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Days after learning that no Louisville police officers would be charged with homicide in the death of Breonna Taylor, lawyers for the woman's family called on Kentucky's attorney general to release the transcripts of the grand jury proceedings. Breonna Taylor's entire family is heartbroken, devastated, outraged and confused as to what Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron presented to the grand jury,” civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump said at a Friday morning news conference in Louisville. Did he present any evidence on Breonna Taylor's behalf?
Eric Trump told a crowd of his father's supporters at an event in Las Vegas that President Donald Trump would concede the election “if he got blown out of the water” by Democratic nominee Joe Biden after the president had cast doubts on a peaceful transfer of power once the race is decided. “I think my father's just saying listen, if he got blown out of the water, of course, he'd concede,” Eric Trump said at the Thursday event, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. There is no evidence of massive voter fraud and election experts have repeatedly noted that if fraud happens, such as a recent case in New Jersey in which a new election was called after allegations of mail-in ballot fraud, it is easily found.
Palestinian factions have agreed to hold an election within six months, in the latest of many attempts to end more than a decade of infighting between President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah movement and his Islamist rival Hamas. The factions renewed reconciliation efforts after Israel reached diplomatic accords this month with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, an event that dismayed Palestinians and prompted their leaders to try to present a united front. "The two sides have agreed in principle to hold elections within six months," said Sami Abu Zuhri, a Hamas official in Istanbul, where officials from both groups met over the past two days.
A group of House Republicans led by Representative Jim Banks (R., Ind.) on Friday called on attorney general William Barr to investigate a recent rise in anti-Catholic hate crimes. There have been 70 instances of anti-Catholic violence in North America this year — with 57 crimes being reported since May alone — according to a letter sent to the attorney general by Banks and 15 other House Republicans. “Bigoted criminals are threatening Catholics and undermining America's core ideal of religious liberty,” Banks said in a statement.
Louisville Metro Police Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly intends to file civil lawsuits against those who have called him a "murderer" for his role in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor, according to his newly hired attorney. Todd McMurtry posted video to Twitter on Thursday night that appeared to show Mattingly being put onto the back of a truck bed and driven away after he was shot March 13 at Taylor's apartment. In the tweet, McMurtry says: "They called him a 'murderer,' when all he did was defend himself."
Donald Trump claimed he could hardly hear the "vote him out chant" at the Supreme Court as he visited the late justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Thursday, a scene the White House called "appalling". The president earlier told Fox News Radio that only a ruling by the court that Joe Biden has won November's election will convince him of his defeat, predicting once again that ballot fraud will result in “a horror show”. Bernie Sanders said the president's refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power was a "threat to democracy", saying the election wasn't a choice of Trump versus Biden but Trump versus Democracy.
Firefighters and officials at California's largest utility company braced for hot, dry and windy weather in northern and central areas of the state this weekend that may fan the flames of several major wildfires or ignite new ones. Pacific Gas & Electric warned Friday it may cut power from Sunday morning to Monday, potentially affecting 97,000 customers in 16 counties, during which forecasters said a ridge of high pressure will raise temperatures and generate gusts flowing from the interior to the coast. PG&E initially warned that approximately 21,000 customers in three counties would lose power beginning Saturday evening but expanded the potential shutoff when the forecast changed.
And although the Missouri Department of Social Services determined in a preliminary finding two years ago that Boyd physically abused a minor, according to court documents — a finding Boyd disputed; the case is still pending — the agency said it didn't have power to force the ranch to close because it did not have licensing authority. Amanda had been uneasy about what she said she'd witnessed at her parents' ranch for years. After seeing the video from Askins, she decided to start talking publicly.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images In the latest in a series of ongoing race-baiting screeds, Fox News host Tucker Swanson McNear Carlson claimed to his viewers Thursday evening that every story about George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Jacob Blake had at its core been a lie. "It's hard to think clearly when things are on fire," Carlson began. "If you wanted to keep the public from thinking clearly about what you plan to do with their country, you might riot and no one would notice that you're lying," he added.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday defended her previous suggestion that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden should not debate President Trump, claiming the president has “no fidelity to fact or truth.” Ahead of the first presidential debate next week, Pelosi doubled down during an appearance on “Morning on CBS” on comments she made last month that the former vice president should skip the debates so they don't become “an exercise in skullduggery.” When asked if she still believed Biden should sit out the three presidential debates on September 29, October 15, and October 22, she said “Oh, I do.”
Lindsey Graham, a Republican senator, has complained he is getting "killed financially" by his Democratic rival, Jaime Harrison, who has seen a surge in donations following death of the late Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Mr Gramham, whose role as Judiciary Committee chair puts him at the heart of GOP efforts to replace Ginsburg before November's election, bemoaned the reported improved financial muscle of his rival, saying that the donors "hate my guts". My opponent will raise $100 million in the state of South Carolina,” Mr Graham, 65, told Fox News on Thursday.
A woman in an English supermarket ransacked shelves holding dozens of wine bottles after being told to follow the store's one-way system, put in place to help customers social distance. The Co-op supermarket chain released the CCTV footage amid growing concerns about the verbal and physical abuse of shop workers who attempt to enforce social distancing measures. A new law to increase the penalties for assaulting shop workers was due to be discussed in the UK Parliament on Friday.
