From The Alpha and the Omega - Chapter Eight
by Jim A. Cornwell, Copyright © 1995, all rights reserved
"KING OF THE WEST 2020 SEPTEMBER"

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KING OF THE WEST 2020 SEPTEMBER

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
.

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)

9/2/2020 Biden Tries To Blame Violence In Democrat-Run Cities On President Trump by OAN Newsroom
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden arrives at the Allegheny County Airport in West Mifflin,
Pa., en route to speak at a campaign event in Pittsburgh, Pa., Monday, Aug. 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
    Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden has attempted to redirect blame for violence in Democrat-led cities onto President Trump.    He took to Twitter Wednesday where he claimed the president is trying to divide the nation.
    This echoed remarks he made from Pittsburgh on Monday in an effort to undercut the Trump administration’s focus on law and order.    The Democrat accused President Trump of stoking fear and asserted the president doesn’t want to shed light.
    The former vice president went on to parrot the liberal media by claiming the protests are mostly peaceful with a few exceptions.
    “Violence of extremists and opportunist, right-wing militias, white supremacist, vigilantes who infiltrate protests carrying weapons of war hoping to wreak havoc and to derail any hope and support for progress,” Biden referenced.
    However, Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh pointed out that Biden is quick to pin the violence anyone but Antifa.    Others have continued to remind the left of the president’s efforts to send aid to cities plagued by destruction.

9/2/2020 President Trump: CNN’s Chris Cuomo, MSNBC’s Joy Reid Should Be Fired For Sexist, Islamophobic Comments by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks at a news conference in the James Brady Press Briefing Room
at the White House, Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    President Trump has called on CNN to fire anchor Chris Cuomo after leaked audio revealed a discussion he had with Michael Cohen regarding sexual misconduct allegations.
    In a tweet Wednesday the president referred to Cuomo as “Fredo,” the fictional character in “The Godfather” films depicted as a weaker, younger brother.
    The president went on to mention leaked audio of Cuomo discussing apparent sexual misconduct claims against him during his time at ABC with the president’s ex-lawyer Michael Cohen.    In the conversation, the CNN anchor discussed how far the #MeToo movement has gone.
    Responding to the audio, the president said, “it’s always terrible to speak to sleazebags, especially when you are the being recorded.”    He also noted Cuomo’s “ratings are bad” and said it’s time for him to go.
    In a separate tweet President Trump issued criticism against another mainstream media personality.    He said just “like Fredo at CNN,” MSNBC’s Joy Reid should also be fired after appearing to denigrate the Muslim community by comparing them all to radical terrorists.
    During Reid’s prime-time show, she said the president radicalizes his supporters similar to how “Muslims act.”    She made the following remarks on the issue:
    “When leaders, let’s say in the Muslim world, talk a lot of violent talk and encourage their supporters to be willing to commit violence, including on their own bodies, in order to win against whoever they decide is the enemy…we in the U.S. media describe that as they are radicalizing these people, particularly when they’re radicalizing young people.    That’s how we talk about the way Muslims act.”
    President Trump called Reid’s comments xenophobic and racist. He said her words would not be tolerated if made by anyone else.

9/2/2020 VP Pence Decries Biden’s Failure To Explicitly Condemn Antifa by OAN Newsroom
Vice President Mike Pence speaks at a campaign event on the grounds of Kuharchik Construction, Inc., Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, in Exeter, Pa. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
    Vice President Mike Pence stressed the importance of standing up for American values while describing the impending election as a struggle for the preservation of the country’s historical character.    This message was the driving force behind Pence’s campaign speech in Exeter, Pennsylvania on Tuesday.
    The rally was held just about 13-miles away from Biden’s hometown of Scranton in a state that voted for Democrat presidents for two consecutive decades until flipping red in 2016 and helping propel President Trump into the White House.
    “I know we’re not too far from our opponent’s boyhood home, but it’s Trump country now,” the vice president stated.    “…when this president stands up for faith and family and the American flag, I stand with President Donald Trump.”
    Pence took specific aim at Joe Biden for what he described as a failure to condemn acts of violence across the country, particularly the absence of an unequivocal disavowal of groups aligning themselves with the concept of Antifa by the Democrat nominee.
    As noted by both the Los Angeles Times and the Wall Street Journal‘s editorial pages over the last two days, Biden’s Monday speech in Pittsburgh did contain remarks admonishing against violent acts during protests.    However, it conspicuously lacked any specific mention of Antifa or the left wing.
    “The men and women of Pennsylvania, you should know, yesterday Joe Biden never condemned Antifa, he never called on Democrat mayors to get their cities under control, he never called out his campaign staff or his running mate for raising money to bail out violent criminals and Joe Biden never even offered a plan to end the violence,” Pence stated.
    The vice president sought to emphasize the decision over whether to support Biden or President Trump in November is about more than just the immediate need to quell violent uprisings.    He also stressed what he described as Biden’s ideological inconsistency in an effort to paint the Democrat nominee as not so much the moderate he is typically labeled as, but more a political opportunist lacking a specific moral compass driving his policies.
    Pennsylvania is one of the key battlegrounds needed by either party to secure the road to the White House and polls have consistently shown a tight race for the 20 electoral votes wielded by the Keystone State.

9/2/2020 Secy. Mnuchin Urges Bipartisan Deal Over Stimulus Package by OAN Newsroom
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin speaks with reporters about the coronavirus relief package
negotiations, at the White House, Thursday, July 23, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has called on lawmakers to set aside political differences and come together on a new stimulus package.    On Tuesday, he testified in front of a House select subcommittee on the coronavirus crisis and said he’s ready to continue talks to get relief to Americans.
    “I would publicly say I am willing to sit down at the negotiating table with the speaker (Nancy Pelosi) with no conditions whatsoever any time,” Mnuchin stated.    “Other than that, I think the chair expects me here for a bit longer.”
    The Treasury chief said divisions on both sides of the aisle are beginning to shrink and Republicans are willing to up their proposal to $1.5 trillion.    Mnuchin vowed the increased funds would be allocated to state and local governments.
    The Treasury secretary cited bipartisan agreement on several key issues, including extending unemployment benefits, providing loans to small businesses and giving Americans another stimulus check.
    “But what’s more important is what is the breakdown in getting money to American workers, American families, kids, where we can agree on money,” he explained.    “There is tremendous areas of agreement and that’s what we should be doing right away.”
    Stimulus talks fizzled out in early April. Soon after, unemployment benefits expired at the end of July.
    Democrats were headstrong on their position to not budge on a package proposal that came in at less than $2.2 trillion.    However, they also wanted a package that covered a wide range of issues, which included bending the eligibility rules in order to allow some non-citizens to receive stimulus checks.
    “I’m prepared to sit down with the speaker at any time to negotiate, I think the issue is not what is the top-line,” said Mnuchin.    “I think the issue now is we need now support quickly, that’s what important to the American economy and if we need to do more we can come back.”
    Meanwhile, the Treasury secretary announced a new lending program, which will issue $25 billion to $50 billion in loans to mid-sized businesses.    Additionally, he said President Trump is looking to roll out guidelines for renters, which would give them eviction moratoriums if they can prove their cannot pay rent due to the coronavirus pandemic.

9/2/2020 Political Activist Christian Walker Says Black Lives Matter Movement Is ‘A Domestic Terrorist Organization’ by OAN Newsroom
The University of Alabama football team features a Black Lives Matter flag as they march on campus in support
of the Black Lives Matter movement, Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)
    A Republican political activist has called out the Black Lives Matter movement while suggesting it’s a “terrorist organization.”    During a recent interview, Christian Walker said, “anybody who honestly cares about black people cannot support Black Lives Matter.”
    Walker, who is the son of former football star and 2020 RNC speaker Herschel Walker, said he believes President Trump treats every American the same unlike his Democrat opponents who instead encourage violence and looting.
    “Black Lives Matter should be about all black lives, it should be about black on black crime in Chicago, it should be about father absence and how that affects black children,” he explained.    “BLM is a disgusting name for an organization that hates black men and hates black people…you’re a domestic terrorist organization.”
    Walker went on to say he believes Black Lives Matter uses “manipulation techniques” to “lock people in to group-think.”

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9/2/2020 Speaker Pelosi Under Fire For Receiving Hair Services Amid Salon Closures 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)
    Despite the recent closures of salons across the Bay Area due to the coronavirus pandemic, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was caught receiving a hair wash and blow-out from her stylist in San Francisco.
    On Tuesday, salons in the county were only allowed to resume operations outdoors as long as stylists and customers wear a mask at all times.
    On Monday afternoon, however, surveillance footage showed Pelosi walking away from her salon chair with wet hair and without a face covering inside eSalon in San Francisco.    This happened all while coronavirus safety precautions warn against blow-drying as a way to help spread the virus.
    During an interview Tuesday, Pelosi encouraged Americans to continue wearing masks in public.    Those remarks were made just one day after she was seen without one.
    President Trump’s reelection campaign was quick to point out the hypocrisy by posting a side-by-side video of Pelosi’s remarks and footage of her refusing to take her own advice at the hair salon.
    Pelosi’s staff released a statement Tuesday confirming she did receive hair services, but nothing that the top Democrat thought she was complying with the local ordinance.    The statement reads:
    This business offered for the speaker to come in on Monday and told her they were allowed by the city to have one customer at a time in the business.    The speaker complied with the rules as presented to her by this establishment.     According to reports, eSalon’s owner said came forward with the video footage and disapproves of the stylists’ decision to take in Pelosi against countywide orders.    She said it was a “slap in the face” and implied the House speaker’s visit was double standard as she was able to get her hair done while no one else could.
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9/2/2020 Portland Protests Push Mayor Out Of Condo by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Aug. 5, 2019, file photo, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler poses for a photo in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer, File)
    The mayor of Portland is planning to move as soon as the riots outside his condo cease.    In an email, Ted Wheeler told the other tenants of his Pearl District condo he would be vacating the space to find a new place to live.
    He stated he’s making the move for his and everyone else’s “safety and peace.”    The mayor has also apologized for bringing everyone into his politics.
    “I want to express my sincere apologies for the damage to our home and the fear that you are experiencing due to my position,” he said.    “It’s unfair to all of you who have no role in politics or in my administration.”
    Demonstrators have notably swarmed the area surrounding the building, where they continue to call for his immediate resignation.
    “(I am here) because Ted Wheeler should resign.    …Last night, 100 cops arrested 29 peaceful protesters.    Meanwhile, down the street from my house, one family’s house was shot up.    They didn’t have cops there for 17 hours because he’s so busy arresting people like me, peaceful protesters.” – Robin McAlpine, protester
    Footage showed some protesters setting fires, breaking windows and even perpetrating assaults.

Protesters throw eggs at police during the nightly protests at a Portland police
precinct on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020 in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Paula Bronstein)
    President Trump reacted to this news by highlighting the distrust between the people of Portland and their mayor.    On Wednesday, the president said Ted Wheeler was harassed by so-called “friendly protesters.”
    He went on to say the anarchists have treated Wheeler horribly, even though he is “so nice and respectful to them.”    He added “criminals only understand strength.”
    “As you know in Portland, the mayor last night was raided.    His home was raided, he was thrown out of his home.    Then he’ll stand up and fight for these people.    These people only know one thing, and that’s strength.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
Portland police take control of the streets after making arrests on the scene of the nightly protests at
a Portland police precinct on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020 in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Paula Bronstein)
    Wheeler has denounced the violence and assaults posted on social media.    The mayor noted this behavior contributes to a more dangerous neighborhood and addressed issues surrounding out-of-towners coming into the city to watch the unrest.
    “It is actually disturbing to me that there are people who are coming from out of town, out of state, to witness these activities,” stated Wheeler.    “This is not a tourist opportunity; this is not a spectacle.”
    However, some believe his words aren’t enough.    The mayor continues to openly refuse help from the White House to get the city under control.    He has also limited police activity and presence, which is preventing them from making meaningful arrests and keeping residents safe.
    Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf recently sent a letter to the mayor.    In the letter, Wolf urged him to “prioritize public safety and to request federal assistance to restore law and order in Portland.”
    Local police will join Wheeler on Thursday for a meeting, where residents can voice their concerns over the current state of the city riots and level of police involvement.

9/2/2020 Calif. Extends Eviction Moratorium Until February 2021 by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this July 23, 2019, file photo, Gov. Gavin Newsom talks to reporters at his
Capitol office, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
    California renters will receive additional protections through February 2021 amid the coronavirus pandemic.    On Monday, Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB 3088, which will extend the state’s eviction moratorium by another five months.
    “Clearly, COVID has had a profound impact,” he stated.    “Despite having some of the strongest renter protections in the nation, that has not ameliorated the stress, the anxiety that millions and millions of renters and homeowners are facing.”
    Under the new bill, tenants who pay at least 25% of their rent from September 1st through the end of January will be protected from eviction.    In addition, tenants must still repay their landlords for unpaid rent between March and August.
    Newsom has extended the moratorium twice since the COVID-19 outbreak began.    The state judicial council had previously voted to end it on Tuesday.
FILE – In this April 1, 2020, file photo, a pedestrian walks past graffiti that reads
“Rent Strike” in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
    To apply, renters will be required to sign a declaration of coronavirus hardship.    They must resign the document in the first 15 days of each month.
    Lawmakers have acknowledged this is not a permanent fix, but they are hoping it will help to ease immediate concerns.
    “This bill will not prevent every eviction and foreclosure, but it will prevent many evictions and delay many others,” said California Assemblyman David Chiu.    “It’s critical for renters, for our housing market, for addressing homelessness and for containing COVID-19.”
    Housing advocates have expressed concerns that pausing eviction while requiring missed rent will only delay a wave of evictions in the future.    They have called for additional assistance from the federal government to provide direct relief to renters.

9/2/2020 Gov. Newsom Visits Big Basin Redwoods State Park To Survey Fire Damage by OAN Newsroom
California Gov. Gavin Newsom, center, listens as Secretary of California Natural Resources Agency Wade Crowfoot, left, talks about the fire damage
to Big Basin Redwoods State Park , Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, in Boulder Creek, Calif. (LiPo Ching/San Francisco Chronicle via AP, Pool)
    The governor of California has surveyed the recent damage caused by wildfires in his state.    Gavin Newsom spoke with federal, state and local officials, who have been responding to the disaster, during his visit to Big Basin Redwoods State Park this week.
    According to Newsom, eight other states have been helping California combat the fires by lending equipment, including 93 fire engines.
    Extra support from the National Guard has also helped in the fight against the state’s blazes.
The fireplace of the Nature Lodge Museum and Store at Big Basin Redwoods State Park stands among the devastation
Friday, Aug. 28, 2020, in Boulder Creek, Calif., wrought by the CZU August Lightning Complex, which destroyed nearly
all buildings and burned thousands of trees at the park. (Shmuel Thaler/The Santa Cruz Sentinel via AP)
    “We’ve got over 900 fires that have sparked just the last few weeks in the state of California,” stated the governor.    “(There are) close to 16,000 firefighters currently out on the lines working these fires.”
    Newsom declared the situation a statewide emergency earlier last month and has since secured grants from FEMA.

9/2/2020 Joe Biden: Looking Forward To Debating The President by OAN Newsroom
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, speaks in Wilmington, Del.,
Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, about school reopenings. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
    Joe Biden has announced he is ready for the first round of presidential debates. During a campaign event in Wilmington, Delaware this week, the former vice president stated he is looking forward to debating President Trump.
    Biden suggested the presence of an instant fact checker during the debate would make the event more interesting for viewers at home, but conceded such a move would be difficult during a live showing.
    He noted he has been preparing diligently for the debate.
    “I look forward to debating the president.    I’m going to lay out as clearly as I can what I think we have to do to bring this country back and build it back better.    I’m looking forward to the debate.” – Joe Biden, former Vice President of the United States
With the USS Battleship North Carolina in the background, President Donald Trump
speaks on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, in Wilmington, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
    The first debate is scheduled for September 29th. According to the Commission on Presidential Debates, Fox’s Chris Wallace will moderate the first debate in Cleveland.    The second, which is slated to take place in Miami on October 15th, will be moderated by Steve Scully from C-SPAN.
    The third debate will take place on October 22nd in Nashville.    It will be moderated by Kristen Welker from NBC News.    All three will all be 90 minutes long, as will the separate vice presidential debates, which will be moderated by Susan Page of USA Today.
    In the meantime, Biden’s campaign and the Democrat National Committee reportedly raised $364.5 million in August.
    According to the Democrat’s campaign, online donations made up $205 million of the fundraising haul.    Campaign officials reported 95% of the donations came from grassroots supporters and that $1.5 million came from first time donors.

9/2/2020 State Dept. Enacts Rules To Limit Chinese Influence In U.S. by OAN Newsroom
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference at the State
Department in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020. (Nicholas Kamm/Pool via AP)
    The State Department has issued a set of new restrictions on the activities and events hosted by Chinese diplomats in the U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo unveiled the limitations this week.
    He has described them as “a mechanism requiring approval for senior Chinese diplomats in the United States to visit university campuses and to meet with local government officials.”
    “Cultural events with groups larger than 50 people hosted by the Chinese Embassy and consular posts outside our mission properties will also require our approval,” he added.
    According to the secretary, the new rules will limit malicious Chinese influence in America’s educational system and reduce China’s impact on U.S. politics.
    “Additionally, we’re taking further steps to ensure that all official PRC Embassy and consular social media accounts are properly identified as Chinese government accounts.    …We’re simply demanding reciprocity.    Access for our diplomats in China should be reflective of the access that Chinese diplomats in the United States have.” – Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State
    The secretary claimed Chinese officials have regularly obstructed events hosted by U.S. consulates in China.    He added Beijing will now face similar treatment in the U.S.

9/2/2020 Seattle Police Discover Weapons While Sweeping Camp Near Fmr. ‘CHOP’ Zone by OAN Newsroom
Seattle police finish their sweep Wednesday, July 1, 2020, on the north end of Cal
Anderson Park, sweeping everyone off the grounds. (Steve Ringman/The Seattle Times via AP)
    Seattle police cleared out a camp in a public park this week, citing numerous fires and acts of vandalism.
    According to reports, police coordinated with the parks department to clear trash and tents piling up in a park in the city’s Capitol Hill neighborhood.
    Authorities confirmed they found several weapons during the sweep, including spike strips, knives and shields.     The operation drew a response from activists, who claimed they wanted to use the park to provide services to the area’s homeless population.
    Seven people were arrested during the operation.
    Around 100 people marched on the police department’s East Precinct that evening in protest.    These demonstrations occurred in same area as the defunct ‘CHOP’ zone, which was dismantled at the beginning of July.

9/2/2020 Microsoft Announces New Tech Aimed At Detecting, Preventing Deepfakes by OAN Newsroom
FILE – This July 3, 2014, file photo, shows the Microsoft Corp. logo outside the Microsoft Visitor Center in Redmond, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
    Microsoft has released new technology that may help combat the use of deepfake videos ahead of this year’s election.
    On Tuesday, the company announced the Microsoft Video Authenticator.    This tool will reportedly be able to identify manipulated videos, which have been a source of misinformation in recent days.
    The other new software will allow creators to certify their videos with Microsoft so people can verify they’re authentic.
    In July, MIT released a video demonstrating how deepfake technology can be used and is difficult to detect.
    Microsoft stated it is planning to work with BBC, CBC and the New York Times to test its new authenticator technology.

9/2/2020 Dr. Birx Urges Aggressive Face Mask Enforcement by OAN Newsroom
White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx speaks to reporters in the rotunda of the State Capitol in Lincoln,
Neb., Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, after meeting with Gov. Pete Ricketts and community and state health officials. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
    Dr. Deborah Birx has called for statewide face mask mandates, despite mounting public resentment.
    “To every university student out there, if you have done something that is not so great and so smart, you’ve been in a crowd without a mask, you’re likely to become infected,” she stated.    “Do not go home to your parents or your grandparents over Labor Day weekend and spread the virus to them.”
    The White House task force coordinator made those comments to reporters in Livonia, Michigan on Wednesday.    Her remarks came after many schools across the U.S. resumed in-person classes with new safety precautions in place.
    Birx also praised state and local officials for enforcing face mask mandates.
    “The best enforcement for masks is retail.    I will see people like get out of their car, run up to the gas station and then they see the sign: ‘No mask, no entry.’ That kind of constant behavioral reinforcement, that we need to have a mask on when we’re in public and anywhere.    So it is not theoretical, masks work.” – Dr. Deborah Birx, Response Coordinator for the White House Coronavirus Task Force
    According to reports, the number of COVID-19 cases has surpassed 6 million, despite face mask mandates being in place for months in a number of states.

9/2/2020 U.S. Blacklists ICC Prosecutor Over Afghanistan War Crimes Probe by Daphne Psaledakis and Michelle Nichols
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference at the State
Department in Washington, DC, U.S. September 2, 2020. Nicholas Kamm/Pool via REUTERS
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Wednesday imposed sanctions on International Criminal Court prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, over her investigation into whether American forces committed war crimes in Afghanistan.
    Pompeo also said Phakiso Mochochoko, the head of the ICC’s Jurisdiction, Complementarity and Cooperation Division, had also been blacklisted under sanctions authorized by President Donald Trump in June that allow for asset freezes and travel bans.
    “Today we take the next step, because the ICC continues to target Americans, sadly,” Pompeo told reporters.
    Pompeo also said that individuals and entities that continue to materially support Bensouda and Mochochoko would risk exposure to sanctions as well.
    The ICC dismissed the measures as “another attempt to interfere with the court’s judicial and prosecutorial independence” and said in a statement that it stood by the work of its staff.
    “These coercive acts, directed at an international judicial institution and its civil servants, are unprecedented and constitute serious attacks against the court, the Rome Statute system of international criminal justice, and the rule of law more generally,” it said in a rare joint statement on behalf of the entire ICC.
    The State Department also restricted the issuance of visas for individuals Pompeo said were involved in the court’s efforts to investigate U.S. personnel, though he did not name those affected.
    U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was concerned by Pompeo’s announcement, U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters.
    Dujarric said that “we trust that any restriction taken against individuals will be implemented consistently” with a decades-old U.S. deal with the United Nations to host the world body’s headquarters in New York.
    Bensouda was given the go-ahead by the court in March to investigate whether war crimes were committed in Afghanistan by the Taliban, Afghan military and U.S. forces.
    The United States revoked Bensouda’s entry visa last year over the possible Afghanistan inquiry.    But under an agreement between the United Nations and Washington, she was still able to regularly travel to New York to brief the U.N. Security Council on cases it had referred to the court in The Hague.
    Rights groups immediately condemned the U.S. designations.
    Richard Dicker, Human Rights Watch international justice director, said it was a “stunning perversion of U.S. sanctions.”
    “The Trump administration has twisted these sanctions to obstruct justice, not only for certain war crimes victims, but for atrocity victims anywhere looking to the International Criminal Court for justice,” he said.
(Reporting by Daphne Psaledakis in Washington and Michelle Nichols at the United Nations; Additional reporting by Susan Heavey and David Brunnstrom in Washington and Anthony Deutsch and Toby Sterling in Amsterdam; Editing by Paul Simao and David Gregorio)

9/3/2020 Oil down $1.43 to $41.57, DOW up 455 to 29,101 for an almost new record.

9/3/2020 UK’s Raab Discusses Middle East With Trump Adviser Kushner
FILE PHOTO: Britain's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab arrives to attend a Cabinet meeting of senior government ministers
at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in London, Britain, September 1, 2020. REUTERS/Toby Melville/Pool
    LONDON (Reuters) – Foreign minister Dominic Raab discussed the Middle East peace process on Thursday with Jared Kushner, U.S. President Donald Trump’s senior adviser, a British statement said.
    “They welcomed the historic Israel-UAE normalisation deal, and discussed wider US efforts to facilitate the normalisation of ties between Israel and Arab States,” a foreign office spokesman said.
    “The Foreign Secretary (Raab) updated Mr Kushner on his recent visit to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, and his encouragement of a return to cooperation between the Israeli and Palestinian leaderships, as a first step on the road to a renewed Israeli-Palestinian peace process.”
    Prime Minister Boris Johnson also attended part of the meeting with the visiting Kushner.
    “The Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary were clear about their commitment to a negotiated two-state solution,” the spokesman said.
(Reporting by William James; editing by Stephen Addison)

9/3/2020 Pandemic Review Panel To Ask ‘Hard Questions’, WHO Files Open, Co-Chairs Say by Stephanie Nebehay and Kate Kelland
FILE PHOTO: Former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf speaks during
a Reuters interview in Kigali, Rwanda April 28, 2018. REUTERS/Jean Bizimana
    GENEVA/LONDON (Reuters) – An independent panel reviewing the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic will ask “hard questions” and has been assured of access to the records of the World Health Organization (WHO), its co-chairs said on Thursday.
    Former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark and former Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf named the 11 members they have selected to help prepare a final report for next May.
    “This is a strong panel, poised to ask the hard questions,” Johnson Sirleaf told a news conference.
    It will examine “actions of WHO and their time lines pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic” and the effectiveness of WHO’s International Health Regulations, said Johnson Sirleaf, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate.
    Co-chair Helen Clark said the WHO had “made clear that their files are open book.    Anything we want to see, we see.”
    “We will ask with the benefit of hindsight how WHO and national governments could have worked differently,” Clark said.    “Are there lessons to be learned in order not to repeat the experience of this pandemic?
    The COVID-19 pandemic has now caused more than 26.11 million infections and 862,963 deaths, according to a Reuters tally.
    U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has strongly criticized the WHO’s role in the crisis, accusing it of being too close to China and not doing enough to question Beijing’s actions late last year when the virus first emerged.
    Tedros has dismissed the suggestions and said his agency has kept the world informed.
    The Trump administration said on Wednesday that it will not pay some $80 million it currently owes to the WHO and will instead redirect the money to help pay its United Nations bill in New York.
    Members of the new panel include former Mexican president Ernesto Zedillo; ex-British foreign secretary David Miliband; Chinese professor Zhong Nanshan; Canada’s Joanne Liu, a former head of Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders); and American Mark Dybul and France’s Michel Kazatchkine, who each formerly headed the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria.
    The panel is scheduled to meet for the first time on Sept. 17, the co-chairs said.
    WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreysus said when announcing the launch of the panel in July that it would provide an interim report to an annual meeting of health ministers resuming in November and present a “substantive report” next May.
    Tedros said that the review was in line with a resolution adopted by its 194 member countries last May calling for an evaluation.
(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay in Geneva and Kate Kelland in London; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

9/3/2020 President Trump Issues Memo Looking To Defund Cities That Allow ‘Anarchist’ Activities by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump salutes a crowd of supporters after arriving at Wilmington International
Airport, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, in Wilmington, N.C. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    President Trump said he’s looking to cut federal funding to so-called “anarchist jurisdictions” by defunding cities that have allowed a loss of law and order.    He’s ordered the federal government to start pulling back on funds for four U.S. cities.
    Reports Wednesday detailed a five page memo by the president in which he ordered all federal agencies to report to the White House Office of Management and Budget for a detail on funds that can be redirected.
    The cities targeted by the move include New York City, Seattle, Portland, and Washington, D.C. According to President Trump in the memo, his administration “will not allow federal tax dollars to fund cities that allow themselves to deteriorate into lawless zones.”
    The president touched on the issue in a Tweet Wednesday and tagged White House Budget Director Russ Vought.
    The memo noted federal agencies have 14 days to detail all federal funds to these cities.    It also directed Vought to issue guidance in 30 days on restricting the eligibility to the maximum extent permitted by law of “anarchist jurisdictions” to receive federal grants.
    The memo cited New York City’s recent increase in crime amid a push to defund police.    According to reports, the Big Apple gets around $7 billion a year in federal aid, but also recently approved a budget cutting $1 billion from the NYPD.    The budget cut comes as the city has seen a 177-percent surge in shootings in July compared to last year.
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called an emergency briefing following reports of the president’s memo.    He issued what appeared to be a thinly veiled threat at President Trump.
    “He can’t come back to New York…he can’t,” aid Cuomo.    “He’s gonna walk down the street in New York..forget bodyguards..he better have an army if he thinks he’s gonna walk down the street in New York.”
    In the memo, President Trump noted the need to call National Guard troops to Washington, D.C.    He said Mayor Muriel Bowser allowed “rioters and anarchists” to engage in violence and destruction in late May and early June.
    Portland was also targeted as it nears 100 days of daily demonstrations, many of which turned violent after sunset.    Riots recently claimed the life of one demonstrator and agitators were seen breaking into the building where Mayor Ted Wheeler lives.
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)
    Seattle was listed for “tolerating an autonomous zone.”    The memo referenced the infamous ‘CHOP zone’ that was dismantled at the beginning of July, but not before a series of crimes in and around the zone.    This included a shooting that left one man dead.
    One official said the cities and possibly states targeted for defunding will be updated with input from the Justice Department.

9/3/2020 Attorney General Barr Rejects Idea Of Systemic Racism In U.S. Institutions by OAN Newsroom
Attorney General William Barr speaks during a roundtable with President Donald Trump about America’s seniors,
in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Monday, June 15, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    Attorney General William Barr is speaking out against the idea of systemic racism in American institutions.    In an interview this week, he rejected the notion that racism is built into the Justice Department and, instead, suggested there’s more of an issue with stereotyping among individual cases.
    “I do think there appears to be a phenomenon where African Americans feel like they’re treated, when they’re stopped by police frequently, as suspects before they’re treated as citizens,” Barr stated.    “I don’t think that necessarily reflects some deep seeded racism in police departments or in most police officers.”
    Barr also slammed the mainstream media for how it has covered the recent protests and shootings of unarmed black men.    He said these incidents are not a widespread issue like they are being reported.
    “I think the narrative that the police are epidemic of shooting unarmed black men is simply a false narrative and also the narrative that’s based on race,” said the attorney general.
    Barr went on to discuss the ongoing unrest across the U.S. and said he believes Antifa is at the heart of the violence continuing to plague American cities.    Additionally, he confirmed the Justice Department is actively monitoring the actions of the far-left group.
    “I’ve talked to every police chief in every city where there has been major violence and they all have identified Antifa as the ramrod for the violence,” he explained.    “We know people who are flying around the country…we see some of the purchases they are making before the riots of weapons to use in those riots.”
FILE – In this Aug. 30, 2020, file photo, Portland police take control of the streets after making arrests on the
scene of the nightly protests, at a Portland police precinct in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Paula Bronstein, File)
    Barr also acknowledged that while significant progress has been made to reform institutions over the past 60-years, there’s still more that needs to be done.    However, he said the vilifying of law enforcement officials needs to come to an end.
    “I think we have to make sure that stereotypes do not govern our actions in the justice system and I think police departments do a pretty good job of trying to police against that,” said the attorney general.    “And I think there’s more progress to be made…but the demonization of the police and the idea that this is so widespread and epidemic is simply wrong.”

9/3/2020 President Trump Honors 75 Years Since WWII Victory During N.C. Visit by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks during an event to designate Wilmington as the first American World
War II Heritage City, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, in Wilmington, N.C. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    President Trump made a trip to the key battleground state of North Carolina on Wednesday to commemorate 75-years since the formal victory of the U.S. over Japan, which ended WWII.
    He delivered remarks in front of the historic Battleship North Carolina, which is located in Wilmington.    During his speech, the president officially granted Wilmington the honor of being the first American WWII heritage city.
    “With this designation we proudly declare that in America we don’t tear down the past, we celebrate our heroes,” President Trump stated.    “We cherish our heritage; we preserve our history and we build the future.”
    Wilmington was seen as a major contributor to U.S. war efforts during the second world war as it’s home to the North Carolina Shipbuilding Company, which constructed military ships during the war.
    While speaking to reporters before leaving the city, the president said the U.S. is quickly recovering from coronavirus and he is optimistic for the economic future of the country.
    “We’re rounding the turn…vaccines are happening, therapeutics are happening,” he stated.    “You look at the statistics, they’re really good…we’re going to have a phenomenal quarter.”
    The president warned if Biden becomes president, however, an economic up-turn may not occur.
    “And I say that with a caveat because Biden, if he knows what he’s doing…which I don’t think…Biden wants to raise your taxes by three and four times,” he explained.    “It’s crazy and that would kill what we’re doing, so we can’t let it happen.”
    President Trump also extended a helping hand to Portland, Oregon, which is still being slammed by left-wing violence.    He said he would do the same thing that was done in Kenosha, Wisconsin if local leaders asked for help.
    Meanwhile, current polls for North Carolina show President Trump narrowly beating former Vice President Joe Biden in the state.

9/3/2020 Kellyanne Conway: More ‘Undercover Trump Voters’ Will Turn Out At The Polls This Year Than In 2016 by OAN Newsroom
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway waits to tape her speech for the third day of the Republican National Convention
from the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    Former Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway stressed there will be “undercover Trump voters” who turn out on Election Day.
    During a Showtime interview released Wednesday, Conway said there will be a hidden group of President Trump’s supporters that will surprise pollsters predicting Joe Biden is ahead.    She noted this is what happened in 2016 when the president defeated Hillary Clinton.
    Conway further suggested even more people quietly supporting the president will come out to the polls this year since they have been afraid of expressing themselves.
    “I gotta tell you, as the person who coined the term ‘hidden undercover Trump voter’ in 2016, there are even more of them and they’re even more committed now,” she stated.    “They’re going to surprise you as to who they are this time because you see the polls…63 percent of Republicans or Trump supporters are afraid to even express themselves, but they express themselves at the ballot box.”
    Conway’s remarks came after recent polls showed Biden in the lead in various swing states, including Pennsylvania and North Carolina.
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9/3/2020 AG Barr: Mail-In Ballots Enable Fraud, Voter Coercion by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump, Attorney General William Barr and acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf arrive at Andrews
Air Force Base after a trip to Kenosha, Wis., Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    Attorney General William Barr vowed to prevent voter fraud related to mail-in ballots in a heated interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.
    During the exchange, Barr said the Department of Justice has reviewed hundreds of claims of fraud and coercion with mail-in ballots over the past 10 years.
    “The only time the narrative changed is after this administration came in, but elections that have been held with mail have found substantial fraud and coercion,” he explained.    “For example, we indicted someone in Texas…1,700 ballots collected from people who could vote, he made them out and voted for the person he wanted to.”
    Barr also compared mail-in voting to “playing with fire” by saying it may further erode public confidence in the federal government.

9/3/2020 Zuckerberg: Facebook Not Accepting New Political Ads During The Week Leading Up To The Election by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Feb. 15, 2020 file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks on the second
day of the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer, File)
    Facebook has plans to ban new political ads from the social media platform on the week leading up to the presidential election.    CEO Mark Zuckerberg made the announcement in a post on the site Thursday.
    He claimed the decision is to prevent last minute misinformation.    The plan also aims to flag premature claims to victory as Zuckerberg believes any delay in counting could result in increased unrest across the country.
    Moving forward, the company said it will begin taking down posts deemed as voter suppression immediately.
    “One of the things that we’re going to be doing is at the top of Facebook and Instagram, we’re going to be putting accurate information about how to vote by mail and how to do it accurately, but we’re also going to be acting on content that people try to put out there that says that it is fraudulent,” Zuckerberg explained during an interview.
    Facebook has been accused of liberal bias in removing conservative posts, which is an allegation Zuckerberg denies.

9/3/2020 NYC Schools To Resume In-Person Learning Outdoors by OAN Newsroom
Olivia Argivay, 4, left, joins her mother on her first day of school to participate in an outdoor learning
demonstration to display methods schools can use to continue on-site education during the coronavirus
pandemic, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
    New York City schools are preparing to reopen with outdoor learning.    So far, more than 300 schools have been approved to teach outside starting September 21.
    This comes after months of debate on how in-person learning might safely resume amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.    Many schools are using playgrounds and parks, while others are setting up in closed off streets.
    However, many educators and parents have raised concerns about the safety of outdoor learning amid the recent spike in crime.    Mayor Bill De Blasio said school principals can make the judgment call for safety.
    “Unquestionably if a principal does not feel good about safety for whatever reason, including consulting with the school safety team, they just don’t have to go forward,” he explained.    “If they want to use it, it’s there choice how and when.”
Pre-school teacher Mikki Laugier instructs students as they participate in an outdoor learning
demonstration to display methods schools can use to continue on-site education during the coronavirus pandemic,
Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, at P.S. 15 in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
    Holding classes outdoors presents a safer way to learn in open air, but students and teachers are still expected to wear face masks and social distance as much as possible. Meanwhile, remote learning is set to begin September 16.

9/3/2020 President Trump: Americans Should Ensure Mail-In Vote Is Counted by OAN Newsroom
With the USS Battleship North Carolina in the background, President Donald Trump
speaks on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, in Wilmington, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
    With just two months until Election Day, the president is ramping up his message to Americans to participate in democracy. Earlier this week, he suggested citizens should try to vote twice to test the functionality of the mail-in ballot system.
    During an interview, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany clarified the president is not encouraging anyone do anything unlawful.    She explained the president instead wants people to be confident their votes are tabulated amid the “whole new fraudulent system of mail-in voting.”
    This came after President Trump suggested Americans test the voting system by trying to cast their ballot in person if they first mailed in their presidential pick.
    “If it tabulates, it won’t be able to do that.    So let them send it in, let them go vote.    If their system is as good as they say it is, then obviously they won’t be able to vote.    If it isn’t tabulated, they’ll be able to vote.    That’s the way it is.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
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)
    On Twitter, the president reiterated Americans need to take precautions so their “vote counts.”    He urged voters to make sure their ballots are not “lost, thrown out or in any way destroyed.”


FILE – In this June 1, 2020, file photo a stack of table top voting booths are stored at the Allegheny County
Election Division’s warehouse on the Northside of Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
    In the meantime, critics have accused him of trying to encourage people to commit a felony.    Attorney General William Barr has said they’re missing the mark on the real danger America is facing.
    Barr stated it’s been widely acknowledged for years that mail-in voting heightens the potential for fraud and other grave risks.    This year, he claimed Democrats have flipped the narrative.
    He went on to discuss the significance of trust in election results amid a time of national debate and turmoil.
    “We’re a very closely divided country here.    People have to have confidence in the results of the election and the legitimacy of the government.    People trying to change the rules to this methodology, which as a matter of logic is open to fraud and conversion, is reckless and dangerous.    People are playing with fire.” – William Barr, U.S. Attorney General

9/3/2020 Barr On Sending Feds To Polling Booths: We’ve Done This Before by OAN Newsroom
In this Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020, photo Attorney General William Barr participates in a roll call with
police officers from the Kansas City Police Department in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Mike Balsamo)
    Attorney General William Barr has said sending federal law enforcement to polling locations on Election Day could be considered legal.    On Wednesday, he noted such a move could be warranted if there is “a particular criminal threat.”
    Last month, President Trump announced he is planning to send federal officers to polling locations to prevent voter fraud this November.
    However, acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf has since stated that is not within the Homeland Security Department’s jurisdiction.
    Despite this, Barr is pushing back.    According to him, the federal government has done this before.
FILE – In this Aug. 11, 2020 file photo, a woman enters the Allis Art Museum to vote
in the state’s primary election, in Milwaukee, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash File)
    “We’ve done so in the past to enforce civil rights, to make sure people were not being harassed and there was no suppression of vote against African Americans,” he stated.
    Both Barr and Wolf have said President Trump has not directly spoken with them about plans to send federal officers to polling stations.
    However, both the attorney general and the president have raised concerns about election fraud amid the influx of mass mail-in voting this year.

9/3/2020 Portland Police Assn. President: City Council Holding Police Back From Dealing With Violence by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Aug. 30, 2020, file photo, Portland police take control of the streets after making arrests on the
scene of the nightly protests, at a Portland police precinct in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Paula Bronstein, File)
    The president of Portland’s Police Association has called on city officials to allow police to do their jobs.    On Wednesday, Daryl Turner said the police could proactively stop a lot of violence if the City Council and police commissioner would step back.
    Turner previously claimed the city was set up for tragedy after $15 million was cut from the police budget.     He reiterated police don’t have the ability to step in and help.
    “Including our district attorney, who just came into office and already said there are certain violations and crimes that he will not prosecute related to the protests,” added Turner.
    He noted gun violence has surged in Portland, while 911 calls are going unanswered.

9/3/2020 Chinese Embassy Slams New U.S. Restrictions, Calls For Them To Be Revoked by OAN Newsroom
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference at the State
Department in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020. (Nicholas Kamm/Pool via AP)
    The Chinese Embassy in the U.S. has urged Washington to reconsider its latest restrictions on Chinese diplomats.    In a statement this week, Chinese officials said they firmly oppose the decision.
    They claimed the move is unjustified and goes against the established rules of diplomacy.
    Their remarks came shortly after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced senior Chinese officials in the U.S. must get approval before meeting with local government officials.
    He explained China has been imposing similar requirements on American officials for years.
    “For years, the Chinese Communist Party has imposed significant barriers on American diplomats working inside the PRC (People’s Republic of China),” stated Pompeo.    “Specifically, the Chinese Communist Party has implemented a system of opaque approval processes designed to prevent American diplomats from conducting regular business, attending events, securing meetings and connecting with the Chinese people.” – Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State
    According to the secretary, Chinese Embassy events larger than 50 people must also first be approved.

9/3/2020 Seattle’s 1st Black Police Chief: City Council’s Choice To Defund Dept. Put Me In Position To Fail by OAN Newsroom
Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best speaks during a news conference, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
    Seattle’s first Black police chief officially left her post on Wednesday after announcing her resignation last month.    Following her resignation, Carmen Best claimed the city council’s police budget cuts “put her in a position destined to fail.”
    Last month, the council approved a proposal to cut the budget by $4 million and cut as many as 100 officers.     Best, who had been on the force for 28 years, questioned the move.    She believed it would not provide for adequate public safety.
    “People are paying attention now.    They are laser focused on what is happening in public safety in this city.    They are rising up and trying to make sure to hold the City Council accountable for the decisions that they’re making.    The discussion, as you know, has increased and intensified.    It was really important.    There may be a possibility that they may not have to lay off as many people here.” – Carmen Best, former Police Chief of the Seattle Police Department
    Police officers lined the streets to bid her farewell. She will be replaced by Deputy Chief Adrian Diaz, who will serve as interim police chief.

9/3/2020 Pence Urges President Trump’s Reelection At N.C. Pro-Life Event by OAN Newsroom
Vice President Mike Pence speaks at a campaign event on the grounds of Kuharchik
Construction, Inc., Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, in Exeter, Pa. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
    Vice President Mike Pence delivered a strong pro-life message to a cheering audience in North Carolina ahead of early voting in that state.    The “Life Wins 2020” event took place at a church in Raleigh on Thursday.
    “The Susan B. Anthony List is the most effective advocate for the right to life in the USA,” he stated.
    Pence called on citizens to vote for pro-life candidates and officials this November.    He believes a strong Republican vote in November can reverse the damage done by far-left politics.
    “Come November 3rd, we’re going to reelect President Donald Trump for four more years.    We’re going to reelect principle men and women that are gathered with us here today.    When we say life is winning in America, it’s given expression in a variety of ways.    Certainly, in the White House, but in the Congress of the United States.” – Mike Pence, Vice President of the United States
    According to him, the U.S. needs more conservative justices on the Supreme Court.    He has suggested President Trump’s reelection is necessary to complete this judicial reform.

9/3/2020 White House Refutes Claims Of ‘Political Pressure’ To Get COVID Vaccine by OAN Newsroom
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany speaks during a press briefing at
the White House, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    The White House has refuted Democrat claims that President Trump is pushing to get a COVID vaccine in order to boost his reelection chances.    On Thursday, Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany stated such accusations are false and emphasized the development of COVID vaccine is free of any political motives.
    “No one has pressured the FDA to do anything,” she said.    “This is, again, a bizarre theory spun by CNN, among others.”
    Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) recently made this claim in an attempt to discredit what some Democrats have called “the Trump vaccine.”
    McEnany reiterated the FDA itself has proven Schumer wrong.
    “You had Dr. Hahn who said this: ‘I can assure you 100% that the president has never pressured me to make a decision regarding any regulatory aspect of the FDA’s work.’    He said that just a few months ago, it is absolutely the case.    You had Secretary Azar saying this morning about the vaccine whether it’s October 15th, November 1st or November 15th, this is all about saving lives.” – Kayleigh McEnany, White House Press Secretary
    She added even Dr. Anthony Fauci has admitted there is no political motive behind the accelerated effort of battling COVID-19.
FILE – In this July 27, 2020, file photo, Nurse Kathe Olmstead, right, gives volunteer Melissa Harting,
of Harpersville, N.Y., an injection as a study of a possible COVID-19 vaccine, developed by the National Institutes
of Health and Moderna Inc., gets underway in Binghamton, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)
    This came after the CDC urged governors to prepare for widespread vaccine distribution by November 1st.    In a letter released Wednesday, Director Robert Redfield announced the center had reached a deal with McKesson Corp to distribute a potential vaccine.
    According to Redfield, the effort will be a massive undertaking.    He has called on governors to help expedite the drug’s release efficiently.
    The CDC director also requested states waive requirements preventing distribution centers from being fully operational by fall.
    Hospitals have also been asked to prepare for distribution as soon as possible.

9/3/2020 15K L.A. Employees To Be Furloughed Starting In October by OAN Newsroom
This photo from streaming video provided by the Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti shows Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti giving his annual State of
the City speech in an otherwise empty City Hall council chamber Sunday, April 19, 2020. (Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti via AP)
    Thousands of city workers in Los Angeles, California are preparing to be furloughed as the city copes with the cost of COVID-19.    The Los Angeles City Council declared a fiscal emergency on Wednesday, which will effectively furlough 15,000 employees.
    The tourist hub’s revenue has seen a dramatic decline since the onset of the pandemic due to business closures and a crash in tourism.
    The furlough will require employees to take 18 days off without pay.    The city’s mayor has said the cut will also directly affect him.
    “So the furloughs apply to us as elected officials and to all civilian employees, including those who work in our office.    I donated two months of salary earlier this year during the pandemic, so about a sixth of my net income.    But I absolutely believe we have to lead by example, and we can’t ask more from folks then we’re willing to do ourselves.” – Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles
    Beyond the furloughs, more than 1,200 employees will receive a $80,000 incentive as part of an early retirement buyout program.
    Police officers and fire fighters will not be affected by the cuts.    The furlough is scheduled to begin October 11th.
[California is going to hell in a handbasket and they do not even realize it is being led like lemmings to it.].

9/3/2020 President Trump Points Out Double Standard In Biden’s Criticism Of White House COVID Response by OAN Newsroom
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, speaks in
Wilmington, Del., Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, about school reopenings. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
    President Trump slammed Joe Biden after the Democrat presidential nominee criticized the White House’s coronavirus response.    On Twitter, the president said “sleepy Joe hiden’ was acknowledged by his own people to have done a terrible job on a much easier situation, H1N1 swine flu.”
    He noted the previous administration “failed badly on this.”    The president went on to say how Biden now “sits back in his basement and criticizes every move we make on the China virus.”
    He then shared an interview with a nurse, who claimed President Trump’s response to the pandemic has been his “greatest achievement.”
    “He was the one who closed off all travel at the beginning of February.    Do you guys remember what happened in February?    There were no other elected officials that were even thinking about COVID, because they were doing their impeachment.” – Michele Morrow, North Carolina nurse
    The nurse also pointed out that Biden was the vice president for eight years and failed to prepare for a pandemic during that time.

9/4/2020 Oil down $0.27 to $41.31, DOW down 808 to 28,293 as some are taking profits.

[WELL THE STUPIDITY IS CONTINUING IN THE DEMOCRATIC CONTROLLED CITY OF LOUISVILLE IS REMOVING A STATUE OF THE INDIVIDUAL THE CITY WAS NAMED AFTER AND THIS REMINDS ME OF A MOVIE I HAVE SEEN BEFORE. WHAT WAS IT? YES IT WAS CALLED “THE PLANET OF APES”.].
9/4/2020 Louisville removes statue of King Louis XVI from downtown - 1700s French monarch is namesake of the city by Lucas Aulbach, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    The downtown Louisville statue of King Louis XVI, the French king whom Louisville’s founders named the city after, has been removed.
    Crews started to take the statue down around 7 a.m. Thursday, Mayor Greg Fischer announced in a statement.    The statue will be placed in a city storage facility, he added, and a conservation assessment will take place before any future plans are determined.
    The statue had been hit with graffiti in recent months as protests continue at Jefferson Square Park at the corner of Sixth and Jefferson streets, where the 9ton marble monument stood.
    One of its hands was pulled off on the first night of the protests in May and it had been hit with spray paint in following weeks and months.
    Three people were charged with criminal mischief in June after police said they were caught spray-painting it.
    “Given the statue’s damaged condition, officials are concerned about further destruction, causing potential injury to people in the area,” Fischer’s announcement said.
    The monument to the last king of France, who was executed by guillotine in 1793 amid the French Revolution, was put up in Louisville in 1967.    It was a gift from Montpellier, a southern French sister city to Louisville, as a symbol of friendship.
    The statue once briefly stood in Montpellier but was taken down in 1829.
    It was put in storage until 1899, when it was moved to a museum in the city, and then was given to Louisville decades later, arriving in the city on Christmas Day in 1966.    It was put up the following July.
    Louisville was named after King Louis XVI due to the monarch’s support for the colonies during the American Revolution.
    The city was named Louisville in 1789, four years before the king’s death.
    Several notable Louisville figures spoke out about the move, with some wondering whether Louis de Bourbon, a living heir of the king who had voiced his displeasure with the vandalism of the statue in May, would weigh in again (he didn’t).
    Jecorey Arthur, who was elected to the Louisville Metro Council in June, wrote on Instagram that he would not support spending city money to fix or reinstall the statue once he’s in office.
    Metro Councilman Anthony Piagentini, meanwhile, wrote on Twitter that while he supports the decision to bring the statue down in the interim while it’s cleaned, it “needs to go right back in its place of honor” at some point.
    Louisville’s monuments have found a way to stay in the news in recent years.
    A Confederate statue on University of Louisville’s campus was removed in 2016 and put back up in Brandenburg, about an hour west of the city.
    A monument recognizing George D. Prentice, the anti-immigrant and anti-Catholic founder of the Louisville Journal, was taken from the downtown library property in 2018, and a statue in the Highlands of John B. Castleman, a Confederate figure who helped found Louisville’s parks system, was removed this summer after being vandalized several times over the past few years.
    Lucas Aulbach can be reached at laulbach@courier-journal.com, 502-582-4649 or on Twitter @LucasAul bach.    Support strong local journalism and subscribe: courier-journal.com/lu casa.
The statue of King Louis XVI is driven away from the front of Metro Hall on Thursday after being vandalized during recent
protests in Louisville. The statue will be placed in a storage facility, the mayor said. PHOTOS BY PAT MCDONOGH/COURIER JOURNAL
Louis XVI is the namesake of the city of Louisville, which got its name in 1789, four years before
the king’s death. He was executed by guillotine in 1793 amid the French Revolution.
What's next are they going to rename Louisville to Losersville and continue to monkey around?

9/4/2020 Man from ‘violent mob’ that ‘attacked’ Rand Paul arrested by Emma Austin, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    A Florida man has been charged with assault after he was arrested “in the vicinity” of U.S. Sen. Rand Paul following the Republican     National Convention last week.    Brennen Sermon, 27, of Orlando, Florida, was arrested by D.C. police on the night of Aug. 28, when Paul said he was “attacked by an angry mob.”
    Sermon was charged with one count of assault on a law enforcement officer, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.
    An initial police report said an officer was holding a police line about 12:30 a.m. Aug. 28 when Sermon kicked his bicycle and fled, the U.S. Attorney’s Office stated.    “The officers pursued, and the defendant punched the officer in the left side of his face,” the office said in a news release.
    The officer’s face was cut and swelled above his left eye, and he had to get stitches at the hospital, according to the release.
    However, body camera footage showed that the person who kicked the bicycle and the person who punched the officer were wearing different colored shirts, so Sermon is only facing charges over the punching allegation.
    “One of the brave DC cops who likely saved Kelley and me was assaulted by one of the violent mob,” Paul wrote in a tweet Wednesday.    “The attacker was arrested and charged with assault, then released. (If you’re looking for him, maybe try Kenosha)”    If convicted, Sermon faces a maximum of 180 days in prison for each count and a fine of up to $1,000.
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9/4/2020 Widespread COVID Vaccinations Not Expected Until Mid-2021, WHO Says
    GENEVA (Reuters) – A World Health Organization spokeswoman said on Friday it does not expect widespread vaccinations against COVID-19 until the middle of next year, stressing the importance of rigorous checks on their effectiveness and safety.
    “We are not expecting to see widespread vaccination until the middle of next year,” spokeswoman Margaret Harris told journalists at a briefing in Geneva.
    “This phase 3 must take longer because we need to see how truly protective the vaccine is and we also need to see how safe it is,” she added referring to vaccine clinical trials.
(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay and Emma Farge)

9/4/2020 Mexico Records 5,937 New Coronavirus Cases, 513 More Deaths
FILE PHOTO: A healthcare worker wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) instructs a woman before taking a sample for the coronavirus
disease (COVID-19) test at the Lazaro Cardenas Park in Mexico City, Mexico September 1, 2020. REUTERS/Henry Romero/File Photo
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s health ministry on Thursday reported 5,937 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infections and 513 additional fatalities, bringing the total in the country to 616,894 cases and 66,329 deaths.
    The government has said the real number of infected people is likely significantly higher than the confirmed cases.
(Reporting by Diego Ore; Writing by Drazen Jorgic; Editing by Sandra Maler)

9/4/2020 Report: Suspect In Fatal Portland Shooting Killed During Encounter With Law Enforcement by OAN Newsroom
A Thurston County Sheriff’s Deputy wears a mask as he stands near crime scene tape, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, in Lacey, Wash.
at the scene where Michael Reinoehl was killed Thursday night as investigators moved in to arrest him. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
    A man wanted in the death of a conservative protester has been killed following a shootout with police.    According to reports, 48-year-old Michael Reinoehl who described himself as 100-percent Antifa was fatally shot by authorities Thursday evening about six-miles outside Olympia, Washington.
    Portland police had issued a warrant for Reinoehl’s arrest in connection with the shooting death of 39-year-old Aaron Danielson during a demonstration in Portland on August 29.
    Officers working with U.S. Marshals had reportedly been surveilling the area when they saw him exit an apartment to walk to a car.    A spokesman for the sheriff’s department said they attempted to take him into custody when shots were fired.
    “There was a confrontation between the officers that were on scene and the subject.    The information we have at this time is that the subject was armed.    There was shots that were fired into the vehicle and the subject fled from the vehicle, at which time there was additional shots that were fired.” — Lt. Ray Brady, Thurston County Sheriff’s Office
    Witnesses said they saw Reinoehl get out of the car and fire on officers with what looked like a rifle.    They said around 40 to 50 shots were fired.    Authorities fired back, in turn, hitting him.    The suspect died at the scene while no officers were injured in the incident.
A Black Lives Matter demonstrator passes writing referencing Michael Reinoehl in Portland, Ore., on Thursday,
Sept. 3, 2020. Reinoehl, suspected of fatally shooting a supporter of a right-wing group, was killed earlier in the
day as investigators moved in to arrest him, according to a senior Justice Department official. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
    Reinoehl’s death came after he appeared to admit to the Danielson shooting in an interview with Vice News, which aired the same day of the shootout.    He allegedly confronted Danielson on August 29 with reports suggesting Danielson sprayed a cloud of mace at Reinoehl along with a group of people as they approached.
    Reinoehl reportedly fired two shots at Danielson, which killed him. In the interview, Reinoehl said attorneys advised he not say anything about the shooting, but said he acted in self-defense and was “totally justified” in his actions.
    “What I will say is that I felt that my life and other people around me lives were in danger,” he stated.    “And I felt that I had no choice, but to do what I did.”
    According got reports, Reinoehl had a history of trouble with the law, including a drunk driving arrest in June.    When he failed to appear for his arraignment, he was fined nearly $1,900, which he never paid.
    Reinoehl was arrested again in July for resisting arrest and possession of a loaded firearm in a public place, but was set free despite the prior failure to pay the fine.

9/4/2020 Press Secy. McEnany Says President Will Hold States Accountable For Anarchist Violence On Streets by OAN Newsroom
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany speaks during a press briefing at
the White House, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany recently addressed President Trump’s calls to defund Democrat cities facing violent protests.
    During a press conference Thursday, McEnany told reporters the move is meant to protect the life, liberty and property of people as well as businesses attacked by rioters.    She said the order is meant to push states to act in their full capacity to stamp out anarchist violence.
    The press secretary pointed to cities such as New York City, Seattle and Portland where increased violence has been on the rise in recent weeks.    As cited by McEnany, New York has seen a 177-percent increase in shootings while approximately 140 officers were injured during unrest in Portland.
    This is a dereliction of duty and if the states will not act in their police power and secure their streets, this president will use every lawful mechanism to him to try to supplement their failures,” she stated.
    The memo calls for Attorney General William Barr to make a list of what are considered “anarchist jurisdictions.”    Cities on the list will be less likely to receive full federal grants.        President Trump said he’s looking to cut federal funding to cities that have allowed a loss of law and order.
    The memo, released Thursday, noted federal agencies have 14 days to detail all federal funds to these cities, which includes New York City, Seattle, Portland, and Washington, D.C.    It also directed White House Budget Director Russ Vought to issue guidance in 30 days on restricting the eligibility to the maximum extent permitted by law.

9/4/2020 President Trump: ‘Operation Warp Speed’ Is Making Huge Progress by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, in Latrobe, Pa. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    President Trump recently voiced his optimism over the possibility of a coronavirus vaccine coming very soon.
    During his campaign speech in Pennsylvania on Thursday, he gave an update on ‘Operation Warp Speed‘ and the administration’s work with pharmaceutical company Pfizer.
    The president emphasized the importance and safety of the American people, while denying the timing of the vaccine had anything to do with the election.
    President Trump said the operation continues to remain on track with no major setbacks and will possibly provide the U.S. with an exciting update in the following weeks.
    “Under ‘Operation Warp Speed,’ we remain on track to produce a safe and effective vaccine in that record time that we talked about…this would have been years later,” he stated.    “It will be delivered before, in my opinion, before the end of the year, but it really might even be delivered before the end of October.”
    President Trump also noted that Pfizer will be announcing it’s vaccine trial results in the coming weeks.

9/4/2020 VP Pence: Trump Admin. Will Continue To Stand On The Side Of Law And Order by OAN Newsroom
Vice President Mike Pence speaks before a crowd of law enforcement officers where he received the endorsement the Southern
States Police Benevolent Association in Raleigh, N.C. Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020. (Travis Long/The News & Observer via AP)
    The vice president promised to stand on the side of law and order while pledging the Trump administration’s continued support for law enforcement in their mission to keep all Americans safe.
    That was the main message of Mike Pence’s speech Thursday in Cary, North Carolina during which the vice president accepted the official endorsement of President Trump’s campaign by the Southern States Police Benevolent Association.
    “I want to thank you all for being here, I especially want to thank the “Cops For Trump” that are with us here today,” he stated.
    “I’m here for one reason and one reason only, and that is that North Carolina and America need four more years of President Trump in the White House.”
    Pence had harsh words for the Democrat nominee as he spotlighted what he characterized as Joe Biden’s mixed message on the subject of violence currently gripping the nation.    According to the vice president, Biden has claimed to condemn violence of all forms and then failed to take a resolute stand against those inflicting the violence.
    Pence also noted that Biden even stood by as his running mate Kamala Harris raised money to help bail out instigators of riots and looting.    He contrasted to the Trump administration’s stand, which he said is firmly on the side of orderly legal protests, but will always stand against inflicting harm on innocent people and their property.
    “And like all of you in this freedom-loving state, President Trump and I will always stand for the right of all Americans to peaceful protest, but rioting and looting is not peaceful protest,” he stated.    “Burning businesses is not free speech, harming innocent civilians and law enforcement is not how Americans express sentiment.”
    The vice president stated four more years of President Trump’s leadership would see the administration continue to crack down on criminal acts and the prosecution of those that perpetrate them.
    “Too many heroes have died defending our freedom for us to allow Americans to strike down each other in our streets,” said Pence.    “We will have law and order in every city in this nation, and we will restore law and order for every American of every race and creed and color, so help us God.”

9/4/2020 Protesters In Hair Curlers Gather Outside Pelosi’s House by OAN Newsroom
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pulls back her hair while speaking about her visit to a hair salon during a news conference
at the Mission Education Center Elementary School, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
    Protesters rallied at the home of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, following backlash over her recent visit to a San Francisco hair salon.    On Thursday, more than a dozen women showed up outside Pelosi’s Pacific Heights mansion wearing smocks and hair curlers.
    According to reports, the crowd made noise for more than 30-minutes and hung hair-dryers from a nearby tree.    This came in protest of the video of an unmasked Pelosi walking through a salon with wet hair.
    White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany recently slammed Pelosi for the incident.     “Apparently the rules do not apply to Speaker Nancy Pelosi…she wants small businesses to stay shutdown, but only reopen for her convenience,” stated the secretary.    “Do as I say not as I do, says Nancy Pelosi.”
    Pelosi has not yet responded to McEnany’s comments.    The House speaker has also been criticized for claiming she was the victim of a politically motivated set-up after shifting blame to the salon.

9/4/2020 White House Hosts Event To Observe National Recovery Month by OAN Newsroom
First lady Melania Trump speaks during a roundtable discussion about “Recovery at Work: Celebrating
Connections
,” in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    First Lady Melania Trump hosted a roundtable discussion on maintaining sobriety in the workplace to acknowledge National Recovery Month.    The event, which was held at the White House on Thursday, was sponsored by the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
    Several speakers took the stage to share stories of overcoming their struggle with substance abuse.    Among them was National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow who recently celebrated his 25th year of sobriety.
    “It’s not easy, but you can get sober and you can stay sober and you can lead a productive life,” he assured.    “And most importantly, hopefully like myself, we can learn to help other people get sober and stay sober so they can be productive and contribute to society and to life.”
White House chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow speaks during a roundtable discussion about “Recovery at Work: Celebrating
Connections,” in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    The First Lady added that she and the president will remain committed to making sure no man or woman is ever “left behind or forgotten.”

9/4/2020 Sen. Cotton Slams Ark. Protesters Who Defaced Police Memorial by OAN Newsroom
    Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton (R) has condemned the vandalism of a police memorial in Little Rock.    On Thursday, the Republican lawmaker said the people responsible for defacing the Little Rock Police Memorial for Fallen Officers will be held accountable.
    On Wednesday, vandals wrote various slogans such as “defund the police” on the memorial and Breonna Taylor’s name on the ground in front of it.
    Little Rock Police Chief Keith Humphrey said that instead of vandalizing memorials, citizens should be having open dialogue about their problems with law enforcement.
    “Why not try to build, bridge the gap?    Why not sit down and talk about how we can make things better?    You want to talk about reform, that’s part of reforming,” said Chief.Humphrey.    “I think you would be very surprised if you understood What the Little Rock Police Department is doing in our efforts to bridge the gap and become more involved in the community.”
    Meanwhile, police in the state have experienced an up-tick in attacks against them amid nationwide protests over police brutality.

9/4/2020 President Trump To Award Medal Of Honor To Army Ranger On 9/11 by OAN Newsroom
In this image from video provided by the U.S. Army, then-Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Payne is interviewed as a winner of the 2012
Best Ranger competition at Fort Benning, Ga., on April 16, 2012. Payne will receive the Medal of Honor, the U.S. military’s
highest honor for valor in combat, for actions during a daring 2015 raid in Iraq. (Lori Egan/U.S., Army via AP)
    President Trump is expected to bestow the nation’s highest military honor to a soldier on the day marking 19 years since the September 11th terror attacks.
    U.S. Army Ranger Sgt. Major Thomas Payne will receive the prestigious Medal of Honor during a ceremony at the White House next week.    Payne reportedly risked his life to rescue more than 70 hostages held by ISIS in Iraq back in 2015.
    Prior to his upcoming award, Payne had already received the “distinguished service cross” and won the ‘Best Ranger’ competition in 2012.
    The South Carolina native is said to have joined the Army out of a sense of patriotism and duty to serve his country after 9/11.

9/4/2020 WHO’s Tedros Says ‘Vaccine Nationalism’ Would Prolong Pandemic by Stephanie Nebehay and Emma Farge
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) – WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday that “vaccine nationalism” would only slow the effort to quash the pandemic and called for vaccines to be used fairly and effectively.
    Tedros said 78 high-income countries had now joined the “COVAX” global vaccine allocation plan, bringing the total to 170 countries, and the “number is growing.”    He urged others to join by the Sept. 18 deadline for binding commitments.
    Joining the plan guaranteed those countries access to the world’s largest portfolio of vaccines, with nine candidates currently in the pipeline, he said, adding that a further four were “promising.”
    The WHO and the GAVI vaccine alliance are leading the COVAX facility, aimed at helping buy and distribute vaccination shots fairly around the world.
    But some countries that have secured their own supplies through bilateral deals, including the United States, have said they will not join COVAX.
    “Vaccine nationalism will prolong the pandemic, not shorten it,” Tedros told a WHO briefing in Geneva, without mentioning any specific countries.
    “If and when we have an effective vaccine, we must also use it effectively … In other words, the first priority must be to vaccinate some people in all countries, rather than all people in some countries,” he said, adding that priority should be given to healthcare workers, the elderly and those with underlying conditions.
    Tedros thanked Germany, Japan, Norway and the European Commission for joining COVAX during the last week.
    “Certainly by the middle of 2021 we should start to see some vaccines actually moving into countries and populations,” said WHO chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan, reiterating earlier comments.
    Noting that there were 13 experimental vaccines currently in clinical trails, Swaminathan called it an “optimistic scenario” since the typical success rate of 10% could mean several vaccines are approved.
    But Swaminathan said that no vaccine should be approved for a worldwide rollout until it had undergone sufficient scrutiny.
    “No vaccine is going to be mass-deployed until regulators are confident, governments are confident, and the WHO is confident it has met the minimum standard of safety and efficacy,” she said.
    Results were expected from some of the candidates already in phase 3 trials, each involving thousands of participants, by the end of the year or early 2021, Swaminathan said.
    “We are not going to have enough for the whole world right at the beginning,” she said adding that scaling up of manufacturing would take time.
    “Eventually there will be enough for everyone but it will mean prioritisation,” she said.
(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay and Emma Farge; Editing by Alison Williams and Giles Elgood)
[TEDROS GO ASK YOUR CHINESE BUDDIES TO GIVE YOU A NATIONAL VACCINE SINCE THEY CAUSED THIS PROBLEM.].

9/4/2020 White House Helps Broker Peace Deal Between Serbia, Kosovo by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump participates in a signing ceremony with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, left, and Kosovar Prime
Minister Avdullah Hoti, in the Oval Office of the White House, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    The Trump administration has successfully brokered another historic peace deal.    On Friday, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovar Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti signed an agreement at the White House, which will establish their new economic relations.
    President Trump also signed the document as a witness.    Staff members like Robert O’Brien, Jared Kushner and former acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell stood present.
    “Another day everyone thought would be impossible!    Congratulations to Aleksandar Vucic of Serbia and Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti of Kosovo on committing to economic normalization.    This is a major step forward to bringing prosperity and peace to the Balkans and the world.    I am proud to have assisted these leaders.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
    Grenell, who has served as the special envoy for Serbia and Kosovo, has said this deal will put an end to decades of fighting. He has called the conflict a nightmare.
    Serbia and Kosovo have been in an ongoing conflict since the breakup of Yugoslavia in 1989.    The conflict even prompted Operation Allied Forces in 1999.    The U.S. and NATO launched a bombing campaign on strategic positions in Serbia to end their president’s ethnic cleansing in Kosovo.
Adviser to the President on Serbia-Kosovo Richard Grenell speaks as National security adviser Robert C. O’Brien
listens during a news conference at the White House, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    During a press briefing following the signing, Grenell discussed how President Trump has challenged the idea of using political dialogue in negotiating. He instead suggested negotiations begin with the discussion of economics.
    “If we would have done the typical political thing, listened to all the really smart people at NGO’s and think tanks here in Washington, D.C., we would not have this agreement,” he added.
    Kosovo, a near 96% Muslim state, also announced it will establish relations with the Jewish state of Israel.    Officials are planning to begin this process by placing an embassy in Jerusalem.
    Serbia, which has a majority Serbian orthodox Christian population, will also move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
    This announcement came just weeks after the White House announced the normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.    These recent peace deals are part of the U.S. push to improve the relationships between Israel and Muslim states around the world.

9/4/2020 O’Brien: Serbia, Kosovo Peace Deal Couldn’t Happen Without President Trump by OAN Newsroom
National security adviser Robert C. O’Brien speaks during a news conference at the
White House, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    Top Trump administration officials recently touted their efforts to negotiate peace between Kosovo and Serbia.
    On Friday, National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien, who is a special presidential envoy for the two regions, held a press conference to commemorate the historic peace deal brokered by President Trump.
    The two countries have been at odds since the early 1990s after Kosovo declared independence from Serbia.    Serbia has been under fire over the years for alleged ethnic cleansing policies towards Kosovo’s Muslim Albanians.
    “Things could only happen under a Trump administration and under the president’s leadership.    A peace through strength, foreign policy and national security policy.    He put the pieces in place, and now we’re reaping the peace dividend.    It’s happened to the Balkans, it’s happened in the Middle East and we have more to come.” – Robert O’Brien, U.S. National Security Adviser
    Other than bringing the two countries together, the deal seeks to normalize relationships between Kosovo, Serbia and Israel.    The Serbian government has vowed to move their embassy to Jerusalem.

9/4/2020 President Trump: Vaccines Will Be Announced ‘Very Soon’ by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks during a signing ceremony with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovar Prime Minister
Avdullah Hoti, in the Oval Office of the White House, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    President Trump has said he believes companies will be announcing coronavirus vaccines “very soon.”
    On Friday, the president expressed there will be exciting news to come in the near future, as the U.S. is “rounding the curve” on vaccine development.
    He suggested there’s been a lot of progress made by companies Pfizer, Johnson and Johnson, and Moderna.    According to him, there’s also been advancement developing COVID therapeutics.
    “We have tremendous talent, tremendous scientists, and they are really right there.    I think you’re going to hear some very good news.    Also to me, maybe even better I think when it comes to therapeutics, you’re going to have some incredible news coming out very soon.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
    The president also announced he is expecting “tremendous” economic growth “in the very near future” as companies come closer to announcing a vaccine.

9/4/2020 2 Officers Injured, 8 Rioters Arrested In Rochester Protests by OAN Newsroom
Demonstrators cover from chemical irritants released by police in front of the Public Safety Building in Rochester, N.Y.,
Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020. Seven police officers involved in the suffocation death of Daniel Prude in Rochester were suspended
Thursday by the city’s mayor, who said she was misled for months about the circumstances of the fatal encounter. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)
    Two officers were injured and eight demonstrators were arrested during a night of riots in Rochester, New York.    Hundreds of protesters took to the streets Thursday night, marking the second night of demonstrations in the city.
    The unrest came in response to the recent release of police body cam footage, which showed the arrest of 41-year-old Daniel Prude from earlier this year.
    Prude died seven days after being taken into police custody.    His death was ruled a homicide.
    On Thursday, Mayor Lovely Warren announced the suspension of the seven officers involved in his arrest.
Demonstrators march to the Public Safety Building in Rochester, N.Y., Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)
    “Now, I am taking action to address these challenges and build upon our city’s work to address racism in all of its forms,” she stated.    “Doing this work has been at the heart of my service as mayor of this city.”
    During Thursday night’s demonstrations, rioters threw debris and bottles at officers.    The two officers who were injured were sent to the hospital.
    Those who were arrested are facing charges ranging from disorderly conduct to harassment.

9/4/2020 Cleveland Police Officer Shot And Killed, 3 Suspects Arrested by OAN Newsroom
Screengrab via ABC News 5 Cleveland.
    Police in Ohio have arrested several suspects in connection with the fatal shooting of a Cleveland police officer.    Three people were taken into custody on Friday, but no further details were given.
    53-year-old detective James Skernivitz was shot and killed in the city’s West Side on Thursday night.    The officer was reportedly riding in a patrol car when he was shot at several times. The car was forced off the road and crashed.
    Dozens of officers descended on the scene.    Skernivitz was taken to the hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.
    According to police, Skernivitz was one of the force’s best and has served for 25 years.
Screengrab via ABC News 5 Cleveland.
    “We definitely need the prayers of the people in this city,” stated Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams.    “This officer was out doing what all police officer do, trying to protect the people of this city, and he gave his life.”
    A 50-year-old man, who was not a suspect, reportedly died on the scene.    No other information was given about the victim.
    In the meantime, Governor Mike DeWine has ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff.

9/4/2020 Facebook Removes Pages Of Right-Wing Group Patriot Prayer After Portland Unrest by Andrew Hay and Katie Paul
FILE PHOTO: Joey Gibson, leader of the right wing Patriot Prayer group, arrives at the scene of a shooting amid weekend street clashes between supporters
of President Donald Trump and counter-demonstrators in Portland, Oregon, U.S. August 29, 2020. Mathieu Lewis-Rolland/Handout via REUTERS
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc on Friday removed the pages of U.S. right-wing group Patriot Prayer and its founder Joey Gibson, a company spokesman told Reuters.
    Patriot Prayer has hosted dozens of pro-gun, pro-Trump rallies.    Attendees have repeatedly clashed with left-wing groups around Portland, Oregon, where one group supporter was killed this week.
    The victim, 39-year-old Aaron Danielson, was walking home on Saturday night after a pro-Trump demonstration in the city when he was shot.
    Facebook took down the pages as part of efforts to remove “violent social militias” from its social networks, spokesman Andy Stone said.
    The company updated its policies last month to ban groups that demonstrate significant risks to public safety.
    Its dangerous organizations policy now includes groups that celebrate violent acts or suggest they will use weapons, even if they are not directly organizing violence.
    In a statement posted on Patriot Prayer’s website, Gibson accused Facebook of a double standard.
    “Antifa groups murdered my friend while he was walking home, and instead of the multibillion dollar company banning Portland Antifa pages they ban Patriot Prayer, Joey Gibson and several other grandmas that are admins,” he wrote.
    Antifa is a largely unstructured, far-left movement whose followers broadly aim to confront those they view as authoritarian or racist.
    Gibson espouses non-violence but is accused by anti-fascist groups of provoking confrontations.
    After the shooting of Danielson he cautioned supporters not to seek revenge, but rather “push back politically, spiritually.”
    As of earlier this week, the Patriot Prayer page had nearly 45,000 followers on Facebook. It was created in 2017.
    Facebook last week removed content associated with the Kenosha Guard, a group which had posted a “call to arms” in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
    The company acted the day after two people were shot and killed at protests in the city, which broke out in response to the police shooting of a Black man earlier that week.
    Users had flagged the material to Facebook 455 times but were told initially it did not violate the company’s policies, BuzzFeed reported https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/ryanmac/facebook-failed-kenosha.
(Reporting by Katie Paul and Andrew Hay; Editing by Sandra Maler and Rosalba O’Brien)
[I am still using good old email and have stayed away from Facebook, Twitter, etc. since no one can tell me what I can write or say because there is only one God in Heaven that will judge my comments and theirs in the end.].

9/5/2020 Oil down $1.72 to $39.56, DOW down 159 to 28,133.

9/5/2020 COVID-19 PANDEMIC - Kentucky reports 809 new cases, 11 deaths by Deborah Yetter, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Kentucky reported 809 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing to the total number of cases since early March to 51,677.
    Another 11 deaths were reported Friday, bringing the total deaths in Kentucky linked to the coronavirus to 987.
    On Thursday, Kentucky reported 906 new cases, pushing the state past more than 50,000 in the first six months since the first case of COVID-19 was diagnosed in the state.
    For the past four days, the state has reported more than 800 cases a day, prompting officials to caution Kentuckians that the highly contagious virus continues to spread statewide.
    Gov. Andy Beshear on Friday extended his order for another 30 days for most people to wear face coverings in public, as he previously said he would.    Beshear has expressed confidence it is helping slow the spread of the virus.
    He urged people to exercise precautions including wearing masks in public and avoiding crowds over the Labor Day weekend.
    “I know how much we all want to see our families and friends for this holiday, but for one year, we need to prioritize making sure every person we care about is around to celebrate with us next year,” Beshear said.    “We have already lost so many Kentuckians, and I don’t want that loss to be even greater.    It will be if we have a spike in cases.”
    Though the numbers of new cases remain high, Beshear has noted that the rate of positive tests has remained below 5% for the past 10 days.    Public health officials consider a rate above 5% to be a sign the virus is spreading too fast in a community.
    Friday’s rate of positive cases was 4.7%.
    However, in Louisville the rate of positive tests has been much higher.    Friday it was 10%, and health officials have been warning of a “wildfire” of cases spreading fast in the community.
    Louisville has had a total of 12,847 confirmed cases since early March and at least 292 deaths.    While weekly death totals have declined, Dr. Sarah Moyer, the city’s health department director, said Wednesday that new numbers show the virus has been spreading consistently, and at higher rates, since mid-July in Jefferson County.
    Among the positive cases statewide Friday were 98 individuals 18 or younger, with the youngest a 2-month-old in Jefferson County, Beshear said.
    Deaths reported Friday were:
A 61-year-old man from Barren County
An 88-year-old woman from Carroll County
An 82-year-old man from Clinton County
An 82-year-old woman from Hardin County
Two men, ages 72 and 77, from Jefferson County
A 77-year-old woman from Kenton County
A 67-year-old woman from Marion County
A 75-year-old man from Owsley County
A 79-year-old woman from Rockcastle County
A 64-year-old woman from Warren County
    Health officials warned everyone to take steps to avoid the virus, especially in light of the Labor Day weekend and events centered on Saturday’s Kentucky Derby.    Kentuckians are reminded to wear facial masks in public, avoid large gatherings and wash hands often.
    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.
[The values not reported in Kentucky are 11 deaths all above 61 years old / 809 cases = 0.014% which is really low, and the total 987 Kentucky deaths / 51,677 cases = 0.019% is for months and as recently there in Losersville (formerly Louisville) it is 292 deaths / 12,847 cases = 0.023% where all the rioting and statue destruction is happening so why are Gov Beshear is not stopping them since they are the problem in this state and the only place we need to wear mask is inside buildings outside if not in tight crowds like demonstrations.].

[THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE EXPLAINS WHY A GENERATION HAS BEEN INDOCRINATED BY SCHOOLS AND BUSINESSES TO TRY TO DESTROY AMERICA AND IT IS THE NEW CRISIS THAT HAS TO BE STOPPED.].
9/5/2020 President Trump Directs Federal Agencies To Ban ‘Critical Race Theory’ Trainings by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump listens during a signing ceremony with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovar Prime Minister
Avdullah Hoti, in the Oval Office of the White House, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    President Trump has ordered the White House Office of Management and Budget to purge “critical race theory” trainings from the federal government.
    Agency Director Russell Vought announced the directive in a memo, which was sent to federal agencies on Friday.    He tweeted, “the days of taxpayer funded indoctrination trainings that sow division and racism are over.”
    “Critical race theory” closely examines the relationship between race racism and power.
    According to reports indicated in the memo, federal employees have been forced to attend these trainings and were told “virtually all white people contribute to racism.”    Further reports claimed employees have been taught that America is an “inherently racist or evil country.”
    Reports also stated the theory is the underpinning of Antifa, “Black Lives Matter” and other radical leftist groups.
    The new mandate has called these training sessions “un-American.”    The memo emphasized the president has a proven track record of standing up for all Americans, regardless of race, religion or creed.
    President Trump commented on the mandate in a Twitter post.    He encouraged people “to report any sightings, so we can quickly extinguish” the “sickness.”

9/5/2020 President Trump Urges Congress To Approve Next Round Of Stimulus Checks by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the James Brady Press Briefing Room
at the White House, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    During Friday’s White House press briefing, the president looked back on his administration’s efforts to stem both the economic and health effects of the pandemic.    He has suggested more is still in store for the country.
    Ahead of Labor Day weekend, President Trump discussed recent additions to the labor market.
    “As we begin Labor Day weekend, America’s unprecedented economic recovery continues,” he stated.    “…1.4 million jobs last month, bringing the total to 10.6 million jobs created in just four months, a record by far.”
    The president stressed his administration’s efforts have not been limited to mitigating the pandemic’s economic fallout.    According to him, officials also sought to minimize the rate of infection in the country.
    He went on to highlight his enactment of travel restrictions and claimed the move was responsible for saving countless American lives.
    “If I didn’t close up our country and stop China, highly infected from coming in, …we would have far more (cases) than that,” he added.    “But maybe even more important, if I didn’t close up, instead of the number you mentioned, …perhaps we would have 1.5 or 2 million deaths right now.”
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. There were just a few hundred coronavirus cases
when Congress first started focusing on emergency spending in early March. By the end of that month, as Congress passed the
massive $2.2 trillion Cares Act, cases skyrocketed above 100,000 and deaths climbed past 2,000. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
    President Trump also announced ongoing plans to continue the enforcement of business shutdowns and the distribution of aid to Americans disrupted by lockdowns.    He has, once again, called on Congress to reach an agreement that will give families across the country much needed relief.
    The president particularly made a point of emphasizing the need for a new round of stimulus checks.    According to him, his administration already has the funds set aside and ready to be distributed, pending Congress’s authorization of the disbursement.
    “We have $300 billion sitting in an account that we didn’t use, and we are willing to use that,” he said.    “I would be willing to release it, subject to Congress, and use that as stimulus money.”
    Despite these achievements, the president pointed out the dominant narrative in media remains accusatory towards his administration.    Meanwhile, he noted the press has a much more amiable relationship with his Democrat opponent, Joe Biden.
    “I watched the interview with sleepy Joe Biden.    You didn’t ask questions like that.    Read the questions they were like meant for a child.    Smiles on the faces of reporters… I just want to tell you that it’s a disgrace.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
    The president concluded his remarks by reminding Americans to take precautions over the holiday weekend to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

9/5/2020 Rep. Massie: Kyle Rittenhouse ‘Exhibited Incredible Restraint’ by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this March 27, 2020 file photo Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., talks to reporters
before leaving Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
    Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) has said he would not vote to convict Kyle Rittenhouse, who has been accused of killing two people in Kenosha.    On Friday, he defended the 17-year-old’s actions.
    Based on the footage, Massie claimed it was clearly self-defense.    After seeing the evidence and social media footage, the lawmaker believes Rittenhouse was not acting out of malicious intent, but was fearful of his safety.
    He added the young man was a lot more merciful than he could have been.
    “He also exhibited incredible restraint and presence, a situational awareness.    He didn’t empty a magazine into a crowd.    There were people around him who could have caused him harm, but as soon as they showed any sign of retreat or non-aggression, he did not shoot them.” – Thomas Massie, U.S. Representative
    Massie went on to say the state of protests is worrying if a 17-year-old feels the need to take action to stop the violence.

9/5/2020 President Trump: U.S. Marshals Called In To Locate Portland Killer Due To Inaction From Local Authorities by OAN Newsroom
The body of Michael Reinoehl is taken away on a stretcher in the early morning hours of Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in Lacey, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
    President Trump has expressed his support for a recent law enforcement operation, which resulted in the death of the man suspected of murdering a conservative protester.    On Friday, the president suggested federal agents were needed due to inaction from local authorities.
    On Thursday, U.S. marshals located 48-year-old suspect Michael Forest Reinoehl near his home in Lacey, Washington.
    Reinoehl was reportedly armed at the time. Authorities attempted to take him into custody when shots were fired.
    “The suspect was killed after drawing a weapon when officers attempted to take him into custody.    They wanted to take him in, the U.S. marshals, incredible people.    I want to thank them for their strength, their bravery.    I really do wish that the mayor of Portland and the governor of Oregon would get going and stop the crime in that city.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
A Washington State Patrol Crime Lab worker looks at evidence markers in the early morning hours of Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in Lacey, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
    According to reports, the suspect was a common attendee of protests in Portland.    At one point, he reportedly characterized them as “a war” and stated it was a matter of time before there were casualties.

9/5/2020 President Trump, White House Officials Denounce Atlantic Hit Piece 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)
    According to the Trump administration, a recent hit piece on President Trump’s relationship with the military is completely false.    On Friday, top administration officials, including the president himself, struck down rumors associated with the piece.
    “It’s a hoax.    Just like the fake dossier was a hoax.    Just like the ‘Russia, Russia, Russia’ was a hoax.    It was a total hoax, no collusion.    Just like so many other things, it’s a hoax.    You hear more of these things, totally unrelated, as we get closer and closer to election.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
    The allegation originated from an article by The Atlantic’s chief editor Jeffery Goldberg.    The piece claimed President Trump refused to make a 2018 visit to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in northern France.
    According to the article, the president asked why he should go the cemetery before saying it was filled with “losers” and “suckers.”
President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the James Brady Press Briefing
Room at the White House, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    The president has strongly condemned Goldberg’s narrative.    He also pointed out the lack of trustworthy verifiable sources to back up this interpretation of events.
    “Within hours, 10 sources went on the record debunking these lies,” explained Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany.    “Eight with firsthand knowledge stating on the record one common truth, that this story is false.”
    President Trump and other officials have instead confirmed the visit was cancelled due to weather conditions, which didn’t allow for travel.
    The president also suggested former Chief of Staff John Kelly could be one of the potential sources, citing his outspoken criticism of the administration.
    He added no other president has done more for the military than him.    He went on to tout his administration’s efforts to bolster the military’s budget and clean up the Department of Veterans Affairs.

9/5/2020 President Trump: U.S. Willing To Mediate Border Dispute Between China, India by OAN Newsroom
China’s Minister of National Defence Wei Fenghe, left, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, center,
and Indian Defense Minister, Rajnath Singh, right, pose for a photo with their colleagues at a Joint Meeting of
Defense Ministers of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, Commonwealth of Independent States and Collective Security
Treaty Organization Member States in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020. (Host Photo Agency sco-russia2020.ru via AP)
    President Trump confirmed he is willing to step in and mediate an ongoing border dispute between India and China.    On Friday, he discussed the rising levels of hostility between the two nations.
    The dispute revolves around the control of land surrounding the border in the eastern Ladakh region of India, which has seen repeated incursions by Chinese forces.    Tensions have remained high since a clash in June, which left 20 Indian soldiers dead.
    According to the president, the situation has shown no great signs of improvement.    He has offered U.S. assistance to help resolve the conflict.
    “We’re talking about China and India.    They’re going at it pretty good on the border, as you know.    It’s been a very nasty situation.    We stand ready to help, with respect to China and India.    If we can do anything, we would love to get involved and help.    We are talking to both countries about that.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
    It remains unclear whether either country would be open to his offer, particularly since China strongly rejected a similar suggestion in May.
    The defense ministers of both nations met in Moscow on Friday, where they held talks on the subject.    However, reports indicated the two-hour long meeting failed to yield any significant results.

9/5/2020 Pro-Trump Boat Parades To Take Place Over Labor Day Weekend by OAN Newsroom
Brian Masotti, left, and Tracey Warren wave flags at the hundreds of boats idling on the St. Johns River during
a rally Sunday, June 14, 2020, in Jacksonville, Fla. (Will Dickey/The Florida Times-Union via AP)
    Thousands of Trump supporters across the country are hitting the water this Labor Day weekend.    From coast to coast, dozens of pro-Trump boat parades are expected to take place over the holiday weekend.
    On Saturday in Dubuque County, Iowa, boats showed their “MAGA” pride on the Mississippi river.    Boat parades were also held from Fort Walton Beach, Florida to Pensacola.    Many boats were also seen in Matagorda, Texas.
    A parade in Branson, Missouri was even expected to break a world record, with hundreds of boats slated to attend.    On Sunday, events will also be held in Lay Lake, Alabama, Erie, Pennsylvania, and San Diego, California.
    Meanwhile, New Jersey boaters attempted to break a world record with a boat parade in support of law enforcement and President Trump.     The “Law Enforcement Officer and Veterans Support Boat Parade” began Saturday morning.
    The Guinness World Record listed the largest boat parade as just over 1,000 vessels in size.    New Jersey event is aiming for 2,400 boats.
    Event organizers are hoping many people get involved to show support for those who need it amid the turbulent political climate and pandemic.

9/5/2020 Rochester Police Union Defends Officers Involved In Daniel Prude’s Death by OAN Newsroom
Demonstrators march along a street in Rochester, N.Y., Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, during a protest over the death of Daniel Prude. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)
    On Friday, Rochester police union leader Michael Mazzeo said he believes the officers involved in the death of Daniel Prude were following police training and did not intend to harm him.
    “The message that was conveyed from the chief’s office at that time was that there was no concerns with the actions of our members and that they had followed correct protocols, further training,” he stated.
This undated photo, provided by Roth and Roth LLP, shows Daniel Prude. (Courtesy Roth and Roth LLP via AP)
    Mazzeo’s remarks came a day after the city’s mayor announced she would be suspending the officers involved in the incident.
    “Now I am taking action to address these challenges and build upon our city’s work to address racism in all of its forms,” stated Mayor Lovely Warren.    “Doing this work has been at the heart of my service as mayor of this city.”
    On Wednesday, Prude’s family released a video of the incident that occurred in March.    Protests have erupted as a result of the release of the body cam footage.
    The video showed Prude naked, unarmed and handcuffed on the ground.    He began spitting at the officers, which prompted them to put a hood over his head.    Union officials confirmed the hood is meant to protect police from germs.
    Prude sat up and continued to yell at the officers.    The officers then pushed him to the ground.
    One officer appeared to push his head to the pavement for several minutes, until they realized he was not breathing.
    Paramedics attempted to revive Prude and transported him to the hospital, where he died seven days later.
Joe Prude, uncle of Daniel Prude, right, and Daniel’s nephew Armin, stand with a picture of
Daniel Prude in Rochester, N.Y., on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey)
    A medical examiner reported the death was a result of homicide as well as intoxication from PCP.
    The city’s mayor has claimed she was not informed about the suffocation until recently.    According to her, the police department initially told her the cause of death was solely drug related.
    The case remains under investigation by New York’s attorney general.

9/5/2020 Pharmaceutical Companies Prepare Joint Pledge To Assure Testing & Safety Of Coronavirus Vaccine by OAN Newsroom
Sisi Ndebele, receives a seasonal influenza vaccine from a nurse at a local pharmacy clinic
in Johannesburg, South Africa on Friday, April 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
    Pfizer, Johnson and Johnson, Moderna and many other pharmaceutical companies are preparing a joint statement.    They are hoping to assure Americans any vaccine created to protect U.S. citizens will undergo a rigorous vetting process before release.
    The joint pledge will create an agreement between the competing companies.    Each entity will agree not to seek premature approval for any preventative measure from the government until they meet safety standards.
    Many have raised concerns over the effectiveness of a COVID vaccine, which is expected to be available before the end of the year.    The FDA was rumored to have made a similar declaration, in which it pledged to not approve any vaccine unless safety measures were thoroughly met.
    Concerns surfaced after the CDC began urging states to prepare for distributions by November 1st.
A visitor wearing a face mask takes a photo of a model of a coronavirus and boxes for COVID-19 vaccines at a display by Chinese pharmaceutical firm
Sinopharm at the China International Fair for Trade in Services (CIFTIS) in Beijing, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
    The White House recently shut down claims the move was an attempt to boost voters for President Trump’s reelection.    The Department of Health and Human Services also issued a statement, assuring the public the development of the vaccine has nothing to do with the election.
    “You had Dr. Hahn who said this: ‘I can assure you 100% that the president has never pressured me to make a decision regarding any regulatory aspect of the FDA’s work.’ He said that just a few months ago, it is absolutely the case.    You had Secretary Azar saying this morning about the vaccine whether it’s October 15th, November 1st or November 15th, this is all about saving lives.” – Kayleigh McEnany, White House Press Secretary
    Vaccine development began advancing rapidly as scientists learned more about the coronavirus.
    One of the companies taking part in the pledge, Pfizer, stated they will have the results of their last phase clinical trials by next month.    Several pharmaceutical companies hope to continue the trial process and deliver a vaccine by the end of the year.

9/5/2020 Colombia Opens South America’s Longest Road Tunnel
Colombian President Ivan Duque Marquez, wearing a face mask due to the ongoing coronavirus disease
(COVID-19) outbreak, poses for a photo with his government's cabinet during the inauguration of the Tunel de La Linea
in Calarca, Colombia, September 4, 2020. Courtesy of Colombian Presidency/Handout via REUTERS
    BOGOTA (Reuters) – Colombia opened South America’s longest road tunnel, the Tunel de la Linea, on Friday after more than a decade of construction work.
    The tunnel, which is 8.65 km (5.4 miles) long, aims to reduce the time and cost of moving goods from the Pacific port city of Buenaventura to the center of the Andean country.
    “This is a triumph of a persevering, intense, working, dreaming and desire-realizing Colombia,” President Ivan Duque said at the opening ceremony.
    The project, which runs through the central range of the Andes in the country’s west, cost more than 1 trillion pesos, or about $270 million.
(Reporting by Luis Jaime Acosta; Writing by Julia Symmes Cobb and Sonya Hepinstall)

9/5/2020 U.S., Russia Negotiating Nuclear Non-Proliferation by OAN Newsroom
In this photo taken from undated footage distributed by Russian Defense Ministry Press Service, an intercontinental
ballistic missile lifts off from a truck-mounted launcher somewhere in Russia. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)
    President Trump recently announced U.S. and Russian officials are discussing how to move forward with nuclear arms.
    During Friday’s press conference, he reiterated nuclear non-proliferation is the administration’s top priority.
    The Obama era START II (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty), which sought to limit the number of nuclear weapons produced by both countries, is set to expire soon.
    “We’re right now negotiating a nuclear non-proliferation treaty, which is very important.    It’s a very important thing, to me it’s the most important thing.    Some people say global warming, I don’t.    I say this is far more important.    We are the biggest, they are the second biggest nuclear wise.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
    The weapons owned by the U.S. and Russia together make up roughly 90% of the world’s total nuclear arsenal.

9/6/2020 KENTUCKY DERBY 146 BREONNA TAYLOR PROTEST - ‘NO JUSTICE, NO DERBY’ - Demonstrators bring their message to famed racetrack from Staff Reports Louisville Courier Journal | USA TODAY NETWORK
    After a worldwide pandemic delayed the Kentucky Derby by an unprecedented four months, Louisville protesters for racial justice made clear Saturday that COVID-19 would not be the only historic thing about the 146th Run for the Roses.    While horses were called to post inside Churchill Downs, hundreds of protesters gathered outside, their rallying cry of “No justice, no peace!” refashioned to “No justice, no Derby!
    The chants were set Saturday evening against the unique backdrop of Louisville’s most iconic occasion and the nation’s oldest continuously held sporting event.    Throughout the day, protesters reiterated demands made repeatedly throughout the summer, including, most forcefully, justice for Breonna Taylor.
Law enforcement forms a line between protesters and Churchill Downs on Central Avenue on Kentucky Derby Day in Louisville on Saturday.
Protesters were calling for justice for Breonna Taylor, who was killed by LMPD officers in March. SAM UPSHAW JR./COURIER JOURNAL
[I AM GLAD TO SEE THAT KENTUKY BELIEVES IN LAW ENFORCEMENT AND DID NOT LET THE MOB DO ANY DAMAGE.].

9/6/2020 Beshear: 790 new virus cases, 6 deaths - Governor urges Kentuckians to celebrate holiday weekend safely by Emma Austin, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Kentucky is up to 52,464 confirmed cases of the coronavirus after Gov. Andy Beshear reported 790 new cases Saturday.
    The state also saw six more deaths caused by the virus, bringing Kentucky’s total to 993.
    “Now that the weekend is here, it is critical that Kentuckians take the steps necessary to slow the spread of COVID-19,” Beshear said in a press release.    “While our positivity rate is lower at 4.22%, we still have nearly 800 new cases.    We need everyone to keep gatherings to less than 10 people, wash your hands frequently, social distance and wear a mask.”
    Beshear again asked people gathering for celebrations to do so safely.    In the week leading up to the Kentucky Derby and Labor Day weekend, the governor had repeatedly reminded people to wear masks and limit social gatherings to 10 or fewer people.
    Of the new cases Saturday, 98 were in children 18 or younger, and 12 were in kids age 5 or younger, the state reported.    The youngest is 3 months old.
    Saturday’s deaths included:
A 77-year-old man from Bell County
A 67-year-old man from Madison County
A 68-year-old woman from Marion County
A 72-year-old man from Nelson County
An 80-year-old man from Scott County
A 59-year-old man from Todd County
    Beshear’s report came on an historic Derby Day for Kentucky — not just because COVID-19 prevented fans from being at the stands at Churchill Downs, but because of large demonstrations over social injustice, as well as counter protests, in Louisville throughout the day.
    “This Derby day is very different for many reasons,” Beshear said in his statement.    “Kentuckians are battling inequities, injustice and a global health pandemic brought on by COVID-19. For those who make your voice heard today, we are continuing to listen.”
    Reach Emma Austin at eaustin@gannett.com or on Twitter at @emmacaustin.
Gov. Andy Beshear said, “It is critical that Kentuckians take the steps necessary to slow the spread of COVID-19.” MATT STONE/COURIER JOURNAL FILE
[As the usual low of 6 deaths / 790 cases = 0.007% as it is going down and total Kentucky is at 993 deaths / 52,464, cases = 0.018% is over time and we have already lowered the spread compared to the states around us.].

9/6/2020 Trump targets anti-racism training courses by Zeke Miller, ASSOCIATED PRESS
    WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump directed the Office of Management and Budget to crack down on federal agencies’ anti-racism training sessions, calling them “divisive, anti-American propaganda.”
    OMB director Russell Vought, in a letter Friday to executive branch agencies, directed them to identify spending related to any training on “critical race theory,” “white privilege” or any other material that teaches or suggests that the United States or any race or ethnicity is “inherently racist or evil.”
    The memo cames as the nation has faced a reckoning this summer over racial injustice in policing and other spheres of American life.    Trump has defended the display of the Confederate battle flag and monuments of Civil War rebels from protesters seeking their removal, in what he has called a “culture war” before the Nov. 3 election.
    Trump has rejected comments from Democratic nominee Joe Biden and others that there is “systemic racism” in policing.
    Vought’s memo cites “press reports” as contributing to Trump’s decision, apparently referring to segments on Fox News and other outlets.
[THIS SOCIALIST CRITICAL RACE THEORY IS THE THREAT TO OUR EXISTENCE AS A NATION AND NEEDS TO BE STAMPED OUT AND WHEN I WAS WORKING AS AN KENTUCKY CORRECTIONAL OFFICER FOR 13 YEARS I SAW THE DEMOCRATS TAKE OVER THE STATE IN 2009 UNTIL I RETIRED DURING THE STEVE BESHEAR ADMINISTRATION AND OBAMA AND THEY STARTED PUSHING THE DIVERSITY TRAINING ON ALL OF US AND I HATED IT BUT IGNORED MOST OF IT BECAUSE I KNOW WHAT IS RIGHT AND WHAT IS WRONG FROM MY CHRISTIAN BACKGROUND WHICH IS WHAT THEY WERE TRYING TO DESTROY AND THANK GOD THAT DONALD TRUMP HAS COME ALONG AND IS TRYING TO REVERSE THAT CRISIS AND AS YOU CAN SEE IT IN THE BELOW ARTICLE AS THE DISEASE IS GETTING WORSE AND IT IS A MENTAL DISEASE OF BEING MANIPILATED PROGRAMING.].

9/6/2020 JCPS takes aim at mascots, school names - Scrutiny to promote racial equity ‘long overdue,’ district official says by Billy Kobin and Olivia Krauth, Louisville Courier Journal | USA TODAY NETWORK
    At least half a dozen public schools in Jefferson County are named after slaveholders, former Confederates or figures who opposed desegregation, a Courier Journal analysis found.
    That may soon change, district officials said during Tuesday night’s school board meeting.
    As part of ongoing racial equity work, JCPS will review its school mascots and names to ensure they are not marginalizing Black students, at least 1,600 of whom attend the schools The Courier Journal flagged.
    JCPS Chief Equity Officer John Marshall called the process of reviewing mascots “long overdue” and said principals will “filter” their school mascots through the district’s racial equity analysis protocol.
    “If we find mascots and other things that are marginalizing or muting students of color voices, then that will be changed,” Marshall told JCPS board members.
    Mascots will be the first to be evaluated, followed by school names, Superintendent Marty Pollio said Tuesday.
    Chris Kolb, JCPS board vice chairman, said that while current mascots at district schools “may be OK,” there could be “some imagery associated with past mascots that is still around that we need to take a look at.”
    The district should ensure that a student does not “encounter an image” that “questions their humanity” while at school, Kolb said.
    JCPS leaders did not specify which schools and mascots could be up for evaluation.
    Board member Corrie Shull mentioned Thomas Jefferson Middle School, which is in the historically Black neighborhood of Newburg.
    Jefferson, the third president of the United States, called slavery a “moral depravity” but also owned more than 600 slaves during his life.
    Here are other JCPS schools identified by a Courier Journal analysis of school namesakes that may come up in racial equity-focused discussions.
  • Breckinridge-Franklin Elementary: The school in Louisville’s Irish Hill neighborhood is named, in part, after Benjamin Franklin.    Franklin, one of the nation’s Founding Fathers, owned two slaves during his life but spent his later years as an abolitionist.    Watterson Elementary: The school in Buechel is named after Henry Watterson, who fought for the Confederacy and was editor of The Courier Journal for 50 years.    While Watterson was more enlightened than most Southern Democrats and favored some rights for Black people, he still supported segregation and allowed the use of racial slurs in his newspaper.
  • Zachary Taylor Elementary: The school on Westport Road in the East End is named after the former president of the United States who was raised on a tobacco plantation outside of Louisville.    Taylor sought to keep the nation from breaking into civil war, though he was a slaveowner himself.    His son would end up serving as a Confederate general, and his daughter married Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederacy.
  • Foster Traditional Academy: The West End school on South 41st Street is named after Stephen Foster, who wrote minstrel music and “My Old Kentucky Home,” which has also received sharper scrutiny over the years because it is a slave’s lament about being sold down the river away from Kentucky to face abuse and toil in the “land where the sugar canes grow.”    Other Foster songs, including “Oh! Susanna,” also were “written with racist lyrics” in the minstrel tradition, Frank X Walker, Kentucky’s former poet laureate, previously told The Courier Journal.    Foster’s student body is around 90% Black.
  • J. Graham Brown School: The magnet school in downtown Louisville is named after the businessman and builder of the famed Brown Hotel.    He refused to desegregate his hotel and theater until public laws forced him to, and civil rights sit-ins were held in front of his theater during the 1960s.
    Reach Billy Kobin at bkobin@courierjournal.com.    Support strong local journalism by subscribing today: courier-journal.com/subscribe.
    “If we find mascots and other things that are marginalizing or muting students of color voices, then that will be changed.” John Marshall JCPS chief equity officer.
[I was born and lived in Franklin, Kentucky until I left home to roam the world so are these idiots above going to destroy my home town because of their stupid anarchist Socialist Marxism ideology over a name.].

[THAT IS SO RACIST BECAUSE 'ALL LIVES MATTER' NOT JUST 'BLACK LIVES MATTER' IT INCLUDES WHITE, BLACK, BROWN, RED AND YELLOW SO GET OVER IT IF YOU ARE THIS KIND OF RACIST].
9/6/2020 Social Unrest In Louisville Ahead Of 2020 Kentucky Derby by OAN Newsroom
Jockey John Velazquez riding Authentic, wins the 146th running of the Kentucky Derby
at Churchill Downs, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
    Demonstrations broke out in Louisville ahead of this year’s Kentucky Derby. Various groups affiliated with “Black Lives Matter” came together to protest the killing of Breonna Taylor, which occurred earlier this year.
    Taylor was killed in her home when police conducted a no-knock search warrant related to drug charges against her ex-boyfriend.
    The case remains ongoing, but protesters are upset as a verdict has not yet been reached.
    In the meantime, Black Lives Matter has been protesting outside of the Louisville Courthouse for the last few months.
Protesters march past the gates of Churchill Downs racetrack before the 146th running
of the Kentucky Derby, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
    On Friday, the “Until Freedom” group issued a press release announcing a protest against the running of the Kentucky Derby.
    However, Until Freedom was not the only group to announce their presence outside of the derby.    The NFAC pledged they would return to Louisville on the day of the derby after last being there in late July.
    The NFAC is an armed militia affiliated with Black Lives Matter.    The group’s grand master, John Jay Johnson, warned leadership in Louisville to reach a verdict on the case before September 5th, the day of the Kentucky Derby.
    “Do I believe they can do it in four weeks, when it usually takes eight weeks?” he asked.    “Well, let’s just say I wouldn’t want to be in their shoes if they didn’t.”
    The grand master made a later appearance on television, where he announced their demonstration at the derby was no coincidence.
    “We would be returning to Louisville on the 5th of September, the same day of the Kentucky Derby,” added Johnson.    “That was no accident, that was a very calculated and thought out chess move.”
Members of the NFAC, a Black militia, march to Churchill Downs racetrack before the 146th running of
the Kentucky Derby, in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
    These warnings prompted armed right-wing militias to convene in Louisville.    They have claimed they are protecting the city from being burned down.
    The two groups were expected to confront each other at Jefferson Square Park outside of the Churchill Downs Racetrack. People on both sides were armed with rifles.
    According to reports, the NFAC did a weapons check prior to their march.    One of the leaders reportedly said those with only a pistol would not be allowed in the formation.
    Earlier in the day, unarmed protesters confronted right-wing militias outside of the Louisville Courthouse.    The confrontation reportedly resulted in no violence and produced conversations between the two opposing sides.

9/6/2020 Black Lives Matter Protests Rage On In Portland, Rochester by OAN Newsroom
Police use chemical irritants and crowd control munitions to disperse protesters during
a demonstration in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
    Police and rioters clashed during another lawless night in Portland.    Authorities declared a riot Saturday night after at least three Molotov cocktails were thrown at police officers.
    The following footage could be considered graphic or distressing.
    According to reports, police used crowd control munitions in an attempt to disperse the mob.
    Later, a Black Lives Matter protester caught on fire after a fire bomb exploded near his feet.    Police were unable to help when rioters push them back.

Demonstrators march through the streets in Rochester, N.Y., Friday, Sept. 4, 2020 protesting the death of Daniel Prude. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)
    Meanwhile, footage from New York showed demonstrators harassing diners at several restaurants in Rochester.    On Friday, a group of activists chanting “Black Lives Matter” descended on the outdoor diners.
    They announced they were there to “shut the party down.”    Some diners were prompted to flee the scene as demonstrators flipped tables and chairs, shattering plates and glasses.
    The restaurant has confirmed some glassware was lost and added they would be closed the following night.

9/6/2020 President Trump Gives Endorsement To House Candidate Kimberly Klacik by OAN Newsroom
In this image from video, Kim Klacik speaks from Baltimore, Md., 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 president has highlighted Republican nominee Kimberly Klacik to represent Maryland’s 7th congressional district.    President Trump gave Klacik his full endorsement on Twitter, where he commended her for her hard work in the city of Baltimore.
    He has said she “brings with her the power and economic strength of the Republican Party.”    The president urged residents to “be smart” and elect Klacik to reduce crime and increase jobs in the area.
    President Trump has also praised her from being strong on inner city rebuilding, healthcare, the military and veterans.
    Klacik’s speech at the RNC gained her major traction.
    “We want safety in our neighborhoods. We want to make the most of the federal opportunity zone I’m standing in right now in West Baltimore.    We want higher paying jobs and more business opportunities.    We want lower taxes, school choice.    We want a chance to get ahead, not just to get by.” – Kimberly Klacik, Republican nominee for Maryland’s 7th congressional district
    The congressional candidate has also received support from Donald Trump Jr., who named Klacik a “MAGA” candidate of the week.
    “Let me say this to Baltimore’s voters in the 7th district: You do have a choice to make your life better.    You don’t have to settle anymore.    For the first time in many years, the GOP is thriving in Baltimore city. Kim is at the forefront.” – Donald Trump Jr., son of President Donald Trump
    She is set to face off against Democrat Rep. Kweisi Mfume in the general election.    If elected, she will fill the seat previously held by late Rep. Elijah Cummings.

9/7/2020 Kentucky reports single-week record for virus cases, deaths - Beshear says state
‘must do better’ to stop spike by Emma Austin, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK     Kentucky saw record-high numbers last week for new coronavirus cases as well as deaths caused by the virus, with 4,742 cases and 66 deaths reported.
    The state’s previous record of cases reported in a single week was 4,503, which had been set the previous week.    Kentucky has now seen 52,774 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, Gov. Andy Beshear announced Sunday.
    “We’re facing the challenge of our lifetimes and we must do better,” Beshear said in a press release.    “These past six months have been devastating for so many Kentucky families.    These months also will be remembered as a time when Kentuckians lived up to our reputation as compassionate, resolute and resilient people who take care of one another.”
    Beshear reported 313 new cases on Sunday, with a reminder that totals usually dip during weekends because of the days testing sites are open and report to the state.    Of the new cases, 43 were in children 18 and younger.    Two of those were in kids age 5 and under, including one who is 27 days old.
[IS THIS THE ONLY THING THAT BESHEAR DOES: in this week we had 66 deaths / 4,742 cases = 0.013% which is good and better than we have been doing as he is trying to create a crisis because we had 4,503 cases the week before and a lot of demonstrators this week also so find something else Beshear to entertain the press.
    Just to let you know the United States has 188,947 deaths / 6,277,947 cases = 0.030% and the World has 889,456 deaths / 27,147,626 cases = 0.033%, and the U.S. has 21% of the total deaths and the rest of the world 79%
.].

9/7/2020 President Trump Rebuilds Military In First Term by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    The Trump administration has been combating recent rumors spread by The Atlantic’s hit piece, which accused him of making disparaging remarks about fallen service men and women.    The president and his supporters are asking Americans to look at what he’s done for our men and women in uniform over the course of his first term.
    President Trump made a historic impact on U.S. armed forces when he signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) late last year.    The bill pumps nearly $740 billion into the U.S. military for the development of military technology and personnel.    The NDAA also gives troops a pay bump of more than three-percent and improves military education as well as child care.
That’s an all time record in the history of this country, that’s the highest amount we’ve ever spent on our military,” said President Trump.    “And that’s after $700 billion in my first year and $716 billion last year, and it’s all made right here in the USA.”
    The NDAA also led to the creation of the sixth branch of the U.S. military, which has been dubbed the U.S. Space Force.    It aims to promote American dominance in space and attempts to encourage far-reaching missions to the Moon and Mars.    No other president since Harry Truman, who oversaw the creation of the U.S. Air Force in 1947, has achieved creating a new branch of the military.
    “I see the proof in the pudding and the proof in the pudding is our military is stronger and our Department of Veterans affairs is in a place that it has never been,” stated Robert Wilkie, Secretary of Veterans Affairs.    “This is the renaissance and it’s all because of one man.”
    The president is also extending his national security strategy to his diplomatic efforts as he has recently brokered several peace deals in the Middle East and Eastern Europe.    Additionally, he’s in talks with Russian officials to extend a nuclear non-proliferation agreement, which is set to expire February 2021.

9/7/2020 Sarah Sanders Says Atlantic Report ‘Couldn’t Be Further From The Truth’ by OAN Newsroom
In this June 11, 2019 file photo, then-White House press secretary Sarah Sanders talks
with reporters outside the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
    Former White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders released a video vigorously defending the president amid The Atlantic’s report claiming he insulted fallen soldiers.
    In the video posted Sunday, Sanders said President Trump has “the greatest amount of respect” for our armed forces.    The former official also noted she has watched the president fight to make sure the men and women our military have the resources they need.
    Sanders then detailed how the president handled his talks with the families of fallen soldiers.    In her tweet accompanying the video, Sanders slammed The Atlantic’s report as quote “an insult to journalism.”

9/7/2020 State Officials Predict Week-Long Election Results by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this May 27, 2020 file photo, a worker processes mail-in ballots at the Bucks County Board of
Elections office prior to the primary election in Doylestown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)
    Officials in swing states are scrambling to prepare for an unprecedented election night.    During an interview Sunday, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said election night could likely turn into an election week.
    “The bottom line is we are not going to have the full results and accounting of all of our ballots on election night,” she explained.     “We already know that, and we’ve asked the legislative to make changes to the law to give us more ability to be prepared and count those ballots more efficiently.”
    This comes as 20 states have changed voting laws seeking alternatives to in-person voting due to the ongoing public health crisis.    Election officials will now have to carry out brand new policies for the very first time this November.
    To get prepared, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose said he’s focusing on poll worker recruitment.
    “The thing that we’re thinking about more than anything right now is poll worker recruitment…it takes 35,000 Ohioans to run in-person Election Day, so we’re doing all we can to recruit those poll workers,” he stated.    “Next, we’re making sure we get accurate information to Ohio’s voters.”
    Moving forward, states across the nation are expecting a record breaking voter turn out this November as the country takes on an election unlike any other in U.S. history.

9/7/2020 Video Shows Biden Asking China To Help Him Become President by OAN Newsroom
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden leaves a news conference in Wilmington, Del., Friday Sept. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
    A resurfaced video from the Obama-era White House shows Joe Biden joking about asking Mainland China to help him become president.
    Biden made those remarks at a U.S.-Chinese forum in Washington back in 2013 while referring to his earlier meeting with Xi Jinping who had just become Chinese president.
    Reports pointed out that a similar joke by President Trump about Russia sparked an FBI probe and the “collusion hoax,” while Biden got away with making such comments.
    The former vice president’s remarks were also made at the time when his son Hunter was receiving hefty payments from Beijing amid a military draw-down by the U.S. in the South China Sea.

9/7/2020 Rochester, N.Y. Making Police Reforms Following Death Of Daniel Prude by OAN Newsroom
Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren, left, speaks to the media during a press conference in Rochester, N.Y., Thursday,
Sept. 3, 2020, where she announced the suspension of officers involved in the death of Daniel Prude. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)
    The mayor of Rochester, New York is implementing major police reforms amid the unrest in the city.    Mayor Lovely Warren announced her plans Sunday in response to several days of Black Lives Matter protests.
    Rochester has been in turmoil since authorities released video of the March arrest of 41-year-old Daniel Prude who died one week after he was apprehended.    The officers involved have been suspended, but activists are calling for more dramatic changes to law enforcement.
    Mayor Warren promised to reallocate funds for other social programs and double the availability of mental health professionals.
    “We will fully engage with the race commission and a real rapid response team to further improve our response to health crisis and re-envision our police department,” she stated.
    Under the reforms, the Crisis Intervention Team and its budget will reportedly move from the police department to the Youth and Recreation Services Department.
    The mayor said the necessary changes won’t happen overnight, but she hopes they will move the community forward in the long run.

9/7/2020 Trump Raises Idea Of Decoupling U.S. Economy From China
U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks at the North Portico of the
White House in Washington, U.S., September 7, 2020. REUTERS/Sarah Silbiger
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday raised the idea of separating the U.S. and Chinese economies, also known as decoupling, suggesting the U.S. would not lose money if the two countries no longer did business.
    “So when you mention the word decouple, it’s an interesting word,” Trump said at a White House news conference.
    “We lose billions of dollars and if we didn’t do business with them we wouldn’t lose billions of dollars.    It’s called decoupling, so you’ll start thinking about it,” Trump said.
(Reporting by Jeff Mason and Chris Sanders; Editing by Howard Goller)

9/8/2020 Oil down $0.44 to $39.07, DOW down 159 to 28,153.

9/8/2020 CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC - Kentucky reports 291 new virus cases by Billy Kobin and Maggie Menderski, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Kentucky reported 291 new cases of the coronavirus, and no new deaths Monday, according to state officials.
    The Labor Day update from the Kentucky Department of Public Health and Gov. Andy Beshear's office means the Bluegrass State now has seen 53,064 total COVID-19 cases.    Reports show 996 people have died from COVID- 19 since the pandemic began in March.    Monday marked the first time in several weeks that Kentucky reported zero new deaths from the virus.
    Last week, Kentucky saw a record seven-day stretch of new coronavirus cases and deaths, with with 4,742 cases and 66 fatalities reported.
    Dr. Steven Stack, Kentucky's public health commissioner, had noted on Sunday that 'we'll know in two to three weeks' if the pleasant weather over Labor Day weekend and any resulting gatherings would result in more cases.
    The state previously saw an uptick in daily case counts after Memorial Day weekend and the Fourth of July.
    Reach Billy Kobin at bkobin@courierjournal.com.    Support strong local journalism by subscribing today: courier- journal.com/subscribe.
[Finally 0 deaths / 291 cases = 0.00% on Labor Day or total KY 996 deaths / 53,064 cases = 0.018%.].

9/8/2020 Big Bat outside Louisville Slugger Museum vandalized, officials say by Billy Kobin, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    The Big Bat outside of the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory was vandalized overnight with red paint, officials said Monday.
    “Our staff is working to remove it,” a spokesman for Hillerich & Bradsby Co., the maker of the iconic Louisville Slugger baseball bats, said in a statement.    “Security camera video captured the act.    We will be sharing the video with authorities. (The museum) remains open for business.”
    The red paint was added to the end of the bat that touches the pavement outside of the museum, 800 W. Main St.     An LMPD spokesperson said the incident will be assigned to a detective to investigate.     Made of steel, the Big Bat weighs 68,000 pounds and stands 120 feet tall outside the Slugger Museum, making it the world’s largest baseball bat.     It is a replica of Babe Ruth’s 34-inch Louisville Slugger bat.     Just before 11 a.m. Monday, an employee was seen pressure-washing the last bit of paint off of the Big Bat.     Reach Billy Kobin at bkobin@courierjournal.com. Support strong local journalism by subscribing today: courierjournal.com/subscribe
Louisville Slugger Museum employees work to clean up the remnants of red paint
from the Big Bat after it was vandalized. JEFF FAUGHENDER/COURIER JOURNAL
[All I can assume is the demonstrators saw the word Louisville on the bat and did their damage or someone who works there told them where to stick that bat up.].

9/8/2020 Global Economy Seeing Sharper V Recovery, Raising Case For Inflation: Morgan Stanley
FILE PHOTO: The headquarters of Morgan Stanley is seen in New York January 9, 2013. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
    TOKYO (Reuters) – The global economy is likely to recover to pre-pandemic levels by early next quarter, about three months earlier than previously expected, economists at Morgan Stanley said.
    “The evidence indicates that the virus/economy equation has shifted decisively from the early days of the outbreak,” they said in a note to clients, saying that the recovery has continued to gather momentum as countries get better at managing the virus.
    The U.S. economy could reach its pre-COVID 19 levels by the second quarter of next year, while the entire developed markets could reach that level by the third quarter of next year, they said.
    Coupled with unprecedented levels of fiscal and monetary support and possible disruptions to trade, the prospective recovery is likely to be accompanied by stronger inflation, they said.
(Reporting by Tokyo Markets Team; Editing by Kim Coghill)

9/8/2020 Pro-Trump Supporters Rally In Portland Suburbs As Protest Continue by OAN Newsroom
A young boy looks out over people gathered at the “Oregon for Trump 2020 Labor Day Cruise Rally” at
Clackamas Community College in Oregon City, Ore., Monday, Sept. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Arellano)
    Hundreds of the president’s supporters gathered for an ‘Oregon for Trump’ caravan rally on Labor Day.    The caravan rode through the suburbs of Portland where they showed their support for the president’s reelection while also denouncing the recent violence overtaking the community.
    On Monday, hundreds of pro-Trumpers gathered in Oregon City and drove down to Salem waving American flags and donning MAGA gear for miles.
    Some of the rally-goers blamed Democrats for the ongoing rioting and looting in Portland, which have gone on for more than 100 nights straight.    The caravan avoided actually entering the city of Portland in an effort t “help keep everyone safe.”
    This took place just weeks after a similar pro-Trump rally, which ended in clashes among protesters.    After that rally, Trump supporter Aaron Danielson was shot and killed by Michael Forest Reinoehl who was a self-proclaimed Antifa supporter. Just days after, Reinoehl was shot and killed himself by police.
    In a statement on the event’s Facebook page, organizers confirmed local law enforcement stood guard at the starting and ending locations to provide a “fun, safe and peaceful event for all participants.”    Meanwhile, local media outlets confirmed there were no counter protesters present at Monday’s event.
Jay Nguyen, third from right and wearing dark, reflective glasses, chants “USA!” along with his wife, Hanh Nguyen, second from left
wearing dark glasses and holding a small flag, at the “Oregon for Trump 2020 Labor Day Cruise Rally,” at Clackamas Community
College in Oregon City, Ore., Monday, Sept. 7, 2020. The Nguyen’s escaped communist-held Vietnam in 1975. (AP Photo/Michael Arellano)

9/8/2020 Sen. McConnell Announces Senate Will Vote On ‘Targeted’ COVID-19 Relief Bill As Soon As This Week by OAN Newsroom
In this image from video, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., speaks 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 Senate reconvened Tuesday with coronavirus relief at the forefront of discussions.    Both parties are in favor of sending out a second stimulus check to Americans, but disagree over the terms.
    The Democrat-controlled House passed the $3 trillion HEROES Act in May, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called it a “liberal wish list.”
    The Republican-controlled Senate proposed the $1 trillion HEALS Act during their last session, but Democrats don’t believe it goes far enough.
    There were discussions between the White House and Democrat leaders over a “skinny” stimulus bill, but those talks fell through. Meanwhile, the House will reconvene next week.
    McConnell confirmed the chamber will be voting on a “targeted” coronavirus relief bill as soon as this week.    He released a statement Tuesday in which he said the proposed legislation is focused on the most urgent health care, education and economic issues.
    The Senate majority leader didn’t specify what the new GOP proposal will include, but reports indicate it may feature funding for enhanced unemployment benefits and small business loans.

9/8/2020 Press Secy. Says Democrats Are ‘Playing Politics With People’s Lives’ Over Doubts About COVID-19 Vaccine by OAN Newsroom
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany speaks during a press briefing at the White House, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Democrats are “playing politics with peoples lives” by sowing doubt about a coronavirus vaccine.
    During an interview Tuesday, McEnany said the president has depended on on scientists every single step of the way.    She also noted the president has “tore through bureaucratic barriers” in an effort to help the American people get a safe, effective and timely treatment.
    Her remarks came after Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden said on Monday that he wants “full transparency” while accusing the president of undermining public confidence about it’s viability.
    Meanwhile, several companies vying to develop a COVID-19 vaccine are pledging to adhere to safety standards in testing.

9/8/2020 Biden Publicly Condemns Antifa Following Criticism From The Right
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during an event with local union
members in the backyard of a home in Lancaster, Pa., Monday, Sept. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
    Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden finally denounced far-left militant group Antifa, which has created chaos across the nation.    During an interview Monday, the former vice president said he does not condone violence on either side.
    “I’ve condemned it across the board,” he stated.    “The president still hasn’t condemned the far-right folks coming out and protesting and using violence.”
    When asked specifically if he condemned the acts of Antifa, Biden said “yes” and noted that he condemns “violence, no matter who it is.”
    His remarks came after the Democrat faced criticism from the right for not outright denouncing Antifa.    However, Biden’s remarks came a little too late as countless cities across the country have continued to face ongoing unrest with the violence being largely attributed to the far-left group.
President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference on the North Portico of the White House, Monday, Sept. 7, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    President Trump has speculated Biden has not directly condemned the group in the past because they are on the same side.
    "The violent rioters share Biden’s same talking points and they share his same agenda for our nation," said the president.    “…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.”
    While speaking at a roundtable in Kenosha, Wisconsin last week, President Trump reiterated his commitment to stop the violence.
    “My administration is restoring public safety,” he stated.    “We’re hiring more police, surging tough on crime, federal prosecutors, increasing penalties for assaulting law enforcement and for dismantling Antifa.”
    Meanwhile, the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security are working together to investigate “left-wing civil unrest.”    The president said the operations will focus on tracking down “rioters, looters and arsonists” to bring them to justice.

9/8/2020 Video Surfaces Showing Man Debating Black Lives Matter Mob by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this June 3, 2020, file photo, a protester waves a city of Chicago flag emblazoned with the
acronym BLM for Black Lives Matter, outside the Batavia, Ill. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)
    Recently released video shows a Trump supporter battling an angry mob of left-wing protesters relying on the strength of his argument.
    The video went viral on Monday and reportedly came from a protest in Chicago, which has seen a recent rise in clashes between Black Lives Matter demonstrators and pro-Trump counter protesters.
    During the debate, the man references a shocking statistic that shows 38 children were shot and killed in Chicago in the first half of the year.    He pointed out that five of them were under 10-years old and proceeded to ask why no one marched for them.
    The video continues with the man debating demonstrators and pointing out possible political motivations behind their behavior until they eventually walked away.

9/8/2020 In New Brexit Turmoil, UK Says It May Break Law In ‘Limited Way by Michael Holden and Andy Bruce
FILE PHOTO: Britain's chief negotiator David Frost arrives to attend Brexit talks with EU's chief negotiator
Michel Barnier at the EU Commission in Brussels, Belgium July 15, 2020. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir/File Photo
    LONDON (Reuters) – Britain headed into a new round of Brexit trade talks on Tuesday acknowledging it could break international law but only in a “limited way” after reports it may undercut its divorce treaty with the European Union.
    As the pound fell sharply on fears of a no-deal exit, the government’s legal department head quit in disagreement with a plan to overwrite parts of the Withdrawal Agreement treaty signed in January.
    Britain left the European Union on Jan. 31 but talks on new trade terms have made little headway as the clock ticks down to an October deadline and then the end of the status-quo transition arrangement in late December.
    As diplomats gauged whether Johnson was blustering or serious about allowing a tumultuous finale to the four-year saga, Britain insisted it would abide by the treaty.
    Asked if anything in the proposed legislation potentially breached international legal obligations or arrangements, Northern Ireland minister Brandon Lewis said: “Yes, this does break international law in a very specific and limited way.”
    “We are taking the powers to disapply the EU law concept of direct effect required by article 4 in a certain, very tightly defined circumstance,” he told parliament.
    The remark prompted derision from both political opponents and some allies within his own party.
    “Seeking to re-negotiate the Northern Ireland Protocol will be regarded world-wide as an act of bad faith,” fellow Conservative Party lawmaker Roger Gale said on Twitter.
    Lewis said the government supported the Northern Ireland protocol of the Withdrawal Agreement and there was “clear precedence” for what Britain was planning.
    Northern Ireland has Britain’s only land border with the EU, making it the focal point for some of the hardest problems to solve in the negotiations, centred around the regulation of goods flowing into the bloc from Britain.
    That difficulty is magnified by the fear that any border infrastructure could damage the delicate balance brought by a 1998 peace process that ended three decades of conflict between Irish Catholic nationalists and pro-British Protestant unionists.
TRUST AT STAKE
    Amid warnings from the EU that if it reneged on the divorce deal there would be no agreement governing the roughly $1 trillion annual trade, former Prime Minister Theresa May said the government risked serious damage to its international image.
    “The government is now changing the operation of that agreement,” May, who resigned after her own Brexit deal was repeatedly rejected, told parliament.
    “Given that, how can the government reassure future international partners that the UK can be trusted to abide by the legal obligations of the agreements it signs?” May asked.
    The Financial Times said the government’s “very unhappy” legal head Jonathan Jones walked out in protest over the possible plan to undercut the withdrawal agreement in relation to the protocol for British-ruled Northern Ireland.
    The prospect of a messy divorce between the EU’s $16 trillion and United Kingdom’s $3 trillion economies pushed sterling to two-week lows with traders betting there was more volatility to come.
    David Frost, Britain’s top Brexit negotiator, said Britain was ramping up no-deal preparations.
    The latest round of negotiations in London are likely to be tough: Britain says the EU has failed to understand it is now independent – especially when it comes to fishing and state aid.
    The EU, weary of wrangling, says it needs specifics from London and that Britain cannot make its own rules and have preferential access to its markets.
    “A disorderly Brexit would not be good for Europe, it would be a real disaster for Britain and its citizens,” German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz told Reuters.
    British officials say they can make do with an Australia-style arrangement.    Australia is negotiating a free trade deal with the EU to improve its market access, but for now largely trades with the bloc on World Trade Organization terms.
(Writing by Guy Faulconbridge in London; Additional reporting by Elizabeth Piper in London, John Chalmers and Gabriela Baczynska in Brussels, Padraic Halpin in Dublin, Michael Nienaber and Christian Kraemer in Berlin; Editing by William Schomberg, Andrew Cawthorne and Angus MacSwan)

9/8/2020 Hundreds Of Migrants Call For Freedom At Camp On Gran Canaria
A group of immigrants is seen protesting in the port of Arguineguin, after dozens of migrants arrived in the
southern part of the island of Gran Canaria, in Arguineguin, Spain September 8, 2020. REUTERS/Borja Suarez
    GRAN CANARIA, Spain (Reuters) – A group of migrants being held at a dockside camp on the Spanish island of Gran Canaria chanted “freedom” on Tuesday as they tried to force open a police fence and the coast guard brought in more people rescued from boats on the Atlantic sea.
    Although sea-borne migration to Spain is down nearly 19% this year, arrivals to the Canary Islands have surged 573% to 3,933 migrants, data from Spain’s interior ministry shows.
    A coast guard spokeswoman said 81 North African men were rescued from three small boats and taken to the port of Arguineguin on Gran Canaria, while another 29 reached the island on their own by boat.
    A Spanish Red Cross spokesman said another boat with around 10 migrants had also arrived.
    At the crammed makeshift camp in Arguineguin, police with batons rushed to the area after a group of migrants moved a fence that encircles the camp, and made the protesters retreat without force.    Some jumped the fence but were quickly told by police to go back into the camp.
    Migrant reception centres across the Canary islands are stretched to capacity and around 420 people are being held at the camp, the Red Cross said.    Some of them have been there for several days enduring hot temperatures, sleeping on blankets on the concrete floor, amid increasing despair.
    Analysts have suggested that beefed-up security in the Mediterranean is pushing more people to risk the perilous crossing to the Canaries, located around 60 miles west of Morocco.
    Following local politicians’ request for more help, the Spanish government said it plans to open more migrant centres on the island as the camp is meant to house migrants only for the first days, an immigration department spokeswoman said.
    An interior ministry source said the government had not been transferring migrants from the archipelago to mainland Spain for several years, and their deportation processes were mostly handled locally.
(Reporting by Borja Suarez and Joan Faus; Writing by Joan Faus, Editing by Andrei Khalip and Alexandra Hudson)

9/8/2020 Kudlow Urges Democrats To Support ‘Targeted’ Stimulus Bill by OAN Newsroom
White House chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow talks to reporters at the White House, Monday, April 6, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow said approving more coronavirus stimulus is not necessary, but would be helpful to the economy. While speaking to reporters Tuesday, he advised Democrats to support the Senate’s “targeted” stimulus deal.
    This came after Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer reiterated they will not support a package that does not include their spending demands. Kudlow, however, is calling for a compromise.
    “If we can find five or six things to agree on, let’s just do it…That’s all,” he stated.    “The president has led, he’s put his own EOs out…executive orders on payroll taxes, unemployment assistance and eviction moratoriums and student loans.”
    “He’s doing it alone because the Congress won’t do it, I think that’s regrettable,” continued the economic adviser.    “Good for the president..anything we can do to keep the economy.”
    Kudlow also noted that the U.S. economy is expected to grow 20-percent in the third quarter.    He expects a strong v-shaped recovery to take place regardless of Democrat obstruction.

9/8/2020 House Democrats To Investigate Postmaster General For Alleged Campaign Finance Violations by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Aug. 24, 2020, file photo, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy testifies during a House Oversight
and Reform Committee hearing on the Postal Service on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Tom Williams/Pool via AP)
    The House Oversight Committee is planning to investigate Postmaster General Louis DeJoy following recent claims accusing him of violating campaign finance laws while working at his former company called New Breed Logistics.
    According to reports, five former employees were allegedly pressured by DeJoy to make contributions towards Republican candidates he supported.    Later, those employees were reportedly rewarded for their donations with company bonuses.
    If found guilty, DeJoy will have committed what is known as a “straw donor scheme,” which violates federal campaign finance laws.    DeJoy was CEO for New Breed Logistics up until 2014 when the company was sold to Expo Logistics.
    Following the probe announcement, White House Chief of Staff said he believed the investigation was politically motivating, but assured DeJoy would fully cooperate.
    “Listen, when you talk about the men and women who serve in the Postal Service, the postmaster general has very little with actually getting the mail out on time,"    “Never underestimate Congress’s ability to ratchet up an investigation 60 days out from a presidential election,” he stated.    “Listen I can tell you, Louis Dejoy is an honorable man…I’m sure he’ll cooperate completely and we serve in a great country where your innocent until proven guilty, especially when that guilt is thrown your way by members of Congress.”
FILE – Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
    DeJoy has come under fire ahead of the 2020 presidential election with Democrats accusing him of making changes to the Postal Service weeks before the election, potentially harming mail-in votes.
    On Monday, President Trump defended DeJoy by stating he supported an investigation, but believes the postmaster general is an honest man.
    “He’s a very respected man…postmaster general is appointed by a bipartisan commission and we’ll see how that goes,” said the president.    “…I think he’s a very honest guy, but we’ll see.”
    A representative for DeJoy has spoken out stating the former CEO wasn’t aware that employee’s felt pressured, but has always followed campaign fundraising laws and regulations.

9/8/2020 Pfizer CEO: Vaccine Will Not Be Submitted For Approval Until Its Proven Safe, Effective by OAN Newsroom
In this handout photo released by the University of Oxford blood samples from coronavirus vaccine trials are handled
inside the Jenner Institute in Oxford, England Thursday June 25, 2020. (John Cairns, University of Oxford via AP)
    The chairman and CEO of drug company Pfizer, Albert Bourla, said a coronavirus vaccine will not be rolled out to the public at the end of October unless its safe.    He made those comments in an interview Tuesday.
    Bourla broke with a comment the president made on Monday where he said a potential vaccine could be ready by next month.    The CEO said drug companies need to be sure the vaccine is safe before giving it out.
    “I don’t want to comment on what the president says,” he stated.    “What I want to say is that in this pledge, all the companies are saying that we will only submit for authorization when we have evidence of safety and efficacy that are coming from a well-designed phase three study.”
    Pfizer along with other U.S. and U.K. drug makers published a public letter Tuesday where they pledged to avoid shortcuts in the vaccine making process.    That pledge comes as they face pressure to roll out a vaccine by year’s end.

9/9/2020 Oil down $2.65 to $36.36, DOW down 632 to 27,501.

9/9/2020 Beshear reports 273 new COVID-19 cases, expects ‘tough day’ by Emma Austin, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Kentucky reported 273 new coronavirus cases Tuesday after the long Labor Day weekend, but Gov. Andy Beshear warned difficult days are ahead.
    “We ought to expect a tough day tomorrow and perhaps to pass a very difficult milestone,” he said during his afternoon press briefing.
    Kentucky is nearing 1,000 deaths caused by the virus, with one new death reported Tuesday: a 79-year-old man from Lewis County. The state is now up to 997 coronavirus-related deaths.
    Tuesday’s case number was significantly lower than daily totals from last week, which Beshear attributed to a smaller sample of test results coming in Tuesday.    The state saw 1,393 test results on its return from the long weekend, while it normally gets anywhere from 8,000 to 18,000, Beshear said.
    Kentucky’s rate for positive tests was below 4% “for the first time in a long time” at 3.91%, Beshear said.
    The governor said he hopes the state will be able to sustain the lower rate, though Tuesday’s number may have been another result of limited reporting from test sites.     Kentucky is up to 53,319 coronavirus cases, including Tuesday’s numbers.
    Meanwhile, Kentucky was placed on Chicago’s mandatory quarantine order Tuesday, meaning anyone entering the city after being in the commonwealth for more than 24 hours must selfquarantine for 14 days.
    Exceptions include essential workers, those traveling for medical treatment and those for whom “self-quarantine is not possible, practicable or advisable,” according to The Chicago Tribune.    The order also does not apply to people who are at airports for a connecting flight or are driving through the city en route to another location.
    The White House last week listed Kentucky as a “red zone” state, meaning it had more than 100 new cases per 100,000 people.
    To date, Kentucky has tested 929,212 people for COVID-19.    There are 510 in the hospital, including 130 in the ICU, Beshear said.
    Counties that reported more than 10 new cases on Tuesday include Fayette (59), Jefferson (50), Warren (42), Madison (13) and Marshall (11).
    Beshear finished Tuesday’s briefing by encouraging people not to pay attention to claims that the pandemic is “not real” or that the virus is “nothing more than the flu.”
    “This thing is getting close to taking 1,000 Kentuckians — more Kentuckians than died in Vietnam or the Korean War,” Beshear said.    “Losing 1,000 people to something that didn’t exist six months ago — that ought to tell you what we are truly battling."
    “If we have to deal with it for another three, four, five months, we stand to lose substantially more.”
    Reach Emma Austin at eaustin@gannett.com or on Twitter at @emmacaustin.    Support strong local journalism by subscribing today: subscribe.courierjournal. com.
[Give it up Beshear only 1 death / 273 cases = 0.004% is nothing and most of those cases are from big cites Lexington, Louisville, Bowling Green the ones who gave you enough votes to become governor.].

9/9/2020 Fire Guts Greek Refugee Camp, Forces Thousands To Flee
Flames rise as a fire burns at the Moria camp for refugees and migrants on the island of Lesbos, Greece, September 9, 2020. REUTERS/Elias Marcou
    LESBOS, Greece (Reuters) – Thousands of migrants fled fires on Wednesday that tore through an overcrowded camp under coronavirus lockdown on Greece’s island of Lesbos.
    Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis called ministers to an emergency meeting but there were no immediate reports of casualties.
    The fire broke out at Moria camp just after midnight Tuesday, fire officials said.    By early morning, most of Moria was a smouldering mass of burnt containers and tents, with a few people picking through the debris for their possessions, television footage showed.
    The European Union stood ready to assist Greece “in these difficult times,” European Commission Vice-President Margaritis Schinas said in a tweet after speaking to Mitsotakis.
    The cause of the blaze was not immediately clear.    Authorities were investigating whether there was arson.
    Moria was “probably totally destroyed,” Migration Ministry official Manos Logothetis told the state-run Athens News Agency.
    Initial reports suggested fires broke out at different locations in the sprawling camp after authorities tried to isolate some individuals who had tested positive for COVID-19.
    “The fire is still raging, the camp has been evacuated.    All these people are on the national road towards (the town of) Mytilini,” said Panagiotis Deligiannis, a witness from Moria.
    “There are police out who are not letting them through.    These people are sleeping left and right in the fields.”
OUT OF CONTROL
    The government was likely to place Lesbos in a state of emergency, allowing it to mobilise all forces to support the island and asylum seekers, a government official said.
    Mytilini mayor Stratis Kytelis said migrants would have to be moved or housed on ships to prevent the new coronavirus spreading.
    “The situation was out of control,” policeman Argyris Syvris told Open TV, adding that police were forced to release about 200 persons who were to be repatriated to their countries.
    Conditions at the Moria facility, which hosts over 12,000 people – more than four times its stated capacity – have been criticised by aid groups who say it is impossible to implement social distancing and basic hygiene measures there.
    It was placed under quarantine last week after authorities confirmed an asylum-seeker had tested positive for the novel coronavirus.    Confirmed infections have risen to 35 since then.
    Lesbos, which lies just off the Turkish coast, was on the front line of a mass movement of refugees and migrants to Europe in 2015-2016.    Because of the pandemic, all migrants reaching the island since March 1 have been quarantined away from the camps.
(Reporting by Elias Marcou and Giorgos Moutafis; writing by Michele Kambas, George Georgiopoulos, Renee Maltezou and Angeliki Koutantou; Editing by Kim Coghill, Himani Sarkar and Timothy Heritage)

9/9/2020 Breaking Brexit Treaty? Britain Unveils Details For Post-EU Life by Elizabeth Piper
FILE PHOTO: Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a Cabinet meeting of senior government ministers at
the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in London, Britain, September 1, 2020. REUTERS/Toby Melville/Pool
    LONDON (Reuters) – Britain unveils legislation on Wednesday for life outside the EU, having thrown its trade talks with the bloc into jeopardy by announcing in advance that the new plans would break international law and “clarify” a deal it signed in January.
    The announcement of the plans, which the government said would break international law “in a very specific and limited way,” has contributed to concerns Britain could be cast out of the European Union’s single market with no agreement on trade.
    The pound has slid 2.5% this week against the dollar, having posted its biggest daily fall on Tuesday since a coronavirus-related selloff in March.
    Britain quit the EU in January but has remained part of the single market under a status quo agreement which expires in December.    It has been negotiating a trade deal that would then take effect, but says it is willing to walk away if it cannot agree favourable terms.
    The British government minister responsible for Northern Ireland, Brandon Lewis, told parliament on Tuesday that Wednesday’s new bill would break international law, but was needed to clarify the Brexit agreement in the event the sides fail to reach a trade deal.
    Ireland’s Deputy Prime Minister Leo Varadkar called it a “kamikaze” threat that had backfired.
    Britain’s top civil service lawyer resigned abruptly on Tuesday over what newspapers described as concern about government plans that would break the law.
    The trade negotiations have all but stalled over disagreements over fisheries and state aid.    The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier is due in London on Wednesday to meet his British counterpart David Frost with both parties warning they have until October to agree a deal.
    The EU has warned Britain that if it reneges on the divorce treaty there would be no trade agreement.
    “We need to make sure that our British partners respect their commitments,” French junior trade minister Franck Riester said on Wednesday.
    EU diplomats are uncertain whether Britain’s Internal Market Bill is part of a negotiating strategy, following comments by Prime Minister Boris Johnson this week that both sides should move on if no deal could be struck.
END TO UNELECTED EU POWERS
    The new bill will ensure that “no longer will unelected EU bodies be spending our money on our behalf,” said Michael Gove, the minister handling Brexit divorce issues for Britain.
    “These new spending powers will mean that these decisions will now be made in the UK, focus on UK priorities and be accountable to the UK parliament and people of the UK.”
    On Northern Ireland, Lewis said the provisions would ensure businesses based there would have “unfettered access” to the rest of Britain, without paperwork.    It would also ensure there would be no legal confusion about the fact that while Northern Ireland would remain subject to EU rules on state aid for business, Britain would not.
    Northern Ireland, which borders EU member Ireland, has always been a stumbling block in talks, and almost killed off the Brexit deal until Johnson found agreement with then Irish Prime Minister Varadkar last year.
    That agreement calls for border-free trade on the island of Ireland, which the EU says should in some cases require checks on goods passing between Northern Ireland and Britain.    But Johnson has ruled out requiring export declarations or tarrifs on such goods.    He has also said Britain would not be bound by EU rules on providing state aid to companies.
    Senior members of Johnson’s Conservative Party have voiced anger that Britain might consider breaching its obligations under an international treaty.
    “Any breach, or potential breach, of the international legal obligations we have entered into is unacceptable, regardless of whether it’s in a ‘specific’ or ‘limited way’,” Bob Neill, chairman of parliament’s justice committee said.
(Writing by Michael Holden and Elizabeth Piper; Editing by Peter Graff, Angus MacSwan, Marguerita Choy, Guy Faulconbridge, Michael Perry)

9/9/2020 AstraZeneca Suspends Leading COVID-19 Vaccine Trials After A Participant’s Illness by Deena Beasley
FILE PHOTO: The company logo for pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca is displayed on a screen on the floor at
the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., April 8, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo
    (Reuters) – AstraZeneca Plc said it has paused global trials, including large late-stage trials, of its experimental coronavirus vaccine due to an unexplained illness in a study participant.
    The vaccine, developed with the University of Oxford, has been described by the World Health Organization as probably the world’s leading candidate and the most advanced in terms of development.    The suspension dims prospects for an early rollout amid reports that the United States was aiming for a fast-track approval before the November presidential election.
    The British drugmaker said it voluntarily paused trials to allow an independent committee to review safety data, and it was working to expedite the review to minimise any potential impact on the trial timeline.
    “This is a routine action which has to happen whenever there is a potentially unexplained illness in one of the trials,” the company said in an emailed statement.
    The nature of the illness was not disclosed, although the participant is expected to recover, according to Stat News, which first reported the suspension due to a “suspected serious adverse reaction.”
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration defines an adverse event as one in which evidence suggests a possible relationship to the drug being tested.
    According to a New York Times report which cited a person familiar with the situation, a participant based in the United Kingdom was found to have transverse myelitis, an inflammatory syndrome that affects the spinal cord and is often sparked by viral infections.
    Whether the illness was directly linked to AstraZeneca’s vaccine remains unclear, the report said.    AstraZeneca declined to comment on the report.
SHARES SLIDE
    AstraZeneca’s shares fell more than 8% in after-hours U.S. trading, while shares in rival vaccine developer Moderna Inc rose more than 4%.    Shares in AstraZeneca’s Indian unit, AstraZeneca Pharma India Ltd, tumbled more than 12%.
    Called AZD1222, the vaccine is in late-stage clinical trials in the United States, Britain, Brazil and South Africa and additional trials are planned in Japan and Russia.    The trials aim to enroll up to 50,000 participants globally.
    South Korea said on Wednesday it would look into the suspension and review its plan to participate in the manufacturing of the vaccine.
    “It’s not rare that clinical trials get suspended as various factors interact,” health ministry official Yoon Tae-ho told a briefing.
    The decision to put the trial on hold has impacted clinical trials being conducted by other vaccine makers, which are looking for signs of similar reactions, Stat said.
    The U.S. National Institutes of Health, which is providing funding for AstraZeneca’s trial, declined to comment.
    Moderna said in an emailed statement it was “not aware of any impact” to its ongoing COVID-19 vaccine study at this time.
    Nine leading U.S. and European vaccine developers pledged on Tuesday to uphold scientific safety and efficacy standards for their experimental vaccines despite the urgency to contain the coronavirus pandemic.
    The companies, including AstraZeneca, Moderna and Pfizer, issued what they called a “historic pledge” after a rise in concern that safety standards might slip in the face of political pressure to rush out a vaccine.
    The companies said they would “uphold the integrity of the scientific process as they work towards potential global regulatory filings and approvals of the first COVID-19 vaccines.”
    The other signatories were Johnson & Johnson, Merck & Co, GlaxoSmithKline, Novavax Inc, Sanofi and BioNTech.
(Reporting by Deena Beasley; Additional reporting by Peter Henderson in San Francisco, Rocky Swift in Tokyo, Sangmi Cha in Seoul and Miyoung Kim in Singapore; Editing by Bill Berkrot, Aurora Ellis and Edwina Gibbs)

9/9/2020 Trump Targeting WikiLeaks’ Assange As ‘Political Enemy’, UK Court Told by Michael Holden
A supporter of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange protests outside the Old Bailey, the Central Criminal Court ahead of a hearing
to decide whether Assange should be extradited to the United States, in London, Britain September 9, 2020. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
    LONDON (Reuters) – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is wanted by the United States because he is a “political enemy” of President Donald Trump, his London extradition hearing was told on Wednesday.
    Australian-born Assange, 49, is fighting against being sent to the United States, where he is charged with conspiring to hack government computers and violating an espionage law over the release of confidential cables by WikiLeaks in 2010-2011.
    Paul Rogers, a professor of peace studies at Britain’s Bradford University, told London’s Old Bailey court that the timing of the U.S. prosecution was connected to Assange’s political views and Trump’s hostility toward him.
    “The evidence does support very strongly … this does appear to be a political trial,” Rogers said.
    Assange and WikiLeaks enraged the U.S. government a decade ago by publishing thousands of secret American documents, but he was not charged with any criminal offense at the time.
    His supporters see him as a champion of free speech exposing abuses of power and hypocrisy by Washington and regard his prosecution as threat to journalism.    U.S. authorities say he recklessly endangered the lives of sources with his releases.
    Rogers said the Trump administration viewed Assange as a “political enemy” because of his opinions.    Assange’s defense team are arguing the U.S. case is politically-motivated, something which would bar his extradition.
    “The opinions and views of Mr Assange, demonstrated in his words and actions with the organization WikiLeaks over many years, can be seen as very clearly placing him in the crosshairs of dispute with the philosophy of the Trump administration,” Rogers said in his statement to the court.
    James Lewis, the lawyer representing the United States, challenged the assertion the case was politically-motivated, saying U.S. federal prosecutors were forbidden to consider political opinion in making their decisions.
    “I’m not saying they are acting in bad faith,” Rogers said.    “I’m saying that at a different level, a political decision was taken to investigate this further after it had lapsed for eight years.”
    Assange was warned by the judge on Tuesday he would be removed from the courtroom and tried in his absence if he interrupted proceedings after Assange shouting “nonsense” at Lewis.

9/9/2020 United States Formally Announces Troop Reduction In Iraq
FILE PHOTO: U.S. soldiers are seen during a handover ceremony of Taji military base from US-led coalition troops
to Iraqi security forces, in the base north of Baghdad, Iraq August 23, 2020. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States military on Wednesday announced that it would be reducing its presence in Iraq from 5,200 to 3,000 troops this month, formalizing a move that had been long expected.
    Last month, Reuters reported that the United States was expected to reduce its troops presence in Iraq by about a third.
    The United States has around 5,200 troops that were deployed in Iraq to fight the Islamic State militant group.    Officials in the U.S.-led coalition say Iraqi forces are now mostly able to handle the remnants of Islamic State on their own.
    “We are continuing to expand on our partner capacity programs that enable Iraqi forces and allow us to reduce our footprint in Iraq,” Marine General Frank McKenzie, the head of U.S. Central Command, said during a visit to Iraq.
    A senior administration official had said on Tuesday that President Donald Trump would be announcing a reduction of U.S. troops from Iraq.
    The United States and Iraq in June affirmed their commitment to the reduction of U.S. troops in the country in coming months, with no plans by Washington to maintain permanent bases or a permanent military presence.
    In 2016 Trump campaigned on ending America’s “endless wars,” but U.S. troops remain in countries like Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria, albeit in smaller numbers.
    Last month during a meeting with the Iraqi prime minister, Trump redoubled his promise to withdraw the U.S. troops still in Iraq.
    Trump’s meeting with the Iraqi leader came 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.
    Iraq’s parliament had voted earlier this year for the departure of foreign troops from Iraq, and United States and other coalition troops have been leaving as part of a drawdown.
(Reporting by Idrees Ali; Editing by Steve Orlofsky)

9/9/2020 Disgraced Fmr. FBI Agent Strzok Claims President Trump ‘Compromised’ by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this July 12, 2018, file photo, then-FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok, waits for the start of a House Judiciary
Committee joint hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Strzok, a former FBI agent who was fired because of derogatory text messages about
Donald Trump, writes in a new book that he believes the president has been compromised by Russia. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
    Former FBI agent Peter Strzok has levied new attacks on President Trump after accusing him of being “compromised.”
    “I spent over two decades recruiting spies and supervising counterintelligence investigations throughout the United States and around the world,” said Strzok.    “There’s nobody who has done that kind of work who does not believe that the president is compromised.”     During an interview while promoting his new book Tuesday, the disgraced former FBI agent attempted to defend the Russia probe by claiming there was evidence foreign agents are influencing the president.    He also denied the probe was motivated by an anti-Trump bias despite his texts to Lisa Page showing otherwise.
    “Look, every agent has their own opinion, I have my own personal opinion as well,” Strzok stated.    “Every day, though, around the United States, government employees walk into their jobs and they leave their political opinions at the door…they do their job like I did my job, objectively, independently and in pursuit of the truth.”
    The White House said Strzok is a disgruntled employee who was fired for his lack of professionalism.    Officials also noted that his book, title “Compromised," “isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on.”

9/9/2020 Portland Police Dept. Spending Records Show 200% Increase In Overtime Pay For Officers This Year by OAN Newsroom
Police officers pass a fire lit by protesters on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, in Portland, Ore. Hundreds of people gathered for rallies
and marches against police violence and racial injustice Saturday night in Portland, Oregon, as often violent nightly
demonstrations that have happened for 100 days since George Floyd was killed showed no signs of ceasing. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
    According to new data out of Portland, the city’s police department spent $6.9 million between June and July to pay officers for overtime hours spent protecting residents amid ongoing rioting and looting in the city’s streets.    This reportedly marks a 200-percent increase from overtime pay last year during the same time period.
    Additionally, the Portland Police Department has spent tens-of-thousands of dollars on fencing, munitions and other crowd control equipment in an effort to quell the unrest.
    Police officers in the city have fought against violent rioters for more than 100 nights in a row with 59 arrests made in the city last Saturday alone.
Police detain a man during the 100th consecutive day of demonstrations in Portland, Ore., on Saturday
Sept. 5, 2020. The demonstrations began over the killing of George Floyd. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
    Back in June, however, the city council voted to slash at least $15 million from the police department’s budget, which met just a fraction of the $50 million protesters hoped would be cut.
    Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said removing funds from the police is “just a start” to continue police reform in the city.    Back in June, he admitted that depleting the police funds “down to zero” can’t possibly happen.
    “I most certainly will not decrease the funding of the police bureau down to zero because at the end of the day criminal activity still happens in the community,” Mayor Wheeler stated.    “Dozens of people call for police assistance throughout the year and we still need robust public safety to function in this community.”
    Without enough money to continue to pay officers for their overtime work, many believe the city will continue to see increasingly overwhelming chaos in the streets.

9/9/2020 Biden Walks Back Position On Nationwide Face Mask Mandate, Says He Believes Order Is Unconstitutional by OAN Newsroom
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden ducks his head as he boards a plane at
Harrisburg International Airport in Middletown, Pa., Monday, Sept. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
    Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden now says he would not issue a national face mask mandate, once again, flip-flopping on a previous pledge.    He back-tracked on his one-time position during an interview earlier this week when he stated that he believes this kind of order is unconstitutional.
    The 2020 Democrat’s comments were a response to how President Trump has given more authority to the states to issue coronavirus guidelines.    Biden said he hopes “we can trust the governors.”
    “Here’s the deal…there’s a constitutional issue with the federal government, whether they can issue such a mandate,” he stated.    “I don’t think constitutionally they could, so I wouldn’t issue such a mandate.”
    This comes just one month after Biden called for a nationwide mask mandate while claiming the order would save about 40,000 lives.
[That just goes to show you that the Democrat party is hell bent to get rid of our Constitution because it is in the way of their Globalist goals especially 1st, 2nd and others.].

9/9/2020 President Trump Signs Order Extending Moratorium On Offshore Drilling Off Fla., Ga., S.C. by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump at the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, in Jupiter, Fla. Trump signed a
memorandum to expand the offshore drilling moratorium to Florida’s Atlantic coast, Georgia and South Carolina. At left
is Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Interior Secretary David Bernhardt. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    President Trump extended a moratorium on offshore drilling for large swaths off the gulf coast.    The presidential order was signed during his visit to Jupiter, Florida on Tuesday.
    The order blocks energy companies from drilling off the shores of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.    The moratorium will now last until 2032, marking a decade-long extension to the ban.
    In recent years, both Democrats and Republicans have come out against offshore drilling following the devastating Deep Water Horizon oil spill of 2010.
    President Trump said he’s deeply committed to preserving the environment and protecting the citizens of Florida.
    “Environmental protection is a sacred obligation and so, it is our duty to fight for the dreams and livelihoods of the citizens we serve,” he stated.    “And to the citizens of Florida that I know so well and that I love, this is my home.”
    However, President Trump reaffirmed his pro-energy stance by drawing a stark contrast to former Vice President Joe Biden.
    “The approach of Joe Biden and the radical left is exactly the opposite,” he stated.    “Their policies will destroy jobs, cause energy prices to double and triple and quadruple, to skyrocket beyond belief and the environment will badly hurt if you go by that.”
    The presidential race in Florida is currently neck-and-neck with a Marist-NBC poll Tuesday showing Biden and President Trump both raking in 48-percent support.

9/9/2020 President Trump Delivers Speech At Campaign Rally In Battleground State Of N.C. by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump gestures after speaking at a campaign rally at Smith Reynolds
Airport, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, in Winston-Salem, N.C. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    President Trump recently rallied hundreds of his supporters in the battleground state of North Carolina.    Supporters from across the country came out to cheer him on during Tuesday’s rally.
    The president pointed out the hypocrisy of Democrat lawmakers who allow large protests, but attempt to restrict his rallies.
    “They have rules in these Democrat-run states that if you’re campaigning, you can’t have more than five people…they did that for me,” he stated.    “…But if you’re willing to riot…running down Main Street…and do whatever the hell you want to do, you’re allowed to do that because you’re considered a peaceful protester so we decided to call all our rallies peaceful protests.”
    During his speech, President Trump endorsed Dan Forest for the state’s Republican nominee for governor.
    “And by the way your state should be open…you ought to vote for Dan Forest,” he told the crowd.    “…They want to open, they want to have football, they want to have their schools open and it’s a shame what’s going on.”
    Meanwhile, the president urged his supporters to make sure their vote is tabulated.    He has recently raised concerns over the security of mail-in ballots.
    “Make sure you send the ballot in and then go to your polling place and make sure it counts,” he stated.    “Make sure it gets counted because the only way they can win is by doing very bad things.”
    The president ended his speech with a promise to the American people:
    “We are one movement, one people, one family and one glorious nation under God and together with the incredible people of North Carolina, we will make America wealthy again, we will make America strong again, we will make America proud again, we will make America safe again…and we will make America great again.    Thank you North Carolina.”
People cheer as President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Smith
Reynolds Airport, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, in Winston-Salem, N.C. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

9/9/2020 President Trump Says Biden Would Destroy Second Amendment If Elected by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks at the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum, Tuesday, Sept.. 8, 2020, in Jupiter, Fla., on environmental policies. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
    “And we will protect your right to keep and bear arms.    Your Second Amendment.” — President Trump
    According to President Trump, Joe Biden would abolish Second Amendment rights if elected in November.    While speaking in Jupiter, Florida on Tuesday, he said the former vice president is pursuing radical-left policies which include strict gun control measures.
    President Trump also noted that the Democrats are not interested in citizens’ ability to defend themselves, while letting violent criminals roam the streets free.    The president stressed he’s fighting to protect the rights enshrined in the U.S. Constitution.
    The president also said special interests in Washington are pressuring him to reduce the right to bear arms, but he reiterated the Second Amendment will not change if he is reelected.

