To The Point 5/17/20 - Part 1, Dr. David Dodson, MD

Michael Williams speaks with Dr. David Dodson, MD about reopening Florida.

  • Biden suggests police could shoot assailants 'in the leg instead of the heart'
    Yahoo News

    Biden suggests police could shoot assailants 'in the leg instead of the heart'

    Joe Biden said Monday that police under attack in the line of duty should shoot their assailants “in the leg instead of the heart” as a way to avert the killing of civilians. Biden's remarks were made as cities across the nation continue to be engulfed in violent protests in the wake of the death of George Floyd, an African-American, in police custody in Minneapolis. Former Officer Derek Chauvin, who kneeled on Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes, was charged Friday with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

  • U.S. assessment finds opportunists drive protest violence, not extremists
    Reuters

    U.S. assessment finds opportunists drive protest violence, not extremists

    President Donald Trump has blamed leftwing extremist groups for instigating nights of looting and violence in cities across the United States, but an intelligence assessment offers limited evidence that organized extremists are behind the turmoil. In part of a June 1 internal, intelligence assessment of the protests viewed by Reuters, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials said most of the violence appears to have been driven by opportunists. The assessment, prepared by the department's intelligence and analysis unit, said there was some evidence based on open-source and DHS reporting that the anarchist movement Antifa may be contributing to the violence, a view shared by some ...

  • ‘Wanton thuggery’: Australian reporter knocked down by police live on air as she covered George Floyd protests in DC
    The Independent

    ‘Wanton thuggery’: Australian reporter knocked down by police live on air as she covered George Floyd protests in DC

    US riot police were broadcast live on air using aggressive force to push and knock down an Australian reporter and her cameraman as they covered the Black Lives Matter protests in Washington DC, prompting an investigation by the Australian embassy. Amelia Brace, a reporter for Australian television network Channel 7, was broadcasting from the White House with cameraman Timothy Myers when police plouged into the crowd with riot shields, firing rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse them. Footage of the police barrelling at the camera and shoving the news team was viewed over a million times in a matter of hours.

  • An 'ANTIFA' Twitter account that called for looting 'white hoods' was actually run by white nationalist group Identity Evropa
    Business Insider

    An 'ANTIFA' Twitter account that called for looting 'white hoods' was actually run by white nationalist group Identity Evropa

    A fake antifa Twitter account that called for violence was actually run by a white nationalist group, according to a Twitter spokesperson. The account, "@ANTIFA_US," pretended to align with the Black Lives Matter movement and ongoing nationwide protests, and called for protesters to "move into residential areas... the white hoods.... and we take what's ours." Twitter banned the account Monday for breaking its rules against platform manipulation, spam, and inciting violence.

  • ‘Not the Same Question’: De Blasio Says Businesses, Churches to Remain Closed Even as Demonstrators Flout Lockdowns
    National Review

    ‘Not the Same Question’: De Blasio Says Businesses, Churches to Remain Closed Even as Demonstrators Flout Lockdowns

    New York City mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday said that although mass protests had erupted in the city, religious institutions and small business owners would still be closed until Monday. When you see . an entire nation, simultaneously grappling with an extraordinary crisis seated in 400 years of American racism, I’m sorry, that is not the same question as the understandably aggrieved store owner or the devout religious person who wants to go back to services,” de Blasio told a reporter for the ultra-Orthodox Jewish publication Hamodia.

  • Feds Charge Two for Firebombing Minnesota Building During Protests
    The Daily Beast

    Feds Charge Two for Firebombing Minnesota Building During Protests

    The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) made its first known intervention on Monday into the spiraling crisis in Minnesota, following the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin. The federal agency charged two men with firebombing a county building in the town of Apple Valley on Friday, and with possessing Molotov cocktails “not registered to them in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer.” The criminal complaint, brought against Garrett Ziegler and Fornandous Henderson, coincided with warnings from President Donald Trump and U.S. Attorney General William Barr of increased federal involvement in local law enforcement efforts to counter the violence that has wracked multiple American cities.

  • D.C. police officer to protesters: 'If I didn't think change was possible, I would just give up'
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    D.C. police officer to protesters: 'If I didn't think change was possible, I would just give up'

    Hours into the mandatory curfew in Washington, D.C., several police officers were recorded engaging in peaceful dialogue with protesters. While remaining in opposition to the extended protests over George Floyd's death, one officer appeared to commiserate with protesters' desire to seek change.

  • One of America's most popular police trainers is teaching officers how to kill with fear-based warrior tactics
    INSIDER

    One of America's most popular police trainers is teaching officers how to kill with fear-based warrior tactics

    Dave Grossman's "Bulletproof Mind" is teaching law enforcement agencies across the United States militarized tactics in which officers are told to see themselves as "at war" on the streets. Agencies have started turning away from the courses in recent years, after it was discovered the Minnesota police officer who fatally shot Philando Castile had taken one of Grossman's courses. If you're prepared to kill, Dave Grossman, says, it's "just not that big of a deal."

