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    Senator Dianne Feinstein has been branded a 'hypocrite' after being pictured walking inside a Washington DC airport terminal without a face covering on – just months after she called for a national mask mandate for all airlines and airports. The maskless California Democrat was caught on camera traversing her way through a private terminal at Dulles International Airport on Friday, with the images first aired by Fox News’ Tucker Carlson on Monday night.  Feinstein, 87, previously penned a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration and Federal Transit Administration on June 30 to institute mandatory mask mandates throughout airports, on airplanes, and on public transit across the country. ‘In the photographs, Feinstein can be seen smiling without a mask on. One...
    Sen. Diane Feinstein was photographed in an airport without a mask just months after she called for a nationwide mandatory mask policy for airport passengers. Fox News host Tucker Carlson unveiled the photos of California Democrat, which he said were sourced from a private airport terminal at Dulles International Airport, during his show on Monday. During the segment Carlson touched on the fact that Feinstein has publicly advocated for an airport mask mandate. “In the photographs Feinstein can be seen smiling without a mask on. One might even say she’s sowing confusion about whether or not masks are necessary,” Carlson mused. “A pilot with a mask is walking in front of her carrying a bag and a dog.”...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – SMU played its first home game on Saturday since the COVID-19 pandemic began, beating Stephen F. Austin. Even at 25% capacity, Ford Stadium buzzed with school spirit. But eliminating COVID-19 remains the bigger challenge, which is why fans over the age of 3 were required to wear a face covering. Many did not. “I kept it on,” said freshman Max Brandt. “It was like 50/50 of people who did. There were places where you could sit and couldn’t sit. They were all like 10 feet apart.” SMU fans at football game. (CBS 11) But some fans crowded together, mask-free – and not just while eating or drinking. SMU asks fans to sign a “good teammate pledge,” which...
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A letter circulating on social media claiming to be from the office of Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves and abolishing the statewide mask mandate is fake, Mississippi Emergency Management Agency officials said Sunday. “The letter is a FAKE,” the agency wrote on its Facebook page, adding that all of the governor’s executive orders can be found on the Secretary of State’s website. “Any major changes will be addressed in a press conference and an updated executive order.” Mississippi’s statewide mask mandate has been in place since Aug. 4 to stem the spread of the coronavirus. It is set to expire at 5 p.m. Wednesday unless the governor extends it. He has chosen to extend the...
    By MARGARET STAFFORD, Associated Press LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — Leaders of four universities and colleges in Springfield have asked city leaders to extend a mask mandate that is scheduled to end in mid-October to help them keep students and faculty safe during the coronavirus pandemic. Presidents and chancellors of Drury, Evangel and Missouri State universities and Ozarks Technical Community College said in the letter the requirement to wear masks in public and group settings has helped reduce cases of COVID-19 on their four campuses. The letter was sent Friday to Springfield Mayor Ken McClure and the Springfield City Council. The city's mask requirement is scheduled to end at midnight on Oct. 14. The letter said face masks are “essential” to...
    Health officials in Mississippi are warning about fake notices falsely alerting residents that the state's mandate requiring masks be worn in public was rescinded. Officials with the state Emergency Management Agency wrote in a Facebook post Sunday that letters purporting to be from Gov. Tate Reeves (R) were circulating on social media platforms. The letters' text ordered local businesses to take down signs directing customers to wear masks indoors. "A 'letter' claiming to be from the governor’s office is circulating on social media. The letter is a FAKE. Stay up to date with the latest executive orders posted on the Secretary of State’s website. And any major changes will be addressed in a press conference and an updated executive order," the...
    By SCOTT BAUER, Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A conservative law firm asked a judge on Monday to immediately put an end to Wisconsin's mask mandate, arguing that Democratic Gov. Tony Evers doesn't have the authority to issue such an order that comes as COVID-19 cases surge statewide. Attorneys for the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty filed the request in Polk County Circuit Court for an immediate injunction to declare the order invalid and void. It was part of an amendment to a lawsuit they had filed there in August against Evers' first mask mandate. A court hearing was scheduled for Oct. 5 to consider the motion. The original mask order ran from Aug. 1 through Monday. Evers...
    Mississippi officials said Sunday that a letter making rounds on social media saying Republican Gov. Tate Reeves ended the state’s mask mandate is fake. Mississippi Emergency Management Agency said on Facebook that the governor’s mask mandate, unless extended, will expire on Wednesday Sept. 30 at 5 pm, the Associated Press reported. Reeves has already extended the mandate a few times since it took effect on Aug. 4. (RELATED: Joe Biden Stops Short Of Supporting National Mask Mandate, Says He Will Enforce Masks On ‘Federal Property’) “A ‘letter’ claiming to be from the governor’s office is circulating on social media,” a statement posted to Facebook read. “The letter is a FAKE. Stay up to date with the latest executive orders posted...
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Conservatives asked a judge on Monday to immediately put an end to Wisconsin’s mask mandate, arguing that Democratic Gov. Tony Evers doesn’t have the authority to issue such an order that comes as cases of COVID-19 continue to surge across the state. Attorneys for the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty filed the request in Polk County Circuit Court for an immediate injunction to block the order. It was part of an amendment to a lawsuit they had filed there in August against Evers’ first mask mandate. The original mask order ran from Aug. 1 through Monday. Evers last week issued a new public health emergency and extended the mark order until Nov. 21. “This motion...
    By LEAH WILLINGHAM, Associated Press/ Report for America JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A letter circulating on social media claiming to be from the office of Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves and abolishing the statewide mask mandate is fake, Mississippi Emergency Management Agency officials said Sunday. “The letter is a FAKE,” the agency wrote on its Facebook page, adding that all of the governor's executive orders can be found on the Secretary of State's website. “Any major changes will be addressed in a press conference and an updated executive order.” Mississippi's statewide mask mandate has been in place since Aug. 4 to stem the spread of the coronavirus. It is set to expire at 5 p.m. Wednesday unless the governor extends it....
    INDIANAPOLIS (WLS) -- Indiana reported 879 new COVID-19 cases and 11 deaths Monday.The Indiana State Department of Health confirmed a total of 118,322 positive coronavirus cases in the state, including 3,365 deaths.In the last 24 hours, officials have conducted 16,914 tests, with a seven-day positivity rate of 4.1%.RELATED: Here's where to find coronavirus testing in Northwest Indiana Indiana moved into the final phase of reopening Saturday.Merrillville resident Nikki Laster said she could not be happier about the reopening as she enjoyed the relaxed restrictions over breakfast with a friend."It was great. It was one thing to have to wear these masks all day, but to get out and smell the fresh air and see the scenery, it was great," Laster...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Indiana bars and restaurants are getting a taste of what it’s like to get closer to normal operations. Saturday is the first night they can open at full capacity, at stage five of the state’s reopening plan. Gov. Eric Holcomb said capacity restrictions for bars and restaurants and crowd size limits for social events were being lifted as of Saturday, but the statewide mask mandate will stay in place at least through Oct. 17. Things were pretty much back to normal for at least one bar in Hammond, but at the Flat Rock Tap, it’s a little more slow-going. Still, owners and workers hope to open up at full capacity shortly. “Hopefully being able to stay open...
