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    Hello, Plaintext readers! I’m Louise Matsakis, a staff writer here at WIRED, where I cover TikTok, Amazon, and China. This week I’m stepping in for my colleague Steven Levy, who graciously gave me the opportunity to chat with you while he’s on vacation. The Plain ViewI was camping last weekend, sitting around a fire roasting marshmallows, when news first broke that President Trump said he was “banning” TikTok from the United States. The announcement wasn’t totally unexpected: White House officials had been saying for weeks beforehand that they planned to do something about the social media platform, as well as other Chinese-owned apps, over concerns they pose a risk to national security. Still, I found the news alarming. The security...
    A return of more humid air to go along with hot temperatures will bring with it a threat for a new round of severe weather which, leading to a big change for the weekend. Showers and thunderstorms will become possible starting around 2 p.m. Thursday, July 30. For a look at areas (in darker green) where thunderstorms are more likely, see the image above. Thursday will be a partly cloudy day with a high temperature in the low 90s. The storm chance will increase overnight into Friday, July 31, and continue until late in the morning on Friday. The passage of the storm system will lead to more comfortable conditions. Friday will be partly sunny with the high temperature in the...
    Protesters in St. Petersburg, Florida on June 28, 2020.Dave Decker At this point, it’s no secret that Facebook has the potential to hurt people more than it helps them, and one St. Petersburg crime watch group is an example of that. The stated mission of the “St. Petersburg & Bay Area Crime Watch” group is to help local police departments by “becoming the eyes and ears of the community” and establishing “a power of presence and thus increasing the visibility of our enforcement services.” The bootlicking manifesto goes on to say that the group seeks to be proactive in law enforcement and “establish a zone for criminals where the risk of being caught is too high for them to practice...
    Late on the afternoon of July 23, a triple shooting near a homeless encampment at 14th and Broadway left one person dead. The Denver Police Department has not yet announced any arrests or charges related to the killing. The incident — the latest in a month filled with gun-related Mile High homicides — is the very sort of crime decried by state senator Dave Williams in a letter sent earlier in the day to President Donald Trump. In it, Williams requested that Trump expand Operation Legend, a federal law enforcement operation intended to crack down on violence in major U.S. cities during the months before the 2020 presidential election, to Colorado in general and Denver in particular. Mere hours before...
    Expect indictments in U.S. Attorney John Durham's criminal inquiry into the Russia investigation by summer's end. That's what K.T. McFarland, a onetime deputy to former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn, said this week on Fox News, referring to the emergence of "cold hard evidence" in the form of documentation. “Now, there is cold, hard evidence. It turns out that these senior officials in the intelligence community and the FBI, they all took notes. They all texted each other. They all had handwritten notes of meetings,” McFarland said on Monday. “And from what I'm hearing, the Durham investigation and the Justice Department is getting to the point where I think we can expect some indictments before the end of...
    When the coronavirus shut down spring training on March 12 the Yankees were the favorites to win the AL East despite not having Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Hicks and Luis Severino for the scheduled March 26 start of the regular season. Now with a 60-game schedule beginning Thursday in Washington against the defending World Series champion Nationals, the Yankees remain the favorites to cop a second consecutive AL East title despite the possibility of being without some very important pieces. Judge, Stanton and Hicks have recovered from their injuries and are expected to be in the starting lineup against right-hander Max Scherzer. However, All-Star second baseman DJ LeMahieu and right-hander Luis Cessa only recently returned after testing positive for...
    President Donald Trump said Tuesday that mail-in voting could jeopardize the accuracy of the 2020 election. “Mail-In Voting, unless changed by the courts, will lead to the most CORRUPT ELECTION in our Nation’s History! #RIGGEDELECTION,” the president wrote on Twitter. (RELATED: This 1 Piece Of Data You May Have Missed Could Give Republicans Hope This Fall) Mail-In Voting, unless changed by the courts, will lead to the most CORRUPT ELECTION in our Nation’s History! #RIGGEDELECTION — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 21, 2020 Republicans and Democrats have repeatedly clashed over funding for mail-in voting amid the coronavirus pandemic. The president has long expressed concern that an implementation of nationwide mail-in voting could lead to a surge in voter fraud...
