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Post by Admin on Sat 27 Jun 2020, 20:33

DailyMail.com spotted Mary in Brewster, Massachusetts on Tuesday night, at her $2 million Cape Cod beachfront condo
 This made me laugh.  They just 'spotted' her, did they?  Just happened to be passing by, were they?
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Post by annemarie on Sun 28 Jun 2020, 10:21

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[size=34]Calls mount for St. Louis mayor to resign after she read out the names and addresses of protesters demanding the closure of an 'inhumane' city jail on Facebook Live[/size]


  • More than 27,000 people have signed a petition demanding Mayor Lyda Krewson's resignation and blasting her for 'endanger[ing] the lives of protesters'

  • Krewson shocked listeners in Friday's online event when she reeled off the full names and addresses of demonstrators

  • The individuals had written to her with their proposals for police reform including cuts to law enforcement budgets 

  • The video stayed online for three hours before it was finally taken down and Krewson was forced to issue an apology

  • Protesters are demanding the closure of St. Louis Medium Security Institution - the 'Workhouse' - where inmates are said to be held in inhumane conditions 


By RACHEL SHARP FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 21:48 EDT, 27 June 2020 | UPDATED: 00:12 EDT, 28 June 2020


Calls are mounting for the mayor of St. Louis to resign after she read out the names and addresses of protesters demanding the closure of an 'inhumane' city jail during a Facebook Live briefing. 
More than 27,000 people have signed a petition demanding Mayor Lyda Krewson's resignation and blasting her for 'directly endanger[ing] the lives of protesters' following Friday's online event.  
Krewson shocked listeners when she reeled off the personal details of demonstrators  - some reportedly up to 10 times - sparking major fears for their safety. 

She singled out the individuals after they had written to her with their proposals for police reform including cuts to law enforcement budgets.   
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Calls are mounting for the mayor of St. Louis to resign after she read out the names and addresses of protesters during a Facebook Live briefing
'They presented some papers to me about how they want the budget to be spent,' the mayor said with disdain.  
'Here's one that wants $50 million to go to Cure Violence, $75 million to go to Affordable Housing, $60 million to go to Health and Human Services and have zero go to the police.'  


Krewson then proceeded to read the full name of the individual and their personal home address.  
In the shocking video, she continues with a handful of other protesters who have written to her, also making public their names and addresses to everyone tuning in. 
Outraged city residents slammed her actions on social media with live comments urging her to stop sharing the personal details of protesters. 
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Krewson shocked listeners when she reeled off the personal details of demonstrators - some reportedly up to 10 times - during Friday's online event (above)
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The ACLU of Missouri condemned Krewson for the 'shocking and misguided' decision to publicize the information, which they said 'serves no apparent purpose beyond intimidation'. 
'Today adds to the list of things we never thought we would have to say,' the statement read.
'To be clear, it is shocking and misguided for Mayor Lyda Krewson of St. Louis, to broadcast the addresses of those who dare to express a different viewpoint on an issue of public concern.
'It serves no apparent purpose beyond intimidation.'  
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More than 27,000 people have signed a petition demanding Mayor Lyda Krewson's resignation
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The video stayed online for three hours before it was finally taken down and Krewson was forced to issue an apology (pictured)
The video stayed online for three hours before it was finally taken down and Krewson was forced to issue an apology. 
'I’d like to apologize for identifying individuals who presented letters to me at City Hall today. This was during one of my Facebook updates as I was answering routine questions,' she said in a Twitter statement Friday.
'Never did I intend to harm anyone or cause distress. The update is removed and again, I apologize.'
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Demonstrators are urging the city to shut down the controversial St. Louis Medium Security Institution, also known as the 'Workhouse' (pictured)
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Protesters have also been calling for the police force to be defunded in the wake of the 'murder' of George Floyd by a cop in Minneapolis
The mayor's actions came hours after protesters took to the streets of the city demanding both police reforms and the closure of the controversial St. Louis Medium Security Institution, also known as the 'Workhouse'.
Around 50 protesters gathered outside the workhouse Friday for the second week in a row. 
Demonstrators are urging the city to shut down the city jail, which has long been plagued with allegations of holding inmates in inhumane conditions including forcing them to live among rat and cockroach infestations.
The campaign to close the workhouse was started in 2018 by civil rights group ArchCity Defenders.
Protesters have also been calling for the police force to be defunded in the wake of the 'murder' of George Floyd by a cop in Minneapolis.

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Post by party animal - not! on Sun 28 Jun 2020, 12:32


From the paper George describes as stellar....


https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jun/28/donald-trump-re-election-playbook-25-lies-cheats-and-steals

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 Donald Trump listens during a meeting in the East Room at the White House. Photograph: Carlos Barría/Reuters
Donald Trump will do anything to be re-elected. His opponents are limited because they believe in democracy. Trump has no limits because he doesn’t.

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Here’s Trump’s re-election playbook, in 25 simple steps:
1) Declare yourself above the law.
2) Use racist fearmongering. Demand “law and order” and describe protesters as “thugs”, “lowlife” and “rioters and looters”. Describe Covid-19 as “kung-flu”. Retweet posts from white supremacists. In your campaign ads, use a symbol associated with Nazis.
3) Appoint an attorney general more loyal to you than to America, and politicize the Department of Justice so it’s lenient on your loyalists and comes down hard on your enemies. Have it lighten the sentence of a crony convicted of lying under oath. Order investigations of industries you dislike.
4) Fire US attorneys who are investigating you.
5) Fire independent inspectors general who are looking into what you’ve done. Crush any whistleblowers you find.
6) Demean and ignore the intelligence community. Appoint a director of national intelligence more loyal to you than to America. Demand that the head of the FBI pledge loyalty to you.
7) Pack the federal courts with judges and justices more loyal to you than to the constitution.
Cool Politicize the Department of Defense so generals will back whatever you order. Refer to them as “my generals”. Have them help clear out protesters. Order the military to surveil protesters. Tell governors you’ll bring in the military to stop protesters.
9) Purge your party of anyone disloyal to you and turn it into a mindless, brainless, spineless cult.
10) Get rid of accumulated experience and expertise in government. Demean career public servants. Hollow out the state department, the Departments of Justice, Health and Human Services, and public health.
11) Reward donors and cronies with bailouts, tax breaks, subsidies, government contracts, regulatory rollbacks and plum jobs. Put their lobbyists in charge of your agencies. Distribute $500bn in pandemic assistance to corporations in secret, without any oversight.
12) Coddle dictators. Don’t criticize their human rights abuses. Refuse to work with the leaders of other democracies. Withdraw from international treaties.
13) Create scapegoats. Demonize migrants and lock up asylum seekers at the border, even if they’re children. Put a white nationalist in charge of immigration policy. Blame Muslims, Mexicans and Chinese.
14) Denigrate and ridicule all critics. Describe opponents as “human scum”. Attack the mainstream media as purveyors of “fake news” and “enemies of the people”.
15) Conjure up conspiracies supposedly led by your predecessor and your opponent in the last election. Without any evidence, accuse your predecessor of “treason”. Fabricate a “deep state” out to get you.
16) Downplay real threats to the nation, such as a rapidly spreading pandemic. Lie about your utter failure to contain it. Muzzle public health experts. Urge people to go back to work even as the pandemic worsens in parts of the country.
17) Encourage armed supporters to “liberate” states from elected officials who disagree with you.
18) Bribe other nations to investigate your electoral opponent and flood social media with lies about him.
19) Use rightwing propaganda machines like Fox News and conspiracy-theory-peddling One America News to inundate the country with your lies. Ensure that the morally bankrupt chief executive of Facebook allows you to spread your lies on the biggest media machine in the world.
20) Suppress the votes of people likely to vote against you. Intimidate voters of color. Encourage Republican governors to purge voter rolls, demand voter ID and close polling places.
21) Seek to prevent mail-in ballots during the pandemic. Claim they will cause voter fraud, without evidence. Threaten to close the US postal service.

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22) Get Vladimir Putin to hack into US election machines, as he did in 2016 but can now do with more experience and deftness. Promise him that in return you’ll further destabilize America as well as Nato. Let him even place a bounty on killing US troops in Afghanistan.
23) If it still looks like you’ll be voted out, try to postpone the election.
24) If you’re voted out of office notwithstanding all this, refuse to leave. Contest the election, claim massive fraud, say it’s a conspiracy, get your cult of a political party to support your lies, get your propaganda machine to repeat them, get your justice department to back you, get your judges and justices to affirm you, get your generals to suppress any subsequent rebellion.
25) Declare victory.
Memo to America: beware Trump’s playbook. Spread the truth. Stay vigilant. Fight for our democracy.
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[size=48]Trump Deletes Video of Man Shouting 'White Power' as White House Claims He 'Did Not Hear' Slur
In the since-deleted message, President Donald Trump thanked his supporters, calling them "great people"
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June 28, 2020 02:00 PM



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President Donald Trump shared on Twitter Sunday a video in which a supporter of his could clearly be heard yelling "white power." The video was then deleted.
The video, which was retweeted by the president, documented a pro-Trump rally at a senior citizen center in Florida. In the clip, a man driving a golf cart, which was adorned with “Trump 2020” and “America First” signs, drove past a group of counter-protesters, one of whom could be heard yelling, “racist” and “where’s your hood?”
In response, the man in the golf cart yelled out the words “white power,” while raising his fist in the air. In the tweet, Trump called his supporters "great people."
"Thank you to the great people of The Villages. The Radical Left Do Nothing Democrats will Fall in the Fall. Corrupt Joe is shot. See you soon!!" he wrote in the since-deleted tweet, which was deleted after about 90 minutes, according to the Washington Post.

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White House spokesman Judd Deere claimed the president did not hear the inflammatory remark in the video.
"President Trump is a big fan of The Villages. He did not hear the one statement made on the video. What he did see was tremendous enthusiasm from his many supporters,” Deere said.
Brushing off the statement, Democratic party chairman Tom Perez said, “this president tried to claim ignorance, but the consistency of his actions – on Charlottesville and most recently Lafayette Square – drown out his vacuous words.“
Perez’s statement highlights Trump’s response to a 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, when he said there were “very fine people on both sides,” as well as his controversial photo-op earlier this month outside a church near the White House, which came after authorities forcibly dispersed crowds protesting against systemic racism and police brutality.


Among those who spoke out against Trump for sharing the video was South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, who is the only black Republican in the Senate.
“There’s no question: He should not have retweeted it. He should just take it down,” Scott said on Sunday’s episode of CNN’s State of the Union.
“The entire thing was offensive,” he added. “There’s no question. We could play politics with it, or we can’t – I’m not going to. I think it’s indefensible and he should take it down.”
On the same program, US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar said that Trump would never “do anything to be supportive of white supremacy.”
"I've not seen that video or that tweet, but obviously neither the President, his administration nor I would do anything to be supportive of white supremacy or anything that would support discrimination of any kind," Azar said, adding that the entire administration stands “against any acts of white supremacy.”
RELATED: Trump Calls for '10 Years in Prison' for Anyone Who Vandalizes a Veteran's Monument or Statue
In a separate interview, former National Security Advisor John Bolton — who has been one of the president's most prominent critics ahead of the November election — said it was possible that Trump had only retweeted the message because he saw a campaign sign in the video, although it was “legitimate” to draw other conclusions.
"It may be that you can draw a conclusion that he heard it, and it was racist, and he tweeted it to promote the message. It is a legitimate conclusion to draw. It is also entirely legitimate to say he just had no idea what else was in the video other than the Trump sign," he said, according to CNN.
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The backlash over the video comes as Trump's disapproval hit a high this week, according to a new poll from NPR, PBS Newshour and Marist. The poll shows that his approval at 40 percent overall and a 58 percent disapproval rating — and that 49 percent of voters "strongly disapprove" of "the job Trump is doing."
In addition to facing criticism over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, as the majority of states are now reporting increases in cases, Trump has also been accused of worsening racial tensions in America.
In a poll conducted earlier this month by NPR, PBS NewsHour and Marist, two-thirds of Americans said they believed that the president had increased racial tensions.
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Post by party animal - not! on Mon 29 Jun 2020, 10:15



Please correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't it Kushner who was in charge of Covid White

House strategy under Pence?? Where is he?


