From The Alpha and the Omega - Chapter Eight
by Jim A. Cornwell, Copyright © 1995, all rights reserved

    This file is attached to from “Beast That Came Out Of The Sea” - Chapter Eight by Jim A. Cornwell, Copyright © 1995, all rights reserved.
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6/1/2020 Trump postpones G-7 meet to the fall by Jill Colvin and Kevin Freking, ASSOCIATED PRESS
    ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE – President Donald Trump said he will postpone until the fall a meeting of Group of Seven nations he had planned to hold next month at the White House despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.    And he said he plans to invite Russia, Australia, South Korea and India as he again advocated for the group’s expansion.
    Trump told reporters on Air Force One as he returned to Washington from Florida on Saturday that he feels the current makeup of the group is “very outdated” and doesn’t properly represent “what’s going on in the world.”
    He said he had not yet set a new date for the meeting, but thought the gathering could take place in September, around the time of the annual meeting of the United Nations in New York, or perhaps after the U.S. election in November.
    Alyssa Farah, the White House director of strategic communications, said that Trump wanted to bring in some of the country’s traditional allies and those impacted by the coronavirus to discuss the future of China.
    The surprise announcement came after German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s office said she would not attend the meeting unless the course of the coronavirus spread had changed by then.

    The mayor of Atlanta, one of dozens of U.S. cities hit by crowded protests, has a message for demonstrators: “If you were out protesting last night, you probably need to go get a COVID test this week.”
    As more beaches, churches, mosques, schools and businesses reopened worldwide, civil unrest in the United States over racial injustice is raising fears of new coronavirus outbreaks in a country that has more infections and deaths than anywhere else in the world.    And it’s not just in the U.S. – there was a large anti-racism protest Sunday in London that certainly violated government social distancing rules.
    Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms warned that “there is still a pandemic in America that’s killing black and brown people at higher numbers.”
    The above states are where the riots are still active in the United States and the troops will be there today to shut down the Anarchists and you should notice that except for Texas, Georgia and Florida the rest of those states are predominately Democratic controlled and my state Kentucky is not as it is only happening in Louisville where it is predominately Democratic as the governor is also this should tell you something about the upcoming election in November and why this issue has raised its ugly head and you can also see the cities where these riots will occur match up with the same Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Austin, Oklahoma City, Chicago, Minneapolis (Ilhan Omar), Detroit, New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington D.C, (Swamp), Charlottesville, Atlanta, Tampa, Miami which is suspicious in itself that these are all predominately controlled cities by Democrats.
    WAKE UP AMERICA and vote the thugs out of office before they destroy the United States, “AMERICA FIRST

6/1/2020 Minn. attorney general says Floyd case not going to be a rush to judgment by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Wednesday, May 27, 2020, file photo, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison answers questions
during a news conference in St. Paul, Minn., about the investigation into the death of George Floyd, who died
May 25, while in the custody of Minneapolis police officers. Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said Sunday, May 31,
that he decided Ellison needs to lead the case. (John Autey/Pioneer Press via AP, Pool, File)
    Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison said state resources are needed to ensure fair accountability in the case surrounding George Floyd.
    In an interview Monday, he said he’s working with the Hennepin County district attorney who brought charges against accused Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.
    Ellison credited the Minneapolis police chief for his dismissal of him and the accused officers by saying it’s one of the first times he’s seen “real accountability” for that type of behavior.    He asked the public to trust him in what could likely become a lengthy prosecution.
    “Look, we all saw what happened to Freddie Gray in Baltimore and there were no convictions in that case,” said Ellison.    “…let me remind people, in the Rodney King case the Simi Valley jury acquitted, so we’ve got to be careful, methodical and we’ve got to make sure that we’re playing the long game and that justice prevails.”
    Chauvin was slated to appear in court this week, but his hearing has been postponed until next week.    Ellison took over the prosecution Sunday at the urging of a group of Minnesota state legislators.

6/1/2020 Secy. Pompeo warns China is a growing democracy threat, disruption seen worldwide by OAN Newsroom
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a press briefing at the State Department
on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, in Washington. (Nicholas Kamm/Pool Photo via AP)
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has warned that China may be a growing threat to democracy.    In an interview Sunday, he said recent actions from the Chinese Communist Party has led him to believe its officials are “actively seeking U.S. harm.”
    The State Department chief went on to claim China has become more aggressive over time, adding that the disruption is seen worldwide.    Pompeo referred to the president’s remarks from the Rose Garden over the weekend, reaffirming he’s ready to respond to China’s aggression.
    “The United States wants an open and constructive relationship with China, but achieving that relationship requires us to vigorously defend our national interests,” stated the president.    “The Chinese government has continually violated its promises to us and so many other nations; these plain facts cannot be overlooked or swept aside…the world is now suffering as a result of the malfeasance of the Chinese government.”
    As of last week, Pompeo certified to Congress that the administration no longer views Hong Kong as an autonomous region of China.

6/1/2020 Senate reconvenes to discuss coronavirus, protests by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Tuesday, May 19, 2020, file photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, of Kentucky, wears a face mask to protect against the
spread of the new coronavirus as he walks to the Senate chamber after meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
    The Senate is returning to Washington, D.C. amid nationwide protests and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.    The upper chamber will reportedly be reconvening on Capitol Hill Monday.
    Lawmakers will have much to cover as attention is being brought to the issue of police brutality and Congress still has not decided on a potential fifth coronavirus relief bill.
    Republicans senators such as Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have condemned the violence deployed by police as well as rioters in recent days.    Some Democrats have proposed law enforcement reform and argue coming to a united legislative front is key to solving the issues brought forward by the protests.
    “This is not like we don’t know what to do, it’s that we have not manifested a collective will to to get it done,” said Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.).    “We come from a nation that it seems to take these spasms of protest and discord to get people who are comfortable on the sidelines witnessing history…to get them on to the field and begin to make history.”
    Meanwhile, Republicans have largely maintained a focus on probes of Obama-era officials and reforms to the Paycheck Protection Program.
    Currently, Congress is nowhere near a deal on the next COVID-19 relief package, but McConnell predicts a decision on whether to move forward will be made this month.    The majority leader said the next piece of coronavirus relief legislation will be the final one.

6/1/2020 Officials identify slain Oakland federal officer by OAN Newsroom
    The family and community of late federal law enforcement officer Patrick Underwood are mourning his death after his identify was confirmed Sunday.,br>     Underwood was shot and killed last Friday in Oakland, California by rioters while on duty as a federal protective officer for a government building.    His sister Angela Underwood has released a statement saying: “this violence must stop.”
    A family friend has said Patrick was a man full of empathy and compassion, adding that “humbleness and humility were his two greatest assets” and the world needs more people like him during these troubling times.
    The Department of Homeland Security has condemned the matter as an “intolerable” act of violence.
    “When someone targets a police officer or a police station with an intention to do harm and intimidate, that is an act of domestic terrorism…fighting terrorism was the very reason for the founding of the Department of Homeland Security,” stated Ken Cuccinelli, Acting DHS Deputy Secretary.    “…we will stand behind our law enforcement here in the department and all over America as they put themselves on the line to protect each and every one of you.”
    Moving forward, the FBI is leading the investigation into Underwood’s killing and Homeland Security said they will be heavily involved.
    Underwood was 53-years-old.

6/1/2020 Gov. Hogan says vote-by-mail only safe option during pandemic by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Friday, May 15, 2020, file photo, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan wears a mask with the Maryland state flag on it following a
tour of Coastal Sunbelt Produce in Laurel, Md. A federal judge on Wednesday, May 20, rejected a request to issue a temporary restraining
order sought by people challenging Hogan’s stay-at-home order in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
    According to Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R), voting by mail is the only way for people to vote safely amid the COVID-19 pandemic.    While speaking to reporters Sunday, he said the state has not had any experiences that cause him great concern.
    More than 3 million ballots have been mailed to Maryland voters for the state’s primary to prevent crowded polls and the spread of coronavirus.    Gov. Hogan also noted that the state of Maryland has had mail-in-ballots for a while now.
    “We want to make sure we get the opportunity for every single person to vote,” he stated.    “We want to make sure that no voting fraud is taking place, whether by mail or any other way, but I’m not concerned about that here in our state…we’ve been doing it for a long time.”
    The state’s primary election is scheduled to take place on June 2.

6/1/2020 European scientists modify tobacco cells to fight COVID-19 by OAN Newsroom
People wear mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walk at the Tuileries Garden in Paris, Monday, June 1, 2020, as
France gradually lifts its Covid-19 lockdown. France is reopening its restaurants, bars and cafes starting tomorrow as the
country eases most restrictions amid the coronavirus crisis. Arc de Triomphe and Obelisk in the background. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
    A rising number of European countries are using tobacco products to treat the novel coronavirus.    Scientists at the Institute for Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology (IBMCP) in Valencia, Spain are now using tobacco molecules against COVID-19.
    Researchers have said tobacco products were found to be highly efficient against a number of viruses in the past, including Ebola.    This came after doctors in France found people who smoke cigarettes are less likely to contract coronavirus.
    European scientists have said genetically modified tobacco cells can create proteins preventing the virus from entering human cells.
    “Plants are very useful for researchers as they are another mean of expressing viral proteins or nucleic acids without having to actually work with the causative virus itself,” explained George Lomonossoff, a virologist at the John Innes Center in Norwich, England.    “And we can use techniques of synthetic biology to make things like virus-like particles without handling the infectious virus.”
    Scientists added that they are supplying genetically modified tobacco to almost 100 companies working to develop a COVID-19 vaccine worldwide.

6/1/2020 Looters target luxury stores in NYC by OAN Newsroom
Glass cracked by bricks thrown through the window of a Chanel store by protesters Saturday night is visible,
Sunday, May 31, 2020, in New York, at the store in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan. Angry demonstrators protesting
the death of George Floyd vandalized the neighborhood after marching through the area on Saturday.
Floyd died in police custody on Memorial Day in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
    As protests escalated in New York City, mobs of people took to Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood to break into several high-end stores.
    Dozens of people were seen smashing windows and stealing items from luxury businesses like Chanel, Coach, Gucci and Versace.    Small fires burned in the streets, which were covered with glass and garbage.     Some protesters condemned the looting, while others felt there were legitimate reasons for the vandalism and theft.
    At least one person was shot amid the chaos and was treated in an ambulance.    Police also arrested several suspected looters as they tried to flee the scene.    Other New York City neighborhoods were also targeted by looters, but SoHo appeared to be hit the hardest.
Officers stand guard beside a burned-out mini-New York Police Department vehicle, abandoned on Broadway in Lower Manhattan,
Sunday, May 31, 2020, in New York, following a night of unrest and protests over the death of George Floyd, a black man who was
in police custody in Minneapolis. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

6/1/2020 Radical fringe groups try to take advantage of protests by OAN Newsroom
Police in riot gear prepare to clear downtown Albuquerque, N.M., early Monday, June 1, 2020. A protest in downtown Albuquerque turned violent
after police reported demonstrators setting small fires and officers say they were fired upon. (Anthony Jackson/ Albuquerque Journal)
    What began as an initially peaceful protest in Minneapolis early last week has since spread across the country, leaving crumbling buildings and torched police cars in its wake.    However, some of the protesters have insisted they are not responsible.
    Government officials and law enforcement officers are starting to agree.    NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea has said he recognizes there is a difference in motive between the protesters and vandals.
    “There are protests and there are mobs, and I saw akin closer to a mob,” Shea explained.    “A protest does not involve surrounding and ambushing a marked police car, and putting my officers’ and my detectives’ lives at risk.”
    NYPD Commissioner for Intelligence and Counterterrorism John Miller said before the protests even began in the city, anarchist organizers were preparing to clash with police.    During a briefing Sunday, he reportedly claimed there were strong indicators they used encrypted communications to plan violent events.”
    The NYPD has said their strategy usually consists of “hit and run tactics” reliant on a network of advance scouts to identify quick routes to and from a target.    Their tactics are beginning to frustrate demonstrators in every city.
    Near the end of what had been a peaceful protest in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, a group of people seemingly unconnected to the protesters began vandalizing.    Florida officials have confirmed they believe the second group was responsible for a majority of the damage.
    Videos showing clashes between protesters and “agitators” have gone viral, with many showing protesters intervening to prevent further violence or property damage.
    In one video, protesters in Pittsburgh attempt to stop a man, later identified as 20-year-old Brian Bartels, from destroying a police car by himself.    Bartels was seen wearing the logo of the Animal Liberation Front, a direct action group that was cited as a domestic terror threat by the Department of Homeland Security in 2005.
    A warrant is out for his arrest while authorities and protesters continue to try and stop others from using the protests as an excuse to further their own agenda.

6/2/2020 Oil up $0.25 to $35.57, DOW up 92 to 25,475.

6/2/2020 Gilead drug helped some with COVID-19 by Marilynn Marchione, ASSOCIATED PRESS
    A California biotech company says its experimental drug remdesivir improved symptoms when given for five days to moderately ill, hospitalized patients with COVID-19.
    Gilead Sciences gave few details Monday but said full results would soon be published in a medical journal.
    Remdesivir is the only treatment that’s been shown in a rigorous experiment to help fight the coronavirus.    A large study led by the National Institutes of Health recently found it could shorten recovery time from 15 days to 11 days in hospitalized patients.
    The drug, given through an IV, is designed to interfere with an enzyme the virus uses to copy its genetic material.    It’s approved for treating COVID-19 in Japan and authorized for emergency use in the U.S.
    The company-led study involved nearly 600 patients who had moderate pneumonia but did not need oxygen support.    All were randomly assigned to get five or 10 days of the drug plus standard care, or standard care alone.    Patients and their doctors knew who was getting what, which limits the objectivity of the results.

6/2/2020 Tracking coronavirus across the United States.

6/2/2020 Nationwide clean up efforts bring residents together, following a weekend of violent protests by OAN Newsroom
Volunteers clean up broken glass and damaged merchandise at The Pike Outlets on Monday, June 1, 2020, in Long Beach after overnight
protests over the death of George Floyd. Floyd died in police custody on Memorial Day in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)
    As civil unrest over the death of George Floyd continues across the country, thousands of Americans are joining together to clean up the resulting devastation.
    More than 30 U.S. cities have seen protests, rioting and looting in the wake of the fatal arrest.    This has also led to mass destruction of public buildings and private businesses.
    While many residents are looking at the aftermath as collateral damage of a worthy cause, others are condemning the violence and vandalism.    This includes Boston security guard George Palladino.
    “I know they had a good protest yesterday,” he stated.    “And stuff like this definitely hurts and makes that protest look bad, even though they tried to do something good.”
    As recent events have caused division among Americans, many people like Santa Monica teen Sophie Davison are noting that it’s also bringing communities together.
    “Seeing other people, just community members, donate their time and be out here and to clean up it is actually really inspiring,” she stated.    “It kind of like shows us that good things can come from bad things."
    However, it’s not just locals who are banding together.    Pierre Paul drove from Illinois to help organize the Minneapolis Target store cleanup.
    “These people are the heart and soul of it, and what’s really important is that you see people out here with your jobs, you see people out here who are wearing black lives matter t-shirts, people who are wearing cops lives matter shirts, but none of that matters because we’re all coming together for one common good,” he explained.
Volunteers clean up broken glasses and at The Pike Outlets, Monday, June 1, 2020, in Long Beach after overnight protests in
reaction to George Floyd’s death while in police custody on May 25 in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)
    Although some city officials have organized restoration efforts, the turnout of volunteers has eclipsed those of hired cleanup crews in most cases.    Denver Mayor Michael Hancock voiced his appreciation and surprise at the number of locals who showed up to help.
    “This morning we were all grateful to wake up and to hear about a couple hundred volunteers who showed up unsolicited to help clean up our downtown area and we want to send a very special thank you to everyone who helped clean up around Civic Centers Park this morning and this afternoon,” he stated.    “We are enormously grateful.”
    Likewise, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan conveyed similar sentiments by praising the unity displayed by city residents.
    “And what I love to see here is so many people coming downtown to help,” she said.    “To help clean up, to remove graffiti, to reclaim the city that they love and that’s the spirit we have to be about going forward.”
    As the country remains in a state of upheaval and uncertainty, many Americans are hoping efforts to rebuild will help heal the growing division among citizens.

6/2/2020 President Trump comments on violence, promises to restore law and order by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House,
Monday, June 1, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    President Trump recently addressed the nation and promised an end to ongoing unrest as well as the restoration of law and order.
    While delivering his remarks Monday from the White House Rose Garden, the president’s first words were a lamentation for the tragic death of George Floyd whose family will receive justice as President Trump assured.
    “All Americans were rightly sickened and revolted by the brutal death of George Floyd,” he stated.    “My administration is fully committed that for George and his family justice will be served, he will not have died in vain.”
    While having expressed his sympathy for the cause of justice for George Floyd, however, the president decried what he called the hijacking of peaceful protests by elements intent on spreading indiscriminate violence.    He then extended a promise to do all within his power to protect Americans from ongoing chaos.
    “But we cannot allow the righteous cries and peaceful protesters to be drowned out by an angry mob,” he explained.    “The biggest victims of the rioting are peace loving citizens in our poorest communities and as their president, I will fight to keep them safe.”
Demonstrators vandalize a car as they protest the death of George Floyd, Sunday, May 31, 2020, near the White House
in Washington. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    President Trump assured the public he is on the side of peaceful protesters, but had strong words for the violent events experienced across the country over the last week.    He condemned them as affronts against the values of American society.
    “Innocent people have been savagely beaten…small business owners have seen their dreams utterly destroyed…New York’s Finest have been hit in the face with bricks…brave nurses who have battled the virus are afraid to leave their homes…a federal officer in California, an African-American enforcement hero, was shot and killed,” the president cited.    “These are not acts of peaceful protests, these are acts of domestic terror.”
    In response to these events, the president stated that he will deploy the full force of the American government in a bid to swiftly quell the disorder to which cities across the country have been subjected in recent days.
    “I have strongly recommended to every governor to deploy the National Guard in sufficient numbers that we dominate the streets,” he announced.    “Mayors and governors must establish an overwhelming law enforcement presence until the violence has been quelled.”
    While rounding off his remarks, President Trump turned once more to the themes of justice and the rule of law by highlighting the importance of seeking a just yet peaceful resolution to the events that sparked the unrest.
    “We must never give in to anger or hatred; if malice or violence reigns, then none of us is free,” he stated.    “I take these actions today with firm resolve and with a true and passionate love for our country — by far, our greatest days lie ahead."

6/2/2020 FBI, state, local officials investigate fatal Louisville shooting after officers had no body-cam footage by OAN Newsroom
Demonstrators protest over the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, Monday, June 1, 2020, in Louisville, Ky.
Breonna Taylor, a black woman, was fatally shot by police in her home in March. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
    The FBI is investigating officers involved in the fatal shooting of a Louisville man after body-cam footage of the incident could not be produced.    David McAtee was fatally shot near his shop early Monday morning amid protests about another fatal shooting.
    “I think it’s very, very clear that many people do not trust the police,” stated now former Louisville Metropolitan Police Department (LMPD) Chief Steve Conrad.    “That is an issue that we are going to have to work on and work through for a long time.”
    The National Guard and police officers with the LMPD responded to a large gathering late Sunday night.    Demonstrators were gathering in a parking lot near McAtee’s barbecue restaurant.    They were protesting the death of 26-year-old EMT Breonna Taylor.    She was reportedly shot eight times by narcotics detectives who were serving a search warrant.
    Officers claimed protesters shot at them from the crowd, which prompted them to return fire.    McAtee was fatally shot during the incident and was left at the scene for 12 hours.
    “We’ll get to the truth, but what I can tell people is I want to make sure that we get to the truth and I hope people have seen that throughout, whether it’s dealing with COVID or the rest, I’m willing to admit when the wrong things happen,” stated Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear (D).    “And I’m willing to try to live up to it and to make change.”
    When asked by Gov. Beshear to produce the body-cam footage, the responding officers couldn’t and claimed they had none to turnover.    The department said the officers either turned off their body cams or failed to put them on before going out to the call.
    Chief Conrad was subsequently fired after already being under fire for handling Taylor’s death.
    “We clearly hear the community this week, we know that there are many trust issues we need to address,” said Robert Schroeder, now     Acting Chief of the Louisville Metropolitan Police Department.    “We have tried to further our transparency of our department over the last few years and I hope you will see we are continuing to work to meet your expectations.”
    Meanwhile, the two LMPD officers involved have been put on administrative leave pending the investigation.    Federal, state and local agencies are conducting separate investigations into LMPD and the National Guard.

6/2/2020 4 officers hospitalized after being shot during protests in St. Louis by OAN Newsroom
A large group of protesters chant in the street outside the City Justice Center as a United States flag blows
in the breeze Monday, June 1, 2020, in St. Louis. Protesters gathered to speak out against the death of
George Floyd who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
    Four police officers are recovering in the hospital after being shot during protests in St. Louis, Missouri.    The protests reportedly started off peacefully Monday, but devolved into violence throughout the night.
    Police were faced with roughly 200 agitators who were reportedly shooting fireworks at officers and dumping gasoline on them. Amid the chaos, the four officers realized they had been shot when they felt the pain of the bullets.
    St. Louis Metropolitan Police Chief John Hayden said his officers showed great restraint in the face of these attacks.    He also condemned the violence and vandalism.
    “Some coward fired shots at officers and now we have four in the hospital, but thankfully and thank God they’re alive,” he stated.    “Can we make some sense out of this?    That’s all I’m trying to say.”
    All four officers suffered non-life-threatening injuries and are expected to fully recover.    No arrests have been made in connection with the shootings.

6/2/2020 Minn. Gov. Walz opposes using force on rioters amid ongoing looting, destroyed properties by OAN Newsroom
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz speaks during a news conference Friday, May 29, 2020, St. Paul, Minn., as he talked about the unrest in
the wake of the death of George Floyd while he was in custody of Minneapolis police.(Glenn Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP, Pool)
    Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz (DFL) recently acknowledged President Trump’s call to stop ongoing looting on the ground.
    “I thank the President for the support, specifically with Secretary Esper and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Milley,” he stated.
    On Monday, the governor said the National Guard and ‘Minnesota law enforcement managed to restore order over the past few days and are now building trust among distressed communities.    Walz said, however, he’s reluctant to use force against looters and prefers “diplomacy” instead.
    “And I also shared with the President that a posture of a force on the ground is both unsustainable militarily, it’s also unsustainable socially because it’s the antithesis of how we live press, so I expressed that on the call.”
    Walz added that there was a clear divide between protesters who are expressing their anger in peaceful ways and those who are bent on destruction.

6/2/2020 8 states hold primary elections by OAN Newsroom
Election tech Veda Tucker sanitizes a voting booth between voters during the primary
election in Baltimore, Tuesday, June 2, 2020. (Jerry Jackson/The Baltimore Sun via AP)
    Eight states, including Washington, D.C., are gearing up to hold their primary elections Tuesday as the country is still reeling from the effects of the coronavirus and the nationwide George Floyd protests.    This turbulence raises several questions as to how the biggest voting day since March will pan out.
    This is the originally scheduled voting day for New Mexico, South Dakota, D.C. and Montana, but for Indiana, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island this is their postponed voting day after the dangers of the coronavirus prompted state officials to push-back their original dates in April and May.
    Each of the states voting today have encouraged voters to vote-by-mail to minimize crowding at in-person voting booths and have seen a major increase in these absentee ballot requests.    Tuesday will serve as a test for the voting method as several officials believe allowing it on a mass scale would open up elections to fraud.
    “This can hurt both parties…I would note that a bipartisan commission led in part by President Carter, a Democrat, concluded that mail-in ballots quote ‘remain the largest source of potential voter fraud,’ so moving an entire country to that system doesn’t make sense,” stated White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany.
Poll workers help voters behind plastic barriers during primary voting on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In the
county’s first election since the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, poll workers wore surgical masks and voters were given a squirt of
hand sanitizer as they entered the building, a warehouse next to the county’s rodeo grounds. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio)
    Meanwhile, candidate Joe Biden is still fighting to officially obtain enough delegates for the Democrat presidential nomination.    Currently, although he is the only Democrat still in the race, Biden still needs more than 400 delegates to be the nominee at the DNC.
    Leading up to the primaries, the candidate has reportedly been trying to gain more traction with progressive voters by supporting the recent protests against police violence.
    President Trump has already obtained enough delegates to secure the Republican Party’s nomination.

6/2/2020 Floyd family attorney says charges will be brought against remaining officers involved in George’s death by OAN Newsroom
A rally and march by the People’s Organization Progress is held to protest the death of George Floyd. (AP Photo)
    The three remaining officers who were involved in the detainment of George Floyd are expected to be brought to justice.
    During an appearance on “The Today Show,” Floyd family attorney Benjamin Crump said Minnesota officials relayed a message to him and the Floyd’s that the charges were coming for the other three officers.
    Crump also said the first arrested officer who kept his knee on Floyd’s neck, Derek Chauvin, would be facing upgraded charges.    This comes after an independent autopsy confirmed Floyd died after sustaining prolonged pressure to his neck and back.
    When asked about the ongoing protests and riots, Crump said the only way to tamp down public outrage is to have police accountability and equal justice.

6/3/2020 Oil up $1.29 to $36.85, DOW up 268 to 25,743.

6/3/2020 Trump embraces familiar theme of ‘law and order’ - Get-tough approach to policing is reprise of 2016 campaign by John Fritze and David Jackson USA TODAY
    WASHINGTON – At the Kennedy Space Center over the weekend, President Donald Trump reflected the crises facing his administration: Acknowledging the “pain” felt by millions of Americans, he called for “healing, not hatred.”
    Forty-eight hours later, as peaceful protesters were cleared from a park near the White House, the president stood in the Rose Garden, described himself as “your president of law and order” and demanded local officials “dominate the streets” – or else.
    The increasingly confrontational demonstrations taking place across the USA, observers said, have given Trump an opportunity to reprise his get-tough approach to law enforcement from the 2016 campaign.
    “We’re not going to solve our issues of racial inequality or feelings of economic hopelessness brought on by the coronavirus pandemic overnight, but we can stop the riots and protests with bold, definitive and unapologetic action,” said Jason Miller, who served as a senior communication adviser to Trump’s 2016 campaign.
U.S. Park Police advance on peaceful protesters Monday as President Trump addressed the nation from the White House. Shortly
after, he walked through the cleared scene to St. John’s Episcopal Church. ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES

    The president brandished that message with a high degree of drama and controversy Monday, appearing in the Rose Garden as Secret Service and police swiftly cleared an adjacent park of protesters, using smoke canisters.    Trump then strolled through the park to stand outside a historic St. John’s Church vandalized the night before.
    On Twitter Tuesday, Trump touted what he said was “overwhelming force” and “domination” of protesters in D.C.
    Critics, including some Republicans, described the event as a “photo-op” and a “stunt” designed to give the president an image of walking through Lafayette Square that was widely shared by supporters on social media.    Though there has been violence and rowdiness in the same park in recent days, reporters observing the events and Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser, a Democrat, said the demonstrations were calm for hours leading up to their abrupt removal.
    Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., who occasionally criticizes Trump, slammed the president for clearing the park and holding up a Bible outside St. John’s Episcopal Church near the White House.
    “There is no right to riot, no right to destroy others’ property and no right to throw rocks at police,” Sasse said.    “But there is a fundamental – a constitutional – right to protest, and I’m against clearing out a peaceful protest for a photo op that treats the Word of God as a political prop.”
    Trump’s display drew fierce criticism from Democrats, who noted that at the exact moment the president was describing himself as an “ally” of peaceful protesters, military police were clearing a park of protesters who were demonstrating without incident.
    “Tear-gassing peaceful protesters without provocation just so that the president could pose for photos outside a church dishonors every value that faith teaches us,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement.
    The U.S. Park Police said Tuesday it did not use tear gas, only smoke canisters and pepper balls after people ignored warnings to leave.
    Trump’s speech was short on specific action: Many of the governors in states hit by violence already have activated the National Guard.    But the appearance coincided with a push by the White House to ramp up the “law and order” rhetoric that Trump embraced in his campaign and his inauguration, when he vowed to end “American carnage.”
    In 2016, he repeatedly described himself as “the law-and-order candidate” as the nation was wrestling with many of the same questions about police use of force and the targeting of African Americans as it is now.
    “We must maintain law and order at the highest level, or we will cease to have a country,” Trump said in the summer of 2016 in an address in Virginia.
    The president returned to that message in a call with governors Monday, calling them “weak” and arguing they needed to “dominate” the “radicals” and “anarchists” he said were behind the violence.    Using blunt language, Trump urged the governors to crack down hard on violent protests.
    White House officials said this week that the president was considering invoking an 1807 federal law that would allow him to deploy active-duty U.S. troops to respond to protests in cities.    Known as the Insurrection Act, it was last used in 1992 in response to the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles.
    “It’s one of the tools available,” White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said.    “Whether the president decides to pursue that, that’s his prerogative.”
    Trump did not mention the act Monday.
    Though Trump’s core supporters may embrace the more combative approach, outside observers noted that it carries risk.    Federal and state officials traditionally seek to lower the temperature when unrest breaks out, not raise it.    Washington officials reported more than 300 arrests Monday, most of them for curfew violations.
    Trump has largely sidestepped the protests’ underlying issues.    He said the nation is “sickened and revolted” by the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis – and he promised justice for Floyd’s family – but he stopped short of addressing the systemic concerns of racism and disparate use of force that sparked the anger.
    “You have an upset nation,” said James Williams, 49, who attended the demonstration Monday at Lafayette Square, along with his wife and 14-yearold son.    Williams, an engineer from suburban Virginia – a battleground area in the presidential election – also participated in Sunday’s protest.
    “I came to see how everyone else feels about the injustice that is being done to African American people,” said Williams, who is black.    The country’s law enforcement system is “not the same for African Americans as it is for white Americans,” he said.
    Democratic strategist Jim Manley said he is not convinced that running on a platform of law and order is necessarily going to help Trump much.    “His base will love it, but given his propensity to overreach, he will just turn off the swing voters in the suburbs,” he said.
    Matt Mackowiak, a GOP political consultant, suggested Trump could bind the nation’s wounds with a formal address, perhaps from the Oval Office.    Mackowiak spoke with USA TODAY before the president’s remarks Monday.     “I believe a national address would be helpful if the president spoke to the intense anger over the senseless Floyd killing and urged calm and nonviolent protest,” he said.    “I believe the silent majority sympathizes with anger over the Floyd killing while they are also horrified at the rioting and looting.”
    Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., said some of Trump’s “tweets have not been helpful.”    Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said the president should highlight “the fact that we need to work on the underlying racial injustice in this country, but we need to do so in a peaceful manner.”
    Administration officials indicated Monday that Trump believes he has spoken sufficiently on the topic and that his goal would be to take actions to promote security.
    Through the highs and lows of his presidency, Trump’s polling has remained consistent – underscoring a conventional wisdom that most Americans have made up their mind about him.    It’s not clear that Trump could “heal” a highly polarized nation, several observers said, even if he wanted to.
    “This is heartbreaking.    The divide in our homes and among our friends is now on the streets,” veteran GOP consultant Frank Luntz told USA TODAY before Trump’s visit to St. John’s.    “But politically, I understand why he’s remained quiet.    The people he needs to address don’t want to hear him, and his base is appalled at the looting.”
    The unrest, much of it driven by racial tension, has prompted comparisons to 1968, when Richard Nixon ran for president in part on a “law and order” platform after race riots prompted by the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Matt Dallek, a political historian at George Washington University who has studied social crises, said the comparison to the 1960s works only to a point.
    Americans, he noted, were also angry with President Lyndon Johnson’s handling of Vietnam.    “I do think there’s an interesting echo in that Lyndon Johnson was in many ways the author of his own defeat,” Dallek said.
    But Johnson had already removed himself from the race in 1968.    And Trump, Dallek said, has already run a campaign focused on law and order.
    “What (Trump) really promised was a restoration of order, and what we’ve seen is really the opposite,” Dallek said.
Contributing: Caren Bohan, Christal Hayes and Nicholas Wu
    “We must maintain law and order at the highest level, or we will cease to have a country.” President Trump in 2016

6/3/2020 At least 5 officers shot during overnight protests - Two others hurt when vehicle strikes them by Jay Cannon, USA TODAY
    Multiple law enforcement officers were shot Monday night into early Tuesday as protests continued across the nation in the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis.    Four officers in St. Louis were shot during overnight protests, and an officer shot in Las Vegas was in critical condition Tuesday morning, officials said.
    The shootings came hours after President Donald Trump addressed the nation at the White House Rose Garden, promising to deploy military forces if protests continued to turn violent.    Many demonstrations started out peacefully, but some, like the protests in Chicago and Seattle, became more violent as the day went on.
Four St. Louis officers wounded
    St. Louis police said four officers were hit by gunfire after protests Monday turned violent overnight as some smashed windows and stole items from businesses and fires were lit downtown.
    The police department said on Twitter that the officers were taken to a hospital with injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening.    It was unclear who had fired the shots.
    Monday afternoon, several hundred people rallied peacefully outside the justice center in downtown St. Louis, including Mayor Lyda Krewson and St. Louis Public Safety Director Jimmie Edwards.    But later Monday, protesters gathered in front of police headquarters, where officers fired tear gas.    Some protesters smashed windows at a 7-11 store and stole items from inside before the building was set on fire. – Jim Salter, The Associated Press
Las Vegas officer critical
    A Las Vegas Metro officer was in critical condition after a man who was believed to be a protester shot him Monday night, Sheriff Joe Lombardo said.
    Lombardo said officers were trying to clear protesters from Las Vegas Boulevard when the officer was shot sometime before midnight.    The officer was on life support at University Medical Center early Tuesday.    A suspect was arrested about 2:30 a.m. local time.– Ed Komenda, Reno Gazette Journal
Vehicle strikes New York officers
    Two New York law enforcement officers were in stable condition after being struck by a vehicle during a Monday night protest, authorities said.
    The officers – one from the Buffalo Police Department, the other from New York State Police – were taken to Erie County Medical Center.    Video shows a vehicle barreling through officers, accelerating through an intersection.    Officers are seen scattering as an SUV drives past a military vehicle on Buffalo’s east side.    The SUV appears to drag at least one of the officers along briefly before speeding away. – Jori Epstein, USA TODAY
Officer killed in Oakland identified
    A federal law enforcement officer who was shot and killed while providing security at the U.S. courthouse in Oakland, California, during a protest over the weekend has been identified.     Dave Patrick Underwood, 53, died after someone fired shots from an unidentified vehicle late Friday, the FBI said Sunday.    Underwood was the brother of Angela Underwood Jacobs, recently a Republican candidate to fill a vacant U.S. House district north of Los Angeles. – Daisy Nguyen, The Associated Press
Shooting in Cincinnati ‘intentional’
    In Cincinnati, a police officer was struck in the helmet by a bullet Saturday night during a confrontation with protesters but wasn’t injured, the city’s police chief says.    The round went through the officer’s shield and struck his helmet.    In a news conference, Isaac described the shooting as “intentional.” – Sarah Brookbank and Sharon Coolidge, Cincinnati Enquirer
Members of the Minnesota State Patrol stand guard Friday in Minneapolis. TREVOR HUGHES/USA TODAY

6/3/2020 Barr says DC security efforts will continue - AG mentions long list of agencies being deployed by Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY
    If Monday night’s show of force that broke up a peaceful protest in the shadow of the White House wasn’t enough, Attorney General William Barr vowed there is more to come.
    After offering thanks Tuesday to a legion of military and law enforcement officials, including Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Joint Chiefs Chairman Mark Milley, for their efforts Monday, Barr warned that “even greater law enforcement resources” would be deployed to keep the peace in D.C.
    “The most basic function of government is to provide security for people to live their lives and exercise their rights, and we will meet that responsibility here in the nation’s capital,” Barr said in a statement.
    In addition to military units, the attorney general referred to a long list of forces that would probably make a return appearance Tuesday night.    At least a dozen agencies in all have been thrust into the mix, with more to come.
    Among them: the FBI; the Secret Service; the U.S. Park Police; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Drug Enforcement Administration; the U.S. Marshals Service; the U.S. Capitol Police; at least two Department of Homeland Security agencies; the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department and “others.”
    The government’s enforcement action Monday prompted criticism from D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, and religious leaders assailed President Donald Trump for clearing the streets so he could be photographed in front of St. John’s Church, a historic worship center on the edge of Lafayette Square, just north of the White House.
    D.C., like other cities, has been the scene of violent protests after the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in the custody of Minneapolis police.    An officer who pinned Floyd’s neck to the ground with his knee was charged with murder and manslaughter.
    Critics hammered Trump for using police, armed with tear gas and shields, to clear protesters from the Lafayette Square area to provide him cover for Monday night’s brief event outside the church, where the president posed with a Bible.     “Tear-gassing peaceful protesters without provocation just so that the president could pose for photos outside a church dishonors every value that faith teaches us,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said in a joint statement.
    The attorney general appeared satisfied with the outcome.
    “Last night was a more peaceful night in the District of Columbia,” Barr said.    “Working together, federal and local law enforcement made significant progress in restoring order to the nation’s capital.”     “The most basic function of government is to provide security for people to live their lives,” Attorney General William Barr
The attorney general has recruited at least a dozen law enforcement agencies in an attempt to keep the peace in Washington. SUSAN WALSH/AP
[Wow?    The Democrats are going nuts over Trump holding up a bible to promote Christianity which you would never see any of them to do I guess because their hand would catch on fire for holding it and to enter a church and ask for their sins to be forgiven and the Pastor then to diss him for daring to go to his church should be a sign to anyone of what antichrist means.    They now believe in the god called "WOKE," that means you must submit your lives to their case without any resistance and it sounds like Chairman Mao must have come back to life.].

6/3/2020 ELECTION 2020 - GOP to tour Nashville as possible convention site by Natalie Allison and Duane W. Gang, USA TODAY NETWORK - Tennessee
    NASHVILLE – While the Democratic Party is working to decide whether it will even have an in-person convention, Republicans are looking at changing the location of theirs to ensure a splashy event.
    Tuesday's news that the Republican Party is eyeing Nashville as a possible new location to host this summer's Republican National Convention, highlights a growing schism between the two parties and how they are approaching the election in the face of a pandemic.
    Republicans, led by President Donald Trump, largely have called for states to reopen after weeks of stay-at-home orders and other measures closed businesses and schools, canceled events and ground the economy to a halt.
    The GOP convention is scheduled for August in Charlotte, N.C. But Republicans are in standoff with Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper, who wants the party to demonstrate it can safely hold the convention amid the pandemic.
    The Republican Party has maintained that it's going to continue with a fullscale convention, which will probably have about 50,000 attendees.
    “The President and (Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel) have been clear on our intent to hold our convention in Charlotte,” RNC spokesperson Mike Reed told Politico.    “We are awaiting confirmation from the governor that the originally contracted convention can still be held at the Spectrum Center.”
    Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee said his office has “just begun those conversations” with the RNC.    Republican officials are expected to tour the city Thursday.

6/3/2020 Sen. McConnell urges Senate to focus on issues surrounding George Floyd’s death by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this June 5, 2018, file photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.,
talks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocked a Senate resolution that would have condemned President Trump’s visit to D.C.’s St. John’s Episcopal Church and the clearing off of protesters around the White House perimeter.
    The resolution was submitted Tuesday by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer for unanimous consent, which does not require a full vote in the Senate
.    However, it can be blocked by any single member of the chamber.
    “I ask unanimous consent the Senate proceed to the immediate consideration of a concurrent resolution expressing the sense of the Congress that the constitutional rights of Americans must be respected, that violence and looting are unlawful and unacceptable and that Congress condemns the President for ordering federal officers to use gas and rubber bullets against peaceful protesters in Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C.,” said Schumer.
    McConnell blocked its passage, clarifying he did so because it did not focus on the issues on the minds of most Americans.    Those said issues are racial justice and police brutality.    Instead, he chose to put the spotlight on the White House’s specific response to protesters.
    “Unfortunately, this resolution from my friend the democratic leader, does not address either one of them,” said the Kentucky Republican.    “Instead, it just indulges in the myopic obsession with President Trump that has come to define the democratic side of the aisle."
File – Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is pictured. (AP Photo)
    McConnell also put forward his own resolution, blocked in turn by Schumer, which called for an immediate crackdown on violent riots.    This is something he called a necessary condition to allow the demands of peaceful protesters to be heard.
    Regarding these, the Senate majority leader expressed support for the indignation that has ensued following George Floyd’s death by calling these grievances legitimate and echoing nationwide calls for reform.
    While commenting on specific legislative options available to lawmakers seeking to promote justice in the face of events such as those that caught the nation’s attention last week, McConnell asserted his commitment to carry out the necessary work while remarking on the complexity of the issue at hand.
    “This is a vexing issue….if we could have figured out exactly what to do, I think we’d have done it years ago,” he stated.    “It’s one of our continuing, persistent problems in our society that we are all acutely aware of and searching for answers.”
    Indeed, McConnell stated in his view the legacy of racism constitutes a long-standing issue in American society and one that presents an enduring challenge in the quest for a just and free society.
    “There is no question that there is residual racism in America…not in dispute,” he continued.    “It’s been a longtime dilemma and we all wish we could get to a better place.”
[Shumer you must have been watching the Fake News CNN because Trump only uses force to the violent protesters who are looting, damaging property and hurting any persons so you better tell your demonstators what not to do.].

6/3/2020 White House coronavirus task force warns of outbreaks amid nationwide protests by OAN Newsroom
In this Tuesday, June 2, 2020 photo, protest and counter-protest groups clash on the steps of the
Idaho Statehouse in Boise, Idaho, following a vigil held in remembrance of George Floyd, a black man who
died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. (Darin Oswald/Idaho Statesman via AP)
    Health officials are warning some communities of possible spikes in coronavirus cases as a result of nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd.
    On Tuesday, White House task force member Dr. Deborah Birx and Surgeon General Jerome Adams weighed in on the potential health impacts.    Dr. Birx expressed concern that some protesters are not protecting themselves from infections by not wearing masks while congregating in large groups.
    “And so we are really trying to work with each of the mayors to expand testing availability over the next week or two, so that the individuals who are involved in the peaceful protests can get tested and really know their status before they unknowingly spread it to the elderly,” she stated.
FILE – In this March 17, 2020 file photo, Ashley Layton, an LPN at St. Luke’s Meridian Medical Center, communicates with a person before taking
swab sample at a special outdoor drive-thru screening station for COVID-19 in Meridian, Idaho. (Darin Oswald/Idaho Statesman via AP, file)
    The surgeon general said that the way the way coronavirus spreads, health officials have every reason to expect clusters of new outbreaks.
    “So, we might not see the impact for another month or so,” Adams explained.    “All this is to say to not draw the wrong lessons, so even if we do not see an immediate spike, let’s not rest, let’s keep on our guard.”
    The surgeon general noted that he hopes protesters channel their anger productively as he believes there’s going to be a lot of work to do to recover from demonstrations as well as the coronavirus pandemic.
    Health officials are now calling on all levels of government to increase their testing capabilities.    They also advise protesters to keep track of where they have been to help with contact tracing.

6/3/2020 Protesters call on NYC Mayor de Blasio to resign by OAN Newsroom
New York police block protesters and activists crossing the Manhattan Bridge from entering the borough Tuesday,
June 2, 2020. An 8 p.m. curfew was imposed following unrest on recent nights. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
    Protesters are calling for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to step down.    Thousands took to the streets of Manhattan for the eighth consecutive night Tuesday over the death of George Floyd.    Some took the opportunity to express their dissatisfaction for political leaders.
    This comes as New York Black Lives Matter President Hawk Newsome blasted de Blasio for mishandling instances of police brutality.
    “Bill de Blasio has failed black New York time and time again, and it is my firm belief that if Bill de Blasio would’ve handled the Eric Garner murder correctly…it would have set a nation precedent, it would have set a nation standard,” he stated.
    Eric Garner’s case sparked massive protests in 2014 after the unarmed black man was killed during an arrest.    Activists are blaming the Democrat mayor by saying it wasn’t enough that the NYPD officer involved was only removed from his position five years after the fact.
    Meanwhile, the de Blasio is also facing pressure from his own police force.    On Tuesday, the head of the NYPD Sergeants Association, Ed Mullins, spoke about the riots.    He said the department is losing the city.
    Mullins went on to call on President Trump to send federal personnel because de Blasio is “not letting them do their jobs.”    De Blasio has rejected bringing in the National Guard and has, instead, opted to extend an 8 p.m. curfew throughout the week.
Police arrest a group of people after curfew in New York, Tuesday, June 2, 2020. New York City
extended an 8 p.m. curfew all week as officials struggled Tuesday to stanch destruction and growing complaints
that the nation’s biggest city was reeling out of control night by night. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

6/3/2020 President Trump endorses Claudia Tenney for Congress by OAN Newsroom
File – President Donald Trump, joined by former Rep. Claudia Tenney, R-N.Y., speaks in Utica, N.Y., Monday,
Aug. 13, 2018 at a joint fundraising committee reception in Utica, N.Y. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
    President Trump has named former Rep. Claudia Tenney as his choice to represent New York’s 22nd Congressional District.    He endorsed Tenney via Twitter where he commended her on her past in Congress.
    The president noted that she’s strong on crime, borders, tax cuts and the Second Amendment.    He also added that she loves the military and veterans.    President Trump finished the post by giving Tenney his complete and total endorsement.
    The Republican congressional candidate quickly responded by saying she was honored to have the president’s support and that Upstate New York is excited to join him in the “Great American Comeback.”
    Tenney got her political start in 2002 by representing New York state assemblyman David Townsend as his legal council and his chief of staff.    She went on to win the 2016 election and served in Congress until she was unseated in 2018.
    As a small business owner and military mother, Tenney is running on a conservative platform by opposing unnecessary taxation as well as supporting active and retired military.
    “Republicans and Democrats from the Southern Tier to the Mohawk Valley, all across central New York people get up and fight for their families for their jobs,” she stated.    “That’s who I’ll fight for in Congress.”
    Tenney is a vocal advocate for the Second Amendment and was the first to introduce a bill to repeal Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s restrictive Safe Act, which is a model for restrictive gun laws throughout the country.
    If Tenney wins the Republican primary, she will face off in a rematch with Democrat Anthony Brindisi who edged her out by less than two percent.

6/3/2020 President Trump looking for alternative state to hold RNC by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House, Monday, June 1, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    President Trump confirmed he’s searching for an alternative state to hold this year’s Republican National Convention.
    In a series of tweets Tuesday, the president announced he will move the RNC out of Charlotte, North Carolina after the GOP and Gov. Roy Cooper (D) failed to come to an agreement regarding coronavirus-related restrictions.
    The announcement comes as Republican officials and Gov. Cooper have been holding talks for the last few weeks over whether the event could take place without limits on crowd size and requirements that attendees wear masks.
    However, the president said Cooper is “still in shelter-in-place mode” and is refusing to allow Republicans to occupy the Spectrum Arena as originally anticipated and promised.    The event would have brought in millions of dollars as well as jobs.
    In a letter to Republican National Committee leaders Tuesday, Gov. Cooper, once again, advised the party to plan a smaller event with fewer people, social distancing and face coverings.
    According to convention organizers, they want at least 19,000 delegates, staff, volunteers and elected officials to attend on top of the thousands of actual guests.    As White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany has said, the president is confident the event will go on as planned.
    “The president wants to see the convention take place, he’s noted that, and he wants to have a cooperative governor in making that pursuit happen,” she stated.    “That being said, of course we always assess the facts on the ground at any time, but at this time the president wants to see this convention take place.”
    This comes as several other governors have showed interest in holding the event in their states, including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Georgia’s Brian Kemp.
    “Florida would love to have the RNC, heck I’m a Republican, it would be good for us…in terms of the economic impact when you talk about major events like that,” said DeSantis.    “…I feel like we could do that in a safe way…its not till August…we’d have plenty of time to prepare for that.”
    While it remains unclear exactly where this year’s convention will be held, the event is still scheduled to take place from August 24 through the 27.

6/3/2020 Pelosi touts legislation to impose sanctions on Chinese officials behind human rights abuses against Uyghurs by OAN Newsroom
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., signs the Uighur Human Rights Policy Act at the Capitol in Washington,
Tuesday, June 2, 2020. The bill that would impose sanctions on Chinese officials involved in the mass surveillance and
detention of Uighurs and other ethnic groups in the western Xinjiang region. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently highlighted legislation to sanction Chinese officials involved in human rights abuses against ethnic minority Muslims.    She signed the bill Tuesday after the House overwhelmingly passed it in a bipartisan vote last week.
    Under the legislation, President Trump could impose sanctions on officials found to be behind human rights violations against Uighur Muslims and others in the nation’s Xinjiang province.
    Speaker Pelosi said the bill, which has also been passed by the Senate, sends a clear message to China.
    “Over the years, there has been a real commitment to shining a bright light on the human rights violations in China and to say to those who are affected by that ‘you are not alone,'” she stated.    “The most excruciating form of torture that oppressors can give to those who they are oppressing is to say ‘nobody remembers, nobody cares,’ but we do and we want the Chinese government to know that.”
    President Trump reportedly has 10 days to either sign or veto the bill, otherwise it will become law without his signature.

6/3/2020 Fla. extends eviction, foreclosure ban to July 1 by OAN Newsroom
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis gestures as he speaks during a news conference along side Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nunez,
Tuesday, May 26, 2020, at the Miami-Dade Public Library in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has extended a ban on evictions and property foreclosures amid ongoing coronavirus concerns.    He expanded the moratorium through July 1 by signing an executive order Monday, just hours before it was set to expire.
    The Republican governor originally extended an April order from the Florida Supreme Court by 45 days, but was undecided on whether to take further action as late as Friday.
    This comes as unemployment in the state has risen to nearly 13 percent.    While the ban is meant to help struggling renters, many landlords are pointing out the order is only delaying the inevitable.
    “I think the only thing the mortgage company is offering is like a thing where you can skip three months, but then everything is due at once which is definitely going to cause a lot of issues so I’m not even going that route,” said Paul Salehi, an Osceola County property owner.
    To provide additional relief once the ban ends, advocates are now calling on DeSantis to waive a law unique to Florida, which required tenants to pay rent owed before being granted an eviction hearing in court.

6/3/2020 Dr. Fauci cautious about durability of vaccine, remains optimistic by OAN Newsroom
Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci listens as President Donald Trump speaks
about the coronavirus in the Rose Garden of the White House, Friday, May 15, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    Dr. Anthony Fauci said he hopes to have hundreds of millions of coronavirus vaccine doses by 2021.    In an interview Tuesday, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director also discussed the possibility that several vaccine candidates could be ready at the same time.
    Dr. Fauci reported the biotech company Moderna expects to begin phase three of its vaccine trials in July.    He noted that the drug’s response to infections, already being seen in people’s immune systems, gives him hope that experts will be able to create a protective vaccine.
    “If we mimic safely, natural infection with our vaccine we will be able to induce a response in a person that would be equivalent to the response that natural infection induces and thereby does prevent infection or at least prevent disease,” he explained.
    Dr. Fauci did express caution about how long the vaccine will provide immunity with an estimate as low as six-months.    He said if this is the case, companies could face the logistic challenge of providing multiple doses.

6/3/2020 Gov. Abbott: Texans can take care of Texas by OAN Newsroom
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, center, and others look on as Fort Worth Police Chief Ed Krauss, right, speaks during a news
conference at city hall in Dallas, Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Abbott and local officials were on hand to discuss the response to protests
in Texas over the death of George Floyd who was died in police custody May 25 in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) said his state will not request military assistance from the federal government amid protests over George Floyd’s death.    The governor claimed there’s no need for the federal government to step in and noted that “Texans can take care of Texas.”
    The governor’s comments came one day after President Trump said he’s ready to deploy troops if state and local governments can’t contain protests.    Abbott said he’s working with Texas law enforcement officials to maintain order and ensure public safety.
    “That is why we have deployed more than 1,000 Department of Public Safety officers as well as hundreds of Texas National Guard just to the Dallas, Fort Worth region alone,” he explained.    “More are being deployed across the entire state of Texas.”
    The governor is calling for the violence, vandalism and looting to stop.    He said such acts have no place in his state.

6/3/2020 Press Secy. McEnany: Officers have right to defend themselves by OAN Newsroom
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany speaks during a briefing at the White House,
Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    This week, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany weighed in on the nation’s ongoing protests.    She acknowledged the First Amendment gives Americans the right to peacefully assemble, but pointed out it does not give anyone the right to riot loot and set things on fire.
    She’s also reiterated police did not tear gas protesters at D.C.’s Lafayette Square on Monday before the president walked from the White House to St. John’s Church.
    “The protesters were told three times over loudspeaker that they needed to move.    It grew increasingly unruly.    There were projectiles being thrown at officers, frozen water bottles were being thrown at officers, various other projectiles.    The officers had no other choice than in that moment to act, make sure that they were safe and that the perimeter was pushed back.    As we all know, a church was burning in that very area the night before, so the appropriate action was taken.” – Kayleigh McEnany, White House Press Secretary
    She also noted the president has not lost confidence in Defense Secretary Mark Esper after he said he does not support using the military to contain the protests.
FILE – In this June 1, 2020, file photo President Donald Trump departs the White House to
visit outside St. John’s Church in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
    Esper has also dismissed the mainstream media’s portrayal of his visit to St. John’s Church with President Trump. He has said they went to Lafayette Park to thank the National Guard for their efforts and review damage at the church.
    The secretary stressed he had no idea there was anything political involved when the president took a photograph with a bible.    He also dismissed reports the National Guard used tear gas to clear out protesters before the group made their walk.
    “First, National Guard did not fire rubber bullets or tear gas into the crowd as reported,” he stated.
    “Second, guardsmen were instructed to wear helmets and personal protection equipment for their own protection, not to serve as some form of intimidation.”
    Esper went on to say he’s instructed officials to investigate why a National Guard helicopter was hovering above the group of protesters that same day.

6/3/2020 Defense Secy. Esper opposes invoking Insurrection Act to deploy troops to address protests by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this April 1, 2020, file photo, Defense Secretary Mark Esper speaks about the coronavirus in the
James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
    Defense Secretary Mark Esper has voiced his opposition to invoking the Insurrection Act, which would enable him to send military troops to calm down protests nationwide.    During Wednesday’s press briefing, Esper stated active duty forces should only be used in a law enforcement role as a matter of last resort and only in the most dire situations.
    The defense official reaffirmed the country is not in one of those situations right now and added he does not support using the act.
    He went on to express confidence in the National Guard’s ability to help law enforcement handle the protests.
    “I’ve always believed, and continue to believe, that the National Guard is best suited for performing domestic support to civil authorities and these situations, in support of local law enforcement,” stated Esper.    “I say this not only as Secretary of Defense, but also as a former soldier and a former member of the National Guard.”
    He also confirmed he had directed a probe into the use of National Guard helicopters during Monday’s protests in Washington, D.C.

6/3/2020 Mayor Bill de Blasio extends curfew in New York City amid ongoing looting by OAN Newsroom
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ Winter Meeting,
Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    Mayor Bill de Blasio has extended New York City’s curfew amid ongoing looting and riots in the area.    On Wednesday, he announced the city’s initial curfew will be extended into the next week and may be lifted as appropriate if the violence subsides.
    De Blasio also made the curfew stricter, bringing it down from 11 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    “The plan is Sunday night into Monday morning, 5:00 a.m.,” he said.    “Monday morning, curfew comes off.”

Police ride their scooters through the East Village neighborhood of New York, patrolling the streets
during an imposed curfew on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
    The mayor has called on police to exercise self-restraint and encouraged rioters to abandon violence.
    “The NYPD respecting the police, the peaceful protest.    We saw a few incidents where people decide to do something illegal or violent right around the protest, but that was rare.    We saw some acts in different boroughs of people attempting to attack property.    NYPD was positioned to address that rapidly.” – Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City
    De Blasio also confirmed local businesses will now be allowed to reopen, as he’s shifting focus away from coronavirus to the latest tensions.

6/3/2020 Minn. attorney general announces additional charges in Floyd case by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Wednesday, May 27, 2020, file photo, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison answers questions
during a news conference in St. Paul, Minn., about the investigation into the death of George Floyd, who died
May 25, while in the custody of Minneapolis police officers. (John Autey/Pioneer Press via AP, Pool, File)
    Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison has announced additional charges in connection with the killing of George Floyd.    On Wednesday, Ellison announced he has upgraded former Officer Derek Chauvin‘s third-degree murder charge to a second-degree murder charge.
    He also revealed charges of aiding and abetting second-degree murder against former Minneapolis Police Department Officers Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Keung and Tou Thao.    Lane and Keung took part in restraining Floyd during last week’s incident, while Thao was also at the scene of the altercation.
    “We’re here today because George Floyd is not here.    He should be here, he should be alive, but he’s not.    About nine days ago, the world watched Floyd utter his very last words ‘I can’t breathe’ as he pled for his life.    The world heard Floyd call out for his mama and cried out, ‘Don’t kill me.’
    Chauvin’s bail has now been increased to $1 million from $500,000.    At least one of other former officers charged has been taken into custody.
Quincy Mason, son of George Floyd, listens Wednesday, June 3, 2020 as family attorney Ben Crump, left, addresses
a news conference as they and some Floyd family members visit the site in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
    This came after Floyd family attorney Benjamin Crump suggested the charges would likely be upgraded for Chauvin.    During a recent interview, he also confirmed that charges were coming for the other three officers.
    The attorney issued a statement prior to Wednesday’s announcement, saying the officers’ arrest was a “bittersweet moment for the family of George Floyd.”
    When asked about the ongoing protests and riots, Crump said the only way to tamp down public outrage is to have police accountability and equal justice.
[Now that the mob rule has forced the change of charges to a higher degree they may have put themselves in a bad position if the jury hears evidence and autopsy that does not match what the mob believes happened and I cannot image anyone wanting to be a juror in this case because your life could be threatened by the same mob if they do not get the justice that they think they should get.    So will this be a fair trial or will they get a judge like Emmet G. Sullivan?].

6/3/2020 President Trump says he visited bunker to inspect it by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump walks past police in Lafayette Park after he visited outside St. John’s Church
across from the White House Monday, June 1, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    President Trump has refuted reports that he hid in a bunker during last weekend’s riots in Washington, D.C.    On Wednesday, the president announced he visited the White House bunker for a time to inspect it, in case he would have to use it later.
    He pointed out he went to the bunker during the day before the protests escalated.
    “I read about it as sort of a big thing.    …We never had a problem; nobody ever came close to giving us a problem.    The Secret Service does an unbelievable job of maintaining control of the White House.    Beyond the Secret Service, we have a lot of great people out there, including the White House police.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
    The president reiterated he’s inspected the bunker several times, but noted he’s never needed to go there for security reasons.
    “I’ve gone down two or three times, all for inspection,” he added.
President Donald Trump returns to the White House after visiting outside St. John’s Church, Monday, June 1, 2020,
in Washington. Part of the church was set on fire during protests on Sunday night. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

6/3/2020 Primary elections proceed in 8 states & Washington, D.C. by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this May 12, 2020, file photo, Arjan Walia votes during a special election in Santa Clarita, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
    Amid nationwide unrest over the death of George Floyd and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, voters continue to head to the polls. On Tuesday, voting took place in eight states and the District of Columbia.
    One of the biggest races of the night was in Iowa between nine-term Republican Rep. Steve King and challenger Randy Feenstra.    Though King has come under fire for past comments, which appeared to support white nationalism, Feenstra’s campaign is focused instead on his subsequent removal from various House committees.
    Political analysts have predicted Feenstra’s decisive victory will increase the GOP’s chances of holding onto the seat. Republican strategist Craig Robinson elaborated further on those chances.
    “Redistricting comes up next cycle.    I think Randy Feenstra, to be able to win in this district, really has an advantage moving into redistricting.    If he’s able to win in the general election, he’ll be able to hold what will surely be the most conservative district after redistricting.” – Craig Robinson, strategist
Sen. Randy Feenstra, R-Hull, right, shakes hands with Sen. Jerry Behn, R-Boone, in the Iowa Senate chambers,
Wednesday, June 3, 2020, at the Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
    Theresa Greenfield, who had a financial advantage and the backing of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, was chosen to take on Republican Sen. Joni Ernst in Iowa.
    In New Mexico’s third district, former CIA operative Valerie Plame was defeated by attorney Teresa Leger Fernandez for the Democrat nomination.    This came after Rep. Ben Ray Luján left the seat open to make a bid for the Senate.
    She had a message for her voters following the win.
    “We won, and it’s because of all the amazing people in this campaign community.    We are so grateful for you.    We want to stay energized, activated, motivated because we’ve got to take this energy to win in November, to help all of our other Democrat nominees win.” – Teresa Leger Fernandez, congressional candidate for New Mexico
    In Maryland, veteran lawmaker Steny Hoyer held onto the Democrat nomination for the House in the state’s fifth district.
Democratic congressional candidate Teresa Leger Fernandez, in the blue mask, cheers on supporters
at a polling station Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in Santa Fe, N.M. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio)
    While most states allowed mail-in voting, a practice President Trump has condemned as ripe for fraud, long lines were still reported in Washington, D.C. and Maryland.
    Many Americans have also raised concerns about COVID-19 during the voting process.
    “Well, you know, we’re going to be inside.    I mean, they’re doing a good job of keeping six feet out here, but I think inside it’s going to be a little bit more crowded and more human contact.    So yeah, it’s really scary.” – Jeanie McCauley, Rhode Island voter
    New Jersey and Connecticut have both postponed their primaries due to coronavirus concerns.    Meanwhile, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has extended his state’s deadline for the return of mail-in ballots.
    The next round of primary elections is set to take place in five states on June 9th.

6/3/2020 President Trump says inviting Russia to G7 summit is common sense by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this May 18, 2020 file photo, President Donald Trump tells reporters that he is taking zinc
and hydroxychloroquine during a meeting with restaurant industry executives about the
coronavirus response, in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    The president has defended inviting Russia to rejoin the G7 summit this year.    On Wednesday, President Trump stated it is common sense to bring Russia’s President Vladimir Putin back into the fold and noted it would be easier to solve issues involving Russia with Putin in the room.
    He went on to discuss Russia’s recent cooperation during the pandemic, as well as the potential opportunity to discuss a new nuclear pact.
    The problem is many of the things that we talk about are about Putin, so we’re just sitting around wasting time.    Then you have to finish your meeting and somebody has to call Putin, or deal with Putin, on different things.    I say have him in the room.    It used to be the G8…” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
[NOTE: See there was an 8th head that grew out of the beast with 7 heads with one head had 10 horns and 10 crowns (WTO World Trade Center) and the 8th head will return again].
    Russia was removed from the group in 2014 following Moscow’s annexation of Crimea.    President Trump previously claimed former President Barack Obama may have played a role in this.
    Other G7 nations, including Canada and Germany, have criticized the president’s decision.    Additionally, the U.K. has vowed to veto any attempt to bring Russia back into the group.
[Trump wants Putin there because he needs to bring forth “The Deal of the Century” for the Trump/Kushner peace plan for new Palestine State and many of these nations will be part of that to occur and Putin will be the key to get the Palesinians to come to the table.    If this does not happen then he will have to have a seperate meeting with Putin and Israel-Palestinians and the UN Security Council to do this business by Spetember 1st.].

6/3/2020 Protest and National Guard activated in the USA compared to the Democrat cities that ANTIFA attacked

6/3/2020 It is obvious that “THE LAWLESS ONES” are here now to destroy America.

6/3/2020 Rod Rosenstein testifies he would not have signed off on Page warrant given what he knows now by OAN Newsroom
Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein testifies before a Senate Judiciary Committee
hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 3, 2020. (Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool via AP)
    Former Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has stated he would not have signed off on the Carter Page FISA warrant if he had known what he knows now.
    While testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee this week, Rosenstein acknowledged the series of flaws made by the FBI during their Russia investigation.    He said he thought the information in the FISA application had been verified and went on to defend his appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel in the probe.
    Senators grilled Rosenstein for being negligent amid the investigation.    They pointed out he never checked to see if the information in the application he had approved was accurate.

Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein testifies before a Senate Judiciary Committee
hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 3, 2020. (Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool via AP)
    Rosenstein has said he trusted that the information presented to him was verified and suggested someone would have informed him if they knew it wasn’t vetted.
    The former attorney general was the first witness called in the Senate Judiciary Committee’s oversight investigation into the FBI’s abuse of FISA and other issues regarding the Russia probe.
[The vetting and verifying started with Jim Comey, and continued to 3 other persons who apparently did not do it either and if they think we will believe they did not know what they were doing it just does not sound good as their lack of doing their job cost America $40 million plus 2 years of the Trump administration to do what they were suppose to do.].

6/4/2020 Oil up $0.05 to $36.90, DOW up 527 to 26,270.

6/4/2020 Senate hearing draws 1st concession by Eric Tucker, ASSOCIATED PRESS
    WASHINGTON – Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told lawmakers Wednesday that he would not have approved an FBI surveillance application for a former Trump campaign aide during the Russia investigation had he known at the time about the problems that have since been revealed.
    Rosenstein’s comments amounted to a striking concession that law enforcement officials made mistakes as they scrutinized ties between Russia and Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.    But even as he acknowledged the legitimacy of anger from Trump and his allies, he defended his appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller to lead the probe and affirmed his support for the conclusion that Russia interfered but did not criminally conspire with associates of the Trump campaign.
    “I do not consider the investigation to be corrupt, but I understand the president’s frustration given the outcome that there was no evidence” of a conspiracy between the campaign and Russia, Rosenstein said.
    His appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee was the first in a series of oversight hearings scrutinizing the FBI’s Russia investigation.    The hearing served as the opening salvo of the GOP’s investigation into what Republicans say are damaging findings from an inspector general review.
[Obviously he was duped by the Comey FBI crew, but he still has to answer for his releasing the Mueller investigation and enacting the 25th Amendment to overthrow Trump but as we all know everyone back then was out to get Trump and he was acting Attorney General and he went with the mob rule and as usual the above news service does not cover this as a big issue but it is as we now have more proof of corruption in the Obama administration and it will continue until all of them are brought to justice.    I hope this will go all the way up to the top Democrat whose name starts with an "O" and I can guarantee in the next few month those who are guilty are going to start a barage of disinformation to continue to cover up their mutiny which continues to reach also to a globalist World Government policies that was the initial concept that caused this and why the attacks on Trump's presidency who is going against their attacks on the sovereignty of the United States of America.    If Trump had not come along they would have got away with this since Hillary Clinton had been groomed to continue those policies.].

6/4/2020 Man suspected of ambushing 3 NYPD officers may have ties to ISIS by OAN Newsroom
New York City police officers work a scene early Thursday, June 4, 2020, in the Brooklyn borough of New York.
The police department says a police officer has been shot in Brooklyn. The shooting
happened late Wednesday, nearly four hours after an 8 p.m. curfew went into effect. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
    Authorities believe an ambush on New York police officers Wednesday night may have been terror-related.
    According to the New York City Police Department (NYPD) Thursday, three officers were patrolling a Brooklyn neighborhood on lookout for any looters when a man approached them from behind and stabbed one officer in the neck.
    A confrontation then broke out between the men, which resulted in the two other officers receiving gunshot wounds to their hands.    It’s not clear if those injuries were from the suspect or a result of friendly fire.
    Meanwhile, the suspect was reportedly shot multiple times and is now at Kings County Hospital in critical condition.    The suspect has been identified as an immigrant from the Balkan region who expressed anti-police sentiment on his social media in the past.
    According to reports Thursday, the man suspected of attacking the officers is believed to have ties to ISIS.    Police have ruled nothing out and terrorist motives are just one theory being raised in the ongoing investigation.
    The incident occurred after the city wide 8 p.m. curfew and is not being connected to ongoing protests.    Officials have said the three officers are expected to make full recoveries.

6/4/2020 FBI busts three self-described boogaloo extremists by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this May 2, 2020, file photo, people, including those with the boogaloo movement, pray as
they demonstrate against business closures due to concern about COVID-19, at the State House in Concord, N.H.
It’s a fringe movement with roots in a online meme culture steeped in irony and dark humor. But experts warn that the
anti-government boogaloo movement has attracted a dangerous element of extremists. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)
    The FBI took three former service members and self-identified boogaloo extremists into custody under domestic terrorism charges. A formal complaint on the matter was filed Wednesday.
    The suspects, Andrew Lynam, Stephen Parshall and William Loomis, are accused of conspiracy to incite violence at a Black Lives Matter demonstration in Las Vegas.    They were arrested in the city with glasses of accelerant for molotov cocktails, guns, ammunition and fireworks.
    Authorities caught the group as part of a federal sting operation in which an unidentified fourth person working for the FBI was able to tip off the bureau.
    Officials said the group was looking to “use the momentum of the George Floyd death to hopefully stir enough confusion and excitement to begin a riot in the streets out of anger.”
    The feds also describe the boogaloo movement as “a term used by extremists to signify a coming civil war and fall of civilization.”    The group reportedly rallies around anarchy and seeks to overthrow the U.S. government.
    Officials said the men used their military background to device their plans.    The men had previously planned an attack last month, where they planned to use tactics from the Irish Republican Army Green Book to carry out their scheme.
    Fortunately, however, that plan never came to fruition reportedly due to overwhelming police presence that day.    The men are now being being held on a million dollar bond each and are awaiting trial in jail.

6/4/2020 San Diego County bans police use of carotid restraint by OAN Newsroom
A demonstrator raises her hands as police officers stand guard in front of the City Hall during a protest Monday, June 1,
2020, in Anaheim, Calif., over the death of George Floyd on May 25 in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
    San Diego has banned police use of the controversial restraint technique that was employed against George Floyd before his death.
    County Sheriff Bill Gore announced the immediate prohibition of the carotid hold Wednesday after police departments across the wider San Diego region issued the policy change earlier this week.
    This came as protests throughout the county demanded a ban of the restraint.    While Gore defended the practice by saying it was utilized hundreds of times in the past five years without incident, he cited his responsibility to citizens as his motivation for discontinuing its use.
    “What made up my mind really, although I still believe it’s a safe technique, but by using that and making it available by deputies, it prevented us from moving forward in the conversation,” said the sheriff.    “And we want our communities that we serve to know that we hear them.”
    San Diego County now joins cities like New York and Los Angeles, which have implemented similar policies.

6/4/2020 Va. gov. announces plans to remove confederate statue of Robert E. Lee by OAN Newsroom
FILE – This Tuesday, June 27, 2017 file photo shows the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee that stands in
the middle of a traffic circle on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
    Virginia’s governor has confirmed the state will be removing its historic confederate statue of Robert E. Lee.    On Thursday, Ralph Northam announced the statue will be put in storage, pending a decision on where it should be placed.
    The site, which is located in Richmond, has been the center of massive protests over the past week following the death of George Floyd.    Several incidents of vandalism have been reported along the historic monument avenue.
    According to the governor, this new move will send a clear message that Virginia is learning from the past and moving forward.

FILE – This Tuesday, June 2, 2020 file photo shows a large group of protesters gather around the statue of Confederate
General Robert E. Lee on Monument Avenue near downtown in Richmond, Va.(AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
    “In Virginia, we no longer preach a false version of history, one that pretends that the Civil War was about state rights and not the evils of slavery,” stated Governor Northam. “    No one believes that any longer and, in 2020, we can no longer honor a system that was based on the buying and selling of enslaved people.”
    Virginia has joined other southern states who also moved to take down similar statues.
[As we see the tearing down the history of this country whether it is wrong or right but only in a Democrat controlled state and this could mean that if someone did not like Martin Luther King’s statue would they like it torn down because a future society determined that there was a false version of his history which could occur if the destructor changed it.].

6/4/2020 Annual physical shows President Trump ‘remains healthy’ by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump gestures as he walks across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Saturday, May 30, 2020,
after stepping off Marine One as he returns from Kennedy Space Center for the SpaceX Falcon 9 launch. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    White House physician Sean Conley reported results of President Trumps most recent physical exams.    Based on examinations released Wednesday, the president gained one pound yet lowered his cholesterol over the past year and “remains healthy.”
    The findings are based on examinations between November 2019 and April 2020.    It concludes that upon review of symptoms and physical exam, there were no findings of significance or changes to report.    The memo claimed the 73-year-old president’s cholesterol level slightly improved to 167 from 196 the year before.
    It further noted that President Trump experienced no side effects from taking hydroxychloroquine as a prophylactic against the novel coronavirus.    Dr. Conley confirmed in the report that the president “took a two week course” of the drug along with a course of zinc and vitamin D.
    After the president’s last full physical examination last February, Dr. Conley released a memo saying President Trump was in “in very good health overall” and should remain so “for the remainder of his presidency and beyond.”

6/4/2020 CDC Director Redfield grilled on Trump admin.’s COVID-19 response by OAN Newsroom
Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, testifies at a
Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee hearing
about the COVID-19 response on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 4, 2020. (Al Drago/Pool via AP)
    House lawmakers torched the CDC director during his testimony before this House Health Subcommittee this week.    On Thursday, Director Dr. Robert Redfield was called before the panel to give updates on the administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
    Lawmakers slammed Redfield for failing to push the White House to continue its daily coronavirus briefings.
    The director admitted that some states, which have begun reopening efforts, have not met CDC guidelines after being pushed by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.).
    “Of course, these were guidances that we put out,” he said.    “To answer your question directly, not all the states have met those.”
    Redfield also apologized for what he called an “inadequate report” on the racial disparities between coronavirus patients.
    Congress requested the data in their last relief package.    They claimed the agency included “outdated and incomplete data” in the report.

6/4/2020 Ore. to approve counties to move into phase two of reopening by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Feb. 24, 2020, file photo, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown speaks in Salem, Ore. Gov. Brown on Wednesday,
June 3, 2020, discussed the state’s phase 2 coronavirus reopening plan, which includes loosening current restaurant
restrictions, opening pools and expanding outdoor gatherings to 100 people. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky, File)
    Oregon unveiled new guidelines for dozens of counties to move into phase two of reopening their economies.
    During a press conference Wednesday, Gov. Kate Brown said counties who have succeeded in controlling the spread of the coronavirus can be approved for the next phase.
    In phase two, restaurant and bar hours would be extended. Additionally, venues like movie theaters and public pools can reopen while still being required to abide by social distancing guidelines.
    Brown said counties will be able to apply as soon as Friday.
    “Counties that are approved to move into phase two will be able to relax some of the restrictions that had been in place in phase one and some sectors will be able to reopen,” she announced.
    The governor noted that the state has conducted thousands of tests within the last week and is seeing a downward trend of positive test results.
6/4/2020 Reports: Deep State, Soros, Obama fuel riots to hurt President Trump by OAN Newsroom
    A new reports detail the alleged role of major Democrat donors and top officials allegedly behind riots sweeping the nation.    One America’s Kristian Rouz examines the claims.
[Who else could it be they have been doing this ever since Trump came into office.].

6/4/2020 Obama calls for police reform by OAN Newsroom
In this image from video provided by My Brother’s Keeper Alliance and The Obama Foundation, former President Barack Obama
speaks Wednesday, June 3, 2020, during virtual town hall event with young people to discuss policing and the civil unrest that
has followed the killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis. (My Brother’s Keeper Alliance and The Obama Foundation via AP)
    Barack Obama made his first public remarks regarding the ongoing nationwide protests by joining calls for police reform.
    During a virtual Town Hall on Wednesday, the former president outlined changes he believes would reduce police violence against racial minorities.    His suggestions included establishing clear “use of force” guidelines and allowing officers to intervene when a fellow officer is being too rough with a suspect.
    Obama also spoke about the recent killings of black Americans, including George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and Tony McDade.
    “In some ways, as tragic as these past few weeks have been, as difficult and scary and uncertain as they’ve been, they’ve also been an incredible opportunity for people to be awakened to some of these underlying trends,” Obama stated.    “And they offer an opportunity for us to all work together to tackle them, to take them on, to change America and make it live up to its highest ideals.”
The former Democrat President went on to address the families of victims by saying he’s committed to the task of “creating a more just nation.”

