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    (CNN)As President Donald Trump's days in the White House are increasingly numbered, the conversation has begun to turn to one of legacy: How will history remember Trump's four years in office?The early returns, as you might guess, are deeply divided.A total of 48% in a Fox News poll released over the weekend rated Trump as somewhere between "average" and "one of the country's greatest presidents." A very similar 50% said that Trump will down in history as somewhere between "below average" and "one of the country's worst presidents."What's most interesting -- at least to me -- is the extremes, the people who say Trump is either in the pantheon of the greatest presidents or among the lowest of the low as the worst presidents. And while I am not terribly surprised that 42% of Americans think Trump will be among the worst presidents ever (strong opposition to this president has...
    Princeton University professor and MSNBC contributor Eddie Glaude, Jr. said Thursday on “Deadline” that there was a “moral rot” in America and added that President Donald Trump was its “avatar.” While discussing yesterday’s record high COVID death rate, Glaude said, “I think that we need a new moral and social contract between each other. The moral and social contract of the nation has been shredded. What are our obligations to each other? What are our sense of concerns to each other? Death leaves its mark. Its grooves, its patterns in us. You don’t get over it. So you have people all over this country who are grieving, and as I’ve said before, that grief is ting with regret because they weren’t able to say good-bye, and that gives death a different kind of sting. So I think we have to come to a kind of conclusion. In the theater, some people would...
    LONDON is set to go into Tier 3 from NEXT Saturday as cases spiral to among the worst in the country. MPs from the capital had a crunch meeting with Health ministers today - where they were warned it wasn't looking good. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 1London has one the highest coronavirus rates in the country this week of any region Any decision will be made by 16 December - and will come into play on Saturday 19 December. One MP on the call said: "It feels like they are preparing us for Tier 3. The data is pointing that way." Health ministers told London MPs that the positive test rate across the UK is 5.9 per cent - but it's more than 7 per cent in the capital. The worst affected areas are in East London - including Walthamstow,...
    Wednesday on Fox Business Network’s “Mornings with Maria,” former National Security adviser Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn argued there was an “anti-American sense” within some agencies within the federal government. Partial transcript as follows: FLYNN: First of all, we all know that this was an effort to get Flynn to get Trump, and that’s been very — made very clear. One particular senior FBI agent who has now put into an affidavit, which is a good word to use right now, and that statement that he made was outrageous. The other things that, you know — the 2016 campaign, 2016 transition, and then into the White House. This entire effort — when people say hey, Mike, I’m sorry for what happened to you, what I tell people is don’t feel sorry for me. Feel sorry for this president, feel sorry for the presidency of this country, and be outraged at what...
    Hong Kong (CNN)South Korea and Japan may have coronavirus numbers that would be the envy of much of Europe and the United States, but they aren't taking any chances as winter brings with it a dangerous spike in infections. Along with tighter restrictions, both east Asian countries have deployed their respective militaries to assist medical staff and help with contact tracing. In Japan, nurses from the Self-Defense Forces will assist local hospitals in Osaka and Hokkaido prefectures, as the country reported 1,518 new cases Monday -- bringing its total to 164,641, including more than 2,395 deaths. In South Korea, the military and police will help with contact tracing efforts, while testing centers will also extend their hours into the night and on weekends to encourage testing in the greater Seoul area. The country reported 594 cases Monday -- all but 28 of which were local transmissions -- bringing its total...
    The Associated Press BERLIN — Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief of staff says he expects coronavirus vaccinations to start in Germany “in the very first days” of the new year. The trained doctor says he’s prepared to help vaccinate people himself. European Union authorities are expected to make a decision by Dec. 29 on approving the first vaccine for use. Germany is getting special vaccination centers ready. Merkel’s chief of staff, Helge Braun, told the Bild newspaper late Sunday that he will tell medical authorities he’s prepared to help. He said “that won’t work at every hour of the day or night as chief of staff, but at the weekend I’m prepared to join in.” He said that he and Merkel will get vaccinated “when it’s our turn.” Infection figures in Germany have more or less stabilized at a high level since a partial shutdown started on Nov. 2 but haven’t...
    BERLIN — Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief of staff says he expects coronavirus vaccinations to start in Germany “in the very first days” of the new year. The trained doctor says he’s prepared to help vaccinate people himself. European Union authorities are expected to make a decision by Dec. 29 on approving the first vaccine for use. Germany is getting special vaccination centers ready. Merkel’s chief of staff, Helge Braun, told the Bild newspaper late Sunday that he will tell medical authorities he’s prepared to help. He said “that won’t work at every hour of the day or night as chief of staff, but at the weekend I’m prepared to join in.” He said that he and Merkel will get vaccinated “when it’s our turn.” Infection figures in Germany have more or less stabilized at a high level since a partial shutdown started on Nov. 2 but haven’t decreased. On Monday,...
    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Several days of falling positive tests for the coronavirus in North Dakota has dropped the state to fourth in the country for new cases per capita in the last two weeks, according to Johns Hopkins University researchers. North Dakota had for many weeks led the country in the number of virus outbreaks compared to population. South Dakota ranks first in the number of new cases per capita, according to data assembled Saturday. North Dakota health officials on Sunday reported 474 new virus cases, the lowest number in five days. A total of 82,504 people have tested positive since the start of the pandemic. The numbers follow a day when the state went over 1,000 deaths from complications due to COVID-19. Officials confirmed six new deaths in the last day. The update showed 305 people hospitalized with COVID-19, an increase of seven. The state's hospital tracker reported...
    CHATHAM, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — There are now more than 14 million coronavirus cases confirmed in the United States. As of Thursday, there were more than 100,000 people hospitalized. One American dies every 30 seconds. MORE: Coronavirus Outbreak: More Than 170 Staffers At 3 New Jersey Hospitals Test Positive Record have been broken and that includes in the Tri-State Area. Infections in New Jersey soared to a new high Thursday — 4,913 new positive cases, and 64 deaths reported, CBS2’s Jessica Layton reported. CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC Explanation Of N.Y.’s Yellow, Orange, Red Zones (.pdf) Find A COVID-19 Testing Site Near You In NYC Check NYC Testing Line Wait Times Resources: Unemployment, Hunger, Mental Health & More Remote Learning Tools For Parents Teaching At Home Health Experts Stress Need To Fight ‘Mask Exhaustion’ CBS2’s Dr. Max Answers Your Health Questions Complete Coronavirus Coverage From signs on sidewalks to messages on the doors...
    A portrait of polish composer Frédéric Chopin by Scheffer Ary. Christophel Fine Art/Universal Images Group via Getty Images People in Poland, a major opponent of homosexuality, are unhappy after a new documentary claimed that national icon Frédéric Chopin had love affairs with men. "Chopin's Men" translated newly-released letters from the 19th-century composer and said they show a "flood of declarations of love aimed at men." While homosexuality is legal in Poland, gay people can't get married or have civil partnerships. A third of the country has joined a movement symbolically declaring themselves "LGBT-free zones." The country's Fryderyk Chopin Institute said that the letters didn't prove anything, as it was hard to translate his "musical and complicated" language accurately. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. People in Poland — one of the most prominent anti-LGBT countries in Europe — are smarting after a Swiss documentary claimed that their...
    PLANET Earth has a population of 7.6billion people and only a select few are billionaires. With the wealth disparity constantly diverging, becoming a billionaire and keeping that status grows more difficult as time passes. 9Jeff Bezos is the richest person in the world, he is almost a trillionaireCredit: Reuters 9Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg got richer during the coronavirus economic crisis earning roughly $25.3billion in two monthsCredit: Kyodo News Stills - Getty 9Elon Musk is in the Top 20 list of richest people in the world, with a fortune of $87.9billionCredit: AFP or licensors How many billionaires are there in the world? As of April of this year, there are roughly 2,095 billionaires in the whole world, according to Forbes magazine.  Due to the coronavirus economic crisis, there are 58 fewer billionaires than a year ago and 226 fewer than at the beginning of March.  In other words, 51 percent of...
    More people in Japan died by suicide in October than have died of COVID-19 during all of 2020, raising concerns about the government's response to the coronavirus pandemic that has left many unemployed and in social isolation. Suicides rose to 2,153 in October, according to Japan's National Police Agency. Over 17,000 people in Japan have committed suicide in 2020, compared to fewer than 2,000 people who have died from COVID-19 during the same period. "We need to seriously confront reality," chief government spokesman Katsunobu Kato said of the rising suicide rates of the country while announcing new efforts the country hoped would assist potential suicide victims. While suicide has historically been an issue in Japan, the country had made strides in recent years to combat the problem. The number of suicides in the country peaked in 2003 but has steadily fallen every year since 2009 to record lows in 2019....