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Post by party animal - not! on Mon 29 Jun 2020, 10:17

Oh, and this...


https://twitter.com/OberstWKlink/status/1277326383698624522

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Post by annemarie on Mon 29 Jun 2020, 11:38

https://people.com/politics/michelle-obama-makes-passionate-speech-about-voter-registration/


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"These past few months have been pretty heavy for just about everyone," Michelle Obama said
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Michelle Obama wants people to get out and vote in November.
Through her nonprofit organization When We All Vote, Mrs. Obama teamed up with The Roots during the 13th Annual Roots Picnic on Saturday to encourage people to register to vote for the upcoming 2020 presidential election.
During the virtual event, the former first lady, 56, shared a passionate plea about voter registration.
"These past few months have been pretty heavy for just about everyone and the truth is, we still got our work cut out for us in the weeks and months ahead," she said. "I want to remind everybody that we got an election coming up and it couldn't be more important that everybody makes their voice heard this time around."

"If you aren't sure where to get started you can take the first step by making sure you are registered to vote," the mother of two said, adding that people can text ROOTS to 56005, as well as head to WhenWeAllVote.org, for more information.
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"You'll get all the tools and resources you need to make sure everyone you know is registered and ready to vote in this upcoming election," she shared. "That means your friends, your neighbors, your family. That means from your favorite auntie down to your baby cousin who can vote for the very first time."
"We may not all sound like SZA or Kirk Franklin," Mrs. Obama said, "but we all deserve to have our voices heard at the ballot box in November."
RELATED: Michelle Obama on the Future: 'History Is Made by the People Who Show Up for the Fight’
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As the presidential election nears, the Becoming author has been vocal about the importance of voting — including in a recent interview with Shonda Rhimes for Harper’s Bazaar.

"Voting is so much bigger than one election, one party, or one candidate. It’s great to feel inspired by candidates and the visions they put forth, but it is by no means a prerequisite to casting a ballot,” she said. “Because at the end of the day, someone is going to be making the decisions about how much money your schools get and how tax money is distributed. Voting gives you a say in those matters.”
Since leaving the White House, Mrs. Obama has made voting access a major focus with her When We All Vote initiative — work that has increased relevance amid the coronavirus, she said.
In May, she also launched a new nonpartisan coalition made up of mayors from around the country who will work together to continue to push for safe voting policies, including online voter registration, early in-person voting and mail-in voting.
As she told Rhimes: “Nobody should have to choose between their health and making their voice heard.”
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Post by LizzyNY on Mon 29 Jun 2020, 14:55

party animal - not! wrote:Oh, and this...


https://twitter.com/OberstWKlink/status/1277326383698624522
There was a time not so long ago when political discourse in this country had at least a veneer of civility and mutual respect. Sadly, that time seems long gone. However, there are signs that it might make a comeback sometime in the future.

There is a site on YouTube called "Republicans Against Trump" that is extremely encouraging. It's a series of videos by  lifelong Republicans who voted for drumpf but won't vote for him again, and many who will never vote Republican again.Their reasons for their decisions are compelling and make me wish these videos could be shown on tv all over the country. It's a fascinating watch and a great addition to the Lincoln Project's ads.

(P.S. For anyone who's getting depressed by all this negativity, check out Matt and Savannah Shaw's version of "The Prayer" - or any of their other father/daughter duets on YouTube . Absolutely gorgeous! It will soothe your soul. I love you
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Post by LizzyNY on Mon 29 Jun 2020, 20:19

Just a correction. In the 2nd paragraph it should read "Republican Voters Against Trump". Sorry.
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Post by annemarie on Mon 29 Jun 2020, 21:55

Thanks Lizzy, I really wish more people could see and hear these people.

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Post by annemarie on Tue 30 Jun 2020, 01:19

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[size=48]Supreme Court Votes to Strike Down Restrictive Louisiana Abortion Law
The law, which was blocked with a 5-4 vote, required any doctor performing abortions in the state to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals
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In its first major abortion rights case in years, the Supreme Court voted on Monday to strike down a restrictive Louisiana law.
The Louisiana law, which was blocked with a 5-4 vote, required any doctor performing abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.
The law was similar to Texas legislation that had been struck down in 2016, with Justice Anthony Kennedy, who was considered the Supreme Court’s swing justice, joining in with the court’s four liberal members: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.
This was the court's first major abortion rights case since 2018, when Kennedy retired.
Although generally viewed as a conservative-leaning judge, Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the court’s liberal wing on Monday’s vote, which came a week after he also voted in favor of giving LGBTQ workers federal protection against discrimination as well as preventing President Donald Trump from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

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In his decision, Justice Roberts referenced the law the Supreme Court struck down in 2016, which also called on doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. Another provision of the law would have required all clinics where abortions were performed to meet all of the same standards as outpatient surgical centers.
According to The New York Times, in the 2016 decision, Breyer wrote that “neither of these provisions offers medical benefits sufficient to justify the burdens upon access that each imposes. Each places a substantial obstacle in the path of women seeking a previability abortion, each constitutes an undue burden on abortion access, and each violates the federal Constitution.”
Although Roberts did not vote with the majority in 2016, he said that his decision on Monday was made with the previous judgement in mind. "The result in this case is controlled by our decision four years ago invalidating a nearly identical Texas law," wrote Roberts, who did not join in with the majority opinion, according to the Associated Press.

“This is a big win that vindicates what we’ve said all along, which is that the Louisiana admitting privileges law is unconstitutional. This is a victory for the people of Louisiana and the rule of law, but this case never should have gotten this far...and the fact that we had to fight so hard again goes to show that nothing should be taken for granted when it comes to protecting abortion rights,” Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, said in a statement. 
“Unfortunately, the Court’s ruling today will not stop those hell-bent on banning abortion. We will be back in court tomorrow and will continue to fight state by state, law by law to protect our constitutional right to abortion. But we shouldn’t have to keep playing whack-a-mole," Northup continued. "It’s time for Congress to pass The Women’s Health Protection Act, a federal bill that would ensure the promise of Roe v. Wade is realized in every state for every person.”
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Only two of the five doctors who perform abortions in Louisiana had obtained admitting hospital privileges, according to The New York Times. However, one of the doctors testified that he would not be able to handle the work alone, and a trial judge previously concluded that if the law went into effect, it would have left just one doctor in one clinic available to provide abortions in the state.
Although the law was previously blocked in 2017 by a federal judge on the grounds that the restriction would be an “[url=https://www.lamd.uscourts.gov/sites/default/files/opinions/Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law in 14cv525.pdf]undue burden[/url]” on women seeking to uphold their constitutional rights to abortion access, an appeals court rejected the findings in 2018, according to the Associated Press.
As the case went to the Supreme Court for deliberation, an emergency appeal was filed, asking the court to stop the law from being enforced until a decision was made. In a foreshadowing of Monday’s vote, last year Justice Roberts joined with the liberal wing of the court to grant the request.
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[size=48]South Dakota Governor Says People Will 'Not Be Social Distancing' at Trump Mt. Rushmore Event
"We told those folks that have concerns that they can stay home," Gov. Kristi Noem said this week
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South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem told Fox News on Tuesday that people will "not be social distancing" at a planned Friday celebration at Mount Rushmore, which President Donald Trump is scheduled to attend ahead of Independence Day.
A website for the event estimates about 7,500 will be in attendance and says that "masks will not be required, but there will be masks available at the event."
Health officials have said physical distance and face masks are key preventative measures to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, which is spiking in parts of the South and Southwest.
Trump, 74, will deliver remarks at the event, the White House tells PEOPLE.
Gov. Noem, 48, addressed health concerns surrounding the event during a Tuesday interview with Fox News host Laura Ingraham.

Ingraham, 57, complained about Fourth of July celebrations being canceled around the country amid the coronavirus pandemic before asking the South Dakota governor about her thoughts.
"What do you say to those citing 'health concerns' as the reason to cancel all of these patriotic displays?" Ingraham asked.
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"You know Laura, in South Dakota we've told people to focus on personal responsibility. Every one of them has the opportunity to make a decision that they're comfortable with, so we will be having celebrations of American independence," Noem replied. "We told those folks that have concerns that they can stay home, but those who want to come and join us: We'll be giving out free face masks, if they choose to wear one. But we won't be social distancing."

Separately, the White House will collaborate with the president's physician and the White House Military Office in order to devise the "best practices for limiting COVID-19 exposure to the greatest extent possible," Judd Deere, a White House spokesman, tells PEOPLE.
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At least 127,700 people in the U.S. have died from the coronavirus disease COVID-19 in the past four months, according to a New York Times tracker. There have been least 2.6 million confirmed cases of the virus in the U.S.
In South Dakota, one of the least populated states, 93 have been killed by the virus out of about 6,800 confirmed cases, according to the Times' data.
Gov. Noem said she wants those coming to the event to "be ready to celebrate, to enjoy the freedoms and the liberties that we have in this county."
Many Fourth of July celebrations have been scuttled amid the pandemic that since March has forced much of society to go into shutdown to slow the virus.
Trump announced he will hold an additional celebration at the White House on Saturday, which will also feature fireworks and “one-of-a-kind air show," according to Interior Secretary David Bernhardt.
A reported 300,000 face masks will be handed out at that celebration in Washington D.C., although no one will be required to wear one, according to the Associated Press.
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser told the AP that her office informed the Trump administration that "we do not think this is in keeping with the best CDC and Department of Health guidance," but the event is being held on federal property, which is out of her jurisdiction.
RELATED: Trump's 4th of July Celebration in 2019 Cost Over $13M — Double the Amount of Previous Events
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This year's D.C. event "will have a different look than 2019 to ensure the health and safety of those attending," a White House spokesman told USA Today.
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Last year's Fourth of July event in D.C. cost more than $13 million, according to a Government Accountability Office report released last week.
“The Government Accountability Office’s report confirms what we knew all along: the president was willing to spend millions of dollars of taxpayer funds—expenses that weren’t budgeted for and that roughly doubled what was spent in previous years—to meet his extravagant demands,” Sens. Tom Udall, Patrick Leahy and Chris Van Hollen, who are members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said in a joint statement last week.
“And now, the Trump administration is at it again—spending undisclosed amounts of taxpayer money to fund special events and encourage large crowds to gather while our nation is in the middle of a pandemic," their statement continued. "We deserve to know what resources are being spent and what public health precautions are being taken for this year’s Fourth of July events, as well."[/size]

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Marvellous - obviously all about social responsibility...........


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Revealed: Covid-19 outbreaks at meat-processing plants in US being kept quiet
Testing has found positive cases at North Carolina facilities, but officials refuse to release the information


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 Pilgrim’s Pride chicken processing plant in Marshville, North Carolina. Photograph: Francisco Kjolseth/AP
A chicken processing facility in western North Carolina reportedly underwent widespread testing for Covid-19 in early June.
Workers at the plant were scared. Several employees had already tested positive and the company, Case Farms – which has been repeatedly condemned for animal treatment and workers’ rights violations – was not providing proper protective equipment.
“We don’t have a lot of space at work. We are shoulder to shoulder,” said one worker, who declined to be identified, during a recent union call. “I’m afraid to go to work, but I have to go.”
The testing turned up 150 positive cases at the facility, the worker said.
On 8 June, the health department for Burke county, where the Case Farms facility is located, reported 136 new Covid cases, a 25% increase in its total caseload. Yet neither the company, county officials nor the North Carolina department of health and human services would confirm whether those cases were connected to Case Farms.

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It is just one example of the currently taut relationship between public health and the economy in North Carolina, as the number of Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations rises.
North Carolina is one of the largest pork and poultry producing states in the US, exporting roughly $1.25bn in hogs, chickens and turkeys every year. Health departments in rural parts of the state, areas that often lean on large meatpacking or food processing facilities as primary sources of employment, have so far been tight-lipped about Covid-19 outbreaks in those plants.
In late April, while outbreaks began emerging at meat processing plants across the country, Donald Trump signed an executive order forcing the facilities to remain open. That same month, the US exported a record amount of pork to China, despite industry claims of a domestic shortage.

