From The Alpha and the Omega - Chapter Eight
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"KING OF THE WEST 2020 AUGUST"

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8/1/2020 Oil down $0.06 to $43.32, DOW up 115 to 26,429.

8/1/2020 Germany’s Confirmed Coronavirus Cases Rise By 955 To 209,653
A traveller receives a voluntary coronavirus disease (COVID-19) test at the new corona test centre at the Hochfelln
service station on the A8 motorway near the town of Bergen, Germany, 30 July 2020. REUTERS/Michael Dalder
    BERLIN (Reuters) – The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 955 to 209,653, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Friday.
    The reported death toll rose by 7 to 9148, the tally showed.
(Reporting by Berlin Newsroom)

8/1/2020 Mexico Eclipses Britain With Third Highest Coronavirus Death Toll by Adriana Barrera
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 surpassed Britain as the country with the third-highest coronavirus death toll on Friday, as the pandemic reaches new milestones in Latin America and threatens to disrupt efforts to reopen the region’s reeling economies.
    The record places 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 U.S. death toll has topped 152,000.
    Mexico on Friday recorded 688 fatalities to bring its death toll to 46,688, with 424,637 confirmed cases.
    The United Kingdom has recorded 46,204 deaths and 304,793 cases, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.
    Mexican officials say 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.    Cases in the region have doubled over the past month to more than 4.7 million infections.
    Colombia, where lockdowns are planned through the end of August, passed the 10,000 death benchmark on Friday, tallying 10,105 fatalities.    The Andean country is expected to reach 300,000 total cases over the weekend.
    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 mask in public, said on Friday that Mexico plans to go ahead with Independence Day celebrations in the capital’s massive Zocalo Square.
    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.
    Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said on Friday the capital would remain at the second-highest alert phase for reopening economic and social activities, after last week warning of a possible surge in cases by October.
    The city could still return to tougher measures, she told reporters.    “Let’s not get ahead of ourselves.”
(Reporting by Adriana Barrera; Additional reporting by Daina Beth Solomon, Raul Cortes Fernandez and David Alire Garcia in Mexico City, Julia Symmes Cobb in Bogota; Writing by Drazen Jorgic; Editing by Daniel Wallis and Leslie Adler)

8/1/2020 Supreme Court Allows Border Wall Construction To Continue by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Sept. 10, 2019 file photo government contractors erect a section of Pentagon-funded border wall along the Colorado River in Yuma, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York,File)
    Construction of the U.S. border wall will continue.    In a 5-4 vote Friday, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Trump administration and against groups aiming to block federal spending on the wall.
    Acting DHS Deputy Secretary Ken Cucinelli gave an enthusiastic approval of the move and praised the president’s aggressive strategy to get the wall built within the boundaries of the law.    According to him, the wall will hit the 300 mile mark before the end of the summer and will pass well over 400 miles by the year’s end.
    Formal complaints on the issue came from the ACLU and Sierra Club.    They sought to strike down an order from last July, which permitted the president to use federal funds for the wall amid legal debate.
    Now, the Trump administration may make good on its promise to build the wall and carry out defense contracts worth $2.5 billion.
In this June 17, 2019 photo, The Supreme Court is shown in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    The ruling was split down ideological lines.    All five conservative judges backed the White House’s argument on the constitutionality of the president’s transfer of military funds in cases of an emergency.
    However, legal experts believe the Supreme Court is likely to delve deeper into the issue after the November election.    The new ruling was a temporary order and continued legal battles over the wall pervade in the high courts.
    The White House has released a statement on the ruling, which asserted the Supreme Court’s decision will allow the Trump administration to transfer the funds necessary to protect the country.
    Officials added “borders are a non-controversial reality of every sovereign nation and we plan to defend ours.”
[ANOTHER CAMPAIGN PROMISE IS STILL IN PROCESS TO BUILD A WALL AND WILL BE DONE AS THE COURTS RULED SO AND THE DEMOCRATS ARE NASHING THEIR TEETH AND THROWING DIRT ON THEIR HEADS AS ALL THEIR ATTEMPTS TO DEFUND IT ARE FAILING IN THEIR HATRED OF TRUMP AND I THINK TURMP SHOULD BLEACH BIT HIS TAX RECORDS BEFORE GIVING IT TO ANYONE SINCE IT WORKED FOR HILLARY AND NOTHING WAS DONE TO HER FOR DESTROYING IMPLICATING INFORMATION.].

8/1/2020 Pelosi Stands By Inclusion Of Cannabis Deregulation In Relief Bill by OAN Newsroom
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of N.Y., speaks to reporters
following a meeting at the Capitol with White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and Treasury Secretary
Steven Mnuchin on a COVID-19 relief bill, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
    Nancy Pelosi has defended including cannabis deregulation in a proposal for the next coronavirus relief bill.    The House speaker’s comments came after a reporter questioned the relevance of the measure to coronavirus relief efforts.
    The Democrat lawmaker stood by the measure and argued it is not unrelated to the pandemic.
    “Well, I don’t agree with you that cannabis is not related to this,” added Pelosi.    “This is a therapy that has proven successful.”
    The House bill currently includes a measure that would allow cannabis suppliers to work with federally backed financial institutions.    However, this would violate current federal laws.    Marijuana has been designated as a Schedule 1 drug, which prohibit banks and lenders from working with manufacturers and suppliers.
    Analysts have suggested the measure is sign of Democrats including pot policies in the bill instead of focusing on alleviating the current crisis.
    This came after a Republican backed proposal faced backlash over the inclusion of funding for a new FBI building, which critics claimed was extraneous to the pandemic.
[SO WHY ARE EITHER PARTY PUTTING ANYTHING IN THIS BILL WHICH SHOULD ONLY BE FOR MONEY TO GET PEOPLE BACK TO WORK SO WE CAN RETURN TO SOME KIND OF FUTURE AND DEFINITELY DRUGS ARE DEFINITELY NOT IMPORTANT AS I GUESS THE DEMOCRATS WANT EVERYONE STONED AND UNEMPLOYED AND THINK RIOTS AND LOOTING IS NORMAL.].

8/1/2020 President Trump: FEMA Coordinating With Fla. Over Hurricane Isaias by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis during a roundtable discussion on the coronavirus
outbreak and storm preparedness at Pelican Golf Club in Belleair, Fla., Friday, July 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    The president held a storm preparedness roundtable with the governor of Florida on Friday.    During the meeting, President Trump confirmed the White House will be in constant contact with several southern states, including Georgia and Alabama, about Hurricane Isaias.
    According to him, state officials have been keeping an eye on how the storm is progressing.
    His administration has also sent aid to help American territories that were already been impacted by the storm.
Signs lashed to a palm tree are shown at a closed COVID-19 testing site at the FITTEAM Ballpark of
The Palm Beaches Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, in West Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
    “It’s pretty severe, a lot of water coming in.    It’s approaching the Florida coast.    The storm’s already passed through Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.    I’ve approved emergency declarations for both of those areas.    FEMA is closely coordinating with Florida, with your governor.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
    Governor Ron DeSantis reiterated he is closely monitoring the track of the storm and that the state has done everything possible to prepare.

8/1/2020 GOP Lawmakers Call For COVID-19 Test Kits On Capitol Hill by OAN Newsroom
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif. speaks during a news conference on
Capitol Hill, Thursday, May 7, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
    GOP lawmakers have urged health officials to provide rapid testing kits on Capitol Hill for members of Congress, staff and reporters.
    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) recently announced he was exploring possibilities after writing a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).    In the letter, he called for testing so lawmakers can work safely in-person.
    Both Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) previously declined to offer testing at the capitol, citing the nationwide shortage.
    The House speaker has since said the decision is up to the capitol physician.
    “There are about 20,000 people who make the capitol run,” stated Pelosi.    “The capitol physician has not said, yet, that he thinks that we should be tested, but it’s not just us.”
    According to a spokesperson for Sen. McConnell, the majority leader has not changed his mind on his stance either.

8/1/2020 President Trump On DACA, Mail-In Voting & Defunding The Police by OAN Newsroom
With Air Force One in the background, President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event
with Florida Sheriffs in Tampa, Fla., Friday, July 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    President Trump recently clarified his administration’s position on DACA.    While speaking to reporters, the president expanded on how his administration is working with lawmakers to rebuild the program.
    The administration has decided to reject newer DACA applications.    Officials are also hoping to limit renewal periods for the Obama era program, which has protected many from deportation.
    This came after the Supreme Court blocked the move to strike down DACA in June.
    “People have to come into our country legally.    Right now we have 267 miles of wall.    We’re doing very well and keeping the drugs out, keeping people out that aren’t supposed to be here.    But people have to come into our country legally.    We’re taking a look at it very strongly.    We’re working with representatives of DACA.    We’re also working on a big immigration bill, which is merit based and something that people are going to be very happy with.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
    The Supreme Court has left the door open for the president to reform DACA through legislative means.
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)
    President Trump has also doubled down on dire predictions for what widespread mail-in voting would mean for the November election.     During a meeting with police leaders from across the country, the president alleged widespread voting by mail would lead to fraud.
    He has been a longtime opponent of the potential alternative to in-person voting, which he claimed would benefit Democrats.    The president also drew attention to the time it could potentially take to count these ballots.
    He referenced the chaos that ensued in New York when the state saw an influx of mail-in ballots for the House primary races.
    “It’s so messed up, they have no idea.    There are ballots missing.    Thousands and thousands of ballots are missing.    They think they’re going to send hundreds of millions of ballots all over the United States and it’s going to come out. You won’t know the election result for weeks, months, maybe years after.    Maybe you’ll never know the election result.    That’s what I’m concerned with.    It’ll be fixed, it’ll be rigged.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
    More states have adopted mail-in voting prior to November’s election, which President Trump has predicted will be “catastrophic.”
FILE – In this May 28, 2020, file photo processing work on mail in ballots for the Pennsylvania Primary election
is being done at the Butler County Bureau of Elections, in Butler, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)
    President Trump recently slammed the so-called Squad for their push to defund the police.
    On Friday, President Trump spoke of the “great love affair” between the Trump administration and law enforcement, which he noted is especially great in Florida.
    He went on to say he will always fight to defend the police.    He vowed to always give law enforcement heroes the support and respect they deserve, especially in the face of attacks from the radical left.
    “You have people, radicals like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, …Ilhan Omar, who doesn’t love our country, and Rashida Tlaib,” he explained.    “They all mean to defund and disband police departments.”
    In the meantime, President Trump reiterated federal agents will not leave Portland until law and order has been restored.

8/1/2020 Thousands March In Berlin Against Coronavirus Curbs
A general view shows a protest near the Brandenburg Gate against the government's restrictions amid the
coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Berlin, Germany, August 1, 2020. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch
    BERLIN (Reuters) – Thousands marched in Berlin on Saturday to protest against measures imposed in Germany to stem the coronavirus pandemic, saying they violated people’s rights and freedoms.
    The gathering, estimated by police at 17,000, included libertarians, constitutional loyalists and anti-vaccination activists.    There was also a small far-right presence with some marchers carrying Germany’s black, white and red imperial flag.
    Protesters danced and sang ‘We are free people!’ to the tune of rock band Queen’s ‘We Will Rock You’.    Others marched with placards saying ‘We are making a noise because you are stealing our freedom!’ and ‘Do think!    Don’t wear a mask!.’
    “Our demand is to return to democracy,” said one protester who declined to give his name.    “The mask that enslaves us must go.”
    The protests followed a rallying call from Michael Ballweg, an entrepreneur and political outsider who has organised similar rallies in Stuttgart and is running to become mayor of the southwestern city.
    Police filed a complaint against the organiser for failing to ensure marchers wore masks and kept their distance.    Mainstream politicians criticised the protesters, with Social Democrat co-leader Saskia Esken calling them “covidiots.”
    “They not only endanger our health, they endanger our successes against the pandemic,” tweeted Esken, whose party is Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition partner.
    After Germany’s initial success in curbing the pandemic, infections are rising again.    More than 200,000 people have caught COVID-19 and nearly 1,000 have died from it.
    Most people in Germany have respected measures that include wearing face masks in shops, while the government has just imposed mandatory tests for holidaymakers returning from high-risk areas.
    But a vocal minority is chafing against the restrictions.
    “Only a few scientists around the world who follow the government’s lead are heard,” said protester Peter Konz.    Those who hold different views “are silenced, censored or discredited as defenders of conspiracy theories.”
(Reporting by Reuters TV, Writing by Douglas Busvine; Editing by Giles Elgood)

8/2/2020 Latin America Coronavirus Death Toll Surges Past 200,000
People are seen in Copacabana Beach amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease
(COVID-19) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 28, 2020. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes
    LIMA (Reuters) – The death toll in Latin America from the novel coronavirus passed 200,000 on Saturday night, a Reuters tally showed, underlining the region’s status as one of the global epicenters of the pandemic that is testing governments to the limit.
    Apart from the United States, Brazil and Mexico have racked up more fatalities from the virus than any other country, and together they account for around 70% of the regional death toll.
    Both have struggled to balance the need to curb the spread of the virus with restrictive safety measures while trying to reopen their economies, which have been battered by the crisis.
    Brazil reported a daily record of 1,595 coronavirus deaths earlier in the week and registered another 1,088 on Saturday.    Mexico recorded 784 fatalities on Saturday and for the first time logged more than 9,000 new infections from the virus.
    Other countries in Latin America are also battling to hold the coronavirus at bay, and the region breached the 200,000 mark after Peru registered another 191 fatalities.
(Reporting by Marco Aquino; Editing by Dave Graham and Christopher Cushing)

8/2/2020 Mexico Logs Over 9,000 New Coronavirus Cases For First Time
FILE PHOTO: A woman wearing a face mask walks among other people at Sonora market during the start of gradual reopening of commercial activities,
as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak continues, in Mexico City, Mexico, July 31, 2020. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico racked up a record number of new confirmed coronavirus infections on Saturday, registering more than 9,000 daily cases for the first time and passing the previous peak for the second day running, official data showed.
    Mexico’s health ministry reported 9,556 new cases of coronavirus, surging past the record of 8,458 set on Friday.    The ministry also logged 784 additional fatalities, bringing the total tally in the country to 434,193 cases and 47,472 deaths.
    The new record in cases came a day after Mexico overtook Britain as the country with the third-highest number of deaths caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
    Mexico has struggled to contain the virus, and has since late May been trying to restart the economy, which in the April-June period contracted by more than 17% quarter-on-quarter.
    The government says the real number of infected people is likely considerably higher than the confirmed cases.
(Reporting by Dave Graham; Editing by Paul Simao and Daniel Wallis)

8/2/2020 Meadows: Universal Mail-In Voting ‘Not A Good Idea For The Country’ by OAN Newsroom
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)
    White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows has said the only way there will be a delayed election is if every American votes by mail.    On Sunday, Meadows explained President Trump has not looked into pushing back election day.
    He claimed if the U.S. moves to 100% universal mail-in voting, the results would take months to sort out. He used the recent election in New York as an example.br>     “We don’t have to look any further than New York to see what a debacle mail-in ballots have been,” stated the chief of staff.    “We have weeks and weeks of delay as to who the winner is.”
    Meadows continued by saying it is important to handle the election correctly.
    He has suggested using absentee ballots to ensure a ballot goes from an individual to the ballot box without someone else having the ability to commit fraud.

8/2/2020 Speaker Pelosi: No Agreement On How To Defeat COVID-19 by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this July 29, 2020, file photo House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. speaks
at a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
    On Sunday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi confirmed the latest coronavirus relief package is still up in the air.    Pelosi explained the legislation will focus on the damage done by the pandemic, but reiterated lawmakers need to focus more on defeating the virus first.
    She noted this has been a contentious issue on the floor.
    The speaker also claimed the HEROES Act, a coronavirus relief bill passed by the House, will be the answer to the problem.
    “We have a strategic plan for defeating the virus: testing, tracing, treatment, isolation, masks, sanitation and the rest,” she said.    “We just still haven’t come to an agreement.”
    Pelosi acknowledged that some of bills passed in response to the pandemic were focused on testing, but added the Trump administration hasn’t implemented them yet.
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)
    White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows has expressed he is not optimistic negotiations will be made over a new coronavirus relief package in the near future.    Over the weekend, he admitted the House has made progress, but said it still has a long ways to go.
    According to him, Democrat officials are largely to blame for the stalemate.
    “If you have unemployed people that have lost their enhanced unemployment, they need to call their Democrat senators and House members, because they’re the ones standing in the way of having those extended right now,” stated Meadows.

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)
    Meanwhile, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin continues to stress the urgency of issuing more relief soon.    Following Saturday’s talks with Democrat lawmakers, the secretary said he was surprised at their unwillingness to accept a temporary solution for the end of enhanced unemployment benefits.
    According to Mnuchin, President Trump has been very concerned about the expiration of these supplemental benefits. He suggested more action is needed quickly.
    However, he noted Democrats have thus far been unwilling to compromise on their $3 trillion HEROES Act.
    “There’s obviously a need to support workers, the economy and people who, through no fault of their own, are shut down because of this terrible disease,” said Mnuchin.    “On the other hand, we have to be careful about not piling on enormous amounts of debt for future generations.”
    Multiple Republican officials have argued Democrats are playing politics and not prioritizing American lives during this negotiation process.    Talks between lawmakers and the White House will resume on Monday.

8/2/2020 Gottlieb: Teachers Should Be Considered Front Line Workers by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this April 5, 2017, file photo, Dr. Scott Gottlieb speaks during his confirmation hearing before a Senate committee,
in Washington, as President Donald Trump’s nominee to head the Food and Drug Administration. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
    According to the FDA’s former commissioner, America should embrace the reopening of schools this fall.    On Sunday, Scott Gottlieb emphasized there is a dire need to have kids return to class.
    He explained there are a lot officials who don’t know about the virus and added preventing outbreaks in the education system in crucial.
    The former commissioner also suggested there is solid evidence backing each side of the argument.
    “I think this is complicated by the fact there’s information on both sides of this debate to really inform the debate and harden positions.    We’ve seen schools open in other countries successfully without outbreaks, albeit with a lot of precautions put into place.    We’ve seen summer camps open here with pretty dense outbreaks.” –Scott Gottlieb, Former Commissioner of Food and Drugs
    He went on to say every precaution should be taken to protect children and teachers when they return to school.

8/2/2020 Economist Moore: America Cannot Have Anymore Lockdowns by OAN Newsroom
FILE – This April 26, 2020, file photo shows empty lanes of the 110 Arroyo Seco Parkway that leads to downtown
Los Angeles during the coronavirus outbreak in Los Angeles, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
    A member of the White House’s economic task force has spoken out against future lockdowns and the shuttering of businesses amid the coronavirus pandemic.    During a recent interview, economist Stephen Moore claimed the U.S. is recovering, but not as quickly as he would like.
    Moore went on to say that America needs to get running again.    He suggested lockdowns did not work the first time, so they won’t work a second time.
    The economist also criticized House Democrats, who are trying to pass a $3 trillion stimulus package, for standing in the way of the president’s progress.
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)
    “Nancy Pelosi says ‘no’ to all of those things.    She doesn’t want to do anything, in my opinion and in the opinion of the people at the White House I am talking to.    The last thing Nancy Pelosi wants is to help the economy in the fall, because they want to win the election.” – Stephen Moore, economist
    Moore added he has advised the president to go around Pelosi as much as possible through executive action.

8/2/2020 Brazil Registers 25,800 New Coronavirus Cases, Death Toll Tops 94,000
    Workers in protective suits spray to disinfect the Amazonas Theatre ahead of its
reopening after the Amazonas state government eased isolation measures to prevent the spread of the
coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Manaus, Brazil, August 2, 2020. REUTERS/Bruno Kelly
    BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil recorded 25,800 additional confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus and 541 deaths from the disease caused by the virus in the past 24 hours, the health ministry said on Sunday.
    Brazil has registered more than 2.73 million cases of the virus since the pandemic began, while the official death toll has risen to 94,104, according to ministry data.
(Reporting by Jamie McGeever; Editing by Dan Grebler)

8/3/2020 Latin America Sees Coronavirus Records Tumble As Cases Near Five Million by Adam Jourdan, Daniela Desantis and Oliver Griffin
Crematory workers are pictured next to a body bag containing the body of Lorenzo who died of the coronavirus
disease (COVID-19) at a crematory in Mexico City in Mexico, August 2, 2020. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido
    BUENOS AIRES/ASUNCION/BOGOTA (Reuters) – Argentina broke past 200,000 COVID-19 cases on Sunday and Colombia set a daily record as grim milestones topple in Latin America, pushing the world’s worst affected region towards a combined 5 million cases.
    The region, which topped 200,000 deaths on Saturday, has struggled to stall the spread of the novel coronavirus, with infections picking up pace in many countries even as governments look to ease lockdowns and revive economic growth.
    Latin America, which has some 8% of the world’s population, accounts for close to 30% of global cases and fatalities, with infections still spreading fast and hitting regional leaders like Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro and Bolivia’s Jeanine Anez.
    Colombia in the last week passed 300,000 cases and 10,000 fatalities. Argentina, which had early success slowing the spread of the virus, has seen a recent spike in infections.    Five Latin American countries are now in the global top 10 for cases, according to a Reuters tally.
    Brazil, the worst hit country in the region and the second-worst worldwide, has over 2.73 million cases and more than 94,000 deaths.
    The giant South American nation, which set a daily record for new cases last week, posted a lower total of 25,800 cases on Sunday, which looked likely to keep the wider region from breaching the 5 million mark until Monday.
    Mexico logged over 9,000 new infections from the virus on Saturday and is now the country with the third most deaths worldwide.
    Peru, which recently exceeded 400,000 cases, has seen a dangerous resurgence in infections after relaxing quarantine restrictions in a bid to revive a collapsed economy. It posted 7,448 cases on Saturday, the highest since late May.
    Around the region, already brittle healthcare systems are straining or overloaded, while economic growth is set to plunge around 9%, pushing up poverty and unemployment.
(Reporting by Adam Jourdan in Buenos Aires, Daniela Desantis in Asuncion and Julia Symmes Cobb in Bogota; Writing by Adam Jourdan; editing by Richard Pullin)

8/3/2020 Roger Stone Reveals Text Messages Showing He Did Not Lie To Protect President Trump by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Nov. 7, 2019, file photo, Roger Stone arrives at federal court in Washington. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)
    Roger Stone recently revealed evidence that appears to challenge claims
made by Democrat lawmakers who have said Stone was willing to lie for President Trump.
    On Sunday, Stone provided screenshots of a text conversation he had with NBC news analyst Howard Fineman that said Fineman never believed Stone was hiding criminal knowledge in order to protect the president.
    The texts contradict claims made by Democrat Rep. Eric Swalwell during an investigative hearing of Attorney General William Barr where he questioned Stone’s integrity.
    “He bragged and he lied to save Trump’s butt, but why would he lie?” asked Swalwell.    “Your prosecutors, Mr. Barr, told a jury that Stone lied because the truth looked bad for Donald Trump.”
(Texts courtesy of the Gateway Pundit)
    Fineman claimed Stone was not protecting the president during the Mueller investigation despite his allegations the president may be forced to pay Stone back for his silence on certain issues.
    Stone said the Mueller team did the opposite of what Swallwell alleged by pressuring him to testify against President Trump.
(Texts courtesy of the Gateway Pundit)

8/3/2020 Sen. Scott: Democrats Are Wasting Taxpayer Money, Have No Sense Of Urgency To Pass Stimulus Package by OAN Newsroom
File – Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) is pictured. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)
    Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) said Democrats are wasting the American taxpayer’s money with their coronavirus lockdown measures.
    During an interview Sunday, the Florida lawmaker claimed Republicans are trying to reopen the economy while Democrats are only interested in passing legislation that costs $3 trillion.
    Scott said Democrats are trying to use the next stimulus package as an opportunity to bail Democrat states out of prior budget crises while using federal taxpayer dollars.
    His remarks came after Congress failed to reach a compromise on the Republican-proposed HEALS Act.
    “If you bail out states, you’re paying for the pension plans that they don’t wanna fund,” Scott stated.    “…We’ll be paying for Planned Parenthood funding in other states, we’ll be paying for climate change bonds that New York has, $3 billion dollars worth, and that’s not right.”
    The senator also accused Democrats of having no sense of urgency as they rejected the extension of unemployment benefits until an agreement could be made.

8/3/2020 President Trump Slams Nev. Gov. Sisolak Over Mail-In Voting by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this May 28, 2020, file photo, mail-in primary election ballots are processed at the
Chester County Voter Services office in West Chester, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
    President Trump recently took aim at Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak after the state’s Democrat-controlled legislature passed a bill to mail all voting ballots in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
    In a tweet Monday, he called the move a “late night coup” and noted that the post office would be unable to handle the traffic of mail-in voting without first preparing for it.
    President Trump has been highly critical of mail-in voting by saying an all-mail election would be a total disaster.
    “This will be catastrophic for our nation and you’ll see it,” he stated.    “I’m always right about things like this, I guess I must be or I wouldn’t be sitting here.”
    State lawmakers passed the bill Sunday and Gov. Sisolak is expected to sign it into law.    The president called the move “outrageous” and said it “must be met with immediate litigation.”

8/3/2020 Homicides Increase In America’s Largest Cities by OAN Newsroom
File – Crime scene tape blocks of the area of an apartment complex where authorities say two police officers
were shot, leading to a neighborhood search for the suspected gunman in Decatur, Ga. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
    Cities across America are seeing a drastic surge in homicides as hatred towards police is deepening nationwide.
    According to a Wall Street Journal study released Sunday, murders across America’s 50 biggest cities are up by 24 percent.    This amounts to more than 3,600 murders in 2020 alone.
    The study collected data from cities nationwide, while noting which ones are run by Democrats and Republicans.    The report showed that Democrat-run cities have seen an increase in homicides by 25 percent, while Republican cities have increased by 15 percent.
    36 of those 50 cities studied reported a double-digit growth in homicides.    The statistics, however, are still not as high as they were in recent decades.
    The study also found that other forms of crime, such as robbery and rape, have declined.    Some analysts speculated this is due to the fact that criminals are less likely to break in when they know residencies are occupied due to stay-at-home orders.
    Researchers believe the cause of the sudden increase in homicides is due to churches, schools and other institutions being closed while police are simultaneously being ostracized.
    “The criminals feel like they can do whatever they want to do, they know the police department is at a vulnerable state right now with staffing levels and with morale,” stated Rich Walker, Sr. of the Minneapolis Police Federation.    “…Cops are relatively reserved right now, they’re answering their calls, but they’re not going that extra mile.”
FILE – This July 27, 2020 photo, Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown speaks at a news conference in Chicago.
Homicides and shootings have surged in Chicago during the first seven months of the year. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford, File)
    Police also said individuals joining gangs due to lack of structure during the coronavirus pandemic is another potential reason for the surge in crime.    Additionally, some officers suggested crime began to climb when prisoners were released due to fear of contracting COVID-19.
    “It’s very alarming…you can almost draw a line on it if you look at the start of April when they started releasing prisoners back and they started having zero bail,” said Chief Andrew Hall of the Fresno Police Department.    “So even if you catch somebody they don’t go to jail, we’ve seen a huge spike in crime.”
    Low-income and minority communities are heavily affected by the rise in homicides.    Police are concerned the increase in crime could result in residents fleeing urban areas with some departments transferring officers to other units in an effort to control crime.
[THE ARTICLE DID NOT NAME ALL OF THOSE CITIES, BUT I WILL CHICAGO, NEW YORK, HOUSTON, LOS ANGELES AND MINNEAPOLIS THAT ARE THE WORSE BUT ALL CONTROLLED BY DEMOCRATS.].

8/3/2020 Mark Meadows Confirms Election Will Take Place Nov. 3 by OAN Newsroom
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)
    White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows confirmed this year’s presidential election will take place as planned on November 3.    He made the announcement during an interview on Sunday.
    Meadows suggested, however, there are serious concerns surrounding mail-in voting. Specifically, he said the results of the election could be delayed by several weeks if a wide-scale number of Americans decide to vote using mail-in ballots.     Backing up these comments, Meadows called out New York after the state took more than a month to count all of its primary election ballots.
    “Listen, all of this we’re talking about comes down to one thing: universal mail-in ballots,” he stated.    “That is not a good idea for the country, we don’t have to look any further than New York to see what a debacle mail-in ballots have been when we have weeks and weeks of delay about who the winner is.    Can you image if that is with the president of the United States?
    His comments came after President Trump questioned whether to delay the elections until people can be allowed to safely and securely vote without the potential of inaccurate or fraudulent results.    Meadows went on to say that while the president has not actively ordered anyone in the administration to look into this idea, he said many states are simply not capable of handling a vote-by mail system.
    “He has not looked at delaying any election, but what we will do is if we try to transform this and start mailing in ballots across the country — all 50 states — what we will see is a delay because we’re just not equipped to handle it.”
    Further, with the possible threat of fraud, Meadows said if a majority of states move forward with a vote-by-mail system then it’s likely we wouldn’t have election results until upwards of January.
    “It is responsible for him to say that if we try to go to 100 percent universal mail-in ballots, will we have an election result on November 3?” asked the White House chief of staff.    “No, I would suggest we wouldn’t even have a result on January 3, so we have to make sure we do this in the proper way.”
    Despite these concerns, Meadows remains confident the president will come out on top during this year’s election.     “We’re going to hold an election on November 3 and the president is going to win,” he asserted.

8/3/2020 President Trump Postpones TikTok Decision by OAN Newsroom
A man wearing a shirt promoting TikTok is seen at an Apple store in Beijing on Friday, July 17, 2020.
U. S. President Donald Trump says he wants to take action to ban TikTok, a popular Chinese-owned
video app that has been a source of national security and censorship concerns. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
    President Trump may not ban the Chinese social media app TikTok if an American company acquires it.    During a meeting with tech workers Monday, the president said he will not make a decision on whether to ban the app just yet.
    Instead, he will wait 45 days to see if a deal is reached between Microsoft and TikTok.    This would allow more time for the computer giant to purchase the video sharing app.
    TikTok has been called a national security threat by the White House and other officials as it could share user data with Communist China.
    Meanwhile, White House trade advisor Peter Navarro blasted Microsoft amid reports the company is looking to take over the Chinese-owned company’s operations in the U.S. In an interview Monday, he called Microsoft a multinational company that’s made billions in China and noted the Chinese Army and Communist Party uses it’s software.
File – White House trade adviser Peter Navarro is pictured. (Andrew Harnik/AP Photo)
    Navarro suggested Microsoft is in an agreement with the Chinese government in which it must provide any information the Communist Party demands in order to operate in the country.    He also accused Microsoft of helping enable China’s censorship of its citizens.
    “The issue with Microsoft is this; Microsoft is one of four or five American technology companies — Yahoo, Google, Sysco and others — who helped China originally build their ‘Great Firewall of China,’ which is used to surveil, track, monitor, sensor and imprison the Chinese people.”
    Navarro also emphasized their broad inter-agency support for the president’s tough approach to TikTok.

8/4/2020 Oil up $0.74 to $41.01, DOW up 236 to 26,664.

8/4/2020 U.N. Chief Warns World Facing ‘Generational Catastrophe’ On Education by Michelle Nichols
FILE PHOTO: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is seen on a video screen during a virtual climate
summit, known as the Petersberg Climate Dialogue, in Berlin on April 28, 2020. Michael Kappeler/Pool via REUTERS
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned on Tuesday that the world faces a “generational catastrophe” because of school closures amid the coronavirus pandemic and said that getting students safely back to the classroom must be “a top priority.”
    Guterres said that as of mid-July schools were closed in some 160 countries, affecting more than 1 billion students, while at least 40 million children have missed out on pre-school.
    This came on top of more than 250 million children already being out of school before the pandemic and only a quarter of secondary school students in developing countries leaving with basic skills, he said in a video statement.
    “Now we face a generational catastrophe that could waste untold human potential, undermine decades of progress, and exacerbate entrenched inequalities,” said Guterres as he launched a U.N. “Save our Future” campaign.
    “Once local transmission of COVID-19 is under control, getting students back into schools and learning institutions as safely as possible must be a top priority,” he said.    “Consultation with parents, carers, teachers and young people is fundamental.”
    The U.N. recommendations for getting global education back on track come as U.S. President Donald Trump pushes for schools to reopen in the face of opposition from some teachers and parents while COVID-19 is surging in many parts of the country.
    The coronavirus, which first appeared in China late last year, has infected 4.6 million people in the United States and killed more than 155,000 Americans since February, according to a Reuters tally.    Deaths rose by over 25,000 in July and cases doubled in 19 states during the month.
    Globally the coronavirus has infected at least 18.1 million people and there have been more than 689,000 known deaths worldwide, according to the Reuters tally.
(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Aurora Ellis)

8/4/2020 House Intel Committee Opens Probe Into DHS Involvement In Portland by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this June 30, 2020, file photo Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee,
right, listens as Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, speaks during
a news conference on Capitol Hill, after a meeting at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
    The House Intelligence Committee is launching an investigation into the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and their response to protests nationwide.
    The committee’s chairman, Adam Schiff, raised his concerns in a letter to Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf and Acting Undersecretary of Intelligence and Analysis Horace Jen.    His concern surrounds two pieces of information originally reported by the Washington Post.
    According to the report, former Undersecretary of of Intelligence and Analysis Brian Murphy emailed other members of his department to stop referring to certain individuals as violent opportunists and begin referring to them as “violent Antifa anarchists inspired.”
    A legal analyst at MSNBC leaked the email over Twitter where Brian Murphy allegedly informs his officials of these changes.
    Likewise, Schiff cited a Washington Post article that said the DHS infiltrated chat rooms between demonstrators, which he believes to be unconstitutional.
    The Fourth Amendment requires federal officials to obtain probable cause before an arrest, which is something Customs and Border Protection commissioner Mark Morgan has claimed officers have done in each one of their arrests in Portland.
    “You will find in each and every instance when we approach somebody, who we believe, who we have probable cause, who has committed a federal crime – we do identify ourselves as either police or a federal agent,” he stated.
    With regard to gathering demonstrators’ communications, Wolf said he does not condone this practice and is immediately ordering an inquiry into the matter.    Additionally, the DHS confirmed it had reassigned Murphy following these events.
    Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee are calling this latest action by Schiff another one of his “get Trump” investigations.
    Schiff claimed the DHS and the Office of Intelligence and Analysis were initially cooperative with the investigation, but said that has decreased as of late.    At least nine officials, including Murphy, have now been requested to sit for transcribed interviews this month.
An Oregon State Police officer, right, stands watch as fellow officers extinguish a fire lit by protesters behind
the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse on Sun, Aug. 2, 2020, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
    Earlier this week, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) announced a phased removal of federal officers was underway.    However, federal officials have pushed back by saying they would remain on standby in case they are needed.
    Federal forces initially addressed the unrest in Portland after a federal court house in the city was attacked by demonstrators.    Likewise, the Trump administration has said it will officially withdraw federal officers once local law enforcement proves it has the situation in Portland under control.

8/4/2020 Uptick In Violent Crime Continues In Minneapolis by OAN Newsroom
An AutoZone store burns as protesters gather outside of the Third Precinct in Minneapolis Thursday, May 28, 2020. (Mark Vancleave/Star Tribune via AP)
    Violent crime is surging in Minneapolis and some believe the problem may only get worse as the city’s police department faces staffing challenges and increasing calls for its defunding.
    More people have been shot in Minneapolis this year compared to the last five. Homicides have also increased with at least 41 reported so far this year.    In 2019, there were only 48 homicides total.
    “It’s a global pandemic; it’s the killing of George Floyd; it’s the subsequent unrest; its the economic downturn; it’s unemployment; it’s psychological factors; it’s mental health and distress; it’s a lack of housing opportunities; it is so many things that ultimately compound,” stated Mayor Jacob Frey.
    In July alone, there were a reported 100 robberies and 20 carjackings in the third precinct.    The recently sent a letter to it residents regarding the rise in violent crime.    It offered tips to prevent robberies like “be prepared to give-up your cell phone or wallet” and if confronted by a violent robber then “do as they say.”
FILE – In this July 29, 2020 file photo, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey speaks during a press conference in
Minneapolis. In an interview with the Minneapolis Star Tribune Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, Frey said that Gov. Tim Walz
hesitated to send in the National Guard to quell the growing violence after the death of George Floyd and then
blamed him for allowing the city to burn. (Evan Frost/Minnesota Public Radio via AP File)
    “The criminals feel like they can do whatever they want to do,” said Rich Walker Sr., Director of the Minneapolis Police Federation.    “They know the police department is at a vulnerable state right now with staffing levels and with morale.”
    Minneapolis police are down at least 100 officers in the last two-months.    Among them is over six dozen officers who have taken medical leave for PTSD in the wake of the riots.
    According to reports, some MPD officials believe the department could lose as much as a third of its workforce by the end of the year.    With fewer officers, many find themselves stretched thin.
    “I mean, they’re going after the worst of the worst,” Walker Sr. continued.    “When you have to deplete that unit to put them back on the street to cover the holes left by the cops who were left traumatically affected by the events of memorial Day, it has an adverse reaction.”
    Reports have suggested Minneapolis may continue to struggle to cope with less officers amid the dramatic increase of violent crime.     The city council recently voted to defund the police department and look for alternatives to traditional policing.

8/4/2020 Senate Judiciary Committee To Investigate Antifa by OAN Newsroom
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, questions Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during 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)
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is calling for a hearing into claims left-wing groups like Antifa are intentionally inciting violence during Black Lives Matter protests.
    On Tuesday, the Texas Republican will lead a subcommittee under the Senate Judiciary to discuss whether Antifa is attempting to use violence to stop free speech. In a recent interview, Sen. Cruz said the “violent anarchists and Marxists” were exploiting the protests and transforming them into riots.
    President Trump has previously announced he plans on labeling Antifa an terrorist group, while the Department of Justice has been investigating claims tying them to foreign militant groups.
    “We have evidence that Antifa and other similar extremist groups as well as actors of a variety of different political persuasions have been involved in instigating and participating in the violent activity,” stated Attorney General William Barr.    “And we are also seeing foreign actors playing all sides to exacerbate the violence.”
    The announcement of the hearing follows the leak of a Department of Homeland Security report claiming some Antifa members received military training abroad.    The report alleges they brought their “skills and motivations” back to the U.S. to exacerbate violence during recent protests in Minneapolis and Portland.

8/4/2020 Gov. Newsom Says Calif. Weekly Covid-19 Case Average Decreasing by OAN Newsroom
FILE – California Gov. Gavin Newsom displays a face mask as he urges people to wear them to fight the spread of the
coronavirus during a news conference in Rancho Cordova, Calif., Friday, June 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, Pool, File)
    California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) gave residents an optimistic message while announcing a decline in coronavirus cases.    On Monday, the Democrat governor said the seven day average of hospitalizations dropped by 10-percent and ICU admissions dropped by five-percent.
    The numbers are a weekly average, which is a more reliable metric than daily cases as it fluctuates less.    The governor said he hopes they are part of a longer trend of declining infections.
    Newsom highlighted the steep decline in positive diagnoses, which came even as testing rates in the state have continued to increase.
    “That seven day average, by the way, is down roughly 21.2% from the previous seven day average,” he stated.    “That’s good news — a 21.2% decline.”
    Meanwhile, Newsom reminded residents some areas of the state continue to be hot-spots for the virus. He noted that people should continue to exercise caution and abide by public health guidelines.

8/4/2020 President Trump Signs Order Expanding Telehealth Services by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks during a briefing with reporters in the James Brady Press Briefing Room
of the White House, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    President Trump signed an executive order highlighting the administration’s health care initiatives.    Monday’s order seeks to improve rural health and expand telehealth access such as virtual doctor visits.
    Doctor’s treating patients virtually can now provide services permanently beyond the coronavirus pandemic.
    Additionally, the order ensures coverage for over 135 services, including physical therapy, mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment and more.
    “When the invisible enemy struck our shores, I took immediate action to eliminate regulatory barriers to telehealth, making it easier for patients to consult with doctors from safety and convenience right from their homes President Trump stated."    “Today, I’m taking action to ensure telehealth is here to stay.”
    The order calls for the Department of Health and Human Services to propose the new rules within 60 days to make the changes permanent.

8/4/2020 President Trump: Democrats Want To Bail Out Cities & States by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks during a briefing with reporters in the James Brady Press Briefing Room
of the White House, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    President Trump has suggested that Democrats are hijacking stimulus negotiations.
    While speaking to reporters on Monday, he maintained the U.S. is doing well controlling the spread of COVID-19 compared to other nations that have seen flare-ups like Italy, France and Spain.
    The president insisted he’s taking an active roll in negotiations with Democrat leaders.    However, he said he’s reluctant to give Democrats the trillion dollars in aid they are asking for.
    “They want to bail out cities and states that have done a bad job over a long period of time, nothing to do with coronavirus or a China virus or whatever you want to call it,” stated President Trump.    “They want a trillion dollars in bailout money and a lot of people don’t want to do that because we don’t think it’s right.”
    The president said he’s looking into an executive order to halt evictions during the pandemic if Democrats fail to negotiate on stimulus measures.
    “The Democrats have run some very bad states and some very, very bad cities,” he continued.    “And a lot of people don’t want to give them a trillion dollars to reward them for doing a bad job.”

8/4/2020 Proportion Of Youth With COVID-19 Triples In Five Months: WHO by Ankur Banerjee and Stephanie Nebehay
FILE PHOTO: Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus speaks
during a news conference in Geneva, Switzerland January 30, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo
    (Reuters) – Young people who are hitting nightclubs and beaches are leading a rise in fresh coronavirus cases across the world, with the proportion of those aged 15 to 24 who are infected rising three-fold in about five months, the World Health Organization said.
    An analysis by the WHO of 6 million infections between Feb. 24 and July 12 found that the share of people aged 15-24 years rose to 15% from 4.5%.
    Apart from the United States which leads a global tally with 4.8 million total cases, European countries including Spain, Germany and France, and Asian countries such as Japan, have said that many of the newly infected are young people.
    “Younger people tend to be less vigilant about masking and social distancing,” Neysa Ernst, nurse manager at Johns Hopkins Hospital’s biocontainment unit in Baltimore, Maryland told Reuters in an email.
    “Travel increases your chances of getting and spreading COVID-19,” she said, adding young people are more likely to go to work in the community, to a beach or the pub, or to buy groceries.
    The surge in new cases, a so-called second wave of infections, has prompted some countries to impose new curbs on travel even as companies race to find a vaccine for the fast-spreading virus that has claimed more than 680,000 lives and upended economies.
    Even countries such as Vietnam, widely praised for its mitigation efforts since the coronavirus appeared in late January, are battling new clusters of infection.
    Among those aged 5-14 years, about 4.6% were infected, up from 0.8%, between Feb. 24 and July 12, the WHO said, at a time when testing has risen and public health experts are concerned that reopening of schools may lead to a surge in cases.
    Anthony Fauci, the leading U.S. expert on infectious diseases, urged young people last month to continue to socially distance, wear masks and avoid crowds, and cautioned that asymptomatic people could spread the virus, too.
    Indeed, health experts in several countries have urged similar measures as they report that infected youth show few symptoms.
    “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 last week.
    “Young people can be infected; young people can die; and young people can transmit the virus to others.”
    Last month, Tokyo officials said they would conduct coronavirus testing in the city’s nightlife districts, and instructed nightclubs to provide customers with enough space with good ventilation and to ask them to avoid speaking loudly.
    In France last month, authorities shut down a bar where people breached hygiene rules and caused an outbreak.
(Reporting by Ankur Banerjee and Vishwadha Chander in Bengaluru and Stephanie Ulmer-Nebehay in Geneva; Editing by Sayantani Ghosh and Bernadette Baum)
[WELL THEY STILL HAVE TEDROS SPEWING HIS MISINFORMATION AND THEY HAVE NOT CANNED HIM YET.].

8/4/2020 ByteDance Founder Defends TikTok’s U.S. Strategy In Staff Letter by Yingzhi Yang and Brenda Goh
FILE PHOTO: Zhang Yiming, founder and global CEO of ByteDance, poses in Palo Alto,
California, U.S., March 4, 2020. Picture taken March 4, 2020. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
    BEIJING (Reuters) – ByteDance founder Zhang Yiming told employees on Tuesday there were misunderstandings on Chinese social media about TikTok’s situation in the United States and that the company could face more difficulties as anti-Chinese sentiment rose abroad.
    His comments in a letter to ByteDance’s Chinese employees came after the company and Zhang were heavily criticised on Chinese social media for entering into talks with Microsoft Corp to sell TikTok’s U.S. operations.
    Chinese media first reported the contents of the internal letter.    A source confirmed the content of the memo to Reuters.
    ByteDance did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
    “I actually understand (the criticism),” Zhang said in the letter.    “People have high expectations of a company founded by a Chinese person which is going global but have little information about it.    With lots of grievances towards the U.S. government, they tend to lash out at us with harsh criticism.”
    Since Monday, some users of China’s Twitter-like Weibo have said they would uninstall ByteDance’s Chinese short video app Douyin and news aggregator Jinri Toutiao because they believed ByteDance had given in too quickly to Washington.
    Others urged ByteDance to learn from U.S. giant Google, which opted to pull its search engine out of the Chinese market in 2010 after China asked it to censor its search results, rather than selling off its Chinese operations.
    Zhang said some people had misunderstood the U.S. situation.    He said Washington’s goal was not to force a sale of TikTok’s U.S. operations through the Committee of Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS) but to ban the app, and there was a legal process ByteDance had no choice but to follow.
    Zhang told staff on Monday in another internal letter that the company had started talks with a tech company so it could continue to offer the TikTok app in the United States.
    U.S. President Donald Trump initially dismissed the idea of selling TikTok’s U.S. operations to Microsoft but changed his mind following pressure from some advisers and many in the Republican party, because banning TikTok could alienate many young voters, Reuters has reported.
    Zhang also told employees that over the last two years, anti-Chinese sentiment had risen in many countries and the company must brace for more difficulties in the current atmosphere.
(Reporting by Yingzhi Yang in Beijing and Brenda Goh in Shanghai; Editing by Louise Heavens)

8/4/2020 President Trump Signs ‘Great American Outdoors Act’ by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump poses for a photo during a signing ceremony for H.R. 1957 – “The Great American Outdoors Act,”
in the East Room of the White House, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    President Trump recently signed a bipartisan conservation bill aimed at preserving America’s national parks for the next generation.    Under the new law, known as the ‘Great American Outdoors Act,’ over $900 million will be invested each year into the land and conservation fund.    This will help with ongoing repairs and restoration of our national parks, wildlife refugees and national monuments.
    "Today we're making the most significant investment in our parks since the administration of the legendary conservationist President Theodore Roosevelt!" pic.twitter.com/e6KIJ1Acab — The White House (@WhiteHouse) August 4, 2020
    Additionally, nearly $10 billion will go towards priority repairs and other agencies like fish and wildlife services.    As part of the Trump administration commitment to restoring public lands, more than 100,000 infrastructure jobs are being created to help with the efforts.
    President Trump said this legislation was a long time coming.    Moving forward, he noted that people will have to start associating Republicans with preserving God’s creation through their environmental efforts.

8/4/2020 White House: U.S. To Take Action On TikTok, Other Chinese Apps In Coming Days by OAN Newsroom
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany listens to a question during a press briefing in the James Brady
Press Briefing Room at the White House, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said the president remains focused on protecting the private data of all Americans.
    McEnany made the comment Tuesday after President Trump said the Chinese-owned app TikTok would be banned in the U.S. in mid-September if it’s not sold to an American company.
    The Trump administration said the app poses a national security threat because it feeds data directly to the Chinese Communist Party.    The press secretary reiterated those concerns during Tuesday’s briefing.
    The Treasury Department is conducting a national security review of TikTok.    Meanwhile, U.S. tech giant Microsoft is interested in buying the app and the president supports the move.

8/4/2020 Salt Lake City Mayor Signs Executive Order For Police Reform by OAN Newsroom
Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhal and Salt Lake City police Chief Mike Brown speak following a news conference
Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in Salt Lake City. Mendenhall signed an executive order Monday directing police Chief Brown to enact several
new policies, such as mandating de-escalation tactics before using force, by Sept. 5. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
    The mayor of Salt Lake City, Utah is implementing new reforms for the city’s police department amid demonstrations following the death of George Floyd.
    Mayor Erin Mendenhall signed an executive order Monday, which will require the city’s police chief to enforce several policy changes.    The order affects the police department’s policies regarding search and seizure, police body cameras and the use of force.
    “While our policy currently requires that an officer find it reasonable to believe that a person will use a weapon to harm someone, an officer must now determine that deadly force is necessary and the threat of death or serious bodily injury is imminent,” stated Mendenhall.    “Necessary and imminent will be carefully defined in our new policy.”
    Officers will also be expected to stop other officers who are about to use illegal or excessive force.    The Salt Lake City Police Department is expected to enact the new policy changes by next month.

8/5/2020 Oil up $0.76 to $41.52, DOW up 164 to 26,828.

8/5/2020 Beshear reports 700 virus cases - Governor says numbers ‘leveling off’ despite increase by Sarah Ladd, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Gov. Andy Beshear on Tuesday announced 700 new coronavirus cases and seven new deaths in Kentucky.
    Though those numbers are up from the last few days, Beshear said there’s a “general leveling off” when compared with the last few weeks.    There are currently 638 people in the hospital and 135 in ICUs. The positivity rate is now 5.24 %, slightly up from 5.18% Monday.
    There have now been 32,197 positive test results in Kentucky and 751 deaths.
[751 deaths / 32,197 cases = 0.023% or 7 deaths / 700 cases = 0.01% which they are not mentioning above].

8/5/2020 Horror show’: Dozens dead after enormous Beirut blast - Suspected cause is explosive material at port by Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY
    A massive explosion rocked Beirut with the force of an earthquake, followed by a shock wave that blew out windows and caused widespread damage across the Lebanese capital.    At least 60 people were killed and more than 3,000 wounded, according to Health Minister Hassan Hamad.
    Injured residents flooded hospitals, pushing them past capacity.    Medical officials pleaded for blood donations.
    The blast followed a fire that broke out in the city’s port area, based on multiple videos from the scene.
    Though the cause of the explosion was yet to be officially determined, Abbas Ibrahim, chief of Lebanese General Security, said it might have been caused by highly explosive material that was stored at the port after it was confiscated from a ship.
    Television channel LBC said the material was sodium nitrate.    Mohammed Fahmi, Lebanon’s interior minister, told Al-Jazeera news the blast appeared to have been caused by ammonium nitrate that was stored in a warehouse.    Ammonium nitrate, used in chemical fertilizer production, was a component of the explosion of the Denver FBI building.
Video captured a mushroom cloud, followed by an earth-rattling shock wave. ANWAR AMRO/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES


8/5/2020 Portland Rioters Attempt To Set Fire To Police Association Building by OAN Newsroom
Black Lives Matter protester Jorge Mendoza holds a sign while rallying at the Mark O. Hatfield
United States Courthouse on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
    Chaos continues to sweep through Portland, this time at the Police Association building.    On Tuesday night, rioters gathered outside the police union hall, where they called for the defunding of police.
    According to reports, rioters set fire to cardboard and threw the flaming debris at the building.
    Local news video showed a driver plowing through an Antifa barricade after rioters slashed the tires of the truck.    You can see sparks flying from a motorbike being dragged under.
    Police warned those involved in destructive acts against the police department could be “cited, arrested or subject to force.”

An Oregon State Police officer, right, stands watch as fellow officers extinguish a fire lit by protesters behind
the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse on Sun, Aug. 2, 2020, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
    Amid these riots, the federal government has launched hundreds of investigations into anti-government organizations.
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) reiterated the U.S. government has the responsibility to protect federal property. During a recent Senate hearing, he said the nightly attacks on Portland’s federal courthouse were only stopped by the presence of federal agents.
    He noted the courthouse would have been burned to the ground if not for the intervention of federal law enforcement.
    “Being upset with what happened with Mr. Floyd is absolutely all American,” stated Sen. Graham.    “Trying to occupy a part of a city and turn it into a socialist enclave is not.”
    He added the Senate expects states to prosecute rioters who hurt officers to the fullest extent of the law. Acting DHS Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli recently confirmed more than 100 federal agents have reported multiple injuries while defending the courthouse.

8/5/2020 L.A. County Board Of Supervisors Vote In Favor Of Defund Police Proposal On November Ballot by OAN Newsroom
A protester holds a sign calling for the defunding of police at a demonstration Saturday, Aug, 1, 2020,
in Los Angeles. The protest was organized by the Refuse Fascism group to demand the resignation
of President Donald Trump and for the removal of federal troops in Portland. (AP Photo/Christian Monterrosa)
    The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has voted to place a defund police proposal on the November ballot.    The so-called ‘Reimagine LA County’ proposal passed in a four-to-one vote Tuesday.
    The measure proposes a shift of roughly 10-percent of the county’s law enforcement and legal system’s budget.    The legislation would redistributed the funds to low income areas and social programs.
    However, according to LA County Sheriff, Alex Villanueva, if the policy is passed then this would prompt police stations to close down and nearly 450 employees to be laid off.
    “Well the people that are gonna suffer the most, ironically, are gonna be the very same African American / Latino communities…the poorest communities that get the hardest impact because of crimes,” he stated.    “The people making the decisions are the ones living in those gated communities on the west side of town and they will never see the impact of this decision.”
    The amendment seeks to address the “disproportionate impact of racial injustice” and would be phased in by 2024 if passed.
[THIS REMINDS NOT TO PLAN A VACATION ANYWHERE IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA WHICH I ALMOST DID SO WITH MY TWO SONS COULD SEE IT BUT THAT WAS BEFORE THEY STARTED ALL THIS CRAZY THINGS THEY ARE DOING OUT THERE NOW WHICH IS NOT A SAFE PLACE ANYMORE AND ANY STATE WHO DEFUNDS THE POLICE WILL NOW BE ON THAT LIST OF CONCERN].

8/5/2020 Senate Minority Leader Schumer, House Speaker Pelosi Participate In Coronavirus Relief Bill Negotiations by OAN Newsroom
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., right, accompanied by Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y., left, speaks
to members of the media after meeting with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows as
they continue to negotiate a coronavirus relief package on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    Democrats in Congress have said they are making progress on passing the coronavirus relief bill despite polarizing view points.
    After a meeting with the White House Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Democrats went through the bill “issue by issue” to gain a better understanding of each other’s positions.    Meanwhile, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the real negotiations are in the fine print.
    “Now leader Schumer and I are legislators with long experience in writing legislation, we know that the devil is in the details and so are the angels,” stated Pelosi.    “It’s very important that we have a complete understanding of each other, of what we are agreeing to.”
    However, many have been critical of the House Speaker’s leadership by saying “time is of the essence” amid the coronavirus pandemic.
    Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also weighed in on negotiations surrounding the next stimulus bill.    While speaking to reporters in D.C. on Tuesday, he stressed the bill will be a success because of its impact on Americans regardless of how much support it receives in the Senate.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., walks back to his office on
Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    His remarks came after many Republican senators indicated they do not plan to vote for the bill if the $600 weekly unemployment benefit remains in the legislation.
    “If you’re looking for total consensus among Republican senators, you’re not going to find it,” McConnell stated.    “What we’re hoping for here is a bipartisan proposal negotiated by the President of the United States and his team who can sign the bill into law and the democratic majority in the House that can appeal to a significant percentage of Republicans in the House and Senate.”
    The Kentucky Republican said he’s “encouraging everyone on both sides” of the aisle to reach a complete solution sooner rather than later.

8/5/2020 President Trump Reaffirms Support For Reopening Schools by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Friday, July 10, 2020, file photo, rows of school buses are parked
at their terminal, in Zelienople, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)
    The president continues to push for the reopening of schools.
    During a recent interview, President Trump reaffirmed his stance on school closures and expressed students should be allowed to return to class.
    He also highlighted the low rates of COVID-19 infections among children.
    “My view is the schools should open. This thing is going away.    It will go away like things go away, and my view is that schools should be open.    If you look at children, children are almost immune from this disease.    I don’t know how you feel about this, but they have much stronger immune systems than us when it comes to this.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
President Donald Trump speaks during a briefing with reporters in the James Brady Press
Briefing Room of the White House, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    Pediatricians have also spoken out on the issue.    Many support the reopening of schools and added at-home learning can have negative impacts on a child’s development.

8/5/2020 President Trump Considers Executive Orders For Payroll Tax Cuts, Eviction Moratoriums by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks during a briefing with reporters in the James Brady Press Briefing
Room of the White House, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    President Trump said he wants to extend emergency unemployment benefits in the next stimulus package.    During an interview Tuesday, he noted that the people who have lost their jobs amid the pandemic shouldn’t be blamed for requiring assistance.
    The president also said the American economy was “setting records” before the pandemic, adding that it was China’s fault the world’s economy came to a halt.
    President Trump promised he would take care of the American people as Congress continues debating the specifics of the phase four relief bill.    Additionally, he said he may sign executive orders to provide payroll tax cuts and halt evictions.
    During a press conference Tuesday, the president stated that if Congress fails to agree on a new bill then he may need to take matters into his own hands.    He also took aim at Democrat lawmakers for refusing to compromise on the legislation.
    “So, I may have to do something on evictions too because the Democrats amazingly don’t want to do it,” stated the president.    “We offered them short-term deals and we offered them lots of alternatives, but so far the only thing they really want to do is bail out states that have been poorly managed by Democrats.”
    His remarks came after the eviction moratorium provided by the CARES Act earlier this year expired in late July.    Meanwhile, the president also expressed optimism over the progress for a coronavirus vaccine by saying he hopes to have it out “very quickly.”

8/5/2020 President Trump Participates In Swearing-In Ceremony For First Black U.S. Military Service Chief by OAN Newsroom
Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr., is sworn is as Chief of Staff of the Air Force as his wife Sharene Guilford Brown, holds
a bible, in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    President Trump recently participated in a swearing-in ceremony for the first black U.S. service chief.    Gen. Charles Q. Brown took the oath of office Tuesday to officially take up the role as the new Air Force chief of staff.
    During the event, the president praised Brown for his military career and congratulated him on the historic moment.
    “But you have had an incredibly career and this is a capper, and I just want to congratulate you,” said President Trump.    “It’s an honor to have you in this very fabled office and have you in the White House.”
    Brown, alongside his family, was sworn-in by Vice President Mike Pence and expressed his appreciation for the prestigious honor “Well, first of all, appreciate the honor to be back in the Oval Office,” he stated.    “…I appreciate the trust and confidence from you, the vice president, Secretary Esper and Birk, Gen. Goldfein and the rest of the Air Force leadership…it is a distinct honor for me to have this opportunity.”
    The Senate confirmed him to the position back in June, following a vote of 98-to-zero.
    As a decorated general and pilot, he also previously served as the commander of Pacific Air Forces, where he oversaw more than 46,000 airmen serving across the Indo-Pacific.
    Gen. Brown set to replace Gen. David Goldfein who is retiring from the position this week.    He will now also be the first black American to sit on the Joint Chiefs of Staff since former Secretary of State Colin Powell held the title of chairman from 1989 to 1993.

8/5/2020 FBI: 300 Domestic Terrorism Probes Launched Since Late May by OAN Newsroom
A Department of Homeland Security officer emerges from the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse
after demonstrators lit a fire on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
    The FBI is pursuing more than 300 domestic terror investigations related to protests and riots, following the death of George Floyd.    That’s according to U.S. attorney Erin Cox who spoke Tuesday at a hearing on Antifa on Capitol Hill.
    Cox said that number does not include potential civil rights investigations or violent crime surrounding the unrest.    She also noted anti-government activists have been “hijacking” peaceful protests and “unleashing harm” in cities across the country.
    “Somehow the notion of committing violence in the name of an anti-government dogma be it be Antifa, Boogaloo or any other espoused ideologies has been gaining traction at an alarming rate,” Cox explained.    “Unlike the lawful protesters whose demonstrations they undermine, these anti-government extremist intend to tear down the rule of law in America — not improve it.”
    The U.S. attorney went on to name incidents in Seattle and Portland, where rioters have damaged federal property and assaulted law enforcement officers.    She insisted the violence will not stop until the government takes action.

8/5/2020 N.M. Governor Allowed To Fine Businesses That Violate Health Orders by OAN Newsroom
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham gives her weekly update on COVID-19 and the state’s effort to contain it during a virtual
news conference from the state Capitol in Santa Fe, N.M., on Thursday, July 23, 2020. (Eddie Moore/The Albuquerque Journal via AP)
    The New Mexico Supreme Court affirmed the right of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) to issue fines to businesses that fail to comply with state public health guidelines.
    The decision follows a lawsuit naming a coalition of seven businesses who argued civil penalties issued by the governor should not apply to them.
    The court’s decision, however, states the governor has the right to enforce these fines.    Although, the justices left open the question of whether businesses are entitled to reimbursement for forced closures.
    The governor’s office welcomed the decision and argued that it enables the state to enforce rules vital to stemming the growth of the pandemic.
    “The only tool we have currently to stem transmission of COVID-19 is social distancing and so, we need compliance, we need immediate compliance,” said Matthew Garcia, attorney for Gov. Lujan Grisham.    “We can’t say ‘hopefully everyone will comply’ eight-months down the road, we need compliance now.”
    Businesses that fail to abide by public health guidelines face fines of up to $5,000. The governor has reportedly issued at least 14 such fines since the start of the pandemic.
    The state’s GOP rejected both the court’s decision and the fines by saying they signal the need to vote for Republican leaders in November who they say will be more open to the needs of businesses seeking to reopen.

8/5/2020 Obama-Era Official Says Trump Adviser Flynn Tried To ‘Neutralize’ Russia Sanctions by Mark Hosenball and Sarah N. Lynch
FILE PHOTO: Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates testifies about potential Russian interference in the presidential
election before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., U.S. May 8, 2017. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The No. 2 Justice Department official under President Barack Obama told Congress that before President Donald Trump’s inauguration, his national security adviser told a Russian diplomat Trump would “essentially neutralize” sanctions imposed on Russia for alleged 2016 U.S. election interference.
    Sally Yates, Obama’s deputy attorney general, told a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday it was “highly irregular” for Trump adviser Michael Flynn to tell Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak that the incoming administration hoped Russia would minimize its response to post-election sanctions.
    In late December 2016, Obama expelled 35 suspected Russian spies from the United States in response to intelligence that Russia exploited social media and circulated hacked Hillary Clinton campaign emails to try to damage Clinton’s presidential campaign and boost Trump’s.
    “This was an attack on our democracy.    This attack was absolutely unprecedented,” Yates said.    Russia’s response to Obama’s sanctions was muted.
    Flynn, a retired Army lieutenant general, was charged criminally by Special Counsel Robert Mueller during his investigation into Moscow’s alleged election interference.
    Flynn twice pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his conversations with Kislyak.    Flynn subsequently switched lawyers to pursue a legal campaign which accused the FBI of setting him up.
    He asked a federal judge to dismiss the criminal case against him.    The dismissal request, backed by Trump’s Justice Department, is now pending before a U.S. appeals court.
    Committee Republicans used the hearing to air complaints by Trump supporters that the Obama-era Justice Department had used a controversial “dossier” on alleged Trump contacts with Russia prepared for Clinton’s campaign by a former British spy to obtain an electronic surveillance warrant on a former Trump campaign aide before the 2016 election.
    Yates said she was “not aware of anyone at the Department of Justice trying to keep Donald Trump from becoming president.”
    Trump fired Yates in the first month of his presidency when she refused to defend his administration’s first effort to ban travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries.
(Reporting by Mark Hosenball; Editing by Scott Malone and Jonathan Oatis)
[The question is was Yates kept out of the loop of the corruption or did she know and she obviously signed the FISA without reading it and signed off on it and did not know it was all bunk?    We will eventually may see some of them rat on Obama and Biden when Durham presses charges on some of them since CNN and Washington Times will not be able to save them and this will be on world wide news.].

8/5/2020 Trump Campaign Sues Nev. Over Mail-In Voting Law by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks as he meets with Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, left, in the Oval Office
of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)
    President Trump has doubled down on his criticism of mail-in ballots.    His reelection campaign and the Republican National Committee have sued Nevada to block its new law, which would require election officials to send mail-in ballots to all of the state’s registered voters.
    “I mean, honestly, it’s a disgrace,” said the president.    “Universal mail-in ballots is going to be a great embarrassment to our country.”
    In a tweet, the president claimed Nevada’s mail-in voting will be a corrupt disaster if it’s not ended by the courts.
A person drops off a ballot for Washington state’s primary election, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, at
a collection box at the King County Administration Building in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
    Nevada’s Democrat controlled legislature passed the measure along party lines. Governor Steve Sisolak has said the state needs options for people to vote safely amid the coronavirus pandemic.
    “It’s my job to make sure that we give everybody that wants to vote the opportunity to do so and remain as flexible as possible,” he added.
    The Trump campaign has suggested the law opens the door to voter fraud and would overburden the country’s already ailing postal service.    According to the lawsuit, the measure is unconstitutional for several reasons, including a provision that allows ballots with unclear postmark dates to be accepted up to three days after election day.
    The White House press secretary reiterated the president’s concerns in her latest briefing.
    “It is rife with fraud and with delay,” said Kayleigh McEnany.    “That is what the president stands firmly against.”

8/5/2020 Portland Police Chief: Ongoing Riots Straining Dept. Resources by OAN Newsroom
An Oregon State Police officer stands watch as fellow officers extinguish a fire, lit by protesters, behind the
Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse on Sun, Aug. 2, 2020, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
    After 70 nights of protests in Portland, the city’s police chief has admitted his department’s resources are strained from attempting to quell excessive violence. On Wednesday, Police Chief Chuck Lowell confirmed the violent activity has turned into a problem for the police department.
    Despite the risk and resistance law enforcement is facing during this time, Lowell reaffirmed the police continue to come back every night because they love the city.
    “They still come back every day to give service to the community under what are really tough circumstances.    It really affects their wellness and their families.    They love this city so much that they keep coming back and they keep serving.    I’m very proud of them.    I can’t say enough how proud I am of their resilience and their dedication to Portland.” – Chief Chuck Lowell, Portland Police Bureau
    His remarks came one day after rioters gathered outside the police union hall.    They called to defund the police and reportedly attempted to light the building on fire.

A crowd gathers 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)

8/5/2020 L.A. Mayor Garcetti Authorizes City To Shut Off Power, Water To Buildings Hosting Large Gatherings 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)
    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has authorized city officials to shut off water and power services to buildings that are hosting large gatherings amid the pandemic.
    His announcement followed a deadly shooting at a house party near Beverly Crest.    Monday night’s incident left one person dead and two others injured.

    Some have questioned the legality of the move, but the mayor claimed these unauthorized large gatherings are just as dangerous as the already banned nightlife scene in the city.
    “While we have already closed all night clubs and bars, these large house parties have essentially become night clubs in the hills.    Many times, the homes are vacant or used for short-term rentals.    Beyond the noise, the traffic, and the nuisance, these large parties are unsafe and can cost Angelinos their lives.” – Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles
    Los Angeles County has recorded more than 197,000 coronavirus cases as of Wednesday.

8/5/2020 Vice President Pence Reaffirms Trump Administration’s Pro-Life Stance by OAN Newsroom
Vice President Mike Pence makes comments during a roundtable discussion at NC Biotechnology Center where Phase-III
trials for a Coronavirus vaccine are underway in Durham, N.C., Wednesday, July 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
    The vice president reaffirmed the Trump administration’s pro-life stance while visiting a women’s healthcare clinic in Tampa, Florida this week.
    On Wednesday, Mike Pence warned supporters what could happen if Joe Biden were to win the election in November.
    “The progress that we’ve made is, in every sense, at risk,” stated Pence.    “The truth is, Joe Biden, the Democratic Party and the radical left would undo all the progress that we’ve made in the cause of life.”
    He went on to say Biden’s presidency would detract from all of the current administration’s efforts to promote growth, opportunity and freedom in America.
    “The truth is, Joe Biden and the radical Democrats would set America on a path of socialism and decline,” he added.    “President Trump set our nation on a path to freedom and opportunity from the very first day of this administration.”
    Under President Trump’s leadership, the vice president vowed the White House will continue its effort to put the “right to life” back at the center of American law.

8/5/2020 Pompeo Calls Chinese Owned Apps TikTok, WeChat ‘Significant Threats’ To Americans’ Personal Data by OAN Newsroom
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference at the State Department
in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool)
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has ramped up his criticisms of Chinese owned apps by calling for their removal from U.S. app stores.    On Wednesday, Pompeo called apps like TikTok and WeChat a significant threat to Americans’ data security.
    He added the Trump administration has been working to prevent Chinese tech giant Huawei from preinstalling or offering U.S. apps on its devices.
    The secretary went on to say the U.S. will also be taking action against certain online storage systems, which are reportedly run by Chinese companies like Alibaba and Tencent.

8/5/2020 Obama-Era Official Says Trump Adviser Flynn Tried To ‘Neutralize’ Russia Sanctions by Mark Hosenball and Sarah N. Lynch
FILE PHOTO: Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates testifies about potential Russian interference in the presidential
election before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., U.S. May 8, 2017. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The No. 2 Justice Department official under President Barack Obama told Congress that before President Donald Trump’s inauguration, his national security adviser told a Russian diplomat Trump would “essentially neutralize” sanctions imposed on Russia for alleged 2016 U.S. election interference.
    Sally Yates, Obama’s deputy attorney general, told a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday it was “highly irregular” for Trump adviser Michael Flynn to tell Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak that the incoming administration hoped Russia would minimize its response to post-election sanctions.
    In late December 2016, Obama expelled 35 suspected Russian spies from the United States in response to intelligence that Russia exploited social media and circulated hacked Hillary Clinton campaign emails to try to damage Clinton’s presidential campaign and boost Trump’s.
    “This was an attack on our democracy.    This attack was absolutely unprecedented,” Yates said.    Russia’s response to Obama’s sanctions was muted.
    Flynn, a retired Army lieutenant general, was charged criminally by Special Counsel Robert Mueller during his investigation into Moscow’s alleged election interference.
    Flynn twice pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his conversations with Kislyak.    Flynn subsequently switched lawyers to pursue a legal campaign which accused the FBI of setting him up.
    He asked a federal judge to dismiss the criminal case against him.    The dismissal request, backed by Trump’s Justice Department, is now pending before a U.S. appeals court.
    Committee Republicans used the hearing to air complaints by Trump supporters that the Obama-era Justice Department had used a controversial “dossier” on alleged Trump contacts with Russia prepared for Clinton’s campaign by a former British spy to obtain an electronic surveillance warrant on a former Trump campaign aide before the 2016 election.
    Yates said she was “not aware of anyone at the Department of Justice trying to keep Donald Trump from becoming president.”
    Trump fired Yates in the first month of his presidency when she refused to defend his administration’s first effort to ban travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries.
(Reporting by Mark Hosenball; Editing by Scott Malone and Jonathan Oatis)
[The question is was Yates kept out of the loop of the corruption or did she know and she obviously signed the FISA without reading it and signed off on it and did not know it was all bunk?    We will eventually may see some of them rat on Obama and Biden when Durham presses charges on some of them since CNN and Washington Times will not be able to save them and this will be on world wide news.].
The State Department will work closely with commerce and other agencies to limit the ability of Chinese cloud service providers to collect, to store, and to process vast amounts of data and sensitive information here in the United States,” stated Pompeo.
    He has urged all other “freedom loving nations” and companies to join the movement.
    In the meantime, Microsoft is negotiating a takeover of TikTok operations in the U.S.    This came after the president recently threatened to ban the app, so long as it remains under Chinese ownership.

8/5/2020 New York City Implements Checkpoints To Enforce Quarantine by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this June 25, 2020, file photo, arriving travelers walk by a COVID-19 travel advisory sign in the
baggage claim area of Terminal B at New York City’s LaGuardia Airport. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
    New York City has implemented checkpoints to make sure people are following quarantine guidelines amid the pandemic.    According to Mayor Bill de Blasio, the changes will be coming to bridges and tunnels across all five boroughs.
    Out-of-state travelers arriving in the tri-state area must self-quarantine for 14 days.    The city has also been working with tourism and transportation companies to ensure travelers fill out the proper forms.
    Governor Andrew Cuomo’s mandate applies to 34 states and Puerto Rico, which have been experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases.
FILE – In this Aug. 2, 2019 file photo, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at a news conference in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
    Violators could face fines of up to $10,000.
    “This is serious stuff, and it’s time for everyone to realize it,” stated the mayor.    “If we’re going to hold at this level of health and safety in the city, we have to deal with the fact that quarantine must be applied consistently to anyone who has traveled.”
    Several other areas in the U.S., including Chicago and Massachusetts, also require outside travelers to self-quarantine and show proof of negative COVID-19 tests.

