The legendary Loeb Boathouse restaurant in Central Park laid off its staff amid the COVID-19 pandemic and may not reopen until next spring.
The legendary Loeb Boathouse restaurant in Central Park laid off its staff amid the COVID-19 pandemic and may not reopen until next spring.
While waiting to receive the results of a coronavirus test, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani appeared on Fox News Monday night, where he coughed throughout his interview with host Martha MacCallum.Giuliani is President Trump's personal lawyer and one of his most ardent supporters. He helped Trump prepare for last week's debate against Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, and several people Giuliani came in close contact with, including Trump, former White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, Trump aide Hope Hicks, and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) have all tested positive for the coronavirus.Giuliani shared with MacCallum that he recently tested negative for COVID-19, but two hours before his appearance, he took a second test, "one of those all the way in the back of the nose tests," The Daily Beast reports. MacCallum told Giuliani she hopes he receives "a negative on that one," and then asked him about Biden urging people to wear masks and listen to scientists about how the coronavirus works.Biden, Giuliani declared, doesn't "really understand what scientists are," adding that people should listen to their doctors because "they know your personal history. Doctors really aren't scientists. Scientists almost always have competing opinions. That's what science is about." He scoffed that Biden is making "a political statement to scare people, wearing that mask," and mocked him for donning a face covering "when you are standing at a podium," saying the "only thing you can infect is the teleprompter that's near you."Before saying goodbye to her guest, MacCallum told Giuliani, "I hope that cough is not anything bad, you're waiting for your test to come back. We hope you're going to be healthy and well." Giuliani responded, "I hope so, too. I'll let you know tomorrow." > Rudy was part of Trump's debate prep team and says he's awaiting the results of a coronavirus test pic.twitter.com/UZI9TN67w6> > -- Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 6, 2020More stories from theweek.com 4 plausible election scenarios after Trump's coronavirus diagnosis The pandemic wake-up call America needs Trump is sick. So is the GOP.
The first lady said on Monday she would continue to rest at home as she recovered
The White House is blocking strict new coronavirus vaccine guidelines proposed by the Food and Drug Administration due to a provision that would likely prevent any vaccine from being authorized before the November election, several people familiar with the matter told The New York Times. The guidelines are intended to reassure the public that coronavirus vaccines are being held to a common standard, the Times reports. They were submitted to the Office of Management and Budget for approval on Sept. 21, but White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows has intervened, questioning the need for researchers to follow vaccine trial volunteers for two months after they receive their final dose. Per the guidelines, this would have to happen before authorization is granted for a vaccine, with FDA officials saying it's necessary to determine if there are side effects and to make sure the vaccine protects people for longer than a few weeks.Trump has been promising a vaccine and pushing for one to be released before the Nov. 3 presidential election, and under the guidelines it is highly unlikely a vaccine would be authorized before then. The FDA is now going around the White House, the Times reports, and will share the guidelines with an outside advisory committee with the hope that they will enforce the standards. Read more at The New York Times.More stories from theweek.com 4 plausible election scenarios after Trump's coronavirus diagnosis The pandemic wake-up call America needs Trump is sick. So is the GOP.
A plexiglass divider won't do much to stop coronavirus aerosols, microscopic particles that can hang suspended in the air like smoke.
Biden has been consistently ahead in the polls. Instead of predicting 'Doomsday,' here are the good things that could happen if Biden defeats Trump.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren, a onetime rising star in the Democratic Party who faces corruption charges that could end her career - and land her behind bars - appeared in a Monroe County courtroom Monday to plead not guilty to all charges. Warren, 43, is accused of bypassing campaign contribution limits when she successfully ran for reelection as mayor in 2017. Cayuga ...
