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Post by annemarie on Mon 08 Jun 2020, 01:31

Senator Kamala Harris condemns Trumps response to Black Lives Matter protests

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-viWdBhkCv0

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Post by annemarie on Mon 08 Jun 2020, 01:49

Republican senator Rand Paul holds up anti-lynching bill amid George Floyd protests

‘Now is the time in America that we condemn the dark history of our past and actually pass anti-lynching legislation,’ says Senator Cory Booker




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Senator Rand Paul listens to testimony during the Senate Committee for Health, Education, Labour, and Pensions hearing on Covid-19 ( (2020 Getty Images) )


Republican senator Rand Paul is holding up a bill that would make lynching a federal crime, amid the George Floyd protests.
Mr Paul admitted on Wednesday that he is the only hold-out in the Senate on the Emmett Till Anti-lynching Act.
A nearly identical version of the bill passed in the Senate last year, but made it through Congress in February, with an amendment to name it after Emmett Till, who was lynched in Mississippi 65 years ago.


This amendment brought it back to the Senate, but it has failed to pass, due to a lone hold-out, who was not named until Wednesday, according to CBS News.
The legislation comes as protests are taking place all over the US, in response to the death of George Floyd, who died after being detained by Minneapolis police.



Protests, which are in opposition to police brutality, have put added scrutiny on systemic racism and injustice in the US and many are hopeful that now is the best time to get the bill passed.
However, Mr Paul told reporters on Wednesday, that he is holding-out on the bill because he wants elements of the proposed language of the legislation modified.
Speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill, the senator said that he wants to make sure the Senate is able to “make the language the best that we can get it”.
He said: “We want the bill to be stronger,” and added: “We think that lynching is an awful thing that should be roundly condemned and should be universally condemned.”
Mr Paul said he was concerned that the current proposed legislation would make it possible to “conflate someone who has an altercation, where they had minor bruises, with lynching”.



The senator added: “We think that’s a disservice to those who were lynched in our history” and “a disservice to have a new 10-year penalty for people who have minor bruising”.
During a debate in the Senate on Thursday, that took place the same time as Mr Floyd’s memorial, Mr Paul said the bill was too broad, and proposed an amendment that would apply the “criminal penalties for lynching only.”
“Rather than consider a good-intentioned but symbolic bill, the Senate could immediately consider addressing qualified immunity and ending police militarization,” the senator said.
The amendment was blocked by New Jersey senator, Cory Booker, who said that now is the time to pass the widely supported bill.
“Tell me another time when 500-plus Congress people, Democrats, Republicans, House members and senators come together in a chorus of conviction and say, ‘Now is the time in America that we condemn the dark history of our past and actually pass anti-lynching legislation.”






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Post by annemarie on Mon 08 Jun 2020, 17:57

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[size=34]Donald Trump mocks Mitt Romney for taking part in Black Lives Matter march laughing at rival for 'tremendous sincerity' and claiming senator's numbers will 'tank'[/size]


  • President Trump mocked Mitt Romney for marching with Black Lives Matter protesters over the weekend 

  • 'Tremendous sincerity, what a guy,' Trump tweeted 

  • Trump claimed Romney's poll numbers will 'tank' in his home state of Utah 

  • Romney said he marched on Sunday 'to make sure that people understand that Black Lives Matter'

  • Trump has held a grudge against Romney since the senator voted against him on one count of impeachment in the president's February trial 


By EMILY GOODIN, SENIOR U.S. POLITICAL REPORTER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 09:49 EDT, 8 June 2020 | UPDATED: 11:49 EDT, 8 June 2020

     




President Donald Trump on Monday mocked Republican Senator Mitt Romney for marching with Black Lives Matter protesters over the weekend and claimed his poll numbers will 'tank' in his home state of Utah because of it. 
'Tremendous sincerity, what a guy. Hard to believe, with this kind of political talent, his numbers would 'tank' so badly in Utah!,' the president wrote on Twitter. 
Trump's insult to Romney came atop a retweet of a Washington Post reporter, who saw Romney marching in the streets of Washington D.C. on Sunday and noted he told her he was walking 'to make sure that people understand that Black Lives Matter.'
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Mitt Romney became the first Republican senator to march with the protests that sprang up in the wake of George Floyd's death, joining them in their march from the Capitol to the White House on Sunday
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President Trump mocked Mitt Romney for marching with Black Lives Matter protesters over the weekend, saying his poll numbers will 'tank' in his home state of Utah because of it
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The president has held a grudge against the Republican senator from Utah since Romney found Trump was guilty on one article of impeachment - abuse of power - in the president's February trial. Romney was the only Republican senator to vote to convict the president, who was ultimately cleared of both articles of impeachment by the full Senate. 
But while Trump slammed Romney's approval ratings, a May poll of Utah voters saw 52 per cent approve of the job Romney is doing as senator. Trump's approval rating is at 42.9 per cent in the Real Clear Politics polling average. 
Additionally, protests in support of the Black Lives Matter movement have taken place across Utah, where the governor brought in the National Guard to help crowd control in Salt Lake City and they included a retired Marine who stood in his dress blue uniform with black tape over his mouth reading 'I Can't Breathe.' 


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Sen Mitt Romney tweeted a selfie of himself marching with protesters in Washington D.C.
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Romney marched in the middle of the crowd of protesters headed for the White House
Romney became the first Republican senator to join the protests that have sprung up around the country in the wake of George Floyd's death when he marched with demonstrators down Pennsylvania Avenue toward the White House. 
He snapped a selfie of himself in the crowd, wearing a white checked shirt, jeans and a construction-grade mask on the hot D.C. day.  His tweet of it, captioned 'Black Lives Matter,' went viral.
Romney told The Washington Post that he wanted to find 'a way to end violence and brutality, and to make sure that people understand that black lives matter.' 
He joined thousands of evangelicals in their march from Capitol Hill to the White House. 
Romney has been vocal in his support of protesters, a contrast to President Trump, who declared himself last week the 'law and order president.' Trump's handling of the protests, including using chemical agents and rubber bullets to have them cleared from the area around the White House so he could have a photo-op at St. John's Episcopal Church, earned him a fair amount of criticism, including from some Republicans.
On Saturday, Romney tweeted a photo of his father, George, who was the governor of Michigan from 1963 to 1969, marching with civil rights protesters in the 1960s in Detroit.
In the caption of that photo, Romney wrote: 'This is my father, George Romney, participating in a Civil Rights march in the Detroit suburbs during the late 1960s - 'Force alone will not eliminate riots,' he said. 'We must eliminate the problems from which they stem.''  
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Retired Marine Todd Winn, wearing a mask which reads 'I Can't Breathe,' participates in a protest in front of the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City on Friday
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On Saturday, Romney tweeted a photo of his father, George, who was the governor of Michigan from 1963 to 1969, marching with civil rights protesters in the 1960s in Detroit. George Romney is seen marching with protesters in June 1963 
And Romney has spoken out about Floyd, the black Minnesota man who died after a white police officer knelt on his neck for eight minutes.
'No Americans should fear enmity and harm from those sworn to protect us,' Romney tweeted last week. 'The death of George Floyd must not be in vain: Our shock and outrage must grow into collective determination to extinguish forever such racist abuse.
Romney's march came after a report he's won't back President Trump in November's election.
It's unclear if the senator would endorse Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee. He is weighing doing what he did in the 2016 election, which is write in the name of his wife Anne, according to The New York Times.  
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Post by Donnamarie on Tue 09 Jun 2020, 04:09

annemarie wrote:Senator Kamala Harris condemns Trumps response to Black Lives Matter protests

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-viWdBhkCv0


I hope Harris is on Biden’s short list for VP.  I like her but there are some other impressive women on the supposed list of candidates under Biden’s consideration.  Harris isn’t the perfect pick but then again I’m not sure anyone on his list is going to be a perfect candidate.  She made mistakes during her primary run for President and she’s been criticized for being more of a follower than a leader around issues of criminal justice reform.  She probably has the most well rounded experience of the women of color likely in the running for Biden’s VP.  Anyone have an opinion on who they would like to see as Biden’s pick?
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Post by heartlove on Tue 09 Jun 2020, 04:14

Donnamarie wrote:
annemarie wrote:Senator Kamala Harris condemns Trumps response to Black Lives Matter protests

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-viWdBhkCv0


I hope Harris is on Biden’s short list for VP.  I like her but there are some other impressive women on the supposed list of candidates under Biden’s consideration.  Harris isn’t the perfect pick but then again I’m not sure anyone on his list is going to be a perfect candidate.  She made mistakes during her primary run for President and she’s been criticized for being more of a follower than a leader around issues of criminal justice reform.  She probably has the most well rounded experience of the women of color likely in the running for Biden’s VP.  Anyone have an opinion on who they would like to see as Biden’s pick?
She's a good pick for poseidon Biden.

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Post by LizzyNY on Tue 09 Jun 2020, 14:15

Donnamarie - I don't think there's anyone on Biden's list who comes without baggage, although they're all really well qualified. I wish he hadn't committed to choosing a woman because I really like Cory Booker. To be honest, he'd be my choice to lead the ticket.

If it has to be a woman, I'd love to see Katy Porter either on the ticket or in his cabinet. She's a pit bull with a class-A brain. So are Harris, Warren and Klobuchar. He's spoiled for choice.
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Post by party animal - not! on Tue 09 Jun 2020, 19:49


Donnamarie, from the other side of the pond I think Harris is the best option. Her cv is

amazing! And in select committee hearings she's the best - A J Barr had no answer to her

questions and was fumbling around as Mnunchin and many others have. Very impressive.


To be honest, I hope Biden surrounds himself with all those impressive candidates, including

Warren, Booker, Klobachar, Buttegieg and Porter. They would make a great team





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Post by annemarie on Tue 09 Jun 2020, 20:27

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[size=48]At Least 13 Texas High School Students Test Positive for Coronavirus After Unsanctioned Prom
After the event, party-goers spent the weekend together at a beach house
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At least 13 high school students in the Fort Bend, Texas, area have tested positive for the novel coronavirus after attending an unsanctioned prom and after-party at the beach.
The unofficial prom event was held in Katy on May 28. Afterward, students from George Ranch High School and Foster High School spent the weekend at a beach house in Galveston, the Fort Bend Herald reports.
"The safety and well-being of the Lamar CISD community is always our top priority," Lamar Consolidated Independent School District, which contains both high schools, said in a statement, according to Today.
"We are aware that some Lamar CISD families have conducted independent events and gatherings that are not associated with the District,” the statement continued. “While we do not have control over the independent decisions that individuals make, we are continuing to encourage all of our families to remain proactive in reducing the risk of COVID-19 by following the CDC recommendations on hand washing and social distancing."

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Parents of the affected students have been sharing information through email and social media.
The news was also announced in a Facebook group for the unsanctioned prom event, titled “Foster Prom 2020.”
“In a continued effort to update this group regarding Covid related information pertaining to our Prom: AS OF TODAY there have been more positive cases confirmed,” a post from June 5 reads. “It has not been confirmed if someone at Prom was positive during attendance or if it was contracted elsewhere which is a strong possibility. However I feel it is important to give you this information so that Parents can choose the plan of action best for each family.”