    London (CNN)Each year, millions of visitors to Poland are introduced to the country's favorite son before they even set foot on its soil.Warsaw's Chopin Airport, the nation's largest transport hub, greets more than 1 million people every month. And it's far from the only landmark dedicated to the Romantic-era composer, born in a tiny hamlet west of the capital 210 years ago; his name is everywhere, his works and image ubiquitous across the central European country.Chopin's residences bear unmissable plaques. Busts and statues of his likeness are dotted across most major cities. His name adorns parks, streets, benches and buildings. Even his heart, preserved in alcohol after his death in 1849 at the age of 39, is sealed into a wall of Warsaw's Holy Cross Church.But new suggestions about Frederic Chopin's private life collide awkwardly with Poland's staunchly conservative traditions and its right-wing leadership -- and have caused some to...
            by Alyssa Ahlgren  A bigoted America fueled by its hate for those who are not white, heterosexual males. A country so irredeemably racist that discrimination is woven into every institution. A nation inundated with sexism and patriarchal oppression so prominent that glass ceilings cover every aspect of American life. These characterizations of the land of opportunity have become a dogmatic mantra for progressives, and every single one is a lie. The United Nations’ Human Rights Council, which includes some of the world’s most egregious human rights offenders, came together for the first human rights review of the United States in five years earlier this month. China, a country that has put over one million Muslims in detention camps, joined countries like Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia, and Russia in condemning the United States with claims of systemic racism and racial inequality. The narrative of an intolerant...
    How likely are we to heal our country’s wounds if we divide our fellow citizens into “white people” who are stained, and “people of color” who are innocent and pure? This ghastly enterprise is being undertaken by the left in America today. White employees go to work and are compelled to sit through Diversity, Equity and Inclusion humiliation sessions, which inform them that they are frauds whose success has been purchased by the suffering of non-whites. White government employees, thinking that their task is to work for the good of the entire body politic, are forced to attend Critical Race Theory workshops where they learn there is no body politic at all, only impure white people who collectively conspire to violate innocent people of color everywhere, using the power of the state to do so. As journalist Christopher Rufo has disclosed, NASA, the national agency charged with getting Americans to...
    Rep. Ilhan Omar underperformed President-elect Joe Biden by 16 percentage points in her own congressional district, the largest underperformance found so far by Cook Political Report. “The biggest top-of-ticket underperformance by any House incumbent in the country? Rep. Ilhan Omar (D),” Cook Political Report editor Dave Wasserman wrote on Twitter. “Results in #MN05: Biden 328,764 (80%) Trump 72,323 (18%). Omar (D) 255,920 (64%) Johnson (R) 102,878 (26%).” “In fact, I’m not aware of anywhere near this severe an underperformance for any other House *candidate* in the county [sic], let alone an incumbent,” he said. In fact, I'm not aware of anywhere near this severe an underperformance for any other House *candidate* in the county, let alone an incumbent.— Dave Wasserman (@Redistrict) November 25, 2020 Omar also underperformed in her 2018 election victory, when she beat Republican candidate Jennifer Zielinski 78%-22%. Democrats are continuing to deal with the fallout of an...
    More than 60% of people in the United States decided to change their Thanksgiving plans amid the uptick in coronavirus cases. Sixty-one percent of respondents for the latest installment of the Axios/Ipsos Coronavirus Index said they are changing their Thanksgiving plans in some way. Among the most common changes that people shared, 29% said they will only be seeing people in one's immediate household. Twenty-four percent said they are having a smaller dinner than originally planned, and nearly 1 in 10 said they no longer plan to celebrate the festivities at all. There is an ideological divide among respondents' answers for their Thanksgiving plans. Three out of 4 Democrats surveyed said they changed their holiday plans, while just 49% of Republicans surveyed said they had chosen to do the same thing. Additionally, 12% of respondents said they'll no longer be traveling, and 1% told surveyors that they will be...
    (CNN)A political giant is stirring in Peru -- and it isn't the new president. After a raucous two weeks of power plays at the highest levels of government that saw three different men pass through Peru's presidency, thousands of young Peruvians have reinvigorated protest and politics. With the hashtag #TheyMessedWithTheWrongGeneration, they're warning officials in a system plagued by corruption that business as usual will no longer be tolerated. Change came to Peru in an inauspicious way -- with the impeachment of President Martín Vizcarra earlier this month, in relation to allegations of corruption during his time as governor of the Moquegua region. He denied the allegations, but accepted his removal by Congress without a legal fight.On the surface, his removal seemed to be the latest in a long line of downfalls tied to corruption allegations that have tarnished Peru's highest office -- an inglorious tradition that saw several of...
    Friday, Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson addressed the ongoing back-and-forth between him and Trump campaign lawyer Sidney Powell over allegations that millions of votes were changed by electronic vote machines in the presidential election earlier this month. During his Thursday show, Carlson called into question Powell’s claim and said she had refused to offer evidence to him and his program. Earlier on Friday, Powell responded to Carlson’s commentary and said the FNC host was “insulting, demanding and rude” in an interview on Fox Business Network’s “Mornings with Maria.” As he had said a night earlier, Carlson told viewers people in the White House and people close to the president had not seen Powell’s evidence. He also said that Powell’s pledge during her FBN appearance that proof was coming “within the next two weeks” was “great news” and that if successful, she will have uncovered what he called the “greatest crime in...
    (CNN)More than 2,000 American deaths were recorded by Johns Hopkins University on Thursday -- the highest number since early May. And as the virus runs unabated across US communities, experts warn the coming weeks will likely be brutal and the pandemic's death toll will keep climbing. By December 18, more than 2,300 Americans could be losing their lives daily, according to the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME). "We expect daily deaths to reach a peak of over 2,500 a day in mid-January," the IHME modeling team wrote on Thursday.Nurse who watched her father fight Covid in her own ICU wants people to know the virus is realThe group also hiked its Covid-19 death forecast considerably, now predicting a total of 471,000 American deaths by March 1 -- up more than 30,000 since their last projection about a week ago.Read MoreHealth officials predicted a rise in...
    The Big Ten Network asked a great question the other day on Twitter. The B1G’s television network tweeted a map of different restaurants and asked, “Which regional favorite in B1G Country is the best?” (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) Happy National Fast Food Day! ???? Which regional favorite in B1G Country is the best? ???? pic.twitter.com/STYYY3Tubc — Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) November 16, 2020 Let me go ahead and end this debate before it even gets started. There’s only one correct answer to this question and the answer is Culver’s. Everything else is garbage compared to Culver’s, and that’s not up for discussion.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Culver’s (@culvers) I’ve made it my goal in life to get as many people to Culver’s as possible. Everyone is super protective of their regional food, and...
    Clockwise from top left: Mita Carriman, Jamie and Jakki Prince, Andrea Pfeiffer, Fridaouss Nabine and Kennedy Brown. Rachel Hosie/Insider Earlier this year, Barbados launched a new visa for remote workers called the Welcome Stamp, which costs $2,000 and allows you to spend a year on the Caribbean island. About 2,800 people, mainly from the US, Canada, and the UK, have taken it up so far, but many more have arrived to do the same thing on tourist visas lasting up to six months. I went to Barbados to meet some of the people settling into Barbados' burgeoning community of digital nomads. They said Barbados appealed to them with its friendly atmosphere, beautiful beaches, and lower number of COVID-19 cases, though it's worth noting the coronavirus is still present in the country. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Like many other destinations hit hard by the pandemic, Barbados...
    Bolsonaro described the second wave of COVID-19 as “conversinha”, a word that in Portuguese can mean rumor or lie President Jair bolsonaro again minimized the possibility that Brazil suffer a second wave of coronavirus, as already warned by some scientists supported by an increase in hospitalizations in recent days. In a brief meeting with some followers at the gates of his official residence, Bolsonaro described the second wave, which is already being suffered by Europe and other regions of the world, as “converinha“, A word that in Portuguese can mean both rumors and lies. The leader insisted that if the epidemic that has already killed almost 165 thousand people and affected about 5.7 million Brazilians persists, “it will have to be faced, because if the economy is not going to fail and Brazil will be a country of miserable people.” Burial of a COVID-19 victim...
