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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, who is struggling to win over Latino voters, made his first campaign appearance in Florida on Tuesday, at the opening of Hispanic Heritage Month. After being introduced by Luis Fonsi, the singer of the international hit, Biden said, "I just have one thing to say," before hitting play. "I'll tell you what, if I had the talent of any one of these people, I'd be elected president by acclamation," Biden said, referring to Fonsi, as well as singer Ricky Martin and actress Eva Longoria, who also spoke ahead of Biden in Kissimmee, Florida.
At a Senate subcommittee hearing on Wednesday, CDC Director Robert Redfield said most Americans won't receive a coronavirus vaccine until "late second quarter, third quarter 2021." Hours later, President Trump said Redfield was "confused." Most experts agree that a vaccine won't be available before the election this fall.
Months after the police killing of Breonna Taylor thrust her name to the forefront of a national reckoning on race, the city of Louisville agreed to pay the Black woman's family $12 million and reform police practices as part of a settlement announced Tuesday. But Taylor's mother and others who have taken up her cause said much more must be done to right the wrongs of racial injustice in America. Please continue to say her name,” Taylor's mother, Tamika Palmer, declared at an emotional news conference, evoking the call that has become a national refrain for those outraged by the shooting and police violence.
Daniel Prude's killing by police in Rochester, New York, is the nightmare my family avoided when my sister had a psychotic episode nine years ago. It's not just the horrific and preventable loss of Mr. Prude's life that pains me. Ms. Prude expresses the feelings common to many of us forced to surrender some control to authorities in the hopes of helping a relative in crisis, saying, “I had no way to be there to comfort him or help him with that kind of situation.”
Democrat Voters Against Joe Biden is a project of an existing nonprofit advocacy group called Americans for Responsible Government, meaning it can engage in limited politicking and is not required to disclose its donors. Curiously, though it is not explicitly political, the group's online donation page includes disclaimer language required only of registered political committees advising donors that they can only donate $2,800 per election. No such donation limits exist for nonprofits.
CNBC host Jim Cramer called Nancy Pelosi “Crazy Nancy,” while interviewing her on Tuesday, echoing president Donald Trump, who has repeatedly mocked the house speaker using that name. Cramer made the remark during an interview with the house speaker on Tuesday morning, while he questioned her about the likelihood of a new coronavirus relief package being approved soon. The house speaker briefly laughed and told Cramer: “But you just did, but you just did,” before she then agreed that she knew what the host meant with the remark.
A Black man is suing two Wisconsin police officers after he was mistaken for a burglar and handcuffed in his home, according to a lawsuit filed this week. Keonte Furdge had been living with a friend in Monona and on June 2, Monona Police Department officers Jared Wedig and Luke Wunsch pointed their guns and went inside the home without knocking or getting permission, according to the lawsuit filed on Monday. Furdge is suing the city of Monona and officers Wedig and Wunsch, alleging unlawful entry, false arrest, excessive force, and failure to intervene.
Protesters are being tortured in police stations across Belarus, where authorities have failed to open investigations, human rights experts said on Wednesday, holding a press conference in Geneva where alleged victims spoke by video link from Minsk. The Belarus interior ministry did not immediately reply to a Reuters request for comment. In the past, the Belarusian authorities have said the police are humane and professional, but have declined to comment on specific allegations of abuse which are under review.
Heavy rain, pounding surf and flash floods hit parts of the Florida Panhandle and the Alabama coast on Tuesday as Hurricane Sally lumbered toward land at a painfully slow pace, threatening as much as 30 inches (76 centimeters) of rain and dangerous, historic flooding. The storm's center churned offshore 65 miles (105 kilometers) south-southeast of Mobile, Alabama, as Sally crept north-northeast toward an expected Wednesday landfall at 2 mph (3 kph), according to the National Hurricane Center. The forecast map showed the center likely coming ashore in Alabama, near the Florida line.