    Three people were arrested at an anti-mask protest in Idaho where churchgoers gathered to belt out religious songs in a city hall parking lot. The parishioners from Christ Church in Moscow — including a conservative candidate for a local county commission — were hauled away in handcuffs Wednesday for allegedly obstructing police officers while protesting an extension of the city’s mask order, according to FOX News. Gabriel Rench, who is running for a seat on the Latah County Commission, was furious — calling his arrest “tyrannical,” according to the station. “It’s unbelievable,” he told FOX’s Laura Ingraham. “We just started singing the songs and they come up to me and my mom first, and then the guy standing next to...
    Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore on Thursday announced a new federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the state’s mask mandate and past state health orders that shuttered businesses or directed people to lockdown at home.  Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey’s statewide mask mandate is set to expire Oct. 2. “Our economy has been decimated, jobs lost, schools closed, church doors shut, and we have been told we must stay home and wear masks in public places. People are tired of such abuse,” Moore said in a statement, the Associated Press reported. The lawsuit was filed by Moore’s Foundation for Moral Law on behalf of seven plaintiffs — two of whom are pastors who argue they haven’t been able to hold...
    AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx on Thursday pushed back against a report that said she was distressed over the direction of the task force and was considering leaving. During a livestreamed news conference at Auburn University in Alabama, Birx was asked about a CNN report that said she was frustrated with what she saw as a diminished role and questioned how long she could remain in the role. Birx said she was not considering leaving. “Do I look like a person that is diminished? I’ll tell you that is the first time those adjectives have ever been used in describing my behavior,” Birx said. She also urged the state to extend its mask...
    AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx on Thursday pushed back against a report that said she was distressed over the direction of the task force and was considering leaving. During a livestreamed news conference at Auburn University in Alabama, Birx was asked about a CNN report that said she was frustrated with what she saw as a diminished role and questioned how long she could remain in the role. Birx said she was not considering leaving. “Do I look like a person that is diminished? I’ll tell you that is the first time those adjectives have ever been used in describing my behavior,” Birx said. She also urged the state to extend...
    (CNN)Missouri Republican Gov. Mike Parson isn't that big a fan of mask-wearing."The whole thing is people are going to have to take that responsibility on themselves," he told a local TV station back in July. "I've worn a mask when I've been asked to wear a mask. When there's a requirement to wear a mask, I wear a mask." He added: "Am I going to be perfect about it, no." (On a number of occasions over the summer, Parson shared photos via social media that suggested he was, in fact, not "perfect" about wearing a mask.)Parson also has rejected a push from some within his state to adopt a mask mandate. "You can have the guidelines all day long," he...
    Republican Gov. Mike Parson has been a rather outspoken about the need to not worry too much about this COVID-19 pandemic thing. His general incompetence as a governor is pretty well known around these here parts. In March when even the worst president in the history of presidents acknowledged that the 2019 novel coronavirus was an actual real problem, Parson and his wife were out and about not social distancing or wearing masks. About a month ago, he went on St. Louis radio to tell everyone that though over 1,000 Missourians had died from COVID-19, “we gotta move one.” And one of the first things to do was get kids back in school, in person, in classrooms, with little to no ventilation. “These...
    Police in Moscow, Idaho, arrested three people Wednesday for violating social distancing rules as their church sang hymns and Bible psalms outdoors — an event held, in part, to protest the city mayor’s mask mandate, which runs to January 2021. Officers arrested Gabriel Rench, Rachel Bohnet, and Sean Bohnet, according to Moscow Report, a local independent news outlet. A video uploaded to social media shows Bohnet, a local music teacher, and his wife telling officers they refused to comply with an inaudible order. Moscow Report says the apparent infraction is that they refused to show identification. Footage of the couple’s arrest shows the church body singing the hymn “Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow” as officers place them in...
    Republican Gov. Mike Parson has been a rather outspoken about the need to not worry too much about this COVID-19 pandemic thing. His general incompetence as a governor is pretty well known around these here parts. In March when even the worst president in the history of presidents acknowledged that the 2019 novel coronavirus was an actual real problem, Parson and his wife were out and about not social distancing or wearing masks. About a month ago, he went on St. Louis radio to tell everyone that though over 1,000 Missourians had died from COVID-19, “we gotta move one.” And one of the first things to do was get kids back in school, in person, in classrooms, with little to no ventilation. “These kids have got to get...
    County officials throughout Florida are divided as to whether or not they should enforce coronavirus mask mandates at the polls in November, prompting worries that their squabbling could foreshadow the country at large on election day. A survey among counties in Florida shows different policies on how election officials plan to handle voters who refuse to wear a mask. Parramore neighborhood resident Francina Fountain registers to vote during the National Voter Registration Day event hosted by the Orlando Magic, in Orlando, Fla., Tuesday, September 22, 2020.  (Orlando Sentinel via AP) Wendy Link, the supervisor of elections in Palm Beach County, told the Sun-Sentinel she plans to enforce the county's mask mandate on Nov. 3. But she later told CBS12 News...
    PROVO, Utah (AP) — A county in Utah has implemented a face mask mandate as COVID-19 cases surge in the state. Utah County’s health department issued a public health order Tuesday night that requires face coverings in public immediately and expires Oct. 20. The order does not carry any criminal penalties. Cases in Utah County have grown 81% in the last week, according to state health officials. The county accounted for 42% of the state’s cases, despite having only 20% of the state’s population. The mask order came hours after Republican Gov. Gary Herbert announced that he would increase pandemic restrictions in two Utah County cities: Provo and Orem. The new rules limit social gatherings to a maximum of 20...
    Indiana health officials reported 728 new COVID-19 cases and 10 additional deaths Wednesday, as the governor is expected to announce a decision on the state's mask mandate and other restrictions.The Indiana State Department of Health confirmed a total of 113,337 positive coronavirus cases in the state, including 3,305 deaths. There have been 1,916,433 tests conducted, with a 6% cumulative positivity rate.RELATED: Here's where to find coronavirus testing in Northwest Indiana Indiana's governor is expected to announce Wednesday afternoon whether the statewide face mask mandate and other coronavirus restrictions will remain in place. The mask order from Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb first took effect July 27 and is set to expire Saturday unless he issues an extension. He has credited the...
