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    United States Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) declared on Wednesday night that the Republican Party cannot possibly be credibly accused of having a racism problem because it nominated Herschel Walker of Georgia for Senate. "They're beating all our guys up. But what is it about this guy? He changes the entire narrative of the left. We're a party of racists, Sean. Me and you are racist. The Republican Party is racist. Well what happens when the Republican Party elects and nominates Herschel Walker, an African-American, Black, Heisman Trophy winner, right, Olympian," Graham asked Fox News host Sean Hannity and his audience. "It destroys the whole narrative." Graham then alluded to Black GOP officials to further his point. READ MORE: 'Be more polite': House Republican defends GOP senator's racist comments at Donald Trump's rally "[Michigan Republican House candidate] John James. [South Carolina Junior Senator] Tim Scott. Herschel Walker," Graham groaned. "Everybody in San Francisco is gonna jump off a bridge" [if Walker is elected]. Graham made similar comments about the California metropolis at another point in the interview, issuing...
    The Houston Astros pulled off a miraculous, clutch victory in Game One against the Seattle Mariners Tuesday night.  The Astros were losing 7-5 in the ninth inning with two on, two outs, when Yordan Alvarez stepped into the box. He faced Mariners' Robbie Ray, who had entered to face the All-Star designated hitter.  Ray threw two pitches and on the second Alvarez hit a walk-off home run to clinch the win. Alvarez's three-run home run solidified the Houston Astros' first lead of the contest and a walk-off victory to set the tone in Game 1 of the series. The Houston Astros pulled off a miraculous clutch victory in Game One against the Mariners The Astros celebrate their 8-7 walk-off victory against the Seattle Mariners in Game 1 of ALDS Alvarez celebrated with his Cuban family after hitting a walk-off three home run at the death The Astros had been 0-48 in their postseason history when trailing by more than a run after eight innings until Alvarez homered deep into the seats of Minute Maid Park.  The no-doubt drive was the first...
    (CNN)The new director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives took the agency's helm last month at a time when gun violence and extremism are on the rise, putting him among a handful of top federal officials tasked with preventing and responding to high-profile incidents of violent crime rocking the nation. "I think the first thing we need to do is to be honest about the fact that we have a problem," Steve Dettelbach, the ATF's first Senate-approved leader in seven years, told CNN in an interview this week. "I will tell you, it's gotten more bold, more brazen and more violent." For Dettelbach, some of the problems on his hands are personal. With officials warning that faith-based communities will continue to be the targets of violence, he says his own faith has given him an important perspective on the matter. "For too long -- and I say this as somebody who's dealt with a lot of victims in hate crimes and somebody who is Jewish American and raising Jewish children in this country -- for too long...
    The Chicago White Sox are a step closer to having a healthy rotation with Lucas Giolito’s return to the mound Wednesday against the Kansas City Royals. Giolito had been out since Friday, when the Sox placed him on the COVID-19-related injured list. His reinstatement was one of three roster moves the team announced. The Sox optioned Davis Martin to Triple-A Charlotte after the right-hander allowed one run and struck out seven in five innings in his impressive major-league debut in the second game of Tuesday’s doubleheader. They also transferred starter Lance Lynn to the 60-day IL. Lynn is eligible to be reinstated June 6. If everyone is healthy then, the Sox could have seven starters to choose from. “We’ll figure that out when that time comes,” pitching coach Ethan Katz said Tuesday. “If you look at a lot of teams, for example last year the (Los Angeles) Dodgers had 10 starting pitchers at the start of the season and they finished in the playoffs with like three. “Having starting depth is really important. You can never have enough and how...
    SACRAMENTO — As law enforcement officials continue their investigation into the mass shooting that left six people dead and 12 wounded last weekend, attention has turned to the discovery of a stolen handgun, modified to pack the deadly punch of a machine gun. The firearm was found amid more than 100 scattered shell casings that littered downtown Sacramento early Sunday, after what police have determined was a gang-related shootout. Now, law enforcement officials and firearms experts say the gun’s possible use in one of Northern California’s deadly shootings may be part of a larger trend, noting that weapons modified with similar devices are increasingly turning up at crime scenes. Known as “auto sears” or “Glock switchs,” the devices are metal parts no bigger than a nickel, which look like small Lego pieces. Within minutes, and often with the help of videos posted online, the pieces can be attached to the rear of a semi-automatic handgun, allowing the gun to continuously fire until its magazine is exhausted, releasing dozens of rounds in seconds with the single pull of a trigger. “Now...
