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Post by LizzyNY on Wed 08 Jul 2020, 17:15

God help us! The inmates truly are running the asylum. Rolling Eyes
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Post by heartlove on Wed 08 Jul 2020, 17:25

You should not talk about Poseidon Biden like that.

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Post by annemarie on Wed 08 Jul 2020, 17:52

Yep Lizzy and inmate Kanye is not taking his meds.

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Post by heartlove on Wed 08 Jul 2020, 18:11

What meds are Kanye on?  They must be working, they have you talking about him.

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Post by annemarie on Wed 08 Jul 2020, 19:37

He is bipolar those are the meds  he refuses to take. I am talking about him because he is an idiot full stop.

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Post by heartlove on Wed 08 Jul 2020, 20:03

A bipolar genius? I have to be honest I know nothing about Kanye West, however I've heard he's a genius.

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Post by annemarie on Wed 08 Jul 2020, 21:10

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-53335745

Coronavirus in Australia: Melbourne begins new shutdown

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The Serious Side - part 8 - Page 13 _113288043_062340955-1Image copyrightREUTERSImage captionThe border between New South Wales and Victoria has been closed since Tuesday
Australia's second-largest city has begun a second lockdown in response to a spike in new coronavirus infections.
Five million Melbourne residents will be barred from leaving home for six weeks, except for essential reasons.
Police say they are setting up a "ring of steel" around the city, with "checkpoints anytime and anywhere" to enforce the measures.
Borders between Victoria, of which Melbourne is the capital, and neighbouring states closed on Tuesday.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison paid tribute to Melburnians' resilience on Wednesday.
"The rest of the country knows that the sacrifice that you're going through right now is not just for you and your own family, but it's for the broader Australian community," he said during a news conference.
Mr Morrison also said he was proposing measures to slow the return of Australian nationals from overseas.
Victoria State Premier Daniel Andrews announced the Melbourne lockdown on Tuesday after the state saw 191 new infections, its highest daily number since the pandemic began.
Wednesday's figure was down to 134, but still much higher than numbers in the rest of the country.
Australia has recorded almost 9,000 cases and 106 deaths from the virus.


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Meanwhile, Australian media reported that passengers on a flight from Melbourne to Sydney disembarked on Tuesday night without being screened.
New South Wales state has banned travel from the greater Melbourne area except under exceptional circumstances, and the passengers should have been required to self-isolate for two weeks.
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What are the new restrictions?


People will be kept to their homes and will only be able to leave for essential reasons, such as for work, exercise and shopping for food and other necessities.
Schools will largely return to distance learning and restaurants will, once again, only be permitted to serve takeaway food.
However, shops and hairdressers will remain open.
The lockdown covers only Melbourne and an area to the north called the Mitchell Shire, but the state as a whole has been sealed off from the neighbouring states of New South Wales and South Australia.
Police and troops have been stationed at border crossings and patrol the vast borders with drones and other aircraft.
As of Thursday, they will also be doing random checks on vehicles in and around the city.

How did it come to this?


For months Australia had felt optimistic about containing Covid-19, then came the resurgence of the virus in Melbourne.
At the weekend, Melbourne authorities locked down about 3,000 people living in nine housing-estate tower blocks after at least 23 cases of infection were found. Dozens more have been found since.
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Residents were told not to leave their homes under any circumstances for five days.
A looser lockdown was placed on about 300,000 city residents, now extended to the whole city.
What concerns the authorities is that local transmission is now the key source of infections.
Previously, most cases came from travellers returning from overseas.
Other Australian states have dramatically slowed or eradicated the virus, but in Victoria private security guards overseeing hotel quarantines reportedly broke the rules.
Mr Andrews described cases of illegal socialising between staff, listing examples of workers sharing a cigarette lighter or car-pooling. Local media also reported claims of sex between guards and quarantined travellers.
The government has ordered a judicial inquiry into the state's quarantine operation and has fired contractors.

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Post by annemarie on Wed 08 Jul 2020, 21:12

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-53339326

University of California names first Black president


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The University of California (UC) has named a black president for the first time in the public institution's 150-year history.
Michael Drake, 69, will lead one of the largest public university systems in the US beginning next month.
He takes the helm as budgets shrink and campus life for 280,000 UC students is upended by the Covid-19 outbreak.
Mr Drake will succeed Janet Napolitano, the former Arizona governor who became UC's first female president in 2013.


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Ms Napolitano described Mr Drake's appointment, as "one more step in our university's ongoing effort to ensure that the university reflects the rich diversity of our state".
"I recognise the significance of these firsts," she said. "I hope that this kind of leadership diversity at our nation's universities will soon become commonplace."
His appointment comes as universities around the country grapple with issues of economic and racial diversity, and face uncertainty over the coronavirus pandemic.
With a $40bn budget, multiple campuses and five medical centres across the state, the UC system is the third largest employer in California. However, the institution is facing steep budget cuts and demands for radical changes to its admissions process to include more black and Hispanic students.
A medical doctor by training, Mr Drake has worked within the UC system previously, acting as the University of California Irvine's chancellor from 2005 to 2014 and as the system-wide vice-president for health affairs from 2000 to 2005. He later served as president of The Ohio State University from 2014 until stepping down this past week.

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Media captionForeign students scramble amidst US college shutdowns
After a 10-month search and selection process, the UC Board of Regents unanimously approved Mr Drake's appointment.
"I'm excited and ready to go," Mr Drake told the board before noting the challenges posed by Covid-19, the threat of climate change, and "the yawning wounds of social injustice that we see in so many ways that really tears at the fabric of our lives".
Ms Napolitano announced in May that all of UC's campuses would be reopening in the fall for in-person classes, a contrast from other systems moving entirely to online learning. Last month, several colleges in the UC system, including UC Santa Barbara, UC San Diego and UC Berkeley outlined plans for students' return, with limited in-person classes and expanded online options.

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Post by LizzyNY on Thu 09 Jul 2020, 00:30

heartlove wrote:A bipolar genius?  I have to be honest I know nothing about Kanye West, however I've heard he's a genius.
Really? From who? His press agent? And do you believe everything you hear? As far as I know he hasn't followed any of the procedures necessary to get your name on the ballot  anywhere so, as of now, he isn't eligible to run except as a write-in. If he can't even get on the ballot properly, can you expect him to run the country?

We've already had 3 1/2 years of an incompetent in the White House. We don't need another. I'd suggest you check out some of the things West believes before you jump on his bandwagon.
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Post by heartlove on Thu 09 Jul 2020, 00:34

I'm not on his band wagon, however if he picks a competent running mate, I just might join the team.

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Post by LizzyNY on Thu 09 Jul 2020, 00:51

Of course you will because, as you said, you know nothing about him. Great way to choose who to vote for.
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Post by annemarie on Thu 09 Jul 2020, 01:28

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[size=48]Missouri Summer Camp Closes After 82 Kids and Staff Infected with Coronavirus
Kanakuk Kamps, a network of Christian sports camps in the state, saw 82 campers, counselors and staff members test positive for coronavirus
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At least 82 campers, counselors and staff at a summer camp in southwestern Missouri have been infected with COVID-19, according to state health officials.
Kanakuk Kamps, a network of Christian sports camps in the state, reopened their camps to thousands of kids beginning in May. Kanakuk chose to reopen after Missouri leaders said that there was a risk in letting camps reopen, but that they were confident that the camps had made plans to stop any potential COVID-19 outbreaks from happening.
Parents of Kanakuk campers were recently notified by email that one of the camps known as K-2, in Lampe, was temporarily shutting down after staff and campers contracted coronavirus.
Per a report from NBC News, parents received an email last week from Rebecca Duncan, Kanakuk's health services director, advising them that their children may have been exposed.
"As your Kamper returns home, we recommend that you consider a 14-day self-quarantine for your child and monitor for symptoms of COVID-19," the email read according to the report.

The organization — which prides itself on having more than 90 years of experience in summer camping — holds six overnight and day camps across the state with around 20,000 campers a summer, according to its website.
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The Stone County Health Department updated the community on Facebook on Monday, writing that 82 campers, counselors and staff members had tested positive for coronavirus, an increase from the 41 that were initially reported.
"Kanakuk is working with SCHD and made the decision to shut down the K-2 camp for this term after being alerted to the suspected COVID-19 cases," the message read.
"The decision to close has resulted in all campers, counselors and staff to return to their homes. SCHD will be working closely with Kanakuk Kamps to identify exposed individuals and quarantine those individuals, as necessary," they added.

But Kanakuk Kamps situation isn't an isolated one, as numerous camps across the nation have opened and then closed after kids and staff contracted COVID-19, the Associated Press reported.
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Despite the outbreak at the Missouri camp, the state has not changed their guidance for operating during the pandemic.
Dr. Randall Williams, director of the Missouri Department of Health, said Monday that his agency had no plans to shut down summer camps in the wake of the Missouri outbreak.
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“We think school is incredibly important to kids. We also think camps are important,” he shared.
Williams also added that the camp location with the outbreak plans to reopen later this summer after testing all of the staff members

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Post by carolhathaway on Thu 09 Jul 2020, 06:35

In Germany, our government banned all summer camps and school trips til the endof the year. They already did it in March which caused a lot of discussions like "The virus will be gone until summer, so our kids might do everything during the summer hokidays and afzerwards". I guess it was a wise decision...
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Post by party animal - not! on Thu 09 Jul 2020, 10:46


I have a feeling that the revenue for these companies in many instances is a lot more

important than the wellbeing of the participants. I for one would not be happy to send my

children to something like this at the moment any more than a crowded church. I see that

one of Trump's 'favourite' churches with congregations of a thousand got a 'small business'

bailout from Mnuchin - as did Kushner.







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Post by annemarie on Thu 09 Jul 2020, 12:02

These are the Christians that I would guess follow Trump, and don't use their own common sense.

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Post by annemarie on Thu 09 Jul 2020, 12:04

[size=48]Couple Who Painted Over Black Lives Matter Mural Charged with a Hate Crime
The temporary mural had just been painted on the street outside the courthouse moments before it was defaced
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Video showing Nelson and Anderson vandalizing a Black Lives Matter mural in Martinez, California on Saturday
 
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Two California residents have been charged with committing a hate crime after eyewitnesses posted footage showing them painting over a Black Lives Matter mural outside the Wakefield Taylor Courthouse in Martinez.
A statement from the Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office confirms Martinez residents David Nelson, 53, and Nicole Anderson, 42, have each been charged with three misdemeanor counts, including violation of civil rights, vandalism and possession of tools to commit vandalism or graffiti.
The alleged vandalism took place on July 4, the prosecutor's statement says.
Investigators allege in the statement that "defendant Anderson covered up a Black Lives Matter mural with black paint," and that "Nelson directly aided in the alleged criminal conduct. The incident was captured on video by witnesses."
The temporary mural had just been painted on the street outside the courthouse moments earlier.