9/9/2020 President Trump Addresses Audio Of Conversation About COVID by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks during an event on judicial appointments, in the Diplomatic Reception Room
of the White House, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    President Trump has addressed the newly released audio of his conversation with journalist Bob Woodward, in which he allegedly downplayed the coronavirus.    During Wednesday’s press briefing, the president explained he didn’t want to frighten people and create a panic early on during the pandemic.
    He has suggested causing a frenzy would have led to a sharp increase in the price of personal protective equipment.
    “The fact is, I’m a cheerleader for this country.    I love our country and I don’t want people to be frightened.    I don’t want to create panic, as you say.    Certainly, I’m not going to drive this country or the world into a frenzy.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
    He also highlighted his administration’s response to the virus.
    “We want to show confidence, we want to show strength as a nation, and that’s what I’ve done,” he added.    “We’ve done very well, if you look at our numbers compared to other countries, other parts of the world.”
    The president went on to criticize China for not stopping the virus from spreading to the world.
FILE – In this April 29, 2017, file photo journalist Bob Woodward sits at the head table during
the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in Washington. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)
    The White House has since called out Woodward’s new book, “Rage,” which claimed President Trump intentionally mislead Americans about COVID-19.
    “The president has never lied to the American public on COVID,” stated Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany.     According to McEnany, the president has been honest with the American people from the beginning.    She noted he has even received praise from Dr. Anthony Fauci for the way he is handling the pandemic.
    “The president was expressing calm and his actions reflect that.    On January 6th, the CDC issued a Wuhan travel notice before any confirmed U.S. cases, among a number of other actions.    I’d refer you to Dr. Fauci, who said that this president has an impressive response.    I can’t imagine under any circumstance that anyone could be doing anything more.    That is the record of this president.” – Kayleigh McEnany, White House Press Secretary
    When asked whether or not President Trump lied to the country about the coronavirus, the press secretary reiterated that the president was “expressing calm.”
    She went on to clarify what was actually said by the president and stood firm in her belief that he has been the most transparent president to date.
    “The president, just days after having this discussion with Bob Woodward, …said, ‘I do want them to stay calm.    We are doing a great job.’    …It is important to stay calm, so this president does what good leaders do: stay calm and resolute when you face an insurmountable challenge.    That’s what this president has done.” – Kayleigh McEnany, White House Press Secretary
    She added the president stands by the fact he took “serious steps” to combat the virus, while Democrats were solely focused on trying to impeach him.
[THIS WAS A NOTHING BURGER AS THE DEMOCRATS ARE DESPERATE FOR ANYTHING TO DEMEAN TRUMP BUT IT HAS TURNED OUT TO BE SHOWING THAT TRUMP DID THE RIGHT THING.].

9/9/2020 Nev. Airport Forces Cancellation Of Trump Campaign Rally by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Smith Reynolds Airport, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, in Winston-Salem, N.C. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)<
    Democrats have ramped up their efforts to prevent President Trump from speaking to voters under the pretext of coronavirus safety.    On Wednesday, the owners of an airport hangar in Reno, Nevada withdrew their offer to provide a safe space for the president’s campaign event this week.
    According to officials, his meetings with voters could be unsafe and may spread the virus.
    The Trump campaign responded by saying large turnouts at recent Trump rallies sparked panic among Democrats, who have been struggling to prop up Joe Biden’s frail public image.
    “Democrats are trying to keep President Trump from speaking to voters because they know the enthusiasm behind his reelection campaign cannot be matched by Joe Biden,” stated Tim Murtaugh.

Supporters cheer after President Donald Trump spoke at a campaign rally at Smith Reynolds
Airport, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, in Winston-Salem, N.C. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    Separately, the White House has denounced selective bans on public events by Democrat officials.
    “We believe that if people want to show up and express their political views, that’s their choice to do so.    At the end of the day, if you want to join a peaceful protest, you can do so.    There’s no reason, just like the protests we’ve seen in the streets, you can’t show up and express your political views at a rally.” – Kayleigh McEnany, White House Press Secretary
    President Trump is still expected to travel to Nevada this coming weekend, where he will likely hold other campaign events outside Democrat officials’ reach.
[I guess Nevada residents could really see how many fans who will vote for Trump at the rally they cancelled.].

9/9/2020 N.Y. Prosecutors Charge 2 In Connection To Rochester Riots by OAN Newsroom
Demonstrators march along a street in Rochester, N.Y., Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, during a protest over the death of Daniel Prude. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)
    New York prosecutors have unveiled criminal charges against two participants of the recent far-left riots in Rochester.
    “The reason why we’re all here today is to announce that two individuals have been arrested and charged federally,” stated U.S. attorney James P. Kennedy Jr.    “Adam Green, age 20, of Dansville, New York and Dallas William-Smothers, age 20, from here in Rochester.”
    According to authorities, these individuals are facing hefty fines and up to five years in prison.    They have been charged with obstructing and impeding law enforcement during an outbreak of political violence in the city.
Demonstrators clash with police officers a block from the Public Safety Building in Rochester, N.Y., Friday,
Sept. 4, 2020, after a rally and march protesting the death of Daniel Prude. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)
    Prosecutors emphasized multiple attacks on law enforcement took place during those riots.
    “Following the public disclosure on September 2nd of Daniel Prude’s death, nightly protests, some of which have been violent, began to take place here in the city of Rochester,” added Kennedy.    “Those protests have resulted in property damage and physical injury to members of the Rochester Police Department.”
    U.S. attorneys are continuing their investigations into the latest national unrest.    They have said they will hold to account every participant of those violent and unlawful actions.

9/9/2020 Don Jr. On Alleged Kenosha Shooter: We’re Waiting For Due Process 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. has said he is waiting for “due process” to play out before he makes an informed decision about Kyle Rittenhouse.    The 17-year-old allegedly killed two protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin last month.
    On Tuesday, the president’s son was asked why he or his father’s administration have not condemned Rittenhouse for his alleged actions.
    He admitted that “we all do stupid things at 17.”
FILE – In this Aug. 25, 2020, file photo, Kyle Rittenhouse, left, with backwards cap, walks along Sheridan
Road in Kenosha, Wis., with another armed civilian. (Adam Rogan/The Journal Times via AP, File)
    “We’re waiting for due process, we’re not jumping to a conclusion.    …If I put myself in Kyle Rittenhouse’s shoes, maybe I shouldn’t have been there.    He’s a young kid.    I don’t want young kids running around the streets with AR-15s.    Maybe I wouldn’t have put myself in that situation, who knows?    We all do stupid things at 17.    …We all have to let due process play out, let due process take its course.” – Donald Trump Jr., son of President Trump
    Don Jr. also touched on Black Lives Matter, a movement that he disputes in his new book “Liberal Privilege.”

9/9/2020 Acting DHS Chief: Federal Agents’ Tactics At Violent Riots Are Appropriate by OAN Newsroom
Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf speaks during an event
at DHS headquarters in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf has refuted the latest Democrat attacks on federal agents, who have been deployed to address the ongoing riots across the U.S.    On Wednesday, he claimed the actions of DHS agents in riot stricken areas were appropriate and fully in line with the law.
    He has suggested riots are one of the main threats facing the U.S., along with COVID-19, election meddling and drug trafficking.
    “Just this week, we’re releasing an implementation plan that outlines dozens of separate actions across the DHS enterprise designed to combat domestic terrorism,” stated Wolf.    “…Let me be clear: DHS stands in absolute opposition to any form of violent extremism.”
    He went on to say Democrats and mainstream media have falsely portrayed the riots as peaceful protests.    He added that unrest was accompanied by destruction of property and attacks on law enforcement.
    “Amidst this shifting series of challenges, a vocal and ill-informed minority has clamored to paint recent DHS actions as examples of mission drift or polarization,” he said.    “They could not be more wrong.”

9/9/2020 17 Anarchists Arrested, Weapons Recovered After Protest At L.A. County Sheriff’s Department by OAN Newsroom
Protesters clash with deputies of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department during protests following the
death of Dijon Kizzee on Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, in Los Angeles, Calif. (AP Photo/Christian Monterrosa)
    Los Angeles sheriffs took 17 people into custody following a protest at their south station.    Reports described the group as “aggressive anarchists” from out of town, who were looking to cause trouble.
    The crowd was ordered to disperse. Authorities used crowd control munitions to push people back after they ignored the order.
    Sheriffs later recovered knives, fireworks and fake press helmets from those taken into custody.
Protesters clash with deputies of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department during protests on Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, in
Los Angeles, Calif., following the death of Dijon Kizzee, a 29-year-old Black man. (AP Photo/Christian Monterrosa)
    “We definitely want people to protest peacefully.    But when the sun goes down, people that show up here, they’re not from the community.    They’re armed to the teeth.    They have rocks, bottles, lasers, fireworks, mortars, hard hats.    They came here to cause trouble, to create damage.” – Sheriff Alex Villanueva, L.A. County Sheriff’s Department
    Protests at the station earlier this week turned violent after rioters began throwing objects at deputies.    Demonstrators have gathered for four nights in a row in protest against the shooting death of a Black man by sheriffs.

9/9/2020 NIH Director Addresses Clinical Hold On AstraZeneca Vaccine by OAN Newsroom
FILE – This July 18, 2020, file photo, shows the AstraZeneca offices in Cambridge, England. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)
    The director of the National Institutes of Health recently addressed the reasons behind AstraZeneca’s clinical hold on its coronavirus vaccine.    During a Senate hearing this week, Dr. Francis Collins confirmed one person experienced an adverse reaction during trials.
    He added placing a clinical hold on the vaccine shows scientists are operating with an abundance of caution.
    According to Dr. Collins, this is not an unusual move, especially during a pandemic.
    “To have a clinical hold, as has been placed on AstraZeneca as of yesterday, because of a single serious, adverse event is not at all unprecedented.    This certainly happens in any large scale trial where you have tens of thousands of people invested.    Some of them may get ill.    You always have to try to figure out is that because of the vaccine or are they going to get that illness anyway?” – Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health
    He also said the reason there are investments in several vaccines is because there is an expectation they won’t all work.

9/9/2020 Rep. Gosar Calls For DOJ To Step In As Violent Protests Continue
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)
    Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) has called on the Justice Department to take action against ongoing protests across the country.    He believes DOJ officials should respond to the current unrest, just like they stepped in to stop organized crime.
    Gosar has acknowledged people have the right to peacefully protest, but emphasized that’s not what’s happening.
    He went on to say Antifa agitators and Black Lives Matter protesters have been crossing state lines to terrorize communities across the nation.
    The lawmaker added anyone causing chaos should be held accountable under the law.
FILE – In this July 20, 2020, file photo, hundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters hold their phones aloft in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)
    “The president is in a very difficult position, where he’s got to make sure he’s supporting law and order, the police, but making sure that those local controls are also held accountable,” explained Gosar.    “They also need the support from the federal government.”
    The congressman pointed out that violent unrest scaled back as soon as federal agents were sent to Minneapolis and Kenosha.
    In the meantime, the Democrat mayor of Portland has denied the president’s offer for federal help.

9/9/2020 Attorney General Barr: Crime Is Down As A Result Of Operation Legend by OAN Newsroom
In this Aug. 18, 2020, photo Attorney General William Barr shakes hands with
Detroit police officers outside the JZ Motel in Detroit. (AP Photo/Mike Balsamo)
    Attorney General William Barr has said crime is down and order is being restored in Chicago as a result of the Justice Department’s Operation Legend.    On Wednesday, Barr announced more than 500 people have been arrested in the city since July.
    He added many of the arrests were for violent crimes, such as homicides, sexual assault and robbery.    Operation Legend was launched in Kansas City this summer following the fatal shooting of 4-year-old Legend Taliferro, whom the initiative is named after.
    The operation was expanded to multiple cities and has resulted in more than 2,500 arrests.    Roughly 600 people are now facing federal charges.
    “We have dedicated hundreds of federal government’s best investigators, analysts, fugitive trackers and other experts to work with our state and local colleagues in law enforcement here in Chicago to help get violent criminals off the streets,” stated Barr.    “I’m pleased to report that Operation Legend is working.”
    The attorney general has criticized cities that are trying to defund the police.    He fears their actions will have devastating consequences.
    He concluded his remarks by thanking all law enforcement for their service.

9/10/2020 Oil down $1.15 to $38.03, DOW up 440 to 27,941.

9/10/2020 Exclusive: Russian State Hackers Suspected In Targeting Biden Campaign Firm – Sources by Joel Schectman, Raphael Satter, Christopher Bing and Joseph Menn
Democratic U.S. presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to the media at the end of his visit, before
leaving for Delaware, at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport in Detroit, Michigan, September 9, 2020. REUTERS/Leah Millis
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp recently alerted one of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s main election campaign advisory firms that it had been targeted by suspected Russian state-backed hackers, according to three people briefed on the matter.
    The hacking attempts targeted staff at Washington-based SKDKnickerbocker, a campaign strategy and communications firm working with     Biden and other prominent Democrats, over the past two months, the sources said.
    A person familiar with SKDK’s response to the attempts said the hackers failed to gain access to the firm’s networks.    “They are well-defended, so there has been no breach,” the person said.
    SKDK Vice Chair Hilary Rosen declined to comment.    A Biden spokesman did not respond to a request for comment.
    The hacking attempts on SKDK come as U.S. intelligence agencies have raised alarms about possible efforts by foreign governments to interfere in the November presidential election.
    Investigations by former special counsel Robert Mueller and the Senate intelligence committee both concluded that affiliates of the Russian government interfered in the 2016 presidential election, and Mueller has warned that Russia was meddling in the current campaign.
    One of the sources said it was not clear whether Biden’s campaign was the target or whether the Russians were attempting to gain access to information about other SKDK clients.
    SKDK managing director Anita Dunn was a White House communications director during the Barack Obama presidency and serves the Biden campaign as a senior advisor.
    The attempts to infiltrate SKDK were recently flagged to the campaign firm by Microsoft, which identified hackers tied to the Russian government as the likely culprits, according to the three sources briefed on the matter.
    The attacks included phishing, a hacking method which seeks to trick users into disclosing passwords, as well as other efforts to infiltrate SKDK’s network, the three sources said.
    A Microsoft spokesman declined to comment.
    SKDK is closely associated with the Democratic Party, having worked on six presidential campaigns and numerous congressional races.    In addition to its current work for Biden, the firm in 2018 worked on successful governor’s races in Kansas and Connecticut.
(Reporting by Joel Schectman, Raphael Satter, Chris Bing and Joseph Menn; Editing by William Mallard)
[OK HERE WE GO AGAIN WITH THE DEMOCRATS AND THEIR ONLINE PROTECTORS CRYBABYING AGAIN THAT RUSSIA IS TRYING TO MEDDLE IN OUR ELECTIONS AND IF SO THAT SHOWS YOU HOW STUPID THEY ARE FOR LETTING THEM AND OF COURSE NEXT THEY WILL BLAME IT ON THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION WITHOUT ANY PROOF OF THAT CLAIM AND EVEN TODAY NOT ONE RUSSIAN HAS BEEN PROSECUTED AND BIDEN SHOULD BE SCARED OF HIS OWN PRESS WHO WILL PROMOTE THAT FALSE INFORMATION TO THE MEDIA AND IT MAY COME BACK TO BITE HIM.].

9/10/2020 U.S. Blacklists Ukrainian Accused Of Meddling In 2020 Election by Jonathan Landay and Daphne Psaledakis
FILE PHOTO: Ukrainian lawmaker Andriy Derkach attends a news conference titled "Publication of facts of pressure of U.S. Embassy on Ukraine's law
enforcement agencies to interfere in electoral process in U.S.", in Kiev, Ukraine October 9, 2019. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Thursday imposed sanctions on a pro-Russian Ukrainian lawmaker linked to Republican efforts to dig up dirt on Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter, accusing him of trying to interfere in the U.S. election.
    In a statement, the U.S. Treasury Department said it had blacklisted Ukrainian parliamentarian Andriy Derkach, who it accused of being “an active Russian agent for over a decade,” using “manipulation and deceit” in his effort to influence elections in the United States and around the world.
    Derkach’s name has repeatedly come up in connection with unsubstantiated allegations by President Donald Trump, his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, and some Republican lawmakers that Hunter Biden used his influence with his father to help Burisma, an energy company on whose board he sat, and that Joe Biden pressured Ukraine to fire a top prosecutor who had investigated the firm.
    Derkach did not immediately return a message seeking comment, but told Politico in July it was “nonsense” that he is trying to interfere in the U.S. election.
    Democrats allege that Derkach has helped orchestrate the Biden allegations.    They and others have expressed particular alarm over Derkach’s ties to Giuliani, as well as the Ukrainian’s boasts about feeding material to U.S. legislators.
    A spokesman for the Biden campaign declined to comment.
    Democratic Representative Adam Schiff, the House Intelligence Committee chairman who led last year’s impeachment proceedings against Trump over his efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate the Bidens, called Derkach’s blacklisting “appropriate and welcome.”
    “This announcement should serve as a reminder to those in the United States that have elevated Derkach’s disinformation and engaged with him and other foreign actors spreading similar false narratives, that their work only advances Vladimir Putin’s interests and efforts.    Americans alone should decide American elections,” he said in a statement.
    Derkach has previously disseminated information about Hunter Biden and Burisma that Giuliani has cited as evidence in his criticisms of the Biden family.
    Giuliani did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but the former New York mayor has told the Washington Post that he has had frequent contacts with Derkach.    The pair met in December during a trip to Ukraine as part of an effort by Trump’s allies to obtain damaging information about Biden.
    Derkach also told Politico earlier this year that he notified Republican and Democratic lawmakers about materials he has published and aired at his news conferences. Among them was Republican Senator Ron Johnson, who is overseeing an investigation of the Bidens as chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, he said.     A message left with Johnson’s office was not immediately returned.    Johnson has denied receiving any information from Derkach and rejected Democratic allegations that his investigation is being fueled by Russian disinformation.
    The Treasury’s move on Thursday also targeted three Russian nationals that it said were employees of Russia’s Internet Research Agency (IRA), which was indicted by former U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller as part of his probe into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election.
    One of the employees, Artem Lifshits, was separately charged by the U.S. Justice Department in a conspiracy to use stolen identities of Americans as part of an operation to “disrupt the democratic process and spread distrust towards candidates for political office.”
    “The United States will continue to use all the tools at its disposal to counter these Russian disinformation campaigns and uphold the integrity of our election system,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in Thursday’s statement.
    Treasury’s measures freeze any U.S. assets of those blacklisted and generally bar Americans from dealing with them.
(Reporting by Daphne Psaledakis, Jonathan Landay, Raphael Satter, Karen Freifeld, and Tim Ahmann; Addiitional reporting by Trevor Hunnicutt; Writing by Raphael Satter; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama, Paul Simao and Tom Brown)
[All of us are not stupid as we all have seen the video of Joe Biden stating that if the Ukrainian prosecutor of Burmisa is not fired then the U.S. money of 1 billion dollars will not be given to Ukraine and he denies it even though it is on video and that is why Trump calls Biden Quid Pro Quo Joe who actually did what the Left tried to do to Trump with the Impeachment and I expect that Trump will show that video during any president upcoming debates and lets see if he will lie directly to the citizens or just read off teleprompter written by Kamala who is good at lying also.].

9/10/2020 AG Barr: More Charges Possible In Durham Probe by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump, Attorney General William Barr and acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf arrive at Andrews
Air Force Base after a trip to Kenosha, Wis., Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    Attorney General William Barr has remained quiet on the details of John Durham’s probe, but said he won’t rule out further criminal charges.
    Barr suggested “there could be” more charges in connection with the Inspector General report during an interview Wednesday.    He refused to comment if the report was coming before the election or if there would be an interim report before that time.
    The attorney general acknowledged some people could accuse an interim report of trying to influence the election, but said he’ll do what’s right in the public interest.
    “As I’ve already said, I’m conscious of the election and I don’t think any of the things that are being worked on are going to have an adverse effect on that,” he stated.    “I also think there’s strong public interest involved as well.”
    Last month, Barr said there were “significant developments” in the Durham probe.    Former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith pleaded guilty to falsifying an email, which marked the first criminal case to come out of the probe.
FILE – This 2018 portrait released by the U.S. Department of Justice shows Connecticut’s U.S. Attorney John Durham. Former FBI
lawyer Kevin Clinesmith will plead guilty to making a false statement in the first criminal case arising from U.S. Attorney
John Durham’s investigation into the probe of ties between Russia and the 2016 Trump campaign. (U.S. Department of Justice via AP)

9/10/2020 Surgeon General, NIH Director Push For Vaccine Confidence by OAN Newsroom
Surgeon General Jerome Adams, left, and Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health, appear before
a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing to discuss vaccines and protecting public health during
the coronavirus pandemic on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, in Washington. (Michael Reynolds/Pool via AP)
    Advisors on the White House coronavirus task force team have reassured senators the decision to “okay” a COVID-19 vaccine will be based on science alone.
    Surgeon General Jerome Adams and Director of the National Institutes of Health Dr. Francis Collins testified before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Wednesday.    The officials stressed the safety and effectiveness of a vaccine will not be compromised by political pressure.
    “There will be no shortcuts, this vaccine will be safe, it will be effective or it won’t get moved along,” stated the Surgeon General.    “When a vaccine is either approved or authorized by the FDA, I and my family will be in line to get it.”
    Officials talked about safety measures being taken in the development process while noting that Astrazeneca’s hold on their phase three trials was done out of an “abundance of caution” after they came across possible adverse effects of their vaccine.
    “This certainly happens in any large scale trial where you have tens of thousands of people invested in taking part and some of them may get ill,” said Dr. Collins.    “So this ought to be reassuring to everyone listening when we say we’re going to focus first on safety and make no compromises.    Here is is exhibit A.”
    The White House task force advisors also discussed the significance of vaccines in preventing serious virus outbreaks and that the Department of Health & Human Services will be working to improve the public’s confidence in vaccines in general.
    “Most of the 10 percent that isn’t in the anti-vax category, they are in the vaccine-hesitant category and that’s who we need to work on,” the Surgeon General explained.    “We need to work on educating them and engaging them and being compassionate to answer their questions.”
    Adams also called on Congress members to set an example to Americans by staying up to date on all vaccinations, further advising them to spread the message that vaccines are safe in any ways they can.

9/10/2020 President Trump Announces 20 More Potential SCOTUS Candidates by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this June 29, 2020, file photo, the Supreme Court is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
    President Trump unveiled 20 potential candidates he would consider to nominate to serve on the Supreme Court.
    During a White House press briefing Wednesday, the president said he was “honored to present the names of 20 incredible people” on the list, including Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).    Also included on the list are at least five current or former members of the president’s administration.
    The three high-profile senators had varying responses to the announcement on social media.    Sen. Cruz said it was “humbling and an immense honor to be considered for the Supreme Court.”
    Similarly, Sen. Cotton released a statement saying he is “grateful for the president’s confidence” and consideration.    In a bold move soon after, Cotton tweeted “it’s time for Roe v. Wade to go” and “the First Amendment protects your right to worship.”
    Meanwhile, the president received a “thanks, but no thanks” from Sen. Hawley.    He said while he “appreciates the president’s confidence” in him as a potential Supreme Court nominee, he’s not interested in serving on the high court.
    Despite much attention being placed on those higher profile names on the list, President Trump said all of the candidates are “outstanding people” and reiterated the importance of this kind of decision.    He then slammed Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden for not putting out his own nominee list.    The president said he believes Biden is scared the picks would be “too far left.”
    “Joe Biden has refused to release his list, perhaps because he knows the names are so extremely far left that they could never withstand public scrutiny or receive acceptance,” stated President Trump.    “He must release a list of justices for people to properly make a decision as to how they will vote, it is very important that he do so.”
    Presidential nominees are shifting their focus on the Supreme Court following a year of multiple hospitalizations for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, who at 87 is the oldest serving justice on the court.
    In response to the new potential Supreme Court nominees, Vice President Mike Pence posted a clip of him speaking about the nation’s highest court at a Susan B. Anthony fireside chat in Pennsylvania.
    President Trump has already announced 25 other potential nominees during his first term, which is a stark contrast from his Democrat opponent who’s only promise on the matter so far is to appoint a black woman to the high court if the chance presents itself.

9/10/2020 President Trump: Sending Out 80M Unsolicited Ballots Is Unfair, Total Fraud by OAN Newsroom
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)
    President Trump has continued to slam mail-in voting as a growing number of states are set to send out ballots.    He has warned the process opens up the door for voter fraud.
    During a campaign rally in North Carolina earlier this week, he slammed states which are sending out unsolicited ballots and advised voters to confirm their ballot is counted.
    “Make sure you send the ballot in, and then go to your polling place and make sure it counts,” he stated.    “Make sure it gets in because the only way they can win is by doing very bad things, that’s the only way.”
    President Trump has previously said he supports absentee voting, where a ballot is sent to voters who request them.    However, he’s been highly critical of universal mail-in voting, where ballots are sent to voters regardless if they requested them or not.

9/10/2020 N.Y. Gov. Cuomo Eying Plan To Tax Wealthy Residents To Reduce Damage From Coronavirus Economic Fallout by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this March 31, 2020 file photo, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks about the $175.5 billion state budget
during a news conference in the Red Room at the state Capitol in Albany, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)
    New York is considering raising taxes on wealthy residents should relief talks fail.    Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) elaborated Tuesday by saying there were a combination of issues aiding in crippling New York City and a tax increase may be the last resort to alleviate the pressure.
    The Democrat governor voiced a desire to explore “better options” such as receiving federal funding before resorting to the tax jump.    His remarks came after President Trump proposed cutting funds to cities who do not crack down on the violent protests and, instead, move to defund the police.
    Cuomo said when all other attempts fail, the last resort would be complex.
    “You’d need additional revenues, you’d need cuts, and you’d need potential borrowing,” he stated.    “Caveat the worst is not this year on the numbers, the worst is next year and the year after.”
    The Democrat governor also noted that their first option would be to continue petitioning Washington for federal aid in reducing the fallout from coronavirus conditions.
[So many people are leaving New York so he has to tax the rich more but they may also move to Florida as Trump did and they will not be afraid to walk down the street without an army.].

9/10/2020 Mo. Gov. Parson Grants $1M To St. Louis Crime De-Escalation by OAN Newsroom
FILE – Missouri Gov. Mike Parson speaks during a news conference Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, file)
    Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (R) will be providing a $1 million grant to aid in St. Louis’ anti-crime efforts.    He announced the aid in a press conference Wednesday.
    The money will go toward the ‘Serving our Streets’ initiative led by the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis to de-escalate crime in the city.    Violent crime has been an increasing threat in the city as there have been nearly 200 homicides this year so far.
    Gov. Parson said tackling such crime has been a leading issue for his administration.    He also touted ‘Operation Legend‘ in Kansas City.
    “Last week, U.S. attorney Tim Garrison announced that 355 arrests have been made by local and federal law enforcement officers in ‘Operations Legend,’ including 33 murder suspects,” noted the Missouri governor.
    ‘Serving our Streets’ aims to build relationships in targeted areas through training urban engagement specialists.    The Urban League’s efforts aim to tackle crime at its base through targeting the opioid crisis and fostering job opportunities for those in need.

9/10/2020 White House Revoking Visas From Chinese Students Affiliated With People’s Liberation Army by OAN Newsroom
File – An American Flag flies next to a Chinese flag. (Andy Wong/AP Photo)
    The Trump administration has revoked more than 1,000 visas from Chinese students.    State Department officials announced the move Wednesday as part of President Trump’s efforts to crackdown on any potential threat from China.
    The administration barred certain Chinese students from entering the country in June after claiming they were aiding in Beijing’s efforts to acquire sensitive U.S. data.
    Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials said they are specifically targeting Chinese nationals affiliated with China’s military, which is also known as the People’s Liberation Army.
People’s Liberation Army soldiers unfurl a Chinese national flag during a patrol on a border mountain on the Pamir Plateau
in Kashgar in northwestern China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020. (Chinatopix Via AP)
    “DHS has and will continue to play a critical role in the United States’ strategic approach to China,” stated Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf.    “We are blocking visas for certain Chinese graduate students and researchers with ties to China’s military fusion strategy to prevent them from stealing and otherwise appropriating sensitive research.”
    Chinese officials have denounced the move by claiming it violates the students’ human rights.    Meanwhile, the White House said it continues to welcome legitimate scholars as well as students from China and the restrictions only apply to a small portion of students.

9/10/2020 Sen. McConnell: Democrats Don’t Want To Pass A Stimulus Package by OAN Newsroom
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., speaks after meeting with Senate Republicans,
Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell slammed Democrats over their criticisms of the so-called “skinny” coronavirus stimulus package.
    On Wednesday, the Kentucky Republican said the procedural vote, which failed in a 52-47 vote on Thursday, would be on a targeted bill meant to address America’s most urgent needs amid the pandemic.
    “We have put together a new targeted proposal containing several of the most urgent and most popular policies that would help Americans right now and tomorrow,” he stated.    “The whole Senate will vote on it.”
    The bill would have set aside $500 billion to help schools, businesses and hospitals cover costs related to COVID-19.    Meanwhile, Democrats have pushed for a colossal $3 trillion package.
    As expected, Democrats blocked the new bill after arguing it doesn’t do nearly enough to address the struggles Americans are facing.
    “Facing the greatest economic crisis in 75 years, the greatest health crisis in a century, Leader McConnell isn’t searching for bipartisan progress…he’s looking for political cover,” claimed Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.    “What we have now is a stripped down bill cobbled together, not a serious legislative response, but as a check the box vote for vulnerable Republicans, so they can pretend like they did something.”
    However, McConnell said Democrats don’t want to come to the table about coronavirus relief because they believe it would hurt their prospects during November’s elections.
    “But I think the conclusion you can honestly draw from this is they don’t want to do a deal, they don’t want to do a deal before the election because they think somehow that adversely affects their prospects in the election,” he explained.    “Well, the American people are not interested in those kinds of excuses, they’d like to see us address the problems that exist right now.”
    All Democrats voted ‘no’ in Thursday’s procedural vote with Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul being the only Republican to vote against the bill.

9/10/2020 Trump Says Another Country Could Join Israel-UAE Accord
U.S. President Donald Trump addresses reporters during a news conference in the Brady Press Briefing
Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., September 10, 2020. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday it was possible another country could soon join a diplomatic accord between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.
    Trump is to host a signing ceremony next Tuesday that will include delegations with Israel and the UAE.    His negotiators have been trying to get other Gulf nations, such as Bahrain and Oman, to join in normalizing relations with Israel.
    Israel and the UAE agreed last month to normalize relations in a deal that Trump helped orchestrate.
    “Next week at the White House we’ll be having a signing between the UAE and Israel, and we could have another country added into that.    And I will tell you that countries are lining up that want to go into it,” Trump told a White House news conference.
    Trump, who is seeking re-election on Nov. 3, did not disclose the name of the country that might be the next to join, but predicted that Saudi Arabia would eventually do so.
    “You’ll be hearing other countries coming in over a relatively short period of time.    And you could have peace in the Middle East,” he said.
    “I think what ultimately will happen is you’re going to have quite a few countries come in.    The big ones are going to be coming in.    I spoke to the king of Saudi Arabia, so we’re talking.    We just started the dialogue.    And you’ll have them come in,” he said.
    The Saudi Embassy in Washington did not respond to a query on whether the Saudi ambassador or another Saudi representative would attend next week’s signing ceremony at the White House.
    Trump said he believed the Palestinians, who have denounced Trump’s Middle East peace initiative as too favorable to Israel, would ultimately “get back into the fold” and open a dialogue.
    “I’m frankly surprised they haven’t been to the table earlier,” said Trump, who added the United States would consider lifting a freeze on aid to the Palestinians if a deal can be reached with them.
(Reporting by Alexandra Alper, Steve Holland, Lisa Lambert and Matt Spetalnick; Editing by Chris Reese and Peter Cooney)

9/10/2020 Mich. Gov. Whitmer: President Trump Is A ‘Threat To The American People’ by OAN Newsroom
In this photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during
a speech in Lansing, Mich., Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020. (Michigan Office of the Governor via AP)
    Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has launched a new attack on President Trump amid the fallout surrounding Bob Woodward’s book.
    “I think that the biggest enemy of the state right now is the misinformation that’s coming out of the head of state,” she said.    “I think the biggest threat to the American people is the American president right now.”
    The governor echoed claims made by Woodward, who alleged the president did not inform the American public of risks posed by COVID-19.
    She also reiterated the necessity of coronavirus restrictions, despite their devastating effect on the U.S. economy.
    “We are in a public health crisis.    We all want to get out of this public health crisis.    It’s going to take every one of us doing the right things to get out of it together and to make this as short as possible.    We will not be here forever.    I’m hopeful it’s a matter of months.    I believe that to be the case.” – Gretchen Whitmer, Governor of Michigan
    Whitmer’s latest remarks suggest COVID lockdowns could remain in place in her state, regardless of the damage they’ve caused to the local economy.
[MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL HAVE YOU LOOKED IN LATELY AT WHO IS THE THREAT TO THE MICHIGAN PEOPLE WHO SWARMED TO TRUMP'S RALLY.].

9/10/2020 Army Soldier To Receive Medal Of Honor For Saving Dozens Of ISIS Hostages by OAN Newsroom
In this image from video provided by the U.S. Army, then-Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Payne is interviewed as a winner of
the 2012 Best Ranger competition at Fort Benning, Ga., on April 16, 2012. (Lori Egan/U.S., Army via AP)
    A South Carolina soldier is set to receive the highest military decoration for saving dozens of ISIS hostages.    According to the Army, Sgt. Maj. Thomas “Patrick” Payne will be awarded the Medal of Honor at the White House on Friday.
    Payne risked his life to rescue more than 70 Iraqi hostages from a burning building during a 2015 mission.    The 36-year-old returned to the Army that same year after recovering from a grenade blast, which shattered one of his knees in 2010.
    On Thursday, he shared his reaction to receiving the coveted honor.
    “I was surrounded by my teammates, part of the 9/11 generation.    It was a pretty special moment for us.    We got a call from the president.    It was a brief conversation, but he let us know he was proud of us.    He informed me that I was going to be awarded the Medal of Honor.” – Sgt. Maj. Thomas “Patrick” Payne, U.S. Army
    Payne previously tried to enlist with the Marine Corps after the 9/11 attacks when he was 17.    However, his mother didn’t sign his waiver and he was not able to serve.
    He’ll be recognized for his service on September 11th, marking 19 years since the attacks.

9/10/2020 Senate Fails To Advance GOP’s ‘Skinny’ Stimulus Bill by OAN Newsroom
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., center, walks to his office from the Senate floor,
Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
    On Thursday, the Senate failed to move forward on the Republican’s “skinny” stimulus bill.    The procedural motion on the bill failed in a 52 to 47 vote, as 60 votes were needed.
    All Democrats voted against the stimulus, while Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul was the only Republican to vote “no.”
    Before the vote, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) slammed the Democrats for treating this relief effort as a partisan food fight.
    “Senators who share the Democratic leader’s toxic attitude, who think the real enemy are their political opponents, I assume will follow his lead and vote ‘no.’    They can tell American families they care more about politics than helping them.    Senators who want to move forward will vote ‘yes.’ They will vote to advance this process, so we can shape it into a bipartisan product and make a law for the American people.    That, Madam President, is what working families need.    They need us to act, they need us to legislate.    Today, they’ll see exactly who has their backs.” – Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader
    After the vote, he tweeted, “every Senate Democrat just voted against hundreds of billions of dollars of COVID-19 relief.”
    “Their goal is clear,” he added.    “No help for American families before the election.”

9/10/2020 President Trump: U.S. Is Rounding The Corner Of Pandemic Crisis by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at MBS International Airport, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, in Freeland, Mich. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    On Thursday, President Trump thanked the American public and White House officials for their efforts during the pandemic.    On Thursday, he asserted his belief that the country is rounding the corner.
    The President highlighted the nation’s progress and stated everyone has done a phenomenal job.    He noted more than 10 million jobs have been added over the past four months.
    He went on to say the nation is seeing its fastest ever labor market recovery from an economic crisis.
    “You don’t hear these things, you don’t hear these statistics, but the United States has done really well.    Very proud of everybody that worked on this.    …Not even discussing vaccines, and not discussing therapeutics, we’re rounding the corner.    We already have therapeutics out there, by the way, which are having obviously a very big impact.    You look at that, you look at the way people are recovering, so much better than in the past.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
    President Trump also noted new weekly coronavirus cases have declined by 44% since July, while deaths have declined by 20% compared to last week.
FILE – In this Wednesday, June 24, 2020 file photo, a volunteer receives an injection at the
Chris Hani Baragwanath hospital in Soweto, Johannesburg. (Siphiwe Sibeko/Pool via AP)
    President Trump went on to criticize Democrat Party officials over their recent opposition to Republican stimulus proposals.
    “Right now, the Democrats don’t want to pass it.    They don’t want to help the workers of our country.    They didn’t deserve this, this was given to us by China.    But Nancy Pelosi and Schumer don’t want to pass the stimulus bill because they think that helps me in the election.    I don’t think it helps me at all.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
    This came after Pelosi described the GOP’s skinny stimulus plan as “emaciated.”    The House speaker claimed it doesn’t spend enough money on bonuses for government workers.
    However, the President has said the Democrats’ stance is purely political.
    “We are prepared to pass stimulus for people that need it, …but I have a feeling the Democrats won’t do it,” he added.
    In the meantime, he stated ongoing recovery in economic activity and gains in employment will offset the negative consequences of Democrats’ inaction.

9/10/2020 Report: Biden Falsely Claimed He Predicted 9/11 Attacks by OAN Newsroom
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event with steelworkers
in the backyard of a home in Detroit, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    A new report has called attention to one of Joe Biden’s longest running falsehoods, focusing specifically on his debunked claims of “predicting” the 9/11 attacks.    According to the report, Biden has falsely claimed he was warning of potential terror attacks on U.S. soil prior to 9/11.
    In his foreign policy speech on September 10th, 2001, Biden discussed the risk of anthrax or biological attack on the U.S.    He also complained about a lack of U.S. missile defense systems.
    Hours after the World Trade Center attack, Biden claimed he warned about it in his speech.
    “The prospect of a chemical, biological pathogen is real.    As recently as yesterday, I spoke to the National Press Club and talked about the fact that it’s just as easy to fly from a national airport to the White House as it is to do the same thing in New York.    We know all of these possibilities exist.” — Joe Biden, Democrat presidential nominee
    According to reports, Biden repeated this false claim in 2006 and 2012, changing his story each time.

9/10/2020 DOJ: 57 People Charged For Filing Fraudulent PPP Loan Applications by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Nov. 28, 2018, file photo, the Department of Justice seal is seen in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)
    The Department of Justice recently announced it has charged 57 people for defrauding the Paycheck Protection Program.    On Thursday, officials confirmed the suspects submitted false applications with the Small Business Administration.
    They have called the number of fraudulent loans “significant.”    Authorities stated the suspects stole taxpayer money to purchase luxury items, including yachts, houses and sports cars.
    The government has so far recovered or frozen $30 million in stolen funds.
    “I can’t help but be disgusted,” said IRS official James Lee.    “It seems there is no morality amongst criminals, like nothing is off limits for them.”
    The Paycheck Protection Program made $670 billion available to small businesses through the $2.2 trillion CARES Act, which was passed by Congress earlier this year.

9/11/2020 Oil down $0.74 to $37.04, DOW down 406 to 27,535.

9/11/2020 CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC - ‘DEVASTATING’ - Beshear marks the toll COVID-19 has exacted as Kentucky records 22 fatalities, deadliest day yet by Joe Sonka, Grace Schneider and Sarah Ladd, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    FRANKFORT — “Devastating.”
    That’s the description Gov. Andy Beshear shared with the commonwealth Thursday evening in a 15-minute address about COVID-19 and the toll it has exacted on Kentucky in only six months.     Earlier that morning, the governor watched as the Kentucky State Police Honor Guard placed a memorial wreath in the Capitol Rotunda honoring those who have died from the virus — a number that grew to 1,035 on Thursday with the addition of 22 new deaths, the highest daily total yet for the state.
    “Today, we honor them, we will always remember them and our duty is to recommit to them and to each other to defeat this virus,” Beshear said.
    Reflecting on the last six months after he announced the first COVID-19 case in the state on March 6, Beshear referred to the “aggressive actions” he had to make to protect Kentuckians, despite the backlash he received from critics.
[ On Wed 9/9 we only had 1 death / 273 cases = 0.004%, and those cases are from big cites Lexington, Louisville, Bowling Green the ones who gave you enough votes to become governor and had none on 9/10 Thursday so here on Friday we had 22 deaths / 1035 cases = 0.021 but if you total the 3 days it is 23 deaths / 1,308 cases = 0.017% which is very low and not the crisis you are trying to stir up so get over Beshear it is not devastating it is below normal and what cities did those 22 deaths occur is the issue.].

9/11/2020 EU Boosts ‘No-Deal’ Planning As UK Refuses To Blink In Brexit Stalemate by Guy Faulconbridge and Jan Strupczewski
FILE PHOTO: Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson is seen outside Downing Street in London, Britain September 9, 2020. REUTERS/Toby Melville
    LONDON/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union stepped up planning for a ‘no-deal’ Brexit on Friday after Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government refused to revoke an ultimatum on breaking the divorce treaty that Brussels says will sink four years of talks.
    Britain said explicitly this week that it plans to break international law by breaching parts of the Withdrawal Agreement treaty that it signed in January, when it formally left the bloc.
    Britain says the move is aimed at clarifying ambiguities, but it caused a new crisis in talks less than four months before the United Kingdom is due to complete its departure from the EU’s orbit when a transition period ends in December.
    The EU has demanded that Britain scrap the plan to breach the divorce treaty by the end of this month.    Britain has refused, saying its parliament is sovereign above international law.
    “As the United Kingdom looks to what kind of future trade relationship it wants with the European Union, a prerequisite for that is honoring agreements that are already in place,” said Pascal Donohoe, chairman of euro zone finance ministers.br>     “It is imperative that the government of the United Kingdom respond back to the call from the (European)Commission.”
    As the atmosphere soured between London and Brussels, Japan and Britain said they had reached agreement in principle on a bilateral trade deal that meant 99% of the Britain’s exports to Japan would be tariff-free.
NO DEAL
    EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier said on Thursday, after talks in London, that the bloc was increasing its planning for a no-deal Brexit at the end of this year after trade talks made little progress.
    “The UK has not engaged in a reciprocal way on fundamental EU principles and interests,” Barnier said.    “Nobody should underestimate the practical, economic and social consequences of a ‘no deal’ scenario.”
    Investment banks have increased their estimates of the chances of a messy end to Britain’s divorce from the trading and political bloc it first joined in 1973, and sterling has fallen against the dollar and the euro.
    European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic urged Britain to scrap by the end of September the main elements of new legislation put forward this week that would override parts of the Withdrawal Agreement, but Britain said parliament would debate the bill on Monday.
    The bill will face opposition in both houses of parliament as many senior British politicians have expressed shock that London is explicitly planning to breach international law.
    “The government will have to think again,” said Norman Lamont, a Brexit supporting member of the House of Lords, the upper chamber, who was finance minister when the pound crashed out of the Exchange Rate Mechanism in 1992.
    “I don’t think this will get through the Lords, in its present form,” Lamont said.    “It is impossible to defend.    They’ll have to think again.”
    Barnier’s team will brief the 27 members of the EU on the progress of trade talks on Friday.
(Writing by Guy Faulconbridge; Additional reporting by John Chalmers, Elizabeth Piper and Gabriela Baczynska; Editing by Michael Perry and Timothy Heritage)

9/11/2020 UK And Japan Strike Britain’s First Post-Brexit Trade Deal
FILE PHOTO: Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets with Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe on day
three of the G7 Summit in Biarritz, France, August 26, 2019. Andrew Parsons/Pool/File Photo
    LONDON/TOKYO (Reuters) – Britain struck its first post-Brexit trade deal with Japan on Friday, hailing the agreement as a “historic moment,” just as it is struggling to clinch a deal with its closest trading partners in the European Union.
    Britain said the deal, which had been agreed in principle, meant 99% of its exports to Japan would be tariff-free.
    Digital and data provisions in the agreement went “far beyond” those in the EU’s trade deal with Japan, helping British fintech firms operating in the Asian country, it said.
    Financial services firms, food producers, coat-makers and biscuit bakers – as well as cheese producers – would benefit from the agreement which represented an “important step” towards Britain joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) in the Asia-Pacific region.
    Major Japanese investors in the UK such as Nissan and Hitachi would benefit from reduced tariffs on parts coming from Japan and streamlined regulatory procedures, the British trade department statement said.
    Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said Brexit gives Britain the freedom to strike trade deals with other countries around the world.
    Critics say such agreements are unlikely to replace exports lost to the EU if a deal cannot be struck with Brussels.
    The EU has ordered Britain to scrap a plan to break their divorce treaty, but Johnson’s government has refused, potentially sinking four years of Brexit talks.
    Japan wanted to reach broad consensus with Britain on trade this week before a change in government in Tokyo which could have caused the negotiations to drift.
    Japan’s ruling party will choose a new leader next Monday to succeed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is stepping down for health reasons.    His successor will become the next premier and form a new cabinet.
    The political changes could include replacing Japan’s Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, who leads on trade negotiations.    Motegi said on Friday the aim was to have the trade deal with Britain come into force in January.
    Japan will submit the agreement to its parliament, which is expected to be convened later this year.
($1 = 0.7784 pounds)
(Reporting by William Schomberg in London and Kiyoshi Takenaka in Tokyo; Editing by Kevin Liffey and Gareth Jones)

9/11/2020 19 Years Since 9/11 Terror Attacks by OAN Newsroom
    It’s been 19 years since the terrorist attacks of September 11th.    One America’s Greta Wall takes a look back on that tragic day.


9/11/2020 President Trump Honors Victims Of 9/11, Says America Will Always Fight Back by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump stand for a prayer at a 19th anniversary observance of the Sept. 11 terror
attacks, at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pa., Friday, Sept. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
    President Trump said America will always “rise up, stand tall and fight back.”    He made the remarks Friday at a ceremony in Shanksville, Pennsylvania in honor of the victims of Flight 93.
    The President paid tribute to the 40 passengers and crew members who died aboard the United Airlines jet, which was hijacked by terrorists during the 9/11 attacks.    He said, “their names and their stories are forever inscribed on the eternal roll call of American heroes.”
    President Trump went on to say he and the First Lady are aware that they cannot erase the sorrow of this day, but they can help shoulder the burdens.    He then promised the families of the victims they will always have their unwavering love, support and devotion.

9/11/2020 Portland Mayor Bans Police Use Of Tear Gas, Officers Call The Move ‘Reckless And Short-Sighted’ by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this July 23, 2020, file photo, demonstrators back away from tear gas during a protest
at the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
    Police officers and law enforcement in Portland have been stripped of their use of tear gas after their mayor prohibited the use of the crowd control agent for violent protests.
    Mayor Ted Wheeler ordered the ban Thursday after the city has seen more than 100 nights of ongoing protests, many of which have turned extremely violent.
    Portland State police have called the move “reckless and short-sighted.”    Officials said they may have to reconsider how they deploy officers into the city.
    Authorities said they will not force police into situations, which will limit their ability to protect themselves and others.    However, the mayor argues the decision was made to help deter violence.
    “I commend the work that the Oregon State Legislature has done to convene experts to evaluate the use of gas and what safer alternatives may exist that prevent the need for greater force,” Mayor Wheeler stated.
    Oregon State Police have disagreed with the evaluation.    They said the gas is the safer alternative and mitigates the potential opportunities officers may be backed into using lethal force.
Police use crowd control munitions to disperse protesters during a demonstration in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
    The law enforcement agency noted they have used the gas “sparingly and only in situations to defend officers and the public from serious injury.”    The mayor still expects police to continue making arrests amid the violent protests and criminal acts.
    “I expect the police to arrest people who engage in criminal acts,” he stated.    “I expect the District Attorney to prosecute those who commit criminal acts and I expect the rest of the criminal justice system to hold those individuals accountable.”
    The move comes just one day after the city’s lawmakers unanimously passed legislation prohibiting the use of facial recognition software over glitches in race and gender identification.
[I THINK THEY NEED A NEW MAYOR OR LET TRUMP SEND THE NATIONAL GUARD TO STOP IT.].

9/11/2020 Kudlow Defends President Trump’s Coronavirus Response by OAN Newsroom
White House chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow speaks during a roundtable discussion about “Recovery at Work: Celebrating
Connections,” in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    According to White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow, President Trump has led America “wisely” through the coronavirus pandemic.    He made those comments in an interview Friday amid the controversy surrounding Bob Woodward’s new book.
    In a recorded interview for book, President Trump said he downplayed the severity of the virus as to not cause mass panic.    However, Kudlow said, “there was a lot we had to learn in a very short period of time and the President did the best he could.”
    Kudlow suggested critics misinterpreted the President’s calmness as him trying to downplay it.    He noted that calmness did not stop him from creating critical infrastructure to combat the outbreak.
    “The President’s public posture where he wanted to calm, not panic in no way reflected or slowed the internal process of building an across the board infrastructure to combat the virus,” stated the economic adviser.    “I, frankly, think that putting up that kind of infrastructure in a month is a remarkable achievement and we are winning the battle against the virus.”
    Kudlow also praised the President for imposing travel restrictions on China and Europe, which he said was key to stemming the outbreak early on.

9/11/2020 DEA Reports On Results Of ‘Operation Crystal Shield’ Initiative Designed To Track Meth Operations by OAN Newsroom
U.S. Attorney General William Barr speaks at a news conference, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, in Phoenix,
where he announced results of a crackdown on international drug trafficking. (AP Photo/Bob Christie)
    The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has been taking on Mexican drug cartels, which are trafficking in the U.S.    The agency recently completed a six-month operation dubbed ‘Crystal Shield.’
    While in Phoenix Thursday, Attorney General William Barr said agents seized more than 28,000 pounds of methamphetamine, $43 million in drug money and nearly 300 firearms over the course of the operation.
    “The trafficking of methamphetamine poses a major danger to our communities,” Barr stated.    “And the federal government is determined to disrupt, dismantle and destroy the violent drug trafficking organizations that place profits over human lives.”
    The DEA focused on nine major cities across Georgia, Texas, California, Louisiana and Missouri to track the substances down as well as the traffickers behind them.    The initiative resulted in roughly 18,000 arrests with officials noting the drug trade has not seen any slowdown since the coronavirus pandemic.
    “We felt like we had to undertake this operation because from 2018 to 2019 the amount of methamphetamine coming in to the United States from Mexico more than doubled,” said Bill Bodner, Special Agent for the Los Angeles DEA.    “So, we realized that methamphetamine was flooding the streets and we had to do something about it.”
    Attorney General Barr said Mexican cartels are responsible for the majority of methamphetamine that enters the U.S. with domestic seizures increasing every year since 2017.    Officials said they expect the number to continue rising until stronger actions are taken against drug gangs.
[IT LOOKS LIKE THE 311 MILES OF BORDER WALLS FROM TRUMP IS FORCING THE DRUG CARTELS TO GO THROUGH THE BORDER PORTS AND ARE GETTING BUSTED INSTEAD OF THE OPEN BORDERS OF THE OBAMA-BIDEN 8 YEARS WHICH LED TO EXTREME DRUG ADDICTION IN THE U.S.].

9/11/2020 Secy. Pompeo: ASEAN Members Can Count On American Support Standing Up To China by OAN Newsroom
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently addressed a summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.One America’s Hans Hubbard has more on his remarks.

9/11/2020 President Trump Holds Rally In Battleground State Of Mich.
President Donald Trump acknowledges a supporter following a campaign rally at MBS International
Airport, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, in Freeland, Mich. (AP Photo/Jose Juarez)
    President Trump pledged to revitalize the auto industry in Michigan and called out his Democrat opponent for his failed policies.    He made those remarks during a rally at the MBS International Airport in Freeland on Thursday.
    The President praised auto manufacturing in the state, while also touting the number of jobs and businesses saved under his watch.
    “It’s been a long time since you had all these plants being built, but we brought you a lot over the last three and a half years,” he stated.    “And we’re gonna bring you a lot more.”
    Under Joe Biden, the President said Americans will see open borders, endless foreign wars and support of disastrous policies like NAFTA.     He noted that while the Trump administration has brought jobs back to the U.S., Biden will surrender those efforts to China.
    “Biden supported every disastrous, globalist sell out for over half a century, including NAFTA, China and TPP,” he stated.    “Joe Biden surrendered your jobs to China and now he wants to surrender our country to the violent left-wing mob.”
    President Trump also weighed in on the coronavirus pandemic by noting the country has turned a corner on the virus.    He went on to reaffirm the significance of the November election by calling it “the most important” in our nation’s history.
    The Michigan rally saw nearly 5,000 attendees in a state the president won back in 2016.

9/11/2020 N.Y. Subway, Bus Riders Refusing To Wear Masks To Face $50 Fine by OAN Newsroom
FILE0 In this March 12, 2020 file photo, a commuter wears a mask while riding the subway in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Commuters who refuse to
wear a mask on New York City subways, trains and buses could face a $50 fine starting Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)
    Subway and bus riders in New York could now face a fine if they are seen not wearing a mask.
    On Thursday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) announced the New York Police Department (NYPD) and Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) can begin issuing $50 fines to riders who refuse to comply starting Monday, September 14.
    According to a survey by the MTA, 15-percent of passengers in August were improperly wearing their face coverings or not wearing any at all.    The enforcement plan comes as a way to ensure riders feel safe.
    “I’ve asked the MTA to come up with an enforcement regiment so people know that not only the cars clean and the stations clean, but the riders will be acting appropriately,” Cuomo stated.
    MTA officials reiterated the fines are meant to target the small population of passengers who refuse to wear a mask.

9/11/2020 Greek Migrants Protest After Destruction Of Camp Leaves Thousands Stranded by OAN Newsroom
Migrants take part in a rally near Mytilene town, on the northeastern island of Lesbos, Greece, Friday, Sept. 11, 2020. Thousands of
protesting refugees and migrants left homeless on the Greek island of Lesbos after fires destroyed the notoriously overcrowded Moria camp
have gathered on a road leading to the island’s main town, demanding to be allowed to leave. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
    Thousands of migrants on the Greek island of Lesbos took to the streets in protest after the destruction of a migrant camp.
    Police blockaded the road to the island’s town Friday when migrants protested the rebuilding of the camp, which burned down in a fire Tuesday.    The fire was allegedly started by people who were angry on part of recent coronavirus restrictions that were imposed at the camp.
    France and Germany said they would be sending relief to the former camp with France’s president urging European countries to help resettle the migrants.
    “Yes, the German government has decided that we will bring aid supplies to Moria in Greece to support a new refugee camp,” stated Michael Walsdorf, a spokesperson for the THW of Hesse, Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland.    “We have loaded camp beds and tents last night, the team is gathering right now.”
    The camp was considered the largest refugee camp in Europe.    It housed around 13,000 people, which was well beyond the camp’s 2,200-person maximum capacity.
Migrants take part in a rally as riot police block the road near Mytilene town, on the northeastern island of Lesbos, Greece, Friday, Sept. 11, 2020.
Thousands of protesting refugees and migrants left homeless on the Greek island of Lesbos after fires destroyed the notoriously overcrowded Moria camp
have gathered on a road leading to the island’s main town, demanding to be allowed to leave. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

9/11/2020 EU Boosts ‘No-Deal’ Planning As UK Refuses To Give Way In Brexit Stalemate by William James, John Chalmers and Kate Abnett
FILE PHOTO: EU Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic leaves the Europe House in London, Britain, September 10, 2020. REUTERS/Simon Dawson
    LONDON/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union stepped up planning for a “no-deal” Brexit on Friday after Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government refused to revoke a plan to break the divorce treaty that Brussels says will sink four years of talks.
    Britain said explicitly this week that it plans to break international law by breaching parts of the Withdrawal Agreement treaty that it signed in January, when it formally left the bloc.
    Britain says the move is aimed at clarifying ambiguities, but it caused a new crisis in talks less than four months before a post-Brexit transition period ends in December.
    European Parliament lawmakers said on Friday they will not approve any new EU-UK trade deal unless Britain fully implements its earlier divorce deal.    The chamber must approve any such trade deal for it to be enacted.
    If the UK authorities breach the divorce deal, or threaten to do so, then “the European Parliament will, under no circumstances, ratify any agreement between the EU and the UK,” the parliament’s Brexit group and the heads of the parliamentary political groups said in a statement.
    Investment banks have increased their estimates of the chances of a messy end to Britain’s exit from the EU.    Sterling dipped to 5-1/2-month lows on Friday.
    A deputy head of the bloc’s executive, Maros Sefcovic, said on Friday that “it is now up to the UK government to re-establish trust.”    Sefcovic spoke after informing EU lawmakers of his unsuccessful talks the previous day in London where he demanded that Britain scrap by the end of this month the plan to breach the divorce treaty.
    Britain has refused, saying its parliament is sovereign above international law.
    “As the United Kingdom looks to what kind of future trade relationship it wants with the European Union, a prerequisite for that is honouring agreements that are already in place,” said Pascal Donohoe, chairman of euro zone finance ministers.
    As the atmosphere soured between London and Brussels, Japan and Britain said they had reached agreement in principle on a bilateral trade deal that meant 99% of the Britain’s exports to Japan would be tariff-free.
NO DEAL
    EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier said on Thursday the bloc was increasing its planning for a no-deal Brexit at the end of this year after trade talks made little progress.
    “The UK has not engaged in a reciprocal way on fundamental EU principles and interests,” Barnier said.    “Nobody should underestimate the practical, economic and social consequences of a ‘no-deal’ scenario.”
    Britain rejected Barnier’s view.
    “We don’t recognise the suggestion that we’ve not engaged, we’ve been engaged in talks pretty consistently for many months now,” a British source said.
    “The problem is the EU seems to define engagement as accepting large elements of their position rather than being engaged in discussions.”
    The government said parliament would debate the contentious Internal Market Bill on Monday.
    The bill will face opposition in both houses of parliament as many senior British politicians have expressed shock that London is explicitly planning to breach international law.
    “I don’t think this will get through the Lords, in its present form,” said Norman Lamont, a Brexit supporting member of the House of Lords, the upper chamber.
    “It is impossible to defend.    They’ll have to think again.”
(Writing by Guy Faulconbridge, Additional reporting by Elizabeth Piper, Gabriela Baczynska and Kate Abnett; Editing by Michael Perry, Timothy Heritage and Frances Kerry)

9/11/2020 President Trump Awards Sergeant Major Thomas Payne With Medal Of Honor by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump awards the Medal of Honor to Army Sgt. Maj. Thomas P. Payne in the East Room
of the White House on Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    On Friday, President Trump awarded Army Sergeant Major Thomas Payne with the Congressional Medal of Honor.    During a special ceremony at the White House, the President bestowed the honor on Payne for his heroic efforts fighting ISIS.
    The soldier risked his life to rescue more than 70 Iraqi hostages, who were being held by the Islamic State, from a burning building during a 2015 mission.
    “Pat ran back into the burning building that was collapsing two more times,” stated President Trump.    “…It was one of the largest and most daring rescue missions in American history.”

President Donald Trump awards the Medal of Honor to Army Sgt. Maj. Thomas P. Payne in the
East Room of the White House, Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    The 36-year-old returned to the Army after recovering from a grenade blast, which shattered one of his knees in 2010.
    Payne had tried to enlist with the Marine Corps after 9/11 when he was 17, but his mother didn’t sign his waiver.    On the 19th anniversary of the attack, President Trump bestowed the country’s highest military honor on Payne and said, “You inspire us all.”
    “You embody the righteous glory of American valor,” added the President.    “We stand in awe of your heroic, daring and gallant deeds.”

9/11/2020 President Trump Blasts Pelosi, Schumer Over Stalled Virus Stimulus by OAN Newsroom
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., holds a booklet she got from attending an event to honor the victims of 9/11 as
she speaks during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
    Tensions rose this week between the White House and congressional Democrats amid stalled coronavirus aid talks.    President Trump slammed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Twitter.
    On Friday, he said they want “trillions of dollars of bailout money for blue states that are doing badly, both economically and in terms of high crime.”
    According to the President, Democrats have been using these terms as a condition for negotiating a new stimulus deal.
Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y., left, with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks during
a news conference, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
    In the meantime, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has expressed doubt that Congress will be able to compromise on another round of COVID stimulus.    On Friday, McConnell said lawmakers have been in a “challenging period” and reiterated negotiations don’t look good at the moment.
    This came after Senate Democrats blocked a GOP stimulus bill earlier this week.    The unsuccessful vote led many Republican lawmakers to raise skepticism about the chances of an agreement before November.
    Democrats want a sweeping bill and have argued the GOP isn’t going far enough.    Sen. McConnell has attributed the ongoing gridlock to the upcoming election.

9/11/2020 President Trump Announces Peace Agreement Between Bahrain, Israel by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks in the Oval Office of the White House on Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    President Trump has announced a new peace agreement between Bahrain and Israel. On Twitter, the President wrote, “Our two great friends, Israel and the Kingdom of Bahrain, agree to a peace deal, the second Arab country to make peace with Israel in 30 days.”
    He also released a joint statement, in which he confirmed both regions agreed to the establishment of full diplomatic relations.
    According to the statement, leaders from the two countries will meet in Washington next week to sign the historic peace accord.
    President Trump spoke more on the deal at the White House.
    “This is a truly historic day,” he stated.    “This is now the second peace agreement that we have announced in the last month.”
    He added, “I am very hopeful that there will be more to follow.”
    The President has said Bahrain and Israel will exchange embassies and ambassadors, begin direct flights between their countries, and launch cooperation initiatives across a broad range of sectors, including health, business, technology, security and agriculture.

9/11/2020 Russia And China Dismiss Microsoft Allegations Of Bids To Hack Biden And Trump Camps
Democratic U.S. presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden holds a copy of his schedule and notes as
he delivers remarks during a campaign event in Warren, Michigan, U.S., September 9, 2020. REUTERS/Leah Millis
    WASHINGTON/MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia and China dismissed on Friday allegations by Microsoft Corp that hackers linked to Moscow and Beijing were trying to spy on people tied to both U.S. President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden.
    Advisers to both presidential campaigns are assessing risks from digital spies around the globe, as the two candidates face off on Nov. 3 in one of the most consequential U.S. presidential elections in decades.
    The Microsoft report, which also mentioned Iran, came as Reuters revealed one of Biden’s main campaign advisory firms had been warned by the software giant that it was in the crosshairs of the same Russian hackers who intervened in the 2016 U.S. election.
    Speaking at a joint press conference in Moscow with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said China has never meddled in U.S. affairs.    Lavrov, in turn, said accusations of Russia using hackers to meddle in the United States’ internal affairs were “unsubstantiated.”
    “Russia has not interfered, is not interfering and does not intend to interfere in anyone’s internal affairs, or electoral processes,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters separately on Friday.
    The announcement by Microsoft’s vice president for customer security, Tom Burt, said the group accused of breaching Hillary Clinton’s campaign emails in 2016 – a Russian military intelligence-linked unit widely known as Fancy Bear – had spent the past year trying to break into accounts belonging to political consultants serving both Republicans and Democrats as well as advocacy organizations and think tanks.
    Burt also said Chinese hackers had gone after people “closely associated with U.S. presidential campaigns and candidates” – including an unnamed Biden ally who was targeted through a personal email address and “at least one prominent individual formerly associated with the Trump Administration.”
    The Department of Homeland Security’s top cyber official, Christopher Krebs, said Microsoft’s warning was consistent with earlier statements issued by the intelligence community about Russian, Chinese, and Iranian spying on election-related targets.
    China’s foreign affair ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said earlier on Friday that China has no interest in the U.S. election and has never interfered in it.    The U.S. was an “empire of hackers,” he said at his daily news briefing in Beijing.
(Reporting by Raphael Satter; additional reporting by Joseph Menn in San Francisco, Michelle Nichols in New York, Vladimir Soldatkin, Alexander Marrow and Katya Golubkova in Moscow, and Gabriel Crossley in Beijing; Editing by Toby Chopra)
[HERE GOES THE DEMOCRATS, SWAMP AND DEEP STATE AND THE GLOBALIST AGAIN BRINGING UP RUSSIAN, IRAN AND CHINA COLLUSION BY HACKERS WITH NO NAMES WITHOUT ANY PROOF BY PROPOGANDING FROM A U.S. SOFTWARE COMPANY WHO JUST SELLS SOFTWARE.].

9/12/2020 Oil up $0.46 to $37.46, DOW up 131 to 27,666.

9/12/2020 CORONAVIRUS IN KENTUCKY - Beshear reports 948 cases, 9 deaths by Sarah Ladd, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Gov. Andy Beshear reported nine new deaths and 948 new coronavirus cases Friday, the third-worst day for cases since the pandemic hit Kentucky in March.
    The state has now seen 55,704 total cases, including more than 10,000 recoveries and 1,044 deaths.
    Of the new cases, 151 are in people 18 and younger.    Twenty-four of the 151 are children 5 and younger, and the youngest is a 1-month-old from Jefferson County.
    The positivity rate has risen to 4.7% out of 960,430 tests performed, which prompted Beshear to reiterate the importance of masks and social distancing.
    “So little is being asked of us in this crisis,” he said.    “It just takes a little bit to be a hero right now.”
    Friday’s deaths are:
67-year-old woman from Barren County
85-year-old man from Christian County
62-year-old man from Hopkins County
82-year-old woman from Lincoln County
76-year-old woman from Marion County
58-year-old man from Oldham County
76-year-old man from Pulaski County
Two women, ages 78 and 82, from Todd County.
    Meanwhile, Indiana reported 1,282 new coronavirus cases and 10 new deaths.    The state has now had 103,505 cases and 3,196 deaths.
Unemployment benefits in Kentucky
    Beshear also announced Friday that Kentuckians eligible to receive at least $100 in unemployment benefits.
[9 deaths / 948 cases = 0.009% is better than the past not the worst as Beshear is trying to paint it and Ky total is 1044 deaths / 55,704 cases = 0.018% as all the states around us double our figures so give it up Beshear.
    And the $100 is from a fiscal secure Kentucky who keeps a balanced sgtate and is not going to help much if your Liberal Democrats in the House are holding up for the $400 total as usual trying to get stuff which is not helping anyone except Democrat controlled states that cant keep a budget properly
.].

9/12/2020 French Police Fire Tear Gas As ‘Yellow Vest’ Protests Return To Paris by Gonzalo Fuentes and Ardee Napolitano
French CRS riot police officers walk past a burning car during a demonstration of the
yellow vests movement in Paris, France September 12, 2020. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
    PARIS (Reuters) – French police fired tear gas and arrested more than 200 people in Paris on Saturday as “yellow vest” protesters returned to the capital’s streets in force for the first time since the coronavirus lockdown.
    The “yellow vests” movement, named after motorists’ high-visibility jackets, began in late 2018 in protest against fuel taxes and economic reform, posing a major challenge to President Emmanuel Macron as demonstrations spread across France.
    By midday on Saturday, hundreds of demonstrators had gathered at the starting points of two authorised marches.
    While one cortege set off without incident, the other march was held up as police clashed with groups who left the designated route and set fire to waste bins and a car.
    Some of the protesters wore black clothes and carried the flag of an anti-fascist movement, suggesting the presence of radical demonstrators dubbed “black blocks” often blamed for violence at street marches in France.
    Police, who continued to fire tear gas into the mid-afternoon to break up small groups of protesters, had arrested 222 people by 3.45 p.m. (1345 GMT).    Many were arrested for carrying items like tools that could be used as weapons.
    The return of the protest movement comes as France grapples with a resurgence in coronavirus cases.
    The country’s daily cases of COVID-19 reached a record high on Thursday of nearly 10,000.
    A day later, Prime Minister Jean Castex announced plans to speed up testing and toughen measures in certain cities as the government seeks to avoid a repeat of the spring’s nationwide lockdown.
    Police called on Saturday’s demonstrators to respect coronavirus measures in Paris, which is among France’s high-risk “i>red zones” and where it is compulsory to wear a face mask in the street.
(Reporting by Gonzalo Fuentes, Ardee Napolitano, Gus Trompiz and Jean-Michel Belot; Editing by Clelia Oziel and Helen Popper)

9/12/2020 Police Clash With Yellow Vest Protesters In Paris by OAN Newsroom
Yellow vest protesters wearing protective face masks as precaution against the conoravirus holds up
their hands during a march in Paris, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
    Yellow vest protesters restarted their demonstrations and clashed with police in the streets of Paris this week.    Saturday’s march marked the first demonstration by the yellow vest movement since coronavirus restrictions started in France.
    Police were deployed to the city and used tear gas against demonstrators, who had left the designated route and set fire to trash bins.
    Ahead of the demonstration, police warned officers would get involved if the situation became violent.
    “It should take place peacefully, that there are no destructions,” stated Paris Police Prefect Didier Lallement.    “If there are destructions, if there is a desire to break things, then of course we’ll be present and we’ll prevent them from doing so.”
Yellow vest protesters escape tear gas fired by French police while wearing protective face masks as precaution
against the conoravirus during a march in Paris, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
    This protest also marked the first demonstration under France’s new prime minister, Jean Castex.
    The yellow vest movement began in 2018 over fuel tax increases.    It has since evolved into a larger movement against reforms made by President Emmanuel Macron.

9/12/2020 Police Fire Teargas As Migrants Demand To Leave Greek Island After Fire by Lefteris Papadimas
A man holds a placards as refugees and migrants from the destroyed Moria camp protest after the news about the creation
of a new temporary camp, on the island of Lesbos, Greece September 12, 2020. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
    LESBOS, Greece (Reuters) – Angry migrants left homeless by a blaze at Europe’s largest refugee centre demanded to leave the Greek island of Lesbos on Saturday as authorities opened up new tent shelters and European leaders faced growing calls to take in more of the displaced.
    More than 12,000 people, most from Africa and Afghanistan, have been sleeping rough since flames swept through the notoriously squalid and overcrowded Moria camp earlier this week. Some residents had COVID-19, raising fears the outbreak could spread.
    Under a hot sun on Saturday, hundreds of migrants, many chanting “Freedom” and “No Camp,” gathered as bulldozers cleared ground in preparation for tents to be put up.
    Some carried handwritten signs carrying messages including “We don’t want to go to a hell like Moria again” and “Can you hear us Mrs Merkel?” in an appeal to the German chancellor.
    “The fire made things much more difficult,” said Sajida Nazari, a 23-year-old student from Afghanistan who has been on Lesbos for over a year.    “We don’t have food, we don’t have water, we don’t have freedom.”
    Police briefly fired rounds of teargas when some of the protesters attempted to march down a road leading to the island’s main port of Mytilene, which police had blocked while work on the new tent settlement continued nearby.
    The fire at the camp, which was holding four times the number of people it was supposed to, has returned the spotlight to the migration crisis facing the European Union, which has struggled to find a response that goes beyond temporary fixes.
    German Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz called on Europe to accept more refugees but the difficulty of reaching an accord was underlined by Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, who ruled out taking more in.
    Greek authorities have refused any mass transfer off the island, located a few miles off the Turkish coast, despite growing hostility from local residents angry after years at the front line of the crisis.
    But officials said they were determined to provide shelter and proper sanitation and prevent a humanitarian catastrophe.
    “As of today, asylum seekers will start coming into the tents, into safe conditions,” Migration Minister Notis Mitarachi told reporters at the site.
    The need to bring the situation under control has been made more urgent by the fact that authorities have lost track of 35 camp residents who had tested positive for coronavirus.
    Health authorities have promised to conduct rapid tests at the entrance of the new camp, with a quarantine unit ready for anyone testing positive.
    Still, the unsanitary conditions being endured by Moria’s former inhabitants in the fields and streets of Lesbos has caused deep alarm.br>     “This is a health bomb.    These people haven’t even had access to water all these days, they cannot even wash their hands,” Matina Pagoni, president of Athens and Piraeus hospital doctors’ union, told Skai television.
(Additional reporting by Renee Maltezou in Athens, Kirsti Knolle in Vienna, Christian Kraemer in Berlin; Writing by James Mackenzie; Editing by Helen Popper and Christina Fincher)

9/12/2020 Trump Nominee Elected To Head Latin American Development Bank by Andrea Shalal and Cassandra Garrison
FILE PHOTO: Visitors walk past a screen with the logo of Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo (BID), also known as the Inter-American
Development Bank, at the Atlapa Convention Center in Panama City March 13, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso/File Photo
    WASHINGTON/BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s nominee on Saturday was elected president of the Inter-American Development Bank, the region’s main economic development lender, making him the first U.S. citizen to lead the institution in its 61-year history.
    Mauricio Claver-Carone, Trump’s senior Latin America adviser, told the bank’s governors before voting began that he would be “a passionate advocate” for the bank, its staff and the region.    He will take office on Oct. 1 and has pledged to serve only one five-year term.
    Trump’s decision to nominate a U.S. candidate to head the bank broke with a tradition for the president to come from the region and sparked criticism from some Latin American countries, development groups and the European Union.
    But Claver-Carone won the backing of a majority of countries in the region.
    Thirty of the Bank’s 48 governors voted for Claver-Carone, including 23 from the region, amounting to 66.8% of the vote, a spokesman for the U.S. National Security Council said. A source familiar with the vote said 16 countries abstained.
    Argentina, Mexico, Chile and Costa Rica – concerned about the longer-term precedent of the move – initially sought to delay the vote but failed to win sufficient backing to do so.
    The IDB vote turned into a geopolitical battle between the Trump administration, which is keen to gain leverage in resource-rich Latin America and counter the rise of China, and some in the region who wanted to retain control of the top job.
    Some countries also were concerned about Claver-Carone, a Trump loyalist, if Trump loses the Nov. 3 presidential election to Democrat Joe Biden, whose campaign also criticized the nomination of the Cuba hawk.
    Claver-Carone said he would work with member countries to “strengthen the bank, respond to the needs of the region and create opportunities for shared prosperity and economic growth.”
    The IDB has been led by Latin Americans, with an American in the No. 2 job, since the institution’s inception in 1959.    Critics say electing Claver-Carone to head the bank and his pledge to appoint a Latin American as executive vice president sets a precedent that could harm Washington in the end by loosening its hold on the bank’s No. 2 post.
    Senator Patrick Leahy, the top Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Committee, said the vote raised questions about Latin Americans “charting their own future” and signaled it could have consequences for U.S. funding of the institution.
    “I have always believed that to be successful, countries need to take responsibility for their own development, and the U.S. should play a supportive role.    Those roles have now been reversed, and we need to review whether this is the best use of resources to assist the people of those countries,” Leahy said in a statement to Reuters.
(Reporting by Cassandra Garrison and Andrea Shalal; Editing by Daniel Wallis and Cynthia Osterman)

9/12/2020 Peru Prosecutor Raids Homes Amid Vizcarra Impeachment Turmoil by Marco Aquino
FILE PHOTO: Peru's President Martin Vizcarra addresses the nation, as he announces he was dissolving Congress,
at the government palace in Lima, Peru September 30, 2019. Peruvian Presidency/Handout via REUTERS
    LIMA (Reuters) – Peru’s prosecutor’s office said on Saturday it raided eight homes of former government employees and associates tied to a case of alleged irregular hiring that has led the opposition Congress to call for the removal of President Martín Vizcarra.
    Congress voted to start impeachment proceedings against Vizcarra on Friday, plunging the Andean country into political crisis even as it battles a major economic slump and coronavirus outbreak with one of the highest mortality rates in the world.
    The state prosecutor said the raids included the home of Richard Cisneros, a little-known singer who goes by the name Richard Swing, who has become a focal point of the political furor, as well as two officials close to Vizcarra.
    Cisneros was awarded government contracts for motivational talks worth around $49,500, which some lawmakers allege were due to links to Vizcarra.    The leaked tapes appear to include Vizcarra discussing meetings with Cisneros with aides.
    Peru’s Congress has summoned Vizcarra to make his defense next Friday.    The President, who has no party representation in the legislature but remains popular with voters, has rejected the accusations against him and accuses parliament of a plot.
    The abrupt move to oust Vizcarra would need the support of 87 votes from the 130 legislators.    The motion to start the impeachment process, citing “moral incapacity,” passed with 65 votes in favor and 36 against.
    The raids sought evidence related to an investigation that does not include Vizcarra directly, but does involve some of his senior aides.
    Vizcarra assumed the presidency in March 2018 after the resignation of Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, who was cornered by Congress with allegations of irregularities.
    In September last year, Vizcarra dissolved Congress over a dispute with the opposition over anti-corruption reforms, and in January a fragmented parliament was elected to complete the legislative term until July next year.
    If the dismissal is approved, the head of Congress, Manuel Merino, would assume the position of head of state according to Peru’s Constitution.    There is currently no vice president due to the resignation of the previous one.
    Vizcarra had already called for the presidential and legislative elections for Apr. 10 next year and has said that he will not run.    Peru is the world’s no. 2 copper producer.
(Reporting by Marco Aquino; Writing by Adam Jourdan; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

9/12/2020 Pfizer, BioNTech Propose Expanding COVID-19 Vaccine Trial To 44,000 Volunteers
FILE PHOTO: The Pfizer logo is seen at their world headquarters in Manhattan, New York, U.S., August 1, 2016. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
    (Reuters) – Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE on Saturday proposed to the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to expand their Phase 3 pivotal COVID-19 vaccine trial to about 44,000 participants while increasing the diversity of the trial population.
    The initial target figure for the trial was up to 30,000 participants, which the companies said they expect to reach by next week.
    The proposed expansion would also allow the companies to enroll people as young as 16 and people with chronic, stable HIV, hepatitis C and hepatitis B, they added.
    Drugmakers racing to develop a safe and effective coronavirus vaccine pledged in July to ensure their larger clinical trials would include diverse sets of volunteers.
    “Diversity in clinical trials is a priority for Pfizer and is critical given that COVID-19 disproportionately impacts communities of color in the U.S.,” Pfizer’s Chief Business Officer John Young said in a U.S. congressional hearing in July.
    If the study is successful, the companies could submit the vaccine for regulatory approval as early as October, putting them on track to supply up to 100 million doses by the end of 2020 and 1.3 billion by the end of 2021.
    “As stated previously, based on current infection rates, the companies continue to expect that a conclusive readout on efficacy is likely by the end of October,” the companies added in the joint statement on Saturday.
    The vaccine candidate utilizes chemical messenger RNA to mimic the surface of the coronavirus and teach the immune system to recognize and neutralize it.    Although the technology has been around for years, there has never been an approved messenger RNA (mRNA)vaccine.
(Reporting by Shubham Kalia; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

9/12/2020 President Trump Urges N.C. Voters To Make Sure Their Ballots Count by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Sept. 10, 2020, file photo President Donald Trump arrives for a campaign
rally at MBS International Airport in Freeland, Mich. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
    President Trump addressed the residents of North Carolina ahead of this year’s election to make sure their ballots count.    On Twitter, the President urged voters to “sign and send in your ballots early.”
    He wrote, “When polls open, go to your polling place to see if it was counted.”    He encouraged voters who don’t want to do this to vote in person and reiterated signed ballots “will not count because your vote has been posted.”
    “Don’t let them illegally take your vote away from you,” he added.
    In recent weeks, state officials have been making changes to the way people vote and adding different ways to keep track of residents’ ballots.
    “We hope this tracking system will alleviate concerns,” explained Karen Brinson Bell with the State Board of Elections.    “It’s going to allow the voter to receive an email, a text or phone alert so they know where their ballot is.”
    According to election officials, more than 40% of the state’s voters are expected to cast absentee ballots.