    On Friday’s broadcast of Bloomberg’s “Wall Street Week,” MSNBC Economic Analyst Steve Rattner, who served as counselor to the Treasury Secretary in the Obama administration, said that we’re dealing with a potential stagflation problem where “address both an inflation problem and potentially a growth problem at the same time” for the first time since the early 80s, and that while he isn’t predicting a recession, he “wouldn’t be shocked if we had one somewhere down the line” because stagflation oftentimes causes recessions. Rattner said, “The Fed is already going to raise interest rates this week. There was some talk before Ukraine that it might do as much as 50 basis points to try to address the inflation problem. Jay Powell signaled in his testimony it’s more likely to be 25 because of the concerns about growth. And that’s fine to kind of keep the world — or the U.S. growing, but it doesn’t address the inflation problem. And sooner or later, the chickens are going to come home to roost. … I was a New York Times economics reporter in the...
    NICKI Minaj posted a photo of herself and Lil Baby hinting at a new song coming to airwaves soon.  Lil Baby is a newer arrival on the rap scene, while Minaj has maintained a high profile since her first studio album, Pink Friday, was released in 2010. 2Minaj and Lil Baby are teaming up for their next hit Do We Have a Problem: When does Nicki Minaj and Lil Baby’s new song drop? Minaj is coming fresh off the heels of the rerelease of a 2009 mixtape, titled Beam Me Up Scotty.  Meanwhile, Lil Baby is enjoying fame born out of his 2018 collaborative hit with Drake, Yes Indeed.  Minaj also posted a trailer of the Do We Have a Problem music video to her Twitter and Instagram accounts.  The video has a narrative element, with Minaj acting in scenes with Ozark cast member Joseph Sikora and accredited actor Cory Hardrict. RapUp reported that the video is inspired by the Angelina Jolie film Salt, one of Minaj’s favorite movies.  Lil Baby did not appear in the video but a brief...
    A Duke University professor has called on his fellow Muslims to confront the 'increasing anti-Semitism problem' within their community in wake of the Texas synagogue terror attack. Abdullah T. Antepli, a professor of the Practice of Interfaith Relations at the Duke Divinity School, took to Twitter Sunday saying members of his faith have a 'moral call for action for the soul of Islam and Muslim' to address the hatred towards Jews. He also took aim at Rep. Ilhan Omar for over past anti-Semitic commentary, including a comment she made in 2019 suggesting that Israel’s allies in American politics were 'all about the Benjamins'. That was a reference to cash which was widely interpreted as an anti-Semitic trope, and which Omar later apologized for.  'We North American Muslims need to have the morally required tough conversations about those“…polite Zionists are our enemies…”“…The Benjamins!!!...” voices and realities within our communities,' Antepli wrote.  'We MUST! Without ands and buts, without any further denial, dismissal and or trivializing of the issues… we need to honestly discuss the increasing anti-Semitism within various Muslim communities.' Abdullah T. Antepli,...
    Former Bush strategist Matthew Dowd said Tuesday on MSNBC’s  “Deadline” that former President Donald Trump was facilitating ongoing “domestic terrorism.” Dowd said, “I mean, obviously, January 6 is a seminal moment in our country’s history, but it’s really a moment combined with a lot of other moments. This, in fact, is domestic terrorism, which has completely surfaced in our country, and it has all of the elements of domestic terrorism with the added element, it has cells around the country, it has actions, it has intent, it has weapons, it has radicalization. It has communication channels that do it, which is Fox News and Sean Hannity, all that. But what is different here and makes this, in my view, so much worse, I’ve often said that I think January 6 was worse, a worse event for our country’s history than 9/11, even though more people were — there was a greater loss of life on 9/11. January 6 has actually revealed what exists, the sort of treasonous activity that exists among many of our leaders in this country, and it...