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It continues, “Everyone that has tested positive is doing their part to contain and treat symptoms as needed. As with anything 'stories' and 'gossip' are wide spread. I ask that we ALL come together as Foster Family and be kind and understanding during this situation. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families affected. May we all respect others choices and privacy during this time. PLEASE have conversations with your teens as this seems to be the main source of incorrect information over the past few days.”
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Post by annemarie on Wed 10 Jun 2020, 00:09

https://people.com/crime/wis-lawyer-64-arrested-after-allegedly-spitting-in-teens-face-at-protest-and-kneeing-a-cop/

[size=48]Wis. Lawyer, 64, Arrested After Allegedly Spitting in Teen’s Face at Protest
Lawyer Stephanie Rapkin is facing multiple charges after allegedly spitting on one protester, shoving another and kneeing an officer during her arrest, say police
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A Wisconsin lawyer was arrested twice in a span of 24 hours after allegedly spitting in the face of a young protester at a rally on Saturday and then pushing a protester and kneeing an arresting officer in the groin on Sunday, say police.
On Saturday afternoon at about 4:30 p.m., attorney Stephanie Rapkin, 64, of Shorewood, a suburb of Milwaukee, showed up at a peaceful protest on N. Oakland Ave. and parked her car across the road, blocking the march, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Leaving the car in the middle of the road, Rapkin got out and walked up to protesters, where she was caught on camera shouting at them, Patch.com reports.

When protesters asked her to move her car, Rapkin spit on Eric Patrick Lucas III, 17, a Shorewood High School junior who helped organize the rally and march, the Journal Sentinel reports.
Onlookers were stunned.
"I continue to be mentally and physically shaken to be assaulted by an adult in my community during the pandemic," Lucas said later, ABC 7  reports. "Again and again, I am viewed not as a child but as a color."
Rapkin, a probate and estate planning lawyer, was arrested on Saturday night “for spitting on a juvenile male during a verbal altercation that took place in the 4000 block of Oakland Avenue,” the Shorewood Police Department says in a press release.
She is charged with suspicion of battery and disorderly conduct. Her bail was set at $950.

She was not taken to the Milwaukee County Jail for this initial arrest because of coronavirus policies, Patch.com reports.

On Sunday, she was arrested again after allegedly pushing an Ithaca college student in front of her house, Patch.com reports.
On Sunday at 3:41 p.m., police were called about a battery that had allegedly taken place in front of a residence in Shorewood, police say in the press release.
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The student was among a group protesting in front of Rapkin’s home when she “came out and engaged in a verbal altercation with the protesters,” the release says.
“The victim reported the suspect then slapped both of her hands on the victim’s chest and physically pushed him” and went back inside her house, the release says.
After “numerous unsuccessful attempts,” officers were finally able to make contact with Rapkin.

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When they told her she was under arrest for battery and disorderly conduct, she allegedly “became physically resistive” when one of the officers tried to handcuff her.
During the struggle, Rapkin allegedly kneed one of the officers in the groin, the release says.
Rapkin is seen on video being led backward from her home to the car by officers who escorted her by her elbows.
She was taken to the Shorewood Police Department to finish being booked.
It is unclear if Rapkin has retained an attorney who can speak on her behalf.
Sherwood Police contacted the Milwaukee County Jail who said staff “would be willing to accept the suspect into custody for this incident,” the release says.
Shorewood police will be seeking charges of battery, disorderly conduct, resisting an officer and battery to a law enforcement officer, the release says.
A complaint has been filed with the State Office of Lawyer Regulation, claiming multiple violations, Patch.com reports.
State Rep. David Bowen, who attended the protest, has called for Rapkin to be disbarred, the Journal Sentinel reports.
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Post by annemarie on Wed 10 Jun 2020, 17:19

Gov. Cuomo speaks on covid and justice agenda

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Post by party animal - not! on Thu 11 Jun 2020, 01:16

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jun/09/coronavirus-cases-uptick-detected-some-us-states

And apparently it's been a month since any daily briefing from the White House but new cases are going up in at least 20 states


Fauci on The View

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Post by annemarie on Thu 11 Jun 2020, 02:05

Coronavirus outbreak

Coronavirus: more than a dozen US states see record high of new cases

  • Fourteen states and Puerto Rico see highest seven-day average
  • Experts had warned of surging numbers as states reopened



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 Visitors at the Universal Studios theme park in Orlando, Florida, on 5 June - the day it reopened after the coronavirus lockdown. Photograph: Gerardo Mora/Getty Images,
A total of 14 states and the US territory of Puerto Rico have recorded their worst week yet for new coronavirus infections, with Texas hitting a record high in Covid-19 hospitalizations, all while restrictions to curb the pandemic are being relaxed across America.

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A resurgence in new infections has been detected in states including Florida, Texas and California, as authorities allow certain businesses and public places to reopen.
According to data tracked by the Washington Post, since the start of June, 14 states and Puerto Rico have experienced their highest seven-day average of new coronavirus cases since the pandemic began. The states are Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Kentucky, New Mexico, North Carolina, Mississippi, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah.
The surge in cases, which public health experts have described as worrying, and had warned about repeatedly, shows that while Covid-19 is now in retreat in New York City and other major urban centres, it is sweeping across rural areas, infecting smaller towns.
Figures from the Texas department of state health services showed that 1,935 people were hospitalized for coronavirus-related reasons on Monday, up from a previous record of 1,888 on 5 May. Officials in Dallas said the city hit its highest ever one-day total for new infections on Thursday, at 285, while Houston has also recorded climbing numbers.
On Sunday, Florida recorded more than 1,000 newly diagnosed Covid-19 cases for the fifth day of the previous week, with Thursday’s total of 1,413 the highest since the state started providing daily updates in March.
California saw a 40% rise in cases last week, with large cities including Los Angeles, which has the highest number of cases in the state, and San Francisco lifting restrictions on travelling and access to beaches.
Arizona, meanwhile, has seen one of the largest jumps in the country, with the daily total in new cases breaking the state record on four separate occasions over the past week.
Doug Ducey, the Arizona governor, who relaxed restrictions two weeks ago, has put the increase down to an increase in testing and insisted that his approach on reopening has been prudent.

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The overall number of new cases recorded each day across the US is hovering around 20,000, down from a peak of 30,000 in April, but this decrease is mainly due to the improving situation in the worst-hit states, such as New York and New Jersey.
As states in the north-east experience drops in new cases, states across the south and California are seeing increases even as they loosen social distancing rules designed to prevent person-to-person transmission of the virus.
Donald Trump has mostly left pandemic response to individual states and has not addressed the crisis in a major way even as the death rate passed 100,000 Americans.

Given the lag in incubation times of the virus, it appears the rise in cases has occurred around the time states started to lift restrictions, leading to scenes in the weekend of the 25 May Memorial Day holiday of people flocking to beaches and lakes and in many cases not practicing social distancing.
“We’re very concerned that our public health message isn’t resonating,” admitted Robert Redfield, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in a congressional hearing last week. “We continue to try to figure out how to penetrate the message with different groups.”

Florida is pushing ahead with the second phase of reopening, where bars and movie theatres can accept customers, in what Governor Ron DeSantis has called a “safe, smart, step-by-step approach”, while Texas is now allowing almost any business to operate at 50% capacity.

Epidemiologists have warned the onward march of reopening will make it difficult to keep a lid on infections if an American public weary of lockdown is again asked to isolate themselves.

“The worrisome thing for me is that there’s a lot of fatigue in the population overall,” said Wafaa El-Sadr, professor of epidemiology at Columbia University.

“People feel they have done distancing and they are thirsting to get outside and connect with each other. If this surge requires us taking a step back, how do we convince people to do that? I feel we’ve made five steps forward and now maybe one step back.”
The uptick is likely to be exacerbated by the large protest gatherings across the US in recent weeks over the death of George Floyd at the hands of police.
 
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It is unclear how strong the latest outbreak will be, although experts point out most states have helped encourage new social distancing or mask-wearing behaviours, as well as shielding the most vulnerable people.
Testing rates have also ramped up over the past month, although states still lack a comprehensive system to track, trace and isolate those who have come into contact with an infected person.
“All the modeling has shown if you reopen without extensive testing and contract tracing, you’ll see an increase in the epidemic,” said Ira Longini, professor of biostatistics at the University of Florida. “That activity is not happening in an organized way in Florida, it’s haphazard. That points towards an increase over summer and then a potentially much bigger increase in the fall.”
Longini warned that there was no sign of the epidemic going away in Florida, and it was increasing, and the situation was unpredictable.
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[size=34]BREAKING NEWS: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs APOLOGIZES for being part of Donald Trump's infamous photo-op saying he was 'wrong' to create a perception of military involvement in politics[/size]


  • Millary was among top officials who accompanied Trump to St. John's church for a photo-op 

  • He was wearing his combat fatigues and was seen in photographed and live TV coverage of the June 1 walk

  • The decision to use police and military force to clear Lafayette Square of protesters minutes before caused an uproar 

  • Comes after a series of former top military officials including Gen. George Mattis blasted the photo-op and warned against politicizing the military

  • Also comes a day after Trump said he would refuse any effort to rename U.S. military bases named after confederate generals 


By GEOFF EARLE, DEPUTY U.S. POLITICAL EDITOR FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 10:01 EDT, 11 June 2020 | UPDATED: 11:32 EDT, 11 June 2020

     


Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley has apologized for his decision to accompany president Donald Trump to his infamous photo-op at St. John's church, saying he 'should not have been there.'
Milley acknowledged the mistake in a commencement speech to the National Defense University Thursday. 
'My presence in that moment and in that environment created an impression of the military involved in domestic politics,' Milley told graduating military and civilian students. 
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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley (r, in combat fatigues) has apologized for accompanying the president to a photo-op at St. John's church June 1
'I should not have been there,' said MIlley, amid ongoing blowback about the use of a display of military force to attempt to push back peaceful protesters the day of the photo-op.
'As a commissioned uniformed officer, it was a mistake that I have learned from and I sincerely hope we can all learn from it,' Milley said.
Milley was pictured walking along with Trump across Lafayette Park June 1 en route to the photo-op, which occurred just moments after Trump called for 'law and order' in a White House Rose Garden speech. 
He did not stand with Trump in front of the church, however, where Trump was pictured holding up a bible. Defense Secretary Mark Esper, who did stand with Trump at the photo-op, tried to explain his belief in keeping the military out of politics last week, with his own job on the line.
Millary also said he was personally angry about “the senseless and brutal killing of George Floyd,” according to the New York Times, who reported quotes from the address.
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Gen. Mark Milley issued his extraordinary apology in a speech to graduating students at the National Defense University
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In this file photo President Donald Trump walks with US Attorney General William Barr (L), US Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper (C), Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark A. Milley (R), and others from the White House to visit St. John's Church after the area was cleared of people protesting the death of George Floyd June 1, 2020
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Millary issued the apology after coming under criticism for his role in the event
In his remarks to graduating students, Milley also defended the international order that he said has prevented bloodshed after world wars, called for them to 'embrace the Constitution,' and issued a passionate defense of the rights of African Americans and a pledge to further diversify the upper ranks of the military.
 We have also seen over the last two and a half weeks an especially intense and trying time for America. I am outraged by the senseless and brutal killing of George Floyd. His death amplified the pain, the frustration, and the fear that so many of our fellow Americans live with day in, day out. The protests that have ensued not only speak to his killing but also to the centuries of injustice towards African Americans. 
'What we are seeing is the long shadow of our original sin in Jamestown 401 yeras ago, liberated by the Civil War but not equal in the eyes of the law until 100 years later until 1965. We are still struggling with racism. We have much work to do,' he said.
He called out 'patterns of mistreatment and unspoken and unconscious bias' that he said 'have no place in America.'
'We must we can and we will do better,' Milley said. 'And we should all be proud that the vast majority of protests have been peaceful,' he added, as President Trump continues to tweet calls for 'law and order.'  
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Milley came under criticism for accompany President Trump on his way to a photo-op at St. John's church
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His apology came after former Defense Secretary Gen. John Mattis condemned politicization of the military
Millery's extraordinary apology comes  after a series of former top military officials including Gen. George Mattis blasted the photo-op and warned against politicizing the military.
Mattis said he was 'angry and appalled' by what he saw, writing in the Atlantic.
'Instructions given by the military departments to our troops before the Normandy invasion reminded soldiers that ‘The Nazi slogan for destroying us … was “Divide and Conquer.” Our American answer is “In Union there is Strength.”’ We must summon that unity to surmount this crisis—confident that we are better than our politics,' Mattis said.  
Milley's apology is just the latest open disagreement between top current or former military officials and President Trump.
Trump announced Wednesday that he 'will not even consider' renaming American military bases that were named after leaders of the Confederacy – despite moves by top military leaders to set in motion a process to consider renaming of the bases, some of which are named after slaveholders who lead troops in battle agains the Union.
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President Trump said Wednesday that he will 'not even consider' renaming the 10 Army bases that are named after Confederate leaders. In the two weeks since George Floyd's death, the 'Black Lives Matter' protests have renewed calls to rid the country of Confederate monuments 
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President Trump sent out a trio of tweets just before Wednesday's White House briefing saying he was against renaming 10 Army bases that are currently named for Confederate leaders 
'These Monumental and very Powerful Bases have become part of a Great American Heritage, and a history of Winning, Victory, and Freedom,' Trump tweeted Wednesday.  'The United States of America trained and deployed our HEROES on these Hallowed Grounds, and won two World Wars,' the president continued. 
'Therefore, my Administration will not even consider the renaming of these Magnificent and Fabled Military Installations,' Trump said. 
On Monday, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy told Politico that he was 'open' to renaming these 10 facilities. 
Politico reported that Defense Secretary Mark Esper - who has been at odds with Trump over how to deal with the 'Black Lives Matter' demonstrations - also supported the discussion.  

