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    A majority of Americans are not wearing masks in outdoor settings, a Gallup poll released this week found. The Gallup survey, taken July 20-August 2, among 7,632 adults, asked, “How often do you wear a mask when outside home … and you cannot socially distance?” Only 47 percent said they “always” or “usually” wear a mask in outdoor settings when they cannot socially distance, compared to 86 percent who indicated that they wear masks in indoor settings in the same scenario. Women are more likely than men to wear masks in an outdoor setting, the survey found, 54 percent to 39 percent. Democrats are also more likely to wear face coverings in an outdoor setting, with a majority, 64 percent,...
    One in three Americans would not get a free, FDA-approved vaccine for the Chinese coronavirus, a Gallup poll released Friday revealed. While a majority indicated they would agree to be vaccinated, a sizeable portion of Americans indicated they would not. “If an FDA-approved vaccine to prevent coronavirus/COVID-19 was available right now at no cost, would you agree to be vaccinated?” Gallup asked. Sixty-five percent of all Americans said yes, compared to 35 percent who said no. The decision to get a vaccine appears to correspond strongly with political parties. A vast majority of Democrats, 81 percent, said they would get a vaccine, as did 59 percent of independents. However, a majority of Republicans, 53 percent, indicated they would not get the...
    Eighty-one percent of black Americans said they would prefer if police spend the same amount of time or more time in their neighborhoods, according to a Gallup survey released Wednesday. The survey, which also includes responses from other racial and ethnic groups, indicates that 20% of black respondents said they want an increased police presence, 61% want the same presence, and 19% want less. The support for current policing levels was fairly consistent across racial lines, with an average of 67% of Americans saying the current level of time police spend in their area is adequate. Asian American respondents, expressed the greatest preference for decreasing police presence, with 28% favoring this option, the survey shows. When asked how frequently they...
    A majority of African-Individuals need the police presence of their neighborhoods to remain the identical, in keeping with a Gallup ballot launched Wednesday — despite the fact that lower than one-in-five say they’re “very assured” they’d be handled by cops politely and respect. The research was performed on-line between June 23 and July 6 — a couple of month after the firestorm Memorial Day dying of George Floyd, who was black, beneath the knee of a white Minneapolis cop. Sixty-one p.c of African-American respondents indicated that they need police to spend the identical period of time of their neighborhoods, almost in keeping with the 67-percent determine for all surveyed. The share of African-Individuals who need to see extra police...
    A majority of African-Americans want the police presence in their neighborhoods to stay the same, according to a Gallup poll released Wednesday — even though less than one-in-five say they’re “very confident” they’d be treated by cops with courtesy and respect. The study was conducted online between June 23 and July 6 — about a month after the firestorm Memorial Day death of George Floyd, who was black, beneath the knee of a white Minneapolis cop. Sixty-one percent of African-American respondents indicated that they want police to spend the same amount of time in their neighborhoods, nearly in line with the 67-percent figure for all surveyed. The percentage of African-Americans who want to see more police is nearly equal to...
    A majority of younger millennials, ages 24-29, are concerned the coronavirus pandemic is impacting their finances, CNBC reports. According to a recent TD Ameritrade survey of more than 2,000 young adults, a majority of millennials say the pandemic has altered their plans for financial independence. Poll results show: 57% of young millennials say COVID-19 changed their plans for financial independence. 39% of young millennials say they have or are planning to move back in with their parents. 15% of young millennials say their parents are paying part of their rent. 15% of young millennials say their parents are covering all of their housing costs. 82% of young millennials say they don’t want to rely on their parents financially. ...
    Reuters August 5, 2020 0 Comments Two thirds of registered American voters oppose delaying the Nov. 3 presidential election due to the coronavirus pandemic, and more than half think President Donald Trump floated the idea of postponing it last week to help himself politically, according to Reuters/Ipsos polling released on Wednesday. The national public opinion poll was conducted from July 31 to Aug. 4, shortly after Trump said without providing evidence that a surge in mail-in voting would lead to widespread voter fraud and suggested the election be delayed. The idea was immediately rejected by Democrats and Republicans in Congress, who have sole authority to change the election date. Most Americans also rejected the suggestion. The poll showed 66%...
    Two thirds of registered American voters oppose delaying the Nov. 3 presidential election due to the coronavirus pandemic, and more than half think President Donald Trump floated the idea of postponing it last week to help himself politically, according to Reuters/Ipsos polling released on Wednesday. The national public opinion poll was conducted from July 31 to Aug. 4, shortly after Trump said without providing evidence that a surge in mail-in voting would lead to widespread voter fraud and suggested the election be delayed. The idea was immediately rejected by Democrats and Republicans in Congress, who have sole authority to change the election date. Most Americans also rejected the suggestion. The poll showed 66% of registered voters oppose postponing the...
    By Chris Kahn NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two thirds of registered American voters oppose delaying the Nov. 3 presidential election due to the coronavirus pandemic, and more than half think President Donald Trump floated the idea of postponing it last week to help himself politically, according to Reuters/Ipsos polling released on Wednesday. The national public opinion poll was conducted from July 31 to Aug. 4, shortly after Trump said without providing evidence that a surge in mail-in voting would lead to widespread voter fraud and suggested the election be delayed. The idea was immediately rejected by Democrats and Republicans in Congress, who have sole authority to change the election date. Most Americans also rejected the suggestion. The poll showed 66%...
    By Saurabh Sharma AYODHYA, India (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will unveil a plaque on Wednesday to kick off the construction of a Hindu temple in the northern city of Ayodhya on a spot where a mosque was demolished nearly three decades ago to spark deadly riots nationwide. The event fulfils a long-standing promise by Modi and his Hindu nationalist party and marks the first anniversary of another commitment delivered by his government, the end of special privileges for India's only Muslim-majority state of Jammu and Kashmir. It follows a Supreme Court verdict late last year that handed the site to India's Hindu majority in exchange for a plot given to the Muslim community for a mosque, ending...
    Well over three-quarters of Americans would support a nationwide mask mandate, a Hill-HarrisX survey revealed on Monday. The survey, taken July 26-27 among 948 registered voters, asked, “Would you support or oppose a national mandate to wear a face mask?” A hefty majority, 82 percent, said they would support such a mandate. Only 18 percent opposed. Of the 82 percent, 61 percent said they would “strongly” support the measure, and 21 percent said they would “somewhat” support it. Voters appear to be united on the issue across various age groups, races, and party lines. A majority of Republicans, 66 percent, indicated they would support a nationwide mask mandate, as did 85 percent of independents and 93 percent of Democrats. Dritan Nesho, chief...