    (CNN)There is a growing sense of gloom among Democrats in the House. And every week or so, when another Democratic member of Congress announces they won't run for reelection in 2022, the mood inside the caucus worsens.Morale in the House is already markedly low, but as Democrats look ahead to what could become a trying midterm election cycle, the overwhelming belief is that the wave of retirements has yet to crash.That continued Monday when Florida Rep. Stephanie Murphy announced she would not seek reelection after three terms in the House, stating that her time in office was both "the honor of my life" and "incredibly challenging for my family and me." Murphy's decision comes as the Republican-led legislature in Florida has taken interest in redrawing the district she represents, a move that would have made it harder for the Democrat to hold onto the Orlando-area seat. Pelosi will stay around to lead House Democrats through the next election -- and perhaps beyondSo far, 21 members of the House Democratic Caucus have announced they will not seek reelection. While it is...
    The president of ABC News is requesting an independent investigation into how the network handles sexual assault claims a day after a lawsuit claimed a senior Good Morning America producer attacked two female staffers.  President Kim Goodwin said that she won't be 'sweeping this under the rug,' and that she's heard enough 'to know we have a problem' in a conference call with staff on Thursday, according to the Wall Street Journal.   Kirstyn Crawford, 31, says former GMA senior producer Michael Corn kissed her head and rubbed her legs without her consent in an Uber in 2015, when she would have been about 25 years old. They were on a business trip to Los Angeles to cover the Academy Awards, according to the lawsuit filed Wednesday in New York state court. 'Corn grabbed Crawford’s hand and told her that he wanted to be able to help her with her career,' the lawsuit says. The pair had just left a company party, and when they got back to the hotel, Crawford helped him to his room, where Corn allegedly pulled her head onto his chest...
    On Tuesday’s broadcast of CNN’s “Situation Room,” Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) said the U.S. should focus on evacuating its closest partners from Afghanistan and he hopes we’re on pace to do so by August 31. Murphy also stated that part of the problem is that “We have twice as many Afghan partners we have to evacuate. Because we stayed in this war ten years longer than we should have.” Murphy said, “Well, our focus needs, for the next seven days, to be on continuing to get out our closest partners. Now, remember, we are not going to evacuate every single Afghan who ever enrolled in their military. We are looking at our closest partners, those that are going to be most likely targeted for harm by the Taliban. But the president has said that we are on pace to be able to bring those closest partners out by the end of next week. I hope that to be true. But I also don’t want to let my Republican friends who cheerled this war for the last 20 years get away...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Community leaders in West Philadelphia got together Tuesday night to push for an end to gun violence in their part of the city. CeaseFirePA, along with local businesses and leaders, met to brainstorm ideas on how to combat and prevent the violence. It’s a problem that is leaving people concerned and frustrated. READ MORE: Teen In Critical Condition After Being Shot Three Times, Philadelphia Police Say “We are very frustrated. Every time you pick up the phone or turn in the camera, you are seeing people die,” resident Monique Dudley said. Siddiq Moore, who owns Siddiq’s Real Fruit Water Ice, is well-loved in the area and wants to lead by example. “To show them that you don’t have to sell drugs, they need to see someone that looks like them and in business and doing stuff, give them an alternative,” he said about giving the youth someone to idolize. READ MORE: Philadelphia School Board Unanimously Approves Vaccine Mandate For Teachers And Staff Kallel Edwards with CeaseFirePA told CBS3 part of the problem is rooted in poverty. Part...
    Melanie Arroyo candidate for city council. Welcome back to the weekly Nuts & Bolts Guide to small campaigns. Every week I try to tackle issues I’ve been asked about. With the help of other campaign workers and notes, we address how to improve and build better campaigns, or explain issues that impact our party. For a very long time, the general idea of a good candidate was easy to sum up: older white male with money and a career that gave them the ability to take off of work for large periods of time to campaign, run, and serve. This formula was—and unfortunately often still is—so well accepted that statehouses and local offices are overwhelmingly  filled with white men. While white men represent roughly 30% of the U.S. population, they represent 62% of the elected officials. Some representation statistics are truly scary in the ability to control an office: 92% of Sheriffs in the United States are white men. We have a problem with representation. A big part of that is the problem of how we recruit candidates and the assumptions we make when we recruit...
