Rep. Donna Shalala was one of the speakers at the event.
Rep. Donna Shalala was one of the speakers at the event.
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar was at pains to defend not only the administration’s response, but the president’s behavior.
Normally bustling with people and commerce, downtown Louisville is now the site of very little activity. The small number of businesses that remained open during the pandemic feel even more rarefied since protests erupted last week over the decision in Breonna Taylor’s case.
Near the end of a week in which he begged supporters to donate money to his campaign for a second time, embattled Senator Lindsey Graham took to the debate stage on Saturday to face his opponent in the race to represent South Carolina in the Senate. Senator Graham is tied with Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison at 48 per cent each, according to the latest Quinnipiac University poll, in a race that has become unexpectedly competitive and could play a role in flipping control of the Senate. Mr Harrison has seen a surge in donations since the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the incumbent Graham’s u-turn on his previous pledge to not fill a Supreme Court vacancy in an election year.
Top aides of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton have asked federal authorities to investigate allegations of potential crimes.
Chris Wallace, host of 'Fox News Sunday' joins 'The Five' with reaction to President Trump's COVID-19 diagnosis.
A white father and son in rural Mississippi have been arrested after they allegedly chased two Black teenagers on ATVs off the road and repeatedly shot at them from a pickup truck, a sheriff's deputy said Friday. Wade Twiner, 48, and his son, Lane Twiner, 22, have each been charged with three counts of aggravated assault, said Chief Deputy Joseph Head of the Yazoo County Sheriff's Office in central Mississippi. The two teenagers were riding ATVs on a country road close to the Twiners' home, Head said.
When Donald Trump tested positive for COVID-19, it was not simply a seismic political event, or a fresh breed of “October Surprise.” The president’s positive test result also speaks volumes about the threat we face and the consequences of turning our backs on science and public health in America. The president of the United States and White House staff are, at least so far as we can tell, very often tested—or at least given the option to get tested—for the virus, and surrounded by the nation’s best scientists and physicians.It wasn’t enough.Even if we might be less likely to walk around without a mask—or pack an arena for a crowded rally—most of us don’t have nearly the level of safeguards against COVID-19 that the president does. We have to go out of our way to get tested, and the results often take many days to arrive. And many of us don’t have readily accessible, affordable, or quality medical care. Tens of millions of Americans have no health insurance at all. Meanwhile, ordinary working people are constantly at risk of exposure to COVID-19: Front-line workers go to high-risk work settings every day to keep the country running—hospitals and other healthcare settings, supermarkets, sanitation, law enforcement, and meat-packing plants, just to name a few. Our everyday lives are fraught with risks, like going to school or work, childcare, and even grocery shopping.Given these risks, it isn’t surprising that over seven million Americans have been infected, with over 200,000 deaths—with those figures representing just reported cases and deaths, the tip of the iceberg. If the president can contract the virus, we are all at risk. If infection can spread in the highly protected environment of the White House, it can spread anywhere.Trump Buddies Are Boasting They Tested Negative. That Doesn’t Mean Anything.The president has been actively downplaying the threat of COVID-19 since January, while contradicting his top scientists and sidelining public health agencies. It’s well known that the president has cast doubt on the seriousness of the pandemic, saying it would “disappear” and was no worse than seasonal flu. He downplayed the pandemic deliberately, as he told Bob Woodward. He has mocked those who followed public health experts’ advice like wearing masks, including criticizing his political opponent Joe Biden and journalists. He hasn’t modeled recommended health practices himself, often refusing to socially distance and to wear a mask in public. His densely crowded indoor political rallies have posed the highest risk environments, entirely opposite to what public health professionals have urged.The president has urged opening up society and the economy even in places where community transmission is raging. He has criticized mayors and governors for their COVID-19 restrictions, most of which have been well supported by scientific evidence. The president has publicly hyped unproven, sometimes dangerous, treatments like hydroxychloroquine or even