From The Alpha and the Omega - Chapter Eight
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7/1/2020 Oil down $0.24 to $39.40, DOW up 217 to 25,813.

7/1/2020 More on coronavirus deaths.

7/1/2020 Kentucky Primary Elections.

7/1/2020 Germany’s confirmed coronavirus cases rise by 466 to 194,725: RKI
FILE PHOTO: People wait in line to get tested at a testing centre as the outbreak of the coronavirus disease
(COVID-19) continues in Guetersloh, Germany, June 24, 2020. REUTERS/Leon Kuegeler/File Photo
    BERLIN (Reuters) – The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 466 to 194,725, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Wednesday.
    The reported death toll rose by 12 to 8,985, the tally showed.
(Reporting by Berlin Newsroom; Editing by Himani Sarkar)

7/1/2020 OAN/Gravis poll: President Trump leading Biden by 4% in Ariz. by OAN Newsroom
    The latest joint poll by OAN and Gravis Marketing revealed President Trump is more popular in the Grand Canyon State than some mainstream outlets would like to believe.    According to the latest poll, which was conducted on June 27th, the president is leading Joe Biden by 4% in the state.
    Those results stood in contrast with reporting by mainstream outlets like Real Clear Politics, which had the president trailing Biden by 6%. Even polls from some major conservative outlets like Fox News showed President Trump losing headway in the battleground state.
    However, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) has expressed “in all likelihood,” many outlets are “underreporting support for the president like we saw in 2016.”    Conservatives have pointed to several hypothetical 2016 polls, which showed the president losing to Hillary Clinton in states he ended up going on to win in the last election.
    Arizona is regarded as a traditionally Republican state.    No Democrat presidential candidate has managed to pull off a win in the state since Bill Clinton in 1996.
    Meanwhile, the latest OAN/Gravis poll revealed 52% of Americans either “strongly” or “somewhat” approve of President Trump’s job performance. 52% of respondents also said they trust the president more with the economy, opposed to 42% who answered Joe Biden.
    The survey also polled Arizonans on how they feel about police.    78% said they support local police and believe police departments should be funded.

7/1/2020 24 killed, 7 injured in attack on rehab center in central Mexico by OAN Newsroom
Photo shows a police officer in Mexico City, Friday, June 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)
    Two dozen people were killed in a mass shooting at a drug rehabilitation center in central Mexico.    The attack occurred on Wednesday in Irapuato.
    24 people have died and at least seven others were said to be injured.    A similar incident took place in the city last month, when a total of 10 men were killed.
    It’s unclear if the same rehab center was targeted in both incidents.
    The motive in Wednesday’s shooting is still unknown. Recent reports detailed a rise in gang violence in the city.
    One America News will continue to follow this story and bring you more information as it comes into our newsroom.

7/1/2020 President of Mexico praises USMCA ahead of White House meeting by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Dec. 10. 2019 file photo, Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador speaks during an event to sign an
update to the North American Free Trade Agreement, at the National Palace in Mexico City. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)
    Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has praised the USMCA trade deal, which went into effect on Wednesday.    He has said he expects the deal with Canada and the U.S. to bring more foreign investment to Mexico.
    Obrador also believes it will provide a greater degree of certainty and confidence in the trilateral trading relationship.    The USMCA has put new rules in place for points of origin and factory input costs across the three countries to level the playing field for all participants.
    According to the Mexican president, the deal will improve the quality of life for millions of Mexicans.
    “The agreement provides certainty, even for labor issues,” he stated.    “Not any more inspections without complying with the country (Mexico’s) labor law will mistreat workers or force companies to immediately close.”
    Obrador will travel to Washington, D.C. next week, where he is expected to meet with President Trump to discuss ways to deepen mutual relations.

7/1/2020 Calif. Gov. Newsom imposes new restrictions amid rise in COVID-19 cases by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Thursday, May 14, 2020, file photo California Gov. Gavin Newsom discusses
his revised 2020-2021 state budget during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif.
    California Governor Gavin Newsom has ordered bars and indoor dining to close in certain counties of the state as COVID-19 cases continue to rise.    On Wednesday, he announced the order will apply to 19 counties, closing all indoor restaurants, movie theaters, zoos, museums and entertainment centers.
    The restrictions will be enforced for the next three weeks.
    This comes in anticipation of the Fourth of July weekend, which public health officials worried would draw major crowds.
A closure sign is posted at the entrance of a park, Wednesday, July 1, 2020, in Commerce, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
    The order also came after coronavirus cases in the state increased to 50%.
    “We are seeing an increase in not only the total number of positive cases, but a significant increase in the total number of people that are getting tested that are testing positive, meaning the positivity rate, not just the total case rate,” stated Newsom.
    The governor has not ordered beaches to close.    However, in an effort to decrease crowding, all beach parking lots in Southern California and the San Francisco Bay Area will be closed.

FILE – In this June 27, 2020, file photo, a lifeguard keeps watch over a packed beach in Huntington Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

7/1/2020 31 people arrested as police begin to clear out ‘CHOP’ in Seattle by OAN Newsroom
A protester stands with her hand up in front of a road blocked by Seattle police in
the Capitol Hill Organized Protest zone early Wednesday, July 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Aron Ranen)
    Seattle police arrested 31 people as they began clearing out the city’s former “autonomous zone” this week.    Authorities moved into the “CHOP” zone after the mayor’s emergency order took effect early on Wednesday morning, which directed all residents to vacate the area.
    In a statement, Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best said “the CHOP has become lawless and brutal.”    Her remarks referenced the rise in violent crime in the area since protesters took over, including two fatal shootings.
Police and city workers fill a street occupied hour earlier by an encampment of protesters Wednesday, July 1, 2020,
in Seattle, where streets had been blocked off in an area demonstrators had occupied for weeks. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
    Some Seattle residents have voiced their support for Mayor Jenny Durkan’s order.
    “People were in their tents and they were sleeping.    I’ve seen them actually dragging people out of their tents and whatnot.    It’s crazy to me, because people were actually being here peacefully.    But obviously we understand why they (police) are here, because of the violence, so we knew it was coming.    Mayor Jenny had to do something.” – Unnamed witness
Protesters stand holding up their arms in front of a road blocked by police in the Capitol Hill
Organized Protest zone early Wednesday, July 1, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
    The emergency order will remain in effect for 48 hours.
    The city’s police chief has voiced her support for peaceful protests and the Black Lives Matter movement, but added “enough is enough.”

7/1/2020 Immigration judges union sues DOJ over policy that allegedly violates free speech by OAN Newsroom
FILE – Chief Judge John R. Tunheim led a group in the “Oath of Allegiance” during a naturalization ceremony
at Federal Plaza in Minneapolis on Wednesday, May 27, 2020. (Elizabeth Flores/Star Tribune via AP, File)
    A union representing immigration judges has sued the Justice Department over a policy that prohibits judges from speaking publicly about immigration.    On Wednesday, the Knight First Amendments Institute filed the suit on behalf of the National Association of Immigration Judges.
    The institute claimed the speech restrictions on judges violate First and Fifth Amendment rights.    If a judge were to violate the policy, they may face a range of disciplinary actions such as suspension or removal from federal service.
    The policy was first enacted in 2017.    Before that, judges reserved the right to speak on any issues relating to immigration as long as they clearly stated it was their own personal opinions.
FILE – In this June 18, 2020, file photo, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students
gather in front of the Supreme Court in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
    “It’s an incredible lack of respect and a lack of confidence in the judicial core,” stated former Judge Lisa Dornell.    “(It) undermines morale and the ability of judges to do what we have been charged with doing: provide due process of law to every person who appears before our court.”
    Attorney Ramya Krishnan has said they are filing the suit at a time when it is especially urgent for immigration judges’ voices to be heard. Currently, judges are unable to speak about the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on immigration courts and detained immigrants.

7/1/2020 Congressional Black Caucus introduces next steps for racial equality 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. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
    The Congressional Black Caucus has been pushing for more racial equality reforms.    On Wednesday, the caucus announced their next steps towards racial justice in the wake of George Floyd’s death.
    The caucus supported HR 40, which would create a committee of 13 people to examine the modern-day effects of slavery.    The committee would also recommend reparation programs.
    This came after the House passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act just last week.
    “Systemic racism, however, has been a cancer on the skin and the fabric of this nation that has not been remedied, it has only deepened,” stated Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas).    “HR 40, the commission to study and develop reparation proposals, is the answer to the original sin.”
    The caucus also mentioned backing other proposals, such as assistance for black businesses and black health care.
FILE – In this June 24, 2020, file photo, Antonio Mingo, right, holds his fists in the air as demonstrators protest in front of a police line
on a section of 16th Street that’s been renamed Black Lives Matter Plaza, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

7/1/2020 President Trump: Executive order to protect monuments, statues in full force 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. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    Protesters across the nation have torn down Confederate statues and vandalized federal monuments in recent weeks.    President Trump recently fired back and has promised there will be retribution.
    “They’re bad people, they don’t love our country and they’re not taking down our monuments,” he said.    “I want to make that clear.”
    Amid the unrest following the death of George Floyd, demonstrators have toppled or vandalized statues of Confederate soldiers, colonial figures, national monuments and memorials.
    In response, the president signed an executive order, which directed federal agencies to prosecute those who damage federal property.
    We are looking at long-term jail sentences for these vandals and these hoodlums entities, these anarchists and agitators,” he stated.
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)
    In a tweet, President Trump announced his executive order is in “full force and effect.”    He added violations could result in a more than 10-year prison term.
    The president then advised people to not put themselves in jeopardy and noted “many people are now under arrest.”
    The order will reportedly allow the government to withhold federal funding to cities that don’t protect federal statues monuments and memorials.
    The Department of Homeland Security has also taken action to protect monuments over the Independence Day weekend.
    According to acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf, the holiday may see increases in disruptive activity.    He has said the agency is “forward leaning in preparing to protect federal facilities and property.”
    Special units will be deployed to Portland, Seattle and Washington D.C.

7/1/2020 Surgeon General says U.S. economy will not fully reopen unless all Americans wear face masks by OAN Newsroom
Holding up a mask, Surgeon General Jerome Adams, right, urges the public to use masks as he speaks during a news
conference with Vice President Mike Pence about the COVID-19 response, at the Commissioned Corps of the
U.S. Public Health Service Headquarters in Rockville, Md., Tuesday, June 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
    Surgeon General Jerome Adams has changed his story yet again in the latest attempt to impose the mandatory use of face masks.    On Tuesday, he said the U.S. economy will not fully reopen unless all Americans wear face masks in public.
    Back in March, the surgeon general urged people not to buy face masks and claimed they don’t prevent coronavirus.    However, Adams is now threatening to partially close the economy again if Americans don’t wear them.
    “It is not a suppression of your freedom, it actually is a vehicle to achieve our goals,” he stated.    “It adds to your convenience in your freedom because it allows us to open up more places and it allows those places to stay open.”
    This comes amid bipartisan calls to wear facial coverings.    Republican leaders are now urging President Trump to wear a face mask in hopes that he will set an example for the public and depoliticize the practice.
    “Unfortunately, this simple lifesaving practice has become part of the political debate that says this: if you’re for Trump, you don’t wear a mask and if you’re against Trump, you do,” said Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.).    “That’s why I’ve suggested that the president occasionally wear a mask, even though in most cases it’s not necessary for him to do so.”
    The president has come under immense criticism for not consistently wearing a mask in public during certain briefings and events where he speaks.
FILE – In this March 27, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks in the
Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
    President Trump and administration officials have often called the decision to wear a face mask a personal choice, but top Republican leaders are now ramping up their calls for Americans to wear them by arguing it is necessary to keep others safe.
    The GOP is coalescing behind the issue amid nationwide spikes in coronavirus cases, following an attempt to reopen the nation’s economy.    Meanwhile, the president has responded to the surge in cases by recently canceling a campaign event scheduled in Alabama.
    Members the White House task force, including Vice President Mike Pence, have continued to encourage the public to abide by CDC guidelines in order to get through the pandemic.

7/1/2020 MSM spreading misinformation regarding reports about Russian bounties for U.S. service members by OAN Newsroom
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, speaks during a news conference at the State
Department, Wednesday, July 1, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, Pool)
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has accused the mainstream media of spreading misinformation regarding a New York Times report that claimed Russia offered bounties for killing American service members.
    During a press conference Wednesday, he said the media has twisted the narrative to stoke outrage against the White House.    The State Department chief went on to say the administration has responded to the report “in precisely the correct way.”
    Pompeo said the press is reporting the story “irresponsibly” and could potentially be putting service members at an increased risk by doing so.
    “I’m not going to further jeopardize intelligence capabilities, I’m not going to put at risk the young men and women of Afghanistan in the same way that some news organizations have done,” he stated.    “I just simply won’t engage in that…it’s inappropriate, it is dangerous and you ought not to be a part of that.”
    The secretary went on to say, “the fact that the Russians are engaged in Afghanistan in a way that’s adverse to the U.S. is nothing new.”
    Meanwhile, President Trump is referring to the report as a “hoax” and said it’s being used to slander both him and Republicans.    While taking to Twitter Wednesday, the president called on the Times to reveal the anonymous source it cited when it broke the claims.
    His words were reiterated by Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway who told reporters any intelligence the administration may have had on Russia’s dealings with the Taliban “did not rise to the level” of a presidential briefing since it had not been verified.
    She went on to criticize the media for insinuating the president failed to take action against Moscow over the issue and warned Americans should not be fooled by another Russian collusion narrative.
    “For those who have covered Russia, Russia, Russia or collusion, collusion, collusion which was an illusion delusion for two and a half years — take a breath,” she stated.    “Take a breath before we do Russia, Russia again.”
In this April 30, 2019 photo, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway talks with
reporters outside the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    Republican senators also came to the defense of President Trump’s response by saying evidence seen and heard during a Tuesday White House briefing showed no corroboration in what was disclosed in the New York Times article.
    Lawmakers also pointed out Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee had the same access to information the president did, however, never sounded the alarm until it was disclosed to the public.
    “Every single member, Republican and Democrat alike, of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence is aware, should have been aware, of the intelligence that I was briefed on,” said Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.).    “It’s long been available.”
    Meanwhile National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien said the Times leak has potentially compromised the government’s ongoing investigation into the matter.
    “It may now be impossible to get to the bottom of this because some government officials somewhere decided to leak allegations before we had a chance to get to the bottom of it,” he explained.    “And we may never get to the truth of the matter now and that’s really a shame.”
    O’Brien said the U.S. is continuing to investigate Russian activity in Afghanistan and if these allegations into their ties with the Taliban are ever verified then the president will take strong action against Moscow.

7/1/2020 Mall owners denounce N.Y. Gov. Cuomo’s air filtration mandate by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this June 8, 2020 file photo, a woman shops for women’s shirts in a MiniMax store in the
Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn, in New York. New York City is on track to open more businesses and
could enter the second phase of reopening Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
    There are new requirements for New York shopping malls looking to to reopen.    During a press briefing Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) demanded malls install high quality air systems before opening their doors.
    “They have different filters that filter out different size particles, and they have filters that can actually filter out and can catch the COVID virus,” said the governor.    “For large mall reopenings, which we haven’t done yet, but we are going to make this mandatory.”
    Despite the new requirements for malls, Cuomo has allowed other much smaller businesses to reopen without high end filtration systems.    He previously suggested that the air conditioning currently inside malls just recirculate the virus, but mall operators have said that’s just not true.
    Pyramid Management Group owns just under a dozen shopping malls in the state.    It released a statement calling the governor’s policy both “unfair and unjustified.”    The company accused the state of putting expectations on malls that other business don’t have to worry about like a heightened focus on air circulation.
    “You look around the country and you’re seeing malls, you’re seeing air conditioning systems, indoor space that have been problematic and this offers promise,” Cuomo claimed.
FILE – In this May 27, 2020, file photo, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference at the
National Press Club in Washington. New York’s governor signed an executive order Wednesday, June 17,
recognizing Juneteenth as a paid holiday for state employees to commemorate the emancipation of slaves in the
U.S. Cuomo said he will propose legislation next year making June 19 a permanent state holiday. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
    When announcing it’s decision, the state cited incidents in other states where customers are seen packed “into tight venues without masks or social distancing requirements in place.”    They noted that this creates a greater risk of spreading the virus.
    However, Pyramid Management Group said this isn’t in any way comparable “to a vast open shopping center with millions of square feet available to socially distance.”    The company said it also has safety protocols in place and requires patrons wear masks.
    Meanwhile, reports have claimed no mall owners in New York currently have the necessary air systems in place now required by the state.    There is no word yet on how much this new state mandate could potentially cost.

7/1/2020 Some Sunbelt states reinstating lockdowns amid COVID-19 uptick by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this March 29, 2020, file photo, a closure sign is placed at the entrance of a beach front parking lot in the Venice beach section
of Los Angeles. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is ordering L.A. County beaches closed from July 3 through
July 6 at 5:00 a.m. to prevent dangerous crowding that results in the spread of deadly COVID-19. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
    As businesses reopen nationwide amid the ongoing pandemic, Sunbelt states are seeing a rise in positive coronavirus cases.
    According to reports Tuesday, the states of Arizona, Texas and California are rescinding reopening measures by ordering closures of bars, gyms and beaches.    This comes as newly reported infections in the U.S. reach approximately 40,000 per day.
    Florida has reportedly also become an emerging epicenter of the virus with more than 6,000 new cases Tuesday.    While certain counties in the state such as Palm Beach have shut down businesses and beaches, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) reiterated earlier statements that he would not implement such lockdowns statewide.
    “We’re not going back closing things, I don’t think that that really is what’s driving it,” he stated.    “I mean, people going to business is not what’s driving it.”
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis puts on his mask to protect against the new coronavirus as he leaves a news conference
on COVID-19, Friday, June 19, 2020, at Florida International University in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
    “I think when you see the younger folks, I think a lot of it is more just social interactions, so that’s natural,” DeSantis continued.
    The Republican governor further implored young people to protect the state’s elderly population, echoing public health experts who emphasize voluntary compliance with safety guidelines as the best way to curb the virus’s spread.

7/1/2020 Mich. Gov. Whitmer to set out 3 separate school reopening plan by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this June 17, 2020, pool file 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, File)
    Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) announced she will create three separate school reopening plans by this fall.    That’s according to the state’s Returned to School Roadmap, which was released Tuesday.
    The plan requires the governor to publish guidelines suited for whichever phase the state is in when schools reopen.    The document requires a remote learning plan if the state is in phase three, a strictly controlled in-person plan if it is in phase four and a more relaxed one if it is in phase five.
    The roadmap outlines several security measures, some mandatory and some recommended, including the use of personal protective equipment by school staff and students.
    “The safety protocols detailed in my the safe schools roadmap includes guidance on the use of PPE, good hygiene, cleaning and disinfecting, spacing in classrooms, screening for symptoms, athletics and more,” said Whitmer.
    The Democrat governor said she will reveal more details about reopening within the next few days.

7/1/2020 Minneapolis Mayor calls for ‘massive structural change’ of law enforcement instead of defunding 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 mayor of Minneapolis said he’s on the side of “massive structural change” for law enforcement, but can’t fully support the movement to defund police.
    During a town hall Tuesday, Mayor Jacob Frey said reform can’t be minor and should be focused on reshaping how police departments function.    He went on to confirm he’s in complete support for incorporating strategies outside of policing.    However, he noted that bad behavior needs to be abolished and not the police as a whole.
    “If we’re making sure that mechanisms like more affordable housing and health care are prepared, and ready plus Mental health co-responders, yes,” he stated.    “Social workers absolutely, but if we’re talking about just abolishing all law enforcement, no…cities around the country, including Minneapolis, need law enforcement.”
    Frey was one of the first city officials to face backlash and has continued to stand by his original statement when he told protesters in June he would not support disbanding the police.

7/2/2020 Oil down $0.11 to $39.29, DOW down 78 to 25,735.

7/2/2020 More on the coronavirus deaths.

7/2/2020 Seattle police clear CHOP protest zone after violence by Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY
    Police converged on the Seattle’s protest zone early Wednesday, making arrests and sweeping through streets demonstrators occupied for weeks to protest police brutality and systemic racism.
    Mayor Jenny Durkan issued an executive order for protesters to vacate the area, and police enforced it.
    The decision to clear the area, first known as the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone or CHAZ, then the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest, or CHOP, followed an outbreak of violence.
    At least two fatal shootings occurred in the CHOP in recent weeks, and police said other shootings, robberies and violence have occurred since protesters took over the area after police abandoned their East Precinct nearby.
    Police Chief Carmen Best said she supports peaceful protests, but “enough is enough.    The CHOP has become lawless and brutal.”
    Police said on Twitter they had made at least 31 arrests, and officers were equipped with “additional protective gear” as suspects in recent crimes may be in the area and others may be armed.
    Police in riot gear and on bikes formed lines along the streets and marched through the area, pushing back demonstrators.    Officers tore down fences, cleared trash and poked around bushes.
    Most protesters left hours after police began clearing the area around 5 a.m. Wednesday.    A loud bang around 6:15 a.m. was followed by a cloud of smoke, though there were no signs of major clashes between police and protesters.
    By midmorning, police said they were providing perimeter security as city crews cleaned up the area.    Heavy equipment was brought in to remove concrete barriers, and debris was taken away on trucks.
    Attorney General William Barr praised Best and the department in a statement Wednesday, saying the protest area had “became a haven for violent crime.”
    “The message of today’s action is simple but significant: The Constitution protects the right to speak and assemble freely, but it provides no right to commit violence or defy the law,” Barr said.
    The occupation of the several-block area in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood began in early June after several tense nights of protest outside the police precinct. Seattle, like many other cities around the USA, saw large demonstrations after the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis.
    Police abandoned the precinct building after officers used tear gas on demonstrators despite the mayor’s ban on the chemical irritant.
    Once police left, protesters barricaded several blocks and declared the area a police-free autonomous zone.
    Durkan initially defended the protest society from attacks by President Donald Trump, who called the demonstrators “Domestic Terrorists” and demanded the city clear the area.
    After the violence, Durkan became critical of the area, too, and asked people to leave.
    Durkan said the city would try to dismantle the CHOP as nearby businesses and property owners filed a federal lawsuit against the city last Wednesday.    The suit claims officials have been too tolerant of those who created the zone and deprived property owners of their rights by allowing the zone to exist.
Contributing: Trevor Hughes and William Cummings; The Associated Press
A protester raises her hands in front of a road blocked by Seattle police in the Capitol Hill Organized Protest
zone Wednesday. Police tore down demonstrators’ tents after the mayor ordered the area cleared. ARON RANEN/AP

7/2/2020 Trump calls Black Lives Matter mural ‘symbol of hate’ by David Jackson, USA TODAY
    WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump criticized a proposed Black Lives Matter mural to be painted outside Trump Tower in New York City as a “symbol of hate” Wednesday while denouncing Mayor Bill de Blasio, who ordered the phrase painted outside Trump’s longtime office.
    De Blasio said he ordered the mural – the words “Black Lives Matter” painted in bright letters – to be placed right in front of Trump Tower for a reason.
    “We’re going to take this moment in history and amplify it by taking the ‘Black Lives Matter’ symbolism by putting it all over this city, including right in front of Trump Tower,” the mayor told MSNBC on Wednesday.
    Trump responded by attacking the mayor for the mural and his plan to cut up to $1 billion from the New York City police budget.
    “NYC is cutting Police $’s by ONE BILLION DOLLARS, and yet the @NYCMayor is going to paint a big, expensive, yellow Black Lives Matter sign on Fifth Avenue, denigrating this luxury Avenue,” Trump wrote on Twitter.    “Maybe our GREAT Police, who have been neutralized and scorned by a mayor who hates & disrespects them, won’t let this symbol of hate be affixed to New York’s greatest street.    Spend this money fighting crime instead!
    The president did not mention that the Black Lives Matter mural is slated to be right outside Trump Tower.     Trump ruled his real estate and media empire from the glass skyscraper that opened in 1983.    Trump Tower also served as the home base for his television show, “The Apprentice,” as well as his 2016 presidential campaign.
    De Blasio said painting Black Lives Matter on Fifth Avenue is designed in part to send a message to Trump.     Trump and aides have described some supporters of Black Lives Matter as vandals.    They cite property damage and some violence during nationwide protests of police brutality, particularly after the May 25 death of George Floyd at the hands of officers in Minneapolis.

7/2/2020 UK will ditch travel quarantine for 75 countries, Daily Telegraph says
A man wearing a protective face mask walks past a travel agents store, amid the coronavirus
disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Manchester, Britain July 2, 2020. REUTERS/Phil Noble
    LONDON (Reuters) – The British government will effectively ditch its air bridge plans and simply end the coronavirus quarantine rules for those arriving from 75 countries so that people can go on holiday, The Daily Telegraph reported.
    The newspaper said the UK would shortly lift a ban on non-essential travel to nearly all EU destinations, the British territories including Bermuda and Gibraltar, and Turkey, Thailand, Australia and New Zealand.
    A spokesman for the transport ministry declined immediate comment.
    Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government has been grappling with how to open up international travel after it imposed a 2-week quarantine for arrivals, which has added to the woes of the shuttered tourism and travel industry.
    Britain said on Friday that it would ditch a 14-day quarantine period for people arriving from countries such as France, Greece and Spain.
    Simon Clarke, a junior housing, communities and local government minister, said the government was working on an announcement on travel.
    “We will provide this announcement as soon as it is safe,” Clarke told Sky.    “We will be talking further about this this week.”
    “Clearly we want to get the tourism sector back on its feet as quickly as we can and I’m sure that we will be able to give good news in the near future,” he said.
(Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge and Kate Holton; editing by Michael Holden)

7/2/2020 Germany tells Turkey travel warning will be regularly reviewed
FILE PHOTO: German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas looks on during a news conference with his Croatian counterpart
Gordan Grlic Radman (not pictured) in Berlin, Germany July 1, 2020. Tobias Schwarz/Pool via REUTERS
    BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany will keep reviewing travel advice for Turkey, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told his Turkish counterpart on Thursday, saying any decisions were coordinated with the EU and based on reliable data on infections and the health situation.
    Turkey is disappointed that the EU has excluded it, along with the United States and others, from a list of countries recommended for non-essential travel and has called on it to correct its “mistake.”
    Speaking to reporters after talks with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in Berlin, Maas said reviews of the situation took place every two weeks.
    “Further steps will follow,” said Maas, adding that family visits were excluded from the travel warning.    This is crucial for the large Turkish community but Germany is also an important source of tourism for Turkey.
    “This is about how we guarantee safe tourism in the corona crisis,” said Maas, welcoming the latest information on the situation given him by Cavusoglu, adding, however, that could not prejudge future decisions.
    “After evaluating the situation based on the objective criteria, Turkey should be listed within the safe and secure countries,” said Cavusoglu.
(Reporting by Maria Sheahan, Madeline Chambers and Ece Toksabay in Turkey; Editing by Riham Alkousaa and Thomas Seythal)

7/2/2020 Britain ‘recognised’ Guaido as Venezuela president: UK High Court
FILE PHOTO: Venezuela's National Assembly President and opposition leader Juan Guaido, who many nations have recognised as the country's rightful
interim ruler, gestures as he speaks during a demonstration in Caracas, Venezuela March 10, 2020. REUTERS/Manaure Quintero
    LONDON (Reuters) – Britain has “recognised” Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country’s president, the UK High Court has ruled, in case over who controls the country’s gold reserves stored in London.
    High court judge Nigel Teare handed down a Judgment ruling that Britain’s government had formally recognised Guaido as the constitutional interim President of Venezuela, and that due to the ‘One Voice’ and ‘Act of State’ doctrines the Court is precluded from investigating the validity of Guaido’s acts.
    Sarosh Zaiwalla, a lawyer representing the Nicolas Maduro- backed Venezuelan central bank in the case said the bank would be seeking leave of the court to appeal the judgment.
(Reporting by Marc Jones and Kate Holton; editing by Simon Jessop)

7/2/2020 UK police arrest ‘iconic’ criminals in biggest ever operation after encryption breakthrough by Michael Holden
FILE PHOTO: A man holds a laptop computer as cyber code is projected on him in this
illustration picture taken on May 13, 2017.. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/Illustration/File Photo
    LONDON (Reuters) – British police said on Thursday they had carried out their biggest operation ever, arresting “iconic” figures and smashing thousands of conspiracies including murder plots after infiltrating a communications service used by criminals.
    The National Crime Agency (NCA) said the cracking of the encryption used by EncroChat, which offered a secure mobile phone instant messaging service and was used by criminals to coordinate their activities, had allowed detectives across the country to make almost 750 arrests.
    The agency said it also meant a specialist team had been able to stop rival gangs carrying out kidnappings and executions, “successfully mitigating over 200 threats to life.”
    “Together we’ve protected the public by arresting middle-tier criminals and the kingpins, the so-called iconic untouchables who have evaded law enforcement for years, and now we have the evidence to prosecute them,” said NCA Director of Investigations Nikki Holland.
    The NCA said it had been working with international partners since 2016 to crack EncroChat which it described as a bespoke encrypted global communications service used exclusively by criminals.
    Two months ago, French and Dutch investigators infiltrated the platform, which had 60,000 users worldwide and around 10,000 in the United Kingdom and shared the data via Europol, allowing the authorities to monitor criminals’ messages and movements.
    EncroChat, which has now been shut down, had advised its users to throw away their handsets on June 13 after realising it had been compromised.
    However, British police have made 746 arrests, claimed 54 million pounds ($67 million) in criminal cash, seized 77 firearms, including an assault rifle and sub-machine guns, and more than two tonnes of drugs, the NCA said.
    It added that entire networks had been dismantled in the most significant operation of its kind.    Other European law enforcement agencies have also used the information to target crime groups.
(Editing by Stephen Addison)

7/2/2020 Assistant HHS Secy. Giroir: U.S. not flattening COVID curve by OAN Newsroom
Assistant Secretary for Health Admiral Brett P. Giroir testifies before a House Select Subcommittee on the
Coronavirus Crisis hearing on the response “The Administration Response to Ongoing Shortages of PPE and
Critical Medical Supplies” on Thursday, July 2, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Kevin Lamarque/Pool via AP)
    The Assistant Secretary for Health recently claimed the U.S. is not flattening the COVID-19 curve.    On Thursday, Brett Giroir announced coronavirus cases are rising in many states due to a lack of social distancing and insufficient use of face masks.
    “We are not flattening the curve right now,” he said.    “The curve is still going up.”
    However, the secretary has admitted the recent increase in COVID testing could have revealed more cases.
    “There is no question that the more testing you get, the more you will uncover.    But we do believe this is a real increase in cases, because of the percent positivities are going up.    So this is real increases in cases.” – Brett Giroir, Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services
    He failed to mention that around 1.2 million Americans have recovered from COVID-19, which almost equaled the number of active cases, which stands at 1.5 million.

7/2/2020 Fla. sheriff to deputize lawful gun owners amid ongoing protests by OAN Newsroom
Image of Sheriff Darryl Daniels via Clay County Sheriff’s Office.
    A sheriff in Clay County, Florida has a message for violent protesters: “Lawlessness, that’s unacceptable in this country, that’s unacceptable in Clay County.”
    Sheriff Darryl Daniels released a video this week, in which he announced he’ll deputize every lawful gun owner in the county if protests get too out of control.
    “If you threaten to come to Clay County and think for one second that we’ll bend our backs for you, you’re sadly mistaken,” added Daniels.
    His remarks came amid continued nationwide protests over police brutality.    Many of these demonstrations have led to an increasingly tense atmosphere between protesters and law enforcement.
    According to Sheriff Daniels, the relationship between Clay County authorities and the public has been “great and not strained.”    He has since asked that same community for their help to stop violence before it happens.
    He went on to clarify his department has every intention of assisting peaceful demonstrations, but reiterated any acts of violence will not be tolerated.
    “We’ll protect your constitutional rights as long as you remain under the umbrella of peaceful protests,” said Daniels.    “The second you step out from under the protection of the Constitution, we’ll be waiting on you.”
    He is currently nearing the end of his first term as sheriff.    He’ll be facing off against five other challengers in a primary scheduled to take place in August.

7/2/2020 Gang of 8 briefed on Russian bounty intelligence by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Sept. 18, 2009, file, photo, a soldier from the U.S. Army’s 118th Military Police Co., based at Fort Bragg, N.C.,
respond to shots fired at a combat outpost in the Jalrez Valley in Afghanistan’s Wardak Province. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo, File)
    Top congressional leaders have been briefed on intelligence that Russia allegedly offered bounties to kill American troops in Afghanistan.    The director of National Intelligence, along with the heads of the CIA and NSA, met with the Gang of Eight on Thursday.
    The group includes House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, among others.
    Questions have mounted in recent days over whether the allegations are true and if President Trump was aware of them.    According to the White House, the president was not briefed before this week.
    Officials have claimed there was no evidence to back up the allegations.
    “It’s unverified intelligence, it’s continually being assessed,” stated Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany.    “The Department of Defense has said they do not know of any Americans that have been killed in relation to this unverified intelligence that’s currently being assessed.”
    The House and Senate Intel committees have also been briefed on the matter.

7/2/2020 Vice President Pence welcomes new citizens at naturalization ceremony by OAN Newsroom
Vice President Mike Pence, center, poses for a group photograph during a naturalization ceremony to celebrate 16 new Americans at the Eisenhower
Executive Office Building on the White House complex, Thursday, July 2, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    Vice President Mike Pence welcomed America’s newest citizens at a naturalization ceremony in D.C. this week.    On Thursday, he offered his congratulations and praise for the 16 people from 12 different countries who are now official U.S. citizens.

Vice President Mike Pence applauds after speaking at a naturalization ceremony to celebrate 16 new Americans at the
Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex, Thursday, July 2, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    During his speech, the vice president touched on both the coronavirus and the protests taking place all over the country.
    “You come at a time of unique challenges in America and across the wider world as we deal with an unprecedented pandemic,” stated Pence.    “…You will continue to be a part of a story that demonstrates the resilience and the strength of the American people.”
    He also highlighted the robust June jobs report, which he said shows that the U.S. is recovering.

7/2/2020 Joe Biden downplays stellar jobs report, attacks President Trump by OAN Newsroom
Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at Alexis
Dupont High School in Wilmington, Del., Tuesday, June 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    Joe Biden is stirring the latest coronavirus fears to downplay President Trump’s efforts to restore economic growth.    On Thursday, Biden attacked the president over his push to reopen the economy and highlighted the reports of increased coronavirus cases in parts of the country.
    “There’s no victory to be celebrated,” he said.    “We’re still down nearly 15 million jobs and the pandemic is getting worse, not better.”
    The U.S. posted an all-time high in employment for June, adding almost 5 million jobs.
    The former vice president, however, is unhappy with these results.    He also failed to mention the rising number of recoveries, which have approached half of all coronavirus cases since March.
    “Without a uniform plan from the federal government that state and local leaders can use to inform their reopening plans, this is going to continue to be worse than it would have been otherwise,” stated Biden.    “Recovery will be slower, unemployment will stay higher than it should be.”
    Most economists have contradicted the presumptive Democrat nominee’s remarks.    According to them, the latest jobs reports suggested the American economy is poised for a robust rebound once all COVID restrictions are lifted.

7/2/2020 Giuliani: ‘Russian bounty’ leak is high federal crime by OAN Newsroom
Rudy Giuliani, a personal attorney for President Donald Trump, talks with reporters outside
the White House, Wednesday, July 1, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    Rudy Giuliani said the leaker behind the so-called ‘Russian bounties’ reports should face a lengthy prison term.
    While talking to reporters Wednesday, the president’s personal attorney said intelligence reports behind Russia’s alleged payments to Taliban were classified information.    He added that releasing them to the broader public may undermine America’s national security.
    Giuliani also said intelligence reports do not unequivocally confirm Russia’s alleged actions or President Trump’s reaction to it.
    “That was actionable intelligence, that was raw, disputed, unresolved,” he stated.    “I can’t think of a worse crime…it’s not quite treason, but its close and what he revealed is something that is in dispute.”
    Giuliani also denounced the New York Times for trying to immediately capitalize on the reports to attack President Trump.    “If the New York Times had any integrity they wouldn’t use it,” the attorney continued.

7/2/2020 President Trump says historic June jobs report shows U.S. economy is rapidly recovering by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks during a news briefing at the White House, Thursday, July 2, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    President Trump said the latest monthly jobs report proves the U.S. economy is roaring back.    During a White House press briefing Thursday, he touted the historic 4.8 million jobs added in June.
    The president said the boost in consumer confidence, fewer workers dropping out of the labor force and the soaring stock market shows the economy is quickly recovering from its shutdown.
    President Trump also noted that his administration and Congress have made efforts to ensure this success and discussed how the Paycheck Protection Program helped save several businesses and jobs.
    The president added that the economy will only get better from here and he anticipated the third quarter will show great numbers before the 2020 elections.    He also said 2021 will be a historic year for jobs, companies and growth.
    Vice President Mike Pence also expressed optimism over job growth.    In an interview Thursday, he echoed the president’s remarks that the administration is very pleased with the new numbers.
Vice President Pence wears a mask as he is introduced to speak to the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health
Service at their headquarters in Rockville, Md., Tuesday, June 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
    The vice president said the report shows the economy is coming back strong, which reflects the resilience and hard work of the American people.    Pence also credited the growth to the president’s actions from the beginning of the pandemic until now.
    “It’s also a testament unquestionably to the historic steps President Trump took to see this nation through the coronavirus pandemic, the mitigation efforts, the rescue packages,” he stated.
    Pence finished by saying it’s a great day for America and a tribute to the president’s leadership.

7/2/2020 Trump 2020 campaign raises $266M in second quarter of 2020 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)
    The president’s reelection campaign has set a fundraising record.    On Wednesday, the campaign announced they had raised more than $266 million in the second quarter of 2020 in a joint effort with the Republican National Committee (RNC).
    Approximately $131 million from this total came from the month of June alone, which is the most raised in one month since 2016.    The campaign raised $155 million in the last quarter, which is an increase of 71 percent from the first to the second quarter.
    The new record setting number comes as good news to the Trump campaign who has been out raised by the Biden campaign in the past two months.    Biden and his team raised $81 million dollars in May and then in June it raised $141 million, which the campaign called “a jaw dropping amount of money.”
    The recent surge in fundraising by Biden, however, seems to pose no threat to President Trump and the RNC.
    “We actually have $265 million cash on hand and we started raising money very early for the president, and we are just getting started quite frankly,” said Kimberly Guilfoyle, national chair of Trump Victory Finance Committee
    Over the past two years, the Trump campaign has hauled in more than$947 million.    As November approaches, the Trump campaign said there’s no slowing down in sight as its set to hold an in-person fundraising event next week with each ticket costing nearly $600,000.
    “We’re going to have in-person events with the president, we’ve got like three plans coming up,” said Guilfoyle.    “Plus we are going to do a fantastic zoom event with the president that I think is going to get a long of attention and interest in it as well.”
    Additionally, the RNC recently announced the hiring of 300 additional field staffers, which brings the Trump Victory Operation to more than 1,000 crew members.    This nearly doubles the force behind the Biden campaign.
FILE – In this Nov. 9, 2019, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden a question about President Trump
as he gets a bowl of chili at the Fire Fighter Chili and Canvass Kickoff in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/ Cheryl Senter, File)

7/3/2020 Oil up $0.03 to $40.36, DOW up 41 to 25,775.

7/3/2020 Justices OK hold on Russia materials by Richard Wolf, USA TODAY
    WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court agreed Thursday to consider blocking Congress’ access to secret grand jury materials from the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
    The action was a victory for the Trump administration, which is fighting to keep a House committee controlled by Democrats from obtaining material it says could lead to another impeachment inquiry.
    The immediate significance is that any decision almost surely will come after the presidential election, a blow to House Democrats in pursuing a potential obstruction of justice charge against President Donald Trump in a possible second impeachment inquiry.    The case likely will be heard in the fall or winter and decided in 2021.
    “Unfortunately, President Trump and Attorney General (William) Barr are continuing to try to run out the clock on any and all accountability,” said House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y.
    House Democrats and the Justice Department have been locked in a legal battle over grand jury testimony gathered during former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.    In March, a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., ruled that the House Judiciary Committee is entitled to the evidence.

7/3/2020 WHO sees first results from COVID drug trials within two weeks
World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attend a news conference organized
by Geneva Association of United Nations Correspondents (ACANU) amid the COVID-19 outbreak, caused by the
novel coronavirus, at the WHO headquarters in Geneva Switzerland July 3, 2020. Fabrice Coffrini/Pool via REUTERS
    GENEVA (Reuters) – The World Health Organization expects initial results within two weeks from clinical trials it is conducting of drugs that might be effective in treating COVID-19 patients, WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a news briefing on Friday.
    Mike Ryan, head of the WHO’s emergencies programme, said it would be unwise to predict when a COVID-19 vaccine could be ready for mass distribution.    While a vaccine candidate might show its effectiveness by year’s end, the question was how soon it could be mass produced, he told the briefing.
(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay, Editing by Michael Shields)

7/3/2020 U.S. new daily COVID-19 cases reach all-time high Thursday by OAN Newsroom
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 U.S. reported its highest daily coronavirus case number to date on Thursday.    The country reported over 55,220 new cases, breaking the record set the day prior by nearly 2,000 cases.
    This was reportedly the sixth time in the past nine days the U.S. has set a new record.
    The national upturn of cases came after states like Florida, Georgia and Texas experienced a large spike in cases as they began to reopen their economies.    Some governors have reimposed precautions in an effort to limit more cases, including mandatory mask wearing and closing bars.
    President Trump has said “there is a rise in coronavirus cases because our testing is so massive and so good.”    In a tweet, the president touted the country’s virus testing, which he claimed was “far bigger and better than any other country.”
    He went on to say “this is great news, but even better news is that death and the death rate is down.”    The president added that “younger people get better much easier and faster.”

A stack of paperwork detailing positive COVID-19 test results sits in a box at the Toledo-Lucas County
Health Department offices in Toledo, Ohio, on Wednesday, June 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
    As an extra precaution, the Trump administration has released new guidelines for air travel.
    On Thursday, the Department of Transportation and the Department of Health and Human Services released a joint statement, which strongly encouraged Americans to wear facial coverings when traveling by plane.
    They also asked travelers to socially distance themselves in airports.    The administration noted that children under two years of age or individuals with certain health conditions are not required to wear masks.
    This came after many airlines requested federal policies for wearing masks in airports and planes.
Master Sgt. Kayla Ware, with the Tennessee Air National Guard, administers a COVID-19 test to a driver at the
Rutherford County Health Department Thursday, July 2, 2020, in Murfreesboro, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
    Meanwhile, Dr. Anthony Fauci reiterated we cannot choose between saving lives and reopening the economy as the pandemic rages on.    During a recent interview, he talked about the toll of COVID-19 cases in states that were the first to reopen and what should be done to move forward safely.
    States like Arizona and Florida recently walked back reopening their economies to limit the spread of the virus as hospitalizations and positivity rates continued to surge.
    According to the doctor, people see reopening as an all or nothing situation, which should not be the case.
    “The best way, as a vehicle to opening the country in a safe way, is to prudently use public health measures,” stated Dr. Fauci.    “So it’s not public health against opening, it’s the public health measures to help you to open.”
    He reemphasized the importance of taking serious precautions when reopening the country and has said we’re all in this together.

7/3/2020 Miami-Dade County, Fla. mayor enacts curfew ahead of July 4th weekend by OAN Newsroom
People wearing protective face masks walk past a closed entrance to the beach during the new coronavirus
pandemic, Friday, July 3, 2020, in the South Beach neighborhood of Miami Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
    Florida’s Miami-Dade County has enacted a curfew ahead of the holiday weekend.    According to reports, Mayor Carlos Giménez issued an overnight curfew, which will last from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. the next day.
    The curfew is set to begin on Friday and will be in place “until further notice.”
    During these hours, the mayor has said no one is to use streets or sidewalks.    First responders, medical personnel and essential workers will be exempt from the curfew.
A sign is posted at a closed entrance to the beach during the new coronavirus pandemic, Friday,
July 3, 2020, in the South Beach neighborhood of Miami Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
    Earlier on Friday, he asked residents to wear masks and practice social distancing.
    “There will be no Fourth of July parades this year and our beaches will be closed from July 3rd through July 6th,” stated Gimenez.    “But we should all try to celebrate our nation’s most important holiday with our families, and there are ways you can do it safely.”
    This followed a recent spike in coronavirus cases in the state, with nearly 9,500 new cases and 67 deaths reported on Friday.    The total number of cases in Florida has reached more than 178,000, while more than 3,600 people have died.
[In the meantime my ex-wife, my two sons 12 and 10 all rented a condo in Miramar Beach, Florida near Panama City and were on a crowded beach every day from July 2-5 while the Democrat city suffered.].

7/3/2020 Poll: 80% of NYC eateries unable to afford rent by OAN Newsroom
Imani Williams sanitizes tables at Junior’s Restaurant, Monday, June 29, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
    According to new data, New York City eateries are suffering major financial hardship due to ongoing coronavirus shutdown orders.    A recent survey showed 80% of restaurants in the city were unable to pay their full month’s rent in June, while 36% failed to pay any rent at all.
    This week, Mayor Bill de Blasio delayed the reopening of indoor dining following a rise in coronavirus cases.
    “Indoor dining is delayed, but we will continue to work towards recovery,” he said.    “The greatest restaurant city in the world will find a way.”

Diners sit at tables set up on a sidewalk outside El Patron restaurant, Wednesday
July 1, 2020, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
    Some residents have expressed opposition to the delay.
    “I feel as though it’s not fair due to the fact that, like, a lot of people have been practicing social distancing.    From what I see, a lot people still wearing their masks, they’re still keeping up with the rules that we should follow.    So, I would say you should open it up, but keep it limited in a way.    The same way that they keep, like, takeout limited, like certain people inside or a certain amount.” – Adanna Dixon, New York resident
    While food establishments have been allowed to serve carryout and provide outdoor dining, owners argued this does not bring in enough profit to cover their expenses.    Many restaurants have been forced to close their doors for good.

7/3/2020 Texas Gov. Abbott’s face mask order faces pushback by OAN Newsroom
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott arrives to greet Vice President Mike Pence at Love Field in Dallas, Sunday, June 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
    The growing list of lawsuits filed against Texas officials just got a little longer following the governor’s latest coronavirus order.    According to reports, Texans living in counties with at least 20 positive cases are now required to wear a face mask in public.
    “If we can put a mask order into place, then why can’t we also force people to wear gloves?    Why can’t government then also force people to wear hazmat suits when does it end? When does government’s role end?” – Jared Woodfill, Houston attorney
    Governor Greg Abbott announced the order will go into effect on Friday and suggested violators could face a $250 fine.
    “We must do more to slow the spread without locking Texas back down,” stated Abbott.    “The best ways to keep businesses open while also slowing the spread is for everyone to wear a face covering like this when they go out.”
A patient is reflected in the sunglasses of medical student Bryan Delgado as he gathers his information at a free COVID-19 testing
provided by United Memorial Medical Center at the Mexican Consulate Sunday, June 28, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
    His announcement sparked new lawsuits, which deemed the order unconstitutional, and pushback from leaders within the community.    One local opponent was the president of Houston’s police union, who spoke against enforcing the order.
    “We want everyone to wear a mask, we are encouraging everyone to wear a mask and, in fact, we are all wearing masks to give that example.    But does anyone think we actually have the time to enforce this?    We can’t even get to robberies in progress right now at gun point in less than six minutes, and now you expect us to enforce this?” – Joe Gamaldi, Houston Police Officer Union President
    The mandate won’t apply to anyone under the age of 10 or those with certain health conditions.    Voters, poll workers and people attending religious services will also not be fined for failing to wear a mask. Other exempt activities include eating and working out.
    Texas surpassed 8,000 single-day coronavirus cases for the first time this week, but fortunately the state’s virus death toll remains low.

7/3/2020 GOP pushes for new stimulus bill amid economy recovery by OAN Newsroom
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., with Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., speaks to reporters following
a GOP policy meeting on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, June 30, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
    Congressional Republicans have expressed urgency towards passing another stimulus bill.    GOP lawmakers began pushing for a new stimulus bill this week after the Labor Department reported 4.8 million jobs were added in June.
    They initially delayed the drafting of another bill to see if the economy would jump start again.
    Both parties will only have 11 days to come to an agreement on a package, due to the July 4th holiday and August recess.
    Though both Democrats and Republicans are still in disagreement on some contents of the bill, such as an expanded unemployment plan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell believes lawmakers share common ground overall.
    “What I can tell you, without fear of contradiction, is the focus will be kids, jobs and health care,” he said.    “What I can tell you, without fear of contradiction, is any bill that passes the Senate will have liability protection in it.”     Congress is set to reconvene after the Independence Day weekend before breaking for August recess in mid-July.

7/3/2020 President Trump suggests Biden take cognitive test that he ‘aced’ by OAN Newsroom
Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at Alexis Dupont
High School in Wilmington, Del., Tuesday, June 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    The president has challenged presumptive Democrat nominee Joe Biden to take a cognitive test. On Thursday, he claimed Biden could not pass the cognitive test that President Trump claimed he “aced.” He then suggested the former vice president should take the test as well.
    It is not the first time the president has questioned Biden’s mental fitness.    His reelection campaign has been airing ads focused on Biden’s mental state for months.
    The tweet came after Biden told reporters Wednesday that he had taken a cognitive test.    However, it remains unclear if the test results will be released.
[Yes, we would like to see him take the test and also have press meetings without controlled questions that make him not ready for prime time. Nobody asked him about Hunter, Quid Pro Quo firing of Ukrainian prosecutor, and his policies during the Obama administration and I guarantee he will blow his top and lose it trying to answer that and he better do it, because Trump will during the debates.].

7/4/2020 Oil up $0.02 to $40.32, DOW up 92 to 25,827.

7/4/2020 Justices block curbside voting by Kim Chandler, ASSOCIATED PRESS
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The U.S. Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision Thursday blocked a lower court ruling allowing curbside voting in Alabama and waiving some absentee ballot requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic.
    Conservative justices granted Alabama’s request to stay a federal judge’s order that would allow local officials to offer curbside voting in the July runoff and loosen absentee ballot requirements in three of the state’s large counties.    The order will remain stayed while the court decides whether to hear Alabama’s appeal.
    Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall said he was pleased the court acted quickly so that Alabama voting rules remain in place for the July 14 runoff.
    The court rulings stem from a lawsuit filed by the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program.    A group of voters had sought more voting options because of health concerns.
    U.S. District Judge Abdul K. Kallon last month issued a preliminary injunction after finding that Alabama’s election rules will cause sick or elderly voters to “likely face a painful and difficult choice between exercising their fundamental right to vote and safeguarding their health.”

7/4/2020 Mexico registers 6,740 more coronavirus infections, 654 new deaths
FILE PHOTO: Members of Mexico's National Guard keep watch during the reopening of the beaches and hotels after confinement measures were eased this
week, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak continues in Acapulco, Mexico July 2, 2020. REUTERS/Javier Verdin
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s health ministry on Friday reported 6,740 new confirmed coronavirus infections and 654 additional fatalities, bringing the total in the country to 245,251 cases and 29,843 deaths.
    The number of new cases was just one less than the record number reported on Thursday.    The government has said the real number of infected people is likely significantly higher than the confirmed cases.
(Reporting by Daina Beth Solomon and Diego Ore)

7/4/2020 President Trump praises American history, condemns cancel culture during Mount Rushmore 4th of July event by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump smiles at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Friday, July 3, 2020, near Keystone, S.D. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    President Trump slammed recent civil unrest as an attack on American values during a Fourth of July celebration in South Dakota.    On Friday, the president spoke to a crowd at Mount Rushmore, where he vowed to set history straight.
    He focused on the past achievements of the U.S., specifically citing the year 1776.    This appeared to reference the New York Times’ “1916 Project,” which aims to redesignate the year of the country’s founding to when African slaves were first brought to Virginia.
    1776 represented the culmination of thousands of years of western civilization, the triumph of not only spirit, but of wisdom, philosophy and reason.    Yet, as we meet here tonight, there’s a growing danger that threatens every blessing our ancestors fought so hard for, struggled and bled to secure.    Our nation is witnessing a merciless campaign to wipe out our history, defame our heroes, erase our values and indoctrinate our children.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
    In recent weeks, protesters across the nation have torn down statues in the name of racial equity.    The president has decried this so-called “cancel culture” and equated the movement to totalitarianism.
    Angry mobs are trying to tear down statues of our founders, deface our most sacred memorials and unleash a wave of violent crime in our cities.    Many of these people have no idea why they’re doing this, but some know exactly what they are doing.    They think the American people are weak, soft and submissive.    But no, the American people are strong and proud.    They will not allow our country and all of its values, history and culture to be taken from them.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
President Donald Trump, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump, stand during a flyover at
Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Friday, July 3, 2020, near Keystone, S.D. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    He described the movement as “facism” because of its intolerance to opposing viewpoints.
    “In our schools, our newsrooms, even our corporate boardrooms, there is a new far-left fascism that demands absolute allegiance,” stated the president.    “If you do not speak its language, performance rituals, recite its mantras and follow its commandments, then you will be censored, banished, blacklist persecuted and punished.”

    He further addressed recent calls to defund the police, pushes for gun control and protesters kneeling before the flag.
    We will never abolish the police or our great Second Amendment, which gives us the right to keep and bare arms.    We believe that our children should be taught to love their country, honor our history and love our great American flag.    We stand tall, we stand proud and we only kneel to all mighty God.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
    Amid criticism of the historic site of the speech, the president referred to the four iconic figures on the monument a number of times.
    This movement is openly attacking the legacies of every person on Mount Rushmore,” he said.    “They defile the memory of Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Roosevelt.”
Fireworks light the sky at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Friday, July 3, 2020,
near Keystone, S.D., after President Donald Trump spoke. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    He also praised the country’s eradication of slavery.    The president claimed the left is trying to undermine the morals that led to the abolition of the practice and rise of the civil rights movement.
    They would tear down the principles that propelled the abolition of slavery, ending an evil institution that had plagued humanity for thousands of years.    Our opponents would tear the very documents that Martin Luther King used to express his dream and the ideas that were the foundation for the righteous movement for civil rights.    They would tear down the beliefs, culture and identity that have made America the most vibrate and tolerate society in the history of the earth.    My fellow Americans, it is time to speak up loudly, powerfully, and defend the integrity of our country.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
    In response to the tearing down of statues, the president announced an executive order to create a new monument, which will reportedly honor some of America’s most prominent individuals.

7/4/2020 WHO halts hydroxychloroquine, HIV drugs in COVID trials after failure to reduce death by Stephanie Nebehay
FILE PHOTO: The drug hydroxychloroquine is displayed by a pharmacist at a pharmacy
in Provo, Utah, U.S., May 27, 2020. REUTERS/George Frey/File Photo
    GENEVA (Reuters) – The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Saturday that it was discontinuing its trials of the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine and combination HIV drug lopinavir/ritonavir in hospitalised patients with COVID-19 after they failed to reduce mortality.
    The setback came as the WHO also reported more than 200,000 new cases globally of the disease for the first time in a single day.    The United States accounted for 53,213 of the total 212,326 new cases recorded on Friday, the WHO said.
    “These interim trial results show that hydroxychloroquine and lopinavir/ritonavir produce little or no reduction in the mortality of hospitalised COVID-19 patients when compared to standard of care.    Solidarity trial investigators will interrupt the trials with immediate effect,” the WHO said in a statement, referring to large multicountry trials that the agency is leading.
    The U.N. agency said the decision, taken on the recommendation of the trial’s international steering committee, does not affect other studies where those drugs are used for non-hospitalised patients or as a prophylaxis.
    Another branch of the WHO-led trial is looking at the potential effect of Gilead’s antiviral drug remdesivir on COVID-19.    The European Commission on Friday gave remdesivir conditional approval for use after being shown to shorten hospital recovery times.
    The solidarity trial started out with five branches looking at possible treatment approaches to COVID-19: standard care; remdesivir; hydroxychloroquine; lopinavir/ritonavir; and lopanivir/ritonavir combined with interferon.
    WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters on Friday that nearly 5,500 patients in 39 countries had been recruited so far into its clinical trials and that interim results were expected within two weeks.
    Some 18 experimental COVID-19 vaccines are being tested on humans among nearly 150 treatments under development.
    Mike Ryan, WHO’s top emergencies expert, said on Friday that it would be unwise to predict when a vaccine could be ready.    While a vaccine candidate might show its effectiveness by year’s end, the question was how soon it could then be mass-produced, he said.
(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Frances Kerry and Hugh Lawson)

7/5/2020 Germany’s confirmed coronavirus cases rise by 239 to 196,335 – RKI
FILE PHOTO: Medical staff transfer patients to ambulances after a World War II bomb was found
on the grounds of the University Hospital and a partial evacuation was ordered, as the spread of the
coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Bonn, Germany, April 2, 2020. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen
    BERLIN (Reuters) – The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 239 to 196,335, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Sunday.
    The reported death toll rose by 2 to 9,012, the tally showed.
(Reporting by Berlin Newsroom)

7/5/2020 Susan Rice discusses possibility of being Joe Biden’s running mate by OAN Newsroom
This cover image released by Simon & Schuster shows “Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For,”
by Susan Rice, which will be published in the fall. ( Simon & Schuster via AP)
    Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice has spoken out on potentially being Joe Biden’s running mate.    During a recent interview, she claimed the U.S. needs new leadership and said she will do what we she can, in whatever capacity, to ensure it happens.
    The presumptive Democrat nominee vowed to choose a female of color as his vice president earlier this year.
    Former officials stated Rice’s credentials, including her work for the Obama administration, and confidence make her the perfect candidate.
    “I’m going to do everything I can to help get Joe Biden elected and to help him succeed as president, whether I’m his running mate or I’m a door knocker,” she said.    “I don’t mind, I just want to get Joe Biden elected, see the Democrats control the Senate and retain the House.”
    Rice went on to say she is “humbled to be talked about in the context of so many extraordinary women.”    However, she emphasized the decision should be about choosing someone who can heal and unify the nation.
[Remember that I have been predicting that Rice will be VP pick with Biden because the Globalist wants someone in the White House to control the policies of the U.S. as she did during the 8 years of the Obama administration and took the blame on the Benghazi deaths and failure to save Hillary's ass who was the real culprit when she ran for president.].

7/6/2020 Trump targets ‘Marxists’ in speech - Hundreds attend party in DC over holiday weekend by David Jackson, USA TODAY
    WASHINGTON – Despite warnings by public health officials about the spread of COVID-19, President Donald Trump hosted a July Fourth party Saturday at which he assailed the “angry mob” that opposes him and defended his administration’s coronavirus response despite record high case numbers.
    We are now in the process of defeating the radical left, the Marxists, the anarchists, the agitators, the looters, and people who in many instances have absolutely no clue what they are doing,” Trump said during a “Salute to America” event at the White House.
    Trump claimed progress is being made on the virus – “we’ve learned how to put out the flame” – even though new U.S. cases are on a record pace, including more than 50,000 in the past three days.
    Trump, who has repeatedly said the virus would eventually “disappear,” said there would be a “therapeutic and/or vaccine solution” to COVID-19 “long before” the end of the year.    Jonathan Reiner, professor of medicine at George Washington University, said a vaccine is unlikely by the end of the year, “at least not one released for widespread use.”
    The president praised the doctors, nurses and first responders among the invited guests to the gala that featured a military band, flyovers, parachute jumps and fireworks.
    Trump echoed a speech he gave Friday night at Mount Rushmore in South Dakota, where he condemned violent protesters.    He again attacked people seeking to tear down statues and tributes to leaders who owned slaves or fought for the Confederacy in the Civil War, saying protesters’ targets include revered figures such as George Washington.
    “The patriots who built our country were not villains,” he said.
    Political analysts slammed Trump’s use of Mount Rushmore, the White House and Independence Day as political props.
    “This speech featured a president waving the white flag against a virus that has killed 130,000 Americans and showing that his only strategy is to further divide this nation,” said Josh Schwerin of Priorities USA Action, a political action committee that supports Democratic candidates.    “What a travesty on America’s birthday.”
    Trump, who has struggled in polling, echoed many campaign themes during his 30-minute speech, talking up his economic policies despite the problems brought on by the pandemic.    He extolled his foreign and military policies and told the supportive crowd gathered on the South Lawn that “many, many good things are going to happen.”
    According to a database maintained by Johns Hopkins University, there have been more than 2.8 million COVID-19 cases nationwide and more than 129,00 deaths.
    Trump’s planners scaled back this year’s Independence Day event, but the White House still hosted hundreds of people on the South Lawn for music and fireworks.
    Invited guests included members of the military, law enforcement and their families.    Members of Congress and administration officials also attended.
    The White House took coronavirus precautions. Officials handed out masks, and chairs were spaced out at table and viewing areas to encourage social distancing.
    “Please wear a face covering and practice social distancing in this area,” said a sign near a drink stand – though many visitors did not wear masks and gathered in clusters.
    The party presented unnecessary risks, some lawmakers said before the event.
    “The President, as he has since February, continues to insist that the virus will simply disappear, and the Administration’s response continues to be guided by wishful thinking,” said Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., whose district includes suburbs of Washington.
    Beyer, who accused Trump of again “using the military to stage yet another costly political photo op,” said the president’s approach is “not a strategy for ending a pandemic.”
    The COVID-19 threat hit home for Trump and his reelection team as one of its most prominent members contracted the virus.    Kimberly Guilfoyle, a campaign fundraiser and the girlfriend of Donald Trump Jr., tested positive for the virus, officials announced before the South Dakota event.
    Trump also marked the July Fourth holiday by signing an executive order creating what the administration called “a National Garden of American Heroes,” a topic he discussed at length in his speech.
President Donald Trump speaks during a “Salute to America” event at the White House on Saturday. PATRICK SEMANSKY/AP

7/6/2020 President Trump to host ‘Make America Great Again’ rally in N.H. this Saturday by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump waves as he boards Air Force One, Friday, July 3, 2020, at Andrews Air Force
Base, Md. Trump is en route to Mount Rushmore National Memorial. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    President Trump will travel to New Hampshire later this week for the latest stop in his 2020 reelection campaign.    In a news release Sunday, the Trump campaign announced the president will be delivering remarks to a crowd of supporters at a ‘Make America Great Again’ rally at the Portsmouth International Airport this Saturday.
    According to reports, the president is expected to tout his record setting accomplishments as well as his efforts to rebuild, restore and renew our nation.
    The event marks the president’s second rally since the start of the coronavirus pandemic and comes as health figures show the number of COVID-19 cases in the state have begun to see a slight decline in recent days.
    However, the campaign confirmed there will be ample access to hand sanitizer and all attendees will be provided with face masks that they will be strongly encouraged to wear.
    Some of the president’s supporters suggested the outbreak is just not enough for them to consider missing the rally.
    “I’m a high risk guy, I’m not concerned one bit.    You know, I mean I took a beating for 22 years in the Marines to my body, I’m not worried about it.    You know something? Life’s too short, you gotta enjoy. It’s great to be an American, where you can make those decisions.” — State Rep. Al Baldasaro, (R) Londonderry, New Hampshire
    The upcoming event will mark the president’s first visit to the state since last February. He narrowly lost New Hampshire in 2016 and it’s, once again, expected to be a key battleground state in the November election.
    In a recent statement, Trump 2020 national press secretary Hogan Gidley said the campaign is looking forward to seeing many “freedom-loving patriots coming to the rally and celebrating America.”

7/6/2020 White House Chief of Staff: President Trump not downplaying COVID-19 deaths by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this June 16, 2020, file photo, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows arrives for an event
on police reform, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
    While speaking to reporters Monday, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said he doesn’t think a federal mandate on masks is necessary.    He noted that a national mandate is “not in order,” adding that it’s up to local governments to determine that.
    Currently, the CDC recommends wearing masks and some governors have made masks a requirement in their states.
    Meadows also defended President Trump who’s come under fire for saying “99-percent of coronavirus cases are harmless” during comments on the Fourth of July.
    “I don’t think it was the president’s intent to downplay that as much as saying, let’s look at the risk and let’s look at it in an appropriate way based on facts and figures,” he stated.
    The CDC determined more than a third of coronavirus cases are asymptomatic, while the World Health Organization said the global fatality rate is likely less than one-percent.
7/6/2020 Burgess Owens: America will see a ‘true renaissance’ under President Trump’s reelection in November by OAN Newsroom
File – An election worker hands out “I Voted” stickers. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
    Former Oakland Raiders safety and Super Bowl champion Burgess Owens suggested if President Trump wins reelection in November, it will result in what he called a “true renaissance.”
    Owens, who recently won the Republican nomination for Utah’s Fourth Congressional District, made that prediction in an interview over the weekend.
    The lawmaker went on to say if the president wins a second term and is able to hold a GOP majority in the House, the country will essentially experience a rebirth.    Owens added that ahead of the 2020 election, conservatives are fighting for the soul of the nation.
    “We’re going to get some more backbone in our Senate and were finally going to give our president the ability to govern without both hands tied behind his back,” he stated.    “We’re gonna see that over the next four years a true renaissance, we’re gonna see what America could look like when all the limitations are taken off.” Breitbart · Breitbart News Saturday – Burgess Owens – July 4, 2020
    Owens, who has officially been endorsed by the president, will face off against Democrat Rep. Ben McAdams in November.

7/6/2020 WHO reviewing report urging new guidance over airborne spread of coronavirus by Stephanie Nebehay and Julie Steenhuysen
FILE PHOTO: The ultrastructural morphology exhibited by the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), which was identified as the cause of an outbreak
of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China, is seen in an illustration released by the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. January 29, 2020. Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAM/CDC/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo
    GENEVA/CHICAGO (Reuters) – The World Health Organization (WHO) is reviewing a report urging it to update guidance on the novel coronavirus after more than 200 scientists, in a letter to the health agency, outlined evidence the virus can spread in tiny airborne particles.
    The WHO says SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, spreads primarily through
small droplets expelled from the nose and mouth of an infected person that quickly sink to the ground.
    But in an open letter to the Geneva-based agency, published on Monday in the Clinical Infectious Diseases journal, 239 scientists in 32 countries outlined evidence that they say shows floating virus particles can infect people who breathe them in.
    Because those smaller particles can linger in the air, the scientists are urging WHO to update its guidance.
    “We are aware of the article and are reviewing its contents with our technical experts,” WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said on Monday in an email.
    How frequently the coronavirus can spread by the airborne or aerosol route – as opposed to by larger droplets in coughs and sneezes – is not clear.
    Any change in the WHO’s assessment of risk of transmission could affect its current advice on keeping 1-metre (3.3 feet) of physical distancing.    Governments, which rely on the agency for guidance policy, may also have to adjust public health measures aimed at curbing the spread of the virus.
    Although the WHO has said it is considering aerosols as a possible route of transmission, it has yet to be convinced that the evidence warrants a change in guidance.
    Dr. Michael Osterholm, an infectious disease expert at the University of Minnesota, said the WHO has long been reluctant to acknowledge aerosol transmission of influenza, “in spite of compelling data,” and sees the current controversy as part of that simmering debate.
    “I think the frustration level has finally boiled over with regard to the role that airborne transmission plays in diseases like influenza and SARS-CoV-2,” Osterholm said.
    Professor Babak Javid, an infectious disease consultant at Cambridge University Hospitals, said airborne transmission of the virus is possible and even likely, but said evidence over how long the virus stays airborne is lacking.
    If it can hang in the air for long periods of time, even after an infected person leaves that space, that could affect the measures healthcare workers and others take to protect themselves.
    WHO guidance to health workers, dated June 29, says SARS-CoV-2 is primarily transmitted through respiratory droplets and on surfaces.
    But airborne transmission is possible in some circumstances, such as when performing intubation and aerosol-generating procedures, the WHO says.    They advise medical workers performing such procedures to wear heavy duty N95 respiratory masks and other protective equipment in an adequately ventilated room.
    Dr. William Hanage, an epidemiologist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, said the report under review at the WHO “makes many reasonable points about the evidence that this mode of transmission can happen, and they should be taken seriously.”
    But how often airborne transmission happens, which is unknown, also matters.
    “If airborne transmission is possible but rare, then eliminating it wouldn’t have a huge impact,” he said in emailed comments.
    Officials at South Korea’s Centers for Disease Control said on Monday they were continuing to discuss various issues about COVID-19, including the possibility of airborne transmission.    They said more investigations and evidence were needed.
(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay and Julie Steenhuysen; Additional reporting by Sangmi Cha in Seoul; Editing by Alex Richardson and Tom Brown)

7/6/2020 Court orders Dakota pipeline shut in latest blow to U.S. fossil fuel projects by Devika Krishna Kumar and Valerie Volcovici
ILE PHOTO: Police vehicles idle on the outskirts of the opposition camp against the Dakota Access oil
pipeline near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, U.S., February 8, 2017. REUTERS/Terray Sylvester/File Photo
    NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. court ordered the shutdown of the Dakota Access oil pipeline on Monday over concerns about its potential environmental impact, a big win for the Native American tribes and green groups who fought the major pipeline’s route across a crucial water supply for years.
    The decision by U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia followed the cancellation of another high-profile U.S. pipeline project on Sunday and came as a blow to the Trump administration’s efforts to lift the domestic fossil fuels industry by rolling back environmental red tape.
    According to the ruling, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers violated the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) when it granted an easement to Energy Transfer LP to construct and operate a segment of the oil pipeline beneath Lake Oahe in South Dakota, because they failed to produce an adequate Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
    The court ordered Energy Transfer to shut and empty the 570,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) line within 30 days, closing off the biggest artery transporting crude oil out of North Dakota’s Bakken shale basin to Midwest and Gulf Coast regions.
    “Given the seriousness of the Corps’ NEPA error, the impossibility of a simple fix, the fact that Dakota Access did assume much of its economic risk knowingly, and the potential harm each day the pipeline operates, the Court is forced to conclude that the flow of oil must cease,” it said.
    It is rare for regulators or officials to force an oil pipeline to be drained, unless it is in the aftermath of a spill, oil market sources said.
    Energy Transfer said it is looking at legal and administrative measures to avoid a shutdown, and was considering an appeal if those efforts fail.
    Preparing a thorough EIS could take about thirteen months, according to an estimate by the Army Corp.
    Consultancy Rapidan Energy Group said the ruling casts long-term doubts over the future of the pipeline, which has only been operating for about three years.
    “With odds of a temporary stay on appeal only 30%, the court-ordered DAPL shutdown on Aug. 5 should last at least 10-12 months if Donald Trump wins re-election and permanently if not,” said in a note.
    The ruling comes a day after Dominion Energy Inc and Duke Energy Corp decided to abandon the $8 billion Atlantic     Coast Pipeline, meant to move West Virginia natural gas to East Coast markets, after a long delay to clear legal roadblocks almost doubled its estimated cost.     Native American and environmental groups cheered the court ruling.
    “Today is a historic day for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the many people who have supported us in the fight against the pipeline,” said Chairman Mike Faith of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, which had led protests and legal efforts against the project.
    “This pipeline should have never been built here. We told them that from the beginning.”
    Greenpeace USA Climate Director Janet Redman called the pipeline setbacks a victory in the fight against climate change.
    The Trump administration, Republican lawmakers and industry groups, meanwhile, blamed activists and said the pipeline setbacks would cost the U.S. economy.
    “I’m not quite sure what they’re cheering except for perhaps the loss of jobs all throughout America,” U.S. Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette said during an interview on Fox Business Network.
    “Shutting down the Dakota Access Pipeline would have devastating consequences to North Dakota and to America’s energy security.    This terrible ruling should be promptly appealed,” said Kevin Cramer, North Dakota Senator and Trump ally.
    Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s campaign declined to comment.
    The American Petroleum Institute, the nation’s main oil and gas industry lobby group, called for urgent reform of the permitting system and the Association of Oil Pipe Lines (AOPL) said that if this decision is not reversed on appeal, American people will be deprived of affordable energy.
    Energy Transfer shares dropped on Monday by about 8%.
    Large investors in the pipeline could also be on the hook for hundreds of millions in payments, according to a Reuters review of company disclosures.
    Refiner Phillips 66 , an investor in the project, said shutting down the pipeline would throw the country’s crude supply system out of balance and jeopardize national security.
    Oil prices have plunged this year as the coronavirus pandemic eroded global demand by nearly 30% in April and restricted travel across the world.
    The collapse forced oil producers across the United States to shut in production and curtail new drilling.    North Dakota is one of the costliest spots in the United States to produce crude, and its output has dropped by about one-third from last year, more than most other oil-producing states.
    Bakken crude prices in Clearbrook, Minnesota, slumped to their weakest since early May on news of the shutdown order, traders said.    Shutting down the pipeline will cause significant disruption to DAPL, the North Dakota oil industry, and potentially other states, the court said.    But clear precedent favoring a decision for the pipeline to be emptied and the seriousness of the Corps’ deficiencies outweighs the negative effects of halting the oil flow for the thirteen months to create an EIS, the court said.
    The court did not specify the method DAPL must use to empty the line.
    Market sources in the Bakken said the ruling will likely divert some oil flows onto railcars but that a long-term closure of the pipeline would force producers to shut in more output.
    “There’s going to be a scramble for rail cars,” said one person familiar with rail operations out of the Bakken.
    The loss of DAPL shipments will result in more Bakken crude traveling by rail to the U.S. West and East coasts for refining instead of down to the Gulf Coast for exports, the source said.
(Reporting by Devika Krishna Kumar in New York, Valerie Volcovici in Washington DC and Laila Kearney; additional reporting by Liz Hampton in Denver; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Marguerita Choy)

7/7/2020 Oil up $0.30 to $40.59, DOW up 460 to 26,287.

7/7/2020 Navarro calls on FDA to reinstate emergency use authorization for hydroxychloroquine 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)
    White House trade adviser Peter Navarro is asking the FDA to reinstate its emergency use authorization for hydroxychloroquine.    He’s hoping to add weight to the request by citing several Detroit doctors who are looking to gain the authorization to conduct more testing on the drug.
    While speaking to reporters Tuesday, he touted recent studies showing hydroxychloroquine’s effectiveness in lowering the mortality rate of virus patients.    Navarro said that study is different because it focused on treating the virus during its earlier stages.
    “The previous studies that have shown no efficacy for this drug have been skewed toward late treatment, the 8 to 14 days when you’re already on your way to dying, and this drug won’t work,” he explained.    “But if you get it within the first seven days when you simply have a fever, dry cough and a profound sense of fatigue…your lungs have not yet turned to glass…the virus has not yet penetrated all your other organs…and it works.”
    The FDA removed its emergency use authorization in June.    Navarro said the agency based the decision on false reports from the media, which he claimed is spreading “hydroxy hysteria.”

7/7/2020 President Trump touts progress made on southern border wall by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this June 23, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump tours a section of the border wall in
San Luis, Ariz. A federal appeals court has ruled against the Trump administration in its transfer of
military money to build sections of the U.S. border wall with Mexico. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
    According to President Trump, the U.S.-Mexico border wall is making headway.    On Monday, he tweeted that officials are seeing great numbers at the southern border while also touting the progress made on the wall’s completion.    The president also warned that Democrats want open borders, which he said would be dangerous.
    At the end of June, President Trump visited the border wall to celebrate 200-miles completed.    He previously stated the majority of the wall would be finished by the end of the year.
    Meanwhile, international students studying in the U.S. may have to leave the country in a new rule announced by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
    On Monday, ICE issued a statement informing students from other countries they have to leave the U.S. if their classes are completely online.    The rule states that if they do not leave the country then they could be deported.
    This comes as several universities are conducting their curriculum remotely in response to the coronavirus pandemic.    Students will be allowed to stay in the country if part of their coursework is carried out in person or if they transfer to in-person institutions.

7/7/2020 U.S. government awards $1.6B contract to Novavax to help develop coronavirus vaccine by OAN Newsroom
The Trump administration is attempting to rapidly accelerate mass production of a viable coronavirus vaccine. (AP Photo)
    The U.S. government has awarded a $1.6 billion contract to vaccine development company Novavax to assist in the development of a coronavirus vaccine.
    The contract was announced Tuesday as a part of the White House’s ‘Operation Warp Speed‘ program.    It’s the largest award given under the program yet.    The company is aiming to produce 100 million doses of its vaccine by January of next year.
    The CEO of Novavax, Stanley Erck, said a large portion of the donation will be spent on phase three of its trial, which it hopes to begin by October.
    “We hope next month to show it in different populations that it works or can work and then the ultimate goal is to get it into a Phase Three trial,” he stated.    “These are very, very expensive trials…probably half, or more than half, of that $1.6 billion is to fund the Phase Three.”
    Novavax reportedly began human safety trials in May this year.

