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Trump on Supreme Court vacancy: 'When you have the votes, you can sort of do what you want'
Mon, 21 Sep 2020 11:26:27 -0400
The president on Monday defended the Republican plan to bring his pick to replace the Supreme Court vacancy left by Ruth Bader Ginsburg to a vote so close to an election, even though Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declined to do the same in 2016.

The FDA is reportedly about to make approving a coronavirus vaccine before the election a lot tougher
Tue, 22 Sep 2020 16:26:57 -0400
The Food and Drug Administration is poised to roll out new, rigorous standards for an emergency approval for a coronavirus vaccine, The Washington Post reports.The standards, which appear to be an example of the agency's efforts to increase public trust amid the politicization of vaccine development, could be unveiled as soon as this week and are expected to be much tougher than what was used for the controversial emergency clearances of potential COVID-19 treatments hydroxychloroquine and convalescent plasma, per the Post. Manufacturers will be asked to follow vaccine trial participants for at least two months after they receive their second shot, two individuals familiar with situation told the Post on condition of anonymity. The agency will also reportedly be looking for at least five severe COVID-19 cases in the placebo group for each trial, as well as some cases of the disease in older people to see if the vaccine works. Given the new standards, plus the time it will take companies developing vaccine candidates to apply for an emergency use authorization and for the FDA to review the data, "it's hard to imagine how an EUA could possibly occur before December," Paul Offit, the director of the Vaccine Education Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and FDA vaccine advisory board member, told the Post.That will likely allay at least some fears that the White House will try to push a vaccine out before the November election, although there are some people who think the FDA shouldn't grant an EUA for a vaccine at all since there'd still be less safety data required for approval than under normal circumstances. Read more at The Washington Post.More stories from Trump supporters boo Ohio's GOP lieutenant governor for encouraging mask use Democrats have a better option than court packing Democrats' terrible bluff on the Supreme Court

NASA plans for return to Moon to cost $28 billion
Mon, 21 Sep 2020 21:38:05 -0400
NASA on Monday revealed its latest plan to return astronauts to the Moon in 2024, and estimated the cost of meeting that deadline at $28 billion, $16 billion of which would be spent on the lunar landing module.

‘Good guys are demonized, criminals are canonised’: One of the officers in Breonna Taylor raid speaks out in fiery email
Tue, 22 Sep 2020 22:02:41 -0400
A state of emergency has been declared ahead of an expected announcement from the state's attorney general

Coronavirus map of the US: latest cases state by state
Mon, 21 Sep 2020 14:01:59 -0400
* Covid-19: world map of deaths and cases * Covid-19: latest global updatesWith countries all over the world affected by the coronavirus pandemic, the US has emerged as a global hotspot. The Trump administration has been criticized for being slower to act than other countries. The US currently leads the world in both confirmed Covid-19 cases and deaths according to Johns Hopkins University.It’s important to point out that the actual death toll is believed to be far higher than the tally compiled from government figures.default default * Due to the unprecedented and ongoing nature of the coronavirus pandemic, this article is being regularly updated to ensure that it reflects the current situation as best as possible. Any significant corrections made to this or previous versions of the article will continue to be footnoted in line with Guardian editorial policy.