disinfection by injecting oneself with bleach.Most egregious, the president has criticized and sidelined dedicated career scientists and public health professionals. President Trump publicly criticized Dr. Anthony Fauci for repeated “mistakes” after the National Institutes of Health (NIH) scientist countered the president’s claim the virus would disappear. And he criticized Dr. Robert Redfield, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director, for contradicting the White House timeline on a COVID-19 vaccine. The administration blocked CDC guidelines for reopening schools and businesses, labeling them “overly prescriptive.”In my 30 years of working with agencies like the CDC, the National Institutes of Health, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), I have never seen career scientists as demoralized as they are now. Public trust in these agencies is at an all-time low. The consequences of political interference with science and public health couldn’t be clearer. Now that we are on the verge of a COVID-19 vaccine, there is deep concern over political pressure on the FDA to approve a vaccine before the election. Public trust in the vaccine’s safety and effectiveness is crucial to getting the high coverage and protection we need.The health and safety of the president of the United States is one of the nation’s highest priorities. The president has a combination of high-risk factors, including older age, being overweight (perhaps obesity), and a history of cardiovascular disease. His physicians will closely monitor whether he becomes seriously sick. We all hope he will not require hospitalization or critical care, as occurred with United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The announcement that President Trump contracted COVID-19 should be of profound concern to all Americans. It plunges our country into a period of uncertainty and insecurity. But it also reminds us of the vast challenges we face as a nation in confronting a virus that is so easily spread and causes so much suffering and death. Most importantly, it reminds us that science is our only tool to curb the pandemic. The president’s diagnosis should be a wake-up call to invest in, and support, science and public health. Governors should think twice about opening up their states for business too quickly and against public health advice.If the president’s diagnosis convinced the public to take the virus seriously—to wear masks and practice social distancing—we could save tens of thousands of lives as the country embarks on the next phase of America’s pandemic response.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
Concern for a person’s health should not suppress debate about their conduct. And Trump’s policy choices have been disastrousA veil of solemnity descends upon the land at times like this, when elected officials or public figures get sick or die.We wish them speedy recovery, or extend sympathies, as we should. We ignore their faults and failings, as we would want our own ignored.These are the norms of politics and public life. Established norms, like behaving with dignity and self-restraint in a presidential debate, or condemning racist terrorists and murderers.For the record, we should all wish Donald and Melania Trump a full and speedy recovery. But that does not answer the fundamental question this president will leave behind when he leaves office. What norms survive a man who takes pleasure in destroying norms?First, let’s place the current norms in context. Concern for a person’s health – or respect for their death – should not suppress an honest discussion about their own conduct.You can’t ignore a smoker’s choices as you lament their lung cancer. And we can’t ignore the president’s choices in a pandemic, even as we wish for his recovery from Covid-19.From the beginning, Trump has been wrong about almost everything to do with the coronavirus. Even as he knew about the pandemic’s dangers, his policy choices were recklessly, dumbfoundingly, disastrously wrong. At every turn.The pandemic didn’t disappear like a miracle, or with the summer. It couldn’t be treated with an injection of disinfectant or bright light. It wasn’t halted by banning some air passengers (but not all) from China. Testing, tracing and mask-wearing has never been established on a national basis to stop the national spread of the disease.For months, Trump claimed that cases were only rising because testing was rising. So now he knows, as he has all along, that his own case exists regardless of testing.Which brings us to the most damaging impact of all, beyond the physical damage to the body of a 74-year-old man who makes mysterious trips to hospital.Trump’s infection with Covid-19 destroys what’s left of his credibility as someone who can lead a nation through the pandemic. If he can’t protect himself, how on earth can he protect American citizens?This is essentially the same question that destroyed what was left of George W Bush’s credibility when Hurricane Katrina submerged New Orleans. If you can’t protect an American city, how can you protect American forces in Iraq or the American people against terrorists?Looking back at what may well be the first and last presidential debate in this election, it’s hard to see Trump’s argument about mask-wearing as anything but suicidal – both personally and politically.