The prosecutor's office confirms the City of Martinez had approved a permit for the mural on July 1.
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The statement adds: "Nelson and Anderson arrived at the scene of the mural after it was completed with paint supplies. Anderson started to paint over the yellow letters 'B' and 'L' in the word 'Black.' She used black paint and a large paint roller to do so. The video has been shared widely by witnesses and shared on social media."
In the video, Nelson, when asked by passersby why he was defacing the mural, replied, "We're sick of this narrative ... The narrative of police brutality, the narrative of oppression, the narrative of racism, it's a lie."
A woman can be heard telling the two suspects, "This is racist, what you're doing."
Anderson is heard saying, "This is not happening in my town."

Contra Costa County District Attorney Diana Becton defended the charges Tuesday.
"We must address the root and byproduct of systemic racism in our country," Becton says in the statement.
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"The Black Lives Matter movement is an important civil rights cause that deserves all of our attention," she continued. "The mural completed last weekend was a peaceful and powerful way to communicate the importance of Black lives in Contra Costa County and the country. We must continue to elevate discussions and actually listen to one another in an effort to heal our community and country.”
Neither Nelson nor Anderson could be reached for comment on the charges.
PEOPLE was unable to ascertain if either has an attorney.
Both faces up to a year in prison if convicted on all charges. It was unclear Wednesday if they had entered pleas to the charges against them.

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Post by annemarie on Thu 09 Jul 2020, 12:07

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-8505647/Kanye-West-middle-bipolar-episode.html

[size=34]Kanye West 'is in the middle of a serious bipolar episode and his family are very concerned for him' following controversial Forbes interview and decision to run for president[/size]

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PUBLISHED: 05:27 EDT, 9 July 2020 | UPDATED: 06:09 EDT, 9 July 2020

     



He has been very open about his bipolar disorder and Kanye West is reportedly in the middle of a serious episode, causing his family to be very concerned. 
The musician, 43, took part in a controversial Forbes interview on Wednesday in which he slammed Planned Parenthood as an organization run by 'white supremacists to do the Devil's work.'
TMZ report that Kanye, who is running for president, gets a serious episode around once a year and this one has resulted in his decision-making being impacted. 
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Worries: Kanye West 'is in the middle of a serious bipolar episode and his family are concerned for him' following his Forbes interview and decision to run for president (file photo)
The site reports: 'Kanye announced he's running for president via Twitter over the weekend, and also did a rambling interview with Forbes ... which drew harsh criticism, confusion and concern. 


'Our sources say his family and those close to him are worried, but they believe things will stabilize as they have in the past. 

'The problem here, is that Kanye's proclamations are causing problems.'
MailOnline has contacted a spokesperson for Kanye West for comment.  
Kanye's Forbes interview saw him drop his support for Trump, reveal his political party is called The Birthday Party and discuss anti-vaccination views.'
In 2018, Kanye revealed he was not taking medication for bipolar because it 'stifles his creativity,' a year after his diagnosis. 
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Change: Kanye's Forbes interview saw him drop his support for Trump and discuss anti-vaxx views' (pictured in the Oval Office in 2018) 
The performer told David Letterman that he feels discriminated against because of his mental health issues. 
Kanye said: 'I can just tell you what I'm feeling at the time. I feel a heightened connection with the universe when I'm ramping up. 
'It's a health issue, this is a sprained brain, like a sprained ankle. When someone has a sprained ankle, you're not going to push on him more. With us, once our brain gets to a point of spraining, people do everything to make it worse,
'They do everything possible. They got us to that point and they do everything to make it worse.'
Kanye can sometimes experience psychosis during periods of severe mania, in which he feels hyper-paranoia and believes everyone is out to get him.    
He described the episodes to Letterman in detail.
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Kanye took to Twitter on Thursday morning to declare that six month fetuses are 'souls' that 'deserve to live' in a now deleted tweet
He said: 'You have this moment [where] you feel everyone wants to kill you. You pretty much don't trust anyone.
'When you're in this [episode] state, you're hyper-paranoid about everything. Everyone - this is my experience, other people have different experiences - everyone now is an actor. Everything's a conspiracy.
'You feel the government is putting chips in your head. You feel you're being recorded. You feel all these things.'
On Thursday morning, Kanye posted and deleted a pro-life tweet saying calling six-month fetuses 'souls' that 'deserve to live'. 
The controversial rapper's pro-life stance comes as he and Planned Parenthood have engaged in a fierce back-and-forth after he claimed it was an organization run by 'white supremacists to do the Devil's work'.
He shared a screenshot of a Google search, asking: 'What does a 6 month fetus look like?'
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Disagreement: The controversial rapper's pro-life stance comes as he and Planned Parenthood have engaged in a fierce back-and-forth
Included in the grab was a brief WebMd excerpt detailing the growth and development during the second trimester.
'These souls deserve to live,' the former-Trump fan declared in his tweet.  
While the tweet has since been deleted, many have shared screengrabs of the post and have voiced their annoyance at Kanye's declaration.
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Viral: While the tweet has since been deleted, many have shared screengrabs of the post and have voiced their annoyance at Kanye's declaration
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Kanye made inflammatory remarks about Planned Parenthood in his interview with Forbes Magazine, where he also states that he is 'pro-life/ because he's 'following the word of the bible.'
Nia Martin-Robinson, who is Director of Black Leadership and Engagement at Planned Parenthood, rebuked the star, calling his claims 'offensive' and 'infantilizing' in a statement obtained by DailyMail.com.
'Black women are free to make our own decisions about our bodies and pregnancies, and want and deserve to have access to the best medical care available. Any insinuation that abortion is Black genocide is offensive and infantilizing,' Nia's statement began. 
'The real threat to Black communities’ safety, health, and lives stems from lack of access to quality, affordable health care, police violence and the criminalization of reproductive health care by anti-abortion opposition."
Nia added, 'At Planned Parenthood, we trust and we stand with Black women who have, and continue to lead the charge when it comes to the health, rights, and bodily autonomy of those in their communities.'
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Planned Parenthood also pointed out in response that it is not the first time Kanye has made headlines for 'parroting factually incorrect, right-wing talking points on reproductive health care' as last year he made the 'false equivalency' between Plan B and abortion.
Meanwhile, back in 2017, Kanye's wife Kim Kardashian West met with Sue Dunlap, the president and chief executive of Planned Parenthood Los Angeles in an episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, in order for her to form an opinion on the organization and its services. 
'The perception of Planned Parenthood is that it is an abortion clinic; that is nothing what it is like,' enthused Kim, 39, in the episode, praising the group, while her sister Khloe stated that she was pro-choice. 
Kim added: 'Hearing that first hand [women's stories] really made it real for me.' She later posted about the experience on Instagram saying she stood with Planned Parenthood.
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'My sisters and I visited Planned Parenthood recently and learned that the House of Representatives forced through a bill that strips health care coverage from millions of people and raises health care costs, including Planned Parenthood patients,' she wrote.
Adding: 'They are such an amazing place that provides so much to so many! #istandwithpp.'
Kanye has also received a huge backlash for revealing his anti-vaccine stance, telling Forbes: 'It's so many of our children that are being vaccinated and paralyzed… So when they say the way we're going to fix COVID is with a vaccine, I'm extremely cautious.'
The rapper also claimed that he had COVID-19 in February this year and took hot showers and watched instructional videos to treat himself. He then referred to any potential COVID vaccine being a 'mark of the beast.' 
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Advocate: In 2017, Kim and her sisters Khloe and Kourtney visited Planned Parenthood Los Angeles and she later endorsed the organization saying 'I stand with #PP'

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Post by party animal - not! on Thu 09 Jul 2020, 14:23

So this man is the American Editor of this serious National newspaper in the UK:




https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/journalist-arrest-seattle-chaz-protest-police-prison-black-lives-matter-a9606846.html



Seriously, the police have automatic rifles!!? Why?

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In his 30-year career, The Independent’s Chief US Correspondent Andrew Buncombe has filed dispatches from across the world. Last week, while reporting on protests in Seattle, he was arrested for the first time. What he saw next throws the spotlight on a broken criminal justice system

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[size=16][size=19][size=52]Seattle’s protest in support of Black Lives Matter was established just days after the killing of George Floyd. To the participants and their supporters, the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest (CHOP) was a living experiment in how a community might exist without police. To their detractors, most vocally Donald Trump, who denounced them as anarchists and terrorists, the protesters and the six city blocks they had been ceded were proof of liberals gone mad. It was quirky and it was controversial.
For a month, as demonstrators marched in cities around the world, demanding racial justice and the defunding of police departments, Seattle’s protesters existed in an uneasy half-life, partly tolerated by a mayor keen to avoid more violence, and despised by those who thought the police had been wrong to abandon the area.
Then, on July 1, the city decided the experiment was over. It was time to clear the protesters.

How badly did Seattle need to retake those streets? Enough to arrest a journalist covering the operation?


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Were the authorities so deaf to what protesters had been saying about police overreach and use of excessive force they were prepared to shackle that reporter, charge him with “failure to disperse” and then assault him?
Were they so oblivious to how jails across the nation had become hotspots for coronavirus they would put that person in a dirty, overcrowded cell where efforts to counter the disease were minimal?
Apparently so.
As police swept through Cal Anderson Park and the streets around it, officers with long sticks, backed up by armoured vehicles, were retaking the buildings of the East Precinct. They arrested dozens of people. I was among them.
“Enough is enough,” Seattle Police Department (SPD) chief Carmen Best said later that day. “Our job is to protect and to serve the community, our job is to support peaceful demonstrations, but what has happened here… is lawless and… brutal.”
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Officers armed with sticks clear Seattle’s Cal Anderson Park (AP)

City officials may have had good cause to retake the area “ceded” last month by mayor Jenny Durkan in an attempt to defuse protests triggered by the killing of George Floyd. While days in the zone had been overwhelmingly peaceful, at night there had been a number of criminal incidents, including six shootings, two of them fatal, with one of those deaths being of a 16-year-old. But the way the officers went about it, wielding sticks and mace, pressing people’s faces into the streets as they forced their hands into handcuffs, appeared heavy-handed at least.
Given how police from Washington DC to Minneapolis had dealt with protesters this spring, with tear gas, riot shields and rubber bullets, it may have been naive to think Seattle would be different. In comparison to the police in other cities, perhaps the SPD went easy.
It did not feel that way. Five minutes after having arrived the park, dispatched by my editors to cover the police operation and speak to protesters, I was arrested at its northern edge by an officer standing on a slight rise and behind black and yellow tape that read “Police line – Do not cross”. I was the other side of that tape. I did not cross it. At no point did I try to cross the police line.


The officer told me the park was out of bounds, and I needed to step back. I held up my State Department-issued press badge and told him I wanted to get some photographs of what was happening.
The officer again told me to retreat and said he was going to arrest me if I did not. I again told him I was a member of the media and intended to stay and do my work. He then grabbed me and marched me towards several of his colleagues, who pinned my hands behind my back.