Real estate tycoon and critic of China's President Xi Jinping jailed for 18 years
Mon, 21 Sep 2020 23:56:04 -0400
The former chairman of a state-owned real estate company who publicly criticised President Xi Jinping's handling of the coronavirus pandemic was sentenced to 18 years in prison on Tuesday on corruption charges, a court announced. Ren Zhiqiang, who became known for speaking up about censorship and other sensitive topics, disappeared from public view in March after publishing an essay online that accused Mr Xi of mishandling the outbreak that began in December in the central city of Wuhan. Mr Xi, party leader since 2012, has suppressed criticism, tightened censorship and cracked down on unofficial organisations. Dozens of journalists, labour and human rights activists and others have been imprisoned. Mr Ren, 69, was convicted of corruption, bribery, embezzlement of public funds and abuse of power, the Beijing No. 2 Intermediate People's Court announced on its social media account. It cited Mr Ren as saying he wouldn't appeal. The former chairman and deputy party secretary of Huayuan Group was expelled from the ruling party in July. In a commentary that circulated on social media, Mr Ren criticised a Feb. 23 video conference with 170,000 officials held early in the pandemic at which Mr Xi announced orders for responding to the disease. Mr Ren didn't mention Mr Xi's name but said, "standing there was not an emperor showing off his new clothes but a clown who had stripped off his clothes and insisted on being an emperor". Mr Ren criticised propaganda that portrayed Mr Xi and other leaders as rescuing China from the disease without mentioning where it began and possible mistakes including suppressing information at the start of the outbreak. "People did not see any criticism at the conference. It didn't investigate and disclose the truth," Mr Ren wrote, according to a copy published by China Digital Times, a website in California. "No one reviewed or took responsibility. But they are trying to cover up the truth with all kinds of great achievements." Mr Ren had an early military career and his parents were both former high officials in the Communist party. Some called him a princeling, a term for offspring of the founders of the communist government, a group that includes Mr Xi. He appeared to have crossed a political line by criticising Mr Xi's personal leadership.

Air Force Two, carrying Vice President Mike Pence, returns to airport after hitting bird on takeoff
Tue, 22 Sep 2020 22:13:05 -0400
The bird hit one of the engines of the aircraft, which was carrying the vice president. It then returned safely to Manchester Airport.

Family of Slain Louisville BBQ Owner Files Suit Over Notorious Killing
Mon, 21 Sep 2020 13:13:13 -0400
The family of David McAtee, a Black Louisville, Kentucky restaurateur who was shot and killed in June by cops and the National Guard during protests over the police killing of local emergency medical technician Breonna Taylor, filed a wrongful death lawsuit on Monday, just over 48 hours after the man’s nephew was shot and killed in virtually the same spot.It was the latest harrowing episode in a cycle of bloodshed that has seemingly singled out a beloved local family.The lawsuit targets the Louisville Metro Police Department, the Kentucky National Guard, and a slew of officers and National Guard members the family says were involved in the June 1 shooting. It also names the two white Louisville cops previously identified as having been party to the killing—Katie Crews and Austin Allen. When, after the shooting, it was revealed that neither officer had their body camera activated, Mayor Greg Fischer fired Steven Conrad, the local police chief.As has become routine in an era of increased scrutiny of police killings of people of color, the two officers were placed on leave, and a joint state-federal investigation was announced. But attorney Steve Romines, who is representing the McAtees, said the probe into the fatal shooting of the celebrated barbecue chef had been virtually invisible, and seemed to go nowhere.“They had indicated that [the investigation] would be transparent and all the information would be provided,” Romines told The Daily Beast. “Literally none of it has been provided, and we’re left with no other option but to go forward [with our lawsuit]. I understand the need for a proper, thorough investigation to ensure justice, but there’s a big difference between that and dragging it out like this.”The elder McAtee was killed when police and National Guard arrived to enforce a curfew amid the peak of Black Lives Matter protests sparked in part by the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis—as well as the killing Taylor—this spring. On the night in question, a large crowd was eating at McAtee’s restaurant, Yaya’s BBQ Shack, and McAtee’s niece, Maychelle, was threatened by police projectiles as she stood by the doorway. In the lawsuit, McAtee claims she was hit three times. Police have said—and provided surveillance footage they say shows—that McAtee fired his own gun at least once from the restaurant as police and National Guard made their approach.Almost as soon as police say McAtee fired, a hail of police and National Guard gunfire erupted, killing him. State officials later said they concluded that the fatal shot was fired by a member of the National Guard, and that the shooting was justified.In a statement, a spokesperson for the Louisville Metro Police Department said it did not comment on pending litigation. Crews could not immediately be reached for comment on the lawsuit, and the National Guard did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Crews had reportedly mocked a demonstrator she encountered earlier that night, posting on Facebook: "I hope the pepper balls that she got lit up with a little later on hurt."When reached by phone Monday, Allen told “I wish I could comment, but you know how it is.”Law enforcement officials claim McAtee fired at least two rounds from a 9mm pistol he wore on his belt. Crews and Allen fired at McAtee at least 19 times, according to officials. The family’s lawsuit does not say McAtee fired on officers during the incident, but explains that he had been advised by police officers who regularly ate at YaYa’s to carry a gun for his own protection.The family is seeking unspecified monetary damages, including funeral expenses. And now they are facing an even fresher tragedy.Marvin McAtee—David McAtee’s nephew—took over YaYa’s BBQ after his uncle’s death. Over the weekend, Marvin was reportedly shot and killed in an apparently unrelated incident just steps from where David was gunned down. Police said they have not yet identified any suspects.Reached by phone, Odessa Riley, David McAtee’s grandmother, said she was planning her second funeral in three months—and couldn’t talk for long.“Everybody’s on their way over,” Riley told The Daily Beast. “The family’s on their way over, the funeral home people are on their way over. Today is a bad day.”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.