President Trump fielded questions from uncommitted Pennsylvania voters Tuesday night during a 90-minute town hall hosted by ABC News. He didn't nail all the facts, and some of the voters asked challenging questions about Trump's coronavirus response, race, and the economy, but Trump was able to respond to the proffered concerns on prime-time network TV in one of the key 2020 battleground states. How did Trump do?
LONDON—Daniel Ellsberg, the whistleblower who exposed the underbelly of U.S. policy in the Vietnam War, has told a British court that the extradition of Julian Assange is part of an American effort to “crush” future whistleblowers. Ellsberg said the U.S. wanted revenge against the WikiLeaks founder just like the Nixon administration and the CIA plotted vengeance against him for his part in the publication of the Pentagon Papers. A British judge will rule on whether Britain can extradite Assange to the U.S. on 18 charges linked to the leak of hundreds of thousands of classified documents in 2010 and 2011.
Twitter has suspended the account of a Chinese virologist who claimed that Covid-19 was “man-made” and created in a Wuhan lab. Dr Li-Meng Yan, who claims to be a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Hong Kong School of Public Health, had her Twitter account suspended by the social media site earlier this week. The virologist, who had more than 60,000 followers on Twitter before her account was suspended, made headlines this week when she claimed to have evidence that the Chinese government was involved in creating the virus, which has so far killed more than 936,156 people worldwide.
The European Union's chief executive, set to unveil contentious new asylum policies for the bloc next week, described immigration on Wednesday as a normal fact of life and said the continent should learn to manage it. In a major policy speech to the European Parliament that drew applause and the occasional heckle, EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said immigration policy must recognise "that each human being has a solemn diginity". Since 2015, when more than a million people reached Europe by sea and thousands died trying, migration policy has been a source of quarrel within the bloc.
The claim: Former Vice President Joe Biden received five draft deferments from the Vietnam War Less than two months ahead of Election Day, voters are scrutinizing candidates' records. Posts on Facebook honed in on former Vice President Joe Biden and his record of military service — or lack thereof. "Lifeguard/Football player Joe Biden got five draft deferments for asthma during Vietnam," a post claims, alongside a photo of high-school-aged Biden.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnel MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images A memo sent out by the Senate Republicans' campaign arm warns that control of the upper chamber is at risk of being handed over to the Democrats, The Guardian reports. "The next few weeks will define the future of our country for generations to come," the memo from the National Republican Senatorial Committee reads. "Make no mistake: the Senate Majority is at risk.
The backyard of Forbes residential college in Princeton University in 2020, when Kang was one of a few hundred students remaining on a mostly closed campus Credit - Courtesy Jimin Kang I'd always imagined starting my senior year at Princeton University within the ivy-lined, stone-walled campus I grew to call home. Instead, I've been going through the motions of college from a desk on the second floor of a rented home in Carlisle, Penn. where my version of “campus life” has shrunk to a screen and four in-person classmates.
A Pakistani ruling party parliamentarian has introduced legislation seeking to jail anyone who "ridicules or brings into disrepute or defames" the military, according to records posted on parliament's website on Wednesday. Civil rights groups and opposition parties have long held that the military meddles in politics and had supported crackdowns on critical voices, an allegation the military denies. "The purpose of this amendment is to prevent hatred and disrespectful behaviour against the Armed Forces," says the bill, presented by Amjad Ali Khan, chairman of parliament's standing committee on defence.
Ellesia Blaque, one of the undecided participants in an ABC News town hall with President Donald Trump on Tuesday, said she will now vote for Democratic nominee Joe Biden after her question was not addressed by the president. "He didn't answer my question," Blaque told CNN after the town hall, adding that Trump had "reanimated" her to vote in the presidential election, whereas before the town hall she was still undecided on whether she would vote at all. Blaque asked Trump during the town hall about how he plans to protect those with pre-existing health conditions so that they can afford their health care and remain insured.
Every American election cycle seems to recycle clichés that don't always hold up. In their desire for social justice, Black people are tired of being mischaracterized. Then there are moments when clichés fall away.