9/12/2020 Election Officials Fear Delayed Election Count Due To Ongoing Changes To Voting System by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this May 27, 2020 file photo, a worker processes mail-in ballots at the Bucks County Board of
Elections office prior to the primary election in Doylestown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)
    Election officials in several key states have said they’re concerned potential changes to the voting system could upend the coming election.    According to reports, ongoing discussion between lawmakers could result in several last minute changes to rules and procedures, which could dictate when and how votes are processed this November.
    Their attention is focused, in particular, on Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin, which are considered to be three of the most competitive states this election season.    In these states, officials are prohibited from processing or counting ballots before Election Day.
    In Pennsylvania, lawmakers are debating a bill to allow earlier processing.    The courts haven’t decided if mail-in ballots need to be received or only postmarked by Election Day.
    In Michigan, election officials are also seeking to change the law on mail processing.    They have been looking for ways to help local clerks speed up the count.
    In Wisconsin, a judge has not yet ruled on a Democrat led lawsuit, which sought to lift a requirement that voters provide identification for absentee ballots.
FILE-In this Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019 file photoCourtney Parker votes on a new voting machine, in Dallas, Ga. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart, File)
    In the meantime, the Trump campaign has said it’s fighting for free, fair and transparent elections.    The campaign has reaffirmed it is opposed to election officials knowing and potentially trying to change the running tally before Election Day.
    Other Republicans officials also continue to push against mass mail-in voting.    On Thursday, Attorney General William Barr emphasized voting in person can prevent people from selling votes or being influenced.
    “People have to pause and think why we vote the way we do, and why that has evolved over hundreds of years,” stated Barr.    “People appear in the right polling place where their name is on record, they identify themselves…(and) no one is allowed to go with them while they vote.”
    Election officials have also said they’re concerned about public distrust this election, should the vote swing the outcome in the days following the final vote.
    According to analysis, the first numbers counted will be in-person votes, which Republicans have strongly supported.        The full number of votes will likely come in the days after mail-in votes, a form of voting strongly supported by Democrats, are counted.
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)
    A similar situation occurred in 2018, when Arizona Republican candidate Martha McSally had the lead early on.    The election eventually led to a win for Democrat Kyrsten Sinema after all mail-in votes were tallied.
    Experts have said, in all likelihood, the actual results will be known sooner rather than later.
    “Unless the election is really close, and there’s always the possibility of that, the most likely outcome right now is that Biden or Trump wins decisively enough that we know either candidate won,” stated Professor Michael McDonald.    “We’ll be able to call the election outcome nationally based on the data that we are seeing from those fast reporting states.”
    Several battleground states, including Arizona, Florida and North Carolina, will begin processing and counting mail-in votes prior to Election Day.    This could give officials a hint as to where the election is headed.

9/12/2020 Virologist Says There Is Evidence COVID-19 Was Man-Made In Wuhan by OAN Newsroom
A view of the city of Wuhan taken from a quarantine hotel in central China’s Hubei province on Monday, March 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
    A top virologist who fled China announced she has evidence the coronavirus was man-made.    On Friday, Dr. Li-Meng Yan said the virus did not come from nature and called claims it originated in Wuhan’s wet markets a “smokescreen.”
    According to Dr. Yan, China actually owned two different viruses that, when modified, became the coronavirus.    Furthermore, she stated the virus came from a lab in Wuhan.
    She reportedly came across this evidence after fleeing to the U.S., where she has been working with a group of top scientists.
    “It will come to the world very soon, we’re going to publish it,” Dr. Yan explained.    “The first one (report) will come in several days, and it will tell people all the scientific evidence.”
    The doctor has said she was targeted by the Chinese government before she left the country. According to her, they tried to make her disappear.

9/13/2020 Beshear reports 721 coronavirus cases, 13 deaths Saturday - Governor encourages masks, social distancing by Emma Austin, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Kentucky is up to 56,415 coronavirus cases, with 721 new cases announced Saturday.
    Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear also reported 13 new deaths caused by the virus.     “We need you to continue to mask up, stay socially distant and do what it takes to beat COVID-19,” Beshear said in a news release.    “This thing is deadly and it’s real so let’s treat it as such.”
    Saturday’s deaths include:
An 89-year-old man from Barren County
An 83-year-old woman from Bell County
An 80-year-old woman from Jefferson County
An 83-year-old woman from Jefferson County
An 81-year-old man from Jefferson County
An 81-year-old man from Jefferson County
A 78-year-old woman from Logan County
A 59-year-old woman from Muhlenberg County
A 76-year-old woman from Simpson County
A 62-year-old woman from Warren County
An 81-year-old woman from Warren County
A 93-year-old woman from Warren County
A 72-year-old man from Warren County.
    The rate for positive tests in the state lowered Saturday to 4.14%, and Beshear said “we need to continue to push that number down.”
    Dr. Steven Stack, Kentucky’s public health commissioner, encouraged people to get their flu shots.
    “Protecting ourselves against the flu is more important than ever,” Stack said in the news release.    “An influenza outbreak on top of the COVID-19 pandemic could be disastrous this fall and winter.    The health care systems upon which Kentuckians rely could be overwhelmed by what some say is a looming ‘twindemic.’”    If people don’t follow health guidelines and wear masks, wash hands and maintain social distance, Stack said the Kentucky could be headed into “the worst fall, from a public health perspective, that we’ve seen in a long time.”
    The Indiana State Department of Health reported 1,076 new cases of the coronavirus and 17 additional deaths Saturday for a total of 104,561 cases and 3,213 deaths.
    Reach Emma Austin at eaustin@gannett.com or on Twitter at @emmacaustin.    Support strong local journalism by subscribing today: subscribe.courier-journal.com.
[13 deaths / 721 cases = 0.018% and it is not getting worse only your politics Beshear is getting worse.].

9/13/2020 Once An American Foe, Now A Friend: OPEC Turns 60 by Alex Lawler
FILE PHOTO: Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman shakes hands with U.S. President Donald Trump,
at the G20 leaders summit in Osaka, Japan, June 29, 2019. Bandar Algaloud/Courtesy of Saudi Royal Court/Handout
via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY/File Photo
    LONDON (Reuters) – In 1973, Arab members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries brought the U.S. economy to its knees.    Now, the cartel created 60 years ago is more likely to do Washington’s bidding.
    Since Saudi Arabia and other Arab OPEC members imposed their famous oil embargo as retribution for U.S. support for Israel during the Yom Kippur War, shifts in global politics and a surge in America’s oil production have tamed the group.
    OPEC’s most hawkish members, Iran and Venezuela, have been sidelined by U.S. sanctions while its kingpin, Saudi Arabia, has shown it would rather appease Washington than risk losing U.S. support, current and former OPEC officials say.
    While OPEC as a bloc resisted U.S. pressure to lower oil prices for decades, notably in 2011 during the uprising against Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi, its record over the past three years has largely been one of capitulation, these officials say.
    Founded in Baghdad on Sept. 14, 1960 to counter the power of seven U.S. and British oil companies, OPEC has repeatedly yielded to pressure from Washington to pump more oil since U.S. President Donald Trump took office at the start of 2017.
    Trump has regularly called for lower gasoline prices to help U.S. consumers.

9/13/2020 ‘Shocking’: Blair, Major Chide UK Plan To Breach International Law by Andy Bruce
FILE PHOTO: Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair speaks during a "Stop the Brexit
landslide" rally in London, Britain, December 6, 2019. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya
    LONDON (Reuters) – Former prime ministers Tony Blair and John Major said on Sunday Britain must drop a “shocking” plan to pass legislation that breaks its divorce treaty with the European Union, in a breach of international law.
    The British government said explicitly last week that it plans to break international law by breaching parts of the Withdrawal Agreement treaty that it signed in January, when it formally left the EU.
    “What is being proposed now is shocking,” Major and Blair, who were adversaries in the 1990s as Conservative and Labour leaders, wrote in a joint letter published by the Sunday Times newspaper.
    “How can it be compatible with the codes of conduct that bind ministers, law officers and civil servants deliberately to break treaty obligations?
    Theresa May, the predecessor of current Prime Minister Boris Johnson, has also questioned whether international partners would be able to trust Britain in future.
    Johnson’s Internal Market Bill is aimed at ensuring Britain’s four constituent nations can trade freely with one another after leaving the EU, but the government says that requires overriding part of the withdrawal treaty it signed with Brussels.
    British ministers say the bill is a “safety net” in the event there is no trade deal reached with the bloc, but top EU officials say it undermines both the withdrawal treaty and trust in future talks.
KEEPING THE PEACE
    EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier said on Sunday that the Withdrawal Agreement on Northern Ireland “is not a threat to the integrity of the UK,” and had been agreed by the two sides to protect peace on the island of Ireland.
    “We could not have been clearer about the consequences of Brexit,” Barnier said on Twitter.
    His British counterpart David Frost responded by saying London had to reserve powers in the new bill in order to keep the peace in Ireland.
    Keir Starmer, leader of the opposition Labour Party, described the legislation as wrong on Sunday.
    “We have broken the trust of our international partners,” Starmer wrote in the Sunday Telegraph newspaper, adding that his party would oppose the bill in parliament unless changes were made.
    European lawmakers have warned they would not approve any new trade deal unless the withdrawal agreement was fully implemented, while there is also talk of possible legal action.
    “The reputation of the UK … as a trusted negotiating partner on important issues like this is being damaged in a very serious way,” Irish foreign minister Simon Coveney told the BBC on Sunday.
(Reporting by Andy Bruce, additional reporting by Kate Abnett in Brussels; editing by Emelia Sithole-Matarise)

9/13/2020 Greek PM Promises Permanent Migrant Centre After Fire On Lesbos
View of a temporary camp where refugees and migrants from the destroyed Moria camp will be accommodated,
on the island of Lesbos, Greece, September 13, 2020. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
    LESBOS, Greece (Reuters) – Greece will build a permanent migrant reception centre on Lesbos to replace the overcrowded refugee camp destroyed by a fire last week, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Sunday, calling for closer European involvement.
    The fire at the Moria reception centre last week left more than 12,000 people without shelter, forcing most to sleep out in the open without proper sanitation or access to food and water, and pushed the migration issue back up the European agenda.
    Mitsotakis said the construction of a new reception centre on the island to replace the notoriously squalid and overcrowded Moria facility would be the chance to reset the policy behind handling migrant arrivals.
    “We want to turn this problem into an opportunity,” he said.    “Europe should be a lot more involved in the management of the new centre wherever we finally decide it should be,” he told a news conference.
    He appeared to dismiss protests by Lesbos residents who have opposed the creation of a new centre as well as by migrants demanding to be resettled away from the island.
    “I want to say with absolute certainty that there will be a permanent reception and identification centre – I want to send this message in all directions,” he said.
    Authorities began admitting migrants to temporary tent accommodation outside the main port of Mytilene.    In a concerning development, they identified what Mitsotakis said were “dozens” of cases of COVID-19.
    Officials had been worries about the potential for an uncontrolled spread of the disease from the Moria camp which had been placed under quarantine before it burned down following the discovery of at least three dozen positive cases.
    In the chaos following the fire on Wednesday, authorities lost sight of 35 people who had tested positive, deepening fears of an outbreak among migrants sleeping closely together without proper sanitation.
    Earlier, Migration Minister Notis Mitarachi said he expected around 1,000 people could be settled in the new tented shelter on Sunday and more would be able to come in over the coming days.
    “We want to ensure that everybody has a tent, food and water,” he told reporters.
(Reporting by Renee Maltezou and Leftheris Papadimas; Editing by Pravin Char)

9/13/2020 Mayor Of Colombia’s Bogota Calls For Reconciliation After Deadly Protests by Luis Jaime Acosta and Oliver Griffin
FILE PHOTO: Police officers stand in line with defaced riot shields during a demonstration against what protesters say is police brutality
in Bogota, Colombia September 12, 2020. Writing on the shield reads, "I am a rapist and an accomplice". REUTERS/Luisa Gonzalez
    BOGOTA (Reuters) – The mayor of Bogota on Sunday begged forgiveness and called for reconciliation after protests in Colombia’s capital left 10 civilians dead and hundreds injured.
    Demonstrators in Bogota and satellite city Soacha this week protested the death on Wednesday of Javier Ordonez, 46.    A widely shared video showed the father of two being repeatedly shocked with a stun gun by police. He died later in a hospital.
    “We are here today to ask forgiveness of all victims of police brutality,” Mayor Claudia Lopez said during a televised event to commemorate the victims of the protests.
    Seven young people, including teenagers, died after being shot in Bogota during protests on Wednesday.    Another three people died in connection with the protests on Thursday night, including a woman who was hit by a stolen public bus.
    Three people were also killed in Soacha during the protests.
    “From our hearts we ask that justice be done, because we know of other such incidents that have gone unpunished and we don’t want the same to happen with each one of these victims,” said Bryan Baquero, whose sister Angie was killed in the protests.
    Lopez reiterated her call for the police to be turned into a civilian rather than military organization.    Colombia’s police fall under the jurisdiction of the defense ministry.
    Police said Ordonez was found drinking alcohol in the street with friends in violation of coronavirus distancing rules.    Two police officers implicated in Ordonez’s death have been fired and face charges of abusing authority and homicide.
    A further five officers connected to his death have been suspended.
    Minister of Defense Carlos Holmes Trujillo begged forgiveness for police brutality on Friday, while President Ivan Duque said no abuse by security forces would be tolerated.
    Hundreds of civilians were injured during the clashes between protesters and police, with dozens wounded by gunshots in Bogota.
    Close to 200 police officers were also injured, while at least 60 police stations were vandalized, as well as dozens of public transport vehicles.
(Reporting by Luis Jaime Acosta and Oliver Griffin; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

9/13/2020 Peru Bid To Oust President Loses Steam As Opposition Splits by Marco Aquino
FILE PHOTO: Peru's President Martin Vizcarra Cornejo addresses the 74th session of the United Nations General
Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York City, New York, U.S., September 24, 2019. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
    LIMA (Reuters) – A bid by the opposition-led Congress to remove Peruvian President Martín Vizcarra appeared to falter on Sunday, after key political leaders rejected the ouster over fears the upheaval would plunge the country into a political crisis.
    César Acuña, head of the second-largest party in Congress and a possible candidate in 2021 presidential elections, said an ouster would “aggravate” the country’s current situation, already fragile from the impact of the coronavirus crisis.
    Acuña’s party had given key votes last Friday to start impeachment proceedings against Vizcarra over leaked audio tapes some lawmakers said showed the president trying to downplay ties to a singer being probed over government contracts.
    Vizcarra, who accuses Congress of a plot, will face lawmakers on Friday when his removal would require 87 votes from the 130 legislators.    The vote to launch the proceeding was approved by 65 votes last Friday, 21 of which came from Acuña’s right-wing populist group Alianza para el Progreso.
    Vizcarra, a centrist who assumed the presidency in 2018 after the resignation of Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, has no representation in Congress and cannot run in next year’s elections due to constitutional limits.
    The Andean country, the world’s No. 2 copper producer, has long be wracked by political turmoil, with most of its recent former presidents having been investigated over corruption.    Vizcarra himself has pursued an aggressive anti-graft agenda.
    “It would be absolutely unnecessary and impertinent to force a presidential vacancy by Congress,” Acuña, a businessman who owns several private universities, posted on Twitter.    “It could only aggravate the ongoing political and health crisis.”
CAMPAIGN RIVALS
    Others including Keiko Fujimori, leader of the third force in Congress and Julio Guzmán of the centrist Purple Party have distanced themselves from the impeachment bid and suggested that Vizcarra should instead be investigated when his term ends.
    “Until today, there are not enough elements or the necessary procedures to vacate the president,” Fujimori – who herself was investigated for receiving contributions from Brazil’s Odebrecht in the previous election – said on Twitter on Sunday.
    The government announced on Saturday that it would use all legal avenues to defend Vizcarra and that it will present a competition claim on the case to the Constitutional Court on Monday to stop the impeachment process.
    Institutions such as the Ombudsman’s Office have said there are a serious question marks over whether Congress is improperly using the presidential impeachment process.
    On Saturday Prime Minister Walter Martos also accused the head of Congress, Manuel Merino, of trying to involve the Armed Forces in the impeachment process.    Merino would replace Vizcarra if the president was ousted.
    George Forsyth, a mayor and one of the early front-runners for the 2021 election, said he “repudiated the unacceptable acts of the old political class.”
    “The coup plotters cannot return, the Armed Forces defend the constitutional order, not personal or partisan interest,” Forsyth, a former soccer goalkeeper, said on Twitter.
    On Saturday, the presidents of Colombia, Ecuador and Bolivia said in a statement that the events in Peru threatened the stability and governance of the country.
    Peru’s fragmented Congress was elected in January to complete the legislative period until July 2021, after Vizcarra dissolved the previous parliament last year amid a fight with the opposition over his anti-corruption reforms.
(Reporting by Marco Aquino; Editing by Adam Jourdan and Lisa Shumaker)

9/13/2020 President Trump Hosts Campaign Rally In Minden, Nev. by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks at a rally at Minden-Tahoe Airport in Minden, Nev., Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    On Saturday, President Trump called Nevada’s governor a “political hack.”    During a campaign event in Minden, Nevada, the President said Governor Steve Sisolak attempted to stop the rally from taking place.
    “Here’s a guy, calling venues, telling them not to have the rally,” he said.    “He was a political hack and then he became governor.”
    He went on to say Sisolak cannot be trusted to hold a fair election in his state and that he is in control of millions of unsolicited ballots.    The Republican National Committee sued Nevada back in August over a new voter law, which aims to send mail-in ballots to all of the state’s registered voters.
    The President also reaffirmed his belief that Democrats are doing everything they can to rig November’s election.
    During Saturday night’s rally, he slammed Joe Biden and suggested domestic terrorism would reign in America if the Democrat were to take over the White House.
    “He wants to surrender our country (to) the violent left-wing mob,” he stated.    “You know that if Biden wins, China wins, the mob wins.”
    President Donald Trump speaks at a rally at Minden-Tahoe Airport in Minden, Nev., Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    According to the President, Biden has no intention of stopping domestic terrorism.    Meanwhile, President Trump has reassured he will enforce the law.
    “Biden’s plan is to appease domestic terrorists, and my plan is to arrest domestic terrorists,” he added.    “He’ll never be able to protect your family, your loved ones or your community.”
    President Trump also took aim at Biden’s running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), and reminded voters who will really be in charge if the Democrats are elected.
    “She’s rated the No. 1 most liberal…and I would say she’ll be president within the first month or so,” said the President.    “I think it’s just an excuse to get the super libs in there.”
President Donald Trump supporters rally prior to the start of a political rally at the
Minden-Tahoe Airport in Minden, Nev., Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Lance Iversen)
    The President went on to tout his administration’s accomplishments since he took office.    He noted he was able to do more for the American people in 47 months than Biden has in 47 years.
    “Joe Biden spent the last 47 years selling out America, offshoring your jobs, throwing open your borders, depleting your military and sacrificing your children’s future in China,” stated President Trump. “I’ve spent the last four years bringing our jobs back to America, securing our borders, rebuilding our military and standing up to China like never before.”
    He concluded his remarks by urging Americans to get out and vote this November.    He promised voters he will continue to strengthen the United States over the course of a second term.
    “Together with the incredible people of Nevada, we will make America wealthy, strong, proud and safe again,” added the President.    “We will make American great again.”

9/13/2020 President Trump Says COVID-19 Cases And Hospitalizations Are ‘Falling Very Steadily’ by OAN Newsroom
A medic takes a swab for a COVID-19 test from a Washington State University Student at a mobile test site run by the Washington Army
National Guard and Air National Guard on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, in Pullman, Wash. (Geoff Crimmins/Moscow-Pullman Daily News via AP)
    According to President Trump, coronavirus cases and hospitalizations are “falling very steadily” and quickly in the U.S. On Twitter, the President announced deaths, hospitalizations and cases are way down.
    Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb explained the fall in cases and hospitalizations has been driven by sharp declines in Sunbelt states.
    RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel also highlighted America’s latest success in fighting COVID-19. During a recent interview, she stated the U.S. is developing new treatments and is moving forward with a vaccine.
    She touted President Trump’s efforts to save American lives by saying he quickly provided thousands of additional hospital beds and ventilators.
    McDaniel noted the coronavirus and its effects have been an unprecedented challenge for the American people.    She also said the U.S. economy is steadily recovering from COVID shutdowns.
    “We are seeing the mortality rates go down, (and) we have passed a 100 million tests,” stated the RNC chairwoman.    “We just bought a 150 million rapid tests from Abbott Labs that are going to change the way we can handle this pandemic, help us get back to work and get our economy going.”
    McDaniel went on to criticize Joe Biden and top Democrat officials for politicizing COVID-19.

9/13/2020 Secy. Pompeo Says U.S. Is ‘Deeply Concerned’ About Turkey’s Operations by OAN Newsroom
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, right, Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades arrive for a press conference
at the Presidential Palace in Nicosia, Cyprus, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias, Pool)
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently met with leaders in Cyprus to discuss growing tensions in the region.    The secretary traveled to the island on Saturday, where he signed an agreement to create a new border security and non-proliferation training center.
    This center will be the administration’s latest effort to curb Turkey’s efforts to aggravate the country.
    Tensions in the area rose as ocean territory disputes pitted Turkey against Greece and Cyprus.    The secretary has voiced his concerns over Turkey’s recent actions.
    “We remain deeply concerned by Turkey’s ongoing operations, surveying for natural resources in areas over which Greece and Cyprus assert jurisdiction in the eastern Mediterranean,” he stated.    “The Republic of Cyprus has the right to exploit its natural resources, including the right to its hydrocarbons found in its territorial sea and its exclusive economic zone.”
    Pompeo emphasized the importance of keeping relations peaceful between Turkey and its surrounding countries.    He reiterated peace is the only viable option.

9/14/2020 Beshear reports 536 new coronavirus cases and 3 deaths by Lucas Aulbach, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Three new deaths caused by the coronavirus and 536 COVID-19 cases were reported Sunday in the Bluegrass State, according to Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear.
    The three who died were a 96-yearold man from Fayette County, a 76-yearold woman from Taylor County and a 58-year-old Warren County man, Beshear said in a press release.

    The governor encouraged Kentuckians to “light up your homes and businesses green tonight to let them know they are not alone in their grief.”
    Reported coronavirus case and death totals in Kentucky are generally lower during weekends, Beshear noted, as some laboratories don’t report their numbers outside of weekdays.
    “We can expect higher counts during the week, but the real work we have is to get these numbers to begin really going down,” Beshear’s statement said.
    Kentucky has now confirmed at least 56,945 coronavirus cases, with at least 10,905 people having recovered and a total of 1,060 deaths.    Of Sunday’s 536 new cases, Beshear’s statement said,87 involved juveniles.
    In the Hoosier State, 1,249 new cases were reported Sunday, with one death, according to the Indiana State Department of Health.
    Lucas Aulbach can be reached at laulbach@courier-journal.com, 502-582-4649 or on Twitter @LucasAulbach.    Support strong local journalism and subscribe: courier-journal.com/lucasa.
[3 deaths / 536 cases = 0.006% and total 1,060 deaths / 56,945 cases = 0.018% and the next article is telling you a lot of what I have been promoting about this for weeks.].

[THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE IS QUESTIONING THE FIGURES THAT KY GOV BESHEAR IS USING IT AND AS YOU HAVE SEEN EACH DAY I HAVE EXPOSED WHAT HE IS NOT TELLING YOU AS SEEN ABOVE WE ARE BELOW 1% DAILY AND IT LOOKS LIKE TESTING IS GOING DOWN.].
9/14/2020 COVID-19 data doubters continue to question numbers
    FRANKFORT — On Thursday, the same day Kentucky announced its highest daily number of COVID-19 deaths — 22 — some lawmakers continued to question the accuracy of the state’s data and whether the public should believe it.
    Leading the criticism was b>Sen. Danny Carroll, a Paducah Republican and co-chairman of the Program Review and Investigations Committee, which called in Dr. Steven Stack, public health commissioner, for a second round of questions about how the state gets the COVID- 19 numbers that Gov. Andy Beshear releases daily.
    “What I do have problems with is the way that information is being used, not being completely accurate,” Carroll said.    It’s being used to manipulate our people, to make our people scared, to control our people.”
    Carroll said he gets daily complaints from people in his Western Kentucky district.
    “Half of this state doesn’t believe a word you all say when it comes to this data,” he said, a repeat of his comments to Stack last month when the physician appeared before the committee.
    Sen. Mike Nemes, a Shepherdsville Republican, wondered why restrictions are imposed on businesses such as bars when most of the deaths are occurring among the elderly, the majority in nursing homes.
    There’s no 80-year-olds coming out of a bar at night,” he said.    “What are we doing to stop the elderly from dying?
    Stack told the committee that the state’s numbers overall are reliable and provide an accurate picture of the spread and impact of COVID-19 in Kentucky, which he said he has stated in public repeatedly.
    “The data has limitations.    The data has imperfections,” he said.    “But even allowing for all those things, the data is incredibly valuable and incredibly informative and helps to guide decisionmaking when used in the proper context.”
    He said the elderly continue to be at greatest risk from the virus and stringent measures are in effect for nursing homes to try to limit spread.    And anyone who visits a bar and gets infected has the potential to spread it to others, he said.
    As at the previous meeting, the discussion broke down along partisan lines, with Republicans who control the legislature criticizing Beshear, a Democrat, and members of the governor’s party defending him.
    Sen. Karen Berg, a Louisville Democrat and the only physician on the panel, sounded incredulous as she accused committee members including Carroll of seeking to discredit data about COVID- 19.
    “I talk to constituents daily whose response is, ‘Thank God, thank God, our governor is acting, thank God our administration is acting,’” she said.    “Think how many more people would be dead.”
    Berg added she found the debate especially upsetting because “I’m on the front lines.    I go to the hospital and fight this every day.”
    But amid the partisan debate, lawmakers did manage to get answers to several persistent questions about COVID- 19.     What about ‘comorbidities’?
    Lawmakers asked about recent news reports of a study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that found 94% of deaths linked to COVID-19 were among people with “comorbidities,” other health conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure.
    “Is COVID really the basis” (of such deaths)? asked Rep. Lynn Bechler, a Marion Republican and committee cochairman.
    Yes, Stack said.    While evidence shows people with other health conditions are more likely to have serious or fatal outcomes from COVID-19, only deaths believed caused by the coronavirus are listed as such, he said.
    “We’ve said all along people with chronic medical problems are in the highest of risk categories,” Stack told the committee.    “I think there are a lot of people, perhaps some people in this room, who are taking blood pressure pills, cholesterol pills, diabetes medication and are doing just fine and will continue to live for quite a few more decades.”
    Does the state count negative COVID-19 tests?
    Yes, Stack said.    Some lawmakers have questioned whether negative test results are counted in daily numbers of total tests, suggesting that if they are not, the daily rate of positive tests the state releases would be skewed and inaccurate.
    Stack said while state regulations did not require labs or other sites to report negative tests at the onset of the pandemic in March, they do now, a rule that has been in place for months.
    Why don’t we treat flu the same?
noted other viruses, such as flu, also kill people.    One reason is people can protect themselves against flu with a vaccine, Stack said.
    The other is that people have no immunity for COVID-19, a new virus spreading around the world.
    “The reason why the coronavirus has gotten a different type of attention is because there are over 190,000 Americans who have died in six months and that way outstrips influenza,” Stack said.    “It’s much more dangerous and everybody’s susceptible.”
    Should we still wear masks?
    “Wearing a mask is absolutely essential,” Stack said.    “Keep your distance, wear your mask, wash your hands.”
    As of Sunday, COVID-19 was linked to 1,060 deaths and 56,945 cases in Kentucky.
Approval for governors of both parties is declining
    A group of researchers tracking attitudes and behaviors connected to the pandemic sent us an update after Labor Day weekend on their latest survey of governors’ approval ratings for managing the pandemic.
    The findings show, as we’ve all sensed, that folks across the country are sick and tired of COVID-19, and they are becoming less patient with their states’ top political leader.
    The August survey results showed a continued gradual decline in approval for governors, regardless of their party, while President Donald Trump got a slight bump up, according to the COVID- 19 Consortium for Understanding the Public’s Policy Preferences Across States.
    The joint project of Northeastern, Harvard, Rutgers and Northwestern universities reported that the average governor saw their approval slip another 3 points between July and late August, to 48% approval, compared with 63% in late April.
    Trump started from a much lower point, and rebounded slightly from his low point of approval of 32% in July to 34% in August.
    “States with governors that have notably low approval ratings (below 40%) include Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Hawaii, Idaho, Mississippi, Oregon, Oklahoma, Missouri, South Carolina and Texas.”    Also, governors who suffered “precipitous drops” in the latest survey included California’s Gavin Newsom (58% to 47%), Virginia’s Ralph Northam (59% to 46%) and Florida’s Ron DeSantis (39% to 29%).
    Beshear had one of the country’s highest approval ratings in late April, at 79%, but he slipped to 58% by late August.    Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb, a Republican, started at 71% and has dropped to 47%.
    One stat that may foretell Trump’s chances to win Florida in November: While presidential approval has been relatively steady, Trump’s approval numbers in Florida dropped sharply, from 39% to 29%, according to the summary.
Reach Deborah Yetter at dyetter@ courier-journal.com, 502-582-4228 or on Twitter at @d_yetter.    Reach Grace Schneider at gschneider@courier- journal.com or on Twitter at @gesinfk.
Deborah Yetter and Grace Schneider
COVID-19 Watch Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK

9/14/2020 Bloomberg puts $100M into Fla. fight by William Cummings, USA TODAY
    Billionaire Michael Bloomberg said Sunday he will spend at least $100 million to help Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in the battleground state of Florida, where polling has tightened in recent weeks as President Donald Trump fights for a second term.
    “Voting starts on Sept. 24 in Florida, so the need to inject real capital in that state quickly is an urgent need,” Bloomberg adviser Kevin Sheekey told The Washington Post.    “Mike believes that by investing in Florida it will allow campaign resources and other Democratic resources to be used in other states, in particular the state of Pennsylvania.”
    Bloomberg, whose net worth is estimated at more than $50 billion, spent about $1 billion on his failed Democratic primary bid before dropping out and endorsing Biden.    Bloomberg vowed to “do whatever it takes to defeat Trump” and has contributed millions to help Democratic candidates in 2020.    Bloomberg transferred $18 million from his presidential campaign to the Democratic National Committee.
    It has been nearly 100 years since a Republican won a presidential election without Florida.    A Biden victory there would dramatically narrow Trump’s path to winning the Electoral College.    It would require the president to hold all the states he won in 2016, including battleground states Arizona, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.    Trump trails Biden in the polls in five of those states.
    Trump reacted to the news of Bloomberg’s contribution with a tweet that mocked the former New York mayor’s failed primary bid.    Trump wrote that Bloomberg gave “the worst and most inept Debate Performance in the history of Presidential Politics.”
    “Save NYC instead,” Trump advised Bloomberg.
    Republicans are confident about their chances in Florida, pointing to GOP victories in 2018 and stronger-than-expected turnout in 2016 as evidence the state is trending in their direction.    They’ve invested millions in Florida focused on Latino outreach and boosting their field operation.
    Most polls found Biden with a strong lead in Florida through July.    His lead in the RealClearPolitics average in the state peaked at more than 8 percentage points at the end of that month before dropping to less than half that by the end of August.    A recent NBC News/Marist poll found Biden and Trump tied in Florida as of Sunday, but his RealClearPolitics average lead was down to 1.2 points.
    Most of Bloomberg’s contribution will go toward TV and digital ads in the state, where Republicans are outspending Democrats by about $8 million, according to the Associated Press.    The ads will be in English and Spanish, as polls show Biden trailing among Latino voters in the state.
    Many more Democrats than Republicans plan to vote by mail, according to polls.    That has raised the possibility that Trump would appear victorious on election night, only to see that lead slip away as the mailed-in ballots are counted.    Democrats are concerned Trump – who has declared that votingby- mail is a plot to steal the election – would use that discrepancy to cast doubt on the election results.
Contributing: Associated Press
[YOU CAN SEE THAT THE COUNCIL FOREIGN AFFAIRS MEMBERS OR GLOBALISTS ARE GETTING CONCERNED OR DESPERATE AS BLOOMBERG A MEMBER OF IT IS TRYING TO SWAY THE ELECTION BECAUSE TRUMP IS GETTING MORE SUPPORT FROM LATINOS AS THEY KNOW A WIN IN FLORIDA IS A BIG WIN.].

9/14/2020 Tracking coronavirus cases across the United States
    As you can see clearly in the image below where there were International Airports (Which have the most cases in Minnesota, Chicago, New York, Atlanta, Miami, Tampa, Houston, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Portland, and Seattle all Democrat-controlled cities that ignored Trump's ban and Pelosi and Joe Biden also) where we still have high numbers since this is where the virus first started from flights from Wuhan, China and the EU countries who had flights come in from China and from those above those who transferred to other flights then flew to spread it to other cities in America.    And I live in Kentucky and the Louisville airport is where most of the virus spread from there in Jefferson County.

9/14/2020 Pandemic Preparedness Panel Slams Collective Failure To Heed Warnings by Kate Kelland
FILE PHOTO: People wearing face masks following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak walk
across a street at a shopping area in Beijing, China August 25, 2020. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang
    LONDON (Reuters) – A collective failure by political leaders to heed warnings and prepare for an infectious disease pandemic has transformed “a world at risk” to a “world in disorder,” according to a report on international epidemic preparedness.
    “Financial and political investments in preparedness have been insufficient, and we are all paying the price,” said the report by The Global Preparedness Monitoring Board (GPMB).
    “It is not as if the world has lacked the opportunity to take these steps,” it added.    “There have been numerous calls for action … over the last decade, yet none has generated the changes needed.”
    The GPMB, co-convened by the World Bank and the World Health Organization (WHO), is chaired by former WHO director-general Gro Harlem Brundtland, who now also chairs an independent watchdog that monitors the WHO.
    The board’s 2019 report, released a few months before the novel coronavirus emerged in China, said there was a real threat of “a rapidly spreading pandemic due to a lethal respiratory pathogen” and warned such an event could kill millions and wreak havoc on the global economy.
    This year’s report – entitled “A World in Disorder” – said world leaders had never before “been so clearly forewarned of the dangers of a devastating pandemic”, and yet they had failed to take adequate action.
    The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed “a collective failure to take pandemic prevention, preparedness and response seriously and prioritize it accordingly,” it said.
    “Pathogens thrive in disruption and disorder.    COVID-19 has proven the point.”
    The report noted that despite calling a year ago for heads of government to commit and invest in pandemic preparedness, for health systems to be strengthened and for financial risk planning to take seriously the threat of a devastating pandemic, little progress had been made on any of these.
    A lack of leadership, it said, is exacerbating the current pandemic.
    “Failure to learn the lessons of COVID-19 or to act on them with the necessary resources and commitment will mean that the next pandemic, which is sure to come, will be even more damaging,” it said.
(This story was refiled to correct spelling of ‘heed’ in headline.)
(Reporting by Kate Kelland, Editing by William Maclean)

9/14/2020 UK Parliament To Vote On Johnson’s Plan To Break Brexit Divorce Treaty
FILE PHOTO: Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a virtual news conference on the ongoing situation with
the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at Downing Street, London, Britain September 9, 2020. Stefan Rousseau/Pool via REUTERS
    LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s plan to break international law by breaching parts of the Brexit divorce treaty with the European Union faces a vote in parliament on Monday amid growing opposition from within his own party.
    The House of Commons will debate the Internal Market Bill, which the EU has demanded Johnson scrap by the end of September.    After the debate, lawmakers will vote to decide if it should go to the next stage.    That vote may come late.
    Johnson’s decision to explicitly break international law has plunged Brexit back into crisis less than four months before Britain is finally due to leave the EU’s orbit at the end of a post-Brexit transition period.
    The EU has ramped up no-deal Brexit preparations while Britain has dismissed an ultimatum from Brussels to scrap the main parts of the bill by the end of September.
    Johnson, who has a majority of 80 in the lower house of parliament, is facing a growing revolt from some of his own lawmakers. Former prime ministers John Major, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and Theresa May have criticised the plan.
    “When the queen’s minister gives his word, on her behalf, it should be axiomatic that he will keep it, even if the consequences are unpalatable,” Johnson’s former Attorney General Geoffrey Cox said in The Times.
    “No British minister should solemnly undertake to observe treaty obligations with his fingers crossed behind his back,” said Cox, who was sacked by Johnson in February.
    British ministers say the bill, which explicitly states that it could be inconsistent with a host of international laws, is intended to clarify ambiguities and act as a safeguard in case the trade talks fall.
    “Having an insurance policy seems to me sensible,” junior interior minister Kit Malthouse said.
    But some EU diplomats say they think London is playing a game of Brexit chicken, inviting the collapse of trade talks to either get the deal it wants or to leave without a deal.
    The EU says it cannot trust those who break agreements and that if the bill is not effectively scrapped there will be no trade deal to cover everything from car parts to food.
    “Come back from the brink, re-establish trust and keep your word,” Ireland’s European Affairs Thomas Byrne said.
(Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge, Kate Holton and Michael Holden)

9/13/2020 Pfizer Says Their Vaccine Will Likely Be Approved By End Of Year by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this July 27, 2020, file photo, a nurse prepares a shot as a study of
a possible COVID-19 vaccine in Binghamton, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)
    According to the CEO of Pfizer, the company’s coronavirus vaccine is likely to get approved before 2021.    On Sunday, Albert Bourla announced the pharmaceutical company will probably know whether their vaccine works or not by October of this year.
    “I don’t know if they have to wait until 2021,” he said.
    In the meantime, Bourla confirmed Pfizer has manufactured hundreds of thousands of doses to distribute and is still preparing more.
    “We started already manufacturing and have manufactured hundreds of thousands of doses,” he explained.    “So just in case we have a good study read out, conclusive and FDA plus the advisory committee feels comfortable, that we will be ready.”
    AstraZeneca and Moderna are also in the late stages of their coronavirus vaccine trials.

9/14/2020 President Trump Sits Down For Wildfire Briefing With Calif. Officials by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks during a briefing at Sacramento McClellan Airport, in McClellan Park,
Calif., Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, on the western wildfires. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    President Trump said he’s in sync and closely working with the governor of California to combat the state’s ongoing wildfires. He made those remarks during a briefing in Sacramento on Monday. In addition to Gov. Gavin Newsom, a string of other federal state and city officials were in attendance.
    The President confirmed the state of California and the federal government have entered in a 20-year commitment to double forest management efforts and increase vegetation.    The initiative aims to reduce wildfire risk for 500,000 acres of forest land per year.
    “I want to thank you for supporting that effort, funding that effort,” stated Gov. Newsom.    “We acknowledge our role and responsibility to do more in that space, but one thing is fundamental — 57 percent of the land in this state is federal forest land.”
    Officials went on to call the fires “unprecedented” and confirmed there have been more than 3.2 million acres burned this calendar year.
Firefighters monitor a controlled burn along Nacimiento-Fergusson Road to help contain
the Dolan Fire near Big Sur, Calif., Friday, Sept. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)
[Trump told Newson two years ago that they needed to do forest work to prevent fires, now they have gotten it totally out of control and worse than ever and since they do not have PG&E to blame it on this time and desperate Newsom had the gall to blame it on Climate Change without any evidence since I am sitting here looking out at my green trees and grass in Kentucky is not on fire from climate change but those yellow and brown California landscape not taken care of are a funeral pyle waiting for a dropped match or cigarette butt Newsom.].

9/14/2020 President Trump Courts The Latino Vote At Event In Nev. by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump participates in a Latinos for Trump Coalition roundtable at Treasure Island
Hotel & Casino, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    President Trump recently courted the Latino vote by underlining his administration’s work in favor of the Hispanic community.    This was the main argument of his remarks on Sunday when the President hosted a roundtable discussion with Latino voters in Las Vegas.
    Nevada is in play this election and with more than 29-percent of its population identifying as Hispanic, the community’s vote will be instrumental in deciding whether its six electoral votes go red or blue.
    The President sought to emphasize the contributions his administration has made to the Latino community, primarily by drawing attention to the historically low unemployment numbers among Latinos prior to the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic.
    “Before the China virus hit, we achieved the lowest Hispanic American unemployment rate ever recorded in the history of our nation and we’re getting it back very quickly," he stated.    “The numbers are fantastic; it’s building very quickly.”
    Meanwhile, the President’s Democrat opponent, Joe Biden, has reportedly failed to make progress with the Latino community.    On Friday, the senior adviser for his campaign said the former vice president has “work to do” in courting their vote.
    While conventional narratives spread by the mainstream media push the notion that Hispanics historically form part of the Democrats’ base, the Trump campaign has recently made headway within the community by emphasizing traditional values that resonate with voters.    This includes faith, family and opportunity.
    Moreover, the President sought to dispel a common myth, namely that his immigration policy would drive Latino voters away from supporting his bid for reelection.    According to President Trump, Hispanic voters are perfectly aware of the importance of secure borders and through their unique experiences are more likely than most pundits care to admit to support a strong immigration policy rooted in legality as well as fairness.
    “Hispanic Americans embody the American dream very much, as much as anybody I can even think about,” he stated.    “They embody the American dream…we’ve had tremendous support from the Hispanic Americans on the southern border because they understand the southern border better than anybody.”

9/14/2020 Investigation Into Compton Police Ambush Ongoing by OAN Newsroom
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva speaks at a news conference in Los Angeles Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020. Villanueva said
Thursday that deputies fatally shot a man after he allegedly opened fire when they tried to serve a search warrant in Compton. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
    An investigation is underway to track down a suspect caught on surveillance footage shooting two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies in their patrol car in Compton.
    According to Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva, the two officers are expected to recover.    However, they are still in critical condition with authorities calling their recovery “a double miracle.”
    In a twitter statement, the FBI in Los Angeles offered their resources and said officials stand ready to assist in the investigation.
    The shooting happened Saturday night when alone gunman approached the deputies in their patrol car, opening fire without provocation.
    One of the victims is a 31-year old law enforcement officer who is also the mother of a 6-year-old boy.    She was shot in the jaw and arms.    The officer reportedly called for help and rendered assistance to other victims until medical assistance arrived.
    The second victim has been identified as her 24-year-old partner who suffered wounds in the forehead, arms and one of his hands.
    The description of the suspect is vague, but grainy surveillance footage shows he’s a black male around 28-to-30 years old.    He was last seen wearing dark clothing and driving a black four-door sedan at the time of the incident.
    On Sunday, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department announced they are offering a $100,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest of the suspect.
    The reaction to the violence in the community has infuriated conservatives and law enforcement advocates across the nation.    A mob of rioters gathered at St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood where the officers were undergoing surgery.    Some were heard yelling “we hope they die” as they crowded the emergency entrances of the hospital.
    The sheriff’s department declared the protest an unlawful assembly and tweeted a warning to those gathering early Sunday to stop blocking ambulances.    Multiple rioters were arrested for failing to comply with commands from deputies.
    Additionally, video footage of a witness appearing to celebrate the ambush shooting to the incident went viral Sunday sparking more outrage.
    Sheriff Villanueva called the ambush a “cowardly attack,” which is a statement echoed by President Trump and his son Don Jr. who both took to Twitter demanding swift justice for the shooter.
    The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department posted a message of gratitude for “the tremendous outpouring of love, overwhelming show of support, uplifting words and acts of kindness from the public” as the investigation remains ongoing.

9/14/2020 Lawmakers Race To Pass Gov’t Spending, Stimulus, And More Ahead Of November Election by OAN Newsroom
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., walks to her office, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
    With the November election looming just two months ahead, Congress is racing to push forward major legislation.
    While the Senate reconvened last week, the House reconvened for the first time since their month-long August recess on Monday.    This is the last work period left before the election with just 12 working days scheduled.
    First on the agenda is avoiding a government shutdown. Both chambers face a September 30 deadline to pass a stopgap government funding bill.    They are expected to use a continuing resolution in order to continue funding at the 2020 fiscal year levels.
    Democrats and Republicans have agreed not to include any controversial aspects in the legislation to avoid a stalemate and ensuing shutdown.    Therefore, leaders of both chambers have decided not to include the next coronavirus relief bill in the spending legislation.
    The fifth stimulus package has proven extremely difficult to reach a deal on as Congress and the White House have been at odds over the legislation for months now.
    Last week, Republicans pushed a $500 billion package in the Senate in an attempt to provide some aid to struggling Americans, but Democrats shot the bill down.
    “It doesn’t help state and local workers at all,” claimed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.    “Our heroes, hence the name HEROES Act, health care workers, first responders, police, fire, transportation, sanitation, teachers, teachers, teachers, food workers who meet the needs of people will be fired.”
    GOP senators have given a dire prediction for any future hopes for relief and have said it’s up to Speaker Pelosi to drop the costly Democrat demands holding up the legislation.
Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., rides the elevator after a vote in the Senate chamber,
Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
    Meanwhile, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental affairs Committee is conducting a broad investigation into the transition period between the Obama administration and Trump administration.
    On Wednesday, Sen. Ron Johnson is holding a vote to authorize subpoenas for several officials in his probe into the Obama administration.
    Additionally, the House is pushing multiple non-discrimination bills forward.    The legislation being considered includes bills aimed at protecting pregnant women from work place discrimination, promoting diversity in education and condemning “all forms of anti-Asian sentiment” tied to COVID-19.
    Finally, the Senate is gearing up to vote on several judicial nominations throughout the week.

9/14/2020 President Trump Interested In Debate Hosted By Joe Rogan by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump pauses while speaking at a rally at Xtreme Manufacturing, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in Henderson, Nev. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    President Trump said he’s open to a presidential debate hosted by the popular podcast host Joe Rogan.
    The President was responding to a proposal on Twitter Monday, which suggested Rogan moderate a debate between him and Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden.    Tim Kennedy, who’s a retired mixed martial artist, initially posed the suggestion on Twitter Sunday.
    Rogan said he wants the candidates for four hours with no live audience, just them three and the cameras.    However, he also said he’s concerned about whether Biden will be able to handle it.
    “If they both wanted to come here in Austin and sit down and have a debate, I would 100 percent do it,” said Rogan.    “…but I don’t think that Biden can handle that…people get mad at me for saying it, but I think there’s something wrong… I’ve seen him fall apart.”
    As of now, neither the Biden campaign or Biden himself have responded to the offer.
9/15/2020 Oil down $0.07 to $37.30, DOW up 328 to 27,993.

9/15/2020 CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC - Kentucky sees 342 new cases, 5 deaths by Emma Austin, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Gov. Andy Beshear announced 342 new COVID-19 cases and five deaths in Kentucky on Monday.
    The commonwealth has now seen 57,282 cases of the coronavirus and 1,065 deaths.
    “It’ll probably be a tough week, like we’ve had a number of tough weeks,” Beshear said.
    Mondays usually bring lower totals because of when testing sites report their numbers, Beshear reminded Kentuckians.
    The newly reported deaths include: a 49-year-old man from Shelby County, an 80-year-old man from Fayette, a 77-year-old man from Fayette, a 71-year-old woman from Christian and an 82-year-old woman from Pulaski.
    Beshear spoke during Monday’s briefing about Dr. Rebbeca Shadowen, a Bowling Green infectious disease specialist who died from complications with COVID-19 last week, four months after testing positive for the virus.
    “She was a dear friend of many,” Beshear said.    “I’m praying for her family, her friends and her colleagues.    I’m praying that people will listen to her, listen to the gift and the wisdom that she left for us and recognize that this is somebody who is out there fighting for the lives of those suffering from COVID, who gave her own to help us out.”     Beshear also announced the state has conducted more than 1 million tests, with 1,020,070 tests administered.
    “I remember when we had to every day tell you that unless you are sick not to get (a test),” Beshear said.    “That is not where we are right now, and we have the opportunity if people will continue to ... get tested regularly we can get closer and closer to normal.”
    The seven-day rolling average rate of positive tests was 4.17% on Monday, down from previous weeks when the rate exceeded 5%.
    “We’d like to push that down even further,” Beshear said.    “A lot of states that are doing things that we’d like to do are down even below one.    Let’s certainly try to get below four and see where we can go from there.”
    Reach Emma Austin at eaustin@ gannett.com or on Twitter at @emmacaustin.
[5 deaths / 342 cases = 0.014% and Beshear have you noticed we are having less cases each day and half of what the States around us are having.].

9/15/2020 At Historic White House Event, UAE And Bahrain To Move Toward Normal Ties With Israel by Steve Holland and Matt Spetalnick
FILE PHOTO: A man rides a scooter near the flags of the U.S., United Arab Emirates, Israel and
Bahrain as they flutter along a road in Netanya, Israel September 14, 2020. REUTERS/Nir Elias
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain on Tuesday will become the latest Arab states to break a longstanding taboo when they sign agreements toward normalizing relations with Israel in a strategic realignment of Middle Eastern countries against Iran.
    U.S. President Donald Trump will host the White House ceremony at noon EDT (1600 GMT), capping a dramatic month when first the UAE and then Bahrain agreed to reverse decades of ill will without a resolution of Israel’s decades-old dispute with the Palestinians.
    At the U.S.-brokered ceremony, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will sign agreements with Emirati Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan and Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Abdullatif Al Zayani.
    The deals make them the third and fourth Arab states to take such steps to normalize ties since Israel signed peace treaties with Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994.
    The back-to-back agreements, which have drawn bitter condemnation from the Palestinians, mark an improbable diplomatic victory for Trump.     He has spent his presidency forecasting deals on such intractable problems as North Korea’s nuclear program only to find actual achievements elusive.
    Trump is up for re-election on Nov. 3 and the accords could help him shore up support among pro-Israel Christian evangelical voters, an important part of his political base.
    Bringing Israel, the UAE and Bahrain together reflects their shared concern about Iran’s rising influence in the region and development of ballistic missiles.    Iran has been critical of both deals.
    “Instead of focusing on past conflicts, people are now focused on creating a vibrant future filled with endless possibilities,” White House senior adviser Jared Kushner said in a statement late on Monday.    Kushner helped negotiate the agreements and is trying to persuade more Gulf countries to strike similar accords with Israel.
    One target of White House appeals is Oman, whose leader spoke with Trump last week.
    Another is Saudi Arabia, the biggest Gulf Arab power.    So far the Saudis, whose king is custodian of Islam’s holiest sites and rules the world’s largest oil exporter, have signaled they are not ready.
NETANYAHU UNDER PRESSURE
    Although a diplomatic win for Netanyahu, the signing ceremony takes place while he faces criticism at home of his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and a corruption trial on charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust that has led to frequent street protests.
    Netanyahu denies any wrongdoing and describes his trial as a leftist political witch-hunt aimed at unseating a popular right-wing leader.
    Netanyahu signaled on Monday that Israel’s deals with the two Gulf Arab states may still be works in progress.
    A senior Trump administration official said that the documents were complete or nearly finished, that Israel would sign separate agreements with each of the Gulf states and that then the United States would join all three in signing a common document known as the Abraham Accords.    But the official declined to provide specifics.
    In a nod to the coronavirus that has hit the United States and the world, the White House is encouraging but not requiring the participants to wear masks.    Though the mood of the ceremony is expected to be warm, it will be up to the leaders whether they want to shake hands, the official told reporters.
    Frustrated by the Palestinians’ refusal to take part in Trump’s Middle East peace initiative, the White House has sought to bypass them in hopes they will see the deals with the UAE and Bahrain as incentives, even leverage, for peace talks.
    The accords have left the Palestinians feeling abandoned by some of their closest traditional Arab allies.
    The Palestinian leadership, which has long accused Trump of pro-Israel bias, has denounced the Arab rapprochement with Israel as a betrayal of their cause, even though Netanyahu agreed, in return for normalization with the UAE, to suspend a plan to annex parts of the occupied West Bank.
    Palestinians view the new agreements as weakening a longstanding pan-Arab position that calls for Israeli withdrawal from occupied territory and acceptance of Palestinian statehood in return for normal relations with Arab countries.
    Though negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians last broke down in 2014, some Gulf Arab states and several other Arab countries have long had quiet, informal contacts with Israel.
(Reporting By Steve Holland and Matt Spetalnick, additional reporting by Dan Williams in Jerusalem; Editing by Howard Goller)

9/15/2020 In Break With Past, UAE And Bahrain Sign U.S.-Brokered Deals With Israel by Steve Holland and Matt Spetalnick
U.S. President Donald Trump welcomes Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his
wife Sara at the White House in Washington, U.S., September 15, 2020. REUTERS/Al Drago
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain signed agreements on Tuesday to normalize ties with Israel, becoming the first Arab states in a quarter century to break a longstanding taboo, in a strategic realignment of Middle East countries against Iran.
    U.S. President Donald Trump hosted the White House ceremony, capping a dramatic month when first the UAE and then Bahrain agreed to reverse decades of ill will without a resolution of Israel’s dispute with the Palestinians.
    In front of a crowd of several hundred people on the White House lawn, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed accords with Emirati Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan and Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Abdullatif Al Zayani.
    The deals, denounced by the Palestinians, make them the third and fourth Arab states to take such steps to normalize relations since Israel signed peace treaties with Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994.
    Meeting Netanyahu earlier in the Oval Office, Trump said, “We’ll have at least five or six countries coming along very quickly” to forge their own accords with Israel.    But he did not name any of the nations involved in such talks.
    Speaking from the White House balcony, Trump said: “We’re here this afternoon to change the course of history.”
Flags of the United States, Israel, the UAE and Bahrain were in abundance. Most people in the crowd did not wear masks.
    Trump called the deals “a major stride in which people of all faiths and backgrounds live together in peace and prosperity” and declared that the three Middle East countries “are going to work together, they are friends.”
    The back-to-back agreements mark an improbable diplomatic victory for Trump.    He has spent his presidency forecasting deals on such intractable problems as North Korea’s nuclear program only to find achievements elusive.
    Bringing Israel, the UAE and Bahrain together reflects their shared concern about Iran’s rising influence in the region and development of ballistic missiles. Iran criticized both deals.
    All three of the Middle East leaders hailed the agreements and Trump’s role in glowing terms, with Netanyahu saying it gave hope to “all the people of Abraham.”
    But the UAE and Bahraini officials both sought to reassure the Palestinians that their countries were not abandoning them or their quest for statehood in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, despite the Palestinian leadership having decried the deals as a betrayal of their cause.
    In a sign that regional strife is sure to continue while the Israeli-Palestinian conflict remains unresolved, Palestinian militants fired rockets from Gaza into Israel during the ceremony, the Israeli military said.
    Israel’s Magen David Adom ambulance service said paramedics treated two men for light injuries from flying glass in Ashdod, and four others suffered shock.
TRUMP’S EVANGELICAL SUPPORT
    With Trump up for re-election on Nov. 3, the accords could help shore up support among pro-Israel Christian evangelical voters, an important part of his political base.
    Speaking to Fox News hours before the ceremony, Trump predicted the Palestinians would eventually forge peace with Israel or else be “left out in the cold.”
    One target of White House appeals is Saudi Arabia, the biggest Gulf Arab power. So far the Saudis, whose king is custodian of Islam’s holiest sites and rules the world’s largest oil exporter, have signaled they are not ready, though their quiet acquiescence to the agreements was seen as crucial.
    Another target is Oman, whose leader spoke with Trump last week.    Oman sent its ambassador to Tuesday’s ceremony, a senior U.S. official said. No Saudi representative attended.
    Meeting the Emirati foreign minister before the ceremony, Trump thanked the UAE for being first in the Gulf to agree to ties with Israel and left little doubt the Iran issue was overhanging the event.
    Trump predicted that Iran, under heavy U.S. sanctions, would want to reach a deal with Washington, which has been trying to get it to renegotiate an international nuclear accord.    Tehran shows no sign of budging.
NETANYAHU UNDER PRESSURE
    Although a diplomatic win for Netanyahu, the ceremony took place while he faces criticism at home of his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and a corruption trial on charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust that have led to frequent street protests.
    Netanyahu denies any wrongdoing and describes his trial as a leftist political witch-hunt aimed at unseating a popular right-wing leader.
    In a nod to the coronavirus, the White House encouraged but did not require participants to wear masks.    It was left to the leaders whether to shake hands, and they did not do so in public.
    Some differences remain despite warming ties.    Trump said on Tuesday he would have no problem selling advanced stealth F-35 fighter jets to the UAE, which for years has sought to obtain them. Israel, which has the F-35, objects to such a sale.
    Frustrated by the Palestinians’ refusal to take part in Trump’s Middle East peace initiative, the White House has sought to bypass them in hopes they will see the deals with the UAE and Bahrain as incentives, even leverage, for peace talks.
    The Palestinian leadership has long accused Trump of pro-Israel bias and denounced the Arab rapprochement with Israel, even though Netanyahu agreed, in return for normalization with the UAE, to suspend a plan to annex parts of the occupied West Bank.
    Although Israeli-Palestinian negotiations broke down in 2014, some Gulf Arab states and several other Arab countries have long had quiet, informal contacts with Israel.
(Reporting By Steve Holland and Matt Spetalnick, additional reporting by Dan Williams, Aziz El Yakoubi and Maha El Dahan; Editing by Howard Goller)

9/15/2020 ‘This Is Peace In The Middle East Without Blood All Over The Sand,’ Says President Trump On Abraham Accords by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump, center, with from left, Bahrain Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu, Trump, and United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan, during the Abraham Accords signing
ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    President Trump touted his brokered peace agreement for several Middle East countries Tuesday, while welcoming the foreign ministers of Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates as well as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
    During an Oval Office sit-down, the President gifted Netanyahu the key to the White House.    He then told the prime minister, “this is peace in the Middle East without blood all over the sand.”
    Before the signing ceremony, President Trump honored the leaders for making this peace deal a reality.
    “After decades of division and conflict, we mark the dawn of a new Middle East,” he stated.    “Thanks to the great courage of the leaders of these three countries, we take a major stride toward a future in which people of all faiths and backgrounds live together in peace and prosperity.”
    The world leaders then signed the historic Abraham Accords, normalizing relations for the first time between Israel and two Arab states in a quarter century.
    White House senior advisor Jared Kushner said we are already starting to see the beginning of the end of the Israel-Arab conflict.    During an interview Tuesday, he said the normalization of relations between Israel, the UAE and Bahrain shows the President is bringing people together.
    Kushner also noted President Trump’s push for peace in the Middle East has been very well received in the region.    He went on to suggest a resolution to the territorial dispute between Israel and Palestine will eventually be reached.
    “With regards to the Palestinians, I think with time that will come, but what you are doing now is you’re bring people together,” stated the White House senior advisor.
    Kushner also said President Trump doesn’t chase deals, but rather makes deals when they are ready.

9/15/2020 President Trump Hosts Latinos For Trump Roundtable In Ariz. by OAN Newsroom
A supporter of President Donald Trump cheers as the president participates in a Latinos for
Trump Coalition roundtable Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
    President Trump doubled down on his promise to defend the American dream while hosting a ‘Latinos for Trump‘ roundtable event in Phoenix, Arizona.
    After wrapping up a briefing on the wildfires in California Monday, the President traveled on Air Force One to the Grand Canyon State.
    Large crowds gathered outside the Arizona Grand Resort ahead of the President’s event, where many could be seen waving ‘Make America Great Again’ flags and heard chanting “four more years.”
    “I think he is an amazing president,” said Arizona resident Tracy Buelna.    “He keeps his promises, he cares about our country and he’s an extremely patriotic American…I can’t wait to vote for him in the election.”
    A panel of Latino speakers joined President Trump for the roundtable event.    They praised the administration’s economic policies for directly benefiting the Latino community.
President Donald Trump points at the conclusion of a Latinos for Trump Coalition roundtable
at Arizona Grand Resort & Spa, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    The President compared his efforts fighting for the well being of the American people to his opponent, Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden, who the President said refuses to leave his basement.
    “Joe Biden spent 47 years selling out the Hispanic American community, sending your jobs to China, raising your taxes, surging regulations…it doesn’t sound too good to me,” he stated.
    Over the weekend, President Trump highlighted recent polling in other parts of the country showing a surge in support among the Latino community for his reelection campaign.
    Monday’s visit marked the president’s fifth trip to Arizona, which is a crucial state ahead of November’s election.    The President took to Twitter to comment on on the visit while departing the state to travel back to D.C.

9/15/2020 Sen. Hawley Says Oracle Not Acceptable TikTok Buyer 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. The owner
of TikTok has chosen Oracle over Microsoft as the American tech partner that could help keep the popular video-sharing app running in
the U.S., according to a source familiar with the deal who was not
authorized to speak publicly about it. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed, File)
    Republican Sen. Josh Hawley has called on the Trump administration to stop the sale of TikTok to Oracle.    On Monday, the Missouri lawmaker said the sale wouldn’t stop China from using the app to spy on American citizens.
    Under the agreement, the details of which have not been made public, Oracle would serve as ByteDance’s “trusted technology provider."    However, Hawley argues this means the Chinese company would retain ultimate control over the app.
    The senator called on Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin to reject the proposed partnership or ban TikTok altogether. His call to action came after Mnuchin praised the sale.
    “And we have a lot of confidence in both Microsoft and Oracle, they’ve chosen Oracle,” stated the secretary.    “We’ll be reviewing it with their technical teams and ours to see if they can make the changes we need.”
    Mnuchin went on to confirm the deal will be fully reviewed this week and President Trump is expected to weigh in on the final decision on its approval.

9/15/2020 VP Pence Denounces Ambush Shooting Of 2 Los Angeles Deputies by OAN Newsroom
Vice President Mike Pence looks on during a break in his speech at a Republican campaign
rally in Belgrade, Mont., on Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Tommy Martino)
    Vice President Mike Pence said it was tragic to witness another attack on law enforcement, following an apparent ambush shooting of two Los Angeles deputies over the weekend.
    While speaking in Janesville, Wisconsin on Monday, he denounced the rioters who chanted “we hope they die” just outside of the hospital where the deputies were being treated.
    The vice president continued to push the Trump administration’s stance on law and order as well as the need to restore peace in America.
    “The President and I will always support the right of American to peaceful protest, but rioting and looting is not peaceful protests,” he stated.    “Burning businesses is not free speech, bringing violence against innocent civilians or those in law enforcement must stop and it must stop now.”
    Pence went on to say he was happy to hear the two deputies are recovering and that they will remain in his thoughts and prayers.
    Meanwhile, the reward for information on the suspect in the shooting of the sheriff’s deputies has increased to $200,000.    The increase came as a result of donations from several anonymous donors and the region’s top transportation authority.
    The gunman is believed to be a black male around 30-years-old.    He was last seen wearing dark clothing and driving a black four-door sedan at the time of the incident.

9/15/2020 Biden Calls For Gun Control After Shooting Of Los Angeles Deputies by OAN Newsroom
Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks about climate change and wildfires
affecting western states, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    Following the shooting of two Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies in an apparent ambush, the incident received very different responses President Trump and the Democrat presidential nominee.
    Joe Biden appeared to politicize the shooting while calling for gun control.    In a tweet Sunday, the former vice president suggested a ban on “assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.”    His remarks came less than 24-hours after the shooting and without him even knowing what type of gun was used in the incident.
    Biden’s comments are in stark contrast to President Trump’s remarks in which he called for a “fast trial” with the possibility of the death penalty if the deputies die.
    The President also slammed Biden during a ‘Latino’s for Trump’ event by pointing out that “he’s not strong for law and order.”    President Trump has consistently called for law and order as protests intensify across the country.
    During his campaign stop in Nevada over the weekend, he said rioters and anarchists will win if Biden is elected president.    He also praised law enforcement by saying the Republican Party supports the heroes who risk their lives to keep us safe.
    “These are great people that have done a great job,” he stated.    “And we have to support our law enforcement.”

9/15/2020 WTO Finds Washington Broke Trade Rules By Imposing Tariffs On China by Emma Farge and Philip Blenkinsop
FILE PHOTO: A logo is pictured on the headquarters of the World Trade Organization
(WTO) in Geneva, Switzerland, June 2, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
    GENEVA/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The World Trade Organization found on Tuesday that the United States had breached global trading rules by imposing multi-billion dollar tariffs in President Donald Trump’s trade war with China, a ruling that drew anger from Washington.
    Washington says tariffs it imposed two years ago on more than $200 billion in Chinese goods were justified because China was forcing companies to transfer technology and intellectual property.
    But the WTO’s three-person panel said the U.S. duties broke trading rules because they applied only to China and were above maximum rates agreed by the United States.    Washington had not then adequately explained why its measures were a justified exception, the panel concluded.
    “This panel report confirms what the Trump administration has been saying for four years: the WTO is completely inadequate to stop China’s harmful technology practices,” U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said in a statement.
    China’s commerce ministry said Beijing supported the multilateral trading system and respected WTO rules and rulings, and hoped Washington would do the same.
    The United States could appeal against Tuesday’s ruling.    However, that would put the case into a legal void, because Washington has already blocked the appointment of judges to the WTO’s appellate body, preventing it from convening the minimum number required to hear cases.
    The WTO panel was aware it was stepping into hot waters.    It noted that it had looked only into the U.S. measures and not China’s retaliation, which Washington has not challenged at the WTO.
    “The panel is very much aware of the wider context in which the WTO system currently operates, which is one reflecting a range of unprecedented global trade tensions,” the 66-page report concluded.
TAKE STOCK
    The panel recommended the United States bring its measures “into conformity with its obligations,” but also encouraged the two sides to work to resolve the overall dispute.
    “…Time is available for the parties to take stock as proceedings evolve and further consider opportunities for mutually agreed and satisfactory solutions,” it said.
    Trump threatened tariffs on $500 billion worth of goods during his two year trade war with China, before signing a “Phase 1” trade deal with Beijing early this year.    Extra duties are still in place on some $370 billion worth of Chinese goods.
    The U.S. president has described the WTO as “horrible” and biased towards China, threatening to quit.    Josh Hawley, a Republican senator from Missouri, tweeted he should do just that: “USA should withdraw and lead the effort to abolish it.”
    Trump, critical of multilateral institutions, has already quit the UN cultural organisation UNESCO and plans to leave the World Health Organization.
(Writing by Philip Blenkinsop; Additional reporting by David Lawder in Washington and Meg Shen in Beijing; Editing by Peter Graff)

9/16/2020 Oil up $1.19 to $38.46, DOW up 3 to 27,996.

9/16/2020 Beshear announces 745 more coronavirus cases, 9 new deaths - Kentucky’s positivity rate drops below 4% by Sarah Ladd, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Gov. Andy Beshear announced 745 new coronavirus cases, 95 of which are 18 and younger, and nine new deaths on Tuesday.
    Kentucky’s positivity rate is also under 4% — 3.97%.    It was last under 4% on Sept. 9, when it was 3.84%.    Otherwise, it has been above 4% since July.
    “While we have a positivity rate going the right way, and that’s a great thing.    We have still a significant number of cases,” Beshear said.    “And remember how important these masks are.”
    There have now been 58,000 COVID-19 cases in Kentucky and 1,074 coronavirus-related deaths.    The state reports 1,068,026 tests have been performed.
    One of the people who died was a 48 year-old man from Jefferson County.
    Others are:
A 93-year-old woman from Kenton County
A 65-year-old woman from Jefferson
A 73-year-old man from Jefferson
An 88-year-old man from Warren
An 90-year-old man from Bullitt
An 83-year-old woman from Hopkins
An 84-year-old man from Warren
A 94-year-old woman from Jefferson County
    Earlier, Indiana reported 758 new coronavirus cases and 20 new deaths over the past week and a half.    The state has now seen 107,229 cases and 3,235 deaths [0.03%].
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.
[9 deaths / 745 cases = 0.012%, all these deaths were in the Louisville, Bowling Green, Hopkinsville area or big cities overall 1,074 deaths / 58,000 = 0.018 % and the positivity test for the U.S. is between 3.97-3.84% is important as it only tells us where we are in the world as you see in the image below].

9/16/2020 Pandemic Sharpens ‘Battle For The Soul’ Of United Nations Between U.S. And China by Michelle Nichols
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump hosts a lunch for ambassdors to the U.N. Security Council
at the White House in Washington, U.S. December 5, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Long-simmering tensions between the United States and China have hit boiling point at the United Nations over the coronavirus pandemic, spotlighting Beijing’s bid for greater multilateral influence in a challenge to Washington’s traditional leadership.
    Chinese President Xi Jinping has accelerated his U.N. power play as President Donald Trump’s disregard for international cooperation led to the United States quitting global deals on climate and Iran and leaving the U.N. Human Rights Council and the World Health Organization, diplomats say.
    “There’s definitely, in my mind, a battle for the soul of the U.N. going on,” said a senior European diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, adding that Trump’s “America First” policy has been “damaging because the Chinese have a sort of smooth assertion that they are the true multilateralists.”
    While Trump has made China one of his punching bags as he bids for re-election on Nov. 3, the diplomatic hostilities have spilled over in public meetings of the 193-member General Assembly and the 15-member Security Council.
    Xi had been expected to make a rare visit to New York next week for the annual U.N. gathering of world leaders, which could have provided an opportunity for a meeting in person with Trump. But he will now send a video statement because of the pandemic.
    Trump blames China for a lack of transparency about the novel coronavirus, which emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan last year.    China has rejected his accusations.
‘DANGEROUS DIRECTION’
    U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres https://www.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN2660G4 told Reuters on Monday: “We are moving in a very dangerous direction.”
    He said there was a risk of a rupture between the world’s two biggest economic powers that could essentially result in two global economies, which would “have dramatic impacts, especially for developing countries that will be in the middle.”
    Guterres warned that “a rupture can then lead … to forms of military confrontation that would be very undesirable.”
    The U.S. and Chinese missions did not respond to repeated requests for interviews.
    The tension between the United Nations’ two biggest financial contributors is front of mind for many diplomats at the world body.
    “It’s something now that you think about almost every other day – how these two superpowers will look at a certain issue … how U.S., China relations evolve in the coming period and how that spills over,” said a senior Gulf diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity.
    It took months for the Security Council to adopt a resolution on the coronavirus as the United States opposed any mention of the WHO and on Friday Washington and its ally Israel were the only two countries to vote ‘no’ on a General Assembly pandemic resolution that was adopted with overwhelming support.
    A more assertive China has been putting forward more candidates for senior U.N. positions and pushing for language associated with Xi’s Communist Party ideology to be included in U.N. resolutions, diplomats said.
‘GAME DOES NOT STOP’
    Some diplomats admit Western countries have been slow to respond, but are now pushing back.
    In a declaration to mark the 75th anniversary of the United Nations – agreed by the General Assembly in July and to be adopted by world leaders on Monday – the United States, Britain, Japan, India, Canada and Australia objected to the phrase “our vision for a common future” because they said it was Xi rhetoric, diplomats said. The language was removed.
    The United States announced in January that it had assigned a top State Department official with countering “malign influences” of China and others at the United Nations.    U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Kelly Craft said last week that a priority was to get more Americans or people from like-minded countries working in the U.N. system.
    Former U.N. political affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman, who stepped down in 2018, said Washington now needs to compete for influence “rather than assume automatic U.N. deference.”
    “The U.N. can be characterized as ‘home turf’ for the United States, but walking off the field will facilitate China moving in to fill the vacuum,” Feltman wrote for the Brookings Institution.    “The game does not stop when we stomp off the field.”
(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Mary Milliken and Grant McCool)

9/16/2020 ‘Be Courageous’ To Stand Up To Russia, Turkey, EU Executive Says by Robin Emmott
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen gives her first State of the Union speech at a plenary session
of European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium September 16, 2020. Olivier Hoslet/Pool via REUTERS
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union states must be quicker in their foreign policy to support pro-democracy protests in Belarus or to stand up to Russia and Turkey, EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Wednesday.
    “Why are even simple statements on EU values delayed, watered down or held hostage for other motives?” Von der Leyen asked in her annual speech on the health of the Union.
    “When member states say Europe is too slow, I say to them be courageous and finally move to qualified majority voting,” she said, referring to blockages over finding unanimity among the EU’s 27 states.
    Von der Leyen said her EU executive would come forward with a proposal to freeze assets of those deemed responsible for human rights abuses, similar to the Magnitsky Act of 2012 in the United States.
    She also said nothing could justify Turkey’s intimidation of Greece and Cyprus in the Eastern Mediterranean and said it was wrong to think that a gas pipeline between German and Russia would help tense EU-Russia ties.
    “Turkey is and will always be an important neighbour.    But while we are close together on the map, the distance between us appears to be growing,” Von der Leyen told the European Parliament.
(Reporting by Robin Emmott; additional reporting by Marine Strauss, editing by Philip Blenkinsop)

9/16/2020 EU Chief Executive Calls For Unity To Get Europe Back On Its Feet by Foo Yun Chee and Robin Emmott
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen gestures as she addresses her first State of the European Union speech during a plenary session
of the European Parliament as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak continues, in Brussels, Belgium September 16, 2020. REUTERS/Yves Herman
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The EU’s chief executive on Wednesday painted a sober picture of Europe grappling with a pandemic and its deepest recession in its history, but laid out ambitious goals to make the 27-nation bloc more resilient and united to confront future crises.
    In her annual State of the Union address, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen doubled down on the flagship goals she set out on taking office last December: urgent action to tackle climate change and a digital revolution.
    She unveiled a plan to cut the European Union’s greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% from 1990 levels by 2030, up from an existing target of 40%, and pledged to use green bonds to finance its climate goals.
    “There is no more urgent need for acceleration than when it comes to the future of our fragile planet,” the former German cabinet minister told the European Parliament.
    “While much of the world’s activity froze during lockdowns and shutdowns, the planet continued to get dangerously hotter.”
    Von der Leyen also called for greater investment in technology for Europe to compete more keenly with China and the United States, and said the EU would invest 20% of a 750 billion euro economic recovery fund in digital projects.
    Officials said that, far from backing off the plans she laid out at the beginning of her term because of the coronavirus crisis, von der Leyen believes they will be key to Europe’s long-term economic and political survival.
    The EU has been buffeted for years by crises, from the financial meltdown of 2008 to feuds over migration and the protracted saga of Britain’s exit from the bloc.
    Solidarity among the 27 member states frayed badly at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, when countries refused to share protective medical kit with those worst-affected and closed borders without consultation to prevent the spread of the virus.
    The bloc’s leaders also jousted for months over a joint plan to rescue their coronavirus-throttled economies.
    But in July they agreed on a stimulus plan that paved the way for the European Commission to raise billions of euros on capital markets on behalf of them all, an unprecedented act of solidarity in almost seven decades of European integration.
    Von der Leyen told the EU assembly that “this is the moment for Europe” to trust each other and stand together.
    “The moment for Europe to lead the way from this fragility towards a new vitality,” she said.    “I say this because in the last months we have rediscovered the value of what we hold in common … We turned fear and division between Member States into confidence in our Union.”
CHANCES FOR A BREXIT DEAL FADING
    Turning to the troubled talks with London on the future relationship between the world’s fifth-largest economy and biggest trading bloc, von der Leyen said every passing day reduces chances for sealing a new trade deal.
    She stressed that both the EU and Britain negotiated and ratified their Brexit divorce deal and warned the UK, which has proposed a bill that would breach elements of the pact, that it “cannot be unilaterally changed, disregarded or dis-applied.”
    “This is a matter of law, trust and good faith… Trust is the foundation of any strong partnership,” she said.
    She said EU states must be quicker in their foreign policy to support pro-democracy protests in Belarus or to stand up to Russia and Turkey.
    “Why are even simple statements on EU values delayed, watered down or held hostage for other motives?” she asked.
    “When member states say Europe is too slow, I say to them be courageous and finally move to qualified majority voting,” she said, referring to blockages over finding unanimity among the EU’s 27 states.
(Writing by John Chalmers, Editing by William Maclean)

9/16/2020 EU Executive Wants Tougher 2030 Climate Target, Billions In Green Bonds by Kate Abnett
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union’s chief executive on Wednesday said the bloc should commit to deeper emissions cuts over the next decade, and pledged to use green bonds to finance its climate goals.
    With wildfires, drought and collapsing glaciers wreaking havoc around the world, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said ambitious action to tackle climate change could create millions of extra jobs, aiding Europe’s economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.
    Von der Leyen said the EU should set a target to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030, against 1990 levels, confirming plans laid out in draft Commission documents previously reported by Reuters.
    The EU’s current 2030 emissions target is for a 40% cut.
    Von der Leyen said the upgrade would put EU “firmly on track” for its plan to reach net zero emissions by 2050, and that Commission analysis had confirmed a 55% emissions cut was economically possible.
    But she acknowledged the proposal would divide the European Parliament and member states, who must approve the legally binding target but who disagree on how ambitious it should be.
    “I recognise that this increase from 40 to 55 is too much for some, and not enough for others,” she said in a speech in European Parliament.
    The goal will require huge investments in transport, heavy industry and energy – where businesses will also face higher carbon costs under EU plans to revamp its carbon market.
    Von der Leyen said 30% of the bloc’s 750 billion euro coronavirus recovery package of grants and loans, which the EU as a whole will borrow, should be raised through green bonds.
    Meanwhile, 37% of this package should be earmarked for projects to help industries decarbonise – by swapping coal for low-carbon hydrogen in industry, or installing electric car charging points.
    The EU is under pressure to agree its new climate target this year, to meet a deadline for countries to make new pledges under the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change. So far, no large emitters have done so.
(Reporting by Kate Abnett, editing by Marine Strauss and Jon Boyle)

9/16/2020 EU Parliament Votes To Allow Some Gas Projects To Get Green Transition Money by Kate Abnett
FILE PHOTO: Members of the European Parliament wait for the start of a plenary session as the coronavirus
disease (COVID-19) outbreak continues, in Brussels, Belgium September 16, 2020. REUTERS/Yves Herman/File Photo
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Parliament on Tuesday voted to allow some gas projects to get support from the European Union’s flagship green transition fund, teeing up tough talks with the EU Commission and national goverments, which have already agreed to exclude the fuel.
    The EU wants to launch a multi-billion-euro Just Transition Fund, using cash from the bloc’s coronavirus recovery fund and budget, to help fossil fuel dependent regions shift to cleaner industries.
    The money aims to push countries towards EU goals to reach net zero emissions by 2050, and a new, tougher 2030 emissions-cutting target, which the EU Commission will propose this week.
    But rules to decide who gets the money need to be finalised by the European Parliament, Commission and national goverments.
    The parliament will formally approve its position with another vote on Wednesday folowing the vote to support an amendment to allow some gas projects to receive the money.
    Its stance is at odds with that of the Commission and national governments, who must approval the final rules for the Fund, and have already said it should be off limits to all fossil fuels.
    Gas emits roughly 50% less CO2 than coal when burned in power plants, but it is also associated with leaks of methane, a potent planet-warming greenhouse gas.
    The divisions highlight the tough task facing the EU – which, having pledged ambitious climate action, must agree how to make that happen across its 27 member states.
(Reporting by Kate Abnett, editing by Marine Strauss and David Evans)
[I am still amused that many religious scholars and ministers think that the European Union is the 10 horns of one of 7 heads of the Beast but they are missing the entire point in that the Globalist and their World Government is the real entity which includes them and all the facilities of the United Nations and still pushing their control of the world.    Note that two, U.S. and Great Britain of the seven entities or heads of the Beast from either the G-7 and U.S. has left the United Nations and Great Britain the E.U. and it is prophesied a third will leave soon and also G-7 or Beast will gain the infamous eighth head most likely Russia as prophesied in Revelation 13.    As you know that I have the World Trade Orgination which has 10 regions which is the 10 horns or powers that are on the head of one of the 7 heads which to me is the United States World Trade Center in New York that was slain and lived as Rev. 13 states in the United States as many think I am crazy but predicted this 25 years ago and it is sometimes hard for people to admit that the systems they created with good intentions cannot believe that the system has grown into a Beast that is not in their control anymore.].