    A tongue-in-cheek German advert urging people to 'be a hero and stay at home' has been released showing an elderly man recalling his 'service' in the 'winter of 2020.'  The short clip produced by the government begins with an elderly man recalling the arrival of the second coronavirus wave while he was a student 'when the whole country's eyes were on us.'  Dramatic violin strings play over a cinematographic montage of the narrator as a 22-year-old lazing around his sofa and saluting the delivery man bringing his pizza. The old man says: 'Our couch was the front line and our patience was our weapon.' Critics say the advert diminishes the catastrophic impacts of lockdown measures which many people will never be able to look back on with a 'smile,' as the narrator does. The short clip posted by the government begins with an elderly man recalling the arrival...
    LIMA (AP) – Peru was plunged into its worst political crisis in two decades on Sunday amid pressures demanding the resignation of President Manuel Merino after the resignation of many members of his ministerial cabinet and after massive protests that left two dead and almost 100 injured. At least 13 of 19 ministers in Merino’s cabinet resigned and the president of Congress was in emergency session with the party spokesmen’s board to discuss a possible resignation of the president. Social security confirmed two deaths from “firearm projectiles.” Jack Pintado, 22, received 11 hits to the skull, face, chest and genitals, while Jordan Sotelo, 24, four chest injuries “at the level of the heart,” it was reported. The Health Ministry added that 94 were injured, including 63 hospitalized, several with multiple injuries, inhalation of tear gas and gunshot wounds. But Mar Pérez, a lawyer for the renowned...
    (CNN)In my 20 years as a journalist, I've experienced crises and devastation around the world first-hand. Some have been one-time natural disasters, like the aftermath of 2004 tsunami that shattered coastal communities along the rim of the Indian Ocean, near its epicenter. While reporting there, I visited a resettlement camp in Sri Lanka, where 3,000 people had access to only one bathroom. We drove around for days, sleeping in our car and using the car battery to power our camera and lights to reveal the devastation.There was the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, where I arrived just 14 hours after it struck. The military and large aid organizations hadn't yet arrived, so we witnessed the immediate aftermath in Port Au Prince. The buildings had toppled to the ground and estimates were that 100,000 people were killed immediately. About another 120,000 would die in the weeks and months after. I remember young...
    Photograph: Carolyn Kaster/AP We asked Guardian readers to share their reactions to the election results and tell us about the issues that decided their vote and their hopes and concerns for the future. Related: Pompeo makes baseless claims about ‘smooth transition to second Trump administration’ Here are the views from eight US voters – four who support Donald Trump and four who voted for Joe Biden. ‘I’m almost afraid to hope too much’ Honestly, I didn’t support Biden during the primaries. But since I believe that gay people have a right to be married and protection against discrimination; that black people have a right to not get shot by police or discriminated against; that the US should do everything in its power to stop worsening crises from climate change; and that a global pandemic should be dealt with intelligently and swiftly to avoid hundreds of thousands of unnecessary deaths,...
    House Majority Whip Rep. Jim Clyburn compared the current attempts by the Republican party to contest the election results to 'what Hitler did in Germany'. The South Carolina congressman was speaking with CNN's Chris Cuomo on Tuesday night when he claimed that he's beginning to see similarities between 1930s Germany and Trump's America.  The 80-year-old politician, who was born a year after the start of World War II, asked how a person elected could suddenly be given the 'authority to be a dictator' and said he made the comparison was because Trump also 'discredited the news media' in attempts to get his way.   Yet he remained optimistic that the GOP would quickly end the 'foolishness' or else, Americans are less 'intelligent than I think they are'. Scroll down for video    House Majority Whip Rep. Jim Clyburn compared the current attempts by the Republican party to contest the election results...
    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Wisconsin health officials on Sunday reported more than 4,000 new cases of the coronavirus, a day after the state set a new daily record with more than 7,000 positive tests. The state showed a positivity rate of 33.5% from the 12,761 tests that were processed in the last day. More than 267,000 cases have been recorded since the start of the pandemic. There were 1,180 new cases per 100,000 people in Wisconsin over the past two weeks, which ranks third in the country behind North Dakota and South Dakota for new cases per capita, Johns Hopkins University researchers reported. Officials confirmed 11 new deaths, bringing the state’s death toll to 2,312. That is the 26th highest per capita in the country in the last two weeks. As of Saturday afternoon, 1,806 people were hospitalized due to complications from COVID-19. Of those, 373 people were in intensive care...
    The U.S. is reporting at least 122,000 new COVID-19 cases in a single day. The highest one-day total since the pandemic began. There have been at least 122,365 new cases of coronavirus COVID-19 cases reported in the U.S. for Friday alone, according to a tally by NBC News.  The figure eclipses yesterday's previous single-day record of 121,289 cases.  For the third day in a row, more than 100,000 new coronavirus cases were recorded in a single day as daily records were once again broken across the country It is now the third day in a row that new reported cases have soared past 100,000 in a single day.   Before that, the previous record was set on October 30, with just over 99,000 new cases.  The number of people being admitted to hospital along with the overall number of cases has surged across much of the country, with the Midwest...
    Libby Hill November 6, 2020 4:45PM (UTC) This article originally appeared on IndieWire. My Netflix history lies to me. But I suspect it's for my own good. Before I started writing this piece, I wanted to see if I could size up how bad the situation was. When I checked, I saw only partial truths. Yes, I'd watched the entire run of "Great British Bake Off" over the last few weeks, it assured me. That's fine! Plenty of people binge shows! It's a pandemic! You're stressed! : But I knew better. See, not only had I watched the entirety of "Great British Bake Off" seasons available to stream, I had done so multiple times. On repeat. For weeks on end. According to Netflix, though, it was just the once. Much like how Spotify doesn't call in a wellness check when you listen to the same sad song for two...
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    mpi43/MediaPunch /IPX/AP For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.New York City was so New York City tonight, indulging in a collective sense of dread and on-brand anxiety, while the world watched and waited for final election results. But it wasn’t skipping a beat, either: A scheduled protest of a few hundred briefly swarmed a double-decker tour bus driver, who honked in support, while socially distanced diners clapped from converted bike lanes, and a woman struggled to alight a marooned yellow cab with her lap dog. Hey, New York seemed to say, we’re democratically backslidin’ here. Javier Rivadeneria, a 30-year-old from Queens, was taking a break from his Taco Bell shift to gawk at the demonstrators. “People are sick and tired, and people are hurting,” he said, describing himself as “ecstatic” about the tightening of the tally in favor of Biden...
    The move follows a terrorist attack in Austria on Monday. The terrorism threat level in the United Kingdom has been raised from “substantial” to “severe”. According to BBC News, the country upgraded its terrorism level following an attack in Austria’s capital, Vienna, on Monday evening that left four dead. The incident in the central European country earlier this week added to a string of other attacks taking place in the continent: last week, three people died in a knife attack in Nice, southern France, as The Inquisitr previously reported; and last month, a teacher was murdered in Paris. The U.K.’s decision means that national security chiefs believe that a terrorist attack is highly likely, although not imminent as it is not based on any specific intelligence data. The government’s Home Secretary Priti Patel said that the British people did not need to be alarmed but should be “alert.” “As I’ve...
    (CNN)As Americans head to the voting booths this year, the devastating Covid-19 pandemic looms: surging across the US yet again, setting grim records and forecast to take tens of thousands more lives across the country in the coming months. Experts have warned this bout with the virus will be the worst one yet -- and alarming trends are already pointing in that direction. In just one month, the country's 7-day case average jumped by more than 97%. Last week, the US reported 99,321 new cases -- the highest single day number of infections recorded for any country. And at least 31 states set daily infection records last month. A court has ordered a Northern California church to stop holding large indoor services in defiance of Covid-19 restrictionsHospitalizations are also surging, with the number of patients nationwide rising by more than 10,000 in just two weeks, according to data from the...
    (CNN)As countries around the world struggle to scale up their coronavirus testing, Slovakia managed to test more than 3.6 million people -- two thirds of its population -- in just two days. The European country decided to embark on the gargantuan quest to test everyone over the age of 10 after Covid-19 cases started spiking last month. Dubbed operation "Joint responsibility," the program was the first attempt at large-scale blanket testing in Europe. Just over 1% of those taking part tested positive, about 38,359 people in total, according to the official website of the program.The program was first piloted on October 23 in Orava and Bardejov, two regions with the highest number of Covid-19 cases in the country. Nearly 141,000 people, 91% of those who were eligible, got tested in the two regions over the three days of the pilot.In the rest of the country, the testing took place simultaneously...