    President Trump doubled down on his criticism of mail-in voting on Tuesday, warning that it would lead to the “most corrupt election” in U.S. history. “Mail-In Voting, unless changed by the courts, will lead to the most CORRUPT ELECTION in our Nation’s History! #RIGGEDELECTION,” Trump tweeted Tuesday. The president’s comments come after he warned during his sit-down interview with "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace that mail-in voting would “rig the election.” TRUMP SAYS MAIL-IN VOTING WILL LEAD TO RIGGED ELECTION Wallace asked whether the president would accept the results of the presidential election in November, and asked whether the president was a “good loser.” “I’m not a good loser. I don’t like to lose. I don’t lose too often. I don’t...
    According to CNN political analyst Julian Zelizer, the Republican Party is looking at a possible landslide loss with Donald Trump at the top of the ticket in November that could change the national landscape for the party for years to come. and lead to a leadership shake-up. In an opinion piece for CNN, Zelizer said that the GO should be “terrified” by polling that shows the president may suffer a “historic” loss by Trump that may see the White House and the Senate go to the Democrats with more damage at the state level as Republican voters stay home and down-ticket Republican candidates suffer. According to the analyst, “President Donald Trump’s reelection prospects look increasingly grim, with polls showing that his ticket...
    ‘It’s A Class Issue’: Hollywood Director John Waters Claims Political Correctness Will Lead To Trump Re-Election
    A new round of showers and thunderstorms will sweep through the area, leading to a big change in the weather pattern, with searing heat expected to last well into next week. Scattered showers arrived shortly after daybreak on Friday, July 17, which will be mostly cloudy with the high temperature in the low 80s. The chance for thunderstorms will start at around 11 a.m. Friday and continue through the afternoon, evening and into the early overnight hours. Some of the storms could be accompanied by locally heavy downpours. (See image above.) Then comes the big change. A prolonged period of heat and humidity is expected to start Saturday, July 18 into early next week, the National Weather Service said in a Hazardous Weather Outlook...
    The UK government has denied that plans for a new internal market would lead to a race to the bottom in regulatory standards as the Scottish National party said the proposals “ride roughshod” over devolved powers. Alok Sharma, business secretary, told the House of Commons that a white paper on the post-Brexit internal market published on Thursday would give business the “regulatory clarity and certainty” that companies needed. “It will ensure that the cost of doing business in the UK will remain as low as possible,” he said. “This is not about ideology, this is about pragmatism.” But Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s first minister, said the UK government was seeking to “ride roughshod over the powers of the Scottish parliament”. Mr...
    President Donald Trump's reelection operation won't operate much differently even though the man at the helm, Campaign Manager Brad Parscale, was demoted, an insider claims – adding that the president is really his own campaign manager. 'The real campaign manager reports to the Oval every day, anyways,' that person told Axios in a report published Thursday morning. The president announced Wednesday night, as he continues to fall behind Democrat Joe Biden in polls, that he demoted Parscale back to the role he held in 2016 - in charge of the digital operation of the campaign.   While Parscale, a longtime Trump family digital guru, was demoted from his 2020 role as campaign manager, he likely never had to fear he would...
    A new round of scattered showers and thunderstorms will lead to a big change in the weather pattern following a stretch of days with temperatures a bit below normal.  Temperatures may not get out of the 70s on Thursday, July 16 for much of the area. Morning clouds will give way to partly sunny skies in the afternoon. A frontal system from the west will bring scattered showers and thunderstorms on Friday, July 17, which will be mostly cloudy with the high temperature in the low 80s. The chance for showers and storms will start in the mid-morning Friday and continue through the afternoon, evening and into the early overnight hours. Then comes the big change. A prolonged period of heat and humidity...
    Former President Barack Obama chimed into the debate on mail-in voting Monday, knocking down President Donald Trump's claim that it would lead to widespread fraud.  'Voting by mail shouldn't be a partisan issue – especially during a pandemic,' the ex-president wrote. 'Everybody should be able to request an absentee ballot, and make their voice heard in every election.'  Obama then linked to a National Public Radio article that said the possibility for fraud was 'such a miniscule amount it's not statistically meaningful.'   President Obama said Monday that everybody should be able to request an absentee ballot to vote my mail in the upcoming November election. Democrats have pushed for enhanced mail-in voting in response to the coronavirus pandemic  ...