  • Exclusive: Trump Administration Denied Iran Coronavirus Prisoner Swap
    The National Interest

    Exclusive: Trump Administration Denied Iran Coronavirus Prisoner Swap

    The Trump administration did not secure the freedom of an American imprisoned in Iran in exchange for releasing an Iranian scientist held on U.S. immigration charges, the National Interest has learned. Sirous Asgari was deported to Iran on Tuesday after nearly three years in U.S. detention, first for sanctions-busting charges that were later dropped, and then for an expired visa. Iranian officials had raised the possibility of trading Asgari for Michael White, a U.S. Navy veteran imprisoned since 2018.

  • Backlash in China after front-line doctor dies
    BBC

    Backlash in China after front-line doctor dies

    Dr Hu Weifeng was an urologist, who was treating patients at the Wuhan Central Hospital - where Covid-19 was originally identified. He tested positive for the virus in January, during the early stages of the Chinese outbreak, and was transferred to different hospitals for treatment the following two months. His condition initially improved in mid-March; however, he then suffered cerebral haemorrhages in April and May.

  • In new filing, Justice Department pushes for end to Flynn case
    NBC News

    In new filing, Justice Department pushes for end to Flynn case

    A lawyer hired by the federal judge overseeing the case of former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn urged a federal appeals court Monday not to force him to end it now. But in a separate court filing, the Justice Department said the case should be ended because only prosecutors, not judges, can decide when to abandon a criminal case. The government last month told Federal District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan it wanted to drop the case, after Attorney General Williams Barr decided that Flynn's false statements to the FBI were not material to any open investigation.

  • OPEC+ keen to keep U.S. shale in check as oil prices rally
    Reuters

    OPEC+ keen to keep U.S. shale in check as oil prices rally

    When OPEC, Russia and their allies agreed in April to slash oil production, little did they expect that their initiative to prop up collapsing prices would be helped by a swift drop in U.S. output. Now that crude has rallied on the back of those cuts from below $20 a barrel to $40 or more, the group known as OPEC+ faces a fresh challenge: stopping U.S. shale production delivering another surprise by recovering equally quickly. "The plan is to stick to prices of $40-$50 per barrel because as soon as they rise any further to say $70 per barrel it encourages too much oil production, including U.S. shale," said a Russian source familiar with OPEC+ talks on the issue.

  • Mark Zuckerberg told enraged employees Facebook might change its policy on politicians using violent speech
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    Mark Zuckerberg told enraged employees Facebook might change its policy on politicians using violent speech

    GERARD JULIEN/AFP/Getty Images Facebook has come under fire for its decision to leave up a post in which President Donald Trump used the phrase "when the looting starts, the shooting starts" while discussing the unrest following George Floyd's death. Leaked audio obtained by The Verge from a company meeting on Friday shows Zuckerberg saying the company might review its policies around the "discussion of state use of force." Zuckerberg justified leaving Trump's post untouched partially on the grounds that he referred to deploying the National Guard.

  • Cuomo lashes out at New York mayor and police after night of violence sees Macy's looted
    The Independent

    Cuomo lashes out at New York mayor and police after night of violence sees Macy's looted

    Manhattan's flagship Macy's store was among dozens of businesses hit by looters on Monday evening, as a nighttime curfew in New York failed to prevent widespread looting in the city. While peaceful protests and marches over the police killing of George Floyd were taking place across the city, roving groups caused chaos in Midtown, smashing their way into shops and stealing merchandise. The looting began around 8pm, lasting into the night and beyond the 11pm curfew.

  • Minnesota National Guard Opened Fire on a Vehicle, Commander Says
    Military.com

    Minnesota National Guard Opened Fire on a Vehicle, Commander Says

    A soldier in Minneapolis opened fire on a speeding vehicle that posed a threat Sunday night -- the second known instance of a National Guard member discharging a weapon during the nationwide mass protests, the Minnesota National Guard commander said Monday. "Our soldier fired three rounds from his rifle in response to a direct threat" from a vehicle that drove at a position held by local law enforcement supported by the Guard, said Army Maj. Gen. Jon Jensen, adjutant general of the Minnesota National Guard. Read Next: Army Vet Lawmaker: Invoke Insurrection Act, Deploy Active-Duty Troops to Riots The driver ignored warnings to stop or turn away before the soldier opened fire, Jensen added.

  • Police chief says he doesn't "believe racism plays a role" in NYPD
    CBS News

    Police chief says he doesn't "believe racism plays a role" in NYPD

    The top uniformed officer in the New York City Police Department said he understands the anger driving protests across the United States following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. On Monday afternoon, NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan kneeled in solidarity with protesters. But he denounced looting, which marred another day of peaceful demonstrations in the city Monday as many ignored a new curfew.

  • Seattle protesters are using umbrellas to block pepper spray and tear gas, mirroring tactics used by the Hong Kong pro-democracy demonstrations
    INSIDER

    Seattle protesters are using umbrellas to block pepper spray and tear gas, mirroring tactics used by the Hong Kong pro-democracy demonstrations

    REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson Seattle protesters are using umbrellas to shield themselves from substances like tear gas as they take part in the anti police-brutality protests that are sweeping the country. CNN reported that dozens of people opened umbrellas in front of a police barrier to protect themselves on Tuesday. Umbrellas may also be becoming a wider symbol of the protests in the city, after footage circulated of a police taking an umbrella off a woman before firing gas into a crowd on Monday.

