He's also had to endure the publication of high-profile and deeply critical books from his former national security adviser and his only niece, with another book by a former assistant to first lady Melania Trump set to be published next month. Here's a look at some of the president's biggest problems as the general election heats up. The virus There has been a wave of new infections since states began reopening in May.
Counterprotesters said a passing driver pointed a gun at them Friday and said “All Lives Matter,” as competing groups gathered in front of South Carolina's capitol building to mark the five-year anniversary of the state's removal of the Confederate battle flag from Statehouse grounds. The driver stopped in the middle of the road and stuck his middle finger out at several demonstrators who were on a road median shortly before noon, protester Kamison Burgess told The State newspaper. He then said “All Lives Matter,” — a phrase used by critics of the Black Lives Matter movement — before pointing the gun and driving away, Burgess said.
On Thursday, Jack Dorsey, the billionaire CEO of Twitter, announced he is working with 14 American mayors to fund universal basic income (UBI) trials in their cities. The pilot programs will be run city by city and have not yet launched. Former presidential candidate Andrew Yang helped bring the idea of universal basic income into the mainstream and is funding his own UBI pilot program.
Thousands of parents and students in New York were in shock Thursday after they were told their Catholic schools will not reopen in the fall. Officials say fallout from the coronavirus pandemic is to blame; CBS2's Hazel Sanchez reports.
If Thursday felt unbearably hot in South Florida, Friday has turned the broiler up a notch. The National Weather Service in Miami issued a heat advisory that runs from noon to 8 p.m. Friday to warn of heat index values that will make temperatures feel 109 degrees. The worst of it — unless you love to scorch — will be felt in inland, coastal and metro Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties and also in far South Miami-Dade, like Homestead and Florida City.
New cases of COVID-19 rose by over 69,000 across the United States on Friday, according to a Reuters tally, setting a record for the third consecutive day as Walt Disney Co stuck to its plans to reopen its flagship theme park in hard-hit Florida. A total of nine U.S. states - Alaska, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, Ohio, Utah and Wisconsin - also reached records for single-day infections. In Texas, another hot zone, Governor Greg Abbott warned on Friday he may have to impose new clampdowns if the state cannot stem its record-setting caseloads and hospitalizations through masks and social distancing.
Nine months ago he was burned by corrosive liquid hurled during anti-government protests, but Hong Kong police officer Ling says he has no regrets and remains devoted to being a law enforcer. Officers like Ling have formed the spear tip of Beijing's pushback against huge and often violent pro-democracy protests in the restless finance hub. Seven months of clashes last year have left the city bitterly divided with swathes of the population loathing police -- and many officers feeling they have been unfairly vilified.
Clearly, what we have lost with the pandemic is a loss of connection Dr Mike Brumage Public health officials from Kentucky to Florida, Texas and Colorado have recorded surges in opioid deaths as the economic and social anxieties created by the Covid-19 pandemic prove fertile ground for addiction. In addition, Brumage said significant numbers of people have fallen out of treatment programmes as support networks have been yanked away by social distancing orders. I'm a firm adherent to the idea that the opposite of addiction is not sobriety, the opposite of addiction is connection.
Newly released documents in the Michael Flynn case include a January 2017 DOJ draft memo that states “FBI leadership” decided against showing Flynn transcripts of his calls with the Russian ambassador in the White House interview that led to his guilty plea. The DOJ document, dated January 30, 2017 — along with a batch of handwritten notes from DOJ and FBI officials describing Flynn's White House interview with former FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI agent Joseph Pientka on January 24, 2017 — shed further light on the FBI's spontaneous interview with Flynn, who had just begun his role as national-security adviser for President Trump.
From the very start of the American-led invasion of Afghanistan almost 19 years ago, Russian experts were shaking their heads and warning that it would not turn out well. It provided intelligence and logistical support, and repeatedly urged NATO to stay and “finish the job” of defeating the Taliban. Moscow's main concern, then and now, was that the victory of extreme Islamist forces in Afghanistan would promote instability and insurrection in the vulnerable former Soviet states of central Asia, as it had prior to the U.S. intervention in 2001.
From a sleek electric bike to a theater-quality projector, these new products will make staying home this summer that much more enjoyable Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest
The three defendants are accused of falsifying cards used by officers to conduct interviews while in the field. In some instances, the defendants allegedly wrote on the card that a person admitted to being a gang member even though body-worn camera video showed the defendants never asked the individual about gang membership, prosecutors said. In other instances, the defendants allegedly wrote that a person admitted to being a gang member though the person had denied gang affiliation.
Instead, they were among those swept up by Customs and Border Protection using extraordinary power available during public health emergencies to expel Mexicans and many Central Americans immediately to Mexico and waive immigration laws that include rights to seek asylum. The change made in March is evident in figures released Thursday: The Border Patrol in June put 27,535 people on a track to expulsion under the public health emergency and made only 2,859 arrests under immigration law. The special powers will expire when the pandemic ends, but Trump administration officials have proposed a string of regulations over the last month to put asylum farther out of reach.