    For long stretches over the past two seasons, the Nets have been without Caris LeVert because of injuries. So naturally, now that the team is falling apart at the seams because of coronavirus, opt-outs and injuries, the Nets will turn to LeVert to shoulder the load in Orlando, Fla. The 25-year-old guard is in for a big test, set to play a starring role for the Nets when the NBA resumes on July 30, with eight seeding games and, barring a disaster, the playoffs on the horizon. After the Nets arrived in Orlando on Tuesday night without the services of Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, Spencer Dinwiddie, Taurean Prince, DeAndre Jordan, Wilson Chandler and Nic Claxton, all eyes will be on...
    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has been a first-hand witness to big, positive changes in American politics, and he comes away from those instances with the conclusion that President Donald Trump will be remembered by history as "one of the most disruptive figures ever to lead the United States." "I have been involved in three really disruptive experiences in my career," said Gingrich in the Fox Nation series "Crisis 2020: Newt Gingrich on America's Future." "The first was in the late '70s, early '80s with Ronald Reagan, who just shook everything up." FOR LIMITED TIME, RECEIVE 25 PERCENT OFF NEW PURCHASE OF A YEARLY FOX NATION SUBSCRIPTION "There were periods where people thought that he was a cowboy from out west and didn't know what he was...
    Bradley Cortright July 6, 2020 0 Comments Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) says he believes an investigation into the origins of the Russia probe will not lead to indictments until after the November election. And according to him, that would be too late. In a tweet on Monday, Grassley said, “Barr recently said ‘this is the closest we have ever come to an organized effort to push a president out of office ‘ leads me to think Durham wont report any prosecutions til after election so as not influence vote. SAD SAD.”  “IF NO PROSECUTIONS TIL AFTER ELECTIONS SAD SAD//just think Flynn Mueller Impeachment/ The deep state is so deep that [people] get away [with] political crimes/Durham [should] be producing some fruit...
    EYES down! It’s time to play the fun new game of Lockdown Bingo. What happens is this. Using your skill and ingenuity, you have to predict which town or city will be the next to be put on special measures (like one of those schools where the pupils can’t read or write at the age of 15). ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 8There’s a decent outside chance that the next city to be put on special measures will be BrightonCredit: EPA Towns and cities where people haven’t been behaving themselves. Right now, it’s Leicester in the sin bin. They are a very community-minded bunch and couldn’t resist going out to meet each other....
    Gov. Cuomo went on a snark-filled rant about the NYPD at a Wednesday press conference — questioning whether the city’s cutting $1 billion from the police budget would lead to any real change. “Well they have a billion dollars less — what does that mean – does that mean I’m less safe?” he asked. “Does it mean I’m more safe? Does it have any effect on police abuse?” Cuomo stated again that he fully backs the George Floyd protesters the NYPD has been struggling, and sometimes clashing with,  in the city for weeks. “I said great, what this nation has done standing up after Mr. Floyd’s murder,” Cuomo said of Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis cops. “Do...
    Gov. Cuomo went on a snark-filled rant about the NYPD at a Wednesday press conference — questioning whether the city’s cutting $1 billion from the police budget would lead to any real change. “Well they have a billion dollars less — what does that mean – does that mean I’m less safe?” he asked. “Does it mean I’m more safe? Does it have any effect on police abuse?” Cuomo stated again that he fully backs the George Floyd protesters the NYPD has been struggling, and sometimes clashing with,  in the city for weeks. “I said great, what this nation has done standing up after Mr. Floyd’s murder,” Cuomo said of Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis cops. “Do something...
    Home Secretary Priti Patel has warned that mass gatherings in the United Kingdom will lead to another spike of the Chinese coronavirus, as raves, riots, and large scale Black Lives Matter protests sweep across the nation. Pointing to large scale protests amidst the Black Lives Matter UK movement and the violent clashes with police during riots in London — referred to by the mainstream media as ‘street parties’ — the Home Secretary said that “what we’ve seen with mass gatherings and protests is unacceptable”. “The violence we’ve seen against our officers is also unacceptable,” Ms Patel told Sky News on Sunday. She added: “It is simply unacceptable to have people gathering in these awful ways that we have been seeing.”...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci spoke about the potential coronavirus vaccines and how herd immunity would work with the vaccine. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said a vaccine is only as effective as the number of people in a community that get it and the vaccine itself must be effective to work. Without an effective vaccine and enough people getting the vaccine, it would be hard to stop the coronavirus outbreak. Three coronavirus vaccines should undergo clinical trials in the new few months, but Fauci is worried about making sure the drug is effective enough, “The best we’ve ever done is measles, which is 97 to 98 percent effective,” said Fauci. “That would be wonderful...