“I put a mask on when I think I need it,” said our now-infected president. “Tonight, as an example, everybody’s had a test and you’ve had social distancing and all of the things that you have to. But I wear masks when needed. When needed, I wear masks. I don’t wear a mask like him. Every time you see him, he’s got a mask. He could be speaking 200 feet away from me and he shows up with the biggest mask I’ve ever seen.”Trump was speaking in a room that included his family who, naturally, were not wearing masks, despite the entreaties of a physician from the Cleveland Clinic. There’s a chance he was already infected at the time he was explaining why he didn’t need to wear a mask.“Masks make a big difference,” said Biden. “His own head of the CDC said if we just wore masks between now, if everybody wore a mask and social distanced between now and January, we’d probably save up to 100,000 lives. It matters. It matters.”One of those lives may, or may not, include his debate opponent, who disputed that idea on Tuesday.“They’ve also said the opposite,” Trump heckled.“No serious person has said the opposite,” replied Biden. “No serious person.”> Trump could emerge as a changed man. Pigs could also grow wings and begin service from New York to LondonTrump is not a serious person. Not for the last four years, and especially not now. His entire re-election campaign hinged on his promise that he could rebuild the economy – his economy, he claims.But his own infection means that promise looks even less serious than it did before his Covid test. When asked why voters should trust him to handle the pandemic at Tuesday’s debate, Trump blamed China, attacked Biden, and said: “We’ve done a great job.”Quite possibly a heckuvajob.There are moments in almost every presidential cycle when you know the die is cast: a point of no return where the momentum pushes the contest beyond anything the candidates – or external events – can influence in time for the election.In 2008 it was the combination of the financial crisis and the first debate, when the McCain campaign self-immolated and Barack Obama sailed through his final test unscathed. In 2016, it was a final weekend bookended by James Comey’s unprecedented opening and closing of an email investigation into Hillary Clinton.This 2020 contest was already mostly baked. Early voting has begun across the nation. Trump’s disastrous first debate served to dig a deeper hole for a president who has lagged far behind Biden all year.The most recent polling averages give Biden an eight-point lead nationally, and similar leads in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania – three states that Trump narrowly won to give him an electoral college majority four years ago.Now, with Trump’s infection, you can stick a fork in it. There are unlikely to be any more presidential debates, even if the veep candidates meet next week. There are no more Trump rallies worthy of the name. Nothing to change the dynamic of a blowout Trump defeat.Trump himself could emerge from his bout of Covid as a changed man, ready to take the pandemic seriously and scientifically. Pigs could also grow wings and begin passenger service from New York to London.Alternatively, he could emerge as an entirely unchanged man, dismissing it as a case of the sniffles. That’s if he can escape the intensive care experience that his young friend Boris Johnson suffered.With so many septuagenarian and octogenarian members of Congress within a hug’s distance of a White House official, it’s entirely possible that Capitol Hill shuts down for the remainder of this election.Despite Mitch McConnell’s insistence, Trump’s Covid infection could effectively suspend his own supreme court nomination. McConnell will then be forced to make this confirmation a life or death issue for those who say they support the right to life.For a political party that has proudly undermined any reasonable policy response to the pandemic, this turn of events is as ironic as it is irresponsible.In the words of the classic bumper sticker, their karma has finally run over their dogma.
Videos of a Kansas City police officer kneeling on a pregnant Black woman while arresting her have led to calls for the officer involved to be fired and reignited demands that the police chief resign. The videos show the woman on the ground with the officer's knee on her back while people in the crowd yell to stop because she is pregnant. Kevin Woolfolk, director of membership engagement for The Southern Christian Leadership Conference-Greater Kansas City, said the videos showed another example of how badly Kansas City police treat the Black community.