9/16/2020 President Trump Says The WTO Enabled China’s Expansion Of Economic, Political Influence by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks with reporters as he walks to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White
House, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, in Washington. Trump is en route to Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    President Trump slammed the World Trade Organization (WTO) over its opposition to U.S. tariffs on Mainland China.    On Tuesday, he said the organization has aided Beijing in its push to extend its economic and political influence on the world at the expense of other countries.
    His remarks came after the WTO said U.S. tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods are illegal.    President Trump noted that the WTO is yet another globalist entity embracing the Chinese Communist Party.
    “They consider China to be a developing nation…we’ll take a look at that, but I’m not a big fan of the WTO,” he told reporters.    “That I can tell you right now, maybe they did us a big favor.”
    Currently, China also has tariffs on U.S. goods.    However, the Trump administration has not filed a complaint over them with the WTO.

9/16/2020 CatholicVote Launches $9.7M Campaign Against Joe Biden by OAN Newsroom
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden walks on a tarmac before boarding a plane at Tampa International
Airport in Tampa, Fla., Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. Biden is en route to Kissimmee, Fla., for a campaign event. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    A group of Catholic voters launched a $9.7 million campaign against Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden.
    In a statement on Tuesday, the group CatholicVote called out Biden’s record on religious issues by stating it’s clear he will not protect their values.    The group specifically cited the former vice president’s stance in favor of abortion as well as his record on education and religious liberty.
    As part of its effort against Biden’s campaign, CatholicVote is launching a digital ad campaign in swing states ahead of November’s election.    This includes the states of Pennsylvania and Michigan.
    Meanwhile, the group reportedly plans to send out a summary of Biden’s anti-Catholic agenda to 5 million potential voters in the coming months.
[It looks like some of the Catholics have WOKE up to the sins that the Democrats are promoting for our future and I applaud them for seeing the truth.].

9/16/2020 Federal Government Outlines Plan To Administer COVID-19 Vaccine by OAN Newsroom
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Robert Redfield holds up a CDC document that reads “COVID-19 Vaccination
Program Interim Playbook for Jurisdiction Operations” as he speaks appears at a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing on a “Review
of Coronavirus Response Efforts” on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)
    Federal health agencies and the Department of Defense have revealed a coronavirus vaccine “playbook,” which outlined how shots will be administered across the U.S. This comes as several companies are nearing the final stage of vaccine trials.
    In a report to Congress, the CDC put forward a plan they said is “much larger in scope and complexity than seasonal influenza or other previous outbreak related vaccination responses.”    Their “playbook” is geared toward state and local governments, which will take on the responsibility of developing precise plans for receiving and distributing the vaccine.
    Other key details of the distribution campaign included its source of funding.    The plan is currently set to be backed by taxpayer dollars, which will enable any American to be vaccinated without having to pay out of pocket.
    The plan will also require most people to get two doses of the vaccine.    They will reportedly need to get the second dose between 21 and 28 days later from the same manufacturer.
FILE – In this July 30, 2020 photo, Kai Hu, a research associate transfers medium to cells,
in the laboratory at Imperial College in London. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
    The government is hoping to launch the campaign gradually in January, or possibly later this year.    Resources will first be prioritized for certain populations, including at risk groups, health care workers and other essential employees.
    HHS Secretary Alex Azar has reaffirmed the government will be working on all levels to “ensure Americans can receive the vaccine as soon as possible and vaccinate with confidence.”    He also said “Americans should know the vaccine process is being driven completely by science and data.”
    There are over 170 possible coronavirus vaccines being developed across the world right now.    At least 35 of those are under clinical evaluation.

9/16/2020 Harris-Biden Gaffes Spark Questions Over Democrat Ticket Leadership 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)
    As American voters worry about Joe Biden’s mental fitness to serve as the leader of the Free World, recent slip-ups from both the gaffe king himself and his running mate Kamala Harris are sparking widespread confusion.
    While speaking to military families during a campaign event in Florida Tuesday, Biden appeared to suggest his vice-presidential pick is the one at the top of the ticket for the Democrats’ bid for the White House.
    Many on social media suggested it may have been a “Freudian slip.” The clip was trending on Twitter throughout the day.
    Furthermore, Harris appeared to make the same mistake during a virtual roundtable with small business owners in Arizona just one day prior.    She quickly corrected herself before going on to speak about the campaign’s plan for business loans.
    Meanwhle, the Trump administration has called Democrat presidential hopeful Joe Biden a “Trojan horse” for the far-left.    According to watchdog group Govtrack, Harris is ranked dead last as the most liberal senator currently in office.    This places her further left than self-proclaimed democratic socialist Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.).
    Critics of Biden’s nomination and his selection for vice president worry he’s simply a “placeholder” to pave the way for Harris to become the first woman president as many believe, if elected, Biden’s’ mental health will not be up to the challenge of serving a full first term in the white House.

9/16/2020 Sen. McConnell Says Breonna Taylor Case More Complicated Than People Felt by OAN Newsroom
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., speaks after meeting with Senate Republicans,
Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he’s confident with the progress in the Breonna Taylor investigation.
    While speaking to reporters Tuesday, the Kentucky senator said he believes the state’s attorney general is competent and is handling the case properly.
    His support comes as Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron faces public pressure to complete the investigation and bring charges toward the police officers involved.    McConnell reaffirmed Cameron will proceed when he makes a decision regarding which charges are appropriate for the case.
    “I have a lot of confidence in the Attorney General, I think when he fully understands what charges are warranted by the facts that they are investigating,” he explained.    “Obviously, the investigation seems to have been more complicated than a lot of people felt.”
    Meanwhile, the city of Louisville agreed to pay $12 million to the family of Taylor to settle a wrongful death lawsuit.    Family attorney Ben Crump said in a press conference Tuesday, the historic deal also includes instituting reforms aimed at preventing future deaths at the hands of city police.
FILE – Tamika Palmer, mother of Breonna Taylor, addresses the media in Louisville, Ky., on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020.
The city of Louisville will pay several million dollars to the mother of Breonna Taylor and install
police reforms as part of a settlement of a lawsuit from Taylor’s family. (AP Photo/Dylan Lovan, FIle)
    Back in March, the 26-year-old EMT was fatally shot by police during a no-knock search warrant.    While the payout is substantial, Crump said securing comprehensive police reform as part of the deal is just as significant.
    The family said although the city leadership has taken a significant step, it’s now the Kentucky attorney general’s turn.    Their focus is now toward those criminal charges of second-degree manslaughter, at the minimum, against the police officers to bring full justice for Breonna Taylor.

9/16/2020 Secy. Pompeo Addresses Atlantic Council, Lays Out U.S. Foreign Policy Vision by OAN Newsroom
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo listens during the third annual U.S.-Qatar Strategic Dialogue at the State Dept., Monday, Sept. 14, 2020 in Washington. (Erin Scott/Pool via AP)
    While shining a spotlight on recent foreign policy victories of the Trump administration, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo laid out a vision for the continuation of rules-based global order underpinned by America’s commitment to the defense of freedom.
    Pompeo shared these views during a Tuesday conversation with Atlantic Council President Frederick Kempe, while focusing on major issues of global security facing the United States and its allies.
    While taking a moment to celebrate the signing of a landmark peace deal between Israel, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, Pompeo attributed this historic agreement to President Trump’s refocused policy priorities, which he said recognized Iranian aggression as the primary driving force behind current Middle Eastern conflicts.
    “We laid out a vision for peace that had another element, which was the deep recognition that the primary destabilizing force in the Middle East was not the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians,” he explained.    “It was rather the threat posed by the extraterritorial ambitions of the clerical regime in Iran.”
    When turning to the rising tensions between the U.S. and China, Pompeo highlighted the danger posed by Chinese expansionism, which he said often comes disguised as lucrative agreements with other nations.
    The Chinese Communist Party, he stressed, is seeking global hegemony through the deployment of its “economic might” and uses these agreements in order to exert pressure on its purported partners as well as gain back-channel access to their national security data and infrastructure.
    According to Pompeo, this puts in peril the survival of an international system led by America that has allowed for the expansion of both economic prosperity and individual freedoms around the world over the last century… and the continuation of which is the primary goal of U.S. foreign policy.
    “Well the outcome, of course, that we’re seeking is to ensure that the rules-based system that has benefited not only the United States of America but freedom-loving peoples all around the world, is the dominant force for the next century, for the century that we’re in as well,” he stated.
    Pompeo also sought to dispel what he called “a common myth” that conflict with China is a product of U.S. decline and that increasing tensions between the two signals the rise of China as the primary world power.
    The U.S. Secretary of State said nothing could be further from the truth and those who advance this theory misunderstand the “American tradition” as well as the commitment to rooting out the enemies of freedom that characterizes the United States.
    “The theory that so many have been talking about for the past 10 years that is predicated on conflict between the United States and the Chinese Communist Party because the United States is a declining nation is fundamentally false,” he stated.    “It misunderstands American tradition, it misunderstands who we are as Americans.”

9/16/2020 President Trump Suggests Herd Mentality Will End Coronavirus Over Time by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump arrives for an ABC News town hall at National Constitution
Center, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    President Trump doubled down on his administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic and noted a herd immunity could be developed over time.
    While speaking at a town hall with voters Tuesday, the President said things were going well regarding the U.S.’s handing of the coronavirus.    He asserted his confidence with the decisions he’s made on the issue and said the pandemic has been the biggest challenge of his presidency.
    When asked about vaccines efforts, President Trump said officials were working hard, but suggested a herd immunity could be developed in the near future.
    Currently, the U.S. has more than 2 million active coronavirus cases while only reporting 195,000 deaths.    According to reports this week, more than 4 million Americans have recovered from the virus.

9/16/2020 President Trump: I’m A Big Believer In Forest Management by OAN Newsroom
Cal Fire Battalion Chief Craig Newell carries hose while battling the North Complex Fire
in Plumas National Forest, Calif., on Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
    President Trump doubled down on his belief that improving forest management will help prevent wildfires on the West Coast.    While speaking to reporters Tuesday, he reiterated the importance of addressing dry conditions in forests prone to wildfires.
    His remarks came after his visit to California on Monday, where he met with Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.) and FEMA officials to assess the damage from recent wildfires plaguing the Golden State.    The President said a lot of things contribute to wildfires while emphasizing poor forest management as a major cause.
    “When you let the floors of the forest build up with leaves and build up with broken timber that’s dry as a bone, you’re causing forest fires,” President Trump explained.    “I believe in a lot of things, but I definitely believe in forest management.”
    The President has dismissed Democrat allegations of man-made climate change.    Instead, he blamed Newsom’s mismanagement of federal funds for the severity of California wildfires.
[Californians must be hypnotized to believe that Climate Change caused these fires if so why didn’t Canada burn up also the only thing that caused it is liberal policies.].

9/16/2020 WikiLeaks Acted In Public Interest, ‘Pentagon Papers’ Leaker Tells Assange Hearing by Michael Holden
FILE PHOTO: A supporter of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange protests outside the Old Bailey, the Central Criminal Court ahead of
a hearing to decide whether Assange should be extradited to the United States, in London, Britain September 9, 2020. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
    LONDON (Reuters) – The man who leaked the “Pentagon Papers” about the Vietnam War defended Julian Assange at his London extradition hearing on Wednesday, saying WikiLeaks had acted in the public interest and warning Assange would not get a fair trial in the United States.
    Australian-born Assange, 49, is fighting to stop being sent to the United States, where he is charged with conspiring to hack government computers and violating an espionage law over the release of confidential cables by WikiLeaks in 2010-2011.
    Daniel Ellsberg, who in 1971 leaked documents known as the Pentagon Papers to the New York Times and other papers, told the court that WikiLeaks’ disclosures had shown Americans how they had been misled about U.S action in Iraq and Afghanistan just as his leaks, which also revealed previously secret information, did about the Vietnam War.
    Ellsberg cited a U.S. military video, which WikiLeaks published in 2010 under the title “Collateral Murder,” showing a 2007 attack by Apache helicopters in Baghdad that killed a dozen people, including two Reuters news staff.
    “I was acutely aware that what was depicted in that video deserved the term murder, a war crime,” he told London’s Old Bailey court via videolink.    “I was very glad that the American public was confronted with this reality of our war.”
    James Lewis, the lawyer representing the U.S. authorities, said Assange was not wanted for publishing the 2007 video but for disclosing a small number of documents with the unredacted names of sources or informants.
    Lewis said many of these had suffered harm or threats because they had been named.    He said some had disappeared, although he conceded that there was no evidence this was directly linked to the WikiLeaks’ publication.
    “How can you possibly say … that there is no evidence that Mr Assange’s publication of WikiLeaks put anyone in danger.    That’s just pure nonsense,” Lewis said.
    Ellsberg, who was himself charged with breaking the espionage law in a case that was later dismissed, said there was no evidence of physical harm or deaths because of the leaks.    The exchange with Lewis led to an outburst from Assange in the courtroom, with the judge warning him to remain silent.
REDACTIONS
    Earlier, John Goetz, an investigative reporter who worked for Germany’s Der Spiegel magazine on the first publication of the documents in 2010, said Assange was careful to ensure that the names of informants in hundreds of thousands of leaked secret U.S. government documents were never published.
    Goetz said WikiLeaks was frustrated when a password that allowed access to the full, unredacted material was published in a book by Guardian reporters in February 2011.
    Assange’s lawyers argue that he would not receive a fair trial in the United States and that the charges are politically motivated.    They have also said he would be a suicide risk if sent to the United States, where they say he could be sentenced to 175 years in prison.
    In 2012, Assange took refuge in Ecuador’s London embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden where he was accused of sex crimes, which he denied and which were later dropped.    After seven years, he was dragged from the embassy by British police in 2019 and then jailed for skipping bail related to the Swedish case.
    He has remained in prison ever since, after the United States made its extradition request.
(Additional reporting by Andrew MacAskill; Editing by Guy Faulconbridge and Nick Tattersall)

9/16/2020 EU Chief, Set To Unveil Asylum Policy, Says Migration Is A Fact Of Life by Gabriela Baczynska
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen gives her first State of the Union speech during a plenary
session of European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium September 16, 2020. Olivier Hoslet/Pool via REUTERS
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union’s chief executive, set to unveil contentious new asylum policies for the bloc next week, described immigration on Wednesday as a normal fact of life and said the continent should learn to manage it.
    In a major policy speech to the European Parliament that drew applause and the occasional heckle, EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said immigration policy must recognise “that each human being has a solemn diginity
    Since 2015, when more than a million people reached Europe by sea and thousands died trying, migration policy has been a source of quarrel within the bloc.
    The numbers of those arriving have fallen sharply since then, but EU members are still divided over how to share the responsibility of hosting them, and far right parties have gained votes across the bloc calling for a harder line.
    “Migration has always been a fact for Europe – and it will always be,” von der Leyen said.    “This is normality. We should be and we have to be able to manage that.”
    At one point in her speech she was interrupted by a right-wing German lawmaker, as she accused “the extreme right” of “preaching hate” on the immigration issue.    “But hate has never given any good advice,” von der Leyen said.
    Von der Leyen, whose family has helped a Syrian refugee start a new life in Germany, said some 2 million people come to live in Europe legally each year, while last year just 140,000 people sought asylum.
    U.N. data shows 124,000 people made it to the bloc across the Mediterranean last year and 1,319 died at sea, numbers that have fallen each year since 2015.
    Southern EU states where migrants arrive, such as Greece, Italy and Malta, have demanded help.    Wealthy northern countries where many head after their arrival, such as Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands, want an approach that would see asylum seekers distributed across the bloc.    But Eastern states led by Poland and Hungary refuse to host any.
OBLIGATORY RELOCATION
    Von der Leyen said the new strategy would aim to improve migration management on the bloc’s external borders, step up the fight against smugglers and reach more deals with third countries to house migrants in return for EU aid.    It would create clear, legal ways to reach Europe, and improve integration programmes.
    Sources told Reuters the proposal would still include the most contentious element: obligatory relocation of asylum seekers among all member states at times of immigration spikes.
    That means the proposal will face an uphill battle, and months are expected to go by before member states, the Commission and European Parliament reach a deal.
    Germany, which now holds the EU’s rotating presidency, hopes to have at least a “political road map” this year for a future agreement on migration.    On Tuesday, Germany said it would take more than 1,500 people stranded on Greek islands after a fire destroyed a migrant camp there last week.
(Reporting by Gabriela Baczynska; Editing by Peter Graff)

9/16/2020 NYC Mayor To Furlough Self, Nearly 500 Staff Members by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Aug. 19, 2020 file photo, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks to reporters after visiting New Bridges Elementary
School in the Brooklyn borough of New York to observe pandemic-related safety procedures. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
    New York City’s mayor and all of his staff will be furloughed without pay in an effort to recover from the pandemic.    Starting on October 1st, Mayor Bill de Blasio and his office of nearly 500 workers will go without pay for one week.
    “I’m announcing that, as of October 1st, every mayor’s office employee will be taking a furlough,” stated the mayor.    “That obviously includes myself.”
    The furloughs will be spread out from then through March of next year.    The move is intended to close the gap created by major revenue losses during the pandemic.
    “The folks who work here throughout this crisis, …they have been working 80, 90, 100 hour weeks because they believe in this city, and they’ve been fighting for all of you,” stated de Blasio.    “So, it is with pain that I say they and their families will lose a week’s pay.”
    The furloughs are projected to save about $1 million.    De Blasio has said he’s hopeful this will be a beneficial first step in recovering the city’s budget.
    “This is a step you never want to see for good, hardworking people,” he added.
[This is why New York businesses Are Fleeing Because Of Bill De Blasio all he can do now is paint in large yellow letters on the streets saying HELP HELP HELP on top of the BLACK LIVES MATTER yellow paint in front of Trump Towers because there will not be any BLUE LINE help.].

9/16/2020 Chief Of Staff Meadows Says COVID-19 Vaccine Coming In 6 Weeks Or Sooner by OAN Newsroom
Chief of Staff Mark Meadows listens as President Donald Trump speaks in the Oval Office of
the White House on Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows has said he’s confident a coronavirus vaccine can be ready within the coming weeks.    On Wednesday, he confirmed the U.S. is advancing several vaccine trials at the same time and emphasized incoming data has been mostly optimistic.
    “I do know that this is going to happen much faster,” stated Meadows.    “We’ll get to a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ on whether it works at record speed.”
    According to Meadows, phase three trials are likely to be completed before the end of October.    After this, he has said the U.S. will have a proven, working vaccine.
    “I’ve actually talked to the Pfizer CEO…, they’re very optimistic that they can have something by the end of October,” explained the chief of staff.    “Worst case scenario, we’re talking six weeks based on his personal testimony, (and) there are others that suggest a more aggressive timeline.”
    Meadows has also called on House Democrats to reach a compromise on coronavirus stimulus legislation, which recently stalled in Congress.

9/16/2020 Biden Says He May Have Authority To Implement Nat’l Mask Mandate by OAN Newsroom
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden departs after attending campaign meetings
at the Hotel du Pont, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    Joe Biden has reiterated he will implement a national mask mandate if he’s elected president this year.    During a news conference in Delaware, the Democrat presidential candidate said his legal team believes he has the authority to mandate mask wearing.     This came after he previously stated he’s not sure whether that order would even be enforceable.     Biden claimed if he can’t impose it, he will propose the mandate to every U.S. governor.    He added, “We must do it.”
    “There’s a question, I think it can be answered in the positive, (of) whether I can mandate over state lines that every single state has to comply,” stated Biden.    “Our legal team thinks I can do that based upon the degree to which there’s a crisis in those states, how bad things are for the country and if we don’t do it, what happens?
    In August, Biden’s running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), called for a three-month long nationwide mask mandate.
[I KNOW WHERE I WOULD TELL BIDEN TO INSERT HIS MASK AND IT IS NOT HIS FACE AND BY THE WAY HE IS TOTALLY WRONG THAT HE CAN DO THAT BUT HE CAN DO WHAT I TOLD HIM TO DO.].

9/16/2020 USPS Sends Inaccurate Voting Info. To Utah, Nev. Voters by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Nov. 1, 2016, file photo, Mail-in ballots for the 2016 General Election sits in trays at an elections
ballot center at the Salt Lake County Government Center in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
    Voters across America have reported they are receiving mailers from the U.S. Postal Service with misleading information about this year’s election.    According to officials in Utah and Nevada, residents have been receiving postcards from the USPS that contain false information about absentee voting.
    The cards, which were sent out nationwide, urged voters to request their ballots at least 15 days before the election.    However, both states are implementing a new model that will allow registered voters to automatically receive their ballots in the mail.
    The cards also told residents to add postage before sending their ballots in, even though mail-in ballots come with prepaid postage.    Election officials were only made aware of these mailers after residents voiced their concerns.
    “We were first made aware of the mailer when our office started to receive phone calls from voters, who had received the postcard in the mail and were confused by it,” explained election official Wayne Thorley.    “I applaud their (the USPS) attempt to get information out there, wish they would work a little more closely with election officials.”
    The USPS issued a statement shortly thereafter, claiming the postcards were sent to people nationwide and were not intended to be state specific.
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)
    The discovery of the misleading information came days after President Trump called Nevada’s voting system into question.    Ballots will reportedly be sent out to registered voters on October 13th and must be returned by October 23rd to be counted.
    Meanwhile, for the first time ever, Tennessee voters will not be required to vote in person for this year’s general election.    A state law was tossed out, allowing them to cast their votes remotely in this election.
    The move was met with resistance from some younger voters.
    “In my personal opinion, this is the most important election of our lives,” stated student Artur Shaylitsa.    “I would rather go in person and do it.”
    Moving forward, election officials have advised voters to check their registration status, register if they aren’t already and update their addresses.    The President has also recommended heading to polling stations on Election Day to make sure your vote counts.

9/16/2020 More Businesses Announce Permanent Closures Amid COVID-19 Shutdowns by OAN Newsroom
A notice of closure is posted at The Great Frame Up in Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
    COVID-19 continues to take a toll on America’s small businesses.    According to a new report, about 60% of the companies that announced temporary closures at the beginning of the pandemic will now remain closed for good.
    Researchers reported some of the hardest hit industries were breakfast restaurants, bars, beauty salons and retail.
    However, things may be looking up for restaurants.    States like California, New Jersey and New York recently announced local eateries can resume indoor dining with a limited capacity.
    This came after the Commerce Department released a report earlier this week, which stated consumer spending slowed during the month of August.
“For Sale By Owner” and “Closed Due to Virus” signs are displayed in the window of Images On Mack in Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
    In the meantime, other businesses, including auto and landscaping services, continue to tread through the pandemic with hardly any closures. Businesses such as movie theaters and gyms are slowly reopening with new health measures in place.
    “I think for smaller gyms it’s going to be more of a struggle, and for trainers too,” explained therapist Rachel Mariotti.    “You can only fit so many people in at once without feeling too cramped and breathing the same air, etc.”
    The report also found regions in the U.S. that are experiencing higher unemployment rates have also seen the most business closures.
    Nearly 30 million people are currently on unemployment benefits in the U.S., placing pressure on Congress and the White House to pass a new stimulus package.

9/16/2020 HHS, CDC Urge Americans To Follow Pandemic Guidelines by OAN Newsroom
Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services for Health Adm. Brett Giroir speaks at a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing
on a “Review of Coronavirus Response Efforts” on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)
    Assistant HHS Secretary Brett Giroir has warned the progress made in the fight against the coronavirus could be undone if Americans don’t consistently follow pandemic guidelines.    During Wednesday’s hearing before the Senate Appropriations Committee, the admiral touted improvements to the number of COVID cases across the nation.
    According to White House data, U.S. COVID-19 cases have dropped 48% since their post-Memorial Day peaks.    The number of COVID patients in ICU units was also down 62% during that same period.
    However, Giroir has cautioned this progress could be “fleeting” if Americans fail to heed health guidelines.
    “Let me say emphatically that these gains could be fleeting, or even reversed, if we do not continue to follow the national plan and exercise personal responsibility, especially wearing masks and avoiding crowds,” he stated.
    Giroir added the U.S. will surpass 100 million completed virus tests this week.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Robert Redfield speaks at a Senate Appropriations subcommittee
hearing on a “Review of Coronavirus Response Efforts” on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)
    Meanwhile, CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield has called face masks one of the “most important public health tools” amid the pandemic.    On Wednesday, Dr. Redfield made an appeal for all Americans to embrace face coverings.
    He noted if they wore masks consistently for six to 12 weeks, the pandemic would be under control.
    He even argued face masks are more guaranteed to protect against COVID than a vaccine.    The director pointed out if a vaccine doesn’t produce an immune response, people won’t be protected at all. He has said a face mask, however, will protect.
[I lost my faith in the CDC when I discovered that China screwed the CDC with lies as Fauci knows now, and also in the past the CDC claimed that the Measles came from Israel when any idiot could see that it came from our southern borders from all the illegal immigrants coming from those 3 South America countries that George Soros paid for, so some of the CDC are influenced by the Deep State, Globalists for some reason which Trump has been forced to go by some of their opinions and the masks seems to be an issue.].

9/16/2020 Senate Panel Approves Subpoenas Related To Russia Probe, Obama Admin. by OAN Newsroom
Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., speaks during
the committee’s business meeting where it will consider new subpoenas in the “Crossfire Hurricane”/Burisma investigation
on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
    On Wednesday, the Senate Homeland Security Committee voted to approve dozens of subpoenas related to the Obama administration’s Russia investigation.    The panel has approved calling upwards of 40 people, including former FBI Director James Comey and former CIA Director John Brennan.
    Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) explained he had pulled the vote on a subpoena for U.S. Ambassador to Slovakia Bridget Brink, which is related to his Hunter Biden-Burisma investigation.    According to Johnson, the ambassador will voluntarily cooperate with the panel.
    Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) has since voiced his concern that issuing subpoenas this close to an election appears to be “a political exercise.”
    “Obviously it’s only the province of campaigns, political parties, opposition research, the media to carry out political endeavors…, but it’s not the legitimate role of government, for Congress or for taxpayer expense, to be used in an effort to damage political opponents,” stated Sen. Romney.    “Therefore, I am pleased that our votes today do not include additional authorizations relating to the, I’ll call it, Biden-Burisma investigation.”
Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee ranking member Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich. left, speaks to his staff
member during the committee’s business meeting where it will consider new subpoenas in the “Crossfire Hurricane”/Burisma investigation
on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
    In the meantime, Sen. Johnson has said he is ready to reveal more from his Hunter Biden-Burisma investigation as soon as next week.
[HAS EVERYONE FORGOT THAT JOE BIDEN IS INVOLVED IN THIS WHETHER HE IS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT OR NOT AND MUST ANSWER TO HIS INVOLVEMENT IN THE CROSSFIRE HURRICANE AND BURISMA QUID PRO QUO AND WE NOW KNOW WHO CAME UP WITH THE LOGAN ACT AND WE DO NOT CARE WHAT MITT ROMNEY THINKS SINCE THEY HAVE DONE EVERYTHING THEY CAN TO DELAY ANY JUSTICE AND EVEN NOW THEY WIPE THEIR CELLPHONES CLEAN WHICH SHOWS SOME CONCERN THAT THEY COULD GET PROSECUTED.].

9/17/2020 Oil up $1.72 to $40.11, DOW up38 to 28,034.

9/17/2020 776 new COVID-19 cases, 8 deaths announced by Emma Austin Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Gov. Andy Beshear announced 776 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing Kentucky’s total to 58,774.
    Beshear also reported eight new deaths, including a 49-year-old woman from Christian County.    The commonwealth has now seen 1,082 deaths caused by the coronavirus.
    Of the new positive cases, 91 were in children, Beshear said.
    “We continue to see this trend where more and more kids are testing positive,” Beshear said.    “They’re becoming a bigger percentage.”
    Beshear attributed the growing number of cases in youth to more kids being tested and more being out of quarantine.
    “Our belief is that kids can transmit this virus as easily as anyone else,” Beshear said.
    Kentucky’s positivity rate was reported for the second day in a row to be below 4%, at 3.89%.
    The lower positivity rate is a good thing, Beshear said, but he reminded Kentuckians that any high number of new cases will result in more deaths.
    “Let’s make sure that we not only are keeping that positivity rate down, we actually get our cases moving down, because Kentuckians’ lives depend on it,” he said.
    Beshear and Dr. Steven Stack, the state’s public health commissioner, doubled down on urging Kentuckians to follow public health guidelines and wear masks.
    “I have a real difficulty understanding when grown adults are saying they can’t breathe through a mask,” Stack said.    “I think they have misunderstood inconvenience with inability.    It’s like when you talk to your child, and you say, ‘I think you have your needs and your wants confused.’”    Beshear called attention to Centers for Disease Control director Robert Redfield’s statement that “wearing a mask is the most important, powerful public health tool.”
    “We have the head of the CDC and the president’s administration, someone that works directly with this White House, saying the exact same thing that we’re saying,” Beshear said.    “It’s not a Republican thing; it’s not a Democratic thing; it’s a science thing that we know works.”
    Also Wednesday, Mark Carter, with the Beshear administration, gave an update on contact tracing, the effort to identify and contact anyone who tests positive for COVID-19, as well as anyone exposed to someone with the virus.
    Carter, who oversees the effort by state public health officials, said it’s going well and workers across Kentucky appear to be successful at reaching most people with advice on how to manage the virus and whether people exposed need to quarantine.
    The goal of contact tracing, a standard public health tool, is to identify outbreaks and stop the spread of a contagious disease.    Indiana on Wednesday reported 624 new cases of coronavirus and an additional 12 deaths, bringing the state’s totals to 107,809 cases and 3,247 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
[8 deaths / 776 cases = 0.010% and total 1,082 deaths / 58,774 cases = 0.018% so put a wall around Louisville and open the rest of Kentucky up to 100% and let us get back to normal Gov and stop your Democrat rhetoric.].

9/17/2020 Biden Warns UK On Brexit: No Trade Deal Unless You Respect Northern Irish Peace Deal by Guy Faulconbridge and Elizabeth Piper
FILE PHOTO: Democratic U.S. presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden answers a reporter's question after remarks
about his plans to develop and distribute a safe coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine if elected president, during a campaign
statement after being briefed by public health experts in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., September 16, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
    LONDON (Reuters) – U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden warned the United Kingdom that it must honour the Northern Irish peace deal as it extracts itself from the European Union or there would be no U.S. trade deal.
    “We can’t allow the Good Friday Agreement that brought peace to Northern Ireland to become a casualty of Brexit,” Biden said in a tweet.
    “Any trade deal between the U.S. and U.K. must be contingent upon respect for the Agreement and preventing the return of a hard border.    Period.”
    Johnson unveiled legislation that would break parts of the Brexit divorce treaty relating to Northern Ireland, blaming the EU for putting a revolver on the table in trade talks and trying to divide up the United Kingdom.
    He says the United Kingdom has to have the ability to break parts of the 2020 Brexit treaty he signed to uphold London’s commitments under the 1998 peace deal which ended three decades of sectarian violence in Northern Ireland between pro-British Protestant unionists and Irish Catholic nationalists.
    The EU says any breach of the Brexit treaty could sink trade talks and thus complicate the border between the United Kingdom’s Northern Ireland and EU-member Ireland.
    Johnson told The Sun that the EU was being “abusive” to Britain and risking four decades of partnership.
    He said the UK must “ring-fence” the Brexit deal “to put in watertight bulkheads that will stop friends and partners making abusive or extreme interpretations of the provisions.”
NO TRADE DEAL?
    Biden, who has talked about the importance of his Irish heritage, retweeted a letter from Eliot Engel, chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, to Johnson calling on the British leader to honour the 1998 Good Friday peace deal.
    Engel urged Johnson to “abandon any and all legally questionable and unfair efforts to flout the Northern Ireland protocol of the Withdrawal Agreement.”
    He called on Johnson to “ensure that Brexit negotiations do not undermine the decades of progress to bring peace to Northern Ireland and future options for the bilateral relationship between our two countries.”
    Engel said Congress would not support a free trade agreement between the United States and the United Kingdom if Britain failed to uphold its commitments with Northern Ireland.
    The letter was signed by Representatives Richard Neal, William Keating and Peter King.
    Johnson is pushing ahead with his plan.
    His government reached a deal on Wednesday to avert a rebellion in his own party, giving parliament a say over the use of post-Brexit powers within its proposed Internal Market Bill that breaks international law.
(Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; editing by Sarah Young, Kate Holton, William Maclean)
[If I were Great Britain I would tell Biden to mind his own business since he is not president and has no position to push foreign policy even if talking to the Fake News.].

9/17/2020 Secy Esper: China Is No Match For U.S. Naval Might by OAN Newsroom
Defense Secretary Mark Esper speaks during a ceremony at the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial to honor the 184 people killed
in the 2001 terrorist attack on the Pentagon, in Washington, Friday Sept. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    While calling for the formation of a new multilateral alliance in the Indo-Pacific region to counteract Chinese aggression, U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper asserted America and its allies will be ready to face the challenges of the coming century.     Esper made these remarks during an address at a seminar in California that was organized by the Rand Corporation, which is a prominent non-partisan policy think tank.
    His speech heavily focused on the threat posed by Chinese global aggression.    This is something Esper said is not only limited to its willingness to leverage its economic power to encroach into other country’s sovereignty, but is also seen in the Chinese government’s ongoing military build-up.
    “These revisionist powers are using predatory economics, political subversion, and military force in an attempt to shift the balance of power in their favor and often at the expense of others,” he stated.    “China, for example, is exerting its malign influence through its ‘One-Belt, One-Road’ Initiative…this campaign has left weaker nations with crushing debt, forcing them to take their economic relief at the expense of their sovereignty.”
    The defense secretary added that while China is certainly no match to U.S. military might, sustaining America’s worldwide leadership demands constant vigilance and investment to guarantee America’s war-making capability remains at the forefront of military technology.
    “I want to make clear that China cannot match the United States when it comes to naval power,” said Esper.    “Even if we stopped building new ships, it would take the PRC years to close the gap when it comes to our capability on the high seas.”
    In order to curtail Chinese expansionism, Esper advanced a three-prong approach enhancing the lethality of U.S. ships and naval equipment, fostering international relationships with partner nations, and realigning the priorities of the Navy.
    On this last point, he remarked that the U.S. has spent the last two-decades fighting extremist non-state actors and it’s now time to refocus its military on deterring war with rival nations and winning those wars if necessary.
    This realignment, according to the defense secretary, also means focusing on the Indo-Pacific region where the Chinese extra national ambitions could be seen play out and can be stopped.    To this purpose, Esper called on allies in the region to band together against Chinese aggression.
    While he recognized the importance of current bilateral relations, he also proposed the formation of a new multilateral pact much like NATO in the Atlantic through which efforts at containing the People’s Republic of China could be coordinated.
    The proposed alliance, dubbed the ‘Quad Plus,’ would include South Korea, Australia, Japan and India.    These are all countries Esper intimated share in the fundamental interest of protecting common values against the encroaching authoritarianism of the People’s Republic of China.
    "Finally, to our allies and partners around the world, know that we are committed to strengthening our relationships and preserving the international rules-based order that has benefited us all for more than 75 years," he stated.    “We all have a collective responsibility to prepare for the challenges of the future while addressing the security issues of today.”

9/17/2020 President Trump Calls On Blue States To End COVID-19 Lockdowns, Says Shuttered Economy Hurts People’s Livelihoods by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at the White House, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    According to President Trump, COVID-19 restrictions do more harm than the virus itself.    He has urged Democrat-run areas to lift lockdowns.
    On Wednesday, the President said the federal government has more than enough capacity and medicine to provide treatment to all people affected by COVID-19.    He also noted doctors now have a better understanding of demographics at risk and how to prevent new infections.
    President Trump said this means blue states can start fully reopening their economies.
    “We have to get those states open, it’s hurting people,” he stated.    “It’s hurting people far more than the disease itself, so we would recommend that you open them, let your people have freedom and it’s unfair to your people to keep them closed at this stage.”
    President Trump also reiterated a coronavirus vaccine will be ready in coming weeks, which will allow the nation to move on from the pandemic.

9/17/2020 FBI Director Wray Testifies On Violent Extremism by OAN Newsroom
    FBI Director Christopher Wray recently explained what the Intelligence Community has found when looking into violent extremists both at home and abroad.
    During the House Homeland Security Committee hearing Thursday, Wray discussed the bureau’s investigations of people involved in recent protests across the nation.
    Wray clarified these cases were looked at objectively based on individual actions and not on any one ideology.    However, he did say self-radicalized, violent lone actors are the greatest threat to the homeland.
    Wray also noted law enforcement must keep communities across the U.S. safe, while protecting Americans’ constitutional and civil rights.

9/17/2020 Federal Reserve Chair Powell: Inflation Flat As Economy Recovers by OAN Newsroom
FILE – Federal Reserve Board Chairman Jerome Powell, reflected in the sneeze guard set up between himself
and members of the House Committee on Financial Services, speaks during a hearing on oversight of the Treasury Department
and Federal Reserve pandemic response on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post via AP, Pool)
    Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell announced the latest revision of the U.S. inflation target and said economic activity is gradually picking up.
    “Economic activity has picked up from its depressed second quarter level when much of the economy was shut down,” he stated.
    However, the top central banker noted on Wednesday that he does not expect inflation to overshoot the Federal Reserve’s 2-percent target despite the ultra-loose monetary policies in place.
    The Federal Reserve is keeping base interest rates at near zero levels to support economic activity to offset the effects of COVID-19 lockdowns.
    “With inflation running persistently below 2-percent, we will aim to achieve inflation moderately above 2-percent for some time," Powell explained.    “We expect to maintain an accommodative stance of monetary policy until these outcomes, including maximum employment, are achieved.”
    Powell added that the central bank’s main goal is to bring unemployment back to below 4-percent from its current level of about 8-percent.    He said only after that the Federal Reserve may consider a lift-off in base borrowing costs.

9/17/2020 EU Details Energy Savings And Renewables Push To Reach Tougher Climate Target by Kate Abnett
European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans and EU Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson give a joint press conference on
the EU's climate ambition for 2030 at the EU headquarters in Brussels, Belgium September 17, 2020. John Thys/Pool via REUTERS
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union needs to hike its renewable energy and energy saving targets, according to its analysis published on Thursday of how the bloc could make deeper emissions cuts this decade.
    The European Commission wants the EU to slash its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030, against 1990 levels, which experts say I s the minimum needed to reach net zero emissions by 2050.
    The tougher target has stirred resistance from industry and countries worried about the costs.    The EU’s current 2030 emissions target is for a 40% cut, though the bloc is on track for a deeper 45% cut.
    On Thursday the Commission insisted that the tougher goal is economically feasible.
    “We have the policies, we have the commitment, we have the funds to support it,” said EU climate chief Frans Timmermans.
    A 55% emissions reduction by 2030 would require the EU to target a 38%-40% share of renewable energy by 2030 and energy savings of 36%-39% by that date, the Commission said.
    The bloc is on track for 33% renewables share by 2030, against an existing 32% goal.    But countries are on course to miss by 3 percentage points the EU’s goal of 32.5% energy savings by 2030.
    The Commission laid out other steps that could drive decarbonization – including tighter EU emissions standards for cars, adding shipping and possibly road transport and buildings to the EU carbon market, and reviewing fossil fuel taxation, confirming draft plans previously reported by Reuters.
    It will table specific policy proposals by next summer.
    It said expanding EU carbon pricing would help shore up funds as an additional energy investment of 350 billion euros a year from 2021 to 2030 would be needed, compared with the previous decade.
(Reporting by Kate Abnett;Editing by Elaine Hardcastle)

9/17/2020 FBI Director Wray Testifies On Violent Extremism by OAN Newsroom
FBI Director Christopher Wray testifies before a House Committee on Homeland Security hearing Thursday,
Sept. 17, 2020, on Capitol Hill Washington. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post, Pool via AP)
    The head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation has reaffirmed Antifa is real and is at the center of a handful of investigations.    FBI Director Christopher Wray testified before the House Homeland Security Committee on Thursday, where he stated terrorism remains a top priority for the bureau.
    He noted they are investigating not only international terrorist groups, but also homegrown violent extremists in the U.S. When asked about the recent protests across the country, Wray said investigations have been opened into certain individuals who participated in these demonstrations.
    “Although the majority of protesters have been peaceful, we have opened investigations on individuals involved in criminal activity at these protests, some of whom adhere to violent extremist agendas designed to sow discord and upheaval,” he explained.
    He went on to clarify that the FBI doesn’t investigate groups based on ideology.    However, when the ideology leads someone to pursue violence, he said the agency won’t hesitate to take appropriate action.
    When asked specifically about Antifa, which has frequently been dismissed by top Democrats as a myth, Wray noted the bureau views Antifa as more of an ideology or movement.
    “Antifa is a real thing,” he said.    “It’s not a group or an organization, it’s a movement or an ideology.”
    He reiterated the bureau has been pursuing domestic terrorism investigations involving people who self-identity with Antifa.
    “We have any number of properly predicated investigations into what we would describe as violent anarchist extremists,” he added.
    “Some of those individuals self-identity with Antifa.”
    Wray’s description of Antifa as an ideology was criticized by Texas lawmaker Dan Crenshaw, who pointed out there have been 550 declared riots stoked by Antifa and Black Lives Matter groups so far.
    “This is an ideology that has trained its members, makes shield wall phalanxes to attack federal officers, formed an autonomous zone in an American city and besieged a federal courthouse in another,” stated Crenshaw.    “So it just seems to be more than an ideology.”
    Wray noted while the activity of the individuals under investigation may come close to meeting the definition of domestic terrorism, there unfortunately isn’t a domestic terrorism offense on the books.    This means these citizens can’t be charged specifically with domestic terrorism.
    The FBI director has said this is why the agency is instead pursuing explosive firearm and rioting charges against these individuals.

9/17/2020 ‘Hillbilly Brigade’ Takes Matters Into Their Own Hands Amid Ore. Wildfires by OAN Newsroom
Nicole West stands for a portrait with her dog Oink on a bulldozer during the aftermath of the
Riverside Fire near Molalla, Oregon, September 16, 2020. (REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton)
    A group of Oregon citizens took matters into their own hands this week to protect their homes and livelihoods from raging wildfires.    Over the past few days, the group called the “Hillbilly Brigade” took to the forests near the city of Molalla, Oregon to clean up fallen trees and implement other fire prevention measures.
    “We are building fire lines, putting out the fires so they don’t crawl back up this way,” explained member Nicole West.
    According to the volunteers, Oregon’s Democrat leaders have failed to protect citizens from the wildfire threat.
    “So everybody stayed up here, even though the sheriffs and everyone told us we needed to evacuate,” stated West.    “We all stayed, worked and fought the fire."
Matt Meyers poses with his chainsaw in a forest during the aftermath of the Riverside Fire near Molalla. (REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton)
    The “Hillbilly Brigade” has said their actions show the wildfires could have been prevented if the state government wanted to.
    “When the government bailed, we all stayed,” added West.    “…Other than that, it would have been completely out of control.”

9/17/2020 First Lady Visits N.H. Hospital To Honor National Recovery Month by OAN Newsroom
First lady Melania Trump listens during a round table discussion at Concord Hospital, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)
    This week, First Lady Melania Trump highlighted a New Hampshire hospital’s efforts to give newborn babies a chance at life.
    She and National Drug Control Policy Director Jim Carroll participated in a roundtable event at Concord Hospital.
    While visiting the hospital, she highlighted doctors’ efforts to treat infants who suffer from neonatal abstinence syndrome.    The sickness stems from a child’s exposure to drugs in the womb.
First lady Melania Trump participates in a round table discussion in a rotunda at
Concord Hospital, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)
    “Sadly, as we see today, there are also pregnant mothers who are struggling to escape the grip of addiction, as well as innocent newborn babies impacted by drug exposure,” stated the First Lady.    “While I have seen the sadness of addiction, I have also seen the power communities have when they come together, much like what is seen at this hospital.”
    Melania Trump’s visit is meant to honor National Recovery Month.

9/17/2020 Mich. Protesters Rally In Defense Of 2nd Amendment Rights by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Thursday, April 30, 2020, file photo, a protester holds an American flag on
the lawn of the State Capitol in Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
    On Thursday, citizens of Michigan rallied in support of their Second Amendment rights in Lansing.    Armed demonstrators gathered at the state capitol, where they demanded Governor Gretchen Whitmer and other Democrats stop infringing on their right to bear arms.
    “If you do not have your weapons, you do not have control over your government because you’re unable to overthrow that government,” explained protester Jerry Wayne.
    Protesters also defied the state’s COVID restrictions, which they stated are unconstitutional.    They have urged state leaders to start listening to the people they are supposed to be representing.
    “We do have something right now that is a democracy, and we have the ability to vote these people out,” added Wayne.
    The rally coincided with Michigan’s Constitution Day celebration, which was a low-key event this year due to the state’s stringent COVID lockdown.

9/17/2020 Mayor Bill De Blasio Delays In-Person School Reopening by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Sept. 9, 2020, file photo, a student wears a protective masks as they arrive for classes at the Immaculate
Conception School while observing COVID-19 prevention protocols in The Bronx borough of New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
    The mayor of New York City has delayed reopening schools for a second time amid coronavirus related concerns.    During Thursday’s press conference, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced elementary, junior high and high schools will not open this Monday as planned.
    The mayor previously agreed to delay the first day of school, which was originally slated for September 10th, after several teachers threatened to strike.
    Teacher unions at the conference touted de Blasio’s latest decision.
    “If we’re going to do this, we must make sure that we get this right,” stated United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew.    “We want our school system up, running and safe…because that’s what the families, the children, of this city deserve.”
    The mayor also announced the school district has hired an additional 4,500 teachers over the last few days amid teacher shortages, which have been a major obstacle for reopening.
    In the meantime, only pre-K and students needing special education will resume in-person learning as planned.

9/17/2020 President Trump Announces Tribal Remains, Artifacts Returned From Finland by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks about the repatriation of Native American remains and artifacts from Finland, in the Oval Office at
the White House, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Washington. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt is at right. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    President Trump has announced a repatriation of the remains of Native American tribal leaders from the National Museum of Finland.    On Thursday, he confirmed part of the museum’s collection was returned to the U.S. over the past weekend.     “Five days ago, the remains were repatriated to their ancestral homeland and given a proper burial,” stated the President.
    The items included the remains of 20 people and more than 25 artifacts, all of which had been unearthed by Swedish scientists back in 1891.    The remains were reburied at Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado after a traditional four-day grieving period.
President Donald Trump listens as others speak about the repatriation of Native American remains and artifacts from
Finland, in the Oval Office at the White House, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    “My administration also brought back the Acoma Pueblo shield to New Mexico last November, and that was very important to the great people of New Mexico,” added President Trump.    “I’m committed to working with tribal leaders to ensure their cherished heritage is honored, respected and preserved as it should be.”
    Finnish President Sauli Niinisto has said his country has fulfilled its part of the deal, which was made last year, and is expecting to work with the U.S. on other issues.

9/17/2020 Minn. Lawmakers Who Voted To Defund Police Now Sounding Alarm On Crime by OAN Newsroom
Deputies keep protesters at bay after the hearing for four former Minneapolis Police officers at the
Hennepin County Family Justice Center, Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
    Minneapolis residents have expressed they are scared for their safety amid a spike in violent crime throughout the city. According to city council members, locals feel unsafe due to the absence of police in their neighborhoods.
    Police response times have reportedly been slowing down as officers receive fewer resources.    This came after a recent vote to defund police in the city.
    Now, the same lawmakers who moved to eliminate the police department in the wake of George Floyd’s death and subsequent riots are sounding the alarm.    The city has recently seen a massive increase in crime, including street racing, carjackings and shootings.
    “I would appreciate some more information on how we’re addressing the carjackings,” stated 12th Ward Rep. Andrew Johnson.    “I know that there’s been a number of them in the community, and they’ve really terrorized residents.”
    The police chief confirmed around 100 officers have left the department or taken a leave of absence since the start of the year, which is more than double the typical number.

9/17/2020 Coronavirus Stimulus Negotiations Continue Amid Congress Stalemate by OAN Newsroom
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee. (Andrew Harnik/AP Photo)
    The stalemate in Congress has continued and officials appear to be losing hope for a new coronavirus stimulus package before the November elections.
    In an interview Wednesday, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) claimed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi refused to pass a bill for $1.5 trillion in coronavirus relief.    The proposal, which was rejected by the Democrat House Committee chairs on Tuesday, was made by the the Problem Solvers Caucus with bipartisan support.
    Nonetheless, Pelosi and other Democrats have maintained they would like to see a proposal of over $2 trillion put into the relief bill.    Meanwhile, President Trump and his advisors remain hopeful a deal can be reached soon.
    “And I think there’s a growing sense that there’s still some real needs that need to be addressed,”said White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows.    “And I’ve tried to express the willingness on behalf of the White House to openly address them.”
    Meadows also stated he’s more optimistic for a deal now than he has been in a while.    His remarks came after the President tweeted Wednesday, encouraging Republicans to go higher in their stimulus negotiations.
    Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer followed up with the President’s tweet by saying in a statement they look forward to hearing more from the president’s negotiators.
Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y., right, speaks next to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., during a
news conference about COVID-19, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

9/17/2020 Moderna’s COVID Vaccine Expected To Be Ready By End Of Year by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this July 27, 2020, file photo, a nurse prepares a shot as a study of a possible COVID-19 vaccine, developed by
the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc., gets underway in Binghamton, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)
    Pharmaceutical company Moderna may know whether its vaccine is effective against COVID-19 by November.    Moderna was the first company to begin late stage trials of its vaccine candidates earlier this year.
    The vaccine was said to use messenger RNA to prompt an immune response in the human body.    This process should create the antibodies needed to fight off the coronavirus.
    The company released early data in July, which showed a promising immune response in a small group of patients.
    Moderna’s CEO has said he is optimistic about getting the vaccine out to the public by the end of this year.
    “Our most probable plan is November, that’s what we have been saying for many months,” stated Stephane Bancel.    “Our best possible outcome would be October.”
    This came after Pfizer announced their vaccine could be distributed to Americans before the end of 2020.    Key data from its late stage trials is expected by October.
    President Trump has also suggested a vaccine could be ready before Election Day.

9/18/2020 Oil up $0.88 to $41.06, DOW down 130 to 27,902.

9/18/2020 Beshear announces 628 new coronavirus cases, 11 new deaths by Sarah Ladd Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Gov. Andy Beshear announced 628 new coronavirus cases Thursday, 76 of which are 18 and younger, and 11 deaths.    The state has now seen 59,370 cases and 1,093 deaths with a positivity rate once again under 4% at 3.82%.
    The new deaths are:
A 84-year-old man from Franklin County
A 70-year-old woman from Daviess County
A 75-year-old man from Fayette County
A 78-year-old man from Daviess County
A 83-year-old man from Fayette County
A 93-year-old man from Fayette County
A 90-year-old woman from Madison County
A 76-year-old woman from Jackson County
A 82-year-old woman from Jefferson County
A 83-year-old woman from Webster County
A 77-year-old woman from Madison County
    Beshear once again reminded viewers to wear masks and social distance.
    'If you don't think you know someone that we've lost because of COVID I'm not sure you've talked to enough people around you,' he said.    'It's touched everybody now in multiple ways.    So, let's stop denying it.    And let's do what it takes to defeat it.'
    Earlier, Indiana reported 850 new coronavirus cases and six new death.    The state has now seen 108,646 cases and 3,253 deaths.
    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.
[11 deaths / 628 cases = 0.017% and total 1,093 deaths / 59,370 cases = 0.018% and most of the deaths are in Jefferson Co., Lexington, Owensboro all above 70 years old so get us back to 100% Beshear and quit playing games with our life’s and counties with issues can stay on alert as seen in the article below.].

9/18/2020 Supreme Court hears challenge - Kentucky bench to decide on Beshear’s COVID-19 orders by Deborah Yetter, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    FRANKFORT – With Gov. Andy Beshear’s power to issue emergency orders at stake, lawyers for Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron and several Northern Kentucky businesses went before the state Supreme Court Thursday challenging orders Beshear imposed after the COVID-19 pandemic hit Kentucky in March.
    At issue are dozens of such orders ranging from limits on crowd sizes at public events and class sizes at child care centers to funding for public schools and changes to make voting easier during the pandemic.    A key question is whether Beshear can require most Kentuckians wear a mask in public to limit spread of the coronavirus.
    The hearing began as a noisy crowd gathered outside on the Capitol lawn, few wearing masks and some toting firearms, protesting such executive orders and demanding freedom.    They had mostly dispersed by the end of the 90 minute hearing.
    Beshear’s lawyer argued at Thursday’s hearing that he is empowered to issue such orders in a public health emergency by state law and the Kentucky Constitution.
    “The governor has taken swift and decisive action to help protect the state during the state of emergency,” said La Tasha Buckner, Beshear’s general counsel.    “While, sadly, we’ve lost over 1,000 people to this virus, we know that these measures have worked.”
    In a court filing, Buckner said such authority has been recognized for more than a century, citing a 1911 ruling by Kentucky’s high court upholding then-Gov. Augustus Willson’s order for the state militia to detain Caldwell County “night riders,” a group of vigilantes initially organized to fight controls on tobacco pricing.
Protester against the orders, gather outside the Capitol Thursday. DEBORAH YETTER/COURIER JOURNAL
[I wish I could have been there to see the people beginning to stand up to Beshears over reach into our rights without a justifiable reason other than Democrat logic where anyone can see if they read the articles I have presented above as Kentucky is doing better than all the states around us as most of all the Kentucky cities are good it is only the large cities who are controlled by Democrats that are having issues especially the ones who have BLM demonstrators and or riots.].

9/18/2020 Assange Lawyer Says She Saw Trump Ally Offer To Arrange Pardon by Andrew MacAskill
FILE PHOTO: A supporter of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange protests outside the Old Bailey, the Central Criminal Court ahead of
a hearing to decide whether Assange should be extradited to the United States, in London, Britain September 9, 2020. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
    LONDON (Reuters) – A lawyer for Julian Assange told a London court on Friday that she was present when an ally of U.S. President Donald Trump offered to arrange a pardon for the WikiLeaks founder in return for information that would “benefit President Trump politically.”
    Australian-born Assange, 49, is fighting to avoid being sent to the United States, where he is charged with conspiring to hack government computers and violating an espionage law over the release of confidential cables by WikiLeaks in 2010-2011.
    His lawyer, Jennifer Robinson, said in a witness statement to the court that she observed a meeting at the Ecuadorian embassy in London in 2017 between Assange and Republican then-U.S. Representative Dana Rohrabacher.
    She said Rohrabacher and an assistant offered to arrange a pardon for Assange in return for information about the hacking of Democratic emails before the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
    “They stated that President Trump was aware of and had approved of them coming to meet with Mr Assange to discuss a proposal – and that they would have an audience with the President to discuss the matter on their return to Washington DC,” she said.
    proposal put forward by Congressman Rohrabacher was that Mr. Assange identify the source for the 2016 election publications in return for some form of pardon, assurance or agreement, which would both benefit President Trump politically and prevent U.S. indictment and extradition,” Robinson said.
    Assange’s legal team first said at hearings in February that Rohrabacher had conveyed a pardon offer to Assange.    At the time, the White House called the assertion that Trump had tried to reach a deal with Assange “a complete fabrication and a total lie.”
    Rohrabacher said he had never spoken with the president about Assange, denied being sent on Trump’s behalf and said he was acting on his own when he offered to ask Trump for a pardon for Assange.
    Robinson said Rohrabacher’s offer was presented to Assange as a “win-win” solution that would allow Assange “to get on with his life” and in return would also politically benefit Trump.
    During the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, WikiLeaks published a series of Democratic National Committee emails damaging to candidate Hillary Clinton.    U.S. investigators have concluded that the emails were hacked by Russia as part of an effort to influence the election.
    The 2016 election leaks are not directly a part of the U.S. criminal case against Assange, which covers secret military and diplomatic documents published by WikiLeaks several years earlier.
    Russia has denied meddling in the 2016 election and Trump has denied that his campaign colluded with Moscow.
    Assange is fighting the U.S. extradition request, arguing that the Trump administration has brought charges against him for political reasons.
    In 2012, Assange took refuge in Ecuador’s London embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden where he was accused of sex crimes, which he denied and which were later dropped.    After seven years, he was dragged from the embassy by British police in 2019.br> (Reporting by Andrew MacAskill; Editing by Guy Faulconbridge, William Maclean and Peter Graff)

9/18/2020 Biden Or Trump, No Guarantee Of A Post-Brexit U.S.-UK Trade Deal by Andrea Shalal and David Lawder
FILE PHOTO: Democratic U.S. presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to reporters before
boarding his campaign plane in Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S. September 17, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. presidential candidate Joe Biden’s recent warning that Britain must honor Northern Ireland’s 1998 peace agreement to secure a U.S. trade deal adds new complexity to already tough trade talks between the United States and the U.K.
    “We can’t allow the Good Friday Agreement that brought peace to Northern Ireland to become a casualty of Brexit,” Biden wrote on Twitter on Wednesday, referring to the deal that ended three decades of sectarian violence in Northern Ireland and created a shared regional government.
    Biden was echoing Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s warning last week that any move by Britain to erect physical customs borders between British-ruled Northern Ireland and EU-member Ireland meant “no chance” for a U.S.-UK trade deal.
    His warning comes as U.S. negotiators in the Trump administration wrap up a fourth round of trade talks with their British counterparts in Washington this week.    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday the talks could “reach a successful conclusion before too long.”
    No matter how they end, U.S. law gives Congress authority over trade policy. President Donald Trump has sometimes sidestepped that authority on trade issues, but U.S. and UK officials have said they are aiming for a comprehensive agreement that would need Congress’s approval.
    The U.S. election in November is expected to leave the House in Democratic hands, giving extra weight to Pelosi’s words.
    Both the U.S. and U.K. have other hurdles to clear as well, trade experts say.
    “Removing the Good Friday agreement is a non-starter, but there are five or six other potentially really difficult issues that the two countries are still far apart on,” said Harry Broadman, managing director with the Berkeley Research Group and a former senior U.S. trade official, including agriculture, the British health system and Britain’s proposed digital services tax.
NON-NEGOTIABLE
    Asked about the Trump administration’s view Thursday, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer’s office pointed to his June testimony to Congress, where he said there is no chance Congress would pass a trade deal if Britain put up borders in Ireland, violating the Good Friday agreement.
    “I’ve made that quite clear.    The chairman [of the committee] has made it quite clear to me.    The president agrees this is not something on which we’re going to have a negotiation,” he said.
    The Good Friday agreement is in jeopardy, some diplomats say, because of new legislation proposed by British prime minister Boris Johnson.
    British trade officials have repeatedly said they are seeking a comprehensive trade deal and are not seeking to rush into an agreement before the U.S. election, nor waiting to see who wins at the polls in November.
    U.S. and British trade negotiators were expected to discuss one of the thorniest issues between the two countries in the current round of trade talks – increased access for agricultural products.
    British trade minister Liz Truss has pledged to drive a “hard bargain” with the United States, vowing that Britain would not diminish its food safety standards to import American products such as chlorine-treated poultry and genetically modified crops.
    Britain wants access for lamb and beef exports to the United States.
    Autos are the largest source of trade between the two economies, and another point of friction.    Britain maintains a 10% tariff on any U.S. imports, four times the U.S. tariff on British cars.    An outstanding threat by Trump to impose 25% tariffs on imported vehicles makes negotiating down the U.K. rate unlikely, trade experts say.
    Pompeo, speaking Wednesday at a news conference with UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, said he trusted Britain to find a solution.
    “We know the complexity of the situation,” Pompeo said.    “In the end, this will be a set of decisions with respect to this that the United Kingdom makes and (I) have great confidence that they will get this right in a way that treats everyone fairly and gets a good outcome.”
    Raab told CNN on Thursday that the 1998 agreement is “not in jeopardy.”
    “There is not going to be any hard border, certainly not applied by the UK,” Raab said, adding that if the EU made a similar commitment, “it would also help the negotiations.”
    Jacob Funk Kirkegaard, a non-resident senior fellow Peterson Institute for International Economics, said Biden’s warning suggests that perhaps he is just not that interested in a deal.
    “The phrasing of not wanting northern Irish peace to be a victim of Brexit, that’s a really forceful intervention by a potential future American president – basically disavowing the signature project that defines the current British government.    It’s difficult to imagine that wording is not reflective of Biden’s overall interest in pursuing this deal.”
    Trump has developed close ties to Johnson, but Biden’s warning suggests he may not do the same, he said.
    “This signals to me that the ‘special relationship’ between a Biden administration and Boris Johnson’s government, especially in a no-deal Brexit, is not going to be very special.”
(Reporting by Andrea Shalal And David Lawder; Editing by Heather Timmons and Daniel Wallis)

9/18/2020 U.S. Will Extend Border Restrictions With Canada, Mexico Until Oct. 21
FILE PHOTO: A Canadian maple leaf is seen on The Peace Bridge, which runs between Canada and the United States,
over the Niagara River in Buffalo, New York, U.S. July 15, 2020. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo
    OTTAWA (Reuters) – The United States and Canada have extended existing border restrictions until Oct. 21 as authorities continue their efforts to fight the coronavirus pandemic, both nations said on Friday.
    The month-long extension, which does not cover trade or travel by air, follows restrictions first imposed in March and rolled over several times.    They were due to expire on Sept. 21.
    The United States has similar restrictions on the border with Mexico and these will also now be in effect until Oct. 21, said Chad Wolf, acting secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
    “We continue to work with our Canadian and Mexican partners to slow the spread of COVID-19,” he said in a tweet. Canadian officials confirmed the extension.
    Sources in Washington and Ottawa this week said the measures on the joint border would most likely have to be rolled over until at least the end of November due to COVID-19.
    The United States is the worst-affected nation in the world.
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday reported 6,613,331 cases of the new coronavirus and said the number of deaths had risen by 1,224 to 196,277.
    Cases have also started to spike in Canada, where the chief medical officer said on Thursday that authorities could potentially lose the ability to manage the pandemic.
(Writing by David Ljunggren; Editing by Dan Grebler)

9/18/2020 Madrid Region Orders Partial Lockdown In Poorer, COVID-Hit Areas by Silvio Castellanos and Clara-Laeila Laudette
A woman sleeps on the ground at Vallecas neighbourhood in Madrid, Spain, September 18, 2020. REUTERS/Sergio Perez
    MADRID (Reuters) – The regional government of the Spanish capital Madrid ordered a lockdown from Monday in some of the poorer areas of the city and its outskirts that are home to about 850,000 people, after a surge in coronavirus infections there.
    Regional leader Isabel Diaz Ayuso said on Friday movement between and within areas in six districts would be restricted, but people would be able to go to work in Spain’s hardest-hit region.
    Residents in Madrid’s poorer districts had said they felt abandoned, stigmatised and feared new restrictions would deprive them of income.
    Ayuso, who attracted criticism for saying this week “the way of life of immigrants” was partly to blame for the rise in cases, said the areas had been chosen because contagion levels there exceeded 1,000 per 100,000 people.
    “We need to avoid lockdown, we need to avoid economic disaster,” Ayuso told a news conference.    “We don’t think it’s time to restrict all citizens, but rather to apply measures in areas we have perfectly identified.”
    Access to parks and public areas will be restricted, gatherings will be limited to six people and commercial establishments will have to close by 10 p.m. in the areas.
INEQUALITY GAP
    The gap between poorer and richer areas is at the heart of a debate over how to curb an increase in new cases.
    Restrictions will affect Vallecas, a southern district with a lower average income and higher immigrant population, which has one of the highest infection rates in Madrid.    It is almost six times higher than in Chamberi, one of the wealthier, northern districts.
    The health system “is more paralysed here, they have us out here waiting, crowded, queues everywhere,” retiree Mari Paz Gonzalez said.    “i>We are abandoned… They left us in the hands of God.”
    “As soon as you cross that bridge things change.    As soon as you cross it the neighbourhood changes,” retiree Carmen Ibarra said, walking through Vallecas.
    The inequality gap and its correlation to coronavirus infection rates are also a hot political issue in Barcelona, the second-largest city.
    Some 640,040 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in Spain, health authorities said on Friday, with a rise of 4,697 in the past 24 hours.
    The health ministry data showed an increase of 14,389 compared with figures released on Thursday, but this included retrospective cases dating back a number of days.
    Nearly 30,500 people have now died from COVID-19 in Spain.
(Additional reporting by Jose Elias Rodriguez, clara_laeila Laudette; Writing by Ingrid Melander and Andrei Khalip, Additional reporting Graham Keeley, Editing by Timothy Heritage)

9/18/2020 European Cities Announce New Restrictions As COVID-19 Cases Soar by Guy Faulconbridge and Ingrid Melander
People eat lunch at a deserted Le Petit Chatelet restaurant in the Quartier Latin as the country battles to contain the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
while ensuring that economic and social activities can continue, in Paris, France, September 18, 2020. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
    LONDON/MADRID (Reuters) – European nations from Denmark and Iceland in the north to Greece in the south announced new restrictions on Friday to curb surging coronavirus infections in some of their largest cities, and Britain was considering a new national lockdown.
    Cases in the United Kingdom almost doubled to 6,000 per day in the latest reporting week, hospital admissions rose and infection rates soared across parts of northern England and London.
    Asked by Sky News about the possibility of a second national lockdown next month, British Health Minister Matt Hancock said it should be seen only as a last resort but the government would do whatever it took to tackle the virus.
    “The number of people in hospital is doubling every eight days or so … we will do what it takes to keep people safe,” he said.    “We keep these things under review.”
    Britain imposed new COVID regulations on the North West, Midlands and West Yorkshire from Tuesday.
    Infections have climbed steadily across most of Europe over the last two months.    Intensive care admissions and deaths have also begun to tick up, especially in Spain and France.
    In Spain, which has seen more cases than any other European country, the region including the Spanish capital Madrid will limit movement between and within areas badly affected by a new surge in infections, affecting more than 850,000 people.
    Regional leader Isabel Diaz Ayuso said on Friday that access to parks and public areas would be restricted, and gatherings will be limited to six, but people would not be stopped from going to work in the country’s hardest-hit region.
    “We need to avoid lockdown, we need to avoid economic disaster,” Ayuso told a news conference.
    Authorities in the southern French city of Nice banned gatherings of more than 10 people in public spaces and restricted bar opening hours, following fresh curbs introduced earlier this week in Marseille and Bordeaux.
    France on Thursday registered almost 10,600 new infections, its highest daily count since the start of the pandemic.
    In Denmark, where the 454 new infections on Friday was close to a record of 473 in April, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said the limit on public gatherings would be lowered to 50 people from 100 and ordered bars and restaurants to close early.
    Iceland ordered entertainment venues and pubs in the capital area to close for four days between September 18-21.
    Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said his government was preparing “regional” measures to combat the coronavirus outbreak after the Netherlands registered a record 1,972 cases in the past 24 hours.
    The measures will be detailed later on Friday and are expected to include tighter restrictions on public gatherings and earlier closing times for bars and restaurants. Hotspots include major cities Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague.
    In Greece, which emerged largely unscathed from the first wave of COVID-19 which hit Europe in March and April, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said the government was ready to tighten restrictions in the greater Athens area as cases accelerated.
    Mitsotakis said Greece’s committee of health experts had recommended extra curbs on public gatherings, the suspension of cultural events for 14 days and other measures which “could be decided today … and go into force on Monday.”
    Europe is still hoping not to follow the example of Israel, which entered a second nationwide lockdown on Friday at the onset of the Jewish high-holiday season, following a jump in new coronavirus cases.
GRAPHIC: COVID-19 global tracker – https://graphics.reuters.com/world-coronavirus-tracker-and-maps/
(Additional reporting by Silvio Castellanos and Guillermo Martinez in Madrid, Dominique Vidalon in Paris, Kate Holton in London, Lefteris Papadimas in Athens, Nikolaj Skydsgaard in Copenhagen, Anthony Deutsch in Amsterdam and Rami Ayyub in Tel Aviv; Writing by Gavin Jones; Editing by Janet Lawrence)

9/18/2020 President Trump Introduces Patriotic Education For U.S. Schools by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks to the White House conference on American History at the
National Archives museum, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    President Trump has called for the restoration of patriotic education in schools across the nation.    The President announced the forthcoming program while speaking at the National Archives Museum in Washington this week.
    “The only path to national unity is through our shared identity as Americans,” he stated.    “That is why it is so urgent that we finally restore patriotic education to our schools.”
    He has said America’s history and heritage are “under assault from the left,” who is attempting to repress traditional faith, culture and values.
    “Our Constitution was the product of centuries of tradition, wisdom and experience,” added the President.    “Yet, as we gather this afternoon, a radical movement is attempting to demolish this treasured and precious inheritance.”
    He went on to detail plans for a new executive order, which he said will pave the way for America’s youth to proudly celebrate our nation’s history.    The order, titled the 1776 Commission, would direct federal funding towards creating a patriotic curriculum for schools.
    “Under our leadership, the National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded a grant to support the development of a pro-American curriculum that celebrates the truth about our nation’s great history,” stated President Trump.
    The move came in response to the 1619 Project, an alternative history plan introduced by the New York Times.    The President slammed the project and has said it’s the perfect example of “left-wing indoctrination” in schools.
    “This project rewrites American history to teach our children that we were founded on the principle of oppression, not freedom, (but) nothing could be further from the truth,” he explained.    “America’s founding set in motion the unstoppable chain of events that abolished slavery, secured civil rights, defeated communism and fascism, and built the most fair, equal and prosperous nation in human history.”
    The President’s remarks also coincided with Constitution Day, which commemorates the signing of the document in Philadelphia back in 1787.
[If you noticed in 1776 there were no black people from Africa yet except maybe MIDEAST, FAREAST, HISPANIC, American Indians and White people as the constitution was created for We The People so it included We means all not deny of a race or gender so the "critical race theory" is the true racism and hatred influence from very bad people.].

9/18/2020 President Trump Announces $13B In Aid For U.S. Farmers by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Central Wisconsin Airport, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Mosinee, Wis. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    President Trump has committed to additional funding for U.S. farmers, who were hit hard during the pandemic.    During Thursday night’s campaign rally in Wisconsin, the President announced his administration will allocate another $13 billion in aid.
    “I’m proud to announce that I’m doing even more to support Wisconsin farmers,” he stated.    “Starting next week, my administration is committing an additional $13 billion in relief to help farmers recover from the China virus.”
    Farmers have been suffering financially as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.    Earlier this year, Congress authorized an initial $19 billion for the Department of Agriculture as part of COVID relief legislation.
    The President’s announcement comes as congressional Democrats continue to blame Republicans for stalling the latest coronavirus talks.     President Trump took aim at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Twitter, where he wrote, “Pelosi wants to take $30 billion away from our great farmers.”
    He has reaffirmed this can’t happen.

9/18/2020 Pelosi Finally Condemns Violent Protests, Defends Record On China by OAN Newsroom
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill,
Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has finally condemned violent protesters.    On Thursday, the top Democrat slammed the nationwide unrest and said those causing destruction should be prosecuted.
    “We support peaceful demonstrations, we participate in them (and) they are part of the essence of our democracy,” she stated.    “That does not include looting, starting fires or rioting.”
    Her statement came after President Trump lambasted the Democrat Party for not denouncing the “lawlessness” taking place across the nation.
    Pelosi, who seemed to feel the pressure from Republican colleagues, also went on to defend her record regarding China.
    “Sometimes I take pride in being called the most disliked American in China for my opposition to their trade policies, which have been a rip-off of the American worker,” she added.    “I have fought them for decades, whether it’s stealing our intellectual property, barriers to our products going into China and other violations.”
    The House speaker has been a constant critic of the President’s tough stance on China.
[I AM GLAD SHE GOT HER HAIR BLOWN OR THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN A VERY SCARY PICTURE ABOVE.].

9/18/2020 Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dies At 87 by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Nov. 30, 2018 file photo, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, nominated by President Bill Clinton, sits with fellow
Supreme Court justices for a group portrait at the Supreme Court Building in Washington, Friday. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
    Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died at 87 years old. Her death was announced by the Supreme Court on Friday.
    She reportedly died due to complications from pancreatic cancer.    She passed in her home surrounded by loved ones.
    Ginsburg served for 27 years as a Supreme Court justice.
FILE – In this Aug. 10, 1993, file photo, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg takes the court oath from Chief Justice
William Rehnquist, right, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Marcy Nighswander, File)
    Her death has opened up a space in the court.    If her position is filled by a Republican appointee, it would give the Supreme Court a conservative 6-3 majority.

9/18/2020 President Trump Says COVID Vaccines Likely Available For Every American By April by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at the White House, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    President Trump has estimated a coronavirus vaccine will be available to every American by April of next year.    He made the announcement during Friday’s press briefing at the White House.
    According to the President, the timeline is based on manufacturing that’s already in progress.
    He confirmed as soon as a vaccine is approved, distribution will begin within 24 hours.
    “We will have manufactured at least 100 million vaccine doses before the end of the year, and likely much more than that,” stated the President.    “Hundreds of millions of doses will be available every month, and we expect to have enough vaccines for every American by April.”
    He went on to say the vaccine is in its final stages and going through the “gold standard.”

9/18/2020 Pelosi: Congress To Consider Two Bills Targeting Chinese Forced Labor by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, file photo, people line up at the Artux City Vocational Skills Education Training
Service Center at the Kunshan Industrial Park in Artux in western China’s Xinjiang region. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)
    The House is set to consider two bills next week regarding goods made by Chinese forced labor.    This comes amid reports that as many as 1 million Uighurs, Muslims and other ethnic minorities are being forced to work in Chinese labor camps.
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi confirmed one of the bills would restrict imports, while the other would require publicly traded U.S. companies to disclose information about their supply chains.
    The House speaker recently claimed to have been a critic of China for decades.
    “It’s a big country and so are we, we must have engagement,” she said.    “But we must also recognize their acts of violence and almost crimes against humanity, we must speak out against them.”
    The Trump administration banned imports of Chinese products made with forced labor in concentration camps earlier this week. The products included cotton apparel, computer parts and other imports.

9/18/2020 White House To Give $13B In Aid To Puerto Rico by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump waves as he boards Air Force One for a campaign rally in Bemidji, Minn.,
Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    According to President Trump, the White House will give $13 billion in aid to Puerto Rico.    On Friday, the President announced FEMA will award the funds to help the island territory rebuild its electrical system and spur the recovery of its education system.
    The package will be the most public assistance ever given for any single federally declared disaster, excluding Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy.
    During a news conference, President Trump stated Joe Biden’s policies “devastated” the island.    He added the Democrat voted against tax provisions that prevented Puerto Rico from becoming a major player in pharmaceutical manufacturing.
    “So, for the people of Puerto Rico, they were a disaster for you,” he said.    “I am the best thing that ever happened to Puerto Rico, nobody even close.”
    The President recently approved a disaster declaration for the U.S. territory following Hurricane Isaias.    Local officials have expressed they are still feeling the financial effects of Hurricane Maria, which hit the region back in 2017.
FILE – In this Sept. 28, 2017, file photo, debris scatters a destroyed community in the
aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Toa Alta, Puerto Rico. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

9/18/2020 Secy. Pompeo Holds Signing Ceremony With Guyana’s President by OAN Newsroom
Photo via Secretary Pompeo’s Twitter.
    Guyana officially joined the Growth in the Americas initiative following a signing ceremony with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.    Pompeo met with President Irfaan Ali on Friday to discuss governance, citizen security and leveraging the nation’s wealth of natural resources to provide for the future.
    The secretary confirmed they discussed the need for democracy in Venezuela and highlighted the $5 million the U.S. has provided to help those fleeing the illegitimate regime.
    He added the U.S. is helping to set up a business model in Guyana that will benefit all of their people.
    “We want the wealth that is created from these opportunities to belong to the people of Guyana and do so in a transparent, fair way that reflects the democratic election that was just held,” stated Pompeo.    “I know President Ali shares this goal as well.”
    The signing means the U.S. will also help with infrastructure, financing and security amid Guyana’s battle with drug trafficking.