    Coronavirus — The grotesque Adria Tour orchestrated by Novak Djokovic, Organized without any type of security measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, it is a serious Warning of the steps that cycling should not follow for a safe return. However, despite the hygiene measures and safety protocols being extreme, authorized voices from the squad fear that the return to the competition will provoke a wave of new positives among teams and riders. It is the case of Patrick Lefevere, Deceuninck-QuickStep team manager, who assessed this possibility in his weekly column in the Het Nieuwsblad newspaper. “My worst nightmare is that July races, like tennis, lead to infections. I still want to believe that Novak Djokovic has organized his...
    Gremlins star Zach Galligan believes that the upcoming animated series will set up the long-awaited Gremlins 3. Galligan is preparing to relive Gremlins 2: The New Batch through an upcoming watch party and admits that it’s been well over ten years since he last saw the sequel. The first installment is a classic, so it’s been hard for the sequel to live in that shadow after all of these years, even though there are some fans who claim they like it better than the first. Zach Galligan is still keeping the faith that Gremlins 3 will eventually see the light of day. It’s been 30 years since Gremlins 2: The New Batch hit theaters and fans have been wondering about...
    New York Giants: New Offensive Scheme Will Lead To A Dominant Season By Saquon Barkley By: Anthony Rivardo June 29, 2020 Follow ESM On Social Facebook Twitter Youtube Flipboard Instagram ShareTweet0 SharesThe New York Giants have one of the NFL’s most talented players on their roster. The second overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft, Saquon Barkley, is one of the NFL’s up and coming stars and, in only two seasons, he is one of the top running backs in the league. Barkley, nicknamed “Saquads” for his massive leg muscles, is a superhuman athlete. Saquon’s offseason workouts recently made waves on the internet: Saquon (@saquon) working on his balance —> this...
    Plans to slash the NYPD’s budget by $1 billion threaten to further plunge the Big Apple into “lawlessness” and its the communities that will pay, union officials and police sources said Monday. “Mayor de Blasio’s message to New Yorkers today was clear: you will have fewer cops on your streets,” Police Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch said in a statement. “Shootings more than doubled again last week. Even right now, the NYPD doesn’t have enough manpower to shift cops to one neighborhood without making another neighborhood less safe.” The mayor announced Monday that he would cut a sixth of the NYPD’s budget without releasing many specifics. The amount mirrors the cuts championed by police reform advocates, some of whom...
    Plans to slash the NYPD’s budget by $1 billion threaten to further plunge the Big Apple into “lawlessness” and its the communities that will pay, union officials and police sources said Monday. “Mayor de Blasio’s message to New Yorkers today was clear: you will have fewer cops on your streets,” Police Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch said in a statement. “Shootings more than doubled again last week. Even right now, the NYPD doesn’t have enough manpower to shift cops to one neighborhood without making another neighborhood less safe.” The mayor announced Monday that he would cut a sixth of the NYPD’s budget without releasing many specifics. The amount mirrors the cuts championed by police reform advocates, some of whom marched...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci says he would “settle” for a coronavirus vaccine that’s 70 percent to 75 percent effective – but warned that the US may not achieve herd immunity to the contagion if too many people refuse to be vaccinated, according to a report. “The best we’ve ever done is measles, which is 97 to 98 percent effective,” the top US infectious disease expert told CNN. “That would be wonderful if we get there. I don’t think we will. I would settle for [a] 70, 75 percent effective vaccine.” Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, noted that the incomplete protection and the fact that many people say they will skip the vaccine makes it...
    Nihad Awad doesn’t even find the memes frustrating anymore; he just finds it funny. He’s reviewing a tweet by user Michelle Maier (@mmba23baer).  “I believe we are being conditioned for something,” the tweet says, along with four photos dated 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023.  The first photo shows a woman in a face mask, the second photo shows another woman in a slightly bigger face mask, the third shows a woman in a mask covering her hair and her neck, and the fourth lands on a woman with her face, forehead, neck covered. She appears to be wearing a burqa, a traditional Islamic covering worn by many Muslim women.  The tweet, posted on June 20 and since removed, was screenshot...
