President Trump said the coronavirus outbreak is as under control as it can get in the United States, where at least 155,000 people have died amid a patchy response to the crisis.'This is a horrible plague' »
Gates said Biden should listen to the experts more, encourage mask wearing, stay in the World Health Organization, and fix the painfully slow US coronavirus testing system. Bill Gates doesn't skip a beat when imagining how the US might approach the coronavirus pandemic differently if the country were to elect a new president this November. "If he wins, what do you think Joe Biden should do about the coronavirus, on January 21st?" I asked Gates, during our recent interview.
House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., on Sunday defended his recent comments saying President Trump “thinks that the American people will be duped by him, like the people of Germany was duped by Adolf Hitler.” Clyburn, the No. 3 House Democrat and a key backer of presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden, noted that he has for years been comparing Trump to history's strongmen and warning that the president does not plan to leave office.
A judge dismissed a legal challenge Monday that had been blocking Virginia officials from removing a towering statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from the state's capital city, but he immediately imposed another injunction against dismantling the figure. The new 90-day injunction bars Gov. Ralph Northam's administration from “removing, altering, or dismantling, in any way” the larger-than-life statue of Lee on a prominent Richmond avenue while claims in a lawsuit filed by local property owners are litigated. Now covered in graffiti, the Lee monument has become a focal point and gathering spot amid Richmond's sustained anti-racist protests since the police custody death in Minnesota of a Black man, George Floyd.
Tim Boyle/Getty Images Community leaders in Illinois called for history classes in state schools to stop until a " suitable alternative" is established to represent minority groups in the curriculum. Democratic State Representative LaShawn K. Ford said "current history teachings lead to a racist society and overlook the contributions of women and minorities," according to NBC Chicago. The state representative is calling for schools to discard history books "that unfairly communicate our history."
White House trade adviser Peter Navarro publicly bashed yet another White House public health expert on Monday while touting an unproven anti-malarial drug, saying he took “exception” to coronavirus testing czar Brett Giroir dismissing hydroxychloroquine as an effective coronavirus treatment. Days after CNN cut short a Navarro interview after he kept repeating the racist phrase “China virus,” the network invited him on for yet another contentious segment that featured the combative Trump aide disseminating coronavirus disinformation.
Walt Disney World's Splash Mountain hit rough waters Sunday as Twitter users posted video of a submerged log flume ride they were in only moments earlier. The riders tweeted that the ride began taking on water, and they decided to evacuate even though a Disney employee told them they should have stayed in the boat. In a video that's been viewed nearly 200,000 times, a Twitter user named Sky shared footage of the boat after it sank.
Mexican security forces have seized the head of a criminal gang specialising in stealing fuel from pipelines in the central state of Guanajuato. José Antonio Yépez, better-known as El Marro - or The Sledgehammer - was one of the most wanted men in the country. Mexican police had been closing in on him in recent months and had taken his mother and sister into custody.
The Marine Corps has identified all nine people killed when a Marine landing craft sank in the water off the Southern California coast.
The number of people who have died with COVID-19 in Iran is far higher than the government has publicly admitted, according to figures leaked to BBC Persian. Iran, the worst-hit country in the Middle East, has been accused of covering up its coronavirus cases since early in the pandemic. The number of people who have died with COVID-19 in Iran is nearly three times the official figure, according to an investigation by the BBC.
With speculation over Joe Biden's choice of a running mate hitting peak breathlessness, the inclusion of two prominent California Democrats on his shortlist is stirring up the Golden State political scene. The guessing game over the vice-presidential pick — a quadrennial tradition — has centered its focus of late on Sen. Kamala Harris, long considered a front-runner for the job, and Rep. Karen Bass, a newly ascendant contender. The maneuvers, both overt and private, underscore the high stakes that come with simply being mentioned as a vice-presidential prospect.
A new book by Taschen surveys the Pritzker Prize–winning architect's process, including her paintings and drawings—which are works of art in their own right Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest
A woman has been chosen as the new chief of a suburban Denver police department looking to regain public trust following a tumultuous year filled with scrutiny after the death of Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black man officers stopped on the street and put into a chokehold. Interim chief Vanessa Wilson was picked to be the permanent leader of the Aurora Police Department in a 10-1 vote Monday night, becoming the first woman named to the position, after competing with three other nationwide finalists to lead the agency in Colorado's third largest city, a diverse community east of Denver. The national reckoning over racism and police brutality following the deaths of George Floyd in Minneapolis and other Black people brought renewed attention and criticism to Aurora police over the August 2019 death of McClain, who was stopped as officers responded to a call about a suspicious person wearing a ski mask and waving his arms as he walked down a street.
If you're out of work and struggling, fearful that Congress won't come up with more help for you and millions of other Americans during the pandemic, then you're probably worried about where your next few meals will come from — not whether you can deduct the full cost of them from your income taxes. Nice idea, even somewhat logical — assuming restaurants are open in the second half of the year — and you could almost support it if Senate Republicans were willing to extend emergency food stamps and unemployment relief for hundreds of thousands of families. “They've got a tax break for the three-martini lunch and zero for additional food stamp benefits,” says Sen. Chris Van Hollen, the Maryland Democrat.