    Hong Kong (CNN)At least 10 people are dead and more than two million impacted after Typhoon Goni, the world's strongest typhoon this year, swept across the Philippines Sunday, according to the country's National Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Council (NDRRMC.)The typhoon, known locally as Typhoon Rolly, passed over the south of the country's main island Luzon, causing heavy rainfall, flooding and landslides, before weakening as it skirted the edges of the capital of Manila."The number of affected (is) 372,653 families or 2,068,085 individuals. Ten are dead and one injured. Cost of damage is still being assessed," NDRRMC spokesman Ricardo Jalad said Monday. Rescue workers carry a sick person as they evacuate before Typhoon Goni hits on November 1 in Manila, Philippines.Typhoon Goni was the strongest storm to have occurred anywhere in the world so far this year when it made landfall in the Philippines on Sunday morning, with wind speeds...
    Bradley Cortright November 1, 2020 0 Comments The United States has set a record number of new coronavirus cases reported per day five times within the last eight days. Now, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is warning that the country could see even high numbers as the weather gets colder. “We’re in for a whole lot of hurt. It’s not a good situation,” he told The Washington Post in an interview on Friday. “All the stars are aligned in the wrong place as you go into the fall and winter season, with people congregating at home indoors. You could not possibly be positioned more poorly.” He went on to warn that the country needs an “abrupt change” in adherence to the guidelines around the virus, or America could see over 100,000 cases added per day. The country reported a record 99,321 new coronavirus cases on Friday...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Minnesota has topped 150,000, according to data released Sunday by the state Department of Health. The update showed an increase of 2,217 positive tests for COVID-19 and 18 deaths in the last day. Health officials have reported a total of 150,672 cases since the start of the pandemic. Residents of long-term care facilities accounted for 13 of the fatalities reported Sunday. The death toll stands at 2,475, including more than 1,000 recorded in Hennepin County. Health officials have reported a total of 150,672 virus cases since the start of the pandemic. There were 488 new cases per 100,000 people in Minnesota over the past two weeks, which ranks 15th in the country for new cases per capita, according to Johns Hopkins University researchers. The death count is the 24th highest in the country overall and the 30th highest...
    LISBON (Reuters) - Portugal's government on Saturday announced new lockdown restrictions from Nov. 4 for most of the country, telling people to stay at home except for outings for work, school or shopping, and ordering companies to switch to remote working. A day after daily coronavirus infections hit a record high, Prime Minister Antonio Costa said the measures would cover 121 municipalities, including the key regions of Lisbon and Porto. The affected areas are home to about 70% of Portugal's population of roughly 10 million. The lockdown list includes municipalities where more than 240 new infections have been registered per 100,000 people for the past 14 days, and will be reviewed every 15 days, Costa said in a televised news conference. "If nothing is done, the rise in infections will inevitably lead us to a situation of failure of our health system," he said. "We have a very tough month...
    Nobody knows how the election will turn out, but we can say with confidence that this is the first election where so many trusted authorities in our country have tried to tip the scales so hard. Regardless of the outcome, the partisan unfairness we have seen through this election cycle will further erode what we need most in our country: a renewal of trust. Trust is down in almost every national institution. When the people don’t trust government, private business, educational institutions and the media, our country becomes less stable. But those bemoaning the erosion of trust spend little time talking about how much the institutions in question have earned the lower regard they now hold. Large, powerful institutions have behaved badly in our country for a long time. From the majority of former congressman now becoming corporate and foreign lobbyists instead of returning home, to former presidents of both...
    MORGANTOWN, WV (KDKA) – As COVID-19 cases continue to rise to record levels, medical professionals at West Virginia University heard directly from the nation’s leading expert in infectious diseases on Thursday. “He has served six presidents. He is I would say without a doubt the world’s leader in infectious disease,” said Sally Hodder with the WVU Clinical and Translational Science Institute. As the keynote speaker for the Institute’s virtual event, Dr. Anthony Fauci hit the high points on where the country stands with COVID-19. “America has been the worst hit country in the world with 8.1 million cases and over 218,000 deaths,” Dr. Fauci said. In Dr. Fauci’s presentation, he said over the last six months, researchers have determined over 40 percent of people who contract the virus are asymptomatic. His advice is still the same: mask up and social distance. “I feel cautiously optimistic we will have a safe...
    Satan's poolboy's third favorite haunted doll. In a newly leaked tape, Jared Kushner reveals himself to be even more hollow-headed than his detractors could have believed, and it's pretty clear now why Team Hatepumpkin has been unable to mount any plausible response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s because Kushner and the rest of the team could not plausibly respond themselves out of a wet paper bag. The vapidity is, for this crowd, endless and all-encompassing. In an April interview with book writer Bob Woodward, obtained by CNN, Kushner explains why The Pandemic Is Solved Now. The country had seen roughly 40,000 deaths at that point, pandemic numbers were soaring, and In Charge Of Everything Jared explained to Woodward that we were now at the "beginning of the comeback phase." Why? Because Donald Trump was back in charge, yanking command back from "the doctors." From the audiotape: "There were three phases. There’s the...
    With just six days before the 2020 Presidential Election, new audio has emerged of Senior White House Advisor Jared Kushner boasting to journalist Bob Woodward about how President Donald Trump took control of the federal coronavirus response away from the doctors. The audio was obtained and first reported by CNN’s Jamie Gangel, who presented the clips to her colleague John King on Wednesday afternoon. You can hear the full released audio at CNN.com. Gangel was the first to release on-the-record audio recordings from the nearly 19 times the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist spoke with President Trump and, apparently, also to Kushner. There are three primary sections Gangel presented to King, though it appears they were edited for time. The first bit was how Kushner appeared to boast to Woodward about how President Trump took the control of the federal response away from the doctors: The last thing was doing the...
    Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner boasted in mid-April about how the President had cut out the doctors and scientists advising him on the unfolding coronavirus pandemic, comments that came as more than 40,000 Americans already had died from the virus, which was ravaging New York City.In a taped interview on April 18, Kushner told legendary journalist Bob Woodward that Trump was "getting the country back from the doctors" in what he called a "negotiated settlement." Kushner also proclaimed that the US was moving swiftly through the "panic phase" and "pain phase" of the pandemic and that the country was at the "beginning of the comeback phase." "That doesn't mean there's not still a lot of pain and there won't be pain for a while, but that basically was, we've now put out rules to get back to work," Kushner said. "Trump's now back in charge. It's not the doctors."...
    The Czech Republic is facing a 'catastrophic' Covid-19 outbreak and needs a 'miracle' to avoid new restrictions, its prime minister said last night with its infection rate now the highest of any major country in the world.   Andrej Babis said the current lockdown measures 'are not working yet' after the country's coronavirus deaths doubled in the space of two weeks.  Like many countries which escaped lightly from the first wave, the Czech Republic is now seeing record numbers of fatalities, with average daily deaths rising from 14 at the start of October to 111 today - after a peak of just 10 in the spring.  Saturday saw a new record of 126 deaths along with 15,258 cases, and the current infection rate is the highest on the planet except for tiny Andorra.  In addition, the spread of the virus among doctors and medical workers is worsening the strain on Czech...
    Confederate statue in front of Alabama courthouse relocated to cemetery The fast food favorites from the year you were born Facebook moderators in Ireland are being forced back to the office despite the country being in national lockdown © Provided by Business Insider Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Contracted Facebook moderators in Ireland have been told to carry on coming into the office despite the country being in its strictest level of COVID-19 restrictions, the Guardian reports. Moderators working for contractor CPL were told they were deemed "essential" workers, and so they'd be required to come into the office. One moderator told the Guardian staff feel "exploited," as their full-time Facebook coworkers are able to work from home until July 2021. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Facebook's moderators in Ireland are being told to come into the office despite the country...
    Washington (CNN)At a moment when people are reassessing racial and cultural caste -- and reexamining their insensitivity toward others -- it's worth revisiting the legacy of Sacha Baron Cohen's errant, mustachioed character, Borat, who returned in a sequel on Friday.While (Western) critics largely embraced Larry Charles' 2006 mockumentary "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan," about a fictional Kazakh reporter played by Baron Cohen, many Kazakh viewers denounced the movie's cartoonish portrayal of their country, which covers swaths of Central Asia and Eastern Europe.Their reading was that Baron Cohen, who co-wrote and produced the film, "just randomly pointed his finger at a map" and "took the name of our country and our symbols, and that's it," Zarina Smagul, 28, told CNN.Of course, the responses from "Borat's" Kazakh audience weren't monolithic.Serik Sharipov, 33, saw the movie in 2006, when he was studying at the American University...
