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  • ‘We Should Listen to the Argument’ for Removing George Washington Statues, Says Senator Duckworth
    National Review

    ‘We Should Listen to the Argument’ for Removing George Washington Statues, Says Senator Duckworth

    Senator Tammy Duckworth (D., Ill.) said that “we should listen to the argument for removing George Washington statues” in an appearance on CNN's State of the Union Sunday. Statues of slave-owning historical figures such as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson have become the latest target of the nationwide racial reckoning sparked by the death of George Floyd in police custody this summer. When asked by CNN's Dana Bash if she supported taking down monuments of leaders who were slave owners, as she has expressed support of changing military bases named after Confederate leaders, Duckworth instead initially took aim at President Trump's Mount Rushmore speech on Friday.

  • Soaring U.S. coronavirus cases, hospitalizations overshadow July 4 celebrations
    Reuters

    Soaring U.S. coronavirus cases, hospitalizations overshadow July 4 celebrations

    In the first four days of July alone, 15 states have reported record increases in new cases of COVID-19, which has infected nearly 3 million Americans and killed about 130,000, according to a Reuters tally. Florida's cases have risen by over 10,000 for three out of the last four days, including climbing by 10,059 on Sunday, surpassing the highest daily tally reported by any European country during the height of the coronavirus outbreak there. Cases are also soaring in Arizona, California and Texas and trending upwards in Midwest states that once had infections declining such as Iowa, Ohio and Michigan, according to a Reuters analysis of how much cases rose in the past two weeks compared with the prior two weeks.

  • The WHO changed its coronavirus timeline to say it got its first report about the virus on the internet, not from Chinese authorities
    Business Insider

    The WHO changed its coronavirus timeline to say it got its first report about the virus on the internet, not from Chinese authorities

    reported last month that China delayed the release of critical information about the outbreak to the public and the WHO for several days, and waited more than a week to release the virus' genome — actions that likely delayed the development of vaccines, drugs, and diagnostic tests. The AP also reported in April that top Chinese leaders had known for six days in January that the coronavirus could become a deadly pandemic, but told the world the virus posed a low risk to people and could not be transmitted between humans. At the same time, the WHO, which relies on countries to provide their own data, took China at its word and offered the same advice — which has since proven to be wrong.

  • Seven men arrested after shouting racist insults and doing Nazi salutes at black family on Oregon beach, police say
    The Independent

    Seven men arrested after shouting racist insults and doing Nazi salutes at black family on Oregon beach, police say

    Seven men have been arrested after an alleged racist incident on the Fourth of July in an Oregon beach town. Police said that the men allegedly yelled racial slurs at a black family and used Nazi salutes while people spent Independence Day on the beach in Lincoln City, southwest of Portland. The men have been arrested on suspicion of charges including riot, disorderly conduct, interfering with police and possession of illegal fireworks, according to The Oregonian.

  • Moscow Has a Field Day With Trump’s Fireworks at Mt. Russia-More
    The Daily Beast

    Moscow Has a Field Day With Trump’s Fireworks at Mt. Russia-More

    Kremlin-controlled Russian state media set out to tickle U.S. President Trump's fragile ego amid falling ratings after his blustery appearance at Mount Rushmore on Friday. Mentioning that the American head of state had previously toyed with the idea he might be featured alongside Washington, Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt, and Lincoln, Russia's premier state media channel Rossiya-1 aired a graphic of Trump's mug right up there on the mountain beside them. Given the frequent allusions on Russian state media to Trump as Moscow's friend, even Moscow's “agent” in the White House, maybe the Kremlin would like to see the enormous monument renamed Mount Russia-More.

  • Frederick Douglass statue vandalized in Rochester park
    Associated Press

    Frederick Douglass statue vandalized in Rochester park

    A statue of abolitionist Frederick Douglass was ripped from its base in Rochester on the anniversary of one of his most famous speeches, delivered in that city in 1852. Police said the statue of Douglass was taken on Sunday from Maplewood Park, a site along the Underground Railroad where Douglass and Harriet Tubman helped shuttle slaves to freedom. In Rochester on July 5, 1852, Douglass gave the speech “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July,” in which he called the celebration of liberty a sham in a nation that enslaves and oppresses its Black citizens.

  • Residents of Mexican town block Americans from entering
    Politico

    Residents of Mexican town block Americans from entering

    Residents of the town of Sonoyta, across from Lukeville, Arizona, briefly blocked the main road leading south from the U.S. border over the weekend over fears of coronavirus outbreaks. Arizona has seen a major upsurge in infections and there were worries about intensified contagion during the July 4 weekend. Sonoyta Mayor José Ramos Arzate issued a statement Saturday “inviting U.S. tourists not to visit Mexico.

