California Gov. Newsom declares state of emergency due to fires amid heat wave

California Gov. Newsom declares state of emergency due to fires amid heat wave | 18 Aug 2020 | California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday declared a state of emergency due to fires raging across the state. His announcement comes amid a scorching heat wave that has helped spark and spread multiple large blazes, including in Napa, Nevada and Monterey counties, and put a severe strain on the state's power grid, causing California's first rolling blackouts in 19 years. Newsom said his declaration was to ensure resources were available for crews battling the fires.

Connecticut voters should use [unsecured, easy-to-steal] drop boxes to cast absentee ballots in November election rather than rely on USPS, secretary of the state says

Connecticut voters should use [unsecured, easy-to-steal] drop boxes to cast absentee ballots in November election rather than rely on USPS, secretary of the state says | 18 Aug 2020 | Ahead of the general election in November, Secretary of the State Denise Merrill said Monday that voters are better off depositing completed absentee ballots directly into official ballot drop boxes, which will be located in every town, rather than mailing them in. Merrill's comments arrive as Democrats push to expand absentee voting after the primary election last week, when nearly 60% of Connecticut voters cast ballots through the mail or drop box.

DNC 2020 Day 1: Michelle Obama, former rivals rally behind Joe Biden as they take aim at Trump's COVID-19 response

DNC 2020 Day 1: Michelle Obama, former rivals rally behind Joe Biden as they take aim at Trump's COVID-19 response --Under theme of unity, speakers will represent progressive, traditional platforms | 17 Aug 2020 | Democrats will open their mostly virtual convention in Milwaukee Monday under the theme of unity, with speakers who represent the party's progressive and traditional platforms. "As we have learned throughout our history, when we stand united, we can overcome anything, including the monumental challenges we face today," the Democratic National Convention Committee said in a release... Tuesday's DNC theme is "Leadership Matters" and the featured speakers will include former acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, former Secretary of State John Kerry, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester, former President Bill Clinton and former second lady Dr. Jill Biden. In addition to these high-profile figures, the keynote address will feature not one, but 17 speakers who the DNC calls "rising stars."

Delaware buzzing as Democratic National Convention gets underway

Delaware buzzing as Democratic National Convention gets underway | 17 Aug 2020 | Wilmington, Delaware is buzzing as a virtual Democratic National Convention gets underway on Monday night. "I've never seen this place crowded like this ever. Delaware is usually pretty quiet," said Monica Green. Gates are going up, security are manning posts, and media trucks from across the country are camped outside the Chase Center in Wilmington. Joe Biden and his running mate, Kamala Harris, will accept nominations in the First State.

Portland 'protesters' beat driver unconscious after crashing truck near Black Lives Matter rally

Portland 'protesters' beat driver unconscious after crashing truck near Black Lives Matter rally | 17 Aug 2020 | A group of 'protesters' beat a man bloody and unconscious in the street after he crashed a truck during a confrontation that unfolded near a Black Lives Matter demonstration in downtown Portland late Sunday night, according to police, witnesses and multiple videos. Several people kicked, punched and pushed the man to the ground after his white Ford slammed into a light pole about 10:30 p.m. near Southwest Broadway and Taylor Street, just blocks from a rally outside the Multnomah County Justice Center, videos show... Portland police said in news releases Monday that they received a report of protesters chasing the truck before its driver crashed -- and that the group attacked the driver afterward.

Chicago Spent $66 Million on Hospital That Treated 38 Coronavirus Patients

Chicago Spent $66 Million on Hospital That Treated 38 Coronavirus Patients | 17 Aug 2020 | Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot's (D.) decision to renovate a local convention center into a makeshift coronavirus hospital cost taxpayers nearly $66 million--though only 38 patients received treatment at the facility, the Chicago Sun-Times reported on Friday. The Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, the agency Lightfoot tasked with overseeing the project, overlooked a bid from a construction company that offered to waive fees or donate them to coronavirus pandemic relief organizations. Instead, officials gave the bid to Walsh Construction, a politically connected contractor, which billed the city $65.9 million to renovate the McCormick Place convention center. The decision cost taxpayers more than $1.7 million per patient. In contrast, the city spent $50 million total to equip three other centers in the Chicago area.