THE ABOVE ARTICLE IS SO SCARY THAT I SHOWED YOU THE BELOW IMAGE THAT MAY COME TO PASS
ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK WHILE YOU CAN BEFORE THEY BUILD WALLS TO KEEP YOU IN.

8/6/2020 Oil up $0.61 to $42.14, DOW up 373 to 27,202.

8/6/2020 Yates defends Obama, Biden - Ex-AG: Administration didn’t push Flynn probe by Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY
    Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates told a Senate panel Wednesday that in the days before Donald Trump’s inauguration, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden did not target incoming national security adviser Michael Flynn for prosecution in an attempt to undermine the new administration.
    Yates, describing a Jan. 5, 2017, Oval Office meeting to discuss Russian interference in the 2016 election, said she was surprised to learn from Obama that the FBI had intercepted Flynn’s conversations with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in which the incoming national security adviser sought to “neuter” recently imposed sanctions on the Kremlin for intervening in the election.    “My memory is clear,” Yates told the Senate Judiciary Committee, adding that Obama and Biden made no recommendation on an investigation.    Rather, Yates said that Obama urged caution when sharing information with Flynn during the transition to the Trump administration.    “No such thing happened,” Yates said, when later pressed whether administration officials sought to pursue a Flynn investigation.    “That meeting was not about an investigation at all.    That would have set off alarms for me.”
    The Republican-led Senate Judiciary Committee called the former Obama administration official as part of its ongoing review of the     Russia investigation and the early days of the investigation into Flynn, who would later plead guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Kislyak.
    Flynn moved to withdraw that guilty plea in January, claiming the government had breached the plea agreement.
    While Flynn awaited sentencing, the Justice Department in May abruptly abandoned the prosecution over the objection of career prosecutors.
    The move was challenged by the sentencing judge, who has since asked a federal appeals court to reconsider Justice’s decision, leaving the retired Army lieutenant general’s fate uncertain, nearly three years after he first pleaded guilty.
    In her testimony Wednesday, Yates differed with the Justice Department decision and strongly defended the Flynn investigation as legitimate, referring to Flynn’s ultimate decision to plead guilty.
    “I was very surprised,” she said of the decision to drop the case.    “The circumstances here (in the Flynn case) called out” for the FBI to pursue its investigation.
    But Yates also expressed deep concerns about the FBI’s conduct in the early days of the Russia investigation, taking specific issue with then-FBI Director James Comey.
    Yates described a tense encounter with Comey following the 2017 Oval Office meeting, saying that she upbraided the FBI director for not informing her of the intercepted Flynn conversations prior to the briefing with the president.
    At the time, she said, the FBI was not providing adequate briefings on the agency’s activities.
    Asked by Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., whether Comey had gone “rogue,” Yates responded: “You could use that term, yes.”
    Yates also said she would not have signed off on the surveillance of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page had she known that the FBI’s wire-tap warrant was deeply flawed.
    Last year, the Justice Department’s internal watchdog found that the surveillance warrant was riddled with errors, raising questions about its justification.
Contributing: Kristine Phillips

8/6/2020 New York Prosecutors Subpoenaed Deutsche Bank In Trump Probe: New York Times
FILE PHOTO: The logo of Deutsche bank is seen in Hong Kong, China July 8, 2019. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu/File Photo
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Manhattan district attorney’s office, which has been seeking President Donald Trump’s tax records, subpoenaed his longtime lender Deutsche Bank last year, suggesting its criminal investigation into Trump’s business practices is more wide-ranging than previously known, the New York Times said on Wednesday.
    The prosecutors issued the subpoena last year, seeking financial records that the Republican president and his company had provided to the bank, the Times said, citing four unnamed people.
    The office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance declined to confirm or deny the report.    Deutsche Bank and the White House did not immediately respond to Reuters requests for comment.
    The Times said Deutsche Bank complied with the subpoena and provided prosecutors with “detailed records, including financial statements and other materials” that Trump had provided to the bank as he sought loans.
    Vance, a Democrat, this week suggested a grand jury subpoena for Trump’s tax returns was part of an investigation of “possibly extensive and protracted criminal conduct at the Trump Organization,” including alleged insurance and bank fraud.
    Vance’s investigation into Trump and the Trump Organization was spurred by disclosures of hush payments to two women who said they had had sexual relationships with Trump before he became president.    Trump has denied the claims.
    Vance, who is seeking to dismiss Trump’s latest challenge to the subpoena for eight years of personal and corporate tax records, raised the scope of the probe in court papers filed in federal court in Manhattan on Monday.
    While Deutsche Bank’s response to the subpoena “reinforces the seriousness of the legal threat” the investigation poses for the Republican president and his business, the inquiry is still at an early stage, the Times said, citing an unnamed person.
(Reporting by Mohammad Zargham and Eric Beech; Editing by Leslie Adler)
[I THINK TRUMP SHOULD BLEACH BIT HIS TAX RECORDS SINCE IT WORKED FOR HILLARY SO IT SHOULD FOR HIM ALSO AND IF YOU REMEMBER THAT THE PREVIOUS ONE DEUTSCHE BANK REDACTED ALL THE NAMES ON THE BANK STATEMENTS THEY SENT TO CONGRESS SINCE THEY DID NOT DEFINE THEIR REQUEST AND MANY CONGRESS COMMITTEES REDACT FILES ALSO SO LETS SEE WHAT HAPPENS.].

8/6/2020 U.S. Rolls Out ‘Clean Network’ Initiative Against Chinese Surveillance by OAN Newsroom
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference at the State Department
in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool)
    On the heels of mounting acts of global aggression from the leadership of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), America’s top diplomat unveiled a comprehensive plan to purge worldwide networks from manipulation by the Chinese Communist Party.
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo continued his ongoing campaign to unite the world’s democracies in condemnation of Beijing’s abuses during remarks to the press Wednesday.    He cited China’s crackdown on pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong, its strong arm incursions into disputed waterways and its continued oppression of Uighur minorities in Xinjiang.
    Nonetheless, he warned these are far from isolated instances and form part of a wider pattern of disregard for international norms, which is a realization he claimed is dawning on much of the Free World.
    “As I said at the Nixon Library this month, freedom-loving nations must come together to confront the CCP’s aggressive behaviour and the good news is the tide is absolutely turning,” stated the U.S. secretary of state.    “The central idea of distrust and then verify, I think the world is coming to see as the right approach to responding to these challenges.”
    According to Pompeo, a key element in blocking the PRC’s ability to extend its influence is to cut off its grip on the world’s data infrastructure, which is something he said Beijing has repeatedly used to spy on other nations’ citizens and steal intellectual property.
    U.S. officials said Chinese intellectual theft significantly damages the American economy, which has resulted in the loss of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in revenue.
    Chinese access to global data also enables the PRC to carry out surveillance efforts, which is a clear threat to national and global security.    The administration’s ‘Clean Network‘ initiative is designed to counteract this, according to the secretary of state.
    “And we are working hard in this administration, the Trump administration, to protect Americans from those threats,” he stated.    “Today, I’m pleased to announce the expansion of the ‘Clean Network’ with the launch of five new lines of effort.”
    The five components Pompeo outlined represent a direct response to key vulnerabilities that currently allow the PRC to more easily hijack data infrastructure for its purposes.
    The components included Chinese companies’ access to U.S. telecom networks and app stores as well as Chinese smartphone manufacturers’ practice of pre-installing trusted apps on their devices.    Also included is the prevalence of Chinese-hosted cloud storage services and the ability of companies like Huawei to service underwater cables that allow for worldwide access to the internet.
    The State Department reported more than 30 countries and territories have already joined the initiative.    Yet, according to Pompeo, it’s imperative as many democratic nations enact its measures as possible if it’s to succeed in shielding of the Free World’s data from the prying eyes of the PRC.
    “We can’t allow that to continue,” he stated.    “We call on all freedom-loving nations and companies to join the Clean Network.”

8/6/2020 N.Y. Attorney General Letitia James Seeks To Dissolve The NRA by OAN Newsroom
New York State Attorney General Letitia James takes a question after announcing that the state is suing the National
Rifle Association during a press conference, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
    New York is attempting to dissolve the National Rifle Association following investigations of fraud within the organization.
    On Thursday, Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit against the NRA. The filing claimed the association had misused upwards of $64 million for personal gain and awarded contracts to friends with special permissions.
    President Trump has since commented on the lawsuit.    He suggested the NRA move their operations to Texas.
    “I just heard about that.    That’s a very terrible thing that just happened.    I think the NRA should move to Texas and lead a very good and beautiful life.    …This has been going on for a long time.    They’ve been absolutely decimated by the cost of that lawsuit, and it’s very sad, but I would suggest that is what they should be doing.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
    On Twitter, he added the “radical left New York is trying to destroy the NRA.”
    Meanwhile, the president of the NRA has dismissed the suit as a “baseless, premeditated attack on the organization and the Second Amendment.”


8/6/2020 President Trump Hints At Possible COVID-19 Vaccine By Election Day by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump exits Air Force One as he arrives at Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland, Ohio, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    According to the president, a vaccine for COVID-19 could be available by Election Day this year.    President Trump made those remarks on Geraldo Rivera’s radio show after he was asked about the latest progress on coronavirus vaccines.
    He has said he believes a vaccine could be ready “right around” or before November 3rd “in some cases.”    He went on to say that America is working with “great companies” to create safe and reliable treatments.
    “We have great companies, these are the greatest companies in the world,” stated President Trump.    “The rest of the world is also doing a vaccine, so let’s see how they do.”
    He also touted “Operation Warp Speed” for its quick development, manufacturing and distribution of possible COVID vaccines.
Volunteer Yash is injected with the vaccine as part of an Imperial College vaccine
trial, at a clinic in London, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
    Meanwhile, the president also announced work is underway on a coronavirus relief executive order.    On Thursday, he tweeted “upon departing the Oval Office for Ohio, I’ve notified my staff to continue working” on the matter.
    He went on to name payroll tax cuts, eviction protections, unemployment extensions and student loan repayment options as a few of the items they’re focusing on. He further suggested a deal may be announced very soon.

    “They (executive orders) are being drawn now, we will see what happens.    It is possible we will make a deal, but it is also possible we won’t.    I would say probably tomorrow afternoon or maybe the following morning.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
    According to top officials, President Trump would prefer stimulus relief to come through Congress.    However, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently reported talks on Capitol Hill have come to a standstill.

8/6/2020 Seattle City Council Passes Proposals To Defund The Police by OAN Newsroom
Adhesive notes are shown after they were left on the doors of Seattle Police Headquarters, Monday,
July 13, 2020, following a news conference held by Mayor Jenny Durkan. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
    The Seattle City Council recently passed a series of amendments aimed at cutting the city’s police department budget.    On Wednesday, the council voted to eliminate the homeless encampment navigation team and reduce the department’s sworn personnel.
    39 other budget proposals are still awaiting a final vote. One policy would cut at least 100 officers.
    However, both the city mayor and police chief have criticized the council’s rush to strip the department’s funding.
    “There is a right way to right size policing, but anyone who thinks it can happen overnight really isn’t looking at the facts,” stated Jenny Durkan.
    The final vote on the spending plan will take place next week.

8/6/2020 Senate Judiciary Committee Grills Fmr. Deputy AG Sally Yates by OAN Newsroom
Sally Yates, former deputy attorney general, is seen testifying remotely during a Senate Judiciary Committee
oversight hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, to examine the Crossfire Hurricane
investigation. Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., listens at right. (Erin Schaff/The New York Times via AP)
    Former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates took the hot seat on Capitol Hill where she was grilled by GOP lawmakers.    She made a video appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday to answer questions on the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane investigation, which is better known as the Russia probe.
    Yates continued to deny allegations that Obama-era White House was investigating then-president-elect Donald Trump and his advisers after Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) pressed her on a suspicious meeting former President Obama had with then FBI Director James Comey.
    “That meeting was not about an investigation at all and I can tell you that is something that would have crossed the line,” said Yates.    “And if President Obama or Vice President Biden or National Security Advisor Rice was in anyway trying to influence an investigation, that would have set off alarms for me.”
    Senators were suspicious of why former President Obama seemed to know about Michael Flynn’s conversations with then-Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak before she did.    Yates said the purpose of that meeting was to find out if the transition team needed to be careful about sharing sensitive information with Flynn.
    Yates also later claimed that Comey did not consult with her beforehand and “went rouge” when he met with the president as well as when he had the FBI interview Flynn.    That interview was what initially led to Flynn pleading guilty.
    She then pivoted to defend the charges against Flynn by saying there was evidence that warranted the Obama administration’s skepticism of him.    She referenced his alleged conversation with Kislyak.
    However, Senate Judiciary chairman Lindsey Graham (R) maintained that, instead, Yates took issue with Flynn’s desire to change policy regarding Russia. He insisted the general was prosecuted based on politics.
    “You didn’t like Flynn changing the policy or talking about changing the policy,” said Graham.    “He had every right to do that and what we’re doing here is we’re criminalizing policy differences, that’s why Flynn got prosecuted because they hate his guts.”
    Yates still denies knowing there were issues with FISA applications that she signed off on and denies knowing former associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr facilitated meetings between Christopher Steele and the FBI.

8/6/2020 Sen. McConnell: Relief Deal Coming ‘In The Near Future’ by OAN Newsroom
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., arrives for a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington,
Monday, July 27, 2020, to highlight the new Republican coronavirus aid package. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he believes a new relief bill is coming “in the near future.”    In an interview Thursday, he said he’s not going to speculate on a timeline, but noted that there is a “‘bipartisan desire to get to an outcome."
    The Kentucky Republican acknowledged the economy needs an additional boost until a viable vaccine is finalized.
    When asked why not target businesses that are faltering, he noted small businesses were specifically targeted through the “enormously successful” Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan program. He then called on the program to be renewed.
    “Obviously the overall unemployment is still way too high, but the PPP program — which is not in the Democratic-passed house bill at all — has done a great job to help small businesses struggle through this and not close their doors,” McConnell stated.
    The Senate majority leader also noted he believes the next bill should include liability reform.    McConnell said he doesn’t think the economy has a shot at getting back to normal if “every entity in the country is dealing with frivolous lawsuits.”

8/6/2020 Conservative Candidates Come Head To Head For Tenn. Senate Seat by OAN Newsroom
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Bill Hagerty speaks to supporters on Friday, July 17, 2020, after casting an early
voting ballot at the Nashville Public Library Bellevue Branch in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Jonathan Mattise)
    A tight race is set for the Tennessee Republican primary as the fight for retiring Sen. Lamar Alexander’s seat gains national attention.
    Polling sites across the state opened Thursday morning, although more than 500,000 voters have already participated in the state’s two-week early voting period.
    The two candidates battling for Alexander’s seat are Dr. Manny Sethi and former political economic adviser Bill Hagerty.    While Sethi has received support from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Haggerty has been endorsed by President Trump.
    “I’m the only candidate in this race that is endorsed by President Trump, I’m also endorsed by Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.),” Haggerty told reporters.    “I think the public here in Tennessee want to see a true conservative representing them in Washington.”
    Whichever of these candidates is elected in the primary reportedly stands a near certain chance of keeping the seat red come November.
    Tennessee officials have said results may be delayed due to the high volume of mail-in ballots.

8/6/2020 Global Recovery Will Come Faster If COVID Vaccine Available To All – WHO Chief
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) – Economic recovery around the world could come faster if any COVID-19 vaccine is made available to all as a public good, World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Thursday.
    He was speaking in an online panel discussion with members of the Aspen Security Forum in the United States moderated by the NBC network.
    WHO emergencies director Michael Ryan, asked about a proposed Russian vaccine, told the panel that what was needed now was to ensure any vaccines are safe and effective.
    Ryan also said authorities should be able to demonstrate the efficacy of a coronavirus vaccine via traditional clinical trials rather than “human challenge” studies.
    He was referring to the intentional exposure of vaccinated volunteers to a virus to see whether the vaccine works.
    Tedros also told the panel that U.S. leadership and support on public health had saved many lives.    He said the Trump administration’s recent withdrawal from the WHO was not over money but rather the U.S. relationship with the U.N. agency, saying he hoped Washington would reconsider its stance.
    Trump said in a radio interview on Thursday it was possible the United States would have a coronavirus vaccine before the Nov. 3 election – a more optimistic forecast than timing put forth by his own White House health experts.
(Reporting by Michael Shields and Ludwig Burger; editing by Mark Heinrich)

8/6/2020 Trump Hammers China Over Virus As U.S. Health Secretary Heads To Taiwan by Andrea Shalal
U.S. President Donald Trump addresses supporters gathered to greet him on the airport tarmac during his
arrival at Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., August 6, 2020. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday intensified his attacks on China for its handling of the novel coronavirus outbreak that has killed over 700,000 people worldwide, as his health secretary headed to Taiwan for a visit sure to irk Beijing.
    Trump, whose public approval ratings have fallen amid continued COVID-19 infection rates and economic woes, sought to shift the focus to Beijing, claiming again, without evidence, that it may have intentionally let the virus spread globally.
    The Republican president, who is trailing Democrat Joe Biden in national polls ahead of the Nov. 3 election, said it was a “disgrace” that Beijing had limited the spread of the virus at home but allowed it to reach the rest of the world.
    “What China did is a terrible thing … whether it was incompetence or on purpose,” he said, as his administration continued to crack down on Chinese firms and exports.
    Biden on Wednesday said a Phase 1 U.S.-trade deal signed in January by the world’s two largest economies was “failing” after Commerce Department data showed the U.S.-China trade deficit widened 5% to $28.4 billion in June.
    Trump signed an executive order Thursday aimed at yanking back supply chains from China for key ingredients and supplies used to make medicines and medical equipment.
    Top advisers also have urged the president to delist Chinese companies that trade on U.S. exchanges and fail to meet U.S. auditing requirements by January 2022.
    Already high tensions could spike further when starting Sunday Trump’s health secretary, Alex Azar, visits Taiwan, which Beijing considers a renegade province.    China has already threatened “strong countermeasures.”
    Azar will be the highest-level U.S. official to visit the island in four decades.    Washington broke off official ties with Taipei in 1979 in favor of Beijing but is now moving to sell Taiwan at least four of its large sophisticated aerial drones.
(Reporting by Andrea Shalal; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

8/6/2020 Acting DHS Secy. Wolf Testifies To Senate Panel On Protest Deployment by OAN Newsroom
Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf testifies during a Senate Homeland Security and
Governmental Affairs Committee hearing to examine Department of Homeland Security personnel deployments
to recent protests on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Washington. (Toni Sandys/The Washington Post via AP, Pool)
    Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf testified to the Senate Homeland Security Committee on Thursday, where he defended the deployment of federal agents to Portland.    The DHS sent federal law enforcement to the Democrat led city last month to quell violent protests and protect federal property.
    The federal presence has been criticized by leading democrats and protesters alike, who compared the agents to storm troopers.    Wolf has denounced this “false narrative” that agents are cracking down on peaceful protesters.
    “The department is aware of the national dialogue taking place around racism, law enforcement practices.    We continue to support and defend every American’s right to exercise their First Amendment right.    The violent activity that I will refer to today is not associated with those protests.” – Chad Wolf, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security
    The secretary explained the department only came down on protests that resulted in violence towards federal property and agents.     Protesters have reportedly vandalized the federal court house and attacked DHS agents with fireworks.
A board with photographs from the protests in Portland, Ore. is placed behind Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary
Chad Wolf during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing to examine Department of Homeland Security
personnel deployments to recent protests on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Washington. (Toni Sandys/The Washington Post via AP, Pool)
    According to Wolf, local authorities did not cooperate with the department’s efforts to suppress the chaos.
    “To put simply, DHS agents, DOJ officers, law enforcement officers, civil law enforcement officers were abandoned due to dangerous policies by local officials,” he said.    “Cooperation and assistance our federal officers receive in any other city around the country did not exist in Portland.”
    These agents have been putting their lives on the line to contain the unrest.    Wolf reiterated “inaction is not an option” and that DHS agents will remain in the city until the violence ceases.
They will continue to remain until we are assured that the Hatfield Federal Courthouse, as well as other federal facilities in Portland, are no longer being violently attacked,” he added.    “While we have seen a noticeable decrease in violent activity directed at the federal courthouse in recent days, make no mistake: there continues to be violence in Portland.”

8/6/2020 President Trump: Biden Against God, Guns by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks during an event at the Whirlpool Corporation
Manufacturing Plant, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Clyde, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
    President Trump recently claimed he is in position to win Ohio again this November.    While addressing a crowd in Cleveland this week, he slammed presumptive Democrat nominee Joe Biden and his record on protecting U.S. jobs.
    According to the president, Biden supports policies that have put American workers at risk and will raise taxes.
    He warned the former vice president would follow a radical agenda if elected.
    “(He will) take away your guns, destroy your Second Amendment.    No religion, no anything.    He’s against God, he’s against guns…I don’t think he’s going to do too well in Ohio.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
    He added he is leading in Ohio polls and expects a bigger victory than in 2016.
[Trump is right that he is against God because Biden who is supposedly a Catholic, which is a church who is also promoting a party that believes in LBGT sins, promotes and still is part of child molestation by bishops, etc. and a Pope who is riding on the back of the Globalist World Government entities as well as Biden so I rest my case and a party that is trying to take away our 1st and 2nd Amendments which could force us to be controlled by the fore mentioned by it and a socialist agenda.].

8/7/2020 Oil down $0.17 to $42.03, DOW up 186 to 27,387.

8/7/2020 U.S. Envoy To Iran Resigns, Replaced By Envoy To Venezuela by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Nov. 29, 2018 file photo, Brian Hook, U.S. special representative for Iran, speaks at the
Iranian Materiel Display at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
    U.S. Envoy to Iran Brian Hook has stepped down from his position and will be replaced by the current envoy to Venezuela Elliot Abrams.    The specific reason for Hook’s departure is unknown.
    According to a tweet by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, however, he will be joining the private sector.    Hook’s resignation comes as the U.S. looks to extend an international arms embargo in a vote next week with the UN Security Council.
    “This chamber has a choice: stand for international peace and security as the United Nations founder intended or let the arms embargo on the Islamic Republic of Iran expire,” stated Pompeo.    “…Betraying the UN’s mission and it’s finest ideals.”
    China and Russia are currently promising to veto the resolution, which would kill the extension altogether.    In this case, the U.S. is threatening to trigger a “snapback” of sanctions, which were previously lifted on Iran in the 2015 nuclear agreement.
    The U.S. joined this accordance under the Obama administration and later pulled out of with the inauguration of President Trump.    Hook has said the practice of imposing economic sanctions has had a lot of success.
    “We are dedicated to this policy of maximum economic pressure because it is working,” he stated.    “It is denying the regime historic levels of revenue, their proxies around the region are hurting financially.”
    Hook has served as the State Department’s point person on Iran policy for the past two years with the job now going to Abrams who is well known for his involvement with the Iran-Contra affair in the 1980’s.    This deal later had him convicted on misdemeanor counts of willfully withholding information from Congress
    The Iran-Contra affair was a series of arms sales by the U.S. to Iran in exchange for the release of American hostages held by Iranian-backed extremist group Hezbollah.    Subsequently, money made in the deal was used by the CIA to fund the contra revolution in Nicaragua, which was illegal according to the Boland Amendment previously passed by House Democrats at the time.
State Department Special Representative for Venezuela Ambassador Elliott Abrams appears before a Senate Foreign
Relations Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    Abrams involvement in this scandal raises much concern from anti-interventionists on both sides of the aisle as his role in backing the Nicaraguan military coup is not something they believe to be in the interest of the U.S. or the citizens of Venezuela.
    Currently, Venezuela is ruled by socialist dictator Nicholas Maduro whose public approval rating in May of this year was around 13-percent.    However, the support of the military allows him to maintain a strong authority over his people.
    Abrams’ task in recent years has been the ousting of Maduro through the use of heavy U.S. sanctions.    However, his regime has held the support of China, Russia and Iran.
    Critics are citing Abrams’ role in the Iran-Contra affair as a point of concern seeing as how he will be in charge of both Iran and socialist Venezuela.    However, the likelihood of Abrams using an arms deal with Iran to fund a militant coup in Venezuela would become very unlikely should the UN vote to extend the arms embargo to Iran.
    Even in the event the UN doesn’t extend the embargo, the “snapback” of sanctions would have Iran and it’s proxies see disastrous economic impacts, which has proven in recent years to be an effective alternative to direct interventionism and is something Abrams has continued to do in Venezuela.

8/7/2020 Hagerty Wins GOP Senate Nomination In Tenn. by OAN Newsroom
Former U.S. Ambassador to Japan Bill Hagerty speaks at a polling place Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Brentwood, Tenn. Hagerty and Dr. Manny Sethi
are competing to become the GOP nominee in the race to replace retiring Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
    Concluding a hard fought and bitter primary race, President Trump’s preferred candidate won the Republican nomination for the open Senate seat in Tennessee.
    Results were announced Thursday with former Ambassador to Japan Bill Hagerty grabbing more than 50-percent of the vote.    He beat his closest adversary, Manny Sethi, by more than 10-points.
    While 15 candidates competed to replace retiring Sen. Lamar Alexander, the race mostly focused on the rivalry between Sethi and Hagerty.    It featured several high-profile endorsements with Hagerty receiving a strong endorsement from President Trump.
    “I’m the only candidate in this race that’s endorsed by President Trump, I’m also endorsed by Senator Marsha Blackburn,” he stated.    “I think the public here in Tennessee want to see a true conservative representing them in Washington.”
    The last stretch of the race featured ads from both top candidates with Sethi and Hagerty trading sharp criticisms.
    Sethi, a medical doctor, sought to paint his rival as an establishment candidate given Hagerty’s previous support of Jeb Bush as well as his work on Mitt Romney’s 2008 campaign and 2012 transition team.
Dr. Manny Sethi speaks on the phone before a media interview Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn.;
Sethi and former U.S. Ambassador to Japan Bill Hagerty are competing to become the GOP
nominee in the race to replace retiring Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
    Meanwhile, Hagerty’s attacks focused on Sethi’s lack of previous involvement in Republican politics as well as past donations to Democrat candidates in an effort to characterize him as a “phony Republican.”
    Both of them sought to align themselves with President Trump.    However, Sethi’s attempt to distance himself from other GOP leaders, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell who supported Hagerty in the race, handicapped his campaign.
    President Trump himself tweeted three times in support of Hagerty over the last year and participated in two tele-Town Hall events with him where he voiced his endorsement of his former ambassador by saying the candidate agreed with his vision for government.
    “As your next senator, Bill will be a stalwart defender of our conservative values,” said the president.    'He’s proudly pro-life and pro-family and pro-gun…he’s gonna be defending that Second Amendment all the way.”
    Hagerty is now widely expected to join the Senate following the November election with analysts believing Tennessee will remain red this year.    The state has not elected a Democrat senator in 30 years since Al Gore defeated William Hawkins in 1990.
    During his acceptance speech, Hagerty vowed to focus on issues often featured in President Trump’s speeches, including curbing illegal immigration, boosting American manufacturing and standing up to China.    This emphasized his connection to the president.

8/7/2020 Kanye West Suggests Bid For President Meant To Pull Votes Away From Biden by OAN Newsroom
FILE – Kanye West answers questions during a service at Lakewood Church Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke, File)
    Kanye West said he’s walking instead of running for president, following recent reports claiming he’s actually siphoning votes from presumptive Democrat nominee Joe Biden.
    In a Thursday interview with Forbes, West admitted his campaign strategy has been created to hurt the Biden campaign.    This comes amid recent reports claiming GOP and Trump-affiliated political operatives have been working to get West on multiple state ballots for the November election.
    According to reports Thursday, West has so-far qualified to be on the Colorado presidential ballot with paperwork filed to appear on the ballot in eight states.
    Currently, West doesn’t have enough ballots across the nation to collect 270 electoral votes, which positions his campaign to serve as a “spoiler.”    Despite this, the rapper believes he can beat Biden with just write-in votes.
    Matthew Zielinski, a former GOP candidate who serves as an elector in Denver and who’s assisting the West campaign, said in a now-deleted tweet that he believes in “fair ballot access” for everyone.
    West has been a heavy critic of Biden since announcing his campaign.    The rapper has expressed his dislike for how Biden believes all black people need to vote Democrat.
    Recently, concern about West’s mental health has been circulating the media with multiple people, including his wife Kim Kardashian-West, voicing concern for his bipolar disorder.    She’s also asked the public to show kindness to West.
    President Trump has denied any involvement with the West campaign and has, instead, offered kind words to the Kardashian-West family.
    Even though he no longer wears his MAGA hat, the rapper has continued to speak highly of President Trump and his achievements.    He said the president has brought faith back to the White House.
    Later this month, West said he plans on meeting with Secretary of Education Betsy Devos in order to design a school with a post-coronavirus curriculum.
    With the presidential election just months away, Kanye West has continued to push for his 2020 vision.

8/7/2020 Portland Mayor Condemns Attacks On Police Bureau East Precinct by OAN Newsroom
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler is pictured. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)
    Portland’s mayor rebuked rioters after they tried to set a police precinct on fire.    During an online news conference with Portland’s police chief Thursday, Ted Wheeler discussed the nightly violence in the city.
    The Democrat mayor talked about Wednesday’s riot declaration and the arrests of eight people after rioters barricaded doors to the East Precinct and attempted to light it on fire.    He condemned these acts and called for increased accountability for those committing violent acts during the protests.
    “When you commit arson with an accelerant in an attempt to burn down a building that is occupied by people who you have intentionally trapped inside, you are not demonstrating, you are attempting to commit murder,” Wheeler stated.
    The mayor also noted that these kinds of attacks are not helping to further the causes of racial justice
and equity. Wheeler said he’s working with the chief of police to create a workable plan to combat the violence.
[SO THE IDIOT DEMOCRAT MAYOR OF PORTLAND HAS NOT COME TO HIS SENSES AND CONTINUED TO SPEW HIS CON JOB AFTER HE WAS MADE A FOOL OF AS THE ANTIFA DEMONSTRATORS WAS DESTROYING HIS CITY WHICH HE WAS SUPPOSED TO PROTECT AND I DO NOT THINK MANY REPUBLICANS WILL FORGIVE HIM BUT MAYBE IF HE BOWS DOWN AND PRAY TO THE GOD OF HEAVEN IT MIGHT HELP TO ASK HIM TO AVENGE THE DESTRUCTION AND HARM HE ALLOWED TO RELEASE.].

8/7/2020 DOJ To Expand ‘Operation Legend’ To Mo., Tenn. by OAN Newsroom
U.S. Attorney Jeff Jensen speaks during a news conference as Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, left, listens Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in
St. Louis. Officials announced St. Louis has been added to the list of cities that will receive assistance from Operation Legend, a
federal anti-crime program launched to help city police in their effort to reduce violent crime. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
    U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri Jeff Jensen revealed federal agents are heading to the state to help stop the surge in violent crimes.
    During a news conference Thursday, Jensen said 50 federal officers would be arriving to the Show-Me State to support the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.
    The assistance is part of the Department of Justice’s Operation Legend, which is a project aimed to reduce crime rates in America’s major cities.
    “Operation Legend was named after LeGend Taliferro who was a four-year-old killed in Kansas City on June 29th…he went to sleep and he never woke up…he was killed by a bullet at night,” said Jensen.    “As we know, such tragedies are happening repeatedly here in St. Louis.”
    Agents will are also being sent to Memphis, Tennessee to help law enforcement there.    Attorney General William Barr said the operation has been a “major success” in six cities so far.

8/7/2020 Exclusive: Germany And France Quit WHO Reform Talks Amid Tension With Washington – Sources by Elvira Pollina, Andreas Rinke and Francesco Guarascio
FILE PHOTO: A logo is pictured on the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, November 22, 2017. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
    (Reuters) – France and Germany have quit talks on reforming the World Health Organization in frustration at attempts by the United States to lead the negotiations, despite its decision to leave the WHO, three officials told Reuters.
    The move is a setback for President Donald Trump as Washington, which holds the rotating chair of the G7, had hoped to issue a common roadmap for a sweeping overhaul of the WHO in September, two months before the U.S. presidential election.
    The United States gave the WHO a year’s notice in July that it is leaving the U.N. agency – which was created to improve health globally – after Trump accused it of being too close to China and having mishandled the coronavirus pandemic.
    The WHO has dismissed his accusations.    European governments have also criticised the WHO but do not go as far as the United States in their criticism, and the decision by Paris and Berlin to leave the talks follows tensions over what they say are Washington’s attempts to dominate the negotiations.
    “Nobody wants to be dragged into a reform process and getting an outline for it from a country which itself just left the WHO,” a senior European official involved in the talks said.
    The German and French health ministries confirmed to Reuters that the two countries were opposed to the United States leading the talks after announcing their intention to leave the organisation.
    A spokesman for the Italian health ministry said that work on the reform document was still underway, adding however that Italy’s position was in line with Paris and Berlin.
    Asked about the position of France and Germany, a senior Trump administration official said: “All members of the G7 explicitly supported the substance of the WHO reform ideas.”
    “Notwithstanding, it is regrettable that Germany and France ultimately chose not to join the group in endorsing the roadmap,” he said.
    A spokesman for the British government declined to comment on the latest developments but added that Britain supported the WHO and urged a reform of the body “to ensure it remains flexible and responsive
    The talks on WHO reform began about four months ago. There have been nearly 20 teleconferences between health ministers from the Group of Seven industrialised nations, and dozens of meetings of diplomats and other officials.
    A deal by the G7, which also includes Japan and Canada, would facilitate talks at the G20 and United Nations, where any changes would have to be agreed with China, Russia and other major governments not in the G7.
    It is unclear whether a G7 summit in the United States, at which Trump hopes leaders will endorse the roadmap, will now go ahead in September as planned.
    U.S. officials have not said what reforms Washington has sought. But an initial reform roadmap proposed by Washington was seen by many of its allies as too critical, with one European official involved in the negotiations describing it as “rude.”
    Despite changes to the original text, Washington’s push remained unacceptable, mainly to Germany, sources familiar with the negotiations said.
FUNDING AND “POLITICIZED MANAGEMENT
    In the weeks before the collapse of the talks, negotiators had told Reuters positions were getting closer as Washington softened its approach and European negotiators started to see the reform process as a means to make the WHO more independent from political pressure.
    European governments had also began to make sceptical remarks about the WHO in public, with Germany’s health minister urging the WHO to hasten a review of its handling of COVID-19.
    In private, some Europeans have supported a tougher line, with some criticising WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and what they see as politicised management of the pandemic.
    “Everybody has been critical of Tedros,” a negotiator from a European G7 country told Reuters.
    A German government source said: “It must … be ensured in future that the WHO can react neutrally and on the basis of facts to global health events.”
    But European governments want to make the WHO stronger, better funded and more independent, whereas the U.S. withdrawal of funds is likely to weaken it – Washington is the single largest contributor, providing 15% of the budget.
    Some Europeans see Trump’s criticism of the WHO as an attempt in the run-up to the U.S. election to distract attention from his handling of COVID-19, and Berlin’s ties with Washington have been strained by his decision in July to withdraw thousands of U.S. troops from Germany.
    Plans to reform the WHO are unlikely to be definitively shelved, especially if Trump is defeated in the November election.    European governments want Washington to remain a WHO member and a financial supporter, and they have shown an interest in boosting their own funding to the body.
(Reporting by Elvira Pollina in Milan, Andreas Rinke in Berlin, Jeff Mason in Washington, Stephanie Nebehay in Geneva; additional reporting by Marisa Taylor, Giselda Vagnoni, Guy Faulconbridge, Thomas Escritt and Tangi Salaun; Writing by Francesco Guarascio @fraguarascio; editing by Timothy Heritage)

8/7/2020 State Department: We’re Responsible For Russian, Iranian Text Message Campaign by Raphael Satter and Humeyra Pamuk
This August 6, 2020 screenshot shows a text message sent to an Iranian cell phone user promising up to $10 million for
information about anyone planning to interfere in the American election. It is one of a series of text messages sent to people
Iran promoting the US State Department?s Rewards for Justice program.    The text reads "The United
States pays up to $10 million for any information on foreign interference in American elections
." Handout via REUTERS
    (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department said on Friday that it was responsible for a text message campaign that left a trail of confusion and ridicule across Russia and Iran.
    In an email, a spokesperson for the department said the unsolicited text messages – which promoted a multimillion dollar bounty for information about cyber threats to the upcoming U.S. election – were aimed at building awareness internationally.
    “This is a worldwide campaign in multiple languages,” the email said.
    The department’s comments came after an unknown number of people in Russia and Iran began receiving the text messages and posting screenshots to social media.
    The campaign may have helped U.S. authorities get the word out about their reward, but Reuters spoke to five Iranian users who said they found the messages either bewildering or humorous.
    Sadra Momeni, a developer who works out of the Iranian city of Qom, compared the texts to propaganda leaflets dumped out of the back of an aircraft.    He said he initially thought the message was a scam; it was only when he opened the link that he realized that the United States was genuinely soliciting tips about election hacking via text message.
    “I just laughed,” he said.
    Russians who received the messages reported similar reactions on social media. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova joked on Facebook that the State Department’s website would be overwhelmed by denunciations.
    Elements of the American government have taken increasingly aggressive moves against state-backed actors suspected of trying to disrupt U.S. elections.    Ahead of the 2018 midterm congressional elections, for example, U.S. forces were reported by The Washington Post to have mounted a cyberattack on Russian digital propagandists in an effort to deter them from interfering – an operation whose outlines were later confirmed by President Donald Trump.
(Reporting by Raphael Satter and Humeyra Pamuk; Editing by Dan Grebler)

8/7/2020 Treasury Secy., Chief Of Staff, Democrat Leaders Make No Progress In COVID Relief Negotiations by OAN Newsroom
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin stands at right as White House chief of staff Mark Meadows speaks
to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
    The fate of the next coronavirus relief bill remains up in the air.    After meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Sen.     Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Friday, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced they “did not make any progress.”
    The White House has denied Pelosi’s offer to cut the Democrat bill by $1 trillion if Republicans increase their proposal by $1 trillion dollars.    Both sides remain far apart on the amount of federal unemployment assistance, relief for state and local governments, and liability protections.
    Mnuchin and Meadows have recommended the president tackle a payroll tax cut and eviction moratorium via an executive order.
    In the meantime, the House speaker has been criticized over her heated exchange with a PBS anchor.    On Thursday, Twitter users brought attention to the interview, which was conducted earlier this week between Nancy Pelosi and Judy Woodruff.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., joined by Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y.,
speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
    During the interview, Woodruff brought up the Republicans’ flexibility in distributing money to state and local governments.    She also mentioned that most of the money from the previous relief bill has not yet been spent, which appeared to set the House speaker off.
    She has claimed Republicans haven’t tried to compromise with Democrats on the House’s Heroes Act.
    President Trump has suggested he will look for ways to help Americans through executive orders if Congress can’t come to an agreement.

8/7/2020 July Jobs Report Beats Expectations 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)
    According to White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow, the July jobs report showed the recent increase in coronavirus cases was not as “difficult economically as some people feared.” On Friday, Kudlow emphasized the jobs survey was taken amid a spike in cases in several states.
    The Labor Department reported nearly 1.8 million jobs were added to the U.S. economy last month, while the unemployment rate fell to 10.2%.    Kudlow has predicted the unemployment rate will be in single digits soon.
    “The unemployment rate is going to drop into single digits way before November or December, that we learned today,” he said.
    Kudlow has suggested other economic indicators revealed the U.S. is on track for strong growth in the third and fourth quarters.
FILE – In this July 15, 2020, file photo, job seekers exercise social distancing as they wait to be
called into the Heartland Workforce Solutions office in Omaha, Neb. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)
    He also believes President Trump will use executive authority to provide relief to Americans amid the pandemic.    The economic adviser confirmed the president is “looking carefully” at doing a payroll tax cut and an eviction moratorium via executive order.
    Kudlow indicated the executive order has already been drafted and is ready for the president’s signature.
    President Trump previously stated a payroll tax cut was a “must have” for the next relief bill.    However, the proposal was left out of the Senate GOP relief bill because it was a “non-starter” for Democrats.

8/7/2020 Gov. Cuomo: All Students In N.Y. Can Return To Classroom by OAN Newsroom
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo removes a mask as he holds a news conference in a
Monday, June 15, 2020 file photo, in Tarrytown, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
    Schools in New York City have been given the green light to resume in-person learning this fall.    Governor Andrew Cuomo made the announcement on Friday following multiple weeks of a 1% coronavirus infection rate.
    Schools will be required to hold information sessions for parents before reopening.    They will also need to present reopening plans to the state’s Health Department for approval.
    According to the governor, it will be up to parents whether or not their children take part.    Local officials can still decide to postpone reopening plans based off of area specific infection rates.
    “They are all authorized to open.    Again, we’re going to watch the infection rate between now and the day that schools open.    If there’s a spike in the infection rate, if there’s a matter of concern in the infection rate, then we can revisit it.” – Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York
    Parents in New York have until Friday to notify their school district whether or not their children will be attending in-person classes this fall.
[WHEN I READ THIS ARTICLE I THOUGHT WHY DID CUOMO CHANGE ALL OF SUDDEN TO WANT ALL TO GO TO SCHOOL NOW SINCE THE DEMOCRATS HAVE BEEN WITH THE TEACHER UNIONS FIGHTING AGAINST IT SINCE IT IS SOMETHING THAT TRUMP HAS BEEN PUSHING TO OCCUR FOR TWO WEEKS NOW.    THAT WAS A HEAD SCRATCHER UNTIL THIS MORNING ON THE NEWS CHUCK SHUMER CAME ON AND SAID THAT THEIR PARTY WANTS TO GET CHILDREN BACK TO SCHOOL SO THE WIERDNESS GOT WIERDER.    BUT THEN FOX NEWS MADE ME AWARE THAT THE DEMOCRATS DID SOME REAL POLLING AND DISCOVERED THAT MAJORITY OF THE POPULATION WANTS THEIR CHILDREN BACK IN SCHOOL AND THEY FLOPPED IMMEDIATELY TO TURN AND REVERSE THEIR BAD DECISION AND THE UNIONS LOSE OUT AND THATS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOUR WHOLE CAMPAIGNS ARE ABOUT HATRED TOWARD PRESIDENT TRUMP, AND I AM SURE THEY WILL FIND A WAY TO TWIST THIS ALL AROUND THAT IT WAS THEIR IDEA ON THE FAKE NEWS SERVICES.].

8/7/2020 Violence Continues In Portland Days After Withdrawal Of Federal Agents by OAN Newsroom
Black Lives Matter protesters march through Portland, Ore. after rallying at the Mark O.
Hatfield United States Courthouse on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
    Chaos and destruction continued this week in Portland, Oregon.    The latest round of riots, which took place Thursday night, resulted in the arrest of 12 people, serious injury of one police officer and the harassment of three senior citizens.
    According to police, it all went down after protesters targeted the East Precinct.
    Members of the group were wearing helmets and carrying shields.    Using spray paint, they tried to cover the precinct’s surveillance cameras, while others tried to knock them down.
    Two elderly community members reportedly attempted to stop the group, but were hit with paint.
    Shortly thereafter, city officials formally declared the gathering an unlawful assembly and asked all demonstrators to move away from the precinct.
    However, protesters resisted.    They set fire to a trash can outside the building, using blue heart shaped thank you notes to Portland Police as fuel.

FILE – In this July 29, 2020, file photo, a demonstrator kicks a tear gas canister back at federal officers during a
Black Lives Matter protest at the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
    A third senior citizen then attempted to step in and put a stop to the destruction.
    City police were deployed to break up the scene, where they were hit with glass bottles and rocks.    One of these projectiles left an unidentified officer seriously injured.
    Mayor Ted Wheeler recently condemned the violence, which has notably continued despite the DHS taking a back seat to the Oregon state police.

8/7/2020 Postmaster General DeJoy Claims USPS Can Handle Election Mail Surge by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this March 1, 2017, file photo, then Elon Trustee Louis DeJoy is honored
with Elon’s Medal for Entrepreneurial Leadership in Elon. (Kim Walker/Elon University via AP, File)
    Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have urged the U.S. Postal Service to reverse changes that could negatively affect mail-in voting this election season. Members of Congress also cited significant delays in the delivery of important mail, such as medications, paychecks and absentee ballots for voters.
    These changes, which were brought on by the new postmaster general, eliminated overtime for employees and demanded mail be kept until the next day if distribution is running behind schedule.
    According to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), the delivery delays are “unacceptable.”
    “We believe these changes, made during the middle of a once-in-a-century pandemic, now threaten the timely delivery of mail, including medicines for seniors, paychecks for workers and absentee ballots for voters, that is essential to millions of Americans,” the two lawmakers wrote in a letter.    “While it is true that the Postal Service has and continues to face financial challenges, enacting these policies as cost-cutting or efficiency measures as the COVID-19 public health emergency continues is counterproductive and unacceptable.”
Letter carriers load mail trucks for deliveries at a U.S. Postal Service facility in McLean, Va., Friday, July 31, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    Despite their concerns, the head of the U.S. Postal Service has reaffirmed mail will not be slowed down during the election.    On Friday, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy responded to fears that recent cost-cutting measures could hurt the service during the coronavirus pandemic.
    He conceded the post office is expecting an unprecedented increase in absentee ballots this year, but claimed the agency has the capability to meet delivery standards.
    “Despite any assertions to the contrary, we are not slowing down election mail or any other mail,” said DeJoy.    “Instead, we continue to employ a robust and proven process to ensure proper handling of all election mail.”
    He went on to say the agency is at the beginning of a transformative process that will streamline the USPS moving forward.
Letter carriers load mail trucks for deliveries at a U.S. Postal Service facility in McLean, Va., Friday, July 31, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    This came after the company announced it had lost a whopping $2.2 billion between April and June this year.    Officials have blamed the losses on a decrease in mail volume and a flawed business strategy, but noted package deliveries were up by more than 50%.
    The Postal Service has since asked Congress for a $10 billion stimulus, but admitted it wouldn’t improve their financial situation by much.
    “Access to an additional $10 billion in borrowing authority will delay the approaching liquidity crisis and is a positive development,” added DeJoy.    “However, we remain on an unsustainable path which cannot be solved simply by borrowing money which needs to be paid back with interest, since our current path does not enable us to pay even our current bills, let alone new ones.”

8/8/2020 Oil down $1.07 to $41.52, DOW up 47 to 27,434.

8/8/2020 House can subpoena McGahn to testify by Kristine Phillips, USA TODAY
    WASHINGTON – House Democrats can sue to force former White House counsel Donald McGahn to testify before Congress about potential obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump during the Russia investigation, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.    The ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit breathes new life into Democrats’ efforts to hear from one of the president’s aides at the height of the Russia probe.    But it does not guarantee a testimony from McGahn soon or before the presidential election.
    The ruling reverses a previous decision by an appeals court panel, which dismissed the case in February.    In a 2-1 decision, the panel ruled that the Constitution forbids federal courts “from becoming an ombudsman” that resolves “deeply political” disputes between the executive and legislative branches of government.
    In a 7-2 decision, the full appeals court sided with the House Judiciary Committee, which argued that lawmakers need to hear from McGahn as part of their legislative and oversight duties, and his testimony could potentially lead to new articles of impeachment for obstructing former Russia special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
McGahn
[THE LEFT IS SO DESPERATE FOR SOMETHING THAT TRUMP HAS DONE WRONG AS EVERYTHING THEY HAVE TRIED HAS FAILED THEM.].

8/8/2020 Brazil COVID-19 Deaths Reach 100,000 And Barrel Onward by Lisandra Paraguassu and Pedro Fonseca
Crosses, balloons and Brazilian flags are seen at Copacabana beach, placed by members of the NGO Rio de Paz in tribute to the one hundred thousand
mortal victims of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil August 8, 2020. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes
    BRASILIA/RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Brazil’s death toll from COVID-19 is expected to hit 100,000 on Saturday and continue to climb as most Brazilian cities reopen shops and dining even though the pandemic has yet to peak.
    Confronting its most lethal outbreak since the Spanish flu a century ago, Brazil reported its first cases of the novel coronavirus at the end of February. The virus took three months to kill 50,000 people, and just 50 days to kill the next 50,000.
    Led by President Jair Bolsonaro, who has played down the gravity of the epidemic and fought lockdowns by local officials, Brazilians who protested nightly from their windows in the first months of the outbreak have met the grim milestone with a shrug.
    “We should be living in despair, because this is a tragedy like a world war.    But Brazil is under collective anesthesia,” said Dr. José Davi Urbaez, a senior member of the Infectious Diseases Society.
    He and other pubic health experts have raised the alarm that Brazil still has no coordinated plan to fight the pandemic, as many officials focus on “reopening,” which is likely to boost circulation and worsen the outbreak.
    Two health ministers, both trained doctors, have resigned over differences with Bolsonaro.    The acting minister is an army general who has abandoned the call for social distancing, which experts says is essential but the president opposes.
    Bolsonaro, who has called COVID-19 a “little flu,” says he recovered from his own infection thanks to hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malarial drug that remains unproven against the coronavirus.
    “We don’t know where it will stop, maybe at 150,000 or 200,000 deaths.    Only time will show the full impact of COVID-19 here,” said Alexandre Naime, head of the Sao Paulo State University’s department of infectious diseases.
    He said the only comparison may be diseases brought by colonizers, such as smallpox, that decimated indigenous populations when Europeans first arrived in the Americas.
    While that history is long past, Urbaez said Brazil today seems equally resigned to the COVID-19 deaths to come.
    “The government’s message today is: ‘Catch your coronavirus and if it’s serious, there is intensive care.’    That sums up our policy today,” Urbaez said.
(Reporting by Lisandra Paraguassu in Brasilia and Pedro Fonseca in Rio de Janeiro; Writing by Anthony Boadle; Editing by Brad Haynes and Leslie Adler)

8/8/2020 Paris Imposes Face Mask Order For Outdoor Markets, River Seine Strollers by Richard Lough
FILE PHOTO: People wearing protective masks walk near the Louvre Museum as France reinforces mask-wearing as part of efforts to
curb a resurgence of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) across the country, in Paris, France August 6, 2020. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
    PARIS (Reuters) – Parisians and holidaymakers strolling along the banks of the River Seine or browsing open-air markets in Paris must wear a face mask from Monday after authorities imposed new measures to curb a rise in coronavirus infections.
    The order, which applies to people aged 11 and over, covers busy outdoor areas in the French capital, although tourist sites such as the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe and Champs-Elysees boulevard were not listed.
    Data showed the virus had begun circulating more widely in Paris and its lower-income suburbs since mid-July.
    The rate of positive tests in the greater Paris region now stood at 2.4% compared with a national average of 1.6%, it said.
    After tough lockdown measures slowed infection rates, many European countries are now watching new clusters flare up after easing restrictions to try to limit the economic damage and alleviate public frustration.
    France has made it compulsory to wear a face mask in closed public spaces such as shops and banks since July 21, and Paris joins a growing list of cities ordering people to wear masks in busy zones outdoors, including Toulouse, Lille and Biarritz.
    Those breaching the order face a fine of 135 euros.    The penalty rises to six months in prison for anyone violating it more than three times in the space of a month.    The Paris order will last a month.
    The number of people in France infected with coronavirus rose by 2,288 on Friday, a new post-lockdown high.
(Reporting by Richard Lough; Editing by Angus MacSwan and Christina Fincher)

8/8/2020 Trump Campaign Touts Momentum Behind Reelection 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)
    The Trump campaign has announced it’s doing better now in the race against Joe Biden than it was at this time last election against Hillary Clinton.
    On Saturday, the campaign’s director of press communication claimed they’ve improved their game in battleground states and are doing “exceptionally well across the country.”
    She pointed to the campaign making more than 75 million voter contacts, which was up compared to 30 million for all of 2016.
    Recent reports also pointed to President Trump closing the polling gap between himself and Biden, which is within the margin of error in some places.
President Donald Trump poses for photographs with a group of supporters of Terry Sharpe, pictured right of Trump, known
as the “Walking Marine” arrives at the White House in Washington, Monday, July 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    Meanwhile, Trump campaign senior adviser Jason Miller has said he would be highly surprised if the presumptive Democrat nominee went through with all three presidential debates.
    During a recent interview, Miller suggested the Biden campaign’s strategy will be to have the former vice president participate in only one of the scheduled debates.
    “I would be highly surprised if Joe Biden actually went through with all three debates,” he said.    “I think their strategy will be to show up to one, show that he is able to function and then pull the plug on any additional debates.”
    Despite this, the Trump campaign official has admitted the Democrat is actually a good debater and doesn’t make as many gaffes as he does in everyday interviews.
    The president’s reelection campaign has requested more presidential debates, but was recently rejected by the Committee on Presidential Debates.

8/8/2020 President Trump Addresses Possible Election Meddling From Iran, China by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this June 29, 2019, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump, left, shakes hands with Chinese President Xi
Jinping during a meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Osaka, western Japan. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
    In the wake of a newly released report, which outlined foreign threats to the upcoming elections, President Trump has promised to protect the integrity of our ballots against outside actors.
    The president’s reassurance came in response to a press release from William Evanina, who serves as the director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Centre.    According to the document, intelligence agencies have determined China, Russia and Iran are likely carrying out efforts to disrupt November’s presidential election.
    The NCSC director claimed that Iran and China are both actively seeking to block a second Trump presidency, while Russia is mostly directing its efforts to “denigrate former Vice President Joe Biden.”
    President Trump has rejected allegations of Russia’s involvement.
    “Well, I don’t care what anybody says. Nobody with any common sense would do it.    Look at what we’ve done with our military.    Look at what we’ve done in exposing the pipeline with billions of dollars going to Russia. Look at all of the things we’ve done with NATO, where I’ve raised $130 billion a year from countries that were delinquent.    Now they’re paying all of this money,…and that’s all money to protect against Russia.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia,
Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
    However, the president seemed to agree with Evanina’s analysis of Iran and China’s reasons to support a Biden presidency.
    Iran’s ayatollah regime reportedly hopes to put an end to President Trump’s time at the White House.    According to the document, the country believes a second Trump term would result in more sanctions and continued pressure for regime change in the Islamic Republic.
    China’s actions, on the other hand, reportedly came in response to the president’s recent efforts to mitigate the country’s various abuses, including its global surveillance efforts, suppression of minorities and pro-democracy activists, and its mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
    “You started off with Russia. Why don’t you start off with China? I think China’s maybe a bigger threat.    …The report said Iran also, but you didn’t say that Iran would love to see much.    Iran would love to see me not be president.    …The last thing that Russia wants, China wants, Iran wants would be for Donald Trump to win.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
FILE – In this June 3, 2020, file image released by the official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme
Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei addresses the nation in a televised speech marking the anniversary of the 1989 death of Ayatollah
Ruhollah Khomeini, the leader of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, in Tehran, Iran. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP, File)
    When asked about defensive measures against these threats, the president highlighted his commitment to preserving the integrity of elections.    He asserted his administration would remain vigilant against foreign attempts at unlawful intervention in the process.
    He also reiterated his concerns over how mail-in voting could facilitate manipulation by bad actors.
    “The biggest risk that we have is mail-in ballots,” added President Trump.    “It is a much easier thing for a foreign power, whether it’s Russia, China, Iran, North Korea, many other countries you wouldn’t expect, …to cheat with universal mail-in ballots.”

8/8/2020 TikTok To Sue Trump Admin. Over Executive Order Banning Transactions With U.S. Citizens by OAN Newsroom
A man uses his smartphone as he walks past a display for Douyin, the Chinese version of video-sharing app
TikTok, at an expo in Hangzhou in eastern China’s Zhejiang Province, Oct. 18, 2019. (Chinatopix via AP)
    Social media app TikTok is planning to sue the Trump administration over the president’s executive order, which will ban the platform in the U.S. According to reports, the company will be filing a federal lawsuit against the administration in federal California court as soon as next week.
    The platforms suit will reportedly claim the president’s executive order is unconstitutional because it did not give the company a chance to respond.    They will also allege the national security justification for the order has no basis.
    The order, which will take effect next month, prohibits TikTok’s parent company Bytedance from making any transactions with U.S. citizens.
    Washington has accused TikTok and WeChat of harvesting the personal information of U.S. citizens, which could be used by the Chinese Communist Party to carry out surveillance efforts.
    Last week, Microsoft showed interest in acquiring the app, which currently has a registered user base of 100 million Americans.

8/8/2020 Smuggling Tunnel Discovered Between U.S. Border & Mexico ‘Most Sophisticated In History’ by OAN Newsroom
In this undated photo provided by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, excavation work continues at a site of
an incomplete tunnel intended for smuggling, found stretching from Arizona to Mexico. (Courtesy of ICE via AP)
    A team led by ICE officials recently discovered what’s being called “the most sophisticated smuggling tunnel in U.S. history.”
    According to reports, an incomplete 1,300 foot tunnel running between Mexico and Arizona was found earlier this week.
    Officials explained the tunnel was equipped with ventilation, water lines and electrical wiring.    It also featured a rail system and extensive reinforcement.
This photo provided by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement shows a section of an incomplete
tunnel intended for smuggling, found stretching from Arizona to Mexico. (Courtesy of ICE via AP)
    “Right now, this is one of the most sophisticated tunnels we’ve seen in the United States,” stated Border Patrol agent Vinny Dulesky.    “The material used to build it and the terrain it had to traverse through makes it really special.”
    Agents made the discovery after investigating a sinkhole outside of Yuma, Arizona.
In this undated photo provided by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, excavation work continues at a site
of an incomplete tunnel intended for smuggling, found stretching from Arizona to Mexico. (Courtesy of ICE via AP)

8/8/2020 Parents Turn To Private Schools Amid COVID-19 Pandemic by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this July 13, 2020, file photo, a chain-link fence lock is seen on a gate at a closed
Ranchito Elementary School in the San Fernando Valley section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)
    Many schools across the country have turned to virtual learning this fall, but some parents are finding alternatives to get their kids back to face-to-face learning.    Classes are set to begin for many in mid-August, and American families are reportedly looking at private schools as another option.
    A lot of public schools confirmed they will have a mixture of in-person and virtual courses this school year.
    Parents have been waiting over the summer months to see if they will have to stay home with their children.    Upon hearing it could be months until school doors reopen, many families are seeking new alternatives.
Following direction, McCartney Moulds, 6, a second-grader, distances herself from a fellow student as she walks to class with full mask following her
bus commute, to the Newton County Elementary School in Decatur, Miss., Monday, Aug. 3, 2020. (Janine Vincent/Newton County Schools via AP)
    “We had been thinking about it, but the deciding factor was last night at 8 p.m. when we got the email that said there was no in-class learning.    It’s sad. We moved here because of the school district, pay a lot in tax dollars, and they’re not standing by what their mission is.” – Jennifer Hudson, parent
    According to some parents, kids miss out on crucial aspects of the learning process when teaching is done over a web call.
    In the meantime, some states have announced kids will be returning to classrooms in the next few weeks based on what cases look like in the area.

8/8/2020 President Trump: Portland Rioters ‘Sick, Disturbed People’ by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster in Bedminster, N.J., Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    According to President Trump, the violent riots in Portland are part of the left’s nationwide agenda in action.    The president made these comments during a recent news conference, during which he touted the impact of federal agents in protecting the city’s federal court house.
    He suggested if the governor and mayor invited more federal assistance, the violence would end within 24 hours.     Rioters have been targeting police precincts over the past several days.

A protester leads a crowd of demonstrators toward the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday, Aug. 7, 2020 in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Nathan Howard)
    President Trump has condemned their actions as “an act of attempted murder.”
    “You know, when you find Molotov cocktails in somebody’s knapsack and they say, ‘No, I’m just here to have a good time,’ these are really sick, disturbed people,” he said.
    The president reiterated he does not intend to send federal agents to other parts of the city unless explicitly requested by local authorities.

8/8/2020 Thousands Gather In S.D. For Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally by OAN Newsroom
Thousands of bikers rode through the streets for the opening day of the 80th annual
Sturgis Motorcycle rally Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in Sturgis, S.D. (AP Photo/Stephen Groves)
    Motorcyclists from across the country gathered amid the coronavirus pandemic to celebrate the 80th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota.    The event, which kicked off on Friday, is expected to draw 250,000 motorcycle enthusiasts over the course of the 10-day rally.
    A city spokeswoman said opening weekend is usually the busiest.    The rally reportedly brings in $800 million for the state’s economy.
    Rally attendees have expressed they’re largely not concerned with the coronavirus.
Thousands of bikers rode through the streets for the opening day of the 80th annual Sturgis
Motorcycle rally Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in Sturgis, S.D. (AP Photo/Stephen Groves)
    “No, we didn’t take any precautions, as we normally don’t.    We think the majority of this situation is manufactured, there’s ulterior motives behind it.    So, we’re not concerned and we’re happy to be in a place that has a lot of like-minded people, because everybody seems to be in the same mindset as us and we’re not concerned.” – Jim Busch, rally attendee
    South Dakota has been reporting low infection numbers since the start of the pandemic, having just over 9,000 active cases.

8/8/2020 President Trump Signs 4 Executive Orders On COVID-19 Relief by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    In a landmark move, President Trump signed four different executive orders related to coronavirus economic relief.
    On Saturday, he signed a payroll tax initiative, which will defer payroll tax to those making less than $100,000 a year until the end of 2020.
    The president has renewed supplemental unemployment benefits at $400 a week.    This new amount came in just below the previous $600 extra, which Americans were receiving before the enhance benefits expired earlier this month.

President Donald Trump signs an executive order during a news conference at the Trump
National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    He also provided assistance to renters by imposing a partial moratorium on evictions and suspended mandatory student loan payments through the end of the year.
    The president has expressed he had to step in because Democrats in Congress have not stepped up to the plate.
    “Democrats have refused these offers,” said President Trump.    “What they really want is bailout money for states that are run by Democrat governors and mayors, which have been run very badly for many, many years.”
    He added that if Democrats got their way, they would crash the stock market.

8/9/2020 2020 Election: President Trump Shrinks Gap In Nat’l Polls by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a campaign rally at The Broadmoor World
Arena, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    President Trump’s campaign team has voiced optimism for his chances of victory in the upcoming presidential election.    On Saturday, top campaign officials touted their position on several news outlets and announced they are in a much better position now than they were at this time in the 2016 election.
    They believe their grassroots operations have gained momentum and influenced the shrinking deficit in the battle for the polls.
    Several surrogates, including Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), have ramped up their attacks against presumptive Democrat nominee Joe Biden in recent weeks.
    “I think it’s the price they’re going to make him pay.    They’re going bring very radical people, people who promote having no police force.    I think it’s crazy, it’s insane.    I hope it’s enough that people will say they want some stability in this country.” – Rand Paul, U.S. Senator
Supporters cheer as President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event with Florida Sheriffs in Tampa, Fla., Friday, July 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    The president’s campaign recently highlighted his bounce back in polling numbers after a slight dip, which previously put Biden over the edge.
    The former vice president received a bump in the polls in both May and June amid coronavirus fears and nationwide outcry over the death of George Floyd.    At his peak, Biden was leading President Trump by an average of 11 points.
    However, more recent polls have shown him leading by a little more than six points.
    Biden’s campaign team, along with several Democrat strategists, believe President Trump’s campaign has stabilized and will continue to close the gap leading up to Election Day.
    “You know the old quote from Margret Thatcher: ‘First you win the argument, then you win the vote’?    Well, right now I think Donald Trump is winning the argument with 2/3 of the people I’m talking to.    I think, from a perspective of the people who would and who could determine the outcome of the election, that the energy is still with Donald Trump.” – Rich Thau, President of Engagious
President Donald Trump pumps his fist as he finishes speaking during an event at
the Whirlpool Corporation facility in Clyde, Ohio, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    The president and Joe Biden are expected to go head-to-head in a political debate after they officially receive nominations from their parties this month.    According to Trump campaign officials, Biden will be a formidable opponent, having participated in debates for nearly 50 years.
    The first presidential debate is scheduled to take place on September 29th.

8/9/2020 White House Economic Adviser Optimistic On Economic Resurgence by OAN Newsroom
Stephen Moore is interviewed in his Washington office in 2016. (Tom Williams / CQ Roll Call via AP)
    A member of the White House economic task force has expressed his optimism over the economy’s recovery.    On Sunday, economist Stephen Moore voiced a positive outlook on seeing a V-shaped climb in the economy.     The adviser has suggested the economy may begin to rise as long as President Trump continues to help job resurgences.     Though the economy took a major hit during the pandemic, Moore believes the July jobs report indicated clear hope for an economic comeback.
    “We saw 1.8 million jobs created in one month. That’s the third highest monthly job increase in American history.    We saw increases in construction, we saw increases in restaurant jobs, we saw increases in the factories and manufacturing. So, it was a very positive report.    We regained 9.2 million jobs in three months.    We regained 4,045% of the jobs that were lost.” – Stephen Moore, White House economic adviser     Though the report is optimistic, the adviser added it may still take up to a year for the economy to fully recover.

8/10/2020 President Trump: Democrats Hardliners, Only Want Bailout Money by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump walks from Marine One and heads over to talk with reporters before departing from Morristown Municipal Airport in Morristown, N.J.,
Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. Trump was returning to Washington after spending the weekend at Trump National Golf Club. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    President Trump said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer want to discuss coronavirus relief again.    In a tweet Monday, the president was critical of the leading Democrats and cited previous negotiations with the White House.
    The president signed a coronavirus relief executive order Saturday as negotiations between the Democrats and administration officials collapsed.    According to him, Pelosi and Schumer are holding the relief hostage for their partisan demands.
    “Look they were not interested in doing what they had to do…their big point of discussion was bail outs, they wanted to bail out poorly run Democrat states like,” he explained.    “…we’re not going to do that…they talked about a number of a trillion dollars, we can’t do that.”
    Both Pelosi and Schumer have voiced opposition to the executive order and have called on leading Republicans to reopen negotiations.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, left, accompanied by White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, right, speak to reporters
following a meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. and Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y. as they
continue to negotiate a coronavirus relief package on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    Meanwhile, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the White House is eager to resume stimulus talks with Democrat leaders.    During an interview Monday, the secretary said Republicans are willing to put more aid money on the table to coax Democrats back to the negotiating table.
    House Speaker Pelosi said the White House rejected an offer over the weekend to pass a $2 trillion relief bill. Despite that, Mnuchin seemed optimistic he could reach common ground with house leaders.
    “There’s a deal to do if the Democrats are reasonable want to compromise and if their attitude is, you know, ‘we’d rather give you nothing than agree on things’ then we’re not going to get a deal,” he stated.    “…if we can get a fair deal, we’ll do it this week, but the president needed to take action.”
    Mnuchin declined to comment on when those negotiations would resume.

[ALL WE HAVE SEEN IN THE PAST FEW MONTHS IS DEMOCRAT CONTROLLED CITIES WITH THEIR LEADERS LETTING ANARCHIST CAUSE LOOTING AND DESTROYING OF BUSINESSES AND PEOPLE KILLED WITH NO POLICE STOPPING IT AND IF THIS IS WHAT PEOPLE WANT TO VOTE FOR THEN THEY WILL DESERVE THEIR PUNISHMENT OF LETTING IT HAPPEN AT ALL SO WAKE UP AND VOTE FOR REPUBLICANS ON NOVEMBER 3RD TO SAVE THIS NATION].
8/10/2020 Widespread Looting Reported In Chicago Following Police-Involved Shooting by OAN Newsroom
Volunteers help clean up the parking lot outside a Best Buy store, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, after vandals struck
overnight in the Lincoln Park neighborhood in Chicago. Chicago’s police commissioner says more than 100 people were
arrested following a night of looting and unrest that left several officers injured and caused damage in the
city’s upscale Magnificent Mile shopping district and other parts of the city. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
    More than 100 people were arrested for disorderly conduct in Chicago as mass looting gripped the city in the early hours of Monday.    At least 13 officers were injured in the mayhem, which reportedly began following an officer involved shooting in the downtown area.
    On Sunday, police responded to reports of a man with a gun.    When they approached, the suspect shot at police.    This led to an exchange of gunfire that left the suspect and one officer injured.
    Misinformation began to spread about the incident on social media, stoking public outrage.    Soon after, the platform was flooded with posts encouraging looting and violence against police.
    “Tempers flared fueled by misinformation…as the afternoon turned into evening TPD became aware of several social media posts encouraging looting downtown,” said Supt. David Brown of the Chicago Police Department.    “Officers were dispatched to our downtown area once we got word of the social media posts.”
    Just after the shooting, residents reportedly confronted and assaulted officers near the scene.    One officer reportedly received a shoulder injury in the scuffle, another was allegedly maced and a brick was reportedly thrown into the window of a squad car.    Two people were arrested in connection with that assault.
    As day turned to night, hundreds of people turned to looting.    Multiple stores were vandalized, which led Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot to issue a strong warning against rioters.
    “What occurred in our downtown and surrounding communities was abject criminal behavior, pure and simple, and there can not be any excuse for it, period,” she stated.    “And to those who engaged in his criminal behavior, let’s be clear, we are coming for you.”
    Despite the unrest, Lightfoot said she doesn’t believe the situation requires calling the National Guard into the city.
    Bridges to downtown were left raised through the night in an effort to prevent looting.    They will reportedly be left raised again into Tuesday morning.    A curfew is also expected to be imposed.

8/10/2020 President Trump Releases More Details On Unemployment Plan by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this July 15, 2020, file photo, job seekers exercise social distancing as they wait to be
called into the Heartland Workforce Solutions office in Omaha, Neb. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)
    More details are emerging about President Trump’s plan to extend unemployment benefits amid the coronavirus pandemic.
    On Sunday, the president told reporters that the federal government will front the bill for unemployment benefits in certain states hit hardest by the virus.
    Meanwhile, other states will be required to contribute 25-percent of the $400 weekly unemployment boost that came from the president’s executive action.
    President Trump argued $400 is enough because any more than that would take away the incentive for Americans to get back to work.
    “This is the money that they need, this is the money they want and this gives them a great incentive to go back to work, so this was much more than was originally agreed,” he stated.    “The $600 was a number that was there and as you know, there was difficulty with the $600 number because it really was a disincentive.”
    Debates over a stimulus bill remain stalled on Capitol Hill with Democrats and Republicans refusing to negotiate on their respective plans.

8/10/2020 Officials Scramble To Complete 2020 Census by OAN Newsroom
Census worker Marisela Gonzales adjusts a sign at a U.S. Census walk-up counting sight set up
for Hunt County in Greenville, Texas, Friday, July 31, 2020. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
    The 2020 Census is a tally that’s only conducted every decade to count the number of residents in the nation.
    Its results dictate funding behind a number of vital government programs surrounding housing, education, transportation, employment, health care and public policy for the next decade.    It’s also used as the basis to redraw congressional and state legislative districts.
    “It’s how we get money into our state and city. It’s how we get money for our schools, our hospitals, our infrastructure.    Everybody wants better roads and it’s how we get representation in Congress as well.    It even determines how our city council district line will be drawn” — Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (D)
    Traditionally a nonpartisan process, in recent years the census has taken center stage on a number of debates.    Most recently in early August, U.S. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham dropped a bombshell announcement by ruling against any extensions for the count.
    The news drew stark criticism from those who said an inaccurate count would be detrimental to ethnic minorities and poorer communities.    This comes as some 60 million households, which have not yet completed their census survey, are frequently more likely home to undocumented migrants.
Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham wears a mask with the words “2020 Census” as he arrives to testify before a House Committee
on Oversight and Reform hearing on the 2020 Census on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    On the other hand, President Trump has expressed a hardline stance on the issue by saying the country’s millions of undocumented residents take away representation from Americans.
    “There used to be a time when you could proudly declare ‘I am a citizen of the United States,’ but now they are trying to erase the existence of a very important word and a very important thing: citizenship,” he stated.
    Regardless, Census Director’s Dillingham’s order means the count, billions of dollars in federal funds and even the jobs of certain elected officials will all be in the hands of the census to be set in stone come the end of the year.