6/4/2020 Las Vegas casinos reopen under new health restrictions by OAN Newsroom
People wait in line to enter after the reopening of the D Las Vegas hotel
and casino Thursday, June 4, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
    Nevada will allow hotels and casinos to reopen as part of the second phase of the state’s reopening plan.
Casinos in the Silver State opened their doors to the public on Thursday after Governor Steve Sisolak previously declared a state of emergency and shut down all non-essential businesses.
    Under the plan, casinos will only be allowed to open under a new set of health guidelines.    The restrictions will include a “seven-point safety plan,” which called for limited seating at table games, employee screening, social distancing, enhanced cleaning protocols and hand washing stations on casino floors.
    Employees will also be required to wear masks, while guests will be encouraged to do so.
    “More than anything, I am pleasantly surprised at how much care you’re taking as a hotel to insure us as guests are safe,” stated one resident.
People play craps after the reopening of the Bellagio hotel and casino Thursday, June 4, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
    The biggest casino operators, MGM Resorts and Caesars Entertainment, will not immediately reopen their properties.    Executives have said they are waiting to see how many people show up.
    “It feels really nice to be back as part of society, enjoying everyday life with people and having fun,” explained one local.
    “My husband and I got married here in Vegas, so it’s exciting for us to come back.”
    MGM will only open the Bellagio, MGM Grand, New York-New York and Signature this week, while Caesars will bring back Caesars Palace, Flamingo and Harrah’s.
    The reopening has been met with some backlash from those who are worried about the spread of COVID-19.
    However, as unemployment topped at 28% in mid-April, officials sought to balance these health concerns with the economic loss of gambling revenue.    Now, hopes are high for a massive recovery with the reopening.
In this Feb. 22, 2019 photo, gambling chips stacked on a table at the Golden Nugget casino in Atlantic City N.J. Commercial casinos in
25 U.S. states won $43.6 billion from gamblers in 2019, an increase of nearly 4% from the previous year, according to a report issued
late Wednesday, June 3, 2020, by The American Gaming Association, the casino industry’s national trade group. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

6/4/2020 UK leads fall in global trust in government COVID responses: poll
FILE PHOTO: A cyclist passes the houses of the Parliament during the hot weather, following the outbreak
of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), London, Britain, June 2, 2020. REUTERS/John Sibley
    LONDON (Reuters) – People across almost all the world’s leading rich economies have turned more sceptical about their governments’ handling of the coronavirus pandemic with confidence slumping the most in Britain, a survey showed on Thursday.
    In May, in the Group of Seven nations as a whole, 48% of respondents approved of how authorities had handled the pandemic, down from 50% in April and 54% in March, the survey published by polling firm Kantar showed.
    Britain saw the biggest drop – a sharp fall of 18 points from April to 51% – while in the United States, Canada, Germany, France and Italy, the declines ranged between two and six points. Japan was the only country to show an increase.     Britain’s COVID-19 death toll has surpassed 50,000, according to a Reuters tally, making the country one of the worst hit in the world by the pandemic.
    Prime Minister Boris Johnson has also struggled to contain the fallout from a decision by his top advisor Dominic Cummings to undertake a long road trip to get family help at the height of the coronavirus lockdown when COVID-19 hit his household.
    Kantar said 50% of respondents across the G7 said they trusted their government to make the right decisions about the pandemic in the future, down four points from April.
    Just over half said they would use a contact-tracing app to help to prevent a new wave of infections.    Almost two-thirds of those who said they would not use it cited privacy concerns.
    One in three people felt uncomfortable about returning to their workplace, a similar number said they would work at home more than before the crisis and about four in 10 said they would visit restaurants, cafes, pubs and cinemas less than before.
    The survey of 7,012 people was conducted between May 28 and June 1.
(Writing by William Schomberg; editing by Stephen Addison)

6/4/2020 Inspired by U.S. protests, some Belgians want colonial king statues removed by Robin Emmott
A person wearing a protective face mask walks past the statue of Belgian King Leopold II,
near Brussels' Royal Palace, in Brussels, Belgium June 4, 2020. REUTERS/Yves Herman
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Inspired by global protests at the death of unarmed black American George Floyd, some 30,000 people in Belgium have signed two petitions to remove statues of the country’s colonial-era King Leopold II, whose troops decimated Congo in the late 1800s.
    The online petitions, one of which was started by a 14-year-old boy on photo-sharing app Instagram, demand the removal of the monuments across Brussels and a bust in the city of Halle.
    “We are minors and do not wish to reveal our identities.    This is why we are looking for an organisation … to represent us,” the 14-year-old told Reuters, giving his name as Noah.
    His petition in French and Dutch on calls for the removal by end-June, saying Leopold II has no place in multicultural Brussels, which bills itself as the capital of Europe.
    Demonstrations have swept the United States since Floyd’s death on May 25 in police custody in Minneapolis. There have been smaller protests across Europe.
    In the Belgian city of Ghent, a bust of Leopold II was covered in red paint and daubed with “I can’t breathe,” words spoken by Floyd as he was pinned down by the neck, according to photos posted on Twitter.    Another statue was set on fire near the city of Antwerp, Belgian media said.
    Many younger Belgians say they are ashamed that Leopold II continues to be honoured when millions of Congolese are estimated to have died between 1885 and 1908 after the monarch declared the African country his personal property.
    Leopold’s troops were ordered to collect the hands of victims, who were often shot for resisting slave labour.    He also imported Congolese for a human zoo in Belgium.
    Some Belgians resent criticism. The country’s status as a wealthy European country can be traced to its success as a trading economy in the colonial era.
(Additional reporting by Clement Rossignol; Editing by Frances Kerry)

6/4/2020 Irish pubs say two metre social distancing spells ruin by Padraic Halpin
FILE PHOTO: A man walks past a pub in Dublin on St. Patrick's Day as public events were cancelled as the number of
coronavirus cases grow around the world, in Dublin, Ireland, March 17, 2020. REUTERS/Jason Cairnduff/File Photo
    DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland’s usually tightly-packed pubs say they face ruin unless the government eases one of the strictest lockdowns in Europe, under which they can only reopen in August and must keep drinkers two metres apart – reducing capacity for some from hundreds to dozens.
    For Ronan Lynch, owner of The Swan, a small, Victorian pub typical of many in central Dublin where forcing your way to the bar for a pint is usually a selling point, a relaxing of the guidelines will be the difference between reopening or not.
    “We’re at the periphery of Europe with a peripheral view of the two-metre rule.    No business can operate at 25% capacity.    It just doesn’t stack up,” said Lynch, who began a renovation just as Ireland began to shut down its economy in mid-March.
    Bars and restaurants in Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal and Germany have reopened with looser 1 to 1.5 metre guidelines.    Operators in the Czech Republic, Switzerland and Iceland that have had to stick to 2 metres have had the benefit of being open since May to try to salvage some of the busy summer season.
    Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, a medical doctor, has suggested a possible halving of the social distancing measure and a speeding up of one of Europe’s most conservative reopening plans if coronavirus cases remain under control, but his top health advisers are more cautious.
    Lynch, who is the chairman of Dublin’s Licensed Vintners Association (LVA), said permitting one metre between patrons would boost his capacity to 40 to 50%, about 100 drinkers.    Research carried out for the LVA found capacity could drop as low as 12.5% for some without any change.
    An easing will still leave pubs and restaurants needing further state support, Lynch said, but will give them a chance of surviving into 2021 when the government hopes a treatment or vaccine can bring an end to social distancing.
    Irish pubs, renowned for their bustling atmosphere, have presented the government with a plan to limit drinking to table service, with no live music and staggered access to toilets in a bid to open earlier alongside restaurants on June 29. They are waiting to hear back.
    The guidance will be crucial for pubs, some of whom were criticised for not enforcing social distancing in the early days of the crisis, forcing their closure on the eve of the lucrative St. Patrick’s Day holiday.
    Too strict and the one in ten workers dependent on Ireland’s pub-focused tourism industry will remain among the 26% currently claiming unemployment benefits.    Too lenient and it could spark a second wave of infections, undoing Ireland’s careful approach.
    With Ireland due to enter the second of five stages next week, Varadkar has said he may revise the later phases as soon as Friday, amid growing political pressure.
    Pubs say they need a decision and soon so they don’t waste money on refurbishing to the wrong specifications, can figure out how many staff they can need or whether it’s worth reopening at all.
    “The government needs to take a leap of faith here, push the button on it and get things open sooner rather than later,” said Lynch.
(Reporting by Padraic Halpin; Editing by Alexandra Hudson)

6/4/2020 Ireland seeks health officials’ backing to speed up reopening plan
FILE PHOTO: Ireland's Prime Minister Taoiseach Leo Varadkar speaks during a news conference on the ongoing situation with the coronavirus disease
(COVID-19) at Government Buildings in Dublin, Ireland March 24, 2020. Steve Humphreys/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo
    DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland’s government has proposed speeding up the reopening of parts of its economy to the country’s top health officials and will make a decision on Friday, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said.
    Ireland is set next week to enter the second of five phases that constitute one of Europe’s most conservative plans to roll back a coronavirus lockdown.    Hairdressers and hotels are not due to open until the fourth phase in late July, with pubs to follow in the final phase on Aug. 10.
    “We have made proposals to the CMO (Chief Medical Officer) about bringing things forward from phase four to three and three to two.    NPHET (Ireland’s National Public Health Emergency Team) is considering those proposals and government will make a decision on that on Friday morning,” Varadkar told parliament.
(Reporting by Padraic Halpin; Editing by Jon Boyle)

6/4/2020 Spanish minister says land borders to open, prompts confusion by Isla Binnie
FILE PHOTO: People enjoy on La Malagueta beach as some Spanish provinces are allowed to ease lockdown restrictions during phase
two, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Malaga, southern Spain June 1, 2020. REUTERS/Jon Nazca
    (Reuters) – Spain played down the possibility of reopening its land borders on June 22 after a government minister announced earlier on Thursday it would do so, prompting confusion in neighbouring Portugal, which asked for clarification.
    Frontiers with France and Portugal have been shut to most people since Spain went into lockdown to stem the spread of the coronavirus in mid-March, faced with what was then one of the world’s worst outbreaks of the virus.
    A government source said Madrid was still considering the plan to reopen land borders and would discuss it with France and Portugal, rowing back on remarks by Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto earlier in the day.
    In a morning conference call, Maroto had told reporters:
    “In the case of France and Portugal, I would like also to confirm that from June 22 the restrictions on land transport will also be removed.    This is very important because it will allow us also to recover some tourists, both French and, in the case of Portugal, on land routes.”
    Asked whether this meant people crossing the land borders with France and Portugal as of June 22 would have to observe a 14-day quarantine now in effect, Maroto said the lifting of the quarantine requirement still needed to be approved.
    Portuguese Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva said he was surprised by Maroto’s comments and would seek clarification from Spain.    “It is naturally Portugal who decides about the opening of the Portuguese border,” he told news agency Lusa.
    Maroto’s ministry later released what it described as a clarification, saying border controls could be extended beyond June 21 and international tourism would reopen on July 1, without spelling out specifically what would happen at the border with France and Portugal.
    Spain has registered 240,326 coronavirus cases and 27,128 deaths.
(Reporting by Isla Binnie with additional reporting by Belen Carreno in Madrid and Victoria Waldersee in Lisbon; Editing by Andrei Khalip and Mark Heinrich)

6/4/2020 Spain’s COVID-19 deaths at 27,133; cases at 240,660
A volunteer gives free food packages for a woman amid economic hardship outside parish church of Santa Anna,
amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Barcelona, Spain, June 2, 2020. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
    MADRID (Reuters) – Spain’s total death toll from the coronavirus reached 27,133 on Thursday, health ministry data showed, five more than reported on Wednesday.
    The ministry has stopped providing a daily death toll but said 56 people had died from the virus over the last seven days.    Confirmed cases climbed by 195 from the previous day to 240,660.
    Spain is implementing a new methodology for logging deaths and cases, leading to fluctuations in its statistics and frequent revisions of data which officials warn are likely to continue for some time.
(Reporting by Nathan Allen; Editing by Ingrid Melander)

6/4/2020 Barr: Evidence Antifa, other extremist groups instigating violence by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this April 1, 2020, file photo, Attorney General William Barr speaks about the coronavirus in the
James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
    According to Attorney General William Barr, there is evidence that extremist groups across the political spectrum have been instigating violence at peaceful protests.    During Thursday’s press conference with DOJ leaders, Barr confirmed there is clear evidence Antifa and other political agitators, including foreign actors, are stoking violent behavior at the protests for George Floyd.
    He reiterated the Justice Department is focused on these radical elements and has already made 51 arrests for federal crimes related to the unrest. He noted the department is working with local leaders in Minneapolis and officials across the U.S. to make sure racism plays no part in law enforcement.     The attorney general also denied that President Trump’s visit to a D.C. church this week was a political act. He has said the president had every right to walk from the White House to St. John’s Church on Monday.     “I think that was entirely appropriate for him to do,” he said.
    According to Barr, there was no connection between the president’s visit and law enforcement moving protesters away from the White House because those plans were made earlier in the day.     “I did not know that he was going to do that until later in the day, after our plans were well underway to move the perimeter,” explained Barr.    “There was no correlation between our tactical plan of moving the perimeter out by one block and the president going over to the church.”
    He has previously claimed protests have been hijacked by a “witches’ brew” of various extremist organizations.
6/4/2020 3 officers charged in Floyd’s death appear in court by OAN Newsroom
This combination of photos provided by the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office in Minnesota on Wednesday, June 3, 2020,
shows J. Alexander Kueng, from left, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao.(Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office via AP)
    The three officers recently charged in the death of George Floyd made their first court appearance on Thursday.    The bail was set at $1 million each for former Officers Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and Alexander Kueng.
    All three have been charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and manslaughter.
    No pleas were entered for the defendants, but their attorneys argued for a lower bail amount.
    The judge has said they could each be released on $750,000 bond if they agree to several conditions.    Those included not serving in law enforcement, turning in firearms and voiding permits, having no contact with the Floyd family and waiving extradition.
    Lane, Thao and Kueng will appear back in court later this month.

6/4/2020 Democrats call for special prosecutor probe into President Trump’s handling of rioters outside White House by OAN Newsroom
With the White House in the background, demonstrators protest, Thursday, June 4, 2020, in Washington, over
the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    House Democrats are hoping to appoint another special prosecutor to investigate President Trump over the latest riots in Washington.    Around 80 Democrats cosigned a letter to the Justice Department on Thursday, which requested a probe into the president’s handling of rioters and looters outside of the White House.
    Congressmen David Cicilline and Bill Pascrell Jr. claimed the police used tear gas to break up what they called peaceful protests.    Officials have confirmed no tear gas was used against non-violent protesters.
President Donald Trump walks past police in Lafayette Park after he visited outside St. John’s Church
across from the White House Monday, June 1, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    According to Attorney General William Barr, far-left groups were inciting the violence, which triggered a police response.
    “There were projectiles being thrown, and the group was becoming increasingly unruly,” he stated.    “They were asked three times if they would move back one block, they refused.”
    Democrats have called for Barr to resign as they continue to try and blame President Trump and his administration for the latest tensions.

6/4/2020 Labor Secy.: Unemployment should fall below 10% by end of year by OAN Newsroom
Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia speaks during a roundtable with industry executives about reopening country after the coronavirus
closures, in the State Dining Room of the White House, Friday, May 29, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia is optimistic the nation’s unemployment rate will rapidly fall in the coming months. On Thursday, he predicted unemployment will fall below 10% by the end of the year.
    Scalia stated he really believes that “as hard as this has been for American workers and their families, it was always meant to be temporary.”    He suggested “many of these jobs will come back quickly because they should still be there.”
    He confirmed “the number of people filing for claims has declined steadily over the last few weeks,” which he said was a “good sign.”
    Meanwhile, a recent report found the majority of stimulus cash allocated by the CARES Act is running out.    According to the report, 70% of the roughly 1.6 trillion in direct aid provided by the bill has been distributed.
    The legislation, which was the largest stimulus bill in U.S. history, was passed in response to the coronavirus in March.
FILE – This May 7, 2020, file photo shows a man wearing a mask while walking under a Now Hiring sign
at a CVS Pharmacy during the coronavirus outbreak in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
    So far, Congress has passed four coronavirus stimulus packages, which provided economic relief to citizens, states and businesses amid economic lockdowns.
    Many Republican lawmakers have called to hold off on passing a possible fifth package until the impact of previous legislation has been assessed.

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6/5/2020 Davis statue needs to go, Beshear says - Governor: Confederate monument ‘divides us’ by Lucas Aulbach, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    As protests against racism and police brutality continue to dominate headlines and rock the streets of Louisville and the nation, Gov. Andy Beshear left no doubt about his position regarding a controversial monument to the president of the Confederacy in the Kentucky Capitol.
    “I believe the statue of Jefferson Davis should not be in the Rotunda,” Beshear told reporters at his Thursday media briefing.
    The statue honoring Davis, a Kentucky native who served as the president of the Confederacy during the Civil War, was unveiled in the Capitol Rotunda in December 1936, after the United Daughters of the Confederacy rallied for it to be built two years earlier.
    It has stood since then as a lightning rod of controversy in the commonwealth, as opponents have asked why a statue honoring the first and only president of the Confederate States of America should have a home at the Kentucky Capitol.
    Beshear is bewildered, too.    He threw up his hands toward the end of his statement Thursday as he drove his point home.
    Officials are looking into moving the statue, he said, but in the meantime, it shouldn’t be hard to grasp why a statue honoring one of the leading figures of the Confederacy would offend many around the commonwealth.
    “I believe the Jefferson Davis statue is a symbol that divides us, and even if there are those that think it’s a part of history, there should be a better place to put it in historic context,” Beshear said.
    “Right now, seeing so much pain in our state and across our country, can’t we at least realize that so many of our fellow Kentuckians — people that, again, we’re talking about having compassion in terms of COVID, we ought to have compassion for all pain — can’t we understand that it is, at the very least, so hurtful to them?    Doesn’t that at least justify it not sitting where it does right now?
The Jefferson Davis statue at the state Capitol. SAM UPSHAW JR./COURIER JOURNAL

6/5/2020 Autopsy: Floyd tested positive for coronavirus by ASSOCIATED PRESS
    A full autopsy of George Floyd, provides several clinical details, including that Floyd had previously tested positive for coronavirus.    The 20-page report released by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office came with the family’s permission and after the coroner’s office released summary findings Monday that Floyd’s heart stopped while he was being restrained by officers, and classified his May 25 death as a homicide, by Chief Medical Examiner Andrew Baker spelled out clinical details, including that Floyd had tested positive for the COVID-19 virus on April 3 but appeared asymptomatic.    The report also noted Floyd’s lungs appeared healthy but he had some narrowing of arteries in the heart, and earlier report listed fentanyl intoxication and recent methamphetamine use under “other significant conditions” but not under “cause of death.”    The footnotes noted signs of fentanyl toxicity can include “severe respiratory depression” and seizures.

6/5/2020 President Trump slams D.C. Mayor Bowser for requesting withdrawal of additional fed. law enforcement by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks during a roundtable discussion with commercial fishermen at
Bangor International Airport in Bangor, Maine, Friday, June 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    President Trump took aim at D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser after she requested all additional federal law enforcement and military personnel to withdraw from the city.
    “The incompetent mayor, whose budget is totally out of control and is constantly coming back for handouts, is now fighting with the National Guard, who saved her from great embarrassment,” the president wrote on Twitter.
    According to him, if Mayor Bowser “doesn’t treat these men and women well, then we’ll bring in a different group.”
    Bowser formally issued a plea to the president in a letter Friday, asking him to remove the “extraordinary federal law enforcement and military presence” from the city.    The mayor claimed the protests have been peaceful and suggested the extra units are “inflaming” the demonstrations.
    “There were zero arrests associated with the peaceful demonstrations that we had here in our city,” she said.    “There was no damage to MPD property, there was no MPD injuries.”

District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser, right, speaks next to Metropolitan Police Department Chief Peter Newsham, Monday, June 1, 2020, in Washington,
during a news conference to announce a new 7 p.m. curfew for the city for the next two nights. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
    In recent days, hundreds of National Guard troops have poured into D.C. to help bolster security for the White House and federal monuments.    President Trump has touted the move as an example for states across the U.S.
    “We need safety in our cities.    When they don’t take care of it, we took care of it.    In Washington, D.C., I said two days ago, this is the safest place on earth.    We brought in incredible people, they took care of the situation very easily.    It was very easy for them.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
    Mayor Bowser has repeatedly challenged the president’s decision since.    She argued he does not have the legal authority to make such a decision in her jurisdiction.
    “Does the president have authority to request guard from other states?” she asked.    “I have the authority to request guard from other states, I have not requested guard from any state.”
    In addition to her formal letter to the president, reports stated Bowser has been making underground moves to remove law enforcement from the city.    She’s reportedly planning to expel at least 1,200 National Guard members by cancelling their hotel accommodations.
Vehicles for the District of Columbia National Guard are seen outside the D.C. Armory, Monday, June 1, 2020, in Washington.
    Protests have erupted across the United States to protest the death of Floyd, a black man who was killed in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
    GOP senators have spoken out against these plans.    They have said, if these reports are true, Bowser is acting inappropriately and unpatriotically.
    In a recent Twitter post, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) announced he will do “everything possible to push back against this outrage against the men and women of our National Guard.”
    “The mayor of D.C. should thank them, not evict them,” he added.
    The debate on extra law enforcement comes as officials predicted this Saturday will show the largest protest yet, with a potential to bring more violence and destruction to the nation’s capital.
In this image provided by the Executive Office of the Mayor, District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser stands on the rooftop of the Hay Adams Hotel
near the White House and looks out at the words ‘Black Lives Matter’ that have been painted in bright yellow letters on the
street by city workers and activists, Friday, June 5, 2020, in Washington. (Executive Office of the Mayor/Khalid Naji-Allah via AP)

6/5/2020 President Trump: It’s a great day in terms of equality by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House, Friday, June 5, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    President Trump has said great things are happening for our country, in regards to racial equality.     On Friday, the president addressed the ongoing protests across the nation.    He stated “equal justice under the law must mean that every American receives equal treatment in every encounter with law enforcement,” no matter the color of their skin.
    “They have to receive fair treatment from law enforcement.    We all saw what happened last week, we can’t let that happen.    Hopefully, George (Floyd) is looking down right now and saying, ‘This is a great thing that’s happening for our country.’    …This is a great, great day in terms of equality.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
    Some mainstream media outlets were outraged over the president’s remarks, including CNN, who called his speech “unwieldy and unprepared.”
Protesters rally Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in Phoenix, demanding the Phoenix City Council defund the Phoenix Police Department. (AP Photo/Matt York)
    Meanwhile, nationwide protests in the wake of Floyd’s death have been joined by calls to defund the police. The movement is now seeking to abolish modern police departments or slash city police budgets in a push for police reform.     In Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti has already proposed cutting $150 million from the police department budget, which would free up money to “invest in jobs, health and education.”
    President Trump touched on the issue this week and reassured he’s going to take care of law enforcement.
    “They’re saying ‘defund the police.’    Think of it.    When I saw it, I said, ‘What are you talking about?’    ‘We don’t want to have any police,’ they say.    …They say they are going to defund the police, in others they aren’t going to pay police.    They don’t want to have any police, the real ones.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
    Advocates have warned large-scale reductions in spending could result in an increase in crime.    According to Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, neighborhoods in her area have been asking for more police protection, not less.
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6/5/2020 Cities respond to ‘8 Can’t Wait’ campaign to end police violence by OAN Newsroom
Chicago Police officers and protesters clash during a protest over the death
of George Floyd in Chicago, Saturday, May 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
    Officials nationwide have responded to a new database going viral, which is advising law enforcement agencies on which policies can be used to make communities safer.    This came after anti-police violence advocacy group Campaign Zero released their ‘8 Can’t Wait‘ analysis this week.
    In it, they detailed eight policies they believe can be used to reduce police violence.
    Officials from Pennsylvania, Idaho and Florida have responded to the campaign by vowing to match their practices to what the analysis suggests.
    “The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police has already begun a full review of our policies to make sure we are embracing and following all eight principles,” announced Pittsburgh Chief of Staff Dan Gilman.
    The ‘8 Can’t Wait’ analysis was released in response to the death of George Floyd, which has prompted massive protests nationwide. Demonstrators have called on state officials to look at their local policing practices.
People observe social distancing as they take part in a demonstration in The Hague, Netherlands, Tuesday, June 2, 2020, to
protest against the recent killing of George Floyd, police violence and institutionalized racism. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
    Campaign Zero’s 2016 study came up with eight policies in 100 big cities across the U.S. that can reduce police violence by up to 72% if implemented.    The study showed which policies these cities are implementing or neglecting, including chokeholds, de-escalation techniques and enforcing duty to intervene.
    However, some law enforcement officials have warned these policies may not be enough to reach the goal of the campaign.    They further argued any tool or use of force can be misused.
    “You can’t just take every tool an officer has that is going to save their life because somebody else has misused it,” explained Meridian Deputy Chief Tracy Basterrechea.    “If you go out, you hire good people, you can make them become be good police officers.”
    Police agencies have advised one another to ensure officers are properly trained and to make sure they are held accountable.    They have also called other agencies to look beyond the policies detailed in the ‘8 Can’t Wait’ analysis to actively formulate measures to ensure their communities feel safe.

6/5/2020 Poll: 40% of likely black voters approve of President Trump by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump arrives to speak during a tour of Puritan Medical Products medical swab
manufacturing facility, Friday, June 5, 2020, in Guilford, Maine. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    According to a new poll, 40% of likely black voters approve of President Trump’s job performance.    This data came from a new report by Rasmussen, which was released on Friday.
    50% of likely white voters reported they approve of the president, while 43% of those categorized as “other” stated the same.
    This comes as Americans across the nation are uniting in the fight against racial inequality.
    “The black community needs to stand up for this president, this isn’t about a handout,” stated one conservative activist.    “It’s about lifting up ourselves, our community, working together (and) understanding policy better.”
    That same day, President Trump touted his dedication to the prosperity of black Americans.    He pointed to opportunity zones, criminal justice reform and funding for historically black schools.
    He went on to say great things are happening for our country, in regards to racial equality.    The president stated “equal justice under the law must mean that every American receives equal treatment in every encounter with law enforcement,” no matter the color of their skin.
    “They have to receive fair treatment from law enforcement.    We all saw what happened last week, we can’t let that happen.    Hopefully, George (Floyd) is looking down right now and saying, ‘This is a great thing that’s happening for our country.’    …This is a great, great day in terms of equality.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
    Moving forward, he said his focus will be on the renewal, restoration and recovery of the country’s most vulnerable communities.

6/5/2020 N.Y. bail reform laws prevent looters from being held by police by OAN Newsroom
Police search the cars of drivers amidst ongoing looting in SoHo shopping district on Sunday, May 31, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
    Prosecutors in New York City are expressing frustration with how quickly some of those arrested during the violent riots in the city have been turned back onto the street.
    According to reports, hundreds have been arrested for rioting and looting in recent demonstrations, which were sparked by the death of George Floyd.    However, many have been immediately released due to the state’s unusual bail reform law.
    The law, which was enacted earlier this year, eliminated the bail requirement for suspects accused of most misdemeanors, including burglary.
    The NYPD has stated groups of anarchists are targeting upscale stores, particularly in lower and midtown Manhattan.    However, police have been unable to hold them, since they were charged with crimes ineligible for bail under the reform.
FILE – In this May 28, 2020 file photo, a protestor breaks a window of a business
with a baseball bat, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
    On Thursday, the governor of New York claimed looters are exploiting the protests because they know police are going to be busy with the actual protesters.
    “It would be nonsensical if the police were arresting looters, (who) were then being arrested and returned to the street the next day to loot again,” said Andrew Cuomo. “That would be nonsensical, right?
    He called on prosecutors to seek charges of second-degree burglary, or burglary involving a “dangerous instrument” like a pipe or a brick.    According to Cuomo, if looters are using rocks to break windows and steal, they should be charged for the crime they’re committing and have bail set.
    Prosecutors, however, are split on the legal standing to bring second-degree charges against the looters.    Some have said most of the looting cases can’t be charged with that crime.
    They argued rocks and bricks aren’t considered “deadly weapons.”    They also noted there’s a lack of evidence that using them to break store windows has put anyone in danger of serious injury.
FILE – In this Saturday, May 30, 2020 file photo, a protester adds materials to a fire of a building
that once housed a check cashing business, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
    Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance agreed that looters should face harsher penalties.    He has asked for the legislature to change the bail reform law and for Cuomo to use emergency powers to allow judges to hold looters on bail.
    “This is about people who are taking advantage of this moment, when people want to come out and protest peacefully,” stated Vance.     “I’m calling for more judicial discretion, to have the judge have the ability to detain someone when there is a clear risk of re-offense.”
    Under bail reform, suspects of violent felonies are still required to post bail.
    However, even before the law was adopted, New York law prevented judges from considering some suspects as potential dangers to the community before setting bail.

6/5/2020 Parts of Mich. moving to phase 5 of reopening by OAN Newsroom
In this Friday, June 5, 2020 photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Michigan Gov.
Gretchen Whitmer speaks in Lansing, Mich. (Michigan Office of the Governor via AP, Pool)
    Michigan made significant headway this week on reopening its economy following coronavirus lockdowns.    On Friday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced Northern Michigan will move into phase five of the state’s six-part reopening plan next week, with metro Detroit following not too far behind.
    Starting on June 15th, places like hair salons, gyms and movie theaters will all be opening their doors again statewide.
    The governor cited a lower number of COVID-19 cases and deaths in several parts of the state, which she called “progress.”     “This is good news,” added Governor Whitmer.    “It’s another positive sign that we’re ready to move our economy forward safely and responsibly.”
    Under phase five of the plan, dine-in restaurants will be back up and running at 50% capacity.    Indoor gatherings of up to 50 people will also be permitted, while outdoor gatherings will allow up to 250 in attendance.
    Sporting venues will be welcoming up to 500 people, but residents will still be required to stay six feet apart.
    This came after Michigan entered phase four earlier this week.    Retail stores, office spaces and outdoor jobs, like construction, have been back up and running since then.
    Governor Whitmer remains optimistic that her entire state will enter phase five within the coming weeks.

6/5/2020 Dr. Fauci: 2nd wave of coronavirus ‘not inevitable’ by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this April 1, 2020, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and
Infectious Diseases, appears at the White House, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon File)
    According to Dr. Anthony Fauci, a second wave of the coronavirus is not inevitable.
    On Friday, the government’s top infectious disease expert stated if people are tested early on and contact tracing is administered, the nation can avoid another surge in cases later this year.
    He has said the U.S. seems to be headed in the right direction.    Many states have seen a dramatic drop in COVID-19 related deaths and hospitalizations since lockdowns were lifted.
    “There’s always the question of what happens when you get to the fall, if you’re talking about an entire year.    We don’t inevitably have to have a second wave. I mean, people talk about it, but it doesn’t necessarily have to occur.” – Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
    Dr. Fauci remains cautiously optimistic that as the American economy continues to reopen, we will witness an ongoing decline in cases.

6/5/2020 President Trump speaks on May job gains, calls it ‘a great American comeback’ by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House, Friday, June 5, 2020, in Washington.
White House chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow, left, and Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia, top right listen. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    President Trump touted the latest jobs report by calling the numbers a “great and tremendous step” towards recovering from the coronavirus pandemic.
    During a news conference Friday, the president was optimistic while pointing out that “nobody knew how fast the economy would recover.”    However, the latest report shows the country is on its way to a “comeback.”
    The report shows 2.5 million jobs were gained in the month of May, which lowered the unemployment rate from 14 percent to 13 percent.
    President Trump attributed the surge to the strength of the economy before the coronavirus pandemic by saying the country had such a strong foundation.    He noted that “we were able to close our country and save countless lives.”
    Moving forward, the president said the country is prepared to distribute more than 2 million coronavirus vaccines if testing proves to be successful.    He also signed a bill extending deadlines for businesses that received emergency Payroll Protection Plan loans.

6/5/2020 Republican senators respond to James Mattis’ statement regarding leadership of President Trump by OAN Newsroom
File – Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is pictured. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP Photo)
    Former Secretary of Defense James Mattis recently broke his silence regarding President Trump by prompting several Republican senators to answer if they back the retired marine general or the president.
    In a statement Wednesday via The Atlantic, Mattis claimed Donald Trump is the first president in his lifetime who hasn’t tried to unite the American people.    He went as far to suggest that President Trump “does not even pretend to try” and, instead, “tries to divide us.”
    Several members of the GOP have since responded to the statement, including Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) who made the following remarks:
    “General Mattis’ letter was stunning and powerful.    General Mattis is a man of extraordinary sacrifice.    He’s an American patriot.    He’s an individual whose judgment I respect and I think the world of him.    If I ever had to choose somebody to be in a foxhole with, it would be with a General Mattis.    What a wonderful, wonderful man.”
    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) noted that he has great respect for Mattis, but said the choice of words in the statement aren’t what he would use to describe what’s a very difficult time in our country.
    Also contrary to Mattis’ viewpoint, Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) said President Trump has been uniting the country during this time.
    “I think the president is actually working towards uniting the country…the question is what do we see in front of us that will help unite us?” he asked.    “I’m hoping we’ll have policy positions that will be supported by the White House that allows us to speak specifically to the injustices that we see and to the necessary long term changes that will be important to bringing us closer and closer together.”
    Armed Services Committee chairman Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) called Mattis a hero, but said it regards to his 2018 departure.    “Once you’re fired, sometimes that affects your attitude,” he pointed out.
    Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said division comes when the country is already divided.
    “It’s hard to divide the country unless there are two sides and I think by just blaming the president, he’s only looking at half of the half of the equation,” he stated.    “Clearly the country is divided, it’s divided between supporters of the president and people for whom he can’t do anything right, and that’s unfortunately where we are right now.”
Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., arrives for a Republican luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), whose vote in January helped close up President Trump’s impeachment trial, said she thought Mattis’ words were true, necessary and overdue.    She also admitted she’s been struggling with whether or not she would support President Trump come November.
    The president didn’t mince words with his response to Mattis.    He said he didn’t like Mattis’ leadership style and is glad he’s gone.
[A lot of these Obama-era generals, who were part of the endless wars are mad at Trump because he is doing what they should have done and they are resentful because he did not do what they wanted to do which was to continue the endless wars, so some of them were probably part of the Washington DC swamp anyway and believed in the IRONMAN POLICY which Trump has been cleaning the SWAMP as he goes, who were part of the Globalist takeover of the U.S.A., which would have been the militant state that would keep all the world under control.    So I do not think that most Americans want to be united in a global controlled system with all our rights removed as he claims and then there are the many who did not have a clue of what was almost done to them if Trump had not come along and stop it, which is why he is being attacked so viciously for the past 3 years and 6 months.].

6/5/2020 Joe Biden: 10% to 15% of Americans ‘not very good people’ by OAN Newsroom
Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden removes his mask as
he speaks in Philadelphia, Tuesday, June 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
    Presumptive Democrat nominee Joe Biden recently declared a tenth of Americans are not good people.
    During virtual Town Hall event Thursday, Biden renewed his criticism of President Trump by claiming the president promotes divisiveness.
    Yet, his remarks took an unexpected turn as he appeared to condemn a significant portion of the population, in turn, bringing to mind Hillary Clinton’s now-infamous labeling of Trump supporters as a “basket of deplorables.”
    This is the latest in a series of gaffes from the former vice president, including one during a recent radio interview when he seemed to imply that black Trump supporters were not really black.

6/6/2020 Oil up $1.96 to $39.29, DOW up 829 to 27,111 new record and sign of improvements.

6/6/2020 Police across the nation under attack amid unrest by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Sunday, May 31, 2020 file photo, police form a line on H Street as demonstrators gather to
protest the death of George Floyd near the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    Police across the country were targeted in attacks this week as protesters continue to demand justice for George Floyd.    As of Friday, more than 20 police officers have been shot, while hundreds more have been injured by projectiles, like Molotov cocktails and bricks.
    The disdain for law enforcement in the U.S. has grown in recent weeks and continues to mount.    The National Guard and militarized police forces have been ordered to more than 30 states in an effort to control crowds and stop the looting.
    Police chiefs and superintendents nationwide have spoken out against the violence towards officials.
    “We have to protect this city, there should be decency and order,” stated New Orleans Police Superintendent Shaun Ferguson.    “There should be law and order for civility in this city.”
Graffiti left by rioters covers sheets of plywood used to shield the windows of a restaurant after riots over the death of
George Floyd, a handcuffed black man in police custody in Minneapolis, Sunday, May 31, 2020, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
    Earlier this week, a retired police chief was shot and killed for protecting a pawn shop from looters in St. Louis, Missouri.    This incident was one of many for local business owners, whose businesses have suffered at the hands of looters.
    Meanwhile, governors and mayors have voiced their solidarity with the police in major cities, who have seen mass destruction.
    “Here were two of our officers, simply trying to protect a community, and they came under unprovoked attack.    That is absolutely unacceptable.    An attack on any one of our officers is an attack on all of us.” – Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City
    With curfews in place in more than 200 cities across the U.S., angry Americans have been pushing the legal limits with law enforcement and have caused waves for how officers do their jobs.
Protesters hold posters during a demonstration Tuesday, June 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Rafael Yaghobzadeh)
    This week, 57 members of the Buffalo Police Department Emergency Response Team resigned from the
task force in solidarity with their colleagues, who were recently suspended for pushing an elderly man to the floor.
    A video of the incident had gone viral on social media, prompting public outcry over the disturbing footage.
    With hundreds of attacks on law enforcement, more restrictions on police practices and officers abandoning their posts, Americans have been taking matters into their own hands.    A number have also exercised their Second Amendment right to bare arms, which has caused a surge in gun sales as rioting continues.
Utah National Guard troop stand guard on the steps of the Utah State Capitol Thursday, June 4, 2020, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

6/6/2020 Cities offer free COVID-19 tests amid growing protests by OAN Newsroom
Signs are posted at a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site, Friday, May 22, 2020, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
    Some cities began offering free coronavirus testing following this week’s George Floyd protests.    According to reports, this included San Francisco, Seattle and Louisville.
    Fears over a potential jump in cases motivated the move, as social distancing orders are being ignored by demonstrators across the nation.    Many participants have said they’re willing to put their lives at risk to promote justice and end police brutality.
    However, health experts have warned their actions could cause the U.S. to double back on the progress already made in flattening the curve.
    “We know that African American and Latino populations, other disenfranchised minorities, not only have a higher risk of getting the disease, but many have worse outcomes,” explained Dr. John Raymond.
    On Friday, Dr. Anthony Fauci said COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. are in free fall, along with hospitalizations.    He added he’s cautiously optimistic that America is “on right path.”

6/6/2020 Joe Biden secures Democrat presidential nomination by OAN Newsroom
Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during an event in Dover, Del., Friday, June 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    Days after the last round of primaries, Joe Biden officially secured the Democrat presidential nomination.    Biden reached the required 1,991 delegates Friday after a record high number of mail-in ballots took an additional three days to tally.
    While the recent voting across seven states and the District of Columbia formalized the nomination, many assumed Biden would be the top choice after he swept Super Tuesday in March. He became the presumptive Democrat nominee when his last remaining competitor, Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.), suspended his campaign and endorsed the former vice president in early April.
    “Today, I am asking all Americans – every Democrat, every Independent, a lot of Republicans – to come together in this campaign to support your candidacy, which I endorse,” stated Sanders.
    The race originally started with a large pool of more than two dozen candidates, including Michael Bloomberg, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.).    Some described the contest as “a race to the left,” as contenders like Sanders pushed candidates toward more progressive stances on issues such as universal healthcare.
FILE – In this Feb. 25, 2020, file photo from left, Democratic presidential candidates, former New York City
Mayor Mike Bloomberg, former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Sen. Bernie
Sanders, I-Vt., former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and businessman Tom Steyer
participate in a Democratic presidential primary debate in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
    Since Biden’s last debate against Sanders in March, he has largely run his campaign from home.    This came after the coronavirus forced the country into lockdown.
    However, President Trump has criticized the method.
    “We have a sleepy guy, in the basement of a house, that the press is giving a free pass to,” he said.
    University of Virginia’s Center for Politics Director Larry Sabato believes the strategy has served Biden well with the U.S. in its current state of upheaval.
    “He’s not a great orator, I think he’d be the first to admit that.    He isn’t going to charm crowds the way a Barack Obama did.    What he can do is quietly propose a different, contrasting set of policies with the incumbent.    Oddly enough, this situation has worked out in a way that enables him to do that.” – Larry Sabato, Director of the Center for Politics, University of Virginia
    Biden’s speaking skills and allegedly insensitive comments have been criticized by analysts on both sides of the aisle, leading many to question his chances in a debate against the president.
FILE – In this combination of file photos, former Vice President Joe Biden speaks in Wilmington, Del., on March 12, 2020,
left, and President Donald Trump speaks at the White House in Washington on April 5, 2020. (AP Photo, File)
    Despite Biden’s confidence in his odds against President Trump, the president has admitted he isn’t worried.
    He’s not for jobs.    You look at what they’ve done over there.    Look, I’m only here because of Joe Biden and his partner.    I’m only here for that reason.    Without them I wouldn’t be here.    I became president because people were very unhappy.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
    Biden has been making more public appearances over the past week.    He has attribute the ongoing nationwide unrest to the president.
    “He just has no idea, in my view, what’s really going on in this country.    He has no idea the depth of the pain that so many people are still enduring.    He remains completely oblivious to the human toll of his indifference.” – Joe Biden, former Vice President of the United States
    The Democrat candidate’s next move to watch will be his choice of vice president.    In light of recent racial tensions across the country, party leaders have insisted Biden should pick a woman of color as his running mate.

6/6/2020 Facebook CEO defends decision not to censor President Trump, despite backlash from employees by OAN Newsroom
In this Oct. 25, 2019 photo Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at the Paley Center in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
    While social media giants have done everything, they can to control the narrative online, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has erred on the side of freedom of expression.
    In a letter to his employees, Zuckerberg stated he wants users to see information and decide for themselves how they feel about it, unless it causes “imminent risk or specific dangers.”
    “Political speech is one of the most sensitive parts of a democracy, and people should be able to see what politicians say,” he said.    “Political speech is the most scrutinized speech already, by a lot of the media.”
    This came after some of his employees publicly shamed the CEO for not pulling posts from the president, which they claimed incited violence.
    President Trump’s post last week was in response to peaceful protests turning violent.    He wrote, “these thugs are dishonoring George Floydwhen the looting starts, the shooting starts.”
    Twitter removed the post and argued it went against their policy.    However, they left one up that specifically stated big change does not come without violence.    According to critics, this pointed to a major bias in the platform’s use of their rules and guidelines.
    In May, Zuckerberg warned against this kind of bias censorship.
    “I don’t think that Facebook or any other platforms in general should be arbiters of truth,” he said.    “I think that’s a dangerous line to get down to, in terms of deciding what is true and what isn’t.”
    Moving forward, the CEO said he’s seeking alternatives to the “leave it up or take it down” option, when it comes to information partially violating policies.
    He added he will also be working to advance racial justice through product innovation, as well as ramping up the platform’s ‘get out and vote’ campaign.
[The above article should scare all Americans of what will happen if these socialist leftist idiots continue to control your media, which has already happened to Twitter that you will not recognize your country in the near future and I can guarantee you they are backed by the One World Government Globalist agenda.].

6/7/2020 Government officials: No systemic problem of racism within law enforcement agencies by OAN Newsroom
Chief of Department of the New York City Police, Terence Monahan, hugs an activist as protesters
paused while walking in New York, Monday, June 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
    Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf has stated he believes there is “not a systemic racism problem with law enforcement officers” across the U.S. On Sunday, Wolf acknowledged some officers have abused their job and noted it’s important to hold them accountable for this.
    However, he said he doesn’t believe George Floyd’s death was brought on by a “manifestation of racism” within law enforcement agencies.
    According to Wolf, it’s important to know what these officers are up against before arguing agencies need to change.
    “Painting law enforcement with a broad brush of systemic racism is really a disservice to the men and women who put on the badge and the uniform every day.    (They) risk their lives to protect the American people so they can go to school, have a business and come home safe to their families.    I think we need to keep that in mind as well.” – Chad Wolf, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security
    He added agencies can always do more to extend outreach to the communities who feel slighted.
Three women join hands and pray around a makeshift memorial, Tuesday, May 26, 2020, in Minneapolis, near where
a black man, who was taken into police custody the day before, later died. (Elizabeth Flores/Star Tribune via AP)
    U.S. Attorney General William Barr also discussed systemic (relating to a system, especially as opposed to a particular part) racism in law enforcement this week.    During a recent interview, he said while he believes racism still exists in the U.S., he doesn’t think that law enforcement is systemically racist.
    He went on to say he understands that the trust between the African American community and law enforcement has been broken.    He acknowledged that, historically, the country’s institutions were explicitly racist, but pointed out there have been reform efforts since the 1960s.
    He added he doesn’t think any level of immunity needs to be taken from police in order to fix the issues.
    “You know, policing is the toughest job in the country.    …The vast, overwhelming majority of police are good people.    They’re civic minded people who believe in serving the public.    They do so bravely, they do so righteously.” – William Barr, U.S. Attorney General
    He continued by saying that all organizations have people who engage in misconduct, but it doesn’t mean that the entire agency is rotten.
    Barr said the next steps will be continuing to encouraging reforms to promote equal opportunity.
Ypsilanti, Michigan Police Chief Tony DeGiusti shakes hands with a protester while taking a knee with demonstrators in a moment of solidarity
during a police brutality protest in downtown Ypsilanti, Mich., Saturday, June 6, 2020. ( Jenna Kieser/Ann Arbor News via AP)

6/7/2020 Countries around the world join in anti-police brutality demonstrations
Protesters gather in Parliament Square during the Black Lives Matter protest rally in Whitehall, London, in memory of
George Floyd who was killed on May 25 while in police custody in the US city of Minneapolis. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP)
    Countries around the world have joined those in America who are protesting the death of George Floyd.
    Demonstrations from the U.K. to Germany began this week.
    Citizens have been participating in silent protests and peaceful demonstrations in solidarity with the U.S. Germany joined in protests on Saturday, while Londoners emphasized Britain has its own police brutality issues.
    “In the U.K., we also have a lot of police brutality against black people.    Obviously, it’s been years coming.    We need a revolution, we need a reform, and it starts now.” – Unnamed protester
    Mexico also saw demonstrations after a man died in police custody, which led many to believe he was a victim of police brutality.
    Many countries have called for reform within their own systems.    They have claimed recent events in the U.S. helped launch conversations about issues plaguing their countries.
    This all came after the U.S. entered its third week of protests.
A protester yells at police during the Black Lives Matter protest rally in London, Sunday, June 7, 2020, in response to the recent killing of George Floyd
by police officers in Minneapolis, USA, that has led to protests in many countries and across the US. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
    Hong Kong citizens are also standing with Americans in protesting the death of George Floyd.    Dozens of protesters in the region braved storms in front of the U.S. Consulate on Sunday to join Americans in protesting police brutality and injustice.
    The region has famously been at odds with the Chinese Communist Party and their handling of the ‘one country, two systems’ policy.
    Demonstrators expressed they feel a bond with Americans, as the region has similarly been demonstrating against police brutality over the past year.
    “As we all know, the Hong Kong people have been suffering under police brutality as well.    Throughout that time, the American people showed great support towards our cause.    Today, we’ve seen more or less the same thing happening across the states.” – Avery Ng, Chairman of the League of Social Democrats
    Police warned protesters of the eight-person gathering limit before demonstrators dispersed peacefully.

6/7/2020 Officials in Texas arrest 3 ‘known members’ of Antifa by OAN Newsroom
People leave a vandalized Target store in Oakland, Calif., on Saturday, May 30, 2020, during protests against the
death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man in police custody in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
    Officials in Texas have announced the arrest of three “known members” of Antifa.
    27-year-old Lisa Hogan, 23-year-old Skye Elder and 22-year-old Samuel Miller were reportedly taken into custody in Austin last month.    Their charges were connected to looting, burglary and property damage.
    According to officials, they were part of a group of at least 20 people who looted a Target and caused more than $20,000 in damage.    The suspects were found after they fled the scene.
    Law enforcement has since condemned the group.    Authorities said “while they support the rights of freedom of speech and assembly, they cannot tolerate the subversion of peaceful protests by extremists.”
    “There’s no question that there is involvement of these violent extremists that are trying to exploit these things,” stated one public safety official.    “But the majority of people protesting are doing it for the lawful reasons.”     All three individuals are facing multiple felony charges.    Bond has been set at $25,000 for each charge.

6/7/2020 President Trump slams Colin Powell after Biden endorsement by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks after touring Puritan Medical Products, a medical swab
manufacturer, Friday, June 5, 2020, in Guilford, Maine. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    The president blasted former Secretary of State Colin Powell this weekend following his endorsement of Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden.
    President Trump tweeted that Powell, who he called “a real stiff” responsible for getting the U.S. into “disastrous Middle East wars,” announced he will be voting for “another stiff, sleepy Joe Biden.”
    He also called out the former official for previously claiming Iraq had “weapons of mass destruction,” when in reality they didn’t.
    On Sunday, Powell claimed he can’t in any way support the president and highlighted his ties to Biden.
    “I’m very close to Joe Biden on a social matter and on a political matter.    I’ve worked with him for 35, 40 years.    He is now the candidate and I will be voting for him.” – Colin Powell, former Secretary of State
    In a second tweet, the president slammed Powell for being “highly overrated.”    President Trump also highlighted his work on judicial appointments and rebuilding the military, among other areas.
[Trump is hitting the former Obama-Biden appointed generals pretty hard lately as they have become part of the Washington D.C. Swamp and have probably always have been and are choosing to go with the World Government Globalist policies and neither of Powell or Mathis did any of the above while they were in charge..].

6/7/2020 1 sheriff’s deputy killed, 2 injured in Calif. by OAN Newsroom
Photo of Sergeant Damon Gutzwiller via Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office.
    A California sheriff’s deputy was fatally shot in an ambush Saturday.    38-year-old Sergeant Damon Gutzwiller was reportedly responding to calls about a suspicious van in the Santa Cruz area.
    The van fled when officers arrived and fired on officers when followed.    Gutzwiller was shot and killed, while another deputy and a CHP officer were also injured.
    Authorities pursued and captured the driver, as well as the alleged shooter Steven Carillo.
    According to a local sheriff, this was the worst day he’s experienced on the job yet.
    “In this era, when you think about what you want to see in a police officer – passion, caring, somebody who truly loves his job, wants to help people – that’s what Damon wants,” stated Santa Cruz Sheriff Jim Hart.    “He was a good man and a good police officer.”
    Gutzwiller is survived by his pregnant wife and child.
    Carrillo was shot during his capture and is currently being treated for his injuries in the hospital.
    Authorities confirmed he will be charged with first-degree murder.
[These officers died and they were not passing counterfeit $20 bills, and searching or taking meth and fentanyl either and no one is marching and rioting over that.].

6/7/2020 Gov. Cuomo: NYC ‘crushed’ coronavirus curve, set to reopen by OAN Newsroom
In this image made from video provided by the office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Gov. Cuomo briefs the media on New York’s COVID-19 response
and the gradual reopening of the state, Saturday, June 6, 2020 in Albany, N.Y. (Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo via AP)
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the state will fully transition into phase one of reopening on Monday.    On Saturday, the governor tweeted, “We did the impossible.”
    He went on to say New Yorkers didn’t just flatten the curve, they “crushed it.”
    “Reopening does not mean we’re going back to the way things were.    Life is not about going back, nobody goes back.    We go forward, and it’s going to be different.” – Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York
    Other parts of the state have already entered phase one and phase two of reopening.    New York City will become the latest to do so after being one of the hardest hit regions in the nation.
Residents watch as protesters march during a solidarity rally for George Floyd, Friday,
June 5, 2020, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
    Meanwhile, the city’s mayor has lifted curfews a day early after regulations were observed by demonstrators during this weekend’s peaceful protests.
    Silence blanketed New York City on Saturday night as residents stayed inside in observation of the 8 p.m. curfew.    The move encouraged Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has since announced he’s lifting curfews a day early.
    Despite protests and demonstrations throughout the day, the only people who lined the streets of Times Square on Saturday night were authorities, such as the NYPD.

6/7/2020 Dallas Police Dept. implements ‘duty to intervene’ policy by OAN Newsroom
Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall, right, looks on from a window as protesters gather in front
of Dallas City Hall in downtown Dallas, Saturday, May 30, 2020. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
    The chief of police in Dallas has announced a new policy to expand officer accountability.    Chief Renee Hall implemented the ‘duty to intervene’ policy on Thursday, which encourages department members to intervene when fellow officers are using excessive force.
    Protesters across the country have been calling for dramatic police reform in the wake of George Floyd’s death.    Many demonstrators have criticized the officers who didn’t intervene during the altercation.
    However, some have said a policy change will not be enough to truly make a difference in police brutality.
    “After reviewing thousands of policies in my 22-year career as a criminologist, I can tell you that policies are only as good as they are enforced,” stated criminologist Alex Del Carmen.
FILE – In this Sunday, May 31, 2020, file photo, a police officer points a hand cannon at protesters who have
been detained pending arrest on South Washington Street, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
    According to activists, this is only the beginning of the changes that need to happen.
    Hall hopes the policy will help to foster a culture in which officers feel they’re able to speak out against brutality and to ensure nothing like what happened to Floyd happens again.

6/7/2020 Black Lives Matter co-founder: ‘Defund the police’ is about reorganizing priorities by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this July 11, 2016, file photo, co-founder of Black Lives Matter Alicia Garza attends the arrivals
at VH1’s Hip Hop Honors at David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center in New York. (Photo by Brad Barket/Invision/AP, File)
    Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza has explained the movement’s “defund the police” campaign.
    During a recent interview, Garza said the message is not to eliminate police departments, but to invest money in other resources necessary to African American communities.
    She argued cities need to reorganize their priorities so people don’t have to protest during a global pandemic.
    “What we do need is increased funding for housing, education, quality of life of communities who are over-policed and over-surveilled,” stated Garza.    “You know, I heard Sen. Booker earlier say, ‘You know, it’s not a phrase I would use, but I agree with the content.’
    Garza believes a change to our practices will lead to a better quality of life for everyone.
Protesters rally Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in Phoenix, demanding the Phoenix City Council defund the Phoenix Police Department. (AP Photo/Matt York)
    BLM claims inspiration from the civil rights movement, the Black Power movement, the 1980s Black feminist movement, pan-Africanism, the Anti-Apartheid Movement, hip hop, LGBTQ social movements, and Occupy Wall Street.    Several media organizations have referred to BLM as "a new civil rights movement."    Some of the protesters, however, actively distinguish themselves from the older generation of black leadership, such as Al Sharpton, by their aversion to middle-class traditions such as church involvement, Democratic Party loyalty, and respectability politics.    Political scientist Frederick C. Harris has argued that this "group-centered model of leadership" is distinct from the older charismatic leadership model that characterized civil rights organizations like Jesse Jackson's Rainbow PUSH Coalition and Sharpton's National Action Network.
    In 2013, the movement began with the use of the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter on social media after the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of African-American teen Trayvon Martin in February 2012.    The movement became nationally recognized for street demonstrations following the 2014 deaths of two African Americans: Michael Brown—resulting in protests and unrest in Ferguson, a city near St. Louis—and Eric Garner in New York City.    Since the Ferguson protests, participants in the movement have demonstrated against the deaths of numerous other African Americans by police actions and/or while in police custody.    In the summer of 2015, Black Lives Matter activists became involved in the 2016 United States presidential election.    The originators of the hashtag and call to action, Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi, expanded their project into a national network of over 30 local chapters between 2014 and 2016.    The overall Black Lives Matter movement, however, is a decentralized network and has no formal hierarchy.
    The movement returned to national headlines and gained further international attention during the global George Floyd protests following Floyd's death by police in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
    BLM is a revolutionary entity so do not be fooled by their statements just get the facts on their actions.]

6/7/2020 Dr. Fauci: China could have done more to stop COVID-19 by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020 file photo, National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director
Dr. Anthony Fauci speaks as President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence listen during a briefing about
the coronavirus in the press briefing room at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
    On Sunday, Dr. Anthony Fauci slammed Chinese authorities over their handling of coronavirus whistleblowers.    During a recent interview, he claimed Chinese authorities did a disservice to the world by stopping scientists in the country from speaking openly about the coronavirus during the initial outbreak.
    The Chinese Communist Party began censoring its health officials when the outbreak started in December.    Fauci has said this move cost several lives.
    “I think the Chinese authorities that did not allow the scientists to speak out as openly and transparently as they could have really did a disservice,” he stated.
    According to the doctor, if China had allowed experts to speak earlier, countries could have taken measures to prevent the number of cases seen today.
    Fauci also added he was cautiously optimistic a vaccine may be ready by the end of the year.

6/8/2020 My experience of Rand Paul he is the one who tells us what is wrong with events such as the corruption of the Surveillance system and no one listened to him during the Obama administration then so he is doing the same thing here.
    But Paul has previously defended his opposition to a bill he believes goes too far.
    “You think I’m getting any good publicity out of this?    No.    I will be excoriated by simple-minded people on the internet who think somehow I don’t like Emmett Till or appreciate the history of Emmett Till,” Paul has said.    “I’ll be lectured by everybody.”
    At issue is the bill’s definition of lynching as a conspiracy to commit bodily harm in connection with a hate crime.    Paul has sought to raise that bar to “serious bodily injury,” so that only crimes involving conspiracy to cause “substantial risk of death and extreme physical pain” could be charged as lynching.    So he is saying that the mob can't decide who should be lynched just like their doing right now in the Floyd case.
    Now they are making the Marine Corps to remove public displays of the Confederate flag, bumper stickers, clothing, mugs, posters in “work places, common-access areas, and public areas” on base as violent extremist and racist groups whose divisive beliefs, with exceptions include state flags that include the Confederate flag and Confederate soldiers’ gravesites.    Looks like they are acting more like what occurred in the original movie PLANET OF THE APES mentality is happening but only against those who are not what they believe to be right or in their case extreme LEFTIST mentality.

6/8/2020 Democrats propose ‘Justice in Policing Act’ by OAN Newsroom
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., center, and other members of Congress, kneel and observe a moment of silence at the Capitol’s Emancipation Hall,
Monday, June 8, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington, reading the names of George Floyd and others killed during police interactions.
Democrats proposed a sweeping overhaul of police oversight and procedures Monday. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
    As activists across the country protest for dramatic change in law enforcement following the death of George Floyd, Democrats in the House and Senate introduced a major police reform package.
    Democrat lawmakers held a press conference on the reform bill Monday morning.    Before going into detail on the legislation, the they held an eight-minute 46-second moment of silence in honor of what George Floyd endured in Minneapolis last month.
    The officials then proceeded to introduce the details of their proposed ‘Justice in Policing Act.’    The act aims to address several issues within the justice system such as a lack of accountability, excessive violence and lack of oversight.
    Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said those who have fallen victim to police brutality serve as martyrs for the cause and lawmakers must seize the opportunity.
    The bill includes a national police misconduct registry, which would record and make nationally available any misconduct committed by an officer.    Furthermore, it would lower legal standards to pursue criminal charges against police for misconduct.
    The Congressional Black Caucus drafted these policies and argue that lack of accountability in policing is a major contributor to excessive policing.    Republicans did not participate in the drafting of the legislation and whether they will support it remains unclear.
    Although congressional Republicans have not yet committed to supporting the new legislation, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has condemned racial injustice in law enforcement.
    “These disturbing events do not look like three isolated incidents,” he stated.    “They look more like the latest chapter in our national struggle to make equal justice and equal protection of the law and the facts of life for all Americans.”
    Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has called on McConnell to bring the bill to the floor for a vote by the end of this month.
    Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Lindsey Graham said his committee will hold a hearing on policing practices and law enforcement next week.
    The House Judiciary Committee is also holding a similar hearing this week.    Democrats in the House are expected to bring the bill up for a vote by the end of the month, although representatives are not scheduled to return to Capitol Hill until June 30.

6/8/2020 Report: White House considering President Trump speech on racism and unity in America by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump arrives to speak during a tour of Puritan Medical Products medical swab
manufacturing facility, Friday, June 5, 2020, in Guilford, Maine. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    President Trump is considering giving a speech on race and unity amid ongoing national unrest, following the death of George Floyd.
    While the president has shared sympathies over the tragic death of Floyd on multiple occasions, he has yet to address the issue of racism in America.
    Members of the presidents staff have reportedly been discussing plans for the speech.    During an interview Sunday, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson hinted at the possibility.
    “I believe your going to be hearing from the President this week on this topic in some detail,” he stated.    “And I ask you maybe to reserve judgment until after that time.”
    The speech has yet to be confirmed and the White House has not commented publicly on the possibility.    Meanwhile, President Trump has called for law and order amid a nationwide push to defund police departments.
    The tweet came after the Minneapolis City Council voted to disband the city’s police department on Sunday.
    In an interview Monday, Council President Lisa Bender was asked what happens if someone finds themselves in need of police help.    She responded by stating that she hears those concerns “loud and clear,” but said they come “from a place of privilege.”
    She added that for the immediate future, the council needs to “lean into” whatever changes they can make.

6/8/2020 Primary voter turnout surges with mail-in ballots by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this May 28, 2020, file photo, mail-in ballots are processed at the Chester County Voter Services
office in West Chester, Pa., prior to the primary election. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
    State officials all over the country sent mail-in ballots to voters amid the coronavirus pandemic to protect citizens and encourage social distancing.
    Some states are now seeing their highest voter turnout in years.    Voter turnout reportedly surpassed 2016 levels in at least four of the eight states that held primaries this week.
    Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate decided to mail absentee ballot request forms to every registered voter and extend the voting period by 11 days.    The state had its highest ever turnout for a primary with about 524,000 votes cast. More than 400,000 voters were from absentee ballots.
    Pate said the goal was to ensure citizens did not have to stand in long lines and risk exposure.
    Large numbers of people also switched to voting by mail in Pennsylvania because of a new law expanding the option.    Many polling sites still saw long lines, but officials said there main concern is now counting the increased number of absentee ballots.
    “Maybe a tenth of the mail ballots were cast in the 2016 primary as opposed to what we might be expecting now,” Michael Sances, a political science professor at Temple University.    “Early signs are good that the primary was able to be conductive without a hitch, again with that said, it’s going to take a while to count all those ballots.”
A voter fills out his ballot as a woman waits her turn during primary voting at the public
safety building in McKeesport, Pa., Tuesday, June 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
    Decisions to deliver mail-in ballots have also been largely nonpartisan.    In Montana, where the governor is Democrat and the secretary of state is Republican, the primary was held entirely by mail.    Nearly 100,000 more people voted this primary than in 2016, which set a record turnout for a Montana primary.
    According to reports, the high turnouts could encourage more states to take similar steps ahead of the November general elections.
    Meanwhile, South Carolina election officials are preparing for a huge influx of absentee ballots ahead of Tuesday primaries and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) recently extended the amount of time residents have to send in their absentee ballots.

6/8/2020 Andy Ngo files lawsuit against Antifa group in Ore. by OAN Newsroom
In this Sept. 12, 2019 photo, Andy Ngo, a conservative writer attends a press
conference in Portland, Ore. (Mark Graves/The Oregonian via AP)
    Journalist Andy Ngo filed a lawsuit against Antifa after he was brutally assaulted during a rally last year in Portland, Oregon.    While speaking with The Daily Caller, he said he’s still dealing with health issues related to that attack.
    Ngo filed a lawsuit against Rose City Antifa last week, which lists several claims such as assault and battery.    Last year, he was seen on video being hit and harassed by a group of supposed Antifa members while trying to walk away.
    Despite having evidence of that incident, no one has been held accountable.
    “The Portland police…they seem to have the position that there isn’t really enough evidence for them to identify anybody because majority of them wear masks,” Ngo explained.    “But if you watch some of the video that went viral that day…they were in masks, but not all of them were completely masked…you know, you identify one, you identify who their friends are, so there ways…it takes a lot of time.”
    Ngo suffered a brain hemorrhage from that attack.    He claims law enforcement did not do their job in taking action against the Antifa group.

6/8/2020 HUD Secy. Carson: Let’s make it an American solution by OAN Newsroom
File – HUD Secretary Ben Carson speaks at a news conference. (AP Photo/John Locher)
    Ben Carson recently shared his personal experience with systemic racism, while proposing ways to move the country forward.
    On Sunday, the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) secretary spoke with CNN’s Jake Tapper to give his input on the matter as protesters nationwide are demanding structural reform.
    While condemning the death of George Floyd as a “blatant and callous murder,” Carson said he grew up when there was “real systemic racism” and cited an experience when he was an 8th grade student.
    “I was the only black student, I got the highest academic achievement and the teacher got up and berated the other students,” he explained.    “They weren’t trying hard enough because a black kid was number one and that kind of thing was not uncommon when I was growing up.”
    Carson also called for protesters to focus their message and make sure their demands are clear.    Specifically, he criticized the NFL protests in 2016, which started after former quarterback Colin Kapernick chose not to stand for the national anthem.
    In his opinion, Carson wished the players were more specific about what they were protesting because some fans thought players were simply disrespecting the American flag.
    “My personal feeling is if those players were to come out and say, ‘we love our nation, we are patriots, we love our flag, we honor the memory of those who died to give us our freedom,’ but we are protesting some of the brutality that has occurred and that’s why we’re doing this, I think it would solve the problem,” he explained.
    Carson admitted that there is and will be racism in this country, but argued this is an opportune time to fight it.    He called on protesters to not let this moment slip away and urged them to focus their efforts on getting rid of damaging policies as well as going after rouge police officers.
    “Let’s not be fooled, let’s not be seduced into accepting silly things that make absolutely no sense because we want to honor somebody,” he said. “And let’s just make sure that we think this thing through.”
People march on Ocean Avenue in San Francisco, Sunday, June 7, 2020, during a protest over the death of
George Floyd, who died May 25 after being restrained by police in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
    The HUD secretary called on both sides of the aisle to come together and stressed the American people are not each others’ enemies.    Carson also noted that President Trump will speak about healing the nation in detail sometime this week.

6/8/2020 Country sees weekend of mostly peaceful protests by OAN Newsroom
Demonstrators march along Hollywood Boulevard Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles, during a protest
over the death of George Floyd who died May 25 after he was restrained by Minneapolis police. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
    Cities across the country saw mostly peaceful protests over the weekend in honor of George Floyd and the arrest of all officers involved in his death.
    In Los Angeles, thousands marched in unity down Hollywood Boulevard on Sunday.    Similar scenes werE also recorded in several other cities, including Seattle, New York and Washington, D.C.
    President Trump spoke out on the demonstrations outside the White House Saturday, where he noted that it was a much smaller crowd than anticipated and thanked law enforcement on the frontlines.
    This marked a major shift in demonstrations, which have had its share of violence.    While many people have maintained their peace through the entirety of the protests, some have taken a more aggressive tone.
Demonstrators leave a rally and head toward Seattle City Hall Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in Seattle, following protests
over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
    In previous weeks, looters and rioters destroyed businesses, set buildings as well as cars a blaze and violently clashed with police.    Law enforcement have since appeared to back off confrontational tactics and are allowing marches to advance unopposed.
    While the officers involved in the killing of Floyd have been arrested on several charges, demonstrators have said they wont stop until our justice system is changed.

6/8/2020 U.K. begins requiring 14 day quarantine for incoming travelers by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this March 18, 2020 file photo, a Southern China Airlines flight from Guangzhou, China passes in front of the sun as it arrives at
Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)
    The United Kingdom is imposing it’s two week quarantine for arrivals coming into the country in hopes controlling the spread of the coronavirus.
    Starting Monday, all incoming international travelers will be required to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival with random checks conducted by authorities to ensure compliance.
    Before arriving into the country, passengers will be required to fill out an online form giving travel details and the intended address for self-isolation.    However, some confusion has been met with some raising concern of how the guidelines will actually be enforced.
    “I think the problem here is from here to home…I’m going to use a public transport, so if I’m a carrier now then how would they control it?    How would you know if I spread it to anyone else?” asked a U.K.
traveler.    “So, there’s no track of that at all and then it’s just filling up a form, but the bus was full of us.”
    Others have said they were completely unaware the online form even existed.    Officials have warned that those who breach the social isolation rule could face fines up of to $1,000.

6/8/2020 NYC to allocate NYPD funds towards youth, social services by OAN Newsroom
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks alongside his wife Chirlane McCray during a memorial service for George Floyd
at Cadman Plaza Park in the Brooklyn borough of New York, on Thursday, June 4, 2020. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
    Mayor Bill de Blasio announced plans to cut the budget of the New York Police Department (NYPD) and reform police practices.    On Sunday, the Democrat official said he will cut funding from the NYPD and allocate the money to youth and social services.
    As for reforms, the mayor said the city will establish civilian agencies to handle vendor and administrative enforcement, but de Blasio claimed he will not neglect public safety.
    “But I want people to understand that we are committed to shifting resources to ensure that the focus is on our young people,” he explained.    “And I also will affirm, while doing that, we will only do it in a way that we are certain continues to ensure that this city will be safe.”
    Mayor de Blasio stressed the first round of budget cuts, expected within the coming weeks, will begin an 18 month reform process.

6/9/2020 Oil down $0.76 to $38.21, DOW up 461 to 27,572 which shows recovery on the way if Globlists, Democrats and the anarchist don’t do anything to screw it up in desperation to win elections.

6/9/2020 More information on coronavirus deaths.

6/9/2020 Gov.: Health insurance for all black Kentuckians by Olivia Krauth, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Citing racial disparities in health outcomes, Gov. Andy Beshear said he wants to find a way to provide health insurance for all of the state’s African Americans.
    “Inequality has resulted in death,” Beshear said during his Monday press conference.    “We’ve got to take some action right now.”    He did not share specifics on how they would be covered, but mentioned potentially using a mix of Medicaid, Medicare and private insurance.    It would be a “direct effort” of his administration to sign up as many people as possible, Beshear said.
    “I’m not going to be happy with 99.5 (percent of African Americans),” Beshear said.
    Kentucky’s black community has been disproportionately hit during the coronavirus pandemic, accounting for 16% of the state’s cases but only making up 8% of the state’s population.
    The push was one of a handful of changes to combat racial inequities Beshear led off his Monday press conference with after days of unrest and protests against systemic racism and police brutality across the state.
    State officials also said law enforcement would need to take eight hours of training on implicit bias, civil rights law and use of force before the end of the year.
    Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman again said she would push for statewide implicit bias training for Kentucky teachers and for a heavier focus on recruiting minority teachers – promises she initially made during a state education board meeting last week.

6/9/2020 Germany: US troop reduction could harm NATO security
    BERLIN – Germany’s defense minister suggested Monday that U.S. President Donald Trump’s reported plans to take American troops out of Germany could weaken the U.S. as well as the NATO alliance.    Trump is said to have signed off on a plan to reduce troops stationed in Germany from 34,500 to no more than 25,000.    German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said Berlin hasn’t been informed of any such move, but “the fact is that the presence of U.S. soldiers in Germany serves ... America’s own security.”

6/9/2020 I didn’t block anti-lynching bill, I tried to strengthen it
    When I ran for office, I promised to read the bills.    Apparently, that is not a requirement for Courier Journal columnists.    Had The Courier read the anti-lynching bill and listened to the floor debate before launching into an ad hominem attack on me, they might have discovered that not only did I not “block” the bill, I actually sought the Senate’s immediate consideration and passage of the Emmett Till Antilynching Act with an amendment.
    I offered an amendment to strengthen the bill because of my long-standing commitment to work in a bipartisan fashion to enact criminal justice reform and ensure that all people, regardless of race or class, are treated equally under the law.
    Second, understanding what the anti-lynching bill actually addresses is particularly relevant.    To be perfectly clear, lynching and murder are already against the law.    Hate crime statutes have been on the federal books for more than 50 years and murdering someone because of his or her race has been a federal hate crime for over a decade.
    Because I stand so strongly behind the belief that a hateful crime such as lynching deserves a severe sentence, I could not support a bill that places such a low threshold on what could be considered a lynching.    My immediate concern was the unintended consequence of making victims out of the very people we seek to protect.
    For example, Tiffany Harris is a black woman from New York and was arrested in December 2019 after slapping three Jewish women and making a religious slur. Harris was initially charged with a misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail.    But, if she were convicted under a federal hate crime statute, she could be sentenced for up to 10 years in prison.
    I fear that, with the low threshold provided in this bill, the jury trial will be eroded.    Prosecutors will inevitably threaten people guilty of the crimes like those committed by Tiffany Harris with trumped up charges in an effort to obtain a plea bargain.
    Prosecutors already have enough blank checks.    I do not intend on giving them another one.
    This is why I have led on criminal justice reform.    For too long, Congress ignored the impact of our system’s harsh penalties, turning a blind eye as mandatory minimum sentences led to the problem of over-criminalization and mass incarceration.    A 10-year sentence for slapping someone is an abomination and the law has already incarcerated too many people unfairly.    I am trying to preclude that kind of unintended consequence.
    But you don’t need to take my word for it.    I actually encourage you to take a look at my record and the nearly two dozen justice reform bills I’ve authored and co-sponsored In the Senate.    But the left would prefer to politicize my record on criminal justice reform — contorting facts and quotes to fit a rigid narrative that all Republicans are to blame.    That is not only uncalled for, but completely counterproductive to what I thought we all were fighting for.
    Instead of personal slander and innuendo you would think a newspaper of record would have the decency to portray my attempts to strengthen the Emmett Till Antilynching Act honestly.
    We passed the First Step Act to begin to fix some of the racial disparities in criminal justice.    I led that bipartisan effort, first meeting with President Obama and ultimately getting it passed under President Trump.    It only happened because partisans put away the slings and arrows of partisanship to address serious inequities in our system.
    Is it too much to ask that we try again, in a bipartisan way, to work together to come up with an antilynching bill that doesn’t unintentionally mete out 10year sentences for minor altercations?
    The terrible act of lynching deserves the most severe penalty we can apply.    But the bill as written could potentially define slapping someone as a “lynching” and thereby eligible for 10 years in prison.    That is an injustice and the public deserves to know the facts.
    We can work together for a better future, or we can continue to divide our nation by hurling unfounded insults and silencing important perspectives that could lead to real progress.    No matter how loud the noise gets, no matter what comes my way, I will always continue to work for a more just America.
    Rand Paul, a Republican, represents Kentucky in the U.S. Senate.
Rand Paul, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK

6/9/2020 White House press secy. McEnany says President Trump soundly rejects calls to defund police by OAN Newsroom
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany speaks during a news conference, Monday, June 8,
2020, at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    According to White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, the president soundly rejects any calls to strip away resources from law enforcement.
    During a press briefing Monday, McEnany clarified the White House’s position on the ‘defund the police’ movement, which is one of many proposals put forward in the days since George Floyd’s death came to the public’s attention and sparked protests across the nation.
    While some proponents of ‘defund the police’ have argued the phrase is a symbolic call for structural reform of law enforcement, the movement has already led to concrete policy changes with far-reaching effects.    This includes plans in to strip the LAPD of $100 million in funding and the announcement by Minneapolis City Council members of their intent to fully disband the city’s police department.
    The president, McEnany stated, recognizes the need for reform highlighted by Floyd’s death, but rejects the enactment of policy along the lines of these more extreme proposals.
    “This is extraordinary…this is rolling back the protective layers that protect Americans in their homes and in their places of business,” she stated.    “He’s appalled by it and it’s remarkable to hear this coming from today’s Democrat Party.”
FILE – In this June 6, 2020, file photo, protesters march in New York. Since Floyd’s killing, police departments
have banned chokeholds, Confederate monuments have fallen and officers have been arrested and charged. The moves
come amid a massive, nationwide outcry against violence by police and racism. (AP Photo/Ragan Clark, File)
    McEnany also turned to the issue of “qualified immunity,” which is a legal principle shielding public officials from civil lawsuits stemming from actions undertaken during the performance of their duties so long as their behavior has not violated any of the plaintiff’s clearly established constitutional or statutory rights.
    According to the press secretary, although the administration is working on a range of policy proposals for police reform, the president does not welcome calls to scrap this protection outright in the case of law enforcement officers.
    “He’s looking at a number of proposals, but there are some non-starters in there, I would say, particularly on the immunity issue,” she explained.    “You had AG Barr saying this weekend he was asked about reduced immunity and he said, ‘I don’t think we need to reduce immunity to go after the bad cops because that would result certainly in police pulling back,’ which is not advisable.”
    While the president recognizes there are indeed cases of police misconduct in need of addressing at the policy level, McEnany highlighted these are not representative of the majority of law enforcement officers who, for the most part, carry out their duties responsibly.
    “He definitely believes there are instances of racism, but look, he believes our law enforcement are the best in the world,” said the press secretary.    “He believes that by and large, they are good people.”
[Joe Biden and some Democrats are trying to backout of the above issue as their push to appease the radical left and they are not left enough but I feel no pity for them since for 3 ½ years they have bred this monster that will either take them out of their future or destroy the United States if continues as Americans are watching you do that.].

6/9/2020 Protesters clash over ‘defund the police’ meaning by OAN Newsroom
Protesters rally Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in Phoenix, demanding the Phoenix City Council defund the Phoenix Police Department. The protest is a result
of the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. (AP Photo/Matt York)
    Protesters are clashing over a common message seen in demonstrations: ‘defund the police.’
    On Monday, protesters in Washington, D.C. gave their take on the message with some criticizing the phrasing.    Some believe the message is more about reforming police departments, not necessarily doing away with them.
    Another criticism of the message has to do with the clarity or lack thereof.    This group of protesters argue they should not have to explain their position and believe this is counter-productive to their efforts.    They have advised others to focus their message on specific policies they hope to reform like mandatory minimums, de-privatizing prisons and demilitarizing police.
    “I don’t think you should have to go out of your way to say ‘no defund the police isn’t this, it’s this’ because it’s so ambiguous and vague, said protester Ellis Wilder."    “I don’t know what that really looks like and I’m not sure that is even the right strategy.”
    Responses from city officials across the country are mirroring the disunity of the message as they struggle to meet the demands of protesters.    Over the weekend, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey was booed out of protests after refusing to abolish police.
    Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza tried to clarify the message by arguing it is about reorganizing communities’ priorities.
    “…We need increased funding for education, we need increased funding for quality of life of communities who are over-policed and over-surveilled,” she stated.    “You know, I heard Sen. Booker earlier say, ‘you know, it’s not a phrase I would use, but I agree with the content.'
In this June 3, 2020, photo, protesters rally Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in Phoenix, demanding that the Phoenix City Council defund the Phoenix Police
Department. Key Democrats, including presumptive presidential nominee Joe Biden, are rejecting liberal calls to “defund the police” as President
Donald Trump and his allies point to the movement as a dangerous example of Democratic overreach.(AP Photo/Matt York)
    Meanwhile, President Trump and his administration have stressed they will not push policies to defund police departments. The president also slammed recent legislation proposed by Congress, which could limit legal protections for police officers and establish a national database documenting excessive force incidents.
    Political analysts predict President Trump will continue to tout a tough stance on “law and order” throughout his campaign.

6/9/2020 Man arrested, charged in fatal shooting of retired police Capt. David Dorn by OAN Newsroom
    St. Louis police have arrested the suspect who allegedly shot and killed retired police Capt. David Dorn while looting a pawn shop amid violent protests earlier this month.
    “My father in law, he was just a lovable person,” said Brian Powell.    “Never met a stranger and he was just a good, good solid man.”
    On Sunday, authorities charged 24-year-old Stephan Cannon with first-degree murder, robbery, burglary and possession of a firearm.    He’s currently being held without bail. Cannon was one of seven masked men who broke into the pawn store on June 2.
    Dorn, a 38 year veteran of the St. Louis Police Department was working as a security guard when he arrived at the scene.     Surveillance footage shows Cannon pointing the gun at Dorn, ultimately capturing his last moments.
    “He gave all those wonderful years to law enforcement and then to end up being killed in such tragic circumstances, it hurts our heart,” stated Chief John Hayden of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.
    When authorities found Cannon in his home, they also found a stolen TV from the pawn shop.
    Police also arrested another suspect who admitted to being involved in the incident.    27-year-old Jimmie Robinson is being charged with burglary and armed criminal action.    He’s being held on a $30,000 cash only bond.
    The community quickly rallied behind Dorn’s family by describing him as a hero and a role model. Nearly 100 people, including several police officers, marched together to honor Dorn and his impact on the community.    Dorn’s family said he died doing what he loved.

6/9/2020 Portland chief of police steps down by OAN Newsroom
In this Jan. 23, 2020 photo now former Portland Police Chief Jami Resch speaks during an interview. (Beth Nakamura/The Oregonian via AP)
    The Portland Bureau chief of police has resigned from her position.    On Monday, Jami Resch announced she will be replaced by Lt. Chuck Lovell as chief.    Resch said the bureau “needs to be the leader in change” to instill trust in the community amid calls for reform.
    Resch, who is a 20-year veteran of the bureau, said Lovell is a good fit for the position because he did not seek it out.    This comes as George Floyd protests continue across the nation, less than six months after Resch assumed the post.
    “I am a public servant; I am going to show up every day with a servant’s heart.    I’m going give the best service that I can.    I’m going to listen.    I’m going to care about the community and I’m going to care about the people in the organization.    All I can do is be me and I’m looking forward to this journey.” — Chief Chuck Lovell, Portland Police Bureau
    Lovell said there are more good police officers than bad and as chief he will demand accountability from his officers.    Meanwhile, Resch said she plans to continue working with the bureau, but has not yet determined which role she will fill.

6/9/2020 N.C. Sen. Tillis unveils $500K TV ad by OAN Newsroom
File – Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) is pictured. (Alex Brandon/AP Photo)
    North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis released a new television ad highlighting his working-class background
ahead of his November reelection bid.    The Republican lawmaker unveiled the $500,000 ad on Monday.
    Tillis is facing a major challenge from Democrat Cal Cunningham who’s part of the Democrat effort to flip the Senate blue.    With his most recent ad spot, Tillis’ campaign has spent more than $1.2 million on general election advertising.
    The Republican senator prides himself on growing up in a family living paycheck-to-paycheck, while building himself from the ground up.    Tillis’ campaign has vowed to advocate for those with similar backgrounds to him and have said he will fight for their jobs.
    With Tillis and Cunningham neck-and-neck in the polls, the race in North Carolina is expected to be one of the most expensive of the election cycle.

6/9/2020 Mich. Supreme Court rules in favor of barber’s right to work amid COVID-19 lockdowns by OAN Newsroom
In this Friday, June 5, 2020 photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Michigan
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer speaks in Lansing, Mich. (Michigan Office of the Governor via AP, Pool)
    A Michigan barber who opened his shop despite coronavirus lockdown orders has won a legal battle against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-Mich.).
    The state’s Supreme Court ruled unanimously in favor of 77-year-old Karl Manke’s right to work over the weekend.    The decision overturned a previous ruling made by the state’s appeals court with one justice clarifying such judgments must be made “according to the rule of law” and “not hysteria.”
    During a press conference last week, Manke criticized the lower court’s decision to revoke his license without notice or a hearing.
    “The court of appeals acted more like a bully playground character…acting above following the rules and not giving an individual citizen like myself, or you, your citizen rights to due legal process,” he stated.
    The ruling came as an increasing number of businesses like restaurants and gyms followed Menke’s lead by resuming operations in defiance of Whitmer’s stringent lockdown orders.
    Manke’s case will return to an appeals court Thursday ahead of the official June 15 reopening date for Michigan salons and barbershops.