7/8/2020 Oil down $0.23 to $40.35, DOW down 397 to 25,890.

7/8/2020 Backing anti-racism protests, renowned intellectuals lament intolerance ‘on all sides’ by Kanishka Singh
FILE PHOTO: Black Lives Matter protesters interact with demonstrators against restrictions to prevent the
spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Phoenix, Arizona, U.S., July 4, 2020. REUTERS/Cheney Orr
    (Reuters) – More than 150 world renowned academics, writers and artists signed a letter published on Tuesday expressing support for global anti-racism protests while lamenting an “intolerant climate that has set in on all sides.”
    American linguist and activist Noam Chomsky, veteran women’s rights campaigner Gloria Steinem, authors J.K. Rowling and Salman Rushdie, and journalist Fareed Zakaria were among the signatories.
    The letter on “justice and open debate” was published by Harper’s Magazine and will appear in many leading global publications.
    It supported ongoing demonstrations against police brutality and racial inequality that have spread from the United States across the world, following outrage over the death of an unarmed Black man, George Floyd, after a police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes while detaining him in Minneapolis on May 25.
    However, the letter also said that the sentiments unleashed have hardened a new set of moral attitudes and political commitments to the detriment of open debate, and allowed ideological conformity to erode tolerance of differences.
    “As we applaud the first development, we also raise our voices against the second,” the letter said, adding that resistance should not be allowed to “harden” into a brand of “dogma or coercion.”
    Free exchange of information and ideas are becoming more constricted on a daily basis, the letter warned
    It said that censoriousness was spreading widely across the culture through public shaming, a tendency to dissolve complex policy issues in a “blinding moral certainty” and an intolerance of opposing views.
    “The way to defeat bad ideas is by exposure, argument, and persuasion, not by trying to silence or wish them away.    We refuse any false choice between justice and freedom, which cannot exist without each other,” the letter added.
(Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)

7/8/2020 Merkel’s Christian Democrats aim to fill half key party posts with women by 2025
FILE PHOTO: German Chancellor Angela Merkel and German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer speak during a
CDU board meeting at the party's headquarters in Berlin, Germany, February 24, 2020. REUTERS/Michele Tantussi
    BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s dominant political party, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats, plans steps to achieve equal representation of women within its regional and national governing bodies by 2025, two party sources said on Wednesday.
    Although currently chaired by a woman, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, and although it gave Germany its first female Chancellor in Merkel, women make up only a quarter of its members – something the party leadership wants to change.
    According to the plan, thrashed out by leaders of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in overnight talks, women must make up 40% of all governing bodies, from the regional level upwards, from 2023 onwards, rising to 50% by 2025.
    Other parties, in particular the Greens, running a distant second to the CDU in most national polls, have long had policies in place to ensure women are prominent in the party, including having a woman and a man as co-leaders of the party.
    The CDU will apply a similar rule in composing its slates for elections to the state, national and European parliaments.    Local party organisations will also have to report to the centre on their progress in increasing their share of women members.
    The plan must still be adopted formally, most probably at the party’s congress in December, the party sources said.
    Currently, only a fifth of the CDU’s national parliamentarians are women, compared to a third of the Bundestag’s overall membership.    Germany’s share of women legislators is low by Scandinavian standards.
    There will be a get-out clause, however: party bodies will not need to fulfill the quota if not enough women apply.
(Reporting by Andreas Rinke, writing by Thomas Escritt; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)

7/8/2020 WHO acknowledges ‘evidence emerging’ of airborne spread of COVID-19
A logo is pictured on the headquarters of the World Health Orgnaization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland, June 25, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
    GENEVA (Reuters) – The World Health Organization on Tuesday acknowledged “evidence emerging” of the airborne spread of the novel coronavirus, after a group of scientists urged the global body to update its guidance on how the respiratory disease passes between people.
    “We have been talking about the possibility of airborne transmission and aerosol transmission as one of the modes of transmission of COVID-19,” Maria Van Kerkhove, technical lead on the COVID-19 pandemic at the WHO, told a news briefing.
    The WHO has previously said the virus that causes the COVID-19 respiratory disease spreads primarily through small droplets expelled from the nose and mouth of an infected person that quickly sink to the ground.
    But in an open letter to the Geneva-based agency, published on Monday in the Clinical Infectious Diseases journal, 239 scientists in 32 countries outlined evidence that they say shows floating virus particles can infect people who breathe them in.
    Because those smaller exhaled particles can linger in the air, the scientists in the group had been urging WHO to update its guidance.
    “We wanted them to acknowledge the evidence,” said Jose Jimenez, a chemist at the University of Colorado who signed the paper.
    “This is definitely not an attack on the WHO.    It’s a scientific debate, but we felt we needed to go public because they were refusing to hear the evidence after many conversations with them,” he said in a telephone interview.
    Speaking at Tuesday’s briefing in Geneva, Benedetta Allegranzi, the WHO’s technical lead for infection prevention and control, said there was evidence emerging of airborne transmission of the coronavirus, but that it was not definitive.
    “…The possibility of airborne transmission in public settings – especially in very specific conditions, crowded, closed, poorly ventilated settings that have been described, cannot be ruled out,” she said.
    “However, the evidence needs to be gathered and interpreted, and we continue to support this.”
    Jimenez said historically, there has been a fierce opposition in the medical profession to the notion of aerosol transmission, and the bar for proof has been set very high.    A key concern has been a fear of panic.
    “If people hear airborne, healthcare workers will refuse to go to the hospital,” he said.    Or people will buy up all the highly protective N95 respirator masks, “and there will be none left for developing countries.”
    Jimenez said the WHO panel assessing the evidence on airborne transmission was not scientifically diverse, and lacked representation from experts in aerosol transmission.
    Any change in the WHO’s assessment of risk of transmission could affect its current advice on keeping 1-metre (3.3 feet) of physical distancing. Governments, which rely on the agency for guidance policy, may also have to adjust public health measures aimed at curbing the spread of the virus.
    Van Kerkhove said the WHO would publish a scientific brief summarising the state of knowledge on modes of transmission of the virus in the coming days.
    “A comprehensive package of interventions is required to be able to stop transmission,” she said.
    “This includes not only physical distancing, it includes the use of masks where appropriate in certain settings, specifically where you can’t do physical distancing and especially for healthcare workers.”
(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay, Brenna Hughes Neghaiwi, Kate Kelland and Julie Steenhuysen; Editing by Alex Richardson and Marguerita Choy)

7/8/2020 U.S. withdrawal from WHO over claims of China influence to take effect July 2021: U.N. by Michelle Nichols
FILE PHOTO: A logo of the World Health Organization (WHO), is seen before a
news conference in Geneva, Switzerland, June 25, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
    NEW YORK (Reuters) – The United States will leave the World Health Organization (WHO) on July 6, 2021, the United Nations said on Tuesday, after receiving notification of the decision by President Donald Trump, who has accused the agency of becoming a puppet for China during the coronavirus pandemic.
    Trump, who announced the decision over a month ago, has to give one-year notice of the U.S. withdrawal from the Geneva-based body and pay all Washington’s dues under a 1948 joint resolution of the U.S. Congress.    The United States currently owes the WHO more than $200 million in assessed contributions, according to the WHO website.
    After more than 70 years of membership, the United States moved to quit the WHO amid escalating tensions with China over the coronavirus pandemic.    The virus first emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan late last year.
    The WHO has denied assertions by Trump that it promoted Chinese “disinformation” about the virus.
    U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi described Trump’s official withdrawal as “an act of true senselessness as WHO coordinates the global fight against COVID-19.”
    “With millions of lives at risk, the President is crippling the international effort to defeat the virus,” the Democratic leader posted on Twitter.
    So far there have been nearly 12 million cases of the coronavirus and more than 540,000 known deaths worldwide, according to a Reuters tally, with about 25% of both cases and deaths in the United States.
    Trump’s decision could be overturned before it takes effect if he is defeated by his Democratic rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, in a November election.
    Trump had halted funding for the 194-member organization in April, then in a May 18 letter gave the WHO 30 days to commit to reforms.    He announced the United States would quit less than two weeks later.
    Vice President Mike Pence, asked in a Fox News Channel interview whether it was the right time to break with the WHO, said: “It’s absolutely the right time.”
    “The World Health Organization let the world down … There have to be consequences to this,” Pence said.
    The WHO is an independent international body that works with the United Nations. U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres has said that the WHO is “absolutely critical to the world’s efforts to win the war against COVID-19.”
    “The Secretary-General … is in the process of verifying with the World Health Organization whether all the conditions for such withdrawal are met,” U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in a statement on Tuesday.
    Since taking office, Trump has also quit the U.N. Human Rights Council, the U.N. cultural agency, a global accord to tackle climate change and the Iran nuclear deal.    He has also cut funding for the U.N. population fund and the U.N. agency that aids Palestinian refugees.
(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Additional reporting by Mohammad Zargham and Eric Beech; Editing by Cynthia Osterman and Bill Berkrot)
[That list of things Trump quit is longer than that in he is getting us out of the control by a WORLD GOVERNMENT a.k.a. Globalist and he is trying to protect the United States Sovereignty that the Obama administration tried to give away and this is also the reason he is being rentlessly attacked by that entity and if they want to pay the WHO to give you bad information then live with it.].

7/8/2020 Supreme Court to decide on whether to release President Trump’s tax records by OAN Newsroom
A police officer walks outside the Supreme Court on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, July 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    The ongoing fight over the release of the president’s financial records is coming to a close.        The Supreme Court is expected to make a decision on three cases, which were presented by House Democrats and a grand jury, on Thursday.
    The material in question includes information on the president’s tax returns, banks, longtime accounting firm and his family run real estate business.
    In the past, President Trump has said the push from the left to release his records is nonsensical.    He pointed out that his records have been under audit by the IRS.
    “If I’m not under audit, I would do it.    I have no problem with it, but while I’m under audit I would not give my taxes.    There is no law whatsoever.    …I have no obligation to do that while I’m under audit, and no lawyer would tell you to release your tax returns while you’re under audit.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
President Donald Trump listens during a “National Dialogue on Safely Reopening America’s Schools,”
event in the East Room of the White House, Tuesday, July 7, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    However, in a congressional committee hearing in last February, the president’s former attorney Michael Cohen appeared unsure as to whether or not he was under audit.    He said he presumed the president was not at the time.
    “Statements that he had said to me was that what he didn’t want is to have an entire group of think tanks that are tax experts run through his tax return and start ripping it to pieces,” stated Cohen.    “Then he’ll end up in an audit and he’ll ultimately have taxable consequences, penalties and so on.”
    President Trump is the first president in recent years to refuse disclosing his financial records.    Thursday’s ruling will undoubtedly test the limits of the power balance between Congress, state prosecutors and the presidency.
[The Democrats are so obsessed over this and it is only about attacking Trump and most likely if they get them there will be nothing for them to use against him unless they make it up as leaks, which they have a tendency to do.].

7/8/2020 Mayors across the country blame pandemic for recent surge in violence by OAN Newsroom
A member of the Georgia National Guard sits on a vehicle outside the State Capitol on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, in Atlanta.
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp mobilized the guard after an increase in gun violence over the weekend. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
    City leaders across the nation have blamed the ongoing pandemic for the surge in violence over the Fourth of July weekend.
    On Tuesday, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Bottoms said there is a “perfect storm of distress in America.”    She cited Americans’ growing frustration amid the pandemic and police brutality demonstrations nationwide.
    “I think that that people are obviously anxious, even angry, about COVID-19.    Loved ones are dying, people are losing their jobs.    I think there’s a lot of frustration, a lot of angst.” – Keisha Bottoms, Mayor of Atlanta, Georgia
    In a recent Twitter post, she announced she had tested positive for coronavirus while attempting to lead her city out of the unrest.
    “I have a low positive test, so it either means I’m on the way up or the way down,” explained Bottoms.    “They don’t know which one, but they’ve told me to treat it as if I’m positive, just in terms of quarantining and all of the things that we that are recommended that people do.”

FILE – In this July 17, 2019, file photo, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms speaks during a Senate Democrats’
Special Committee on the Climate Crisis on Capitol Hill in Washington. Bottoms announced
Monday, July 6, 2020, that she had tested positive for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
    This came after a weekend of violence in Atlanta, which left 8-year-old Secoriea Turner and four others dead.    The incidents prompted Georgia Governor Brian Kemp to declare a state of emergency and authorize the activation of National Guard.
    This recent trend of lawlessness is outrageous & unacceptable.    Georgians, including those in uniform, need to be protected from crime & violence.    While we stand ready to assist local leaders in restoring peace & maintaining order, we won’t hesitate to take action without them. — Governor Brian P. Kemp (@GovKemp) July 6, 2020
    Similarly, Mayor Lori Lightfoot mourned for her community after 18 people died in the Chicago, including two children and a teenager.    She echoed Bottoms’ remarks, citing coronavirus as a stresser that contributed to the increase in violent crimes.
    “All of these forces are coming together at the same time and making it very difficult,” stated Lightfoot.    “The ecosystem of public safety – that isn’t just law enforcement, but is local, community-based – they too have really been hit hard by COVID-19 and are now just kind of coming back online, getting their footing.”

FILE – In this Jan. 23, 2020, file photo, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, speaks
at the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ Winter Meeting in Washington.(AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)
    In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio has been facing the consequences of releasing prison inmates amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
    According to the NYPD, 275 of the nearly 2,500 inmates released early due to coronavirus concerns have been rearrested.    In total, this amounted to 550 criminal charges.
    Last Sunday in NYC alone, there were 30 shootings resulting in nine deaths.
    “We saw too much violence this weekend, and this is something we have a lot of work to do to address,” said de Blasio.    “It is directly related to all the dislocation that’s happened over these last four months with the coronavirus.”

7/8/2020 Houston mayor cancels Texas GOP convention by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this June 28, 2020 file photo, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner speaks in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip File)
    Officials in the city of Houston, Texas have cancelled the state’s Republican convention.    On Wednesday, Democrat Mayor Sylvester Turner announced he has instructed the city’s convention center to cancel the event.
    It was supposed to be held there next week, but Turner claimed it would’ve posed a “clear and present” danger.
    “No one wanted to make this even appear to be political,” he stated.    “Houston is a hot spot right now in a global pandemic and we cannot have thousands of people gathering inside the George R. Brown.”

People wait inside their vehicles in line at COVID-19 testing site Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
    The chairman of the Texas Republican Party slammed the decision. He questioned what prompted the move, especially following the mass protests that were allowed to take place in the same location recently.
    “This cancellation is not about the health and safety of Houstonians, or the delegates and guests to our convention.    We made every effort to conduct our convention in a safe manner, working cooperatively with the convention center (and) going well beyond the requirements of the center’s health safety plan.    If Mayor Turner’s motivations were pure, he could have cancelled the lease weeks ago.    Instead, he waited until the eve of the convention to inflict the greatest disruption.” – James Dickey, Chairman of the Texas Republican Party
    The chairman added the party is weighing its legal options.
    “Make no mistake, our state convention will continue unimpeded,” he said.    “If necessary, we will protect the rights of our delegates and complete the electoral business delegated to us by the U.S. Constitution and the laws of the state of Texas using online technologies.”

7/8/2020 Biden-Sanders task force unveils climate agenda by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Feb. 25, 2020 file photo, Democratic presidential candidates, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., left, and former
Vice President Joe Biden, talk before a Democratic presidential primary debate in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
    The Biden-Sanders “Unity Task Force” has proposed a set of policy recommendations for the Biden campaign.    In the newly published list, the task force called for several climate reforms, such as ending carbon pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, within a matter of years.
    The group also touched on criminal justice, immigration, health care and education reforms.
    Supporters of Biden and Sanders began meeting in May for discussions.    The task force was headed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and former Secretary of State John Kerry.
    “Timelines around 2050 are just too late, we are in a global emergency,” stated task force member Varshini Prakash.    “I want to see any person who is seeking the highest office in the land to be clear: we need a national mobilization this decade that creates tens of millions of good paying jobs.”
    The former vice president took to Twitter to thank the task force for “their service and for helping build a bold, transformative platform for our party and for our country.”

7/8/2020 Members of ‘The Squad’ propose bill to defund police by OAN Newsroom
U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., listens to a question from a constituent in Wixom, Mich., Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
    Members of the progressive Democrat group “The Squad” have proposed their own bill to defund the police.    Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley announced “The Breathe Act” Tuesday with other Black Lives Matter activists and called it a new version of public safety.
FILE – In this Aug. 7, 2018, file photo, Ayanna Pressley speaks during a debate
at the University of Massachusetts, in Boston. AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
    The bill outlines a “time bound” plan to dismantle policing and incarceration.    It aims to do so by slashing police funds, which will be reallocated for health, education and environmental housing plans.
    It would also divert funds to community and social programs.
    The proposal also seeks to eliminate certain federal programs, which have been used to fund immigration enforcement and send surplus military equipment to local law enforcement.
    “The Breathe Act outlines a vision that truly defends black lives,” stated Professor Marc Lamont Hill.    “It invests in communities where black and marginalized communities can thrive, where they can be free, where they can breathe.”
    The bill has not yet been formally introduced, but the progressive proposal is likely to face GOP opposition.

7/8/2020 MyPillow CEO: COVID & riots show what Biden presidency would look like by OAN Newsroom
Photo of Mike Lindell via Facebook.
    MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell has denounced recent economic lockdowns and the coronavirus panic, which he claimed reveals what Joe Biden‘s presidency would look like.    According to Lindell, President Trump has helped American businesses increase production and employment.
    The pandemic, the riots, I think it’s showing everyone’s what things could look like under socialism,” he said.
    He then slammed Democrat officials for their attempts to seemingly impose sweeping government control.    Lindell also condemned the liberal media for targeting and trying to destroy the supporters of President Trump.
    I was called a racist, I was called everything by him.    I was attacked by the Better Business Bureau, my company was put from an A+ to an F.    It went on and on, these attacks, and I go ‘Well, I must be doing something right.’    I did nothing wrong and I’m getting attacked.” – Mike Lindell, CEO of MyPillow
    Lindell went on to say he’s tired of being “shamed, harassed and intimidated” by Democrats and he’ll do everything he can to help reelect President Trump.
[I hope Mike Lindell runs for office in Minnesota and get rid of one of the Squad members and maybe fix Minneapolis.].

7/8/2020 Kudlow: Second shutdown would do more harm than good by OAN Newsroom
White House chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow speaks with reporters at the White House, Thursday, June 25, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    According to the White House’s economic adviser, a second COVID-19 shutdown would be a big mistake.
    On Wednesday, Larry Kudlow said it would not only harm businesses, but also kids.    He stated keeping school age kids home could lead to an increase in depression.
    Amid the recent spike in cases across the U.S., he urged Americans to take the necessary precautions to stay healthy, such as social distancing and practicing good hygiene.
    Kudlow reiterated the nation is prepared for the increase in cases and touted the 600,000 new tests being administered daily.
    “In general, hospitalization capacity is plentiful, that’s what the numbers show,” he said.    “As the president has said – and maybe he gets blamed, but it’s factually true – the fatality rate continues to fall.”
    He claimed another shutdown would stifle the great v-shaped recovery of the economy.

7/8/2020 President Trump says the U.S. is in a good place by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks during a “National Dialogue on Safely Reopening America’s Schools,” event
in the East Room of the White House, Tuesday, July 7, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    President Trump has denounced Dr. Anthony Fauci’s assessment of coronavirus responses in the U.S. On Tuesday, the president said he disagrees with Dr. Fauci and believes the country will be in “very good shape” in the next few weeks.
    Well, I think we are in a good place, I disagree with him.    You know, Dr. Fauci said don’t wear masks, now he says wear them.    He said numerous things: don’t close off China, don’t ban China, and I did it anyway.    I sort of didn’t listen to my experts and I banned China.    We would’ve been in much worse shape.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
    This followed Fauci’s claim that we are still “knee deep” in the first wave of the pandemic.    The doctor added he wouldn’t be surprised if we go up to 100,000 cases a day without more focused mitigation efforts.

Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci listens during a Senate Health,
Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 30, 2020. (Al Drago/Pool via AP)
    The president has emphasized with everything they’re working on, like the therapeutics coming out and potential vaccines, things are going to look better very soon. He also expressed optimism over the state of the nation’s economy.
    On Twitter, he announced “economy and jobs are growing much faster than anyone expected.”    He added “job growth is the biggest in history.”
    President Trump also noted “it’s shaping up to be a good third quarter and great next year,” citing the NASDAQ’s new record high and rising 401k’s.

7/8/2020 White House blasts Mary Trump’s book by OAN Newsroom
This combination photo shows the cover art for “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man”,
left, and a portrait of author Mary L. Trump, Ph.D. The book, written by the niece of President Donald J. Trump, was originally
set for release on July 28, but will now arrive on July 14. (Simon & Schuster, left, and Peter Serling/Simon & Schuster via AP)
    White House officials are firing back at the new book written by President Trump’s niece and clinical psychologist Mary Trump.
    On Tuesday, top administration officials, including Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway and White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, denounced the contents by claiming there’s no truth to them.
    “As for books generally, obviously they’re not fact checked. Nobody’s under oath.    I know there’s always this rush to slap credibility on whoever’s getting the president that day.    Your job is to get the story, not get the president…and I think family matters are family matters.” — Kellyanne Conway, Counselor to the President
    Deputy press secretary Sarah Matthews also criticized the book by saying a portion accusing the president of paying someone to take his SAT’s is “completely false.”

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany speaks during a press briefing at
the White House, Wednesday, July 1, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    “No response, other than it’s a book of falsehoods and that’s about it…it’s ridiculous, absurd allegations that have absolute no bearing in truth,” said McEnany.    “Have yet to see the book, but it is a book of falsehoods.”
    Mary, who is the daughter of President Trump’s eldest brother Fred Trump Junior, has come under immense fire recently for the controversial book “Too Much and Never Enough: How my Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man.”
    Her alleged “tell all” book describes the president as a deeply troubled person, believing it to be a result of a dysfunctional family.    She said a slew of problems took a psychological toll on the president, including emotional abuse from his father and the death of her father due to alcoholism.
    However, White House officials stressed Mary is not the president’s psychologist and think the book stems from family business.    The book was scheduled to come out late this month, but high demand prompted publishers to move the release date up to July 14.

7/8/2020 Vice President Mike Pence: Reopening schools is essential by OAN Newsroom
Vice President Mike Pence speaks during a White House Coronavirus Task Force briefing at the Department
of Education building Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
    Vice President Mike Pence has said “it’s time to get our children back to school.”    During Wednesday’s coronavirus task force briefing, he stated reopening schools is not only essential for students’ learning, but also their mental and physical health.
    He noted the CDC will be releasing new guidelines next week to help schools return to in-person classes this fall.    According to the vice president, the federal government will be working with states to make this happen.
    “We’re here to help.    We don’t want federal guidance to be a substitute for local laws, rules and guidance.    We are here to assist with the shared objective that I think is shared by every parent in America, which is we want to get our kids back in the classroom.    We want to get our teachers back in the front of those classrooms and get our kids learning in person once again.” – Mike Pence, Vice President of the United States
    Pence pointed out there are encouraging signs the national spread of the virus is slowing.    He announced curves are flattening in Texas, Arizona and Florida, which have seen a recent resurgence of new cases.
President Donald Trump listens during a “National Dialogue on Safely Reopening America’s Schools,” event
in the East Room of the White House, Tuesday, July 7, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    President Trump blasted the CDC’s existing guidelines for the reopening of schools as “impractical,” “tough” and “very expensive.”    He criticized the agency’s recommendations on Twitter this week.
    Guidelines included developing a plan to separate students into smaller groups, staggering mealtimes in the cafeteria and installing physical barriers.
    The president’s criticism came after he held a roundtable on the safe reopening of schools, in which he pledged to put pressure on governors to reopen.    He also said he will be meeting with CDC officials to discuss his opposition to their guidelines.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, with Vice President Mike Pence, speaks during a White House Coronavirus Task Force
briefing at the Department of Education building Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
    Meanwhile, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is considering cutting federal funding for schools who refuse to open in the fall.
    During a recent interview, Devos stated there is “no excuse for schools to withhold a fulltime education.”
    She acknowledged most school funding is given at the state and local level, but noted there are still ways to hold schools financially responsible for refusing to open.
    DeVos went on to slam some school districts for “fearmongering” and “politicizing” the push to reopen.

7/8/2020 Trump admin. sends United Nations official notice of WHO withdrawal by OAN Newsroom
File – Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) is pictured. (Julio Cortez/AP Photo)
    The Trump administration kick-started the official process of withdrawing the U.S. from World Health Organization membership.
    In an email Tuesday, Stephane Dujarric, a spokesman for UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, corroborated reports on the move by saying that the United Nations received a letter from the State Department outlining the decision the day before.
    Democrat Sen. Robert Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee, confirmed via Twitter that Congress received a similar notification as required by the 1948 act that originally ratified U.S. membership in the organization.
    This law also requires any move to withdraw U.S. membership be accompanied by a one-year notice, rendering America’s departure from the WHO effective July 6, 2021.
    The submission of notice to the UN marks the next step in President Trump’s purported plan to create an alternate global health network outside of World Health Organization’s purview and crucially removed from potential influence by Beijing. This is something the president has repeatedly claimed has overwhelming influence over the WHO, in turn, leading to critical failures during the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic.
    The WHO’s ties to China have been the subject of global criticism, prompting more than 120 countries to vote in May for an investigation into the organization’s response to the emergence of the novel coronavirus with a particular focus on possible omissions born out of an over-reliance on dubious reports from Beijing.
    Evidence of malfeasance on the part of Beijing abounds.    A joint report published in May by Foreign Policy and 100Reporters, compiled by scouring raw case data from a leak originating in a Chinese military academy, arrived at figures ranging from 640,000 to 2 million cases compared to China’s official tally at the time, which put reported cases at a statistically improbably 80,000.
    WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom has been the target of particularly sharp criticism over his deference to Beijing.    Not a medical doctor, Tedros was propelled to WHO leadership following a stint as Ethiopia’s minister of health.    He was a member of a political party once designated as a perpetrator by the Global Terrorism Database in a country deeply entangled and indebted to Chinese expansionist policies in Africa to the point of earning the moniker of East Africa’s “little China.”
    Even as reports of Chinese obfuscation of critical public health data abounded, Tedros has repeatedly praised the country’s response to the pandemic and helped to promote the Chinese Communist Party’s narrative of China as a global health leader.
    “So what we saw in terms of experience from China is really impressive and, as you know now, the outbreak in China is on the decline and there is a significant decline,” Tedros stated.    “And this is because of the government’s leadership and at the same time, the cooperation of the people of China.”
FILE – In this Thursday, June 25, 2020 file photo, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), attends a
press conference, at the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP, File)
    Thus, despite critics’ claims, withdrawal from WHO membership will leave the U.S. isolated and may weaken global health goals.     Supporters of the decision point out the current system is ineffective at promoting these very goals and safeguarding Americans’ health.
    However, given the one-year notice requirement, a full U.S. withdrawal is dependent on President Trump’s reelection as presumptive Democrat nominee Joe Biden has promised to reverse the decision on his first day in office if elected.
[Since you did not get Tedros who is in China's pocket out then the U.S. is pulling out and using the money they use to give WHO to create a new World Health System that protects the nations and the WHO may find in time several nations joining it and before you know it you do not have a budget to do anything unless China supports you.].

7/9/2020 Oil up $0.38 to $40.89, DOW up 177 to 26,067.

7/9/2020 More on coronavirus deaths,

7/9/2020 WHO sets up panel to review handling of COVID-19 pandemic
FILE PHOTO: World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a news conference
organized by Geneva Association of United Nations Correspondents (ACANU) amid the COVID-19 outbreak, caused by the
novel coronavirus, at the WHO headquarters in Geneva Switzerland July 3, 2020. Fabrice Coffrini/Pool via REUTERS
    GENEVA (Reuters) – The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday that it was setting up an independent panel to review its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and the response by governments.
    The announcement follows strong criticism by U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration, which accused the WHO of being “China-centric,” and U.S. formal notification on Tuesday that it was withdrawing from the U.N. agency in a year’s time.
    Former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark and former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf have agreed to head the panel and chose its members, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual meeting with representatives of WHO’s 194 member states, which was webcast.
    “This is not a standard report that ticks a box and is then put on a shelf to gather dust.    This is something we take seriously,” Tedros said, adding that the panel would provide an interim report to an annual meeting of health ministers being reconvened in November.
    Clark, addressing the meeting, said that the assignment “could only be described as exceptionally challenging.”
    Tedros noted that in May, WHO’s member states adopted unanimously a resolution put forward by the European Union calling for an evaluation of the global response to the pandemic.
    More than 12 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 548,429 have died, according to a Reuters tally.
(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay, John Miller, and Brenna Hughes-Neghaiwi; Editing by Michael Shields)

7/9/2020 German ministers decline Washington G7 summit invite: Der Spiegel
FILE PHOTO: German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz attends a session at the lower house of German parliament, Bundestag,
following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Berlin, Germany June 29, 2020. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch/File Photo
    BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s Finance and Foreign Ministers declined an invitation to take part in a Washington gathering of ministers from the G7 group of large industrial companies, Der Spiegel magazine reported on Thursday.
    According to the magazine, Germany told the US government that they would send state secretaries to the mini-summit, planned for July 29, instead of Olaf Scholz and Heiko Maas. The magazine said other G7 countries had taken a similar decision.
    Earlier, it was reported that Chancellor Angela Merkel had declined to take part in a national leaders’ level meeting in Washington, in what was widely interpreted as a snub to the administration of President Donald Trump.
(Reporting by Thomas Escritt; Editing by Caroline Copley)

7/9/2020 UK toll from confirmed COVID-19 cases rises to 44,602, up 85
FILE PHOTO: Nurses care for a patient in an Intensive Care ward treating victims of the coronavirus disease
(COVID-19) in Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey, Britain, May 22, 2020. Steve Parsons/Pool via REUTERS
    LONDON (Reuters) – The United Kingdom’s death toll from confirmed cases of COVID-19 rose to 44,602 on Thursday, up 85 on the previous day, the government said.
    Including suspected cases, more than 55,000 people have died, according to a recent Reuters tally of official data sources.
(Reporting by Andy Bruce; Editing by Alistair Smout)

7/9/2020 Italy heals after coronavirus, but scars remain for priest who blessed the dead by Angelo Amante
A book is seen at the front of the San Polo church that was left by Father Marco Mori during Italy’s coronavirus disease
(COVID-19) lockdown for faithful to write and draw messages about how they were feeling during quarantine in one of the cities
worst-hit by the outbreak, Brescia, Italy, in this undated photo obtained by Reuters on July 9, 2020. Marco Mori/Handout via REUTERS
    ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s coronavirus lockdown is over and the daily death toll has dwindled, but Italians are coping with the fallout of an epidemic that has killed 35,000 people and shaken lives.
    Marco Mori is a catholic priest from Brescia, one of the worst-affected cities of the Lombardy region at the epicentre of the country’s COVID-19 tragedy.
    In March, the Brescia province saw overall mortality up 292% compared with the average of the same month in 2015-2019.    By the end of April it had recorded 2,500 confirmed COVID-19 deaths.
    Soon after Lombardy discovered its first infections, Don Marco put a book in his church where people wrote their thoughts, prayers and hopes as the virus spread through the city. It will probably be published in September.
    “I am 10 years old but my fear is bigger than me.    I hope the Lord will help us in this bad situation and that even though we cannot go to mass he will still be able to understand us from our hearts,” wrote Martina.
    Father Marco saw about a dozen deaths among his own parishioners, but he blessed many more COVID-19 corpses.    “March 28 was the day I blessed most bodies, around 20,” he told Reuters.
    He comforted patients who were trapped in their houses, fighting for breath, and performed the last rites as they slipped away.
    During the long lockdown, priests from smaller towns were no longer allowed to accompany their dead church members on their final journey to Brescia crematorium, but Mori was there to give the last blessing to people he did not know.
    He found himself in front of 16 coffins in a funeral home warehouse.    “There was a piece of paper with a name jammed under the cross on each coffin, and the same name was written on a label stuck on the coffin to avoid confusion,” he said.
    On May 18, Father Marco celebrated Mass for the first time in nearly three months.    “I almost cried at the sight of all those people back in the church,” he said.
(Editing by Gavin Jones and Janet Lawrence)

7/9/2020 Supreme Court Rules Manhattan District Attorney Can Subpoena President Trump’s Financial Records by OAN Newsroom
Members of the media set up outside the Supreme Court, Thursday, July 9, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    On Thursday, the Supreme Court ruled the Manhattan district attorney has the authority to subpoena the president’s financial records.    The high court made the decision in a 7-2 vote, with Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh joining the majority.
    They ruled the president does not have absolute immunity to avoid such a subpoena, but did not order a release of the records. The case will now be sent back to a lower court.
    The Manhattan attorney has been investigating possible hush money payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels and another woman prior to the 2016 election.
    Meanwhile, in a separate ruling, the high court blocked House Democrats from obtaining the president’s tax returns.    In another 7-2 decision, justices ruled that the lower courts were too quick to side with Congress in the case.
    Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the opinion, which stated Congress’ “interests are not sufficiently powerful to justify access to the president’s personal papers when other sources could provide Congress the information it needs.”
    The justices have sent the case back to a lower court for a review and ordered them to more carefully consider concerns about the separation of powers.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany speaks during a press briefing at the
White House, Thursday, July 9, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    According to the White House, these rulings were a win for the commander-in-chief.
    During a press briefing, Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany pointed out the high court did not rule against the president.    She explained they sent the Manhattan district attorney’s case back the lower courts for further arguments and highlighted the fact that he did not have solid reasoning for obtaining the documents, in the eyes of the court.
    She disagreed with the court that the president did not have “absolute immunity” and cited the dissenting opinion from Justice Clarence Thomas, who said investigations into a sitting president can prevent from him performing his executive duties.
    For his part, President Trump has decried the Supreme Court’s decision on his tax returns as “prosecutorial misconduct.”    In a string of tweets, the president called the case a “political prosecution.”
    According to him, courts in the past have offered “broad deference” to other administrations, but not his.
    He went on to say “we have a totally corrupt previous administration, including a president and vice president who spied on my campaign and got caught, (but) nothing happens to them.”
    President Trump claimed the court would not have made the
decision if any other president was implicated.
President Donald Trump listens during a roundtable meeting with Hispanic leaders
in the Cabinet Room, Thursday, July 9, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) defended the president following the new rulings.    He has said he believes the New York district attorney’s subpoena for his tax returns was politically motivated.
    He also pointed out the president already released all his financial disclosures when he ran for president in 2016.
    “I’ve watched President Trump abide by all the requests that someone has for financial disclosure, which are much more thorough than any tax returns,” stated McCarthy.    “It seems to me the New York district attorney, and others that have tried for it, seems much more political than anything else.”

7/9/2020 President Trump Creates Hispanic Prosperity Initiative by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump holds an executive order on the “White House Hispanic Prosperity Initiative,” after signing
it in the Rose Garden of the White House, Thursday, July 9, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    President Trump has created an advisory commission to expand economic and educational opportunities for the Latino community.    On Thursday, he signed the executive order to establish the White House Hispanic Prosperity Initiative.
    The order will facilitate private-public partnerships to advance Latino employment and business activity.    It also aims to improve Latino school choices.
    The media was quick to accuse President Trump of “courting” Latino voters with this plan.    However, the president reiterated he’s working to create an economy that works for all.
    “With this very exciting new effort, we will deliver a future of greater promise, opportunity and freedom,” he stated.    “…Hispanic Americans and the Hispanic American community is a treasure.”
    According to the president, U.S. relations with Latin American countries have never been better.    He cited the latest success of his talks with the president of Mexico, who visited the White House this week.

7/9/2020 Secy. McEnany: Schools Must Reopen In The Fall by OAN Newsroom
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany speaks during a press briefing at the
White House, Thursday, July 9, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    The Trump administration has doubled down on their argument that all students should return to school in the fall.    During a briefing Thursday, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany reaffirmed the latest data backs the president’s decision.
    “President Trump continues to fight for equal opportunity in our schools by boldly and firmly underscoring the absolute necessity of America’s schools to reopen this fall,” she said.
    According to McEnany, nearly 70,000 pediatricians from the American Academy of Pediatrics have insisted that schools reopen.     Additionally, she cited the number of child abuse cases that go unnoticed when children are forced to learn at home.
    “In Massachusetts alone, reports of alleged child abuse dropped almost 55%, because when kids are not in school, a lot of times we don’t catch that abuse,” explained the secretary.    “The costs are too high to keep schools shut down, they can safely reopen."
Des Moines Public Schools custodian Joel Cruz cleans a desk in a classroom at Brubaker
Elementary School, Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
    This came after President Trump warned federal funding may be withheld from schools that refuse to reopen.
    The president reiterated the need to reopen schools on Twitter.    He pointed out countries like Germany and Denmark reopened their schools and have reported no more COVID-19 cases than the rest of the world.
    McEnany also told the press a majority of the hospitals that have reached capacity were full due to elective surgeries, not because of a surge in coronavirus cases.
    “I would note with hospitalizations, I spoke with Dr. Birx this morning, about 10 to 40% in the hospitals reaching high capacity are COVID,” she added.    “So, a lot of hospitalizations aren’t pertaining to COVID.”
    CDC officials have stated they will not revisit their reopening guidelines, but added they may provide supplementary information in the future.

7/9/2020 Secy. Esper: Nat’l Guard Neither Engaged With Rioters Nor Used Force by OAN Newsroom
Defense Secretary Mark Esper testifies during a House Armed Services Committee hearing on
Thursday, July 9, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Michael Reynolds/Pool via AP)
    Defense Secretary Mark Esper has defended the role of the National Guard in upholding “law and order” amid recent riots. While testifying before Congress, Esper stated active duty troops never engaged with the rioters nor used force against them during the George Floyd protests.
    “The guard remained in a static role as backup to law enforcement, if needed,” he said.
    According to the secretary, the National Guard was on the scene in case the situation got out of hand.
    “With regard to the role the National Guard played in Lafayette Park on June 1st, I also want to make clear the following: the guard did not advance on the crowd, the guard did not shoot rubber bullets, the guard did not employ chemical agents of any type,” reiterated Esper.
    He has said the Pentagon has the right to use active duty forces to directly perform law enforcement functions, but noted this is a last resort option.

7/9/2020 Pelosi Under Fire For Shrugging Off Concerns About Columbus Statues by OAN Newsroom
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks during a news conference, Thursday,
July 9, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
    Nancy Pelosi has shrugged off concerns over the destruction of historical monuments in America.    During a recent news briefing, the     House speaker appeared to brush off a question about the Christopher Columbus statue in Baltimore, which was toppled and thrown into the harbor by protesters.
    “People will do what they do,” she said.
    The House speaker suggested she “doesn’t care much about statues.”
    “You know, I don’t even have my grandma’s earrings,” she added.    “I’m not a big, let’s see what we have in terms of monuments in this.”
    However, Pelosi stated protesters could have got injured while toppling the statue.    She acknowledged demonstrators should have forced the city to take it down instead.

7/9/2020 NYPD Overwhelmed By Officers Filing For Retirement by OAN Newsroom
In this Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, photo, a police vehicle responds in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
    The NYPD has sounded the alarm as the number of officers filing for retirement skyrocketed amid protests and a surge in shootings.    On Wednesday, the department reported that 179 officers filed for retirement last week, which was a 411% increase from the same time last year.
    Officers cited a lack of respect, increased violence and the loss of overtime pay due to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s decision to cut $1 billion from the police budget.
    Experts also blamed growing anti-police sentiment.
    “Police reform seems to be the echoing sentiment, so as a result, police officers seem to be the kicking board, so to speak,” explained former Lieutenant Darrin Porcher.    “People are taking out their animosity on officers on a national level, not just the officers who were associated with the death of George Floyd.”
    According to a spokeswoman for the department, they are overwhelmed, but they are not turning down any applications.    They have instead asked officers to come back at a future date.

7/9/2020 Biden: Police Funding Should ‘Absolutely’ Be Redirected Towards Other Programs by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this June 30, 2020, file photo Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President
Joe Biden speaks at Alexis Dupont High School in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    Joe Biden said police are over-militarized and have “now become the enemy.”    During an interview with progressive activist Ady Barkan Wednesday, the former vice president appeared to change his stance on police funding.
    Biden said he would support allocating department funds to other programs.    This comes just three weeks after he proposed more funding to police in an op-ed in which he called for an additional $300 million for police to introduce “more diverse officers, a national use of force standard and more body cams.”
    The presumptive 2020 Democrat presidential nominee then said a surplus of certain equipment for police has led to them become the enemy in communities.
    Meanwhile, Biden’s campaign denied the candidate changed his position on the matter by reiterating he does not support defunding the police.    However, they stressed Biden does “think conditions should be placed upon them” and that certain departments should take significant reforms.

7/9/2020 President Trump Vows To Counter The Left’s ‘Culture War’ by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump watches as planes perform fly-overs of the Mount Rushmore
National Monument Friday, July 3, 2020, in Keystone, S.D. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    Emotions are running on a ’10’ just days after President Trump made remarks over the Fourth of July weekend.    It set off a media frenzy with one outlet going as far to say his speech was “fascist.”    Democrat senators even weighed in with Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) calling it “an ode to dead traitors.”
    In his Mount Rushmore speech, President Trump had warned that the country is under assault from “a merciless campaign to wipe out our history, defame our heroes, erase our values and indoctrinate our children.”
    His comments came after angry mobs tore down statues of the founding fathers, abolitionists and police that have put their lives on the line serving the country. White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany defended those remarks stating:     “Misguided movements such as ‘defund the police’ seek to leave our communities more vulnerable than ever.    Case and point, this weekend alone in New York there were 44 shootings with 11 killed.    In Chicago 75 people were shot with 13 killed and tragically at least five of these individuals were children who were killed in cities across the country and we grieve for those families.”
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany speaks during a press briefing at the
White House, Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    In an Oval Office interview Wednesday, the president told RealClearPolitics that he rejects the wave of a new “far-left fascism” and a “left-wing cultural revolution” that stands as a current threat to American civilization.    He then called on Republican lawmakers to toughen up and get smart, otherwise “they’re going to have a very tough election.”
    Some Republicans have pushed back on some of his past comments, including when President Trump slammed NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace for not apologizing after the FBI concluded that a noose-shaped pull-down rope in his garage stall last month was not evidence of a hate crime.
    GOP strategist Doug Heye voiced that the president’s rhetoric can turn some voters off, “but that’s what he’s banking on.”
    Meanwhile, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told Fox News radio Monday that there are voices out there who are actually pushing for reform and are different from the ones just trying to stir up chaos and “remake America.”

7/9/2020 CDC Director Says School Reopening Guidelines Will Not Be Revised by OAN Newsroom
Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Robert Redfield, speaks during a White House Coronavirus Task
Force briefing at the Department of Education building Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
    CDC Director Robert Redfield said the agency will not be revising its school reopening guidelines despite pressure from President Trump.
    During an interview Thursday, the official said the CDC will be providing “reference documents” separate from guidelines already introduced.    He said these documents will be seeking to aid communities trying to open K-12 schools, including information for parents and caregivers.
    Redfield went on to emphasize the CDC’s guidelines are not mandates and that it’s up to the schools how to best use their information to open safely.
    “I think we have to continue to work with the schools to look between the six feet apart, wearing face coverings, social distancing, the seating, looking at changes in scheduling to have different crowding,” he explained.    “Like I said, there’s a whole portfolio schools can look at to see what’s the right mix for them.”
    His comments came after President Trump took to Twitter Wednesday to blast the CDC for its current guidelines.    The president said he would be meeting with its officials to discuss the matter.

7/9/2020 Gov. Newsom Disregards Trump Admin. Move To Withhold Funding From Schools That Do Not Reopen In The Fall by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this May 14, 2020, file photo, California Gov. Gavin Newsom discusses his revised 2020-2021 state
budget during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, Pool, File)
    Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) brushed off the possibility federal funding may be pulled from California schools that don’t open on schedule this year.    During he daily press briefing Wednesday, the Democrat expressed optimism that schools in the state would be able to reopen on time.
    The Democrat also addressed recent news from the White House that federal dollars could be withheld from those who do not hold classes in-person this fall.    Newsom said that California schools will only open back up if they are prepared and equipped to protect the health of the students and staff.
    “I’m not worried about the latest tweets and I can give you examples of why I’ve concluded that that’s not the issue we need to address,” he stated.    “What we need to address is safely reopening schools and we need to make that a foundational principle.”
    Newsom didn’t provide a timeline for reopening, however, he said local officials will make the decisions based on data.

7/9/2020 AG Barr: Work To Be Done To Address Distrust Between African American Community & Law Enforcement 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)
    William Barr recently discussed police treatment of black Americans. In an interview Wednesday, the attorney general said he thinks it’s “wrong for people who are not respected appropriately or given their due.”
    Barr added that he thought the country was in a good place before George Floyd’s death, but said the outcry in Minneapolis shows there is still a lot of work to be done.
    However, he doesn’t think defunding the police is the answer. Instead, he shifted focus on training efforts, but Barr did acknowledge that communities of color are often policed differently from white communities.
    “I do think that it is a widespread phenomenon that African-American males particularly are treated with extra suspicion and maybe not given the benefit of the doubt,” he stated.
    The attorney general commented on the Black Lives Matter movement by saying he agrees with the sentiment, but disagrees with the organization’s agenda.    Barr said the group’s view is too narrow and should focus more on economic advancement instead of strictly public safety.

7/9/2020 Judicial Watch Files Lawsuit With State Dept. Over Russia Probe by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Monday, June 24, 2019, file photo, Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s former national security
adviser, departs a federal courthouse after a hearing, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
    A new lawsuit is seeking the truth about claims of alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election.    The conservative activist group Judicial Watch announced Wednesday that it had filed a lawsuit against the State Department.
    The group aims to find out more about the role played by former United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power.    Documents show Power made at least seven requests to obtain Michael Flynn’s redacted identity in meetings with top Russian officials.
    However, she recently testified saying she has “no recollection” of doing so.    This led many to believe Flynn was unfairly targeted.
    “They knew he was innocent,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.    “They knew he did nothing wrong yet he was targeted and it looks like it goes straight into the Oval Office.”
    Fitton’s efforts run parallel with another investigation led by the Department of Justice and U.S. attorney John Durham.    The results of either probe could have a significant impact on the upcoming election.

7/10/2020 Oil down $1.44 to $39.51, DOW down 361 to 25,706.

7/10/2020 Beshear issues mandatory mask order to curb virus by Sarah Ladd, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    FRANKFORT — Amid “an explosion of COVID,” all Kentuckians must wear masks in public starting at 5 p.m. Friday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced Thursday.
    His new executive order, signed Thursday, will last 30 days from July 10 and will be enforced by health departments, he said during an afternoon press conference.    After the 30 days, he said he’ll reevaluate whether the order is still needed.
    Exceptions will include kids younger than 5, people with breathing problems and people exercising while social distancing.    A person in a room alone or with their family at home doesn’t need to wear a mask.
    “It’s time to get serious,” Beshear said, citing health expert advice on the benefits of masks.    The U.S. Centers for Disease     Control and Prevention has said masks “are most likely to reduce the spread of COVID-19 when they are widely used by people in public settings” but should not be worn by children under 2 or anyone with breathing problems.
    The order applies to anyone in a retail environment, a grocery store and any other indoor business.
[How do we stop overreaching governors who do things without seeing how it affects the entire state.    Who do you call?    Governorsbusters as seen below.].

7/10/2020 Judge restrains Beshear’s future orders - Says governor must be specific on emergencies by Joe Sonka, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    A circuit court judge issued a temporary restraining order Thursday against future executive orders that may be signed by Gov. Andy Beshear related to the COVID-19 emergency, stating that the governor must spell out specific details on why they are needed.
    The judge’s ruling came hours before Beshear announced he had signed a new executive order mandating Kentuckians to wear a mask in public for the next 30 days, a reaction to an alarming increase in COVID-19 cases over the past week.
    After announcing the new mask mandate at his press conference Thursday afternoon, Beshear lashed out at the judge’s order and the Republican attorney general and commissioner of agriculture who joined the lawsuit, calling it “absolutely irresponsible.”

7/10/2020 EU’s Michel Lays Out Recovery Plan For Summit Negotiation
European Council President Charles Michel speaks during a debate on EU financing and economic recovery with
EU lawmakers at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium July 8, 2020. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Council President Charles Michel on Friday laid out plans for a long-term EU budget of 1.074 trillion euros and a recovery fund of 750 billion euros for pandemic-hammered economies, the starting point for negotiations at a summit next week.
    In a bid to make the bloc’s mass economic stimulus more palatable to thrifty northern member states, Michel proposed maintaining the so-called rebate that these countries receive from their contributions to the budget.
(… by John Chalmers)

7/10/2020 Italy Likely To Extend State Of Emergency Due To Coronavirus Crisis, PM Says
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte attends tests of flood barrier project Experimental
Electromechanical Module (Mose) in Venice, Italy, July 10, 2020. REUTERS/Flavio Lo Scalzo
    ROME (Reuters) – Italy will likely extend a state of emergency beyond its current deadline of July 31 due to the new coronavirus crisis, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Friday.
    “The possible extension simply means that we are in a position to continue taking the necessary measures” to face the epidemic, Conte said, speaking on the sidelines of a ceremony in Venice.
    Italy declared a six-month state of emergency at the end of January, allowing the government to cut through red tape quickly if needed, after two Chinese tourists tested positive for the new coronavirus in the first cases detected in the country.

7/10/2020 President Trump: ‘Aced’ Cognitive Test, Biden Should Take One Too 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 he “aced” a cognitive test proving his mental fitness.    In an interview Thursday, the president said he took the test “very recently” amid claims by the “radical left” questioning “if he’s all there.”
    The president said he took the test at Walter Reed Medical Center in Maryland and noted that the doctors were “very surprised.”    He added that they said “rarely does anybody do what you just did.”
    President Trump challenged presumptive Democrat nominee Joe Biden to take the same test.
    “He should take that same test, but he has been totally taken over and I think it’s because he doesn’t understand what’s going on,” stated the president.    “I watched him today, I watched him over the last couple of weeks and I look forward to debating him, but it looks like he wants to try to get out of the debate.”
    His comments come as the president has challenged Biden’s mental fitness as the former vice president has come under fire for numerous gaffes during his campaign.

7/10/2020 President Trump: Joe Biden A ‘Puppet’ Of Socialist Democrats by OAN Newsroom
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden arrives to speak at
McGregor Industries in Dunmore, Pa., Thursday, July 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
    President Trump called Joe Biden a socialist puppet during his recent forum on Venezuela.    According to the president, his administration stands with the citizens of Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua and other nations, who have fled socialism to find freedom.
    He accused Biden and the “radical left” of trying to impose socialism on America.    He then called the former vice president a “puppet” of Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.), Sen. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and the militant left.
    The president emphasized the coming election will be at least as important as the vote in 2016.
    “Nobody will be safe in a Biden America, but Biden doesn’t know what a Biden America is,” added President Trump.    “If you ask him to define it, he wouldn’t even know what it is, but other people do and he will have radical people running that.”
    He also suggested Biden wants to defund the police, which he said could leave every citizen at the mercy of a socialist mob or worse.

7/10/2020 Goya Foods Faces Boycott Over CEO’s Support For President Trump by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this April 29, 2015, file photo, people walk past displays of Goya Foods products
at the new corporate headquarters in Jersey City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)
    Hashtags #Goyaway and #BoycottGoya began trending on Twitter after the CEO of one of the country’s largest Hispanic-owned food companies offered praise to the president.    Shoppers announced a boycott of Goya Foods on Thursday after CEO Robert Unanue attended a roundtable event at the White House.
    During the meeting, Unanue praised President Trump and expressed the country is blessed to have him as a leader.
    “We are all truly blessed at the same time to have a leader like President Trump, who is a builder,” stated the CEO.    “That’s what my grandfather did, he came to this country to grow and prosper.”
    The grocery store founder visited the White House earlier this week to witness the president’s expansion of the “Hispanic Prosperity Initiative.”    The order aims to “improve access by Hispanic Americans to educational and economic opportunities.”br>
President Donald Trump listens as Robert Unanue, of Goya Foods, speaks during a roundtable meeting
with Hispanic leaders in the Cabinet Room, Thursday, July 9, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    Thousands attacked the business owner online and have urged the public to stop buying Goya products.    Unanue has since responded to the movement by saying the boycott is suppression of speech.
    He noted he has also worked with the Obama administration to help bring more nutritional foods to minority communities.    He has claimed he is now being attacked for trying to aid in economic and educational prosperity.
    “We pray for our leadership, our president, and we pray for our country that we will continue to prosper and grow,” he added.
    The CEO has said he will not apologize for his remarks, despite calls from the community.

7/10/2020 Fla. Police Department Stop Reporting To Non-Violent Calls by OAN Newsroom
    Police in St. Petersburg, Florida are changing the way they respond to non-violent calls. According to reports, a social service agency will now report to 911 calls pertaining to drug overdoses, disorderly intoxication, suicide crises, truant and disorderly minors, and other non-violent issues.
    “We are open to change,” stated Mayor Rick Kriseman.    “As such, the money we plan to allocate to our police department to hire more officers will now go toward establishing a response team, consisting of community and social services professionals.”
    The new policy is part of the department’s Community Assistance Liaison Division.     “Those groups will go to those calls, they will go assist those people that are in need,” explained Police Chief Anthony Holloway.    “The best thing about that is they’ll be able to follow up the next day.”
    Their decision comes amid demands to cut back on funding for law enforcement.    However, officials in St. Petersburg have decided to reallocate the money instead.
    According to police, more than $3 million in federal funds will be poured into the city’s police reform measure, which was motivated by recent Black Lives Matter protests.
    “Those protesting have helped to shine a light on injustice and inequity in America, two things that all of us up here have been dedicated to correcting our entire lives and throughout our time in public service,” added the mayor.
    The decision followed thorough discussions between leaders within the community, including faith based institutions.    The program is set to go into effect on October 1st.

7/10/2020 President Trump Touts Strides In Combating Drug Trafficking With SOUTHCOM by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump arrives for a briefing on counternarcotics operations at U.S.
Southern Command, Friday, July 10, 2020, in Doral, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    President Trump recently praised military and law enforcement agencies that have been a part of SOUTHCOM’s enhanced counter-narcotic operations.    During a briefing at the U.S. Southern Command in Florida, the president discussed how increased efforts to stop the flow of narcotics across the Western Hemisphere have already made a huge difference.
    According to him, thousands of drug traffickers have been arrested and billions of dollars in narcotics have been seized since he launched the mission in April this year.
    The president added his administration will continue these efforts.
President Donald Trump speaks during a briefing on counternarcotics operations at U.S.
Southern Command, Friday, July 10, 2020, in Doral, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    “With the help of the heroes here at SOUTHCOM, Coast Guard, CBP, DEA and law enforcement will work relentlessly to seize illegal drugs, arrest vile traffickers, …and dismantle criminal cartels that are responsible for the deaths of thousands of Americans,” he said.
    The president stressed protecting our borders in Central America, South America and the Caribbean has saved lives and made communities safer.

7/10/2020 President Trump On Sending Federal Troops Into Seattle’s CHOP Zone by OAN Newsroom
Protesters stand holding up their arms in front of a road blocked by police in the Capitol Hill
Organized Protest zone early Wednesday, July 1, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
    President Trump has stated he had federal forces on standby when Seattle’s mayor ordered the removal of its illegal autonomous zone.    During a recent interview, the president reiterated Mayor Jenny Durkin sent in local law enforcement to dismantle the CHOP zone after he called to say federal troops were going in.
    The encampment was cleared out on July 1st, following weeks of violence and lawlessness.
    The president offered to deploy the National Guard on numerous occasions, but local officials denied his requests.
    “We were going in very soon. We let them know that and, all of a sudden, they didn’t want that.    So, they went in before we got there… We would have taken the CHOP back very easily, but they went in and, frankly, the people just gave up. They were tired.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
    He went on to emphasize he was ready to help out in Seattle and said he even looked forward to seeing the autonomous zone dismantled.
A protester stands with her hand up in front of a road blocked by Seattle police in the
Capitol Hill Organized Protest zone early Wednesday, July 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Aron Ranen)
    Meanwhile, the Seattle City Council has moved forward with plans to defund its police department.    On Thursday, council members voted to decrease the police budget by 50%, or $200 million, and put those funds towards community needs.
    This comes amid a major outcry from the Black Lives Matter movement to “defund” or dismantle police departments nationwide.    Critics have slammed the decision, which was passed without the approval of the mayor.
    Council President Lorena Gonzalez has defended the move by saying “we have to take away the things that no longer and should have never belonged to law enforcement in the first place.”

7/10/2020 Miss. Introduces New COVID-19 Guidelines Amid Surge In Cases by OAN Newsroom
Gov. Tate Reeves sports a “Mississippi Strong” face mask following his coronavirus
news briefing in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, July 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
    The governor of Mississippi has introduced new coronavirus restrictions amid a surge in cases.    On Thursday, he signed an executive order to enforce a mask mandate for 13 counties in the state.
    “Mississippi is in a fight for our lives.    COVID-19 is an ever-present threat and we are in the middle of a spike.    It is putting a strain on our hospital system.    Today, I am announcing a new order, which places tighter restrictions on 13 counties that are seeing greater risk than others.    Make no mistake, the risk is present everywhere.    It is most visible in these counties.” – Tate Reeves, Governor of Mississippi
    The order also banned indoor gatherings of more than 10 people and outdoor gatherings of more than 20.
    Mississippi has seen a growing number of COVID-19 cases in the past few days, which led health officials to convene on the matter.
Things are not normal, we are in the middle of a pandemic,” stated medical center official Louann Woodward.    “Things are not normal and we cannot behave as though they are, because we’re fooling ourselves.”
    Officials noted a statewide stay-at-home order would not be helpful, but called these guidelines “necessary.”

7/10/2020 Md. Man Believes He Was First Person To Be Successfully Vaccinated Against COVID-19 by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this May 4, 2020 photo provided by the University of Maryland School of Medicine, the first
patient enrolled in Pfizer’s COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine clinical trial at the University of Maryland
School of Medicine in Baltimore, receives an injection. (University of Maryland School of Medicine via AP)
    A Maryland man has claimed he was the first to be successfully vaccinated against the coronavirus.    This came after he participated in a clinical trial, which is making great strides in producing antibodies.
    David Rach was the first person to be injected in a University of Maryland trial in May. Rach has said he has seen a slight reaction to the second dose, which convinced him that he has been vaccinated against the virus.
    Rach is due to be tested in October to see if he has any immunity to the virus.    If the trial proves to be successful, U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer confirmed it will produce 100 million doses before the end of the year and more than a billion in 2021.
    Meanwhile, a German biotech company partnering with Pfizer is confident about having a coronavirus vaccine ready by the end of this year.    BioNTech CEO Dr. Ugur Sahin recently announced the vaccine will be ready for regulatory approval by the end of 2020.
    He added that several hundred million doses could be ready before then.    Phase three of clinical trials for the vaccine are set for late July.

7/10/2020 President Trump: Roger Stone’s Prayers May Have Been Answered by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Nov. 12, 2019, file photo, Roger Stone leaves federal court in Washington. Facebook on Wednesday, July 8,
2020, said it has removed dozens of accounts linked to the hate group Proud Boys, to President Donald Trump’s
longtime ally Roger Stone and to employees of Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, among others. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
    President Trump said Roger Stone’s prayers may have been answered, following pleas for a pardon from his former political adviser.
    His comments came after the Department of Justice advocated for Stone to begin his prison sentence next week despite his bid to postpone his 40-month sentence due to fears of the coronavirus.
    President Trump said Stone was framed and is the victim of a “corrupt and evil witch hunt.”
    “Roger Stone was treated very unfairly, unbelievably unfairly, and I watched that and thought it was incredible the way that man was treated, including with the jury forewoman,” he told reporters.    “It was disgrace and the judge, the way she treated him, I think it was a disgrace that they didn’t give him a retrial.”
    Prosecutors initially called for up to a nine-year sentence for Stone, but Attorney General William Barr reduced the recommendation.    Stone is due to report to prison July 14.

7/10/2020 Trump Says He Is Not Thinking About A ‘Phase 2’ U.S. – China Trade Deal
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about today's Supreme Court rulings, calling them "part of
a political witch hunt and a hoax,” during a roundtable discussion with members of the Hispanic community
in the Cabinet Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., July 9, 2020. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
    ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday his not currently thinking about negotiating a “Phase 2” trade deal with China as relations between Washington and Beijing sour over the coronavirus pandemic and other issues.
    Trump, asked by reporters aboard Air Force One about the possibility of second phase trade deal following implementation of a Phase 1 agreement this year, said “I don’t think about it now,” adding that he has many other things on his mind.
    “The relationship with China has been severely damaged.    They could have stopped the plague, they could have stopped it. They didn’t stop it,” Trump said.
(Reporting by Steve Holland, writing by David Lawder; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

7/10/2020 Hundreds Of French Women Protest Against New Interior Minister
Feminist activists demonstrate against the appointments of French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin and Justice Minister Eric
Dupond-Moretti in the new French government, in front of the city hall in Paris, France, July 10, 2020. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
    PARIS (Reuters) – Hundreds of women protested in central Paris on Friday against the appointment of Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin, who is under investigation for a rape allegation.
    Darmanin, who denies the allegation, was promoted to the key post of interior minister in a government reshuffle on Monday.    Darmanin, 37, had previously served as budget minister.
    Demanding his immediate resignation, the women waved placards with messages such as “Sexist government, feminist riposte.”    Their protest follows a smaller one outside the interior ministry involving a few dozen women on Tuesday.
    A judge dismissed the case against Darmanin two years ago, but last month the Paris appeal court ordered the reopening of an investigation into the rape allegation, a judicial source has told Reuters.
    The government has said the investigation against him was no reason to block his appointment.
    The court decision means that an investigating judge will now decide whether there is a case to pursue with a formal investigation, after it was previously dismissed after just a preliminary probe.
(Reporting by Benoit Tessier; Writing by Geert De Clercq; Editing by Gareth Jones)

7/10/2020 WHO Reports Record Daily Increase In Global Coronavirus Cases, Up Over 228,000
FILE PHOTO: Workers wearing face-masks are seen travelling through Waterloo Station during the morning rush hour following
the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in London, Britain, July 6, 2020. REUTERS/Toby Melville/File Photo
    (Reuters) – The World Health Organization reported a record increase in global coronavirus cases on Friday, with the total rising by 228,102 in 24 hours.
    The biggest increases were from the United States, Brazil, India and South Africa, according to a daily report    The previous WHO record for new cases was 212,326 on July 4.    Deaths remained steady at about 5,000 a day.
    Global coronavirus cases exceeded 12 million on Wednesday, according to a Reuters tally, marking another milestone in the spread of the disease that has killed more than 555,000 people in seven months.
(Writing by Lisa Shumaker; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

7/10/2020 President Trump Commutes Roger Stone’s Sentence by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Feb. 20, 2020, file photo, Roger Stone arrives for his sentencing at federal court in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
    President Trump has commuted the sentence of his former political adviser Roger Stone.    Friday’s announcement came just days before he was set to report to prison.
    The White House confirmed the news in a press release.
    “Today, President Donald J. Trump signed an executive grant of clemency commuting the unjust sentence of Roger Stone, Jr.,” Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany wrote.    “Roger Stone is a victim of the Russia hoax that the left and its allies in the media perpetuated for years in an attempt to undermine the Trump presidency.”
    One America’s Jack Posobiec also confirmed the news and said Stone is planning to “continue to fight his case in the appeals court, and also do whatever he can to support the full exoneration of General Flynn.”
    The president hinted at a possible lifeline for Stone in a series of interviews over the past 24 hours.
Stone was originally convicted of lying to Congress and witness tampering in connection with Robert Mueller’s Russia probe.
    The president’s allies have repeatedly urged him to pardon or grant clemency for Stone since the end of his trial, citing his risk of contracting coronavirus while behind bars.

7/10/2020 Mich. Gov. Whitmer Signs Order Requiring Residents To Wear Face Masks by OAN Newsroom
This photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor shows Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer as she addresses the
state during a speech in Lansing, Mich., Thursday, July 9, 2020. (Michigan Office of the Governor via AP, Pool)
    Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has signed an executive order that will require all residents to wear a face mask in public indoor spaces and crowded outdoor spaces.    On Friday, she stated masks reduce the chance of spreading COVID-19 by about 70% and can save lives.
    She added the heroes on the front lines of the pandemic wear masks every day and suggested residents owe it to them to do the same.
    The governor has advised residents to wear a face covering since she first announced stay-at-home orders earlier this year.
    “I encourage everyone to wear some sort of a face covering in those few trips you need to leave the house,” said Whitmer.
    The new order will go into effect on Monday and will allow businesses to turn away anyone who is not wearing a face covering.    Michigan residents who do not obey the order can be fined up to $500.

7/10/2020 President Trump: Joe Biden A ‘Puppet’ Of Socialist Democrats by OAN Newsroom
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden arrives to speak
at McGregor Industries in Dunmore, Pa., Thursday, July 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
    President Trump called Joe Biden a socialist puppet during his recent forum on Venezuela.    According to the president, his administration stands with the citizens of Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua and other nations, who have fled socialism to find freedom.
    He accused Biden and the “radical left” of trying to impose socialism on America.    He then called the former vice president a “puppet” of Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.), Sen. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and the militant left.
    The president emphasized the coming election will be at least as important as the vote in 2016.
    “Nobody will be safe in a Biden America, but Biden doesn’t know what a Biden America is,” added President Trump.    “If you ask him to define it, he wouldn’t even know what it is, but other people do and he will have radical people running that.”
    He also suggested Biden wants to defund the police, which he said could leave every citizen at the mercy of a socialist mob or worse.
[President Trump Slams Joe Biden’s ‘Build Back Better’ Economic Plan as he is trying to fool Americans he is not following the Socialist agenda while trying to copying the general message behind his America First initiative, which President Trump made these ideas his focal point while campaigning in 2016, and even now as he seeks reelection in November.    So don’t believe the Democrats who will not do this if they regain power.].

7/11/2020 Oil up $0.92 to $40.49, DOW up 369 to 26,075.

7/11/2020 State masks up as court fight looms -AG Cameron seeks ruling on legality by Joe Sonka, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    FRANKFORT — Despite an effort to derail it by state Attorney General Daniel Cameron, Gov. Andy Beshear’s order to mandate masks in Kentucky went into effect at 5 p.m. Friday.
    Beshear signed the executive order Thursday in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, which has been on the rise in the state.
    Cameron filed a motion Friday afternoon seeking a ruling on whether Beshear’s order violated a judicial restraining order filed the previous day, which could put the mask mandate’s ultimate fate in doubt.
    Hours before Beshear announced his mask mandate Thursday, Scott County Circuit Judge Brian Privett signed the temporary restraining order limiting the governor’s ability to sign future executive orders related to the pandemic.

7/11/2020 Trump grants clemency to ally Roger Stone by John Fritze, Kevin Johnson and Kristine Phillips by USA TODAY
    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump commuted the sentence of his longtime confidant Roger Stone, a Republican operative convicted of lying to Congress to protect the president’s campaign from an investigation into Russian election interference.
    The White House announced Trump’s decision days before Stone was set to report to prison for a 40month sentence handed down in February, a stunning downfall for a consultant who has advised campaigns for decades.
    In a statement, the White House described Stone as “a victim of the Russia Hoax that the Left and its allies in the media perpetuated for years in an attempt to undermine the Trump presidency.”
    The Justice Department told a federal appeal court this week that Stone should begin his sentence July 14, despite Stone’s plea to delay it over concerns about the coronavirus.    Hours later, the president presaged his decision during an interview with the conservative news organization Newsmax.
    “He was framed.    He was treated horribly,” Trump said of Stone.    “His prayer may be answered.”
    Trump’s decision follows a public dispute with Attorney General William Barr in February over the president’s public remarks about criminal cases.    Trump railed against the Justice Department for recommending Stone serve up to nine years, describing the initial recommendation as a “miscarriage of justice.”
    Justice officials backed away from that tougher sentence.
    Trump for years has offered vague answers to questions about whether he would use his sweeping clemency powers to help allies and former employees ensnared by the Russian investigations, which he has collectively dismissed as a “hoax.”    In handing down Stone’s sentence this year, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said the GOP consultant “took it upon himself to lie, to impede, to obstruct before the investigation was complete, in an endeavor to influence the result.”
Stone was found guilty in November of lying to Congress and obstructing the Russia investigation.    The 67-yearold GOP operative was one of several Trump associates to be convicted in cases stemming from former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.
    “Not only was Mr. Stone charged by overzealous prosecutors pursing a case that never should have existed, and arrested in an operation that never should have been approved, but there were also serious questions about the jury in the case,” the White House said.
[As the Democrats will go crazy over this Trump may be forced to do the same for Flynn and Manafort since that judge has gone crazy and is trying to become an attorney to influence the case he is ruling on which shows you that the left is crazy because they are losing in all their illegal activities that ocurred during the Obama administation.].

7/11/2020 Newly Released Notes Show FBI Knew Gen. Flynn Was Telling The Truth 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)
    New documents have revealed the FBI knew Lieutenant General Michael Flynn was telling the truth about his relationship with Russia.    On Friday, notes were released from a meeting with FBI and Justice Department officials.
    The meeting took place on January 25th, 2017, one day after Peter Strzok and Joseph Pientka interrogated Flynn.    According to the documents, the bureau had no reason to believe Flynn was lying and stated he was not working as an agent of Russia.
    Agents called Flynn “open and forthcoming.”
    Additionally, the notes revealed Justice Department official George Toscas questioned why the investigation would even be reported to the White House.    Toscas also voiced opposition against prosecuting Flynn under the Logan Act.
    These documents were not turned over to Flynn’s legal team until this week.
FILE – In this July 12, 2018 file photo, then-FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok is seated to testify
before the the House Committees on the Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform during a hearing on
“Oversight of FBI and DOJ Actions Surrounding the 2016 Election,” on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    According to reports from earlier this year, the FBI moved to close Flynn’s case, but Strzok urged the bureau to keep it open.    Several months after the January 25th meeting, the general pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.
    He recently recanted his plea and alleged the FBI set him up.
    Previously released notes from an Oval Office meeting on January 5th, 2017 showed one attendee asking if the goal was to obtain the truth or to get Flynn to lie so he could be prosecuted or fired.
    “There was a January 5th meeting in the White House with President Obama, that President Obama was directly part of the meeting, where it was discussed with senior law enforcement intelligence they were targeting the national security adviser for the incoming president,” explained Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).
    At the same meeting, Joe Biden requested Flynn’s name be unmasked from the reports.
FILE – In this Jan. 4, 2017 file photo, then-Vice President Joe Biden, left, watches then-President
Barack Obama, center, at Conmy Hall, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    The Justice Department moved to drop the charges in Flynn’s case, but Judge Emmet Sullivan attempted to block the department from doing so.
    A panel of three judges from the D.C. Circuit Court then ordered Sullivan to allow the charges to be dropped in June.    Sullivan requested an en banc rehearing of the case earlier this week.
    The court has stayed their previous decision until they decide whether or not to grant the rehearing.
    “What happened to General Flynn should never happen again in our country,” stated President Trump.    “He was persecuted and many other people were persecuted, they spied on a campaign.”

7/11/2020 China ‘Strongly Opposes’ U.S. Decision To Impose Sanctions 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)
    China has vowed retaliation against the U.S. for imposing sanctions on top Chinese officials.    On Friday, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lijian Zhao announced China will fight back against what they called serious interference in China’s affairs.
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blacklisted four Chinese officials this week for running forced labor camps in the province of Xinjiang.    Zhao has said China strongly opposes the White House’s decision and will take reciprocal measures against U.S. institutions and individuals.
    “We urge the U.S. to withdraw its wrong decision on the issue, stop smearing China’s internal policies and hurting China’s interests,” stated the spokesman.    “If the U.S. insists on doing these kind of things, China will fight back resolutely.”
    The nation has denied allegations against them. China’s response followed multiple reports of forced labor, torture and mandatory birth control being used to curtail minority populations in the region.
    Meanwhile, President Trump has suggested a phase two trade deal with China is “unlikely.”    On Friday, the president stated he isn’t even thinking about a potential trade deal anymore.
    He emphasized that China could have stopped the coronavirus outbreak, but didn’t, and said the relationship between both countries has been severely damaged as a result.
    The U.S. and China signed an initial phase one deal in January, which included purchase commitments by China and a reduction in tariffs on some Chinese imports.
    According to administration officials, both countries are still expected to honor the deal.

7/11/2020 L.A. Mayor Encourages Residents To Report Business That Do Not Comply With COVID-19 Regulations by OAN Newsroom
FILE – This Wednesday, April 1, 2020 file photo from a live stream video provided by the Office of
Mayor Eric Garcetti shows Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti wearing a protective face mask during his
daily coronavirus news conference in Los Angeles. (Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti via AP, File)
    The mayor of Los Angeles has encouraged residents to report businesses that fail to comply with COVID-19 guidelines. On Friday,     Eric Garcetti confirmed the city has already received complaints regarding non-compliant businesses and asked residents to continue providing feedback.
    According to Garcetti, the city has received nearly 300 complaints in total.    He cited a website residents can go to in order to report businesses.
    This came after the mayor made similar comments in earlier this year.
    “You know that old saying about snitches.    Well, in this case, snitches get rewards.    We want to thank you for turning folks in and making sure we are all safe.” – Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles
    Critics have labeled his call to action a form of “police state.”    However, the mayor has dismissed these claims and reiterated that the city handled business complaints long before COVID-19.

7/11/2020 Dozens Of Fla. Hospitals At ICU Capacity by OAN Newsroom
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis gives an update on the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic during a press conference
at Florida’s Turnpike Turkey Lake Service Plaza, in Orlando, Friday, July 10, 2020. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP)
    More than 50 hospitals in Florida have reached maximum capacity in ICU beds as the state’s coronavirus cases continue to increase.    On Friday, the Sunshine State hit another single-day record with 11,433 cases and over 400 hospitalizations.
    According to Governor Ron DeSantis, there are plenty of beds still available.    He has dismissed sensational reporting of the capacities and emphasized that’s “how hospitals are normally run.”
    Yet, health care staffers have voiced concerns.
    “The mood is uncertainty,” said one surgical technician.    “We don’t really know when it’s going to end, how it’s going to end or how it’s going to affect us.”
Vehicles wait in line at a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site outside Hard Rock
Stadium, Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
    DeSantis recently sent 100 contract nurses to Tampa Bay, which is one of the hardest hit areas in the state.    He has urged Floridians to seek medical attention for all emergencies.
[11,433 cases and over 400 hospitalizations = 0.035% which is low and it did not mention any deaths which is the most important issue.]

7/11/2020 President Trump Optimistic About Economic Recovery by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks during a roundtable on Venezuela at Iglesia Doral
Jesus Worship Center, Friday, July 10, 2020, in Doral, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    President Trump has said he’s optimistic the economy will pick up soon.    He made those remarks Friday during a briefing in Florida, where he shared the administration’s latest efforts to fight drug trafficking in South America.
    The president suggested investors have confidence in the administration’s ability to combat the economic slump and cited recent gains in the stock market.
    “We’re going to have a great third quarter.    Third quarter is going to be tremendous numbers, fourth quarter likewise.    Next year, economically, will be one of the best years we have ever had.    …You have already seen the record-breaking job numbers.    NASDAQ just hit recently about 12 days record highs, and the other markets are right behind it.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
    Fewer Americans are reportedly filing for jobless benefits as numbers dropped to a four-month low last week.
United States flags decorate the New York Stock Exchange, Thursday, July 9, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
    Meanwhile, Vice President Mike Pence has said the Trump administration is the only thing standing between America and the far left’s “radical agenda.”    On Thursday, he stressed the importance of the president winning a second term.
    According to Pence, presumptive Democrat nominee Joe Biden is driven by an agenda to transform America, while President Trump is trying to renew the country.
    His remarks came after Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) predicted Biden could be the “most progressive” president since Franklin D. Roosevelt.
    However, Pence appeared confident in saying that he believes the American people will “choose freedom” when they vote to reelect President Trump on November 3rd.