    A WOMAN has revealed the ‘selfish’ reason she doesn’t want any children. Karina Irby, an influencer from Australia, took to Instagram to share why she and fiance Ryan Jones were “genuinely not interested” in having children. 3Karina Irby has revealed the "selfish" reason she doesn't want kidsCredit: instagram 3She says that she and her fiance Ryan Jones were “genuinely not interested” in having childrenCredit: instagram Karina told news.com.au that it was a decision she had already discussed “privately” with her friends and decided to share on Instagram because she never saw the topic raised online. “I typically only see posts glorifying and celebrating parenthood on social media … and very few speaking about the choice to not have children,” she said. “But all of my friends with children support my outlook and understand it – some of them are the biggest supporters of this decision – so I was always curious as to why I didn’t see more of this discussion online.” In her post Karina explained that while she and Ryan “love kids”, they loved their lifestyle as it...
    Everyone in Los Angeles seems to agree that homelessness is an emergency, and that consensus has existed for years. In 2016, voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition HHH and allocated $1.2 billion to homeless housing and programs. A Times poll in 2019 showed that 95% of voters called homelessness a serious or very serious problem. And homelessness figures to be the main issue of next year’s mayoral race. But I think there’s a major disagreement about what kind of problem homelessness actually is. For one group, the crisis is about the unchallenged misuse of public and private property. It’s a problem of wounded civic pride, lowered property values and dwindling tourism and investment dollars, with a seemingly easy solution: Just get homeless people out of our parks and off our sidewalks. For the other side, the crisis is one of people lacking homes and the maelstrom of medical, psychological and addiction problems that accompany a life on the streets. To them, the main problem is a rapacious, profit-maximized real estate market that generates evictions and homelessness faster than we can house...
    ONE mum shared how her son sleeps in her wardrobe and the video has been dividing opinions. In the video uploaded by kindred.spirits.photography it shows the sweet baby boy having the time of his life in the walk-in wardrobe. 3Most parents thought it was a genius ideaCredit: kindred.spirits.photography/Instagram The mum writes: "When you don't have an Instagram worthy nursery, you make do with what you have." The babies bassinet is stowed carefully under the shelves of shoes. In the video the mum shares images of the child in the bassinet and he looks like he couldn't care less where he sleeps. She writes in the caption: "He does love when I go in and sit him up though in his bed while I get dressed " Although the baby no longer sleeps in the bassinet featured in the video, the mum wanted to make a montage video to commemorate where he spent his first few months. The mum takes a humorous approach to having her baby sleep in the wardrobe: "I wanted to commemorate where he spent the first...
    (CNN)Universe, we've got a problem: The payload computer aboard the Hubble Space Telescope that has shaped our understanding of the cosmos for over 30 years has stopped working. After the June 13 malfunction, Hubble's payload computer stopped receiving the "keep-alive" signal that's a "standard handshake between the payload and main spacecraft computers to indicate all is well," according to a NASA news release. On sale: $125,000 balloon trips to the edge of spaceFollowing the main computer's automatic shift of all science instruments to safe mode, control center personnel at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, restarted the payload computer but it soon halted once again on June 14. The telescope and other science instruments remain in good health, NASA reported. The payload computer -- a NASA Standard Spacecraft Computer-1, or NSSC-1, system built in the 1980s -- is part of the Science Instrument Command and Data Handling unit, a module on the Hubble Space Telescope that communicates commands to Hubble's science instruments and formats data for transmission to the ground. The current unit is a replacement that was...
