Dan Koob reports.
Dan Koob reports.
Republican governor Larry Hogan of Maryland claimed Donald Trump disparaged the people of South Korea in front of his wife, who is South Korean. Mr Hogan made the claims in a Washington Post editorial savaging Mr Trump's leadership during the coronavirus pandemic. According to Mr Hogan, the remarks were made during a private dinner hosted by the Republican Governors Association.
A former police officer in New Mexico was charged Thursday with second-degree murder after authorities said he killed a Latino detainee he had placed in a chokehold. State Attorney General Hector Balderas said he filed the charges against former Las Cruces police officer Christopher Smelser in the death of Antonio Valenzuela. Police say Smelser applied the chokehold after a foot chase in February when Valenzuela fled during a traffic stop.
Others were more critical, saying Harris' genuine anguish over Biden's remarks on working with Southern senators was overshadowed when she raised another issue, school busing, and then muddled their differences and undercut her attack. Some Biden backers, meantime, continue to nurse hard feelings, believing Harris — who was good friends with Biden's late son, Beau — unfairly blindsided him. They have lobbied against selection of California's junior senator, one of half a dozen or so women floated as potential running mates.
A once obscure internet debate over the limits of free speech and the rise of what critics call “cancel culture” has, somewhat improbably, become a significant 2020 campaign issue. President Trump tapped into conservative worries about cancel culture — the notion that everyone from intellectuals to everyday citizens can be “canceled” and see their lives upended if they become the target of an online “mob” — in a July 3 speech at Mount Rushmore. Cancel culture, the president insisted, is “the very definition of totalitarianism.”
Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein's former girlfriend who is accused of helping him sexually abuse underage girls, could incriminate "very well-known" people, said Virginia Roberts Giuffre, one of Epstein's alleged victims. Giuffre called Maxwell "the mastermind" behind the alleged sex trafficking. Maxwell is facing criminal charges arising from allegations that she facilitated and participated in some of Epstein's alleged sex crimes.
The Republican leader in the U.S. House of Representatives introduced legislation on Thursday that would cut federal aid to state and local governments if they do not protect statues, after protesters attacked monuments to people who owned slaves or fought for the Confederacy. "It is wrong to erase our history," House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said in a statement, criticizing "left-wing mobs" who have attacked statues across the United States. Under his bill, introduced with fellow Republican Representatives Jim Jordan and Sam Graves, some federal funds would be withheld if local governments do not "restore order or arrest rioters."
Florida's former top coronavirus data scientist filed a whistleblower complaint Thursday against the Health Department, accusing the agency of firing her in retaliation for refusing to manipulate data to support the push to reopen Florida after months of quarantine. The complaint by former agency data manager Rebekah Jones targets Gov. Ron DeSantis directly. "These efforts to falsify the numbers are a pattern and practice in Florida government that goes on to this day," Jones' Tallahassee attorney, Rick Johnson, said in a statement.
The White House press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, criticized Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Thursday, described her as "derelict" when it comes to dealing with crime. "The derelict mayor of Chicago should step up and ask for help, because she's doing a very poor job of securing her streets," McEnany said. The White House press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, criticized Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Thursday, describing the Midwesterner as "derelict" when it comes to dealing with crime in her city.
Sudan says River Nile water levels have dropped as a reservoir behind Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance dam has filled up, hitting out at "any unilateral actions taken by any party". Egypt has also demanded "quick official clarification" from Ethiopia. Both Sudan and Egypt are downstream, and fear the large dam will greatly reduce their access to water.
For the second time in two years, a democratic socialist upstart from the Bronx has knocked a powerful Democratic congressman from office. In the Tuesday primary for New York's 16th Congressional District, progressive challenger Jamaal Bowman defeated Rep. Eliot Engel, the chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, according to the Associated Press. The win, which took nearly one month to tally, all but ensures Bowman's place in Congress next year.
A homeless man died of a spinal injury 10 days after he was goaded into doing a backflip for $6, the Las Vegas police said. The police arrested a 28-year-old man who they say had livestreamed the entire incident and could be heard telling viewers he offered the man cash for the stunt. Keonte Jones was booked into a local jail on Tuesday on a felony charge of willfully disregarding a person's safety, according to the police.
