump administration’s attempt to end DACA violated the Administrative Procedure Act’s “arbitrary and capricious” standard and could not move forward. In response, President Trump said “nothing was lost or won” in the decision, adding that the court had “punted.”The program, which was instituted by President Obama in 2012, affects approximately 700,000 illegal aliens brought to the United States as children. Through DACA, participants can apply for renewable deportation deferrals and receive work eligibility, but are not given a path to citizenship.Under President Trump, the Department of Homeland Security has filed multiple memoranda — first in 2017 under then-acting DHS secretary Elaine Duke, and a follow-up in 2018 by former DHS secretary Kirstjen Nielsen — seeking to end the program, arguing that it is unconstitutional and cannot be maintained.Trump has previously said that “a deal will be made” with Democrats over the status of DACA’s participants if his administration was successful in ending the program. Former vice president Joe Biden has been outspoken in his defense of DACA, calling its participants “more American than most Americans” during a campaign event in January.


New Stories About Russian Bounties on US Troops Raise Even More Questions

Mon, 07/06/2020 - 14:08

New Stories About Russian Bounties on US Troops Raise Even More QuestionsAs this story has evolved, there has been a subtle but important shift in the main actor.


Trump says U.S. schools must reopen in fall amid pandemic

Mon, 07/06/2020 - 13:58

Trump says U.S. schools must reopen in fall amid pandemicPresident Donald Trump said on Monday that U.S. schools must open in the fall - a decision over which he has limited power - as governors struggle with a nationwide rise in coronavirus infections and states reverse and pause attempts to reopen. "SCHOOLS MUST OPEN IN THE FALL!!!" Trump wrote in a Twitter post. It was not immediately clear what schools Trump was referring to - elementary and high schools or colleges and universities - or what actions Trump was considering.


Russians living near base where Putin's doomsday missile may have exploded last year warned ahead of new military activity

Mon, 07/06/2020 - 12:37

Russians living near base where Putin's doomsday missile may have exploded last year warned ahead of new military activityResidents were told they are living in the "danger zone" and were given the opportunity to evacuate the before the military starts its work nearby.


Republican official apologises for cartoon comparing order to wear masks to Nazi extermination camps

Mon, 07/06/2020 - 11:48

Republican official apologises for cartoon comparing order to wear masks to Nazi extermination campsA Kansas Republican official has apologised following the publication in his newspaper of a political cartoon likening face mask requirements to the Holocaust.The Anderson County Review, a rural newspaper in Kansas owned by the county GOP chair Dane Hicks, ran a cartoon suggesting compliance with state face mask mandates was akin to stepping onto a train bound for a concentration camp.


7 men were arrested after police said they taunted a Black family with racial slurs and Nazi salutes at an Oregon beach

Mon, 07/06/2020 - 10:28

7 men were arrested after police said they taunted a Black family with racial slurs and Nazi salutes at an Oregon beachThe incident happened Saturday during a July 4 celebration in Lincoln City, Oregon. Police said the men who were arrested were "highly intoxicated."


Chicago Police Seize Gun Decorated With Trump Image

Mon, 07/06/2020 - 09:41

Chicago Police Seize Gun Decorated With Trump ImageThe Chicago Police Department seized a gun decorated with President Trump’s image over the weekend.


China Has a Plan to Crush the Tibetan Diaspora

Mon, 07/06/2020 - 09:40

China Has a Plan to Crush the Tibetan DiasporaBeijing’s communists demand obedience. They are able to control Tibetans inside their borders today. Tomorrow, with a selection of the next Dalai Lama, they will go after the Tibetans in Dharamshala and elsewhere.


Regeneron COVID-19 treatment enters final stage trials

Mon, 07/06/2020 - 09:39

Regeneron COVID-19 treatment enters final stage trialsThe pharmaceutical firm Regeneron on Monday announced it was entering the late stages of its human clinical trials investigating a drug to both treat and prevent COVID-19. The drug, called REGN-COV2, is a combination of two antibodies that block the coronavirus' "spike protein" which it uses to invade human cells. This trial, run jointly with the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), is expected to enroll 2,000 patients in the US.


A rare case of brain-eating amoeba has been confirmed in Florida. Officials are telling residents to avoid tap water, and to swim with nose clips.

Mon, 07/06/2020 - 09:38

A rare case of brain-eating amoeba has been confirmed in Florida. Officials are telling residents to avoid tap water, and to swim with nose clips.The Florida Department of Health had to issue a warning for residents to avoid nasal contact with tap water.


U.S. trade groups urge China to increase purchases of U.S. goods, services

Mon, 07/06/2020 - 09:36

U.S. trade groups urge China to increase purchases of U.S. goods, servicesThe U.S. Chamber of Commerce and over 40 trade associations on Monday urged top American and Chinese officials to redouble efforts to implement a Phase 1 trade agreement signed by the world's two largest economies in January despite pandemic-related strains. In a letter to U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, the groups said they were encouraged by the progress so far, but urged a significant increase in China's purchases of U.S. goods and services. The agreement called for China to purchase $200 billion in additional U.S. goods and services over the next two years.