    Far-left activist actor Mark Ruffalo — who ripped Ellen DeGeneres' call for "kindness" over her photo with former President George W. Bush and said his mother's illegal abortion helped shape his pro-choice views — was feeling that ol' virtue-signaling spirit again during the presidential debate Thursday. What happened?Seems Ruffalo was put off by a back-and-forth about illegal immigration and felt the need to educate all of us on the topic. Red State said the actor's since-deleted Twitter post read, "Unless you are Native American you are an immigrant in this country. FULL STOP. We all came from somewhere else. We are living on their ancestral land. We all came from somewhere else." Oh boy. As you might guess, Ruffalo's misguided declaration set off more than a few people: "African Americans are not immigrants," one commenter wrote. "We were enslaved and dragged here. Slavery is not immigration. You're too grown,...
    Belgium's foreign minister and former premier Sophie Wilmes has been taken into intensive care suffering from COVID-19, her office said today.   The 45-year-old, who was prime minister until three weeks ago, is conscious and her condition stable, her spokesman said. Wilmes said on Saturday she had tested positive and that she had probably caught the virus from a relative rather than at work.   Wilmes led the country through the first six months of the pandemic, then switched jobs after her minority administration was replaced by a majority coalition this month.  Newly appointed Foreign Affairs Minister Sophie Wilmes is seen during the handover ceremony at the ministry in Brussels, on October 1, 2020 Alexander De Croo, who took over as prime minister at the start of October, said on Twitter he hoped she would recover swiftly. 'No one is immune to this virus. All together, we...
    Jeff is like your big brother who steals all the Monopoly money. Good news everybody! Not everybody is being hurt by our global pandemic and economic crisis! In fact, one group of very special people, best known for making lots of money—usually for one silly thing like being wealthy enough to invest in PayPal—are making a killing! Billionaires! Business Insider reports that since March of this year, the American billionaires amongst us (who are we kidding? They are usually above us … frequently on private planes and such) were able to add $930.7 billion to their collective net worth. Hold on while I respect the flag and listen to the playing of the National Anthem by some public school kids who have had their school’s music program cut. These 644 people retain $3.88 trillion in wealth, almost double what the rest of us—165 million Americans—collectively have. U-S-A, U-S-A. Surprisingly, or not surprisingly at...
    (CNN)Covid-19 numbers are once again climbing back up across the country, with more than half of US states reporting a rise in new infections in what experts say is the dreaded fall surge. And there's several factors that got the country here, one expert told CNN. Among them are college and school reopenings, Dr. Tom Inglesby, the director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, told CNN Monday night. But that's not all. New York bars wedding of a Brooklyn rabbis grandson expected to draw 10,000 people"I think there's some, what people might say, pandemic fatigue, in some places people not really following the advice, the public health guidance that's out there -- masking, or distancing, or telecommuting. There's more people going back to large gatherings, family gatherings." And those gatherings will likely multiply as the holidays approach and more people transition indoors, where the virus can spread...
    By The Associated Press MILAN — The number of confirmed positive cases of coronavirus in Italy continued to rise to new records on Sunday, hitting 11,705 in the last 24 hours. Many more tests are being carried out than during the March-April peak, when only the very ill were tested, but doctors have warned that the virus again is infecting more vulnerable patients and hospitals are increasingly under stress. A total of 750 patients were being treated in intensive care Sunday, up 45 from a day earlier, while more than 7,000 people were hospitalized, according to Health Ministry statistics. Pressure was especially acute in Lombardy, where 110 ICU beds were filled and more than 1,000 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized. Italy has recorded a total of 36.543 deaths in the pandemic, 69 in the last 24 hours. The government was expected to announce additional restrictions, having already made masks mandatory outdoors,...
    We're number one! And number two! And four and five! This week, U.S. News & World Report released its list of the "150 Best Places to Live in the U.S. in 2020-21," one of those rare listicle efforts that actually gets some respect. And this round, Colorado cities took four of the five top spots in the country. Boulder ranked first and Denver second; Colorado Springs came in fourth and Fort Collins fifth. The only city to stop a Colorado sweep was Austin, which placed third. In their Facebook comments on our story about Colorado's near sweep, some readers applauded...and some demanded a recount. Says Aby:  Don't spill the beans, we are still a best-kept secret. Love Colorado! Adds Alexis:  Please just stop putting these things out there. We are FULL. Notes Pat: We will be loved to death soon. Replies Sara Ann:...
    CORONAVIRUS cases have surged as another 18,980 people were diagnosed with the deadly bug overnight - and HALF of Brits prepare for tough new lockdown measures. Another 138 people have also lost their lives to the virus. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 7There's fury in the North today after it was announced that Manchester is to go into the toughest third tier of lockdown restrictions Credit: Mercury Press 7Liverpool was the first place in England to go into tier threeCredit: Kelvin Media In total, 654,644 people in the UK have now been infected with Covid. It comes as: Cops slapped a Liverpool gym owner with a £1,000 fine after he refused to close his business A Remembrance Sunday at the Cenotaph will be shut to the public for the first time in a century over fears coronavirus may spread through...
    In early March, just before South by Southwest organizers canceled their festival over COVID-19, New Yorkers Amber Mundinger and Kevin Condon had a grim realization: Hundreds of music venues around the country were likely to be closing for good. Mundinger, the chief operating officer of Artists Den Entertainment (the company behind the television music series Live From the Artists Den), and Condon, a photographer who'd just had a year’s worth of jobs canceled within a week, talked about how they should document the shuttering of bars, clubs and theaters. They recruited Tamara Deike, who has worked in the music industry for two decades, to help with the project. “The three of us talked about it, and we literally just kind of agreed that we were going to cover the people and places in music that were so rapidly being shut down,” Mundinger says. Dubbing the project Bring Music...
    (CNN)House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday slammed the White House's most recent stimulus proposal as ignoring key economic issues wrought by the coronavirus pandemic, defending her decision to turn down what she described as a political stunt that would fail to help the public."All of my colleagues -- we represent these people, I have for over 30 years represented my constituents," Pelosi told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on "The Situation Room." "I know what their needs are, I listen to them, and their needs are not addressed in the President's proposal."When asked whether she could avoid letting the perfect be the enemy of the good, Pelosi replied, "I will not let the wrong be the enemy of the right."Pelosi's comments come after Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Senate Republicans will attempt to move forward on a "targeted" coronavirus relief bill when the Senate returns to session next week -- a sign...
    Filmmaker and liberal activist Michael Moore issued a warning to white supremacists, saying they better get used to the country growing in its racial and ethnic diversity. "Your white supremacy thing, you will have to change," Moore told MSNBC host Alex Witt on Sunday. "The country has changed. White people will be the minority in the 2040s, so get used to it. Why not get used to it now? It's going to be good." Moore touched on his past, adding that he grew up with the kind of extremists who concocted the plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer earlier this week. Michigan is a critical swing state in the 2020 election, which was narrowly won by Trump in 2016, who broke years of Democratic dominance. "I’ve known these guys for a long time," Moore said. "When I saw them back in April at the state capitol, I don’t know...
    Bill Gates warned Americans that there will be devastating number of additional COVID-19 deaths if the country doesn't 'get our act together.'  Gates continued to rail against the country's pandemic response, which has lagged significantly behind other countries.  He previously cautioned in April - when cases neared 336,000 and deaths just topped 9,600 - that the United States could stumble into a 'nightmare scenario' with the pandemic, but assured that following proper social distance guidelines would curb infections.  But six months later - after cases skyrocketed to 7.6million and deaths to 213,000 - Gates appeared on NBC's Meet the Press to reiterate the gravity of the situation. 'There are lots of additional deaths coming if we don’t get our act together,' Gates told anchor Chuck Todd in the upcoming interview on Sunday. Bill Gates (pictured) criticized the United State's COVID-19 pandemic response during an upcoming episode of NBC's Meet the Press EXCLUSIVE:...