7/12/2020 The Crybaby Democrats Never Seem To Quit Crying About Everything Trump Does And Are Becoming Sore Losers.

    The following two biblical verses definitely represents what is happening in the U.S.A. and around the world, which is an increase in antichristian actions:.
    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."

7/12/2020 Anti-Mask Activists Stage Rallies Across America by OAN Newsroom
A pedestrian, wearing a mask to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, walks down Miami Beach,
Florida’s famed Ocean Drive on South Beach, July 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
    People across the country are telling law enforcement officers to “stand down” and allow them to go about their day without wearing a mask.
    On Saturday, Florida’s anti-mask activists held a rally at a grilled cheese bar in Windermere after the owner said the store would not be enforcing the county’s mandatory mask policies.
    “This is a single woman, who is running this grilled cheese business,” said one protester.    “This is her dream, and all she is doing is standing up for the rights of people to make their own medical decisions.”
    The event organizers promised free grilled cheese sandwiches to those who attended without wearing a mask.
    Governor Ron DeSantis has stopped short of implementing a statewide mandatory mask policy.    He instead followed in the footsteps of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, who is making these decisions on a county by county basis.
    So far, there are currently 12 counties, or red zones, across the Buckeye State who fall under the mask mandate.
A stack of paperwork detailing positive COVID-19 test results sits in a box at the Toledo-Lucas County
Health Department offices in Toledo, Ohio, on Wednesday, June 24, 2020.(AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
    Protesters also took to Edgewater Park in Cleveland this weekend, where they called on locals to show up and fight for their freedom.
    “I believe that we need our freedoms to do as we choose,” explained holistic pediatrician Janet Levatin.    “If we want to wear a mask, it’s fine, wear a mask, but if we don’t want to wear a mask and cover our face, I don’t believe we should have to.”
    Lawmakers believe the order is not an infringement on residents’ rights.
    While some counties in Florida and Ohio have allowed residents to opt out of wearing masks, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards recently announced face coverings will be mandatory in his state.
    On Saturday, Edwards said the new protocol should be followed in both indoor and outdoor public spaces.    He emphasized the mandate is driven by the fact that “face masks work.”
    “Obviously we hope to avoid going backwards, we hope to avoid closing businesses again,” he added.    “But what we cannot do is go back to a time where we’re running out of hospital beds and ventilators.”
People line up at the Covid-19 testing site at LSU’s Alex Box Stadium parking lot,
Tuesday, July 7, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La.(Bill Feig/The Advocate via AP)
    Starting on Monday, anyone over the age of eight will be expected to comply, with the exception of individuals with medical exemptions.
    Edwards is also planning to close all bars, unless they provide takeout services and limit indoor gatherings to 50 people.    The governor has admitted even with a stricter policy, the number of confirmed cases, hospitalizations and deaths are likely to rise in the coming weeks.
    In addition to Florida, Ohio and Louisiana, dozens of other states have implemented mask policies of some kind.    Yet, many of their citizens continue to demand the freedom to make their own choices.

7/12/2020 Joe Biden Wins La. Democrat Primary by OAN Newsroom
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at McGregor
Industries in Dunmore, Pa., Thursday, July 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
    Joe Biden has won the Democrat presidential primary in Louisiana. On Saturday, Biden won with nearly 80% of the votes, while Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) took around 7%.
    The win gave the former vice president 54 more delegate votes for his presumptive formal nomination in August.
    Louisiana’s primaries were expected to take place in April, but were postponed twice due to the pandemic.    Voters were asked to wear masks and maintain social distancing while at the polls.
    “It’s safe to come out and vote.    You need to come out and vote.    I mean, it’s your right.    You need to do it.    This country is in a pivotal time, it’s very important to vote.” – Prentice Jones, voter
    President Trump also won the Republican primary in a landslide against two other competing hopefuls.
    Meanwhile, Joe Biden continues to make gaffes on the campaign trail.    Earlier this week during an interview, he seemingly lost his train of thought and fumbled over his words.
    He attempted to make a recovery by claiming he had spoken for too long.
    “Critical laws like the PRO Act, there is strength in collective bargaining,” said Biden.    “On politics like prevailing…Look, I’m taking too much time, but you know.”
    Some have suggested Biden was reading off of a teleprompter. He also referred to the popular phrase “woke” by mistakenly calling it “woked.”
[Yes he is taking too much time to try to say something comprehensive and he needs to be "awoken" to reality that he is a puppet for the extreme left socialist and Globalist.].

7/12/2020 WHO Reports Record Daily Increase In Global Coronavirus Cases, Up Over 230,000
FILE PHOTO: A woman wears a protective face mask outside at a shopping plaza after New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy
said he would sign an executive order requiring people to wear face coverings outdoors to prevent a resurgence
of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Edgewater, New Jersey, U.S., July 8, 2020. REUTERS/Mike Segar
    (Reuters) – The World Health Organization reported a record increase in global coronavirus cases on Sunday, with the total rising by 230,370 in 24 hours.
    The biggest increases were from the United States, Brazil, India and South Africa, according to a daily report. The previous WHO record for new cases was 228,102 on July 10.    Deaths remained steady at about 5,000 a day.
    Global coronavirus cases were approaching 13 million on Sunday, according to a Reuters tally, marking another milestone in the spread of the disease that has killed more than 565,000 people in seven months.
(Writing by Lisa Shumaker; Editing by Daniel Wallis)
[WHO stop trying to make it a big deal if increase in cases is okay 228,102 divided by 5.000 deaths is 0.022% which is better than 3%-10% deaths and 13 million divided by 565,000 is 0.043% so cases are not deaths, and you need to spend more time getting China to cop to their crime of releasing a pandemic on the world.].

7/12/2020 Mexico Set To Surpass Italy’s Coronavirus Tally As Death Toll Nears 35,000
FILE PHOTO: People wait in line along the street before entering the area where stores are open,
during the gradual reopening of commercial activities in the city, as the coronavirus disease
(COVID-19) outbreak continues, in Mexico City, Mexico July 6, 2020. REUTERS/Henry Romero
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s death toll from the coronavirus pandemic is poised to overtake Italy’s and shoot above 35,000 on Sunday, with the Latin American nation set to post the world’s fourth highest deaths total, according to Reuters data.
    Mexico on Saturday recorded 539 additional fatalities to bring its coronavirus toll to 34,730, with 295,268 confirmed cases.    Italy has recorded 34,945 deaths and 242,827 cases.
    While Italy appears to have tamed the virus, the pandemic is showing no signs of slowing down in Mexico, where the government has faced criticism for reopening its economy too soon.
    Mexican authorities have gradually raised the projections of total fatalities and as recently as June forecast up to 35,000 deaths through October.    In early May, the estimate was 6,000.
    The coronavirus death toll per million residents in Mexico, whose population numbers about 120 million, is the 16th highest in the world, according to data by research firm Statista.
    But Mexican officials say the true toll is likely much higher due to limited testing.    A Reuters analysis of funeral homes data in May indicated a toll more than double the reported figures.
    Hugo Lopez-Gatell, Mexico’s deputy health minister and coronavirus czar, this week said the virus was “slowing down”
    But several former officials have criticised President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s administration for its handling of the epidemic.
    Former health minister Salomon Chertorivski earlier this week said the government had reopened the economy before globally-established criteria for doing so were met.
    “There are three fundamental variables: a reduction in the last 14 days in the numbers of contagions, reduction in recent days in the number of deaths, and reduction in the number of hospitalized people,” Chertorivski told Mexican newspaper Reforma.
    “None of those three parameters were achieved.”
(Writing by Drazen Jorgic; Editing by Daniel Wallis)

7/12/2020 UK COVID-19 Death Toll From Confirmed Cases Rises By 21 To 44,819
FILE PHOTO: People sit in outdoor area as restrictions are eased following the outbreak of the coronavirus
disease (COVID-19) in Covent Garden, London, Britain July 12, 2020. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

7/12/2020 With Masks And Gel, Spaniards Vote Amid New Coronavirus Outbreaks
A man votes at a polling station during the Basque regional elections, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Durango, Spain July 12, 2020. REUTERS/Vincent West
    BILBAO (Reuters) – Voters in northern Spain protected themselves with face masks and hand sanitizer before voting on Sunday as Galicia and the Basque Country held regional elections despite new localised outbreaks of COVID-19.
    The extra health measures meant there were long lines outside polling stations for the votes, which were postponed from April due to the pandemic and are the first since one of Europe’s strictest lockdown was relaxed.
    Bilbao, the Basque region’s largest city, increased the number of polling stations by 25% to ensure social distancing.
    Turnout at midday was 4.2% higher in Galicia than at the same point during the last election in 2016, while in the Basque Country it fell by 1.3%, election authorities said.
    More than 460 people in both regions who recently tested positive for the new coronavirus were barred from voting for the new regional governments, as were people awaiting test results.
    Health officials have confirmed at least 161 new COVID-19 cases in the Basque Country and more than 300 in Galicia in the last 24 hours.    The fresh clusters have brought local lockdowns in both regions, plus in Catalonia.
    The eastern region of Aragon and Andalusia, one of Spain’s top holiday destinations, were on Monday to make it compulsory to wear a face mask, authorities said, following a similar move in Catalonia, the Balearic Islands and Extremadura.
    Andalusian regional leader Juan Manuel Moreno cited “fear” of tourists not wearing masks as the reason. There were 349 new cases of COVID-19 there in the last 24 hours.
    Catalonia recorded 816 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, health authorities said.
    Spanish airport operator Aena estimated the extra cost of health measures as 294 million euros ($332 million) by 2022, according to a memorandum reported by Europa Press.
(Reporting by Graham Keeley; Additional reporting by Vincent West; Editing by Catherine Evans and Andrew Cawthorne)

7/12/2020 Foreign Doctors’ Hopes For Fast-Track Pandemic Licenses In Canada Fading by Moira Warburton
FILE PHOTO: A view of the station as medical staff assess people for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the
public Victoria Health Unit in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada March 17, 2020. REUTERS/Kevin Light
    TORONTO (Reuters) – Canada’s effort to fast-track careers of foreign-trained doctors to meet growing patient numbers during the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in only about two dozen licenses approved in Ontario and none in British Columbia, according to medical colleges in both provinces.
    As Canada faced the prospect of the pandemic swamping the country’s healthcare system, British Columbia created a new class of license that would allow overseas-trained doctors to practice under the supervision of a fully licensed doctor, similar to licenses that exist in other provinces, such as Alberta.
    In Ontario, the medical college activated a short-term license program that would allow hospitals to hire internationally trained doctors on short notice.
    But the programs have had very little uptake since being launched in May in British Columbia and February in Ontario.
    Immigrant doctors and their advocates say this is because requirements for the new license categories did almost nothing to allow more physicians to apply, and the licenses were poorly communicated to both applicants and hospitals.
    The overburdened healthcare system is frequently an election issue in many Canadian provinces.    A 2019 report from the Canadian Institute of Health Information found that Canada had 241 physicians per 100,000 people.    Ontario had 234 physicians per 100,000, and British Columbia had 250.    The OECD average is roughly 350 physicians per 100,000 people, according to a 2020 report by the Commonwealth Fund, a New York-based health foundation.
    Amir Bajehkian, a co-founder of Trained to Save Lives, a Vancouver-based advocacy group for international medical graduates, said he was optimistic when British Columbia initially announced the new class of license.
    He hoped it would fulfill requests foreign-trained doctors had been making for years.
    But the requirements – at least two years’ postgraduate training, strict English fluency and a specialty in acute care – barely moved the needle on who was able to apply, Bajehkian said.
    “A lot of physicians are like, what’s the point? Why are you doing this?” he said.
    Ontario doctors face a similar situation, said Ahmad Al-Khatib, 33, an Iraqi who practiced in the United Arab Emirates before coming to Canada four years ago.
    “When the pandemic started I felt so helpless, even useless,” Al-Khatib said.    “I have all this experience and I’m seeing people dying around me and this is where I used to work – I used to work in the emergency.”
    The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario said that if applicants met all the requirements, including confirming employment with the hospital, they would be granted a license.    The College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia declined to comment.
    Even in Alberta, which has had a pathway similar to that in British Columbia for over 10 years, the challenges are steep.
    Claudia Avila, 39, an obstetrician and gynecologist with 11 years of experience in her home of Venezuela, emigrated to Canada with her husband and daughter four years ago.
    For Edmonton area-based Avila, it took years of saving to pay for the costly exams and its preparations.    Then the regulations changed and she had to start over.
    Avila came to Canada on a skilled worker visa, she said.    “Then we come here and we see that they don’t even care… It is very sad.    I would say I wouldn’t be here if I knew it was going to be that hard.”
(Reporting by Moira Warburton in Toronto; Editing by Denny Thomas and Dan Grebler)

7/12/2020 Surgeon General: CDC Will Be Working With School Districts Individually To Ensure Safe Reopening by OAN Newsroom
Surgeon General Jerome Adams speaks at the National Press Club about a campaign to raise awareness
on the risks of veterans suicide, Tuesday, July 7, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
    According to Surgeon General Jerome Adams, the CDC will be issuing guidelines for schools to reopen on a “district by district” basis.    On Sunday, he confirmed the health agency has been working individually with school districts to ensure children can return to classes in the fall safely.
    Adams went on to say the CDC guidelines out right now are based on a best-case scenario for schools. He noted the government will be working to ensure the best plans for each district are implemented.
    The surgeon general has said he expects additional guidelines detailing these plans to be released later this week.
    “We know that in some school districts, many school districts, over 50% of kids are eating lunch at school and don’t have the ability to bring their own lunch.    So that’s one case where we need to work directly with local school districts and help them figure out, okay, if you can’t do what is the gold standard, best case scenario, can you do something that’s a compromise to safely reopen?” – Jerome Adams, U.S. Surgeon General
    Despite the threat of COVID-19, he believes leaving schools closed could lead to other health complications for kids, including obesity and substance abuse.

7/12/2020 Assistant HHS Secy. Giroir: U.S. In A ‘Much Better Place’ Regarding COVID-19 Than In April by OAN Newsroom
Adm. Brett Giroir, director of the U.S. coronavirus diagnostic testing, testifies before a Senate Health, Education, Labor
and Pensions Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 30, 2020. (Kevin Dietsch/Pool via AP)
    Assistant Health and Human Services Secretary Brett Giroir has stated the U.S. is in a “much better place” regarding the COVID-19 pandemic than it was in April.    During a recent interview, he said testing now allows officials to identify hot spots.
    He added CDC response teams are now out in the field and that the personal protective equipment situation has also improved.
    The official urged Americans to wear face masks and estimated 90% of people in hot spot areas need to be wearing masks in public to help get the pandemic under control.
    He also expressed optimism emergency room visits and hospitalizations due to the virus may soon level off.
    “We are not out of this at all.    We are all very concerned, but we have seen this week a leveling of what we call the percent positive.    That’s our sort of first indicator that if that levels, we’re going to start seeing emergency rooms drop, hospitalizations drop.    I’m not saying that’s going to happen, but I’m saying the measures that we have right now…may be putting a lid on that.” – Brett Giroir, Assistant Health and Human Services Secretary
    The secretary further estimated the U.S. will be carrying out more than 1 million COVID-19 tests daily at some point in the next couple of weeks.

7/12/2020 Secy. Of Education DeVos On Schools Reopening: CDC Guidelines Are Meant To Be Flexible by OAN Newsroom
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks during a White House Coronavirus Task Force briefing at the Department
of Education building Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
    As the pandemic persists, the education of America’s youth has taken center stage.    Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has urged state leaders to fully reopen their schools.
    “I think we are all on the same page here,” stated DeVos.    “We want kids to get back to school, we want them to be learning full time, not just an episodic situation.”
    During a recent interview, she said educational institutions need to resume schooling on a case by case basis.
    “Kids need to get back to school, they need to get back in the classroom,” she added.    “It can be done safely.”
    This came after the CDC suggested gathering children in groups would put everyone at risk.
    However, DeVos has expressed that the agency’s guidelines are meant to be flexible and will be applied appropriately, depending on the given situation.
    She also pointed out that many regions are not suffering virus outbreaks and those seeing a surge in cases will be handled differently.
    “Well, the CDC has also been very clear to say they never recommended schools close down in the first place.    They are very much of the posture that kids need to be back in school for a multitude of reasons.    The American Academy of Pediatrics has said the same thing: kids need to be in school, they need to be learning, they need to be moving ahead.” – Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Education
    The secretary has called on school leaders across the country to analyze data for their area and to make fulltime reopening the goal for the fall.

7/12/2020 ‘Back The Blue’ Rallies Kick Off Across The Country by OAN Newsroom
Marchers carry signs and banners during a “Back The Blue” march through downtown
Tavares, Fla., Saturday, June 27, 2020. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel via AP)
    “Back the Blue” rallies are taking place across the country.    In the past week, support for the cause has grown and many have taken the streets in Brooklyn, New York, Portland, Oregon, and Omaha, Nebraska to show support.
    The rallies have drawn anywhere from a few dozen to a few thousand attendees.
    Signs reading “back the blue,” “blue lives matter” and “defend the police” were seen at many of the events.    Attendees also waved American and “blue lives matter” flags.
    According to attendees, the main focus of the rallies has been to show support and need for the nation’s law enforcement.
    “We come out all the time to defend the police, and why we do it is because they are that thin blue line between civilization and chaos,” explained Rosemary Rizzo.    “We love you, NYPD, and all law enforcement, government.”
    Many also acknowledged the policing system is not perfect and stated they are not against the Black Lives Matter movement.
    “A lot of people actually agree on a lot of the issues that are being talked about,” said bystander Angela Borland.    “There’s so many emotions on both sides that nobody is being heard and no progress is being made.”
    Demonstrators also stressed the importance of police reform.
    “We need to make sure people are safe from bad cops and we need to make sure people are safe from bad citizens,” added Mike Kennedy.
    Overall, the message of the rallies has not been one of division, but of unity under one nation.    Most demonstrations were met with some counter protest, but otherwise remained peaceful.
    These rallies followed weeks of protests against police brutality and cries for the law enforcement to be defunded.    “Back the Blue” supporters have said defunding police departments is not the answer.
    “They have been there and they will always be there.    Are they perfect?    No, but are you?    Hello, America, it’s time to wake up.” – Desiree Bernstein, demonstrator

7/12/2020 Sen. Graham Grants Democrats’ Request For Mueller To Testify Before Senate Judiciary Committee
FILE – In this Nov. 1, 2017 file photo, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Graham’s shift from
Never Trump to Team Trump has confused colleagues and caused double-takes across Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
    Special counsel Robert Mueller is set to testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee about his role in the Russia investigation.
    On Twitter, Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) confirmed he will ask Mueller to go under oath before his committee soon. He added, “Apparently, Mr. Mueller is willing and also capable of defending the Mueller investigation.”
    This came after Mueller wrote an op-ed titled “Roger Stone remains a convicted felon and rightly so.”
    In the article, he maintained his office’s convictions against President Trump’s associate Roger Stone.    He claimed the people involved in those investigations “acted with the highest integrity” and that the probe was “of paramount importance.”
    He emphasized it led to seven convictions and more than two dozen charges of witness tampering and lying to investigators.
FILE – In this Wednesday, July 24, 2019, file photo, former special counsel Robert Mueller testifies before the House Intelligence
Committee hearing on his report on Russian election interference, on Capitol Hill, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
    The White House issued a statement of their own following Stone’s commutation.
    “He (Stone) was treated very unfairly, just like General Flynn is treated unfairly, just like Papadopoulos was treated unfairly.    They’ve all been treated unfairly. …People are extremely happy because in this country, they want justice.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States     Mueller testified in front of the House committee in July of 2019, but with a Republican controlled Senate, it could be a very different ball game.
    Sen. Graham is planning to build a broader case for the public, including the argument that some investigators criminally abused their power.
    Parts of the discussion will center around the Justice Department’s decision to prosecute Stone, alleging he was a victim of a politically manufactured hoax.

7/13/2020 Mueller says Stone ‘remains a felon’ - He speaks out after Trump commutation by Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY
    Former Russia special counsel Robert Mueller pushed back against President Donald Trump on Saturday, defending the prosecution of Roger Stone and the larger investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, saying the flamboyant political operative was “prosecuted and convicted because he committed federal crimes.”
    “He remains a convicted felon, and rightly so,” Mueller said in a column published Saturday in The Washington Post.
    Mueller’s remarks, prompted by Trump’s commutation of Stone’s 40month prison sentence Friday, are the first since he testified before a House committee nearly a year ago after his team brought charges against at least a half-dozen former Trump aides during his campaign and after he took office.
    Stone was the last person charged by the Mueller team during the nearly twoyear Russia investigation.
    “Russia’s actions were a threat to America’s democracy,” Mueller wrote.    “It was critical that they be investigated and understood.”
    Mueller said the FBI had evidence that the Russians signaled to a Trump campaign adviser that they could assist the campaign through the anonymous release of information damaging to the Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton.
    “Stone became a central figure in our investigation for two key reasons: He communicated in 2016 with individuals known to us to be Russian intelligence officers, and he claimed advance knowledge of WikiLeaks’ release of emails stolen by those Russian intelligence officers,” Mueller wrote.
    “We also identified numerous links between the Russian government and Trump campaign personnel – Stone among them.    We did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired with the Russian government in its activities,” the former special counsel wrote, reasserting the team’s conclusions.    “The investigation did, however, establish that the Russian government perceived it would benefit from a Trump presidency and worked to secure that outcome.    It also established that the campaign expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts.”
    Mueller offered a detailed accounting of investigators’ focus on Stone by federal prosecutors and Congress.
    “He lied by denying he had communicated with the Trump campaign about the timing of WikiLeaks’ releases,” Mueller wrote.    “He in fact updated senior campaign officials repeatedly about WikiLeaks.    And he tampered with a witness, imploring him to stonewall Congress."
    “The jury ultimately convicted Stone of obstruction of a congressional investigation, five counts of making false statements to     Congress and tampering with a witness,” Mueller wrote.    “Because his sentence has been commuted, he will not go to prison.    But his conviction stands.”
    Mueller said the “essential question” of whether those efforts involved the Trump campaign required investigation.
    “When a subject lies to investigators, it strikes at the core of the government’s efforts to find the truth and hold wrongdoers accountable,” Mueller said.    “It may ultimately impede those efforts."
    “We made every decision in Stone’s case, as in all our cases, based solely on the facts and the law and in accordance with the rule of law.    The women and men who conducted these investigations and prosecutions acted with the highest integrity.    Claims to the contrary are false,” he said.
    White House spokesman Judd Deere said Saturday, “Mueller should keep his promise to the American people and let the report, which fully exonerated the president, stand instead of pontificating in the editorial pages with more spin.”
    Democrats and some Republicans, including Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, criticized Trump’s intervention.
    “Unprecedented, historic corruption: an American president commutes the sentence of a person convicted by a jury of lying to shield that very president,” Romney wrote on Twitter on Saturday.
    Trump granted Stone clemency days before he was to report to a Georgia prison to serve his sentence.
    Trump has pardoned allies before, but Stone is the first individual directly connected to Trump’s campaign to receive presidential clemency.
    A statement issued by the White House on Friday called Stone “a victim of the Russia Hoax that the Left and its allies in the media perpetuated for years in an attempt to undermine the Trump Presidency,” claiming that prosecutors made “process-based charges” in lieu of “finding evidence of collusion with Russia.”
    Romney was the only Republican senator who voted to convict Trump on an impeachment charge in February, becoming the first senator ever to vote against his own party’s president in an impeachment trial.
Former special cousel robert Mueller says it’s vital to understand Russia’s interference.YEHYUN KIM/USA TODAY

7/13/2020 Germany Can Prevent A Second Coronavirus Wave: Health Minister
German Health Minister Jens Spahn speaks during a news conference, following the outbreak of the
coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Berlin, Germany, July 13, 2020. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch/Pool
    BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany can prevent a second wave of the coronavirus in the autumn if people stay vigilant, particularly during the summer vacation season, Health Minister Jens Spahn said on Monday.
    Spahn told a news conference it was important to remain alert when travelling abroad and said he was worried by pictures showing holidaymakers partying in Mallorca at the weekend and ignoring social distancing rules.
    “I understand the impatience, but where there are parties the infection risk is particularly high,” he said.
    “That’s why we have to try particularly now in the holiday season to prevent infections.    We don’t automatically have to expect a second wave in the autumn and winter.    Together, as a society, we can prevent that, as we did once before: breaking the wave and keeping the pandemic in check.”
    He added that more than 15.5 million people had installed Germany’s coronavirus warning app and that 500,000 people were tested for COVID-19 last week, the most since the crisis began.
(Reporting by Thomas Escritt and Caroline Copley; Editing by Maria Sheahan)

7/13/2020 Oil Dips On Surge In COVID-19 Infections by Bozorgmehr Sharafedin
FILE PHOTO: An oil pump jack pumps oil in a field near Calgary, Alberta, July 21, 2014. Pump jacks are used
to pump crude oil out of the ground after an oil well has been drilled. REUTERS/Todd Korol/File Photo
    LONDON (Reuters) – Oil prices dropped on Monday on a record daily rise in global coronavirus cases with big spikes in infections over the weekend in the United States while traders await an OPEC technical meeting expected to recommend an easing of supply cuts.
    Brent crude fell 53 cents, or 1.2%, to $42.71 a barrel by 0946 GMT, though prices have been hovering around $42 for a couple of weeks. U.S. crude was down 64 cents, or 1.6%, at $39.91.
    “Pricing pressures are locked in a holding pattern and will remain so until the coronavirus pandemic is brought under control.    Until then, there will continue to be a lack of conviction in upside potential,” said Stephen Brennock of oil broker PVM.
    The World Health Organization reported a record daily increase in global coronavirus cases on Sunday, with the total up by more than 230,000.
    In the United States, infections surged over the weekend as Florida reported an increase of more than 15,000 new cases in 24 hours, a record for any state.
    Oil traders also remained on edge as the Joint Ministerial Monitoring Committee (JMMC) of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) prepares to meet on Tuesday and Wednesday to recommend levels for future supply cuts.
    “It has been all but a bumpy ride for oil during the last months and the OPEC+ deal on supply has been a pillar for the market.    The upcoming OPEC+ meeting this week is now expected, as planned, to make this pillar a bit weaker,” said Rystad Energy’s analyst Louise Dickson.
    OPEC and allies including Russia, a group known as OPEC+, are expected to ease their production cuts to 7.7 million barrels per day (bpd) after a recovery in global oil demand.    OPEC+ cut output by a record 9.7 million bpd for May, June and July.
    Libya, meanwhile, re-imposed force majeure on all oil exports on Sunday because of a renewed blockade by eastern forces.    The move comes only two days after Libya exported its first crude cargo in six months. (Graphic: Libya oil production,
    The military of Yemen’s Houthi group said it had attacked a large oil facility in an industrial zone in the southern Saudi city of Jizan, but oil prices were not greatly affected by the news.
    Rising tension between the United States and China over the COVID-19 pandemic and other issues also pressured prices.
    China on Monday announced sanctions against U.S. officials and entities in retaliation for Washington’s sanctions against senior Chinese officials.
    U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday said he was not thinking about negotiating a Phase 2 trade deal with China.
(Graphic: demand supply balance,
(Reporting by Bozorgmehr Sharafedin in London,; Additional reporting by Florence Tan in Singapore; Editing by David Goodman and Emelia Sithole-Matarise)

7/13/2020 Medical Officials Warn Of New Health Crisis As Hospitals See Fewer Patients Seeking Routine Care by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this May 27, 2020, file photo, medical personnel work in the emergency department
at NYC Health + Hospitals Metropolitan in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
    As more people crowd hospitals in search of coronavirus treatment, medical officials are warning of a new health crisis. Americans are reportedly delaying seeking medical help for injuries and pre-existing medical conditions out of fear of being exposed to COVID-19.
    At the start of the pandemic in March, many states halted all non-essential procedures and doctors visits to focus attention on fighting the virus.
    “One of the things that we’ve noticed during the pandemic is that because we were under lockdown for some period of time, really some of the medical services were just those that were immediately important, urgent,” explained Dr. Debra Patt, oncologist.    “And so, people didn’t have screenings…the screening rates for breast cancer, screening mammography, was down by 90 percent.”
    While those doctor visits have been resumed, hospitals are still seeing fewer non-coronavirus patients.    A report by Reuters found emergency department use fell by 40 percent during the first two and a half months of the pandemic.
    “We’re definitely seeing in the emergency room patients who have delayed their care, delayed their treatment or delayed screening,” said Dr. Lynn Jeffers, chief medical officer at St. John’s Regional Medical Center.
    During that same time, patients seeking care for heart attacks dropped by 23 percent while stroke patients fell by 20 percent.    The pandemic has also taken a major toll on cancer patients who are considered extremely high risk of experiencing coronavirus complications.
    “Going in, you know, honestly I was more nervous about coronavirus than my cancer surgery,” said Helen Knost, a breast cancer patient.    “I have full faith in my surgeon, she’s awesome, but going in there with all the masks and the, you know, being checked with your temperature and all of that is much scarier than cancer.”
File – In this May 27, 2020, file photo, a medical worker wearing personal protective equipment cleans gurneys
in the emergency department intake area at NYC Health + Hospitals Metropolitan, in New York. As coronavirus rages
out of control in other parts of the U.S., New York is offering an example after taming the nation’s deadliest
outbreak this spring — but also trying to prepare in case another surge comes. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
    Doctors have assured, however, hospitals are taking all precautions to keep patients safe.
    “As far as taking care of patients who don’t have COVID in our hospital, we’ve put in a lot of measures just to try to keep people separated,” said Dr. Jeffers.”    …We’ve also looked at when we have elective surgeries that we are having them come and checked in a certain way, and discharge at the curb instead of having visitors come in.”
    Doctors are urging people to consult their primary care physician if they think something is wrong and to not avoid seeking help out of fear of contracting the COVID-19.

7/13/2020 Sen. Rubio: The Costs Of Not Reopening Our Schools Are Extraordinary by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Sept. 26, 2017, file photo, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks during a news
conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) recently weighed-in on reopening schools in Florida amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.    In an interview Monday, he said he believes schools in many of the state’s counties can safely reopen.
    The Republican senator also conceded that some counties will have to take additional measures before schools in them reopen and noted it won’t be like normal times.    Additionally, Sen. Rubio stressed the cost of not reopening schools greatly outweighs the benefits of keeping them closed.
    “The cost of not reopening schools are extraordinary in terms of learning loss, in terms of being unable to open the rest of our economy,”stated the senator.    “I mean what is a parent who is being required to go to work suppose to do with a 9-year-old?    Leave them at home all day in front of a computer to do school work?    It’s just not feasible, not to mention the learning losses.”
    This comes as Florida has around 270,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including a daily record of over 15,000 new cases reported Sunday.
[Did you notice there is no mention of where these were in the state and of deaths which is most likely at 0.034% which is the real issue.].

7/13/2020 AOC Claims Uptick In NYC Crime Due To Economic Turmoil by OAN Newsroom
U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D, New York, center, meets a cluster of media beside a campaign truck plastered with her
promotional material in Astoria, Queens, Tuesday, June 23, 2020, on primary election day in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
    Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claimed the recent increase in crime in New York City may be due to residents’ lack of resources.
    During a virtual Town Hall meeting Thursday, she said the high records of unemployment may lead to people shoplifting. New York City has reported a rise in crimes in recent weeks following ongoing national protests and calls to defund police departments.
    Ocasio-Cortez noted the up-tick in crime came even before the mayor enacted a police budget cut.    She said people are committing more crimes out of desperation.
    “Maybe this has to do with the fact that people aren’t paying their rent and are scared to pay their rent, and so they go out and they need to feed their child and they don’t have money,” stated the New York representative.    “So, they’re put in a position where they feel like they need to shoplift some bread or go hungry that night.”
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio claimed the recent rise in crime is due to multiple factors.
[a.k.a. AOC grew up as Sandy Cortez in a gated community in New York and has never seen the Ghettos in the world and and she is protected with hired people from that outside world where crime and joblessness is great, and she stopped all those new jobs recently with Amazon, and I think we need to throw her into that environment to see how she survives in the real world.    Do you remember her complaining about the immigrants have to drink out of the toilets, and that is because she has never been in a jail or prison which has the sink/water is the upper part of the commode in all the nations jails and prisons and most likely in the immigration facilities.    GROW UP SANDY as even your concept of economical turmoil is the problem is debunked it is your policies that are the problem.].

7/13/2020 Congressional Candidate Jim Bognet Criticizes Rep. Matt Cartwright Over Support Of Defunding The Police by OAN Newsroom
Pennsylvania congressional candidate Jim Bognet is pictured. (Photo/Bognet-for-Congress)
    Pennsylvania congressional candidate Jim Bognet recently took aim at his opponent Rep. Matt Cartwright (PA-D8).    In an interview over the weekend, Bognet condemned Cartwright for allegedly being in support of defunding the police.
    Bognet claimed Cartwright cheered for the policy when he was asked about defunding the district’s local police department.    He said his opponent does not understand the voters of Pennsylvania and has adopted socialist ideas.
    Bognet also expressed excitement for the presidential election by saying Pennsylvanians are eager to cast their vote for President Trump.
    “I think they’re going to be very surprised in the interior heartland of the country and especially when Pennsylvania comes through…when it reelects President Trump, Vice President Pence, me and some other great Republicans when we come to November here,” he stated.
    Bognet was recently endorsed by the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr.

7/13/2020 Assistant Secy. Of Health And Human Services: Dr. Fauci Has A Narrow Public Health Point Of View by OAN Newsroom
Adm. Brett Giroir, head of the U.S. Public Health Service, speaks during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and
Pensions Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 30, 2020. (Al Drago/Pool via AP)
    A member of the White House coronavirus task force recently blasted Dr. Anthony Fauci by stating that he has a “narrow public health point of view.”
    Adm. Brett Giroir took aim at Dr. Fauci on Sunday while suggesting his claims on how to protect against the coronavirus are “not 100 percent right.”    He believes Dr. Fauci’s opinions on how to handle the pandemic don’t always have the nation’s interest in mind.
    Adm. Giroir said the task force is a place for open discussion and he feels free to give an honest opinion to higher-ups.
    “The vice president, I know, briefs the president on a daily basis, so nobody feels like anything is held back,” he stated.    “We all take this as a serious crisis, it’s got to be science driving the policy and that’s the way it is.”
    Adm. Giroir went on to confirm the White House is working on putting point-of-care testing in nursing homes and will release details on their plans later this week.

7/13/2020 WHO Sounds Alarm As Coronavirus Cases Rise By One Million In Five Days by Gayle Issa
FILE PHOTO: Director-General of the WHO Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, attends a news conference on the
coronavirus (COVID-2019) in Geneva, Switzerland February 24, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo
    (Reuters) – The number of coronavirus infections around the world hit 13 million on Monday, according to a Reuters tally, climbing by a million in just five days.
    The pandemic has now killed more than half a million people in six-and-a-half months, and World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said there would be no return to the “old normal” for the foreseeable future, especially if preventive measures were neglected.
    “Let me be blunt, too many countries are headed in the wrong direction, the virus remains public enemy number one,” he told a virtual briefing from WHO headquarters in Geneva.
    “If basics are not followed, the only way this pandemic is going to go, it is going to get worse and worse and worse.    But it does not have to be this way.”
    Reuters’ global tally, which is based on government reports, shows the disease accelerating fastest in Latin America.
    The Americas account for more than half the world’s infections and half the deaths.
    Parts of the world, especially the United States with more than 3.3 million confirmed cases, are still seeing huge increases in a first wave of COVID-19 infections, while others “flatten the curve” and ease lockdowns.
    Some places, such as the Australian city of Melbourne and Leicester in England, are implementing a second round of shutdowns.     Chinese-ruled Hong Kong, albeit with a low 1,522 cases, is to tighten social distancing measures again amid growing worries about a third wave.
    The United States reported a daily global record of 69,070 new infections on July 10.    In Brazil, 1.86 million people have tested positive, including President Jair Bolsonaro, and more than 72,000 people have died.
    The U.S. state of Florida reported a record increase of more than 15,000 new cases in 24 hours on Sunday, more than South Korea’s total since the disease was first identified at the end of last year.    It tallied another 12,624 new cases on Monday.
    Coronavirus infections are rising in about 40 U.S. states, according to a Reuters comparison of the past two weeks and the prior two weeks.
    Yet U.S. President Donald Trump and White House officials have repeatedly said the disease is under control and that schools must reopen in the autumn.
    “The president and his administration are messing with the health of our children,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on CNN’s “State of the Union” programme.
    “We all want our children to go back to school, parents do and children do. But they must go back safely.”     WHO emergencies head Mike Ryan urged countries not to turn schools into “another political football,” saying they could safely reopen once the virus had been suppressed.
    The leader of the Spanish region of Catalonia urged residents of an area of 160,000 people where cases have surged to stay at home, despite a judge’s ruling throwing out a mandatory lockdown.
    Spain, which has been one of the European countries worst hit by the coronavirus, lifted nationwide confinement last month, when the pandemic seemed to have come under control.
    After the first cases were reported in China around the new year, it took three months to reach one million cases. But it has taken just five days to climb to 13 million cases from 12 million.
    India, the country with the third highest number of infections, has been contending with an average of 23,000 new infections each day since the beginning of July.
    In countries with limited testing capacity, case numbers reflect a smaller proportion of total infections.    Experts say official data probably under-represents both infections and deaths.
(For a Reuters interactive graphic, open this link in an external browser:
(Reporting by Gayle Issa, Stephanie Nebehay, Michael Shields and Silke Koltrowitz, Writing by Nick Macfie and Kevin Liffey; Editing by Angus MacSwan and Peter Graff)

7/13/2020 U.N. Expert Accuses White House Of ‘Onslaught’ Against Media by Emma Farge
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump wears a mask while visiting Walter Reed National Military
Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, U.S., July 11, 2020. REUTERS/Tasos Katopodis/File Photo
    GENEVA (Reuters) – The U.N. special rapporteur on freedom of expression on Monday accused the White House of mounting an “onslaught” against the media and referred to a negative “Trump effect” on global press freedom.
    In his last official press briefing before his six-year tenure ends later this month, David Kaye said in a series of forthright comments that he hoped “attacks” on U.S. journalists would end when President Donald Trump leaves office.
    “Clearly the signature issue over the past four years now has been the way in which this particular president addresses the media: The way he denigrates the media, denigrates freedom of expression,” he told journalists in Geneva.
    Kaye specified that the so-called onslaught consisted of criticism of reporters and spreading “disinformation,” as well as partnerships with conservative media organizations.
    The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
    Asked about the impact of that on press freedom around the world, he said: “There clearly is a Trump effect, a very negative one,” adding that previous U.S. administrations had been more critical of attacks on the press, such as the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.    He added that the Trump administration has created a global culture of permissiveness.
    Kaye also raised broad concerns about government crackdowns that has worsened with the COVID-19 pandemic in a trend he described as “very disturbing” and contributing to the spread of the disease.
    “Unfortunately often under the guise of trying to restrict disinformation, governments have resorted to old tools of clamping down on the free flow of information,” he said, without naming specific countries.
    He was also critical of China’s “highly repressive approach to freedom of expression” and urged resistance to this approach.
    “I think that there’s a real challenge to the democratic world to deal with what China considers to be the managed Internet approach and its approach to managing freedom of expression generally,” he said.
(Reporting by Emma Farge; Editing by Andrew Heavens and Aurora Ellis)

7/13/2020 White House Adviser: U.S. Still Engaging On Phase One China Trade Deal
FILE PHOTO: White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow addresses a press briefing on the U.S. economy and new U.S. employment and
unemployment numbers in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., July 2, 2020. REUTERS/Tom Brenner
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – White House Economic Adviser Larry Kudlow said on Monday that President Donald Trump is not in a good mood about China because of the coronavirus pandemic, new Hong Kong security laws and the treatment of the Uighurs, but the country is still part of the first phase of its massive trade deal with China.
    “We are still engaging on the phase one trade deal.    I think that’s an important point: we are still engaging there,” he said in an interview with Fox Business Network.
(Reporting by Lisa Lambert and Makini Brice, Editing by Franklin Paul)

7/13/2020 EU Preparing Measures Against China Over Hong Kong by Robin Emmott
FILE PHOTO: Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde attends a news conference with her Russian counterpart
Sergei Lavrov (not pictured) in Moscow, Russia, February 4, 2020. REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union (EU) is preparing counter-measures on China in response to Beijing’s new security law on Hong Kong, the bloc’s top diplomat said on Monday, but envoys stressed the likely steps will not amount to economic sanctions.
    Diplomats said there was broad support among EU member states for some action but tough measures were not being discussed in detail because of resistance from China’s closest trade partners in Europe, such as Hungary and Greece.
    Like much of the West, the EU has denounced the decision by China’s parliament to pass national security legislation for the ex-British colony of Hong Kong despite an international outcry.
    While European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen last month warned of “very negative consequences” for Beijing, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell detailed lighter measures after a meeting of the bloc’s foreign ministers in Brussels.
    “We have agreed today to develop a coordinated European Union response to show support for Hong Kong’s autonomy and civil society,” he told a news conference after the meeting.
    “This will comprise measures both at the European Union level and also measures falling on the member states’ national competencies in a coordinated approach,” Borrell said.
    He said nothing specific had been decided but that EU foreign ministers had discussed extending the EU’s export ban on “sensitive technology” to Hong Kong.
    Borrell was referring to any equipment or software that could be used for suppressing protests aimed at preserving Hong Kong’s autonomy granted under terms of its handover back to China by Britain in 1997.
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel backed a common EU response but warned against severing dialogue with China.
    “It is important that EU member states are trying to find a common policy toward China and a common answer,” she said during a news conference with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.    “(But) this is no reason not to remain in dialogue with China.”
    Borrell said EU governments could also review their extradition agreements with Hong Kong authorities, review travel advice, increase scholarships for Hong Kong students and offer more visas to Hong>     EU governments could announce national steps separately, but the 27-nation bloc viewed its response as a package to be defined and made reality in coming days, he added.
    Finland said it supported the idea of suspending extradition treaties with Hong Kong since the new security law meant detainees could be transferred to mainland China, where courts are controlled by the ruling Communist Party.
(Additional reporting by Joseph Nasr in Berlin; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

7/13/2020 Portugal Keeps Parts Of Lisbon Under Coronavirus Lockdown by Catarina Demony and Victoria Waldersee
A tourist wearing a mask sits at Caes de Sodre, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
outbreak, in Lisbon, Portugal July 13, 2020. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante
    LISBON (Reuters) – Portugal’s government said on Monday five areas on the outskirts of Lisbon will remain under a partial lockdown put in place two weeks ago to tackle a worrying wave of coronavirus cases.
    People living in 19 civil parishes of Greater Lisbon are allowed to leave home only to buy essential goods such as food or medication, or to travel to and from work.
    “Although the coronavirus incidence rate has improved in these 15 days, it has not yet reached a stage where we would reevaluate measures,” Cabinet Affairs Minister Mariana Vieira da Silva told a news conference.
    Gatherings in the locked-down parishes, which do not include the capital’s downtown, are limited to five people compared to 10 elsewhere in Greater Lisbon and 20 for the rest of Portugal.
    Coronavirus cases on the city’s outskirts continued to rise in the first 10 days of the partial lockdown but have fallen in the last three days, according to health authority DGS, with 83% of Monday’s 306 new cases concentrated in and around Lisbon.
    Portugal has reported a total 46,818 cases and 1,549 deaths from the coronavirus, much lower than many other European countries including neighbouring Spain.
    But localised outbreaks in poorer neighbourhoods and industrial hubs have kept cases increasing at a steady daily rate in the hundreds.
    That toll is hurting the tourism-dependent economy, with over a dozen countries imposing restrictions on travel from Portugal.    Earlier this month, it was left off a list of more than 50 countries that Britain considers safe enough for travel without coronavirus-related restrictions.
(Reporting by Catarina Demony and Victoria Waldersee, Editing by Andrei Khalip and Catherine Evans)

7/13/2020 No Guarantee EU Leaders Will Reach Stimulus Deal: Merkel by Andreas Rinke
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte address a news conference after their meeting at
the German governmental guest house in Meseberg, outside Berlin, Germany July 13, 2020. Tobias Schwarz/Pool via REUTERS
    BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany and Italy agree in principle on proposals to bridge gaps among EU states on a long-term budget and a stimulus plan, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday, warning there was no certainty of a deal.
    During a news conference with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte at a palace just outside Berlin, Merkel said she could not guarantee that EU member states will reach an agreement on the proposals by European Council President Charles Michel at a summit on July 17-18.
    “I don’t know if we will reach an agreement,” said Merkel.    “It is still not sure and the path remains long.”
    Michel will chair the first face-to-face talks of the 27 European Union heads since lockdowns took hold in March and feuds over how to respond to the coronavirus divided the bloc.
    Hoping to overcome major differences over how to revive economic growth between the wealthy, thrifty north and the high-debt south, hit harder by COVID-19, he proposed a smaller joint EU budget for 2021-27 than previously envisaged.
    Michel has presented a long-term EU budget of 1.074 trillion euros and a recovery fund of 750 billion euros for pandemic-hammered economies, with two-thirds of that to be in the form of free grants and a third issued as repayable loans.
    Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte – the key hawkish figure in the talks – has insisted on enshrining economic reforms as conditions for accessing the funds, something the south wants to avoid.
    Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte warned during the news conference with Merkel that EU economic stimulus for member states should not carry too much conditionality.
    Conte said Italy was happy for EU institutions to monitor its economic reforms but imposing excessively stringent conditions would be counter-productive.
    “It’s not in anybody’s interests to introduce conditionality that would compromise the support of the programme or give it scarce practical impact,” Conte said.
(Writing by Joseph Nasr; Editing by William Maclean)

7/14/2020 Oil down $0.99 to $39.63, DOW up 11 to 26,086.

7/13/2020 Roger Stone Set To Campaign For President Trump by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Nov. 14, 2019, file photo, Roger Stone accompanied by his wife Nydia Stone,
right, arrives at federal court in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)
    The president’s campaign is getting a boost from Deep State warrior Roger Stone.    In an Axios interview released Monday, Stone said he will do anything he can to get the president reelected just short of breaking the law.    He also said he plans to write a book about what he called the “Russian collusion myth.”
    Roger Stone was brought into this witch hunt, this whole political witch hunt and the Mueller scam,” said President Trump.    “It is a scam because it’s been proven false and he was treated very unfairly, just like General Flynn is treated unfairly.”
    The president’s former political advisor highlighted the obstacles ahead of the November election, including voter fraud, internet censorship and the corporately owned mainstream media.
    Stone became a free man after having his prison sentence commuted by the president last week.    He called the four-year prison sentence a “death sentence” due to his struggle with asthma amid the coronavirus pandemic.
    “Thank you for saving my life because I don’t think I at my age and in my medical condition, I would have survived in a COVID infested prison,” he remarked.    “There’s been 20 more cases of COVID found at that prison just in the last week.”
    Meanwhile, those close to the Trump campaign have been discussing former national security advisor Micheal Flynn as a possible addition to the team.    Newt Gingrich called him “the perfect example of Deep State victimization,” adding that “lots of people would come to see him.”
    On Monday, the campaign told Axios that Flynn could be welcomed back as an opener for Trump’s rally’s after finding his fame on the MAGA stage back in 2016.    This comes as Flynn is still awaiting a final ruling from the D.C. Circuit Court of appeals to dismiss his case.

7/14/2020 Judge rules against Beshear - Strikes down some COVID-19 crowd limits by Deborah Yetter and Joe Sonka, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Amid spiking rates of COVID-19 in Kentucky, a state appeals judge has rejected efforts by Gov. Andy Beshear to block two lower court rulings that limit his ability to order restrictions on crowds in public and class sizes at day care centers.
    Acknowledging that COVID-19 causes “severe respiratory illness and, in some cases, leads to death,” Judge Glenn Acree nonetheless on Monday upheld two lower court rulings that struck down Beshear’s executive orders limiting crowd sizes at the Florence Speedway racetrack, class sizes at day cares and crowds at “pick-your-own” family farms and event centers.
    Acree, in upholding rulings from Boone and Scott circuit courts, acknowledged the risks of COVID-19, which has killed 629 Kentuckians and infected more than 19,000.    But in his 25-page opinion and order, he cited another consideration: “the wisdom and common sense of Kentuckians.”
    “Kentuckians have taken measures they believe must be taken to protect themselves, those they know and love and those they are yet to meet,” Acree wrote.    “And by their innate wisdom and common sense, they succeeded in keeping Kentucky ranked among states with the lowest per capita incidence of coronavirus.”
    The ruling does not affect a separate order Beshear issued Thursday directing most Kentuckians to wear face masks in public places such as stores, bars or other places where people gather.
    That order by Beshear, a Democrat, took effect Friday at 5 p.m.    It is under challenge by Republican Attorney General Daniel Cameron, who also sought to join in the lawsuits against Beshear in Scott and Boone counties.
    Cameron, who is challenging Beshear’s mask order in Scott Circuit Court, said at a news conference Monday that he believes it should be a choice.
    “I think Kentuckians, as we look for ways to protect our neighbors, individually are able to make an assessment about wearing a mask and social distancing and what have you,” Cameron said.    “So I think it’s important that we each have an opportunity of our own volition to make that choice.”
    Health officials have said masks are most effective when worn by the most number of people in public areas to protect themselves and others from the virus.
    “It is essential that we use these masks,” Dr. Steven Stack, Kentucky’s public health commissioner, said at a news conference Monday.    “If you get close to people, it spreads.”
Beshear said Monday he wants a final resolution on the various legal challenges as soon as possible.     “We are going to get this thing up to the Supreme Court,” he said.    “I think we need legal certainty.”
    On Monday, Beshear’s office expressed alarm about Acree’s order, saying it would lead to further growth of the highly contagious virus by lifting other restrictions on day cares, farms and other venues.
    “When the United States is seeing record numbers of positive COVID-19 cases every day, and states like Texas have multiple reports from child care facilities of staff and children sick with the virus, now is not the time to ignore guidance from health care experts,” Beshear said in a statement.    “Right now, 500-plus businesses can operate without any safety requirements, including even handwashing, and day cares can decide to have class sizes that are not safe.    Kentucky is already experiencing increasing cases and this ruling means we will see more spread of the virus.”
    Acree’s order declines to provide temporary relief to Beshear, who had asked the court orders from Scott and Boone counties be lifted.    But it is subject to further review by a three-judge panel from the state Court of Appeals.
    Cameron, Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers and House Speaker David Osborne released a statement Monday applauding the judge's ruling.
    “Today’s Court of Appeals ruling affirms that the Constitution and state law must be upheld and applied consistently,' the statement said.    ' While there may be a need to adopt various policies to address an emergency situation, they should never come at the expense of the state’s laws or the constitutional rights of Kentuckians.”
    Meanwhile, Beshear is seeking to have Scott Circuit Judge Brian Privett, who ruled against him, removed from the case, claiming a potential conflict.
    Privett last week ruled in favor of Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles, a Republican, and Evans Orchard and Cider Mill in a lawsuit they filed challenging Beshear’s order limiting crowds at agritourism sites that host tourists, weddings and other events.    Privett also issued a broad temporary restraining order against such future executive orders by Beshear.
    On Monday, Beshear fired back with a motion asking that Privett disqualify and remove himself from the case, citing social media posts of his that show he has a personal friendship and professional relationship with Quarles, who is a Scott County farmer.
    Privett didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. He also is the judge presiding over Cameron’s effort to have Beshear’s mask order struck down.
    The governor’s motion calls for Privett to ask Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John D. Minton to appoint a special judge to the case.
    “The presiding judge’s activity creates — at minimum — the appearance of partiality and favoritism,” Beshear’s motion said.    “His failure to disclose this relationship with Commissioner Quarles further raises the spectre of impropriety. Thus, disqualification is warranted.”
    The governor’s motion compares Privett’s social media activity to that of Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd — who was removed from a case for “liking” a Facebook post supportive of Beshear’s campaign while he was a party before his court — but said Privett’s activity “goes further.”
    A spokesman for Quarles said the case was filed in Scott County because the dispute “occurred in Scott County.”br>     “The plaintiffs can file whatever motions they like and we will respond to this one and any others,” said Quarles spokesman Sean Southward.
    He said the case isn’t about overturning guidelines meant to slow the spread of COVID-19. Rather, it’s about ensuring officials follow proper procedures in enacting emergency rules, he said.
    “This case isn’t about policy or politics; it’s about process,” Southard said.
    The Boone County case involves a lawsuit filed by attorney Chris Wiest on behalf of several Northern Kentucky businesses, including Florence Speedway in Walton; Beans Café & Bakery in Dry Ridge; and Little Links to Learning LLC, a child care center in Fort Mitchell.    On July 2, Boone Circuit Judge Rick Brueggemann ruled Beshear’s orders limiting attendance at such entities to be unconstitutional.
    Wiest said Beshear had sought an immediate, temporary decision “that would involve bankrupting more businesses before the hearing is held this week.”
    Beshear has said he will pursue appeals of any adverse decision to his orders he said are meant to protect public health and slow the spread of COVID- 19 in Kentucky.
    After weeks of relatively stable numbers of new COVID-19 cases, which Beshear had described as a plateau, numbers began to climb past 400 last week, reaching 453 on Saturday.
    Beshear has renewed calls for people to limit activities, avoid crowds and wear face coverings in public to try to slow the spread of the highly contagious virus.
Gov. Andy Beshear’s executive orders limiting crowd sizes at the Florence Speedway racetrack, class sizes at day cares
and crowds at “pick-your-own” family farms and event centers have been struck down. MATT STONE/COURIER JOURNAL

7/14/2020 President Trump: American Police Under Vicious Assault by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump answers questions from reporters during a roundtable with people positively
impacted by law enforcement, Monday, July 13, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    President Trump is speaking up in defense of the police amid the latest Democrat push to defund America’s finest.
    In his remarks at a law enforcement roundtable Monday, he said his administration is “pro-police” and is working to restore law and order in America.
    The president added that far-left circles have denounced the police as “the enemy” and an “invading army.”    He said such statements are false, inflammatory and dangerous.
    “The radical politicians are waging war on innocent Americans, that’s what you’re doing when you play with the police and yet they’ll go and march on areas and rip everything down in front of them,” President Trump stated.    “If that’s what you want for a country, you’ll probably have to vote for Sleepy Joe Biden because he doesn’t know what’s happening, but you’re not gonna have it with me.”
    Meanwhile, the president also highlighted the skyrocketing crime figures in Democrat-run cities by saying anti-police sentiments are encouraging criminals.

7/14/2020 Seattle Mayor Unveils Plan To Cut Police Budget By $76M by OAN Newsroom
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, center, speaks Monday, July 13, 2020, during a news conference at City Hall in Seattle
as Police Chief Carmen Best, left, and Fire Chief Harold Scoggins , right, look on. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
    Seattle’s mayor announced a plan to cut millions of dollars from the city’s police department.    Mayor Jenny Durkan is proposing the city cut $76 million from the department’s $400 million budget.
    According to Durkan, the cuts would not jeopardize the region’s 9-1-1 service.    This came after the city council originally voted to cut the budget nearly in half.
    “Budget follows values and form, you don’t cut first and then think about what you will do,” the mayor stated.    “Once you have developed a new model in policing and greater community investments, and a new model for health based solutions, then you build that budget.”
    The mayor said $56 million can be saved by moving some police functions into the hands of the public, including the 9-1-1 call center and parking enforcement.
    The remaining $20 million will be saved by not hiring more officers next year and placing a cap on available over-time hours.

7/14/2020 Report: American Pediatricians Want Schools To Reopen by OAN Newsroom
Back-to-school supplies await shoppers at a store on Saturday, July 11, 2020, in Marlborough, Mass. School districts across
America are trying to decide how to resume classes in the fall amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Bill Sikes)
    As coronavirus cases surge nationwide, pediatricians around the country are calling for students to return to the classroom.    According to reports, many pediatricians not only agree schools should reopen, but will be sending their own children back in the fall.
    This follows a statement released from the American Academy of Pediatrics last month, which noted that the academic, mental and physical benefits of in-person learning outweigh the potential risks posed by COVID-19.
    Dr. Stephanie Duggins-Davis from the University of North Carolina outlined why she believes physically attending school is critical for children.
    “Social and the mental development are critical for children, peer interaction, being out and playing sports…all of that is very important,” she stated.    “And can certainly lead to depression, more anxiety and other things like that we know we’re seeing an increase of in our children and adolescents.”
    However, she said certain safety measures should be implemented as schools reopen such as social distancing, increasing air circulation indoors and holding gym classes outside.

7/14/2020 U.K. Makes Wearing Face Masks Mandatory In Stores, Supermarkets
Shoppers wearing protective face masks walk along Oxford Street in London, Tuesday, July 14, 2020.
Britain’s government is demanding people wear face coverings in shops as it has sought to clarify
its message after weeks of prevarication amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
    The United Kingdom is making the wearing of face masks mandatory in shops and supermarkets.    U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the new directive Monday and promised details on enforcement in the coming days.
    Officials are reportedly considering the introduction of a fine of about $125 for violators.    This comes as face masks have been a requirement on public transportation since mid-June.
    The move mirrors similar measures enacted in European countries after weeks of mixed messages from the government.
    ”There are a lot of other firms who are uncertain out there and they need a clear message coming from government that is absolutely consistent with the official guidance, so that they can implement the changes that they need to put in place in order to reopen their premises,” stated Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chamber of Commerce.
    The British government will begin enforcing the new mandate beginning July 24.

7/14/2020 France To Make Masks Compulsory In Enclosed Public Places by Sybille de La Hamaide and Christian Lowe
FILE PHOTO: French President Emmanuel Macron gives a speech to the French Military Forces at
the Hotel de Brienne in Paris, France, July 13, 2020. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes/Pool
    PARIS (Reuters) – France will make it compulsory for people to wear masks in shops and other enclosed public spaces from next month to stop a resurgence of the COVID-19 outbreak, President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday.
    The virus, which killed more than 30,000 people in France, has been on the decline, but Macron said it was spreading again in some places as France opens up beaches, bars and restaurants after a two-month lockdown.
    “We have some signs that it’s coming back a bit,” Macron said in an interview with French broadcasters. “Faced with that, we must anticipate and prepare.
    “I ask fellow citizens to wear masks as much as possible when they are outside, and especially so when they are in an enclosed space,” Macron said.
    “We will put ourselves in a position where we could, for example, make it completely mandatory from Aug. 1,” he added.
    Aides later said Macron had decided on Aug. 1 “to give everyone time to organise themselves, for example the stores, and thus allow a smooth transition
    Up to now, France has required people to wear face coverings on public transport and in public spaces where social distancing is not possible, but has not mandated the wearing of masks in shops.
    Macron, speaking on the Bastille Day national holiday, also said he wanted COVID-19 testing available for everyone, without having to be referred by a doctor.
    The biggest challenge France faced in the next six months was an expected wave of joblessness as firms hit by the epidemic lay off workers, he said.
    He also said he was working with his government to ease the impact, especially on young people emerging into the workforce this summer after they finish their studies.
(Reporting by Christian Lowe, Writing by Sybille de La Hamaide; Additional reporting by Elizabeth Pineau, Editing by Nick Macfie)

7/14/2020 Shock And Ale: Electric Fence Keeps Drinkers Back From The Bar In English Pub by Tom Nicholson
Landlord Johnny McFadden, 61, poses for a photo at the bar area of The Star Inn, where an electric fence has been
installed at the bar area to ensure customers are socially distanced from staff while ordering drinks, following the
outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in in St Just, Cornwall, Britain July 14, 2020. REUTERS/Tom Nicholson
    St JUST, England (Reuters) – Man walks into a bar, and into an electric fence.    It’s not a joke, but rather the novel measure taken by one Cornish pub to enforce distance rules to stop the spread of COVID-19.
    The landlord of Star Inn in the village of St Just, south-west England, has installed an electric fence in front of the bar to make sure that social distancing guidelines are followed.
    “If I had put a little bit of rope there I don’t think anybody would have taken this much attention as they have to an electric fence,” pub landlord Jonny McFadden said.
    Pubs in England were allowed to reopen on July 4, but must implement social distancing measures.    That includes minimising staff contact with customers, and reducing the time pub-goers spend at the bar.
    McFadden said the rules represented a big culture change for his pub.
    “I run a very small bar. Everybody is accustomed to sitting at the bar, pushing at the bar.    They can’t do that now.    Things have changed,” he said.
    Although the fence is not turned on, McFadden said that the same logic which works in the nearby farms of rural Cornwall works for the local drinkers too.
    “As long as there’s a warning sign on an electric fence and you are warned about it, it’s totally legal.    And there’s the fear factor – it works,” he said.
    “People are like sheep. Sheep keep away, people keep away.”
(Writing by Alistair Smout; editing by Stephen Addison)

7/14/2020 EU Removes Serbia, Montenegro From Coronavirus Safe List, Sources Say by Francesco Guarascio
FILE PHOTO: European Union flags flutter outside the European Commission
headquarters in Brussels, Belgium June 25, 2020. REUTERS/Yves Herman
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union has decided to drop Serbia and Montenegro from its safe list of countries from which non-essential travel is allowed, and did not even discuss including the United States given its sharp rise in coronavirus cases, EU officials said.
    EU diplomats on Tuesday approved a proposal from Germany, now holding the rotating EU presidency, to exclude non-EU Serbia and Montenegro because of spreading infections, officials told Reuters.
    The updated list will be published in coming hours or days.    The listing is only a recommendation; not all of the 27 EU member countries are applying its provisions.
    EU countries also discussed dropping Algeria and Morocco from the safe list due to a rise in COVID-19 cases but most opposed the move as numbers there were still relatively low. The two North African countries are therefore set to remain on the safe list for the moment.    The list is updated regularly.
    France, the main proponent of Algeria’s removal from the list, said at the diplomats’ meeting it would adopt national measures to block arrivals from the North African state, according to an EU official who attended the meeting.
    After the exclusion of Serbia and Montenegro, 13 countries remain on the EU list: Algeria, Australia, Canada, China, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.
    Despite China being on the list, travel from there will be allowed only if Chinese authorities also allow in EU visitors.    The reciprocity requirement is not applied in the case of the other listed countries.
    “China has no intention to open its borders to the EU,” an EU diplomat said with respect to discussions with Beijing.
    At a meeting on Monday, Luxembourg and Cyprus supported adding the United Arab Emirates to the safe list based on data provided by Cyprus, but other countries opposed it, officials said.
(Reporting by Francesco Guarascio; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

7/14/2020 Trump Expected To Talk About China And Hong Kong At News Conference by Steve Holland
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump refers to amounts of temperature change as he announces his decision that the United States will withdraw
from the landmark Paris Climate Agreement, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, U.S., June 1, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump scheduled a 5 p.m. EDT/2100 GMT news conference on Tuesday that will be related to Hong Kong and China, two administration officials said, as Trump and his administration adopt an increasingly tough stance on Beijing.
    Tuesday is the deadline for the president to sign legislation approved by the U.S. Congress to penalize banks doing business with Chinese officials who implement Beijing’s draconian new national security law on Hong Kong.
    The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, would not say whether Trump would use the Rose Garden news conference to sign the legislation.
    Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who were having lunch together at the White House Tuesday, have blamed China for the spread of the coronavirus pandemic – which China denies – and have criticized Beijing for passing a new national security law for Hong Kong.    The former British colony was returned to Chinese rule in 1997 with a law protecting freedoms of speech, assembly and the press until 2047.
    The legislation awaiting Trump’s signature calls for sanctions on Chinese officials and others who help violate Hong Kong’s autonomy, and financial institutions that do business with those who are found to have participated in any crackdown on the city.
    Trump, who faces a tough battle for re-election on Nov. 3 and whose handling of the pandemic has drawn lukewarm support from Americans, told reporters on Air Force One on Friday that a “phase two” trade deal with China was in doubt because of its handling of the virus.
    “The relationship with China has been severely damaged.    They could have stopped the plague, they could have stopped it, they didn’t stop it,” he said.    “They stopped it from going into the remaining portions of China from Wuhan province.    They could have stopped the plague, they didn’t.”
    Pompeo on Monday was sharply critical of China’s military buildup in the South China Sea, saying Beijing has offered no coherent legal basis for its ambitions there and that it has been bullying its neighbors.
    “The world will not allow Beijing to treat the South China Sea as its maritime empire,” Pompeo said.
    Trump’s national security adviser, Robert O’Brien, is in Paris this week for talks with European officials about China and its telecom firm Huawei, amid Western concerns that Huawei’s technology poses a threat to national security.
(Reporting by Steve Holland; Additional reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Leslie Adler)

7/15/2020 Oil up $0.67 to $40.27, DOW up 557 to 26,643.

7/15/2020 Beshear: Restoring Kynect will save state more than expected
    FRANKFORT – Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said Monday that restoring Kynect, the health insurance exchange where Kentuckians can shop and sign up for health coverage, will save the state about $5 million a year more than he had expected.    Beshear announced last month his administration will revive the state health insurance exchange launched in 2013 by his father, former Gov. Steve Beshear, under the 2010 Affordable Care Act.    It was abolished by his successor, former Gov. Matt Bevin.    Oh well here he goes again trying to screw up what we already have that is working fine.
[Great Beshear is trying to restore his father's creation of a Kentucky version of Obamacare and Kentuckians will most likely stay with what they have now than to return to that fiasco, and he better not screw up my Medicare.].

7/15/2020 Some Gold, Bauxite Mines In Venezuelan Amazon Run By Criminal Gangs – U.N. by Stephanie Nebehay
FILE PHOTO: Delegates wearing protective face masks attend the 44th session of the Human Rights Council at the
European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, June 30, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
    GENEVA (Reuters) – Some gold, diamond and bauxite mines in the Venezuelan Amazon are largely controlled by criminal gangs who exploit, beat and even kill workers, a United Nations investigation has found.
    Venezuelan security and military forces fail to prevent crimes and have participated in some violence against miners, the U.N. human rights office said in a report on Wednesday.
    Nada Al Nashif, deputy U.N. rights chief, is to present it later on Wednesday to the Human Rights Council.
    There was no immediate response from Venezuela, one of the U.N. body’s 47 members, to a Reuters request for comment.    Venezuela’s ambassador Jorge Valero is expected to address the council.
    The U.N. report, referring to an area known as the Orinoco Mining Arc, said: “Much of the mining activity within and beyond AMO is controlled by organised criminal groups or armed elements.”
    Nearly 150 men and women are reported to have died in or around the mines from March 2016 to 2020, with security forces implicated in half of the incidents, it said, adding that the government had not replied to its request for information.
    “According to accounts received … bodies of miners are often thrown into old mining pits used as clandestine graves,” it said.
    The miners, who include young children, lack employment contracts and are exposed to mercury contamination and malaria, the report said.
    It called for the government of President Nicolas Maduro to regularise mining activities and ensure that they meet international legal and environmental standards.
    Created by a government decree in 2016, the area of some 42,800 square miles (111,000 sq km) in the Venezuelan Amazon is equivalent to 12 per cent of national territory.
    Gold, diamonds, coltan, iron and bauxite are mined.
    Venezuela’s central bank has not published data since 2018 on gold and other mineral supplies exports, their destination or foreign currency earnings, the report said.
    The Maduro government has supported small-scale mining since 2016 to bring in revenue amid an economic crisis.    Operations have expanded as the United States has increased sanctions meant to force him from power.
    Criminal groups have become more active since concessions for foreign mining companies were terminated in 2011, the report said, adding: “Their presence has increased sharply since 2015, coinciding with the rise in international gold prices.”
(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Alexandra Hudson and Alex Richardson)

7/15/2020 President Trump: Goya Foods Boycott Backfired by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this April 29, 2015, file photo, people walk past displays of Goya Foods products
at the new corporate headquarters in Jersey City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)
    The attempted boycott of Hispanic food maker Goya Foods appears to have backfired.    On Wednesday, President Trump announced the company is “doing great” following its CEO’s praise of his administration during a White House event last week.
    “Mr. President, your leadership when it comes to job creation, education reform, choice when it comes to education, will allow this country to fulfill its American dream.    I’m honored to be here with you, Mr. President.    Your great leadership, making America great, we stand with you.    We’ll keep America great under your leadership.” – Robert Unanue, CEO of Goya Foods
    Despite the “radical left smear machine,” the president reaffirmed people are now buying the company’s products “like crazy.”
    Senior adviser and First Daughter Ivanka Trump showed her support for the company in a Twitter post, in which she held a Goya can of black beans.    She included the company’s slogan in her caption, which read “If it’s Goya, it has to be good” in both English and Spanish.
    Their tweets were prompted by critics of Unanue’s words, who argued Goya Foods’ position doesn’t represent Hispanic or Latino interests due to the administration’s stance on immigration.
    Hashtags #boycottgoya and #goyafoods began trending on Twitter, fueled by big name Democrats like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and former Democrat presidential candidate Julian Castro.
    However, the campaign was soon turned on its head.    Republican politicians and influencers used the hashtags to urge followers to purchase more Goya products, flipping the boycott into a so-called “buy cott.”
    The move inspired several people to launch GoFundMe accounts, which raised money for Goya products to be donated to food pantries.     One fundraiser, which was started by a Virginia resident, made headlines after it brought in over $260,000.

7/15/2020 Petition Calls For Executive Order To Protect First Responders by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Monday, June 1, 2020, file photo police clear the area around Lafayette Park and the White House
in Washington, as demonstrators gather to protest the death of George Floyd. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
    A new online petition is hoping to catch the president’s attention.    It called for an executive order in support of police and first responders.
    Those behind the appeal have said they’re fed up with local politicians influencing tactical decisions.    According to them, these decisions often endanger both officers and the public.
    “I am calling on the White House to create and sign an executive order in support of our first responders,” read the petition.    “Too often, local and state politicians have influenced improper policing strategies for politics, which endanger the officers and the public.”
    The petition suggested implementing “simple solutions,” including an oath to the Constitution, protections for officers doing their jobs and public accountability of lawmakers making police decisions.
    100,000 signatures are needed to get a response from the White House.

7/15/2020 Monmouth Poll: 57% Of Pa. Voters Believe There Are ‘Secret Trump Voters’ In Community by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Tuesday, April 28, 2020, file photo, a motorist drops off a mail-in ballot outside of a voting center
during the 7th Congressional District special election, in Windsor Mill, Md. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
    A new Pennsylvania poll found support for Joe Biden may actually be much lower than recent surveys have suggested.    Results from a Wednesday Monmouth University poll showed Biden with a 13-point lead on President Trump when it comes to favorability.
    When asked who would win the election, the results were largely split down the middle.    However, another statistic from that poll has drawn the attention of analysts.
    57% of respondents said they believe there are so-called “secret Trump voters” in their community.    These “secret voters” were defined as those who intend to vote for the president in November, but have not voiced that intention.
    Patrick Murray, who directs the polling institute, has suggested the presence of these “secret voters” could mean Pennsylvania isn’t necessarily in the bag for Biden.
    He added voters remember President Trump’s upset win in 2016, when many polls showed Hillary Clinton clinching states the president went on to win.    Murray added, “the specter of a secret Trump vote looms large in 2020.”
    Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin have long been seen as Democrat strongholds, yet President Trump took all three states in the last election.
    Murray has cautioned people to take most early polls with a grain of salt.    He pointed out that 57% of secret voters could prove to be the wild card that once again tips the scales in the president’s favor.

7/15/2020 Fla. Health Officials Grapple With Hospital Bed Shortage by OAN Newsroom
An entrance at Jackson Memorial Hospital is shown, Thursday, July 9, 2020, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
    Hospital beds in Florida are becoming increasingly scarce as coronavirus infections rapidly rise in the state.    On Wednesday, the state’s health department reported state hospitals are currently treating over 8,000 patients.
    Dr. Nicholas Namias, the president of the medical staff at Jackson Health System in Miami, has said these numbers are taking a huge toll on a patients’ access to hospital beds.
    According to him, every day is a struggle to figure out which hospital beds can be converted for coronavirus patients while still implementing the necessary safety measures.
    “We’re getting to the point where it’s going to be full,” added Dr. Namias.    “We have gridlock and we won’t be able to take patients, they’ll just be stacked in the ERs.”
    There are currently only 969 hospital beds available out of over 5,000 in the entire state.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis puts on his mask as he leaves a news conference at Jackson Memorial Hospital, Monday, July 13, 2020,
in Miami.    DeSantis acknowledged Monday that the new coronavirus is spreading and urged people to
take precautions such as wearing masks in public places, social distancing and avoiding crowds. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
    Meanwhile, the director of the CDC has said the coronavirus could be under control in one to two months if all citizens begin wearing masks.
    On Wednesday, Director Robert Redfield expressed it is steadily becoming more apparent how masks help protect the population from the spread of the virus.
    “I think if we could get everybody to wear a mask right now, …I think four, six, eight weeks, we could bring this epidemic under control,” he stated.    “I think we’re being very clear: now’s the time to wear masks.”
    The CDC has also urged state leaders to consider legislation that requires residents to wear face coverings in public places.

7/15/2020 Nancy Pelosi Urges President Trump To Boost Government Financing Of PPE Purchases by OAN Newsroom
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 15, 2020, to mark two months since
House passage of “The Heroes Act” or the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    Nancy Pelosi has demanded President Trump use his authority to invoke the mass production of personal protective equipment (PPE) in the U.S.    On Wednesday, the House speaker claimed we do not have enough face masks, goggles and other medical gear to properly fight COVID-19.
    “You have to have the equipment, so we’re saying to the president: Mr. President, get us the equipment,” stated Pelosi.    “The Defense Production Act, require personal protective equipment, not only just to open up the school, but to protect our heroes and our healthcare workers.”
    In recent months, PPE sales have become a multibillion-dollar industry in international trade, while most face masks have been primarily made in China.
    The House speaker suggested the federal government force businesses to make PPE under the Defense Production Act.
    “PPE, we need it.    Why don’t we have it? Because you will not for some reason implement the Defense Production Act.” – Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House
    She went on to say she will find a way for Congress to obtain PPE one way or another.

7/15/2020 S.C. Gov. McMaster Orders Schools To Reopen On September 8th by OAN Newsroom
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster and legislative leaders walk out in masks for a news conference at the
Statehouse in Columbia, South Carolina, on Wednesday, July, 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)
    South Carolina’s governor is pushing for schools in his state to reopen for in-person learning in the fall.    On Wednesday, Governor Henry McMaster said schools should be ready to begin classes on September 8th.
    He added it’s critical students have the option for in-person learning.    According to McMaster, teachers have lost track of more than 10,000 students since the beginning of shutdowns in March.
    The governor also noted a lot of students who live in rural areas don’t have access to the internet.    He has encouraged schools to reopen safely and carefully.
    “Parents need to have a choice,” stated McMaster.    “They need to say to their districts whether they want their children to go in class five days a week or whether they want a virtual education at home.”
    He has expressed he wants every public school district to offer five days of in-person learning, as well as virtual classes, when they present their reopening plans.

7/15/2020 President Trump Slams Fake News, Criticizes New York Times After Columnist Quits by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks to members of the press on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, July 15, 2020,
before boarding Marine One for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md., and then on to Atlanta. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    President Trump has claimed the New York Times is “under siege.”    This week, he called the paper “fake news” and suggested they never cover him accurately.
    In a series of tweets, the president slammed the Times as a “total mess” and highlighted how employees for the newspaper continue to leave.
    This came after conservative columnist Bari Weiss resigned from her position on Tuesday.
    According to Weiss, she fell victim to constant bullying and harassment from her liberal coworkers.    She believes social media has heavily influenced the paper and noted Twitter has become its “ultimate editor.”
    She claimed employees regularly harassed her on her social media page, calling her a “bigot” and a “racist” for her political views.    In her resignation letter, Weiss accused her coworkers of unlawful discrimination and creating a hostile work environment.
FILE – This Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012 file photo shows the New York Times logo on the company’s building in New York. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
    Following her resignation, commentators from both sides of the aisle came to her defense, calling her “stunning” and a “fearless thinker.”
    President Trump has repeatedly pointed out anti-conservative bias in media and recently accused the New York Times of helping presumptive Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden get out of upcoming debates.
    “The New York Times is just trying to get him out of the debates because, you know, you see what it is.    His record is terrible.    He can’t even talk about his record; he forgets his record.    He forgets everything.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
    The Times has not responded to comments criticizing their reporting.    Officials from the newspaper expressed their appreciation for the many contributions Weiss has made for the news outlet.

