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The White House is objecting to a new report from the Government Accountability Office that concludes that seven months into the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. continues to struggle with supply chain logistics that have led to shortages of personal protective equipment and diagnostic tests. The authors of the nearly 400-page GAO report were concerned that not only did those issues continue to persist, but that the Trump administration did not take them seriously enough. “As supply constraints continue,” those investigators wrote, “we found that [the Department of Health and Human Services] and [the Federal Emergency Management Administration] have not developed plans outlining specific actions the federal government will take to help mitigate remaining medical supply gaps needed to respond to the pandemic.”
Most everyone following the heated U.S. Senate contest in South Carolina recognizes that the opening of a U.S. Supreme Court seat—six weeks before Election Day—has shifted the balance of the race. Sen. Lindsey Graham was already facing a determined challenge from Democrat Jaime Harrison before Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death last Friday. Less than a day later, Graham officially discarded his stance from 2016 that high court appointments shouldn't be made in an election year—and fully embraced his role as President Donald Trump's warrior in securing a third Supreme Court justice.
Facebook is preparing in case violence erupts after the November US presidential election. Nick Clegg, its head of global affairs, told The Financial Times the network has plans for scenarios like widespread civil unrest, or an unclear result if mail-in votes are counted slowly. He declined to explain Facebook's specific plan, but said that the company may make strong moves to "restrict the circulation of content."
A neon sign blaming Donald Trump for 200,000 coronavirus deaths in the US was placed outside the White House. The pointed message reading “Trump lied, 200,00 died” was held up by a group of Democrat politicians and paid for by the Democratic National Convention. They lit the sign on Sunday night as the death toll from Covid-19 continues to grow dramatically in the US.
A mountain lion was seen on video watching unsuspecting kids play in a California neighborhood. Timothy Kerrisk says he went outside on Saturday evening to look for his cat and found a mountain lion in his front yard, watching children ride their bikes in Pacifica. “I screamed at them to run inside,” Kerrisk wrote in a Facebook post.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky. rejected the government funding resolution House Democrats introduced Monday, leaving the U.S. government on the verge of a shutdown. The current government funding package only lasts another nine days, so on Monday, Democrats released a draft resolution that would extend in through Dec. 11.
Wisconsin's attorney general announced Monday that he has selected a former Madison police chief to serve as an independent consultant for prosecutors weighing whether to file charges against the officer who shot Jacob Blake, a Black man who was left paralyzed from the waist down. The shooting of Blake on Aug. 23 by a white Kenosha police officer made Wisconsin the epicenter of the nation's ongoing debate over police violence and racial injustice. It came three months after the death of George Floyd in the custody of Minneapolis police.
Donald Trump celebrated his administration's response to the coronavirus pandemic and blamed China for the “plague” the country “unleashed onto the world” in a speech delivered to the United Nations General Assembly in New York that was quickly decried by critics as a “virtual, campaign-like address”. The president attacked Beijing and demanded the world hold the nation “accountable for their actions”, suggesting China inadequately responded to its first-known outbreak of the novel coronavirus in Wuhan. “As we pursue this bright future, we must hold accountable the nation which unleashed this plague onto the world: China,” Mr Trump said in the pre-recorded remarks.
US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos speaks as Vice President Mike Pence listens during a White House Coronavirus Task Force press briefing at the US Department of Education July 8, 2020 in Washington, DC. The investigation is into comments she made on a Fox News interview slamming Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple territorial disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. China flooded the Taiwan Strait at the northern end of the South China Sea with warplanes over two days last week in an apparent attempt to intimidate the self-governing island democracy it claims as its own territory. The drills were timed to coincide with the visit to Taiwan by a high-ranking U.S. envoy for talks and to attend a memorial service for former Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui, who led the island's transition to full democracy in the face of Chinese threats.
If you're headed to Walmart sometime soon, operations may look a little different — the retailer says it plans to roll back two of its COVID-19 policies. Walmart is doing away with one-way aisles and will reopen second sets of doors that had previously been closed due to coronavirus concerns, the company told McClatchy News in an email. Walmart did not say when the changes will take place, but attributed the move to customer behavior.
Authorities have identified the Canadian woman accused of sending president Donald Trump a letter containing the poison ricin. Pascale Ferrier of Quebec was taken into custody by US Customs and Border Protection agents on Sunday at the Peace Bridge border crossing near Buffalo, New York. CBC reported that a search was being carried out at an apartment near Montreal and that officials believed six letters were sent by Ms Ferrier — one to the White House, and five to addresses in Texas.
An Australian MP and her husband have been awarded A$875,000 ($628,000; £493,000) in a defamation suit. The National Party's Anne Webster sued conspiracy theorist Karen Brewer over posts she wrote on Facebook in April and May. On Tuesday, Justice Jacqueline Gleeson called the claims "wholly indefensible".
The Government Accountability Office said in a report published Monday that 8.7 million Americans were likely to miss out on coronavirus relief checks of up to $1,200. Neither the Treasury nor the IRS kept up-to-date records on the number of people eligible to receive a stimulus check who have not yet received one, according to the congressional watchdog's report. A government watchdog concluded in a report Monday that millions of Americans might miss out on coronavirus relief checks because of incomplete records from the IRS and Treasury Department.
Salivating at the buffet table, eagerly awaiting a sizzling omelet to be done. None of these quintessential hotel moments happened during my three nights at hotels in Washington this month, and it doesn't take a public health degree to know why: the coronavirus pandemic. The pandemic has slaughtered the travel industry, leaving four out of 10 hotel workers unemployed, more than a thousand hotels closed and occupancy rates decimated.
President Donald Trump met Monday with Judge Amy Coney Barrett at the White House as the conservative jurist emerged as a favorite to replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court, the start of a monumental Senate confirmation fight over objections from Democrats it's too close to the November election. Trump said he expects to announce his pick by week's end, before the burial of Ginsburg, the court's liberal icon, at Arlington National Cemetery. The president told reporters he was still going to be interviewing other candidates and might meet with Judge Barbara Lagoa when he travels to Florida later this week.
A former California lawyer has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, after he was convicted of throwing his ex-wife's body off a cruise ship in the Mediterranean. Lonnie Loren Kocontes, of Safety Harbor, Florida, was convicted in June of first-degree murder with a special circumstances enhancement of murder for financial gain, for the incident that occurred in 2006, according to The Associated Press. Prosecutors said that the 62-year-old killed he ex-wife Micki Kanesaki while they were on holiday together, in order to inherit more than $1m (£781,005) from the combined money from their bank accounts and the sale of their home that they shared joint ownership of.
A member of the Kennedy dynasty who joined Jared Kushner's coronavirus task force spoke to The New Yorker about his time there. Max Kennedy Jr., a grandson of Robert F. Kennedy, said he was asked to falsify a model to downplay predicted deaths and cast doubt on other, more dire forecasts. Kennedy said he joined the team — intended to get personal protective equipment for the US — expecting it to be apolitical.