Trump administration finalizes oil drilling plan in Alaska wildlife refuge

Trump administration finalizes oil drilling plan in Alaska wildlife refuge | 17 Aug 2020 | The Trump administration on Monday finalized a plan to allow oil and gas drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, putting it on track to issue decades-long leases in the pristine wilderness area before a potential change in U.S. leadership... The Interior Department could hold a sale of oil and gas leases in ANWR by the end of the year, Secretary David Bernhardt said on a conference call with reporters. The 19 million acre (7.7 million hectares) refuge is home to wildlife populations including Porcupine caribou and polar bears and has been off-limits to drilling for decades. In recent months, several big U.S. banks have said recently they will not finance oil and gas projects in the Arctic region. The Gwich’in Steering Committee, which represents tribes that depend on the caribou for subsistence, tweeted that "the fight to protect the calving grounds of the Porcupine caribou is not over." [Bad idea. Polar bears need a home. There's no reason to drill in the ANWR.]

 

Trump: 'A lot of people' think Edward Snowden 'not being treated fairly'

Trump: 'A lot of people' think Edward Snowden 'not being treated fairly' | 13 Aug 2020 | President Trump polled his aides on Thursday about whether he should let anti-surveillance whistleblower and "leaker" Edward Snowden return to the US from Russia without going to prison, saying he was open to it. "There are a lot of people that think that he is not being treated fairly. I mean, I hear that," Trump told The Post in an exclusive interview in the Oval Office, before soliciting views from his staff. Trump commented on Snowden for the first time as president after accusing former President Barack Obama of spying on his 2016 campaign. "When you look at [former FBI Director James] Comey and [former FBI Deputy Director Andrew] McCabe, and [former CIA Director John] Brennan -- and, excuse me, the man that sat at this desk, President Obama, got caught spying on my campaign with [former Vice President Joe] Biden. Biden and Obama, and they got caught spying on the campaign," Trump said.

3 police officers shot in Cedar Park, Texas, suspect barricaded inside home

3 police officers shot in Cedar Park, Texas, suspect barricaded inside home --Various law enforcement agencies are on the scene | 16 Aug 2020 | At least three police officers were shot while responding to a call at a home in Cedar Park, Texas, according to local authorities. The department's Twitter account initially said the officers had responded to a call at the home off Natalie Cove, about 25 miles north of Austin. The suspect barricaded themselves inside the house following the shots, before multiple law enforcement agencies arrived on the scene.

Trump 'very strongly' looking at pardoning whistleblower Edward Snowden

Trump 'very strongly' looking at pardoning whistleblower Edward Snowden | 16 Aug 2020 | A presidential pardon is not out of the question for the country's most famous whistleblower. President Trump on Saturday said he was going to look "very strongly" at the possibility of a pardon for Edward Snowden. He told The Post exclusively earlier this week that he was open to the idea. "I'm not that aware of the Snowden situation. I'm going to start looking at it. There are many many people, it seems to be a split decision," Trump said Saturday during a news briefing at his Bedminster club in New Jersey. "Many people think that he should be somehow treated differently and other people think he did very bad things," the president went on. "I'm going to take a look at that very strongly."

Seattle BLM protesters demand white people 'give up' their homes

Seattle BLM protesters demand white people 'give up' their homes | 14 Aug 2020 | A group of Black Lives Matter protesters in Seattle marched through a residential neighborhood this week demanding that white residents give up their homes, dramatic video shows. Footage of the Wednesday demonstration posted to Twitter shows a crowd of dozens chanting "Black lives matter" before an unidentified man projects his ire toward nearby white residents -- saying they are living in a historically black section of the city as another woman in the crowd yells that they should "give up" their homes, the clip shows... A woman with a megaphone then urges the residents to "give up" their house, the footage shows. "Give black people back their homes!" she yells.

Louie Gohmert is COVID-19-free, and he credits hydroxychloroquine

Louie Gohmert is COVID-19-free, and he credits hydroxychloroquine | 15 Aug 2020 | Rep. Louie Gohmert has recovered from the coronavirus and plans to donate plasma in the coming days, he told the Washington Examiner. "I'm feeling really well, really great, actually," the Texas Republican said. Gohmert tested positive for the coronavirus on July 29 after taking a test at the White House ahead of a planned trip with President Trump. Gohmert drove to Texas to self-quarantine and suffered several days of mild symptoms, including fatigue, but is now free of the virus, he said. Gohmert, who turns 67 next week, told the Washington Examiner he believes his recovery was aided by the use of vitamin supplements and hydroxychloroquine, the drug touted by Trump and some medical doctors that is not endorsed by the [terrorists at the] Food and Drug Administration for use in treating the coronavirus [so the deaths pile up and people clamor for the deadly, mandatory Gates/Fauci vaccine].