8/10/2020 Report: Potential VP Pick Karen Bass Has Ties To Cuban Socialist Organization, Leaders Of Communist Party USA by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this June 17, 2020, file photo, Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., speaks during a House Judiciary Committee markup
of the Justice in Policing Act of 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Kevin Dietsch/Pool via AP, File)
    As many Americans wait to see who presumptive Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden will pick as a running mate, some are casting doubt on the rumored picks.
    Recent reports have taken aim at California congresswoman Karen Bass by pointing out her long-standing ties to communists.
    “Her membership with a communist front-group controlled by Fidel Castro’s communist regime and her public praise over her communist mentor and her communist influencers growing up — this all points a much more complicated picture,” explained Rebecca Mansour, editor-at-large for Breitbart News.
    In the 1970s, Bass was an organizer for the pro-Cuban socialist organization Venceremos Brigade.    When infamous Cuban dictator Fidel Castro died in 2016, the vice-presidential hopeful expressed her condolences by calling him “comandante el jefe,” or “the-commander-in-chief.”
    Additionally, the Democrat lawmaker is coming under fire for her comments about Communist Party USA leader Oniel Marion Cannon. In a eulogy honoring Cannon’s nearly 100-year life, Bass praised his commitment and influence to his community, but left out his ties to communism.
    “Well, one, don’t consider myself a Castro sympathizer.    Number two, my position on Cuba is really no different than the position of the Obama administration.    As a matter of fact, I was honored to go to Cuba with President Obama.    I went to Cuba with Secretary Kerry when we raised the flag.” — Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.)
FILE – In this July 28, 2020, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President
Joe Biden speaks at a campaign event in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
    Since being floated as one of Biden’s top choices, she has walked back her pro-Cuba statements by saying she would not have made those comments now.    Bass stressed she is neither a communist nor a socialist, instead claiming she has belonged to the Democrat Party her whole life.
    Meanwhile, Biden is expected to choose his vice presidential pick as soon as this week.
[NOW WE ARE HEARING THAT BIDEN IS BEING THREATENED BY A GROUP IF HE DOES NOT PICK A BLACK WOMAN FOR VP HE WILL LOSE THE BLACK VOTE].

8/10/2020 White House Chief Of Staff Wants President Trump’s Nomination Speech ‘Miles And Miles’ Away From The White House by OAN Newsroom
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, left, accompanied by White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, right,
speak to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said he’s advising the president to have his nomination speech as far away from the White House as possible.
    During an interview Sunday, Meadows suggested President Trump give his acceptance speech “miles and miles away” from the White House.
    His remarks came amid concerns hosting it from the East Wing would be in violation of the Hatch Act, which forbids federal officials from engaging in partisan political activities.    However, President Trump has since dismissed those claims.
    Meadows went on to say while the White House is an appropriate place if the president chooses to do so, he does not expect an address to take place from the Oval Office.

8/10/2020 House Speaker Pelosi Claims Russia Is A Greater Threat To U.S. Elections Than China, Iran by OAN Newsroom
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., center, accompanied by Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y.,
left, speak to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi warned voters of possible election interference from foreign governments.
    In an interview Sunday, she said Russia is a major threat to election security that poses greater risk to Americans than China and Iran.
    This comes after an intelligence report found Russia is targeting former Vice President Joe Biden, while China and Iran hope President Trump will lose in November.
    Pelosi’is urging the Intelligence Community to share more information with the public to help inform Americans of possible risks.
    “Russia is actively, 24/7, interfering in our election,” she stated.    “They did so in 2016 and they are doing so now.”
    Pelosi has arguesd that Russia’s attempts to interfere in the elections are more extensive than China or Iran’s.
[WELL THE DEMOCRATS HAVE NOTHING AND ARE REVERTING BACK TO THE RUSSIA THREAT.].

8/10/2020 3 People Shot In Calif. After Large Airbnb Party by OAN Newsroom
(AP Photo)
    Authorities in California are continuing to look for suspects after a shooting at an Airbnb party in Sacramento.    An estimated 50 people were at the party early Sunday when three people were shot, which caused party-goers to flee the scene.
    Airbnb has confirmed the person who booked the house has been banned from their platform, while neighbors have condemned the shooting and the packed party.
    “The only thing I can do is wear my mask, distance myself from those that aren’t,” stated April Bonito, a neighbor to the Airbnb.    “Is it upsetting?    Not as upsetting as watching these people be hauled out on stretchers.”
    Authorities believe there was only one shooter responsible for the incident.    Meanwhile, all three victims have been transported to local hospitals where they are reportedly in stable condition.
    The Sacramento County Sheriffs Office said the suspect remains at large.

8/10/2020 WHO Says It Trusts G7 To Act Together On Crises Amid Overhaul Talk
FILE PHOTO: A logo is pictured on the headquarters of the World Health Orgnaization (WHO)
in Geneva, Switzerland, June 25, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo
    GENEVA (Reuters) – The World Health Organization trusts powerful nations such as the Group of Seven to reach a consensus on how to approach health crises such as the coronavirus, Mike Ryan, head of WHO’s emergencies programme, said on Monday.
    France and Germany have quit talks on reforming the WHO in frustration at attempts by the United States to lead the negotiations, despite its decision to leave the WHO, three officials told Reuters.
    The move is a setback for President Donald Trump as Washington, which holds the rotating chair of the G7, had hoped to issue a joint roadmap for a sweeping overhaul of the WHO in September, two months before the U.S. presidential election.
    “We are all vulnerable to risks, we need to find global solutions,” Ryan said.    “…We trust the G7 will play a major part in that in the months and years to come.”
(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay, John Miller and Michael Shields; Writing by Nick Macfie; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

8/10/2020 Pompeo Says After Lai Arrest, Unlikely That China Will Rethink Hong Kong Stance by Daphne Psaledakis and Humeyra Pamuk
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference at the State
Department in Washington, U.S. August 5, 2020. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Pool via Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday slammed China for the arrest of Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai, who he called a “patriot,” and said the move indicated that Beijing is unlikely to change its position on the financial hub.
    Lai’s arrest under a sweeping new security law comes amid Beijing’s crackdown against pro-democracy opposition in the city and further stokes concerns about media and other freedoms promised when it returned to China in 1997.    China imposed the law on Hong Kong on June 30, drawing condemnation from Western countries.
    “Lai was nothing more than a patriot who wanted good things for the people of Hong Kong,” Pompeo told the Conservative Political Action Conference.
    “I’m not optimistic given what we saw this morning … that they’re going to change what they’re doing,” he added, referring to the Chinese government.
    Tensions between world’s top two economies have been increasing daily.
    Later on Monday, Pompeo took a fresh swipe at Chinese-owned video-sharing app TikTok, repeating that it presented a national security threat to Americans due to what he said was the obligation of all such companies to the Chinese Communist Party.
    “The United States is aware that these companies are being used for China’s national security purposes,” Pompeo said in an interview on Newsmax, without offering concrete evidence of such use.
    President Donald Trump has unveiled sweeping bans on U.S. transactions with the Chinese owners of TikTok and messaging app WeChat.
    Pompeo said that the United States would take action to ensure that Hong Kong is treated as an extension of China after Beijing passed its national security legislation in June, prompting Washington to end the territory’s special status.
    He said he feared that Hong Kong may have had its last democratic election, in an apparent reference to 2019’s lower-level district council elections.
    Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam last month postponed a Sept. 6 election for seats in the city legislature for a year.

8/11/2020 Oil up $0.41 to $42.01, DOW up 358 to 27,791.

8/11/2020 Beshear urges schools to delay - Governor: In-person classes shouldn’t resume until Sept. 28 by Billy Kobin, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Citing fresh concern over the state’s COVID-19 cases and positivity rate, Gov. Andy Beshear said Monday that Kentucky schools should now wait to resume in-person classes until Sept. 28.
    The Democratic governor had recommended in late July that schools postpone in-person instruction until at least the third week of August.
    In giving his new recommendation for K-12 schools, Beshear said Monday that the state had taken “good steps” to fight COVID-19 but that “we do not have control of the virus.”
    He cited four reasons for his new request.
1. Kentucky’s cases were near a peak but still increasing over the past five or six weeks, Beshear said.
2. There is a “significant” rise in the infection rate among children in Kentucky and across the country, according to Beshear.
3. States such as Georgia and Indiana have seen “surges” in new cases among residents, including students and staff, since their schools resumed in-person learning.
4. Some Kentucky families have continued to go on vacations to places such as South Carolina and Florida, “where the virus is so hot.”
    “In my very core, I want us to get back to in-person instruction, but to ask our kids to go in with all our teachers and faculty at a time when it’s not safe, it’s something that we can’t ask of them, and I’m not willing to,” Beshear said.
[THE KY DEMOCRAT GOVERNOR IS GOING CRAZY OVER CASES THAT ARE NOT INCREASING AND DEATHS ARE LOWER THAN EVER IN KENTUCKY AND TRYING TO MAKE A CRISIS SO GO BACK ANDSIT IN YOUR GOV THRONE AND WATCH ALL GET BETTER.].

8/11/2020 Iran Nuclear Deal At Risk As U.N. Council Prepares To Vote On Arms Embargo by Michelle Nichols
FILE PHOTO: A sign marks the seat of Iran's ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) ahead of a
board of governors meeting at the IAEA headquarters in Vienna, Austria March 9, 2020. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner/File Photo
    NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.N. Security Council is preparing to vote this week on a U.S. proposal to extend an arms embargo on Iran, a move that some diplomats say is bound to fail and put the fate of a nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers further at risk.
    A last-minute attempt by Britain, France and Germany to broker a compromise with Russia and China on an arms embargo extension appeared unsuccessful so far, diplomats said.    Russia and China, allies of Iran, have long-signaled opposition to the U.S. measure.
    A Chinese diplomat at the United Nations, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that “extending the arms embargo on Iran in whatever form lacks legal basis and will undermine efforts to preserve” the nuclear deal, adding that there is “no chance” the U.S. text will be adopted.
    U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft said Russia and China wanted to benefit from the end of the arms embargo.    “Russia and China are waiting to be able to sell arms to Iran,” Craft told Fox News.
    The embargo is due to expire in October under a 2015 deal among Iran, Russia, China, Germany, Britain, France and the United States that prevents Tehran from developing nuclear weapons in return for sanctions relief.
    Even though U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration quit the accord in 2018 – with Trump dubbing it “the worst deal ever” – Washington has threatened to use a provision in the agreement to trigger a return of all U.N. sanctions on Iran if the Security Council does not extend the arms embargo indefinitely.     Renewed sanctions — a move known as snapback — would likely kill the nuclear deal because Iran would lose a major incentive for limiting its nuclear activities.    Iran has already breached parts of the nuclear deal in response to the U.S. withdrawal from the pact and Washington’s imposing strong unilateral sanctions.
    “This U.S. administration’s goal is to terminate the Iran nuclear deal,” said a European diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity.
    U.S. Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook alluded to the United States wanting to reimpose all U.N. sanctions when he said last week, “We need to restore the U.N. Security Council standard of no enrichment.”
    A snapback of U.N. sanctions would require Iran to suspend all enrichment-related and reprocessing activities, including research and development, and ban imports of anything that could contribute to those activities or to the development of nuclear weapon delivery systems.
    It would reimpose the arms embargo, ban Iran from developing ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons and reimpose targeted sanctions on dozens of individuals and entities.    States would also be urged to inspect shipments to and from Iran and authorized to seize any banned cargo.
‘ZERO CHANCE’
    Richard Gowan, U.N. director for conflict prevention advocacy body the International Crisis Group, said there was “zero chance” the U.S. attempt to extend the arms embargo would be adopted and that it was “a ploy to get to snapback.”
    The council is operating virtually so once a vote is called the 15 members would have 24 hours to submit their decision and the result would be announced at a public meeting, but diplomats say there is little support for the current U.S. text.
    The draft resolution needs at least nine votes in favor to force Russia and China to use their vetoes, but some diplomats question whether Washington can even secure those nine votes.
    “Everyone at the U.N. understands that this resolution is just the curtain-raiser for a much bigger fight over the Iranian nuclear deal,” said Gowan.
    Washington argues it can trigger the sanctions because a Security Council resolution enshrining the nuclear deal names it as a participant.    But the remaining parties to the agreement are opposed to such a move, and diplomats say the United States would face a tough, messy battle.
    “It’s highly likely … a number of countries will be saying they have no intention of implementing further sanctions, until the U.N. Security Council decides whether or not snapback has been carried out legally,” said a senior council diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity.
    “I don’t see how the council can decide that given the divisions that will be within it,” the diplomat said.    “I don’t see any rush to re-establish sanctions regimes therefore around the world.”
(Additional reporting by Sabine Siebold; Editing by Mary Milliken and Cynthia Osterman)

8/11/2020 President Trump: Democrat Push For Mail-In Voting Amounts To Election Meddling by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks at a news conference in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020,
in Washington. Trump briefly left because of a security incident outside the fence of the White House. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    In a news conference on Monday, the president claimed the Democrat Party is trying to implement widespread mail-in voting for their own benefit.    The president equated the Democrats’ pursuit of mail-in voting in the upcoming elections to foreign interference.
    “I’ll tell you who’s meddling in our election, the Democrats are meddling,” said President Trump.    “By wanting and insisting on sending mail-in ballots where there’s corruption all over the place.”
    He and the Democrat Party have clashed on the issue of mail-in voting for several months now amid growing concerns about the impact the coronavirus pandemic will have on the election.    President Trump, in the past, has also accused the Democrats of trying to steal the election by trying to relax voting regulations.
    “Who would want a bill banning signature verification? What’s that all about?” he asked.    “You know what it’s about? Fraud.”
    The Republican National Committee has challenged the implementation of lax voting requirements by requesting the intervention of the U.S. Supreme Court.
    Another key concern for the president’s campaign is the time frame of the presidential debates.    The debates are set to start in late September, though some states such as North Carolina will begin sending out ballots earlier.
    People close to the president, including Trump Organization executive Eric Trump, have argued the scheduling of the debates could benefit Joe Biden who he said is afraid and unprepared to debate the president.
    “They’re messenger is Sleepy Joe, he doesn’t know its his message,” said President Trump.    “He has no idea what the message is, but he’s going to do whatever they tell him to do, you know it, because he’s not all there.”
FILE – In this June 30, 2020, file photo, a box of absentee ballots wait to be counted at the Albany County Board of Elections in
Albany, N.Y. Never before in U.S. history will so many people exercise the right on which their democracy hinges by marking a ballot at home
and entrusting several layers of mostly unseen intermediaries to ensure their votes get accurately counted. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)
    Although five U.S. states already perform full mail-in voting, critics have questioned the ability of the U.S. Postal Service to handle a full scale mail-in voting election.
    It’s still unclear as to what lasting effects, if any, the pandemic will have on the presidential election.

8/11/2020 Legal Battle Over President Trump’s Taxes Continues With Manhattan DA by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks at a news conference in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020,
in Washington. Trump briefly left because of a security incident outside the fence of the White House. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    The legal tug-of-war over President Trump’s tax returns continues with the president’s legal team filing a new objection Monday over the nature of the district attorney’s investigation.
    The defense lawyers said the “allegations and innuendo” behind the probe were nothing more than the district attorney “fishing for a way to justify harassment of the president.”
    The objection went on to call for a judge to dismiss the prosecution’s subpoena, which calls for eight-years of the president’s tax returns and other financial documents.
    The Trump legal team said the district attorney’s case for those records is “unjustified and insufficient.”    Meanwhile, the subpoena, which was filed back in September of 2019, is still up in the air.
    New life was breathed into the matter after the Supreme Court ruled in July that presidents are not immune to investigation by state authorities.    The decision left room open, however, for other types of appeals.    It’s in this space the president’s lawyers argued the probe itself is too broad.
    This comes as the district attorney’s office suggested for the first time last week that it’s investigation into the president’s finances will look into more than possible hush money payments ahead of the 2016 election, but also possible businesses fraud out of the Trump organization.

8/11/2020 Fla. Schools Reopening, Hillsborough School District Opts For Online Only by OAN Newsroom
    Education and state officials across the nation are determining whether or not to allow children back to school.
    Florida is one of many states gearing up to get kids back into the classroom come fall. However, not all of the state’s school districts are convinced this is safe.
    The Hillsborough County School District has opted for online classes only.    The move could cost the district to lose out on funding from the state for its school year.
    However, Florida Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran is giving Hillsborough County a second chance by allowing the district to reconsider and switch to in-person learning by Friday.    He said the county must go back to its original state approved plan, which gives parents and students a choice between online courses or attending in-person.    “For me, I think one of the core principles is parents need to have the ability to opt for the type of learning that they think is important,” said Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.).    “And so, if they’re comfortable, more comfortable in a distance learning environment, then they obviously need to have that that choice.”
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis answers a question during a roundtable meeting with transportation industry
leaders at the Hilton Orlando-Bonnet Creek Resort in Orlando, Fla., Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. DeSantis addressed
coronavirus and state transportation construction concerns. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP)
    Despite this, Corcoran is pushing for students to be present in classrooms five days a week.    The Florida Education Association, however, said he has no right to tell individual districts how to run its schools.
    Meanwhile, local teachers’ unions and teachers across the country are protesting reopening by suggesting the move is far too dangerous.    Nonetheless, state officials such as Corcoran have argued that continuing to keep schools closed will further prevent marginalized communities from closing the gap in education.
    Hillsborough County is expected to make a decision before the end of this week.

8/11/2020 President Trump: Children Don’t Get Very Sick Or Transfer Virus Easily by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks at a news conference in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at
the White House, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    President Trump said for the most part, school kids don’t catch the coronavirus very easily.
    During Monday’s press briefing, the president was asked whether or not he’s concerned about the number of children who tested positive for COVID-19 within the last two weeks of July. He said it’s important to remember the virus has *ittle affect on children in the grand scheme of things.
    “They get better very quickly, yeah they may have it for a short period of time, but as you know the seriousness of it in terms of what it leads to is extraordinarily small…ery much less than one percent,” President Trump explained.
    His remarks come as state officials across the nation are working to finalize school reopening plans.

8/11/2020 Secy. Mnuchin: N.Y. State Must Oversee NYC Budget by OAN Newsroom
From left, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, OMB Budget Director Russell Vought, and Scott Atlas, senior fellow
at the Hoover Institution, listens as President Donald Trump speaks at a news conference in the James Brady
Press Briefing Room at the White House, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is calling for independent fiscal oversight of New York City’s public finances.    In an interview Monday, he said the state of New York must establish an oversight board to control New York City’s budget.
    The secretary noted that the Big Apple’s finances are now in the worst shape since late 1970s and must improve.    This came after Mayor Bill de Blasio ordered arbitrary shutdowns of businesses and unveiled costly welfare programs to increase social justice in the city. As a result, New York is facing a financial collapse.
    “Because of bad policies, I mean, New York keeps on raising their taxes, everybody’s gonna move out of New York,” said Mnuchin.    “I understand New York has problems…the city is really going in the wrong direction.”
    The Treasury Secretary added that Republican-run states such as Texas are saying they do have enough money to provide coronavirus relief, but Democrat-controlled areas are in deep financial trouble.

8/11/2020 Half Of Daily 100,000 COVID-19 Cases In Americas Are In U.S.: WHO Director
FILE PHOTO: Healthcare workers at Fountain Valley Regional Hospital hold a rally outside their hospital for safer working conditions
during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Fountain Valley, California, U.S., August 6, 2020. REUTERS/Mike Blake
    BRASILIA (Reuters) – More than 100,000 cases of C0VID-19 are being reported daily in the Americas, half of them in the United States, and there are worrisome spikes in countries that had outbreaks controlled, such as Argentina and Colombia, World Health Organization regional director Carissa Etienne said on Tuesday.
    “Our region remains under COVID’s grip,” Etienne said in a virtual briefing from Washington with other Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) directors.
    The United States has reported around 5 million cases and Brazil, with the second worst outbreak in the world, has recorded more than 100,000 deaths.
    She said there was an increase in cases in Central America, where Belize reported its highest number of new infections of the novel coronavirus this week.    The Dominican Republic has more cases than all other Caribbean island nations combined.
    Etienne said the stress on healthcare services threatened an increase in illnesses that were under control, such as TB, HIV and hepatitis, and more people will die from preventable and treatable conditions.
    PAHO has data indicating that 30% of people living with HIV, a preventable and treatable virus, are avoiding seeking care during the pandemic, and countries have limited supplies of antiretrovirals, she said.
    “This is worrisome since without continued care and consistent medications, people living with HIV are more likely to become ill and to pass it to their partners,” she said.
    Cases of mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue, however, have fallen, because people are stuck at home during the pandemic and less prone to getting bitten by mosquitoes.
    Health systems must make it easier for patients to be treated by expanding telemedicine and offering more care outside hospital settings, Etienne said.
(Reporting by Anthony Boadle; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Grant McCool)

8/11/2020 Priced Out Of Services, Venezuelans Turn Creative For Water And Gas by Corina Pons and Mayela Armas
Inside his house, Henry checks the water level of his plastic tank, filled with water by a community-made pipe
system that extract water that accumulated at a stalled tunnel construction project near El Avila mountain that
borders the city of Caracas, Venezuela August 8, 2020. Picture taken August 8, 2020. REUTERS/Manaure Quintero
    CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelans are steadily losing access to cheap basic services from water to cooking gas that have helped them survive economic crisis, forcing many to find creative solutions and adding pressure during the coronavirus quarantine.
    Services have long been near-free due to heavy subsidies by the ruling Socialist Party, which has overseen a six-year economic collapse despite Venezuela’s oil wealth.
    But as the decay of state-run utilities has led to constant shortages, Venezuelans now have to pay the equivalent of several months’ salary for a few days of water, gas or telephone because private alternatives are priced in dollars.
    For those without the money, workaround solutions abound: from wood-burning stoves and long walks to find cellular coverage to improvised pipes for siphoning water off a mountain.
    Others simply do without.
    “Every week, we adjust to what happens,” said Geraldine Escalante, a cook in a coastal area of Vargas state.
    She went for a month-and-a-half without water until April, when she paid $20 for a cistern with 2,000 liters (529 gallons) which lasted a week.    At other times, she and other residents link hoses between different communities to share water or carry bottles back-and-forth for several kilometers.
    Access to running water is particularly crucial to curb the COVID-19 disease, which is running rampant around South America.
    The generous oil-financed subsidies begun under late socialist leader Hugo Chavez have gradually disappeared under his successor President Nicolas Maduro.    He has eliminated years of price and currency controls amid U.S. sanctions that have further weakened an already foundering economy.
    The Information Ministry and state service companies did not reply to requests for comment.
‘FELT LIKE CRYING’
    Yusbel Castro, a community leader in Caracas’ poor west end, was driving around the city trying to find subsidized gas to fill a 20 kg propane tank for less than $1 to fuel stoves at a communal soup kitchen she runs.
    But during one recent search in June, she only found black market resellers charging $7, equivalent to more than two months of minimum wage salary.
    Unable to afford it, Castro could not cook lunch for the 110 children who rely on the soup kitchen.    It frequently serves beans or soups, which cook for longer than other foods and therefore require more gas.
    “It would be $14 every six days, and I get paid in bolivars,” she said.    “I felt like crying.”
    Just 3 in 10 Venezuelans in May could obtain gas at regulated prices while only 1 in 10 received running water, according to data from the non-profit watchdog Venezuelan Observatory of Public Services (OVSP).
    While water costs less than a dollar per month at subsidized rates, cisterns can cost $100.
    Service interruptions now affect both wealthy neighborhoods and the slums.    “The crisis in public services has put the poor and rich on equal footing” in that respect, said economist Luis Pedro Espana during a presentation of a demographic study last month that showed poverty reached 65% of households.
    “That is the paradox of the Venezuelan state: it remains powerful in social control but is fading away as a provider of public goods and services,” added Asdrubal Oliveros, head of the local Ecoanalitica consultancy, to Reuters.
‘FINDING SOLUTIONS’
    A group of Caracas residents in June built a system to use water accumulated at a stalled tunnel construction project near the El Avila mountain bordering Caracas.
    They used 1,300 meters of hoses for the network and the residents contributed 10 dollars each to buy parts.
    “We can’t spend our whole lives complaining,” said Wilfredo Moscoso, one of the project’s leaders.    “We are finding solutions.”
    In some places, Venezuelans have to walk for kilometers to find a cellular signal.
    “The only one way I manage to get even a bit of coverage is when I get up on the roof of the house,” said Jose Atacho, a pharmacy manager in the western city of Punto Fijo, who has lines with three different operators to improve the odds.
    Working and studying from home during coronavirus quarantine while struggling with faulty connections has led families to rely on pricey mobile phone data services.
    In some cases, residents pay up to $30 per month for additional services, compared with the notoriously faulty state-provided internet that costs $2 per month.
    In the western city of Maracaibo, Argenis Linares paid for a satellite internet service and charges people several dollars per month for access.    “Some neighbors asked me, especially the friends of my kids, to do their homework,” he said.    “Two are in a tough situation and they just pay what they can.”
(Additional reporting by Mircely Guanipa in Maracay, Mariela Nava in Maracaibo and Luc Cohen in New York; Writing by Brian Ellsworth; Editing by Daniel Flynn and Andrew Cawthorne)

8/11/2020 Mexico To Conduct Trials For China, U.S. COVID-19 Vaccines, Eyes Production
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.
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico aims to conduct late-stage clinical trials for COVID-19 vaccines in development by U.S. and Chinese companies, two of which might base some of their vaccine production in the country, the foreign ministry said on Tuesday.
    Mexico has signed memorandums of understanding with Johnson & Johnson, along with Chinese companies CanSino Biologics Inc and Walvax Biotechnology Co Ltd, Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said at news conference.
    Ebrard said the trials would start between September and January, depending on approval from Mexico’s food and drug agency.
    He said the goal to secure access to the drugs for Mexico, highlighting growing anxiety and “vaccine diplomacy” around the world as developing countries jostle to get timely access to treatments and vaccines.
    “This is what worries President (Andres Manuel) Lopez Obrador, that we have it on time,” Ebrard said.
    The foreign ministry said CanSino and Walvax were interested in producing an eventual vaccine in Mexico for delivery to the Latin American market.
    More than 150 vaccines are being developed and tested around the world to stop the COVID-19 pandemic, with 25 in human clinical trials, according to the World Health Organization.
    Russia is the first country to approve a COVID-19 vaccine, which it named “Sputnik V” for foreign markets, an official said on Tuesday.
    Mexico has already lobbied in world forums, including at the G20 group of nations and the United Nations, to secure equitable access for an eventual vaccine.
    Several other emerging markets in Asia and the Middle East have followed a similar strategy, consultancy Oxford Business Group highlighted in a report on Tuesday.
    Large-scale, phase three human testing for the J&J unit Janssen Pharmaceuticals’ candidate could start in the second half of September, the company has previously said.
    Johnson & Johnson kicked off early U.S. human safety trials in July after releasing details of a study in monkeys that showed its best-performing vaccine candidate offered strong protection in a single dose.
    Walvax’s experimental vaccine is currently under early testing at a Chinese military research institute.
    CanSino Biologics’ vaccine candidate is already in clinical trials.    The company is also collaborating with Canada’s National Research Council to “pave the way” for future trials in Canada, the research council in May.
    Latin America’s second largest economy has suffered more than 50,000 deaths from COVID-19, according to official data, making it the third country with the most deaths globally.
    It ranks 13th adjusted for deaths per capita, according to the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
(Reporting by Frank Jack Daniel; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Alistair Bell)

8/11/2020 Rome’s First Woman Mayor To Run For Second Term
FILE PHOTO: Rome's mayor Virginia Raggi is seen after police confiscated a villa built illegally
by an alleged Mafia family in Rome, Italy, November 20, 2018. REUTERS/Yara Nardi/File Photo
    ROME (Reuters) – Rome mayor Virginia Raggi, from the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, has announced plans to run for a second term, hoping to steal a march on rivals in a long campaign for next year’s vote.
    Raggi, 42, became the Eternal City’s first woman mayor when elected in 2016, in a major breakthrough for 5-Star ahead of national polls two years later when it won almost twice as many votes as its nearest rival.
    Her early years as mayor were dogged by resignations from her team, the arrest for corruption of a top aide and chronic problems with trash collection.
    In November 2018, she was acquitted of accusations of lying over the appointment of the capital’s head of tourism.
    Since then, the pressure on her has eased and city hall has made progress in road repairs, public transport and consolidating finances.
    “You can’t change Rome in five years, but you can turn things in the right direction, and we have turned things in the right direction,” Raggi told daily Il Fatto Quotidiano in an interview on Tuesday, confirming her aspiration for another term.
    She faces an uphill task. 5-Star is polling at around 16% nationally compared with the 32% it won at the 2018 election.
    It is not even clear if she will have the support of her own party which, if it wants to back her, will need to change internal rules that do not allow members to hold elected office – even in different posts – for more than two terms.
    Raggi is already in her second elected position, having served as a city councillor before becoming mayor.
    Matteo Salvini’s right-wing League, Italy’s most popular party, and its hard-right ally Brothers of Italy have been attacking Raggi for months with an eye on the 2021 election.
    “Raggi is the only one who doesn’t realise what a state Rome is in,” Brothers of Italy leader Giorgia Meloni tweeted on Tuesday.    “We need a mayor who is worthy of the capital.”
(Reporting by Gavin Jones; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne)

8/11/2020 Hospitals, Expats Blast Trump Plan To Block U.S. Citizens Over Coronavirus by Kristina Cooke and Laura Gottesdiener
FILE PHOTO: A sign alerts travelers to the danger of COVID-19 at LaGuardia Airport, during the outbreak
of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in New York, U.S., June 29, 2020. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
    LOS ANGELES/MONTERREY (Reuters) – A Southern California-area hospital system, immigrant advocacy groups and Americans living in Mexico criticized on Tuesday a U.S. government draft proposal that could block U.S. citizens and permanent residents from entering the country if they are suspected of being infected with the novel coronavirus.
    The pushback comes a day after Reuters and other news outlets reported the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump was considering a regulation that would give the government authorization to keep out Americans believed to have contracted COVID-19 or other diseases.
    Chris Van Gorder, CEO of Scripps Health, which operates five hospitals in San Diego County, told Reuters the hospital system “would never endorse American citizens not being able to get the care they need.”
    Scripps and Sharp HealthCare, which operate hospitals that serve many COVID patients in the San Diego-area, sent a joint letter to Trump officials in April that called for medical checks at the border and mandatory quarantine for individuals suspected to be infected with coronavirus.    But Van Gorder said they never supported blocking Americans.
    Furthermore, Van Gorder said the percentage of coronavirus patients who recently crossed the border had declined at Scripps’ hospital in Chula Vista.
    Phil Canete, co-director of the Refugee Health Alliance, a San Diego-based organization that provides medical care to migrants, called the reports “extremely troubling.”
    “The irony of this regulation is that it presents a barrier for medical workers and (organizations) like ours to mitigate COVID spread across the border,” he said.
    Americans living in Mexico were also upset by the news.
    Bruce Newby, who practiced law for two decades in California before retiring in 2003 to Guadalajara, Mexico, called it “ridiculous” and said a 14-day quarantine for U.S. citizens would make more sense.
    “They cannot keep you out,” he said.    “You have a right to be there.”
(Reporting by Kristina Cooke in Los Angeles; Laura Gottesdiener in Monterrey; Writing by Ted Hesson in Washington; Editing by Mica Rosenberg and Cynthia Osterman)

8/11/2020 U.S. Attempts To Win More Support With Streamlined Bid To Extend Iran Arms Embargo by Michelle Nichols
FILE PHOTO: The Iranian flag flutters in front the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
headquarters in Vienna, Austria July 10, 2019. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner
    NEW YORK (Reuters) – The United States streamlined its bid on Tuesday to get the U.N. Security Council to extend an arms embargo on Iran, a move that could win Washington more support in the 15-member body but is unlikely to overcome opposition by veto-powers Russia and China.
    The new text, seen by Reuters, is just four paragraphs and would extend a weapons ban on Iran “until the Security Council decides otherwise,” stating that is “essential to the maintenance of international peace and security.”
    The 13-year-old arms embargo is due to expire in October under a 2015 nuclear deal among Iran, Russia, China, Germany, Britain, France and the United States that prevents Tehran from developing nuclear weapons in return for sanctions relief.
    The previous U.S. draft resolution was described by diplomats and analysts as maximalist.”    It was more than a dozen pages long, would have required countries to inspect cargo going to or coming from Iran and included an annex of individuals and entities for targeted sanctions.
    Diplomats said that while the new simple draft text might win the United States some more votes, it was unclear if Washington could get the minimum nine votes needed, and they said it was unlikely to convince Russia and China to abstain.
    “Don’t let the brevity of the new U.S. draft fool you.    The key point is that it authorizes an indefinite extension of the Iran arms embargo … and China and Russia will *not* like that,” Richard Gowan, U.N. director for conflict prevention advocacy body the International Crisis Group, posted on Twitter.
    “So good chance this U.S. draft will fail by Friday,” he said.
    The United States has asked council members for comments by Wednesday morning.    The council is operating virtually so once a vote is called, members would have 24 hours to submit their response.    The result would be announced at a public meeting.
(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

8/12/2020 Oil down $0.46 to $41.53, DOW down 105 to 27,687.

8/12/2020 Flynn attorney, DOJ face skeptical appeals court by Kristine Phillips, USA TODAY
    WASHINGTON – Michael Flynn’s efforts to force an end to the criminal case against him faced a skeptical appeals court Tuesday, as judges questioned whether the presiding judge overstepped his authority when he refused to immediately dismiss the case.
    At issue is whether U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan abused his discretion when he appointed a third party, known as an amicus, to challenge the Justice Department’s bid to drop its prosecution of President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser.
    Many of the appeals court judges, several of whom were appointed by Democratic presidents, seemed sympathetic to Sullivan’s claims that he’s entitled to hear a challenge to the Justice Department’s motion to dismiss before ruling on it.     D.C. Circuit Court Judge Thomas Griffith, one of the only three judges on the panel who were appointed by Republican presidents, rejected the notion that a judge’s role is merely ministerial.
    “It’s not ministerial.    You know it’s not.    The judge is not simply a rubber stamp,” Griffith told Flynn’s attorney, Sidney Powell.     “Aren’t you just arguing about what the judge must do to educate himself or herself (to be able to make a ruling)?
    Powell argued that because the Justice Department had decided it no longer wanted to prosecute Flynn, Sullivan’s only role is to promptly grant dismissal, but he has, instead, appointed an amicus to “usurp” the role of prosecutors.    Sullivan’s actions have created an “unconstitutional” process that lacks any semblance of impartiality, and he has “so invested himself” for the purpose of prosecuting Flynn, Powell argued.
    But D.C. Circuit Court Judge Cornelia Pillard seemed skeptical that Sullivan can only grant dismissal.    “Your position is, ‘No he can’t hear both sides of the law.    He has to drop the case like a hot potato?’”    The hearing, which lasted nearly four hours, is the latest in Flynn’s tangled criminal and political saga.    The nearly 4-year-old case has now led to an unusual legal battle in the federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., where both Flynn and the Justice Department sought to dismiss the case, while Sullivan – himself represented by an attorney – argued he’s entitled to scrutinize the government’s motives.
    Flynn pleaded guilty in 2017 to lying to the FBI about his communications with a former Russian ambassador, but later reversed course, claiming investigators entrapped him into making false statements.    The Justice Department, too, reversed course, and sought to dismiss the case, arguing the interview during which Flynn made false statements was “unjustified.”
    Instead of dismissing the case, Sullivan appointed a retired federal judge to challenge the Justice Department’s motion to dismiss and to determine whether Flynn had committed perjury for claiming he is innocent of a crime to which he had previously pleaded guilty.
    In a 2-1 decision in June, an appeals court panel ruled in favor of Flynn and the Justice Department and ordered Sullivan to dismiss the case.    The panel ruled that Sullivan’s actions intruded on the Justice Department’s prosecutorial powers.    The full appeals court, in a rare move, granted Sullivan’s request to rehear the case.
    During the hearing, acting Solicitor General Jeff Wall argued that Sullivan’s decision to request a rehearing has created an appearance that he can’t be impartial.
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8/12/2020 France To Ramp Up Police Checks To Ensure Masks Are Worn
FILE PHOTO: A woman wearing a protective face mask walks by a testing site for coronavirus
disease (COVID-19) in downtown Nice, France August 11, 2020. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
    PARIS (Reuters) – France will gradually ramp up police checks to ensure people wear face masks where it is mandatory and respect social distancing amidst a new surge of COVID-19 infections, the government’s spokesman said on Wednesday.
    “We’re at a tipping point (…) We’re going to mobilize polices forces to make checks,” BFM TV showed Gabriel Attal telling journalists while visiting the Mediterranean island of Corsica.
    “But it’s not the police people should be afraid of (…) they should fear the virus, that lurks and contaminates,” he said.
(Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta and Henri-Pierre Andre; Writing by Benoit Van Overstraeten; Editing by Catherine Evans)

8/12/2020 D.C. Appeals Court Hears Oral Arguments Calling For Dismissal Of Case Against General Michael Flynn by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Feb. 1, 2017 file photo, National Security Adviser Michael Flynn speaks during
the daily news briefing at the White House, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
    The Department of Justice may not be able to sweep the case against former White House National Security advisor Michael Flynn under the rug.
    On Tuesday, a full bench of 10 appellate court judges heard oral arguments, where Flynn’s lawyers and Acting Solicitor General Jeffery Wall argued to dismiss the case against Flynn.
    “Well, you know, people sometimes people plea to things that turn out not to be crimes and the Department of Justice is not persuaded that this was material to any legitimate counterintelligence investigation, so it was not a crime,” stated U.S. Attorney General William Barr.
    Wall argued that Barr’s decision to drop the charges in may stems from “non-public information.”    He said this came from other internal investigations into alleged Russian collusion and could not be presented to the court.
    Flynn’s lawyers blasted U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan by accusing him of keeping the case alive out of political bias and discarding a judge’s role as an impartial adjudicator.
    “Well, for some time I’ve been increasingly concerned that he was just not rational when it came to this case,” said Flynn attorney Sydney Powell.    “And it looks like it’s coming to the ultimate fruition.”
    Flynn plead guilty to lying to the FBI in 2017 over his contacts with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. amid foreign interference allegations in the 2016 elections. He was scheduled to be sentenced in 2018 by Sullivan, but fired his legal team and went on the offensive to expunge himself of criminal charges.
    In June, an appellate panel of three judges ruled in favor of Flynn and called for the Washington, D.C. District Court to cease prosecution.
    Legal analysts believe the panel is likely to vote against Flynn, which would allow the the lower court to hear the Department of Justice’s arguments on why the legal proceedings should cease.
    If this is the case, Flynn and his legal team will likely appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court and it would cause a spectacle for the     Trump administration through the November general election.

8/12/2020 GOP, Trump 2020 Campaign Blast Sen. Harris As Biden’s Running Mate by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this March 9, 2020, file photo, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks at a campaign rally for Democratic
presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden at Renaissance High School in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
    The Trump 2020 campaign has dismissed Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) as Joe Biden’s “living will.”    On Tuesday, senior adviser Katrina Pierson claimed Harris a “phony” who has abandoned her own morals in order to appeal to leftist party values.
    She went on to say with “Harris as his political living will, taxes will increase, police funding will be cut, and borders will be open.”
    Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) has suggested Biden’s pick signaled the completion of a leftist takeover of the Democrat Party.
    The Trump campaign has since unleashed an attack ad targeting the unauthentic persona of Sen. Kamala Harris.

FILE – In this March 9, 2020, file photo, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., from left, Democratic presidential
candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, and Sen. Cory Booker D-N.J.
greet the crowd during a campaign rally in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
    Meanwhile, the presumptive Democrat nominee and his new running mate are set to make their first public appearance as a presidential ticket this week.    According to the former vice president’s campaign, Biden and Harris will deliver remarks on Wednesday from his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware.
    The two will also take part in a virtual fundraiser on the same evening. This came after Biden announced the senator as his running mate on Tuesday.
    Harris is the first African American and Indian American woman to ever be on a major party’s presidential ticket.

8/12/2020 Uber May Temporarily Shut Down Operations In Calif. by OAN Newsroom
FILE- In this Jan. 31, 2018, file photo, a Lyft logo is installed on a Lyft driver’s
car next to an Uber sticker in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
    Uber may halt operations in California for several months in the wake of a new court decision, which ordered the company to classify drivers as fulltime employees.    Uber’s CEO believes the company may not be able to switch to a fulltime employment model quickly enough if the court does not reconsider its ruling.
    Uber and Lyft are both planning to file an appeal to the ruling, which has not yet taken effect.
    Uber’s CEO detailed what the service could look like if it’s forced to switch its employment model.
    “It would take a significant amount of time to switch over.    We have teams thinking about it, working on it.    We don’t think it’s the likely outcome, by the way, and we would look to get back on the road as quickly as possible.    You would just get a much smaller service, much higher prices and probably a service that’s focused in the center of cities versus a bunch of the smaller cities or suburbs we operate in now.” – Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO of Uber
    California is reportedly Uber and Lyft’s largest market.

8/12/2020 Pelosi Claims There Is A ‘Chasm’ Between Democrats And GOP Over Next Round Of COVID Relief Measures by OAN Newsroom
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., center, accompanied by Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y., left, speak to
reporters following a meeting with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows as
they continue to negotiate a coronavirus relief package on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    According to Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Democrats and the White House are miles apart when it comes to the next round of virus relief.    On Wednesday, the House speaker confirmed she and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) haven’t met with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin or Chief of Staff Mark Meadows since Friday.
    She added she doesn’t want to meet with White House officials again until they agree to find a middle ground between their respective proposals.
    “There is a big difference, and it doesn’t help when people say, ‘How come you can’t resolve your differences?’    It’s a chasm because they do not share our values.    They don’t believe in science; they don’t believe in governance.    As a practical matter, they’re going to have to come to the table.” – Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House
    In a separate interview, Secretary Mnuchin stated he can’t speculate if a deal will be reached.    He suggested if Democrats are willing to be reasonable, there could be a compromise.
    However, he added if they’re focused on politics, there won’t be a deal.

8/12/2020 Secy. Pompeo Defends Saudi Arms Deal Following Release Of IG Report by OAN Newsroom
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attends a ceremony at the General Patton memorial in Pilsen
near Prague, Czech Republic, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek, Pool)
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has defended his decision to approve billions of dollars in arms sales to Saudi Arabia following the release of the inspector general’s new report on the matter.    During a recent press conference, he stated the move saved civilian lives and noted his department was very thoughtful when reviewing the risk of the sale.
    The report, which was released earlier this week, found Pompeo had the authority to greenlight the sales in 2019 without Congress’s consent.    However, the report also claimed he did not fully assess the risks of the sale, which led to civilian casualties in Yemen.
    Pompeo has called the claim “totally unfounded” and reiterated his department was exonerated.
    “I wasn’t exonerated, the State Department was exonerated.    We’d had the United States senators impugn the integrity of Foreign Service officers, suggesting they had done something unlawful.    It was outrageous then, and it’s outrageous for them to continue to make those claims.    We did everything by the book, we complied with the law.    It’s what the State Department OIG found as well, and I’m proud of the work that my team did.    We got to a really good outcome.” – Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State
    He added the State Department seeks to protect civilian lives in both Saudi Arabia and Yemen.

8/12/2020 N.J. Allows Schools To Reopen For In-Person Classes by OAN Newsroom
FILE- In this April 25, 2020 file photo, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy speaks during his daily
press briefing at the War Memorial in Trenton, N.J. (Chris Pedota/The Record via AP)
    New Jersey has reversed course and will now allow all schools to reopen amid the pandemic.    Governor Phil Murphy signed an executive order on Wednesday, which will permit schools from pre-K through college to hold both in-person classes and online courses for the academic year.
    The governor reportedly came to the decision after working with state and school district officials to come up with new protective measures, which will ensure the safety of all attending staff and students.
    This came after hundreds of teachers and district officials refused to hold in-person classes due to health concerns.
FILE – In this July 24, 2020 file photo, Fairfax County Public School buses are lined
up at a maintenance facility in Lorton, Va. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    “It became fruitless to continue to try to do what was impossible, so they’re going to spend the next five weeks making remote learning the best it possibly can be,” stated one school district official.
    All New Jersey students will be allowed to take courses either online or in person.    Those who choose to take courses on campus will be required to wear a face mask.

8/12/2020 Portland, Ore. DA Declines To Prosecute Rioters As Residents Voice Concern For Demonstrations by OAN Newsroom
A protester leads a crowd of demonstrators toward the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office
on Friday, Aug. 7, 2020 in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Nathan Howard)
    The top prosecutor for Portland, Oregon said he has no plans on using “the full force of the criminal justice system” against rioters arrested during the ongoing demonstrations in the city.
    According to a statement by Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt, the new policy will promote a “safer community” and reduce “negative impacts” on a person arrested after a protest or mass demonstration.
    The District Attorney’s Office will decline to prosecute cases involving interfering with peace officers, second-degree disorderly conduct, criminal trespassing, escape, harassment and even rioting unless the cases involve deliberate property damage, theft or the use of force against another person.
    “This policy acknowledges that the factors that lead to the commission of criminal activity during a protest are incredibly complex,” stated Schmidt.    “This policy acknowledges that centuries of disparate treatment of our black and brown communities have left deep wounds and that the healing process will not be easy or quick.”
    The policy comes as Portland nears 80 consecutive days of demonstrations with rioters clashing with police in several incidences.
A Portland police officer shoves a protester as police try to disperse the crowd in front of the Multnomah County
Sheriff’s Office early in the morning on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020 in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Nathan Howard)
    On Monday night, police declared yet another unlawful assembly after a crowd marched on the department’s north precinct.    According to reports, a group protesting police threw eggs and water bottles at officers.    These actions led to the arrest of nine people.
    Neighborhood residents are growing concerned as demonstrations spill out of the city into nearby suburban areas.    Protests targeting police precincts have largely taken place in residential areas with nearby families saying the crowds are bringing noise and police into usually quiet nighttime streets.
    Residents have been taking to social media to voice their concerns, nothing that local businesses have been trashed by “a bunch of entitled kids.”
    Rioters have already shown their willingness to take their aggression out on residents after a video released Sunday showed people being targeted while still in their homes.

8/12/2020 White House Counselor Conway: Harris Can’t Cure Inadequacies With Biden Ticket by OAN Newsroom
Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway speaks to reporters outside the West Wing
of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway recently unleashed on Kamala Harris and her political track record.
    “I think we can stand up and take a moment to applaud when history is made and then take a moment to say why somebody who seems forward-looking would actually bring us backwards as a nation through her record and her policies and her beliefs,” stated the counselor.
    While speaking to reporters Wednesday, Conway said Harris’ earlier run for president failed since she misrepresented herself as a “progressive prosecutor.”    She also said Harris won’t be able to fix the shortcomings of the Biden campaign.
    The White House Counselor went on to say Harris has a problem with authenticity.    She noted that the senator touts herself as a tough cop, but made “a joyful noise” when Democrats began to call to defund the police.

8/12/2020 Ivanka Trump Announces $122M For Women’s Global Development And Prosperity Initiative by OAN Newsroom
Ivanka Trump, the daughter and advisor to President Donald Trump, speaks during a briefing on the Women’s Global Development
and Prosperity initiative, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, at the U.S. State Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    Presidential adviser Ivanka Trump announces a proposal to put millions of dollars into the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative.
    During a press conference Tuesday, Ivanka said the White House had approved $122 million to “advance global women’s economic empowerment.”
    The WGDP Initiative will be partnering with a number of fortune 500 companies to bolster their impact in economies across the globe.
    “We will also continue to work regionally, partnering for example with MasterCard in Colombia to approve access to markets and networks by equipping early stage women fintech entrepreneurs with the direction needed to connect to MasterCard’s wider network,” Ivanka explained.    “We’ll also be partnering with MasterCard to empower women-owned small scale retailers in India to become part of the digital economy.”
    Ivanka launched the WGDP Initiative in 2019 with an initial $50 million investment for USAID (U.S. Agency for International Development) programs like the Peace Corps. The goal of the program is to help 50 million women reach financial success by 2025.

8/12/2020 President Trump Attends ‘Kids In School’ Event In D.C. by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump smiles during an event called “Kids First: Getting America’s Children Safely Back to School”
in the State Dining room of the White House, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    On Wednesday, President Trump attended a discussion on returning our kids safely back to school this fall.
    “We cannot indefinitely stop 50 million American children from going to school, (which is) harming their mental, physical, emotion, academic development and inflicting long-term lasting damage,” he stated.    “…We want to get our students in the classroom.”
    Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway and Vice President Mike Pence joined him at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in D.C. for the event.
President Donald Trump speaks at an event called “Kids First: Getting America’s Children Safely Back to School”
in the State Dining room of the White House, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    Pence touched on the president’s continued commitment to reopening K-12 schools.    He added the CDC has finally recognized it’s in the interest of public health to get kids back in class.
    “The CDC has recognized that it’s a public health priority to have our kids back to school and in-person learning.    Mr. President, as you’ve also made clear, we’re going to make sure our schools and our states have the resources to be able to safely reopen, and we’re calling on Congress to work with us.” – Mike Pence, Vice President of the United States

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence pose for a group photo during an event called “Kids First: Getting America’s Children Safely
Back to School” in the State Dining room of the White House, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    Later in the event, Secretary DeVos reiterated it’s important that schools not be held captive to “other peoples’ fears of agendas.”    Her remarks referenced reports that claimed Democrats want schools to remain closed as a way to hurt the president’s reelection effort.

8/12/2020 DHS: ICE Agents To Be Deployed In Chicago To Assist Police by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this July 28, 2020, file photo, Federal officers deploy tear gas and crowd control munitions at demonstrators
during a protest at the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
    The Department of Homeland Security recently detailed its plan to deploy ICE agents to Chicago amid an outbreak of crime and political violence in the city.    In a letter to Senate Democrats, Assistant DHS Secretary Beth Spivey announced ICE agents will be deployed to Chicago to assist local police in the coming days.
    Democrats recently faced criticism for misrepresenting federal efforts, which they claimed have been fueling more violence. Despite these claims, Spivey has reaffirmed the federal agents are well-trained.
    According to her, the federal agents are focused on curbing child exploitation and money laundering in Democrat run cities.
Yogi Dalal hugs his daughter Jigisha as his other daughter Kajal, left, bows her head at the family food and liquor
store Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, after the family business was vandalized in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
    Meanwhile, a Black Lives Matter group in Chicago has suggested their actions to loot, riot and steal is a form of reparations.
    During a Monday rally, an BLM organizer Ariel Atkins stated the looting of small businesses is justified because it means that an impoverished person “gets to eat.”    Atkins encouraged looters to take whatever they want because “these companies have insurance.”
    She went on to criticize the remarks of Reverend Jesse Jackson, who has condemned the violent crimes as humiliating, embarrassing and morally wrong.
[BESIDES ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, ADD CHICAGO, MINNEAPPOLIS, SEATTLE, PORTLAND BUT THE STUPID DEMOCRATS WHO CONTROL THE CITIES DONT SEEM TO GET IT YET OF WHAT THEY HAVE RELEASED AND THE FUTURE EFFECTS ON THEIR CITIES LIGHTFOOT MAY HAVE NOW FINALLY REALIZED WHO IS DOING IT BUT THEY WILL DUMP HER IF SHE CONTINUES.].

8/12/2020 President Trump Backs Ga. GOP Primary Nominee Marjorie Taylor Greene by OAN Newsroom
Photo via Marjorie Taylor Greene for Congress.
    President Trump recently congratulated Marjorie Taylor Greene on winning the Republican nomination in Georgia’s runoff for the 14th congressional district.
    On Twitter, he called Greene a “future Republican star.”    He added she’s “strong on everything and never gives up.”
    This came after Greene defeated fellow Republican John Cowan on Tuesday. She is now expected to take the heavily conservative district from Democrat Kevin Van Ausdal in the general election.
Supporters take photos with construction executive Marjorie Taylor Greene, background
right, late Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in Rome, Ga. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)
    The businesswoman, who has led a mainly self-funded campaign, garnered her base by taking up arms against the D.C. swamp.    She has issued attacks against George Soros, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Democrat squad members, the Black Lives Matter movement and Antifa.
    President Trump declared Antifa a domestic terrorist organization.    I have a message for Antifa terrorists: Stay the hell out of Northwest Georgia.    You won’t burn our churches, loot our businesses or destroy our homes.” – Marjorie Taylor Greene, congressional candidate (R-Ga.)
    Greene also made waves by seeming to back QAnon in 2017.    The conspiracy has alleged a deep state network of government, business and media officials are waging a war against President Trump.
    Her controversial stances and remarks prompted a staunch rebuke from Republican lawmakers in the lower chamber, such as House Minority Whip Steve Scalise.
    However, others have sided with President Trump in their support for her.    Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) have donated funds to her campaign.

8/13/2020 Oil up $0.98 to $42.57, DOW up 290 to 27,977.

8/13/2020 CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC - State hits single-day high with 1,163 cases - Positivity rate decreases slightly, Beshear says by Ben Tobin, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear announced Wednesday that the commonwealth had 1,163 new coronavirus cases – the largest number of new cases in a single day since the start of the pandemic in March.
    Of the new cases, 39 of them came from kids under the age of 5. The youngest one was under 3 months.
    This is Kentucky’s first time eclipsing 1,000 new COVID-19 cases in a single day.    The previous high was 979 new cases, reported on July 19.
    In part, Beshear said the large number is a result of cases not counted over the past couple of days due to errors from the technology vendor for Kentucky’s coronavirus tracking system.
    Despite the high number of new cases on Wednesday, Beshear said he wanted to “emphasize that I believe masks are working.”
    “Where we were headed, and at the end of this week, I think we will still be able to show you that we are not on that exponential trajectory that we were on,” Beshear said.    “But that doesn’t mean just because we found something that works and works well that it’s going to work overnight or even work within one week.”
    The seven-day rolling average for positive test results was down slightly to 5.62%, according to Beshear.    On Tuesday, the positivity rate was 5.87%.
    Beshear also announced seven new deaths related to the coronavirus, bringing Kentucky’s COVID-19 death total to 790.
    Toward the beginning of the briefing, Beshear spoke about a travel advisory he put in place last month, asking all people who return from a state that has a COVID-19 positivity rate of 15% or higher to self-quarantine for 14 days.
    “Again, cancel your vacation,” Beshear said.    “... Every time you travel to Florida, you not only risk exposing yourself, but also your community when you return.”
    Wednesday marked Beshear’s first live press briefing since Monday.    On Tuesday, he posted his COVID-19 update in a video on social media after “not feeling well” earlier in the day. He, first lady Britainy Beshear and their kids all tested negative for the coronavirus on Tuesday.
    “Even the short wait that I had to endure gives me newfound empathy for those that are having to wait even just a couple days to get their test returns back, knowing that they may be separated from their family and wondering what their immediate future is going to be,” Beshear said in the video posted to social media on Tuesday.
    Contact Ben Tobin at bjtobin@gannett.com and 502-377-5675 or follow on Twitter @TobinBen.
[BESHEAR IS GOING NUTS AGAIN AS I WENT TO FLORIDA IN JULY AND IT WAS OKAY ALL THE WAY TO ORLANDO AND IT IS ONLY THE DEMOCRAT CONTROLED AREA OF MIAMI THAT YOU NEED TO STAY AWAY FROM AND KY HAS HAD ONLY 1163 CASES AND HE IS TRYING TO MAKE US THINK THAT A POSITIVITY RATE IS IMPORTANT AND IT IS NOT AND NOTICE THAT THERE WERE 7 NEW DEATHS WHICH IS 0.006% AND HE TRIED TO SCARE US WITH THE TOTAL DEATHS OF 790 SO GET OVER IT BESHEAR AND QUIT WASTING CJ NEWS.].

8/13/2020 Trump Admin. Welcomes New Coronavirus Adviser, Releases Guidelines For Schools To Begin Reopening by OAN Newsroom
Scott Atlas, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, speaks at a news conference in the James Brady Press
Briefing Room at the White House, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    President Trump’s incoming COVID-19 adviser, Scott Atlas, joined administration officials for a roundtable discussion on sending children back to school despite coronavirus concerns nationwide.
    During the ‘Kids First: Getting America’s Children Safely Back to School‘ event at the White House Wednesday, Atlas sat alongside President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Education Secretary Betsey Devos and families with school children.
    Atlas is the latest addition to the White House’s coronavirus response team and appears to be in-line with the administration’s desire to send students back to school.
    “We know that the risk of the disease is extremely low for children, even less than that of seasonal flu,” he stated.    “We know that the harms of locking out the children from school are enormous and we also know, as we all would agree, that educating America’s children is right at the top of the list for our nation’s priorities.”
    Vice president Pence echoed those sentiments.
    “We believe that we can safely reopen our schools, we know that it’s best for our kids,” he noted.    “We don’t want them to fall behind academically, but also we don’t want our kids to miss out on the counseling that they receive, special needs services, as well as all the nutrition programs that are available just at our schools.”
From left, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, OMB Budget Director Russell Vought, and Scott Atlas, Senior Fellow
at the Hoover Institution, listens as President Donald Trump speaks at a news conference in the
James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    President Trump later held a press briefing, where he released his administration’s list of eight general recommendations for districts preparing to reopen the schoolhouse gate in the fall. Some of the guidelines include wearing face masks, frequent hand-washing, frequent sanitizing and requiring students to assess their health every morning.
    The president extended those recommendations to college campuses as well.    He said university students are at a similarly low risk of contracting the virus as school children.
    “College-age students continue to be one of the lowest risk demographics,” said President Trump.    “More than 99.8% of the deaths from this horrible disease, the invisible enemy we call it, occur in people over 24 years of age.”
    The president went on to say his administration will provide up to 125 million reusable masks to various school districts around the country and stands ready to deploy CDC teams to support schools that need help in safety and in order to safely reopen.

8/13/2020 CDC Urges Americans To Follow Safety Measures, Get Flu Shots by OAN Newsroom
Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), speaks during a House Select Subcommittee
hearing on the Coronavirus, Friday, July 31, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Erin Scott/Pool via AP)
    CDC Director Robert Redfield has issued a dire warning for this coming fall.    On Wednesday, the federal health official warned Americans to follow safety measures or risk exposure to “the worst fall we’ve ever had.”
    The U.S. is currently facing the threat of a second wave of COVID-19 as the cold and flu season approaches.    According to Redfield, the cold weather autumn brings could push more people indoors, where the virus spreads more easily.
    An influx of both the flu and COVID-19 at the same time could reportedly overwhelm health care facilities.
    However, Redfield is optimistic about potentially developing a COVID vaccine.
    “I’ve never seen vaccine development move like this.    There’s actually a very effective private-public partnership in the private sector.    There’s six vaccines now that are moving forward extremely rapidly, three of which now are already in phase three trials.    I suspect there’ll be a fourth.” – Dr. Robert Redfield, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    In the meantime, the CDC has urged Americans to get flu shots and has also purchased 10 million extra doses to prepare accordingly.

8/13/2020 Pa. Restaurant Owners Respond To COVID-19 Restrictions With ‘Restaurant Revolution’ by OAN Newsroom
FILE—This file photo from June 28, 2020, shows people gathering at the Porch restaurant
in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
    A coalition of restaurant owners in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania are fighting statewide lockdown restrictions imposed by the governor.    The restaurant industry has been struggling significantly since March as the orders have forced them to limit business to take out and delivery.
    Pennsylvania reinstated lockdown orders in July, in turn, limiting dine-in capacity at restaurants and effectively devastating the industry.    Members of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Restaurant and Tavern Association are responding with what they are calling the “restaurant revolution.”
    The group and its supporters held a rally last week, giving the governor until this Friday to take action.    These business owners asked for specific lockdown restrictions to be lifted and argued they could cost them their jobs and businesses.
    The group is asking Gov. Tom Wolf (D) to lift orders limiting restaurants to 25-percent capacity as long as they maintain six-feet distance between customers.    The governor has not yet responded and restaurants are reacting by opening at full capacity as a means of protest Friday.
    However, local officials fear the safety of the move.    The county executive said authorities will continue to issue citations to those restaurants who violate the governor’s orders.
    The group of restaurant owners reportedly plans to maintain CDC guidelines while open at 100-percent capacity and are leaving it up to the individual business on how they operate.

8/13/2020 President Trump: Harris Said ‘Horrible Things’ About Biden by OAN Newsroom
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden’s running mate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks during
a virtual grassroots fundraiser at the Hotel DuPont in Wilmington, Del., Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
    President Trump is ramping up criticism of Kamala Harris after she was selected as Joe Biden’s running mate.
    On Wednesday, he told reporters Harris had very little support among Democrat voters during the presidential campaign of her own earlier this year.    The president noted that Harris’ approval was decreasing as her campaign went forward, which led to her eventually dropping out.
    President Trump also said Harris will not perform well in debates against Vice President Mike Pence.
    “I read today that she is very short on facts, I think she’s going to be a big failure and I think I look forward to the debate between her and Mike Pence,” he stated.    “Because I think he’ll do even better against her than he did against Sen. Kaine, which was a total wipe-out. so we’ll see how it all works out.”
    The president also suggested Biden and Harris have different views on key policy issues, which might lead to potential conflicts in the future.
    Meanwhile, the Trump campaign also took aim at Sen. Harris over her conduct on the campaign trail last year.

8/13/2020 NSA, FBI Expose Russian Intelligence Hacking Tool: Report by Christopher Bing
FILE PHOTO: A projection of cyber code on a hooded man is pictured in this
illustration picture taken on May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/Illustration
    (Reuters) – The U.S. National Security Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation have exposed a sophisticated Russian hacking tool, they said on Thursday in a rare public report offering new insight on Russia’s arsenal of digital weapons.
    The NSA and FBI said that Russia’s Main Intelligence Directorate, known as the GRU, was using a hacking tool code named “Drovorub” to break into Linux-based computers.    Linux is an operating system commonly used across computer server infrastructure.
    “Linux systems are used pervasively throughout National Security Systems, the Department of Defense, and the Defense Industrial Base – as well as the larger cybersecurity community writ large,” Keppel Wood, chief operations officer in the NSA’s Cybersecurity Directorate, told Reuters.    “The malware has the potential to have a widespread impact if network defenders don’t take action against it.”
    The public call-out is unique, said a former Western intelligence official, because of the direct attribution offered by the U.S. agencies.    The NSA and FBI connected Drovorub to a specific Russian intelligence team – the 85th Main Special Service Center (GTsSS), military unit 26165.
    The GTsSS, the agencies said, is associated with the same hackers who broke into the Democratic National Committee in 2016.
    “Drovorub is a ‘Swiss Army knife’ of capabilities that allows the attacker to perform many different functions, such as stealing files and remote-controlling the victim’s computer,” said Steve Grobman, chief technology officer for cybersecurity company McAfee.
    Thursday’s highly technical, 45-page NSA/FBI report is the latest in a series of public call-outs by the U.S government aimed at Russian hacking operations ahead of the 2020 U.S. presidential election.    The agencies did not say what types of organizations had been compromised by Drovorub.
    “NSA is sharing this information to counter the capabilities of the GRU GTsSS, which continues to threaten the United States and its allies,” said the NSA’s Wood.
    The FBI did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
(Reporting by Christopher Bing; Editing by Dan Grebler)

8/13/2020 People Should Not Fear Spread Of COVID-19 In Food, Packaging: WHO by Stephanie Nebehay
FILE PHOTO: Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus speaks
during a news conference in Geneva, Switzerland January 30, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo
    GENEVA (Reuters) – The World Health Organization said on Thursday it saw no evidence of coronavirus being spread by food or packaging and urged people not to be afraid of the virus entering the food chain.
    Two cities in China said they had found traces of the coronavirus in imported frozen chicken wings from Brazil and on outer packaging of frozen Ecuadorian shrimp, raising fears that contaminated food shipments might cause a new outbreak.
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    “People should not fear food, or food packaging or processing or delivery of food,” WHO head of emergencies programme Mike Ryan told a briefing in Geneva.    “There is no evidence that food or the food chain is participating in transmission of this virus. And people should feel comfortable and safe.”
    WHO epidemiologist Maria Van Kerkhove said China had tested hundreds of thousands of packages and “found very, very few, less than 10” proving positive for the virus.
    Brazil’s Agriculture Ministry said in a statement that it was seeking clarification on the Chinese findings.
    Ecuador’s production minister, Ivan Ontaneda, told Reuters that the country maintains strict protocols and cannot be held responsible for what happens to goods after they leave the country.
    More than 20.69 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and almost 750,000 have died, according to a Reuters tally.
    The WHO urged countries now that are striking bilateral deals for vaccines not to abandon multilateral efforts, since vaccinating pockets will still leave the world vulnerable.
    Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that Russia had become the first country to grant regulatory approval to a COVID-19 vaccine after less than two months of human testing, a move Moscow likened to its success in the Cold War-era space race.
    Moscow’s decision to grant approval before then has raised concerns among some experts.    Only about 10% of clinical trials are successful and some scientists fear Moscow may be putting national prestige before safety.
    The WHO does not have enough information to make a judgment on the expanded use of the Russian vaccine, said Bruce Aylward, WHO senior adviser.
    “The vast majority of the population of the world is susceptible to this disease,” he told the briefing.    “The second thing that we are seeing is the stringency of the application of control measures is dropping.    People are coming closer together…masks aren’t being used the way that they should etc."
    “So any levelling of the disease that we are looking at is just lulling you into a sense of false security … because it has lots of space to still cause trouble,” Aylward added.
(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay, Michael Shields and John Miller; Additional reporting by Alexandra Valencia in Quito; Writing by Nick Macfie; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

8/13/2020 Biden, Harris Push Nat’l Face Mask Mandate by OAN Newsroom
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden and his running mate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., arrive to
speak at a news conference at Alexis Dupont High School in Wilmington, Del., Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
    Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) have called for a national face mask mandate and sweeping contact tracing.    In a joint statement to the press, the two said all Americans must wear masks everywhere for at least the next three months to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
    Biden added all governors must enforce stringent face mask requirements moving forward.
    “It’s not about your rights, it’s about your responsibilities as an American,” he said.    “Look, this is America, be a patriot.”
    For her part, Harris suggested their administration would focus on contact tracing and mass vaccination of all Americans.
    “Hiring at least 100,000 Americans to lead us through contact tracing as soon as we take office, chart a clear path forward for a safe and effective vaccine, and guarantee every American equal access to it,” stated the senator.    “That’s what real leadership looks like.”
    According to the former vice president, over 40,000 lives could be saved if every American wore a mask under his national mandate.
President Donald Trump speaks at a news conference in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at
the White House, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    The president responded to the mandate by questioning Biden’s motivation and his ability to enforce such a move.br>     “While Joe Biden would allow rioters, looters, criminals and millions of illegal aliens to roam free in our country, he wants the federal government to issue a sweeping new mandate…to order over 300 million American citizens to wear a mask for a minimum of three straight months. He thinks it’s good politics, I guess.    …He does not identify what authority the president has to issue such a mandate or how federal law enforcement could possibly enforce it.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
    He reiterated it’s up to state governors to decide if their residents should wear masks, based on how each state is doing with COVID-19 cases.
[Thank God Trump came out to straighten out Biden’s stupid demand that all wear mask for the next 3 months while outside which was solely absurd and he is not even up to par with what our constitution says and Trump has already done what he was trying to do allowing the States to mandate their own rule so go back to your bunker and hide again from the press Joe.    Now I know why the Obama administration was so bad for 8 years is because he was listening to you.].

8/13/2020 Vice President Pence: President Trump Leveled Playing Field With China by OAN Newsroom
Vice President Mike Pence speaks during the Farmers & Ranchers for Trump Coalitions launch,
Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
    According to Vice President Mike Pence, the president has helped American farmers by implementing tariffs on China. During Thursday’s “Farmers and Ranchers for Trump” event in Iowa, the vice president discussed the trade deficit with China and the negative ramifications for farmers.
    He thanked farmers for staying strong and supporting the president as he put tariffs in place.
    “$500 billion of our international trade deficit was with China and, as President Trump made clear, those days are over,” he said.    “Farmers across this country also stood strong, you stood with us as the president put tariffs in place.”

Vice President Mike Pence arrives to speak at the Farmers & Ranchers for Trump Coalitions
launch, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
    Pence also met with several families and farmers who were affected by the storms in Iowa during his campaign stop.
    “I just met with families who literally have seen virtually their entire crop wiped out.    They were standing strong, standing together.    I assured them that they and all of those that have been impacted by the derecho are in the hearts and prayers of millions of Americans.    On behalf of the President of the United States and our administration, I want Iowans to know we are with you.” – Mike Pence, Vice President of the United States

8/13/2020 Chicago Police Dept. Releases Video Of Suspected Looters by OAN Newsroom
Kajal Dalal walks through her family’s food and liquor store Monday, Aug. 10, 2020,
after it was vandalized in downtown Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
    Newly released surveillance video captured hundreds of looters smashing windows, breaking into businesses and stealing just about anything they could get their hands on in downtown Chicago.
    It all happened overnight Sunday when a social media post urged looters to converge on downtown.    The call to action followed a police involved shooting on Chicago’s Southside.
    “This was just an attack on our city,” stated Chief Brendan Dennihan.    “We really need everyone’s help to identify these offenders so we can arrest and charge them.”
    More than 100 suspects have already been arrested and are facing felony charges.
Ariel Atkins, a lead organizer for Black Lives Matter Chicago, leads a protest Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, outside
the Chicago Police Department’s District 1 station in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
    The Chicago Police Department has created a task force to pursue all the suspects involved in the crimes.    They’ve also created the website to post videos of the crimes and mugshots of some of the suspects.
    “Camera footage is only valuable when our officers and detectives can identify individuals caught on camera committing the crime,” Dennihan explained.    “We need everyone’s help to do this.”
    Business owners like Scott Shapiro, who owns a menswear shop that was looted four times, have expressed they don’t feel safe anymore.
    “I frankly don’t know how we’re going to continue to survive if we keep having incidents,” he said.
    According to authorities, the cases are easier to solve when the community identifies these suspects and works with the police to hold them accountable.
Debris is scattered over a parking lot, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, outside a Best Buy store after vandals
struck overnight in the Lincoln Park neighborhood in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
    “Looking at these videos, someone surely knows the offenders that are causing this destruction,” added Dennihan.    “Please help us bring these criminals to justice.”
    Anyone with information regarding the crimes has been asked to contact the Area 3 looting task force at 312-744-8263.

8/13/2020 Trump Campaign Sues 2 Iowa Counties Over Pre-Filled Mail-In Ballots by OAN Newsroom
A worker processes mailed-in ballots from Tuesday’s primary election, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, at the
King County Elections headquarters in Renton, Wash., south of Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
    President Trump’s reelection campaign has sued two Iowa counties over their mail-in ballots.    The Trump campaign, the RNC and several Republican groups filed the lawsuits Wednesday against Linn County and Johnson County.
    The plaintiffs alleged Iowa Democrats are planning to send out ballots that are already filled in, which the voter would only need to sign and send back.
    Previously, Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate mandated that mail-in ballots were to be sent out blank.
FILE – In this Aug. 5, 2020, file photo, vote-by-mail ballots are shown in sorting trays at the King County
Elections headquarters in Renton, Wash., south of Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
    The president has suggested these latest developments show that Democrats really intend to commit voter fraud with mail-in ballots.
    “They don’t have the money to do the universal mail-in votes.    It’ll be the greatest rigged election in history.    It’ll be the greatest fraud ever perpetrated, other than perhaps than what they did to my campaign, where they spied on my campaign.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
    He went on to say mail-in ballot fraud will not happen because he will not approve any bills that fund it.

8/13/2020 Senate Breaks For Recess, Pushing Back Expectations For COVID Relief Package by OAN Newsroom
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., walks back to his office on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    Progress on the latest coronavirus relief legislation came to a halt following Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) decision to adjourn for summer recess.    McConnell made the decision on Thursday and announced they will have their “regular pro forma meetings through the end of the state work period.”
    “If Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer finally let another package move forward, it would take bipartisan consent to meet for legislative business sooner than scheduled,” he added.
    The Kentucky senator went on to blast Democrats for pushing negotiations to this point.
    “Democrats are barely even pretending to negotiate.    The speaker’s latest spin, that it is some heroic sacrifice to lower her demand from a made up $3.5 trillion markup that was never going to become law to an equally made up $2.5 trillion markup.    She calls this meeting in the middle?” – Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    This came after the House speaker insisted on including her political demands in the stimulus bill.
    Earlier on Thursday, Pelosi requested additional funding for mail-in ballots and the U.S. Postal Service, citing coronavirus fears.    She also called for $60 billion to be spent on food handouts, another $100 billion on rent assistance and $75 billion on contact tracing.
    The Senate is set to reconvene on September 8th, while the House will return on September 14th.

8/13/2020 $8.5M In Drugs Seized In Largest Heroin Bust In Ga.’S History by OAN Newsroom
Photo via DEA Atlanta Twitter.
    In the largest heroin bust Georgia has ever seen, DEA officials seized a massive amount of drugs this week in Atlanta.    Authorities confiscated 170 kilograms of heroin, along with cocaine, marijuana, 41 guns and more than a million dollars in cash.
    The estimated street value of the drugs was around $8.5 million.
    Earlier this week, agents also announced the arrest of 46-year-old Antonio DeShawn Daniels, also known as “Freckleface Shawn.”    He’s since been indicted on federal charges.
    According to officials, Daniels was one of the cartel’s top suppliers.
    “This investigation has ties all the way up to the highest cartel activities in Mexico, and Mr. Daniels is a part of that.    Due to COVID, a lot of people who are willing to do criminal activities think that police are not out there.    This is a perfect example that our everyday heroes and law enforcement agencies have been out there every single day, despite the dangers, to enforce the law in keeping these poisonous and dangerous materials from our streets.” – Byung J. “Bjay” Pak, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia
    Officials believe his arrest will affect drug trafficking in the area for years.