6/9/2020 Calif. nail salon owners file second lawsuit calling for reopening by OAN Newsroom
Nail salon workers hold signs during a protest Monday, June 8, 2020, in Westminster, Calif., to demand
California Gov. Gavin Newsom to lift COVID-19 restrictions on nail salons. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
    Nail salon owners in California have filed a second lawsuit against the state as they still have not been allowed to reopen due to coronavirus concerns.    The Pro Nail Association announced the lawsuit on Monday.
    The suit alleges the California Department of Health‘s now-debunked claims that the first known COVID-19 case in the state came from a nail salon has caused significant damage to the industry.
    “It was understood from the call that the first case of COVID-19 did not, in fact, come from a nail salon,” said Tan Nguyen, President of the Advance Beauty College.
    The first lawsuit was filed back in May after nail salons across California were ordered to shut down as officials labeled them as “non-essential” businesses.
    Meanwhile, nail salons owners said they have not received any reopening guidelines as of yet.

6/9/2020 Confronting a bygone era, London removes slave trader statue by John Sibley and Estelle Shirbon
A statue of Robert Milligan is pictured being removed by workers outside the Museum of London Docklands near Canary Wharf,
following the death of George Floyd who died in police custody in Minneapolis, London, Britain, June 9, 2020. REUTERS/John Sibley
    LONDON (Reuters) – A statue of Robert Milligan, an 18th century slave trader, was removed from its plinth outside a London museum on Tuesday after global anti-racism protests triggered a debate about how Britain commemorates its imperial past.
    Statues glorifying slave traders and colonialists have come into sharp focus in recent days, as part of a broader movement inspired by the Black Lives Matter protests that started in the United States following the death of George Floyd.
    “While it’s a sad truth that much of our city and nation’s wealth was derived from the slave trade, this does not have to be celebrated in our public spaces,” said London Mayor Sadiq Khan in a tweet with a photo of the statue.
    Earlier, Khan ordered a review of statues and street names across London, in response to mass protests in the city and elsewhere.
    On Sunday, protesters in the English port city of Bristol tore down the statue of a slave trader and threw it in the harbour, while in Oxford on Monday more than 1,000 demonstrators demanded the removal of a statue of colonialist Cecil Rhodes.
    The previously obscure statue of Milligan stood in front of the Museum of London Docklands, on the edge of the glitzy business district of Canary Wharf, which is surrounded by the multi-ethnic, working-class borough of Tower Hamlets.
    Milligan, who owned sugar plantations in Jamaica, was involved in the construction of London’s West India Docks.
    Onlookers cheered and applauded as workers in high-visibility jackets separated the statue from its plinth, then lifted it off with a crane truck.
    The mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, told Reuters from the scene he felt strongly it was no longer appropriate to leave the statue in place.    He said it would be put into storage and discussions would take place about what to do with it.
    “People assumed he was just a businessman who helped build the docks, but when you dig into it you learn that in fact he was a slave trader,” Biggs said.    “I find it refreshing, I find it inspiring that people want to learn and reflect.”
    The decision to remove the statue was taken by the owners of the land, a body called the Canal and River Trust.    “We recognise the wishes of the local community concerning the statue of Robert Milligan at London Docklands,” it said in a statement.
    The orderly removal of the statue was in contrast to chaotic scenes in Bristol on Sunday.    Police there decided not to stop protesters from toppling a statue of 17th century slave trader Edward Colston to avoid inflaming the situation.
    Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the felling of Colston’s statue was a criminal act, while interior minister Priti Patel called it “utterly disgraceful.”
    Mayor Khan said a commission would review statues, plaques and street names which reflect the rapid expansion of London’s wealth and power at the height of Britain’s empire in the reign of Queen Victoria.
    “Our capital’s diversity is our greatest strength, yet our statues, road names and public spaces reflect a bygone era,” he said.
    British merchants played a major role in the transatlantic slave trade, the biggest deportation in known history.
    As many as 17 million African men, women and children were torn from their homes and shipped to the Americas between the 15th and 19th centuries.    Ships returned to Europe with sugar, cotton and tobacco cultivated by slaves on brutal plantations.
(Additional reporting by Guy Faulconbridge, Natalie Thomas and Will Russell, writing by Estelle Shirbon; editing by Stephen Addison)

6/9/2020 Anti-racism protesters take a knee in silence in Paris
A demonstrator with letters "BLM" written on her forehead attends a protest at the Place de la Republique square,
following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody, in Paris, France June 9, 2020. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
    PARIS (Reuters) – Hundreds of anti-racism protesters in Paris took a knee and held an eight minute silence on Tuesday in memory of George Floyd, the black American whose death after a police officer knelt on his neck has unleashed a global outpouring of sadness and outrage.
    Holding placards reading “stop police violence,” “stop racism” and “I can’t breathe,” the final words of Floyd as he lost consciousness, the protesters bowed heads beneath the statue of Marianne, who personifies the French Republic, in Place de la Republique.
    Some raised a fist as a mark of respect for victims of police brutality.
    “We’re here to fight against police violence, against all this racism that has been going on for generations.    We cannot continue like this.    This should be punished,” said Kathleen Mergirie, a 30-year-old black woman.
    Floyd’s killing in Minneapolis two weeks ago ignited worldwide protests against racism and police brutality, including in France where people of African and Arab descent often complain that the police’s record of violence remains unaddressed.
    Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said France had at times in its history failed to live up to the challenge of meeting Republic’s founding principles, liberty, equality and fraternity.
    Police kept a low profile at the Paris protest.    Scores of protesters also gathered peacefully in the western city of Nantes.
    On Monday, the French government banned a dangerous chokehold used to detain suspects and promised zero tolerance of racism among law enforcement agents.
(Reporting by Christian Lowe in Paris with additional reporting by Stephane Mahe in Nantes; writing by Richard Lough. Editing by Jane Merriman)

6/9/2020 Six EU leaders urge greater collaboration to tackle future pandemics
FILE PHOTO: European Union flags fly outside the European Commission headquarters
in Brussels, Belgium, December 12, 2019. REUTERS/Yves Herman/File Photo
    MADRID (Reuters) – The leaders of six European Union nations have called for building up EU stocks of critical medicines and equipment and other measures to boost the bloc’s long-term resilience to public health crises.
    The 27-nation EU and Britain have reported some 1.4 million cases of the new coronavirus, or about a fifth of the global total.    At the height of the crisis, many EU states resorted to protectionist measures, raising trade barriers to hinder the export of medical equipment to their neighbours.
    In a joint paper sent to European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen on Tuesday, the leaders of Denmark, Spain, Germany, France, Belgium and Poland backed proposals for shared research and development of vaccines and treatment.
    “A broader, holistic EU strategy could be more efficient than each member state attempting to enhance preparedness on their own,” they said in the paper.
    The proposals included maintaining a three-month stock of critical medicines, supplies and equipment across the EU as well as collaboration between states and companies to produce key products in times of crisis.
    Reuters earlier reported that EU member states drastically underestimated their capacity to respond to the coronavirus and had told Brussels in February there was no need to order more medical supplies.
    The paper emphasised the need for greater European research and development capacity for vaccines, through funding large-scale clinical trials and a “preparedness platform” that would reduce the risk for companies to develop vaccines by guaranteeing public purchases.
    Research results could be shared on a European COVID-19 data platform, said the paper, which also called for joint monitoring and analysis of different testing strategies.
(Reporting by Victoria Waldersee, Nathan Allen; Editing by Gareth Jones)

6/9/2020 Rhodes Must Fall: Oxford protesters target statue of colonialist by Ben Makori and Hannah McKay
A general view as demonstrators protest for the removal of a statue of British imperialist Cecil Rhodes on the outside of Oriel College in Oxford,
following the death of George Floyd who died in police custody in Minneapolis, Oxford, Britain, June 9, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
    OXFORD, England (Reuters) – More than 1,000 protesters converged on a college at Oxford University on Tuesday, chanting “take it down” and “shame on you” to demand the removal of a statue of 19th century British colonialist Cecil Rhodes.
    A wave of anti-racism protests sweeping across the United States and Europe has reignited a debate about monuments glorifying Britain’s imperialist past, which many people see as offensive in today’s multi-ethnic society.
    Dramatic images on Sunday of protesters in the port city of Bristol tearing down a statue of 17th century slave trader Edward Colston and throwing it into the harbour inspired campaigners in Oxford to seize the moment.
    “Rhodes represents such a violent legacy of colonialism, imperialism, slavery, particularly in southern Africa,” said protester Morategi Kale, a South African graduate student at Oxford.    “The beginning is to take down a statue that celebrates that.”
    Many academics and public figures oppose the removal of such monuments, arguing they merely reflect history and should be used as points of discussion.
    But demonstrators said the statue of Rhodes should no longer have pride of place on the facade of Oriel College, which overlooks Oxford’s High Street.
    “I think what he did should be in the museum, but not on an institution of higher education.    It’s just the wrong place,” said Butch Smith, a chef, who had brought his young daughter to the protest.
    Javan Ravindian, a student, said the statue showed the university was failing to engage with issues faced by students from ethnic minority backgrounds.
    “For black and brown students to have to walk around this university and see these symbols of slavery and colonisation is frankly quite abhorrent,” he said.
    A previous student campaign in 2015, modelled on the “Rhodes Must Fall” movement in South Africa that led Cape Town University to remove its statue of Rhodes that year, failed to convince Oriel to follow suit.
    In a statement ahead of Tuesday’s demonstration, the college said it abhorred racism.
    “We understand that we are, and we want to be, a part of the public conversation about the relationship between the study of history, public commemoration, social justice and educational equality,” it said.
    “As a college, we continue to debate and discuss the issues raised by the presence on our site of examples of contested heritage relating to Cecil Rhodes.”
    A mining magnate, Rhodes was a central figure in Britain’s colonial project in southern Africa, giving his name to Rhodesia, present-day Zimbabwe, and founding the De Beers diamond empire.
    He made his fortune from the exploitation of African miners, secured power through bloody imperial wars and paved the way to apartheid with his beliefs and measures on racial segregation.
    A student at Oriel in his youth, Rhodes left the college money when he died and also endowed the Rhodes Scholarships, which have allowed more than 8,000 students from countries around the world to study at Oxford over the past century.
    The demonstration was peaceful, and there was no attempt to remove the statue, which stands in a niche high up on a building whose construction was partly funded by Rhodes.
(Additional reporting by Eddie Keogh and Gerry Mey, writing by Estelle Shirbon in London; editing by Stephen Addison)

6/9/2020 Hundreds of Venezuelans camp in northern Bogota, await return home by Oliver Griffin
General view of a makeshift camp for Venezuelan migrants, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
outbreak, in Bogota, Colombia June 8, 2020. Picture taken June 8, 2020. REUTERS/Luisa Gonzalez
    BOGOTA (Reuters) – Hundreds of Venezuelan migrants are camping in an array of tents along a major Bogota highway as they wait to make their way back home, even as tightening border restrictions strand returnees fleeing Colombia’s ongoing coronavirus lockdown.
    Colombia’s migration agency says Venezuela has curbed daily entries by 80%, slowing the journeys of tens of thousands of migrants.
    Migrants are heading home because quarantine measures have largely destroyed their means of making a living.    More than 71,000 have so far returned.
    Although their own country faces social and economic upheaval, returning Venezuelans said their lives will be better back home.
    “Although the situation is worse there, we will have somewhere to live.    We won’t sleep like this,” said Hilda Herrera, 63, gesturing to the tent where her family of five sleeps.
    “We’ll go back with what we have to where we should never have left,” she said.
    The camp, located on a grassy island and bordered by heavy traffic, has no amenities.    Though at least one nearby supermarket allows migrants to use its toilets, they have to bathe in a ditch.
    Some have camped for as long as two weeks as they await buses to the border.
    City authorities say they have offered accommodation at shelters, more than 500 coronavirus tests and provided face masks and disinfectant.
    Venezuela has restricted crossings to just three days a week, with around 400 migrants allowed back daily, Colombia’s migration agency said.
    Venezuelan authorities did not respond to a request for comment.
    Maria Rivero, 39, is traveling with her three-year-old granddaughter.    She arrived in Colombia just two months ago to visit family and has been unable to return.
    Rivero said she longs to see her husband and her father.
    “It’s so hard to be away and be without family,” she said, sobbing.
(Reporting by Oliver Griffin, Andres Rojas and Camilo Cohecha; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

6/9/2020 Brazil to launch new COVID-19 data system as Supreme Court intervenes by Lisandra Paraguassu and Jamie McGeever
FILE PHOTO: Judge Alexandre de Moraes speaks during a meeting with Brazil's Lower House's
President Rodrigo Maia, in Brasilia, Brazil October 17, 2017. REUTERS/Adriano Machado
    BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil’s government vowed on Tuesday to roll out a new platform with detailed coronavirus figures in the midst of a scandal surrounding the removal of a trove of data, which led a Supreme Court justice to order the previous system be reinstated.
    The controversy over how Brazil presents its coronavirus numbers came as Sao Paulo’s health department reported a record number of COVID-19 deaths for one day, just as the country’s most populous state was starting to reopen its economy and relax some social distancing rules.
    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s second largest city, had also started to ease quarantine rules, including by allowing soccer games without spectators, but a judge on Monday overruled decisions by local government, allowing only essential services to operate due to the state’s surging death toll of over 7,000 fatalities.
    Over the weekend, the health ministry abruptly removed cumulative totals of coronavirus cases and deaths, causing outrage across the political spectrum.    Last week, it pushed back the release of the numbers late into the evening and past Brazil’s main news program.
    Health experts had feared that by no longer publishing accumulated totals and only releasing deaths that occurred in the past 24 hours, cases in which someone tested positive for the new coronavirus days after their date of death could disappear from public view.    In Brazil, where testing has been haphazard, such cases are common.
    Supreme Justice Alexandre de Moraes said in a statement on the court’s website that the health ministry must “fully re-establish the daily dissemination of epidemiological data on the COVID-19 pandemic, including on the agency’s website, under the terms presented until last Thursday.”
    Acting Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello, speaking at a cabinet meeting broadcast on TV, said there had never been any intention to revise the numbers, nor any suggestion that figures had been over-reported.
    Grilled later by a Congressional committee, Pazuello said a new platform would be up and running with real time case curves for every municipal district in the country. He told lawmakers that if the change was not regarded positively, the ministry could revert to the previous system.
    Lower house Speaker Rodrigo Maia, who attended the hearing, said it would take a few days to recover confidence in the ministry’s numbers.
    For Justice Moraes, the government’s actions in recent days made it “impossible” to monitor the spread of the virus and to implement adequate and necessary control and prevention policies.
    Brazil’s confirmed cases, at more than 700,000, are the second highest in the world behind only the United States, and the death toll is now over 37,000, the world’s third highest.
    Also on Tuesday, President Jair Bolsonaro repeated his threat to pull Brazil out of the World Health Organization, which he claimed had acted irresponsibly as the pandemic unfolded and lost credibility.
(Reporting by Lisandra Paraguassu, Jamie McGeever, Eduardo Simoes and Anthony Boadle; Editing by Steve Orlofsky and Marguerita Choy)

6/9/2020 Chile’s women’s minister, Pinochet’s great niece, resigns a month into post by Natalia A. Ramos Miranda
Chilean President Sebastian Pinera, new Women's Minister Monica Zalaquett and former Women's Minister Macarena
Santelices during their cabinet reshuffle at the government house in Santiago, following the outbreak of the
coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Santiago, Chile June 9, 2020. Sebastian Rodriguez/Chile Presidency/Handout via REUTERS
    SANTIAGO (Reuters) – Chilean Women’s Minister Macarena Santelices has resigned from her post, just a month after being sworn into office and amid growing questions about her aptitude and performance.
    Santelices, a former mayor with no track record of involvement in gender issues, is the great niece of former dictator Augusto Pinochet and a member of the right-wing Independent Democratic Union (UDI) party.
    She took office amid significant opposition from Chilean women’s groups in early May and since then feminist organizations, political groups and ordinary citizens have criticized her commitment and cited old interviews in which she appeared to defend Pinochet’s rule.
    Her resignation is a blow for center-right President Sebastian Pinera, who saw his popularity plummet to the lowest ever for a Chilean president since the Pinochet era amid protests that have wracked the country for months since October last year.
    “The day it is understood that the cause of women has no political color, it belongs to all and for all, is the day we will move forward,” Santelices wrote on her Twitter account on Tuesday.
    Santelices was forced to pull a controversial social media advertisement last month which featured an old man telling his granddaughter he regretted abusing her grandmother after she revealed to him her boyfriend had beaten her.
    Women’s groups said it victimized abusers.    Santelices said she “profoundly regretted” its airing.
    Her resignation comes as Chile grapples with a surge of calls to emergency services over domestic violence during the quarantine imposed to halt the spread of the coronavirus.
    The government has named Monica Zalaquett, the tourism subsecretary who advised Pinera on women’s issues for his 2017 election campaign, and also of the UDI party, to replace Santelices.
(Reporting by Natalia Ramos, writing by Aislinn Laing; Editing by Alistair Bell)

6/9/2020 Bear shot dead in French Pyrenees, government to press charges
FILE PHOTO: French Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition Elisabeth Borne leaves the Elysee
Presidential Palace after a weekly cabinet meeting, in Paris, France May 27, 2020 as France eases lockdown measures
taken to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Ludovic Marin/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo
    PARIS (Reuters) – A bear has been shot dead in the French Pyrenees, French Environment Minister Elisabeth Borne said on Tuesday, adding that the government will press charges.
    French authorities have reintroduced bears in the Pyrenees mountain range bordering Spain, but local cattle breeders have protested vigorously, saying the bears attack their herds.
    “A bear has been found today in Ariege, killed by bullets.    Bears are a protected species, this is an illegal and profoundly reprehensible act.    The state will press charges,” Borne said on her Twitter feed, which showed a picture of the dead bear.
    In October 2018, France airlifted two bears from Slovenia high into the Pyrenees by helicopter in order to evade roadblocks set up on mountain passes by 150 farmers – some bearing rifles – determined to stymie the reintroduction.
    Wildlife experts have estimated there are 43 bears living in the Pyrenees.    Bears from Slovenia were first reintroduced into France in the 1990s after hunters all but wiped out the native population.
(Reporting by Geert De Clercq; Editing by David Gregorio)

6/9/2020 Exclusive: Canada, U.S. set to extend border closure to end-July – sources by David Ljunggren and Steve Scherer
FILE PHOTO: The U.S.-Canada border crossing is seen amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
outbreak in Lacolle, Quebec, Canada April 17, 2020. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi/File Photo
    OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada and the United States are set to extend a ban on non-essential travel to late July as both countries seek to control the spread of the coronavirus, according to three sources familiar with the matter.
    Washington and Ottawa introduced month-long restrictions in March and renewed them in April and May.    The ban, currently due to expire on June 21, does not affect trade.
    Canadian and U.S. sources said although the governments had not yet taken a final decision, a further extension was highly likely.
    “It’s going to be a clean rollover” on June 21, said a U.S. source who requested anonymity given the sensitivity of the situation.    “We will want to look at it again in July.”
    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security was not immediately available for comment.
    Data show that while the outbreak is slowing across the 10 Canadian provinces, new cases show little sign of abating in Toronto and Montreal, the country’s two largest cities.
    A majority of provinces have privately told Ottawa they are reluctant to resume non-essential travel, said a second source.
    Several provinces have clamped down on travel within Canada, and a third Canadian source said these inter-provincial restrictions would make it hard to lift the ban on non-essential travel with the United States.
    More than 110,000 people have died of the coronavirus in the United States, one of the world’s worst-hit nations.    Canada reported 7,835 deaths, and 96,244 coronavirus cases on June 9.
    A spokeswoman for Canadian Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, who has overall responsibility for ties with the United States, said both sides agreed the ban had worked well.
    Extending the measures would hurt Canadian airlines and the tourism industry.
    Carriers, including Air Canada, have been among the worst hit as travel bans resulted in thousands of flight cancellations, forcing carriers to cut jobs and costs.
    “There is a push from some sectors for reopening (the border), like Air Canada,” a Canadian government source said.
    Asked about reopening the border, Air Canada said in a statement that governments around the world are relaxing restrictions and said it was working with tourism and industry groups to “streamline and clarify rules around travel.”
(Additional reporting by Ted Hesson in Washington and Allison Lampert in Montreal)

6/9/2020 Cornflakes for lunch! German parents say open school before mum goes nuts by Emma Thomasson
Parents demonstrate for the citywide opening of all kindergartens and schools following the coronavirus
disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Berlin, Germany, June 9, 2020. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch
    BERLIN (Reuters) – Manage a global team of 3,500 people?    No problem, says Katrin Lehmann, head of customer innovation and maintenance at German business software company SAP.
    Do it while looking after four kids, including home schooling 10-year-old Benno? It almost finished her off.
    “I was going nuts,” she said.    “All of them eat different things and they all complain, whatever you do.    I said, right: cornflakes for lunch.”
    Germany experienced far lower death rates than other large European countries from the coronavirus, and has been quicker than many to begin easing lockdown measures.    But schools have been slow to reopen, and working parents are getting fed up.
    Dozens of parents, many with young children in tow, protested outside the Berlin city hall on Tuesday to call on the local government to do more to help families, carrying placards including: “Open the schools or mum will lose her cool.”
    “We can’t carry on like this. We need relief,” said Sabine Ponath, a parliamentary researcher and mother of two.
    German schools started slowly reopening in late April, but many pupils are still back only for a couple of hours a week as schools split classes to observe social distancing rules.    Daycare provision for younger children is even more limited.
    A survey published by the DAK health insurance group last week showed that 81% of parents and 62% of children support the gradual reopening of schools, with about half of parents reporting feeling exhausted most days due to home schooling.
    Schools should reopen, “not for myself to be able to work, but more for the kids.    Their routine is totally messed up,” said Michael Stempin, head of brand management at price comparison firm Idealo, who spends two hours a day home schooling.
    The Institute for Employment Research estimated that by the end of April some 56 million days of work were lost in Germany due to the closure of nurseries and schools.
    Women are bearing the brunt of home schooling and extra housework, according to surveys.    That hurts efforts to promote diversity and narrow Germany’s gender pay gap.
    Job satisfaction of mothers has fallen by 5 percentage points more than that of fathers during the crisis, and they are more likely to have cut their hours or stopped working, according to a survey by the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB).
    “Just as before the crisis, it is often the women who are putting back their careers to be there for the children,” said WZB’s social science Professor Lena Hipp, herself trying to fit in work around caring for three young children.
    At SAP, co-CEO Jennifer Morgan, a mother of two, stepped down in April after only six months as the first female head of a German blue-chip company, leaving Christian Klein in charge.
    SAP gave no reasons for her departure though Chairman Hasso Plattner suggested one leader was needed in this time of crisis.    Klein, for his part, has made a point of mentioning his children at board meetings.
    SAP has been monitoring the gender impact of the crisis.    It says more women than men received promotions during March and April.
    “Productivity has stayed the same but people are paying a higher price than in non-corona times, and how long they can keep it up will depend on relief for parents when schools can restart,” said Cawa Younosi, the company’s head of human resources in Germany.     Lehmann, working from home in Heidelberg in southern Germany, sees one positive upshot: the crisis has encouraged people to be more honest about the challenges of juggling a career and family.
    “It is OK that you have a screaming kid in the background or a dog running around,” she said.    “Now I am talking about my kids with my team quite a lot so they can see it is possible to have kids and responsibility in the company.”
(Reporting by Emma Thomasson; Editing by Peter Graff)

6/9/2020 Greece, Italy sign accord on maritime zones in Ionian Sea
FILE PHOTO: Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio and his German counterpart Heiko Maas (not pictured) attend a news conference after a meeting
to discuss the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Berlin, Germany, June 5, 2020. Michael Kappeler/Pool via REUTERS
    ATHENS (Reuters) – Greece and Italy signed an agreement on maritime boundaries on Tuesday, establishing an exclusive economic zone between the two countries and resolving longstanding issues over fishing rights in the Ionian Sea.
    The deal, signed during a visit by Italian foreign minister Luigi Di Maio, follows months of tension over natural resources in the Eastern Mediterranean region, where Turkey, Greece and Cyprus have been caught in a complex diplomatic standoff.
    Details of the accord, which effectively extends a 1977 agreement between the two states on continental shelves in the Ionian Sea, were not immediately available.
    Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said the accord confirmed the right of Greek islands in the area to maritime zones and settled fishing rights issues.
    “This is a historic day,” Dendias said, adding that Greece seeks to establish exclusive economic zones with all its neighbours.
    The Greek-Italian accord comes months after a deal on maritime boundaries between Turkey and Libya’s internationally recognised government, led by Fayez al-Sarraj.    That agreement angered Greece, which says it infringes its own sovereign rights.
    “Maritime boundaries are defined only with valid deals,” Dendias said.
    Greece and Turkey are at odds over various decades-old issues ranging from mineral rights in the Aegean Sea to ethnically split Cyprus.
    Italy and Greece are already partners in the EastMed gas pipeline project intended to transport 10 billion cubic meters of gas per year from offshore reserves in the eastern Mediterranean to Greece, Italy and other southeastern European countries.     The two ministers also discussed tourism and the economic impact of the coronavirus.    Di Maio said he was assured that Italian tourists would be allowed in without quarantine restrictions when Greece opens its borders on June 15.
(Reporting by Renee Maltezou and James Mackenzie; Editing by Alison Williams and Giles Elgood)

6/9/2020 French coronavirus deaths remain under 100 for seventh day in a row
FILE PHOTO: Commuters riding bikes and scooters make their way in the Quartier Latin in Paris following the outbreak
of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in France, June 3, 2020. REUTERS/Charles Platiau/File Photo
    PARIS (Reuters) – France’s coronavirus death toll rose by 87 or 0.3% to 29,296 on Tuesday, the highest daily toll since June 2, but remained under 100 for the seventh day in a row, health ministry data showed.     On Monday, 54 COVID-19 deaths were reported, on Sunday 13.
    The number of daily confirmed coronavirus infections increased by 403 or 0.3% to 154,591, up on the 211 seen on Monday and 343 on Sunday, but remained below the more than 500 seen on Thursday through Saturday.
    The number of people in hospital with COVID-19 continued its weeks-long decline and fell by 354 to 11,961, while the number of people in intensive care units fell below 1,000 for the first time since March 19, down 69 to 955.
    Both numbers are important measures of a health system’s ability to deal with the epidemic.
    After the government lifted a strict 55-day lockdown on May 11, the hospital and mortality data have been on steady downtrends, but the number of new confirmed infections has stubbornly remained at a few hundred per day.
    In the past seven days, France counted an average of 467 new infections per day compared to an average of 478 the first week after lockdown ended.
    Besides confirmed cases, France also reports probable cases, but these have not been updated in more than a week.
    Adding last week’s probable cases – about 37,000 – to Tuesday’s confirmed cases yields a total of 191,588 cases, putting France in ninth place in the world by that count, behind Spain, Italy and Peru, and ahead of Germany.
(Reporting by Geert De Clercq; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

6/9/2020 Brazil reports 679 new coronavirus deaths amid controversy over data by Pedro Fonseca and Eduardo Simões
FILE PHOTO: Gravediggers wearing protective suits bury the coffin of 70-year-old Manuel Farias, who died from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19),
at Recanto da Paz cemetery, in Breves, southwest of Marajo island in Para state, Brazil, June 7, 2020. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino
    RIO DE JANEIRO/SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Brazil reported 679 new COVID-19 deaths and 15,654 additional confirmed cases on Monday, as controversy grew over the country’s official coronavirus data amid allegations of manipulation from a senior lawmaker.
    Brazil’s Health Ministry removed data from its website over the weekend and stopped releasing cumulative totals for coronavirus deaths and infections.    The move came soon after it released two contradictory sets of data.
    The numbers the government issued on Monday were the same as those reported earlier by the National Council of Health Secretaries (Conass), which brings together the heads of Brazil’s state health departments but is separate from the federal health ministry.
    According to Conass, Brazil’s death toll now stands at 37,134, the world’s third highest after the United States and Britain.    There were 707,412 confirmed cases as of Monday, the second highest level after the United States.
    In a statement on Monday, the health ministry said its weekend dataset problems stemmed primarily from mistakes in the numbers from two states that were later corrected.
    But discrepancies in the daily death toll it reported prompted criticism from across the political spectrum, including a call for a congressional inquiry.
    “By changing the numbers, the Ministry of Health covers the sun with a sieve,” Rodrigo Maia, speaker of the lower house, said on Twitter.
    “The credibility of the statistics needs to be urgently recovered.    A ministry that manipulates numbers creates a parallel world in order not to face the reality of the facts,” he added.
    Senator Eliziane Gama, leader of centrist party Citizenship, asked the Senate to open an inquiry into the numbers, while the World Health Organization (WHO) stressed the importance of “consistent and transparent” communication from Brazil.
    For Carlos Machado, head of research at the National School of Public Health, the lack of dependable data in Brazil is dangerous.
    “Not having updated and reliable data during a pandemic of this proportion is like driving in the dark,” he said.
    “While we do not have a vaccine, information is the best weapon we have,” he added.
(Reporting by Pedro Fonseca and Eduardo Simoes; additional reporting by Emma Farge in Geneva, writing by Stephen Eisenhammer and Anthony Boadle; editing by Rosalba O’Brien, Richard Chang and Tom Brown)

6/9/2020 U.N. chief seeks to clarify protest advice, telling staff to fight racism by Michelle Nichols
FILE PHOTO: Secretary General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres speaks during a Security Council meeting about the situation in Syria
at U.N. Headquarters in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., February 28, 2020. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
    NEW YORK (Reuters) – United Nations chief Antonio Guterres on Tuesday told staff they were not banned from joining anti-racism demonstrations sweeping the United States and other countries, in a letter that aimed to clear up any confusion on the world body’s guidance.
    “It does not in any way indicate that staff are to remain neutral or impartial in the face of racism,” Guterres wrote in a letter to staff.    “To the contrary, there is no ban on personal expressions of solidarity or acts of peaceful civic engagement, provided they are carried out in an entirely private capacity.”
    In the letter, obtained by Reuters, he said recent guidance by the Ethics Panel “was meant to emphasize the need to balance such activities with one’s best judgment as international civil servants and our official duties.”
    The largely peaceful U.S. protests over the past two weeks were sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis with a white policeman’s knee on his neck.    Some cities have had to deal with arson, looting and clashes between protesters and police.
    Earlier this month Guterres urged Americans protesting racial inequities and excessive police force to do so peacefully and called on U.S. leaders and authorities to listen to them and show restraint.
    People have also taken to the streets in countries including Britain, France and Australia for anti-racism protests.
    “The position of the United Nations on racism is crystal clear: this scourge violates the Charter and debases our core values,” Guterres wrote to staff.    “Every day, in our work across the world, we strive to do our part to promote inclusion, justice, dignity and combat racism in all its manifestations.”
(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by David Gregorio)

6/9/2020 World leaders will not meet in person for UN General Assembly due to pandemic by OAN Newsroom
The flags of member nations fly outside the General Assembly building at the United Nations headquarters in New York, Sept. 13, 2005 (AP Photo)
    The head of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), Tijjani Muhammad-Bandi, announced leaders will not be convening in-person for the group’s annual meeting in September due to the coronavirus pandemic.
    On Monday, the UNGA president said world leaders cannot come to New York City because they would have to be accompanied by staff, which would put them in violation of social distancing orders.    He said it would be “impossible” to hold the meeting in-person because of those restrictions.
    “They might have to have hotels, need for hotels at that time, stuff like that and we don’t know what the medical advice will be for the country and for the city,” explained President Muhammad-Bandi.    “Host government is very important in terms of what is possible, so I think what we have said is that it is my hope that within two weeks we will have clarity as to the mechanics.”
    This will be the first time in the United Nations’ 75 year history that world leaders will not be meeting in-person for the assembly.

6/10/2020 Oil up $0.54 to $38.22, DOW down 300 to 27,272.

6/10/2020 Beshear: Restaurant capacity rising to 50% by Dahlia Ghabour, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Gov. Andy Beshear announced on Tuesday that restaurants and retail businesses operating with 33% capacity will be able to increase capacity to 50% later this month.
    Businesses can increase their capacity after one month in operation under the new guidelines, Beshear said.    So if a restaurant reopened its dining room the first day it was allowed — on May 22 — it can increase to 50% capacity on June 22.    If a restaurant didn’t reopen until June 1, 50% capacity will be allowed on July 1, and so forth.
    “That means we have gotten the practices in,” Beshear said.    “They are becoming a part of what we are doing, and that will be the next phase we will be able to move towards.”
    Chris Williams, who owns Four Pegs at 1053 Goss Ave., said he hasn’t seen enough of a decrease in coronavirus cases to even open his Germantown dining room yet.    Four Pegs is doing porch seating and takeout and he said business has been steady.
    “We applied for the sidewalk seating permit, which will add another 40 seats,” Williams said.    “We’re starting to take reservations for birthdays and things.    It’s going well.”
    Williams said he is hiring about 10 people and training them in anticipation of a mid-July dining room reopening, with Four Pegs shifting from counter service to full service when it reopens.
    Biscuit Belly owner Chad Coulter said the allowance sounds good on paper, but really “doesn’t change the dynamic of numbers you can have in your actual restaurant.”
    “Whether you’re 100% capacity or 30% capacity, you’re still dictated by the 6-foot rule,” he said.    “That’s really going to be the stranglehold on restaurant capacity revenue and ultimately, survival.    Until the 6-foot rule goes away, it doesn’t matter what they say capacity is because it’s dictated by the social distance, which means you can’t really be more than 50% full.”
    Biscuit Belly has three locations around Louisville, the newest of which opened last Friday at Colonial Gardens in south Louisville.    The other two are in NuLu and St. Matthews.
    Bars in Kentucky will be allowed to reopen starting June 29.
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James Hess and Emily Sheehan were the first to return to Monnik Beer Company in Schnitzelburg on May 22. MICHAEL CLEVENGER/COURIER JOURNAL

6/10/2020 Fed likely to keep rate near zero for years by Paul Davidson, USA TODAY
    Despite a stunningly strong May jobs report last week, the Federal Reserve on Wednesday is expected to maintain its dour economic outlook amid the coronavirus pandemic and signal that it’s likely to keep its key interest rate near zero at least through 2022.
    The Fed’s cautious approach would serve as a counterpoint to Senate Republicans, who indicated they’re in no rush to pass another massive stimulus after the blockbuster employment news revealed an economy that may be rebounding sooner than anticipated from the depths of the health crisis.
    While acknowledging the improvement in U.S. payrolls, “We think (the Fed) will retain its overall very downbeat tone, continuing to note ‘considerable risks’ to the outlook,” says economist Michael Feroli of JPMorgan Chase.
    “There’s still tremendous uncertainty,” says economist Kathy Bostjancic of Oxford Economics.
[Thats what Trump wanted the Feds to go to zero interest rates in the first place like they did for Obama so he can now restore the nations economy faster and maybe even better than it was and way better than anything that Obama did.].

6/10/2020 WHO official walks back comments on asymptomatic spread by Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY
    An official leading the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 response clarified comments made at a media briefing Monday that suggested coronavirus transmission by asymptomatic individuals is “very rare.”
    Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO’s technical lead, said in a video posted on the organization’s Twitter feed that she was referring to a small subset of studies and unpublished information from member states.
    “I wasn’t stating a policy of WHO or anything like that, I was just trying to articulate what we know,” she said.    “And in that I used the phrase ‘very rare,’ and I think that’s a misunderstanding to state that asymptomatic transmission globally is very rare.”
    In contact tracing efforts from other countries, secondary transmission from asymptomatic individuals was rarely found, Kerkhove said, but the subject is still “a major unknown.”
    She said models that attempt to estimate asymptomatic transmission vary greatly – some predict spread by people without symptoms may make up to 40% of transmissions.
    Monday’s comments fueled tweets by anti-lockdown activists questioning the country’s decision to shutter businesses, leading to record unemployment and job loss.
    “We shut our nation down, nearly destroyed the economy, and have people wearing masks for no reasons other than govt. control,” tweeted Newsmax TV host John Cardillo.
    Kerkhove reiterated some of her points in Tuesday’s clarification video, including that some pre-symptomatic cases may have been misidentified as asymptomatic.
    Other individuals, she said, may have been misidentified as asymptomatic because they didn’t present common COVID-19 symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness of breath, instead exhibiting much milder symptoms.
    Kerkhove said much research is being done to determine when someone has COVID-19 and is truly asymptomatic and what proportion of that population actually transmits the disease.
    “That’s a big open question, and that remains an open question,” she said.
    Health and patient safety coverage at USA TODAY is made possible in part by a grant from the Masimo Foundation for Ethics, Innovation and Competition in Healthcare.    The Masimo Foundation does not provide editorial input.
Maria van Kerkhove of the World Health Organization says the transmission of coronavirus
by people who don’t show symptoms is “a major unknown.” MARTIAL TREZZINI/AP

6/10/2020 McEnany: OANN report ‘not a baseless conspiracy’ by OAN Newsroom
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany speaks during a news conference, Monday,
June 8, 2020, at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    The White House has doubled down on President Trump’s tweet, which suggested Buffalo protester Martin Gugino could be a far-left provocateur.    On Wednesday, Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany reiterated anti-police sentiments are unacceptable and officers have the right to be heard.
    On Tuesday, the president referred to a report by One America News, which questioned Gugino’s affiliations with radical left groups.
    McEnany explained that he raised legitimate questions in his tweet.
    “He has a right to ask those questions, and where he stands is squarely with law enforcement.    He was making no judgments, not condoning violence, not saying what happened in this case with these two officers was right or wrong.    He is standing back and saying we need to ask questions before we destroy lives and convict people in the court of public opinion.” – Kayleigh McEnany, White House Press Secretary
    She also pointed out 57 officers at the Buffalo Police Department have resigned to protest the mainstream media’s support for Gugino.

6/10/2020 Secy. Mnuchin: U.S. economy to rebound in Q3, Q4 by OAN Newsroom
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin speaks during a Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship hearing to examine
implementation of Title I of the CARES Act, Wednesday, June 10, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Kevin Dietsch/Pool via AP)
    According to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, the latest gains in employment and business activity are driving a broader economic resurgence across the U.S. During a Senate hearing this week, the secretary highlighted the latest unemployment report, which showed the U.S. economy added 2.5 million jobs amid its ongoing reopening.
    “We remain confident that the overall economy will continue to improve dramatically in the third and fourth quarters of this year,” he said.
    The secretary reiterated the impact of COVID lockdowns may be smaller than previously expected.    He added President Trump’s relief efforts have helped save American jobs.
    “Both the jobs that were saved and the jobs that were hired are, to a large extent, a result of this program,” stated Mnuchin.    “Several other indicators show that we are well positioned for a strong, phased reopening of our economy.”
    He noted additional stimulus may be necessary to support small businesses specifically, but suggested overall economic fundamentals are looking good.

6/10/2020 President Trump: Rallies to resume by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this March 2, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign
rally at Bojangles Coliseum in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
    President Trump recently announced his rallies are set to resume.
    During a meeting at the White House on Wednesday, the president reflected on the success of his past rallies.    He also announced where he will be making his first stop.
    “The first one we believe will be probably in Tulsa, Oklahoma.    Beautiful new venue, brand new, and they’re looking forward to it.    They’ve done a great job with COVID, as you know, in the state of Oklahoma.    We’re going to be coming into Florida, do a big one in Florida, a big one in Texas.    They’re all going to be big.    We’re going to Arizona.    We’re going to North Carolina at the appropriate time.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
    He also noted the Republican National Convention will no longer be held in North Carolina.    A new location is still pending.

6/10/2020 President Trump: Confederate-named bases not to be tampered with by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Jan. 4, 2020, file photo a sign for at Fort Bragg, N.C., is shown. (AP Photo/Chris Seward, File)
    President Trump recently announced he will not rename the military bases named after confederate generals.    In a series of tweets, he rejected the latest calls to rename bases such as Fort Lee, Fort Hood and others.
    The president emphasized he’s not even considering renaming those bases.    He stressed America’s history of victory and freedom has inspired generations of servicemen and women, who went on to win two world wars.

    White House officials also reaffirmed President Trump’s support for U.S. military history this week.
    “Fort Bragg is known for the heroes within it that train there, that deployed from there.    It’s an insult to say to the men and women who left there, the last thing they saw on American soil before going overseas (and) in some cases losing their lives, to tell them that what they left was inherently a racist institution because of a name.    That’s unacceptable to the president, and rightfully so.” – Kayleigh McEnany, White House Press Secretary
    The president went on to say America’s history and military must be honored, respected and not tampered with.

6/10/2020 Kudlow: No systemic racism in U.S. amid inclusive Trump economy by OAN Newsroom
White House chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow speaks during a roundtable with industry executives about reopening country after
the coronavirus closures, in the State Dining Room of the White House, Friday, May 29, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    White House Economic Adviser Larry Kudlow has refuted allegations of “systemic racism” in the United States.    While speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Kudlow said he does not believe in “systemic racism” narratives and noted potential injustices are limited to separate cases.
    He also expressed support for President Trump’s message of “law and order,” which he said is good for economic growth.
    This came after some economists said the Democrat push to defund the police may reduce investor and consumer confidence of the U.S. economy.
    According to the economic adviser, President Trump has made the U.S. economy more inclusive than ever before.     “Black unemployment was 5.8%, and that was near the record low.    The record low was in August of 2019 under President Trump, that’s how well they were doing.    The same is true for Asian Americans, for Hispanic Americans, for women.” – Larry Kudlow, White House Economic Adviser
    He added America’s law enforcement is working to protect all people, regardless of skin color.

6/10/2020 President Trump weighs executive action on police reform by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this June 1, 2020, file photo President Donald Trump arrives to speak in the
Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
    President Trump is considering taking executive action on police reform.    On Wednesday, Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany announced the president has been reviewing proposals and will implement “proactive policy prescriptions” through legislation or an executive order.
    This came after his advisers met with Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), who has been leading a group of Republican lawmakers in drafting police reform legislation.
    The president could possibly announce which reform measures he supports during a roundtable with faith and law enforcement leaders in Texas later this week.
    President Trump recently praised Rep. Jim Jordan’s (R-Ohio) comments during the House Judiciary Committee’s hearing on police reform.    On Twitter, the president stated Jordan made a “great statement to Congress” on not defunding the police after he condemned the idea as “absolute insanity.”
    In that same statement, the lawmaker criticized Democrats for refusing to condemn the movement.
    “It is pure insanity to defund the police and the fact that my democrat colleagues wont speak out against this crazy policy is just that frightening,” said Jordan.
    President Trump has since questioned why many cities, including Minneapolis, want to close their police departments.

6/10/2020 Ga. Lt. Gov. urges state lawmakers to pass hate crime bill by OAN Newsroom
Photo of Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan via
    Georgia Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan has urged state lawmakers to pass hate crime legislation.    During a recent interview, he stressed any legislation passed must make it possible for a hate crime to be filed as a separate charge.
    The official also stated the “mechanics of a hate crime bill has to be more than just words.”
    Calls for lawmakers to act on the issue have been mounting since the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery back in February.    The lieutenant governor has expressed he is looking forward to crafting a bill that will make Georgia the worst state to commit a hate crime in.
    “This past Sunday, we were sitting online watching church and our pastor made a comment.    He said, ‘It’s not enough to just not be racist, we’ve got to be anti-racism.’    I look forward to the next 11 legislative days to craft a hate crimes bill, (which) will make Georgia the worst place to commit a hate crime and the best place to love your neighbor.” – Geoff Duncan, Lieutenant Governor of Georgia
    In a video released Tuesday, Arbery’s mother called on state lawmakers to pass hate crime legislation.    She also noted her son’s alleged killers would be facing additional charges if Georgia had a hate crime law.

6/10/2020 Minneapolis police chief withdraws from union contract negotiations as part of department reform by OAN Newsroom
Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo addresses the media, Wednesday, June 10, 2020 in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
    According to Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo, the department intends to immediately withdraw from police union contract negotiations.
    On Wednesday, Arradondo claimed the move will be the first step to bring about “transformational reform.”
    “I plan to bring in subject matter experience and advisers to conduct a thorough review of how the contract can be restructured to provide greater community transparency and more flexibility for true reform,” he said.
    He explained the issues that need to be addressed are not officers’ wages, but protocols of critical incidents.    This would include the use of force and responsibility of supervisors.
    “I do believe that we have the people, the men and women within this organization who are not going to let Mr. Floyd’s death be in vain,” stated Arradondo.    “(They) are not going to let the actions of a few tarnish what they’ve worked so hard for and continue to work so hard for.”
    He added the department will implement new systems to track officer performance data, in order to catch potential misconduct earlier on.

6/10/2020 Senate GOP form committee to draft criminal justice reform proposal by OAN Newsroom
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., steps away from the microphone as he speak to reporters following
the weekly Republican policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    In the wake of George Floyd’s death, GOP leadership is taking action to tackle police reform and racial injustice.    On Tuesday, Senate Republicans addressed the issues gripping the nation over the last two weeks since footage of Floyd’s death while in police custody became public.
    “People of all races are now actively engaged in a national conversation about the racial injustices that exist in our country; one that’s deeply needed and long overdue,” stated Sen. John Cornyn, (R-Texas).
    While speaking to the press, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) sought to highlight the severity of the issue, while rejecting calls for the defunding of police departments coming from left-wing activist groups.    Defunding, Graham asserted, is a reactionary measure unlikely to improve conditions on the ground.    Although, he did agree that criminal justice reform is needed.
    “I think it’s just affected people and maybe the cumulative effect of it all, I don’t know, but it’s pretty hard to watch and I think people are responding,” he stated.    “Pretty much unanimously that we can do better, should do better and defunding police to me is not the answer, but reforming the police practices certainly makes sense.”
    As part of GOP efforts to address these problems, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced the formation of a review committee headed by Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.).    He is one of the three black senators currently in office, which will be tasked with preparing a comprehensive proposal for criminal justice reform.
    “And I think the best way for the Senate Republicans to go forward on this is to listen to one of our own who’s had these experiences, he’s had them since he’s been in the United States Senate,” said McConnell.    “And with his guidance and leadership, we’re going to come together with a proposal that we think makes the most sense for the federal government in the wake of what we’ve seen and experienced over the last couple of weeks.”
    The announcement reportedly came on the heels of a luncheon led by Sen. Scott during which initial proposals were discussed.    Among these was the idea of establishing a national database to track instances of police misconduct, the enforcement of body camera use by law enforcement offices and promoting increased use of de-escalation as well as bias training within police departments.
    Proposals have not been finalized as of this report, though senators within the committee have intimated confidence in their ability to release a full package in the coming days.    They have also promised it will be comprehensive in its breadth.
Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, speaks during a Senate Finance Committee hearing on the FDA foreign drug manufacturing
inspection process on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 2, 2020. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool via AP)
    “Despite calls from some to defund, or even disband the police, I believe these steps would do far more harm than good…it’s not the right answer,” stated Sen. Cornyn.    “Instead we need to do a top to bottom review of our criminal justice system, something that has not happened in more than fifty years.”
    While Senate Republicans continue to urge caution against more radical proposals coming from the left, they also asserted the scope of the task before them does not elude them.
    “None of us have had the experience of being an African-American in this country and dealing with this discrimination, which persists here some 50 years after the 1964 Civil Rights Bill and the 1965 Civil Rights Bill,” said McConnell.    “We’re still wrestling with America’s original sin and we try to get better, but every now and then, it’s perfectly clear we’re a long way from the finish line.”

6/10/2020 Atlanta officers fired for tasing college students sue mayor, police chief for wrongful termination by OAN Newsroom
Mark Gardner, left, and Ivory Streeter, right, were fired over accusations they used excessive force during the
arrest of two college students during protests in Atlanta. (Photos/Atlanta Police Department via AP)
    Two former Atlanta police officers are seeking their jobs back after being fired for allegedly tasing two college students during protests.    This comes as Ivory Streeter and Mark Gardner filed a lawsuit Monday against Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields and Mayor Keisha Bottom.
    Authorities have claimed their use of force was lawful.    They also claimed they were fired without a thorough investigation and per-termination hearing, which are required under city code.
    “These guys deserve the best…these guys are the highest trained people in the department…the most loyal people in the department,” said Jason Segura, President of the International Brotherhood of Police Officers.    “And they have the city turn their back on them, it’s devastating.”
    Late last month, body-cam footage showed Streeter and Gardner allegedly pulling Taniyah Pilgrim and Messiah Young from a car.    Shortly after that, they began tasing them.
    The college students claimed they were stopped in traffic amid protests regarding police brutality.    The next day, Mayor Bottom announced the immediate firing of the officers.
    “We understand that our officers are working very long hours under an enormous amount of stress, but we also understand that the use of excessive force is never acceptable,” she stated.
    Shortly after their firing, Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard charged the two officers with aggravated assault, which is a move deemed “political” by Chief Shields.    She questioned the timing and appropriateness of the criminal charges, and claimed the handling of protests would be more difficult as a result.
    "The conduct involved in this incident, it is not indicative of the way that we treat people in Atlanta and it certainly is not indicative of the way that we treat out children,” Howard stated.
    Meanwhile, Streeter and Gardner are seeking full reinstatement to the police force and are requesting full back-pay as well as benefits for time lost.

6/10/2020 Rep. Ocasio-Cortez stumbles over words when confronted with studies showing defunding police leads to more crime by OAN Newsroom
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is pictured. (Susan Walsh/AP Photo)
    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) recently struggled to defend the stance to defund police.    In a “Good Morning America” interview Wednesday, the New York Democrat deflected questions from host George Stephanopoulos when he said that research shows more police equals less crime.
    The freshman congresswoman said funding should be taken away from law enforcement to pay for health care and housing in order to prevent crime in the first place.
    Ocasio-Cortez also stumbled when asked if the slogan ‘defund the police’ distracts from the overarching argument.    This all follows statements she made on Twitter Tuesday, where she accused lawmakers of trying to make criminal justice reform “more palatable among affluent swing voters.”
    Ocasio-Cortez also compared the ‘defund the police’ movement to Black Lives Matter despite push-back from both sides of the aisle on the idea of dismantling police departments.

6/10/2020 Dr. Fauci warns protesters coronavirus cases will likely increase when gathering in large groups by OAN Newsroom
Protesters march through the streets of Manhattan, New York, Sunday, June 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
    Dr. Anthony Fauci recently reiterated that nationwide protests have the risk of furthering the spread of coronavirus.    During an interview Wednesday, he said it was “not surprising” members of the D.C. National Guard tested positive for coronavirus after helping contain recent demonstrations.
    Dr. Fauci went on to stress it’s still important to socially distance while the U.S. reopens and noted that avoiding congregating in large numbers is a vital way to limit the virus’ spread.    He also said repercussions from protests will likely be far-reaching since many people who participated traveled from out of town.
    “I wouldn’t be surprised if that members of the congregation who were there demonstrating could also be infected,” he stated.    “Many of them would then go back to where they were because not everyone was demonstrating in the city where they live, they’ve come from the outside.”
    The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases went on to advise Americans to continue wearing masks, wash their hands and practice social distancing as much as possible.

6/10/2020 Report: GOP considers holding RNC in Jacksonville, Fla. by OAN Newsroom
In this Feb. 20, 2020, file photo President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a campaign rally
at The Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci/AP)
    Officials with the Republican National Convention are considering holding this year’s event in Jacksonville, Florida.    That’s according to the Washington Post Tuesday, which cited three Republican officials.
    While details of the arrangement are reportedly still being debated, RNC officials were in Jacksonville on Monday to determine whether the city has enough hotel rooms to accommodate the event.
    Due to contractual agreements, only the “celebratory” part of the convention would be held in Florida while the “business” portion will remain in North Carolina.
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has publicly shown support for holding the event in his state several times over the past few weeks.
    “North Carolina may have missed its chance…I know they’re looking and I know there’s other states that are interested in having it, but I think it would be good for us here in the state of Florida,” he stated.    “And that’s not from a partisan perspective…I think the impact to the community…from an economic perspective…would be positive.”
    The RNC is scheduled to take place from August 24 through the 27.

6/10/2020 Mich. Gov. Whitmer makes false claims regarding mask-wearing practices during recent interview by OAN Newsroom
In this photo provided by the Michigan Executive Office of the Governor, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer speaks during a
news conference Thursday, May 28, 2020, in Lansing, Mich. (Michigan Executive Office of the Governor via AP)
    Michigan Gov, Gretchen Whitmer (D) has come under fire after making false claims about whether she wore a mask at a recent protest in Detroit.
    During an MSNBC interview Monday, Whitmer attempted to excuse her apparent lack of social distancing during the demonstrations by saying she “wore a mask the whole time.”    She repeated the assertion during interviews with at least two local news networks.
    However, video footage clearly displays the governor speaking to crowds without a mask on.    Whitmer even explained that voice projection makes mask wearing especially important.
    “And when you’re speaking, keep that mask on,” she stated.    “…that’s why it’s so important that as leaders we take on the opportunity to show the leadership that’s so lacking across the country and from the national front, that we demonstrate the kind of activity that we’re asking everyone else to continue.”
    This incident came after Whitmer faced criticism for her stringent COVID-19 lockdown measures and past condemnation of anti-lockdown protesters for facilitating the spread of coronavirus.

6/10/2020 Biden says he wants a running mate who is ready to be president on day one by OAN Newsroom
Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during an event in Dover, Del., Friday, June 5, 2020.
Biden has won the last few delegates he needed to clinch the Democratic nomination for president. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden recently commented on his latest efforts to choose a 2020 running mate.
    “It’s really important that whomever you pick as vice president agrees with you in terms of your philosophy of government and agrees with you on the systemic things you want to change,” he stated.
    In a recent interview with CBS News, Biden confirmed the events of the last two weeks have not impacted his vetting process for a potential vice president pick. He went on to say if anything, the nationwide unrest has put a greater focus and urgency on the need to choose someone who is on the same page as him.
    The former vice president said he is looking for a fellow candidate that is “going to be someone who is not intimidated by the president and is not intimidated working in the White House.”    Furthermore, he wants them to be prepared “to give their unvarnished opinion” and be able to privately argue with the president if they disagree.
    Biden is reportedly planning on announcing his running mate on August 1.

6/10/2020 Chicago mayor pleads for retailers not to leave city
FILE – In this April 10, 2020, file photo Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot speaks during a news conference in
Hall A at the COVID-19 alternate site at McCormick Place in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)
    The mayor of Chicago is pleading for retailers not to leave the city.    During a recent interview, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she hoped Walmart and other major retailers that had recently been looted or damaged would not abandon the city.
    This came after a number of stores and businesses were trashed amid the social unrest over the death of George Floyd.    Demonstrations were seen not only in Chicago, but nationwide.
    Mayor Lightfoot went on to say she was confident in a number of businesses returning, but ultimately she said she’s unsure of one of the biggest ones.
    “My hope is that they will come back, but I got a resounding, ‘Mayor, this is our city, this is our home,’ from a lot of other retailers and I would hope that Walmart would follow suit,” she stated.
    Walmart was expected to rebuild all stores trashed by looters, but company officials later stated they would only open some stores and did not specify which ones.

6/10/2020 Fmr. coworker confirms unfriendly relationship between George Floyd, Derek Chauvin by OAN Newsroom
George Floyd, left, and Derek Chauvin, right, are pictured. Chauvin was arrested May 29, 2020 in
the Memorial Day death of Floyd. (Christopher Harris via AP; Hennepin County Sheriff via AP)
    A man who worked security at a nightclub with George Floyd and Derek Chauvin has claimed the two men knew each other prior to the incident, which resulted in Floyd’s death.    They allegedly did not get along well.
    CBS reported Tuesday that security guard David Pinney said he believed Floyd and the man accused of killing him knew each other well and did not have a friendly relationship.
    Last month, the venue’s owner, Maya Santamaria, confirmed the two worked overlapping shifts while working at her club.    Pinney elaborated on the supposed tension between Floyd and Chauvin.
    “They bumped heads,” he stated.    “It has a lot to do with Derek being extremely aggressive in the club with some of the patrons, which is, which was an issue.”
    The revelation could have implications in the case against Chauvin as the lawyer representing Floyd’s family has called for an upgrade from second to first-degree murder charges.    He believes there was intent by Chauvin in his actions against Floyd.

6/11/2020 Oil up $0.68 to $39.07, DOW down 282 to 26,990.

6/11/2020 DOJ push to drop Flynn case slammed by Kristine Phillips and Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY
    WASHINGTON – The Justice Department showed a “gross abuse of prosecutorial power” in its push to drop the case against Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, a court-appointed arbiter said Wednesday.
    Retired federal judge John Gleeson said the Justice Department’s bid to dismiss Flynn’s case should be denied because its arguments “are not credible,” suggesting the government violated safeguards designed to prevent “dubious dismissals of criminal cases that would benefit powerful and well-connected defendants.”
    “The Department of Justice has a solemn responsibility to prosecute this case – like every other case – without fear or favor,” Gleeson argued.    “It has abdicated that responsibility through a gross abuse of prosecutorial power, attempting to provide special treatment to a favored friend and political ally” of the president.
    Gleeson’s rebuke is the latest in what has become a long-running prosecution of the former Army general. U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan, who has been overseeing the case for three years, appointed Gleeson to challenge the Justice Department’s motion to drop the case and to examine whether Flynn committed perjury in declaring his innocence for a crime he had earlier admitted.
[Well it’s not hard to see that the continuous lies and coverups of what the Obama administration is still trying to do to cover up their criminal activities definitely before the elections from a judge who did not have the right to bring in the judge above.     So now that they have exposed themselves let’s see what Flynn’s attorney will do and this will be going to the appelate courts.].

6/11/2020 Trump says no to dropping Confederate fort names by Jeanine Santucci, USA TODAY
    WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would not consider renaming military installations named for Confederate leaders after his defense and Army secretaries signaled they would be willing to discuss the issue this week.
    “These Monumental and very Powerful Bases have become part of a Great American Heritage, and a history of Winning, Victory, and Freedom.    The United States of America trained and deployed our HEROES on these Hallowed Grounds, and won two World Wars,” Trump tweeted.    “Therefore, my Administration will not even consider the renaming of these Magnificent and Fabled Military Installations.”
    Trump did not address the issue of Confederate generals, but rather focused on the legacy of the facilities themselves.
    “Our history as the Greatest Nation in the World will not be tampered with.    Respect our Military!” he>     Trump’s tweet exposes a widening rift between the White House and the Pentagon.    The Army has 10 posts named after Confederate generals, including Fort Bragg in North Carolina.
    On Tuesday, the Navy announced that the chief of naval operations plans to ban display of the Confederate battle flag from public work spaces on bases, ships, aircraft and submarines.    The Marine Corps banned the display of the Confederate battle flag.
    Aides had predicted the president would oppose the renaming, saying it smacked too much of “political correctness.”
Contributing: Tom Vanden Brook, Courtney Subramanian, David Jackson

6/11/2020 President Trump signs executive order imposing sanctions on ICC by OAN Newsroom
FILE- In this Nov. 7, 2019 file photo, the International Criminal Court, or ICC, is seen in The Hague, Netherlands.
President Donald Trump has lobbed a broadside attack against the International Criminal Court. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)
    President Trump has signed an executive order to authorize economic sanctions on employees of the International Criminal Court.
    These penalties came after the ICC investigated U.S. military and intel personnel at the request of Russia.
    According to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the probe into possible U.S. war crimes in Afghanistan does not fall under the court’s jurisdiction.
    “These actions on the part of the ICC, in turn, threaten to infringe upon the sovereignty of the United States and impede the critical national security and foreign policy work of United States Government and allied officials, and thereby threaten the national security and foreign policy of the United States,” stated the order.
    The order will impose travel restrictions and financial penalties on members of the court.
    “We’re extending and expanding these restrictions, including to their family members,” added Pompeo.    “It gives us no joy to punish them, but we cannot allow ICC officials and their families to come to the United States to shop, travel and otherwise enjoy American freedoms as the same officials seek to prosecute the defender of those very freedoms.”
    The secretary has called the investigations illegitimate and an “ideological crusade” against U.S. service members.

6/11/2020 Confederate statues taken down across the nation by OAN Newsroom
The statues on the Confederate monument are covered in graffiti and beheaded after a protest
in Portsmouth, Va., Wednesday, June 10, 2020. (Kristen Zeis/The Virginian-Pilot via AP)
    Confederate statues are coming down across the country.    Some have been removed by order, while others have been toppled by force.
    On Wednesday, a monument depicting four generic Confederate service members in Portsmouth, Virginia was the latest target.    However, its partial collapse quickly ended in devastation.
    According to officials, a man was standing below the statue when it came tumbling down and struck him in the head.
    “He was convulsing on the ground, lost a great amount of blood,” stated one witness.    “We’re asking everyone to pray for him right now.”
    The unidentified male was rushed to the hospital, where he remains hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.
    The demonstration was part of a greater movement against symbols of the Confederacy and colonization of America, which protesters claimed represents modern day racism.
    On the same day, seven people were arrested in Miami for allegedly vandalizing a Christopher Columbus and Juan Ponce de León statue.    In Boston, a different Columbus statue was beheaded.
FILE – In this file photo dated Wednesday, June 10, 2020, a damaged Christopher Columbus statue stands in a waterfront park near the city’s traditionally
Italian North End neighborhood, in Boston, USA., after the statue was found beheaded Wednesday morning. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, FILE)
    Dallas city officials filed a motion to tear down its own memorial of Confederacy President Jefferson Davis, which has been a fierce subject of debate for months.
    Even Congress has grappled with the matter. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently called for the removal of 11 other statues across the country, including those of Jefferson Davis and General Robert E. Lee.

6/11/2020 Seattle police warn businesses within city’s ‘autonomous zone’ about possible extortion from protesters by OAN Newsroom
    Demonstrators march toward Seattle City Hall Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in Seattle, following protests
over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
    Seattle police have said they have reason to believe protesters in the self-proclaimed “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone [CHAZ] may be committing criminal offenses.    On Wednesday, local officials announced leaders inside the zone, which has been deemed a “co-op free from cops,” have reportedly been trying to coerce citizens and businesses to pay a price for their “protection.”
    “We have heard, anecdotally, reports of citizens and businesses being asked to pay a fee to operate within this area,” stated Assistant Chief of Police Deanna Nollette.    “This is the crime of extortion.”
    Police also voiced concerns about armed guards patrolling the zone, who appear to be intimidating community members.    Protesters began occupying the area on Tuesday after police abandoned their east precinct, hoping it would deescalate tensions.
    Since then, activists have overtaken an area ranging six blocks downtown.    They have been using the streets to feature discussions, movie screenings and live music to further the Black Lives Matter movement, as well as their mission to defund the police.
    “It’s not aggressive or violent, nothing like that.    We didn’t come out here for any of that.    All we wanted was what was equal, what was right.” – Unnamed protester
    Police have alluded to a darker side of the barricaded zone, citing reports of possible extortion by protesters and threats they’ve received suggesting their precinct will be burned down.
    “We are the police of this community now,” said another protester.    “We are the leaders of this community now.”

A barricade stands at the end of a street where a plywood-covered and closed Seattle police precinct stands Tuesday, June 9, 2020, in Seattle,
following protests over the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
    Officers have also pointed out the situation has caused distress for residents, who reportedly have to go through checkpoints upon entering and provide their identification to civilian armed security forces.
    Seattle police have emphasized they’re open to dialogue with leaders of the occupation.    They have said they’ll wait “for everyone’s tempers to calm” and will approach discussions “with a view toward equality.”
    In the meantime, President Trump has called on city and state leaders to put an end to the occupation.    He urged them to take back their city immediately and said these “anarchists” have to be stopped now.

Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best talks with activists near a plywood-covered and closed Seattle police precinct Tuesday, June 9, 2020, in Seattle,
following protests over the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

6/11/2020 Microsoft won’t sell facial recognition technology to police departments without federal regulations by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this May 29, 2020 file photo, Brad Smith, president of Microsoft, speaks during a roundtable with industry executives about reopening
country after the coronavirus closures, in the State Dining Room of the White House, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    Microsoft has stated it won’t sell facial recognition technology to police departments without federal laws in place.    Company head Brad Smith made the announcement on Thursday and noted the decision is in keeping with past Microsoft policy.
    According to Smith, the sale to police would have to follow “national law, grounded in human rights, that will govern this technology.”
    He has said the bottom line is to protect human rights as this technology is deployed.
    “We’ll also put in place some additional review factors, so that we’re looking at other potential uses of this technology to go even beyond what we already have for other potential scenarios,” added Smith.
FILE – In this Feb. 22, 2019, file photo, Washington County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jeff Talbot demonstrates how his agency used
facial recognition software to help solve a crime, at their headquarters in Hillsboro, Ore. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus, File)
    Activists and civil rights groups have claimed law enforcement may be using the tech to identify people participating in ongoing demonstrations.
    The move comes after IBM earlier this week said it would no longer offer general purpose facial recognition or analysis software.

6/11/2020 Negotiations continue on 5th coronavirus relief bill by OAN Newsroom
Photo of the U.S. Capitol via AP.
    As jobless claims continue to trend downward, the likelihood of Americans receiving another stimulus check remains uncertain.
    The House has passed the HEROES Act, which intends to allocate another $1,200 in direct payments to Americans, but the legislation is not expected to clear the Senate.
    However, the Trump administration is reportedly working on its own economic stimulus plan. According to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, the White House is considering a plan to provide direct funds, encourage businesses to rehire employees, support the travel and restaurant sectors, and address unemployment.
    “We’re going to consider using all of our fiscal tools, working with Congress, to make sure that we restore this economy back to where it was, where it should be, and make sure that the many Americans that still don’t have jobs get back their jobs,” he said.
    Senate Republicans have also been drafting their own stimulus bill, but they likely won’t vote on it until July.
FILE- In this April 23, 2020, file photo a stimulus check issued by the IRS to help combat the adverse
economic effects of the COVID-19 outbreak is shown in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
    In the meantime, the Small Business Administration has loosened requirements for loan forgiveness under the Paycheck Protection Program.
    Instead of requiring a business to spend 60% of the entire loan on payroll costs, as well as 40% on other costs like rent and utilities, the SBA will now allow forgiveness on a portion of the loan.
    A business must spend 60% of that portion on payroll and the unforgiven portion of the loan must be paid back with 1% interest over five years.
    This will let small businesses spend money where it helps the most without having to pay back the entire loan in the end.

6/11/2020 Joe Biden unveils 8-point plan to reopen U.S. by OAN Newsroom
Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a roundtable on economic
reopening with community members, Thursday, June 11, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
    Joe Biden has unveiled his own plan for reopening the U.S. in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. On Thursday, the presumptive Democrat nominee laid out his eight-point plan to restart the economy.
    It included the federal government footing the bill for all COVID-19 tests and personal protective equipment.
    According to Biden, a vaccine czar would be appointed to make sure a vaccine is readily available to all who need it.    Workers would also be given paid leave if they contract the virus.
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden gestures while speaking during a roundtable on
economic reopening with community members, Thursday, June 11, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
    The former vice president then took a swipe at President Trump, who he claimed doesn’t have a cohesive plan in place to safely reopen the U.S.
    “Trump has basically had a one-point plan: open businesses, just open.    But it does nothing to keep workers safe and keep businesses able to stay open.    It has done very little to generate consumer confidence.” – Joe Biden, former Vice President of the United States
    The presidential hopeful also took aim at Facebook.    He called on the company’s CEO to do more when it comes to fact checking misinformation on its platform.

6/11/2020 White House working on approaching stakeholders amid reviewing potential police reform proposals by OAN Newsroom
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany speaks during a briefing at the White House, Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said the White House is working on striking the right balance between reform and ensuring police officers can do their job.
    While speaking to reporters in front of the White house Thursday, McEnany offered brief words about what the White House is considering as they review police reform proposals.    She said as of right now, the president is working on approaching stakeholders to determine the path forward with potential legislation.
    “So the only new announcement I have on that front is that today (Thursday) we are working on approaching stakeholders and making sure this the appropriate balance between ensuring police could do their job and ensuring that there is needed reform in the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd,” she stated.
    On Wednesday, McEnany reiterated the president would not consider ending qualified immunity for police officers, which Democrats have been rallying behind.

6/11/2020 Nashville, Tenn. to stay in phase 2 of reopening by OAN Newsroom
Photo of Mayor John Cooper via
    The city of Nashville has put a pause on its reopening plan amid a spike in new COVID-19 cases. On Thursday morning, Mayor John Cooper announced the city will be staying in phase two out of four of the reopening plan.
    According to Cooper, there’s been a rise in the number of positive cases in Southeast Nashville for the past two weeks.
    However, he emphasized this doesn’t mean the city is taking a step back when it comes to making progress.
    The mayor confirmed Nashville will remain in phase two until the number of cases levels out.
    “The level of cases in Southeast Nashville warrants further attention.    I’ve instructed the Public Health Department to concentrate its efforts on a more focused response in these neighborhoods.    We will continue, hopefully just a little bit longer, with phase two while carefully observing our public health data every day.” – John Cooper, Mayor of Nashville, Tennessee
    As of Thursday, local health officials reported a total of 56 cases in the past 24 hours.    The mayor reaffirmed they will be keeping a close eye on the data moving forward.

6/11/2020 N.Y. Police Benevolent Association President: ‘We are being portrayed as the enemy’ by OAN Newsroom
Alondra Cano, a City Council member, speaks during “The Path Forward” meeting at Powderhorn Park on Sunday, June 7, 2020, in
Minneapolis. The focus of the meeting was the defunding of the Minneapolis Police Department. (Jerry Holt/Star Tribune via AP)
    According to the head of the Police Benevolent Association of the city of New York, the mainstream media is twisting the narrative to make police look as bad as possible.
    Association President Mike O’Meara unleashed a blistering statement to the press Tuesday, where he accused largely left-leaning outlets of turning law enforcement into the “boogeyman.”
    O’Meara said its not fair for 99 percent of officers “who act honorably every day” to be punished for the misdeeds of the one-percent who act outside the line of duty.
    The association president also ripped Democrat lawmakers who have, in his opinion, turned on law enforcement in the wake of George Floyd’s death in the interest of keeping liberal constituents happy.    This includes lawmakers like congresswoman Alexandria-Ocasio Cortez.
    “I’m asking you to ask yourself :what are you willing to sacrifice to make sure that over-funded police departments are defunded?” she asked.
    Democrats have rallied behind the movement to defund police departments across the nation.    Earlier this week House lawmakers unveiled a bill meant to help reduce police brutality, which includes clauses to limit the use of deadly force and give the Justice Department power to subpoena local police departments.
    Republicans are reportedly pushing their own version of the bill, which focuses more on anti-lynching legislation and proposals to review the legality of no-knock warrants.

6/11/2020 Calif. authorities search for gunman after body found, deputy shot by OAN Newsroom
    A man wanted for shooting a California deputy in the face and possibly killing a homeless man is still at large.    The search for 26-year-old Mason James Lira continued Thursday after he allegedly opened fire on officers outside Paso Robles Police Department early Wednesday.
    One unnamed deputy was shot in the head during the exchange and is hospitalized in serious condition.
    Police said while searching for the suspect they found the body of a homeless man who had also been shot and they assume the discovery is connected to the ambush. Authorities believe the attack was premeditated.
    “That’s kind of been the general theme floating around the nation right now, this rise up anti-law enforcement coalition it seems,” stated Sheriff Ian Parkinson, San Luis Obispo County.
    After hours of searching downtown, police reported that the suspect may no longer be in the area.    Lira is believed to be armed and dangerous.
    Several agencies are working with local law enforcement on the two ongoing investigations.

6/11/2020 Armed neighborhood groups in Minneapolis protect businesses against looters, violent rioters by OAN Newsroom
A homeless man sits on a chair outside a store boarded up with plywood panels to protect the property against
potential vandalism and looting as protests continue over the death of George Floyd. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
    A group of small business owners in Minneapolis have been protecting their neighborhood from rioters and looters.
    In an interview with NPR this week, restaurant owner Cesia Baires said she and a few other volunteers have been arming themselves to protect businesses and families from being targeted by violent protesters.
    At times the group has kept watch of their businesses from a rooftop, ensuring they are well equipped with guns and fire extinguishers.    Baires said their efforts are necessary during this time as there is a lack of police presence in the city.
    “It’s not something that I would want, but we’ve seen how, at least for the first couple days, we were left alone,” she explained.    “Like there were no cops that would come around, so what are we to do? Just stand there and do nothing?
    A spokesperson for the Minneapolis Police Department said the lack of officers during this time is an “unprecedented situation,” adding they are not concerned with armed civilian groups as long as they follow the law.

6/11/2020 President Trump to resume campaign rallies next week by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this March 2, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Charlotte, N.C.
Trump is resuming in-person fundraising events after a three-month hiatus as his campaign works to maintain a
cash advantage over Democrat Joe Biden that it believes is vital to victory in November. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn, File)
    With less than five months until the November election, President Trump announced his plan to resume campaign rallies.    While speaking Wednesday, he confirmed he will be holding a ‘Keep America Great’ rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma next week.
    “We’re going to start our rallies back up…we’ve had a tremendous run at rallies,” he stated.    “I don’t think there’s been an empty seat since we came down on the escalator with the First Lady, that was with the future First Lady at that point, it’s been an amazing thing to behold.”
    His comments came after the Trump campaign earlier this week confirmed its plan to restart rallies, which have been on a nearly three-month hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic.    While he did not elaborate on what sort of safety measures his campaign would implement to prevent further spread of COVID-19, he praised Oklahoma for how it’s handling the outbreak.
    “The first one we believe will be probably, we’re just starting to call up, will be in Oklahoma…in Tulsa, Oklahoma,” he announced.    “Beautiful new venue, brand new, and they’re looking forward to it…they’ve done a great job with COVID, as you know, in the state of Oklahoma.”
    The president headlined his last rally in Charlotte, North Carolina in early March and said he plans on returning to the state once again in the near future.    However, he said he would wait for a more “appropriate time” as Republican National Committee (RNC) officials and North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper recently failed to come to an agreement to hold this year’s RNC in the state.
    “We’re going to North Carolina at the appropriate time, the governor is a little backward there, he is a little bit behind,” said President Trump.    “And unfortunately, we’re going to probably be having no choice but to move the Republican Convention to another location…that’ll be announced shortly.”
    Meanwhile, the president also reaffirmed he would be making appearances in several other states in the not so distant future.    He mentioned the states of Florida, Texas and Arizona.
    The Tulsa rally is scheduled to take place on Friday, June 19.

6/11/2020 Relatives of COVID-19 victims seek inquest into Italy pandemic management by OAN Newsroom
From left, Laura Capella, Nicoletta Bosica, Stefano Fusco and Arianna Dalba holds pictures of their relatives, victims of COVID-19,
as they stand in front of Bergamo’s court, Italy, Wednesday, June 10, 2020. Members of an association of relatives of COVID-19
victims filed a complaint with prosecutors seeking responsibility for the deaths of their loved ones. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
    Italy’s prime minister is set to face a hearing with prosecutors over the country’s pandemic response.    Giuseppe Conte spoke with reporters Wednesday and said he’s planning to explain the facts behind the country’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak.
    The investigation came at the request of family members who lost someone to COVID-19 and want to know if there is any criminal responsibility for how the virus was managed.    A lawyer for the group said approximately 40 requests for a probe were made.
    Prime Minister Conte said he isn’t concerned about the hearing.    He made the following remarks on the matter:
    “I am not worried at all.    It is not out of arrogance, it is not out of complacency.    I won’t comment on the words the prosecutor has already said on TV.    We will meet on Friday and I will refer all the facts that I know about in absolute calmness.”
    Critics of the government blame the response from leaders for the mass deaths that happened in previous months.    The hearing is set to take place Friday.

6/11/2020 Calif. Disneyland resort set to reopen July 17th, marking 65th anniversary of original opening by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this March 13, 2020, file photo, visitors take photos at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif. Disney
is proposing to reopen its Southern California theme parks in mid-July after a four-month closure
due to the coronavirus, the company said on Wednesday, June 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Amy Taxin, File)
    The “most magical place on earth” is preparing to welcome back guests with a new set of health and safety measures.    California’s Disneyland Resort proposed a plan Wednesday to begin a “phased reopening” as early as next month.
    While shops and restaurants will reopen July 9, the theme park will reopen July 17. This falls on the same day it originally opened 65 years ago.
    In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the resort will significantly limit its capacity and require temperature checks as well as face coverings for both employees and guests.
    “Guests are willing to wear the masks because they know that it’s for everyone’s good,” said Bob Chapek, CEO of Disney.    “You know I’ve had this mask on pretty much the whole day and you just forget about it after a while, and I think that’s going to be a part of maintaining the magic.”
    The CEO also noted that the resort will also temporarily suspend events that draw crowds such as fireworks and parades.
FILE – In this March 12, 2020, file photo, visitors to Disneyland make their way in and out of the parks in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

6/11/2020 Earlier coronavirus second wave feared in Europe after mass protests
FILE PHOTO: Demonstrators attend a protest against police brutality and the death in Minneapolis police
custody of George Floyd, at Alexanderplatz in Berlin, Germany June 6, 2020. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Europe could face a surge of COVID-19 infections in the coming weeks caused by mass protests in the continent over the last days, politicians, European Union officials and experts said on Thursday.
    Tens of thousands of protesters have crowded together in Europe’s big cities in recent days to demonstrate against racism after the killing in the United States of George Floyd while in police custody.
    “If you advise everybody to keep one and half meter from each other, and everybody just stands next to each other, holding each other, then I don’t have a good feeling about that,” Jozef Kesecioglu, who chairs the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine, told a conference.
    Asked whether there could be a surge of infections in the coming two weeks, he said: “Yes, but hopefully I’m wrong.”
    British health minister Matt Hancock said people should not attend large gatherings of more than six people, including demonstrations.
    “I understand that people want to show their passion for a cause that they care deeply about.    But this is a virus that thrives on social contact, regardless of what your cause may be,” he said at a daily news conference.
    Most European countries have passed the peak of the outbreak and are gradually reopening business and borders, as infections went gingerly down in past weeks.
    Before recent protests, scientists expected a second wave only after the summer.    But mass gatherings might impact this positive trend.
    Having only recently emerged, it is not yet clear how COVID-19 is affected by seasonal factors and people spending more time outdoors, where the virus particles disperse faster, potentially helping limit its spread.
    However, the positive impact of being outdoors could be counteracted if social distancing is not adhered to.
    “As for any infectious respiratory disease, mass events could be a major route of transmission,” Martin Seychell, a health official at the EU Commission told Reuters when asked about the possibility of an earlier second wave caused by demonstrations.
    The virus was still circulating, although at lower rates than some weeks ago, he said.
    The likelihood and size of a second wave would depend on the effective maintaining of social distancing measures and other factors, many of which are still unknown, he said.
    Italy’s health minister Roberto Speranza also struck a note of caution.
    “A second wave or recrudescence is not certain but possible,” he said.
(Reporting by Francesco Guarascio in Brussels; Additional reporting by Alistair Smout in London and Emilio Parodi in Milan; Editing by Angus MacSwan)

6/11/2020 Chile’s coronavirus cases climb past 154,000 in 100 days since virus landed by Natalia A. Ramos Miranda
FILE PHOTO: Mortuary workers wait outside the San Jose public hospital morgue, amid the spread of the
coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Santiago, Chile May 28, 2020. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado/File Photo
    SANTIAGO (Reuters) – Chile on Thursday exceeded 154,000 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus and 2,600 deaths, one hundred days after the outbreak began and with the health service straining under massive admissions numbers.
    “It has been a very hard 100 days,” health minister Jaime Mañalich told reporters in the capital Santiago on Thursday.    “June is going to be the toughest month in the fight against the disease.”
    b>Health authorities reported 154,092 cases and 2,648 deaths so far.
    Chile reported its first case of coronavirus on March 3, brought by citizens returning from trips to Asia and Europe.    By mid-month the government had declared a State of Catastrophe for three months, closed its borders, suspended classes and introduced rolling quarantines for the worst-hit areas.
    In mid-April, President Sebastian Pinera referenced a “new normal” and a plan to return Chileans to work and schools.
    In May though, the virus spread from more affluent areas to Chile`s poorer and more crowded communities.    Case numbers surged from a handful each day to several thousand and a quarantine was announced for the whole capital.
    This week, the government said in just three days, active cases of coronavirus in the region including Santiago had increased 11%.
    With data showing the quarantines are not being widely observed, the government has announced stiffer fines for those breaking them.    On Wednesday it extended the lockdowns to the seaside cities of Valparaiso and Vina del Mar, bringing almost half of its 18 million citizens under quarantine.
    The Chilean Society of Intensive Medicine said in its latest report that 87 percent of intensive care beds and 76 percent of ventilators were occupied across the country, with bed occupation rising to 95 percent in Santiago and similar figures in the northern city of Antofagasta, Valparaiso and the southern region of Maule.
(Reporting by Natalia Ramos, writing by Aislinn Laing; Editing by David Gregorio)

6/11/2020 Brazil passes 800,000 COVID-19 cases, reports more than 40,000 deaths
A woman carries a bag after shopping as the city hall eases restrictions and allows commerce to open amid the
coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, June 11, 2020. REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli
    BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil reported a cumulative total of 802,828 confirmed cases of coronavirus on Thursday, with 30,412 new infections in the last 24 hours in the world’s second worst outbreak after the United States.
    With another 1,239 fatalities, the death toll in Brazil has reached 40,919, the health ministry said, the world’s third highest after the United States and Britain.    Of the total cases of COVID-19, 345,595 have recovered, the ministry said.
(Reporting by Anthony Boadle; Editing by Chris Reese)

6/12/2020 Oil down $2.85 to $36.23, DOW down 1862 to 25,128 which I heard was caused by an increase of COVID-19 cases which is suspect and we do not have that information of where and who, or demonstrations.