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George Floyd: Trump told to back off Seattle's Chaz police-free zone

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[size=13]Media captionThe area taken over by activists has been called Chaz, short for Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone.

State authorities in the north-western US state of Washington have hit back after President Donald Trump threatened to "take back" a police-free district controlled by protesters in Seattle.
Governor Jay Inslee said Mr Trump should stay out of the state's business, and Seattle's mayor said any invasion of the city would be illegal.
Police abandoned a precinct there on Monday after days of clashes.
Mr Trump said the area had been overtaken by "domestic terrorists".
Since police withdrew, demonstrations in the area have been largely peaceful.
It has been called Chaz, an abbreviation of Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone. Hundreds of people have been gathering there to demonstrate, hear speeches and attend events.
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The protests in Seattle, Washington began in response to last month's death in police custody of an unarmed black man, George Floyd, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
President Trump, who has pushed states to take firm action against protesters, has meanwhile outlined proposals for reforming police, including greater funding for training and national guidelines on the use of force.
However, he dismissed calls for defunding the police as an "extreme agenda". Such a measure involves budgets being allocated directly to communities rather than law enforcement.
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How did the 'Chaz' come about?


The area around East Precinct in Seattle became a battleground between protesters and police in the past two weeks, leading the governor to send in the National Guard and for the mayor to impose a curfew.
During the violence, demonstrators threw missiles at police, cars were torched and looting broke out, according to local media.
At the weekend, Seattle police used tear gas and flash bangs to disperse protesters. Members of the city council rebuked the police department, accusing them of heavy-handed tactics.
Then on Monday, the mayor ordered barricades to be removed near the precinct and the police building was boarded up.
Since then protesters have taken over a zone spanning about six blocks of Capitol Hill, a hub of the city's trendy arts scene that has been gentrified in recent years as tech workers drive up property prices.
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What do the protesters want?


Their demands include "defunding" the police - reducing funding to spend more on health and other community services - better disciplinary policies for police and the dropping of criminal charges against protesters.
"My grandparents marched and they were scared of getting dogs on them and tear gas," said 15-year-old protester Francis Vann, quoted by the Seattle Times newspaper.
"Tear gas isn't going to hurt me, isn't going to stop me. I'm young. I just really want a change."
Artist Kimisha Turner told AFP: "I want my son to see that everybody out here cares about him and his life. Especially after so many weeks of protests and everything it just feels really good to be part of something that's really positive and peaceful."
Local media describe a festival-like atmosphere, with poetry readings, music and movie nights. Free fizzy water, snacks, sunscreen and hand sanitiser are available.

What did Trump say about Chaz?


In a series of tweets, the Republican president lashed out at liberal Democratic leaders in the north-western US state of Washington and its most populous city of Seattle.
"Take back your city NOW," Mr Trump wrote on Thursday. "If you don't do it, I will."
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In another tweet, he said "Domestic Terrorists have taken over Seattle", saying Washington Governor Jay Inslee was "looking 'the fool'".
Mr Inslee tweeted back: "A man who is totally incapable of governing should stay out of Washington state's business."
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan defended the right to protest and told President Trump: "Make us all safe. Go back to your bunker."
"The threat to invade Seattle, to divide and incite violence in our city, is not only unwelcome, it would be illegal," she added.

Could the president carry out his threat?


Earlier this month, when protests were spreading across the US, Mr Trump threatened to send in the US Army if state governors - who oversee law and order - were unable to guarantee safety and secure property on their streets.
This would involve invoking the Insurrection Act, a 19th Century law which includes details of circumstances when the government in Washington DC can intervene without state authorisation.


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The act says the approval of governors is not required when the president determines the situation in a state makes it impossible to enforce US laws, or when citizens' rights are threatened.
This law was last invoked in 1992 during riots in Los Angeles following the acquittal of four police officers charged with assaulting black motorist Rodney King, but on that occasion the governor of California requested help.
The law was used throughout the 1950s and 60s during the civil rights era by three different presidents. On some of these occasions there were objections from state

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[size=34]President Donald Trump's re-election campaign is blasted for selling $18 anti-abortion 'Baby Lives Matter' onesies that mimic the Black Lives Matters logo[/size]


  • The 'limited edition' item was originally added to Trump's campaign merchandise to promote the March for Life anti-abortion protest in January 

  • It features red lettering in the same style and script used by Black Lives Matter

  • The $18 onesie is still available for purchase amid the worldwide protests over the death of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer 


By ERICA TEMPESTA FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 14:08 EDT, 12 June 2020 | UPDATED: 15:41 EDT, 12 June 2020

     


President Donald Trump's re-election campaign has sparked outrage by selling 'Baby Lives Matters' onesies in the same style as the Black Lives Matter movement logo to highlight his anti-abortion stance. 
The 'limited edition' item was originally added to Trump's campaign merchandise to promote the March for Life anti-abortion protest in January, according to CNN. The white onesie features red lettering in the same style and script used by Black Lives Matter, an international movement against violence and systemic racism.  
But while the $18 onesie has been available for several months now, it has ignited a firestorm online amid the Black Lives Matter protests that have taken over all 50 states in response to the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, at the hands of white cop Derek Chauvin. 
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Outrage: President Donald Trump's re-election campaign has sparked fury for selling 'Baby Lives Matter' onesies in the same style as the Black Lives Matter movement logo  
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Official product: The 'limited edition' item was originally added to Trump's campaign merchandise to promote the March for Life anti-abortion protest in January
'Proudly show you’re investing in your baby’s future to Make America Great Again with this incredibly soft, boutique-style one-piece,' reads the description of the onesie featured on Trump's official online store. 
A Trump campaign spokesperson confirmed they were being sold in support of the March for Life, CNN reported. 
The onesie is still available for purchase amid the worldwide civil unrest and outcry over Floyd's death, prompting a fierce backlash online. 
'If you thought the Trump Campaign couldn't get any more racist, today they've begun trying to raise money off of "Black Lives Matters" by delegitimizing it and selling "Baby Lives Matter" onesies with the same font and style,' one person tweeted. 


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Inciting fury: Trump's campaign is still selling the $18 onesie amid the worldwide protests over the death of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer
'Baby Lives Matter to @realDonaldTrump and conservatives until they come out of the uterus. Then, especially if the baby is black or brown, they no longer matter to these people,' someone else responded.  
Another commented: 'The president who once declared “I am the least racist person there is anywhere in the world” is now selling 'Baby Lives Matter' onesies on his campaign website.'
In January, Trump became the first president in U.S. history to attend the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. since the landmark Roe v. Wade decision in 1973 that recognized a woman's constitutional right to an abortion and legalized the procedure nationwide. 
'Unborn children have never had a stronger defender in the White House,' the Republican president told thousands of cheering people at the rally. 
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'Sickening': Outraged critics have been taking to Twitter to slam the Trump campaign 
He touted his anti-abortion policies and his appointments of conservatives to the federal judiciary, including Supreme Court Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch. 
In recent weeks, Trump has threatened Black Lives Matters protesters with violence and is being sued by civil rights groups after security forces fired pepper balls and smoke bombs to clear peaceful demonstrators outside the White House. 
Police forced protesters back before Trump walked to the nearby St. John's Episcopal Church for a photo op last week that divided the United States amid nationwide protests over police brutality.
Tear gas canisters were also found near the church, despite repeated denials by the White House and the U.S. Park Police that it was used to break up the peaceful protest.
The American Civil Liberties Union and other groups accused the president and top officials of violating the constitutional rights of Black Lives Matters campaigners and individual protesters.

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[size=34]Donald Trump says police need chokeholds if they are 'fighting' a 'real bad person' as he punts on a total ban on technique that killed George Floyd[/size]


  • President Trump suggested Friday that police may need to use chokeholds if they're up against a 'real bad person' in a 'bad scuffle' 

  • He told Fox News Channel's Harris Faulkner that 'generally speaking' the practice should be ended 

  • But then Trump outlined a scenario in which police may need to use the maneuver that killed George Floyd  


By NIKKI SCHWAB, SENIOR U.S. POLITICAL REPORTER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 15:32 EDT, 12 June 2020 | UPDATED: 16:53 EDT, 12 June 2020

     


President Trump suggested that police may need to use chokeholds if they're in a life-or-death squirmish with a 'real bad person,' he told Fox News Channel's Harris Faulkner. 
Before Trump got to his point that 'generally speaking, it should be ended' he outlined a scenario in which a cop was fighting, wrestling and in a 'bad scuffle' with a 'tough' and 'very bad person' - and in that case, might need to deploy the move that killed George Floyd. 
'And you get somebody in a chokehold and what do you do now? Let go and say, "Oh, let's start all over again, I'm not allowed to have you in a chokehold,"' the president imagined. 'It's a tough situation.' 
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President Trump said that while 'generally speaking' the practice of chokeholds 'should be ended,' he outlined a scenario in which a police officer was in a 'bad scuffle' with a 'very bad person' and the maneuver might be needed 
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President Trump (left) sat down with Fox News Channel's Harris Faulkner (right) and discussed his views on chokeholds, the maneuver police officer Derek Chauvin used that killed George Floyd, a Minneapolis black man 
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Chokeholds are being banned in police forces across the nation after the Memorial Day death of George Floyd, who was kneed in the neck by officer Derek Chauvin 
Police departments across the U.S. are deciding whether to ban chokeholds after Floyd, a black Minneapolis man, was killed by a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, on Memorial Day. 
Video footage of Floyd's death went viral as Chauvin was captured putting his knee on Floyd's neck, leaving him incapacitated. 
'I don't like chokeholds,' Trump said when first asked about the maneuver by Faulkner. 
But he didn't stop there. 
'I will say this, as somebody that, you know, you grow up and you wrestle and you fight. Or you see what happens. Sometimes, if you're alone and you're fighting somebody who's tough ... and it's a real bad person,' Trump said, before segueing to explaining that he believes bad people exist. 
'And they do exist, I mean we have some real bad people,' the president said. 'You saw that during the last couple of weeks, you saw some very good people protesting, but you saw some bad people also.'  