Representative Doug Collins is preparing to introduce a constitutional amendment to block potential attempts to add justices to the Supreme Court as some Democrats eye adding seats should President Trump's upcoming nominee be confirmed. The amendment would block “court packing,” or adding justices to the Supreme Court, for 10 years after any bill is passed to enlarge the court, a measure Collins said aims to “take the political emotion of the moment out of the way.” “We should not have decisions like packing the court to be based on emotional or political decisions.”
The mother of Kyle Rittenhouse, an Illinois teenager charged with fatally shooting two people and injuring a third in August during Black Lives Matter protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, received a standing ovation at a Wisconsin GOP event on Thursday. Rittenhouse, 17, is being charged as an adult for six counts, including two of first degree murder, for allegedly shooting Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum with a semi-automatic, military-style rifle. Michelle Malkin, an alt-right figure and political commentator who invited Rittenhouse's mother and lawyer to the event Republican Women of Waukesha County event, is associated with a variety of white supremacist figures and ideas, according to the Anti-Defamation League.
A Chinese pharmaceutical company said Thursday the coronavirus vaccine it is developing should be ready by early 2021 for distribution worldwide, including the United States. Yin Weidong, the CEO of SinoVac, vowed to apply to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to sell CoronaVac in the United States if it passes its third and final round of testing in humans. Yin said he personally has been given the experimental vaccine.
This week, President Donald Trump's administration unveiled proposed rule changes that would dramatically alter student visas, leaving the international student community reeling just a few weeks into the 2020-21 academic year. The proposed changes — which are detailed in a 256-page document online and have already drawn hundreds of public comments — could devastate science research and tech innovation nationwide, experts warn. The overall tone of the proposed rules sends a chilling message to current and prospective international students that we are no longer a welcoming nation,” said Stephen Yale-Loehr, a professor and attorney at Cornell Law School who specializes in immigration law.
In 2012, the political scientist Ross Baker spent a sabbatical brushing up on his congressional knowledge by spending time in the office of Harry Reid, the then Democratic majority leader in the US Senate. Baker vividly remembers Reid telling him a story about Mitch McConnell, his opposite number in the Republican party. “Reid told me he couldn't get McConnell to go to the White House with him,” Baker recalled.
U.S. Sen. Susan Collins talks to reporters during a campaign stop at Blackie's Farm Fresh Produce on Thursday. Ben McCanna/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images According to in-depth interviews with Maine voters, Sen. Susan Collins (R) has a lot of damage control to do in her home state if she has any hope of hanging on to her seat on Nov. 3. With Collins trailing in the polls to Democrat Sara Gideon, Politico dispatched Kathryn Miles to the state to interview voters and what she found was an assortment of voters who have become disenchanted with the formerly popular senator — mainly due to her bowing to the whims of President Donald Trump.
A lawmaker in Argentina has been suspended after he was spotted kissing a woman's breast during a virtual session of congress. Juan Emilio Ameri, who represents the northern province of Salta, was seen by both colleagues and members of the public committing the lewd act as the chamber of deputies held a special meeting broadcast on Zoom. Footage of the incident quickly went viral on social media, sparking outrage and quickly leading to a vote in which the 47-year-old was suspended pending an investigation.
Indian shares on Friday snapped their longest losing streak since February, boosted by financial and IT stocks, after a media report suggesting more domestic fiscal stimulus was on the way lifted sentiment. The broader NSE Nifty 50 index rose 2.3% to 11,050.25 and the S&P BSE Sensex climbed 2.3% to 37,388.66, after falling for six straight sessions. The Indian government was set to announce a stimulus package ahead of the festive season, aimed at creating jobs and pushing demand to lift the battered economy, a Moneycontrol report said.
On the first of the month, I had the honor of meeting with President Donald Trump for a round-table discussion addressing the violence that recently took hold of our community. The president arrived with a plan to provide the critical resources needed to keep our community safe. This is where the president stepped up and offered us the full resources of the federal government.
CNN's Brianna Keilar spent more than 10 minutes of her broadcast on Friday dismantling the smears she has received from both Fox News and the Trump White House this week. “Yesterday, White House Press Secretary implied that I am responsible for two police officers being shot in Louisville,” the anchor began. After recapping for viewers the devastating details of that police shooting, which left the 26-year-old EMT from Kentucky dead without any of the three officers being held responsible, Keilar said, “The White House wants us talking about racism and the justice system because they use it as a springboard to scare Americans about looting, aided by Fox News running episodes of violence on an incessant loop, that their hearts and minds won't be able to look past the fear to see injustice.”
The app asks for a code to register a test result but a code is only received if the test is positive. People who have been using the app since its launch on Thursday, and who had already booked tests before downloading it, have found that they are unable to stop the self-isolation countdown after reporting symptoms if they then get a negative result, because it does not come with a code they can share. "That's so confusing as the app doesn't tell you that can't enter negative test booked outside it," said Prof Deborah Ryan, who originally contacted the BBC.
A member of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar's security detail tested positive for coronavirus earlier this week, two people with knowledge of the matter told Politico on Thursday. Azar has been tested and the HHS headquarters has been thoroughly cleaned to prevent the spread of the virus, Politico reports. This is the first known instance of a staffer who regularly interacts with Azar testing positive for COVID-19.
“Enfranchising 16-year-olds would be good for them and good for our democracy.”
“At 16, most kids have little awareness of politics, civics, or American history.”
“Voting is habit forming...which underscores the importance of having as stable an environment as possible for the youngest voters.”
“Keeping the voting age at 18 is not a slap at 16-year-olds. It is recognition that an informed electorate is the best kind.”
“When young people’s participation lags badly, issues important to them receive short shrift in the public discourse.”