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 Workers wear protective masks and stand between a plastic dividers at a Tyson Foods poultry plant in Georgia. Photograph: AP
Since the pandemic began, more than 36,000 meat processing and farm workers have tested positive for Covid-19 and at least 116 have died, according to a tally by the Food and Environment Reporting Network, though the true number is likely higher.
Through case interviews and contact tracing, the Burke county health department, where Case Farms is located, does have data about where people with positive cases work, but are choosing not to release it, said spokeswoman Lisa Moore.
“We know where they are, but we are not a county that can divulge every place where they are,” Moore said.
Case Farms requested the health department direct all questions regarding their facility to a company representative, Moore added.
In response to a series of detailed questions from the Guardian, a Case Farms spokesperson wrote that the company is “committed to continue producing food for our nation’s food supply, while taking additional safety measures to protect our employees, our company and our customers, in accordance with USDA regulations and CDC guidelines.”
Earlier this year, North Carolina’s health department had reported the names of farms with two or more positive cases, but in May replaced the names with addresses in order to “better reflect the location of the outbreak”, according to a department spokesperson.
“Why, when a nursing home has an outbreak, it’s in the paper, but when a meatpacking facility does, it’s not?” said Mac Legerton, a longtime grassroots policy advocate and co-director of the Robeson County Cooperative for Sustainable Development, and is among those who have criticized local and state governments’ approach to case reporting.
“The law needs to be that in a pandemic all outbreaks at public and private facilities are made public to protect the employees of the institutions and to inform the public.”
As of Thursday, there were 2,772 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in 28 meat processing plant “clusters” around the state, the department said, but would not specify further.
North Carolina as a whole has seen a marked increase in cases and hospitalizations over the past several weeks, prompting a “concerned” Governor Roy Cooper to announce last week that the state would pause in the second phase of its reopening plan.

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 Demonstrators protest working conditions at a Pilgrim’s Pride poultry processing facility in Minnesota. Photograph: Jeff Wheeler/AP
The state requires only a few types of businesses to report outbreaks, which it defines as two or more cases, including congregate living facilities, daycare centers and schools. For all other businesses, local health departments and the state DHHS depend on companies volunteering their own data or tracking down clusters through case interviews.
But failure to disclose outbreaks demonstrates that officials and company executives are prioritizing economic interests over the wellbeing of marginalized workers and communities, Legerton said.
“That lack of information puts both employees and the public at risk,” he said.
In a letter to several of the largest meat companies last week, senators Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker called on the corporations to disclose infection figures in their plants.
Virginia also recently moved to create a set of safety rules to protect workers from Covid-19 – the first of its kind in the nation – following a petition from workers in the state’s poultry processing and meatpacking industries. The drafted rules, which include requiring employers to mandate social distancing and notify employees of potential exposure, would be enforceable through fines and closures.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has received nearly 350 Covid-related complaints from employees at North Carolina businesses. One business, Pilgrim’s Pride, a poultry processing plant in Sanford, was the subject of at least eight separate complaints, with workers alleging the company was not informing them of positive tests or mandating the wearing of some protective equipment. A worker there died in May.
In Robeson county – home to a large Campbell’s Soup facility, Mountaire Farms and Sanderson Farms poultry processing plants, as well as many factory farms – businesses have been generally forthcoming with the health department, according to Bill Smith, the county’s health department director.
Smith’s office received $600,000 in federal Covid funding, which it used to set up testing sites around the county and hire school nurses as contact tracers. Smith and his team have also been collaborating on daily calls with health departments from surrounding counties, as well as coordinating closely with the local Lumbee Tribe.
But companies can make this work difficult, muddying the waters for case reporting in communities where they are one of very few employers, Smith said.
“A lot of the packing places are your largest employers, therefore it’s an economic issue,” he said. “There may be pressures from them to stay out of the packing world, if you will.”
Companies also choose to weigh public health considerations alongside public relations in determining what information to release, Smith said, pointing to publicly traded giants like Sanderson Farms and Smithfield Foods, which have “a brand they’re trying to protect”.
“If you say something about Smithfield Foods, they’ll see an effect immediately: you’ll see someone not buy Smithfield in the grocery,” he said.
Still, the decision by state and county health departments to report some outbreaks and not others appears inconsistent with the need for transparency in a public health crisis, Smith noted.
“When you’re releasing nursing home names with two illnesses, yet another place that has 900 you refuse to give, there’s some disagreement there from a public health perspective,” he said.

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  • Britons can travel to 73 destinations with no mandatory quarantine from July 10 - including France and Spain 

  • Confusingly Greece has made the list, despite suggesting only this morning that it would be missed off 

  • Portugal has been left out meaning some devastated sunseekers had to cancel their upcoming holidays

  • But many say they will visit Portugal anyway, exclaiming 'stuff their quarantine' and 'we cannot wait'


By JEMMA CARR and NATALIA PENZA and JAMES TAPSFIELD, POLITICAL EDITOR FOR MAILONLINE
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Sun-hungry Britons plan to defy the government's holiday ban on Portugal after the popular destination was left off the list of more than 60 quarantine-exempt countries released today. 
Britons can travel to 73 destinations with no mandatory quarantine from July 10 - including France, Italy, Spain, Germany, New Zealand, Malta and Barbados.
Confusingly Greece made the list, despite Transport Secretary Grant Shapps suggesting only this morning that it would be missed off as it has declared arrivals from the UK will be ordered to self-isolate. 
But Portugal has been left out - as have the US, China, Thailand and the Maldives.
While some holidaymakers have been forced to cancel their upcoming trips - many say they will visit Portugal anyway.
In response to a tweet from the country's foreign ministry which slammed the decision as 'absurd', Neil McCafferty wrote: 'Really sorry for the actions of the UK Government. We're coming anyway, they can stuff their quarantine!'
Emily Plews added: 'I am genuinely sorry, I hate our government with a burning passion and you can catch more Covid in a scrummy little pub. 
'We are still coming on the 10th of July as we have booked flights and we cannot wait! Love you Portugal.'
Portugal's foreign minister Agusto Santos Silva told Portuguese media: 'It it is absurd for a country like the United Kingdom - which has seven times more cases than Portugal and 28 times more Covid-19 related deaths than we do - to impose quarantine on the return of passengers from Portugal.
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Portugal's foreign minister Agusto Santos Silva told Portuguese media: 'It it is absurd for a country like the United Kingdom which has seven times more cases than Portugal and 28 times more Covid-19 related deaths than we do to impose quarantine on the return of passengers from Portugal. Pictured: People enjoy the beach in Lagos, Portugal
'It would be nothing more than an absurdity if it didn't have real consequences.' 
Insisting Portugal was safe for British holidaymakers and expats, he added: 'This is a shock because of the long-standing relationship between the UK and Portugal. This is not how allies should behave.'
Britons also took to social media to slam the decision, with many defiant holidaymakers saying they will go on holiday anyway.
Hilary Butler said: 'Absolutely gutted. Why not Portugal? There are lots of countries on that list have a higher infection rate than them.
'And Greece? They won't even have us until July 15th, unless you're the PM's father. Disgusted! And I won't be voting for you again.'
J Walker wrote: 'How do you justify banning Portugal when you have 28 times more deaths, Leicester is on lockdown and 36 other cities are at high risk yet you allow travel to Greece when they don't want you? Shambolic and more dithering.'
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Summer holidays have been thrown into chaos yet again after the government unveiled a list of more than 60 quarantine-exempt countries which included Greece but not Portugal
Greece previously said it will not be reciprocating quarantine-free travel until July 15, when it will review its rules.
The Prime Minister's father Stanley Johnson this week broke pandemic travel warnings currently in place by flying to Greece via Bulgaria.
MPs said the incident 'stinks of one rule for them and another rule for the rest of us' and claimed it echoed No 10 aide Dominic Cummings' infamous lockdown trip to Barnard Castle.  
The travel overhaul will only apply to England for the time being, as Nicola Sturgeon has refused to sign up to the arrangements branding them 'shambolic'.
Labour and Which? Travel also said the measures announced on Friday were a 'mess'. 
Labour said the Government's failure to negotiate air bridges was 'an indictment of their failure to tackle the crisis at home'.
Shadow transport secretary Jim McMahon said: 'Labour, like families and businesses up and down the country, are keen for the Government's quarantine measures to be lessened, but this is a mess.
'First we had the quarantine that they were slow to implement, then they said they'd do air bridges.
'Now we see a plan to let residents of 60 or more countries into England without any reciprocal arrangements.
'The fact they have been unable to negotiate air bridges is an indictment of their failure to tackle the crisis at home.
'They were too slow to take lockdown, too slow to order PPE and too slow to protect our country.'
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) published a separate list of 67 countries and territories which will be exempt from its advisory against all non-essential travel from Saturday, making it easier for UK tourists to be covered by travel insurance while visiting.
Although the FCO included most of the places on the Department for Transport's list of 73 countries, among those missing are Fiji, Mauritius and the Seychelles.
There are also some destinations which the FCO listed but the DfT did not, such as Canada, Estonia, Malaysia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Singapore and the Portuguese regions of the Azores and Madeira. 
Some of the countries on either or both lists continue to place restrictions on UK holidaymakers, including Canada and New Zealand.
Rory Boland, editor of Which? Travel, said holidaymakers having to check the two lists and for any restrictions in their destination country would be 'forgiven for thinking this announcement hasn't been thought through'.
He added: 'The Government's attempt to relax international travel restrictions has been a complete mess, leaving millions of people with no clarity over whether their holiday can go ahead and less chance of getting their money back if they can't go.
'If the Government is to have any hope of getting travel back up and running, it must urgently provide clear and coherent guidance on foreign travel to remedy the mass confusion caused so far.'
Noel Josephides, chairman of tour operator Sunvil, said the omission of Portugal from the UK's quarantine-free list will 'kill their peak season'.
He added: 'A lot of hotels are going to close, there's going to be considerable unemployment because of it, and it's totally unnecessary.'
Mr Josephides said the impact on large tour operators such as Tui and Jet2 will be 'quite serious'.
However, Tui managing director Andrew Flintham said that he was pleased the Government had confirmed that 'summer holidays are saved'.
But the company said it will not be taking customers to any destinations where they will need to self-isolate when they arrive or when they return home.
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Confusingly Greece made the list, despite Transport Secretary Grant Shapps (pictured) suggesting only this morning that it would be missed off as it has declared arrivals from the UK will be ordered to self-isolate



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Mediterranean destinations which people may flock to after England scraps quarantine for arrivals from low-risk countries could become 'melting pots' for coronavirus, an expert has said.
The combination of people flying in from other parts of the world and alcohol being consumed could lead to a flare-up of cases, according to Dr Gabriel Scally, a former NHS doctor and professor of public health at the University of Bristol.
He also said that one of the main issues lies in how people travel to and from airports, and not necessarily the flight itself.
Prof Scally was speaking at a press conference as a member of the group known as Independent Sage.
The team was set up by former Government chief scientific adviser Sir David King after the official Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) faced criticism over not being transparent.
Prof Scally said: 'As Europe loosens up and people do go for their Mediterranean holiday, I really worry about some of the places they are going on holiday becoming melting pots for the virus, as people fly in from all sorts of different places and enjoy themselves.
'And alcohol will undoubtedly feature, so I wouldn't at all be surprised if over the next month or two, we did see some really big flare-ups in some holiday destinations.'
He also raised concerns about whether people would be able to get travel insurance for their holidays.
Prof Scally said: 'It may be very difficult for them to get insurance that will protect them from the possibility of being locked down in a particular destination that they're going to.
'And it may be possible that if there is a flare-up people may not be allowed to return from there, or if they are returned they may be put into compulsory quarantine.' 