    A proposed ordinance that would have required face masks and coverings inside the city limits of Claxton failed to garner final approval during Monday’s Council meeting. City council members previously approved a face mask ordinance which would have required masks in public places, on city property, and in some businesses under certain provisions if the business chose to opt in to the enforcement, but the approval was swiftly met with a ‘pause’ when council voted to move forward at a special-called meeting. Following the first reading of the ordinance on September 10, a motion was made by Councilman Larry Anderson and seconded by Councilwoman Tina Hagan. It passed 4-3 with...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — On Tuesday, Wisconsin’s governor extended the statewide mask mandate as coronavirus cases continue to soar. Gov. Tony Evers also declared a public health emergency. College campuses have seen the most concerning increases as people ages 18 to 24 have a case rate that’s five times higher than any age group in Wisconsin. Evers extended the Wisconsin mask mandate to Nov. 21, even as his authority to issue the mandate is being challenged by conservatives in court. “Some people are OK with it and some don’t even believe in COVID,” said Nick Jadinak of River Falls. In downtown River Falls, the mask mandate extension was not surprising, and in most cases, welcome. “My son is 42 and he...
    A Wisconsin man is suing a LaCrosse city clerk and Gov. Tony EversTony EversCoronavirus lockdowns work Cast of 'Parks and Rec' reunite for virtual town hall to address Wisconsin voters At indoor rally, Pence says election runs through Wisconsin MORE (D) after he was dismissed from a paid poll worker position for refusing to wear a mask at a voting precinct, citing a medical condition. The LaCrosse Tribune reported Tuesday that Nicholas Newmann is suing Clerk Teri Lehrke as well as Evers over his Aug. 11 dismissal, which his lawyers wrote in court documents came as a result of Lehrke enforcing Ever's statewide mask mandate which his lawyers argue is unconstitutional. “The American system of government contains three branches, not one. For those...
    LAS VEGAS (AP) — About 100 people gathered outside the Nevada governor's private home in southwest Las Vegas on Monday to protest a mask mandate intended to limit the spread of COVID-19. Political action committee No Mask Nevada planned the demonstration after Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak implemented the order, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. “This governor is trying to destroy the global symbol of American prosperity,” co-founder Ian Bayne said in a release. “The rules make no sense and the mask just serves to deter and destroy tourism in Las Vegas.” More than 1,200 people expressed interest in attending, officials said. The group had started with about 50 people and nearly doubled within the hour. Chair Melissa Blundo said that...
    By SCOTT BAUER, Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Faced with soaring coronavirus cases across Wisconsin, particularly on college campuses, Gov. Tony Evers on Tuesday extended a statewide mask mandate until Nov. 21. The order, which has been in effect since August, was scheduled to expire on Monday. Evers extended the order even as his authority to issue the mandate is being challenged by conservatives in court. “We are seeing an alarming increase in cases across our state, especially on campus," Evers said in announcing the extension. "We need folks to start taking this seriously, and young people especially — please stay home as much as you are able, skip heading to the bars, and wear a mask whenever you...
    MADISON, Wis. (AP/WCCO) — Faced with soaring coronavirus cases across Wisconsin, particularly on college campuses, Gov. Tony Evers on Tuesday extended a statewide mask mandate until Nov. 21 and declared a public health emergency. The mask order, which has been in effect since August, was scheduled to expire on Monday. Evers extended the order even as his authority to issue the mandate is being challenged by conservatives in court. Wisconsin’s COVID-19 cases have been soaring and the state now ranks third in the country for new cases per capita. A month ago, Wisconsin ranked 26th. Over the past two weeks, the rolling average number of daily new cases has gone up by 912, an increase of nearly 104%. There were...
    Joe Biden is sending mixed, if not contradictory, messages about what legal form his national mask mandate would take amid uncertainty about whether the president has any authority to mandate the wearing of face coverings. President Barack Obama faced criticism while in office when he projected not having to wait for Congress to make sweeping changes across the country, saying, “I’ve got a pen, and I’ve got a phone” — the “pen” referencing his ability to sign executive actions and the “phone,” his power to court support for his agenda. The former vice president and Democratic presidential nominee has been clear that he would utilize the “phone” to ask state and local officials to implement mask policies, but...
            by Andrew Trunsky  Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said Thursday night that he would not have the authority to mandate masks nationwide if elected president, but said that he would enforce a mandate on “federal property.” Biden’s comment came during a CNN town hall in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and departed from his previous statements saying that he would issue a nationwide mask mandate if elected president, The New York Times reported. “I cannot mandate wearing masks,” but “I can do that on federal property,” he said. “As president, I will do that. On federal land, I would have the authority, If you’re on federal land, you must wear a mask. And we could have a fine for them...
    After six months of leading his state through the pandemic, Gov. Andy Beshear has found himself in the position of having done many of the right things to try and keep the public safe.  And while there have been some recent improvements in Kentucky’s coronavirus standing, likely thanks at least in part to a mask mandate implemented by Beshear, issues remain as people enter more risky situations at this stage of the pandemic.  A weekly report from the White House Coronavirus Task Force dated Sept. 13 noted the state has the 19th highest rate nationwide for “new cases per 100,000 population” and the 17th highest rate for test positivity. The report did note however that “Kentucky has seen a decrease...
    On Wednesday in Delaware, Joe Biden declared that he would impose a national mask mandate by executive order, enforce “uniform national guidelines” for dealing with the pandemic, establish “national criteria for opening schools,” and by implication take authority from the states in to address the pandemic. As any thinking person would recognize, a one-size-fits-all approach is not the right way to deal with COVID-19. The approach taken by New York to address the pandemic does not necessarily make sense for North Dakota. Decentralized decision making is usually better decision making. It’s also more responsive to the people. Getting your state legislator to address a problem is a lot easier than trying to get your congressman to respond. More importantly, Biden...
    Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said Thursday night that he would not have the authority to mandate masks nationwide if elected president, but said that he would enforce a mandate on “federal property.” Biden’s comment came during a CNN town hall in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and departed from his previous statements saying that he would issue a nationwide mask mandate if elected president, The New York Times reported. “I cannot mandate wearing masks,” but “I can do that on federal property,” he said. “As president, I will do that. On federal land, I would have the authority, If you’re on federal land, you must wear a mask. And we could have a fine for them not doing it.” Earlier this week,...