6/12/2020 Virus may kill 100,000 more in US by autumn - As the nation relaxes restrictions, up to 1,000 people die each day by John Bacon, USA TODAY
    The coronavirus that has been pushed to the awareness sideline by a watershed moment in U.S. race relations reached 2 million U.S. infections.
    The Johns Hopkins virus dashboard counted more than 27,000 new cases Wednesday, a day that saw almost 1,000 U.S. deaths.    More than 113,000 Americans have died since the virus emerged here a few months ago.
    As the nation slowly reopens after months of lockdown, the pandemic that paralyzed the global economy is still very much among us.    Despite a decline in U.S. deaths for six weeks in a row, Ashish Jha, director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, said the USA must be prepared for 100,000 victims in the next few months.
    “The pandemic is still here.    Between 800 and 1,000 people are dying a day,” Jha tweeted.    “We can’t become immune to this.    We can’t.”
    Ogbonnaya Omenka, a public health expert and assistant professor at Butler University, said that if there is a resurgence in the fall, the numbers might be even higher.
    “Although we have been dealing with the problem for months, we do not know how challenging a second wave may prove to be,” Omenka told USA TODAY.

6/12/2020 Governor asks to have Capitol Jefferson Davis statue removed by Joe Sonka, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    FRANKFORT — Gov. Andy Beshear has asked a state commission to hold a special meeting Friday and vote to remove the statue of Jefferson Davis from the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort — after which he hopes to see it exit the building “as quickly as possible.”
    Beshear said at his daily press briefing on Thursday he expects the members of the state Historic Properties Advisory Commission to follow his advice and vote at their 1 p.m. meeting to remove the statue of the Confederate president.
    The governor said it is “long past due” to remove the statue, adding that some kids visiting the Capitol see it “as a symbol that they don’t matter, a symbol of the enslavement of their ancestors and a symbol of the continued systematic racism that we see in so many parts of our society.”
    The commission, which manages state artwork and historic sites, is made up of 14 members, including four Beshear appointees and five appointed by former Gov. Matt Bevin.
    The remaining five members of the commission who serve via their position are first lady Britainy Beshear and the directors of the Kentucky Historical Society, Historic Properties, Kentucky Heritage Council and Governor’s Mansion.     Gov. Andy Beshear said last week he is committed to removing the statue of Davis, calling it a symbol of slavery that divides Kentucky.
    Thursday morning before the announcement of the commission meeting, state Sen. Chris McDaniel announced he is prefiling a bill to move the Davis out of the Rotunda and replace it with a statue of African American U.S. Navy hero and master diver Carl Brashear, a Kentucky native.
    Referring to the Rotunda as a place to honor those who represent the best qualities of mankind, McDaniel, a Republican from Taylor Mill, said the leader of the Confederacy during the Civil War “falls short on every level.”
    “His crowning achievement was to serve as the head of the Confederacy in the movement that cost hundreds of thousands of Americans their lives,” McDaniel said.    “While there is no denying that he has a place in history, there is also no denying that his place in history is not one of honor.”
    The calls to remove the statue of the president of the Confederacy have grown in recent weeks as large protests proliferated around the country in reaction to the killings of several unarmed African Americans by police officers, including Breonna Taylor in Louisville.
    Protesters toppled a Davis statue in Richmond, Virginia, on Wednesday night.    It had stood along that city’s Monument Avenue since 1907.
    The statue of Davis in Frankfort – not far from the statue of Kentucky-born President Abraham Lincoln in the Rotunda – was placed there in 1936 at the urging of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.
    Brashear grew up in poverty in Hardin County, rising to become the first African American diver in the U.S. Navy.    After having his leg amputated in an accident in 1966, Brashear rose to the rank of master diver just four years later.
    The film “Men of Honor,” released in 2000, depicted his rise from poverty and racism to become a master diver, with Brashear played by Cuba Gooding Jr.
    McDaniel’s bill would order the Davis statue to be moved to another location and appropriate $500,000 to commission and install a Brashear statue where the Confederate president once stood.
    Noting that a previous effort to remove the Davis statue failed in 2018 after the Historic Properties Advisory Commission voted to remove only a plaque on the statue calling Davis a war hero, McDaniel said his bill could make its removal official when the legislature meets again next year – assuming Beshear and the commission don’t act before then.
    Former Gov. Matt Bevin said as a candidate for the office in 2015 that he supported removing of the statue, but he later opposed it as governor, saying it would be a “sanitization of history.”
    McDaniel said he was open to a discussion of other Kentuckians who may be worthy of a statue to take the place of Davis, but did not think anyone else could match up to the standards of Brashear.
    Beshear said he wanted a “robust discussion” over what would go in the southeast corner of the rotunda in place of Davis, but said Brashear was “an amazing Kentuckian and obviously someone worthy of conversation about having their statue there.”
    Both Beshear and McDaniel suggested that the Davis statue could be sent to the Jefferson Davis Monument State Historic Site in Todd County, where he was born.
    OJ Oleka and Terrance Sullivan of the new group AntiRacism Kentucky also spoke Thursday in support of McDaniel’s bill, with Oleka calling the Davis statue “a symbol of a time when the message was clear that black lives had less value.”
    Reach reporter Joe Sonka at jsonka@ or 502-582-447 2 and follow him on Twitter at @joesonka.    Support strong local journalism by subscribing today:
The statue of Jefferson Davis, left, faces the statue of Abraham Lincoln in the Kentucky state Capitol Rotunda. TIMOTHY D. EASLEY/AP FILE
[So I guess they will want to tear down the monument between Russellvile and Hopkinsville next in their “Planet of the Apes” mentality to tear down any history of the human race..].

6/12/2020 Paul filing bill to ban no-knock warrants - Senator’s legislation would apply nationwide by Phillip M. Bailey and Tessa Duvall, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is filing legislation to prohibit police officers across the country from using no-knock warrants like the one that led to the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor.
    The measure will be named after Taylor, a 26-year-old unarmed black woman whose fatal shooting by three Louisville police officers has fueled national protests.
    Paul confirmed on Thursday that he is drafting the proposal, which he is calling the “Justice for Breonna Taylor Act.”
    “After talking with Breonna Taylor’s family, I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s long past time to get rid of noknock warrants,” he said.    “This bill will effectively end no-knock raids in the United States.”
    Under the bill, federal law enforcement officers would be required to provide notice of their authority and purpose before they could execute a warrant.
    The legislation also would require the same of any state or local law enforcement agency that receives funds from the U.S. Department of Justice.
    Paul, a Kentucky Republican, began crafting the bill after talking with activists and members of Taylor’s family earlier this week.
    During the meeting, Paul, a libertarian-leaning senator, spoke out against the use of no-knock search warrants and the militarization of police departments.    He said during that conversation that police officers sometimes follow bad policies.
    Tamika Palmer, Taylor’s mother, told The Courier Journal on Thursday she is grateful the senator took her family’s concerns seriously enough to file a measure in Congress.
    “I think it’s just the beginning, but I’m definitely satisfied,” she said.    “I definitely think it will help families after mine.”
    Taylor was shot eight times by plainclothes detectives March 13 while they were conducting a narcotics investigation.
    Court records show police obtained a no-knock warrant before using a battering ram to enter Taylor’s apartment around 1 a.m. Police say they announced their presence before entering, but neighbors and Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, who was in the apartment, dispute that.
    Walker fired once, striking one officer.    He later said he thought intruders were breaking in.
    The officers returned fire, killing Taylor.
    The warrant showed Taylor was not the main subject of the narcotics investigation, and no narcotics were found in her apartment.
    “No one should lose their life in pursuit of a crime without a victim, and ‘no-knock’ warrants should be forbidden,” Paul told The Courier Journal in May.    “Let’s hope the investigation provides justice.”
    Paul’s bill arrives as local leaders are looking to pass a similar prohibition on no-knock warrants in Louisville in the wake of Taylor’s fatal shooting.
    The Louisville Metro Council voted unanimously Thursday evening to ban the controversial police practice across the city.
    Mayor Greg Fischer, a Democrat who has come under intense pressure to fire the three officers who shot Taylor, had already suspended the practice.
    The mayor announced previously that no-knock warrants must now have the approval of the chief of police or a designee before being submitted to a judge.
    The U.S. Supreme Court has said judges may allow police to search without knocking when they have a reasonable suspicion that under the “particular circumstances” of the case, the targets could destroy evidence.
    But critics have argued no-knock warrants put officers and civilians in danger, especially given that many states have adopted so-called stand your ground laws.
    “This is definitely the time to turn the pressure up,” Louisville attorney Lonita Baker, who is representing the Taylor family, said in an interview Thursday.
    “People are paying attention and legislators are paying attention locally, state level and nationally.    We need to get all of the reform in while they’re listening.”
    Paul is known to be one of the fiercest defenders of Fourth Amendment rights in Congress.
    He expressed concern that local law enforcement is becoming too militarized during the 2013 protests in Ferguson, Missouri, over the shooting of a black teenager.
    Florida-based attorney Benjamin Crump, who is also representing Taylor’s family, is a nationally recognized lawyer who has been involved in some of the highest profile cases of police shootings of African Americans.
    He said Taylor’s mother and other advocates who have continued to protest and petition on behalf of the family should be given credit for persuading Paul.
    “We’re trying to get justice for Breonna but also to try to change the culture and behavior of police with these dangerous and unconstitutional no-knock warrants,” Crump said.
    Paul’s move comes about a week after he faced deafening criticism for blocking a historic anti-lynching bill sponsored by a bipartisan group of black lawmakers.    The senator argued he was looking to strengthen the bill.
    “There’s not many things Rand Paul and I agree on, but where we can find common ground to try to make this a more perfect union, I think we should,” Crump said, “especially when it comes to policing right now, and the fact there appears to be two justice systems: one for black America and one for white America.”
    Reach Phillip M. Bailey at pbailey@ or 502-582-4475.    Follow him on Twitter at @phillipmbailey.
    “After talking with Breonna Taylor’s family, I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s long past time to get rid of no-knock warrants.    This bill will effectively end no-knock raids in the United States.” Rand Paul, U.S. senator, R-Ky.

6/12/2020 This is to let you know when I, Jim A. Cornwell was young in my 20’s
    This is what I learned when you vote for a President and the lesser of two evils is your goal, please understand that may not always be what you get.    George McGovern ran on the "Peace platform" to stop all the wars, and as you know Richard Nixon a war monger dropped more bombs than any President in our history.    The point here is that McGovern went back to South Dakota as governor and his constituents wanted him to solve the problem of the Indians trying to form their own country in the United States.    So, the peace person sent Federal troops in to slaughter the renegade Indians.    Some of us even took some days off to go to South Dakota to deal with legal issues for the Indians after the Wounded Knee slaughter.
    Now in the year 2020 I am seeing a radical Anarchist group trying to form their own government in the city of Seattle, Washington, which is the same thing that the Indians tried to do in South Dakota in 1970’s.    So, Trump has no option if the governor of Washington State wants troops to go to Seattle and prevent the anarchist from doing that, because no one is allowed to created their own country within the borders of the United States of America.
    The Globalist most likely wants those who choose Anarchist since the overthrow of Presidnet Trump has been their goal since before or has been in office and we should know who is grooming the Obama Vice President Joe Biden and most likely Susan Rice as his VP and the present situation ocurring is nothing more than their way of cause or hopefully to change the voting futures.
Insurrection Act of 1807
    The Insurrection Act of 1807 is a United States federal law that empowers the President of the United States to deploy U.S. military and federalized National Guard troops within the United States in particular circumstances, such as to suppress civil disorder, insurrection and rebellion.
    This will happen if the Seattle politicians do not follow our Constitution.
    I would rather support the American Indian Movement that a bunch of crazy Anarchist, ANTIFA, and Black Lives Matter revolution groups and I think your average human would also.
JANUARY-FEBRUARY 1974, Volume Three, Number Four - Page 5 – Article “Support The American Indian Movement”

6/12/2020 Rep. McCarthy calls for bipartisan conversation on police reform by OAN Newsroom
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    The top ranking Republican in the House of Representatives has called for lawmakers to put aside politics and launch a bipartisan conversation on police reform.
    During his weekly briefing to the House, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) vowed to work towards finding solutions to the issues brought to the fore by the death of George Floyd and the protests it has sparked across the nation.
    “Here’s a commitment I make to the Floyd family, and to any family that had lost ones senselessly in this part of violence for the last few weeks: Your families deserve justice and we will not stop until we get to a solution that gets America on a path to a more united and peaceful future,” he stated.
    He also chided Democrat Party leadership over their seeming unwillingness to include Republican voices in discussions over the legislation addressing these questions.    He claimed House Democrats elbowed out their GOP counterparts and have chosen to focus on advancing their own agenda.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks during a news conference on
Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    This followed Monday’s unveiling of a Democrat proposal for sweeping structural reforms to America’s criminal justice system. The proposal has yet to find any Republican sponsors and was reportedly drafted without input from the GOP.
    “Despite there being common ground, Speaker Pelosi once again politicized what could have been a moment to lead and show the country we are capable of putting our differences aside when the stakes are this high,” explained McCarthy.    “But Democrat leadership has kept Republicans shut out of those discussions and, in turn, left millions of Americans voices out of this important conversation.”
    However, McCarthy hasn’t ruled out collaborating with Democrats.    His recent comments have been interpreted by some analysts as an attempt to extend an invitation to leaders across the aisle.
    At one point in his speech, he refused to pinpoint specific policies from the Democrat package he disagreed with.    He instead called for putting aside political divides and working together to draft legislation able to withstand scrutiny in both chambers of Congress.
    “What I’d like to do is work to where we agree upon, I think America deserves that,” he said.    “Let’s put all ideas upfront and let’s work together to produce law, not politics.”
President Donald Trump listens as Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., speaks during a meeting on opportunity zones in
the Cabinet Room of the White House, Monday, May 18, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    Meanwhile, Senate Republicans have been working on their own legislative package for criminal justice reform to serve as a counterpart to the one put forward by House Democrats.    The committee in charge of drafting that package is headed by Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), who is one of three currently serving black senators.
    Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has characterized this move as a decision to put black lawmakers at the forefront of police reform efforts.    McCarthy echoed this sentiment and highlighted his desire to work closely with the Congressional Black Caucus in the drafting of criminal justice reform proposals.
    He added he is optimistic about lawmakers’ ability to come together and arrive at a truly bipartisan solution, should they choose to include all voices in the conversation.
    “I think there’s a place we can work together,” said McCarthy.    “I’m hopeful when we get to a markup, we could be in a place that it’s not one bill or nothing, it’s the ideas of all.”

6/12/2020 Boston declares racism a public health crisis by OAN Newsroom
Mayor Walsh delivers remarks on COVID-19 in the City of Boston, and his plan to address the impact racism
has on residents’ health and well-being on Friday, June 12, 2020 (Photo via
    Boston officials have declared racism a public health emergency.    Mayor Marty Walsh made the announcement on Friday, when he proposed to reallocate funds from the Boston Police Department’s budget to community programs.
    He intends on taking 20% of the department’s overtime budget and putting it towards services for the city’s youth, homeless and residents struggling from inequality.
    According to the mayor, the city of Boston will also help fund these programs.
    “The health impacts of historic and systemic racism are clear in our COVID-19 case numbers, and the impacts go far beyond the current crisis,” said Walsh.    “So, we’ll be backing this declaration with an initial investment of $3 million.”
    He stressed this is the beginning of Boston’s campaign to assist the community and hopes to reform the police department.

6/12/2020 Calif. lawmakers push for pro-affirmative action legislation by OAN Newsroom
Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, D-San Diego, calls on members of the Assembly to approve her measure to place a
constitutional amendment on the ballot to let voters decide if the state should overturn its ban on affirmative
action programs, at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, June 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
    The California State Assembly has voted in favor of restoring affirmative action in the state.    ACA 5 was passed this week, making it possible for Californians to overturn Proposition 209 in the November election, which has banned affirmative action for nearly 25 years.
    The bill was authored by California Legislative Black Caucus Chair Dr. Shirley Weber.    She and her colleagues argued this legislation is especially important amid the rising protests against racial injustice.
    “The ongoing pandemic, as well as recent tragedies of police violence, is forcing Californians to acknowledge the deep-seated inequality and far-reaching institutional failures that show that your race and gender still matters,” stated Dr. Weber.
    The bill will now move to the state Senate for consideration.
    If it is passed and signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom, efforts to assess who should be awarded reparations would begin by June 2021.

6/12/2020 Vice President Mike Pence holds dialogue with faith, minority leaders by OAN Newsroom
Vice President Mike Pence speaks during a discussion at the Covenant Church of Pittsburgh
in Wilkinsburg, Pa,. Friday, June 12, 2020. AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
    On Friday, Vice President Mike Pence held a listening session with leaders in the black community.    While speaking at the Covenant Church in Pittsburgh, Pence said he was inspired by the testimonies given.
    He also said he’s encouraged by the progress made in America, but is now challenged to build on it.
    The vice president agreed that racism is not a skin issue, it’s a sin issue.
    “The church has always played a central role in our march toward a more perfect union,” stated Pence.
    “You cannot understand the abolition of slavery without understanding the moral voice of the church in the generations that preceded that great conflict.”
    The vice president was accompanied by Scott Turner, who has been tapped as the Executive Director of the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council.

6/12/2020 Gov. Cuomo threatens to withhold municipal funds unless action is taken to reform police departments by OAN Newsroom
In this photo made from video provided by the office of New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Gov. Cuomo, signs into
law, Friday, June 12, 2020, in New York, a sweeping package of police accountability measures that received new backing
following protests of George Floyd’s killing. (Office of New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo via AP)
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has threatened legislative action in hopes of forcing local governments to take action to reform their police departments.    On Friday, Cuomo announced he would sign an executive order mandating municipalities “reinvent and modernize” their departments by the end of April 2021.
    Failure to do so would make these local governments ineligible for state funding.    Around 500 police departments will likely be affected.
    According to the governor, linking funds to “systemic reform” is the only way to achieve dramatic results.
    “There is no trust, there is a breach of the trust, and that has to be restored and repaired,” he stated.    “The only way to do it is to get in a room, get to the table, let everyone say their piece and figure it out community by community, all across this state.”
    Cuomo also signed a bill earlier in the day, which repealed a decades-old law shielding a police officer’s disciplinary record from the public.

6/12/2020 CDC: Large gatherings are high risk, more guidelines to come if cases sharply increase by OAN Newsroom
Persons observe social distancing as they wait in line at a walk up COVID-19 test site in front of
American Airlines Center in Dallas, Thursday, June 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned it may have to reissue strict social distancing measures if there’s a spike in coronavirus cases.
    After releasing new COVID guidelines on Friday, health officials said people should continue to take precautions when participating in large gatherings, since the pandemic is not over.
    Their warnings came after people across the U.S. began participating in protests following the death of George Floyd.    CDC data has shown COVID-19 has a higher chance of spreading in groups where many people are close together and interacting for an extended period of time.
Protesters march up Fiffth Avenue as part of a solidarity rally calling for justice over the death of George Floyd,
and to highlight police brutality nationwide, Friday, June 12, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
    According to officials, citizens should continue to social distance and wear face masks as much as possible in order to avoid more restrictions.
    “If cases begin to go up again, …it’s important to recognize that more mitigation efforts, such as what were implemented back in March, may be needed again,” stated CDC spokesman Jay C. Butler.
[The above article does not mention a death total and the image below is an example of how the FAKE NEWS tries to influence you by showing you where COVID-19 Cases increase, which nothing but who has been tested, but noticed that they fail to tell you how many deaths occurred in those states which is a very low figure as you can see that in the above article.    DON’T BE FOOLED BY DEMOCRAT FALSE INFORMATION AS THEY ARE ATTACKING TRUMP AND HIS RALLIES AND IF YOU DO HAVE MORE ISSUES IT WILL BE MOST LIKELY THOSE WHO WERE INVOLVED IN THE DEMONSTRATIONS AROUND THE COUNTRY].

6/12/2020 Fla. police union chief resigns after trying to recruit officers recently charged with misconduct by OAN Newsroom
Photo of Lieutenant Bert Gamin via Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.
    The head of a Florida police organization has stepped down after trying to hire officers who were recently charged with misconduct.
    According to Brevard County Sheriff officials, Lieutenant Bert Gamin resigned after being informed he would be fired.    This came after an internal investigation of recent social media posts.
    Gamin took to Facebook, where he attempted to recruit the Buffalo and Atlanta officers who were facing accusations of assaulting protesters.
    “Earlier this week, Lieutenant Gamin, a 26-year veteran of our agency, did something on Facebook that was extremely distasteful and insensitive to our community,” stated Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey.    “(It was) also quite embarrassing to our agency and other local law enforcement agencies."
    Officials claimed a major part of their decision to fire Gamin factored in a review of his personnel files.    They said they found a report of comments he made 15 years ago to a subordinate, which had “alleged racial overtones.”

6/12/2020 CDC turns down request from American Indian tribes for coronavirus data by OAN Newsroom
The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. (David Goldman / Associated Press)
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have allegedly been withholding essential coronavirus information from American Indian tribes.    According to reports, sovereign tribal communities have been denied requests for information showing how the coronavirus is spreading.
    Several states have been granted easy access to virus data, which has aided them in tracking the spread of the virus, addressing hot spots and conducting contact tracing.
    On Thursday, a House Appropriations subcommittee stated that COVID-19 information has not been properly recorded when it comes to tribal nations.    The group also addressed the steps they are taking to correct the discrepancy.
    “HHS did announce new guidance last week for laboratories and other testing sites across the nation, not just for IHS tribal, but for any site that must report age, race, ethnicity, sex, patient zip code and type of test.    We do think this data will also help us in better understanding the broader effects for American Indians and Alaska natives.” – Dr. Michael Toedt, Chief Medical Officer, Indian Health Service
    Native Americans have a greater risk of contracting the illness and suffering more serious symptoms due to underlying health issues.

6/12/2020 National Security Adviser: Adversaries taking advantage of U.S. unrest by OAN Newsroom
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a joint briefing, Thursday, June 11, 2020 at the State Department in Washington,
on an executive order signed by President Donald Trump aimed at the International Criminal Court, as from left, Attorney General
William Barr, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and National Secretary Advisor Robert O’Brien look on. (Yuri Gripas/Pool via AP)
    National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien has warned that opponents of the U.S. are taking advantage of the recent domestic unrest.     According to reports, O’Brien told staffers of the National Security Council adversaries are seeking to “gain an edge” on the free world.
    This came amid recent riots and the ongoing pandemic, which have been threatening U.S. stability for months now.    Although the security adviser did not specify which nations sought to do the country harm, he has named China and Iran in recent media appearances.
    However, O’Brien has also expressed confidence these adversaries will fail in their efforts.
    “There will be a response and it’ll be proportional,” he said. “This is not something that our adversaries are going to get away with for free.”
    He thanked the NSC staff for their “steadfastness in implementing the president’s peace through strength policies,” which he believes will be key to defeating agitators.
    O’Brien’s remarks came after the Department of Homeland security released a bulletin Thursday night, which stated mainland China, Russia and Iran are trying to sow discord in America.    The agency claimed these countries are working to magnify criticism of the U.S. over the death of George Floyd, both openly and through the spread of misinformation online.
    According to the intel bulletin, these countries are trying to discredit America over its handling of the protests in a bid to undermine its moral leadership worldwide.

6/12/2020 Antifa-like group reportedly funded by George Soros and Tom Steyer by OAN Newsroom
FILE- In this May 29, 2018, file photo George Soros is pictured. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)
    Investigative organization Project Veritas uncovered financial ties between an Antifa-like group and billionaires George Soros and Tom Steyer.
    Project Veritas released footage of a left-wing group called Refuse Fascism on Thursday, exposing their violent tactics and agenda to impeach President Trump.
    The left-wing group reportedly received a grant from Soros, who is the center of multiple conspiracy theories about the recent nationwide protests.
    The leftist organization also revealed in the video that they have been in contact with former Democrat presidential candidate Steyer’s staff.    However, one of the group’s organizers said Steyer likely doesn’t want his name to be connected with the group due to his own political ambitions.
    In the undercover video, Refuse Fascism leader Tee Stern revealed Soros’s role in the organization’s pro-choice efforts.
    You can watch the full video released by Project Veritas here: RefuseFa uses ANTIFA-like tactics, Organizer Claims they Secured Money from Soros, Met with Steyer

6/12/2020 Sen. Young touts ‘Endless Frontier Act’ as key in competition with China by OAN Newsroom
Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) walks past reporters following a Republican luncheon on
Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) is urging the Senate to bolster America’s ability to outcompete China in the 21st Century and retain its position as the world’s leading nation.
    While speaking on the Senate floor Thursday, the Republican lawmaker from Indiana called on his colleagues to pass the ‘Endless Frontier Act,’ which is a bipartisan bill co-sponsored by both Young and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.
    In doing so, he hearkened back to America’s long-standing tradition of fostering scientific and technological innovation, which is a tradition he claims is a key component in the nation’s drive to promote its values of freedom and prosperity around the globe.
    “Americans see the heavens and don’t simply wonder what they hold…we see loved ones grow sick and we don’t just resign ourselves to the prognosis, we create cures,” said Young.    “We are driven by a deep need to lift one another, to discover breakthroughs that will lead to the betterment of all mankind.”
    Yet the 21st Century, the senator argued, confronted Americans with new unprecedented challenges that have threatened its position in the world system and its ability to lead.    Chief among them, he stated, is the rising threat posed by China’s rise to prominence on the world stage.
    “A new power competition is underway and America’s predominant challenger is an unscrupulous authoritarian regime whose values are the inverse of our own,” he stated.
    The ‘Endless Frontier Act’ is primarily a response to this challenge, Young asserted, and would provide the tools to buttress American efforts at outcompeting China in the fields of science and technology.    The bill would provide a $100 billion strategic investment to the National Science Foundation (NSF) to increase investment in pre-market technological research.
    It would also apportion an additional $10 billion for the establishment of tech hubs across the country, which Young said will lead to a resurgence in American manufacturing and increased job creation. He claimed these measures are key in allowing America to remain at the world’s head and preserve democratic values likely to flounder in a world led by China.
    “China longs to become the world’s leader, but lacks the attachment to human rights and dignity required of those who seek to fill that role,” he stated.    “What becomes of liberty in a world led by such a power?
    The bill would also restructure the way research is funded by the NSF rather than giving free rein to scientists to pick their own research goals.    It would direct funding to specific key technologies such as quantum computing and artificial intelligence, with specific goals for global market impact.
    This more zeroed-in approach has been praised by several industry leaders and research institutions. In doing so, Young asserted it would be vastly beneficial not just to America, but to the rest of the world. “Let us pass this act,” he urged.    “If we do, another “Endless Frontier” will be before us, and with it a stronger, freer, more prosperous nation and a world in which free men and women author this new century.”

6/12/2020 President Trump: Radical left trying to take away guns and police by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks during a roundtable discussion about “Transition to Greatness: Restoring,
Rebuilding, and Renewing
,” at Gateway Church Dallas, Thursday, June 11, 2020, in Dallas.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    President Trump, once again, took aim at the radical left amid the ongoing unrest across the nation.    In a tweet Thursday evening, he called out congressional Democrats over their policies, specifically gun control legislation and now police reform.
    The president said Democrats have made the repeated attempt to remove Americans’ First Amendment rights and are now trying to take away law enforcement.
    President Trump reaffirmed those remarks by doubling down on Democrats who claim they do not want to defund the police.
    “They want to get rid of the police forces, actually want to get rid of it, and that’s what they do and that’s where they go,” he stated.    “And you know that because at the top position, there’s not going to be much leadership…there’s not much leadership left.”
    The president’s remarks followed repeated calls from House Democrats who are seeking to rollout police reform legislation.

6/12/2020 Coronavirus hitting the Americas hardest says World Health Organization by John Revill and Stephanie Nebehay
FILE PHOTO: Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a news conference on
the situation of the coronavirus (COVID-2019), in Geneva, Switzerland, February 28, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo
    ZURICH/GENEVA (Reuters) – The Americas are bearing the brunt of the global coronavirus pandemic at present, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday, with North and South America currently having four of the 10 worst hit countries in the world.
    The disease was “highly active” in Central and South America, the WHO’s top emergency expert Mike Ryan said, highlighting problems in Brazil and Mexico.
    The current situation in Brazil, now one of the global hot-spots for the virus, was of increasing concern especially in heavily-populated cities, he told a press conference.
    The country’s health system was “still coping,” although some intensive care units were at a critical stage and under heavy pressure with more than 90% bed occupancy rates, Ryan said.
    Mexico meanwhile has nearly 130,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, and more than 15,000 deaths, the WHO said.
    Brazil is the second worst hit country in the world, with more than 800,000 cases and 41,000 deaths, according to a Reuters tally.
    Both countries lag behind the United States, the worst hit country, which has had more than 2 million cases and nearly 114,000 deaths
    “We are very much in the upswing of this pandemic, particularly in the global South,” Ryan said.    “Some countries are having trouble exiting of the so-called lockdowns as they are seeing an increase in cases.”
    It was possible the disease was spreading again as societies reopened and people began meeting again, especially when there was inadequate testing and social distancing was insufficient.
    Still, he acknowledged the pressures on countries to get back to normal especially to reduce the economic damage the crisis has wrought.”    There is a careful balance between keeping people at home… and the untoward effect of that on economic and society.    That is not an easy balance. There are no correct answers,” Ryan said.
    Ryan said that although some countries appeared to be over the worst of the virus, clusters of the disease were still occurring.
    WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Gheybreyesus said that vigilance was required worldwide against the “very dangerous virus” even in regions where it appeared to be on the wane.
    “Our fear is although it is declining in Europe it is increasing in other parts of the world.    Even Europe cannot be safe because the virus can be reintroduced to Europe,” he said.
    Tedros was also firm on the need for any vaccines had to be shared fairly between countries, amid concerns some could hoard any drugs they develop.
    Vaccines should be made available as a global public good, to ensure everyone had fair access to any life-saving products that are developed, Tedros said.
(Reporting by John Revill and Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Toby Chopra)

6/12/2020 France calls on U.S. to withdraw measures targeting ICC
FILE PHOTO: French Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian leaves the Elysee Presidential Palace
after a weekly cabinet meeting, in Paris, France May 27, 2020 as France eases lockdown measures taken
to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease COVID-19. Ludovic Marin/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo
    PARIS (Reuters) – France said on Friday that a U.S. decision to impose sanctions against employees of the International Criminal Court is an attack on states party to the Rome Statute and called on the U.S. to withdraw those measures.
    French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said in a statement that the U.S. decision risks putting into question the independence of the justice system.
    President Donald Trump on Thursday authorized U.S. economic and travel sanctions against ICC employees involved in an investigation into whether American forces committed war crimes in Afghanistan.
(Reporting by John Irish; Editing by GV De Clercq and Chizu Nomiyama)

6/12/2020 U.N. regrets Trump move against ICC, says court must be protected
FILE PHOTO: The International Criminal Court building is seen in The Hague, Netherlands, January 16, 2019. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw
    GENEVA (Reuters) – The U.N. human rights office on Friday regretted the impact that U.S. sanctions authorised by President Donald Trump may have on trials and investigations under way at the International Criminal Court (ICC), saying its independence must be protected.
    Trump on Thursday authorized U.S. economic and travel sanctions against employees of the Hague-based tribunal involved in an investigation into whether American forces committed war crimes in Afghanistan.
    “The independence of the ICC and its ability to operate without interference must be guaranteed so that it can decide matters without any improper influence, inducement, pressures, threats or interference, direct or indirect, from any quarter or for any reasons,” U.N. human rights spokesman Rupert Colville told a U.N. briefing in Geneva.    “Victims of gross human rights violations and serious violations of international humanitarian law and their families have the right to redress and the truth.”
(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Catherine Evans)

6/12/2020 As Brazil’s COVID-19 deaths surge, WHO says hospital system coping
A man walks next to a graffiti depciting a cleaner wearing protective gear spraying viruses with the face of Brazil's President
Jair Bolsonaro amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 12, 2020. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes
    GENEVA/BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil’s COVID-19 death toll is on track to overtake Britain on Friday to become the second highest in the world with over 40,000 dead, but the World Health Organization said the nation’s health system was standing up to the pressure.
    “The system as such from the data we see is not overwhelmed,” the WHO’s top emergencies expert Dr. Mike Ryan said, with few areas of Brazil using more than 80% of their hospitals’ intensive care bed capacity.
    Brazil clearly has hotspots in heavily-populated cities, he said, but overall its health system is coping with the world’s second worst number of infections, 802,828 confirmed cases as of Thursday, second only to the United States.
    “The data we have at the moment supports (the vision of) a system under pressure but a system still coping with the number of severe cases,” Ryan said at a briefing in Geneva.
    Brazil’s Health Ministry has reported more than 1,200 deaths a day since Tuesday, a mounting toll as the country moves to ease quarantine restrictions and reopen businesses, a move called for by President Jair Bolsonaro.
    The right-wing leader has minimized the gravity of the novel coronavirus, dismissing it “a little flu,” and has accused state governments of exaggerating the number of infections and deaths to undermine him.
    On Thursday night, Bolsonaro encouraged his supporters to “find a way to get inside” hospitals to film whether the ICU beds are occupied or not, to provide images that the police and Brazil’s intelligence agency could investigate.
    Brazilian shoppers lined up for hours and crowded into malls that reopened on Thursday in the country’s two largest cities.    Shoppers continued to crowd malls on Friday, Brazil’s equivalent to Valentine’s Day.
    Inside stores in Sao Paulo and Rio, distancing rules were followed and shoppers were required to wear protective masks.    Temperatures were taken before people entered some malls.
    A poll by brokerage XP Investimentos released on Friday showed that 52% of Brazilians now favor easing quarantine restrictions, versus 44% against, even though 61% of those surveyed believe the worst is still to come.
    Last month, an XP Investimentos poll had found that 76% saw social distancing as the best way to avoid the spread of the virus and 57% thought quarantine measures should remain in place until the risk of infection subsided.
(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay in Geneva and Anthony Boadle in Brasilia; Editing by Daniel Wallis)

6/12/2020 Arms seized by U.S., missiles used to attack Saudi Arabia ‘of Iranian origin’: U.N. by Michelle Nichols
FILE PHOTO: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres attends a session of the Human Rights
Council at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, February 24, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Cruise missiles used in several attacks on oil facilities and an international airport in Saudi Arabia last year were of “Iranian origin,” U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the Security Council in a report seen by Reuters on Thursday.
    Guterres also said several items in U.S. seizures of weapons and related materiel in November 2019 and February 2020 were “of Iranian origin.”
    Some have design characteristics similar to those also produced by a commercial entity in Iran, or bear Farsi markings, Guterres said, and some were delivered to the country between February 2016 and April 2018.
    He said that “these items may have been transferred in a manner inconsistent” with a 2015 Security Council resolution that enshrines Tehran’s deal with world powers to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons.
    Iran’s mission to the United Nations said there were “serious flaws, inaccuracies and discrepancies” in the report.
    “Iran categorically rejects the observations contained in the Report concerning the Iranian connection to the export of weapons or their components that are used in attacks on Saudi Arabia and the Iranian origin of alleged U.S. seizures of armaments,” the mission in New York said in a statement.
    Washington is pushing the 15-member council to extend an arms embargo on Iran that is due to expire in October under the nuclear deal.    Council veto-powers Russia and China have already signaled their opposition to the move.
    Guterres reports twice a year to the Security Council on the implementation of an arms embargo on Iran and other restrictions that remained in place after the deal.
    The U.N. chief said the United Nations examined debris of weapons used in attacks on a Saudi oil facility in Afif in May, on the Abha international airport in June and August and on the Saudi Aramco oil facilities in Khurais and Abqaiq in September.
    “The Secretariat assesses that the cruise missiles and/or parts thereof used in the four attacks are of Iranian origin,” Guterres wrote.    Guterres also said that drones used in the May and September attacks were “of Iranian origin.”
    He also said the United Nations had observed that some items in the two U.S. seizures “were identical or similar” to those found in the debris of the cruise missiles and the drones used in the 2019 attacks on Saudi Arabia.
    The Security Council is due to discuss Guterres’ report later this month.
    U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Kelly Craft has said she will circulate a draft resolution to extend the arms embargo on Iran soon.    If Washington is unsuccessful, it has threatened to trigger a return of all U.N. sanctions on Iran under the nuclear deal, even though it quit the accord in 2018.    Diplomats say Washington would likely face a tough, messy battle.
    Iran has breached parts of the nuclear deal in response to the U.S. withdrawal and Washington’s reimposition of sanctions.
I call upon all Member States to avoid provocative rhetoric and actions that may have a negative impact on regional stability,” Guterres wrote in the 14-page report.
(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; editing by Grant McCool and Jonathan Oatis)

6/13/2020 Oil up $0.25 to $36.41, DOW up 477 to 25,606.

6/13/2020 Report: Seattle police set to reclaim ‘CHAZ’ amid ongoing protests by OAN Newsroom
People walk past barricades on a street near Cal Anderson Park, Thursday, June 11, 2020, inside what
is being called the “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone” in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
    Authorities in Washington state are reportedly set to take a stand against thousands of armed protesters, who have turned six blocks of Seattle’s Capitol Hill into an “autonomous zone.”    On Friday, officials told reporters there are plans to take back “CHAZ,” an area formerly known as “12th and Pine.”
    A group of officers was reportedly allowed back to the area earlier this week to “assess” the East Precinct building, which sits at the very center of the unrest.
    This came shortly after President Trump threatened to take matters into his own hands.    In a tweet to local government officials, including Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, the president said “take back your city now.”

People walk past street art that reads “Welcome to CHAZ,” Thursday, June 11, 2020, inside what is
being called the “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone” in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
    Following the establishment of “CHAZ,” Seattle collapsed into anarchy. Chief of Police Carmen Best recently admitted officers have been unable to respond to reports of rapes and robbery in the so-called Capitol Hill “autonomous zone.”
    According to her, they’re getting calls about all kinds of “violent” acts.    With their East Precinct occupied by anarchist mobs, response times to emergency calls have more than tripled.
    The chief added many members of the newly annexed zone are members of “marginalized communities,” who must now wait longer for help to arrive if there’s a violent crime in progress.
    “I asked you to stand on that line, day in and day out.    To be pelted with projectiles, to be screamed at, threatened and in some cases hurt.    Then to have a change of course nearly two weeks in.    It seems like an insult to you and our community.    Ultimately, the city had other plans for the building.” – Carmen Best, Seattle Chief of Police
    There have also been reports of roaming bands of armed thugs, who are demanding extortion money from businesses in the area to remain in operation.    They’re calling it “protection money.”
People sit in front of the Seattle Police Dept. East Precinct building, which has been boarded up and abandoned except for a few officers inside,
Thursday, June 11, 2020, inside what is being called the “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone” in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
    As one of their first acts after annexing the new territory, the anarchists established a perimeter around the buildings and fortified it with barriers and armed guards.    Those guards have been carefully checking the identities of everyone entering and leaving the area.
    There have also been reports of “warlords” patrolling the zone and gangs of thugs enforcing the law by attacking anyone who doesn’t comply.
    Yet, Mayor Durkan has taken the side of these violent insurrectionists, suggesting they could usher in a new “summer of love” across the city.    Despite the area’s clearly visible armed guards, she claimed that no one was armed and dismissed the entire thing as more of a “block party.”
    “It’s more like a block party atmosphere, it’s not an armed takeover,” she said.    “There is no threat, right now, to the public.”
    She added these militants aren’t “terrorists” and called them “patriots” instead.
[My comment: What is wrong with the people in Seattle or even Washington State to elect stupidity and I am wondering if the COVID-19 has messed up their mental facilities if they think that it is okay in the U.S.A. and they better get ready for the National Guard who will soon show them that no one can create their own country so let the Insurrection Act take place to stop this insanity and you deserve what happens and even the Wounded Knee Indians would tell you that it is not a pleasant experience.]

6/13/2020 Atlanta police chief steps down after fatal officer involved shooting of Rayshard Brooks by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, file photo, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms speaks at a news conference in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
    Atlanta Mayor Keisha Bottoms has spoken out following Friday night’s fatal officer involved shooting, which resulted in the death of Rayshard Brooks.
    On Saturday, Bottoms condemned surveillance footage of the officer’s use of force during the incident.    She called for the officer involved to be fired from their role.
    “While there may be debate as to whether this was an appropriate use of deadly force, I firmly believe that there is a clear distinction between what you can do and what you should do,” she said.    “I do not believe that this was a justified use of deadly force and have called for the immediate termination of the officer.”
    Bottoms confirmed a second officer involved in the shooting is now on administrative duty.
    Authorities claimed Brooks struggled with officers after he failed a field sobriety test, grabbed the officer’s Taser and reportedly attempted to run away.
    A police officer shot Brooks as he attempted to avoid arrest, a move many believe was a use of excessive force.    Critics argued he could have been apprehended in a non-lethal way instead.

FILE – In this Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, file photo, Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields attends a news conference in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
    The incident came amid nationwide unrest following the death of George Floyd, which sparked large protests against police brutality and racism this month.
    Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields stepped down from her position following Brooks’ death.    Deputy Chief Bryant will serve as interim police chief for the time being.
    “It is time for the city to move forward and build trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve,” she said.

6/13/2020 President Trump addresses West Point graduating class by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump pauses while speaking to over 1,110 cadets in the Class of 2020 at a commencement ceremony on the
parade field, at the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., Saturday, June 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    The president addressed the 2020 graduating class of West Point Military Academy on Saturday.    He said these cadets will go on to be respected across the world.
    During his commencement speech to the 1,107 cadets in New York, President Trump highlighted the distinguished alumni the graduation class was about to join.
    He thanked the cadets for choosing to devote their lives to the defense of America and expressed his gratitude towards those currently serving, especially those in our National Guard.
    “I also want to thank the men and women of our National Guard, who respond with precision to so many recent challenges, from hurricanes and natural disasters to ensuring peace, safety, and the constitutional rule of law on our streets,” stated the president.
    Additionally, President Trump used his power as commander in chief to waive any lingering academic restrictions that would have prevented any of the cadets from graduating.
    He concluded by saying America will always prevail and that nothing will stop the West Point Class of 2020.
[President Trump is a remarkable speaker and can detail the results of our military history as a speaker better than any president in our history, and many do not know that he has studied our history, which I why he is so knowledgeable about how this country was formed and what it should be doing    And it is obvious that many of the people elected into Congress and Senate, who apparently do not know the history and why the United States was formed and why and that is why Trump ran for president to bring us back to what this country was founded on and that is why he has been successful in all the actions he has taken.    As you have seen his abusers have failed at all their attempts to derail him and the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob has also blessed him in his way to do his bidding and also has kept Christianity in this country even with all the antichristian forces that have attacked him worldwide.    The U.S.A. is the TWO EAGLE WINGS and Israel is the WOMAN mentioned in Revelation 12, who has been taken to a safe place for a time as Trump knows what the Bible says also and the BEAST (a Globalist World Government) will continue to attack him as the Bible states.]

6/13/2020 300K people register for Trump 2020 campaign rally in Okla. by OAN Newsroom

President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the CenturyLink Center, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, in Bossier City, La. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
    President Trump has been eager to get back on the campaign trail, and it appears his supporters are just as thrilled to see his MAGA rallies return.
    In a tweet Friday, the president’s campaign manager announced more than 300,000 people had registered for tickets to attend his upcoming rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
    This will be the president’s first rally since the pandemic began.
    According to reports, he wants a “crowd-like” setting.    He will not force anyone to wear face coverings or practice social distancing.
Supporters cheer as President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a campaign rally in Hershey, Pa., Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
    The president recently changed the date of his first rally out of respect for his black supporters. On Twitter, President Trump confirmed the new date for the rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma will be June 20th.
    The rally was previously scheduled for June 19th, otherwise known as Juneteenth, a holiday marking the day enslaved people in Texas learned they had been freed.
    The president stated he changed the date in observance of the important occasion it represents. He went to say he looks forward to seeing everyone in Oklahoma.

6/13/2020 WHO concerned about second wave of coronavirus
FILE – In this Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020 file photo, Dr. Gauden Galea, the World Health Organization representative
in China, speaks during an interview at the WHO offices in Beijing. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
    The World Health Organization has warned governments about a second wave of coronavirus cases hitting countries around the world.    According to officials, some countries are struggling to reopen due to an increase in coronavirus cases.
    As of Saturday, more than 7 million people have been infected with COVID-19 globally.    The pandemic has devastated economies and global markets around the world.
    Officials are concerned many countries are not preparing to face a second wave, due to a lack of proper resources and funding.
    “The current uptick in cases in some countries can be represented as a second wave or a second peak,” stated WHO official Michael Ryan.    “In other words, the disease has not reached a very low level, maintained the low level, and then come back some time later in the year.”
    He added the reopening of borders, the lack of available tests and the number of people breaking social distancing guidelines have played a role in the increase of active cases.

6/13/2020 Pence: Admin. working with law enforcement, community leaders to ensure effective police reform by OAN Newsroom
Vice President Mike Pence, right, listens as Scott Turner, center left, speaks next to the Rev. James Nelson, left, and Pastor Ross Owens, center,
during a discussion at the Covenant Church of Pittsburgh in Wilkinsburg, Pa., Friday, June 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
    Vice President Mike Pence has said the administration is determined to ensure effective police reform.    On Friday, Pence announced he and the president have been working with law enforcement officials, as well as community leaders, to find the right balance.
    According to the vice president, the goal is to improve public safety, enforce stronger standards for use of force and provide more training resources for police departments across the country.
    He also took a moment to stress that the White House is not in support of defunding the police.
    “The reality is that 99% of the incredible men and women that put on the uniform of law enforcement every day are the very best of us.    We’re going to listen to them.    We’re going to determine the best way that we can better equip them with additional resources for training and other forms of guidance.” – Mike Pence, Vice President of the United States
    President Trump has been finalizing an executive order in the meantime, which will encourage law enforcement to update use of force standards, including tactics to deescalate situations.

6/13/2020 Minneapolis City Council unanimously votes to begin process to establish community-based policing by OAN Newsroom
Medaria Arradondo, chief of the Minneapolis Police Department, speaks Wednesday, June 10, 2020, in Minneapolis. (Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Star Tribune via AP)
    Minneapolis City Council members began reforming their public safety institutions after they passed a resolution to move towards community-based policing this week.    On Friday, the council voted unanimously to start a year-long process to transform their policing bodies.
    This came after nine members called to defund the police department over the weekend in favor of a public safety approach.
    “If the container says ‘police,’ we can only put police in it.    If the container says ‘public safety,’ it gives us a lot of wiggle room.    In the meantime, while we’re still drafting this new form of emergency response, police can still occupy that space.” – Jeremiah Ellison, Minneapolis City Council member
    The resolution created the “Future of Community Safety Work Group,” which has been tasked with carrying out the assessment.
    They are expected to release their first report by late July.    In the meantime, council members are discussing if they should let residents vote on repealing the law in November.

6/13/2020 ICC criticizes President Trump’s decision to authorize sanctions against employees by OAN Newsroom
FILE- In this Nov. 7, 2019 file photo, the International Criminal Court, or ICC, is seen in The Hague, Netherlands. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)
    The International Criminal Court has criticized President Trump’s decision to approve sanctions against its employees.    On Friday, a spokesperson for the court said the organization profoundly regrets the president’s move and accused the U.S. of trying to prevent members from doing their jobs.
    They also claimed accusations of corruption recently raised by Attorney General William Barr are unsubstantiated.
    According to the official, the ICC has prior experience carrying out investigations in nations it is not welcome in.
    “For the ICC, we have the experience of conducting investigations even when we are not allowed inside a specific country, whether for political reasons, security reasons or other reasons,” stated Fadi El Abdallah.    “There has been, in the past, investigations that have been conducted and we have obtained the results, even without having the possibility to go physically to a certain place.”
    Under the president’s action, ICC employees have been barred from entering the U.S. and their financial assets have also been blocked.
[Trump told them where to stick their jobs.].

6/14/2020 Israel approves funding for new ‘Trump Heights’ settlement by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this June 16, 2019, file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, his wife Sara,
United States Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, left, and his wife Tammy pose during the
inauguration of a new settlement named after President Donald Trump in the Golan Heights. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, File)
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has confirmed plans to construct a new settlement in the Golan Heights named after President Trump.    The funding for “Trump Heights” was approved on Sunday, which will allocate $2.3 million towards the settlement.
    This big move expressed gratitude for President Trump’s decision to steer clear from prior foreign policies that actively worked against the state of Israel.
    “Today, we will begin practical steps to construct the settlement ‘Trump Heights’ in the Golan Heights, which Israel’s sovereignty over it was recognized by President Trump,” stated the prime minister.

    Netanyahu also praised both the president and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for authorizing sanctions against anyone involved in an International Criminal Court investigation of Americans or U.S. allies.
[This ICC is another Globalist entity who is hassling the U.S. and Israel because they are not following their program for world government takeover and trying to stop any nationalism or sovereignty and the U.S. is the "Two Wings Of The Eagle" helping the "Woman with the 12 stars and have the protections of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and Jesus Christ who will return soon as this as we are at beginning of the end of the time, and times, and half a time 1948-2020 and soon to start the second half of the time, and times, and half a time 2021 to unknown.
Revelation 12:1 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:
Revelation 12:14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.
Revelation 12:17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.].

6/14/2020 Protests, chaos continues to grip Atlanta in wake of Rayshard Brooks’ death by OAN Newsroom
This undated photo provided by the Atlanta Police Department shows former Officer
Garrett Rolfe and Officer Devin Brosnan. (Atlanta Police Department via AP)
    Atlanta, Georgia was up in arms Sunday morning following the fatal shooting of a black man at the hands of a police officer.    The Atlanta Police Department confirmed Garrett Rolfe, the officer at the center of the incident, has been fired, while the second officer involved, Devin Brosnan, has been put on administrative leave.
    The news came after Rolfe shot 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks Friday night in a Wendy’s restaurant parking lot.
    Two officers were called to the parking lot, where it appeared Brooks was asleep behind the wheel and blocking traffic in the drive-thru.    Surveillance and body cam footage showed Rolfe speaking with Brooks before performing a sobriety test.
    A struggle between Brooks and the officers ensued when they attempted to place him in cuffs for allegedly being over the legal limit.    According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Brooks grabbed a Taser from one of the officers before attempting to run away.
    “At that point, the Atlanta officer reaches down, retrieves his weapon from his holster, discharges it, strikes Mr. Brooks there on the parking lot and he goes down.    That information has been corroborated by a witness that we have interviewed, that’s information we have at this point.    I will tell you again that that’s what it appears, looking at the Wendy’s surveillance video, to the naked eye.” – Vic Reynolds, Director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation

“RIP Rayshard” is spray painted on a sign as as flames engulf a Wendy’s restaurant
during protests Saturday, June 13, 2020, in Atlanta.(AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
    The city’s mayor and a lawyer for the Brooks family claimed there was no justification for the use of deadly force in this case.
    “In Georgia, a Taser is not a deadly weapon.    That’s the law, that’s what the cops are trained to do.    It’s not a deadly weapon.    I’ve had cases where officers have used Tasers on victims and they argue with us in court that Tasers aren’t deadly, that Tasers aren’t harmful.    That’s the case law here, that Tasers are not deadly weapons.    So before we even hear from their lawyers, who are going to say the same old thing they always say, you cannot have it both ways.    You can’t say he ran off with a weapon that could kill somebody when you say it’s not deadly.” – Chris Stewart, attorney for the family of Rayshard Brooks
    Violence and unrest over Brooks’ death has since erupted across the city. Protesters have blocked an interstate and set fire to the Wendy’s where the shooting took place.
    An investigation into the incident is underway and the information gathered will be passed on to the Fulton County District Attorney’s office for review.

6/14/2020 Sen. Tim Scott: Chokeholds ‘a policy whose time has come and gone’ by OAN Newsroom
Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., speaks during a Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship hearing to examine implementation
of Title I of the CARES Act, Wednesday, June 10, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Al Drago/Pool via AP)
    According to GOP Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), the chokehold is a policy whose time has “come and gone.”    On Sunday, he confirmed Congress and the president are looking to end the practice through different measures.
    During an interview, Scott was asked if there should be a federal standard on when use of force is required and when it isn’t.
    The lawmaker has said he’s unsure if a standard like that could even be codified in to law.    Instead, he proposed finding the best use of practical force around the country.
    “There are other aspects we can be more clear on, like the chokehold.    This is a policy whose time has come and gone.    We try to tackle that on the local level, the House policy tackles that on the state level and I think the president’s looking at a national perspective on that from this executive order.” – Tim Scott, U.S. Senator
    He reiterated the need to discern what it looks like to have effective policies that lead to better outcomes in those “intense split-second decisions.”

6/14/2020 House Majority Whip Clyburn: Nobody is going to defund the police by OAN Newsroom
House Majority Whip James Clyburn of S.C., speaks during a news conference on
Capitol Hill Thursday, April 30, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
    A top House Democrat has voiced his opposition to the idea of “defunding the police” amid calls from some members of his caucus to do so. During a recent interview, Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) said “nobody is going to defund the police” and explained lawmakers are seeking to “restructure” law enforcement instead.
    Congressional Democrats introduced police reform legislation last week, which notably did not include a reduction of law enforcement funding.
    Rep. Clyburn believes police have a role to play in reform efforts.     “The fact of the matter is that police have a role to play,” he said.    “What we’ve got to do is make sure that their role is one that meets the times, one that responds to these communities that they operate in.”
    The lawmaker expressed he was “incensed” by the death of Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta and has claimed the incident did not call for lethal force.

6/14/2020 Ben Carson calls for unity amid push to remove Confederate statues
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson testifies before a Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee
hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 9, 2020. (Astrid Riecken/The Washington Post via AP, Pool)
    Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson has spoken out on the president’s decision not to rename Army bases named after Confederate figures.    On Sunday, Carson said the president has every right to express his opinion, as long as he is listening to the opinions of others.
    Last week, President Trump warned against renaming the bases and emphasized that those who deny their history are doomed to repeat it.
    This came after Black Lives Matter protesters set out on a mission to remove and deface monuments of historical figures with any ties to slavery or segregation.
The statues on the Confederate monument are covered in graffiti and beheaded after a protest
in Portsmouth, Va., Wednesday, June 10, 2020. (Kristen Zeis/The Virginian-Pilot via AP)
    Meanwhile, Carson has called for unity among Americans.
    “The United States of America is a destination, a place where other people want to come to, not a place where they want to leave.    There’s a reason for that.    We’re the only ones who can destroy ourselves and we have to stop putting everything in the arena of combat.    Let’s see if we can find a way to work together, because if we don’t, we’re doomed.” – Ben Carson, U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary
    He also spoke on the president’s decision to move the original date for his upcoming rally.    He said he was impressed by President Trump’s understanding and knowledge of the Juneteenth holiday’s significance.

6/14/2020 Kudlow on virus aid: ‘We’re paying people not to work’ by OAN Newsroom
White House chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow talks with reporters outside
the White House, Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
    According to White House Economic Adviser Larry Kudlow, more stimulus aid would drop American incentive to return to work.
    Kudlow made the remarks during an interview on Saturday.    He stated unemployment benefits will continue, but suggested coronavirus relief aid will likely end in August.
    Business owners have shared concerns over getting employees to come back to work, citing the money they’re getting from the government compared to their normal salaries.
    “The $600 plus that’s above the state unemployment benefits they’ll continue to receive is, in effect, a disincentive,” stated Kudlow.    “I mean, we’re paying people not to work, it’s better than their salaries would get.”
    In the meantime, President Trump is considering a reform measure to provide a bonus for Americans returning to work.
    The economic adviser also dismissed ongoing Democrat attacks on President Trump’s push to reopen the American economy.    He has said the president is focusing on restoring U.S. business activity after weeks-long shutdowns.
    Kudlow emphasized the latest Democrat policy proposals are discouraging economic activity and making post-virus recovery harder.    He also stressed the U.S. economy will not shut down again, despite rumors of a second wave of COVID-19.

6/14/2020 Sen. Cory Booker says reexamining qualified immunity is ‘on the table’ by OAN Newsroom
Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., speaks during a Senate Judiciary Committee business meeting to
consider authorization for subpoenas relating to the Crossfire Hurricane investigation, and other matters
on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 11, 2020. (Erin Schaff/The New York Times via AP, Pool)
    Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) has acknowledged qualified immunity for law enforcement is “on the table” in negotiations for the Senate’s police reform bill.    Congress has been working to pass police reform legislation amid national unrest and protests over police brutality.
.     On Sunday, Booker said he believes no American is above the law, including police officers.    He added he’s confident conservative senators will work to change qualified immunity.
    Sen. Tim Scott believes the issue is a “poison pill.”
    “We are one body in the United States Senate, people of good heart and good spirit, regardless of what the president does.    He can veto a bill, but we should come forward in this moment in history, which will be judged.    We should put our best faith efforts forward to put a bill in place that will stop these unlawful killings of unarmed people that we’re seeing in our country.” – Cory Booker, U.S. Senator
    He reiterated multiple GOP senators have approached him expressing the need to reexamine qualified immunity.

6/14/2020 Ukraine Anti-Corruption Bureau seizes $6M bribe by OAN Newsroom
Ukraine’s Anti-Corruption Prosecutor Nazar Kholodnytsky, left, and National Anti-Corruption
Bureau chief Artem Sytnik at a pile of USD 6 million in plastic bags during a briefing in an anti-corruption
prosecutor’s office in Kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday, June 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
    Ukrainian officials recently revealed they were offered a $6 million bribe to end an investigation into the former minister of ecology and founder of a major energy company.
    Ukraine’s anti-corruption prosecutor held a news conference on Saturday, where the cash bribe on was put on display.    The criminal investigation was against the head of Burisma, who is suspected of using his position to enrich his gas company.
    According to officials, this is the largest cash bribe ever detained in the country.
    “The sum of the bribe was $6 million USD, of which $5 million was offered to the very person who had to close the criminal proceeding,” explained spokesman Nazar Kholodnytsky.    “$1 million was intended for the so-called ‘consultant services’ of the middleman.”
    Three people have been detained in connection to the bribe, including a high-ranking tax official.
    Officials have stated the investigation is not related to the allegations against Joe Biden’s son Hunter, who used to work for Burisma.
[5/21/2020 Reports: Biden-Ukraine corruption authorized by Obama by OAN Newsroom
    New reports claimed former President Barack Obama gave full authorization of Joe Biden’s shady dealings in Ukraine.    One America’s Kristian Rouz looks into the matter.

6/15/2020 In Seattle’s CHAZ, fear of losing traction - Reforms may be elusive in mostly white city by Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY
    SEATTLE – Tracy Stewart stands on a street corner in the newly claimed Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone and shakes her head.
    Young white people wander what’s become known as CHAZ, White Claw seltzers in hand as a tuba player lofts a jaunty tune into the evening air.    A woman draws chalk art on the street as dozens of others wait patiently in line to buy hot dogs, ignoring the free food piled across the street at the “No Cop Co-Op” tent.    A red-haired woman roller-skates in turquoise boots, and couples wander the six-block area with $16 craft Negronis.    A Pilates instructor poses for photos at the “Free Cap Hill” sign and a group of people sit on couches at the “Conversation Cafe” near a Post-It covered Dream Board.
    “Somebody’s dead. Why do Black bodies have to be in the street for people to have to show up?” says Stewart, a Black mental health therapist.    “These people, I’m not even sure they know why they’re here.”
    In a few short days, Seattle protesters who violently clashed with riot police over the death of George Floyd have had their rough edges dulled by tens of thousands of tourists and sightseers.    Once criticized by President Donald Trump and Fox News commentators as a haven for anarchists and the far-left antifa move ment, CHAZ has morphed into what looks and feels like a mini-Burning Man festival, complete with its own corps of volunteer street cleaners and medics, as well as dreadlocked white girls blowing soap bubbles and taking selfies in front of paintings of men and women killed by Seattle police.
    The autonomous zone’s evolution from a somber protest site to street festival highlights the problem Seattle’s Black residents say they face: The city’s overwhelmingly white population loves to protest but might not be taking the Black Lives Matter movement as seriously as they should.
    King County, home to Seattle, has about 2.2 million residents and is about 65% white.    Only about 6% of residents are Black, and the Seattle Police Department has a long history of using excessive force against the area’s minority population.    In 2012, President Barack Obama’s Justice Department implemented strict oversight of Seattle police, leading to a 60% drop in the use of serious force against the community over the next eight years as taxpayers poured an extra $100 million into the department.
    In early May, city officials asked a federal judge to remove the decree, arguing Seattle police were no longer the racist, violent department they once were.
    Eighteen days later on Memorial Day, Floyd, 46, a Black man in Minneapolis, was pinned to the ground by officers.    Floyd gasped for breath as officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes.
    Floyd’s death sparked a wave of protests internationally, and Seattle’s veteran protesters swung into action in a massive demonstration May 30.    There were incidents of looting and violence, and a police officer was caught on video restraining a man by kneeling on his neck.
    The protests grew more confrontational, and police used tear gas and pepper spray to disperse the massive crowds protesting police brutality.    Then on June 8, police withdrew from the East Precinct station, ceding control over what’s now known as CHAZ.    Protesters ransacked the building, and with spray paint renamed it the “Seattle People Department.”
    Most businesses in the area have since closed.    Police officers have showed no sign of trying to reassert control in the area, and a steady flow of city officials have visited to discuss trash, sanitation and emergency response concerns.
    In an interview with TV station King5 on Friday, Police Chief Carmen Best, who is Black, declined to give a time frame for reasserting control, although she noted losing access to the precinct station has dramatically increased response times of officers responding to 911 calls in the area.
    Friday, poet Roberto Carlos Ascalon visited CHAZ with his family and friends, towing children in a small wagon.    He and his wife live in a nearby neighborhood, and they wanted the children to witness history unfolding.
    Ascalon, 46, says the national response to the coronavirus pandemic demonstrates that society can transform itself when and if it decides to.
    “If we have a chance to abolish systemic racism and white supremacy, shouldn’t we do everything we can to take that chance?” says Ascalon, a firstgeneration Filipino American.    “We are changing the entire system of the world on a dime.    We can actually do this.”
    Stewart shakes her head as she thinks about the problems and solutions.
    A big part of the problem, she says, is that white people who love to protest fail to follow through by holding city officials accountable for new police contracts or spending priorities.
    “White people need to stay in when it gets uncomfortable and stop treating this like it is a party,” she says.    “The marching and the protesting, all of that is important.    But the work is every day holding the mayor and the City Council and the Legislature and all the way up to the president accountable.”
    A big feature of the Seattle protests is the lack of specific leadership and who gets to negotiate change with the political establishment.
    Participants posted signs calling for changes ranging from maintaining the police consent decree to reducing police funding.
    Other protesters demand financial changes to prohibit the super-wealthy from getting richer without investing in their communities and to call for more assistance for the city’s large population of people experiencing homelessness.
    “We are not here to become a bunch of armed mercenaries.    We just want equal rights,” says Matthew “Bootleg Bill” Born, 40, who is white.    “This is so into the unknown.    We can only ask for so much and try to leverage that.    We’re trying to leverage space at the table.    We’re tired of being victimized by police officers in riot gear.    We’re not at war.”
    If the CHAZ lacks a leader, it most definitely has two visible faces: community journalists and activists TraeAnna Holiday, 38, and Omari Salisbury, 44, who have been conducting live Facebook and YouTube broadcasts daily from next door to the abandoned police station, based out of a loft borrowed from a Microsoft techie.
    Holiday and Salisbury, who are both Black, work for a marketing firm, Converge, using its resources to raise questions and highlight issues they’ve pushed for years.
    Walking around CHAZ, Salisbury is greeted like a celebrity: People stop him for selfies, they boast how often they watch his videos or ask for advice on how to get started in citizen journalism.
    He has been on the front lines of the protests for days, capturing videos that he says show police lied about who started confrontations.
    Like many Black residents in Seattle, Salisbury has a deep-seated fear that these new white allies will once again quickly lose interest.
    “This is a time for tough questions,” he says.    “A lot of the things the community has been saying, especially the Black community, they’ve been saying for a long time.    There’s hardly anything out there that’s new.    These aren’t new things.”
People take pictures of the Seattle Police Department’s East Precinct building, which was renamed the
Seattle People Department during protests after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. TREVOR HUGHES/USA TODAY
White residents who are enthusiastic about protests may be less willing to demand accountability, activists worry. TREVOR HUGHES/USA TODAY

6/15/2020 Nearly 1M request tickets for ‘Make America Great Again’ rally in Tulsa, Okla. by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this March 2, 2020 file photo, President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)
    The Trump campaign is bracing for a massive turnout ahead of its upcoming ‘Make America Great Again’ rally.    President Trump took to Twitter Monday to confirm that almost 1 million people have requested tickets to the event.
    This followed a previous tweet where he said, the silent majority is stronger than ever!.”
    The campaign event was originally set for June 19, which fell on the holiday celebrating the emancipation from slavery.    The president changed the date to June 20 out of respect for his black supporters.
    Meanwhile, President Trump has accused the mainstream media of using the coronavirus to criticize his upcoming campaign rally.
    This comment came as critics have slammed the event for its large crowds and by saying it will only increase the spread of the coronavirus.    President Trump went on to say “it wont work.”
[Joe Biden will be lucky to get 100 people, and they will have to show images of crowds behind him on the FAKE NEWS to make it look like he has a following.    As Trump will have millions before it is over and all who come will get temp checks and sign a waiver and get a mask and I hope that they give everyone a MAGA2 mask to wear as the people will rise to KEEP AMERICA GREAT for 4 more years shut down this leftist institutions lame attempt to drown out Republican support in the U.S.A. who knows what is on line if they don't stand up and shut down their foul attempts, and if weather permits Trump should have these events in outdoor footabll stadiums just to get all of them in.].

6/15/2020 GOP, Democrat lawmakers find common ground on police reform by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this May 7, 2020, file photo, Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., speaks during a Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions
Committee hearing on new coronavirus tests on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool, File)
    GOP and Democrat lawmakers are coming together to move forward the campaign to reform policing practices.    On Sunday, several senators from both sides of the aisle went on different news outlets to discuss the high chamber’s temperature on police reform.
    South Carolina GOP Sen. Tim Scott, who is leading Senate Republicans in forming police reform legislation, said there is a path forward to passing a substantive bill.
    “So the question is: is there a path forward that we take a look at the necessity of eliminating bad behavior within our law enforcement community?    Is there a path forward?” he asked.    “I’m not sure that it’s qualified immunity, it seems like it won’t be decertification, but there’s going to be more information provided to the public so that we can make concrete decisions.”
    Sen. Scott said there’s widespread support for banning choke holds in police departments and claimed the policy is outdated.    He also affirmed there is bipartisan support for police databases, but there isn’t a consensus on whether the data will be collected by national, state or local governments.
    However, the South Carolina lawmaker is calling for more data on “no knock” warrants, a policy Democrats want to abolish, by stressing there’s not enough information on who is effected by the policy or how effective it is.    He said he hopes partisan politics won’t get in the way of enacting meaningful reform.
    “We are one body of the United States Senate…people of good heart and good spirit, regardless of what the president does,” Scott stated.    “He can veto a bill, but we should come forward in this moment in history which will be judged.”
FILE – In this June 1, 2020, file photo, an officer holds a baton and shield as demonstrators gather to protest
the death of George Floyd near the White House in Washington. In the wake of Floyd’s death, state lawmakers around
the country want to make it easier to hold police legally accountable for their actions. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
    New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker also spoke on police reform by saying conservative and Democrat lawmakers are discussing qualified immunity.    Booker cited several conservative voices who are siding with liberals on the policy, including Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
    He urged lawmakers from both parties to compromise on effective legislation and said it’s not the time for watered down reforms.     Booker argued that half-measures haven’t worked in areas like Minneapolis and Ferguson, but is confident lawmakers will know what will work.
    “Whether there’s a national registry, a state registry, a local department by department registry around the misconduct…that will be on the table as well,” he stated.    “So, there are approaches that are very similar and somewhat different at the same time…I think we’re gonna get to a bill bill that actually becomes law.”
    Democrats introduced the Justice in Policing Act last week and touted sweeping police reforms.    Sen. Scott said he will reveal the GOP’s response later this week. It’s expected to include reporting information to the Department of Justice regarding severe injuries and deaths, de-escalation training techniques and officer misconduct.

6/15/2020 N.Y. Gov. Cuomo threatens to reverse reopening after crowds packed the streets without social distancing by OAN Newsroom
Gov. Andrew Cuomo wears a mask during a news conference at Laguardia Airport’s Terminal B, Wednesday,
June 10, 2020 in New York. The new terminal will open Saturday, June 13. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned of reinstating closures after large crowds took to newly reopened bars and restaurants over the weekend.
    On Saturday, he addressed a Twitter video showing streets filled with people by saying “don’t make me come down there.”    This came just a day after parts of the state moved into phase three of reopening.
    “Our success here was based on individual action and social action, that’s why this moment was so special…it’s what 19 million people did,” Cuomo stated.    “They did it because it was the right thing to do, so these people who are now violating it…it’s illegal, it’s also wrong.”
    Cuomo claimed the recent negligence is risking all of the progress made in recent weeks for the state that was once the nation’s epicenter of the pandemic.    He then threatened the re-closure of bars and restaurants who continue to disobey the restrictions set in place.
    “This is a very serious situation and I want to make sure everybody knows the consequences here,” said the governor “…We are not kidding around with this, you’re talking about jeopardizing people’s lives.”
A man takes photos with friends outside a bar in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of New York, Friday, May 29, 2020, during the
coronavirus pandemic. People are beginning to gather in small groups as the city begins to reopen. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
    Meanwhile, there have been 25,000 violation complaints statewide with most of them coming from Manhattan and the Hamptons.    Rather than disciplining all of New York, Cuomo is calling on local governments to enforce safety measures.
    Some residents said they feel uncomfortable with the swift reopening and large crowds, while others believe it’s time to restart the nation’s economy.    Although New York has seen a decline in cases, it’s still not immune to another virus outbreak.    Cuomo said the state is risking a potential second wave if things don’t begin to change.

6/15/2020 UN Human Rights Council to hold discussion on police brutality and racism in U.S. by OAN Newsroom
Delegates wearing protective face masks attend the resuming of the UN Human Rights Council session after the break in March over the coronavirus pandemic,
on Monday, 15 June 2020, in Geneva. The UN’s top rights body agreed on Monday to a request from African countries to urgently debate
racism and police brutality this week following unrest in the US and beyond over George Floyd’s death. (Fabrice Coffrini/Keystone via AP)
    The United Nations Human Rights Council is gearing up for a discussion about police brutality and racism in America.    According to reports Monday, the conversation will take place Wednesday following a request from from more than 50 African nations.
    The announcement came along with a statement signed by the head of the World Health Organization, Tedros Ghebreyesus, who called on the United Nations to “dismantle racist institutions.”
    “We got a request from the African group to have an urgent debate in the follow up to what happened in America with George Floyd and the whole tragedy, which showed the problem of racism, of police violence and the follow up to that,” said Elisabeth Tichy Fisslberger, President of the UN Human Rights Council.
    In 2018, Africa recorded the highest rate of modern day enslavement in the world, where certain nations refer to it as an institutionalized practice.
[See the Globalist World Government is on the attack from the actions caused by their help with the Black Lives Matter revolution on the U.S.A. who they think will change the opinion of the U.S. Sovereignty in the upcoming elections but the Make America Great Again will continue to defeat that, give it up George Soros and the real brutality is what they are doing to the U.S. cities.].

6/15/2020 Seattle Police Chief: Policing will never be the same by OAN Newsroom
Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best talks with activists near a plywood-covered and closed Seattle police precinct Tuesday, June 9, 2020, in Seattle,
following protests over the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
    Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best said policing will never be the same following the death of George Floyd.     During an interview Sunday, Best said she had an “epiphany” while attending a massive march of silence protest against police brutality.
    This came after the police chief and her colleagues were locked out of their precinct last week when the city’s mayor allowed protesters to take over a six block stretch of downtown Seattle called the “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone” or CHAZ.
    “So I know standing there, watching and listening, that we’re going to change in policing…we have to,” Chief Best stated.    “It has to be a movement that involves everybody and we need to re-imagine and refigure out, if you will, how we’re going to move forward as a country and as an organization to make things better for everybody.”
    The Seattle Police chief went on to say that with every challenge there is opportunity to get better and bring people together.

6/15/2020 GOP congressional candidate Matt Mowers says, ‘we need to defend the police’ by OAN Newsroom
File – N.H. GOP congressional candidate Matt Mowers is pictured. (AP Photo)
    GOP congressional candidate Matt Mowers recently took aim at his Democrat primary opponent for failing to protect law enforcement.
    During a Breitbart interview over the weekend, Mowers called on Americans to “defend the police,” not defund them.    His calls came despite partisanship from New Hampshire Rep. Chris Pappas.
    Mowers claimed Pappas is a puppet to Democrats like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, specifically on anti-police issues.
    The Republican, who worked under the Trump administration, is looking to unseat Pappas in the state’s First Congressional District.
    “We need to defend the police, not defund the police, and we’ve called on Chris Pappas to oppose defunding the police,” he stated.    “…When he’s talking about this new Pelosi bill that was proposed this week, he hedges on it and let’s not forget Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has called that bill repackaging of defunding the police.”
    Last week, President Trump offered his full and total endorsement for Mowers by calling him a “champion” for the “great state of New Hampshire.”

6/15/2020 Las Vegas Police officer paralyzed after being shot at protest by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this June 2, 2020, file photo, Las Vegas police block off a road at the Circus Circus hotel-casino after
an officer was shot during a Black Lives Matter protest in Las Vegas. Officer Shay Mikalonis, 29, was shot during
protests over the death of Floyd at the hands of police. (Christopher DeVargas/Las Vegas Sun via AP, File)
    A Las Vegas Police officer has been left paralyzed after he was shot in the head at a George Floyd protest.    The family of Officer Shay Mikalonis confirmed over the weekend that he’s paralyzed from the neck down, he’s unable to speak and is currently on a ventilator.
    Police have charged a 20-year-old suspect with “attempted murder, battery and firearms charges” in connection with the incident. He has been identified as Edgar Samaniego.
    According to a local news outlet, the police report noted that the suspect was not participating in the protest and was, instead, staying at a nearby hotel.
    “He’s come farther I think than a lot of people thought he was going to, but he still has a long way to go,” said Patrick Neville, Mikalonis’s stepfather.    “We see positive signs, but he still has to hang tough…he still has to keep fighting the good fight.”
FILE – In this Wednesday, June 3, 2020, file photo, Edgar Samaniego, charged in the shooting of Shay Mikalonis,
appears at the Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas. Samaniego is accused of shooting and critically injuring Mikalonis
on the Las Vegas Strip on June 1, 2020. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP, File)
    According to his family, Mikalonis has been temporarily accepted at a spine rehabilitation center.    However, it’s still unclear to what extent he will be able to recover.

6/15/2020 Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Pa. vandalized by OAN Newsroom
    The National Park Service is working to remove graffiti left on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of the American Revolution.
    The parks service announced the vandalism at Washington Square in ‘Philadelphia on Friday.    This is part of a series of monuments defaced in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests across the country.
    A professional stone conservator has been hired to clean the paint off and the graffiti will reportedly take up to two weeks to remove due to the porous limestone.

6/15/2020 3 suspects in custody in fatal shooting of off duty Fla. officer by OAN Newsroom
    Friends and family are mourning the death of Florida wildlife officer Julian Keen Jr.    According to reports, Keen was off-duty when he was shot and killed early Sunday while trying to stop a hit-and-run driver near Labelle.
    Authorities confirmed three people have been taken into custody and are being questioned.    Hendry County Sheriff Steve Whidden said they will do everything they can to bring those responsible to justice.    He also added that he’s known Keen since he was 10-years-old and said he was a role model for the community.
    “He was a dear friend of mine, we considered him family, he was our brother,” Whidden stated.    “Julian was an absolutely role model to everyone here…this was a heart breaker.”
    State records show Keen had been with the Fish & Wildlife Conservation (FWC) Commission since 2016.    The FWC released a statement confirming Keen’s death and said their thoughts are with his friends as well as his family during this difficult time.
    The Hendry County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit is leading the investigation with assistance from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

6/16/2020 Oil up $0.49 to $37.03, DOW up 158 to 25,763.