Paul Charles, chief executive of travel consultancy The PC Agency and member of the Quash Quarantine campaign group, said: 'It's an extensive list which will help many people who have holidays already booked.
'Let's hope some on the list relax their own restrictions soon so as to enable the travel economy to restart and recover successfully.'
Joss Croft, chief executive of UKinbound, a trade association representing the inbound tourism industry, said: 'English tourism businesses, in the inbound and outbound industry, will be breathing another sigh of relief today following the official Government announcement that arrivals from over 50 countries will no longer need to quarantine from Friday July 10.
'There are however a number of very important inbound markets that are still excluded, such as the USA, China and countries in the Middle East.'
Meanwhile, Mr Shapps is facing Tory anxiety over the idea of introducing mass screening systems at airports from later this month.
MPs warned there is a danger the move, which Mr Shapps has said is being 'actively' considered, could make matters worse if it causes delays, given that 80million passengers a year usually go through Heathrow alone. 
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is reworking its advice against 'non-essential' travel, with the new guidance in force from July 4.
However the measures exempting travellers from quarantine will not be in place until July 10. The details published by the government this afternoon said: 'This list may be added to over the coming days following further discussions between the UK and international partners.'
The majority of passengers will still have to provide contact details when they arrive in England. 
The countries are expected to be split into a 'traffic light' system, with unconditional 'green' ratings for those with very low coronavirus rates, such as New Zealand. 
Other such as France have been classed as 'amber', with reciprocal agreements for travel. 
The US has been classed as 'red' due to soaring cases, meaning travellers will still face quarantine.
Those who have been through countries still on the quarantine list in the past 14 days will still have to self-isolate for two weeks.
Mr Shapps said much of the list was 'common sense' - but confirmed there will not be pacts in place for the 'green' rated countries, meaning there is no guarantee Britons will not face restrictions. 
Blaming the splits for repeated delays in publishing the material, Mr Shapps said he 'suspected' Scotland would fall into line soon, but for now the proposals only applied to England.  
He said: 'There will be a list of 50-plus countries. If you add in the overseas territories (there will be) 60-something-or-other that will be announced later today.
'France, Germany, Italy and Spain will be on that list. It is really important that we have done this in a very careful and cautious way. The most important thing is to maintain the gains that we have had.'
Explaining the system, Mr Shapps said: 'We have countries in the green category where there are very low occurrences (of coronavirus), and then countries in the amber group. 
'They would include France, Germany, Spain and quite a number of others.' 
Mr Shapps said: 'The countries on the (overall) list mean that when you arrive there you won't have restrictions. Unless they are on the green list, those are the countries with very low incidence. 
'We thought it was right to include them. 
'I take New Zealand as a good example, they do have restrictions when you arrive, but we thought it was right to include them because people may want to come here from New Zealand and that's no particular threat to our hard-won gains. 
'But on the middle countries, those ones are places where we have reciprocal arrangements in place that if you go there or if you come here, the arrangements are the same both ways round. 
'In other words. You do not have to quarantine.' 
People who are already in quarantine following their return to England will no longer need to self-isolate from July 10, Mr Shapps said. 
'It's very important to stress the quarantine does exist until July 10,' Mr Shapps said. 
The list of countries that will be exempt from quarantine measures includes overseas territories such as the Falkland Islands and Gibraltar. 
Passengers arriving in the UK will still need to fill out a 'locator form', Mr Shapps said. 
'That asks where you've been and where you're coming back to,' he said. 'It is a criminal offence not to complete that form accurately and there are quite substantial fines.' 

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The government and airports are working on screening systems for passengers, Grant Shapps said today. 
Mr Shapps told BBC Radio 4's Today programme they wanted to develop 'systems that could be used to test in various different ways'.
An 'international standard' could be created including testing at scale. 
Airport services providers Swissport and Collinson Group have already announced trials of coronavirus swab tests in the UK.
Temperature screening is also being tried out at Heathrow.
Mr Shapps told the Commons yesterday: 'We do believe it is important to provide international standards and that may well include specific types of testing.'
But veteran Tory MP Sir Roger Gale said there was a danger mass screening at airports could make things worse by causing delays. 
'There is no point supporting something that is not going to work. If it can be made to work it is highly desirable, both outgoing and incoming,' he told MailOnline.
'But is it practical? What we don't want is to create massive log jams, people bunching up together. 
'We might not be offering a cure, we might be creating a problem.'
He added: 'What we don't want is for people to be to be delayed by half an hour three quarters of an hour because there is a queue for testing. All that will happen is people will bunch up and you will spread disease.' 



However, Mr Shapps confirmed that quarantine rules will not be lifted next week for travellers arriving from the US or Greece. 
'The US, from a very early stage, banned flights from the UK and from Europe so there isn't a reciprocal arrangement in place in any case there,' he said. 
'They have got very high numbers of infections, which is why they are not on the list today. 
'Greece won't be on the list in the first place because Greece have said that on July 15 that's their next review of their own systems. 
'Reciprocity can't come before July 15 for Greece and that is a matter for Greece themselves.' 
Ms Sturgeon today attacked the UK Government's 'shambolic' plans to exempt a swathe of countries from quarantine travel restrictions as she insisted Scotland will not be 'dragged' into making changes.
She said the UK Government had failed to adequately consult the devolved administrations on the plans as she claimed the list of proposed safe countries had constantly changed.
Ms Sturgeon said she will 'take time to properly and rationally consider' any changes as she warned there could well be differences between Scotland's and England's quarantine exemptions lists.
That would mean that anyone who flies into an English airport from a country not on Scotland's safe list would still be required to self-isolate if they then travelled north of the border.
She told her daily coronavirus briefing in Edinburgh: 'We have often had limited or no notice of the UK's proposals and that matters because some of the judgements involved here are difficult and complex.
'Just to illustrate the point about the shifting sands of the UK Government's position, the list of countries that they were yesterday demanding that the Scottish Government signed up to and suggesting that we were a barrier to getting agreement on is not the same as the list that they have shared with us today.
'So we need as the Scottish Government to analyse these proposals properly and rationally.
'We need to do that obviously from a public health perspective but we also need to do that from a legal perspective.'
She added: 'When so much is at stake as it is right now, we can't allow ourselves to be dragged along in the wake of another government's, to be quite frank about, shambolic decision making process.
'We will take time to properly and rationally consider this before hopefully very soon setting out our own decision.'
Ms Sturgeon said it is 'very likely' that the Scottish Government will agree to lifting quarantine on low risk countries but that medium risk countries would need to be carefully considered.
The Scottish First Minister said she will aim to 'maximise alignment' between Scotland and England's quarantine exemptions lists but that if there are differences people will still be expected to self-isolate north of the border.
She said: 'If there ends up being a different list of countries that are able to come into England without quarantine from the list that the Scottish Government agrees, it will not be the case that somebody can fly into England, to an airport in England, and come to Scotland without quarantine. 
'The quarantine regulations in Scotland will mean that if you come from an international country and come back to Scotland even if you are coming through England, you will still have that requirement to quarantine in Scotland.'
Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford also voiced frustration. 'Dealing with the UK government over the last few days has been an utterly shambolic experience,' he told his daily briefing. 

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The cruise industry is planning a phased return to sailings after being one of the sectors worst-hit by the coronavirus crisis.
The industry generates £10 billion for the UK economy every year, and supports more than 40,000 direct jobs and tens of thousands of others in the supply chain and around ports.
Cruises were halted around the world earlier this year, shattering the holiday plans of hundreds of thousands of people, and causing huge economic damage to ports, including dozens in the UK.
Andy Harmer, director of the Cruise Lines International Association, said the industry has since been working to ensure a safe return to business, from the time passengers leave their homes, to when they are on board a vessel.
He said he hopes that cruises will re-start later in the year, possibly as early as September.
'A phased return is the right approach, and only when the time is right,' he said. 'There have been additional health and safety measures in place on cruises for a number of years, including sanitation, health facilities on board and health questionnaires.'
New guidance is being published by European authorities which should mark another step forward for the resumption of cruises.




'If ever there was an example of making an announcement first and then trying to work out what you meant by it, that is what we have seen since this announcement was first trailed.
'Day after day we have attempted to get a sensible answer from the UK government of how they intend to make these changes, which countries they intend to extend the new arrangements to and I just have to say it's been an impossible experience to follow.'
Mr Shapps told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that he was working with airports to develop 'systems that could be used to test in various different ways'. 
Airport services providers Swissport and Collinson Group have announced trials of coronavirus swab tests in the UK.
Temperature screening is also being tried out at Heathrow.
Mr Shapps told the Commons yesterday there would be more announcements by the middle of the month.
'I am in touch with Swissport and following those trials and proposals very closely indeed,' he said.
'We do believe it is important to provide international standards and that may well include specific types of testing.'
But veteran Tory MP Sir Roger Gale said there was a danger mass screening at airports could make things worse by causing delays. 
'There is no point supporting something that is not going to work. If it can be made to work it is highly desirable, both outgoing and incoming,' he told MailOnline.
'But is it practical? What we don't want is to create massive log jams, people bunching up together. 
'We might not be offering a cure, we might be creating a problem.'
He added: 'What we don't want is for people to be to be delayed by half an hour three quarters of an hour because there is a queue for testing. All that will happen is people will bunch up and you will spread disease.' 
Commons Transport Committee chair Huw Merriman welcomed the 'risk-based' approach to border controls and said the quarantine loosening would help 'restore confidence'.
'The aviation sector, tourism industry and UK economy will be relieved by this news and we welcome it,' he said.
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'To minimise the risk to both passengers and workers from Covid-19, the UK Government now needs to champion the development and implementation of global health standards. 
'The UK has led the world in the creation of aviation safety and we should do likewise in the creation of a universal health standard to keep us all safe.'
The decision to press ahead without the rest of the UK raises the prospect that Ms Sturgeon could follow through on her threat to impose quarantines on people arriving from England.
It has emerged that just three people have been fined since the controversial quarantine policy - blamed for crippling hopes of a tourism revival - was brought in last month.
Ministers agreed a new 'traffic light' system last week that would pave the way for the creation of so-called 'international travel corridors' designed to allow travellers to visit certain countries this summer without the need to quarantine at either end.
Ministers had originally planned to negotiate bilateral 'air bridges' with a limited number of countries. 
Under pressure from the travel industry and fears of legal action, this was then widened significantly.
Amid a bitter blame game between London and Edinburgh, Commons leader Jacob Rees-Mogg accused Ms Sturgeon yesterday of acting like Donald Trump wanting to 'build a wall' after she refused to rule out 14-day quarantines on arrivals from England.
Ministers have spent days trying to agree a UK-wide approach. Privately they accuse Miss Sturgeon of playing politics with the issue in order to fuel nationalist sentiment north of the border.
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A passenger wearing a face mask arrives to to board Ryanair flight FR2190 to Malaga at London Southend Airport in Essex on Wednesday
Scotland's justice secretary Humza Yousaf said the number of countries proposed by the UK Government had jumped from 42 to 73 during Wednesday.
He said the original list had 15 countries with a 'green' risk rating and 27 with an 'amber' rating - but 30 minutes before the 6pm meeting they were shown a list of 40 green and 33 amber nations.
The row came as travel agents started abandoning plans to sell holidays this summer due to the uncertainty around air bridges.
Lee Hunt, 42, owner of Deben Travel in Woodbridge, Suffolk, said: 'If customers are paying, we need to guarantee them they are getting everything they pay for. We can't do this at the moment.'
Chris Scoble, 54, of Go Scoble in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, said: 'I think we have been put right at the back of the queue, despite being such a large part of this country's economy.'
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Holidaymakers return to Portals Nous in Mallorca yesterday as Spain starts to return to normal
Responding to the Government's decision to lift quarantine restrictions in England, a spokesman for travel trade organisation Abta said: 'The Government announcement today that lifts quarantine restrictions for returning passengers from 10 July in England will be greeted with huge relief by the travel industry, which can now plan ahead and take summer holiday bookings.
'Travel businesses have been under enormous pressure since the start of the pandemic, and the industry can now start to meet customers' pent-up appetite for travel.
'Getting the balance of health risk and economic risk is a difficult challenge, and we strongly support the Government in taking this initiative.
'There will be some changes to people's travel experiences because of the health and safety measures in place to limit Covid-19, and it will be important going forward that customers speak to their travel provider so that they can book and travel with confidence.
'And, of course, continued access to overseas destinations depends on our keeping Covid infection and transmission rates low in this country, so everyone should continue to heed public health guidelines.'
 

Nicola Sturgeon's foot-dragging on air bridges leaving millions in holiday limbo has been a cynical ploy - she's using Covid to try and split the Union, says STEPHEN DAISLEY
Every night at tea time, Scots switch on the TV news to a familiar sight: Nicola Sturgeon peering at them from behind her podium, giving the latest coronavirus figures and sharing her sympathy with those affected.
She is a deft communicator and peerless emoter who has convinced herself that Scotland could not get through the remainder of this crisis without her televised beneficence.
So we gather each evening to learn which of her vast array of powers the First Minister will call upon next. How far can we travel? When can our churches reopen? Where must we wear surgical masks now?
The SNP leader makes all these decisions without reference to Boris Johnson because, in Scotland, devolution takes vast swathes of the Prime Minister's powers and hands them to the occupant of Bute House, the official residence of the First Minister.
And Sturgeon revels in flexing her authority, as her refusal this week to sign up to an agreement over air bridges showed us once again.
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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon wears a Tartan face mask as she visits New Look at Ford Kinaird Retail Park in Edinburgh
Downing Street was expected to publish a list on Monday of countries which will no longer be subject to the 14-day self-isolation rules but, thanks to Ms Sturgeon's grand-standing, the decision has repeatedly been pushed back, causing holiday chaos and stoking growing anger among businesses, such as travel companies and airlines, that have been so hard hit by Covid.
Scotland's First Minister insists she just wants to 'take a bit of time to consider the public health impact' of what is being proposed.
What planet is she on? As agreements on air bridges with other countries have to be made on a UK-wide basis, by refusing to step into line with Downing Street she is throwing the holiday plans of millions of families into chaos
It is an outrageous display of playing politics with the pandemic: holding the UK to ransom to drum up support for her dream of independence.
In response to such accusations, Ms Sturgeon primly says that the very suggestion that political considerations might be a factor in her decision-making are 'frankly disgraceful'. From the high priestess of politicisation, this is spectacular audacity.