Black Lives Matter Removes Language about Disrupting the Nuclear Family from Website
Mon, 21 Sep 2020 14:56:21 -0400
The official Black Lives Matter website no longer includes language encouraging the “disruption” of the “Western-prescribed nuclear family structure.”The language had been featured on the site's "What We Believe" page, in which the group had laid out its support for various extreme policies and ideals that went beyond police reform and brutality. Attempts to access the page now yield a message that reads, "Page Not Found. Sorry, but the page you were trying to view does not exist," the Washington Examiner first discovered on Monday.The page had described the group as a "global Black family" that engages "comrades with the intent to learn about and connect with their contexts," according to an archive."We make our spaces family-friendly and enable parents to fully participate with their children. We dismantle the patriarchal practice that requires mothers to work 'double shifts' so that they can mother in private even as they participate in public justice work," the organization wrote. "We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and 'villages' that collectively care for one another, especially our children, to the degree that mothers, parents, and children are comfortable."The website still features an “About" page that explains the origin of the organization — it was founded in 2013 after the death of Trayvon Martin — and features a shorter list of its goals. The "About" page says the group’s mission “is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes.”“We affirm the lives of Black queer and trans folks, disabled folks, undocumented folks, folks with records, women, and all Black lives along the gender spectrum,” the page reads.“We are working for a world where Black lives are no longer systematically targeted for demise,” it adds.The organization has received criticism for its extremist views, including co-founder Patrisse Cullors 2015 admission that she and her fellow co-founders are “trained Marxists.”"I actually do think we have an ideological frame. We are trained Marxists," Cullors said.

Republicans can't be stopped from confirming Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Senate Democrat says
Tue, 22 Sep 2020 18:41:30 -0400
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse tells “Skullduggery” Democrats do not have the votes to stop the Republicans from confirming Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's replacement. It could happen before the election.

Australia whales: 90 dead in mass stranding off Tasmania
Tue, 22 Sep 2020 03:01:15 -0400
Rescuers are racing to save the survivors of a group of 270 whales beached off Tasmania's west coast.

As the U.S. hits 200,000 COVID-19 deaths, Trump tells an Ohio rally the coronavirus 'affects virtually nobody'
Tue, 22 Sep 2020 01:01:42 -0400
The U.S. passed yet another "grim milestone" in its COVID-19 pandemic Monday night, Reuters notes, with at least 200,000 Americans dead from the new coronavirus and an average of nearly 1,000 more dying each day. As "the country blew past estimate after estimate" of COVID-19 deaths, Politico's pandemic newsletter said Monday night, "the term 'grim milestone' in headlines became so routine that we banned it."COVID-19 deaths are rising again in the U.S. after a four-week decline, with Texas and Florida leading the news fatalities, Reuters reports, and the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation now predicts 300,000 deaths by Dec. 9 and 378,000 by the end of 2020 if current trends continue. The IHME's first projection of U.S. coronavirus deaths, issued March 16, topped out at 162,000. The U.S., with about 4 percent of the world's population, has 20 percent of its recorded COVID-19 deaths.At a rally in Dayton, Ohio, on Monday night, President Trump assured his admirers the virus isn't really that bad, noting that it mostly kills "elderly people" and people with "other problems," adding, "It affects virtually nobody."> "It affects virtually nobody," Trump says of the coronavirus, which has now killed 200,000 Americans and counting> > — Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 22, 2020According to CDC data, more than 70 percent of U.S. COVID-19 deaths are among people older than 65, which means about 60,000 of the dead were 65 and younger. And a lot of the estimated millions of U.S. "long-haulers" who did not die from COVID-19 are still grappling with a wide array of health problems, some of the potentially serious.More stories from Trump supporters boo Ohio's GOP lieutenant governor for encouraging mask use Democrats have a better option than court packing Democrats' terrible bluff on the Supreme Court