    BOSTON (CBS) – Boston Mayor Marty Walsh called the White House’s Rose Garden event for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett “probably the biggest breach of national security in the history of our country.” On September 26, President Trump held an outdoor ceremony at the Rose Garden, which was attended by about 200 people — many of whom were not wearing masks or following social distancing guidelines. There are also photos of some of the attendees inside the White House on Saturday. “If you gather at a party of 25 people or more, there’s a chance that somebody is a carrier COVID, and all of a sudden now we have a super spreader event,” Walsh said. “We saw this at the White House last week. We saw about 100 people sitting on, I think it was the South Lawn or the Rose Garden. Nobody was wearing a mask. Nobody was...
    In early June, J.C. Futrell, the education director at RedLine Contemporary Art Center, challenged resident artist Lares Feliciano to create a work reflecting on the police murder of George Floyd, and she dashed off an urgent video. But as Feliciano witnessed police brutality at protests and watched her partner come back from the demonstrations night after night, clothes soaked in teargas and body covered in bruises from rubber bullets, Futrell's challenge continued to nag at her. And soon the artist started an animation project focusing on the murders of Black people by police and the collective trauma those killings have caused in our country. "I wanted to find a way to both express my rage against police violence and white supremacy and also express my grief over the lives that are continually lost over and over again: people being shot by police, specifically black people being shot by police,"...
    Sara Haines joined the other hosts on “The View” in attacking President Donald Trump for removing his mask Monday when he returned to the White House. Haines argued that the move was “a slap in the face to the country” that had been hit so hard by the coronavirus pandemic. (RELATED: ‘We Should Be Able To Hear The Witness’: Sara Haines Pans Barr Hearing As ‘Disappointing’) WATCH: Whoopi Goldberg began the segment by describing Trump’s return to the White House as a “production.” “You know who made a whole production after his release from the hospital, tearing off his mask before telling people not to be afraid of a virus that’s killed 210,000 Americans so far and to not let the virus that tanked the economy, put millions of folks out of work, don’t let that dominate people’s lives,”Goldberg said. Goldberg turned to cohost Sunny Hostin, who said that...
    Donald Trump's senior campaign adviser said Sunday that the president is ready to lead the response against COVID-19 because he understands what people have gone through while battling the virus.  In an interview with CNN, Jason Miller said that protocols at upcoming rallies won't change as Trump looks to build momentum and 'beat [COVID-19] as a country' in the weeks leading up to the November 3 election.  Miller said: 'Importantly, when I was talking with the president just about 15 or 20 minutes ago, he said another thing that I found very telling. He said, “I know what it’s like to go through this. We’re going to beat this as a country. When I get out of here we’re going to be talking a lot about COVID and how we go and beat it as a country."' Scroll down for video   Donald Trump's senior campaign adviser, Jason Miller (pictured)...
    Mike Murray was lying on the couch late Thursday, scrolling through his Facebook feed on his phone when he saw the news that President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump had tested positive for COVID-19. Almost immediately, Murray started seeing people on social media celebrating the president’s illness and mocking him, and that stock market futures were tumbling. “I did not sleep well because of it,” said Murray, a member of the Republican Central Committee in conservative Placer County. “It’s sad. I wouldn’t wish that upon anybody, and seeing some of the comments, people laughing and mocking — there’s an old man that just got COVID and you’re putting up smiling emojis. “I’m a Trump supporter, but if Joe Biden came down with it, I would feel awful for him,” he added. Trump was transported to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Friday. The White House said...
    Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) said she resented anyone claiming President Donald Trump was not a racist on Thursday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Live.” In a video clip from lastnight’s Minnesota rally, Trump said, “What is going on with Omar? I have been reading the reports for two years about how corrupt and crooked she is. Then she tells us how to run our country. Can you believe it? How the hell did Minnesota elect her?” Omar said, “I mean this man is a white supremacist, so no surprise that he has ideas of feeling that Somalis are worthless and having a hard time accepting the fact that, you know, a district that is 65% white can elect Somali refugee. But the truth is, 78% of them voted for me to come to Congress. And not only are Minnesotans welcoming of refugees, they have sent one to Washington to represent them. We...
    When President Donald Trump used the phrase "Stand back and stand by" in reference to the white nationalist group known as the Proud Boys during his September 29 "debate" against former Vice President Joe Biden, Susan Polis Schutz was appalled — and for good reason. The mother of Governor Jared Polis is also a filmmaker, and she's spent most of 2020 completing Love Wins Over Hate, a documentary examining the rise of racist organizations in the U.S. through conversations with former members trying to make amends for their past actions by helping others grow beyond their biases, too. The film is already appearing on PBS stations across the country and will debut on two Denver outlets in the coming days. "I'm still reeling from it," Polis Schutz says of Trump's statement. "It was a nightmare. It was so horrible.... He was trying to couch his enthusiasm for them in words...
    Nearly five dozen President Trump supporters gathered to protest the 'Coronavirus Death Scoreboard' sign that was installed in an Illinois park this month.  At least 50 pro-Trump demonstrators waved 'Make America Great Again' paraphernalia and the American flag as they protested along a roadway in the Chicago suburb of Northbrook. According to Peter C., a high school student who organized the event, the turnout on Friday garnered more attention than initially thought. 'We were only anticipating 15 people coming,' Peter C. told Fox News. 'We got a lot more than 15.' The energized crowd, filled with younger people and many with students from Peter's school, chanted 'Back the Blue' as cars sped by during rush hour.    A few dozen pro-Trump supporters gathered on Friday to protest a 'Coronavirus Death Scoreboard' that was installed last week Pictured: Many people waved American flags and 'Make America Great Again' paraphernalia  in response...
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    By The Associated Press BEIRUT — Lebanon registered a record 1,006 cases of COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, the government announced Sunday, amid a sharp increase in infections and deaths due to the new coronavirus. Health Minister Hamad Hassan recommended a total lockdown for two weeks to stem the alarming rise in daily detected infections, but authorities will find it difficult difficult to impose another lockdown amid an unprecedented economic collapse. The new cases registered by the Health Ministry bring the overall number of confirmed cases in Lebanon to 29,303, while deaths have reached 297 since the first case was reported in the country in late February. It was the third consecutive record-breaking day of confirmed virus cases. The rise began after a lockdown was eased and the country’s only international airport was reopened in early July. The surge continued after the massive Aug. 4 explosion in Beirut’s port...
    Pop music icon Lady Gaga believes that white supremacy is such a fundamental part of the United States that every American takes a sip from this poisonous well the moment they are born upon this soil. Speaking with Billboard in a wide-ranging interview, the “Bad Romance” singer said that she has been working hard to undo the white supremacist ingrained in her from birth. “I am in the process of learning and unlearning things I’ve been taught my whole life,” she said, as reported by The Hill. “When you’re born in this country, we all drink the poison that is white supremacy. Social justice is not just a literacy, it’s a lifestyle.” Regarding the latest social media campaign that had high-profile celebrities posting black squares as their profile pics in solidarity with Black Lives Matter, Lady Gaga seemed to call it “performative activism.” “What do I think about [posting] a...
    NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s Health Ministry says coronavirus cases in the country have surpassed 5 million and 82,066 people have died. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    The president of the United States takes the following oath at his or her inauguration: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” Donald Trump has repeatedly betrayed this promise, and should long since have been removed from office for doing so. The Constitution deems that the president is commander in chief of the military. As revealed in famed journalist Bob Woodward’s new book “Rage”, Donald Trump believes that members of the U.S. military who have been wounded or killed in battle are “suckers” and “losers” for not being as selfish and cowardly as he is. Trump also believes that disabled veterans should not be seen in public because they somehow shame or embarrass the country. Trump also has no respect for the United States military’s...
    SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's second-most populous state Victoria, the country's COVID-19 epicentre, on Tuesday reported zero deaths from the virus in the past 24 hours, a milestone not recorded for two months. Victoria state said 42 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, a small increase from the figure posted one day earlier and well below the peak of more than 700 infections detected in August. Victoria last recorded no COVID-19 deaths on July 13. The result will buoy optimism that a stringent lockdown of nearly 5 million people for nearly seven weeks has curtailed the spread of COVID-19. Melbourne, Australia's second most populated city, is on an extended hard lockdown until Sept. 28. But with the steady fall in cases, some restrictions were relaxed from Monday, allowing people to leave their homes for longer periods for exercise and authorities shortened a night curfew. Victoria, home...