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All the officers were armed, one with an automatic rifle, a detail that may shock readers from nations whose police forces are not kitted out routinely with such a degree of weaponry, but not anyone in the US, where police departments are massively militarised.
The officers took my phone, and told me I was under arrest. I requested several times that they tell me what I was being charged with, and read me my rights. They told me I had the “right to remain silent”, but were unable or unwilling to tell me the charge.
They then handcuffed me, shackled my ankles and loaded me into a van. The police van set off to the West Precinct, stopping to collect arrested protesters. One man spent the journey shouting “Black Lives Matter”; a woman sobbed.
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The CHOP, which sprang up in the wake of the killing of George Floyd (AFP via Getty Images)

At the precinct, I again informed people I was a journalist, and asked to call my lawyer, my editor and the British embassy. I asked them to contact my local congresswoman. They took my photograph and told me I was being charged with “failure to disperse”, under a [url=https://app.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=9A.84.020#:~:text=(b) He or she refuses,to disperse is a misdemeanor.]Washington state law[/url] that requires the accused to have been part of a group of four or more. I had been standing by myself. The maximum penalty is 364 days in jail and a fine of $5,000.
After an hour in a holding cell, the handcuffs still on, somebody again put leg irons around my ankles, and connected the two with a piece of chain pulled tight around my stomach. Were we heading to Guantanamo Bay? A woman also under arrest kept saying she did not speak English and requested a Navajo translator. “I think you speak English just fine,” mocked one officer.
In the van, the woman insisted on lying lengthways in the compartment she was in. I was squeezed into a tiny, claustrophobic section, perched on a narrow bench, trying not to slip off as the van sped through the city’s boarded-up downtown, towards the jail. By this point, the so-called “belly chain” had become so tight I could not fully exhale. It felt obscene and preposterous to have to inform the officers I could not properly breathe, that phrase having become weighted with such power and resonance during the Black Lives Matter movement, echoing the gut-wrenching final words of George Floyd. But that was the situation. I could not properly breathe.
One of the officers responded: “If you can speak, you can breathe.”

More prisoners than any other nation

The United States arrests and incarcerates more people than any other country.
The Brennan Centre’s Lauren-Brooke Eisen said while it accounts for 5 per cent of the world’s population, America is home to 25 per cent of those incarcerated, around 2.2 million. Around 95 per cent are in jail for non-violent offences.
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Protesters talk to Seattle police officers on 1 July (REUTERS)

There are more than 6,000 jails and prisons, at local, state and federal level, along with immigration detention facilities. People of colour are vastly over-represented, accounting for 32 per cent of the population but 56 per cent of prisoners. (My presence contributed to the white population of jails.)
Many say the system is broken. Others suggest the system may be in need of reform but that it does precisely what it was intended to do – namely to repress black and brown Americans, and the poor. Historians such as Carol Anderson, professor of African American studies at Emory University and author of White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide, trace a direct line through the end of slavery to the establishment of the Jim Crow era and the current criminal justice system.
In her book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, Michelle Alexander says today’s system, large parts of it privatised, overtly targets black men and decimates black communities. “In each generation, new tactics have been used for achieving the same goals – goals shared by the founding fathers,” she writes. “Denying African Americans citizenship was deemed essential to the formation of the original union. Hundreds of years later, America is still not an egalitarian democracy.”

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Both the SPD and King County, which operates the Seattle jail where I found myself, have long been a part of that system. As recently as 2011, the Department of Justice accused the SPD of racial bias and use of excessive force. The appointment of Carmen Best, who is African American, as its chief in 2018 was part of an undertaking to reform.
King County, which has its own police force, has a similar record of disproportionate arrest and detention of black and indigenous people. One issue repeatedly pointed out by activists is the large number black and brown youths locked up. A report from 2016 showed half of youths in detention were black, whereas the black population of the county was 13 per cent.

‘Get back in the cell. You’ve lost your chance’

Seattle’s jail is located on 5th Avenue, a short distance from the waters of Elliott Bay. The area is known as the first place occupied by white settlers, in 1850, though for many centuries before it was home to indigenous Duwamish people.
By the time I arrived, the processing area was crowded with protesters rounded up that morning. I assumed that once jail officials had been informed I was a reporter, I’d simply be let go. At the West Precinct station I spotted several FBI officers who appeared to have been part of the operation. I yelled to them that I was a reporter. The First Amendment, guaranteeing the freedom of the press, is, after all, a federal issue, a constitutional right. I could not hear their entire response but they seemed to indicate the SPD were handling matters.
Momentarily, it appeared the situation was about to improve. The shackles and handcuffs were removed, but only so I could be ordered to remove all my clothes, and put on a blood-red prison “uniform” of trousers and jacket, and orange flip-flops. I protested this and protested too the demand I hand over my wedding ring. (One official said it could be stolen from me by another prisoner.)
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The King County jail on Seattle’s 5th Avenue (Shutterstock / Rey Rodriguez)

In the end, I was permitted to keep the ring, but forced to wear the red outfit. Its impact was startling; immediately I felt out of place, disorientated and disempowered. It even started to make me feel guilty, as if I had done something wrong.
This, surely, was the purpose of treating the protesters in much the same manner as if they had been charged with armed robbery. The aggression displayed by police and prison guards was surely intentional, part punishment and part deterrent, even for individuals charged with minor crimes, and none of them yet tried or found guilty. Also disorientating was the absence of clocks, just as in casinos, and surely equally intended so that people lose track of time.
Before being allowed to use the phone, an officer needed to re-enter my details. I was called out of the holding cell, told to stand before a desk and spell my name. The officer could not hear me, so I explained it may have been my accent (I am British). For reasons that were unclear, the woman took offence. “Get back in the cell. You’ve lost your chance. You’re being condescending.”



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I tried again to spell my name but they were having none of it. Out of nowhere, a male prison guard leapt at me from behind, yanked hard on the collar of my jacket, pulling it with sufficient force into my throat to make me gasp. He then manhandled me into the cell. I made a note of the man’s name, along with several officers who witnessed what he did.
A 53-year-old protester, Gina Hicks, saw what happened. “There was no attempt to have a conversation with you,” she later told me. “He just yanked you down and threw you back in the cell.”

‘Just keep your mask on and you’ll be fine’

Pasted on to the glass of every cell was information issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on how best to avoid contracting coronavirus. It talked about social distancing, frequent washing of hands with soap, and wearing a mask.
The only option to wash my hands during the six or seven hours I spent in the jail was to use the drinking fountain, situated above the toilet, itself located behind a low brick wall that offered no privacy. The toilet was filthy, the room stank, one protester became ill and vomited in it. I requested some soap, and asked one of the officers what was the capacity for the cell.
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Seattle police brings in teams to clear the area ‘ceded’ to demonstrators (Reuters)

What did I mean? Well, you know, you have signs about avoiding the coronavirus and yet there are 10 men in here, barely a foot apart. What is the capacity?
I had a similar conversation with a nurse from King County health department, an agency that has performed dogged work to counter the spread of coronavirus in Washington state, where the first case of Covid-19 in the US was reported in late January. The nurses were required to perform a basic medical on each of the people arrested.
She asked if I felt suicidal. Mental health is a major problem here, she said. I said I was most concerned about becoming dehydrated, having been told the only drinking water available was from that tap, from which I refused to drink, and getting infected with Covid. (She let me drink as many cups of water as I needed from the far more sanitary sink in the medical room.)
The fear of being infected is not paranoia. Eric Reinhart, a social anthropologist who teaches at Harvard, has studied how the constant arresting and processing of people for minor charges has acted to further spread the disease. Many jails, including Rikers Island in New York, and San Quentin in San Francisco, have been hotspots.

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Like many experts, he has called for the release of offenders charged with minor crimes, as a short-term fix.
Examining data from Chicago’s Cook County jail, which started testing new arrivals earlier this spring, Reinhart found one in six of all cases of Covid-19 in Chicago and the state of Illinois was linked to people jailed and released from this one establishment. He and a colleague, Daniel Chen, calculated that for each person cycled through the jail, an additional 2.1 infections were reported in that individual’s neighbourhood within a month. Around 60 per cent were in black-majority ZIP codes.
“This association between jail cycling and community spread of Covid-19 is particularly strong in communities of colour,” he told me.
Yet, Reinhart said, the focus on the overcrowded and unsanitary nature of prisons distracted from a broader truth about the racist underpinnings of the criminal justice system.
“There’s no other country that believes it’s necessary to arrest and incarcerate as many people as the US does. And it’s clear this does not produce more effective deterrence,” he said. He estimated the high arrest rate had added tens of thousands of Covid deaths to the total of more than 130,000.
He said there was “an exceptional historical opportunity to make clear to Americans who may have been resistant to recognising the problems in their criminal justice system”.

‘Take your hands out or I will punch you in the head’

After several hours, my feelings of bewilderment and anger were replaced by journalistic curiosity. Without intending to, Seattle’s law enforcement machine had provided with me with a rare insight into its workings. It was a brief, partial window into a criminal justice system seemingly bereft of humanity or equity: not for one second do I think what happened to me is comparable to the abuses enacted in this nation every moment on people without my white-skinned, press-badge privilege. Yet had I been allowed to remain in Cal Anderson Park and cover the police operation, I would not have seen or experienced what I did.
There was a tiny piece of pencil in the cell and I used it to make copious notes on scraps of paper. Among those in the cell was a young African American man called Kai. He had been at the protest site for 30 days and was arrested that morning. He said officers had kneeled on his back as they did so.
He also said he had been threatened by a female jail official, who told him to take his hands out of his trousers or she would “punch him in the head”.
When she came into our cell, another protester asked her if it was true she had threatened Kai. “That’s right, I did,” she replied. They asked for her badge number. A moment later she reappeared with a Post-It note, on which she had written her name and badge number with a smiley face. It felt like a flagrant display of swagger. Here, take my badge number. There’s nothing you can do to me.
Like everyone else, Kai had been charged with a minor offence, failure to disperse. Another man, Josh, 29, had not even been at the protest but was detained when he set off to get food from a local restaurant, and turned the wrong corner.
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He was charged with “pedestrian obstruction”. Another man, Daniel, who had been chanting “Black Lives Matter” in the prison van, was arrested in his car and charged with “vehicular obstruction”.
All were minor offences, so-called misdemeanours, for which bail was available, especially if you had no criminal history. The most serious charge I heard of that day was one handed to a man known as Trumpeter, whom I had seen at the protests a month earlier playing a guitar. He had been charged with “malicious mischief”, a more serious charge, for which he had been told he could not receive bail. Police claimed he had snipped through their “Do not cross” tape.
In 30 years as journalist, this was the third time I had been detained by the authorities. The first was in Cuba in 2006, while covering the announcement by Fidel Castro that he was standing aside. The second was in 2011 in Pakistan, while taking photographs outside Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, six months after he had been killed by US Special Forces.
My encounter with Seattle police was the first time I had been arrested. I had no criminal record. As a result, I was released at 6pm after signing a piece of paper saying I would show up for court.
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Police officers work to clear Seattle’s CHOP (Rex Features)

Among the 30-odd people discharged with me that evening was a young African American man who said he had spent an entire year in jail after being charged with resisting arrest. He said he had been unable to make bail. He was far from alone. Campaigners say hundreds of thousands of people, not actually convicted of a crime, are sitting in America’s jails because they do not have the means to pay a bond agency.