Octavio Jones/Getty Images At least 260 employees at Gwinnett County School District in Georgia have either tested positive for coronavirus or been exposed to the coronavirus, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. It's the largest school district in the state, and the report comes a day after teachers began in-person pre-planning for the semester, according to WBS. The incident raised questions about the risks adults in schools take when it comes to in-person sessions.
WASHINGTON – In her first year as a congresswoman, Rashida Tlaib has garnered national attention as an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump and member of the “Squad,” a group of progressive congresswomen elected in 2018. But now Tlaib, who narrowly won the primary race to represent Michigan's 13th congressional district, is locked into a tight primary race against Brenda Jones, the Detroit City Council president. Tlaib during the 2018 midterms won the six-way primary race by less than 1,000 votes, with Jones finishing a close second.
Hurricane Isaias has blasted ashore in North Carolina, battering coastal areas with heavy rains and winds of up to 85mph (140km/h). It made landfall near the border with South Carolina at 23:10 EDT (03:10 GMT Tuesday), causing flooding and leaving thousands of homes without power. Isaias - the ninth named storm of the year - was downgraded to a tropical storm after hitting islands in the Caribbean last week, but was recategorised as a category-one hurricane as it approached the Carolinas on Monday.
Mr Daybell and the children's mother, Ms Vallow Daybell, face charges related to allegedly concealing the remains of 17-year-old Tylee Ryan and seven-year-old Joshua “JJ” Vallow. Both have pleaded not guilty. The “doomsday” beliefs of Mr Daybell and Ms Vallow Daybell and the suspicious deaths of their former spouses have drawn global attention to the tragic case.
Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Monday issued an emergency order to block the county where Barron Trump goes to school from banning private schools from opening for in-person instruction. On Friday, the Montgomery County, Maryland, health officer issued a mandate that ordered private schools remain closed for in-person learning until at least October 1. President Trump's son, Barron, attends the St. Andrew's Episcopal School in the Maryland county.
In Australia, soldiers go door to door to find out who's broken quarantine in Melbourne, which is back under lockdown a second time. A coronavirus outbreak on a Norwegian cruise ship is feared to have spread the disease in towns along the Scandinavian country's scenic coast. Hong Kong, a city that earlier went weeks without reporting new infections, is scrambling to build temporary hospitals to prepare for a surge in COVID-19 patients.
As of June 12, nearly 700 companies had violated the law's paid-leave provisions and owed back wages to hundreds of employees, according to Labor Department records. Violators include six McDonald's franchises and the franchise owners of a Comfort Suites, Courtyard by Marriott and Red Roof Inn. In all, the businesses owe $690,000 in unpaid wages to 527 employees, who are not identified in the documents.
NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico yesterday after a historic, two-month-long mission. Throngs of onlookers in leisure boats swarmed the landing site, putting themselves and others at risk, NASA officials said. NASA, SpaceX, and the Coast Guard are working to establish new protocols for future water-based landings.
A Russian diplomat said on Monday a group of more than 30 suspected Russian mercenaries detained in Belarus last week were only passing through Minsk and were on their way to an unnamed Latin American state. Belarusian authorities have said they suspect the men entered their country to plot "acts of terrorism" and destabilise it before an Aug. 9 presidential election. Russian officials have dismissed the accusation and described the men as employees of a private security firm.
Two siblings have reunited after 53 years at a rehabilitation center in Nebraska. The two sisters have not seen each other since the younger, who is now 53, was a baby, although they have both searched for one another, according to The Washington Post. Doris Crippen, a 73-year-old woman in Nebraska, tested positive for the coronavirus in May, according to The Washington Post. After getting "weaker and weaker" because of the coronavirus, Crippen fell off her bed and broke her arm, The Washington Post reported.
A new survey by independent polling firm Morning Consult shows Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell with a commanding lead in his bid for a seventh term in Kentucky, leading 53% to 36% over his Democratic challenger Amy McGrath. The race between McConnell and McGrath is expected to be one of the most expensive U.S. Senate races in the country this year, as both campaigns had over $16 million in cash on hand at the end of June. McGrath spent over $9 million in June alone to pull out a narrow victory over underdog Charles Booker in the Democratic primary, whose campaign surged in the final month by portraying him as a more authentic and progressive Democrat.
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“He’s not a radical. But he is running on the most liberal policy platform of any Democratic candidate in modern history.”
“Public opinion has been shifting leftward, and Biden’s thinking has shifted with it.”
“Biden shows that he’s more moderate than some in his party.”
“Biden has always been a creature of his time, and the COVID-19 crisis could force him to veer further left.”
“Liberal activists have lauded the campaign’s outreach to progressives.”