US faces ticking ‘feral swine bomb’ as millions of wild pigs run rampant across country
Mon, 21 Sep 2020 12:58:58 -0400
The wild boars cause $2.5bn in damages annually

Russia touts nuclear-powered icebreaker as proof "the Arctic is ours"
Tue, 22 Sep 2020 11:51:21 -0400
The 570-foot-long "Arktika" is designed to smash Putin's Russia a path of "sovereignty" through ice 9 feet deep in the sensitive northern region.

Humpback whale swims free after getting stranded in Australian crocodile-infested river
Mon, 21 Sep 2020 09:55:47 -0400
A humpback whale has found its way back to sea weeks after getting lost in a murky, crocodile-infested river in northern Australia. In the southern part of the country, an estimated 270 pilot whales were stranded.

Why We’re Never Buying Rectangular Rugs Again
Mon, 21 Sep 2020 14:32:21 -0400

'Placed intentionally to cause harm': Michigan city closes playgrounds after discovery of 41 razor blades
Tue, 22 Sep 2020 23:13:48 -0400
The Eaton Rapids Police Department found razor blades at two playgrounds, prompting the city to temporarily close all parks to ensure safety.

No deal with Israel, but Saudi pushes outreach to Jews
Wed, 23 Sep 2020 00:35:24 -0400
From scrubbing hate-filled school textbooks to a taboo-defying religious sermon, Saudi Arabia is pushing for another kind of normalisation after declining to establish formal relations with Israel -- co-existence with Jews.

Joe Biden is already being cagey about expanding the Supreme Court
Wed, 23 Sep 2020 02:21:48 -0400
Biden refuses to say whether he'd expand the Supreme Court if he wins

Army gives green light to shape vehicle electrification requirements
Mon, 21 Sep 2020 11:56:28 -0400
The Army has been given the go-ahead to develop requirements to provide electric power to tactical and combat vehicles.

AP FACT CHECK: No proof Sen. Collins voted to help husband
Mon, 21 Sep 2020 10:47:51 -0400
Democrat Sara Gideon has launched a new TV ad making an unsupported claim that Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine has used her power in public office to advance legislation to help her husband and his business. Democrats hope they have a chance at flipping the chamber if voters send Gideon, currently the speaker of the Maine House, to the Senate over Collins, who is seeking a fifth term. THE FACTS: Gideon’s ad leaves out important details to lob a groundless accusation that Collins voted to line her husband’s pockets.

Snorkeler attacked by 10ft bull shark in Florida Keys
Mon, 21 Sep 2020 15:56:43 -0400
Victim was airlifted to Miami hospital with a serious bite wound

Millions in military gear vanishes — until eBay post unravels trooper’s plot, feds say
Mon, 21 Sep 2020 16:18:49 -0400
The Illinois state trooper is accused of lifting more than $3 million worth of military equipment from a Marine Corps Air Station in North Carolina.