6/16/2020 7 Minneapolis officers quit in wake of rallies after killing by ASSOCIATED PRESS
    MINNEAPOLIS – At least seven Minneapolis police officers have quit and another seven are in the process of resigning, citing a lack of support from department and city leaders as protests over George Floyd’s death escalated.
    Current and former officers told The Minneapolis Star Tribune that officers are upset with Mayor Jacob Frey’s decision to abandon the Third Precinct station amid the protests.    Demonstrators set the building on fire after officers left.
    Protesters also hurled bricks and insults at officers. Numerous officers and protesters have been injured.
    The Minnesota Department of Human Rights launched a civil rights investigation into the city’s police department this month, and the FBI is investigating whether police willfully deprived Floyd of his civil rights.
    The department has faced decades of allegations of brutality and discrimination against African Americans and other minorities.    A majority of City Council members support dismantling or defunding the department.
    Officers “don’t feel appreciated,” said Mylan Masson, a retired Minneapolis officer and use-of-force expert.    “Everybody hates the police right now.    I mean everybody.”
    Deputy Chief Henry Halvorson said in an email to supervisors this month that some officers have simply walked off the job without filing the proper paperwork, creating confusion about who is still working and who isn’t.
    Minneapolis Police spokesman John Elder downplayed the departures.
    “There’s nothing that leads us to believe that at this point the numbers are so great that it’s going to be problematic,” Elder said.    “People seek to leave employment for a myriad reason – the MPD is no exception.”
    Floyd, who was Black, died May 25 after officers arrested him on suspicion of trying to pass a counterfeit $20 bill at a grocery store.    Cellphone video from a passerby shows Floyd lying face down on the street while a white officer, named Derek Chauvin, pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes.    Floyd can be heard pleading that he can’t breathe before going limp.
    His death has sparked protests around the world over police brutality and racism.    Chauvin was fired and charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.    Three other officers involved in the incident have been fired and charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and manslaughter.

6/16/2020 Police: Some used rallies as cover to loot - Burglaries miles away from sites of protests - “It was a tsunami of people, and they just started running. ... They used tactics we’ve never seen before.” By Dennis Wagner, USA TODAY
    Steve Mylett, the police chief in Bellevue, Washington, couldn’t believe what he was seeing, even after intelligence officers warned of social media posts calling for an attack.
    On the afternoon of Sunday, May 31, a handful of demonstrators carrying signs gathered at a major intersection in the Seattle suburb.    The crowd quickly grew to 40.    Then, after two men got on cell phones, 300 more showed up, then 1,000 white, Black and brown.
    “It was a tsunami of people, and they just started running,” Mylett said.    “I didn’t hear George Floyd’s name once.    I didn’t hear, ‘Police reform!’    They just scattered throughout the city. … They used tactics we’ve never seen before.”
    Mylett said faux protesters, many dressed in black with hoodies, gloves and COVID-19 masks, ransacked shops and caused millions of dollars in losses.    Some ran from one business to the next, trailed by vehicles that stopped outside high-end stores, loaded up, and moved on.
    “It’s so unfortunate that peaceful protests got hijacked by criminal networks using them for cover,” Mylett said.    “How do you ignore that this tactic was being used from coast to coast, north to south?
    Some of the pillaging that occurred during Floyd protests on the weekend after Memorial Day appeared to have stemmed from otherwise peaceful marches – even as other demonstrators tried to maintain order.
    But police, witnesses and videos reveal a different phenomenon from California to New York: Crowds that came together and evaporated with the unseen coordination of a flash mob, using the protests as a cover to loot high-end shops.
    “It was a game of whack-a-mole,” said Jennifer Tejada, police chief in Emeryville, California, an Oakland suburb.    “They have scouts.    They have caravans of cars… We had upwards of 1,000 people doing that.”
    Luxury stores ransacked, some miles from demonstrations Tejada and others said the break-ins typically targeted swanky stores.    In Los Angeles, looters headed to Gucci, Prada and other designer stores along Rodeo Drive.
    At San Francisco’s Union Square, the sidewalk was littered with bras from Victoria’s Secret and cushioned jewelry boxes from Swarovski.
    In New York City’s SoHo district, home fashion designer Christiane Lemieux told a TV news crew she watched masked looters pour out of five cars that had no front license plates.    One shop reportedly was stripped bare, with losses estimated at over $1 million.
    In Santa Monica, California, burglars shoved aside a female demonstrator who tried to block them from smashing a store window.    At a nearby shop, a man rushed outside with his prize – a surfboard – and rode off on a motorcycle.
    Police typically weren’t around or didn’t interrupt the invaders.    Blocks or miles away, officers in riot gear monitored demonstrators, sometimes scrapping with them.
    It remains unclear how many shopping districts and malls were plundered by similar onslaughts nationwide, or to what extent organized criminal operations overlapped with peaceful demonstrations.    Authorities are still trying to learn whether the raids simply reflect the power of smartphones or something more calculated.
    In Bellevue, Mylett said he’s using video evidence to track down suspects.
    “It’s an organized network,” he said, though he acknowledged he can’t prove that yet.    “We’re working closely with the FBI and our state partners to identify the hierarchy.”
    What spurred the looting?
    Over more than two weeks of demonstrations by untold thousands of people, a small fraction broke into stores – just as only a small percentage of the nation’s more than 800,000 sworn officers wear a badge of brutality.
    But the scenes, replayed ad nauseam on cable news, sank in.
    In Minneapolis, people calmly rolled shopping carts full of merchandise out the door of a Target store.    In Tampa, Florida, TV news footage showed masked people, some carrying protest signs, pillaging a CVS as a reporter discussed how theft and violence “create chaos instead of change.”
    In Georgia, a pair of local newscasters watched live video of businesses being looted and argued about the significance.    A reporter asserted that people stealing merchandise weren’t demonstrators, but “significantly more sophisticated if they are able to take on the Atlanta Police Department in such a calculated way.”
    A colleague disagreed, suggesting they were observing the effects of social media.    “There’s no leader here.    It feels like these are – it’s a spontaneous, leaderless attack on these businesses.”
    While it may be satisfying to settle on a single explanation, simplicity seldom captures the nuances of human motivation.    Instead, sociologists say looting is spurred by a tangled mix of outrage, avarice, vengeance and opportunism – with a different mix for each person.
    Kwame Christian, an Ohio attorney and director of the American Negotiation Institute, said some looters were undoubtedly expressing frustration or trying to even a score, but in the big picture they were drowning a cry for justice.
    Can looting be an act of protest?
    Though vandalism can be rationalized in the heat of passion, Christian said, theft for personal gain is not so easily reconciled:     It undercuts the credibility of demonstrations and alienates not just the victims of crime, but a body politic looking on.
    “The most important thing we have at our disposal is the moral high ground,” Christian said.    “If someone destroys the moral high ground – acting like they’re part of us and doing bad things – that distorts our message.”
    Robert C. Smith, an emeritus professor of political science at San Francisco State University, sees the images differently: What if looting is an organic expression of rage – lashing out not just against police abuses, but against the historic legacy of a societal knee on the neck?    What if, he said, big-box stores and swanky malls were targeted because they are perceived as symbols of economic inequality and institutional racism?
    Smith said burglary rampages during protests – known colloquially as “Christmas in August” – are seen within the oppressed Black community as a legitimate response to longstanding injustice.    Even when plundering is committed by whites, which was widespread in the days following Floyd’s death, the motive may have been racial solidarity rather than self-indulgence, he argued.
    At the same time, Smith said, sometimes young people get caught up in the moment and seize a chance to take things.
    Smith said he’s too old to be on the street, but he’s been watching the demonstrations.    He realizes the optics of smash-and-grabs may hurt civil rights efforts.    But they also deliver a message, he said, and griping about looting during demonstrations is like complaining about thunder in a summer storm.
    Steve Mylett Bellevue, Washington, police chief

6/16/2020 Mexican president’s airport project pushes full steam ahead despite coronavirus by Anthony Esposito
General view of the construction of the seismic shock absorbers of Mexico City's new Felipe Angeles
airport being built on the Santa Lucia military base, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak continues,
in the town of Zumpango in Mexico State, Mexico, June 3, 2020. REUTERS/Henry Romero
    ZUMPANGO, Mexico (Reuters) – Mexico’s economy has virtually ground to a halt and is bleeding jobs in the pandemic lockdown, but tens of thousands of workers at a flagship government airport have not skipped a beat, toiling around the clock north of Mexico City to keep it on schedule.
    When the government ordered non-essential activities to close and workers in those industries to stay home to stem the spread of the coronavirus, an exception was made for President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s priority infrastructure projects.
    Those include the $3.5 billion Felipe Angeles airport being built on the Santa Lucia military base, an $8 billion refinery at the Gulf coast port of Dos Bocas, and the so-called Maya Train, a 1,470-km (913-mile) rail line that will connect tourist hot spots from Chiapas state to the Yucatan Peninsula along the Caribbean coast.
    Firms producing steel, cement and glass – used by those projects – were also allowed to continue operating. On June 1 automotive, aerospace, mining and construction companies were allowed to reopen.
    “To date we have created more than 26,000 jobs,” said Major Jose Juan Marin, construction engineer and spokesman for the Santa Lucia Army Corp of Engineers, which has nearly 1,000 of its ranks managing the project.
    On a cloudy day earlier this month, thousands of workers in orange high-visibility vests and hard hats, as well as a newcomer to construction sites in times of pandemic, face masks, were busy building offices, putting up giant steel structures for the passenger terminal and smoothing out the surface of one of two 4.5 kilometer (3.8 mile) runways.
    Marin says there has not been a coronavirus outbreak due to the safety protocols put in place, including taking workers’ temperature, the use of masks, and having half of office employees work remotely.
    Lopez Obrador says the projects are a much needed boon to the economy and an important source of employment.    Critics counter that those resources would be better used tackling the coronavirus crisis and boosting the economy.
    “Without a doubt the main priority is stopping or overcoming the health crisis and to this end we need to find all the available resources,” said Cuauhtemoc Cardenas, a three-time presidential candidate and son of former president Lazaro Cardenas.
    “I’d even say think about deferring the megaprojects and using those resources.”
    Powerful industry lobbies say the projects do not make up for the lack of a government stimulus package to keep firms from going under and letting workers go.    Latin America’s second largest economy is seen contracting 10% or more this year.
    A survey conducted by the National statistics agency INEGI found that 12.5 million formal and informal jobs were lost in April alone.    And industrial output posted a record contraction, tumbling 25.1% in April from March and plummeting 29.3% year-over-year, as measures put in place to halt coronavirus contagion dragged down construction, manufacturing and utilities.
    Lopez Obrador ordered the new hub to be built on a military base to save money after he canned a $13 billion Mexico City airport project championed by his predecessor, arguing it was too costly and tainted by corruption.
    Critics say the cheaper and more distant airport will condemn the metropolis of more than 20 million inhabitants to a fate of never-ending flight delays and cancellations.
    But it could at least be built on time. Eight months after breaking ground, the airport project which will initially have an annual capacity of 20 million passengers is a fifth complete and on track for completion for March 2022.
    “We’re going to make good on that date without any problem,” said Marin.
(Reporting by Anthony Esposito; Editing by Daniel Wallis)

6/16/2020 For black people in France, George Floyd protests are personal by Caroline Pailliez and Yonathan Van der Voort
Law student Mathilla Diagana, 19, uses her phone during an interview with Reuters in her apartment,
in Rouen, France June 12, 2020. Picture taken June 12, 2020. REUTERS/Caroline Pailliez
    ROUEN, France (Reuters) – A tear rolled down Mathilla Diagana’s cheek as she sat in her student dormitory room in the northern French city of Rouen and watched an online video of a Minneapolis police officer kneeling on the neck of George Floyd.
    “I feel anger, sadness,” said the 19-year-old, one of tens of thousands who have joined anti-racism protests in France and beyond and turned the U.S. Black Lives Matter movement into a global rallying cry.
    She lives far away from the streets of Minneapolis, but the issues raging around Floyd’s death in police custody feel close to home, deeply personal.
    Diagana’s biological father is from Mauritania in northwest Africa.    At the age of 10 months, she was put in the care of a white foster family who raised her in a village in Normandy.
    As she grew older she said she was conscious of being different.    She recalled being on a beach and someone insulting her foster mother for having a mixed-race child.
    She remembered boarding a bus, and a white women passenger pulling her bag in close, as though she feared Diagana was going to steal it.
    When she started working summer jobs, people made remarks about her skin colour and hair.    When police checked up on a student party, she felt officers were especially aggressive towards her.
    She and a friend drove to Paris to join a June 2 demonstration against police violence.    It was Diagana’s first protest.    “I felt people’s anger and I realised I’m not alone.”
    French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner acknowledged last week that there were cases of racism in the police and said he was determined to root them out.
    “Racism has no place in our society, and even less so in our police,” he said in a speech as he promised to ban the use of chokeholds to restrain suspects.
    His assurances have done nothing to quell the French crowds.
    Carole, a 51-year-old woman who moved to France as a child from Cameroon, attended a “Black Lives Matter” protest in Paris on Saturday with her two sons.
    “I’m scared for my children,” she said in her home in a suburb north of Paris.    Her kitchen is decorated with portraits of Nelson Mandela, Barack Obama, Martin Luther King, the Dalai Lama and Malcolm X.
    She said she briefs her sons about how to behave if they are ever stopped by police.    She tells them to always dress smartly, to have their identity documents with them and to be polite.
    She said she did not want her family name published because she feared police reprisals.
    Once, she said, one of her sons was walking in the street with some white friends.    When police stopped them, only her son was questioned.
    “We want for everybody to be treated in the same way, whatever the colour of their skin,” she said.
(Writing by Christian Lowe; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

6/16/2020 Mexican president says he would sell gasoline to Venezuela for humanitarian needs if asked
Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador holds a news conference at the National
Palace in Mexico City, Mexico, March 17, 2020. REUTERS/Henry Romero
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Monday he would sell gasoline to Venezuela for “humanitarian” reasons if asked to, despite U.S. sanctions on the South American country and its state-run oil firm, PDVSA.
    Lopez Obrador said he had not received such a request from the Venezuelan government.
    President Donald Trump’s administration wants to choke Venezuelan oil exports to starve the government of socialist President Nicolas Maduro of its main source of revenue.
    In recent years, PDVSA has exchanged Venezuelan crude for imported fuel.    But those swaps have been declining since the Trump administration imposed sanctions on PDVSA in January 2019.
    Iran, which is also under sanctions, sent a flotilla of five cargoes of gasoline and components to Venezuela through early June, despite criticism from Washington.
    Lopez Obrador said Mexico could also send gasoline to Venezuela under the right circumstances.
    “If a request were made and it was a matter of humanitarian need, we would do it,” he told his regular morning news conference.
    Saying that Mexico was an independent country, he added: “We make our own decisions and do not mess with the policies of other countries.”
    Andres Rozental, a former Mexican deputy foreign minister, said Lopez Obrador’s comments would likely “raise eyebrows” in the United States.    Still, it remained to be seen whether the remarks were just rhetoric, he added.
    The United States and dozens of other nations regard Maduro and his government as illegitimate because of a 2018 election widely seen as fraudulent.    Maduro has accused Washington of orchestrating a coup to remove him to gain control of the South American nation’s oil reserves.
    Lopez Obrador has said he would not take sides in the dispute.
    The United States, which did not hinder Iran’s tanker cargoes but could punish firms related to the trade, is considering sanctions on dozens of foreign oil tankers that have transported Venezuelan oil.
    Iran plans to maintain fuel shipments to Venezuela, sources said.    Tehran could send two to three gasoline cargoes a month to its Latin American ally, they said.
(Reporting by Ana Isabel Martinez in Mexico City; Additional reporting by Marianna Parraga and Dave Graham in Mexico City and Deisy Buitrago in Caracas; Editing by Steve Orlofsky and Peter Cooney)

6/16/2020 Coronavirus deaths near 44,000 in Brazil, No.2 global hotspot
Taxi drivers line-up in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome where health workers conduct tests for coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
for taxi drivers on the drive-thru system in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 15, 2020. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes
    RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Brazil’s death toll from the novel coronavirus pandemic rose to nearly 44,000 on Monday, according to Health Ministry data, as the country continued easing restrictions on circulation despite the world’s second-worst outbreak after the United States.
    Brazil registered 627 new fatalities on Monday, down from an average of nearly 1,000 over the past week.    Reporting of fatalities typically slows over the weekend.
    Although Brazil’s official death toll from the pandemic has risen to 43,959, the true impact is likely far greater than the data show, health experts say, because of a lack of widespread testing in Latin America’s largest country.
    The Health Ministry registered about 20,000 new coronavirus cases on Monday, bringing the total to 888,271 infections.
    Despite the severity of the outbreak, many Brazilian states and cities have begun easing social distancing rules in recent weeks amid growing public fatigue and repeated demands from President Jair Bolsonaro to get the economy going.
    On Monday, Mike Ryan, the World Health Organization’s top emergencies expert, said Latin America remained a cause for concern.
    “Brazil cannot be singled out in the Americas – there are many other countries in the Americas like Mexico, Chile and others who have had significant number of cases and continue to have an upswinging epidemic,” he said.    “I would characterize the situation in Central and South America as being of concern.”
(Reporting by Pedro Fonseca; Additional reporting by Stephanie Ulmer-Nebehay in Geneva; Writing by Gabriel Stargardter; Editing by Leslie Adler and Grant McCool)

6/16/2020 Global coronavirus cases reach over 8 million as outbreak expands in Latin America by Lisa Shumaker
FILE PHOTO: A woman carries a bag after shopping as the city hall eases restrictions and allows commerce to open
amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, June 11, 2020. REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli/File Photo
    (Reuters) – Global cases of the novel coronavirus reached over 8 million on Monday, as infections surge in Latin America and the United States and China grapple with fresh outbreaks.
    The United States still leads the world with the highest number of infections, about 2 million or 25% of all reported cases.    However, the outbreak is growing fastest in Latin America, which now accounts for 21% of all cases, according to a Reuters tally.
    Brazil’s COVID-19 cases and deaths have surged to make it the No.2 hot spot in the world.
    The first case was reported in China in early January and it took until early May to reach 4 million cases.    It has taken just five weeks to double to 8 million cases, according to a Reuters tally.
    Global deaths stand at over 434,000 and have doubled in seven weeks.
    Although Brazil’s official death toll from the pandemic has risen to nearly 44,000, the true impact is likely far greater than the data show, health experts said, citing a lack of widespread testing in Latin America’s largest country.
    In the United States, which has over 116,000 deaths, testing is still ramping up months after the start of the outbreak.
    After cases declined in much of the United States for weeks, many areas are now reporting record new cases and hospitalizations.    Fears of a second wave in hard-hit states – or a failure to get a grip on the first wave in some others – have led health experts to plead with the public to wear masks, avoid large gatherings and maintain social distance.
    China is also grappling with a resurgence of the virus just as its economy is trying to recover from shutdowns earlier this year.     After nearly two months with no new infections, the capital Beijing has seen a spike in cases linked to the biggest wholesale food market in Asia.
(Reporting by Christine Chan in New York; Writing by Lisa Shumaker; Editing by David Gregorio and Grant McCool)

6/16/2020 Mexico’s coronavirus infections surpass 150,000, deaths over 17,500
People wearing protective masks walk inside a subway station after the city government lifted restrictions on
car traffic and public transport along with factory works, to resume under strict sanitary protections, as the
coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak continues in Mexico City, Mexico June 15, 2020. REUTERS/Henry Romero
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico passed the grim milestone of 150,000 total confirmed coronavirus cases on Monday, as the health ministry reported 3,427 new infections along with 439 additional fatalities.
    There are now a total 150,264 confirmed coronavirus cases and 17,580 deaths
, though the government has said the real number of infected people is likely significantly higher than the official count. (Reporting by Anthony Esposito; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman)

6/16/2020 Brazil’s Bolsonaro says military will not remove elected president
FILE PHOTO - Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro gestures before a national flag hoisting ceremony in front of Alvorada
Palace, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Brasilia, Brazil June 9, 2020. REUTERS/Adriano Machado
    BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Monday that the country’s military would not obey any order to remove an elected president, deepening a war of words with the judicial branch that has led to fears of threats to democracy in the country.
    Speaking during a radio interview, the far-right former army captain said the armed forces would not accept “a political judgment to remove a democratically elected president.”
    He added: “Us, military men from the armed forces, and I’m also a military man, hold the true responsibility for democracy in our country.    We would never follow absurd orders.”
    Bolsonaro’s comments echoed a similar statement, released on Friday and co-signed by Vice President Hamilton Mourão and Defense Minister Fernando Azevedo, that have sparked concerns over a looming constitutional battle between Bolsonaro and Brazil’s Supreme Court.
    The court is overseeing a probe into whether Bolsonaro illegally interfered in Federal Police appointments, and another investigation into an alleged pro-Bolsonaro disinformation campaign on social media.
    Bolsonaro is also facing multiple impeachment proposals in Congress.
    This all comes as Brazil has become the world No. 2 coronavirus hot spot, with nearly 44,000 deaths.
    During the interview, Bolsonaro also spoke about legislative matters, saying that undertaking a tax reform was tricky, and the government was looking into how to design a proposal that could pass Congress.
(Reporting by Ricardo Brito; Editing by Chris Reese and Rosalba O’Brien)

6/16/2020 The future of media: more digital and more economic pain, Reuters Institute says by Guy Faulconbridge
Men wearing protective face masks work at a printing press amid the coronavirus disease
(COVID-19) outbreak in Madrid, Spain, June 13, 2020. REUTERS/Juan Medina
    LONDON (Reuters) – The coronavirus outbreak has prompted a significant increase in news consumption but the economic turmoil is forcing news businesses to accelerate their move to digital, The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism said.
    The coronavirus lockdowns prompted a global rise in viewing of television and online news though concerns about misinformation remain high, with Facebook and WhatsApp seen as the main channels for spreading so called “fake news.”
    The broader picture is that the outbreak is accelerating the trends wrought by the technological revolution, including the rise of smartphones as an interface of news consumption, The Reuters Institute said in its annual Digital News Report (
    “The headline is that we see an accelerated move to digital media and mobile media and various kinds of platforms,” Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, director of the Reuters Institute, said by telephone.
    “This is accompanied by a continued decline in trust in news and growing concerns over misinformation, in particular on social media and from some politicians.”
    The biggest increase in concern over media misinformation was in Hong Kong – where anti-government protesters have opposed attempts by China to tighten its control of the former British colony.
    The business of news remains bleak.    Media across the world are cutting staff to cope with a dramatic fall in advertising revenue.
    But a ray of hope may be that increasing numbers of people are willing to pay for news online, though that may also increase informational inequality as many cannot afford top quality journalism.
    And a “winner takes all” process can be seen: Around half of those that subscribe to any online or combined package in the United States use the New York Times or the Washington Post, the Reuters Institute found.
    A similar trend can be seen in the United Kingdom with The Times or the Telegraph.
    And for those predicting the dominance of video news, the Reuters Institute found that in a number of countries including the United Kingdom, Australia, France, and South Korea, people under 35 preferred to read rather than watch news online.
    The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism is a research centre at the University of Oxford that tracks media trends.    The Thomson Reuters Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Thomson Reuters, funds the Reuters Institute.
(Editing by Stephen Addison)

6/16/2020 U.S. accuses Venezuela’s Maduro of seeking to rig upcoming vote
FILE PHOTO: Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a news conference at
Miraflores Palace in Caracas, Venezuela, March 12, 2020. REUTERS/Manaure Quintero/File Photo
    CARACAS (Reuters) – The U.S. government on Monday accused Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro of “illegally” installing a new national electoral council to oversee parliamentary elections due to take place later this year.
    Venezuela’s Supreme Court, which is dominated by Maduro loyalists, named the council last week.    Opposition leader Juan Guaido called the electoral body “false” and said the opposition would not recognize it.
    Venezuela’s constitution grants the power to appoint electoral council members to the National Assembly, which Guaido leads, but the Supreme Court ruled that the legislature had failed to do so.
    The United States and most other Western countries recognize Guaido as Venezuela’s rightful leader, though Maduro still controls the state.
    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in a statement, said Maduro was manipulating Venezuela’s constitution and the new council would fail to implement the conditions required to hold free and fair elections.
    “Without following this process, elections that represent the will of the people are impossible,” Pompeo said.    “This step by the regime and its Supreme Court takes Venezuela even further away from a democratic transition.”
    In a statement late on Sunday, Guaido’s opposition coalition said the conditions did not exist for elections to take place guaranteeing transparency, trust and public freedoms, including a “trustworthy” election council.
    The new council held its first session on Monday, state television showed, though it did not give any details on the upcoming electoral process.
    The supreme court on Monday night issued a ruling that named new leaders to opposition party Democratic Action, a move the opposition denounced as an effort to cripple Maduro’s adversaries in the upcoming vote.
    “This reveals the regime’s plan to appropriate the … symbols and logos of the democratic forces to legitimize their electoral show,” Guaido’s press office wrote via Twitter.
(Reporting by Angus Berwick; Editing by Brian Ellsworth, Paul Simao, Rosalba O’Brien and Michael Perry)

6/16/2020 Trump says U.S. to pull some troops from Germany over NATO spending feud by Jeff Mason and Arshad Mohammed
FILE PHOTO - U.S. soldier are pictured during an exercise of the U.S. Army's Global Swift
Response 17 Media Day near Hohenfels, Germany, October 9, 2017. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump said on Monday he would cut the number of U.S. troops in Germany to 25,000, faulting the close U.S. ally for failing to meet NATO’s defense spending target and accusing it of taking advantage of America on trade.
    The reduction of about 9,500 troops would be a remarkable rebuke to one of the closest U.S. trading partners and could erode faith in a pillar of postwar European security: that U.S. forces would defend alliance members against Russian aggression.
    It was not clear whether Trump’s stated intent, which first emerged in media reports on June 5, would actually come to pass given criticism from some of the president’s fellow Republicans in Congress who have argued a cut would be a gift to Russia.
    Speaking to reporters, Trump accused Germany of being “delinquent” in its payments to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and vowed to stick with the plan unless Berlin changed course.
    “So we’re protecting Germany and they’re delinquent.    That doesn’t make sense.    So I said, we’re going to bring down the count to 25,000 soldiers,” Trump said, adding that “they treat us very badly on trade” but providing no details.
    NATO in 2014 set a target that each of its 30 members should spend 2% of GDP on defense.    Most, including Germany, do not.
    Trump’s remarks were the first official confirmation of the planned troop cut, which was first reported by the Wall Street Journal and later confirmed to Reuters by a senior U.S. official who spoke on condition of anonymity.
    That official said it stemmed from months of work by the U.S. military and had nothing to do with tensions between Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who thwarted his plan to host an in-person Group of Seven (G7) summit.
    Asked about Trump’s statement, German Ambassador to the United States Emily Haber said U.S. troops were in Europe to defend transatlantic security and to help the United States project its power in Africa and Asia.
    “This is about transatlantic security but also about American security,” she told a virtual think tank audience, saying U.S.-German security cooperation would remain strong and that her government had been informed of the decision.
    Last week, sources told Reuters that German officials as well a number of U.S. officials at the White House, State Department and Pentagon were surprised by the Wall Street Journal report and they offered explanations ranging from Trump’s pique over the G7 to the influence of Richard Grenell, the former U.S. ambassador to Germany and a Trump loyalist.
    “There is sure to be significant bipartisan opposition to this move in Congress, so it is possible any actual moves are significantly delayed or even never implemented,” said Phil Gordon of the Council on Foreign Relations think tank, “This move will further erode allies’ faith in NATO and U.S. defense guarantees,” Gordon added, saying it may also “i>weaken the deterrence of Russia or anyone else who might threaten a NATO member.”
(Reporting by Jeff Mason; Additional reporting by Eric Beech, David Brunnstrom and Humeyra Pamuk; Writing by Arshad Mohammed; Editing by Chris Reese and Peter Cooney)

6/16/2020 Pompeo to meet Chinese delegation in Hawaii this week by Humeyra Pamuk and David Brunnstrom
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a joint briefing about an executive order from U.S. President Donald Trump on
the International Criminal Court at the State Department in Washington, U.S., June 11, 2020. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas/Pool/File Photo
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo plans to meet a Chinese delegation at a U.S. military base in Hawaii this week to discuss bilateral ties that have soured deeply since the start of the year, sources familiar with the matter said.
    In addition to an intensifying strategic rivalry, the world’s top two economies have been at loggerheads in recent months over the handling of the coronavirus pandemic and China’s move to impose new security legislation on Hong Kong.
    Experts say relations have reached their lowest point in years, and in mid-May President Donald Trump even went so far as to suggest he could cut ties with Beijing.
    Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post newspaper cited an unidentified source as saying that Yang Jiechi, a state councilor and member of the Communist Party’s powerful politburo, will lead the Chinese side in the meeting with Pompeo.
    It is expected to take place at Hawaii’s Hickam Air Force base, said a diplomatic source, who did not want to be identified.    Another source said Pompeo was expected to leave Washington on Tuesday for the meeting on Wednesday.
    It would be Pompeo’s first known contact with Yang since they spoke by telephone on April 15 to discuss the coronavirus.
    The sources said the likely agenda included coronavirus response, arms control, trade, Hong Kong, North Korea and tit-for-tat moves against journalists.
    The State Department and White House did not respond to requests for comment about the trip, first reported by Politico on Friday.
    Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian declined to confirm the reports at a regular briefing on Monday, but said: “China and the U.S. have maintained communication through diplomatic channels.    If there is any further information, it will be released in a timely manner.”
    The U.S. China Business Council, which represents 200 companies doing business in China, said diplomacy helped bring about the first part a deal aimed ending a damaging trade war earlier this year and could help resolve other disputes.
    “There are many important issues to discuss, but not enough discussions.    Give diplomacy a chance,” said its spokesman Doug Barry.
    Pompeo has been forceful in his criticism of Beijing’s handling of the coronavirus, which originated in China.    He has said China could have prevented hundreds of thousands of deaths by being more transparent and accused it of refusing to share information.
    Trump has initiated a process of eliminating special U.S. treatment for Hong Kong to punish China for curbing freedoms there, but has stopped short of immediately ending privileges that have helped the territory remain a global financial center.
(Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk, David Brunnstrom and Andrea Shalal; editing by Mary Milliken, Jonathan Oatis and Cynthia Osterman)

6/17/2020 Oil up $1.01 to $38.17, DOW up 527 to 26,290.

6/17/2020 More on coronavirus deaths.

6/17/2020 Trump signs executive order on police reform - Aims to raise standards, falls short of demands by Courtney Subramanian, USA TODAY
    WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order directing police officers to adopt “the highest professional standards to serve their communities,” in an effort to quell unrest amid ongoing protests and calls for action following the deaths of George Floyd and other African Americans.
    Speaking from the White House Rose Garden, Trump said he met privately with several families of those killed in police interactions, including family members of Ahmaud Arbery, Botham Jean, Antwon Rose and Michael Dean, before the event.
All Americans mourn by your side; your love ones will not have died in vain,” he said in a message to those families, who were not in attendance.    “Reducing crime and raising standards are not opposite goals.”
    Trump said the order would focus on certifying police officers on deescalation tactics; creating a database to track officers who have been accused of using excessive force, aiming to prevent them from being rehired at another police department; and launching a co-respondent program that would see mental health professionals working more closely with police.
    “Americans want law and order; they demand law and order,” Trump said.    “We need to bring law enforcement and communities closer together, not to drive them apart.”
    Trump said the order would prioritize Department of Justice federal grants to police departments that seek out independent credentialing and certify that “they meet high standards on the use of force and deescalation training.”        The order does not include a ban on chokeholds as many activists have demanded but says they should only be used in life-or-death situations.    The order was crafted in consultation with law enforcement officials and representatives of families of victims of police killings, officials said.    It remains unclear how it will be enforced or how law enforcement agencies will be held accountable, but officials pointed to local leaders and mayors who they said would be responsible for their police departments.
    While the order is aimed at reforming police training and boosting funding for mental health, it does not address issues of systemic racism that activists say are crucial to meaningful criminal justice reform.    The White House has pushed back on some activists’ calls for reallocating police funding to other community programs, while Trump has fiercely defended members of the law enforcement community and described police brutality as the work of a few “bad apples.”
    “We want it done fairly, justly.    We want it done safely,” Trump told reporters of his executive order Monday.
    The president also plans to ask Congress to push through legislation that would allocate funding to incorporate the White House’s programs, according to a senior administration official.
The order President Donald Trump signed would, among other things, create a database
to track officers accused of using excessive force. EVAN VUCCI/AP

6/17/2020 New order urges police reform - Critics say Trump is just ‘preserving status quo’ by Courtney Subramanian and John Fritze, USA TODAY
    WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday that would provide police departments incentives to adopt new standards for the use of force after protests over the deaths of George Floyd and other African Americans at the hands of law enforcement officers.
    The order also calls for the creation of a national database to allow departments to track potential hires with records of abuse and for mental health professionals to respond alongside officers to calls dealing with homelessness, drug addiction and mental illness.
    But the executive order failed to address questions of systemic racism and sweeping policy changes that activists and some policing experts say are crucial to meaningful criminal justice reform.
    Kendall Thomas, a Columbia University Law professor who focuses on race, policing and constitutional law, said Trump’s order signaled no commitment to any serious policy change and underscored how reform is still focused on police training rather than community safety.
    “That executive order was not aimed at anything more than preserving the status quo,” he said.    “This is not about embracing policies that would end punitive policing, it’s about incremental reforms that will make punitive policing more powerful.”
    Trump’s event underscored the difficulty he often faces reconciling different viewpoints on a cultural issue that deeply divides the nation.
    He was flanked by police officials in the Rose Garden but had met beforehand privately with the families of victims, who did not attend the signing.
    He praised the families and promised justice but quickly shifted into pro-law enforcement talking points that are a trademark of his campaign rallies.
    “To all of the hurting families, I want you to know that all Americans mourn by your side,” Trump said.    “Your loved ones will not have died in vain.”
    He called the families “incredible,” vowed to pursue justice for them and went on to describe police as “brave,” “selfless” and “courageous.”
    “Americans know the truth: Without police there is chaos,” Trump said.    “Without law, there is anarchy.”
    The Trump administration will prioritize federal grants from the Department of Justice to “state and local law enforcement agencies that have sought or are in the process of seeking appropriate credentials” on use-offorce standards, according to the order.
    But it does not mandate that all police departments adopt those standards.
    The order also does not include a ban on chokeholds as many activists have demanded but says the police tactic should be used only if lives are in danger.
    “Americans want law and order.    They demand law and order,” Trump said.    “We need to bring law enforcement and communities closer together, not to drive them apart.”

6/17/2020 Officials promise effective vaccine - No sacrificing safety for Warp Speed, they say by Karen Weintraub, USA TODAY
    The Trump administration is “taking every possible step” to maximize the likelihood there will be a safe, effective vaccine against COVID-19 available by the first of next year, administration officials said Tuesday.
    Speaking to reporters on condition of background, two leading members of the administration’s Operation Warp Speed pledged safety would not be sacrificed in the push to quickly develop, manufacture and deliver a vaccine.
    “All of the professionals working on Operation Warp Speed see this as a solemn obligation to make sure these vaccines are safe and effective,” one official said.
    The administration is on the defensive after accusations that Operation Warp Speed is going too fast and raising the anxiety level of people already hesitant to get vaccinated.    Surveys show only about half of Americans would be willing to take a vaccine against the virus, although experts generally agree widespread vaccination will be needed to stop the spread.    Vaccine supporters said Tuesday that they were glad to hear that the federal process will focus on safety.
    “I hope it translates to a redoubled commitment for adequately testing the efficacy and safety of these vaccine candidates,” said Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine in Texas.    “Ensuring that the COVID-19 vaccine program will adhere to the highest standards of vaccine testing is the best means to defuse anti-vaccine misinformation, which is now pervasive.”
    The administration officials said the vaccine development time frame is being shortened by overlapping many of the usual steps rather than taking them one after another, and safety corners aren’t being cut.
    They said they can’t guarantee a vaccine will be ready by January because there are too many vagaries in science.
    But, stressed one official, “we are taking every possible step to maximize the probability of success and shorten the timeline to getting safe and effective vaccines and therapeutics for COVID-19.    The timelines are being modified, but the science is not.”
    Added the other: “It’s my pledge to be working 24/7 until we get there.”
    Dr. Paul Offit, a vaccine expert at the University of Pennsylvania, said he wishes the administration officials had said they plan to rely on outside experts to determine whether a trial has proven a vaccine candidate’s safety and effectiveness.
    “There’s an election coming up,” Offit noted.    The administration has consistently put politics ahead of science, he said, and he wants to be sure the vaccine development process will be guided solely by science.    “It can’t be the administration that steps up and says, ‘I think we’ve done enough.’”    Robert F. Kennedy, a leader in the vaccine hesitancy movement, remains skeptical about the effort.    He says more energy should be devoted to developing treatments for COVID-19, particularly inexpensive, off-patent ones.
    But he said he would support a vaccine if it were effective and caused injury in fewer than 1 in 1 million people.
    “If they came up with a vaccine that did something close to that, we would support it,” Kennedy said.    “We’re not against vaccination, we just want it to have the same kinds of standards as other medications.”
    Congress has allocated more than $10 billion to COVID-19 science.    As part of that effort, Operation Warp Speed aims to deliver 300 million vaccine doses by January.    The government also is working to develop therapies and diagnostics against COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.
    So far, Operation Warp Speed, a collaboration across many parts of the government, has narrowed 100 candidate vaccines down to 14 being considered for funding.    The list will further be shortened to about seven of the most promising that will be funded at least through early clinical trials.    A few will be supported through larger, more expensive testing in people.
    The government already has invested in three companies with candidate vaccines: $456 million for Johnson & Johnson; $483 million for Moderna Therapeutics; and up to $1.2 billion for AstraZeneca’s candidate vaccine, developed in conjunction with the University of Oxford.    Large-scale trials will begin this summer, with Moderna’s mRNA-1273 to be tested in 30,000 volunteers, and the first vaccine doses will be delivered as soon as October.
    Government funding will enable Americans who cannot afford the vaccine to get it and remove some of the risk companies usually face in developing a vaccine, the officials said.    It also will be used to begin manufacturing millions of doses before safety trials are finished, so any vaccine that does meet safety and effectiveness standards will be ready for delivery almost immediately after approval, rather than waiting months or years for manufacturing to scale up.
    The administration officials said they expect insurance companies will cover the cost of vaccination, without a copay, as they have for other costs of COVID-19 care.
    Any vaccine that has been proven safe and effective by early next year will be distributed in a “tiered” system, with top priority given to health care workers, vulnerable people such as the elderly, and those essential to national defense, they said.
    Some of the candidate vaccines may be shown to work better in some populations than others, one of the officials said, so, for instance, a vaccine that wasn’t as effective in the elderly might be targeted to healthcare workers, instead.    To understand the strengths and weaknesses of each candidate vaccine and better target its distribution will require testing in large numbers of people, he said.
    “The only way we’re really going to know how this vaccine works is in the context of appropriately conducted clinical trials,” he said.
    Not everyone will need a vaccine.    Americans who have had the virus and developed antibodies against it will be a “significantly lower priority” for vaccination, he said, because they presumably already have immunity.
    Health and patient safety coverage at USA TODAY is made possible in part by a grant from the Masimo Foundation for Ethics, Innovation and Competition in Healthcare.    The Masimo Foundation does not provide editorial input.
Officials hope to have a vaccine by the first of next year. GETTY IMAGES

6/16/2020 Sen. Schumer claims GOP senators proposed police reform bill ‘does not rise to the moment’ by OAN Newsroom
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of N.Y., speaks during a news conference on
Capitol Hill, Tuesday, June 16, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
    Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has dismissed Senate Republicans proposed police reform bill in it’s current form.    While speaking on the Senate floor Wednesday, he stated that the GOP’s proposal does not rise to the moment.
    The Democrat leader claimed the legislation does not include meaningful accountability for officers and specifically noted the bill lacks reforms to qualified immunity. Schumer said Senate Democrats will seek to make changes to the legislation.
    “We expect our Republican colleagues to work with us to make significant improvement to any legislation in order for it to pass, we take this very seriously,” he noted.    “As we continue to review the Republican legislation, I will be talking to my caucus about the best way to strengthen it.”
    This comes as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Wednesday that he will seek to hold a vote on advancing the bill for debate on the floor next week.

6/16/2020 GOP senators propose police reform bill by OAN Newsroom
Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., and others speak at a news conference to announce a Republican police reform
bill on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, June 17, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    Senate Republicans have introduced a bill on police reform to address national unrest, which stemmed from the killing of African American George Floyd.
    “This issue continues and that’s why its so important for us to say that we hear you, we’re listening to your concerns,” said Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) who has spearheaded the legislation.
    The bill was introduced Wednesday morning and focused on three major areas.    First, it would start by holding officers accountable for their actions by creating a database for violent offenses by law enforcement.    The law would also require departments to report all encounters that resulted in injury or death of a person in custody to the FBI.
    “Data collection or the information is making sure that when serious bodily injury occurs or death, that all of that information is reported to the FBI,” Scott explained.    “Today only 40% of the departments report that information to the FBI.”
    That database would also help special commissions study the relationship between police and black men to improve the agencies practices. Additionally, it would change department protocols.    Officers would no longer be allowed to use chokeholds on suspects and the government would reduce funding for departments who continued to allow the maneuver.
    Finally, the bill looks to increase grants for agencies to equip every officer with a body camera.    The additional funding would also make more resources like de-escalation training available in hopes of making encounters with officers safer.
    “Once we have the information and we can then turn to the training that is necessary to deescalate situation…the duty to intervene…not standing there watching an officer with his knee on the neck, but intervening in these situations…we can train our officers better,” said Scott.
    Democrat lawmakers unveiled a more stern version of the bill last week, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell vowed to kill it upon arrival to the Senate.    Instead, he urged Democrats to support the GOP drafted measure, which he said proves the country can support both black Americans and law enforcement.
    “Our Democratic friends, if they wanna make a law and not just a point, I hope they will join us in getting on the bill and trying to move forward in the way the Senate moves forward when it tries to actually get an outcome,” Mcconnell stated.
    Meanwhile, a vote on Scott’s proposal is set to take place sometime next week.

6/17/2020 Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee calls for investigation into hanging death by OAN Newsroom
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, asks questions during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on proposed changes to police
practices and accountability on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, June 10, 2020, in Washington. (Greg Nash/Pool via AP)
    Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) has called for an investigation into the hanging death of a Hispanic man in Houston, Texas.    On Wednesday, Lee stated no instance like this one should go uninvestigated, given the circumstances.
    An unidentified Hispanic man was found hanging in Houston on Monday. According to investigators, foul play was not involved.
    Authorities designated his death a suicide after his family confirmed he was suicidal.
    However, locals who were near the scene refused to believe it was a suicide.
    “With everything that’s been transpiring, with all of the hangings that have been taking place between the last two weeks, why wouldn’t you automatically assume foul play?” asked one local.    “Like, no one is hanging themselves from a tree.”
    The incident in Houston came weeks after two black men were found hanging in California in separate incidents.
    Rep. Lee has said she will make sure this case is investigated thoroughly.

6/17/2020 Fla. continues reopening despite spike in new COVID-19 cases by OAN Newsroom
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a news conference at Universal Studios Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
    Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has confirmed plans to continue reopening the state’s economy amid a rising number of COVID-19 cases.    During a recent press conference, DeSantis stated he wouldn’t consider rolling back reopening efforts.
    The state reported a record number of more than 2,700 coronavirus infections on Tuesday.    The governor has said this could be due to increased testing in the area.
    He also reiterated the lockdown’s original purpose of protecting hospitals and explained his reasoning for allowing businesses to reopen.
    “You have to have society function, you have to be able to have a cohesive society.    That’s the best way to be able to deal with the impacts of the virus, particularly when you have a virus that disproportionately impacts one portion of society.    To suppress a lot of working age people at this point I don’t think would be very effective.” – Ron DeSantis, Governor of Florida
    He went on to say the state is going to move forward and will continue to encourage social distancing.

6/17/2020 Sen. Graham urges Democrats to negotiate on police reform bill by OAN Newsroom
Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., makes an opening statement during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on police use of
force and community relations on on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, June 16, 2020 in Washington. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/Pool via AP)
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) continues to push for bipartisan negotiations on police reform.    He spoke to the press shortly after Republicans rolled out their police reform bill on Wednesday.
    Democrats released their own version of the bill last week.
    Sen. Graham called the Democrat proposal a “wish list” and implied that it goes too far.    He’s encouraged Democrats to negotiate in good faith so the bill can pass through Congress smoothly.
    “To my Democratic colleagues, I appreciate you putting together your list,” he said.    “I’d like to work with you, but were not going to get there if we keep playing this game.”
    A vote on the bill is expected to take place next week.    Republicans will need the support of at least seven Democrats for the legislation to move forward.

6/17/2020 NYPD commissioner discusses elimination of plainclothes units by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Nov. 4, 2019, file photo, then-Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea attends
a news conference at New York’s City Hall. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
    The NYPD commissioner has addressed the recent decision to disband the department’s plainclothes anti-crime unit.    On Wednesday, Dermot Shea discussed practices the New York Police Department will be adopting in response to the current unrest.
    Shea said first and foremost, officers go to work with the intention of keeping New Yorkers safe.    He emphasized that the organization is fluid, noting it must adapt as attitudes and laws change.
    The commissioner expressed that he has been looking into reforming the plainclothes units for well over a year.
    “I think it was needed.    I think it was time for a change, for a lot of different reasons.    I think it goes a long way in building trust in the community.    I think it protects officers as well, quite frankly, and I think that we can do it.    We can continue to fight crime by being more strategic.” – Dermot Shea, Commissioner of the New York Police Department
    Shea acknowledged there are issues in the policing system, but stated true reform comes internally.    He added that the department is already an agency that practices reform.

6/17/2020 Press Secy. McEnany: White House employees no longer required to wear masks by OAN Newsroom
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany speaks during a press briefing in the James Brady Press
Briefing Room at the White House, Wednesday, June 17, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    Moving forward, the White House will no longer require employees to use face masks.
    Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany confirmed this change in protocol on Wednesday.    She has said the use of masks is still recommended, but not mandatory.
    Her remarks signaled a reversal of the requirement listed in a memo earlier this year, which required the use of facial coverings when staffers are away from their desks or cannot practice social distancing.    That order came after two White House employees tested positive for the virus.
    According to the press secretary, the White House now has enough safeguards in place to stop that from happening again.
    “The White House is confident that we have enough testing to identify asymptomatic individuals, that we have therapeutics that are promising,” stated McEnany.    “We are working on a vaccine with project Warp Speed that we hope will be there by the end of the year.”
    The policy change comes as states across the nation continue to ease coronavirus restrictions.

6/17/2020 President Trump marks 5 years since Charleston church shooting by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump pauses as he speaks about the PREVENTS “President’s Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End a National Tragedy
of Suicide,” task force, in the East Room of the White House, Wednesday, June 17, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    On Wednesday, President Trump marked five years since the deadly shooting at a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina.    While speaking at the White House, the president reflected on the lives lost that day at the Emanuel Ame Church.     A gunman opened fire on a group of innocent parishioners, who had gathered for bible study in the church. Nine people were killed in the deadly massacre.
    President Trump has called it a despicable act of evil.
    “Today, we remember this somber day as our hearts still break for the victims and our prayers go with all,” stated the president.    “Terrible, terrible day for our country, for the world to witness.”

6/17/2020 Publix Supermarkets bans employees from wearing Black Lives Matter gear at work by OAN Newsroom
Screengrab via NBC official report.
    Publix Supermarkets has reportedly banned Black Lives Matter garb in the workplace.    The company received backlash after a teenage employee in Florida said he was sent home for wearing the letters “BLM” written on his face mask.
    According to the boy, a district manager has since contacted him to explain their position.
    “He doesn’t know if they’re pro or con on the issue, (says) that I am endangering myself and everyone who works there,” stated Quinton Desamours.    “There is an employee that has a comic strip on his mask, so it seems like they just didn’t like the message I was trying to portray.”
    Publix defended its decision by saying the move was in line with current policy.    According to a statement from the company, it rejects racism and believes diversity makes the company better.
    However, current dress code guidelines reject any attire not associated with the chain’s brand.

6/17/2020 Vice President Pence: Trump campaign seeking second venue for rally in Tulsa, Okla. by OAN Newsroom
Vice President Mike Pence speaks to workers at Winnebago Industries,
Tuesday, June 16, 2020, in Forest City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
    Vice President Mike Pence recently confirmed the Trump campaign is looking at using a second venue to host the president’s supporters during his rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma.    This announcement followed an overwhelming public response to the upcoming rally, which has now sold over a million tickets.
    Pence reaffirmed that while this move is a work in progress, the campaign is actively seeking to accommodate the overflow of attendees.    He added a second location is being considered and noted they are also mulling holding a portion of the event outdoors.
    The rally, which is scheduled for this Saturday, will mark the president’s first campaign event since the beginning of the pandemic.    The rally is slated to be held at Tulsa’s Bok Center, which holds around 20,000 people.
    The Trump campaign previously said they fully expect to fill the arena to capacity.    Earlier this week, President Trump also teased the possibility of using the city’s convention center as a second venue.
    “They have a pretty new, magnificent arena, as you probably have heard.    We’re getting exact numbers out, but we’re either close to or over 1 million people wanting to go.    We have a 22,000 seat arena, but I think we’re going to also take the convention hall next door.    That’s going to hold 40,000.    So we’ll have 22,000 plus 40,000, which would mean that would have over 900,000 people that won’t be able to go, but hopefully they’ll be watching.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
Photo via AP.
    Pence also eased concerns related to the coronavirus, noting that the campaign staff will be conducting temperature checks.    They will also be providing masks, water bottles and hand sanitizer.
    This came after President Trump praised Oklahoma for how it’s responded to the COVID-19 outbreak in the state.
    “I think one of the reasons we chose it (Oklahoma) is because of…what a great job the governor and everybody else has done in Oklahoma.    We expect to have, you know, it’s like a record setting crowd.    We’ve never had an empty seat and we certainly won’t in Oklahoma.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States

6/17/2020 Customers demand Amazon take down ‘Blue Lives Murder’ t-shirts by OAN Newsroom
    A growing number of Americans across the nation are calling on Amazon to stop allowing the sale of an anti-police t-shirt on its site.    The shirts come in multiple colors and include the words “Blue Lives Murder.”
    The San Antonio Police Officers Association said the shirt is an insult to police officers and stirs up violence against them.    The association is calling on Amazon to remove the shirts on behalf of all police officer and the people they serve as well as protect.
    A Texas woman name Ceteka Perry, whose son is a police officer in Utah, said the t-shirt is a form of “hate speech.”
    “I know they’re very much Black Lives Matter and that’s fine, they can have that be their agenda,” she stated.    “But, you know, to say that ‘Blue Lives Murder’ — to me that’s hate speech.”
    This appears to go against Amazon’s policy prohibiting the sale or “products that promote, incite or glorify hate or violence towards any person or group.”
    Several customers have left reviews stating the item promotes further division amid nationwide protests and called the shirt hate speech, un-American and distasteful.
    The founder of Blue Lives Matter-NYC, police Sergeant Joe Imperatrice, also responded.    He said the shirts are fueling the anti-cop fire and it could cost somebody, more than likely a police officer, their life.    He added that the shirts need to be taken down immediately.

6/17/2020 Moderna CEO says data from final vaccine efficacy study possible by this fall by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this March 16, 2020, file photo, Neal Browning receives a shot in the first-stage safety
study clinical trial of a potential vaccine for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus,
at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
    According to biotech company Moderna, their possible coronavirus vaccine has a high probability of success.
    During an interview earlier this week, Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel said the company plans to launch a 30,000 person final study next month to determine the effectiveness of the company’s vaccine.
    The Moderna head noted that the data from this study could be possible by Thanksgiving and if the numbers look good, the FDA may fast-track it for areas in the U.S. with high COVID-19 cases.
    Bancel explained the company, which started only 10 years ago, has been able to find a potential vaccine so quickly due to its use of novel technology of messenger RNA.
    “What we do at Moderna is we use messenger RNA, which is a molecule which sends between DNA in your cells and protein,” he explained.    “And so what we can do is basically use instructions…what we do is inject your body with a set of instructions coding of a protein of a virus to teach your immune system how to make an antibody, so if you get an infection later you’ll be protected.”
    Meanwhile, other pharmaceutical companies with large resources and manufacturing capabilities are reportedly close behind Moderna in developing a potential vaccine.

6/17/2020 Fmr. AG Jeff Sessions responds to rumors of President Trump rallying in Ala. by OAN Newsroom
Former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is pictured. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
    Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently spoke out on reports that President Trump is planning to hold a campaign event with his Republican Senate primary opponent.
    In an interview Tuesday, Sessions said he’s at peace with the fact that the president has endorsed his opponent Tommy Tuberville.    He added that the results of the July runoff election will come down to the people of Alabama.
    Sessions said Alabamans will vote for President Trump in the fall and that he should spend more of his time in swing states.    However, he added that the president is a free American who is allowed to go wherever he chooses and endorse who he wants to endorse.
    “I think it’s great if he wants to come to Alabama, that’s fabulous…I was there with him the first two times he came to Mobile, Tommy Tuberville wasn’t,” said Sessions.    “Tommy Tuberville never said a nice word about him or gave dime to his campaign while I traveled all across the country to help the president.”
    The rumored event is set to take place just before the runoff election, however, Tuberville said he’s unaware of the president’s plans in Alabama.
    Sessions predicts that the president will be reelected in November and he maintains he’s the best candidate to help support President Trump in Congress.
[The recent investigations that have shown that the FBI 7th Floor Comey, Yates, etc. were involved with corruption the information in the FISA surveillance of Carter Page and Jeff Sessions was the Attorney General who wussed out back then I am assuming he was scared of the DEEP STATE who would come after him if he tried to stop it and now Trump is dissing him.].

6/17/2020 Mexico, India, Ireland, Norway elected to U.N. Security Council, one seat still open
FILE PHOTO: The United Nations Security Council meets about the situation in Syria at United Nations Headquarters in
the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., February 28, 2020. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/File Photo
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Mexico, India, Ireland and Norway were elected to the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday, but the 193 U.N. member states must return on Thursday to continue voting to fill one more vacant seat after there was no clear winner.
    Canada lost out to Ireland and Norway in a hotly contested election that included Ireland enlisting the help of U2 singer Bono and taking U.N. ambassadors to a U2 concert and Canada taking envoys to a Celine Dion concert.
    Mexico and India were elected unopposed.    Kenya and Djibouti were competing for the final seat, but there was no clear winner.
    To ensure geographical representation, seats are allocated to regional groups. But even if candidates are running unopposed in their group, they still need to win the support of more than two thirds of the U.N. General Assembly.
    The new members will start their two-year term on the 15-member council on Jan. 1.
    After operating virtually since March amid the coronavirus pandemic, diplomats – wearing masks and social distancing – returned to the General Assembly hall on Wednesday to cast their secret ballots at allotted times.
    They also elected – unopposed – Turkish diplomat Volkan Bozkir as the president of the 75th session of the U.N. General Assembly.    He will take up the role later this year.
    The Security Council is the only U.N. body that can make legally binding decisions like imposing sanctions and authorizing the use of force.    It has five permanent veto-wielding members – the United States, Britain, France, China and Russia.
(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Peter Cooney)

6/17/2020 Brother of George Floyd urges U.N. probe into U.S. racism, violence by Stephanie Nebehay
George Floyd's brother, Philonise Floyd, speaks (via video message) during an urgent debate on current racially
inspired human rights violations, systematic racism, police brutality against people of African descent and violence
against peaceful protests at the High-Level Segment of the 43rd session of the Human Rights Council, at the European
headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland June 17, 2020. Martial Trezzini/Pool via REUTERS
    GENEVA (Reuters) – The brother of the late George Floyd, a black man whose death under the knee of a white officer roused world protests against racial injustice, urged the United Nations on Wednesday to investigate U.S. police brutality and racial discrimination.
    “The way you saw my brother tortured and murdered on camera is the way black people are treated by police in America,” Philonise Floyd told the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva by video.
    He urged creation of an independent commission to investigate American police killings of black people and violence used against peaceful protesters.
    “You watched my brother die.    That could have been me.    I am my brother’s keeper.    You in the United Nations are your brothers and sisters’ keepers in America, and you have the power to help us get justice for my brother George Floyd,” he said.
    The urgent debate, convened at the request of African countries seeking a U.N. inquiry into abuses, was to continue on Thursday.
    “The Human Rights Council must be the ultimate defender of the weak and do so particularly for the descendants and the victims of the transatlantic slave trade,” South Africa’s ambassador Nozipho Joyce Mxakato-Diseko told the talks.
    Activists and diplomats said that U.S. and Australian officials had lobbied African countries to tone down their draft resolution.    The latest draft, seen by Reuters, does not name the United States or set up a U.N. commission of inquiry.
    The latest text proposes that the office of U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet “establish the facts and circumstances relating to systemic racism” and alleged use of excessive force, and report back in a year.
    Bachelet, in her speech, called for investigating and prosecuting excessive use of force by police and for “swift and decisive reforms.”
    “Black lives matter.    Indigenous lives matter.    The lives of people of colour matter.    All human beings are born equal in dignity and rights,” she said.
    The United States quit the Council two years ago and does not attend debates.
    Andrew Bremberg, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, issued a statement saying that his country was “not above scrutiny” as it grappled with racial discrimination but was implementing police reforms after Floyd’s killing.
    “As the world’s leading advocate for human rights we call upon all governments to demonstrate the same level of transparency and accountability that the U.S. and our democratic partners practice,” Bremberg said.
    China, Cuba, Russia and Venezuela criticised the U.S. record. “Russia knows what racism leads to when it is raised to the status of political doctrine, we remember the Second World War and attempts to rewrite that history,” said Russian ambassador Gennady Gatilov.
    China’s ambassador Chen Xu urged the United States to “guarantee effectively the legal rights of ethnic minorities” and “stop using human rights as a political tool and practising double standards internationally.”
(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by William Maclean, Giles Elgood and Howard Goller)

6/17/2020 Johnson, Macron to honour French Resistance fighters in London by Estelle Shirbon
FILE PHOTO - Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson poses with French President Emmanuel Macron during a
European Union leaders summit in Brussels, Belgium, October 17, 2019. REUTERS/Johanna Geron/Pool
    LONDON (Reuters) – Four men who played significant roles in the French Resistance during World War Two will be honoured by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron during a ceremony in London on Thursday.
    Macron, on his first trip outside France since the start of the coronavirus lockdown in March, will also meet Johnson at 10 Downing Street to discuss their governments’ responses to the pandemic.
    They are also likely to discuss Brexit, an issue that has been rising back up the political agenda in recent weeks as pressure increases on Britain and the European Union to agree and ratify a trade deal before a Dec. 31 deadline.
    Macron’s visit marks the 80th anniversary of General Charles de Gaulle’s radio address to the French nation, shortly after the Nazi invasion of France, in which he laid the foundations of the Resistance.
    The address was broadcast from London by the BBC on June 18, 1940, with permission from Winston Churchill.
    To mark the occasion, Britain will bestow awards on four Resistance fighters: Edgard Tupet-Thome, 100; Daniel Cordier, 99; Hubert Germain, 99, and Pierre Simonet, 98. They will not be present, but will receive their awards in France later.
    The four are the only surviving holders of the Croix de la Liberation (Cross of Liberation), an honour bestowed by De Gaulle on 1,038 men and women who distinguished themselves in the struggle to liberate France.
    Johnson said the men symbolised “the enduring depth and strength” of Franco-British friendship – which has been tested by Brexit turbulence since Britain voted to quit the European Union in a 2016 referendum.
    Macron will take part in a ceremonial event with Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, and his wife Camilla.    The French leader will also be treated to a joint flypast by the Red Arrows, the Royal Air Force’s aerobatic team, and their French counterparts, the Patrouille de France.
    A statue of Churchill that stands on Parliament Square was uncovered for Macron’s visit.    The statue had been boarded up since last week to prevent it from being damaged by Black Lives Matter protesters.
(Editing by Stephen Addison)

6/17/2020 Oxford college says it wants to remove statue of colonialist Rhodes by Estelle Shirbon
FILE PHOTO: A statue of Cecil Rhodes, a controversial historical figure, stands in Oxford, Britain, June 11, 2020. REUTERS/Andy Couldridge
    LONDON (Reuters) – An Oxford University college said on Wednesday it wanted to remove from its facade a statue of 19th century colonialist Cecil Rhodes that has been a target of anti-racism protests, though the decision would be made independently.
    Oriel College has been under pressure for several years from the #RhodesMustFall campaign, which argues the statue glorifies racism and is an insult to black students.
    “First, this is a moment for celebration,” said Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh, a South African graduate student at Oxford and #RhodesMustFall campaigner.    “Energy and pressure must still be exerted on Oriel to see its ‘wish’ to fruition.”
    The campaign was reinvigorated by the global wave of anti-racism protests in the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and on June 9 a large demonstration took place outside the college.
    In Britain, the Black Lives Matter protests have ignited a debate about monuments commemorating the nation’s imperialist past.
    Rhodes, a mining magnate, was a central figure in Britain’s colonial project in southern Africa, giving his name to Rhodesia, present-day Zimbabwe, and founding the De Beers diamond empire. He expressed racist beliefs and implemented racial segregation measures that paved the way for apartheid.
    A student at Oriel in his youth, he endowed the Rhodes Scholarships, which have allowed more than 8,000 students from around the world, including former U.S. President Bill Clinton, to study at Oxford.
    The governing body of Oriel said it would launch an independent commission of inquiry into the issues surrounding the statue, to which it would recommend that it be taken down.
    Oriel said the commission would examine the Rhodes legacy and how the college’s present commitment to diversity could “sit more easily with its past”.     The #RhodesMustFall campaign began in South Africa in 2015, culminating in the removal of a statue of Rhodes at Cape Town University.    But Oriel said in 2016 it would keep its own statue as “an important reminder of the complexity of history.”
(Editing by William James and Stephen Addison)

6/17/2020 Kayapó chief dies from COVID-19 in Brazil, led protest against Amazon dam
FILE PHOTO:Indigenous leader Paulinho Paiakan of Kayapo tribe, takes part in an OCCUPY FUNAI protest that will
shut down FUNAI offices throughout Brazil in Brasilia, Brazil July 13, 2016. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino
    BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil’s indigenous people lost one of their pioneering leaders to COVID-19 on Wednesday with the death of Paulinho Payakan, a Kayapó chief who led protests against the Belo Monte hydro-electric dam in the 1980s.
    Alongside Kayapó chief Raoni and musician Sting, Payakan helped bring international attention to the environmental and social cost of building the world’s third largest dam on the Xingu river in the Amazon rainforest.
    Payakan, 66, died on Wednesday morning in the hospital of Redençao in southern Pará state, where the coronavirus epidemic has spread among indigenous communities and is killing tribal elders.
    The Kayapó chief was sentenced in 1998 to six years in prison for the rape of an 18-year-old student in 1992 with the assistance of his wife, who was also convicted.
    The crime badly hurt Payakan’s reputation, said Sydney Possuelo, Brazil’s best-known explorer of isolated Amazon tribes who was head of the government’s indigenous affairs agency Funai at the time.
    Still, Possuelo praised Payakan for seeking the economic survival of his tribe while maintaining its indigenous identity.
    One fruit of his efforts was a deal with eco-friendly cosmetic retailer The Body Shop and its socially aware Trade Not Aid marketing initiative, by which the tribe gathered Brazil nuts in the rainforest for the extraction of oil used to make cosmetics.
    The British company is now owned by Brazilian cosmetics group Natura & Co.
    Belo Monte started generating electricity in 2016, but the original design was scaled down due to an international outcry and the dam only produces about a third of its planned 11,200 megawatts.
(Reporting by Anthony Boadle; Editing by Tom Brown and Sonya Hepinstall)

6/18/2020 Oil down $0.38 to $37.64, DOW down 171 to 26,120.

6/18/2020 Spanish minister stands up for Columbus statues amid global protests
FILE PHOTO: A pedestal where a statue of Christopher Columbus was toppled is seen after widespread civil unrest following the death in Minneapolis
police custody of George Floyd, in Richmond, Virginia, U.S. June 10, 2020. Picture taken June 10, 2020 REUTERS/Julia Rendleman
    MADRID (Reuters) – The education minister in Spain’s leftist coalition government defended the country’s numerous statues of 15th century navigator Christopher Columbus against calls by anti-racism activists to tear them down amid a wave of global protests.
    The first European to reach the Americas, Columbus is often seen by rights activists as a symbol of racial hatred as his discovery opened the gates to invasions from Europe resulting in millions of deaths all over the Americas.
    “Cities have history and moments which must be respected and learned from,” minister Isabel Celaa told reporters when asked about demands by protesters, including some left-wing politicians, in Spain to tear down the statues.
    The Italian-born explorer, who made his travels on behalf of the Spanish crown, is a national hero in Spain, where dozens of cities have erected statues to honour him.
    Following the death last month of African American George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody, anti-racism protesters across the United States and around the world have targeted statues of various historical figures, including Columbus.
    Statues of the explorer were taken down or vandalised in several cities in the United States, including St Louis, Boston, Richmond and Detroit.
(Reporting by Inti Landauro, editing by Andrei Khalip and Giles Elgood)

6/18/2020 U.S. senators unveil bill to curb foreign espionage, influence on campuses
FILE PHOTO: Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) walks to the Senate Chamber as the impeachment trial of U.S.
President Donald Trump continues in Washington, U.S., January 27, 2020. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
    (Reuters) – A bipartisan group of U.S. senators unveiled legislation on Thursday aimed at protecting research and innovation on U.S. campuses and prevent suspected theft of intellectual property by China and other countries.
    The bill comes amid a growing push in Washington to clamp down on spying and intellectual property theft that some Chinese nationals are suspected of engaging in on U.S. university and college campuses.
    The “Safeguarding American Innovation Act” proposes to strengthen the State Department’s authority to deny visas to foreign nationals seeking access to certain sensitive technologies related to U.S. national security and economic security interests.
    It also proposes penalizing individuals with fines and imprisonment for failing to disclose foreign support on federal grant applications, as well as lowering the threshold for U.S. schools and universities to report foreign gifts.
    “This bill will help us stop foreign governments from stealing our research and innovation while also increasing transparency to ensure that taxpayers know when colleges and universities accept significant foreign funding,” Portman said in a statement.
    The bill, co-sponsored by senators including Rob Portman, Tom Carper, Marco Rubio and Maggie Hassan, also aims to give the Department of Education authority to punish U.S. schools that fail to properly report gifts received from foreign entities.
    In one of the highest-profile cases to emerge from a U.S. Justice Department crackdown on Chinese influence within universities, a Harvard University professor pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to charges that he lied to U.S. authorities about his ties to a China-run recruitment program and funding he received from the Chinese government for research.
    Reuters, citing sources, reported last month that the United States is planning to cancel the visas of thousands of Chinese graduate students believed by President Donald Trump’s administration to have links with China’s military.
(Reporting by Ismail Shakil in Bengaluru; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

6/18/2020 Brazil coronavirus deaths climb to 46,510, cases near 1 million
FILE PHOTO: Nurse Jaqueline Borges Dias prepares medications for a patient suffering from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at
the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Emilio Ribas Institute in Sao Paulo, Brazil, June 17, 2020. REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli/File Photo
    RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Brazil recorded 1,269 additional COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday, bringing its official death toll from the novel coronavirus to 46,510, the most in the world outside the United States.     The Health Ministry also registered 32,188 new cases of the virus since its Tuesday update, for a total of 955,377 confirmed cases, also second to the United States globally.
(Reporting by Pedro Fonseca; Editing by Brad Haynes)

6/18/2020 Trump renews threat to cut ties with Beijing, a day after high-level U.S.-China talks by Andrea Shalal and David Brunnstrom
FILE PHOTO: Chinese and U.S. flags flutter near The Bund, before U.S. trade delegation meet
their Chinese counterparts for talks in Shanghai, China July 30, 2019. REUTERS/Aly Song
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump on Thursday renewed his threat to cut ties with China, a day after his top diplomats held talks with Beijing and his trade representative said he did not consider decoupling the U.S. and Chinese economies a viable option.
    The top U.S. diplomat for East Asia described U.S.-China relations as “tense” after their first high-level face-to-face diplomatic talks in months, although he said Beijing did recommit to the first part of a trade deal reached this year and that coming weeks would show if there had been progress.
    Trump has made rebalancing the massive U.S. trade deficit with China a top priority, but relations have worsened steadily as his campaign for re-election in November heats up.
    “It was not Ambassador Lighthizer’s fault (yesterday in Committee) in that perhaps I didn’t make myself clear,” Trump said in a tweet referring to his trade representative, Robert Lighthizer.
    “But the U.S. certainly does maintain a policy option, under various conditions, of a complete decoupling from China.”
    Lighthizer told a House of Representatives committee on Wednesday he did not see that as viable.
    “Do I think that you can sit down and decouple the United States economy from the Chinese economy?” he said.    “No, I think that was a policy option years ago.    I don’t think it’s a … reasonable policy option at this point.”
    His office had no immediate comment on Trump’s tweet.
    U.S.-China relations have reached their lowest point in years since the coronavirus pandemic that began in China hit the United States hard, and Trump and his administration have repeatedly accused Beijing of not being transparent about the outbreak.
    Among multiple points of friction, the countries are also at odds over China’s moves to impose new security legislation on Hong Kong, which have prompted Trump to initiate a process to eliminate special U.S. treatment for the territory.
    Trump made clear the deterioration in the relationship last month when he said he had no interest in speaking right now to President Xi Jinping, whom he has hailed as a friend, and suggesting he could even cut ties with China.
    Lighthizer said he expected to see more supply chains moving to the United States because of tax and regulatory changes, but also noted that the U.S.-China trade deal would result in significant positive changes and increased Chinese purchases of U.S. goods and services.
    The Phase 1 U.S.-China trade deal calls for China to buy $200 billion in additional U.S. goods and services over two years, but skeptics say the pandemic and resulting economic slowdowns will make it difficult for Beijing to reach its targets for this year.
    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met China’s top diplomat, Yang Jiechi, for a day of talks in Hawaii on Wednesday, but those appear to have done little to improve the mood.
    As the Hawaii meeting began, Trump signed legislation calling for sanctions against those responsible for repression of Uighur Muslims in China’s Xinjiang region, prompting Beijing to threaten retaliation.
    David Stilwell, the assistant secretary for East Asia, told reporters that China’s attitude in the talks could not be described as forthcoming and described relations as “tense.”
    He said recent Chinese actions, over India, in the South China Sea and over Hong Kong, had not been constructive and that Washington looked forward to seeing China reconsider its plans for security legislation for Hong Kong.
    At the same time, Stilwell said China did recommit to following through on the trade agreement and added that efforts to persuade North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons were another area of potential cooperation.
    “The trade deal – the Chinese have recommitted to that numerous times … and they insist that they will follow through,” Stilwell said.    “This is a good acid test to see if they will be cooperative partners.”
    “We’ll see in the next week or two, or however long it takes, (if) they begin to live up to their commitments,” he said.
    China described the Hawaii talks as “constructive,” but its Foreign Ministry said Yang told Pompeo that Washington needed to respect Beijing’s positions on key issues and halt its interference in matters such as Hong Kong, Taiwan and Xinjiang, while working to repair relations.
    Hours after the meeting ended, China said its top parliamentary body would review draft Hong Kong security legislation during a session that began on Thursday.
    Earlier, foreign ministers of the G7 countries, including Pompeo, issued a statement calling on China not to follow through with the legislation, which critics call an assault on the territory’s democratic freedoms.
(Reporting by Eric Beech, Andrea Shalal, David Brunnstrom and Arshad Mohammed; Editing by Peter Cooney)

6/18/2020 President Trump on Bolton’s North Korea Plan: ‘I should have fired him right then’ by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump arrives to speak about the PREVENTS “President’s Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End a National Tragedy
of Suicide,” task force, in the East Room of the White House, Wednesday, June 17, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    President Trump said he should have fired ousted National Security adviser John Bolton sooner.    In a series of tweets Thursday, the president pointed to when Bolton referenced the “Libyan Model” in regards to North Korea.
    His remarks come as Bolton prepares to release his “tell all” memoir about his time with the administration.    He has claimed the president tied most foreign policy to his reelection efforts.    The president has continued to slam Bolton’s new book by calling it a “compilation of lies and made up stories.”
    White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany also blasted Bolton’s book by claiming it’s debunked by none other than Bolton himself.    She made the remarks Thursday morning while speaking to reporters outside the White House.     The press secretary also reiterated the former national security adviser’s past praise of President Trump.    She called the decision to release the book “absolutely appalling and despicable.”    She made the following remarks on the matter:
    “It’s going through the review process, it shouldn’t be out.    Being in the National Security Committee, John Bolton should in fact understand that.    He is a misguided hawk on foreign policy and a weak dove of an author, and this is despicable that he chose to publish this book without fully going through the review process.”
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany speaks with reporters at the White House,
Thursday, June 18, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    McEnany went on to point out that the book contains highly classified information and should not be out.    Meanwhile, top House Democrats are now considering their next move after Bolton’s allegations regarding President Trump’s contacts with foreign leaders.
    House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi are reportedly consulting with each other about Bolton’s detailed accusations insinuating the president solicited help from foreign leaders in his reelection bid.    The Democrats are reportedly seriously considering a subpoena for Bolton to testify.
[Well Pelosi, Schiff and Nadler are you really stupid enough to try to impeach Trump again in an election year, and if he wins re-election and gains the House and Senate you 3 will just be dust in the history books and hopefully they put you in the nut houses where you belong for your failures to do Trump in 3 times is a charm and Bolton may get a job as your security person there where he will try to plan his war on Washington.].

6/18/2020 President Trump on Rayshard Brooks shooting case: ‘It’s up to justice now’ by OAN Newsroom
File — In this Thursday, July 6, 2017 file photo U.S. President Donald Trump casts shadows on the wall as he walks with
Poland’s President Andrzej Duda at the end of a joint press conference, in Warsaw, Poland. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski/file)
    On Wednesday, President Trump discussed the fatal officer involved shooting of Rayshard Brooks.    The president expressed that Brooks’ death was a “very sad thing” and said it is now up to justice as to what happens next.
    He went on to defend the officers and noted that citizens can’t resist arrest.
    The president added he was told the Atlanta policeman charged in the shooting heard what sounded like a gunshot before he fired at Brooks.
    He said he was unsure if this was true.    However, he pointed out it’s an “interesting factor” that officials should be thoroughly investigating.
    “I don’t know that I would have necessarily believed that.    I will tell you, that’s a very interesting thing and maybe that’s so.    They’re going to have to find out.    It’s up to justice right now.    I hope he gets a fair shake, because police have not been treated fairly in our country.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
    The officer who shot and killed Brooks was charged with felony murder on Wednesday, while the other policeman present at the scene was charged with aggravated assault.

6/18/2020 Atlanta Police Department denies rumors of officer walkouts by OAN Newsroom
Interim Atlanta Police Chief Rodney Bryant speaks to the Associated Press on Thursday, June 18, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
    The Atlanta Police Department has refuted rumors regarding officers walking out on the job, but admitted to a higher number of call outs.    Reports of protests came after two ex-officers were charged Wednesday in the death of Rayshard Brooks, just five days after his death.
    Though there has been an increase in call outs, the department reassured they still have enough resources to keep the city safe.
    Brooks’ death prompted the resignation of Police Chief Erika Shields last week.
    “How we behaved as an agency, as individuals, was unacceptable,” she said.    “I know we caused further fear to you in a space that’s already so fearful for so many African Americans and I’m genuinely sorry.”
    Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard has stated his office deemed Brooks not a threat at the time of his death.    The felony murder charge former Officer Garrett Rolfe is facing carries a life sentence in prison or the death penalty.

6/18/2020 Senate vote to remove Confederate statues from U.S. Capitol fails by OAN Newsroom
Workers for The Virginia Department of General Services install concrete barriers around the statue of Confederate
General Robert E. Lee on Monument Avenue Wednesday, June 17, 2020, in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
    Calls to remove Confederate statues from the U.S. Capitol were shot down in the Senate this week.
    Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) brought a vote on the matter to a close Thursday, voting against the removal of the statues.
    Blunt has said he’d “like to get the opinion of states who are taking out similar statues” before voting.    He further suggested holding a hearing on the matter.
    “I think that today’s action would violate our agreements with the states.    I frankly think my friend from New Jersey encouraging the governors, encouraging the speakers of the House to do what they have every right in the Congress, in fact, in 2000 gave them the right to do.    The minority leader was the chairman of the committee that determines all of this just a handful of years ago and took no actions to do what the Congress is talking about doing today.    With that in mind, Madam President, I object.” – Roy Blunt, U.S. Senator
    Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) were the ones who brought the vote forward in a now failed attempt to get unanimous consent.

6/18/2020 Wash. Mayor Selby: Vandalism on home by protesters ‘like domestic terrorism’ by OAN Newsroom
Screengrab of surveillance footage, via Mayor Cheryl Selby.
    A mayor in Washington state came down on Black Lives Matter protesters after they showed up at her front door.    Protesters gathered in the city of Olympia late last week, where they marched from city hall to Mayor Cheryl Selby’s home.
    One demonstrator was captured on a security camera painting “BLM” and “racist” on the front of her house.    Selby and her family were not at home at the time.
    The mayor told a local news outlet she’s trying to process the event.    She compared it to “domestic terrorism” and said it was “unfair.”
    “Everybody’s struggling and grasping at who can they hold accountable, who can they focus a lot of their anger,” stated Selby.    “I want to work with everybody, and we are going to need everybody to make the change that they want.”
    The group eventually returned to the downtown area, where they smashed windows and spray-painted store fronts, street signs and the sidewalk.
    Earlier this month, the mayor refused to impose a curfew on demonstrators, who were protesting the death of George Floyd.

6/18/2020 Supreme Court rules Trump admin. cannot end DACA by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this June 15, 2020, file photo the columns of the Supreme Court are seen
with the Capitol at right, in Washington.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
    The Supreme Court has ruled the Trump administration cannot legally end the Obama era DACA program.    Justices ruled 5-4 on the decision, which was made Thursday.
    In the opinion, Chief Justice John Roberts said the administration failed to offer a good explanation for ending the program.
    The ruling means DACA recipients will be able to renew their membership to the program, which shields illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children from deportation.
    President Trump has suggested he may rehash the DACA case in light of the Supreme Court’s ruling. In a series of tweets, the president said he’s “asking for a legal solution on DACA, not a political one.”
    He went on to say “the Supreme Court is not willing to give us one, so now we have to start this process all over again.”

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students gather in front of the Supreme Court
on Thursday, June 18, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
    The president also stated the recent decision calls for the appointment of new justices, which he said he would recommend himself.
    Lawmakers pointed out the high court did not rule on the legality of the platform, which leaves the door open for the president to file a new case to end the program in the future.
    In a separate tweet, President Trump expressed that decision actually “gives the president of the United States far more power than ever anticipated.”

6/18/2020 Nancy Pelosi orders removal of 4 photos of previous House speakers who served in the confederacy by OAN Newsroom
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks during her weekly news conference on
Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has ordered confederate paintings to be removed from the nation’s capitol.    She has specifically called for the removal of four photos of previous House speakers from the Capitol Complex because the late lawmakers also served in the confederacy.
    Pelosi has already removed eleven statues of confederates from the capitol in recent weeks.    Her announcement comes ahead of Juneteenth, which commemorates the end of slavery.    She made the following remarks on the matter:
    “Tomorrow is Juneteenth, a day that we observe of a day of freedom in our country.    A day that people in the west found out about the Emancipation Proclamation.    In observance of that I have sent a letter, which you will see to the clerk of the House directing the clerk to remove the portraits of four previous Speakers of the House who served in the Confederacy.”
    Other notable Democrats are echoing Pelosi’s calls.    Meanwhile, critics are slamming the move and are accusing the House speaker of trying to erase history.