9/18/2020 262 Arrests Made During 60-Day Gang Enforcement Operation In Okla. by OAN Newsroom
Photo via U.S. Attorney WDOK Twitter.
    U.S. marshals have arrested over 260 people following an operation that targeted gang activities in Oklahoma.    On Thursday, officials held a press conference to discuss the collaborative effort with Oklahoma City Police, which was deemed “Operation Triple Beam.”
    According to U.S. marshals, more than 140 of those arrested were confirmed to be gang members.
    Along with these arrests, law enforcement recovered five missing children.    They also seized several firearms and narcotics.
    Officials have said the primary goal of the operation was to make communities safer.
    “It feels good to know we’re putting dangerous individuals behind bars,” stated U.S. attorney Tim Downing.    “More importantly, our efforts are met with a sense of accomplishment that we are making all neighborhoods safer, not just in Oklahoma City, but all across our district.”
    The operation officially ended on September 6th.

9/19/2020 Oil down $0.04 to $40.93, DOW down 245 to 27,657.

9/19/2020 Watch Out A Person Running For President Has Been Compromised
It looks like Biden has been brainwashed from the “critical race theory,” so now we know why he is slow Joe.

9/19/2020 Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87 by Richard Wolf, USA TODAY
    WASHINGTON – Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Friday, giving President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans a rare opportunity to solidify conservative control of the court, perhaps for decades to come. Ginsburg, 87 and in failing health, had overcome bouts with pancreatic, lung and colon cancer dating back to 1999 but apparently could not beat the most recent spread to her liver.    She had announced her latest recurrence in July, again vowing to stay on the court “as long as I can do the job full steam.”
    The diminutive New York native leaves behind an enormous influence on the law as the nation’s preeminent litigator for women’s rights, a federal appeals court judge, a Supreme Court justice for 27 years and, most recently, as the leader of the high court’s liberal bloc, where she served as a bulwark against an increasingly conservative majority.
    “Our nation has lost a jurist of historic stature.    We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague,” Chief Justice John Roberts said.    “Today we mourn, but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her: a tireless and resolute champion of justice.”
    Ginsburg’s death comes just weeks before Election Day.    While Democrats hope to win the White House and potentially a Senate majority, Republicans will hold the Senate at least until Jan. 3 and Trump the presidency at least until Jan. 20, giving them a chance to gain a 6-3 conservative majority on the court.
    The president and Senate Republicans, led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., have little time to nominate and confirm a successor before facing the voters. Should they lose the White House or Senate on Nov. 3, Republicans might have a harder time confirming a Trump nominee during a lame-duck session at year’s end.    But McConnell has vowed to “leave no vacancy behind.”
    Virtually nothing motivates both sides in America’s culture wars more than a Supreme Court vacancy. One that occurs in a presidential election year and gives a conservative president a chance to replace a liberal justice is even more fraught.    The reverse was evident in 2016, when Associate Justice Antonin Scalia’s death prompted Republicans to block President Barack Obama from filling the seat.
    The nomination and confirmation process has grown only more contentious since then.    Democrats and liberal advocacy groups cried foul at the confirmation of conservative Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch early in 2017.    But outrage accompanied Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s 50-48 confirmation late in 2018, which followed accusations of decades-old sexual assault that Kavanaugh denied.    Now Trump will select a third nominee, most likely from a recently expanded list of potential justices assembled with the help of conservative groups, including the Federalist Society and Heritage Foundation.    The president has lauded his two nominees but has been very critical of Chief Justice John Roberts, whose votes with liberals during the past term on abortion, LGBTQ rights and the DACA immigration program made clear his role as the court’s swing vote.
    Among those at the top of Trump’s list are Amy Coney Barrett, 48, of Indiana, whom he nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, and Amul Thapar, 51, of Kentucky, a favorite of McConnell’s named by Trump to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit.
    Other potential female nominees include Joan Larsen of Michigan, who serves on the 6th Circuit; Allison Eid of Colorado, who serves on the 10th Circuit; and Britt Grant of Georgia, who serves on the 11th Circuit.
    Ginsburg etched her name in legal history before President Jimmy Carter named her to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 1980.    She won five of six cases argued at the Supreme Court in the mid-1970s that opened doors for women.
    While remaining a reliable stalwart for equal rights in her later years, Ginsburg had trouble commanding majorities on the court.    As the years passed, she became more vocal in her dissents – delivering five of them from the bench in the 2012 term alone, a record that still stands.    The closet in her chambers held a selection of her signature lace jabots, some reserved solely for those dissents.
    When the court struck down the crucial section of the Voting Rights Act by a 5-4 vote in June 2013 – enabling states with a history of discrimination to escape preemptory Justice Department oversight – she likened it to “throwing away your umbrella in a rainstorm because you are not getting wet.”
    Her most significant majority opinions were the 1996 ruling that ordered the Virginia Military Institute to accept women or give up its state funding, and the 2015 decision that upheld independent commissions some states use to draw congressional districts.
    Besides civil rights, Ginsburg took an interest in capital punishment, voting repeatedly to limit its use.    During her tenure, the court declared it unconstitutional for states to execute the intellectually disabled and killers younger than 18.
    In addition, she questioned the quality of lawyers for poor accused murderers.    In the most divisive of cases, including the Bush v. Gore decision in 2000, she was often at odds with the court’s more conservative members – initially Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist and Justices Sandra Day O’Connor, Antonin Scalia, Anthony M. Kennedy and Clarence Thomas.
    Ginsburg would say later that the 5-4 decision that settled the 2000 presidential election for Republican George W. Bush was a “breathtaking episode” at the court.
    In 1999, Ginsburg had surgery for colon cancer and received radiation and chemotherapy.    She had surgery again in 2009 after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and in December 2018 for cancerous growths on her left lung.    Following the last surgery, she missed court sessions for the first time in more than 25 years on the bench.
    Ginsburg also was treated with radiation for a tumor on her pancreas in August 2019.    She maintained an active schedule even during the three weeks of radiation.    When she revealed a recurrence of her cancer in July 2020, Ginsburg said she remained “fully able” to continue as a justice.
    Joan Ruth Bader was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1933, the second daughter in a middle-class family.    Her older sister, who gave her the lifelong nickname “Kiki,” died at age 6, so Ginsburg grew up in Brooklyn’s Flatbush section as an only child.    Her dream, she has said, was to be an opera singer.
    Ginsburg graduated at the top of her Columbia University law school class in 1959 but could not find a law firm willing to hire her.    She had “three strikes against her” – for being Jewish, female and a mother, as she put it in 2007.
    She had married her husband, Martin, in 1954, the year she graduated from Cornell University. She attended Harvard University’s law school but transferred to Columbia when her husband took a law job there.    Martin Ginsburg went on to become a prominent tax attorney and law professor.    Martin Ginsburg died in 2010. She is survived by two children, Jane and James, and several grandchildren.
    In recent years, she became a folk hero to the left – the subject of the awardwinning documentary “RBG,” an opera and a feature-length film, “On the Basis of Sex.”    Her praises were sung on the “Ruth Bader GinsBlog” and her initials emblazoned on “Notorious R.B.G.” Tshirts.    She took great pride in a bobblehead celebrating the highlights of her career, and she helped to assemble a book of her opinions, dissents and writings entitled “My Own Words.”
Contributing: Associated Press
The Supreme Court says Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Friday of
metastatic pancreatic cancer. She was 87. CLIFF OWEN/AP FILE
[SO WE KNOW THE DEMOCRATS ARE IN TOTAL FEAR NOW THAT TRUMP WILL PUT A NEW JUSTICE IN THE SUPREME COURT AND OF COURSE THEY WILL ACT LIKE THEY DID WITH THE KAVANAUGH DEAL WHICH I HOPE IT DOES SINCE THE PUBLIC HAS ALREADY SEEN THE VIOLENCE THEY HAVE CAUSED ON THEIR OWN DEMOCRATIC-CONTROLLED CITIES SO IF THEY GO AFTER IT LIKE ANTIFIA ATTACKING REPUBLICANS AGAIN IT WILL HURT THEM IN THE ELECTIONS.].

9/19/2020 Kentucky’s COVID-19 positivity is ‘lowest ... in months,’ Beshear says by The Courier Journal Staff
    Kentucky has the lowest positivity rate in months, the governor said in a statement Friday.
    Gov. Andy Beshear in a statement also announced 777 new coronavirus cases bringing the total number of cases to 60,128.
    The positivity rate dropped to 3.6%.    “That is our lowest rate in months,” Beshear said.    “When we asked for people to push off in-person classes in our schools until Sept. 28, it was so we could get our positivity rate down to a safer level.”
    There were also eight new deaths, which raised the total of 1,101 Kentuckians who have died from COVID-19.
    “The choices we make are going to determine how many people we lose going forward,” Beshear.    “There’s still so much work to do, and Kentucky lives are on the line.”    The deaths include:
85-year-old man from Bell County
96-year-old man from Christian County
96-year-old man from Fayette County
90-year-old woman from Greenup County
53-year-old man from Hopkins County
73-year-old woman from Laurel County
78-year-old woman from Pulaski County
91-year-old woman from Scott County
    Indiana reported 1,037 new coronavirus cases Friday and 17 additional deaths, bringing the state’s total to 109,683 cases and 3,270 deaths.
    Indiana’s report also included an additional 462 cases that stemmed from a laboratory reporting error, state health officials said, bringing the total of newly reported cases to just under 1,500.
[8 deaths / 777 cases = 0.010% really low and total 1,101 deaths / 60,128 cases = 0.018% and his beloved positivity rate is down to 3.6% so Beshear quit holding back to open things up as rest of the State is ready.]

9/19/2020 U.S. Says U.N. Sanctions On Iran To Be Reimposed Saturday. What Does That Mean? by Michelle Nicholsbr
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump takes questions during a news conference in the Brady Press
Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., September 18, 2020. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
    NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration says that on Saturday (2000 EDT/0000 GMT Sunday) all United Nations sanctions on Iran have to be restored and a conventional arms embargo on the country will no longer expire in mid-October.
    But 13 of the 15 U.N. Security Council members, including long-time U.S. allies, say Washington’s move is void and diplomats say few countries are likely to reimpose the measures, which were lifted under a 2015 deal between world powers and Iran that aimed to stop Tehran developing nuclear weapons.
    Here is a look at the events leading to this showdown and an explanation of what could happen next:
WHY IS THE ARMS EMBARGO ON IRAN EXPIRING?
    The Security Council imposed an arms embargo on Iran in 2007.
    The embargo is due to expire on Oct. 18, as agreed under the nuclear deal among Iran, Russia, China, Germany, Britain, France and the United States that seeks to prevent Tehran from developing nuclear weapons in return for sanctions relief.    It is enshrined in a 2015 Security Council resolution.
    In 2018, Trump quit the accord reached under his predecessor Barack Obama, calling it “the worst deal ever.”    The United States failed last month in a bid to extend the Iran embargo at the Security Council.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR THE 2015 NUCLEAR DEAL?
    The remaining parties to the nuclear deal have said they are committed to maintaining the agreement.    Iran has said it would remain in place despite the U.S. move at the United Nations.
    Britain, France and Germany told the U.N. Security Council on Friday that U.N. sanctions relief for Iran would continue beyond Sept. 20.
    “We have worked tirelessly to preserve the nuclear agreement and remain committed to do so,” the U.N. envoys for the three countries said in a letter to the Council, seen by Reuters.
WHAT SANCTIONS WOULD ‘SNAPBACK’?
    A return of U.N. sanctions, a so-called snapback, 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 development of nuclear weapon delivery systems.
    It would reimpose the arms embargo, ban Iran from developing ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons and bring back 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.
WHAT LED TO THIS SHOWDOWN?
    The United States submitted a complaint about Iran breaching the nuclear deal to the Security Council last month.
    In response to the U.S. quitting the accord and imposing unilateral sanctions in a bid to get Iran to negotiate a new deal, Tehran has breached central limits of the pact, including on its stock of enriched uranium.
    Under a 2015 U.N. Security Council resolution enshrining the nuclear deal, the United States says that it triggered a 30-day process leading to a snapback of all U.N. sanctions on Iran.    Washington argues that while it quit the nuclear deal in 2018, the 2015 resolution still names it as a participant.
    Under the sanctions snapback process if a Security Council resolution to extend sanctions relief on Iran is not adopted within the 30 days, then U.N. sanctions are supposed to be reimposed.    No such resolution has been put forward for a vote.
    Indonesia, the president of the Security Council for August, said last month that it was “not in the position to take further action” on the U.S. bid to trigger a return of all U.N. sanctions on Iran because there was no consensus in the body.
    Thirteen of the 15 council members expressed their opposition, arguing that Washington’s move is void given it is using a process agreed under the nuclear deal it is no longer a party to.
WHAT WILL THE UNITED STATES DO NOW?
    Trump plans to issue an executive order https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-usa-arms-exclusive/exclusive-trump-plans-executive-order-to-punish-arms-trade-with-iran-sources-idUSKBN268308?il=0 allowing him to impose U.S. sanctions on anyone who violates the U.N. arms embargo on Iran, sources told Reuters, in a bid to reinforce the U.S. assertion that the measure has been extended indefinitely beyond Oct. 18.
    The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said on Thursday that the order was expected in the coming days and would allow Trump to punish foreign actors – U.S. entities are already barred from trading weapons with Iran – by depriving them of access to the U.S. market.
HOW MIGHT A BIDEN ADMINISTRATION HANDLE IRAN?
    Three senior Iranian officials have told Reuters that Iran’s leadership is determined to remain committed to the nuclear deal, hoping that a victory by Trump’s political rival Joe Biden in the Nov. 3 election will salvage the pact.
    Biden, who was vice president when the Obama administration negotiated the accord, said he would rejoin the deal if Iran first resumed compliance.
    “If Iran returns to strict compliance with the nuclear deal, the United States would rejoin the agreement and build on it, while working with allies to push back on Iran’s destabilizing actions,” Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates said.
(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Mary Milliken and Grant McCool)

9/19/2020 Police Clash With Protesters At Anti-Lockdown Demonstration In London by Henry Nicholls
People gather in Trafalgar Square to protest against the lockdown imposed by the government, following the outbreak
of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in London, Britain, September 19, 2020. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
    LONDON (Reuters) – More than a thousand people gathered in central London on Saturday to protest against lockdown measures aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus, before the event was broken up by police.
    The protest, which led to 32 arrests, came as Prime Minister Boris Johnson is considering whether to reimpose some lockdown restrictions across England.
    Demonstrators carried banners saying “Covid is a hoax” and “My body, my choice: No to mandatory masks,” as well as chanting at police: “Choose your side.”
    Police said protesters were ordered to leave Trafalgar Square on the grounds that the demonstration was putting those taking part and other members of the public at risk.
    “This, coupled with pockets of hostility and outbreaks of violence towards officers, means we will now be taking enforcement action to disperse those who remain in the area,” London’s Metropolitan Police said in a statement.
    Under laws introduced to slow the spread of infection, people in England are not allowed to gather in groups of more than six.    There are exemptions for political protests, but only if organisers follow guidelines to reduce the risk of the disease spreading.
    Organisers of previous anti-lockdown protests have been fined up to 10,000 pounds ($12,914).
    Some of the protesters at Saturday’s event voiced opposition to compulsory vaccines, as well as more general mistrust of the government, the media and the World Health Organization.
    Britain has suffered Europe’s highest death toll from coronavirus, with more than 41,000 deaths on the government’s preferred measure.    National testing for the disease have not kept up with demand since schools reopened this month.
    Rising case numbers in parts of Scotland, Wales and northern England have already led to local restrictions on people inviting friends to their homes, and reduced pub and restaurant opening hours.
(Reporting by Henry Nicholls; Writing by David Milliken; Editing by Ros Russell and Mike Harrison)

9/19/2020 Pompeo Hails Colombia’s Stance On Maduro, Pledges More Help In Drugs Fight
Colombian President Ivan Duque Marquez and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meet with the Colombian government cabinet
at the presidential house, in Bogota, Colombia September 19, 2020. Courtesy of Colombian Presidency/Handout via REUTERS
    BOGOTA (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday thanked Colombian President Ivan Duque for his stance against Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro and pledged continued assistance to help fight drug trafficking.
    In the fourth stop on his tour of South America, Pompeo said the partnership between Colombia and the United States was a force for good in the region.
    “Your support for interim (Venezuelan) president Juan Guaido and the democratic transition for a sovereign Venezuela free of malign influence … is incredibly valued,” Pompeo told Duque in a joint press conference in Bogota.
    Pompeo has used the tour to increase pressure on Maduro, who has overseen a six-year economic collapse and has been indicted in the United States on narcoterrorism charges, to resign.
    A report this week by United Nations investigators found Maduro’s government has committed systematic human rights violations including killings and torture amounting to crimes against humanity.
    “The international community has to act to bring this situation to an end,” said Duque, who calls Maduro a dictator and often accuses him of sheltering and supporting members of Colombian rebel groups.
    The Colombian government is among more than 50 countries which consider Venezuela’s opposition leader Guaido to be the country’s interim president.
    Pompeo said the United States will continue to provide expertise and resources to help Colombia fight drug trafficking.
    Colombia faces constant pressure from the United States, a major destination for cocaine, to reduce the size of crops of coca, the drug’s chief ingredient.
    Duque has set a target to destroy 130,000 hectares (321,237 acres) of coca this year, up from 100,000 hectares last year, and has signaled aerial spraying of the herbicide glyphosate could restart.
(Reporting by Oliver Griffin and Luis Jaime Acosta; Editing by Daniel Wallis)

9/19/2020 About 9,000 Migrants On Greece’s Lesbos Move Into Tent Camp After Fire
Refugees and migrants, from the destroyed Moria camp, line up to enter a new temporary camp,
on the island of Lesbos, Greece, September 19, 2020. REUTERS/Yara Nardi
    LESBOS, Greece (Reuters) – Thousands of asylum-seekers have moved into a new temporary facility on the Greek island of Lesbos, government officials said on Saturday, 10 days after a fire destroyed the Moria camp.
    The fire that broke out in Moria on Sept. 9 left over 12,000 people, most of them refugees from Afghanistan, Syria and various African countries, without shelter, proper sanitation or access to food and water.    No one was hurt in the blaze.
    About 9,000 people had been resettled in the new tent camp, set up by authorities at Kara Tepe near the port of Mytilene, by Saturday morning.    A few hundred had also moved into a community centre managed by a non-governmental organisation.
    Those entering the camp were being registered and tested for COVID-19.    At least 214 were placed in quarantine after positive tests.
    Traffic was returning to normal on the roads, where thousands of migrants had camped for days after the fire, and stores in the area started reopening.
    Greek police launched an operation on Thursday to speed up the resettlement of migrants.    Many had been reluctant to enter the temporary camp as they had hoped to leave Lesbos after the fire and reach other European countries.
    Authorities believe the fire that gutted the notorious for its living conditions Moria camp was started by migrants following a dispute over COVID-19 quarantine measures at the facility after dozens of asylum-seekers tested positive.    Six people have been arrested and charged with arson.
(Reporting by Lefteris Papadimas in Athens and Vassilis Triandafyllou on Lesbos; Editing by Pravin Char)

9/19/2020 Haiti Moves Closer To Constitutional Referendum, Elections by Andre Paultre
FILE PHOTO: Haiti's President Jovenel Moise speaks during a news conference to provide information about the measures
concerning coronavirus, at the National Palace in Port-au-Prince, Haiti March 2, 2020. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares
    PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – Haitian President Jovenel Moise has appointed nine members to a provisional electoral council tasked with preparing a constitutional referendum and organizing local, municipal, legislative and presidential elections in the Caribbean country.
    The United States government this week reiterated a strongly worded call for Moise and other political forces to work together and arrange the elections.
    Moise has ruled the Western Hemisphere’s poorest nation by decree since mid-January and in recent weeks renewed protests against his leadership have flared up.
    The appointments to the provisional electoral council published on Friday in the government’s newspaper are unlikely to placate Moise’s opponents who argue he has failed to control corruption, crime and economic decline.
    An anti-government demonstration by Haitians calling for Moise’s ouster and other changes is planned for Sunday; earlier protests have often been violent and led to deaths.
    It is not clear what the constitutional referendum will entail but Moise has previously said the powers of the president needed to be strengthened.
    The presidency was weakened in Haiti’s 1987 Magna Carta.
    Haitians mistrusted strong figureheads in the wake of the Duvalier family dictatorship notorious for human rights abuses and corruption.
    Moise has said he wants to break a “decades-long cycle of political crises” and could use a referendum to push through the overhaul of the constitution if he has no parliament to approve it.
    Among the new members, there are no representatives of key sectors instructed by the constitution such as the Episcopale Conference, the University Council, the Association of Journalists and others.
    The appointments will likely be met with more resistance from the different opposition groups, united in their discontent over the government of Moise, a former banana exporter who took office in 2017.
(Reporting by Andre Paultre in Port-au-Prince; Writing by Stefanie Eschenbacher; editing Frank Jack Daniel and Diane Craft)

9/19/2020 President Trump Pushes Back On Biden Criticism Of COVID-19 Response by OAN Newsroom
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a Hispanic Heritage Month event,
Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    President Trump recently pushed back against claims made by Joe Biden over his pandemic response.    On Twitter, the President criticized his Democrat opponent for changing his mind on the idea of halting travel to China at the start of the crisis.
    He emphasized Biden now wishes the administration had closed the U.S. off to China a week earlier than he did.    However, he pointed out it took the former vice president two months to recognize the President had made the right call.
    His remarks came after the Democrat attacked him during a town hall event on Thursday.
    “What has he done?” asked Biden.    “If he had acted just one week earlier, he would have saved 70,000 lives.”
    President Trump reiterated Biden doesn’t have a clue and noted his former colleagues criticized the former vice president’s swine flu response.

9/19/2020 Lawmakers Gear Up For Debate Over New Supreme Court Justice by OAN Newsroom
The flag flies at half-staff at the Supreme Court on the morning after the death of Justice
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 87, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020 in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    Following the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, U.S. lawmakers began to debate who should replace her.    A partisan divide is already forming over the matter ahead of this year’s general election, which is just two months away.
    The 87-year-old passed away on Friday after a long battle with cancer.    American citizens and political leaders from both ends of the political spectrum came together to mourn her.
    As lawmakers acknowledged the tragedy of her passing, they also noted the urgency of filling the vacant seat in the country’s top court.
    While Ginsburg was alive, Republicans held a five to four majority in the court.    Now, officials must decide who has the power to nominate her replacement.
    The decision lies between selecting a nominee before the election or holding off until after the 2020 winner is announced.
FILE – In this Aug. 10, 1993, file photo, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg takes the court oath from Chief Justice
William Rehnquist, right, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Marcy Nighswander, File)
    On Saturday, President Trump said the GOP has an obligation to choose a Supreme Court justice.
    Later that day, the President reaffirmed the necessity of filling the empty seat and suggested his choice of nominee will likely be announced before the election.
    “We have an obligation to the voters, the millions of people that put us here in the form of a victory,” he stated.    “We’re working with all of the Republican senators and we’ll be making a decision soon.”
    Several Republicans have voiced it is within his jurisdiction as the sitting President to nominate Supreme Court justices, and are therefore pushing to vote on President Trump’s pick.
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been a major proponent of this so far.    He is planning to bring a vote to the Senate floor before the election.
    Sen. Ted Cruz has even suggested President Trump should pick a justice within the next week.    According to the lawmaker, Americans voted for President Trump to nominate a justice and voted for a Republican Senate to confirm his pick.
President Donald Trump speaks with reporters on the South Lawn of the White House, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020,
in Washington, before departing for a campaign rally in North Carolina. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    Meanwhile, several Democrats have voiced opposition to nominating a replacement before the election.    This comes as part of an effort to leave the seat open for a potential Biden nominee, if the Democrat wins the election.
    The former vice president weighed in on the matter shortly after Ginsburg’s passing.
    “The voters should pick the president, and the president should pick the justice for the Senate to consider,” he said.     “This was the position the Republican Senate took in 2016, when we were almost 10 months to go before the election.”
    Republicans have pointed out this election is different, as both the White House and Senate are controlled by the same party.
    With the GOP controlling the Senate 53 to 47, President Trump’s nominee would likely pass through the upper chamber if lawmakers do decide to hold a vote.
    In response, Sen. Ed Markey has proposed creating additional seats on the Supreme Court and eliminating the filibuster, should Democrats gain Senate control this November.

9/19/2020 President Trump Slams Mail-In Voting As A ‘Scam,’ Says It Will Be ‘A Disaster’ 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 continues to voice his concerns about mail-in voting this election season.    During Friday’s press conference, the President said voters will be overwhelmed with “tens of millions of ballots” they did not request.
    “You don’t have to know a lot about politics,” he added.    “This is going to be the scam of all time.”
    He also pointed out no one is more aware of the perils of mail-in voting than Democrats.    However, he emphasized they’ll never acknowledge it because it helps them politically.
    “They know it’s going to be a mess, they know there are going to be millions of missing ballots,” he stated.    “There’s going to be fraud, it’s a disaster.”
    The President’s reelection campaign has already launched lawsuits against several states, including Montana, Nevada and New Jersey, to block mail-in voting efforts.
[Trump and Barr understand with an entity like George Soros pushing his influence on so many things that he could force the above issue to occur since money talks to those who are desperate to survive their own failures].

9/20/2020 Gov. Beshear reports 1,002 new COVID-19 cases, 7 deaths by Emma Austin, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Kentucky is up to 61,106 coronavirus cases, with 1,002 new cases announced Saturday – one of the highest daily totals yet.
    Gov. Andy Beshear also reported seven new deaths caused by the virus.    “Today’s report shows that when we let our guard down, this virus truly spreads,” Beshear said in a press release.    “This is everywhere, and we must keep our guard up.”    [YOU HAVE TO BE AN IDIOT TO BELIEVE THAT COMMENT MADE HERE.].
    Of the new cases, 145 were in children age 18 and under, including 29 cases in kids age 5 and under.     “Now that our kids are going to be going back to school in many places in some form or fashion, now that we have more sports, let’s make sure that we cut our contacts, wear our masks and socially distance,” Beshear said.    “Let’s do better — everyone around us is depending on it.”
    The high case count comes two weeks after the Kentucky Derby and Labor Day weekend, about the length of time health officials said it would take for the state to know if the holiday would result in another spike — similar to what was seen after Memorial Day and the Fourth of July.
    With Saturday’s deaths, the commonwealth has seen 1,108 people die from COVID-19.
    The new deaths included:
An 82-year-old woman from Lincoln County
A 78-year-old woman from Warren County
An 89-year-old woman from Boyd County
A 76-year-old woman from Martin County
A 71-year-old woman from Jefferson County
A 91-year-old man from Jefferson County
A 66-year-old woman from Mercer County
    “That’s seven additional families who are suffering during this time,” Beshear said.
    Kentucky’s rate for positive tests remained under 4% Saturday at 3.82%, which Beshear said was the “only positive news” in the day’s report.
    Indiana announced 1,104 new cases and nine additional deaths Saturday.    The state has seen 110,759 cases and 3,278 deaths.
Reach Emma Austin at eaustin@gannett.com or on Twitter at @emmacaustin.    Support strong local journalism by subscribing today: subscribe.courier-journal.com.
[7 deaths / 1,002 cases = 0.007% which is the most important positive thing as it is lower than ever and it is time to open things up Beshear and I think you are scared to tell them that because they may string you up for false reporting.].

9/20/2020 Berlin Protesters Say EU Must Let In Migrants Before Bloc Outlines Plans
Protesters attend a demonstration demanding the evacuation of Greek overcrowded migrant camps and against the creation
of a new camp on the Aegean island of Lesbos, in Berlin, Germany September 20, 2020. REUTERS/Christian Mang
    BERLIN (Reuters) – Protesters called on European Union states to allow in migrants stuck in Greek camps at a demonstration in Berlin on Sunday before the EU sets out proposals this week on how to help after a fire in one of the camps left 12,000 people without shelter.
    The emergency has highlighted Europe’s patchy response to a multi-year crisis that has seen more than a million migrants reach its shores, often on board flimsy vessels, after fleeing wars and poverty in the Middle East and beyond.
    After the fire in the Moria camp on the island of Lesbos on Sept. 9, Germany agreed to take in 1,553 migrants stranded on Greek islands.
    But the protesters in central Berlin wanted more action.
    Wearing face masks in line with coronavirus regulations, around 5,000 people held up banners with slogans such as ‘We have space!    What else has to happen?    Evacuate Moria Now!’, ‘Shame on you EU’ and ‘Shelters not Prisons’.
    “I find it unacceptable that we live in one of the richest parts of the world and are somehow scared of 15,000 people and there is an eternal discussion about who will help these people,” said demonstrator Oliver Bock.
    Despite deep divisions among members, the European Commission is due this week to put forward new proposals on migration.    The bloc has failed to agree a common asylum policy five years after Merkel allowed 1.2 million people seeking protection into Germany.
    German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer told Bild am Sonntag weekly that he had high hopes.
    “I expect the EU Commission to come up with a solid proposal that pulls out all the stops so we have a political agreement on European asylum policy by the end of the year,” Seehofer told the paper. He added that he expected no more than 100,000 migrants to arrive in Germany this year.
(Reporting by Madeline Chambers; editing by Philippa Fletcher)

9/20/2020 Protesters Say Localised Lockdowns In Madrid Discriminate Against Poor by Javier Barbancho and Julien Hennequin
People protest in front of the Madrid regional government's health office over the lack of support and movement on improving working conditions at the
Vallecas neighbourhood, amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Madrid, Spain, September 20, 2020. REUTERS/Javier Barbancho
    MADRID (Reuters) – Protesters in some poorer areas of Madrid that are facing lockdown to stem a soaring COVID-19 infection rate took to the streets on Sunday to call for better health provisions, complaining of discrimination by the authorities.
    Madrid’s regional government on Friday ordered a lockdown from Monday in some of the poorer areas of the city and its outskirts that are home to about 850,000 people after a surge in coronavirus cases there.
    The lockdown measures predominantly apply to areas of lower income and with higher immigrant populations.    Peaceful protests were held in 12 of the 37 districts affected on Sunday.
    About 600 people demonstrated in the southern district of Vallecas, which has one of the highest infection rates in the Spanish capital – about six times higher than that of Chamberi, a wealthy area in the north of the city, according to regional government figures.
    Tensions rose as protesters at one stage threatened to gain access to the regional government building.
    “It is illogical that you can go and do things in wealthier areas, but you cannot do the same in Vallecas.    There is the same risk of contagion.    They are discriminating,” said Begona Ramos, 56, a protester, who is self-employed and lives in Vallecas.
Demonstrators chanted, “Vallecas is not a ghetto.”
    They also called for the resignation of Madrid regional leader Isabel Diaz Ayuso, who attracted criticism for saying this week that “the way of life of immigrants” was partly to blame for the rise in cases.
    Madrid mayor Jose Luis Martínez-Almeida said the measures did not discriminate against the poor.
    “There are no first class residents and second class residents.    We have to be together at this moment,” he tweeted.
    Authorities in Madrid, which accounts for a third of all infections in Spain, announced the restrictions in areas where the contagion levels exceed 1,000 per 100,000 inhabitants.
    In those areas access to parks and public areas will be restricted, gatherings will be limited to six people, and commercial establishments will have to close by 10 p.m.
    Police will set up 60 checkpoints to enforce the measures, but will not impose fines on the first day, regional authorities said on Sunday.    Fines can vary between 600 euros and 600,000 euros, they said.
    Regional justice chief Enrique Lopez condemned the demonstrations.
    “We are clear that these are the areas with the highest level of infection.    To call protests right now when what we want is to avoid this seems absolutely irresponsible,” he told Cadena Ser radio.
    However, Madrid regional health chief Enrique Ruiz Escudero said if these measures did not reduce coronavirus cases, a city-wide lockdown could follow.
    “If it is necessary to shut down Madrid, we will do it,” he said in an interview with ABC newspaper published on Sunday.
    Spain has the highest number of COVID-19 cases in western Europe, but Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez ruled out a second national lockdown in an interview with La Sexta TV on Saturday.
    Some 640,040 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in Spain, health authorities said on Friday, with a rise of 4,697 in the past 24 hours.    Nearly 30,500 people have died.
(Reporting by Graham Keeley; Additional reporting by Julien Hennequin and Javier Barbancho; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky and Jan Harvey)

9/20/2020 President Trump Hosts Rally In N.C., Pledges To Pick A Woman Supreme Court Nominee by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump wraps up his speech at a campaign rally at Fayetteville Regional
Airport, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Fayetteville, N.C. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    President Trump hosted a “Great American Comeback” event in North Carolina on Saturday night as part of his presidential campaign for a second term.    He shared his condolences for the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, whom he called a tremendous inspiration to all Americans, regardless of their political views.
    “Her landmark rulings, fierce devotion to justice and her courageous battle against cancer should inspire all Americans,” he stated.    “You may disagree with her, but she was an inspiration to a tremendous number of people, I say all Americans.”

President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020 at the Fayetteville Regional Airport in Fayetteville, N.C. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
    He then confirmed he will pick a replacement for Ginsburg’s seat before the election and pledged to select a woman for the job.
    “I will be putting forth a nominee next week,” he said.    “It will be a woman.”
    The President went on to highlight how he has fulfilled his promises to the American people over the last three years.    He touted raising the real median household income by nearly $70,000 and getting more than 16 million people out of poverty.
    He also referred to Democrat nominee Joe Biden as “the worse candidate in history” and slammed the media as an “enemy of the people.”    This comment was in reference to a CNN hosted town hall, where President Trump said Biden was given easy questions to answer.

President Donald Trump wraps up his speech at a campaign rally at Fayetteville Regional Airport,
Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Fayetteville, N.C. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
    The President praised the recent efforts of his administration and concluded the event by saying he is confident in his ability to win the battleground state.

9/20/2020 Pence’s Chief Of Staff Says President Trump Has Narrowed Supreme Court Nomination List by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this March 22, 2018, file photo, then-White House Director of Legislative Affairs and Assistant Marc Short speaks
in the Brady press briefing room at the White House in Washington.(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
    Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff has said he expects a Supreme Court nomination will come very soon.    On Sunday, Marc Short highlighted the history of Supreme Court nominations.
    He believes the President will honor his obligation to the American people and nominate someone soon.
    According to Short, President Trump has interviewed plenty of candidates for the position and recently narrowed his list for the position down to a handful of names.
    “The President is going to stick with his obligation to do that,” stated Short.    “He looks forward to making a nominee that, I think, the American people will be proud of.”
    The chief of staff went on to say it is the obligation of the Senate to approve the nomination in whatever timeline they believe in.
    Historically, he added the party in power has gone on to confirm the nominees and fulfill their obligation to the American people.

9/20/2020 Biden Accused Of Hypocrisy After 2016 Comments In Favor Of Supreme Court Confirmation During Election Year by OAN Newsroom
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks about the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg after he arrives
at at New Castle Airport, in New Castle, Del., Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, as he returns from Duluth, Minn. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
    Critics of Joe Biden have accused him of hypocrisy after he previously stated a Supreme Court justice could be replaced during an election year.    Biden’s 2016 comments have garnered attention as Democrats push Republicans not to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat ahead of the election.
    In a 2016 opinion piece for the New York Times, the former vice president blasted Republicans for holding up court nominees.
    During an appearance the same year, he said if the President consults with the Senate, then a nominee would get his support even during an election year.
    “I made it absolutely clear I would go forward with a confirmation process as chairman, even a few months before a presidential election, if the nominee were chosen with the advice and not merely the consent of the Senate, just as the Constitution requires,” stated Biden.
    The President has called on Biden to release his own list of possible court nominees.    He suggested the Democrat is afraid of alienating voters by naming nominees ahead of the election.

[THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE SHOULD BE AN EXAMPLE OF WHAT THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION WOULD BE LIKE IF HE GETS THE OFFICE AS THE LEFTIST SOCIALIST THAT WILL CONTROL HIM WILL DO TO YOU WHAT THEY ARE THREATENING TO DO OVER A NORMAL NOMINATION OF A SUPREME COURT NOMINEE AND WE ALL REMEMBER WHAT THE LEFT CAUSED DURING THE KAVANAUGH NOMINATION.].

9/20/2020 Talks Of New Supreme Court Appointment Prompt Violent Threats From Left-Wing Activists by OAN Newsroom
People gather at the Supreme Court in Washington, Saturday night, Sept. 19, 2020, to honor the late Justice Ruth Bader
Ginsburg, one of the high court’s liberal justices, and a champion of gender equality. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    The possibility of President Trump potentially appointing another Supreme Court justice has prompted the left to make threats.
    Democrat lawmakers, members of the media and Hollywood figures took to social media Saturday, where they appeared to urge citizens to commit violent crimes and riot to stop the administration from filling the seat of the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
    One exchange included calls from a Canadian political science professor, Emmet Macfarlane, who encouraged people to “burn Congress down before letting Trump try to appoint anyone.”
    A Canadian attorney later shared his concerns over the professor’s message.    He asked, “If you were a Trump supporter in his class, would you risk being a target of his violent rage if he found out about you?
    American writer Beau Willimon suggested shutting the country down if President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell try to “ram through an appointment before the election.”
[BE AWARE THIS IS WHAT THEY WILL DO IF TRUMP IS ELECTED FOR 4 MORE YEARS SO STAND UP AMERICA AND VOTE THEM ALL OUT SO THEY HAVE NO POWER IN CONGRESS OR THE SENATE AND GIVE AOC THE BAD GIRL SPANKING SHE DESERVES.].
    According to Washington Post writer Laura Bassett, riots will happen on a larger scale if the vote goes through.
    Some far left members of Congress have also called for action, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.    On social media, she called for all Americans to vote for Joe Biden, even if they don’t agree with him.
    With the election less than two months away, Republicans and Democrats continue to debate whether or not the seat should be filled before the election.
    Meanwhile, President Trump has reaffirmed Republicans have an obligation to fill the vacancy without delay.

9/20/2020 President Trump Gives TikTok Deal His Blessing by OAN Newsroom
FILE – A federal judge has approved a request from a group of WeChat users to delay looming U.S. government restrictions
that could effectively make the popular app nearly impossible to use. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)
    President Trump has given the deal between TikTok, Oracle and Walmart his blessing.    His administration confirmed the deal this weekend, which will keep the video sharing service from shutting down.
    Oracle will now host all data affiliated with American users.
    The company will also get at least a 12% stake in TikTok, while Walmart will be able to claim up to a 20% stake.
    “They’ll be hiring at least 25,000 people, and it will most likely be incorporated in Texas,” stated President Trump.    “It’ll be a brand-new company, …it will have nothing to do with China.”
    The deal will also provide $5 billion to the U.S. to use for educational purposes.    It is expected to take effect on Sunday.
    “It’s a great deal for America,” added the President.

    ON 9/20/2020 I FOUND THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE AND UNSURE IF IT IS TRUE SINCE IT CAME FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES AND I DID NOTICE THAT THEY LEFT OUT THE FACT IN THE FOOTNOTES THAT THE OPEN SOCIETY FOUNDATIONS WERE INVOLVED IN THE RELEASE OF A FALSE PHONE CALL INFORMATION REGARDING THE IMPEACHMENT OF PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP OVER A PHONE CALL TO THE UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT.
    Found at https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/18/technology/fox-news-george-soros.html
9/18/2020 Fox News Is Accused of Hiding George Soros’s Influence by Davey Alba
    Perhaps no figure gets more attention in conspiracy circles than George Soros, the billionaire investor and Democratic donor.    For years, he has been cast as an anticonservative villain by a loose network of activists and political figures on the right.    And in recent months, he has become a convenient boogeyman for misinformation artists who have falsely claimed that he funds spontaneous Black Lives Matter protests as well as antifa, the decentralized and largely online, far-left activist network that opposes President Trump.
    Mr. Soros popped up again on Friday, this time with an unusual twist: a claim that Fox News, a channel that regularly airs criticism of Mr. Soros, was working to hide his influence.
    The No. 1 post among public Facebook pages on Friday morning was an article about Mr. Soros published by the far-right website Breitbart.    The article said Fox News had “attempted to silence” Newt Gingrich, the former Republican House speaker, on a show that aired Wednesday when Mr. Gingrich brought up Mr. Soros’s role in supporting local prosecutors in elections.
    On the show, Mr. Gingrich claimed that the main cause of violence at the recent Black Lives Matter protests was the “George Soros-elected, left-wing, anti-police, pro-criminal district attorneys who refuse to keep people locked up.”
    Melissa Francis, a Fox News anchor, then said, “I’m not sure we need to bring George Soros into this.”
    The Breitbart article, which was published on Thursday, quickly went viral across the far-right online community.    It generated nearly 300,000 likes, comments and shares on Facebook, reaching nearly 10 million people.
    “This is the power of #GeorgeSoros,” Glenn Beck, the conservative radio host and conspiracy theorist, said in a tweet on Wednesday with nearly 6,000 likes, comments and retweets.    “This is how the media and Now Fox News bows down at his feet.”
    Laura Silber, a spokeswoman for the Open Society Foundations, a philanthropic group founded by Mr. Soros, said in an email that “Speaker Gingrich seemed to have his say.”
    “His fellow panelist merely pointed out that the speaker was seeking to distract viewers from the real issues at hand,” Ms. Silber said.    “We welcome a robust debate about the criminal justice system, the root causes of crime.”
    On Thursday, a Fox News host addressed the previous day’s interruption.    “Our guest, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who is beloved and needed to be allowed to speak with the openness and respect that the show was all about, was interrupted,” the anchor, Harris Faulkner, said.
    Melissa Ryan, chief executive of Card Strategies, a consulting firm that researches disinformation, said right-wing media, influencers and even elected officials frequently invoked Mr. Soros’s name.
    “Conspiracies about George Soros at this point are boilerplate for any right-wing conspiracy,” she said.
    George Soros, George Soros, George Soros...did George Soros buy Fox News?    I believe all those Democrat mayors who refused the offered federal help from the President during their cities’ street violence & murders.....ALL of those mayors should be held accountable for NOT stopping all that violent action as soon as law & order are fully restored.
[I will not put anything past George Soros to try to interfere in the Trump-Biden election and I have watched Fox News for years since all the regular ABC, CBS, NBC, even my local news in Paducah was so bias (i.e. Fake News) that I only watch the local news for the weather information and I agree that Fox News does allow opposing opinions in their shows and I use a lot of OAN Newsroom articles here because of their accuracy in reporting, and the new Newsmax station is really good on telling you things that none of the other stations will not tell you the whole story sometimes.    So check everything out and get to the truth the best as you can in a day when anti-Christian entities are loose to fool you because as it states below:
    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."].

9/20/2020 U.S. Officially Reimposes Sanctions On Iran by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Aug. 20, 2020 file photo Secretary of State Mike Pompeo departs a meeting with members of the U.N. Security
Council about Iran’s alleged non-compliance with a nuclear deal at the United Nation in New York. (Mike Segar/Pool via AP)
    The Trump administration is coming down on Iran following the country’s latest threats to peace in the Middle East.    On Saturday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the U.S. will reimpose all United Nations sanctions on the nation.
    The administration has been a staunch opponent of lifting restrictions on Iran.    According to officials, the nation has not held up its end of the Iran nuclear deal.
    Washington pulled out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action in 2018 to limit funds to Iran.
    “They cannot have a nuclear weapon,” stated President Trump.    “That deal was so bad that Obama made $150 billion, they got $150 billion for nothing.”
    The Trump administration has said the world will be safer as a result of the snapback to restore sanctions and extend the arms embargo.
FILE – In this Monday, Nov. 25, 2019 file photo, Chief of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Gen. Hossein Salami
speaks at a pro-government rally, in Tehran, Iran. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)
    In the meantime, the move has faced pushback from other countries.    13 of the 15 UN Security Council members have voiced opposition to the move.
    These officials have said they are committed to upholding the 2015 nuclear deal, which already determined the embargo will expire this October.
    According to critics, the U.S. lost legal standing to invoke a snapback when they withdrew from the nuclear deal.    However, the U.S. has expressed, as an original participant, this action is within their jurisdiction.
    Secretary Pompeo emphasized the U.S. is prepared to use its “domestic authorities to impose consequences for those failures.”
    The administration will announce a series of measures to “hold violators accountable” in the coming days.    President Trump is also expected to issue an executive order, which will outline how they intend to enforce the sanctions.

9/20/2020 3 Killed In Louisville Shooting, Suspect In Custody by OAN Newsroom
Screengrab via WDRB report.
    Kentucky police have made an arrest following Friday night’s shooting outside a restaurant in Louisville, which left three men dead.    On Saturday, authorities took 33-year-old Michael Rhynes into custody.
    He reportedly had a handgun in his possession.    His arrest was made just hours after the deadly shooting at Bungalow Joe’s Bar and Grill restaurant.
Screengrab of Michael Rhynes via WDRB report.
    Two of the victims died at the scene, while the third died at a nearby hospital.    They ranged in age from 24 to 48 years old.
    “A person walked across the street, walked around the patio, came up to this table right here and indiscriminately shot three of my customers,” explained restaurant owner Joe Bishop.    “One was my manager’s fiancé.”
    An arraignment for Rhynes is scheduled for Monday.    He’s currently being held on a $2 million bond.

9/20/2020 HHS Secy. Azar Touts Progress In Fight Against COVID-19 by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Aug. 11, 2020, file photo, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar delivers a speech at
National Taiwan University College of Public Health in Taipei, Taiwan. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying, File)
    Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar recently announced the nation has made “incredible progress” in combating the coronavirus, thanks to the vigilance of the American people. On Sunday, he emphasized how well the American people have responded to the President’s call to action and taken individual responsibility during the pandemic.
    He reported cases and hospitalizations are down by 50%, while deaths have declined by even greater rates.
    Azar also highlighted the progress the administration has made to develop a vaccine.
    “If we had said back in January that by the end of this year we’d have 100 million doses likely of FDA gold standard vaccine in the U.S., people would have laughed at that,” he said.    “Yet, we have mobilized the entire government, the public and private sector, and this is a realistic possibility for this country.”
    Azar went on to say the administration has remained firm about mitigation efforts, such as practicing social distancing, to support an even faster turnaround.
[The above article is telling you the cases are down 50% as well as death rate is down and in the next article a Kentucky Democrat governor is only stating that it is all still spiking even when the stats are going down.].

9/21/2020 Kentucky reports 439 more COVID-19 cases, 3 new deaths by Emma Austin, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear reported 439 new COVID-19 cases and three more deaths in the state Sunday.    The commonwealth has now seen 61,542 cases and 1,111 deaths caused by the virus.
    “As we saw Saturday with more than 1,000 cases, COVID-19 remains highly infectious, and we must be vigilant to prevent a spike that will claim even more Kentuckians,” Beshear said in a press release.
    Of the new cases, 68 were in people ages 18 and younger, including 12 kids age 5 and under.
    Counties with the highest number of new cases reported were Jefferson (81), Fayette (74), Calloway (17), Warren (17), Madison (14), Greenup (13), Pulaski (11) and Barren (10).
    Sunday’s deaths were a 66-year-old man from Fayette County, a 92-year-old woman from Fayette County and a 91year-old man from Boyd County.
    “That’s three more Kentucky families who are grieving during this already difficult time,” Beshear said.    Health officials have encouraged people to get influenza vaccines as the flu season begins to help control the pandemic.
    “We’re not just preventing the spread of COVID-19,” Dr. Steven Stack, Kentucky’s public health commissioner, said in the news release.    “We’re also preventing the spread of the common cold, the flu and other viruses which is very important since they can easily be confused with COVID-19.”
    Indiana reported 756 new coronavirus cases Sunday and 3 additional deaths, bringing the state’s total to 111,505 cases and 3,281 deaths.
[3 deaths / 439 cases = 0.006% and we need to be vigilant to stop Beshear from over playing the death rate.].

9/21/2020 World Leaders To Mark United Nations At 75 As Pandemic Challenges Organization by Michelle Nichols
FILE PHOTO: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres poses for a photograph during an interview with
Reuters at U.N. headquarters in New York City, New York, U.S., September 14, 2020. REUTERS/Mike Segar/File Photo
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – World leaders will come together, virtually, on Monday to mark the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, as the deadly coronavirus pandemic challenges the effectiveness and solidarity of the 193-member world body.
    As COVID-19, which emerged in China late last year, began to spread around the world, forcing millions of people to shelter at home and dealing a devastating economic blow, countries turned inward and diplomats say the United Nations struggled to assert itself.
    U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told Reuters that the pandemic has exposed the world’s fragilities.    He plans to tell world leaders on Monday that they need to work together at a time when there is a surplus of multilateral challenges and deficit of solutions.
    The 15-member Security Council took months to back a call by Guterres for a global ceasefire – to allow countries to focus on fighting COVID-19 – due to bickering between the world’s biggest powers: China and the United States.
    The 193-member General Assembly only adopted an omnibus resolution on a “comprehensive and coordinated response” to the pandemic earlier this month and it was not by consensus.    The United States and Israel voted no.
    A $10.3 billion U.N. appeal to fund fighting the pandemic in vulnerable and low-income countries is only a quarter funded.    Guterres now has taken a lead in pushing to make sure any vaccine for the coronavirus is made available to everyone globally.
    A senior European diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the General Assembly should have acted months ago, but “we were all hampered by, and hit, by the COVID-19.”
‘MOMENTS OF DISAPPOINTMENT’
    The United Nations headquarters is in New York, which was hit hard by the coronavirus.    U.N. member states had to decide how to work virtually, which they did for several months before resuming some in-person meetings recently.
    “We all suffered from the fact that we couldn’t meet … A lot of attention was paid to process more than substance unfortunately,” said the European diplomat.    “I wouldn’t put the blame on the U.N. as an organization, it’s the member states that have to be more assertive and positive.”
    A U.N. report released on Monday found that six out of ten people believe the United Nations has made the world a better place, but looking ahead three-quarters see the world body as essential in tackling global challenges.
    “However, at the same time, over half still see the U.N. as remote from their lives and say they don’t know much about it,” the report said.
    The one-day special event on Monday comes ahead of the annual meeting of world leaders at the United Nations, which starts on Tuesday with no presidents or prime ministers physically present in New York.    All statements have been pre-recorded and will be broadcast in the General Assembly hall.
    The United Nations was created when countries came together after World War Two to prevent another such conflict.    While there has not been World War Three, leaders will adopt a statement on Monday acknowledging “moments of disappointment.”
    “Our world is not yet the world that our founders envisaged 75 years ago.    It is plagued by growing inequality, poverty, hunger, armed conflicts, terrorism, insecurity, climate change and pandemics,” the statement says.
    “All this calls for greater action, not less,” it says.
(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; editing by Diane Craft)

9/21/2020 UK Faces Soaring COVID-19 Death Rate Unless It Moves Fast, Medics Warn by Guy Faulconbridge and Kate Holton
Commuters walk across the London Bridge during the morning rush hour, amid an outbreak of the
coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in London, Britain September 21, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
    LONDON (Reuters) – Britain will face an exponentially growing death rate from COVID-19 within weeks unless urgent action is taken to halt a rapidly spreading second wave of the outbreak, the country’s senior medics said on Monday.
    The United Kingdom already has the biggest official COVID-19 death toll in Europe – and the fifth largest in the world – while it is borrowing record amounts in an attempt to pump emergency money through the damaged economy.
    But new COVID-19 cases are rising by at least 6,000 per day in Britain, according to week-old data, hospital admissions are doubling every eight days, and the testing system is buckling.
    Chris Whitty, the government’s chief medical officer, and Patrick Vallance, its chief scientific adviser, cautioned that if left unrestricted the epidemic would reach 50,000 new cases per day by mid-October in the United Kingdom.
    “If this continued along the path…the number of deaths directly from COVID … will continue to rise, potentially on an exponential curve, that means doubling and doubling and doubling again and you can quickly move from really quite small numbers to really very large numbers,” Whitty said.
    “If we don’t do enough the virus will take off and at the moment that is the path that we are clearly on and if we do not change course then we’re going to find ourselves in a very difficult problem.”
    The virus is spreading across all areas of the country and less than 8% of the population have antibodies to the virus, though in London around 17% of the population may have antibodies, Vallance said.
    Speed and action are urgently needed, Vallance and Whitty said, adding that as winter was approaching the COVID problem would haunt Britain for another six months at least.
    Health Secretary Matt Hancock said new restrictions would be different to last time.    The government wants to crack down on socialising but schools and many workplaces will stay open.
GREAT CONCERN
    The chief medical officers for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland recommended all four nations move up to COVID-19 alert “Level 4” – an epidemic is in general circulation; transmission is high or rising exponentially.
    Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the leaders of the three devolved nations that rising COVID-19 cases were a cause for “great concern” and he was committed to working with their administrations to tackle the virus.
    The Sun newspaper reported that Johnson would announce a 10 pm closing time for pubs, bars and restaurants.    He is due to address parliament on the coronavirus issue on Tuesday.
    Northern Ireland said it would extend existing restrictions in some localities on households mixing indoors across the whole of the province from Tuesday, while Wales slapped curbs on four more areas, also from Tuesday, leaving just under a third of the Welsh population under restriction.
    The Welsh measures prevent people entering the areas without a reasonable excuse such as education or work.    People will also only be able to meet people they don’t live with outdoors.
    Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said that additional restrictions were almost certain to be imposed.
    The official UK death toll stands at 41,788 people.
(Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge, Kate Holton, Estelle Shirbon; Editing by Angus MacSwan, Toby Chopra and Gareth Jones)

9/21/2020 White House’s Kudlow Cites Worries Britain Might Shut Down
FILE PHOTO: White House National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow (CT) speaks by video feed during the largely virtual 2020
Republican National Convention broadcast from Washington, U.S. August 25, 2020. 2020 Republican National Convention/Handout via REUTERS
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – White House adviser Larry Kudlow, in response to a question on stock market concerns, said on Monday there were worries that Britain might shut down over coronavirus.
    “I do think however there’s some worries that Britain might shut down.    It’s coming out of London, I can’t verify it’s not my job, but I read the reports like everybody else and I think that’s a great concern,” Kudlow told reporters at the White House.
    “The USA is in much better position, thankfully.    We’ve regained control of the virus, both the cases and the fatalities.    But I think people are worried about Britain and maybe the rest of Europe as well.”
(Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Chris Reese)

9/21/2020 Brexit Treaty-Busting Powers Would Be Last Resort, Says UK Minister by William James
FILE PHOTO: Puzzle with printed EU and UK flags is seen in this illustration taken November 13, 2019. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic
    LONDON (Reuters) – Britain hopes never to need to use proposed powers to break its Withdrawal Agreement with the European Union, Northern Ireland Office minister Robin Walker said on Monday as the government pressed ahead with legislation to create such powers.
    The British government is attempting to pass a bill that would give it the ability to break international law, citing a need to protect trade with Northern Ireland if attempts to negotiate a settlement with the EU prove unsuccessful.
    The proposal has enraged Brussels, which has demanded the plan be withdrawn, and has thrown talks on a future relationship with the bloc into chaos.
    But Walker said the most contentious parts of the Internal Market Bill were a vital safety net and assured British lawmakers that the powers would be used only if absolutely necessary.
    “We would not take these steps lightly.    We would hope it will never be necessary to use these powers and we would only do so if, in our view, the EU was engaged in a material breach of its duties of good faith or other obligations,” Walker told parliament.
    The bill is expected to pass through the lower chamber of parliament next week thanks to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s large majority there.
    Nevertheless, it was subject to fierce criticism from former prime minister Theresa May, a member of Johnson’s Conservative Party, who said it undermined peace in Northern Ireland and threatened the integrity of the United Kingdom.
    “This will lead to untold damage to the United Kingdom’s reputation,” May said during the debate.    “It puts the future of the United Kingdom at risk and as a result, with regrets, I have to tell the minister I cannot support this bill.”
    Another Conservative lawmaker earlier confirmed that the government had snuffed out a wider rebellion by agreeing to give parliament a vote on whether to use the new powers.
(Reporting by William James; Editing by David Goodman)

9/21/2020 Italy’s Salvini Fails To Make Expected Gains In Regional Elections by Crispian Balmer and Gavin Jones
FILE PHOTO: Leader of Italy's far-right League party Matteo Salvini gestures after casting his ballot on a referendum to sanction
a proposed cut in the number of Italian parliamentarians, in Milan, Italy, September 21, 2020. REUTERS/Flavio Lo Scalzo/Pool
    ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s rightwing opposition leader Matteo Salvini failed to make the breakthroughs he had hoped for in regional elections, voting results showed on Monday, in a boost to the fragile coalition government.
    As the count proceeded, the centre-left Democratic Party (PD) looked sure to hold on to three regions it already rules, while the right made just one gain and stayed in charge of two other regions.
    Earlier this month, League leader Salvini had said he was aiming for a clean sweep.
    Italian sovereign debt spreads narrowed on the early vote count, with investors hoping the results of the Sept. 20-21 ballot would bolster stability at a time when the government is battling the economic slump triggered by the coronavirus.
    Culture Minister and prominent PD official Dario Franceschini said the result bolstered the party and its leader Nicola Zingaretti.    “Now that he and the PD are stronger, the government can press ahead,” he said in a tweet.
    There are growing signs Salvini is losing some of his appeal to Italians.    The League remains the country’s most popular party but has declined steadily in opinion polls over the last year, along with Salvini’s personal approval ratings.
    Most attention was fixed on the picturesque region of Tuscany, a traditional leftwing bastion where Salvini campaigned tirelessly, as he had in January when he tried and failed to win another leftist stronghold — Emilia-Romagna.
    A partial vote count gave the PD candidate a comfortable lead of 6.4 points over his League challenger.
    Until the Emilia-Romagna setback, Salvini had led his conservative allies to eight straight regional victories since the last national ballot in March 2018.
    In a national referendum held alongside the local elections, Italians voted strongly in favour of cutting the number of lawmakers in the upper and lower houses of parliament to 600 from 945.
    Some 70% of voters backed the measure — a clear victory for the co-ruling 5-Star Movement, which has championed the reform, arguing that it would reduce costs and improve parliamentary efficiency.
    “This is an historic result.    We can go back to having a normal parliament, with fewer privileges and 345 fewer seats,” said Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, a top 5-Star official.
    In the regional ballot, the right easily kept control of the northern regions of Veneto and Liguria, while the PD retained Campania in the south.
    The right took Marche from the PD, but the centre-left incumbent looked certain to win Puglia, the heel of Italy, defying recent polls that suggested he would lose.
    In another potentially worrying sign for Salvini, the League’s incumbent president of Veneto, Luca Zaia, seen as a possible future challenger to his party chief, won with a crushing 75% of the vote.
    Zaia’s own personal list of candidates got around 41%, while the League’s official party list took just 16%.
    The seventh regional vote was in the tiny, French-speaking Valle D’Aosta.    It has its own party system and a League list was ahead in the partial vote count.
(Additional reporting by Angelo Amante and Giuseppe Fonte, editing by Philippa Fletcher)

9/21/2020 President Trump Seeks To Vote On SCOTUS Pick Before Election Day by OAN Newsroom
FILE – The Supreme Court is seen in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    According to President Trump, his list of potential Supreme Court nominees is down to five people.    In an interview Monday, he hinted that he will announce his pick on Friday or Saturday.
    The President said he believes he should wait until services for late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg are over out of respect for her.    He also said he’s looking to pick someone who really understands the law, abides by the Constitution and has high moral values.
    President Trump asserted the vote on his nominee should happen before Election Day.    He also said Republicans have an obligation to do what’s right and act as quickly as possible.
    Meanwhile, press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said the White House believes they will have the votes to confirm the President’s Supreme Court nominee and suggested they will push to have the individual confirmed before the election.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany speaks during a television news interview outside the
White House, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    McEnany also pointed out late Justice Bader Ginsberg was confirmed just 42-days after she was nominated.    She said the President’s pick will be a very talented woman who will be received by voters.
    “Twenty-nine times in history a president in their last year of their term has, in fact, nominated someone and been considered by the Senate,” McEnany explained.    “So, the President will be following that precedent, and we believe that voters will be supportive of this move as we move forward and they see the quality of our nominee.”
    The press secretary also noted former vice President Joe Biden has previously said he would appoint a nominee in the few months before an election.

9/21/2020 Adm. Giroir: Coronavirus Cases, People In ICU’s, Deaths Drop by OAN Newsroom
Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services for Health Adm. Brett Giroir speaks at a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing on a “Review
of Coronavirus Response Efforts” on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)
    Health officials within the Trump administration are expressing optimism over the fight against the coronavirus.
    On Sunday, assistant HHS secretary Adm. Brett Giroir told reporters that COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths are decreasing across the country.    He said coronavirus cases dipped by 41-percent since July, people sent to ICU’s dropped by 62-percent and deaths by 30-percent.
    Additionally, Adm. Giroir amplified President Trump’s prediction that as many as 100 million doses of a vaccine may become available to by the end of the year.    He also believes the vaccine could become more widely available by the middle of next year.
    “From my perspective, even a few million doses early in November or December,” he state.    “If we have five or 10-percent of the population that we can vaccinate, we can get 80 or 90-percent of the benefit.”
    However, the secretary stressed that Americans need to be patient with vaccine development and to wait for the results from the clinical trials.
    “We have to wait for the trials to demonstrate that a vaccine is safe and effective,” said Adm. Giroi.    “There are all kinds of safeguards to make sure that this is an independent scientific-based decision.”
    Meanwhile, the assistant HHS secretary hopes Americans remain diligent in the fight against coronavirus and take steps to reduce the risk of infection.    He urged reopened schools to be able to test effectively and have contract tracing measures set up to track the potential spread of the virus.

9/21/2020 President Trump: We’re Rounding The Corner On The Pandemic by OAN Newsroom
Blood samples from volunteers participating in the National Institutes of Health-funded Moderna COVID-19 vaccine third phase clinical trail wait to
be processed in a lab? at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in Miami, Fla., Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020 in Miami. (AP Photo/Taimy Alvarez)
    According to President Trump, a coronavirus vaccine could be ready by the end of October.    In an interview Monday, he noted Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson and Moderna are all making progress in regard to developing a vaccine.
    The President also said the changes he made at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) helped speed up the process of developing a vaccine.    He then touted his success in handling the pandemic and criticized the mainstream media for refusing to highlight that success.
    “We’re rounding the corner with or without a vaccine…they hate it when I say that, but that’s the way it is,” stated Presiden Trump.    “…we’ve done a phenomenal job, not just a good job, a phenomenal job other than public relations, but that’s because I have fake news.”
    The President suggested Democrats now hate the concept of having a vaccine since it could be ready before the November election.

9/21/2020 Chicago Postal Workers Protest High Crime Rates, Threaten To Stop Mail Deliveries by OAN Newsroom
File – A mail truck is seen pictured. Elections officials around the country are deciding how to handle the November presidential election.
This comes at a time when more voters are choosing to cast mail ballots because of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
    U.S. Postal Service workers in Chicago are threatening to stop delivering mail due to concerns for their safety.
    Over the weekend, postal workers in the city rallied to demand officials take action against violent crime.    The rally was held just one week after a mail carrier was shot and critically injured in the city’s South Side.
    This is just the latest in a series of violent incidents involving postal workers.    Local postal workers said they aren’t necessarily being targeted, but their lives are still put at risk when delivering in bad areas.
    “Any letter carrier who does not feel safe in any one of these communities then they are not to deliver mail and customers have to pick up their mail,” explained Mack Julion, President of the National Association of Letter Carriers.    “We are not going to have another situation where the letter carrier is shot down.”
    Chicago has seen a dramatic rise in violent crime in recent months.Gun violence is at a record high in the city with 30 shootings reported this past weekend alone.

9/21/2020 Gen. McMaster: China Seeks To Co-Opt American Institutions To Gain Advantage by OAN Newsroom
File – Former National Security adviser H.R. McMaster is pictured. (Evan Vucci/AP Photo)
    A former national security advisor recently highlighted the danger posed to international security by increased aggression from China.
    Retired U.S. Army General H.R. McMaster made this point during an interview Sunday.    He added that while in his view the 21st Century will be characterized by competition between China and the U.S., the conflict cannot be directly compared to the Cold War due to the level to which the Chinese and American economies are currently intertwined.
    According to General McMaster, this economic relationship carries with it intrinsic dangers and could weaken American institutions as well as the rules-based international system that was established after the second World War.
    “I describe their approach as co-option..co-opt us in with the lure of access to their market and short-term profits and then coerce us,” he explained.    “Coerce us to adhere to their worldview and to make concessions that allow them to achieve competitive advantage against us.”
    McMaster served in the Trump administration for 13-months after being initially appointed in 2017.    He said the Chinese government fears losing control resulting in an "Orwellian-like" grip on its citizens.

9/21/2020 President Trump: Crazy Nancy Pelosi Wants To Impeach Me For Fulfilling Constitutional Obligation by OAN Newsroom
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill,
Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
    President Trump laid into House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after she refused to rule out impeachment as a way to stall him from nominating another Supreme Court judge.
    In a tweet Monday, the President commented on her efforts to try and prevent him from filling late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s seat.
    His comments came just one day after Pelosi said in an interview that lawmakers are looking at every option to stop a nomination.
    “We have our options,” she stated.    “We have arrows in our quiver that I’m not about to discuss right now, but the fact is we have a big challenge in our country.”
    Pelosi has implied she won’t rule out any tactic to stop a nomination from happening.
[I WILL LAUGH IF YOUR ARROWS COME OUT OF YOUR QUIVER AND HIT YOU WHERE IT HURTS AND FORCES YOU TO FIND A HAIR STYLIST IF YOU CAN UHOH I MEAN A DOCTOR TO PULL THE ARROWS OUT.].

9/21/2020 Congress Week Ahead: Gov’t Funding Bill, Hearings, Environmental Legislation by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this May 3, 2020, file photo, light shines from inside the U.S. Capitol
dome at dusk on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    As lawmakers are rattled by the shockwave of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing Friday, they still face a laundry list of duties before the November election.    Congress is preparing for a busy week ahead with multiple legislative hurdles along the way.
    With a September 30 deadline quickly approaching, lawmakers are racing to pass the annual federal funding bill.    The threat of a potential government shutdown has led the House to push for a stopgap spending bill that would keep federal agencies funded through December.
    This legislation is expected to be introduced in the lower chamber Monday.    Democrats are optimistic the will vote on the spending bill early this week, so the Senate can hold their own vote before the impending due date.
    Some lawmakers have raised the question of whether House Speaker Nancy Pelosi could use the threat of government shutdown without a spending bill as leverage in the fight over filling Ginsburg’s seat in the Supreme Court.    While Pelosi implied she’s considering various options to combat a nomination before the election, she does not consider a government shutdown to be among those possibilities.
    “None of us has any interest in shutting down government,” she told a reporter.    “That has such a harmful and painful impact on so many people in our country, so I would hope that we can just proceed with that.”
    Along the lines of funding, the House Financial Services Committee will hold a hearing for Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Tuesday.    The hearing will focus on the need for further financial aid amid the economic fallout of the coronavirus.    Both chambers of Congress have been pessimistic about passing a fifth relief package as time is running out before the November elections.
    The House is also looking to take up substantial energy legislation to minimize environmental damage and create clean energy jobs.    The package is more than 900 pages long.    It seeks to allocate funding for research and development on clean energy in the U.S.    The matter of environmental change is among several issues on Congress’s priority list and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said action must be taken just last week.
    “It’s something we ought to address, I guess the key to it is how do you address it?” he asked.    “I think most Republicans have a lot more confidence in technology to address the problem of climate change.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., walks to the chamber to speak about the death of Justice
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    The lower chamber will also potentially take up multiple bills targeting forced labor in trade with China.    The Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act seeks to prevent certain imports from Xin-Jiang and impose sanctions on those in the region responsible for human rights violations.
    The second of the bills, the Uyghur Forced Labor Disclosure Act, requires publicly traded companies doing business with the Xin-Jiang region to disclose information on their supply chains, including whether forced labor was involved in the making of these products.
    Meanwhile, Senate Republicans are gearing up to release a report on the GOP probe into Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden by the end of the week. The probe is centered on Obama-era policies and will likely draw negative attention to the former vice president just weeks before voters are set to cast their ballot in the presidential election.
    Finally, the Senate is continuing their nomination process for lower level courts with three judicial nominations scheduled this week.
    The stakes on each of these matters are especially high as both chambers are in their last working period before November 3 with just a couple weeks left until they return to their home districts to focus on campaigning.

9/22/2020 Oil down $1.48 to $39.59, DOW down 511 to 27,147.

9/22/2020 CORONAVIRUS IN KENTUCKY - Gov. Beshear: 406 new cases, 1 new death by Grace Schneider, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear announced 406 new coronavirus cases, 67 of which affected people under age 19.    One new death also was reported Monday.
    Kentucky’s positivity rate is at 3.77%. The governor repeated that while the rate is staying below 4% recently, the number of positive cases is still too high.
    “We really want to see this overall number go down,” he said.
    There have now been more than 60,000 COVID-19 cases in Kentucky and more than 1,100 deaths linked to the pandemic.
    The person whose death was announced Monday was a 77-year-old woman from Scott County.
    During the briefing, Beshear highlighted a week-by-week chart of new positive cases, which showed there were 4,592 cases through Sunday, representing a steady weekly increase in the last month or so.    There’s also been an average about about 46 deaths a week, he said, which shows that the virus is still killing Kentuckians at a steady clip.
    Asked about whether the more than 1,000 cases reported Saturday might be connected to more gatherings over the combined Kentucky Derby and Labor Day weekend, Beshear said “we need to be a week or two down the road” before being able to gauge the fallout.    But “we’re going to see impacts from Derby very soon.”
    To stress the point about ongoing dangers of the virus, Beshear’s team played a video clip from Kristie Whitlatch, chief executive officer and president at Kings Daughters Health System in Ashland, who spoke about high numbers of COVID-19 patients overwhelming the hospital’s capacity.
    She urged people to keep wearing masks, to maintain 6 feet of distance and to continue lots of handwashing.
    Kentucky leaders also announced a new plan for virus testing at long-term care facilities across the state based on the prevalence of the outbreak in each care center’s immediate community. For instance, those counties with a yellow or green rating, showing lower incidence of COVID-19 locally, will undergo testing twice a month.
    Those centers in counties with an orange rating will be tested once a week; those with a red, the worst, will undergo testing twice a week.
    Kentucky has about 300 nursing homes statewide that serve up to 27,000 residents.    The state has stepped up testing in the centers to get a grip on the spread.
    As in other states, officials also began restricting visitors in the spring as cases surged among staff and residents.
    Eric Friedlander, the secretary of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, said the state will loosen up on restrictions for visitors at long-term care locations.    Instead of requiring them to go 28 days without a new case, the centers can now switch to every 14 days, he said.
    The state also will allow for a “bit more communal dining” as long as the facilities adhere to guidance on enforcing mask wearing, social distancing as well as cleaning and disinfection protocols, Friedlander said.
    Earlier Monday, Indiana reported 535 new cases and seven deaths in the period between Thursday and Sunday.    The state has now seen 112,027 positive virus cases and 3,287 deaths.
    The rolling seven-day positivity rate is 4.1%.
    Grace Schneider: 502-582-4082; gschneider@courierjournal.com; Twitter: @gesinfk.    Support strong local journalism by subscribing today: courier-journal.com/graces.
[1 death / 406 cases = 0.002% and Beshear it is time for you to quit trying to find something to complain about and the HHS said coronavirus cases dipped by 41-percent since July, people sent to ICU’s dropped by 62-percent and deaths by 30-percent.].

9/22/2020 US assigns ‘anarchist’ designation to 3 cities - Withholding of federal funds is threatened by Kristine Phillips and Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY
    WASHINGTON – The Justice Department on Monday singled out Portland, Oregon; New York City; and Seattle as “anarchist jurisdictions” – cities that the Trump administration said have allowed violence to persist during months of civil demonstrations over racial injustice and police brutality and could lose federal funding.
    The designation of the three cities, led by Democrats, was in response to President Donald Trump’s Sept. 2 executive order, which threatened to withhold funding from cities where the administration said state and local officials cut police funding, refused offers for help from the federal government and failed to rein in violence.
    “We cannot allow federal tax dollars to be wasted when the safety of the citizenry hangs in the balance.    It is my hope that the cities identified by the Department of Justice today will reverse course and become serious about performing the basic function of government and start protecting their own citizens,” Attorney General William Barr said in a statement.
    The mayors of the three cities criticized the move as a political stunt to punish Democratic cities beset by crisis amid a deadly pandemic and accused the Trump administration of trying to distract from its inability to contain the spread of coronavirus, which has killed nearly 200,000 in the country.
    “This is thoroughly political and unconstitutional.    The President is playing cheap political games with congressionally directed funds,” the three mayors said in a statement Monday.    “What the Trump Administration is engaging in now is more of what we’ve seen all along: shirking responsibility and placing blame elsewhere to cover its failure.”
    New York’s corporation counsel also said officials will sue the Trump administration if it withholds federal funding.
    Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said threatening to withhold federal funding is a “gross misuse of federal power.”
    New York City’s corporation counsel said officials will sue the Trump administration if it withholds federal funding.
    In a joint statement following Trump’s executive order, the mayors of Portland, Seattle, New York City and Washington, D.C., said their cities and citizens are not the president’s “political pawns,” and withholding federal funding would be illegal.    Trump’s executive order also singled out Washington, D.C., although the Justice Department on Monday did not designate the district as an “anarchist jurisdiction.”
    “We are confronting unprecedented challenges – fighting back a pandemic and economic devastation without another stimulus.    Now, instead of leadership from the White House, we are faced with new attacks that are unlawful and will undoubtedly be defeated in court,” the mayors said.    “President Trump needs to wake up to the reality facing our cities – and our entire country – and realize he is not above the law.”
New York police officers watch demonstrators on June 1. The city is one of three
singled out for their response to unrest. TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES

9/22/2020 ‘Work From Home’: Johnson Starts To Shut Down Britain Again As COVID-19 Spreads by Guy Faulconbridge and Estelle Shirbon
A woman wears a protective face mask as she makes her way, amid the spread of the coronavirus
disease (COVID-19), in Brixton, London, Britain September 21, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
    LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will tell people on Tuesday to work from home and will impose new curbs on pubs, bars and restaurants in a bid to tackle the swiftly accelerating second wave of the coronavirus outbreak.
    In an address to parliament at 1130 GMT and then to the nation at 1900 GMT, Johnson will stop some way short of a full national lockdown of the sort he imposed in March.
    “We know this won’t be easy, but we must take further action to control the resurgence in cases of the virus and protect the NHS,” Johnson will say, according to excerpts of his remarks distributed by his Downing Street office.
    The measures come after senior medics warned on Monday that Britain faced an exponentially growing death rate within weeks unless urgent action was taken.
    New COVID-19 cases are rising by at least 6,000 a day in Britain, according to week-old data, hospital admissions are doubling every eight days, and the testing system is buckling.
    The new curbs will restrict the hospitality sector to table service only, by law.
    Just weeks after urging people to start returning to work, Johnson will advise them to work from home if they can.    He will also order all pubs, bars, restaurants and other hospitality sites across England to start closing at 10 p.m. from Thursday.
    “One of the things we are going to emphasise is that if it is possible for people to work from home, we are going to encourage them to do so,” Michael Gove, the minister for the cabinet office, told Sky News.
    “There is going to be a shift in emphasis.”
    While millions across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are already under some form of restriction, Johnson is not expected to announce a fully fledged lockdown of the kind seen in March.
LOCKDOWN?
    Britain will face an exponentially growing death rate from COVID-19 unless the government moves urgently, Chris Whitty, the government’s chief medical officer, and Patrick Vallance, its chief scientific adviser, said.
    The United Kingdom already has the biggest official COVID-19 death toll in Europe – and the fifth largest in the world – while it is borrowing record amounts in an attempt to pump emergency money through the damaged economy.
    Gove, one of Johnson’s most senior ministers, said there were many roles that could not be performed at home, in areas from manufacturing and construction to retail.
    “We need to balance, obviously, the need to ensure that people can continue to work, and indeed – critically – continue to go to school and benefit from education, against taking steps to try to reduce the virus, which is why if we can limit, or appropriately restrain, social contact, that is what we are trying to do,” he said.
    “The second shutdown begins,” read the front-page headline of the Daily Telegraph while the Daily Mail said: “UK slammed into reverse.”
    Shares in Britain’s listed pubs and restaurant groups fell sharply on Monday in anticipation of the move.    While there is no consistent policy nationwide, the move will advance closing time by at least an hour for most areas.
    London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he had agreed with local council leaders and public health experts on new COVID-19 restrictions to be put to central government, in an attempt to stem the outbreak in the capital.
(Interactive graphic tracking global spread: https://graphics.reuters.com/world-coronavirus-tracker-and-maps)
(Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge, Estelle Shirbon, David Milliken, Sarah Young and Michael Holden; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

9/22/2020 U.S.-China Tensions Take Center Stage At U.N. As Trump Accuses Beijing Of Unleashing ‘Plague’ by Michelle Nichols and Steve Holland
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the 75th annual U.N. General Assembly, which is being held mostly virtually due to the coronavirus disease
(COVID-19) pandemic in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., September 22, 2020. United Nations/Handout via REUTERS
    NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump told the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday that China must be held accountable for having “unleashed” COVID-19 on the world, prompting Beijing to accuse him of “lies” and abusing the U.N. platform to provoke confrontation.
    China’s President Xi Jinping struck a conciliatory tone in his pre-recorded virtual address to the General Assembly, calling for enhanced cooperation over the pandemic and stressing that China had no intention of fighting “either a Cold War or a hot war with any country.”
    But China’s U.N. ambassador Zhang Jun rejected Trump’s accusations against China as “baseless” and said “lies repeated a thousand times are still lies.”
    Trump and Xi, leaders of the world’s two largest economies, laid out competing visions at a time when relations have plunged to their worst level in decades, with coronavirus tensions aggravating trade and technology disputes.
    Trump, facing a November re-election battle with the United States dealing with the world’s highest official number of deaths and infections from the coronavirus, focused his speech on attacking China.
    He accused Beijing of allowing people to leave China in the early stages of the outbreak to infect the world while shutting down domestic travel.
    “We must hold accountable the nation which unleashed this plague onto the world, China,” he said in remarks taped on Monday and delivered remotely to the General Assembly due to the pandemic.
    “The Chinese government, and the World Health Organization – which is virtually controlled by China – falsely declared that there was no evidence of human-to-human transmission,” he said.
    “Later, they falsely said people without symptoms would not spread the disease … The United Nations must hold China accountable for their actions.”
    The president promised to distribute a vaccine and said: “We will defeat the virus, and we will end the pandemic.”
‘GET THROUGH THIS TOGETHER’
    Xi’s address contained what appeared to be an implicit rebuke to Trump, calling for a global response to the coronavirus and a leading role for the WHO, which the U.S. president has announced plans to leave.
    “We should enhance solidarity and get through this together,” he said.
    “We should follow the guidance of science, give full play to the leading role of the World Health Organization and launch a joint international response … Any attempt of politicizing the issue, or stigmatization, must be rejected.”
    The WHO rejected Trump’s remarks.
    “No one gov’t controls us,” its communications director, Gabby Stern tweeted, adding: “On Jan. 14 our #COVID19 technical lead told media of the potential for human-to-human transmission.    Since February, our experts have publicly discussed transmission by people without symptoms or prior to symptoms.”
    Russian President Vladimir Putin told the General Assembly the WHO should be strengthened to coordinate the global response to the pandemic and proposed a high-level conference on vaccine cooperation.
    China has portrayed itself as the chief cheerleader for multilateralism at a time when Trump’s disregard for international cooperation has led him to quit global deals on climate and Iran, as well as the U.N. Human Rights Council and the WHO.
    Xi took an apparent swipe at Trump’s “America First” policy in a statement on Monday to a meeting celebrating the U.N.’s 75th anniversary.
    “No country has the right to dominate global affairs, control the destiny of others, or keep advantages in development all to itself.    Even less should one be allowed to do whatever it likes and be the hegemon, bully or boss of the world. Unilateralism is a dead end,” he said.
    The U.S. coronavirus death toll surpassed 200,000 on Monday, by far the highest official number of any country.
    Trump also attacked China’s record on the environment, but leveled no direct criticism at Beijing over human rights.
    Trump, a frequent critic of the U.N., said that if it was to be effective, it must focus on “the real problems of the world” like “terrorism, the oppression of women, forced labor, drug trafficking, human and sex trafficking, religious persecution, and the ethnic cleansing of religious minorities.”
    In his U.N. address, French President Emmanuel Macron called for an international mission under U.N. auspices to visit China’s Xinjiang region to look into concerns about alleged abuses of Muslims there.
    China’s envoy Zhang Jun issued a statement in response to Trump’s remarks, accusing the United States of “abusing the platform of the United Nations to provoke confrontation and create division.”
    In his speech, Xi announced plans to boost China’s Paris climate accord target and called for a green revolution, just minutes after Trump blasted China for “rampant pollution.”
    U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned that the world was “moving in a very dangerous direction” with U.S.-China tensions.
    “We must do everything to avoid a new Cold War,” he said.    “Our world cannot afford a future where the two largest economies split the globe in a Great Fracture — each with its own trade and financial rules and Internet and artificial intelligence capacities."
    “A technological and economic divide risks inevitably turning into a geo-strategic and military divide.    We must avoid this at all costs.”
(Reporting by Michelle Nichols in New York and Steve Holland, Arshad Mohammed and David Brunnstrom in Washington; Writing by David Brunnstrom; Editing by Mary Milliken, Howard Goller and Tom Brown)
[You can clearly see the Globalist World Government control of the United Nations in this article.].