White House: Time for Democratic local leaders to step up against violence

Mon, 07/06/2020 - 09:26

 Time for Democratic local leaders to step up against violenceTrump offers federal help to cities facing deadly violence; White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany weighs in.


Meet the American-Built Ships Ukraine Will Soon Sail (But Will Russia Care?)

Mon, 07/06/2020 - 09:04

Meet the American-Built Ships Ukraine Will Soon Sail (But Will Russia Care?)On Thursday, Congress approved a $250 million military aid package for Ukraine. But what kinds of boats does Ukraine have in their fight against Russia?


Trump administration refusing to let Dr Fauci appear on CBS show, host says

Mon, 07/06/2020 - 09:02

Trump administration refusing to let Dr Fauci appear on CBS show, host saysCBS News host Margaret Brennan has claimed that the Trump administration has prevented Dr Anthony Fauci from appearing on her show for three months.The moderator of CBS’ Face the Nation, claimed on the show on Sunday that the administration had not approved an interview with Dr Fauci since 5 April.


‘We Should Listen to the Argument’ for Removing George Washington Statues, Says Senator Duckworth

Mon, 07/06/2020 - 08:41

‘We Should Listen to the Argument’ for Removing George Washington Statues, Says Senator DuckworthSenator Tammy Duckworth (D., Ill.) said that “we should listen to the argument for removing George Washington statues” in an appearance on CNN’s State of the Union Sunday. Statues of slave-owning historical figures such as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson have become the latest target of the nationwide racial reckoning sparked by the death of George Floyd in police custody this summer.When asked by CNN’s Dana Bash if she supported taking down monuments of leaders who were slave owners, as she has expressed support of changing military bases named after Confederate leaders, Duckworth instead initially took aim at President Trump’s Mount Rushmore speech on Friday.The senator, who the Washington Post reported Sunday is a serious contender in Joe Biden’s search for a running mate in the 2020 presidential election, called Trump’s priorities “all wrong.”“He should be talking about what we're going to do to overcome this pandemic,” she said. “What are we going to do to push Russia back? Instead, he had no time for that. He spent all his time talking about dead traitors.”After further pressing by CNN’s Bash, Duckworth said she thinks we should have a national dialogue over the historical monuments at some point and “listen to everybody.”“I think we should listen to the argument there, but remember that the president at Mount Rushmore was standing on ground that was stolen from Native Americans who had actually been given that land during a treaty,” she said.Trump has defended such monuments, and did so again in his speech Friday, saying, “By tearing down Washington and Jefferson, these radicals would tear down the very heritage for which men gave their lives to win the Civil War, they would erase the memory that inspired those soldiers to go to their deaths,” he said. “They would tear down the principles that propelled the abolition of slavery and ultimately around the world ending an evil institution that had plagued humanity for thousands and thousands of years.”


Atlanta Mayor Orders Protesters to ‘Clear Out’ After 8-Year-Old Girl Fatally Shot

Mon, 07/06/2020 - 07:30

Atlanta Mayor Orders Protesters to ‘Clear Out’ After 8-Year-Old Girl Fatally ShotThe mayor of Atlanta is forcing protesters to “clear out” of the Wendy’s where a police officer fatally shot Rayshard Brooks last month after a violent night that included a dozen shootings citywide and the death of an 8-year-old girl, the mayor said Sunday. “You shot and killed a baby,” Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said at a news conference. “Enough is enough.”Secoriea Turner was shot and killed less than a half mile from the Wendy’s, which had become a place of memorial and protest since Brooks’s death on June 12. Three suspects have been arrested on suspicion of arson after protesters set the fast-food joint ablaze the day after Brooks’s death.Interim police chief Rodney Bryant said the girl was in a car with her mother and an adult friend Saturday night when the driver tried to pull into a liquor store parking lot and was confronted by a group of armed people who had blocked the entrance, NBC News reported. “At some point someone in the group opened fire, striking the car multiple times,” he said.Police are investigating the incident. No suspects have been identified.Protesters had put up illegal barriers, at times flanked by armed protesters, to keep police out of the area near Wendy’s. The city reportedly had tried to take down the barriers multiple times in recent weeks. Authorities had been notified of the barriers’ resurrection less than an hour before the shooting. The Atlanta Police Department told Fox 5 they had planned on checking out the area but were swamped with other 911 calls.“We're doing each other more harm than any police officer on this force,” said Bottoms, who had allowed protesters to occupy the Wendy’s for weeks during open discussions. “We've had over 75 shootings in the city over the past several weeks. You can't blame that on APD.”Within hours of the mayor’s announcement three more people were shot, one fatally, when two people exchanged gunfire, Fox 5 reported. “They say black lives matter,” said the victim's father, Secoriya Williamson. “You killed your own. You killed your own this time just because of a barrier. They killed my baby because she crossed the barrier and made a U-turn.”


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