Trump also suggested his viewpoint would change if there were two people against one. 
Faulker reminded Trump that four police officers were at the scene where Floyd died. 
'So it's a very, very, very tricky situation,' Trump went on.  


The president said it was a good thing to discuss. 
'Because, off the cuff, it would sound like, absolutely,' he said of banning the move. 
Faulkner seemed to affirm that Trump believed chokeholds should be used on a 'sliding scale depending on what the circumstances are.' 
She then asked Trump if he thought he was part of the conversation on chokehold bans. 
'I really am,' he answered. 'And I think the concept of chokeholds sounds so innocent, so perfect and then you realize if it's a one-on-one 0 now if it's a two-on-one that's a little bit of a different story depending, depending on the toughness and strength.' 
'You know we're talking about toughness and strength we are talking, there's a physical thing here also,' he said.  
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[size=34]Boris Johnson takes charge on the two-metre rule: PM paves the way for abolition of the social distancing measure as top restaurant boss warns of two million job losses if it is not changed[/size]


  • Boris Johnson set to pave way for end of two-metre social distancing rule

  • No 10 review will look at taking economic impact of coronavirus into account

  • Restaurateur Richard Caring says the current restriction is 'killing the country’

  • Over 294,000 people have tested positive for Covid-19 as death toll hits 41,662

  • Comes after 12 regions in England reported zero new infections in the last week

  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19


By GLEN OWEN and DAN HYDE FOR THE MAIL ON SUNDAY
PUBLISHED: 17:00 EDT, 13 June 2020 | UPDATED: 17:45 EDT, 13 June 2020

     


Boris Johnson will tomorrow pave the way for the abolition of the two-metre separation rule by taking personal control of the decision to axe it.
His crucial intervention comes as one of the country’s leading restaurateurs warns that if it is not scrapped, the hospitality sector will be hit by millions of job losses.
The Mail on Sunday can reveal that the Prime Minister has commissioned a comprehensive No 10 review which will effectively wrest control of Covid-19 social distancing guidance from Government scientists – and, critically, allow the devastating economic impact of the measure to be taken into account for the first time.

One Government source said the move was recognition that ‘there is more to life than the R number’ – the term for the rate at which the infection spreads.
Last night, Tory MPs predicted that the review – to be run by Downing Street’s newly appointed Permanent Secretary, Simon Case – would provide a road map for the two-metre rule to be relaxed in time for the reopening of pubs on July 4.
In other coronavirus developments today: 


  • SAGE scientists have told ministers that pubs, restaurants and shops can ignore the two-metre rule when they reopen but should ban singing and shouting because it spreads the disease;
  • Boris Johnson has called on Britons to head to the High Street and kick-start the flagging economy when transformed stores reopen on Manic Monday;
  • One in five hospital coronavirus patients caught killer bug on a hospital ward, the Government scientists as medics are told to stop 'congregating' during their breaks as it spreads the virus;
  • Neuroscientists have warned that lockdown is putting teenagers at risk of future mental health problems because their developing brains need face-to-face social interaction to build psychological resilience; 
  • Brazil has overtaken the UK to claim the second-highest coronavirus death toll in the world, behind the United States;
  • Covid may trigger the onset of diabetes in healthy people, 17 experts have warned in the in the New England Journal of Medicine.


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Boris Johnson will tomorrow pave the way for the abolition of the two-metre separation rule by taking personal control of the decision to axe it
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UK pub giant Greene King has announced a new 'safe socialising' layout to its 1,700 pubs as preparations ratchet up to serve customers from July 4 
It comes as Richard Caring, the businessman whose empire includes the J Sheekey restaurant in London and The Ivy chain, tells this newspaper that expecting people to stay more than two metres apart is ‘killing the country’.
In a rare interview, Mr Caring accuses Mr Johnson of ‘weakness and indecision’, and said Ministers had grossly underestimated the permanent damage being done to Britain’s 26,000 restaurants.
Unless the rule is relaxed, Mr Caring warns, as many as ‘50 or 60 per cent’ of the four-million hospitality workers in Britain could be laid off when the Government’s furlough scheme comes to an end in the autumn.
Mr Caring, a Tory Party donor, adds: ‘This volcano, unless we wake up to it now, it’s going to be horrendous. It’s just going to explode, spewing out unemployed people. The pain and suffering it is going to cause is horrific.
‘There are estimates saying we could have up to five million unemployed. It’s not going to be five million – it’s going to be more. I don’t think we’ve seen anything yet.
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Crowds flock to Clapham Common this evening to enjoy the party atmosphere, after loosening of Covid 19 lockdown restrictions


‘The Government is actually killing the country right now and the hospitality industry is in the front line of the disaster’.
The insistence of the Government’s Scientific Advisory Group on Emergencies (Sage) on maintaining the two-metre rule has caused an intense political backlash, with Tory MPs and the Treasury joining forces to express concern about the economic damage it is wreaking.
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It comes as Richard Caring, whose empire includes the The Ivy chain, say that expecting people to stay more than two metres apart is 'killing the country'
Figures released last week showed the economy suffered a 20 per cent drop in GDP in April, the largest ever monthly collapse.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak told the party’s backbench 1922 Committee last week that three-quarters of pubs could open if the distance was cut to one metre, and cited the fact that 24 countries had introduced the flexibility to reduce it.
The infection rate in the community has dropped to just 0.06 per cent, while a further 181 people died in the UK in the last 24-hour period to be announced after testing positive for Covid-19.
Researchers found that there is a 1.3 per cent chance of contracting the virus when standing two metres away from an infected person; a figure that only increases to 2.6 per cent when separated by one metre.
The current ‘R’ rate is between 0.7 and 0.9: any number below 1 means that the spread of the virus is decreasing.
Mr Johnson’s new review will take advice from a range of experts, including the Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty and Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance – but also behavioural scientists and economists. It will operate in addition to a rolling review of the guidance being carried out by Sage.
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GDP fell by more than a fifth in the first month of lockdown, and has now contracted by 25 per cent since February. In this chart, 100 on the vertical axis represents the size of the economy in April 2016, showing the extent of the fall compared to previous changes since 1997
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The graphic shows what rules could be in place in pubs across the country when they reopen
The review will look at evidence about transmission in different environments and what is being done in other countries.
Its findings, expected within weeks, will be reported to the Covid Strategy Committee, chaired by Mr Johnson, and comprising Mr Sunak, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove and Health Secretary Matt Hancock.
A senior Government source said last night: ‘This is Boris – and Downing Street – taking control of the process, and this time there will be evidence from economists as well as scientists.
‘It should provide a road map to unlock the economy by the time the hospitality industry reopens on July 4. This is a significant moment’.
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And senior Tories took the move as a clear signal that No 10 was preparing to relax the guidance.
Former Cabinet Minister Damian Green said: ‘This sounds really encouraging. I am delighted that the Prime Minister is taking personal control of this.
‘Moving from two metres to one metre is the single biggest act that the Government could take to save hundreds of thousands of jobs.’
A Downing Street spokesman said: ‘Our progress in fighting coronavirus depends on everyone following the rules we have set out.
‘This comprehensive review will examine how the two-metre rule works in practice, the scientific evidence and international comparisons, among other factors’.

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US police reform: Trump signs executive order on 'best practice'

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[size=13]Media captionTrump: 'Without police, there is chaos'

US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order introducing several police reforms while rejecting calls to defund or dismantle the police.
His order offers federal grants to improve police practices, including creating a database to trace abuses by officers.
The order comes amid anger over the killing of African Americans by police officers.
Several US cities have proposed more radical reforms.
Speaking at the White House on Tuesday, Mr Trump began by saying he had met a number of African American families who had lost loved ones, including the relatives of Antwon RoseBotham Jean and Ahmaud Arbery - the black jogger killed in Georgia earlier this year.
In his address, the president again defended police while condemning looters and "anarchy".
"We have to find common ground," Mr Trump said. "But I strongly oppose the radical and dangerous efforts to defund, dismantle and dissolve our police departments."
He added that "without police, there's chaos".
"Americans believe we must support the brave men and women in blue who police our streets and keep us safe," Mr Trump said.
"Americans also believe we must improve accountability, increase transparency and invest more resources in police training, recruiting and community engagement."
The latest drive for reform began after the death in police custody of George Floyd last month.
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Mr Floyd died after a white police officer in Minneapolis knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes. The killing spurred global protests led by the Black Lives Matter movement.
There was fresh outrage after the death of another black man, Rayshard Brooks, who was shot during an attempted arrest in Atlanta last Friday.
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Media captionThe Wendy's drive-through restaurant was set on fire over Mr Brooks' shooting

What does the Trump order include?


The Trump announcement comes as Democrats and Republicans in the US Congress are developing reforms of their own.
The president's executive order aims to provide incentives for police departments to improve by tying some federal grants to "best practices".
It will create a federal database of complaints against officers. It will also encourage the deployment of social workers alongside officers to deal with non-violent cases involving drug addiction and homelessness.
The White House has stressed the idea is to bring the police closer to communities.
The order will also prioritise federal grants to departments that obtain certifications of high standards regarding de-escalation training and use of force.
"As part of this new credentialing process, chokeholds will be banned except if an officer's life is at risk," Mr Trump said. "Everybody said it's time, we have to do it."
The president said the government was looking into new "less lethal weapons to prevent deadly interactions".
Mr Trump has described the Atlanta incident as "very disturbing", and said his initiative was "about safety".
The president has also condemned George Floyd's death, but rejected suggestions of ingrained racism in police forces.
Critics say the measures fall short of the deep reform that many are seeking.
Following the announcement, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer called on lawmakers to pass bolder legislation.
"Unfortunately, this executive order will not deliver the comprehensive meaningful change and accountability in our nation's police departments that Americans are demanding," he said.
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The law-and-order president


Analysis by Tara McKelvey, BBC White House correspondent
With the signing of the executive order, Trump caved - a bit.
He has called himself a law-and-order president and taken a hard-line approach on the protestors. But on Tuesday, he spoke of changes within the police force.
He used dramatic language, saying he was concerned about justice. He also described the executive order, saying some officers would, for example, now be accompanied by social workers when they go out to help drug addicts or homeless people.
The executive order was hardly the sweeping reform that activists have called for, however.
The president spoke with even more passion about the economy, and the White House was filled with staffers who were not wearing masks.
They - like the president - were trying to convey the message that the nation and its economy are now returning to its once-healthy self.

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[size=48]Health Care Worker and 15 Friends Get Coronavirus After Going to a Bar: ‘It Was Too Soon to Open’
After a night out in Jacksonville, Florida, all tested positive for coronavirus, along with seven employees
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After months of social distancing and staying home, Erika Crisp was excited to go out with 15 of her friends to a newly reopened bar in Jacksonville, Florida. But she now regrets the decision after all 16 of them tested positive for the new coronavirus, COVID-19 — along with seven of the bar’s employees.
Crisp, 40, who is a care management assistant at a medical center, decided to go to Lynch’s Irish Pub with her friends on June 6.
“We’ve all been stuck indoors for months, being careful, social distancing, doing everything the right way,” she told News4Jax.
Crisp started feeling sick eight days ago, with shortness of breath. She tested positive for COVID-19, along with 15 of her friends.