César Duarte, a former Mexican state governor who became a fugitive, has been arrested in Miami after more than three years on the run. Mr Duarte, governor of Chihuahua until 2016, fled after he was accused of embezzling public funds. The arrest came as Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador paid an official visit to the US for talks with President Trump.
Facebook/NYU New guidelines from ICE prevent international students on certain visas from attending schools that are fully online, but may allow them to remain if they're taking a mixture of online and in-person classes. Many universities have announced they will use a "hybrid model," combining both in-person and online courses for the upcoming academic year. With "very little information" included in the announcement, however, the new policy lacks clarity in what may be required for a hybrid model, a Senior Legislative and Advocacy Counsel at ACLU told Business Insider.
Senator Cory Booker said you can't address climate justice without considering race and that environmental injustice is yet another form of “assault on Black bodies” in addition to the disproportionate effects of police brutality. “We still live in a nation where so many Americans are suffering with environmental injustice but the biggest determining factor of whether you live around toxicity — whether you drink dirty water, whether you breathe dirty air — is the color of your skin,” Booker said in a TIME 100 Talks discussion with TIME correspondent Justin Worland. Booker spoke about contaminated drinking water, food deserts, safety concerns for workers in the meatpacking industry — which have come to the forefront during the coronavirus pandemic — as well as the importance of empowering local independent farmers instead of putting all the power in the hands of powerful multinational corporations.
It's time to cancel your summer vacation. "People should stay the (expletive) home," says Cassandra Marcella Metzger, a travel designer based in Washington, D.C., who makes her living tailoring trips for clients. Oh, I know: a travel agent and a travel columnist telling you not to travel is straight-up blasphemy!
Jared Kushner's bold prediction from April about the country "really rocking again" by July has not held up. Seven states have been shutting down aspects of their reopening efforts, while 14 more are pausing their reopenings as the virus surges. Kushner's bullish economic outlook from his April Fox News hit has not fared much better, with the unemployment rate still sitting at 11.1% and two-thirds of Americans on unemployment earning more than they did at their old jobs.
Iranian state media reported a blast in western Tehran early Friday, the latest in a string of mysterious incidents to shake the country in recent weeks. State broadcaster IRIB said power was cut in several western suburbs near where online reports said an explosion occurred. The governor of Qod city, Leila Vaseghi, told semi-official Fars news agency there had been no explosion but acknowledged a power cut that lasted about five minutes.
The Dutch government on Friday said it would file a suit against Russia at the European Court of Human Rights over the downing of Malaysia Airlines passenger flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine six years ago. "The submission is a new step in our efforts to establish truth, justice and accountability", Dutch Foreign minister Stef Blok said in a letter to parliament. Blok said his government would give the court all its information on MH17, thereby supporting the individual applications already submitted by the victims' next of kin.
In New York City, after the number of shooting victims more than doubled from June 2019 to this June, every person who has been shot this July, nearly 100 in total, has been a member of the minority community, according to the police department. And in June, 97 percent of the shooting victims were minorities, the department said. In Chicago, where minority communities have long struggled with deadly gun violence, shootings have increased 76 percent from the same time last year, with nearly all the bloodshed concentrated in the city's predominantly Black and brown communities on the South and West Sides.
Mexico is to seek the arrest and extradition from Canada of the former chief investigator in the murky disappearance of 43 students in 2014, Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said Friday. Tomas Zeron, who was head of the Criminal Investigation Agency, is in Canada and work is underway to extradite him, the minister said. "There is going to be no impunity, part of our function at the ministry of foreign affairs is to guarantee that, when there are cases of this nature, extradition occurs," Ebrard said.
A 58-year-old New Jersey man was allegedly dumping trash on a resident's front yard for about four months because he couldn't stand looking at a President Donald Trump flag displayed on the property, local outlets reported. Richard Keller, 58, of Franklin, was first caught in the act at about 5 a.m. on July 1 when undercover police officers witnessed Keller throw trash out of his window onto the driveway of the Sparta home, the Sparta Police Department said, TAPintoSparta reported. When one of the officers stopped Keller and asked him why he continued to dump trash on the person's property, he responded, “I think you know...because of the flag,” police said, according to the outlet.
A man with COVID-19 started to have manic episodes after 10 days with a fever and dry cough. A man who was diagnosed with COVID-19 had a rare symptom of the respiratory illness: he experienced a manic episode, in which he told his wife he'd had sex with other men but kept it a secret. Before he got the hospital, he confessed to his wife that he'd had sexual experiences with other men, which she later told the doctors was news to her, and seemed unlike her husband.
Philippine lawmakers voted Friday to reject the license renewal of the country's largest TV network, shutting down a major news provider that had been repeatedly threatened by the president over its critical coverage. The House of Representatives' Committee on Franchises voted 70-11 to reject a new 25-year license for ABS-CBN Corp. The National Telecommunications Commission had ordered the broadcaster to shut down in May after its old franchise expired. Only the House of Representatives, which is dominated by President Rodrigo Duterte's allies, can grant such franchises and the chance of any reversal of Friday's vote is extremely low, lawmakers said.