Journalism is not a crime

Seattle’s Cal Anderson Park was established 100 years ago but given its current name in 2003 to honour Washington state’s first openly gay legislator, who died from Aids in 1995. In the years since, it has become a place for both protests and celebrations, along with simply sitting in the sun enjoying a picnic. Most years, July 4th will see it packed with people watching fireworks.
On Saturday, my wrists still sore from the handcuffs and my throat tender after having the jacket tugged down hard on it, I donned a face mask and cycled around the park’s perimeter, shut off with tape. At each entrance was a small group of police officers. At the East Precinct building, workmen were repairing damage caused during the protests. A few Black Lives Matter logos appeared from various shop windows, but the protesters were gone, a small number that day marching outside the West Precinct.

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The night before I’d watched Donald Trump deliver what was widely perceived as a divisive speech against the backdrop of Mount Rushmore, where among other things he accused the media of promoting a “new far-left fascism that demands absolute allegiance”.
Trump vowed to honour the “heroes” carved in stone, which he used for his backdrop. Among them were presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, two founding fathers of the nation, who were also slave owners. Indigenous protesters said the land was theirs and demanded Trump call off the event.
On Saturday, the president reinforced his sentiments at the White House. “And we will defend, protect and preserve the American way of life, which began in 1492 when Columbus discovered America,” he said.
This time, he was met with more protesters, some pointing to the organised killing of countless thousands of indigenous people that was also central to the nation’s development. According to reports some chanted: “Slavery, genocide and war – America was never great.” In Baltimore, a statue of Columbus was pulled down and thrown into the harbour.
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On my circuit around the park, I intentionally did not stop to speak to anybody. Since being released from jail, I have become increasingly sick. Headaches, a cough, exhaustion. On Monday I got a Covid test. Two days later, I was relieved when it came back negative.
I am also expecting a letter from the court, with a time and date to attend; while the mayor said last week she hoped prosecutors would drop the charges against the protesters, I have received no such message.
The SPD said it had forwarded details of my arrest to the Office of Police Accountability for review, and King County sheriff’s department said it was looking into my assertion I was assaulted by one of its officers, that a female officer threatened a protester, and that its facilities to address coronavirus were inadequate. It said it had been SPD officers who had taken me to the jail in a “belly chain”. The SPD did not not immediately respond to questions about this.
Asked to comment on my interaction with FBI officers, bureau spokesperson Steve Bernd said: “I would not be able to speculate or provide a comment regarding the incident you describe below and would refer you to the Seattle Police Department.”

The park has a reflecting pool, where people sit and read, or think or listen to music. It was also off-limits, but I did not need to spend time there to be certain that if I am charged, I will be pleading not guilty. Journalism is not a crime.
At the same time I will be trying to explain why, supported by the right afforded by the First Amendment of the Constitution, I stood my ground.
In Trump’s America, where the media is routinely cast as evil and dishonest and where an African American reporter for CNN can be arrested live on air, the need to defend journalism and its centrality to an informed democracy has never been greater. And the foundational act for journalists is to show up, either literally or else in spirt and commitment and focus.
Whether we’re covering the actions of a city council, the workings of Wall Street, or the faltering, long-overdue attempt of a nation to confront the racial inequities that underpin its creation, the most important thing is to pledge ourselves to the task of doing so, and then get on with it.
Our job is not to disperse. Our job is to be present.
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Austin-Healey1 hour ago
A grim but not unusual story.

It’s one of many reasons why those of us with a choice choose to live in Britain and not America.

Those who attempt to draw parallels between Britain and America haven’t got a clue what they are talking about.
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Terry14151 hour ago
Unfortunately the USA is a police state. It has been for a long time. In a way I am surprised that Andrew didn’t seem to realise this. I am always surprised when American politicians and officials criticise other countries for civil rights abuses, when in the USA it is a daily occurrence and they don’t seem very concerned about it. Moreover if another country incarcerated its citizens it will often complain, yet as noted above do nothing about the flagrant human rights abuses in the USA. I also find it disappointing when Americans somehow think their country is a moral leader. When nothing could be further from the truth. Look at the wars it’s started, the funding of opposition groups throughout the world, the disruption and devastation it has wrought throughout the world and yes to often backed up by the uk. I hope Andrew will keep us apprised of the outcome of this saga.
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Neuendorf1 hour ago
Cummings is driving us out of the EU so we can emulate the US. How the hell have we sunk to this?
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Utter nonsense!
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Mp11 minutes ago
Well ECHR Article 10 “Freedom of expression” and Article 11 “Freedom of assembly and association” will probably be chucked under the wheels of the Brexit bus. Or did you think getting rid of the ECHR was just to deal with a blind one armed man with a hook?


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[size=36][size=36]Trump Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany's parents received $1-$2m in PPP loans for company, despite having more than 100 employees

‘The vast majority, as I noted,  were companies with 10 or fewer employees’

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[size=19]The parents of White House Press Secretary [size=19]Kayleigh McEnany received between $1 to $2m in Paycheck Protection Programme money for their roofing company, according to Small Business Association data.
Though the PPP loans were intended to help very small businesses – generally those with 10 or fewer employees – businesses such as those of Ms McEnany’s parents, which appears to employ 131 people, have also received the money.
The Daily Dot reported that Ms McEnany’s parents were recipients of the loan money.

Ms McEnany has criticised recipients of public funding in the past, claiming in 2018 “it was exactly right that welfare recipients should feel enough shame to motivate themselves off of government assistance”.

It was Ms McEnany who suggested the loans were meant for very small businesses, during an interview earlier this year on Fox News.

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“The vast majority, as I noted, 1 million of the 1.6 million loans that went out, were companies with 10 or fewer employees. That is what this program is designed to do, that is who it is helping,” she said.
Her parents’s business appears to be one of the outliers.
The PPP was created as part of the CARES act that Congress passed in order to help the public and businesses survive the economic shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Members of Congress, billionaires and family members of executive branch officials – like Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao’s family – also received money through the loan.
The loans will be forgiven by the government so long as the money is used for employee paychecks, rent or utilities for their businesses.
Despite the ostensible intentions of the PPP, the programme’s lack of transparency has drawn criticism from government watchdogs and reporters.
Treasure secretary Steve Mnuchin told the Senate in June that the administration would never reveal which companies received money, and Ms McEnany brushed off complaints from reporters about the lack of transparency.



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“We’re concerned with getting money to people right now. I mean look, we’re not concerned with cobbling a list together to please the media,” she said.
It is the basic function of government agencies to compile lists of recipients of federal funds, and reporters request that information as a watchdog function to ensure the federal government is using taxpayer funds in ethical ways.
Earlier this year, the chairman of Shake Shack, a large national fast-casual dining chain, returned the company’s $10m in PPP funding after receiving capital from a different source. In an open letter published by the company’s chairman Danny Meyer and CEO Randy Garutti, they described how the PPP application process was broad enough to allow large corporations like theirs to access the money intended for much smaller businesses.
He described the application process as having “no user manual” and being “extremely confusing”.

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A “COVID party” is a gathering “held by somebody diagnosed by the COVID virus and the thought is to see if the virus is real and to see if anyone gets infected," Dr. Jane Appleby, the Chief Medical Officer of Methodist Healthcare, said in a recorded statement, according to NEWS4.
"Just before the patient died, they looked at their nurse and said, 'I think I made a mistake, I thought this was a hoax, but it's not,' " Appleby said.
Appleby said she was sharing the patient’s story in an attempt to make sure people know that the coronavirus can affect anyone.
RELATED: Arizona, Florida and Texas See Their Highest Number of New Coronavirus Cases in the Last Week


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"It doesn't discriminate and none of us are invincible," she said. "I don't want to be an alarmist, and we're just trying to share some real-world examples to help our community realize that this virus is very serious and can spread easily."
Texas is among the many states in the U.S. that have recently had spikes in coronavirus cases. The state reported a record number of new daily cases on Thursday — 10,909,  data from The New York Times shows.
Bexar County, where San Antonio is, has had 18,602 total cases of coronavirus and 166 deaths, according to a Friday update. On Friday alone, the Texas county recorded 923 new cases.

Appleby said she has seen spikes in the number of coronavirus cases firsthand in her hospital, noting that the positivity rate has jumped to 22 percent, “a concerning increase from a positive rate of about five percent only several weeks ago.”
“My plea to our community and especially all of our young folks in the community is to take it seriously. Wear your mask,” she added to local news station KSAT.

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Post by annemarie on Mon 13 Jul 2020, 14:22

https://people.com/politics/jimmy-carter-rosalynn-urge-public-wear-mask-save-lives-covid19/

[size=48]Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Urge Americans to 'Wear a Mask to Save Lives' amid COVID-19 Pandemic
In March, the couple asked their supporters to make a donation to groups affected by the pandemic
By Georgia Slater 
July 11, 2020 04:15 PM
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Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter are encouraging everyone to wear a mask to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
On Saturday, The Carter Center, their Atlanta-based nonprofit, shared a photo of the former president and first lady sporting white face masks printed with the center's logo.
In the caption of the picture, Jimmy, 95, and Rosalynn, 92, had a simple message for the American people: "Please wear a mask to save lives."
The couple —  who celebrated 74 years of marriage on Tuesday, making them the longest-married presidential couple — founded their nonprofit in 1982, which is committed to a number of humanitarian causes, including fighting against preventable diseases.


In March, the Carter family made another plea to aid in the fight against the coronavirus.
Instead of supporting The Carter Center in the near future, the former president urged supporters to make a donation “to a local group that is reducing the suffering” caused by the global pandemic.
RELATED: Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Encourage Support for Groups 'Reducing the Suffering' Caused by Coronavirus
Over the weekend, Joe Biden also encouraged all Americans to wear a mask in public, including President Donald Trump.
In a photo posted to Instagram, the presumptive presidential nominee is seen listening to various constituents in an outdoor area while wearing a protective face mask.
"Wearing a mask and listening to others are two things this president should really learn how to do," Biden, 77, captioned the picture.


President Trump, 74, has spent months resisting public health recommendations to wear a face mask, despite top officials stressing the importance of coverings to slow the spread of the virus.
Although Trump told Fox Business earlier this month that he's "all for masks," noting that he thinks "masks are good," during his visit to South Florida on Friday, which has become a COVID-19 hotspot, he did not wear a face mask, even though local mandates require wearing them in public.
RELATED: Donald Trump Ignores Miami’s Mandatory Mask Rule After Landing in COVID-19 Hotspot
Trump has also boasted that while wearing a face mask, he looks like the gun-wielding cowboy star of The Lone Ranger, who famously wore a mask over his eyes.
"I had a mask on. I sort of liked the way I looked. I thought it was okay. It was a dark black mask, and I thought it looked okay. It looked like the Lone Ranger," he joked with Fox Business. "I have no problem with that, and if people feel good about it they should do it."
Other Republican leaders, including Vice President Mike Pence and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have since spoken out in support of masks and of not politicizing the health guideline.

