MorningLine: Nashville in The Age Of The Virus P.3

Both the United States and the whole world are reeling from the unprecedented dangers and challenges from the coronavirus. But Nashville faces even more difficulties after suffering a devastating tornado on March 3 that inflicted major damages on neighborhoods across the city and claimed two lives. Nashville also faces challenges with its city finances still fragile and critical decisions about to be made as Metro government faces perhaps its most difficult budget process ever. As a group, nobody is more plugged into our city than the 40 members of the Metro Council. Two of the county-wide elected members of that body join us this week on INSIDE POLITICS to discuss all these challenges. They are Bob Mendes and Steve Glover. We thank them for joining us and hope you will tune in for an insightful conversation.

  • Night of rage on Pennsylvania Avenue as protesters clash with Secret Service in front of the White House
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    Night of rage on Pennsylvania Avenue as protesters clash with Secret Service in front of the White House

    The barricades in front of the White House were breached in the wee hours of Saturday morning as the wave of protests that has swept the nation following the death of George Floyd quite literally hit President Trump's doorstep. Hundreds of protesters marched through the nation's capital and made their way to Pennsylvania Avenue early Saturday morning where they engaged in hours of violent clashes with Secret Service officers before being dispersed with pepper spray. Hundreds of protesters moved through Washington, D.C., on Friday evening as part of the nationwide backlash against the killing of George Floyd, who died after being taken into police custody in Minneapolis.

  • Israel police kill Palestinian they mistakenly thought was armed
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    Israel police kill Palestinian they mistakenly thought was armed

    Israeli police in annexed east Jerusalem on Saturday shot dead a disabled Palestinian they mistakenly thought was armed with a pistol, prompting furious condemnation from the Palestinians. The incident happened in the alleys of the walled Old City near Lions' Gate, an access point mainly used by Palestinians. "Police units on patrol there spotted a suspect with a suspicious object that looked like a pistol," an Israeli police statement said.

  • EU urges U.S. to reconsider decision to cut ties with WHO
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    EU urges U.S. to reconsider decision to cut ties with WHO

    The European Union urged the United States on Saturday to reconsider its decision to cut ties with the World Health Organization over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic. "In this context, we urge the U.S. to reconsider its announced decision," they said a day after President Donald Trump announced the move, accusing the U.N. agency of becoming a puppet of China. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas also condemned the move and pledged intensive talks with Washington on the issue.

  • Letters to the Editor: Stacey Abrams lost in Georgia, but she could lift Biden as his VP.
    Los Angeles Times Opinion

    Letters to the Editor: Stacey Abrams lost in Georgia, but she could lift Biden as his VP.

    To the editor: I like what columnist Jonah Goldberg has to say about Joe Biden's potential picks for vice president, yet I disagree with his assessment of former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams. Abrams is a winner. Maybe it behooves Goldberg to take a second look at Abrams and her qualifications.

  • Israeli forces shot and killed an autistic Palestinian man in Jerusalem as he walked to special needs school
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    Israeli forces shot and killed an autistic Palestinian man in Jerusalem as he walked to special needs school

    Israeli forces shot and killed an unarmed autistic Palestinian man on his way to a special needs school in Jerusalem's Old City on Saturday, prompting comparisons to the police violence in the US and accusations of excessive force by Israeli forces. In a statement, Israeli police said they spotted a suspect “with a suspicious object that looked like a pistol” and opened fire on 32-year-old Iyad Halak, when he failed to stop. Israel's Channel 12 news station said members of the paramilitary border forces fired at Mr Halak's legs and chased him into an alley.

  • Coronavirus: Brazil now fourth-highest nation in Covid-19 deaths
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    Coronavirus: Brazil now fourth-highest nation in Covid-19 deaths

    The number of coronavirus fatalities in Brazil has risen by almost 1,000 in a day, making the country's overall death toll the world's fourth highest. Its figure of 28,834 has now surpassed France, and only the US, the UK and Italy have recorded more deaths. President Jair Bolsonaro has consistently played down the outbreak, although the country has the world's second-highest number of cases.

  • Cuomo pleads for calm after night of statewide protests
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    Cuomo pleads for calm after night of statewide protests

    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo used his daily coronavirus briefing on Sunday to plead for calm after a night of unrest in cities throughout the state. "Violence never works," Cuomo said. Mr. Floyd wasn't even charged or accused of a violent crime.

  • The coronavirus has killed over 100,000 people in the US in just 4 months. This chart shows how that compares to other common causes of death.
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    The coronavirus has killed over 100,000 people in the US in just 4 months. This chart shows how that compares to other common causes of death.

    Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images The novel coronavirus has killed over 100,000 Americans in just the four months since the first confirmed case in the country. To put that into perspective, we compared that death toll to the average number of deaths from several common causes between February and May of recent years. While heart disease and cancer typically kill around 200,000 Americans in those months, the coronavirus has been far deadlier than several other common causes of death, including car accidents and influenza.

  • Journalists Under Attack Show How Trump’s Hate for the Press Has Spread
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    Journalists Under Attack Show How Trump’s Hate for the Press Has Spread

    Journalists have been attacked all over the world while on the job covering protests for years, but never like they were this week in the United States during the George Floyd protests. At least half a dozen incidences of arrests and attacks were reported in protests across the United States this weekend. Others got less attention, like Los Angeles Times reporter Molly Hennessy-Fiske getting pelted with rubber bullets and tear gas or the two Los Angeles Times photographers who were briefly taken into custody.

  • A black congresswoman was pepper-sprayed by police while marching with George Floyd protesters in Ohio
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    A black congresswoman was pepper-sprayed by police while marching with George Floyd protesters in Ohio

    Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Congresswoman Joyce Beatty represents Ohio's 3rd Congressional District in the House of Representatives. While marching in a protest regarding the death of George Floyd, Beatty, who is black, tried to deescalate a confrontation between protesters and police and was hit with pepper spray. "While it was peaceful, there were times when people got off the curb, into the streets, but too much force is not the answer to this," Beatty said.

  • Coronavirus live updates: Trump says U.S. will end support for WHO, as death toll nears 103,000
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    Coronavirus live updates: Trump says U.S. will end support for WHO, as death toll nears 103,000

    As the U.S. death toll neared 103,000, President Donald Trump announced that the U.S. would end its support for the World Health Organization charging it didn't respond adequately to the coronavirus pandemic because of China's "total control" over the U.N. agency. Trump said Chinese officials "ignored" their reporting obligations to the WHO and pressured the agency to mislead the world when the virus was first discovered. It was not clear how Trump planned to withhold the funds, much of which are directed by congressional appropriation.

  • Venezuela raises fuel prices after arrival of Iranian oil tankers
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    Venezuela raises fuel prices after arrival of Iranian oil tankers

    Venezuela will increase fuel prices in June, the president said, putting a limit on state subsidies that for decades had allowed citizens to fill their gas tanks virtually for free. Although the country has huge oil reserves, production has collapsed and Venezuelans are facing dire shortages -- exacerbated by the impact of COVID-19 on the economy. Under the changes, which will come into force on June 1, drivers will be allowed up to 120 liters of gasoline a month and up to 60 liters for motorbikes at a subsidized price of 5,000 bolivars (US$0.025) per liter.

  • Reuters

    As Minneapolis rioters set buildings ablaze, grocer pleads to save his stores

    At a little past midnight on Saturday as smoke billowed and flames rose from the tops of a nearby bank and a post office building, Minneapolis grocery store owner Mohammad Abdi knew he had a critical business decision to make. Either go out into the street and confront the dangerous vandals and looters who were preparing to torch his Tawakal Halal Grocery or standby and watch them destroy his livelihood. "I told them this is my business, this is my building, please don't do it," he said late on Saturday morning, pointing to the alcove in the front of his building where footprints remained from the looters, who were armed with accelerant.

  • Boris Johnson blocks Corbyn’s recommendation for John Bercow peerage
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    Boris Johnson blocks Corbyn’s recommendation for John Bercow peerage

    Boris Johnson has blocked Jeremy Corbyn's recommendation for John Bercow to receive a peerage over allegations of bullying by the former Speaker. Downing Street said it would not approve Labour's nomination of Mr Bercow for elevation to the upper chamber because there are outstanding concerns about his “propriety”. Karie Murphy, Mr Corbyn's former chief of staff, was also blocked for appointment to the Lords over an Equalities and Human Rights Commission investigation into alleged institutional anti-Semitism in the Labour Party.

  • Israeli police probe false claims in case against PM's wife
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    Israeli police probe false claims in case against PM's wife

    Israeli police on Sunday said they were investigating whether two employees at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's official residence gave false testimony in a civil case against his wife, Sara Netanyahu — reportedly in order to help her fend off accusations of mistreating a housekeeper. Sara Netanyahu faces a civil lawsuit from former employee Shira Raban, who claims the premier's wife mistreated her during a brief stint working at the residence. Israeli police confirmed an investigation "is being conducted with the approval of the Attorney General and the supervision of the State Attorney's Office.”

  • Cuomo says N.Y. attorney general will review night of violent protests
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    Cuomo says N.Y. attorney general will review night of violent protests

    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo addressed the protests that roiled the nation overnight in response to the death of George Floyd during his daily briefing about the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic. Cuomo noted the virus was ravaging predominantly minority communities, and connected health inequities to the nationwide protests. Cuomo commented on the death of Floyd, an unarmed black man killed in police company, as well as other black Americans killed by police officers.