6/18/2020 Portland protesters set up autonomous zone outside mayor’s apartment, police tear zone down by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Aug. 5, 2019, file photo, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler
poses for a photo in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer, File)
    Protesters in Portland, Oregon tried to establish an autonomous zone of their own, but were quickly dismantled by police.    According to reports Thursday, demonstrators blocked off a section of streets in front of Mayor Ted Wheeler’s apartment using dumpsters, pallets and boards.
    Police declared the gathering a “civil disturbance” before sunrise.    Authorities then took down tents and removed the blockade.    This came after around 200 demonstrators rallied outside Wheeler’s apartment as he held a virtual city council meeting.
    “…That requires me as the leader of the city to fundamentally rethink what safety means in this community,” he stated while addressing the protesters.    “And now I’m going to say this, I not only support the reforms that we put on the table…I would argue this is the beginning…I actually believe we are biting off a lot right now.”
    The demonstrations arose as city commissioners agreed to cut around $16 million from the police department’s budget.    Protesters had, however, called on the city to cut around $50 million of the department’s total $245 million budget.

6/18/2020 Canada hits 100,000 coronavirus cases, major challenges remain by David Ljunggren
FILE PHOTO: A paramedic transports a patient to Mount Sinai Hospital as the number of the coronavirus disease
(COVID-19) cases continues to grow in Toronto, Ontario, Canada April 17, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio
    OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada officially racked up 100,000 cases of the novel coronavirus on Thursday and although the outbreak is slowing, health experts said major challenges remain.
    Authorities admit they were not prepared for how fast the pandemic ripped through nursing homes, where more than 80% of the deaths occurred.
    While the 10 provinces are slowly reopening their economies, major restrictions remain in place in Montreal and Toronto, Canada’s two biggest cities.
    “We haven’t done brilliantly, we’ve done acceptably,” said Dr. Camille Lemieux, University of Toronto epidemiologist and head of the COVID-19 testing center at the city’s University Health Network, adding the outbreak was “a very big wake-up call” about shortfalls in a fragmented healthcare system.
    The province of Ontario on Thursday announced another 190 cases a day after public health agency data showed 99,853 people had been diagnosed positive.    That pushed Canada over the 100,000 mark and into 17th place on the global list.
    Canada has recorded at least 8,266 deaths, in 12th place worldwide, according to data compiled by Reuters.
    As the outbreak fades, chief medical officer Theresa Tam expressed concern that people will grow complacent about precautions such as wearing masks.
    “It’s the sustainability of our response going forward (that) is going to be really tough.    We will just have to keep reminding people,” she told a briefing this week.
    “The virus hasn’t disappeared … what we’re asking all Canadians to remind themselves is it’s not normal times.”
    Tam worried that cases might surge later this year, which would be especially troubling if it spiked at the same time as an influenza outbreak.    She said Canada must build up enough capacity to detect and clamp down on any cases and contacts.
    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau – identifying complacency as a major threat – unveiled a tracing app which would be voluntary due to privacy concerns.    The app, he said, would be anonymous.
    “We know uptake … won’t be there if people are worried for their privacy,” he told reporters on Thursday.
    One potential drawback is that not all of the provinces are on board, underlining concerns from experts who say Canada’s complex multilayered healthcare system will complicate efforts to beat the pandemic.
    The provinces each control their own systems and have taken different approaches.    Ottawa’s role is largely providing money.    Epidemiologist Lemieux said there had been no consistent national messaging or strategy on measures such as contract tracing and wearing masks.
    “We could certainly have a significant setback.    I think that’s a very real risk,” she said by phone.
    “It takes very little to lose the trust of a population, to lose that little bit of credibility.”
    Tam herself came under fire from commentators in April for first saying wearing masks was not beneficial for those showing no symptoms and then changing tack a week later.    Tam said her advice had been evolving based on science.
    “We need to remember masks do not protect you as much as staying home would,” Trudeau said on Thursday.
    Authorities in Ontario and Quebec, the two most populous provinces, struggled to such an extent with outbreaks in nursing homes that they had to call in troops.
    “That’s got to be the biggest lesson learned … more needs to be done to ensure that doesn’t occur (again),” Tam said.
    “We flattened the curve to the extent that we did not overwhelm our acute care system but we certainly did not do well in the long-term care senior setting.”
    Quebec’s coroner on Wednesday ordered a public inquiry to probe whether any of the deaths in residences had been linked to violence or negligence.
(Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by David Gregorio and Jonathan Oatis)

6/18/2020 U.S. lawmakers offer bill to block Trump from German troop withdrawal by Patricia Zengerle
FILE PHOTO: Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Eliot Engel (D-NY) speaks during a media briefing after a House vote approving rules for an
impeachment inquiry into U.S. President Trump on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., October 31, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. congressional Democrats introduced legislation on Thursday to block President Donald Trump’s plan to remove 9,500 troops from close ally Germany by prohibiting funding for a withdrawal of U.S. forces from Europe without congressional approval.
    Representative Eliot Engel, chairman of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, and Senator Bob Menendez, ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced the bill, reflecting concern in Congress from Democrats as well as Trump’s fellow Republicans about the plan to cut troops.
    Trump said on Monday he would reduce the number of U.S. troops in Germany to 25,000, faulting Berlin for failing to meet NATO’s defense spending target and accusing it of taking advantage of the United States on trade.
    The troop reduction would be a remarkable rebuke to one of the closest U.S. trading partners and could erode faith in a pillar of postwar European security: that U.S. forces would defend alliance members against Russian aggression.
    Under the U.S. Constitution’s separation of powers, the Senate and House of Representatives – not the White House – control government spending.
    Lawmakers often use their power of the purse to influence policy decisions, such as keeping the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay open by barring spending federal money to close it.
    The bill would prohibit the use of funds to withdraw or reduce the presence of U.S. armed forces in Europe unless the host government requests it, or the president declares the intent 180 days in advance, justifies the decision, Congress approves it and the secretaries of State and Defense testify about it.
    “President Trump’s disastrous decision to withdraw thousands of troops from and reduce the total force cap in Germany endangers our national security,” Engel said in a statement.
    “Our legislation will stop the Administration from carrying out this calamitous policy,” he said.
(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; editing by Jonathan Oatis)

6/18/2020 U.S. slaps sanctions on Mexican firms, individuals linked to Venezuelan oil trade by Daphne Psaledakis and Marianna Parraga
FILE PHOTO: A man walks past a sculpture outside a building of Venezuela's state oil
company PDVSA in Caracas, Venezuela May 17, 2019. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado/File Photo
    WASHINGTON/MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – The United States on Thursday blacklisted Mexico’s Libre Abordo and a related company, accusing them of helping Caracas evade U.S. sanctions in the first formal action by the U.S. Treasury Department against Mexican firms involved in trading Venezuelan oil.
    The Treasury said in a statement it imposed sanctions on three individuals, eight entities and two vessels for activities related to a network attempting to skirt U.S. sanctions on Venezuela aimed at ousting President Nicolas Maduro.
    Mexico’s peso slumped 2% after the U.S. action.
    Among those blacklisted were Mexico-based Libre Abordo and related Schlager Business Group, as well as their co-owners, Olga Maria Zepeda and Veronica Esparza.
    The Treasury also targeted Mexican Joaquin Leal Jimenez, accusing him of having worked with Alex Saab, recently arrested in Cape Verde, Libre Abordo and Schlager for brokering the resale of millions of barrels of Venezuelan crude.
    “Leal is the critical conduit between Libre Abordo, Schlager Business Group, and their owners, and PDVSA and Saab.    Leal has been coordinating the purchase and sale of Venezuelan-origin crude oil from PDVSA,” Treasury said.
    Leal did not reply to a request for comment.
    A Maduro ally who has previously helped the government buy food, Saab was sanctioned in 2019 and charged with money laundering and conspiracy in a U.S. court in relation to a food program managed by Maduro’s administration.    The government has denied any wrongdoing in connection with the program.
    Libre Abordo said its lawyers will evaluate the Treasury’s decision, which it said wrongly linked the firm to unrelated entities.
    “Our exchange of humanitarian aid with Venezuela should not be subject of sanctions,” Libre Abordo told Reuters in a statement.
    The sanctions freeze any U.S. assets of the individuals and entities and generally prohibit Americans from dealing with them.     Libre Abordo and Schlager began receiving Venezuelan oil for resale in Asian markets late last year after signing two contracts with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s government in mid-2019.
    The agreement was framed as an oil-for-food pact exempted from U.S. sanctions as the Mexican firms intended to supply Venezuela with 210,000 tons of corn.
    Through May, Libre Abordo and Schlager received some 30 million barrels of Venezuelan oil, according to PDVSA’s documents. Even though they supplied about 500 water trucks in exchange, food was never delivered, as very low oil prices affected a schedule originally planned, Libre Abordo said.
    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement that the oil-for-food “enterprise skimmed millions from funds that were claimed to have been for humanitarian aid, yet failed to deliver the promised food to the Venezuelan people.”
    Reuters reported last month that the FBI was probing several Mexican and European companies allegedly involved in trading Venezuelan oil, gathering information for a Treasury inquiry.
    “They want us to be unable to export oil so the Venezuelan people are left without food, medicine or gasoline,” Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said on Thursday.    “Your actions and sanctions are criminal,” he told Pompeo over Twitter.
    Washington in January 2019 recognized Venezuelan politician Juan Guaido as the OPEC nation’s rightful leader and has ratcheted up sanctions and diplomatic pressure in the aftermath of Maduro’s 2018 re-election that was widely described as fraudulent.
    Maduro remains in power, backed by Venezuela’s military as well as Russia, China and Cuba.
    “The United States will continue to relentlessly pursue sanctions evaders,” Treasury Deputy Secretary Justin Muzinich said in the statement.
    Washington also targeted on Thursday Marshall Islands-based Delos Voyager Shipping Ltd. and Greece-based Romina Maritime Co Inc. for operating in the Venezuelan oil sector, giving them until July 21 to wind down activities.
    The other firms blacklisted are Alel Technologies LLC, Cosmo Resources Pte. Ltd, Luzy Technologies LLC; and Washington Trading Ltd.
    The Treasury delisted Marshall Islands-based firm Afranav Maritime Ltd and Greece-based Seacomber Ltd, and two vessels they own, after the companies promised to stop trade with Venezuela while Maduro is in power.
(Reporting by Daphne Psaledakis in Washington and Marianna Parraga in Mexico City; Additional reporting by Ana Isabel Martinez in Mexico City and Eric Beech in Washington; Editing by Tim Ahmann, Jonathan Oatis and Daniel Wallis)

6/18/2020 Defense Secy. Esper: Military will conduct internal review on race by OAN Newsroom
    Defense Secretary Mark Esper has announced an internal review on race in the military.    On Thursday, Esper confirmed he will be creating two boards to study diversity and inclusion.
    “What defines us as Americans? Not our race or religion.    Our values and beliefs that bind us as a people, chief among them: we are all created equal.    Every member of the Department of Defense pledges to defend those values with our lives.” – Mark Esper, Secretary of Defense.
    He is also expected to hear recommendations on racial justice policies in the next two weeks.
    This comes after nationwide calls for reform following the death of George Floyd.    According to the secretary, this is just the beginning of the many steps the military will take towards reform.
    “Over the next few months, I will be working across the department to identify additional ways to foster lasting change,” he said.    “From recruiting, career track selection and retention; to assignments, schools and promotions; to military justice and everything in between and beyond.”
    Esper concluded his remarks by encouraging service members to “reflect upon the issues of race, bias and inequality.”

6/19/2020 Oil up $1.17 to $38.87, DOW down 40 to 26,080.

6/19/2020 President calls COVID-19 testing ‘overrated’ - Says there should be less if cases start reemerging by John Fritze and Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY
    WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump repeated an assertion that coronavirus testing is “overrated” and said he would not seek widespread screenings if there is a nationwide spike, his latest broadside against an effort that public health experts say is critical to containing the virus.
    “I personally think testing is overrated, even though I created the greatest testing machine in history,” Trump told the Wall Street Journal in an interview published Thursday.    He added that expanded testing led to a rise in confirmed coronavirus cases that “in many ways, it makes us look bad.”
    The president has been ratcheting up his criticism of coronavirus testing for weeks to explain a rise in daily cases found in several Sun Belt states.    While it is true that more testing leads to more confirmed cases, experts have said that other factors – including the relaxation of stay-at-home orders – are also at play.
    Trump on Monday blamed the new wave of cases on increased testing and suggested that, without testing, there would be few new cases.    White House officials later clarified that Trump meant there would be fewer confirmed cases if testing was suspended.
    “If we stop testing right now, we’d have very few cases, if any,” Trump said this week.
    Asked about that statement, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said it was “entirely logical.”
    “When you do more testing, you identify more cases,” she said.    “Countries that don’t do as much testing don’t identify the same number of cases.”
    Several states, including Arizona, South Carolina, Texas and Florida, have seen increases in cases recently.     Though experts haven’t agreed on an explanation, some said both lifting lockdown restrictions and isolated outbreaks have played a role.
    Trump has leaned hard on governors and local officials to reopen their economies.    The president has argued for weeks that the high number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. is a reflection of the nation’s testing regime.
    While the U.S. has ramped up testing – the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that more than 25 million tests have been administered as of Wednesday – the effort is still less than many countries on a per capita basis.
    “Without testing, or weak testing, we would be showing almost no cases,” the president tweeted earlier Monday.    “Testing is a double-edged sword – Makes us look bad, but good to have!!!”    His comments Monday echoed remarks he has been making for weeks, dismissing increases as based entirely on expanded testing rather than other factors.

6/19/2020 Opposing view: ‘An increase in cases was to be expected’ by Adam Brandon
    States are reopening their economies after shutting down for at least several weeks, in some cases nearly three months.    Small and large businesses alike are beginning to pick up the pieces as states lift their shelter-inplace orders and Americans are slowly going back to work.    Naturally, Democrats and some news organizations are pushing a narrative about a “second wave” of the virus.
    The claim of a “second wave” is because of increases in newly reported cases of COVID-19 in some states that reopen.    Of course, an increase in cases was to be expected as more people began leaving their homes, particularly in light of recent protests.
    According to Google’s COVID-19 Community Mobility Report, the mobility trends for retail, recreation, grocery stores and work in the states that are the focus of the media’s anxiety — Arizona, Florida and Texas — are still down compared with the baseline, a measure of the median number of visitors or time spent in such establishments.    Each of those states began to reopen by at least mid-May.
    Without question, we should all take precautions to protect vulnerable populations.    We know that people 65 and older, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, represent 81% of deaths caused by COVID-19.    More than 50,000 deaths caused by COVID-19, or about 40% of all deaths, are tied to long-term care facilities.    We know that individuals with preexisting conditions like diabetes, liver disease and serious heart conditions are also vulnerable.
    Before COVID-19, the American economy was performing well.    The unemployment rate was 3.5%, a 50-year low.    Since then, millions of Americans have lost their jobs or been furloughed.    The May jobs report showed progress, with 2.5 million jobs added and a declining unemployment rate.    We need to keep building on this progress.
    Many businesses have taken steps to protect consumers through the use of face masks, mitigating the risk of infections. States should continue moving forward with reopening their economies, and those of us who are healthy and can return to work can and should do so.
    Adam Brandon is the president of FreedomWorks.

6/19/2020 Supreme Court blocks effort to scuttle DACA - Roberts, liberals: Action ‘arbitrary and capricious’ by Richard Wolf, USA TODAY
    WASHINGTON – A deeply divided Supreme Court blocked the Trump administration Thursday from ending a popular program that allows nearly 650,000 young, undocumented immigrants to live and work in the United States without fear of deportation.
    Chief Justice John Roberts, who wrote the majority opinion, called the Department of Homeland Security’s action “arbitrary and capricious” and therefore unlawful.    The ruling was 5-4, with the court’s four liberal justices agreeing and the four more conservative justices in dissent regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
    “We do not decide whether DACA or its rescission are sound policies,” Roberts said.    “We address only whether the agency complied with the procedural requirement that it provide a reasoned explanation for its action.    Here the agency failed to consider the conspicuous issues of whether to retain forbearance and what if anything to do about the hardship to DACA recipients.”
    It was the second major ruling this week in which the conservative court dealt a setback to the Trump administration.    On Monday, it ruled 6-3 in an opinion by Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch that the LGBTQ community is protected under a federal law banning sex discrimination in the workplace.
    Roberts rejected the argument that the winding down of the DACA program was a violation of the Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause because of animus against Hispanics.    Had the court ruled that the equal protection principle had been violated, DACA would have been more fully protected from a new attack.
    The court’s conservatives agreed with the conclusion that there was no racial animus.    Only Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor dissented from it.
    Associate Justice Clarence Thomas wrote the main dissent, in which he said the DACA program was unlawful from the moment President Barack Obama created it in 2012.    Gorsuch and Associate Justice Samuel Alito agreed.
    “The majority does not even attempt to explain why a court has the authority to scrutinize an agency’s policy reasons for rescinding an unlawful program under the arbitrary and capricious microscope,” Thomas said.    “The decision to countermand an unlawful agency action is clearly reasonable.    So long as the agency’s determination of illegality is sound, our review should be at an end.”
    Trump tweeted a quote from Thomas’ dissent in which the court’s most conservative justice called the ruling “an effort to avoid a politically controversial but legally correct decision.”
    Former Vice President Joe Biden, Trump’s presumptive Democratic opponent in November, called the ruling “a victory made possible by the courage and resilience of hundreds of thousands of DACA recipients who bravely stood up and refused to be ignored.”
Students who are Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients celebrate in front of the Supreme Court Thursday. MANUEL BALCE CENET/AP

6/19/2020 Divided EU seeks to agree coronavirus stimulus by Anthony Deutsch and Gabriela Baczynska
European Council President Charles Michel attends a virtual meeting with European leaders to discuss the
bloc's budget and recovery fund, in Brussels, Belgium June 19, 2020. Olivier Hoslet/Pool via REUTERS
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union leaders began the process of approving an unprecedented stimulus package for their coronavirus-ravaged economies on Friday, aware of the need to deliver help quickly, but still divided over its final size and terms.
    The 27 national heads started a video conference at 0800 GMT to discuss recovery for the bloc that has lost over 100,000 lives to COVID-19 and faces an unprecedented economic downturn threatening its stability and global standing.
    “It’s a crisis without precedent that has had an enormous impact – economic, social and also on the viability of the EU,” said a senior EU diplomat.    “To show that Europe protects, we cannot take any longer on this, as delays will only make things more difficult and more expensive.”
    Under discussion is the EU’s next budget of around 1.1 trillion euros for 2021-27, and an attached recovery fund of a proposed 750 billion euros borrowed by the EU Commission.
    “Together … this is a huge stimulus of 1,850 billion euros.    It does not only help the economies of the countries which were hit hardest by the virus.    It also helps the countries whose economies have been hit hard indirectly because of the lockdowns,” Commission head Ursula von der Leyen said.
    The aid is to be disbursed mainly among worst-hit nations, like Italy and Spain, but many differences must still be settled before the necessary unanimous agreement.    Officials and diplomats expect a deal could come in July.
    “We have a collective responsibility to deliver,” the leaders’ chairman Charles Michel said.
    While the already highly indebted south is calling for grants without too many conditions, the more thrifty north wants only conditional loans.
    “Conditionality is a big issue.    An agreement on reforms could create room for manoeuvre on grants,” one diplomat said.
    Sweden, Denmark Austria and the Netherlands, the so-called “frugal four,” also believe the proposed recovery fund is too big and allocation of the money is not sufficiently linked to the pandemic.
    Eastern EU countries say too much money will go to the south and want to maintain an earlier spending focus on agriculture and closing development gaps with the richer>     Wealthy net payers to EU coffers, including the frugal four and Germany, want to retain past rebates on their contributions that others want scrapped and there is no agreement on how to eventually repay the Commission borrowing.
    Officials expect EU leaders will need at least one or two more meetings in person next month to reach a final deal, which would also mark a step towards more integration in the bloc after the damaging setback of Brexit.
(Additional reporting by Robert Muller, Andrius Sytas, Kate Abnett, Philip Blenkinsop, Jan Strupczewski, Andreas Rinke, Francesco Guarascio, Robin Emmott, Belen Carreno; writing by Gabriela Baczynska and Jan Strupczewski; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne and Giles Elgood)

6/19/2020 Exclusive: Europeans working with U.S. to restructure WHO, top official says by Francesco Guarascio and Elvira Pollina
FILE PHOTO: A logo is pictured on the headquarters of the World Health Orgnaization (WHO) ahead of a meeting of the
Emergency Committee on the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Geneva, Switzerland, January 30, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European governments are working with the United States on plans to overhaul the World Health Organization, a top health official for a European country said, signalling that Europe shares some of the concerns that led Washington to say it would quit.
    The European health official, who spoke on condition of anonymity while discussing initiatives that are not public, said Britain, France, Germany and Italy were discussing WHO reforms with the United States at the technical level.
    The aim, the official said, was to ensure WHO’s independence, an apparent reference to allegations that the body was too close to China during its initial response to the coronavirus crisis early this year.
    “We are discussing ways to separate WHO’s emergency management mechanism from any single country influence,” said the official.
    Reforms would involve changing the WHO’s funding system to make it more long-term, the official said.    The WHO now operates on a two-year budget, which “could hurt WHO’s independence” if it has to raise funds from donor countries in the middle of an emergency, the official said.
    U.S. President Donald Trump has accused the WHO of being too close to China and announced plans to quit and withdraw funding.
    European countries have occasionally called for reform of the WHO but have generally shielded the organisation from the most intense criticism by Washington. In public the European position has usually been that any reform should come only after an evaluation of the response to the coronavirus crisis.
    But minutes of a videoconference of EU health ministers last week suggested European countries were taking a stronger line and also seeking more European influence at the WHO in future.    The German and French ministers told their colleagues “an evaluation and reform of the WHO was needed,” the minutes said.
    That was stronger wording than in a resolution last month which the EU drafted and which was adopted by all 192 WHO member countries.    That resolution called for an evaluation of the response to the coronavirus crisis, but it stopped short of calling for reforms.
    The German and French ministers also told their colleagues "The EU and its MS (member states) should play a bigger role at the global level," the minutes showed.
    A spokesperson for the German health ministry said Berlin sought stronger engagement with the WHO ahead of Germany taking over the EU presidency on July 1.
    A German government source told Reuters the aim of the intervention at the health ministers’ meeting was to encourage debate among EU member states about how to reform the WHO. Asked whether Germany was now pushing for quicker changes, instead of waiting until after the crisis, the official said: “Reforms of international organisations normally take years, not months.”
    A French health ministry spokesman also said the WHO would be on the agenda of Germany’s presidency of the EU, and Paris would work on it with Berlin.    France backed WHO reform but changes should follow the evaluation of the organisation’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis, he said.
    A British government spokesperson said Britain worked with organisations including the WHO “to encourage and support transparency, efficiency and good management.”
    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the WHO did not respond to requests for comment.
    The WHO drew criticism for public praise of China’s efforts to combat the disease in the early days of the crisis, even as evidence emerged that Chinese officials had silenced whistleblowers.
    The EU and its governments funded around 11% of the WHO’s $5.6 billion budget in the 2018-19 period, and the United States provided more than 15%.    China covered just 0.2%.
(Reporting by Francesco Guarascio @fraguarascio in Brussels; additional reporting by Elvira Pollina in Milan, Andreas Rinke in Berlin, Matthias Blamont in Paris; Editing by Peter Graff)

6/19/2020 French minister: Cannot exclude ‘no-deal’ Brexit but that’s not in UK interest
FILE PHOTO: French Junior Minister for European Affairs Amelie de Montchalin arrives at a General Affairs Councilc
meeting at the EU headquarters in Brussels, Belgium February 25, 2020. Kenzo Tribouillard/Pool via REUTERS
    PARIS (Reuters) – A senior French official said on Friday she could not rule out the European Union’s trade talks with departed ex-member Britain ending without a deal though it was in the British interest to reach one.
    “I am not ruling out anything,” Junior European Affairs Minister Amelie de Montchalin told Europe 1 radio, when asked if she could rule out a no-deal Brexit.
    “Those who need a deal the most are the British.    They cannot withstand a second shock after the epidemic.    They wouldn’t have access to the security net that is Europe, they wouldn’t have access to the stimulus fund,” she added, alluding to the economic hit to European states caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told visiting French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday that talks on a post-Brexit deal cannot drag on into the autumn.
    Montchalin said: “We will not yield to this deadline pressure, this final sprint that Britain want to impose on us in the hope we will cave in.    We do not want a deal for the sake of having a deal but we want a balanced deal.”
    Britain left the European Union on Jan. 31 but talks on a future relations have so far made little progress. Johnson and EU leaders say a deal is achievable, but both sides say time is running out and the prospect of no-deal remains.
    An internal document obtained by Reuters this week showed the German government is urging other EU states to prepare for a no-deal Brexit, casting doubt on Johnson’s public optimism about chances of an early agreement on future ties.
    A transition period during which Britain remains in the EU’s customs union and single market expires on Dec. 31 and Johnson has ruled out extending it.
    Montchalin was speaking as EU leaders hope to unite behind an unprecedented stimulus to inject billions of euros into their coronavirus-ravaged economies at a teleconference meeting on Friday.
(Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta; Dominique Vidalon; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

6/19/2020 Mexico posts record number of new coronavirus infections
FILE PHOTO: A paramedic holds a radiography plate outside the provisional military hospital Campo Militar No. 1, which takes care of patients
with symptoms of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Mexico City, Mexico June 9, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso/File Photo
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s health ministry reported on Thursday a record 5,662 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infections and 667 additional fatalities, bringing the total in the country to 165,455 cases and 19,747 deaths.
    The government has said the real number of infected people is likely significantly higher than the confirmed cases.
(Reporting by Anthony Esposito; Editing by Sandra Maler)

6/19/2020 EU parliament wants new EU taxes to finance recovery fund, EU budget
FILE PHOTO: European Parliament President David Sassoli attends a special session of the European
Parliament to approve special measures to soften the sudden economic impact of coronavirus disease (COVID-19),
in Brussels, Belgium March 26, 2020. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Parliament wants European Union governments to assign new sources of revenue to the bloc to repay European Commission borrowing for the recovery and finance the next long-term budget, the head of the European Parliament said.
    David Sassoli told a news conference after speaking to EU leaders that unless such new revenues dedicated to the EU were agreed, the European Parliament would not sign off on the next budget and recovery plan now under discussion.
    “There will be no agreement unless there are new taxes and a timeframe for their introduction,” Sassoli said.
(Reporting by Jan Strupczewski)

6/19/2020 World Health Organization warns of second wave of COVID-19 by OAN Newsroom
WHO, World Health Organization Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, speaks during the relaunch
ceremony of the famous fountain ‘Le Jet d’Eau’, which was postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak,
in Geneva, Switzerland, Thursday, June 11, 2020. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP)
    According to the World Health Organization, the world has entered a “new and dangerous” phase when it comes to the coronavirus.
    The organization’s director general made the remark on Friday during a press conference.
    He said the number of daily confirmed coronavirus cases hit an unprecedented level Thursday, after more than 150,00 new cases were reported around the world.
    “Almost half of those cases were reported from the Americas.    …Many people are understandably fed up with being at home, countries are understandably eager to open up their societies and economies, but the virus is still spreading fast.    It is still deadly, and most people are still susceptible.” – Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization
    Officials went on to encourage everyone exiting lockdown to do so “carefully and in a stepwise manner.”
[Can we believe the WHO anymore since Tedros is still Director General?].

6/19/2020 Marches commemorate Juneteenth across the nation by OAN Newsroom
Protesters chant as they march after a Juneteenth rally at the Brooklyn Museum, Friday,
June 19, 2020, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
    Hats flying through the air and women dancing all around: such is the alleged image of Galveston, Texas on June 19th, 1865, where enslaved black Americans were told they were finally free.
    The word came from Union General Gordon Granger, who announced the end of the Civil War.    Texas was one of the last states to find out.
    The news prompted the first Juneteenth, which came more than two months after the surrender of the Confederacy and a full 2 1/2 years after Abraham Lincoln’s signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.
A young boy walks past a painting depicting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during a Juneteenth
celebration in Los Angeles. Friday, June 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
    The message quickly spread, rippling through the states’ some 250,000 slaves and beyond.
    “They started celebrating,” explained historian Jesse Holland.    “Their descendants moved that celebration out of Galveston, Texas, to around Texas, around the United States and now around the world.”
    The date, known as Juneteenth, marks a powerful holiday in the hearts and lives of black Americans.
    “Juneteenth is actually the day that African Americans celebrate their independence,” stated Holland.    “With all of the conversation around racial equality and justice in the United States, a lot of people are turning to Juneteenth as a symbol.”
People hold yellow umbrellas covered with the names of killed people during a Juneteenth 2020 celebration
and protest against police brutality in Dallas, Friday, June 19, 2020. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
    While the freedom of former slaves still proved to be an uphill battle for decades to come, present day African Americans believe the holiday serves as an important opportunity to recognize the lasting contributions black Americans have had on this country and commemorate their history.
    “My beautiful and courageous ancestors built this country,” said one black American.
    Many have celebrated the occasion by hosting barbecues and block parties, but this year, celebrations made their way out onto the streets.
    In cities across the country, residents flooded the streets to march in honor of Juneteenth.
A moment of silence is observed at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington on Friday, June 19, 2020,
to mark Juneteenth, the holiday celebrating the day in 1865 that enslaved black people in Galveston, Texas, learned they had
been freed from bondage, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

6/19/2020 Atlanta police officers to receive $500 bonuses by OAN Newsroom
Interim Atlanta Police Chief Rodney Bryant speaks to the Associated Press on Thursday, June 18, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
    A $500 bonus will be granted to every police officer in the Atlanta.    According to the city’s Police Foundation, the bonus will serve as a thank you for officers who have been working amid the coronavirus and recent protests.
    Tensions rose within the department after former Officer Garrett Rolfe, who fatally shot Rayshard Brooks, was charged with felony murder.    This reportedly prompted an unusual number of “call outs” by police officers exhausted by anti-police sentiment the next day.
    Georgia’s governor released a video Thursday, which he captioned “Georgia backs the blue.”
    “Know this: we stand with you, we support you and we have your back,” said Brian Kemp.    “I don’t know what comes next, but know that you are not alone.”
    The bonuses will add up to $2 million total.
    The organization will purchase 20 new police cruisers to replace the ones destroyed during the George Floyd riots.    They will also supply free meals for officers who work 12-hour shifts.

6/19/2020 President Trump: Big crowds, lines already forming in Tulsa ahead of rally by OAN Newsroom
Supporters line up outside the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, June 18, 2020, where the president
will hold his first campaign rally in months this weekend. (AP Photo/Tom McCarthy)
    President Trump has confirmed “big crowds and lines are already forming in Tulsa” ahead of his campaign rally this weekend.    The president made the comment on Twitter Friday and noted “my campaign hasn’t started yet, it starts on Saturday night in Oklahoma!
    Dozens of the president’s supporters have been lining up outside the rally’s venue since Monday, awaiting the president’s visit this Saturday.
    “I really thought this was an important rally for me to go to,” stated attendee Blake Marnell.    “It’s the ninth one I’ve been to, but after having been away from rallies for so long, I think that there’s going to be some very important themes the president is going to introduce here and I wanted to be here to support his message.”
    Earlier this week, President Trump announced more than 1 million people had requested tickets for the event.
    Vice President Pence has suggested the campaign is looking at using a second venue to host the president’s supporters, due to increased demand.

6/19/2020 GOP senators criticize Supreme Court’s DACA ruling by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, file photo, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts arrives before President Donald Trump delivers his
State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Leah Millis/Pool via AP, File)
    Chief Justice John Roberts is facing major criticism among conservatives, following the Supreme Court’s ruling over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA.
    In a five-to-four decision Thursday, the high court ruled the president does not have the legal grounds to end the DACA program.    The decision resulted in praise from those on the left.
    “I cried tears of joy a few minutes ago when I heard the decision of the Supreme Court on DACA,” stated Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.
    The chief justice joined the vote of the four liberal judges on the bench. In the majority opinion, Roberts said the president may decide to attempt to end the DACA program again if he gave a more detailed legal explanation.
    Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) took to Twitter to express that it was the “most disappointing week” at the high court in years.
    On the Senate floor, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said this was an attempt to stall the president until a new administration would decide that DACA is legal.
    “Everyone knows the game they’re playing; they’re hoping that in the November election there’s a different result in the election,” he stated.    “That there’s a new administration that comes in that decides amnesty is a good thing.”
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, ask a question during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on police use of force and community
relations on on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, June 16, 2020 in Washington. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/Pool via AP)
    Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) challenged Chief Justice Roberts to resign and run for office if he thinks his “political judgment is so exquisite.”
    Meanwhile, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) noted that DACA has bipartisan support, but should require votes in both houses of Congress and presidential approval to become law.    He said it’s possible to both support DACA and disagree with the Supreme Court’s decision.
    President Trump expressed his disappointment in the DACA ruling as well by calling it a “highly political” decision.    He vowed to continue to put conservative justices on the bench.

6/19/2020 New York City to enter phase 2 of reopening on Monday by OAN Newsroom
A sail boat passes lower Manhattan, Thursday, June 18, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
    Hundreds of thousands of workers are expected to return to their jobs Monday when New York City enters phase two of its reopening plan.
    According to reports, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said he felt the city was ready to move into phase two.    This phase will include the reopening of in-person retail or office-based jobs, hair salons, barbershops, outdoor dining and playgrounds.
    On Friday, during what he said was his last daily COVID-19 briefing, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the state is seeing some of its lowest numbers yet.
    “The hospitalization number is 1,284, the lowest number we have seen,” he said.    “We conducted 79,000 tests yesterday, which is a record high for us, and we have the lowest weekly infection rate, less than one percent.”
    Cuomo also confirmed he signed an executive order to give the state liquor authority the ability to immediately suspend licenses if they find social distancing violations.    He added he’s considering a quarantine on travelers coming from Florida, where cases have reportedly seen a spike.

6/19/2020 Kevin Hassett: Highly unlikely unemployment rate will return to record lows by the end of this year by OAN Newsroom
White House senior adviser Kevin Hassett speaks with reporters at the White House,
Friday, June 19, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    Senior White House economic adviser Kevin Hassett said the nation’s employment rate will need time to recover amid the coronavirus pandemic.
    During an interview Friday, Hassett said the administration is prepared to provide more stimulus if the economy takes another downturn.    This comes as the $600 unemployment benefit is set to expire at the end of next month.
    On the issue of jobless claims, he conceded its highly unlikely the unemployment rate will return the record lows it hit in early 2020 by the end of the year.
    “It’s very normal for their to be bipartisan support for higher benefits at times of extremely high distress and high employment” Hassett stated.    “And I think it’s very unlikely that the unemployment rate’s going to get back to the historic lows of January between now and the end of the year.”
    The economic adviser also walked back a statement he made back in May in which he said unemployment could reach as high as 23 percent.    This comes as jobless claims began to steadily decrease this month as more states began reopening their economies.

6/19/2020 Demonstrators gather for police appreciation rally in Texas by OAN Newsroom
Houston Police cadet Tallah Salameh, bottom left, wears a mask amid the COVID-19 pandemic while gathering with fellow cadets for a class photo
during a graduation ceremony at the Houston Police Academy, Friday, May 1, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
    Demonstrators took to the steps of Houston’s City Hall for a police appreciation rally.    Nearly 100 people gathered on Thursday to show their support for law enforcement amid nationwide unrest.
    “We’re hard working family guys that are just doing their jobs that nobody else wants to do and we’re here to support them,” said John Paul Villarreal, President of the Houston Thin Blue Line Motorcycle Club.
    According to the event’s Facebook page, attendees were encouraged to wear blue and remain peaceful.    Organizers said the rally was held in hopes of bringing attention to police who were not receiving support in the wake of recent protests.
    “I’m letting all these officers know that we love and support them, and their community is behind them,” said rally organizer Charlie Diggs.    “…I don’t want to live in a world without law enforcement, I don’t want my daughter growing up in a world without law enforcement.”
    Despite the event being a grassroots effort, organizers hope other states will follow suit in the future.

6/19/2020 President Trump: Joe Biden is China’s dream president by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this combination of file photos, former Vice President Joe Biden speaks in Wilmington, Del., on March 12, 2020,
left, and President Donald Trump speaks at the White House in Washington on April 5, 2020. (AP Photo, File)
    President Trump said Democrat nominee Joe Biden is “China’s dream” president.    He made those remarks during an interview with his son for his campaign sponsored show “Triggered.”
    The remarks follow the release of a new Trump campaign ad, which claims that Biden was endorsed by Osama Bin Laden.    The president went on to say Biden is in no condition to lead the U.S., adding that Democrats would work with both China and Iran if he wins.
    “Well he had a long time to do a lot of things and he didn’t, and he’s certainly not in condition to do it now,” stated President Trump.    “He’s not equipped to do it…I think everybody else knows what I’m talking about…he’s China’s dream.”
    The president has previously questioned the influence China may have over Biden and has claimed the country will continue to rip off the U.S. if he’s elected.

6/19/2020 First Lady Melania on Juneteenth: We must reflect on worst part of country’s past by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this May 25, 2020 photo, President Donald Trump, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump, walks as they
return on Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    First Lady Melania Trump commemorated Juneteenth by saying “as our country works through the racial issues we still face today, it is important to remember we are one global community.”
    She made those remarks in a book reading address Friday of the children’s book "All Different Now” by Angela Johnson, which describes the first Juneteenth through the eyes of one little girl.
    Melania stated, “let’s all agree that any differences we have should be celebrated and learned from.”
    The First Lady finished by saying “God bless every American and God bless America.”

6/19/2020 President Trump holds roundtable on reopening small businesses amid pandemic
President Donald Trump signs his name on a piece of paper during a roundtable with governors on the reopening of America’s
small businesses, in the State Dining Room of the White House, Thursday, June 18, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    President Trump recently met with the nation’s governors to discuss reopening small businesses amid the coronavirus pandemic.    During a roundtable discussion on Thursday, he reaffirmed the administration’s commitment to rebuilding the U.S. economy.
    “We’re here today to discuss our efforts to support our nation’s small businesses, working very hard and safely to reopen America, and that’s what’s happening,” he stated.    “We’re doing record numbers, we’re doing numbers like nobody’s ever seen before, actually.”
    The president went on to point out that businesses are on the road to recovery and then cited record breaking unemployment numbers.
    “After I was elected President, our country added more than 7 million jobs, 12,000 factories and trillions of dollars in wealth,” he stated.    “We created nearly 9,000 opportunity zones and African American, Asian American and Hispanic American unemployment and poverty reached all time lows.”
    Over 4.6 million small business loans have been processed, which is a move the president said saved an estimated 50 million American jobs.
    White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow encouraged a positive economic outlook and claimed the country will be back to where it started in 2019.
    “If play reference to the Congressional Budget Office, we’ll get a 20 percent increase in Q3, which I think is quite possible,” he explained.    “…We will be back to where we were in 2019…will have made up for the lost ground.”
White House chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow speaks during a television interview outside the
West Wing of the White House, in Washington, May 18, 2018. (Carolyn Kaster/AP Photo)
    President Trump was also joined alongside Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts (R) and Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt (R) on the heels of his scheduled rally in Tusla.    Stitt thanked the administration for its assistance during the pandemic, adding that the state of Oklahoma is ready for the president’s visit.
    “During this whole COVID crisis, as we’ve been fighting it, your administration has been having calls twice a week,” said the Oklahoma governor.    “The vice president had been so helpful to myself and all the other governors listening to what our needs were and providing everything we need, so it’s just been been going great.”
    Discussions were also centered around coronavirus testing capacity and continued efforts to stem the spread of the virus.    Over 25 million tests have been administered and more than 1.5 billion pieces of personal protective equipment have been distributed.

6/19/2020 Mick Mulvaney refutes claims in John Bolton’s new book by OAN Newsroom
File – Former acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney is pictured. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)
    Former acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney is refuting claims made by John Bolton in his new memoir.    In an interview Friday, the former official said the president did not beg China for help winning November’s election.
    His remarks came in response to a section from Bolton’s new book “The Room Where It Happened,” which claimed President Trump “pleaded with the president of China to help him win reelection by buying agricultural goods.”
    Mulvaney said President Trump talked about China buying more American farm goods and noted the deal alone would help his reelection efforts.
    “Did the president talk about the Chinese buying more American soy beans and other agricultural products?    Yes, he did that probably every time he talked to president Xi,” he explained.    “Would selling American agricultural products be good for the country and thus good for his reelection?    Yes, they would be, but to put those two factually true statements together to make it look like the president was begging china for inappropriate help…that’s bizarre.”
    Mulvaney went on to say Bolton never brought the issue up to the dozens of other officials who were at the meeting and instead chose to only write about it in his book.
[JOHN BOLTON as Trump has said on "THE APPRENTICE" get over it "YOU'RE FIRED" and your book is not going to change that in any way.].

6/19/2020 New French coronavirus deaths sharply down
A sign reminding about social distancing is seen at the Eiffel Tower as she gets ready to re-open to the
public following the coronavirus outbreak, in Paris, France, June 17, 2020. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
    PARIS (Reuters) – The number of deaths in France from coronavirus infection rose by 14 on Friday to 29,617, the lowest increase in five days.
    But the number of new confirmed cases rose by 811 over the past 24 hours to 159,452, double the average daily number of new cases recorded since the beginning of June, which stands at 405.
    If probable cases in nursing homes are taken in account, the total reaches almost 196,000, according Reuters calculations, the 11th highest in the world on that basis.
    New fatalities were halved compared with the two previous days, and were well below this week’s daily average of 24.
    France’s death toll is the fifth-highest in the world.
    The number of people in hospital with COVID-19 infections fell by 155 to 9,970, the first time that total has been below 10,000 in almost three months.
    The number of people in intensive care fell by 25 to 727.
(Reporting by Benoit Van Overstraeten; Editing by Franklin Paul and Alex Richardson)

6/19/2020 German region risks lockdown if coronavirus outbreak not contained: premier
FILE PHOTO: The Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia Armin Laschet wears a face mask with the heraldic sign of North
Rhine-Westphalia as he arrives for a meeting with German federal states governors about measures on the coronavirus disease
(COVID-19) outbreak, at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, June 17, 2020. Markus Schreiber/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo
    DUESSELDORF, Germany (Reuters) – The Germany region of North Rhine Westphalia faces the threat of a renewed coronavirus lockdown amid a spiraling outbreak at a major slaughterhouse, the region’s premier said on Friday.
    The outbreak near Gutersloh was first reported on Wednesday, when 400 workers were tested positive.    By Friday, that number had doubled to 803, Premier Armin Laschet said.
    “We are seeing an outbreak on a scale that we haven’t seen before,” he said.    “We can still localise the outbreak, but if that changes then we will need a broad lockdown in the region.”
    The slaughterhouse is owned by Toennies, one of Germany’s largest meat producers.    On Thursday, China banned meat imports from the plant, whose operations have been suspended.
    A lockdown, even if it was relatively localised, would be a setback to Germany’s reopening strategy: while Chancellor Angela Merkel’s central government was keen to maintain lockdown discipline for longer, pressure from regional premiers has led to most shops and bars reopening, albeit with social distancing.
    Laschet, who as premier of Germany’s largest state leads a Netherlands-sized region, was one of the most vocal proponents of a swifter reopening.
    “This outbreak brings with it an enormous pandemic risk,” Laschet said, adding that a crisis team had been set up to deal with the outbreak, and that federal health and defence ministers had promised to make resources available.
    Even though its management of the coronavirus crisis has been among the most successful in Europe, Germany has seen repeated outbreaks in slaughterhouses, whose employees are often migrants living in crowded company-provided accommodation.
(Reporting by Matthias Inverardi; Writing by Thomas Escritt; Editing by Frances Kerry)

6/19/2020 New OANN/Gravis poll shows President Trump leading Biden in N.C. by OAN Newsroom
    A new poll conducted by One America News and Gravis Marketing showed President Trump leading the way in the key battleground state of North Carolina.    The survey, which was conducted on June 17th, 2020, polled 631 registered voters from the state.
    The results showed President Trump with a 46% to 43% lead over former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democrat nominee, in the state.
    When it came down to who voters trusted to run the economy better, the president held a big lead over Biden, 49% to 43%.    In total, President Trump received a 52% approval rating from respondents.
    North Carolina voters also responded to questions on local elections, national unrest, funding for law enforcement, travel restrictions and more.    Results were weighted by demographics.

6/19/2020 Brazil passes 1 million coronavirus cases with no end in sight by Pedro Fonseca and Gabriel Stargardter
People walk with bags at a popular shopping street amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
outbreak, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, June 19, 2020. REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli
    RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Brazil passed 1 million coronavirus cases on Friday and approached 50,000 deaths, a new nadir for the world’s second worst-hit country as it struggles with a tense political climate and worsening economic outlook.
    Second only to the United States in both cases and deaths, Brazil confirmed its first case of the novel coronavirus on Feb. 26.    The virus has spread relentlessly across the continent-sized country, eroding support for right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro and raising fears of economic collapse after years of anemic growth.
    Brazil reported 1,032,913 confirmed cases on Friday, with 1,206 new deaths to take total official fatalities to 48,954, the Health Ministry said.    Friday also saw a new record daily number of cases, with 54,771, suggesting the outbreak is far from over.    Brazil is likely to surpass 50,000 deaths on Saturday, although weekend reporting can be lower.
    Even so, the true extent of the outbreak far exceeds the official figures, according to many experts, who cite a lack of widespread testing.
    “That number of 1 million is much less than the real number of people who have been infected, because there is under-reporting of a magnitude of five to 10 times,” said Alexandre Naime Barbosa, a medical professor at the São Paulo State University.    “The true number is probably at least 3 million and could even be as high as 10 million people.”
    COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, arrived in Brazil via wealthy tourists returning from Europe to major southeastern cities such as Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro and has spread deep into the interior, reaching 82% of Brazil’s municipalities, Health Ministry data showed.
    Bolsonaro, sometimes called the “Tropical Trump,” has been widely criticized for his handling of the crisis.    The country still has had no permanent health minister after losing two since April, following clashes with the president.
    Bolsonaro has shunned social distancing, calling it a job-killing measure more dangerous than the virus itself.    He has also promoted two anti-malarial drugs as remedies, chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, despite little evidence they work.
    The far-right former army captain’s handling of the crisis has prompted Brazilians to bang pots and pans regularly outside their apartments in protest, but it has not stopped him from wading into costly political battles with his own cabinet and the Supreme Court, stoking fears of instability.
    Pressure from Bolsonaro and public fatigue after months of ineffective state and local isolation orders has led governors and mayors to begin lifting restrictions on commerce and other economic activity.
    Public health experts have warned that loosening restrictions too soon threatens to accelerate contagion and drive up fatalities.
    “We think that there will be a new wave after the loosening of these measures,” said Ricardo Langer, a doctor treating COVID-19 patients at the Maracanã stadium field hospital in Rio de Janeiro.
    A worsening outbreak could weigh on already-grim economic forecasts.    The government has said the economy will contract by 4.7% this year, while economists surveyed by the central bank think it will fall more than 6%.
    Latin America has registered 90,439 deaths, according to a Reuters tally, with nearly 2 million cases.
(Reporting by Pedro Fonseca; Writing by Gabriel Stargardter; Editing by Brad Haynes, Tom Brown and Cynthia Osterman)

6/20/2020 Oil up $0.73 $39.57, DOW down 208 to 25,873.

6/20/2020 Trump ads taken down by Facebook by Eric Tucker and Barbara Ortutay, ASSOCIATED PRESS
    WASHINGTON – Facebook has removed campaign ads by President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence that featured an upside-down red triangle, a symbol once used by Nazis to designate political prisoners, communists and others in concentration camps.    The company said in a statement Thursday that the ads violated “our policy against organized hate.”    A Facebook executive who testified at a House Intelligence Committee hearing on Thursday said the company does not permit symbols of hateful ideology “unless they’re put up with context or condemnation.”
    “In a situation where we don’t see either of those, we don’t allow it on the platform and we remove it,” Nathaniel Gleicher, the company’s head of security policy, told lawmakers at a hearing.
    The Trump campaign spent more than $17,000 on the ads for Trump and Pence combined.    The ads began running on Wednesday and received hundreds of thousands of impressions.
    In a statement, Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh said the inverted red triangle was a symbol commonly used by antifa so it was included in an ad about antifa.    He said the symbol is not in the Anti-Defamation League’s database of symbols of hate.
[The question is: If that symbol was on Joe Biden’s ads would Facebook take it down.].

6/20/2020 Mexico blows past 20,000 coronavirus deaths
FILE PHOTO: A Doctor and a paramedic talk outside the provisional military hospital inside the Campo Militar No. 1, which takes care of
patients with symptoms of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Mexico City, Mexico June 9, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso/File Photo
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Coronavirus deaths in Mexico surpassed 20,000 on Friday after the health ministry reported 647 new fatalities and 5,030 new confirmed cases.
    Total cases now stand at 170,485, with 20,394 fatalities, though the government has said the real number of infections is likely significantly higher than the confirmed cases.
(Reporting by Anthony Esposito and Sharay Angulo; Editing by Frank Jack Daniel)

6/20/2020 U.S. rejects Chinese airlines’ request for additional flights
FILE PHOTO: Passengers wear protective face masks at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on an unusually empty Memorial Day weekend during
the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Los Angeles, California, U.S., May 23, 2020. REUTERS/Patrick T. Fallon/File Photo
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Friday rejected a request by Chinese airlines for additional weekly flights between the two countries, but said the decision was not meant to escalate tensions over travel restrictions.
    In a statement, the U.S. Department of Transportation said the decision was made to “maintain the parity” in scheduled passenger services between the two countries, adding it was willing to review the decision if Chinese aviation authorities adjusted their policies affecting U.S. carriers.
    “The Department has conveyed to our Chinese counterparts that this order is a procedural matter only and that it should not be viewed as an escalation on our part,” the Transportation Department statement said.
    Earlier this week, the United States and China said they would each allow four weekly flights between the two countries.
    The Transportation Department said on Monday in its revised order on China flights that the U.S. government still hoped China will agree to restore full U.S. flight rights under their bilateral aviation agreement.
    The United States had threatened to bar Chinese passenger flights on June 16 due to Beijing’s curbs on U.S. airlines amid simmering tensions between the world’s two largest economies, and has raised concerns about the number of charter flights Chinese carriers want to fly.
    Among U.S. airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines had each sought to restart daily passenger flights to China in June but changed their plans in the absence of government approval.
(Reporting by Daphne Psaledakis; Editing by Tom Brown)

6/20/2020 President Trump: Big crowds, lines already forming in Tulsa ahead of rally by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks during
a campaign rally, in North Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
    President Trump’s supporters are energized for his upcoming rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma.    Dozens lined up outside the BOK Center for days in advance, awaiting the president’s arrival.
    “I’m very excited,” stated one attendee.    “I’ve never been to one of the campaigns, one of the rallies, like this, so this is a really big thing for me.”
    President Trump responded to their enthusiasm on Twitter by saying “big crowds and lines are already forming.”
    This will be the president’s first rally since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, but his supporters aren’t fazed by the concerns over the virus.
    “I think it’s all a hoax, to tell you the truth,” explained attendee Mark Kelleher.    “If you look at all the numbers that have been produced, it’s all just fear porn going on.”
Supporters line up outside the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, June 18, 2020, where the president
will hold his first campaign rally in months this weekend. (AP Photo/Tom McCarthy)
    The Trump campaign recently announced health and safety measures to protect attendees.    They will also conduct frequent cleaning and disinfecting throughout the event, especially on high touch areas.     “The Trump campaign will be providing masks for every person who is at the BOK Center, hand sanitizer, and they will be doing temperature checks on every single person who comes to the door,” stated Oklahoma Republican Party Chairman David McLain.
    The state’s governor previously relayed a message to those who are worried about attending the event.
    “If you don’t feel comfortable, you need to stay at home.    …I don’t think it’s right to criticize others for wanting to get out and wanting to go see the president.    We’ve had a million requests, so we’re excited to have the president of the United States in Oklahoma.” – Kevin Stitt, Governor of Oklahoma
Supporters cheer as President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally Thursday,
Feb. 20, 2020, in Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
    Despite these concerns, the president’s supporters are eager to see him.
    “I really thought this was an important rally for me to go to,” explained supporter Blake Marnell.    “It’s the ninth one I’ve been to, but after having been away from rallies for so long, I think that there’s going to be some very important themes the president is going to introduce here and I wanted to be here to support his message.”
    According to the Trump campaign, more than 1 million people have requested tickets for the event.    The president has called these numbers amazing and added it’s going to be a great time.

6/20/2020 NCAA expands Confederate flag ban to all championships by OAN Newsroom
In this April 25, 2020 photograph, a small Mississippi state flag is held by a participant during a drive-by “re-open
” protest past the Governor’s Mansion, in the background, in Jackson, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
    The NCAA has expanded its policy when it comes to the Confederate flag.    Moving forward, all championship events have been banned from taking place in any state where the Confederate flag is flown.
    The only state affected by the change is Mississippi, as their state flag incorporates the controversial design.    The NCAA suggested its flag was a symbol of “oppression and discrimination.”
    However, some lawmakers in Mississippi have said is an “inappropriate overreach.”
    “I don’t think it’s right for outside groups to act like social justice warriors and intervene.    What I’ve seen lately is a very problematic approach by the American left.    …I don’t think pressure from outside groups, which in return being pressured by a radical element that’s attempting to basically change our history, I don’t think that’s a wise approach.    I think we deserve better than that.” – Chris McDaniel, State Senator (R-Miss.)
    The NCAA joined the SEC, who made a similar demand earlier this week.
    Over the past few weeks, the state of Mississippi has faced mounting pressure to adjust its flag.    Despite the opposition, officials from Ole Miss and Mississippi State have voiced their support for the move.

6/20/2020 McEnany: States should decide when to reopen by OAN Newsroom
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany speaks during a press briefing in the James Brady Press
Briefing Room at the White House, Friday, June 19, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany has suggested states should decide how to handle reopening.
    During Friday’s press briefing, she was asked what the White House thinks states with an increase in cases should do to stop the virus.    She responded by saying the administration has faith in states’ abilities to control the outbreak.
    In the meantime, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has sent teams to assist four states.
    According to the secretary, the pandemic remains one of the president’s top priorities.
    “Absolutely, it’s still a priority.    It’s why the task force meets regularly.    The president has given that information, the vice president has been leading on the task force.    The president ultimately makes the decisions and is constantly kept up to date with the latest numbers.” – Kayleigh McEnany, Whiter House Press Secretary
    She went on to reassure the public the coronavirus task force has been working with governors across the nation to coordinate safe reopenings.

6/20/2020 Fla. Gov. DeSantis downplays rise in COVID-19 cases by OAN Newsroom
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, center, listens as Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, left, speaks during a news
conference on COVID-19, Friday, June 19, 2020, at Florida International University in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
    According to the governor of Florida, the state’s recent spike in COVID-19 cases is a direct result of increased testing.    Governor Ron DeSantis made the remark while delivering an update on the pandemic in his state this week.
    As of the week of June 7th, the median age for positive cases has reportedly decreased from 60-years-old to 37-years-old.    Most cases involved moderate to no symptoms.
    These new numbers followed the state’s reopening of bars, restaurants and some theme parks, which seemingly producing a spike of nearly 90,000 cases statewide.
FILE – In this May 24, 2020, file photo, visitors gather on the beach in Newport Beach, Calif., during the
coronavirus outbreak. Warm weather beach destinations are the most popular vacation searches,
with Florida, Myrtle Beach, San Diego and Key West among the top considerations. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
    Meanwhile, the governor has suggested the increase in cases was caused by the state’s youth population.
    “I think that we’ve started to see some erosion in the social distancing from probably some of the younger population,” stated DeSantis.    “So, the Department of Health is going to be launching some public service announcements, reminding folks of some of the things that you can do.”
    He went on to say Florida will continue to see the median age go down as testing increases and cases rise, contradicting doctors who have said cases number should decrease with greater testing.
[The Fake News wants to attack Florida's governer because he did it too them and it is what they try to do, but it is better in Florida than the poor citizens in the New York area are being controlled like dogs on a leash.].

6/20/2020 Federal judge blocks President Trump’s attempt to stop release of Bolton’s book by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this May 1, 2008 file photo, U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth is seen during
a ceremony at the federal courthouse in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
    A federal district judge has denied the Trump administration’s request to block the publication of John Bolton’s upcoming book.    Judge Royce Lamberth made the decision on Saturday, which will allow the former national security adviser to go ahead with publishing his tell-all memoir.
    “While Bolton’s unilateral conduct raises grave national security concerns, the government has not established that an injunction is an appropriate remedy,” stated Lamberth.
    This came after the Department of Justice tried to block its release, claiming the book contained classified information that could compromise national security.
    Its release date is slated for June 23rd.
A copy of “The Room Where It Happened,” by former national security adviser John Bolton, is photographed
at the White House, Thursday, June 18, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    Meanwhile, President Trump has touted the recent court decision on Bolton’s book as a “big win.”    On Twitter, the president agreed with the federal judge’s ruling, which stated it would be impossible to stop the book from its release.
    He pointed out the book has “already been given out and leaked to many people,” including the media.    Despite its inevitable release, President Trump emphasized “strong and powerful statements were made” to rebuke Bolton for violating the law on releasing classified information.
    The president went on to say the former national security adviser will soon pay the price.

6/20/2020 World Health Organization: Highest number of COVID-19 cases reported in 1 day by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Monday, Feb. 24, 2020 file photo, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the
World Health Organization (WHO), addresses a press conference about the update on COVID-19 at the
World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP, File)
    The World Health Organization has called for “extreme vigilance” after coronavirus cases spiked in different nations this week.    On Friday, WHO officials reported COVID-19 saw its highest number of infections in one day, with more than 150,000 cases being confirmed on Thursday.
    Officials warned countries to take reopening slowly as several regions, such as India, are still under complete lockdown.
    According to WHO authorities, the world is entering a new phase with the virus.    The organization has called on world leaders to be vigilant as they move into reopening phases.
    “More than 150,000 new cases of COVID-19 were reported to WHO yesterday, the most in a single day so far,” stated Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.    “…We call on all countries and all people to exercise extreme vigilance.”
    He went on to warn countries to be on the lookout during flu season and asked leaders to watch for overlap of the two viruses.
[These idiots are still only stating increases in cases but not a word of increases in deaths as their corruption continues to try to be something of nothing.].

6/20/2020 Pompeo: China is trying to create divide between U.S. and Europe by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this June 11, 2020, file photo, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks
at the State Department in Washington. (Yuri Gripas/Pool via AP)
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently discussed disinformation China has allegedly been spreading through Europe.    During an online conference about democracy, Pompeo announced China is behind a “fear in Europe” campaign, which aims to drive a wedge between the United States and Europe.
    He also talked about the pandemic and China’s continuing lack of transparency surrounding the coronavirus.    He suggested the nation must adopt democracy if they want to continue growing.
    The secretary went on to accuse China of trying to throw away the progress made in the free world.
    We must take off the golden blinders of economic ties and see that the China challenge isn’t just at the gates.    Every investment from a Chinese state-owned enterprise should be viewed with suspicion.    Europe faces a China challenge, just as the United States, our South American, African, Middle Eastern and Asian friends do too.” – Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State
    The diplomat’s remarks came after he held a closed door meeting with one of China’s senior officials in Hawaii amid growing tensions between the two nations.
[The Globalist World Government is the wedge between the Donald Trump U.S.A. and the Democrats U.S.A.-Europe, etc.].

6/20/2020 Police officers, families threatened amid protests by OAN Newsroom
A person holds up a sign advocating for defunding the police as people gather
to mark Juneteenth, Friday, June 19, 2020, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
    Law enforcement officials in Montana are investigating several reports of people vandalizing the homes of law enforcement officials.
    Over the past week, a number of police officers have been receiving threatening messages in the mail.    They have also found spray painted messages on the sides of their homes.
    This followed multiple attacks across the country, including a woman and her dog, who were the targets of an attack in Chicago.
    “He started to walk diagonal, directly at me and the dog,” said Terese Arroyo, an officer’s wife.    “He kept using profanity: ‘F this, F the police, I’ll kill all of them.’
FILE – In this June 2, 2020 file photo, demonstrators hold up signs during a protest in front
of Los Angeles City Hall over the death of George Floyd. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
    Many families have removed police symbols from their homes and cars over fear of being assaulted.
    One teen, who makes stuffed animals for children and lost a parent in the line of duty, has received death threats.

6/20/2020 Germany’s coronavirus reproduction rate jumps to 1.79: RKI
FILE PHOTO: A 3D-printed coronavirus model is seen in front of the words coronavirus disease
(Covid-19) on display in this illustration taken March 25, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic
    BERLIN (Reuters) – The reproduction rate of the novel coronavirus in Germany has jumped to 1.79 after a raft of localised outbreaks, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for public health said on Saturday, far above the level needed to contain it over the longer term.
    The number, a sharp increase from 1.06 on Friday, is a setback for the European Union’s most populous country, which has fared better in the pandemic than many European peers due mainly to early testing and social distancing measures.
    The institute attributed the rise to a number of local outbreaks, which have been seen in locations such as meatpacking plants, logistics centres, and shelters for refugees.    Outbreaks have also been linked to church services and family parties.
    The premier of the western North Rhine-Westphalia region warned on Friday it faces the threat of a renewed lockdown amid a spiralling outbreak at a major slaughterhouse.
    “Since case numbers in Germany are generally low, these outbreaks have a relatively strong influence on the value of the reproduction number,” RKI said.    “A nationwide increase in case numbers is not anticipated.”
    When smoothed for short-term effects, the government-affiliated institute estimated the country’s reproduction rate at 1.55, up from 1.17 on Friday.
    A reproduction rate, or ‘R’, of 1.79 means that 100 people who contracted the virus infect, on average, 179 other people.    A rate of less than 1 is needed to gradually contain the disease.
    Even though its management of the coronavirus crisis has been among the most successful in Europe, Germany has seen repeated outbreaks in slaughterhouses, whose employees are often migrants living in crowded company-provided accommodation.
    Chancellor Angela Merkel had favoured maintaining lockdown discipline for longer, but Germany eventually eased restrictions following pressure from regional premiers.
(Reporting by Thomas Seythal; Editing by Giles Elgood and Jan Harvey)

6/20/2020 Leader of London BLM protests demands meeting with Johnson by Guy Faulconbridge and Michael Holden
Demonstrators attend a Black Lives Matter protest at Hyde Park, following the death of George Floyd
in Minneapolis police custody, in London, Britain, June 20, 2020. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
    LONDON (Reuters) – A leader of Black Lives Matter protests in London demanded a meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday and called on him to replace a political adviser chosen to lead a new commission on racial inequality.
    “I have been here every day, I am the person that leads 20,000 people every protest,” Imarn Ayton, a 29-year-old actress, told Reuters as BLM demonstrators gathered in Hyde Park before their latest march.
    “Everyone else seems to be in contact with me, except for Boris, so I would like a conversation.”
    Tens of thousands of people have demonstrated in British cities, as they have in the United States and around the world, since the death of George Floyd, a Black man, in police custody in Minneapolis last month.
    Around 2,000 people took part in Saturday’s protest in London, a Reuters reporter estimated.    Marchers danced and chanted to the beat of drummers as they made their way to Trafalgar Square via parliament.
    Demonstrators marched in other British cities including Glasgow where police contained and dispersed a crowd believed to include soccer supporters who posed a risk of causing trouble.
    Ayton said BLM demonstrators would continue to protest until the government met their demands.
    “It’s that simple. We protest or you listen,” she said.    “We want equality – to be treated fairly – that is all that we ask for, and for justice for those who have been harmed.”
    Ayton said Johnson’s choice as chair of the government’s new commission on inequality, Munira Mirza, a Downing Street adviser, did not represent the BLM movement and did not believe that Britain had a problem with institutional racism.
    “Munira Mirza must go.    She is someone who does not believe in institutional racism, which is exactly why we marched the last two weeks – to abolish institutional racism,” she said.
    Johnson should act immediately on the recommendations of previous inquiries in Britain into racial inequality, Ayton said, adding that the prime minister had at least heard the voice of the protesters.
    “I will never know what’s in his heart.    What I do know is he has responded.    So what I want to do is keep that conversation going,” she said.
    Johnson’s Downing Street office did not comment on Ayton’s demands.
    There were violent clashes in London last weekend after protests by anti-racism supporters and a group made up of military veterans, soccer fans and far-right supporters who said they wanted to protect statues of historical figures from vandalism.
(Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge and Michael Holden; Writing by William Schomberg; Editing by Giles Elgood and Frances Kerry)

6/20/2020 Paris crowds gather to protest against racism, police violence
Demonstrators attend a protest against police brutality, racial inequality and the death in Minneapolis
police custody of George Floyd in Paris, France, June 20, 2020. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
    PARIS (Reuters) – Crowds gathered in Paris on Saturday to protest against racism and allegations of police violence against members of the Black community and ethnic minorities.
    Hundreds of demonstrators started to congregate in the capital’s Place de la Republique.    One carried a placard with the message “Justice For Ibo,” referring to the 2019 death of Ibrahima Bah, a Black Frenchman, in a police operation.
    Protests have been taking place around the world against racism and police brutality following the death in the United States last month of Black American George Floyd.
(Reporting by Ardee Napolitano, Sudip Kar-Gupta and Matthieu Protard; editing by Jason Neely)

6/20/2020 German coronavirus outbreak at abattoir infects more than 1,000
General view of the main Toennies meat factory that had to be shut down because of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
outbreak among its employees, in Rheda-Wiedenbrueck, Germany June 20, 2020. REUTERS/Leon Kuegeler
    FRANKFURT (Reuters) – More than 1,000 employees at German meat processing firm Toennies have tested positive for coronavirus, prompting local health authorities to order all 6,500 employees and their families to go into quarantine.
    The localised lockdown is a setback for Germany’s reopening strategy.    Chancellor Angela Merkel had favoured maintaining lockdown discipline for longer, but eased restrictions following pressure from regional premiers.
    Even though its management of the coronavirus crisis has been among the most successful in Europe, Germany has seen repeated outbreaks in slaughterhouses, whose employees are often migrants living in crowded company-provided accommodation.
    Speaking at a press conference on Saturday, the meat company’s proprietor, Clemens Toennies, said the outbreak presented an “existential crisis” for his firm, which has suspended operations as authorities seek to control the outbreak.
    “As a company we thought we had done everything right,” Toennies said, adding that his firm had struggled to collect the personal data of employees and contractors so that authorities could trace the outbreak.
    “As an entrepreneur I can only apologise.    We have caused this and are fully responsible for it,” Toennies said.
    The outbreak may force the German state of North Rhine Westphalia to impose a broader lockdown.
    The outbreak near Gutersloh was first reported on Wednesday, when 400 workers tested positive.    By Friday, that number had doubled to 803 and it climbed further to 1,029 by Saturday.
    On Thursday, China banned meat imports from the plant.
(Reporting by Edward Taylor; Editing by Christina Fincher)

6/20/2020 UK confirmed COVID-19 death toll rises by 128 to 42,589
A sign reminding people about social distancing is seen on Westminster bridge, as the outbreak of the
coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in London, Britain, June 19, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah Mckay

6/20/2020 Italy reports 49 coronavirus deaths on Saturday, 262 new cases
Empty St. Mark's Square is pictured, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Venice,
Italy June 19, 2020. Picture taken with a fish-eye lens. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch
    MILAN (Reuters) – Italy reported 49 deaths from COVID-19 on Saturday, compared with 47 a day earlier, the Civil Protection Agency said, while the daily tally of new cases rose to 262 from 251 on Friday.
    The country’s death toll since the outbreak came to light on Feb. 21 now stands at 34,610, the agency said, the world’s fourth-highest after the United States, Brazil and Britain.
    The number of confirmed cases amounts to 238,275, the eighth-highest global tally.    The agency said a recalculation in the regional count meant two fewer cases were reported in previous days.
    The number of people registered as currently carrying the illness fell to 21,212 from 21,543 the day before.
    People in intensive care totalled 152 on Saturday, down from 161 on Friday. Of those originally infected, 182,453 were declared recovered against 181,907 a day earlier.
    The agency said 3.017 million people in the country of 60 million had been tested for the virus, up from 2.987 million on Friday.
(Reporting by Stephen Jewkes; Editing by Helen Popper)

6/20/2020 1 dead, another injured in shooting inside Seattle CHAZ/CHOP zone by OAN Newsroom
A sign reads “CHOP Capitol Hill Occupied Protest,” Sunday, June 14, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
    Chaos erupted early Saturday morning in Seattle’s ‘Capitol Hill Occupied Protest’ zone.    The Seattle Police Department responded to calls of a shooting incident on 10th Avenue and East Pine Street at approximately 2:30 a.m.
    Upon arrival, officers were unable to enter the designated area due to barricades, which blocked the main roads to the street.    Police presence is currently unwelcome in the ‘CHOP’ zone.
    To make matters worse, officers were met with resistance, making it an unsafe environment for an investigation to take place.
    Hospital spokesperson Susan Gregg has confirmed that a 19-year-old male died at Harbor View Medical Center, while another person had suffered gunshot wounds to the arm and chest.
FILE – In this Thursday, June 11, 2020 file photo, people walk past street art that reads “Welcome to CHAZ”
inside what is being called the “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone” in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
    According to police, the suspect fled the scene upon arrival.    Homicide detectives are currently conducting a thorough investigation.
    While Mayor Jenny Durkin has allowed the so-called ‘autonomous zone’ to continue, President Trump has made many calls for Washington state to restore law and order.
    Anyone with information about the shooting, or who may have video, was asked to contact the Seattle Police Department’s Violent Crime tip line at (206) 233-5000.

6/20/2020 Barr claims President Trump has fired U.S. attorney Geoffrey Berman by OAN Newsroom
Geoffrey S. Berman, United States attorney for the Southern District of New York,
arrives to his office in New York on Saturday, June 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)
    On Saturday, Attorney General William Barr announced President Trump has officially fired U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman.    In a letter, Barr reprimanded the federal lawyer and confirmed the president granted his request for Berman’s removal.
    The attorney general has said he was surprised and disappointed by Berman’s statement.    He further suggested the lawyer “chose public spectacle over public service.”
    On Friday, Berman stated he had no plans of stepping down from his position.    This came after the Justice Department declared its intention to reassign someone to his post.

President Donald Trump listens to a reporter’s question on the South Lawn of the
White House in Washington, Saturday, June 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    Meanwhile, President Trump has claimed he was not involved in the attorney’s firing.    While speaking to reporters at the White House, the president emphasized the decision was up to his attorney general, not him.
    The president praised William Barr for being very qualified in his role as the attorney general and reiterated that Berman’s removal was out of his hands.
    Geoffrey Berman has since agreed to step down.    Following Barr’s letter, the attorney issued a statement.

6/21/2020 Barr: Trump fires brazen US prosecutor - But president says move made by attorney general by Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY
    President Donald Trump dismissed Manhattan’s chief federal prosecutor Geoffrey Berman on Saturday after the prosecutor who had launched a series of criminal inquiries targeting the president’s allies refused to resign, Attorney General William Barr said in a letter to Berman.
    Because you have declared that you have no intention of resigning, I have asked the President to remove you as of today, and he has done so,” Barr wrote.
    Barr said Deputy U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss would serve as the acting chief of the office until a permanent successor could be seated.
    Berman said he would step down “effective immediately,” claiming in a statement that Barr’s decision “to respect the normal operation of law and have Deputy U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss become Acting U.S. Attorney” led to his decision.
    Almost as soon as the letter was made public, however, Trump appeared to distance himself from the attorney general’s statement, saying that the decision to remove Berman was Barr’s to make.
    “I’m not involved,” Trump told reporters before departing for a campaign rally in Oklahoma.
    The action came after an extraordinary confrontation late Friday night in which Barr first announced that Berman would be “stepping down,” only to have the prosecutor fire back that he had no intention of resigning his post.
    The clash thrust the Justice Department into fresh turmoil, raising new questions about its independence from a White House that has sought to remove members of the administration it has cast as disloyal.
    “Unfortunately, with your statement of last night, you have chosen public spectacle over public service,” Barr said in the letter, referring to the prosecutor’s refusal to capitulate.
    “Your statement also wrongly implies that your continued tenure in the office is necessary to ensure that cases now pending in the Southern District of New York are handled appropriately.    This is obviously false.    I fully expect that the office will continue to handle all cases in the normal course and pursuant to the Department’s applicable standards, policies, and guidance.    Going forward, if any actions or decisions are taken that office supervisors conclude are improper interference with a case, that information should be provided immediately to Michael Horowitz, the Department of Justice’s Inspector General.” Barr said he was asking Horowitz to review any claims of improper interference.
    The crucial Justice Department office has prosecuted Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen and is heading an investigation of the president’s attorney and close adviser Rudy Giuliani.
    The Associated Press contributed.
Geoffrey Berman says his resignation as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York is “effective immediately.” KEVIN HAGAN/AP

6/21/2020 Woman sought in Atlanta protest fire by ASSOCIATED PRESS
    ATLANTA – Investigators said Saturday they have issued an arrest warrant for a woman in connection with a fire at a Wendy’s restaurant in Atlanta during protests over the police shooting of an African American man.
    Natalie White is a suspect in the arson and investigators are asking for help finding her, Atlanta Fire and Rescue said in a Twitter post.
    The post included surveillance pictures of White, 29, in a store, but no additional identifying information.
    Several people are suspected of trying to set fires in the restaurant before the blaze finally spread, fire officials said.
    Demonstrators threw bricks and rocks at firefighters as they tried to get to the restaurant, and they couldn’t start fighting the blaze until it had destroyed the building, Atlanta Fire Chief Randall Slaughter has said.
    Atlanta police officers were called to the Wendy’s on June 12 over complaints of a car blocking the drive-thru lane.    Officers found Rayshard Brooks asleep in the car.    The officers spoke to Brooks, who was Black, for more than 40 minutes, but things quickly turned violent when they tried to handcuff him, according to body camera video.
    An autopsy found Brooks was shot twice in the back.    Garrett Rolfe was fired from the police department immediately after the shooting and is charged with felony murder.    Rolfe, 27, is white.

6/21/2020 UK park stabbing spree not being treated as terrorism, minister says by Peter Nicholls
A police cordon tape is seen at the scene of reported multiple stabbings in Reading, Britain, June 20, 2020. REUTERS/Peter Cziborra
    READING, England (Reuters) – A stabbing rampage in the southern English town of Reading, in which three people were killed and three others were seriously wounded, is not currently being treated as terrorism, British health minister Matt Hancock said on Sunday.
    A 25-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder after the stabbings on Saturday evening in a park in Reading, which is about 40 miles (65 km) west of London.
    “This is not currently being treated as a terrorism incident, but of course we are closely monitoring the situation,” Hancock told BBC TV.
    Police said they were not looking for any more suspects in relation to the incident and there was no intelligence to suggest a further risk to the public.
    Detectives said they were keeping an open mind as to the motive for the attack, which took place on a sunny evening hours after a rally by anti-racism protesters in the park, Forbury Gardens but appeared to be unrelated to that.
    “The Black Lives Matter event had finished some three hours previous and was by all accounts a very well conducted peaceful demonstration and this is not a connected attack with that whatsoever,” Jason Brock, the head of the local council authority, told the BBC.
    Current coronavirus restrictions mean venues like pubs are closed, so many people in Britain gather in parks in the evenings to meet friends.
    A witness said the attack began when a man suddenly veered toward a group of about eight to 10 friends and began stabbing them.    The nature of the attack, reminiscent of a number of recent incidents in Britain that authorities considered to be terrorism, had raised concern that this too had been inspired by militants.
    In February, police shot dead a man, previously jailed for promoting violent Islamist material, who had stabbed two people on a busy street in south London.    Last November another man who had been jailed for terrorism offences stabbed two people to death on London Bridge before he too was shot dead by police.
    Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has described the incident as appalling, held a meeting on Sunday with security officials, senior ministers and police to be updated about the Reading investigation, a spokesman for Johnson said.
(Reporting by Michael Holden and Guy Faulconbridge; Editing by David Goodman and Frances Kerry)

6/21/2020 UK to unveil lockdown easing plans this week, health minister says
FILE PHOTO: Britain's Secretary of State of Health Matt Hancock in Downing Street, following the outbreak
of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), London, Britain, June 10, 2020. REUTERS/Toby Melville
    LONDON (Reuters) – Britain will outline its plans to ease the coronavirus lockdown this week, health minister Matt Hancock said on Sunday, potentially relaxing the two-metre rule on social distancing, allowing many businesses to reopen in early July.
    Many employers, especially in the hospitality and leisure sectors, have said the rule that people must remain two metres apart will prevent them from being able to operate as lockdown measures are lifted.
    “We’re about to see another step in the plan,” Hancock told BBC TV.    “This week we will announce further details of the measures we can take to relieve some of the national lockdown measures at the start of July, including on July 4.”
    Asked if the two-metre rule would be amended in the plans to be announced this week, he said: “I very much hope that we can.”
    He said there were mitigations to allow people to be closer than two metres while limiting the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus and they would set out details about how businesses could comply.
    He said it was possible people would have to register their details before going to a pub or a restaurant.
    “I certainly wouldn’t rule that out,” he said.
    “The proposals that we will bring forward are how you can safely, safely reduce the two metres with the sort of mitigations we have been talking about,” he said.
    “I get the problems with the two-metre rule of course, ultimately there are problems with the fact that there’s a virus and the challenge for the country, for all countries is how to get as much of normal life as possible going again.”
    He did not rule out people having to register before going to a pub.
(Reporting by Michael Holden; Editing by David Goodman and Raissa Kasolowsky)

6/21/2020 Spain reopens its borders as state of emergency comes to an end by Guillermo Martinez and Jessica Jones
General view of Spanish-French border as Spain reopens its borders to most European visitors after the coronavirus lockdown coinciding with the
end of the state of emergency in the country, in La Jonquera, north of Girona, Spain June 21, 2020. REUTERS/Albert Gea
    MADRID (Reuters) – Passengers wearing masks and wheeling suitcases arrived at Madrid’s main airport on Sunday as Spain opened its borders to most European countries and ended a state of emergency imposed to contain the coronavirus.
    Spain’s borders are now open to all European Union countries except Portugal, as well as Schengen Area members outside the bloc and Britain in a much-needed boost to the country’s tourism industry which accounts for more than 12% of the economy.
    British tourists will be allowed in without having to quarantine, Spain said on Saturday, even though they will still be subject to 14 days isolation upon their return.
    Spaniards were also allowed to move freely around the country from Sunday and many were expected to visit friends, relatives and second homes in other regions.    Since March 14, people have had to remain in their own provinces.
    At Madrid’s international Adolfo Suarez-Barajas airport there was a palpable sense of relief for passengers, many of whom were making journeys to see loved ones after months apart.
    “My situation is a little complicated because my wife lives in Italy and I live in Spain so we haven’t seen each other for four months,” said Alberto Bos, who was flying to Milan.
    All arriving passengers will have their temperature taken, submit information about where they have come from, and provide their whereabouts in Spain in case they need to be traced.
    Spain’s border with neighbouring Portugal will reopen on July 1.
    “It’s very strange because we aren’t used to travelling anymore,” said Italian tourist Martina, who was among the first to arrive in Spain on a flight from Bergamo.
    Stickers on the floor of the arrivals hall made sure those waiting for passengers complied with social distancing measures.
    “We will allow British visitors to enter Spain just like the rest of the European Union or Schengen area from 21 June freely and without the need for the quarantine,” foreign minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya told BBC News on Saturday.
    But Britain’s own quarantine measures, requiring a two-week period of self-isolation for most people entering the country, could put off potential travellers.    Britain is due to review its quarantine rule on June 29, three weeks after it was introduced.
    Some 1,500 German tourists touched down in Mallorca early last week as part of a pilot scheme to establish a travel corridor between the two areas, ahead of the lifting of restrictions on Sunday.
    In his final address during the state of emergency, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez praised Spaniards on Saturday for coming together during one of Europe’s strictest lockdowns but warned they should remain vigilant as there could be a second wave.
    Spain, which has recorded more than 245,000 coronavirus cases and over 28,000 deaths, has been easing its lockdown restrictions in recent weeks.
(Additional reporting by Elena Rodriguez; Writing by Jessica Jones; Editing by David Clarke)

6/21/2020 President Trump holds first ‘MAGA’ rally in months by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump arrives on stage to speak at a campaign rally at the BOK Center, Saturday, June 20, 2020, in Tulsa, Okla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    President Trump revamped his “Make America Great Again” message during his first campaign rally in months.    On Saturday, the president picked up where he left off in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he rallied support within his base.
    “I stand before you today to declare the silent majority is stronger than ever before,” he stated.    “Five months from now, we’re going to defeat sleepy Joe Biden, we’re going to stop the radical left.”
    President Trump touted his record and cited the historic approval of nearly 300 federal judges, including the two on the Supreme Court.    He highlighted his response to the coronavirus pandemic and claimed his actions have saved hundreds of thousands of lives.
    “We, I, have done a phenomenal job with it, I shut down the United States to…all people from China in late January, which is months earlier than other people would have done it if they would have done it at all,” said the president.    “I saved hundreds of thousands of lives.”
    The president criticized “fake news media” as well.    He noted they never report about the dangers of COVID-19 when it comes to protesters transmitting the virus on the streets.
President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the BOK Center, Saturday, June 20, 2020, in Tulsa, Okla. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
    He also took aim at Democrats, whom he blamed for the nation’s massive protests.    He specifically targeted Washington Governor Jay Inslee, whom he criticized for letting protesters occupy a small portion of Seattle.
    President Trump further claimed the left is attempting to destroy American history and control anyone who disagrees with them.    He pointed out he had offered to bring in federal forces to help the city gain control, but Seattle denied his assistance.
    I flew in with some of our great congressmen and I said to him, ‘Congressman, what do you think?    I can straighten it out fast.    Should we just go in?’ (He said,) ‘No, sir, let it simmer for a little while.    Let people see what radical left Democrats will do to our country.’” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
    President Trump also blasted his presumptive presidential rival Joe Biden, whom he called a puppet for the fringe of the Democrat Party.
    “Yet Biden remains silent, in his basement, in the face of this assault on our nation and the values of our nation,” he stated.    “Joe Biden has surrendered to his party and the left wing mob, he has no control.”
    During the rally, the president vowed to protect free speech, reform America’s immigration system and enact new trade deals that put “Americans first.”
People wait for a campaign rally for President Donald Trump to begin in Tulsa, Okla., Saturday, June 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
    Following the rally, the Trump campaign announced that millions of people had tuned into President Trump’s Tulsa rally online.
    In a statement, Campaign Communications Director Tim Murtaugh confirmed more than 4 million unique viewers watched the rally across all of the campaign’s digital channels.
    According to, the number has since been updated to over 5 million viewers.
    Murtaugh has said the figures “represent an unmatched enthusiasm behind the president’s reelection and a massive audience that Joe Biden can only dream of.”
    He also accused the media of encouraging protesters and bombarding Americans with dire warning about attending the rally in person.    However, he went on to say the media was unable to prevent the president from reaching the American people.

