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Democratic leaders on Sunday roundly condemned President Trump's set of executive orders bypassing Congress on coronavirus relief. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi began a “Fox News Sunday” interview by saying she agreed with Republican Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska that Trump's actions were “unconstitutional slop. Pelosi said the “kindest thing I could say” after looking at Trump's executive orders was that he “doesn't know what he's talking about.
In over two centuries of American presidential politics, just three women and only one person of color have ever been on a major party presidential ticket. This year's Democratic nominee for vice president will join this small club and has a very real shot at becoming the first woman to hold one of the top two most powerful positions in U.S. politics. Selecting a woman nominee is not an act of sacrifice for Joe Biden's presidential campaign.
For more than nine months, five of them during a global pandemic, a 26-year-old woman named Chelsea Becker has been sitting in Kings County Jail, under a $2 million bail, for giving birth to a stillborn baby. Becker has been there since November, when police arrested her and prosecutors charged her with murder. The District Attorney argued that Becker's methamphetamine addiction had caused the stillbirth, citing a 50-year-old law that civil rights advocates say was never supposed to apply to pregnant women.
An estimated quarter of a million bikers descended on the small South Dakota town of Sturgis in the largest mass gathering in the US since the start of the coronavirus outbreak. They pressed ahead with the rally, which has been an annual event since 1938, despite fears that the gathering could trigger a Covid-19 outbreak not only among the bikers but also among the town's population of just under 7,000. Social distancing and masks were largely noticeable by their absence as the bikers started arriving en masse over the weekend.
Early in the coronavirus pandemic, the Department of Defense's approval of military facilities for quarantine use was theorized to be much more than a public health effort. "A coming digital 5G biometric tracking surveillance CHECKPOINT service that accesses your entire data from financial status, tax history, social credit score, social media ranking, watch history, sexual preference, political views, will be monitored by armed militarized CDC police will determine who is desirable for society and who goes to camp," an Instagram post by user liftingtheveilofficial claims. The post, from early in the pandemic but viral well into late spring, also incorporates copied text from a February Daily Mail UK article that claims the Pentagon has approved "11 quarantine camps on military bases near major airports across the US in anticipation of an influx of American citizens returning from China in need of monitoring for the deadly coronavirus that is now being called COVID-19."
A fire inside a police union building led authorities in Portland, Ore. to declare a riot and turn protesters away from the offices as demonstrations continue in the city after federal agents withdrew more than a week ago.
Urgent efforts increased in Mauritius on Monday to empty a stranded Japanese ship of an estimated 2,500 tons of oil before the vessel breaks up and increases the contamination of the island's once-pristine coastline. Already more than 1,000 tons of the fuel has washed up on the eastern coast of Mauritius, polluting its coral reefs, protected lagoons and shoreline. High winds and waves are pounding the Japanese bulk carrier MV Wakashio, which ran aground on a coral reef two weeks ago and is showing signs of breaking up and dumping its remaining cargo of oil into the Indian Ocean waters surrounding Mauritius.
APU GOMES/AFP via Getty Images More than 12,000 cruise ship crew members are still at sea months after the novel coronavirus pandemic disrupted the industry and halted US cruise lines, USA TODAY reported. The number is a dramatic decrease from reports in April that up to 80,000 crew members were stuck on 120 cruise ships on US waters as the country saw rapid climbs in outbreaks. Brittany Panetta, a spokesperson for the US Coast Guard, told the outlet that they are "tracking 57 cruise ships moored, at anchor, or underway in vicinity of a US port, or with potential to arrive in a US port, with approximately 12,084 crew members."
New Zealand has gone 100 days without recording a locally transmitted Covid-19 case, a milestone that has both been welcomed and brought warnings against complacency. The last case of community transmission was detected on 1 May, days after the country started easing its lockdown. New Zealand has fared better than other countries, recording 1,219 confirmed cases and 22 deaths since the virus arrived in late February.
Donald Trump lashed out on Monday at a Republican senator who is criticising recent executive orders the president says would provide relief to those out of work due to the coronavirus and protect some from being evicted. Mr Trump used a Monday morning tweet to call Nebraska GOP Senator Ben Sasse a "RINO," short for "Republican in name only," and mocked him over his last Senate campaign. "RINO Ben Sasse, who needed my support and endorsement in order to get the Republican nomination for Senate from the GREAT State of Nebraska, has, now that he's got it (Thank you President T), gone rogue, again," the president tweeted.
Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden is expected to announce his running mate this week, teasing a reporter on Sunday by asking, "Are you ready?" Biden has said he will choose a woman as his vice presidential pick, with Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif. and former National Security Adviser Susan Rice having emerged as frontrunners.
A federal court in Florida has ruled that it is unconstitutional for schools to ban transgender students from using the restroom that matches their gender identity. Judges of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit announced on Friday that they are affirming a lower court's ruling on the matter because "a public school may not punish its students for gender nonconformity." The case was centered around Drew Adams, a 19-year-old former student of Allen D. Nease High School in Ponte Vedra, Florida.