  • Surge in NYC shootings fuels police reform debate
    AFP

    Surge in NYC shootings fuels police reform debate

    New York reeled from a spate of holiday weekend shootings Monday, with police fueling controversy by partially attributing them to reforms undertaken following the death in custody of George Floyd. The Big Apple was rocked by 45 shootings -- which resulted in 11 deaths -- over the long July 4th weekend, up from just 16 shootings for the same period in 2019. Terence Monahan, the NYPD's highest-ranking uniformed officer, said "tremendous animosity" shown towards officers following the recent Black Lives Matter protests had contributed by lowering police morale.

  • South Korea rejects US extradition request over child abuse website
    BBC

    South Korea rejects US extradition request over child abuse website

    A South Korean court has denied a US extradition request for the man behind one of the world's largest child sexual abuse websites. Son Jong-woo, who ran the site Welcome to Video, served 18 months in South Korea for producing and distributing indecent images of children. Following his initial release in April, Son was taken back into custody after a warrant was issued for US extradition.

  • China's state television channel severely violated British broadcasting rules
    The Telegraph

    China's state television channel severely violated British broadcasting rules

    Britain's television watchdog is expected to announce on Monday that China's state television channel severely violated British broadcasting rules by airing a forced confession of a UK citizen, the Telegraph understands. China's state broadcaster, which airs in English in the UK as CGTN, is likely to face sanctions, decided in a separate process by Ofcom, which could include hefty fines or being stripped of its broadcast license as a result of the investigation launched May 2019. The ruling could escalate diplomatic tensions between the UK and China at a time when MPs have become more vocal in pressing for a re-think of bilateral relations.

  • This Chinese Submarine Could Drop a Nuclear Weapon on America
    The National Interest

    This Chinese Submarine Could Drop a Nuclear Weapon on America

    Here's What You Need To Remember: The nuclear submarine club is indeed a highly exclusive club—and those with nuclear ballistic missiles even more so. China's Type 094, or Jin-class nuclear submarines are capable, but they may be tools for promoting national prestige rather than true nuclear deterrence. The Type 094, or Jin-class as it is also known, is operated by the People's Liberation Army Submarine Force.

  • Predominantly Black armed protesters march through Confederate memorial park in Georgia
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    Predominantly Black armed protesters march through Confederate memorial park in Georgia

    A predominantly Black group of heavily armed protesters marched through Stone Mountain Park near Atlanta on Saturday, calling for removal of the giant Confederate rock carving at the site that civil rights activists consider a monument to racism.

  • NASA's powerful Hubble space telescope has beamed back a striking photo of a 'fluffy' galaxy with a ghostly, empty center
    Business Insider

    NASA's powerful Hubble space telescope has beamed back a striking photo of a 'fluffy' galaxy with a ghostly, empty center

    By contrast, other spiral galaxies — including the Milky Way — have more distinct arms where stars and gas are compressed. Hubble is NASA's strongest telescope — but not for long NASA launched Hubble into Earth's orbit in April 1990. Since then, the telescope has discovered new planets, revealed strange galaxies, and provided new insights into the nature of black holes.

  • Outrage as Mississippi election commissioner complains 'the Blacks' are registering to vote in high numbers
    The Independent

    Outrage as Mississippi election commissioner complains 'the Blacks' are registering to vote in high numbers

    A Mississippi elections official became the subject of social media fury over the weekend when she tweeted that she was "concerned" about an increase in black voters. "I'm concerned about voter registration in Mississippi," Gail Welch, an elections commissioner in Jones County, Mississippi wrote. The Clarion Ledger reported that Ms Welch wrote the comment on Sunday on Facebook.

  • Rocket fired toward US Embassy in Iraq injures child
    Associated Press

    Rocket fired toward US Embassy in Iraq injures child

    The Iraqi military said Sunday that a rocket aimed at Baghdad's fortified Green Zone, home of the U.S. Embassy, struck a residential house and injured a child. Iraqi officials said the embassy's recently installed C-RAM air defense system may have attempted to intercept the rocket as the system was operational late Saturday. A recent spate of rocket attacks have struck close to the U.S. Embassy and targeted American troops in Iraqi bases.

  • Olson Kundig’s Latest Design Embraces Its Hawaiian Habitat
    Architectural Digest

    Olson Kundig’s Latest Design Embraces Its Hawaiian Habitat

    On a stunning lava rock field site in Kona, this stunning home seems to hover over the landscape as a series of pavilions Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest

  • 7 men were arrested after police said they taunted a Black family with racial slurs and Nazi salutes at an Oregon beach
    INSIDER

    7 men were arrested after police said they taunted a Black family with racial slurs and Nazi salutes at an Oregon beach

    Police in Lincoln City, Oregon, arrested seven men on Saturday who they say were "highly intoxicated" as they taunted a Black family with racial slurs and Nazi salutes and set off illegal fireworks. The incident happened at a beachside July 4 celebration, and the Black family told police they were intimidated by the men. Six of the arrested men have been identified: Gennadiy Kachankov, 30; Antoliy Kachankov, 28; Andrey Zaytsev, 28; Oleg Saranchuk, 45; Ruslan Tkachenko, 22; and Yuriy Kachankov, 30.