    Idaho Pastor Paul Van Noy railed against mask mandates in a sermon and even prayed for God to thwart such a local measure, only to find himself infected with the coronavirus, and battling a “covid storm” in his lungs that has landed him in the intensive care unit. In July, Van Noy held a service during which he railed against mask mandates, urging the defeat of a then-pending local order, and then wrapping up with a prayer for a laundry list of officials and government bodies. “Father sent us forth today, we pray in your grace and peace and your truth, we do continually pray o Lord that you will allow us to continue to exercise our freedoms. We...
    Joe Biden said during a town hall event that he can’t force the public to wear masks in general — but insisted that he would make people wear them while on federal property to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus. “I cannot mandate people wearing masks,” the Democratic presidential nominee said at the CNN event Thursday night. “I would make sure that I would call every governor in the country into the White House, say, ‘You should be putting mandates out.’ “And if they don’t, I’d call the mayors in their towns and their cities and say put out mandates,” he said. “I can do that on federal property. As president, I will do that. On federal...
    Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden appeared to shift his answer on the issue of federal mask mandates for the third time in a matter of weeks – and the second time in two days – during a CNN town hall event Thursday in which he said he would not have the authority as president to mandate people wear face masks in public. Biden addressed a wide range of issues in the event, including Attorney General William Barr's comment comparing coronavirus lockdown measures to slavery; comments by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Robert Redfield on masks that appeared to contradict President Trump; whether he would accept the election results – he said he would – and more. Biden was also asked how he...
    CONNECTICUT (WABC) -- Connecticut will soon enact a new mask mandate that extends mask requirements for children three and up.The new mandate goes into effect Monday.It requires children three years and older to wear masks while in child care programs.Doctors say even though there is a lower risk for young children, they can still spread the virus.State guidelines allow for mask breaks to be planned throughout the day with social distancing.WATCH: Eyewitness to a PandemicEMBED More News Videos Jim Dolan begins our story at the end of last year, as hundreds of thousands pack into Times Square to ring in 2020. Unbeknownst to us, a health crisis that would make such a mass gathering illegal and deadly, transform daily life,...
    During a town hall on CNN on Thursday, 2020 Democratic presidential nominee former Vice President Joe Biden stated that he would have the authority as president to have a mask mandate on federal property and land and he will institute one, which could come with a fine for noncompliance. Biden also stated that he would prefer to see state governors have mask mandates, and would encourage them to have state mask mandates, but he can’t do one nationally. Biden said, “I cannot mandate people wearing masks. … I would call every governor in the country into the White House, say, you should be putting mandates out. And if they don’t, I’d call the mayors in their towns, in their cities and...
    Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden declared in a CNN town hall Thursday night that he can enforce mask-wearing on federal property, but did not clarify if he believed the president had the power to put in place a nationwide mask mandate. “You said about a month ago, for the next three months, all Americans should, you would like to see all Americans wearing masks,” CNN debate moderator Anderson Cooper began. “And that you would push governors to institute mandates for mask-wearing.” “Yes,” Biden replied. “Back in the pandemic in 1918, in some states, in some towns, they had actually outdoor courts to fine people who weren’t wearing masks. Is that something you would like to see happen in states?” Cooper asked...
    2020 Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden offered little clarity on whether he could and would introduce a national mask mandate should he win the White House on Nov. 3. “I cannot mandate people wearing masks," Biden told CNN Thursday during his first televised town hall as his party's standard-bearer. Instead, the two-term vice president and 36-year Delaware senator said he would encourage every mayor and governor in the country to roll out a blanket face-covering order in their respective city or state. But he also proposed a rule governing those on federal property. "On federal land, I have the authority," he said. "And we can have a fine for them not doing it." He added, "Look, this is about saving...
    "Defiant Anti-masker" Reed Bender. One of the greatest issues with our country’s public health policy right now is how splintered and erratic the information being disseminated is. The lack of federal consistency in guidance and financial support, along with the intense politicization of the COVID-19 pandemic by Donald Trump and Sen. Mitch McConnell, has led to incredibly inconsistent applications of public health mandates and suggestions. It has also pitted public health policies and mandates up against the frequently amorphous political understandings of civil liberties. One such place facing issues like this is South Dakota, where a video recently went viral that shows a very large man, Reed Bender, being escorted out of a school board meeting by two police officers for refusing to wear...
    Former Vice President Joe Biden is back to pushing for a national mask mandate to help curb the spread of coronavirus, Fox News reports. While taking questions from reporters during a campaign event Wednesday, Biden said his legal team thinks he would have the authority to sign an executive order implementing a federal mask mandate if he were president.  “The question is whether I have the legal authority as president to sign an executive order,” Biden said. “We think we do, but can’t guarantee you that yet.” He said he would first “call all the governors to the White House” and explain why it is necessary to have a mask mandate. If the governors opt out of his request, he said...
    By KEN MILLER, Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt reiterated Thursday that he will not issue a statewide mask mandate, despite a recommendation from the White House Coronavirus Task Force. “I've been very clear from the beginning that I believe a mask mandate is unenforceable and I'm not going to mandate something that I don't think you can enforce,” Stitt said Thursday. Stitt said he supports individual cities in the state that have issued mask-wearing mandates, which include Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Norman “We think that's a local decision and I'm not going to mandate that statewide because I don't think there's a one size fits all approach to this virus," he said. The tasks force’s...
    Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, in an apparent shift, now says his legal team believes he would have the authority to advance a federal mask mandate through an executive order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus should he be elected.BIDEN CALLS FOR NATIONAL MASK MANDATE FOR ALL AMERICANS Taking questions from reporters at a campaign event on Wednesday, Biden vowed that if elected, “I would call all the governors to the White House” to make the case on the necessity for implementing mask mandates. Asked if he’d use an executive order to enforce the wearing of masks if some governors refuse his request, Biden said “the question is whether I have the legal authority as president to sign an executive order....
    Thursday, Fox News Channel senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano weighed in on a nationwide mask mandate after Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden suggested he would have the authority to implement one if elected. Napolitano on “Fox & Friends” said such a mandate is “absolutely” unconstitutional.  According to the former New Jersey Superior Court judge, governors and presidents can urge people to wear a mask and lead by example, but they cannot order them to wear one. “Absolutely not,” Napolitano advised when asked if Biden has the legal authority to order a mask mandate. “Not even a close call.” He continued, “President Trump knows he can’t do it. I don’t think he would even if he could. There is absolutely no...
    Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden admitted that while he believes that he would have the legal authority as president to implement a nationwide mask mandate, he “can’t guarantee you that yet.” Speaking to reporters Wednesday in Wilmington, Del., the former vice president remarked that “there is a question” that he believed “can be answered in the positive” over “whether I can mandate over state lines that every single state has to comply.” Biden made the comments after being asked by a CNN reporter how he would implement a national mask mandate. “Our legal team thinks I can do that, based upon the degree to which there’s a crisis in those states, and how bad things are for the country,” Biden...
    An Idaho pastor who eschewed wearing face masks during services has contracted COVID-19 and is now recovering in an intensive care unit, church officials said. Paul Van Noy, senior pastor at Candlelight Christian Fellowship in Coeur d’Alene, has been hospitalized for two weeks while battling the virus as his wife, Brenda Van Noy, is recovering from COVID-19 at home, a church official told The Spokesman-Review. Prior to reopening for in-person services last Sunday, the church had shut down for two weeks as it underwent a deep cleaning, a ministry coordinator told the newspaper. “We didn’t want, obviously, to be spreading the virus,” Eric Reade said. It’s unclear how Van Noy — who previously said masks weren’t required at his 1,200-member...
    Late-night hosts Trevor Noah and Jimmy Fallon questioned if Donald Trump even knows he’s president, considering he blamed Joe Biden for the lack of national mask mandate during his ABC News town hall. Noah played a clip of Trump questioning why Biden has failed to institute a mask mandate, prompting Noah to joke: “Yeah, Trump has a good point here — why hasn’t Joe Biden instituted a national mask mandate? And don’t say it’s because he’s not the president and doesn’t have any power — that’s not an excuse!” “Look, guys, between this and blaming riots on Joe Biden, either Trump is delusional, or he’s slowly trying to Jedi-mind-trick America into thinking that Biden has been president this whole time,” Noah added...
    Those caught without wearing a mask in Berkeley, Calif., could be subject to a hefty fine. The City Council passed an ordinance Tuesday night to impose a $100 fine on people who violate the city's mask mandate that was adopted in June to stem the spread of coronavirus. Code enforcement officers will be issuing those citations to mask violators. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP KQED reports that the city will be paying close attention to parks, restaurants, parties, and college students. Officials with the University of California, Berkeley sent out a message over the summer that said there has been a "notable increase in UC Berkeley students testing positive for COVID-19." They said most of those new cases stemmed...
    Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont (D) released his 70th executive order related to the coronavirus Tuesday by announcing fines of $100, which can now be issued by non-police officials, to violators of his mask mandate. The governor’s executive order authorizes the state “Commissioner of Public Health, local health directors, district health directors, and their designees; municipal chief executive officers and their designees; and state and municipal police officers, peace officers …special police forces … and public safety departments of institutions of higher education to issue fines.” A fine of $100 can be issued by any of the officials mentioned to any person who is not wearing a mask in a public place, save for those with medical exemptions. Fines can be issued...
    Savannah Rychcik September 16, 2020 0 Comments Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is weighing in on whether he would have legal authority if he were elected president of the United States to issue a nationwide mask mandate. During a press briefing on the coronavirus pandemic on Wednesday, Biden indicated his legal team believes he would have the power to require mask-wearing across the nation. “There’s a question — I think it can be answered in the positive — a question whether I can mandate over state lines that every single state has to comply. Our legal team thinks I can do that based upon the degree to which there is a crisis in those states and how bad...
    Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said that he believes he would have the legal authority to impose a nationwide mask mandate to slow the spread of coronavirus if elected president, after saying earlier this month that he did not know if such an order would be enforceable. Speaking to reporters in Delaware on Wednesday, Biden said that he had spoken to his campaign's legal team about the feasibility of imposing such a mandate in certain states, depending on the conditions in the U.S. "Our legal team thinks I can do that, based upon the degree to which there's a crisis in those states, and how bad things are for the country," Biden said. If it were deemed legal, he said would...
    Joe Biden stated that he thinks he has the legal authority to mandate mask-wearing nationwide, marking a change in tone from earlier this month when he acknowledged that the Constitution may prevent the president from going that far. "There's a question — I think it's at a convention positive — a question whether I can mandate over state lines that every single state has to comply. Our legal team thinks I can do that based upon the degree to which there is a crisis in those states, and how bad things are for the country," the Democratic presidential nominee said in a press briefing on the coronavirus pandemic on Wednesday. "I'd make the case why it's necessary." "I...
    CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield puts his mask on after speaking to Senate Appropriations subcommittee. The common story on COVID-19 has become very, very centered around the idea that everyone just needs to park in place until a vaccine comes along to save us. But with poll after poll showing that people are unwilling to accept a vaccine rushed into production under Donald Trump, that’s simply not going to happen anytime soon. And barring some ill-considered use of emergency authorization, a vaccine is still months away in any case. But as CDC director Robert Redfield testified at a Senate hearing on Wednesday morning, there is already a solution available that can reduce the spread of COVID-19 and allow the nation...
    During an ABC 2020 event on Tuesday night, a Pennsylvania voter asked President Donald Trump: “Why don’t you support a mandate for national mask-wearing? And why don’t you wear a mask more often?” His response, which blamed Joe Biden for not implementing a national mask mandate, caused viewers to agonize the future of America’s political climate. Democratic candidate Joe Biden, who is not president, doesn’t have the power to call for a national mandate. Hide Aside from the irrational statement, Twitter users took issue with the president’s claims about mask-wearing as an insufficient safety measure. “The concept of a mask is good but it also does… you’re constantly touching it, you’re touching your face, you’re touching plates. There are people...
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Plenty of Republican governors initially rejected mask mandates, but few have held to their skepticism amid soaring coronavirus cases with the tenacity of Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds. Reynolds scoffs at calls for a statewide mask order, calling them “feel-good” actions, and refuses to let city officials enforce local mandates, even as the small, largely rural state maintains one of the highest COVID-19 positivity rates and has topped 1,200 dead. While she implores residents to wear masks while indoors when social distancing isn’t possible, she has said not everyone believes they’re effective and frequently is photographed mingling at crowded events without a mask. “I think the goal is to do what we can to reduce the...
    Meaghan Ellis September 16, 2020 0 Comments Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden fired back at President Donald Trump’s remarks about him not instituting a national mask mandate. When Trump participated in a presidential town hall on Tuesday night, he attempted to blame Biden for the United States not having a national mask mandate amid the coronavirus pandemic. A swing voter said, “Wearing masks has proven to lessen the spread of COVID. Why don’t you support a mandate for national mask-wearing and why don’t you wear a mask more often?” Trump quickly insisted that he does wear a mask when he has to and when visiting hospitals. Then, he took aim at Biden and Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala...