8/13/2020 U.N. Security Council Starts Iran Arms Embargo Vote, Result Friday by Michelle Nichols
FILE PHOTO: United Nations Security Council members attend a meeting on the Middle East
at U.N. headquarters in New York, U.S., December 18, 2018. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
    NEW YORK (Reuters) – The United Nations Security Council started voting on Thursday on a U.S. bid to extend an arms embargo on Iran, which is opposed by veto-powers Russia and China, and the result will be announced at a meeting on Friday, diplomats said.
    The 15-member council has been operating virtually amid the coronavirus pandemic so states have 24 hours to cast a vote.
    The 13-year-old arms embargo is due to expire in October under a 2015 nuclear deal among Iran, Russia, China, Germany, Britain,     France and the United States that prevents Tehran from developing nuclear weapons in return for sanctions relief.
    In a bid to gain more council support, the United States slashed its draft resolution on Tuesday to just four paragraphs that would simply extend a weapons ban on Tehran “until the Security Council decides otherwise,” saying it’s “essential to the maintenance of international peace and security.”
    But diplomats and analysts said the draft text was still likely to fail.    To be adopted a resolution needs at least nine votes in favor and no vetoes by Russia, China, the United States, Britain or France.
    If the United States is unsuccessful it has threatened to try and trigger a return of all U.N. sanctions on Iran using a provision in the nuclear deal, even though Washington quit the accord in 2018.    The move could put the already fragile nuclear accord further at risk.
    It was not immediately clear how Russia, China or any other Security Council members might try to stop the United States from triggering a return of all U.N. sanctions on Iran, known as snapback, or if – procedurally – there is any way that they can.
    Diplomats warn the process would be tough and messy.    They says several countries would argue that Washington legally could not activate a snapback of sanctions and therefore simply wouldn’t reimpose the measures on Iran themselves.
(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; editing by Grant McCool)

8/13/2020 President Trump Announces Historic Peace Deal Between Israel, United Arab Emirates by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks in the Oval Office at the White House, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    President Trump has helped broker a historic peace agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, which will reportedly lead to a full normalization of diplomatic relations.
    The president announced the finalization of the Abraham Accords Thursday over Twitter.    He called it a “huge breakthrough” and spoke more on the agreement from the Oval Office.
    As part of the deal, Israel has agreed to suspend applying sovereignty to areas of the West Bank that it has considered annexing.
    “Just a few moments ago, I hosted a very special call with two friends, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed of the United Arab Emirates, where they agreed to finalized a historical peace agreement,” stated President Trump.    “Everybody said this would be impossible.”
    Israel and the UAE will also exchange embassies and ambassadors to help secure peace and prosperity in the region.

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8/14/2020 White House: Israel, UAE to reestablish ties - West Bank annexation halted as part of deal by John Fritze, David Jackson, Michael Collins and Deirdre Shesgreen, USA TODAY
    WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump announced Thursday that the United Arab Emirates and Israel had agreed to reestablish diplomatic relations, a potentially historic agreement and a rare foreign policy win for the president during an election year.
    As part of the deal, Israel agreed to halt its controversial plan to annex parts of the West Bank, land that Palestinians see as vital to their hopes of a future state.
    In a statement released by the White House, the two governments said the agreement was reached during a call Thursday involving Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed, crown prince of Abu Dhabi.
    The joint statement said the countries “agreed to the full normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.”    The White House said Israel and the UAE would sign a series of bilateral deals on everything from investment to tourism to security.
    In a pair of tweets, Netanyahu called it a “historic day,” while Bin Zayed highlighted Israel’s agreement to “stop further Israeli annexation of Palestinian territories.”
    Israel will instead “focus its efforts now on expanding ties with other countries in the Arab and Muslim world,” the joint statement says.
    The agreement makes the UAE only the third Arab nation to have active diplomatic ties with Israel.    The other two are Egypt and Jordan.
    “It’s an enormous historic step forward,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters traveling with him in Europe.    “It’s really good news.”
    Pompeo argued the development could boost Trump’s Middle East peace plan, which had been widely seen as dead on arrival.
    “I hope the Palestinians will see this for what it is ... a historic opportunity for the Middle East to be stable and peaceful,” Pompeo said.
    Israel and the Arab Gulf countries have been quietly working to improve ties for years, according to Omar Rahman, a visiting fellow at Brookings Doha Center, a think tank.
    But Arab leaders have been hesitant to go public for fear of alienating the Palestinians and inflaming the Israel-Palestinian conflict, he wrote in a 2019 analysis of the Israel-Arab Gulf state relationship.    A 2002 Arab peace initiative envisioned that Arab countries would only normalize relations with Israel in exchange for returning territory Israel seized in 1967, among other concessions.
    “What we see today is a new Middle East,” said Brian Hook, the State Department’s special envoy for Iran.
    Former presidential envoy Brett McGurk called it a “historic decision” for the region.
    “Contacts have been ongoing for years,” he tweeted.    “It takes guts to make this final step.    Diplomacy works.”
President Donald Trump said Thursday that the UAE and Israel will sign a peace deal,
and he expects other countries in the region to follow suit. SUSAN WALSH/AP

8/14/2020 Israel, UAE To Normalize Relations In Shift In Mideast Politics; West Bank Annexations On Hold by Maha El Dahan, Jeffrey Heller and Steve Holland
White House senior adviser Jared Kushner listens as U.S. President Donald Trump announces that Israel and the United Arab Emirates
have reached a peace deal that will lead to full normalization of diplomatic relations between the two Middle Eastern nations in an
agreement that U.S. President Donald Trump helped broker at White House in Washington, U.S., August 13, 2020. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
    DUBAI/JERUSALEM/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Israel and the United Arab Emirates announced on Thursday that they will normalise diplomatic ties and forge a broad new relationship, a move that reshapes the order of Middle East politics from the Palestinian issue to the fight against Iran.
    Under the accord, which U.S. President Donald Trump helped broker, Israel agreed to suspend its planned annexation of areas of the occupied West Bank.    It also firms up opposition to regional power Iran, which the UAE, Israel and the United States view as the main threat in the conflict-riven Middle East.
    Israel had signed peace agreements with Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994.    But the UAE, along with most other Arab nations, did not recognise Israel and had no formal diplomatic or economic relations with it until now.    It becomes the first Gulf Arab country to reach such a deal with the Jewish state.
    Officials from the three countries called the accord “historic” and a breakthrough toward peace.    But Palestinian leaders, apparently taken by surprise, denounced it as a “stab in the back” to their cause.
    A joint statement said Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed had “agreed to the full normalisation of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.”
    The accord will allow the two countries “to chart a new path that will unlock the great potential in the region,” it said.
    Israel and the UAE are expected soon to exchange ambassadors and embassies.    A signing ceremony is due to be held at the White House.
    “As a result of this diplomatic breakthrough and at the request of President Trump with the support of the United Arab Emirates, Israel will suspend declaring sovereignty” over areas of the West Bank as envisioned in a U.S. plan announced by Trump in January, it said.
    The agreement, to be known as the Abraham Accord, also gives Trump a foreign policy accomplishment as he seeks re-election on Nov. 3.    Speaking in the White House Oval Office, Trump said similar deals are being discussed with other countries in the region.
    Trump said the agreement unites “two of America’s closest and most capable partners in the region” and represents “a significant step towards building a more peaceful, secure and prosperous Middle East.”
    The UAE said it would remain a strong supporter of the Palestinian people, who hope to create an independent state in the occupied West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem, and that the agreement maintained the viability of a two-state solution to the longstanding Israel-Palestinian conflict.
    The accord could also be a personal boost to Netanyahu, who is on trial for alleged corruption and whose domestic popularity has dropped over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
    In a televised address, Netanyahu said the deal would lead to “full and formal peace” with the UAE and voiced hope that other countries in the region would follow its example.    It also entailed acceding to a request from Trump to “temporarily wait” on implementing his annexation pledge, Netanyahu said.
    “It’s an incomparably exciting moment, a historic moment for peace in the Middle East,” Netanyahu added.
    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, however, rejected the accord.    Spokesman Abu Rudeineh, reading from a statement outside Abbas’s headquarters in Ramallah in the West Bank, said it was a “betrayal of Jerusalem, Al-Aqsa (mosque, Islam’s third-holiest shrine) and the Palestinian cause.”
    Asked if the Palestinian leadership had been aware the deal was coming, veteran negotiator Hanan Ashrawi told Reuters: “No.    We were blindsided. … It is a complete sell-out.”
    In Gaza, Fawzi Barhoum, a spokesman for the armed Islamist group Hamas, said: “    Normalisation is a stab in the back of the Palestinian cause and it serves only the Israeli occupation.”
    The UAE’s Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed said the agreement would stop further Israeli annexation of Palestinian territories, for which Israel had been awaiting a green light from Washington.
    Senior UAE official Anwar Gargash said the deal had helped defuse what he called a ticking time-bomb.    Gargash urged the Israelis and Palestinians to return to the negotiating table.
‘NIGHTMARE’ FOR IRAN
    Trump’s special envoy Brian Hook called the agreement a “nightmare” for Iran.    An Iranian official said the agreement would not secure peace in the region.
    Railing against “criminal Israel,” Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, a special adviser to Iran’s parliamentary speaker, said in a tweet: “Abu Dhabi’s behaviour has no justification, turning back on the Palestine cause.    With that strategic mistake, #UAE will be engulfed in Zionism fire.”
    Iran and Israel are arch foes.    Israel is particularly concerned about suspected Iranian efforts to develop nuclear weapons, which Tehran denies.    Iran is also involved in proxy wars from Syria to Yemen, where the UAE has been a leading member of the Saudi-led coalition opposing Iran-aligned forces there.
    With a population of less than 10 million but the Arab world’s second-largest economy thanks to oil, the UAE has exerted growing commercial and military clout in the Gulf and the wider region over the past two decades, much of it aimed at confronting Islamist militants and the influence of Iran.
    Delegations from Israel and the United Arab Emirates will meet in the coming weeks to sign agreements regarding investment, tourism, direct flights, security, telecommunications and other issues, the joint statement said.
    “Everybody said this would be impossible,” Trump said.
    “Now that the ice has been broken, I expect more Arab and Muslim countries will follow the United Arab Emirates’ lead,” Trump added.
    This was already being discussed with other states, he said.
(Reporting By Maha El Dahan, Lisa Barrington and Parisa Hafezi, Steve Holland in Washington; Jeff Heller in Jerusalem, Writing by Angus MacSwan; Editing by Will Dunham)

8/14/2020 White House Officials Seek Momentum With Other Countries After Israel-UAE Deal by Steve Holland
Flanked by U.S. Ambassador to Israel Melech Friedman and White House senior adviser Jared Kushner,
U.S. President Donald Trump announces that Israel and the United Arab Emirates reached a peace deal that will lead to
a full normalization of diplomatic relations between the two Middle Eastern nations in an agreement that
U.S. President Donald Trump helped broker at White House in Washington, U.S., August 13, 2020. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senior White House officials on Friday sought to use the momentum from a historic deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates to appeal to more Arab and Muslim countries to set aside long-standing tensions and make similar agreements.
    A senior White House official said President Donald Trump’s senior adviser, Jared Kushner, and Middle East envoy, Avi Berkowitz, had been in touch with “numerous” countries in the region, trying to see if more agreements would materialize.    The official declined to name the countries.
    On Thursday, Israel and the United Arab Emirates announced they would normalize diplomatic ties and forge a broad new relationship, a move that reshapes the order of Middle East politics.    Trump helped broker the accord.
    Speaking at a news conference, Trump predicted that other countries would be signing similar accords with Israel.
    “What you will see now is other countries will come into that deal and you will have peace in the Middle East,” he said.
    Speculation has centered around two Gulf nations, Bahrain and Oman, both of which welcomed the deal.    Sudan was also a subject of speculation.
    Bahrain hosted a U.S.-led Middle East conference a year ago, aimed at raising money for the Palestinians and Jordan as part of Trump’s Middle East peace initiative.
    “There are numerous countries that we have been in contact with literally in the last 24 hours,” said the official.    “We have been in contact with officials from numerous countries, Arab and Muslim, in the Middle East and Africa.”
    The Israel-UAE deal was viewed widely as a foreign policy victory for Trump as he struggles to contain the coronavirus pandemic in the United States and resulting economic recession while facing a tough battle for re-election on Nov. 3.
    Trump said on Thursday he expected to have a signing ceremony for the deal in about three weeks, with delegations from each country.
    Kushner and Berkowitz are making the case to other countries that improved ties with Israel could have economic benefits and help counter Iranian influence in the region.
    “If you’re an Arab or Muslim country and you see the positive reception the world gave this agreement, it would be natural to see this as a really historic time and opportunity and we are optimistic ongoing negotiations will prove fruitful,” the official said.
(Reporting by Steve Holland; Additional reporting by Jonathan Landay; Editing by Dan Grebler and Rosalba O’Brien)

8/14/2020 Canada Says New Waves Of Coronavirus Could Swamp Healthcare System, Send Death Toll Soaring by David Ljunggren and Kelsey Johnson
FILE PHOTO: Canada's Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam attends a news conference as efforts continue to help
slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada March 23, 2020. REUTERS/Blair Gable
    OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada is planning for a “reasonable worst case scenario” in which new waves of the coronavirus would intermittently swamp the public health system and send the death toll soaring, officials said on Friday.
    Under the scenario, there would be a large peak later this year followed by a number of smaller peaks and valleys stretching to January 2022. Each peak would exceed the health system’s capacity.
    The system has so far managed to deal with the outbreak but evidence shows that if it does suffer breakdowns, “the mortality goes up really really high,” chief public health officer Theresa Tam told a briefing.
    Tam declined to say what the chances were of the worst case scenario occurring.
    Several of Canada’s 10 provinces have reported higher numbers of COVID-19 infections as the economy restarts and restrictions on social gathering are relaxed.
    “We are planning for a reasonable worst case scenario comprised of a large ‘Fall Peak’ followed by ongoing ‘Peak and Valleys’ in which resource demands intermittently exceed the … health system’s capacity to manage,” federal health officials said in a modeling forecast.
    “Increases in infection rates are expected as we continue to support economic and social activities, even with appropriate controls in place.”
    Potentially complicating factors include an outbreak of influenza at the same time as a resurgence of coronavirus, officials said.    The cumulative death toll in Canada could be as high as 9,115 by Aug 23, up from the 9,015 at present, the forecast predicted.
    The Pacific province of British Columbia on Thursday reported “a rapid increase in the last few weeks in younger people” due to parties and other social events.
    Ottawa said refugees who worked front line healthcare jobs in Canada during the COVID-19 crisis will be given a one-time pathway to permanent residency.
(Additional reporting by Julie Gordon in Ottawa; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama, Grant McCool and David Gregorio)

8/14/2020 President Trump: Biden’s Public Health Proposals Violate Personal Freedoms by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump wears a mask as he tours the Whirlpool Corporation facility
in Clyde, Ohio, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    President Trump recently rebuked the presumptive Democrat nominee’s call for federal enforcement of more stringent public health measures.
    The president’s comments came in response to Joe Biden’s remarks during an event with running mate Kamala Harris in Wilmington, Delaware, during which the former vice president advocated the expansion of mask mandates and lockdown orders.
    “Every single American should be wearing a mask when they’re outside for the next three months at a minimum…every governor should mandate mandatory mask wearing,” Biden stated.    “The estimates by the experts are we’ll save over 40,000 lives in the next three months, 40,000 lives if people act responsibly and it’s not about your rights — it’s about your responsibilities as an American.”
    While the president has supported the use of face coverings to the extent of calling the practice “patriotic,” he sought to contrast his administration’s approach to the pandemic to his Democrat challenger’s by highlighting his view that fighting the disease need not come at the expense of personal freedoms.
    President Trump also emphasized his belief in the importance of allowing decisions on public health measures to be made at the state level by pointing out different parts of the country have unique needs that a “one size fits all” federal response could make harder to address.
    “My administration has a different approach, we have urged Americans to wear masks and I emphasize this is a patriotic thing to do,” said President Trump.    “But again, it’s up to the governors and we want to have a certain freedom…that’s what we’re about.”
    Biden has been a sharp critic of the administration’s handling of the pandemic, often claiming President Trump has failed to take sufficient action to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden joined by his running mate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif.,
replaces his face mask after speaking at the Hotel DuPont in Wilmington, Del., Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
    The president fired back against these assertions by painting Biden’s proposals as overly authoritarian.    He claimed the Democrat candidate wishes to “bring the full weight of the federal government down on law abiding Americans” and that his policies would bring the economy to a halt to the detriment of families already struggling to stay afloat during the pandemic.
    Moreover, President Trump argued Biden is being overly partisan in his proposals and is prioritizing a weaponization of the pandemic for the sake of gaining political capital over safeguarding the welfare of Americans.
    “Today, we saw Joe Biden continue to politicize a pandemic and to show his appalling lack of respect for the American people,” stated the president.    “At every turn Biden has been wrong about the virus, ignoring the scientific evidence and putting left wing politics before facts and evidence.”

8/14/2020 DOJ Seizes Cryptocurrency Accounts Of Major Terrorist Organizations by OAN Newsroom
In this Jan. 15, 2019 photo, Attorney General nominee William Barr testifies during a Senate
Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    The Department of Justice has made an unprecedented bust to stop the funding of terrorist groups online.
    On Thursday, Attorney General William Barr announced a total of four Facebook accounts, four websites and more than 300 cryptocurrency accounts linked to al-Qaeda, ISIS and Hamas were dismantled by authorities.    Millions of dollars worth of cryptocurrency came with it.
    Barr said this latest seizure was part of the Department of Justice and Treasury Department’s efforts to “seize the funds and instrumentalities” of terrorists worldwide.
    The operation was largely done online into a number of terrorist accounts and platforms, which were asking for bitcoin donations to fund their operations.    Some requested funds under the guise of “soliciting for charity,” while others promised the money would not go towards any violent causes.
    One ISIS scheme authorities uncovered attempted to capitalize on the COVID-19 pandemic by selling fake personal protective equipment.    The site facemaskcenter.com claimed to have unlimited stockpiles of surgical and N-95 FDA approved masks, which they were marketing towards U.S. consumers.
    Attorney General Barr said it should come as no surprise that our enemies use modern technology.    The internet, social media and cryptocurrencies have been a longtime concern of top administration officials.
    For instance, in 2019 Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin voiced the Treasury’s concern over the proposal of Facebook’s cryptocurrency called Libra.
    “A Facebook subsidiary is announced that it is developing a cryptocurrency called the Libra,” he stated.    “The Treasury Department has expressed very serious concerns that Libra could be misused by money launderers and terrorist financiers.”
    Mnuchin said the IRS Criminal Investigation agency and the D.C. Cybercrimes Unit are working diligently to unravel these illegal terrorist financial networks.
    Moving forward, Barr has vowed to “prosecute their money laundering, terrorist financing and violent illegal activities” as we move towards this new reality.

8/14/2020 Kamala Harris’ Citizenship Under Scrutiny, Sen. Graham Breaks With Conspiracy Theory by OAN Newsroom
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden’s running mate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif.,
looks up as she signs required documents for receiving the Democratic nomination for President
and Vice President of the United States in Wilmington, Del., Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is breaking with a popular conspiracy theory regarding Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.).    In a string of tweets Friday, Graham said he disagrees with Harris on “plenty of issues” and called her one of the most liberal members of the Senate.
    However, he noted one issue that is not up for debate is her status as a legal American citizen.
    Graham’s comments came after President Trump discussed the theory with a reporter during a press conference at the White House this week.
President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at the White House, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    Harris is a California native and U.S. citizen by birth, however, her eligibility for the vice presidency is being questioned.    It all stemmed from an op-ed published in Newsweek by legal scholar John Eastman on Wednesday.
    Eastman wrote, “Harris was not subject to the complete jurisdiction of the United States at birth, but instead owed her allegiance to a foreign power or powers.    Jamaica in the case of her father and India in the case of her mother, and was therefore not entitled to birthright citizenship under the 14th Amendment as originally understood.”
    The legal scholar’s argument hinges on the second clause of the 14th Amendment.    It states not only must a person be born in the U.S. to be considered a citizen, but they must also be subject to “the jurisdiction thereof.”
    Eastman argued because both of Harris’ parents were not citizens of the U.S. at the time of her birth, she technically wasn’t subject to the nation’s jurisdictions. He drove home the point by acknowledging the nation’s view on the citizenship mandate has changed and admitting that nowadays it’s believed anyone born on U.S. soil, no matter the circumstances, should be granted citizenship.
    However, he argued that’s not what our founding fathers intended.    Eastman noted that such logic goes against the second clause of the 14th Amendment.
    Many have slammed the article as “racist” and baseless.    President Trump, however, has left the door open for debate.
    “She doesn’t meet the requirements and, by the way, the lawyer who wrote that piece is a very highly-qualified, a very talented lawyer,” stated the president.    “I would have thought, I would have assumed the Democrats would have checked that out before she gets chosen to run for vice-president.”

8/14/2020 Operation Legend To Provide Federal Support In Indianapolis by OAN Newsroom
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)
    Federal authorities will be deployed to Indianapolis in an effort to fight increasing gun violence in the city.    According to reports, 40 federal investigators and 17 DHS agents will be sent to the city as part of Operation Legend.
    Indianapolis will get up to a quarter million in federal funding, which will cover overtime for police officers and federal agents.
    Authorities reaffirmed the move came in response to increasing gun violence rather than recent civil unrest, which stemmed from ongoing nationwide protests.
    “This, again, is not a new strategy, is not a new plan, it is an increased focus,” explained U.S. attorney Josh Minkler.    “It is an increased resource for a 45-day period, specifically to respond to the acute increase in gun violence.”     The announcement came after two people were shot and killed early Friday morning on the city’s West Side.    There have been five homicides in Indianapolis in the past week, and homicides in the city are up 51% overall.

8/14/2020 President Trump Says He Would Not Veto Additional USPS Funding by OAN Newsroom
File – A USPS worker sorts mail. (David Goldman/AP)
    President Trump signaled he’s willing to sign a bill providing extra funding for the U.S. Postal Service.    While speaking at the White House Thursday, the president stated he wishes to see the agency come out of its current crisis.
    There has been speculation the president might block legislation, which provides the agency with additional funds because of his opposition to the extension of mail-in voting.
    Yet, President Trump stated that while voting by mail could open the door to electoral fraud, it’s Democrats who are preventing legislation from moving forward because of their push for additional funding for state and local governments.
    “I want the post office to run properly, but which makes sense…they’d need a lot more money if they’re going to be taking in tens of millions of ballots that just come out of the sky from nowhere and so, they need additional financial help,” he explained.    “It’s a part of the bill that the Democrats don’t want to make because they want a trillion dollars to go to states that are run by governors who happen to be Democrats.”
    The president went on to say if Congress cannot reach a deal on funding the postal service, the agency will likely lack the resources necessary to process the large number of mail-in ballots expected to be cast in November.

8/14/2020 Americans Worry Stimulus Checks Won’t Come Until Sept. 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)
    With stimulus negotiations completely stalled on Capitol Hill, many Americans are stressed over how they will make ends meet.    Nelia Gonzalez is one of those Americans.
    “It’s scary because now it’s like I have to rush and make sure that my children have everything that they need medically before my insurance kicks out,” she stated.
    Gonzales was a former hospitality worker and like hundreds-of-thousands of other workers was left furloughed amid lockdown measures.    Conditions have only gotten worse with tourism across the globe no where near pre-pandemic levels.
    With her savings nearly tapped out, she was dependent on the enhanced unemployment benefits to keep the lights on.    Those benefits ran out late last month when Congress failed to secure a deal to extend them.
    “How am I gonna be able to pay my rent, which is almost $2,000 and that’s basically all I’m getting with just the regular unemployment,” she explained.    “So that means that without that, I can’t pay my light bill…I can’t pay my medical insurance…
    Already living in an low-income household, Gonzales’ family said the end of the unemployment bonus left them living in a constant state of stress.
    “Once she had word that she wasn’t able to work anymore, that’s when she started stressing already because she knew that the $600 wasn’t permanent and that eventually the money would run out,” explained Megan Orozco, Gonzales’ daughter.    “And we wouldn’t have money to pay for bills.”
Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y., center, walks to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s
office on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
    With Congress seeming to be no where close to striking a deal on a new relief package, Gonzales said she may soon no longer be able to pay to keep a roof above her family’s head.
    The Senate has adjourned for the August recess with no deal or compromise on either side made.    Even if lawmakers come to an agreement, reports have suggested struggling Americans may not see a relief check until mid September.

8/14/2020 Rep. McCarthy: Congress Must Push Aside Politics To Get Next Stimulus Package Finished by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this July 29, 2020, file photo House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., walks into a meeting with Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill
in Washington after lawmakers were unable to reach a deal on a new coronavirus relief package. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said lawmakers need to push aside politics to negotiate a new stimulus package.    During an interview Friday, he said time and time again House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democrats have held up progress on stimulus measures to include pet provisions.
    McCarthy pointed out that $1 trillion in aid has already been appropriated and is ready for use.    He said by continuing to delay the process, Pelosi is hurting the markets.
    “Did the market drop hard and react when Nancy Pelosi said she would not provide more money that was so successful…that paycheck for the small businessman and woman who paid it to their employees to keep them working?” he asked.    “No, she held it up for more than two-weeks.”
    McCarthy went on to say he believes markets would crash if Congress goes forward with Democrat’s $3 trillion aid package.

8/14/2020 Sen. Graham Says FBI Chief ‘Committed To Being Helpful’ After Trump Criticism by OAN Newsroom
Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., arrives for a Senate Judiciary Committee oversight hearing on Capitol Hill
in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, to examine the Crossfire Hurricane investigation. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, Pool)
    Senate Intelligence Committee chairman Lindsey Graham is confident the head of the FBI will enforce accountability within the bureau.    In a statement Thursday, Sen. Graham (R-S.C.) said he’s spoken with Christopher Wray and believes he’s committed to being helpful.
    Senate Republicans are seeking information from the FBI about the origins of the Russia probe under the Obama administration.    Wray has been subpoenaed as part of those efforts, which also seek information on FISA abuses by top officials.
    Graham believes the FBI director can maintain the privacy of bureau employees while offering transparency to the American people, but President Trump still has doubts about Wray’s intentions.
    “I wish he was more forthcoming, he certainly hasn’t been,” the president stated.    “There are documents they want to get and that we have said we want to get…we’re going to find out if he’s going to give those documents, but certainly he’s been very, very protective.”
    Wray has said he’s committed to holding anyone accountable at the FBI that has violated the law or policy.    He’s also suggested the issue is being looked into by U.S. attorney John Durham.
File – FBI Director Christopher Wray testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee
on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
[ I STILL DO NOT TRUST FBI DIR WRAY EVEN IN MY EARLIER ARTICLES IN THAT HE WAS BROUGHT IN BY THE SWAMP TO REPLACE PRESTAP AND HE WAS NOT GOING AFTER THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER LIKE HE SHOULD HAVE AND THEY HAVE PUSHED HIM TO DO WHAT HE SHOULD HAVE DONE REGARDING THE ABOVE.].

8/14/2020 Fmr. FBI Lawyer To Plead Guilty For Altering Evidence In Russia Investigation by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this April 25, 2006 file photo, U.S. Attorney John Durham speaks to reporters
on the steps of U.S. District Court in New Haven, Conn. (AP Photo/Bob Child, File)
    A former FBI lawyer is reportedly planning to plead guilty to altering evidence in John Durham’s review of the Russia investigation.    According to reports, Kevin Clinesmith allegedly altered a government email about former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
    Clinesmith was referred for potential prosecution by the Justice Department’s Inspector General’s Office and will be charged in federal court in Washington.
    President Trump touched on the guilty plea this week and said he imagines this is just the beginning.
    “We have some very interesting news: Kevin Clinesmith, a corrupt FBI attorney who falsified FISA warrants in James Comey’s very corrupt FBI, is expected to plead guilty,” he said.    “You probably heard that, it just came out.”
Attorney General William Barr hinted at the potential development on Thursday and added he’s satisfied with the progress.
[THE FIRST CHARGE OF THE SPYING OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION ON THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN HAS JUST BEEN RELEASED AND EVERYONE NEEDS TO VOTE FOR TRUMP IN NOVEMBER 3, 2020 TO MAKE SURE THAT THE DEMOCRATS DO NOT TRY TO BURY THIS IF THEY TAKE OVER SO DURHAM AND BARR GET BUSY AND BRING THIS CORRUPTION OUT AS THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IS COMING SO ALL CAN SEE WHAT REALLY HAPPENED.].
Kevin Clinesmith
    He was a former FBI lawyer, wrote anti-Trump texts with former top FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.    According to the Washington Times, Clinesmith “worked on the 2016 probe into Hillary Clinton’s email use [known as Mid-Year-Exam], then worked on the FBI’s original investigation into the Trump campaign [known as Crossfire Hurricane] and, eventually, with the special counsel’s investigation into Mr. Trump’s presidential campaign.”
    Clinesmith, like Strzok, was let go from Mueller’s investigative team once his anti-Trump texts were uncovered by the FBI inspector general (IG), who is tasked with uncovering wrongdoing at the FBI.    “Viva le resistance,” Clinesmith said in one text.

8/14/2020 Postmaster General: USPS Restructuring Has Had ‘Unintended Consequences’ by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Aug. 5, 2020, file photo Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, left, is escorted to House
Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
    The U.S. Postal Service has been removing hundreds of mail sorting machines from its offices.    According to an internal USPS letter, the plan is to remove almost 700 of the machines as a response to the declining volume of letters and increased number of packages being shipped through the service.
    Nearly 20 machines have already been dismantled as part of the sweeping changes being implemented within the Postal Service.
    Postal workers have expressed concerns over the move.    They noted the high volume of letters amid coronavirus conditions have already slowed operations.
    Ballots cast by mail in dozens of states might not arrive in time to be counted this November.    Officials in 40 states received a letter from the agency, which suggested their deadlines for ballots aren’t realistic.
    Six other states and the District of Columbia were told that a “smaller subset of voters” there could also be impacted.
FILE – In this July 31, 2020, file photo, letter carriers load mail trucks for deliveries
at a U.S. Postal Service facility in McLean, Va.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
    Meanwhile, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has admitted restructuring plans for the U.S. Postal Service has had “unintended consequences.”    According to a leaked memo, he stated even though the changes were necessary, they’ve impacted overall service levels.
    DeJoy took over as postmaster in June and announced organizational changes at the beginning of August.    The changes included staff hours being cut, plans to remove mail processing machines and reassignments for almost two dozen postal executives.
    DeJoy previously claimed the policies would increase performance for the election and maintain the highest level of public trust.    In the new memo, he defended the moves and suggested recent changes were not the only contributing factors.
    He noted “over the years, we have grown undisciplined in our mail and package processing schedules, causing an increase in delayed mail.”
    The post office came under increased scrutiny as Democrats began pushing for more mail-in voting ahead of the November election, citing public health concerns.
A worker processes mailed-in ballots from Tuesday’s primary election, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, at the
King County Elections headquarters in Renton, Wash., south of Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
    Some believe the USPS won’t be able to handle the influx of ballots.    One bipartisan bill, which was sponsored by lawmaker Susan Collins (R-Maine), proposed $25 billion in funding for the Postal Service.
    “There’s no doubt that the Postal Service has long-term financial challenges,” she said.    “Those do need to be dealt with, but now is not the time to be cutting back services.”
    President Trump weighed in on the situation earlier this week.    He clarified he’s not threatening to veto legislation that provides funding to the USPS, but insisted Democrats must be willing to make a deal.
    “It’s not what I want, it’s what the American people want,” he added.
    Last week, the USPS announced a 3rd quarter net loss of more than $2 billion.    Even if Congress provides $10 billion in relief, officials have said it wouldn’t address the service’s broken business model.

8/14/2020 U.S. May See Mass Evictions As Coronavirus Relief Talks Stall In Congress by OAN Newsroom
FILE – This Feb. 12, 2020, file photo, shows a housing development in El Dorado Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
    As relief talks drag on in Congress, millions of Americans may soon see mass evictions in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
    The protections keeping Americans off the streets notably ended in July, put millions in danger of homelessness.    Though President Trump has been working to extend these protections, landlords may be forced to evict their tenants as early as August 24th.     Some governors, including Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.), have decided to extend local eviction bans through the end of the August.    These temporarily freezes can be extended as needed with ease, should coronavirus conditions continue.
FILE – In this July 9, 2020, file photo California Gov. Gavin Newsom visits the California Department of Forestry
and Fire Protection’s McClellan Reload Base in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Hector Amezcua, Pool, File)
    However, other states have failed to adequately address the issue.    On Thursday, judges in California ruled to end the statewide ban currently enforced on evictions.
    Eviction and foreclosure proceedings may continue in the state on September 2nd after the California Judicial Council ruled they could not keep the measure in place long-term.    The governor’s order apparently did not meet the recommendation to satisfy legal requirements.
    Governor Gavin Newsom and state lawmakers now have until the end of the month to decide if they will create a new measure or extend the current one.
    According to U.S. census data, almost 2 million renters in California were unable to pay their rent last month due to pandemic conditions.    They will face possible homelessness without aid.
Natasha Blunt poses for a portrait in New Orleans, Friday, July 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Dorthy Ray)
    For many other Americans, rent was due on the first of this month and will be due again on the first of September.    If federal unemployment and rent protections remain unavailable, many could be evicted.
    Census data released this week revealed more than 30% of renters in the United States have little to no confidence in their ability to meet rent demands next month.
[There is a migration of rich and poor people leaving or better saying escaping California and New York as Democrat controlled states have poorly managed their budgets and it is caught up to them now rolling blackouts, increasing taxes, streets with homelessness, businesses moving to other states which was occurering before the pandemic.].

8/14/2020 President Trump: Elderly, Most Vulnerable To Receive COVID-19 Vaccine First by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at the White House, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    President Trump recently announced nursing homes will be among the first to gain access to the coronavirus vaccine when it’s ready.
    During a press briefing, he confirmed once the antidote has been approved, those most vulnerable to the virus will get it first.
    He on to say he will rely greatly on the advice of health care experts when it comes to administering the vaccine.
    “I will rely on the doctors to tell me that.    I would say probably the elderly, nursing homes.    I lot of people said, ‘Would you take it?’    I said, ‘I’ll take it if they want.’    I’ll go first or last, I’ll do whatever they want me to do.    But I would think that the elderly, the people that are most vulnerable to the disease.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States

In this handout photo taken on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, and provided by Russian Direct Investment Fund,
an employee shows a new vaccine at the Nikolai Gamaleya National Center of Epidemiology and Microbiology
in Moscow, Russia.(Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr/ Russian Direct Investment Fund via AP)
    The rapid development of a COVID-19 vaccine is part of the Trump administration’s “Operation Warp Speed,” which is pushing for 300 million doses to be available by the start of 2021.

8/14/2020 Chicago Police Chief: Looters Will Be Arrested by OAN Newsroom
Food and other items are strewn on the floor of African Food & Liquor in Chicago, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford)
    The Chicago Police Department has sent a warning to anyone planning to participate in riots or looting in the city.    On Thursday, Chief David Brown announced anyone involved in illegal activity, including breaking windows and looting, will be arrested.
    He explained CPD will be increasing its force by 1,000 officers, in addition to extending hours of patrol over the weekend.    The department has also set up a looting task force, which is meant to crack down on the theft.
    “If you come downtown or to any one of our retail corridors in the neighborhoods of Chicago to loot, CPD is going to arrest you,” stated Chief David Brown.
    Violence and destruction ramped up over the past week in Chicago.    The city’s mayor believes looting in the city was “premeditated” and carried out by “organized criminals.”

8/14/2020 Lima Group Members Reject Venezuelan Parliamentary Elections by Julia Symmes Cobb
FILE PHOTO: Colombia's President Ivan Duque holds a news conference at the Tecnologico de
Moneterrey in Mexico City, Mexico March 10, 2020. REUTERS/Luisa Gonzalez/File Photo
    BOGOTA (Reuters) – A regional bloc comprised mostly of Latin American nations said on Friday it rejects plans by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to hold legislative elections without participation by all political parties.
    “We express our firm rejection of the illegitimate regime’s announcement of the celebration of parliamentary elections without the minimum guarantees and without the participation of all political forces,” said the declaration co-signed by Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay and Peru.
    The Lima Group, which includes countries from across Latin America and the Caribbean as well as Canada, has long called for a transition government and free elections in Venezuela.
    The group – together with the United States and European nations – accuses Maduro of manipulating Venezuela’s 2018 presidential contest and refuses to recognize the results.    Maduro, in power since 2013 in the OPEC member nation, says he won reelection fairly.
    Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido is recognized by dozens of countries as the legitimate leader of his country.    His administration also signed on to the statement.
    Colombian President Ivan Duque said earlier on Friday the December contest for the national assembly are a bid by Maduro to seize control of the body, the last bastion of opposition power.
    “We cannot support, validate, applaud or recognize this process, which we already know is a fraudulent process meant to continue to silence independent voices,” said Duque, who opened the group’s virtual meeting.
    Argentina confirmed its deputy foreign minister participated in the meeting, but said it did not agree with the position of some Venezuelan political parties who have said they will boycott the elections, saying every citizen needed representation in “free, fair and impartial” polls.
    In another statement, European Union countries, the United States and some group members said relief from sanctions could be provided if there was progress towards a transitional government and free elections.
    Britain on Friday called on Venezuela to establish a transitional government and swiftly hold free presidential elections, due to the impact of COVID-19.
(Reporting by Julia Symmes Cobb, additional reporting by Maximillian Heath in Buenos Aires, Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

8/14/2020 What Is The U.S. Threat To Trigger ‘Snapback’ Of U.N. Sanctions On Iran? by Michelle Nichols
FILE PHOTO: The United Nations Headquarters is pictured in New York City, New York, U.S., March 10, 2020. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/File Photo
    NEW YORK (Reuters) – The United States on Friday failed in its attempt to extend a U.N. arms embargo on Iran, and Washington could now act on a threat to trigger a return of all U.N. sanctions on Tehran.
    Here is a look at the events leading to the showdown and an explanation of what could happen next.
WHY IS THE ARMS EMBARGO ON IRAN EXPIRING?
    The United Nations Security Council imposed an arms embargo on Iran in 2007.
    The embargo is due to expire in mid-October, as agreed to under the 2015 nuclear deal among Iran, Russia, China, Germany, Britain,     France and the United States that prevents Tehran from developing nuclear weapons in return for economic sanctions relief.    That accord is enshrined in a 2015 Security Council resolution.
    In 2018, U.S. President Donald Trump quit the accord reached under his predecessor Barack Obama, calling it “the worst deal ever.”
    The United States failed on Friday in a bid to extend the arms embargo on Iran at the U.N. Security Council.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR THE 2015 NUCLEAR DEAL?
    Even though the United States has withdrawn from the nuclear deal, Washington has threatened to use a provision in the agreement to trigger a return of all U.N. sanctions on Iran if the Security Council does not extend the arms embargo.
    While diplomats have predicted that the so-called sanctions snapback process at the Security Council would be messy – with the remaining parties to the nuclear deal opposed to such a move – it could ultimately kill the nuclear deal because Iran would lose a major incentive for limiting its nuclear activities.
    After the United States quit the deal, it imposed strong unilateral sanctions.    In response, Iran has breached parts of the nuclear deal.
    Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Tuesday described the next few weeks and months as critical.
WHAT SANCTIONS WOULD SNAP BACK?
    A snapback of U.N. sanctions would require Iran to suspend all nuclear enrichment-related and reprocessing activities, including research and development, and ban imports of anything that could contribute to those activities or to the development of nuclear weapon delivery systems.
    It would reimpose the arms embargo, ban Iran from developing ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons and reimpose targeted sanctions on dozens of individuals and entities.    Countries also would be urged to inspect shipments to and from Iran and authorized to seize any banned cargo.
HOW DOES THE UNITED STATES TRIGGER A SANCTIONS SNAPBACK?
    The United States would have to submit a complaint about Iran breaching the nuclear deal to the Security Council.
    The council would then have to vote within 30 days on a resolution to continue Iran’s sanctions relief.    If such a resolution is not put forward by the deadline, all U.N. sanctions in place before the 2015 nuclear deal would be automatically reimposed.
Some diplomats have said the United States could submit its complaint as early as next week.
CAN THE U.S. EFFORT BE STOPPED?
    It was not immediately clear how Russia, China or any other Security Council members might try to stop the United States from triggering a sanctions snapback or if procedurally there is any way they can.
    Diplomats have said several countries are likely to argue that the United States legally could not activate a return of U.N. sanctions and therefore they simply would not reimpose the measures on Iran themselves.
(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Will Dunham)

8/15/2020 Oil down $0.18 to $42.18, DOW up 34 to 27,931.

8/15/2020 Beshear: 679 new cases of virus, 8 deaths by Deborah Yetter, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Kentucky reported 679 new cases of COVID-19 and eight new deaths Friday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced.
    That brings the total number of people who have tested positive for the virus to 38,298 and the total number of deaths to 804, Beshear said.
    The rate of positive tests is at 5.68%, following Thursday’s positive rate of 5.67%, Beshear said.
    “We have got to get that lower,” Beshear said.    “We need to get that under 5%.”
    Public health officials have recommended states keep rates of positive tests to 5% or lower as a measure of whether the spread of the virus in under control.
    Beshear said this week’s case counts continue a high number of positive cases, though he said he hopes the state is reaching a “plateau.”
    “It does look like by the end of the week, we will have more cases than last week,” Beshear said.
    He also reported 77 cases of COVID- 19 in children under 18 on Friday, saying that figure heightens his concerns about school districts that ignore his recommendation that public schools delay in-person classes till Sept. 28.
    “We are seeing an significant increase in school-age children and I hope that makes everyone pause,” he said.
    Friday’s numbers follow 785 new cases Beshear reported Thursday. He said he hopes the state is getting virus numbers under control even as it continues to report high numbers, following Wednesday’s record-high of 1,163 new cases.
    Reach Deborah Yetter at dyetter@courier-journal.com or 502-582-4228. Find her on Twitter at @d_yetter. Support strong local journalism by subscribing today: courier-journal.com/subscribe.
[So this is what he is not telling you 8 deaths / 679 cases = 0.012% a very low figure.].

8/15/2020 New York City Police Union Endorses President Trump by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks during an event Trump National Golf Club, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, in Bedminster, N.J.,
with members of the City of New York Police Department Benevolent Association. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    New York City’s largest police union has thrown its support behind President Trump’s reelection campaign.    The Police Benevolent Association (PBA) made the announcement on Friday at the president’s private club in New Jersey.
    The PBA President Patrick Lynch highlighted the importance of the endorsement and noted he couldn’t remember the last time the union had endorsed anyone for a presidential election.
    “Mr. President, today it’s an honor for me to stand at this podium and be the voice for 24,000 New York City police officers, proud police officers, that are here today chanting ‘USA,’ chanting ‘Trump for president,’” stated Lynch.    “They mean it each and every time they say it.”
    During the event, President Trump blasted his political opponent by saying “no one will be safe in Joe Biden’s America.”
    “It’s a left-wing war on cops,” he said.    “If sleepy Joe Biden were to become president, he would immediately pass legislation to gut every single police department in America.”
Photo via NYC PBA Twitter.
    The president went on to promise that he will back the blue.
    “So we’re going to give you back your stature, give you back your status.    I hate to say it, but it’s been taken away.    We’re going to give you back the right to be New York’s finest, the finest of all time, the greatest of all time.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
    As nationwide protests continue to call for police reform, the president’s campaign has tightened its focus on “law and order.”
    “My agenda is anti-crime and pro-cop all the way,” added the president.    “That’s what it’s got to be.”

President Donald Trump speaks during an event Trump National Golf Club, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, in Bedminster, N.J.
with members of the City of New York Police Department Benevolent Association. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    This comes as many cities across the nation are spending millions to try and repair the damages incurred during recent riots.    Debt-ridden areas are now feeling the financial burden of protests and riots following the death of George Floyd, among others.
    As of this week, looters, injured policemen and property damage have reportedly cost these cities millions.    In Minneapolis, total costs in damages could potentially skyrocket to a high of more than $500 million.
    Portland, Oregon has seen similar issues.    Almost 80 nights of protests and riots have cost the city around $23 million in total damages.

8/15/2020 Struggling Cities Hit With Heavy Bill From Damage Caused By Riots, Protests by OAN Newsroom
In this May 29, 2020, photo, a check-cashing business burns during protests in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
    Cities across the nation have been spending millions of dollars to repair the damages incurred during ongoing riots and demonstrations.    Already debt-ridden from the economic impact of the coronavirus, cities are now feeling the massive financial burden of these protests, which were sparked by the death of George Floyd.
    Looting, attacks on officers and property damage are just a few leading causes behind these high costs.
    In Minneapolis, where the riots first began in May, total damages could cost the city as much as $500 million.    In Chicago, property damages alone were estimated to be worth approximately $20 million.
    “What occurred in our downtown and surrounding communities was abject criminal behavior, pure and simple.    There cannot be any excuse for it, period.    This is not legitimate First Amendment protected speech.” – Lori Lightfoot, Mayor of Chicago
Yogi Dalal hugs his daughter Jigisha as his other daughter Kajal, left, bows her head at the family food and liquor
store Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, after the family business was vandalized in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
    Portland, Oregon has seen similar issues.    Dozens of nights of protests and riots have cost the city around $23 million in total damages.
    Beyond the financial cost, law enforcement has been exceptionally strained as they continue to protect cities from rioters.    This comes amid impending budget cuts to police departments, which were also initiated by the protests.
    “It’s a drain on resources. We have people who are dedicated to just provoking a police response.    That response is taking away from our ability to go out and give people the service that they expect from the police bureau.” – Chief Chuck Lowell, Portland Police Bureau
    The total cost of these riots nationwide is reportedly expected to exceed that of any demonstration in American history, including the $1.4 billion recovery from the 1992 Los Angeles riots.
Black Lives Matter protesters march through Portland, Ore. after rallying at the Mark O.
Hatfield United States Courthouse on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

8/15/2020 1.5K N.Y. Gyms Sue Gov. Cuomo To Reopen by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this June 15, 2020, file photo, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo removes a mask as he holds a
news conference in Tarrytown, N.Y. New York’s coronavirus death toll in nursing homes, already among the
highest in the nation, could actually be a significant undercount. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
    Business owners in New York are fighting back against Governor Andrew Cuomo’s coronavirus restrictions.    According to recent reports, 1,500 gym owners have brought a lawsuit against Cuomo in a push to reopen.
    This came after he forced them to remain closed out of fear the fitness facilities would become a hot bed for virus infections.
    Gym owners argued the governor’s actions are both unfair and arbitrary, since other personal care businesses have been allowed to resume services.
    They also claimed physical fitness is part of the solution, not the problem.
    “We’re frustrated with where we’re standing right now.    We’re supposed to be part of phase four in New York City on July 20th.    We’re three weeks past that.    We think that the governor’s comments are not accurate.    We feel like gyms are part of the solution, we’re not part of the problem. We’re a part of people’s person health, both physical and mental, and we want to get open.” – Keith Worts, CEO of Crunch Fitness
    In the meantime, fitness centers have been working overtime to prepare for when they can reopen.

8/15/2020 President Trump Slams Biden For Not Taking Questions From Press by OAN Newsroom
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden leaves a news conference
at the Hotel DuPont in Wilmington, Del., Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
    The president recently blasted presumptive Democrat nominee Joe Biden for not taking questions from reporters.    President Trump took to Twitter on Saturday to say “sleepy Joe never takes questions.”
    The former vice president has refused to take a single question in the past three days following his announcement of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) as his running mate.
    President Trump claimed reporters covering Biden have “zero drive” and questioned why the reporters who travel with him can’t behave like that.
    The president also shared a video of the Democrat’s campaign staff stopping the press from asking questions at a recent event.
    Biden has notably been called out by reporters themselves for not taking questions, including journalists from mainstream outlets like CNN and The New York Times.
FILE – In this Sept. 12, 2019, file photo Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., talks to the media in the spin room following the
Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by ABC on the campus of Texas Southern University in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
    The president commented on Biden’s pick for vice president on Friday after a reporter questioned him on the matter.    President Trump expressed he has no issue at all running against a strong woman of color.
    “None whatsoever, as you know, none whatsoever,” he said.
    He also shot down allegations that he has been blunt when speaking about her.    He added he’s just been honest.
    “No, I haven’t been blunt.    I said she treated Joe Biden worse than anybody else.    I watched those debates.    They were very boring, but they were debates nevertheless. …She treated Biden worse than anybody else by far.    There was nobody, including Pocahontas, nobody treated Biden so badly as Kamala.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
    In a separate press briefing, the president was asked if he had heard rumors that Harris could be ineligible to serve as vice president because her parents were born outside the U.S.
    However, he has stated he has no idea if that information is true.

8/15/2020 Gov. Newsom: Nearly All Students Will Be Doing Distance Learning At Start Of School Year by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this June 30, 2020, file photo, Gov. Gavin Newsom removes his face mask before giving an update on the state’s initiative to provide housing
for homeless Californians amid the coronavirus pandemic, during a visit to Pittsburg, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, Pool, File)
    California Governor Gavin Newsom has said he expects nearly all students in his state to begin the school year virtually.    On Friday, he announced more than 90% of students will not be starting school in the classroom.
    According to Newsom, his government has so far delivered 73,000 devices and 100,000 Wi-Fi hot spots to facilitate distance learning.
    However, some local schools have opted not to go virtual, much to the governor’s disappointment.
    “I’m disappointed, obviously, that they’re not abiding by their local health officer, whose purpose it is simply to keep people healthy, keep people safe,” added Newsom.    “Not only the kids, but the leadership of that school and others.”
    Given the governor’s projections, state officials have called on internet service providers to help make the online initiative available to all students.

8/15/2020 Trump Vows To Trigger ‘Snapback’ Of Iran Sanctions At U.N.
U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks to the City of New York Police Benevolent Association
at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, U.S., August 14, 2020. REUTERS/Sarah Silbiger
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday he would move next week to trigger a “snapback” of sanctions on Iran at the United Nations.
    “We’ll be doing a snapback,” Trump told reporters one day after the U.N. Security Council rejected a U.S. bid to extend a U.N. arms embargo on Iran.    “You’ll be watching it next week.”
    The United States has threatened to trigger a return of all U.N. sanctions on Iran using a provision in a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, known as snapback, even though Trump abandoned the accord in 2018.    Diplomats have said the United States would face a tough, messy battle in any such move.
(Reporting by Raphael Satter; Editing by Will Dunham)

8/15/2020 Protesters Gather Outside USPS Postmaster General’s Home by OAN Newsroom
Vicki Reidelberger, center, holds a sign as a few dozen people gather in front of the United States
Post Office on Rodd St. to protest recent changes to the U.S. Postal Service under new Postmaster General
Louis DeJoy Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in Midland, Mich. (Katy Kildee/Midland Daily News via AP)
    A number of protesters gathered outside the home of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy on Saturday.    The demonstration was coordinated by the group “Shut Down D.C.” and was purposefully scheduled in the early morning to act as a “wake up call.”
    Demonstrators loudly chanted and banged on pans throughout the event.    They also put fake ballots on the front door of DeJoy’s condo complex.
    According to participants, they’re fighting against the elimination of the USPS.    They also called for more support for mail-in voting.
    “It’s not just suppressing voters in general, it’s suppressing a specific set of voters.    That’s outrageous.    If we can’t rely on those ballots getting to where they need to go, we’ve got a serious problem with our democracy.” – Patrick Young, “Shut Down D.C.” organizer
    DeJoy cut a number of costs for the agency in recent weeks.    The move has come under intense scrutiny amid delays in mail delivery, which some claimed could impact the accuracy of the election.

8/16/2020 Top USPS Officials To Testify Before House Oversight Committee by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Aug. 5, 2020, file photo Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, left, is escorted to
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
    Democrats have called on the postmaster general and the head of the Postal Service Board of Governors to testify in Congress.    On Sunday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, along with other congressional Democrats, issued an invitation to Louis DeJoy and Robert Duncan to discuss “dangerous operational changes” within the USPS.
    The House Oversight Committee has asked the two officials to hand over specific documents by Friday.
    The hearing is expected to take place on August 24th, which happens to be the first day of the Republican National Convention.
    This announcement came amid reports the House speaker may call an early end to the chamber’s summer recess.    According to reports, Pelosi has been mulling over whether or not to reconvene the House of Representatives.
    Staffers claimed representatives could be called back within the next two weeks to tackle issues concerning the slowdown of the USPS.    The House is currently expected to remain on recess until the week of September 14th.
Letter carriers load mail trucks for deliveries at a U.S. Postal Service facility in McLean, Va., Friday, July 31, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    Meanwhile, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows has refuted reports of Postal Service sorting machines being decommissioned.    During a recent interview, he discussed the claims made in an internal document, which suggested the current postmaster general took around 670 letter sorting machines offline in several states across the nation.
    According to Meadows, the decision to decommission machines was not made by the current administration, but was put in place by the Obama era postmaster general.
    The chief of staff has emphasized these reports are not based in fact, but are instead a political narrative.
    “There’s no sorting machines that are going offline between now and the election,” stated Meadows.    “That’s something that my Democrat friends are trying to stoke fear out there.”
    He also confirmed machines that were not already scheduled to be moved will stay in place.

8/16/2020 President Trump Talks Biden, Coronavirus & Economy by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at his Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., Saturday, Aug. 15. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    President Trump held a press briefing from his property in Bedminster, New Jersey this weekend.    He covered multiple topics on Saturday, ranging from the election to the coronavirus.
    He began with the state of the pandemic in the U.S.
    “Nearly 85% of jurisdictions all across our country are reporting a very steep decline in cases.    That’s despite the fact that we have the No. 1 testing program anywhere in the world.    We’re up to almost 70 million tests, far beyond any other country.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
    He went on speak about the state of the economy.
    “Through the historic relief package that I signed into law, we saved over 50 million American jobs, and the unemployment rate is rapidly going down,” stated the president.    “You see that, you’ve seen that, and I think you’ll see it over the next two months.”

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at his Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., Saturday, Aug. 15. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    He also touted the administration’s efforts to provide aid to nursing homes, which were ravaged by COVID-19 early on in the pandemic.
    “We have rushed nursing home funding, protective gear, rapid testing equipment, and we will announce additional measures to protect nursing home residents in the coming days,” he added.    “We’ve worked very hard with nursing home companies and also with the governors.”
    Finally, President Trump spoke on the threat foreign powers could pose if presumptive Democrat nominee Joe Biden is elected in November.
    “They are dreaming about Joe Biden.    They would love to have that happen, but I don’t think that’s going to happen.    They are dreaming about him, so is Iran, and so are numerous other countries.    If that happens, they’ll own the United States.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
    Overall, the president was optimistic about the state of affairs in the U.S. as the country copes with the ongoing pandemic and prepares for the November election.

8/16/2020 4 Shootings In Cincinnati, Ohio Leave 18 Shot, 4 Dead In Matter Of Hours by OAN Newsroom
The Cincinnati Police crime scene unit is parked at the scene of a mass shooting near Grant Park on McMicken Avenue in
the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood of Cincinnati on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020. (Sam Greene/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP)
    Cincinnati police have confirmed at least 18 people were shot in several unrelated incidents over the course of just a few hours this weekend.    There were reportedly at least four separate shootings across the city early Sunday morning.br>     According to authorities, the first of these shootings happened around 12 a.m. local time at Grant Park.    10 people were shot and two were killed during the incident.
    Meanwhile, a triple shooting occurred in Walnut Hills.    Approximately 30 minutes later, police received reports of four people who were shot in Avondale.    This shooting left one dead.
    The violence continued until a few hours later, when one person was reportedly shot and pronounced dead on scene in the West End.
    “This amount of gun violence and the damage this has inflicted on our neighborhoods is unacceptable.    I am calling on all citizens of this great city to say enough is enough.    We must not sit by silently and say we can’t do anything to end gun violence.    We all have a moral obligation to stop the violence and stop the killing in our communities.” – Chief Eliot K. Isaac, Cincinnati Police Department
Bystanders look around the scene of a shooting on Chalfonte Place in the Avondale neighborhood
of Cincinnati on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020. (Sam Greene/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP)
    Local authorities continue to investigate these shootings and have reallocated officers to ensure the affected communities are safe.
    “While we work hard to identify the individuals responsible for these horrific acts, the CPD will shift officers from other assignments to augment the number of uniformed officers in these affected communities,” read a statement from the Cincinnati Police Department.    “Additionally, we will be using our existing partnerships with the United States Attorney’s Office and ATF to focus on repeat shooters and aggressively bring illegal gun charges to address this escalation of gun violence in our city.”
    The city’s mayor also weighed in on the violence, saying “this must stop.”

8/16/2020 Violent Chicago Protest Leaves 16 Police Officers Injured, 24 People Arrested by OAN Newsroom
Screengrab via Chicago Police Department Twitter.
    17 Chicago police officers have been injured and at least 24 people were arrested after a protest turned violent this weekend.
    Authorities initially reported peaceful daytime protests in downtown Chicago on Saturday.    However, a separate protest in the evening turned violent when so-called “agitators” used bottles, skateboards, bicycles and mace to assault officers.
    Police defended their actions to control the violence, which included using pepper spray and batons.
Photo via Chicago Police Department Twitter.
    “To protect the peaceful protesters, as well as their fellow officers, our officers responded proportionally to get the situation under control,” stated Chief David Brown.    “As a result of their violent criminal acts, Chicago Police Department made 24 total arrests, including four for felonies, aggravated battery on a police officer.”
    The city has been a battleground between police and protesters since March amid often violent demonstrations against police brutality.

8/16/2020 President Trump Plans To Enact ‘Snapback’ Of Sanctions On Iran by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump talks to reporters after walking off of Air Force One at Morristown
Municipal Airport in Morristown, N.J., Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    President Trump has vowed to trigger a “snapback” of sanctions included in the Iran nuclear deal.    On Saturday, he announced he will unilaterally reinstate sanctions on Iran.
    This came after the UN Security Council voted not to extend the Iranian nuclear deal on Friday.
    According to the president, prolonging the embargo is essential to fighting terror.
    “Iran wants me to lose so badly.    …Iran is a whole different ball game right now.    They haven’t been sponsoring terror because they don’t have very much money to sponsor terror, and they know.    We just captured four Iranian ships, as you know.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
    Israeli officials have voiced concern not extending the arms embargo could lead to further instability in the Middle East.
    In the meantime, the UN Security Council is planning a summit of world leaders to discuss matters in Iran.    President Trump has said he likely won’t take part until after the November election.

8/16/2020 O’Brien: Trump Admin. ‘Hopeful’ They Can Build On Momentum Of Israel-UAE Peace Deal by OAN Newsroom
National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien speaks during a briefing on the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity
initiative, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, at the U.S. State Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien has expressed optimism about normalizing relations between Israel and a number of Middle Eastern nations.    On Sunday, he stated the administration is hopeful they can build on the momentum of the new peace deal between the United Arab Emirates and Israel to get other countries to follow suit.
    According to O’Brien, President Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and adviser Jared Kushner have held talks with leaders in the region following the agreement.
    He also suggested Saudi Arabia could be the next region to make a deal with Israel.
    “We’re going to have Arab and Muslim pilgrims coming to Jerusalem, going up to the mount, and worshiping at the Al-Aqsa Mosque.    We think that’s something that will be a great confidence builder.    I’m hoping that King Salman and MBS, Mohammed bin Salman, see that development and realize this would be great for Saudi Arabia.    It would be great for the Arab people and great for the Islamic world as well.    We’re hopeful.    We’ll have to see what happens, but we’re talking to a number of countries, in addition to Saudi Arabia.” – Robert O’Brien, National Security Adviser
    The adviser has said he is hopeful the new deal will encourage the Palestinian people to negotiate with Israel.    He added the administration wants to see a two-state solution.

8/16/2020 Soros Backed Org. ‘Minnesota Freedom Fund’ Releasing Murderers, Rapists From Jail by OAN Newsroom
    A non-profit organization backed by radical socialist billionaire George Soros has reportedly been setting murderers and rapists free from jail in Minnesota.    One America’s Pearson Sharp has the story.
[IF YOU THOUGHT THAT ALL THE RIOTS, ETC THAT HAVE OCCURRED IN MINNESOTA JUST CAME ABOUT BECAUSE OF G. FLLOYD YOU ARE DEARLY WRONG THE MAN ABOVE HAS BEEN THE ONE SUPPORTING AND BACKING THE CORRUPTION AND ATTEMPT TO DESTROY THAT CITY JUST AS HE BACKED ALL THE 3 SOUTH AMERICAN COUNTRIES SENDING THE CARAVANS OF ILLEGAL ALIENS TO MEXICO AND U.S.A. BORDERS, BACKED THE FAKE IMPEACHMENT OF TRUMP, AND HE IS A LEADER IN THE COUNCIL OF FOREIGH AFFAIRS AND TRUMP HAS BEEN FIGHTING HIM SINCE WITH YOUR TAX DOLLARS AND BUILDING A WALL AND IMPROVING BORDER PATROL AND POLICE DEPARTMENTS BUT HE IS STILL FIGHTING WITH THE ANARCHIST AND BLACK LIVE MATTERS DEMOCRAT CRONIES TRYING TO DESTROY CITIES WITH DEFUND THE POLICE SO GO TO THE POLLS AND VOTE ALL DEMOCRATS OUT OF OFFICE AND WATCH ALL THIS GO AWAY IN NOVEMBER].

8/17/2020 CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC - Beshear announces 390 new cases, 3 new deaths by Sarah Ladd, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Kentucky has 390 new cases of the coronavirus and three new deaths, Gov. Andy Beshear announced Sunday.
    Of the new cases, 13 were children 5 and younger.    There have now been 39,315 total cases in Kentucky, and at least 9,091 have recovered.
    The new deaths were a a 67-year-old from Fayette County, a 73-year-old from Perry County and a 91-year-old from Franklin County.    Since the pandemic hit Kentucky, 813 people have died in the state from virus complications.    Kentucky’s mortality rate is now 2.1%, and the state’s positivity rate is 5.45%.
    “The total number of new COVID-19 cases has increased this week, which shows the disease is still very active in Kentucky, but on a positive note it appears that Kentuckians have stopped the exponential growth of the virus,” Beshear said in a statement.
    Dr. Steven Stack, public health commissioner, said the state’s lower mortality rate is a success, compared with the national moratality rate of 3.2%.
    “This success is a combination of accomplishments including keeping COVID- 19 from spreading out of control, excellent health care and more widespread testing than many other states,” he said.
    Meanwhile, Indiana reported 750 new coronavirus cases and three deaths Sunday, bringing the the state’s totals to 80,415 cases and 2,924 deaths.
    More than 906,800 Hoosiers have been tested for the virus, the IndyStar reported, and 8.9% have tested positive.    The state’s seven-day average positivity rate is now 8%.
    Reach breaking news reporter Sarah Ladd at sladd@courier-journal.com. Follow her on Twitter at @ladd_sarah .Support strong local journalism by subscribing today: courier-journal.com/subscribe.
[3 deaths / 390 cases = 0.008% the values that Beshear does not report to you every day.    And the total in Indiana since it started is 2,924 deaths / 80,415 cases = 0.036% where Kentucky is 813 deaths / 39,315 cases = 0.021%.].

8/17/2020 Trump to look ‘very strongly’ at pardon for Edward Snowden
    WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump is considering granting a pardon for whistleblower Edward Snowden.    “I’m going to take a look at that very strongly,” Trump told the New York Post on Saturday.    Snowden, a former contractor for the National Security Agency, has been in Moscow since fleeing the U.S. six years ago after leaking information on the nation’s secretive spy agencies and their programs.    His revelations triggered a debate over government eavesdropping, with some hailing him as a hero and others calling him a traitor.
[AFTER SEEING ALL THE LOCAL NEWS OF FISA SURVEILANCE CORRUPTION ON THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION NOW IT IS ALSO COMING TO LIGHT NOW IT IS SNOWDEN WHO WAS ONE OF THE FIRST TO BRING THE CORRUPTION TO THE LIGHT AND WAS ATTACKED BY THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO COVER UP THEIR CRIMES DURING HIS 8 YEARS OF HIS ADMINISTRATION EXPECT THE SWAMP AND DEEP STATE TO BECOME VICIOUS NOW.].

8/17/2020 G7 To Consider Extending Debt Freeze For Low-Income Countries: U.S. Treasury by Andrea Shalal
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin speaks to reporters in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S. July 29, 2020. REUTERS/Erin Scott
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Finance ministers from the Group of Seven rich countries on Monday noted improved conditions in their economies, but underscored their concerns about the debt problems facing low-income nations, a U.S. Treasury spokesperson said.
    During a videoconference hosted by U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, the ministers urged all official bilateral creditors to fully implement the G20 debt freeze for the poorest countries, and agreed to consider additional options, including extending the initiative into 2021, the spokesperson said.
    The meeting also included the leaders of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, who have urged the Group of 20 countries to extend their Debt Service Suspension Initiative (DSSI) given the economic impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
    G20 members, including China, and the Paris Club of official creditors in April offered a freeze on debt service payments to the 73 poorest countries through year-end to free up an estimated $12 billion in funds for the poorest countries to fight the outbreak and mitigate its economic impact.
    As of July 24, 41 countries had requested forbearance under the initiative.
    But implementation of the debt freeze has been challenging and the global economic downturn has hit those countries particularly hard, triggering calls for its extension and expansion.
    China’s reluctance to include its state-supported China Development Bank and state-owned enterprises in the debt payment suspension and concerns over confidentiality agreements included in many Chinese loans to countries in Africa have slowed progress in executing the debt freeze, economists say.
    German Finance State Secretary Wolfgang Schmidt said the debt issue was a key topic during the meeting, and emphasized the need for the private sector to take part.
    “We all agree that a debt moratorium must be implemented in full by all creditors,” he said in a statement.    “We also emphasized that it is very important that the private sector be part of this.”
    Countries have been reluctant to ask for a freeze in private sector debt payments for fear it would hurt their credit ratings.
    The ministers agreed to “advance debt data transparency and consider additional options going forward for low income countries, including an extension of the DSSI into 2021,” the spokesperson said.
    They also emphasized the need to manufacture and distribute vaccines and treatments for the virus.    They also discussed support for Lebanon, the spokesperson said, following an explosion in Beirut’s port on Aug. 4 that killed at least 178 people and deepened a financial crisis.
(Reporting by Andrea Shalal; Additional reporting by David Lawder and Tim Ahmann in Washington and Christian Kraemer in Berlin; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Grant McCool)

8/17/2020 Abortion Advocates Hopeful Biden Lifts Hyde Amendment by OAN Newsroom
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden joined by his running mate Sen. Kamala Harris,
D-Calif., speaks at the Hotel DuPont in Wilmington, Del., Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
    Pro-choice advocates are looking to Joe Biden to restore federal funding for abortions.    According to recent reports, abortion advocates are hopeful he will take down the Hyde Amendment if elected president.
    The measure currently blocks the use of federal funding to pay for abortions unless in the case of incest, rape or if the woman’s life is deemed at risk.    While the former vice president has supported the policy for more than 40-years, just last year he reversed his position.
    If elected president Biden will need major gains in the Senate to lift the ban.    Some pro-life Democrats have said Biden’s extreme stance on the matter may alienate religious groups within the party.
    “I have supported the Hyde Amendment like many, many other have because there was sufficient monies and circumstances where woman were able to exercise that right — women of color, poor women, women who are not able to have access — and it was not under attack as it was then as it is now, but circumstances have changed,” he stated.
    It’s important to note that Biden is endorsed by Planned Parenthood, which is the nations largest abortion provider.

8/17/2020 President Trump Approves Emergency Declaration For Iowa by OAN Newsroom
A worker trims a tree brunch around power line, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The storm that
struck Monday morning left tens of thousands of Iowans without power as of Friday morning. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
    President Trump has approved an emergency declaration for Iowa after a major storm left extensive property and crop damage across the state.
    The president revealed he authorized the declaration while speaking outside the White House Monday.    Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) requested the declaration Sunday and asked for around $4 billion in emergency funds.
    President Trump said he loves the people of Iowa and will visit the state very soon.
    “We may do a surprise visit…if we can get it in we’re going to do it, but the very important thing is that we approved the emergency declaration for Iowa,” he stated.    “Also, FEMA is in Iowa now full-force and helping them greatly.”
    Last week’s storm, which included wind gusts of more than 100 miles-per-hour, destroyed and significantly damaged more than 8,000 homes and millions of acres of crops.

8/17/2020 Hostages Released After Standoff With Texas Police by OAN Newsroom
Police officers work in front of a house in Cedar Park, Texas, where a standoff began Sunday. (AP Photo)
    Three officers were shot and three hostages were recovered after an 18-hour long stand off came to an end in Cedar Park, Texas.
    The suspect’s mother called 9-1-1 Sunday afternoon after he allegedly kicked down the door of her home and acted “very aggressively.”     He then barricaded himself in the home with three family member, including his mother and two young siblings.
    When authorities arrived, the young man allegedly opened fire and shot three officers.    The injured officers were then rushed to the hospital and are now recovering.
    Authorities said negotiators were in contact with the suspect periodically over the course of the stand off.    They urged him to peacefully surrender his family.
    After approximately 16-hours, the young man released his siblings and their dog Monday morning while his mother remained in the house with him.    The negotiating team continued to work with him to release his mother.     Roughly two-hours after his siblings came out, the suspect peacefully surrendered with his mother.    Police said the suspect is in his mid-twenties and has a history of mental health issues.
    Officers involved said this was one of the most complex situations they have ever encountered, but they are grateful it ended peacefully and everyone is going to be okay.

8/17/2020 Chicago Mayor Lightfoot Defends Police Dept. & Protesters After Demonstrations Turn Violent by OAN Newsroom
    Chicago police arrested a protester on suspicion of looting amid ongoing violence in the city.    On Sunday, the Chicago Police Department announced the charges of burglary and criminal damage against 20-year-old Aaron Neal who allegedly broke into an ATM during the latest protest.
    His actions were reportedly caught on camera.    Authorities said they have established a task force to analyze all video evidence of crime at Black Lives Matter riots.
    “Felony charges have been filed against 20-year-old Aaron Neal of Chicago who stared directly into a cell phone camera smiled and brazenly went back to breaking into an ATM machine with a hammer early Monday morning,” announced CPD Supt. David Brown.
    Chicago police have also expressed gratitude to city residents who brought the latest evidence of political violence and crime to their attention.    The mayor of Chicago also responded to weekend demonstrations, which led to more than a dozen CPD officer injuries and dozens more arrests.
    As the national unrest and calls for social justice continue in Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot came to the defense of peaceful protesters as well as the city’s police department.    In an interview Sunday, she claimed it’s the people who had come for a fight that were responsible for clashes with police.
    “We obviously made 100 plus arrests that night, we’re actively pursuing cases against others,” she stated.    “But we are determined to make sure we get to the bottom of this and bring those responsible for this organized crime effort to justice.”
File – Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot speaks during a news conference. (Charles Rex Arbogast/AP Photo)
    The mayor’s words were in response to Saturday’s protests where at least 17 officers and two protesters were injured while dozens more were arrested.
    The CPD claimed the initial incident started when a protester attacked an officer with a skateboard.    The department took to social media Sunday to post video footage showing what they called the incident that “sparked violence and arrests.”
    “Seventeen officers are being treated for non-life-threatening injuries due to being assaulted and maced by skateboards, bottles, bicycles and other projectiles,” said Supt. Brown.
    Lightfoot commended the CPD by stating that officers acted “fairly quickly” in clearing the violent outbreaks.
    “…We are absolutely not going to tolerate people who come to these protests looking for a fight, that are intending to injure our police officers and injure innocent people who’ve just come to express their First Amendment rights,” the mayor stated.
    City police are now working with federal officials to find the alleged instigators.    In the meantime, 25-year-old Jeremey Johnson has been charged with felony aggravated battery for the skateboard incident.
    Additionally, 24-year-old Nicoline Arlet was charged with theft of government property for allegedly taking a body camera off an officer’s uniform.
    Activist groups are now demanding an apology from both Lightfoot and the CPD for inciting violence.    The groups are expected to hold a news conference, where they will express their concerns.

