Blue Valley 'Let them Play' rally
Blue Valley 'Let them Play' rally
During his address at the Republican National Convention on Wednesday night, Vice President Mike Pence falsely implied that a Department of Homeland Security officer gunned down in May was a victim of violent left-wing protesters. Pence, speaking at Fort McHenry, Md., in a speech emphasizing “law and order,” said DHS officer Dave Patrick Underwood was “shot and killed during the riots in Oakland, Calif.” Air Force Staff Sgt. Steven Carrillo, a member of the right-wing “boogaloo” movement, was charged in June in Underwood's killing.
The Republican National Convention aired a video meant to paint the George Floyd protests and Black Lives Matter demonstrations as inherently violent, chaotic events, but included a scene from protests in Barcelona, Spain. A public broadcaster in Catalonia reported that the images in question - of fires burning in the streets - were captured in 2019 in Barcelona. The protests in Spain began after a Spanish court sentenced Catalan separatists to prison.
Leaders at the U.S. Army's Fort Hood in Texas created an environment that led to the death of Sgt. Elder Fernandes, who was missing for more than a week before he was found dead Tuesday, his family's attorney said. Fernandes was hanging from a tree in Temple, Texas, about 28 miles from Fort Hood. Temple police, the lead agency investigating because of where Fernandes was found, said foul play is not suspected in his death.
A Dallas-area taxicab driver wanted for the 2008 slayings of his two teenage daughters was arrested Wednesday in a small North Texas town, the FBI said. Agents arrested Yaser Abdel Said, 63, in Justin, 36 miles (58 kilometers) northwest of Dallas. The Egyptian-born suspect had been sought on a capital murder warrant since the New Year's Day 2008 fatal shootings of the two Lewisville High School students, Sarah Yaser Said, 17, and Amina Yaser Said, 18.
Republican lobbyist and power broker Matt Schlapp told Yahoo News today that he is “disappointed” in his former boss, George W. Bush, for snubbing President Trump amid a daunting reelection effort. Bush has been noticeably quiet during this Republican National Convention, issuing not so much as a statement expressing support for the president. The silence hasn't escaped the notice of Schlapp, Bush's former longtime political director.
The email, first reported by CNN, said that opposition groups might seek out campaign staff on dating apps and attempt to orchestrate "sting" operations. A Democratic official told Business Insider that the warning is "nothing new" and that campaign staff are frequently reminded to be vigilant online. Several politically-motivated groups have attempted to pull off sting operations online to gather damaging information in the past, though most have backfired.
A notorious ally of Vladimir Putin says he will use Russia's corrupt courts to destroy Alexei Navalny financially if the stricken opposition leader ever recovers from a chemical agent believed to have been slipped into his tea. Yevgeny Prigozhin, who was sanctioned by the U.S. for financing online efforts to distort the 2016 presidential election, used a company to buy out debts owed by Navalny so that he could increase the financial pressure on the anti-corruption campaigner. Navalny, the leading opponent of President Putin's government, is in a coma in a Berlin hospital, where German doctors say they found evidence of cholinesterase inhibitors in his body, which could indicate the use of weapons-grade nerve agents.
John Pennington was arrested and charged by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police after officials said he breached Canada's travel rules during the coronavirus pandemic. Americans are currently barred from traveling through Canada unless they're driving to and from Alaska — people who spend the night must quarantine in their hotel. Pennington was initially fined $910 ($1,200 Canadian) on June 25 after hotel staff called police on him, accusing him of violating the quarantine.
Manhattan's top prosecutor told a U.S. court on Thursday he should be able to obtain President Donald Trump's tax returns, saying Trump cannot immunize himself from a criminal probe of his business practices by pursuing an appeal that has "no chance of success." Cyrus Vance, the Manhattan district attorney, urged the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan in a filing to reject Trump's emergency bid to block a subpoena to the president's accounting firm, Mazars USA, for eight years of tax returns. Trump has until Monday to respond in writing.