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Post by LizzyNY on Mon 13 Jul 2020, 16:37

Jimmy Carter may not have been the best president while he was in office, but since he left office he and Rosalynn have been a shining light for all of us to emulate. With generosity of spirit and total integrity they have shown the presidents who followed them how to use their political connections to create initiatives that benefit all of us.
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[size=48]Nelson Mandela's 'Fearless' Daughter Zindzi Mandela Dies at 59: 'Leader in Her Own Right'
The cause of her death has not yet been announced
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Zindzi Mandela, the daughter of South African anti-apartheid leaders Nelson Mandela and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, has died. She was 59.
CNN reports that Zindzi — born in December 1960, the youngest of Nelson Mandela's daughters — died at a Johannesburg hospital early Monday morning, according to the South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation.
The department said it was still gathering information on the cause of her death and expected to release a detailed statement at a later time.
According to the Associated Press, Zindzi came to international fame in the mid-1980s when she read a letter from her famous father rejecting the government's offer to release him from prison if he denounced the violence that was carried out by his anti-apartheid movement, the Africa National Congress.

Zindzi reportedly read the statement at a packed public meeting that was broadcast around the world.
Before that, she had released poetry that was published in 1978 in the book Black as I Am while also appearing in publications including Somehow We Survive: An Anthology of South African Writing and Daughters of Africa.
Zindzi also studied law at the University of Cape Town, where she earned a bachelor's degree in 1985. More recently, she'd served as South Africa’s ambassador to Denmark since 2015.

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From left: Zindzi and Nelson Mandela in 2009
 
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The Nelson Mandela Foundation issued a statement on Zindzi's passing, writing, "We have been shocked to wake to the news of the untimely passing of Zindziswa Mandela ... Zindzi was someone we had come to know well and to love. She was our friend," they wrote, before adding that their "thoughts are with her family and friends."

According to a statement from the office of South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, which was obtained by CNN, he said that he was "deeply saddened" by Zindzi's death.
"I offer my deep condolences to the Mandela family as we mourn the passing of a fearless political activist who was a leader in her own right," Ramaphosa said. "Our sadness is compounded by this loss being visited upon us just days before the world marks the birthday of the great Nelson Mandela."
The Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation also released a statement mourning Zindzi's death, adding that she was "regarded by many as a child of the nation." They said that her death means "South Africa loses an important generational link connecting our divided history to the promise of better, more inclusive, tomorrows."






South Africa’s foreign affairs minister, Naledi Pandor, described Zindzi as a "heroine," per the AP.
"Zindzi will not only be remembered as a daughter of our struggle heroes, Tata Nelson and Mama Winnie Mandela, but as a struggle heroine in her own right," Pandor said in her own statement. "She served South Africa well."
According to the AP, Zindzi is survived by her husband and four children.

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Post by Admin on Mon 13 Jul 2020, 22:37

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.
You know something? It says a lot about the state of the US at the moment when it's possible to read a quote like that and actually believe it could be an improvement on how things are currently run.
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https://people.com/politics/betsy-devos-donald-trump-criticized-school-reopening-plan/

[size=48]Betsy DeVos & Trump Under Fire by Democrats for Approach to Reopening Schools During Coronavirus
"I wouldn’t trust you to care for a house plant let alone my child," Rep. Ayanna Pressley tweeted at Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who has helped push for reopenings
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Democratic lawmakers are lining up to blast President Donald Trump's administration for what they're saying is a haphazard effort to send children back to school in the fall during the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos told CNN's State of the Union on Sunday that "the rule should be kids go back to school," despite challenging surges in states like Texas and Florida, where a record-breaking 15,300 new virus cases were reported on Sunday.
So far, 135,100 U.S. deaths have been attributed to the coronavirus, according to a New York Times tracker.
But health officials are still continuing to learn about the respiratory illness and its effect on kids — while balancing public health strategies with how best to resume in-person schooling.

"There is going to be the exception to the rule. But the rule should be that kids go back to school this fall," DeVos said on CNN.
Still, she said, “These are recommendations. Every situation is going to look slightly different. And the key for education leaders — these are smart people who can figure things out. They can figure out what is going to be right for their specific situation. Because every school building is different. Every school population is different.”
In the meantime, critics of the administration's effort to have students return to in-person classes amid the pandemic are making noise.
"@BetsyDeVosED you have no plan," Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Ayanna Presley tweeted in reaction to DeVos' CNN interview, returning to familiar critique of the former millionaire businesswoman. "Teachers, kids and parents are fearing for their lives. You point to a private sector that has put profits over people and claimed the lives of thousands of essential workers."

Pressley, 46, added: "I wouldn’t trust you to care for a house plant let alone my child."
Elsewhere, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — one of Trump's biggest detractors — also spoke out.
"This is appalling," Pelosi told CNN's Dana Bash, soon after the host's interview with DeVos. "The president and his administration are messing with the health of our children. We all want our children to go back to school. Teachers do, parents do and children do — but they must go back safely."
RELATED: Biden Slams Trump After President Is Seen Wearing Face Mask for First Time: He 'Wasted Four Months'

Parents have been receiving conflicting information from the federal government about the risks in sending their kids back to school this fall, while President Trump, 74, and his administration have made their effort a priority in recent weeks.
At the same time, some lawmakers are criticizing the White House for not having a concrete plan on how to make sure students can go back to in-person classes safely with an ongoing pandemic.
Meanwhile, various local school districts are also shaping their own strategies for classes when the school year resumes.
The Los Angeles and San Diego school districts this week released a joint statement saying they would begin the fall semester with online classes.
"Unfortunately, much of the research is incomplete and many of the guidelines are vague and contradictory," the school districts' joint statement read. "One fact is clear: those countries that have managed to safely reopen schools have done so with declining infection rates and on-demand testing available. California has neither. The skyrocketing infection rates of the past few weeks make it clear the pandemic is not under control."
The Times reported last week that New York City — once the national epicenter of the virus — announced it would have students attend limited in-person classes while continuing to rely on online classes as well. Still, some educators and parents urged caution about the process.
“We can make up learning for students,” N.Y.C. Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza told the Times. “We cannot bring a student back who is infected and passes away.”
The same day N.Y.C. made its decision about the fall semester, the president threatened to withhold federal funding for schools that do not reopen with in-person classes.
RELATED: Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Urge Americans to 'Wear a Mask to Save Lives' amid COVID-19 Pandemic

On Sunday, DeVos, 62, argued that "children get the virus at a far lower rate than any other part of the population" and that there's "nothing in the data" that says going back to school is dangerous for kids.
However, last week the White House's coronavirus task force response coordinator, Dr. Deborah Birx, told reporters the part of the data "that has been the lowest tested" is "the under-10-year-olds."
"Our data is skewed originally to people with symptoms, and then skewed to adults over 18," Birx said.
Current guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say kids should avoid gathering in groups, just as adults have been advised by federal health experts.
"If children meet in groups, it can put everyone at risk," the CDC's guidelines read. "Children can pass this virus onto others who have an increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19."
The current guidelines for reopening schools say that the lowest risk would be to continue holding online classes, as schools did in the spring.
The CDC warned that the highest risk of spreading the coronavirus comes when students physically gather for "full sized, in-person classes, activities, and events."
Last week, Vice President Mike Pence said the administration would change the school guidelines coming out of the CDC, though White House officials refused to comment Monday on a Today show report that says there were new guidelines in the works.
Trump has added to the confusion by retweeting a message from former Wheel of Fortune host Chuck Woolery that claims the CDC and the American media were "lying" about the coronavirus, which has infected millions of Americans.
"The notion of the tweet was to point out the fact that when we use science, we have to use it in a way that is not political," White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Monday, adding, "We need to use science, lean into science, but not use it and cherry-pick it to fit whatever particular political persuasion is."

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https://eu.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2020/07/13/coronavirus-betsy-devos-has-no-plan-says-rep-ayanna-pressley/5427149002/


Love it. Says it all

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Post by LizzyNY on Tue 14 Jul 2020, 14:47

DeVos would like nothing better than to defund public schools and have all students attend the charter schools she's been pushing for decades. She and drumpf are two of a kind - profit over people.
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Post by annemarie on Tue 14 Jul 2020, 15:23

They have never had a plan they don't care about the health of people.

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Post by LizzyNY on Tue 14 Jul 2020, 17:06

Annemarie - They have a plan. Their plan is to re-open everything as if there's nothing wrong and continue bleeding as much money from the rest of us as they can. If their incompetence kills people it won't bother them as long as they can keep control.

Maybe if the virus starts decimating his base they'll begin to realize how he's screwing them over. The ads being run by Republican Voters Against Trump seem to suggest that there is growing defection from the Republican party because of drumpf.
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Post by party animal - not! on Wed 15 Jul 2020, 02:38

May be a bit worse than that, Lizzy. Now massaging all the figures from today, trashing Fauci,


sidelining Birx and the CDC and sending all critical information eg number of cases and deaths, to the White House instead


Huffpost: https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/coronavirus-reporting-white-house_n_5f0e1ed8c5b648c301f0b5b3?ri18n=true

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Post by LizzyNY on Wed 15 Jul 2020, 16:12

PAN - His followers may believe the false statistics the administration puts out, but I think that changes when they and their loved ones fall victim to the virus because they acted on those false statements.