“The only thing we have in common is that night at that bar,” she said.
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After hearing about their cases, Lynch’s general manager Keith Doherty voluntarily closed the bar for a deep cleaning and had his 49 employees get tested for COVID-19, with seven of them testing positive.



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Four other bars in the area also decided to close to clean their facilities. Doherty said that Lynch’s will reopen on Tuesday with additional safety measures in place — the employees will have to wear masks, anyone who enters the bar will have their temperature checked and hand sanitizer is available throughout the room.

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COVID-19 cases are currently spiking in Florida, which is now seeing its highest daily totals of the entire pandemic. On June 6, when Crisp and her friends went to Lynch’s, new cases totaled 1,270. By June 13, Florida hit a high of 2,581 cases.
Crisp said that she and her friends should have been more cautious.
“I think we were careless, and we went out into a public place when we should not have. And we were not wearing masks. I think we had a whole 'out of sight, out of mind' mentality,” she said. “The state opens back up and said everybody was fine, so we took advantage of that.”
Crisp said she learned from this experience, and that the state should not have reopened.
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[size=48]Arizona, Florida and Texas See Their Highest Number of New Coronavirus Cases in the Last Week
Some businesses in the states have reopened and then had to close again after employees contracted the virus
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People dine in Winter Park, Florida, as the state reopens

Several states, including Arizona, Florida and Texas, are seeing their highest number of new coronavirus cases yet as they continue to pull back stay-at-home restrictions.
In Arizona, they hit their highest daily total on Friday, with 1,642 new cases of COVID-19, around three times more than their daily totals in April and May. The state is now close to running out of hospital beds with more than 1,400 hospitalizations, their highest yet.
And in Florida, the spike in cases that doctors had been waiting for in April has finally arrived. The state reported 2,581 new cases on Saturday, with rising numbers in every major city.
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In both Florida and Arizona, restaurants that had reopened to indoor dining have since closed after employees contracted COVID-19, The Washington Post reported.
Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Arkansas, Nevada and Alabama have all also recorded their highest daily case totals in the last week.
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“To be quite frank, I have not been thrilled with what I’m seeing in terms of folks not wearing masks at a high enough rate,” Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson said, according to The New York Times. He believes that people aren’t wearing masks and have stopped social distancing after months at home. “They’ve been asked for quite some time to not be around people they love, and that they want to spend time with. Wearing a mask is not pleasant. And I think people are tired.”



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Outside of the Sun Belt and the South, Alaska and Oregon have also seen their highest numbers yet. In Oregon, Governor Kate Brown put the state’s reopening plans on hold due to the spike in cases.
“This is essentially a statewide yellow light,” Brown said during a news conference on Friday, according to Oregon Live. "We all wish this reopening could be happening faster. My job, however, is to make tough decisions even when they are unpopular. And when it comes to health and safety of Oregonians, the buck stops here."
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While the rise in cases has come at a time when testing is more widely available, epidemiologists have said that these surges are more than just an increased number of test takers. In Florida, for example, more people are testing positive now than they were a month earlier. In the last two weeks, 4.5 percent of people getting tested have the virus, while that number was 2.3 percent in mid-May, prior to Memorial Day.
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[size=48]Dallas Woman Tests Positive for Coronavirus Again After 4 Months: 'I Was Floored'
Doctors are unsure why the virus sometimes reappears — or if it is contagious the second time around
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A woman in Dallas is fighting her second battle against the coronavirus.
Meredith McKee first tested positive for the potentially deadly virus in February, diagnosed after feeling "clear and obvious" symptoms, she told NBC 5.
"I had a dry cough like you would not believe. It would not stop,” McKee recalled, explaining that she managed to fight off the first bout of the virus from home.
She even donated some of her plasma after testing positive for antibodies.
"I felt great finally [doing] something good coming out of the hell that I’ve been through because I'm going to help up to eight people with this plasma,” she said.
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However, last week, McKee shared a tearful photo of herself from a hospital bed at Texas Health Presbyterian in Dallas. After admitting herself with high blood pressure and a headache on Friday, she found out she was one again positive for COVID-19 four months after her initial diagnosis.

"I was floored when it was positive," McKee said.
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Doctors are not sure why the virus sometimes reemerges — or if it is contagious the second time around. Some experts say that a second positive test could just mean that the virus is taking its time to leave the body, but that it can't infect others.
"It's possible that people could shed remnants of the virus for some period of time. That doesn't mean anything is wrong with them or that they are contagious," Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, told NBC 5.
Similarly, Dr. Ania Wajnberg, associate director of medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, told the outlet that they are finding that second positives are not strands of live virus.

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"What we're finding more and more is that the fragments of virus that are being picked up on these swabs weeks later are not able to replicate," she said. "They're not live virus."
Dr. Robert Haley, an epidemiologist at UT Southwestern, added that while it is obviously possible to get coronavirus twice, it appears to be a rare occurrence.
In McKee's case, her doctors believe that the virus simply went dormant after her first bout of illness, a theory backed by [url=https://tamut.edu/Academics/Colleges-and-Departments/CASE/Undergraduate-Programs/Biology/Biology Faculty.html]Dr. Benjamin Neuman[/url], a virologist and the head of the biology department at Texas A&M University-Texarkana.
Neuman told Healthline that he believes a second positive test is not necessarily a reactivation of the virus but rather a resurgence.
The virologist thinks people are probably “being discharged with some virus still in them, and then the disease returns.”

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Post by party animal - not! on Wed 17 Jun 2020, 21:16

Mm, I wonder if there'll be more of this if people who have had it don't self isolate. It would
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appear that it takes a really long time to recover from it - given that it attacks the lungs.

Is Texas promoting social distancing and isolation if you have a related weakness - or is it


business as usual?!


Ps I see that Beijing now has many cases and they're on lockdown

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Post by annemarie on Thu 18 Jun 2020, 00:02

There has been talk that supposedly if you have had it you can't catch it again. I don't believe it , as this thing is mutating why would you not be able to catch another form of it.  Like everywhere you have those who will follow the rules and those who won't . Texas seems to be a state where the people are ignoring the rules.

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Post by party animal - not! on Fri 19 Jun 2020, 11:46


This is impressive........interesting analogies too!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-g1CVtUX-4&feature=youtu.be

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Post by annemarie on Fri 19 Jun 2020, 12:34

People knew who he was and voted for him anyway. I have seen some use  the excuse I chose the part of his character I liked and ignored the rest. Basically, if what he does doesn't affect me it doesn't matter.

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Post by LizzyNY on Fri 19 Jun 2020, 14:24

PAN - All the Lincoln Project's ads are brilliant but I'm not sure they're changing any minds. drumpf's base will just hunker down in their beliefs and continue feeling sorry for their poor put upon leader. "It's just terrible how the fake news media treats him!" Evil or Very Mad

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Post by party animal - not! on Fri 19 Jun 2020, 17:16



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Post by LizzyNY on Fri 19 Jun 2020, 17:40

Great find! I doubt they'll change anyone's mind, but they're pretty clever.
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Post by annemarie on Fri 19 Jun 2020, 18:10

He also had people sign agreements that if  they catch covid they can't sue.

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Post by LizzyNY on Fri 19 Jun 2020, 18:37

Well, of course he did. Heaven forbid he should be held responsible for anything. Hell, he supposedly made his niece sign a non-disclosure agreement before he ran for president because he didn't want her writing a tell-all book about him. Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy  She did it anyway!!!!!!!!!!

Can't wait to see his head explode when he tries to figure out which would make him look worse: suing her to stop the book or letting a real insider make the truth about him public. (I honestly believe her book and how he handles it could be more damaging than anything political.)
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[size=34]NYPD cops encouraged to ‘strike’ on July 4 to give city its ‘independence’
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A labor strike is brewing in the NYPD.
A pair of flyers making the rounds among NYPD officers are encouraging them to call out sick July 4 — as retribution for police reform and a perceived anti-cop climate following the outrage over high-profile police killings of unarmed black men across the country, multiple cops told The Post.
One message calls for the strike to kick off at 3 p.m. July 4.
“NYPD cops will strike on July 4th to let the city have their independence without cops,” the message, which is being passed among cops via text, according to sources.
“Cops that say we can’t strike because of the Taylor Law,” the message reads, referencing a law that makes public worker stoppages punishable with fines and jail time. “The people and this city doesn’t [sic] honor us why honor them [sic].”
It’s unclear whether the messages are being written by other police officers.
Another message seen by police officers reads #Bluflu and instructs cops to call out sick on Independence Day.
“Police officers like you and me took an oath to protect strangers regardless of race, class or gender,” the message reads. “Today we are vilified and must stand as one.”
It then gives instructions for a sickout, telling members to call their precinct and request a sick day. If they are denied, the message instructs them to call the main NYPD sick desk.
If that doesn’t work, officers are instructed to report for duty — then ask for an ambulance so they can go home sick.
“If you are held because of the #Bluflu, request a bus and go sick from command,” the flyer reads.
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PBA president Patrick Lynch said the “blue flu” has been a joke for generations, but “the situation we are in right now is no joke” and NYC cops “have reached the breaking point.”
“Over the past few weeks, we have been attacked in the streets, demonized in the media and denigrated by practically every politician in this city,” Lynch said.
“Now we are facing the possibility of being arrested any time we go out to do our job.”
The NYPD responded that police will be at work on July 4, as always.
“New York City Police Officers will be here today, tomorrow, and on the 4th of July to protect all New Yorkers,” said Sgt. Mary Frances O’Donnell, spokesperson for the department’s deputy commissioner for public information.
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The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected President Donald Trump’s attempt to end the DACA program, handing a major victory to about 650,000 immigrants — most of whom who entered the U.S. illegally as children more than a decade ago.
Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court’s Democratic appointees in a 5-4 decision that found the Trump administration’s move to wind down the Obama-era program for Dreamers lacked a sound legal basis.

The decision does not foreclose future moves to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, but it seems unlikely the administration will be able to put in place a new framework to end DACA before November's presidential election.



Roberts, who has emerged in recent years as a semiregular swing justice on the court, wrote the majority opinion concluding that the decision to phase out the program was unlawful because it did not consider all the options to rein in the program and failed to account for the interests of those who relied on it.
Roberts said the Trump official who ordered the wind-down in 2017, acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke, erred by failing to consider whether it was possible to eliminate the work permits issued to DACA recipients without ending the limited protection they enjoy from deportation. He also said she didn’t give adequate thought to how important the program was to those with DACA status.
“Here the agency failed to consider the conspicuous issues of whether to retain forbearance [from deportation] and what if anything to do about the hardship to DACA recipients,” Roberts wrote. “That dual failure raises doubts about whether the agency appreciated the scope of its discretion or exercised that discretion in a reasonable manner. The appropriate recourse is therefore to remand to DHS so that it may consider the problem anew.”





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Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh all dissented from the decision and said they would have allowed the administration's phaseout of DACA to proceed.
Thursday's ruling was the second major defeat for the Trump administration at the Supreme Court this week. On Monday, the justices issued an unexpected 6-3 decision that a more than half-century-old federal civil rights law [url=https://www.politico.com/news/2020/06/18/Blue states and immigrant rights%E2%80%99 advocates sued in 2017 after Trump launched his bid to eliminate the program. The central issue in the suits was not the legality of the DACA program Obama announced in 2012, but whether Trump%E2%80%99s move to begin winding it down complied with legal requirements. In a series of rulings in 2018, an ideologically-diverse set of district court judges backed arguments that the Trump administration%E2%80%99s explanation for phasing out DACA was legally insufficient. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the program should be wound down because it was at risk of being abruptly ended by litigation. No suit seeking to shut it down was pending at the time of the decision, but some red state attorneys general were threatening to seek such an injunction from a judge in Texas who issued a ruling in 2015 blocking Obama%E2%80%99s expansion of the program.][/url]forbids discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The Trump administration had urged the court to reach the opposite result.