    Millennials and those born after them make up a majority of the United States’ population for the first time, though older generations still make up a majority of the country’s electorate. New research from Brookings Institutions demographer William Frey finds members of the Millennial generation, those born between 1981 and 1996, now make up 22 percent of the U.S. population.  Combined with members of Generation Z, those born between 1997 and 2012, and members of the as-yet-unnamed generation born after 2013, people under 40 years old now make up 50.7 percent of the nation’s population. Baby Boomers, those born in the aftermath of World War II, between 1946 and 1964, make up 21.8 percent of the population.  But Boomers still...
    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Sorry, boomers. Millennials and their younger siblings and children now make up a majority of the U.S. population. Don’t miss:Census Bureau set to close 2020 data-collection window a month early A new analysis by the Brookings Institution shows that 50.7% of U.S. residents were under age 40, as of July 2019. The Brookings analysis of population estimates released this summer by the U.S. Census Bureau shows that the combined millennial, Generation Z and younger generations numbered 166 million people. The combined Generation X, baby boomer, and older cohorts represented 162 million U.S. residents. “To many Americans — especially baby boomers themselves — this news may come as a shock. For them, the term “millennial” has been...
    A recent poll indicates a majority of Americans agree with the Trump administration’s decision to rescind an Obama-era housing rule that aimed to diversify neighborhoods along economic lines. A poll released Tuesday by Rasmussen Reports found that 73% of likely voters thought the federal government should not play a role in deciding where people can live. 65% of respondents said it is not the government’s job to diversify neighborhoods based on income. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson announced July 23 that the department would end the Obama administration’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule issued in 2015. (RELATED: White House’s Deregulation Effort Specifically Boosts Black America’s COVID Recovery, Ben Carson Says) “We found it to be unworkable and ultimately...
    A new poll found that an overwhelming majority of U.S. voters either “strongly” or “somewhat” support a nationwide mask mandate. The Hill/HarrisX survey released Monday found 82% of voters offered support for the idea, while just 18% of respondents said they either “strongly” or “somewhat” oppose a national face mask order. Among Democrats, 93% said they support a mandate, and 85% of independent voters said the same. Sixty-six percent of Republicans offered support for the idea. In total, a majority of voters, 61%, said they strongly support the measure, while 21% said they somewhat support doing so. “The idea of a national face mask mandate is supported by an overwhelming majority of voters and is less of...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A progressive coalition has released new polling information that says a majority of residents in Minneapolis want to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department. The release of the survey comes during a critical week where we will get an indication of whether or not Minneapolis voters will get a say on the issue this November. When given a short description of the amendment, of which would remove the funding requirement for police officers from the city’s charter and create a new Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention, 56% of voters said they would support the change, 30% said they would not and 14% were undecided. According to the independent Cook Political Report, there are roughly 26% more...
    House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., denied on Sunday that he compared federal law enforcement in Portland to Nazi Germany’s Gestapo police force last month. “I know myself a little bit. I don't know if I ever compared what they're doing to the Gestapo,” Clyburn told “Fox & Friends Weekend” on Sunday. “It's right there in the transcript,” host Pete Hegseth responded. “I said I don't think so,” Clyburn said. “Maybe I did. I'm never one to think I never can misspeak, but that is not to say that's not what I feel.” “What I do feel – and I've said this – what I said seeing in Portland reminds me very much of what I saw in Anniston, Ala., back in the '60s, what I saw on the Edmund Pettus Bridge back in the '60s, where a...
    (CNN)The majority of Defense Department schools that educate the children of the US military are moving ahead with plans to return with in-class instruction later this month amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. More than 110 intend to return children to the classroom but 43 on bases where the highest level of restrictions have been imposed due to the outbreak plan to start the new school year teaching virtually."We believe it's important to make sure that the kids are being educated. And so we're taking those steps to make the schools open and make it safe," chief Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman told reporters Thursday. "We have always believed that instruction in the classroom is the optimal learning environment for most of...
    As state officials across the country scramble to solidify plans to reopen schools in the fall, a new report by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention analyzing the transmission rate at a Georgia overnight camp suggests that the spread of the coronavirus amongst students is inevitable.  The study, released Friday, analyzed 597 children and staff who attended the overnight camp between June 21 and June 27. At the end of the week, 76 percent of campers who were tested came back positive—despite the organizers following most state guidelines set by the governor and the CDC.  The camp, however, didn’t require campers to wear masks, only the staff, or open windows and doors for increased ventilation, per CDC guidelines. And...
    Three-quarters of Americans are eating more comfort food than ever before, according to new research. The study asked 2,000 Americans about their eating habits during their time in self-isolation and how they have used food to connect with their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic. CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE And results found food has played a large role in helping respondents cope with isolation — as 37 percent of respondents turn to their favorite feel-good foods daily and another 38% said they’re chowing down on comfort food every other day while at home during the pandemic. Six in 10 respondents shared their go-to pandemic comfort food was ice cream, closely followed by chocolates or candies. Conducted by OnePoll on behalf...
    Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images President Donald Trump’s campaign has frozen a majority of its TV spending less than 100 days before the 2020 election. A campaign official said the demotion of former campaign manager Brad Parscale has led them to start a “review” and “fine-tuning” of their re-election strategy. “With the leadership change in the campaign, there’s understandably a review and fine-tuning of the campaign’s strategy. We’ll be back on the air shortly, even more forcefully exposing Joe Biden as a puppet of the radical left-wing,” a Trump campaign official told NBC News. Parscale was demoted from campaign manager to being a senior adviser on the campaign on July 15, while deputy campaign manager Bill Stepien was promoted. Nearly every nationwide poll has Trump...
    A large majority of Americans blame China for the global spread of the coronavirus as animosity toward the country has soared, according to a new survey. More than three-quarters of Americans — 78 percent — place a “great deal or fair amount of the blame” on China for the virus’ spread around the world, according to the study published Thursday by the Pew Research Center. Another 73 percent of respondents said they had “unfavorable” views of the country — a figure that rose 26 percentage points since 2018, the surveyors found. The survey polled 1,003 voting-age adults over the phone, with a margin of error of 3.7 percentage points, according to Pew. Americans hold equally chilly views of China’s President...
    As a raft of polls show Donald Trump getting shellacked in November, he and his campaign have intensified their criticism of basically every public poll, since they all figure pretty badly for Trump. “The Silent Majority will speak on NOVEMBER THIRD!!!” Trump promised last Sunday. He followed up on Monday complaining about "suppression polls” to reporters. “We get a lot of fake polls, just like we have fake news," he said. "I mean, it’s a terrible thing when you look at it.” Following Trump's surprise 2016 win, much debate ensued over the mythical "shy" Trump voter who wouldn't tell pollsters what they really thought resulting in skewed polling. But the more the issue was studied, the less support analysts found for...