    PALMDALE (CBSLA) — Even though marijuana is legal in California, black market distribution is still incredibly lucrative because it is unregulated and not taxed. An undercover sergeant on the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Marijuana Eradication Team described the county’s illegal grow operation problem as “a cancer that’s spreading throughout someone’s body.” (CBSLA) “From 2020 to 2021, the problem has just exploded,” an undercover narcotics sergeant on the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Marijuana Eradication Team said. READ MORE: LA County Sheriffs Department Seeks Public Assistance In Locating 26-Year-Old Dulce Ivette "Candy" Huante He described the county’s illegal grow operation problem as “a cancer that’s like spreading throughout someone’s body.” “So far this year, we’ve mapped approximately 500 illegal grows, and we have not surveyed the entire Antelope Valley,” he said. “We believe there’s upwards of 700-plus.” The narcotics sergeant said the biggest threat to the community was organized crime and drug cartels. He said the marijuana from illegal grows was being sold on the street, in illegal dispensaries and even in some legal dispensaries. The problem with stopping the...
    Those chickens coming home to roost again. Sen. Susan Collins must be feeling at least a tiny bit concerned right about now if she's at all capable of considering the consequences of her actions anymore. After all, she staked her reputation on the "promise" she secured from then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh that Roe v. Wade was "settled law," with "precedent upon precedent." And here we are now, with the Supreme Court poised to consider a Mississippi abortion law passed for the express purpose of getting the Supreme Court to further erode abortion rights. For eight months, the court had been sitting on this case. Eight months during which a liberal stalwart on the court died and a far-right, inexperienced ideologue took her place. The arrival of Amy Coney Barrett on the court in Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat has sealed the conservative majority. That's after the arrival of Kavanaugh, another far-right partisan who got there because of Collins' vote. Kavanaugh wasted little time in showing his true hand on abortion, dissenting in the case of June Medical Service vs. Russo and voting to overturn...
    Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) told Breitbart News on Tuesday that too few elected officials view Big Tech’s left-wing censorship as a problem. “The government has allowed Big Tech to do what it is doing by not engaging in antitrust activities under our antitrust laws,” Brooks said on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily with host Alex Marlow, author of Breaking the News: Exposing the Establishment Media’s Hidden Deals and Secret Corruption. “In effect, these companies have created monopolies, and long ago in the 1800s, we learned that monopolies are bad for society.” LISTEN: “We passed antitrust laws in order to force competition that gives consumers viable options or other ways of obtaining whatever it is that they need in their daily lives. In this instance, we have monopolistic activities by Facebook, by Twitter, by Big Tech and under these circumstances, I don’t believe that we should leave them alone and let them continue to engage in the anti-American, anti-First-Amendment process of blocking out free speech.” Democrats are political beneficiaries of Big Tech’s leftist censorship, Brooks noted. “The problem is that we do...
    As you'll see in the vaccine tracker portion of this newsletter, total vaccine doses administered across SoCal have decreased. LA County officials said at a COVID-19 briefing on Thursday that scheduled vaccine appointments have dropped 50% over the last week. Earlier this month, the U.S. was averaging more than 3 million doses administered in a day, peaking at one point at over 4 million in a single day. Now that figure has dropped below 3 million per day.I'm happy to report that I have now received my second dose of the Moderna vaccine! Those working at the vaccine clinic said that anecdotally the Moderna vaccine seems to have stronger side effects for women compared to the Pfizer vaccine. There has also been some anecdotal evidence from women around the country suggesting that some are experiencing changes in their menstrual cycles and wondering if it's related to the vaccine.In my experience, I received my second shot at 9 a.m. and started to feel some symptoms around 7 p.m. I had some fatigue, headache, chills and a slight fever. However, a day...
    Democratic strategist James Carville says that Democrats have a "wokeness" problem and "we all know it," adding the party needs to talk about racial issues using the language of everyday Americans. Speaking with Vox in an interview published Tuesday, Carville said that Democrats often discuss racial issues using language that is alienating to some of the communities they are trying to reach. "Wokeness is a problem and everyone knows it. It’s hard to talk to anybody today — and I talk to lots of people in the Democratic Party — who doesn’t say this. But they don’t want to say it out loud," Carville said. "Why not?" responded interviewer Sean Illing. "Because they’ll get clobbered or canceled," Carville responded. "And look, part of the problem is that lots of Democrats will say that we have to listen to everybody and we have to include every perspective, or that we don’t have to run a ruthless messaging campaign. Well, you kinda do. It really matters." "I always tell people that we’ve got to stop speaking Hebrew and start speaking Yiddish. We have to...