We're looking at a second wave of this virus. I don't think the battle-fatigued medical profession is going to toe drumpf's line much longer. They'll speak out to the media if they have to in order o get the truth out.
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Post by carolhathaway on Wed 15 Jul 2020, 18:06

I don't know how the Johns Hopkins University gets their numbers of cases and deaths, but they differ from the official numbers of our government (they're mostly just one day ahead of the official numbers but it's because they get their numbers from the hospitals directly, not from public health authorities). So if JHU have different sources, thers's hope that the truth will be unearthed.
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That's right, Carol, and if you watch their website you can often see as the numbers

go up....It's an incredibly comprehensive table, but if you're looking for numbers of cases for

each country the one on the left hand side is the one to watch



https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html


Here is the link


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Post by annemarie on Thu 16 Jul 2020, 12:16

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8528377/Georgia-gov-explicitly-voids-mask-orders-15-localities.html

[size=34]Georgia's Governor VOIDS mask mandate in 15 cities and counties but encourages residents wear them voluntarily as coronavirus cases surge in the state[/size]


  • Georgia's Gov. Brian Kemp voided face mask mandates in at least 15 local governments across the state Wednesday 

  • He voided the orders in communities that defied the governor after he said cities and counties lacked the authority to require facial coverings

  • Kemp encouraged voluntary mask wearing, including telling people that reduced infections would make college football season possible

  • Savannah Mayor Van Johnson, who was the first local official to defy Kemp and order masks, tweeted his disapproval after his mandate was voided 

  • Johnson said Kemp didn't 'give a damn about us,' and that it was now 'Every man and woman for himself/herself. Ignore the science and survive the best you can' 

  • Georgia overall had nearly 128,000 confirmed infections and nearly 3,100 deaths as of Wednesday


By ASSOCIATED PRESS and RALPH R. ORTEGA FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 22:01 EDT, 15 July 2020 | UPDATED: 02:53 EDT, 16 July 2020

     



Georgia's Gov. Brian Kemp voided face mask mandates in at least 15 local governments across the state Wednesday after the communities went ahead and defiantly adopted the orders. 
Kemp had earlier argued that Georgia's cities and counties had no power to order masks, while an increasing number of other states have required residents to wear facial coverings in public.
The Republican governor has instead been trying to encourage voluntary mask wearing, including telling people that reduced infections from mask-wearing would make college football season possible.
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Georgia's Gov. Brian Kemp voided mask mandates made by at least 15 local governments across the state Wednesday after they defiantly adopted the requirements. Kemp is pictured greeting President Donald Trump as he arrived in Atlanta on Wednesday
Kemp's move is likely to infuriate local officials in communities that had acted, including Atlanta, Augusta, Savannah, Rome and the governor's hometown of Athens-Clarke County. 

Overall, mask orders by Wednesday were covering 1.4 million of Georgia's more than 10 million residents.


Savannah Mayor Van Johnson was the first local official to defy Kemp and order masks, and had said police would start writing $500 citations to businesses that didn't enforce the law.
'It is officially official. Governor Kemp does not give a damn about us,' Johnson wrote on Twitter Wednesday night. 'Every man and woman for himself/herself. Ignore the science and survive the best you can.'
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Savannah Mayor Van Johnson was the first local official to defy Kemp and order masks, and had said police would start writing $500 citations to businesses that didn't enforce the law
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Johnson tweeted his disapproval after Kemp voided his mask mandate (pictured) saying the governor didn't 'give a damn about us,' and that it was now 'Every man and woman for himself/herself. Ignore the science and survive the best you can'
Kemp´s new order also bans local governments from requiring masks on public property, which voids requirements that some governments have imposed for citizens to wear masks inside city and county buildings.
Kemp was among the first governors to ease earlier restrictions, and while infections declined for weeks afterwards, they began to rise in June. 
Wednesday´s numbers showed nearly 2,800 people hospitalized statewide with the COVID-19 respiratory illness, the highest on record and a number that's nearly doubled since the beginning of the month. The state reports 84 per cent of hospitals' available critical beds are in use, although some hospitals say they have opened up more space and have more room.
Georgia overall had nearly 128,000 confirmed infections and nearly 3,100 deaths overall as of Wednesday, although experts say many more people get the illness but are never tested. 
Across the country, there have been more than 3.4 million cases of the coronavirus, which has been blamed for close to 137,000 deaths. 
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For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms. Most recover, but some can become severely ill or die.
Local officials and Democrats had argued cities and counties had the power to move ahead because Kemp hadn't specifically banned mask orders. 
His orders barred local governments from enacting any coronavirus restrictions beyond his orders and he called the local mask mandates 'legally unenforceable.'
'It is increasingly clear from medical and scientific data that droplet and aerosol transmission of COVID-19 are an enormous community risk, so I made the decision to supplement the governor´s order with a local mask requirement to provide for greater community safety,' Kelly Girtz, mayor of the Athens-Clarke County unified government, said in an email.
The back-and-forth comes as rising hospitalizations have the state seeking new hospital beds to handle the record-setting number of people admitted with the virus.
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Rising hospitalizations have Georgia seeking new hospital beds to handle the record-setting number of people admitted with the virus. Medical personnel are pictured at a walk-up COVID-19 testing site in Atlanta earlier this month
Kemp's administration on Tuesday signed a deal with Piedmont Healthcare, one of four large hospital systems in the Atlanta area, to open 62 beds in a new tower at the system's main Atlanta hospital. 
The state is providing nurses to staff the beds off a contract with a private staffing company. A Kemp spokesperson on Wednesday could not immediately say how much the state was paying Piedmont or how long the deal would last.
The Republican governor previously announced plans to reopen an overflow hospital at the mammoth Georgia World Congress Center in downtown Atlanta.
The trend of deaths had hit a low in Georgia on July 9, when the state averaged only 12 newly reported deaths a day over the previous week. Newly reported deaths sometimes happen weeks earlier. But the trend of deaths has since been rising, following upward trends in cases and hospitalizations that began in early June. 
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The Republican governor previously announced plans to reopen an overflow hospital at the mammoth Georgia World Congress Center in downtown Atlanta (pictured)
Georgia is now averaging 24 deaths over the past week, the highest level in nearly four weeks.
Kemp on Wednesday extended some parts of his executive orders governing the state's response to the pandemic until July 31. It extends the ban on gatherings of more than 50 people, renews rules about how businesses can operate and orders nursing home residents, senior home residents and other people with medical conditions to shelter in place. The overall state of emergency will run through at least Aug. 11.
Other governments are taking steps on their own property. Macon-Bibb County on Tuesday closed park pavilions, sports fields, basketball courts, and playgrounds to reduce virus transmission.
Kemp said Wednesday that the federal government has sent 32,600 vials of the antiviral drug remdesivir, which has been shown to aid people with infections. Kemp said that was enough to treat up to 5,400 patients. 
The governor said that from now on, hospitals will generally be able to buy the drug directly, although smaller federal shipments to Georgia will continue.

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[size=34]Asheville City Council in North Carolina unanimously votes to pay reparations to its 12,400 black residents as an apology for slavery and discrimination[/size]


  • Asheville City Council unanimously passed a reparations resolution on Tuesday

  • The resolution does not mandate direct payments but instead calls for investments in areas where black residents face disparities

  • A commission will be created to make recommendations on programs involving issues such as housing, health care and career growth  

  • The resolution came on the heels of intense local protests against racism 

  • Several other cities in the US have begun discussing the possibility of reparations in recent weeks  


By MEGAN SHEETS FOR DAILYMAIL.COM 
PUBLISHED: 17:07 EDT, 15 July 2020 | UPDATED: 20:26 EDT, 15 July 2020


Officials in Asheville, North Carolina, have made an unprecedented pledge to pay reparations to black residents and their descendants as an apology for the city's historic role in slavery and discrimination. 
The Asheville City Council unanimously passed a resolution that aims to bolster the economic standing of the roughly 12,400 black people living in the city during a Zoom session on Tuesday night. 
'Hundreds of years of black blood spilled that basically fills the cup we drink from today,' said Councilman Keith Young, the measure's chief proponent and one of the two black members of the council, according to the Asheville Citizen Times.  

'It is simply not enough to remove statutes. Black people in this country are dealing with issues that are systemic in nature.'
The resolution - which came in the wake of weeks of intense local protests against racism - does not mandate direct payments but instead calls for investments in housing, health care and career growth in areas where black residents face disparities. 
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Officials in Asheville, North Carolina, have made an unprecedented pledge to pay reparations to black residents as an apology for the city's role in slavery and discrimination (file photo)
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The Asheville City Council unanimously passed a resolution to create reparations via community investment during a Zoom session on Tuesday night (pictured)
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The resolution - which came in the wake of weeks of intense local protests against racism (pictured) - does not mandate direct payments but instead calls for investments in housing, health care and career growth in areas where black residents face disparities
It includes the creation of a Community Reparations Commission that will make concrete recommendations on programs and resources used.   
'The resulting budgetary and programmatic priorities may include but not be limited to increasing minority home ownership and access to other affordable housing, increasing minority business ownership and career opportunities, strategies to grow equity and generational wealth, closing the gaps in health care, education, employment and pay, neighborhood safety and fairness within criminal justice,' the resolution reads.  


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Councilman Keith Young (pictured) was the reparation's chief proponent. 'Hundreds of years of black blood spilled that basically fills the cup we drink from today,' he said ahead of the vote on Tuesday
The council set aside an hour for public comments ahead of Tuesday's 7-0 vote, where most speakers voiced support for the measure via Zoom call, the Citizen Times reported. 
Many people who did not get time to speak before the vote stayed behind for a second comment period after.
Among them was Rob Thomas, a community liaison for the Racial Justice Coalition, which spearheaded the campaign for reparations.  
Thomas thanked the council for supporting the measure, saying: 'This is a really, really good gesture as far as the foundation of what we can build.
'The potential of what can come out of this document is amazing.'
Thomas said that the focus of the commission should be increasing generation wealth, which African Americans have been deprived of for centuries through economic and regulatory discrimination.  
He also called on the county government to join in on the city's efforts to increase their impact. 
However, the Citizen Times noted that the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners had previously indicated that it doesn't support the reparations measure. 
Several people responding in the comments section of the live stream also expressed disagreement with the measure as council members took the vote.
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About a thousand people are seen gathered for a vigil in honor of George Floyd, a black man killed when a white Minneapolis cop knelt on his neck during an arrest on May 25, on June 4. Asheville residents staged several heated protests against police brutality after Floyd's death
Councilwoman Sheneika Smith, who is black, said that the council had received a number of people from people asking: 'Why should we pay for what happened during slavery?'
She responded by saying: '[Slavery] is this institution that serves as the starting point for the building of the strong economic floor for white America, while attempting to keep Blacks subordinate forever to its progress.' 
Councilman Vijay Kapoor - who has been known to clash with Young and Smith over police and budget issues - said he supported the measure for moral reasons, but urged skeptics to look at the 'practical reason' - data showing extensive disparities between African American residents and others in Asheville.  
'We don't want to be held back by these gaps,' he said. 'We want everyone to be successful.'
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The resolution passed unanimously by the Asheville City Council is shown in full above
The idea of reparations is nothing new and has been used around the world to compensate victims of war, rape, terror and a host of other historical injustices.
Yet the United States has never made much headway in its discussions of whether or how to compensate African Americans for more than 200 years of slavery inflicted on their ancestors by white people. 
In the subsequent decades, racial inequality in wealth, housing, healthcare and education has persisted.
Some Democrats want a commission to look into reparations, but the bill that would do this - H.R. 40 - has been on the table for decades and never garnered broad support.

What are reparations? 


Reparations for slavery is a political justice concept that argues that the descendants of slaves should be compensated for the lasting impression slavery has left on the US.  
Calls for reparations have been around for centuries but have reached a fever pitch in recent weeks following the May 25 death of George Floyd. 
Democrats in Congress introduced a bill last year that would form a committee to further study the issue of reparations - but the legislation has made little headway. 
Even amid this summer's anti-racism protests, an ABC News/Ipsos poll conducted in June found that 73 percent of Americans do not believe that the federal government should financially compensate Black people who are descendants of slaves.
In the absence of federal support, local leaders in some communities including Asheville are working to come up with their own measures to introduce reparations. 