  • As divisions threaten America, the pressure to cancel presidents is dangerous
    USA TODAY Opinion

    As divisions threaten America, the pressure to cancel presidents is dangerous

    Princeton University has decided to remove former President Woodrow Wilson's name from its school of Public and International Affairs, citing his “racist thinking and policies.” Looking solely through the lens of race relations, the case against Wilson is clear. In his 1912 run for the White House, Wilson would warm up the crowds with racial jokes that today would be unprintable. Gazing back across the long century since Wilson was in office shows the progress we have made as a country.

  • China detains professor who criticised Xi over coronavirus
    AFP

    China detains professor who criticised Xi over coronavirus

    Chinese authorities on Monday detained a law professor who published essays criticising President Xi Jinping over the coronavirus pandemic and accusing him of ruling "tyrannically", according to friends of the man. Xu Zhangrun, a rare outspoken critic of the government in China's heavily censored academia, was taken from his home in suburban Beijing by more than 20 people, one of his friends said on condition of anonymity. Xu published an essay in February blaming the culture of deception and censorship fostered by Xi for the spread of the coronavirus in China.

  • We Fought a U.S.-China War in the South China Sea. The U.S. Navy Lost.
    The National Interest

    We Fought a U.S.-China War in the South China Sea. The U.S. Navy Lost.

    The U.S. Navy is backing up its Philippine allies — two LCSs, USS Freedom and USS Fort Worth, are both about 30 miles south of the Emilio Jacinto and Artemio Ricarde. The USS Halsey, an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, is behind them at an equal distance. Shots fired The ships of the Philippine navy have comparatively crude sensors — basically amounting to eyeballs and navigational radars — and are having a difficult time identifying all of the ship traffic in and around the shoal.

  • Man rides wild horse at Assateague. He could spend 6 months in jail, officials say
    Miami Herald

    Man rides wild horse at Assateague. He could spend 6 months in jail, officials say

    A beachgoer faces a fine or jail time after allegedly riding a wild horse at Assateague Island National Seashore, news outlets report. Park officials told news outlets that a man could be fined up to $5,000 or spend six months in jail for riding on one of the seashore's protected horses, the Salisbury Daily Times reported. On Wednesday, a person who frequently visits Assateague said he warned a group of men who were petting two stallions that the horses can be dangerous, according to The Dispatch.

  • Russians living near base where Putin's doomsday missile may have exploded last year warned ahead of new military activity
    Business Insider

    Russians living near base where Putin's doomsday missile may have exploded last year warned ahead of new military activity

    AP Photo/Sergei Yakovlev Russian residents of Nyonoksa, a town near a secretive Arctic weapons testing site, were warned Sunday that they are in the "danger zone" and were given the opportunity to evacuate the area ahead of new military activity. The Nyonoksa weapons testing site is where a mysterious explosion took place last August. The prevailing view is that the blast involved the Burevestnik, one of the doomsday weapons that Russian President Vladimir Putin unveiled in 2018.

  • Trump administration refusing to let Dr Fauci appear on CBS show, host says
    The Independent

    Trump administration refusing to let Dr Fauci appear on CBS show, host says

    CBS News host Margaret Brennan has claimed that the Trump administration has prevented Dr Anthony Fauci from appearing on her show for three months. The moderator of CBS' Face the Nation, claimed on the show on Sunday that the administration had not approved an interview with Dr Fauci since 5 April. Dr Fauci, one of the country's top infectious disease experts and part of the US government's coronavirus task force, has appeared on various other networks over the last few months to discuss the coronavirus crisis, according to Newsweek.

  • South Dakota governor, exposed to virus, joined Trump on jet
    Associated Press

    South Dakota governor, exposed to virus, joined Trump on jet

    Shortly after fireworks above Mount Rushmore disappeared into the night sky on Friday, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem accompanied President Donald Trump aboard Air Force One despite having had close contact with Trump's son's girlfriend, who had tested positive for the coronavirus. Trump has been in a position all along to encounter a virus that spreads from people who don't feel sick, such as Noem, who had interacted closely at a campaign fundraiser with Donald Trump Jr.'s girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle, who turned out to be infected. Noem didn't wear a mask on the plane and chatted with the president as the flight returned to Washington, D.C., according to her spokesperson, Maggie Seidel.

  • 1 killed, 1 injured after car hits protesters on closed Seattle highway
    USA TODAY

    1 killed, 1 injured after car hits protesters on closed Seattle highway

    A 27-year-old Seattle man was arrested Saturday after his white Jaguar struck two women during a protest along a closed stretch of Interstate 5 in downtown Seattle, killing one and critically injuring another, state police said. The driver, Dawit Kelete, of Seattle, was booked on two counts of vehicular assault and denied bail. Troopers did not know whether the incident was a targeted attack, but impairment was not considered a factor, Washington State Patrol Capt. Ron Mead said.