    Attorney General Merrick Garland said in an interview the nation does not yet have 'equal justice under law' – as he marked the anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing and spoke of persistent racism as the jury meets in the Derek Chauvin trial. The nation's top law enforcement officer steered clear of pronouncements about the ongoing trial – even as President Joe Biden phoned George Floyd's brother Philonise. He described racism as an ongoing problem throughout the country, when asked about racism on police forces.   'Look, racism is an American problem,' he told ABC News.  Attorney General Merrick Garland called racism 'an American problem' in an interview while the nation awaits a verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial 'It's plain to me that there has been and remains discrimination against African Americans and other communities of color, and other ethnic minorities. I think it's reflected in discrimination in housing and employment and the justice system. ... We do not yet have equal justice under law,' said Garland. Garland described his initial reaction to videos of Floyd's arrest that set off...
    PARKER COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – A group of students in Aledo ISD are facing disciplinary action after allegedly creating an online “slave auction” featuring black classmates. The district said it learned of an incident with students from the Daniel Ninth Grade Campus involving racial harassment and cyberbullying several weeks ago. Sources tell CBS 11 News that the students pretended to sell their black classmates for a $1 to $100. READ MORE: ERCOT Sends Alert About Possible Emergency Conditions, Calls On Texans To Conserve “My thought was, ‘Here we go having to deal with this again’,” said Eddie Burnett, president of the Parker County NAACP. Burnett said he knows what the victims are going through. “It makes you feel a sense of powerlessness and worthlessness,” he said. READ MORE: Now Hiring: Food Distributor Sysco Looking To Fill Dozens Of Jobs In North Texas Aledo ISD said it launched an immediate and thorough investigation involving the district’s police department. The case is still pending, but the students did receive disciplinary consequences. The district also said, “There is no room for racism or hatred...
    Second Amendment advocate Colion Noir said Thursday that America does not have have “a gun problem” but it does have a problem with the “gun control lobby.” WATCH: “If you really break the numbers down, we do not have a gun problem in this country,” Noir told Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight.” “We have over 300 million people in this country and over 400 million guns. When you break those numbers down as far as homicides are concerned, we are looking somewhere around 10 to 11,000 and the vast majority of those are happening in very specific areas in this country that have the exact same problem. Yeah, so the gun control in this country is disingenuous.” (RELATED: Biden Will Take New Executive Action On Guns This Thursday — Here’s What You Need To Know) Noir claimed that this narrative is “being pushed by special interest groups behind the scenes. Like, there is an out and out gun control lobby that no one ever wants to talk about.” He said people may acknowledge all liberal lobbies “but they never...
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki accused former President Donald Trump of having a “morality problem” at the border Wednesday when confronted with President Joe Biden’s failure to stop migrants from flooding to the Southern border. When Fox News reporter Peter Doocy asked if the Biden administration had a messaging problem, Psaki replied, “I would say in the last administration we had a morality problem.” Psaki said under Trump, migrant children “were being pulled from the arms of their parents” and “sent back on a treacherous journey” after they were not allowed into the United States. The Biden White House continues to struggle with its messaging about the migrant crisis at the Southern border United States. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in March that children sent by “loving parents” in Central America would not be turned away at the border. On Tuesday, Psaki said “we are not trying to close our borders” and said the priority of the Biden administration was to “create an effective, moral, humane system.”