    One thousand teenagers between the ages of 13 and 17 were surveyed earlier this month to see how they felt about attending school classes in-person for the incoming school year. The survey said 66% of students are concerned about attending school in-person this fall. The survey also revealed 26% of students said they prefer in-person learning five days a week, while 36% would like a blended schedule and 30% prefer online classes only. More than half of all respondents rated the quality of their online classes in the spring as “fair” or “poor” and 49% of students said the quality of their education will suffer due to the pandemic. Teens were also worried about getting sick from COVID-19, their family’s...
    Former President Barack Obama on Thursday said it’s time to end Senate filibuster rules that require a super-majority to pass legislation. The reform is also supported by President Trump. Archaic Senate rules require 60 votes for legislation to proceed, giving the minority party the power to block or substantially modify bills. Obama called for lowering the threshold while listing progressive priorities in a speech at Georgia Rep. John Lewis’ funeral in Atlanta. The former president called for making Election Day a federal holiday to boost turnout, giving voting rights to former prisoners, guaranteeing “equal representation” for DC and Puerto Rico and opposing gerrymandering congressional districts so that they heavily favor one party. Obama concluded: “If all this takes eliminating the...
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            by Beth Lear  Without Ohio House Democrats, pressured by labor unions and encouraged by “dark money,” Larry Householder would not be Speaker. The media reported this from the beginning. “Labor unions urge Ohio House Democrats to back Republican Larry Householder for speaker,” headlined the Cleveland Plain Dealer on December 12, 2018. That same evening The Columbus Dispatch declared, “Unions telling House Democrats to back Householder for speaker.” Following the announcement last week of Householder’s arrest, the issue of union influence came up again. NPR’s Jo Ingles tweeted: Speaker Larry Householder wouldnt be speaker right now if he didnt have the backing of some key labor unions and some Democrats. They played a role in his...
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell knows Republicans in his chamber are going to face tough campaigns this year to hold on to their majority in November. "We've got a lot of seats to defend all over the country, and in about seven or eight places, it’s like a knife fight in an alley already, and we very much understand the Senate could go either way," McConnell said Wednesday on Fox News's The Story with Martha MacCallum. McConnell's comments come as a new analysis by the nonpartisan Cook Political Report shows a bleak outlook for several GOP senators who are losing ground to their Democratic challengers. President Trump's low polling numbers in comparison to his presumptive Democratic challenger Joe Biden are...
    Most individuals wish to see a coronavirus vaccine accepted this yr, however far fewer are keen to be the primary in line, a brand new ballot has revealed. Lately, WebMD surveyed its readers to discover their sense of urgency and concern concerning a vaccine for COVID-19. Of the 1,000 respondents, lower than half, 42%, stated they might opt-in for remedy throughout the first 12 months of a vaccine’s launch. Alarmingly, almost a 3rd of contributors, 28%, instructed the medical information and data web site that that they had no intention of getting any vaccine, ever. “This serves as a wake-up name,” stated Dr. John Whyte, chief medical officer of WebMD, in an article showing on the web site. “If...
    The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives’ (ATF) 2018 figures show Illinois as the top source state for guns recovered in the state of Illinois. The ATF numbers show 5,337 guns recovered in Illinois were traced and sourced as coming from Illinois. Fourteen other states accounted for a total of 4,375 guns recovered in Illinois and traced to their source. Those states were Indiana, Missouri, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Texas, Ohio, Georgia, Iowa, Alabama, Florida, Arkansas, and Michigan. A total of 792 other guns were recovered and sourced among a group of 34 other states. Former president Barack Obama suggested the majority of guns recovered in Chicago were from other states, during a speech at the 122nd annual International Association...
    Most people would like to see a coronavirus vaccine approved this year, but far fewer are willing to be the first in line, a new poll has revealed. Recently, WebMD surveyed its readers to explore their sense of urgency and concern regarding a vaccine for COVID-19. Of the 1,000 respondents, less than half, 42%, said they would opt-in for treatment within the first 12 months of a vaccine’s release. Alarmingly, nearly a third of participants, 28%, told the medical news and information website that they had no intention of getting any vaccine, ever. “This serves as a wake-up call,” said Dr. John Whyte, chief medical officer of WebMD, in a statement. “If immunization rates are low, then we’re not going...
    A new CBS News poll reports that the majority of Americans polled said they believed kneeling during the national anthem is an acceptable form of protest. What are the details?More Americans than ever now find kneeling to be an acceptable form of protest, but the outlet points out that "there are divisions along political, racial, and generational lines." Overall, 58% of Americans polled said kneeling protests are understandable, while 42% disagree. The poll found that the majority of black and Hispanic Americans surveyed said such protests were acceptable. Just 48% of white people agree. CBS News reported that 85% of white Democrats believe kneeling is OK, while "a similar percentage" of their Republican counterparts believe kneeling is...
    Parents today don’t have the same dreams for their children as previous generations since three in five (59 percent) don’t want to see their kid end up in an office all day, according to new research. Three in four parents say they already know what their child will be when they grow up. The study of 2,000 parents of school-aged children revealed 35 percent see their kids headed for a STEM profession while 28 percent see their kids as chefs in the making in the food industry. SWNS The survey conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Osmo revealed four in five parents want to “future-proof” their kids so they have the necessary skills to be successful as adults. This isn’t...
    North Carolina Democrat Cal Cunningham The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● AZ-Sen, CO-Sen, GA-Sen-A, MI-Sen, NC-Sen: Morning Consult has released its first Senate polls of the cycle in several key battleground states, and they find Democrats with substantial leads in four of the five contests, while Team Blue has only a narrow deficit in Georgia: AZ-Sen: Mark Kelly (D): 52, Martha McSally (R-inc): 36 (Biden 49-42) CO-Sen: John Hickenlooper (D): 48, Cory Gardner (R-inc): 42 (Biden 52-39) GA-Sen-A: David Perdue (R-inc): 45,...
    The majority of voters in swing states said they support extending a $600 weekly payment to Americans who have lost their jobs as the coronavirus pandemic continues to ravage the economy. Key figures in the CNBC/Change Research poll: A combined 62% said they strongly support or somewhat support the continuation of the $600 weekly unemployment benefits, which are on top of whatever a person is collecting from their state. A combined 80% said the government should send another round of $1,200 payments to Americans who make less than $99,000. A combined 69% said the federal government should step in and provide financial relief to state and local governments that are facing budget shortfalls related to the pandemic. The $600...
    FIFTY-seven percent of American women have experienced a health wake-up call that made them reevaluate their lifestyle, according to new research. The survey of 2,000 American women aged 25-50 revealed, for 36 percent of those respondents, the catalyst was COVID-19. 3 57 percent of American women said they've experienced a health wake-upCredit: Getty - Contributor 44 percent of those respondents said they reevaluated their lifestyle after a health scare, while 28 percent said having their child was the wake-up call they needed. Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Thorne, the survey asked women about their health throughout the years and how they’ve adapted their wellness routines and delved into what caused their health wake-up calls. A quarter of women who...
