Venues In Jeopardy
Venues In Jeopardy
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden was expected to report a record fundraising haul of more than $300 million for the month of August, the New York Times reported on Tuesday, citing two people familiar with the matter. Biden, who is leading Republican incumbent President Donald Trump in most national opinion polls ahead of the Nov. 3 election, raised $140 million in July. The campaign was expected to see a boost from the Democratic National Convention and the naming of his vice presidential pick, U.S. Senator Kamala Harris of California, in August.
A federal intelligence alert from the FBI field office in Chicago, Ill., warned that about 30 gangs in the city have made a pact to shoot police officers if they draw their weapons in public, ABC 7 reported on Monday. Intelligence alerts are frequently distributed to law enforcement officials, especially if the alerts involve threats to an officer's safety. The alert states that Chicago gangs have agreed to “shoot on-sight any cop that has a weapon drawn on any subject in public.”
Maj. Gen. Scott Efflandt, the deputy commander of III Corps at Fort Hood, will no longer take command of the 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss in El Paso, according to the Army. Efflandt will remain at Fort Hood but be replaced as deputy corps commander by Maj. Gen. John Richardson. The change in command had been scheduled, the Army said, but not the move to keep Efflandt from the prestigious command of a division.
Dr. Stephen Hahn, the embattled head of the Food and Drug Administration, offered an assurance Monday: Any vaccine for public use will be approved "on the basis of science and data." "We will not make that decision on the basis of politics," he said in an interview with "CBS Evening News." "That's a promise." Hahn made the pledge after a series of recent public missteps involving the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — two of the federal agencies critical to the U.S. coronavirus response — which have damaged their reputations at a time when they are needed the most, according to seven prominent doctors and scientists who spoke to NBC News.
Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call The chairman of the U.S. Postal Service board of governors also serves as a director of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's $130 million super PAC, according to a new corporate filing in Virginia. Robert "Mike" Duncan, who testified alongside embattled Postmaster General Louis DeJoy before the House last week, was listed in the document as one of the directors of the Senate Leadership Fund, which has spent millions trying to defend vulnerable Senate Republicans. Duncan is also a director at American Crossroads, a pro-Trump super PAC, CNBC reported last month.
Russian military aggression is on the rise against the U.S. — but President Trump has seemingly not responded to it. Russian warplanes are increasingly flying close to Alaskan airspace, forcing the U.S. to run interception efforts more often than it has in recent years. Russian fighter jets kept zooming within 100 feet of a U.S. Air Force bomber over the Black Sea, and a Russian helicopter recently hovered close to U.S. forces.
Top White House officials rang the alarm bell during a call with the nation's governors on Monday, pleading with them to advise college presidents in their states to keep COVID-infected students on campus or risk another major outbreak. “We know that what happened across the South [in June] was primarily driven by 18-to-25 year olds, across the South, with asymptomatic spread,” said Dr. Deborah Birx, the Coronavirus Response Coordinator for the White House Coronavirus Task Force. The comments represent one of the most explicit acknowledgments to date that the White House's aggressive push to bring students back to campus this fall has created serious risks for increased COVID transmission.
A Florida man who calls himself the "Antifa hunter" was sentenced to more than three years in prison on Monday for an online harassment campaign against two local anti-racism activists. Daniel McMahon, 32, used the fringe social-media site Gab to threaten a candidate for Charlottesville, Virginia's, city council. The candidate, a Black Lives Matter chapter leader, then exited the race, the AP reported.
President Donald Trump on Tuesday claimed credit for bringing calm to Kenosha, Wisconsin during a visit to the city where the police shooting of an unarmed Black man touched off days of violent protests. Although Trump suggested that he helped quell the violence by sending the National Guard to Kenosha, it was Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers who activated the state's National Guard and asked for help from three other states, Arizona, Michigan and Alabama, which also sent Guard troops. The president traveled to Wisconsin to survey the damage caused by last week's unrest over the Aug. 23 shooting of Jacob Blake – a Black man who was shot seven times in the back by police and remains paralyzed and hospitalized.