'Remarkable' new data shows decline in on-time mail delivery after DeJoy took over as postmaster general
Mon, 21 Sep 2020 12:05:00 -0400
New data obtained by The Guardian provides a more specific look at how the changes implemented by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy affected the U.S. Postal Service's on-time first-class mail delivery rate after he took over the role in June.In what North Carolina A&T history professor and former postal worker Philip Rubio described as a "remarkable graphic illustration," The Guardian shows that rates plummeted not long after DeJoy stepped in. The USPS was delivering first-class mail on time about 93 percent of the time during most of the first half of 2020, just shy of its 95 percent goal, and was averaging nearly 91 percent at the moment of leadership transition. But by August the national rate had dipped to about 81.5 percent, and was even lower in some postal districts, reaching as far south as 63.6 percent in northern Ohio and just over 61 percent in Detroit, although it's worth pointing out that Detroit had also fallen well below the national average for multiple weeks earlier in 2020, jumping back up shortly before DeJoy arrived. As The Guardian notes, those districts are both in key swing states, which will likely raise some eyebrows, given that DeJoy has already had critics accuse him of trying to slow deliveries with an increase in mail-in ballots expected for the general election because of the coronavirus pandemic.DeJoy denied those allegations during congressional testimony and explained that any slowdowns that occurred were the result of a bumpy transition. DeJoy went on to pause the reforms he put in place until after the election, but The Guardian's analysis shows that delivery speed is still lagging in several districts. View the trends of delivery rates in postal districts across the country at The Guardian.More stories from Trump supporters boo Ohio's GOP lieutenant governor for encouraging mask use Democrats have a better option than court packing Vanessa Bryant sues L.A. Sheriff's Department over photos deputies reportedly shared from crash site

Newly released documents show Amazon is a $3.9 billion-per-year customer the Post Office can't afford to lose
Tue, 22 Sep 2020 13:58:06 -0400
Documents obtained by American Oversight show Amazon accounted for $3.9 billion in revenue and $1.6 billion in profit for the Post Office in 2019.

Pregnant Bindi Irwin reveals baby's sex: 'You are our world'
Tue, 22 Sep 2020 10:21:00 -0400
Irwin and her husband, Chandler Powell, are about to become a family of three.

LeBron James on speaking out against police brutality: I never condone violence
Wed, 23 Sep 2020 02:38:43 -0400
LeBron James answers forcefully about the two sheriffs deputies who were shot in Compton and the criticism leveled at him.

Hawaii Health Department Chemist Cooked Up LSD for Air Force Members: Prosecutors
Mon, 21 Sep 2020 20:16:25 -0400
A government chemist in Hawaii cooked up batches of LSD for active-duty members of the U.S. military who responded to ads for the powerful hallucinogen posted on social media, prosecutors allege.Trevor Keegan, an “extract tech” in the Disease Outbreak Control Division of the state Health Department, was charged earlier this month on one count of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. His alleged co-conspirator, Austin White, is not known to be affiliated with any government agency. He is facing the same charges as Keegan.The case came to the attention of investigators last September, when a confidential informant tipped off the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations (OSI) about “an individual [who] was utilizing...Snapchat to advertise and conduct drug sales, particularly with active duty military service members.” The existence of the investigation has not been previously reported.Air Force Vet Who Shot Woman for Stealing His Nazi Flag Claims He’s Actually the Victim OSI turned the investigation over to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), which was soon able to identify the Snapchat dealer as White, prosecutors said.“White’s public Snapchat account showed the public advertisement of various controlled substances for sale with listed prices,” says a criminal complaint filed in Hawaii federal court. “One of the advertised controlled substances was Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (“LSD”), more commonly known as ‘acid,’ which is a schedule I controlled substance.”LSD use within the armed forces has become an issue of late. In 2018, rampant LSD consumption by members of the Air Force’s nuclear missile corps was exposed by the Associated Press. Since then, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service has reportedly launched nearly 200 investigations into LSD-related offenses, with cases spiking by 70 percent in the first four months of 2020. As recently as 2006, LSD use in the Air Force was so rare it was removed entirely from the standard drug tests given to airmen.In December 2019, an undercover DEA agent contacted White on Snapchat to arrange a purchase. During that meeting, White allegedly sold the agent 20 grams of “a suspected LSD mixture in the form of ingestible gummies” for $200. The following month, White sold the same undercover agent about $1,400 worth of gummies and tabs of blotter acid, the complaint states. White’s source “work[ed] in chemistry,” he told the undercover agent, and said he “makes his own stuff.” White then agreed to have “the cook” make another 300 blotter tabs in advance of their next meeting, according to prosecutors.That’s when White got sloppy. After getting $2,500 from his customer, White pointed to a car parked nearby. White allegedly told the undercover that the vehicle’s driver—and lone passenger—was his supplier, before walking over to retrieve the drugs. DEA agents were able to identify the driver as Keegan, according to court filings.Both men were arrested at the beginning of May. The blotter acid tested positive for LSD, although the gummies did not.“You would think that employees at the state disease outbreak control center would be too busy these days for such extracurricular activities,” Dan Grazier, an ex-Marine Corps officer who now works for the nonprofit Project on Government Oversight, told The Daily Beast. “I don’t recall a single instance of anyone testing positive for LSD when I was in the Marine Corps. I have heard it is becoming more common because it is quickly passed through the system and can't be detected in a urinalysis after 2 to 3 days.”Former U.S. Air Force squadron commander Cedric Leighton, who retired from the service as a colonel, said he discovered at least three of his airmen using LSD during his 26-year career.“Our service members are good people, but, like anyone else, they can be one bad decision away from ruining their careers and their lives,” Leighton told The Daily Beast. “I saw it as my job to help them avoid those bad decisions.”Keegan and White’s attorneys did not respond to a request for comment, nor did the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations.Both men are free on $50,000 bail. Keegan is expected to plead guilty at the end of October.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.