    15 IF there is anyone who knows what it takes to beat the threat of extinction, it’s Sir David Attenborough. But while some campaigners, such as militant animal rights group PETA, have branded zoos “pitiful prisons”, the TV legend has a different view. 15Sir David Attenborough has worked to save numerous species, but it's not just the animal kingdom he fears being wiped outCredit: BBC 15He started working in TV in 1954 when the world population was 2.7billion 15Now it has almost tripled to 7.8billion - leading Sir David to warn of a 'real crisis'Credit: BBC Having witnessed the planet’s most extraordinary animals thriving in their natural habitats, the 94-year-old deems some zoos essential for certain species to survive. Speaking to The Sun, the national treasure said: “I justify zoos providing they are scientific, they are selective about what they keep and they keep them to the best possible standards. “If you’re talking about animals that have been reduced to fewer than 100, something has happened in their environment and made it impossible to survive. "Then you can...
    Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images Dr. Anthony Fauci urged Americans to avoid celebrating Christmas with their families, calling the surge in Covid-19 infections “a big problem” for the country. “I’m going to be with my wife — period,” Fauci told The Washington Post in an interview published Wednesday. “The Christmas holiday is a special holiday for us because Christmas Eve is my birthday. And Christmas Day is Christmas Day. And they are not going to come home … That’s painful. We don’t like that. But that’s just one of the things you’re going to have to accept as we go through this unprecedented challenging time. “We have a big problem,” Fauci added. “Look at the numbers — the numbers are really quite dramatic.” New single-day records for the highest number of Covid-19 cases have been set four times since Thanksgiving, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, fueled by family gatherings over the holiday. To date, the most new infections in a single day were recorded on Dec. 11, with 231,775 new cases. Experts have suggested the spiking infection rate over...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Saying “things are moving in a bad direction all across our state,” Gov. JB Pritzker on Thursday announced new cases of COVID-19 in Illinois have more than doubled this month, and yet another region of Illinois will soon face tougher restrictions in an effort to curb the spread of the virus. “Statewide, we have a real problem on our hands, and people’s lives hang in the balance,” Pritzker said at his daily coronavirus briefing. The governor said, starting Monday, Region 3 in west-central Illinois near Springfield will face tougher COVID-19 restrictions, after its average positivity rate surpassed 8% for three days in a row. The new mitigations include a ban on indoor service at bars and restaurants; lower limits on gathering sizes; shutting down party buses; and requiring bars and restaurants to close at 11 p.m. Reservations also will be required for all guests at bars and restaurants. Region 3 – which includes Hancock, Adams, Pike, Calhoun, Jersey, Greene, Scott, Brown, Schuyler, Cass, Morgan, Macoupin, Montgomery, Christian, Sangamon, Logan, Menard, and Mason counties – will be the...
    The Joe Rogan Experience, one of the most successful podcasts in the world, draws millions of viewers on a regular basis. Rogan often brings on people from various fields of expertise to cover topics ranging from sports to politics to technology and much more.  Rogan recently had on British author Graham Hancock and attorney and author, Brian Muraresku. Who authored a book on a look into the psychedelic origins of the world’s great spiritual practices, and what those might mean for how we view ourselves and the world around us. This was the main topic of discussion between the three men.  It is no secret that Rogan is a proponent of legalizing the usage of certain drugs for treating specific ailments. Along the same lines, while discussing psychedelics, Rogan believes that drugs like MDMA should be used for treating ailments such as PTSD. Since there has been a lot of solid research that proves that MDMA helps in treating it. He also mentioned that the country was struggling with an opioid crisis and that many people have lost...
    The veteran journalist said Trump's attacks on voting are destabilizing the electoral process. Veteran journalist Bob Woodward said on Wednesday that Donald Trump "cannot stabilize the electoral process" and is in fact making it unstable through his rhetoric and actions, including his performance in the first presidential debate. Woodward called on Congress to "step up" and solve what he described as a "constitutional problem." "It's reached a boiling point," Woodward said. "I mean we are teetering here. The Congress needs to step up."
    Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday took a swipe at Democratic New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, saying crime in the city is "a problem," and "everybody has a sense that crime is worse." Daylight shootings doubled through May and July compared to the same period last year, according to the New York Police Department, and general shootings in July rose 177% compared to last July — a trend de Blasio linked to the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic and the lack of a federal stimulus package. "We have a problem in New York City when it comes to crime. That is fact," Cuomo said during a Thursday press conference, citing a statistic that said New York City "shootings with victims" were up 103%. "It's not going to get better on its own." New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wears a mask during a news conference at Laguardia Airport's Terminal B, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) He added that everyone knows crime is "negative, and it's bad, and people are dying, and the overwhelming majority...