With California firefighters strapped for resources, residents have organized to put out flames themselves in a large swath of land burning south of San Francisco, defending their homes despite orders to evacuate and pleas by officials to get out of danger. The former head of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said the effort near a cluster of wildfires around the city of Santa Cruz is larger and more organized than he recalls in previous blazes. The group of wildfires near Santa Cruz has burned 125 square miles (324 square kilometers) and destroyed more than 500 buildings.
A well-known South African conservationist has died after he was mauled by two white lions as he was taking them for a walk. The wife of West Mathewson, who followed in a car, tried to distract the lions but it was too late. The lionesses have since been moved to another game lodge and are expected to be released into the wild at a later stage.
Vice President Mike Pence delivered the final remarks at the penultimate night of the 2020 Republican National Convention, where he addressed a crowd in Maryland while promoting false claims about the administration's response to the coronavirus and condemned protests across the US challenging police brutality. The third night of the convention also included several women from the Trump administration, including Kellyanne Conway, who is set to leave the White House in coming days, as well as Kayleigh McEnany and the vice president's wife Karen Pence. Donald Trump has demanded his Democratic rival take a drug test before the presidential debates, as the president announced federal law enforcement and National Guard service members will be deployed to Wisconsin ahead of a fourth night of protests in the wake of the police shooting of Jacob Blake, who has been left paralysed after an officer shot him several times in the back.
Editor's note: The Courier Journal has exhaustively covered all aspects of the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor on March 13 at the hands of Louisville Metro Police Department officers. As the investigation of their conduct continues, this story examines documents and other evidence we obtained that helps explain why LMPD pursued the no-knock search warrant and why officers were there that night. An internal report by the Louisville Metro Police Department after officers fatally shot Breonna Taylor on March 13 sheds more light on why they forcibly entered her apartment the night she was killed.
American soldiers have been injured in a tense confrontation with Russian troops in northeastern Syria, stoking tensions between the two powers in a fiercely-contested part of the country. Videos have emerged of Russian military vehicles and attack helicopters surrounding and harassing two American armoured cars while they carried out patrols near the borders with Iraq and Turkey earlier this week. At one point during the skirmish, a Russian Kamaz Typhoon armoured personnel carrier collided with an American M-ATV mine-resistant vehicle, in an incident which left four US troops injured, the White House said on Wednesday night.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Wednesday asked an appeals court to reverse a ruling which scrapped an environmental permit that allows the Dakota Access crude oil pipeline to operate on U.S. land. Earlier this month, a federal judge ordered the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) to detail options by the end of the month for resolving the loss of the permit. On Wednesday, ACE and Dakota Access, controlled by Energy Transfer LP , argued that the district court abused its discretion in vacating the permit and ordering a thorough environmental study to be conducted.
A private Milwaukee college has canceled plans to have Vice President Mike Pence deliver a commencement address this weekend, citing unrest in nearby Kenosha where police shot a Black man, Jacob Blake, and two people were killed during protests that followed. Wisconsin Lutheran College said Thursday that “after further review with careful consideration of the escalating events in Kenosha,” it decided to not have Pence deliver the speech. The vice president will be replaced by the Rev. Mark Jeske, of St. Marcus Lutheran Church.
Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy describes the condition of the state during Hurricane Laura on 'America's Newsroom.
As the 2020 Republican National Convention turned its attention towards women on Wednesday night, White House counsellor Kellyanne Conway praised Donald Trump as someone who had “elevated” and empowered them. The US president, whose recent appeals to America's ”suburban housewives” come amid other sexist remarks, was similarly praised by other high-profile speakers including South Dakota governor Kristi Noem and White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany. Meanwhile, Fox News host Tucker Carlson was condemned over comments that appeared to praise a 17-year-old who was arrested and charged with murder after two Black Lives Matter demonstrators were killed in Kenosha, Wisconsin, amid protests...
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany speaks at night three of the 2020 Republican National Convention.