Why Biden is stiff-arming the left on court-packing and the filibuster
Tue, 22 Sep 2020 04:30:42 -0400
The Democratic nominee sees political upside in his old-school institutionalism.

Declaration of UN's 75th anniversary urges global unity
Mon, 21 Sep 2020 22:38:25 -0400
The world’s often-divided nations united Monday to adopt a declaration commemorating the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, saying the urgency for all countries to come together “has rarely been greater” amid global challenges ranging from the coronavirus pandemic to climate change and violent extremism. The declaration, approved by 193 member nations at the mainly virtual commemoration, praises the United Nations as the only global organization with the power to bring countries together and give “hope to so many people for a better world and ... deliver the future we want.” Born out of the horrors of World War II, the United Nations was established to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war — words enshrined in the U.N. Charter.

Angered by Arab-Israel ties, Palestine quits chairing Arab League sessions
Tue, 22 Sep 2020 07:19:08 -0400
RAMALLAH, West Bank/GAZA (Reuters) - Palestine has quit its current chairmanship of Arab League meetings, the Palestinian foreign minister said on Tuesday, condemning as dishonourable any Arab agreement to establish formal relations with Israel. Palestinians see the accords that the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain signed with Israel in Washington a week ago as a betrayal of their cause and a blow to their quest for an independent state in Israeli-occupied territory. Earlier this month, the Palestinians failed to persuade the Arab League to condemn member nations breaking ranks and normalising ties with Israel.

Countries are spending billions to revive fossil fuel industries that collapsed during the pandemic
Tue, 22 Sep 2020 11:19:30 -0400
When fossil fuel industries collapsed during the COVID-19 pandemic, governments around the world could've used it as an opportunity to transition to renewable energy sources. Instead, they've poured billions of dollars into saving polluting industries instead of meeting their pledges to massively cut greenhouse gas emissions and fight climate change, CNN reports.The COVID-19 pandemic led to the collapse of fossil fuel industries around the world: Oil famously tanked below $0 a barrel in April, while coal companies were projected to "never recover" from pandemic losses. But several global economies are doing their best to make sure that doesn't happen.In Poland, for example, the government bought up $35 million in unwanted coal to help that struggling industry, CNN reports. The EU as a whole originally planned to tie its $2 trillion coronavirus relief package with its pledge for carbon neutrality, but Poland was able to wiggle its way out of that deal, and the EU only ended up putting 30 percent of the relief funds toward the climate. Canada funneled $1.1 billion into a new oil pipeline, while Australia is quickly building a new coal mine and India is opening dozens more, all under the guise of helping the economy recover from COVID-19.All of these contradictory moves come as countries claim they're committed to the Paris Climate Agreement and other goals for cutting emissions to avoid devastating climate change. But while emissions did reduce a bit while coronavirus lockdowns were in place, they won't help the climate in the long term, and are still far from the levels of climate action the world needs to avoid absolute catastrophe, data from the Climate Action Tracker reveals. Read more at CNN.More stories from Trump supporters boo Ohio's GOP lieutenant governor for encouraging mask use Democrats have a better option than court packing Democrats' terrible bluff on the Supreme Court

'Sobering and stunning': Dr Fauci warns against surging Covid cases as death toll reaches 200,000 and Trump remains silent
Tue, 22 Sep 2020 15:57:51 -0400
Infectious disease expert urges Americans to follow public health guidelines

Fact Check: Rand Paul's office confirms he did not call for a judge to subpoena antifa
Tue, 22 Sep 2020 21:34:06 -0400
Sen. Rand Paul did not call for subpoenas of antifa's travel and financial records as social media users claim. Paul's office confirmed this is false.