7/15/2020 Secy. Pompeo: Action Is Warranted Against China by OAN Newsroom
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference at the State Department
> in Washington, Wednesday, July 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently discussed why the administration is taking action against China following its new national security legislation on Hong Kong. During a State Department briefing this week, Pompeo said Chinese leader Xi Jinping “made a choice to violate the Chinese Communist Party’s promise to Hong Kong in a unregistered treaty.”
    “If China treats Hong Kong as one country in a single system, so must the us,” he added.    “We have to deal with China as it is, not as we wish it to be.”
    The secretary went on to say the U.S. needs to put its foot down against China’s repeated and harmful behavior.
    “We have a Chinese Communist Party that is putting freedom and democracy at risk by their expansionist, imperialist, authoritarian behavior.    That’s the behavior we are trying to see changed. We still have work to do.    This is a regime that failed to disclose information they had about a virus that has now killed more than 100,000 Americans, hundreds of thousands across the world.” – Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State
    This came after President Trump signed the Hong Kong Autonomy Act on Tuesday.
A monitor displays the logo for “Huawei” behind Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as he speaks during a news
conference at the State Department in Washington, Wednesday, July 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)
    Meanwhile, China has accused the U.K. of conspiring with the U.S. government to damage Huawei’s reputation.    On Wednesday, a foreign ministry spokesperson accused the United Kingdom of cooperating with the United States to discriminate, suppress and exclude Chinese companies.
    She claimed the decision was political and disputed the White House’s concern that using Huawei technology presents national security risks.
    “This once again confirms that the decision to ban Huawei is not about national security, but rather excessive political manipulation,” stated Hua Chunying.    “It also shows to the world that it’s not China, but the United States that is resorting to threat and intimidation, pitting countries against each other.”
    Following the decision, China’s ambassador to Britain suggested the U.K. was not a safe country for international investors.

7/15/2020 Texas Bar Defies Shutdown And Opens Doors For Locals by OAN Newsroom
A visitor wearing a mask to protect against the spread of COVID-19 passes a sign
requiring masks, Tuesday, July 7, 2020, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
    A bar in Texas openly defied Governor Greg Abbott’s order to shut down and hosted a “Texas bars fight back” rally this week.    On Sunday, Chuters Dance Hall and Saloon in Pasadena opened its doors to residents and, moving forward, will not enforce the state’s virus mitigation orders.
    Abbott shut down bars in late June following a surge of positive COVID-19 cases in the state.
    22 bar owners in Texas have filed lawsuits against the governor.    They claimed the lockdown “unconstitutionally bypasses the state legislature.”
    “We just want to go to work,” stated saloon co-owner Helen Bergeron.    “It’s not fair that a restaurant right behind us, I can go sit at their bar and get hammered on margaritas, but I can’t come to my club and drink a beer because it’s a bar.”
    The owners also claimed they are not afraid of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Committee taking action against them.
    “If they show up, then they show up, but we’re here to protest,” they added.
People wait inside their vehicles in line at COVID-19 testing site Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
    Meanwhile, the U.S. Army has deployed to the state to help staff a hospital wing of coronavirus patients.    A specialty unit of 85 doctors and nurses arrived in Houston earlier this week and began accepting patients who were transferred from other hospitals.
    The new Army wing of the United Memorial Medical Center will have the capacity to treat up to 50 patients.
    According to civilian doctors, the additional help is a relief.
    “They’re bringing new physicians, they’re bringing a lot of nurses, bringing medics, manpower.    We need to provide better service to our patients, our nurses are overworked.    They’re extremely exhausted.    This is a breath of fresh air for all of us.” – Dr. Joseph Varon, Houston, Texas
    The Army has deployed more than a dozen task forces to support COVID-19 efforts in hard-hit areas, including New York City and Detroit.

7/15/2020 President Trump Reveals Successful Operation Against MS-13 by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks during a law enforcement briefing on the MS-13 gang in the Oval Office
of the White House, Wednesday, July 15, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    On Wednesday, President Trump revealed the successful completion of a historic operation, which led to the arrests of dozens of members of the MS-13 gang.    The president, along with Attorney General William Barr, acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf and FBI Director Christopher Wray, celebrated the success of “Project Vulcan” on Wednesday at the White House.
    The project was comprised of three operations across the country, which targeted high level members of the El Salvadoran crime syndicate.
    President Trump noted the operation resulted in the first terrorism charges against a member of MS-13.

Attorney General William Barr speaks during a law enforcement briefing on the MS-13 gang with President Donald Trump
in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, July 15, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    He also hinted he would be holding a similar press conference next week to discuss safety in our cities.
    “We’ll have conference next week and we’ll tell you in great detail.    It’s something that I think, at this point, the American people want to see.    They’ve been run very poorly, these cities.    Whether it’s Seattle, where we were getting ready to go in and they decided to go in, that’s good.    Minneapolis, where we had the National Guard go in.    As soon as they did that, we straightened that mess out.    …We’re doing a great job in Portland.    Portland was very rough, they called us in and we did a good job, to put it mildly.    Many people in jail right now.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
    The president also called the Democrat run cities “war zones” and said the administration is not going to put up with that.

7/15/2020 Gov. Cuomo Blasted For Nursing Home Report by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this May 9, 2020 file photo, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo briefs the media during a
coronavirus news conference at his office in New York. (John Roca/New York Post via AP, Pool, File)
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has come under fire for a recently released internal report, which appears to sweep a controversial executive order under the rug.
    Scientists and medical experts spoke with the Associated Press Tuesday and claimed the report downplayed the effects of the order, which placed more than 63,000 recovering coronavirus patients in nursing homes.
    Some experts have said the report was designed to confirm a theory they believe was floated by Cuomo, which blamed 37,000 asymptomatic nursing home workers for a surge in coronavirus related deaths.    When questioned about these deaths, the governor said critics were using the numbers to play politics.
    “So let’s look at the facts, right, rather than the political rhetoric,” he stated.    “Yes, we had more people die in nursing homes than anywhere else…because the federal government missed the boat.”
    The report indicated that 80 percent of nursing homes who took in patients already had coronavirus cases before the order was given.    It also explained that patients were released within nine days of entering the nursing homes and claimed patients shed contagion within the time-frame.
    However, experts have said there are several holes in these findings.    They pointed out a lack of data on nursing homes that did not have any cases pre-executive order. They also cannot confirm if released patients were contagious or not because the order barred nursing home staffers from retesting patients.
    “I don’t think there’s a person in this state not asking: what the heck is going on in our nursing homes?” said state Sen. Patrick Gallivan (D-N.Y.).    “It’s probably likely that legislatures should have been looking into nursing homes long before this, but clearly they need to be looked at.”
    Meanwhile, Republican lawmakers are demanding Cuomo turnover information on the executive order and its effects on the public.    Both chambers of New York’s legislature are expected to hold joint hearings on the issue next month.

7/15/2020 Vice President Pence Calls For Schools To Reopen During Trip To La. by OAN Newsroom
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos listens with Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards as Vice President Mike Pence speaks at a
roundtable discussion in Tiger Stadium on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge, La., Tuesday, July 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
    Vice President Mike Pence recently reiterated the administration’s commitment to reopening schools for in-person learning.    He traveled to Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Tuesday, where he held a roundtable discussion with local officials on the state’s continued handling of the coronavirus outbreak.
    The vice president praised the teamwork between state Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) and President Trump, and suggested the nation is in a much better position to deal with the pandemic than we were several months ago.
    “We not only slowed the spread, but we bent the curve and we’re going to do it again,” he stated.    “…Because of the seamless partnership with your governor and because of the extraordinary support that we’ve received from members of Congress, we have more resources today to deal with this pandemic than ever before.”
    While speaking at Louisiana State University, Pence also touted the state’s response to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases and expressed confidence in Louisiana’s efforts going forward.
    Alongside Education Secretary Betsy Devos, Pence insisted schools begin reopening and allow students at every level to return to classrooms as soon as possible.    The vice president went on to reaffirm Louisiana has the full support of the administration to start getting its students back into school.
    “We’re here to support you, we’re here to support your efforts and to get our kids back on great campuses like this one, to get our kids back into the classroom,” he stated.    “It’s the right thing to do for our for our young people, it’s also the right thing to do for working families who face a tremendous burden during the course of this four-month pandemic.”

7/15/2020 President Trump Slams Biden, Sanders ‘Unity Task Force,’ Calls It ‘Guaranteed Destruction Of America’ by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Feb. 25, 2020 file photo, Democratic presidential candidates, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., left, and former Vice
President Joe Biden, talk before a Democratic presidential primary debate in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
    President Trump slammed Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (D-Vt.) newly constructed ‘Unity Task Force’ by calling it the “guaranteed destruction of America.”
    The president pointed out that their pact includes “open borders and crime” and is bad for both cops and the military.    He went on to say “Joe never told us this” and now it’s “never been so clear.”
    President Trump further launched his criticism against Biden’s platform Tuesday during a press conference in the Rose Garden.
    “Provide taxpayer subsidies and welfare for people that come into our country illegally…illegal immigrants…they want government health care for all illegal aliens,” he stated.    “This is part of their plan, I’m not making this up, this is all down in their plan from last week.”
    This comes after Biden and Sanders released some policy recommendations listed in their joint pact, which includes implementing costly measures to address so-called climate change.

7/15/2020 President Trump: Schools Not Reopening A ‘Mistake’ by OAN Newsroom
Josefina Median wears a mask as she cleans a classroom at Wylie High School Tuesday, July 14, 2020, in Wylie, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
    President Trump is slamming schools that are refusing to resume in-person learning this fall amid continuing coronavirus concerns.
    During an interview Tuesday, the president reiterated his support for schools returning to normal operations.    He then called the Los Angeles Unified School District’s decision not to reopen a mistake.
    While some health officials warn the move to reopen is unsafe, the American Academy of Pediatrics has insisted the benefits of in-person learning outweigh the risks of COVID-19.

    When asked what he would tell those who feel reopening schools is too dangerous, President Trump said the issue is also an economic one due to the fact parents need to return to work.
    “I would tell parents and teachers that you should find yourself a new person, whoever is in charge of that decision, because it’s a terrible decision,” he stated.    “Because children and parents are dying from that trauma too, they’re dying because they can’t do what they’re doing.”
    The president further suggested Democrats oppose an economic rebound, which he said is being generated by record job growth.
Amid concerns of the spread of COVID-19, science teachers Ann Darby, left, and Rosa Herrera check-in
students before a summer STEM camp at Wylie High School Tuesday, July 14, 2020, in Wylie, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero),br>

7/16/2020 Oil up $0.55 to $41.00, DOW up 228 to 26,870.

7/16/2020 Beshear appeals coronavirus rulings - Takes case straight to Kentucky Supreme Court by Deborah Yetter, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Gov. Andy Beshear is asking the Kentucky Supreme Court to uphold his emergency public health orders related to venues such as auto racetracks, day care centers and “pick-your-own” farms, saying in a motion filed Tuesday that “the Commonwealth is in a life and death battle against COVID-19.”
    Calling the pandemic the “gravest threat to public health in over a century,” Beshear took the unusual step of bypassing the Court of Appeals entirely, asking the state’s highest court to strike down Monday’s ruling by appellate Judge Glenn Acree as well as two previous adverse rulings from Scott and Boone counties.

7/16/2020 Fence to surround Governor’s Mansion by Billy Kobin, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    In response to an effigy of Gov. Andy Beshear getting hanged from a tree outside the state Capitol in May, a fence is going up around the Kentucky Governor’s Mansion “for the safety of the current and future first families.”
    Crystal Staley, a spokeswoman for Beshear, said the Kentucky State Police executive security team requested the fence be put up after attendees of a Second Amendment rally on May 24 hanged the effigy on Capitol grounds.

7/16/2020 87 protesters arrested at home of Kentucky attorney general
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Eighty-seven demonstrators who gathered at the home of Kentucky’s attorney general to demand justice for Breonna Taylor were arrested, police said.    Until Freedom protesters gathered for a sit-in on the front yard of a Louisville home owned by Attorney General Daniel Cameron on Tuesday.

7/16/2020 Black Masks, White Roses As Spain Honours Its COVID-19 Victims
A general view of a state tribute ceremony in memory of Spain's coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
victims, at the Royal Palace in Madrid, Spain July 16, 2020. REUTERS/Sergio Perez
    MADRID (Reuters) – Wearing black face masks, Spanish and foreign dignitaries paid tribute to the victims of the coronavirus pandemic and the health workers combating it in a ceremony on Thursday led by King Felipe VI.
    Many of the roughly 400 guests outside the Royal Palace in Madrid, including relatives of some of the more than 28,000 victims of the disease in one of Europe’s worst-hit countries, laid white roses on a black pedestal surrounding a bowl of burning coals.
    The king told the relatives of the victims: “You are not alone in your pain, it’s our shared pain, it’s our grief that today is witnessed here by all Spaniards.”
    He said many of those who had died were elderly people “whose lives changed the course of our history” towards democracy.
    The king praised families for abiding by one of Europe’s toughest lockdowns “with great courage, self-sacrifice and discipline,” which he said was fundamental to combat the pandemic.
    “Spain has shown its best spirit.    Because when the years go by and we remember this time, these days, we will also remember that we have given ourselves an example, once again in our history, of civility, of maturity, of resistance, of commitment to others,” he said.
    European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and other senior EU officials, and World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus also attended the event at the Armoury Square of the palace.
    Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez paid tribute to the public servants “who have fought the pandemic on the front line.”
    In a rare moment of unity despite frequent tensions with Madrid over Catalonia’s pro-independence drive, the separatist leader of the Catalan regional government, Quim Torra, was present at the event.
    But the right-wing Vox party – the third-largest force in parliament – refused to attend, labelling the event “an advertising campaign for the government” and saying that “the victims’ truth is not being told.”
(Reporting by Paola Luelmo, editing by Andrei Khalip and Hugh Lawson)

7/16/2020 London Restaurants Fret As Going Out Goes Out Of Style by Natalie Thomas and Dylan Martinez
FILE PHOTO: Empty tables are seen during a quiet night at Brixton Village, as the outbreak of the coronavirus disease
(COVID-19) continues to affect businesses, in London, Britain July 14, 2020. Picture taken July 14, 2020. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
    LONDON (Reuters) – Restaurants might have reopened, but the owner of Etta’s Seafood Kitchen in London’s Brixton Village market fears the prolonged COVID-19 lockdown may have changed customer behaviour for good.
    Trepidation among consumers in England since the hospitality sector reopened on July 4 has seen many owners wonder whether they will go out of business before the punters come back.
    “I think people’s habits have changed.    I think a lot of people as well are cooking more at home.    And I just think, you know, everyone is still a little bit scared because I don’t know exactly what’s going to happen,” Etta Burrell, owner of the seafood kitchen, told Reuters.
    “It’s quite affecting us at the moment.    It’s worrying, put it that way.”
    Brixton Village is usually bustling with people eating out, especially at the weekend.    But with social distancing restricting customer numbers at peak times, business owners need to fill more tables earlier in the week.
    And there is little sign of that happening, despite the exhortations of Prime Minister Boris Johnson for people to get out, spend, and “enjoy summer safely.”
    It is too early for much data on footfall in restaurants and bars since they were allowed to reopen.
    The latest weekly British Retail Consortium bulletin, which captures July 4 but no later, shows UK footfall posted the smallest week-on-week rise for any day that week when lockdown was eased.
    Burrell said she had 30% of the customers at the weekend, compared to the same time last year, but just 7% of the business on a Tuesday night.
    It is perhaps unsurprising that consumers are cautious.    A poll by Opinium on the day restrictions were lifted showed 52% of people believed pubs, bars and restaurants were reopening too soon.    Only 24% thought it was the right time.
    The casual dining sector had been suffering from overcapacity even before the pandemic shuttered businesses and slashed footfall in London’s busiest work districts.
    High-street fixtures like Carluccios and the owner of Bella Italia and Cafe Rouge have entered administration since the pandemic began.
    In a bid to get more people through restaurant doors at off-peak times, the government has launched a $625-million “Eat out to help out” discount scheme, offering half-priced meals from Monday to Wednesday in August.
    On Wednesday, a cut to sales tax to 5% from 20% for eat-in or hot takeaway food from restaurants, cafes and pubs also came into effect.
    Brian Danclair, owner of Caribbean restaurant Fish, Wings and Tings, said while it was empty on a quiet Tuesday night after the excitement of the first week of reopening, he was confident government measures would help customers come back.
    “We’re going to sign up for it because I think it’s a really good initiative,” he said of the discount scheme.    “And that should help bring the consumers’ confidence back.”
    Office for National Statistics data on Thursday showed fewer British workers lost their jobs in June and there were other signs that the hit to the labour market had eased off since the onset of the coronavirus crisis, but economists said unemployment remained on course to jump.
(Writing by Alistair Smout; Editing by Guy Faulconbridge and Janet Lawrence)

7/16/2020 France Accelerates Compulsory Wearing Of Face Masks Over COVID-19 Fears by Blandine Henault and Matthieu Protard
FILE PHOTO: People, wearing protective face masks, line-up outside a testing site for coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
installed inside a gymnasium in Laval, in Mayenne department, France, July 15, 2020. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe/File Photo
    PARIS (Reuters) – France accelerated plans on Thursday to make it compulsory to wear protective face masks in enclosed public spaces because of concerns about COVID-19, and the Mayenne region made it obligatory immediately in several places.
    President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday mask-wearing would be mandatory in places such as shops from Aug. 1 because of signs the new coronavirus was “coming back a bit.”
    But Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Thursday the order would take effect next week.    Until now, it has been mandatory to wear face coverings outdoors only on public transport and in public spaces where social distancing is not possible.
    “We were considering implementing (this measure) on August 1 because, once again, we are acting preventively and not as a matter of emergency,” Castex told the Senate.
    “I have heard and understood that this deadline appeared late or raised some questions, so the decree will come into force next week.”
    Some politicians and doctors had called on the government not to wait until early August because of concerns about the pandemic.
    Official figures show the number of COVID-19 infections and fatalities has slowed in France since late May, but the novel coronavirus has killed more than 30,000 people in the country and is spreading again in some areas.
    The Mayenne prefecture in northwestern France said the wearing of face masks was now compulsory in its main city, Laval, and five other municipalities – Bonchamp-lès-Laval, Changé, L’Huisserie, Louverné and Saint-Berthevin.
    “In Mayenne, the situation is problematic today,” French health minister Olivier Veran told France Inter radio.
    Macron also said on Tuesday that he wanted COVID-19 testing available for everyone, without having to be referred by a doctor, and said expected job losses because of the pandemic posed a major challenge.
(Reporting by Matthieu Protard, Claude Chendjou and Blandine Henault; Editing by Andrew Heavens and Timothy Heritage)

7/16/2020 Italy Bans Entry From Serbia, Kosovo And Montenegro Due To COVID-19, Statement Says
FILE PHOTO: Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza speaks to reporters after European health ministers from neighbouring countries
to Italy held a meeting to discuss Italy's coronavirus outbreak, in Rome, Italy, February 25, 2020. REUTERS/Remo Casilli
    ROME (Reuters) – Italy on Thursday banned people coming from Serbia, Kosovo and Montenegro from entering its territory to prevent the importation of COVID-19 cases from the outside.
    “Anyone who has been in these territories in the last 14 days is prohibited from entry and transit in Italy. In the world the epidemic is in its hardest phase.    We need the maximum caution to defend the progress we have made so far,” Health Minister Roberto Speranza said in a statement.
    Last week Italy had already banned entry to people coming from 13 countries, including Brazil, that it said presented an excessive rate of COVID-19 infections.
(Reporting by Angelo Amante; Editing by Alison Williams)

7/16/2020 Germany’s Confirmed Coronavirus Cases Rise By 534 To 200,260: RKI
FILE PHOTO: Medical personnel talk to a person at a drive-in testing site at an out-of-service aircraft hangar at Guetersloh Airport following
an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Guetersloh, Germany, Germany June 27, 2020. REUTERS/Leon Kuegeler/File Photo
BERLIN (Reuters) – The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 534 to 200,260, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Thursday.
The reported death toll rose by seven to 9,078, the tally showed.
(Reporting by Berlin Newsroom; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman)

7/16/2020 South China Sea Claims by Arshad Mohammed and Humeyra Pamuk
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference at the State
Department in Washington, D.C., U.S., July 15, 2020. Andrew Harnik/Pool via REUTERS
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday the United States will support countries that believe China has violated their maritime claims in the South China Sea but suggested it would do so through diplomatic rather than military means.
    “We will support countries all across the world who recognize that China has violated their legal territorial claims as well – or maritime claims as well,” Pompeo told reporters.
    “We will go provide them the assistance we can, whether that’s in multilateral bodies, whether that’s in ASEAN, whether that’s through legal responses, we will use all the tools we can,” he said at a news conference, referring to the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
    The United States on Monday rejected China’s claims to offshore resources in most of the South China Sea, drawing criticism from China which said the U.S. position raised tension in the region, highlighting an increasingly testy relationship.
    Monday’s statement reflected the first time the United States had taken the position that China’s claims to the South China sea were “completely unlawful.”
    The United States has long opposed China’s expansive territorial claims on the South China Sea, sending warships regularly through the strategic waterway to demonstrate freedom of navigation there. Monday’s comments reflect a harsher tone.
    China claims 90% of the potentially energy-rich South China Sea, but Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also lay claim to parts of it.
    On Wednesday, Vietnam’s foreign ministry spokeswoman, Le Thi Thu Hang, said in response to the hardened U.S. rhetoric on the region that Vietnam welcomed any views on the South China Sea that were in accordance with international law.
    “Peace, stability, cooperation and development in the South China Sea are the common aspirations and goals of countries in the region and the international community.”
(Reporting by Arshad Mohammed and Humeyra Pamuk in Washington; Additional reporting by James Pearson in Hanoi; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Matthew Lewis)

7/16/2020 New Video Appears To Show N.Y. Anti-Police Protesters Receiving Shipment Of Bats Before Attack On Officers by OAN Newsroom
NYPD stand on the Brooklyn Bridge as Black Lives Matter protester Wednesday, July 15, 2020, in New York.
Several New York City police officers were attacked and injured Wednesday on the Brooklyn Bridge
during a protest sparked by the death of George Floyd. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura)
    New surveillance footage appears to show a group of protesters receiving a small shipment of wooden bats right before anti-police demonstrators attacked officers on the Brooklyn Bridge.
    The New York Post released video showing a man near New York City Hall retrieving at least six bats from a car’s trunk Wednesday morning.
    According to police sources, the bats were used to confront the ‘Unity Rally’ taking place, which included community activists, clergy and law enforcement calling for the end of violence in the city as well as a need for dialogue about racial injustice and police reform.
    “We support police and we need their help because this city’s becoming a warzone,” stated Tamara Lashchyk, a Unity March demonstrator.
    “The police are here to help us not to hurt us, so we need people to come out and report these shootings,”said Clyde Jasmin, another demonstrator. “And report these senseless violence and hopefully we get our city back.”
    When activists from the Unity March made their way across Brooklyn Bridge, they were soon met by several counter-protesters who were arguing that their march was too supportive of police.
    Police soon began to clear out these counter-protesters when several began to attack.    Several officers present were injured, including the city’s police chief.    Nearly 40 counter-protesters were arrested.
A Black Lives Matter protester is apprehended by NYPD officers on Brooklyn Bridge, Wednesday,
July 15, 2020, in New York. Several New York City police officers were attacked and injured Wednesday
on the Brooklyn Bridge during a protest sparked by the death of George Floyd. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura)
    “They didn’t want a counter-protest, they didn’t want democracy, they didn’t want freedom in this moment,” said Jonathan Lykes, an anti-police protester.
    It’s unclear if they used the shipment of bats appearing in footage in the Brooklyn Bridge attack, however, police have said at least one has been recovered from the scene. Meanwhile, separate footage shows the activists using a cane and debris to hit officers.
    The latest violence in New York City adds to the continued calls for the removal of Mayor Bill de Blasio as many have said he’s failed to put a stop to the city’s escalating violence.
    “Andrew Cuomo really needs to step in and take control of the city,” stated Ed Mullins of the Sergeants Benevolent Association.    “The city needs law and order, it’s unfair bodies are dropping in these communities.”
    This comes as de Blasio signed a series of police reform bills on Wednesday and made no mention of the Brooklyn Bridge incident.

7/16/2020 Press Secy. McEnany Discusses White House Deregulation Agenda, Reopening Schools by OAN Newsroom
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany speaks during a press briefing
at the White House, Thursday, July 16, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany kicked off Thursday’s briefing by saying President Trump took swift action to roll back burdens and regulations that were imposed during the Obama administration.
    She claimed the president’s deregulation agenda lowers costs for every citizen.    She noted these burdens fall disproportionately on low income Americans.
    The secretary also warned what could happen if children are kept within their homes for too long amid school closures.
    McEnany confirmed President Trump wants American schools to reopen fully this fall.

7/16/2020 Congress Debates Decriminalization Of Psychedelics In Washington, D.C. by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this May 6, 2020, file photo a man walks across Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
    Congress has paused the discussion on coronavirus aid and unemployment relief in order to debate the legal practice of using psychedelic drugs.    During their session on Wednesday, lawmakers discussed Initiative 81.     The amendment would make hallucinogenic drugs a low priority for law enforcement within Washington, D.C.    It would allow residents to use psychedelics under the condition a doctor recommended it for them only for medical purposes.
    Advocates have argued using these kinds of drugs helps treat mental health, but others have demanded that district residents should ultimately be the ones to decide.
    “If the district residents want to make mushrooms a lower priority and focus limited law enforcement resources on other issues, that is their prerogative. Congress has allowed jurisdictions in California and Colorado to exercise their sovereign right to set policy on mushrooms.    The District of Columbia too should be allowed to use their local funds to support their local needs and their priorities.” – Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.)
    The initiative, which was proposed by Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.), was ultimately withdrawn.    According to Harris, it’s a new issue to the committee and the fight for psychedelics is not over.
[I think since most of the Democrats in Congress must be on these drugs since they are so paranoid of Russian Collusion Allusion, and Mueller Reportitis, and Impeachmentitis, and now they like Anarchyism, Purgeitis and their brains are fried from Cancel Culture Brain Strains.].

7/17/2020 Miami Mayor Mulls Another City Lockdown by OAN Newsroom
Cynthia Jackson works at a drive-up site as she receives an application for the Emergency Rental
Assistance Program, a one-time benefit to help with one month’s rent offered by Miami-Dade County,
during the coronavirus pandemic, Thursday, July 16, 2020, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
    The mayor of Miami has said he’s considering another citywide lockdown as coronavirus cases continue to rise in the city and state.    On Thursday, Francis Suarez announced he’s set to meet with hospital officials and business leaders on Friday to discuss the possibility of another shutdown.
    The mayor noted hospitals in the city are at 95% capacity and claimed that will only last about another four weeks.
    He called out the 18 to 34-year-old age group, which has seen the highest percentage of positive tests.
    “What we’re starting to see now is that age group going back to the home and infecting everybody else in the home, which is particularly worrisome in multigenerational households,” stated Suarez.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, center, speaks during a roundtable discussion with Miami-Dade County mayors
during the coronavirus pandemic, Tuesday, July 14, 2020, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
    Miami has more than 69,000 active cases, making it the highest of any Florida county.
    On the same day, the state announced nearly 14,000 new cases and 156 deaths.

7/17/2020 Ga. Gov. Kemp Blocks Local Face Mask Mandates by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Dec. 4, 2019, file photo, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp takes questions from
the media at the Georgia state Capitol in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Elijah Nouvelage, File)
    Georgia’s governor has issued an order to prevent local leaders from issuing mandatory face mask regulations.    Brian Kemp made the announcement Wednesday and discussed the state’s surge in new coronavirus cases.
    According to Kemp, the order is meant to stop counties from implementing rules of their own, which can be more restrictive than statewide policy.    He wants to encourage residents to wear masks voluntarily without mandating them.
    The move came after at least 15 local governments issued such restrictions, despite Kemp’s earlier order saying they did not have the power to do so.
    Local leaders have since slammed the new decision.    They believe it will only further the spread of the coronavirus.    However, the governor has insisted the state will still keep up its efforts to combat the virus.
    Kemp has extended other coronavirus related measures and placed a ban on gatherings of more than 50 people through the end of the month.    While counties cannot order the use of face coverings on public properties, private businesses will still be allowed to require face masks to enter.

7/16/2020 Kudlow: We’re Not Going To Take Away Unemployment Benefits by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this May 8, 2020, file photo White House chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow speaks during an interview on
the unemployment numbers caused by the coronavirus, at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
    White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow has stated the administration will not cut unemployment benefits.    His remarks come amid rising concerns about extending jobless benefits when the nation’s COVID expansion expires at the end of the month.
    According to the latest jobs report, 1.3 million Americans filed unemployment claims last week.
    Kudlow has suggested putting a limit on how much unemployment money an individual receives, rather than taking away benefits altogether.
    “We’re not going to take away unemployment benefits,” he explained.    “I think what we’ll do is a more prudent cap, perhaps 70% to 75% of the wage, so we create incentives to work, not disincentives.”
    Earlier this week, the White House unveiled its “Find Something New” initiative, which aims to connect Americans with potential job or training opportunities.

7/16/2020 Attorney General Barr: Hollywood Works To Appease China by OAN Newsroom
U.S. Attorney General William Barr speaks at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand
Rapids, Mich., Thursday, July 16, 2020. (Nicole Hester/ Arbor News via AP)
    Attorney General William Barr has accused Hollywood of working to serve China.    This week, he claimed “every year at the academy awards, Americans are lectured about how this country falls short of Hollywood’s ideals of social justice.”
    He highlighted the industry’s hypocrisy and noted that Hollywood regularly censors its own movies to appease the Chinese Communist Party.
    “I suspect Walt Disney would be disheartened to see how the company he founded deals with the foreign dictatorships today,” stated Barr.
    The attorney general went on to say it’s not just the entertainment industry caving to pressure from China.
    He suggested all social media giants, including Facebook, Twitter and Google, temporarily suspended compliance with governmental requests for data days after China passed its national security law in Hong Kong.

7/16/2020 President Trump Replaces Campaign Manager Brad Parscale With Bill Stepien by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Oct. 13, 2018, file photo White House political director Bill Stepien, center, step off Air Force One
as they arrives at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., after traveling with President Donald Trump to Richmond, Ky.,
for a rally. Bill Stepien has replaced Brad Parscale as Trump’s campaign manager. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    With less than four months until Election Day, President Trump announced a shake-up among his campaign team.    On Wednesday, the president revealed he has promoted Bill Stepien to replace Brad Parscale as his campaign manager.
    In a statement, the president said Parscale has been with him a long time and confirmed he is expected to stay on the team, but will serve as a senior adviser with a focus on digital and data strategies.
    Reports have suggested the change came in response to last month’s lower than expected turnout rate at the president’s rally in Oklahoma.
    In the days leading up to that event, Parscale had promised a packed arena and claimed a million ticket requests had been made.    However, the campaign struggled to reach the venue’s full capacity and only reported about 12,000 people in attendance.
FILE – In this Thursday, March 28, 2019, file photo, Brad Parscale, manager of President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign,
throws “Make America Great Again,” hats to the audience before a rally in Grand Rapids, Mich. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
    Stepien, who previously held the title of deputy campaign manager, will take a different approach to the position.    That’s according to administration officials who said he’s expected to try and stay under the radar.    He will likely not appear on stage with the president at his rallies.
    Stepien served as the campaign’s national field director in 2016 and also worked as a White House political director during the president’s first two-years in office.
    While speaking on the decision, President Trump said both Parscale and Stepien were heavily involved in his historic 2016 win.    He also said he’s looking forward to having a big and very important second win as well.

7/16/2020 Gov. Wolf Issues New Restrictions Amid Rise In Pa. COVID-19 Cases by OAN Newsroom
People waiting in line to enter a grocery store wear COVID-19 protective masks,
Friday, July 3, 2020, in McCandless, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
    Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) announced a new round of restrictions after what he called an “unsettling” rise in coronavirus cases.    The restrictions went into effect Thursday and include reduced indoor dining, mandated tele-work and limited gatherings of people.
    The state Health Department on Wednesday reported 994 new cases with a statewide total of more than 97,000.    Wolf blamed the rise in cases on residents not wearing masks, out-of-state travel and a lack of a national coordination.
    “The virus is making the rules here, we’re just trying to anticipate what those rules are and doing what we can to reduce the risk,” he stated.    “That virus is going to do a lot of damage in Pennsylvania.”
    The restrictions came under fire by state officials who said the move is a “direct assault” on struggling businesses.    Wolf was accused of using a “blanket policy” based on counts in large cities rather than looking at the situation on a county-by-county basis.

7/16/2020 U.S., U.K., Canada Allege Hacking Group Backed By Russia Is Trying To Steal Intel On COVID-19 Vaccine by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this March 16, 2020, file photo, a subject receives a shot in the first-stage safety study
clinical trial of a potential vaccine by Moderna 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)
    The U.S., U.K. and Canada have alleged that Russia is attempting to steal information about a coronavirus vaccine. In a joint statement Thursday the three countries claimed a hacking group known as APT29 is behind attacks targeting vaccine research and development organizations.
    The countries believe the group is likely operating as part of the Russian government.    Officials condemned the attempted cyber breaches by calling them “despicable attacks against those doing vital work to combat the pandemic.”
    “We’re all trying to find a vaccine that both our people and people around the world can benefit from,” stated British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab.    “To have the Russian government engaged in that endeavor, I think needs calling out and I think the world should know it.”
    Meanwhile, the Russian government has denied they are attempting to steal coronavirus research and said there’s no evidence to corroborate these claims.

7/16/2020 Russia Trying To Steal COVID-19 Vaccine Data, Say UK, U.S. And Canada by William James and Steve Scherer
Small bottles labeled with a "Vaccine COVID-19" sticker and a medical syringe are seen
in this illustration taken taken April 10, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration
    LONDON/OTTAWA (Reuters) – Hackers backed by the Russian state are trying to steal COVID-19 vaccine and treatment research from academic and pharmaceutical institutions around the world, Britain’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) said on Thursday.
    A co-ordinated statement from Britain, the United States and Canada attributed the attacks to group APT29, also known as ‘Cozy Bear’, which they said was almost certainly operating as part of Russian intelligence services.
    “We condemn these despicable attacks against those doing vital work to combat the coronavirus pandemic,” said NCSC Director of Operations, Paul Chichester.
    Russian news agency RIA cited spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying the Kremlin rejected London’s allegations, which he said were not backed by proper evidence.
    In a separate announcement Britain also accused “Russian actors” of trying to interfere in its 2019 election by trying to spread leaked documents online.    Russia’s foreign ministry said those accusations were “foggy and contradictory.”
    Britain is expected to publish a long-delayed report into Russian influence in British politics next week.
    British foreign minister Dominic Raab said it was “completely unacceptable” for Russian intelligence services to target work on the pandemic.
    “While others pursue their selfish interests with reckless behaviour, the UK and its allies are getting on with the hard work of finding a vaccine and protecting global health,” he said in a statement.    He said Britain would work with allies to hold perpetrators to account.
    The NCSC said the group’s attacks were continuing and used a variety of tools and techniques, including spear-phishing and custom malware.
    “APT29 is likely to continue to target organisations involved in COVID-19 vaccine research and development, as they seek to answer additional intelligence questions relating to the pandemic,” the NCSC statement said.
    Canadian authorities said the attacks were hindering response efforts and that risks to health organisations were elevated.    Canada’s signals intelligence and cyber threat centre advised institutions to take action to protect themselves.
    Britain and the United States said in May that networks of hackers were targeting national and international organisations responding to the pandemic.    But such attacks have not previously been explicitly connected to the Russian state.
    The Russian government-linked group Cozy Bear is widely suspected of hacking the Democratic Party before the 2016 U.S. election.
(Additional reporting by Elizabeth Piper in London and Andrew Osborn and Gabrielle Tétrault-Farbe in Moscow; editing by Stephen Addison, William Maclean)

7/16/2020 Germany Urges WHO To Hasten Review Of Its Handling Of Pandemic
FILE PHOTO: World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a news conference organized
by Geneva Association of United Nations Correspondents (ACANU) amid the COVID-19 outbreak, caused by the novel
coronavirus, at the WHO headquarters in Geneva Switzerland July 3, 2020. Fabrice Coffrini/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo
    BRUSSELS/BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s health minister urged the World Health Organization (WHO) to speed up its review of how it has handled the coronavirus pandemic, apparently signalling Europe taking a tougher line on the United Nations body.
    Berlin, which holds the rotating presidency of the European Union, has so far largely shielded the Geneva-based organisation from the most intense criticism by Washington, which wants to leave the WHO because of its alleged excessive closeness to China.
    But now Germany seems to be taking a more assertive position.
    “When it comes to reappraising the work of the WHO during the crisis, I had the opportunity to talk to director general Tedros (Adhanom Ghebreyesus) on Tuesday in Paris as well as two weeks ago in Geneva, and in both conversations I encouraged him very clearly to launch this independent commission of experts and to expedite its launch,” Jens Spahn told a news conference in Berlin.
    The WHO said last week it was setting up an independent panel to review its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and the response by governments.
    “The World Health Assembly resolution in May 2020 called for WHO to initiate such a panel and the panel has been set up to review experience gained and lessons learned from the WHO-coordinated international health response to COVID-19.    This involves the global response, including but not limited to, WHO,” a spokesman for WHO said.
    U.S. President Donald Trump has accused the WHO of being too close to China, where the coronavirus first emerged late last year, and not doing enough to question Beijing’s actions at the start of the crisis.    Tedros has dismissed the suggestions and said his agency kept the world informed.
    Tedros has said the panel will provide an interim report to an annual meeting of health ministers in November and present a “substantive report” next May.
    Spahn said the review was important now, while the pandemic is still raging across the world, because “we can already draw conclusions.”
    This could lead to quick actions over the body’s governance and improvement of “cooperation between the political and the scientific level” of the organisation, Spahn added.
    EU governments have said the review should be followed by a reform of the organisation, a possibility already being discussed with the United States and other members of the G7 group of rich countries, officials have told Reuters.
    One official had said the aim was to ensure the WHO’s independence.
(Reporting by Francesco Guarascio in Brussels, and Joseph Nasr and Andeas Rinke in Berlin, Editing by William Maclean and Rosalba O’Brien)

7/16/2020 House Democrats Advance Bill To Remove Confederate Symbols From National Parks by OAN Newsroom
The statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is the only Confederate monument left
on Monument Avenue, Friday July 10, 2020, in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
    The House Appropriations Committee has advanced a new bill, which includes a provision to target Confederate symbols in national parks across the U.S.
    Last week, House Democrats passed the fiscal 2021 bill for the Interior Department along party lines.    It would require the National Park Service to take action against Confederate monuments, statues and plaques.
    “The bill includes language directing the architect of the Capitol to remove statues or busts on the U.S. Capitol that represent figures who participated in Confederate army, as well as the statues of individuals with unambiguous records of racial intolerance,” explained Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.).    “They have no place in the greatest legislative institution in the world.”
    Additionally, the bill would ban the NPS from using funds in the bill to purchase or display the Confederate flag, unless used in a historical context.    The measure would also require the Interior secretary to submit an inventory of the assets that have Confederate names to Congress.
    “We must recognize and confront the horror of institutional slavery and those who fought to preserve it,” stated Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.).    “These painful symbols of support insinuate slavery, treason and racism, and have no place in our country.”
A Black Lives Matter billboard is seen next to a Confederate flag
in Pittsboro, N.C., Thursday, July 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
    President Trump has openly criticized the removal of monuments around the country.
    He has recommended 10 years in prison for anyone who defaces national monuments.    The president also promised that no military bases named after Confederate generals would be renamed.
    “I just think it is freedom of speech,” he said.    “Whether it is the Confederate flag, Black Lives Matter, or anything else you want to talk about: it’s freedom of speech.”
The Confederate statue located in the Circle at the University of Mississippi is lowered to the ground as part of the process
to move it to the Confederate Soldiers Cemetery on campus in Oxford, Miss. Tuesday, July 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Bruce Newman)
    This came after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called for the removal of Confederate portraits in the Capitol and Confederate statues displayed in the Capitol complex.
    Moreover, this is not the Democrats’ first attempt to remove Confederate symbols.    In 2015, a similar amendment was drafted to ban Confederate flags from national cemeteries.    The idea was shot down, as Republicans controlled the House at the time.
    The bill is currently awaiting a vote on the House floor next week, where the Democrats have the majority.    However, the Republican led Senate, where the bill is likely to be revised, may come out against the monument provision.

7/16/2020 Report: U.S. Prison Population Drops 8% Amid Pandemic by OAN Newsroom
FILE – This July 15, 2020, file photo shows the entrance to the federal prison in Terre Haute, Ind. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)
    As the pandemic continues in the U.S., a recent assessment reported around 100,000 people have been released from state and federal prisons.    The number of those released between March and June marked an overall decrease of 8%.
    This 8% drop over four months came in stark contrast to last year, when the overall population dropped by just over 2%.
    States who cut the largest numbers of prisoners loose included California at around 7,800, Florida at around 5,500, and Pennsylvania at around 2,800.
    Overall, 17,400 federal prisoners have been released.
FILE – This July 9, 2020, file photo shows a correctional officer closing the main gate at San Quentin
State Prison in San Quentin, Calif. California is giving more than 100,000 state inmates earlier release dates in
its latest response to the pandemic, building on earlier steps that together could free nearly 10% of prisoners as
Gov. Gavin Newsom responds to intensifying pressure from advocates, lawmakers and federal judges. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
    The analysis claimed the decrease in population was not the result of efforts to release vulnerable prisoners or to manage the spread of the coronavirus within facilities.    The decrease reportedly occurred because many prisons have stopped accepting new prisoners from county jails in a bid to stop bringing in more infected people.
    Court closures have halted the flow of sentencing, while parole officers are also sending fewer people back to prison for low-level violations.
    California, however, has seen a push to decrease its prison population to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.
    Governor Gavin Newsom recently ordered the release of up to 8,000 people by the end of August.    This will follow the more than 7,800 inmates who were released earlier this year.
    According to recent reports, more than 57,000 prisoners have tested positive across the U.S., while 651 have died from COVID-19.     Meanwhile, more than 12,000 prison staff members have been infected and 46 have died.

7/16/2020 Pompeo: UN, Mainstream Media Ignore Human Rights Abuses By Foreign Regimes by OAN Newsroom
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the National Constitution Center about the Commission on
Unalienable Rights, Thursday, July 16, 2020, in Philadelphia. (Brendan Smialowski/Pool via AP)
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has called on the UN to investigate human rights abuses around the world.    On Thursday, he claimed mainland China, Venezuela’s Maduro regime and the Putin regime in Russia have committed grave crimes against their citizens.     He added the international community has largely ignored such abuses.
    “The United Nations Human Rights Council does the bidding of dictators and averts its gaze from the worst human rights offences of our times,” he said.
    The secretary reiterated he stands with freedom loving people around the world.
    “Indeed, our own commitment to unalienable rights at home has proved a beacon of hope for men and women abroad pursuing their own liberties.    Our promotion of rights may be possible to achieve through diplomatic tools, but it from time to time will certainly not be.    Our declaration is not a license for foreign adventurism, nor does it direct such.” – Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State
    Pompeo also slammed the mainstream media for ignoring the violations of human rights abroad and amplifying anti-American sentiments instead.

7/17/2020 Oil down $0.28 to $40.71, DOW down 135 to 26,735.

7/17/2020 Cameron files to block Beshear’s virus orders by Joe Sonka, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Gov. Andy Beshear condemned Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s attempt to block all of his past and future executive orders under the COVID-19 state of emergency, calling the action “scary and reckless.”
    Cameron filed a motion Wednesday in Boone County Circuit Court, alleging that the governor’s executive orders are arbitrary and violate Kentuckians’ constitutional rights.
    A judge there recently issued a restraining order against Beshear’s public health orders related to auto racetracks and day care centers.
    On Thursday afternoon, Beshear blasted Cameron’s motion as irresponsible in the midst of a worsening pandemic in Kentucky, saying it would lead to the “Wild West” of no public health rules to specifically address COVID-19.
    “That’s terrifying,” said Beshear at his Thursday coronavirus briefing.    “It would mean we would fail, and it means people would die.”
    He also accused Cameron of being the only attorney general in the country working to undermine a governor’s orders to reduce the spread of COVID-19 To date, 21,083 Kentuckians have tested positive for the virus and 650 have died.
    The governor on Wednesday asked the Kentucky Supreme Court to uphold his emergency public health orders in the Boone County case and a related one involving agritourism businesses in Scott County, following a ruling against his COVID-19 orders by an appellate judge Monday.
    Cameron’s motion seeks a temporary injunction to prohibit the governor from “issuing or enforcing any executive order or other directive” under Kentucky’s state of emergency statute, calling Beshear’s past orders “an arbitrary and unreasonable burden” and a direct violation of citizens’ constitutional rights.
    Beshear fired back at Cameron in two tweets Thursday morning, stating that the attorney general’s motion, if granted, would “void every COVID-19 rule or regulation, and prevent any future orders needed to respond to escalating cases.”
    “With no rules, there is no chance of getting kids back to school, we will lose over $10 billion in our economy, and many Kentuckians will die,” Beshear tweeted.    “I hope everyone understands how scary and reckless this is.”
    In a series of tweets two hours later, Cameron responded by criticizing Beshear for not collaborating with his office and Republican legislators on his public health orders.
“With no rules, there is no chance of getting kids back to school, we will lose over $10 billion in
our economy, and many Kentuckians will die,” Gov. Andy Beshear wrote in a Thursday tweet after he learned
Attorney General Daniel Cameron asked a judge to void his COVID-19 executive orders. MATT STONE/COURIER JOURNAL
Attorney General Daniel Cameron filed a motion alleging that the governor’s orders
are arbitrary and violate constitutional rights. ALTON STRUPP/COURIER JOURNAL

7/17/2020 Germany’s Confirmed Coronavirus Cases Rise By 583 To 200,843: RKI
FILE PHOTO: People are seen with and without wearing face masks at a public transport bus stop, following the
coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Berlin, Germany, July 6, 2020. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch/File Photo
    BERLIN (Reuters) – The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 583 to 200,843, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Friday.
    The reported death toll rose by 4 to 9,082, the tally showed.
(Reporting by Berlin Newsroom; Editing by Himani Sarkar)

7/17/2020 Senate GOP To Introduce Draft Stimulus Bill Next Week by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this June 30, 2020, file photo Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., listens to questions during
a news conference following a GOP policy meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
    Lawmakers are set to take on a fifth economic stimulus package, just as the $600 weekly boost in unemployment checks is set to expire.    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he plans to introduce a draft version of the bill next week when Congress returns from recess.
    With millions of Americans currently out of work, however, many are wondering when legislation can be passed.    That’s because the extra $600 a week, which is currently being given to those on unemployment, is set to expire by the end of the month.
    Many fear this will happen before any stimulus package is passed.    However, officials said they will work to get legislation moving as soon as possible.
    “I think we’ll definitely have another package, we’ll start the negotiations next week…been having significant conversations with Mitch McConnell and other Republicans,” said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.    “Mark Meadows and I look forward to briefing the president, and we look forward to starting with the Republicans and the Democrats next week.”
    What will this latest stimulus package entail? First, Republicans want to allow that $600 unemployment benefit to expire as they argue it encourages people to stay out of work.    On the other side of the isle, Democrats hope to extend that measure.
    Meanwhile, Republicans want to offer incentives to encourage people to return to work by offering a cash bonus to employees.    However, Democrats argue Americans should not return to work out of fear of spreading the coronavirus.
    Lawmakers on both sides of the isle have expressed support for funding a second round of stimulus checks, though it’s not clear if it will be the same amount as the first round.
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. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
    Additionally, this act will reportedly focus on schools and businesses.    It will include a section which protects these industries from being liable for spreading COVID-19 as long as they follow health and safety protocols.    This would allow schools and businesses to reopen without the risk of being sued.
    As for the price tag of this hefty legislation, Republicans want to dedicate $1.3 trillion to the plan while Democrats are calling for $3 trillion.

7/17/2020 Sen. Warren Is A Strong Influence On Biden’s Policies by OAN Newsroom
FILE- In this Feb. 7, 2020 file photo, Democratic presidential candidates former Vice President Joe Biden, and
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., shake hands on stage before the start of a Democratic presidential primary debate
hosted by ABC News, Apple News, and WMUR-TV at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
    As the November election grows near, Joe Biden seems to be adopting new approaches that have been shaped by an old rival.    His recent environmental plan released last week aims for 100% clean electricity.
    Many have pointed out his plans look familiar, as he implemented the same timetable endorsed by former presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).    Warren’s progressive rhetoric appears to also be making its way into Biden’s campaign speeches.
    Additionally, Biden has recently adopted six of her policies.
    In March, he endorsed the Massachusetts senator’s bankruptcy proposal.    A week later, he tweeted about increasing social security checks and forgiving a minimum of $10,000 in students loans, which are both are ideas Warren has spoken about.
Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden, speaks during a campaign
event, Tuesday, July 14, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    The senator is a top contender for Biden’s running mate. However, their recent friendship followed an intense feud.
    In the past year, the former vice president has criticized Warren and called her “Medicare for All” plan elitist.    Earlier this year, Warren slammed Biden’s plans to return to Democrat normalcy.
    “Nominating someone who wants to restore the world before Donald Trump, when the status quo has been leaving more and more people behind for decades, is a big risk for our party and our country,” she said.
    Since Warren dropped out of the race in March, she and Biden have been meeting regularly for policy discussions.
    The presumptive Democrat presidential nominee’s populist economic plan appears to be heavily influenced by her and Democrat socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.), whom he consulted with frequently during the drafting of the plan.
    Biden is expected to pick a woman of color for his running mate, making Warren the only contender who is a white woman. His decision is expected to be announced in August.
[Biden is still hiding in his bunker.].

7/17/2020 Portland Protesters Surround Police Precinct by OAN Newsroom
In this photo provided by Doug Brown, agents from different components of the Department of Homeland Security are
deployed to protect a federal courthouse in Portland, Ore., on Sunday, July 5, 2020. (Doug Brown via AP)
    Oregon protesters surrounded a police precinct this week amid an escalation of violence in the region.    On Thursday night, people in downtown Portland took to the streets to demand police reform.
.     They marched on the police station, where they chanted about burning it down until the department responded.
    Authorities declared the protest an unlawful assembly and began to arrest demonstrators by force.
    Meanwhile, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has ramped up calls for law and order in Portland.
    Officials described the past few weeks in the area as lawless destruction and violence, but Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli has urged officials to step it up.
    Cuccinelli condemned Thursday’s riots at the Portland police precinct.    This latest incident marked nearly 50 straight days of riots in the city, which have racked up tens of millions of dollars in damages.
    According to him, the local government failed to take appropriate action.    He has stated it allowed the city to come under siege by denying federal assistance and failing to issue a proper response strategy.
A pedestrian walks past a boarded-up Apple store that’s been covered in street art
in downtown Portland, Ore., Monday, July 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)
    Demonstrations began four days after the death of George Floyd and have raged on ever since.    Protesters have largely been calling to defund the police and bring attention to what they say is the nation’s systemic oppression of people of color.
    However, Cuccinelli and DHS officials have said “these aren’t protesters, they’re criminals seeking opportunities to destroy and hurt law enforcement officials.”
    When asked about the opposition the department has been facing from local officials for deploying federal agents to the area, the deputy secretary stated the administration has a duty to defend its federal buildings.
    He also shot down allegations of federal officers escalating the violence.    He added the unrest has been going on dozens of days longer than federal officers have been there.
    Cuccinelli also dismissed allegations of secret police in the area.    This came after viral videos appeared to show officials in military gear abducting protesters off the street in an unmarked van.
    Moving forward, the official said President Trump and the DHS are determined to restore peace to Portland and all the nation’s “beleaguered” cities.

7/17/2020 Pence: American People Must Choose Between American Way Of Life And Radical Socialism In November by OAN Newsroom
Vice President Mike Pence speaks at a rally supporting police at the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 5
in Northeast Philadelphia on Thursday, July 9, 2020. (Tim Tai/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool)
    Vice President Mike Pence recently praised the Trump administration by saying, compared to Joe Biden, the president has led this country on a path to opportunity from day one.    While speaking in Wisconsin, Pence laid out the White House’s accomplishments and reiterated President Trump has taken a whole of America approach.
    Most notably, he touted the president’s early response to the coronavirus and the creation of 7 million jobs over the past two months.    He also praised the president for cutting taxes at record levels and rolling back federal red tape.
    In contrast, the vice president slammed Joe Biden and claimed he is a “Trojan horse for a radical agenda.”
    “It’s not so much that America will be more liberal or conservative, more Republican or Democrat, more red or blue, it’s whether America remains America.    It’s whether we will leave to our children and grandchildren a country grounded in our highest ideals of freedom, free markets, and the unalienable right to life and liberty.    Whether we will leave to our children and grandchildren a country that is fundamentally transformed into something else.” – Mike Pence, Vice President of the United States
    He reaffirmed President Trump’s commitment to Americans from all walks of life and stated he will never stop fighting for every citizen.

7/17/2020 Trump Campaign Senior Adviser Defends White House Pandemic Response by OAN Newsroom
File- Trump campaign senior adviser Mercedes Schlappis pictured at the White House in Washington, Jan. 29, 2019. (Susan Walsh/AP Photo)
    According to Trump campaign senior adviser Mercedes Schlapp, the White House has been proactive in its pandemic response.
    During an interview Friday, Schlapp brushed off criticism that the administration reacted “too late” to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
    She then applauded Vice President Mike Pence and coronavirus task force for keeping the public informed, and highlighted the administration’s work to find potential treatments.
    The vice president and the cornavirus team have been actively working on getting a vaccine, team have been actively working on insuring that we are getting these dosages of Remdesivir to ensure that helps across the board.    We are deploying HHS teams in these hotspots, we are also insuring that we are deploying thousands of doctors and nurses to these states.”
    Schlapp later criticized Joe Biden’s pandemic response by saying the only thing he’s been able to do is scrutinize the president’s work to stem the virus.

7/17/2020 Rep. McCarthy Introduces ‘Protect America’s Statues Act’ by OAN Newsroom
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., speaks during a news conference on
Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has proposed a new bill to protect statues and monuments amid ongoing national unrest.    The newly introduced “Protect America’s Statues Act of 2020” was cosponsored by Republican lawmakers Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.).
    The prospective law would withhold federal grants from cities and states that fail to protect their monuments, as well as localities who do not arrest and prosecute vandals.
    “I am trying to accomplish the locals to enforce the law.    You’ve watch an autonomous zone in Seattle get taken over, you’ve watched statues get torn down while people are just sitting around.    If there’s a statue to be removed, there’s a process for that, it’s not for a mob to overtake a city.    I think local jurisdiction has a responsibility to uphold the law, especially if they want federal funds.” – Kevin McCarthy, House Minority Leader (R-Calif.)
    The minor leader has called statues an “indispensable” part of America’s shared heritage.    He blamed left-wing public officials for allowing the defacement to continue unchecked.
    “It is not the right of a mob to overtake a city or overtake statues,” added McCarthy.    “…If they (local representation) want to not enforce it, federal government doesn’t have to provide them the resources.”

The statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is the only Confederate monument left
on Monument Avenue Friday July 10, 2020, in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
    Democrat lawmakers proposed their own piece of legislation this week to remove Confederate statues and monuments from national park serviced land.
    According to McCarthy, Democrats should be reminded that it was the Republican Party that got rid of the Confederate flag in 1865.    He has called on Democrat lawmakers to examine their own history and even consider changing their party’s name.
    Earlier this week, Rep. McCarthy warned Republicans may never have the opportunity to win again if Democrats win the election.    On Thursday, he predicted Democrats may make radical changes to the voting process if they gain control in November.
    The House minority leader pointed out Democrats in California have already lowered the voting age and are allowing voters to turn in their ballots 17 days after the election.    He has predicted the party may expand the Supreme Court and add two more states to alter the voting system if they win in November.
    McCarthy has said lawmakers should instead focus on “law and order and justice.”

7/17/2020 5-Month-Old Baby Among 3 Shot In Chicago Evening Violence by OAN Newsroom
Screengrab via NBC Chicago official report.
    Three people were shot in Chicago on Thursday, including a 5-month-old baby.    According to police, the victims were walking down a sidewalk in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood when an unknown number of people pulled up in a vehicle and opened fire.
    The baby suffered a graze wound on his head, while a 25 and a 19-year-old suffered non-life threatening injuries.
    Police were able to track the vehicle down and two people have been taken into custody.    Officials were quick to denounce the violence.
Screengrab via NBC Chicago official report.
    “This is not normal for anyone, whether it’s Chicago or any other city around this country,” stated Deputy Superintendent Eric Carter.    “It is quite heartbreaking, so to speak, to see that everybody has no disregard for anyone’s life, let alone for a 5-month-old child.”
    The shooting remains under investigation and followed four consecutive weekends of elevated violence in the city.

7/17/2020 Kellyanne Conway Urges The President To Continue White House Task Force Briefings by OAN Newsroom
Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway speaks with reporters at the White House, Tuesday, July 7, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    Kellyanne Conway has urged the president to continue regular coronavirus task force briefings.    This week, the White House counselor called on President Trump to continue addressing the nation in person to keep them informed on the current climate of the pandemic.
    According to Conway, the president is working around the clock to keep in contact with governors around the country and supply states with what they need amid the recent surge of infections.
    When asked about the president and first lady’s plans for Barron Trump’s return to education, the counselor emphasized it was the president’s decision to make.
    “Oh, that’s a personal decision.    I don’t know what Barron’s school has decided, and I certainly don’t know what the first couple has decided in respect to their teenage son, who I believe is entering high school this year.    I have two kids in Maryland also, in private schools, and I think we are just waiting to see what those schools say.” – Kellyanne Conway, Counselor to the President
    She went on to say she has been meeting with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to work out a safe alternative for children to return to school early this fall.

7/17/2020 Gidley: Polls Don’t Reflect Republicans’ Support Of President Trump by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this July 24, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump waves to the crowd after speaking
at the 2017 National Scout Jamboree in Glen Jean, W.Va. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
    Trump 2020 National Press Secretary Hogan Gidley has suggested that current national and battleground state polls are inaccurate.    During a recent interview, Gidley said he believes pollsters are still undersampling Republicans and have not changed their flawed methods on gathering sample data since the 2016 elections.
    According to him, what middle America really cares about are the positive changes President Trump has made.    He added it’s even more apparent when comparing it to Joe Biden’s track record.
    “Elections are about binary choices between Donald Trump, who’s served this country admirably and made this country a better place, …and someone like Joe Biden, who’s still complaining about the same things today he was complaining about 50 years ago when he actually took office,” stated Gidley.
    The press secretary also weighed in on Brad Parscale’s new position within the campaign.    He explained Parscale was not demoted, but is now working in a digital strategy position on the team.
    Meanwhile, President Trump appears to be carrying momentum with key voters in must-win states of Texas and Georgia.    Check out the latest OAN/Gravis poll here.    As they did during the Hillary campaign.

7/17/2020 Trump Admin. Brings Back Consumer Choice Through Deregulation by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks during an event on regulatory reform on the South Lawn
of the White House, Thursday, July 16, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    President Trump recently condemned Democrat regulations in American homes and warned against a Joe Biden presidency.    While speaking at the White House, the president announced his administration has reversed much of the left’s efforts to regulate water usage and other environmental efforts in American homes.
    “The prior administration piled up more than 600 major new regulations, a cruel and punishing regulatory burden that cost the average American an additional $2,300 per year, hitting low income Americans by far the hardest.    These regulations also inflicted a steep economic toll on African American communities.    By contrast, our reforms are putting money into the pockets of hardworking Americans.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
    He also discussed the impact of these regulations on home appliances.
    “They propose to mandate net zero emissions from all new homes and buildings, skyrocketing the cost of construction and putting the goal of home ownership out of reach for millions,” he added.    “…I’m somebody that’s built many homes, many buildings, (and) if you take a look at this, it doesn’t look good.”
President Donald Trump speaks during an event on regulatory reform on the South Lawn of
the White House, Thursday, July 16, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    President Trump then warned if Biden were to take office, he would destroy suburbs through even more regulations.
    “The American dream would be snuffed out so quickly and replaced with a socialist disaster,” he said.

7/17/2020 Trump Admin. Considers Travel Ban On Chinese Communist Party by OAN Newsroom
Mainland Chinese Communist Party officials and Hong Kong officials attend an opening ceremony for China’s new
Office for Safeguarding National Security in Hong Kong, Wednesday, July 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
    The Trump administration is reportedly considering banning U.S. entry to Chinese Communist Party officials and their families.
    According to the New York Times, senior officials have begun circulating a draft of a potential presidential order, but the decision is still under discussion.
    The move would allow the U.S. government to revoke visas of party members and their families who are already in the country.    Beijing responded to the reports by calling the actions — if true — “pathetic.”
    “We still hope that those U.S. policy makers can return to reason and can have a responsible attitude, be responsible to their own country, be responsible towards China-U.S. relations and be responsible to global peace and development,” stated Hua Chunying, spokeswoman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry.    “And more reasonably and objectively view the China-U.S. relationship.”
    Meanwhile, the issue has reportedly not yet been brought forward to the president.

7/17/2020 WHO Reports Record Daily Increase In Global Coronavirus Cases, Up Over 237,000
Medical workers wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) tend to a patient suffering from the coronavirus disease
(COVID-19) at Lok Nayak Jai Prakash (LNJP) hospital, in New Delhi, India July 17, 2020. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
    (Reuters) – The World Health Organization reported a record increase in global coronavirus cases on Friday, with the total rising by 237,743 in 24 hours.
    The biggest increases were from the United States, Brazil, India and South Africa, according to a daily report.    The previous WHO record for new cases was 230,370 on July 12.    Deaths have held steady and averaged less than 5,000 a day in July.
    Total global coronavirus cases were approaching 14 million on Friday, according to a Reuters tally, marking another milestone in the spread of the disease that has killed more than 590,000 people in seven months.
(Writing by Lisa Shumaker; Editing by Chris Reese)
[5,000 / 237,743 = 0.021% Stop misleading the world with the increase if cases which was going to happen anyway but hardly anyone is dying from it which is what the leftist liberals are not telling you as 590,000 / 14,000,000 = 0.042%.].

7/18/2020 Oil down $0.10 to $40.61, DOW down 63 to 26,672.

7/18/2020 Court halts efforts to block orders - Justices will decide on Beshear’s virus restrictions by Billy Kobin, Joe Sonka and Morgan Watkins, Louisville Courier Journal | USA TODAY NETWORK
    The Kentucky Supreme Court has called a halt to attempts to block all of Gov. Andy Beshear’s past and future COVID-19 emergency orders, saying it will decide whether they are legal.
    “Given the need for a clear and consistent statewide public health policy and recognizing that the Kentucky legislature has expressly given the governor broad executive powers in a public health emergency, the court orders a stay of all orders of injunctive relief” until the Supreme Court can hear the cases, Justice John Minton stated in the order Friday.
    A Boone Circuit Court judge had indicated Thursday night that he would side with Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron in his attempt to block Beshear’s coronavirus-related emergency orders and stop him from issuing new ones, officials say.

7/18/2020 Newly Declassified ‘Operation Crossfire Hurricane’ Files Released By Sen. Graham by OAN Newsroom
File – Sen. Lindsey Graham, (R-S.C.) speaks to members of the media outside the West Wing
of the White House in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
    Two newly declassified documents related to ‘Operation Crossfire Hurricane’ were released Friday by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).     The operation was an investigation into the Trump campaign and what the FBI alleged was collusion with Russia leading up to the 2016 election.
    Graham, who serves as the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has been questioning high ranking intelligence officials involved with Crossfire Hurricane.    The senator has been seeking a better understanding of how and why the FBI attained warrants to investigate members of the Trump campaign.
    Back in 2019, Inspector General Michael Horowitz confirmed that in the ‘Crossfire Hurricane’ team’s receipts of Christopher Steele’s election reporting, the dossier played a central role in the FBI’s decision to seek the FISA order.    This helped the FBI attain warrants to spy on former Trump aide Carter Page.
    Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence officer, was hired by Washington-based research firm Fusion GPS in June of 2016 and was paid to dig up dirt on the Trump campaign.
    The Horowitz investigation into the Steele’s claims determined that the dossier was simply made up of hearsay evidence from two low-level sources and that other information within it was already available from multiple public outlets.
    Graham’s document release shows new evidence that not only was there no verifiable evidence of collusion on the part of Trump’s campaign, but also top FBI officials were skeptical of Steele’s evidence back in early 2017
    In one of the released documents, Peter Strzok, a former FBI agent who opened the bureau’s Russia probe in 2016, annotated a New York Times article titled “Trump campaign aides had repeated contacts with Russian intelligence” from February of 2017 where he said:
    “This statement is misleading…we have not seen any evidence of individuals affiliated with the Trump team in contact with international organizations.”
    The second document released was a three-day interview with a key source of Christopher Steele’s, where information was given which unsubstantiated claims made in the original Steele dossier.
    Graham pointed out that these released documents and statements in Strzok’s annotation question the entire premise of the FBI’s investigation.
    Like Horowitz, Graham said there were discrepancies between Steele and his source.    However, this time the newly released document provides concrete evidence for that claim.
    After releasing the documents, Graham said, “it was a miscarriage of justice for the FBI and the Department of Justice to continue to seek a FISA warrant against Carter Page in April and June of 2017.”

7/18/2020 White House, Campaign Officials Praise President Trump For Coronavirus Response Actions by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this July 15, 2020, file photo President Donald Trump walks on the South Lawn of the White House in
Washington before boarding Marine One for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
    Two top officials from the White House and President Trump’s reelection campaign are giving the president kudos for his leadership during the coronavirus pandemic.
    On Friday, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway and the president’s campaign adviser Mercedes Schlapp praised President Trump’s response to the virus while speaking to reporters.
    Conway noted that his approval ratings receive a major boost when he’s among White House task force officials.    She recommended President Trump continue briefing the public regularly about the coronavirus and to make sure he is always front-and-center.
    “Well I believe it because the pandemic continues and he’s done a solid job leading us through it,” said Conway.    “His approval rating on the pandemic was higher when he was at the podium, it was 51% in March, and people want to hear from the President of the United States.”
Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway speaks with reporters at the White
House, Tuesday, July 7, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    In a heated interview on CNN, Schlapp touted President Trump’s decisive and immediate action to halt foreign travel.    She also slammed presumptive presidential rival Joe Biden for calling the action xenophobic.    Schlapp then criticized the Obama administration’s pandemic response plan by alleging officials depleted our national stockpile.
    When asked about whether the federal government should issue a national face mask mandate, Schlapp argued that the decision should be made by state governments.    She said despite the disagreements, everyone is trying to figure out the best way to handle the ongoing pandemic.
    “And what we’ve decided, is we need to ensure that we’re continuing to flatten the curve, keeping mortality rates down, ensure that we fast-track the vaccines development, the therapeutics development,” explained the Trump campaign adviser.    “We’ve been able to increase our testing capabilities, we’re seeing results.”
    Meanwhile, President Trump said there’s a another major coronavirus relief package in the works, which will demand a payroll tax cut.

7/18/2020 Utah Parents Fight Back Against State’s Mask Mandate by OAN Newsroom
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert takes off his mask before speaking during the daily briefing on the state’s efforts
to fight COVID-19 Wednesday, June 24, 2020, in Salt Lake City. (Steve Griffin/ Deseret News via AP, Pool)
    A mask policy meeting in Utah was cut short due to public health concerns.    According to recent reports, around 100 residents crammed into a small meeting space in Provo on Wednesday to protest mask mandates for children.
    However, Utah County commissioner Tanner Ainge canceled the meeting before it started due to a lack of social distancing and face coverings.
    “This is the exact opposite of what we should be doing,” he stated.    “We are supposed to be physically distancing, wearing masks and so.”
    This came after fellow county commissioner Bill Lee organized the meeting, while calling for a compassionate exemption from the governor’s policy for children with certain health conditions such as asthma and anxiety.
    Utah Gov. Gary Herbert recently extended an executive order directing masks be worn by kids in grades K-12 in all schools across the state.    A vote to pass the exemption was supposed to take place, but due to the cancellation the decision was never made.
    Although the meeting was immediately adjourned, concerned parents stayed behind for nearly two-hours sharing their frustrations.    Cheers of freedom and constitutional rights were repeated by the crowd as discussions of social distancing and public health orders were met with boo’s.
    A teacher in attendance said masks will give children a false sense of security while at school and parents claimed the science regarding the pandemic is not adding up.
    The meeting has yet to be rescheduled.

7/18/2020 CISA Director Says November Will See The Most Secure Elections In History by OAN Newsroom
In this Saturday, March 14, 2020 photo, voters cast their ballots during early voting in Chicago while wearing protective
gloves. Residents and poll workers took extra precautions amid concerns over the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Noreen Nasir)
    A top Department of Homeland Security official, Christopher Krebs, said this year’s general elections are going to be the “most secure in modern history.”
    On Friday, the head of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, or CISA, stressed that he’s working to patch holes exposed during the 2016 Presidential Election.
    Krebs confirmed the agency is partnering with state and local governments to monitor any attempts to infiltrate our election systems.    He compared the 2016 election to the Sputnik launch in 1957 by saying both events shook up the American public.
    “That missile — that ICBM effectively — that put Sputnik into space demonstrated an ability to reach out and touch us,” he stated.    “2016, I think, was sort of a similar wakeup call…this was truly an affront to the American people because it demonstrated the potentiality to undermine democracy at large.”
    Krebs warned that foreign countries could launch a coordinated attack on the election, but the agency has yet to see such efforts.

7/18/2020 Secy. Mnunchin Addresses Direction Of Next PPP Loans by OAN Newsroom
File – Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin speaks with reporters about economic impacts of the coronavirus
outside the White House, Sunday, March 29, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    Treasury Secretary Steven Mnunchin said the second round of checks under the Payment Protection Program should be given to businesses hardest hit by the coronavirus.    On Friday, he said there should be a revenue test to ensure checks are going to the right businesses.
    Under the program, small businesses may receive federal loans to keep their businesses afloat and pay their employees.    Mnunchin also noted he supports setting funds aside for small minority businesses.
    “A next phase of relief should extend the PPP, but on a more targeted basis for smaller companies and those that are especially hard hit,” he stated.    “Such as restaurants, hotels and other travel and hospitality business.”
    Mnunchin also suggested any loans under $150,000 should automatically be converted to grants.    Lawmakers are expected to ramp up discussions over another relief package next week.