    SACRAMENTO —  Former Vice President Joe Biden could do worse than to choose U.S. Rep. Karen Bass of Los Angeles as his running mate. He could, for example, select one of the far better-known vice presidential contenders: Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts or another Californian, Sen. Kamala Harris. Warren, 71, and Biden just aren’t in sync ideologically. And her outspoken, liberal views on such issues as “Medicare for all” and corporate tax hikes could turn off moderate voters in crucial battleground states that sided with President Trump in 2016. Harris, 55, might be a good governing partner for Biden. She’s capable of modifying her positions to fit the situation. And Biden apparently is drawn to her — despite Harris’ harsh...
    President Donald Trump tweeted Sunday night that absentee ballots 'are fine,' and more specifically warned that mail-in voting will lead to the 'most corrupt' election in US history.  Trump, who has repeatedly warned against absentee ballots over concerns of voter fraud, pointed to a recent election in Paterson, New Jersey.  All votes in the May 12 election were cast by absentee ballot due to coronavirus concerns and were followed by allegations of fraud and the disqualification of 19 per cent of the votes cast.  President Donald Trump tweeted Sunday night that absentee ballots 'are fine,' and more specifically warned that mail-in voting will lead to the 'most corrupt' election in US history. Trump is pictured after golfing at his...
    (CNN)Power companies across hurricane-prone states are forced to face a prospect they've never dealt with before: restoring power after a major storm amid a global pandemic.Long restoration times are likely depending on how the coronavirus plays out during the six-month Atlantic hurricane season, which started June 1 and is predicted to be extremely active.Face mask and hand sanitizer added to hurricane preparedness checklist"While we are committed to restoring power to customers as quickly as possible following a hurricane, I am not willing to sacrifice safety for speed," Florida Power & Light Company President and CEO Eric Silagy noted Friday after the company concluded its two-week storm preparedness drill. "The No. 1 priority of every employee and contractor working to restore...
    Spain and Italy lead the collapse of the economy among the large countries due to the pandemic, with decreases expected this year of 12.8%, followed by France, with a decline of 12.5%, according to the new forecast of the Fund International Monetary Fund (IMF), which places the three European economies most exposed to tourism as the most affected. The IMF, for whose economists the world is facing “a crisis like no other”, has made its previous prediction (released in April) significantly worse for all countries and areas, after observing the evolution of events since then and confirming that the covid-19 “has had a more negative impact on activity in the first half than anticipated” and that “the recovery will...
    Sign up here to get our daily updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox each afternoon. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. The coronavirus pandemic is likely to lead to a “large, lasting baby bust” in the United States, primarily because of the economic recession that the pandemic has triggered, according to a new report from economists at the Brookings Institution. The economists who wrote the report, Melissa Kearney of the University of Maryland and Phillip Levine of Wellesley College, predict that between 300,000 and 500,000 fewer babies will be born next year in the U.S. A second study, released Wednesday by the Guttmacher Institute, lends some credence to that prediction. It reports...
    BRUSSELS (AP) — Spain on Thursday nominated Economy Minister Nadia Calviño to be the next head of the Eurogroup, an unofficial but powerful body that oversees the financial policies of the 19 nations using Europe’s single currency. Should she be named Eurogroup president, Calviño — a respected economist well known to European Union officials — would be the first woman to hold the job. She would take over from Portugal’s Mario Centeno who announced on June 11 that he was stepping down after completing his 2.5-year term. Irish Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe and his Luxembourg counterpart Pierre Gramegna were also thought to be in the running. The person named to the Eurogroup’s top job faces a mammoth task chaperoning the...
    As election officials from both parties are scaling up their vote by mail operations ahead of November's election, the president and the attorney general are making unverified claims that foreign actors could tamper with those ballots. In an interview with Fox News on Sunday, Attorney General Bill Barr said mail-in voting "absolutely opens the floodgates to fraud" and claimed that "a foreign country could print up tens of thousands of counterfeit ballots, and (it would) be very hard for us to detect which was the right and which was the wrong ballot."  It was the second time this month Barr had speculated about election fraud in November. In an interview with the New York Times, the attorney general said a...
    Texas leaguer. Perfect game. Snow-cone catch. Unilateral implementation. Doesn’t quite roll off the tongue like your other favorite baseball terms, right? Yet this bizarre baseball season now seems headed toward a most uncomfortable resolution, one so unsightly that you wonder whether the owners and players would’ve been better off canceling the whole thing back in March or April and spending 2020 as do-gooders for those impacted by the coronavirus. On Monday night, Rob Manfred announced his intention to unilaterally implement a season — it will be 60 games — with the players getting their prorated pay as long as the owners and players sign off on health and safety protocols by Tuesday afternoon. Spring training could start as early as...
