Bill would permit bars and restaurants to increase operating capacity beyond 50%.
Bill would permit bars and restaurants to increase operating capacity beyond 50%.
President Trump on Thursday visited the casket of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg outside the Supreme Court, where she has been lying in repose this week. As Trump paused behind Ginsburg's casket, a crowd about a block away from the court erupted, booing the president before joining in the derisive chants. The president turned and walked away after spending about a minute at the casket as the crowd continued to chant “vote him out” and “honor her wish.”
At least 50 journalists in the US have been arrested during Black Lives Matter demonstrations across the US, while dozens of others have also been injured by rubber bullets, pepper spray and tear gas. The US Press Freedom Tracker has collected nearly 500 incidents from 382 reports, from the unrest in Minneapolis in the wake of George Floyd's killing by police in late May, to demonstrations in more than 70 cities across 35 states since. At least 46 journalists were arrested between the end of May and the beginning of June, according to data collected by the organisation.
The lawyer for the first Black inmate scheduled to die this year as part of the Trump administration's resumption of federal executions says race played a central role in landing her client on death row for slaying a young white Iowa couple and burning them in the trunk of their car. One Black juror and 11 white jurors heard the 2000 federal case in Texas against Christopher Vialva, who is now 40 but was 19 at the time of the killings. Prosecutors portrayed Vialva as the leader of a Black street-gang faction and alleged he killed the deeply religious husband and wife, Todd and Stacie Bagley, to boost his status within the gang, attorney Susan Otto said.
A pregnant woman dived into the sea in the Florida Keys to save her husband from an attacking shark. Police said Andrew Charles Eddy, 30, was snorkelling on Sombrero Reef but was bitten by the shark almost immediately after entering the water. His wife, Margot Dukes-Eddy, saw the shark's dorsal fin and her husband's blood filling the water, and dived in "without hesitation", officials said.
United Airlines will offer coronavirus tests at San Francisco International Airport to help passengers travel to Hawaii without having to quarantine. Experts do not expect travel demand to fully recover until a vaccine is available and widely distributed, but have said that rapid testing offers a way to make travel safer and more practical in the interim. United is introducing a new airport coronavirus testing procedure make flying to Hawaii more appealing, with the hope that this kind of program could salvage the already grim 2021 travel season.
The bitter confirmation battle over President Donald Trump's last Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, looms large for the Senate Judiciary Committee as it prepares for fresh hearings on the Republican's third lifetime appointment to the top court. Two personalities could stand out in hearings expected in the coming weeks: Republican Committee Chairman Senator Lindsey Graham, who mounted a booming defense of Kavanaugh, and Democratic Senator Kamala Harris, running mate to Joe Biden, Trump's rival in the Nov. 3 election. Tensions in the Senate are high as the Republican-controlled chamber seeks to vote on the nominee before the election, and cement a 6-3 conservative majority.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson reacted Wednesday night to Louisville police officers dodging charges in the killing of Breonna Taylor by claiming Black Lives Matter had peddled a “lie” about the 26-year-old's fatal shooting, all while falsely accusing Taylor's boyfriend of being a drug dealer. With protests erupting in Louisville hours after a grand jury decided not to charge three cops with killing Taylor, Carlson recapped the decision while complaining about the way Taylor's death had been portrayed by social justice activists and the press. “In March, three Louisville police officers served a search warrant at the apartment of a woman called Breonna Taylor,” Carlson said.
Paul. asked Dr. Fauci if he had "second thoughts" about his mitigation recommendations, which include standing six feet apart and wearing masks, adding that despite those efforts, "our death rate is essentially worse than Sweden's." Fauci pointed out that Sweden's death rate is worse than other Scandinavian countries and said it was inappropriate to compare Sweden to the U.S. He said he stood by his mitigation recommendations.
Billionaire LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman is a major Democratic donor, and has become a key figure in raising money and power. But, as Vox's Theodore Schleifer reports, his approach hasn't always been popular among Democratic operatives. Hoffman's main focus seems to be on unseating Trump — but it's unclear how, or if, he will stay involved beyond 2020.
A US Electoral Commission chief issued a sharp rebuke against Donald Trump on Wednesday after the president called for mail ballots to be dumped, as he refused to say whether he would leave office in the event of an election defeat to Democrat rival Joe Biden. Ellen Weintraub, Federal Commission Commissioner (FEC), warned the president that America does not simply "get rid" of ballots. In case anyone is unclear on the concept, in the United States of America, we do not 'get rid of' ballots.