Trump responded to the back-to-back Supreme Court losses with an apparent effort to fire up his conservative base.
"These horrible & politically charged decisions coming out of the Supreme Court are shotgun blasts into the face of people that are proud to call themselves Republicans or Conservatives. We need more Justices or we will lose our 2nd. Amendment & everything else. Vote Trump 2020!" he wrote on Twitter.
Trump added a short time later: "Do you get the impression that the Supreme Court doesn’t like me?"
How much traction Trump will get on the courts and judges issue this time around is unclear, in part because GOP appointees have not been 100 percent reliable votes in support of the administration's views and policies. Gorsuch, a Trump appointee and a favorite of many legal conservatives, wrote Monday's opinion backing LGBTQ rights, joining with the court's liberals and Roberts.
The broader political fallout from the DACA decision was murky, but it could diminish the significance of immigration as an issue in the November election.
A ruling upholding Trump's action would have set off a panic among many DACA recipients and would have led to intense pressure on moderate Republican senators to find some way to offer relief to the hundreds of thousands directly affected and their U.S. citizen family members.
The high court decision averts that kind of a political scramble in the coming months, but does not extinguish the future of the Dreamers as a political issue. Given the pathways the court's action leaves open to ending DACA in the future, it offers no long-term guarantee that the program will remain in place.
One embattled Senate Republican wasted no time in reminding voters that he favors legislation to give Dreamers a chance to remain in the U.S. permanently and even become U.S. citizens.
"While today’s decision provides some clarity for the thousands of DACA recipients who call Colorado home, Congress still needs to reach a long-term solution for Dreamers in the United States—including a pathway to citizenship,” said Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado, considered perhaps the most vulnerable Republican up for reelection this year. “That’s why I support immediate passage of the Dream Act and would also support the House-passed Dream and Promise Act. The Senate should act quickly to provide permanent relief for Dreamers. I will continue to work across the aisle with my colleagues in Congress to deliver certainty for Dreamers in a way the Court cannot.”
Three of the conservative justices who dissented Thursday indicated they had concluded that DACA was flatly illegal in the first place, so the Trump administration was free to end it.
"DHS has no implicit discretion to create new classes of lawful presence or to grant relief from removal out of whole cloth. Accordingly, DACA is substantively unlawful," Thomas wrote in a dissent joined by Alito and Gorsuch. "This conclusion should begin and end our review."


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Thomas also said DHS didn't need to dwell on how people had used the program because, when it was launched in the Obama administration, officials made clear that it could be terminated at any time.
"It is inconceivable to require DHS to study reliance interests before rescinding DACA considering how the program was previously defended. DHS has made clear since DACA’s inception that it would not consider such reliance interests," Thomas wrote.
Kavanaugh passed up the opportunity to join that opinion and never said whether he believed the Obama program was lawful. He said that despite doubts about Duke's original explanation for terminating DACA, he was satisfied with the redo of sorts that DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen issued in 2018 after the first action ran aground in court.
The majority opinion rejected Nielsen's explanation as a dubious "post hoc" justification because it was issued nine months after the original decision.
Prior to Thursday's ruling, Trump had repeatedly said he’d like to reach a deal with Congress to give legal status to the Dreamers. He has claimed those talks would’ve succeeded two years ago if initial court rulings hadn’t blocked his effort to shut down DACA.
However, Democrats have argued Trump blew up the negotiations by deferring to immigration hard-liners seeking to implement a radical overhaul of the U.S. immigration system.
Congressional Democrats who have been trying to pass plans to legalize the status of the Dreamers for more than a decade hailed Thursday’s decision.
"I cried tears of joy" Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said from the Senate Floor. "These wonderful DACA kids and their families have a huge burden lifted off their shoulders. They don't have to worry about being deported, they can do their jobs," he said.
Meanwhile, a top Trump appointee handling immigration policy decried the ruling.
"Terrible. Awful. Double-standard. Outrageous," acting Deputy Homeland Security Secretary Ken Cuccinelli wrote on Twitter. "Supreme Court says all any President needs is a pen and a phone? Does anyone think they’d let @realDonaldTrump just make up 'laws' on sticky notes like @BarackObama ???"
Immigration restrictionist groups criticized the ruling as a setback for separation of powers. "The majority has decided to prolong DHS’ initial overreach by providing a stopgap measure of its own," said Andrew Arthur, a fellow at The Center for Immigration Studies. "In doing so, it has given the green light for future political battles to be fought in this Court rather than where they rightfully belong—the political branches."
But immigrant rights advocates celebrated the decision.



“For almost three years, we have been living with immense uncertainty, and today we are able to breathe a sigh of relief," said Martín Batalla Vidal, a DACA recipient who was the lead plaintiff in one of the cases SCOTUS ruled on, brought by Make the Road New York. "Nonetheless, our fight does not end with the decision by the Supreme Court; our fight continues for permanent protection for DACA recipients and all undocumented people.”
The cases decided by the high court Thursday were launched by blue states, immigrant rights’ advocates and the University of California after Trump embarked on his bid to eliminate the program in 2017. The central issue in the suits was not the legality of the DACA program President Barack Obama announced in 2012, but whether Trump’s move to begin winding it down complied with legal requirements.
In a series of rulings in 2018, an ideologically diverse set of district court judges backed arguments that the Trump administration’s explanation for phasing out DACA was legally insufficient.
Then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the program should be wound down because it was at risk of being abruptly ended by litigation. No suit seeking to shut it down was pending at the time of the decision, but some red-state attorneys general were threatening to seek such an injunction from a judge in Texas who issued a ruling in 2015 blocking Obama’s expansion of the program.
Schumer praised the same pair of decisions Trump lamented. The Senate minority leader suggested they were particularly welcome given ongoing national challenges related to the pandemic and unrest related to police violence against African Americans.
"Let me say this in these very difficult times, the Supreme Court provided a bright ray of sunshine this week," he said referencing the high court's ruling Monday enshrining anti-discrimination protections for LGTBQ workers. "To me, frankly, the court's decisions were surprising, but welcome," he added.
It came as a surprise that one of the central pillars of the Roberts-authored majority opinion Thursday was that relief from deportation was a core part of DACA and that the Trump administration didn't grapple adequately with whether that part of the program could have been preserved.
At oral arguments last November, the chief justice suggested that advocates were hyping the notion that DACA was the last line of protection people had from being tossed out of the country.
“The whole thing was about work authorization and various other benefits,” Roberts said then. “Both administrations have said they are not going to deport the people.”

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Post by heartlove on Fri 19 Jun 2020, 20:00

Maybe Pelosi can introduce a bill documenting people of African descent are 100% human.  A lot of racism is linked to the myth outlined in the scope of slavery.

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Post by party animal - not! on Sat 20 Jun 2020, 12:38

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/world/top-us-prosecutor-geoffrey-berman-resigning-a4474936.html

Barr would like him to. He's not and he's investigating Dumb

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Post by LizzyNY on Sat 20 Jun 2020, 13:35

Barr should know better. Piss off a NY lawyer of Berman's stature and you unleash a ton of whoop-ass from a bad-ass who couldn't care less who you are. He'll just double down on his investigations and go after drumpf even harder. for as long as he can YAY! Very Happy

Obviously there are still some men drumpf doesn't own, and I'm really proud that so many of them come from NY!
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Geoffrey Berman: Trump fires top US prosecutor who refused to quit

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US President Donald Trump has fired a top federal prosecutor who refused to leave office, Attorney General William Barr has said.
Geoffrey Berman, the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, said on Friday that he had learned he was "stepping down" in a press release.
Mr Berman insisted he would stay in post and continue his investigations.
On Saturday, Mr Barr told him that he had asked the president to remove him immediately, and that he had done so.
Top US Democrat Nancy Pelosi said she believed there were "base and improper motives" in the sacking of Mr Berman and that the Attorney General "must be held accountable for his actions".
Mr Berman oversaw the prosecution of a number of Mr Trump's associates.
They included the president's former lawyer Michael Cohen, who has served a prison sentence for lying to Congress and election campaign finance fraud.
Mr Berman's department has also been investigating the conduct of Rudy Giuliani, Mr Trump's current personal lawyer.

What happened on Friday?


The row between the attorney general and the top federal prosecutor in Manhattan began on Friday night, when Mr Barr issued a press release announcing that Mr Berman was "stepping down" after two-and-a-half years in the post.
Mr Berman had "done an excellent job", achieving "many successes on consequential civil and criminal matters", Mr Barr said.
He added that the president intended to nominate Securities and Exchange Commission chairman Jay Clayton, who has never served as a federal prosecutor, as Mr Berman's successor.
The Serious Side - part 7 - Page 11 _113004432_a87c4aa1-d320-4cfc-9dd3-5915bc998e7cImage copyrightEPAImage captionWilliam Barr accused Mr Berman of choosing "public spectacle over public service"
Not long afterwards, Mr Berman issued his own a statement, saying he had learned he was "stepping down" from the press release.
"I have not resigned, and have no intention of resigning, my position," he added. "I will step down when a presidentially appointed nominee is confirmed by the Senate."
Mr Barr's announcement appeared to surprise the Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Lindsey Graham.
He who said that Mr Clayton's nomination would still have to be approved by New York's two Senators, Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, who are both Democrats.
Senator Schumer tweeted: "This late Friday night dismissal reeks of potential corruption of the legal process. What is angering President Trump? A previous action by this US Attorney or one that is ongoing?"

Why did the president fire Mr Berman?


In a letter to Mr Berman released by the justice department on Saturday, Mr Barr wrote that they had discussed his intention to appoint Mr Clayton as US attorney and that he had hoped for co-operation "to facilitate a smooth transition".
"Unfortunately, with your statement of last night, you have chosen public spectacle over public service. Because you have declared that you have no intention of resigning, I have asked the president to remove you as of today, and he has done so," he added.

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Mr Barr said Mr Berman's deputy, Audrey Strauss, would become the acting US attorney and that he anticipated she would serve in that capacity until a permanent successor was in place.
Later, Mr Berman said that "in light of Attorney General Barr's decision to respect the normal operation of law" and to have Ms Strauss become acting US attorney, he would be leaving office, "effective immediately".
"It has been the honour of a lifetime to serve as this District's US attorney and a custodian of its proud legacy, but I could leave the district in no better hands than Audrey's."
"I know that under her leadership, this office's unparalleled AUSAs [Assistant United States Attorneys], investigators, paralegals, and staff will continue to safeguard the Southern District's enduring tradition of integrity and independence," he added.
Before leaving the White House for a campaign rally in Tulsa, President Trump told reporters that the decision to fire Mr Berman was a matter for the attorney general.
"That's his department, not my department. But we have a very capable attorney general, so that's really up to him. I'm not involved."