    France's daily coronavirus cases have topped 10,000 for the first time while Spain's have rocketed to 12,000.  The countries' soaring case numbers have led to fears that the UK, which has seen its daily case figures steadily rise since August, could be heading in the same direction.  On Friday, the UK announced 3,539 new daily coronavirus cases - the highest toll in four months. France reported 10,561 new infections on Saturday - it's highest daily number since launching wide-scale testing.  And Spain announced a whopping 12,183 cases on Friday, bringing the total to above 566,300 just four months after the country's low of 132 new cases on May 25.  France's daily coronavirus cases have topped 10,000 for the first time and the Prime Minister has ruled out a second lockdown Parisians are seen enjoying the weather in restaurants and cafes along the Rue de Buci in the French capital...
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    Savannah Rychcik September 9, 2020 0 Comments President Donald Trump is suggesting he may have misled the American people in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic to prevent widespread fear. A reporter asked Trump on Wednesday if he misled the public in order to reduce panic. “If you said in order to reduce panic, perhaps that’s so,” Trump said. He added, “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, and certainly, I’m not going to drive this country or the world into a frenzy.” Watch his comments below: “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,” President Trump says when asked...
    By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Dr. Anthony Fauci says he’s sticking with his projection that a safe and effective coronavirus vaccine may be ready in early 2021. He says it’s possible it could be sooner, but “unlikely.” The White House adviser on the coronavirus told “CBS This Morning “the more likely scenario is that we will know by the end of this calendar year and hopefully we’ll be able to start vaccinations in earnest as we begin early 2021.” Fauci says it’s routine for late-stage vaccine studies to be put on hold because of side effects. A study by AstraZeneca of a potential coronavirus vaccine was recently paused for safety reasons after an illness from a shot in a recipient in Britain. He says it’s “really one of the safety valves that you have on clinical trials such as this.” Fauci adds people should remain vigilant about wearing masks,...
    Melanie McFarland September 6, 2020 7:30PM (UTC) For "Lovecraft Country" star Jurnee Smollett, the concept of fighting for home is part of her own history. Smollett recalls hearing stories about her grandmother being among the first in her family to buy a home in South and the swell of pride connected with that, and the despair in losing it. I did not ask her if she believes in haunted houses, but that's irrelevant – her "Lovecraft Country" character Leti Lewis surely does. In the season's third episode, "Holy Ghost," Leti moves into a rundown Victorian mansion located in an all-white neighborhood and faces the demon within its walls – a peril more cleanly dealt with than her neighbors' overt racism. That part of the story, sadly enough, is something with which Smollett has some familiarity. : She remembers waking up on the morning of the Million Man March to find one of...
    By The Associated Press LONDON — Britain has recorded its highest daily number of new coronavirus cases since May, with 2,988 new infections announced on Sunday. Like other European countries, the U.K. is seeing the number of infections rise as society reopens after lockdown. Some of the increase can be accounted for by expanded testing, which is identifying people who have mild or no symptoms. The number of hospital admissions and deaths has so far not shown a corresponding rise. Two new deaths were reported Sunday. The increased number of cases comes as British schoolchildren return to class, a milestone in the resumption of normal life. Britain’s confirmed coronavirus death toll stands at 41,551, the highest in Europe. ___ HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK — As the pandemic raged, roadways became speedways — States are planning for cuts as Congress deadlocks on virus aid —...
    By The Associated Press TIRANA, Albania – An Albanian restaurant owner has been arrested after repeatedly violating the government ban on wedding gatherings due to the coronavirus pandemic. It’s the first time authorities have made such an arrest. Police reported on Sunday that the 52-year old was arrested in the port city of Durres, about 35 kilometers (20 miles) west of the capital, Tirana, after organizing a wedding. He had earlier been fined twice for the same offense. Albanian authorities have banned mass activities such as weddings and funerals to impede spread of the virus. The country has reported 10,255 confirmed virus cases and 316 deaths as of Sunday. ___ HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK — As the pandemic raged, roadways became speedways — States are planning for cuts as Congress deadlocks on virus aid — Some high schools turn to pay-per-view game broadcasts —...
    By The Associated Press MILWAUKEE — Nine fraternities and sororities are under quarantine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison after 38 students tested positive for the coronavirus. The orders from UW-Madison and Dane County health officials affect 420 Greek life students, who have been instructed to quarantine for two weeks, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. UW-Madison is requiring coronavirus tests for students who live in the 38 Greek life houses. The university didn’t say if the cases were linked to parties or large gatherings. So far, 440 UW-Madison students have tested positive for the virus, according to the university. ___ HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK — Italy leader Conte tells virus deniers: Look at the numbers — Russia publishes virus vaccine results, weeks after approval — Ex-Italy leader Berlusconi in stable condition with coronavirus — Colleges using coronavirus dorms, quarantines to keep virus at bay, with...
    By The Associated Press ROME — The personal doctor of Silvio Berlusconi has expressed “cautious but reasonable optimism” for the former Italian leader’s recovery from the coronavirus. The 83-year-old Berlusconi is hospitalized in Milan after testing positive this week. Dr. Alberto Zangrillo said in a written statement Saturday that Berlusconi’s clinical condition remains stable. Zangrillo said Friday, several hours after Berlusconi was admitted to San Raffaele hospital, that his patient has an early stage lung infection and was breathing on his own. ___ HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK — Italy leader Conte tells virus deniers: Look at the numbers — Brazil leader rapped for stirring doubt on COVID-19 vaccine — Russia publishes virus vaccine results, weeks after approval — India’s coronavirus caseload has surpassed 4 million, deepening misery in the country’s vast hinterlands. — Police in Australia’s hardest-hit Victoria state made several arrests among a...
    (CNN)It took less than five minutes from a 911 call being placed reporting a domestic disturbance to a White officer firing seven times into Jacob Blake's back in front of the 29-year-old Black man's three young sons. Those five minutes on August 23 set off chaos in Kenosha, Wisconsin: Protests and looting spread through the lakeside city's streets, leaving burnt and boarded-up buildings across a swath of downtown. Two days later, the encounter sparked another tragedy, when a 17-year-old who claimed to be defending a business shot three other people during a confrontation, killing two. And Blake's shooting reverberated nationally, with NBA, MLS and MLB stars refusing to play in an unprecedented protest. Like other cell phone videos of police officers shooting or killing Black men, the 22-second clip of Officer Rusten Sheskey firing into Blake's back, filmed through the screen window of a neighbor's apartment across the street, ricocheted...
    Donald Trump shocked many when during an interview on Fox News on Monday night, he claimed that Joe Biden wouldn’t quell the unrest in the country if he is elected and that he was being controlled by mysterious men in the “shadows.” As the video posted by Fox News on YouTube shows, Trump spoke with Laura Ingraham about the violence facing the country and his opponent in the upcoming election. “I don’t even like to mention Biden because he’s not controlling anything,” Trump said. When Ingraham pushed the president to reveal who he thought was controlling the former vice president, he replied “people you’ve never heard of, people that are in the dark shadows.” Ingraham responded that his statement sounded like a conspiracy theory. “They’re people you haven’t heard of. They’re people that are on the streets, people that are controlling the streets,” he said. Trump went on to claim...
    (CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the "Reliable Sources" newsletter. You can sign up for free right here."We must not become a country at war with ourselves," Joe Biden said in a Sunday statement that condemned the weekend's shooting in Portland and accused President Trump of "recklessly encouraging" such violence.For cooler heads to prevail, as they must, we all must have a sense of perspective. The tinderbox in Portland is an important story. So is the situation in Kenosha. But proportionality is key. Hyperpartisan websites and TV shows have a vested interest in blowing these stories out of proportion, which damages the public discourse and spreads unwarranted fear across the country. Here are a few examples of where proportionality is needed:-- The real problems in Portland are not reflective of the entire city, nor are they automatically applicable to other cities.-- Clashes between far-left anarchists and far-right...
    Michal is a mild-mannered 19-year-old. He describes himself as ‘a bit of a nerd’, plans a career making videos and came out as gay before leaving school last year. ‘I did not make a big deal of it and tell everyone, but just started incorporating talk about my boyfriend in conversations,’ he told me as we sat in the sun. His parents were supportive and his classmates seemed unbothered.  Yet Michal lives in a small market town in southern Poland that has declared itself an ‘LGBT-free zone’, sparking a furore that has sent shockwaves throughout Europe. Michal says: ‘I did not choose to be gay. But the ruling party chose to make an enemy of people like me, which is very sad' Tuchow, a town of 6,500 people that lies 65 miles east of Krakow, is among a wave of Polish communities making such declarations after the country’s ruling...