The fierce 2020 hurricane season appears to be taking a breather. For the first time in weeks, no tropical storms or hurricanes are spinning anywhere in the Atlantic Basin, which includes the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea, according to the National Hurricane Center. The 23 storms have included two Greek-letter named storms (Alpha and Beta), which became necessary when the seasonal list of 21 regular names was exhausted.
Speaking before a crowd at the Breonna Taylor memorial in Jefferson Square Park, Until Freedom co-founder Tamika Mallory stressed nonviolence. It was just before 1 p.m. Wednesday, and hundreds had gathered at the public square – a home base through 119 days of protests downtown – to hear whether criminal charges would be brought against the Louisville Metro Police Department officers who'd shot and killed the unarmed Black woman while serving a search warrant at her south Louisville home. Windows had been smashed, small fires had been set and two police officers were shot during hours of protest that traversed downtown and several surrounding neighborhoods, after an announcement that no officers would be indicted for Taylor's death.
Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf told senators during his confirmation hearing on Wednesday that white supremacists are the "most persistent and lethal" internal threat the United States is facing. Earlier this month, a DHS whistleblower named Brian Murphy said Wolf instructed him to stop providing intelligence assessments on the threat of Russian interference in the United States. Murphy also alleged that Acting Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Ken Cuccinelli told him to change an assessment's section on white supremacy to make "the threat appear less severe" and to add information "on the prominence of violent 'left-wing' groups."
Donald Trump has doubled down on his commitment to litigating the results of the 2020 presidential election results all the way up to the Supreme Court if he loses in November, saying mail-in ballots are “a horror show.” Millions of Americans have voted by mail in past elections with no more than a handful of cases of election fraud. This year, election officials expect to process more mail-in ballots than ever before as states urge voters to send in their selections through the postal system to mitigate possible exposure to Covid-19.
Portugal has extended measures to curb the coronavirus pandemic until at least mid-October, the government announced on Thursday, at a time an increase in the number of daily cases in the country continues to worry authorities at home and abroad. Portugal, which has reported 71,156 cases so far, initially won praise for its response to the pandemic. The rise in coronavirus cases in Portugal, a nation of just over 10 million people, led various European countries to impose travel restrictions and warnings, which hurt the country's tourism-dependent economy.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, forcefully pushed back on assertions about COVID-19 made by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., during a Wednesday hearing, telling the senator he misconstrued the facts and had "done that repeatedly in the past." During a hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, Paul asked Fauci if he had "second thoughts about your mitigation recommendations." Paul made several claims about herd immunity, Sweden's attempts to fight the pandemic, Asian countries having greater resilience against COVID-19, and virus death rates.
A special international court said Thursday that a former commander of the separatist fighters in Kosovo's 1998-1999 war has been arrested as part of a war crimes and crimes against humanity investigation stemming from the conflict with Serbia. The Kosovo Specialist Chambers, based in The Hague, said former Kosovo Liberation Army commander Salih Mustafa was arrested based on a “warrant, transfer order and confirmed indictment issued by a pre-trial judge. The court's statement didn't identify the charges on which he was indicted.
Yet another example of that reality comes via The Murders at White House Farm, a six-part drama—premiering Thursday, Sept. on HBO Max, after debuting in the U.K. this past January (as simply White House Farm)—that's based on a real-life tragedy that took place in England's Essex county on August 7, 1985. That evening, local cops received a call from Jeremy Bamber (Freddie Fox), stating that he'd been phoned by his father Nevill (Nicholas Farrell), who claimed that his schizophrenic ex-model daughter Sheila (Cressida Bonas) had “gone berserk” with a gun.
President Trump's campaign is reportedly in discussion with state and national Republicans to "bypass election results and appoint loyal electors in battleground states where Republicans hold the legislative majority." At least that's the report from a terrifying article written by Barton Gellman in The Atlantic. While this scenario is somewhat far-fetched, we should be clear that what Gellman describes here is tantamount to a coup, a complete break with the constitutional order that would unquestionably precipitate large-scale unrest and potentially the crackup of the United States.
Florida governor Ron DeSantis has threatened to bring felony charges against protesters arrested on a broad range of charges targeting “disorderly assemblies" in the wake of widespread demonstrations against police brutality. His proposal would cut off protesters from eligibility for unemployment benefits and keep people imprisoned without bond if they're arrested during demonstrations until their first appearance in court, among several severe and potentially unconstitutional measures aimed at Seven or more people “involved in an assembly" that causes property damage or injury would be committing a felony, according to his proposal.