Former and Fired FBI Director Comey Is in Big Trouble - He Knew Carter Page Worked for the CIA But Signed Bogus FISA Warrants Anyway

Former and Fired FBI Director Comey Is in Big Trouble - He Knew Carter Page Worked for the CIA But Signed Bogus FISA Warrants Anyway | 16 Aug 2020 | Former FBI Director James Comey knew Carter Page was a CIA asset when he signed multiple FISA warrants to spy on Carter Page and candidate and President Trump. He knew this because Carter Page told him. Devin Nunes (R-CA) was on FOX Business with attorney Gregg Jarrett. In the interview, Nunes noted a couple of important items related to the Durham investigation of the Deep State gang behind Obamagate, but at the 3:15 mark, Jarrett said the following: "And yet, Comey already knew that Page was an asset of the CIA. How do we know that? Carter Page, before the first FISA warrant application, sent Comey a direct letter that said: 'Hey, I work for the CIA. I'm not a Russian spy.' How do I know that? Because he gave me a copy of that letter, it's in both my books. And, it's also part of his congressional testimony, you'll recall. So, isn't it true that James Comey concealed this information from the FISA Court and perpetrated a fraud, when he signed the FISA warrants?"

Hashtag #WrongTrump allowed by Twitter to trend for several hours after death of president's brother while hypocritical Jack Dorsey suspends accounts critical of Taylor Swift

Hashtag #WrongTrump allowed by Twitter to trend for several hours after death of president's brother while hypocritical Jack Dorsey suspends accounts critical of Taylor Swift --Journalist, NAACP leader among those wishing president, not brother, had died | 16 Aug 2020 | Following the death of President Trump's brother Robert Trump, critics of the president have been tweeting the hashtag #WrongTrump, as if to say that it should have been the president to die instead. "Dear Grim Reaper, You took the #wrongtrump," tweeted Bishop Talbert Swan, who is a pastor, radio host, and president of the Springfield, Mass., branch of the NAACP. "What did he promise the devil for the Grim Reaper to take the #wrongtrump???" tweeted journalist [sic] David Leavitt. [Interesting to note, the @TrumpetingTrump account on Twitter was suspended for seven days, within *seconds* of a tweet responding to Taylor's anti-Trump vitriol. The poster, with over thirty-seven thousand followers, called Swift 'stupid.' (She is.)]

California rejected 100,000 mail-in ballots because of mistakes

California rejected 100,000 mail-in ballots because of mistakes | 13 July 2020 | More than 100,000 mail-in ballots were rejected by California election officials during the March presidential primary, according to data obtained by The Associated Press that highlights a glaring gap in the state's effort to ensure every vote is counted. Because of the coronavirus, California is part of a growing number of states increasing mail-in balloting to avoid crowds at polling places... The California secretary of state's election data obtained by the AP showed 102,428 mail-in ballots were disqualified in the state's 58 counties, about 1.5% of the nearly 7 million mail-in ballots returned. That percentage is the highest in a primary since 2014, and the overall number is the highest in a statewide election since 2010.

NBA fires photographer over Kamala Harris meme

NBA fires photographer over Kamala Harris meme | 15 Aug 2020 | The NBA fired a long-time photographer after he posted a meme of Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., following the announcement of her candidacy for vice president, alongside presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. The now-fired Houston-based photographer, Bill Baptist, worked for the Houston Rockets for more than 30 years, reported USA Today. The meme read, "Joe and the Hoe." An anonymous source confirmed for USA Today Sports, that Baptist had been pulled from the NBA bubble in Orlando and let go.

President Trump's brother, Robert Trump, dies at 71

President Trump's brother, Robert Trump, dies at 71 | 15 Aug 2020 | President Trump’s younger brother, Robert Trump, died Friday evening at the age of 71, according to a statement released by the White House. Robert Trump died about two weeks shy of his 72nd birthday, Aug. 26. "It is with heavy heart I share that my wonderful brother, Robert, peacefully passed away tonight," Trump said in the statement released late Saturday night... Robert Trump was hospitalized in New York City where the president visited him on Friday.

Tlaib votes 'no' on Democratic party platform

Tlaib votes 'no' on Democratic party platform | 15 Aug 2020 | Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) said that she voted “no” on the Democratic Party's 2020 platform Saturday because it does include a plan for a single-payer health care system. "Today, I cast my DNC ballot and voted NO on the proposed platform," Tlaib tweeted Saturday. "I constantly hear from constituents demanding we push for a single-payer system and away from this for-profit system that is leaving people to suffer and die just because they cannot afford health care." The Democratic platform currently includes a public option for health care, like the one included in the Affordable Care Act, instead of the single-payer "Medicare for All" that progressives like Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) have pushed for.