    President Donald Trump participated in a town hall event held in Philadelphia Tuesday night, hosted by ABC News’ anchor George Stephanopoulos. It was a rare event for the president to field questions outside the realm of friendly opinion media personalities or select members of the White House Press Corps. As such, he was asked more challenging questions from real people, which he couldn’t immediately dismiss with an insult and had to address politely and reasonably. One such example of this relatively novel dynamic for the commander in chief in which he was asked by Julie Bart, a retired chemical engineer, about his role in leading America in wearing masks as a proven method to reduce the spread of Covid-19. “Why...
    By DAVID PITT, Associated Press DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Plenty of Republican governors initially rejected mask mandates, but few have held to their skepticism amid soaring coronavirus cases with the tenacity of Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds. Reynolds scoffs at calls for a statewide mask order, calling them “feel-good” actions, and refuses to let city officials enforce local mandates, even as the small, largely rural state maintains one of the highest COVID-19 positivity rates and has topped 1,200 dead. While she implores residents to wear masks while indoors when social distancing isn't possible, she has said not everyone believes they're effective and frequently is photographed mingling at crowded events without a mask. “I think the goal is to do what...
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Plenty of Republican governors initially rejected mask mandates, but few have held to their skepticism amid soaring coronavirus cases with the tenacity of Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds. Reynolds scoffs at calls for a statewide mask order, calling them “feel-good” actions, and refuses to let city officials enforce local mandates, even as the small, largely rural state maintains one of the highest COVID-19 positivity rates and has topped 1,200 dead. While she implores residents to wear masks while indoors when social distancing isn’t possible, she has said not everyone believes they’re effective and frequently is photographed mingling at crowded events without a mask. “I think the goal is to do what we can to reduce the...
    President Donald Trump on Tuesday repeated that he did not want to issue a national mask mandate during the coronavirus pandemic. “There is, by the way, a lot of people don’t want to wear masks,” Trump said. “There are a lot of people that think the masks are not good.” The president commented on masks after a voter from an ABC News town hall hosted by George Stephanopoulos asked him why he did not support a national mask mandate. He recalled witnessing waiters serving at a restaurant touching their masks to adjust them and then touching the plates. “The concept of a mask is good, but … you are constantly touching it, touching your face, touching plates,” he said. “There...
    Police had to physically remove a South Dakota man from a school board meeting Monday night because he refused to wear a mask. One of the primary topics of the meeting was public opposition to the district's mask mandate, according to the Mitchell Republic. The man who refused to wear a mask was Reed Bender, who had reportedly attended meetings in the past and spoken against mask mandates. Bender would not put on a mask even though the district offered to provide him one. When Bender wouldn't comply, Superintendent Joe Graves called the police. The Republic reported that Mitchell police officers arrived about 20 minutes later and attempted to speak with Bender to get him to wear a mask....
    Sean Rayford/Getty Images As I predicted near the start of the pandemic, the response to the virus has caused America to be more clearly divided between “red” and “blue” factions than at any time in our modern history. Nothing is more emblematic of this dangerous reality than the dramatic difference in the way that mask mandates are viewed within these two worlds. People in red/conservative states are far less in favor of government mask mandates than those in the blue/liberal states (today has even been declared a day of “Mask Off” protests in some portions of the country). This disparity was most obvious at the recent political conventions and campaign events, showing that Donald Trump supporters are very likely to...
    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – More city leaders in Iowa are requiring masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, despite pushback from the governor on implementing a statewide mask mandate. “In the last 55 days, we’ve had more reported cases of the coronavirus than we had in the 110 days before that,” Cedar Rapids Mayor Brad Hart told Fox News. “Our numbers are going up.” Hart signed an emergency proclamation on Sept. 2 requiring face coverings in public places throughout the city whenever proper social distance cannot be maintained.       FAUCI WARNS 7 STATES TO BE CAUTIOUS OVER LABOR DAY OF CORONAVIRUS SPIKES The proclamation came on the brink of Iowa’s steepest coronavirus outbreak yet. The...
    It can be hard to keep track of all the Karens and Kens crawling out of the woodwork these days. Hide Videos of irate people, primarily women, whose immense entitlement earns them the title of Karen have been a staple of quarantine life. Most of the Karen videos we’ve seen in recent months have emerged due to the mask-wearing mandates necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic that has killed 199,018 Americans as of Tuesday morning. Hide News coverage from a late August anti-mask rally in St. George, Utah is elevating an all-new Karen to the heights of anti-masker entitlement. In an interview with ABC4, Karen—whose real name is Shauna Kinville—compared wearing masks to George Floyd’s death. “George Floyd was saying,...
              A Coffee County mother is reportedly suing the county school system over its mask mandate for students. That woman, Heather Murchison, said the mandate prevents her son from concentrating at school, and she also said only parents can decide if their children should wear masks. In a Facebook post last week, Murchison also said she observed a certain level of hypocrisy among the people enforcing the mandate. Walked into the Coffee County school board this morning! No one wearing masks! No one!!!!! Not even Dr Lawson???? Posted by Heather Murchison on Wednesday, September 9, 2020 “Walked into the Coffee County school board this morning! No one wearing masks! No one!!!!! Not even Dr...
    Principal Pam Rasmussen (L) takes the temperature of arriving students as per coronavirus guidelines during summer school sessions in Monterey Park, California on July 9, 2020. FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images A group of parents in Tennessee have filed a lawsuit against Williamson County School District and its superintendent for enforcing a mask mandate, The Tennessean reported.  The complaint charges the school district's mask mandate of denying students "equal access to educational opportunities" that are given to students who aren't required to wear face coverings. Tennessee does not have a statewide mask mandate, despite suggestions from the White House coronavirus task force.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Parents in Williamson County, Tennessee are suing their...
    (CBS4) – Gov. Jared Polis extended the statewide mask order for another 30 days starting Sept 12. In mid-August, Polis extended the mandate which was adjusted to allow exceptions for certain events, including people officiating weddings, funerals and other religious ceremonies. “We have learned that widespread mask use is a low cost and highly effective way to reduce the spread of COVID-19 infections by as much as 65%,” Polis stated in the order extension on Saturday. (credit: CBS) Polis said at a news conference in Fort Morgan on Friday the success Colorado has seen from wearing masks has allowed for discussion to be had about allowing fall football and in-person learning. “I can’t wait. Can’t wait until two things: the fire...
    The City of Rome is launching a Mask Up Rome Ambassador Program to help educate the public about the City of Rome mask order to encourage mask usage. The program will be housed under the Georgia’s Rome Office of Tourism. The goal is to utilize hospitality to educate visitors and residents about the mask mandate in the City of Rome. The ambassador team is made up of tourism department staff who will start hitting the streets this weekend utilizing the Roman Chariots to remind people about the mask mandate and to give out masks. Floyd Medical has generously donated masks to the city that the team will use in their...