Kentucky businessman and Democrat Party stalwart Jerry Lundergan was sentenced on Thursday to 21 months in prison for making illegal contributions to the failed U.S. Senate campaign of his daughter, former Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes. Prosecutors said Lundergan, 73, orchestrated a scheme to funnel more than $200,000 in illegal contributions to Grimes' 2014 campaign against Republican Mitch McConnell. They alleged he either paid for campaign services directly and didn't seek reimbursement or paid costs through a co-defendant, Dale Emmons.
French authorities are opening an investigation into accusations of complicity in acts of torture against the powerful crown prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, sources said Friday. Multiple sources with knowledge of the case told AFP that a French investigating magistrate had been mandated to take on the probe, which will notably look at acts allegedly committed in the war in Yemen. An initial investigation had been opened in October 2019 against the prince, who is known as MBZ, after two complaints were filed when he came to Paris on an official visit in November 2018.
A Senate committee investigating Hunter Biden turns its focus to getting testimony from current and former associates of Joe Biden; former Deputy Assistant Attorney General Tom Dupree reacts.
Rep. Justin Amash, I-Mich., confirmed Thursday night that won't be seeking re-election to Congress this year. Amash also retweeted a report from The Detroit News that said he wasn't campaigning for re-election. In April, Amash said in an interview with Reason magazine that he didn't intend to return to his congressional campaign because he was focused on running for president.
Florida's record-setting spike in COVID-19 cases hasn't stopped visitors from partying in Miami Beach, which its mayor, Dan Gelber, calls "the epicenter of the epicenter." While the fact that Miami is a tourist hot spot is typically a positive, it's exactly the opposite at a time when the city has more than 69,000 cases, the most of any Florida county and more than twice as much as neighboring Broward, the next on the list, according to USA TODAY data. Florida has recorded more than 77,000 cases in the past week alone and over 300,000 in all. The state – all on its own – has more infections than the United Kingdom or Spain, reports The Tallahassee Democrat, part of the USA TODAY Network.
NASA has once again delayed the launch of its long-awaited, super-powerful space observatory, the James Webb Space Telescope. The telescope, projected to cost nearly $10 billion, will scan the skies for life-hosting planets, examine our galaxy's supermassive black hole, and study the afterglow of the Big Bang. NASA's next-generation space telescope won't launch until Halloween of 2021, yet another delay in the spacecraft's drawn-out development.
For fish inhabiting the immense darkness of the deep sea, being ultra-black offers great camouflage in a fish-eat-fish world. Scientists studying some of these exotic creatures now have unraveled the secret behind their extreme color. These fish - like the fangtooth, the Pacific blackdragon, the anglerfish and the black swallower - have modified the shape, size and packing of the pigment in their skin to the point that it reflects less than 0.5% of light that hits it, researchers said on Thursday.
Donald Trump has shaken up his campaign staff amid falling poll numbers less than four months before the US presidential election, replacing his campaign manager Brad Parscale with veteran Republican operative Bill Stepien. The New York District Attorney's office has told Donald Trump's legal team to "bring it on" in regards to their challenge to a subpoena for access to the president's tax returns. Meanwhile, China has accused the US of "gangster logic" after Mr Trump ordered an end to Hong Kong's special status in US law in response to Beijing's imposition of new security legislation on the territory.
The Minneapolis City Council on Friday declared racism a public health emergency, a move that comes after weeks of unrest following the police custody death of George Floyd in May that sparked national outrage. The council approved a resolution that states the city of Minneapolis will recognize “the severe impact of racism on the well-being of residents and city overall and allocate funding, staff, and additional resources to actively engage in racial equity in order to name, reverse, and repair the harm done” to black, Indigenous and people of color. “Racism has various forms including historical, individual, systemic and that has not only continued to present day, but has been institutionalized to ensure the concentration of material, power and resources into the hands of white bodied individuals,” reads the resolution, written by council members Andrea Jenkins and Phillipe Cunningham.