  • Louisville police appear to shoot pepper rounds at reporters
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    Louisville police appear to shoot pepper rounds at reporters

    Footage from Wave 3 local news in Louisville, Ky. appears to show police shooting pepper rounds directly at news crew.

  • Burkina Faso gunmen 'kill dozens' at cattle market in Kompienga
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    Burkina Faso gunmen 'kill dozens' at cattle market in Kompienga

    Some 30 people have been killed in eastern Burkina Faso in a gun attack on a cattle market, reports say. Gunmen on motorbikes fired into the crowded market in Kompienga town around lunchtime on Saturday, eyewitnesses and residents said. It is unclear who was behind the attack, but Burkina Faso has seen a recent sharp rise in jihadist violence and inter-communal clashes.

  • 'You're not going to out-concern me and out-care me': Atlanta's mayor makes a powerful plea against violence and destruction in George Floyd protests
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    'You're not going to out-concern me and out-care me': Atlanta's mayor makes a powerful plea against violence and destruction in George Floyd protests

    Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms urged protesters to "go home" after some shattered the glass entrance to the local headquarters of CNN, which also houses a police precinct. "This is not a protest," Bottoms said. Bottoms cited her own experience as a mother of black children, telling protesters, "You're not going to out-concern me and out-care me about where we are in America."

  • Trump’s campaign tries to recapture its magic on the virtual campaign trail. Will it succeed? 
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    Trump’s campaign tries to recapture its magic on the virtual campaign trail. Will it succeed? 

    There are backlit billboards announcing the upcoming campaign event for President Trump. Outside a large arena footage of Trump plays on giant screens as supporters chant “Four more years!” Inside the arena, Trump's surrogates appear on a large Jumbotron as the crowd roars. While rallies had been Trump's trademark prior to the public health crisis, his reelection team has embraced virtual events and believes they provide a major advantage over his Democratic rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, on the “digital campaign trail.”

  • Brazil virus death toll hits 28,834, surpassing hard-hit France
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    Brazil virus death toll hits 28,834, surpassing hard-hit France

    Brasília (AFP) - Brazil on Saturday reached 28,834 coronavirus fatalities, authorities said, surpassing hard-hit France and becoming the country with the world's fourth-highest death toll. At the epicenter of South America's coronavirus outbreak, Brazil also saw an increase of 33,274 cases in the past 24 hours -- a new daily record, the Health Ministry said. Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro remain the hardest-hit states in Brazil in terms of sheer numbers, while per capita rates are higher in the country's impoverished north and northeast, where health facilities are reaching capacity.

  • Ken Starr on 3rd degree murder charges against ex-police officer in death of George Floyd
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    Ken Starr on 3rd degree murder charges against ex-police officer in death of George Floyd

    Judge Ken Starr reacts to the George Floyd case and protests on 'CAVUTO Live.

  • France, Britain, Germany 'regret' U.S. end to Iran nuclear waivers
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    France, Britain, Germany 'regret' U.S. end to Iran nuclear waivers

    France, Germany and Britain on Saturday criticised a U.S. decision to end sanctions waivers allowing work on Iranian nuclear sites designed to prevent weapons development. "We deeply regret the U.S. decision to end the three waivers," the three European countries said in a joint statement. "These projects, endorsed by U.N. Security Council Resolution 2231, serve the non-proliferation interests of all and provide the international community with assurances of the exclusively peaceful and safe nature of Iranian nuclear activities."

  • 'They didn't start the situation': NYC mayor defends police after NYPD trucks drive into protesters
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    'They didn't start the situation': NYC mayor defends police after NYPD trucks drive into protesters

    New York Mayor Bill de Blasio defended the New York City Police Department after a pair of the force's SUVs drove into a crowd during Saturday's protest against George Floyd's death. De Blasio reacted after videos were posted to social media, which showed protestors moving a yellow barrier in front a police vehicle in Brooklyn. Protestors threw traffic cones and other items at the SUV as a second vehicle arrived and slowly drove through the crowd forming around it.

  • Philippine police arrest 90 Chinese for illegal gambling
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    Philippine police arrest 90 Chinese for illegal gambling

    Philippine police have arrested 90 Chinese for allegedly running an online gambling hub without permits and for violating quarantine restrictions, officials said Sunday. Police made the mass arrests Friday after spotting some of the suspects converging closely without face masks outside a rented apartment in violation of quarantine restrictions, in Cavite province south of Manila. The suspects ran into the apartment, where police discovered the gambling operation, officials said.