But calls for reparations have reached a fever pitch in recent weeks following the May 25 death of George Floyd, a black man who was killed when a white Minneapolis cop knelt on his neck during an arrest. 
Now several local governments are taking their own steps toward paying reparations without support from the federal level.  
In Providence, Rhode Island, Mayor Jorge Elzorza on Wednesday signed an executive order to create a 'Truth-Telling, Reconciliation and Municipal Reparations Process' that would examine the feasibility of providing reparations. 
Elorza called the order the first step in accepting Providence's role in America's fraught racial history, including black slavery and mistreatment of Native Americans.
'We're putting a marker on the ground and committing to elevating this conversation and using the levers at our disposal to correct the wrongs of the past,' he said.
Two other US cities have already taken similar steps toward reparations.  
Evanston, Illinois, created a reparations fund last year that draws from tax revenue from recreational marijuana sales, while officials in nearby Chicago have also been debating the issue.
But Asheville's new measure marks the most comprehensive effort to actually implementing reparations yet.
The city of nearly 92,500 was officially incorporated in 1797, and its so-called 'founders' are all white men, it was enslaved black people who put in the work to build it. 
Asheville is located in the heart of one of the leading states in the Confederacy during the Civil War, which left lasting scars on black residents even after slavery was abolished. 
In the 1930s and 1940s, Asheville was among the hundreds of US cities that were 'red-lined' by the government - a process that saw banks deny loans and mortgages to African American communities that were deemed 'hazardous' for investment.  
By blocking black people from owning homes - which is the number one way for families to grow generational wealth - red-lining created distinct economic disparities in the city. 
Civil rights organizations in Asheville have worked for years to mitigate those disparities - but they remain stark today. 
According to the 2010 census, the median income for black families in Asheville is $30,000 - well below the median income for all area families - $42,333.  
In passing the reparations resolution, the city aims to eliminate that disparity and other less obvious ones by investing in long-neglected black communities. 
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[size=48]Ohio Veteran Who Refused to Wear a Mask Dies of Coronavirus Complications
"I've made it this far by not buying into that damn hype," Richard Rose III previously said of wearing a mask
By Georgia Slater 
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An Ohio Army veteran died of the coronavirus just two months after he publicly condemned the use of face masks in an online social media post.
According to his obituary, Richard Rose III, of Port Clinton, died at home on July 4 of complications related to the coronavirus. He was 37.
The veteran, who served in the U.S. Army for nine years with two tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, was adamant about not wearing a face mask amid the pandemic, calling the precaution just part of the "hype" in an April 28 Facebook post.
"Let me make this clear. I'm not buying a f—king mask," Rose wrote. "I've made it this far by not buying into that damn hype."

RELATED: Patient, 30, Dies After Attending 'COVID Party' in Texas, Told Nurse 'I Think I Made a Mistake'
The controversial post garnered over 5,000 reactions, more than 800 comments, and has since been shared by nearly 20,000 people.
In the comments, many people criticized Rose's decision to not wear a mask, some mocking the veteran even after hearing about his death.
"Rick is getting slaughtered online right now for his decision that he made not to wear a mask and that’s not right,” Nick Conley, a friend of Rose's, told local station WOIO. “We should still be compassionate whether we agree with someone’s beliefs or not. Someone has passed away and we should have some compassion towards that.”
Conley said he was "blown away" by Rose's death, sharing that he never thought the virus would kill someone of Rose's age.

"You hear about this virus and you don’t expect it to affect people, younger people like ourselves,” he explained.
RELATED: If All Americans Wore Masks ‘We Could Drive This Epidemic to the Ground,’ Says CDC Director
According to WOIO, Rose tested positive for COVID-19 on July 1 and died three days later.
His family told the outlet that he had no pre-existing health conditions.
“It’s horrible that we lost Rick but the even more tragic part of that is who else became infected because of the actions that he chose,” Conley added.
He hopes that Rose's decision not to wear a mask will act as a warning to others during this time.
Conley shared, "I know a lot of people that haven’t met someone that they know of that has been diagnosed with the virus and I wanted people to see it was real and my hope is that people will see that this does happen and people will be more cautious."

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https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8530527/Chuck-Woolery-deletes-social-media-accounts-son-tested-positive-coronavirus.html

[size=34]Chuck Woolery's embarrassing covid U-turn: Former game show host reveals his son has tested positive for the virus and admits 'it's real' -  one day after he slammed Dems for their pandemic 'lies' and was retweeted by Trump[/size]


  • Former Wheel of Fortune host Chuck Woolery, 79, tweeted Sunday night he was sick of the CDC and the Democrats for their 'outrageous lies' about Covid-19

  • Following day he issued clarification to his 686,000 followers, saying: 'Covid-19 is real and it is here. My son tested positive for the virus'

  • On Monday, President Donald Trump had highlighted Woolery's original tweet which put him under an intense spotlight

  • By Wednesday his Twitter account had been mysteriously deleted  


By ROSS IBBETSON FOR MAILONLINE and MARLENE LENTHANG FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 11:12 EDT, 16 July 2020 | UPDATED: 13:41 EDT, 16 July 2020

     



Former game show host Chuck Woolery Twitter's account has disappeared after he blasted health officials and Democrats for their 'outrageous lies' about the coronavirus pandemic, then revealed a day later his son was diagnosed with the virus.
The 79-year-old, who was the original host of Wheel of Fortune and also hosted beloved game shows Love Connection and Scrabble, took to Twitter to reject the severity of the pandemic as a political ploy.
On Sunday he tweeted: 'The most outrageous lies are the ones about Covid 19.'

'Everyone is lying. The CDC, Media, Democrats, our Doctors, not all but most, that we are told to trust. I think it’s all about the election and keeping the economy from coming back, which is about the election. I’m sick of it,' he added.
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Chuck Woolery, 79, was the original host of Wheel of Fortune, presenting the show from 1975 to 1981
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Woolery has deleted his social media accounts days after tweeting about the 'outrageous lies' surrounding the coronavirus pandemic on Sunday. On Monday he tweeted his son tested positive for the virus. By Wednesday his Twitter account was gone 
Trump retweeted that message, kicking off a Twitter firestorm for raising question over his own health officials.
When asked about that tweet by CBS News’ Cathering Herridge, Trump said: 'I didn’t make a comment.'
'I did. I reposted a tweet that a lot of people feel. But all I am doing is making a comment. I’m just putting somebody’s voice out there. There are many voices. There are many people that think we shouldn’t do this kind of testing, because all we do, it’s a trap,' Trump added.
Late Monday Woolery changed his tune, admitting his son contracted Covid-19, the deadly virus that has killed over 137,000 across the country and infected over nearly 3.5million.
'To further clarify and add perspective, Covid-19 is real and it is here. My son tested positive for the virus, and I feel for of those suffering and especially for those who have lost loved one,' Woolery tweeted.
By Wednesday his Twitter account was gone.
It’s not clear if he deleted it himself or if it was related to a widespread hack Twitter experienced earlier Wednesday that effected Elon Musk, Joe Biden and Bill Gates.
It’s not clear which of Woolery’s sons are sick with the virus or his current condition.
Woolery hasn’t responded to request for comment, as per Deadline.   


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On Monday, President Donald Trump had highlighted Woolery's original tweet which put him under an intense spotlight. He has since deleted his account.
Trump's critics were shocked by the president's siding with the 1980s game show host over experts such as the head of the center for infectious diseases, Dr Anthony Fauci.
Fauci is said to have increasingly irritated the president with his refusal to back up some of Trump's outlandish claims and theories.
Fauci has continued to issue stark warnings about the risks of reopening the country amid the pandemic, leading the White House to issue lists of when Fauci made mistakes. 
'This idea that our president is taking advice from somebody like Chuck Woolery, or promoting these kind of words from the guy whose biggest claim to fame is being the host of the Love Connection or a name in a Beastie Boys song is just utterly insanity,' said epidemiologist Anne Rimoin, in an interview with MSNBC.
Ben Sommers, a doctor who teaches at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, said the retweet was damaging.
'When the president is calling the guidance wrong and endorsing the view that these public health experts are lying, it makes it incredibly difficult for the public to know what to do,' he told The Washington Post
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Woolery's career as a game show host began in the 1970s and ended in 2007
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In 2002 Woolery hosted a contest to find who had the 'most beautiful underarms'
'It erodes the long-term ability of our government to provide one of its basic goals which is to protect the public safety.'
Beto O'Rourke, a former Texas congressman and Democrat presidential candidate, despaired at the tweet.
'This virus is out of control, with no leadership from our governor, no leadership from the president, who as you mentioned is tweeting out health guidance from Chuck Woolery instead of Dr Fauci,' he said. 
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, asked about the retweet, defended the president's criticisms of Fauci and reinforced the president's attacks on the government's health experts. 
She accused 'some rogue individuals' at the CDC of misleading the public and defended Trump's retweet of Woolery by saying he was calling out scientists for engaging in politics.
'Overall, the notion of the tweet was to point out the fact that when we use science, we have to use it in a way that is not political,' she said.
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Beto O'Rourke, a former Texas congressman and Democrat presidential candidate, despaired at the tweet. 'This virus is out of control, with no leadership from our governor, no leadership from the president, who as you mentioned is tweeting out health guidance from Chuck Woolery instead of Dr Fauci,' he said

But the retweet was ridiculed on social media by Trump's critics.
Ted Lieu, congressman for California, defended the scientists and accused the president of deciding 'to stab you in the back during a pandemic.'
He later tweeted: 'Dear @chuckwoolery,' with a link to an LA Times account from a hospital chaplain.
Bryan Behar, an Emmy-nominated writer, tweeted: 'Now we have TWO washed-up game show hosts giving the nation medical advice.'
Grant Stern, an activist with Occupy Democrats, simply told his 100,000 followers: 'Trump values Chuck Woolery's opinion over Dr Fauci.' 
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Woolery is conservative and an active supporter of the Republican party and is a gun rights activist. He’s been married four times and has at least five children. Pictured with his fourth wife Kim Barnes at The Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas in 2019
Woolery was the original host of Wheel of Fortune, presenting the show from 1975 to 1981. 
He hosted a series of dating shows, and his career culminated in 2007 with Game Show Network's Lingo. 
Woolery is conservative, a gun rights activist, and an active supporter of the Republican party.
He’s been married four times and has at least five children.
With his first wife Margaret Hayes he had two children together – Katherine and Chad. Chad was killed in a motorcycle accident in January 1986.
In 1972 he married actress Jo Ann Pflug and they had a daughter Melissa, but divorced in 1980.
His third wife was Teri Nelson with whom he has two sons, Michael and Sean. In 2006 he married his fourth wife Kim Barnes.
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[size=48]Ruth Bader Ginsburg Announces Her Cancer Is Back but Treatment 'Is Yielding Positive Results'
The Supreme Court justice, who has repeatedly survived cancer before, says she has "kept up with opinion writing and all other Court work"
By Adam Carlson 
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg said Friday that she is again being treated for cancer — which she has survived four times before — and, as of now, chemotherapy "is yielding positive results."
"I have often said I would remain a member of the Court as long as I can do the job full steam," the 87-year-old Supreme Court justice said in a statement. "I remain fully able to do that."
Ginsburg said she began treatment for a "recurrence of cancer" in mid-May after a February scan and biopsy "revealed lesions on my liver."
She was previously hospitalized in May and earlier this month for a gallbladder condition and an infection, respectively. But the other hospitalizations were unrelated, she said Friday.
"My most recent scan on July 7 indicated significant reduction of the liver lesions and no new disease. I am tolerating chemotherapy well and am encouraged by the success of my current treatment," she said.