Court rules Connecticut's governor and public health commissioner have broad authority to force residents into involuntary medical quarantines

A court has ruled that Connecticut’s governor and public health commissioner have broad authority to force residents into involuntary medical quarantines | 14 Aug 2020 | In a case that invites uncomfortable comparisons to the ongoing pandemic, a court ruled Friday that Connecticut's governor and public health commissioner have broad authority to force residents into involuntary medical quarantines -- even if the residents have had no conclusive exposure to a contagion and show no symptoms of infection. The decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit came in a federal suit by two groups of West African residents of Connecticut who were ordered into 21-day quarantines -- enforced by police guards -- after arriving in the state from West Africa weeks after a regional Ebola outbreak in Africa was declared a health emergency in 2014. The West Africans -- two university doctoral candidates in public health and a family of six immigrants -- argued in their suit that the quarantine orders by the administration of then-Gov. Dannel P. Malloy (D) were unconstitutionally excessive and far more restrictive than the Ebola travel and health guidance issued at the time by federal health and public safety officials. A federal district court dismissed the suit against the state and the appeals court agreed Friday concluding, among other things, that the state quarantine laws do not violate clearly established constitutional rights.

Connecticut parents file appeal in court seeking to overturn school mask requirement

Connecticut parents file appeal in court seeking to overturn school mask requirement | 15 Aug 2020 | Two Connecticut parents have filed an appeal in state court arguing a Department of Education mandate that students returning to classrooms this fall wear face masks is unconstitutional. Filed Friday in Superior Court in New Britain, the appeal says the state's "requirements regarding the use of face coverings, masks, and face shields in schools...place an unconstitutional burden and restriction on the Plaintiffs' fundamental right to an education, and is a denial of their right to equal protection of the law." ...The appeal asks the state Department of Education to rescind the requirement to wear face coverings and to issue an order stating that neither the department nor a local school district can make such a requirement.

'ShadowGate' - The Documentary the Deep State Arrested Millie Weaver for Releasing

More than 1 in 3 Americans will refuse a COVID-19 vaccine - poll

More than 1 in 3 Americans will refuse a COVID-19 vaccine - poll | 14 Aug 2020 | One in three Americans will opt out of getting a [deadly] coronavirus vaccine if and when it becomes available, according to a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll. While 60% of respondents say they will get vaccinated if one becomes available to them, 35% say they won't, according to the results released Friday. The remaining 5% of respondents say they are unsure... The poll shows only 48% of Republicans would choose to get the vaccine.

Former FBI lawyer to plead guilty in probe into origins of Russia investigation

Former FBI lawyer to plead guilty in probe into origins of Russia investigation --Clinesmith had altered a CIA email cited in the fourth application to the FISA court to surveil former Trump campaign aide | 14 Aug 2020 | Former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith is expected to plead guilty as part the investigation led by John Durham, the U.S. attorney in Connecticut, into the origins of the FBI's investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russian interference in the 2016 election, according to a source close to the matter. This is the first criminal case arising from the Durham probe. Court documents posted Friday show Clinesmith faces one count of "false statements." Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz found in his December 2019 report that Clinesmith had altered a CIA email cited in the fourth application to the FISA court to surveil former Trump campaign aide Carter Page in 2017.

Israel, UAE to normalize relations in shift in Mideast politics, West Bank annexation on hold

Israel, UAE to normalize relations in shift in Mideast politics, West Bank annexation on hold | 13 Aug 2020 | Israel and the United Arab Emirates announced on Thursday that they will normalise diplomatic ties and forge a broad new relationship, a move that reshapes the order of Middle East politics from the Palestinian issue to Iran. Under the accord, which U.S. President Donald Trump helped broker, Israel has agreed to suspend its planned annexation of areas of the occupied West Bank. The agreement also firms up opposition to regional power Iran, which the UAE, Israel and the United States view as the main threat in the conflict-riven Middle East. Israel had signed peace agreements with Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994. But the UAE, along with most other Arab nations, did not recognise Israel and had no formal diplomatic or economic relations with it until now. The UAE becomes the first Gulf Arab country to reach such a deal with the Jewish state. The agreement was the product of lengthy discussions between Israel, the UAE and the United States that accelerated recently, White House officials said.