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[size=48]Trump Admits at Smaller-Than-Billed Tulsa Rally He Slowed Coronavirus Testing to Hide Scope of U.S. Spread
Though President Donald Trump anticipated a packed audience, the upper decks of the Oklahoma arena remained empty
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President Donald Trump returned to the campaign trail on Saturday to his supporters gathered at a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, amid the coronavirus pandemic and the nationwide protests occurring across the country in the wake of George Floyd's death.
Trump's rally was held at the Bank of Oklahoma Center, which seats a total of 19,000 guests. Though Trump, 74, anticipated a packed audience, the upper decks of the arena remained empty.
And less than two hours before the rally, Trump and Vice President Mike Pence were expected to make remarks to the overflow crowd outside the arena. However, after supporters did not gather in the outdoor areas, plans to address the overflow crowd were canceled.
Before entering, rally attendees reportedly had the option to have their temperatures checked and be given masks and hand sanitizer for the large indoor event. Inside the event, many did not appear to be wearing face masks despite coronavirus concerns.

Trump, who did not wear a face mask, took to the stage and addressed his supporters, referring to the coronavirus as "Cove-ed," "the Chinese virus" and "Kung Flu," and telling the crowd: "To be specific, COVID-19. That name gets further and further away from China, as opposed to calling it the Chinese virus."
Speaking about testing, Trump said he urged his team to "slow down the testing," adding, "When you do testing to that extent, you're going to find more people, you're going to find more cases. So I said to my people, 'slow the testing down, please.' They test and they test."
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Trump also defended the Confederacy amid the controversy surrounding the removal of Confederate statues. "The unhinged left-wing mob is trying to vandalize our history, desecrate our monuments. Our beautiful monuments," he said as the crowd booed. The president continued to condemn Democrats, who he said are tearing "down our statues and punish, cancel and persecute anyone who does not conform to their demands for absolute and total control," adding, "We're not conforming, that's why we're here actually. This cruel campaign of censorship and exclusion violates everything we hold dear as Americans."
Pence also spoke at the rally. "We will always put the health of America first," he said as he vowed to "keep building supplies" and "develop medicines and vaccines."
Others who gave remarks included Kimberly Guilfoyle, Lara Trump and Eric Trump, who called protesters "animals" during his speech.
Many were concerned about Trump holding a rally due to the indoor event potentially exposing attendees to the coronavirus — a fact the Trump campaign recognized when it forced ticket-buyers to sign a waiver preventing them from suing if they test positive for the coronavirus afterward.
Hours prior to the rally's start, the Trump campaign announced that six staffers who helped set up the event have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Associated Press. Tim Murtaugh, the campaign’s communications director, said "quarantine procedures" were followed, and the sick employees would not attend the event.
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According to USA Today, the atmosphere surrounding the event early in the day was "celebratory," with Trump supporters proudly swaying American flags and holding up Trump 2020 signs, though many were without face coverings.
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In the middle of a pandemic, with millions out of work.....

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jun/26/trump-administration-asks-supreme-court-axe-obamacare

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https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jun/25/us-trump-administration-stimulus-payments-dead-people



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Trump administration asks supreme court to axe Obamacare
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 The supreme court building in Washington DC. The Affordable Care Act is likely to be a key political battleground in the forthcoming presidential election. Photograph: AFP/Getty
The Trump administration has asked the US supreme court to invalidate the Obamacare lawthat added millions to the healthcare safety net but has been at the centre of political controversy.
The government advocate, Noel Francisco, argued in a filing late on Thursday that the Affordable Care Act (ACA), one of Barack Obama’s signature achievements – in office, became invalid after the previous Republican-led Congress axed parts of it.
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“Nothing the 2017 Congress did demonstrates it would have intended the rest of the ACA to continue to operate in the absence of these three integral provisions,” said Francisco, who leads the justice department’s office of the solicitor general.

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“No further analysis is necessary; once the individual mandate and the guaranteed-issue and community-rating provisions are invalidated, the remainder of the ACA cannot survive.”
The legal push will be an important political battleground in the presidential election, where Trump is seeking a second term against the challenge of the Democratic candidate, Joe Biden, in a November vote.
“President Trump and the Republicans’ campaign to rip away the protections and benefits of the Affordable Care Act in the middle of the coronavirus crisis is an act of unfathomable cruelty,” said the Democratic House of Representatives Speaker, Nancy Pelosi.
“If President Trump gets his way, 130 million Americans with pre-existing conditions will lose the ACA’s lifesaving protections and 23 million Americans will lose their health coverage entirely. There is no legal justification and no moral excuse for the Trump Administration’s disastrous efforts to take away Americans’ health care.”
The US is the country worst-hit by Covid-19, with more than 124,000 deaths and 2.4 million infections. The ACA has prohibited health insurers from denying coverage to Americans with pre-existing health conditions.
“It’s cruel, it’s heartless, it’s callous,” Biden said in a campaign speech on Thursday of the move to gut Obamacare.


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“Obamacare has been an unlawful failure and further illustrates the need to focus on patient care,” the White House spokesman, Judd Deere, was quoted as saying by the Washington Post after Thursday’s filing.
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Post by annemarie on Fri 26 Jun 2020, 13:11

I would hope that the court see's through Trump and know the people need their insurance especially now.

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Trump administration sent $1.4bn in stimulus checks to dead people
US Government Accountability Office said almost 1.1 million dead people received payments of about $1,200 each


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 Steve Mnuchin shows Donald Trump a pre-paid debit card to distribute coronavirus aid during a meeting at the White House on 19 May. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images
The Trump administration sent almost $1.4bn in coronavirus stimulus payments to dead people, according to its own watchdog’s report.
In the report released on Thursday, the US Government Accountability Office (USGAO) said almost 1.1 million dead people received payments of about $1,200 each, as of 30 April.
The payments were part of about $3tn in economic relief approved by Congress in March and April.
The need for help remains: on Thursday it was revealed that another 1.48 million Americans filed for unemployment assistance last week, bringing the total since the pandemic began to about 47 million.

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Donald Trump is in favor of further relief payments. But the president is out of step with many Republicans in Congress, who may seize on reports of bureaucratic dysfunction to block new moves.
According to the USGAO, the payments to dead people happened because the system used to send out the payments was based on that used during the Great Recession of 2008, was not synchronized between the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the US treasury, and did not use death records as a filter.
The number of economic impact payments going to decedents,” the report said, “highlights the importance of consistently using key safeguards in providing government assistance to individuals.”
“IRS has access to the Social Security Administration’s full set of death records, but treasury and its Bureau of the Fiscal Service, which distribute payments, do not.
“USGAO recommends that Congress provide treasury with access to the Social Security Administration’s full set of death records, and require that treasury consistently use it, to help reduce similar types of improper payments.”
The IRS has said payments to dead people – or the incarcerated – should be returned.
Explaining why payments – and its study of them – were necessary, USGAO wrote: “The outbreak of Covid-19 quickly spread around the globe. As of 17 June 2020, the US had over 2m reported cases of Covid-19, and over 100,000 reported deaths, according to federal agencies.”
As of 25 June, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University, the US has seen nearly 2.3m cases and nearly 122,000 deaths.
Despite a surge in cases in states, mostly Republican-led, that are attempting to reopen their economies, the Trump administration has moved to end funding for 13 testing sites including seven in Texas, a state reporting record case numbers.
On Wednesday, Johns Hopkins reported a national one-day total of new 

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Post by LizzyNY on Fri 26 Jun 2020, 14:26

Another reason not to vote for drumpf (aside from the fact that he's completely unqualified and morally bankrupt): His destruction of the ACA would allow insurance companies to declare survivors of covid-19 to have a pre-existing condition and therefore be denied coverage.
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Florida has now spent about three weeks under phase two of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ reopening plan and newly reported cases of COVID-19 continue to create concern as they accelerate beyond numbers seen when the pandemic first began.

Across the state, new cases of the novel coronavirus have been reported by the thousands daily, with infection numbers surpassing those seen when the pandemic first caused the state to shut down.

On Friday, the Florida Department of Health reported 8,942 new cases of COVID-19, as well as 39 new deaths and 212 additional hospitalizations. The state reported a 13.5% positivity rate for new tests conducted.

The number of newly reported cases shattered the record for the most cases of COVID-19 reported in a single day. The previous record was set on Wednesday when the state reported 5,511 cases.

The new statistics bring the total number of reported COVID-19 cases in Florida since the disease was first reported in the state on March 1 to 122,960 with a total of 3,366 deaths and 13,987 hospitalizations.

Orange County alone reported 1,062 new cases of COVID-19 since approximately the same time Thursday.

A report by the FDOH showed that the city of Orlando has the second-highest total number of COVID-19 cases in the state, with 5,872 confirmed infections; the only city with more reported cases is Miami with 17,909 confirmed cases of coronavirus.



The state does not report the number of current patients in hospitals with the coronavirus, but rather the overall total. The state also does not share the number of individuals who have recovered from the disease after being diagnosed.

The newly reported cases also depend on the number of tests administered per day, but the Florida DOH doesn’t release private lab testing in its overall total, so that percentage is difficult to determine.

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Nearly every day over the past month, Florida has seen large increases of reported coronavirus cases, with some days seeing a rise in reported infections that broke records for the most cases reported in a single day throughout the history of the pandemic in Florida.

While the new numbers remain high, the positive results are likely stemming from infections contracted up to two weeks prior, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention maintains that the coronavirus has an incubation period of two to 14 days before symptoms become apparent, if at all.

Some individuals may never experience any symptoms of COVID-19 but may still be positive for the disease, which can lead to asymptomatic spread.

Here’s how coronavirus cases break down locally by county:





















While Thursday saw more than 5,000 newly reported cases of COVID-19, the numbers were not record-breaking for the state; however, Thursday did see a record for the day with the second-most COVID-19 testing performed since the end of May with 52,372 coronavirus tests.

Health officials said that on Thursday, Orange County alone reported more new cases of COVID-19 than were reported as totals in 38 states.

News 6 broke down some of the numbers being reported daily by the FDOH and found that for the first 13 days of the pandemic, March 15 through the 26, the entire state of Florida did not exceed more than 714 newly reported cases of COVID-19 on any given day. Florida has now reported new cases in the thousands for at least the past two weeks.

Officials with the city of Mount Dora alerted residents Friday that two employees at a community park have tested positive for the coronavirus.

The positive cases were found at the Lincoln Avenue Pool at Mount Dora’s Lincoln Avenue Community Park; officials closed the pool where one of the employees worked and said it “will not reopen until the public safety risk has been eliminated and staffing ratios can return to normal.”

Mount Dora leaders said that anyone who may have been in contact with any staff members from the pool should self-quarantine and self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19.

Also this week, a Lake County deputy who was assigned to the jail with more than 120 COVID-19 cases died, officials said.

[RELATED: Workers at Mount Dora public pool test positive for COVID-19]

The COVID-19 swab and antibody testing at the Orange County Convention Center testing site has been overwhelmed by the response for the past few days as more people seek to be tested as new cases spike.

On Friday, officials said the first car in line for testing at the convention center arrived at 1 a.m.

“Plan ahead, be prepared for a long wait,” Emergency Management officials said. “Have a full tank of gas, working A/C and windows that fully open & close.”



Officials in South Florida have a new health threat to attack in addition to COVID-19. According to the Associated Press, health officials announced 10 more cases of West Nile virus have been detected in Miami-Dade County, bringing the total to 14 cases, the Miami Herald reported.

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The local health department has placed Miami-Dade County under a mosquito-borne illness alert. Officials are asking residents to remove any items on their property where water can accumulate because they can develop into mosquito breeding grounds. This includes garbage cans, gutters, buckets, pools, coolers, birdbaths and pet water bowls, according to AP.

The new cases were all contracted through local transmission, health officials said. The county reported the first two cases in May, followed by two more on June 11.