He couldn’t get a drink on Duval Street. Then he waved a gun, Key West police said
Tue, 22 Sep 2020 17:25:59 -0400
Two men visiting Key West found out what happens when you wave a gun out of a car window on Duval Street, according to police.

Florida's governor is proposing a law that would protect drivers who kill or injure people if they're fleeing a 'mob,' following a spate of incidents of people driving through protest crowds
Mon, 21 Sep 2020 18:11:21 -0400
People have hit protesters with cars dozens of times since the US erupted with protests following the death of George Floyd in May.

Australian journalist says he fled China after authorities threatened to detain his teenage daughter
Mon, 21 Sep 2020 08:35:58 -0400
Chinese authorities threatened to detain an Australian journalist and his 14-year-old daughter two years ago, in apparent retaliation for his coverage of China. Matthew Carney, then the Australian Broadcasting Corp’s Beijing bureau chief, was already bracing for trouble after being reprimanded by Chinese foreign ministry representatives upset over his coverage, which they had deemed unfavourable to the country. The last meeting he had with representatives ended with him being told he had personally broken Chinese laws and was now under ‘investigation.’ The problems continued when Carney sought to renew his journalist visa. During the process, he was instructed to report to a facility and to bring his daughter, where a lead interrogator later alleged she had broken visa rules. He was told because his daughter is an adult under Chinese law, that "as the People’s Republic of China is a law-abiding country, she will be charged with the visa crime.”

Column: Here's a deal Democrats could make to prevent a Ginsburg replacement before the election
Mon, 21 Sep 2020 14:34:01 -0400
A few Republicans could agree to postpone the replacement of Justice Ginsburg in exchange for a few Democrats agreeing never to vote for a court-packing scheme.

Seoul: Missing South Korean official may be in North Korea
Wed, 23 Sep 2020 03:05:38 -0400
A South Korean official who disappeared off a government ship near the disputed sea boundary with North Korea this week may be in North Korea, South Korea's Defense Ministry said Wednesday. In its statement, the Defense Ministry said it had information that the missing official was on North Korean shores on Tuesday afternoon. The ministry said officials will contact North Korea to ask about the missing official and take other steps to find more details.

New York says new cluster of Brooklyn COVID-19 cases causes 'significant concern'
Tue, 22 Sep 2020 19:02:39 -0400
New York City's Health Department has identified a new cluster of COVID-19 cases in Brooklyn, and said on Tuesday a marked uptick in infections there and in some other neighborhoods is "cause for significant concern." Four areas have seen a large increase in cases between early August and last week, Patrick Gallahue, a spokesman for the city's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, wrote in an email to reporters. After becoming the global epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the spring, the city has managed to bring the number of positive test results to below 1% through social distancing measures.

China, WHO Could Have Prevented COVID Pandemic, Congressional Report Concludes
Mon, 21 Sep 2020 08:48:53 -0400
An audit by congressional Republicans to be released on Monday concludes that China covered up the initial spread of coronavirus while the World Health Organization "parroted" Chinese propaganda.Various U.S. government officials and agencies have already alleged that China hid the extent and severity of coronavirus following its appearance in the city of Wuhan in late December, and Republicans have accused the WHO of kowtowing to Chinese assessments of the outbreak. The Monday report by Republican members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, which was obtained by National Review, represents one of the most comprehensive attempts to delineate responsibility for the pandemic."It is beyond doubt that the [Chinese Communist Party] actively engaged in a cover-up designed to obfuscate data, hide relevant public health information, and suppress doctors and journalists who attempted to warn the world," the report states. "Research shows the CCP could have reduced the number of cases in China by up to 95 percent had it fulfilled its obligations under international law and responded to the outbreak in a manner consistent with best practices."In particular, the report notes, "as early as mid-December [2019], and no later than December 27th, the CCP had enough information to assess it was legally obligated to inform the WHO that the outbreak in Wuhan was an event 'that may constitute a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.'"The WHO accepted Chinese propaganda regarding the outbreak, effectively misinforming other nations on the spread of coronavirus. Additionally, China nationalized various production lines of medical equipment, seizing control of the medical supply chains of other nations."According to the Congressional Research Service (CRS), [the] nationalized control of the medical supply chain included 'commandeer[ing] medical manufacturing and logistics down to the factory level,'" the report states. "It is highly likely that China’s nationalization of the manufacturing capacity of foreign companies, including 3M and General Motors, directly impacted the ability of the United States and other countries to procure [personal protective equipment] on the global market."Representative Michael McCaul (R., Texas), the ranking Republican on the Democrat-led Foreign Affairs Committee, has been a vocal critic of China and the WHO throughout the pandemic. McCaul deemed the Chinese response to the coronavirus "one of the worst cover-ups in human history" in mid-March.