She is even considering quarantining visitors to Scotland from south of the border. Boris Johnson's assertion in response that 'there is no such thing as a border between England and Scotland' was a silly, unforced error. 
There is a legal boundary, with separate systems of law and law-making, but the nationalist leader's thundering indignation was theatre — and bad theatre, at that.
'If the Prime Minister is questioning that now,' she snipped in rejoinder, 'I'm not sure what he'd say if I pitched up in Newcastle and tried to implement Scottish Government policies there.'
The truth is that the idea of Sturgeon crossing the Tweed into England and finding herself locked in quarantine on her return would find favour with half of Scotland.
But frivolities aside, the mere suggestion that the Scottish Government even contemplates the idea of a quarantine is quite extraordinary. A Scottish quarantine would effectively suspend free movement between the two largest nations of the United Kingdom.
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Passengers arrive to Palma de Mallorca airport, Spain amid the coronavirus crisis today
Scotland would be erecting a hard border in the middle of a national emergency and in the run-up to a Scottish Parliament election in which SNP demands for another referendum are certain to take centre stage.
The political symbolism of the act would overshadow any pretext of protecting public health.
Nicola Sturgeon is not naive. She knows all this. Yet she refuses to reject the idea, even though it would sharply divide Scots, trigger a territorial row between Bute House and Downing Street, and do lasting damage to Scotland's vital tourism industry.
Indeed, the Scottish Tourism Alliance warns that holidaymakers from elsewhere in the UK have already begun asking about refunds on bookings.
Meanwhile, it is not clear how such quarantine measures would work in practice. This week Police Scotland said it does not even monitor who is entering the country.
The coronavirus outbreak called for leadership and, at first, Sturgeon appeared to grasp the gravity of the moment.
She acted with caution and spoke sombrely, holding to a four-nations strategy even as the very notion that Scotland should co-ordinate its response with the rest of the UK antagonised some in the grassroots of her party.
But, soon enough, political considerations got the better of her — as they so often do with this First Minister. When she was taken into the fold via Cobra meetings, she angered No 10 by pre-empting the Prime Minister's announcement of a policy shift from containment to delay of the virus.
When Downing Street unveiled its 'Stay Alert' slogan, she refused to use it because it was 'vague and imprecise'. The following month, she announced a motto of her own: 'Stay Safe'.
There is an eye-poking quality to SNP's approach to Middle England, a compulsive need to emphasise small divergences and cast Scotland and England as naturally separate countries.
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Passengers wave as they walk along a gangway as an airplane boards from Germany to Greece
Yet, when it comes to efforts to control the virus, the SNP's record is as at least as patchy as that of the Tories in England.
Both governments were sluggish in providing PPE, and both took too long to appreciate the importance of testing and tracing. On testing in particular, the Scottish Government's record has been risible. At one point, only one-third of daily capacity was put to use.

Passengers could face swab tests at Heathrow and other airports, says Transport Secretary


An announcement on coronavirus swab tests for air passengers could be made within weeks, the Transport Secretary said yesterday.
Grant Shapps said he is speaking to airport handling firm Swissport, who are preparing a trial of a scheme which will involve travellers receiving a swab test after passing through immigration and customs.
The tests are similar to those issued by the NHS and can provide results in as little as seven hours.
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Passengers with positive swabs would be asked to contact the test-and-trace service and complete two weeks of self-isolation.
Asked about airport testing for passengers in the Commons yesterday, Mr Shapps said: 'It's very important to ensure we can provide reassurance for passengers but also do something useful with the screening beyond perhaps just what asking people to take a temperature check provides.
'And so we are actively working with Heathrow and other airports to put exactly those types of schemes in place and I will be saying more about those in time for the following review of air corridors.'
The Swissport trials are due to take place at an airport which has yet to be named.
Asked about the scheme, Mr Shapps said: 'I am indeed in touch with Swissport and following those trials and proposals very closely indeed and as I indicated in a question or two back we do believe it is important to provide international standards and that may well include specific types of testing.'




Sturgeon's Health Minister, Jeane Freeman, has also come under fire over the decision to transfer elderly patients from hospitals to care homes, some of them being moved without first being tested for coronavirus.
Back in May, Freeman told the Scottish Parliament only 300 older people had been discharged before compulsory testing was introduced. The actual figure was three times as high.
Sturgeon defended her staunch political ally, saying she might have been 'tired' when she gave the misleading number.
But no dereliction of duty has been quite as appalling as the Scottish Government's handling of the Nike conference outbreak.
The sports giant held an international gathering in an Edinburgh hotel at the end of February.
By March 3, ministers knew at least two people connected to the event had tested positive for Covid-19, but the outbreak was kept secret from the public for another 69 days — when a BBC investigation revealed all. Sturgeon's Government had slipped back into old habits of secrecy and subterfuge.
So far none of this is registering any political impact. With a Holyrood election scheduled for next May, Sturgeon is polling far ahead of the Scottish Conservatives, who have still not recovered from the loss of their former leader Ruth Davidson.
By rights, she could focus on her day job of running the country and coast to another term in Bute House, but that is not Sturgeon's way. She is a fierce ideological animal, wily and lethal, and she lives for the hunt.
This makes her a deadly enemy to her opponents, but it renders her fundamentally ill-suited to governing. The temptation to politicise everything is ever-present because, for Sturgeon, politics is all there is.
Viruses come and go but the nationalist cause endures and, as long as it does, it will always be Nicola Sturgeon's top priority.
She is leader of the SNP first, and First Minister of Scotland a distant second.

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Post by LizzyNY on Fri 03 Jul 2020, 23:40

Is anyone still planning to travel this summer? I was bummed because it will take forever to get my passport renewed, but since nobody will let us in Sad I guess it doesn't matter.
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Post by annemarie on Fri 03 Jul 2020, 23:44

No plans to travel, Covid is still out there I don't care that the numbers have gone down.

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Post by carolhathaway on Sat 04 Jul 2020, 10:05

In Germany, we've got endless discussions because there's still a travel warning for Turkey which is esp hard for eople with Tudkish roots who want to visit their families in the summer. But yet, a travel warning doesn't mean that you're not allowed to travel there, and since there are flights, people do have the chance to go there.

I wouldn't go there anyway since tourists are always in dangeroc being imprisoned - yesterday, a German human rights activist was found not guilty - after 2,5 years of investigative custody.

We hope to be able to go to Denmark in five weeks (booked last spring) and see no higher risk than here since we will be travelling in our own car and will be staying in a vacation home. But if it won't be possible, we'll stay at home.
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Post by carolhathaway on Sat 04 Jul 2020, 10:09

By the way:
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Down in the polls and failing to control a raging pandemic, the president cast himself as waging battle against a “new far-left fascism” that imperils American values and seeks to erase history.



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President Trump at Mount Rushmore for a Fourth of July celebration on Friday evening.Credit...Anna Moneymaker for The New York Times

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  • Published July 3, 2020Updated July 4, 2020, 1:37 a.m. ET

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WASHINGTON — Standing in a packed amphitheater in front of Mount Rushmore for an Independence Day celebration, President Trump delivered a dark and divisive speech on Friday that cast his struggling effort to win a second term as a battle against a “new far-left fascism” seeking to wipe out the nation’s values and history.
With the coronavirus pandemic raging and his campaign faltering in the polls, his appearance amounted to a fiery reboot of his re-election effort, using the holiday and an official presidential address to mount a full-on culture war against a straw-man version of the left that he portrayed as inciting mayhem and moving the country toward totalitarianism.
“Our nation is witnessing a merciless campaign to wipe out our history, defame our heroes, erase our values and indoctrinate our children,” Mr. Trump said, addressing a packed crowd of sign-waving supporters, few of whom wore masks. “Angry mobs are trying to tear down statues of our founders, deface our most sacred memorials and unleash a wave of violent crime in our cities.”
Mr. Trump barely mentioned the frightening resurgence of the pandemic, even as the country surpassed 53,000 new cases and health officials across the nation urged Americans to scale back their Fourth of July plans.



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Instead, appealing unabashedly to his base with ominous language and imagery, he railed against what he described as a dangerous “cancel culture” intent on toppling monuments and framed himself as a strong leader who would protect the Second Amendment, law enforcement and the country’s heritage.
The scene at Mount Rushmore was the latest sign of how Mr. Trump appears, by design or default, increasingly disconnected from the intense concern among Americans about the health crisis gripping the country. More than just a partisan rally, it underscored the extent to which Mr. Trump is appealing to a subset of Americans to carry him to a second term by changing the subject and appealing to fear and division.
“Most presidents in history have understood that when they appear at a national monument, it’s usually a moment to act as a unifying chief of state, not a partisan divider,” Michael Beschloss, the presidential historian, said before the speech.
Most politicians, including former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., the presumptive Democratic nominee, this year were forgoing any of the traditional holiday parades and flag-waving appearances. The vast majority of fireworks displays in big cities and small rural towns have been canceled as new cases reported in the United States have increased by 90 percent in the past two weeks.
As he traveled to South Dakota for the huge fireworks display at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Mr. Trump, however, had a different message: The sparkly, booming show must go on at all costs in the service of the divisive message and powerful images he wants to promote.





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“We will not be tyrannized, we will not be demeaned, and we will not be intimidated by bad, evil people,” Mr. Trump said, referring to his political opponents and their supporters.
Under the granite gaze of Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt, Mr. Trump announced plans to establish what he described as a “vast outdoor park that will feature the statues of the greatest Americans to ever live,” an apparent repudiation of the growing pressure to remove statues tied to slavery or colonialism.
As he arrived, Air Force One performed a flyover of Mount Rushmore. His campaign promoted the stunt online, calling him “the coolest president ever.”
In the amphitheater below, few in the packed crowd practiced any social distancing as people waved signs that referred to CNN as the “Communist News Network.” As he observed a flyover by the Navy’s Blue Angels, Mr. Trump sat on a packed dais with the first lady, Melania Trump, the national security adviser, Robert O’Brien, and Mark Meadows, the White House chief of staff, none of whom wore masks.
As the president departed Washington for South Dakota on Friday, at least five states — Alabama, Alaska, Kansas, North Carolina and South Carolina — reported their highest single day of cases yet. Newly reported cases of the virus were rising in all but a handful of states, and many large cities, including Houston, Dallas, Jacksonville and Los Angeles, were seeing alarming growth.




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Masks were few and social distancing was not in effect Friday at President Trump’s event at the Mount Rushmore National Memorial in Keystone, S.D.Credit...Anna Moneymaker for The New York Times

Mr. Trump planned to follow up his trip with a “Salute to America” celebration on Saturday on the South Lawn at the White House, marked by a military flyover and the launch of 10,000 fireworks on the National Mall.



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Mayor Muriel E. Bowser of Washington has warned the gathering violates federal health guidelines. The Trump administration, which controls the federal property of the National Mall, pushed for the celebration, ignoring a mayor whom officials view as a political rival.
Throughout his presidency, Mr. Trump has tried to bend events to his will, often using social media to drive home his alternate version of reality and, thanks to the power of repetition and the loyal support of his base, sometimes succeeding. But the president’s attempt to drive deeper into the culture wars around a national holiday, during an intensifying health crisis that will not yield to his tactics, risked coming across as out of sync with the concerned mood of the country at a moment when his re-election campaign is struggling and unfocused.
“I don’t think it will work, because what he is trying to do is pretend that the situation is better than it is,” Mr. Beschloss said.

Mr. Beschloss compared Mr. Trump to Woodrow Wilson, who presided over the influenza pandemic in 1918 by trying to pretend it was not happening, and to Herbert Hoover, who in 1932 tried to project that the Great Depression was not as bad as people were saying.
“People voted him out because they felt he did not understand the suffering,” Mr. Beschloss said, referring to Hoover.
Mr. Trump has consistently played down the concerns over spikes in new cases, even as many cities and states have had to slow or reverse their reopenings, claiming that young people “get better much easier and faster,” that the death rate is declining and that the virus will “just disappear.”
On Thursday, he lauded his administration’s response, referred to the surge in new cases as “temporary hot spots” and focused instead on what he said was evidence of the economy bouncing back.