9/22/2020 At U.N., Trump Demands Action Against China Over Virus, Xi Urges Cooperation by Michelle Nichols and Steve Holland
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the 75th annual U.N. General Assembly, which is being held mostly virtually due to the coronavirus disease
(COVID-19) pandemic in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., September 22, 2020. United Nations/Handout via REUTERS
    (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump used the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday to attack China’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, saying it must be held accountable for having “unleashed this plague onto the world.”
    By contrast, China’s President Xi Jinping struck a conciliatory tone in his pre-recorded virtual address to the General Assembly, calling for enhanced cooperation over the pandemic and stressing that China had no intention of fighting “either a Cold War or a hot war with any country.”
    The leaders of the world’s two largest economies laid out their competing visions as relations have plunged to their worst level in decades against the backdrop of the pandemic, with coronavirus tensions aggravating trade and technology disputes.
    Trump, facing a November re-election battle with the United States dealing with the world’s highest official number of deaths and infections from the coronavirus, focused his speech on attacking China.
    He accused Beijing of allowing people to leave China in the early stages of the outbreak to infect the world while shutting down domestic travel.
    “We must hold accountable the nation which unleashed this plague onto the world, China,” he said in remarks taped on Monday and delivered remotely to the General Assembly due to the pandemic.
    “The Chinese government, and the World Health Organization – which is virtually controlled by China – falsely declared that there was no evidence of human-to-human transmission,” he said.
    “Later, they falsely said people without symptoms would not spread the disease … The United Nations must hold China accountable for their actions.”
    The president promised to distribute a vaccine and said: “We will defeat the virus, and we will end the pandemic.”
    In introducing Xi’s remarks, China’s U.N. ambassador Zhang Jun said China “resolutely rejects the baseless accusations against China.”
    “The world is at a crossroads.    At this moment, the world needs more solidarity and cooperation, but not confrontation.”
‘GET THROUGH THIS TOGETHER’
    Xi’s address contained what appeared to be an implicit rebuke to Trump, calling for a global response to the coronavirus and a leading role for the World Health Organization, which the U.S. president has announced plans to leave.
    “Facing the virus, we should enhance solidarity and get through this together,” he said.    “We should follow the guidance of science, give full play to the leading role of the World Health Organization and launch a joint international response to beat this pandemic.    Any attempt of politicizing the issue, or stigmatization, must be rejected.”
    The WHO rejected Trump’s remarks.
    “No one gov’t controls us,” it communications director, Gabby Stern, said in a tweet, adding: “On Jan. 14 our #COVID19 technical lead told media of the potential for human-to-human transmission.    Since February, our experts have publicly discussed transmission by people without symptoms or prior to symptoms.”
    Russian President Vladimir Putin told the General Assembly the WHO should be strengthened to coordinate the global response to the pandemic and proposed a high-level conference on vaccine cooperation.
    China has portrayed itself as the chief cheerleader for multilateralism at a time when Trump’s disregard for international cooperation has led to Washington quitting global deals on climate and Iran and leaving the U.N. Human Rights Council, as well as the WHO.
    Xi took an apparent swipe at Trump’s “America First” policy in statement to a meeting celebrating the 75th anniversary of the United Nations on Monday.
    “No country has the right to dominate global affairs, control the destiny of others, or keep advantages in development all to itself.    Even less should one be allowed to do whatever it likes and be the hegemon, bully or boss of the world.    Unilateralism is a dead end,” he said.
    The death toll from the spread of the coronavirus in the United States surpassed 200,000 on Monday, by far the highest official number of any country.
    Trump also attacked China’s record on the environment, but leveled no direct criticism at Beijing over human rights.
    The president, a frequent critic of the United Nations, said that if it was to be effective, it must focus on “the real problems of the world” like “terrorism, the oppression of women, forced labor, drug trafficking, human and sex trafficking, religious persecution, and the ethnic cleansing of religious minorities.”
    China’s envoy Zhang Jun issued a statement in response to Trump’s remarks, accusing the United States of “abusing the platform of the United Nations to provoke confrontation and create division.”
    “Lies repeated a thousand times are still lies,” he said.
    Earlier, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned that the world was “moving in a very dangerous direction” with U.S.-China tensions.
    “We must do everything to avoid a new Cold War,” he told the assembly.    “Our world cannot afford a future where the two largest economies split the globe in a Great Fracture — each with its own trade and financial rules and internet and artificial intelligence capacities."
    “A technological and economic divide risks inevitably turning into a geo-strategic and military divide.    We must avoid this at all costs.”

(Reporting by Michelle Nichols, Steve Holland, Arshad Mohammed and David Brunnstrom; Writing by David Brunnstrom; Editing by Mary Milliken, Howard Goller and Tom Brown)

9/22/2020 Sen. Graham Says He Will ‘Lead Charge’ On Justice Nomination by OAN Newsroom
Sen. Lindsey Graham listens as Christine Blasey Ford speaks before the Senate Judiciary Committee
hearing, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018 in Washington. (Michael Reynolds/Pool Image via AP)
    Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) is standing by his recent calls for Republicans to confirm President Trump’s next nominee to the Supreme Court before the November election.
    In an interview Monday, the senator said the law mandates that the President nominate a new justice for the Senate to confirm whenever a new vacancy appears on the Supreme Court.
    In the past, Graham was criticized for opposing judicial nominations during an election year.    He confirmed that back in 2016 he was opposed to nominating new justices in the election year.    However, the senator said that precedent no longer applies after the Democrats attempted to derail Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation back in 2018.
    Graham noted Democrats have one set of rules for Democrat nominees and a different one for the Republicans.    The senator went on say this Democrat double-standard allows Republicans to break from earlier precedent and appoint a new justice this year.
    “I will be leading the charge to make sure that President Trump’s nominee has a hearing, goes to the floor of the United States Senate for a vote, because that is my job,” he stated.    “And I believe I’m doing what the people of South Carolina want me to do in this regard.”
    As chairman of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Graham is projected to be in charge of leading the confirmation hearings for whoever is nominated.

9/22/2020 President Trump, White House Confident A Vaccine Could Come As Early As October by OAN Newsroom
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine nurse Loreta Padron prepares to test a volunteer for COVID-19, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020
in Miami. Miami is one of 89 cities around the U.S. that’s testing the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. (AP Photo/Taimy Alvarez)
    The Trump administration is touting the effectiveness of Operation Warp Speed. During an interview Monday, President Trump said a coronavirus vaccine could be ready by the end of October.
    The President then highlighted candidates from Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson and Moderna, while noting they are in the later stages of development.    White House officials are sounding off on the same message.
    “The USA is in a much better position thankfully, we’ve regained control of the virus,” stated economic adviser Larry Kudlow.    “Both the cases and fatalities, but I think people are worried about Britain and maybe the rest of Europe as well.”
    President Trump touted his success in handling the pandemic and criticized several media outlets for refusing to highlight that success.
    This came just a day after HHS Secretary Alex Azar and Assistant Secretary Brett Giror praised the administration’s coronavirus response.    They said COVID-19 numbers across the board are going down.
    The President also said the changes he made at the FDA helped speed up the process of developing a vaccine.
    Meanwhile, White House chief advisor of Operation Warp Speed, Moncef Slaoui, said he’s optimistic that a vaccine will be available before November.
    “We have three vaccines in phase three and a fourth one starting imminently,” he explained.    “And two of those vaccines in the U.S. have their phase three trials almost fully recruited to the original plan.”
    Slaoui also said the vaccine will likely be dished out to the most susceptible populations and frontline workers first.    It will later be dished out to the general public.
    The President also suggested Democrats now hate the concept of having a vaccine since it could be ready before Election Day.

9/22/2020 House Democrats Release Gov’t Funding Proposal Ahead Of October Deadline by OAN Newsroom
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., wears a face mask as she attends a news conference about COVID-19,
Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
    House Democrats released a continuation resolution proposal as the federal government looks to reach an agreement on government funding before October 1.
    This month, Congress and the White House struggled to find common ground on coronavirus relief and the continued appropriations bill.    While these two measures remain separate, the success of one is completely reliant on the success of another.
    During an election year, gridlock could keep either or both of the measures from being passed.    While the differences in cost surrounding the various proposals are large, the main sources of disagreement are the appropriations involved within the packages.
    Republicans and the White House argue the Democrat’s proposals use funds on things which are completely irrelevant to coronavirus relief for Americans.
    These coronavirus relief package negotiations have since taken a back seat to government funding negotiations.    This comes as talks are now focused toward meeting a government funding agreement to appropriate funds through December 11.
    Tensions are rising as the federal government must agree on a funding bill before October 1 to avoid a devastating government shutdown.
    One key element missing in the Democrats proposal is an additional funding package to American farmers, which is something the White House and Senate Republicans have said must be included.
    The recent proposal from House Democrats met immediate criticism from Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Twitter following it’s release.
    Democrats have argued Republicans are only making this a demand because farmers make up a reliable portion of their voting base, though Republicans are standing firm that a farmer bailout must be included.
    According to recent estimates, the impact of COVID-19 on the farming industry will ultimately be more than a 5-percent decrease in real U.S. farm income this year alone.
    Section 119 of the Democrats’ newly proposed government funding bill summary states it will ensure the USDA can fully meet the demand for direct and guaranteed farmer loans.    Upon review into the full proposal, however, funds can only be given to farms if their application for loans meets standards required by 7 U.S. Code 1922.
    This code states farms can only be eligible for direct loans if the farmer’s experience is determined to be sufficient to assure the farm will be successful instead of a blanket relief package to U.S. agriculture, which struggling farms are begging for.

9/22/2020 DOJ Approves $101M To Combat Human Trafficking by OAN Newsroom
U.S. Attorney General William Barr and Ivanka Trump meet with federal officials for a panel discussion on combatting
human trafficking at the U.S. Attorney’s Office on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
    Attorney General William Barr and Ivanka Trump have joined forces to take on human trafficking in America.
    During a roundtable discussion in Atlanta, Georgia on Monday, Barr announced the Department of Justice is awarding more than $100 million for resources to combat trafficking.    The money will go toward funding research initiatives, task forces and providing services to victims.
    Gov. Brian Kemp (R) also attended the roundtable and commended the Trump administration for their support and willingness to step up to address this issue.
    About one month ago, U.S. Marshals in Georgia spearheaded an anti-trafficking operation leading to the recovery of nearly 40 missing children in the state.    Barr applauded Georgia authorities by saying the state has become an example of how to approach the problem.    The attorney general said he hopes to take what they learned to help other states.
    NFL player Tim Tebow also commended the administration on their efforts against human trafficking, specifically mentioning Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump.
    “But I really appreciate the President and the administration, especially Ivanka who has been personally committed to this issue and I’ve had the opportunity to work closely with her on it,” he stated.    “We’ve marshaled all our resources to fight this criminal activity and to do what we can to help the survivors.”

9/22/2020 President Trump Touts U.S. Coronavirus Response In Speech To UN General Assembly by OAN Newsroom
In this photo provided by the United Nations, U.S. President Donald Trump, is on video screens as his pre-recorded message is played during the 75th session
of the United Nations General Assembly, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, at UN Headquarters in New York. (UN Photo/Rick Bajornas via AP)
    President Trump recently spoke on the fight against the coronavirus while addressing the United Nations General Assembly.
    “Seventy-five years after the end of World War Two and the founding of the United Nations, we are once again engaged in a great global struggle,” he stated.    “We have waged a fierce battle against the invisible enemy, the China virus.”
    In a per-recorded speech Tuesday, President Trump said the U.S. has produced a record supply of ventilators and pioneered life-saving treatments to reduce the fatality rate of the virus by 85-percent since April.    He also highlighted vaccine development efforts.
    “Thanks to our efforts, three vaccines are in the final stage of clinical trials,” he stated.    “We are mass producing them in advance, so they can be delivered immediately upon arrival.”
    The President pivoted to accuse China of infecting the world by continuing to allow flights out of the nation early on in the pandemic.    He then called on the UN to hold China accountable.
    “We will defeat the virus, we will end the pandemic and we will enter a new era of unprecedented prosperity, cooperation and peace,” President Trump continued.

6/22/2020 President Trump’s Theme Of Law And Order Extends To SCOTUS Pick by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, in Swanton, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
    While the Justice Department focused on the violation of city ordinances and local law on Monday, the President shifted his focus to his constitutional responsibilities as dictated by the highest law of the land.
    “As our nation mourns the loss of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, I will soon announce a nominee for the United States Supreme Court,” President Trump announced.    “They say it’s the most important thing a president can do.”
    He’s expected announce his nomination on Saturday.    The President noted he’s looking at five “incredible people.”
    While taking a step away from campaigning, President Trump assured the crowd in Swanton he would not let the frustration of the left impact his work as president.
    “Now they want to impeach me, again, if I nominate somebody as I’m constitutionally obligated to do on the Supreme Court of the United States,” he explained.    “Go ahead…I want them to do that.”
    The President won over voters in 2016 by promising to do the best thing for Americans to make America great again despite backlash from his opposition.    He took a moment during his speech to look back on the work his administration has accomplished in helping to strengthen the American judicial system.
    “By the end of our term, we will have nominated and had confirmed I think it will end up being over 300 federal judges and hopefully three Supreme Court justices,” he recounted.    “You know, some presidents, they never get any.”
Supporters of President Donald Trump hold up signs as he speaks at a campaign rally, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, in Swanton, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
    In the spirit of supporting the justice system and specifically those that promise to protect and serve, President Trump highlighted the story of two boys who faced suspension after they carried flags honoring first responders on the commemoration of 9/11.
    “Jared Bentley and Brady Williams who were recently suspended from their football team after displaying flags in honor of our police and first responders on anniversary of 9/11…they’re good looking kids,” he stated.

9/22/2020 German Chancellor Angela Merkel Calls For UN Reforms by OAN Newsroom
German Chancellor Angela Merkel waits for the arrival of European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen
for talks at the Chancellery in Berlin, Sept. 18, 2020. (Odd Andersen/Pool Photo via AP)
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel is calling to reform the United Nations.    In a pre-recorded address to the General Assembly Monday, the chancellor called for increased unity among member states.
    Her remarks came after Germany joined a list of nations seeking to increase multilateralism when it comes to global issues, including the coronavirus pandemic.
    “I wish the United Nations and its members the courage, stamina and sense of community that are required in order to tackle these shared tasks together,” said the chancellor.
    Merkel went on to call for the expansion of the Security Council, which is a branch of the UN tasked with ensuring international peace and security.
    “The United Nations must continue to develop in order to be in a position to master the global challenges of the 21st Century,” she stated.    “Germany stands ready to continue to shoulder responsibility and would be pleased to do so in an expanded Security Council.”
    Her remarks came as the UN marked its 75th anniversary with a series of General Assembly meetings at its headquarters in New York.    On Monday, ambassadors from key UN members states praised the organization’s work in preventing wars, protecting human rights and delivering humanitarian assistance worldwide.
    The UN was founded back in 1945 to prevent a potential third world war.    Diplomats have said the UN has many achievements to show for 75 years of its work, but there’s still more to be done.
    “The declaration also states our world is not yet the world that our founders envisaged 75 years ago…it is plagued by growing inequality, poverty, hunger, armed conflicts, terrorism, insecurity, climate change and pandemics,” stated Brenden Varma, spokesman for UN General Assembly president.    “Our challenges are interconnected and can only be addressed through reinvigorated multilateralism.”
    Diplomats warn, however, several UN members have not cooperated with international partners in good faith, which has resulted in regional conflicts in the past few years.

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9/23/2020 Beshear: 824 new cases, 7 fatalities - Emphasizes seriousness as US hits 200K deaths by Emma Austin, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear announced 824 new coronavirus cases Tuesday and seven more deaths.
    There have now been 62,731 COVID-19 cases in the commonwealth since the start of the pandemic and 1,119 deaths linked to the virus.
    Tuesday’s deaths were a 79-yearold man from Jefferson County, a 79-year-old man from McCracken, a 69-year-old woman from McCracken, a 90-year-old man from McCracken, a 56-year-old woman from Marion, an 87-year-old man from Hardin and a 92-year-old man from Taylor.
    Earlier Tuesday the United States reached another grim milestone, hitting 200,000 coronavirus deaths.
    “The fact that we’ve already lost 200,000 people ought to tell you how powerful this virus is and make us commit to doing the right things to defeat it,” Beshear said.
    “Two-hundred thousand,” he repeated.    “We’ve only got a couple Kentucky cities that are larger than 200,000.”
    Public health experts are concerned more lives are at risk as the country nears flu season, which usually brings tens of thousands of fatalities each year.    Beshear again asked Kentuckians during his briefing to get their flu shots as soon as possible.    Beshear named 17 counties Tuesday that are in the “red zone,” meaning the White House has labeled them as critical areas where the virus is widespread.    The counties listed are: Warren, Christian, Barren, Logan, Jackson, Grayson, Green, Taylor, Trigg, Monroe, Estill, Russell, Clay, Caldwell, Meade, Allen and Letcher.
    Beshear said he believes Warren County is the only county that has been in the red zone in every White House report since he began sharing them a few weeks ago. Kentucky’s rate for positive tests increased and is once again above 4%, at 4.52%, after being reported below 4% for the past few days.
    The new cases Tuesday included 134 in kids under age 19.    Residents at long-term care facilities accounted for 31 of the new cases and four of the deaths, Beshear said.    There are 511 Kentuckians hospitalized with COVID-19, including 133 in the intensive care unit, according to Tuesday’s report.    “I think we can all admit as we look around that maybe we’re not doing things as well as we were three weeks ago or four weeks ago. ... We’ve got to redouble those efforts,” Beshear said.
    Meanwhile, Indiana reported 652 new cases of the coronavirus Tuesday and an additional nine deaths, bringing the state’s totals to 112,626 cases and 3,295 deaths.
[7 deaths / 824 cases = 0.008% is still very low so quit making a fake crisis Beshear and Livingston Counties are not in the critical areas and thats because we don't believe in what you promote and two days ago you reported deaths Lincoln County, Warren County, Boyd County, Martin County, 2 in Jefferson County and Mercer County and none of these are mentioned above except Warren, as I have seen most of it every day the deaths are occuring mostly in Warren (Bowling Green), Jefferson (Louisville), Fayette (Lexington), and others like Owensboro where more population is in Kentucky.].

9/23/2020 President Trump Grieves COVID-19 Deaths, Highlights Mitigation Efforts by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this April 10, 2020, file photo President Donald Trump speaks during a
coronavirus task force briefing at the White House. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
    On Tuesday, President Trump grieved the hundreds of thousands of lives lost during to the pandemic.    The U.S. surpassed 200,000 COVID-19 deaths this week.
    The President emphasized matters could have been far worse had it not been for the prompt actions taken by his administration.    These efforts to save American lives followed a lack of transparency from China, whose government the President has often stated misled the world about the pandemic in its early stages.
    “If we had not done it right, you could have 2 or 3 million (deaths),” he said.    “It’s a horrible thing, it should’ve never, ever happened.”
    Meanwhile, earlier models predicted the death toll could have been up to 2 million deaths if social distancing measures were not mandated.
    The President also pointed to earlier mitigation efforts, including an executive order to bar foreigners from coming into the country through China.

9/23/2020 President Trump Says November Election Is Matter Of ‘Economic Survival’ by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks during an event to honor Bay of Pigs veterans, in the East Room of
the White House, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    According to President Trump, the very survival of the American economy is at stake this election.    During his “Great American Comeback” event at Pittsburgh International Airport this week, the President vowed to continue working on behalf of everyday Americans.
    “42 days from now, we’re going to win Pennsylvania and we’re going to win four more years in the White House,” he stated.    “With your vote, we’re going to lift our nation to extraordinary new heights, we’re going to turn the page forever on the failed political class, …we’re going to defend our jobs, our families, our borders and our treasured way of life.”
    The President also stressed how crucial the result of the November election will be in determining which path the country takes in the future.    He has said the way forward could be characterized by increasing prosperity or one dominated by economic decline amid far left policies.
    He pointed to the booming economy enjoyed by the country prior to the outbreak of COVID-19.    During the pandemic, the President noted more than 6 million people were lifted out of poverty.
    “This is the most important election in the history of our country, and this election is a matter of economic survival for Pennsylvania,” he added.    “You had the greatest year you’ve ever had last year, and you’re really on your way.”
    President Trump asserted his administration will continue to focus its efforts on fully reopening the country.    If he secures a victory in November, he reaffirmed businesses would be “opening on November 4th.”
    He also commented on the wide disparity between Republican and Democrat approaches to the energy sector, which is a vital industry in Pennsylvania.    According to the President, a Democrat victory could spell the end of that industry and the loss of the countless jobs that depend on it.
    “Your security and your jobs are in very grave peril because the radical left maniacs don’t want to have anything to do with energy,” stated President Trump.    “…They have the Green New Deal, where there will be no energy, almost of any kind.”
    Pennsylvania is widely seen by analysts as a key battleground state.    It was vital in securing President Trump’s 2016 victory, when he won the state by 44,000 votes and turned the Keystone State red for the first time since 1988.

9/23/2020 Topics For 1st Presidential Debate Are Released by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks during the first day of the Republican National Convention
Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
    President Trump’s record in office will be measured against that of his Democrat opponent, Joe Biden, during their first presidential debate next week.    On Tuesday, the Commission for Presidential Debates released the topics for the upcoming debate.
    The commission outlined six topics, including the Supreme Court, COVID-19, the economy, nationwide protests and election integrity.    Fox News anchor Chris Wallace will moderate the debate and spend 15 minutes on each topic.
    Reports suggested an additional moderator will be watching closely to ensure Wallace remains neutral.    This came after a heated interview he had with President Trump earlier this year.
    Both candidates have expressed their eagerness to face-off after months of anticipation. At one point, Biden suggested having live fact checkers at the event before conceding that plan may backfire.     “What I’d love to have is a crawler at the bottom of the screen, a fact checker, if we really wanted to do something,” he said.    “If everything both of us said was instantly fact checked by an agreed to group of people, but probably wouldn’t get too far in the debate.”
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    The President has questioned Biden’s mental capacity to compete in a debate, despite the former vice president’s decades of experience running for office.
    “We have a debate coming up and who knows?” he asked.    “He’s been doing this for 47 years, I’ve been doing it for 3½ years, so he should be able to beat me, I would think, he’s much more experienced.”
    The debate is set to take place next Tuesday in Cleveland, Ohio.

9/23/2020 Surgeon General Adams Urges Americans To Follow Social Distancing Guidelines, Wear Masks by OAN Newsroom
U.S. Surgeon General Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams speaks to the media during a visit to the Connecticut
State Public Health Laboratory, Monday, March 2, 2020, in Rocky Hill, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
    U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams has urged Americans to follow public health measures whenever possible amid the ongoing pandemic.    On Wednesday, he discussed the importance of wearing a mask, maintaining social distancing and washing your hands often.
    Adams stated he believes Americans are hesitant about a coronavirus vaccine because the issue has become so politicized.
    When asked about the debate between Democrats and Republicans over large gatherings, he said the virus doesn’t care who you’re voting for in the upcoming election.
.     “The virus doesn’t care about your politics, it doesn’t care what you’re going out for, it only cares whether or not you’re following public health measures,” said Adams.    “So what I would say to everyone, politics aside, wear a mask if you can’t stay more than six feet from other people, watch your distance and make sure you’re washing your hands as frequently as you can.”
    As we head into fall, he emphasized it is crucial Americans get flu shots to remain healthy and avoid a “double whammy” of sicknesses.
    “The way we all come out of this is by doing our part,” he added.

9/23/2020 Chief Justice Roberts Honors Late Justice Ginsburg During Supreme Court Ceremony by OAN Newsroom
Pallbearers adjust the American flag draped over the casket of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as they place it on the Lincoln Catafalque at the start
of a private ceremony at the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)
    Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts honored his late associate, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, during a ceremony at the court’s great hall.    Wednesday’s ceremony was attended by all eight justices, as well as members of Ginsburg’s family.
    According to Roberts, Ginsburg was tough, brave and a fighter, but also thoughtful, compassionate and honest.
    “The court was her family, this building was her home, too,” he said.    “Of course, she will live on in what she did to improve the law and the lives of all of us.”
The flag-draped casket of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is visible as Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts speaks
during a private ceremony at the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)
    He went on to say her life was one of the many versions of the American dream.    He explained how she became a leading advocate for education and against discrimination in the workplace.
    “She won famous victories that helped move our nation closer to equal justice under the law, to the extent that women are now a majority in law schools, not simply a handful,” stated Roberts.    “Her 483 majority, concurring and dissenting opinions will steer the court for decades.”
    Ginsburg will lie in repose at the court until Thursday and lie in state in the capitol on Friday.    She will then be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.

9/23/2020 Vice President Pence Says President Trump To Roll Out New Health Care Plan by OAN Newsroom
Vice President Mike Pence speaks at a campaign rally, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, at
Lanconia Municipal Airport in Gilford, N.H. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
    Vice President Mike Pence has reassured Americans that health care remains a top priority for the Trump administration.    On Tuesday, he announced the President will begin outlining a framework for his health care plan in the weeks ahead.
    Pence explained President Trump will be taking executive action to pass new reforms, which are aimed at lowering the cost of health insurance and protecting those with preexisting conditions.
    “We’ve long believed that the individual mandate at the center of Obamacare was unconstitutional,” he stated.    “The President’s also been very clear that we’re going to make sure any American with preexisting conditions continues to have coverage.”
    The Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments regarding the Affordable Care Act in November.    Pence reiterated that the President will act soon to replace it.
    “We came very close to passing a bill that would repeal and replace Obamacare,” he added.    “While the President and I were disappointed in that, we’ve never given up on bringing real innovation to health care and in the days ahead, the President will be taking some action under his executive branch authority.”

9/23/2020 Germany Warns Against Travel To Three Further French Regions, Lisbon
FILE PHOTO: A man walks past closed shops and restaurants on the shopping street of the deserted Mont-Saint-Michel
in the French western region of Normandy, as a lockdown is imposed to slow the spread of the
coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in France, April 17, 2020. Picture taken April 17, 2020. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol
    BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany added the French regions of Centre-Val de Loire, Brittany and Normandy as well as the metropolitan region centered on the Portuguese capital Lisbon to the list of destinations to which it warned against travel.
    The Foreign Ministry published the updates to its website on Wednesday evening.    Germany warns against travel to regions within the European Union where the rate of COVID-19 infections exceeds the level of 50 per 100,000 population in a week.
    Large parts of France, including the capital Paris, are already subject to travel warnings.
(Reporting by Thomas Escritt; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

9/23/2020 Fired Louisville Officer Indicted In Connection With Breonna Taylor Case by OAN Newsroom
Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron addresses the media following the return of a grand jury investigation into
the death of Breonna Taylor, in Frankfort, Ky., Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
    On Wednesday, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced charges against one of the officers involved in the Breonna Taylor case.    Former Louisville Police Sergeant Brett Hankison has been charged with three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment for accidentally shooting into the apartment next door during the altercation.
    According to Cameron, the warrant served by officers was not a no-knock warrant.    Officers announced themselves and entered after no one came to the door.
    The attorney general explained Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, fired at officers as they entered. Three of the officers then returned fire.
    Cameron reiterated officers’ use of force was justified under Kentucky law, as they were protecting themselves after being fired upon.    He went on to announce a new task force will be established to prevent these incidents in the future.
    “When tragedy occurs, we must mourn (and) we must also do everything we can to prevent it from happening again,” he said.    “Today, consistent with that view, I’m announcing that I will create a task force to review the process for securing, reviewing and executing search warrants in Kentucky.”
Police and protesters converge during a demonstration, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
    In the meantime, protests have started up in Louisville, Kentucky.    Angry demonstrators have demanded that the police officers involved face a harsher punishment.
    The city’s mayor issued a curfew for 9 p.m. local time and declared a state of emergency prior to the announcement “due to the potential for civil unrest.”
Four wheeled military vehicles enter the city ahead of a 9:00 pm curfew, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

9/23/2020 Rep. McCarthy Threatens To Oust House Speaker Pelosi Over Impeachment Threats by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this June 25, 2020, file photo House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif.,
speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has threatened to oust House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) over her recent impeachment threats.
    On Wednesday, the lawmaker warned he will put forward a motion to vacate the House speaker if she tries to impeach President Trump or Attorney General William Barr as a delay tactic to block the Senate from voting on the next Supreme Court justice.
    According to McCarthy, Democrats are trying to get in the way of the Senate.    He went on to say he has a constitutional right to take action.
    “If she tries to move for an impeachment based upon the President following the Constitution, I think there will be a move on the floor to have her no longer, or the question of her being speaker,” he stated.    “She may think she has a quiver, we do too.”
    This procedural move would require Republicans to get a majority of House members to remove her.

9/23/2020 Johnson & Johnson Begins Phase 3 Trial Of COVID-19 Vaccine by OAN Newsroom
    This September 2020 photo provided by Johnson & Johnson shows a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine
being developed by the company. (Cheryl Gerber/Courtesy of Johnson & Johnson via AP)
    Johnson & Johnson has entered the phase three clinical trial of its potential COVID-19 vaccine.    According to the company, 60,000 volunteers will participate in the trial at 215 locations in the U.S. and around the world.
    “The 60,000 people will allow us to recruit more diversity globally,” stated Dr. Paul Stoffel.    “We hope to see an end point around a year and early next year.”
    Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine is different from other vaccines being tested because it requires only one shot instead of two.
    “It’s a single dose, which could be very important for emergency use,” explained Dr. Stoffel.    “We will test boosters later on, but the efficacy in the phase one showed the single dose could be sufficient to protect people for a long time.”
FILE – In this July 30, 2013, file photo, large banners hang in an atrium at the headquarters
of Johnson & Johnson in New Brunswick, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)
    The pharmaceutical giant is the fourth company to begin large scale clinical trials of a COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S., just behind Moderna, Pfizer and AstraZeneca. Health officials have said their priority is to ensure the vaccine is safe and effective.
    “We want to do everything we can without sacrificing safety or efficacy…to make sure that we end up with vaccines that are going to save lives,” added Dr. Francis Collins.
    The trial is being conducted in collaboration with the Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed.    President Trump responded to Johnson & Johnson’s progress on Twitter.

9/23/2020 Senate GOP Probe Outlines Hunter Biden’s Extensive Foreign Dealings by OAN Newsroom
Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., speaks during
the committee’s business meeting where it will consider new subpoenas in the “Crossfire Hurricane”/Burisma
investigation on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
    Senate Republicans recently released a report, concluding their investigation into possible corruption within the Biden family.    According to the 87-page report, the Obama administration was made aware of Hunter Biden’s dealings in Ukraine back in 2015, but failed to take action.
    Two White House staffers reportedly complained that Hunter Biden’s position with Burisma Holdings would create a conflict of interest in Washington, where then-Vice President Joe Biden oversaw Ukraine policy at the time.    However, the report noted the administration did nothing.
    One of the staffers who raised the red flag was George Kent, a prominent figure in the President’s impeachment hearing.    Kent has said he grew concerned after the White House cancelled an investigation into corrupt dealings by the head of a gas company in Ukraine.
    His worries were only amplified after he discovered who was on the company’s board of directors.
    In early 2015, I raised questions with the deputy prosecutor general about why the investigation into Mr. Zlochevsky had been terminated,” he explained.    “Later, I became aware that Hunter Biden was on the board of Burisma.”
    The report also stated Hunter formed a “significant and consistent financial relationship” with the founder of the company.    These reports echoed similar findings uncovered by One America’s Chanel Rion, who conducted her own investigation into the matter earlier this year.
    According to the Senate’s probe, the relationship between the Biden family and the Ukrainian business owners resulted in millions of dollars in cash flow.    Some transactions were reportedly linked to an “eastern European prostitution or human trafficking ring.”
    Investigators also found Hunter opened a bank account with a person linked to the Chinese Communist Party.
    Despite the mounting evidence of wrongdoing, it remains unclear if action will be taken.    It is likely Democrats will continue to defend the Biden name in hopes of taking down President Trump this November.
[NOTE SEE THE MAINSTREAM NEWS VERSION OF THIS BELOW.].

9/24/2020 Oil down $0.02 to $39.53, DOW down 525 to 26,763.

9/24/2020 GOP-led Senate panels issue Hunter Biden report - Findings: Conflict of interest; impact unclear by Eric Tucker and Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press
    WASHINGTON – Two Republican led Senate committees issued a politically charged report Wednesday alleging that the work Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s son did in Ukraine constituted a conflict of interest for the Obama administration at a time when Biden was engaged in Ukraine policy as vice president.
    But the report said it was ultimately “unclear” what impact Hunter Biden’s position on the board of a Ukrainian gas company had on Obama administration policy with regard to Ukraine.    And it offered no evidence to support one of President Donald Trump’s more incendiary allegations – that Joe Biden pressured Ukraine to fire its top prosecutor as a way to protect his son.
    Biden’s campaign immediately panned the report, released six weeks before the election, as an effort by an ally of Trump to damage his election opponent.
    Trump has repeatedly drawn attention to Hunter Biden’s work in Ukraine even as his own administration has warned of a concerted Russian effort to denigrate Joe Biden and asserted that a Ukrainian lawmaker who is involved in spreading anti-Biden claims is an “active Russian agent.”
    Republican Sen. Ron Johnson, whose Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee is one of the two panels that released the 87-page report, had acknowledged in interviews his goal of making the document public before the election, telling The Associated Press last month that the “American people deserve the truth” about his probe.
    The Senate report examines Hunter Biden’s dealings in Ukraine, where he held a paid seat on the board of gas company Burisma, and alleges that work posed a conflict of interest because Biden was vice president at the time and dealing with Ukraine policy.
    It references a 2016 email from George Kent, the former acting deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, that described the presence of Hunter Biden on the Burisma board as “very awkward for all U.S. officials pushing an anticorruption agenda in Ukraine.”    Kent testified about his concerns during the impeachment proceedings against Trump last year.
    Another State Department official, Amos Hochstein, is described in the report as having raised concerns directly to Biden because he was concerned that Russians were using his son’s role with the company to sow disinformation.
    The report says that even though State Department officials regarded the head of the company, Mykola Zlokevsky, as corrupt, Biden did not confront him.
    “What the Chairmen discovered during the course of this investigation is that the Obama administration knew that Hunter Biden’s position on Burisma’s board was problematic and did interfere in the efficient execution of policy with respect to Ukraine,” the report says.
    “Moreover, this investigation has illustrated the extent to which officials within the Obama administration ignored the glaring warning signs when the vice president’s son joined the board of a company owned by a corrupt Ukrainian oligarch,” it adds.     Even so, the Republican senators acknowledge that the extent to which Hunter Biden’s role on the board affected Ukraine policy is “unclear,” and the report does not describe how, if at all, specific policy decisions were influenced by Biden’s position.
Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., made clear that he wanted the report out before the election. ANDREW HARNIK/AP
[OF COURSE THE DEMOCRATS HAVE IGNORED THIS FOR YEARS BUT TRUMP WILL RUN IT DOWN BIDENS THROAT DURING THE UPCOMING DEBATE AND WE WILL WATCH HIM EXPLODE IN ANGER TO LET THE PUBLIC TO SEE WHAT HE REALLY IS A LIAR WHO IS TRYING TO DENY WHAT HE DID IN UKRAINE EVEN THOUGH IT IS ON VIDEO BUT THEN THE BROADCASTER MAY CUT THAT OUT SO AMERICA CANNOT SEE IT AS THEY HAVE DONE ALL ALONG.].

9/24/2020 Gov. Beshear: 796 new coronavirus cases, 5 new deaths by Grace Schneider, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear announced 796 new coronavirus cases Wednesday and five additional deaths.
    That brings the total to 63,517 cases and 1,124 deaths across the state since the start of the pandemic in early March.
    The governor said that 111 of the new cases were among people ages 18 and younger, and that 194 of the new cases were from Jefferson County.
    Kentucky’s positivity rate was 4.59%, and Beshear noted that nearly 1.3 million tests have been administered since March.    Wednesday’s death announcements included a 99-year-old woman from Christian County and an 83-year-old man from Marshall.
    Indiana reported 728 new coronavirus cases Wednesday and an additional 10 deaths over the past week, bringing the state’s total count to 113,337 cases and 3,305 deaths.
    Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said that 111 of the 796 new coronavirus cases were among people ages 18 and younger, and that 194 of the new cases were from Jefferson County an 84-year old woman, an 81-year-old woman, as well as a 50-year-old man.
    Indiana reported 728 new coronavirus cases Wednesday and an additional 10 deaths over the past week, bringing the state’s total count to 113,337 cases and 3,305 deaths.
    The state also updated its weekly metrics map, which is designed to provide local officials with a guide to how their counties are doing.    Monroe was one of two counties that fell in the “orange” category, meaning those communities are seeing moderate to high spread, according to an Indianapolis Star report.
    Grace Schneider: 502-582-4082; gschneider@courierjournal.com; Twitter: @gesinfk.    Support strong local journalism by subscribing today: courier-journal.com/graces.
[5 deaths / 796 cases = 0.006% how low can it go Beshear before you admit it and you better start getting smarter since Antifa and BLM anarchist are about to destroy Louisville and you will become one of the governors that is owned by leftist democrat Socialist Globalist, which will tell us who you really are a former Attorney General who did the right thing or the other corrupt anti-American bozo.    We know that the new Attorney General is doing it right.].

9/24/2020 BREONNA TAYLOR - No homicide charge from Ky. grand jury - Charges: 1 of 3 officers faces endangerment counts Reaction: Family lawyer calls decision ‘offensive’ Protests: ‘Heartbroken,’ angry crowds in Louisville Darcy Costello by Tessa Duvall and Phillip M. Bailey, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A former police detective was indicted Wednesday on felony charges of wanton endangerment after shooting into an apartment next door to Breonna Taylor, 26, an EMT who was killed in her home by police.
    Brett Hankison, who was fired in June, faces three felony counts, and bail was set at $15,000.    A warrant was issued for his arrest.
    Two other officers involved in the shooting, Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and Detective Myles Cosgrove, were justified in their use of force, state Attorney General Daniel Cameron said at a news conference.    All three fired their weapons at Taylor’s apartment.
    A wanton endangerment charge is a class D felony and could carry a penalty of one to five years in prison.
    The charges read by Judge Annie O’Connell on Wednesday said Hankison “wantonly shot a gun” into adjoining Apartment 3.    The occupants of that apartment were identified by initials.    None of them was BT – Breonna Taylor.
    The grand jury did not find that Hankison wantonly fired into Taylor’s apartment the night she died or that any of the officers are criminally liable in her death.
    In May, Taylor’s neighbor, Chesey Napper, filed a lawsuit against the Louisville Metro Police Department officers, claiming that their shots were “blindly fired” and nearly struck a man inside her home.    Napper was pregnant and had a child in the home, according to the lawsuit.
[Well BLM did not tear Louisville down so far since a black AG told them what was ruled and if he was white I wondered what would have happened.].

9/24/2020 UK PM Johnson Calls On Leaders To Build Back Greener After Coronavirus
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves Downing Street in London, Britain September 23, 2020. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
    LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will call on other leaders on Thursday to “build back better” after the coronavirus crisis and commit to net zero emission targets.
    Addressing the United Nations’ climate action roundtable, Johnson will say via videolink that world leaders will have an opportunity to announce new and enhanced Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) – their intended reductions in greenhouse gas emissions – at a December summit.
    Britain will co-host an event with the U.N. on Dec. 12 to mark the five-year anniversary of the Paris Agreement, which committed all countries to work to limit further rises in global temperatures.
    “As the world continues to deal with coronavirus, we must look ahead to how we will rebuild and how we can seize the opportunity to build back better,” Johnson is expected to say according to his Downing Street office.
    “We cannot let climate action become another victim of coronavirus.    Let us be the leaders who secure the very health of the planet for our children, grandchildren and generations to come.”
    Scientists say the world is on track for catastrophic warming in the coming decades unless governments take rapid action to wean the global economy off fossil fuels and protect and restore forests, wetlands, peatlands and other ecosystems.
    Britain has committed to reaching carbon neutral emissions by 2050, but some critics say the government has not taken the measures needed and are calling on ministers to embed net zero into their coronavirus recovery plans.
    The government has postponed a climate summit, COP26, that was due to take place in November by a year because of the coronavirus pandemic.    It will now take place November 2021 in Glasgow.
    “The eyes of the world will be on COP26 when the UK hosts it in November next year.    But tackling climate change cannot wait,” said Alok Sharma, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy who is serving as president of COP26.
    “That’s why we are setting the stage now with a call to all those who are ready to step forward this December and set out bold new Nationally Determined Contributions for a clean and prosperous future.”
(Reporting by Elizabeth Piper; editing by Stephen Addison and Raissa Kasolowsky)

9/24/2020 Reports: Protests Have Cost Rochester, N.Y. $1.4M In Police Overtime by OAN Newsroom
Demonstrators march along a street in Rochester, N.Y., Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, during a protest over the death of Daniel Prude. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)
    According to local reports, demonstrations in Rochester, New York have cost taxpayers $1.4 million.    Police reportedly tallied up more than 15,000 overtime hours in the first half of September while responding to protests over the death of Daniel Prude.
    Since the end of May, the police presence at Black Lives Matter protests has cost the department nearly $2 million.    One city council member has said it’s an unfortunate expense to pay, but it’s needed to keep the city safe.
    “The fact that we had to have the police there the entire time was a need,” stated Jose Peo.    “We needed to make sure what happened before with the rioting and the looting, what has happened in other cities with these types of protests with buildings being burned down, did not happen in Rochester.”
    Prude died in late March after an encounter with police in Rochester.    The mayor fired the police chief in the aftermath and activists have called on the mayor to step down as well.

9/24/2020 Thousands Gather Ahead Of President Trump’s Rally In Jacksonville by OAN Newsroom
Supporters arrive ahead of the campaign rally with President Donald Trump, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Stan Badz)
    Thousands of supporters gathered in Jacksonville, Florida ahead of President Trump’s rally on Thursday night.    The President’s speech at Cecil Airport will be his first all-out rally in Florida in months.
    Law and order is expected to be a big theme at tonight’s rally amid violent protests over the Breonna Taylor case.    The event also came just days before the President is set to go head-to-head with Joe Biden for their first debate.
A supporter arrives ahead of the campaign rally with President Donald Trump, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Stan Badz)
    One America’s Jack Posobiec spoke to some of the attendees about the upcoming election.
    “I support Donald Trump 100%, I’ve never in 60 some years voted Democrat,” stated one resident.    “I come from the great state of Oklahoma, I am a Republican and I love my country.”
    One America News will air the event live, in full tonight starting at 7 p.m. ET/ 4 p.m. PT!
[I heard Trump had 30,000 to his pep rally in Jacksonville the place they cancelled the RNC, and Biden is lucky to get more than 11 at his rally.].

9/24/2020 Authorities Identify Police Officers Shot During Louisville Protests by OAN Newsroom
Police stand guard on the perimeter of a crime scene after a police officer was shot, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
    Details continue to emerge regarding the shooting of two police officers during riots in Louisville, Kentucky.    On Thursday, authorities identified the suspected shooter as 26-year-old Larynzo Johnson.
    Johnson was one of 127 arrested Wednesday night during the violent protests, which occurred after the latest announcement in the Breonna Taylor case.
    The two injured officers were identified as Major Aubrey Gregory and Officer Robinson Desroches.
    Gregory was treated and released from the hospital, while Desroches remains in stable condition following surgery.
    President Trump took to Twitter to offer his prayers for the two wounded officers.

Police and protesters converge during a demonstration, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
    The mayor of Louisville held a press briefing on Thursday to call for an end to the violence.
    “We have to come together to create plans to address the wounds that so many in our community are carrying and replace them with compassion, connection, opportunity and justice,” stated Mayor Greg Fischer.
    According to Fischer, more information about the Breonna Taylor investigation is expected to be released to the public soon.
    In the meantime, police confirmed the 9 p.m. curfew will remain in effect for the next two nights.

9/24/2020 FBI Chief: Americans Should Be Smarter To Avoid Fake News by OAN Newsroom
    FBI Director Christopher Wray testifies during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee
hearing on “Threats to the Homeland” Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Tom Williams/Pool via AP)
    FBI Director Chris Wray recently warned of the dangers of fake news and biased reporting, which could potentially influence upcoming elections.
    During Thursday’s Senate hearing, the FBI chief said Americans should be able to use their own judgment and find reliable sources of information such as government agency websites.    He also noted social media is not a good source of information.
    “I would encourage people to be critical thinkers, to get their news from a variety of sources and make up their own mind,” he explained.
    According to the Wray, the upcoming 2020 elections are mostly safe and secure.
    “Certainly to change a federal election outcome by mounting that kind of fraud at scale would be a major challenge for an adversary, but we’re vigilant as to the threat,” he stated.    “We’re watching it carefully because we’re in uncharted, new territory.”
    Wray went on to say foreign or domestic meddling in U.S. elections would be harder to do if Americans avoided hyper partisan rhetoric in the media.

9/24/2020 FBI: No Evidence Of Widespread Voter Fraud In Major Election by OAN Newsroom
FBI Director Christopher Wray, testifies during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing
on “Threats to the Homeland” Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Tom Williams/Pool via AP)
    FBI Director Christopher Wray said the bureau has not seen any evidence of widespread voter fraud.    He made the comments during a Senate hearing Thursday.
    The director continued by saying the FBI takes all threats seriously.    Wray said the agency is being vigilant and will investigate any potential threats to the elections.
    He also said although they have not seen any coordinated voter fraud on a national level, it doesn’t minimize their responsibilities.
    “We have not seen historically any kind of coordinated national voter fraud effort in a major election, whether it’s by mail or otherwise,” he stated.    “We have seen voter fraud at the local level from time to time.”
    Wray went on to say we are in “uncharted new territory” and the FBI will continue to monitor election related threats.

9/24/2020 Acting DHS Chief Denies Holding Back Intel Report by OAN Newsroom
Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf testifies before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
committee during his confirmation hearing, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020 on Captiol Hill in Washington. (Shawn Thew/Pool via AP)
    President Trump’s nominee to lead the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has denied allegations that he shaped intelligence reports to better suit the administration.
    During a confirmation hearing Wednesday, Acting Secretary Chad Wolf said the recent whistleblower complaint by DHS official Brian Murphy was false.
    “It’s a fabrication, completely,” Wolf stated.    “I reject any claim that I attempted to influence or retaliate against any individual at DHS, but specifically Mr. Murphy.”
    The complaint, which was filed Tuesday with the department’s inspector general, accuses Wolf of telling Murphy to withhold reports on any potential threats to the election, particularly those from China and Russia.    Wolf allegedly told Murphy doing so would make the President look bad.
    Wolf was also questioned about allegedly restricting access to an intelligence bulletin that warned law enforcement agencies about Russia’s alleged attempts to spread disinformation about Joe Biden’s mental health.    Wolf claimed he had put a hold on the two-page document back in July in order to add more context.
    “I outlined my concerns not with the underlying intelligence, the intelligence I agreed with,” he stated.    “The intelligence has been backed up from the IC (Intelligence Community) and others.”
    When asked why it took him so long, Wolf blamed the repercussions of Murphy’s recent removal.
    Although the hearing is set to continue, it remains unclear whether the Senate Committee will have enough time to confirm Wolf before the November election.

9/24/2020 President Trump: Chris Wallace Will Take It Easy On Biden During Debate by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks to members of the press on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Thursday,
Sept. 24, 2020, before boarding Marine One for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    President Trump doesn’t have high hopes for a fair first presidential debate with Democrat contender Joe Biden.    He discussed the upcoming debate, which will be moderated by Fox News host Chris Wallace, during a recent interview with Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade.
    The President was asked if he feels he has an advantage with Wallace since he sat down with him for an interview earlier this year.    President Trump noted he has great respect for Wallace, but believes he has special interests that align with the left.
    “I would be willing to bet that he won’t ask Biden tough questions,” the President explained.    “It’ll be unfair, I have no doubt about it.”
    President Trump also pointed out Biden has spent years playing politics in Washington and will be “controlled by the radical left” if elected into office.
    The debate is set to take place on Tuesday, September 29 in Cleveland, Ohio. One America News will provide live, uninterrupted coverage of the event starting at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.

9/24/2020 Secy. Pompeo Warns Of Chinese Attempts To Infiltrate U.S. Government by OAN Newsroom
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo talks during a question and answer sessions with state Republican legislators in the Senate chamber
of the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison, Wis. Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. (John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)
    America’s top diplomat raised the alarm over the Chinese Communist Party’s attempt to manipulate U.S. government officials.    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued that warning Wednesday during an address to state lawmakers at the Wisconsin state capitol building.
    While he stressed the Trump administration is hard at work to curb China’s attempts at expanding its worldwide influence, Pompeo noted that the task of preventing their infiltration into American institutions requires the cooperation of officials at all levels of government.
    “The federal government can’t police every bit of this predatory and coercive behavior, we need your help,” he stated.    “…Protecting American interests requires vigilance, vigilance that starts with you and all state legislators regardless of party.”
    Pompeo pointed to efforts by Chinese government agents and diplomats to court the favor of state and local government officials.    He urged all to remain vigilant against these attempts.    The secretary of state specifically mentioned the work of two organizations: the U.S. China Friendship Association and the China Council for the Promotion of Peaceful National Reunification (CCPPNR).
    While both groups are registered as non-profits in the U.S. and promote themselves as independent organizations, Pompeo said they have deep links to the Chinese United Front Work Department.    This body is under the direct control of the Chinese Communist Party.
    According to the secretary of state, this is indicative of Chinese infiltration tactics that hinge on opening avenues into American institutions through manipulation of officials by what seems at first glance to be innocent overtures of friendship.
    The secretary of state’s speech was met with some criticism from left-wing voices who sought to paint his warning as a blurring of the lines between diplomacy and campaigning.    Yet, Pompeo made a point of stressing the task of halting Chinese attempts at infiltrating U.S. institutions ought to be a non-political priority and supported by Americans of any political party.
    If this consensus can be reached, Pompeo remarked he’s confident America’s leadership on the world stage will be certain to triumph over the Chinese Communist Party’s attempts at destabilizing the rules-based order on which international security and prosperity depend.
    “There’s a reason that we remain the greatest nation in the history of civilization because Beijing best laid plans are not match for American determination,” he stated.

9/24/2020 Top Public Health Experts Say Response To COVID-19 Completely Scientific, No Political Pressure by OAN Newsroom
Dr. Stephen Hahn, commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, testifies during a Senate Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Hearing
on the federal government response to COVID-19 on Capitol Hill Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in Washington. (Graeme Jennings/Pool via AP)
    Top health officials with the Trump administration said they are using science to inform their response to the coronavirus, not politics.
    On Wednesday, FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn, NIH head Anthony Fauci and CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield were called to testify before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.
    During the hearing, Dr. Hahn addressed the development of a coronavirus vaccine and said any potential vaccine would undergo a rigorous review process before being approved by the FDA.    He also said the agency will not push-out the vaccine because of political pressure.
    “Decisions to authorize or approve any such vaccine or therapeutic will be made by the dedicated career staff at FDA through our thorough review processes and science will guide our decisions,” Dr. Hahn stated.    “FDA will not permit any pressure from anyone to change that.”
    Meanwhile, Dr. Redfield said the CDC is currently testing how widespread the coronavirus is across the country.    He said the vast majority of people are still at risk of catching the virus.
    “CDC is in the process of a very large, sequential study across the entire United States measuring serology,” explained the CDC director.    “As I mentioned, the preliminary results in the first-round show that a majority of our nation, more than 90% of the population, remains susceptible.”
Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, testifies during a Senate Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Hearing
on the federal government response to COVID-19 Capitol Hill on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in Washington. (Graeme Jennings/Pool via AP)
    Dr. Redfield projects the CDC will have 700 million doses of the vaccine ready by March or April of next year.    That prediction was echoed by Dr. Fauci who said experts should know by December whether a vaccine is effective or not.
    “I’ll close with the comment that we we feel strongly that if we have a combination of adherence to the public health measures, together with a vaccine that will be distributed to people in this country and worldwide, we may be able to turn around this terrible pandemic that which we have been experiencing,” Dr. Fauci stated.
    Officials have stressed the vaccine likely won’t be 100-percent effective and Americans would still be encouraged to practice social distancing measures for months after it is made available.

9/24/2020 Germany Replaces Military Intelligence Boss After Far-Right Scandals
FILE PHOTO: German Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer addresses the media with the German foreign minister
(unseen) at the Foreign Ministry in Berlin, Germany September 2, 2020. Stefanie Loos/Pool via REUTERS
    BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s defence minister will replace the head of the military intelligence agency (MAD), her ministry said on Thursday, a move indicating she wants to do more to root out right-wing radicals from the armed forces.
    MAD chief Christof Gramm had begun reforms to combat right-wing extremism in the military and achieved noticeable improvements, the ministry said in a statement, adding, however, that further progress was needed and this required more effort.
    “This new phase should also be made visible in terms of personnel,” the statement said.
    By mutual consent, Gramm is to be relieved of his duties next month, and will take early retirement, the defence ministry said, adding that a successor would be chosen soon.
    Several incidents in the last few months have raised concerns about the influence of the far right in the military, an especially sensitive subject for Germans given the country’s Nazi past.
    In June, Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said she would disband a company in the military’s elite KSK special forces due to a persistent problem of far-right extremism within the ranks.
    A KSK captain had asked the minister to intervene after he accused instructors and senior commandos in the unit of cultivating a “toxic culture of acceptance” under which complaints about far-right influence were suppressed.
    In May, police seized weapons, explosives and ammunition during a raid on the private property of a KSK soldier in the eastern state of Saxony.    As part of the crackdown, KSK operations are being moved to other units.
(Reporting by Sabine Siebold; Writing by Madeline Chambers; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

9/24/2020 President Trump Announces ‘America First Healthcare Plan’ by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump delivers remarks on health care at Charlotte Douglas International
Airport, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    President Trump has announced his vision for the future of American healthcare.    The “America First Healthcare Plan” relies on three pillars: more choice, lower costs for families and seniors, and better care for American patients.
    The President has advocated for 33 million Medicare beneficiaries to receive $200 to help pay for prescription drugs.    He also announced a rule to allow for the cheaper importation of prescription drugs from Canada.
    He went on to sign an executive order, which called for all Americans with preexisting conditions to be protected and covered, regardless of whether or not Obamacare is repealed.
President Donald Trump holds up an executive order after delivering remarks on healthcare at Charlotte
Douglas International Airport, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    “As we restore America to full strength, the America First Healthcare Plan will be a core part of our national renewal,” stated President Trump.    “In a few moments, I will sign a historic executive order outlining the three pillars of my plan and directing my administration to implement these critical reforms.”
    Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar commented on the matter by saying the President is putting his foot down and instructing Congress to act.

9/24/2020 White House Urges Peaceful Protest, Says Mainstream Media Inciting Violence In Louisville by OAN Newsroom
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany speaks during a news conference at the White House, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    The White House has criticized the latest outbreak of political violence in Louisville, Kentucky.    On Thursday, Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany emphasized all protests must be carried out in a peaceful fashion and avoid the destruction of property.
    The secretary pointed out local authorities were faced with numerous acts of vandalism and attacks on police the night before.    She reiterated violence in not the answer.
    “The Trump administration urges calm and reminds those who wish to have their voices heard to do so peacefully,” she stated.
    McEnany went on to say the Democrat media appears to be encouraging violence against law enforcement.
    “Attorney General Daniel Cameron said, ‘If we simply act on emotion or outrage, there is no justice,’” she said.    “…You contrast his message with that of CNN’s Brianna Keilar, who said, ‘I question the judgement of the Kentucky attorney general saying that mob justice is not justice.’
    She concluded her remarks by saying this is morally wrong and must stop.

9/24/2020 Wray: China Still Targeting U.S. COVID Research by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this March 16, 2020, file photo, Neal Browning receives a shot at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in Seattle, in the
first-stage safety study clinical trial of a potential vaccine for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
    FBI Director Chris Wray recently reported China is still attempting to steal U.S. research on COVID-19. On Thursday, he told senators the bureau is seeing aggressive activity by Beijing to target the development of COVID vaccines, treatments and testing in the U.S.
    He noted China appears to be trying to prolong the coronavirus outbreak in this country.
    This came after numerous Chinese hackers and spies were indicted for undermining America’s response to COVID-19.
    “We’ve brought some significant indictments against Chinese hackers that do tie back to the MSS, specifically,” stated Wray.    “These are targeting not just American companies, research institutions, but also similar institutions among some of our closest allies.”
    He added China has been monitoring reports in the U.S. mainstream media to identify targets for cyberattacks.

9/24/2020 If World Handles Climate Like COVID-19, U.N. Chief Says: ‘I Fear The Worst’ by Michelle Nichols
FILE PHOTO: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks during an interview with Reuters at
U.N. headquarters in New York City, New York, U.S., September 14, 2020. REUTERS/Mike Segar/File Photo
    NEW YORK (Reuters) – The United States, China and Russia fought on Thursday during a United Nations Security Council meeting on the coronavirus pandemic after U.N. chief Antonio Guterres had warned the body that if the climate crisis was approached with the “same disunity and disarray” of COVID-19, then: “I fear the worst.”
    Guterres said the coronavirus was out of control as the global death toll approaches 1 million, while more than 30 million have been infected.    He blamed “a lack of global preparedness, cooperation, unity and solidarity.”
    “The pandemic is a clear test of international cooperation – a test we have essentially failed,” he told the 15-member body.
    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and the Chinese government’s top diplomat, Wang Yi, both took veiled swipes at the United States during the virtual council meeting on global governance post-COVID-19, to which U.S. Ambassador Kelly Craft responded: “Shame on each of you.”
    “I am astonished and I am disgusted by the content of today’s discussion … members of the council who took this opportunity to focus on political grudges rather than the critical issue at hand,” she said.
    “We see attempts on the part of individual countries to use the current situation in order to move forward their narrow interests of the moment, in order to settle the score with an undesirable government or geopolitical competitors,” he said.
    Long-simmering tensions between the United States and China hit the boiling point over the pandemic, spotlighting Beijing’s bid for greater multilateral influence in a challenge to Washington’s traditional leadership.
    Wang called for better coordination and cooperation among key powers on Thursday.
    “Major countries are even more duty-bound to put the future of humankind first, discard Cold War mentality and ideological bias, and come together in the spirit or partnership to tide over the difficulties,” he said.
‘ENOUGH IS ENOUGH’
    U.S. President Donald Trump is facing a Nov. 3 re-election battle as the United States is dealing with the world’s highest official number of deaths and infections from the coronavirus. Washington accuses Beijing of a lack of transparency that it says worsened the outbreak.    China denies the U.S. assertions.
    Craft reiterated those accusations on Thursday, echoing a call by Trump for the world body to hold China accountable.
    China’s U.N. Ambassador Zhang Jun rejected her accusations and said: “Enough is enough.    You have created enough troubles for the world already. … The U.S. should understand that blaming others will not solve its own problems.”
    The United States has announced plans to leave the Geneva-based World Health Organization after Trump accused it of becoming a puppet for China during the coronavirus pandemic.    The WHO has rejected Trump’s assertion.
    “At times, geopolitics have tampered cooperation and hindered our agility.    The pandemic has tested the international system like never before,” said Britain’s Minister of State for South Asia and the Commonwealth, Lord Tariq Ahmad of Wimbledon.    “But now is not the moment to reject international institutions.”
    French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian also appeared to take a stab at the United States when he said the pandemic should not be used to undermine “all the work has been done over recent decades by feminist movements for gender equality.”
    “We must be on our guard, we must be watchful, particularly when it comes to protecting sexual reproductive rights,” he told the Security Council.
    Trump’s administration has led a push at the United Nations against the promotion of sexual and reproductive health rights and services for women because it sees that as code for abortion.    Earlier this month, the United States voted against a U.N. General Assembly resolution on the coronavirus pandemic partly because it included such language.
(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; editing by Jonathan Oatis)

9/25/2020 Oil up $0.26 to $41.77, DOW up 52 to 26,815.

9/25/2020 BREONNA TAYLOR POLICE SHOOTING PROTESTS - ANGRY DISSENT - Despite protesters’ efforts to be nonviolent, 2 police officers shot by Hayes Gardner and Bailey Loosemore, Louisville Courier Journal | USA TODAY NETWORK
    Speaking before a crowd at the Breonna Taylor memorial in Jefferson Square Park, Until Freedom co-founder Tamika Mallory stressed nonviolence.
    It was just before 1 p.m. Wednesday, and hundreds had gathered at the public square — a home base through 119 days of protests downtown — to hear if criminal charges would be brought against the Louisville Metro Police officers who had shot and killed the unarmed Black woman while serving a search warrant at her southern Louisville home.
    “We have to understand that we have a responsibility to the rest of this nation and to generations to come that we conduct ourselves.”
Larynzo Johnson is arrested near the intersection of South First Street and East Broadway on Wednesday. PHOTOS BY MAX GERSH/COURIER JOURNAL
We are extremely fortunate these two officers will recover.”
LMPD interim Chief Robert Schroeder LMPD Maj. Aubrey Gregory and Officer Robinson Desroches PROVIDED BY LOUISVILLE METRO POLICE

9/25/2020 CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC - Beshear: 745 new cases, 13 deaths by Grace Schneider, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear announced 745 new coronavirus cases Wednesday and 13 additional deaths.
    That brings the totals to 64,158 cases and 1,137 deaths across the state since the pandemic began in early March. And it’s showing no signs of slowing down, the governor said.    “Let’s remember this virus is very, very real, and it’s still out there.”
    Beshear said that 107 of the new cases were among people ages 18 and younger, and that 124 of the new cases were from Jefferson County.
    Kentucky’s positivity rate was 4.57%.    Beshear noted that “the higher volume of the cases, the more Kentuckians we lose.”    Wednesday’s death announcements included a 97-year-old woman from Bell County; an 86-year-old woman from Christian County, a 96-year-old woman from Fayette County; two women, ages 90 and 97, from Jefferson County; an 82-year-old man from Perry County; and four women, ages 62, 84, 89 and 94, and three men, ages 69, 87 and 88, from Warren County.
    One of the deaths from Warren County was Dr. Rebecca Shadowen, an infectious disease specialist who Beshear said wound up fighting COVID-19 complications for months after she became infected.    She died Sept. 11 but was just added to the day’s totals.
    Beshear was asked during the briefing about Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb’s announcement that the Hoosier State would move into Stage 5 of its virus response.    It’s the final step that allows businesses to reopen completely.
    Beshear indicated he’s not ready to consider that for Kentucky, adding that “we’ve got to get our schools open first.”
    Indiana reported 920 new cases and an additional 17 deaths Thursday.    That brought the state’s total virus cases to 114,236 and boosted deaths to 3,322.
[13 deaths / 745 cases = 0.017% and of course it is Louisville and Bowling Green where most of the deaths are from and Beshear you should be on the news concerned about the threat from anarchist Antifa and BLM riots killing police in Louisville and I assume the Republican Attorney General Cameron got the court information about the ruling presented the truth of the event that has been promoted wrongly for months and he sent the police out to stop the riots while you were living in the past and concerned over a lowering of virus deaths.].

9/24/2020 President Trump Says New FDA Standards On COVID Vaccine Are Politically Motivated by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump delivers remarks on healthcare at Charlotte Douglas International
Airport, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
    President Trump has said the health of the American people is his primary concern when considering new FDA guidelines on a vaccine.    On Wednesday, the President announced the White House may not approve tougher guidelines on the emergency use authorization of a coronavirus vaccine.
    According to reports, the FDA was gearing up to announce the stricter standards ahead of the election.    As part of the new guidelines, manufacturers seeking authorization would have to follow trial participants for at least two months after a second vaccine shot.
    The new standards would also reportedly ask developers to identify a specific number of severe COVID-19 cases in patients who received a placebo in trials.
    The move has allegedly been pursued in an effort to boost American confidence that an approved vaccine will be both safe and effective.
FILE – In this Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020 file photo, senior Clinical Research Nurse Ajithkumar Sukumaran prepares the
COVID 19 vaccine to administer to a volunteer, at a clinic in London. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)
    President Trump has said he believes the move was politically motivated.
    “That sounds like a political move,” he stated.    “When you have Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, these great companies coming up with the vaccines, they’ve done testing and everything else, why would they have to be adding great length to the process?
    He noted any delay to a vaccine could cost many lives.
    White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany backed up the President’s comments by reiterating FDA standards are already very strict.
    “The President was referring to the normal interagency process that happens with guidance and includes running through the Office of Management and Budget,” she said.    “So that’s standard operating procedure.”
White House coronavirus adviser Dr. Scott Atlas speaks during a news conference in the James Brady Press
Briefing Room of the White House Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    Meanwhile, President Trump’s coronavirus adviser, Dr. Scott Atlas, recently spoke out against claims made by the CDC director regarding citizens’ immunity to the virus.
    On Wednesday, Dr. Robert Redfield testified to a Senate panel that coronavirus has infected as much as 15 to 20% of the population in some states, but less than 1% in others. He cited the preliminary results of a “large study,” which looked at the virus’s spread, and suggested more than 90% of the nation remains susceptible.
    Atlas has called that number into question.
    “The data on susceptibility that he was talking about was surveillance data that showed that roughly 9% of the country has antibodies, but when you look at the CDC data state by state, much of that data is old,” he added.    “Point number two is that immunity to the infection is not solely determined by the percent of people who have antibodies, …so the answer is no, it is not 90% of people who are susceptible to the infection.”
    If the new FDA standards go through, it’s unlikely a new vaccine will be approved for use before the election.

9/24/2020 Justice Dept.: Discarded Mail-In Ballots Found In Pa. by OAN Newsroom
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)
    The Justice Department recently reported several mail-in ballots cast for President Trump were found discarded in Pennsylvania.    According to officials, at least nine ballots cast by members of the U.S. military were found disposed of in the latest case of potential voter fraud.
    The FBI has been asked to open a probe into suspected voting irregularities in Pennsylvania’s Luzerne County Board of Elections.
    Reports of other discarded mail-in ballots, which were likely cast for President Trump, are now coming in from across the country.
    The White House has said these could be cases of voter fraud designed to elect Joe Biden.
    “It’s a system that’s subject to fraud,” stated Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany.    “In fact, in the last 24 hours, police in Greenville, Wisconsin found mail in a ditch, and it included absentee ballots.”
    Some officials continue to insist absentee ballots are a better option, but voting in person can dramatically reduce potential fraud.

9/25/2020 Global COVID-19 Death Toll Could Hit 2 Million Before Vaccine In Wide Use – WHO
FILE PHOTO: Executive Director of the World Health Organization's (WHO) emergencies program Mike Ryan speaks at a news
conference on the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Geneva, Switzerland February 6, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo
    GENEVA/ZURICH (Reuters) – The global death toll from COVID-19 could double to 2 million before a successful vaccine is widely used and could be even higher without concerted action to curb the pandemic, an official at the World Health Organization said on Friday.
    “Unless we do it all, (2 million deaths) … is not only imaginable, but sadly very likely,” Mike Ryan, head of the U.N. agency’s emergencies programme, told a briefing on Friday.
    The number of deaths about nine months since the novel coronavirus was discovered in China is nearing 1 million “We are not out of the woods anywhere, we are not out of the woods in Africa,” said Ryan.
    He said young people should not be blamed for a recent increase in infections despite growing concerns that they are driving its spread after restrictions and lockdowns were eased around the world.     “I really hope we don’t get into finger wagging: it’s all because of the youth,” said Ryan.    “The last thing a young person needs is an old person pontificating and wagging the finger.”
    Rather, indoor gatherings of people of all ages were driving the epidemic, he said.
    The WHO is continuing talks with China about its possible involvement in the COVAX financing scheme designed to guarantee fast and equitable access globally to COVID-19 vaccines, a week after the deadline for committing passed.
    “We’re in discussions with China about the role they may play as we go forward,” said Bruce Aylward, WHO senior adviser and head of the ACT-Accelerator programme to back vaccines, treatments and diagnostics against COVID-19.
    He confirmed that Taiwan has signed up to the scheme, even though it is not a WHO member, bringing the total to 159 participants. Some 34 are still deciding.
    Talks with China also include discussion of the world’s second-largest economy potentially supplying vaccines to the scheme, he said.
    The UN agency published on Friday draft criteria for the assessment of emergency use of COVID-19 vaccines to help guide drugmakers as vaccine trials reach advanced stages, said WHO assistant director-general, Mariangela Simao.
    The document will be available for public comment until Oct. 8, she said.
    Earlier on Friday, a Chinese health official said the WHO had given its support for the country to start administering experimental coronavirus vaccines to people even while clinical trials were still underway.
(Reporting by Stephanie Nebenay and Emma Farge in Geneva and Michael Shields in Zurich; Writing by Josephine Mason in London; Editing by Hugh Lawson, Timothy Heritage, Kirsten Donovan)

9/25/2020 ‘Never-Ending Nightmare’: Violence Returns To Paris Street Where Charlie Hebdo Was Attacked by Tangi Salaün
A French police stands near the Opera Bastille where a suspect in a stabbing attack near the former offices of
the magazine Charlie Hebdo has been arrested in Paris, France September 25, 2020. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
    PARIS (Reuters) – The stabbing of two people in Paris’s rue Nicolas-Appert on Friday brought violence back to the street where, five years ago, Islamist militants killed 12 people in the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
    Two journalists were wounded in Friday’s attack in what Prime Minister Jean Castex said was a symbolic place, outside Charlie Hebdo’s former offices.
    Bullet-holes in railings along the short street lined with apartments and offices bear the scars of the earlier attack, in which the assailants stormed Charlie Hebdo’s offices on Jan. 7, 2015.
    A mural on the street shows the faces of the 11 Charlie Hebdo employees who were killed that day.    The 12th victim was a police officer, shot dead near where one of two suspects in Friday’s attack was arrested.
    “I feel like I’m reliving past horrors,” said a resident of a neighbouring street.    “It’s a never-ending nightmare.”
    Dr Nathan Messas, who lives opposite Charlie Hebdo’s former offices, saw police leading away a man in handcuffs.
    “Once again, hatred, gratuitous hatred,” he said.    “I don’t know when this is going to end.”
    Charlie Hebdo moved to a secret bunker after the 2015 attack.    A journalist there said the magazine’s employees were safe and that their security detail had not been bolstered.
    The stabbings coincide with the start of a trial this month of 14 alleged accomplices in the 2015 attack.
    Charlie Hebdo marked the trial’s start by reprinting the cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad which incensed the Muslim world when most of them were first published by a Danish newspaper in 2005 and then by Charlie Hebdo a year later.
    France has paid tribute to those slain in the years since the attack.    This year, on the fifth anniversary, staff who survived stood on the street outside the magazine’s former offices as a bugler played the Last Post.
    “We will never lie down,” editor Laurent ‘Riss’ Sourisseau wrote in Charlie Hebdo when it reprinted the cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad this month.    “We will never give up.”
(Reporting by Tangi Salaun, Elizabeth Pineau, and Richard Lough, Editing by Timothy Heritage)

9/25/2020 UK Says A Lot Of Work Still To Do In Brexit Talks
FILE PHOTO: European Union and British flags flutter in front of a chancellery ahead of a visit of
British Prime Minister Theresa May in Berlin, Germany, April 9, 2019. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke
    LONDON (Reuters) – Britain on Friday said there was still a lot of work to do in talks with the European Union on a trade deal and called on the EU to translate a “more constructive attitude” into realistic policy positions.
    Negotiations on a future relationship between Britain and the EU are entering their final few weeks, with both sides far apart on some key areas and the threat of chaos at British borders if agreement on goods trade is not found.
    “There remains a lot of work to do and either outcome is still possible,” a UK government official said.
    “In particular, the differences on fisheries and the level playing field remain significant.”
    “If the gaps in these areas are to be bridged, the EU’s more constructive attitude will need to be translated into more realistic policy positions in the days to come.”
    Britain formally left the bloc in January but remains in a status quo transition period that expires at the end of this year.
(Reporting by William James, editing by Andy Bruce)

9/25/2020 Twitter Aims To Label More State-Affiliated Accounts Worldwide by Sheila Dang
FILE PHOTO: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey addresses students during a town hall at the Indian Institute
of Technology (IIT) in New Delhi, India, November 12, 2018. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis/File Photo
    (Reuters) – Twitter Inc Chief Executive Jack Dorsey said on Friday the social media platform plans to expand its labeling of state-affiliated accounts worldwide, even as he defended its policy of allowing leaders of countries like Iran and China to use Twitter.
    During the virtual Oslo Freedom Forum, hosted by New York-based nonprofit the Human Rights Foundation, Dorsey said Twitter would label accounts in more countries to give users more context for information tweeted by state-affiliated accounts and “if there’s an agenda behind it.”
    Twitter first announced the labeling last month, but only initially applied it to accounts from China, France, Russia, the UK and the United States.
    Twitter has been used widely by activists, sometimes using pseudonyms, to broadcast human rights abuses from countries like Saudi Arabia and China, but has been criticized for failing to prevent bad actors from using so-called “bot” accounts to spread disinformation.
    Dorsey said the company is using signals such as when batches of new accounts are created, and how quickly they begin tweeting about certain topics, to crack down on disinformation campaigns, while protecting activists under pseudonyms.
    “Pseudonymity is a built identity, and that’s what we want to value and protect,” he said.
    Asked if it was hypocritical of Twitter to allow leaders from Iran and China to use the platform despite the governments blocking access to citizens, Dorsey said there was value in “understanding how they’re thinking.”
    “It’s important … to know how the story of the regime is being told to the rest of the world,” he said.
(Reporting by Sheila Dang; Editing by Tom Brown)

9/25/2020 World’s Youth Rallies Against Climate Change by Kate Abnett
Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg protests in front of the Swedish Parliament
in Stockholm, Sweden September 25, 2020. TT News Agency/Janerik Henriksson via REUTERS
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) – United under Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, young people rallied worldwide on Friday to demand urgent action to halt catastrophic climate change, in their first global protest since the coronavirus crisis began.
    With wild weather wreaking havoc across the world – from fires ravaging the U.S. West, to abnormal heatwaves in the Siberian Arctic and record floods in China – organisers said their aim was to remind politicians that, while the world focused on COVID-19, the climate crisis was more acute than ever.
    Demonstrations were planned in more than 3,100 locations, though with pandemic-related curbs limiting the size of gatherings, much of the action shifted online.
    In Stockholm, Thunberg and a handful of members of her group, Fridays for Future, assembled outside parliament with signs bearing slogans including “Stop Denying the Climate Is Dying
    “We need to treat the climate crisis as a crisis.    It’s just as simple as that.    The climate crisis has never once been treated as a crisis and unless we treat it as a crisis we won’t be able to, so-called, ‘solve’ it,” Thunberg told reporters.
    Organisers said turnout was expected to be far smaller than the global climate strikes held one year ago, which drew more than six million people onto the streets.
    Participants were asked to post pictures on social media and join a 24-hour global Zoom call – though mass gatherings were held in countries including Germany.
    In Berlin, police said nearly 10,000 people took part in demonstrations.    Protesters cycled in groups to the Brandenburg Gate, where they sat in face masks, observing social distancing and chanting: “Strikes in school, university and companies.    That is our answer to your politics.”
ON THE FRONT LINES
    The demonstrations focussed on communities that have contributed little to greenhouse gas emissions, but are on the front lines of devastating climate threats including violent storms, rising seas and locust plagues.
    Activist Vanessa Nakate, who led 30 young demonstrators in Kampala, Uganda, on Friday, said the climate change debate has tended to sideline voices from vulnerable developing regions.
    “The world was so focused on the California fires,” she told Reuters.    “When California was burning, communities in Africa were flooding – but where was the attention?
    In Kenya’s capital Nairobi, about 30 activists gathered in a park, with some donning headgear made of discarded plastic bottles.
    Their protest centred around media reports, first published in The New York Times, that industry group the American Chemistry Council (ACC) is lobbying to ensure Kenya continues importing foreign plastic trash, despite a government pledge to stop doing this.    ACC has said the reports are inaccurate.
    “We say Africa is not a dumpsite, and Kenya is not a dumpsite,” activist Kevin Mtai said.
    In the Philippines, Mitzi Jonelle Tan, a 22-year-old Fridays for Future activist, said recent flooding had wiped out a local COVID-19 testing centre and caused a tree to fall on her home.
    “I hate that it is a normal thing to experience these impacts.    I hate that it is a normal thing that people are suffering – because they don’t need to,,” she said.
    People in the global South are dying because of climate change, said 19-year-old Belgian activist Anuna De Wever ahead of a planned protest in a Brussels square.
    “As one of the richest continents, we (Europeans) have the biggest responsibility to fight climate change in the most ambitious way possible.”
    Mya-Rose Craig, an 18-year-old Briton, travelled to the Arctic – one of the world’s fastest warming regions – with Greenpeace to stage the most northerly protest on an ice floe.
    Activists in Bogota, Colombia, said they would use the event to urge their government to ratify the Escazu Accord, an agreement among Latin American and Caribbean countries that enshrines protections for those working on environmental causes.
    In Australia, thousands of students earlier took part in about 500 small gatherings and online protests, to demand investment in renewable energy and oppose funding for gas projects.
    While global climate negotiations have faltered during the pandemic, a surprise announcement by China this week means that two of the world’s top three emitters – China and the European Union – have now committed to becoming carbon neutral, halting their net contributions to climate change.
    Whether the United States, the second-biggest emitter, joins them is likely to depend on the result of November’s presidential election.
(Reporting by Kate Abnett; Additional reporting by Maria Sheahan in Berlin, Cordelia Hsu in Sydney, Ilze Filks in Stockholm, George Obulutsa in Nairobi; Editing by John Stonestreet and Peter Graff)

9/25/2020 New Polls Show President Trump Taking Lead Among Texas, Fla. Voters by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump arrives to deliver remarks on healthcare at Charlotte Douglas
International Airport, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
    Recent likely voter polls show President Trump beating Joe Biden in the key states of Texas and Florida.    The President won both states in 2016 and they are critical to his reelection chances this time around.
    News outlets like Forbes and CNN have recently been reporting Texas could turn blue as many predicted was a possibility in 2016.    However, recent likely voter polls out of the state have told a different story.
    A Siena College-New York Times poll found President Trump holds a 3-point advantage over Joe Biden in Texas among likely voters.
    Additionally, a Quinnipiac University poll, released Thursday, gave the President a 5-point lead in Texas.
    Likewise, President Trump has seen an increase in support in Florida.    The latest ABC-Washington Post poll gave President Trump a 4-point advantage in the Sunshine State among likely voters.    This all comes as pundits have raised alarm over Joe Biden’s struggle to increase support with Hispanic voters in Florida.
FILE – In this Sept. 21, 2020 file photo Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at
Wisconsin Aluminum Foundry in Manitowoc, Wis. On Friday, Sept. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
    A recent CBS battleground tracking poll found President Trump with 36-percent of likely Hispanic voters in the state, which is up 6-percent from earlier this year as Biden’s support has dropped from 61-percent to 56-percent.
    “Trump has not stopped talking to the Latinos in Florida, specifically around socialist messages and there has been a vacuum on the democratic side,” stated Maria Teresa Kumar, President and CEO of Voto Latino.    “And they’re finally having these conversations and engagement.”
    Possibly one of the most clarifying pieces of information, however, was included in an ABC-Washington Post likely voter study, which looked to find out how people would be voting rather than who they would be voting for.    The study took two expected toss-up states, Florida and Arizona, and found which candidate those planning on voting early or absentee preferred versus who people voting in-person on Election Day favored.
    While Joe Biden holds a 26-point lead in Arizona and a 28-point lead in Florida with early and absentee voters, President Trump holds a 48-point lead in Arizona and a 56-point lead in Florida among in-person Election Day voters.
    A recent AP report found 39-percent of registered voters said they will vote by mail, which is up from the 21-percent who normally do so.    If this holds true, the likely voter turnout could see Trump-leaning in-person votes still make up the majority of the electorate this November.