    President Donald Trump accepted the Republican Party’s nomination for a second term and denounced his opponent of Joe Biden as a man who would ‘demolish’ the nation. ‘Despite all of our greatness as a nation, everything we have achieved is now endangered,’ the president warned in his acceptance speech, given on the South Lawn of the White House Thursday night. ‘This is the most important election in the history of our country. At no time before have voters faced a clearer choice between two parties, two visions, two philosophies, or two agendas.’ ‘This election will decide whether we save the American Dream, or whether we allow a socialist agenda to demolish our cherished destiny,’ he said. President Donald Trump accepted his party's nomination for a second term President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump emerge from the White House for his speech The first couple walk...
    (CNN)Americans rank dead last -- by a long way -- among citizens of more than a dozen countries who were asked whether their nation is more united now than it was before the coronavirus pandemic, according to a survey released Thursday. And they come in a statistical joint last place with the British on whether their country has handled the pandemic well, the poll finds.In the United States, fewer than two in 10 people (18%) said the country is more united now. That's a full 21 percentage points below the next lowest-ranking countries, Germany and France, where just under four in 10 (39%) respondents expressed that opinion. Denmark had the highest percentage saying their country was more united now, with more than seven in 10 (72%) giving that answer.As with so many questions these hyper-partisan days, there's a gigantic gap between Republican and Democratic views of whether the Trump administration...
    YOUTUBE star Landon Clifford's organs were donated "to people in need all over the country" after he tragically passed away from a brain injury earlier this month, his heartbroken wife shared. Clifford, who was just 19, passed away August 19 from a brain injury after spending six days in a coma, according a post commemorating his life, shared by wife, Camryn. 5Landon Clifford tragically passed away from a brain injury at just 19 years old 5Landon ran a popular YouTube channel Cam&Fam with his wifeCredit: Instagram The two had a popular YouTube channel together, Cam&Fam, which they started in 2017 to document their experience as young parents after Camryn got pregnant at age 16. They have two children together: Collette Briar and newborn daughter Delilah Rose. "After spending the following six days in a coma he passed on and donated his organs to people in need all over the country,"...
    First lady Melania Trump on Tuesday urged Americans to cease rioting and looting in major cities in the name of justice. “I urge people to come together in a civil manner so we can work to live up to our shared American ideals,” Melania Trump said. “I also ask people to stop the violence and looting being done in the name of justice and never make assumptions based on the color of a person’s skin.” The first lady spoke as violent leftists continued rioting, looting, and burning down buildings in Wisconsin to protest the shooting of Jacob Blake by police officers in Kenosha. She spoke about reflecting on the racial unrest during the summer over the death of George Floyd, urging all Americans to come together and learn from each other. “With that in mind, I’d like to call on the citizens of this country to take a moment, pause,...
    Cinderella star Billy Porter said that the United States of America “is in the mess we’re in because of whiteness.” Porter made his remarks in an interview with Vanity Fair promoting social justice messages from U.S. Congressmen like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the founders of Black Lives Matter. “The reason why our country is in the mess we’re in is simply because of whiteness. White supremacy. White people choke-holding power and sucking the life out of humanity,” said Billy Porter in a recent Vanity Fair portfolio interview. The Little Show of Horrors actor made his remarks in response to being asked “what is one specific fact, news story, or aspect that you feel has not received enough attention?” C-SPAN Porter also went on to attack President Donald Trump, saying “Orangina 45, that cancer that is in our White House, has been handed the power, without consequence, to have his hate metastasize all over the people.”...
    By JILL COLVIN CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Republican Party formally nominated President Donald Trump for a second term in the White House in Charlotte Monday, one of the first acts of a GOP convention that has been dramatically scaled down to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. “This is the most important election in the history of our country,” Trump said in an unscheduled appearance after the nomination was official. “Our country can go in a horrible direction or in an even greater direction,” he said. Trump has sought to minimize the toll of the pandemic, but its impact was evident as proceedings began in Charlotte. Instead of the thousands of people who were expected to converge on this city for a week-long extravaganza, just 336 delegates participated in a roll-call vote from a Charlotte Convention Center ballroom. Trump said he had made the trip in contrast to his...
    Biden says he’s open to second term Nationals GM Mike Rizzo: We will be buyers at trade deadline David Dobrik Cant Vote In the Upcoming Election But Still Wants Fans to Do So (Exclusive) © Frazer Harrison/Getty Images David Dobrik is doing what he can to get people out the vote. The YouTube star and host of the new series Dodgeball Thunderdome, wants his fans to know that it's "so important to go voting." For the 24-year-old entertainer, encouraging his fans and followers to be become political involved is vitally important. Dobrik -- who came to the United States from Slovakia with his parents as a small child -- is unable to vote himself, so he appreciates the significance of the act. "I'm DACA… and I can't vote, so I would really appreciate if people would go out and vote on my behalf," Dobrik explained. "I cannot vote and there's...
    Bogotá, Aug 23 . .- The massacres in recent days in Colombia, which claimed 34 lives, reflect a bloody dispute between different armed groups after the signing of the peace agreement with the former FARC guerrilla that puts the most vulnerable population in a permanent state of defenselessness. The victims of the recent killings in the departments of Nariño, Cauca, Arauca and Valle del Cauca are mostly young people, peasants, indigenous people or people of African descent, who historically are among the communities most affected by the internal armed conflict that did not end with the agreement. peace agreement with the FARC, signed in November 2016. “The humanitarian crisis in the department of Nariño is growing ruthlessly, anxiety does not allow us to live with dignity with the enjoyment of rights enshrined in the Constitution,” the Indigenous Unit of the Awá People (Unipa) said in a statement this Sunday. Three...
    Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” former South Bend, IN Mayor Pete Buttigieg blamed President Donald Trump’s “disastrous leadership” for damaging the U.S. economy. Buttigieg said, “Donald Trump has been president for four years, and America is very obviously not better off than we were four years ago. Yes, there is about character, but it’s also about the failed leadership of this president and the fact that our country is doing the worst of any developed nation when it comes to dealing with the coronavirus, that some of our economic numbers are the worst they’ve been since 1876 and for all that disastrous leadership we’re seeing now also a very hopeful vision about what we could get to. The really amazing thing about watching the Democratic convention last week was that we’re also being in touch with the kind of country we could be, the kind of country that Joe...
    Americans across the country are capturing hilarious photos of squirrels sprawled out on a variety of surfaces in a last-ditch effort to cool off in the blazing heat.  The small mammals are 'splooting,' with people in New Jersey and Texas capturing the critters laid out on sidewalks, patches of grass and even on walls.  'It's super hot here in Texas right now, obviously, and those squirrels are basically just trying to cool themselves,' Jil Calcote, with the Moonshine Wildlife Rehabilitqtion in Cedar Park, explained to WTNH.     The small mammals have been spotted across the southwest and even in New Jersey as areas continue to see record setting heat 'They are basically getting as much of their body on a cooler surface. If it's cooler than the air outside, they're going to put their body on it and it's going to cool their temperature.'  While people are advised to stay...
    Cabin fever hits Chinese footballs coronavirus bubble Big Ten commissioner on season unraveling: I need to learn from it and get better at it Kerry Washington Says We Are Fighting for the Soul of This Country in DNC Call to Action © YouTube Kerry Washington isn't holding back when it comes to the stakes of this year's election. The former Scandal star moderated night three of the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday, and opened the event with a powerful message. "I'm honored to be joining you as we continue to celebrate this unconventional convention," Washington said, after an introduction from vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris. The actress recalled how, when she was in grade school, students memorized the preamble to the Constitution, which begins with 15 important words: "We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union." "We say 'more perfect' because our union is...
    His only claim to fame was "firing" people on a show where he didn't have the power to "fire" anyone. Deep into August, Donald Trump has found a new company/organization/concept to boycott in the name of his, and other conservatives’, mythical battle against “cancel culture.” Goodyear, calling for equity in the workplace, has brought down the MAGA monster. A company that employs more Americans than the entirety of the coal industry is under attack from the famed billionaire faux job creator. Cancel culture is the new bugaboo term for “political correctness,” which is soooooo 1990s. The misleading idea behind cancel culture is that people who are targeted for not believing in liberal social justice policies are constantly under threat of being “canceled.” Being canceled means that you lose all of your First Amendment rights! Not really, but as dozens of very free to speak and make money off of that speaking people will tell you,...
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