6/21/2020 Report: NYPD investigating more than a dozen shootings by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Dec. 31, 2015, file photo, a New York City police officer sits in a cruiser at a checkpoint
surrounding Times Square during New Year’s Eve celebrations in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
    New York City authorities are reportedly investigating more than a dozen shootings that occurred over a 12-hour span this weekend.    On Saturday, the New York Police Department reported around 19 people were injured in more than a dozen shootings that took place after midnight.
    Several shootings also occurred on Friday, leaving one resident dead and nine injured.
    Officers have warned defunding the police could lead to more gun violence.    Others blamed the city’s bail reform policy for putting dangerous criminals back on the streets.
    “My message to the people of this city is that you can’t expect crime to go down when criminals are constantly let out of jail.    Bail reform is not working, we said it wasn’t going to work.    The government and city officials have failed the people of this city.” – Paul Digiacomo, President of the Detectives Endowment Association
    This is the first weekend since the police commissioner dissolved undercover anti-crime units across every precinct.

6/21/2020 President Trump doubles down on plans to refile bid against DACA by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the BOK Center, Saturday, June 20, 2020, in Tulsa, Okla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    President Trump has, once again, vowed to rescind the DACA program.    He made the announcement during his campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
    Last week, the Supreme Court rejected the administration’s first attempt to repeal the Obama era program.    However, the president has suggested this was not a loss for his administration, as the decision was only based on a flaw in procedure.
    “We actually won on DACA yesterday.    We actually won, because they basically said, ‘You won, but you have to come back and redo it.’    It’s almost like, gee, ‘Come on back, your paperwork was no good.’” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
    Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf reiterated this point, saying the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold DACA was a technical one and not a legal one.
    “What we know is the program is clearly unlawful, and I would point you back the Supreme Court decision,” he said.    “At no point in that decision did they say the program was lawful, they simply didn’t like the rationale and the procedures that we used.”
This preview image of an AP digital embed shows the number of participants in the Deferred Action
for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which allows people brought to the U.S. illegally as children live
and work without fear of deportation. This chart is current as of March 31, 2020. (AP Photo)
    During a recent interview, Wolf expressed that it was wrong the American people were never consulted about such a large program.    His comments followed up on the opinion of Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, who said the dispute before the court was not whether the program could be repealed, but how.
    There are currently around 649,000 immigrants under the DACA program.    According to the DHS secretary, the program will be allowed to continue while the president’s administration reviews the court’s decision.
    In the meantime, President Trump is expected to sign an executive order that will reportedly limit multiple immigration programs.    According to reports, the Trump administration will be moving to suspend temporary work visas until the end of this year.
    The executive order would target several specific visas, including those for workers in the tech, hospitality or construction industries.    The order is also expected to contain some exceptions amid calls to protect the recovering economy.

6/21/2020 Vice President Pence speaks on law enforcement at ‘MAGA’ rally by OAN Newsroom
Vice President Mike Pence waves to the crowd during a campaign rally in Tulsa, Okla., Saturday, June 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
    Vice President Mike Pence touted the president’s achievements during Saturday’s campaign rally in Oklahoma.
    While addressing the crowd in Tulsa before the president took the stage, Pence explained why Americans should vote red come November.
    According to him, the “Great American Comeback” has begun and President Trump is leading the way.
    He also addressed the current national unrest.    The vice president stated most people know police are the best people in America and added there’s no excuse for violence or rioting.
    “When the president stands up to the radical left and their socialist agenda, I stand with President Donald Trump,” said Pence.    “When our president stands up for law and order, liberty and justice for all, I stand with President Donald Trump.”
    He also praised the president for his leadership during the pandemic and his work to rebuild the economy.

6/21/2020 Minneapolis shooting leaves 11 injured, 1 dead by OAN Newsroom
A police vehicle is parked outside the Uptown Theatre Sunday, June 21, 2020, following
a shooting in Minneapolis’ Uptown neighborhood. (AP Photo/Doug Glass)
    Police are actively searching for suspects in relation to a shooting that took place in uptown Minneapolis.    Early Sunday morning, authorities arrived on scene where 12 adults were found suffering from gunshot wounds.
    One of the victims later died in the hospital, while the remaining 11 sustained non-life threatening injuries.
    Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo called the incident an act of “senseless gun violence” and offered his condolences to those who were impacted by the attack.    He spoke about how community members and officers came together to assist in getting the wounded to hospitals, which he said inspired him.
    “We saw officers and community members rushing to aid those victims,” he explained.    “…We saw humanity last night and that really, truly inspires me and says that hope is here in our city and will remain here in our city.”
    He went on to say the department will bring all resources to bear to bring those responsible to justice.    The police chief said he has spoken with state agencies and the local FBI, which will be assisting in investigation efforts.
    “Our community has been so good in bringing us information forward,” he said.    “We absolutely do have several leads in that, and certainly our homicide investigative teams are taking up on those leads.”
    According to the Arradondo, gun violence is ongoing issue within the Minneapolis community.    He emphasized that the crime was not committed in response to the death of George Floyd, which has sparked protests and unrest across the country in recent weeks.
    “We have seen, unfortunately, over the past several months an uptick in violent crime in Minneapolis,” he added.    “We are certainly doing our best to address that.”

6/21/2020 Nursing home employees choose unemployment checks over paychecks by OAN Newsroom
Anna Maria Alborghetti sits in a wheelchair as carer Melania Cavalieri holds her hand during a visit by her family at
the Martino Zanchi Foundation nursing home in Alzano Lombardo, Italy, Friday, May 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
    Despite the ongoing pandemic, which has hit understaffed nursing homes particularly hard, many caregivers have chosen unemployment checks over paychecks.
    According to reports, a nurse in New England said she had to stop working two months ago in order to take care of her children.    However, she is now getting paid an extra $600 per week in unemployment benefits.
    Consequently, many health care workers have chosen to stay home, despite this being a time when nursing homes need them most.
    “People in nursing homes represent about 1% of the American population…(and) about 40% of the deaths from coronavirus, so this has just been a really tremendous death toll,” stated AARP spokesperson Bill Sweeney.    “It’s outrageous, it’s continuing and more needs to be done to stop the deaths.”
    Before the pandemic, nurse staffing agencies such as IntelyCare were lucky to fill 80% of staff; now they’re lucky to fill 50%.
    Meanwhile, Congress has been debating whether or not to extend the extra $600 in benefits beyond the end of July.

6/21/2020 Trade adviser Navarro calls COVID-19 ‘a product of the Chinese Communist Party’ by OAN Newsroom
White House trade adviser Peter Navarro speaks with reporters at the White House, Thursday, June 18, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    According to White House trade adviser Peter Navarro, COVID-19 was “a product of the Chinese Communist Party.”    On Sunday, Navarro accused the Chinese government of spawning the virus and sending hundreds of thousands of citizens around the world to spread it.
    He has also suggested the Chinese Communist Party is “guilty until proven innocent.”    He argued it’s an “open question” if China purposefully spread the virus.
    The adviser further claimed China is responsible for all COVID-19 deaths in the U.S.
    “They spawned the virus in China, they hid it for two months and they killed over 100,000 Americans.    The beat goes on and on.    The question is, why aren’t they responsible for the trillions of dollars of damage they’ve inflicted on us?” – Peter Navarro, White House trade adviser
    He also refuted John Bolton’s allegation that President Trump asked Chinese President Xi Jinping for help with reelection.    He has said everything Bolton pushed for during his time in the White House would have made the country less peaceful and less prosperous.

6/21/2020 U.S. prosecutor Geoffrey Berman formally leaves post by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Oct. 26, 2018, file photo, Geoffrey Berman, then-U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York,
speaks during a news conference at the Department of Justice in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
    U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman is officially out. He formally left his post as Manhattan’s top federal prosecutor on Saturday.
    In a statement, he wrote, “In light of Attorney General William Barr’s decision to have Deputy U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss become acting U.S. Attorney, I will be leaving the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York, effective immediately.”
    “It has been the honor of a lifetime to serve as this district’s U.S. attorney and a custodian of its proud legacy,” he added.
    His departure came after a day of outspoken back and forth between Berman, Barr and President Trump.
FILE – In this Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, file photo, then-U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of
New York Geoffrey Berman arrives for a news conference in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
    At the center of the controversy was an investigation, led by Berman’s team, into the president’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and his possible violation of federal campaign finance laws.
    The president has said he had nothing to do with the matter.
    “Well, that’s all up to the attorney general, Attorney General Barr is working on that.    That’s his department, not my department.    But, we have a very capable attorney general.    So, that’s really up to him.    I’m not involved.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
    Moving forward, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler has launched a probe into the matter.    He has said the committee will hear from whistleblowers, who claimed Barr’s attempt to fire Berman was part of a larger pattern of misconduct.

6/21/2020 WHO reports record daily increase in coronavirus cases
FILE PHOTO: A logo is pictured on the headquarters of the World Health Organization (WHO) ahead of a meeting of the
Emergency Committee on the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Geneva, Switzerland, January 30, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
    (Reuters) – The World Health Organization reported a record increase in global coronavirus cases on Sunday, with the total rising by 183,020 in a 24-hour period.
    The biggest increase was from North and South America with over 116,000 new cases, according to a daily report    Total global cases are over 8.7 million with more than 461,000 deaths, according to the WHO.
    The previous record for new cases was 181,232 on June 18.
(Writing by Lisa Shumaker; Editing by Daniel Wallis)

6/21/2020 Germany’s coronavirus reproduction rate jumps, indicating rising contagion
FILE PHOTO: Members of the medical staff in protective suits are reflected in a mirror during treatment of a patient suffering from the coronavirus
disease (COVID-19) in an intensive care unit at Havelhoehe community hospital in Berlin, Germany, April 20, 2020. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch
    FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Germany’s coronavirus reproduction rate jumped to 2.88 on Sunday, up from 1.79 a day earlier, health authorities said, a rate showing infections are rising above the level needed to contain the disease over the longer term.
    The rise brings with it the possibility of renewed restrictions on activity in Europe’s largest economy – a blow to a country that so far had widely been seen as successful in curbing the coronavirus spread and keeping the death toll relatively low.
    To keep the pandemic under control, Germany needs the reproduction rate to drop below one.    The rate of 2.88, published by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for public health, means that out of 100 people who contract the virus, a further 288 people will get infected.
    Chancellor Angela Merkel had favoured maintaining lockdown measures for longer but gradually eased restrictions in recent weeks following pressure from regional politicians to reboot the economy.
    Already, the country is grappling to get people to adhere to isolation rules in places where they have been imposed. Over the weekend, authorities in Goettingen needed riot police to enforce quarantine measures.
    In North-Rhine Westphalia, more than 1,300 people working at a slaugterhouse in Guetersloh tested positive for coronavirus, up from 803 infections on Friday.
    As a result, North-Rhine Westphalia has put 7,000 people under quarantine and closed kindergartens and schools close to the abbatoir.
    “I cannot rule out a broader lockdown,” North-Rhine Westphalia’s premier Armin Laschet told German television ZDF on Sunday.
    Outbreaks in recent weeks have occurred in nursing homes, hospitals, institutions for asylum seekers and refugees, in meat processing plants and logistics companies, among seasonal harvest workers and in connection with religious events, RKI said.
    The 2.88 rate is a jump from 1.06 on Friday, based on RKI’s moving 4-day average data, which reflects infection rates one to two weeks ago.
    Based on a 7-day average, infection rates have risen to 2.03, RKI said, adding that an accurate reading for long-term patterns will take a couple of days.
    The spike in infections is mainly related to local outbreaks including in North Rhine-Westphalia, RKI said.    North-Rhine Westphalia was one of the regions most vocal about urging Merkel to ease lockdown restrictions.
    A high 7-day incidence rate was observed in the towns of Guetersloh and Warendorf, North Rhine-Westphalia.    Further outbreaks were detected in the cities of Magdeburg, in Saxony Anhalt and the Berlin district of Neukoelln, RKI said.
    In total, Germany has reported 189,822 laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases and 8,882 deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported, RKI said.
    In an interview published on Sunday, Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann told German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung that the economy had passed the worst of the crisis caused by the coronavirus outbreak and was now expected to recover gradually.
(Reporting by Edward Taylor; Editing by Nick Macfie, Emelia Sithole-Matarise and Frances Kerry)

6/21/2020 Brazil passes 50,000 coronavirus deaths as outbreak worsens
FILE PHOTO: A gravedigger walks by Sao Francisco Xavier cemetery during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease
(COVID-19), in Rio de Janeiro. Brazil, April 23, 2020. Picture taken April 23, 2020. REUTERS/Ian Cheibub
    RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Brazil, the world’s No. 2 coronavirus hot spot after the United States, officially passed 50,000 coronavirus deaths on Sunday, a blow for a country already grappling with more than 1 million cases, rising political instability and a crippled economy.
    Brazil now has a total of 1,085,038 confirmed cases and 50,617 deaths, up from 49,976 on Saturday, the Health Ministry said.    Experts say the true numbers are a lot higher because of a lack of widespread testing. Latin America’s largest country has typically recorded more than 1,000 deaths a day, but usually registers fewer on the weekends.
    Brazil confirmed its first case of the novel coronavirus on Feb. 26 and passed 1 million cases on Friday.    Since first arriving in the country, the virus’ rapid spread has eroded support for right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro and has raised fears of economic collapse after years of anemic growth.
    Bolsonaro, sometimes called the “Tropical Trump,” has been widely criticized for his handling of the crisis.    The country still has no permanent health minister after losing two since April, following clashes with the president.
    Bolsonaro has shunned social distancing, calling it a job-killing measure more dangerous than the virus itself.    He has also promoted two anti-malarial drugs as remedies, chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, despite little evidence they work.
    On Sunday, Bolsonaro said the military serves the will of the people and its mission is to defend democracy, adding fuel to a raging debate about the armed forces’ role amid rumbling fears of political fragility.
    His comments came on the same day his supporters and detractors gathered in cities across the country, in a stark symbol of the polarization in Latin America’s largest country.
(Reporting by Gabriel Stargardter; Editing by Peter Cooney and Diane Craft)

6/21/2020 Italy reports 24 coronavirus deaths on Sunday, 224 new cases
People walk at Piazza del Popolo, after Italy opened its borders to European countries allowing free movement
after the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) lockdown, in Rome, Italy, June 12, 2020. REUTERS/Yara Nardi
    MILAN (Reuters) – Italy reported 24 deaths from COVID-19 on Sunday, compared with 49 a day earlier, the Civil Protection Agency said, while the daily tally of new cases stood at 224 from 262 on Saturday.
    The country’s death toll since the outbreak came to light on Feb. 21 now stands at 34,634, the agency said, the world’s fourth-highest after the United States, Brazil and Britain.
    The number of confirmed cases amounts to 238,499, the eighth-highest global tally.
    The number of people registered as currently carrying the illness fell to 20,972 from 21,212 the day before.
    People in intensive care totalled 148 on Sunday, down from 152 on Saturday. Of those originally infected, 182,893 were declared recovered against 182,453 a day earlier.
    The agency said 3.042 million people in the country of 60 million had been tested for the virus, up from 3.017 million on Saturday.
(Reporting by Valentina Za; Editing by Edmund Blair)

6/22/2020 Coronavirus in the U.S.A. today.

6/22/2020 ‘Racist’ overtone in Tulsa rally draws heat - Trump’s fiery rhetoric carries a familiar ring by John Fritze, Courtney Subramanian, Nicholas Wu and David Jackson, USA TODAY
    WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump drew fire from critics Saturday for sprinkling racially divisive stereotypes throughout his remarks at a high-profile campaign rally in Tulsa as the nation grapples with racism and police misconduct.
    Speaking after protests and unrest broke out in cities across the nation following the death of George Floyd last month, Trump described violent protesters he claimed had forced the cancellation of a separate outdoor campaign event in Tulsa as “thugs.”    He used the term “kung flu” to describe the coronavirus.    And he blasted the removal of Confederate statues, arguing that a “left-wing mob” wanted to “vandalize our history.”
    At one point during his remarks, as he sought to brush aside calls from some on the left to defund police departments, Trump painted a scene of a “tough hombre” who he described as “breaking into the window of a young woman whose husband is away.”
    “And you call 911 and they say, ‘I’m sorry, this number is no longer working,’” Trump said.
    The president’s remarks came as demonstrators continued to gather in many cities to protest the death of Floyd, a Black man whose neck was pinned under the knee of a white Minneapolis police officer for nearly nine minutes.    Violence erupted in cities after Floyd’s death, but protests were largely peaceful nationwide.
    “Trump just completed the racism trifecta in a three-minute span,” a Democratic National Committee social media account posted during the rally, the president’s first return to the campaign trail since the coronavirus struck the nation in force this spring.
    “121,000 Americans are dead,” Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., tweeted after the rally.
    “Donald Trump’s response is to make racist jokes.”
    The rally ran into trouble on racial issues before it even began.    The campaign had to reschedule after it initially set the event for Juneteenth, the holiday celebrating the end of slavery in the United States.    Trump has also faced a backlash for holding the rally in a city that was home to one of the worst racial attacks in U.S. history.
    He then claimed in an interview with the Wall Street Journal last week that “.nobody had ever heard” of the Juneteenth holiday before the rally controversy erupted.
    Trump never mentioned Floyd’s name during his remarks Saturday night. Nor did he mention the Juneteenth holiday on Friday that prompted his campaign to reschedule its initial date for the rally. He also did not mention the 1921 Tulsa race massacre, in which a white mob killed an estimated 300 Black Americans while destroying homes and businesses in a oncethriving district known as the Black Wall Street.
    Trump has drawn fire for many past comments on race, including when he said there were “fine people on both sides” at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017, when he described members of the violent MS-13 gang as “animals” or reportedly called Haiti, El Salvador and African nations “shithole countries.”
    But Trump’s remarks Saturday fell at a particularly sensitive moment in the USA, when the Floyd killing has forced a reexamination not only of police use of force practices but also charges of underlying racism in the nation’s criminal justice system.
    Polls suggest the perception of police has fallen in recent weeks.    Among white Americans – a group from which Trump enjoyed broad support in 2016 – those who had a very favorable or somewhat favorable view of police dropped to 61% from 72% the previous week in a survey from the Democracy Fund + UCLA Nationscape Project.
    On the one hand, Trump argued Saturday that he is better positioned than presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden to pick up support from Black voters – opening up a new line of attack he is almost certain to repeat on the campaign trail.    Trump said Americans should “not take lectures of racial justice” from Biden, adding that the former vice president “praised and partnered with segregationists,” a reference to a controversy centered on other lawmakers with whom Biden worked with in Congress.
    On the other hand, Trump offered little in the way of concrete policies he would pursue in a second term to benefit Black voters.    And he repeatedly embraced language and themes that groups advocating for racial justice have decried.
    The unhinged left-wing mob is trying to vandalize our history, desecrating our monuments, our beautiful monuments, tear down our statues and punish, cancel and persecute anyone who does not conform to their demands for absolute and total control, we’re not conforming,” Trump said Saturday about protesters forcibly removing statues and other symbols of the Confederacy.
    Democrats and other critics on social media also blasted Trump for using the term “kung flu” to describe the coronavirus.    White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway disputed reports this year that the term was used inside the West Wing.    A CBS News reporter said an unnamed official used the phrase in her presence.
    At the time, Conway described the term as “highly offensive,” said “of course it’s wrong” and asked reporters to identify who the official was.    “I’d like to know who they are,” Conway told reporters outside the White House in March.    “You can’t just say that and not name them.    Tell us who it was.”
    Public health officials have discouraged terms that associate a pandemic with a place.    Trump had frequently called the coronavirus the “Chinese virus” in the early weeks of the pandemic as a way to blame Beijing for its handling of the crisis there.
President Donald Trump made a high-profile return to the campaign trail Saturday with a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma. SARAH PHIPPS/USA TODAY NETWORK

6/22/2020 Fearing second COVID-19 wave, Europe aims to train “army” of medics by Francesco Guarascio
FILE PHOTO: A nurse is seen in the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) unit at the CHR Centre Hospitalier Regional de la Citadelle Hospital in Liege, Belgium, June 16, 2020. REUTERS/Yves Herman
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Europeans are enjoying the gradual easing of coronavirus lockdown measures, but in hospitals they are already preparing for the next wave of infections.
    Some intensive care specialists are trying to hire more permanent staff.    Others want to create a reservist “army” of medical professionals ready to be deployed wherever needed to work in wards with seriously ill patients.
    European countries have been giving medics crash courses in how to deal with COVID-19 patients, and are now looking at ways to retrain staff to avoid shortages of key workers if there is a second wave of the novel coronavirus.
    “We need a healthcare army,” said Maurizio Cecconi, president-elect of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM), which brings together medics from around the world who work in wards with extremely ill patients.
    Cecconi, who heads the intensive care department at the Humanitas hospital in Milan, says medical staff need to be more flexible in the work they do, and more mobile.
    “If there is another big wave, we should be prepared to deploy doctors and nurses from nearby regions within Italy.    This did not happen a lot in the first wave,” he told Reuters.
    Many countries were caught unprepared by the COVID-19 pandemic in March and April, and hastily retrained medics to work with patients with severe cases of the disease, to ramp up numbers and replace those who fell sick.
    Some sent medical students and retired doctors to help out in intensive care wards as hospital staff were overwhelmed.    Those worst-hit by the pandemic had to provide more beds and essential equipment for acute care units, and some built new hospitals.
    But problems and shortages persist.    Italy, for example, may need to boost by 50% the number of anaesthetists, resuscitation experts and other medics it has working in intensive care, according to the Italian society of intensive care SIAARTI.
    Across Europe, hospitals have been re-training surgeons, cardiologists, internal medicine physicians and nurses from other departments, and have moved them to intensive care units when needed.
    Many have attended crash courses on how to handle COVID-19 patients, said Jozef Kesecioglu, president of ESICM and head of intensive care at the University Medical Center of Utrecht, in the Netherlands.
    “We gave them jobs with less responsibility, such as washing patients, turning patients around, checking the lungs or looking at scans,” he told Reuters.
    Intensive care specialists had continued to do the most delicate work, such as handling tubes in patients’ throats or adjusting mechanical ventilation, Kesecioglu said.
    He plans to call back the same people to offer them more training.    Under normal circumstances, intensive care workers undergo years of training but he said: “We should not wait until the new wave comes, we should give them regular training.”
    The Netherlands is trying to recruit more skilled workers and hopes to narrow structural gaps in the intensive care workforce, said Rotterdam’s Erasmus Medical Centre, one of the largest university hospitals in Europe.
    SIAARTI says medical students who specialise in intensive care medicine should be fully integrated into wards for the last two years of their five-year training, and has recommended financial incentives be offered to attract more students.
    The European Commission, the European Union’s executive, funded cross-border transfers of medical staff to the most affected countries at the height of the coronavirus crisis.
    In April, teams of “flying doctors” were sent from Norway and Romania to Italy.
    But the experiment has failed to gather much support, and Cecconi said moving doctors from one country to another “should be an option but not the first option,” as language barriers may make them less effective.
    Some patients were also moved around to receive treatment.    France transferred some to less-affected regions of the country and sent others to Germany, which also took in COVID-19 patients from Italy.
    But Cecconi warned of transportation risks and logistical complications.
    “Often our patients are very sick,” he said.    “I’d rather have skilled people who know how to work in my environment.”
(Reporting by Francesco Guarascio in Brussels @fraguarascio; additional reporting by Emilio Parodi in Milan; editing by Josephine Mason and Timothy Heritage)

6/22/2020 Press Secy. McEnany says President Trump has not directed officials to slow down COVID-19 testing by OAN Newsroom
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany speaks during a press briefing at
the White House, Monday, June 22, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said President Trump has not directed officials to slow down COVID-19 testing.
    During a press briefing Monday, the secretary stated the president was joking when he said at his Tulsa rally that he told officials to slow down testing.    She explained that he was attempting to call out the mainstream media for ignoring the fact that the U.S. is leading in virus cases because it’s first in testing.
    McEnany also said the U.S. will continue to lead the world in testing and any suggestion it has been curtailed is not rooted in fact.
    “The president was trying to expose what the media often times does; they ignore the fact the United States has more cases because we have more testing,” she stated.    “We are leading the world in testing and he was pointing that out, so that it’s a fact the media readily ignores.”
    According to the press secretary, the U.S. is conducting 500,000 COVID-19 test daily.    The White House also refuted claims by mainstream media accusing President Trump of “racism.”
President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the BOK Center, Saturday, June 20, 2020, in Tulsa, Okla. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
    Secretary McEnany said the president is holding Mainland China responsible for the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. and around the world.    Her remarks came after reporters claimed to take offense over the term “kung flu,” which the president used at his Tulsa rally over the weekend.
    However, McEnany noted that left-leaning outlets used the terms “China virus” and “Wuhan virus” before President Trump.    She went on to say the latest attempts to label President Trump as racist will fail due to their false and misleading nature.

6/22/2020 White House plans to end DACA within next six months by OAN Newsroom
Chad Wolf, acting Secretary of Homeland Security, gestures while speaking during a memorial service for Federal
Protective Services Officer Dave Patrick Underwood on Friday, June 19, 2020, in Pinole, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
    The Trump administration said they are determined to put an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program or DACA.    In an interview with “Meet the Press” Sunday, acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Chad Wolf said DACA will come to an end within the next six months.
    This comes less than a week after the nation’s highest court blocked the president’s previous attempt.    In a five-to-four decision last week, the Supreme Court ruled that the president could not rescind DACA under the legal grounds President Trump provided.
    However, every justice on the court agreed DACA may be rescinded if the administration provided a different justification.    Wolf noted the president realizes a solution needs to be found for those affected by DACA, but that it must come through the legislative branch. He made the following remarks on the matter:
    “But we are going to end an unlawful program. As the acting secretary of homeland security, I don’t have the luxury to ignore the law. The program is unlawful.    We need to solve it.    The president’s begging Congress, has been for the last two and a half years, to solve this problem.    We’re willing to sit down at the table and negotiate with them.”
    At a campaign rally Saturday, the president doubled down on his efforts to get rid of the program as well.
    “But we actually won on DACA yesterday, we actually won, because they basically said you won,” he stated.    “But you have to come back and redo it…it’s almost like, gee, come on back, your paperwork was no good.”
    DACA is a policy issued under the Obama administration, which allows individuals who were brought to the United States by their parents to apply for deferred deportation every two years.    It also grants DACA recipients eligibility to receive work permits.    The DACA program extends to roughly 649,000 immigrants.
    In 2017, President Trump intended to end DACA over the course of six months.    He gave Congress time to try to create a piece of legislation that would replace DACA, but Congress failed to get anything passed.
    Secretary Wolf said the Department of Homeland Security and the president will make an announcement regarding its plans for DACA soon.

6/22/2020 President Trump: U.S. COVID-19 testing so much greater, more advanced than any other country by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump exits Air Force One as he arrives at Tulsa International
Airport on Saturday, June 20, 2020, in Tulsa, Okla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    President Trump has praised the country’s testing capacity amid the coronavirus pandemic.    In a tweet Sunday night, he suggested America’s virus testing is much greater and more advanced than any other country in the world.
    His remarks come as more than 25 million COVID-19 tests have been administered across the U.S.    As a result, the president said this makes it look like the U.S. has more cases than other countries.    He was reiterating remarks he made during a rally in Oklahoma over the weekend.
    “…When you do testing to that extent, you’re going to find more people,” he stated.    “You’re going to find more cases, so I said to my people slow the testing down, please.”
    While the mainstream media has criticized the president for his comments, several White House officials have come out and said the statement was made in jest.
White House trade adviser Peter Navarro speaks with reporters at the White House,
Thursday, June 18, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    Meanwhile, the White House is preparing for a possible second wave of coronavirus in the fall.    That’s according to White House trade adviser Peter Navarro who said in an interview Sunday that officials are stockpiling in anticipation.
    “You prepare for what can possibly happen, I’m not saying it’s going to happen, but of course you prepare,” he explained.    “And I’ll tell you what, we are a lot more prepared under this president then we were when China hoisted this on us to begin with.”
    Navarro went on to condemn the Chinese government for their handling of COVID-19 during its onset.

6/22/2020 Tensions rise between Native American tribes and the federal government over COVID-19 measures by OAN Newsroom
FILE – Gov. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) is pictured in this file photo. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
    Tensions between Native American tribes and the federal government are growing over the handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
    Tribal governments have used their sovereignty to reinstate lockdowns and travel bans as their neighboring states begin to reopen.    Native American leaders are concerned over the surge in cases and fear it could impact tribal members disproportionately.
    Tensions in South Dakota have risen in recent weeks after its governor called on the White House to intervene in a stalemate between native tribe leaders and state officials.
    Two tribes in the state have continued their traffic checkpoints to monitor highway traffic and contain the spread of the coronavirus despite warnings from Gov. Kristi Noem.    On Wednesday, she wrote a letter to the White House requesting help to end the dispute.
    The Cheyenne River Sioux and Oglala Sioux tribes have had checkpoints up since the first week of April.    They claim these areas are protected by tribal sovereignty, but Noem said the checkpoints are on state and federal highways.    She also noted that they interrupt interstate traffic.
    The governor previously threatened legal action against the tribes, but now Noem said she would like to pursue federal assistance in shutting down what she calls “illegal checkpoints.”
    “I asked the South Dakota attorney general to order an investigation into these checkpoints and that investigation, while it is still ongoing, has produced both affidavits and video recordings of these unlawful checkpoints that are in place,” stated the governor.
    Tribe leaders said reservations have insufficient medical resources to combat the COVID-19 virus and the precautionary measures they have in place are warranted.    They said their focus is on keeping people safe during the pandemic.
    Due to the high number of reservation members with underlying conditions, tribe leaders said they have the right to be vigilant when protecting their residents.
    “And that is, for me, a sign of disrespect for a sovereign nation or another government agency,” stated Julian Bear Runner, President of the Oglala Sioux tribe.    “We have an inherent and sovereign right to protect the health of our people, and no one, man or woman can dispute that right.”
    Tribe leaders have asked those traveling to go around their reservation in order to avoid virus hot-spots, which allows the reservations to continue their stay-at home orders.    Noem never issued such an order for the state to the criticism of tribe leaders.
    The continued standoff now leaves potential for a legal fight, which Noem has claimed she is not opposed to. The Republican governor is currently investigating all tribes that have set up checkpoints.
    Noem said this is not about the response to the pandemic, but about setting precedent on tribes’ ability to shutdown traffic in other situations.

6/22/2020 Durham to disclose Russian collusion investigation details by end of summer by OAN Newsroom
FILE – This 2018 portrait released by the U.S. Department of Justice shows Connecticut’s
U.S. Attorney John Durham. (U.S. Department of Justice via AP, File)
    The ongoing probe into the Russian collusion investigation is gaining momentum with new developments expected in the coming months.
    On Sunday, U.S. Attorney General William Barr gave an update on the progress of the investigation, which is being spearheaded by Connecticut U.S. attorney John Durham.
    Barr hinted that new progress in the case could be released soon and said he’s surprised by the lack of public interest in the case.
    “He’s looking at whether or not the narrative of Trump being involved in the Russian interference actually preceded July and was, in fact, the precipitating trigger of the investigation,” said the attorney general.
    Last year, Barr tapped Durham to lead the probe after President Trump requested the Department of Justice look into the origins of “Russiagate” scandal.
    Durham was directed to look into the early stages of the FBI’s investigation into the Trump campaign and thoroughly examine the Intelligence Community’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election.
    Specifically, the U.S. attorney aims to gauge the actions of former CIA Director John Brennan to see if he propagated a politicized stance to the Intelligence Community.
    While the probe was delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic, Durham has pressed by investigating areas not as affected.
Attorney General William Barr speaks during a roundtable with President Donald Trump about America’s seniors,
in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Monday, June 15, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    “Those who broke the laws will be held to account, but this cannot be and it will not be a tit-for-tat exercise,” said Barr.    “We are not going to lower the standards just to achieve a result.”
    Meanwhile, the attorney general expects Durham to disclose details of his investigation by the end of summer.    He said the probe will continue through the November election, but the direction could change depending on who wins the presidency.

6/22/2020 Salt Lake City ‘Back the Blue’ event supports police, calls for more conversations between sides by OAN Newsroom
People look on during the Utah Business Revival’s “Blue Rally” to support men and women of law enforcement Saturday, June 20, 2020,
in Salt Lake City. Two demonstrations took place in Salt Lake City on Saturday night in Washington Square: one
protesting police violence and the other to show support for local law enforcement and first responders. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
    Hundreds of people gathered at Salt Lake City’s City Hall in a demonstration supporting police officers.    The gathering happened Saturday in a counter-protest to a group calling to defund the police directly across the street.
    The event was organized by the Utah Business Revival group whose founder is a former city police officer.    He said he wanted to support the officers who responded to riots in the city at the end of May.
    The organizer said people don’t have to be divided on the issue of police and racism, but they also don’t have to burn cities or defund the police.
    “I think if we were really to step away and have more private conversations, and let our guards down and just be open and to listen to other people, that we would actually probably agree more,” stated Carole Turner, a Back the Blue supporter.
    The two demonstrations remained mostly separate and peaceful with officers on hand to maintain the peace.

6/22/2020 House Judiciary Committee ‘not interested’ in Bolton testimony by OAN Newsroom
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., speaks during a House Judiciary Committee markup of the
Justice in Policing Act of 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 17, 2020. (Greg Nash/Pool via AP)
    It appears John Bolton will not be called to testify by the House Judiciary Committee.    While appearing on CNN Sunday, chairman Jerry Nadler said he’s not interested in questioning Bolton about allegations he made in his book.
    The committee tried to get Bolton to testify during impeachment proceedings, but he refused.    Although Bolton is making new allegations about the president, Nadler said having him testify would be a waste of time.
    “I think the president has done a lot of impeachable things, including what Bolton’s talking about, but we have an election coming up,” he stated.    “We know the Republicans in the Senate will not entertain an impeachment in any event, so that would be, at this point, be a waste of time and effort.”
    Though the House Judiciary Committee likely won’t call Bolton to testify, chairman Adam Schiff of the House Intelligence Committee said he may call him to appear before his panel.
    Meanwhile, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo took a shot at former national security adviser in a tweet Sunday.
    This comes as Bolton’s upcoming memoir is expected to contain numerous accusations against the president and his administration.    In another tweet Thursday, Pompeo called Bolton’s claims “outright falsehoods.”
FILE – In this Sept. 30, 2019, file photo, former National security adviser John Bolton gestures while speakings at
the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
    President Trump has denied the allegations in Bolton’s book and suggested his former adviser may face charges for leaking classified information.
    “I will consider every conversation with me as president highly classified,” he stated.    “So that would mean that if he wrote a book and if the book gets out, he’s broken the law and I would think that he would have criminal problems.”
    Bolton’s book is scheduled to be released on Tuesday.

6/22/2020 Trump Campaign: Biden doesn’t have strength to be president by OAN Newsroom
Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden listens as he meets with small business owners,
Wednesday, June 17, 2020, at Carlette’s Hideaway, a soul food restaurant, in Yeadon, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
    The Trump campaign slammed presumptive Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden in a tweet Monday morning.    ‘Trump War Room’ shared a recent campaign ad exposing a series of Biden’s incompetencies.
    From calling the coronavirus the “lujan virus” to insulting black voters, the former vice president has come under fire for numerous gaffes on the campaign trail.    Many have attributed this to the 77-year-old’s age, with the Trump campaign saying he’s unfit to be president.
    Trump 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale said the Democrat Party has been trying to keep Biden hidden, so voters don’t see his flaws.

6/22/2020 Coronavirus cases soar in big countries, especially Brazil, WHO says by Stephanie Nebehay and John Revill
FILE PHOTO: Nurse Jaqueline Borges Dias prepares medications for a patient suffering from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at
the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Emilio Ribas Institute in Sao Paulo, Brazil, June 17, 2020. REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli/File Photo
    GENEVA/ZURICH (Reuters) – Coronavirus cases are soaring in several major countries at the same time, with “worrying increases” in Latin America, especially Brazil, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday.
    The world recorded more than 183,000 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, the most in a single day since the outbreak started in December, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.
    “Certainly the numbers are increasing because the epidemic is developing in a number of populous countries at the same time and across the whole world,” WHO’s top emergencies expert, Mike Ryan, told an online briefing.
    “Some of that increase may be attributed to increased testing … And certainly countries like India are testing more.    But we do not believe that this is a testing phenomenon.”
    Global cases surpassed 9 million on Monday, with the United States, China and other hard-hit countries also reporting new outbreaks, according to a Reuters tally.
    Ryan said there had been a jump in cases in Chile, Argentina, Colombia, Panama, Bolivia and Guatemala, as well as Brazil, which had passed the 1 million mark – second only to the United States – and reported a record 54,000 cases in the previous 24 hours.
    He said some of the jump in Brazil might reflect changes in the reporting system, but added:
    “There still are relatively low tests per population, and the positivity rates for testing are still quite high overall.    From that perspective, we would say that this trend is not reflective of exhaustive testing, but probably under-estimating the actual number of cases.”
    Latin America’s largest country has frequently recorded more than 1,000 deaths a day over the last month.
    President Jair Bolsonaro, sometimes called the “Tropical Trump”, has been widely criticised for his handling of the crisis.    The country still has no permanent health minister after losing two since April, following clashes with the president.
    Bolsonaro has shunned social distancing, calling it a job-killing measure more dangerous than the virus itself.    He has also promoted two anti-malarial drugs – chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine – as remedies, despite a lack of evidence that they work.
    Ryan said he thought there had been “great upticks” in cases in a number of U.S. states.
    “I’m not 100 percent sure about the age profile, but I’ve seen the reports that some of this is amongst younger people.    That may reflect the fact that younger people are more mobile and they are getting out and taking advantage of the reductions in restrictions of movement …
    “What is clear is that the increase is not entirely explained through just increased testing.”
    The WHO also said it was worried about Germany, where the reproduction rate of the virus hit 2.88 on Sunday, well above the maximum level of one transmission per person needed to contain the disease over the longer term.
    Tedros said a lack of global leadership and unity in fighting the virus was a bigger threat than the outbreak itself, and that politicisation had made the pandemic worse.
    The WHO has been criticised by some member states, especially the United States, which says it was too weak, too slow and too “China-centric” in tackling the disease at the outset.
(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay, Emma Farge in Geneva, John Revill in Zurich and Alexander Cornell in Dubai; Writing by Nick Macfie; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

6/22/2020 Trump says he would only meet Venezuelan president Maduro to discuss exit
FILE PHOTO: Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a news conference at
Miraflores Palace in Caracas, Venezuela, March 12, 2020. REUTERS/Manaure Quintero
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday walked back comments that he would consider meeting Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, saying he would only do so to discuss Maduro’s departure from office.
    In an interview published on Sunday, Trump said he would consider meeting Maduro and played down his earlier decision to recognize opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s legitimate leader.
    The Republican president changed tack in a tweet on Monday.    “My Admin has always stood on the side of FREEDOM and LIBERTY and against the oppressive Maduro regime! I would only meet with Maduro to discuss one thing: a peaceful exit from power!” Trump said.
    However, Trump told the news site Axios on Friday that he was open to a meeting, a move that would upend his “maximum pressure” campaign aimed at ousting Maduro, a socialist who has presided over a deep economic crisis in the South American nation.
    “I would maybe think about that. … Maduro would like to meet.    And I’m never opposed to meetings,” Trump said.    “But at this moment, I’ve turned them down.”
    Trump had expressed an openness in 2018 to meeting Maduro, who had also made overtures for talks, but nothing materialized and the United States instead ratcheted up the pressure.
    The comments to Axios were possibly the clearest sign yet of what some U.S. officials have privately said is growing frustration over his administration’s failure to unseat Maduro through sanctions and diplomacy.
    The White House said later, however, that Trump continues to recognize Guaido as the leader of Venezuela.
    “Nothing has changed,” White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told a news briefing, adding that he “has not lost confidence at all” in Guaido.
(Reporting by Susan Heavey and Steve Holland; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Kevin Liffey)

6/22/2020 Canada’s biggest city Toronto to reopen businesses, ending three-month lockdown by Moira Warburton
FILE PHOTO: An employee at Zara puts up a sign during a phased reopening from the coronavirus disease
(COVID-19) restrictions in Toronto, Ontario, Canada May 19, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio/File Photo
    TORONTO (Reuters) – Toronto, Canada’s biggest city and its financial capital, will allow businesses to reopen starting Wednesday, as it joins other regions in the province of Ontario in ending a three-month pandemic lockdown, Ontario Premier Doug Ford said on Monday.
    Restaurants in Toronto, along with Peel Health Region which encapsulates the city’s densely populated suburbs, will be able to open their patios, Ford said.    Ontario, Canada’s most populous province, started gradually reopening its economy this month, but Toronto was left out of the initial list.
    Canadian provinces imposed lockdowns in March to contain the spread of the coronavirus, which has killed 8,430 people in Canada and infected 101,337, according to latest government data.
    The only health region still in phase one of three reopening phases is Windsor-Essex, where an outbreak is hitting migrant workers on farms.
(This story corrects Toronto’s reopening day to Wednesday from Friday)
(Reporting by Moira Warburton; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

6/22/2020 England to reopen cinemas, museums and galleries from July 4
A social distancing sign is pictured at a flower shop following its reopening, amid the coronavirus
disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Llandudno, Wales, Britain June 22, 2020. REUTERS/Carl Recine
    LONDON (Reuters) – Cinemas, museums and galleries in England can reopen from July 4, Prime Minister Boris Johnson will say on Tuesday as he sets out which sectors of the economy can resume trading and announces the findings of a review into social distancing.
    Britain has been incrementally reopening its shuttered economy as the number of COVID-19 deaths and cases declines, having been one of the worst-hit countries during the pandemic.
    The latest stage is scheduled for July 4, and will see some higher-risk venues like those in the arts and cultural sector allowed to open their doors, albeit with rules to maintain social distancing.
    “The more we open up, the more important it is that everyone follows the social distancing guidelines.    We will not hesitate to reverse these steps if it is necessary to stop the virus running out of control,” a source in Johnson’s office said.
    Johnson is due to speak before parliament on Tuesday afternoon.
    He will also announce the findings of a review into whether to relax the current rule that people must maintain a distance of two metres at all times to prevent the spread of the virus.
    Johnson has faced lobbying from businesses and political pressure in his own party to drop the two-metre rule.
    Finance minister Rishi Sunak has acknowledged that relaxing the rule would make a huge difference to many businesses.    Pubs restaurants and other hospitality businesses have called for the distance to be reduced to one metre – the minimum recommended by the World Health Organisation.
(Reporting by William James; editing by Stephen Addison)

6/22/2020 Democrats say U.S. withdrawal from Open Skies Treaty may be illegal
FILE PHOTO - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) addresses a news conference about coronavirus
disease (COVID-19) response on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 5, 2020. REUTERS/Leah Millis
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senior U.S. Senate Democrats on Monday accused President Donald Trump’s administration of violating the law when it declared his intention last month to withdraw the United States from the Open Skies Treaty.
    In a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Mike Esper, the Democrats said the administration had not given the legally required 120 days’ advance notice to Congress before beginning the withdrawal process.
    The United States announced on May 22 that it would withdraw from the 35-nation Open Skies treaty allowing unarmed surveillance flights over member countries.    It was the Trump administration’s latest move to pull the country out of a major global treaty.
    The administration said Russia had repeatedly violated the pact’s terms.
    The letter from Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and Senators Mark Warner and Jack Reed, the top Democrats on the Intelligence and Armed Services committees, called on the administration to immediately discontinue efforts to withdraw.
    It also suggested that Trump’s decision may have been politically motivated because it took place less than five months before he is up for re-election in November.
    “Beginning the U.S. withdrawal from the Open Skies Treaty, without complying with U.S. domestic law or constitutional practice, is an obvious political maneuver in an attempt to bind a future administration,” the letter said.
    Officials from the White House, Department of Defense and State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Dan Grebler)

6/22/2020 Brazilians flock to beach as WHO says country undercounting coronavirus surge by Rodrigo Viga Gaier and Emma Farge
FILE PHOTO: Beachgoers enjoy Ipanema beach amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak
in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 21, 2020. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes/File Photo
    RIO DE JANEIRO/GENEVA (Reuters) – Brazil reached more than a million confirmed coronavirus cases and 50,000 deaths over the weekend as throngs of people swarmed Rio de Janeiro beaches, but the World Health Organization said on Monday that even more cases were likely going uncounted.
    On Sunday, swimmers and sunbathers packed Rio’s famous beaches, with many neither wearing masks nor respecting the WHO’s guidance to maintain 1 meter, or 3 feet, of distance between people.
    As the toll climbs in Rio, the state with the second highest number of novel coronavirus cases, the local health secretary said on Monday he would resign after about month in office.
    “I have only one thing to say: I tried,” state health secretary Fernando Ferry said in a video on Brazilian broadcaster TV Globo, announcing his departure.
    Ferry took the job after police began investigating the state health agency for suspicious state-level contracts and equipment purchases meant to address the pandemic.    That triggered the state legislature to open impeachment proceedings against Rio’s governor.
    The turmoil among health officials in Rio mirrors that of the federal government, where two health ministers resigned in the span of a month.    An active-duty military general with no medical background is now interim health minister.
    The WHO is looking into a surge of more than 54,000 new coronavirus cases in Brazil in 24 hours, that was reported by the health ministry on Friday and is by far the most reported in the country in a single day, according to top WHO emergencies expert Mike Ryan.
    Ryan told an online briefing on Monday that testing levels were still low in Brazil with a high percentage of positive results.
    “That generally means there are probably more cases out there than reported,” Ryan said.
    Sao Paulo’s Corinthians football club confirmed that 21 of its 27 players had been infected with coronavirus in recent months, although 13 had recovered, according to weekend press reports.
    As the toll continues to rise, local governments across Brazil have been gradually lifting lockdown orders.
(Reporting by Emma Farge in Geneva and Rodrigo Viga Gaier in Rio de Janeiro; additional reporting by Stephanie Nebehay in Geneva, John Revill in Zurich and Ricardo Moraes in Rio de Janeiro; Writing by Jake Spring; Editing by Aurora Ellis)

6/22/2020 France, Germany appeal for swift EU deal on coronavirus recovery aid
German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz and his French counterpart Bruno Le Maire give a news conference
following a meeting, in Berlin, Germany June 22, 2020. John MacDougall/Pool via REUTERS
    BERLIN (Reuters) – France and Germany on Monday pressed for a quick agreement among European Union leaders on the size and payout details of a joint fund aimed at helping the hardest hit member states to recover more quickly from the coronavirus pandemic.
    Speaking to reporters after talks in Berlin, German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz and his French counterpart Bruno Le Maire said they were confident that a deal on the European Recovery Fund could be reached soon, ideally at an EU summit next month.
    “It’s time to decide, we have everything on the table to support our economies and the quicker the better,” Le Maire said.
    “Having strong economies in the single market is of course an advantage for all the members of the EU,” Le Maire added.
    Le Maire said Germany and France both agreed that the European Recovery Fund should pay out the proposed funds of at least 500 billion euros from 2020 until 2022 – and not until 2024 as suggested by some members.

6/22/2020 WHO says it will issue guidance on air travel in coming days
FILE PHOTO: Mike Ryan, Executive Director of the World Health Organisation (WHO), attends a news
conference at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland May 3, 2019. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
    GENEVA (Reuters) – The World Health Organization will issue further guidance on air travel in coming days as countries open up from their coronavirus lockdowns, the WHO’s Mike Ryan said on Monday.
    “It’s not an easy dilemma… There is no zero-risk,” he told an online briefing.
(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay, Emma Farge and John Revill, Writing by Nick Macfie; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

6/23/2020 Oil up $1.17 to $40.60, DOW up 154 to 26,025.

6/23/2020 UK COVID-19 death toll tops 54,000 including suspected cases: Reuters tally
FILE PHOTO: A sign reminding people about social distancing is seen on Westminster bridge, as the outbreak of
the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in London, Britain, June 19, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah Mckay
    LONDON (Reuters) – The United Kingdom’s suspected COVID-19 death toll has hit 54,089, according to a Reuters tally of official data sources that underline the country’s status as one of the worst hit in the world.
    The Reuters tally comprises fatalities where COVID-19 was mentioned on death certificates in England, Wales and Northern Ireland up to June 12, and up to June 14 in Scotland.    It also includes more recent hospital deaths.     Unlike the lower death toll published daily by the government, the death certificate figures include suspected cases.
(Reporting by Andy Bruce; editing by Guy Faulconbridge)

6/23/2020 Greenland statue attacked as Black Lives Matter protest reaches the Arctic
The statue of Hans Egede is seen after being vandalized in Nuuk, Greenland June 21, 2020. Picture taken June 21, 2020. Ritzau Scanpix/via REUTERS
    COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – A statue of a Danish-Norwegian coloniser in Greenland’s capital Nuuk was vandalised with red paint and the word “decolonize” on Sunday in a sign that Black Lives Matter movement has reached the Arctic island’s indigenous people.
    The incident could help inflame old tensions with former colonial power Denmark less than a year after U.S. President Donald Trump offered to buy the vast island.
    The statue of Hans Egede, a missionary whose arrival in Greenland in 1721 marked the beginning of the island’s colonial era, was vandalised in the early hours of Greenland’s National Day, police said.
    Pictures of the vandalised statue posted on social media drew hundreds of mostly approving comments.
    “Inuit are constantly silenced and never given the opportunity to process the traumas that have been passed down for generations,” Paninnguaq Lind Jensen, who runs a traditional Inuit tattoo shop in Nuuk, wrote on Facebook.
Greenland, home to only 56,000 people, was a Danish colony until 1953 when it became a formal part of the Nordic kingdom.
    In 2009, Greenland was granted broad self-governing autonomy, including the right to declare independence from Denmark.
    Few Greenlanders see independence as viable in the short-term given their economic dependence on Denmark, but polls show a majority support it as a long-term goal.
(Reporting by Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen; Editing by Angus MacSwan)

6/23/2020 Mexico’s confirms 4,577 new coronavirus infections and 759 deaths
FILE PHOTO: A medical staff is seen looking after a patient inside the provisional military hospital
of the Campo Militar No. 1, which takes care of patients with symptoms of the coronavirus disease
(COVID-19) in Mexico City, Mexico June 9, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso/File Photo
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico on Monday reported 4,577 new infections and 759 additional deaths from the coronavirus, the health ministry said, bringing the total number in the country to 185,122 cases and 22,584 deaths.
    The government has said the real number of infected people is likely significantly higher than the confirmed cases.
(Writing by Drazen Jorgic; Editing by Sandra Maler)

6/23/2020 WTO says record trade plunge could have been worse by Philip Blenkinsop
FILE PHOTO: A logo is pictured on the headquarters of the World Trade Organization (WTO)
in Geneva, Switzerland, June 2, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Global merchandise trade fell by a record amount in the first months of the year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but stopped short of a worst-case scenario, the World Trade Organization (WTO) said on Tuesday.
    The Geneva-based body forecast in April that global trade in goods would fall by between 13% and 32% in 2020, numbers that the WTO chief described as “ugly,” before rebounding by 21-24% in 2021.
    The WTO did not set new figures on Tuesday, but said rapid responses by governments meant its pessimistic scenario for this year was unlikely.
    The volume of merchandise trade in fact shrank by 3% in the first quarter, the WTO said, and initial estimates pointed to a year-on-year decline of 18.5% for the second quarter.
    “The fall in trade we are now seeing is historically large – in fact, it would be the steepest on record.    But there is an important silver lining here: it could have been much worse,” said WTO director general Roberto Azevedo.
    The WTO said governments had reacted quicker than in the 2008-2009 crisis and income support had encouraged consumers to keep spending.    Some sectors such as automobiles had fallen sharply, but others such as electronics had held up well.
    If trade were to grow by 2.5% per quarter for the rest of the year, the more optimistic projection of minus 13% could be met, though that would still be worse than at the height of the financial crisis in 2009, when trade dropped by 12.5%.
    However, the WTO said weaker-than-expected growth, wider trade restrictions and a possible second wave of infections could see a 2021 rebound falling short.
    Trade could then recover only by about 5%, leaving it well short of the pre-pandemic trend.    Monetary, fiscal and trade choices will play a significant role, the WTO said.
(Reporting by Philip Blenkinsop; Editing by Emma Farge and Gareth Jones)

6/23/2020 Trump admin. expands restrictions on worker visas by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this April 5, 2019, file photo, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection vehicle sits near the wall as President
Donald Trump visits a new section of the border wall with Mexico in El Centro, Calif. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
    The Trump administration is extending visa restrictions on workers seeking to enter the U.S.
    On Monday, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced it will begin implementing a proclamation by President Trump, which the DHS has characterized as a bid to put American workers “first in line” for jobs amid unprecedentedly high levels of unemployment during the pandemic.
    The proclamation instructed the DHS to take a two-part approach to this goal both by enforcing short-term restrictions on those outside the U.S. seeking workers’ permits and by engaging in a long-term reform of current immigration guidelines.
    In the short term, the president has instructed the DHS to extend a suspension on the issuance of non-immigrant worker visas until December 31 with the possibility of a further extension after that date following further review.
    This would affect applicants currently outside the U.S. seeking H1A, H2B, I and J visas as well as categories covering non-settler workers recruited to specialty professions, taking up temporary non-agricultural work, filling executive positions or engaging in temporary work-exchange programs respectively.
FILE – In this Nov. 10, 2019, file photo, migrants gather at the U.S.-Mexico border in Tijuana, Mexico, to hear names called from
a waiting list to claim asylum in the U.S. The Trump administration has proposed sweeping restrictions on asylum, seeking to align
a legal framework with the president’s efforts to limit immigration to the United States.(AP Photo/Elliot Spagat, File)
    According to the administration, these measures are meant to stem the flow of immigrant labor likely to take up positions that could, instead, be filled by American workers currently unemployed due to pandemic shutdowns.
    In the long-term, the administration is seeking a full review of the way work visas are awarded, while seeking a move toward a merit-based system prioritizing American workers over the recruitment of foreign labor.
    “And we will elect a Republican Congress to create a safe, sane and lawful system of immigration that puts American workers first,” stated President Trump.
    The ban on non-settler visas explicitly excludes those currently inside the U.S., those already holding visas as well as professions vital to national security and public health efforts against the pandemic such as doctors and nurses.
    The new directive represents an expansion on measures enacted through executive order by President Trump in April, which contained a 60-day ban on the issuance of permanent resident cards also known as green cards.
    That order has been partially credited by the administration with helping shore up the U.S economy… contributing to unprecedented job growth last month despite business closures enforced due to COVID-19.
    “The transition to greatness has officially begun.    Friday’s jobs report was encouraging to say the absolute least.    The jobs in this country, we had more than 2.5 million added.    The prediction was that 7.5 million jobs would be lost.    This was a 10 million swing toward the positive side, and in fact the greatest number of jobs created in a single month on record.” — Kayleigh McEnany, White House Press Secretary
    The administration has also moved ahead to limit illegal immigration by banning asylum seekers who cross the border illegally from obtaining work permits and also extending the waiting period for employment authorizations granted to asylum seekers to 365 days.
    These measures, officials say, have been key in buttressing the economy while also curbing the spread of COVID-19.    It has been a delicate balancing act that has required both minimizing border crossings and making sure traffic essential to America’s infrastructure can continue.

6/23/2020 Fmr. Cincinnati mayor criticizes Democrat run cities by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this file photo, Ken Blackwell speaks during a news conference after attending a Conversation on America’s Future
with Donald Trump and Ben Carson sponsored by United in Purpose, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
    A former Cincinnati mayor recently slammed Democrat-run cities for failing to take responsibility in black communities.
    In an interview with Breitbart on Monday, Ken Blackwell said Democrats blame the violence in black communities on the “boogeyman of systemic racism.”    He claimed Democrats have characterized America as a “racist nation,” which has created a “false narrative.”
    Blackwell went on to say the deadly reality is black men and women are being slaughtered in several cities nationwide in numbers that can be compared to war zones in Iraq and Syria.    These cities, he claimed, are all run by Democrats.
    “You can’t paint safety forces with a broad brush, saying that they are riddled with systemic racism when the facts don’t bear that out,” Blackwell stated.    “But what is out by the facts is that these local leaders have found some comfort in the status quo.”
    This interview came after Blackwell published an article over the weekend in which he claimed Democrats have failed the black community.

6/23/2020 Report: Berman refused to sign letter critical of NYC Mayor de Blasio by OAN Newsroom
Geoffrey S. Berman, United States attorney for the Southern District of New York,
arrives to his office in New York on Saturday, June 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)
    As many speculate the reasoning behind former U.S. attorney Geoffrey Berman’s ousting in New York, the White House has made it clear he was simply dismissed to make room for a replacement.
    During a White House press briefing Monday, Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany addressed Berman’s firing.
    “The administration has very clearly outlined the reason that he is leaving and it is because Mr. Clayton will be moved into that role,” she explained.    “We are hopeful that Clayton will be confirmed…no investigation will be affected by this as was made clear by Attorney General (William) Barr.”
    According to the Wall Street Journal, Berman refused to sign a letter last week criticizing New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for enforcing social distancing rules during religious gatherings yet not during protests.    The letter suggested the mayor imposed a “double standard” when it came to the regulations.
    Although it’s unclear if the letter played a role in Barr’s decision to fire Berman over the weekend, political analysts have pointed out that this came just one day before Attorney General Barr announced he planned to replace Berman.
Attorney General William Barr is seated before President Donald Trump speaks during a roundtable discussion about “Transition to Greatness: Restoring,
Rebuilding, and Renewing,” at Gateway Church Dallas, Thursday, June 11, 2020, in Dallas.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    Critics have suggested Berman’s investigations into Trump allies like Rudy Guiliani and his associates prompted Barr’s decision.    This all came after a weekend of tensions between the attorney general and Berman after the former U.S. attorney refused to resign.
    However, on Saturday Barr informed Berman that President Trump “agreed to remove him.”    This left Berman’s deputy, Audrey Strauss, to serve in his role as an interim until Jay Clayton is confirmed by the Senate.

6/23/2020 LAX using thermal cameras for temperature checks by OAN Newsroom
File – Airplanes sit on the tarmac at Los Angeles International Airport. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
    Those traveling out of the Los Angeles International Airport can expect to see some changes.    Thermal body cameras are being installed to check travelers’ temperatures.    It will be conducted on a voluntary basis.
    Those who want to try it will have their temperatures checked and if it’s higher than 100.4, they will then get it checked again by an airport employee.    If it’s still high, the traveler will be encouraged not to fly.
    “To be clear, these thermal camera temperature checks will not replace other safety measures. We’re not saying you only can rely on this.    This is an additional layer of safety.    This is not ‘either/or’ but ‘and/and,’ and some airlines will require further screenings before you get on board.” — Mayor Eric Garcetti, (D) Los Angeles
The program will begin on Tuesday, June 23.    Travelers are also required to wear face masks at the airport and are encouraged to use hand sanitizing stations that are set up throughout the facility in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

6/23/2020 White House: Far-left rioters ‘confused’ over statue removals by OAN Newsroom
The statue of a Confederate soldier and plinth sit on a flatbed truck at the Old Capitol in Raleigh, N.C., on Sunday,
June 21, 2020. After protesters pulled down two smaller statues on the same monument Friday, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper ordered
the removal of several other monuments to the Confederacy, citing public safety concerns. (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed)
    The White House is rejecting the latest Democrat attempts to rewrite history.    During a White House briefing Monday, Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany criticized protesters who defaced and toppled the statues of America’s founding fathers and renowned peace activists.
    “We’re being told that George Washington’s statue needs to come down and Thomas Jefferson’s statue needs to come down,” she stated.    “Where do you draw the line?
    This came after Democrats called for a removal of statues honoring top confederate leaders.    McEnany pointed out that anti-racism protesters appear to be confused over which statues they want taken down.
This photo shows the removal of a Confederate statue in Greenville, North Carolina, on Monday June 22, 2020.
Part of the 27-foot monument to Confederate soldiers outside a courthouse in eastern North Carolina has been
removed after local officials gave their approval last week. (AP Photo via Pitt County Public Information Office)
    “What we’re seeing across the country is really quite confusing because you’re seeing statues defaced like Gandhi’s statue defaced, and Ulysses s Grant statues defaced and abolitionist Netius Baldwin statue defaced,” said the press secretary.    “When people watch these statue defacements and beheading of some of these statues, like Chris Columbus, where do you draw the line?
    For his part, President Trump has denounced attempts to deface monuments and has called it a “disgrace.”    He has went as far to authorize arrests for statue vandalism and cited Veteran’s Memorial Preservation Act as grounds for punishment.

Crews add The Henry Wyatt Monument to a truck after removing them from the North Carolina State Capitol in Raleigh, N.C.,
Saturday, June 20, 2020. crews removed one statue dedicated to the women of the Confederacy, and another placed by the United
Daughters of the Confederacy honoring Henry Wyatt, the first North Carolinian killed in battle in the Civil War. Both
statues stood for over a century. It was not immediately clear who ordered the removals. (Ethan Hyman/The News & Observer via AP)

6/23/2020 COVID-19 cases continue to surge in Brazil by OAN Newsroom
Movement of people in the Line 4 Yellow wagon of the São Paulo subway this June 17, 2020 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. State recorded
record deaths from Covid-19 for two straight days this week. (Photo: Bruno Rocha/Fotoarena/Sipa USA)(Sipa via AP Images)
    Coronavirus cases in Brazil have continued to rise amid the ongoing pandemic.    The nation reported a record breaking 54,000 new cases within just 24-hours.
    According to health officials Monday, the growth of cases in the last week was greater in smaller towns and cities than in the mega city of Sao Paulo.
Some officials are now warning the country is close to chaos if social distancing or other means of precaution are not enforced.     “We have patients waiting for spaces in the ICU.    We didn’t want to reach this point, but we’ve reached this point.    From here on out things are going to get to a point where we won’t be able to control them anymore.” — Fernando Brum, Director of Sorocaba Coronavirus Combat Committee
Movement of people at the Luz Station of the São Paulo subway on June 17, 2020. State recorded record deaths
from Covid-19 for two straight days this week. (Photo: Bruno Rocha/Fotoarena/Sipa USA)(Sipa via AP Images)
    Meanwhile, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has come under immense fire over his handling of the health pandemic. The country still has no permanent health minister after losing two since April after their alleged clashes with Bolsanaro.
6/23/2020 EU presses China on post-COVID trade ties, Hong Kong security law by OAN Newsroom
European Council President Charles Michel, left, and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen,
right, arrive for a media conference at the conclusion of an EU-China summit, in video conference format,
at the European Council in Brussels, Monday, June 22, 2020. (Yves Herman, Pool Photo via AP)
    The European Union is pressing China to strengthen their trade relationship in hopes to move forward from the coronavirus pandemic.
    During a teleconference Monday, EU and Chinese officials discussed several policies.    Most specifically on the agenda was trade and security.
    EU officials demanded more access to Chinese markets while fearing the phase one China and U.S. trade deal discriminated against European companies.
    They also blasted China’s national security law aimed at tightening control over Hong Kong and urged them to operate at a higher standard.
    “It is completely okay to exchange different views and to have different standpoints, but we expect now to step up and to lift the negotiations that so far have been on a very low level to a higher political level,” stated Ursula Gertrud von der Leyen, President of the European Commission.    “…that we really see the dedication to have at the very end an investment agreement.”
    While the two sides did not come to a concrete agreement, they hope the discussion laid the groundwork for future negotiations.

6/23/2020 Fla. judge postpones Parkland shooting trial by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Dec. 10, 2019 Nikolas Cruz appears at a hearing in Fort Lauderdale Fla. The death penalty
trial of Cruz, the man charged with killing 17 people at a Florida high school is off indefinitely because
of restrictions related to the coronavirus. (Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP, Pool)
    A Broward County, Florida circuit judge has postponed the death penalty trial of the confessed Parkland shooter indefinitely.    Judge Elizabeth Scherer made the announcement during an online court hearing Monday due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions.
    The judge said the decision comes as it remains unclear when the Broward County courthouse will reopen to the public.    The courthouse has been closed since mid-March to everyone except essential personnel.
    Back in 2018, Nikolas Cruz opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentines Day, which resulted in the killing of 17 people and the injury of 17 others.    He now faces multiple charges of first-degree murder and attempted murder.
    Despite the courthouse closure, the judge said a jury must still be selected for the trial.
    “When we will be able to get a large group of people here for jury selection, I don’t know,” said Scherer.    “Whether or not, we’re going to have to figure out some other way to select a jury in this case…I don’t think anyone knows at this point.”
    However, parents of the victims are fed up with the delay.
    “17 people died and it been two years, and its unacceptable that the shooter has not been tried yet,” said Lori Alhadeff, mother of a victim.    “So using the coronavirus as an excuse, as a mother as a parent of losing my daughter Alyssa, I find it reprehensible.”
It’s not clear when the Broward County court house will reopen.    The next virtual hearing is scheduled for August 25.

6/23/2020 U.S. Republican lawmakers urge Trump to reconsider Germany troop reduction plan by Patricia Zengerle
FILE PHOTO: Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) speaks at the Capitol Hill National Security
Forum at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., June 21, 2018. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A group of Republican lawmakers in the House of Representatives urged President Donald Trump on Tuesday to reconsider his decision to cut the number of U.S. troops in Germany, saying their presence is the backbone of NATO’s deterrent against Russian aggression.
    The six lawmakers led by House Foreign Affairs Committee senior Republican Michael McCaul said in a letter that the U.S. military footprint in Germany served Washington’s strategic interests beyond Europe and into the Middle East and Africa, which have seen the growing influence of Russia and China.
    Trump said earlier this month he would cut the number of U.S. troops in Germany to 25,000, faulting the close U.S. ally for failing to meet NATO’s defense spending target and accusing it of taking advantage of the United States on trade.
    His plans, which would mean a reduction of about 9,500 troops and would be a remarkable rebuke to one of the closest U.S. trading partners, had immediately drawn ire from Democrats and Republicans alike.
    “This is not the time to take any action that might cause the Putin regime to question the credibility of the NATO deterrent or might lead our NATO allies and partners to doubt the U.S. commitment to our collective security,” the lawmakers wrote in the letter, a copy of which was seen by Reuters.
    The lawmakers also warned that Moscow and Beijing sought to sow divisions between the United States and its allies, and said they were troubled to see that many U.S. allies had not been consulted on the plans to reduce U.S. troop numbers in Germany.
    Trump accused Germany of being “delinquent” in its payments to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and vowed to stick with the plan unless Berlin changed course.    NATO in 2014 set a target that each of its 30 members should spend 2% of GDP on defense.    Most, including Germany, do not.
(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Writing by Humeyra Pamuk; Editing by Peter Cooney)

6/23/2020 France’s COVID-19 daily death toll jumps with weekly nursing homes data
FILE PHOTO: A nurse, wearing protective gear and face mask, checks the temperature of a patient
at the post COVID-19 unit of the Clinique Breteche private hospital in Nantes during the outbreak
of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in France, April 30, 2020. ?REUTERS/Stephane Mahe/File Photo
PARIS (Reuters) – The number of people who died from coronavirus infection in France rose by 57 to 29,720 on Tuesday, more than twice as much as Monday, with the health ministry including weekly data for the death toll in nursing homes.
    The French COVID-19 fatalities tally is the fifth highest in the world.
    The number of people who died in hospitals increased by 26 to 19,232, compared to 23 on Monday and an average of 20 over the past seven days.
    The ministry also reported that in the past seven days 31 people died of the virus in nursing homes, less than half of the 73 reported a week ago and in line with the 34 total of two weeks ago.
    The number of newly confirmed rose by 517, almost 150 more than Monday and above both the daily average of 507 seen over the last seven days and the 414 daily average since the beginning of June.
    The number of people in hospital with COVID-19 infections fell by 202 to 9,491, and those in intensive care fell by 19 to 682.    Both numbers have been on a downtrend for at least 10 weeks.
(Reporting by Benoit Van Overstraeten Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Mark Heinrich)

6/23/2020 Twitter again slaps warning on Trump tweet threatening force against protesters by Elizabeth Culliford and Katie Paul
FILE PHOTO: Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police officers detain a man as they clear the entire area around Black Lives Matter
Plaza during racial inequality protests near the White House in Washington, U.S., June 23, 2020. REUTERS/Leah Millis/File Photo
    (Reuters) – Twitter Inc on Tuesday placed a warning notice on a tweet by President Donald Trump threatening “serious force” against protesters in the U.S. capital, the second time it has used the label since it began challenging Trump’s tweets in May.
    There will never be an ‘Autonomous Zone’ in Washington, D.C., as long as I’m your President.    If they try they will be met with serious force!” the president said in his tweet, which Twitter said violated its policy against abusive behavior.
    Trump posted the message after anti-racism protesters on Monday declared a “Black House Autonomous Zone” – referencing a Seattle area taken over by activists known as the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) or Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone – in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church near the White House.
    Police cleared the White House area on Tuesday and blocked access to the site, where law enforcement had used violence to disperse protesters earlier this month.
    Twitter said it hid Trump’s tweet behind its “public interest” notice because it included a threat of harm against an identifiable group.    The label restricts distribution of tweets by public officials which violate Twitter’s rules, while leaving them online to allow for scrutiny.
    A Twitter spokeswoman said teams within the company’s safety division informed Chief Executive Jack Dorsey of the decision before applying the notice.
    Facebook, which has taken a more hands-off approach to speech by political leaders, left the same post untouched.
    At least 150,000 people had liked Trump’s tweet and 33,000 retweeted it before Twitter restricted engagement, according to the most recent image captured by the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine.    His post on Facebook received 12,000 comments.
    The warning escalated Twitter’s challenge to Trump, who has used the platform unimpeded for years to rally supporters and deride opponents.
    After the company last month started applying labels to his messages, Trump announced plans to scrap or weaken a law that has protected internet companies in order to regulate social media platforms more aggressively.
    Twitter’s first public interest notice against Trump also involved a threat of force against protesters, who have been demonstrating against racial injustice since the May 25 death of George Floyd, a Black man, in police custody.
    Trump had used the phrase “when the looting starts, the shooting starts” to threaten deadly force against protesters in Minneapolis, where Floyd died.
    Twitter said that message violated its rules against “glorifying violence.”    It has also appended fact-checking and manipulated media labels to Trump’s tweets in the last month.
(Reporting by Elizabeth Culliford and Katie Paul; Editing by Marguerita Choy, Nick Zieminski and Sonya Hepinstall)

6/24/2020 Oil down $0.35 to $40.15, DOW up 131 to 26,156.

6/24/2020 McConnell: Statues treated ‘like they were Saddam Hussein’ by Lucas Aulbach, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Enough with being “politically correct,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday.    Crowds around the nation that have attacked statues — including those of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson — have gone too far.
    “A crazy fringe is treating their monuments like vanity statues of tinhorn tyrants,” McConnell said from the Senate floor.    “Our Founding Fathers are being roped to the ground like they were Saddam Hussein.”
    The protests against racism and police brutality following the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor have put sculptures and other displays honoring notable figures in American history in the spotlight.
    Some have been torn down.    A statue of Thomas Jefferson was pulled down last week in Portland, Oregon, and George Washington statues were in Portland and in Washington, D.C.
    In Kentucky, McConnell’s home state, a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis was taken out of the state Capitol this month, while a statue of former Confederate Gen. John B. Castleman (who was a key figure in establishing Louisville’s parks system) was removed following years of controversy.
    McConnell had previously spoken out against the Davis statue, saying in 2015 that it would be “more appropriate” to display in a museum.
    McConnell did not make any references to the Confederacy during his nearly 9-minute address, other than to say those who had tried to pull down a statue of Ulysses S. Grant — who led the Union Army to victory in the Civil War — had “literally tried to succeed where Robert E. Lee failed and bring General Grant to the ground.”
    Instead, he tore into actions that have been taken against statues of other historical figures, including Grant, a former president along with Jefferson and Washington, and St. Junipero Serra.    Those three former presidents owned slaves, a fact that has been brought back into the light amid the current political climate, and Serra was the principle founder of a California mission system that exploited Indigenous people in the region during the 1800s.
    “The United States of America can and should have nuanced conversations about our complex past.    We can and should have discussions about our future.    We can and should have peaceful protests,” McConnell said, blaming “far-left radicals” for the destruction.    “But this lawlessness serves none of that.    It’s just an alliance of convenience between angry criminals who think it’s fun to wreak havoc and a slice of elite society that profits off saying our country is evil and deserves the abuse.”
    While he’d previously spoken out against Kentucky’s Jefferson Davis statue, McConnell last week stood against efforts to remove Confederate statues from the U.S. Capitol building, calling an effort by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to remove 11 sculptures with Confederate ties “nonsense” and an effort to “airbrush the Capitol and scrub out everybody from years ago who had any connection to slavery.”
    Each state has two statues in the National Statuary Hall Collection.    Kentucky’s statues honor former Sen. Henry Clay and physician Ephraim McDowell, and neither have faced calls for removal.
    McConnell will be on the ballot in Kentucky in November.    Primary voters in the Bluegrass State were at the polls on Tuesday to choose his Democratic challenger in a race between Charles Booker, Mike Broihier and Amy McGrath. The winner is expected to be announced June 30.
    Lucas Aulbach can be reached at, 502-582-4649 or on Twitter @LucasAulbach.    Support strong local journalism and subscribe:

6/24/2020 Here are the cities that are controlled by Democrats with the Anarchist Black Lives Matter and what has crawled out of the sewer or swamp have controlled and turned them into nightmares for their residents which reminds me of the movie "The Purge" and all the cities controlled by Republicans have been protected from their nonsense and I can only hope that those who can see whats going on to vote them out of office in November and they will all disappear.