8/17/2020 President Trump On U.S. Postal Service: I’m Just Making It Good by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks with reporters as he walks to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House,
Monday, Aug. 17, 2020, in Washington. Trump is en route to Minnesota and Wisconsin. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    President Trump said he’s just making the U.S. Postal Service “good” amid recent changes and controversy surrounding the postmaster general.
    In an interview Monday, the president called Postmaster General Louis DeJoy “a very good businessman.”    He pointed out that the Postal Service has lost tens of billions of dollars over the last 10 to 12 years.
    President Trump also called Amazon one of the biggest problems with the Postal Service and said it loses massive amounts of money by delivering their packages.    He also said the Postal Service has been run like a disaster for many years.
    “It costs us every time they (Amazon) drop a package,” stated the president.    “It costs us like $3 to deliver the package for them…we’re losing a fortune.”
    Meanwhile, Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee have called for a criminal inquiry into the postmaster general.
    In a letter Monday, New York Rep. Hakeem Jeffries and California congressman Ted Lieu called for the FBI director to open a criminal probe into DeJoy.    They claimed he’s slowing the mail by dismantling sorting machines to give President Trump an advantage in the November elections.
    The lawmakers cited the president’s attacks on mail-in voting and claimed it’s an attempt to hobble the Postal Service as voters seek to use it due to the coronavirus pandemic.
    With the U.S. Postal Service in jeopardy, the House of Representatives scheduled a last-minute emergency hearing.

8/17/2020 FDA Approves Yale Saliva COVID-19 Testing Method by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this July 23, 2020 file photo, health care workers prepare a COVID-19 test sample before a person self-administered
a test at the COVID-19 drive-thru testing center at Miami-Dade County Auditorium in Miami. (David Santiago/Miami Herald via AP)
    Yale University researchers may have changed the coronavirus testing game with a new method solely based on a person’s saliva.
    The FDA recently issued emergency authorization for Yale’s SalivaDirect method, which was developed in their School of Public Health.    The new method attempts to provide a less expensive, less invasive and simpler way to test.
    “The results that we were seeing seeing for the saliva examples were even in some cases better than what we we’re seeing in nasopharyngeal.    These were COVID-confirmed patients that we were initially testing, so they should have been testing positive for SARS-CoV-2.” — Anne Wyllie, PhD, Associate Research Associate of Epidemiology – Yale School of Medicine
    SalivaDirect testing became popular with its effectiveness in diagnosing asymptomatic NBA staffers and players.    Researchers found the testing produced similar results to nasal swab tests, but came in less than three-hours.
    They also found saliva samples can remain stable in prolonged periods of time in warmer areas.    On top of that, the samples are flexible enough to produce similar results with different chemical compounds.br>     “And overall it’s faster, so it can really be scaled up so more tests can be done and that is really gonna help to, you know, ramp up testing,” explained Dr. Chantal Vogels, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Yale School of Public Health.    “It’s gonna be more scalable, it’s gonna be more accessible and we’re just really exited about that.”
    Researchers don’t intend on commercializing their tests, which are estimated to cost around $10 per test.    They hope their new method can be used to help struggling communities worldwide.

8/17/2020 Robert O’Brien: Nothing Left To Sanction On Russia by OAN Newsroom
White House national security adviser Robert O’Brien speaks at a press briefing in the James Brady Press
Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    White House National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien recently defended U.S. sanctions on Russia. He was questioned on potential Russian influence in the 2020 election in an interview on Sunday.
    O’Brien defended the Trump administration’s stance on election interference by saying they oppose any foreign party’s involvement.    The security official went on to tout the White House’s efforts against the interference so far.
    “We want all of them to stay out of our election and what we’ve done to make sure that happens is we’ve spent millions and millions of dollar hardening election infrastructure, working with secretaries of states on cybersecurity and we’ve also sent very strong messages to all these countries with respect to Russia,” he explained.    “I mean we’ve put so many sanctions of Russia, there’s almost nothing left to sanction.”
    O’Brien argued that the Trump administration has done far more to combat foreign threats than the Obama administration ever did.

8/18/2020 Oil up $0.56 to $42.81, DOW down 86 to 27,845.

8/18/2020 COVID-19 PANDEMIC - Kentucky sees 376 new cases, 5 new deaths by Sarah Ladd, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Gov. Andy Beshear announced 376 new coronavirus cases and five new deaths in Kentucky on Monday.
    Of the new cases, 54 are in people 18 years old and younger, including a 16-year-old in Warren County, Beshear said. Kentucky has now seen 39,691 total cases, 9,979 of which are in Louisville.    The city announced 125 new cases Monday and no new deaths, leaving the fatalities at 266.    Of the at least 9,158 people who have recovered statewide, 5,656 are in Louisville.
    Beshear said the numbers give him hope the state is in a new plateau, which Dr. Steven Stack, Kentucky’s public health commissioner, attributed in part to a mask mandate renewed earlier this month.    The positivity rate is at 5.8%, around which it has teetered since early August.
    The new deaths are an 84-year-old man from Boyd County, a 75-year-old woman from Oldham County, a 63year-old man from Henry County, a 91-year-old man from Calloway County and an 87-year-old woman from Franklin County.
    Across the state, there are 136 people in the intensive care unit, 80 on a ventilator and 563 people in the hospital, Beshear said.
    Beshear also announced a new partnership with the University of Kentucky, which has already retained Lexington-based Wild Health to test its students, to make available new locations for free testing, which can be scheduled at wildhealthcovid19test ing.as.me/schedule.php.    That partnership came as Stack warned testing supplies are “getting tight again.”
    “The demand for the tests continues to grow more quickly than the resources to provide the tests,” he said.    “So we are likely to be at some kind of plateau for a while, but it’s going to be a challenge just to maintain the plateau because a lot of other states are going to compete now more intensely to try to get these resources.”
    At least 760,022 Kentuckians have been tested.
    Meanwhile, Indiana reported 603 new cases of coronavirus and six new deaths, raising the state’s total number of cases to 81,006 and deaths to 2,926.
    “We’re in a crisis,” Beshear said.    “People can try to ignore it, but it’s here.    And we all know it’s here, and we can try to argue with the numbers because we just want to get back to our old life, but this is our challenge.    This is, in many ways, our great war — it’s just against a virus.”
    Reach breaking news reporter Sarah Ladd at sladd@courier-journal.com. Follow her on Twitter at @ladd_ sarah

8/18/2020 President Trump Celebrates 100th Anniversary Of 19th Amendment by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump signs a proclamation recognizing the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th
Amendment, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, in the Blue Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    President Trump honored the patriots who secured women’s right to vote.    During a ceremony at the White House Tuesday, he signed a proclamation commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment.
    The First Lady as well as members of the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission were in attendance and watched as the president announced a pardon for women’s suffrage champion Susan B. Anthony.    Well known for her contribution to the movement, Anthony was arrested and convicted in 1872 for voting illegally.
    “As we fight to deliver a better future for all women and for all Americans, we remember the wonderful women one century ago,” said President Trump.    “While I am president, American will always honor its heroes and we will always honor the patriots who secured women’s right to vote.”
    The Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission was granted a section of the White House fence in June, which is a landmark where suffragists picketed in 1917.    It will be displayed in the Turning Point Suffragist Memorial located in Lorton,Virginia later this year.
Actors portray observers during the re-enactment of Tennessee’s historic vote for the 19th Amendment in the House chamber at the State Capitol
on the vote’s 100th anniversary Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. Tennessee was the 36th state to ratify the 19th Amendment,
giving women the right to vote, and was the final state needed to achieve a two-thirds majority for passage. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

8/18/2020 N.Y. Leaders Blame President Trump For Spike In Weekend Violence Crime by OAN Newsroom
FILE – Police officers respond to a crime scene on Nostrand Avenue, where a 23-year-old man was discovered with
gunshot wounds to his legs and torso before being transported to a hospital where he died from his injuries,
in the Brooklyn borough of New York in a Saturday, July 18, 2020 file photo. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
    New York City has seen a colossal spike in violent crime.    This past weekend’s crime rate increased 600 percent compared to the same time last year and experts believe calls to dismantle the police are contributing to that statistic.
    The issue has gotten so out of hand it prompted President Trump to tweet this late Sunday:
    However, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio, it’s the president that’s the issue.    The Democrat said he won’t be relying on the White House to solve New York’s crime problem.
    “The president blusters and the president tries to draw attention to himself, and rarely has much to back it up,” claimed de Blasio.    “The bottom line is the NYPD is obviously, as they have done for decades upon decades, they are the people who can help us address this issue and end this violence.”
Police officers search a playground for evidence at a crime scene where two individuals were injured by gunshots on
Atlantic Avenue, Saturday, July 18, 2020, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
    Gov. Cuomo took heat Monday after commenting ahead of the weekend that President Trump was liable for some of the violence in the city.
    “The genesis of the crime you can have a great debate about, but the Trump economy, Trump not providing COVID relief, George Floyd’s murder, Trump’s response to the George Floyd murder, race relation stress…so, I think Trump has some liability for the increase in crime,” he stated.
    Those comments didn’t age well after the city saw 43 people injured in 32 separate incidents throughout the weekend.    In light of the weekend violence, conservative New Yorkers turned up the heat on Cuomo for denying the president’s offer to send in federal agents to quell unrest in the city in late July.
    Looking forward to November, the president appears intent to capitalize off of the spike in crime and New York’s sky-high taxes in a bid to turn the state red in November.

8/18/2020 Daily Caller: BLM Movement Wants To Destroy America by OAN Newsroom
    A conservative reporter said the Black Lives Matter movement is attacking and hurting American tradition as well as religion.    One America’s John Hines spoke to Jorge Ventura from Daily Caller and has more on this report.

8/18/2020 Secy. Mnuchin Urges Democrats To Resume Stalling Stimulus Talks by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump listens as Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin speaks at a news conference in the James Brady
Press Briefing Room at the White House, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is calling on Democrat Party officials to resume talks on a new round of coronavirus relief.
    During an interview Tuesday, he said President Trump’s latest proposals focus on encouraging employment and helping small businesses that create some 50 percent of all jobs in the U.S.
    “He wants us to provide money for kids and jobs,” Mnuchin explained.    “And the second round of PPP and direct payments are a clear part of that.”
    The secretary also noted that Democrats must come to the table to advance the economic recovery.
    “The good news is despite Congress not acting because (Chuck) Schumer and (Nancy) Pelosi aren’t willing to sit down and strike a reasonable deal, the president moved forward with the EO to help people who are still unemployed,” he continued.
    Mnuchin noted that Democrats have yet to reduce the size of their proposed $3.5 trillion relief bill, but they seem unwilling to compromise so far.
    “The good news is we’re moving forward,” he stated.    “The president’s EO on unemployment, we now have many states moving through that process.”

8/18/2020 Navarro: U.S. Democrats, Chinese Communists Collude Against President Trump by OAN Newsroom
White House trade adviser Peter Navarro watches as Marine One with President Donald Trump aboard prepares
to land at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    White House trade adviser Peter Navarro is criticizing Democrats for taking China’s side amid President Trump’s crackdown on the country.
    During an interview Monday, Navarro said that while China is outwardly appearing to abide by the phase one conditions of a trade agreement with the U.S., its leadership is hoping to help usher in a Joe Biden presidency.
    “The Chinese obviously want him (Donald Trump) out because he’s really tough on them,” stated the the adviser.    “The Democratic Party obviously wants to take over the reins of power.”
    According to Navarro, this is due to Democrat policies being perceived as more beneficial to Beijing.
    “All the Dems want to do is blame the president, you never hear them talk about the Chinese Communist Party infecting this country,” he pointed out.    “And that’s a discussion that should be happening in Milwaukee this week, but I will predict it won’t.”
    Navarro also mirrored President Trump’s condemnation of the Chinese leadership over what he characterized as its mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic.

8/18/2020 Democrat State Senator Facing Felony Charges Over Involvement In Destruction Of Confederate Monument by OAN Newsroom
SFile – Va. state Sen. Louise Lucas (D) speaks during debate on the Senate floor at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. (Steve Helber/AP Photo)
    A Democrat state senator in Virginia is facing charges over her alleged involvement in the destruction of a confederate monument in Portsmouth.
    During a press briefing Monday, Portsmouth Police Chief Angela Greene announced state Sen. Louise Lucas (D) was charged with two felonies related to the incident.
    Lucas and several other leaders in the state, including multiple NAACP officials, are all facing felony charges connected to the protest, which also left one man severely injured.
    The police chief said an investigation into the monument’s destruction remains ongoing and more charges against additional participants are expected.
    “Countless monuments across our state were being defaced by protesters, many of those localities investigated the acts of destruction and subsequently charged the responsible parties well after the incidents were over,” Chief Greene explained.    “What is important to note is that out of all the incidents that occurred across our nation, our incident is the only incident that resulted in a man being gravely injured.”     Democrat Gov. Ralph Northam weighed-in on the news Monday night while taking to Twitter.    He said the charges were “deeply troubling” and “highly unusual.”

8/19/2020 Oil down $0.21 to $42.60, DOW down 67 to 27,778.

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8/19/2020 New Senate report calls Manafort ‘grave’ threat - Panel took last look into 2016 Russian interference by Kristine Phillips and Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY
    WASHINGTON – Paul Manafort’s role as chairman of the Trump campaign, his longstanding ties to people affiliated with Russian intelligence services, and his willingness to share information with them “represented a grave counterintelligence threat” during the 2016 presidential race, according to a new report from the Senate Intelligence Committee.
    “The Committee found that Manafort’s presence on the Campaign and proximity to Trump created opportunities for Russian intelligence services to exert influence over, and acquire confidential information on, the Trump campaign,” according to the nearly 1,000 page report released Tuesday.
    The bipartisan report gives a comprehensive account of contacts between Trump campaign aides and Russian actors.    It confirms the findings by former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation that Russia sought to sway the 2016 race in Trump’s favor and that members of the president’s campaign were eager beneficiaries of the effort, although there was no evidence of a conspiracy with the Kremlin.
    Manafort was released to home confinement in May due to the risk posed by the spread of the coronavirus in federal prison after he received a combined sentence of just more than seven years.
    The heavily redacted report, released just three months before the presidential election, is the final installment from the Republican-led committee’s three-year probe into Russian election meddling.
    The report also provides an unflattering look of the FBI, which the committee said gave “unjustified credence” on the findings of a former British intelligence officer, or the so-called Steele dossier, as it sought court approvals to wiretap former Trump campaign aide Carter Page.    A separate report by the Justice Department’s inspector general found several errors and misstatements in applications to wiretap Page, although it concluded that the broader Russia investigation was legitimate.
    Democrats highlighted findings about Trump campaign officials contacts with Russian actors.
    Sen. Mark Werner, D-Virginia and the committee’s vice chairman, said the “breathtaking level of contacts between Trump officials and Russian government operatives” is a “very real counterintelligence threat to our elections.”
    The report delves into Manafort’s ties with Konstantin Kilimnik, a longtime business associate with whom Manafort worked as part of his lobbying efforts in Ukraine and Russia. While Mueller’s investigators described Kilimnik as someone with ties to Russian intelligence, the committee called Kilimnik “a Russian intelligence officer,” with whom Manafort “sought to secretly share” sensitive internal polling data from the Trump campaign.
Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., right, and Vice Chairman Mark Warner, D-Va., head the
Senate intelligence committee. VICE CHAIRMAN MARK WARNER, D-VA./AP
[The Democrats and the Deep State must be scared that Trump may pardon Manafort so he can tell the real story of what happened and as you can see that in the article that Konstantin Kilimnik, a longtime business associate who actually worked for the U.S. government so he could not be a Russian asset.].

8/19/2020 Senate report on Russia calls Manafort ‘grave’ threat by Kristine Phillips and Kevin Johnson by USA TODAY
    WASHINGTON – Paul Manafort’s role as chairman of the Trump campaign, his longstanding ties to people affiliated with Russian intelligence services and his willingness to share information with them “represented a grave counterintelligence threat” during the 2016 presidential race, according to a new report from the Senate Intelligence Committee.     “The Committee found that Manafort’s presence on the Campaign and proximity to Trump created opportunities for Russian intelligence services to exert influence over, and acquire confidential information on, the Trump campaign,” according to the nearly 1,000-page report released Tuesday.
    The wide-ranging, bipartisan report gives a comprehensive account of contacts between Russian actors and Trump associates, including Manafort and Donald Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son. It confirms the findings by former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation that Russia sought to sway the 2016 race in Trump’s favor and that members of the president’s campaign were eager beneficiaries of the effort, although there was no evidence of a conspiracy with the Kremlin.
    Manafort was released to home confinement in May because of the risk posed by the spread of the coronavirus in federal prison after being sentenced to more than seven years.    His attorneys didn’t respond to requests for comment.    The heavily redacted report, released just three months before the presidential election, is the final installment from the Republican-led committee’s three-year probe into Russian election meddling.
    “We can say, without any hesitation, that the Committee found absolutely no evidence that then-candidate Donald Trump or his campaign colluded with the Russian government to meddle in the 2016 election,” said Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., the committee’s acting chairman.    “What the Committee did find, however, is very troubling.    We found irrefutable evidence of Russian meddling.”
    The Trump campaign cast the Senate panel’s findings as yet more proof that there was no conspiracy with Russia.
    “The Russia Collusion Hoax is the greatest political scandal in the history of this country,” Tim Murtaugh, Trump 2020 communications director, said in a statement.
    Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., the committee’s former chair who oversaw much of the investigation, struck a more neutral tone.
    “One of the Committee’s most important – and overlooked – findings is that much of Russia’s activities weren’t related to producing a specific electoral outcome, but attempted to undermine our faith in the democratic process itself.    Their aim is to sow chaos, discord, and distrust.    Their efforts are not limited to elections.    The threat is ongoing,” Burr said.
    Democrats, meanwhile, highlighted findings about Trump campaign officials’ contacts with Russian actors.
    The committee’s vice chairman.
    The bipartisan report is the final installment from the Republican-led committee’s three-year inquiry into Russian election meddling.
    Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., said the “breathtaking level of contacts between Trump officials and Russian government operatives” is a “very real counterintelligence threat to our elections.”
    “This is what collusion looks like,” said Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., chair of the House Intelligence Committee, echoing Senate Democrats.
    The report delves deeply into Manafort’s ties with Konstantin Kilimnik, a longtime business associate with whom Manafort worked as part of his lobbying efforts in Ukraine and Russia.
    While Mueller’s investigators described Kilimnik as someone with ties to Russian intelligence, the committee called him “a Russian intelligence officer” with whom Manafort “sought to secretly share” sensitive internal polling data from the Trump campaign.    The committee, however, was unable to determine why Manafort did so or with whom Kilimnik shared the information.
    During and after the 2016 campaign, Manafort and Kilimnik spoke and met multiple times.    The two talked about strategies to defeat Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, according to the report, citing a conversation Kilimnik had with an associate in which he said Manafort had a “clever plan of screwing Clinton.”    The two also talked about how Trump might win, the report said, noting that Manafort expected Kilimnik to share the information to people in Ukraine and elsewhere.
    The report said Kilimnik sought to leverage his relationship with Manafort and use him to influence the Trump administration and Moscow “to effect a certain political outcome.”
    The committee also said Kilimnik may have been tied to the Russian intelligence “hack and leak” operations during the 2016 campaign.    The committee said it obtained information suggesting that Kilimnik may have been the channel for Russian intelligence officials to coordinate the hacking operation, although it acknowledged its evidence is limited.
    Manafort is one of half a dozen former Trump aides and associates who were indicted as a result of the Mueller investigation.    The Senate panel’s findings on Manafort and Kilimnik mirrored some of those in Mueller’s report.
    Manafort had told Mueller’s investigators that he did not believe his longtime associate was also working as a Russian spy.    Mueller’s team noted that Manafort’s partner, Rick Gates, had suspected Kilimnik was a “spy” and shared that assessment with Manafort.
    In one of two meetings with Kilimnik during his tenure as Trump campaign chairman, “Manafort briefed Kilimnik on the state of the Trump Campaign and Manafort’s plan to win the election,” the Mueller report concluded.    “That briefing encompassed the campaign’s messaging and its internal polling data.    According to Gates, it also included discussion of ‘battleground’ states, which Manafort identified as Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Minnesota.”
    Early last year, a federal judge found that Manafort had lied repeatedly to federal prosecutors about his contacts with Kilimnik, ultimately upending a plea deal Manafort had struck with Mueller’s team.    Among the contested exchanges, prosecutors asserted that Manafort lied about having provided polling data to Kilimnik.
    In 2018, Manafort and Kilimnik were charged together with trying to obstruct Mueller’s inquiry by seeking to block the testimony of at least two witnesses.
    The case prompted a judge to revoke Manafort’s bail and order him to jail to await separate trials on a slew of financial fraud charges in Alexandria, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., where he was ultimately convicted.
    The report also provides an unflattering look at the FBI, which the committee said gave “unjustified credence” on the findings of a former British intelligence officer, or the so-called Steele dossier, as it sought court approvals to wiretap former Trump campaign aide Carter Page.
    Republicans seized on this finding to criticize the FBI’s investigation of the Trump campaign during the early days of the Russia investigation.
    “We discovered deeply troubling actions taken by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, particularly their acceptance and willingness to rely on the ‘Steele Dossier’ without verifying its methodology or sourcing,” Rubio said.
Manafort
[The Democrats and Mueller have not caught or punished any Russians and only attacked a man who worked with 5 presidents who did their dirty work for them and it is only because Trump was running for president that they went after him and after failing to come up with anything they had to use the FBI to do corrupt things to try to find anything on Trump and as you have seen they have destroyed many persons lives and as recent times are showing that it is all coming to light for America to see and the upcoming election will determine the future of this country.].

8/19/2020 WTO Goods Trade Index Hits Record Low, Detects Some Recovery Signs
FILE PHOTO: The logo of the World Trade Organization (WTO) is pictured after a
General Council meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, July 23, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
    ZURICH (Reuters) – The World Trade Organization said on Wednesday its goods trade barometer hit a record low, suggesting global merchandise trade registered a historic fall in the second quarter of 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic raged.
    “Additional indicators point to partial upticks in world trade and output in the third quarter, but the strength of any such recovery remains highly uncertain: an L-shaped, rather than V-shaped, trajectory cannot be ruled out,” the WTO said https://www.wto.org/english/news_e/news20_e/wtoi_19aug20_e.htm on its website.
    The barometer reading of 84.5 was down 18.6 points down from the year-ago period.    In normal times, it anticipates changes in the trajectory of trade by a few months, but volatility triggered by the pandemic has reduced its predictive value.
    “This reading – the lowest on record in data going back to 2007, and on par with the nadir of the 2008-09 financial crisis – is broadly consistent with WTO statistics issued in June, which estimated an 18.5% decline in merchandise trade in the second quarter of 2020 as compared to the same period last year,” the WTO said.
    The exact extent of the fall will become clear only when official trade data for April to June become available.
    The WTO had forecast in April that global trade in goods would fall between 13% and 32% in 2020 before rebounding by 21-24% in 2021, but in June said rapid responses by governments meant its pessimistic scenario for this year was unlikely.
    “The WTO’s June statistics implied a 14% drop in global merchandise trade volume between the first and second quarters of this year.    This estimate, together with the new Goods Trade Barometer reading, suggest that world trade in 2020 is evolving in line with the less pessimistic of the two scenarios outlined in the WTO’s April forecast,” it said on Wednesday.
(Reporting by Michael Shields; Editing by Toby Chopra)

8/19/2020 USPS Postmaster General Delays Reform Measures by OAN Newsroom
A person drops into a mail box applications for mail-in ballots, in Omaha, Neb., Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020.
The Postmaster general announced Tuesday he is halting some operational changes to mail delivery that critics
warned were causing widespread delays and could disrupt voting in the November election. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
    United States Postal Service Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has delayed new agency reforms until after the presidential election.
    In a statement Tuesday, DeJoy said the agency is ready to receive the large volume of election mail this fall.    The postmaster also emphasized retail hours will be unchanged and overtime will continue to be approved.
    The new announcement came after more than 20 states filed two separate lawsuits against the postmaster general over the proposed operational changes.    Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, joined by 13 other attorneys general, filed one of the suits.
    “The fact that within 15-minutes of being on a phone call announcing this lawsuit, the postmaster — ‘you know what, we’re going to back down’ — I think is an indication that we’ve already had some success,” stated the attorney.    “We’re not declaring victory by any stretch of imagination, but it’s already an initial victory in this battle.”
    The new agency reforms, which were brought forward last Friday, included cutbacks in overtime and would have allowed the Postal Service to no longer treat mail-in ballots as first class mail.
A cardboard figure is stuck to a mailbox in Omaha, Neb., Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. The Postmaster general
announced Tuesday he is halting some operational changes to mail delivery that critics warned were
causing widespread delays and could disrupt voting in the November election. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
    DeJoy said the decision was made in order to “avoid the appearance of any impact on election mail.”    Democrats raised concerns after claiming the changes would severely delay mail-in ballots and disenfranchise some voters.
    “We need to call upon and are calling upon the board of governors to remove this postmaster general,” stated Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.).    “…we just saw the statement of the postmaster general saying he doesn’t plan to make any additional changes…we need to watch that diligently, but they need to reverse the measures they’ve already put in place.”
    However, DeJoy stated the planned operational changes will still continue after the November election.    The postmaster general is set testify before the House Oversight and Reform Committee next week regarding the changes.

8/19/2020 Conway On Republican National Convention: It Will Be An Exciting Week by OAN Newsroom
Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway speaks to reporters outside the West Wing of
the White House in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    Kellyanne Conway recently slammed Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden and previewed the upcoming Republican National Convention.     On Wednesday, she pointed out Democrats have talked about President Trump extensively at their convention and added it’s as if they don’t want to talk about Biden.
    According to Conway, Democrats failed to highlight even two or three things Biden has done in his 47-year political career that have actually impacted people’s lives.
    The counselor indicated President Trump is planning to compare his record to Biden’s during the RNC next week.
    “This president has done more in the 47 months than Joe Biden has done in 47 years to make a difference in people’s lives.    I think that will be a part of the messaging.    It will be an exciting week.    You want to picture these people as president, only the president can deliver that from here.    Only the first lady can be here delivering her address, which also is excellent.” – Kellyanne Conway, Counselor to the President
    The Republican National Convention will span over four days next week.    President Trump will deliver his nomination acceptance speech from the White House next Thursday.

8/19/2020 Julian Castro: Democrats Rapidly Losing Latino Support, Says Leftists Have Taken Latino Vote For Granted by OAN Newsroom
File – Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary and Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro
listens to a question at the J Street National Conference in Washington. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP Photo)
    According to failed presidential candidate Julian Castro, the Democrat Party is losing support of the Latino community.    In an interview Tuesday, the ‘former Obama-era affiliate said Democrats have taken the Latino vote for granted for too long and that has caused widening resentment.
    A rising number of Latinos are now rejecting calls for open borders and dismantling the police while Cuban and Venezuelan Americans are rejecting socialist ideas.
    Castro said Democrats and their supporters are looking down on Latinos as well.
I don’t think it’s only the Democratic Party,” he stated.    “I think in every way in American society in the media, in Hollywood, in many professions there’s this image of the Latino community as though everybody got here five minutes ago.”
    Castro, however, went on to blame the party for the Latino community’s latest plight while pointing to rising crime and economic depression in Democrat-controlled areas.

8/19/2020 President Trump Calls Fmr. DHS Official Miles Taylor ‘A Lowlife’ For Backing Biden by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks at an event at the Wittman Regional Airport Monday, Aug. 17, 2020, in Oshkosh, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)
    President Trump has criticized his former Department of Homeland Security (DHS) chief of staff, Miles Taylor, over his endorsement of Joe Biden.    On Tuesday, the president said he didn’t know much about Taylor and noted that the two were never properly introduced either.
    President Trump went on to suggest the Democrats may have offered Taylor a reward to try and discredit the Trump administration.    He also added that Taylor supported his agenda while working at the DHS despite him now claiming otherwise.
    “He’s (Taylor) been gone for close to a year and half…said the greatest things and all of a sudden he says bad right before an election,” pointed out the president.    “He’s a bad people, he’s a sick people and we call it out…he’s a low life.”
    President Trump’s comments followed Taylor’s highly publicized video address, where he claimed disfunction at the Trump administration led him to support Biden.

8/19/2020 President Trump Supports Oracle’s Bid For TikTok by OAN Newsroom
FILE – The logo of TikTok application is seen on a mobile phone screen in this picture illustration taken February 21, 2019. (REUTERS Photo/Danish Siddiqui/Illustration)
    President Trump recently weighed-in on yet another company looking to take over TikTok‘s U.S. operations.    While speaking with reporters in Arizona Tuesday, he said Oracle is a company to watch in the bid for the popular social media app.
    In an effort to take control, the tech firm has reportedly teamed up with a few smaller investors who already hold some stake in Bytedance, which is the Chinese company that owns TikTok.
    The president voiced his approval for Oracle as well as its owner Larry Ellison who has been an active supporter of President Trump’s reelection campaign.
    “Well, I think Oracle is a great company and I think its owner is a tremendous guy, tremendous person,” stated the president.    “I think that Oracle would be certainly somebody that could handle it.”
    President Trump went on to say Oracle has a good chance of coming out on top, but whoever does will have to compensate the U.S. Treasury for making the deal possible.

8/19/2020 ‘Rock Bottom’ Lebanon Must Reform For Long-Term Aid -U.S by Humeyra Pamuk and Arshad Mohammed
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale speaks to the media after visiting
the site of a massive explosion at Beirut's port, Lebanon, August 15, 2020. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – There is no more foreign money for a Lebanese leadership that enriches itself and spurns the popular will, a top U.S. official said on Wednesday, saying Lebanon had hit “rock bottom” with its Aug. 4 port explosion and must now enact profound reforms.br>     Undersecretary of State David Hale made the comments a week after visiting Lebanon following the blast that killed more than 172 people, injured 6,000, left 300,000 homeless and destroyed swathes of Beirut https://www.reuters.com/article/us-lebanon-security-blast-skyline/gazing-over-wasteland-beirutis-mourn-lost-lady-of-the-world-idUSKCN25F1LZ, compounding a deep financial crisis.
    “They (the Lebanese people) see rulers who use the system in order to enrich themselves and to ignore popular demands,” Hale said.    “That era is over.    There is no more money for that.    They are at rock bottom and sooner or later, I believe, that the leadership will appreciate the fact that it is time to change.”
    “And if not, I am convinced that the public will increase the pressure on them,” Hale added in a conference call in which he laid out a long list of needed policy changes, including carrying out fiscal and economic reforms, ending endemic corruption, improving transparency, addressing an inadequate electrical system and carrying out an audit of the central bank.
    Western officials have conveyed to Lebanese leaders that Western donors would not bail out Lebanon without fundamental reforms but that message had been largely met with disappointing responses, a U.N. official said earlier this week.
    “What happened at the port (is) bad enough, but in many ways it’s symptomatic of larger problems in Lebanon,” Hale said and added:     “We can’t fix that from the outside.    Lebanese leaders have to demonstrate the political will and the commitment to do that and that was my main message.”
    Asked about Hezbollah’s role in any potential government, Hale said Washington has in the past dealt with Lebanese governments with a Hezbollah component in it and that it would examine the circumstances if that would again be the case.
    “Reforms are contrary to the interests of all the status quo leaders and that very much includes Hezbollah, which today is perceived as a big part of the problem,” he said.
    Hezbollah has faced growing criticism for its perceived failure to deliver on promised reforms since winning a parliamentary majority with its allies in 2018.    It is seen as protecting a corrupt political class that has driven Lebanon into the ground https://www.reuters.com/article/us-lebanon-tribunal-hezbollah-analysis/lebanons-hezbollah-got-power-but-lost-the-country-idUSKCN25F1P4.
    The government – nominated by Hezbollah and its allies after the previous administration led by Saad al-Hariri, son of the slain PM, was toppled by a civic uprising last October – resigned over the Aug. 4 blast.
(Reporting By Humeyra Pamuk and Arshad Mohammed; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Grant McCool)

8/19/2020 U.S Companies To Unveil Iraq Investments During Iraqi PM Visit Thursday: Official
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. companies plan to unveil investments and agreements with the Iraqi government during Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi’s first visit to the White House on Thursday, a senior administration official said.
    The official, who briefed reporters in a Wednesday call, declined to offer details, saying he did not want to get ahead of U.S. Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette.
    The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday that U.S. oil major Chevron Corp tentatively plans to sign a memorandum of understanding with Iraq to develop one of the country’s large oil fields, citing people familiar with the matter.

8/19/2020 Attorney General Barr Won’t Seek Death Penalty Against British Islamic State Execution Squad Members
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Attorney General William Barr testifies before the House Judiciary Committee in the Congressional
Auditorium at the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center, in Washington, U.S., July 28, 2020. Chip Somodevilla/Pool via REUTERS
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Attorney General William Barr has informed British authorities the U.S. will not seek the death penalty if two British Islamic State execution squad members, nicknamed the “Beatles,” are extradited to the United States.
    In a letter to Priti Patel, Britain’s interior minister, dated Tuesday, Barr said if Britain grants a U.S. extradition request for Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh, the U.S. will not seek the death penalty and would not carry out executions if they were to be imposed.
(Reporting by Mark Hosenball and Sarah Lynch; Editing by Chris Reese)

8/19/2020 U.N. Accused Of Racism By Asking Staff In Survey If They Are ‘Yellow’
FILE PHOTO: The United Nations Headquarters is pictured in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., March 10, 2020. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
    NEW YORK (Reuters) – The United Nations has been accused by some of its staff of racism after it issued a survey that included a question asking how they identify themselves, and offered ‘yellow’ among the possible responses.
    The ‘U.N. Survey on Racism’ was sent to thousands of staff on Wednesday.    An email accompanying the survey said it was being carried out as part of U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ “campaign to eradicate racism and promote dignity.”
    But the first question, on how staff identify themselves, itself reflected an historic Western racist view of Asians by listing ‘yellow’ as an option, several U.N. staffers told Reuters.    Other categories offered were black, brown, white, mixed/multi-racial and any other.
    “The first question is insane, deeply offensive and hard to fathom how in an organization as diverse as the United Nations this question was approved for release in a system-wide survey,” said one U.N. staff member, speaking on condition of anonymity.
    The United Nations did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the survey.
    Erica Foldy, an associate professor at the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University, said the use of the term was not acceptable.
    “The term ‘yellow’ to refer to people of Asian descent is a slur.    It should not be used, period. At the same time, it is useful to remember that language related to race is complex and always in flux,” she said.
    “Recently Brown, which had been considered something of a slur (though perhaps never as problematic as yellow) has come into broad use.    But I don’t see that happening with ‘yellow’,” Foldy said.
    The email accompanying the survey, seen by Reuters, says: “This survey will provide us with the needed data to understand the depth of racism within the United Nations.”    It adds, “we are not immune to the issue.”
    Organizations and companies have been under increasing pressure to address racism in the wake of global protests sparked by the death of George Floyd, a Black American who died in May after a white police officer knelt on his neck.
(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; editing by Mary Milliken and Rosalba O’Brien)

8/19/2020 Exclusive: Germany, France Want More Funding, Power For WHO As Part Of Sweeping Reforms by Andreas Rinke and Stephanie Nebehay
FILE PHOTO: A logo is pictured on the headquarters of the World Health Orgnaization
(WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland, June 25, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo
    BERLIN/GENEVA (Reuters) – Germany and France want to give more money and power to the World Health Organisation after the COVID-19 pandemic underscored long-standing financial and legal weaknesses at the U.N. agency, an internal document seen by Reuters shows.
    The proposed reforms could already be discussed at the WHO in mid-September, three officials familiar with the talks told Reuters, in a fast timeline that would confirm the two European powers’ growing concerns about the organisation, which they also see as excessively subject to external influences.
    In a joint paper circulated among diplomats involved in the reform talks, Berlin and Paris said the WHO’s mandate, which includes preventing outbreaks across the world and helping governments tackle them, was not backed up by sufficient financial resources and legal powers.
    “Not only during the current pandemic, it has become clear that the WHO partly lacks the abilities to fulfil this mandate,” the document seen by Reuters said.
    A Western diplomat in Geneva, referring to member states’ contributions based on their GDP, said: “The key point is the mismatch between WHO mandate and financing.    It’s very much pro-WHO, it should have more money and (they are) asking for an increase in assessed contributions.”
    France and Germany are seeking consensus “from Washington to Beijing” around the document, a source close to the talks said.
    The move shows the two countries’ keen interest in an overhaul aimed at strengthening the WHO, despite talks on the matter with the United States collapsing earlier in August at G7 level over differing views about the reform.
    France and Germany, whose health ministers pledged new funds after talks with WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in June, have not hidden their criticism of the WHO.
    But their approach is very different from that of the Trump administration which has cut funding, announced its withdrawal from next July, and accused Tedros of being a puppet of China.
    The Franco-German reform plan is focused on strengthening the WHO, in part to empower it to be able to be more critical of member states if they do not honour global rules on transparency in reporting health and disease issues.
    A German government official, asked to comment on the document, said: “Germany together with others wants a reform, talks are under way on different levels.”
    The French health ministry was not available for comment.
    A WHO spokeswoman was unable to provide any information.
UNDERFUNDED
    The seven-page document lists 10 reforms aimed at boosting the WHO’s legal powers and funding.
    “WHO’s overall budget with roughly $5 billion per biennium equals the funding of a larger sub-regional hospital,” the joint paper said, urging larger and more reliable funding.
    Only a fifth of the agency’s budget comes from member states’ payments without strings attached.    The remainder is raised through “short-term, unpredictable and largely highly specified voluntary contributions,” the document said, in an apparent reference to the role of individual philanthropic funders such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
    A stronger budget is needed in particular for handling emergencies, the document said, to avoid the WHO needing to raise funds in the midst of outbreaks, which could further reduce its independence.
    WHO experts should be able to “independently investigate and assess (potential) outbreaks as early as possible”, the paper says.    China has been accused in this pandemic and in past epidemics of being slow or reluctant to share data and to grant swift access to WHO teams.
    The WHO should also be subject to a stronger oversight in emergencies to quickly assess its operations, the document said, proposing the creation of a group of national experts who could monitor crises.
    To make sure that the proposed reforms have a proper follow-up, the document recommends the establishment of a panel of experts for this purpose, similar to the one that is currently assessing the handling of the pandemic.
(Reporting by Andreas Rinke in Berlin and Stephanie Nebehay in Geneva; additional reporting by Tangi Salaun in Paris and Kate Kelland in London; writing by Francesco Guarascio @fraguarascio; editing by Nick Macfie)

8/19/2020 Trump Campaign Sues N.J. Gov. Murphy Over Recent Executive Order On Mail-In Voting by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this May 19, 2020 file photo New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy listens during his daily coronavirus
news conference at the War Memorial in Trenton, N.J. (Chris Pedota/The Record via AP, Pool)
    The Trump campaign has sued New Jersey’s governor over his directive to expand mail-in voting.    The suit was filed against Phil Murphy, who recently signed an executive order requiring every voter in the state to receive a mail-in ballot, even if they’re planning to vote in person.
    “Expanding access to the ballot box is something we have work to do throughout our administration, ensuring not only that everyone gets a ballot, but that they have secure ways of returning that ballot,” he stated.
    The Trump campaign’s suit argued Murphy’s order violated citizens’ right to vote because universal mail-in voting can lead to large-scale voter fraud.    It further alleged the power to change New Jersey’s election law belongs to the state legislature.
    The Trump campaign has also taken legal action in the Midwest, where several Iowa counties sent out pre-filled forms to all of their residents.    The forms included their voter pin and driver’s license numbers.
FILE – In this July 7, 2020, file photo a woman wearing gloves drops off a mail-in ballot at a drop box in Hackensack, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
    The suit claimed these counties violated a directive from state officials, which required application forms to be completely blank when residents receive them.
    These legal actions are only part of the Trump campaign’s larger fight against dozens of Democrat states and localities.    With help from the RNC, the campaign has challenged governors, liberal groups and the DNC on their efforts to expand mail-in voting.
    “We want to make sure in this time of uncertainty every American is able to vote safely, but we cannot derail the safeguards that ensure election integrity,” said RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel.
    The RNC has launched a website as part of their initiative, which outlines their legal victories so far.
    “Americans deserve to have confidence in their elections,” read a statement from the website.

8/19/2020 Barr: 1K Arrests Made Since DOJ Launched Operation Legend by OAN Newsroom
Attorney General William Barr talks to the media during a news conference about Operation Legend, a federal task force
formed to fight violent crime in several cities, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
    According to the nation’s top cop, more than 200 suspects have been charged with federal crimes and more than 1,000 arrests have been made since the Justice Department launched Operation Legend.    Attorney General William Barr made the announcement during a press briefing in Kansas City.
    The initiative was launched in July in response to nationwide riots, calls to defund police and a surge in violent crimes in major U.S. cities.
    “Its mission is to save lives, solve crimes and take violent offenders off the streets before they can claim more victims,” stated Barr.    “Rather than demonizing and defunding our police, we are supporting and strengthening our law enforcement partners at the state and local level.”
    Operation Legend was named in honor of 4-year-old Legend Taliferro, who was shot and killed while he slept on June 29th in Kansas City.
    His suspected killer, 22-year-old Ryson Ellis, is currently behind bars and is facing second-degree murder charges.

8/19/2020 Pompeo: UN Members Must Comply To Limit Iran Arms Sales by OAN Newsroom
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo listens during a news conference at the State Department in Washington,
Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020, with Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has urged the United Nations to observe its own resolutions and restrict Iran’s access to advanced weapons.    On Wednesday, Pompeo announced the U.S. will reimpose full sanctions on the ayatollah regime, since the UN has failed to extend the arms embargo.     “You have to remember: 2231 isn’t a U.S. document, it is a UN Security Council document,” he said.    “It has a set of provisions, it has a set of rights and obligations.”
    According to Resolution 2231, the embargo can only be lifted if Iran abandons its nuclear program.    However, the Iranians continue to enrich uranium.
    “We have every expectation that every country in the world will live up to its obligations, including every member of the P5 and every member of the UN, that will take seriously the international commitments to which they have signed up for.    It’s the longstanding commitment of the United States to do that.    We are confident that every country will see that it is in their best interests that UN Security Council Resolution 2231 is fully enforced.” – Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State
    Some members of the council have argued the Iran nuclear deal is no longer in full effect, making Resolution 2231 irrelevant as well.

8/19/2020 Vice President Pence: Biden To Enforce Far-Left, Anti-American Agenda by OAN Newsroom
Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the Tankcraft Corporation Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020, in Darien, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
    While speaking in Wisconsin this week, Vice President Mike Pence criticized Joe Biden for campaigning virtually throughout this year’s electoral season.    On Wednesday, the vice president pointed out Biden hasn’t been to the state since at least 2012, yet he somehow hopes to win over the state’s voters.
    “You know, I heard on the way here that Joe Biden hasn’t actually been to Wisconsin in 659 days,” he said.
    The vice president claimed Biden wants to increase taxes for all Americans by twice as much as Hillary Clinton had proposed back in 2016.
    Pence also suggested his predecessor is endorsing dangerous, far-left ideas.
    “The president has always said he’ll see what happens and make a determination in the aftermath.    It’s the same thing he said last November.    He wants a free election, a fair election.    He wants confidence in the results of the election, particularly when you have states like Nevada doing mass mail-out voting to their voting rolls.    When they tried this in the primary, it was a massive failure.    Ballots were piled up in trash cans, ballots were pinned to apartment dart boards. With that being the system, the president wants to take a hard look at this and make sure that these are fair election results and not subject to fraud.” – Mike Pence, Vice President of the United States
    The Trump administration has become increasingly concerned over the reliability of the mail-in voting system ahead of November’s election.

8/19/2020 President Trump Criticizes ‘Horrendously Stupid’ Obama Era Iran Nuclear Deal by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at the White House, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    President Trump held a press briefing on Wednesday to discuss the latest updates to what he is calling the “horrendously stupid” Obama era Iran nuclear deal.    The president announced he has directed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to “restore virtually all of the previously suspended UN sanctions on Iran.”
    He went on to call the deal an “Obama-Biden foreign policy failure.”    He further alleged the U.S. funneled billions of dollars to Iran indirectly, which in turn funded all of the “chaos and bloodshed” in the region.
    “My administration will not allow this Iran nuclear situation to go on,” stated President Trump.    “They will never have a nuclear weapon.”
    The president concluded the Obama administration did not do a “good job” with the deal.    He added if they did, the American people would not have supported his “Make America Great Again” agenda.
    He also said it’s time for American soldiers to come home from Iraq and reiterated there will be peace in the Middle East.

8/19/2020 Second Amendment Activists March In Richmond, Va. by OAN Newsroom
VCU Police stand in the foreground as a group of protesters block the street outside the Siegel Center in Richmond, Va.,
where the Virginia House of Delegates was meeting Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)
    Several groups representing their respective causes rallied in Richmond, Virginia on Tuesday, including a group in support of Second Amendment rights.    Demonstrators mobilized at the capitol building and marched to where state lawmakers were holding a special session on an emergency budget.
    Virginia’s Democrat Governor Ralph Northam recently announced proposals to provide additional funding for police reform and expand access to voting ahead of the coming election.    State lawmakers previously attempted to clamp down on gun owners’ rights, which prompted demonstrations against further infringement.
Members of the Boogaloo group kneel outside the Siegel Center in Richmond, Va., where the Virginia House
of Delegates is meeting Tuesday, August 18, 2020. (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)
    “People are sick and tired of all age groups.    …All are out here for one reason: they are sick and tired of freedom getting stripped for no reason, so that the government can have more power.    So they can have more influence, so they can do more when we want them to do less.” – Unnamed protester
    Republican state lawmakers have blamed the “loss of order” in the city on a lack of leadership by Democrats.
    “I’m a little disgusted how they’ve handled things.    We’ve got a chance to fix that, but we don’t have the votes to support it.    So, we’ll see what we can stop today and kind of go from there.” – Bill DeSteph, State Senator (R-Va.)
    Last session, Virginia lawmakers passed a universal background check and a “one handgun a month” law, which demonstrators have called unconstitutional.
    “The only thing that can protect your right to be free is firearms.    Firearms protect the First Amendment and, like I said, firearms protect the Constitution in its entirety.    We support that. We want all the rights for all the people, all of the time.    That’s why we are here today.” – Mike Dunn, protester
    Protesters also slammed vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif), who previously claimed she supports mandatory gun buybacks and wants to get so-called “assault weapons” off the streets.
House Sgt. at Arms Jay Pearson, walking, right, carries the Mace into the Siegel Center as the Virginia House of
Delegates begins their special session in Richmond, Va. Tuesday, August 18, 2020. (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

8/19/2020 Portland Rioters Attempt To Set Building On Fire by OAN Newsroom
Photos via Portland Police Bureau.
    Two people were arrested after another riot was declared in Portland, Oregon earlier this week.    According to police, several hundred people marched on the Multnomah County Building on Tuesday night.
    The building currently houses the county sheriff’s office and is also where county commissioners meet.    The group blocked traffic and vandalized the building with graffiti before smashing windows and lighting a small fire inside the building.
    The scene was declared a riot soon after.    Police used crowd control munitions, but no tear gas, to disperse the rioters.
    Sheriff Michael Reese has called the actions “unprovoked and reprehensible.”
    The gathering, which was was dispersed shortly after midnight, marked 82 consecutive days of demonstrations in the city.

8/19/2020 McEnany: White House Seeking COVID Relief, But Democrats Aren’t Interested by OAN Newsroom
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany speaks during a press briefing at the
White House, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany called out Democrat lawmakers after they failed to come to a compromise over the latest stimulus relief legislation.
    On Wednesday, McEnany emphasized that while Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democrats went home, President Trump remained hard at work.    Amid stalled negotiations in Congress, the president took executive action to stop evictions and cut the payroll tax.
    According to the press secretary, Democrats also denied a $10 billion offer for the U.S. Postal Service in order to pursue their latest “manufactured crisis.”    She has said the White House is open to post office funding, but has been mainly focused on coronavirus relief.
    “We’re certainly open to post office funding.    We did, after all, offer that $10 billion that was turned down.    We’re open to that, but what we want to see in there is relief for the American people, who are hurt through no fault of their own.” – Kayleigh McEnany, White House Press Secretary
    She went on to say the White House is willing to look at $25 billion for the USPS, but added Pelosi has been entirely uninterested in providing relief to Americans so far.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, left, walks with White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, to listen to President Donald Trump speak
to a crowd of supporters at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport, Monday, Aug. 17, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    Meanwhile, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows believes a stimulus package will be passed soon, but suggested the legislation won’t be as big as planned.    While speaking to reporters, he stated he believes a so-called “skinny deal” is more likely to succeed.
    “I think the outlook for a skinny deal is better than it’s ever been, and yet we’re still not there.    If Speaker Pelosi moves forward a single bill on postal, that’s the first indication that we have that she’ll do a skinny bill, because obviously postal was part of the negotiations.    So, if she’s willing to do that, let’s add in the things we can agree upon.” – Mark Meadows, White House Chief of Staff
    Stimulus talks are expected to resume as soon as this week.

8/20/2020 Oil down $0.03 to $42.57, DOW down 85 to 27,693.

8/20/2020 COVID-19 PANDEMIC - Beshear: 655 new cases, 12 deaths - Governor announces state will apply for additional unemployment benefits by Sarah Ladd, Olivia Krauth and Matthew Glowicki, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Twelve more Kentuckians died from coronavirus complications and 655 more people tested positive, Gov. Andy Beshear said Wednesday.
    Before releasing the latest coronavirus numbers, he announced that Kentucky will apply for the $300 in additional unemployment benefits offered by the federal government.
    The state also plans to use federal coronavirus relief funds to add $100 to that amount, bringing the new weekly supplement to $400 – down from the original $600 originally paid for by the federal government.
    “While there are still some uncertainty in this new program, it is just too important to get these dollars to our families,” Beshear said.
    Those receiving unemployment benefits for the weeks of July 26 to Aug. 15 will be eligible to receive the additional $400 but shouldn’t expect payments before September.
    Wednesday’s numbers raise the total number of COVID-19 cases in Kentucky to 40,926 and deaths to 842.    The seven day average positivity rate is now 5.41%, and more than 9,000 people have recovered.
    “I don’t remember too many days that we had this many deaths back to back,” Beshear said, noting the higher deaths.
[12 deaths / 655 cases = 0.018% still low and 655 cases is less than half of what other states are having 1900-2300, and Kentucky 842 deaths / 40,926 cases = 0.020% So Beshear go back in your cave and stop your overreaching uncertainty and get our kids back in school and open more in Kentucky except Jefferson county where all the cases, BLM riots, looting, murders, etc. are happening.].

8/20/2020 Pompeo Warns Russia, China Against Ignoring Move To Reimpose U.N. Sanctions On Iran by Andrea Shalal
U.S. President Donald Trump arrives for a news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room
at the White House in Washington, U.S., August 19, 2020. REUTERS/Tom Brenner
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned Russia and China not to disregard the reimposition of all United Nations sanctions on Iran, which President Donald Trump has directed him to trigger at the U.N. Security Council in New York on Thursday.
    Pompeo will meet with Indonesia’s U.N. Ambassador Dian Triansyah Djani – council president for August – to submit a complaint about Iran’s non-compliance with a 2015 nuclear deal, even though Washington quit the accord in 2018.
    The nuclear deal between Iran, Russia, China, Germany, Britain, France and the United States aimed to prevent Tehran from developing nuclear weapons in return for sanctions relief.    That accord is enshrined in a 2015 Security Council resolution.
    In response to what the United States calls its “maximum pressure” campaign of unilateral sanctions – a bid to get Iran to negotiate a new deal – Tehran has breached central limits of the 2015 pact, including on its stock of enriched uranium.
    Diplomats say the so-called sanctions snapback process will be messy as Russia, China and other countries question the legality of the U.S. move given that Washington itself is no longer complying with what Trump called the “worst deal ever.”
    Given questions over the U.S. move, diplomats said Russia, China and other countries are likely to simply ignore it and not reimpose the sanctions on Iran.
    When asked if the United States would target Russia and China with sanctions if they refuse to reimpose the U.N. measures on Iran, Pompeo told Fox News on Wednesday: “Absolutely.”
    “We have already done that, where we have seen any country violate … the current American sanctions, we’ve held every nation accountable for that.    We’ll do the same thing with respect to the broader U.N. Security Council sanctions as well,” he said.
    The United States had threatened to use the sanctions snapback provision in the nuclear deal after it lost a bid in the Security Council on Friday to extend an arms embargo on Tehran, which is due to expire in October.
    Pompeo said it was unfortunate that the European members of the council abstained on the U.S. attempt to extend the arms embargo and that the move “makes the European people less safe.”
    “They just are wedded to this crazy nuclear deal, they’re trying to hang on to it,” he said.
    Once Pompeo submits the complaint about Iran to the Security Council, the body has 30 days to adopt a resolution to extend sanctions relief for Tehran or else the measures will automatically snap back.    Any attempt to extend the sanctions relief would be vetoed by the United States.
    Pompeo will also meet with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday.
(Reporting by Andrea Shalal and Eric Beech; Writing by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Sandra Maler and Cynthia Osterman)

8/20/2020 Trump Expects Saudi Arabia To Join UAE-Israel Deal
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the Brady Press Briefing
Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., August 19, 2020. REUTERS/Tom Brenner
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he expected Saudi Arabia to join the agreement announced last week by Israel and the United Arab Emirates to normalize diplomatic ties and forge a broad new relationship.
    “I do,” Trump replied when asked at a White House news conference if he expected Saudi Arabia to join the deal.
    Under the accord, which Trump helped broker, Israel agreed to suspend its planned annexation of areas of the occupied West Bank.    The agreement also firms up opposition to regional power Iran, which the UAE, Israel and the United States view as the main threat in the Middle East.
    In Saudi Arabia’s first official comment since the agreement was announced, its foreign minister said on Wednesday the Sunni kingdom remained committed to peace with Israel on the basis of a 2002 Arab Peace Initiative.
    Saudi Arabia, which does not recognize Israel, drew up the initiative by which Arab nations offered to normalize ties with Israel in return for a statehood deal with the Palestinians and full Israeli withdrawal from territory captured in 1967.
    Earlier in the news conference, Trump called the UAE-Israel accord a good deal and said “countries that you wouldn’t even believe want to come into that deal.”    He did not name any other countries besides Saudi Arabia.
    Trump also said the UAE was interested in buying F-35 jets made by Lockheed Martin Co, which Israel has used in combat.
    “They have the money and they would like to order quite a few F-35s,” Trump said.
(Reporting by Andrea Shalal; Writing by Mohammad Zargham; Editing by Eric Beech and Howard Goller)

8/20/2020 President Trump Discusses Pulling Troops From Iraq by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks as he meets with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi in the Oval
Office of the White House, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    President Trump said he looks forward to a day when American troops can come home from the Middle East.    During a joint press briefing with the Prime Minister of Iraq Thursday, the president said America’s military and its role in Iraq were expected to be a key talking point in their meeting.
    There are currently around 5,000 troops stationed in Iraq and the president said the U.S. is prepared to aid the nation if Iran were to try to interfere in Iraq.    However, President Trump also noted that he would like to get down to the lowest number of troops overseas as quickly as possible.
    Last month, a top U.S. general said he believes Americans would have a small, but enduring presence in the Middle East.    According to reports, discussions of a withdrawal may not be featured in the meeting, but instead the “posturing of the troops.”

8/20/2020 1.1M Americans Filed For Unemployment Last Week by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this June 11, 2020 file photo, pedestrians pass an office location for the New York State
Department of Labor in the Queens borough of New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)
    Weekly jobless claims rose above 1 million last week after two straight weeks of decline.    According to the Labor Department, 1.1 million Americans filed initial claims for unemployment benefits last week, which was up 135,000 from the week before.
    The previous week’s claims were also revised higher by 8,000, while continuing claims fell by 636,000 to 14.8 million.
    Despite the new uptick, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow has said the unemployment numbers are not a cause for concern.
    “I think the economy is doing great right now.    I mean, I think you had a slight restraint from the breakout of the COVID cases, slight restraint.    But the numbers coming in now, even stuff that was a little slower, like restaurants or even the flattening of unemployment claims, they’re starting to fall again.    Restaurants picking up, Apple mobility is picking up.    There is a housing boom, there’s a manufacturing boom, there’s an automobile boom. None of those trends have changed.” – Larry Kudlow, Director of the National Economic Council
    President Trump recently signed an executive order to provide $300 in additional weekly unemployment benefits for those in need.    That money is being distributed to states by FEMA and is active retroactively since August 1st.

8/20/2020 President Trump: Biden’s Entire Family Is Corrupt by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Aug. 13, 2020, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden
speaks during a news conference at the Hotel DuPont in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
    According to President Trump, Joe Biden and his entire family are corrupt.    In a recent interview, the president suggested Biden had sold the office of vice president to launder the proceeds of high government corruption in Ukraine and mainland China.
    He claimed Joe and Hunter Biden received at least $1.5 billion from China.    In return, he believes they took a soft stance on Beijing’s military expansion in Southeast Asia.
    The president went on to say the Bidens allegedly ran a protection racket in Ukraine, which helped offshore billions of that country’s national wealth.
    President Trump’s remarks were highlighted in his latest campaign ad, which took a closer look at the former vice president’s stance on China.
    He has warned the Chinese Communist Party would own the U.S. under a Joe Biden presidency.

8/20/2020 Democrat Plan To Re-Enter Paris Climate Accord Would Cost 1M American Jobs by OAN Newsroom
In this image from video, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham speaks in front of solar panels during the third night
of the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020. (Democratic National Convention via AP)
    While Democrats continue to push for environmental initiatives, newly released data has suggested the move would cost American’s jobs.
    According to a report by Breitbart News Thursday, the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources suggested at least 1 million Americans would be out of work if the left moved forward with plans like the Green New Deal.
    New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) took shots at the Trump administration over environmental protections Wednesday, while touting the left’s battle against so-called climate change.
    Lujan Grisham said Joe Biden plans to rejoin the Paris Climate Accord and claimed the former vice president would invest in American workers.
    “We’re laying a roadmap here for what America can and should look like in 21st century,” she stated.    “An America where we lead again, where we build safer, cleaner and more affordable cities and communities, where we provide meaningful opportunities for workers and families to thrive and build better lives.”
    Despite her claims, the Senate Committee said over 700,000 mining and related jobs would disappear while nearly 120,000 oil and coal jobs would also be lost.    This would completely gut working and Middle Class Americans.

8/20/2020 Kudlow: Treasury Stake In TikTok ‘Unprecedented’, But Not Impossible by OAN Newsroom
White House chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow speaks to reporters outside the West Wing
of the White House, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said President Trump may take unprecedented steps to decouple video-sharing app TikTok from the Chinese Communist Party.
    During an interview Wednesday, the adviser stated that the U.S. Treasury has not participated in a commercial acquisition of foreign companies in the past.    However, the president is suggesting the Treasury could get a stake in a proposed sale of TikTok’s business in the U.S.
    “I don’t know if whether that will end up being the case when the Treasury gets its bid in from potential bidders, but that president has said that,” said Kudlow.    “I think he would like to deny China some of the proceeds of the TikTok sale.”
    President Trump has ordered that TikTok’s U.S. operations be sold to an American company by September 15 or else the app would be outlawed in the U.S. Kudlow noted that such an unconventional proposal makes perfect sense.
    “It’s not something that’s been done in the past, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be done now,” he stated.    “I’ll leave it to (Treasury) Secretary (Steven) Mnuchin who will be running the books on that deal, so we’ll see.”
    Meanwhile, tech companies such as Microsoft and Oracle have expressed interest in that potential purchase.

8/20/2020 Houston Police Chief Invites Officers From Defunded Departments Across Country To Serve In His Force by OAN Newsroom
File – Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo speaks to the media. (Mulligan/Houston Chronicle via AP)
    Houston’s police chief has invited officers from defunded departments to join his force.    Police Chief Art Acevedo delivered that message earlier this week while welcoming new cadets in a police academy graduation ceremony speech.
    Acevedo noted that defunding departments will “impact the safety of the American people” and referenced places like Austin, Texas, which is slashing $150 million from its force.
    The police chief added that while cities across the U.S. are making budget cuts to their departments, Houston is adding nearly 400 new officers.
    “People of Houston, they don’t want less policing, they want better policing and well trained police officers,” he stated.    “We’re excited about the restoration of five classes while places like Austin are significantly cutting resources.”
    Acevedo said the need for police officers is now as important as ever and slammed budget cuts to departments as “knee-jerk political” decisions rather than ones based off “evidence or research.”

8/20/2020 The Left Ignores Violence In Democrat Run Cities by OAN Newsroom
A Black Lives Matter protester burns an American flag outside the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse
on July 20 in Portland, Ore. Several hundred demonstrators gathered at the courthouse where
federal officers deployed teargas and other crowd control munitions. [NOAH BERGER/ AP Photo]
    Democrats have continued to skirt around the rise in violent crime in American cities, which are being committed by groups claiming to be part of the Black Lives Matter movement.
    The past three days have been filled with DNC speakers pointing fingers at President Trump for his coronavirus response, while ignoring the growing violence in Democrat-run cities.
    Just one day before the event began, a man was nearly killed in Portland and not one speaker offered sympathy to him or victims like him in Chicago, Atlanta, Minneapolis or New York City.
    Instead, lawmakers like Massachusetts Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D) have been accused of stoking unrest in a bid to hurt the president’s reelection campaign.
    “I’m looking to the public, you know, this is as much about public outcry and organizing and mobilizing and applying pressure so that this GOP-led Senate and that these governors that continue to carry water for this administration…hold them accountable.”
    When Democrats began calling to defund police, Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden said he was absolutely on board.    However, his campaign has since distanced itself from that movement as multiple police unions have begun to endorse President Trump.

8/20/2020 Richard Grenell Joins RNC As Senior Advisor, Assisting In LGBTQ Voter Outreach by OAN Newsroom
File – Former Intelligence Director Richard Grenell is pictured. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
    Former Intelligence Director Richard Grenell has joined the Republican National Committee as a senior advisor.    According to reports Thursday, Grenell will be brought on to to reach out to LGBTQ voters by utilizing his former position as the first openly gay cabinet member.
    The former acting director of National Intelligence assumed the office in February and served the role until current Director John Ratcliffe took over.
    Grenell went on to openly endorse President Trump for reelection and praised the work the president has done for the community.    The former intelligence director also slammed Joe Biden’s track record while stating he never fought for change in the gay community during his 40-plus years in the Senate.

8/20/2020 ‘Bikers For Trump’ Surround DNC Perimeter In Milwaukee by OAN Newsroom
File – Chris Cox, the founder of Bikers for Trump, examines his motorcycle on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, outside the
Bikers for Trump trailer he brought to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, in Sturgis, S.D. . (AP Photo/Stephen Groves)
    Activists from the ‘Bikers for Trump‘ movement surrounded the security perimeter of the Democrat National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
    On Wednesday, hundreds of bikers descended on the DNC where they stated that they had come to show support for the ‘America First’ agenda of President Trump.
    The group said they were leading a “patriotic crusade” against Democrat corruption and big-government control.    “Bikers for Trump’ also said they are fighting to protect American liberties from Democrat encroachment."
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8/20/2020 Trump Redoubles Vow To Withdraw Troops From Iraq; Eyes Prospects For Oil Deals by Jeff Mason and Andrea Shalal
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks with Iraq's Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi as a translator listens
in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S., August 20, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday redoubled his promise to withdraw the few U.S. troops still in Iraq, but said Washington would remain ready to help if neighboring Iran took any hostile action.
    Speaking during his first meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, Trump said he looked forward to the day when U.S. troops could exit the country, but said U.S. businesses were already making “very big oil deals” there.
    “We’ll be leaving shortly,” Trump told reporters.    “We have very few soldiers in Iraq … but we’re there to help.    And the prime minister knows that,” Trump said.    “If Iran should do anything, we will be there to help the Iraqi people.”
    The president declined to lay out a timetable for a full withdrawal.
    Trump’s first meeting with the Iraqi leader comes amid a new spike in tensions between Washington and Tehran after Washington said it would seek to reinstate all previously suspended U.S. sanctions on Iran at the United Nations.
    Al-Kadhimi, who has challenged the power of Iran-aligned armed groups in Iraq, took office in April, becoming the third Iraqi head of state after months of deadly protests in a country exhausted by decades of war, corruption and economic challenges.
    Washington is pressing for an extension of a U.N.-imposed arms embargo against Iran that is due to expire in October under Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, which the United States quit in 2018.
    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters the United States was working with Iraqi officials to get the number of U.S. troops in Iraq “down to the lowest level as quickly as we can.”    The United States has had around 5,000 troops stationed in the country, and coalition allies another 2,500.
    Al-Kadhimi told reporters that Iraq was in discussions with Turkey over what he called its “unacceptable” involvement in northern Iraq.    Iraq’s constitution explicitly banned use of its territory to attack any neighboring country, he said.
    The United States and Iraq in June affirmed their commitment to the reduction of U.S. troops in Iraq in coming months, with no plans by Washington to maintain permanent bases or a permanent military presence in Iraq.
    Since 2014, the primary mission of U.S. troops deployed in Iraq has been defeating the Islamic State militant group. Officials in the U.S.-led coalition say Iraqi forces are now mostly able to handle the insurgents on their own.
    Iraq’s parliament had voted earlier this year for the departure of foreign troops from Iraq, and U.S. and other coalition troops have been leaving as part of a drawdown.
    Even as U.S. forces exit Iraq, U.S. energy companies are expanding their investments in the oil-rich nation, which has been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and low oil prices.
    Five U.S. firms, including Chevron Corp, signed agreements on Wednesday with the Iraqi government aimed at boosting Iraq’s energy independence from Iran.
(Reporting by Jeff Mason; writing by Andrea Shalal; editing by Diane Craft, Dan Grebler and Nick Macfie)

8/20/2020 Ex-FBI lawyer pleads guilty to false email in Russia case by Kristine Phillips and Kevin Johnson USA TODAY
    WASHINGTON – Former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith pleaded guilty Wednesday to falsifying an email used to support the surveillance of President Donald Trump’s former campaign aide Carter Page.     The case against Clinesmith is the first to be brought by federal prosecutor John Durham, appointed last year by Attorney General William Barr to review the origins of the FBI’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.
    Clinesmith, who worked at the FBI for four years, is accused of altering an email in 2017 that investigators relied on to justify an application to wiretap Page, according to court records.    The altered email indicated that Page was “not a source” for the Central Intelligence Agency.    The original email from the CIA indicated otherwise.
    During a brief court appearance via telephone Wednesday, Clinesmith admitted that he altered the email but said he believed at the time that the information he added was accurate.
    Clinesmith, who provided legal advice to investigators working on the Russia investigation, told an FBI agent in an instant message that Page was “never a source” for the government, according to court records.    The CIA had told investigators in a memo that Page was an “operational contact” for the agency from 2008 to 2013 and provided information about his contacts with Russian intelligence officers
.
    Last year, a report by the Justice Department’s inspector general revealed errors in surveillance applications on Page.    The inspector general’s office, which revealed that Clinesmith doctored the email, referred the matter to the Justice Department.
[THEY CAN'T WHITEWASH THIS DOWN AND TRY TO MAKE THIS FBI LAWYER TO TAKE THE FALL FOR THE DEEP STATE HAD HIM CHNAGE THE DOCUMENTS TO COVER UP THEIR CRIME TO THE FISA SURVELLANCE COURT AFTER REALIZING THAT PAGE WAS NOT WHAT THEY WANTED AFTERWARD BUT HAD TO DO IT ANYWAY AND BEFORE THIS IS ALL OVER I HOPE THAT DURHAM HAS DISCOVERED THAT THIS GOES TO THE VERY TOP OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION WHICH TELLS YOU WHY OBAMA HAS GOT HIS CLAWS IN EVERYTHING OF THE BIDEN ELECTION TO ALLOW THEM TO COVER IT UP MORE .].

8/20/2020 Report: N.Y. Underreporting Nursing Home Deaths by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this April 17, 2020, file photo, emergency medical workers arrive at Cobble Hill
Health Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
    New York has been accused of underreporting the number of nursing home coronavirus deaths in the state.    According to a report by the Associated Press, the state could be misreporting its data by the thousands.
    Since the start of the pandemic, the state has reported more than 6,600 deaths in state care facilities.    However, analysts believe that number is actually higher.
    The state’s governor responded to these findings on Wednesday.    Andrew Cuomo has claimed the number is lower because many residents did not die on nursing home properties.
    According to him, if a person from a nursing home was transported to a hospital where they later died, that was counted as a hospital death and not nursing home related.
    Cuomo has come under fire during the course of the pandemic.
In this image from video, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks from Albany, N.Y., during the first night of
the Democratic National Convention on Monday, Aug. 17, 2020. (Democratic National Convention via AP)
    President Trump criticized the governor on Twitter this week, where he called him both crooked and incompetent.    The president also blamed him for the high number of deaths in the state.
    State lawmakers have also spoken out against the governor.    They accused him of sharing these numbers to appear he is handling the nursing home crisis better than other states.
    They also accused him of being more concerned with promoting his new book about the pandemic than actually responding to the coronavirus.
    New York has the highest number of COVID-19 related deaths in the U.S.

8/20/2020 Trump Admin. Issues Guidance To Designate Teachers As Essential Workers by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this July 8, 2020, file photo, Des Moines Public Schools custodian Joel Cruz cleans a desk
in a classroom at Brubaker Elementary School in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)
    President Trump has issued new guidance to label teachers as “critical infrastructure workers,” which could pave the way for them to return to the classroom this school year.
    His announcement comes as the latest step in the Trump administration’s push to reopen schools, which they hope will enable students to receive a quality education and allow parents to return to work.
    “We believe that we can safely reopen our schools.    We know that it’s best for our kids.    We don’t want them to fall behind academically, but also we don’t want our kids to miss out on the counseling that they receive. Special needs services, as well as all the nutrition programs that are available just at our schools.    Finally, Mr. President, I know that you’ve recognized from early on that getting our kids back to school is first a priority for them, but also it’s important for working families.” – Mike Pence, Vice President of the United States
    According to reports, multiple school districts in Georgia and Tennessee have already made plans to allow educators to teach in person.
Teacher Michaelle Joseph, left, hands out books and iPads to Louna Dorcelien, right, as fellow teacher Jeffrey Phillipe, center,
waits to place the items in a bag, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020, in Miami’s Little Haiti neighborhood. (Carl Juste/Miami Herald via AP)
    One Tennessee county voted to designate teachers as essential back in July. So far, five other counties have followed suit.
    Earlier this week, Governor Bill Lee announced his state would accept such a mandate.    He has said he would leave the decision up to individual school districts.
    Lee added teachers will be provided with personal protective equipment.    He emphasized they will not be going to schools if they are sick or have tested positive for the coronavirus.
    “If a teacher tests positive, they won’t be in the school,” said Lee.    “…If teachers are exposed, there are specific protocols to that as well.”
    In the meantime, Georgia’s Governor Brian Kemp has said he’s evaluating whether to implement the federal guidance in statewide reopening guidelines.

8/20/2020 Portland Rioters Clash With Federal Agents After Attack On ICE Building by OAN Newsroom
Portland police officers walk through the Laurelhurst neighborhood after dispersing protesters from the Multnomah
County Sheriff’s Office early in the morning on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020 in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Nathan Howard)
    Two people were arrested Wednesday after authorities declared a riot in Portland, marking 12 weeks of unrest in the city.
    According to reports, hundreds of people marched on an Immigration and Customs Enforcement building in the city.    This marked one of the first attacks on a federal building since rioters ended their attacks on the city’s federal courthouse last month.
    A riot was declared around 11 p.m. after demonstrators blocked traffic, set fires and threw debris at law enforcement. Several officers were reportedly injured.
    Reports alleged some attendees, who reportedly identified themselves as members of the press, were seen throwing objects at officers as well.    Authorities warned the crowd to disperse, including members of the media and journalists.
    They used tear gas and other munitions to disperse the crowd.

8/21/2020 Oil down $0.17 to $42.47, DOW up 47 to 27,740.

8/21/2020 State sees most virus deaths in 3-day period since May by Sarah Ladd, Louisville Courier Journal | USA TODAY NETWORK
    Gov. Andy Beshear on Thursday announced 726 new coronavirus cases and 14 new deaths.     Of the new cases, 101 are in Kentuckians 18 or younger.    The youngest Beshear mentioned among them is 7 years old.
    There have now been 41,626 cases statewide, and the positivity rate is down to 5.18%.     Thursday’s deaths include:
55-year-old health care worker in Graves County
57-year-old man from Marion County
65-year-old health care worker from Pulaski County
66-year-old man from Barren County
76-year-old man from Warren County
77-year-old woman from Hopkins County
81-year-old man from Fayette County
84-year-old woman from Harlan County
88-year-old man from Fayette County
88-year-old woman from Gallatin County
89 year old man from Jackson County
95-year-old woman from Clay County
96-year-old woman from Harlan County The higher deaths — 38 in a three-day period — are a result of higher case numbers in July, Beshear said.    This is the most deaths in a three-day period since mid-May.
    “We’ve done a good job of pushing down the mortality rate, but this thing is still so much deadlier than things we regularly encounter like the flu,” he said.
    Meanwhile, Beshear said he hadn’t decided yet whether he would attend the Kentucky Derby, set for Sept. 5.
    Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said earlier Thursday he wouldn’t be attending the postponed Run for the Roses, citing the pandemic and expected protests.
    “In the midst of all of this, I have not spent a lot of time thinking about whether I’m going to to attend,” Beshear said.    “I’m sure that that decision can be made closer to it.”
    Earlier, Indiana reported 955 new coronavirus cases and 11 new deaths, bringing the state’s totals to 83,277 cases and 2,979 deaths.
[Kentucky 17 deaths / 744 cases = 0.023% and we are usually lower than the States around us so Beshear is overreaching again.
Indiana 2,979 / total 83,777 cases = 0.036% and today 11 deaths / 955 cases today = 0.012%
.].