The landmark ruling legalizing same-sex marriage had "ruinous consequences for religious liberty," Thomas says
A tug-of-war over $1 billion worth of Venezuelan gold stored at the Bank of England took a new turn on Monday as the English Court of Appeal overturned an earlier High Court ruling on who the UK recognised as Venezuela's president. The Court of Appeal granted the Nicolas Maduro-backed Banco Central de Venezuela’s (BCV) appeal and set aside July's High Court judgement, which had found that Britain's recognition of opposition leader Juan Guaidó as "constitutional interim president of Venezuela" was conclusive. The BCV sued the Bank of England in May to recover control of the gold, which it says it will sell to finance Venezuela's response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Fox News contributor Raymond Arroyo catches the Democratic nominee stumping on the road
While President Trump is watching TV, tweeting, and recording videos while fighting COVID-19 at Walter Reed Medical Center, his White House staff is apparently furious, complaining to reporters about how they have to find out about the coronavirus outbreak in the West Wing from TV and Twitter like everyone else. White House aides were also "dismayed and befuddled" at how Trump and his chief of staff, Mark Meadows, "botched" the "crises of competence and credibility" stemming from Trump's diagnosis and hospitalization, Axios reports."After days of internal and external snafus as the virus spread through all levels of the White House," Trump left the hospital for "an SUV ride outside the Walter Reed gates to wave at the supporters who have lined the road ever since he arrived Friday evening," Axios notes. "Two senior White House staffers said they thought the P.R. stunt was selfish, and compounded a weekend of horrible decisions."The spectacle of doctors and staff giving press briefings to boost Trump's mood capped "a days-long torrent of falsehoods, obfuscation, evasion, misdirection, and imprecision from those surrounding Trump as he faces the greatest threat to a president's health in decades," The Washington Post says. "This crisis — that's what it is — has highlighted the administration's shortcomings," Politico adds. "Everything revolves around Trump's moods — to coddle and manage them. And the White House that didn't have a plan to stop the coronavirus in America barely has one to handle it now that it's ripping through its own quarters."White House staffers are aiming much of their anxiety and frustration at Trump's chief of staff, saying "they went days with no internal communication from Meadows about protocols and procedures — including whether they should show up to work — as COVID tore through the West Wing," Axios reports. Their first boilerplate guidance arrived in their inboxes Sunday night, three days after Trump's diagnosis.A senior administration official pushed back at the "peanut gallery criticism," telling Axios that "Meadows has been at Walter Reed with the president managing a million different logistical concerns since Friday. But apologies if anyone had to wait a couple extra hours to receive their updated email on Sunday." The chiefs of staff for first lady Melania Trump and Vice President Mike Pence emailed their staff Friday and Saturday, urging them to work from home.More stories from theweek.com 4 plausible election scenarios after Trump's coronavirus diagnosis The pandemic wake-up call America needs Trump is sick. So is the GOP.
The senator’s mic is temporarily cut off after a maskless MAGA supporter interrupted his speech
A Republican congressman from Texas became the most prominent member of his party to call for the resignation of the state's Republican attorney general, Ken Paxton, after Paxton's top deputies reported him to law enforcement for alleged crimes including bribery and abuse of office. Rep. Chip Roy, who was previously Paxton's second in command in the attorney general's office, said in statement Monday that his former boss must step down “for the good of the people of Texas.” The call for Paxton's resignation came days after seven senior lawyers in his office sent the head of human resources a letter saying they reported the attorney general to “the appropriate law enforcement authority” for potentially breaking the law “in his official capacity."
If confirmed, Martin Jenkins would be the court's first gay Black member. Plus, California is the 6th happiest state and Uber and Lyft spend nearly $100M to overturn a state law that would make them classify drivers as employees.
A U.S. court has ordered the government of Iran to pay more than $1.4 billion in punitive and compensatory damages to the family of a former FBI agent who disappeared during a visit to an Iranian island in March 2007. In a decision issued late last week, U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly said that he adopted a special expert's recommendation that Robert Levinson's family be awarded $107 million in compensatory damages. The judge awarded punitive damages of $1.3 billion.
