Kate Bilo has the latest forecast.
Kate Bilo has the latest forecast.
Democratic super PAC Priorities USA said on Wednesday it would spend $24 million to help turn out Black and Latino voters for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, who is leading President Donald Trump in national polls ahead of the Nov. 3 election. Support for Trump, a Republican, has slumped as voters say they disapprove of his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and his response to nationwide protests against police brutality and racism. With Biden leading in battleground states, Priorities USA projected the former vice president to win more than the required 270 electoral college votes, despite the system that elects the president being "skewed" in favor of Republicans, the group's chair Guy Cecil said on a call with reporters.
Taiwan's military fired missiles from the air and the island's shore facing China on Thursday in a live-fire drill to demonstrate its ability to defend against any Chinese invasion. President Tsai Ing-wen said, observing the exercise in a helmet and camouflage military fatigues. China regards Taiwan as a breakaway province that is part of its territory.
Florida's coronavirus problem keeps getting worse.The state reported its highest-ever single-day death toll on Thursday, with 156 people reported dead from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours. The numbers have Miami, recently called the "new epicenter of the pandemic," considering mandatory lockdowns, but Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) doesn't seem inclined to push many statewide restrictions at all.Thursday marked the second time this week Florida broke its coronavirus death toll record, with 132 people reported dead on Tuesday. The state's death toll now sits at 4,677. A total of 13,965 people tested positive for COVID-19 over the past day as well, putting Florida's total case numbers at 315,775.Miami Mayor Francis Suarez said Thursday he was planning to meet with business leaders to weigh "the possibility of a future lockdown" if these numbers don't improve soon, the Miami Herald reports. Suarez specifically raised concerns about hospitals and ICU beds filling up. Yet the state as a whole still has relatively relaxed social distancing guidelines, and no mandatory mask order, putting it behind the restrictive measures New York took to eventually cut its massive coronavirus spread.More stories from theweek.com Maryland's GOP governor publishes a scathing indictment of Trump's coronavirus response White House press secretary claims it's 'perfectly safe' for kids to go back to school Coronavirus is taking all the fun out of being president
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Behind the facade of this unassuming building in downtown Mexico City archaelogists have made an unexpected discovery. Ancient Aztec ruins from a palace destroyed by Spanish conquerors, unearthed during building renovations at the Nacional Monte de Piedad. Archaeologist Raul Barrera describes the delicate operation: "We have to take many precautionary measures so as to not have problems with sinking ground. We have to take advice from specialists, from engineers to know where we can or cannot dig, so as not to damage the historic building." Barrera says the ruins once belonged to Spanish conqueror Hernan Cortes. Cortes, a Spanish conqueror who first arrived in Mexico in 1518, reportedly stayed in the destroyed palace shortly after arriving in the ancient city of Tenochtitlan. "The house where Hernan Cortes resided was built with basalt blocks and tezontle blocks. These materials are the product of the destruction of the Axayacatl palace. We know that the palace of Axayacatl was there at the excavated site because of various documents, such as the descriptions given by the Spanish conquerors." After Tenochtitlan and the Axayacatl palace fell to Spanish conquerers, the residents were reportedly forced to destroy their temples and palaces. Those remains are what make up the foundations -- of what we now know as modern-day Mexico City.
Demonstrators have held banners saying "Free Sergei Furgal," while others have called on President Vladimir Putin to resign.
Parts of Leicester will be released from lockdown after the Government on Thursday adopted a “targeted” approach which will see pockets of the city remain under tighter restrictions. After putting the city into Britain’s first local lockdown a fortnight ago, the Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced that schools and nurseries will reopen from July 24. The council will be given "local powers" to reopen non-essential retail stores where it is deemed safe, but pubs and restaurants will remain closed and restrictions on non-essential travel and gatherings of more than six people will continue to be enforced. Updating MPs on Thursday, Mr Hancock said the city’s lockdown zone would also be reduced, with areas of Leicestershire including Birstall, Thurmastone and Glenfield released from the measures entirely. Read more: Leicester lockdown map: What restrictions are being lifted, and when is the next review? The boundary imposed on June 29 will remain around the city of Leicester and include Oadby and Wigston. While Leicestershire Council said the boundary changes would coincide with the other easements next Friday, Government sources indicated that they would likely be implemented “within days.” Defending the decision to maintain a number of restrictions, Mr Hancock added that Covid-19 rates in the city "still remain well above the national average and the average for surrounding areas.”