7/18/2020 U.N. Chief To World Leaders: ‘Inequality Starts At The Top’ 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) – U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Saturday accused world powers of ignoring inequality in global institutions, but said the coronavirus pandemic has created a “generational opportunity” to build a more equal, sustainable world.
    Delivering the annual lecture for the Nelson Mandela Foundation via internet, Guterres pushed for a so-called New Global Deal to ensure power, wealth and opportunity are shared more broadly and fairly at the international level.
    “The nations that came out on top more than seven decades ago have refused to contemplate the reforms needed to change power relations in international institutions,” Guterres said.    “The composition and voting rights in the United Nations Security Council and the boards of the Bretton Woods system are a case in point.”
    “Inequality starts at the top: in global institutions.    Addressing inequality must start by reforming them,” he added.
    The Bretton Woods system includes the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.
    He said the pandemic has revealed, like an x-ray, “fractures in the fragile skeleton of the societies we have built.”
    “It is exposing fallacies and falsehoods everywhere: the lie that free markets can deliver healthcare for all; the fiction that unpaid care work is not work; the delusion that we live in a post-racist world; the myth that we are all in the same boat,” said Guterres during the virtual lecture.
    “Because while we are all floating on the same sea, it’s clear that some are in superyachts while others are clinging to the floating debris,” said Guterres, a former Socialist prime minister of Portugal.
    The coronavirus has infected more than 14 million people and there have been nearly 600,000 known deaths worldwide, according to a Reuters tally. The U.N. has appealed for $10.3 billion to help poor states, but has received only $1.7 billion.
    Guterres said rich countries have “failed to deliver the support needed to help the developing world” and that the pandemic has “brought home the tragic disconnect between self-interest and the common interest; and the huge gaps in governance structures and ethical frameworks.”
    He said a changing world needs new social protection policies with safety nets including universal health coverage and the possibility of a universal basic income.
    Guterres concluded: “Now is the time for global leaders to decide: Will we succumb to chaos, division and inequality?    Or will we right the wrongs of the past and move forward together, for the good of all?
(Reporting by Michelle Nichols in New York Editing by Matthew Lewis)

7/18/2020 UK Pauses Daily Coronavirus Death Toll Update Over Data Concerns
Pedestrians wearing protective face masks walk past signs advertising sales outside a Selfridges store, amid
the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at Oxford Street in London, Britain, July 18, 2020. REUTERS/Simon Dawson
    LONDON (Reuters) – Britain said on Saturday it was pausing its daily update of the death toll from the coronavirus after the government ordered a review into the calculation of the data over concerns the toll might have been exaggerated.
    Academics have said the way that Public Health England (PHE), the government agency responsible for managing infectious disease outbreaks, calculates the figures in England means they may be distorted compared to other parts of the United Kingdom.
    “Currently the daily deaths measure counts all people who have tested positive for coronavirus and since died, with no cut-off between time of testing and date of death,” a message on the government’s website said.
    “There have been claims that the lack of cut-off may distort the current daily deaths number.    We are therefore pausing the publication of the daily figure while this is resolved.”
    Britain has been the European country worst hit by the virus, with an official death toll of more 45,000.    But the government has said international comparisons are misleading because countries record coronavirus deaths differently.
    Health Minister Matt Hancock on Friday ordered a review into the PHE’s reporting after the academics said patients who tested positive for coronavirus, but were successfully treated, would still be counted as dying from the virus “even if they had a heart attack or were run over by a bus three months later.”
(Reporting by Michael Holden; Editing by Ros Russell)

7/18/2020 EU Nations Deadlocked At Tense Coronavirus Recovery Summit by Gabriela Baczynska and Francesca Landini
FILE PHOTO: Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte arrives for the first face-to-face EU summit since the coronavirus
disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Brussels, Belgium July 17, 2020. Francisco Seco/Pool via REUTERS
    WARSAW/ROME (Reuters) – A stand-off between EU leaders at a summit in Brussels on Saturday threatened to derail plans for a massive stimulus fund to breathe life into their coronavirus-hammered economies.
    “We are in an impasse now.    It is more complex than what was expected,” Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said in a video on Facebook as the 27 European Union leaders neared the end of a second day of talks.
    “There are many issues that remain unresolved.”
    The budget commissioner of the bloc’s executive reminded the leaders – who wore masks and kept their distance from each other – that COVID-19 was still among them and they needed to act.
    “Just a solemn reminder: the Corona crisis is not over: infections on the rise in many countries,” Johannes Hahn tweeted.    “High time to reach an agreement which allows us to provide the urgently needed support for our citizens+economies!
    With the pandemic dealing Europe its worst economic shock since World War Two, leaders gathered on Friday to haggle over a proposed 750 billion euro ($856 billion) recovery fund and a 2021-27 EU budget of more than 1 trillion euros.
    But a group of wealthy and fiscally “frugal” northern states led by the Netherlands have blocked progress in the first face-to-face EU summit since spring lockdowns across the continent.
    They favour repayable loans rather than free grants for the hard-hit indebted economies mostly on the Mediterranean rim, and they want control over how the funds are spent.
    Hopes for an agreement grew earlier on Saturday when the summit’s chairman, European Council President Charles Michel, proposed revisions to the overall package that were designed to assuage the Dutch concerns.
    Under the new proposals, the portion of grants in the recovery fund would be reduced to 450 billion euros from 500 billion and an ’emergency brake’ on disbursement would be added.
    But hopes that this would be enough to get a deal faded quickly.
    “The chance is very slim that an agreement will be reached tonight.    Very slim,” a diplomat from an EU member state said.
    The diplomat said “frugals” were pressing for deeper cuts to the fund and bigger rebates for net payers into the core EU budget, among other demands.
    Other countries had their own demands in negotiations criss-crossing different regional and economic priorities, putting in doubt an unprecedented act of solidarity for the EU under which the European Commission would borrow billions of euros on capital markets on behalf of them all.
    The EU is already grappling with the protracted saga of Britain’s exit from the bloc and has been bruised by past crises, from the financial meltdown of 2008 to feuds over migration.
    Another economic shock could expose it to more eurosceptic, nationalist and protectionist forces, and weaken its standing against China, the United States or Russia.
    The exact size of the EU’s long-term budget and how far to use payouts as leverage for reforms, or whether to withhold money from countries that fail to live up to democratic standards, were still unresolved on Saturday evening.
    Hungary, backed by its eurosceptic, nationalist ally Poland, has threatened to veto the whole package over a new envisaged mechanism to freeze out countries flouting democratic principles.
    As leaders huddled in groups to find a way forward, an EU diplomat said that Michel would come up with another revision to the package before they gathered for dinner.
(Reporting by Gabriela Baczynska and Francesca Landini; Additional reporting by Francesco Guarascio in Brussels and Andreas Sytas in Vilnius; Writing by John Chalmers; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

7/18/2020 G20 Officials Pledge To Keep Cooperating To Bolster Global Economy by Marwa Rashad and Andrea Shalal
    RIYADH/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Finance officials from the Group of 20 major economies vowed on Saturday to continue using “all available policy tools” to fight the coronavirus pandemic and bolster the global economy, warning that the outlook remains highly uncertain.
    G20 finance ministers and central bankers, in a communique issued after a virtual meeting on Saturday, said the global economy would recover as economies gradually reopen, but said further actions were needed to ensure growth.
    “We are determined to continue to use all available policy tools to safeguard people’s lives, jobs and incomes, support global economic recovery, and enhance the resilience of the financial system, while safeguarding against downside risks,” they said in statement after the meeting ended.
    COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, has infected more than 14.14 million people and killed 596,576, according to a Reuters tally.    The United States, the world’s largest economy, tops the list of deaths.
    Sweeping shutdowns aimed at halting the spread of the disease have caused massive disruption to the global economy, and are hitting the world’s poorest countries hardest.
    G20 finance officials said 42 of the world’s 73 poorest countries had requested a freeze in official bilateral debt payments through the end of the year, amounting to about $5.3 billion in deferred payments.
    Reflecting concerns raised by the World Bank that China, a G20 member and the largest creditor to developing countries, was not participating fully, the officials urged all official bilateral creditors to implement the Debt Service Suspension Initiative (DSSI) fully and transparently.
    They also “strongly encouraged” private creditors to participate on comparable terms, and said they would consider extending the debt standstill in the second half of 2020.
    Private creditors had not received any formal requests from countries for debt service suspension under the G20 initiative, the Institute for International Finance (IIF) said on Wednesday, ahead of Saturday’s meeting.
    “We encourage the private sector investors to participate in this, but we need to be very careful not to interfere on private agreements,” Saudi Finance Minister Mohammed al-Jadaan said in a press conference at the end of the meeting. Saudi Arabia is the current G20 chair.
    The officials also reaffirmed their commitment to resolving differences over how to tax digital services and reaching a broad, consensus-based solution this year.
    They said they expected to see proposals on international tax reform by October, when they meet again.
    “Fair taxation of international companies and large digital groups is more urgent than ever,” German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said after the meeting.
(Reporting by Andrea Shalal in Washington, Davide Barbuscia in Dubai, Marwa Rashad in Riyadh, Raya Jalabi in London, Christian Kraemer in Berlin and Tom Sims in Frankfurt; Editing by Matthew Lewis and Frances Kerry)

7/19/2020 Germany’s Merkel Warns Of Summit Failure On EU Recovery Fund by Robin Emmott and Kate Abnett
German Chancellor Angela Merkel makes a statement as she arrives for the first face-to-face EU summit since the
coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Brussels, Belgium July 19, 2020. Francisco Seco/Pool via REUTERS
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union leaders may not reach a deal on a coronavirus stimulus plan on Sunday, German Chancellor Angela     Merkel said as marathon negotiations ran into a third day and acrimony mounted over the demands of rich but thrifty countries.
    Germany and France, the EU’s powerbrokers, are seeking a deal on a 1.8 trillion euro ($2.06 trillion) economic recovery package to rescue the bloc’s economies that are facing their worst recession since World War Two.
    After two exhausting days of negotiations, a “frugal” group of northern, richer states led by the Netherlands appeared no more willing to back down from demands for cuts to the package, underscoring the depth of the EU’s north-south split.
    “There is a lot of goodwill, but also many positions.    I will make every effort but it is possible that there is no result,” Merkel said in Brussels as she arrived for a third day of talks.
    Late on Saturday, she and French President Emmanuel Macron left the day’s final stretch of informal talks early, refusing to accept that the level of free grants to ailing economies in the package fall below 400 billion euros.
    Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte had earlier accused the Netherlands and its allies Austria, Sweden, Denmark and Finland of “blackmail.”    Stockholm proposes to cut grants to 155 billion euros.
    In their first face-to-face summit since the spring outbreak of the coronavirus in Europe, leaders wearing face masks have framed the summit as a ‘make-or-break’ moment for nearly 70 years of European integration.
    Failure to come together amid an unprecedented health and economic crisis would raise serious questions about the continued viability of the bloc, officials and experts say.
    Macron said there was a willingness to compromise, but it should not deter “from the legitimate ambition that we need to have,” referring to the level of money available in the planned 750 billion euro recovery fund, which is to be funded by money raised on capital markets.
    Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, who faces parliamentary elections by March 2021, was frank about the divisions with France and Germany on Saturday night.
    “They walked away annoyed,” Rutte said of Merkel and Macron.    “Large differences still remain,” he said.
    While the Netherlands and its allies held out, other obstacles remained, not least because Britain’s departure from the EU means others have to stump up more cash to cover the gap in the bloc’s joint coffers.
    Hungary, backed by its eurosceptic ally Poland, has threatened to veto the package over a new proposed mechanism, supported by the Dutch and most other EU countries, to freeze out countries flouting democratic principles.
    “There are very different positions,” Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis told reporters.    “The Netherlands insists that rule of law must be one of the conditionalities to provide funds.”
(Additional reporting by Tom Sims in Frankfurt, Bart Meijer in Amsterdam, Jan Lopatka in Prague, Marine Strauss in Brussels, writing by Robin Emmott, editing by Alexandra Hudson)

7/19/2020 EU Recovery Fund Plan Hangs In Balance On Day Three Of Deadlocked Summit by John Chalmers and Gabriela Baczynska
German Chancellor Angela Merkel makes a statement as she arrives for the first face-to-face EU summit since the
coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Brussels, Belgium July 19, 2020. Francisco Seco/Pool via REUTERS
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) – A European Union plan to breathe life into economies throttled by the coronavirus pandemic hung in the balance on Sunday as leaders quarrelled over how to carve up a vast recovery fund and what strings to attach for countries that benefit from it.
    After three days of meetings in Brussels, the 27 EU states were still seeking a compromise on the fund, though their summit was still shy of the bloc’s record length set in the French city of Nice 20 years ago.
    As the leaders haggled into the evening over a plan designed to help haul Europe out of its deepest recession since World War Two, diplomats said it was not clear if they would abandon the summit and try again next month, or plough on through the night.
    European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde told Reuters it would be better for the EU leaders to agree an “ambitious” aid package than to have a quick deal at any cost.
    “Ideally, the leaders’ agreement should be ambitious in terms of size and composition of the package … even if it takes a bit more time,” she said.
    On the table is a 1.8-trillion-euro ($2.06-trillion) package for the bloc’s next long-term budget and recovery fund.    The 750 billion euros proposed for the recovery fund would be raised on capital markets by the EU’s executive European Commission and funnelled mostly to hard-hit Mediterranean rim countries.
    A group of “frugal” wealthy northern countries have pushed for a smaller recovery fund and they have been trying to limit the split between grants and repayable loans, in tense talks that have underscored the gulf between the EU’s north and south.
    By Sunday afternoon, in talks where participants wore protective face masks, diplomats said the leaders were looking at about 350 billion euros in grants – down from a proposed 500 billion euros – as a possible compromise with the thrifty north, though Italy was opposing conditions that the Netherlands wants attached when the money is disbursed.
    “The volume of grants is make or break,” one diplomat said.
    There were also differences over a proposed new rule-of-law mechanism that could freeze funding to countries flouting democratic principles, the envoys said.
    Hungary, backed by its eurosceptic ally Poland, has threatened to veto the package if its disbursement is made dependent on meeting conditions on upholding democracy that are sought by more liberal states in the bloc’s north and west.
    Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel said such conditions were needed to safeguard democratic values that were the backbone of the EU.
    “Because Europe is not a grocery where you can choose what you want.    Europe is, above all, the values that we protect,” he said.
    For some, the summit is a critical moment for nearly 70 years of European integration, and failure to agree during such a severe health and economic crisis could fuel doubts about the viability of the bloc and unnerve financial markets.
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7/19/2020 German States Appeal To U.S. Congress Not To Withdraw Troops
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) attends the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Hearings to examine implementation
of Title I of the CARES Act on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, U.S. June 10, 2020. Kevin Dietsch/Pool via REUTERS
    BERLIN (Reuters) – The premiers of four German states have appealed to members of the U.S. Congress to block plans to withdraw U.S. troops from Germany, according to letters seen by Reuters on Sunday.
    President Donald Trump said last month he would cut the number of U.S. troops in Germany by 9,500 to 25,000, faulting the fellow NATO member for failing to meet the North Atlantic alliance’s defence spending target and accusing it of taking advantage of America on trade.
    The prime ministers of the four southern states, all home to U.S. bases, addressed the letters to 13 members of Congress including senators Mitt Romney and Jim Inhofe.
    “We therefore ask you to support us as we strive not to sever the bond of friendship but to strengthen it, and to secure the U.S. presence in Germany and Europe in the future,” wrote the premiers of Bavaria, Hesse, Baden-Wuerttemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate.
    A spokesman for the U.S. embassy in Berlin declined to comment.    Last month, Washington said the move would “enhance Russian deterrence, strengthen NATO, reassure Allies.”
    But the premiers wrote that the U.S. forces in their states “form the backbone of the U.S. presence in Europe and NATO’s ability to act.”
(Reporting by Markus Wacker; additional reporting and writing by Tom Sims in Frankfurt; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

7/19/2020 Sun-Seekers Crowd Barcelona Beaches, Defying Coronavirus Stay-At-Home Advice by Nacho Doce
Women eat as they enjoy the sunny weather at Barceloneta beach, after Catalonia's regional authorities and the city council announced restrictions
to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Barcelona, Spain July 19, 2020. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
    BARCELONA (Reuters) – People sunbathed and played in the sea along Barcelona’s beaches on Sunday, ignoring pleas from Catalan authorities for area residents to stay at home as coronavirus cases continued to rise in one of Spain’s worst-hit regions.
    As police patrolled in masks to ensure social distancing, Barceloneta beach, a favourite with tourists, reached capacity and had to be closed to new bathers on Sunday afternoon. People were queueing to access the beach.
    Earlier in the day, authorities urged the more than 96,000 residents of three Catalan towns to stay home as part of a toughened response to the crisis.    On Friday, some four million people, including in Barcelona, were advised to leave their home only for essential trips.
    “Staying at home in the summer is stifling and stressful,” said Felipe, when asked why he had come to the beach despite the advice.
    “I work five days a week and can’t spend every day at home.    My mental health comes first,” said the 24-year-old, who was wearing a mask.
    The latest figures from Catalonia’s regional health ministry on Sunday showed a daily increase of 944 cases.
    The stay-home call stops short of imposing a mandatory lockdown, but is the strongest measure taken to returning people to home confinement since Spain emerged from a nationwide lockdown on June 21.
    The new measures also include a ban on meetings of over 10 people.    Bars and restaurants will be allowed to open, but at 50% capacity inside and with a 2-metre (6.5-foot) distance between tables outside.
    Spain was one of Europe’s hardest-hit countries by COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, with more than 28,000 deaths.
    Since the national lockdown ended, more than 170 infection clusters have sprung up, prompting regional authorities to impose a patchwork of local restrictions.
(Writing by Jessica Jones; Editing by Emelia Sithole-Matarise and Sonya Hepinstall)

7/19/2020 FDA Approves Quest Diagnostics For COVID-19 Pooled Testing by OAN Newsroom
A Tidelands Health medical professional changes latex gloves during a drive-through COVID-19 testing site Friday
July 17, 2020 at Myrtle Beach Pelicans Ballpark in Myrtle Beach, S.C. (Josh Bell/The Sun News via AP)
    The federal government has introduced a new way to speed up coronavirus testing without depleting medical supplies.
    On Saturday, the FDA issued an emergency order giving Quest Diagnostics the go-ahead to begin collecting pooled samples of tests.    This will allow Quest to test up to four specimens at the same time, which will free up testing kits to use on more residents.
    “Instead of taking an individual blood sample, a nasal sample from somebody, you take a whole bunch of them and you put them together, and you run a test on that whole batch,” explained Dr. Amesh Adalja, senior scholar at Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security.    “And then if it’s negative, all those people are clear, but if it’s positive then you can go back and individually test those samples to see who was positive.”
    FDA officials said pooled testing is an important step in combating the coronavirus, especially when infection rates decline and health official begin testing larger populations.    They predicted that this strategy will work best in areas where infection rates are lower and believe positive cases will be easier to detect as well as track.
    Additionally, officials claimed Quest’s procedures for "validating data tackles any problem that could arise when samples are combined in a laboratory setting.”
    “It’s a very useful technique that’s been used in 50-70 years, we showed that,” stated Dr. Christopher Pilcher, professor at UCSF.     “Given what we know now about coronavirus infections, it seems like the benefits are going to greatly outweigh the loss of detection you get.”
    Officials said they are working with other diagnostic test developers to come up with new strategies to quickly test more Americans.

7/19/2020 China Rebukes U.S. Calls To Extend Iran Arms Embargo by OAN Newsroom
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the National Constitution Center about the Commission on
Unalienable Rights, Thursday, July 16, 2020, in Philadelphia. (Brendan Smialowski/Pool via AP)
    China has criticized Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s recent comments regarding the Iran arms embargo.    During a press conference Friday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying rebuked Pompeo by saying an extended arms embargo would be nonsensical.
    This came after Pompeo predicted Iran would receive dangerous weapons from China once the embargo expires in October.    Additionally, China responded to President Trump’s remarks that the country might be executing nuclear tests.
    “Among the five nuclear countries recognized by the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, China conducted the least number of nuclear tests,” said Chunying.    “China is also one of the first countries to sign the treaty of comprehensive bans on nuclear tests…China has consistently upheld the treaty’s purposes and objectives.”
China also rejected the notion that the country is stealing U.S. coronavirus intelligence by calling the accusation “absurd.” MORE NEWS: CISA dire

7/20/2020 Is cancel culture a force for good or does it stifle free speech? - Fans, other Twitter users often eager to boycott celebrities who offend by Dalvin Brown USA TODAY
    The latest celebrity to enter the social discourse surrounding online cancellation: Nick Cannon.
    The comedian’s name trended on Twitter Wednesday after he was fired by ViacomCBS over “hateful speech.”    The news added fuel to the debate over whether holding celebrities accountable for their opinions has gone too far.
    Some argued that the host of “Wild ‘n Out,” which airs on VH1 and MTV, should be “canceled,” which often entails boycotting a famous person’s work.    Others questioned: “What happened to freedom of speech?
    Twitter has become a powerful court of public opinion and “cancel culture” plays a role.    The phenomenon occurs when people get upset about something that a company or person has done or something they have said. It also can be divisive with opposers saying threats of cancellation stifles free speech.    It’s hard to deny that cancel culture has sparked important conversations and change, such as when #Oscarssowhite trended for the first time.
    Since then, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has made efforts to diversify its ranks.    Twitter also helped elevate the complaints and charges of sexual assault, sexism and unfair treatment of women during the #MeToo movement.
    But the strength of cancel culture can also ravage careers and lives. And there are cases where the people on Twitter don’t have all the facts and perhaps took on the role of judge and jury without having an accurate picture of the story behind their ire.
    Getting “canceled” can mean being removed in many ways.    In recent weeks, episodes of “Live PD” and “Cops” were pulled from the air after George Floyd’s death sparked questions surrounding misleading police story lines.    Last year, comedian Shane Gillis was fired from “Saturday Night Live” after people unearthed old, offensive comments.
    But has the backlash gone too far?    The answer isn’t clear cut, experts say.
    “Society is still grappling with what’s considered ‘too far’ on the internet,” said Anne Charity Hudley, the chair of linguistics of African America at the University of California.    “Something that can be used for good can also be weaponized.    Everything can go too far; even free speech can go too far.”
    The internet recently came down hard on Goya Foods after its CEO praised President Donald Trump. People vowed not to support the brand, and the now embattled chief executive called the backlash “suppression of speech.”    Others who faced “cancellation” include Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute from “Vanderpump Rules“ and YouTube influencer James Charles.    In Cannon’s case, the comedian said on Facebook that he was an “advocate for people’s voices to be heard openly, fairly and candidly.”    The post came after ViacomCBS severed ties with the entertainer over an episode of his podcast “Cannon’s Class,” where he “promoted hateful speech and spread anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.”
    The cancel culture debate hit a high point this month when Harper’s Magazine published a letter proposing that successful writers and editors felt stifled by a growing public intolerance.
    On the flip side, professionals who specialize in social movements say cancel culture was birthed from groups of people growing tired of others abusing power by controlling the narrative of marginalized communities.    “People have learned over time, and over decades, that sometimes you have to make a little bit of noise on social media in order for people to be held accountable,” said Apryl Alexander, professor of psychology at the University of Denver. It’s easy for the cancel culture movement to get wound into a game of false equivalence, with some people calling for justice while others worry about expressing themselves, experts said.
    “Yes, there is freedom of speech and people should be allowed to voice their opinions,” Alexander said.    “But when they use that voice and it’s causing harm, we do need to address the harm.”
    Some of the people who have been on the receiving end of cancellation were charged or convicted of crimes, such as rape and sexual assault, as in the Harvey Weinstein case.
    Despite disturbing revelations, sometimes people aren’t ready to let go of their idols.
    “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon was at the epicenter of digital backlash in March after old photos of him wearing Blackface surfaced.    It wasn’t his first racial indiscretion, yet the show remains on the air.
Nick Cannon’s name trended on Twitter on Wednesday after he was fired by ViacomCBS over “hateful speech.” Some argued that
the host of “Wild ‘n Out,” which airs on VH1 and MTV, should be “canceled” for his remarks.    GETTY IMAGES<
People called for the cancellation of rapper Kanye West after he voiced support for
President Donald Trump in a rant on “Saturday Night Live” in September 2018. EVAN VUCCI/AP

7/20/2020 EU Leaders Say Progress In Virus Recovery Summit, But Warn Talks Could Still Fail by John Chalmers and Gabriela Baczynska
President of the European Council Charles Michel (L) and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen (R)
meet with Ireland's Prime Minister Micheal Martin (2nd R), Luxembourg's Prime Minister Xavier Bettel (4th R)
and Belgium's Prime Minister Sophie Wilmes (3rd R) during European Union Council over a post-virus
economic rescue plan, in Brussels, Belgium July 19, 2020. Francois Walschaerts/Pool via REUTERS
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU leaders were making progress on Monday after three days of haggling over a plan to revive economies throttled by the COVID-19 pandemic, but Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte warned the discussions could still fall apart.
    EU summit chairman Charles Michel urged the 27 leaders of the European Union to achieve “mission impossible” and reach an agreement.
    Michel reminded the EU leaders that more than 600,000 people had now died as a result of the coronavirus around the world, and it was up to them to stand together in the face of an unprecedented crisis.
    “My hope is that we reach an agreement and that the headline … tomorrow is that the EU has accomplished mission impossible,” the European Council President said at their third dinner in a row at the Brussels conference centre.    “That is my heartfelt wish … after three days of non-stop work.”
    The leaders are at odds over how to carve up a vast recovery fund designed to help haul Europe out of its deepest recession since World War Two, and what strings to attach for countries it would benefit.
    The meeting was adjourned on Monday until 1600 CET (1400 GMT).
    After the adjournment was announced both the Austrian Chancellor Sebestian Kurz and Rutte said progress was being made at the talks.
    “Tough negotiations have just come to an end and we can be very satisfied with today’s result.    We will continue in the afternoon,” said Kurz.
    Rutte said talks had been close to failing, but that chairman Michel was now working on a new EU compromise proposal.
    “We are not there yet, things can still fall apart. But it looks a bit more hopeful than at the times were I thought last night that it was over,” Rutte told reporters in Brussels.
    Diplomats had said the leaders may abandon the summit and try again for an agreement next month if talks failed.     On the table is a 1.8-trillion-euro ($2.06-trillion) package for the EU’s next long-term budget and recovery fund.
    The 750 billion euros proposed for the recovery fund would be raised on behalf of them all on capital markets by the EU’s executive European Commission, which would be a historic step towards greater integration, and then funnelled mostly to hard-hit Mediterranean rim countries.
    European Central Bank (ECB) President Christine Lagarde said it would be better for the leaders to agree an “ambitious” aid package than to have a quick deal at any cost.
    “Ideally, the leaders’ agreement should be ambitious in terms of size and composition of the package … even if it takes a bit more time,” she told Reuters.
    Lagarde’s comments suggested she was relaxed about the possibility of an adverse reaction on financial markets if the summit fails, especially as the ECB has a 1 trillion euro-plus war chest to buy up government debt.
    News of the EU impasse had little impact on the euro in early Asian trade, with analysts saying markets remained hopeful of an agreement. [MKTS/GLOB]
    “I think expectations were that we weren’t going to get a deal at this meeting anyway, but we needed enough in it to give us a belief that there was one coming in August or September,” said Chris Weston, head of research at Pepperstone brokerage in Melbourne, Australia.
    A group of “frugal” wealthy north European states pushed during the summit for a smaller recovery fund and sought to limit how payouts are split between grants and repayable loans.
    The tense talks, though still slightly shorter that an EU summit in the French city of Nice 20 years ago, underscored the gulf between the EU’s north and south.
    Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte accused the Netherlands and its allies — Austria, Sweden, Denmark and Finland — of “blackmail
    Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s position reflects political realities in his country, where voters resent that the Netherlands is, proportionately, among the largest net contributors to the EU budget.
    He and his conservative VVD party face a strong challenge from far-right eurosceptic parties in elections next March.
    An attempt to reach a compromise failed on Sunday.    A deal envisaging 400 billion euros in grants – down from a proposed 500 billion euros – was rejected by the north, which said it saw 350 billion euros as the maximum.
    Discussions over the grants has since narrowed, with Michel saying they would be based on 390 billion euros combined with smaller rebates.
    “For us it is very important that if we are to give grants, there is a way to enforce reforms,” said Rutte.
    “I am very happy with the proposals we have now, we have spoken and haggled over this for a long time, but I am very happy as it is a crucial point for us.    But it still has to be approved by all 27 members.”    There have been differences over a proposed new rule-of-law mechanism that could freeze funding to countries flouting democratic principles.    Hungary, backed by Poland, threatened to veto the package if its disbursement was made dependent on meeting conditions on upholding the rule of law.
    For some, the summit was a critical moment for nearly 70 years of European integration, and failure to agree could both unnerve financial markets and fuel doubts about the bloc’s future.
($1 = 0.8752 euros)
(Additional reporting by Kate Abnett, Marine Strauss, Tom Sims, Bart Meijer, Toby Sterling, Jan Lopatka, Marton Dunai, Balazs Koranyi, Andreas Rinke and Jessica Jones, Writing by John Chalmers and Gabirela Baczynska; Editing by Timothy Heritage, Sonya Hepinstall and Michael Perry)

7/20/202 White House Chief Of Staff Says He Expects Criminal Indictments To Result From Durham Probe by OAN Newsroom
Chief of Staff Mark Meadows arrives at Miami International Airport on Friday, July 10, 2020,
as he joins President Donald Trump on a trip to Florida. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    According to White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, it’s time for people to go to jail as a result of U.S. attorney John Durham’s probe into the origins of the Russia investigation.
    During an interview Sunday, Meadows suggested from what he’s seen so far he believes several individuals involved in the investigation into Russian interference and alleged collusion will end up with charges being leveled against them.
    Meadows, who formally served on the House Oversight Committee, also said Durham has found evidence the Obama-era FBI spied on the 2016 Trump campaign. He noted that despite the fact that Democrats knew there was no collusion early on, they continued with former special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe regardless.
    His comments came after Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Lindsay Graham released two recently declassified documents last week, which suggest FBI officials were skeptical of reports in early 2017 of contact between the Trump campaign and Russian intelligence officials.
    Those documents also included an interview with a source for Christopher Steele, which appeared to cast doubt on the accuracy of the British ex-spy’s controversial dossier.    While speaking on those findings, Graham said it’s time for those responsible to finally be held accountable.
    “And what I’m dying to find out is why did the system continue to use a document in April and June of 2017 to get a warrant against Carter Page when they were told in January 2017 by the man who prepared it that its a bunch of garbage?”    Graham stated.    "I’m gonna get to the bottom of this, I’m gonna hold people accountable and let the chips fall where they may.”
    President Trump also touched on the recent documents and suggested even though Obama-era officials were caught spying on his campaign, nothing is happening to them.    He noted that if it were the other way around, it would be much different.
    Meadows went on to say new documents may be released in the coming days that will not only show that the Trump campaign was spied on, but will show the FBI did not act appropriately in its investigation.    Meanwhile, Durham’s report is expected to be released by the end of this summer.

7/20/2020 Payroll Tax Cuts ‘Very Important’ Aspect Of Next Stimulus Package by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks to the media while meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority
Leader Kevin McCarthy in the Oval Office at the White House, Monday, July 20, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    President Trump, once again, blasted China for their role in the coronavirus pandemic.    While speaking during a broadcasted White House coronavirus meeting with other prominent lawmakers Monday, the president said all the deaths could have been prevented and noted that China should have never allowed the virus to spread.
    President Trump also emphasized the state of the world as a whole by saying this is a global problem with major spikes being seen in countries, including Mexico, Brazil and Russia.
    The president also went on to break down details being discussed for the next virus stimulus package and emphasized a possible payroll tax cut for business owners.
    “We’re discussing probably a total of 10 different elements, but payroll tax cut is a very important one,” he stated.    “It’s a big saving for the people, it’s a tremendous saving and I think it’s an incentive for companies to hire their workers back and to keep their works, so payroll tax cut to me is very important.”
    Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin also said the package aims to focus on “kids, jobs, plus vaccines.”    On Tuesday, he and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows will meet Senate Republicans on the matter.

7/20/2020 Report: Government Contractors Received PPP Loans While Getting Paid by OAN Newsroom
File – Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is pictured. (AP Photo)
    Government contractors are coming under fire for reportedly receiving Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans while still getting paid.
    A new analysis by the Wall Street Journal, released Sunday, revealed at least 68 Florida companies received both government contracts and PPP loans despite having active state projects.    The approved loans valued to about $150, 000 despite existing contracts dated back to April.
    Treasury Secretary Steve Mnunchin has suggested tougher PPP restrictions to ensure checks are going to the right businesses.
    “A next phase of relief should extend the PPP, but on a more targeted basis for smaller companies and those that are especially hard hit,” he stated.    “Such as restaurants, hotels, and other travel and hospitality business.”
    Over the weekend, several New York companies were also accused of running a Ponzi scheme using PPP loans.

7/20/2020 Colin Powell Speaks On National Unrest by OAN Newsroom
File – Former Secretary of State Colin Powell arrives for the State Funeral of former
President George H.W. Bush at the National Cathedral in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    Former Secretary of State Colin Powell recently spoke out on the widespread unrest facing the nation.    During an interview Sunday, he said division can be overcome and cited the progress America has made in the last 50 years with the Civil Rights Movement.
    Powell then pointed out that Americans have faced these issues before and he’s confident we will prevail.
    “I think we are somewhat divided now, but I think we have to keep moving on…I mean, we’ve come so far in the last 50 years,” he stated.    “Sixty-years ago, when I entered the United States Army, nobody thought I could ever become chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, but I did and so a lot has happened.”
    Powell said the nation needs to focus on providing quality education for children and adults as well as better job opportunities for all Americans.
    “We are a much better nation now, we’re living better than we did then, but there’s more to be done,” stated the former secretary of state.
[Powell is known to be in line with the Globalist Progressive changes instead of the U.S. keeping its Sovereignty.].

7/20/2020 Kanye West Holds First Presidential Rally In S.C. by OAN Newsroom
FILE – This Nov. 17, 2019, file photo shows Kanye West on stage during a service at Lakewood Church in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke, File)
    Kanye West touched on many issues during his first presidential campaign rally in South Carolina.    On Sunday, he discussed several issues, including social media, abortion and his Adidas deal at the Exquis Event Center in Charleston.
    The crowd consisted of registered guests and were asked for absolute silence and order.    West was seen getting emotional when speaking about his own experiences with abortion.
    The presidential hopeful is trying to get enough signatures to get his name on the South Carolina ballot by Monday’s deadline.

7/20/2020 Congress To Discuss Stimulus Package, Potential Vaccines, Voting Rights Act by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this May 3, 2020, file photo, light shines from inside the U.S. Capitol
dome at dusk on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    Congress is gearing up for a busy week ahead while taking extra precautions to convene safely amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.    Lawmakers returned from the Fourth of July recess Monday and will consider a list of high-profile cases.
    On Wednesday, Democrats in the House plan to move forward with a bill proposing the removal of Confederate statues from the capitol, although the Republican-led Senate is unlikely to take up the legislation.
    Both the House and Senate also plan to continue work on their versions of the annual National Defense Authorization Act with the House beginning talks Monday.
    Additionally, Democrats in the Senate are advocating for the Voting Rights Advancement Act, which aims to protect minority voters in honor of the late civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis.    Authors of the bill said they plan to introduce the legislation this week.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi walks towards the House Chamber at the Capitol,
Monday, July 20, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
    The biggest topic this week is expected to be the fifth economic stimulus package.    Lawmakers have just a few weeks to pass the more than $1 trillion proposed legislation as a second summer recess quickly approaches.
    In the Republican proposal, lawmakers hope to provide a cash incentive for employees to return to work as the weekly $600 unemployment bonus is set to expire at the end of this month.
    Their proposal could also include another round of stimulus payment, an extension of the Paychecks Protection Program and liability protections for businesses and schools.    Senate Republicans will be unveiling their proposed version of the bill as soon as Tuesday.
    Meanwhile, Democrats outline a different set of priorities in their $3 trillion Heroes Act, which passed in the House in May.    That bill calls for more money to state and local governments as well as boosted unemployment benefits.     With the vast differences between each party’s proposals, successfully passing a bipartisan fifth stimulus package before legislators go on recess is expected to be a major challenge.

7/20/2020 Pressure Mounts On Spanish King To Act On Scandal Allegations by Emma Pinedo and Belén Carreño
Spain's King Felipe and Queen Letizia stand next to the Abbott Octavi Vila as they visit the Monastery
of Santa Maria de Poblet, north of Tarragona, Spain, July 20, 2020. REUTERS/Albert Gea
    MADRID (Reuters) – Spain’s King Felipe was greeted by hundreds of chanting protesters during a visit to Catalonia on Monday as pressure mounted on him in Madrid to respond to corruption allegations swirling around his father, former king Juan Carlos.
    While the demonstrators squared off with police and shouted “We don’t have a king” as Felipe and Queen Letizia visited a monastery near Tarragona, ministers are demanding action amid calls for a parliamentary investigation.
    In June, Spain’s Supreme Court opened an investigation into Juan Carlos’ involvement with a high-speed rail contract in Saudi Arabia after Switzerland’s La Tribune de Geneve newspaper reported he had received $100 million from the late Saudi King.
    Through his lawyer, Juan Carlos, 82, has repeatedly declined to comment on the allegations.
    The newspaper added that Juan Carlos later gave $65 million to Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein, a businesswoman with whom he had a relationship that led to his abdication in 2014. Her representatives have said she’s done nothing wrong.
    Juan Carlos was popular for his role in the country’s transition to democracy in the late seventies, before various scandals eroded public approval a decade ago and forced him to pass the throne to his son.
    This time, the focus is on the rail contract affair.
    “We want a pretty intense investigation into the activities of the citizen Juan Carlos de Bourbon,” Consumer Affairs Minister Alberto Garzon, of the leftist Izquierda Unidad party, told reporters on Monday, referring to the former king.
    A government source told Reuters that the cabinet “expects some gesture from King Felipe, something that will distance his father even more from the Royal House.”
    “The options are various … It’s something that must be decided by the royal house.    Looking for a way out of the (royal family’s) Zarzuela palace, as some media have said, may be an option.    The decree of abdication could also be studied to reduce privileges.    Whatever it is must be announced now, imminently.”
    Another option raised by Spanish media is whether Juan Carlos could lose the title of King Emeritus, which he has had since abdicating following outrage over a secret luxury elephant-hunting trip and a corruption scandal centred on his daughter and her husband.
    The monarchy itself, or any change in the constitution, is not at stake at this stage, experts said.    There is no majority for that in the Spanish parliament and the constitution gives the former king immunity for his time on the throne.
    Javier Perez Royo, professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Seville, said it was “science fiction” to think the constitution could be changed.
    He said one possibility would be for Felipe to tell his father to leave palace and stop being a member of the royal household.    But voters were likely to want more than that, so no immediate resolution of the problem was in sight.
    The Royal House and a representative for Juan Carlos did not immediately respond to requests for comment.    They have repeatedly refused to comment in recent weeks.
    A friend of Juan Carlos, Jaime Carvajal Urquijo, said on Twitter: “The government’s pressure on Felipe VI to take action against his father, without waiting for the courts to rule and without respecting the presumption of innocence, is outrageous!
    In mid-March, when latest the corruption allegations surfaced, Felipe had already renounced any inheritance from his father and ended the former king’s palace allowance.
(Reporting by Emma Pinedo, Belen Carreno; Additional reporting by Albert Gea, Joan Faus, Inti Landauro; Writing by Ingrid Melander; Editing by Giles Elgood)

7/20/2020 Spain’s Coronavirus Rate Triples In Three Weeks After Lockdown Easing
FILE PHOTO: Journalists record as people enjoy the sunny weather at the Barceloneta beach, after
Catalonia's regional authorities and the city council announced restrictions to contain the spread
of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Barcelona, Spain July 19, 2020. REUTERS/Nacho Doce/File Photo
    MADRID (Reuters) – The prevalence of the novel coronavirus in Spain has risen three-fold over the last three weeks as authorities struggle to contain a rash of fresh clusters, mainly in the Catalonia and Aragon regions, Health Ministry data showed on Monday.
    After registering thousands of cases and hundreds of deaths per day during an early April peak, Spain succeeded in slowing the number of new infections to a trickle.
    But since restrictions on movement were lifted and Spaniards relaxed back into daily life, some 201 new clusters have appeared, with heavy concentrations in and around the Catalan cities of Barcelona and Lleida.
    The occurrence of the novel coronavirus has jumped from eight cases per 100,000 inhabitants at the end of June, when the country’s state of emergency ended, to 27 per 100,000, deputy health emergency chief Maria Sierra told a news conference on Monday.
    Over the weekend 4,581 new cases were recorded, bringing the total to 264,836, she added.    More than 28,000 people have died.
    “Where measures have been relaxed is where these clusters appear,” Health Minister Salvador Illa said.    “We’re talking about gatherings of extended family and spaces associated with nightlife.”
    Describing the situation in Catalonia as concerning, he appealed to residents to respect health measures.
    On Friday the Catalan regional government urged some four million people, including residents of Spain’s second largest city Barcelona, to stay at home and avoid gatherings of more than 10 people.    It also told bars and restaurants to reduce their capacity.
    That was in addition to ordering the mandatory confinement of at least 160,000 people around Lleida. [nL5N2EO2UW]     To try to prevent similar outbreaks, most Spanish regions have made face masks compulsory even when social-distancing can be guaranteed, going further than a national directive.
(Reporting by Nathan Allen; editing by Joan Faus and Barbara Lewis)

7/21/2020 Oil up $0.11 to $40.68, DOW up 9 to 26,861.

Kentucky: 22,184 cases.
Kentucky: 667 deaths which is only 0.03%
Kentucky: 430,201 Tests.
Kentucky: 2,875 Hospitalized which is only 0.007%
Neither one justifies your governor overreach into our rights, SO BUTT OUT OF OUR LIVES and get these kids back in school and open the businesses in the rest of the state and as far as Jefferson County you can let them rot to death in their Anarchy Purge and I hope the Demolition Man President Donald Trump comes in and gets all these liberal cities around this country back on track and fund the police to do what the law requires them to do
7/21/2020 Kentucky reinstates 10-person limitation - Rule for gatherings back after COVID-19 increase by Sarah Ladd, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Declaring Kentucky is in an “accelerating phase” of the coronavirus pandemic, the Beshear administration said Monday that informal gatherings will now be limited to 10 people and recommended that residents who travel to certain “hot spot” states be quarantined.    The travel advisory announced by Gov. Andy Beshear asks anyone who has traveled to any of eight states with a positivity rate of 15% or higher to quarantine for 14 days upon their return.     “Fifteen percent is really dangerous,” Beshear said at a briefing in Frankfort.    “These are areas where, right now, this virus is uncontrolled.”
    The states currently at or above the threshold are Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Nevada, South Carolina and Texas.    Beshear called them “hot spots” and “dangerous.”
[I came back from Miramar Florida on July 5th and it was only the Miami area which is an out of control Democrat city controlled area that is out of control as well as Louisville, KY and Beshear’s numbers in Jefferson County Democrat controlled.].
7/21/2020 Florida again reports more than 10,000 new coronavirus cases
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Florida reported another 10,000 new coronavirus cases on Monday, the 12th day since the Fourth of July the number has topped that threshold.    The state Department of Health reported 10,347 new cases and 90 deaths.    That brings the state’s totals for the entire pandemic to more than 360,000 cases and over 5,100 deaths.    The new reported deaths brings Florida’s seven-day average to about 114 per day.    Hospitalizations for the disease continued to increase, standing at 9,452 statewide in the late morning Monday.
[90 deaths / 10,347 cases = 0.009% and 114 deaths per 7 day average / 9452 in hospital = 0.012% its about time the Democrats quit politicalizing cases and running around claiming the sky is falling.].

7/21/2020 UK virus vaccine trial shows early promise - Appropriate immune responses produced by Karen Weintraub and Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY
    LONDON – Two candidate vaccines, including a closely watched one being developed at the University of Oxford, showed positive trial results Monday against the virus that causes COVID-19, making it more likely that a safe, effective vaccine can be developed quickly.
    They add to two smaller studies on different vaccine candidates in the U.S. that also appeared to be relatively safe and to trigger appropriate immune responses in study subjects.
    Early stage trials only explore safety and dosing and cannot determine a vaccine’s effectiveness, but signs indicate that all four candidate vaccines are leading to immune responses similar to those experienced by people infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
    There are about 17 candidate vaccines being tested in people.
    The new results showed Oxford University and drug company Astra Zeneca’s candidate vaccine, AZD-1222, led to strong immune responses for nearly two months in a trial that continues to track more than 1,000 healthy adults.    A second dose, given to 10 patients, seems to have boosted their immune response further without adding significant side effects, according to a paper published Monday in The Lancet.
    Half the volunteers were given the SARS-CoV-2 vaccine and half were given a meningitis vaccine.    The AZD-1222 vaccine caused more side effects conthat sidered minor than the meningitis one, but acetaminophen relieved most of the effects, the study found.
    Dr. Anthony Pollard, professor of pediatric infection and immunity at the University of Oxford and chief investigator on the study, told reporters in a Zoom call the results were “an important milestone on the path to a development of a vaccine.”
    The results in clinical trials cannot be compared against each other, but the fact that all have shown strong immune responses suggests “that we might have multiple hits on target,” Pollard said.     He and other scientists leading the study stressed much more work needed to be done, including gauging how well the vaccine could ultimately potentially protect the general population from falling ill with coronavirus.    Indications of will only come with further trials on a larger group of people.
    “We are seeing good immune response in almost everybody,” said Dr. Adrian Hill, Udirector of the Jenner Institute at Oxford University.    “What this vaccine does particularly well is trigger both arms of the immune system,” he said.
    The next stage of trials in Britain will involve 10,000 people.    In the U.S., 30,000 people will take part. And in Brazil and South Africa, about 7,000 people will test the efficacy and safety of the vaccine.    If everything goes to plan, the vaccine could be rolled out widely by early next year.
    AstraZeneca CEO Pascal Soriot expects 50,000 will be vaccinated by year’s end.
Contributing: The Associated Press
Scientists at the University of Oxford say their experimental coronavirus vaccine
has prompted a protective immune response. UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD VIA AP

7/21/2020 Wave Of Promising Study Results Raises Hopes For Coronavirus Vaccines by Julie Steenhuysen
FILE PHOTO: A small bottle labeled with a "Vaccine" sticker is held near a medical syringe in front of displayed
"Coronavirus COVID-19" words in this illustration taken April 10, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic//File Photo
    CHICAGO (Reuters) – Early data from trials of three potential COVID-19 vaccines released on Monday, including a closely-watched candidate from Oxford University, increased confidence that a vaccine can train the immune system to recognize and fight the novel coronavirus without serious side effects.
    Whether any of these efforts will result in a vaccine capable of protecting billions of people and ending the global pandemic that has claimed more than 600,000 lives is still far from clear.    All will require much larger studies to prove they can safely prevent infection or serious disease.
    The vaccine being developed by British drugmaker AstraZeneca along with the Oxford University, induced an immune response in all study participants who received two doses without any worrisome side effects.
    A coronavirus vaccine under development by CanSinoBiologics Inc <6185.HK> and China’s military research unit, likewise showed that it appears to be safe and induced an immune response in most of the 508 healthy volunteers who got one dose of the vaccine, researchers reported.
    Some 77% of study volunteers experienced side effects like fever or injection site pain, but none considered to be serious.
    Both the AstraZeneca and CanSino vaccines use a harmless cold virus known as an adenovirus to carry genetic material from the novel coronavirus into the body.    Studies on both vaccines were published in the journal The Lancet.
    “Overall, the results of both trials are broadly similar and promising,” Naor Bar-Zeev and William Moss, two vaccine experts from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, wrote in a commentary in The Lancet.
    However, the CanSino candidate again showed signs that people who had previously been exposed to the particular adenovirus in its vaccine had a reduced immune response.
    The study authors called that “the biggest obstacle” for the vaccine to overcome.
    German biotech BioNTech <22UAy.F> and U.S. drugmaker Pfizer Inc released details from a small study in Germany of a different type of vaccine that uses ribonucleic acid (RNA) – a chemical messenger that contains instructions for making proteins.
    The vaccine instructs cells to make proteins that mimic the outer surface of the coronavirus.    The body recognizes these virus-like proteins as foreign invaders and can then mount an immune response against the actual virus.
    In the not-yet peer reviewed study of 60 healthy adults, the vaccine induced virus-neutralizing antibodies in those given two doses, a result in-line with a previous early-stage U.S. trial.    The burst of announcements followed publication last week of results of Moderna Inc’s vaccine trial, showing similarly promising early results.    Moderna’s vaccine also uses a messenger RNA platform.
    “It’s encouraging that all these vaccines seem to induce antibodies in people,” said former World Health Organization (WHO) assistant director-general Marie-Paule Kieny of the French research institute Inserm.    “This proves that the science is moving forward very quickly, which is a good sign.”
    None of these leading contenders has shown side effects that could sideline their efforts so far, but all must still prove they are safe and effective in trials involving thousands of subjects, including those at high-risk for severe COVID-19, such as the elderly and people with diabetes.
    Historically, just 6% of vaccine candidates end up making it to market, often after a years-long testing process.    Vaccine makers hope to dramatically compress that timeline through faster trials and by manufacturing at scale even before the products prove successful.
    Several manufacturers have U.S. government backing with a goal of having a coronavirus vaccine by year’s end as cases continue to rise at a record pace.
    The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine is one of 150 in development globally, but is considered the most advanced.    Late-stage trials have begun in Brazil and South Africa and are due to start in the United States, where the infection prevalence is highest.
    In its Phase I trial, the vaccine induced so-called neutralizing antibodies – the kind that stop the virus from infecting cells – in 91% of individuals a month after they got one dose, and in 100% of subjects who got a second dose.    These levels were on par with the antibodies produced by people who survived COVID-19 – a key benchmark of potential success.
    Oxford researcher Sarah Gilbert said the trial could not determine whether one or two doses would be needed to provide immunity.
    The vaccine, known as AZD1222, also induced the body to make T cells – activating a second part of the immune system that experts increasingly believe will be important for a lasting immune response.
    Recent studies show that some recovered patients who tested negative for coronavirus antibodies developed T cells in response to their infection.    Scientists think both are important aspects of an effective coronavirus vaccine.
    Dr Mike Ryan, head of WHO’s emergencies program, said the generation of both T-cell and neutralizing antibody responses was positive, adding, “there is a long way to go.”
    Open in an external browser for a Reuters graphic on vaccines and treatments in development.
(Reporting by Julie Steenhuysen; additional reporting by Alistair Smout, Pushkala Aripaka, Kate Kelland, Ankur Banerjee, Roxanne Liu, Stephanie Nebehay and Nancy Lapid; editing by Peter Henderson and Bill Berkrot)

7/21/2020 EU Reaches ‘Historic’ Deal On Pandemic Recovery After Marathon Summit by Jan Strupczewski and John Chalmers
European Council President Charles Michel, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, France's President Emmanuel Macron
and Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez speak during the first face-to-face EU summit since
the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Brussels, Belgium July 20, 2020. John Thys/Pool via REUTERS
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union leaders clinched an “historic” deal on a massive stimulus plan for their coronavirus-throttled economies in the early hours of Tuesday, after a fractious summit that lasted almost five days.
    The agreement paves the way for the European Commission, the EU’s executive, to raise billions of euros on capital markets on behalf of all 27 states, an unprecedented act of solidarity in almost seven decades of European integration.
    Summit chairman Charles Michel called the accord, reached at a 5.15 a.m. (0315 GMT), “a pivotal moment” for Europe.
    Many had warned that a failed summit amid the coronavirus pandemic would have put the bloc’s viability in serious doubt after years of economic crisis and Britain’s recent departure.
    News of the deal in Brussels saw the euro rise to a fresh four-month high of $1.1470.
    “This agreement sends a concrete signal that Europe is a force for action,” a jubilant Michel told a news conference.
    French President Emmanuel Macron, who spearheaded a push for the deal with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, hailed it as “truly historic.”
    Leaders hope the 750 billion euro ($857.33 billion) recovery fund and its related 1.1 trillion euro 2021-2017 budget will help repair the continent’s deepest recession since World War Two after the coronavirus outbreak shut down economies.
    But in an unwieldy club of 27, each with a veto power, the summit also exposed faultlines across the bloc that are likely to hinder future decision-making on money as richer northern countries resisted helping out the poorer south.
    The Netherlands led a group of ‘frugal’ states with Austria, Sweden, Denmark and Finland, insisted that aid to Italy, Spain and other Mediterranean countries that took the brunt of the pandemic should be mainly in loans, not in non-repayable grants.
    “There were a few clashes, but that’s all part of the game,” said Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, describing a “warm” relationship with his Italian counterpart Giuseppe Conte.
    But Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said the frugals’ negotiating power was here to stay, suggesting Europe’s traditional Franco-German engine will face challenges from smaller states banding together.
    Frictions peaked on Sunday night as Macron lost his temper with the ‘frugals’, diplomats said, and Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki branded them “stingy, egotistic states.”
    The bickering spun the summit out, making it the EU’s second-ever longest, just 20 minutes short of a record set in 2000 in Nice, according to Rutte.    “We would have broken the record at 6:05, but we ended at 5.45,” he said.
    Under the compromise, the Commission will borrow 750 billion euros using its triple-A debt rating, disbursing 390 billion in grants – less than the originally targeted 500 billion – and 360 billion in cheap loans.
    Given the difficulties, talk of Europe’s ‘Hamilton’ moment -hailed as such by German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz on Monday in reference to Alexander Hamilton’s decision to federalise debts of U.S. states in 1790 – is overblown.
    The summit deal does not set the EU on the path towards a U.S.-style fiscal union, although some see it as a first step.
    Rutte’s negotiations won an “emergency brake” to temporarily stop transfers of money from the recovery fund if an EU state was seen as not meeting reform conditions tied to the money.
    The ‘frugals’ also secured larger rebates from the next multi-year EU budget, a payback mechanism first won by Britain in the 1980s and which France had hoped to phase out after Brexit.
    The recovery plan now faces a potentially difficult passage through the European Parliament and it must be ratified by all member states, which will mean a delay getting the funds to economies that desperately need the help now.
($1 = 0.8748 euros)
(Additional reporting by Reuters bureaux, Writing by John Chalmers and Robin Emmott; Editing by Michael Perry and Jon Boyle)

7/21/2020 October Brexit Deal Still Possible, But Ambitious: German Foreign Minister
FILE PHOTO: German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (not pictured) address
the media during a joint news conference after a meeting in Berlin, Germany July 2, 2020. Michael Sohn/Pool via REUTERS
    BERLIN (Reuters) – The aim of reaching an agreement between Britain and the European Union on future ties between the two by October is ambitious but achievable, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Tuesday.
    “An agreement on the basis of the Political Declaration is sporty but still possible,” he said in a statement.
(Reporting by Thomas Escritt; Editing by Riham Alkousaa)

7/21/2020 UK Government Failed To Find Out Whether Russia Meddled In Brexit Vote: Report by Elizabeth Piper and William James
Anti-Brexit demonstrator Steve Bray holds a placard as he protests outside Downing
Street in London, Britain, July 21, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
    LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s government failed to find out whether Russia meddled in the 2016 referendum on membership in the EU, a parliamentary report released on Tuesday said, saying the intelligence services should investigate and make their findings public.
    The long-anticipated report by parliament’s intelligence and security committee found that Russia had tried to influence a separate referendum in 2014 when voters in Scotland rejected independence.
    But it said the committee was unable to determine whether Russia had attempted to influence the EU referendum, which led to Britain’s exit from the bloc this year.
    When asked for evidence on suspected Russian meddling in the vote, Britain’s main domestic intelligence agency MI5 produced just six lines of text, the committee said.
    “It is nonetheless the Committee’s view that the UK Intelligence Community should produce an analogous assessment of potential Russian interference in the EU referendum and that an unclassified summary of it be published,” it said in the report, which was produced more than a year ago and shelved until now.
    The government of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who came to power as one of the leading figures in the victorious campaign to leave the EU, rejected the call for a further review.    A spokesman for Johnson said the prime minister was confident the referendum result to leave the EU was fair.
    The report cast Russia as a hostile power which posed a significant threat to Britain and the West across a range of fronts, from espionage and cyber to election meddling and laundering dirty money.
    “It appears that Russia considers the UK one of its top Western intelligence targets,” the report said.
    It said there were open source indications that Russia had sought to influence the Brexit campaign.    But hard evidence had not been produced.
    “The key point is … they had not sought even to ask that question and that is at the heart of this report,” Stewart Hosie, a Scottish National Party member of committee, told reporters.
    “We saw no evidence because there was no evidence and no one in government sought to look or ask the questions that needed to be asked,” said opposition Labour lawmaker Kevan Jones.
    Russia has repeatedly denied meddling in the West, casting the United States and Britain as gripped by anti-Russian hysteria.
    “Russia has never interfered in the electoral processes of any country in the world – not the United States, not Britain, nor any other countries,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
    Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova cast the report as “Russophobia in a fake frame
    Relations between London and Moscow plunged to post-Cold War lows after Britain blamed Russia for poisoning former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia with a nerve agent in the English city of Salisbury.
    Last week, the British government said it believed Russian actors had tried to meddle in last year’s general election, which was held after the report published on Tuesday was finished.
    When discussing the EU referendum, the report is heavily redacted and there was a classified annex that was not published.
    The committee also cast Russia as a source of corrupt money that had been welcomed in London, the world’s premier international financial capital.
    “The UK welcomed Russian money, and few questions – if any – were asked about the provenance of this considerable wealth,” the report said.    “The UK has been viewed as a particularly favourable destination for Russian oligarchs and their money.”
    “It offered ideal mechanisms by which illicit finance could be recycled through what has been referred to as the London ‘laundromat’,” the report said.
(Additional reporting by Alexander Marrow in Moscow; Writing by Guy Faulconbridge; Editing by Sarah Young, Paul Sandle and Peter Graff)

7/21/2020 Turkey Should Face EU Sanctions If No Retreat From Disputed Gas Explorations, Greece Says
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis gestures as he meets with German Foreign Minister
Heiko Maas at the Maximos Mansion in Athens, Greece, July 21, 2020. REUTERS/Costas Baltas
    ATHENS (Reuters) – Greece said on Tuesday there should be no alternative but European Union sanctions against Turkey if Ankara does not back down on disputed attempts to explore for natural resources in the Mediterranean.
    Turkey and Greece are at odds over overlapping claims for hydrocarbon resources, brought into sharper focus by attempts of EU member Cyprus to also explore for natural gas in the Eastern Mediterranean amid strong Turkish objections.
    A navigational advisory known as a Navtex was issued by Turkey’s navy on Tuesday for seismic survey work in an area apparently south of Turkey’s Antalya and lying between Cyprus and Crete.    The advisory is in effect until Aug. 20.
    “Turkey is unfortunately adding another link in (its) hostile actions against Greece, against Cyprus and the European Union as a whole,” Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis told German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, who was visiting Athens.
    “Questioning the sovereign rights of Greece and Cyprus is, ultimately, questioning the rights of Europe.    We anticipate the support of our allies (for sanctions against Turkey)…As long as Turkey continues to take this path, sanctions on Turkey will be a one-way street.”
    Turkey says it is within its sovereign rights to explore for resources in areas it considers its continental shelf, or within self-proclaimed maritime boundaries.
    Greece and Turkey have had testy relations for decades, with occasional flare-ups.    There was a sharp exchange of words earlier this year when thousands of refugees and migrants Turkey hosts tried to force their way though a land border with Greece.    They also disagree over ethnically-partitioned Cyprus.
    Greece has been angered at a deal between Libya and Turkey carving out maritime boundaries – paving the way for potential resources exploration – that skim its southern island of Crete.
(Reporting by Michele Kambas; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

7/21/2020 Pompeo Talks China And Brexit To PM Johnson After Huawei Ban by Guy Faulconbridge and Andy Bruce
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson
at Downing Street in London, Britain, July 21, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay/Pool
    LONDON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discussed ways to tackle the growing might of China when he met Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday, just a week after London ordered a purge of Huawei gear from its 5G mobile phone network.
    President Donald Trump lauded Johnson’s ban on Huawei, claiming that he had forced London’s hand due to concern over China, which he considers to be the United States’ main geopolitical rival of the 21st century.    Britain has denied that it made the decision because of U.S. political pressure.
    As Britain toughens its stance on China due to its handling of the novel coronavirus and a crackdown in Hong Kong, Pompeo’s visit is an attempt to stiffen Johnson’s resolve and dangle the potential reward of a post-Brexit free trade deal, diplomats say.
    Pompeo, after discussing China in the garden of Downing Street with Johnson, said it was a constructive visit.
    “Our two countries’ long-standing, strong bilateral relationship has laid the foundation for today’s candid discussion on issues ranging from 5G telecommunication to our negotiations for a U.S.-UK free trade agreement,” Pompeo said.
    Beijing says the West — and Washington in particular — is gripped by anti-Chinese hysteria and colonial thinking about the communist state.
    China, whose $15 trillion economy is five times the size of the United Kingdom’s, says the decision to exclude Huawei, the world’s biggest telecoms equipment manufacturer, will hurt Britain’s economy, set back trade and discourage investment.
    Pompeo is also due to meet Hong Kong democracy activist Nathan Law and the last British governor of Hong Kong, Chris Patten.
(Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne and Peter Graff)

7/1/2020 U.S. Accuses Chinese Nationals Of Hacking Spree Targeting COVID Data, Defense Secrets by Raphael Satter and Christopher Bing
FILE PHOTO: Assistant Attorney General John C. Demers of the National Security Division stands during a news conference to announce
indictments against China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, several of its subsidiaries and its chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou,
in a pair of cases accusing the company of everything from bank and wire fraud to obstructing justice and conspiring to steal
trade secrets from T-Mobile US Inc., at the Justice Department in Washington, U.S., January 28, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/File Photo
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department indicted two Chinese nationals for hacking defense contractors, COVID researchers, and other companies worldwide, according to a court filing published on Tuesday.
    U.S. authorities said the Chinese nationals, Li Xiaoyu and Dong Jiazhi, participated in a multiyear cyberespionage campaign that stole weapons designs, drug information, software source code and more.
    Contact details for the pair were not immediately available.    The Chinese Embassy in Washington did not immediately return a message seeking comment.
    The indictment did not name any specific companies, but it said that Li and Dong stole terabytes of data from computers around the world, including the United States, Britain, Germany, Australia and Belgium.
    The document alleges that Li and Dong acted as contractors for China’s Ministry of Security, or MSS, a comparable agency to the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.    The MSS, prosecutors said, supplied the hackers with information into critical software vulnerabilities to penetrate targets and collect intelligence.    Among those targeted were Hong Kong protesters, the office of the Dalai Lama and a Chinese Christian non-profit.
    The indictment alleged that hackers operated from 2014 to 2020 and most recently attempted to steal cancer research.
(Reporting by Chris Sanders; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Richard Chang)

7/21/2020 Vowing Reform, Kenyan Emerges As One Of Early WTO Frontrunners by Emma Farge
FILE PHOTO: Kenya's candidate for General Director of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Amina Mohamed attends
the General Council meeting during the WTO Director General election process, as the spread of the coronavirus
disease (COVID-19) continues, in Geneva, Switzerland July 16, 2020. WTO/Jay Louvion/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo
    GENEVA (Reuters) – Kenya’s candidate to the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) top post said on Monday she is seeking Washington’s backing and expressed some sympathy with its criticism of the global body as she emerges as one of two reform-minded African female frontrunners.
    Amina Mohamed told Reuters a closed-door vetting session last week went “really well” as she outlined her platform to steer the body out of crises from global trade tensions and rising protectionism to a COVID-induced dive in business.
    Delegates say Mohamed, a 58-year-old minister and former WTO chair, is one of the favourites alongside Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to replace Brazil’s Roberto Azevedo as director general, although weeks of campaigning lie ahead.
    The WTO has never been led by a woman or an African.
    “The rulebook needs to be upgraded because of the concerns that are being expressed about the rules not being fit for purpose,” she said, adding that resuming the top appeals court would be a priority and that she hoped this would be on the agenda of the next major WTO meeting in 2021.
    The United States has paralysed the Appellate Body by blocking new judges.
    In an apparent nod to Washington, she referred to concerns about the body’s “overreach.”
    Asked if that meant she sympathised with the U.S. position, she said: “Those concerns that have been raised, they would not have been raised if they did not have solid reason to raise them.”
    The U.S. mission did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
    Mohamed’s supporters say she combines deep WTO knowledge with a drive to overhaul its 25-year-old rules.    “The difference between me and them is I have worked this system,” she said.
    However, she must win over those African countries who have expressed support for Okonjo-Iweala.
    Over the past week, countries have been hosting Geneva cocktail parties to showcase candidates.
    The WTO eliminates them in batches, starting with those unlikely to win consensus from 164 members.
(Reporting by Emma Farge; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne)

7/21/2020 Oxford COVID-19 Vaccine Developer Cautious On 2020 Roll-Out by Alistair Smout
FILE PHOTO: A woman holds a small bottle labeled with a "Vaccine COVID-19" sticker and a
medical syringe in this illustration taken April 10, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration
    LONDON (Reuters) – The University of Oxford’s possible COVID-19 vaccine could be rolled out by the end of the year but there is no certainty, the lead developer of the vaccine said on Tuesday.
    The experimental vaccine, which has been licensed to AstraZeneca , produced an immune response in early-stage clinical trials, data showed on Monday, preserving hopes it could be in use by the end of 2020.
    “The end of the year target for getting vaccine roll-out, it’s a possibility but there’s absolutely no certainty about that because we need three things to happen,” Sarah Gilbert told BBC Radio.
    She said it needed to be shown to work in late-stage trials, there needed to be large quantities manufactured, and regulators had to agree quickly to license it for emergency use before large.

7/21/2020 Greece Says ‘Illegal’ Actions Of Turkey Threaten NATO Cohesion
Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias adjusts his protective face mask before meeting with his German counterpart
Heiko Maas at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Athens, Greece, July 21, 2020. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
    ATHENS (Reuters) – Greece’s foreign minister on Tuesday said ‘illegal’ behaviour of Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean was threatening the cohesion of NATO and Ankara’s relations with the European Union.
    Greece has long-running tensions with Turkey over a host of issues ranging from air and sea boundaries to ethnically-split Cyprus.    Attempts by both Cyprus, a close ally of Greece, and Turkey at natural gas exploration in overlapping areas in the east Mediterranean have brought those disputes into sharper focus.
    “The illegal and provocative behaviour of Turkey has a serious backlash not only to peace and stabiity in the Eastern Mediterranean but to the cohesion of NATO and to its relations with the European Union,” Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said after a meeting with his German counterpart Heiko Maas in Athens.
(Reporting By Michele Kambas)

7/21/2020 Germany Warns Turkey On Mediterranean Drilling
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas speaks during a news conference at the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs in Athens, Greece, July 21, 2020. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
    ATHENS (Reuters) – Turkey must stop drilling for natural resources in waters in the eastern Mediterranean if there is to be progress in EU-Turkey ties, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Tuesday.
    Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said last week that Turkey would start seismic research and drilling operations in contested waters that are covered by an agreement between Ankara and Libya’s internationally recognised government.
    “Regarding Turkey’s drilling in the eastern Mediterranean, we have a very clear position – international law must be respected so progress in EU-Turkey relations is only possible if Ankara stops provocations in the eastern Mediterranean,” Maas said during a visit to Athens.
(Reporting by Reuters Television; Writing by Michelle Martin, editing by Thomas Escritt)

7/21/2020 President Trump Meets With GOP Leaders To Discuss Stimulus Bill by OAN Newsroom
Vice President Mike Pence, left, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, center, and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows listen
as President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., and House Minority Leader
Kevin McCarthy of Calif., in the Oval Office of the White House, Monday, July 20, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    Top GOP leaders are kicking off negotiations for the next stimulus package as relief funds are set to expire at the end of the month.
    On Monday, President Trump met with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin at the White House to work on a strategy to provide relief to Americans.
    One of President Trump’s key points was implementing a payroll tax cut, which he said must be in the bill.
    “It’s a big saving for the people, it’s a tremendous saving, and I think it’s an incentive for companies to hire their workers back and to keep their workers,” stated the president.    “The payroll tax cut to me is very important, we’re working on it.”
    Meanwhile, McConnell’s $1 trillion plan includes funding to bolster testing.    His package sets aside $75 billion for states to reopen schools and funds for another round of stimulus checks for Americans.
    “We don’t need an epidemic of lawsuits on the heels of the pandemic we are already struggling with,” stated the Kentucky Republican.    “Kids in school, jobs and pandemic health care is the theme of the proposal that we hope to come together and present to our Republicans.”
    Mnuchin said the theme of the package should focus on developing a vaccine, reopening schools and getting Americans back to work.    He said the administration plans on creating a vaccine by the end of the year.
    The Treasury secretary also proposed cutting unemployment benefits to reduce government spending and rewards for employers who create safe working conditions.
    “We’re going to make sure that we don’t pay people more money to stay home than go to work, we want to make sure that people who can go to work safely can do so,” Mnuchin stated.    “We’ll have tax credits that incentivize businesses to bring people back to work, we’ll have tax credits for PPE, for safe work environment.”
    The challenge will now be for Republican leaders to get Democrat lawmakers on board.

7/21/2020 Press Secy. McEnany: Local Authorities Have Lost Control Of Violent Protests In Democrat-Run Cities by OAN Newsroom
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany speaks during a press briefing
at the White House, Tuesday, July 21, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany defended federal intervention in Portland, Oregon amid ongoing violent protests.    During the press briefing Tuesday, she said President Trump will not give violence a pass and local authorities are not doing enough to stop it themselves.
    Attacks on the court house and other violence called for President Trump to send Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officers earlier this month.    According to McEnany, the department is there to protect federal property from Black Lives Matter activists.
    The press secretary criticized the local response to the crisis by saying Mayor Ted Wheeler’s false statements about the federal intervention is not helping quell the violence.
    McEnany also noted that the president encourages local leaders to work cooperatively with the federal assistance as Kansas City did with ‘Operation Legend.’
    The White House’s hope is to prevent Portland from becoming another CHOP like the violent demonstrations in Seattle.
Federal officers use crowd control munitions to disperse Black Lives Matter protesters outside the Mark O. Hatfield
United States Courthouse on Tuesday, July 21, 2020, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
    Meanwhile, Acting Deputy DHS Secretary Ken Cuccinelli alos defended the president’s decision to deploy federal troops to Portland.    He said local officials are politicizing violence in the city.
    While speaking on this weekend’s protests, the DHS official made it clear federal troops are in the city to create peace and protect federal property.
    Cuccinelli also noted that after two-months of ongoing unrest, it’s become apparent Mayor Wheeler is not doing enough to quell rioters.    He also brushed off Wheeler’s concern that federal agents are making violence worse in the city by calling the idea a “fake talking point.”

7/21/2020 Fla. COVID-19 Death Rate Surges To The Highest In The Nation by OAN Newsroom
Vehicles line up at the COVID-19 drive-thru testing center at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens as the
coronavirus pandemic continues on Sunday, July 19, 2020. (David Santiago/Miami Herald via AP)
    Florida is now the state with the highest coronavirus death rate.    Data released Tuesday shows the state reported an additional 134 COVID-19 deaths and 9,400 new cases.
    Since the pandemic began, Florida has had more 5,000 coronavirus deaths and nearly 370,000 cases.    As of Monday, at least 53 hospitals in the state have no beds available in their Intensive Care Units.
    Gov. Ron DeSantis spoke on the ICU bed capacity at a roundtable on Tuesday.
    “ICUs, they typically want to run them 88 to 90-percent full because you have no need to staff something if you’re not going to use it,” he stated.    “…If there’s an expanded need, they can expand those types of services.”
    DeSantis remained optimistic by saying antibody testing is increasing and a downward trend will come soon.
[The Democrats keep attacking Florida but 5,000 deaths / 370,000 cased is 0.014% and 134 deaths / 9400 = 0.014% and if you look at Democrat states and cities theirs are also that low.].

7/22/2020 Oil up $1.07 to $41.76, DOW up 160 to 26,840.

7/22/2020 Global Coronavirus Cases Exceed 15 Million: Reuters Tally by Jane Wardell and Gayle Issa
FILE PHOTO: EMTs cleanse their materials outside Memorial West Hospital where coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
patients are treated, in Pembroke Pines, Florida, U.S. July 13, 2020. REUTERS/Maria Alejandra Cardona
    SYDNEY/LONDON (Reuters) – Global coronavirus infections surged past 15 million on Wednesday, according to a Reuters tally, with the pandemic gathering pace even as countries remain divided in their response to the crisis.
    In the United States, which has the highest number of cases in the world with 3.91 million infections, President Donald Trump warned: “It will probably, unfortunately, get worse before it gets better.”
    The top five countries with the most cases is rounded out by Brazil, India, Russia and South Africa.    But, the Reuters tally shows the disease is accelerating the fastest in the Americas, which account for more than half the world’s infections and half its deaths.
    Globally, the rate of new infections shows no sign of slowing, according to the Reuters tally, based on official reports.
    After the first COVID-19 case was reported in Wuhan, China, in early January, it took about 15 weeks to reach 2 million cases.    By contrast, it took just eight days to climb above 15 million from the 13 million reached on July 13.
    experts stress that official data almost certainly underreports both infections and deaths, particularly in countries with limited testing capacity.
    The official number of coronavirus cases at 15,009,213 is at least triple the number of severe influenza illnesses recorded annually, according to World Health Organization data, while the death toll of more than 616,000 in seven months is close to the upper range of yearly influenza deaths.
    With the first wave of the virus still to peak in several countries and a resurgence of case numbers in others, some countries are reintroducing strict social distancing measures while others relax restrictions.
    Stung by low approval ratings for his handling of the epidemic and downplaying the risks during the early stages, Trump made a significant shift in rhetoric on Tuesday, encouraging Americans to wear a face mask.
    While the epidemic worsened in the United States, Trump’s focus ahead of a presidential election in November has been on reopening the economy, and governors in the hard-hit states of Texas, Florida and Georgia continue to push back hard against calls for stricter restrictions.
    In Brazil, more than 2.15 million people have tested positive including President Jair Bolsonaro, and more than 81,000 people have died.    While Bolsonaro has played down the outbreak, its scale has made Brazil a prime testing ground for potential vaccines.
    India, the only other country with more than 1 million cases, reported almost 40,000 new cases on Wednesday.    Having been keen to reopen its economy, India is now facing the twin challenge of combating the pandemic and massive flooding in the country’s northeast.
    Two ministers in South Africa’s cabinet were admitted to hospital with COVID-19, as Africa’s most-industrialised country counted a total 372,628 confirmed cases and 5,173 deaths
    Other countries are reintroducing restrictions in response to fresh outbreaks.
    In Spain, the number of people allowed on Barcelona’s beaches was limited after crowds flocked to the seaside over the weekend despite advice to stay home.
    In Australia, residents of Melbourne, the country’s second biggest city, were ordered to wear masks in public from Wednesday after the country reported a record 501 new cases.
    Officials in Canada were closely watching a spike in cases as the economy reopens, attributing the rise in part to large numbers of young people gathering in bars.
    China, meanwhile, announced that passengers on inbound flights must provide negative COVID-19 test results before boarding, as authorities seek to reduce the risk of imported cases amid increased international travel.
(Reporting By Jane Wardell and Gayle Issa; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)

7/22/2020 UK Minister: No Evidence Of Russian Meddling In Brexit Vote
FILE PHOTO: Britain's Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps arrives at the Foreign and
Commonwealth Office (FCO), ahead of a cabinet meeting to be held at the FCO, for the first time
since the COVID-19 lockdown in London, Britain July 21, 2020. Stefan Rousseau/Pool via REUTERS
    LONDON (Reuters) – There is no evidence of Russian meddling in the 2016 Brexit referendum and Britain’s spies did not take their eyes off the ball on Russia, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said on Wednesday.
    “There needs to be some evidence that there’s an issue there – which there isn’t,” Shapps told Sky when asked if there should be a further investigation of possible Russian meddling in the European Union referendum.
    The British parliament’s intelligence and security committee said in a report published on Tuesday that there were open source indications that Russia had sought to influence the Brexit campaign but no hard evidence had been produced.
    “I don’t think its the case that the intelligence services took their eye off the ball,” Shapps told Sky.
(Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; editing by Sarah Young)

7/22/2020 Spain Hopes No Need To Close French Border Over Coronavirus by Emma Pinedo
FILE PHOTO: Spain's Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto speaks during a news conference in a
hotel in Havana, Cuba, May 6, 2019. Picture taken May 6, 2019. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
    MADRID (Reuters) – Spain’s Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto said on Wednesday a resurgence in coronavirus cases in Catalonia was coming under control and she hoped there would be no need for France to close the border.
    Tourism accounts for about 12% of Spain’s economic output and with the pandemic wreaking havoc on the summer season ministers in Madrid have voiced concern after French Prime Minister Jean Castex on Sunday did not rule out closing the border.
    “With the latest data we have in Aragon and Catalonia we are a bit more optimistic.    Catalonia has already reduced the number of infections over the last three days,” Maroto told an event organised by Europa Press news agency.
    “Let’s hope that with this better data we don’t have to close a border that for us is very important for mobility with our European partners.”
    Catalonia’s regional capital Barcelona has cut the number of people allowed onto the city’s beaches after crowds flocked to the seaside at the weekend despite advice to stay home to curb a local rise in COVID-19 infections.
    The wealthy northeastern region, which borders France, has been at the heart of a rebound in coronavirus cases since Spain lifted a nationwide lockdown one month ago, with almost 7,000 new cases, nearly half of those nationwide in the last 14 days, Health Ministry data shows.
    Catalonia registered 63 new cases on Tuesday, 70 on Monday and 994 on Sunday, down from a peak of 1,226 on Saturday.
    Health Minister Salvador Illa told parliament there are 224 active coronavirus clusters in Spain, mostly linked to parties, family events and fruit harvesting.
    He said the situation in Catalonia and Aragon was worrying: “We shouldn’t be afraid of the virus but we also shouldn’t lose respect for it,” Illa told lawmakers.
(Reporting by Emma Pinedo; Additional reporting by Paola Luelmo and Jose Elias Rodriguez; Writing by Ingrid Melander; Editing by Janet Lawrence)

7/22/2020 Exclusive: Germany Wants To Introduce Car Toll Across EU – Document by Markus Wacket
FILE PHOTO: German Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer waits for the start of the weekly
cabinet meeting in Berlin, Germany, July 15, 2020. Michael Kappeler/Pool via REUTERS
    BERLIN (Reuters) – German Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer aims to clear the way for an almost blanket motorway toll for cars across Germany and Europe during the country’s presidency of the European Union, a draft document seen by Reuters on Wednesday showed.
    Within eight years, almost all vehicles on motorways, including lorries, vans and cars, would have to pay tolls, according to the draft for the EU toll directive.
    “As regards member states that have already established a charging system, tolls or user charges shall be levied upon all vehicles except coaches and buses,” stated the document which Scheuer wants German ministries to approve on Wednesday.
    That would make it Germany’s official proposal for its presidency of the bloc which started on July 1 and runs until the end of the year.
    However, some government officials told Reuters that some German ministries wanted to put the project on ice even though a distance-based toll is widely seen as a measure to help protect the climate.
    It is particularly sensitive for ministries headed by the Social Democrats (SPD), who share power with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives and have long been critical of car tolls.
(Reporting by Markus Wacket; Writing by Madeline Chambers; Editing by Michelle Martin)

7/22/2020 Ireland May Tighten Travel Restrictions For COVID-19 Hot Spots
FILE PHOTO: Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney speaks as he leaves the General Affairs council
addressing the state of play of Brexit, in Luxembourg October 15, 2019. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
    DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland may introduce further travel restrictions for countries with a very high instance of COVID-19, Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said on Wednesday after the government lifted its 14-day quarantine requirement for 15 European countries.
    “We’re looking at countries that may effectively become hot spots for COVID-19 in the months ahead, or indeed regions within countries, and looking at ways in which we can deal with that risk,” Coveney told national broadcaster RTE.
    Coveney said the government will examine over the coming weeks whether it should introduce steps beyond the current 14-day quarantine, including a potential requirement to take a coronavirus test before departing for Ireland.
(Reporting by Padraic Halpin; Editing by Toby Chopra)

7/22/2020 Twitter Will Suspend Accounts Tweeting About Conspiracy Theory Group QAnon
The Twitter logo and binary cyber codes are seen in this illustration taken November 26, 2019. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration
    (Reuters) – Twitter Inc said on Tuesday it would permanently suspend accounts that violate its policies while tweeting about QAnon, a fringe group that claims “deep-state” traitors are plotting against President Donald Trump.
    Twitter, which announced the change on its Twitter Safety page, said it would not serve content and accounts associated with QAnon in trends and recommendations, and would block URLs associated with the group from being shared on the platform.    The suspension, which will be rolled out this week, is expected to impact about 150,000 accounts globally, Twitter said.    It said that more than 7,000 accounts have been removed in the last several weeks for violating the company’s rules against spam, platform manipulation and ban evasion.
    The suspensions will be applied to accounts “engaged in violations of our multi-account policy, coordinating abuse around individual victims, or are attempting to evade a previous suspension — something we’ve seen more of in recent weeks,” Twitter said.
    In online conspiracies, the term “deep-state” is used to refer to a combination of elites from the intelligence, political, business and entertainment fields, with QAnon’s theories claiming that the “deep-state” is at a secret war with Trump.
    QAnon has also claimed that Democratic Party members are behind international crime rings.    The group’s content has spread widely on mainstream social media platforms like Facebook, TikTok, Twitter and YouTube.        Earlier this year, Facebook removed a U.S. network of fake accounts linked to QAnon.
    Last year, the FBI issued a warning about “conspiracy theory-driven domestic extremists.” and designated QAnon as a potential domestic extremist threat.
(Reporting by Rama Venkat, Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru and Katie Paul in San Francisco; Editing by Leslie Adler)
[deep state: a body of people, typically influential members of government agencies or the military, believed to be involved in the secret manipulation or control of government policy.    I do not think Twitter, Facebook or any of those services have the right to block content of free speech but harmful code that does damage or theft yes.].