After teasing a “little surprise visit” via video on Twitter, President Trump left the hospital on Sunday afternoon to wave to supporters from the back seat of an SUV. “It’s been a very interesting journey. I learned a lot about COVID,” Trump, who is still suffering from the coronavirus, said in the video. “I learned it by really going to school, this is the real school, this isn’t the ‘let’s read the book’ school, and I get it, and I understand it,” he added. Then, contradicting his own words and the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the president left Walter Reed National Military Medical Center’s presidential suite to wave to supporters from a car—a decision that forced at least two Secret Service agents to don personal protective equipment as they shared the same air and enclosed space of the vehicle. The CDC website explicitly states that if a person is sick with COVID-19, they should stay at home except to get medical care. The CDC’s language is more forceful in its guidelines for health-care workers. “In general, transport and movement of a patient with suspected or confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection outside of their room should be limited to medically essential purposes,” its FAQ page reads. > “God bless our president, I will die for him.” > > Trump pulls a surprise drive-by visit with supporters outside Walter Reed Medical Center pic.twitter.com/EfUMDRgFVO> > — Bloomberg QuickTake (@QuickTake) October 4, 2020White House spokesman Judd Deere defended the stunt. “Appropriate precautions were taken in the execution of this movement to protect the President and all those supporting it, including PPE. The movement was cleared by the medical team as safe to do,” he told The Daily Beast.But medical experts questioned the wisdom of the outing.“In general, if someone is ill enough [with the coronavirus] that they need to be in the hospital for observation, it’s probably not wise to send them out on [non-essential care] trips,” Dr. Timothy Brewer, an epidemiologist at the UCLA School of Public Health and former adviser to the WHO, NIH, and CDC, told The Daily Beast. “The primary focus for any patient who’s sick enough to be in the hospital from COVID-19 should be recovering.”As for the possibility of the president transmitting the virus to the agents in his vehicle, Brewer said, “Being inside a vehicle means you’re going to be close together even if you have all the windows open. You’re essentially in an indoor environment even if you have an air conditioning or ventilation.”Dr. Irwin Redlener, a Columbia University expert on pandemic readiness who has written for The Daily Beast, said it was an awful spectacle.“If I was his physician, I would not have approved of that. If I were the Secret Service agents’ physicians, I wouldn’t have approved of that either,” he said.“The president and his entourage have been creating, almost daily, potentially superspreader events,” Redlener added. “It’s really distressing and a terrible role model for the country.”Via Twitter, Dr. James P. Phillips, an attending physician at Walter Reed, said the president’s choice of conveyance presented its own problems.“That presidential SUV is not only bulletproof, but hermetically sealed against chemical attack,” Phillips wrote. “The risk of COVID-19 transmission inside is as high as it gets outside of medical procedures. The irresponsibility is astounding.”Phillips wrote in an earlier tweet that the agents in the car would now need to be quarantined for 14 days after having been put at risk of severe illness or death “for political theater.”> Every single person in the vehicle during that completely unnecessary Presidential “drive-by” just now has to be quarantined for 14 days. They might get sick. They may die. For political theater. Commanded by Trump to put their lives at risk for theater. This is insanity.> > — Dr. James P. Phillips, MD (@DrPhillipsMD) October 4, 2020The joyride was the latest sign of how the White House has been trying to manage the optics of the president’s illness.Trump’s physician, Dr. Sean Conley, admitted on Sunday that he hid from the public how high the president’s fever got and the fact that he needed supplemental oxygen before being hospitalized because he wanted to present an “upbeat attitude.”After initially insisting that Friday’s trip to Walter Reed was purely precautionary, Conley disclosed on Sunday that it was, in fact, the combination of a spiking fever and the oxygen crisis that triggered the move.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
Follow the latest updates
I thought the end of my senior year of high school was disappointing. But then I noticed coronavirus symptoms on my first day of college classes.