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo downplayed the possibility of another summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un before the U.S. presidential election, saying Trump would only want to engage if there were real prospects of progress. During a parliamentary speech, Moon urged North Korea to return to inter-Korean dialogue, which has also stalled, and called for South Korean lawmakers to support government policies aimed at reviving cross-border cooperation.
The sign asks customers to “remove your mask or raise both hands high” to avoid being mistaken as a robber. It's a joke, the owner says.
While in a coma, Eddie Case's muscles atrophied, and though he has now regained most movement, doctors don't know if the damage will be permanent.
The fresh push comes despite increasing warnings from Republican strategists that the message stands to backfire in several ways.
At least 123 visitors to Nevada tested positive for the coronavirus while visiting the state in recent weeks or shortly after returning home, according to state health data.
The Republican leader in the U.S. House of Representatives introduced legislation on Thursday that would cut federal aid to state and local governments if they do not protect statues, after protesters attacked monuments to people who owned slaves or fought for the Confederacy. "It is wrong to erase our history," House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said in a statement, criticizing "left-wing mobs" who have attacked statues across the United States. Under his bill, introduced with fellow Republican Representatives Jim Jordan and Sam Graves, some federal funds would be withheld if local governments do not "restore order or arrest rioters."
When God closes a door he opens a window. Teenagers have lost out on many of life’s experiences due to the coronavirus pandemic, but an enterprising few have at least found a way to get drunk and buy alcohol without the need for a fake ID. Members of ‘Gen Z’ worldwide are taking advantage of mandatory mask wearing in public to conceal their faces and fool shop assistants in to selling them booze. Some have even gone as far as to disguise themselves as pensioners, wearing granny wigs, makeup and even a fetching cardigan to complete the ensemble. After all, what are the odds a shopkeeper will ask an elderly, vulnerable person to remove their mask in the middle of a pandemic. And as with all clever ideas among teenagers, the stunt has become a social media phenomenon, particularly on TikTok. Videos teaching kids how to pull off the prank are racking up millions of views.
The Solar Orbiter discovered little explosions happening all across the solar surface. They could crack one of the sun's biggest mysteries.
A week after the Supreme Court ruled President Donald Trump is not immune from turning over his tax returns and other financial records to the Manhattan district attorney, the president’s legal team said in a Thursday hearing they intended to keep fighting the “wildly over-broad subpoena”—an argument slammed by prosecutors as a back-door attempt to create temporary “absolute immunity.” Federal Judge Victor Marrero—who originally presided over the case and denied the president’s efforts to block Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance from subpoenaing eight years of Trump’s tax returns last year—questioned both sides in a Thursday hearing about what has changed since his previous ruling. In the video hearing, Marrero hinted that he had already addressed the president’s concerns last October and only new information would change his mind. Rudy Giuliani Blows Up Trump’s ‘Audit’ Excuse on Tax ReturnsLast August, Vance’s office issued a subpoena to Mazars, the president’s accounting firm, as part of the investigation into hush-money payments allegedly made to several women before the 2016 election. The president has denied having affairs with these women, but Vance said the financial records dating back to 2011 were crucial to see if business records were falsified and if any tax laws were violated. In a 7-2 decision on July 9, the Supreme Court sided with Vance in the belief that Trump should not get absolute immunity as a sitting president. But they sent the case back to the lower courts for a final decision on the specific subpoena issue. That decision means Trump’s legal team has the right to delay the release of his records before the case is ultimately resolved—which could happen after the November presidential election. On Thursday, William Consovoy, one of the president’s lawyers, pushed back against Marrero’s skepticism, arguing that Vance’s “wildly over-broad subpoena” was not tailored to the DA’s original investigation and was instead “copied verbatim” from the congressional committees who also sought Trump’s tax returns. He said Trump “is still reviewing the subpoena” and his team has not yet decided what arguments they plan to raise in an amended complaint against Vance’s request. Calling the legal action a “fishing expedition,” Consovoy argued Trump was “a target for political reasons.”Supremes: NY Can Get Trump’s Tax Returns, but Not House DemsHe added that while Marrero allowed Vance’s investigation into whether Trump and his company violated state laws with hush-money payments, he must now “focus on the subpoena itself” and narrow its scope.Assistant District Attorney Carey Dunne hit back, arguing that the president’s legal team did not offer “a single recitation of a single new fact” that would sway the judge’s original ruling, and stressed that “justice delayed is justice denied.”