8/21/2020 Judge rules against Trump over tax returns by Kristine Phillips, USA TODAY
    WASHINGTON – A federal judge on Thursday rejected President Donald Trump’s effort to block a Manhattan prosecutor’s subpoena for his tax returns, another major loss for Trump, who has dismissed the investigation as a political “witch hunt” and has fought all the way to the Supreme Court to keep his financial records private.
    The ruling by U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero comes a little over a month after the Supreme Court ruled he cannot keep tax returns and financial records away from Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, who was investigating hush money payments during the 2016 presidential race.    But the high court said Trump can still raise other objections to the lower court.
    The president’s attorneys argued that the grand jury subpoena to Mazars USA, Trump’s accounting firm, is overly broad and was issued in bad faith.    His attorneys focused on the “uniqueness” of Trump’s job, arguing he is “constitutionally different” from other branches of government and deserves special treatment.
    Marrero rejected the arguments, which he said are similar to claims of absolute immunity he and the Supreme Court had already rejected.
    “Certainly ... the President holds a unique position in the country’s constitutional system, and hence merits utmost respect to check unjustified encroachment on presidential powers and duties, and so prevent impairing the President’s ability to discharge executive branch functions,” Marrero wrote in his 103-page opinion.
    But that does not mean the president should receive more special privilege in the judicial process than any other person, Marrero wrote, citing previous court rulings finding that a president must comply with subpoenas to produce unofficial records.
    The judge also said Trump’s broad claims of absolute immunity could have adverse legal consequences.
    “At its core, it amounts to absolute immunity through a back door, an entry point through which not only a President but also potentially other persons and entities, public and private, could effectively gain cover from judicial process,” Marrero wrote.
    Speaking to reporters Thursday, Trump suggested that the case will end up back in the Supreme Court.
    “This is just a continuation of the most hideous witch hunt in the history of our country,” the president said, asserting that the Supreme Court called the subpoena a “fishing expedition,” which it did not.
    Chief Justice John Roberts said just the opposite, writing that while state prosecutors have political motivations, grand juries can’t engage in “arbitrary fishing expeditions” or initiate investigations “out of malice or an intent to harass.”
    Trump’s attorney, William Consovoy, promptly filed a notice to appeal Thursday and asked for the ruling to be put on hold pending the appeal.
    “The President respectfully disagrees with that decision and believes there is a likelihood of reversal on appeal,” Consovoy wrote in an emergency motion.
    Vance’s office declined to comment.
    Earlier this month, Vance suggested that his office’s investigation goes beyond the hush money payments made to two women who claimed to have had affairs with Trump and that prosecutors are looking broadly at the Trump Organization.
    Manhattan prosecutors asserted in court records that the grand jury subpoena was issued at a time when the Trump Organization was at the center of “allegations of possible criminal activity ... dating back over a decade.”
    Prosecutors also said that arguments by Trump’s lawyers blocking the subpoena were based on a “false premise” that the investigation is limited to the hush money payments.
    The prosecutors cited public reporting on “possibly extensive and protracted criminal conduct at the Trump Organization.”
Contributing: Richard Wolf, Kevin Johnson and David Jackson, USA TODAY

8/21/2020 In Convention Speech, Biden Emerges From Shadow And Into ‘The Light’ by James Oliphant
Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden accepts the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination during a speech delivered for the largely virtual 2020
Democratic National Convention from the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., August 20, 2020. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Joe Biden finally got his moment.
    After a 2020 presidential campaign dominated by President Donald Trump’s words and actions, Biden on Thursday rose to the level of a true adversary as he accepted the Democratic Party’s nomination for the November election.
    Accused by the Republican Trump of hiding in his basement throughout the coronavirus pandemic, Biden turned his opponent’s narrative to his advantage on the final night of the Democratic National Convention, delivering an austere address in a quiet room that some commentators, both left and right, likened to a speech from the Oval Office, not a convention floor.
    Biden, 77 and nearing his 50th year in politics, cast himself as the wizened healer of a troubled and divided nation, pushing back at doubters within his party who whispered that he was wrong for the moment.    He invoked President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who presided over a nation beset by economic hardship and then war.
    A day after former President Barack Obama warned that Trump posed a threat to democracy, Biden, who was Obama’s vice president, offered Americans an alternative, pledging to be “an ally of the light, not the darkness” if elected.
    Biden’s remarks were in sync with a compressed, virtual Democratic convention that focused less on policy priorities and more on casting as wide a net as possible to assemble a coalition to win.
    The online format allowed the party to feature an array of progressive Democrats and disenchanted Republicans over four nights of programming, while papering over the fissures from a divisive primary that tested how far left it was ready to move.
    The two most beloved figures in the party, Barack and his wife Michelle Obama, savaged Trump in their respective convention speeches.    That left Biden and his running mate, U.S. Senator Kamala Harris, the room to outline a more ambitious vision beyond merely defeating the president.
‘HOPE AND LIGHT’
    Leaning into the themes of unity, character and decency emphasized throughout the convention, Biden said the country could choose a different, less angry, way forward.
    “A path of hope and light,” he said.
    The speech afforded him the opportunity to promise to be more than a custodian of Obama’s legacy, a charge that has followed him throughout his presidential bid.
    Robert Shrum, who managed John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign, said the site of the address, a near-empty hotel ballroom in Delaware made necessary because of the pandemic, worked to Biden’s benefit.
    “It felt more presidential,” Shrum said.    “A lot of people mocked him for being ‘Biden in the basement.’    He learned how to deal with this virtual reality.    Tonight, he handled it brilliantly.”
    Some high-profile Republicans were equally impressed.
    Karl Rove, White House deputy chief of staff to former President George W. Bush, called it “a very good speech,” telling Fox News that Biden effectively portrayed himself as a unifier who would bring the country together.
    He said Biden’s message should worry Republican strategists in the Trump campaign if it resonated with swing voters.
    While basking in accolades, Biden faces potential factors well outside his campaign’s control, including efforts by Republicans to curtail voting amid the pandemic and concerns about the U.S. Postal Service’s capacity to handle a flood of mail-in ballots.
    Trump, who was watching on Thursday and denigrated Biden on Twitter as an ineffective Washington lifer, will have his turn next week when Republicans hold their virtual convention. He is expected to accept the nomination at the White House, a backdrop with which Biden cannot compete.
    While Trump, 74, has ramped up his campaign travel, including trips this week to several battleground states, Biden remains more cautious.
    Biden’s travel is expected to remain severely limited given that his campaign has decided to defer to public health experts during the outbreak, and Democrats will focus largely on online get-out-the-vote efforts.
    That made Biden’s speech on Thursday in front of a national audience that much more crucial.    He may have few chances to detail the vision of his candidacy again before so many voters.
    But Joe Trippi, a veteran Democratic consultant, said it may not be necessary.    The election in its final weeks ultimately will hinge on how voters view Trump’s performance in office, Trippi said.
    “This is and will be a referendum on Trump,” Trippi said.    “And Joe Biden not only doesn’t need to change that – he can’t.”
(Reporting by James Oliphant; Additional reporting by Trevor Hunnicutt in Wilmington, Delaware; Editing by Colleen Jenkins and Howard Goller)

8/21/2020 President Trump Speaks On Admin. Success In Deregulation, Tax Relief by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks to the 2020 Council for National Policy Meeting, Friday, Aug. 21, 2020, in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    According to President Trump, Democrats painted an inaccurately dark picture of the U.S. during this year’s Democratic National Convention.    During Friday’s 2020 Council for National Policy in Virginia, the president said his time in office has been the most successful in U.S. history.
    He went on to tout his administration’s historic tax cuts and deregulation efforts, along with the American economy and way of life under his presidency.    In contrast, he claimed Democrats want to quadruple taxes and regulations.
    The president has suggested Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden and his leftist policies pose a threat to the country.    He further asserted a Biden presidency would benefit China and violent anarchists across the country.
    “No party can lead America that spends so much time tearing down America.    But the biggest part of last night’s speech was what Biden didn’t talk about.    He didn’t talk about law enforcement.    He didn’t talk about bringing safety to Democrat run cities that are totally out of control and have no clue.    China was never mentioned in any way, shape or form.    China will own our country if he gets elected.    They will own our country.    Well, we’re not going to let that happened.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
    The president also threw doubt on quick election results.    He has said it could take “weeks, months or maybe never” if Democrats succeed with their universal mail-in voting push.
Vice President Mike Pence holds up a sign while greeting supporters following his speech at Tankcraft
Corporation in Darien, Wis., Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020. (Anthony Wahl/The Janesville Gazette via AP)
    Vice President Mike Pence has also expressed that Biden will only make matters worse for the economy as it starts to recover from the pandemic.    During a recent interview, Pence stressed the economy is on the ballot in the upcoming November elections.
    Though the U.S. has lost 22 million jobs since the beginning of the pandemic, he reiterated 9 million Americans have already gone back to work because of the president’s policies.
    The vice president claimed Biden could threaten this progress.    He pointed out the Democrat candidate wants to significantly raise taxes and spend trillions on a “Green New Deal.”
    “Joe Biden said last night the economy is not going to come back until the coronavirus is over.    News flash to Joe Biden: the economy is coming back.    The only real threat to the economy is a Joe Biden presidency.” – Mike Pence, Vice President of the United States
    Going forward, Pence added the Trump campaign will be focusing their message on the economy.    He has suggested this is why they will win another four years in the White House.

8/21/2020 Poll: Nearly Half Of Americans Not Confident Presidential Elections Will Be Fair by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, file photo, a person drops applications for
mail-in-ballots into a mail box in Omaha, Neb. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)
    As Americans across the country consider who they’re going to vote for this November, many voters have begun to realize how they’ll be voicing their stance could be just as important of an issue.    According to a recent survey, more than four in 10 Americans are not confident this year’s elections will be conducted fairly and accurately.
    The poll, which was conducted in late July and included responses from nearly 6,500 people, showed levels of concern about the integrity of the elections were similar across party lines and increased among voters who are older.
    Of those planning to vote for Democrat candidate Joe Biden, 48% stated they are worried.    41% those looking to support President Trump responded similarly.
FILE – In this June 30, 2020, file photo, a box of absentee ballots wait to be counted
at the Albany County Board of Elections in Albany, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)
    This report came before the USPS announced it could not guarantee all ballots cast for the general elections would be delivered in time, even if mailed by states’ deadlines.    In addition to delays, voters have said they are also concerned their ballot could get lost.
    “I don’t know, I’m scared it might get lost in the mail,” stated one resident.    “I just want to make sure my vote is submitted, that it actually counts.”
    Meanwhile, many people echoed President Trump’s worries about the potential for voter fraud after primary elections revealed outdated voter rolls and discrepancies connected to mail-in voting.
    “At this point we have identified 119 applications that appear to be false,” explained Lake County elections supervisor Alan Hays.     “We have turned over these documents to the sheriff’s department.”
Volunteer Arsinia Dempsey cleans a voting booth between voters at the North End Senior
Center, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
    Many Americans will still be looking to vote by mail this November.    President Trump has encouraged those not at high risk for COVID-19 to exercise their right to vote in person.
    On Twitter, he added “If you can protest in person, you can vote in person.”

8/21/2020 Minn. Farmers Protest Governor’s COVID Restrictions by OAN Newsroom
Screengrab via Valley News Live.
    Hundreds of tractor and truck owners took to the streets of rural Minnesota to protest governmental overreach this week.    Citizens of Wadena, which is about an hour outside of Minneapolis, gathered to voice their frustrations with the governor’s ongoing coronavirus restrictions.
    The latest orders included mask mandates, church and school closures, and new restrictions placed on an upcoming rodeo.
    “Trump 2020” and American flags were displayed during the large gathering in the city, which is well known for its MAGA water tower.
    One farmer stated he missed a full day’s work and traveled from out of town to be there.
    Those in attendance expressed they are fed up with the arbitrary limitations being placed on them.    They have urged the governor to stop interfering in their lives.
Screengrab via Valley News Live.

8/21/2020 Portland Police: At Least 500 Arrests Made Since May 29th by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Aug. 2, 2020, file photo, a Department of Homeland Security officer emerges from the Mark O. Hatfield
United States Courthouse after demonstrators lit a fire in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)
    Portland authorities scrambled to break up angry demonstrators this week as they continue to attack federal buildings and target law enforcement.
    According to reports, police deployed tear gas and stun grenades outside a local ICE building on Thursday night after rioters surrounded and attacked the facility the night before. Hundreds of angry anarchists blocked off traffic, set dumpsters on fire and threw rocks at police.
    In a statement, police confirmed some officers had sustained minor injuries from the projectiles.    Two demonstrators were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct following the incident.
    Meanwhile, local police have reported at least 500 arrests stemming from the violent protests since the end of May.    Portland Police Department revealed those figures Thursday after months of unrest in the Democrat run city.
FILE – In this July 31, 2020 file photo, Black Lives Matter protesters gather at the Mark O.
Hatfield United States Courthouse in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)
    According to officials, “when criminal behavior occurs,” law enforcement has a duty to respond.
    One Portland resident has challenged the number of arrests.    She took aim at a CNN article for conveniently leaving out key details.
    The news outlet reportedly made no mention that the district attorney’s office will not be prosecuting the vast majority of the protesters who were criminally violent.

8/21/2020 Steve Bannon Calls Charges Against Him ‘A Political Hit Job’ by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon speaks with reporters after pleading not guilty
to charges that he ripped off donors to an online fundraising scheme to build a southern
border wall, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)
    Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon has vowed to fight the charges against him following his recent arrest.
    “I’m not going to back down, this is a political hit job. Everybody knows I love a fight.    You know, I was called honey badger for many years, honey badger doesn’t give.” – Steve Bannon, former White House Chief Strategist
    This week, he was charged with wire fraud and money laundering in connection with his major crowdfunding campaign.    The “We Build the Wall” project aimed to help the federal government build the wall along the southern U.S. border.
    According to Bannon, arresting him was simply an intimidation tactic.
President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon exits court after pleading not guilty to charges that he ripped off donors to an
online fundraising scheme to build a southern border wall, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)
    “This was to stop and intimidate people that want to talk about the wall,” he stated.    “This is to stop and intimidate people that have President Trump’s back on building the wall.”
    Officials alleged Bannon and his three colleagues ripped off hundreds of thousands of people who donated to the project.
    He was released on a $5 million bond Thursday afternoon and has pleaded “not guilty” to all charges against him.

8/21/2020 European Union: Brexit Trade Deal Unlikely by OAN Newsroom
European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, right, and the British Prime Minister’s Europe adviser David Frost
arrive for Brexit trade talks between the EU and the UK, in Brussels, Friday, Aug. 21, 2020. (Yves Herman, Pool Photo via AP)
    The European Union and the United Kingdom ended another round of trade talks in deadlock this week.    During Friday’s conference, negotiators on both sides acknowledged there has been “little progress” made on working out new trade terms before the current arrangements expire at the end of 2020.
    Specifically, the EU and U.K. have disagreed on fishery policies, as well as state aid for businesses.
    EU officials believe the chances of striking a deal by the October deadline, which was implemented to ensure all of the bloc’s members ratify it before next year, are remote.
    “Too often this week, it felt as if we were going backwards more than forwards.    Given the short time left, what I said in London in July remains true.    Today, at this stage, an agreement between the U.K. and the European Union seems unlikely.” – Michel Barnier, EU Chief Negotiator
    U.K. officials have said they will not extend talks for a trade agreement beyond the official end of the Brexit transition period.

8/21/2020 President Trump To Take Steps To Protect Election From Fraud by OAN Newsroom
A “Vote Here” sign stands in the driveway outside Benny Benson Elementary School in Anchorage, Alaska, on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
    President Trump recently announced there will be precautions taken during this year’s election to defend against fraud.    On Thursday, the president said if the election is 100% mail-in voting, it will be the most fraudulent election in history.
    He mentioned the confusion and loss of ballots experienced during several state elections, which were done by remote voting.
    When asked if he would send poll watchers to stations to monitor and crosscheck voter identities, the president suggested there will be much more than that.
    “We’re going to have everything.    We’re going to have sheriffs, law enforcement, U.S. attorneys.    We’re going to have everybody, attorney generals.    It’s very hard.    You have some of these states sending them out, like Nevada, where they don’t even have to check the signature, so anybody can sign it.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
Vote-by-mail ballots are shown in a sorting tray, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, at the King County
Elections headquarters in Renton, Wash., south of Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
    Poll watching is a common practice.    It has been conducted by both parties, depending on individual states.
    The president previously said he will wait to see if the election results are reliable with mail-in voting before accepting the outcome of the election.

8/21/2020 VP Pence: Biden’s Vision Could Result In Socialism And Decline For America by OAN Newsroom
Vice President Mike Pence listens to a reporter’s question during a meeting with President Donald Trump and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi
in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    Vice President Mike Pence said the 2020 Democratic National Convention painted an overly negative view of the U.S. and did not address any of what President Trump has done to better the nation.
    During an interview Friday morning, Pence pointed out that Democrats failed to acknowledge violence in largely Democrat-led cities or the threat posed from China.
    The DNC came to an end Thursday after featuring multiple left-wing speakers.    Pence said the convention revealed Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden is driven by leftist-socialist policies.
    According to the vice president, voting for Biden would be dangerous for America.
    “It’s a choice between President Trump’s record and agenda of freedom and opportunity versus a Democrat agenda driven by the radical left,” he stated.    “And Joe Biden’s vision will result in socialism and decline for America.”
    The 2020 Republican National Convention is set to begin Monday and Pence said Republicans will focus on policies President Trump has pushed forwards to better the country.
    The vice president also noted that the Trump administration is optimistic the president will win the election and save America from the leftist agenda.

8/22/2020 Oil down $0.36 to $42.26, DOW up 191 to 27,930.

8/22/2020 Kentucky reports 785 new COVID-19 cases, 8 deaths by Emma Austin, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Kentucky on Friday reported 785 new coronavirus cases and eight new deaths.
    The state exceeded 40,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases this week, with Friday's numbers bringing the total to at least 42,265.    There have been 864 confirmed coronavirus-related deaths in Kentucky since the start of the pandemic.
    The higher death counts this week are the result of the record-high case numbers reported last month, Gov. Andy Beshear said Thursday, when 14 deaths were reported.
It’s going to be a hard month," he said in a statement released Friday.    'Let’s make sure we don’t do things that are going to spread this virus because ultimately, they do take a real human toll.'
    The deaths reported Friday include:
49-year-old man from Clark County
92-year-old woman from Green County
92-year-old woman from Jefferson County
71-year-old man from Jefferson County
78-year-old man from Lewis County
56-year-old man from Madison County
77-year-old woman from Montgomery County
63-year-old woman from Taylor County
    Friday's new cases include 97 kids under age 18, Beshear said.    Seventeen cases were in children under 5.
    The positivity rate stands at 5.18%, the same as it was reported Thursday.
    Indiana on Friday reported 1,050 new COVID-19 cases and 13 deaths, putting the state on track to pass 3,000 deaths this weekend.    Indiana's seven-day positivity rate is 7.5%, according to state data.    In all, the state has seen 84,317 cases and 2,992 deaths.
    Reach Emma Austin at eaustin@gannett.com or on Twitter at @emmacaustin.    Support strong local journalism by subscribing today: subscribe.courier-journal.com.
Kentucky reported 785 new coronavirus cases and eight new deaths on Friday. “It’s going to be a hard month,” Gov. Andy Beshear said in a statement Friday. MATT STONE/COURIER JOURNAL
[Kentucky had 8 deaths / 785 cases = 0.010% which Beshear failed to tell you again
Indiana 13 deaths / 1050 cases = 0.012% as 1% is a very low figure in all polls
.].

8/22/2020 Thirteen Of 15-Member U.N. Security Council Oppose U.S. Push For Iran Sanctions by Michelle Nichols
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to reporters following a meeting with members of the
U.N. Security Council about Iran's alleged non-compliance with a nuclear deal and calling for the restoration of
sanctions against Iran at U.N. headquarters in New York, U.S., August 20, 2020. REUTERS/Mike Segar/Pool
    NEW YORK (Reuters) – The United States was further isolated on Friday over its bid to reimpose international sanctions on Iran with 13 countries on the 15-member U.N. Security Council expressing their opposition, arguing that Washington’s move is void given it is using a process agreed under a nuclear deal that it quit two years ago.
    In the 24 hours since U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he triggered a 30-day countdown to a return of U.N. sanctions on Iran, including an arms embargo, long-time allies Britain, France, Germany and Belgium as well as China, Russia, Vietnam, Niger, Saint     Vincent and the Grenadines, South Africa, Indonesia, Estonia and Tunisia have already written letters in opposition, seen by Reuters.
    The United States has accused Iran of breaching a 2015 deal with world powers that aimed to stop Tehran developing nuclear weapons in return for sanctions relief.    But President Donald Trump described it as the “worst deal ever” and quit in 2018.
    Diplomats said Russia, China and many other countries are unlikely to reimpose the sanctions on Iran.    Pompeo again warned Russia and China against that on Friday, threatening U.S. action if they refuse to reimpose the U.N. measures on Iran.
    The United States acted on Thursday after the Security Council resoundingly rejected its bid last week to extend an arms embargo on Iran beyond its expiration in October. Only the Dominican Republic joined Washington in voting yes.
    Dominican Republic has not yet written to the council to state its position on the sanctions snapback push.
    Under the process Washington says it has triggered, it appears all U.N. sanctions should be reimposed at midnight GMT (8 p.m New York time) on Sept. 19 – just days before Trump is due to address world leaders at the U.N. General Assembly, the annual meeting that will be largely virtual because of the coronavirus pandemic.
WHAT NOW?
    A 2015 Security Council resolution enshrining the nuclear deal states that if no council member has put forward a draft resolution to extend sanctions relief on Iran within 10 days of a non-compliance complaint, then the body’s president shall do so within the remaining 20 days.
    The United States would be able to veto this, giving it a cleaner argument that sanctions on Iran have to be reimposed.
    However, the 2015 resolution also says the council would “take into account the views of the states involved.”    Given the strong opposition, some diplomats say the council president – Indonesia for August and Niger for September – would not have to put up a draft text.
    “Faced with this very strong view of a majority of Security Council members that the snapback process has not been triggered, as the presidency they are not bound to introduce the draft resolution,” said a U.N. Security Council diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity.
    Pompeo and outgoing U.S. Iran envoy Brian Hook signaled that Washington expects Indonesia or Niger to put a text to a vote.    Another U.S. option is to put forward the draft itself or ask the Dominican Republic to do so.
    The United States argues that it can trigger the sanctions snapback process because the 2015 Security Council resolution still names it as a nuclear deal participant.
    However, in a joint letter to the Security Council on Thursday hours after the U.S. submitted it complaint, Britain, Germany and France said: “Any decisions and actions which would be taken based on this procedure or on its possible outcome would also be devoid of any legal effect.”
    U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres distanced himself from the showdown in the Security Council.
    “Security Council members will need to interpret their own resolution,” U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters.    “It’s not the Secretary-General.”
(Reporting by Michelle Nichols in New York; Editing by Grant McCool)

8/22/2020 U.N. Nuclear Chief Grossi To Visit Iran ‘This Week’, Iranian Envoy Says
FILE PHOTO: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Grossi addresses the media after a board of
governors meeting at the IAEA headquarters in Vienna, Austria June 15, 2020.Picture taken June 15, 2020. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger
    VIENNA (Reuters) – The U.N. nuclear watchdog’s chief Rafael Grossi will make his first trip to Iran in that role “this week,” Iran’s ambassador to the agency said on Saturday as the two sides are in a standoff over access to two Iranian sites.
    “We hope this visit will lead to reinforced mutual cooperation,” Iran’s ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency, Kazem Gharibabadi, said, according to a statement posted by his mission on Twitter.
(Reporting by Francois Murphy; Editing by Frances Kerry)

8/22/2020 Mexico Reports 5,928 New Coronavirus Cases And 504 More Deaths
FILE PHOTO: A woman wearing a protective face mask and a face shield rests while maintaining social distancing as a measure
to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) before taking the entrance exam for Mexico's National
Autonomous University in the stands of University Olympic Stadium in Mexico City, Mexico, August 19, 2020. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s health ministry on Friday reported 5,928 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infection and 504 additional fatalities, bringing the total in the country to 549,734 cases and 59,610 deaths.
    The government has said the real number of infected people is likely significantly higher than the confirmed cases.
(Reporting by Dave Graham; Editing by Sandra Maler)

8/22/2020 Biden Willing To Shut Down Country To Fight Pandemic by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this file photo from March 10, 2020, Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President
Joe Biden speaks at a campaign event in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon, File)
    Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris have claimed they are willing to shut down the entire country to stop the spread of COVID-19.    Their remarks came Friday, just hours after Biden accepted the Democrat Party’s nomination.
    During an exclusive interview in Wilmington, Delaware, the two discussed certain hypothetical situations, such as how the team would tackle the virus if elected in November.
    “I would shut it down,” stated Biden.    “I would listen to the scientists.”
    President Trump has since reiterated that he will not call for widespread lockdowns, which he said would cause the country “more harm than good.”
A sign reminding visitors and potential voters about COVID-19 requirements stands outside Benny Benson
Elementary School in Anchorage, Alaska, on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
    Biden went a step further by announcing he would also consider imposing a national mask mandate.
    “I will be prepared to do whatever it takes to save lives,” he said.    “We cannot get the country moving until we control the virus.”
    The former vice president went on to criticize the Trump administration for prioritizing the health of the economy over the health of the American people.
    “That is the fundamental flaw of this administration’s thinking to begin with,” added Biden.    “In order to keep the country running, the economy growing and people employed, you have to deal with the virus.”
FILE – In this Aug. 6, 2020, file photo, a customer leaves a Pier 1 retail store, which is going out
of business, during the coronavirus pandemic in Coral Gables, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
    Despite the Democrat’s remarks, President Trump’s economic adviser has not wavered in his call to get “America back up and running.”    He noted “lockdowns didn’t work the first time and won’t work a second time.”

8/22/2020 President Trump Urges Portland Officials To Accept Help by OAN Newsroom
Photo via Portland Police Bureau.
    After another protest in Portland turned into riot this weekend, President Trump urged local officials to ask for help.    On Twitter, the president said Friday night was another bad night for the city.
    Around 200 people marched on the North Precinct Community Policing Center, where they vandalized vehicles, blocked traffic and threw projectiles at officers.
    Police declared the scene a riot early Saturday and used smoke to physically move rioters from the area.
    At one point in the night, groups of people also took to residential neighborhoods, where they chanted things like “stolen people, stolen land” and “wake up.”    They also invaded locals’ privacy by shining flashlights into the windows of homes, where families sat inside.

Photo via Portland Police Bureau.
    Overall, nine arrests were made.    Charges ranged from disorderly conduct and trespassing to assault and harassment.
    The riot came after a car bomb threat prompted people in the Portland courthouse and several other federal buildings, including two child development buildings in the area, to evacuate on Friday.    FBI agents have confirmed the threat is still being investigated.
    According to the President Trump, a small number of federal troops were there to protect the courthouse and federal property.    He added they did a great job.
    Moving forward, he called on city and state officials to request help to stop the riots.    The president has said he would bring in the National Guard and end the chaos immediately.

8/22/2020 Tenn. Passes Bill Enhancing Penalties For Unlawful Protesters by OAN Newsroom
Thousands participated in a Black Lives Matter march through Alcoa and Maryville, Tenn., Sunday June 7, 2020. (Scott Keller/The Daily Times via AP)
    Tennessee recently passed legislation to crack down on its unlawful protesters.    Governor Bill Lee signed the measure Thursday after the state general assembly passed the measure last week.
    The legislation was pushed forward and passed quietly by Republicans in the state to minimize property damage and violence during the ongoing protests.    Demonstrations over racial justice have been taking place outside the state capitol for roughly two months.
    “I think what we saw was a courthouse on fire, businesses being broken into, vehicles being damaged,” explained Lee.    “We saw lawlessness that needed to be addressed immediately.”
    The measure will impose increased penalties for protesters violating the law during demonstrations.    Under the legislation, setting up a tent overnight on state property would be considered a Class E felony, which could result in a six-year prison sentence and losing the right to vote.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee removes his mask as he begins a news conference Wednesday, July 1, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
    The bill will also establish a mandatory minimum 45-day hold for those convicted of rioting and will increase fines for property damage.
    The bill has been met by criticism from groups like the ACLU, which have said it could go against efforts to minimize prison sentences and doesn’t do much for racial justice.
    However, Governor Lee continues to stand by the legislation and has also vowed to address racial justice in the state.
    “There were things I would have done differently with regard to that bill, but I think it accomplishes what we want to do,” he added.    “I am fully committed to criminal justice reform, it’s been something I’ve talked about and advocated for for years.”

8/22/2020 Fla. Tenants To Face Evictions As State Moratorium Expires by OAN Newsroom
A sign urging people to wear masks to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus is posted, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020,
near Art Deco hotels along Miami Beach, Florida’s famed Ocean Drive in South Beach. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
    An eviction moratorium in Florida will soon come to an end, leaving several thousand renters at risk of losing their homes.    According to reports, 800,000 renters in the southeastern state could face eviction in the coming weeks.
    The CARES Act, which aimed to provide relief during the coronavirus pandemic, expired on July 31st. Some states have extended protections in their own jurisdictions.
    Florida’s moratorium, however, is set to expire on September 1st, once again leaving renters uncertain of their future as they grapple with the pandemic’s effect on the economy.
    “Even before the pandemic, many of them were about one paycheck away from not being able to pay for shelter.    With the pandemic and the loss of income, that just pushes them over the edge.    They have to make decisions between, for example, paying the rent or paying for food.” – Paul Wang, resident
    A number of landlords have allegedly been trying to evict renters who have missed payments by cutting off access to basic amenities.

8/22/2020 Trump Says Could ‘Decouple’ And Not Do Business With China by Jan Wolfe
U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks at the 2020 Council for National Policy
meeting in Arlington, Virginia, U.S., August 21, 2020. REUTERS/Tom Brenner
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump, in a Fox News interview airing Sunday, raised the possibility of decoupling the U.S. economy from China, a major purchaser of U.S. goods.
    In a video excerpt, Trump initially told interviewer Steve Hilton “we don’t have to” do business with China, and then later said about decoupling: “Well it’s something that if they don’t treat us right I would certainly, I would certainly do that.”
    Trump entered into a high-stakes trade war with China before reaching a partial Phase 1 trade deal in January.    Trump has since shut the door on Phase 2 negotiations, saying he was unhappy with Beijing’s handling of the pandemic.
    In June U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said a decoupling of the U.S. and Chinese economies will result if U.S. companies are not allowed to compete on a fair and level basis in China’s economy.
(Reporting by Jan Wolfe; Editing by Daniel Wallis)

8/22/2020 House Passes USPS Bill Amid Mail-In Voting Controversy by OAN Newsroom
Mail delivery vehicles are parked outside a post office in Boys Town, Neb., Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
    On Saturday, the House passed the $25 billion U.S. Postal Service funding package in a 257 to 150 vote.    The “Delivering for America Act” aims to reverse operational changes that delay mail delivery and ensures the Postal Service would not put forth new operational changes until January 2021.
    Democrats have criticized Postmaster General Louis DeJoy for implementing changes at the agency.    They believe recent reforms are part of an effort to negatively impact the results of this year’s presidential election.
    An unprecedented number of people are expected to vote by mail this year due to the pandemic.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington,
Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020. The House is set for a rare Saturday session to pass legislation to halt changes
in the Postal Service and provide $25 billion in emergency funds. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    President Trump has said additional funding for the USPS is not needed.    He took to Twitter on Saturday, where he called the new measure a Democrat “hoax.”
    According to the president, Democrats have been pushing the additional funds as part of a “universal mail-in ballot scam.”    He added “only absentee ballots are acceptable.”
    President Trump is expected to veto the bill if it passes the Senate.
FILE – In this Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, file photo, a person drops applications for
mail-in-ballots into a mail box in Omaha, Neb. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)
    Meanwhile, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows has expressed optimism over the new bill.    He believes Congress can come together and find a middle ground moving forward.
    Prior to Saturday’s vote, Meadows predicted House vote would be completely partisan.    However, he added he hopes his remarks will make a positive impact.
    “Hopefully we’ll be able to get some kind of resolution,” he said.    “This bill on the floor today is more of a partisan bill than it is a real attempt at solving the problem, but hopefully it’s the start to solving it.”

8/23/2020 CORONAVIRUS IN KENTUCKY - Beshear: 814 new cases, 8 deaths by Ben Tobin, Louisville Courier Journal | USA TODAY NETWORK
    Kentucky has 814 new COVID-19 cases and eight deaths, Gov. Andy Beshear announced Saturday.
    Saturday’s numbers marked another high day of coronavirus cases for the Bluegrass State, which exceeded 40,000 cases on Tuesday.
    A total of 872 people have died from the coronavirus in Kentucky since the pandemic began in March. The state has reported 43,066 total cases of COVID-19.
    “These are more cases than we ever want to see because it impacts our people,” Beshear said.
    Saturday’s deaths include:
60-year-old man from Perry County
64-year-old man from Lewis County
73-year-old woman from Bell County
73-year-old woman from Garrett County
78-year-old woman from Oldham County
81-year-old man from Scott County
84-year-old woman from Lewis County
88-year-old woman from Jefferson County
    Meanwhile, Jefferson County exceeded 11,000 cases on Saturday, with 279 of them newly reported, according to Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer.
    Fischer announced three new deaths, bringing the city’s total to 275. The city’s COVID-19 positivity rate is 9.1%.     The state’s positivity rate, based on a seven-day rolling average, dropped below 5% Saturday, to 4.84%.     In Indiana, health officials reported nine new coronavirus- related deaths Saturday, bringing the total death toll to 3,001. The state also reported 1,010 new cases, bringing the total number of cases to 85,317.
    To date, more than 969,600 people have been tested for the virus in Indiana.    The state’s most recent seven-day positivity rate, accounting for Aug. 9 to Aug. 15, sits at 7.4%.    That’s a decline from 7.7% in the weeks prior.
[8 deaths / 814 cases = 0.0098% even Jefferson County is at 0.011% so Beshear positivity is not an issue and as you are one of the Democrat governors who are holding back many states to open up and get us open up our economies again and get back to a norm.].

PROPHESY IN OUR MODERN NEWS
    2 Thess 2:3 ...."and then the man of rebellion will come--the son of hell."    4 "He will defy every god there is, and tear down every other object of adoration and worship.    He will go in and sit as God in the temple of God, claiming that he himself is God."    5 "Don't you remember that I told you this when I was with you?"    6 "And you know what is keeping him from being here already; for he can come only when his time is ready."    7 "As for the works this man of rebellion and hell will do when he comes, it is already going on (the mystery of lawlessness is already at work), but he himself will not come until the one holding him back steps out of the way."    8 "Then the wicked one will appear, whom the Lord Jesus will burn up with his breath of his mouth and destroy by presence when he returns."    9 "This man of sin will come as Satan's tool, full of satanic power, and will trick everyone with strange demonstrations, and will do great miracles."    10 "He will completely fool those who are on their way to hell because they have said 'no' to the Truth;..."
    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."

MAYBE THERE ARE PEOPLE IN NEW YORK THAT BELIEVE IN THE VALUES AND RIGHTS OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES AND HAVE FINALLY DECIDED THAT IS ENOUGH OF THE DEMOCRACTIC DESTRUCTION OF NEW YORK BEFORE IT BECOMES THE MYSTERY BABYLON BUT THOSE WHO ARE STANDING UP PLEASE HAVE THE BLUE LINE OF THE POLICE TO JOIN IN AND SHOW THE REAL FORCE TO GO AGAINST THE ANARCHIST AND BLACK LIVES MATTER LEADERS OF THE CORRUPT ONE WHO IS BEHIND ALL OF THIS SOCIALISTIC VALUES OF THE LAWLESS ONES PREDICTED IN THE BIBLE
8/23/2020 ‘Save Our City’ Protest Takes Place Outside New York City Hall by OAN Newsroom
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio arrives to New Bridges Elementary School to observe pandemic-related safety
procedures, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
    Hundreds of residents in New York City have called for Mayor Bill de Blasio to step down.    “Save Our City” demonstrations took place outside of City Hall on Saturday, where some 300 protesters gathered to speak out against the mayor’s actions during his time in office.
    Several key speakers made appearances, including the Police Benevolence Association Vice President Vinny Vallelong and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis.
    According to Vallelong, de Blasio has gone through three police commissioners, while murders, burglaries and instances of grand larceny have skyrocketed in the area.    He claimed the mayor still has failed to take any effective action.
    Meanwhile, Malliotakis alleged the city is being torn apart both by de Blasio’s actions and his lack thereof.
    “It breaks my heart to see what our mayor is doing on every front,” she said.    “He puts more and more money into the budget, he raises your property taxes, and yet, everything is getting worse.”
Screengrab via FreedomNewsTV.
    She went on to slam the mayor’s inaction on reopening restaurants and other businesses, which she called an attack on America’s values.
    The anarchy, the lawlessness, the attacks on job creators: this is an attempt to bring socialism to our nation,” added Malliotakis.    “We reject it.”
    Mayor Bill de Blasio has stated there will be no deadline for reopening businesses, such as indoor dining, until the city sees major improvements.
    His comments came after New York City restaurant owners demanded the city reopen in-person dining to keep businesses afloat.
[WHO ARE YOU GOING TO CALL NEW YORK?    IT IS NOT THE GHOSTBUSTERS.    IT IS NOT THE POLICE DEPARTMENT WHO THEY HAVE NEUTERED.    IS IT BLM?    IT IS TIME FOR YOU TO DO SOME SOUL SEARCHING AND GET YOUR MIND IN THE RIGHT FRAME AND PRAY TO THE ONE WHO CAN SAVE YOUR SOUL NOT YOUR CITY SINCE ANOTHER SODOM AND GOMORRAH IS IN THE CROSSHAIRS OF ANARCHY AND ITS FUTURE HAS BEEN PROPHESIED.].

8/23/2020 9 Arrested After Group Attacks Denver Police Headquarters by OAN Newsroom
Screengrab via ABC7 Denver official report.
    Nine people are in police custody following an evening of unrest in Denver, Colorado.    According to reports, a group of several dozen people clashed with law enforcement Saturday night after marching on the police station in an apparent protest.
    The group, which was armed with shields and some weapons, reportedly tried to take down the fence around the station and threw fireworks at officers.
    One group of about a dozen people said they had taken it upon themselves to protect the police from the violence.
Screengrab via ABC7 Denver official report.
    “We’ve seen the rioters come down here.    We’ve seen the rioters across the country destroy cities, and we’re not going to tolerate it.    We’re done with it.    We are part of the silent majority.    Most of us are veterans.    I’m a Marine Corps veteran, I’m a law enforcement officer, and we’re not going to tolerate this stuff anymore.” – Unnamed resident
    The protest group eventually left the police station and continued to march downtown, where they broke windows and started fires.
    Reports claimed one officer was injured in the incident.    However, the extent of their injuries is unknown.
Screengrab via ABC7 Denver official report.

8/23/2020 Chad Wolf: DHS Agents Have No Authority Over Polling Stations by OAN Newsroom
A woman votes in the presidential primary election at the the Summit View Church of the Nazarene Tuesday, March 10, 2020, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
    According to acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf, his department does not have the authority to oversee polling locations this November.    On Sunday, he asserted that is not what the Department of Homeland Security was made for.
    This came after President Trump announced he is planning to send federal law enforcement and sheriffs to polling stations on Election Day to prevent voter fraud.
    Despite this, the secretary stated the president has not talked to him about the matter himself.    He went on to say his department has other matters to tend to.
    “That’s not what we do at the Department of Homeland Security.    We have law enforcement authorities and officers at the department.    We have expressive authorities given to us by Congress, and this is not one of them.    We do a lot of protection across the country through a lot of different circumstances, including Portland and number of other cities around the country.    This is not a mission for the Department of Homeland Security.” – Chad Wolf, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security
    The DHS official added he has not seen any intelligence to convince him there is a foreign threat to election infrastructure or mail-in ballot fraud.
Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf arrives at the Eastern Iowa Airport for a briefing on derecho
damage with President Donald Trump, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    Earlier the same day, Wolf defended his position as acting secretary of Homeland Security.    This followed the release of a watchdog report, which suggested his appointment was illegal.
    The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has claimed Wolf’s position was invalid and alleged the DHS used the wrong line of succession.
    According to the secretary, all the proper avenues to select a successor were followed.    Wolf claimed the GAO has no authority regarding the matter and reiterated the DHS vehemently disagrees with the report.
    “The Homeland Security Act gives the secretary of Homeland Security discreet and brought discretion, exclusive authority to appoint his or her successor.    So Secretary Nielsen, as you mentioned, did that in three different ways.    She amended the order of succession, sent out an employee message to over 250,000 employees of the Department of Homeland Security indicating that Kevin McAleenan would succeed her.    Then she swore in Kevin McAleenan.” – Chad Wolf, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security
    Moving forward, the GAO will refer the issue to the DHS inspector general and Congress, who could attempt to force his removal.

IF YOU DID NOT BELIEVE ME THAT THE DEMOCRATS ARE TRYING TO GET RID OF THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, ISAAC AND JACOB, THE TEN COMMANDMENTS WHICH THEY AVOID AND AS YOU CAN SEE IN THE BELOW THEY ARE NOW HAVING THEIR CHILDREN TO LEAVE GOD OUT OF THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIENCE AND THAT SHOULD TELL YOU WHAT THEY REALLY BELIEVE AND IT IS NOT CHRISTIANITY NO MATTER WHAT FAITH THEY CLAIM TO BE WHICH WOULD BE ANTICHRISTIAN IN GOD'S EYES AND ANY TRUE CHRISTIAN KNOWS THE PATH IS NARROW AND IT IS EASY TO FALL OFF THE FENCE TWO WAYS
8/23/2020 President Trump: Democrats Left Out Key Phrases In Pledge Of Allegiance During Caucus by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Aug. 17, 2020, file image from video, grandchildren of Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden,
including Finnegan Biden, Hunter Biden, Natalie Biden, Naomi Biden and Maisy Biden, lead the Pledge of Allegiance
during the first night of the Democratic National Convention. (Democratic National Convention via AP, File)
    President Trump recently weighed in on several Democrats’ omission of a key phrase in the Pledge of Allegiance during their national convention.    During several livestreamed events last week, multiple speakers in caucus events omitted the phrase “under God” from their pledges.
    On Twitter, the president admitted he first thought Democrats did it by mistake.    He went on to say he now believes it was actually done on purpose.
    President Trump slammed the DNC’s choice to remove the phrase and stated America “still wants God.”    He called on supporters to keep this in mind when voting in November.

President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Mariotti Building Products, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Old Forge, Pa. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
    In a separate tweet, the president took a moment to honor Poland’s Warsaw Uprising, where he notably invoked Christianity.
    “We can still hear those voices that echo through history, their message is as true today as ever,” he said.    “The people of Poland, the people of America and the people of Europe still cry out, ‘We want God.’

8/23/2020 GOP Lawmakers Call Out Democrats For Lack Of Reasoning Behind USPS Hearing by OAN Newsroom
An Amazon package is loaded onto a U.S. Postal Service truck, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, Portland, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
    Amid concerns about mail-in voting this election, Democrats are pushing to provide additional funding for the U.S. Postal Service.    The issue prompted concerns from both parties, but many GOP lawmakers opposed the Democrats’ proposed legislation.
    During Saturday’s congressional hearing, Republicans voiced concerns over the “Delivering for America Act,” which would give $25 billion to the agency.
    Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) cited Democrats’ attacks on Postmaster General Louis DeJoy as an ironic reason to provide more funding.    He further suggested they are throwing money at a problem that does not exist.
    “You’re going to give the postmaster general an additional $25 billion,” stated Biggs.    “You don’t trust him, but you’re going to give him $25 billion dollars, when he already has $15 billion cash on hand and $10 billion credit.”
    In this image from video, U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy testifies during a video virtual
hearing before the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee on the U.S. Postal Service during COVID-19 and the upcoming elections,
Friday, Aug. 21, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (US Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs via AP)
    Congressman Greg Pence (R-Ind.) called the vote a waste of time and accused Democrats of misleading Americans.
    “We need to stop wasting time on a sham political vote like HR 8015,” he said.    “In reality, House Democrats are the ones trying to scare the American people, blame President Trump, and yes, undermine the 2020 election results.”
    According to Rep. Rob Woodall (R-Ga.), the hearing was more focused on condemning White House officials than allocating resources to the postal agency.
    “You’re going to hear more about Donald Trump today than you’re going to hear about the Postal Service today,” stated Woodall.
    “That’s because we’re not here to talk about the Postal Service, we’re here for another round of attacks on President Trump.”
Mailboxes in Omaha, Neb., Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
    The bill is not expected to pass the Senate and the president has already threatened a veto it.    He has called the measure an overreaction to exaggerated media reports.

8/23/2020 2020 RNC Schedule Features President Trump, First Lady Melania, Vice President Pence by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump waves to the audience after speaking at a campaign rally at Mariotti
Building Products, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Old Forge, Pa. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
    Republicans are gearing up for this year’s Republican National Convention following the Democrats’ dismal national convention last week.    The theme for the convention, which is set to begin on Monday, August 24th, is “Honoring the Great American Story.”
    The RNC will be largely virtual due to the ongoing pandemic.    No more than 336 delegates will meet in-person in Charlotte, North Carolina to formally nominate President Trump.
    The convention will feature several prominent speakers, including Donald Trump Jr., Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Members of President Trump’s family will also deliver remarks.
    The first night of the convention will focus on America as the “Land of Promise.”    On Monday, delegates will meet to officially nominate President Trump and Mike Pence.
    On Tuesday, the theme will be the “Land of Opportunity.”    First Lady Melania Trump is slated to speak from the Rose Garden, along with her and President Trump’s adult children.
    Wednesday’s theme will be the “Land of Heroes.”    Vice President Mike Pence will deliver a speech from Fort McHenry in Baltimore.
    The final day of the convention will be about the “Land of Greatness.”
Lights and staging stand on the South Lawn of the White House, Friday, Aug. 21, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    President Trump has confirmed he will be giving his acceptance speech for the Republican presidential nomination at the White House after his daughter Ivanka Trump introduces him.
    He has invited the majority of Republican Congress members to attend the event.
    Watch the 2020 Republican National Convention on One America News! OAN will have live, special coverage with Alex Salvi, Greta Wall and Patrick Hussion, starting Monday at 8:45 p.m. ET/ 5:45 p.m. PT.

8/23/2020 President Trump Blasts Biden Ahead Of Republican National Convention by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this March 11, 2020, file photo President Donald Trump speaks in an address to the nation from the Oval
Office at the White House about the coronavirus in Washington. (Doug Mills/The New York Times via AP, Pool, File)
    During an exclusive interview with Mike Huckabee, President Trump painted a grim picture of a Joe Biden presidency.    Ahead of this week’s RNC, he claimed law and order, the sanctity of human life, and the Second Amendment will be out the window if Biden is elected this November.
    He also slammed the Democrat nominee’s health care policy.    According to the president, socialized medicine will radically change access to quality health care and doctor selection.
    When asked about criticisms of his recent tweets, he suggested Republicans need to “get tougher” to win.    He pointed out his strong stance has led to major key achievements for Americans since he was elected in 2016.
    “I always say the Republicans have to get tougher, so I have to speak quickly and strongly in order to win,” explained President Trump.    “We have to win.”
    He went on to blast the mainstream media for being “corrupt and fake.”    The president defended his use of Twitter by saying it’s the only way to get truth to the American people.

8/23/2020 17 Killed In Colombia Within 24 Hours by OAN Newsroom
In this photo released by the Colombia’s Presidential Press Office, President Ivan Duque gives a statement at Palacio de
Narino in Bogota, Colombia, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019. (Efrain Herrera/Colombia’s Presidential Press Office via AP)
    17 people are dead following multiple attacks in Colombia this weekend.
    According to reports, at least three separate attacks occurred within 24 hours.    The violence was reportedly carried out by drug trafficker and criminal groups in the region.
    Attacks in the Narino and Cauca provinces resulted in the deaths of six people each.    Five died following an attack in Arauca.
    Colombian President Ivan Duque has condemned the attacks and emphasized this type of violence mainly hurts children in the country.
    “The rejection of violence is because it mainly hurts the young people of Colombia,” he said.    “It hurts that, in many communities, these armed groups have always tried to recruit children.”
    Earlier this week, the U.S. and Colombia released details on a new bilateral initiative, which aims to end drug trafficking in the country.

8/24/2020 Beshear announces 467 new coronavirus cases, nine deaths by Sarah Ladd, Louisville Courier Journal | USA TODAY NETWORK
    Gov. Andy Beshear announced Sunday 467 new coronavirus cases in Kentucky and nine new deaths.     There have now been 43,529 total cases and 881 total deaths in the state.    Of the new cases, 79 are 18 years and younger, including 15 who are 5 and younger and a 3-day-old baby.,br>     "We remain in a plateau with our number of new cases, which is positive, but we have to see those numbers steadily decline,” Beshear said in a statement.    “All of your sacrifices are working, and we must all continue to be patient and do our part to drive those numbers down.”
    Dr. Steven Stack, the state's public health commissioner, said the new numbers indicate a four week plateau, success he credited to the state's mask mandate and social gathering restrictions.     “Please, socially distance greater than 6 feet.    Wear a mask at all times when in public and around others.    Wash your hands often.    Check for signs of infection and get tested if ill.    Cooperate with contact tracing if you are called.    If we do these things, we can contain the coronavirus and get back to more of the activities we miss,” Stack said in a statement.
    The new deaths include a 63-year-old man from Johnson County, a 63-year-old man from Shelby County, a 73-year-old man and a 78-year-old man from Lewis County, a 72-year-old man from Knox County, a 77-year-old woman from Oldham County, an 88-year-old woman from Scott County, a 90-yearold woman from Green County and a 91-year-old man from Green County.
    Meanwhile, Indiana reported 618 new coronavirus cases and two new deaths Sunday, bringing the total cases to 85,932 and deaths to 3,003.
    Reach breaking news reporter Sarah Ladd at sladd@courier-journal.com.    Follow her on Twitter at @ladd_sarah.
[9 deaths / 467 cases = 0.019% and total 881 deaths /43,529 cases = 0.020%.].

8/24/2020 A map to see where the cases are now.

8/24/2020 President Trump Thanks RNC After Being Renominated For Reelection by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence stand on stage during the first day of the 2020
Republican National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    President Trump thanked the Republican Party following his nomination for reelection at the Republican National Convention.    On Monday, he spoke in Charlotte, North Carolina during the roll call of states.
    The president spoke on the threat of universal mail-in voting, while urging his supporters to closely watch what happens in November since Democrats are laying the groundwork to de-legitimize the vote.
    President Trump then said the Democrats spied on his campaign in 2016 and got caught, adding that the only way the Democrats will win is if they rig the election.
    “We caught them doing some really bad things in 2016, let’s see what happens,” he stated.    “We have to be very careful because they are trying it again with this whole 80 million mail-in ballots that they’re working on.”
    Meanwhile, Vice President Mike Pence was also formally nominated to be the Republican Party’s 2020 vice presidential candidate.    He was by former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) and approved by all GOP delegates.
    The vice president is expected to accept the nomination Wednesday during a speech at Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland.

8/24/2020 Joe Biden Looks To End Large Oil, Gas Production In U.S. by OAN Newsroom
FILE- This July 29, 2020 photo shows an oil rig in Midland, Texas. U.S. wholesale prices shot up an unexpected 0.6% in July, biggest gain
since October 2018 on a big increase in energy prices. The Labor Department said Tuesday, Aug. 11, that the jump last month in its
producer price index — which measures inflation before it reaches consumers — followed a 0.2% drop in June. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)
    While some believe the Green New Deal‘s intentions of cleaning up the environment are noble, such a drastic change in oil usage could have disastrous effects on the American economy and affordable energy.
    Former Vice President Joe Biden made his energy policy clear when he was asked about his ideas on fracking, a controversial form of oil production, which amid all of its shortcomings has drastically increased U.S. energy independence.
    “No more drilling on federal lands…no more drilling, including offshore,” Biden stated.    “No ability for the oil industry to continue to drill, period.    Ends!
    The Democrat presidential nominee’s running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) co-authored a piece of legislation called the Climate Equity Act with New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D), which has been deemed the first step towards implementing a Green New Deal aimed at having the U.S. reach a net zero in greenhouse emissions.
    By comparison, the Trump administration has prioritized energy independence as a reason for some deregulation on energy producers, which could eliminate much of the U.S.-Middle East intervention.
    President Trump has made an effort to remove overseas troops in recent years.    However, he has met push-back from members in Congress on both sides of the aisle who claim he needs to somehow prove these actions will not hurt U.S. or international allied interests.
    All of these actions come as the president has made the U.S. one of the top oil producing countries in the world for the first time since the 1960s.    Additionally, over the last four years during the Trump presidency, electric vehicle production in the U.S. has increased by nearly 400-percent.
    On this current trend the U.S. is slated to eliminated it’s reliance on foreign oil while also propping up businesses which produce energy efficient technologies that ultimately help the environment.
    In contrast, a Biden-Harris administration looks to eliminate all U.S. oil production, in turn, making America completely reliant on countries like Saudi Arabia.    This is a strategy which has regularly proven to motivate American intervention in the Middle East.
    If a Biden-Harris administration really does want stop producing oil and remove troops from Iraq and Afghanistan then they have one major problem to address.    The U.S. dollar has been backed by petroleum production in Saudi Arabia since the early 70s, meaning every drop of oil produced is bought by American greenbacks.    This is known as the petrodollar.
    However, a removal of troops would inevitably destabilize the region and threaten the American economy dramatically.    According to the Rand Corporation, the only way to counteract such a withdrawal would be increasing American oil production.    This is a policy already in place by the Trump administration.
    In contrast, a Biden administration looks to eliminate American drilling, which would either force them to prolong American presence in the Middle East or tank the U.S. economy.

8/24/2020 NYC Food Banks Struggle To Support Rise In Demand Amid High Unemployment Rate by OAN Newsroom
Walther Sinche directs pedestrians toward food donations during the COVID-19 pandemic, Tuesday,
June 23, 2020, in the Corona neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
    Unemployed New Yorkers are dealing with long waits to receive food as the coronavirus pandemic leaves thousands without work.    The line for the La Jornada Food Pantry in Queens reached more than a quarter mile long on Saturday.
    La Jornada usually serves roughly 1,000 families a week, but that number has now skyrocketed to 10,000 amid increased unemployment rates due to the ongoing pandemic.    The food pantry is struggling to cope with the influx of demand.
    “The most important thing we need is that we need the government to help us with the conventional garbage and things like that we didn’t think before that was important, but now is becoming more and more important,” explained Pedro Rodriquez, founder and executive director of La Jornada Food Pantry.    “When you feed 10,000 people you can need a lot.”
    Several other food banks across the city are facing similar struggles and the Food Bank For New York estimated it has increased overall distribution by more than 20-percent.

8/24/2020 Biden: I Will Raise Taxes For Anybody Making Over $400K by OAN Newsroom
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden and his running mate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., watch fireworks during the fourth day
of the Democratic National Convention, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden said he plans to raise taxes for those with an annual income of more than $400,000 if he is elected.    He and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), outlined their tax plan in their first joint interview Sunday.
    The former vice president claimed raising taxes on the wealthy is how the Obama administration helped end the Great Recession back in 2008.    He said he believes it could help the current economic climate.    Biden also proposed raising taxes on large businesses, though he doesn’t believe doing so to smaller businesses would be necessary.
    “You have 90-percent of the businesses out there are mom and pop businesses…they employ less than 50 people, there will be no raising taxes on them,” he explained.    “We have to provide them with the ability to reopen, we ahve to provide more help for them not less help.”
    Biden said he does not intend to raise taxes for Americans who make less than $400,000 a year.    He then argued the wealthy should be responsible for paying “their fair share.”

8/24/2020 Gingrich: It Was A Big Mistake For Biden To Choose ‘Dark Versus Light’ As Theme For DNC Speech by OAN Newsroom
File – Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is pictured. (John Amis/AP Photo)
    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich recently took aim at Joe Biden for the theme of his DNC speech.    In an interview over the weekend, he said the former vice president made a “big mistake” by making the theme of his speech “dark versus light.”
    While he conceded the speech was likely the best of Biden’s career, he noted that it was too heavy and likely set up the rest of his campaign at a disadvantage.
    Gingrich pointed out neither Biden or Kamala Harris commented on increasing crime rates in Democrat-run cities and that’s part of the darkness they claim to be fighting against.
    “When you have people tearing down statues, that’s the darkness, and then ironically in the end it’s going to turn out that Harris and Biden are on the side of the darkness, “he stated. Having the best African-American employment in history, having the best Latino employment in history; those are the things Trump achieved, that’s the light.”
    In a separate interview over the weekend, Gingrich also said he believes the chances of President Trump winning reelection in November are looking “extremely good.”

8/25/2020 Oil up $0.17 to $42.42, DOW up 378 to 28,309 for a new record.

8/25/2020 Beshear announces 373 new COVID-19 cases, 4 deaths by Deborah Yetter, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Kentucky reported 373 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday for a total of 43,899 cases since early March, Gov. Andy Beshear said at a news conference.
    The state also announced four new deaths linked to the coronavirus, for a total of 885 statewide.
    The state’s rate of positive tests declined to 4.8% Monday after daily averages above 5% since late July.    Public health authorities recommend an average rate of positive tests at 5% or below as a measure of whether the spread of the virus is under control.
[4 deaths / 373 cases = 0.011% report this Beshear and GET OVER IT].

8/25/2020 27 ex-GOP lawmakers to endorse Biden by William Cummings, USA TODAY
    Jeff Flake, who had been one of the leading Republican critics of President Donald Trump in the Senate, announced Monday he will vote for Joe Biden in November, because the “conservative cause would be better served for the long term if the Democrats prevail.”
    “Indifference to the truth or to the careful stewardship of the institutions of American liberty is not conservative,” Flake said, deriding Trump’s leadership in a video statement.    “Disregard for the separation of powers, the centerpiece of our constitutional system, is not conservative. Governing by tweet is not conservative.”
    Biden “will approach the constitutional role with the reverence and dignity it deserves,” he said.
    “So it is because of my conservatism, and because of my belief in the Constitution, and in the separation of power – and because I am gravely concerned about the conduct and behavior of our current president – that I stand here today, proudly and wholeheartedly, to endorse Joe Biden as the next president of the United States of America,” he continued.
Go Joe.”
    Flake joined a group of more than two dozen former Republican members of Congress who announced their support for Biden earlier Monday, hours before the start of the Republican National Convention.
    The Biden campaign said in a statement that the 27 former GOP lawmakers believe President Donald Trump’s “failures” in office “have superseded partisanship.”
    “In a strong rebuke to the current administration, these former members of Congress cited Trump’s corruption, destruction of democracy, blatant disregard for moral decency, and urgent need to get the country back on course as a reason why they support Biden,” the statement said.
    The campaign said Monday’s announcement signaled the launch of Republicans for Biden, a “national effort to engage Republicans who are supporting Biden this fall” and encourage them to organize support for the Democratic candidate.
    Three former senators are included in the group: Flake, Gordon Humphrey of New Hampshire and John Warner of Virginia.
    Flake, who served six terms in the House before joining the Senate in 2013, had indicated he would be willing to support a Democratic candidate over Trump.    Trump derided Flake as “weak and ineffective” as far back as the 2016 campaign, and the two Republicans were often at odds during the president’s first two years in office.
    After the 2018 midterms, Trump said he was the reason Flake did not seek reelection.
    Warner left the Senate in 2009 after 30 years, including three stints as chairman of the Armed Services Committee.    He said in March he was backing the “thoroughly tested” Biden over Trump, whom he called a “gamble.”    Humphrey served two terms in the Senate, leaving in 1990.
    The 24 former GOP House members supporting Biden are:
Steve Bartlett of Texas
William Clinger of Pennsylvania
Tom Coleman of Missouri
Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania
Charles Djou of Hawaii
Mickey Edwards of Oklahoma
Wayne Gilchrest of Maryland
Jim Greenwood of Pennsylvania
Bob Inglis of South Carolina
Jim Kolbe of Arizona
Steve Kuykendall of California
Ray LaHood of Illinois
Jim Leach of Iowa
Susan Molinari of New York
Connie Morella of Maryland
Mike Parker of Mississippi
Jack Quinn of New York
Claudine Schneider of Rhode Island
Christopher Shays of Connecticut
Peter Smith of Vermont
Alan Steelman of Texas
Jim Walsh of New York
William Whitehurst of Virginia
Dick Zimmer of New Jersey
    Other Republicans have rejected Trump and endorsed Biden, including former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman and former Secretary of State Colin Powell, all of whom spoke at the Democratic National Convention last week and we already new they were part of it.
Contributing: Savannah Behrmann
[I PUT THIS ARTICLE ABOVE HERE SO YOU CAN SEE WHO WAS PART OF THE DEEP STATE OR A.K.A. "THE SWAMP" WHO HAVE BEEN ATTACKING TRUMP FOR ALMOST 4 YEARS OF HIS ADMINISTRATION IMPLEMENTING THE RUSSIA COLLUSION, FISA SURVEILLANCE ABUSE, THE MUELLAR REPORT, IMPEACHMENT OVER A PHONE CALL AND ALL OF THIS BECAUSE HE STOPPED THE POLICIES OF THE OBAMA-BIDEN ADMINISTRATION FROM TURNING THE UNITED STATES TO BE CONTROLLED BY THE GLOBALIST WHICH IS WHAT THEY ARE AND WE NEED TO PRAY FOR HIM TO SUCCEED AGAINST THEIR ONSLAUGHTS AND HAVE 4 MORE YEARS TO CLEAN THAT HOUSE OR DRAIN THE SWAMP FOREVER.].

8/24/2020 Comey Doesn’t Believe He Is A Target In Durham Probe by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this June 8, 2017 file photo, former FBI director James Comey speaks during a Senate Intelligence
Committee hearing on     Capitol Hill, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
    Former FBI Director James Comey has denied his alleged role in the “Obamagate” scandal.    During a recent interview, he attempted to ridicule the probe, which has been investigating the origins of the Russian hoax.
    “I’m not worried at all about that investigation of the investigation,” stated Comey.    “Next, I’m sure will be an investigation of the investigation of the investigation.”
    The former FBI chief alleged the probe, led by U.S. Attorney John Durham, could be a partisan endeavor.    His dismissal of the effort comes despite evidence of FISA abuses and efforts to spy on the Trump campaign, which initially prompted the investigation.
    According to Comey, he still believes he did nothing wrong.
    “I can’t imagine that I’m a target,” he said.    “Given that I know what happened during 2016, which was a bunch of people trying to do the right thing consistent with the law, they just want to have an investigation to talk about.”
    He added he hasn’t spoken or sat down for an interview with Durham.
    However, it was reported earlier this year the Justice Department was investigating Comey over a possible leak of classified information.    The status of the probe is currently unclear.
[Comey is getting dumber everyday as if he was never in charge of the FBI 7th Floor screw ups.].

[AS YOU SEE BELOW PELOSI HAS GONE OFF HER WHEELS SINCE HER PARTY HAS MANY MORE OF THE SWAMP CREATURES OF THE DEEPSTATE.].
8/25/2020 House Speaker Pelosi Calls President Trump, Congressional GOP ‘Enemies Of The State’ by OAN Newsroom
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington,
Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020. The House is set for a rare Saturday session to pass legislation to halt
changes in the Postal Service and provide $25 billion in emergency funds. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is under fire for labeling President Trump and congressional Republicans as “domestic enemies” of the state.
    “The domestic enemies to our voting system and honoring our Constitution are right at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue with their allies in the Congress of the U.S.,” she stated during an interview.
    During that same interview, Pelosi accused Republicans of suppressing the vote due to their attempts to ensure the election is free of voter fraud.    The House speaker reiterated calls for increased U.S. Postal Service funding and universal mail-in voting.
    “Let’s just get out there and mobilize, organize and not let the President deter anybody from voting, and again support the postal system which is election central,” said the House speaker.    “Diminish the role of the postal system and all of this, it’s really actually shameful…enemies of the state.”
    In response to Pelosi’s comments, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy took to Twitter to tell his constituents to never forget that Democrats despise GOP voters.

8/25/2020 President Trump Announces Additional $1B For Farmers To Families Food Box Program by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump delivers remarks on the “Farmers to Families Food Box Program” at Flavor
First Growers and Packers, Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, in Mills River, N.C. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    President Trump made his rounds in North Carolina on Monday, just before accepting the Republican nomination for his reelection bid.    He addressed supporters in Fletcher before giving remarks at a food bank in Mills River.
    During his visit to the food bank, the president announced he would approve an additional $1 billion to the Farmers to Families Food Box program.
    “I’m proud to announce that we will provide an additional $1 billion dollars to fund the Farmers to Families Food Box programs,” he stated.    “It’s worked out so well.”
    Under the program, the Department of Agriculture buys food from farmers and distributes it to local churches,food banks and non profit organizations.
    The initiative has reportedly delivered roughly 70 million boxes to families in need and was first launched in response to the coronavirus pandemic.    Senior White House adviser Ivanka Trump has called the historic program “a big win for the American people.”

8/25/2020 President Trump Honors Essential Workers During Surprise White House Visit by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump delivers remarks on the “Farmers to Families Food Box Program” at Flavor First
Growers and Packers, Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, in Mills River, N.C. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    President Trump recently met with our nation’s essential workers who have been on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic.    He made the surprise appearance at the White House Monday during the first night of the Republican National Convention.
    The meeting featured several nurses, postal workers, a truck driver, custodian and law enforcement personnel.    The president took a moment to honor each individual and thanked the group for their hard work.    He also highlighted their experiences during the pandemic.
    “These are great, great people,” said President Trump.    “Doctors, nurses, firemen, policemen — we want to thank you all, you have been incredible and we want to thank you and all of the millions of people that you represent.”
    Earlier Monday, the president made a surprise visit to the convention’s nominating proceedings in Charlotte, North Carolina where he personally thanked each state delegate.

8/25/2020 3 Md. Police Officers Ambushed, Shot by OAN Newsroom
(Image via AP)
    According to authorities, three Maryland police officers were recently ambushed while responding to a 9-1-1 call.
    On Sunday night, officers with the Prince George’s County Police Department arrived on scene to an alleged home invasion when they were met with gunfire from two male suspects.
    Rounds were exchanged between law enforcement and the suspects.    Officials said all of the officers were struck, but were able to apprehend the attackers.
    “A chief’s worst nightmare is to hear that one of his officers has been shot…this evening I received the call that three of my officers were shot, my heart sank,” recounted Interim Chief Hector Velez.    “I’m thinking about their families, I’m thinking about their fellow officers and I’m thinking about their community.”
    Both suspects are now in custody. Officials confirmed all officers are in stable condition and are expected to make a full recovery.

8/25/2020 RNC 2020 Night 1: Speakers Highlight American Values, Spirit, & History by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks on stage during the first day of the Republican National
Committee convention, Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, in Charlotte. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    The first day of the 2020 Republican National Convention opened with a clear message: the Republican Party sees this year’s election as a battle over the very fabric of American society.
    The GOP’s convention set off Monday after President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence were officially nominated to represent the party this November.
    The day drew on a common theme, painting the upcoming election as a battle for the preservation of the country’s historical principles.
    “The Republican Party is the pro-America party.    President Trump is the pro-American candidate.    This election is about who can preserve the values, principles and institutions that make America great.” – Jim Jordan, U.S. Representative (R-Ohio)
In this image from video, Georgia State Rep. Vernon Jones speaks from Washington, during the first night of the Republican National
Convention Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. (Courtesy of the Committee on Arrangements for the 2020 Republican National Committee via AP)
    During last week’s Democratic National Convention, Democrats sought to characterize the Trump administration as a deviation from traditional standards of governance. In contrast, speakers at the RNC highlighted the Democrats’ veer leftwards and broadly described the party’s presidential nominee Joe Biden as beholden to more extreme elements within the party.
    Of particular note was Monday’s focus on minority voters.    The day’s lineup even featured a member of the Democrat Party, who condemned Biden’s relationship with Black voters.
    “The Democratic Party does not want Black people to leave their mental plantation.    We’ve been forced to be there for decades and generations, but I have news for Joe Biden: We are free.    We are free people with free minds.    I’m part of a large and growing segment of the Black community who are independent thinkers.    We believe that Donald Trump is the president that America needs to lead us forward.” – Vernon Jones, Georgia State Representative (D)
Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley speaks during the Republican National Convention from the
Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    Former U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, who has often been floated as a potential future presidential candidate, repeated this theme by citing her own background as the child of immigrant, minority parents.
    “In much of the Democratic Party, it’s now fashionable to say that America is racist.    That is a lie.    America is not a racist country.    This is personal for me.    I am the proud daughter of Indian immigrants.    We face discrimination and hardship, but my parents never gave in to grievance and hate.    Now, America isn’t perfect, but the principles we hold dear are perfect.” – Nikki Haley, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations
    Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), who has been described by one prominent outlet as “the most powerful and prominent Black elected politician in America,” referenced his own family’s trajectory in his speech.    He discussed his father’s forced exit from school to work as a cotton farmer, his single mother’s struggle to raise Scott and his own rise to Congress as examples of the continuing attainability of the American dream.
    “Our family went from cotton to Congress in one lifetime, and that’s why I believe the next American century can be better than the last.    There are millions of families just like mine all across this nation, full of potential, seeking to live the American dream.    I’m here tonight to tell you that supporting the Republican ticket gives you the best chance of making that dream a reality.” – Tim Scott, U.S. Senator
Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., speaks during the first night of the Republican National Convention from
the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    First Lady Melania Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are among several speakers who are expected to take the stage on the second night of the Republican National Convention.

8/25/2020 Riots, Looting Continue In Wis. After Blake Shooting by OAN Newsroom
A protester walks past a building with broken windows as others burn during protests, Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, in
Kenosha, Wis., sparked by the shooting of Jacob Blake by a Kenosha Police officer a day earlier. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
    Riots and looting continued Tuesday in Wisconsin, leaving store owners devastated.
    “Someone called last night at midnight to tell us that uptown was being destroyed.    So, of course, we did spend the night with no sleep.    Then we knew that there’s nothing we could do, so we came and this is what we found.” – Pat Oertle, Kenosha store owner
    Oertle and her husband have owned a computer store in uptown Kenosha for 30 years.    This week, it was looted and vandalized by rioters in the area.
    “Oh my God, nobody deserves this, this accomplishes nothing,” she added.    “…This is not justice that they’re looking for, this is destroying things.”
    The destruction followed the shooting of Jacob Blake.
In this September 2019 selfie photo taken in Evanston, Ill., Adria-Joi Watkins
poses with her second cousin Jacob Blake. (Courtesy Adria-Joi Watkins via AP)
    On Monday, rioters set fire to cars and buildings in the city of Kenosha where Blake was shot, as well as in Wisconsin’s capital of Madison.
    Smashed windows and graffiti littered the state’s capitol building after a night of clashes between rioters and members of Wisconsin’s National Guard.    The building remained closed throughout the day due to the damage.
    Governor Tony Evers brought in what he called a “limited mobilization” of the guard on Monday to protect critical infrastructure.
    On Tuesday, Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson called on Evers to deploy the full guard as a preemptive measure.    According to Johnson, the governor has failed to “maintain order” in the wake of the unrest, which broke out in response to the shooting of Blake.
Protesters take cover from tear gas fired by police outside the Kenosha County Courthouse,
late Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, in Kenosha, Wis. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
    Authorities reportedly opened fire on Blake Sunday after he attempted to reach into his car during a confrontation with officers.    Blake’s father claimed his son is paralyzed from the waist down as the result of his injuries.
    Their attorney, Ben Crump, has announced they’re seeking justice.
    “The family wants to see them (police) held accountable.    They think that this was just an extreme use of excessive force.    …Until we have transparency plus accountability, we can never bridge this divide of mistrust between communities of color and law enforcement.” – Ben Crump, attorney for the Blake family
    Blake is recovering in the hospital and is expected to survive.
[MAYBE WE WILL GET THE REAL STORY AFTER THE MOBS AND ANARCHIST STOP DESTROYING CITIES AND THE TRUTH FROM A VALID INVESTIGATION IS DONE AND NOT BY MOB RULE.].