Abbott forced two of Texas’ Democratic strongholds to close a number of drop-off sites which had already opened
The New York Times' Michael Shear tested positive for COVID-19 after traveling with President Trump on Saturday, Sept. 26 — the day of Amy Coney Barrett's Rose Garden nomination that may have become a superspreader event. But even though he might have given COVID-19 to the president or gotten it from him, Shear tells CNN he hasn't heard from the White House since.It's been ten days since Shear flew with Trump on Air Force One, but "I have not been contacted by the White House," or asked "where I was or who I talked to or who else I might have infected," Shear said. He then detailed how Trump even spoke to reporters on the plane without a mask on, though if Trump had contracted the virus that day, medical experts suggest he probably wasn't very infectious yet.> .@nytimes reporter @shearm is battling covid-19 after being at the WH and traveling on AF1 with the President last Saturday. He says nobody from the White House has contacted him since. pic.twitter.com/1f5MGVqJyk> > — Alli Hedges Maser (@AllisonLHedges) October 5, 2020While Shear wasn't at the nomination event Barrett earlier that day, Trump or other members of the White House press corps could have contracted the coronavirus there. As New York Magazine reported Monday, Pastor Greg Laurie of California tested positive for COVID-19 after attending a prayer march on the National Mall alongside Vice President Mike Pence and thousands of marchers, many of them maskless. Laurie later attended Barrett's nomination, and since, several senators, advisers, and reporters who were there have tested positive.More stories from theweek.com 4 plausible election scenarios after Trump's coronavirus diagnosis The pandemic wake-up call America needs Trump is sick. So is the GOP.
It is one thing to flout a coronavirus travel ban to fly overseas for the purposes of buying a yacht.It’s altogether another matter to do so when your wife is the one who made the rules.South Korea’s foreign minister, Kang Kyung-wha, came under pressure to resign Monday after her husband defied her ministry’s advice against all but essential travel overseas and flew to the United States on Saturday to buy himself a new boat.Lee Yill-Byung, a university professor, has now become the focus of considerable outrage in Korea after he was confronted by a television crew as he prepared to fly to the U.S. on Saturday, saying, “The coronavirus epidemic is not going to disappear any time soon. I can’t sit at home all the time. I can’t keep worrying about other people’s lives as I live my own.”His mission, as described on his now-deleted blog, was to buy himself a small yacht and enjoy a “cruising life” and be able to say that he “lived in a beautiful place” for several years before he dies.The opposition People Power Party was quick to condemn Lee’s actions, with a party official telling the Chosun Ilbo newspaper, “Small businesses are suffering from the epidemic, but a family member of a high-ranking government official is traveling and buying a yacht.”The paper accused Kang of “flagrant hypocrisy” as her ministry, just days before, had ordered Koreans to stay home for this year’s Chuseok holiday, saying that people’s “private lives are not an absolute right.”Broadcaster KBS initially broke the news Saturday evening of Lee’s travel, screening astonishing footage of reporters at Incheon International Airport confronting a defiant Lee, who told the reporters that he had “packed many masks.”When asked if he was concerned about being the husband of a public figure and prominent lawmaker, Lee reportedly replied, “It could be a burden if I am doing something bad, but I am doing what I believe is right, and I am living my own life, so I don’t have to compromise on this because of what others think.” Lee was asked if Kang had spoken to him about the trip, and he replied, “We are both adults, so she didn’t particularly tell me not to go.”The following day, Kang told reporters that she was “sorry” about her husband’s decision to travel overseas, adding, “He has planned the trip for such a long time and postponed it several times, so it’s difficult for me to tell him not to go.”The Korea JoongAng Daily said that sailing the world on a yacht was at the top of a bucket list on Lee’s now-scrubbed blog, and that he has been planning the purchase for nearly a year. Lee reportedly was traveling to New York to purchase a 51-foot 1990 Kanter 51-foot Mistress V yacht, estimated to cost around $120,000.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.