    Mackenzie Scott, the ex-wife of Amazon founder and CEO Jeff BezosJeffrey (Jeff) Preston BezosHillicon Valley: Google extending remote work policy through July 2021 | Intel community returns final Russia report to Senate committee after declassification | Study finds election officials vulnerable to cyberattacks House hearing with high-profile tech executives rescheduled for Wednesday Hillicon Valley: Senior intelligence official warns Russia, Iran and China targeting elections | Trump says he 'often' regrets his tweets | Tech CEO hearing postponed for John Lewis services MORE, announced on Tuesday that she has donated roughly $1.7 billion to nonprofit groups dedicated to causes including racial justice, LGBT rights and public health.   Scott, who said that she changed her surname following her divorce from the world's richest man,...
    A majority of Washington Nationals players have voted against traveling to Miami for this weekend's series with the Marlins, who are currently battling a coronavirus outbreak with a reported 17 infections among players and coaches. The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal was the first to report the Nationals' team vote, which has been confirmed. Miami's coronavirus outbreak began with reports of four players testing positive over the weekend. The Marlins visited the Phillies for the season-opening series, but delayed their return to Miami on Monday in order to quarantine at the team hotel in Philadelphia. Their home games Monday and Tuesday against the Baltimore Orioles were postponed. SCROLL DOWN FOR VIDEO  A majority of Washington Nationals players have voted against traveling...
    According to a recent poll, a majority of American voters believe China is primarily to blame for coronavirus and should help pay for the global costs of the pandemic. A poll released Tuesday by Rasmussen Reports found that 53% of likely voters thought China should help pay at least some of the financial costs associated with the coronavirus pandemic. Another 31% of likely voters said China should not have to pay, while 16% said they were unsure. There was a bit of a partisan split, with 71% of Republicans saying China should pay for the pandemic while 44% of Democrats and 43% of independent voters said the same. Rasmussen reported that support for President Donald Trump was strongly associated with a...
    Approximately 65% of all adults responded positively about the protests. The only outlier group in the survey was Republicans. Only 22% of those polled said they supported the demonstrations, compared to 95% of Democrats and 69% of independents. The protests first began following the death of George Floyd, a Black man killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis earlier this year. Though most of the demonstrations have been peaceful, some have become violent, with a number of incidents linked to white supremacists or outside extremist groups. Since activists began taking to the streets, Trump has routinely smeared the majority peaceful protesters as violent, lawless anarchists. "You have to dominate or you'll look like a bunch of jerks, you have...
    President Donald Trump’s reelection team’s finance arm has, campaign officials told Breitbart News, focused its fundraising efforts on channeling the “silent majority” through a variety of new approaches like decentralizing the operation, empowering congressional and state leaders as volunteer bundlers, and building out a grassroots-driven operation in all 50 states. Since Kimberly Guilfoyle took over as the national chair of the Trump Victory Finance Committee (TVFC) in mid-January, she has, according to campaign officials, opened up bundling capabilities to a much broader swath of Trump supporters, thereby swelling the ranks of Trump campaign bundlers from around 800 up to more than 6,500 — multiplying the number of bundlers more than eight times than what was there when she started. “I...
    Jets are parked on runway 28 at the Pittsburgh International Airport on March 27, 2020 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Due to decreased flights as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, close to 70 American Airlines planes are being stacked and parked at the airport.Jeff Swensen | Getty Images A majority U.S. House of Representatives lawmakers signed a letter made public on Monday calling for a six-month extension of a $32 billion payroll aid program that they argue is crucial to keeping hundreds of thousands of aviation workers employed through March 31. "Without an extension of the (payroll support program) before then, hundreds of thousands of airline workers will be fired or furloughed on October 1," the lawmakers wrote. The letter,...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A majority of the U.S. House of Representatives signed a letter made public on Monday calling for a six-month extension of a $32 billion payroll aid program set to expire Sept. 30 that they argue is needed to keep hundreds of thousands of aviation workers employed through March 31. "Without an extension of the (payroll support program) before then, hundreds of thousands of airline workers will be fired or furloughed on October 1," the letter said. Congress awarded $25 billion in payroll assistance to U.S. passenger airlines in March. (Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Sandra Maler) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    At a time of unprecedented gridlock, even some fellow Democrats warn Biden's lengthy to-do list faces long odds in Congress. "I think there is considerable bipartisan support for many of the principles," said Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon. "The higher priority for the Republicans, should they be in the minority, is to prevent Biden from being an effective president." Democrats already control the House, but much of Biden's agenda could come down to the Senate. If Democrats win the White House, they would need to pick up three seats in the Senate to retake the majority. Biden has predicted the party could end up with as many as 53 seats. That's still short of the 60 votes required to...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Here are the current numbers of novel coronavirus cases in Los Angeles County and across Southern California: Los Angeles County: 172,325 confirmed cases, 4,351 deaths Orange County: 30,976 cases, 513 deaths Riverside County: 30,890 confirmed cases, 589 deaths San Bernardino County: 25,067 cases, 333 deaths Ventura County: 5,955 cases, 62 deaths San Diego County: 19,929 cases, 422 deaths Stay up to date with more coronavirus resources and the latest newsSATURDAY'S UPDATE: July 25, 2020Los Angeles County officials confirmed 53 additional deaths and 3,628 new COVID-19 cases. There were 2,016 people hospitalized with 30% in the ICU.Officials said Saturday's higher case numbers were, in part, due to backlogged positive test results.The...
    A majority of voters support a mask mandate in their respective states punishable by fine or jail time, a Morning Consult/Politico poll released this week showed. “Based on what you know about the COVID-19 pandemic (coronavirus), would you support or oppose your state instituting a face mask mandate in public spaces, where not wearing a mask could be punishable by fine or jail time?” the survey asked. The vast majority of voters, 72 percent, indicated they either “strongly” or “somewhat” support the idea. Of those, 53 percent said they would “strongly” support the idea, and 19 percent said they would “somewhat” support it. Thirteen percent said they would “strongly” oppose, eight percent said they would “somewhat” oppose, and six percent...
    Images broadcast worldwide of Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler getting tear-gassed alongside protesters made him an overnight standard-bearer for the growing movement against President Donald Trump's use of federal agents to tamp down violence in U.S. cities. But for many Portland residents, of which 72% of residents are white, the moment felt ironic and hypocritical.  For while the city has appeared progressive on issues in the past whether it be the environment or wars overseas, when it comes to racism, the issue is far more complicated.  The state of Oregon had some of the most brutal anti-black laws in the nation which was essentially founded on principles of white supremacy.  Portland has been rocked by protests for two months but...