    Despite an extended and extremely public legal battle over domestic abuse allegations from his ex-wife Amber Heard, Johnny Depp continues to leave his mark on pop-culture—specifically, children’s programming. He will likely return in the third Fantastic Beasts film—although that prospect reportedly has some execs nervous—and now he’s landed the lead role in a children’s series, Puffins—although the details might not be what you’d expect. According to Variety, Puffins “will be a mobile-first, short-form toon series consisting of 250 five-minute episodes that follow the adventures of a group of cute birds, who are the servants of the wily walrus Otto.” So, basically a Quibi series—although unsurprisingly, Italian studio Iervolino Entertainment made no reference to the ill-fated streaming platform, which seemed to...
    PM Modi has urged people today to notice Worldwide Yoga Working day from the confines of their households (File) New Delhi: Key Minister Narendra Modi will deliver a concept to the country and take part in an occasion for International Yoga Working day on Sunday on the web as the event is set to be marked on electronic media platforms with no mass gatherings this time in the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic. For the first time because it was instituted on June 21, 2015, coinciding with the Summer time Solstice every 12 months, Yoga Day will go electronic. This year’s topic is “Yoga at Residence and Yoga with Relatives”. PM Modi will handle the country at 6:40 am...
    (CNN)As the summer solstice approaches on Saturday, soaring temperatures will bake parts of the Midwest, northern New England and eastern Canada through the weekend, potentially writing new records. From Chicago to Quebec City, temperatures are forecast to soar above average.It's not just the unusually high temperatures officials are concerned about. Excessive humidity will push the heat index values above 38 degrees Celsius, or 100 degrees Fahrenheit, in Canada where a heat wave is expected.A heat index value -- known in Canada as humidex -- is what it feels like outside when you take into consideration the humidity and the actual temperature. The summer heat will be combined with the most intense sunshine of the year as the Earth's north pole...
    Jacob Yi, a 20-year-old college student, says he learned a powerful financial lesson when he saw a line of cars stretching four blocks outside a Fullerton, Calif. food bank. Furloughed from his job unloading inventory at Saks Fifth Avenue, it was Yi’s first day volunteering at the food bank, loading groceries into car trunks. He saw the drivers waiting for groceries were in a mix of older cars and some newer models, including a Tesla TSLA, +0.98% Model X, which start at around $80,000. That moment permanently changed the way he thinks about money, he told MarketWatch. “ ‘I see the true power of an emergency fund and cash on hand.’ ” — Jacob Yi “Just...
    It's been four weeks since the tragic killing of George Floyd, and protests against police brutality are continuing across the country every day. There are fewer than five months from the presidential election and political insiders are wondering whether the progress already achieved in changing the culture around officers' excessive use of force through proposed legislation can maintain momentum when voters enter the ballot box, especially young voters of color. "I don’t think this is a flash in the pan, I think that most people I’ve talked to in Texas, in DC.., in New York feel like this is different," said Democratic strategist Jehmu Greene. “Young voters, young black voters are Trump’s worst nightmare...I think what we are seeing in the streets across...
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other top Republican senators are leading a new program for the Trump campaign’s finance committee to encourage GOP members of the Senate to volunteer as fundraisers to “ensure” the campaign and the Republican National Committee have “the necessary resources” to win in November. The program, called the “Senate Captains Program,” will work with the Trump Victory Finance Committee -- a joint field effort between the Trump campaign and the RNC -- and will “spearhead outreach” to GOP senators. TRUMP'S BIRTHDAY MARKS RNC, TRUMP CAMPAIGN'S SINGLE BEST ONLINE FUNDRAISING DAY EVER McConnell, R-Ky., will be the “Senate Captain,” with Sens. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., Roy Blunt, R-Mo., Kevin Kramer, R-N.D., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, serving as “co-captains.” Video"As...