Malaysia's Anwar says has 'strong' support to form govt
Wed, 23 Sep 2020 01:17:25 -0400
Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said Wednesday he had the "strong" backing of lawmakers and was seeking an audience with the king to form a new government.

28-year-old Texas doctor dies after two month battle with coronavirus
Mon, 21 Sep 2020 13:58:04 -0400
Young doctor fell ill after ER coronavirus rotation and suffered ’massive brain bleed

Pakistan fire: Two to hang for Karachi garment factory inferno
Tue, 22 Sep 2020 09:32:47 -0400
The men were found guilty of starting Pakistan's deadliest industrial fire, killing some 260 people.

Trump falls into the trap he set for Biden
Wed, 23 Sep 2020 04:30:09 -0400
The president spent months mocking Joe Biden’s acumen, lowering expectations for the Democratic nominee in the first presidential debate. As a result, some on Trump’s team now worry about a loss next week.

Leaked files reveal Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is major donor to Israeli settler group
Tue, 22 Sep 2020 08:22:23 -0400
Roman Abramovich, the owner of Chelsea football club, has been revealed as the main donor of an Israeli settler group accused of ejecting Palestinians from their homes in East Jerusalem. An investigation by BBC Arabic found that four companies owned or controlled by Mr Abramovich have donated more than $100m (£77m) to Elad, a pro-settler organisation with links to the eviction of Palestinian families from the Silwan neighbourhood. Settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank are controversial as many countries, including Britain, say they are a breach of international law - though Israel and the United States dispute this. The British government has previously warned Israel against settler expansion in East Jerusalem as it presents "an obstacle to peace." BBC Arabic said it has seen evidence that Elad has funded the eviction process of a number of Palestinian families, including the Sumarin family, which has lived in the area since the 1950s. A spokesman for Elad told the BBC that it abides by the laws and regulations set by the Israeli government for non-profit organisations. Elad also runs archaeological digs at its City of David site in Silwan, which it uses to educate the public about Jerusalem’s Jewish history. It's estimated that 450 Israeli settlers live in Silwan, along with 20,000 Palestinians, but the settler population is gradually increasing. The funding for Elad was disclosed after BuzzFeed News obtained a massive leak of financial data, known as the FinCEN files, that was then shared with other major news organisations such as the BBC.

Louisiana trooper who faced firing in Black man's death dies in crash
Tue, 22 Sep 2020 20:15:35 -0400
A Louisiana state trooper died following a single-vehicle highway crash that happened hours after he learned he would be fired for his role last year in the in-custody death of a Black man.

If the Senate doesn’t consider a replacement for Bader Ginsburg now, it’s not doing its job | Opinion
Tue, 22 Sep 2020 18:56:43 -0400
President Obama reminded his Republican congressional foils after his 2008 victory that elections have consequences. Yet today, Democrats are shocked — shocked! — that the 2016 election would still have any.

LAPD officers reportedly used facial recognition 30,000 times in the past decade, contradicting the department's previous denials
Tue, 22 Sep 2020 02:23:11 -0400
Despite frequent denials and refusals to respond to public records requests, the LAPD has been using the controversial technology widely since 2009.


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