    (CNN)As states struggle to contain the coronavirus and President Donald Trump's poll numbers tumble, some Republican donors are scrambling to protect their party's majority in the Senate as a backstop against Democrats taking the chamber.Two of the Republican Party's biggest contributors, Las Vegas casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson and his physician wife Miriam, recently made their largest donation of the 2020 election cycle, giving a combined $25 million last month to the Senate Leadership Fund, a super PAC working to retain the GOP's majority in the chamber. "Our donors are very concerned about the political environment and are focused laser-like on making sure we hold the Senate," Steven Law, who oversees the Senate Leadership Fund, told CNN this week. Law is...
    Amy McGrath, the Kentucky Democrat challenging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate GOP punts coronavirus package to next week Pelosi, McConnell announce John Lewis will lie in State Overnight Defense: Senate passes annual defense policy bill that sparked Trump veto threat | Military has considered two waivers for transgender troops since ban MORE (R) in the Bluegrass State’s Senate race this year, defended out-of-state contributions to her campaign in an interview on Friday.  McGrath, a combat veteran who rose to prominence with an unsuccessful House bid in 2018, has proven to be a fundraising powerhouse this cycle, bringing in $17.4 million in the second quarter of 2020. An ABC News analysis of her fundraising showed that about 96...
    Majority Leader Mitch McConnell sulking in the Oval Office with Donald Trump. Cook Political Report changed its Senate rating Thursday, now favoring Democrats to take back the upper chamber this November. "At this point, a net gain of five to seven seats for Democrats looks far more probable than the one to three seat gain that would leave them shy of a majority," wrote Cook's Jessica Taylor.  That net gain calculation includes the probability that Democratic Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama will lose his reelection bid. But perhaps the most telling stat of the entire article was the amount of money Senate Republicans and their allies are spending on defense. Let’s make Senate Republicans short-timers. Give $2 right now to kick...
    The Toronto Blue Jays will play a majority of their home games this season in Buffalo, New York amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to the team. The team was left in limbo last week after the Canadian government rejected a plan that would have allowed them to play in Toronto. The team said in a statement Friday that "the greater part of its home schedule" for the 2020 MLB season will be played at Sahlen Field in Buffalo.  "We are extremely grateful to have a home in Buffalo this season, thanks to the openness, creativity, and partnership of the Buffalo Bisons, Major League Baseball and Blue Jays staff, who have worked tirelessly to prepare us for games at Sahlen Field,"...
    President Donald Trump sent out a confusing tweet Friday claiming Senate Armed Services Committee Chair Jim Inhofe had promised to scrap a provision renaming military bases still named for Confederates - despite the bill being passed overwhelmingly by both houses.  'I spoke to the highly respected (Chairman) Senator Jim Inhofe, who has informed me that he WILL NOT be changing the names of our great Military Bases and Forts, places from which we won two World Wars (and mores!),' Trump wrote. 'Like me, Jim is not a believer in "Cancel Culture."'  On Thursday, the Republican-led Senate passed the $740.5 billion defense spending bill that includes an amendment proposed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, to rename the remaining 10 bases...
    The majority of K-12 teachers in the U.S. are either very or moderately concerned about being exposed to COVID-19 if they return to in-person instruction in the fall, a new Gallup poll finds. In the poll, 57 percent of surveyed teachers said that they were very concerned about exposure, while 18 percent said that they were moderately concerned. Only 25 percent said that they were either not too concerned or not concerned at all about being exposed to the virus when returning to the classroom. Nearly three-fourths of teachers said that would prefer to work remotely — virtual learning — if given the choice. In recent weeks, the Trump administration has ramped up its pressure on school districts across the...
    Meaghan Ellis July 24, 2020 0 Comments The majority of parents are experiencing anxiety for a number of reasons ahead of schools reopening in the fall, a poll shows. According to a new ABC News/Ipsos poll released on Friday, parents have an array of concerns including their children returning to in-person classes with the looming threat of the coronavirus and how being physically out of school will impact their academic progress. A total of 59% of Americans are concerned about their children academically while 44% of parents of school-aged children insist they are willing to allow their children to attend school, in-person. The poll also shows 55% of Americans oppose the idea of reopening public schools in the fall....
    The majority of Floridians believe that people should be required to wear masks in public statewide, a Quinnipiac Poll released Thursday revealed. The survey, conducted July 16-20, among 924 self-identified registered voters throughout the state of Florida, asked respondents, “At this time, do you think people in Florida should be required to wear face masks in public, or not?” Over three-fourths, or 79 percent, said people should be required to wear masks in public. Twenty percent said they should not be required at this time. Support for a public mask mandate is highest among self-identified Democrats, with 95 percent backing the idea. Independents followed with 79 percent, and Republicans followed with 60 percent supporting the call. Notably, support for a...
    A majority of Americans are self-censoring and not sharing their political beliefs because they are fearful of the ramifications, according to a new survey from the Cato Institute. Nearly a third of employed Americans fear their political opinions could cost them their jobs or career opportunities. A Cato Institute/YouGov national survey found that 62% of Americans say the current political climate prevents them from voicing their political convictions because "others might find them offensive." This is up from the survey taken in 2017 when 58% said they were afraid to share their own political beliefs. Self-identified Republicans were the highest percentage to practice self-censorship at 77%, followed by independents at 59%, and 52% of Democrats. Self-identified "strong...
    This article was paid for by AlterNet subscribers. Not a subscriber? Try us and go ad-free for $1. Prefer to give a one-time tip? Click here. With campaigns in a pandemic-induced limbo and a historically stable season of presidential polling, Politico’s Ryan Lizza  needed something to write about and commissioned Morning Consult to ask some questions about “cancel culture.” In the resulting piece, Lizza writes that Americans are “tun[ing] into ‘cancel culture’–and don’t like what they see.” “A plurality (46%) of Americans believe that cancel culture ‘has gone too far,’” writes Lizza. “About a quarter of Americans — many of whom are perhaps blissfully offline — said they didn’t know or had no opinion on the matter. When they are removed...
    A majority of Republicans support requiring people to wear face masks when outside the home, according to a new survey from the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.  Eighty-nine percent of Democrats and 58 percent of Republicans favor mask mandates in the poll released Thursday, which was conducted before President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he would be comfortable sending son, grandchildren to school in person Cafeteria worker on White House grounds tests positive for COVID-19: reports Republicans to start unveiling coronavirus package Thursday MORE said this week that is is "patriotic" to wear one. The poll found that three out of four Americans support wearing facial covers outside, while two-thirds disapprove of the Trump administration's handling of the coronavirus outbreak. Trump resumed...