    NASCAR appointed industry veteran Brandon Thompson to be its vice president, Diversity and Inclusion in the newly created position. It was a further acknowledgment that change is necessary for the racing industry which is majority white. READ MORE: Who is NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace? The announcement was made Tuesday that Thompson will lead the sanctioning body’s strategy for diversity and inclusion, as well as programs and initiatives that will bring more diversity to the sport. Thompson explained in a press release that he was more than ready to expand on the current platform. There will also be an effort to recruit top diversified clients who can contribute on and off the track. NEWS: NASCAR appoints Brandon Thompson to Vice President, Diversity...
    Restricting funding to police departments takes away from valuable resources and training for officers, a police union official said. Proponents of the movement to defund police, who generally do not advocate for the abolition of a police force, want to redirect some police funding to other public initiatives and encourage other reforms. Minneapolis city officials are considering mandating private insurance for police officers in the hopes that violent behavior will be penalized by carriers.  A top official at a major police union said calls to defund the police will cause serious constraints on everything from department personnel to how officers are trained. Vice President Emeritus of the International Union of Police Associations (IUPA) Dennis Slocumb said he’s concerned about additional...
    Former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino testified Wednesday before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on police reform, arguing that while it is important to hold police officers accountable for their actions, defunding police departments will result in “chaos and destruction.” Bongino, a conservative commentator and Fox News contributor, recognized that there are officers out there who “aren’t suited for the job,” and said he prays for “justice” for George Floyd’s family. Floyd's brother testified earlier Wednesday, recalling in vivid detail how George pleaded for his life while a white officer kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes, in an incident that touched off protests, civil unrest and calls for reform. But Bongino insisted that most cops he knows are...
    Airlines are set to lose $84 billion as the coronavirus pandemic reduces revenue by half to mark the worst year in the sector’s history, the International Air Transport Association forecast on Tuesday. With most of the world’s airliners currently parked, IATA said revenue would likely fall to $419 billion from $838 billion last year. “Every day of this year will add $230 million to industry losses,” IATA Director General Alexandre de Juniac said. The average loss amounts to almost $38 per passenger flown. In 2021, IATA warned losses could hit $100 billion as traffic struggles to recover and airlines slash fares to win business. “Airlines will still be financially fragile in 2021,” De Juniac said, predicting “even more intense” competition....
    CHICAGO — The state saw another day where fewer than 1,000 new cases of coronavirus were reported. Just 929 more cases of coronavirus were confirmed in the last day, according to state data. That’s part of a recent trend of the number of new cases declining — which officials have said is an important part of battling COVID-19 and reopening the state. In all, there have now been 124,759 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Illinois. But, as officials have warned, the virus has not gone away: Another 115 people died in the last day, bringing the death toll to at least 5,736. Officials have also said they’re concerned recent gatherings could lead to progress reversing and an uptick...
    Fantasy Baseball, 2020: On April 1, Rob Manfred and Tony Clark (imaginarily) held this joint Zoom news conference. Manfred: Tony and I have decided to cancel the 2020 Major League Baseball season today. We see too many hurdles to clear, too many logistical dilemmas to ponder, too many people suffering. All tickets purchased for the year will be refunded immediately. I and all 30 teams’ CEOs and presidents will give up our salaries to ensure that our lower-paid employees, including our minor league players and gameday workers, will be covered. Clark: I too will forfeit my pay — although I don’t make as much as Rob (both men chuckle) — and here’s what our players have decided: Anyone who...
    PARIS (AP) — Notre Dame Cathedral’s forecourt is being opened up to the public for the first time since the devastating fire of April 15 last year. The body overseeing the Gothic structure’s restoration issued a statement Sunday saying that the reopening was finally made possible after several deep clean operations took place to remove toxic lead dust from the large forecourt. Dozens of tons of lead went up in flames during the fire, sending tons of poisonous lead dust onto the surrounding ground. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo will join senior clergy on a visit to the area in the afternoon. To protect public health, the site will continue to “be regularly cleaned and samples also taken” for monitoring and...
    (CNN)Over and over again in 2018, during an apology tour that took him from the halls of the US Congress to an appearance before the European Parliament, Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook had failed to "take a broad enough view of our responsibilities."But two years later, Zuckerberg and Facebook are still struggling with their responsibilities and how to handle one of their most famous users: President Donald Trump.Despite Zuckerberg having previously indicated any post that "incites violence" would be a line in the sand — even if it came from a politician — Facebook remained silent for hours Friday after Trump was accused of glorifying violence in posts that appeared on its platforms.At 12:53am ET on Friday morning, as cable news...