After the test, she complained of headaches, light sensitivity, and a metallic taste in her mouth
Democrat Joe Biden opened his widest lead in a month in the U.S. presidential race after President Donald Trump tested positive for the coronavirus, and a majority of Americans think Trump could have avoided infection if he had taken the virus more seriously, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Sunday. The Oct. 2-3 national opinion poll gave little indication of an outpouring of support for the president beyond Trump's core group of followers, some of whom have gathered outside Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where the president has been hospitalized. Trump has repeatedly dismissed the severity of the pandemic as something that would disappear on its own, chiding Biden as recently as last week for wearing a protective mask, even as the coronavirus infected millions of people and forced businesses and schools to close. Among those adults who are expected to cast ballots in the Nov. 3 election, the poll found that 51% were backing Biden, while 41% said they were voting for Trump. Another 4% were choosing a third-party candidate and another 4% said they were undecided. Biden's 10-point edge over Trump is 1 to 2 points higher than leads Biden posted over the past several weeks, though the increase is still within the poll's precision limits of plus or minus 5 percentage points. With about a month to go before the election, Biden has maintained an early advantage in securing the national popular vote. But to win the presidency, a candidate must prevail in enough states to win the Electoral College, and state polls show that Trump is nearly as popular as Biden in battleground states.
Cunningham admitted to sending sexual text messages to a woman who is not his wife but said he will not drop out of the race against Sen. Thom Tillis.
India's federal police will investigate the alleged gang rape of a young woman in northern Uttar Pradesh state whose death sparked nationwide protests, the local government said in a statement on Saturday. The 19-year-old Dalit woman died of her injuries earlier this week, triggering protests by both opposition political parties and the public in New Delhi and elsewhere against atrocities against a community often ostracized under India's centuries-old caste system. India is one of the world's most dangerous places for women, with a rape occurring on average every 15 minutes based on federal data.
Louisville police officers carried out a no-knock raid at the home of Breonna Taylor despite the fact that they were repeatedly told there were no packages, "suspicious or otherwise," delivered to the residence that could be tied to their drug investigation, according to a new report. The 26-year-old EMT was fatally shot March 13 after three Louisville Metropolitan Police officers burst into ...
Donald Trump released a four-minute video message from hospital on Saturday evening saying he is “feeling much better” but is facing the “real test” in his battle against coronavirus over the next few days. After hours of speculation about the real state of his health following differing briefings from doctors and a close aide, Mr Trump appeared in a shirt and jacket but unusually no tie as he sat by a desk and addressed the camera. The US president admitted that he “wasn’t feeling so well” when he was rushed to hospital on Friday night by helicopter from the White House. It has been widely reported in US media that Mr Trump was having difficulty breathing and was given supplemental oxygen before the flight. But Mr Trump said in the video that he believed he would “be back soon” and vowed to pick up where he left off in his presidential campaign with election day now less than a month away.
The global chemical weapons watchdog said Friday that two investigations into alleged attacks in Syria in 2016 and 2018 couldn't establish that chemicals were used as weapons in either case. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons issued two reports by its Fact-Finding Mission into attacks in Saraqib in the Idlib region on Aug. 1, 2016, and in Aleppo on Nov. 24, 2018. The reports also “indicated the presence of a substance with an odor similar to that of chlorine,” the OPCW report said.
Black police chiefs are sometimes brought on to act as a bridge between the police and the Black community, but they face challenges from both sides.
Germany expects the European Union to impose new sanctions against Russia over the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny with an internationally banned nerve agent, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Saturday. Navalny emerged from a coma in early September after suddenly falling ill during a flight in Siberia on Aug. 20 and later being airlifted to Berlin for treatment. German doctors say he was poisoned with Novichok, a Russian nerve agent.
Audience members on Trump's side of the room also refused to take a mask when offered one.
The South Pacific territory of New Caledonia chose to remain French on Sunday, narrowly rejecting independence in a tightly-fought referendum marked by a high turnout. The vote rejecting a breakaway from France after almost 170 years came in at 53.26 percent, according to final results, down from 56.7 percent in a referendum two years ago. French President Emmanuel Macron - who had said previously that "France would be less beautiful without New Caledonia" - on Sunday said he was grateful to the archipelago's voters. "I welcome this sign of confidence in the republic with a profound sense of gratitude," Mr Macron said from his office. He added that he also felt "humility" at the outcome which showed a clear progression of the pro-independence vote compared with the independence referendum in 2018.