'Seattle has made a tragic mistake': Trump reacts to departure of Police Chief Carmen Best

'Seattle has made a tragic mistake': Trump reacts to departure of Police Chief Carmen Best --President Trump said during a national press conference Tuesday that it was a shame Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best was leaving. | 11 Aug 2020 | The departure of Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best sent shockwaves through the community and drew the attention of President Trump. Seattle's first Black police chief is leaving the Seattle Police Department (SPD) after 28 years with the force. She served her final two years as Seattle's top cop... President Trump addressed Best's resignation during a press briefing from the White House on Tuesday. He was a vocal critic of the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) zone that resulted in officers evacuating the East Precinct. "I think Seattle has made a tragic mistake," Trump said of Best's departure. He said the federal government would offer all available support to quell violence in cities that have voted to cut police budgets.

Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best to resign following department cuts

Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best to resign following department cuts | 11 Aug 2020 | Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best will resign after the Seattle City Council voted to slash the department's budget. Carmen Best, the city's first Black police chief, said in a letter to the department that her retirement will be effective Sept. 2 and the mayor has appointed Deputy Chief Adrian Diaz as the interim chief... The council on Monday approved proposals that would reduce the police department by up to 100 officers through layoffs and attrition.

As Kamala Harris Joins Biden Ticket, Wall Street Sighs in Relief

As Kamala Harris Joins Biden Ticket, Wall Street Sighs in Relief --Wall Street's warm welcome to Joe Biden's running mate reflects a belief that tougher financial regulation isn't a top priority | 12 Aug 2020 | When Joe Biden announced California Sen. Kamala Harris as his vice presidential pick, he pointed to her tough-on-banks record. Much of Wall Street cheered anyway... Ms. Harris proved adept at courting wealthy donors in the Hamptons and Martha's Vineyard while speaking credibly to middle-class concerns [aka, a corporate socialist - just like Obama]. She sought input--and money--from CEOs across industries for her campaign in listening sessions, and touted her record supporting small-business owners at an event in Iowa sponsored by Goldman Sachs Group Inc., the Wall Street powerhouse... In 2011, she pulled out of a national mortgage settlement with big banks and pursued a separate, costly settlement for California, a decision that catapulted her political career. But some officials involved in the negotiations have said her efforts to hold banks accountable amounted more to style--seen at times as impeding a resolution--than substance.

Deaths dwindle: More people have died of the flu than coronavirus for seven weeks in a row

Deaths dwindle: More people have died of the flu than coronavirus for seven weeks in a row | 11 Aug 2020 | Flu has killed more people in the UK than coronavirus for seven weeks in a row, new stats reveal today. Almost five times as many people are now dying of influenza or pneumonia than Covid-19, according to the latest data from the Office for National Statistics. In the seven weeks up to July 31, the latest date for which figures are available, 2,992 people died of coronavirus - but 6,626 died of flu or pneumonia. A total of 1,002 died of influenza in the week up to June 19 - compared to 783 Covid-19 deaths. The gap has widened each week up to the end of last month when flu killed 928 people - almost five times as many as the 193 who lost their lives to coronavirus.

Connecticut issues 5 more fines to residents who violated coronavirus travel advisory rules

Connecticut issues 5 more fines to residents who violated coronavirus travel advisory rules | 12 Aug 2020 | Connecticut has issued five more fines to people who violated the state's COVID-19 travel advisory rules by not filling out the required public health form upon their return. All five were fined $1,000 for not completing the form after trips to North Carolina and Texas, both of which are among the 32 states and two territories now listed on the state's advisory list due to their rates of coronavirus infections. Those fined include four people from Stamford who visited North Carolina and did not complete the travel form when they returned, Governor Ned Lamont (D) spokesman Max Reiss said Wednesday afternoon.

Penn. Health Secretary Levine: DOH will not release 'granular data' to prove restaurants, bars cause case increase

Penn. Health Secretary Levine: DOH will not release 'granular data' to prove restaurants, bars cause case increase | 24 July 2020 | Restaurants and bars are trying to get a better explanation from the Pennsylvania Department of Health on why more restrictions were handed down last week. There have been calls for the state to prove restaurants and bars were the reason for the uptick in cases.Health Secretary Doctor Rachel Levine says they have specific data -- but aren't going to release it. But, Levine says we're seeing an increase in cases in young adults -- and that they have been going out to the bars and restaurants since the reopening. [Levine is the official who murdered thousands of senior citizens in Pennsylvania nursing homes -- after she moved her own mother out of a personal care home. It's amazing she's still in office -- instead of a jail cell.]

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