6/24/2020 Trump vows to protect statues by Michael Collins and Courtney Subramanian, USA TODAY
    WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump said Tuesday he plans to issue an executive order to protect statues and other historical monuments from destruction by “hoodlums” and “anarchists.”
    Trump offered no details about the order, saying: “I will have an executive order very shortly.    All it’s going to do is reinforce what’s already there, but in a more uniform way."
    “We are looking at long-term jail sentences for these vandals and these hoodlums and these anarchists and agitators,” Trump told reporters on the White House South Lawn before departing for a trip to Arizona.
    “Call them whatever you want,” he said.    “Some people don’t like that language, but that’s what they are.    They are bad people.    They don’t love our country.    And they’re not taking down our monuments.”
    Trump’s remarks came a day after protesters tried to tear down a statue of former President Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Park just across the street from the White House.    The statue is one of several across the country that have been targeted by protesters following the death of George Floyd.
    The Veterans Memorial Preservation Act, a federal law passed in 2003, already makes it a crime to destroy or attempt to destroy a plaque, monument or statue 'commemorating the service' of anyone who served in the armed forces.    The law carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison.
    Trump said that several people have been jailed for trying to remove the Andrew Jackson statute and that others would be charged soon.
    The statue shows Jackson in a military uniform, riding a horse that is rearing on its hind legs.    The 19th-century president's ruthless treatment of Native Americans has made his statue a target of demonstrators protesting the United States' legacy of racial injustice.
    The Secret Service and police officers intervened before the statue was toppled, Trump said.
    Earlier Tuesday,Trump tweeted that he has authorized the federal government to arrest anyone who destroys, vandalizes or destroys any monument or statue on federal property.
    “These are not protesters,” Trump said.    “These are anarchists.”
President Donald Trump talks to reporters on the White House South Lawn. EVAN VUCCI/AP

6/24/2020 Prosecutor: Politics played role in Stone case by Kristine Phillips, USA TODAY
    WASHINGTON – The Justice Department gave Roger Stone “unprecedentedly favorable treatment because he is an ally of President Donald Trump, a former prosecutor on the case is expected to tell Congress Wednesday.
    Aaron Zelinsky, an attorney on former special counsel Robert Mueller’s team and one of the career Justice Department lawyers who prosecuted Stone, said the agency’s leadership pressured them to recommend a lenient sentence for political reasons – a move that a supervisor acknowledged was “unethical and wrong.”
    And yet, Zelinsky said, Justice Department leadership from the highest levels pressured then-Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Timothy Shea to “cut Stone a break.”    He and the other prosecutors repeatedly raised concerns about “such political favoritism,” but their objections “were not heeded,” Zelinsky said.
    The political meddling was unprecedented, according to Zelensky, and prompted him to resign from the case.
    “In the many cases I have been privileged to work on in my career, I have never seen political influence play any role in prosecutorial decision making.    With one exception: United States v. Roger Stone,” Zelinsky said in an opening statement released Tuesday by the House Judiciary Committee.
    Zelinsky is set to testify Wednesday before the committee, which is investigating allegations of political interference within the Justice Department.    Zelinsky’s attorney, Robert Litt, said the prosecutor “will truthfully describe what happened with the Stone sentencing.”
    A Justice Department spokeswoman didn’t respond to a request for comment.
Contributing: Kevin Johnson

6/24/2020 Coronavirus surges in Latin America as deaths surpass 100,000 by Drazen Jorgic
FILE PHOTO: Worshippers of the African-Brazilian religion attend a burial of a person, who died of
unknown reasons during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at Sao Francisco Xavier cemetery
in Rio de Janeiro. Brazil, May 1, 2020. Picture taken May 1, 2020. REUTERS/Ian Cheibub/File Photo
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Latin America’s death toll from the coronavirus pandemic surpassed 100,000 on Tuesday, according to a Reuters tally, with few signs of the outbreak easing in a region marked by crowded cities and high poverty levels.
    Latin America has seen an alarming spike in cases and deaths even as the tide of infection recedes in Europe and parts of Asia.    The number of infections, at 2.2 million, has doubled in less than a month.
    Brazil – Latin America’s largest and most populous nation – this week became only the second country to reach the 50,000 deaths milestone, after the United States.    Mexico on Tuesday registered a fresh one-day record for confirmed infections.
    The true scale of the coronavirus damage to Latin America is likely to be much deeper, experts say, as countries across the region have failed to implement rigorous testing programmes.    Many officials concede the death toll is likely far higher.
    Hugo Lopez-Gatell, Mexico’s deputy health minister and the country’s coronavirus tsar, on Tuesday signaled that his nation is in for a long battle against coronavirus.
    “We must learn to live with the SARS-CoV-2 virus and permanently incorporate hygiene and prevention practices into the new reality,” said Lopez-Gatell, urging the Mexican society to adapt its response to the threat.
    On top of creaking healthcare systems in many countries across the region, Latin America’s battle against the virus has been hamstrung by widespread poverty and many workers living a hand-to-mouth existence in the informal sector that has hindered quarantine efforts.
    The leaders of regional heavyweights Brazil and Mexico have also been chastised for not taking the virus seriously enough and for pushing for a reopening of their economies before the virus has been tamed.
    A Brazilian judge on Tuesday ordered President Jair Bolsonaro to wear a mask in public after the right-wing populist attended political rallies without one in the middle of the world’s second-worst coronavirus outbreak.
    Brazil registered an additional 1,374 deaths on Tuesday from the virus and 39,436 new cases, pushing the death toll from the novel coronavirus to 52,000 people in Latin America’s biggest economy.    More than 1.1 million have been infected.
    Mexico, the worst hit-nation in the region after Brazil in terms of overall figures, on Tuesday registered 6,288 new infections and 793 additional deaths. That brought the totals for the country to 191,410 cases and 23,377 deaths.
The virus also appears to be on the rise in Central America, where Guatemala on Tuesday recorded more than 700 new infections for the first time. An additional 35 deaths were registered in Guatemala, taking it deaths total to 582.
(Writing by Drazen Jorgic; Editing by Frank Jack Daniel and Kim Coghill)

6/24/2020 President Trump says America will be stronger than ever by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump gives a fist pump to the crowd after speaking at the Students for Trump conference
at Dream City Church, Tuesday, June 23, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
    President Trump has promised a bright future for America and said the country will emerge from the pandemic “stronger than ever.”
    On Tuesday, the president addressed the crowds at a Students for Trump event at the Dream City Church in Phoenix, Arizona, which was sponsored by Turning Point USA.
    In his remarks, President Trump highlighted his push to reopen the economy, while citing a report showing a gain of more than 2.5 million jobs in May.    He claimed it was evidence the decision to move forward with reopening was in the country’s best interest.
    The president also showcased his administration’s work on U.S.-China relations and boasted his work to remedy conditions he depicted as unfair and disadvantageous to America.
    “What happened for many years, there’s nobody ever that ripped off the United States like China,” he stated.    “But the long, slow surrender is over because today and every day we are putting now America first.”
    President Trump went on to comment on activist groups seeking the removal of monuments nationwide by characterizing this as an unpatriotic left-wing campaign to uproot pieces of American history.
    “The left-wing mob is trying to demolish our heritage, so they can replace it with a new repressive regime that they alone control,” he stated.    “…It’s not the behavior of a peaceful political movement, it’s the behavior of totalitarians and tyrants and people that don’t love our country.”
A supporter of President Donald Trump applauds a guest speaker prior to the president speaking at the Students
for Trump conference at Dream City Church, Tuesday, June 23, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
    The president clarified he does not condemn efforts at expanding the reach of civil rights, but rather asserted his commitment to the cause of achieving equal treatment before the law for all Americans regardless of ethnic origin.
    He quoted Martin Luther King Jr. as a source of inspiration for his views on racial justice.    The president stated, “people should not be judged based on the color of their skin, but the content of their character.”
    President Trump remarked he is optimistic about the future and believed the country will emerge from its current troubles even more prosperous than before.

6/24/2020 President Trump travels to Ariz. to commemorate the 200th mile of constructed border wall by OAN Newsroom
Chad Wolf, acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, left, and Mark Morgan, Acting Commissioner of
the United States Customs and Border Protection listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a border security
briefing at United States Border Patrol Yuma Station, Tuesday, June 23, 2020, in Yuma, Ariz. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    President Trump made a trip to Arizona to tour the ongoing construction of the southern border wall.    He traveled to Yuma on Tuesday to commemorate the 200th mile of wall constructed at the U.S.-Mexico border.
    The president described the new section as being “fool proof” and even took a moment to sign a portion of the recently built barrier.
    “It is the most powerful and comprehensive border wall structure anywhere in the world,” he stated.    “It’s got technology that nobody would even believe, between sensors and cameras and everything else.”br>     During his visit, he also participated in a roundtable discussion with Arizona Republican officials Sen. Martha McSally, Rep. Debbie Lesko, Gov. Doug Ducey as well as local community leaders. President Trump touted his administration’s efforts to deliver on his 2016 campaign promise.
    “My administration has done more than any administration in history to secure our southern border, our border has never been more secure,” he stated.    “I think Doug can tell you that, anybody at this table can tell you that it’s never even been close.”
    His visit comes as the White House is hoping to have more than 400 miles of wall built before the November election.
President Donald Trump smiles after autographing a section of the border wall during
a tour, Tuesday, June 23, 2020, in San Luis, Ariz. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    The president also highlighted the administration’s success in combating illegal immigration, which he said has dropped significantly over the past year.
    “During the past two months we’ve seen the lowest number of illegal border crossings in many years,” said the president.    “Illegal immigration is down 84 percent from this time last year.”
    Meanwhile, he spoke on continued efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus and discussed how the border wall has been a major advantage in the fight against the pandemic.
    “Using our emergency public health authorities, we prevented a coronavirus catastrophe on the southern border (by) shutting down human smuggling and swiftly returning the crossers,” noted President Trump.    “Without these public health measures, the southern border would be a global epicenter of the viral transmission.”

6/24/2020 President Trump to sign executive order protecting historical monuments and statues by OAN Newsroom
The White House is visible behind a statue of President Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Park, Tuesday, June 23, 2020, in Washington,
with the word “Killer” spray painted on its base. Protesters tried to topple the statue Monday night. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    President Trump is calling the recent attack on the statue of former President Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square a “sneak attack.”
    While speaking Tuesday, the president said law enforcement did an incredible job responding to protesters Monday night.    He suggested those attacking statues are only doing so for the sake of committing wrongdoing.
    “I think they just want to do things for bad purpose,” he stated.    “And these are protesters, these are agitators and others, so we’ve taken a very strong stance and it won’t be happening federally.”
    President Trump is preparing an executive order to protect our nations historical monuments and statues.    He has called for the immediate arrest and imprisonment of so-called anarchists attempting to take down historical statues across the nation.
    In addition to an executive order, the president is offering the help of the National Guard for states in need of extra assistance fighting off the vandals.    He said he plans to use pre-existing laws, including the Monuments Act and the Veteran’s Memorial Preservation Act to carry out his order.
    “We have a very specific Monuments Act and we are looking at long term jail sentences for these vandals and these hoodlums,” he stated.    "Some people don’t like that language, but that’s what they are…they don’t love our country.”
President Donald Trump, accompanied by Superintendent of the United States Military Academy Lt. Gen. Darryl Williams,
salutes a statue of Gen. Douglas MacArthur, before speaking to over 1,110 cadets in the Class of 2020 at a commencement ceremony
on the parade field, at the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., Saturday, June 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    Under the Monuments Act, also known as the American Antiquities Act’, the president is given power to prohibit the destruction of national monuments and enforce strict penalties for offenders.    According to the Veteran’s Memorial Preservation Act, those violating the law can be imprisoned up to 10 years.
    The president’s announcement came after a large group tried remove former President Andrew Jackson’s statue on Monday.    Moving forward, offenders could get up to 10-years in prison for the destruction of public monuments.

6/24/2020 Police clear out protesters trying to create autonomous zone near White House by OAN Newsroom
Duct tape covers the 16th Street NW street sign, renamed Black Lives Matter Plaza NW,
near the White House in Washington, Wednesday, June 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
    Police surrounded the White House on Wednesday to clear out protesters, who were trying to set up what they called the ‘Black House Autonomous Zone.’    D.C. authorities have reportedly been working to remove tents and fences to keep the area near the newly renamed Black Lives Matter Plaza and H Street open.
    This came after protesters attempted to topple a statue of President Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square.

Workers install security fencing and barriers at Lafayette Park near the White House, Tuesday, June 23, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    President Trump has denounced their actions as a “sneak attack.”    He vowed to do more to crack down on those who are defacing and destroying monuments amid the national unrest.
    The National Guard will reportedly be sending members to assist police in protecting D.C.’s national monuments.    In a statement, guard spokesman Major Robert Perino announced members will be unarmed and are expected to remain on duty until July 4th.
    As many as 400 guard members were expected to be activated.
The White House is visible behind a statue of President Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Park, Tuesday,
June 23, 2020, in Washington, with the word “Killer” spray painted on its base. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

6/24/2020 President Trump after Flynn charges dropped: ‘Is James Comey and his band of dirty cops going to apologize?’ by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Dec. 18, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump’s former National Security Adviser
Michael Flynn arrives at federal court in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
    The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled 2-1 to allow the Justice Department to dismiss the charges against General Michael Flynn.    President Trump took to Twitter to celebrate the decision on Wednesday.
    The president then asked, “Are James Comey and his band of dirty cops going to apologize to General Michael Flynn for what they have done to ruin his life?
    He suggested former President Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden should also apologize.
    The president spoke more about the case in the Oval Office.
    “I’m very happy about General Flynn.    He was treated very, very horribly by a group of very bad people.    I think you’ll see, some things are going to start to come out.    What happened to General Flynn should never happen again in our country.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
    “He’s been exonerated and I want to congratulate him,” he added.    “He’s been through a lot.”
[The charges of lying by Flynn have been changed now due to a new released mysterious notes from Peter Stryk which has busted Comey, Obama and even Joe Biden who is now lying that he did not know about it but in the notes he was the one who brought up the Logan Act.    So please do not vote for the real Democrat liar running for president, who also denied he did not fire the Ukraine prosecutor in a quid pro quo and also anything his son Hunter did which was corrupt and we just are waiting for Durham to press charges against the real criminals in the upcoming months and hopefully the Democrats will not send their Planet of the Apes (Anarchist BLM) to try to destroy everything this country stands for.].

6/24/2020 Joe Biden delivers multiple gaffes during virtual fundraising event by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this June 17, 2020, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden
speaks during a meeting with small business owners in Yeadon, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)
    Joe Biden delivered a variety of gaffes during his recent virtual campaign fundraiser with former President Barack Obama.
    Over the course of the online event, the presumptive Democrat presidential nominee attempted to interact with a prerecorded message regarding health care for minorities.    After talking over the recording, Biden waited for it to end before trying to ask the speaker if she was an ICU nurse.
    Later in the video, he listed several issues, including nuclear proliferation, mass migration and climate change, before referencing an unspecified “cold war.”
    “Stop…stop the cold war future that we’re talking about,” he said.    “We’re talking about a peaceful cold war…what are we talking about?
    Biden’s latest fumble comes amid criticism from both parties over his speaking skills, which some have said could cost him the November election.

6/24/2020 Pelosi refuses to apologize for saying GOP is trying to get away with murder of George Floyd by OAN Newsroom
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks during news conference unveiling the Patient Protection and Affordable Care
Enhancement Act on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday, June 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
    The speaker of the House has doubled down on her statement that Republicans are “trying to get away with the murder of George Floyd.”    On Wednesday, Nancy Pelosi stated she will absolutely, positively not apologize for the claim.
    This comes as Congress continues to butt heads over police reform legislation.
    Pelosi dismissed the Senate’s attempts to compromise and claimed the media has been giving the GOP too much credit for their bill.
    “I think you, frankly, in the press have given far too much credit for a bill that does nothing,” she said.    “…Our bill does something, theirs does nothing.”
    Republicans have suggested their bill is not so different from the House’s and noted they are willing to compromise.

6/24/2020 Seattle mayor vows to dismantle CHOP autonomous zone by OAN Newsroom
Protesters move a plywood box to further blockade a street adjacent to a closed police precinct Thursday,
June 18, 2020, in Seattle, in what has been named the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest (CHOP) zone. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
    Seattle is looking at ways to dismantle the city’s “police free” autonomous zone, otherwise known as the Capitol Hill Organized Protest or CHOP.    The city’s mayor, Jenny Durkan, shared her plans with the public Tuesday.
    Durkan said local officials will be working directly with the community to bring an end to the protests as opposed to law enforcement agencies.    She said the impact of the protest zone has been increasing, while safety is decreasing.    The mayor also noted that “the nighttime atmosphere and violence has led to increasingly difficult circumstances.”
    “You never know with not having a police presence here, people are free to do whatever they want to do,” said local resident Bobby Stills.    “And you never know who’s who’s going to show up.”
    The mayor said she spoke with local organizations who she hopes will convince the people of CHOP to leave.
    “In recent days we have deployed community resources to both de-escelate the area and to move people to services,” said Durkan.    “We will continue working with and deploying these organizations to change the circumstances on Capitol Hill.”
A person who said he goes by the name James Madison, left, carries a rifle as he walks with Javi Cordero, Saturday,
June 20, 2020, inside what has been named the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest zone in Seattle.
Both men are part of the volunteer security team who have been working inside the CHOP zone. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
    She will also send police officers back into the zone to reclaim their east precinct, which they were ordered to abandon earlier this month.    Her remarks came after a violent week in the protest zone, with at least three separate shootings reported in the past few days.
    Demonstrators first took over the city’s Capitol Hill District on June 8 and have refused to leave ever since.

6/24/2020 Senate Democrats block GOP police reform bill from advancing by OAN Newsroom
Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., center, accompanied by from left, Rep. Pete Stauber, R-Minn., Senate Majority
Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, Sen. Shelley Moore Capito,
R-W.Va., Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., speaks at a news conference to announce
a Republican police reform bill on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, June 17, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    Democrat senators have rejected the GOP’s police reform bill, prompting questions as to when changes to law enforcement will come amid ongoing national unrest.
    On Wednesday, the vote to allow debates to proceed for the JUSTICE Act fell short of the support needed from just a handful of lawmakers in the upper chamber.
    The bill, which was put forward by Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), outlined several reforms to police practices, including measures on body cams and chokeholds.
    The legislation garnered praise from conservatives, who believed it would make a real difference in the wake of nationwide protests, which were sparked by the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others.
    “I can stand here for an hour and extoll the virtues of Sen. Tim Scott’s JUSTICE Act,” explained Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).    “His legislation has already earned 48 cosponsors, because it’s a straightforward plan based on facts, based on data and lived experience.”
A demonstrator holds a sign during a protest to demand the defunding of the Los Angeles school district police
outside of the school board headquarters Tuesday, June 23, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
    Despite the support it garnered from Republicans, the bill was road blocked by Democrat lawmakers.    The effort was led by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), who argued it was “unsalvageable” and nowhere near the reform needed.
    “I want to thank all of our colleagues for their work today, which is to not fall into a political trap, to not take crumbs on the table,” stated Harris.
    Scott was quick to criticize Democrats following the vote.    He accused them of caring more about politics than the issue at hand.    The senator has said he offered them several amendments for the bill, but these were turned down.
    “I offered every single amendment they would want, they could have.    I offered them the X Amendment, which basically means we could replace a whole clause they didn’t like, even though 70% of the bill was where they wanted it to go.    So frustrating to see that presidential politics is alive.    It’s kind of like November this year comes before July.” – Tim Scott, U.S. Senato
Other GOP senators agreed with Scott, saying their Democrat colleagues “continue to demonstrate they’re more interested in scoring points with their radical base” than working on real solutions.
Sen. Cory Booker, D- N.J., and listen Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on police use of
force and community relations on on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, June 16, 2020 in Washington. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/Pool via AP)
    Meanwhile, the House is expected to put their own reform proposal to a vote this week.    So far, it has not been backed by any Republican sponsors.
    Some have said not all hope is lost for Scott’s bill.    Sen. McConnell could bring it up for a vote again after he changed his vote to a ‘no’ during the Wednesday motion to allow for the procedure.
    However, the Senate majority leader has been unclear when and if he will do so, as questions on what reform is needed remain under debate.

6/24/2020 President Trump: Police reform must not hurt law enforcement by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference with Polish President Andrzej Duda in the
Rose Garden of the White House, Wednesday, June 24, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    President Trump reaffirmed his earlier comments on the police reform by saying it must not hurt law enforcement.    On Wednesday, the president stressed any proposals for police reform must not jeopardize protections for law enforcement.
    He went on to say police officers are risking their lives every day to keep America safe.
    His remarks came after House Democrats blocked a GOP proposed bill.    According to them, the reform must include deeper reductions of police authority.
    The president has said the Democrats’ push to weaken the police is unacceptable.
    “They want to take away a lot of the strength from our police and from law enforcement generally, we can’t live with it.    There are some that want to defund and abolish our police, if you can believe that.    We’re not letting that happen.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
    He also doubled down on his support for the GOP proposed bill and emphasized he may block alternative attempts to reform the police.

6/24/2020 President Trump hosts Polish President Duda at White House by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference with Polish President Andrzej Duda in the
Rose Garden of the White House, Wednesday, June 24, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    According to President Trump, the U.S. has never been closer to Poland than it is right now.    He welcomed President Andrzej Duda to the White House this week.
    During a meeting in the Oval Office, the president called his Polish counterpart a friend and added the U.S. works very well with the country.
    He also noted Duda is the first foreign leader to visit the White House since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
    “I think it’s a great honor.    Poland’s a country we have a tremendous relationship with and I have a very good personal relationship with the president.    This is the first after COVID, after the start of the plague, as I call it.    It’s an honor to have you here.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
    For his part, Duda said it was an honor and privilege to be the first foreign head of state to be at the White House since the pandemic began.
President Donald Trump meets with Polish President Andrzej Duda in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday,
June 24, 2020, in Washington, as Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo listen. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

6/24/2020 N.Y. tri-state area to impose mandatory quarantine for travelers by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this March 16, 2020 file photo, tourist Ines Tshiyomba, center, poses as her friend Garethe
Mawonso takes her photo on the Brooklyn Bridge in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
    The New York tri-state area will soon require travelers from states with high COVID-19 infection rates to submit to a mandatory two week quarantine.    The directive was first announced by Governor Andrew Cuomo during Wednesday’s joint press conference with the governors of Connecticut and New Jersey.
    “People coming in from states that have a high infection rate will be subject to the quarantine,” he stated.
    The new advisory will apply to all travelers arriving from states that have infection rates exceeding 10 cases per 100,000 people over a one week period.    This would include Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, North and South Carolina, Washington, Utah and Texas.
    According to Cuomo, if the infection rates in those states drop below the threshold, the quarantine order will be lifted for those states.
    New York was once considered the epicenter of the pandemic in the United States.    However, its infection levels have since dropped to the lowest in the nation, followed closely by New Jersey.
    It’s still unclear how the advisory will be enforced, but the governor has suggested there could be a possible fine for those caught violating the order.
    The order is set to take effect at midnight on Thursday, local time.

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6/25/2020 More on coronavirus deaths

6/25/2020 Kentucky’s 650,000 public school students will be required to wear masks, have their temperatures checked and keep their distance from peers in order to safely return to class this fall, according to the #HealthyatSchool guidance released by Gov. Andy Beshear’s administration.

6/25/2020 Some countries using virus curbs to ‘silence critics’, ex-leaders warn by Luke Baker
FILE PHOTO: Brazil's former President Fernando Henrique Cardoso talks on the phone during an
interview with Reuters in Sao Paulo, Brazil September 11, 2018. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker
    LONDON (Reuters) – The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a surge in authoritarian behaviour by governments around the world, posing a growing threat to democracy, hundreds of former prime ministers, presidents, Nobel laureates and lawmakers have warned.
    The virus was first identified in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in December and has since spread around the world, prompting countries across Europe, Asia, the Americas and Africa to step in, many limiting free movement, free speech, public assembly and other civic rights.
    “Authoritarian regimes, not surprisingly, are using the crisis to silence critics and tighten their political grip,” wrote some 500 signatories, including more than 60 former leaders, in an open letter organised by the Stockholm-based Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA).
    “Even some democratically elected governments are fighting the pandemic by amassing emergency powers that restrict human rights and enhance state surveillance without regard to legal constraints (or) parliamentary oversight.”
    More than 80 countries have enacted emergency measures, according to the U.S.-based International Center for Non-Profit Law, ranging from curfews and fines for those who breach the rules to extra surveillance, censorship and increased executive powers.
    The overall impact has been a dilution of democratic norms, which has implications for political freedom as well as the ability of governments to handle the crisis and future health emergencies, said IDEA’s secretary-general.
    Among the countries he cited as having introduced authoritarian measures or having fallen short on accountability were the Philippines, Hungary, El Salvador and Turkey.
    “There are legitimate reasons to invoke emergency powers.    However, it is always problematic when a government uses emergency powers to clamp down on independent media and other fundamental rights,” said Kevin Casas-Zamora, also a former vice-president and government minister in Costa Rica.
    “We want to draw attention to the plight of democracy in the midst of this crisis.    It’s not protecting democracy for its own sake; it’s that democracy has an inherent value in dealing with this pandemic and preparing for the next one.”
    The outbreak has already led to the postponement or cancellation of 66 elections worldwide, a third of them national polls, according to IDEA.    Nearly 50 countries have imposed some form of restriction on press freedom, 21 of them democracies.
    For the signatories, including Fernando Henrique Cardoso, the former president of Brazil, and Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida, a fundamental concern is that citizens begin to accept more authoritarian behaviour.
    “Democracy is under threat, and people who care about it must summon the will, the discipline, and the solidarity to defend it.    At stake are the freedom, health, and dignity of people everywhere,” they wrote.
(Editing by Nick Macfie)
[It is not unusual because the Antichristian forces have been attacking our Constitution for years trying to do this, which is what our Republic is based on and democracy is another optional world which can sway depending on who is in power.].

6/25/2020 Reform, not revolution, is path to Black equality, says UK activist by Guy Faulconbridge and Dylan Martinez
Imarn Ayton, an activist who led tens of thousands at recent protests in London, poses for a portrait
near her Peckham home in south London, Britain June 24, 2020. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
    LONDON (Reuters) – Those fighting for Black racial equality in Britain need to put realistic reform over dreams of revolution, said Imarn Ayton, an activist who has had a prominent role in protests that swept London in recent weeks.
    The death of George Floyd, who gasped “I can’t breathe” as a white U.S. police officer kneeled on his neck, has prompted a reassessment of racism and triggered protests across the world.
    But within Britain’s Black Lives Matter movement there are differing opinions over what to aim for and how to achieve it: some make more radical demands, like abolishing the police and capitalism, while others, like Ayton, favour more gradual reform.
    “I want to achieve equality and justice for Black people,” Ayton, 29, told Reuters in Peckham, south London, where she has lived for 20 years.    “I am very much focused on putting a spotlight on institutionalised racism – that is my main focus.”
    Ayton is calling on the government to implement findings of a series of reviews on ethnic injustices including the Lammy Review of 2017.    That looked into the treatment of ethnic minorities in the criminal justice system.
    More radical in its stated aims is Black Lives Matter UK, which calls itself an “abolitionist movement” that does not believe in reforming the police, state or prisons.    It says it wants to dismantle capitalism.
    BLM UK is one of the more prominent groups using social media to raise funds and organise protests.
    “BLM do not believe in reform. I do believe in reform,” said Ayton.    “We do have to be united but we don’t necessarily have to agree on everything. We can have the same objectives but have a different approach.”
    BLM UK did not respond to requests for comment sent via email and Twitter.
    Ayton, recognisable by her striking blond hair, has carried a loudspeaker and led chants at demonstrations across the capital, including from on top of a van.
    She said racism affected every walk of British life from policing and politics to healthcare and the media.
    “Institutionalised racism is very much alive because of silence and ignorance,” said Ayton, who is of Jamaican and Nigerian descent.
    Britain, she said, had to face its colonial past, otherwise it would haunt society and sow discord for centuries to come.
    One step of atonement would be for it to pay reparations for the slave trade, she said, suggesting London could start by paying off the debt of Caribbean countries.
    “We appreciate a ‘sorry’ of course but I don’t believe it is enough.    I do believe in reparations,” Ayton said, adding that slave traders were compensated when the trade was abolished but slaves were not.
    She would like to see statues of slave traders moved to museums but said there was no reason to remove a statue of Winston Churchill as he had done much for the United Kingdom even though he expressed what are now considered racist views.
    So what statues would she like to see?
    “I would put up a lot of people who were slaves – they are ultimately heroes,” Ayton said.
(Writing by Guy Faulconbridge; Editing by Mike Collett-White)
[You better wake up to who the anarchist Black Lives Matter group really are before you end up under there threats and destructive demonstrations for not doing what they want you to do.].

6/25/2020 Latin America’s COVID-19 deaths seen hitting nearly 390,000 by October by Anthony Esposito
FILE PHOTO: A man walks next to a graffiti depciting a cleaner wearing protective gear spraying viruses with the face of Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro
amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 12, 2020. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes/File Photo
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – The death toll from the coronavirus in Latin America is expected to skyrocket to 388,300 by October, with Brazil and Mexico seen accounting for two-thirds of fatalities as other nations in the region contain their outbreaks, researchers said on Wednesday.
    The region has emerged as a new global hotspot for the fast-spreading pandemic as deaths surpassed 100,000 this week and cases have tripled from 690,000 one month ago to 2 million.
    High poverty levels and large informal sectors – which mean many workers cannot afford to quarantine – have combined with overcrowding in cities and inadequate public healthcare, particularly in isolated rural communities, to hamstring Latin America’s fight to stem the contagion.
    Brazil is expected to exceed 166,000 deaths and Mexico 88,000, according to the forecast from the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME).
    Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala and Peru are each forecast to see over 10,000 fatalities, while 15 nations including Paraguay, Uruguay and Belize are seen with fewer than 1,000 deaths each.
    “Several Latin American countries are facing explosive trajectories, while others are containing infections effectively,” said IHME Director Dr. Christopher Murray.
    IHME researchers warned that the loss of life could surge even higher than the already-grim forecast if mandates on mask wearing and social distancing are relaxed.
    In a worst-case scenario, the COVID-19 death toll could climb to 340,476 people in Brazil and 151,433 people in Mexico, the report said.
    The leaders of Brazil and Mexico have been chastised for not taking the virus seriously enough and pushing for a reopening of their economies before the virus has been tamed.
    “Brazil is at a grim tipping point. … Unless and until the government takes sustained and enforced measures to slow transmission, the nation will continue its tragic upward trajectory of infections and deaths,” Murray said.
    As Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has continued to downplay the seriousness of the health crisis, Latin America’s largest nation has tallied nearly 1.2 million cases and 53,830 deaths.
    Transmission could be cut in half in communities where people are wearing masks when leaving their homes, according to the IHME.
    “Increased testing and use of masks are important tools in reducing the toll of this pandemic in Mexico, in addition to keeping healthy distance,” said Dr. Rafael Lozano, director of Health Systems at IHME.
    If mask use rises to 95%, Brazil could see as few as 147,431 deaths and Mexico’s forecasted death toll could fall to 79,652, the researchers said.
(Reporting by Anthony Esposito; Editing by Daniel Flynn and Leslie Adler)

6/25/2020 Mexico registers 947 new deaths from coronavirus and 5,437 new cases
FILE PHOTO: Cemetery workers move the coffin of a woman, who died of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19),
during her funeral at the San Isidro Municipal cemetery, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak continues,
in Ecatepec de Morelos, on the outskirts of Mexico City, Mexico June 19, 2020. REUTERS/Henry Romero/File Photo
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s health ministry on Wednesday reported 947 new deaths from the coronavirus and 5,437 new cases.
    The figures bring Mexico’s totals to 196,847 cases and 24,324 deaths.
(Reporting by Frank Jack Daniel; writing by Julia Love)

6/25/2020 States attempt to stop the spread of the coronavirus by testing out contact tracing technology by OAN Newsroom
A nurse administers a coronavirus test. (Ted S. Warren/AP Photo)
    As states continue taking steps towards reopening, local governments are looking at ways to avoid a potential second surge in new coronavirus cases.    One of those possible solutions is contact tracing.    The process can be used two ways to trace the spread of this virus.
    A state can hire a group of tracers or health investigators who call people that were confirmed to have COVID-19.    Officials then question them to figure out all the places they have been, so they can then notify others who may have been exposed.    However, officials have said this process can be long and troublesome.
    “I get people that lie all the time,” said Maria Dicaro, a health investigator in Salt Lake City, Utah.    “I try to get as much information from the beginning, but it’s just not always the case.”
    The other way is to use contact tracing technology on a phone app, which can track a person’s movements and notify them if they came into contact with a person who was either exposed to the virus or tested positive.    At least 22 states have launched some form of contact tracing phone app in hopes of curbing the spread in their areas.
    “Now, as we attempt to transition to open back up our economy, we’re simultaneously moving to this second initiative of testing, contact tracing and isolation of people who, in fact, are infected,” said Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, (D).    “We think of this as a smart weapon against this virus.”
    However, states have seen glitches and other tech issues with these apps, in turn, making it less effective.
    Apple and Google released a new update for the iPhones IOS system, which includes contact tracing technology.    This means America’s more than 100 million iPhone users will have access to the tech, which Apple hopes will help combat the pandemic by keeping track of coronavirus cases on a national level as opposed to a state by state basis.
    Other countries like Australia and the U.K are also utilizing such technology and sound optimistic.    Meanwhile, researchers have said it will take time to tell whether these applications are effective in fighting the spread of the coronavirus.
One thing we do know is personal hygiene and social distancing is a good way to flatten the curve.
A woman wearing a protective mask uses her mobile phone, as a coronavirus outbreak continues to
grow in northern Italy, in Turin, Italy, February 27, 2020. (REUTERS Photo/Massimo Pinca)

6/25/2020 1.48 million Americans file for initial unemployment claims by OAN Newsroom
FILE In this June 4, 2020 photo, a pedestrian wearing a mask walks past reader board advertising
a job opening for a remodeling company, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
    New weekly jobless claims appear to be holding steady.    The Labor Department reported 1.48 million Americans filed initial claims for unemployment benefits last week.
    The number was higher than economists’ expectations for about 1.3 million new claims, while continuing claims fell by more than 760,000.    The previous week’s data was revised up by 32,000.
    The Commerce Department also released its final first quarter GDP revision, which confirmed the U.S. economy shrank at an annualized rate of 5% in the first three months of the year.
FILE – In this April 23, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump’s name is seen on a stimulus check issued by the IRS to
help combat the adverse economic effects of the COVID-19 outbreak, in San Antonio. Hundreds of thousands of dollars in coronavirus
relief payments have been sent to people behind bars across the United States, and now the IRS is asking state officials
to help claw back the cash that the federal tax agency says was mistakenly sent. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
    Meanwhile, more than a million deceased Americans were sent more than a billion dollars in total as part of the stimulus payments made earlier this year.    According to a report by the Government Accountability Office, the IRS and Treasury Department rolled out more than 160 million payments worth around $269 billion.
    Treasury officials explained in order to meet the mandate to deliver payments as quickly as possible, it used policies that didn’t include using death records from Social Security to halt those payments.
    The report also noted the IRS doesn’t have a plan in place to notify ineligible recipients, including the relatives of the deceased Americans who received a payment.

6/25/2020 CDC: Coronavirus may have infected 10 times more Americans than known by OAN Newsroom
Dr. Robert Redfield, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, testifies before a House Committee on Energy and Commerce on the Trump
administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, June 23, 2020. (Kevin Dietsch/Pool via AP)
    According to the Centers for Disease Control, the true number of Americans who have been infected with coronavirus is more than 20 million.    During Thursday’s press briefing, CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield confirmed there are actually 10 other infections for every case reported.
    “This virus causes so much asymptomatic infection,” he said.    “We probably recognized about 10 percent of the outbreak.”
    This estimate was based on serology testing, which has been used to determine antibodies present and indicate whether the individual has had the virus.    These results suggested the percentage of U.S. deaths from the disease could be much lower than reported.
    Currently, 2.4 million cases have been reported nationwide.    Researchers believe the coronavirus death toll will reach 180,000 by October if people don’t start wearing masks.
    According to an updated projection, the number of deaths from the virus could be reduced by 33,000 if at least 95% of Americans begin wearing face coverings while in public.
    Experts claimed “wearing masks can reduce transmission of the virus by as much as 50%” and added that refusing to take up the simple measure can put many lives in danger.
    The highest number of daily coronavirus cases in the U.S. was reported on Wednesday at 36,000.

6/25/2020 Pompeo: U.S. & EU to address Chinese threats together by OAN Newsroom
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a press conference at the State Department, Wednesday,
June 24, 2020 in Washington, as State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus, left, and State Department
Coordinator for Counterterrorism, Ambassador Nathan Sales, right, look on. (Mandel Ngan/Pool via AP)
    The secretary of state has refuted China’s accusations of U.S. “incitement” of “anti-Beijing” sentiments in Europe.    In a statement, Mike Pompeo announced the U.S. has accepted the EU’s proposal to establish a “mutual dialogue on China” to address its recent threats.
    According to the secretary, the Communist Party in Beijing is solely responsible for China’s poor relations with the free world.
    He pointed out their cover up of COVID-19 undermined the party’s credibility.
    “It’s tempting for many, particularly in our business communities, to make money in China, to say we must calm tensions and simply accept an increasingly belligerent CCP.    That’s nonsense, I don’t accept that argument.    There is no compromise between freedom and authoritarianism.    I don’t want the future to be shaped by the CCP and I’d wager no one on this call wants that either.” – Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State
    He went on to say China has stolen trade secrets from Germany, as well as the U.S., and abused its trading relations with the EU for decades.
    The secretary reiterated the U.S. and EU have agreed such practices must stop.
    “The United States is not forcing Europe to choose between the free world or China’s authoritarian vision,” added Pompeo.

6/25/2020 Texas halts reopening amid massive coronavirus case surge by OAN Newsroom
Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday, June 22, 2020 said he has no plans to shut down the state again.(Ricardo B. Brazziell/Austin American-Statesman via AP)
    Texas has paused reopening after the state saw a massive spike in coronavirus cases this week.    The state announced a record-breaking 5,500 new cases on Wednesday, with hospitalizations setting record highs for almost two weeks straight.
    On Thursday, Governor Greg Abbott announced Texas would be halting any new plans for reopening while waiting for infection rates to decline.    According to the governor, the state will not be shutting back down. Businesses already up and running will be allowed to remain open.
    However, the state will continue to enforce health safety protocols.
    “COVID-19 is now spreading at an unacceptable rate in Texas and it must be corralled,” stated Abbott.    “We have several strategies to reduce the spread without having to shut Texas back down.”
    He urged residents to stay at home, if possible, follow social distancing guidelines and wear face coverings to prevent spreading the disease.

6/25/2020 House Democrats look to pass police reform bill by OAN Newsroom
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., joined by House Democrats spaced for social distancing, speaks during
a news conference on the House East Front Steps on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 25, 2020,
ahead of the House vote on the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
    House Democrats will soon be voting on a police reform bill, which has been named after George Floyd.    The vote is expected to take place on Thursday, one day after Senate Republicans’ reform bill was rejected.
    Both bills tackled similar issues, but took different approaches.
    The House legislation focused on setting national standards, while the GOP’s bill offered incentives for states that enact reform.
    Republican’s saw the rejection of their bill as obstructionism, but Democrats feared amendments in the Senate would not be guaranteed.
    “The time to act is now.    Stop playing politics, stop pandering to the Democratic base and let’s get something done.    The bill was never intended to be an end all, it was intended to be a platform for constructive debate.    Here we are with only two Democratic senators voting to even start the debate.” – Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.)
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has left open the possibility of bringing the legislation back for another vote. If the Democrat bill passes, it would then need to be reconciled with the Senate.

6/25/2020 GOP senators call for bipartisan cooperation on police reform legislation by OAN Newsroom
Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., and others speak at a news conference to announce a Republican police
reform bill on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, June 17, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    Top Senate Republicans are calling on lawmakers to put aside politics and cooperate to take action on police reform.    GOP leadership in the upper chamber of Congress held a news conference Tuesday, where they outlined the party’s immediate legislative priorities.
    While speaking ahead of a procedural vote meant to advance the debate on Sen. Tim Scott’s (R-S.C.) Justice Act, Republican senators were hopeful as they cited the urgency of moving forward with meaningful criminal justice reform in the face of nationwide demonstrations.
    “The only thing between us and achieving that outcome is political calculation, cynical politcal calculation, and it’s sad that this falling along party lines and I hope that changes,” stated Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.).    “…The American people want this done, it’s important that we act and pass this bill.”
    The conference was not all pleas for cooperation, however, and also saw GOP leadership highlighting issues of vital importance to the party.
    The overall tone was one of bipartisanship, however, with senators emphasizing common ground shared with the other side of the aisle and arguing it would be more productive to launch debate on police reform from these areas of shared agreement than to entangle the legislative process with partisan interests.
    The Justice Act contains several measures overlapping Democrat demands, including a ban on federal officers’ use of chokeholds, the establishment of a national registry outlining instances of police misconduct and increased funding for de-escalation training.
    Nevertheless, Democrats have decried the bill as “empty” and claimed it does not go nearly far enough.    They are seeking to push forward their own reform package, which is more in line with one advanced in the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives.
Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., speaks to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., during a break in a House Judiciary Committee
markup of the Justice in Policing Act of 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 17, 2020. (Greg Nash/Pool via AP)
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell expressed frustration with this by blaming Democrats for the Senate’s current deadlock and for delaying legislation he claimed they asked to have hastened in the first place.
    “I know you guys are all suppose to be objective, but the facts are not irrelevant," said McConnell.    “And the facts are that there is no downside, none, to the Democrats to get on a bill that last week they were calling me to try to get on before the Fourth of July…it requires some level of cooperation.”
    Senate Democrats would go on to block the bill from moving forward with only three of them bucking the party line.

6/25/2020 Report: More young people contracting coronavirus by OAN Newsroom
People line up to get tested for COVID-19 at a drive through testing site hosted by the Puente
Movement migrant justice organization Saturday, June 20, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)
    Recent data on the coronavirus reveals younger adults appear to be more likely to contract the virus.    The latest numbers issued by the CDC show nearly 70 percent of patients who tested positive by the end of May were younger than 60.
    Data still shows that elderly patients are the most likely to die from the virus, but the CDC’s numbers suggest those under 60 are more susceptible to infection.
    Wider availability of testing plays a role in seeing infection rates go up as at the start of the pandemic only the most vulnerable patients were given access to testing.
    Experts have said another reason younger people may be more at risk is due to social networking and lower workplace protections.
    “Those 18 to 44 year olds are being infected at a really high rate,” said Prof. Erin Bromage, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.    “Their social networks, their employment is allowing them to mix at a higher rate and we’re seeing the infection rate actually in Texas, Florida and Arizona just skyrocket in that demographic.”
Visitors to the River Walk, some wearing masks to protect against the spread of COVID-19, cross a bride
in San Antonio, Wednesday, June 24, 2020. Cases of COVID-19 have spiked in Texas and the governor
of Texas is encouraging people to wear masks in public and stay home if possible. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
    According to reports, over 50 percent of patients who have tested positive for the virus in Florida, Texas and California are under the age of 45.

6/25/2020 Rep. Johnson, Rep. Nadler argue during House Judiciary Committee hearing by OAN Newsroom
Rep. Mike Johnson, R-La., tries to make a point of order in a House Judiciary Committee hearing on
Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 24, 2020, on oversight of the Justice Department and a probe into
the politicization of the department under Attorney General William Barr. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, Pool)
    Rep. Mike Johnson (R-La.) went head to head with Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) during a House Judiciary Committee session.    In a hearing Wednesday, Johnson questioned witness Aaron Zelinsky for his decision to appear before the Senate virtually.
    Johnson said a witness that testifies in person is “more effective than one who simply phones it in.”    He also made note of other witnesses that had made the effort to appear physically despite their health concerns.
    Chairman Nadler stepped in to say Johnson’s actions were inappropriate.
    “The gentleman is improper, the witness is complying with the rules of the House,” he stated.    “We make no distinction between who are present physically and people who are present by video.”
    Johnson replied by noting that it was, in fact, not inappropriate and said Nadler doesn’t get to dictate how he asks his questions.    Meanwhile, Zelinsky claimed he did not attend the hearing in person because he has a baby at home.
Aaron Zelinsky, on screen top center, a career Justice Department prosecutor who was part of special counsel
Robert Mueller’s team and worked on the case against Roger Stone, testifies remotely before the House Judiciary Committee
on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 24, 2020, during a hearing on oversight of the Justice Department and
a probe into the politicization of the department under Attorney General William Barr. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, Pool)
    The hearing was regarding alleged misconduct from Attorney General William Barr.    Rep. Nadler has accused Barr of mishandling the resignation of former U.S. district attorney Geoffrey Berman for political gain.    He also suggested Barr gave preferential treatment to Roger Stone.
    Zelinsky testified that Stone was given a more lenient sentence because he was an ally of the president.
    “What I saw was that Roger Stone was being treated differently from every other defendant,” he claimed. “He received breaks that are in my experience unheard of and all the mores for a defendant in his circumstances…
    Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) defended Barr by calling these accusations similar to those of President Trump’s impeachment.
    “Now we have a so-called whistleblower with no first hand knowledge, who didn’t talk to any of the people who made the decision and who is obviously biased against the Attorney General,” said the Ohio Republican.    “It seems just as bad, just as lame, as what we went through a few months back.”
    William Barr is expected to testify before the committee on July 28.

6/25/2020 Calif. Gov. Newsom addresses uptick in COVID-19 cases by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this June 9, 2020 file photo Gov. Gavin Newsom wears a protective mask on his face while speaking to reporters
at Miss Ollie’s restaurant during the coronavirus outbreak in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, Pool, File)
    California Gov. Gavin Newsom believes it “shouldn’t surprise anyone” the state is seeing a spike in COVID-19 cases.
    During a press briefing Wednesday, Newsom encouraged California residents to continue following CDC guidelines.    This includes wearing masks in public as well as practicing social distancing.
    His remarks came as the state reported more than 7,000 new cases, which broke California’s record for the most COVID-19 cases confirmed in a single day.
    Although Newsom warned the state is still in the first wave, he urged local governments to open at their own pace.
    “We’ll get through this, there will be a vaccine,” stated the governor.    “We will get to a point where we could substantially go back to the way things were with modifications, so we never go through this again.”
    Newsom did not suggest another lockdown would be necessary and, instead, is focusing on holding residents and businesses “accountable” for refusing to comply with safety measures.

6/25/2020 OAN poll casts doubt on CNN poll showing Biden leading President Trump by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump leaves the stage after speaking at an event at Fincantieri
Marinette Marine, Thursday, June 25, 2020, in Marinette, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
    Conservative critics have expressed skepticism over a recent poll posted by CNN, which showed Joe Biden with a clear lead over President Trump.    Thursday saw the most recent release of presidential polls in several battleground states, including North Carolina.
    The poll in question was conducted by Siena College on behalf of the New York Times.    It showed Biden polling at 49% favorability between June 8th and 18th, compared to 40% for President Trump.    That poll has a reported margin of error of 4.1%.
    Pundits were quick to point out the sampling size of the poll was fairly small, surveying just 3,870 registered voters in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Florida, Arizona and Wisconsin.
    These results were vastly different from the polling average conducted by Real Clear Politics, which showed Biden with a near 2% lead on President Trump.
Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden pauses while speaking during an event Thursday, June 25, 2020, in Lancaster, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
    A recent Gravis poll, conducted on behalf of One America News, showed President Trump leading Biden in the Tar Heel state.    Those results showed the president with a 3% lead, at 46% to 43%, which fell roughly in line with the Real Clear Politics average.
Furthermore, the Gravis/OAN poll also revealed that a larger number of respondents leaned Democrat.    This information could signal that Biden may be losing popularity among members of his own party in North Carolina.
    In the meantime, President Trump has criticized so-called “suppression polls” from the mainstream media, which he claimed are politically motivated.
    According to the president, fake news outlets have been putting out false numbers to downplay popular support for the Trump administration.
    The president added that these “suppression polls” have never been worse.

6/25/2020 Supreme Court rules 7-2 illegal immigrants who fail asylum screenings can be deported without review by OAN Newsroom
The Supreme Court is seen in Washington, early Monday, June 15, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    In a win for the Trump administration, the Supreme Court has ruled immigrants seeking asylum cannot appeal decisions made earlier in the process in federal court.
    A 7-2 vote by the court Thursday decided those who fail their initial asylum screenings will not be able to call for a review of the decision before they are deported.
    The court also ruled that habeas corpus, a legal procedure requiring the government to explain why someone is being held, will not be applied to asylum seekers.
    The case was brought forward by a Sri Lankan man who illegally crossed the San Diego border in 2017.    He could not provide credible evidence to agents he had been a victim of government persecution.
    The man asked an immigration judge to review his asylum rejection, but the judge sided with border agents.    He was told to return to Sri Lanka until the ACLU took on his case, which led the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to side with the immigrant.
    In the opinion on the Supreme Court’s decision, Justice Samuel Alito explained the man’s petition for “relief falls outside the scope of the common law, habeas writ.”    He added the man “does not want ‘simple release,’ but ultimately the opportunity to remain lawfully in the United States.”
    Justices Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Stephen Breyer joined the majority.    However, they have said their support of the ruling only applied to this specific case.
    The two justices who dissented, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, argued that denying illegal immigrants the right to appeal asylum screenings “deprives of any means to ensure the integrity of an expedited removal order.”
    The Trump administration has long criticized the asylum system for allowing loopholes in illegal immigration and have said most claims are invalid.

6/25/2020 Report: U.S. Marshals Service tasked with protecting nat’l monuments by OAN Newsroom
Barriers are erected around the Emancipation Memorial in Washington, which depicts a freed slave kneeling
at the feet of President Abraham Lincoln, Thursday, June 25, 2020. Calls are intensifying
for the removal of the statue as the nation confronts racial injustice. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    The U.S. Marshals Service has been called on to protect the nation’s monuments as more and more statues, along with other markers, are being targeted by protesters.     According to reports, the Marshals Service assistant director said the agency was asked via email directive to “immediately prepare to provide federal law enforcement support to protect national monuments throughout the country.”
    He has called the assignment “challenging, considering the breadth of possible targets for criminal activity.”
    Reports stated the email itself called the request an “attorney general assignment,” which implied the request originated from Attorney General William Barr.
    The assistant director reportedly asked some districts and divisions to single out personnel who may be able to help with the assignment in the coming weeks.
FILE – In this Oct. 14, 2019, file photo, a sign reading “stop celebrating genocide” sits at the base of a statue of
Christopher Columbus in Providence, R.I., after it was vandalized with red paint. (AP Photo/Michelle R. Smith, File)
    This week, President Trump announced he was looking to sign an executive order, which would reinforce existing laws to come down on those who vandalize or destroy national monuments.
    “We’ve enacted a very specific statue and monument act that puts people in jail for 10 years if they do anything to even try to deface one of our monuments or statues,” he said.
    This came after what the president called a “sneak attack” on the statue of President Andrew Jackson near the White House.    Demonstrators scaled the statue and wrapped ropes around it in an apparent attempt to pull down the founder of the Democrat Party.
    Crowds recently gathered in Lincoln Park to call for the removal of the Emancipation Memorial, which commemorates Abraham Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation.    Demonstrators threatened to return and tear the statue down if it’s not removed.
    On Thursday, the president also asked the National Park Service to restore a statue of Confederate General Albert Pike after protesters pulled it down and set it on fire the week prior.

6/25/2020 Vice President Pence: White House supports police, will fund better policing practices by OAN Newsroom
Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the launch of the electric Endurance pickup truck at Lordstown
Motors Corporation, Thursday, June 25, 2020, in Lordstown, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
    Vice President Mike Pence has stressed the Trump administration’s support for the police amid rampant attacks from the left.    During a meeting with the Youngstown Police Department in Ohio, he said thousands of officers are risking their lives every day to keep Americans safe.
    “We stand with the men and women of law enforcement,” stated the vice president.    “We always will, I promise you.”
    His remarks followed recent calls to abolish or defund police departments across the nation.    Pence reiterated that American police are the best people in this country.
    “There are some in the public debate who think we’ve got to choose between supporting law enforcement and supporting our African American neighbors,” he said.    “What you’re doing here in Youngstown every day is showing you don’t have to make that choice.”
    He went on to say the White House will not allow the defunding of law enforcement, but noted it will move to fund better police practices.

6/25/2020 President Trump cuts funding to 13 coronavirus test sites by OAN Newsroom
A healthcare worker takes down a patients information at a United Memorial Medical Center
COVID-19 testing site, Wednesday, June 24, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
    President Trump has announced his administration will stop funding 13 coronavirus testing sites.    On Wednesday, the administration released its plan to end the funding by June 30th.
    According to a Health and Human Services (HHS) Department official, the government is not shutting down the testing facilities, but will cease to provide financial assistance to them.
    Assistant HHS Secretary Admiral Brett Giroir has said it is time for these 13 sites to transition into conducting newer methods of testing.    He also noted the Trump administration is increasing their testing efforts.
    “Neither the president nor anyone in the administration has instructed or suggested that we should do less testing,” he stated.    “We are proceeding in just the opposite, we want to do more testing of higher quality.”
    Seven of the 13 testing centers that will no longer receive funding are located in Texas.

6/25/2020 Iowa extends public health emergency for an additional 30 days by OAN Newsroom
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds gave an update on the status of new COVID-19 cases in Iowa during a press conference at the
Iowa National Guard in Johnston, Friday, Friday, May 1, 2020. (Bryon Houlgrave/The Des Moines Register via AP, Pool)
    Iowa extended its public health emergency this week amid the coronavirus pandemic.    On Thursday, Governor Kim Reynolds confirmed she will extend her proclamation by an additional 30 days.
    Reynolds noted some areas with younger populations, like college towns, have seen increases in virus cases.
    However, the state’s overall number of positive cases, hospitalizations and deaths has steadily gone down.
    “The extension of the proclamation will remain focused on actively managing COVID-19 in Iowa,” stated the governor.    “We continue to assess virus activity and the progress of our response on a daily basis, as we have from the very start.”
    She encouraged those with symptoms or underlying conditions to continue taking extra precautions.

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6/26/2020 More on coronavirus deaths

6/26/2020 Booker pulls ahead of McGrath after Jefferson County reports partial results by Morgan Watkins, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Jefferson County released its in person voting totals from Tuesday’s election, which helped move state Rep. Charles Booker over Amy McGrath in the Democratic primary race for U.S. Senate.
    The bulk of Jefferson County votes, though, and across Kentucky are in the form of absentee ballots, and have yet to be counted.
    Complete results won’t be available until Tuesday.
    Booker is in the lead as of noon on Thursday with 43.5% of the statewide vote, compared to 40% for McGrath, the front-runner in the race to determine which Democrat will run against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell this fall.
[Its DEJA-VU again as Jefferson County seems to come up with votes to change an election as it did to Bevin and this mail-in voting will come to be a nightmare before this is over.].

6/26/2020 Minneapolis City Council passes proposal to amend city charter allowing police dept. to be replaced by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this May 28, 2020 file photo, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey speaks during a news conference in Minneapolis. (Elizabeth Flores/Star Tribune via AP File)
    The Minneapolis City Council is advancing plans to dismantle the city’s police department amid protests since the death of George Floyd.
    In a unanimous decision Friday, the council passed a proposal to amend the city charter, which would allow the Minneapolis Police Department to be replaced by a Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention.
    According to a draft of this amendment, the agency would focus on a “public health approach” that requires it to be led by someone with “non-law enforcement experience in community safety services.”
    Members said they know this proposal is not the change people are asking for, but noted it’s a step in the right direction.
    “This is the precondition to the change that people are asking for,” said Steve Fletcher, Minneapolis City Council member.    “It’s a way of reducing the barriers that have prevented previous councils and previous mayors and previous community efforts from succeeding in creating the change that we need.”
    The process of dismantling the Minneapolis Police Department is expected to face “significant bureaucratic obstacles” before it’s able to make the November ballot.

6/26/2020 Black Lives Matter co-founder connected to Maduro by OAN Newsroom
In this June 14, 2020 photo, a U.S. flag flutters next to a giant Black Lives Matter
banner at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, South Korea. (Lee-Jinman/AP Photo)
    Black Lives Matter co-founder Opal Tometi is reportedly connected to the Maduro regime.    A picture of Tometi hugging the Venezuelan dictator surfaced on Thursday.
    The photo in question was taken in Harlem at the 2015 People of African Descent Leadership Summit.    At the time, Maduro was in New York for the United Nations General Assembly.
    Tometi also shared some thoughts at the summit, where she thanked Maduro and his government for having her.    During her speech, she condemned the “western economic policies, land grabs and neocolonial financial instruments like the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.”
    That same year, Tometi was in the socialist South American country when she tweeted:
    Police brutality, one of the atrocities the Black Lives Matter movement stands against, has plagued Venezuela in the years since Maduro took power back in 2013.    Since then, more than 4.5 million people have fled Venezuela.
    In 2018 alone, Breitbart reported nearly 1,500 minors were killed at the hands of the police.    Venezuelan police under Maduro are reported to have imprisoned and murdered a countless number of protesters and political opponents.
    Tometi has not commented on the brutality in Venezuela, but remains a vocal critic of so-called police brutality in America.
    “But people from all walks of life are looking around and saying, this is not the type of country I want to live in.    I am tired.    I don’t want to be part of a society that allows unarmed black people to be killed every single day by police.” — Opal Tometi, co-founder – Black Lives Matter
    This follows a recently circulated video showing another Black Lives Matter co-founder, Patrisse Cullors, stating that the movement holds a Marxist ideology.
    “We actually do have an ideological frame, myself and Alicia in particular are trained organizers,” said Cullors.    “We are trained Marxists.”

6/26/2020 Democrat-backed police reform bill passes House vote by OAN Newsroom
Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., speaks during a news conference on the House East Front Steps on Capitol Hill in Washington,
Thursday, June 25, 2020, ahead of the House vote on the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
    House Democrats passed a police reform bill with almost no support from the Republican minority.    The bill, crafted by the Democrat majority, reportedly passed with support of all Democrats and only three Republicans late Thursday.
    This came after Senate Democrats blocked a similar bill proposed by Republican Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.).    The House bill was spearheaded by Black Caucus member Karen Bass and seeks to ban chokeholds and no-knock warrants in drug cases as well as reform qualified immunity for police officers.
    “Sen. Scott mimics parts of our bill,” said Rep. Bass (D- Calif.).    “So he addresses choke holds, he addresses the federal registry, he addresses no-knock warrants, but he doesn’t really have any teeth in his bill, the enforcement piece.”
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said the bill won’t pass the Republican-held chamber.    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy slammed the bill Thursday by saying by rejecting Republican-made amendments it guarantees the bill will go nowhere.

6/26/2020 Report: Seattle’s CHOP zone becoming increasingly fractured by OAN Newsroom
A person tries to take away a hammer from a man at left who was using it to remove artwork on barricades
Friday, June 26, 2020 at the CHOP (Capitol Hill Occupied Protest) zone in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
    Protestors in the Seattle’s autonomous zone, known as CHOP, have said the area is fractured.    Zone occupiers spoke out Thursday, stating that the state of affairs was in disarray and the area is being increasingly taken over by people who do not care about the message it was trying to send.
    The CHOP is increasingly becoming occupied by those suffering from mental illness and a large homeless population had moved into the area.    Residents have said although many are returning to the zone, no one knows who newcomers are affiliated with.
    “It is so fractured, there’s people here supporting anarchy, supporting capitalism, supporting no more police coming back, defund the police, we are not sure who those people are affiliated with,” said Katie Fichter, a Seattle resident.
A protester stands on a barricade with his fist raised, Friday, June 26, 2020 at the the CHOP (Capitol Hill Occupied Protest)
zone in Seattle as trucks from the Seattle Department of Transportation are staged behind him. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
    CHOP notably began earlier this month when protestors occupied the area after local police had abandoned their precinct during violent protests.
    Seattle authorities stated their intentions were to persuade residents to leave the area, but they have yet to take any meaningful action to reclaim the zone.    Organizers said even if they are forced out, they will not stop their movement or message.
    1 John 2:18: "Children, it is the last hour; and just as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have appeared.    This is how we know that it is the last hour."
    Romans 1:21: "because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.".].

6/26/2020 Attorney General Barr denies President Trump influenced recent DOJ decisions on Roger Stone, Flynn, Geoffrey Berman by OAN Newsroom
Attorney General William Barr speaks during a roundtable with President Donald Trump about America’s seniors,
in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Monday, June 15, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    Attorney General William Barr has denied that President Trump had any influence over the Justice Department’s recent decisions regarding several cases.    On Thursday, Barr stated the president’s stance on General Michael Flynn‘s case did not factor into why his charges were dropped.
    He also noted the president was not acting through him when U.S. attorney Geoffrey Berman was fired and when Roger Stone’s sentencing was reduced.
    Barr stressed that “all powers carried out by the department are vested in the attorney general.”    He defended the decisions made by saying they were the right and just outcomes.
    “I would say that justice was, is, being done in that case.    I would also say that the same is true in the other case you mentioned, the Stone case.    He got the sentence that everyone else would have gotten for that conduct.    That’s justice, that’s the rule of law.” – William Barr, U.S. Attorney General
    The attorney general has agreed to testify before the House Judiciary Committee next month amid investigations into the Berman firing and Stone’s sentencing.

6/26/2020 Trump admin. requests Supreme Court invalidate Obamacare by OAN Newsroom
In this June 17, 2019 photo, The Supreme Court is shown in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    The Trump administration has filed a brief with the Supreme Court, which argued the Affordable Care Act should be overturned.    In a late-night court filing, the Justice Department asked the Supreme Court to “invalidate” the health care law, which they called “unconstitutional.”
    The law currently requires everyone to have health insurance or face a tax penalty. It is a system the president has long opposed.
    “My administration is protecting your Social Security, your Medicare, and is fighting to give you great health care.    We are defending your right to keep the doctor and to keep your plan of choice.    Remember when President Obama would say you could keep your doctor, you can keep your plan?    Well, he lied.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
    According to Democrats, Obamacare is vital to people with preexisting conditions.    However, President Trump has reassured those individuals they will still be protected under a new system.
    “We are protecting people with preexisting conditions and we always will,” added the president.    “…We are going to give you the best health care you’ve ever seen at a lower price and, again, protecting preexisting conditions.”
    The solicitor general has claimed the Affordable Care Act cannot continue to operate in the absence of the law’s individual mandate, which was removed through congressional action in 2017.
    Earlier this week, House Democrats unveiled a bill seeking to expand the act.    Supreme Court justices are set to hear arguments on this case sometime during the next term.

6/26/2020 White House coronavirus task force touts decline in virus deaths, addresses spike in positive cases by OAN Newsroom
Vice President Mike Pence, left, listens as Dr. Deborah Birx, White House coronavirus response coordinator,
right, speaks during a news conference with members of the Coronavirus task force at the
Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, Friday, June 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    Despite the recent rise in virus cases, Vice President Mike Pence confirmed COVID-19 fatalities are declining all across the country.    During Friday’s task force briefing, he said only 5% of virus patients are being hospitalized for coronavirus symptoms, compared to 15% at the peak of the pandemic.
    While 16 states have seen a surge in positive cases, 34 are experiencing a “stability” in cases as they safely reopen.
    “Because of what the American people have done, because of the incredible work of our health care workers, because of a partnership with governors in every state, we slowed the spread,” stated Pence.    “We flattened the curve, we saved lives.”
    According to Dr. Deborah Birx, the increasing rate of cases is not as bad as was it was months ago.    During the briefing, she touted the success of therapeutic treatments, including Remdesivir.
    Moving forward, the task force urged younger generations to get tested, as many may be asymptomatic carriers.
Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci, center, speaks as Vice President Mike Pence, right,
and Dr. Deborah Birx, White House coronavirus response coordinator, left, listen during a news conference with members of the Coronavirus
task force at the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, Friday, June 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    The vice president announced he will be travelling to U.S. virus hot spots, including Texas, Arizona and Florida next week.
    Meanwhile, the Trump administration is considering a new testing strategy for coronavirus infections.    Task force Dr. Anthony Fauci explained officials are having “intense discussions” about adopting pool sampling.
    The new method can test groups of five to 20 people at a time.    If the test comes back positive, they can then test each person in the group individually.
    This would cast a broader net and would allow officials to find cases faster.    The technique has been used in the past for testing HIV, Hepatitis B and C, and other viruses.

3/26/2020 Sen. Cotton argues against Democrat push for D.C. statehood by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this May 5, 2020, file photo Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., speaks during a Senate Intelligence Committee nomination
hearing for Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool, File)
    Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) said Democrats are trying to commit “historical vandalism.”    While speaking from the Senate floor on Thursday, he argued against the Democrat push to grant Washington, D.C. statehood.
    The Republican lawmaker cited his opposition to the challenges Americans face today, specifically the unrest happening nationwide.    He went on to claim Washington doesn’t have the size, diversity or financial independence necessary for a functioning state and questioned the Democrats’ push.
    “More than two-thirds of the American people oppose D.C. statehood, according to a Gallup Poll last summer,” he stated.    “By some estimates, D.C. statehood is less popular even than defunding the police, so why are the Democrats pushing for it?
    The White House has outlined its opposition to the move with the House set to vote on the bill later Friday.

6/26/2020 Argentina tightens Buenos Aires lockdown as coronavirus cases surge
FILE PHOTO - Workers wearing protective gear walk in the Villa 31 slum during the spread of the coronavirus
disease (COVID-19) in Buenos Aires, Argentina May 6, 2020. Picture taken May 6, 2020. REUTERS/Agustin Marcarian
    BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Argentina will extend and tighten a lockdown in and around Buenos Aires following a sharp rise in cases of the novel coronavirus in recent weeks, President Alberto Fernandez said on Friday.
    The South American country has done better than regional neighbors Brazil, Chile and Peru in controlling the pandemic overall.    But it has seen a worrying recent spike in COVID-19 cases in the densely populated Argentine capital and surrounding Buenos Aires province.
    Overall cases in the country have risen fivefold since late May, hitting over 50,000 on Thursday when there were 2,606 new confirmed daily cases. The death toll stands at over 1,150.
    Fernandez said restrictions on movement in Buenos Aires that had previously eased would be tightened again next week due to the rise in infections.    Lockdown measures were initially imposed on March 20 and previously extended until June 28.
    Fernandez said the new tougher measures in Buenos Aires would last until July 17.
    “We need to gain time to guarantee that our health system is ready and can serve everyone,” Fernandez said.    “The quarantine is a remedy for the pandemic, the only one we know of.”
    As the grains producing country has looked to revive stalled economic growth, others regions have seen restrictions largely lifted.    The area around Buenos Aires, where the vast majority of cases are focused, had also seen some easing.
    Fernandez urged people not to get angry at the lockdown, but rather at the disease, as he looked to head off discontent over the economic impact the health crisis has had on businesses, with forecasts of a near 10% economic contraction this year.
    “The economy is deteriorating, but the economy will recover.    What unfortunately we are not going to recover are those thousand Argentines who have left us,” he said.
    “We know perfectly well that these decisions have an economic consequence,” he added.    “I am not a fool.    I listen fully to the problems of those who have a business, as well as independent and autonomous workers.”
(Reporting by Adam Jourdan, Nicolas Misculin, Eliana Raszewski and Maximilian Heath; Editing by Tom Brown)
6/26/2020 EU holds off decision on borders, Americans set to be excluded by Philip Blenkinsop
FILE PHOTO - U.S. and European Union flags are pictured during the visit of Vice President Mike Pence to
the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium February 20, 2017. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union countries failed to settle on Friday on a final “safe list” of countries whose residents could travel to the bloc from July, with the United States, Brazil and Russia set to be excluded.
    Ambassadors from the 27 EU members convened from Friday afternoon to establish criteria for granting quarantine-free access from next Wednesday.
    A redrawn text of 10-20 countries was put to them, but many said they needed to consult first with their governments, diplomats said.    The list did not include the United States, Brazil or Russia, one diplomat said.    The countries are expected to give informal replies by Saturday evening.
    The European Commission had advised that the bloc first lift internal border controls and then gradually open up to outsiders.
    However, the first step has not gone according to plan.
    Greece is mandating COVID-19 tests for arrivals from a range of EU countries, including France, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain, with self-isolation until results are known.
    The Czech Republic has said it will not allow in tourists from Portugal, Sweden and part of Poland.
    There is broad agreement that the bloc should only open up to those with a similar or better epidemiological situation, but there are questions about how to assess a country’s handling of the epidemic and the reliability of data.
    A number of countries, such as b>Tanzania, Turkmenistan and Laos have no reported cases in the past two weeks, according to EU agency, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
    Based on ECDC data for the two weeks to Thursday, a range of countries are clearly in a worse situation than the European Union.
    They include the United States, Mexico, Brazil and much of Latin America, Russia, South Africa and Saudi Arabia.
    The Commission has suggested the western Balkans countries – Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia – should be admitted.
    However, according to the ECDC data, the number of cases in Bosnia and North Macedonia could be too high.
(Reporting by Philip Blenkinsop; Editing by Daniel Wallis)

6/26/2020 Venezuela is a health ‘time bomb,’ Colombian president says by Julia Symmes Cobb and Luis Jaime Acosta
Colombia's President Ivan Duque speaks during an interview with Reuters, amid the outbreak of the
coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Bogota, Colombia June 26, 2020. REUTERS/Luisa Gonzalez
    BOGOTA (Reuters) – Colombian President Ivan Duque on Friday called Venezuela a public health “time bomb,” and said the lack of reliable information about the status of its neighbor’s coronavirus outbreak was a worry as his administration tries to control its own infections.
    Colombia has long been the top destination for Venezuelans fleeing years of social and economic upheaval in their home country.
    Asked if he was worried about Colombia’s lengthy borders with Venezuela and Brazil as a conduit for the virus, even though they are officially closed, Duque told Reuters he was, and said the issue with Venezuela was a lack of information.
    “In the case of Venezuela the information is non-existent,” Duque said in an interview.    “There’s not good hospital capacity or good epidemiological capacity, for a long time they haven’t had serious vaccination programs.”
    “I think Venezuela is a time bomb from the public health point of view.”
    Venezuela has acknowledged just 4,600 coronavirus cases and 39 deaths, while Colombia has reported around 80,600 confirmed cases and more than 2,600 deaths.
    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has insisted his country has managed the outbreak better than other Latin American nations and says most cases can be traced to migrants returning from Colombia and Brazil.
    Venezuelan doctors, however, have decried insufficient hospital beds and supplies, limited use of face masks in public spaces, and the use of low-budget hotels to quarantine patients.
    Duque’s government does not recognize Maduro as his country’s rightful leader and regularly accuses him of harboring crime gangs and leftist rebels.
    Colombia last month sent more soldiers to its border with Brazil to stop informal crossings, after sparsely-populated Amazonas province saw a spike in cases.
    Brazil has the world’s second highest number of coronavirus cases after the United States, registering more than 1.2 million cases and nearly 55,000 deaths.    Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has downplayed the seriousness of the pandemic.
    Duque said in contrast with Venezuela, Brazil and its officials are making efforts to control the virus, however.
    “It must also be emphasized that (Brazil) has much more trustworthy, more credible institutions,” he said.
    “Also regionally we’ve seen state governors are trying to do more tests, putting in measures, there is a coordinated effort with national authorities.”
    Thanks to an economic and social lockdown put in place in late March, Colombia’s infection levels are “much more an ellipse” than a spike, Duque said.
    New cases are concentrated in a handful of municipalities and deaths in those over 60 years old, he said.
    The country, which has boosted its number of intensive care units by 17% since the start of the pandemic, is trying to increase the number of ventilators as well.
    “Colombia should get close to 10,000 ventilators, which will translate to a robust capacity in care units,” he said.
    Between spending on social programs and healthcare, government credit guarantees and liquidity efforts by the central bank, the equivalent of 11.3% of gross domestic product is working to fight the coronavirus, Duque said.
    Almost 90% of the country’s economic activity was “in the process of recovery,” he contended.
    The finance ministry has said the economy will contract 5.5% this year.
(Reporting by Julia Symmes Cobb and Luis Jaime Acosta; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall)

6/26/2020 Dr. Fauci: Majority of COVID-19 infections are now young people by OAN Newsroom
Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci, right, speaks during
a news conference with members of the Coronavirus task force, including Vice President Mike Pence, left, at
the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, Friday, June 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    The White House coronavirus task force has warned the nature of the coronavirus is changing.    They emphasized young people are affecting how the virus spreads.
    During the first task force meeting in nearly two months, Dr. Anthony Fauci updated the public on the virus.    He has called on low-risk individuals to be cognizant of the virus.
    The number of new cases in the U.S. hit a record high this week, surpassing 40,000.
    “Likely the people that you see in the clips, in the paper, are out in crowds enjoying themselves.    No blame there, understandably.    But the thing that you really need to realize that when you do that, you are part of a process.    So if you get infected, you will infect someone else, who clearly will infect someone else.” – Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
A sign on a clothing store reminds customers to wear masks Thursday, June 25, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
    The doctor believes young people are spreading the virus largely because they are asymptomatic and don’t think they can be carriers.
    He noted this makes contact tracing more difficult, because it proliferates in community settings.    He contrasted this with an outbreak setting, where officials can establish a path from person to person.
    Fauci went on to stress everyone is interconnected and that outbreaks are not isolated incidents.
    “You have an individual responsibility to yourself, but you have a societal responsibility if we want to end this outbreak,” he said.    “Hopefully when a vaccine comes and puts the nail in the coffin, we’ve got to realize that we are part of the process.”
Lines of cars wait at a coronavirus testing site outside of Hard Rock Stadium, Friday, June 26, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
    The surge has been particularly harsh in the South, where states like Texas and Florida have paused their reopening efforts.
    In the meantime, task force officials have encouraged low-risk individuals to take proper precautions by wearing face masks and keeping their distance from one another.

6/26/2020 WHO-led coalition says $31.3 billion needed for tools to fight COVID-19 by Kate Kelland and Stephanie Nebehay
FILE PHOTO: A logo is pictured on the headquarters of the World Health Orgnaization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland, June 25, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
    LONDON/GENEVA (Reuters) – A World Health Organization-led coalition fighting the COVID-19 pandemic is asking government and private sector donors to help raise $31.3 billion in the next 12 months to develop and deliver tests, treatments and vaccines for the disease.
    Renewing its call on Friday for global collaboration against the pandemic, it said $3.4 billion had been contributed for the coalition to date, leaving a funding gap of $27.9 billion.    Of that, $13.7 billion was “urgently needed.”
    The WHO is working with a large coalition of drug-development, funding and distribution organisations under what it calls the ACT-Accelerator Hub.
    The initiative is intended to develop and deliver 500 million COVID-19 tests and 245 million courses of new treatment for the disease to low-and middle-income countries by mid-2021, it said in a statement.
    It also hoping 2 billion vaccines doses, including 1 billion to be bought by low-and middle-income countries, will be available by the end of 2021.
    The ACT-Accelerator was launched in April to speed up research and development work on medical tools to tackle COVID-19.    On Friday, the WHO said the pandemic was still threatening millions of lives and scores of economies, and urgent work and funds were needed.
    “The investment required is significant, but it pales in significance when compared to the cost of COVID-19,” it said.
    “The total cost of the ACT-Accelerator’s work is less than a tenth of what the IMF estimates the global economy is losing every month due to the pandemic.    468,000 thousand people have already lost their lives.”
    As the race to find a vaccine has accelerated, governments including the United States and in Europe, have rushed to agree advance purchases of promising coronavirus immunisation treatments.
    That has raised concerns about the equitable distribution of and access to supplies of COVID-19 vaccines, tests and treatments, particularly for lower- and middle-income countries.
    WHO chief scientist Souma Swaminathan said the programme had “really very constructive” engagement with companies about the involvement of the private sector.
(Additional reporting by Ludwig Burger and Matthias Blamont; Writing by Nick Macfie and Josephine Mason; Editing by Giles Elgood and Timothy Heritage)

6/27/2020 Oil down $0.81 to $38.27, DOW down 730 to 25,016.

6/27/2020 More on coronavirus deaths

6/27/2020 Mueller report witness gets 10 year-term on child sex charges
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A businessman who was a key witness in special counsel Robert Mueller’s report and who helped broker the release of American hostages in the 1990s was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison on child sex charges.    George Nader pleaded guilty in January to bringing a 14-year-old boy from the Czech Republic to the U.S. 20 years ago to engage in sexual activity.    Mueller’s report details Nader’s efforts to serve as liaison between Russians and members of President Donald Trump’s transition team.
[George Aref Nader, a Lebanese-American businessman, lobbyist, and repeat convicted sex offender, acted as an unofficial liaison between Washington politicians and the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia and as a lobbyist for private security firm Blackwater.    In January 2018, special counsel Robert Mueller's investigators questioned Nader in connection to suspicions that the UAE had been involved with President Trump's 2016 campaign.    In December 2019, Nader was charged in U.S. federal court with violating campaign finance laws by allegedly also using over three and half million dollars to reach out to Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign for the U.S. Presidency, through a front.    Another waste of citizens money for 2 years by the Democrats.].

6/27/2020 World Bank to loan $700 million to help Colombia coronavirus response
FILE PHOTO - Shoppers wearing a face masks push shopping carts inside a supermarket after shopping during a one-day
lifting of sales tax, amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Bogota, Colombia June 19, 2020. REUTERS/Luisa Gonzalez
    BOGOTA (Reuters) – The World Bank has approved a loan of $700 million to Colombia to help the Andean country in its fight against the coronavirus pandemic, it said on Friday.
    The loan will help Colombia strengthen its healthcare system to meet increased demand for services, and will also allow social aid programs to expand and widen available credit and liquidity for businesses, the World Bank said in a statement.
    “We are working quickly so that Colombia can count on the resources it needs in these times that are difficult for everybody, especially for the most vulnerable,” said Ulrich Zachau, the bank’s director for Colombia and Venezuela.
    “With this loan we hope to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on the health sector, the economy, and primarily to protect the lives and well-being of Colombian families.”
    Colombia has reported 84,442 cases of coronavirus and 2,811 deaths.
    Including this loan, the World Bank has lent $1.25 billion to Colombia during the first six months of the year and provided $250 million in contingency financing to help its coronavirus response.
    Significant additional loans are expected in the second half of the year for housing and infrastructure projects, the Bank said.
    Colombia’s economy has been battered by a national lockdown to curb the spread of the disease.
    While certain restrictions have been lifted, the finance ministry still expects gross domestic product to contract 5.5% this year and foresees a fiscal deficit of 8.2%.
(Reporting by Oliver Griffin; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall)

6/27/2020 UK ready to quit EU on ‘Australia terms’ if no Brexit deal, PM Johnson says
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during the weekly question time debate in Parliament, in London,
Britain, June 24, 2020, in this screen grab taken from video. Parliament TV/Reuters TV via REUTERS
    LONDON (Reuters) – Britain will be ready to quit its transitional arrangements with the European Union “on Australia terms” if no deal on their future relationship is reached, Prime Minister Boris Johnson told his Polish counterpart Mateusz Morawiecki on Saturday.
    Britain left the bloc on Jan. 31. A transition period, during which Britain remains in the European single market and customs union, expires on Dec. 31 and pressure is mounting to agree a free trade deal before then.
    With the two sides still far apart, a round of “intensified negotiations” is due to start next week.
    “He (Johnson) said the UK would negotiate constructively but equally would be ready to leave the transition period on Australia terms if agreement could not be reached,” Johnson’s Downing Street office said in a statement.
    Australia does not have a comprehensive trade agreement with the EU.    Much of EU-Australia trade follows default World Trade Organisation rules, though specific agreements are in place for certain goods.
(Reporting by Estelle Shirbon; Editing by Alex Richardson)

6/27/2020 UK death toll from confirmed COVID-19 cases up 100 to 43,514
People walk past social distancing signs painted into the road in Regent Street as the outbreak of the
coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in London, Britain June 22, 2020. REUTERS/John Sibley

6/27/2020 “Respect our police” – wives of French officers berate government
A supporter of police forces wearing a protective face mask holds a banner as she demonstrates in front of the French
police headquarters in Paris, France June 27, 2020. The banner reads: "Respect for police" REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
    PARIS (Reuters) – Several dozen women protested in support of French police in central Paris on Saturday, as discontent within the country’s law enforcement agencies swells over what they feel is the government’s unfair treatment of officers over racism.
    Police have been holding wildcat protests everyday in towns and cities across France at government attempts to change their practices and punish officers suspected of racism.
    Police unions accuse the government of scapegoating them for deep-rooted social ills in an attempt to quell public anger after the killing of George Floyd unleashed protests in France as anger at police violence and racism swept the world.
    Many among the women protesting outside the Paris police headquarters were wives and partners of officers.    One carried a message for Interior Minister Christophe Castaner: “Respect our police.”
    Castaner infuriated police this month when he acknowledged there were cases of racism in the force and proposed punishing any officer guilty of “proven suspicions of racism
    Hundreds of police protested on Friday night outside Paris’ Bataclan concert hall, where 90 people were killed in an attack by Islamist militants in 2015.
(Reporting by Christian Hartmann; Writing by Richard Lough; Editing by Alison Williams)

6/27/2020 Report: Houston hospitals almost overrun by COVID-19 patients by OAN Newsroom
Cars are lined up at a United Memorial Medical Center COVID-19 testing site Wednesday, June 24, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
    Houston hospitals are reportedly just weeks away from being overrun by coronavirus patients.    According to reports, hospital beds are nearing capacity.
    Texas put reopening on pause this week due to a recent surge of coronavirus cases in the state, which has led to a record number of hospitalizations for almost two weeks.
    Hospital workers reported the current number is manageable, but they are more concerned about where the state will be in just a few weeks.
    Health officials explained the number of future cases will dep