“What the president’s lawyer is seeking here is delay,” Dunne said, adding that the president achieves some sort of “absolute immunity” with each day that goes by. “This lawsuit has delayed our collection of evidence. We accept that the president has the right to articulate any new claims, except constitutional immunity. But there's no special heightened standard. It’s like he’s a CEO.”While the federal judge made no rulings on Thursday, he endorsed the schedule the two legal parties had previously agreed on. The president will make whatever arguments he wants about the subpoena in a hearing later this month.“Our office’s position, your honor, is, ‘bring it on,’” Dunne said Thursday. The hearing came a day after Trump’s lawyers, in a joint submission memo with the DA’s office, renewed their year-long effort to block or narrow Vance’s access to the president’s records. In the memo, the lawyers argued Vance’s subpoena was politically motivated and too broad. “The President should not be required, for example, to litigate the subpoena’s breadth or whether it was issued in bad faith without understanding the nature and scope of the investigation and why the District Attorney needs all of the documents he has demanded,” the president’s lawyers said in the 10-page memo. “The parties likely will disagree about the appropriate scope of discovery.”Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance’s Trump Case Hinges on Tax ReturnsTrump has been refusing to release his tax returns for years, overturning a precedent set by the previous six presidents. He argued in federal district court in New York that he couldn’t be subpoenaed in a criminal case because he is a sitting president. The president lost several bids last year in lower courts to stop the subpoenas.“Shunning the concept of the inviolability of the person of the King of England and the bounds of the monarch’s protective screen covering the Crown’s actions from legal scrutiny, the Founders disclaimed any notion that the Constitution generally conferred similarly all-encompassing immunity upon the president,” Marrero wrote in an October 2019 opinion denying Trump’s block and reminding the president’s legal team that the president is not royalty. Similar to his argument against the slew of congressional committees who wanted his finance records, Trump argued that the legal move tried “to compel the production of an enormous swath of the president’s personal financial information.” His legal team slammed Vance for “pointedly refus[ing] to eliminate the president as a target for indictment.”On Thursday, Dunne stressed the president's lawyers have had over a year to dig into the facts of their investigation and there was no “attempt to harass.” He also stressed that their request for the subpoena does not burden Article II of the Constitution—which establishes the executive branch of the federal government. He said that there is no burden because “the Mazars subpoena is not even served on the president. He's not the one responding to it.”“Now that the immunity claims are gone, he does not even have standing for claims that belong only to Mazars. I do not think discovery will be necessary,” Dunne said. A day after the July 9 Supreme Court victory, Marrero asked both Trump’s lawyers and the district attorney teams to inform him of whether further action was needed in light of the landmark decision. Trump’s lawyers, in the Wednesday memo, revealed they plan to argue Vance’s subpoena should be blocked, while the district attorney told Marrero that the president’s team is trying to blow past the limitations of the Supreme Court ruling. Both parties, however, agreed the president should make new challenges to the subpoena by July 27.“It is the president’s position that further proceedings are necessary,” Trump's lawyers said in the memo. “In those proceedings, the president will file a second amended complaint in which he will raise arguments that the Supreme Court held that he may make on remand.”On Wednesday, Vance’s office also asked Marrero in the joint memo to order the president to file any additional arguments as soon as possible in order to not lose evidence “as a result of fading memories or lost documents and the risk that applicable statutes of limitations could expire.” The District Attorney’s Office also asked the Supreme Court on Wednesday to immediately release its ruling to lower federal courts, warning that delaying a process that normally takes up to 25 days could thwart the ability for filing of criminal charges.“If the president has anything left to say the ball is now in his court,” the district attorney’s office wrote. 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Loss of control and a lack of training is to blame for a fatal helicopter crash during protests of a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville nearly three years ago, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a final report. The 13-page report issued Wednesday noted the pilot’s loss of control after the Virginia State Police helicopter had lost lift as well as his lack of training in how to recognize such a problem and how to help the aircraft recover from it. The crash near Charlottesville on Aug. 12, 2017, killed 48-year-old state police Lt. H. Jay Cullen and 40-year-old trooper-pilot Berke M.M. Bates.
The spread of the coronavirus has spurred Mexican authorities to impose local restrictions on mobility, commerce, and leisure, particularly in popular tourist destinations, even as the government seeks to revive the battered economy. On Wednesday, authorities in the Caribbean beach resort of Tulum threatened to fine or arrest people for disobeying rules on wearing face masks, the latest in a series of local and state-level curbs against the spread of the virus. Eager to lift an economy that is forecast to shrink as much as 10% this year, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has encouraged people to get out, and has resisted reimposing more stringent nationwide restrictions.