8/25/2020 DeVos: Students Don’t Need To Go Back To 100% In-Person Learning by OAN Newsroom
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos speaks Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020 to chemistry students
during a visit to Forsyth Central High School in Cumming, Ga. (AP Photo/Jeff Amy)
    Education Secretary Betsy DeVos met with Georgia high school officials on Tuesday to discuss reopening plans.
    While speaking at Forsyth Central High School in Cumming, Georgia, DeVos stated she would like to see all children return to fulltime learning.
    However, she clarified that does not mean it needs to be completely in-person.
    “President Trump and I are really committed to the fact that kids need to be back to learning fulltime.    But don’t mistake learning fulltime for suggesting that every single student needs to be 100% in person in school.    We need to give families and students choices.” – Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Education
    Earlier this month, the Department of Homeland Security issued guidance recommending states designate teachers as “critical infrastructure workers.”
    So far, Tennessee has allowed school districts to make that designation and South Carolina has signaled it may do the same.

8/25/2020 New Measures Implemented To Curb Non-Essential Travel Across U.S. Border by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Nov. 21, 2018 file photo, United States Border Patrol agents stand by a vehicle near one of
the border walls separating Tijuana, Mexico and San Diego, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)
    The U.S. is cracking down on cross-border travel amid concerns over the coronavirus.
    Customs and Border Protection (CBP) implemented restrictions back in March, but a recent survey by the agency found the restrictions were not being fully enforced.    According to CBP, about 60% of people who crossed recently have done so for non-essential reasons.
    The agency has responded by implementing new measures, which officials hope will curb travel between the U.S. and Mexico.    Some of the changes included reducing open border lanes and conducting secondary inspections of travelers deemed to be non-essential.
    Those visitors will then be provided with literature on the dangers of contracting COVID-19.
    Entry into the U.S. has also been limited to citizens and legal residents only.    The initiative has created long lines at the border, with wait times exceeding 11 hours.
    These changes are expected to remain in place through September 21st.

8/25/2020 National Guard Deployed To Stop Riots In Kenosha, Wis. by OAN Newsroom
Police try to secure the public safety building from protesters Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, in Kenosha, Wis.Wisconsin Gov. Tony
Evers has summoned the National Guard to head off another round of violent protests. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
    A second night of heavy rioting erupted in the streets of Wisconsin.    On Monday evening in Kenosha, Gov. Tony Evers (D) deployed the National Guard to quell the violent unrest in the city following the police shooting of 29-year old Jacob Blake.
    In a viral video released on Sunday, Kenosha police officers can be seen firing upon Blake after he seemingly failed to follow police orders and opened a car door.    Blake’s family is asking protesters to remain peaceful as reports of vandalism and destruction begin to spread.
    “We appreciate their support, but from his mother and from my brother, his father, we are encouraging people to protest peacefully, not to be destructive,” said Justin Blake, uncle of Jacob Blake.    “We want justice and we want proper justice.”
    Blake was treated at a hospital and is currently in stable condition, while the police officers involved were all placed on administrative leave.
    Meanwhile, the event quickly drew condemnation from top Democrat politicians, including presidential candidate Joe Biden who called for a swift investigation into the shooting.

8/25/2020 Father Of Parkland School Shooting Victim Warns Against Joe Biden Presidency by OAN Newsroom
In this image from video, Andrew Pollack speaks from Washington, during the first night of the Republican National Convention
Monday, Aug. 24, 2020.(Courtesy of the Committee on Arrangements for the 2020 Republican National Committee via AP)
    The father of a Parkland, Florida school shooting victim warned against a Joe Biden presidency.    During his 2020 Republican National Convention speech Monday night, Andrew Pollack blamed the death of his daughter on Obama-Biden policies.
    Pollack said that Obama’s “restorative justice,” which was a lax discipline approach in schools, made the shooting possible.    Although President Trump has since worked to dismantle the approach, Pollack noted that if Biden is elected then he will implement the same thing in schools nationwide.    The move could put children at a higher risk for a similar attacks.
    Far-left Democrats in our school district made this shooting possible because they implemented something they called “restorative justice,” Pollack stated.    “This policy, which really just blames teachers for student failures, puts kids and teachers at risk and makes shootings more likely.”
    The Floridian is urging Americans to vote for President Trump and said the safety of our country’s children depends on his reelection.

8/25/2020 Donald Trump Jr. Says Joe Biden, The Radical Left Are Now Coming For Our Freedom Of Speech by OAN Newsroom
Donald Trump Jr., speaks as he tapes his speech for the first day of the Republican National Convention
from the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    Donald Trump Jr. accused Joe Biden of wanting to silence conservatives.    In his speech during the 2020 Republican National Convention Monday, he stated that if Biden and the left get their way then the silent majority will become the “silenced majority.”
    Trump Jr. also said Biden’s entire economic platform is designed to crush working people and called him out for being “weak” on China.    He then suggested the election is coming down to a clash of faith and work versus lawlessness.
    “People of faith are under attack…you’re not allowed to go to church, but mass chaos in the streets gets a pass,” said the president’s eldest son.    “It’s almost like this election is shaping up to be church, work and school versus rioting, looting and vandalism.”
    Trump Jr. urged Americans to reject “radicals who want to drag us into the dark” and, instead, embrace his father who represents a bright and beautiful future for all.

8/26/2020 Oil up $0.96 to $43.36, DOW down 60 to 28,248.

8/26/2020 Beshear: State reports 688 new COVID-19 cases, 10 deaths by Joe Sonka, Ben Tobin and Deborah Yetter, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    FRANKFORT – Gov. Andy Beshear announced 688 new cases of COVID-19 in Kentucky on Tuesday, raising the state’s total number of cases to 44,568 since the onset of the pandemic in early March.
    The governor also announced 10 new deaths in Kentucky linked to the coronavirus, for a statewide total of 895.
    Kentucky’s rate of positive tests increased slightly to 5.07%.    The rate had dipped under 5% in recent days for the first time since late July.
    Public health authorities recommend an average rate of positive tests at 5% or below as a measure of whether the spread of the virus is under control.
    Beshear also cited a new White House report on Kentucky’s COVID-19 status for the week ending Sunday, showing the state improving from the “red” to “yellow” zone, based on the number cases per 100,000 residents lowering from 101 to 89.
    “We’re still in a dangerous time, but that’s a good thing,” Beshear said.
    The White House report stated the “encouraging sign of case declines” stemmed partly from public mask.
[10 deaths / 688 cases = 0.015% the value that Beshear does not tell you since it does not fit his narrative.].

8/26/2020 Night 2 Of RNC Highlights America’s Role In The World by OAN Newsroom
First Lady Melania Trump arrives to speak on the second night of the Republican National Convention from
the Rose Garden of the White House, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    The second day of the 2020 Republican National Convention highlighted America’s role in the world as a beacon of freedoms others may aspire to reach.
    Tuesday’s event emphasized this theme and included footage of a naturalization ceremony presided over by President Trump.    While addressing the newly made Americans gathered before him, the president highlighted both the honor and duties to which their citizenship entitles them.    He made the following remarks during the ceremony:
    “Today you have also accepted the profound duties and responsibilities that come with American citizenship.    By swearing the oath of allegiance, each of you has entered a sacred and unbreakable covenant with our nation.    Our culture, our traditions and our values are now yours to uphold and live by.    The rights so dear to every American granted by us, and granted by God.”
    Other speakers highlighted how these values shape U.S. actions globally, while painting American influence as a force promoting the extension of personal freedoms around the world.
    In prepared remarks reportedly taped during a diplomatic trip to Israel, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo underscored the Trump administration’s foreign policy achievements by portraying the last four years as a period of increased domestic and international security.
    “This president has led bold initiatives in nearly every corner of the world,” he stated.    “…today, because of the president’s determination and leadership, the ISIS caliphate is wiped out…and our brave soldiers, they’re on their way home.”
    Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (R) touched on this as well.    He depicted President Trump as an opponent of long-term wars and contrasted this characterization to Democrat nominee Joe Biden’s record as a legislator.    Under a Biden presidency, Paul proposed the likelihood of the U.S. entering a foreign conflict could be increased.
    “Compare President Trump with the disastrous record of Joe Biden who has consistently called for more war,” stated the senator.
Joe Biden voted for the Iraq war, which President Trump has long called the worst geopolitical mistake of our generation.    I fear Biden will choose war again.”
In this image from video, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks from Washington, during the second night of the Republican National
Convention on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020. (Courtesy of the Committee on Arrangements for the 2020 Republican National Committee via AP)
    First Lady Melania’s speech, delivered from the White House Rose Garden, highlighted a different aspect of America’s global role as the inspiration for millions of people around the world aspiring to the benefits of U.S. citizenship.    Her own life, she asserted, is a prime example of someone attaining this very goal and contributing to the ongoing fulfillment of the American dream.
    “It is still one of the proudest moments in my life because with hard work and determination, I was able to achieve my own American dream,” she stated.    “As an immigrant and a very independent woman, I understand what a privilege it is to live here and to enjoy the freedoms and opportunities that we have.”

8/26/2020 Eric Trump Offers Support For Father’s Reelection At RNC by OAN Newsroom
Eric Trump, the son of President Donald Trump, tapes his speech for the second day of the Republican National Convention
from the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    Eric Trump said his father will continue to fight for “every proud American who bleeds red, white and blue.” He advocated for his father’s reelection in his speech at the 2020 Republican National Convention Tuesday.    Eric said a vote for the president is a vote for the American spirit, dream and flag.
    The president’s son also took aim at Joe Biden by calling him a career politician who does not know anything about the American worker or businesses.    He claimed Biden has pledged to give all illegal immigrants amnesty and health care, pledged to stop border wall construction and pledged to defund police.
    Eric also delivered a personal message to his father:
    I miss working alongside you every day, but I’m damn proud to be on the front lines of this fight.
    I am proud of what you are doing for this country.
    I am proud to show my children what their grandfather is fighting for.
    I am proud to watch you give them hell.
Never stop.    Continue to be unapologetic.    Keep fighting for what’s right.
    You are making America strong again.
    You are making America safe again.
    You are making America proud again.
    The president’s son said the American spirit will “defeat the empty oppressive and radical views of the extreme left” on Election Day.

8/26/2020 President Trump Looking To Get Rid Of Bureaucratic Red Tape When Authorizing Vaccines, Therapeutics by OAN Newsroom
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar speaks during a media briefing in the James Brady Briefing
Room of the White House, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Alex Azar dismissed claims by certain media outlets that President Trump pressured the "FDA into approving convalescent plasm” as a coronavirus treatment.
    During an interview Wednesday, Azar said the process to get its approval was well underway before the president made the big announcement Sunday.    He also noted that “speed matters” and said the U.S. is using the proper channels to ensure any virus cure or vaccine is safe.
    “We have got move as quickly as possible, our normal timelines just can’t hold,” Azar explained.    “We’ve got to move fast, the president insists on that, but we’re also going to insist that products whether therapeutics or vaccines meet the FDA’s standards of data and evidence to meet the regulatory requirement.”
    The HHS secretary said the Trump administration has been working to ensure the U.S. limits the “unnecessary bureaucratic” barriers, which “stand in the way of saving lives.”

8/26/2020 Navarro: Randomized Plasma Trials Is Silly Talking Point by OAN Newsroom
Dr. Stephen Hahn, commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, speaks during a media briefing in the
James Brady Briefing Room of the White House, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    Officials within the Trump administration have said it’s full speed ahead with convalescent plasma therapy despite calls for more testing.
    On Tuesday, White House trade advisor Peter Navarro and FDA Director Stephen Hahn attempted to set the record straight regarding the treatment.    Navarro slammed calls for more randomized control trials by saying it’s a crazy talking point.
    “On the issue of not being able to do randomized trials, what is the calculus here?” asked the trade adviser.    “Are we going to wait here to do something that’s going to save thousands of lives so we can have a study that tells us what we already know, which is that convalescent plasma works?
    His remarks came after the administration announced the approval of the therapy Sunday, when media analysts accused officials for allegedly politicizing the FDA.    Hahn came under immense fire for citing a study claiming the method reduces the mortality rate by 35 percent.
White House trade adviser Peter Navarro listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference
at the White House, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    Some scientists came out against the study by arguing it was based on a specific subset of tested coronavirus patients.    They also urged the agency to hold off on issuing an emergency use authorization for the treatment, but Hahn doubled down on the decision.
    “I personally could have done a better job…should’ve done a better job at that press conference explaining what the data show regarding convalescent plasma and I can assure the American people that this decision was based upon sound science and data,” he stated.
    White House and FDA officials said Americans should have the right to try convalescent plasma therapy for its longstanding history in treating various diseases.    They are urging Americans recovering from the coronavirus to donate their plasma.

8/26/2020 71 Arrested And Charged In Louisville Protests Amid Death Of Breonna Taylor by OAN Newsroom
A representative from Until Freedom is arrested during the Good Trouble Tuesday march for
Breonna Taylor, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. (Amy Harris/Invision/AP)
    71 people were arrested and charged during the fourth day of protests in response to the death of Breonna Taylor.     In Louisville Wednesday, protesters were charged with “disorderly conduct” and “obstructing a roadway” during a sit-in demonstration against police.
    Among those arrested was of the leaders of the 2017 Women’s March, Linda Sarsour, who once advocated for bringing Sharia law into the U.S.
    Right now: A protest over Breonna Taylor's death in Louisville, Kentucky, is met with a wall of police pic.twitter.com/fb0Temz1kg — The Recount (@therecount)     On day two of the protests, the interim chief for the Louisville Metro Police Department said demonstrators were mostly peaceful.    However, Chief Robert Schroeder also said people had to be detained when refusing to stop blocking traffic.
    Chief Schroeder, again, reminded the public that law enforcement allowed the peaceful display of demonstrations to the fullest extent.    However, they also had the duty to ensure public safety for the whole community.
[I AM GLAD TO SEE SOMEONE IN LOUISVILLE TO GROW UP AND STOP THE RIOTING WHICH HAS MADE THE CITY A PLACE THAT I CANNOT TAKE MY CHILDREN TO GO TO MY GRANDDAUGHTERS BIRTHDAY PARTY THIS YEAR AND DO SOME OF THE THINGS WE WOULD HAVE DONE IN THE CITY ALSO.].

8/26/2020 Miami Mayor Praises Opportunity Zones, Says Need For Affordable Housing Is Another Pandemic by OAN Newsroom
Miami Mayor Francis Suarez speaks to the press. (Lynne Sladky/AP Photo)
    Miami’s Republican mayor is calling for the federal government to help establish affordable housing.
    During a related event hosted by The Hill Tuesday, Mayor Francis Suarez likened the affordable housing crisis in his city to the coronavirus pandemic. Suarez noted that the federal government could make the efforts much easier, but state and local leaders are trying to do all they can.
    “Often times you have…through the tax system…affordable housing projects, sometimes you have what they call extremely low-income projects, but often times the workforce housing piece gets overlooked,” explained the mayor.    “And that’s your doctors, your nurses, your police officers, your firefighters — those that for many years have not been able to afford to live in the city."
The need for #affordablehousing is another pandemic. – @FrancisSuarez #TheHillHousing2020 pic.twitter.com/1nWstiabOx — Enterprise (@EnterpriseNow) August 25, 2020
    Suarez praised opportunity zones by saying the project has allowed the city to make headway in reaching its 2024 goal of building 12,000 units.

8/26/2020 Hillary Clinton Says Biden Must Not Concede Defeat On Election Night by OAN Newsroom
In this image from video, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during the third night of the
Democratic National Convention on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020. (Democratic National Convention via AP)
    Hillary Clinton is urging Joe Biden not to concede his defeat in the upcoming presidential election if the race is too close to call.
    During an interview Tuesday, Clinton said she believes mail-in voting will drag out the final results of this year’s elections.    She then suggested Biden must not concede the race on election night because it would make it harder for him to argue that he actually won if mail-in ballots later show that.
    Some experts have agreed and said results may not be announced that night or electoral college votes could be awarded to a candidate before all the votes are counted.
    Hillary Clinton has some advice for Joe Biden: Don’t concede in a close race.
    The 2016 nominee sits down with @jmpalmieri and @sho_thecircus to urge Dems to pay close attention to GOP strategy.
pic.twitter.com/REwfLf1QjS — The Recount (@therecount) August 24, 2020
    President Trump has repeatedly said Democrats are pushing mail-in ballots to steal the election by submitting thousands of fraudulent votes.

8/26/2020 Trump Jr.: Cancel Culture Spreading Fear & Hatred In America by OAN Newsroom
Donald Trump Jr., speaks as he tapes his speech for the first day of the Republican National Convention
from the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    Donald Trump Jr. recently criticized the ever-changing “woke and cancel culture,” which he believes produces hatred, division and political intolerance.
    “You must be political, but obviously you can be only one way,” he said.    “If you’re not woke, you’re cancelled, if you’re not woke enough, you’re cancelled.”
    On Wednesday, the Trump Organization executive claimed far-left Democrats have overplayed their “woke narratives” and suggested reasonable people are walking away.
    According to Don. Jr, the Democrat Party has employed so many double standards that it is now morally bankrupt.
    “You know, the Democrats are the supposed party of tolerance.    Not so tolerant, unless you buy into 100% of their party line.    Stray even a little bit, that is a cancellable offense.    Being apolitical today, according to the left, is a cancellable offense.    …If you don’t adjust to the never-ending movement of the goal posts, because what’s woke today is alt-right tomorrow, you’re cancelled.” – Donald Trump Jr., Executive of the Trump Organization
    He went on to say the latest political polls are inaccurate due to the hatred and fear imposed by “cancel culture.”

8/26/2020 Pelosi Vows Investigation Into CDC’s New Testing Guidelines by OAN Newsroom
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has promised an investigation into the CDC’s new coronavirus testing guidelines.    On Wednesday, she called the new guidance “scary and dangerous.”
    The agency updated its guidance online earlier this week.    According to the CDC, asymptomatic people don’t need to be tested, even if they’ve been in close contact with an infected person.
    The House speaker believes these changes reinforce “the lack of attention and understanding needed to crush the virus.”
    “Shame on them, as I say shame on the commission of the FDA for his misrepresentation, all of this being politicized,” stated Pelosi.     “Yes, we will be investigating.”
    According to her, the Trump administration has resisted the claim that testing must be at more than 3 million people per day.
    Meanwhile, the HHS has said the change will not affect contact tracing efforts or any other types of surveillance testing.

8/26/2020 Ill. Police: Teen Shooting Suspect Will Be Charged As Adult by OAN Newsroom
A protester tosses an object toward police during clashes outside the Kenosha County Courthouse late Tuesday,
Aug. 25, 2020, in Kenosha, Wis., on third night of unrest following the shooting of a Black man, Jacob Blake,
whose attorney said he was paralyzed after being shot multiple times by police. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
    The teen suspected of fatally shooting two people during protests in Wisconsin will be charged as an adult.    According to police, 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse was taken into custody on Wednesday after being arrested in his home state of Illinois.
    He has been charged with first-degree intentional homicide in connection with the shooting in Kenosha, which took place on Tuesday night.
    A court complaint stated the suspect fled the state of Wisconsin with the intent to avoid prosecution.
    Rittenhouse, who was reportedly armed with an AR-15 rifle, was spotted in the area before and after the incident.
    “People are getting injured and our job is to protect this business.    Part of my job is also to help people, so if there’s somebody hurt, I’m running into harm’s way.    That’s why I have my rifle, because I need to protect myself obviously.” – Kyle Rittenhouse, suspected shooter
    He is being held in a juvenile detention center and will appear in court on Friday for a bond hearing.

8/26/2020 Rep. Meadows Skeptical Stimulus Negotiations Will Resume Soon by OAN Newsroom
Fiel – Chief of Staff Mark Meadows Mark Meadows is pictured. (AP Photo)
    Chief of Staff Mark Meadows is losing confidence that the stall in stimulus negotiations will end soon.    During an interview Wednesday, he heaped blame on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
    Meadows accused her of stalling in the name of politics and said he’s attempted to reach out to Pelosi as recently as Tuesday to restart talks, but has not gotten a response.
    The White House chief of staff said its telling that Pelosi has bucked Republicans on a stimulus bill for so long yet pulled her party together to pass bailout for the post office through the weekend.
    “Ultimately, there is over a $105 billion there for schools and she fails to act, and yet she somehow brings people in for a postal bill on a Saturday that’s a largely messaging bill…that’s her top priority?” he asked.    “That’s hard to sell on main street and it’s hard to sell even with her most loyal, dedicated colleagues that supported her for speaker.”
    If negotiations continue into September, Republicans have discussed adding stimulus measures to a spending bill continuing resolution that will need to be passed by September 30 to avoid a government shutdown.

8/26/2020 Navajo Nation Vice President Endorses President by OAN Newsroom
In this image from video, Navajo Nation Vice President Myron Lizner speaks during the second night of the Republican National
Convention on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020. (Courtesy of the Committee on Arrangements for the 2020 Republican National Committee via AP)
    Navajo Nation Vice President Myron Lizner officially endorsed the President Trump for reelection. Lizer voiced his support of the president Tuesday night.
    He expressed his gratitude to President Trump for ending the long fight to get Congress’ attention, which the Navajo people have struggled with.    The Navajo Nation vice president added, his people had never been invited into the American dream until President Trump took office and made an effort to lend his aid.
    “President Trump delivered the largest Financial funding package ever to Indian Country,” Lizner stated.    “The $8 billion in CARES Act funding to Indian Country was a great start in alleviating the devastating effects that the COVID-19 pandemic has inflicted on our Indian tribes…I’m excited to endorse President Trump’s reelection.”
    The president notably reactivated the White House Council on Native American Affairs, promoting prosperity within Navajo Nation and allowing easier communication as well as a stronger relationship between the two groups.
    Lizner added that every meeting with the president was met with a strong attempt repair the broken relationship with the federal government.

8/27/2020 Oil up $2.27 to $45.63, DOW up 83 to 28,332.

8/27/2020 ‘I would not be canceled,’ Sandmann says at GOP convention by Scott Wartman, Cincinnati Enquirer USA TODAY NETWORK
    Covington Catholic High School graduate Nick Sandmann Tuesday night stood before the Lincoln Memorial and introduced himself to the nation.
    “Good evening everyone.    My name is Nick Sandmann, and I’m the teenager who was defamed by the media,” Sandmann said as he opened his remarks at the Republican National Convention.
    Sandmann in 2019 found himself in the middle of a nationwide controversy after a video of him and a Native American elder facing each other in a crowd went viral.    Tuesday night before a national audience, Sandmann recounted that fateful confrontation and lambasted the media for its coverage.
    “How could I have possibly imagined the simple act of putting on that red hat would unleash hate from the left and make myself the target of network and cable news networks nationwide?” Sandmann said.
    An opening montage Tuesday night prior to Sandmann’s remarks recapped the January 2019 incident that made Sandmann famous.    It included clips from comedians Bill Maher, Trevor Noah and other commentators mocking Sandmann.
    Sandmann had been on a trip with Covington Catholic classmates for the March for Life on Jan. 18, 2019.    Then video circulated online showing Sandmann wearing a red “Make America Great Again” hat and facing Native American elder Nathan Phillips in a crowd in front of the Lincoln Memorial. Phillips beat a drum in front of Sandmann.
    Twitter exploded with accusations of racism and privilege.    News outlets such as The Washington Post, NBC, CNN and The Courier Journal all began reporting the story.
    Sandmann said he bought his hat earlier in the day.    He said his only thoughts during the confrontation was to not agitate Phillips and to not embarrass his family, friends and school.    He said he kept his hands behind his back.    He described his smile seen in the video as “awkward.”
    “What I thought was a strange encounter quickly developed into a major news story complete with video footage,” Sandmann said.    “My life changed forever in that one moment.”
    He accused the media of pushing an “anti-Christian, anti-conservative, anti-Donald Trump narrative.”
    “If advancing their narrative ruined the reputation and future of a teenager from Covington, Kentucky, well so be it,” Sandmann said.    “That would teach him not to wear a MAGA hat.”
    He decried “cancel culture.”
    “I would not be canceled,” he declared.
    Sandmann filed suit against media organizations he claimed defamed him.    He settled lawsuits with CNN and The Washington Post for undisclosed amounts. He has sued five other news companies, including Gannett, which owns The Courier Journal.
    He ended the speech by expressing for Trump.
    “No one in this country has been a victim of unfair media coverage more than President Donald Trump,” Sandmann said.
    Then he donned a red MAGA hat as his speech ended.
    The Republicans have invited several nonpoliticians to speak at the convention.    The McCloskeys, who brandished guns as Black Lives Matter protesters passed by their St. Louis home in June, spoke on Monday night.
Nick Sandmann stands in front of Native American elder Nathan Phillips at a rally last year. AP
[I was glad to see that a kid from Kentucky who CNN, Washington Post, NBC, Courier Journal and 5 others have made Sandmann a billionaire and he is probably going to end up in politics to continue his new adventure which will be ironic to see the "FAKE NEWS" may have created the news monster they did not want to who will promote MAKE AMERICAN GREAT AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN AND AGAIN AND CANCEL THE FAKE NEWS].

8/27/2020 CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC - Beshear calls CDC’s new guidelines for testing ‘reckless, inexplicable’ by Emma Austin and Deborah Yetter, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear on Wednesday criticized the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s change to its coronavirus testing guidelines, calling it “reckless” and “inexplicable.”
    The new guidelines discourage people without symptoms from getting a test, even if they’ve been exposed to COVID-19.
    “It contradicts everything that we know and have learned about this virus,” Beshear said during his daily briefing.    “It is inexplicable, and in Kentucky we’re going to continue to do the right thing.”.......
………. Beshear reported 696 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, bringing the state’s total to 45,230.
Sixteen percent, or 114 of the 696 new cases, were in children under age 18, Beshear said.
    He also reported seven deaths in Kentucky.    The commonwealth has now seen a total of 902 coronavirus-related deaths.
    The state’s rate of positive tests dropped to 4.64%, one of lowest numbers in the past four weeks.
[7 deaths / 696 cases = 0.010%.].

8/27/2020 WHO Panel To Review International Health Regulations In Pandemic: Tedros
FILE PHOTO: Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a news conference on the
situation of the coronavirus (COVID-2019), in Geneva, Switzerland, February 28, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo
    GENEVA (Reuters) – The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday that his agency was setting up a review committee to evaluate the performance of its International Health Regulations (IHR) during the COVID-19 pandemic.
    Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus made the announcement to Geneva diplomats hours ahead of a press conference.    “The Committee will make technical recommendations on the functioning of the IHR as well as regarding possible amendments,” he said, according to his remarks.
    He said the review committee’s first meeting would be on Sept. 8-9.
    Gro Harlem Brundtland, one of Tedros’ predecessors at the helm of the U.N. agency, told reporters in June that the WHO should change the IHR guidelines that led it to oppose travel restrictions early in the outbreak – a step criticised later by the United States.
(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; editing by)
[WELL AS YOU CAN SEE TEDROS IS STILL THERE AND THEY ARE NOT PROVING IT TO BE A CHINA VIRUS WHICH ANYONE COULD FIGURE THAT OUT.].

8/27/2020 RNC Night 3 Highlights America As The ‘Land Of Heroes’ by OAN Newsroom
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany tapes her speech for the third day the Republican National Convention
from the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    The Republican Party put the spotlight on American courage with the convention’s third night featuring remarks attributing the U.S. as the “land of heroes.”
    Wednesday’s ceremony featured speakers such as Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany and former Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell.br>     Grenell, who also served as the U.S. ambassador to Germany, used the platform to focus on the administration’s dealings with the international community and the future of U.S. foreign policy under President Trump.
    “Donald Trump’s administration has always made clear that our priority is the American people’s security, that’s the job of all leaders to put their people first, and we’ve seen how this strategy has succeeded,” he stated.    “In four years, Donald Trump didn’t start any new wars…he brought troops home, he rebuilt the military and signed peace deals that make Americans safer.”
    Meanwhile, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany took the stage to share a personal anecdote on her relationship with the president during which she emphasized the leadership she continues to see from the Oval Office.
    Also headlining night three was Vice President Mike Pence who delivered remarks from Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland.    This was the site of a battle during the War of 1812, which inspired the national anthem.
    During his speech, Pence formally accepted the Republican vice presidential nomination and highlighted the administration’s achievements over the course of the last few years.
    “Four years ago, I answered the call to join this ticket because I knew that Donald Trump had leadership and the vision to make America great again,” he stated.    “For the last four years, I have watched this President endure unrelenting attacks and get up every day and fight to keep the promises he made to the American people.”

8/27/2020 Rep. Stefanik Decries Democrat Attacks On President Trump by OAN Newsroom
In this image from video, Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., speaks from Washington, during the third night of the Republican National
Convention on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020. (Courtesy of the Committee on Arrangements for the 2020 Republican National Committee via AP)
    Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) addressed the Democrat’s impeachment sham during her speech at the 2020 Republican National Convention.
    On Wednesday evening, Stefanik pointed out the left has been rooting for President Trump to fail since day one.    She went on to say the president has fought tirelessly to deliver results for the American people even in the face of attacks from Democrats.
    The representative from New York said despite these efforts Americans from all walks of life see through fraudulent attempts to remove the president from office.
    Stefanik then took aim at Joe Biden by saying he wants Americans to go back into lockdown and slam them with trillions of dollars in taxes.    She concluded by saying the election is critical, while urging Americans to reelect President Trump.

8/27/2020 Defense Secy. Esper Lashes Out Against China by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this July 10, 2020, file photo Defense Secretary Mark Esper speaks during a briefing on
counternarcotics operations at U.S. Southern Command in Doral, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
    Defense Secretary Mark Esper recently slammed China during his Pacific tour.    While visiting Hawaii Wednesday, he accused China of intentionally breaking international agreements and claimed it has a tendency to bully smaller countries.
    The defense secretary also called out Beijing on its aggressive military expansion in the South China Sea, noting that the U.S. will not withdraw its military presence from the region.
    Esper’s remarks came amid increased tension between the U.S. and China, which flared up after the COVID-19 outbreak and China’s increased aggression around the Pacific.
    “Increasingly, our like minded partners around the world are experiencing the CCP’s systematic rule breaking behavior, debt back economic coercion, and other malign activities meant to undermine the free and open order that has benefited nations of all sizes — China included,” he stated.
    During his trip to the Asia-Pacific region, Esper is also expected to participate in several ceremonies celebrating the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II.

8/27/2020 New Fed Strategy To Allow Inflation To Run Higher Than 2% by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this March 3, 2020 file photo, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell speaks during a news conference
to discuss an announcement from the Federal Open Market Committee, in Washington. On Thursday, Aug. 26,
Powell will address the Fed’s annual gathering of global central bankers, normally held in Jackson Hole, Wyo.,
but this time being conducted virtually. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell announced a new strategy of average inflation targeting.
    According to reports Thursday, the central bank formally agreed to the policy to allow inflation to “moderately” run higher than the two-percent target for an undetermined time.
    The Federal Reserve will then be less inclined to raise interest rates when the unemployment rate falls as long as inflation rates don’t continue to rise as well.    Powell called the move a “robust updating of Fed policy.
    Because the economy is always evolving, the FOMC’s strategy for achieving its goals – our policy framework – must adapt to meet the new challenges that arise
.”
    Powell warned inflation that is “persistently too low can pose serious risks to the economy.”    The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped more than 150 points following the announcement.

8/27/2020 Sen. Ernst: Farmers Progress Under President Trump by OAN Newsroom
In this image from video, Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, speaks from Des Moines, Iowa, during the third night of the Republican National
Convention on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020.(Courtesy of the Committee on Arrangements for the 2020 Republican National Committee via AP)
    Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst (R) recently thanked President Trump for delivering aid to farmers in need.    She made the remarks in her 2020 Republican National Convention speech Wednesday.
    When Iowa was ravaged by a storm earlier this month, the president quickly signed an emergency declaration providing relief to farmers in the region.
    Ernst compared this timely aid to the Obama administration, which she said harmed farmers through regulations and unfavorable trade policies.
    Ernst warns if Biden is elected it would lead to “an America where farmers are punished.”    She also noted that President Trump is an ally to farmers throughout the country.

8/27/2020 Wis. Gov. Evers: More Nat’l Guard Members Being Deployed To Kenosha by OAN Newsroom
Authorities disperse protesters out of a park Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020 in Kenosha, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
    Wisconsin’s governor has deployed additional National Guard members to help contain protests in Kenosha.    On Thursday, Tony Evers announced more members from Arizona, Michigan and Alabama are headed to the city to support law enforcement.
    Evers recently requested other states send guard members, equipment and resources to assist.    According to officials, these officers are state guard members, not federal agents.
    “They will be here and hopefully be assisting us as early as tomorrow night, in some cases.    For clarification, I want to also say those National Guard members, much like the Wisconsin National Guard, are not federal troops.    They’re here on state active duty.    They’re here through mutual aid agreement, a compact between the states, specifically the governors.    They will be under my command.” – Major General Paul Knapp, leader of the Wisconsin National Guard
    The Wisconsin National Guard has been on duty in Kenosha since Monday, when protests broke out over the death of Jacob Blake.
A protester lights a cigarette on a garbage truck that was set on fire during protests late Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, in
Kenosha, Wis., sparked by the shooting of Jacob Blake by a Kenosha Police officer a day earlier. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
    According to President Trump, far-left riots in Wisconsin fizzled out following Governor Evers’ decision to deploy the National Guard on Wednesday night.    On Thursday, the president confirmed more federal assistance is on the way to the state after the governor requested help.
    “I respect the governor’s decision to get that protection,” he said.    “The National Guard did a fantastic job.”
    The president went on to suggest other Democrat run areas should follow Wisconsin’s example.     “We had virtually no incident.    Portland should do the same thing.    These were all Democrat run cities that should do this.    So it was very, very smooth.    We had a relatively small force.    We can be much larger if necessary.    We’ll move a very large force there, but didn’t need too much.    It worked out very well in Wisconsin.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
    President Trump will reportedly address the ongoing protests against racial injustice in Kenosha and other cities during his speech at the RNC.    Campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh has confirmed the president will weigh in on the issue Thursday night as he accepts the GOP nomination.
    Vice President Mike Pence addressed the violence during his nomination acceptance speech the night before.    He stated too many heroes have died defending our freedoms to see Americans strike each other down.

Protesters march against the Sunday police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wis., Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
    Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway has suggested these violent protests will lead to President Trump’s reelection.    According to Conway, the more chaos and anarchy there is, the more people will want a leader who represents public safety, law and order.
    She went on to say President Trump is that leader and highlighted his effort to stop the violence.
    “He doesn’t want anybody to participate in violence.    That’s why he is calling for law and order, respecting the police, saying we’re not going to defund the police ever. His vice president made that very clear yesterday.    The president will make that clear tonight, most likely.    We defend the police, we don’t defund the police.” – Kellyanne Conway, Counselor to the President of the United States
    She also dismissed claims the president is responsible for the unrest.    The adviser pointed out most of the violent protests have occurred in Democrat led cities and states.

8/27/2020 Wis. Justice Department: Knife Found In Jacob Blake’s Vehicle by OAN Newsroom
In this September 2019 selfie photo taken in Evanston, Ill., Adria-Joi Watkins
poses with her second cousin Jacob Blake. (Courtesy Adria-Joi Watkins via AP)
    According to Wisconsin’s Department of Justice, Jacob Blake admitted to having a knife inside the vehicle he was allegedly seen trying to enter before he was shot. Authorities confirmed the knife was later found inside Blake’s car.
    “During the investigation following the initial incident, Mr. Blake admitted that he had a knife in his possession,” read a statement from the department.    “DCI agents recovered a knife from the driver’s side floorboard of Mr. Blake’s vehicle.”
    On Wednesday, state Attorney General Josh Kaul said the incident escalated after Blake resisted arrest.    He noted the officer discharged his firearm only after police tried to use a Taser and failed to subdue the man.
    Kaul identified 31-year-old Rusten Sheskey as the officer involved in the shooting and suggested he would reveal “other officers who are involved soon.”
Kenosha Police officer Rusten Sheskey poses for a photo in 2019 in Wisconsin. (Brian Passino/The Kenosha News via AP)
    “We’re going to continue providing information to the extent that we believe it’s appropriate and consistent with protecting the integrity of the investigation,” he stated.    “So the information regarding the other officers who were present will be provided, their identities.”
    Sheskey, a seven-year veteran of the Kenosha Police Department, has been placed on administrative leave for the duration of the investigation.

8/27/2020 Kusher: BLM Movement Has ‘Gone Too Far,’ President Trump Offers Real Solutions by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020 file photo, President Donald Trump’s White House senior adviser
Jared Kushner speaks at a press briefing at the White House in Washington, after Trump announced that the United
Arab Emirates and Israel have agreed to establish full diplomatic ties. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
    Senior Adviser Jared Kushner believes the “Black Lives Matter” movement has gone too far with rioting and looting across the U.S.    On Thursday, he highlighted decades of mismanagement by mostly Democrat governors and mayors in areas engulfed by national unrest.
    “We need to have constructive dialogue,” he added.    “I think this country’s seen enough protests and some of the negative things that can happen.”
    According to Kushner, peaceful protest is important, but political violence is unacceptable.    He also called for pragmatic solutions for impoverished communities.
    “We’re offering solutions with policy, the other side’s doing a lot of complaining. President Trump and this White House are willing to work with them, we’ve reached across the aisle many times.    We actually have policies and the ability to execute them. We have a track record of getting things done that actually improves people’s lives and make a difference, unlike a lot of people who are claiming to be their saviors.” – Jared Kushner, Senior Adviser to the President of the United States
    The adviser went on to criticize NBA players for using “BLM” riots to bring attention to their profiles.    He added everyday Americans don’t have the luxury of taking days off work for virtue signaling.

8/27/2020 U.S. Marshals Locate 39 Missing Children In Ga by OAN Newsroom
Photo via U.S. Marshals Service.
    U.S. marshals have found 39 missing children in Georgia as part “Operation Not Forgotten.”    On Thursday, authorities confirmed 26 of the children were rescued and 13 of them have been safely located.
    The two-week long operation was conducted across the entire state earlier this month.
    U.S. marshals worked alongside the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and others.
Photo via U.S. Marshals Service.
    In total, nine adults were arrested.    According to officials, “the message to missing children and their families is: we will never stop looking for you.”
    “‘Operation Not Forgotten’ was designed to locate and recover missing and endangered children in Georgia and beyond, including some who were known to be victims of sex trafficking.    If we can save one child from a life of abuse or sex trafficking, we’ve done our job.    This operation did that for many, many children.” – Chris Carr, Attorney General of Georgia
    A number of the unidentified children were placed in rehabilitation services as needed.    Multiple investigations remain underway into the alleged sex traffickers.
Photo via U.S. Marshals Service.

8/27/2020 Kudlow: U.S. Economy To Recover Even Without New Stimulus by OAN Newsroom
In this image from video, White House chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow speaks during the second night of the Republican National
Convention on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020. (Courtesy of the Committee on Arrangements for the 2020 Republican National Committee via AP)
    According to White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow, the U.S. economy will make a strong recovery even without another round of fiscal stimulus.    On Thursday, he told reporters the U.S. dollar index and main U.S. stocks are expected to make further gains this quarter.
    He has suggested the economy will rebound even if Democrats fail to agree to GOP stimulus proposals.    This came after Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell announced a new strategy, which will allow inflation to overshoot the 2% target.
    During his RNC speech this week, the economic adviser stated the reopening economy has shown signs of strong acceleration as COVID fears fade.
    “With emergency spending and tax cuts, Americans are going back to work.    There’s a housing boom, an auto boom, a manufacturing boom, a consumer spending boom.    Stocks are in record territory.    A v-shaped recovery is pointing to better than 20% growth in the second half of this year.” – Larry Kudlow, Director of the National Economic Council
    He added the White House will undertake more tax cuts and extend regulatory rollback to speed up economic recovery in the coming months.

8/27/2020 Pelosi: Joe Biden Shouldn’t Debate President Trump by OAN Newsroom
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speaks during a news conference at the
Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has advised Democrat nominee Joe Biden to cancel his debates with President Trump.    During her weekly news conference, she stated she doesn’t think the president’s arguments should be legitimized by the upcoming performances, since he would “belittle” the forum.
    “Don’t tell anybody this, especially don’t tell Joe Biden,” she said.    “I don’t think there should be any debates.”
    According to Pelosi, the president’s debate performance when he went up against Hillary Clinton in 2016 was “disgraceful.”    She went on to reference the way he “stalked” her onstage.
    “Stalking Hillary Clinton like that… I was disappointed at the press for not saying, ‘Go back to your station, you don’t own the stage.    You have your own podium, she has hers.’    So I think he’ll probably act in a way that’s beneath the dignity of the presidency.” – Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House
In this combination photo, president Donald Trump, left, speaks at a news conference on Aug. 11, 2020, in Washington and
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks in Wilmington, Del. on Aug. 13, 2020. (AP Photo)
    Despite her warning, Biden recently confirmed he is still planning to go toe-to-toe with President Trump.    His campaign has agreed to three debates, which are set to take place in September and October.
[I THINK DONALD TRUMP HAS DRIVEN NANCY PELOSI TO DERISION BECAUSE OF THE THINGS SHE HAS BEEN REPORTED TO SAY AS THE ABOVE ARTICLE HAS PROVEN THAT ALL THE ATTACKS ON TRUMP HAVE BACK-FIRED ON HER MAKING HER LOOK LIKE THE EVIL ONE.].

8/27/2020 President Trump: NBA Backing BLM Riots ‘Not Good For Sports’ by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks during a Hurricane Laura briefing at FEMA headquarters, Thursday,
Aug. 27, 2020, in Washington. Vice President Mike Pence listens at right. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    President Trump has criticized the latest politicization of the NBA amid ongoing far-left riots in Wisconsin.    On Thursday, the president told reporters the NBA has become a political organization due to its latest endorsement of the “Black Lives Matter” riots.    He has suggested political statements aren’t good for sports in this country.
    The president pointed out the NBA recently faced a drop in TV ratings, partly due to an increase in its political statements.
    “I don’t know about the NBA protest.    I know their ratings have been very bad, because I think people are tired of the NBA, frankly.    I don’t know too much about the protest, but I know their ratings have been very bad and that’s unfortunate.    They’ve become a political organization and that’s not a good thing for sports or the country.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States

A fan sits in the stands after the scheduled game between Real Salt Lake and Los Angeles FC was postponed Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020, in Sandy, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
    The NBA has since said it will resume its playoff games, despite harsh criticism of the president by several players.

8/27/2020 Minn. Gov. Tim Walz: Rioting, Looting Not The Solution by OAN Newsroom
Minneapolis police secure an intersection along 7th St. during unrest near Nicollet Mall
Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020 in Minneapolis. (Jeff Wheeler/Star Tribune via AP)
    Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has denounced the recent wave of violent protests in Minneapolis.    Walz activated the state’s National Guard Wednesday evening in an attempt to combat the unrest near the downtown area.
    Riots and looting, which broke out earlier in the day, were sparked by the death of a man, who killed himself before police could take him into custody under suspicion of homicide.

Minneapolis Police stand outside a looted Foot Locker store on S. 7th St., Wednesday,
Aug. 26, 2020 in Minneapolis. (Jeff Wheeler/Star Tribune via AP)
    Protesters appeared to ignore the fact police were not responsible for the man’s death.    Some have since questioned their motive for rioting.
    “The pain that people are feeling is real. The situation that was sparked again reminds all of us of watching that 8 ½ minutes of George Floyd’s death.    Those are real emotions that are out there, but to come together and fix those issues, they’re not going to be fixed with violence or looting Target.” – Tim Walz, Governor of Minnesota
    The governor has confirmed those who committed crimes Wednesday evening were arrested, as this was not a legitimate form of protest.
    Moving forward, Walz and other local officials have encouraged those protesting to push changes forward through legislative means.

A worker shovels broken glass outside of Nordstrom Rack in downtown Minneapolis on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Baenen)

8/27/2020 Kenosha, Wisc. Business Owners React To Destruction by OAN Newsroom
    Garbage and dump trucks were set ablaze on Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020 by rioters near the Kenosha County Courthouse where
they had been set up to prevent damage to the building. The building was still damaged and was closed on Monday. (Sean Krajacic/Kenosha News via AP)
    Business owners in Kenosha, Wisconsin are left picking up the pieces after rioters appeared to target shops and stores earlier this week.
    Rioters took to the streets of Kenosha again overnight Wednesday, following the recent shooting of Jacob Blake.    They were seen setting fires in stores and at car dealerships.
    Reports suggested rioters intentionally targeted businesses, possibly as a way of sending a message.    This left leaving dozens of “mom and pop” shops, who have been in business for decades, completely destroyed.
    The owner of one office furniture store said the destruction is simply not justifiable.
    “We have insurance, yeah, but the insurance isn’t there so somebody can destroy your things and go ‘oh, well there’s insurance,'” said Scott Carpenter, owner of B&L Office Furniture.    “You pay for that, we pay for insurance, that causes insurance rates to go up..it’s basically theft, they just stole from us.”
    Local authorities described the aftermath as a “war zone.”    The fire chief said there were 34 fires associated with the riots with 30 businesses destroyed along with an unknown number of residences.
Police in riot gear clear the area in front of Kenosha County Courthouse during clashes with protesters late Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020,
in Kenosha, Wis. Protests continue following the police shooting of Jacob Blake two days earlier. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

8/28/2020 Oil down $0.41 to $43.01, DOW up 160 to 28,492.

8/28/2020 Beshear announces 775 cases, 8 deaths - Refutes claim kids can’t get COVID-19 by Sarah Ladd, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Gov. Andy Beshear said Thursday 775 more people have tested positive for the coronavirus in Kentucky and eight more people have died.
    Of the new cases, 130 are in people 18 and younger, Beshear said, 23% of the day’s total.    Eleven of those are teenagers in Warren County, he said.
    “Have you ever had a kid that’s gotten a test because they’re worried that you have it?” he asked, condemning false rumors that children can’t get the coronavirus.    “I went through that.    The questions they ask you break your heart, and the trauma that they go through is real.”
    There have now been 45,978 COVID- 19 cases in Kentucky, and 910 people have died.    The state’s positivity rate remains below 5%, at 4.8% Thursday.
    The deaths include an 84-year-old man from Allen County, an 89-year-old woman from McCracken County, a 75year-old man from Warren County, an 84-year-old man from Barren County, a 70-year-old man from Hardin County, a 90-year-old man from Lewis County, a 74-year-old man from Madison County and an 80-year-old woman in Green County.
    Meanwhile, Indiana reported 1,164 new coronavirus cases and six new deaths Thursday, all from the past three days. The state now has seen 90,504 cases of the coronavirus and 3,047 deaths.
[8 deaths / 775 cases = 0.010% or 910 deaths / 45,978 = 0.019%.]

8/28/2020 Final Night Of RNC Spotlights America As The ‘Land Of Greatness’ by OAN Newsroom
Ivanka Trump speaks from the South Lawn of the White House on the fourth day of the Republican
National Convention, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    The 2020 Republican National Convention came to a close with the fourth and final night, putting America’s standing as the “land of greatness” on full display.
    Speakers from Thursday’s ceremony included House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, HUD Secretary Ben Carson, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and more.
    During his speech, Giuliani referenced past American leaders as he highlighted the president’s leadership during times of adversity.
    “In critical times in our history, America has always been blessed with the right person to handle the crisis…Washington, Lincoln, Roosevelt, Reagan were perfect for the challenges they faced and brought our nation through gloriously,” he stated.    “President Trump, with his boundless love of our country and all our people, his disciplined work ethic, his exceptional ability to inspire, and his deep understanding of our system of government and the strength of American values is the man we can trust to preserve and even improve our way of life.”
    Meanwhile, White House advisor Ivanka Trump celebrated the president’s accomplishments and his efforts to remain true to his 2016 campaign promises.
    To conclude the night, President Trump delivered a keynote address from the South Lawn of the White House, where he formally accepted the Republican Party’s nomination for president.
    “My fellow Americans, tonight with a heart full of gratitude and boundless optimism, I profoundly accept this nomination for president of the United States,” he stated.
    The president went on to address the ongoing pandemic, a strong storm surge that has shaken parts of the southern U.S. and the unrest that continues across the nation. Despite the violence, President Trump reemphasized his commitment to making America safer and stronger.
    “As long as I am president, we will defend the absolute right of every American citizen to live in security, dignity and peace,” he stated.    “If the Democrat Party wants to stand with anarchists, agitators, rioters, looters and flag burners, that is up to them, but I, as your president, will not be a part of it.”
    Closing out the convention, the president alongside the first family watched as a firework display lit up the sky above the Washington Monument.
From left, Kimberly Guilfoyle and Donald Trump Jr., Tiffany Trump, President Donald Trump and first lady
Melania Trump and Barron Trump stand on stage on the South Lawn of the White House and watch fireworks go off on the fourth
day of the Republican National Convention, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    “We will rekindle new faith in our values, new pride in our history and a new spirit of unity that can only be realized through love for our great country because we understand that America is not a land cloaked in darkness,” said President Trump.    “America is the torch that enlightens the entire world.”

8/28/2020 Parents Of Kayla Mueller Speak At The RNC by OAN Newsroom
    In this image from video, Carl and Marsha Mueller, parents of aid worker Kayla Mueller who was
killed by the Islamic State, speaks from Washington, during the fourth night of the Republican National Convention on Thursday,
Aug. 27, 2020. (Courtesy of the Committee on Arrangements for the 2020 Republican National Committee via AP)
    The parents of slain U.S. aid worker Kayla Mueller spoke at the 2020 Republican National Convention.    In a speech on Thursday night, they slammed the Obama administration who they accused of having disregarded their daughter’s situation while she was tortured and killed.
    Mueller was a humanitarian worker who was abducted from Syria by ISIS in 2013 and was held in captivity by ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi before she was killed in 2015.
    “President Obama refused to meet with us until ISIS had already beheaded other Americans,” stated Carl Mueller, Kayla’s father.    “To this day, we’ve never heard from Joe Biden.”
    Mueller’s father claimed Kayla would still be alive if President Trump was in office during her ordeal. He then praised the military operation that killed al-Baghdadi, which was carried out under President Trump’s administration.
    “Instead, the Obama administration hid behind policy so much that we felt hopeless when they kept us from negotiating to save Kayla’s life,” Carl continued.

8/28/2020 Sen. Paul: Biden’s Record Shows He ‘Consistently Called For More War’ by OAN Newsroom
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), one of the keynote speakers of Wednesday night’s RNC, believes Joe Biden’s’ foreign policy positions may have contributed to a rise in terrorism.
    Here’s what he had to say to one America’s John Hines.

8/28/2020 Sen. Paul Accosted By Mob After President Trump’s RNC Speech by OAN Newsroom
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., center, and others, are escorted by Metropolitan Police after attending President Donald Trump’s
acceptance speech at the White House, Thursday night , Aug. 27, 2020, in Washington, after a crowd had enveloped Paul as
he left the event and demanded that he acknowledge police shooting victim Breonna Taylor. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura)
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) showed support for law enforcement after he was accosted by an angry mob in Washington, D.C.
    In a tweet on Thursday, the Kentucky Republican thanked the D.C. Police Department for escorting him back to his hotel after he was chased by dozens of protesters as he left President Trump’s RNC speech at the White House.
    Anti-trump protests erupted outside the White House following the president’s reacceptance speech.    Attendees were harassed by protesters who also shouted expletives at officers providing security for the guests.
    Sen. Paul has called on the FBI to make arrests and conduct an investigation.    He claimed many protestors are being paid to cross state lines to intentionally cause problems and incite violence.
    In response to the incident, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) also issued a statement.    The Texas Republican noted that this was very close to escalating to serious violence and “this sort of thing needs to stop.”
    Sen. Paul said the U.S. can’t become Portland, which has seen constant riots and destruction in recent days.

8/28/2020 Sen. Cotton: Biden Poor For National Security by OAN Newsroom
In this image from video, Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., speaks from Washington, during the fourth night of the Republican National Convention
on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020. (Courtesy of the Committee on Arrangements for the 2020 Republican National Committee via AP)
    Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) said Joe Biden’s foreign policy could pose a danger to the U.S. During his 2020 Republican National Convention speech Thursday, the conservative lawmaker compared Biden’s foreign policy record to President Trump’s.
    The Arkansas Republican exposed Biden’s political past by stating that he has regularly slashed defense spending and enabled foreign adversaries to pose a threat to the U.S. Cotton went on to say Biden has helped China secure trade deals that have hurt the U.S., while President Trump has stood up to China.
    “But Joe Biden would return us to a weak and dangerous past,” stated the senator.    “Barack Obama’s own secretary of defense said Joe Biden has been wrong on nearly every major national security decision over the past four decades.”
    Cotton then pointed out that President Trump has rebuilt our military and come down on the threat posed by China.    He finished off his speech by urging Americans to vote for President Trump in November to “Keep America great.”

8/28/2020 President Trump: National Guard Did A Fantastic Job In Wis by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Aug. 25, 2020 file photo, a protester holds up a phone as he stands in front of authorities in Kenosha, Wis.
Until the police shooting of Jacob Blake, the bedroom community of Kenosha has been largely untouched by the level of demonstrations
that had been seen in nearby Milwaukee and Chicago since the death of George Floyd. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)
    President Trump said far-left riots in Wisconsin are fizzling out due to the decision by Gov. Tony Evers (D) to deploy the National Guard the night before. On Thursday, he noted that more federal assistance is on the way to the state after an appropriate request by the governor.
    Wisconsin has seen several nights of political violence and crime amid the latest Black Lives Matter incitement there.    President Trump said other Democrat-run areas should follow the state’s example.
    “We had virtually no incident, Portland should do the same thing,” he stated.    “These were all Democrat-run cities that should do this as they did really in Wisconsin, so it was very, very smooth.”
    His remarks came as guardsmen and women from Arizona, Michigan and Alabama were on their way to Wisconsin to quell violent protests across the city of Kenosha.
    Meanwhile, President Trump doubled down on his offer of federal assistance to cities engulfed in riots.
    “These cities that are having difficulty, if they call us, if they requisition that we send the National Guard, they will be there instantaneously and we will put out the fire,” he stated.    “We will put out the flame, we will put out the vandalism.”
    The president noted that ongoing riots make Democrat officials look bad politically as voters may get frustrated with the lack of public safety in their cities.    He praised Wisconsin officials for calling in the National Guard and urged other jurisdictions to do the same.
    President Trump also said it’s unclear why Democrats are allowing the looting and rioting to continue when the problem could be easily solved.

8/28/2020 U.S. Marshals Locate 39 Missing Children In Ga. by OAN Newsroom
(Shane T. McCoy / Photo via U.S. Marshals Service)
    39 missing children in Georgia are safe and accounted for thanks to the U.S. Marshals Service and many others who were part of an initiative dubbed ‘Operation Not Forgotten.’    U.S. Marshals Service Director Donald Washington announced the news Thursday.
    “We’re here because we conducted an operation in this geography,” he stated.    “We recovered 26 missing and endangered children, we located an additional 13 and we arrested nine criminals that were involved with these missing children.”
    The operation took place in the state of Georgia and spanned over a time period of several months.    U.S. Marshals worked with multiple agencies, including the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, to track down missing, endangered or abducted children in the area who were considered to be most at-risk and challenging to recover.
    Together, officials pinned down the children’s whereabouts and executed recovery missions over a period of two-weeks.    Of the 39 kids, 26 were removed from their environment and 13 were found to be safe as Marshals Service Director Washington explained during a press conference.
    “That particular 13 as, I understand it, sort of needed a health and welfare check whether or not they were actually endangered,” he explained.
    Officials said they have filed charges against those involved ranging from sex-trafficking, parental kidnapping, registered sex offender violations, drugs and weapons possession, and custodial interference.    Nine alleged perpetrators have also been arrested.
    Georgia attorney general Chris Carr called it a team effort.
    Meanwhile, a number of the unidentified children were placed in rehabilitation services as needed as officials continue nationwide child protection efforts.

8/28/2020 Calif. Democrats Look To Rake In Billions By Raising Taxes On Business Owners With New Prop. 15 by OAN Newsroom
    After California’s Democrats used lockdowns to force thousands of business owners to close their doors forever, they are now planning on raising taxes for those who managed to keep working.
    One America’s Pearson Sharp explains how Proposition 15 is set to rake in billions more dollars from California’s business owners each year.

8/29/2020 Oil down $0.02 to $42.99, DOW up 161 to 28,653 as the Stock Markets are going up because they know the economy is comming back and the Democrats are in shock that they could not stop it but recent news shows they will do anything they can to destroy it as they are doing with California and New York.

8/29/2020 CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC - Kentucky reports 792 COVID-19 cases, 8 deaths on Friday by Joe Sonka, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear announced 792 new COVID-19 cases and eight new deaths in the commonwealth Friday.
    The new cases increase the state’s total of confirmed and probable cases to at least 46,757 since the onset of the pandemic, while coronavirus-related deaths in Kentucky have now reached 918.
    “We still have a whole lot of cases in Kentucky which means a number of people get sick and we lose a number of people, too,” Beshear said in a press release.
    The rate of positive cases in Kentucky decreased again to 4.5%, which Beshear said was “good news.”
    “If we keep wearing these masks and we keep doing the work, we can get this to a manageable level to get our kids back in school and get back to more of our old lives,” Beshear stated.
    Friday’s new COVID-19 cases included 114 children aged 18 or younger and 27 cases involving children 5 or under, with the youngest being a 1-month-old from Green County.
    The eight deaths reported Friday include:
69-year-old woman from Barren County
94-year-old woman from Carroll County
85-year-old woman from Christian County
86-year-old man from Christian County
78-year-old woman from Scott County
58-year-old woman from Taylor County
73-year-old man from Union County
92-year-old man from Warren County
    There have been 183 coronavirus-related deaths in Kentucky so far in August, already surpassing the 170 deaths in July, when cases began to spike.
    “Again, it’s been a hard month.    It’s going to probably be an even harder September,” Beshear said.    “Make sure that you’re praying for these families>.”
    Reach reporter Joe Sonka at jsonka@ courierjournal.com and follow him on Twitter at @joesonka.    Support strong local journalism by subscribing today: courierjournal.com/subscribe.
[8 deaths / 792 cases = 0.010% or 918 deaths / 46,757 = 0.019%.].

8/29/2020 German Court Permits Berlin Protests Against Coronavirus Curbs
FILE PHOTO: Gerrmans take part in a protest against the government's restrictions imposed over the
coronavirus outtbreak, in Berlin, Germany, August 1, 2020. REUTERS/Christian Mang/File Photo
    BERLIN/FRANKFURT (Reuters) – A German regional court gave the go-ahead on Saturday for mass demonstrations planned in Berlin against coronavirus curbs, ruling against the capital’s ban on such protests.
    Police have readied for violence as activists opposed to the virus measures have urged social media followers across Europe to arm themselves and gather in Berlin.
    Activists, angered by Berlin’s decision to ban demonstrations after marchers at a recent rally failed to wear masks or keep their distance, flooded the city with thousands of applications for additional protest rallies this weekend.
    “The gatherings planned by several initiatives for Aug. 29 against the corona policy of the federal and state governments can take place,” the court ruled.
    Until now Germany has managed the coronavirus crisis better than many of its European counterparts, with rigorous testing helping to hold down infections and deaths.
    But new daily infections have accelerated in recent weeks, as in much of the world.
    On Friday, Chancellor Angela Merkel urged citizens to keep up their guard against the virus.    “This is a serious matter, as serious as it’s ever been, and you need to carry on taking it seriously,” she said.
(Interactive graphic tracking global spread of coronavirus: open https://tmsnrt.rs/3aIRuz7 in an external browser.)
(Reporting by Christian Goetz in Berlin and Tom Sims in Frankfurt; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

8/29/2020 Mexico Records 5,824 New Coronavirus Cases, 552 More Deaths
Medical staff wearing suits with happy faces drawn on them, are seen inside the military hospital at the Heroic Military Academy which takes
care of patients with symptoms of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Mexico City, Mexico August 20, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s health ministry on Friday reported 5,824 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infections and 552 additional fatalities, bringing the total in the country to 585,738 cases and 63,146 deaths.
    The government has said the real number of infected people is likely significantly higher than the confirmed cases.
(Reporting by Daina Beth Solomon, Editing by Dave Graham)
[552 deaths / 5824 case = 0.095% which is very bad and total 63,146 deaths / 585,738 cases = 0.108% which is serious but compared to that stupid Andy Beshear as Kentucky is at 0.010% get over it.].

8/29/2020 George Soros gave Black Lives Matter and Antifa over $100 Million dollars by Washington, DC by commdiginews.com | 06-13 as seen at https://www.newsbreak.com/district-of-columbia/washington/news/1583520112758/george-soros-gave-black-lives-matter-and-antifa-over-100-million-dollars
    WASHINGTON, DC: George Soros has given Black Lives Matter and the Antifa related revolutionary movement more than $100 million dollars.    The Soros run Open Society Foundations is on record with giving Black Lives Matter $33 million dollars this year.

8/29/2020 Ky. Attorney General Cameron: President Trump Is What’s Best For The Country by OAN Newsroom
Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron speaks during the Republican National Convention from
the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    Kentucky’s attorney general has stated “President Trump is what’s best for the country” amid heightened racial tensions.    Daniel Cameron, the state’s first Black attorney general, made those comments during a recent podcast.
    He compared the president to Joe Biden, whom he claimed only sees Black citizens as a “bloc of votes to be taken for granted.”    He cited similar remarks he delivered on Tuesday at the RNC, where he highlighted the diversity of thought within the Black community.
    “There is diversity within the Black community,” stated Cameron.    “We all have different values and interpretations of the political parties here in this country.”
    The Democrat presidential nominee faced backlash in May for suggesting undecided voters weren’t Black.
FILE – In this Aug. 27, 2020, file photo President Donald Trump speaks from the South Lawn of the White House
on the fourth day of the Republican National Convention in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
    Meanwhile, President Trump has said the Republican Party is the only thing standing between democracy and the left-wing mob. During a campaign rally in Londonderry, New Hampshire, he slammed the “radical left” for their “efforts to divide everyone by race and hatred.”
    The president went on to call Joe Biden a puppet of that movement.
    “I believe I have the honor of running against the worst candidate ever put up by the Democratic Party,” he said.    “I believe he’s the worst candidate, the slowest candidate.”
    President Trump believes if Biden is elected, the former vice president would erase borders, take away guns and demolish suburbs.
    “If our foreign adversaries were devising a plan to destroy the United States from within, all they have to look is at the Biden-Harris,” he added.
FILE – In this Aug. 28, 2020, file photo people hold up campaign signs as they wait for a rally for President
Donald Trump to begin at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport in Londonderry, N.H. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
    In contrast, the president claimed his administration has passed criminal justice reform, allocated funding for Black colleges and secured America’s borders.
    “Over the next four years, we will make America into the manufacturing superpower of the world…, we will end our reliance on China once and for all,” stated President Trump.    “…We will hire more police, increase penalties for assaults on law enforcement, surge federal prosecutors into high crime neighborhoods and ban sanctuary cities.”
    The president went on to say that if Democrats want to stand with anarchists, criminals and flag burners, “that’s up to them.”

8/29/2020 Meadows: Pelosi Rejected $1.3T Stimulus Offer by OAN Newsroom
Chief of Staff Mark Meadows Mark Meadows is pictured. (AP Photo)
    According to White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, coronavirus relief talks remain at a standstill.
    On Friday, he told reporters House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected his most recent offer for a $1.3 trillion bill, which he proposed during a phone call Thursday.
    He reiterated Republicans are focused on enhanced unemployment benefits, aid for small businesses and ensuring childcare remains affordable amid the pandemic.
    Meadows went on to say the House speaker is blocking efforts to move forward on the policies both sides agree on.
    “$1.3 trillion of aid she said no to,” he said.    “She would rather have zero and keep it at $2.2 trillion.”
    Pelosi has accused Republicans of not taking the process “seriously,” while Meadows has blamed Democrats for the deadlock in negotiations.

8/29/2020 U.S. Planning To Cut Military Presence In Iraq by OAN Newsroom
In this photo taken Aug. 26, 2019 and released by the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer,
435th Air Expeditionary Wing photojournalist, salutes the flag during a ceremony signifying the change
from tactical to enduring operations at Camp Simba, Manda Bay, Kenya. (Staff Sgt. Lexie West/U.S. Air Force via AP)
    The United States is planning to decrease its military presence in Iraq.    According to military officials, the U.S. will reduce its number of troops from 5,200 to 3,500 in the region.
    On Friday, they announced Iraqi forces are now more capable of carrying out counterterrorism operations against ISIS.
    This came after President Trump touted his progress towards ending the endless wars in the Middle East during his nomination acceptance speech.
    “Unlike previous administrations, I have kept America out of new wars,” he said.    “Our troops are coming home.”
    The president went on to emphasize his desire to have a complete withdrawal of troops in the near future.

8/29/2020 Kenosha Police Release Statement Regarding Violent Protests In City by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Aug. 24, 2020 file photo, police stand near a garbage truck ablaze during
protests over the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)
    Following violent protests in Kenosha, city officials claimed Tuesday’s deadly shooting wouldn’t have happened if people had followed curfew orders.    On Friday, Police Chief Dan Miskinis reiterated there was a lot happening at the scene, which required officers to respond to both armed protesters and counter protesters.
    The chief also suggested officers didn’t see Kyle Rittenhouse as a suspect or a threat.
    “To understand what happened that night and what you saw in the video clip, you need to understand what was happening in the greater scheme of things.    There were a lot of people in the area, a lot of people with weapons and, unfortunately, a lot of gunfire.    We have armed individuals out protesting, counter protesting or simply walking around exercising their right …It might have been abnormal two weeks ago, but it’s no longer abnormal.” – Chief Dan Miskinis, Kenosha Police Department
    Rittenhouse has been charged with first-degree intentional homicide. His next court hearing is slated for some time in September.
Kyle Rittenhouse, left, with backwards cap, walks along Sheridan Road in Kenosha, Wis.,
Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, with another armed civilian. (Adam Rogan/The Journal Times via AP)
    In the meantime, new video footage revealed one of the people involved in the recent shooting had a handgun.
    The following footage could be considered graphic.
    Footage from the incident showed 26-year-old Gaige Grosskreutz holding the gun while approaching Rittenhouse.
    Grosskreutz was taking part in a “Black Lives Matter” protest.    He approached Rittenhouse after the 17-year-old allegedly shot and killed two other protesters.
    While Grosskreutz’s intentions remain unknown, the alleged shooter’s lawyer has insisted he was acting in self-defense.
    Grosskreutz, the only surviving victim, is now recovering in the hospital.
Police attempt to push back protesters outside the Kenosha County Courthouse, late Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, in Kenosha, Wis. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

8/29/2020 Berlin Police Arrest 300, Disband Protest Against Coronavirus Curbs
Police officers detain a demonstrator during a rally against the government's restrictions following the
coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Berlin, Germany, August 29, 2020. REUTERS/Christian Mang
    BERLIN (Reuters) – Berlin police broke up a mass protest against coronavirus curbs on Saturday and arrested 300 in the German capital after demonstrators failed to keep their distance and wear masks as instructed.
    Around 38,000 protesters gathered for events across the city and police reported pockets of unrest, as infections rise in Europe and public frustration at measures to contain the virus grows.    Similar events took place in Paris, London and elsewhere on Saturday.
    “Unfortunately, we have no other option,” Berlin police said on Twitter, adding that those taking part had failed to comply with the safety conditions of the march.
    At a demonstration close to Brandenburg Gate, several thousand were still gathered by early evening, some throwing rocks and bottles.    Police arrested around 200 protesters, Berlin’s interior minister Andreas Geisel said, describing the group as “extremist.”    Seven police were injured.
    Nearby, a separate protest with around 30,000 was expected to carry on until 9 p.m. because demonstrators were respecting the social distancing rules, Geisel said.
    Police said some 3,000 officers had been deployed to control the crowds.    Police had been preparing for possible violence as activists urged social media followers across Europe to arm themselves and gather in Berlin.
    Berlin initially banned the protests but a German regional court overnight gave the final go-ahead by overruling the earlier decision.
    Until now Germany has managed the coronavirus crisis better than many of its European counterparts, with rigorous testing helping to hold down infections and deaths.    There have been more than 9,000 deaths so far.
    But new daily infections have accelerated in recent weeks, as in much of the world.
    On Friday, Chancellor Angela Merkel urged citizens to keep up their guard against the virus.
    “This is a serious matter, as serious as it’s ever been, and you need to carry on taking it seriously,” she said.
    Protesters had gathered before the Brandenburg Gate ahead of the march with signs reading “Stop the corona lies” and “Merkel must go.”
    Elsewhere in Europe, about 200 anti-mask activists held a rally in Paris to protest against sanitary measures with slogans such as “No to the health dictatorship” and “Let our children breathe
    In London, several hundred demonstrators gathered in Trafalgar Square calling coronavirus a hoax and demanding an end to restrictions.
    Many carried banners saying “Fake News,” or “Masks are Muzzles” and rejecting any mandatory vaccination programmes.
    The virus has killed more than 40,000 people in Britain.
    There were peaceful protests in Vienna and Zurich.
(Interactive graphic tracking global spread of coronavirus: open https://tmsnrt.rs/3aIRuz7 in an external browser.)
(Reporting by Ralf Bode, Elke Ahlswede, Christian Goetz and Sabine Ehrhardt in Berlin; additional reporting by Tom Sims in Frankfurt, Yiming Woo in Paris and Stephen Addison in London, Brenna Hughes Neghaiwi in Zurich and François Murphy; in Vienna; writing by Tom Sims; Editing by Clarence Fernandez, Helen Popper, Alexandra Hudson and Clelia Oziel)

8/29/2020 President Trump Surveys Damage Caused By Hurricane Laura by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump listens to Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, center, as he tours damage
from Hurricane Laura, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, in Lake Charles, La. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    President Trump traveled to hurricane-stricken Louisiana on Saturday to aid in emergency efforts.    The president reaffirmed he’s standing by local officials, who have been working to restore water to more than 180,000 residents.
    He added his heart goes out to families who lost loved ones to the destructive storm.    So far, more than a dozen people have been found dead.

President Donald Trump speaks with first responders as he tours a warehouse being used as a distribution point for relief
aid after Hurricane Laura hit the area, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, in Lake Charles, La. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    The president also took to the streets of Louisiana to survey the damage caused by the natural distaster.
    “I’m here to support the great people of Louisiana.    It’s been a tremendous state for me.    I love the people, we’ve had a good relationship right from the beginning.    I’ve already met some people that have been absolutely devastated.    This was a tremendously powerful storm.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
    The president then traveled to Orange, Texas to receive additional briefings on emergency operations in the state.

8/29/2020 Kyle Rittenhouse’s Hearing Delayed 30 Days by OAN Newsroom
Kyle Rittenhouse, left, with backwards cap, walks along Sheridan Road in Kenosha, Wis.,
Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, with another armed civilian. (Adam Rogan/The Journal Times via AP)
    On Friday, an Illinois judge agreed to delay Kyle Rittenhouse’s extradition hearing until next month.    This followed a request from the defendant, which stated he needed more time to find a lawyer.
    “The public defender requested a 30-day continuance of the case for Kyle Rittenhouse.    It was granted.    The next hearing is September 25th.    He also said that he plans to hire a private attorney.” – Lee Filas, spokesman for the Lake County State’s Attorneys Office
    The 17-year-old has been accused of killing two people and injuring another during a recent protest in Wisconsin.    He is facing six criminal counts, including first-degree intentional homicide, which could result in a life sentence.
    In addition to felony charges, Rittenhouse has been charged with possession of a dangerous weapon while under the age of 18.
Kasey Morgan, a public information officer for the Lake County Court, walks away from reporters outside the Lake County
courthouse following the extradition hearing for Kyle Rittenhouse Friday, Aug. 28, 2020, in Waukegan, Ill. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
    The charges stemmed from Wednesday night’s protest in Kenosha.    Rittenhouse allegedly shot several people while defending local businesses from rioters.
    Shortly after the incident, a criminal complaint surfaced.    It alleged he called a friend, 36-year-old Joseph Rosenbaum, just after the shooting and said, “I just killed somebody.”
    The complaint further claimed he went on to shoot and kill 26-year-old Anthony Huber. Huber reportedly chased Rittenhouse down and attacked him with a skateboard following the first shooting.
    Rittenhouse then allegedly fired at 26-year-old Gaige Grosskreutz, hitting him in the arm.
    Despite these allegations and the charges against him, the 17-year-old maintains he acted in self-defense.    According to officials, he will remain in custody in Illinois.