    Donald Trump has between urging a return to in-class instruction for months. In May, he tweeted: "Schools in our country should be opened ASAP. Much very good information now available." On July 6, he insisted "SCHOOLS MUST OPEN IN THE FALL!!!" while baselessly claiming that Democrats were trying to keep schools closed "for political reasons," to hurt his reelection chances. After the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provided guidance for how schools might reopen more safely, Trump publicly excoriated them, claiming "they are asking schools to do very impractical things." The administration and Senate Republicans are also reportedly hoping to use a pandemic relief bill to further pressure school systems to fully reopen. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who once...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Three out of four Americans, including a majority of Republicans, favor requiring people to wear face coverings while outside their homes, a new poll finds, reflecting fresh alarm over spiking coronavirus cases and a growing embrace of government advice intended to safeguard public health.The survey from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research also finds that about two-thirds of Americans disapprove of how President Donald Trump is handling the outbreak, an unwelcome sign for the White House in an election year shaped by the nation's battle with the pandemic.More than four months after government stay-at-home orders first swept across the U.S., the poll spotlights an America increasingly on edge about the virus. The federal government's...
    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A majority of Republicans on the Kansas State Board of Education on Wednesday opposed Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's plan to delay the reopening of K-12 schools from mid-August until after Labor Day. The board's vote was 5-5 and all of the votes against Kelly's plan came from GOP members. Republicans have a 10-2 board majority. A Kansas law enacted last month required Kelly to get the board's approval to delay the start of fall classes in public and private schools. Voting against Kelly's plan were Republicans Jean Clifford of Garden City, Michelle Dombrosky of Olathe, Deena Horst of Salina, Ben Jones of Sterling and Steve Roberts of Overland Park. Republicans voting in favor were board Chairwoman...
    A majority of people in the United States feel they cannot share their political opinions publicly, according to a study released Thursday. A total of 62% said they have political convictions they are afraid to share, a survey conducted by the Cato Institute found. The study found 50% of people who described themselves as "strong liberals" supported firing business executives who donated to President Trump, while 36% of "strong conservatives" support firing Joe Biden donors. Separately, 32% of all respondents indicated they are worried about missing out on job opportunities because of their political opinions. Majorities of Democrats (52%), independents (59%), and Republicans (77%) all agree they have political opinions they are afraid to share. Nearly...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Here are the current numbers of novel coronavirus cases in Los Angeles County and across Southern California: Los Angeles County: 161,673 confirmed cases, 4,154 deaths Orange County: 30,976 cases, 513 deaths Riverside County: 30,890 confirmed cases, 589 deaths San Bernardino County: 25,067 cases, 333 deaths Ventura County: 5,955 cases, 62 deaths San Diego County: 19,929 cases, 422 deaths Stay up to date with more coronavirus resources and the latest newsMONDAY'S UPDATE: July 20, 2020Health officials said on Monday that recent data shows Latinas represent the majority of COVID-19 cases among pregnant women in Los Angeles County.Los Angeles County Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer said pregnant women are "a group...
    LOS ANGELES -- Here are the current numbers of novel coronavirus cases in Los Angeles County and across Southern California: Los Angeles County: 161,673 confirmed cases, 4,154 deaths Orange County: 30,976 cases, 513 deaths Riverside County: 30,890 confirmed cases, 589 deaths San Bernardino County: 25,067 cases, 333 deaths Ventura County: 5,955 cases, 62 deaths San Diego County: 19,929 cases, 422 deaths Stay up to date with more coronavirus resources and the latest newsMONDAY'S UPDATE: July 20, 2020Health officials said on Monday that recent data shows Latinas represent the majority of COVID-19 cases among pregnant women in Los Angeles County.Los Angeles County Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer said pregnant women are "a group that...
    A majority of white voters believe that “American society is racist,” according to a Wall Street Journal (WSJ)/NBC News poll released on Tuesday. Described as the “deepest look at race in America in two decades,” the comprehensive survey found that, overall, 56 percent think American society is “racist.” While 51 percent of whites say American society is “racist,” 78 percent of Blacks and 60 percent of Hispanics believe American society is “racist.” The survey also found that 82 percent of Democrats think American society is “racist” compared to 30 percent of Republicans and 45 percent of independents. As the Journal noted, voters, though, “remain split on the root cause of racism and how to address racial bias and discrimination” The...
    A Washington Post/ABC poll shows a majority of Americans oppose removing statues of Confederate soldiers or U.S. presidents who had slaves. The Washington Post reported on its poll, which highlighted a stark partisan divide: The new poll finds that 52 percent of Americans oppose removing public statues honoring Confederate generals, while 43 percent support their removal. That includes an 80 percent majority of Republicans and 56 percent of independents in opposition, while 74 percent of Democrats support the removal of these statutes. Almost 6 in 10 white people, along with just over half of Hispanic people, oppose removing statues of Confederate soldiers, while over three-quarters of black people support their removal. The Black Lives Matter movement continues to enjoy majority support, with 63 percent of Americans saying...
    A new poll shows that a majority of voters believe that American society is racist, with growing numbers saying that race relations are bad and that black and Hispanic people face discrimination. The Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll of 900 registered voters, conducted from July 9 to 12, found that 56 percent said that they think American society is racist. This is essentially unchanged from 1988, when an Associated Press poll found that 56 percent believed the U.S. is a racist society. However, there has been a sharp increase in the number of people who believe that race relations in the country are either very or fairly bad.  The Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll of 900 registered voters, conducted...
    As many as one-quarter of Americans may have contracted the novel coronavirus since the start of the pandemic, a new study suggests. Current case counts show that 3.8 million people in the US have fallen ill with COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University. But a team, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), says the true figure is actually between six and 24 times greater than the total of reported cases. That's anywhere between 22.8 million people and 91.2 million people. However, despite the number of infections being greater than the number of confirmed cases, most specimens that were tested didn't have antibodies, which researchers estimate is a mix of people...
    A majority of voters reject reducing police funding and moving that money to social services, despite a national push in recent weeks from activist groups and some politicians, according to an ABC/Washington Post poll released Tuesday. The poll finds that a majority of Americans (63 percent) support the Black Lives Matter movement, and 69 percent say Black people and other minorities are not treated equally in the criminal justice system -- that number is up 18 points from 2014. DEFUND OR DISMANTLE POLICE? WHAT IT COULD MEAN However, only 40 percent support cutting funding to police in order to spend more on social services, while 55 percent oppose such a move. Among Democrats, 59 support cutting funding, but only 14 percent of...
    A majority of US voters think American society is racist, a new poll found. Fifty-six percent of registered voters surveyed in a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll said they consider American society to be racist, while 71 percent said they think race relations in the country are either very bad or fairly bad — up from 55 percent in February. The poll, conducted nearly two months after the police-custody death of George Floyd, also found growing support for the Black Lives Matter movement and for kneeling during the national anthem by professional athletes. “Americans are concerned about issues of inequality, and George Floyd’s death helped contribute to that,” said pollster Brenda Lee, who worked on the survey. “We’ve moved the...