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“A lot of people would have wilted,” Mr. Trump said at a news conference where he praised the latest job numbers. “We didn’t wilt. Our country didn’t wilt.”
Despite his rosy outlook, the coronavirus on Friday for the first time infiltrated Mr. Trump’s family circle. The president’s elder son, Donald Trump Jr., and his girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle, had traveled to South Dakota separately with plans to meet up with the president. But they left before Mr. Trump’s arrival once Ms. Guilfoyle tested positive for the virus and said they planned to cancel all coming events.
Mr. Trump’s show, however, went on without missing a beat. In South Dakota, Mr. Trump enjoys the backing of Gov. Kristi Noem, a Republican, who had invited him to make the trip, which amounted to a second attempt to get his campaign back on track after the disappointing turnout at a rally last month in Tulsa, Okla.




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Demonstrators, some from different tribes in the region, marched through Keystone on Friday to protest Mr. Trump’s visit to Mount Rushmore.Credit...Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

In recent weeks, South Dakota has had one of the country’s most encouraging trend lines. The state has averaged a few dozen new cases each day, including 85 announced Friday. There has not been a day with more than 100 new cases in South Dakota since late May. Ms. Noem said Friday night that many attendees at Mr. Trump’s Fourth of July spectacle had traveled from out of state to attend.
In Washington, however, officials remain adamantly opposed to the celebration planned for Saturday, which White House officials defended as a gathering people could enjoy safely. Administration officials noted that the celebration in Washington was scaled back from last year’s event, when Mr. Trump turned the holiday into a salute to the military, with tanks on the streets of the capital and flyovers from Air Force One as well as aircraft from each branch of the armed forces, as he delivered remarks from the Lincoln Memorial.
Kayleigh McEnany, the White House press secretary, said this week that Mr. Trump had recommended following guidelines set by local authorities only on wearing masks — not on social distancing overall. “The C.D.C. guidelines, I’d also note, say ‘recommended,’ but not required,” she said. “We are very much looking forward to the Fourth of July celebration.”



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[size=16]This year, the National Park Service said it was taking extra safety precautions on the National Mall, installing more than 100 hand-washing stations throughout the area, up from 15 last year. Officials also said they had 300,000 cloth facial coverings on hand to distribute.
“We are committed to providing the American people with a safe and spectacular celebration of our nation’s birthday in Washington D.C., which will honor our military with music, flyovers and fireworks,” a spokesman for the park service said. “We are doing so consistent with our mission and historical practices, and we hope everyone enjoys the day’s festivities.”
The president’s political opponents, however, said the celebrations were about one person, only: the president himself.
“Donald Trump is seeking to aggrandize himself and divide our nation at yet another rally,” said Andrew Bates, a spokesman for Mr. Biden. “Joe Biden believes the presidency is about serving the American people — whereas Donald Trump only exploits it to serve himself.”
On Friday, Mr. Trump spent the day at his golf course in Sterling, Va., before he departed for South Dakota, and White House officials said they had no safety concerns about the trip.
But the virus had already shown it can infiltrate the administration, and the White House has experienced the dangers of staging large gatherings as the pandemic rages. Vice President Mike Pence [size=16]postponed a planned trip this week to Arizona after Secret Service agents set to accompany him tested positive for the coronavirus or showed symptoms. And at least eight campaign staff members who helped plan Mr. Trump’s indoor rally last month in Tulsa, have tested positive, either before the rally or after attending.

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Mitch Smith contributed reporting from Chicago.
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Post by LizzyNY on Sat 04 Jul 2020, 17:09

Embarassed I guess I'm not a very nice person, but I'm sitting here hoping that every person who gleefully attended drumpf's events Friday comes down with the virus and carries it home to their loved ones as well.  I especially wish the virus on drumpf and all the complicit parasites that are working to keep him in office. Maybe then they'll realize this isn't a joke.

Right now the only thing I want independence from is drumpf!
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Post by heartlove on Sat 04 Jul 2020, 17:12

I'll pray for you. I'm curious, what happen to you if Trump wins a second term?

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Post by annemarie on Sat 04 Jul 2020, 17:37

Well Lizzy his Son's girlfriend has it , I don't think they would tell us if he had it. 

There are a whole lot of people who want independence from that idiot and his dumber than dirt family.

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[size=48]Trump Claims 'Left-Wing Cultural Revolution' Wants to 'End America' in Divisive Mt. Rushmore Speech
President Donald Trump's remarks in front of Mount Rushmore come midway through a turbulent year in his tumultuous presidency and the United States
By Sean Neumann 
July 04, 2020 12:00 PM




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Six months after he was impeached, President Donald Trump celebrated Independence Day in front of the backdrop of four former presidents and a growing belief among critics that he isn't fit to be one himself.
Trump, 74, delivered remarks on Friday in front of Mount Rushmore, near the Black Hills in South Dakota, and used his speech to attack. The "angry mobs are trying to tear down statues of our founders," he said. 
"As we meet here tonight, there is a growing danger that threatens every blessing our ancestors fought so hard for," the president said in his divisive and incendiary speech. Without referencing the novel coronavirus, which as of July 4 has killed over 129,000 people in the U.S. as cases continue to spike in the majority of states, he named the danger as being "a merciless campaign to wipe out our history, defame our heroes, erase our values, and indoctrinate our children."

Trump, who has regularly spoken out about the removal and vandalization of monuments amid the widespread protests sparked by the death of George Floyd, went on to label the protestors as "angry mobs" and a "dangerous movement," painting them as being in opposition to American values.

Seemingly attempting to capitalize on the growing cultural divide in the United States, Trump continued to slam the "left-wing cultural revolution." 
"No movement that seeks to dismantle these treasured American legacies can possibly have a love of America at its heart. It can’t have it," he claimed. "The radial ideology attacking our country advances under the banner of social justice, but in truth, it would demolish both justice and society.”
"Their goal is not a better America, their goal is to end America," he continued. “Here tonight before the eyes of our forefathers, Americans declare again, as we did 244 years ago, we will not be tyrannized, we will not be demeaned and we will not be intimidated by bad, evil people. It will not happen."

In response to Trump's speech, Joe Biden's campaign said in a statement: "Our whole country is suffering through the excruciating costs of having a negligent, divisive president who doesn’t give a damn about anything but his own gain — not the sick, not the jobless, not our constitution, and not our troops in harm’s way."
On Friday, Trump also signed an executive order which calls for a “National Garden of American Heroes,” with the goal of completing the project by 2026.
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Trump's speech came amid growing concerns about his leadership capabilities.
About 12-percent of Americans feel satisfied with how the country is going under Trump, according to a Pew Research Center survey published at the end of June, down from 31-percent in April.
At one point, the U.S. economy faced employment numbers in the tens of millions, causing markets to crash to near-Great Depression levels, as millions across the country contracted a virus that Trump claimed in late February was a political "hoax" designed to disrupt his re-election prospects.
After Trump appeared to concede belief in the novel coronavirus, he publicly proposed ideas for treating the virus that doctors afterward called "dangerous" and off-the-cuff. At the same time, Trump surmised that the summer heat would eliminate the pandemic and allow the U.S. to return to normalcy.
Once the summer arrived, Trump's tumultuous presidency — which was labeled with two congressional condemnations for abuse of power and willingness to obstruct justice — hit more turbulence when he appeared to stoke racial tensions in the U.S. by citing a racist quote calling on law enforcement to shoot protesters who took to the streets to decry police brutality, following the killing of Floyd in Minneapolis.
Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, was killed on video by a white police officer on Memorial Day. Protests calling for the end of racial injustice swept the globe and landed on Trump's doorstep, with thousands gathered outside the White House, forcing the president into a secure bunker underground before, days later, he used U.S. military to forcibly disperse peaceful crowds from a nearby park so he could have a photo op at the nearby St. John's Episcopal Church — drawing even more criticism, particularly from religious leaders and his own former military generals.

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RELATED: Trump's 4th of July Celebration in 2019 Cost Over $13M — Double the Amount of Previous Events
The U.S. National Parks Service expected nearly 7,500 attendees for the Mount Rushmore event, where Trump spoke on Friday.
Many at the event did not wear masks, which federal health experts have implored Americans to wear in order to limit the spread of the coronavirus. South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, whose 2018 campaign in part centered around a promise to protect the state's citizens, told Fox News earlier in the week that people at the event wouldn't "be social distancing."
"We told those folks that have concerns that they can stay home, but those who want to come and join us: We'll be giving out free face masks if they choose to wear one," Noem said. "But we won't be social distancing."
Trump was not seen wearing a face mask on Friday.

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Supporters in attendance at Mount Rushmore
 
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Ahead of the event, White House Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere told PEOPLE that Trump takes health concerns of "everyone traveling in support of himself and all White House operations very seriously" and that the administration would use the "best practices for limiting COVID-19 exposure to the greatest extent possible."
On Friday, it was also revealed that Kimberly Guilfoyle, an adviser to President Trump's re-election campaign and the girlfriend of his son Donald Trump Jr., has contracted the novel coronavirus.
RELATED: Judge Sides with Publisher of Trump Niece's Tell-All — with Final Ruling on Book's Fate Still to Come

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Earlier in the day, a group of mostly Native American protestors had blocked a nearby highway, according to USA Today. Over a dozen protestors, who were demonstrating against the site of the speech, which was held on sacred land, were arrested.
The Trump administration is set to host another Independence Day celebration — this time on the actual July 4 holiday — in Washington D.C.
Saturday's follow-up Trump event will feature a “one-of-a-kind air show," and a roughly mile-long detonation of 10,000 fireworks, according to Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, who spoke to the Associated Press this week.
A reported 300,000 face masks will be handed out at that celebration in Washington D.C., although no one will be required to wear one, according to the Associated Press, despite local officials' concerns about the spread of the virus.
Trump's Fourth of July celebration in D.C. last year cost more than $13 million, according to the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office.






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Post by heartlove on Sat 04 Jul 2020, 17:51

annemarie wrote:Well Lizzy his Son's girlfriend has it , I don't think they would tell us if he had it. 

There are a whole lot of people who want independence from that idiot and his dumber than dirt family.

Everyday more and more republicans are waking up to what a horrible person he is and how unfit he is to

whole the position he has.

It could be worse, Poseidon Biden could win.

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Post by annemarie on Sat 04 Jul 2020, 18:10

I am praying Biden wins he could never be worse than Trump he has morals and cares about people all people.

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Post by heartlove on Sat 04 Jul 2020, 18:13

annemarie wrote:I am praying Biden wins he could never be worse than Trump he has morals and cares about people all people.

Yahooooo/ The good thing about Trump is he lets us know the dirt he's involved in.

Biden, supported by Bush/Powell/Obama will do all of his dirt behind closed doors.

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Post by LizzyNY on Sat 04 Jul 2020, 18:36

heartlove wrote:I'll pray for you.  I'm curious, what happen to you if Trump wins a second term?
What happens to me is that I watch the further destruction of everything this country was supposed to stand for in the world because of one man and a bunch of morally bankrupt bottom feeders who support him.

Maybe you should try to see past the one issue you care about and try to see the bigger picture. There is much more at stake here than our health care system. (By the way, how do you like the plan the Republicans have for replacing the ACA?)
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Post by annemarie on Sat 04 Jul 2020, 18:40

No Trump doesn't let us know anything the press finds out and sources tell he simply lies about everything.

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Post by heartlove on Sat 04 Jul 2020, 18:59

Your right Annemarie,

The press keeps Biden, Bush, Obama... lies behind closed doors.

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Post by party animal - not! on Sat 04 Jul 2020, 19:34


He tells us everything he's done that is bad???!!! Mm, that's a tad naive and also codswallop.


Is that why he's trying to stop his niece publishing her book!?


And commonsense tell's me that Biden,Bush and Obama are behind closed doors becos of a



pandemic.........













This is the man who claimed he could shoot someone on Fifith Avenue and still be President!

Not very George-like, is he?































































































What a charmer - very George!!

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Post by LizzyNY on Sat 04 Jul 2020, 20:18

heartlove wrote:Your right Annemarie,

The press keeps Biden, Bush, Obama... lies behind closed doors.
Right - unless, just maybe, there aren't any lies for the press to find. On the other hand, there's a new drumpf lie exposed at least once a day. His niece will probably get permission to publish her book because he lied about the value of the estate at probate, which could invalidate the confidentiality agreement. (And who makes their family members sign a confidentiality agreement that lasts "in perpetuity" if they don't have something to hide? A family member? Really?!)