9/25/2020 Pelosi: There Has To Be A Price To Pay For Republicans by OAN Newsroom
    Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. speaks during a news
conference Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been pushing for early voting in an effort to undermine Republicans’ efforts to appoint a new Supreme Court justice.    On Friday, she urged Americans to undermine the GOP’s obligations by participating in early voting systems in their states.
    Republicans have said they are simply trying to fulfill their obligation to the people of the United States. However, the speaker threatened the GOP by saying their decisions must have a consequence, which will come after the election.     “We have to make sure people know they must vote and must vote early,” stated Pelosi. “If the Republicans insist on going forward, then there has to be a price to pay.”     This came after Pelosi and other Democrats urged the Senate to vote on Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nomination ahead of the 2016 elections.     Despite this, she has claimed Democrats will use “every arrow in their quiver” to stop Congress from voting on the Supreme Court nomination.

9/25/2020 Fla. Gov. DeSantis Fully Reopens State Economy by OAN Newsroom
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis attends an event with President Donald Trump on the environment at the
Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has moved to fully reopen his state’s economy.    He signed an executive order on Friday to push Florida into “phase three” of its reopening plan.
    The order will lift all restrictions on restaurants and allow bars, pubs and nightclubs that receive more than 50% of sales from alcohol to operate at full capacity with limited social distancing protocols.
    Moving forward, DeSantis added local jurisdictions will need state approval to reimpose stricter protocols on businesses.
    “The order I’m signing today will guarantee restaurants operate at a minimum of 50%, regardless of local rules,” he stated. “If a local restricts between 50% to 100%, they’ve got to provide the justification and identify what the costs involved in doing that are.”
    Florida has confirmed nearly 700,000 cases and more than 14,000 deaths due to COVID-19.

9/25/2020 President Trump Urges GOP To Present United Front, Confirm Supreme Court Nominee by OAN Newsroom
FILE – The Supreme Court is seen in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    According to President Trump, failing to nominate and confirm a new Supreme Court justice could spell disaster for the country.    He highlighted the dangers of not moving forward on the vacant seat during a Thursday rally in Jacksonville, Florida.
    While the President remains confident in his eventual victory in November, he stressed it’s imperative for the GOP to make sure a conservative judge occupies the seat as soon as possible to prevent Democrats from attempting to pack the court in the future and pave the way for its radicalization towards the left.
    “He (Joe Biden) wants to pack the court Supreme Court with radicals who will terminate the Second Amendment, confiscate your firearms, eliminate the right to self-defense, strike under God from the Pledge of Allegiance at all other places, tear down crosses from public spaces and force taxpayers to fund extreme late Term abortion,” said President Trump.    “These far left justices would release violent criminals, shield foreign terrorists, impose sanctuary cities and declare the death penalty totally unconstitutional.”
    The President was emphatic on this point, stating Biden’s desire to appease far-left groups within his party would mean any Supreme Court nominee of his choosing would effectively be selected by these very people.
    According to President Trump, this is behind the former vice president’s refusal to release a list of his potential nominees as a list populated by moderates could alienate the far-left while one full of radicals would drive away more level-headed voters.
    “My opponent refuses to release his lists of potential justices because they will be hand-picked by extremists,” the President stated.    “…I could already tell you: the people on that list would not be good, it would not be pretty.”
    He also stressed Democrats are not beyond pushing the bounds of convention should they not get their way in blocking his nomination and could very well seek to “pack the court,” adding beyond the nine set by the Judiciary Act of 1869 in order to gain back control over the nation’s top judicial body.
    Luckily, the President added, the Republican Party seems well poised to present a united front and ensure the integrity of the Supreme Court against the efforts of the far-left.
    “Do you see what’s going on with the Republican Party?    How unified the Republican party is?” he asked.    “We’re unified, it’s a beautiful thing to say.”

9/25/2020 Sen. McConnell Praises Ky. Attorney General For Work On Breonna Taylor Case by OAN Newsroom
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., meets with reporters following a Republican strategy session,
at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell responded to the latest decision in the Breonna Taylor case by praising Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron.
    McConnell spoke from the Senate floor Thursday following the grand jury’s decision to charge just one of the three officers involved in Taylor’s death.    He commended Cameron for his “thorough impartial investigation” and said he has “full confidence” in the attorney general’s “painstaking pursuit of justice and facts.”
    “Kentucky’s Attorney General Daniel Cameron conducted exactly the kind of thorough impartial investigation that justice demands,” stated the senator.    “Yesterday that chapter concluded and the grand jury conducted the handoff to criminal prosecution.”
    McConnell noted that he’s spoken on the issue before and said there’s a need for justice and healing in the community.    He added that while many have channeled their grief into peaceful protests, the city of Louisville has endured lawlessness, riots and violence.
Protesters march, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. Authorities pleaded for calm while activists vowed
to fight on Thursday in Kentucky’s largest city, where a gunman wounded two police officers during anguished
protests following the decision not to charge officers for killing Breonna Taylor. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
    “Citizens’ businesses were vandalized, fires were set in the streets, and two officers of the Metro Police Department were shot and wounded while protecting public safety downtown,” he explained.
    McConnell described any attempt to “gun down officers serving the community” as the kind of “despicable cowardice” that must be met by the full force of the law. He went on to say he expects the governor and mayor to take necessary steps to secure law and order.

9/25/2020 Senate Reaffirms Commitment To Peaceful Transition Of Power by OAN Newsroom
File – Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is pictured. (AP Photo)
    The Senate passed a resolution reaffirming there will be a peaceful transfer of power in the event of a Democrat victory come November.    Resolution 718 was passed unanimously on Thursday.
    This came amid a wave of guarantees from GOP and Democrat lawmakers alike that there will be a peaceful transition of power in the hypothetical event President Trump does not win the election.
    Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) offered the non-binding resolution while arguing the smooth transfer of the presidency is an essential part of the Constitution.
    “The bedrock of democracy is the orderly and peaceful transfer of power when the president transitions out,” he stated.    “There should not be a question, there should never be one iota of interruption whatsoever as that peaceful demonstration.”
    However, President Trump has raised concerns over the legitimacy of the election amid the high volume of mail-in ballots.
    “So we have to be very careful with the ballots…that’s a whole big scam,” he explained.    “They found, I understand, eight ballots in a waste paper basket in some location..they’d throw them outby if they had the name Trump on it I guess.”
    Despite his concerns about potential election fraud, the President has pledged he would accept a Supreme Court ruling in a contested election.

9/25/2020 Poll Finds Support For Black Lives Matter Protests Falling by OAN Newsroom
A protester holds up a Black Lives Matter sign as she and others gather in the Brooklyn borough of New York, late Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in New York,
following a Kentucky grand jury’s decision not to indict any police officers for the killing of Breonna Taylor. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
    Americans are starting to withdraw their support for demonstrations amid continuing nationwide unrest.    According to a poll by the Associated Press and NORC Center for Public Affairs, only 39% of respondents said they approve of the demonstrations sweeping the nation.
    These numbers were down from June, when about 54% of the public reported they were okay with the protests.    The movement began earlier this year in response to the death George Floyd.
    Despite his family’s calls for peaceful protests, chaos quickly erupted in cities across the U.S. Since then, an all-out war has been declared against police officers, while businesses of all kinds have been looted or destroyed.
    Several officers have been severely injured by aggressors in recent weeks, with two being shot in the head during an ambush attack in Los Angeles.    Police vehicles and precincts have also been targeted and, in most cases, set ablaze.
FILE – In this May 30, 2020, file photo, police officers clear a roadblock made by protesters at a rally in Las Vegas,
over the death of George Floyd, a Black man who died while in police custody in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
    According to a separate poll, researchers also found the number of people who believe Black Americans are unfairly targeted by officers has also fallen since June, from 61% to 50% in September.
    Researchers believe support for the movement will only continue to fall if the violence continues.

9/25/2020 Democrat Congressmen To Introduce Bill Imposing Term Limits On Supreme Court Justices by OAN Newsroom
This Sept. 19, 2020, photo provided by the Supreme Court, shows the Bench draped for the death of Supreme Court Associate Justice
Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the Supreme Court in Washington. (Fred Schilling/Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States via AP)
    House Democrats have been looking to make some changes to the Supreme Court following the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.    A group of three Democrat representatives, including Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass.) and Don Beyer (D-Va.), are reportedly planning to introduce legislation to impose term limits on Supreme Court justices.
    The lawmakers are aiming to ban Supreme Court justices from lifetime appointments, instead maxing out their time on the court at 18 years.    They have argued this will prevent clashes over the high court.
    Democrats further suggested President Trump should honor Ginsburg’s alleged dying wish that the next elected President choose the new justice.    In the meantime, Republicans have stated it is the duty of the President to nominate a replacement to the high court.
    Rep. Khanna, the lead sponsor of the bill, spoke publicly against President Trump’s decision to fill Ginsburg’s seat.    He has claimed the current fight between parties on how to proceed with her replacement is all about healthcare.
    “We cannot let this President fill the seat and end Obamacare,” he stated.    “They couldn’t do it through the democratic process, so now they want to have someone on the court who is going to get rid of Obamacare, get rid of coverage for preexisting conditions.”
    The bill is also aiming to limit every President to only nominating two justices at most per four-year term.
    If the Senate confirms whoever President Trump selects as the nominee, this will mark the third Supreme Court justice the President has confirmed during his first term in the White House.
    The Democrat lawmakers are set to formally unveil the proposed legislation on Tuesday.

9/25/2020 President Trump Announces $500B Black Economic Empowerment ‘Platinum Plan’
President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign event, at the Cobb Galleria Centre, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    This week, President Trump announced a $500 billion Black economic empowerment plan.    The President unveiled the so-called “Platinum Plan” at an event in Atlanta on Friday.
    He touted the plan as an opportunity for “security, prosperity and fairness” for the Black community.
    According to the President, the plan will help create 500,000 new Black-owned businesses and 3 million new jobs in African American communities.
    It will also designate Antifa and the Ku Klux Klan as terrorist organizations.    The Platinum Plan has even pledged to finalize a “Second Step Act” following the success of the President’s first prison reform initiative.
Supporters of President Donald Trump listen as he speaks at a campaign event
at the Cobb Galleria Centre, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    President Trump went on to slam the Democrat Party for how they’ve treat Black voters every election cycle.
    “For decades, Democrat politicians like Joe Biden have taken Black voters for granted,” he stated.    “They made you big promises before every election and then, the moment they got to Washington, they abandoned you and they sold you out.”

9/25/2020 President Trump Speaks To Latino Voters At Roundtable Event In Fla. by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks during a Latinos for Trump event at Trump National Doral Miami resort, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Doral, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    President Trump stopped in Florida on Friday to speak to Latino voters.    This comes as the administration continues its campaign leading up to the November elections.
    At the roundtable event, the President touted the administration’s success in lowering Latino unemployment rates during his time in office.
    He also suggested Democrat nominee Joe Biden would be soft on the Venezuelan government, which the Trump administration has accused of corruption.
President Donald Trump smiles after a Latinos for Trump event at Trump National
Doral Miami resort, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Doral, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    President Trump went on to say the U.S. could become the next Venezuela with the wrong people in office.
    “If you look at some of these people that you see with…the riots and everything that’s going on, it’s the same ideology,” he said.    “That’s what happened with Venezuela…and it could happen here.”
    The President also noted he has received a lot of support from Latinos concerning the construction of the border wall.    He emphasized Latino Americans don’t want bad people crossing the border and referenced his administration’s efforts to remove MS-13 members.

9/25/2020 Chief Of Staff Meadows Slams Wray’s Testimony Regarding Voter Fraud by OAN Newsroom
White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows speaks with reporters at the White House, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows has urged the FBI to probe the legitimacy of mass voter fraud in the U.S. This came after FBI Director Christopher Wray denied seeing any coordinated attempts of national voter fraud in the upcoming presidential election.
    On Friday, Meadows refuted the FBI director’s testimony, which was made before a Senate panel on Thursday.
    “With all due respect to Director Wray, he has a hard time finding emails in his own FBI, let alone figuring out whether there’s any kind of voter fraud,” he said.
    He then suggested the FBI director should get involved on the ground level when conducting investigations.
    “Perhaps he can drill down on the investigation that just started, others that we’re seeing in North Carolina and other places, where multiple, duplicate ballots are being sent out,” stated Meadows.    “Perhaps he needs to get involved on the ground, and then he would change his testimony on Capitol Hill.”
FBI Director Christopher Wray, testifies during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on
“Threats to the Homeland” Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Tom Williams/Pool via AP)
    During the Senate hearing, Wray denied any attempts of voter fraud.    According to him, the FBI has only seen the scheme occur in local elections.
    “We take all election related threats seriously, whether it’s voter fraud, voter suppression, whether it’s in-person (or) by mail, and our role is to investigate the threat actors,” said the FBI director.    “We have not seen, historically, any kind of coordinated national voter fraud effort in a major election, whether it’s by mail or otherwise.”
    Meadows’ response to the testimony came after he defended President Trump, who has said he will accept the results as long as it’s a fair election.
    “I think he commits to a peaceful transfer as long as it’s a fair election,” added Meadows.    “I think that even the lead-up into this was talking about that very subject.”

9/25/2020 Ivanka Trump Says ‘Great American Comeback’ Is Well Underway In Wis. by OAN Newsroom
    Senior Advisor Ivanka Trump delivered a message to American workers during a stop in the Midwest this week.    On Thursday, she and Vice President Mike Pence toured a manufacturing plant in Wisconsin.
    She reiterated the administration’s mission is to put the American people first.    She went on to say manufacturing companies and their workers are part of what President Trump is fighting for every day.
    “You’ve heard the President talk about record lows across all demographics before this pandemic came in,” stated Ivanka.    “Record low unemployment for women, veterans, Hispanics, African Americans, Asian Americans, even a record low for disabled Americans, during his first three years in office.”
    Ivanka emphasized “American made means American jobs” and noted the “Great American Comeback” is well underway in Wisconsin.
    “We’re very, very proud and we will build upon this as the country begins to come back,” she added.

9/25/2020 2 Mass. Officials Charged After 76 Deaths At Veterans Care Home by OAN Newsroom
FILE – This May 2018 file photo ,shows an aerial view of the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke, Mass. (Don Treeger/The Republican, File)
    Two former top officials at a Massachusetts veterans care home are facing charges in connection with multiple COVID deaths at the facility.    On Friday, state Attorney General Maura Healey announced charges against Holyoke Soldiers’ Home’s former superintendent Bennett Walsh and ex-medical chief David Clinton.
    Both were indicted by a grand jury, who charged them with counts of criminal neglect and serious bodily injury.
    At least 76 people died of coronavirus at the care home after the first positive case appeared in March.
    “Walsh and Clinton were responsible for the decision to combine 42 veterans, some COVID positive and others not even showing any symptoms of COVID, into a single unit that usually accommodates 25 beds,” explained Healey.
    The U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division are also investigating the home.

9/25/2020 Secy. Pompeo Says N.Y. Chinese Consulate Full Of Spies by OAN Newsroom
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference to announce the Trump administration’s restoration of
sanctions on Iran, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, at the U.S. State Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    According to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, espionage is “not just a spy novel term.”    He made this remark while describing New York’s Chinese Consulate on Thursday.
    Pompeo has said officials at the consulate are “engaging in activities crossing the line from normal diplomacy to the kinds of things more akin to what spies are doing.”
    His comments came after one NYPD officer was arrested last week.    The officer has been accused of acting as an intelligence agent for the Chinese government.
    The FBI reported they have evidence 33-year-old Army veteran Baimadajie Angwang was working with other officials from the consulate, including his alleged “handler.”    In exchange for money, Angwang reportedly delivered intel over the course of at least the last two years to consulate officials on other Tibetans living in New York.
    Experts believe these efforts “show the Chinese Communist Party seeking to suppress dissent” against the country’s claim over Tibet, both in the territory and the United States.
    According to officials, Angwang also offered Chinese officials access to senior NYPD brass through invitations to certain police department events. One photo reportedly showed him sitting next to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
    Angwang is currently facing up to 55 years in prison if convicted on the charges against him, which included illegally acting as an agent of a foreign government, wire fraud and making false statements.
    In the meantime, China has thoroughly rejected these claims as “pure fabrication.”
    Despite their denial, Secretary Pompeo confirmed China’s New York consulate has since been closed.    He added more arrests of diplomats and agents from the country will likely be made in the near future.
    He reiterated the administration will continue to crack down on suspected foreign agents and fight to protect “our wallets, our hearts, our minds and our freedoms.”
    “For years, our diplomats couldn’t move around in Beijing, while Chinese diplomats ran free all across our country,” he stated.    “Fairness, reciprocity, equality, that’s how diplomats will be treated in the Trump administration.”

9/26/2020 Oil down $0.05 to $40.14, DOW up 359 to 27,174.

9/26/2020 CORONAVIRUS IN KENTUCKY - Beshear reports 930 cases, 12 deaths by Grace Schneider, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear announced 930 new coronavirus cases Friday and 12 additional deaths.br>     That brings the totals to 65,066 cases and 1,149 deaths across the state since the pandemic began in March.
    “Today’s COVID report is far too many cases and unfortunately far too many people who we’ve lost,” Beshear said in a release Friday afternoon.    “This virus has come for us.    We have to fight back.”
    Beshear said 131 of the new cases were among people ages 18 and younger, and 23 of which were children ages 5 and younger.    The youngest was a 2month- old.
    Kentucky’s positivity rate was 4.48%. Beshear noted that “the higher volume of the cases, the more Kentuckians we lose.”
    Friday’s death announcements included: an 86-year-old woman from Campbell County; an 85-year-old woman from Fayette County; an 86-year-old man from Fulton County; a 68-year-old woman from Grayson County; a 94-year-old woman and a 92-year-old man from Jefferson County; a 78-year-old man from Madison County; a 79-year-old man from Marshall County; a 74-year-old woman from McCracken County; two women, ages 62 and 96, and a 73-year-old man from Warren County.
    Indiana reported 1,195 new cases of coronavirus Friday, a day before the state moves to Stage 5 of its reopening plan.    Hoosier leaders also reported an additional 18 deaths, all of which occurred in the past 10 days.    The latest numbers bring the state’s totals to 115,407 cases and 3,340 deaths. [18 deaths / 1,195 cases – 0.015%].
    Grace Schneider: 502-582-4082; gschneider@courierjournal.com; Twitter: @gesinfk.    Support strong local journalism by subscribing today: courier-journal.com/graces.
[12 deaths / 930 cases = 0.013% and above Beshear noted that “the higher volume of the cases, the more Kentuckians we lose,” which is a flat out lie with no basis of truth and the only thing coming to him is angry Kentuckians who want him to open up this state and stop all this BLM and Antifa anarchist BS in Louisville.].

9/26/2020 BREONNA TAYLOR POLICE SHOOTING PROTESTERS -Protesters to continue after grand jury decision - Vow to make the city ‘as uncomfortable as it can’ by Chris Kenning, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Demonstrators in Louisville took to the streets Friday for the third night since a grand jury declined to indict three police officers for the death of Breonna Taylor, with one organizer vowing to “make these streets hot” until all the officers were fired.
    At the downtown park where protesters have gathered nightly since May 28, crowds chanted “No Justice, no peace,” as anger continued to boil over Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s Wednesday grand jury announcement, which sparked demonstrations in cities across the country.
Protesters squeeze between a barricade as they march to NuLu in Louisville on Friday. One organizer vowed to “make these
streets hot” until all the officers in the Breonna Taylor case were fired. PHOTOS BY PAT MCDONOGH/COURIER JOURNAL

    Protesters pose in the middle of Second and Main streets as they march from Jefferson Square Park to the NuLu district in Louisville on Friday evening.
    “We will make sure that this city as uncomfortable as it can be,” Tamika Mallory, of the group Until Freedom, said Friday, later leading marchers holding a purple banner reading “Justice for Breonna Taylor.”
    Among several hundred marching was Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer, who earlier told The Courier Journal she was “mad, pissed, upset, hurt” over the decision.
    Tension grew overnight after Louisville police arrested two high-profile Black advocates, state Rep. Attica Scott and Shameka Parrish-Wright, on rioting and other charges for damage to a library their attorney said they had nothing to do with.
    Since the grand jury decision, at least 150 people have been arrested and two police officers shot and injured.    Mayor Greg Fischer has extended the city’s 9 p.m. curfew through the weekend, though critics have said it’s not evenly enforced.
    “You can just feel the dread over the city,” said Darian Ferguson, who was at the park as part of a group of therapists offering free counseling.    He said crisis calls had increased amid the turmoil and grand jury’s decision that hit some “like a truck.”
    Cameron said Wednesday the two Louisville Metro Police officers who fired their weapons at Taylor were justified in using force to protect themselves after they faced gunfire from her boyfriend, who has said he didn’t know who was at the door.
    The only charges were three counts of wanton endangerment against former Detective Brett Hankison for shooting into an adjacent apartment.
    But activists insist the system failed to bring any justice in Taylor’s death during a botched drug raid and are pushing for new statewide police reform laws and for more consequences for the officers.
    Earlier Friday, the University of Louisville basketball team led a justice march.    Coach Chris Mack and players David Johnson, Charles Minlend and Malik Williams started the hourlong event with speeches to sign-carrying supporters.    The collective group made a 45-minute trek to Throws Field and back while chanting “Breonna Taylor” and “No justice, no peace.”
    At the downtown park Friday, people sang, watered flowers in the memorial area and played piano.    Some provided food and water.    Adria Johnson was encouraging people to register to vote.
    That echoed calls by Taylor’s family attorney Benjamin Crump, who earlier had urged people to vote and highlighted get-out-the-vote marches in several cities on Oct. 14.
    “We’ve got to take all of the frustration, the heartache, the outrage and channel that into tangible action,” Johnson said.
    Along downtown streets as evening fell, where nearly 25 square blocks were still barricaded from traffic amid a state of emergency, several hundred marchers raised fists as cars honked in support.
    They walked past police barriers including into the NuLu neighborhood just east of downtown, where protesters earlier this year had demanded that restaurants and businesses hire more Black employees and take other measures.    The group stopped to demonstrate at a Cuban restaurant whose owner previously criticized “mafia tactics.”
    “Our community is hurting,” Fischer said in a news conference Friday, saying peaceful protest was welcome but that arrests would result from violence or property damage.
    By 6:55 p.m., police had declared the march unlawful.    Flash-bang explosions went off.    For Louisville, the night would likely another long one.
    Courier Journal reporters Hayes Gardner and Bailey Loosemore as well as Indianapolis Star reporters Lawrence Andrea and Binghui Huang contributed.    Chris Kenning is a statewide enterprise writer.    Reach him at ckenning@ gannett.com, 502-396-3361 or follow on Twitter at @chris_kenning.
    Activists insist the system failed to bring any justice in Breonna Taylor’s death during a
botched drug raid and are pushing for new statewide police reform laws and for more consequences for the officers.

9/26/2020 Border wall challenge is revived by Nomaan Merchant, ASSOCIATED PRESS
    HOUSTON – A federal appeals court on Friday revived a House challenge of President Donald Trump’s use of Defense Department money to build a border wall after Democrats refused to provide funding he requested.
    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia reversed a lower court’s dismissal of the House Democrats’ lawsuit.    The appeals panel cited the House’s argument that it was cut out of its “constitutionally indispensable legislative role” when Trump unilaterally moved about $8 billion to border wall construction.
    Congress’ power to appropriate spending “is a core structural protection of the Constitution – a wall, so to speak, between the branches of government that prevents encroachment of the House’s and Senate’s power of the purse,” the panel wrote.
    The case now returns to the court of U.S. District Judge Trevor McFadden, a Trump appointee, who had initially ruled that House Democrats lacked the authority to sue in April 2019. McFadden wrote that the House’s lawsuit was about trying to “conscript the Judiciary in a political turf war with the President over the implementation of legislation.”
    The Justice Department did not immediately comment. House Democrats sued three months after the end of the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, triggered by Trump’s demand for border wall funding.
    The president later signed a funding bill that included $1.4 billion for border barriers, short of the $5.7 billion he had demanded from Congress.
[The Democrats just will not give it up and continue to do all they can to impede Trump even though the present wall is stopping illegal immigration and he has already built 310 miles at 10 miles a day to get to 500 by end of the year and if they keep it up I think he should shut the government down again until they stop their stupidity.].

9/26/2020 FBI Texts Reveal Officials Knew Russia Collusion Was A Hoax by OAN Newsroom
    Some new bombshell revelations were made this week in the long saga of the Russia collusion hoax.    One America’s Jack Posobiec breaks down the findings from a newly released series of texts from the FBI.

[Hopefully all this information from Durham will get out before the election to let the public know how bad the corruption was in the Obama-Biden administration before they vote that corruption continuation back into office again.].

9/26/2020 President Trump Selects Judge Amy Coney Barrett As Supreme Court Nominee by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks as he announces Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his nominee to the Supreme Court,
in the Rose Garden at the White House, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    On Saturday, President Trump nominated 48-year-old Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court.
    “Today it is my honor to nominate one of our nation’s most brilliant and gifted legal minds to the Supreme Court,” he said.    “She is a woman of unparalleled achievement, towering intellect, sterling credentials and unyielding loyalty to the Constitution.”
    Judge Barrett thanked the President and his administration for their kindness and the honor of being nominated.
    “If the Senate does me the honor of confirming me, I pledge to discharge the responsibilities of this job to the very best of my ability,” she stated.    “I love the United States, and I love the United States Constitution.”
    If she is appointed to the Supreme Court, she noted she will “be mindful of who came before me.”
    “I am truly humbled by the prospect of serving on the Supreme Court,” added Barrett.

Judge Amy Coney Barrett speaks after President Donald Trump announced Barrett as his nominee to the Supreme Court,
in the Rose Garden at the White House, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    Judge Barrett’s legal career began when she graduated from Notre Dame Law School in 1997.
    She went on to clerk for late conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, where she earned a reputation among her associates for “destroying flimsy legal arguments.”
    Barrett then went on to practice and teach law in Indiana for the next 15 years.
    The nominee has been a federal judge at an appellate court in Chicago for the past three years, where her reputation as a conservative has grown.    The Catholic judge has become a well-known, staunch opponent of abortion.
    She has hinted she would want to leave the basic right of abortion in place, but also allow states to make some abortions difficult to acquire.     “I don’t think the core case that women have a right to an abortion will change, but I think the question of whether people can get very late term abortions, how many restrictions can be put on clinics, will change,” she said.
    Also prominent in Barrett’s list of policies was her stance on healthcare.    In 2017, she denounced Justice John Robert’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act.    Experts have predicted she will pose a threat to Obamacare moving forward.
    Regarding guns, Judge Barrett previously struck down a federal law that barred felons from owning guns.    She is expected to be a firm advocate for the Second Amendment.
    If confirmed by the Senate, she will be the youngest justice on the Supreme Court and could shape American policy for years to come.    The Senate will soon hold a vote on whether to confirm her to the Supreme Court before the November election.

9/26/2020 Thousands Gather In Washington, D.C. For Prayer March 2020 by OAN Newsroom
    On Saturday, thousands of conservatives and evangelicals marched on Capitol Hill.    They are calling for a spiritual awakening within the United States.
    The 2020 Prayer March was organized by Reverend Franklin Graham, son of the famous evangelist Billy Graham.    He encouraged spiritual healing across country in the wake of the recent national unrest.
    Vice President Mike Pence even made an appearance at the beginning of the march.    He praised those who joined in prayer and urged attendees to continue this “great American tradition.”
    “Since the founding of our nation, the American people and our leaders have gone to prayer in challenging times,” he stated.    “President Donald Trump has observed many times that America is a nation of believers, and you’ve proved that again today.”
    The two-hour march was slated to stop and pray at seven spots around Washington, D.C.    It will reportedly end on the steps of the U.S. Capitol.
    Organizers have said this march is not meant to be political and noted they are only asking for God to heal the country.

9/26/2020 DOJ Files Motion For Immediate Ban On WeChat, Denies Preliminary Injunction Request On TikTok by OAN Newsroom
Icons for the smartphone apps TikTok and WeChat are seen on a smartphone screen in Beijing, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
    Tensions between the U.S. Department of Justice and social media apps flooding out of China continues to build.    According to a new court filing, DOJ officials are looking to stop all downloads of the app WeChat on mobile devices.
    The U.S. Commerce Department moved to ban WeChat last week, but was interrupted by a California judge, who agreed to delay the move due to concerns it could affect users’ First Amendment rights.
    The DOJ has stated the app, which is owned by Chinese tech giant Tencent, has allowed the Chinese government to collect and use Americans’ personal data to advance its own interests.    Their filing has asked the court to allow the ban to go into effect while the case is being examined.
    On the same day, a federal judge also opposed TikTok’s request for an injunction to delay its ban from the app store.    The app has notably garnered attention for the possible security threat it poses to the U.S.
    The Justice Department has said the delay would undermine President Trump’s executive order to ban the app, which is set to take effect on Sunday.    The decision would also set a precedent that could weaken the U.S. President’s ability to block business to business transactions with a foreign government during a national emergency.
    TikTok requested the injunction following reports a temporary ban would result in the loss of more than 90% of the app’s users.
    The app has sought to avoid an outright ban through other means, notably in the form of its recent deal with Oracle.    However, the deal has yet to be finalized as security concerns must still be worked out.
    “We have some great options and maybe we can keep a lot of people happy, but we have to have total security from China,” stated President Trump.    “Just know we’re not going to do anything to jeopardize security.”
    A court hearing is scheduled for Sunday morning to discuss the impending censure.

9/26/2020 Sen. Harris Slammed For Praising Black Lives Matter, Ongoing Protests by OAN Newsroom
Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks at the Detroit
Pistons practice facility in Detroit, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
    Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) has been criticized for praising Black Lives Matter and the ongoing protests across the country.    In an appearance during the NAACP National Convention this week, the Democrat vice presidential candidate called BLM “brilliant” and the “most significant agent for change within the criminal justice system.”
    The senator also said protests against injustice are “essential for the evolution of our country.”
    Her comments came just days after two Louisville police officers were shot during violent demonstrations in the city.     “The brilliance and the impact of Black Lives Matter…history is going to show was an inflection point in the ongoing fight for justice and to reform America’s criminal justice system,” stated Harris.
    Critics blasted the senator over her comments, citing the months of left-wing violence in cities across the country.    Harris has been accused of praising mob violence and trying to say anything to win approval ahead of this year’s election.

9/26/2020 Ky. Democrat State Lawmaker Arrested In Louisville Riots by OAN Newsroom
State Rep. Attica Scott speaks during a news conference, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
    The Kentucky state legislator who authored legislation banning no-knock warrants has been taken into custody.    According to reports, Democrat Rep. Attica Scott was arrested late Thursday night during demonstrations in Louisville, which erupted in the wake of the latest Breonna Taylor announcement.
    Police reported more than 20 people were arrested for unlawful assembly and rioting.    Scott was taken into custody amid reports of a fire at a nearby library and other vandalism downtown.
    “We saw LMPD on both sides of the library, so we walked up the ramp at the library to get to the church, which is literally across the street,” stated the lawmaker.    “LMPD swarmed us, …they wouldn’t let us leave to go back to our vehicle.”

Black Lives Matter protesters march, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Louisville. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
    Scott’s bill, Breonna’s Law, would also require officers to wear body cams while serving warrants.
    According to authorities, officers did knock and announce their presence during the raid that claimed Taylor’s life.

9/27/2020 BREONNA TAYLOR POLICE SHOOTING PROTESTS EVERYTHING WAS QUIET - UNTIL IT WASN’T
    Inside the downtown ‘sanctuary’ church surrounded by police.
    The Rev. Lori Kyle was prepared to feed the hungry and welcome the weary.    But no one at her church could have imagined how literally the word “sanctuary” would be implored on the grounds Thursday night as law enforcement surrounded roughly 250 protesters for about two hours outside the First Unitarian Church at 809 S. Fourth St., just south of downtown Louisville.
    Thursday marked the 120th consecutive day of protests in Louisville and the second night people had taken to the streets since Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced on Wednesday that none of the officers involved in the killing of Breonna Taylor, a Black woman who was shot by police inside her South End apartment in March, would face charges connected to her death.
    TOP: Protesters watch as police surround them at the First Unitarian Church in Louisville on Thursday.    The church offered food and refuge to people who were protesting the grand jury decision in the Breonna Taylor case.
ABOVE: LMPD officers surround protesters at the church on South Fourth Street. PHOTOS BY SAM UPSHAW
JR./COURIER JOURNAL - Maggie Menderski Features columnist Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
[I am glad to see the rioters ran from the Kentucky police and hid in a church because they knew what a Republican attorney general would do to them if they did one thing wrong after shooting two policeman days earlier while the weak former Attorney General now Governor Andy Beshear was not in this and hid in Frankfort.    And if you did not notice that they went into a Unitarian Church who if into Unitarianism rejects the mainstream Christian doctrine of the Trinity, or three Persons in one God, made up of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.    They typically believe that God is one being - God the Father, or Mother.    Jesus was simply a man, not the incarnate deity.    So you can tell that these rioters are definitely what we can call the ANTICHRIST, as I rest my case.].

9/27/2020 Kentucky reports 973 new COVID-19 cases, 5 more deaths - Beshear: On pace for highest week of cases by Emma Austin, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Kentucky saw a high daily total of new coronavirus cases for a second consecutive Saturday, with 973 new cases announced.    Gov. Andy Beshear reported 1,002 cases last Saturday in one of the highest daily totals yet.
    The commonwealth has now seen 66,036 confirmed cases of COVID-19.    The new cases Saturday included 132 in children under 19, including 18 kids under age 6.
    Beshear also announced five more deaths caused by the virus, bringing Kentucky’s total count to 1,154.    Saturday’s deaths include a 67-year-old man from Scott County, an 80-yearold woman from Union, an 86-year-old woman from Christian, an 88-year-old man from Boyd and a 101-year-old woman from Boyd.
    “That’s five additional families who are suffering during this time,” Beshear said in a press release.
    Kentucky is on pace to have the single highest week of positive cases, the governor said.
    “We simply have to do better,” Beshear said.    “Please wear a mask.    Sadly, sometimes I’m seeing less of these out there than more.    This will save lives.”
    The rate for positive tests over the past seven days was 4.42% as of Saturday — slightly down from Friday’s 4.48%, but higher than a week ago when the state was reporting below 4%.
    At least 1.35 million COVID-19 tests have been administered in Kentucky as of Saturday, according to the governor’s update.    More than 250 testing locations are spread across the state, according to the state’s online resource for COVID-19 information. To find a testing site near you, go to kycovid19.ky.gov.
    “We’ve already lost more than 200,000 Americans,” Beshear said.    “Do your part as Team Kentucky, do your patriotic duty — mask up, Kentucky.    It may save the life of someone you know<.”    Indiana reported 1,155 new COVID-19 cases and 11 deaths Saturday, bringing its total to 116,549 cases and 3,341 deaths.    The state moved into Stage 5, the final phase of its reopening plan, on Saturday.    Restaurants, bars, fitness centers and stores will now be able to operate at full capacity, but people will be expected to maintain social distance, and the mask order remains in place indefinitely.
    Reach Emma Austin at eaustin@gannett.com or on Twitter at @emmacaustin.    Support strong local journalism by subscribing today: subscribe.courier-journal.com.
[5 deaths / 973 cases which is half of what all the states round us are having = 0.005%.].

9/27/2020 Several States Investigating Accounts Of Mail-In Voter Fraud by OAN Newsroom
FILE – This May 26, 2020, file photo shows an Official Democratic General Primary mail-in ballot and
secrecy envelope, for the Pennsylvania primary in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
    States have begun cracking down on mail-in voting fraud as the November election quickly approaches.
    Texas’ attorney general announced four arrests in connection with a vote harvesting scheme this week.    Democrat County Commissioner Shannon Brown and three others were taken into custody on Thursday for allegedly committing voter fraud in the 2018 primary elections in Gregg County.
    Authorities reported the group falsely marked several voters as disabled in order to obtain their mail-in ballots and cast the ballots for Brown.    The Gregg County election results showed he defeated his opponent for the position of commissioner by five votes.
    The attorney general noted mail-in ballots are extremely vulnerable to the influence of vote harvesting schemes.
FILE – In this Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, file photo, a person drops applications for mail-in-ballots into a mailbox in Omaha, Neb. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)
    Meanwhile, an election office in Pennsylvania is under investigation after an independent contractor wrongly disposed of seven military mail-in ballots, which were reportedly cast for President Trump.
    The contractor was released from duty following the incident.    The situation is still under federal investigation.
    Earlier this month, the secretary of state in Georgia announced 1,000 individuals had voted twice in the June primaries by casting absentee ballots and voting again in person.
    “1,000 people of that 150,000 actually double voted, knowing full well that their vote they had filled out an absentee ballot, had mailed it back in and then showed up on the day of election,” explained Brad Raffensperger.
    According to reports, the phone lines were busy when poll workers tried to call the county elections office to verify whether or not the absentee votes has been counted.    One poll worker said they felt they had no choice but to have the individuals sign an affidavit and allow them to vote.
FILE – In this Sept. 3, 2020, file photo, a worker prepares tabulators for the upcoming election at the Wake County Board of Elections in Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, file)
    A group of men was arrested earlier this summer in California for bribing homeless people to forge signatures on ballot petitions and voter registration forms during the 2016 and 2018 elections.
    The men were able to produce hundreds of fraudulent signatures.    They are currently facing three-year sentences of prison and probation.
    In the meantime, President Trump continues to raise concerns mail-in voting may result in an unfair election.

9/27/2020 RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel Confident President Trump Will Be Reelected by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this May 24, 2018, file photo, Chair of the Republican National Committee Ronna McDaniel
appears on the “Fox & friends” television program in New York.(AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
    According to RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, the Trump campaign has a strong ground game.    On Sunday, she announced she’s confident the President will be reelected.
    “We’re on track to reelect the President, keep the Senate and win back to the House,” she said.    “Everything has been turning in our direction.”
    McDaniel reaffirmed the RNC isn’t taking its foot off the gas or taking any votes for granted.    She also touted President Trump’s ability to debate Joe Biden, whom she has said will have to answer for his far left stance on policies like energy and taxes.
    “I think his team is trying to figure out how he’s going to handle the President, who’s a tough debater,” she stated.    “Of course, Joe Biden’s had 47 years, he’s been in politics his whole life.”
    The RNC will reportedly be putting Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination at the front of the election fight by launching a $10 million digital ad campaign in key battleground states.

9/27/2020 Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth Endorses President Trump by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks with reporters on the South Lawn of the White House, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020,
in Washington before departing for a campaign rally in Middletown, Pa. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth has offered his endorsement of President Trump.    As part of an op-ed released this weekend, Beth expressed the President was there for Kenosha law enforcement and residents when they needed him most.
    “The President’s swift and bold response to support our law enforcement family and my community made it clear that he’s the strong leader Wisconsin and America needs,” stated the sheriff.    “It’s also why I am proud to endorse President Trump for reelection this fall.”
    Beth went on to recount the first time he met the President at a roundtable event, where he said he saw the commander in chief’s support, gratitude and steadfast resolve for law enforcement.
    According to the sheriff, when the department asked President Trump for help after violence broke out in Kenosha, the President responded by saying “whatever you need, it’s coming.”
    He also cited President Trump’s dedication to upholding law and order, along with his refusal to play politics with the lives of America’s brave men and women, who are on the front lines of serving and protecting their communities.
    Beth stated he has made a vow to work as hard as he can to improve the lives of American citizens and noted he looks for that quality in a presidential candidate.
    He was not the only sheriff in the state to give President Trump his endorsement.    Dozens of other Wisconsin sheriffs have also voiced their support for the President.

9/27/2020 President Trump Holds Rally In Middletown, Pa. by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Harrisburg International Airport, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Middletown, Pa. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    Just hours after announcing his pick for the Supreme Court, President Trump continued his campaign trail to Pennsylvania. On Saturday night, the President held a rally at Harrisburg International Airport in Middletown.
    The event marked his second visit to the state this week alone.    This comes as the Trump campaign has been shifting its focus to the essential battleground state.
    President Trump started off the rally in high spirits.    He traveled straight from the White House Rose Garden, where he nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court earlier that day.
    “Judge Barrett is a brilliant legal mind, an extraordinary scholar, number one in her class, one of the most respected people,” he said.
    He also touted his allegiance to law enforcement.
    “The Democrat Party’s war on cops is putting police officers at risk,” he stated.    “As President, I will always stand with the heroes of law enforcement.”

Supporters of President Donald Trump wait for his arrival for a campaign rally at Harrisburg
International Airport, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Middletown, Pa. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    He went on to highlight his administration’s efforts to fight the coronavirus.
    “They’re approving things in a fraction of the time,” added President Trump.    “On November 3rd, Pennsylvania will decide whether we end the pandemic and defeat the virus.”
    He also addressed the threat of mass mail-in voting.
    “This is going to be a disaster,” he said.    “All I’m asking is people go out to vote and stop with this nonsense, we’re going to be counting ballots for the next two years.”
    Ahead of Tuesday’s presidential debate, the President also took aim at his Democrat opponent Joe Biden.
    “That’s what you call a really dishonest, dumb politician,” he stated.    “But we look forward to seeing him in the debate.”

9/27/2020 Judge Amy Coney Barrett Vows To Serve The American People by OAN Newsroom
Judge Amy Coney Barrett speaks after President Donald Trump announced her as his nominee to the Supreme Court,
in the Rose Garden at the White House, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    Judge Amy Coney Barrett has accepted the nomination to be the next justice of the nation’s highest court.    On Saturday, she gave a speech in front of the White House and vowed to serve the American people.
    This came after President Trump tapped Barrett to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.    Judge Barrett has said she will approach the bench with impartiality and remain faithful to the U.S. Constitution.
    She discussed her time clerking for the late Justice Antonin Scalia and noted he had a profound influence on her approach to the law.
    “A judge must apply the law as written,” said Barrett.    “Judges are not policymakers, and they must be resolute in setting aside any policy views they might hold.”
    She went on to say she looks forward to working with the Senate during her confirmation process, which is set to take place in the coming weeks.

9/27/2020 Rep. Biggs Pushes To Oust House Speaker Nancy Pelosi by OAN Newsroom
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. speaks during a news conference Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
    Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) is pushing to remove House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.    The Republican lawmaker took to Twitter on Friday to advocate for his motion to oust the increasingly controversial speaker.
    This movement has garnered support from several Republicans in recent days.    According to them, Pelosi is abusing her position of power by continually pushing to impeach President Trump.
    In a video shared this week, Biggs stated he is hoping to bring the action to a vote in the House soon.
    “We have a process in the House called a motion to vacate the chair, which is how you remove the sitting speaker,” he said.    “I hope we have the opportunity to have that vote on the floor of the House of Representatives.”
    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has also voiced support for Biggs’ movement.    He reportedly indicated plans to allow the Freedom Caucus to respond if Pelosi pushes for impeachment again.

9/27/2020 Commission On Presidential Debates Prepares For Tuesday’s Debate by OAN Newsroom
Preparations take place for the first Presidential debate outside the Sheila and Eric Samson Pavilion, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    With the first presidential debate just days away, the Commission on Presidential Debates has been working hard to prepare.    On Sunday, the commission announced they are focused on preparing the venue for the highly anticipated event, which is slated to take place in Cleveland, Ohio.
    The debate will be hosted by Case Western University’s Health Education Campus.
    The commission’s senior adviser, Peter Eyre, has expressed he’s optimistic about the set up so far.
    “There’s a lot of activity going on there right now, the main stage has been built, the rigging is pretty much finalized,” he said.    “Then we start moving into putting up the set and working on audio.”
    On Tuesday night, both President Trump and his Democrat opponent Joe Biden will face-off with each other for the first time.    One America News will air live, uninterrupted coverage of the first 2020 Presidential Debate on Tuesday, September 29th at 9 p.m. ET!

9/27/2020 President Trump Slams Mail-In Ballots, Says Election Has To Be Fair by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Harrisburg International Airport, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Middletown, Pa. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)
    President Trump slammed mail-in voting during his campaign rally in Virginia this weekend.    The President visited Newport News on Friday, where he spoke about the potential threat large scale mail-in ballot voting poses to the 2020 election.
    He warned Americans about the attempts by many to cheat Americans out of the election through the mail system.
    “We’ve got to watch this ballot scam, because they are scamming us,” he said.
    The President acknowledged the recent attacks on him over the peaceful transfer of power by saying he does want to respectfully turn over the presidency to the winner.
    “They say, ‘He doesn’t want to turn over government,’” he explained. “    Of course, I do, but it’s got to be a fair election.”
    President Trump also drew attention to the Democrats’ previous run with mail-in ballots, where more than 60,000 mail-in ballots were ruled to be void by multiple judges.    He went on to discuss the several instances of voter fraud currently under investigation across the U.S.
    “See, that’s another scam,” he added.    “They’re losing ballots all over the place that just happen to be Trump ballots.”

9/27/2020 Value Of U.S. Commercial Property Slashed By 27%, Financial Times Reports by David Randall
FILE PHOTO: The Empire State Building and Manhattan skyline are seen in New York City, New York, U.S., September 9, 2020./File Photo
    NEW YORK (Reuters) – The economic effects of the coronavirus are battering the U.S. commercial-backed securities market, raising the question of the value of hotels, malls, and other buildings that act as collateral for mortgages, according to a report in the Financial Times on Sunday.
    Wells Fargo estimates that U.S. properties that have gotten into trouble are being written down by 27% on average, according to the report. (https://on.ft.com/36cE4eE)
    Declining appraisal values could hammer portfolio managers that have moved into the commercial mortgage-backed securities market in search for yield at a time when the Federal Reserve has indicated that it will keep benchmark yields near zero until 2023 at the earliest.
(Reporting by David Randall; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)
[They left the decisions to be made by Cuomo and Blasio which is why the economy has not returned and now there is an Escape From New York in process.].

9/27/2020 Pro-Life, Pro-Choice Demonstrators Clash In D.C. After President Trump Names Barrett As SCOTUS Nominee by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this May 3, 2020 photo, the setting sun shines on the Supreme Court building on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
    The controversial issue of abortion is now at the forefront of the conversation surrounding who will fill the open seat on the Supreme Court.
    After President Trump nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill the vacancy on Saturday, demonstrators took to the streets of Washington, D.C. to voice both support and opposition to the President’s high-profile decision.
Judge Amy Coney Barrett stands as President Donald Trump announces her as his nominee to the Supreme Court,
in the Rose Garden at the White House, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    Some pro-life advocates appeared optimistic about the President’s pick.    They are hoping Barrett will defend Christian values while serving on the high court.
    “We are here supporting pro-life, and we are excited to see what she will do,” stated pro-life advocate Emily Harrison. “It’s definitely a change from having a liberal in the Supreme Court to having a more conservative Catholic, who is able to speak out about our beliefs, in the Supreme Court.”
    Demonstrators expressed they are specifically interested to see a potential reversal of the landmark abortion decision in the Roe v. Wade case.
    “We are having another woman in the Supreme Court to go against Roe v. Wade and to give more options to states,” added Harrison.    “I’m excited to see what’s about to happen in the world, a lot is about to change with this new nominee.”
    Meanwhile, pro-choice supporters attacked the President’s decision by contrasting Barrett with the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
    “As someone of color, as a female, I hope this doesn’t get through,” stated pro-choice advocate Olivia Riesen.    “I’d really like to see some real justice and someone to uphold RBG’s legacy.”
    With Barrett’s record on abortion decisions now in the spotlight, the decision to fill the open seat on the Supreme Court is set to take its next step in the Senate.
    Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham recently announced the confirmation hearings to consider the President’s nominee will begin on October 12th.    They are expected to last about four days.

9/27/2020 Meadows: FBI Needs To Ensure Voters Are Confident Their Votes Will Be Counted Properly by OAN Newsroom
White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows speaks with reporters at the White House, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows has criticized FBI Director Christopher Wray’s handling of potential voter fraud issues this election season. On Sunday, he pointed out states are changing laws that will open the door for fraud ahead of the election.
    Some of these new measures included allowing mail-in ballots postmarked before November 3rd to be counted several days after the election.
    Meadows reiterated he wants to make sure every vote counts.    He slammed Wray’s testimony to Congress earlier this month, during which the FBI director claimed there was no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the country.
    The chief of staff has urged him to take a closer look and to avoid “making a verdict before you’ve heard the case.”    He went on to say President Trump remains confident in Wray, as he still holds his director title.
    “As we look at this, we want to make sure he’s doing his job,” explained Meadows.    “The minute the President loses confidence in any of his cabinet members, he will certainly look at replacing them.”

9/28/2020 Beshear reports 456 additional COVID-19 cases, 3 more deaths by Emma Austin, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Kentucky is up to 66,491 cases of COVID-19, with 456 new cases announced Sunday.
    Of the new cases, 60 were in children under age 19, and 10 were in kids under 6, according to a news release from Gov. Andy Beshear.
    Beshear also announced three more deaths Sunday: a 97-year-old woman from Bell County, an 87-year-old man from Kenton County and an 81-yearold woman from Fayette County.    Kentucky has now had 1,157 deaths linked to the pandemic.
    “We know we must do better if we want to continue on the path toward regaining the parts of our lives that have been on hold,” Beshear said.    “If we want to protect each other and our economy, if we want to get our kids back to school, the message is clear for Team Kentucky: Wear a mask, maintain social distance, wash your hands regularly and avoid crowds.”
    Beshear said on Saturday the state was on track to have its highest weekly total yet for new COVID-19 cases but did not provide a total as of Sunday.
    Indiana on Sunday reported an additional 921 cases and three deaths from the coronavirus, bringing the state’s totals to 117,450 cases and 3,354 deaths.    Bars, restaurants, gyms and churches in the state moved into Stage 5 of reopening Saturday and are allowed to operate at full capacity while observing social distancing.
    Reach Emma Austin at eaustin@gannett.com or on Twitter at @emmacaustin.    Support strong local journalism by subscribing today: subscribe.courierjournal.com.
[3 deaths / 456 cases = 0.006% get over it Beshear and open Kentucky up 100%.].

9/28/2020 Democrats Frame Election As Referendum On Obamacare Following Barrett’s SCOTUS Nomination by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump walks along the Colonnade with Judge Amy Coney Barrett after a news conference to announce Barrett as his
nominee to the Supreme Court, in the Rose Garden at the White House, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    Democrats are trying to frame the fight over a vacant Supreme Court seat as a battle for the future of Obamacare after Amy Coney Barrett accepted President Trump’s nomination.
    During remarks in Wilmington, Delaware Sunday, Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden claimed the President’s nomination jeopardizes the future of health care for all Americans.    His comments came after Barrett, who’s expected to be confirmed by the Senate before the election, notably criticized a 2012 decision which upheld the law by Chief Justice John Roberts.
    The Supreme Court is slated to consider a case challenging Obamacare in November, just one week after the 2020 election.    The court will likely have a six-to-three conservative majority by then, but the the outcome of the case is far from certain.
    Biden framed the potential of the law to be struck down as a motive that voters ensure their voices are heard.
    “They should see to it that the American public will vote on the Senate races on this election and that they vote Republicans out of office,” he stated.    “I want to stay on focus here: this is about your health care, this is about whether or not the ACA (Affordable Care Act) will exist.”
    However, Biden admitted he has not directly reached out to senators about waiting to confirm Barrett until after the elections.
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden gives a speech on the Supreme Court
at The Queen Theater, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also turned up the criticism against the President’s choice to nominate a known critic of Obamacare.    She accused President Trump of rushing the nomination before November for the sole purpose of overturning the legislation.
    However, the President took to Twitter Sunday to assure if Obamacare is terminated by the Supreme Court, it will be replaced with a much better and far cheaper alternative.
    Previously, President Trump has stressed if the law is struck down by the court, he would put forward a plan offering the highest standard of care anywhere in the world.

9/28/2020 NYC Principals Union Passes Vote Of ‘No Confidence’ For Mayor Bill De Blasio Over School Reopenings by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Aug. 19, 2020 file photo, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks to reporters after visiting New Bridges Elementary
School in the Brooklyn borough of New York to observe pandemic-related safety procedures. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
    New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio has come under fire from a local principals union who has asked him to step away from his duties to reopen schools.
    On Sunday, the city’s Council of School Supervisors and Administrators unanimously passed a vote of ‘no confidence’ against De Blasio, just days before schools are set to reopen.
    Members of the union said the mayor’s office has made too many mistakes in recent months and are not prioritizing students or their families.
    “It seems like all summer long we’ve been running into roadblock after roadblock,” stated Mark Cannizzaro, President of the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators.    “With changing guidance, confusing guidance…any decision that should’ve been needed to be made, should’ve been made well before the opening of school.”
    The move comes amid a massive teacher shortage, where more than 200 K-8 grade schools need 1,200 teachers.    Reports show De Blasio was made aware of the shortage back in May and failed to listen to an advisory board put in place to help handle the issue.
    Since then, city officials and teachers unions have made deals to delay the start of in-person classes without giving the principals union enough notice.
    Meanwhile, the union is asking the New York State Department of Education to step in to oversee safe school reopenings.    Some middle schools along with every high school are expected to administer in-person classes starting as soon as Thursday.    Yet, school supervisors are worried they won’t be able to stay open very long.
FILE – In this Sept. 9, 2020, file photo, students wear protective masks as they arrive for classes at the Immaculate Conception
School while observing COVID-19 prevention protocols in The Bronx borough of New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

9/28/2020 Sen. Durbin Says Clinton Is ‘Flat Out Wrong’ For Advising Biden To ‘Not Concede Under Any Circumstances’ by OAN Newsroom
Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., pays respects as Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg lies in repose under the Portico at the top of the front steps of the
U.S. Supreme Court building on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in Washington. Ginsburg, 87, died of cancer on Sept. 18. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) recently denounced Hillary Clinton for advising Joe Biden to “not concede under any circumstances.”    During an interview Sunday morning, he called Clinton’s assessment “flat out wrong.”
    Clinton made these comments last month and said Biden should avoid conceding because the election will drag out due to the increase in mail-in voting.
    However, Durbin compared this sort of election response to what’s been going on in Belarus by arguing a refusal to acknowledge a Biden defeat would delegitimize American democracy.
    “If we are going to maintain a democracy, a peaceful transition through an election is the only way to do it,” explained the senator. “Just look at the streets of Belarus today if you want to see the alternative, we don’t need that in America.”
File – Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is pictured. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
    Durbin’s sentiment has been echoed by several Republicans who argue mail-in ballots pose a threat to election security.    Their concerns comes as President Trump has called for an investigation into liberal lawmaker Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and her alleged role in a ballot scheme.
    In response to reports Omar’s supporters harvested ballots, the President said “this is totally illegal.”    He went on to say he hopes the U.S. attorney in Minnesota has this and any other of her misdeeds under serious review.

9/28/2020 Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks President Trump’s TikTok Ban by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Friday, Aug. 7, 2020 file photo, the icons for the smartphone app TikTok on a smartphone screen in Beijing. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)
On Sunday, a U.S. judge temporarily blocked a Trump administration order that was set to ban video-sharing app TikTok from download on Apple and Google’s app stores.
    The Chinese-owned TikTok was to be barred at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, but U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols said in a brief order he was issuing a preliminary injunction to prevent the TikTok app store ban from taking effect.
    In a 90-minute Sunday morning hearing, a lawyer for TikTok, John E. Hall, argued that the ban was “irrational” as negotiations were still under way.
    Back in mid-August, President Trump gave ByteDance 90-days to sell TikTok after citing security concerns about the safety of data of its 100 million American users and the potential for China to access that data.
    The latest news comes as parent company ByteDance said it had made a preliminary deal for Walmart and Oracle to take stakes in a newly formed company, TikTok Global, that would oversee the U.S. operations.
    Negotiations are set to continue over the terms of the agreement and to resolve concerns from Washington as well as Beijing.

9/28/2020 EU And Britain Far Apart As Key Week Of Brexit Talks Begins by Jan Strupczewski, John Chalmers and Elizabeth Piper
European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic and Britain's Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
Michael Gove hold Brexit talks in Brussels, Belgium September 28, 2020. John Thys/Pool via REUTERS
    BRUSSELS/LONDON (Reuters) – The European Union and Britain both said a post-Brexit deal was still some way off and differences persisted on Monday over putting in place their earlier divorce deal as they began a decisive week of talks in Brussels.
    Britain left the EU last January and is locked in negotiations on a new trade deal from 2021, as well as on implementing the divorce, as set out in the Withdrawal Agreement, especially on the sensitive Irish border.
    EU national leaders will assess the state of play at a summit next month, with a no-deal Brexit still possible.
    Negotiations have stumbled over fisheries, fair competition and settling disputes, and Brexit descended into fresh chaos this month when London proposed draft laws that would undermine the earlier agreement.
    “The UK’s positions are far apart from what the EU can accept, a deputy head of the bloc’s executive Commission, Maros Sefcovic," said on Monday after talks with Michael Gove, the minister handling the divorce deal.
    “We maintain that the bill, if adopted in its current form, would constitute an extremely serious violation of … the Withdrawal Agreement and of international law,” he said, urging speedy progress before he meets Gove again in mid-October.
    Gove said the clauses of the Internal Market Bill that undercut the Withdrawal Treaty would remain.
    “We want to make sure that the Withdrawal Agreement is implemented in full,” Gove told reporters.    “But those clauses are there, they’re in legislation … And those clauses will remain in that bill.”
TRADE TALKS
    Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesman said in London that Britain’s focus was on progress in trade talks.
    “Although the last two weeks of informal talks have been relatively positive there remains much to be done,” he said.
    “We simply want the standard free trade agreement … we continue to be asked to accept provisions that do not reflect the reality of our status as an independent country.”
    Trade talks resume in Brussels on Tuesday. Lasting until Friday morning and also due to cover energy links and transport, they are the final round of negotiations scheduled so far.
    EU leaders meeting in Brussels on Thursday and Friday are expected to authorise more talks before their next summit on Oct. 15-16.    They will then assess whether to try push a deal over the line or prepare for the most damaging Brexit at the end of the year.
    The EU says negotiators must seal an agreement by the end of October or early November, to leave time for ratification by the European     Parliament and some national parliaments in the EU so that it can take effect from 2021 when Britain’s standstill transition ends after Brexit.
    Otherwise, the delicate peace on the island of Ireland as well as an estimated trillion euros worth of annual EU-UK trade would be at risk as the sides would fall back on general World Trade Organization rules that include tariffs and quotas.
(Additional reporting by Guy Faulconbridge and William James in London, Writing by Gabriela Baczynska; Editing by Giles Elgood and Alison Williams)

9/28/2020 Exclusive: EU Chair Germany Proposes Adherence To Rule Of Law As Key To Getting Bloc’s Cash by Gabriela Baczynska
FILE PHOTO: European Union flags flutter outside the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium August 21, 2020. REUTERS/Yves Herman
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Germany, current president of the European Union, has proposed a scheme that links access to EU money, including the 750 billion euro recovery fund, to respecting the rule of law, a document seen by Reuters showed on Monday.
    The proposal will underpin negotiations between the European Parliament and the 27 EU governments, which in July agreed to such a mechanism in principle but left out much detail to avoid a veto from Poland or Hungary, whose nationalist governments stand accused of flouting EU democratic norms.
    Warsaw and Budapest are under EU investigation for undermining the independence of the judiciary, media and non-governmental organisations, and both could lose tens of billions of euros in funding if the rule of law mechanism is established.
    In the recovery fund alone, excluding the linked long-term EU budget for 2021-27, Poland would be at risk of losing access to 23 billion euros ($26.84 billion) and Hungary to six billion.
    “The rule of law requires that all public powers act within the constraints set out by law … under the control of independent and impartial courts,” reads the proposed draft regulation, which needs the approval of the European Parliament.
    But the vast majority of EU lawmakers want the link between money and the rule of law to be stronger than agreed in July and the German proposal – sticking closely to the leaders’ summer agreement – is all but certain to disappoint the chamber.
    Liberal German EU lawmaker Moritz Korner, who leads the chamber’s work on the matter, said Berlin was “cuddling” with eurosceptic, nationalist rulers in Warsaw and Budapest.
    “Without an automatic sanction system, Germany’s proposal fails to defend the rule of law and the correctness of the EU budget spendings,” he told Reuters when asked about the scheme.
    According to the German document, punishment for rule of law breaches would include suspending the flow of EU money to capitals seen as breaching democratic checks and balances.    It would be decided by a majority vote of EU governments on a recommendation by the EU’s executive European Commission.
    This could allow other governments to override opposition from Poland and Hungary.
    But those seeking a stronger link argue that a majority of EU governments should be needed to decline, rather than endorse any recommendation by the Commission, to suspend funding for those flouting the rule of law.
    That formula would make penalties more likely by leaving governments less room for political horse-trading.
FINGER-WAGGING
    Some have cautioned, however, that seeking too ambitious a solution could backfire, given that Warsaw or Budapest might withdraw their support if the proposal is changed from what they signed up to in July after four days of tortuous talks.
    “It is important that all sides stick to the delicate compromise reached.    What didn’t find the support of the (leaders) at that time, will certainly not find it now,” said one official working on the matter.
    Germany has already called on EU lawmakers to speed up work on approving the bloc’s next budget, the recovery fund and the related rule of law conditions so that money can start flowing, including to the ailing south of the EU, from 2021.
    Asked about the Reuters story on Monday, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said Poland would stick to the July agreement.
    “There is no consent in Poland to allow for arbitrary application of various clauses and finger-wagging only because someone doesn’t like our government,” he told reporters.
    Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban threatened to veto a related decision if the July agreement on the rule of law mechanism is not honoured, which would derail the next EU budget and the recovery fun, together worth some 1.8 trillion euros.
($1 = 0.8568 euros)
(Reporting by Gabriela Baczynska, Additional reporting by Marcin Goclowski in Warsaw, Writing by Jan Strupczewski and Gabriela Baczynska, Editing by Mark Heinrich and Nick Macfie)

9/28/2020 Democrats Prepare For Potential Electoral College Tie, Could Place Presidential Choice Onto The House by OAN Newsroom
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. speaks during a news conference Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the nation’s leading Democrat, is reportedly preparing lawmakers for an undecided election.    She sent out a letter to House Democrats Sunday, noting the especially high stakes of the November election for the House.
    In the letter, she reminded lawmakers the House could potentially be called upon to make a decision in the hypothetical event there is an electoral college tie come November.    A tie in the electoral college is the result of a number of scenarios such as neither candidate reaching 270 electoral votes or what’s called a “faithless elector” who goes against their state’s candidate.
    This kind of tie would mean each state’s delegations in the lower chamber would have one vote to decide who the nation’s leader will become.    Pelosi noted this is determined by the Constitution, which states a candidate must receive a majority of the state delegations to win.
    The House’s vote in this scenario would take place January 6 of 2020, which would be several days after the newly-elected Congress is sworn into power.    Therefore, Pelosi called on Democrats to hone in on their campaigns in their home states to ensure Democrat control.
    Although there are more Democrat lawmakers in the House, there are still more Republican delegations with a 26-to-22 majority and Pennsylvania split evenly. President Trump celebrated the GOP advantage at his rally over the weekend.
    “And I don’t want to end up in the Supreme Court and I don’t want to go back to Congress either.    Even though we have an advantage, if we go back to Congress does everyone understands that?    I think it’s 26 to 22 two or something because it’s counted one vote per state.    So we actually have an advantage.    So they’re going to be thrilled to hear that.”
    In some states, even a single seat can determine a delegation’s party.    This makes the balance especially delicate.    Although this situation has not occurred since 1876, Pelosi has reportedly brought up concerns over the matter a number of times in recent weeks in a scheme to expand Democrat power.
    In conclusion, Democrats must either achieve the majority of delegations or at least prevent Republicans from obtaining it if they are to exercise their raw power to push Joe Biden into the presidency.

9/28/2020 President Trump: Rudy Giuliani, Fmr. Gov. Chris Christie Helping With Debate Prep by OAN Newsroom
Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, left, and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani attend a news conference with
President Donald Trump at the White House, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
    President Trump said he’s getting help from his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to prepare for Tuesday’s presidential debate.    He confirmed that during a White House press briefing Sunday.
    Reports have claimed President Trump isn’t doing any formal training for the debate.    However, he said his job as the President has helped him prepare.
    “I think this whole thing though is debate prep…every day I’m taking questions from you people,” he stated.    “I’ve taken a lot of questions from you over the last number of years.”
    The President went on to slam the mainstream media for treating him differently than Joe Biden.    This comes as President Trump and Biden have exchanged blows heading into the debate.
    The President criticized Biden over his previous debate performances and questioned why his last one during the primaries played out so well for him.
    “I’m willing to take a drug test, I think he should too…wasn’t great, but he wasn’t terrible,” said President Trump.    “People say he was on performance enhancing drugs.”
    Over the weekend, Biden claimed the President was a liar and would rely mostly on personal attacks during the debate.
    Meanwhile, this coming debate is expected to touch on topics such as the Supreme Court, the coronavirus pandemic, the economy and the current national unrest.

9/28/2020 Gov. DeSantis Questions Effectiveness Of Virus Testing As Fla. Reopens by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this July 6, 2020 file photo, a health care worker administers a COVID-19 test at a site sponsored by Community Heath
of South Florida at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Clinica Campesina Health Center in Homestead, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
    Florida’s economy is starting to reopen while surrounding states take a more wary approach.    While taking to Twitter Monday, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) shared video from a roundtable last week with health experts.
    One of the doctors is a top figure from Stanford University who has been a vocal critic of shutdowns to fight the coronavirus.    Despite a rise in infections on college campuses, Dr. Jay Bhattacharya believes its more beneficial for schools to reopen.
    DeSantis agrees with the doctor on the notion that keeping everyone at home isn’t the best approach.    The Florida Republican also questioned the role testing plays in the process.
    Dr. Bhattacharya said people who have no symptoms yet test positive for the virus, aren’t necessarily infectious.    However, the results are still used to enforce lockdowns nationwide.

9/29/2020 Oil up $0.55 to $40.59, DOW up 410 to 27,584.

9/29/2020 Governor warns of new era in pandemic by Grace Schneider, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear warned a continuing increase in coronavirus cases is leading the state into a troubling new era in the pandemic.
    “We need urgency from everybody,” the governor said in announcing 456 new cases and five additional deaths Monday.    That brings the totals to 66,939 cases and 1,162 deaths across the state since the outbreak began in early March.
    Beshear said there were nearly 5,000 new cases in the last week, a record that shows Kentuckians are growing lax about wearing masks, keeping socially distant and taking other precautions.
    He railed about Florida’s “dumb” decision to reopen businesses completely, and told Kentuckians he’s headed the opposite direction in the face of the latest trends: He won’t allow fully reopening bars and restaurants and allowing public schools to return to in-person classes until new case numbers declined significantly.
    Beshear said this week’s White House report on the state identified 14 Kentucky counties, including Marshall, Warren, Leslie, Grayson and Meade, as being in the “red zone,” the worst.    Jefferson and Franklin were both in the orange zone, which means the communities are doing a fair job of keeping new cases in check.
    Of the new cases Monday, he said, 108 were from Fayette and 100 from Jefferson County. Kentucky’s positivity rate was 4.41%.
    Beshear noted that Monday’s death announcements included a 56-year-old woman from Fayette County; a 91-yearold woman and a 93-year-old man and 97-year-old man, all from Jefferson County; as well as 84-year-old woman from Johnson County.
    In Indiana, the state reported 879 new cases and 11 additional deaths, which pushed the number of Hoosiers known to have the virus to 118,322.    So far, 3,365 residents have died from the virus.    The state added 226 “probable deaths,” based on clinical diagnoses in patients for whom no positive test is on record.
Grace Schneider: 502-582-4082; gschneider@courierjournal.com; Twitter: @gesinfk.    Support strong local journalism by subscribing today: courierjournal.com/graces
[5 deaths /456 cases = 0.010% and Florida did the right thing and this stupid Beshear keeps trying to justify his theory with a new era of total chaos if we don't do what he says as we are below 1% and 4.41% positivity rate only God can help us from his bad ideology and we do not give a damn what Indiana is doing.].

9/29/2020 Global Coronavirus Deaths Pass ‘Agonizing Milestone’ Of 1 Million by Jane Wardell
FILE PHOTO: Workers prepare new graves at the Christian burial area provided by the government for victims of the coronavirus disease
(COVID-19) at Pondok Ranggon cemetery complex in Jakarta, Indonesia, September 16, 2020. REUTERS/Ajeng Dinar Ulfiana/File Photo
    (Reuters) – The global death toll from COVID-19 rose past 1 million on Tuesday, according to a Reuters tally, a bleak milestone in a pandemic that has devastated the global economy, overloaded health systems and changed the way people live.
    The number of deaths from the novel coronavirus this year is now double the number of people who die annually from malaria – and the death rate has increased in recent weeks as infections surge in several countries.
    “Our world has reached an agonizing milestone,” U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a statement.
    “It’s a mind-numbing figure.    Yet we must never lose sight of each and every individual life.    They were fathers and mothers, wives and husbands, brothers and sisters, friends and colleagues.”
    It took just three months for COVID-19 deaths to double from half a million, an accelerating rate of fatalities since the first death was recorded in China in early January.
    More than 5,400 people are dying around the world every 24 hours, according to Reuters calculations based on September averages, overwhelming funeral businesses and cemeteries.
    That equates to about 226 people an hour, or one person every 16 seconds.    In the time it takes to watch a 90-minute soccer match, 340 people die on average.
(Reuters interactive graphic: https://tmsnrt.rs/2VqS5PS)
INFECTIONS RISING
    Experts remain concerned that the official figures for deaths and cases globally significantly under-represent the real tally because of inadequate testing and recording and the possibility of concealment by some countries.
    The response to the pandemic has pitted proponents of health measures like lockdowns against those intent on sustaining politically sensitive economic growth, with approaches differing from country to country.
    The United States, Brazil and India, which together account for nearly 45% of all COVID-19 deaths globally, have all lifted social distancing measures in recent weeks.
    “The American people should anticipate that cases will rise in the days ahead,” U.S. Vice President Mike Pence warned on Monday. U.S. deaths stood at 205,132 and cases at 7.18 million by late Monday.
    India, meanwhile, has recorded the highest daily growth in infections in the world, with an average of 87,500 new cases a day since the beginning of September.
    On current trends, India will overtake the United States as the country with the most confirmed cases by the end of the year, even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government pushes ahead with easing lockdown measures in a bid to support a struggling economy.
    Despite the surge in cases, India’s death toll of 96,318, and pace of growth of fatalities, remains below those of the United States, Britain and Brazil.    India on Tuesday reported its smallest rise in deaths since Aug. 3, continuing a recent easing trend that has baffled experts.
    In Europe, which accounts for nearly 25% of deaths, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned of a worrying spread in western Europe just weeks away from the winter flu season.
    The WHO has also warned the pandemic still needs major control interventions amid rising cases in Latin America, where many countries have started to resume normal life.
    Much of Asia, the first region affected by the pandemic, is experiencing a relative lull after emerging from a second wave.
BURIAL STRAIN
    The high number of deaths has led to changes burial rites around the world, with morgues and funeral businesses overwhelmed and loved ones often barred from bidding farewell in person.
    In Israel, the custom of washing the bodies of Muslim deceased is not permitted, and instead of being shrouded in cloth, they must be wrapped in a plastic body bag.    The Jewish tradition of Shiva where people go to the home of mourning relatives for seven days has also been disrupted.
    In Italy, Catholics have been buried without funerals or a blessing from a priest, while in Iraq former militiamen dropped their guns to dig graves at a specially created cemetery and learned how to conduct both Christian and Muslim burials.
    In some parts of Indonesia, bereaved families have barged into hospitals to claim bodies, fearing their relatives might not be given a proper burial.
    An indigenous group in the Ecuadorean Amazon took two police officers and a state official hostage, demanding authorities return the body of a community leader for a traditional burial.
    The United States, Indonesia, Bolivia, South Africa and Yemen have all had to locate new burial sites as cemeteries fill up.
(Reporting by Jane Wardell; additional reporting by Shaina Ahluwalia and Seerat Gupta; Editing by Robert Birsel)

9/29/2020 Mexican Women Demanding Legalization Of Abortion Clash With Police
Members of a feminist collective clash with police officers during a protest to mark the
International Safe Abortion Day in Mexico City, Mexico September 28, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Women charged police lines and threw Molotov cocktails at officers in Mexico City on Monday during protests demanding the legalization of abortion in the majority Roman Catholic country.
    The protesters, clad in the green bandanas that have become the symbol of the pro-choice movement in Latin America, gathered in Mexico’s capital to mark International Safe Abortion Day, which is celebrated each year on Sept. 28.
    Police, many of them female officers, responded by spraying plumes of tear gas at the women, some of whom wielded hammers, and threw bottles and paint.
    At least one officer was briefly engulfed in flames after being hit by a Molotov cocktail, before colleagues doused the fire with an extinguisher, television images showed.
    Abortion is illegal in Mexico outside the capital city and the southern state of Oaxaca, which legalized the medical procedure last year.    In the rest of Mexico, abortion is banned except under certain circumstances, such as rape.
    Abortion law has been receiving renewed attention after the death in the United States of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a pioneering women’s rights advocate, which has cast doubt over the future of legal abortion there.
(Reporting by Carlos Jasso in Mexico City; Writing by Laura Gottesdiener; Editing by Frank Jack Daniel and Matthew Lewis)

9/29/2020 NASA-SpaceX ‘Halloween Flight’ To ISS To End Reliance On Russia by OAN Newsroom
FILE – This July 19, 2011 photo of the International Space Station was taken from the space shuttle Atlantis. (NASA via AP)
    NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine touted the latest progress in U.S. space exploration by saying Elon Musk’s SpaceX is taking the leading role.    On Tuesday, Bridenstine announced Musk’s Crew Dragon spacecraft will deliver U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station on October 31st.
    “We are now in this new era of human space flight where NASA is a customer, not the owner and operator of the hardware,” he explained.
    This Halloween, space flight will end NASA’s reliance on buying seats on Russia’s Soyuz spacecraft, which will save U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with a payload of approximately 60 satellites for SpaceX’s Starlink broadband network stands pad 39A moments before the launch
was scrubbed due to weather concerns at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
    “We are actually going to fly a certified Crew Dragon,” added Bridenstine.    “This is another critical milestone in the development of our ability to launch