    A new poll on race relations in the U.S. shows that a clear majority believe the country has a racism problem. The poll, by The Wall Street Journal and NBC News, revealed that of the 900 registered voters who were asked, 56 percent agreed that American society is racist. ABC NEWS EXECUTIVE BARBARA FEDIDA FIRED FOLLOWING INVESTIGATION INTO RACIST REMARKS ABOUT BLACK ANCHORS That number varied significantly among certain demographics. Of women, 66 percent believed this, compared with 46 percent of men. Democrats polled agreed with this at a rate of 82 percent compared with 30 percent of Republicans. A majority of White, Black, and Hispanic participants all agreed that U.S. society is racist, with 51 percent of White people...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Here are the current numbers of novel coronavirus cases in Los Angeles County and across Southern California: Los Angeles County: 159,045 confirmed cases, 4,104 deaths Orange County: 24,715 cases, 423 deaths Riverside County: 24,765 confirmed cases, 537 deaths San Bernardino County: 19,502 cases, 307 deaths Ventura County: 4,246 cases, 53 deaths San Diego County: 19,929 cases, 422 deaths Stay up to date with more coronavirus resources and the latest newsMONDAY'S UPDATE: July 20, 2020Health officials said on Monday that recent data shows Latinas represent the majority of COVID-19 cases among pregnant women in Los Angeles County.Los Angeles County Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer said pregnant women are "a...
    A newly published study from researchers at Mount Sinai hospital in New York shows the "vast majority" of patients with mild-to-moderate COVID-19 symptoms have antibodies for at least three months. The study, which has not yet been peer-reviewed, was based on nearly 20,000 individuals with the virus. "...We report that the vast majority of infected individuals with mild-to-moderate COVID-19 experience robust IgG antibody responses against the viral spike protein, based on a dataset of 19,860 individuals screened at Mount Sinai Health System in New York City," researchers wrote in the study's abstract. CDC'S 'BEST ESTIMATE' IS 40 PERCENT COVID-19 INFECTIONS ARE ASYMPTOMATIC The researchers continued: "We also show that titers are stable for at least a period approximating three months,...
    TOKYO (Reuters) - Most people in Japan are against government plans to kickstart domestic tourism with a subsidised campaign, according to newspaper surveys published on Monday, as fears grow over the number of new coronavirus cases, particularly in Tokyo. The results highlight growing concerns that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's $16 billion "Go To" campaign, set to begin on Wednesday, could spread the virus to rural parts of the country where medical systems are fragile. Broadcaster NHK said more than 500 new cases were reported nationally on Sunday, of which 188 were in Tokyo - down by about 100 from the previous day but still well above levels seen when Abe's government in late May called an end to a state...
    By Toby Sterling AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - As EU negotiations over a coronavirus recovery fund and a new budget for the bloc ran into an impasse, Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte was singled out by one leader this weekend as the "man responsible for the whole mess". Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban accused him of that, while Spanish and Italian diplomats have taken to calling him "Mr. No No No!". Standing up for not spending money on European projects requires a naysayer, and Rutte has taken on the role with calculated determination as leader of a group of smaller "frugal" nations. While he may cut a less colourful figure than Margaret Thatcher a generation ago, Rutte's readiness to don the mantle...
    A majority of Greeks have expressed dissatisfaction with the international response to the Turkish regime announcing it would be converting the Hagia Sophia into a mosque. A poll, released by the Thessaloniki-based Vergina television station, has revealed that 87 per cent of Greeks are disappointed in the European Union’s reaction to Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s move to convert the Hagia Sophia into a mosque. The majority, 53 per cent, also said the Greek government should have done more on the issue, while 77 per cent disapproved of Russia’s stance on the matter, Proto Thema reports. Russia, like Greece, has a large Orthodox Church population and the Hagia Sophia, the largest church not just in Orthodoxy but in all Christendom until the violent...
    Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden put Republicans on notice this week: If you use the filibuster to stymie his agenda, you’ll lose it. “It's going to depend on how obstreperous they become,” Biden said of eliminating the 60-vote threshold to end debate. The former vice president previously resisted getting rid of the filibuster but now says, “you’re just going to have to take a look at it.” If Biden wins and Democrats capture the Senate, this would enable them to pass legislation with a simple majority, leaving Republicans powerless to stop them. Here are 10 liberal policies that Biden and the Democrats could enact without the filibuster that would be difficult to get through if it remained in effect:...
    A majority of COVID-19 cases in San Bernardino County are from private gatherings, according to county data released Friday.Over the last 28 days, 71% of those infected with the virus attended a family gathering in the last 14 days. A total of 228 people out of 319 interviewed by contact tracers indicated that they attended a gathering, according to the county's Department of Public Health.In comparison, 3% of those infected said they had attended a religious service, while another 3% indicated they had attended a protest in the last 14 days."Gathering with family and friends from other households -- chatting, laughing, and having a great time -- is precisely how this virus spreads. That's why the State's stay-at-home order banning...
    An overwhelming majority of Americans have expressed discomfort in the prospect of going to a movie theater amid the coronavirus pandemic, a Morning Consult survey released Friday found. The survey, taken July 6-12, 2020, among 24,203 adults nationwide, asked respondents, “Considering the COVID-19 pandemic (coronavirus), how comfortable would you feel going to a movie in theaters today?” Nearly three-quarters, or 72 percent, indicated discomfort, with 54 percent saying it would make them “very” uncomfortable” and 18 percent indicating it would make them “somewhat” uncomfortable. Only 22 percent said they would feel very or somewhat comfortable going to the movies. Morning Consult reported: Three out of 4 California residents said they didn’t feel safe going to the movies, as did 74 percent of...
    SAN ANTONIO – Layoffs of about 100 employees were announced Friday by BioBridge Global, the nonprofit parent of the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center, QualTex Laboratories, GenCure and The Blood & Tissue Center Foundation. According to a released statement, BioBridge Global has “experienced the impact of the pandemic across many areas” of its operations. The layoffs represent about 14% of its workforce. The majority of employees affected are within the QualTex Laboratories subsidiary, which provides testing services for blood centers and plasma collection centers across the country, according to the release. “While we have taken steps to mitigate the economic challenges, these efforts have not been sufficient to ensure long-term financial stability under current conditions and to sustain our...
    California Governor Gavin Newsom announced Friday that schools located in counties on the state's monitoring list for potential COVID-19 outbreaks will not be able to open their classrooms this fall, forcing millions of students to continue with distance learning. More than 80% of California's population live in 32 of the 58 counties that are on the state's watchlist. Those counties can only open their schools once they have been off the list for 14 consecutive days. Newsom told reporters on Friday that he prefers in-class instruction, but only if it can be done safely. He cited a rise in coronavirus cases in California and the state's inability so far to flatten the curve as reasons for his decision to limit school...