Americans are renouncing their U.S. citizenship in record numbers in 2020, according to a report by Bambridge Accountants New York. More than twice the number of Americans have given up their U.S. citizenship in the first half of 2020 compared to the entirety of 2019, the report said. In the first six months of this year, 5,816 Americans expatriated, according to the report.
Fact check: Document claiming to show CDC guidance about various types of masks is a fake On COVID-19 particle size Dr. Amy Price, a research scientist at Stanford University who was involved in changes to World Health Organization mask guidelines, told Stanford Medicine that masks could impact how far viral particles can travel. The droplets that carry the viral particles are also larger in size than the virus itself, she noted. Many people argue that cloth masks can't be effective because they can't filter out viral particles, which are extremely tiny,” she said.
A gas explosion tore through a Baltimore neighborhood on Monday, killing at least one person, injuring four and trapping children as the blast destroyed at least three homes, firefighters and media said. The Baltimore Sun reported it was a natural gas explosion, citing fire officials, but said the exact cause remained unknown. The blast destroyed three brick row homes and ripped open the wall of another, spreading debris throughout the neighborhood as rescuers picked through a pile of rubble, searching for victims, news pictures showed.
The Israeli military said late Sunday that it struck a Hamas target in the northern Gaza Strip in response to the continued launches of explosives-laden balloons from the Palestinian territory into Israel. In a brief statement, the army said an aircraft struck a Hamas observation post in northern Gaza. Israel and Hamas have fought three wars and numerous smaller flareups since the Islamic militant group seized control of Gaza in 2007.
The Louisville Metro Police Department said Sunday that protesters would no longer be allowed to march on public streets, and must stick to the sidewalks. A police spokesperson said the restrictions were in response to increasingly "aggressive behavior" by protesters over the past week. Protests have taken place in the Kentucky city every night for more than 70 days, in response to the police killing of Breonna Taylor in her home.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., would like to inject more money into some level of unemployment insurance and another round of grants and low-interest loans for small businesses, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., wants expiring unemployment benefits extended and another set of stimulus checks sent out. With the S&P 500 stock index at just 1 percent below its February high at the close of business Friday, there was no urgency among the donor class that tends to be heard first, most often and last on Capitol Hill.
Gunmen have attacked a group of aid workers in Niger, killing six French citizens, their local guide and driver, officials say. The gunmen arrived on motorcycles and opened fire, the governor of Tillabéri region, Tidjani Ibrahim, told the French news agency AFP. They were in the Koure region, which attracts tourists who want to see the last herds of giraffe in West Africa.
New Zealand just marked 100 days with no new domestic COVID-19 cases. All restrictions on New Zealand businesses were lifted by June, but its borders remain closed to outside visitors. Now, bars, restaurants, and sporting events are open for business across New Zealand — but health officials say they're staying vigilant for another possible outbreak.
Jimmy Lai, a 72-year-old media tycoon and activist who is a vocal critic of the Chinese Communist Party, was arrested early Monday, accused of colluding with foreign forces, The Washington Post reports. This is a crime under Hong Kong's new national security law that aims to stifle dissent, and anyone found guilty could receive life in prison. Lai's company, Next Digital, publishes the Apple Daily, a pro-democracy newspaper, and a person familiar with the matter said several company executives were also arrested on Monday, the Post reports.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine tested positive for COVID-19 Thursday using a rapid test – conducted as part of protocol to greet President Donald Trump at Cleveland's Burke Lakefront Airport. Two PCR tests taken later that day ultimately found DeWine tested negative. "This is the same PCR test that has been used over 1.6 million times in Ohio by hospitals and labs all over the state,” DeWine said in a released statement soon after the second test's results were released.
Though five repatriation flights for crew members have left since April, the company either did not respond to his pleas or said his repatriation was impossible at the time. After receiving questions from the Miami Herald on Friday about Córdova's situation, the company indicated it is going to send him home on Sept. We have been working with Mr. Córdova to get him home in a challenging international travel environment and currently understand the next opportunity to do so is on Sept.
Republican Sen. Ron Johnson said Monday that he has subpoenaed the FBI to produce documents to his committee related to the Trump-Russia investigation. The Wisconsin senator also defended a separate investigation he is leading into Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and Ukraine, even as Democrats say the probe has the effect of amplifying Russian propaganda and as U.S. intelligence officials say they have assessed that Russia is working to denigrate Biden ahead of the November election. Johnson's Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee is one of multiple Republican-led Senate panels scrutinizing the FBI's investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.
“It may be a campaign tactic, but older workers, be forewarned. Ageism runs deep in our culture.”
“Genuine concerns about the capacities of people who want the world’s most powerful job mingle bizarrely with insults.”
“Joe Biden and Donald Trump are both old. But the media should not be making mental illness a campaign issue, on either side.”
“The Trump campaign is now betting his reelection’s already slim chances on Biden proving Trump’s diagnosis is right.”
“The nightmare scenario for Democrats is that, at a pivotal moment, Biden will struggle to put together a coherent thought.”