    (CBS4) – The public health order requiring people to wear face masks in public in Colorado is in effect until Sunday, but Gov. Jared Polis said on Friday it will “likely continue another 30 days.” Polis has not yet officially extended the statewide mandate. “We all are frustrated with masks,” Gov. Polis said at a news conference in Fort Morgan on the Eastern Plains. “I can’t wait. Can’t wait until two things: the fire ban’s over and the mask requirement’s over, because we’re gonna, you know, I think a lot of folks, including me, are going to be happy to have little bonfires to burn these [masks] and never look back.” “We want to end it as soon as we can....
    (CBS4) – The public health order requiring people to wear face masks in public in Colorado is in effect until Sunday, that is unless Gov. Jared Polis extends it before then. Polis is scheduled to discuss the latest on the state’s response to COVID on Friday afternoon in Sterling on the Eastern Plains. (credit: CBS) In mid-August Polis extended the statewide mandate just as it was set to expire. The governor amended the order to allow exceptions for certain events, including people officiating weddings, funerals and other religious ceremonies. The order applies people in indoor settings. Last month the Colorado Supreme Court refused to hear a lawsuit intended to block Polis’ executive orders related to the coronavirus. Watch the governor’s news...
    Former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign released a video on Thursday urging Americans to stop the coronavirus pandemic by choosing to “wear a mask.” Biden, who has consistently criticized President Donald Trump’s pandemic response, released footage of himself donning a black face mask, with a caption urging voters to “do your part” and “wear a mask.” Do your part. Wear a mask. pic.twitter.com/pdnEecS49Q — Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) September 10, 2020 The video comes only days after the former vice president was forced to reverse his stance on a national mask mandate. After months of repeatedly calling on the federal government to issue such a mandate for the sake of public health, Biden told a local-CBS affiliate this week such an act...
    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota county that is among the COVID-19 hot spots in the state has voted unanimously against creating a public mask mandate. The Bismarck Tribune reports nearly a dozen people spoke out against the idea at the Morton County Commission meeting on Thursday. Morton and Burleigh counties include the Bismarck metropolitan area and have taken over as the state’s hot spot for the virus in the past several weeks. Gov. Doug Burgum in July announced a task force for the counties to address the spike in coronavirus cases in the region. The panel last week requested that local governments enact mask mandates and make guidelines for businesses requirements. The Bismarck City Commission on Tuesday did...
    Iowa’s coronavirus situation is among the worst in the United States, but the state’s Republican governor isn’t listening to federal advice to be far more aggressive.  Gov. Kim Reynolds has made it clear she is resisting implementing coronavirus restrictions such as a mask mandate despite Iowa’s public health situation ranking poorly in the most recent report by the White House Coronavirus Task Force. “I trust Iowans to do the right and I think they are doing the right thing,” Reynolds said at a press conference on Thursday when pressed on the issue of a mask mandate, and reiterated that Iowans should wear a mask if they can’t practice social distancing. The White House Coronavirus Task Force painted a concerning...
              The Ohio Department of Health last month mandated the use of facial coverings by K-12 students. The mandate came with several exceptions, including for those who were unable to wear masks due to health issues and religious exemptions. Activist and parent Heather Groves said many school districts are making it exceedingly difficult to get an exemption, requiring evidence of personal beliefs, signatures from pastors or explanations of the various religious tenants that play into the decision In an interview with The Ohio Star, Groves who has been working with parents trying to get their child exempted from the rule said that “out of the last 100 people I’ve spoken too, three people have...
            by Debra Heine  Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Sunday walked back his pledge to impose a national mask mandate, admitting he wouldn’t be able to use the powers of the presidency to make face-coverings compulsory because that would actually be unconstitutional. Biden was asked to respond to President Trump’s policy of giving more authority to the states during an interview with AZFamily’s “Politics Unplugged.” “Well, I hope you could trust the governors, Biden said. “But here’s the deal, the federal government — there’s a constitutional issue whether federal government could issue such a mandate. I don’t think constitutionally they could, so I wouldn’t issue a mandate.” However, as recently as last month, Biden was insisting that he would use...
              Live from Music Row Wednesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed The Ohio Star Managing Editor Jack Windsor to the newsmakers line. During the third hour, Windsor highlighted Governor DeWine’s press conference in Ohio on Tuesday where he relayed a question of a parent about the wearing of masks for K-12 students. He added that DeWine cited experts that recommended the validity of the mask mandate but gave no specifics. Leahy: We are in the studio with Crom Carmichael, the original all-star panelist, and joining us on the line right now, a good friend...
    Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden walked back his own call for a national mask mandate, saying he wouldn’t issue any binding orders because he believes it would be unconstitutional. The former vice president was questioned by AZFamily’s “Politics Unplugged” Sunday about his repeated pledges to use the powers of the presidency to force Americans to wear masks when he got candid about the efficacy of a mandate. Asked to respond to the governors who had appreciated President Trump’s more targeted coronavirus approach, which gave more authority to the states, Biden said, “Well, I hope you could trust the governors. “But here’s the deal, the federal government — there’s a constitutional issue whether federal government could issue such a mandate. I don’t think...
    Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden appeared to back off his own previous calls for a nationwide mask mandate, saying during a Sunday evening interview that such a mandate might run into a “constitutional issue.” Biden, who has been calling for a mask mandate since mid-August, raised the question of constitutionality with Dennis Welch, political editor of Arizona’s Family and host of “Politics Unplugged.” Biden explained that he would instead attempt to set a standard that other Americans would follow. WATCH: Biden now says a national mask mandate is probably unconstitutional and he wouldn’t do it. This is a full 180-degree reversal. pic.twitter.com/cSxo6Q5LCD — Alex Marlow (@AlexMarlow) September 7, 2020 “Here’s the deal, the federal government…there’s a constitutional issue whether the...
    Joe Biden wants every American to wear a mask — and if he wins the White House, he has vowed to mandate mandatory masks for all. “Every single American should be wearing a mask when they’re outside for the next three months at a minimum — every governor should mandate mandatory mask wearing. The estimates by the experts are that it will save over 40,000 lives in the next three months. Forty thousand lives, if people act responsibly,” Biden said last month. “Let’s institute a mask mandate nationwide starting immediately, and we will save lives.” Then he lectured Americans, saying, “It’s not about your rights. It’s about your responsibilities as an American. Wearing the mask is less about you contracting the...