Nationally, the number of confirmed new coronavirus cases per day in the U.S. hit an all-time high of 40,000 Friday — eclipsing the mark set during one of the deadliest stretches in late April — in a resurgence that has led some governors to backtrack or at least pause the reopening of their states, AP reported.

While the increase is believed to partially reflect greatly expanded testing, experts say there is ample evidence the virus is making a comeback, including rising deaths and hospitalizations in parts of the country, especially in the South and West. Arizona, Texas and Florida are among the states that have been hit hard, according to AP.

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The number of confirmed infections soared past the previous high set on April 24 of 36,400, according to the count kept by Johns Hopkins University.

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[size=34]BREAKING NEWS: Trumps LOSE attempt to gag Mary Trump from publishing tell-all book as a judge dismisses petition for a protective order saying their claims are 'fatally defective'[/size]


  • The Trump family have lost their attempt to gag the president's niece Mary Trump from writing a tell-all book about them 

  • They were seeking a temporary restraining order, claiming she signed a NDA 

  • A judge at the Queen's Surrogate's Court in New York ruled that their application to stop Mary was 'fatally defective' and dismissed it 

  • The family have claimed that 'no amount of monetary damages can ameliorate the loss' if Mary is allowed to publish her book 

  • In their application, the Trumps said that they would suffer 'irreparable harm' if Mary's book is released next month as planned 

  • Mary's book — titled Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man — is scheduled to be released in July 

  • DailyMail.com spotted Mary in Brewster, Massachusetts on Tuesday night, at her $2 million Cape Cod beachfront condo


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PUBLISHED: 14:13 EDT, 25 June 2020 | UPDATED: 15:49 EDT, 25 June 2020


The Trump family have lost their attempt to gag the president's niece Mary Trump from writing a tell-all book about them.
A judge at the Queen's Surrogate's Court in New York ruled that their application to stop Mary was 'fatally defective' and dismissed it.
Judge Peter J. Kelly said that his court was the wrong jurisdiction and that any attempt to block her book, titled Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man, has to be done through the Supreme Court instead.

The decision is another embarrassing blow to the Trumps after they had to refile their application because they didn't pay the $45 fee.  
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 Mary is the daughter of the president's brother Fred Jr. (pictured), who died in 1981 from alcoholism
In his four page ruling, Judge Kelly said: 'At the outset, the court finds that the submissions suffer from several improprieties'.
Judge Kelly wrote that a preliminary injunction is an order obtained in a pending action and as the probate for Fred Trump Sr's estate was resolved in 2001 it is 'non-existent'.
The judge said: 'To the extent the accompanying petition is supposed to provide the jurisdictional basis for said motion (the injunction), it cannot do so as that petition is fatally defective'.
Judge Kelly said that the Trump family filing their motion in his court was 'improper' and 'outside the parameters' of the Surrogate's Court.
Instead it should go through the Supreme Court, which handles civil matters.
Judge Kelly said he would have accepted jurisdiction if the application affected Fred Sr's probate matters.
But he wrote: 'It cannot be successfully argued that this dispute affects the administration of the decedent's estate.
'The irrefutable conclusion is, regardless of the outcome of the matter, the administration of this estate will not be impacted one iota'.
Judge Kelly wrote that the agreement Mary and the Trump family signed backs up his point.
He cited a paragraph which stated that in the event of a breach, an injunction may be obtained by 'any court of competition jurisdiction'. 
Theodore Boutrous, the lawyer for Mary and her publishers Simon & Schuster, said: 'The court has promptly and correctly held that it lacks jurisdiction to grant the Trump family's baseless request to suppress a book of utmost public importance.
'We hope this decision will end the matter. Democracy thrives on the free exchange of ideas, and neither this court nor any other has authority to violate the Constitution by imposing a prior restraint on core political speech'. 
Simon & Schuster saidn: 'We are delighted with Judge Kelly’s decision to dismiss this case from the Surrogate Court. We look forward to publishing Mary L. Trump’s TOO MUCH AND NEVER ENOUGH, and are confident we will prevail should there be further efforts to stifle this publication.'
The Trump family lawyer Charles Harder said: 'Robert Trump, Mary Trump and the other family members who settled in 2001, agreed to jurisdiction of future disputes in the Surrogate’s Court of Queens County, New York. 
'This matter therefore was filed in that court. Today, the Surrogate’s Court ruled that it does not have jurisdiction over the dispute. Therefore, Robert Trump will proceed with filing a new lawsuit in the New York State Supreme Court'. 
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Meanwhile her brother, Fred Trump III said Mary is still bound by a nondisclosure agreement with the Trump family and should not have written the blockbuster book that she is planning to publish next month. 
In a statement issued exclusively to DailyMail.com by the president's son Eric Trump, Fred said: 'At the time that our lawsuit with the family was resolved, Mary and I had each received a generous financial settlement from the family and were more than willing to agree to execute non-disclosure provisions, all of which had been approved and recommended by our attorneys and advisors at that time.'
'In my opinion, those provisions of the 2001 settlement agreement are still in effect and binding today and I have continued to honor them.' 
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Mary's book — titled Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man — is scheduled to be released in July
In his statement Fred said he and his family 'have a strong relationship with our extended family and have had no involvement or interest in the preparation of this book.'
And he said that Mary's claim that his son William — who suffers from cerebral palsy — has been cut off by the president and his three surviving siblings is false.
'As is also known by Mary, our son William has been very well provided for financially for many years through the William Trump Medical Fund by my aunts and uncles, Maryanne, Donald, Elizabeth, and Robert; for which we are very appreciative.'
DailyMail.com's attempts to contact Fred Trump were unsuccessful. 
One estimate says that William, who turns 21 next week, receives up to three-quarters of a million dollars a year for his condition.
Just last week, when news of the proposed book first broke, Donald Trump said he had a good relationship with Fred III.
The president and his siblings say they would suffer 'irreparable harm' if Mary's book is published. 
In an application for a temporary restraining order, they say: 'No amount of monetary damages can ameliorate the loss that will be suffered if Mary Trump is allowed to violate the settlement agreement and publish'.    
They argued that Mary agreed not to write a memoir back in 2001 under the terms of a settlement which resolved a bitter family dispute over the estate of family patriarch Fred Trump Sr.
The agreement said that due to Donald Trump being famous and his sister Maryanne being a federal judge 'the family made the decision collectively to enter into an agreement that would maintain the confidentiality of the family's private matters'. 
The application sets up a First Amendment clash with Mary and her publishers Simon & Schuster.
Their lawyer Theodore Boutrous has said that the Trumps are 'pursuing this unlawful prior restraint because they do not want the public to know the truth'.
He said: 'The courts will not tolerate this brazen violation of the First Amendment'. 
The blurb says that Mary, 55, a psychologist, describes a 'nightmare of traumas, destructive relationships, and a tragic combination of neglect and abuse'.
Mary is one of two children by Fred Trump Jr, the President's older brother who died in 1982 aged 42 after battling alcoholism.
When Fred Sr died in 1999, Mary and her brother Fred Trump III challenged his will because they claimed that the Trump family exerted undue influence to cut them out.
Mary claimed in a lawsuit that in retaliation the Trumps ended the healthcare for her side of the family. 
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DailyMail.com spotted Mary on Long Island on Friday (pictured) but she left over the weekend for Cape Cod where her condo is 56 steep steps above a sandy beach on Cape Cod Bay
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DailyMail.com tracked her down to the second-floor condo in the town of Brewster, where she was spotted wearing the same outfit and buying a six-pack of Bass Ale on Tuesday (left and right). Despite wanting to tell all about her uncle, Mary was less forthcoming when it came to talking to us. 'There will be a time and a place,' she said. 'Have a great day. Enjoy. It's a beautiful spot'
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In the application for the restraining order, which oversaw Fred Sr's probate, the Trumps say that everything was resolved in 2001 under a 'global' agreement.
The application states: 'Confidentiality was at the essence of the settlement agreement.
'Fred Trump Sr had been a famous figure in New York real estate. Fred's son Donald also had become a famous real estate developer.
'Fred's daughter, Judge Barry, was a judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
'The court cases involving Fred Trump Sr's will had received extensive publicity and the family made the decision collectively to enter into an agreement that would maintain the confidentiality of the family's private matters'.
The financial terms have been blacked out and there are nine pages including sections on ground leases, a Trump-owned company and trusts set up in 1976.
The application does however note that Mary received a 'substantial' amount of money.
As part of the agreement Mary agreed to not 'directly or indirectly publish or cause to be published any diary, memoir, letter, story, photograph, interview, article, essay, account or description or deficient of any kind whatsoever, whether fictionalized or not, concerning their litigation with (the Trumps) or assist or provide information to others in connection therewith', the application states.
The only exception would be if Donald, Maryanne and their brother Robert gave consent.
Yet in an affidavit Robert Trump says that he 'never consented' to let Mary write her book.
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In an affidavit Mary claimed at that point, she discovered that in September 1991 Fred Sr rewrote his will so it 'virtually disinherited' her and Fred III. The new will divided the bulk of the inheritance among his living children, meaning Mary and Fred III only got $200,000 each because their father was dead. Pictured l-r: Robert, Elizabeth, Fred, Donald and Maryanne
The Trumps argue that an emergency injunction is needed because books are often sent to book stores weeks ahead of publication.
They appear to have learned the lessons from the book by Donald's former national security adviser John Bolton, which was hugely embarrassing for the President.
They went to court to stop 'The Room Where It Happened' from being published but a judge refused because much of it had already been made public through leaks.
The last time Mary spoke publicly about her family was 20 years ago in an article for the New York Daily News in which she said Donald and his siblings 'should be ashamed of themselves'.
She was reportedly the source for a New York Times investigation into the President in 2018 which demolished his image as a self made man.
In fact Donald received at least $413million from his father and was a millionaire by the time he was eight.
Mary's Twitter feed is an indication of what the tone of her book will be like and she called her uncle's election victory in 2016 the 'worst night of my life'.
The 55-year-old left her home on New York's Long Island over the weekend after news of her heavily contested tome broke. She drove her black Audi 270 miles to the condo on Cape Cod in Massachusetts that she bought in 2004 for $1.15 million, but is now worth nearly double that. 

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For decades: Fred Sr agrees to pay Fred Trump Jr's family's medical bills.
1970: Fred Trump Jr and his wife Lisa Trump divorce.
1982: Fred Jr dies aged 42 after a lifetime of battling alcohol addiction. Fred Sr agrees to cover Lisa's medical expenses and those of her children, the lawsuit states. 
September 18, 1991: Fred Sr changes his will. Mary and Fred III allege he did so under the undue influence of Donald and the rest of the family.
June 25, 1999: Fred Sr dies. His estate goes into probate.
June 30, 1999: William Trump, Fred III's son, is born with severe disabilities and seizures which requires extensive medical treatment.
Early 2000: Mary and Fred III challenge Fred Sr's will because they claim he was manipulated into cutting them out by Donald, Robert and Maryanne.
March 30, 2000: Trump family informs Mary, Fred III and their mother that their health insurance benefits, which they had all their lives, would be terminated on May 1 that year. Fred III's son William's benefits would terminate on April 1 - just two days later.
April 27, 2000: Fred III, his wife, Mary and their mother sue the Trump family, claiming they are cutting off their health insurance in retaliation for challenging Fred Sr's will.
Later in 2000: The case is eventually settled and the terms are not in the court file.

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What I find really interesting is that Fred III's statement was released by Eric Trump. I'd find it a lot more believable if he'd released it himself.

I think they may have already refiled in Manhattan. Let's hope the next judge is sympathetic to the First Amendment.
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