I really think you need to widen your vision and think about what another 4 years of drumpf will mean to you.
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Post by heartlove on Sat 04 Jul 2020, 21:05

I think you should think about the death and destruction those who believe they are the righteous (Bush, Cheney, Islamic State...) sent by god to impose death and destruction on what they consider to be a reprobate world.  Please understand there is a reason Bush and Powell and other republicans are supporting Biden.  I don't want to leave Obama and the democratic party out.  Obamacare has death and destruction (murder) written in the fine print.

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Post by party animal - not! on Sat 04 Jul 2020, 21:55



https://www.metro.us/gop-senators-spending-july-4-in-moscow-reports/amp/

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Post by LizzyNY on Sat 04 Jul 2020, 22:17

PAN - Do you know when this article was written?  I don't see a date. They call John Bolton an NSA advisor, which is no longer true. Could this be from last year or earlier?
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Post by party animal - not! on Sat 04 Jul 2020, 23:31


It's today's news, Lizzie.

If you go to the Homepage it has lots of today's other stories....

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Post by annemarie on Sat 04 Jul 2020, 23:44

The reps name is John Sullivan not John Huntsman.

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Post by LizzyNY on Sun 05 Jul 2020, 03:19

PAN - How familiar are you with this news outlet? There's something fishy about that article, John Bolton hasn't been an NSA advisor since 2019. He just released an anti-Trump book that raised a stink here, so I doubt he'd have any involvement with anything the drumpf government is doing - especially in Russia, and his participation certainly wouldn't be welcomed by Republican senators .
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Post by heartlove on Sun 05 Jul 2020, 03:26

Makes you scratch doesn't it? study

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Post by party animal - not! on Sun 05 Jul 2020, 11:58


This is a local NYC newspaper (Brooklyn, Queens etc) run by Schneps Media(?) but the article

with it refers to the fact that for the last two years Republican senators have visited the

Kremlin, but can't this year because of Covid 19


Here's a link to click on

https://twitter.com/LouiseMensch/status/1279195925160869894

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Post by LizzyNY on Sun 05 Jul 2020, 16:13

PAN - I've lived in Brooklyn most of my life and have never heard of "Metro US", so I googled Schneps Media to see what they're about. It appears they've acquired a collection of hyper-local newspapers that are really a cross between a parish newsletter and an advertising flyer for local businesses. Most of them are freebies, given away in local stores. If your kid's school held a bake sale this is where you'd read about it.

I still didn't find "Metro US", but did find "Metro Philadelphia" and "AM Metro New York". I'm not sure if your article came from one of them, but if you scroll down on Mensch's tweet you'll see that the trip referred to happened in 2018. Don't know why she'd reference it now.
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Post by heartlove on Sun 05 Jul 2020, 20:09

Interesting...

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The White House went forward with Saturday's Independence Day celebration despite local coronavirus concerns
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The Trump administration held its annual Fourth of July celebration on Saturday, capped off by a mile-long detonation of 10,000 fireworks that echoed across Washington D.C.
Just weeks ago, President Donald Trump looked on with a similar approval as the booming explosions of a U.S. military members fired tear gas and flash grenades at peaceful protesters outside the White House in a move that received widespread condemnation from lawmakers, religious leaders and U.S. military figures.
"American heroes defeated the Nazis, dethroned the fascists, toppled the communists, saved American values, upheld American principles and chased down the terrorists to the very ends of the earth," Trump, 74, said during his speech. "We are now in the process of defeating the radical left, the Marxists, the anarchists, the agitators, the looters, and people who, in many instances, have absolutely no clue what they are doing."

“We will never allow an angry mob to tear down our statues, erase our history, indoctrinate our children or trample on our freedoms,” continued Trump, who went on to claim that protestors are lying “about the past in order to gain power in the present” — a claim his critics have lobbed against him on numerous occasions. 
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Trump delivered similar remarks in his dangerously divisive speech the night before in South Dakota at another Independence Day celebration in front of Mount Rushmore.
Trump has relished in protecting American symbolism in recent weeks, calling for "10 years in prison" for anyone who vandalizes federal monuments and his administration carried out Saturday's event despite local officials' concerns about the spread of COVID-19.
“We know this is a special event for the Department of Interior. We’ve communicated to them that we do not think this is in keeping with the best CDC and Department of Health guidance," D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser told the Associated Press. "But this event will take place entirely on federal property."

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Although Trump had strayed away from addressing the coronavirus pandemic on Friday, he made a number of claims in his Fourth of July speech that did not reflect the reality of the dramatic surge in cases around the country.
“We’ve made a lot of progress, our strategy is moving along well,” said the president, who did not wear a face mask. “It goes out in one area and rears back its ugly face in another area, but we’ve learned a lot. We’ve learned how to put out the flame.”
Despite Trump’s claims, a number of states — including Florida, California, Arizona and Texas — have become hotspots for new coronavirus cases. Saturday also marked the third consecutive day of the country reporting new daily cases of over 50,000, hitting a new 24-hour high of 57,497 on Saturday, according to MarketWatch.
He also claimed that testing has shown that 99 percent of coronavirus cases “are totally harmless” — although Johns Hopkins University has estimated the fatality rate in the United States is 4.6 percent, according to CNN. All cases are harmful as those who are asymptomatic can also spread the virus.
Trump then claimed, without evidence, that there will likely be a therapeutic solution or vaccine ready “long before the end of the year.”
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Just last month, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, expressed cautious optimism that one of the several ongoing COVID-19 vaccine trials will be a success and can be mass-produced for Americans to get next year.
The department's secretary, David Bernhardt, told the outlet that this year's celebration was military-focused and that the event — branded as the "Salute to America" — would be "a patriotic tribute to our men and women in uniform."
Last year's similarly themed White House event featured military tanks and flyovers, costing more than $13 million, the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office recently reported.
This year's version featured flyovers from military planes but did not feature the tanks (officially dubbed "Bradley Fighting Vehicles") as it did in 2019.
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Sens. Tom Udall, Patrick Leahy and Chris Van Hollen released a joint statement ahead of Saturday's event, saying the recent GAO report "confirms what we knew all along: the president was willing to spend millions of dollars of taxpayer funds—expenses that weren’t budgeted for and that roughly doubled what was spent in previous years—to meet his extravagant demands.”
“And now, the Trump administration is at it again—spending undisclosed amounts of taxpayer money to fund special events and encourage large crowds to gather while our nation is in the middle of a pandemic," said the U.S. senators, who are Democrats. "We deserve to know what resources are being spent and what public health precautions are being taken for this year’s Fourth of July events, as well."
Trump was not seen wearing a protective face mask meant to limit the spread of COVID-19 during the event, and although officials handed out masks and encouraged visitors to practice social distancing, the majority did not appear to head the guidelines, USA Today reported.
At least 129,680 people across the U.S. have died from the novel coronavirus, according to a New York Times tracker.
There have been more than 10,000 confirmed cases of the virus in D.C., with at least 557 deaths in the city attributed to the COVID-19 respiratory illness as of Sunday.
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Post by annemarie on Mon 06 Jul 2020, 11:09

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8493755/Egypt-arrests-ten-doctors-warns-health-workers-quiet-coronavirus.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ico=taboola_feed

[size=34]Egypt arrests at least ten doctors and warns health workers to keep quiet after medics spoke out about coronavirus crisis as country records highest death toll in the Arab world[/size]


  • Rights groups say 16 doctors and journalists have been arrested since February

  • Doctors voiced fury after PM appeared to blame medics for a spike in deaths

  • Egypt has had 76,253 cases and 3,343 deaths, more than other Arab countries 


By TIM STICKINGS FOR MAILONLINE and ASSOCIATED PRESS
PUBLISHED: 05:38 EDT, 6 July 2020 | UPDATED: 05:44 EDT, 6 July 2020

     



Egypt has arrested at least 10 doctors since the start of the coronavirus crisis and warned health workers they could be punished if they speak out. 
Security agencies have tried to stifle criticism of president Abdel Fattah el-Sissi and his government's handling of the pandemic, which has caused 76,253 infections and 3,343 deaths in Egypt - the worst death toll in the Arab world.   
Doctors have been voicing anger over shortages of protective gear and an apparent government attempt to blame them for the spike in deaths. 

At least 10 doctors and six journalists have been arrested since the virus first hit Egypt in February, according to rights groups. 
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A health worker wearing protective gear takes a swab from a motorist at a drive-through centre at Ain Shams University in Cairo - as Egypt battles a spike in deaths 
President el-Sissi has stamped out dissent since leading a military takeover in 2013, jailing Islamist opponents as well as secular activists and journalists. 
One foreign correspondent has fled the country during the virus pandemic, fearing arrest, and another two have been reprimanded over 'professional violations'. 
The military has set up field hospitals with 4,000 beds, scaled up testing and ordered companies to churn out face masks and other supplies. 
But doctors say they are forced to purchase surgical masks with their meagre salaries, while families plead for intensive care beds. 
Health workers in Egypt say they have been warned by administrators to keep quiet or face punishment.
One doctor in greater Cairo said: 'Every day I go to work, I sacrifice myself and my whole family. Then they arrest my colleagues to send us a message. I see no light on the horizon.'  


The pandemic has pushed the Egyptian Medical Syndicate, a non-political professional group, into a new role as an advocate for doctors' rights.
Last month, the union released a letter to the public prosecutor demanding the release of five doctors detained for expressing opinions about the virus response.
Another syndicate member, Mohamed el-Fawal, landed in jail last week after demanding an apology from the prime minister over comments that appeared to blame health workers for a spike in deaths.
Incensed doctors hit back, saying they are under-trained, under-paid and under-resourced, and struggling to save patients.
So far, 117 doctors, 39 nurses and 32 pharmacists have died from Covid-19, according to syndicate members' counts. Thousands have fallen ill.
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The government of president Abdel Fattah el-Sissi (pictured) has been criticised for its handling of the pandemic, which has caused 76,253 infections and 3,343 deaths in Egypt
Security forces shut down a syndicate press conference that was set to respond to the prime minister's comments and discuss supply shortages, according to former leader Mona Mina.
'These doctors have no history of activism, they were arrested because they offered criticism of their very specific professional circumstances,' said Amr Magdi of Human Rights Watch, which has confirmed the arrests of eight doctors and two pharmacists.
Two have been released, he said, while the rest remain in pre-trial detention.
Doctors in three provinces say administrators threatened to report them if they publicly expressed frustration toward authorities or failed to show up for work.
In one voice recording, a health deputy in a Nile Delta province can be heard saying: 'Even if a doctor is dying, he must keep working ... or be subjected to the most severe punishment.' 
At least 15 individuals have been arrested for broadcasting 'false news' about the pandemic, said the UN human rights office. 
Four Egyptian journalists who reported on the outbreak remain in prison, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists, which has labeled Egypt among the world's worst jailers of journalists, along with Turkey and China. 
Those who spread 'false news' online about the coronavirus could face up to five years imprisonment and steep fines, Egypt's top prosecutor has warned. 
The coronavirus is surging in the country of 100million people, threatening to overwhelm hospitals. 
The death toll of 3,434 is higher than in other Arab countries such as Saudi Arabia (1,858) or Iraq (2,368). 
With borders shut and flights halted, Egypt's critical tourism revenue has vanished - testing the economy and the government's authority. 
Although el-Sissi resisted a total lockdown because of the economic impact, schools, mosques, restaurants, malls and clubs were closed early in the outbreak and a nightly curfew imposed. 
Last week the government reopened much of society and welcomed hundreds of international tourists despite the spike in deaths.