A family is mourning after a man was beaten to death Sunday during a suspected road rage incident on a Missouri interstate, police say. Witnesses told police the driver of the Dodge had gotten into a fight on the side of the road with the man in the other pickup before speeding west down the interstate and turning south onto DD, according to police.
There were about 34,000 new cases of coronavirus and about 600 deaths on Aug. 31—decreases of about 12% and 30%, respectively, compared to two weeks ago. But the Midwest is an exception to the trend. It is the country's only region where daily case counts are rising in nearly every state—and in some in the area, like the Dakotas and Iowa, they're increasing dramatically.
The family of a 29-year-old Black man fatally shot by deputies during a traffic stop over a bicycle code violation on Monday has demanded accountability and justice amid a fresh wave of protests. Family members say Dijon Kizzee was fatally shot by Los Angeles Sheriff's Department deputies after they attempted to stop him while he was riding a bicycle in violation of vehicle codes. Almost immediately after the incident, hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets in outrage, chanting for justice as they marched to the South L.A. Sheriff's Station on Imperial Highway.
As a political scientist who studies elections, I believe that, should President Trump – or less likely, Joe Biden – contest the results of the November election, American democracy will survive. Legitimacy and peaceful transitions Most contested presidential elections have not posed threats to the legitimacy of government. Legitimacy, or the collective acknowledgment that government has a right to rule, is essential to a democracy.
Suspected militants attacked Pakistani troops amid a search operation in a former Taliban and al-Qaida stronghold in the northwest near the Afghan border, triggering a shootout that killed three soldiers, the army said Sunday. It said four soldiers also were wounded in the attack in South Waziristan, a district in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The army provided no further details, but South Waziristan had served as a militant base until recent years when Pakistan said its operations there had cleared the area of the Taliban.
A lifelong angler experienced the “catch of a lifetime” after he reeled in a record-breaking flathead catfish from the Yellow River in Santa Rosa County, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) announced in a news release. Lavon Nowling used live bait to catch the nearly 70-pound catfish, setting a Florida state record. “I've caught some good ones before this fish, but none of them were more than 54 pounds,” said Nowling, according to the release.
A suspect was taken into custody in Warrenville Tuesday morning after police responding to a report of a possible DUI encountered an unresponsive person armed with a handgun, police said.
President Donald Trump on Monday was grilled about why he has not condemned supporter Kyle Rittenhouse, who has been charged for murder after traveling across state lines to confront Black Lives Matter protesters, allegedly shooting three and killing two. Trump, however, defended Rittenhouse. U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a news briefing at the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House July 28, 2020 in Washington, DC.
In a world turned upside down by the coronavirus pandemic, rarely have so many kids relished the end of their summer vacations — and rarely have so many teachers faced such anxiety as school bells ring in a new year across much of Europe starting Tuesday. The pandemic-stained months of this year's summer break — with social distancing rules and enforced seclusion from friends — came on top of months of lockdowns and uneven online instruction since COVID-19 hit Europe. Now from Belgium to Russia, France to Hungary, tens of millions of kids will be unleashed upon one another in classrooms, gyms and playgrounds again.
Melania Trump's speech at the 2016 Republican National Convention backfired when people noticed how similar it was to one given by Michelle Obama in 2008. Trump's former friend Stephanie Winston Wolkoff wrote in a new book that Trump was not embarrassed by the scandal. After Melania Trump was accused of plagiarizing a Michelle Obama speech for her address at the 2016 Republican National Convention, the future first lady wasn't embarrassed, according to her former friend and adviser Stephanie Winston Wolkoff.
Less than one month after he was accused of sexually assaulting a woman, a famous Miami Beach DJ was found dead inside his home. Miami Beach police said Tuesday that DJ Erick Morillo was found dead inside his LaGorce Drive home. Morillo has a long and public history with drug abuse.