8/29/2020 Kenosha Mayor Stands By Law Enforcement Amid Calls For Resignations by OAN Newsroom
Kenosha Mayor John Antaramian, right, speaks to protesters using a megaphone, Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, in Kenosha, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
    Kenosha Mayor John Antaramian has stood by local law enforcement heads, despite calls for their resignation.    On Friday, Antaramian told reporters he has no intention of firing Kenosha Police Chief Daniel Miskinis or County Sheriff David Beth.
    Both officials came under fire for their responses to the shooting of Jacob Blake and their handling of recent protests.
    According to the mayor, law enforcement did the best they could with all that was going on.
    “The police, sheriff, the National Guard, all the other entities that are here from all over the state and the feds that are helping us, we appreciate and give them a great deal of credit for helping us get to where we are today, where the violence has dropped dramatically,” stated Antaramian.
    Officials are expecting more protests in the city.    They, along with protest organizers, have called for demonstrations to be peaceful moving forward.

8/29/2020 Thousands Gather For ‘Commitment March’ In D.C. by OAN Newsroom
People rally at Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington, Friday Aug. 28, 2020, on the 57th anniversary
of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
    Thousands gathered in front of the Lincoln Memorial on Friday to protest racism and police brutality.    The massive crowd amassed on the steps where the late Martin Luther King Jr. gave his renowned “I Have a Dream” speech.
    The event, which was dubbed the “Commitment March,” happened exactly 57 years after King’s “March on Washington.”
    The protest drew national attention, as the relatives of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd gave remarks.

Bridgett Floyd, sister of George Floyd, speaks at the March on Washington, Friday Aug. 28, 2020,
at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)
    One protester claimed she was marching for “Black America.”
    “I am here today to march for my Black sons. There is no peace until justice arrives in this country.    I tell them all the time that being a Black in America, that is what happens.    Until policies change, that is going to happen again and again.” – Unnamed attendee
    Dozens of officers were on scene monitoring the peaceful protest.    Law enforcement also assisted in the closure of streets and the Key Bridge.
Tamika Palmer, mother of Breonna Taylor, speaks at the March on Washington, Friday Aug. 28, 2020, at the Lincoln Memorial
in Washington. At left is Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, and at right is Rev. Al Sharpton. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)

8/29/2020 Tech Companies Place Bids To Buyout TikTok by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this July 21, 2020 file photo, a man opens social media app ‘TikTok’ on
his cell phone, in Islamabad, Pakistan. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed, File)
    As the deadline to sell popular entertainment app TikTok draws closer, multiple companies have shown interest in a possible buyout.
    TikTok rival company Triller confirmed their $20 billion bid on Saturday.    Triller has partnered with British investment firm Centricus to present a united front in the buyout war for the app.
    The company has gained traction in recent weeks and may be hoping to merge its system with the Chinese social media app.
    According to Triller’s executive chairman, the offer was submitted directly to the chairman of TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance.
    Microsoft and Walmart have also been in talks with the company, similarly uniting to purchase the company in a joint effort.    The companies apparently see the collection of user data as a major source of revenue.
    “TikTok is making money out of this because of the ads, because of the information they’re targeting and collecting.    So, this is where the treasure is.    It’s the data itself.    Microsoft, they’re looking at that and they consider this one as, ‘This is great.    This is will be our competition to the big names in the social media.’” – Ahmed Banafa, cybersecurity professor at San Jose State University
    Oracle has also voiced a desire to purchase the Chinese app, acting as a dark horse in the race to buy the app.    The company has reportedly held preliminary talks with Bytedance.    They will possibly partner with venture capital firms, such as General Atlantic and Sequoia Capital.
    Deals continue to pour in as concerns mount over meeting the sale deadline.
    ByteDance, however, is not too worried. The company issued a statement recently, which reaffirmed they are “confident they will reach a resolution that ensures TikTok is here for the long run.”

8/29/2020 President Trump Touts Biden’s Drop In Polls, RNC Fundraising Gains by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Aug. 24, 2020 file photo President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence give a thumbs up after
speaking during the first day of the Republican National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)
    President Trump has, once again, taken aim at his Democrat opponent for his lax campaign approach.    On Twitter, the president pointed out “now that Biden’s polls are dropping fast, he has agreed to get out of his basement and start campaigning ‘in 10 days.’
    He added, “Sadly, that is a very slow reaction time for a president.”    The president went on to say “our beloved USA needs a much faster, smarter and tougher response than that.”
    In contrast, President Trump highlighted his own campaign efforts and pointed to his New Hampshire rally earlier this week.
    “I believe he’s the worst candidate, the slowest candidate,” he said.    “I mean, in prime time he was the slowest candidate, which was a long time ago.”
    The president concluded his remarks by encouraging Biden to do more.
    “Get out there today, Joe,” he added.
FILE – In this Monday, June 1, 2020, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden touches his face as he
speaks to members of the clergy and community leaders at Bethel AME Church in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
    Meanwhile, the Trump campaign and the RNC, along with their joint fundraising committees, have raised a combined $76 million.    The major haul was brought in over the course of the four-day GOP convention.
    This was $6 million more than the Biden campaign and DNC brought in last week.
    On top of these funds, President Trump’s acceptance speech garnered an estimated $19 million viewers.    Trump campaign officials believe the combination of viewership and fundraising indicates huge success for the president’s reelection bid so far.

8/30/2020 CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC - Kentucky reports 825 new cases, 3 deaths by Emma Austin, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear announced 825 more people tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday, the fourth-highest total of new cases the state has seen since its first confirmed case in March.
    Beshear said 145 of the new cases were in children 18 and younger.    Fifteen of those were in children age 5 or younger, including two who are 8 months old.
    There have been three more deaths caused by the coronavirus, bringing the state total to 921, Beshear reported.    All three deaths were Lincoln County residents: an 86-year-old woman, an 81year-old man and a 94-year-old man.
    “That’s one county grieving three losses of its own,' Beshear said in a news release.    'That’s three more families who are suffering during this time.'    Kentucky has seen 47,577 coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic.    Its positivity rate Saturday remained below 5%, at 4.59%."
    Meanwhile, in Louisville, Mayor Greg Fischer said the city has now seen 12,223 confirmed COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic and has had 279 coronavirus-related deaths.
    The city's positivity rate stands at 9.3%. Fischer said the city is hiring more contract tracers and will have more than 200 over the next week or two.
    Dr. Steven Stack, the state's public health commissioner, encouraged people making plans to celebrate the Kentucky Derby and Labor Day next weekend to respect mask-wearing and social distancing requirements.
    Stack pointed to the spike in new cases that came after Memorial Day and the Fourth of July as a reason the extra focus on precautions is needed during holidays.
    “If the running of the Oaks, the Kentucky Derby and Labor Day activities reflect other summer holidays, though, cases will spike again and Kentucky will have a setback to the progress we have made by working together,' he said in the news release.    'Please, let’s show we can learn from the other holidays.    Let’s not slip and lose progress against our fight against the coronavirus.”
    The number of Kentuckians who have recovered is 10,328, though officials say the number is likely much higher, as not all patients may report their recovery.
    Indiana on Saturday reported 1,140 new coronavirus cases and eight new deaths.    The state has now seen 92,434 cases and 3,066 coronavirus-related deaths.
    'Please do your part, live for your fellow human being and understand that we are all connected and that your decisions truly matter,' Beshear said.
    Ben Tobin contributed reporting.
    Reach Emma Austin at eaustin@gannett.com or on Twitter at @emmacaustin. Support strong local journalism by subscribing today: subscribe.courier-journal.com.
[3 deaths / 825 cases = 0.0036% today which is goood and total Kentucky 921 deaths / 47,577 cases = 0.019% and Louisville is at 279 deaths / 12,223 = 0.0228% where most of the cases started due to having an airport where the China virus came from international flights from a New York airports and European nations flights from Wuhan China which the Democrats ignored Trump’s warning and the nations international airports became the host for the virus and Louisville has rioters running around without masks on spreading it and is not a safe place to go to.].

8/30/2020 Two Louisville bars sue Beshear over his coronavirus emergency orders by Ben Tobin, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Two Louisville bars are suing Gov. Andy Beshear for COVID-19 emergency orders they describe as “contradictory, ludicrous, arbitrary, and discriminatory.”
    Filed Friday in Jefferson Circuit Court by Dundee Tavern and The Back Door, as well as gaming vending supplier B.J.Novelty, the lawsuit claims the shutdown of business in Kentucky has been “arbitrary, capricious and inherently unfair.”    The plaintiffs are asking for a judge to rule many of Beshear’s “Healthy at Work” orders as they pertain to restaurants and bars unconstitutional.    If the judge rules the orders constitutional, plaintiffs are asking the judge to mandate the state offer “just compensation” for lost business.
    The lawsuit is seeking class-action status so other businesses may join.
    The lawsuit also names Eric Friedlander, secretary of the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services, and Dr. Steven Stack, the commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health, as defendants.
    In response to the lawsuit, Beshear spokeswoman Crystal Staley said the governor’s orders allow for greater indoor seating capacity than the federal guidelines, as “the White House recommends that bars in Jefferson County remain closed and restaurants capacity be limited to 25%.”
    During the onset of the pandemic in March, Beshear ordered that all restaurants and bars close their doors to in-person traffic to stem the spread of the coronavirus.    Bars and restaurants are now limited to 50% indoor capacity, and they must stop serving items at 10 p.m. and close by 11 p.m.
    In the lawsuit, The Back Door and Dundee Tavern said they would continue to implement social distancing, operate at 50% capacity indoors and conduct daily temperature checks for employees.
[I AM FOR ANY LAWSUIT AGAINST DEMOCRAT GOVERNERS WHO HAVE TRIED TO STOP OUR ECONOMY TO GET BACK UP AND IN BUSINESS AS THEIR PHILOSOPHY IS TOTALLY WRONG AND I THINK AT THE POLLS IN NOVEMBER ELECTIONS WE WILL SEE WHAT THE POPULATION THINKS.].

8/30/2020 Statue Of Canada’s First Prime Minister Toppled By Protesters Demanding Police Defunding
Statue of John MacDonald is seen on the ground after it was pulled down during a protest against racial inequality,
in Montreal, Quebec, Canada August 29, 2020 in this picture obtained from social media. Instagram - @andelinaht/via REUTERS
    (Reuters) – A statue of Canada’s first Prime Minister Sir John Macdonald was toppled in downtown Montreal by protesters marching in support of defunding police, government officials said.
    The incident occurred at the end of a peaceful march on Saturday when a group of people climbed the monument and pulled down the statue, causing the head to fly off, according to video posted on social media.
    Calls to defund the police have been growing across the United States and Canada, after a spate of violent incidents involving police.    The death of George Floyd, a Black man, while in the custody of Minneapolis police in May sparked global protests about racial inequality and police brutality, and renewed pledges from some to fight racism.
    In June, a video showing a forceful arrest of a Canadian indigenous leader by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police raised questions about the use of force by the police.
    The statue of Macdonald has been the site of repeated acts of graffiti in recent years, and it has often been covered in red paint.
    Saturday’s incident drew quick condemnation from political leaders.
    “Whatever one might think of John A. Macdonald, destroying a monument in this way is unacceptable,” Quebec Premier François Legault said in a tweet.    “We must fight racism, but destroying parts of our history is not the solution.”
    Newly elected leader of Canada’s main opposition Conservative Party, Erin O’Toole, said, “We will not build a better future by defacing our past.”
(Reporting by Denny Thomas in Toronto; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

8/30/2020 Germany Politicians Condemn Far-Right Flags Outside Parliament
FILE PHOTO: Protesters demonstrate in front of the Reichstag Building during a rally against the government's restrictions
following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Berlin, Germany, August 29, 2020. REUTERS/Christian Mang

8/30/2020 At Least Three Migrants Die As Boat Catches Fire Off Italy
Emergency services carry a body at the dock of Le Castella after a migrant boat caught fire during rescue operations off
the coast of Crotone, with some people still missing according to Italian media, Italy August 30, 2020. REUTERS/Remo Casilli
    CROTONE, Italy (Reuters) – At least three migrants, two men and a woman, died when a fire broke out on a boat carrying around 20 of them close to the southern coast of Italy on Sunday, police and health officials said.
    Another five migrants were injured and taken to hospitals, health authorities in the Italian port city of Crotone said, adding that two of them were in a serious condition.
    Two finance police officers were hurt as they tried to steer the migrant ship to safety, commander Emilio Fiora was reported as saying by AdnKronos news agency.    He said the ship’s engine caught fire and there was an explosion.
    Fiora added that searches were going on to make sure that everyone had been rescued.
    Italy used to be a major route into Europe for hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers and other migrants, but numbers fell sharply after a crackdown in Libya on smugglers.
    However, there has been a pick-up in 2020 although Rome has closed its ports to migrant boats, saying it is impossible to help migrants due to the coronavirus crisis.
    Some 18,000 migrants have reached Italy’s shores so far in 2020, interior ministry official data showed, compared to around 4,900 in the same period in 2019.
(Reporting by Remo Casilli in Crotone and Angelo Amante in Rome; Writing by Angelo Amante; Editing by Andrew Heavens and David Evans)

8/30/2020 Joe Biden Comes Out Against Riots, Prior Passive Position Hurt His Polling Numbers by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this July 18, 2019 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, talks to community
faith leaders during a visit to Dulan’s soul food on Crenshaw in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, file photo)
    President Trump has closed the gap in many battleground states polls.    Some have suggested the increase in riots and unrest has been a “blind spot” for Democrats this election season.
    According to a recent poll, swing state voters supported Biden and the president 49% to 48%, respectively. These results were well within the poll’s margin of error and are substantially closer than the 2016 swing state polls, which saw Hillary Clinton hold a 17-point lead in the summer leading up to that year’s election.
    With these statistics in mind, many on the left have urged Joe Biden to openly condemn the riots.
    CNN anchor Don Lemon recently voiced his concern over the rioting in cities across America.    He believes the riots are the only major weakness for Biden and has urged the former vice president to publicly condemn the violence.

FILE – A protester carries a U.S. flag upside down, a sign of distress, next to a burning building, Thursday,
May 28, 2020, in Minneapolis during protests over the death of George Floyd. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
    One day after Lemon’s comments, Biden openly condemned the rioting and looting across America.
    “Protesting police brutality is a right and absolutely necessity, but burning down communities is not protest, it’s needless violence,” he said.    “Violence that endangers lives, violence that guts and shutters businesses that serve the community, that’s wrong.”
    However, many believe this statement may have come too late.
    President Trump commented on Biden’s latest move in his nomination acceptance speech the following night.
    “During their convention, Joe Biden and his supporters remained completely silent about the criminal-creating mayhem in Democrat run cities.    They never even mentioned it during their entire convention, never once mentioned.    Now they’re starting to mention it, because their poll numbers are going down like a rock in water.    It’s too late, Joe.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
President Donald Trump and first Lady Melania Trump stand on stage with Vice President Mike Pence and
his wife Karen Pence on the third day of the Republican National Convention at Fort McHenry National
Monument and Historic Shrine in Baltimore, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    Other polls have reflected a 13-point decrease in the approval rating for “Black Lives Matter.”    Many believe there are similarities between the unrest experienced in the United States now and the unrest seen in 1968.
    Widespread protesting and rioting ultimately resulted in a “silent majority” of Americans electing President Nixon, who branded himself as the law and order candidate.
    Similarly, a recent post from the Cato Institute stated 62% of Americans are scared of openly voicing their political beliefs.    Some have suggested this indicates the presence of that silent majority in 2020.
    With all things considered, polls across the board have revealed voters believe President Trump is the law and order candidate, something the Biden campaign may be too late in trying to disprove.

8/30/2020 Violent Crime Continues In Chicago After Deadly Weekend Shootings by OAN Newsroom
Mayor Lori Lightfoot speaks at a news conference in Chicago on Aug. 5, 2020. (Jose M.
Osorio/Chicago Tribune via AP) UPDATED 1:40 PM PT – Sunday, August 30, 2020
    Five people are dead and 14 were injured, including two police officers, following at least a dozen weekend shootings in Chicago.    Early Sunday morning, police officers responded to one of those shootings following reports of an armed man on the West Side.
    When officers arrived, the gunman opened fire, hitting two officers before a third arrived.    The suspect was then shot and wounded.
    Both officers are expected to recover.    The suspect is in critical, but stable condition.
    “This was another instance where our brave officers took someone off the street, who had a very dangerous weapon and could have been wreaking havoc in a neighborhood,” stated Mayor Lori Lightfoot.    “So that neighborhood, our neighborhood, is safer because of the heroic work of these two officers.”
    Police are still investigating the other shootings.

8/30/2020 Thousands Protest COVID-19 Restrictions Across Europe by OAN Newsroom
Protesters gather opposed to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, in Trafalgar Square, London, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020. (Yui Mok/PA via AP)
    Thousands across Europe have been protesting safety restrictions amid the ongoing pandemic.    Anti-lockdown protesters took to the streets in the U.K., Germany and France to express their opposition to wearing a face mask.
    Participants were seen holding posters that suggested COVID-19 “doesn’t exist.”
Demonstrators gather during an anti-mask demonstration in Paris, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)
    Several protesters in France believe their government has utilized the pandemic as a means to set up a dictatorship.
    “COVID has been used to set up a dictatorship.    We are gagged, muzzled, under threat of a fine or prison.    We have to mask our mouths to, let’s say, protect others, but there is no scientific evidence that masks protect whatever the virus is.” – Unnamed protester
    However, these anti-COVID rallies were cut short by authorities.
Policemen push people into the Tiergarten in a protest against the Corona measures in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020 (Christoph Soeder/dpa via AP)

8/30/2020 Protesters March By Kenosha Courthouse In Support Of Jacob Blake by OAN Newsroom
Hundreds march at a rally for Jacob Blake Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, in Kenosha, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
    Approximately 1,000 protesters took part in a march for racial justice in Wisconsin.    The demonstration was held Saturday afternoon in front of the Kenosha Courthouse.
    The peaceful protest was held in support of Jacob Blake, who was shot by police last week.    Attendees were spotted holding signs that read “Justice for Jacob” and “the time for change is now.”
    Blake’s father spoke during the demonstration.    He has discouraged violence and rioting.
    “Do me a favor: Stop it,” he said.    “Show them for one night we don’t have to tear up nothing, because it’s not going to do any (good).”
Jacob Blake’s father, Jacob Blake Sr. talks to a crowd at a rally Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, in Kenosha, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
    Jacob Blake Sr. has been a vocal advocate for peaceful protest, but Kenosha was just one of several cities to be rocked by violent demonstrations in recent days.
    In the meantime, Jacob Blake is still recovering in the hospital. He is reportedly paralyzed from the waist down.

8/30/2020 Portland Protesters Stage Sit-In At Mayor Wheeler’s Apartment Complex by OAN Newsroom
A Black Lives Matter supporter holds a sign as supporters of President Donald Trump attend a rally and
car parade Saturday, Aug. 20, 2020, from Clackamas to Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Paula Bronstein)
    Protesters in Portland locked themselves in the lobby of Democrat Mayor Ted Wheeler’s condominium complex on Friday night.    According to reports, an estimated 10 demonstrators remained in the building as several others gathered outside.
    Around 150 demonstrators were seen dancing and listening to music as it blasted at a “Black Lives Matter” block party out front.    The gathering was held in solidarity with Kenosha following the recent shooting of Jacob Blake.
    Protesters have said they refuse to be intimidated by violence.
    “It’s almost like the definition of terrorism, to like scare people into not doing something,” stated rapper Swiggle Mandela.    “We don’t want to let people intimidate us into not standing up for justice.”
    During the sit-in, protesters vowed they would not leave until spoken to by the mayor himself.
    They have called for Wheeler to completely abolish the Portland Police Bureau by 2022, with no private or technological replacement.    They also want him to resign.
    “It could be a few years process, but it could be done,” said protester Mac Smiff.    “I think he needs to make a commitment to actually do it.”
    It’s undetermined whether Wheeler was actually in the complex or not during the sit-in.    According to local media, the situation was being monitored and the mayor hoped protesters would remain peaceful.
    The group in the lobby reportedly left after a few hours without ever speaking to Wheeler.
    Earlier the same day, the mayor sent a letter to President Trump declining his offer to deploy federal assistance.
    Friday night marked Portland’s 92nd consecutive night of demonstrations.    According to the president, the violence will not stop without federal assistance.

8/30/2020 Nicholas Sandmann Hired As Grassroots Director For Sen. McConnell’s Reelection Campaign by OAN Newsroom
In this Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020 image from video provided by the RNC, Nicholas Sandmann wears a
‘Make America Great Again’ hat as speaks from Washington, during the second night of the Republican National
Convention.(Committee on Arrangements for the 2020 Republican National Committee via AP)
    Kentucky teenager Nicholas Sandmann got a taste of the political scene after speaking at this year’s Republican National Convention.    That was just the beginning of a journey for the 18-year-old.
    On Friday, Sen. Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) reelection team confirmed Sandmann will be a grassroots director for the campaign.    He will help build coalitions with the McConnell campaign and assist in organizing field operations.
    “My life changed forever in that one moment the full war machine of the mainstream media revved up into attack mode,” stated Sandmann.    “They did so without researching the full video of the incident, without ever investigating Mr. Phillips motives, or without ever asking me for my side of the story.”
    The teen received negative media attention early last year after a viral video showed him face-to-face with a Native American man at an anti-abortion rally.
    Several news outlets took aim at Sandmann, who was wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat and smiling during the encounter.    They alleged he was mocking the man.
    The two set the record straight by saying they were trying to simmer tensions between their groups, who had been engaged in competing protests.
    Sandmann later won a $250 million settlement in a defamation suit with the Washington Post and a $275 million settlement with CNN.
    “In November, I believe this country must unite around a president who calls the media out and refuses to allow them to create a narrative instead of reporting the facts,” he added.
    Sandmann has said he is planning to balance his efforts for the McConnell campaign with his work at Transylvania University.
[AS I TOLD YOU THE FAKE NEWS YOU HAVE CREATED THE ENTITY WHO MAY BRING YOU DOWN IN THE NEAR FUTURE FROM THE INSPIRATION OF YOUR STUPIDITY.].

8/30/2020 President Trump Looking Into Jacob Blake Shooting by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump listens during a briefing about Hurricane Laura with first responders at the
emergency operations center Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, in Orange, Texas. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    President Trump has spoken out on the shooting of Jacob Blake, which he said was not a good sight.    On Friday, the president stated he didn’t like what he saw and believes many Americans feel the same way.
    When asked if he thinks the shooting was justified, he announced he’s looking “very strongly” into the shooting and the related protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
    The president noted the violent protests have simmered down and went on to tout the presence of federal troops.
    “We sent in the National Guard.    Within a few minutes of the guard, everybody cleared out and it became safe.    That was three days ago. …We sent in 1,000 National Guard, that’s not even a big force.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
    President Trump is scheduled to visit Kenosha.

8/30/2020 President Trump Slams Portland Mayor Wheeler Over Recent Violence by OAN Newsroom
A man is treated by medics after being shot during a confrontation on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Paula Bronstein)
    On Sunday, Democrat Mayor Ted Wheeler gave an update on the recent clashes in his city.    During the press briefing, he was quick to blame President Trump for the ongoing violence.
    The mayor claimed political division in the U.S. was the president’s fault.
    “Do you seriously wonder, Mr. President, why this is the first time in decades that America has seen this level of violence?” he asked.    “It’s you who have created the hate and the division.”
    In recent days, the president has urged local authorities to request federal aid amid destructive riots and looting.    He responded to Wheeler’s remarks by slamming the mayor’s own lack of action to restore order.
    “Ted Wheeler, the wacky radical left, do nothing Democrat Mayor of Portland, who has watched great death and destruction of his city during his tenure, thinks this lawless situation should go on forever,” President Trump wrote on Twitter.    “Portland will never recover with a fool for a mayor.”

    “The only way you will stop the violence in the high crime Democrat run cities is through strength,” he added.
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler speaks to Black Lives Matter protesters on Wednesday, July 22, 2020, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
    This came just one day after a man was shot and killed in downtown Portland. The incident reportedly occurred Saturday night following clashes between “Black Lives Matter” protesters and a group of President Trump’s supporters.
    A huge caravan of around 600 vehicles rolled through the streets of the downtown area as part of the “Trump 2020 Cruise Rally” in Portland.    They were later confronted by a group of anti-police protesters.
    According to police, the caravan left the area early in the night.    However, almost immediately after they dispersed, several gunshots were reported.
    The following footage could be considered graphic.
    Officers explained they arrived on scene within one minute and tried to resuscitate the gunshot victim. Despite their efforts, he did not survive.
President Donald Trump supporters attend a rally and car parade Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, from Clackamas to Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Paula Bronstein)
    Portland police made at least 10 arrests during Saturday night’s disturbances.
    Local law enforcement has not yet released a description of the suspect, but they are planning to use related posts on social media as evidence during the investigation.    Authorities have also asked anyone with information or firsthand footage to come forward.

8/30/2020 Ky. Attorney General Receives Ballistics Report On Breonna Taylor Shooting by OAN Newsroom
Tamika Palmer, far left, the mother of Breonna Taylor, and other family members meet with Kentucky Attorney
General Daniel Cameron on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. (Christopher 2X via AP)
    Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron has announced new developments in the police involved shooting of Breonna Taylor.    On Sunday, he confirmed his office has received a ballistics report from the FBI.
According to Cameron, the report will be a critical piece of the investigation, but it is not the end of the probe.
    The attorney general has faced immense pressure from protesters to arrest and charge the officers, who fatally shot Taylor while executing a no-knock warrant back in March.
Navigating change with ease
    Cameron reiterated he has been conducting a thorough and fair investigation.
    “It’s not the end all, be all.    There are still some witness testimony and interviews that have to be conducted.    But we do have that ballistics report.    We will be meeting with the FBI at the beginning of this upcoming week to have a painstaking review of that information.    That will help us in the analysis that needs to be undertaken before we can get to final steps.” – Daniel Cameron, Attorney General of Kentucky
    In the meantime, one of the Louisville Metro Police Department officers involved in the incident has been fired.    Two others remain on administrative reassignment.

8/31/2020 CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC - Beshear reports 462 new cases for state’s highest weekly count by Emma Austin, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear on Sunday announced the state has 462 more cases of the coronavirus, making last week the single largest week ever for new cases: 4,503.
    “That means we have to do better,” Beshear said in a press release.    “With this number of cases we see more people hospitalized, we see sadly more people being lost.    So please wear your mask, please make good decisions.    This is a time when this virus is spreading aggressively.”
    Beshear also reported nine new deaths caused by the coronavirus on Sunday, bringing Kentucky’s total loss to 930.
    Sunday’s deaths include:
An 82-year-old man from Lincoln County
A 66-year-old woman from Russell County
A 71-year-old man from Green County
An 80-year-old woman from Calloway County
An 83-year-old man from Harlan County
A 75-year-old man from Casey County
An 87-year-old woman from Casey County
An 82-year-old man from Fayette County
A 90-year-old woman from Fayette County
    “That’s nine more families who are suffering during this time,” Beshear said.
    Kentucky has now seen 48,302 coronavirus cases.    Of the new cases Sunday, 79 were in children age 18 and younger, and 13 were in children 5 and under.
    With this week beginning a “trifecta of holidays,” public health commissioner Dr. Steven Stack encouraged Kentuckians to be cautious when celebrating the Kentucky Oaks, the Kentucky Derby and Labor Day.
    Stack said people should stay “Healthy at Home” as much as they can, practice social distancing when out in public, wear a mask when near others and wash hands often.
    “If we all do these things, we have a much better chance for safer, healthier fall and winter holidays with family and friends,” Stack said.    “These changes to our routines make an immense difference and save lives.”
    Reach Emma Austin at eaustin@gannett.com or on Twitter at @emmacaustin.    Support strong local journalism by subscribing today: subscribe.courier-journal.com.
[9 deaths / 462 cases = 0.019% and total 930 deaths / 48,302 = 0.019%.].

8/31/2020 Chauvin seeking dismissal of charges by Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY
    Defense attorneys for Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer accused of killing George Floyd, have asked a judge to dismiss the murder charges against him, arguing that Floyd’s alleged drug use, not the improper use of force by the officer, was to blame for his death.
    Prosecutors in the case against Chauvin and three other former officers plan to seek stiff sentences if the men are convicted.    They said in court documents Floyd was vulnerable because he was handcuffed with his chest against the ground and he was treated “with particular cruelty.”    “Despite Mr. Floyd’s pleas that he could not breathe and was going to die, as well as the pleas of eyewitnesses to get off Mr. Floyd and help him, Defendant and his co-defendants continued to restrain Mr. Floyd,” the prosecutors wrote.
    The competing scenarios surrounding Floyd’s death were put forth in court documents filed on Friday.
    Floyd, a Black man, died May 25 after Chauvin, who is white, pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck for at least eight minutes as Floyd said he couldn’t breathe.    Chauvin is charged with second- degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter.
    The other three officers, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao, are charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and manslaughter.    All four were fired.
    Under the state’s sentencing guidelines, a conviction on second-degree unintentional murder and third-degree murder each carries a presumptive sentence of 12 1/2 years.    But a judge can order a sentence of up to 15 years without departing from the guidelines.
    Defense attorneys sought to put the blame on Floyd for his death.    “Put simply, Mr. Floyd could not breathe because he had ingested a lethal dose of fentanyl and, possibly, a speedball,” Chauvin’s attorney said. “Combined with sickle cell trait, his pre-existing heart conditions, Mr. Floyd’s use of fentanyl and methamphetamine most likely killed him.”
    They argued that without knowledge of Floyd’s alleged drug use or symptoms of overdose, Chauvin “was unaware of the potential dangers of using MRT (Maximal Restraint Technique),” a reference to the officer’s knee on the victim’s neck.
    “Instead, he (Chauvin) relied on his training and the information available to him to try and assist his fellow officers and to prevent Mr. Floyd from harming himself,” the defense argued.
    Contributing: The Associated Press
Chauvin

8/31/2020 Spitting At Politicians Infringes Constitution, German Minister Says
FILE PHOTO: German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier waits for the start of the weekly
cabinet meeting in Berlin, Germany, July 15, 2020. Michael Kappeler/Pool via REUTERS
    BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s economy minister said on Monday that opponents of coronavirus curbs who insulted and spat at Health Minister Jens Spahn had infringed the constitution.
    A video posted on Twitter by a journalist at the daily Bild showed a crowd of several dozen jeering and shouting “Disgrace!” as Spahn left a building in Bergisch-Gladbach on Saturday after a local campaign appearance for his Christian Democrats (CDU).
    Spahn approached the crowd and gestured to indicate that he wanted to speak but then turned and went to his car when the jeering did not subside.
    “Anyone who spits at & molests democratically elected politicians infringes the German constitution and makes an outsider of themselves,” Economy Minister Peter Altmaier tweeted.
    Spahn told the Rheinische Post newspaper that society would only remain united if there was a dialogue with those who opposed the coronavirus prevention measures.
    “But it only works if both sides are willing to listen. When people shout, spit and insult each other, it just doesn’t work.”
    On Saturday, police broke up a several thousand-strong protest against coronavirus curbs in the capital Berlin and arrested 300 after demonstrators failed to keep their distance and wear face masks as instructed.
(Reporting by Caroline Copley; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

8/31/2020 EU Offers 400 Million Euros To WHO-Led COVID-19 Vaccine Initiative
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Commission said on Monday it would contribute 400 million euros ($476 million) to an initiative led by the World Health Organization to buy COVID-19 vaccines.
    The initiative, dubbed COVAX, aims to purchase 2 billion doses by the end of 2021 of potential COVID-19 shots from several vaccine makers.
    The EU Commission is negotiating advance purchases of COVID-19 vaccines with several drugmakers on behalf of the 27 EU states and has said in past weeks EU governments cannot buy vaccines through parallel procurement schemes.
    “Today, the Commission is announcing a 400 million euro contribution to COVAX for working together in purchasing future vaccines to the benefit of low and middle income countries,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said.
    The Commission added in a statement that it was ready, together with EU states, “to put expertise and resources at work within COVAX to accelerate and scale-up development and manufacturing of a global supply of vaccines for citizens across the world, in poor and rich countries.”
(Reporting by Francesco Guarascio; Editing by John Chalmers and Andrew Heavens)

8/31/2020 EU Calls For Dialogue With Turkey, End To Tensions In East Mediterranean
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union’s executive called on Monday for dialogue with Turkey and demanded that Ankara refrains from unilateral steps that stoke tensions in eastern Mediterranean.
    Should dialogue not bear fruit, a spokesman for the European Commission told a briefing on Monday, the EU has already moved toward sanctions.
    That came after the 27 EU foreign ministers discussed last week tensions between the bloc’s members Greece and Cyprus and Turkey, a NATO ally.    A senior EU diplomat said separately on Friday of the situation:
    “As well as sticks (sanctions), there will be carrots too to get Ankara to engage seriously in dialogue.    These carrots could be progress on a new customs union and more money for the refugee program,” the person said under condition of anonymity.
(Reporting by Gabriela Baczynska, John Chalmers)

8/31/2020 White House Officials Make Historic Flight To UAE With Israeli Prime Minister by OAN Newsroom
An official message welcomes passengers on an Israeli El Al plane carrying an Israeli-American delegation and journalists
on a flight to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Monday, Aug. 31, 2020. (Nir Elias/Pool Photo via AP)
    Trump administration and Israeli officials landed in the first ever direct commercial passenger flight to the United Arab Emirates from Israel.    The two delegations took off from Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport early Monday in an Israeli commercial plane landing in Abu Dhabi.
    This came just a couple weeks after the Trump administration’s historic UAE peace deal, which established open relations between Israel and the UAE.
    “We hope that that this will start an even more historic journey for the Middle East and beyond,” stated White House senior advisor Jared Kushner.    “I prayed yesterday at the (Western) Wall that Muslims and Arabs from throughout the world will be watching this flight, recognizing that we are all children of God, and that the future does not have to be pre-determined by the past.”
    Kushner and security advisor Robert O’Brien made remarks upon landing in which they noted that they aim to lay the groundwork for the peace deal on this trip.    This is part of Kushner’s greater tour of the Middle East with hopes to tie more countries into the peace deal.

8/31/2020 Sen. Johnson Speaks Out On Office Of DNI Ending In-Person Election Security Briefings by OAN Newsroom
In this image from video, Committee chairman Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., speaks during a virtual hearing before the Senate
Governmental Affairs Committee on the U.S. Postal Service during COVID-19 and the upcoming elections, Friday,
Aug. 21, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (US Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs via AP)
    Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) recently spoke out on the Director of National Intelligence’s decision to no longer provide in-person briefings on election security to congressional intelligence committees.
    During an interview Sunday, Johnson noted that the briefings will continue in written form and will no longer take place in-person due to apparent leaks.
    Although he said Russia “has and always will” try to destabilize American elections, Johnson suggested concerns about the briefings are being exaggerated.
    “This is being blown so way out of proportion, I could probably count on one or two fingers the things that are actually classified in those briefings,” he stated.    “There is no surprise here…we know that foreign actors are trying to influence, trying to destabilize our political system, but, again, we’re doing Putin’s work for him.”
    Despite the change, Johnson asserted lawmakers will still have the opportunity to question officials working on election security.
    “What Adam Schiff did with this false narrative, what the news media did in terms of false Russian collusion with the Trump campaign narrative, a criminal investigation, special counsel — that is what has destabilized our politics,” continued the Republican senator.
    Meanwhile, top Democrats such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have called the Director of National Intelligence’s decision “shocking.”
[GOOD JOB GUYS ITS ABOUT TIME TO STOP SCHIFF FROM LEAKING INFORMATION TO THE FAKE NEWS SO NOW WE WILL KNOW IF THEY ANNOUNCE NEWS THAT DOES NOT MATCH THE INTEL IT WAS LEAKED.].

8/31/2020 St. Louis Police Take Man Into Custody After 12-Hour Stand-Off Following Shooting Of 2 Police Officers by OAN Newsroom
Members of the St. Louis Police Department work near the scene of a shooting Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, in St. Louis. Two police officers have been
shot and a suspect is believed to be barricaded in a house nearby according to the St. Louis Police Department. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
    On Sunday, the St. Louis Metro Police Department confirmed to have taken an unidentified 43-year old man into custody after a 12-hour stand-off.
    It started after police responded to an active shooter call in a residential neighborhood.    Shortly after arriving at the scene, one officer was shot in the head and another was shot in leg while tending to the first fallen officer.
    “Please pray for the most critically — actually pray for both the officers — but certainly the officer that’s most critically injured, please pray for him,” stated Chief John Hayden of the St. Louis Metro Police Department.
    Both officers were rushed to the hospital.    Meanwhile, authorities said the suspect barricaded himself in a random house for around 12-hours after forcing a couple out of their home.
    Police deployed tear gas into the house and spoke with the suspect through a bullhorn in an effort to draw him out.    When the 43-year-old finally came out, he appeared injured in what police believe was a self-inflicted cut.    The suspect is now in police custody after being evaluated by local doctors.
    The St. Louis Police force’s investigation unit is conducting an investigation into the shooting, which the police chief said has devastated the community.
    “But again, this is our eighth officer shot in the line of duty trying to do their jobs — that’s all they’re trying to do,” stated Chief Hayden.    “And their suffering under gunfire…we’re trying to cope through a very trying summer and it just seems very difficult.”

8/31/2020 Kenosha Mayor Speaks Out Against President Trump’s Possible Visit To The City by OAN Newsroom
Kenosha Mayor John Antaramian walks away after trying to speak to protesters Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, in Kenosha, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
    The Democrat mayor of Kenosha, Wisconsin has asked President Trump to put-off his visit to the city.    Mayor John Antaramian made those statements while speaking to journalists on Sunday.
    This came just days after President Trump said he planned to visit Kenosha to meet with law enforcement and view some of the damage from protests.    The mayor said his community is still trying to heal from the shooting of Jacob Blake.
    “As I said before, from my perspective, right now is not the time,” he stated.    “Presidents are always welcome in the community, but the timing, I think, is not really a very good timing.”
    “I think that when you look at the issues that are going on in the community, this community is trying to heal,” Mayor Antaramian continued.    “We’re trying to pull together and I think that at this point time, it’s not the best idea.”
    President Trump has denounced violent protests sparked in recent weeks following multiple police shootings of African Americans.

8/31/2020 Fla. Gov. DeSantis Pushes For In-Person Learning by OAN Newsroom
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a roundtable discussion with theme park leaders about safety protocols and the impact
of the coronavirus pandemic, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020, Orlando, Fla. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP)
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis recently met with education and health officials to discuss reopening schools.    The roundtable was held in the state capitol Monday and was attended by President Trump’s coronavirus adviser Dr. Scott Atlas.
    The debate over whether or not to resume in-person learning in Florida has been heated as many have pushed back on DeSantis’ efforts to reopen schools amid the ongoing pandemic.
    The Republican governor has argued the benefits of in-person education outweigh the health risks.    He also said parents should have the option to send their kids to schools.
    “As parents have been given the option, a lot of them have enthusiastically embraced it,” he stated.    “…I want to have that option for in-person.”
    Dr. Atlas backed up Gov. DeSantis by saying the state should prioritize protecting high-risk individuals.
    According to the coronavirus adviser, having the option to learn at a distance is a good way to protect the vulnerable while maintaining the benefits of in-person schooling for those who are not vulnerable.

8/31/2020 CDC Accused Of ‘Quietly Modifying’ COVID Death Stats by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Aug. 13, 2020, file photo, nurse practitioner Debbi Hinderliter, left, collects a sample from a woman at
a coronavirus testing site near the nation’s busiest pedestrian border crossing in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)
    There may be trouble brewing for the CDC. Late last week, the agency provided an update to its coronavirus death statistics when something caught the eye of a conservative blogger.
    In a tweet, which has now been delete by Twitter, the agency was accused of “quietly updating their death statistics” to admit only six-percent of all recorded deaths were caused by the virus.    The tweet caught the attention of President Trump who retweeted it shortly before it was taken down.
    However, a separate tweet by Jenna Wllis, who serves as the legal adviser for the president’s 2020 campaign, has not been deleted and links an article by the Gateway Pundit describing the scandal.
    According to reports on the update, the agency admitted that just over 9,000 deaths were actually caused by the virus.    If that’s true, the other 94-percent of COVID-related deaths would have been caused by comorbidities or other illnesses in the patient that may have contributed to their death.
    However, the CDC and some medical experts have said that’s a blatant misinterpretation of their revisions.    The agency said the update actually revealed that for six-percent of COVID-related deaths, COVID-19 was the only cause of death mentioned on their death certificates.    If true, that would mean six-percent of patients died without any comorbidities.
    The president has not responded to the CDC’s rebuttal, but he has voiced skepticism in the agency multiple times.    The administration has accused the CDC of inflating its death statistics to reflect negatively on the White House virus response.

8/31/2020 President Trump To Visit Kenosha, Wis. After Riots by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Aug. 24, 2020 file photo, police stand near a garbage truck ablaze during
protests over the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)
    The White House confirmed President Trump is set to visit Kenosha, the latest city riddled with ongoing violence and protests against racial injustice.    This came after the Wisconsin governor and Kenosha mayor urged the president to reconsider the trip.
    Gov. Tony Evers (D) wrote a letter to the president stating concern that his presence would only hinder their healing.    The Democrat also said it would require a massive redirection of resources to support the president’s visit at a time when the focus should be kept on the community.    Evers recently placed blame on the president for division in the country.
    “Mr. President, why this is the first time in decades that America has seen this level of violence,” he stated.    “It’s you who have created the hate and the division.”
Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers speaks during a news conference Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020, in Kenosha, Wis. The city has suffered
from unrest in the wake of the police shooting of Jacob Blake. Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes is at rear. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
    Kenosha Mayor John Antaramian shared the same feelings about the president’s visit.
    “As I said before, from my perspective right now is not the time,” he stated.    “Presidents are always welcome in the community, but the timing, I think, is not really a very good timing.”
    Meanwhile, President Trump has continued to push for law and order.    In a statement, the White House said it has been humbled by the outreach of individuals from Kenosha who welcome the president’s visit.
    Despite Democrat leaders’ wishes, President Trump plans to meet with local law enforcement and survey businesses vandalized during ongoing violence in the city.
    While the White House said it has reached out to the family of Jacob Blake, there are currently no plans to meet with them during the trip.    Meanwhile, the Department of Justice has opened a civil rights probe into the shooting of Blake.
    President Trump’s trip to Kenosha is set for Tuesday.

9/1/2020 Oil down $0.11 to $42.82, DOW down 224 to 28,430.

9/1/2020 CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC - Beshear reports 381 new cases of COVID-19 - Kentucky is in ‘red zone’ for cases; 3 deaths also added to state’s total by Emma Austin, Louisville Courier Journal | USA TODAY NETWORK
    Kentucky reported 381 new cases of the coronavirus on Monday, following a week that marked the state’s highest total number of cases ever.
    The commonwealth has now seen 48,396 COVID-19 cases since it reported its first in March, Gov. Andy Beshear announced at his daily briefing.
    Beshear also reported three coronavirus-related deaths, upping the state’s total to 933.    The new deaths include a 61-year-old man from Lincoln County, a 72year-old woman from Martin County and a 65-yearold man from Owen County.
    According to the White House’s report this week, Kentucky is in the red zone for cases, meaning it had more than 100 new cases per 100,000 people last week, with the 21st highest rate in the country.
    The commonwealth is in the yellow zone for test positivity, meaning it had a rate between 5% and 10% last week, the 20th highest rate in the country.    Beshear said 59 of the state’s 120 counties are in the red or yellow zones.
    Six of the counties with new cases Monday reached double digits or more, including Jefferson (111 new cases), Fayette (39), Madison (21), Warren (21), Pulaski (20) and Calloway (17).
    Beshear said Kentucky’s average positivity rate as of Monday is at 4.42%, down from Saturday’s rate of 4.59%.     Dr. Steven Stack, the state’s public health commissioner, responded during the briefing to a Washington Post report that President Donald Trump’s new pandemic adviser is pushing for a herd immunity strategy.
    Stack said the idea is irresponsible, reckless and “a failure of leadership.”
    “It’s the kind of language that shouldn’t be coming out of a serious, educated professional in that role at the national level,” Stack said.
    Stack shared his math and said assuming COVID- 19’s mortality rate is at 0.7% and herd immunity requires 70% of the population to be infected, 1.6 million Americans would have to die to get herd immunity.
    “Anyone who’s advocating for herd immunity who’s in a position of leadership, probably should not be in a position of leadership,” Stack said.
    Beshear reminded Kentuckians not to travel to states with a positive testing rate of 15% or higher, which includes South Dakota, North Dakota, Iowa, Alabama and Nevada.
    A statewide travel advisory recommends travelers who visit those states quarantine for 14 days upon their return.
    “Traveling I’ll say right now is risky no matter what,” Beshear said.    “Please don’t travel.    These are places right now, and notice they change.”
    He also encouraged people to keep celebrations small during the Kentucky Derby and Labor Day this weekend and to not attend gatherings with more than 10 people.
    “It’s just one year, right,” Beshear said.    “It’s just one Labor Day that we’re asking this for, of all the Labor Days in our life. ... Please try to do this one a little differently and a little safer.”
    Reach Emma Austin at eaustin@gannett.com or on Twitter at @emmacaustin.    Support strong local journalism by subscribing today: subscribe.courier-jour nal.com.
Gov. Andy Beshear, seen earlier this year, announced at his daily coronavirus briefing on Monday that the commonwealth
has now seen 48,396 cases of COVID-19 since it reported its first in March. MATT STONE/COURIER JOURNAL FILE
[Okay Beshear you can stop your ops as it is going down with 3 deaths / 381 cases = 0.007% and 111 cases are in Jefferson Co where it all got started from the airport from International airports and total 933 deaths / 48,396 = 0.019% which is no longer important anymore so get our kids back in school.].

9/1/2020 Appeals court keeps Flynn case alive, won’t order dismissal
    WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court won’t order the dismissal of the Michael Flynn prosecution, permitting a judge to scrutinize the Justice Department’s request to dismiss its case against the former Trump administration national security adviser.    At issue before the court was whether U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan could be forced to grant the Justice Department’s request without even holding a hearing to scrutinize the basis for the request.    “We have no trouble answering ... in the negative,” the court wrote.

9/1/2020 Facebook Says Russian Influence Campaign Targeted Left-Wing Voters In U.S., UK by Jack Stubbs
FILE PHOTO: A 3D-printed Facebook logo is seen placed on a keyboard in this
illustration taken March 25, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration
    LONDON (Reuters) – A Russian influence operation posed as an independent news outlet to target left-wing voters in the United States and Britain, including by recruiting freelance journalists to write about domestic politics, Facebook said on Tuesday.
    Facebook Inc said the operation – which partly focused on U.S. politics and racial tensions in the run-up to the Nov. 3 presidential election – centred around a pseudo media organisation called Peace Data.
    The website operated 13 Facebook accounts and two pages, which were set up in May and suspended on Monday for using fake identities and other forms of “coordinated inauthentic behaviour,” the company said.
    Facebook said its investigation “found links to individuals associated with past activity by the Russian Internet Research Agency,” a St Petersburg-based company which U.S. intelligence officials say was central to Russian efforts to sway the 2016 presidential election.
    Twitter said it had also suspended five accounts as part of the operation which it could “reliably attribute to Russian state actors.”
    Peace Data did not respond to an emailed request for comment and Russian officials were not immediately available after normal working hours in Moscow.    Russia has previously denied U.S. allegations of trying to sway elections and says it does not interfere in the domestic politics of other countries.
    Investigators at social media analytics firm Graphika studied the operation and said Peace Data predominately targeted progressive and left-wing groups in the United States and Britain, but also posted about events in other countries including Algeria and Egypt.
    It said in a report https://public-assets.graphika.com/reports/graphika_report_ira_again_unlucky_thirteen.pdf that the website pushed messages critical of right-wing voices and the centre left, and in the United States “paid particular attention to racial and political tensions,” including civil rights protests and criticism of President Donald Trump and his Democratic rival, Joe Biden.
    Graphika said only around 5% of Peace Data’s English-language articles directly concerned the U.S. election, but that “this facet of the operation suggests an attempt to build a left-wing audience and steer it away from Biden’s campaign.”
    The findings support an assessment by the United States’ top counterintelligence official last month, who said Moscow was using online disinformation to try to undercut the Biden campaign, and could stoke fears about further Russian efforts to interfere in the November vote.
    A spokesman for the Trump campaign said the president would win re-election “fair and square and we don’t need or want any foreign interference.”    The Biden campaign did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
    The U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence referred questions to the FBI, which did not immediately return messages seeking comment.
INFORMATION PROVIDED BY FBI
    Facebook’s head of cybersecurity policy, Nathaniel Gleicher, said his team acted on information provided by the FBI and suspended the accounts before they gathered a large online following.    Only 14,000 people followed one or more of the suspended accounts, he said.
    “I think it’s very important that we know about this,” Gleicher told Reuters.    “I want people to know that Russian actors are still trying and their tactics are evolving, but I wouldn’t want people to think that this was a large, successful campaign.”
    Peace Data publishes in English and Arabic and says on its website it is a non-profit news organisation seeking “the truth about key world events.”
    But the three permanent staff listed online are not real, according to the Graphika analysis, which found the profiles used computer-generated photographs of non-existent people and were linked to fake accounts on Facebook, Twitter and business-networking site LinkedIn.
    The fake personas advertised for writers on freelance journalism websites and Twitter, offering up to $75 for an article, screenshots of the adverts seen by Reuters showed.
    Peace Data’s website lists 22 “contributors,” mostly freelance journalists in the United States and Britain.    Facebook and Graphika said there was no indication the writers knew who was behind the website.
    Peace Data “staff” then shared the articles, covering a wide range of political issues, in left-wing social media groups, Graphika said.    The website published over 700 articles in English and Arabic between February and August this year.
    Ben Nimmo, head of investigations at Graphika, said co-opting real people made it easier for political influence operations to remain undetected.
    “What we’ve seen recently has been much smaller and much lower profile,” he said.    “It looks like they’re trying harder and harder to hide.”
(Reporting by Jack Stubbs; Editing by Timothy Heritage)

9/1/2020 Pentagon Concerned By China’s Nuclear Ambitions, Expects Warheads To Double by Idrees Ali and Phil Stewart
FILE PHOTO: The Pentagon logo is seen behind the podium in the briefing room at
the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, U.S., January 8, 2020. REUTERS/Al Drago
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – China is expected to at least double the number of its nuclear warheads over the next decade from the low 200s now and is nearing the ability to launch nuclear strikes by land, air and sea, a capacity known as a triad, the Pentagon said on Tuesday.
    The revelations came as tensions rise between China and the United States and as Washington seeks to have Beijing join a flagship nuclear arms treaty between the United States and Russia.
    In its annual report to Congress on China’s military, the Pentagon said that China has nuclear warheads in the low 200s, the first time the U.S. military has disclosed this number.    The Federation of American Scientists has estimated that China has about 320 nuclear warheads.
    The Pentagon said the growth projection was based on factors including Beijing having enough material to double its nuclear weapons stockpile without new fissile material production.
    The Pentagon’s estimate is in line with an analysis by the Defense Intelligence Agency.
    “We’re certainly concerned about the numbers … but also just the trajectory of China’s nuclear developments writ large,” Chad Sbragia, deputy assistant secretary of defense for China, told reporters.
    Earlier this year, China’s Communist Party-backed newspaper Global Times said Beijing needs to expand the number of its nuclear warheads to 1,000 in a relatively short time.
    Sbragia said China was also nearing completion of its nuclear triad capacity, suggesting China is further along than previously publicly known.    China has only two of the three legs of triad operational but is developing a nuclear capable air-launched ballistic missile.
    The report said that in October 2019, China publicly revealed the H-6N bomber as its first nuclear capable air-to-air refueling bomber.
    Washington has repeatedly called for China to join in trilateral negotiations to extend New START, a U.S.-Russian nuclear arms treaty that is due to expire in February.
    China has said it has no interest in joining the negotiation, given that the U.S. nuclear arsenal is about 20 times the size of China’s.
    In July, a senior Chinese diplomat said Beijing would “be happy to” participate in trilateral arms control negotiations, but only if the United States were willing to reduce its nuclear arsenal to China’s level.
    China’s growing nuclear arsenal should not be used as an excuse for the United States and Russia not to extend New START, Kingston Reif, director for disarmament and threat reduction policy at the Arms Control Association advocacy group, said.
    It “further reinforces the importance of extending New START and the folly of conditioning extension on China and China’s participation in arms control,” Reif added.
    China’s nuclear arsenal is a fraction of the United States’, which has 3,800 nuclear warheads stockpiled, and Russia’s, which has roughly 4,300, according to the Federation of American Scientists.
PREVENT TAIWAN INDEPENDENCE
    Tensions have been simmering between China and the United States for months.    Washington has taken issue with China’s handling of the novel coronavirus outbreak and moves to curb freedoms in Hong Kong.    The increasingly aggressive posture comes as President Donald Trump bids for re-election in November.
    Another source of tension has been Taiwan.    China has stepped up its military activity around the democratic island Beijing claims as sovereign Chinese territory, sending fighter jets and warships on exercises close to Taiwan.
    The Pentagon report, based on 2019 information, said China’s military continued to “enhance its readiness” to prevent Taiwan’s independence and carry out an invasion if needed.
(Reporting by Idrees Ali and Phil Stewart; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

9/1/2020 Climate Action Is Europe’s ‘Roadmap’ Out Of COVID-19 Crisis, Top Official Says by Kate Abnett
European Union flags flutter outside the European Commission headquarters, ahead of an EU leaders summit
at the European Council headquarters, in Brussels, Belgium July 16, 2020. REUTERS/Yves Herman
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union will redouble efforts to meet its green goals to help mitigate the economic havoc wrought by COVID-19, its top climate official said on Tuesday, rejecting any notion that the pandemic had made ambitious climate action unaffordable.
    The EU is gearing up for a mammoth few months of climate policymaking.    It is due to unveil a tougher 2030 emissions-cutting target, a strategy to curb methane emissions, and new plans to clean up the financial, chemicals and buildings sectors by the end of the year.
    EU climate chief Frans Timmermans said the pandemic had not dampened these plans, despite plunging the bloc into its worst economic recession.
    “As uncertainty grows, so does the pressure on governments to provide quick fixes.    Yet here we are, not just maintaining our ambitions, but doubling down on the Green Deal,” he said, referring to the bloc’s plan to reach net zero emissions by 2050.
    “It was our growth strategy, and now it is also our roadmap out of this crisis.”
    The Commission will this month propose a new EU climate target for 2030, to cut emissions by 50% or 55% against 1990 levels.    The current goal is for a 40% cut.
    Speaking at an online event hosted by the Bruegel think-tank, Timmermans said making deeper emissions cuts this decade was “doable” and made economic sense.
    The cost of tackling climate change would be “dwarfed” by the price tag of inaction, he said, as a failure to curb emissions would see destructive climate impacts worsen, with poorer people bearing the brunt of it.
    Last year was Europe’s hottest on record, and the continent is already facing weather phenomena exacerbated by climate change, such as drought, wildfires and heatwaves.
(This story has been refiled to remove stray word from first paragraph)
(Reporting by Kate Abnett, Editing by Gabriela Baczynska and Pravin Char)

9/1/2020 President Trump: DHS, DOJ Launch Probe Into Far-Left Violence, Democrat Ties by OAN Newsroom
FILE – Police officers stand watch as fellow officers extinguish a fire lit by protesters behind the
Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse, Aug. 2, 2020, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)
    President Trump unveiled a federal investigation into the far-left riots in several Democrat-run cities.
    “The Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice are announcing a joint operation centered to investigate the violent left-wing civil unrest rest,” he stated.    “The wave of violence and destruction that we’ve seen in recent weeks and months has occurred in cities exclusively controlled and dominated by the Biden, Joe Biden, party.”
    The president also noted that federal officials have already arrested at least 200 rioters and far-left agitators who are doing the work of the Democrat Party.
    Antifa is the problem…the rioters and Joe Biden have a side…they’re both on the side of the radical left and that is so obvious,” said President Trump.    “And until that neutralizes, you’re never going to have safe areas in those Democrat-run areas.”
    The federal probe is expected to focus on alleged ties between Democrat officials, political violence and organized crime
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9/1/2020 Meadows: Real Progress Being Made In Virus Relief Talks by OAN Newsroom
White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows listens as President Donald Trump speaks with state and local leaders about Hurricane
Laura at the Orange County Emergency Operations Center, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, in Orange, Texas. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    Chief of Staff Mark Meadows is making modest progress on securing a new coronavirus relief deal.    He touted “real progress” in negotiations during an interview Tuesday.
    Meadows referenced the “focused relief bill” being worked on by Sen. John Barasso (R-Wy.).    He called the bill a “stepping off point” for a larger relief bill and suggested it could allocate as much as $500 billion in funding.
    The White House chief of staff said the biggest issue now is coming to a consensus on how much money to give to state and local governments.    He laid the blame on Democrats for the hold up.
    “The biggest stumbling block that remains is the amount of money that would go to state and local help,” he stated.    “The speaker (Nancy Pelosi) is still at $915 billion, which is just not a number that is based on reality and certainly not a number that represents lost revenues for state and local governments.”
    Meadows is set to hold a phone conference on Monday with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Senate Republicans, where they will likely approve Sen. Barasso’s so-called “skinny” relief bill.

9/1/2020 NYPD Unveils New Disciplinary Matrix For Officers by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Feb. 9, 2020 file photo, New York City Police Commissioner Dermot Shea, left, speaks alongside Mayor Bill de Blasio
during a news conference concerning two police involved shootings, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
    The New York Police Department announced major changes regarding how it responds to allegations of internal misconduct.    The nation’s largest police force is rolling out a new disciplinary system for its officers.
    Commissioner Dermot Shea unveiled the overhaul Monday in the form of a 48 page draft penalty matrix.
    “Officers are out there every day doing God’s work in many ways with no need for discipline, but invariably in any occupation there will be incidents that happened that shouldn’t happen,” he stated.    “And when those incidents happen, we want to have a roadmap where both our employees as well as the public knows what to expect.”
    The matrix categorizes misconduct into 11 different categories with presumptive penalties outlined in each one.
    Under the guidelines, officers who are found to have improperly used “deadly physical force” against someone, regardless of if the person is harmed or not, the presumptive penalty is termination.    This includes the use of a chokehold under any circumstances.
    Additionally, officers who fail to intervene when witnessing such force being used can also face the same fate.
    For abuse of authority, including discourtesy and offensive language, the presumptive penalty ranges from training to probation to termination.
    The project has been in the development since the beginning of this year before the New York City Council passed a law in June requiring its use.
New York City police officers detain and question a man, Tuesday, July 11, 2017, in the Bronx borough of New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
    The penalties are not black and white, however, with officials noting the matrix will only serve as a starting point for analysis after a full and complete investigation takes place.    Commissioner Shea will ultimately have final approval.
    Regardless, the announcement is still being met with criticism from some, including the head of the Police Benevolent Association.
    In a statement, union President Patrick Lynch called it “an avenue for New York’s City Council to manipulate NYPD discipline to further their radical political goals.”    He predicted the matrix will change “based on headlines and poll numbers” rather than any “objective sense of justice or fairness.”
    Despite this, the NYPD maintains the new system solely aims to establish a consistent, fair and transparent standard for all members of the service.    Moving forward, the matrix is open to public comment for 30 days before it’s expected to go into effect.

9/1/2020 McEnany: President Trump Does Not Want To Invoke The Insurrection Act by OAN Newsroom
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany speaks during a news briefing at the White House, Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said the president is not in favor of invoking the Insurrection Act.    During a White House press conference Monday, she was asked about President Trump’s recent suggestion that he may invoke the measure as a way to quell nationwide unrest.
    The Insurrection Act is a seldom used executive measure, which sends military forces into places of unrest within the U.S.    McEnany noted that the White House wants to help protect cities from rioters in any way it can.
    “So the president does not want to invoke the Insurrection Act, which has been used very sparingly, but what he does want is to help these cities where he can,” she stated.    “And when you see Kenosha, when federal forces came in there was peace…in Minneapolis and in both of those cases it was at the invitation of the governors.”
    Last time the act was enacted, it was used by President Dwight Eisenhower and President John F. Kennedy to handle the unrest surrounding desegregation.
    For now, the president is relying on local mayors and governors to request National Guard aid.

9/1/2020 Joe Biden Heckled At Pa. Photo-Op by OAN Newsroom
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden arrives with pizza as he visits Pittsburgh
Local Fire Fighters No. 1 in Pittsburgh, Pa., Monday, Aug. 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
    A new video shows Joe Biden getting heckled at his photo-op in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
    On Monday, the Biden team staged a photo shoot with the former vice president’s supporters, which included pictures of Biden “delivering pizza” to firefighters.
    However, a group of Pittsburgh residents challenged Biden by saying he “finally got out of his basement.”    They also reminded Biden of his flip-flop on fracking and corruption schemes in foreign countries.
    This latest incident comes as the Biden campaign has taken a hit in nationwide polls in recent weeks.

9/1/2020 Mulvaney: Biden Would Increase Government Control Of Economy If Elected by OAN Newsroom
File – Former Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney is pictured. (Andrew Harnik/AP Photo)
    According to former acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, a Biden-Harris administration would greatly increase the role of the federal government in the U.S. economy.
    During an interview Monday, Mulvaney said Biden would increase government control in the financial sector.    The former vice president is also expected to expand government participation in Main Street economy.
    “If Joe Biden wins, you’re going to see an absolute avalanche of regs (regulations) in a very short period of time,” he explained.     “It’s much easier to regulate than it is to deregulate and we’ll be taking that into consideration.”
    Meanwhile, Mulvaney said President Trump will likely continue cutting the red tape if reelected in November.
    “I don’t think you’ll see a lot of regulatory action between now and the election,” he stated.    “And then the outcome of the election sort of determines what happens in that next, that critical 60 to 90 days between the election and the beginning of the Biden administration or the second term of the Trump administration…it will be a flurry of activity under certain circumstances.”
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at campaign
event at Mill 19 in Pittsburgh, Pa., Monday, Aug. 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
    Some economists believe Biden’s economic policies would result in further monopolization of the U.S. economy and extend its reliance on Federal Reserve and U.S. Treasury policies.

9/1/2020 White House Coronavirus Dr. Scott Atlas Urges Governors To Prioritize Vulnerable Populations by OAN Newsroom
Dr. Scott Atlas, right, President Donald Trump’s new pandemic advisor, gestures as Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis looks on during a news conference at the
University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine and Heart Institute Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)
    According to Dr. Scott Atlas of the coronavirus task force, protecting vulnerable populations needs to be the number one priority in the fight against COVID-19. He made those remarks while meeting with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday.
    Dr. Atlas said based on worldwide research, priorities should be protecting the vulnerable, preventing hospital overcrowding and opening society.    He also noted prolonged lockdowns are extraordinarily harmful, which is something he has pointed out several times in the past few weeks.
    The doctor also praised Gov. DeSantis for his approach to COVID-19, especially when it comes to reopening schools.
    “We also have to always remember when you lockdown and quarantine people who are healthy but happened to be testing positive, you are creating enormous harms to them, to their family,” Dr. Atlas stated.    “We are the only country of our peer nations in the Western world who are this hysterical about opening schools.”
    His remarks came after Gov. DeSantis vowed to never lockdown Florida again.    The Republican governor said it’s been proven ineffective in reducing the COVID-19 mortality rate.

9/2/2020 Oil up $0.09 to $42.91, DOW up 216 to 28,646.

9/2/2020 807 more virus cases, 15 deaths reported by Emma Austin, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear reported 807 cases of the coronavirus and 15 new deaths Tuesday.
    'We've known that we're going to see these numbers, and we're going to continue to see numbers like this,' Beshear said.
    Kentucky has now seen 49,185 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 948 deaths.
    The state's seven-day positivity rate is at 4.4%, following several days of the number being reported below 5%.    A positivity rate below 5% “is a good thing,” Beshear said, but “we want to get it much lower than that.”
    The new deaths include:
A 67-year-old man from Owen County
An 81-year-old man from Lincoln
A 73-year-old man from Lincoln
An 80-year-old woman from Pulaski
A 73-year-old man from Fayette
A 55-year-old woman from Grayson
A 70-year-old man from Harlan
A 77-year-old woman from Jefferson
An 83-year-old man from Jefferson
An 87-year-old man from Campbell
An 85-year-old woman from Campbell
A 71-year-old woman from Campbell
An 88-year-old man from Campbell
A 78-year-old woman from Calloway
A 79-year-old woman from Monroe
    'Let's make sure we remember that these are all people that are loved by people,' Beshear said.br>     Of the new cases Tuesday, 150 were in kids age 18 and under. Beshear attributed the growing number of cases in kids partly to more children being tested and kids getting out more.
    'The virus is certainly spreading more in and through our kids,' Beshear said.
    The state has begun reporting positive cases associated with schools, including some that have already returned to in-person classes.    A breakdown of cases by school can be viewed at kycovid19.ky.gov.
    Beshear also announced at his briefing that Kentucky is extending its contract with Ernst & Young, a private vendor the state has used to process its backed-up unemployment claims.
    The state had already extended its initial $7.6 million contract for five more weeks for another $4.4 million in July to help process the influx of unemployment claims during the pandemic.    Amy Cubbage, Kentucky Labor Cabinet general counsel, said the second extension through the end of the year will cost the state $4.9 million.
    Beshear said there are about 2,000 outstanding claims that were filed since March, and Cubbage said the remaining claims are some of the 'most difficult.'
    Beshear also announced that he will not be attending the Kentucky Derby this year and instead will present the winner's trophy on a video broadcast.
    'If we're asking the people of Kentucky to watch it at home, I'm going to watch it at home,' he said.
    Reach Emma Austin at eaustin@gannett.com or on Twitter at @emmacaustin.    Support strong local journalism by subscribing today: subscribe.courier-journal.com.
[15 deaths / 807 cases = 0.018% and total 948 deaths / 49,185 cases = 0.019% and the new question is how many of the 15 above died from coronavirus or other complications and all the states around us have twice as many cases.].

9/2/2020 Court grants stay on Trump tax subpoena by Michael R. Sisak, ASSOCIATED PRESS     NEW YORK – A federal appeals court on Tuesday blocked a New York prosecutor from obtaining Donald Trump’s tax returns while the president’s lawyers continue to fight a subpoena seeking the records.    The threejudge panel ruled after hearing brief arguments from both sides.
    Trump’s lawyers had asked for a temporary stay while they appeal a lower-court ruling that granted Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.’s office access to Trump’s tax returns.
    A hearing on the merits of Trump’s latest appeal will be held on Sept. 25 after both sides agreed to an expedited schedule, meaning it’s possible the matter could be decided before November’s election.    Trump’s lawyers appealed to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of     Appeals last month after a district court judge rejected their renewed efforts to invalidate a subpoena issued to his accounting firm.    Judge John M. Walker Jr. said at Tuesday’s hearing that the subpoenas cover 11 entities engaged in business dealings as far away as Europe and Dubai.

9/2/2020 Feds investigate BLM protest leaders by Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY
    The Justice Department launched a criminal inquiry into the leadership and financing of protests against police abuse that have roiled American cities as the Black Lives Matter movement has become a political flashpoint in the contentious presidential campaign.
    Federal authorities said Tuesday that they are not targeting free speech rights but “coordinated, criminal activity ... and violence related to riots, destruction of federal property and violence against law enforcement officers.”
    The acknowledgment by the Justice Department followed remarks by Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf, who on Monday disclosed the Justice inquiry as “targeting” leaders of organizations and those who might be funding their movement “across the country.”
    “What we know ... is that we have seen groups and individuals move from Portland to other parts of the country,” Wolf said on Fox News.
    Asked why leaders of Antifa, a loosely organized far-left ideology, and Black Lives Matter, formed in part to call attention to violence against Black communities, had not been arrested, Wolf said: “This is something I talk to the AG (William Barr) personally about.    And I know that they are working on it.”
    Portland, Oregon, has seen almost daily demonstrations since George Floyd died under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer on May 25.
    “The cause of all this,” Wolf said, “is local officials and state officials not taking this seriously enough from day one.”
    In a scathing Monday letter to Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, Wolf claimed the city’s “inaction has fostered an environment that has fueled senseless violence and destruction night after night.”
    “For more than three months, Portland has become the epicenter of crime and chaos, with rioters attacking government buildings with the intention of burning them to the ground,” Wolf said.    Wolf’s comments were prompted by Wheeler’s Aug. 28 letter to President Donald Trump, rejecting federal assistance.
    “On behalf of the city of Portland: No thanks,” Wheeler wrote.
    Trump seized on the unrest to promote a “law-and-order” campaign theme.    On Tuesday, Trump took that campaign to Kenosha, Wisconsin, where the community has been reeling from separate demonstrations related to the August shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man who was shot seven times in the back in an encounter with local police.
    Before his Wisconsin trip, Trump stoked controversy by refusing to condemn the actions of a 17-year-old accused in the fatal shootings of two Kenosha protesters in the days after Blake was wounded.
    Trump on Monday publicly embraced a defense attorney’s account that the accused shooter, Kyle Rittenhouse, acted in self-defense.
    Referring to cellphone video of the incident, Trump said Rittenhouse, armed with a rifle, was “trying to get away from them, I guess, it looks like” and said that protesters “violently attacked him.”    Rittenhouse was charged with five felonies and a misdemeanor after shooting three people on Aug. 25, two of them fatally.
A biker passes a makeshift memorial for Aaron J. Danielson, a supporter of President Donald
Trump who was killed in a protest Saturday in Portland, Ore. GILLIAN FLACCUS/AP

9/2/2020 DOJ: Protest leaders, financiers under probe by Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY
    The Justice Department has launched a criminal inquiry into the leadership and financing of protests against police abuse that have roiled American cities as the protest movement has become a political flashpoint in the contentious presidential campaign.
    Federal authorities asserted Tuesday that they are not targeting free speech rights, but rather “coordinated, criminal activity ... and violence related to riots, destruction of federal property and violence against law enforcement officers.”
    Justice spokeswoman Kerri Kupec declined to elaborate on the specific targets of the inquiry.
    The acknowledgement by the Justice Department followed remarks by Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf, who late Monday first disclosed the inquiry as “targeting” leaders of organizations and those who may be funding their movement “across the country.”
    “What we know ... is that we have seen groups and individuals move from Portland to other parts of the country,” Wolf said in an interview on Fox News.
    Asked why leaders of Antifa, a loosely organized extreme far-left ideology, and Black Lives Matter, formed in part to call attention to violence against Black communities, had not been arrested, Wolf said: “This is something I talk to the AG (Barr) personally about.    And I know that they are working on it.”
    Portland, Oregon, has seen almost daily demonstrations since George Floyd died under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer May 25.
    President Donald Trump seized on the unrest to promote a “law and order” campaign theme in the homestretch of the 2020 campaign.     Trump took that campaign to Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Tuesday, where the community has been reeling from separate demonstrations related to the shooting last month of Jacob Blake, a Black man who was shot seven times in the back in an encounter with police.
    In a scathing letter Monday to Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, Wolf said the city’s “inaction has fostered an environment that has fueled senseless violence and destruction night after night.”
    “For more than three months, Portland has become the epicenter of crime and chaos, with rioters attacking government buildings with the intention of burning them to the ground,” Wolf said.
    Wolf’s comments were prompted by Wheeler’s Aug. 28 letter to Trump rejecting federal assistance.
    “On behalf of the city of Portland: No thanks,” Wheeler wrote.
    “We don’t need your politics of division and demagoguery.    Portlanders are onto you.    We have already seen your reckless disregard for human life in your bumbling response to the COVID pandemic,” the mayor said.    “And we know you’ve reached the conclusion that images of violence or vandalism are your only ticket to reelection.”
Wolf
Portland police take control of the streets Sunday after making arrests on the scene of the nightly protests at a police precinct. PAULA BRONSTEIN/AP

9/2/2020 Mexico Passes 600,000 Coronavirus Infections, Deaths Reach 65,241
Healthcare workers wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) collect information before taking samples from people for the
coronavirus disease (COVID-19) test at the Lazaro Cardenas Park in Mexico City, Mexico September 1, 2020. REUTERS/Henry Romero
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s health ministry on Tuesday reported 6,476 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infections and 827 additional fatalities, bringing the total in the country to 606,036 cases and 65,241 deaths.
    The government has said the real number of infected people is likely significantly higher than the confirmed cases.
(Reporting by Stefanie Eschenbacher and Diego Ore; Writing by Drazen Jorgic; Editing by Anthony Esposito)

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