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https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8500125/Dr-Fauci-calls-boasting-low-death-rate-false-narrative.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ico=taboola_feed

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  • Dr. Anthony Fauci warned Tuesday that 'it's a false narrative to take comfort in the lower death rate' of U.S. coronavirus cases 

  • Fauci appeared on a livestream event hosted by Sen. Doug Jones, an Alabama Democrat 

  • 'There's so many other things that are dangerous and bad about the virus. Don't get into false complacency,' Fauci said 

  • As President Trump continues to pursue reopening as COVID-19 cases grow, he's pointed to the nation's mortality rate, saying it's the lowest in the world 

  • Fauci said while a younger population getting the virus has likely led to fewer deaths, he said he's seen young people 'even requiring intensive care' 

  • The Broadway community was rocked Sunday by the death of 41-year-old actor Nick Cordero, who struggled for months with complications from COVID-19  


By NIKKI SCHWAB, SENIOR U.S. POLITICAL REPORTER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 19:28 EDT, 7 July 2020 | UPDATED: 20:30 EDT, 7 July 2020


Dr. Anthony Fauci said Tuesday that boasts about a low death rate don't present the full picture of how dangerous COVID-19 can be.  
Fauci, speaking at an event hosted by Democratic Alabama Sen. Doug Jones, said 'it's a false narrative to take comfort in the lower death rate,' according to Axios
'There's so many other things that are dangerous and bad about the virus,' he continued. 'Don't get into false complacency,' the nation's top infectious disease expert warned.
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Dr. Anthony Fauci participated in a talk Tuesday with Alabama's Democratic Sen. Doug Jones, saying during the livestreamed event that boasting about a low death rate was a 'false narrative' 
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Dr. Anthony Fauci talked about the seriousness of the coronavirus in a livestreamed event with Alabama Sen. Doug Jones, a Democrat whose seat President Trump and Republicans are targeting 
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President Trump tweeted about the low death rate Tuesday and then repeated it again during an event Tuesday afternoon that revolved around getting schools opened back up in the fall 
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Also on Tuesday, Fauci had said the U.S. was 'knee-deep' in the first wave of coronavirus cases.  

Fauci's warning stands in contrast to the narrative President Trump has tried to push as he continues to push for the American economy to open, despite the rise in COVID-19 cases. 
On Tuesday, Trump pointed at the death rate as he encouraged governors to open schools in the fall. 
'Again, mortality rate the lowest of anywhere in the world,' Trump reminded the group. 


He had tweeted a similar message earlier. 
'We have the lowest Mortality Rate in the World. The Fake News should be reporting these most important of facts, but they don’t!' the president wrote.  
And over the weekend, Trump claimed that '99 per cent' of COVID-19 cases are 'harmless.' 
Fauci acknowledged that the death rate was likely lower because the population that's getting the coronavirus is younger, on average, by 15 years, compared to the Americans infected at the beginning of the outbreak.  
'The younger you are, the better you do, and the less likely you're gonna get seriously ill and die,' Fauci said. 
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The Broadway community was rocked on Sunday by news of the death of 41-year-old actor Nick Cordero, who died of COVID-19 complications 
But youth was no guarantee of surviving the virus. 
Fauci talked of 'multiple examples of young people who are getting sick, getting hospitalized, and some of them even requiring intensive care.'    
The Broadway theater community was rocked Sunday with a worst-case scenario, when 41-year-old actor Nick Cordero passed away after fighting complications of COVID-19 for months, including have his leg amputated. 
Neera Tanden, who runs the left-leaning think tank Center for American Progress in Washington, described her own battle with COVID-19 on Twitter Monday.  
'I am healthy, under 50, exercise regularly, and this virus hit me for 6 weeks. This messaging will kill people,' she said, linking to a clip of White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows saying, 'the vast majority of people are safe from this.'

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Post by party animal - not! on Wed 08 Jul 2020, 12:27



Yep. According to Johns Hopkins this morning the US now has 3,000,000 cases of Covid19

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Post by carolhathaway on Wed 08 Jul 2020, 13:52

party animal - not! wrote:

Yep. According to Johns Hopkins this morning the US now has 3,000,000 cases of Covid19

...and the USA will leave the WHO...
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Post by LizzyNY on Wed 08 Jul 2020, 14:54

Carolhathaway - It isn't clear if that's possible without Congressional approval. It may turn out to be just another one of drumpf's embarrassing attempts to be a government of one. God willing he won't be president much longer.
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  • Kanye West said he has broken ranks with Trump & vows to win presidential race

  • West said he would either run as a Republican or as an independent candidate 

  • 'Like anything I've ever done in my life, I'm doing to win', he said 

  • He added that he would receive guidance from Elon Musk and obscure vice presidential candidate Michelle Tidball, a preacher from Wyoming 


By SOPHIE TANNO FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 02:39 EDT, 8 July 2020 | UPDATED: 10:46 EDT, 8 July 2020



Rapper Kanye West has signaled that he no longer supports U.S. President Donald Trump and said he had entered the presidential race to win it, in an interview published on Wednesday.
West, previously a vocal supporter of Trump, announced on Saturday that he would run for president in 2020.
'I am taking the red hat off, with this interview,' West said, referring to Trump's trademark red 'Make America Great Again' baseball caps.
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Rapper Kanye West has signaled that he no longer supports U.S. President Donald Trump and said he had entered the presidential race to win it, in an interview published on Wednesday. Above, West pictured at the Oval Office with Trump in 2018 
'Like anything I've ever done in my life, I'm doing to win', he added.

Kanye West announced on Independence Day that he is running for president of the United States, just four months before election day. 
The rapper made it clear in Tuesday's interview with Forbes that he has broken ranks with the president and would either run as a Republican if Trump dropped out, or as an independent if not. 
West revealed that he would run under a new banner, the Birthday Party, because 'when we win, it's everybody's birthday,' he reasoned. 
He added that he would receive guidance from Elon Musk and obscure vice presidential candidate Michelle Tidball, a preacher from Wyoming.  
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Kanye West announced on Independence Day that he is running for president of the United States, just four months before election day. Above, West at a march calling for the removal of Chicago police from public schools on June 4
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West, who initially intended to run in 2024, said he would definitely be making a bid for power this November. 
West denied that his aim was to split the black vote and hurt the chances of Trump's Democratic opponent, Joe Biden. It was 'a form of racism and white supremacy' to suggest all black people should support the Democrats, he said. 
He noted during the interview that he had never voted before in his life and said he believes that vaccines are the 'mark of the beast.'


The rapper told Forbes he had been ill with COVID-19 in February, and would be suspicious of any vaccines developed to prevent the infection. 
Repeating false theories that link vaccines with child developmental disorders, he said: 'So when they say the way we're going to fix COVID is with a vaccine, I'm extremely cautious.' 
Also in the four-hour interview, West said he envisions a White House management model based on the secret country of Wakanda in the film Black Panther.  
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The rapper (pictured in a MAGA hat) made it clear that he has broken ranks with the president and would either run as a Republican if Trump dropped out, or as an independent if not
West recalled the moment it occurred to him that he would run for president, saying he was in the shower at his mother-in-law's house after being offered the MTV Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Awards. 
'I was like this is the best, I'm going to go out there and they're going to think I'm going to do these songs and do this for entertainment, how rigged awards shows are, and then say I'm president,' he told Forbes.
He added that he 'started laughing hysterically' and that was the 'moment it hit [him].' 
During an interview in the Oval Office on Tuesday, Trump said that West's 2020 candidacy would make a 'great trial run' before making a bid for the White House in 2024. 
'It's very interesting,' Trump said. 
'It'd have to be limited to certain states because in some states the deadline has been missed.' 
Among the highlights of the interview with Kanye West were: 


  • On Democrats: West said that he had been threatened as a black man to support the Democrats or his music career would be over. He added that this was the reason why he had been too 'scared' to register to vote before now. He said there is a form of 'racism', 'white supremacy' and 'white control' that says all black people need to be Democrat.
  • On why he supported Trump: The rapper said Trump is a president who allows God to be part of the conversation. He said he wore the MAGA hat to protest the segregation of votes in the black community.
  • On abortion: West said that his belief in God and the words of the bible have led him to be pro-life. 
  • On vaccines: He referred to vaccines as the 'mark of the beast' and said he was skeptical when scientists say they will treat Covid-19 with a vaccine. He continued that 'they want to put chips inside of us, they want to do all kinds of things, to make it where we can't cross the gates of heaven.' 
  • On coronavirus: West said he was praying and that the virus was related to God, suggesting humans need to stop doing things that make God mad. 
  • On the moment he decided to run for president: He said he was in the shower when it hit him that he would run for president. 'I just laughed in the shower, I don't know for how long, but that's the moment it hit me.'
  • On his foreign policy: The rapper admitted that he had not yet developed a foreign policy and he would concentrate on America first. 
  • On the Wakanda management model: West referred to the film Black Panther to outline his election platform, saying the Wakanda framework was the best to describe what he would do in the White House. He added: 'You got Kanye West, one of the most powerful humans—I'm not saying the most because you got a lot of alien level superpowers and it's only collectively that we can set it free.'


The 21-time Grammy winner celebrated Independence Day by revealing his plans to run for presidency on Twitter, tweeting Saturday: 'We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future. I am running for president of the United States! #2020VISION.'
The rapper has sparked speculation over the years that he would potentially enter the presidential race one day, most recently in November, when he said he planned to run in 2024. 
West's announcement was met with with mixed reactions of skepticism and excitement, as online bookmakers cut his odds of winning the election from 500/1 to 50/1. 
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Presidential bid: The 21-time Grammy winner celebrated Independence Day with the announcement on Twitter, which was met with mixed reactions
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The new odds indicate his implied probability of winning the election has increased from 0.2 percent to two percent. 
West's odds are still well behind those of the two current frontrunners, with incumbent Republican President Donald Trump at seven to four and presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden at eight to 11, according to OddsChecker.com
While there is no official deadline to enter the presidential race, candidates must meet certain filing requirements under Ballot Access Laws that vary by state. 
The deadline to add independent candidates to the ballot has not yet passed in many states, including California. 
Saturday's announcement, which came amid Fourth of July celebrations and protests across the country, immediately caused a stir on social media. 
Eccentric billionaire Elon Musk was among the first to endorse the rapper and sparked rumors that he could be Ye's running mate after replying: 'You have my full support!' 
Last week West visited the Tesla founder and posted a photo on Twitter from their possible meeting of minds.
Several fans replied to the announcement, proposing: 'and can @elonmusk be your VP?' 
Wife Kim Kardashian had little to say immediately after the news broke, but showed her support for her husband by tweeting an American Flag emoji in response. 
Kanye's tweet was met mostly with skepticism, one user referencing his infamous snub of Taylor Swift at the 2009 VMAs: 'Imma let you finish but no.' 
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Kanye infamously revealed his support for Donald Trump in 2018 before paying a visit to the White House. Above he is pictured in Trump Tower in December 2016
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Potential first lady? Wife Kim Kardashian (pictured in June 2019) would be no stranger to the White House either, having met with president over the years lobbying for criminal justice reform
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Biggest supporter: Fellow eccentric billionaire Elon Musk sparked rumors that he could be Ye's running mate, as he responded to the tweet: 'You have my full support!'
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Meeting of minds: West took to Twitter this week after visiting the Tesla founder, posting a photo from their possible meeting of minds
'Is this a ploy to try and get trump re-elected,' another follower wrote, accusing him to try and split the vote in Trump's favor.  
Some theorized the move could be just a publicity stunt to help promote a new line of shoes or an upcoming album.
'I feverishly hope [that] this just a publicity stunt for new album because ... No! Don't you dare 2020, don't even think about it, you've done enough for one year ...Kanye stay home,' one user said. 
West did not provide further details on his campaign or his party affiliation with his announcement, both he and Musk have thrown their support behind Trump in the past. 
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Twitter immediately blew up with memes  reacting to the Kanye's announcement on Saturday night
Back in May, Musk thanked Trump for suggesting on Twitter that the Tesla plant in California should be allowed to remain open amid the COVID-19 pandemic.   
In October 2018, Kanye infamously revealed his support for Donald Trump following a bizarre Twitter rant that sparked concerns for the rapper's mental state.
Soon after, he paid a visit to Donald Trump himself at the White House, wearing the president's trademark MAGA hat and delivered a rambling, profanity-laden speech in which he discussed alternate universes and his diagnosis of bipolar disorder, which he said was actually sleep deprivation. 
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Reality star-turned-activist Kim Kardashian West would be no stranger to the White House, having met with President Trump on more than one occasion lobbying for criminal justice reform. Kim is pictured with husband Kanye in November 2019
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Speaking to a crowd of reporters in the Oval Office he said the hat was like a Superman cape and said that Trump made him a billionaire.  
Kanye also joked about running for president in 2024 during the visit - an idea he would later confirm during an appearance at the annual Fast Company Innovation Festival in New York City last November.
West had been promoting his new line of biodegradable shoes at the event before casually mentioning to the crowd he was running for president in 2024, prompting laughter from the audience. 
Reality star-turned-activist Kim Kardashian West would be no stranger to the White House either, having met with President Trump on more than one occasion lobbying for criminal justice reform. 
Kim appeared to endorse her husband's claim he was running for the presidency but retweeting his post with an emoji of the US flag.  
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