    Joe Biden admitted on Monday that his own proposed national mask mandate is unconstitutional. Biden has repeatedly called for a federal mandate, often using it as an example of what he would do differently about the coronavirus than President Trump, whom Biden claims “failed to act.” But he told CBS 5 in Arizona, “There’s a constitutional issue whether the federal government can issue such a mandate.” Biden now says a national mask mandate is probably unconstitutional and he wouldn’t do it. This is a full 180-degree reversal. pic.twitter.com/cSxo6Q5LCD — Alex Marlow (@AlexMarlow) September 7, 2020 He added, “I don’t think constitutionally they could, so I wouldn’t issue a mandate.” On Wednesday, he denied ever calling for a mandate and claimed...
    Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden declared on Aug. 13 that he would call for a nationwide face mask mandate. "Every single American should be wearing a mask when they're outside for the next three months, at a minimum," Biden said in August. "Let's institute a mask mandate nationwide starting immediately, and we will save lives." Biden's running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), eagerly approved of Biden's mask mandate. "That's what real leadership looks like," Harris said on the same day. "We just witnessed real leadership. Which is Joe Biden said that as a nation, we should all be wearing a mask for the next three months, because it will save lives." During Biden's acceptance speech on the final night...
              The Ohio Department of Health on Sunday reported 773 more COVID infections, increasing the number of cases to 130,558. That is below the 21-day average of 1,061 newly reported cases a day.  If past claims are indicative of future assertions, Ohio Republican Governor Mike DeWine will say masking caused the dip. Gov. Mike DeWine recently talked about dropping case numbers and said measures like the statewide mask order were small sacrifices given what the state faces, according to a story by WTOL. “I do not shy away from making decisions, somebody has to make those decisions when you are dealing with a once-in-a-102-year pandemic,” he said, “I make those decisions; some people agree, some...
    Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris appeared to step back from calls for a nationwide mask mandate — one her running mate still supports. Harris, whose CNN interview with Dana Bash aired Sunday morning on “State of the Union,” said that a call for face masks nationwide would be a “standard” rather than a “mandate,” despite the fact that presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden has called for a nationwide mandate on several occasions. (RELATED: ‘I Would Not Trust Donald Trump’: Kamala Harris Says She’d Be Wary Of An Early Coronavirus Vaccine) WATCH: Bash began by pointing out Biden’s support for a mask mandate, saying that he appeared to have shifted to support individual mandates from governors...
    Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee former Vice President Joe Biden and his running mate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) arrive to deliver remarks at the Alexis Dupont High School on August 12, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. Drew Angerer/Getty Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris suggested the Biden administration would not enforce a national mask mandate as promised by Joe Biden.  Biden said last month that, if elected, his administration would enforce a federal mask mandate. "It would be a standard," Harris said in an interview with CNN when asked to clarify.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Kamala Harris, the Democratic vice presidential nominee, walked back Joe Biden's promise for a federal mandate to wear a mask, saying the...
    Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden drew widespread attention when he called for a three-month nationwide outdoor mask mandate, and for governors to enact them in their states. But nearly a month later, no Democratic governor has enacted the kind of sweeping order Biden sought. “Every single American should be wearing a mask when they’re outside for the next three months at a minimum,” Biden told reporters in Wilmington, Del., on Aug. 13. “Every governor should mandate mandatory mask wearing.” BIDEN CALLS FOR MANDATE REQUIRING ALL AMERICANS TO WEAR MASKS In June, he had also said he would use federal power to force Americans to wear masks in public. Asked if he would use federal leverage to mandate it, he answered: “Yes,...
    Call it coronavirus couture. Tilda Swinton is taking the humble face mask to high-fashion heights at the 2020 Venice Film Festival, where nose and mouth coverings are required as part of the event’s pandemic-era precautions — as are temperature checks and social distancing. At the festival’s opening ceremony on Wednesday, the 59-year-old Oscar winner hit the red carpet in a black-and-white Chanel Haute Couture look and carrying a sculptural gold mask by James Merry that was more about fashion than function. According to the Iceland-based artist and longtime Björk collaborator, Swinton’s pearl-studded piece was inspired by “stingray skeletons, seaweed, orchids… + also my favourite fish sculptures on the columns of the rialto fish market in venice.” But that wasn’t the...
    (CNN)The White House coronavirus task force gave increasingly urgent recommendations to states about masks over the summer, only to have them mostly ignored by six states, their weekly reports show.The task force has declined to make the reports public, but the House Select Subcommittee on Coronavirus published each report, from June 23 up to August 9, earlier this week.These are the states requiring people to wear masks when out in publicThe reports show that the task force made tailored recommendations to each state -- including recommendations about mask use.The Trump administration's mask messaging -- particularly from the President himself -- has been inconsistent and confusing as the pandemic has progressed with no uniform national strategy in place as the pandemic...
    Joe Biden is becoming so defensive, he’s being forced to blatantly lie about his own call for a nationwide mask mandate. “We’ll have a national mandate to wear a mask,” Slow Joe said during his acceptance speech at the Democrat National Convention. Just so that there’s no confusion, allow me to repeat exactly what Rapey Joe said during a nationally televised speech. We’ll have a national mandate to wear a mask. There’s no nuance in that. No ambiguity. Just the week prior to that, he said, “Let’s institute a mask mandate nationwide. It will save lives.” He added, “Every single American should be wearing a mask when they are outside for the next three months at a minimum.” Every...
    During an answer about nationwide masking, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden argued that he has high respect for the Constitution by offering a 2020 Democratic primary throwback that implicated his running mate, Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA). “There’s a question whether or not a president, under the Constitution, could mandate everyone wear a mask,” said Biden, who suggested that nationwide masking would take the form of a pressure campaign rather than an enforceable mandate, reports The Washington Examiner. “During the primary, I’d have a lot of people telling me, ‘I would by executive order do,’” continued Biden, cutting himself off mid-example. “I’m a Constitutionalist, you know, you can’t do things the Constitution doesn’t allow you the power to do.” Unfortunately for...
    Joe Biden suggested Wednesday that his national mandate on masks would be pressure-based rather than legally enforceable. The Democratic nominee added that he is a “constitutionalist” and understands the boundaries of presidential authority. “There's a question whether or not a president, under the Constitution, could mandate everyone wear a mask," Biden said during a press conference Wednesday. "And remember, all during the primary I'd have a lot of people telling me, 'I would by executive order do.' I'm a constitutionalist. You know, you can't do things the Constitution doesn't allow you the power to do." He added that he would put pressure on local officials to ensure mask wearing during the coronavirus pandemic. BIDEN CALLS FOR MANDATE REQUIRING ALL AMERICANS...