7/22/2020 U.S. Gives China 72 Hours To Shut Houston Consulate As Spying Charges Mount by Cate Cadell and David Brunnstrom
Vehicles pass by the China Consulate General in Houston, Texas, U.S., July 22, 2020. REUTERS/Adrees Latif
    BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States gave China 72 hours to close its consulate in Houston amid accusations of spying, marking a dramatic deterioration in relations between the world’s two biggest economies.
    China’s foreign ministry called the move an “unprecedented escalation” and threatened unspecified retaliation. Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said the Chinese Embassy in the United States had received “bomb and death threats” because of “smears & hatred” fanned by Washington.
    “The U.S. should revoke its erroneous decision,” she tweeted.    “China will surely react with firm countermeasures.”
    Communist Party rulers in Beijing were considering shutting the U.S. consulate in the central city of Wuhan in retaliation, a source with knowledge of the matter said.
    The State Department said the Chinese mission in Houston was closed “to protect American intellectual property and Americans’ private information.”
    The move comes in the run-up to the November U.S. presidential election, in which President Donald Trump and his Democratic rival, Joe Biden, have both tried to look tough in response to China.
    Speaking on a visit to Denmark, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo repeated accusations about Chinese theft of U.S. and European intellectual property, which he said were costing “hundreds of thousands of jobs.”
    While offering no specifics about the Houston consulate, Pompeo referred to a U.S. Justice Department indictment on Tuesday of two Chinese nationals over what it called a decade-long cyber espionage campaign that targeted defense contractors, COVID researchers and hundreds of other victims worldwide.
    “President Trump has said: ‘Enough.    We are not going to allow this to continue to happen,'” Pompeo told reporters.    “That’s the actions that you’re seeing taken by President Trump, we’ll continue to engage in this.”
    Republican Senator Marco Rubio, acting chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, described the Houston consulate on Twitter as the “central node of the Communist Party’s vast network of spies & influence operations in the United States.”
    Trump was due to hold a news conference at 5.30 p.m. (2130 GMT), the White House said.
    The New York Times quoted the top U.S. diplomat for East Asia, David Stilwell, as saying that the Houston consulate had been at the “epicenter” of the Chinese army’s efforts to advance its warfare advantages by sending students to U.S. universities.
    “We took a practical step to prevent them from doing that,” Stilwell told the Times.
    A Chinese diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, denied the spying allegations and said the Houston mission acted like other Chinese consulates in the United States – issuing visas, promoting visits and businesses.    The diplomat told Reuters it was not clear why Houston had become a target.
    Ties between the United States and China have worsened sharply this year over a range of issues, from the coronavirus and telecoms gear maker Huawei to China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea and clampdown on Hong Kong.
    Jonathan Pollack, an East Asia expert with the Brookings Institution think tank, said he could not think of anything “remotely equivalent” to the deterioration in ties since the U.S. and China opened full diplomatic relations in 1979.
    “The Trump Administration appears to view this latest action as political ammunition in the presidential campaign… It’s part of the administration’s race to the bottom against China.”
    Overnight in Houston, firefighters went to the consulate after smoke was seen. Two U.S. government officials said they had information that documents were being burned there.,br>     Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said the consulate was operating normally.
    One of the U.S. government officials told Reuters the decision to close the consulate was “entirely justified” by classified intelligence, which he declined to describe, noting also that some cases of alleged Chinese spying have been made public.
    “The unilateral closure of China’s consulate general in Houston within a short period of time is an unprecedented escalation of its recent actions against China,” Wang told a regular news briefing.
    Abraham Denmark, a senior Pentagon official for East Asia under former President Barack Obama, said there was no doubt China represented a “tremendous espionage threat” for the United States, but questioned whether the response was helpful.
    “The question here is not China’s culpability – I expect it’s solid – but rather if suddenly closing the consulate in Houston will address the problem,” he said.
    A source with direct knowledge of the matter said China was considering closing the U.S. consulate in the central Chinese city of     Wuhan, where the State Department withdrew staff and their families early this year due to the coronavirus outbreak that first emerged in the city.
    China’s foreign ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether it would shut the consulate.
    Wang said the U.S. government had been harassing Chinese diplomats and consular staff for some time and intimidating Chinese students.    He said the United States had interfered with China’s diplomatic missions, including intercepting diplomatic pouches.    The State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the Chinese charges.
(Reporting by Cate Cadell and the Beijing newsroom; additional reporting by Nikolaj Skydsgaard in Copenhagen, David Brunnstrom, Patricia Zengerle, Daphne Psaledakis, Mark Hosenball, Steve Holland and Arshad Mohammed in Washington, Michelle Nichols and Echo Wang in New York and Rama Venkat in Bengaluru; Writing by Huizhong Wu, Tony Munroe, David Brunnstrom and Nick Macfie; Editing by Louise Heavens, Robert Birsel, Bernadette Baum and Peter Graff)

7/22/2020 Global Coronavirus Cases Exceed 15 Million: Reuters Tally by Jane Wardell and Gayle Issa
FILE PHOTO: EMTs cleanse their materials outside Memorial West Hospital where coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
patients are treated, in Pembroke Pines, Florida, U.S. July 13, 2020. REUTERS/Maria Alejandra Cardona
    SYDNEY/LONDON (Reuters) – Global coronavirus infections surged past 15 million on Wednesday, according to a Reuters tally, with the pandemic gathering pace even as countries remain divided in their response to the crisis.,br>     In the United States, which has the highest number of cases in the world with 3.91 million infections, President Donald Trump warned: “It will probably, unfortunately, get worse before it gets better.”
    The top five countries with the most cases is rounded out by Brazil, India, Russia and South Africa.    But, the Reuters tally shows the disease is accelerating the fastest in the Americas, which account for more than half the world’s infections and half its deaths.
    Globally, the rate of new infections shows no sign of slowing, according to the Reuters tally, based on official reports.
    After the first COVID-19 case was reported in Wuhan, China, in early January, it took about 15 weeks to reach 2 million cases. By contrast, it took just eight days to climb above 15 million from the 13 million reached on July 13.
    Health experts stress that official data almost certainly underreports both infections and deaths, particularly in countries with limited testing capacity.
    The official number of coronavirus cases at 15,009,213 is at least triple the number of severe influenza illnesses recorded annually, according to World Health Organization data, while the death toll of more than 616,000 in seven months is close to the upper range of yearly influenza deaths.
    With the first wave of the virus still to peak in several countries and a resurgence of case numbers in others, some countries are reintroducing strict social distancing measures while others relax restrictions.
    Stung by low approval ratings for his handling of the epidemic and downplaying the risks during the early stages, Trump made a significant shift in rhetoric on Tuesday, encouraging Americans to wear a face mask.
    While the epidemic worsened in the United States, Trump’s focus ahead of a presidential election in November has been on reopening the economy, and governors in the hard-hit states of Texas, Florida and Georgia continue to push back hard against calls for stricter restrictions.
    In Brazil, more than 2.15 million people have tested positive including President Jair Bolsonaro, and more than 81,000 people have died.    While Bolsonaro has played down the outbreak, its scale has made Brazil a prime testing ground for potential vaccines.
    India, the only other country with more than 1 million cases, reported almost 40,000 new cases on Wednesday.
    Having been keen to reopen its economy, India is now facing the twin challenge of combating the pandemic and massive flooding in the country’s northeast.
    Two ministers in South Africa’s cabinet were admitted to hospital with COVID-19, as Africa’s most-industrialised country counted a total 372,628 confirmed cases and 5,173 deaths.
    Other countries are reintroducing restrictions in response to fresh outbreaks.
    In Spain, the number of people allowed on Barcelona’s beaches was limited after crowds flocked to the seaside over the weekend despite advice to stay home.
    In Australia, residents of Melbourne, the country’s second biggest city, were ordered to wear masks in public from Wednesday after the country reported a record 501 new cases.
    Officials in Canada were closely watching a spike in cases as the economy reopens, attributing the rise in part to large numbers of young people gathering in bars.
    China, meanwhile, announced that passengers on inbound flights must provide negative COVID-19 test results before boarding, as authorities seek to reduce the risk of imported cases amid increased international travel.
(Reporting By Jane Wardell and Gayle Issa; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)

7/22/2020 Don’t Expect First COVID-19 Vaccinations Until Early 2021 – WHO’s Ryan
FILE PHOTO: Mike Ryan, Executive Director of the World Health Organisation (WHO) attends a news conference on the Ebola outbreak
in the Democratic Republic of Congo at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland May 3, 2019. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
    GENEVA (Reuters) – Researchers are making “good progress” in developing vaccines against COVID-19, with a handful in late-stage trials, but their first use cannot be expected until early 2021, a World Health Organization (WHO) expert said on Wednesday.
    WHO is working hard to ensure fair distribution of the vaccines, but in the meantime it is key to suppress the spread of the coronavirus, said Mike Ryan, executive director of WHO’s emergencies programme, as daily new cases around the globe are at near-record levels.
    “We’re making good progress,” Ryan said, noting that several vaccines were now in phase 3 trials and none had failed, so far, in terms of safety or ability to generate an immune response.
    “Realistically it is going to be the first part of next year before we start seeing people getting vaccinated,” he told a public event on social media.
    WHO was working to expand access to potential vaccines and to help scale-up production capacity, Ryan said.
    “And we need to be fair about this, because this is a global good.    Vaccines for this pandemic are not for the wealthy, they are not for the poor, they are for everybody,” he said.
    The U.S. government will pay $1.95 billion to buy 100 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine being developed by Pfizer Inc and German biotech BioNTech if it proves safe and effective, the companies said earlier on Wednesday
. (Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay, editing by John Miller)

7/22/2020 U.S. Was ‘Late To The Party’ In The Arctic, Says Pompeo
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives at Downing Street in London, Britain, July 21, 2020. REUTERS/Simon Dawson
    COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – The United States and allies have been too slow to react to Chinese and Russian interests in the Arctic region, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Danish public broadcaster DR in a recorded interview on Wednesday.
    “I think we have all been a little bit naive to watch not only the Russians but the Chinese interest there continue to become more and more aggressive,” Pompeo told DR during a diplomatic visit in Copenhagen.
    “We are a little late.    That’s alright, I’ve been late to parties before and had a great time.    We’ll succeed.”
(Reporting by Nikolaj Skydsgaard; Editing by Chris Reese)

7/22/2020 Senior U.S. Diplomat Backs Foreign Students, Including Chinese by Patricia Zengerle
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The State Department’s number two diplomat expressed strong support on Wednesday for foreign students in the United States, including Chinese students, less than two weeks after the Trump administration abandoned a plan that would have barred thousands from the country.
    “I strongly agree with you on the importance of these student programs,” Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun told a Senate hearing, acknowledging that there had been “a little bit of turbulence” on the issue.
    President Donald Trump’s administration on July 14 abruptly abandoned a plan that would have forced out tens of thousands of foreign students, following widespread condemnation of the decision and pressure from universities and businesses.
    The administration had announced on July 6 that international students at schools that had moved to online-only classes due to the coronavirus pandemic would have to leave the country.
    Trump has made a hard line on immigration a centerpiece of his presidency and presidential campaigns.
    Opponents of the plan to block the students had noted that there are more than 1 million foreign students at U.S. colleges and universities, and many schools rely on them for income because they pay full tuition.
    Nearly 370,000 of the foreign students in the United States come from China, by far the largest number, Some U.S. officials have become increasingly alarmed about what they say is the security threat – focused largely on intellectual property theft – from some Chinese students.
    Supporters of foreign students had also argued that U.S. universities play a crucial role in “soft power” diplomacy, nurturing what often become lifelong ties to the country.
    Biegun also said, in response to questions from Democratic Senator Chris Coons, that the State Department was making visas for foreign students a high priority.
(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; editing by Jonathan Oatis)

7/22/2020 UK Concerned By Latest Evidence Of Chinese Hacking: Raab
British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab reacts during the meeting with U.S. counterpart Mike Pompeo
(not pictured), at Lancaster House in London, Britain July 21, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay/Pool
    LONDON (Reuters) – Foreign minister Dominic Raab said on Wednesday Britain was concerned by evidence published by the United States showing that China was involved in cyber attacks against medical and academic institutions in 11 countries including the U.K.
    “I am deeply concerned by the evidence announced yesterday that China is engaged in malicious cyber attacks against commercial, medical and academic institutions, including those working to respond to the coronavirus pandemic,” Raab said in a statement.
(Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge, writing by William James; editing by Stephen Addison)

7/22/2020 Factbox: Who’s Bidding To Be Next World Trade Organization Chief?
FILE PHOTO: A sign is pictured in front of the chair of the Director General before the start of the General Council
of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva, Switzerland, July 22, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
    GENEVA/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – World Trade Organization members are considering eight candidates competing to replace Brazil’s Roberto Azevedo, who is stepping down as director-general on Aug. 31, a year early.
    The new WTO chief will need to steer reform and negotiations in the face of rising protectionism, a deep recession caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and growing trade tensions, notably between the United States and China.
    Candidates, including three women vying to be the WTO’s first female boss, were vetted by members last week.
Campaigning continues until Sept. 7 with a final decision expected later this year, possibly after the U.S. election in November.
    In the meantime, a temporary caretaker director-general will be chosen from among four current deputies from China, Nigeria, Germany, and the United States.
    Below is a summary of the eight permanent candidates by order of their candidacy:
    Jesus Seade (Mexico), 73, senior trade official in Mexican government
    Seade helped found the WTO in the early 1990s and led his government’s negotiating team to rework the North American Free Trade Agreement.    The veteran negotiator also previously worked at the International Monetary Fund and at universities in Hong Kong.
    He said the next chief needed to combine depth of understanding of trade issues with the political clout needed to “get the WTO out of the hole” it is in.    While there is no formal regional rotation requirement, some say that coming from Mexico might be a disadvantage since Azevedo was from the Americas.
    Hamid Mamdouh (Egypt), 67, currently Geneva-based lawyer Former trade negotiator for Egypt and ex-WTO official who helped draft an agreement on trade in services in the landmark Uruguay Round deal – an experience that he said gave him essential “bridge-building” skills.
    Mamdouh, who was officially endorsed by the African Union, is currently advising G20 president Saudi Arabia on trade matters and vows to “immediately revive the negotiating function of the organisation” if chosen.    Some delegates say a lack of political experience could be a handicap but he denies this.
    Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (Nigeria), 66, board chair of the global vaccine alliance Gavi
    Okonjo-Iweala, one of three women and three Africans in the race, is an economist and development specialist who has served as Nigeria’s foreign minister and finance minister and as a managing director of the World Bank.    Branding herself a “do-er,” she points to her strong negotiating skills including a deal to cancel billions of dollars of Nigerian debt.
    Described by some as one of top candidates, she told Reuters she has “strong support” from the continent. [L8N2DZ3ER] [L8N2E663I]
    Tudor Ulianovschi (Moldova), 37, former minister of foreign affairs
    Ulianovschi, the youngest candidate, was foreign minister in 2018-2019 and formerly a diplomat, with a 2016-2018 posting as Moldovan ambassador in Switzerland, covering also the WTO.
    He said his immediate priority as chief would be to work towards a multilateral trade deal at the 2021 ministerial conference.
    Yoo Myung-hee (South Korea), 53, trade minister
    South Korea’s first female trade minister previously led the renegotiation of a trade deal with the United States and worked on Seoul’s trade pacts.
    Yoo vows to make the WTO more “relevant, resilient and responsive” and rebuild trust in the body.
    Amina Mohamed (Kenya), 58, sport and culture minister
    Mohamed is a former Kenyan ambassador to the WTO who in 2005 was the first woman to chair the WTO’s General Council.
    She ran for the top post unsuccessfully in 2013 although she says she has gained key skills since, including through chairing a Nairobi ministerial conference where deals were struck.
    She has advocated broad participation in the WTO reform process and expressed some sympathy with U.S. criticism of the body.    Some delegates see her as a frontrunner.
    Mohammad Al-Tuwaijri (Saudi Arabia), minister advising the royal court Al-Tuwaijri, who studied aeronautics and business, was a Saudi Air Force pilot before working for a number of banks.    He became minister of economy and state planning from 2017 until he was relieved of his post in March.    He has also been on the board of directors at Saudi Aramco, Saudi Railways and Saudi Arabian Airlines and says his private sector experience allows him to take a “fresh look” at the WTO.
    Some delegates say political tensions with Qatar might prevent him earning broader support.
    Liam Fox (Britain), 58, member of parliament
    A former defence minister as well as an ex-doctor and staunch Eurosceptic, Fox campaigned for Britain to leave the European Union and, after the Brexit vote, became secretary of state for international trade, but lost his position a year ago.
    Fox, who was given early odds of 33/1 by betting agency Ladbrokes before the vetting process began, says this is a job for a politician “and probably one who has been around for a while and carries the scars of the most difficult battles.”
(Reporting by Emma Farge in Geneva, Philip Blenkinsop in Brussels, Andrea Shalal in Washington, William James in London, Belen Carreno in Madrid, Katharine Houreld in Nairobi and Frank Jack Daniel in Mexico City; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

7/22/2020 Sen. McConnell In Favor Of 2nd Round Of Stimulus Checks In Next Relief Bill by OAN Newsroom
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. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has voiced his support for another round of stimulus checks in the next coronavirus stimulus package.    This week on the Senate floor, he stated the U.S. economy needs another shot of adrenaline to combat the financial damages sustained during lockdowns.
    Lawmakers on Capitol Hill have been working to negotiate another round of stimulus bills in recent weeks.
    McConnell has confirmed the four pillars of the coming GOP bill will be jobs, health care, kids in school and liability protections.
    He explained the Senate is building off of what worked in the last CARES Act, including offering more stimulus checks.
    “Speaking of building on what worked in the CARES Act, we want another round of direct payments to help American families keep driving our national comeback,” said the senator.    “Helping to create more American jobs is an urgent moral priority.”
    McConnell has suggested the Senate would lower the income ceiling for the next round of stimulus to cover Americans who make less than $40,000 a year.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., right, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., listen as President
Donald Trump speaks during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House, Monday, July 20, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    He went on to say small businesses will have another round of PPP funding to look forward to.    According to McConnell, they will also be reimbursed for all protective equipment and testing given to employees, as well as any structural changes they’ve made, like installing sneeze guards.
    The bill will include roughly $105 billion in aid for schools, which was higher than the earlier projection of $70 billion floated by Chief of Staff Mark Meadows.    Republicans are reportedly trying to make that money contingent on schools reopening in the fall.
    In addition, McConnell has been pushing for a payroll tax cut, more funding for testing and vaccines, and the inclusion of a clause that shields businesses from lawsuits tied to the virus, except in cases of gross negligence.    It’s still unclear when lawmakers will reach a deal on the competing bills in the House and Senate.
    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) believes the GOP bill likely won’t come until the first week of August.    He said he expects Nancy Pelosi to hold up the coming package in an effort to include amendments from Democrats.
    McConnell expressed he’s in agreement with McCarthy on reaching a deal next month, while other officials like Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin are hoping to close the deal as early as Friday next week.

7/22/2020 Senate Committee Approves Bill To Ban TikTok On Government Devices by OAN Newsroom
FILE – This Feb. 25, 2020, file photo, shows the icon for TikTok in New York. (AP Photo/File)
    A Senate panel has passed legislation to ban the use of the Chinese owned app TikTok on government devices.    The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs voted unanimously to approve the bill on Wednesday.
    The legislation was first introduced by Republican Senators Josh Hawley and Rick Scott.    It has since been sent to the Senate floor for a full vote.
National security officials have raised concerns that Americans’ personal information on the app could be sent to the Chinese government. During a hearing in March, Sen. Hawley said the bill is necessary to protect the security and data of every American.
    “It is required under Chinese law to share user data with Beijing. TikTok has admitted that it has sent user data to China.    To put it bluntly, this is a major security risk.” – Josh Hawley, U.S. Senator
    Earlier this week, the House voted to block federal employees from downloading the video sharing app on government devices as part of a defense policy bill.

7/22/2020 Democrat Mayors Call To Cancel DHS Deployments To Their Cities by OAN Newsroom
Chad Wolf, acting Secretary of Homeland Security, speaks during an event on “Operation Legend: Combatting Violent Crime in
American Cities,” in the East Room of the White House, Wednesday, July 22, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    A group of Democrat mayors have called on the Trump administration to stop deployments of DHS agents to their cities.    On Wednesday, 14 mayors sent a letter to acting DHS Chief Chad Wolf and Attorney General William Barr to express their concerns about the crackdown by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
    The mayors claimed HSI’s actions were a unilateral move by the federal government that violated states’ rights.    The letter was signed by the mayors of Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia, among others.
    Despite this, local police officials have backed President Trump’s view and stated crime is out of control.
    “There is a cycle of violence in Chicago.    Someone gets shot, which prompts someone else to pick up a gun.    This same cycle repeats itself over and over again.    This cycle is fueled by street gangs, guns and drugs.” – David Brown, Chicago Police Superintendent
    The Department of Homeland Security has said it will continue its mission to put an end to organized crime and political violence, which has swept through Democrat controlled areas.
FILE – In this May 27, 2020, file photo, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference at the
National Press Club in Washington. Cuomo said on Saturday, June 18, 2020 that the number of people hospitalized
with COVID-19 in New York state dropped to 743 and 11 more people had died. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
    Meanwhile, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo added there’s no need to deploy Homeland Security agents to New York City amid the area’s recent surge in crime.
    According to Cuomo, the state has the necessary resources to get situation under control.    He spoke with President Trump on Tuesday and explained the alarming surge in crime can be managed by the state.
    New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has insisted a federal crackdown on crime is illegal.
    “What we see happening in Portland, Oregon is blatantly unconstitutional.    It is divisive and it is dangerous.    You’re starting to see an outcry from all over the country of folks who believe in the rights of local areas to decide what’s right for them.    These federal officers is not welcome here in New York City, is not needed here.” – Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City     Homeland Security Investigations is also investigating threats to federal property, including statues, monuments and memorials.

7/22/2020 NYPD Removes Remaining ‘Occupy City Hall’ Protesters by OAN Newsroom
Protesters gather for a rally outside the Federal Reserve in the Financial District, Monday,
July 20, 2020, in the Manhattan borough of New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
    NYPD officers arrived at the scene of the “Occupy City Hall” protests Wednesday morning to clear out remaining demonstrators.
    “Early this morning at about 3:40 a.m., police moved in to remove the illegally occupiers of City Hall Park, an action that required several hundred officers which went smoothly,” stated NYPD spokesman Raymond Spinella.
    The sit-in, which started last month, sought to pressure lawmakers to defund the police department by $1 billion.    However, even after Mayor Bill de Blasio agreed, the encampment continued and protesters claimed his actions didn’t meet their demands.
    On Tuesday, the mayor announced the city doesn’t allow encampments.    He suggested there needs to be a balance between the right to protest and public safety.
    However, he left the decision to clear the encampment up to the police department.
    “The police department has closely monitored the situation at the park since its inception.    We have worked closely with the Parks Department and other city agencies, City Hall has been deeply involved in the process.    We felt the time had come to end the occupation and allow cleanup crews to begin the proper process of removing the graffiti.” – Raymond Spinella, Chief of Support Services, NYPD
    At least 70 people were camped out during the protest. Seven were arrested during the removal process and there were no significant injuries.
    According to authorities, the area will be closed for several weeks while it is cleaned up.
City workers power wash a park adjacent to City Hall, Wednesday, July 22, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

7/22/2020 President Trump Encourages All Americans To Wear Facial Coverings When Social Distancing Is Not Possible by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this July 11, 2020, file photo President Donald Trump wears a face mask as he walks down a hallway during
a visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
    President Trump returned to the podium to deliver remarks during his first official coronavirus press briefing since April.    While speaking Tuesday, he praised his administration’s efforts in containing the spread of COVID-19, but suggested the health crisis is likely to get worse as time progresses.
    “Some areas of our country are doing very well, others are doing less well,” said the president.    “It will probably, unfortunately, get worse before it gets better…something I don’t like saying about things, but that’s the way it is.”
    President Trump also encouraged all Americans to wear facial coverings when being socially distant is not possible.    This echoed a similar comment he made on Twitter earlier this week when he suggested wearing a mask is patriotic and will help in the effort to defeat the invisible virus.
    “We’re asking everybody that when you are not able to socially distance, wear a mask,” he stated.    “…Whether you like the mask or not, they have an impact…and we need everything we can get.”
    The president went on to emphasize the importance of younger Americans following safety guidelines to help reduce potential risk of exposure to the virus.
    “We are imploring young Americans to avoid packed bars and other crowded indoor gatherings,” he stated.    “Be safe and be smart.”
    While speaking on vaccine development, the president assured the administration has learned a lot about the virus and reaffirmed the search for a vaccine is well underway.
    “Ultimately, our goal is not merely to manage the pandemic, but to end it,” he stated.    “We want to get rid of it as soon as we can, that is why getting a vaccine remains a top priority.”
    “My administration will stop at nothing to save lives and shield the vulnerable, which is so important,” President Trump continued.

7/22/2020 Over A Dozen Injured In Chicago Funeral Shooting by OAN Newsroom
A Chicago police officer attends a news conference in Chicago, Illinois. (REUTERS Photo/Jim Young)
    According to Chicago Police, at least 14 people are in critical condition following a mass shooting outside of a funeral home.
    First Deputy Eric Carter said shots rang out on the South Side just before 7 p.m. on Tuesday.    He said a group of unidentified gunmen in a black vehicle pulled up to a crowd of mourners as they were leaving a funeral and opened fire.
    Carter said at least 60 shell casings were found at the scene.    He also noted that the victims were transported to five different area hospitals and at least one suspect has been taken into custody for questioning.
    Police have yet to determine a motive, but witnesses say it appeared to be a “planned ambush.”    Chicago resident Arnita Gerder said it “looked and sounded” like a war zone with “bodies laying everywhere.”
    “Shot up everywhere…we thought it was a war out here,” she stated.    “It’s ridiculous over here, all the shooting that’s going on around here.”
    The shooting came just hours after Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot confirmed that federal agents are being sent to the city to help curb the violence.
    “The Trump administration is not going to deploy unnamed agents to the streets of Chicago,” said the mayor.    “As I understand it, we will be getting additional resources in the FBI, DEA, and ATF.”
    More than 60 people were shot, at least a dozen fatally, across the city over the weekend.

7/22/2020 Biden Unveils Child, Elderly Care Part Of Economic Recovery Plan by OAN Newsroom
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a campaign event at the Colonial Early Education
Program at the Colwyck Training Center, Tuesday, July 21, 2020 in New Castle, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    Joe Biden announced plans to issue tax credits to caregivers.    On Tuesday, the presumptive Democrat nominee released the third part of his ‘Build Back Better‘ post-pandemic economic recovery plan.     While focusing on child, disabled and elderly care, the plan would also fund the hiring of 150,000 community health care workers and institute free pre-school education.
    It’s projected to cost $775 billion over 10 years.    Biden said he plans on paying for this mainly through tax increases on real estate investors and other high earners as well as the repeal of tax breaks instituted during President Trump’s>     “This is both a moral and an economic imperative for the nation, in my view, and the way we pay for it is by rolling back unproductive tax cuts, some of the $2 trillion tax cuts the president put through,” Biden explained.    “Closing loopholes, unproductive tax cuts for high income real estate investors, while ensuring high income earners pay their tax bills.”
    While Biden claims the plan will help boost economic recovery, several commentators have criticized it for its potential to hinder economic growth by vastly increasing federal spending and debt.

7/22/2020 State Secy. Pompeo To Hold Arctic Strategy Talks In Copenhagen by OAN Newsroom
Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod, left, greets US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, upon his arrival to the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs, Eigtveds Pakhus, in Copenhagen, Denmark, Wednesday, July 22, 2020. (Niels Christian Vilmann/ Pool Photo via AP)
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is gearing up to hold discussions on National Strategy for the Arctic Region.    He will reportedly discuss the issue with the foreign ministers of Greenland and Denmark Wednesday during his visit to Copenhagen.
    Issues of Arctic strategy have recently been a focus of U.S. international policy, particularly due to China’s recent encroachment in the region through its ‘Polar Silk Road’ plan.
    “Beijing attempts to develop critical infrastructure using Chinese money, Chinese companies and Chinese workers, in some cases, to establish a permanent Chinese security presence,” said Pompeo.    “China’s pattern of aggressive behavior elsewhere should inform what we do and how it might treat the Arctic.”
    The U.S. is reportedly seeking greater cooperation with western partners in the Arctic Circle, particularly geared towards the expansion of economic and trade activity in the area.

7/22/2020 Pentagon: ISIS Shattered, But Still Poses Threat by OAN Newsroom
FILE – This March 27, 2008, file photo, shows the Pentagon in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
    The Islamic State, also known as Daesh, is expected to remain a global security threat for years to come.    According to top U.S. commander in the Middle East Kenneth Ekman, ISIS is now shifting attention to small scale terror attacks around the world.
Profile image of Maj. Gen. Kenneth P. Ekman via U.S. Air Force.
    “Daesh will never be fully eradicated, but within Iraq and Syria, we’ve reduced their military strength,” he said.
    Ekman added the U.S. and its allies have destroyed ISIS as a physical caliphate on the ground, but emphasized the insurgence is poised to continue.
    The general went on to say ISIS is disorganized, but still deadly.
    “The remnants of Daesh that remain, they’re largely ineffective.    Daesh has been reduced to a low level insurgency.    So what we do as a coalition is what we do working through our partners in Syria: seek them out wherever they seek sanctuary to eliminate them.” – Major General Kenneth Ekman, Deputy Commander with Operation Inherent Resolve
    He noted ISIS militants are hiding in the rural regions of eastern Syria and parts of Iraq.
    His remarks came amid efforts to ramp up operations against ISIS in Somalia.    Seven members of the terror group were killed in two separate strikes in the Puntland province this week.
    The U.S. Africa Command conducted 33 airstrikes against Al-Shabaab and ISIS in the first quarter of this year, which was up from nine strikes in the previous quarter.
    According to U.S. intelligence, the Islamic State has relocated its operations to Africa after losing ground in the Middle East.
    AFRICOM has said it’s committed to helping East African nations battle Islamic terror.

7/22/2020 Trump Admin. Sending Federal Officers To Chicago, Albuquerque by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at the White House, Wednesday, July 22, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    The president has expanded the number of cities receiving aid from the Justice Department’s “Operation Legend.”
    On Wednesday, he announced hundreds of federal agents will be deployed to Chicago and Albuquerque to quell violent protests.    More than 200 agents were deployed to Kansas City last week.
    “Today, I’m announcing a surge of federal law enforcement into American communities plagued by violent crime,” stated President Trump.    “We’ll work every single day to restore public safety, protect our nation’s children and bring violent perpetrators to justice.”
    The Justice Department has also allocated $61 million in grants to those cities to help hire new officers.
    The president’s announcement came less than a day after 15 people were injured in a mass shooting outside a funeral in Chicago.

7/22/2020 Biden Narrows Down Running Mate Candidates To 4 Black Women by OAN Newsroom
    Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a campaign event at the
Colonial Early Education Program at the Colwyck Training Center, Tuesday, July 21, 2020 in New Castle, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    Joe Biden recently announced he is considering four black women for his running mate in the upcoming election.    In an interview this week, the former vice president said he will not disclose the names of the four women other than the ones he has named in the past.
.     He will now review a two hour vetting report for each candidate with his team and narrow down the list.
    Biden confirmed he will then have personal conversations with the remaining candidates and make his decision.
    “That decision is underway right now,” said the presumptive Democrat nominee.    “By the way, black women have supported me my entire career, you all act like somehow there’s an epiphany in South Carolina.”
    Sen. Kamala Harris, congresswoman Val Demmings, former National Security Adviser Susan Rice, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and Congresswoman Karen Bass were rumored to be the top candidates so far.
[I continue with my prediction that it will be Susan Rice because the Globalist need an insider into his administration to control the destruction of the Sovereignty of the United States of America.].

7/23/2020 Oil up $0.07 to $41.83, DOW up 165 to 27,006.

7/23/2020 Beshear: ‘Uptick’ may cause rollbacks - 518 additional COVID-19 case reported in state by Sarah Ladd, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    If Kentucky sees a “sharp uptick” in coronavirus cases, Gov. Andy Beshear said he may close bars and reduce restaurant’s in-person capacity to 25%.
    Those two steps, part of the White House guidance for worsening states, were recommended after wearing masks, which are already mandated in Kentucky and some surrounding states.
    In previous days, Beshear’s administration has pleaded with people to wear masks as a way to avoid taking those steps that would result in layoffs.
    “i>We don’t want to do it,” Beshear said Wednesday.    “If we have a surge, we can’t not do what all the national health experts and the vice president personally has suggested.”
    Beshear on Wednesday announced 518 additional coronavirus cases in Kentucky and a new 7-day rolling positivity rate of 4.92%, up from 4.37% Tuesday.

7/23/2020 U.N. Report Suggests Temporary Basic Income To Help World’s Poorest Amid Pandemic by Michelle Nichols
FILE PHOTO: The United Nations Headquarters is pictured as it will be temporarily closed for tours due to the spread of
coronavirus in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., March 10, 2020. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
    NEW YORK (Reuters) – A temporary basic income for the world’s poorest 2.7 billion people in 132 developing countries could help slow the spread of the coronavirus by allowing them to stay home, according to a U.N. Development Programme (UNDP) report released on Thursday.
    The report suggests three options – top-ups on existing average incomes, lump-sum transfers linked to differences in the median standard of living across a country or uniform lump sum transfers regardless of where someone lives in a country.
    “Unprecedented times call for unprecedented social and economic measures.    Introducing a temporary basic income for the world’s poorest people has emerged as one option,” said UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner.    “Bailouts and recovery plans cannot only focus on big markets and big business.”
    The coronavirus has infected at least 14.8 million people and there have been more than 610,000 known deaths worldwide, according to a Reuters tally.    The United Nations has warned that the pandemic and associated global recession could trigger an increase in poverty worldwide for the first time since 1990 and push 265 million people to the brink of starvation.
    The UNDP report suggests that one way countries could pay for a temporary basic income would be repurposing billions of dollars that would have been spent servicing their debt.
    The Group of 20 major economies in April agreed on a suspension of debt service payments for the world’s poorest countries until the end of the year.    However, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for debt relief to be offered to all developing and middle-income countries.
    The G20 Debt Service Suspension Initiative has proven challenging to implement, with only 42 of 73 eligible countries expressing interest thus far, saving just $5.3 billion in service payments instead of the $12 billion initially promised.
(Reporting by Michelle Nichols)

7/23/2020 FBI Interviewing Chinese Visa Holders Across U.S. About Possible Military Ties: Justice Department by Lisa Lambert
FILE PHOTO: The U.S. Department of Justice building is bathed in morning light at
sunrise in Washington, U.S., February 14, 2020. REUTERS/Mary F. Calvert/File Photo
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The FBI has interviewed visa holders it believes to secretly be members of the Chinese military in more than two dozen U.S. cities, the Justice Department said on Thursday.
    The department said it has arrested three Chinese nationals for visa fraud, while a fourth remains a fugitive staying at China’s consulate in San Francisco.    The United States believes the four were members of China’s military posing as researchers.
    “In interviews with members of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army in over 25 cities across the U.S., the FBI uncovered a concerted effort to hide their true affiliation to take advantage of the United States and the American people,” John Brown, executive assistant director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s national security branch, said in a statement.
    Court filings show that the FBI believed the San Francisco consulate was harboring a fugitive since late June.    U.S. law enforcement cannot enter a foreign embassy or consulate unless invited, and certain top officials such as ambassadors have diplomatic immunity.

7/23/2020 UK Trade Deal Unlikely For Now: Britain, EU Clash Over Post-Brexit Ties by Elizabeth Piper and Gabriela Baczynska
FILE PHOTO: European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier and British Prime Minister's Europe adviser
David Frost are seen at start of the first round of post -Brexit trade deal talks between the EU
and the United Kingdom, in Brussels, Belgium March 2, 2020. Oliver Hoslet/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo
    LONDON/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Britain and the European Union clashed on Thursday over the chances of securing a free trade agreement, with Brussels deeming it “unlikely” but London holding out hope one could be reached in September.
    Since Britain left the bloc in January, talks on the trade agreement and other future ties have all but stalled, with each side accusing the other of failing to compromise before a transition period runs out at the end of this year.
    Those accusations grew louder after the latest round, with the EU’s negotiator Michel Barnier saying London had shown no willingness to break the deadlock and his British counterpart David Frost describing the bloc’s proposals as failing to meet the government’s demand to be treated as an independent country.
    But both sides agreed on one thing: there had been no movement on the main stumbling blocks to a deal on fair competition guarantees – the so-called level playing field – or on fisheries.
    Without a deal to govern future trade flows, some companies fear costly disruption and confusion at the border from next year, which would hit at a time when many are already struggling with the impact of the coronavirus crisis.
    “By its current refusal to commit to conditions of open and fair competition and to a balanced agreement on fisheries, the UK makes a trade agreement – at this point – unlikely,” Barnier told a news conference after the face to face talks in London.
    “The time for answers is quickly running out,” he said.    “If we do not reach an agreement on our future partnership, there will be more friction.”
    Frost was equally blunt, saying “considerable gaps” remained but he added: “Despite all the difficulties, on the basis of the work we have done in July, my assessment is that agreement can still be reached in September, and that we should continue to negotiate with this aim in mind.”
    Senior EU officials say they only expect possible breakthroughs by the end of August or in September, but some have also expressed concerns that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson might go for a no-deal split.
    Both sides say they want to secure a trade deal before the end of the status-quo transition, and while being unable to breach the gap in positions on fisheries and competition, both Barnier and Frost noted some progress in other areas.
    “Looking forward, there are large areas of convergence in many of the areas on which we are negotiating and ample precedents and texts on which we can base our work,” said Frost.
    Barnier also noted some progress this week on how to settle any future disputes over a new EU-UK agreement, an element he has regularly mentioned as another key stumbling block.
    But he added that the EU would not seal an agreement that would damage its fishing industry and that the sides were still “far away” from each other with only a few weeks left to go.
    Both negotiators seemed to agree a deal could be reached but only if the other side budged.    One senior UK official described the negotiations as being equally close to a breakthrough or a breakdown.
    “Obviously we must prepare for every outcome and it is possible that we won’t reach an agreement, but we’re going to work very energetically to try to do so,” Frost said.
(Reporting by Sarah Young, Elizabeth Piper, William James in London, Gabriela Baczynska and John Chalmers in Brussels; Editing by Stephen Addison, Hugh Lawson and Alison Williams)

7/23/2020 WHO Chief Denounces ‘Unacceptable’ Comments Questioning His Independence by Stephanie Nebehay
FILE PHOTO: World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a news conference
organized by Geneva Association of United Nations Correspondents (ACANU) amid the COVID-19 outbreak, caused by
the novel coronavirus, at the WHO headquarters in Geneva Switzerland July 3, 2020. Fabrice Coffrini/Pool via REUTERS
    GENEVA (Reuters) – The head of the World Health Organization said on Thursday that reported comments by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo questioning his independence were untrue and would not distract the organisation from its work in fighting the coronavirus.
    Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has come under criticism, especially from U.S. President Donald Trump and Pompeo, who have accused him of being pro-China.
    “And the comments are untrue and unacceptable and without any foundation, for that matter,” Tedros said in response to a question at a Geneva briefing about remarks by Pompeo reported in London on Tuesday.
    “Our sole focus – and the focus of the entire organisation – is on saving lives."
    “…And WHO will not be distracted by these comments.    We don’t want the international community also to be distracted.”
    A WHO advance team has been in China for nearly two weeks, organising a WHO-led international mission to investigate the origins of the virus.    Scientists believe it emerged in a food market in the central city of Wuhan late last year.
    “We are already beginning to reach out to experts at the international level to see who will be available and most appropriate to be able to support an international mission in the coming weeks,” Mike Ryan, WHO’s top emergencies expert, said.
    Tedros said the WHO was seeing intense transmission of the coronavirus in relatively few countries.
    “Two-thirds of all cases are from 10 countries.    Almost half of all cases reported so far are from just three countries,” he said, referring to the United States, Brazil and India.
    Worldwide more than 15 million cases have been reported and nearly 620,000 deaths, he said.
    Recorded U.S. coronavirus infections exceeded 4 million on Thursday, with more than 2,600 new ones every hour on average, the highest rate in the world, according to a Reuters tally.
    Infections in the United States have rapidly accelerated since the first COVID-19 case was detected on Jan. 21.    It took the country 98 days to reach 1 million cases.    It took another 43 days to reach 2 million and then 27 days to reach 3 million.
    It has only taken 16 days to reach 4 million at a rate of 43 new cases a minute.
    Tedros said that just because cases may be at a low level where someone lives, it doesn’t mean they should let down their guard.
    “Know your situation – do you know how many cases were reported where you live yesterday?    Do you know how to find that information? Do you know how to minimise your exposure?
(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Additional reporting by Michael Shields and Brenna Hughes-Neghaiwi in Zurich and Lisa Shumaker in Washington; Writing by Nick Macfie; editing by Philippa Fletcher)

7/23/2020 Portland Votes To Bar Police From Communicating With Federal Agents by OAN Newsroom
    The Portland City Council allegedly approved a bill to ban communication between federal and local law enforcement within the city.
    Officials voted Wednesday to prohibit the federal agents deployed to Portland by the president from communicating with local police.
    The resolution comes amid an uptick in violence throughout the city, following the reaction to the death of George Floyd in May and now the federal crackdown on the unrest.
    President Trump said he had ”no choice,” but to send the federal agents in response to the destruction of national monuments in major cities like Portland.
    Meanwhile, police declared another riot in the city just outside the federal courthouse.    The chaos started overnight Wednesday with protesters calling for federal agents to leave the city.
    Mayor Ted Wheeler came out among the crowd in support of their message and protested alongside the people.    Matters took a turn for the worse, however, with Wheeler being heckled.    At times he was even seen scuffling with protesters who were booing and throwing objects like water bottles at him.
    When asked about abolishing the police, Mayor Wheeler doubled down against the protesters by saying he couldn’t commit to doing so.

7/23/2020 Minn. Gov. Walz Signs Police Accountability Act Into Law by OAN Newsroom
Gov. Tim Walz signed into law a sweeping package of police accountability measures Thursday, July 23, 2020, in St. Paul, Minn. (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP)
    This week, Minnesota made its Police Accountability Act a law.
    Governor Tim Walz signed the bill on Thursday, which will ban neck restraints, choke holds and other uses of excessive force in the state.
    As part of the new law, officers will receive more training on handling people with mental health issues and autism.    The legislation will also make it the duty of officers to step in when a coworker is using excessive force.
    “The bill that the governor signed today is not everything that needs to and should be done.    Our commitment to the people, the families and communities impacted by police violence does not start or end here today.    This is a first step.” – Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan
    Additionally, the law will create a new advisory council for the state board to license officers.

7/23/2020 Calif. Extends $315M Mask Deal With Chinese Manufacturer by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this May 14, 2020, file photo, California Gov. Gavin Newsom discusses his revised 2020-2021 state
budget during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, Pool, File)
    California is set to spend as much as $315 million on more face masks for the state.    On Wednesday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced the deal with a Chinese based manufacturer BYD, which aims to protect social workers and first responders.
    California has been one of the hardest hit states, surpassing New York with the most COVID infections in the country this week.    Bars, gyms, salons, inside dining and church services have been shut down until the number of cases shows signs of decreasing.

FILE – In this April 10, 2020, file photo, a ground crew at Los Angeles International Airport unload pallets of medical personal
protective equipment from a China Southern Cargo plane upon its arrival in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)
    According to state officials, these prolonged shutdowns are not sustainable.
    “Safety is, of course, a No. 1 priority, but the shutdowns are unacceptable because it’s taking a sledgehammer to a fly, if you will,” stated Chamber of Commerce Chairman Nick Rimedio.    “It creates a toxic environment for the business community to where we’re not going to have small businesses.”
    Governor Newsom has expressed the influx of masks will be “vital” to reopening the economy.    He also thanked President Trump for his administration’s efforts to curb the virus and for his recent decision to wear a mask.

7/23/2020 Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Claims Yoho’s Comments Part Of Sexism Culture by OAN Newsroom
In this image from video, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., speaks on the House floor,
Thursday, July 23, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (House Television via AP)
    Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) has accused fellow lawmaker Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) of enabling a culture of sexism on Capitol Hill.    On Thursday, she said Yoho’s apology over his “abusive” language directed at her earlier this week was not good enough.
    Rep. Ocasio-Cortez stated she was going to let it go, but realized “this issue is not about one incident, …it is cultural.”
    Rep. Yoho has since apologized for the “abrupt manner” in which he confronted her.    However, he has said he’s not remorseful for his passion over political disagreements.

This combo shows Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., walks Capitol Hill in Washington, on March 27, 2020,
left, and Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., at the Capitol in Washington on March 28, 2017. (AP Photo, File)
    Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy defended Yoho’s apology by saying the House should move forward.
    “I watched the majority leader of the House accept his apology.    In America, I know people make mistakes.    We’re a forgiving nation.    I also think when someone apologizes, they should be forgiven.    I don’t understand that we’re going to take another hour on the floor to debate whether the apology was good enough or not.    He said ‘I was sorry.’    He said ‘I’m sorry to the congresswoman from New York.'” – Kevin McCarthy, House Minority Leader (R-Calif.)
    He has denied that the Republican Party in Congress has a “woman problem.”    He added though there’s more to be done, there have been improvements every day.

7/23/2020 First Lady Attends The Protecting Native American Children Briefing by OAN Newsroom
First lady Melania Trump speaks during an Indian Health Service (IHS) Task Force briefing on “Protecting Native American
Children in the Indian Health System” at the White House in Washington, Thursday, July 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
    On Thursday, the first lady participated in a briefing regarding efforts to ensure the safety of Native American children in the U.S. health care system. Melania Trump met with FBI agents, members of the HHS and representatives from the Navajo Nation to discuss ongoing issues within the Indian Health Service (IHS).
    The task force is in charge of investigating issues like sexual assault against children.
    Melania has said she shares the president’s passion for making sure this type of abuse doesn’t continue.
    “I know that many IHS staff are passionate about their mission and the communities they serve,” she stated.    “However, systemic problems can put children at risk, and I share the president’s commitment to making sure the Indian Health Service uses best practices to keep children safe.”
    The task force was created last year to look into where the Indian Health Service needs to improve protections for children.

7/23/2020 President Trump Unveils New Actions To Protect Nursing Homes by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at the White House, Tuesday, July 21, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    As coronavirus cases have continued to spike across the U.S., President Trump reiterated his commitment to protecting America’s most vulnerable.
    On Wednesday, the president revealed the administration’s latest effort to help curb the spread of COVID-19 within nursing homes.    Under the plan, the White House is requiring increased testing in certain nursing facilities and will be providing new equipment to those that need it the most.
    “We’re requiring increased testing of the nursing home personnel in states where you had the worst outbreaks, all personnel will be tested at the highest level,” he stated.    “We’re distributing 15,000 rapid point of care diagnostic devices to support this effort.”
    Specifically, all nursing homes in states with a five percent positivity rate or higher will be required to test all their staff members each week.
    Additionally, the Department of Health and Human Services is set to allocate $5 billion in funds ,authorized in the CARES Act, to increase overall training and preparation to deal with potential infections.
    “Nursing homes and higher risk areas will be receiving more funding,” said President Trump.    “This money can be used to address critical needs, including the hiring of additional staff, increasing testing and providing technology support so residents can connect their families.”
    The plan comes as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said more than 37,000 nursing homes residents have died as a result of the coronavirus.    The agency also said there are upwards of 133,000 confirmed cases in these facilities across the U.S.
    The president said the White House will be monitoring and distributing weekly case data directly to state leaders to help quickly contain any possible outbreaks.
    “Over the past few months, we’ve created a surveillance system to detect outbreaks and currently 99 percent of all nursing homes are reporting directly to it,” he explained.    “When a nursing home has three or more cases, we alert the state and make sure that it responds very quickly.”
    The president went on to offer a message of hope and added that the administration remains fully committed to supporting the country’s senior citizens.
    “I want to send a message of support and hope to every senior citizen who has been dealing with the struggle of isolation in what should be the golden years of your life,” said President Trump.    “We will get to the other end of that tunnel very quickly, we hope the light is starting to shine.”

7/23/2020 Pompeo Urges More Assertive Approach To ‘Frankenstein’ China by David Brunnstrom and Daphne Psaledakis
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library,
in Yorba Linda, California, U.S., July 23, 2020. Ashley Landis/Pool via REUTERS
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo took fresh aim at China on Thursday and said the United States and its allies must use “more creative and assertive ways” to press the Chinese Communist Party to change its ways, calling it the “mission of our time.”
    Speaking at the Nixon Library in President Richard Nixon’s birthplace in Yorba Linda, California, Pompeo said the former U.S. leader’s worry about what he had done by opening the world to China’s Communist Party in the 1970s had been prophetic.
    “President Nixon once said he feared he had created a “Frankenstein” by opening the world to the CCP,” Pompeo said.    “And here we are.”
    Nixon, who died in 1994 and was president from 1969-74 opened the way for the establishment of U.S. diplomatic relations with Communist China in 1979 through a series of contacts, including a visit to Beijing in 1972.
    In a major speech delivered after Washington’s surprise order this week for China to close its Houston consulate, Pompeo repeated frequently leveled U.S. charges about Beijing’s unfair trade practices, human rights abuses and efforts to infiltrate American society.
    He said China’s military had became “stronger and more menacing” and the approach to China should be “distrust and verify,” adapting President Ronald Reagan’s “trust but verify” mantra about the Soviet Union in the 1980s.
    “The kind of engagement we have been pursuing has not brought the kind of change inside of China that President Nixon hoped to induce,” Pompeo said.
    “The truth is that our policies – and those of other free nations – resurrected China’s failing economy, only to see Beijing bite the international hands that were feeding it,” he said.
    “We, the freedom-loving nations of the world must induce China to change … in more creative and assertive ways, because Beijing’s actions threaten our people and our prosperity,” Pompeo said, adding: “If the free world doesn’t change, Communist China will surely change us.”
    Pompeo said “securing our freedoms from the Chinese Communist Party is the mission of our time,” and said America was perfectly positioned to lead it.
    He said one NATO ally, which he did not name, was unwilling to stand up for freedom on Hong Kong because it feared restricted access to China’s market.
    Pompeo’s speech comes at a time when U.S.-China relations have dipped to their lowest point in decades and President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden have appeared to compete with each other over who can appear toughest toward Beijing ahead of the Nov. 3 presidential election.
    Ties have deteriorated over issues ranging from the novel coronavirus pandemic, which began in China, to Beijing trade and business practices, its territorial claims in the South China Sea and its clampdown on Hong Kong.
    In a dramatic escalation, Washington on Tuesday gave China 72 hours to close the consulate amid allegations of widespread spying.
    Pompeo said the consulate had been “a hub of spying and intellectual property theft.”
    China said the U.S. move had “severely harmed” relations and warned it “must” retaliate, without detailing what it would do.
    The South China Morning Post reported that China may close the U.S. consulate in the southwestern city of Chengdu, while a source told Reuters on Wednesday that China was considering shutting the consulate in Wuhan, where the United States withdrew staff at the start of the coronavirus outbreak.
    Hu Xijin, editor of China’s Global Times tabloid, posted on Twitter: “Based on what I know, China will announce countermeasure on Friday Beijing time.    One U.S. consulate in China will be asked to close.”
    He had said earlier that shutting the Wuhan consulate would be insufficiently disruptive and suggested China could cut U.S. staff at its large consulate in Hong Kong, which he described as an “intelligence center.”
    “This will make Washington suffer much pain,” he wrote.
    The other U.S. consulates in China are in Guangzhou, Shanghai and Shenyang.
    China has four other consulates in the United States – in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York – as well as an embassy in Washington.
    Trump said in answer to a question at a news briefing on Wednesday it was “always possible” other Chinese missions could be closed too.
    Richard Grenell, special presidential envoy for Serbia and Kosovo who served until recently as acting director of U.S. national intelligence, told Reuters the U.S. strategy was “very much start with one and move on to others if need be.”
    “The whole goal is to change the behavior of the Chinese… this is emerging as the Trump doctrine, which is very harsh actions, sanctions and isolation while at the same time always offering a chance to exit if the behavior changes.”
    Chinese state media editorials said the U.S. move against the Houston consulate was an attempt to blame Beijing for U.S. failures ahead of Trump’s reelection bid.    Opinion polls have shown Trump trailing Biden.
(Reporting by David Brunnstrom and Daphne Psaledakis; Editing by Mary Milliken and Grant McCool)

7/23/2020 President Trump Cancels Jacksonville GOP Convention by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump gestures towards a graphic on the coronavirus outbreak as he speaks during a news
conference at the White House, Thursday, July 23, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    On Thursday, President Trump announced the Republican National Convention in Jacksonville, Florida has been canceled.    During his latest coronavirus briefing, the president confirmed the convention will be replaced by teleconferences following a “flare up” of cases in the state.
    He’s informed Governor Ron DeSantis and the mayor of Jacksonville about his decision, which he said he made to “protect the American people.”
    “I have to protect the American people, that’s what I’ve always done, that’s what I always will do,” he said.    “There’s nothing more important in our country than keeping our people safe.”
    The president went on to discuss the details of the GOP convention moving forward.
    “I told my team it’s time to cancel the Jacksonville, Florida component of the GOP convention.    We’ll be starting in North Carolina for the Monday, as has always been planned.    We were never taking that off, that’s remaining as it is.    The delegates are going to get together.    That’s where they do their nomination.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
FILE – In this July 21, 2016, file photo then Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump smiles as he addresses delegates
during the final day session of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
    The president also spoke about the importance of opening up the nation’s schools this fall.    He discussed “health protocols” to protect both students and teachers.
    The U.S. topped 4 million confirmed coronavirus infections on Thursday following the nation’s previous record of 3 million, which was announced 15 days prior.    According to Johns Hopkins University, the nation also reported more than 143,000 deaths this week.
    The CDC has warned that the total number of cases is likely ten times higher than reported.
    States like California, Florida and Texas continue to see case numbers increase.    In the meantime, over 1,210,000 people have recovered from the virus.
    President Trump has encouraged the American people to slow the spread of COVID-19 by wearing face masks and practicing social distancing.

7/23/2020 Tea Party Conservatives Split With Republican Senators Over Cost Of Next Relief Package by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Jan. 24, 2019, file photo, the Capitol at sunset in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
    Tea Party conservatives have raised the alarm over the price tag of the Senate’s latest coronavirus relief legislation.    The bill was confirmed to cost around $1 trillion, which would be allocated for testing, reopening schools and a new round of stimulus checks.
    Amid negotiations with the White House over the plan, conservatives warned against putting too high a price on it, due to potential economic backlash.
    On Wednesday, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) stressed Republicans should not abandon their beliefs because of this virus.    This followed his criticism the day prior, when he compared his fellow Congress members to “Bernie bros or a progressive caucus.”
    “You ask any Republican six months ago: Would it be a good idea to add $5 trillion to the debt?    No.    Every Republican in the land complained about President Obama increasing the debt from $10 to $20 trillion over eight years.    It’s absurd, it’s obscene.    If deficits were bad and a danger to the economy under President Obama, they’re just as much of a danger now.    Just because we have a pandemic doesn’t mean deficit is any less dangerous to the economy.” – Rand Paul, U.S. Senator
    In the meantime, other senators have argued there is still not enough information available on how state and local governments used the previous relief funds.
    Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) noted this pandemic and “crisis should not be used as an excuse to spend” his “state’s taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars” in order to bail out other “poorly managed state budgets.”
    “As we begin looking at another spending bill, we need to know how the money already allocated has been spent.    Last month, I wrote to all governors requesting details on how this taxpayer money is being spent.    I’m still waiting on responses from most of them.” – Rick Scott, U.S. Senator
    As fiscal conservatives continue to voice concerns about this additional aid, many believe the Senate’s $1 trillion price tag will only go up after Republicans negotiate their package with Democrats.

7/23/2020 EU And U.K. Remain In Deadlock Over Post-Brexit Relations by OAN Newsroom
European Union’s Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier and British Brexit negotiator David Frost attend a meeting with their
delegations on further Brexit negotiations at EU headquarters in Brussels, Monday, June 29, 2020. (John Thys, Pool Photo via AP)
    No headway was made during the second round of in-person post-Brexit negotiations between the European Union and the U.K.    According to both sides, Thursday’s discussions showed considerable gaps in opinions on difficult topics and revealed a deal may not be reached until September.
    The two groups are working to secure a trade deal before the U.K. is dropped from the EU’s tariff-free economic zone at the end of this year.
    However, the chief negotiator for the EU emphasized no progress has been made at all.

7/23/2020 WHO Chief Denounces ‘Unacceptable’ Comments Questioning His Independence by Stephanie Nebehay
FILE PHOTO: World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a news conference
organized by Geneva Association of United Nations Correspondents (ACANU) amid the COVID-19 outbreak, caused by
the novel coronavirus, at the WHO headquarters in Geneva Switzerland July 3, 2020. Fabrice Coffrini/Pool via REUTERS
    GENEVA (Reuters) – The head of the World Health Organization said on Thursday that reported comments by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo questioning his independence were untrue and would not distract the organisation from its work in fighting the coronavirus.
    Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has come under criticism, especially from U.S. President Donald Trump and Pompeo, who have accused him of being pro-China.
    “And the comments are untrue and unacceptable and without any foundation, for that matter,” Tedros said in response to a question at a Geneva briefing about remarks by Pompeo reported in London on Tuesday.
    “Our sole focus – and the focus of the entire organisation – is on saving lives."
    “…And WHO will not be distracted by these comments.    We don’t want the international community also to be distracted.”
    A WHO advance team has been in China for nearly two weeks, organising a WHO-led international mission to investigate the origins of the virus.    Scientists believe it emerged in a food market in the central city of Wuhan late last year.
    “We are already beginning to reach out to experts at the international level to see who will be available and most appropriate to be able to support an international mission in the coming weeks,” Mike Ryan, WHO’s top emergencies expert, said.
    Tedros said the WHO was seeing intense transmission of the coronavirus in relatively few countries.
    “Two-thirds of all cases are from 10 countries.    Almost half of all cases reported so far are from just three countries,” he said, referring to the United States, Brazil and India.
    Worldwide more than 15 million cases have been reported and nearly 620,000 deaths, he said.
    Recorded U.S. coronavirus infections exceeded 4 million on Thursday, with more than 2,600 new ones every hour on average, the highest rate in the world, according to a Reuters tally.
    Infections in the United States have rapidly accelerated since the first COVID-19 case was detected on Jan. 21.    It took the country 98 days to reach 1 million cases.    It took another 43 days to reach 2 million and then 27 days to reach 3 million.
    It has only taken 16 days to reach 4 million at a rate of 43 new cases a minute.
    Tedros said that just because cases may be at a low level where someone lives, it doesn’t mean they should let down their guard.
    “Know your situation – do you know how many cases were reported where you live yesterday?    Do you know how to find that information? Do you know how to minimise your exposure?
(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Additional reporting by Michael Shields and Brenna Hughes-Neghaiwi in Zurich and Lisa Shumaker in Washington; Writing by Nick Macfie; editing by Philippa Fletcher)
    “The U.K. did not show a willingness to break the deadlock,” stated Michel Barnier.    “On the level playing field, the U.K. still refuses to commit to maintaining high standards in a meaningful way.”
FILE – In this Monday, March 2, 2020 file photo, European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, right,
speaks with the British Prime Minister’s Europe adviser David Frost during Brexit trade talks
between the EU and the UK, at EU headquarters in Brussels. (Olivier Hoslet. Pool Photo via AP, File)
    Both sides’ head negotiators will meet informally in London next week before the next round of official talks resumes in mid-August.

7/23/2020 U.S., U.K. Agree To End Diplomatic Immunity Loophole by OAN Newsroom
Britain’s Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, left, and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo walk up the
stairs in the Foreign Office in London, Tuesday, July 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, pool)
    The U.S. and Britain have agreed to end a loophole that gave diplomats immunity from criminal charges.    The U.K.’s foreign secretary announced the changes on Thursday and confirmed the agreement was reached during Mike Pompeo’s recent visit.
    “We have changed the arrangements that underpin the way that the Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations apply to the Croughton Base,” stated Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab.
    The changes were made after the death of U.K. citizen Harry Dunn, who was killed last year by Anne Sacoolas, the wife of a U.S. diplomat.
    “We feel there’s a denial of justice being done here. The prime minister raised it with Mike Pompeo when he was here yesterday.    We’ve clearly made clear that Anne Sacoolas should return and face justice.    The pre-waiver would apply in the circumstances that existed in relation to Anne Sacoolas, so to dependents as well as officers and technical administrative staff at that base.” – Dominic Raab, Foreign Secretary, U.K.
    The Dunn family has said they will seek justice for their son and will push for Sacoolas to be extradited.

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7/24/2020 Faculty ask UK to change the name of Rupp Arena by Jon Hale, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    LEXINGTON — The faculty of the African American and Africana Studies program at the University of Kentucky are calling for the name of Rupp Arena to be changed as part of their recommendations for improving race relations on campus.
    “The Adolph Rupp name has come to stand for racism and exclusion in UK athletics and alienates Black students, fans, and attendees,” the faculty wrote in a letter to UK president Eli Capilouto posted to the school’s African American & Africana Studies website.    “The rebuilding of the arena and the convention center offer an opportunity to change the name to a far more inclusive one, such as Wildcat Arena.    In addition, the University should survey all campus buildings and remove all names of enslavers, Confederate sympathizers (such as William C.P. Breckinridge), and other white supremacists.”

7/24/2020 Secy. Pompeo Calls For New Alliance Of Democratic Nations Against China by OAN Newsroom
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library, Thursday,
July 23, 2020, in Yorba Linda, Calif. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)
    Tensions between the U.S. and China have reached a new high point.    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is now calling for a new alliance of the Free World against China’s bid for global supremacy.
    Pompeo raised this prospect Thursday while speaking on the doorstep of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library, which was once the childhood home and now burial place of the former president who famously kick-started the warming up of Sino-American relations in the 1970s.
    Fifty years on, the secretary of state warned it may be time for the world’s democracies to come to terms with the danger now posed by Beijing’s rise to global prominence.
    “We must admit a hard truth that should guide us in the years and decades to come…that if we want to have a free 21st Century and not the Chinese century of which Xi Jinping dreams, the old paradigm of blind engagement with China simply won’t get it done,” he stated.    “We must not continue it and we must not return to it.”
    Analysts have suggested this marks a new milestone in the Trump administration’s escalation of its efforts against what it has called abuses perpetrated by the Chinese regime, including encroachment into contested territory in the South China Sea, its crackdown on democratic institutions in Hong Kong and its mishandling of the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In this photo provided by U.S. Navy, Aviation Electronics Technician 3rd Class James Benzel, from
Louisville, Ohio, assigned to the Saberhawks of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron, signals an MH-60R Sea Hawk to
disengage its rotors on the flight deck of the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) as USS Mustin (DDG 89) steams alongside in South
China Sea, Thursday, July 9, 2020. (Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Erica Bechard/U.S.Navy via AP)
    However, Pompeo emphasized that success will require the full force of the free world to be deployed against this emerging threat in what he called the “mission of our time.”
    “As President Trump has made very clear, we need a strategy that protects the American economy and indeed our way of life,” said the secretary of state.    “The free world must triumph over this new tyranny.”
    U.S. concern over China’s flaunting of international rules has been mounting for decades.    It dates back at least to the Senate’s 1999 Cox report, which already then named the country as the number one emergent threat to global order.
    Pompeo also remarked that this rising challenge may be even more complicated than Cold War-era containment efforts against the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), which was largely cordoned off from the Free World in contrast to China’s deeply embedded place in the global economy.
    As evidence of this, the secretary of state mentioned an unnamed member of NATO, which some commentators have speculated refers to Germany’s reluctance to back sanctions against China.    The country has been chided for failing to stand up to Beijing due to fears of being excluded from its markets.
    Pompeo floated the idea of a new alliance of democratic nations, which he asserted would be necessary to counteract China’s mounting aggression.    He made the following remarks on the issue:
    “Maybe it’s time for a new grouping of like-minded nations, a new alliance of democracies.    We have the tools.    I know we can do it.    Now we need the will.    To quote scripture, I ask is ‘our spirit willing but our flesh weak?    If the Free World doesn’t change, communist China will surely change us.”

7/24/2020 McCarthy Calls On Democrats To Hold China Accountable by OAN Newsroom
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., speaks during a news conference on
Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
    House Minority Kevin McCarthy said Speaker Nancy Pelosi is promoting Chinese Communist Party (CCP) propaganda after she referred to the coronavirus as the “Trump virus.”
    During a news conference Thursday, McCarthy called out the left by saying everyone knows China is no friend to the U.S. with the exception of Democrats.
    The Republican then called on the party to step up and take action against escalating threats coming from the country.    He said it’s time for lawmakers to stop “cowering” to the CCP as it’s time to hold them accountable for all the damage they have caused.
    “And right here at home, China’s deception has directly led to Americans deaths, China covered up the truth about the virus, China hoarded personal protective equipment and tried to extort other countries for political leverage,” McCarthy stated.    “Now China’s trying to hack our vaccines, which will harm our ability to serve the world and solve this problem.”
    McCarthy’s call to hold China accountable comes as he’s recently introduced legislation called the Defend COVID Research from Hackers Act, which seeks to sanction foreign countries who attempt to steal coronavirus data.

7/25/2020 Trump Admin. Reverses Ban On N.Y. Global Entry Program by OAN Newsroom
People arrive at the ticketing area inside Terminal B at LaGuardia Airport Wednesday, July 15, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
    New Yorkers will, once again, be able to enroll in federal travel programs.    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a statement Thursday announcing the restrictions on programs like Global Entry and Nexus would be lifted.
    These programs allow pre-approved travelers to use expedited lanes in American airports and when crossing international borders.    In order to be accepted, applicants are vetted to ensure they meet the standards for the program they intend to join, which is where the ban came in.
    Back in December, New York implemented a “green light law,” which lifted the requirement for residents to prove citizenship when applying for driver’s licenses.    It also blocked federal immigration forces from receiving any records.
    The Trump administration went on to place the ban on the trusted traveler programs in February.    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) along with state legislators recently amended the state’s “green light law,” which prompted the DHS’s reversal.
    Federal agencies like CBP or ICE will now be able to access information from the DMV when looking into individuals who apply for these programs.    Despite this, New York has continued to restrict access to DMV records for purposes outside federal travel programs Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf addressed this in the statement by saying it’s unfortunate New York State continues to undermine the security of the American people.    The agency is working with the Justice Department to assess legal options to address these issues.

7/24/2020 COVID-19 Cases Begin To Plateau In Hot Spot States by OAN Newsroom
White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx listens as President Donald Trump speaks during
a news conference at the White House, Thursday, July 23, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    Dr. Deborah Birx said coronavirus cases are starting to plateau in Texas, Arizona, California and Florida, which are the states with the largest number of cases.
    During an interview Friday, she assured the virus is still very serious.    However, Dr. Birx compared the situation seen in these four states with what happened in New York at the beginning of the pandemic.
    The response coordinator went on to share what went wrong in the past few months and what she’s learned in the process.
    “We also know now…it was in that original gating criteria about test positivity and I think we have a more knowledge now that when it just ticks up a little, even before you see a significant increase in cases, that is a real indicator that something is happening,” she explained.
    Dr. Birx said many young and asymptomatic carriers probably have no idea they have contracted the virus.    In order to “clamp down,” cities need to pay attention to early warning signs and respond quickly, so infections won’t spur out of control.

7/24/2020 NYPD Chief: We Can’t Be Afraid Of Doing What We Do by OAN Newsroom
NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan is seen during a briefing in Times Square, N.Y. (Albin Lohr-Jones/Sipa via AP Images)
    New York City Police Chief Terence Monahan recently spoke out against new citywide regulations on policing.    In a meeting Thursday, he made a series of remarks condemning new anti-police legislation.
    His remarks came as New York City passed a law last week that makes it a crime to kneel on a suspect’s chest or back during an arrest.    Monahan is among several figures condemning the regulation, while arguing that it makes keeping the city safe more difficult and dangerous for officers.
    A video from the meeting shows how impassioned the police chief was when speaking on police safety.
    “What happens to afraid cops if they end up dead?” he asked.    “And that’s what happens, that’s why there’s so many guns out there…we can’t be afraid to do what we do, we can’t walk away.”
    Monahan went on to evaluate the effects of potentially facing charges for making an arrest by saying the law will discourage officers from making arrests on Class B felonies.    He and other police leaders in the city have argued the so-called “diaphragm law” has crushed NYPD morale.

7/24/2020 Ind. Mother Fatally Shot In Argument Over ‘All Lives Matter’ Vs. ‘Black Lives Matter’ by OAN Newsroom
    An Indiana mother was fatally shot in an altercation with Black Lives Matter protesters.    24-year-old Jessica Whitaker was killed in Indianapolis earlier this month.
    Whitaker’s family claimed the shooting happened amid an argument between her friends and another group of people over the usage of ‘All Lives Matter’ as opposed to Black Lives Matter.
    Things then reportedly escalated when somebody in Whitaker’s group used a racial slur.    That’s when someone from the opposing group pulled a gun, which prompted Whitaker’s fiancée — Jose Ramirez — to do the same.    Ramirez said he returned fire, but didn’t hit anyone.
    Whitaker is survived by her three-year-old son.
    “I think she shouldn’t have lost her life, she’s got a 3-year-old son that she loves dearly,” Ramirez continued.    “It’s hard to tell him, your mom’s in heaven.”
    A Justice for Jessica Whitaker Petition is now circulating online and is calling for accountability in connection with her death.    Supporters believe Black Lives Matter should be charged for an act of terrorism.    As of Friday morning, it received over 12,000 signatures with the end goal of 100,000.

7/24/2020 President Trump Announces Plan For Reopening Schools by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at the White House, Thursday, July 23, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    President Trump recently announced his plan to help schools reopen this fall.    On Thursday, he said the CDC will release additional guidelines for reopening.
    The president also noted that schools should not make the decision based on politics.    Additionally, he asked Congress to approve $105 billion to schools that choose to open.
    If schools remained closed, the president requested the funding be given directly to the families of students and be used towards the education of their choosing.
    “If the school is closed the money should follow the student, so the parents and children are in charge of their own decision,” said President Trump.
    The president noted some schools in high risk areas may take longer to reopen, but despite this he said everyone should be prepared to return to normalcy.

7/24/2020 Chinese Who Took Refuge At San Francisco Consulate Now In U.S. Custody: U.S. Official
FILE PHOTO: Chinese and U.S. flags flutter before a trade meeting in Shanghai, China July 30, 2019. REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Chinese researcher who took refuge from U.S. authorities at China’s consulate in San Francisco is now in American custody and is expected to appear in court on Friday, a senior U.S. Justice Department official said.
    According to court filings in U.S. District Court in San Francisco this week, Juan Tang, who worked at the University of California, Davis, falsely claimed on her visa application that she had not served in the Chinese military.    She was charged with visa fraud on June 26.
    The Justice Department official told reporters Tang was detained on Thursday night and did not have diplomatic immunity as she was not declared as a diplomatic official.
    “She’ll make her initial appearance in court later today,” he said, alleging that Tang was part of a network of associates who concealed their military affiliation when applying for visas.
    The Chinese embassy did respond to a request for comment on the case.
(Reporting by David Brunnstrom and Daphne Psaledakis; editing by Jonathan Oatis)

7/24/2020 Life’s A Beach, But Some European Countries Have New COVID-19 Fears by Caroline Copley and Nerijus Adomaitis
FILE PHOTO: People sunbathe in Magaluf beach, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
outbreak in Palma de Mallorca, Spain July 11, 2020. REUTERS/Enrique Calvo/File Photo
    BERLIN/OSLO (Reuters) – With the summer vacation season in full swing Germany, France and Norway are taking measures to try to stop people returning from holidays abroad from spreading the coronavirus.
    The new restrictions, imposed as countries worry about a second COVID-19 wave, could dampen desire to travel abroad and deal a severe blow to Spain’s tourism sector, which accounts for some 12% of the country’s economic output.
    Norway said it will re-impose a 10-day quarantine requirement for people arriving from Spain from Saturday, while France advised people not to travel to the Spanish region of Catalonia.
    Germany said it will offer returning holidaymakers free coronavirus tests.
    Spain has begun a tentative tourism reopening after a dismal first half of the year.    But it has also seen a rise in infections in recent weeks and regional authorities across the country have introduced new restrictions as they seek to stamp out the surge.
    In France, authorities are especially worried about Catalonia, the northeastern region that includes Barcelona and many popular holiday spots.
    “Concerning the situation in Catatonia, which is displaying worsened indicators for infection, we strongly encourage French citizens to avoid going there until the health situation improves,” Prime Minister Jean Castex told reporters.
    Germany will offer all travelers returning from countries designated high-risk a free coronavirus test or oblige them to stay at home for two weeks.
    Spain is not on the high-risk list but German health officials urged people coming home from holidays in party destinations there and elsewhere to get themselves tested within three days.
    Videos in recent weeks of unruly behaviour by some Germans on the Spanish island of Mallorca and in Bulgaria has raised concerns that holidaymakers are at increased risk of infection that could be brought back home.
    “The current infection figures show once again that we are still in the middle of the corona pandemic,” Health Minister Jens Spahn said in a statement.    “And increasing travel increases the risk of more infections being brought back into Germany.”
    Germany has designated 130 countries as high-risk, including Turkey, Egypt and the United States.    Arrivals from that list who cannot show a negative test result are already required to go into quarantine for 14 days.
    German authorities said they will cover the cost of the tests in the first instance and are instructing airport operators to set up testing facilities.
(Additional reporting by Christian Lowe in Paris; Editing by Frances Kerry)

7/24/2020 Singaporean Pleads Guilty In U.S. To Acting As Chinese Intelligence Agent: Justice Department
FILE PHOTO: The U.S. Department of Justice building is bathed in morning light
at sunrise in Washington, U.S., February 14, 2020. REUTERS/Mary F. Calvert/File Photo
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Singaporean man who set up a fake consulting site to solicit information from U.S. government and military workers has pleaded guilty to acting as an illegal agent of Chinese intelligence, the Justice Department said on Friday.
    Sentencing for Jun Wei Yeo, also known as Dickson Yeo, will be in October, according to the department.    The U.S. is cracking down on Chinese spying, with the FBI having interviewed dozens of visa holders about their possible ties to Chinese intelligence.
    On Friday a Chinese researcher who took refuge in the San Francisco consulate was expected to appear in court on allegations she lied about her Chinese military service, while the U.S. counterintelligence agency chief warned China and other nations could interfere with November elections.
(Reporting by Lisa Lambert; editing by Grant McCool)

7/24/2020 Tactical Forces On Standby In Seattle, Only To Be Deployed In Case Of Violence by OAN Newsroom
A flag with the new logo for the newly-named Seattle NHL hockey team, the Seattle Kraken, flies atop the iconic Space
Needle and in view of the team’s arena, lower right, Thursday, July 23, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
    Federal agents have been sent to Seattle, Washington ahead of expected demonstrations this weekend. According to reports, the team will be similar to those who ensured safety in Portland.
    This followed conflicting information from the Department of Homeland Security, which earlier confirmed with Mayor Jenny Durkan that troops were not being sent.
    The increased federal presence comes amid growing violence and looting in the city.    Reports detailed how a group of nearly 150 rioters vandalized and destroyed properties earlier this week.

Federal agents use crowd control munitions to disperse Black Lives Matter demonstrators during a protest at the
Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse Friday, July 24, 2020, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
    The state’s governor has said he hopes a federal presence will not make matters worse.
    “The federal government needs not to inflame the situation.    We all want to have peace and we want peaceful protests, which are legitimate and important in this moment.    But we don’t want to see things that would make the thing worse and throw gasoline on a fire.” – Jay Inslee, Governor of Washington
    Agents explained they will remain on standby as long as protesters keep things peaceful.    They will work with local law enforcement to ensure safety is a top priority.