    The number of Americans who disapprove of the president’s response to the Chinese coronavirus is rising, according to a Washington Post/ABC poll released Friday. “Do you approve or disapprove of the way President Trump is handling the coronavirus outbreak?” the survey asked. The majority, or 60 percent, indicated that they either strongly or somewhat disapprove — up from 53 percent who said the same in May. Only 38 percent expressed approval of Trump’s response, down from the slight majority approval, 51 percent, he saw in March, at the beginning of the pandemic. Trump and Republican governors, particularly, have emphasized the importance of reopening the economy after the coronavirus lockdowns shuttered businesses, resulting in millions of jobless claims. However, respondents tend...
    Latino students will make up the majority of the University of California's freshman class for this upcoming school year, according to preliminary data released Thursday. For the first time ever at the schools, they are now the largest ethnic or racial group of incoming freshmen, making up 36% of the nearly 80,000 admitted students.  Among other groups, UC's figures show Asian Americans made up 35%, Whites 21% and African American 5%. Offers to California freshmen from underrepresented groups increased by 4,678 for a total of 33,225, an increase of 16% from last year, the school said in a news release. "This has been an incredibly challenging time as many students have been making their college decision in the midst of...
    Woman arrested after NYPD chief and 3 officers injured following clash with protesters 21 Shocking Secrets Restaurant Workers Know—and You Dont Photos: Felix Verdejos impressive stoppage of Will Madera Felix Verdejo put the top 135-pounders on notice by stopping Will Madera in the first round Thursday night in the MGM Grand bubble in Las Vegas. © Provided by Boxing Junkie Verdejo (27-1, 17 KOS) needed only 2 minutes, 59 seconds to finish Madera (15-1-3, 8 KOs) off in a scheduled 10-round lightweight bout on national TV. In preliminaries, heavyweight prospect Jared Anderson (5-0, 5 KOs) knocked out Hector Perez (7-3, 3 KOs) 1:45 into a scheduled four-round bout; Martino Jules (10-0, 2 KOs) defeated Aleem Jumakhonov (8-3-2, 4 KOs)...
    Hispanics are the largest racial group to be accepted in a freshman class across the University of California system for the first time with more than 28,000 approved for admission this fall just ahead of Asians. The numbers were posted online Thursday by the University of California’s office of the president, which noted that Hispanics comprise 36% of the nearly 80,000 prospective students – more than 8,000 than the previous year — who were offered positions across Cal’s nine colleges and universities. Asians comprised 27,771 of the offered admissions, or 35%, followed by whites (23%), Blacks (5%), American Indian and Pacific Islander, which had less than 400 each. Three percent declined to identify their race. The University of California system...
    Nearly two thirds of Americans oppose President Donald Trump’s push to re-open schools in the fall, according to a Yahoo News/YouGov poll released Thursday. Trump has been adamant that schools need to reopen in the fall, for in-person education, rather than online instruction. Indeed, he’s even threatened to withhold federal funding from schools that don’t reopen in the fall. Further, he’s complained that Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for re-opening are too expensive. However, according to a poll conducted between July 11 and July 14 found that nearly two thirds of poll respondents — 63 percent — say that Trump shouldn’t be angling so hard for schools to reopen. Only 25 percent say that he’s right in advocating so...
    A majority of Southerners consider the Confederate flag to be a symbol of racism rather than a token of “Southern pride,” a new poll found. Fifty-five percent of voters in the South said they associated the flag with racism, compared to 36 percent who said they instead saw it “more as a symbol” of Southern pride, according to a Quinnipiac University Poll survey released Wednesday. That figure closely aligned with the voters polled nationwide, which found 56 percent said they consider the Confederate flag to be a symbol of racism. Thirty-five percent of national respondents, meanwhile, said the flag more closely represented Southern pride to them, the poll found. That’s a significant change from polling as recent as last month...
    White Dwarfs, the dead remnants of a Sun-like star, are responsible for most of the carbon in the Milky Way - the element essential for life as we know it, a study found.  Astronomers from the US and UK including the University of Warwick, studied star clusters throughout the Milky Way to track down the main sources of carbon.   A White Dwarf star is the dense stellar remnant of a Sun-like star - it is the cool dim phase after it runs out of fuel and expels its matter including carbon atoms. Every carbon atom in the universe was created in a star - some from energetic supernovae explosions and some from White Dwarfs before they begin cooling.  Researchers discovered...
    Ennahdha, who has six ministers in the government but feels marginalized in the executive, had reiterated urgently this week his calls for a change of government, highlighting the suspicions of corruption weighing on the Prime Minister. Mr. Fakhfakh is under investigation for a conflict of interest, accused since the end of June of not having ceded the management of his shares in a sanitation company having won public contracts in recent months. He had been appointed by President Kais Saied after the failure, last fall, of Ennahdha to rally a majority around a Prime Minister of his choice. According to the presidency, Mr. Saied now has 10 days to appoint a person able to govern the country, who will himself...
    A majority of voters oppose schools fully opening this fall for in-person classes, according to a Morning Consult poll released Wednesday. Sixty-five percent of respondents opposed President Donald Trump’s threat to withhold federal funding for schools that stay closed. Instead, those polled indicated that they favored additional resources for schools in order to ensure they could adequately continue virtual learning, according to the poll, which was first reported by Politico. The poll’s findings stand in stark opposition to Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who have called for schools across the country to return to in-person classes in the fall. Only 22% of respondents said that they supported cutting federal funding for schools that did not reopen, the poll found....
    Black Lives Matter, as an organization, is diametrically opposed to the majority of Americans of every race, creed, and color, not just the American way of life. With the help of mainstream media coverage, which sanitizes its radical views and goals, the organization has hoodwinked many well-intentioned Americans and will continue to do so with its particular brand of neo-Marxism, deconstruction of traditional values, and calculated outrage. Amid the rapid spread and scope of the movement in recent months, here are five ways in which the organization’s values and goals clash with the majority of Americans. 1. BLM seeks to abolish traditional family values Read members only content for just 99¢You’ll also unlock an ad-free experience and the Daily Wire...
    A large majority of parents believe reopening schools in the fall amid a pandemic is unsafe. Over 70% of parents say that reopening schools carries a moderate to large risk for themselves, according to the latest iteration of the Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index released on Tuesday. Despite the high skepticism of schools reopening, people appear to not be altering their behavior amid a current spike in coronavirus cases in the South and West. Americans continue to visit family and friends and go out to restaurants at similar rates to roughly a month ago. The poll was conducted on July 10-13. Axios/Ipsos polled 1,063 people from a nationally representative sample of adults aged 18 years or older. The group included 219 parents...