  • Philippine exit from key US military pact 'suspended'
    AFP

    Philippine exit from key US military pact 'suspended'

    The Philippines has told the United States it is suspending its bid to break off a key military pact, the two allies said Tuesday in a sharp turnaround of President Rodrigo Duterte's foreign policy. Duterte in February gave notice to Washington he was axing the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) after accusing the US of interference in his internationally condemned narcotics crackdown. That began a 180-day countdown to ending the deal central to hundreds of joint military exercises with the US per year and a major component of their nearly 70-year-old alliance.

  • Tropical Storm Cristobal has formed in Gulf of Mexico and may approach US by weekend
    USA TODAY

    Tropical Storm Cristobal has formed in Gulf of Mexico and may approach US by weekend

    Tropical Storm Cristobal, already the third storm of this year's hurricane season, formed Tuesday afternoon off the coast of Mexico and could reach Texas, Louisiana or the Florida Panhandle by Friday or early next week, meteorologists say. The storm began as a tropical depression with heavy rainfall and flooding over Mexico and Central America. The National Hurricane Center issued a public advisory soon after the storm moved through the Gulf, 150 miles from Campeche, Mexico, warning that increased rainfall, flooding and potential mudslides can be expected in southern Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

  • Cops Beaten, Shot, Rammed by SUVs as George Floyd Protests Boil Over
    The Daily Beast

    Cops Beaten, Shot, Rammed by SUVs as George Floyd Protests Boil Over

    Violent factions attacked police officers across the U.S. over the last 24 hours as demonstrations against the death of an unarmed black man in police custody have spiraled out of control. George Floyd, 46, died after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was caught on video kneeling on his neck for nearly nine minutes while he was handcuffed on Memorial Day. County Sheriff Joe Lombardo told the Las Vegas Review Journal that the officer survived.

  • Putin declines British invitation to take part in coronavirus summit: Kremlin
    Reuters

    Putin declines British invitation to take part in coronavirus summit: Kremlin

    Russian President Vladimir Putin does not plan to take part in an online summit on a possible coronavirus vaccine being organised by the British government this week, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday. Putin received an invitation to take part in the summit from British Prime Minister Boris Johnson last week, the Kremlin had said. Scheduled to take place on June 4, the Global Vaccine Summit 2020 is designed to mobilise resources needed to ensure universal availability of the vaccine against the novel coronavirus.

  • Leaked documents reveal China withheld crucial information about the coronavirus at the start of the outbreak
    Business Insider

    Leaked documents reveal China withheld crucial information about the coronavirus at the start of the outbreak

    Xinhua via REUTERS China delayed the release of information about the coronavirus, according to a new investigation. Its health officials did not share the coronavirus genome until over a week after scientists in Chinese laboratories decoded it at the beginning of January. Beijing did not warn the World Health Organization that the virus passed between people until two weeks later.

  • Chechen leader accused of mass torture and murder offers Donald Trump human rights advice: ‘End the mayhem’
    The Independent

    Chechen leader accused of mass torture and murder offers Donald Trump human rights advice: ‘End the mayhem’

    Chechnya's gay-purging strongman Ramzan Kadyrov has made an unexpected foray into US politics by suggesting Donald Trump might have a thing or two to learn from him about human rights. In a social media post published early on Tuesday morning, the controversial leader demanded American authorities “put an end” to “mayhem” and “illegal actions against citizens.” “Police are lynching people right on the streets of American cities,” he wrote.

  • Swedish COVID Response Architect Says Policies Were Too Lax, Resulted in Too Many Deaths
    National Review

    Swedish COVID Response Architect Says Policies Were Too Lax, Resulted in Too Many Deaths

    Sweden's response to the coronavirus resulted in too many deaths and could have been improved, the country's chief epidemiologist Anders Tegnell told Swedish radio on Wednesday. Tegnell designed a unique strategy by which the country allowed non-essential businesses to remain open, urging citizens to comply with social distancing regulations and to avoid unnecessary travel. Sweden's death rate from coronavirus as of Wednesday sits at 443 per million of the country's population, far higher than its Nordic neighbors Finland (58 per million) and Norway (44 per million), both of which imposed more far-reaching lockdowns of nonessential businesses.

  • George Floyd: Anonymous hackers re-emerge amid US unrest
    BBC

    George Floyd: Anonymous hackers re-emerge amid US unrest

    As the United States deals with widespread civil unrest across dozens of cities, "hacktivist" group Anonymous has returned from the shadows. The hacker collective was once a regular fixture in the news, targeting those it accused of injustice with cyber-attacks. After years of relative quiet, it appears to have re-emerged in the wake of violent protests in Minneapolis over the death of George Floyd, promising to expose the "many crimes" of the city's police to the world.