7/24/2020 CDC Releases New Guidelines To Help Schools Reopen Safely This Fall by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Tuesday, June 23, 2020 file photo, Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention, left, listens during a House Committee on Energy and Commerce on the Trump
administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Sarah Silbiger/Pool via AP)
    The CDC has issued an extensive list of new guidelines and tools to help schools safely reopen in September.    Agency Director Dr. Robert Redfield announced the resources in a press release this week.
    He has expressed how important it is for students to resume in-person learning.
    “I think there really are a number of negative public health consequences that have happened to our K-12s by having these schools closed,” said Redfield.    “It’s so important to work together with school districts to figure out how they can take our guidelines and operationalize them in a practical way.”
    The guidelines, which are explained in depth on the agency’s website, stated schools must actively encourage teachers, students and staff to wash their hands, wear face masks and practice social distancing.    Learning spaces must be properly ventilated and shared objects must be disinfected.
    School officials will also need to develop a plan to conduct case tracing in the event an individual tests positive.    Meanwhile, parents and caregivers will be responsible for monitoring and responding to symptoms at home.
Fairfax County Public School buses parked at a middle school in Falls Church, Va., Monday, July 20, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    The American Academy of Pediatrics has acknowledged that states are experiencing different levels of coronavirus transmission and recently asked schools to consider what’s best for their situation.
    “This does not mean that we recommend all schools opening five days a week for the start of the school year.    Many parts of the country are experiencing uncontrolled spread of COVID-19.    While we urge those areas to keep in-person learning as a goal, we recognize that they will have to utilize distance learning strategies until cases decline.” – Dr. Sean O’Leary, Pediatrics Infectious Diseases Specialist, UCSM
    In South Carolina, for example, the number of new infections is climbing, but the number of deaths remains stable.    Moving forward, parents will have the option to either enroll their children in a yearlong virtual program or one that phases gradually into a physical classroom setting.
    “In the summer, I think we all really hoped that COVID would disappear, that we would be in a position that where we would be able to operate 100% normally without any caveats,” stated elementary school principal Susan Stevens.    “We’re just not there.”
    According to reports, over 55 million students were impacted by COVID-19 closures this past spring.    That’s roughly 97% of the country’s entire student population.
    Based on the best available evidence from counties that have already reopened schools, the CDC has insisted that the virus poses a relatively “low risk” to children under the age of 12.

7/24/2020 Midwestern States Pass Mask Mandates Amid Spike In Virus Cases by OAN Newsroom
Pedestrians wear masks as they walk in front of a sign reminding the public to take steps to stop
the spread of coronavirus, Thursday, July 23, 2020, in Glendale, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
    On Wednesday, three more Midwestern governors moved to implement mandatory mask orders in response to a spike in COVID-19 cases. Minnesota, Ohio and Indiana joined the growing list of states taking drastic measures to rein in the coronavirus.
    Minnesota Governor Tim Walz (D) said the mandate is the quickest and easiest way stop the spread as well as preserve personal protective equipment for those who need it.
    “This is the quickest way to ending the COVID pandemic, it is the surest way to getting us to the therapeutics and the vaccines with the least amount of impact on Minnesotans,” he stated.    “And it is the absolute economic key to making sure that businesses are open and stay open.”
    Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb’s (R) mandate specifically sets guidelines for schools and students, so they can resume class safely this fall.
    Mandatory mask orders are already in effect for Illinois, Kansas and Michigan, but a major point of contention for critics is how varied the mandates are from state to state.
    You can look to the the age requirement as an example. In Ohio anyone over the age of ten is required to use a mask, while in Minnesota only those under the age of two are exempt. Meanwhile in Indiana, those over the age of eight have been ordered to wear a mask.
    The criteria for exemptions also varies.    Ohio’s mandate exempts most law enforcement officials and clergymen as well as women who are officiating religious services.    Minnesota residents are exempt from wearing masks in public spaces if they are alone.
    Anti-mask advocates are pointing to the lack of cohesion across the state mandates to show that they can be unnecessarily burdensome and in some cases arbitrary.    Ohio’s mandate took effect Thursday, Minnesota’s will begin on Saturday and Indiana’s will follow on Monday.

7/24/2020 President Trump Signs Executive Orders To Slash Drug Prices by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks during an event to sign executive orders on lowering drug prices, in the South
Court Auditorium in the White House complex, Friday, July 24, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    The White House is taking a stand against lobbyists and foreign special interests regarding the price of pharmaceuticals.    On Friday,     President Trump signed four executive orders to lower prescription drug prices for American patients.
    “We’ve been waiting for Congress to take action for many decades to reduce drug prices for more than just a small handful of people,” he said.    “But even the small handful of people never got price reductions, and I’m unwilling to wait any longer.”
    The orders will attempt to tackle a slew of issues, such as making lifesaving medicines more affordable for low-income Americans.    For example, federally qualified health centers would give them large discounts for insulin and EpiPens.

President Donald Trump holds up a signed executive order on lowering drug prices, in the South Court
Auditorium in the White House complex, Friday, July 24, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    Another order focuses on importing cheaper drugs from foreign countries, which will discourage consumers from hopping over the border to buy their medicines.
    “We pay for all of the research and all of the development.    Foreign countries pay absolutely nothing and our consumer gets charged, has been going on for decades.    The American people pay an average of over three times more for medicine than the Canadians.    Many people go to Canada, I see it all the time.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
    The president’s actions sought to streamline discounts and benefits from drug manufacturers to patients by cutting out middlemen, who make secret deals between the two.
    He also wants to level the global playing field.    He called on countries to sell prescription drugs to the U.S. at the same price as any other country.
    “We pay 80% more than nations like Germany, Canada and others for some of the most expensive medicines, identical in all respects,” the president explained.    “This means that Americans are funding the enormous cost of drug research and development for the entire planet.”

President Donald Trump speaks during an event to sign executive orders on lowering drug prices, in the South
Court Auditorium in the White House complex, Friday, July 24, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    In the meantime, President Trump will give pharmaceutical executives who oppose the orders a chance to rebut and propose alternative policies.    Executives will be able to hash out ideas with the administration through August 25th.
    Talks are set to begin at the White House next week.

7/24/2020 Justice Department Arrests 18 Portland Rioters by OAN Newsroom
Protesters throw flaming debris over a fence at the Mark O. Hatfield United States
Courthouse on Wednesday, July 22, 2020, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
    The Department of Justice has arrested 18 rioters in Portland, Oregon.    On Friday, Attorney General William Barr charged the 18 individuals with federal crimes, including assault on a federal officer, arson, property damage and trespassing.
    The video below could be considered graphic.
    Riots and unrest have plagued the city for more than 50 days, specifically near the Hatfield Courthouse.
Demonstrators tried to kick down a fence during a Black Lives Matter protest at the Mark O. Hatfield
United States Courthouse Thursday, July 23, 2020, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
    These new arrests were part of the White House’s effort to restore peace across the nation.
    “These are not the actions of so-called peaceful protesters.    The Trump administration will not stand by and allow anarchy in our streets.    Law and order will prevail.” – Kayleigh McEnany, White House Press Secretary
    The Justice Department confirmed all 18 individuals were released after their first court hearing and are expected to appear at future trial proceedings.
A federal officer fires crowd control munitions at Black Lives Matter protesters at the Mark O. Hatfield
United States Courthouse on Friday, July 24, 2020, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
    The press secretary also responded to scrutiny over the president’s deployment of federal agents across the nation.
    When asked if the president thinks he has authority to send Homeland Security agents anywhere in the country he pleases, she clarified that the DHS’s work in Portland was separate from the DOJ deploying extra law enforcement through “Operation Legend.”
    “There’s Operation Legend, which is primarily lead by DOJ. That’s just providing extra FBI, ATF and DEA agents to already existing places, just surging extra personnel in places that are out of control like Chicago, for instance. Separate and distinct from Portland, which is DHS.” – Kayleigh McEnany, White House Press Secretary
    McEnany went on to say the acting Homeland Security secretary is overseeing the deployment of agents.    She reiterated his officers are “acting within the bounds of the law.”

7/24/2020 UN Human Rights Office Criticizes U.S. Police Use Of Force During Protests by OAN Newsroom
Demonstrators stand in front of federal officers during a Black Lives Matter protest at the Mark O. Hatfield
United States Courthouse Friday, July 24, 2020, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
    The UN Human Rights Office has criticized the U.S. over the allegedly excessive police force used during protests.    On Friday, officials addressed their expectation that all local and federal law enforcement should be clearly identifiable to ensure protesters’ safety.
    According to a spokesperson for the office, officers should only use force when necessary and need to make sure it is a proportionate response.
    She added that citizens have the right to peacefully protest without fear.
    “I think what we would say, with regards to other protests, is that it’s really important that the authorities should ensure that the people deployed are not threatening use of force to deter peaceful protesters,” stated Liz Throssell.
    The UN criticism came one day after the Justice Department announced an investigation into the use of force by federal agents against protesters in Portland, Oregon.    In a statement, DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz confirmed his department and the Department of Homeland Security are working side by side on the matter.
    Horowitz has received multiple requests from Congress and members of the public to investigate last month’s probe into law enforcement, who clashed with protesters outside the White House.
    The review will determine if law enforcement acted in compliance with its rules of “engagement,” among other police protocol.

7/24/2020 Report: 2/3 Of Palm Beach, Fla. COVID Deaths Had Underlying Causes by OAN Newsroom
A worker checks in people for testing, Friday, July 24, 2020, at a drive-thru COVID-19
testing site at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
    According to one Florida county news team, hundreds of coronavirus deaths have been erroneously reported and were caused by other factors.    In a new report, the team noted cases in state were trending down, but have now gone up in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade.
    The team reportedly found that the medical examiners in Palm Beach listed people as dying from coronavirus, despite evidence showing they clearly died of other causes.
    This included a 90-year-old man, who died from complications of a hip fracture, and a 60-year-old man, who died of a gunshot wound to the head.
    “I understand that maybe they want to be safe in counting those numbers initially, but we are four, five months in.    We have more information, we have that data.    We need to remove the COVID cases that are not exclusively COVID, and we need to be giving people that information.” – Rachel Eade, Palm Beach County resident
    Of the 518 deaths attributed to the coronavirus, only 169 could be listed as caused by COVID-19 without other contributing illnesses.
    The medical examiner’s office reportedly admitted there were errors and have said they are working to remove the “erroneous deaths.”

7/24/2020 McEnany: Our Schools Are Our Essential Places Of Business 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, July 24, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    The White House is continuing their push to reopen schools, despite canceling large events like the Republican National Convention.    On Friday, Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany reiterated the Trump administration’s stance on getting students back into the classroom.
    She likened schools to essential businesses and called teachers essential workers.
    According to the press secretary, children should be able to go back to school because they are not affected by the coronavirus like adults are.
    “We can make certain arrangements, like social distancing, in schools and follow the CDC guidelines that have been laid out,” she stated.    “We can get our schools up to the best place we can get them in, especially if we’re given additional school funding.”
    The CDC has permitted schools to reopen if there is no substantial and uncontrollable transmission within their respective communities.

7/24/2020 Texas Gov. Abbott: Virus Will Take Time To Eliminate by OAN Newsroom
Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday, June 22, 2020. (Ricardo B. Brazziell/Austin American-Statesman via AP)
    The governor of Texas recently acknowledged the coronavirus is showing no signs of slowing down in his state.    On Friday, Greg Abbott stated the virus has not yet been conquered and added it will take time to eliminate its presence.
    Abbott went on to say residents mistakenly believed the virus was already “defeated” after seeing the state’s lower case numbers.
    He urged residents to continue practicing health safety measures to avoid reclosures in the state.
    “We need to step up and understand the way we need to fully respond to it.    That said, I have imposed a mask requirement in the state of Texas, and it polls overwhelmingly. 85% of Texans agree that face masks is a way that we can go about keeping businesses open without having to shut down.    Let me be very clear: we do not want to shut down again.    The only way we can go about the process of not shutting down is for people to embrace this process of wearing a face mask.” – Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas
    In the meantime, the state’s daily infection rate has started to decrease after weeks of rising infections.
    Governor Abbott’s remarks come as the region is bracing for a tropical storm this weekend.    FEMA has announced it is struggling to provide resources for both coronavirus relief and emergency supplies for hurricane season.
    On Friday, FEMA administrator Peter Gaynor emphasized the emergencies have made it difficult to manage supplies, as the agency is also dealing with a shortage of necessary equipment.
    “Operating in overlapping disaster environments will create new challenges.    Evacuating people within the COVID-19 environment will require the widespread availability of non-congregate sheltering, so that social distancing can be observed wherever possible.    Critical supplies like ventilators, PPE and other key pharmaceuticals located in the path of hurricanes will have to be secured to ensure they remain available for use.” – Peter Gaynor, FEMA administrator
    He has urged local government to prepare for hurricane season and keep the pandemic in mind during evacuation efforts.

7/24/2020 Report: Republicans ‘Disappointed’ By President Trump’s RNC Move by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this July 21, 2016, file photo then Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump smiles as he addresses
delegates during the final day session of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
    Republicans have spoken out about President Trump’s decision to cancel portions of the Republican National Convention.    According to reports, a handful of GOP lawmakers are disappointed with the move.
    They pointed out his greatest campaign tool has been energizing his base with massive gatherings.
    “I guess it’s a sign of the times, but it’s very disappointing for those of us who want to be there and be part of the process.    His strength is going out, talking to the people.    I know, personally, that it’s frustrating to him that he can’t go out and do this.    That’s how he won.” – Michael McCaul, U.S. Representative (R-Texas)
    On Thursday, the president announced the in-person Florida convention had been moved online due to public health concerns.
    A much smaller gathering is set to take place in Charlotte, North Carolina on August 24th, where delegates will formally renominate President Trump.
    “I just felt it was wrong, Steve, to have people going to what turned out to be a hot spot.    You know, when we chose it, it was not at all hot, it was free.    All of a sudden, it happened quickly.    It happens quickly and it goes away quickly.    The key is we want it to go away without a lot of death, without a lot of problems.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
    Despite the decrease in morale, most have agreed it was the safest choice.    The massive event was expected to bring in more than 10,000 people.

7/25/2020 Oil down $0.52 to $40.58, DOW down 183 to 26,470.

7/25/2020 WaPo, Sandmann settle out of court by Cameron Knight, Cincinnati Enquirer USA TODAY NETWORK
    The Washington Post and Nick Sandmann have settled a libel and slander lawsuit stemming from coverage of the Northern Kentucky teen, who became the center of a social media firestorm in 2019.
    Sandmann announced the settlement on Twitter on Friday, which also happened to be his 18th birthday.
    “Thanks to my family & millions of you who have stood your ground by supporting me,” Sandmann wrote.    “I still have more to do.”
    The teen and his family sued The Washington Post for $250 million after it reported on a viral video from a trip Sandmann took with his Covington Catholic High School class to Washington D.C. for the Right to Life March on Jan. 18, 2019.
    The details of the settlement have not been released publicly.    A motion filed in U.S. District Court by Sandmann’s lawyers requested the case be dismissed at the request of both sides of the suit.
    “We are pleased that we have been able to reach a mutually agreeable resolution of the remaining claims in this lawsuit,” said Kristine Coratti Kelly, vice president of communications for The Washington Post, in a statement to The Enquirer.
    The clip video showed Sandmann and Nathan Phillips, a Native American who was demonstrating that day, facing each other in a crowd.    Sandmann was wearing a red Make America Great Again hat.
    Twitter exploded with accusations of racism and privilege.    News outlets like the Washington Post, NBC, CNN and The Enquirer all began reporting the story.    Phillips told reporters he was trying to defuse a tense situation – some of the students had just had a loud encounter with a group of Black Hebrew Israelites.

7/25/2020 Singaporean Pleads Guilty In U.S. To Acting As Chinese Intelligence Agent: Justice Department
FILE PHOTO: The U.S. Department of Justice building is bathed in morning light
at sunrise in Washington, U.S., February 14, 2020. REUTERS/Mary F. Calvert/File Photo
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Singaporean man who set up a fake consulting site to solicit information from U.S. government and military workers has pleaded guilty to acting as an illegal agent of Chinese intelligence, the Justice Department said on Friday.
    Sentencing for Jun Wei Yeo, also known as Dickson Yeo, will be in October, according to the department.
    The United States is cracking down on Chinese spying, with the FBI having interviewed dozens of visa holders about their possible ties to Chinese intelligence.
    On Friday a Chinese researcher who took refuge in the San Francisco consulate was expected to appear in court on allegations she lied about her Chinese military service, while the U.S. counterintelligence agency chief warned China and other nations could interfere with November elections.
    China’s foreign ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
(Reporting by Lisa Lambert; editing by Grant McCool/Mark Heinrich)


7/25/2020 Louisville Police Arrest Dozens During Breonna Taylor Protest by OAN Newsroom
Demonstrators march during a protest in memory of Breonna Taylor, Saturday, July 11, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
    Dozens of protesters were arrested in Louisville, Kentucky on Friday during a demonstration for Breonna Taylor.
    Louisville police arrested 76 people after activists gathered in the city’s downtown area. Demonstrators demanded for justice for Taylor, who was shot by police in her home in March.
    The demonstration was largely peaceful.    However, those arrested were taken into custody for allegedly setting up obstacles in the streets and assaulting officers by throwing objects at them.
    Meanwhile, militia group NFAC also marched through the city in support of the protests.
    “We decided to come down and send a strong message to the powers to be, the judicial system, that we needed to see something,” stated group leader John Fitzgerald Johnson.
    The group wore all black and openly carried weapons.    They claimed it is their constitutional right to employ the armed militia, though they stated they intend to keep their marches peaceful.

7/25/2020 McEnany: Federal Government Has A Duty To Uphold The Law In Portland by OAN Newsroom
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany stands as a video from Portland, Ore., is shown during a press briefing in
the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House, Friday, July 24, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    On Friday, Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany defended the recent deployment of federal agents to Portland.    Her support of the effort, which was undertaken by the Trump administration in a bid to quell a recent outbreak of riots, came during a press briefing at the White House.
    She detailed the violent conditions endured by officers on the ground, who have been engaged in the protection of federal property during the now more than 50 nights of consecutive protests in the city.
    “Our brave officers have faced all of these various things, like rioters barricading the Hatfield Courthouse, trapping officers inside.    A ‘commercial grade mortar firework’ was launched by rioters.    A federal agent’s hand was impaled by planted nails.    Another federal agent was shot with a pellet gun, leaving a wound deep to the bone.    Tragically, three federal officers were likely left permanently blinded by the rioters, (who were) using lasers pointed directly at their eyes.” – Kayleigh McEnany, White House Press Secretary
    Her description referred to protesters’ attempt to set the courthouse ablaze earlier this week. Monday night also saw demonstrators’ first use of communication jamming devices against law enforcement.
    That same night, rioters also attempted to cut off the building’s water supply to “make it a nightmare for officers inside.”

Clouds of smoke fill the air as federal officers try to disperse Black Lives Matter protesters in Portland, Ore., on Wednesday, July 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
    The decision to deploy DHS officers to Portland has been rejected by Democrat politicians, who have gone so far as to suggest the order was unlawful.
    The press secretary has soundly rejected this claim.
    “There’s Operation Legend, which is primarily led by DOJ, that’s just providing FBI, ATF and DEA agents to already existing places…that are out of control, like Chicago for instance,” stated McEnany.    “(It’s) separate and distinct from Portland, which is DHS.”
    Legal precedent is likely on the administration’s side, as pointed out by the press secretary.    U.S. Code Title 40, Section 1315 explicitly grants the Department of Homeland Security the ability to designate officers under its jurisdiction for the duty of protecting federal buildings.
    According to federal law, DHS agents are allowed to make arrests related to crimes committed in the officers’ presence within an area of up to 100 miles from the nearest external border, which, in this case, includes the city of Portland.

FILE – In this July 20, 2020 file photo Federal agents use crowd control munitions to disperse Black Lives Matter
protesters at the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Noah Berger,File)
    McEnany pointed out the federal government has a duty to maintain order and protect federal property, despite what she described as “unconstructive attitudes” from left-wing political leaders.
    “The federal government has a sworn duty to uphold the laws of the United States through field offices and federal facilities across the country.    These agents protect and serve the American people.    Yet, the rhetoric of the left undermines our justice system, with Nancy Pelosi calling them ‘Stormtroopers,’ Jim Clyburn calling them the ‘Gestapo,’ and Wheeler using the term ‘paramilitary forces.’” – Kayleigh McEnany, White House Press Secretary
    DHS Secretary Chad Wolf and Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli slammed top Democrats for this description.    On Friday, Wolf called the comparison “disgusting” and claimed it is “an assault on every officer who swore to protect our communities.”
    In a separate interview, Cuccinelli stated lawmakers who use terms like “Nazi” and “Stormtroopers” should know better.    He added if he worked for agencies like Customs and Border Patrol or the FBI, he would have sued for libel.

Federal agents use crowd control munitions to disperse Black Lives Matter protesters at the Mark O. Hatfield
United States Courthouse on Sunday, July 19, 2020, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

7/25/2020 Black Trump Supporter Fatally Shot In Wis. by OAN Newsroom
Screengrab via CBS58 video report.
    GOP officials in Wisconsin voiced their outrage after a black man, who was well known to his community as a strong supporter of the president, was killed in broad daylight.
Photo of Bernell Trammell via Facebook.
    The party issued a statement Friday regarding the murder of 60-year-old Bernell Trammell, who was fatally shot outside of his publishing company the day before.
    “We saw the cops pull up, the vans, ambulance, firefighters.    We sat and watched.    They gave CPR for about 15 to 20 minutes.” – Taylen Pulley, resident
    Trammell reportedly spent the weeks leading up to the attack advocating for President Trump’s reelection.
    According to Milwaukee authorities, an unknown suspect pulled up next to Trammell while he was sitting in front of his business, shot him execution style and sped off.
    People who knew the man stated he was known for his political and religious views.    They added he would be willing to have a discussion with anyone, even those who didn’t share his viewpoint.
    “He never once tried to convert you or change you,” stated one friend.    “He would just tell you what he thought, he would listen to what you had to think and he would respect that.”
    Residents in Trammell’s neighborhood have left flowers, signs and artwork on the street to pay their respects.
    “What happened to him, it shouldn’t have happened to anyone,” said another friend.    “It’s a senseless death.”
Screengrab via CBS58 video report.
    Police have said the motive and exact details leading up to the shooting are unclear.    However, they are looking into the possibility that the shooting was politically motivated.
    The Wisconsin Republican Party has called on one of the state’s district attorneys to lead an investigation into the crime.
    “No American should fear for their personal safety because of where they live or their political affiliation,” read their request.

7/25/2020 Federal Judge Blocks Seattle’s Ban On Non-Lethal Police Equipment by OAN Newsroom
A Seattle Police officer holds a broom as he cleans up broken glass outside the East
Precinct Building, Sunday, July 19, 2020 in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
    A federal judge has blocked Seattle’s ban on non-lethal police equipment.     District Judge James Robart granted a temporary restraining order on the legislation this week, which will allow officers to continue using the crowd control measures.
    The Department of Justice argued the ban could lead rioters to cause even more violence, which would escalate officer’s use force in the process.
    According to Judge Roberts, the law was not discussed between the city and Justice Department sufficiently.    Seattle’s police chief voiced similar concerns over the legislation and claimed the move would create more violent situations.
    “The council legislation gives officers no ability to safely intercede to preserve property in the midst of a large violent crowd,” said Chief Carmen Best.    “Allowing this behavior deeply troubles me, it deeply troubles me.”
    Meanwhile, similar tensions in Portland, Oregon led to violent clashes between police and protesters earlier this week.
Demonstrators head to Seattle City Hall in a protest led by youth activists demanding racial, climate,
economic, worker, and social justice Monday, July 20, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

7/25/2020 Despite Supreme Court Ruling, New DACA Applications Marked As ‘Pending’ by OAN Newsroom
A security officer, center, meets with people outside the federal building to give them a form to return for
immigration check-ins at a later date, Monday, July 13, 2020, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
    New applications for the DACA program have been labeled “pending” while the White House works to repeal the Obama era program.    This came after a federal judge in Maryland demanded the full restoration of the program and its ability to take new applicants.
    Last month, the Supreme Court ruled the Trump administration had ended the program improperly and needed a valid reason for doing so.
    The president has told program recipients that their status is a top GOP priority.
    “Very importantly, we’ll be taking care of people from DACA in a very Republican way.    I’ve spoken to many Republicans and some would like to leave it out, but really, they understand that it’s the right thing to do.    So, we’re going to be taking care of DACA.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
    He added he intends on signing a new immigration act soon, which would create a new program based on merit.
    More than 650,000 people are currently enrolled in the DACA program.

7/25/2020 UK Quarantines Travellers From Spain In Sudden Blow To Europe’s Revival by David Milliken and Graham Keeley
FILE PHOTO: People enjoy the sunny weather at Barceloneta beach, after Catalonia's regional authorities and the city council announced restrictions
to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Barcelona, Spain July 19, 2020. REUTERS/Nacho Doce/File Photo
    LONDON/BARCELONA (Reuters) – Britain abruptly imposed a two-week quarantine on all travellers arriving from Spain after a surge of coronavirus cases, a dramatic and sudden reversal on Saturday to the opening of the European continent to tourism after months of lockdown.
    The quarantine requirement was due to take effect from midnight (2300 GMT on Saturday), making it impossible for travellers to avoid it by rushing home.
    The British foreign ministry also announced it was recommending against all but essential travel to mainland Spain, a move likely to prompt tour operators to cancel package holidays and trigger claims against insurers.
    Spain’s Canary and Balearic Islands were not covered by the advice to avoid travel to the mainland, but holidaymakers returning to Britain from the islands will still be subject to quarantine on return.
    Britain’s government urged employers to be “understanding” towards staff who are unable to return to their place of work for two weeks after they return from holiday.
    The sudden British move followed steps this week by other European countries.    On Friday Norway said it would re-impose a 10-day quarantine requirement for people arriving from Spain from Saturday, while France advised people not to travel to Spain’s northeastern region of Catalonia.
    But the total collapse of tourism from Britain would have far more impact.    Britain accounted for more than 20% of the foreign visitors to Spain last year, the largest group by nationality. Tourism normally accounts for some 12% of Spain’s economy.
    Spain had been on a list of countries that the British government had said were safe for travellers to visit – meaning tourists returning home would not have to go into quarantine.
    The announcement of such lists just weeks ago had allowed Europe’s tourism sector to begin its revival after the near total shut-down prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
    Responding to the British measures, Spain said on Saturday it was a safe country with localised, isolated and controlled outbreaks of the coronavirus.
    A Spanish Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said Spain “respects decisions of the United Kingdom” and was in touch with the authorities there.
    The British move will affect not just Spain’s tourism sector but airlines and travel companies struggling to get back to business.
    Britain’s opposition Labour Party said the news was “deeply concerning” and called for support for British people affected.
    Antonio Perez, the mayor of Benidorm, a resort on Spain’s Costa Blanca that is hugely dependent on British tourists, called the move “another tough blow.”
    “We have suffered lot this year and then this happened.    We thought that the British were going to come back but this makes things harder for now,” he said.
    Spain was one of the worst hit countries in Europe by the pandemic, with more than 290,000 cases, and more than 28,000 deaths.    It imposed very strict lockdown measures to contain the spread, gradually easing them earlier this summer.
    But the last few weeks saw a surge of cases, forcing local lockdowns to be reimposed in some areas.
    On Friday Spanish Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya told CNN television that like many countries around the world that have managed to control the disease, Spain “has outbreaks but the governments — both national and regional — are working to isolate cases as soon as they appear.”
    The Catalonia region reported 1,493 new coronavirus cases and three deaths on Saturday.    The regional government has urged residents of Barcelona to stay at home, and ordered all discos to shut from Saturday for the next 15 days.
    Britain itself has been the worst hit country in Europe by the pandemic, with more than 328,000 cases and an official death toll of more than 45,600.
(Reporting by David Milliken; Additional reporting by Graham Keeley in Barcelona; Writing by Peter Graff and Frances Kerry)

7/25/2020 House Approves $259B Spending Package by OAN Newsroom
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday,
July 24, 2020, on the extension of federal unemployment benefits. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    The House of Representatives has passed one of two major spending packages for the 2021 fiscal year.    It was passed largely along party lines.
    The $259 billion legislation was made up of four smaller bills.    Each section outlined the budget for individual departments, including State, Foreign Operations, Agriculture, Interior, Environment, Military, Construction and Veterans Affairs.
    “I am proud of the work we have completed under the incredibly difficult circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic,” stated Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.).    “This appropriations package addresses urgent national priorities.”
    The foreign operations aspect of the package will provide assistance to countries such as Israel and Egypt.    The agricultural bill outlined the allocation of $1 billion, which will be used to expand rural broadband and nutritional assistance programs.
FILE – In this May 21, 2020 file photo, a man looks at signs displayed of a store closing
due to the coronavirus pandemic in Niles, Ill. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)
    The interior bill will fund arts and humanities programs, as well as museums.    It will also designate funds for the National Endowment for the Humanities.
    However, the package also called for funding to the World Health Organization.    This controversial move came after the president vowed to cut ties with the group, which he has blamed for the pandemic.
    Additionally, it would increase funds for the Environmental Protection Agency, which President Trump has attempted to roll back.
    The package also sought to block the president from using military construction funds to build the border wall.
    Republicans lawmakers have offered praise for the bill, but raised concerns about what they are calling “fatal flaws.”
    “I hope members on both sides of the aisle will agree it is more productive to fund programs of bipartisan support than to fund partisan efforts that have no chance at becoming law,” said Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas).
Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y., center, joined by Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., right and Sen. Debbie Stabenow,
D-Wis., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
    The House also adapted amendments to block President Trump’s use of emergency authority, which he has used to keep meat plants open during the pandemic.    These additions would also prevent drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and ban any government contracts with President Trump’s businesses.
    Overall, the budget surpassed expectations by $40 billion, which Democrats claimed will address some emergency supplemental spending in the wake of the pandemic.
    Moving forward, the Senate Appropriations Committee will take up the matter.    They’re expected to push back against some of these provisions.
    The second spending bill will be up for a House vote next week.

7/25/2020 Louisville, Ky. Protest Ends In Accidental Shooting by OAN Newsroom
Demonstrators march during a protest in memory of Breonna Taylor, Saturday, July 11, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
    Dozens of protesters were arrested in Louisville, Kentucky on Friday during a demonstration for Breonna Taylor.
Louisville police arrested 76 people after activists gathered in the city’s downtown area.    Demonstrators demanded for justice for Taylor, who was shot by police in her home in March.
    The demonstration was largely peaceful.    However, those arrested were taken into custody for allegedly setting up obstacles in the streets and assaulting officers by throwing objects at them.
    Meanwhile, militia group NFAC also marched through the city in support of the protests.
    “We decided to come down and send a strong message to the powers to be, the judicial system, that we needed to see something,” stated group leader John Fitzgerald Johnson.

Armed members of the “NFAC” march through downtown Louisville, Ky., toward the Hall of Justice on Saturday, July 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
    The group wore all black, openly carried weapons and claimed it was their constitutional right to employ the armed militia.
    During the demonstration, one armed attendee unintentionally fired his gun.    The gunshots wounded three protesters, all of whom were members of the militia coalition.
    The victims were taken to the University of Louisville Hospital.    According to authorities, they suffered non-life threatening injuries and are expected to recover.


The Not F***ing Around Coalition came to Louisville in support of racial justice while the Three Percenters militia also was in town.
Louisville police kept the two groups apart with barricades. Above, members of the NFAC pause to check for snipers at Sixth and Jefferson streets. PAT MCDONOGH/THE COURIER JOURNAL

More than 40 Three Percenters demonstrate at a Black Lives Matter protest in Louisville. CHRIS KENNING/THE COURIER JOURNAL

7/26/2020 Latin America Leads World In Coronavirus Cases, Reuters Count Shows by Daniela Desantis and Javier Leira
FILE PHOTO: A gravedigger wearing protective suit digs a grave to bury the coffin of a person who died from the
coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at Vila Formosa cemetery, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, July 16, 2020. REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli
    ASUNCION/SANTIAGO (Reuters) – Coronavirus cases in Latin America for the first time have surpassed the combined infections in the United States and Canada, a Reuters tally showed on Sunday, amid a surge of infections in Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Colombia and Argentina.
    The quickly growing number of cases make Latin America the region most impacted by the pandemic globally, with 26.83% of worldwide cases.
    Latin America now has 4,327,160 total cases of the novel coronavirus compared to 4,308,495 infections in United States and Canada, according to the count based on data provided by the governments of each country.
    The United States continues to be the individual country with the highest number of infections and deaths from COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the virus, with more than 4.2 million cases and roughly 146,000 deaths, followed by Brazil, with 2.4 million cases and nearly 87,000 dead.
    Mexico, Peru and Chile also are among the top 10 nations in COVID-19 cases.
    According to the Reuters count, the number of people known to have been infected worldwide exceeds 16.1 million.
    Health experts have said that official data almost certainly under-reports infections and deaths, particularly in countries with limited testing capacity.
(Reporting by Daniela Desantis and Javier Leira; Writing by Dave Sherwood; Editing by Will Dunham)

7/26/2020 Overnight Protests In Seattle, Portland, Austin Turn Violent by OAN Newsroom
Seattle Police ride on a vehicle behind bicycle police during a Black Lives Matter
protest march, Saturday, July 25, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
    Seattle police declared Black Lives Matter protests a riot after demonstrations turned violent.    On Saturday night, 45 people were reportedly arrested and 21 officers were injured.
    This came just one day after a federal judge granted a temporary block, which allowed police to use non-lethal crowd control equipment.
    Thousands gathered at the city’s Capitol Hill, where CHOP was previously located, earlier that day.    What initially started as a peaceful demonstration to show solidarity with Portland protesters eventually devolved into violence.
    “Over 20 officers have been injured, and one went to the hospital for further treatment.    Once again, I implore people to come to the city in peace.    We support everyone’s First Amendment right to free speech and to assemble in such a way.” – Chief Carmen Best, Seattle Police Department
    Crowds reportedly threw rocks and fireworks at police. One officer is currently recovering in the hospital.
The words “I can’t breathe” are flashed on a wall during a Black Lives Matter protest Saturday, July 25, 2020, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
    Police also declared a riot in Portland, Oregon after protesters tore down a fence surrounding federal property.    Thousands gathered for the 59th night in a row Saturday to march on federal courthouse.
    The building has been the sight of clashes between protesters and DHS agents for weeks now.    Activists have called for the removal of federal agents.
    According to police, rioters threw bottles and fireworks at officers, which resulted in several arrests.
    “If you want to support Portland, stop the violence, work for peace. Portland police officers and facilities have been threatened.    Now, more than ever, Portland police need your support.    We want to be with you in the community, working on real relationships that will create change.” – Chief Chuck Lovell, Portland Police Department
Construction buildings burn near the King County Juvenile Detention Center, Saturday, July 25, 2020,
in Seattle, shortly after a group of protesters left the area. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
    The unrest in Portland reportedly sparked even more demonstrations across the country this weekend.
    One person is dead and another is in custody following a shooting at a Black Lives Matter protest in Texas.    The gunfire happened in downtown Austin on Saturday night.
    A car reportedly pulled up and open fired on a group of protesters.    The unidentified male victim was reportedly just feet away from the shooter’s car at the time of the incident.
    Authorities believe the victim was armed with a rifle.
    “Austin police were on scene in the 300 block of Congress Avenue monitoring protesters when shots were fired.    One adult male victim was located with a gunshot wound.    That victim was transported to Dell Seton, but was pronounced deceased shortly thereafter.” – Senior Officer Katrina Ratcliff, Austin Police Department
    The suspected shooter has been arrested and is reportedly cooperating with police.
    A shooting also broke out in Aurora, Colorado on Saturday, where hundreds of people were marching over the fatal shooting of Elijah McClain.    Two were injured in the incident.
    Authorities have said a fellow protester open fired in an attempt to stop the oncoming car from plowing through the crowd. However, the shots were unsuccessful.
    The car was caught on camera speeding through the scene, where it narrowly avoided protesters.
    The two wounded are reportedly in stable condition.
A demonstrator flashes a light at a federal office as tear gas fills the air during a Black Lives Matter protest at
the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse Saturday, July 25, 2020, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
    As protests across the country continue to evolve into riots, authorities have urged demonstrators to end the violence to better work towards peace.

7/26/2020 HHS Secy. Azar Urges Americans To Wear Masks To Help Prevent Further Shutdowns by OAN Newsroom
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar speaks during an event with President Donald Trump to sign executive orders on lowering drug prices,
in the South Court Auditorium in the White House complex, Friday, July 24, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    According to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, proper social distancing is key to reopening the economy. The health official has encouraged Americans to wear face masks to avoid further shutdowns.
    Azar expressed that the most important thing citizens have to do right now is act responsibly as individuals. He warned there will be consequences if people don’t wear masks.
    He also outlined various ways residents can prevent the pandemic from worsening.
    “It’s not about projections so much as what are we doing about it, which is: we need to wear face coverings.    We need to practice social distancing, good personal hygiene, and in our hot zones, close our bars, restrict our indoor dining, restrict our home gatherings.    We know this works.” – Alex Azar, Health and Human Services Secretary
    He also stated the decision on whether or not to reopen schools should be left up to independent communities at a local level.

7/26/2020 Vice President Pence Praises Mass. Over Response To COVID-19 Pandemic by OAN Newsroom
Gov. Charles Baker, left, speaks with Vice President Michael Pence, wearing a face mask, before a news conference
in Nantucket, Mass., on Saturday afternoon, July 25, 2020. (Merrily Cassidy/Cape Cod Times via AP, Pool)
    Vice President Mike Pence commended Massachusetts’ coronavirus response efforts during his meeting with Governor Charlie Baker.    Pence and Baker held a joint press conference on Saturday in Nantucket, where he praised the state for flattening the curve of the outbreak and having a low positivity rate.
    The vice president also hailed the state’s testing efforts and its focus on nursing homes.    He went on to reaffirm the federal government is committed to helping the state.
    He specifically praised the state’s work on reopening schools.
    “To open up America, we need to open up America’s schools.    We’re truly grateful for the steps that you’ve taken to deploy more than $200 million in federal resources to support reopening schools, mitigation efforts.    As we work with Congress, with the leadership in both parties in the House and Senate, we’re going to be providing additional support for Massachusetts schools to be able to open up again.” – Mike Pence, Vice President of the United States
    The vice president urged people in the state to keep wearing face masks and practice social distancing.

7/26/2020 Democrat Lawmakers Probe DHS For Alleged False Claims by OAN Newsroom
Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, listens during a
House Committee on Homeland Security meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 22, 2020,
on the national response to the coronavirus pandemic. (Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times via AP, Pool)
    Top House Democrats are looking into allegedly false statements made by Homeland Security officials regarding their ban on Trusted     Traveler Programs (TTP) in New York.    The chairs of the Homeland Security Committee, Reps. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) and Kathleen Rice (D-N.Y.), launched the investigation on Saturday.
    The DHS recently lifted their ban, which kept New York residents from entering the programs.    According to the Manhattan U.S. attorney, the agency has singled out the state.
    “Revelations have come to light, suggesting that the Department of Homeland Security’s position was not truthful,” stated Governor Andrew Cuomo.    “The Department of Homeland Security made a startling revelation.”
    In February, the agency announced the ban would be implemented due to the region’s Green Light Law.    The law granted driver’s licenses to anyone, regardless of citizenship status, and blocked federal immigration authorities from accessing DMV data.
Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, speaks during a news conference to address the situation
in Portland, Ore., in relation to protests Tuesday, July 21, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
    DHS officials have claimed this threatened national security because it blocked state officials from sharing information with federal authorities.    They also accused New York of being the only state to have such a law.
    In April, the Green Light Law was amended, allowing information sharing between governments.
    “It’s impossible because I’ve said it 480 times,” said Cuomo.    “Everybody knew there were other states with green light laws, it has been written in a number of papers.”
    Meanwhile, the House chairs have asked DHS Secretary Chad Wolf to turn over all documents referencing the ban by August 21st.    Additionally, the committee has demanded Wolf and former deputy Executive Commissioner John Wagner testify before the committee by September 4th.

7/26/2020 Officials Detail Upcoming Stimulus Bill by OAN Newsroom
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill
in Washington, Thursday, July 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow has confirmed the coming coronavirus relief bill will include a round of $1,200 stimulus checks.    During a recent interview, Kudlow revealed several details of Senate Republicans’ latest legislation, which has been backed by the White House.
    According to him, the legislation will include an extension of the federal eviction moratorium and liability protections for businesses.    It will also include funding to help schools reopen.
    As the U.S. gears up for more coronavirus relief, the adviser said he expects the economy to continue making a rebound.
    “I don’t deny some of these hot spot states are going to moderate that recovery, but on the whole, the picture’s very positive,” stated Kudlow.    “I still think the v-shaped recovery is in place, I still think there’s going to be 20% growth rate in the third and fourth quarters.”
    He went on to say the package put forward by Republicans is “well rounded” and will help the people who need it the most.
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. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
    According to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Congress will stay in session until a fifth coronavirus relief bill is passed.    On Sunday, Pelosi reiterated the House would not adjourn for the August recess until the stimulus package is finalized.
    The Democrats’ HEROES Act was passed in the House, but not the Senate, following days of disagreement across the aisle.
    However, the speaker claimed the left has been prepared for a while.
    “We have been ready for two months and 10 days.    I have been here all weekend, hoping they had something to give us.    They promised it this week.    It didn’t come.” – Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is expected to release his new stimulus package proposal as early as Monday.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., right, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., listen as President
Donald Trump speaks during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House, Monday, July 20, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    Economist Stephen Moore has urged GOP lawmakers to focus on negotiating stimulus legislation with the House speaker rather than among themselves.    He has advised senators to focus on unity when presenting their stimulus plan and to push back on Democrats’ revisions to the bill.
    He also encouraged them to include payroll tax cuts for business and lower stimulus payments.
    The economist warned that taking in-party negotiations too far will only delay Congress further.
    “Look, Republicans have to say what they stand for here.    They have to stand up for tax cuts, deregulation, school choice, all of these things that need to be in this stimulus bill.    Right now, it looks like they’re not.    Republicans are negotiating with themselves on this phase four stimulus bill and we haven’t even gotten to negotiating with Nancy Pelosi.” – Stephen Moore, economist

7/26/2020 Portland NAACP: Protests Spectacle, Dilutes BLM Message by OAN Newsroom
Demonstrators rally around a fire during a Black Lives Matter protest at the Mark O. Hatfield United
States Courthouse Saturday, July 25, 2020, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
    Leaders of Portland’s NAACP chapter are calling for protesters to bring demonstrations back to form.    Chapter president E.D. Mondainé recently called attention to what he believes is a “white spectacle” brought on by leftist agitators, such as Antifa.
    He claimed these left-wing organizations have hijacked demonstrations and are distracting the public from protesters’ real message.
    “We’re not going to quit until we see justice for everybody, we’re not going to stop,” said Mondainé.    “It’s not the mayor’s issue, it’s not the commissioner’s issue, but it’s our issue.”
Demonstrators try to topple a steel fence during a Black Lives Matter protest at the Mark O. Hatfield
United States Courthouse Saturday, July 25, 2020, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
    The NAACP leader stressed these protests are supposed to call attention to racial disparities felt by the black community and should be conducted peacefully.    He also doesn’t want to discourage white participation in protests and added the goal is to encourage justice for all.
    Mondainé went on to say some civil rights leaders, namely Malcolm X, have mistakenly brushed off white people from joining protests.    These leaders apparently believed they would cause distractions.
    “We welcome all of the help that we can get from our very well-meaning, I call them sisters and brothers, allies and accomplices.    We need them.    But, we need them to show up how we need them to show up, not how they think is best.” – E.D. Mondainé, President of the NAACP Portland Chapter
A demonstrator wears a face mask during a Black Lives Matter protest at the Mark O. Hatfield
United States Courthouse Saturday, July 25, 2020, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
    He also believes protesters may have to fall back due to the violence that erupted in Portland.    He added organizers may have to restrategize.
    Mondainé has urged the movement to mobilize and speak up at local government meetings, such as school board and city council meetings.

7/26/2020 Meadows Speaks Out On Potential Voter Fraud In Widespread Use Of Mail-In Ballots by OAN Newsroom
FILE – This Friday, June 10, 2016 file photo shows a mail-in ballot yet to be counted at the Sacramento
County Registrar of Voters office, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
    White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows has rejected Democrat calls for widespread mail-in ballot voting in upcoming elections.    According to Meadows, sending ballots to every household may undermine the integrity of this year’s elections.
    “The Democrats see this as their panacea of being able to put a ballot in every mail box and hope for the best,” he said.
    He dismissed attempts to revive the failed Russia hoax by saying American elections are secure from any alleged foreign influence.
    The chief of staff also criticized loopholes in election laws, which could allow potential voter fraud by Democrats.
    “We want to make sure that every vote counts, but that it’s only one vote per person.    You can’t have ballot harvesting.    We’ve seen ballot harvesting schemes in California.    I’m not suggesting that there is widespread fraud there, but there certainly is fraud.” – Mark Meadows, White House Chief of Staff
    He also stressed in-person voting is the only way to prevent the practice of people voting for someone else.

7/26/2020 Secy. Mnuchin Discusses Unemployment Benefits For Future Stimulus by OAN Newsroom
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin speaks with reporters about the coronavirus relief package
negotiations, at the White House, Thursday, July 23, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin recently weighed in on the upcoming coronavirus stimulus bill.    On Sunday, he spoke with reporters regarding his ideas for wage replacement, which would compensate those out of work amid the pandemic.
    He urged lawmakers to take time to think through the next steps and not rush the new relief measure.
    The secretary also pointed out it wouldn’t be fair to use taxpayer dollars to pay people more to sit at home than they would make working.
    “It was a technical problem where we were in an emergency last time, so we instituted this quickly,” stated Mnuchin.    “In certain cases, people were paid more to stay home.”
    Despite ongoing disagreements across the aisle, Mnuchin is optimistic a deal could be reached in the House to pass a version of the Senate’s proposal.

7/26/2020 Germany Rejects Trump’s Proposal To Let Russia Back Into G7: Foreign Minister
FILE PHOTO: German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas pauses as he meets with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos
Mitsotakis at the Maximos Mansion in Athens, Greece, July 21, 2020. REUTERS/Costas Baltas
    BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany has rejected a proposal by U.S. President Donald Trump to invite Russian President Vladimir Putin back into the Group of Seven (G7) most advanced economies, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said in a newspaper interview published on Monday.
    Trump raised the prospect last month of expanding the G7 to again include Russia, which had been expelled in 2014 following Moscow’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region.
    But Maas told Rheinische Post that he did not see any chance for allowing Russia back into the G7 as long as there was no meaningful progress in solving the conflict in Crimea as well as in eastern Ukraine.
    Russia itself could make the biggest contribution to becoming part of the G7 format again by contributing to a peaceful solution in the Ukraine conflict, Maas said.
    Russia is still part of the G20, a broader grouping including other emerging-market economies.
    “G7 and G20 are two sensibly coordinated formats.    We don’t need G11 or G12 anymore,” Maas said in reference to Trump’s proposal to invite not only Russia, but other countries to G7 meetings.
    Maas described the relationship with Russia as “currently difficult” in many areas.    “But we also know that we need Russia to solve conflicts such as those in Syria, Libya and Ukraine.    That will not work against Russia, but only with Russia.”
    Germany, which took over the rotating six-month EU presidency on July 1, has taken on a mediating role in the conflict in Libya as well as in Ukraine.
    “But Russia also has to make its contribution, which is very slow in Ukraine,” Maas said.
(Reporting by Michael Nienaber; Editing by Peter Cooney)


7/27/2020 So you can see where the most cases are in the states and it is very clear who are the Democrat cities.

7/27/2020 Spain’s Catalonia To Take Stricter Measures If Coronavirus Situation Does Not Improve
FILE PHOTO: People queue to enter the beach, after Catalonia's regional authorities and the city council announced restrictions
to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Barcelona, Spain July 19, 2020. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
    BARCELONA (Reuters) – Spain’s Catalonia may take stricter measures to limit coronavirus contagion if situation does not improve in the next 10 days, regional leader Quim Torra said on Monday.
    Torra warned that in many parts of Catalonia the data was similar to the situation before Spain declared a national lockdown in March.    He added his administration’s goal was to avoid taking as strict measures as the ones that were taken back then.
    Catalan authorities on July 17 advised some four million people to remain home and leave only for essential trips, banned gatherings of more than ten people and limited the occupancy of bars and restaurants as the number of cases in the region is rising faster than in the rest of the country.
(Reporting by Joan Faus, Editing by Inti Landauro)

    The following was found at
Rep. Devin Nunes told Maria Bartiromo on FNC's "Sunday Morning Futures" that the Brookings Institute
had connections to the creation of the Steele dossier during the 2016 election:
    NUNES: We have now expanded our investigation, full-blown investigation, into the Brookings Institute.    And it really centers on two issues.        One is the IRS.    This is a tax-exempt organization.    They're supposed to stay out of politics.    They clearly have not done that.    They have obstructed our investigation with propaganda for the last four years.
    It's well-known that they have attacked our investigation for four years through this kind of phony legal group of fact-checkers that they set up.    So, we need to look at their -- see if they have been involved in politics.
    Secondly, they also take foreign money from foreign countries and foreign governments.    And we need to know what foreign governments were involved in this, because were they acting on behalf of a foreign power?
    Everybody questioned for all this time, you know, the Trump campaign and Republicans were involved with Russians.    Well, who was the Brookings Institute -- who were their foreign donors?    And are they doing all of this not just to help the Democratic Party, but also any foreign government?
    Also found at
Rep. Nunes on secret source for anti-Trump Steele dossier: 'expanded our investigation' into Brookings Institute
'This was the Clinton campaign’s dossiers. It was the dirt,' says Nunes by Talia Kaplan | Fox News
    The Brookings Institution is an American research group founded in 1916 on Think Tank Row in Washington, D.C., that conducts research and education in the social sciences, primarily in economics, metropolitan policy, governance, foreign policy, and global economy and economic development.    Its stated mission is to "provide innovative and practical recommendations that advance three broad goals: strengthen American democracy; foster the economic and social welfare, security and opportunity of all Americans; and secure a more open, safe, prosperous, and cooperative international system."

7/27/2020 Dr. Birx Visits Ky., Recommends State Close Bars by OAN Newsroom
    Dr. Deborah Birx, White House coronavirus response coordinator, speaks during a meeting with higher
education leaders on safely reopening schools, Friday, July 24, 2020, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
    Dr. Deborah Birx of the coronavirus task force is advising Kentucky to close bars in an effort to combat the spread of the virus in the state.    She laid out a number of recommendations for the state in a press conference Sunday after meeting with Gov. Andy Beshear (D) and state health experts.
    Dr. Birx said people should be wearing masks in any indoor public space and in their homes if they are in a multi-generational household.    She also urged people in the state to avoid large social gatherings.
    “We do believe that there are states that need to close their bars to decrease indoor gatherings to less than 10 and to decrease social gatherings to less than 10,” she stated.
    “We have a real call to action for every Kentuckian to wear a mask and to protect those in their families by not going to large social gatherings,” Dr. Birx continued.    “If they do, to make sure they’re protecting those in their families that have substantial vulnerabilities that we know are related to obesity, hypertension, diabetes, and chronic lung, heart or kidney disease.”
    Dr. Birx went on to say the Trump administration has significant concerns about the rising number of cases in the state.

7/27/2020 Pelosi Refuses To Give Businesses Liability Protections by OAN Newsroom
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., left, accompanied by Rep. Dwight Evans, D-Pa., right, listens to a question from a reporter during a news
conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, July 24, 2020, on the extension of federal unemployment benefits. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she will not consider liability protections for businesses in the next stimulus package.    During an interview Sunday, she said providing legal protections will allow businesses, hospitals and schools to remain unaccountable from protecting their workers from coronavirus.
    “We’ve placed no responsibility on your employer to make that workplace safe and if you get sick, you have no recourse because we’ve given your employer protection,” Pelosi stated.    “And if you don’t go to work because you’re afraid of being sick and you have that job opportunity, you don’t get unemployment insurance.”
    Meanwhile, Senate Republicans have pushed for such protections for businesses with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell saying no relief bill would get through the Senate without them.
    Some companies have expressed concern over the possibility of legal issues if employees contract the virus while at work and said liability protections will aid in efforts to reopen the economy.
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) recently slammed the House speaker for wanting to keep America shut down.    He made the remarks during an interview Sunday while discussing the highly debated coronavirus relief bill.
File – Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is pictured. (Andrew Harnik/AP Photo)
    According to Cruz, Pelosi wants to provide big tax cuts to billionaires in blue states instead of addressing the crisis we face.
    “Her objectives are shoveling cash at the problem and shutting America down,” he explained.    “And in particular, you look at the $3 trillion bill she’s trying to push, it’s just shoveling money to her friends and not actually solving the problem.”
    Cruz added that more than 60 percent of Americans are currently making more in unemployment benefits than they make on their paychecks.

7/27/2020 Sen. Hawley Will Not Vote For SCOTUS Justices Unless They Have Publicly Denounced Roe V. Wade Decision by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this June 16, 2020 file photo, Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., speaks on on Capitol Hill, in Washington. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/Pool via AP File)
    Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) announced a new criteria in which he will decide whether or not to vote in favor of future Supreme Court nominees.
    In an interview Sunday, the Republican lawmaker said he will not vote to confirm any Supreme Court justice unless he or she has publicly recognized the 1973 case Roe v. Wade was improperly ruled on.
    Hawley said this admission must be stated on the record before the nominee was ever recommended to serve in the nation’s highest court.    The senator claimed he’s not looking to secure predictions on the judges’ potential rulings or to learn how the judge personally feels about the issue.
    Instead, Hawley is purely seeking to know whether or not the judge believes the Roe decision was a mistake in terms of legality.    The senator claimed he will hold this standard to every candidate, no matter if the judge is nominated by a Democrat or a Republican.
    Hawley, who is now a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has been clear about his positions on Supreme Court nominees since before he was elected.
    “We want a judge who will apply the Constitution as the people wrote it,” he stated.
    Hawley believes the Roe ruling was “judicial imperialism.”    This comes as several conservatives have increasingly expressed the need for more conservative justices after recent frustrations with the Roberts court.
    Last month, the court ruled to strike down a Louisiana law that would have required abortion clinics to have admitting privileges to a nearby hospital.    Chief Justice John Roberts, a Bush appointee who had voted in favor of a nearly identical Texas law in 2016, voted against the Louisiana statute.
    Hawley said the White House is aware of his Supreme Court expectations.    Some speculate President Trump may be granted another Supreme Court nominee this year.

7/27/2020 Republicans, White House Seek $400 Cut To Weekly Unemployment Aid: Report
FILE PHOTO: People line up outside a Kentucky Career Center hoping to find assistance with
their unemployment claim in Frankfort, Kentucky, U.S. June 18, 2020. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Republicans and the White House plan to seek a reduction in emergency federal weekly unemployment benefits from $600 to $200 until states can handle a more complicated benefit formula, the Washington Post reported on Monday.
    Democrats, who control the U.S. House of Representatives, have sought to keep the current federal benefit in place.    Senate Republicans are expected to unveil their latest coronavirus relief plan later on Monday.
(Writing by Susan Heavey; Editing by Tim Ahmann)

7/28/2020 Oil up $0.27 to $41.61, DOW up 115 to 26,585.

    The following found at
7/28/2020 Source for Steele discredited anti-Trump dossier outed by Rowan Scarborough - The Washington Times -Sunday, July 26, 2020
Christopher Steele, a former British spy who wrote a 2016 dossier about alleged links between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin,
leaves the High Court in London following a hearing in the libel case brought against him by Russian businessman Aleksej
    The shadowy figure who funneled information to Christopher Steele for his notorious election-year dossier is Igor Danchenko, a Ukraine-born, Russian-educated researcher who worked in the U.S. traveled to Moscow to find supposed dirt on candidate Donald Trump.
    Washington lawyer Mark E. Schamel told The New York Times that Mr. Danchenko is his client.    “Igor Danchenko has been identified as one of the sources who provided data and analysis,” he said.
    A number of online activists had identified Mr. Danchenko, as did Real Clear Investigations.
    Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, released a 60-page declassified FBI report that detailed three interviews with Mr. Danchenko in January 2017.    The researcher’s name was omitted, and he was referred to only as Mr. Steele’s “primary sub-source.”
    Cybersleuths with the blog I Found the Primary Subsource took tidbits from the heavily redacted document and pieced together enough biographical information to name Mr. Danchenko.
    Mr. Danchenko describes himself on his restricted Twitter account as “Russia/Eurasia political & economic research & analysis, energy, due diligence.”
    Mr. Danchenko was on the payroll of Mr. Steele’s investigative firm, Orbis Business Intelligence, in London.    He also worked at the Brookings Institution.    He co-wrote with Fiona Hill a 2010 Brookings paper titled “One Step Forward, Two Steps Back?    The Realities of a Rising China and Implications for Russia’s Energy Ambitions.”    Which now you see the connection of Fiona Hill with the fake impeachment of Adam Schiff and the rest of the Democrats and you willsee below how it is all connected to the Globalist agenda.

    The following found at
7/28/2020 Gregg Jarrett: Christopher Steele's secret source for anti-Trump dossier is finally exposed
It is now up to U.S. Attorney John Durham to hold corrupt people accountable with criminal indictments.

    The fabulist behind the infamous and discredited anti-Trump dossier has finally been exposed.    His name is Igor Danchenko.
    He is not some mysterious Russian agent operating in the bowels of the Kremlin.    Danchenko is a Ukrainian-born resident of the United States who worked as a senior research analyst for the Washington, D.C. liberal think tank, Brookings Institution.
    When the dossier was invented in 2016, the president of Brookings was Strobe Talbott, a long-time friend and ally of Hillary Clinton.    Her campaign provided the cash for the phony document that was composed by ex-British spy Christopher Steele.
    Talbott helped fuel the Trump-Russia collusion narrative.    But it was Danchenko who supplied Steele with most of the false stories contained in the dossier.
    Danchenko’s identity, concealed by the FBI for three and a half years, was uncovered by clever cybersluths and thereafter confirmed by his attorney.
    Beginning a mere four days after Donald Trump was inaugurated in January of 2017, FBI agents interviewed Danchenko during three successive sessions.    A summary of their findings – but with Danchenko’s name redacted – was recently declassified and released to the public.
    The stunning 56-page report revealed how the accusations supplied by Danchenko that Trump colluded with Moscow were false and fictive.    Yet, the bureau kept this information carefully hidden.
    Instead of revealing the truth and ending the investigation of the president, then-FBI Director James Comey escalated the case.    Once fired, he stole government documents and leaked them to the media for the purpose of triggering the 22-month long probe by Special Counsel Robert Mueller that eventually concluded that there was no evidence of a collusion conspiracy.
    Make no mistake – it was the dossier that propelled much of the FBI’s collusion witch-hunt, as well as the warrants to spy on Trump campaign associate, Carter Page.    Other scant evidence was discarded by the FBI early on, such as campaign adviser George Papadopoulos hearing a rumor that Russians had obtained Clinton’s deleted emails.
    Although Papadopoulos copped a plea to lying to the FBI, disseminating rumors is not a crime.    He had no direct contact with Russian operatives.    With the help of an undercover agent, the bureau realized that Papadopoulos was innocent and that this avenue of collusion was a dead end.
    The newly declassified FBI report that explains how Danchenko served as Steele’s “sub-source” for nearly all of the dossier’s absurd fables is a cautionary example of how conjecture and lies based on multiple hearsays can take on a life of their own and hold a presidency hostage.
    In March of 2016, Steele recruited and paid Danchenko to dig up dirt on Trump.    The Brookings researcher/analyst seemed desperate for money.    He told FBI agents that he “felt like he had to report something back to Steele” to justify the monthly salary he was receiving (page 12 of FBI report).    So, he trafficked in gossip to keep the paychecks coming.    Facts and truth were irrelevant.
    In telephone calls and voice communications through Skype, Danchenko spoke with a handful of people he knew in Russia and others he described as “random associates” (p38).    Some were barroom buddies with whom he would “drink heavily” (p17).
    They traded fairy tales about Trump.    It was nothing more than prattle and drivel – a guy told a guy who told me that someone connected to Trump might have done thus-and-such.    You get the picture.    It wasn’t reliable intelligence; it was scandalous junk derived from “speculation and open secrets” (p30).
    Danchenko insisted that he told Steele that his information was just “rumor and speculation and that he had not been able to confirm the story” (p39).    According to the Justice Department Inspector General, Danchenko said that Steele "misstated or exaggerated" the hearsay that he furnished.
    For example, Danchenko claimed he spoke with staff at the Ritz Carlton in Moscow about the salacious story of Trump engaging in sexual improprieties inside a hotel room.    The staff “laughed it off" (p39).    But Steele didn’t care; he was determined to use it against Trump.
    He included the sordid tale in his dossier and then peddled it to both the FBI and the media in order to destroy Trump whom he admittedly loathed.    Steele confided in Justice Department official Bruce Ohr that he was “desperate” to stop Trump.
    Of course, the liberal mainstream media was more than happy to appropriate the Steele-Danchenko garbage.    The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN and MSNBC all treated it as gospel without ever attempting to confirm the accuracy or veracity of any of the ludicrous allegations.    It should have been obvious to any responsible journalist that the far-fetched assertions were cobbled together by someone with a motive to smear>     Anyone with half a brain who actually read the dossier when BuzzFeed published it on January 10, 2017 knew immediately that it was a work of fiction.    It read like a horribly written spy novel.    It was truly laughable.    In my 2018 book, "The Russia Hoax," I wondered how anyone with an ounce of intelligence could take it seriously:
    “On its face, the dossier was a preposterous collection of rumors, innuendos, supposition, and wild speculation.    At least one part of it contained demonstrably false statements.    In its entirety, the set of documents incorporated not a bit of direct evidence.    Instead, it was based solely on multiple hearsay accounts from inherently unreliable sources in Russia who were, notably, experts in lies and disinformation.”
    It should come as no surprise that Danchenko worked for the Brookings Institution (a published paper by him is still listed on its website) at the very time that Strobe Talbott was president.    Talbott, a dedicated Clinton loyalist, penned a frenzied column stating with certainty, “We already know that the Kremlin helped put Trump into the White House and played him for a sucker… Trump has been colluding with a hostile Russia throughout his presidency.”
    I haven’t seen Talbott’s retraction or apology since the Mueller report came out, nor do I expect one.    He has a lot to answer for, including his own contacts with Steele.
    It just so happens that Talbott’s brother-in-law is Clinton sycophant, Cody Shearer, who created what became known as the “second dossier.”    Remarkably, it echoed several of the identical fantastic allegations as the original Steele-Danchenko dossier – equally bereft of evidence or corroboration.
    In my latest book, "Witch Hunt," I explained how “some of Shearer’s own accusations against Trump were transcribed into the last few Steele memos, which were then passed on to the FBI.”    Hence, Clinton’s campaign didn’t just commission the dossier, her allies contributed to its contents.
    The FBI knew all of this but continued to insist that Steele was reliable and the dossier was credible, even in the face of incontrovertible evidence to the contrary.    The bureau scrupulously guarded their secret knowing full well that disclosure would ruin the public’s trust in the FBI.
    Attorney General William Barr and Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe are to be commended for having the courage to declassify the documents that have exposed the FBI’s malevolence and malfeasance.
    Did top officials at the FBI commit crimes?    In my judgment, yes. Laws were perverted or ignored.    The law enforcers became the lawbreakers.
    When powerful forces in government abuse their positions of trust to subvert the legal process, democracy is threatened.    Reverence to the rule of law is lost.
    It is now up to U.S. Attorney John Durham to hold corrupt people accountable with criminal indictments.

7/28/2020 President Trump Says A COVID-19 Vaccine Will Be Available In ‘Record’ Time by OAN Newsroom
Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies CEO Martin Meeson, right, speaks as President Donald Trump wears a face mask as he participates in a tour of Bioprocess
Innovation Center at Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies, Monday, July 27, 2020, in Morrisville, N.C. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    President Trump announced that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded Fujifilm Holdings Corp. a $265 million contract to expand the country’s vaccine manufacturing capacity.
    The president made the remarks Monday during a coronavirus briefing at Fujifilm’s Bioprocess Innovation Center in Morrisville, North Carolina.    He had been touring the site with HHS Secretary Alex Azar.    The duo believes securing more manufacturing capacity will help get a vaccine to Americans “without a day wasted.”
    “Under Operation Warp Speed, we’ve shaved years off of the time it takes to develop a vaccine,” said President Trump.    “We’ve done it while maintaining the FDA gold standard for safety.”
    The president also applauded the Moderna vaccine for recently entering its third and final stage of clinical trials.    The New England-based biotech facility is now testing the vaccine on 30,000 volunteers across 30 states as well as Washington, D.C.
    Half will receive a placebo and the other half will be given the active vaccine.    In an exclusive interview with ABC, Moderna chairman Noubar Afeyan explained more.
    “We have a certain number of cases that we need to see in the trial before we can demonstrate whether the vaccine arm gives us more protection than folks not in the vaccine arm of the trial, so we’re talking next year at the earliest,” he stated.    “We’re talking late this year, next year before the FDA can make this adjudication.”
    President Trump said other vaccine candidates, including Fujifilm’s Novavax are likely to enter phase three in a matter of days.
    Over the weekend, Florida, Texas and Arizona all saw a surge in coronavirus cases.    The administration was reportedly in constant communication with the state’s leaders and sent resources as soon as they were requested.
    “We are totally full, we have everything we need,” assured President Trump.    “We get it to the states immediately, we deal with the governors, the relationship with the governors has been very good.”
    As always, President Trump encouraged residents to wear masks, wash hands and maintain social distance.    He said if states comply with the most recent guidelines, they should be able to “turn the corner very quickly.”

7/28/2020 Portland Groups File Lawsuit Against Trump Admin. by OAN Newsroom
Demonstrators light a fire during a Black Lives Matter protest at the Mark O. Hatfield United
States Courthouse Monday, July 27, 2020, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
    A lawsuit has been brought forward against the Trump administration by several organizations representing Portland protesters.    The nine-count complaint was filed in D.C. on Monday with the backing of Wall of Moms, Don’t Shoot Portland and Black Lives Matter.
    The suit claims the federal response to ongoing unrest in the city violates protesters’ freedoms of speech and assembly. Moreover, the group claims Chad Wolf’s long-term as acting Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary runs counter to the legal requirement for Senate confirmation of federal department heads.
    However, the suit doesn’t mention acts of violence and destruction of property carried out by protesters over the last two months.
    “I assume there is $100,000 worth of physical damage, but we also lost $300,000 worth of property,” said Alex Hofberg, president of Portland-based Watchworks Inc.
    The administration made no comment in the wake of the lawsuit.    However, senior officials have repeatedly defended the lawfulness of the president’s order by citing Title 40 U.S. Code Section 1315, which gives federal agents the explicit right to enforce law in protection of federal buildings.
[In the 1970-80's I went up to Oregon about 3 times: first from Idaho to see the Pacific Ocean at Seaside; flew from California to an airport to visit one of my wife's relatives near Portland at a city named Silverton; and drove up Hwy from California to see the Sequoia trees in Oregon but did not see Bigfoot, but there was one thing that Oregon and Washington is the sun is never shining as it is always cloudy and I think the lack of sunshine has affected their mental state after all these years as to what is happening now.].

7/28/2020 Tenn. Gov. Lee Dismisses Dr. Birx’s Advice To Close Bars by OAN Newsroom
Gov. Bill Lee answers questions concerning state’s response to coronavirus Monday, March 16, 2020, in Nashville, TN. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
    The governor of Tennessee has dismissed Dr. Deborah Birx’s advice toward implementing coronavirus safety measures.     On Monday, Republican Gov. Bill Lee said he will not mandate the recommendation of closing bars and limiting indoor seating within restaurants.    He also said county officials will not be given the authority to mandate either.
    This comes after Dr. Birx recently identified Nashville as one of the 11 cities that need to take aggressive action to combat the spread of the virus.
    “I’ve said from the very beginning of this pandemic that there’s nothing off the table,” stated Gov. Lee.    “I’ve also said that we are not going to close the economy back down and we are not going to, but I appreciate their recommendations and we take them seriously.”
    While the two disagreed on business closures, Dr. Birx did support the governor’s mask measure, which allows county mayors to impose their own mandates.

7/28/2020 President Trump: V-Shaped Recovery Underway, But Lockdowns Must End by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks during a coronavirus briefing at Bioprocess Innovation Center at
Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies, Monday, July 27, 2020, in Morrisville, N.C. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    President Trump has refuted attacks on the U.S. economy by saying he’s optimistic of incoming numbers.
    “I think the recovery’s been very strong,” he stated. “We’ve set record job numbers, we’ve set record numbers..whether it’s a pure V or a little bit less than that, I think it’s going to be very good.”
    The president said Monday that the pace of economic recovery from COVID-related lockdowns depends on the progress of vaccine development.
    “So I think if those things happen, if just one of those events happen, you’ll go right back into that V and I think you’re probably in the V anyway,” he explained.    “I really do believe a lot of the Governors should be opening up states that they’re not opening and we’ll see what happens with them.”
    His remarks came after the mainstream media claimed a surge in virus cases could spark new shutdowns and derail economic growth.    However, the president said lockdowns should eventually end.
    President Trump went on to say a potential vaccine could arrive before the end of the year.

7/28/2020 Pompeo Bars Two Former Venezuelan Officials From Traveling To United States
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo looks on as he meets with Australia's Foreign Minister
Marise Payne at the State Department in Washington, U.S., July 27, 2020. REUTERS/Al Drago/Pool
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Tuesday imposed sanctions on two former officials of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s government, barring them from traveling to the United States over accusations they were involved in significant corruption.
    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement that the two former officials, including Luis Motta, who was sacked by Maduro as electricity minister last year after a series of blackouts, had accepted bribes and kickbacks in exchange for awarding “lucrative” supply equipment contracts for Venezuela’s state power company, Corpoelec.
    Pompeo also accused Motta and Eustiquio Jose Lugo Gomez, a former deputy minister of finance at the electricity ministry, of misappropriating public funds to enrich themselves.
    Tuesday’s action bars both former officials and their immediate family members from traveling to the United States.
    The officials were previously blacklisted by the United States last year in a decision that froze any of their U.S. assets and generally prohibits Americans from dealing with them.
    “This designation reaffirms the U.S. commitment to combating corruption in Venezuela,” Pompeo said.
    The United States and dozens of other countries have recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s legitimate president, regarding Maduro’s 2018 re-election as a sham. But Maduro has remained in power, backed by the country’s military and by Russia, China and Cuba.
    “The United States continues to stand with Interim President Juan Guaido, the democratically elected National Assembly, and the people of Venezuela in their fight against corruption and for the peaceful restoration of democracy and economic stability,” Pompeo said.
(Reporting by Daphne Psaledakis; Editing by Bernadette Baum)

7/28/2020 Spain Slams UK, Germany For Advising Tourists To Stay Away by Ingrid Melander, Sarah Young and Maria Sheahan
FILE PHOTO: People sunbathe in Magaluf beach, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
outbreak in Palma de Mallorca, Spain July 11, 2020. REUTERS/Enrique Calvo/File Photo
    MADRID/LONDON/BERLIN (Reuters) – Spain reacted angrily on Tuesday to recommendations from Britain and Germany that their citizens avoid its islands and beaches because of an increase in coronavirus cases during what should be the height of the tourism season.
    With advisories piling up on top of a quarantine order from Britain for returning travellers, Spain, which depends on summer visits by sun-seeking northern Europeans, is facing a major blow to any hopes of reviving its economy.
    Tourism accounts for just over 12% of Spain’s GDP and nearly 13% of jobs. The country lost one million jobs between April and June, its biggest ever quarterly decline, and fears steeper losses as the summer season crashes.
    “It’s very unfair because it’s not based on any sanitary criteria,” Francina Armengol, the head of the key tourist Balearic region, told Cadena Ser radio of the travel advisories.
    Britain’s decision had no logical explanation, Armengol said, adding that the archipelago’s contagion rate was lower than that of the United Kingdom.    The northern Spanish Aragon region said the no-travel advisories were “discriminatory.”
    Their comments chimed with those of Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, who on Monday said it was a mistake for Britain to have considered Spain’s overall coronavirus rate rather than having a granular, regional approach.
On the streets of Madrid, the reaction was one of outrage.
    “It annoys me because it’s not as though they were especially better off than us,” said Madrid resident Isabel Garcia, who works in marketing.    “Everyone is in a bad way, and the fact that they pick on Spain… It seems wrong.”
    But Britain stood firm, saying it would stick to the sudden quarantine announced on Saturday and its late Monday move to extend a travel advisory against travel in mainland Spain to the Canary and Balearic islands.
    Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday Britain would take action to impose quarantines on other countries should COVID-19 infections rise.
    “I’m afraid if we do see signs of a second wave in other countries, it is really our job, our duty, to act swiftly and decisively to stop travellers coming back from those places seeding the disease here in the UK,” he told reporters.
    The only glimmer of hope for Spain came from Britain’s junior transport minister Charlotte Vere, who said that while London would continue to make decisions on a country-wide basis, it was looking at setting quarantine rules for different regions “in the future.”    She gave no timeframe.
    Spanish Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya said Madrid was working on convincing London to soften its stance.
    “We are still talking to British authorities, explaining that the outbreaks in Spain are under control … and making sure that the measures taken by Britain respond to epidemiological criteria and no other criteria that have nothing to do with COVID,” Laya told reporters in Athens.
    Britons make up the biggest group of foreign tourists in Spain, with some 18 million travelling there last year, just over a fifth of the total number of visitors.    Some 11.2 million Germans visited Spain, making them the second-largest group.
    Britain’s quarantine alone could cost Spanish tourism 10 billion euros ($11.73 billion) in lost revenue, Jorge Marichal, the head of tourism association CEHAT, told La Sexta television.
    Spain has recorded 278,782 coronavirus cases and 28,434 deaths, but the infection rates, which have jumped since a nationwide lockdown ended in June, vary widely from region to region.    Catalonia and Aragon have seen the highest increases in the past weeks.
    Britain has, however, been the hardest-hit country in Europe. Some 300,111 people have tested positive for coronavirus and there have been 45,759 deaths.
    “They’re pointing the finger at others when they have the same situation,” Spaniard Mercedes Blanco said as she sat down to lunch with her daughter during a visit to Madrid.
(Reporting by Nathan Allen, Inti Landauro, Elena Rodriguez, Belen Carreno, Emma Pinedo, Joan Faus, Clara-Laeila Laudette, in Madrid, Sarah Young, Paul Sandle and Guy Faulconbridge in London, Maria Sheahan in Berlin; Writing by Ingrid Melander; Editing by Nick Macfie)

7/28/2020 AG Barr: Violent Rioters And Anarchists Have Hijacked Legitimate Protests To Wreak Havoc by OAN Newsroom
Attorney General William Barr testifies during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on the oversight of the
Department of Justice on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, July 28, 2020 in Washington. (Chip Somodevilla/Pool via AP)
    Attorney General William Barr said violent rioters and anarchists have hijacked legitimate protests to wreak havoc on innocent victims in the wake of George Floyd’s death.    He made the statement during testimony before the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday.
    Barr also called the riots in Portland an “assault on the the government of the United States.”    The attorney general said members of the panel should condemn violence against federal officers and property.
    Barr then took aim against people calling to defund law enforcement.
    “Unfortunately, some have chosen to respond to George Floyd’s death in a far less productive way by demonizing the police, promoting slogans like ‘all cops are bastard’ and making grossly irresponsible proposals to defund the police,” he stated.    The demonization of the police is not only unfair and inconsistent with principles of all people should be treated as individuals, but gravely injurious to inner city communities.”
    Barr also noted that police forces today are more diverse than ever before and said instances of unarmed black men being killed by police are “quite rare.”

