Lauren Casey and Alecia Reid report.
Lauren Casey and Alecia Reid report.
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway urged President Donald Trump on Friday to resume giving regular coronavirus briefings, claiming his sinking approval ratings on the pandemic will surge if the public hears from him daily on the crisis. Amid a bevy of recent polls showing the vast majority of the American public strongly disapproves of the president's handling of the virus that's killed nearly 140,000 Americans, Conway appeared on the president's favorite morning show Fox & Friends to react to the current surge in coronavirus cases. After Conway brushed off the spike in cases as “hotspot surges” while assuring the Fox audience that the White House had the virus under control, co-host Steve Doocy wondered aloud why the president's ratings were “underwater” on coronavirus.
Georgia Rep. John Lewis died on Friday at the age of 80, leaving his longtime seat in the US House of Representatives vacant. Lewis was up for re-election in November, and now Democrats have to find a replacement on the ballot. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has 10 days to declare a date for a special election to allow voters to choose a replacement for Kemp until his term ends in January 2021, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Jared Siskin/Getty Images The National Museum for African American History and Culture removed a chart listing "whiteness" attributes after receiving criticism from Donald Trump Jr and conservative media. The chart listed "hard work," "respecting authority," and "objective, rational linear thinking" as some of the attributes of "white dominant culture, or whiteness." Donald Trump Jr. criticized the graphic earlier this week, tweeting: "These aren't 'white' values.
Three Florida men were fatally beaten and shot while on their way to fish in a remote area late Friday night, according to Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd. During a media briefing near the scene on Lake Streety Road on Saturday morning, Judd identified the victims as Damion Tillman, 23, Keven Springfield, 30, and Brandon Rollins, 27. The three men had been friends for years, Judd said, adding the families of the victims gave police permission to release their names.
Goldberg told Yahoo News' “Skullduggery” podcast that she is frustrated by people who “hold themselves up as free speech defenders and yet also are kind of willing to proscribe the speech of people that they really disagree with. So one of the things that has really frustrated people about Bari, for example, is her attitude towards pro-Palestinian speech and towards the advocacy of causes that I think she [Weiss] holds in contempt. Goldberg expressed sadness over the bullying, saying she doesn't know how Weiss tolerated it.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivered more good news Saturday in the state's ongoing fight battle against COVID-19 while expressing his dismay over the growing number of cases in the nation's hot spots. The latest statewide New York numbers continued to decline, with the number of hospitalized patients down by 22 on Friday compared to the day before. Another 94 New Yorkers were discharged from hospitals, boosting that figure to 72,064 statewide, Cuomo said.
A former Arizona prosecutor known for winning a conviction in the Jodi Arias murder case agreed on Friday to be disbarred in an ethics case in which he was accused of sharing the identity of an Arias juror and sexually harassing female law clerks in his office.
The ship that burned for days in San Diego this week is stable enough to go undergo repairs, but the Navy must decide whether it should invest the time and money to save a decades-old vessel, the service's top officer said. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday said the Navy is launching three investigations into the ship fire aboard the amphibious assault ship Bonhomme Richard. Gilday went out to California on Friday to visit the ship that caught fire Sunday at Naval Base San Diego.
Repentant bandits in Nigeria's north-western state of Zamfara are being offered two cows for every AK-47 they surrender. It is an attempt to encourage them to give up a life of crime and live a normal life as responsible citizens, Zamfara Governor Bello Matawalle said. Motorcycle-riding armed bandits have been terrorising the state.
When Ricardo Alvarado went grocery shopping this week, he had a list of items to buy, but he steered clear of anything from Goya Foods. A performing artist based in New York City, Alvarado is boycotting Goya Foods. The CEO of Goya Foods, Robert Unanue, plunged the company into turmoil last week when he praised President Donald Trump at an event announcing the White House Hispanic Prosperity Initiative.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot called Kayleigh McEnany “Karen” in response to an insult the Press Secretary made against her in a White House briefing. At a press briefing on Thursday Ms McEnany branded Mayor Lightfoot “the derelict mayor of Chicago” when answering a question on police brutality. Hey, Karen.
The coronavirus pandemic has infected nearly 14 million people in a matter of months, and scientists are racing to develop a vaccine at record speed. To gain some perspective on what researchers developing a coronavirus vaccine are up against, here's how long it took to develop vaccines for other infectious diseases throughout history. Across the world, scientists have been working at record speed to develop a successful vaccine for the novel coronavirus, which has already infected more than 13 million people and killed at least 593,000 worldwide.
The three white men charged with the murder of a Black jogger in south Georgia pleaded not guilty Friday morning in Chatham County Superior Court, in a case that spurred a national outcry after cellphone video of the shooting appeared on the internet. Ahmaud Arbery, 25, who was killed on Feb. 23 just outside the coastal town of Brunswick, became a touchstone in cross-country protests over racial and social justice in the United States. A former law enforcement officer, Gregory McMichael, 64, and his son Travis, 34, are charged with murder and aggravated assault.
CNN anchor Poppy Harlow on Friday shut down Trump campaign spokesperson Mercedes Schlapp over the president's handling of the coronavirus pandemic, pointing out how many times the president has said the virus that's killed nearly 140,000 Americans would just “go away” and “disappear. In a contentious 15-minute CNN interview, Schlapp was steamrolled almost immediately by Harlow, who came prepared with a list of facts to push back on the Trump flack's inevitable spin. After tangling over the issue of mask mandates and how experts show they could stem the spread of the disease, Harlow brought up a patient who recently died, noting he expressed regret for believing coronavirus was a hoax.
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.
At least 14 people have died in the latest round of seasonal rains and flooding in southern China, as soldiers and workers built makeshift barriers with sandbags and rocks Saturday to keep the Yangtze River and its tributaries at bay. Three floodgates of the Three Gorges Dam that spans the Yangtze were opened as the water level behind the massive dam rose more than 15 meters (50 feet) above flood level, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. The dam was holding back about 45% of the water, Xinhua said, citing China Three Gorges Corp.
Brandon Bell/Getty Images Minneapolis City Council approved a resolution to declare racism as a public health emergency to "eliminate racial disparities" for marginalized community members on Friday. The resolution was created by council members Andrea Jenkins and Phillipe Cunningham as a call for action for the city government to end racism and build "an active, anti-racist culture in the City of Minneapolis." "It's past time that we begin to address these systemic issues that have been plaguing our society for decades," said Jenkins, according to the report.
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.
And Mary Trump says racist and anti-Semitic comments were "commonplace" in her family growing up. Here's what we're watching this Friday morning. This is real': Doctors, nurses who helped New York with coronavirus surge warn their home states Medical professionals from across the country rushed to New York City when it became the center of the pandemic in the U.S. in March and April, but now they are alarmedby what they're seeing in their own backyards as their home states report record numbers of cases.
Authorities who study extremism told Congress Thursday that far-right groups, not the radicals of antifa, currently pose the most serious threat of political violence in America — including attacks on the police. Beirich was called to testify Thursday as part of a virtual hearing of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Intelligence & Counterterrorism, along with JJ MacNab, a fellow at George Washington University's Program on Extremism, and John Donohue, the former chief of strategic initiatives for the New York City Police Department and a fellow at Rutgers University's Miller Center for Community Protection and Resilience. The subject of the hearing, led by subcommittee Chairman Max Rose, D-N.Y., was “assessing the threat of accelerationists and militia extremists,” such as members of the so-called boogaloo movement, which has recently become the subject of increased national interest following the arrests of several alleged boogaloo members on charges mostly related to violent actions or plots relating to the Black Lives Matter protests.