She said that, "satisfied that my treatment course is now clear, I am providing this information."
"I will continue bi-weekly chemotherapy to keep my cancer at bay, and am able to maintain an active daily routine," said Ginsburg, an anchor of the court's liberal wing. "Throughout, I have kept up with opinion writing and all other Court work."
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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
 
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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
 
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Ginsburg was treated last year for pancreatic cancer and, in 2018, had surgery to treat lung cancer.

She said last year that her work had helped keep her going.
"Instead of concentrating on my aches and pains, I just know that I have to read this set of briefs, go over the draft opinion," she said in August, according to NPR. "And so I have to somehow surmount whatever is going on in my body and concentrate on the Court's work."
Speaking with NPR earlier last summer, she took a wry view of her health challenges and her endurance.
"There was a senator, I think it was after my pancreatic cancer, who announced with great glee that I was going to be dead within six months," she said then, adding:
"That senator, whose name I have forgotten, is now himself dead and I am very much alive."

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Post by LizzyNY on Fri 17 Jul 2020, 19:36

Please, please pray for her recovery and for her to continue on the Supreme Court bench at least until drumpf is gone. Her voice is desperately needed, and even though she is a hero to us all, even heroes can fall. Again, please keep her in your prayers.
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Post by annemarie on Fri 17 Jul 2020, 21:15

https://people.com/politics/georgia-governor-sues-atlanta-over-mask-mandate/

[size=48]Georgia Governor Sues Atlanta Over City's Mask Rule as Mayor Vows: 'We Will See Them in Court'
"I’m confident that Georgians don’t need a mandate to do the right thing," the governor said as the mayor responded: "A better use of taxpayer money would be to expand testing and contact tracing"
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From left: Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp,.
 
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Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp is suing the leaders of Atlanta, the state capital, over coronavirus regulations there — including Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms' mask mandate and her recently announced call to revert the city's reopening to "phase one" as cases in the state have sharply risen in recent weeks.
Kemp, 57, filed the lawsuit on Thursday.
It is the first effort by a governor to block a local government's orders on wearing masks. Other state leaders, both Democrats and Republicans, have required face masks to slow the spread of the virus.
“While we all agree that wearing a mask is effective, I’m confident that Georgians don’t need a mandate to do the right thing," Kemp, a Republican and political ally of President Donald Trump, told reporters on Friday, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

His suit argues he alone leads the state's coronavirus response and has the power to overrule local official's policies.
The suit also contends local leaders can't "change" the governor's executive orders. (Kemp issued an executive order Wednesday saying local officials could not introduce mandatory mask policies).
The governor believes Atlanta's "unenforceable” mask policy creates confusion among residents over which rules to follow and also hurts businesses.
Not so, say local lawmakers.
“The notion that we are somehow interfering with businesses or people’s right to work is simply baseless and a waste of taxpayer money,” Bottoms, 50, told NBC News Friday.
"A better use of taxpayer money would be to expand testing and contact tracing," she said in a separate statement. "If being sued by the state is what it takes to save lives in Atlanta, then we will see them in court.”

More than 3,000 Georgians have died from the coronavirus disease COVID-19 as of Friday morning, according to a New York Times tracker.  At least 120,848 people in the state have been infected.
About a fifth of all cases and deaths are in the two counties that cover Atlanta.
RELATED: Atlanta Mayor Says to Roll Back City's Reopening Plans to Phase 1 as Coronavirus Cases Surge

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms
 
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Bottoms told CNN this week she believes Trump, 74, broke the law when he visited the state Wednesday by not wearing a mask at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
The mayor told NBC News she feels Kemp's lawsuit came as a retaliation for her comment and accused the governor of "putting politics over people."
Bottoms issued an order July 8 which called on Atlantans "to wear a mask or a cloth face covering" while in public. The mayor's order also applied to the airport, where Trump arrived without a mask.
Other cities around the state issued similar orders for mask requirements this month, as cases have risen in the state.
The city of Savannah adopted a mandatory mask order on July 1 and its mayor, Van Johnson, joined Bottoms this week in criticizing the governor's stance.
RELATED: Jeff Sessions Has 'No Regrets' After Losing Senate Bid to Trump-Backed College Football Coach

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Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp
 
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"It is officially official. Governor Kemp does not give a damn about us," Johnson tweeted Wednesday, in response to the Kemp's initial executive order. "Every man and woman for himself/herself. Ignore the science and survive the best you can."
Members of Atlanta's city council were also named in Kemp's lawsuit Thursday.
Dustin Hills was among some of the council members who joined Bottoms in admonishing the governor's legal effort to block the city's mask rule as cases continue rising across the country.
"As a nurse, this is despicable," Hills tweeted.

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Post by carolhathaway on Sat 18 Jul 2020, 09:23

Civil rights activist, campaigner of Martin Luther King and congressman (Democrats) John Lewis passed away at the age of 80.
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Post by carolhathaway on Sat 18 Jul 2020, 09:30

Do you wnt your president to sell beans from the Resolute Desk?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/07/16/cuomo-trump-goya/

(and First Daughter Ivanka proves she's a super model as well...)
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Post by carolhathaway on Sat 18 Jul 2020, 09:46

Here's a pretty good comment by Anderson Cooper about Trump selling beans instead of supporting Dr. Fauci fighting the pandemic:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=20OzjniTJQU
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Post by annemarie on Sat 18 Jul 2020, 10:43

We are going backwards and people are just plain stupid.

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Post by party animal - not! on Sat 18 Jul 2020, 12:45


Trump interview with George's friend, Chris Wallace - who corrected him

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jul/17/donald-trump-fox-news-interview-chris-wallace-joe-biden

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Trump interview with George's friend, Chris Wallace - who corrected him

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jul/17/donald-trump-fox-news-interview-chris-wallace-joe-biden

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Post by annemarie on Sat 18 Jul 2020, 13:24

Donald Trump

Trump clashes with Fox News interviewer over false claim about Biden

  • Chris Wallace contradicts Trump over Biden’s views on policing
  • President requests document that fails to vindicate him
  • Analysis: Campaign reshuffle shows Trump knows he’s losing



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 Donald Trump’s disagreement with Chris Wallace prompted him to request a copy of Joe Biden’s policy charter. Photograph: Drew Angerer/Getty Images
Donald Trump has clashed with a Fox News interviewer after the president was challenged about a false claim that Joe Biden wants to defund police.

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In a clip of Chris Wallace’s Fox News Sunday interview with Trump released on Friday, the president said his likely opponent in November’s presidential election supported the movement to defund police forces.
But in the interview, held on the Oval Office patio, Wallace intervened to say Biden did not support defunding.
Trump, hoping to prove his allegation, was then seen calling for a copy of a policy charter Biden agreed with Bernie Sanders and which was released this week. The document did not prove his claim.
The interview, the first Sunday interview with Trump for more than a year, will be aired in full this weekend.
Wallace later told Fox News: “If it looked like it was hot on that patio right outside the Oval Office there – it was about 100F.”
Trump, he said, “kept saying, ‘Whose idea was this?’ Well, of course, it was the president’s idea but, as he said, he wanted to make me sweat.
“We talked about everything. We talked about Covid[-19] and the explosion of cases in this country, questions of masks, questions of testing. We also talked about politics, the polls; we have a new Fox News poll that we discussed with the president which shows him trailing. But he seemed dead certain that he’s going to beat Joe Biden in November. We also talked about that tell-all book by his niece, Mary Trump.”
In the released clip, Wallace noted recent increases in shootings in many cities and asked Trump why he thought such violence was on the rise.
The president replied: “I explain it very simply by saying they’re Democrat-run cities. They’re liberally run. They’re stupidly run.”



Wallace noted that many cities have long been run by Democratic mayors.
“They’ve run them poorly,” Trump insisted. “It was always bad, but now it’s gotten totally out of control.”
He then made his false claim about Biden, saying: “It’s really because they want to defund the police, and Biden wants to defund the police.”
“No, sir, he does not,” Wallace countered.
Trump stood by his claim, incorrectly saying the unity platform endorsed by Sanders, the Vermont senator whom Biden beat in the Democratic primary, embraces calls to defund the police. In fact, Biden has repeatedly said he does not support calls to defund the police and has instead called for policing reform.
Wallace tried to explain, but the president responded by ordering an aide to go get the document.
“Let’s go! Get me the charter, please!” Trump said.
The teaser ended there but Wallace told Fox News host Bill Hemmer it “led to a very interesting exchange … and he went through it and he found a lot of things that he objected to that Biden has agreed to, but couldn’t find any indication, because there isn’t any, that Joe Biden has sought to defund and abolish the police.”
Trump made a similar claim during a blatantly political speech in the Rose Garden on Tuesday, claiming: “The Biden-Sanders agenda is the most extreme platform of any major party nominee, by far, in American history … They now want to abolish our police departments. They want to abolish our prisons, I guess.”
Politifact gave that claim a rating of “Pants on Fire”.
Later, Trump tweeted: “Corrupt Joe Biden wants to defund our police. He may use different words, but when you look at his pact with Crazy Bernie, and other things, that’s what he wants to do. It would destroy America!”
Such attempts to paint Biden as an extreme liberal do not seem to be working: polls show voters view the challenger as more of a moderate than the president.
Wallace also said Trump had “made some shots at Joe Biden that I’ve never heard before”, adding that the president said that in the campaign to come he expected to stage “not nearly as many rallies as last time”, given the continuing pandemic.
“He seems a little concerned about that,” Wallace said.
Wallace and Trump have a contentious history, the president regularly mocking the anchor and slighting him in comparison with his father, the celebrated CBS anchor Mike Wallace.
Chris Wallace is known as one of the more combative interviewers on US television. But in March, he told the Guardian interviewers should not look for fights with their subjects, even if the subject turned out to be Trump.

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“Look,” he said, “I think we’re not meek but the point I guess I’d make is first of all he’s the president of the United States, whether you like him or you don’t like him, and I think there’s a certain respect due to the office, even if you don’t feel it for a particular man.
“Secondly, I think it falls into this trap of becoming an advocate or an opponent as opposed to being a reporter. We’re not there to try to one-up the president or any politician.
“As you look ahead to 2020, you want to be sure you’re striving to be as effective and as ahead of the curve as possible in identifying what is on the mind of voters and what’s resonating with voters.”
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