7/28/2020 Sen. Graham Introduces Bill To Bring PPE Production To The U.S. by OAN Newsroom
Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., left, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., center, and Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, right, listen during a news conference on
Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, July 27, 2020, to highlight the new Republican coronavirus aid package. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has introduced a new measure in an effort to bring the production of personal protective equipment (PPE) to the U.S.
    The bill was named the Restoring Critical Supply Chains and Intellectual Property Act and would require equipment that are bought for the national stockpile to be made in the U.S.
    “China looms large in this debate about the coronavirus…it’s the third pandemic to come out of China,” Graham stated.    “I think its now time to get serious about our dependency on China.”
    Earlier that day, the senator spoke outside of a Parkdale Mills plant, which is the largest cotton yarn producer in the country.    The South Carolina senator asserted the U.S. needs to produce its own PPE as China currently makes 90 percent of the medical protective gear used in the country.
    The legislation would also provide a $7.5 billion of tax credits for U.S. companies that invest in the manufacturing of PPE’s.
    According to Graham, the bill would mean new investments and opportunities in the American textile industry.    He accused the Chinese of unfair trade practices and hoarding supplies.    The senator said he hopes the bill will be included in the next COVID-19 relief package.
FILE – In this July 16, 2020 file photo, PPE and medical supplies to be used by members of the Urban Augmentation
Medical Task Force, are shown inside a wing at United Memorial Medical Center in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

7/28/2020 AOC Slams Military Over Recruitment Practices, Claims ‘Discrimination’ by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this July 23, 2020, file image from video, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., speaks on the
House floor on Capitol Hill in Washington. Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s impassioned remarks on the House floor against the
vulgar words of a male colleague and a toxic culture that allows it, have resonated with women who say such language
has been tacitly accepted for far too long. Rep. Nydia Velázquez, D-N.Y., is seated right. (House Television via AP, File)
    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) introduced a pair of amendments aimed at eliminating funding for military recruiters at high schools and on digital streaming platforms like Twitch.
    The New York congresswoman has argued that the military targets minority high school students.    She went as far as to call it a predatory attack on disadvantaged children.
    Ocasio-Cortez said funding should be redirected to give information and access to trade schools, colleges and post-graduate opportunities instead.    The Democrat lawmaker has claimed that as a result of these recruitment practices the military feels, for many low-income students, as their only option.
    The freshman lawmaker also pointed to the Marine Corps recent pause on Twitch gaming operations as a signal to other branches of the military to stop the practice all together, even though they have said it has recently become harder to find recruits.
    According to a Council on Foreign Relations report, black Americans make up a greater percentage of Navy, Air Force and Army personnel than they do in the civilian workforce.    Additionally, Hispanic Americans make up a greater percentage of Marine Corp personnel than they do in the civilian workforce.
    The same study also showed around 40 percent of Army, Navy and Air Force enlisted personnel are between the ages of 17 to 24 years old.    The majority of military recruits also come from households earning less than the average American family income.     Critics have said her claim about the need to provide students with more educational opportunities has already been a sales pitch of the U.S. armed forces for many years.
    In August of 2009 the post-9/11 GI bill went into effect, which offered tuition assistance for all military veterans.    The bill promises to pay all public and in-state tuition as long as it’s under the cost of the state’s most expensive public school.
    According to a National Survey of Veterans poll, nearly 68 percent of veterans have said they have earned a degree or certificate while receiving VA benefits.    When compared to the 33 percent of working Americans who have college degrees, this demonstrates a substantive educational advantage for veteran students.
    Ocasio-Cortez has argued that the military should stop recruiting at high schools and on digital platforms where their target audience is more impressionable.
    However, reports show more opportunity is being provided to lower-income and minority students at a much higher rate by the military than would otherwise be presented in public schools alone.

7/28/2020 N.J. Gym Owners Charged After Defying State’s Lockdown Order by OAN Newsroom
FILE – A police officer issues Atilis Gym co-owners Ian Smith, left, and Frank Trumbetti, center, summons outside
their gym in Bellmawr, N.J., Tuesday, May 19, 2020. After repeatedly defying the governor’s order to remain closed during the
COVID-19 pandemic Smith and Trumbetti have been arrested on contempt charges. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
    Two New Jersey gym owners are facing charges for defying the state’s coronavirus lockdown order.    On Monday, the owners of Atilis Gym in Bellmawr were charged with fourth-degree contempt, obstruction and violation of a disaster control act.
    Frank Trumbetti and Ian Smith were arrested late last week when police arrived at their gym following multiple complaints.    When law enforcement asked them to leave and close down the gym, the men refused.
    In a public statement, Trumbetti doubled down on his decision.
    “I am not closing my doors again unless I’m behind bars and unable to lock the door,” he stated.    “And I made that promise and I guarantee this door will be open every single day unless he puts handcuffs on me.”
    Smith echoed his remarks and expressed concern over the financial impact on their business with all the new legal fees.
    “We will not be leaving the building unless we’re taken out in hand-cuffs…they’re probably going to try to hit us with some heavy fines,” he explained.    “In the last ruling, the judge said we could be held responsible for attorney general fees, which is a convenient way of bankrupting us.”
    Two of the charges were disorderly persons summonses, while the contempt charge is a misdemeanor carrying up to 18-months in jail.

7/28/2020 Portland Groups File Lawsuit Against Trump Admin. by OAN Newsroom
Demonstrators light a fire during a Black Lives Matter protest at the Mark O. Hatfield United States
Courthouse Monday, July 27, 2020, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
    A lawsuit has been brought forward against the Trump administration by several organizations representing Portland protesters.    The nine-count complaint was filed in D.C. on Monday with the backing of Wall of Moms, Don’t Shoot Portland and Black Lives Matter.
    The suit claims the federal response to ongoing unrest in the city violates protesters’ freedoms of speech and assembly. Moreover, the group claims Chad Wolf’s long-term as acting Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary runs counter to the legal requirement for Senate confirmation of federal department heads.
    However, the suit doesn’t mention acts of violence and destruction of property carried out by protesters over the last two months.
    “I assume there is $100,000 worth of physical damage, but we also lost $300,000 worth of property,” said Alex Hofberg, president of Portland-based Watchworks Inc.
    The administration made no comment in the wake of the lawsuit.    However, senior officials have repeatedly defended the lawfulness of the president’s order by citing Title 40 U.S. Code Section 1315, which gives federal agents the explicit right to enforce law in protection of federal buildings.

7/29/2020 Oil down $0.72 to $40.95, DOW down 205 to 26,379.

7/29/2020 U.S. Cybersecurity Firm Says Beijing-Linked Hackers Target Vatican Ahead Of Talks by Cate Cadell
FILE PHOTO: A surveillance camera is seen near a religious painting during a mass at Xishiku Cathedral, a
government-sanctioned Catholic church, on Christmas Eve in Beijing, China December 24, 2019. REUTERS/Florence Lo
    BEIJING (Reuters) – Hackers linked to the Chinese government have infiltrated Vatican computer networks, including the Roman Catholic Church’s Hong Kong-based representative, a U.S. firm that tracks state-backed cyber attacks said on Wednesday.
    It said the attacks began in May. The Vatican and Beijing were expected to engage in talks this year over the renewal of a landmark 2018 deal that stabilised relations between China and the Church.
    U.S. cybersecurity firm Recorded Future said in the report that the attacks targeted the Vatican and the Catholic diocese of Hong Kong, including the head of the Hong Kong Study Mission, who is seen as Pope Francis’ de facto representative to China.
    The report said the targets included communications between the Hong Kong diocese and the Vatican and used similar tools and methods previously identified with Chinese state-backed hacking groups.
    China’s Foreign Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Wednesday.
    Beijing routinely denies it engages in any state-backed hacking attempts, and says it is a victim of such threats.
    A Vatican spokesperson had no immediate comment.    The Hong Kong Study Mission did not respond to a request for comment.
    The reported hacking follows an extremely rare meeting between Beijing and the Vatican’s foreign minister in Germany earlier this year, marking the highest-level official encounter between the two sides in decades. [L8N2AE77R]
    Relations between the two have been improving and they have been expected to renew the provisional two-year deal on the operation of the Catholic Church in China this September.
    A Chinese delegation had been due to visit the Vatican as part of continuing talks but there was no indication if or when they would travel because of the coronavirus outbreak, a senior Vatican source has said.
    The source, who spoke to Reuters before the hacking report, said it was still not clear if the deal would be automatically extended because of the pandemic and for how long.
(Reporting by Cate Cadell in Beijing, Greg Torode in Hong Kong and Philip Pullella in Rome; Editing by Tony Munroe and Raju Gopalakrishnan)

7/29/2020 U.S. To Withdraw About 12,000 Troops From Germany But Nearly Half To Stay In Europe by Phil Stewart and Idrees Ali
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump walks from Marine One to the South Portico of the White House
following a day trip to North Carolina, in Washington, U.S., July 27, 2020. REUTERS/Tom Brenner
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. military on Wednesday unveiled plans to withdraw about 12,000 troops from Germany, in fallout from President Donald Trump’s long-simmering feud with Berlin but said it will keep nearly half of those forces in Europe to address tension with Russia.
    Trump announced his intention last month to cut by about a third the 36,000-strong U.S. troop contingent in Germany, 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.
    “We don’t want to be the suckers anymore,” Trump told reporters at the White House on Wednesday about the decision.    “We’re reducing the force because they’re not paying their bills; it’s very simple.”
    Defense Secretary Mark Esper has not portrayed the pullout in those terms and said the military’s plan would prevent the troop movements from undermining NATO and its efforts to deter Russian intervention, following Moscow’s 2014 annexation of the Crimean Peninsula.
    In remarks likely to irk Moscow, Esper said some U.S. troops would reposition to the Black Sea region and some could temporarily deploy in waves to the Baltics.
    Other forces leaving Germany would permanently move to Italy and the U.S. military’s European headquarters would relocate from Stuttgart, Germany, to Belgium.
    In total, just under 6,000 troops of the 12,000 leaving Germany are expected to remain in Europe.    Many of the other forces will be based in the United States but will rotate into Europe for temporary deployments without their families.
    “I’m telling you that this is going to accomplish what the president said with regard to getting us down to a lower number in Europe, and it meets his other objectives I outlined with regards to the strategic piece,” Esper said.
    U.S. officials stressed that only a relatively small number of advanced units would move anytime soon.    The rest of the troop movements would take years to fully implement, in part given the potentially billions of dollars in additional cost.
    Still, the moves out of Germany represent a remarkable rebuke to one of the closest U.S. military allies and trading partners, while two beneficiaries, Italy and Belgium, are low-spending alliance members, according to NATO data.
    Norbert Roettgen, chairman of the German parliament’s foreign affairs committee and an ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel, said the troop withdrawal from Germany “will weaken the (NATO) alliance.”
    But NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg struck an upbeat tone in a statement, saying allies had been briefed by the United States.    Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda told Reuters that his country was ready to accept more American soldiers.
    “I value very favorably the news that the U.S. mentioned possibility of moving some troops to the Baltic countries,” Nauseda said.

7/29/2020 Trump Says He Never Confronted Putin About Russia Bounty Reports: Axios
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin at
the G20 leaders summit in Osaka, Japan June 28, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump said he never questioned Russian leader Vladimir Putin about U.S. intelligence reports that Moscow paid the Taliban to kill American troops in Afghanistan, casting doubt on the reports in an interview.
    Trump, who has sought to cultivate warmer relations with Moscow, has said he was not briefed on the matter before it emerged in news media in late June.    He has called the reports a hoax and casts doubt on them.
    “I have never discussed it with him,” Trump said in an interview on Tuesday with “Axios on HBO.”
    Russia has denied the reports.
    Asked why he did not confront Putin on the issue in their call last Thursday, Trump told Axios, “That was a phone call to discuss other things, and frankly that’s an issue that many people said was fake news.”
    He said he and the Russian president discussed nuclear nonproliferation in that phone call.
    As he left the White House later on Wednesday, Trump made clear he did not believe the report.
    “If it were true, I’d be very angry about it.    But if you tell me they’re doing it, I would certainly take that under consideration,” he said.    “I would respond appropriately.”
    Democrats in Congress have accused Trump, a Republican who is seeking re-election in November, of not taking intelligence information concerning soldiers’ deaths seriously enough.    They have pressed for more information from the intelligence community and the White House.
    Trump has been dogged by criticism that he was too friendly toward Moscow since taking office.    The U.S. intelligence community found that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election to boost his chances of winning the White House.    Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report last year determined his campaign had numerous contacts with Russian officials but that there was not enough evidence to establish a criminal conspiracy.
    National security adviser Robert O’Brien has said Trump was not verbally briefed on the Russian bounty intelligence because his CIA briefer concluded the reports were uncorroborated.
    White House officials have not denied the information was included in the President’s Daily Brief, a daily summary of classified information and analysis on national security.    Some news outlets reported the issue was included in the brief in February but that Trump may not have read it.
    “It never reached my desk.    You know why?    Because they didn’t think – intelligence, they didn’t think it was real,” Trump told Axios.    “I wouldn’t mind – if it reached my desk, I would have done something about it.”
    Trump has spoken to Putin at least eight times since the intelligence was first included in his briefing, Axios said.
    Senator Angus King, an independent who sits on the intelligence committee, said he found Trump’s comments astonishing.    While he could not discuss specifics, King said he was confident the bounty reports were not “fake news.”
    “I don’t know what could be more important than the Russians providing incentives to take the lives of Americans,” he told MSNBC.    “I don’t have any explanation except that it’s part of a pattern that is no surprise to anybody that the president has been very reluctant to cross President Putin.”
    Trump has said many intelligence officials doubted the report’s veracity, a stance contradicted by four U.S. and European sources and by its inclusion in a widely read CIA report in May.
    The New York Times first reported in June that U.S. intelligence had concluded that a Russian military intelligence unit had offered the Taliban payments of up to $100,000 for each U.S. or allied soldier killed.
    Trump told Axios he does read the daily intelligence briefing.
    “I read it a lot, you know, I read a lot.    They like to say I don’t read.    I read a lot,” he said.
    Excerpts from the interview were released on Wednesday. It will be broadcast in full on Monday.
(Reporting by Doina Chiacu and Alexandra Alper; Editing by Howard Goller, Steve Orlofsky, Gareth Jones and Jonathan Oatis)

7/29/2020 President Trump: Never Confronted Putin About Bounties On Americans by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks with reporters as he walks to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White
House, Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Washington. Trump is en route to Texas. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    President Trump said he never discussed Taliban-led bounties on U.S. troops with Russia’s president.
    In an interview released Tuesday, he confirmed he didn’t push Vladimir Putin to confirm or deny allegations that Russia was offering bounties on Americans because the intelligence never landed on his desk.
    The president went on to explain his intelligence team didn’t believe the information was real, adding that if it was true then he would have done something about it.
    “No, that was a phone call to discuss other things and, frankly, that’s an issue that many people said was fake news,” said President Trump.    “If you look at some of the folks from the Bush administration, some of them — not any friends of mine — were saying that it’s a fake issue.”
    The president went on to defend Russia by saying they don’t want anything to do with Afghanistan.

7/29/2020 ‘Vaccine Nationalism’: Is It Every Country For Itself? by Kate Kelland and Julie Steenhuysen
FILE PHOTO: A scientist prepares samples during the research and development of a vaccine against the coronavirus disease
(COVID-19) at a laboratory of BIOCAD biotechnology company in Saint Petersburg, Russia June 11, 2020. REUTERS/Anton Vaganov/File Photo
    LONDON/CHICAGO (Reuters) – It’s dog eat dog in the world of COVID-19 vaccines.
    That’s the fear of global health agencies planning a scheme to bulk-buy and equitably distribute vaccines around the world.    They are watching with dismay as some wealthier countries have decided to go it alone, striking deals with drugmakers to secure millions of doses of promising candidates for their citizens.
    The deals – including those agreed by the United States, Britain and the European Union with the likes of Pfizer , BioNtech <22UAy.F>, AstraZeneca and Moderna – are undermining the global drive, experts say.
    “Everybody doing bilateral deals is not a way to optimize the situation,” said Seth Berkley, chief executive of the GAVI alliance which co-leads the scheme called COVAX designed to secure rapid and fair global access to COVID-19 vaccines.
    Pfizer said this week it was in concurrent talks with the EU and several of its member states on supplying them with its potential vaccine.
    And in the latest swoop, Britain announced a deal on Wednesday to secure advanced supplies of potential COVID-19 vaccines from GlaxoSmithKline and Sanofi .
    This, according to global health charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), will further fuel “the global scramble to hoard vaccines by rich countries” and feed “a dangerous trend of vaccine nationalism.”
    The concern is that vaccine supply and allocation in this pandemic will echo the last – caused by the H1N1 flu virus in 2009/2010 – when rich nations bought up the available supply of vaccines, initially leaving poor countries with none.
    In that instance, since H1N1 turned out to be a milder disease and the pandemic ultimately petered out, the impact on infections and deaths from vaccine imbalances was limited.
    However COVID-19 is a far greater threat, and leaving swathes of the world’s people vulnerable will not only harm them, but also extend the pandemic and the damage it can cause, health experts say.
    “There is a risk that some countries are doing exactly what we feared – which is every man for himself,” said Gayle Smith, former head of the U.S. Agency for International Development and CEO of the One Campaign, a non-profit aimed at ending poverty and preventable disease.
    More than 75 wealthier countries including Britain have expressed interest in the COVAX financing scheme, which is also co-led by the World Health Organization and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, or CEPI, joining 90 poorer ones who would be supported through donations.
    But the United States, China and Russia are not among countries expressing interest in COVAX, according to GAVI.
    And an EU source said last week that the European Commission, which is the bloc’s executive arm and leads EU talks with drugmakers, has advised EU countries not to buy COVID-19 vaccines via COVAX.
    “I am worried,” said Thomas Bollyky, director of the global health program at the Council on Foreign Relations.    “What is happening with the handful of nations that are locking up supply of vaccine competes with the multilateral supply deals."
    “At the end of the day, vaccine manufacturing is a finite resource.    You can expand it, but only so much.”
    Experts estimate the world can reasonably hope to have around 2 billion doses of effective COVID-19 vaccines by the end of next year, if several of the leading candidates prove effective in expedited late-stage trials currently underway.
    COVAX’s aim is to distribute doses for at least 20% of its signed-up countries’ populations.
    Berkley of GAVI said, however, that if self-interested countries or regions snapped those up to cover their entire populations – instead of sharing them across nations and protecting the most at-risk people first – the pandemic could not be controlled.
    “If you were to try to vaccinate the entire U.S., (and) the entire EU, for example, with two doses of vaccine – then you’d get to about 1.7 billion doses.    And if that is the number of doses that’s available, there’s not a lot left for others.”
    If a handful, or even 30 or 40 countries have vaccines, but more than 150 others don’t, “then the epidemic will rage there” Berkley said.
    “This virus … moves around like lightning. So you’ll end up in a situation where you will not be able to go back to normal.    You won’t be able to have commerce, tourism, travel, trade, unless you can get the whole pandemic to be slowed down.”
    He and Smith and other health experts said ending the pandemic meant ending it globally.
    “It’s the difference from a pandemic (for) another two years as opposed to one year,” Smith added.    “The economics and health consequences of that are enormous.”
(Reporting by Kate Kelland in London and Julie Steenhuysen in Chicago; Editing by Pravin Char)

7/29/2020 UK Names New MI6 Spy Chief To Tackle Challenges From China, Russia by Guy Faulconbridge
FILE PHOTO: Britain's Political Director Richard Moore attends a working session during the Foreign
ministers of G7 nations meeting in Dinard, France, April 6, 2019. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe/Pool
    LONDON (Reuters) – Britain on Wednesday named career diplomat and intelligence officer Richard Moore as the new chief of the MI6 spy service as the West seeks to bolster its defences against hostile espionage from China and Russia.
    Moore, 57, joined the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) in 1987, just four years before the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.
    An accomplished intelligence officer, Moore served in various diplomatic and security roles before winning one of the most powerful jobs in the Western intelligence.    Alex Younger, the current chief of MI6 – or plain “C” – will step down in the autumn.
    “I am pleased and honoured to be asked to return to lead my Service,” said Moore, who is currently director general of political affairs at the Foreign Office.
    Moore served as British ambassador to Turkey from January 2014 to December 2017 and has also served as deputy national security adviser. Born in Libya, he studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University and was a Kennedy Scholar at Harvard.
    His biggest challenge is likely to be China, which the United States has identified as its major geopolitical foe, though he will also have to fight for funding after British politicians splurged on the coronavirus crisis.
    As technology transforms spying, Moore will have to work out how one of the world’s pre-eminent human intelligence services can best garner mass data while preserving its renown for getting high-level sources to steal secrets across the world.
    MI6, depicted by novelists as the employer of some of the most memorable fictional spies, from John le Carré’s George Smiley to Ian Fleming’s James Bond, operates overseas and is tasked with defending Britain and its interests.
    Younger has served since November 2014.    He stayed on longer than is usual to ensure stability through the political tumult of the Brexit negotiations.
    His biggest challenge was the attempted murder of Sergei Skripal, a Russian double agent turned by MI6, in the English cathedral city of Salisbury in 2018 with a Soviet-designed nerve agent known as Novichok.
    Britain blamed Russian military intelligence (GRU) but the Kremlin denied any involvement.    The attack prompted the biggest Western expulsion of Russian diplomats and spies since the Cold War.
(Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; Editing by Paul Sandle and Alison Williams)

7/29/2020 European Air Executives, Airlines, Urge Canada To Safely Restore Travel by Allison Lampert
FILE PHOTO: A passengers wears a mask which is now mandatory as a "Healthy Airport" initiative is launched
for travel, taking into account social distancing protocols to slow the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
at Toronto Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Ontario, Canada June 23, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio
    MONTREAL (Reuters) – European airline and airport executives urged the Canadian government this week to allow a safe “restoration of travel” between Canada and Europe, adding industry pressure on Ottawa to remove coronavirus-related restrictions that have discouraged international air travel.     In a letter dated July 27, top executives of nearly a dozen European airlines and airports, warned that “since many EU (European Union) countries and Switzerland require reciprocity to re-establish access, Canada’s continued entry restriction and quarantine requirements are becoming problematic.”
    The content of the letter, sent to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other government ministers, was reviewed by Reuters.
    Airline trade group International Air Transport Association (IATA) has also asked Ottawa to replace quarantine restrictions with multi-pronged measures, including testing, to reduce transmission from travel.
    “We urge the Canadian government to remove the blanket travel restrictions to travelers from countries whose successful control of COVID-19 has significantly reduced risk to Canada,” said IATA Chief Executive Alexandre de Juniac on Wednesday by email.
    The EU has taken steps in recent weeks to relax travel requirements both internally and toward citizens of select other countries, including Canada, although Britain reintroduced a 14-day quarantine this week for arrivals from Spain.
    Canada’s borders are closed to all non-citizens except for essential workers.    Canadians who enter the country from abroad must self-isolate for two weeks.
    Trudeau has dismissed repeated calls from Air Canada to relax air travel restrictions to select countries.
    Experts say Canada is hesitant to relax restrictions on European travelers while maintaining strict rules against citizens from the United States, the country’s largest trading partner, where coronavirus cases are rising.     The July 27 letter was signed by executives from Air France-KLM and Germany’s Lufthansa Group, among others.
    Trudeau’s office and Air France-KLM were not immediately available for comment.
    “Canada should look to remove the restrictions on travel to European Union and Swiss nationals and allow for a safe, cautious and sensible restoration of travel between two important trading partners,” executives said in the letter.
    Executives pointed out that the EU and Switzerland are “safe jurisdictions” with many countries having lower infection rates than Canada.
    “Canada has made tremendous strides during the pandemic but it cannot remain isolated forever.”
(Reporting by Allison Lampert in Montreal; Additional reporting by Laurence Frost in Paris and Steve Scherer in Ottawa; Editing by Paul Simao and Bernadette Baum)

7/29/2020 Ore. Gov. Brown Announces Federal Government Has Agreed To Withdraw Agents From Portland by OAN Newsroom
Federal officers are surrounded by smoke as they push back demonstrators during a Black Lives Matter protest at the
Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
    Oregon Governor Kate Brown recently announced the federal government has agreed to withdraw officers from Portland.    The Democrat leader took to Twitter on Wednesday, where she stated all CBP and ICE officers will leave downtown Portland starting on Thursday.
    She also confirmed Oregon state police officers will be downtown to protect citizens’ rights to free speech and to keep the peace.
    This came after the president warned that federal authorities will not leave the city until it is secure.
    “You hear all sorts of reports about us leaving.    We’re not leaving until they secure their city.    We told the governor, we told the mayor, ‘Secure your city.’    If they don’t secure their city soon, we have no choice, we’re going to have to go in and clean it out. We’ll do it very easily.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
Demonstrators shield themselves with umbrellas as federal officers launch tear gas outside the Mark O. Hatfield U.S.
Courthouse during a Black Lives Matter protest Friday, July 24, 2020, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
    Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf echoed the president’s remarks this week.    He reiterated the agency will keep federal officers in Portland until they are assured federal property in the city will remain secure.

7/29/2020 Wash. Democrats: DHS Agents Leaving Seattle, Remain In Portland by OAN Newsroom
Police pepper spray protesters, Saturday, July 25, 2020, near Seattle Central Community College in Seattle. A large group of protesters were marching
Saturday in Seattle in support of Black Lives Matter and against police brutality and racial injustice. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is wrapping-up its mission in Seattle amid an ongoing probe into riots.    On Tuesday, Washington State officials said federal agents from the Border Patrol Tactical Unit are leaving Seattle as tensions gradually fade.
    Democrat Gov. Jay Inslee celebrated the withdrawal by stating that federal law enforcement pose a threat to Washington residents.
    President Trump has reiterated far-left riots in the city were spearheaded by anarchists and agitators.    For his part, Attorney General William Barr echoed the president and criticized Democrat officials for political attacks on federal agents.
    “Unfortunately, some have chosen to respond to George Floyd’s death in a far less productive way by demonizing the police, promoting slogans like ‘all cops are bastard’ and making grossly irresponsible proposals to defund the police,” he stated.    “The demonization of the police is not only unfair and inconsistent with principles, of all people should be treated as individuals, but gravely injurious to inner city communities.”
    DHS units have continued their operation in Portland and other cities engulfed in crime and political violence.
    Meanwhile, the Oregon chapter of the ACLU is filing a motion to sanction federal agents.    On Tuesday, the organization filed a motion asking a federal judge to hold officers with the DHS and U.S. Marshals Service in contempt.
    They claimed federal agents violated a temporary restraining order issued last week that barred them from arresting or using force against journalists and legal observers during demonstrations.    The non-profit is urging the court to identify and prohibit the federal agents from engaging in armed operations in the state.
    This came after the Trump administration sent federal troops to cities with ongoing riots as a way to crack down on violence.

7/29/2020 Trump Admin. To Stop Accepting New DACA Applications by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Aug. 15, 2012 file photo, undocumented people fill out application forms for the Obama administration’s
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program at Navy Pier in Chicago. (AP Photo/Sitthixay Ditthavong, File)
    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced it will no longer be accepting new DACA, applications.    In a memorandum released on Tuesday, the DHS also said it would reduce renewal intervals for current DACA migrants from two years to just one and noted that it would perform a comprehensive review of the program.
    The DACA legislation, which stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, was enacted in 2012 by the Obama administration.    It protects migrants who illegally arrived in the U.S. as young children from deportations.
    This comes as an estimated $650,000 DACA recipients are currently living in the U.S. Democrats have repeatedly called for a legislation which would offer a pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients, but such a legislation has yet to be enacted.
    During a recent press conference, President Trump said his administration would work with numerous individuals on DACA and emphasized the arrival of a new immigration bill.    According to the president, the planned immigration bill will be based on a merit system.
    “We are going to work with a lot of people on DACA…a merit-based system, which is what I have always wanted for a long time,” he stated.    “We are going to make DACA happy and the DACA people and representatives happy, and we are also going to end up with a fantastic merit based immigration system.”
President Donald Trump speaks with reporters as he walks to Marine One on the South Lawn of the
White House, Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Washington. Trump is en route to Texas. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    President Trump’s administration has previously tried to revoke the Obama-era DACA program.    However, the Supreme Court ruled in June that the administration did not provide adequate reason to justify the termination of the program.
    Immigrant rights groups, including the ACLU, conveyed their outrage at the new memorandum and have vowed to continue to fight for DACA.    The issue will likely be a key topic, especially in the presidential debates, in the months leading to November.

7/29/2020 Sen. Portman Urges Congress To Extend Federal Unemployment Benefits by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this file photo from May 20, 2020, Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, wears an Ohio State University mask as the Senate
Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee meets on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) is calling on Congress to extend federal unemployment benefits before they expire Friday.
    In an interview Wednesday, Portman said lawmakers cannot allow the nation to go through a period where there is no unemployment insurance going out to people.
    The Ohio Republican said unemployed workers will be hurt if the $600 unemployment benefit ends completely.
    Portman also called the GOP’s new stimulus proposal a good starting point and expressed support for it’s approach to unemployment benefits.
    “On the unemployment insurance front, the 70 percent of wages is something that a lot of folks would appreciate, including the people who were just polled,” he stated.    “If they were told that if you lose your job you can have 70 percent wage replacement, that’s generous…that’s more generous than the states provide currently and that’s where the McConnell proposal ends up. to work bonus.”
    Sen. Portman also said lawmakers want people to return to work safely.

7/29/2020 Calif. Attorney General Sues Trump Admin. Over Memorandum Excluding Illegal Immigrants From 2020 Census by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Dec. 4, 2019, file photo, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra
talk during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli,File)
    California is filing a lawsuit against the Trump administration over a decision to exclude illegal immigrants from the 2020 Census.
    State Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced the lawsuit Tuesday.    He has argued that it will skew the state’s congressional maps.
    President Trump signed a memorandum last week, which sparked issue with Democrat politicians.    They claimed the move oversteps federal authority.
    Becerra claimed this could leave community budgets bare and could dwindle the integrity of their public services.
    “The most important way, it is important for California, is that it would try to prevent California from having its full representation in Congress and it would try to deny Californians their taxpayer money that they contributed to the U.S. Treasury coming back to their communities,” he stated.    “That is the full benefits of the law and under our constitution.”
    This motion joins more than 22 other lawsuits from states and cities who are trying to get their populations counted accurately.

7/29/2020 WTO Set To Skip Naming Acting Chief After U.S. Push Caused Deadlock
FILE PHOTO: A traffic light is turned red in front of the WTO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, December 10, 2019. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
    WASHINGTON/GENEVA (Reuters) – World Trade Organization members are likely to refrain from appointing an interim director-general to succeed Roberto Azevedo when he steps down at the end of August, two sources following the process said on Wednesday, after Washington’s insistence on a U.S. candidate caused a deadlock.
    Under the new proposal, instead of appointing one of four deputies to serve as interim chief until Azevedo’s replacement is chosen later this year, those officials, from the United States, China, Germany and Nigeria, would keep their current responsibilities.
    “The U.S. is insisting on an American, but China and Europe put the brakes on that,” said a former WTO official familiar with the current process.
    A decision to finalise the interim arrangement could come as early as this week when WTO members are expected to meet. A new, permanent director-general is due to be named on by Nov. 7.
    The WTO has been under acute pressure and unable to resolve disputes because of criticism from President Donald Trump’s U.S. administration.
    No comment was immediately available from the U.S. Trade Representative’s office in Washington, or from a WTO spokesman.
    Some members say the say the controversy over the caretaker role, an administrative job described as a WTO official as “making sure the trains run on time,” bodes ill for the choice of director-general, which members must make by consensus.
    “It’s just a figurehead role.    If we can’t even decide on the interim, how will we choose a DG?” said one delegate.
    However, others following the process saw the absence of on an interim leader as a good thing as it could put pressure on WTO members to move forward on selecting a successor for Azevedo, who is the first chief in WTO history to leave early.
(Reporting by Andrea Shalal and Emma Farge; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

7/29/2020 Federal Agents Deploying To Milwaukee, Detroit by OAN Newsroom
After a night of facing off against protesters, a deputy U.S. marshal takes a break on a rooftop terrace at the
Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse on Sunday morning, July 26, 2020, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
    Local governments across the nation are preparing to receive federal law enforcement agents from the Trump administration’s “Operation Legend.”    On Wednesday, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin Matthew Krueger confirmed “Operation Legend” will send 25 to 30 agents to Milwaukee.
    The deployment will include agents from the U.S. Marshals Service, the FBI, the ATF and the DEA.
    Krueger reassured the press the agents will not attempt to interfere with peaceful protests was careful to distinguish the Milwaukee efforts from those in Portland, Oregon.    Additionally, Krueger announced the program will bring $12 million in to help local and state law enforcement.
    The U.S. attorney also highlighted the need for federal assistance and noted a 75% increase in homicides in Milwaukee within the last year.
    This came after Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers denounced the program and alleged the Trump administration never discussed the operation with him.
    10 of the federal agents will be temporarily deployed to provide immediate relief, while the others will be stationed permanently.
    “This shows that Operation Legend is a long-term, sustained effort, a real commitment to bringing down violent crime in Milwaukee,” stated Krueger.
U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider announces Wednesday, July 29, 2020, that dozens of federal agents and deputy
marshals are being assigned to Detroit to combat gun violence and arrest fugitives. (AP Photo/Ed White)
    In Michigan, U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider discussed Detroit’s plan to receive federal agents as well. He acknowledged the importance of escalating the presence of law enforcement amid drastically increasing rates of crime.
    “Homicides have increased in Detroit 31%. Shootings, where a person was wounded by gunfire, are up 53%.    These numbers keep going up.    This flood in violence threatens the safety of our communities and innocent bystanders are suffering.” – Matthew Schneider, U.S. Attorney, Michigan Eastern District
    According to him, “Operation Legend” has granted the local authorities $1 million to fight crime in the area.
    “The United States Department of Justice will not sit on the sidelines while murderers spread violence in our neighborhoods,” added Schneider.    “We come together today, in the same way that we’ve done for many years, we identify violent criminals and we get them off the streets before they do any more harm.”

7/29/2020 President Trump: Texas Cases Begin To Decline, Vaccine Expected Soon by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump delivers remarks about American energy production during a visit to the
Double Eagle Energy Oil Rig, Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Midland, Texas. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    On Wednesday, President Trump warned Texans to stay alert as they work to stop the spread of the coronavirus.    While speaking in the Lone Star State, the president acknowledged new cases in Texas have finally started to decrease.
    He confirmed his administration will be sending 500 antiviral treatments, along with PPE and testing kits, to all Medicare and Medicaid certified nursing homes.
    The president also gave an update on his vaccine program, “Operation Warp Speed.”
    “Earlier this week, a promising vaccine entered the final stage of clinical trials long ahead of schedule, with more following very quickly behind,” he said.    “We have some of the greatest companies and labs in the world doing this.”
    President Trump added the coronavirus vaccine is being created faster than any other vaccine in history.

7/29/2020 President Trump Defends Use Of Hydroxychloroquine by OAN Newsroom
FILE – This Tuesday, April 7, 2020 file photo shows a bottle of hydroxychloroquine tablets in Texas City, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
    President Trump continues to defend the use of hydroxychloroquine to treat coronavirus patients.    On Wednesday, he reiterated that he’s used the drug before and had no problems with it.
    He noted many people agree with him that it can be effective and reiterated all he wants to do is save lives.
    This came after the president retweeted a message by a Houston doctor earlier this week, who claimed hydroxychloroquine is the cure to COVID-19.
    “I was impressed with her and other doctors that stood with her.    I think she made sense, but I know nothing about it.    I just saw her making a statement with very respected doctors, she was not alone.    She was making a statement about hydroxychloroquine with other doctors that swear by it.    They think it’s great.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
    He went on to voice optimism about treatments for coronavirus and added the U.S. is doing very well.
A volunteer holds a sign reading “COVID-19” at a food distribution center Friday,
April 17, 2020, in the Crenshaw district of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
    White House trade adviser Peter Navarro recently clashed with a CNN anchor over hydroxychloroquine.    In the heated exchange, Navarro defended the president’s support for the drug.
    He also pushed back on anchor John Berman’s claims that it’s a dangerous and unproven drug.
    The trade adviser urged Berman to interview third party doctors, who he believes are equipped to provide unbiased information on the treatment and to analyze the data, to explain the effectiveness of the drug in early stages of the disease.
    The two also clashed over the mainstream media’s portrayal and rejection of the treatment for COVID-19.
    “Why are you guys so hardcore about wanting to knock this down?” asked Navarro.
    Navarro went on to say the administration has a surplus of the drug and is prepared to distribute it.

7/29/2020 Fed Chairman Powell Speaks Out On State Of U.S. Economy by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this June 30, 2020 file photo, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell testifies during a House Financial
Services Committee hearing on the coronavirus response on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Tasos Katopodis/Pool via AP, File)
    According to Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, a full economic recovery remains unlikely until people are confident that it’s safe to engage in broad economic activities.    On Wednesday, Powell said the economy’s path forward will partially depend on policy actions taken at all levels of government to provide relief and support as needed.
    The chairman also noted federal stimulus payments and expanded unemployment benefits “provided substantial and timely support to household incomes.”
    However, he warned a recent rise in COVID-19 cases has been affecting economic activity overall.
    “As we have emphasized throughout the pandemic, the path forward for the economy is extraordinarily uncertain and will depend, in large part, on our success in keeping the virus in check,” stated Powell.    “Indeed, we have seen some signs in recent weeks that the increase in virus cases and the renewed measures to control it are starting to weigh on economic activity.”
    He reiterated that the Federal Reserve is committed to ensuring the nation’s economic recovery.

7/29/2020 House Subcommittee Hearing Focuses On Sexual Harassment, Perceived Retaliation At Fort Hood by OAN Newsroom
Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., together with other lawmakers and supporters speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill about ending sexual harassment
and assault in the U.S. military and Department of Veterans Affairs Tuesday, July 21, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
    The House Subcommittee on Military Personnel recently held a hearing to discuss sexual harassment within the Department of Defense.    Wednesday’s hearing was held to examine the military’s failings in dealing with sexual harassment and perceived retaliation.
    The proceedings come amid national outcry over the murder of Army specialist Vanessa Guillen, who was stationed at Fort Hood in Texas.    Many service members have since shared their stories in solidarity.
    Officials confirmed a new team has been sent to investigate the circumstances surrounding Guillen’s death further.
    “We actually did send a team back this week,” stated Colonel Patrick Wempe.    “In the last two days, they have been inspecting the 3CR unit because we weren’t able to inspect it when we were down there the first time in late June and early July.”
    According to Subcommittee Chairwoman Jackie Speier, nearly a quarter of women on active duty reported being sexual harassed in 2018.    She has suggested “the whole program needs to change.”

7/29/2020 Rep. Jordan: Big Tech Is Out To Get Conservatives by OAN Newsroom
Rep Jim Jordan, D-Ohio, speaks during a House Judiciary subcommittee on antitrust on
Capitol Hill on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Washington. (Mandel Ngan/Pool via AP)
    Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) grilled Big Tech executives about anti-conservative bias this week.    During Wednesday’s congressional antitrust hearing, he said it’s a fact social media companies have been actively targeting and silencing conservative users on their platforms.
    According to the lawmaker, most occasions of censorship have occurred this year. He added this is important to note, since 2020 is an election year.
    Jordan went on to call for more accountability from these companies, which he claimed are trying to influence U.S. politics.
    “We all think the free market is great, we think competition is great.    We love the fact that these are American companies, but what’s not great is censoring people, censoring conservatives, and trying to impact elections.    If it doesn’t end, there have to be consequences.    That’s what I’m concerned about and what I think so many Americans are concerned about.” – Jim Jordan, U.S. Representative
    During the hearing, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) also discussed the issue of anti-conservative bias.    He added “conservatives are consumers too and they need the protection of antitrust laws.”

7/29/2020 GOP, Democrats ‘Very Far Apart’ On COVID-19 Relief Package by OAN Newsroom
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin speaks during a House Small Business Committee hearing on oversight of the Small Business Administration
and Department of Treasury pandemic programs on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, July 17, 2020. (Erin Scott/Pool via AP)
    According to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, the White House and GOP are “very far apart” from Democrats on negotiations over the latest coronavirus relief bill.
    While speaking alongside President Trump at the White House, Mnunchin stated officials are especially struggling to come to a consensus on unemployment benefits and housing evictions.
    Negotiations will now shift focus towards acquiring short-term extensions on jobless benefits and eviction moratoriums.
    “As of now, we’re very far apart,” he added.    “Because of that, we have discussed a short-term extension to UI and the evictions, so that we have some period to negotiate before this runs out.”
    President Trump went on to criticize Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, for “not taking care of the people.”

7/29/2020 President Trump: Germany ‘Delinquent’ On Defense Spending by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this June 6, 2011 file photo, the German and U.S. flags fly on a lamp post in front of
the White House in Washington ahead of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
    President Trump recently slammed Germany over its failure to meet its NATO defense spending goal.    On Wednesday, he called Germany “delinquent” for failing to spend 2% of its GDP on defense spending, which the country first planned for back in 2014.
    This comes amid U.S. plans to pull nearly 12,000 troops out of the nation.    The president has said the planned military withdrawal will be good for the U.S. economy.
    He also asserted Germany has been taking advantage of the U.S. for more than two decades.
    “They are there to protect Europe, they’re there to protect Germany. Right?    Germany is supposed to pay for it and Germany’s not paying for it.    So why shouldn’t we leave them?    We don’t want to be the suckers anymore.    The United States has been taken advantage of for 25 years, both on trade and on the military.    We are protecting Germany.    So we’re reducing the force because they’re not paying their bills.    It’s very simple, they’re delinquent.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
    The planned withdrawal will reduce troop numbers in the country to around 25,000 in total.

7/30/2020 Oil up $0.19 to $41.27, DOW up 160 to 26,540.

7/30/2020 Beshear reports 619 new cases of coronavirus in state, 5 deaths by Sarah Ladd, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Gov. Andy Beshear on Wednesday announced 619 new coronavirus cases and five new deaths, numbers he said could indicate a coming stabilization in Kentucky.
    The state now has 28,727 cases and a positivity rate of 5.81%. The mortality rate is down from 3% to 2.5%, Beshear said, and 724 Kentuckians have died from the virus so far.
    Of the new cases, 17 are children younger than 5, the youngest of whom is 4 months old.    They come from a variety of counties, Beshear said.,br>     For more than two weeks, Beshear has steadily reported children younger than 5 contracting the virus, often with those cases in the double digits.
[724 deaths / 28,727 cases = 0.025 is very low and not enough for Beshear to shut things down and he is not telling us where these deaths are occurring which is Jefferson County mostly and any other Democrat controlled city.].

7/30/2020 President Trump Asks Recovered COVID-19 Patients To Donate Plasma by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump gives a thumbs up as a patient donates plasma at the American Red Cross national
headquarters in Washington, Thursday, July 30, 2020. (Doug Mills/The New York Times via AP, Pool)
    President Trump has asked those who have recovered from coronavirus to donate their plasma as soon as they can. During Thursday’s roundtable at the American Red Cross headquarters in D.C., the president highlighted the need for plasma donations in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
    He reported the U.S. has already treated nearly 600,000 people with COVID-19 antibodies, which can be recovered from the plasma.
    “We’ve taken bold actions to give Americans access to plasma therapies.    The FDA made the treatment available to patients with life-threatening infections beginning in March.    We provided $48 million to the Mayo Clinic to support their expanded access program for plasma.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx, right, listens as Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks during a roundtable on donating plasma at the
American Red Cross-national headquarters on Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    Recovered patients can sign up to donate or participate in a vaccine trial at
    This comes as leading candidate Moderna recently began moving into to phase three of its study.

7/30/2020 Republicans Look At Alternative Coronavirus Relief Options After Negotiations Stall by OAN Newsroom
Congressional leadership including Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi of Calif., Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky,
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, arrive to watch the flag-draped casket of the late Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., as is carried
by a joint services military honor guard from Capitol Hill, Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Washington. (Brendan Smialowski/Pool via AP)
    The GOP is reportedly looking at a “Plan B” amid stalled talks over the next coronavirus relief package. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) confirmed the move on Wednesday and noted there’s no consensus on what an alternative would look like just yet.     “There are a lot of different ideas floating right now, nobody has settled on anything,” he added.     This came after the most recent GOP proposal seemed to stall shortly after being put forward. President Trump has called it “semi-irrelevant.”     Thune has hinted Congress might pass a standalone extension to enhanced unemployment benefits, which are set to expire on Friday.
    Liability shields continue to be one of the most contentious aspects of coronavirus relief talks on Capitol Hill.    Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has expressed he will not take a bill to the floor without liability protections for businesses and schools.
Motorists take part in a caravan protest in front of Senator John Kennedy’s office at the Hale Boggs Federal Building asking for the extension of the
$600 in unemployment benefits to people out of work because of the coronavirus in New Orleans, La. (Max Becherer/The Advocate via AP)
    However, leading Democrats have said there will be no deal unless McConnell backs down.
    The roadblock has stirred proposals for a smaller relief package, which would not include the liability shield.
    Meanwhile, weekly jobless claims rose for the second week in a row.    The Labor Department reported 1.43 million Americans filed initial claims for unemployment benefits last week, which fell in line with economists’ expectations.
    Continuing claims also rose by 867,000.    The uptick in unemployment comes as several southern states have seen a recent increase in new cases of the coronavirus.

7/30/2020 Chicago Adds 200 Police Officers To Downtown Tourist Area by OAN Newsroom
Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown speaks at a news conference on Monday, July 27, 2020 in Chicago. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford)
    More police officers have been deployed to the streets of Chicago as part of a citywide effort to stem violent crime in the area.     According to reports, around 200 additional officers were sent to help patrol the city’s downtown tourist area.
    A rise in violence, including stabbings, carjackings and fatal shootings, was to blame for the move.
    One local alderman claimed crime has increased because criminals in the area are growing bolder.
    “Right now, you just have people who believe that they can do things downtown without any fear that they’ll be arrested, reprimanded or face any consequences at all,” said Brian K. Hopkins.
    On Wednesday alone, Chicago reported eleven people had been shot and one person was dead.
A protester attending a rally on Federal Plaza Thursday, July 23, 2020, raises her hand against a backdrop of the Dirksen
Federal Building, after a collection of Chicago activists groups announced they are filing a federal lawsuit against the
Chicago Police Department, Fraternal Order of Police, and the federal government, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
    In response, Police Superintendent David Brown created a slew of new response teams, which are geared towards different issues plaguing the city.    The new Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) will help protect citizens’ right to demonstrate peacefully.
    “CIRT consists of approximately 250 officers that focus not only special events and marches, but large gatherings and protecting First Amendment rights of peaceful protesters,” he explained.
    According to Brown, the team will help keep demonstrations peaceful by protecting protesters from violent agitators, who are looking to incite riots.    CIRT will also devote some of their response time to reports in the downtown area, where shootings have spiked.
    Other teams have also been formed to engage in community outreach programs.    They will reportedly assist in protecting and uplifting neighborhoods.
    “Every week, the CSC team will partner with local block clubs, faith based organizations and community leaders to participate in peace marches, prayer circles, Operation Clean missions, food drives, COVID-19 resource distributions and more,” added Brown.
    The police superintendent reiterated he hopes the teams will restore public trust in officers, who he has highlighted as peacekeepers.

7/30/2020 President Trump: Vanessa Guillen’s Story Will Not Be Swept Under The Rug by OAN Newsroom
Gloria Guillen, the mother of slain Army Spc. Vanessa Guillen, speaks to President Donald Trump
in the Oval Office of the White House on Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Washington.
    President Trump has reaffirmed the story of murdered Fort Hood soldier Vanessa Guillen will not be swept under the rug.    The president met with Guillen’s family in the Oval Office on Thursday, where he announced the FBI and DOJ are conducting an investigation to get to the bottom the incident.
    “We didn’t want to have this swept under the rug, which could happen,” he added.
    Guillen disappeared from the base in April and was found two months later murdered by a fellow soldier.
    Investigators believe the 20-year-old may have been harassed prior to her death.
    During the meeting, Guillen’s family introduced a bill to help victims of sexual harassment.    The legislation would reportedly provide a help hotline for alleged victims.
    “I don’t know a person in the world that doesn’t think that this is the greatest thing on earth,” stated attorney Natalie Khawam.    “Everybody thinks it’s time.”
President Donald Trump speaks as he meets with the family of slain Army Spc. Vanessa Guillen in
the Oval Office of the White House on Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    President Trump also promised to ensure Guillen’s family receives her remains from the military, so they can hold a proper funeral.
    “If I can help you out with the funeral, I’ll help you out financially,” he added.

7/30/2020 Senate Foreign Relations Committee Grills Mike Pompeo by OAN Newsroom
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testifies before a Senate Foreign Relations committee hearing on the State
Department’s 2021 budget on Capitol Hill Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Washington. (Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool via AP)
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appeared before the Senate this week for the first time since April 2019.    He was slated to answer questions about the president’s budget request for the State Department on Thursday.
    However, Democrats seized the opportunity to criticize Pompeo and his decisions on foreign policy.    Democrat committee members released a report on Tuesday, which accused him of poorly managing his department.
    Pompeo has denied any wrongdoing and went on to highlight his work to rein in China.
    “We’ve terminated special agreements with Hong Kong in response to the CCP’s actions to deny freedom to the people of Hong Kong,” he said.    “We closed our consulate in Houston because it was a den of spies.”
Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., holds up news articles to submit for the record during a Senate Foreign Relations committee hearing
on the State Department’s 2021 budget on Capitol Hill Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Washington (Greg Nash/Pool via AP)
    The secretary also suggested he asked Russia about claims the country paid bounties for U.S. soldiers.    During the hearing, Pompeo emphasized he and his team have continued to warn Russian officials about all “issues that put Americans at risk.”
    “Anytime there was a tactical threat on the lives or the health of the safety and security or our assets in place, we have raised this with our Russian counterparts,” he added.    “…We’ve made very clear our expectations: they’re not to threaten us in Afghanistan.”
    He also discussed the steps the U.S. has taken against the Russian government, including military action when Russian mercenaries targeted U.S. soldiers in Syria last year.
    The secretary went on to defend the recent decision to remove U.S. troops from Germany, which President Trump announced earlier this week.

7/30/2020 Seattle Residents Speak Out Against Defunding The Police by OAN Newsroom
Seattle Police ride on a vehicle behind bicycle police during a Black Lives Matter
protest march, Saturday, July 25, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
    Several Seattle residents have spoken out against the “defund the police” movement as city council members come closer to reaching a decision on the policy.    Hundreds of people signed up for public comment during the city’s budget meeting this week.
    The meeting was largely focused on recent calls from the left to defund police department by 50%. These calls aimed to limit use of force in policing and reallocate funds for community based policing.
    Those against the reforms argued cutting 50% from the budget would lead to a rise in crime.
    “85% of the police budget is salary based,” stated Police Officers Guild President Mike Solan.    “Removing 50% of the police budget would force the city to fire 800 officers and crime would skyrocket.”
    The plan would reportedly take funds from layoffs, the training budget and more vital parts of the department.    One person, who called into the meeting, argued the “defund the police” movement is a “radical experiment that will hurt the vulnerable.”

7/30/2020 FDA Chief: COVID Vaccine Must Be At Least 50% Effective To Be Approved by OAN Newsroom
Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn gestures as he speaks during a roundtable discussion at the University
of Miami Miller School of Medicine Don Soffer Clinical Research Center, Monday, July 27, 2020, in Miami. AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
    FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn recently announced he will approve a vaccine for COVID-19 if it’s at least 50% effective.    On Thursday, Hahn confirmed the U.S. government has several vaccine candidates that have entered the final stages of clinical trials.
    However, he has said he will not approve a vaccine unless it’s proven safe.
    “We all want a vaccine tomorrow, that’s unrealistic,” added Hahn.    “We all want a vaccine that’s 100% effective: again, unrealistic.”
    According to the commissioner, even a highly efficient vaccine will only be preventative.    He went on to say it won’t be magical cure for all medical conditions associated with COVID-19.
    “What we want to see is either a reduction in the severity of the disease, very simply from a disease that could be lethal to a disease that’s like the common cold,…or nonacquisition of the disease to begin with,” he explained.
    This comes as Russia is preparing to register its Gamaleya vaccine on August 12 and release it to the public on August 15th.

7/30/2020 Trump Likely To Address U.N. In Person In September, Says U.N. Envoy by Michelle Nichols
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the news media before departing on Marine One for travel to
Midland, Texas from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., July 29, 2020. REUTERS/Leah Millis
    NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump hopes to address the U.N. General Assembly in person in September, his U.N. envoy said on Thursday, while all other world leaders will send videos instead of traveling to New York amid the coronavirus pandemic.
    The annual high-level gathering had been shaping up to be a weeklong celebration of the 75th anniversary of the world body, but U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres suggested in May that leaders send video statements due to likely travel issues.
    The 193-member General Assembly agreed last week to the special measures, which allow one – possibly two – New York-based representatives for each country to be in the General Assembly hall for the speeches.
    “We’re hoping that President Trump will actually be speaking in person in the General Assembly.    He will be the only world leader to be speaking in person,” U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Kelly Craft told the Meridian International diplomacy think tank.
    “Obviously we’re going to be focused on human rights issues, on transparency, on accountability,” she added.
    The United States is traditionally the second country after Brazil to address the General Assembly, due to start this year on Sept. 22.
    The coronavirus has infected at least 17.1 million people and there have been more than 668,000 known deaths worldwide, according to a Reuters tally.    New York was an epicenter earlier this year for the virus, which emerged in China in December.
    Germany’s U.N. Ambassador Christoph Heusgen said there were no plans for German Chancellor Angela Merkel or Foreign Minister Heiko Maas to come the New York in September.
    “We have to be careful, we must not endanger people by coming with a big delegation here, and therefore we agreed to the proposal to have the leaders present their speeches in a virtual way,” Heusgen told a news conference to mark the end of Germany’s July presidency of the U.N. Security Council.
(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; editing by Jonathan Oatis and David Gregorio)

7/30/2020 Pompeo Insists China ‘Tide Is Turning’ At Contentious U.S. Senate Hearing by Patricia Zengerle and Daphne Psaledakis
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo listens during a news conference at the U.S. Department of
State following the 30th AUSMIN in Washington, D.C. July 28, 2020. Brendan Smialowski/Pool via REUTERS
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo insisted on Thursday the “tide is turning” in dealings with China, citing international support for Washington’s policies even as he expressed “dismay” at the number of countries supporting Beijing’s new security law for Hong Kong.
    Reflecting rising tensions between the world’s two largest economies, Pompeo stressed President Donald Trump’s tough line on China at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing in which he repeatedly clashed with lawmakers over administration policies.
    It was Pompeo’s first public testimony before the panel in 15 months.
    “Under your watch, the United States has faced setback after setback on the world stage, ceding leverage and influence to our stated adversaries,” said Senator Bob Menendez, the committee’s ranking Democrat.
    Pompeo said other countries are supporting initiatives like the push not to use Chinese tech giant Huawei Technologies’ equipment in 5G networks and stepped-up maritime maneuvers in the South China Sea.
    “Our vigorous diplomacy has helped lead an international awakening to the threat of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party).    Senators, the tide is turning,” Pompeo said.
    Washington and Beijing each recently closed one of the other’s consulates and Pompeo recently announced an end to Hong Kong’s special trading status.
    However, Pompeo also noted the difficulty of forming an international alliance, given China’s economic strength.    He said he was “surprised and dismayed” at the number of countries that backed Beijing’s crackdown on the autonomy of Hong Kong.
    Pompeo also said Trump has not supported Russian President Vladimir Putin, but declined to directly address reports Russia offered bounties for killing U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan.    “The proper people have been aware of every threat to our soldiers on the ground in Afghanistan.”
    He defended the decision to remove thousands of troops from Germany, which some lawmakers have called a gift to Russia.    Republican Senator Mitt Romney said senior German officials considered the withdrawal “an insult to Germany.”
    Pompeo said Germany did not seem to recognize the threat from Russia, saying more U.S. sanctions could be unveiled over the construction of Moscow’s Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline to Europe.
    Democrats on the committee released a report this week harshly criticizing Pompeo’s tenure, saying he had harmed diplomacy by leaving jobs open for months, abusing career diplomats and promoting a culture of retaliation.
    Lawmakers asked Pompeo about Trump’s abrupt firing in May of Steve Linick, the State Department’s inspector general, who was investigating arms sales to Saudi Arabia and allegations that Pompeo improperly ordered a taxpayer-funded subordinate to handle personal errands.
    Pompeo denied wrongdoing, repeating earlier assertions that Linick had improperly leaked information.
(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle and Daphne Psaledakis; Editing by Lincoln Feast, Jonathan Oatis and Paul Simao)

7/30/2020 Pompeo Says U.S. Has Expanded Scope Of Iran Metals Sanctions
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testifies during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the State Department's
2021 budget, in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, in Washington, D.C., U.S., July 30, 2020. Greg Nash/Pool via REUTERS
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday said he was expanding the scope of Iran metals sanctions, targeting 22 specific materials that he said were used in connection with Iran’s nuclear, military or ballistic missile programs.
    Pompeo called it a “major expansion” of the Iran metals-related sanctions administered by the State Department, allowing Washington to blacklist those who knowingly transfer the materials.
(Reporting by Daphne Psaledakis and Doina Chiacu; Editing by Leslie Adler)

7/30/2020 EU Sanctions Russian Intelligence, North Korean, Chinese Firms Over Alleged Cyberattacks
FILE PHOTO: European Union flags flutter outside the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, June 5, 2020. REUTERS/Yves Herman
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union imposed on Thursday travel and financial sanctions on a department of Russia’s military intelligence service and on firms from North Korea and China over their suspected participation in major cyberattacks across the world.
    In its first ever sanctions related to cybercrime, the EU targeted the department for special technologies of the Russian military intelligence service, known as Main Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, it said in a statement.
    The bloc accused the Russian service of having carried out two cyberattacks in June 2017, which hit several companies in Europe resulting in large financial losses.    The service is also accused of two cyberattacks against Ukraine’s power grid in 2015 and 2016.
    Four individuals working for the Russian military intelligence service were also sanctioned for allegedly participating in an attempted cyberattack against the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in the Netherlands in April 2018.
    North Korean company Chosun Expo was also sanctioned on suspicion of having supported the Lazarus Group, which is deemed responsible for a series of major attacks worldwide, including an $81 million heist against Bangladesh Bank’s account at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in 2016, the world’s biggest cyber fraud.
    The company is also allegedly linked to an attack against Hollywood film studio Sony Pictures to prevent the release of a satirical movie about North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in 2014.
    The U.S. Treasury last year imposed sanctions on the Lazarus Group and two other North Korean hacking groups for their alleged participation in the attacks on Sony Pictures and the central bank of Bangladesh, among others. It said North Korea’s main intelligence service was behind the hacking groups.
    North Korea has denied any involvement in cyberattacks.
    The EU sanctions also hit Chinese firm Haitai Technology Development, which is accused of having supported cyberattacks – known as Operation Cloud Hopper – aimed at stealing commercially sensitive data from multinationals across the world.    Two Chinese individuals allegedly involved in the attacks were also sanctioned.
    Sanctions include travel bans and asset freezes.    EU individuals, companies and other entities are forbidden from making funds available to those blacklisted.
(Reporting by Francesco Guarascio @fraguarascio; Editing by Mark Potter and Hugh Lawson)

7/30/2020 WHO Warns Partying Youngsters Not To ‘Let Down Guard’ On COVID-19
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
    GENEVA (Reuters) – Young people letting down their guard to enjoy the summer holidays are partly driving a spike in new COVID-19 cases in some countries, the World Health Organization said on Thursday.
    A fresh jump in cases in parts of Europe, the United States and Asia has fuelled fears of a second wave of new coronavirus infections and prompted some countries to impose new restrictions on travel.
    “We’ve said this before and we’ll say it again: young people are not invincible,” WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a news briefing in Geneva.
    Evidence suggests that recent spikes of cases in some countries are being “driven in part by younger people letting down their guard during the northern hemisphere summer,” he said.
    The leader of the northeastern Spanish region of Catalonia on Monday warned young people to stop partying to help halt a surge in new cases or local authorities may have to reimpose harsh restrictions.
    Britain and several other European countries have placed restrictions on travel to Spain.
    Maria Van Kerkhove, a top WHO epidemiologist, told the same briefing that nightclubs were “amplifiers of transmission.”
    “The majority of young people infected tend to have more mild disease.    But that’s not always consistent,” she said.
    The WHO this month urged travellers to wear masks on planes and keep themselves informed as COVID-19 cases surge again in some countries.
    The WHO had said in June that it would update its travel guidelines ahead of the northern hemisphere summer holidays, but has not yet done so.
    Its previous guidance for travellers has included common-sense advice applicable to other settings such as social distancing, washing hands and avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
(Reporting by Michael Shields, Kate Kelland and Josephine Mason; Writing by Alex Richardson; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne)

7/30/2020 Portland Mayor Demands Federal Agents Leave City Amid Ongoing Violence by OAN Newsroom
Federal officers advance on members of the “Wall of Moms” group during a Black Lives Matter protest at the
Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
    Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler continues to oppose the deployment of Homeland Security Investigations amid violent unrest in his city.    On Thursday, the Democrat leader accused federal agents of provoking violence rather than mitigating it.
    “Progressive cities around the country are standing together to defend their communities against hostile and dangerous federal interventions,” stated Wheeler.
    However, the chief of Homeland Security has pointed out Portland had already experienced more than 40 days of violence before agents were deployed.
    “For two months as rioters attacked federal officers and buildings in Portland, we called on local leaders to do their job and work with us to quell violence.    Finally OR is stepping up.    DHS surge forces will stay until we know our officers and facilities are safe.” – Chad Wolf, Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security
Demonstrators huddle and blow back tear gas with leaf blowers during clashes with federal officers during a Black Lives Matter
protest at the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
    Despite this, Mayor Wheeler continues to insist he can restore peace in his city without federal help.
    “It’s not going to just be about policing strategies, that’s not going to end this.    It’s going to be ended by the community coming together and saying the mass demonstrations that we’ve seen over many, many weeks, those demands have been heard.    The demands have been understood.” – Ted Wheeler, Mayor of Portland, Oregon
    According to federal officials, those demands, including disbanding the police, are not helpful in maintaining law and order.

7/31/2020 Oil down $1.14 to $40.14, DOW down 226 to 26,314.

7/31/2020 We’ll Discuss How German Forces Can Help Regions To Be Hit By U.S. Troop Withdrawal: Minister
FILE PHOTO: German Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer arrives for the weekly cabinet
meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany July 1, 2020. John Macdougall/Pool via REUTERS
    BERLIN (Reuters) – The German defence minister said on Friday that she would hold talks after the summer with the premiers of states affected by U.S. plans to withdraw about 12,000 troops from Germany to see how the national armed forces can help those regions.
    “Regarding the regrettable plans to withdraw U.S. troops, I will, at the beginning of the parliamentary session after the summer, invite the premiers of the states affected to discuss how the Bundeswehr can support the affected regions,” Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said in a statement.
    “We’re bearing German and European interests in mind.    The truth is that a good life in Germany and Europe increasingly depends on how we ensure our own security,” she added.
    The U.S. military on Wednesday unveiled the troop withdrawal plans, in fallout from President Donald Trump’s long-simmering feud with Berlin but said it will keep nearly half of those forces in Europe to address tension with Russia.
(Reporting by Michelle Martin; editing by Thomas Seythal)

7/31/2020 Second Wave? UK Tightens Lockdown In Northern England
People wear protective masks as they walk through Manchester as the city and the surrounding area faces local restrictions in an effort to avoid a
local lockdown being forced upon the area amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Britain, July 31, 2020. REUTERS/Phil Noble
    LONDON (Reuters) – Britain imposed a tougher lockdown in swathes of northern England after a rise in the rate of novel coronavirus transmission, raising concerns that a second wave of the deadly virus could sow yet more turmoil.
    Britain reported its highest number of new COVID-19 infections in more than a month on Thursday, as ministers fretted about a second wave of cases in Europe and warned more quarantine restrictions were possible.
    Around 4 million people were ordered not to mix with other households in Greater Manchester, the biggest city in northern England, parts of West Yorkshire and East Lancashire, though they can still go to the pub and to work.
    “The problem with this virus is that it thrives on the social contact which makes life worth living,” Health Secretary Matt Hancock told Sky.    “I totally understand the human impact of this but unfortunately that is how the virus passes on.”
    “We can see that second wave in Europe,” Hancock said.
    Asked by the BBC if the UK was now entering a second wave, Hancock said: “It is not yet and we are absolutely determined to take the action that is needed.”
    The measures were introduced hastily at the start of the annual Muslim Eid al-Adha “feast of sacrifice.”
    People in the areas affected were told not to socialise with other households at home or in gardens, or to meet with other households in pubs, restaurants, cafes, shops, places of worship or leisure venues.
    But people are allowed to attend a pub, church or mosque with members of their own household.    Those breaking the rules will face a fine of 100 pounds.
    Official data showed 846 new positive tests in Britain – the highest number of daily infections since June 28.
(Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge and Kate Holton)

7/31/2020 WHO Reports Record Daily Increase In Global Coronavirus Cases, Up Over 292,000
FILE PHOTO: A healthcare worker wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) takes swab from a woman to test
for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Kolkata, India, July 23, 2020. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri
    (Reuters) – The World Health Organization reported a record increase in global coronavirus cases on Friday, with the total rising by 292,527.
    The biggest increases were from the United States, Brazil, India and South Africa, according to a daily report.    Deaths rose by 6,812.    The four countries have dominated global headlines with large outbreaks.
    The previous WHO record for new cases was 284,196 on July 24.    Deaths rose by 9,753 on July 24, the second largest one-day increase ever.    Deaths have been averaging 5,200 a day in July, up from an average of 4,600 a day in June.
    Nearly 40 countries have reported record single-day increases in coronavirus infections over the last week, around double the number that did so the previous week, according to a Reuters tally showing a pick-up in the pandemic in every region of the world.
    Cases have been on the rise also in Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, Bolivia, Sudan, Ethiopia, Bulgaria, Belgium, Uzbekistan and Israel, among others.
    Last week, cases in Latin America for the first time surpassed the combined infections in the United States and Canada, a Reuters tally showed.    Infections are surging in Brazil, which is second in the world behind the United States in cases and deaths.
    Globally there are over 17.4 million infections and nearly 675,000 deaths, according to a Reuters tally.
(Reporting by Lisa Shumaker; Editing by Howard Goller)

7/31/2020 Mexico To Eclipse UK With Third Highest Coronavirus Death Toll
FILE PHOTO: Family members stand as musicians play songs during the funeral of a person who died from the coronavirus
disease (COVID-19), at the San Lorenzo Tezonco cemetery in Mexico City, Mexico July 29, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico is poised to overtake Britain as the country with the third-highest coronavirus death toll as the pandemic reaches new milestones in Latin America and threatens to disrupt efforts to reopen the economy.
    The unwanted record will place Mexico behind Brazil, Latin America’s largest and most populous nation, and the United States.    More than 91,000 people have died in Brazil and the death toll in the United States has surpasses 152,000.
    Mexico on Thursday recorded 639 additional fatalities to bring its confirmed coronavirus toll to 46,000, with 416,179 confirmed cases.    The United Kingdom has recorded 46,084 deaths and 303,913 cases, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.
    Mexican officials say the spread of the pandemic is likely far more extensive than official figures reflect.
    The rising tolls have cemented Latin America’s status as one of the epicenters of the virus as cases in the region have doubled over the past month to over 4.7 million infections.
    While the United Kingdom appears to have put the brakes on the virus, the pandemic shows few signs of slowing in Mexico, which has been trying to restart the economy since late May.
    “We’re opening when we’re not yet ready to open,” said Rosa Maria del Angel, head of Infectomics and Molecular Pathogenesis at Mexico’s National Polytechnic Institute.
    Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who angered some health advocates by refusing to wear a face mask in public, on Friday said Mexico plans to go ahead with celebrations in the capital’s massive Zocalo Square to mark the Independence Day.
    The Sept. 16 ceremony that celebrates a historic call to revolt known as “El Grito” would be “socially distanced,” Lopez Obrador told his daily morning press conference.
    “Faced with adversity, with epidemics, with floods, earthquakes, bad governments, we always go out (to celebrate),” he said.    “Now we’re going to continue going out.”
    Lopez Obrador has chastised news organizations for reporting Mexico’s rise up the ranks of the global death tally, saying the toll per capita is a fairer representation.
(Reporting by Adriana Barrera; Additional reporting by Daina Beth Solomon; Writing by Drazen Jorgic; Editing by Aurora Ellis)

7/31/2020 President Trump To Deploy Nat’l Guard To Portland If Riots Don’t Subside by OAN Newsroombr>
A demonstrator raises her fist while listening to a speech during a Black Lives Matter protest at the Mark O.
Hatfield United States Courthouse Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
    President Trump has set a deadline for Democrat leaders in Portland, Oregon to put an end to riots in their city. On Thursday, the president confirmed Homeland Security agents will remain in the area for 48 hours to see if crime and political violence show signs of letting up.
    “Our people are staying there to see whether or not they could do it today and tomorrow,” he said.    “If they don’t do it, we will send in the National Guard and we’ll take care of it.”
    Portland Democrats have complained about potential federal overreaches in the handling of those riots.
Federal officers advance on protesters during a Black Lives Matter demonstration at the Mark O. Hatfield
U.S. Courthouse on Saturday, July 25, 2020, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
    However, the president has reaffirmed the deployment of the National Guard would solve the problem.
    “These are people that hate our country.    We’re telling them right now that we’re coming in very soon.    The National Guard, a lot of people, a lot of very tough people.    These are not people that just have to guard the courthouse and save it, these are people that are allowed to go forward and do what they have to do.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
    He reiterated Portland’s ruling Democrats were not able to control the situation in the past 60 days, which he said justifies his actions to restore law and order.

7/31/2020 Redfield: Greater Risk In Keeping Schools Shut Down by OAN Newsroom
    The head of the CDC has warned of a major health crisis if schools remain closed.    On Thursday, Director Robert Redfield stated it is important for schools to reopen, regardless of the pandemic, to prevent further harm to children.
    The director noted the low population of those under 18 who contracted the coronavirus early in the pandemic.    He also highlighted the everyday importance schools play in the physical and mental health of children.
    “The greater risk is actually to the nation to keep these schools closed. You know, a lot of kids get their mental health services, over 7 million, in school.    A lot of people get food and nutrition in schools.    Schools are really important in terms of mandatory reporting sexual and child abuse.” – Robert Redfield, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    He went on to say schools must open safely and smartly.    He also touted the recently released reopening guidelines from the CDC as a step in the right direction.
    President Trump has repeatedly urged schools to safely reopen.

7/31/2020 Rep. Jordan Questions Dr. Fauci On How Protests Are Contributing To Pandemic by OAN Newsroom
Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, speaks during a House Subcommittee hearing on the Coronavirus crisis,
Friday, July 31, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Kevin Dietsch/Pool via AP)
    On Friday, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) pressed Dr. Anthony Fauci on whether protests have been driving the spread of coronavirus cases in the U.S. During a House hearing, Jordan asked Fauci if the government should limit demonstrations to help slow the spread of infection.
    The infectious diseases expert admitted he was not in a position to recommend what the government should do to contain the virus.    He did not speak on whether ongoing protests have increased the spread of the virus, but stated, “You should stay away from crowds, no matter where the crowds are.”
    Jordan pointed out the hypocrisy in his statements and noted how the doctor has advised businesses to close down.
    “You’ve advocated for certain businesses to be shut down.    I’m just asking your position on the protests.    We’ve heard a lot about hair salons.    I haven’t seen one hair stylist who, between haircuts, goes out and attacks police and sets something on fire.    But we have seen all kinds of stuff like that during protests and we know that protests actually increase the spread of the virus.    You’ve said that.” – Jim Jordan, U.S. Representative
    The lawmaker also pointed out the hypocrisy of advocating for the right to assemble while local governments impede the free exercise of religion by limiting church serviices.

7/31/2020 President Trump Suggests China Will Repay U.S. For Economic Impact Of COVID-19 by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks with reporters as he walks to Marine One on the South Lawn of the
White House, Friday, July 31, 2020, in Washington. Trump is en route to Florida. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    According to President Trump, Democrats are to blame for stalled negotiations over a new round of stimulus.    The legislation has been in the works for months, but Democrat and Republican lawmakers keep butting heads over major aspects of the package.
    While speaking at a roundtable with police, the president also suggested China may be held financially accountable for the toll the virus has taken on the U.S. economy.
    “I want our people to be able to live and live well.    It wasn’t their fault that China brought in this pandemic, this plague.    It’s China’s fault, if you want to know the truth.    China should be paying for it, and maybe they will.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
    The administration has stated it’s receptive to striking a deal on a potential stimulus bill, even if it does not include the liability shield for businesses that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wanted.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. uses a folder as a prop as she speaks about mail in voting during
a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, July 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows has also blamed Democrats for delaying progress on the latest coronavirus relief legislation.    During Friday’s White House press briefing, he gave an update on the next stimulus package.
    Most recently, Sen. McConnell pushed for a one-week extension for enhanced unemployment benefits, but Democrats on the hill rejected this proposal.
    “So, there’s no clearer message that the American people should receive other than the fact that the Democrats are willing to play politics at a critical time in our nation’s very dire circumstances as we deal with this pandemic,” said Meadows.
    He pointed out Democrats also rejected proposals put forward by the Trump administration without offering their own suggestions.
White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows speaks during a press briefing in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House, Friday, July 31, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    Extended unemployment benefits are set to expire on Friday night.
    House lawmakers will not go on summer recess in August as planned.    House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer confirmed the lower chamber will meet next month and remain in session until an economic stimulus package is passed.

7/31/2020 130 Federal Agents Stay Behind In Portland As ‘Quick Reaction Force’ by OAN Newsroom
Federal officers deploy tear gas and crowd control munitions at demonstrators during a Black Lives Matter protest
at the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse Tuesday, July 28, 2020, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
    More than 130 federal agents have stayed behind in Portland to act as a “quick reaction force.”    Earlier this week, the Trump administration reached a deal with Governor Kate Brown to withdraw federal agents from the city.
    DHS forces will reportedly stay behind in case Oregon state police need immediate back up in protecting Portland’s federal courthouse.    The decision came after Black Lives Matter protesters clashed with police during repeated attempts to destroy federal property.
    While speaking with National Association of Police leadership on Friday, the president said if the urban violence in Portland “doesn’t clean up,” more federal presence will surface.
    “We have no choice,” he added.
Demonstrators draw a peace sign in front of a fire during a Black Lives Matter protest at the Mark O. Hatfield
United States Courthouse Tuesday, July 28, 2020, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
    He mentioned that if his administration had never sent the National Guard to Minneapolis, the place would be “burnt to the ground.”
    The president has attributed the violent crime surge to Democrats, who have run these cities for years.
    “Look at New York, it’s up 348%.    Whoever heard of a number like that?    You have a radical left mayor who doesn’t know what he’s doing.    I don’t even understand how the police could allow it to happen.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
    The president went on to say his team will help any city that needs their help.

7/31/2020 Anti-Eviction Protesters Block Entrance To New Orleans City Court by OAN Newsroom
New Orleans Renters Rights Assembly protesters chain themselves together outside an entrance to First City
Court near New Orleans City Hall on Thursday, July 30, 2020. (Chris Granger/The Advocate via AP)
    Crowds of protesters in New Orleans have taken matters into their own hands to halt evictions.    The New Orleans Renters Rights Assembly organized an “Evict the Court” rally on Thursday.
    Protesters blocked the entrance to the city’s courthouse and turned away anyone who attempted to enter the building.    This all came as part of an effort to block landlords from filing eviction notices with the court.
    The state’s eviction moratorium ended last month.    343 evictions have been filed since.
A protester, right center, walks away with paperwork after grabbing it out of the hands of a man, center, who
. was trying to enter First City Court while the New Orleans Renters Rights Assembly protest was taking place
outside First City Court near New Orleans City Hall on Thursday, July 30, 2020. (Chris Granger/The Advocate via AP)
    According to demonstrators, it is immoral to evict people from their homes amid the current economic climate and challenges surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.
    “We’re going to have a public health crisis if we put all of these people on the streets.    Our COVID numbers are going to go up through the roof.    So we need to like do two things: We either need to secure more rental assistance or we need to reclose eviction court.” – Frank Southall, protester
    Despite the good intentions of these protesters, some courthouse employees were angered.    Some claimed they had nothing to do with evictions and were just trying to get to work.

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