    Miami-Dade mayor tells residents to prepare for Hurricane Isaias, closes coronavirus testing sites At least 150 hospitalized due to salmonella outbreak in 48 states Astros owner Jim Crane: We didnt have a culture problem Even though GM Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch were incredibly successful while leading the Astros, Houston let them go last offseason in the wake of a sign-stealing scandal. Major League Baseball also came down hard on Luhnow and Hinch in suspending them for a year apiece, and it fined the Astros $5 million and took away their first- and second-round picks this summer and next. © Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports Houston Astros owner Jim Crane thinks his team has put its issues behind it. Astros owner Jim Crane spoke about Luhnow, Hinch and stealing signs, among other topics, in a wide-ranging interview with Bob Nightengale of USA Today. In regard to Luhnow and Hinch, Crane said, “You hate to see what happened to those guys because they didn’t instigate this thing.” Nevertheless, Crane believed the Astros had no choice but to part with Luhnow...
    Savannah Rychcik July 14, 2020 0 Comments Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C) defended Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, during a press conference on Tuesday. A reporter asked Graham what he thought of reports of President Donald Trump trying to discredit Fauci. Graham acknowledged his respect for Fauci and suggested he is an integral part of the solution to the coronavirus pandemic. “Well here’s what I would say about Dr. Fauci, he’s been around a long time. He’s one of the smartest people I know. Has he been right all the time? No,” Graham said. He added, “We don’t have a Dr. Fauci problem, we need to be focusing on doing things that get us where we need to go. So I have all the respect in the world for Dr. Fauci. I think any effort to undermine him is not going to be productive, quite frankly.” Graham went on to urge the federal government to focus on a phase four response to the pandemic. According to Graham, phase four should look like reshaping unemployment benefits, focusing on testing, and providing...
    Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Argentum - All eyes on Florida as daily COVID-19 cases hit 15K Democrats see immigration reform as topping Biden agenda Graham says he will call Mueller to testify before Senate panel about Russia probe MORE (R-S.C.) said Tuesday that any effort by the White House to undermine the nation’s top infectious disease expert, Anthony FauciAnthony FauciTexas Democrat proposes legislation requiring masks in federal facilities Overnight Health Care: White House goes public with attacks on Fauci | Newsom orders California to shut down indoor activities, all bar operations | Federal judges block abortion ban laws in Tennessee, Georgia Biden campaign slams White House attacks on Fauci as 'disgusting' MORE, would be unproductive as the number of coronavirus cases surge across the country.  “Has he been right all the time? No. We don’t have a Dr. Fauci problem, we need to be focusing on doing things that get us where we need to go. So I have all the respect in the world for Dr. Fauci. I think any effort to...
    Former White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyOVERNIGHT ENERGY: WH pushed for 'correction' to Weather Service tweet contradicting Trump in 'Sharpiegate' incident, watchdog says | Supreme Court rules that large swath of Oklahoma belongs to Native American tribe WH pushed for 'correction' to Weather Service tweet contradicting Trump in 'Sharpiegate' incident, watchdog says  Mulvaney: Trump faces difficulty if 2020 election becomes 'referendum' on him MORE penned an op-ed Monday calling for the next stimulus package passed by lawmakers to focus on combatting the novel coronavirus, swiping at U.S. testing efforts. "Any stimulus should be directed at the root cause of our recession: dealing with Covid," Mulvaney wrote in the CNBC op-ed. "I know it isn’t popular to talk about in some Republican circles, but we still have a testing problem in this country. My son was tested recently; we had to wait 5 to 7 days for results. My daughter wanted to get tested before visiting her grandparents, but was told she didn’t qualify. That is simply inexcusable at this point in the pandemic." The swipe at testing comes...
    Former White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney on Monday criticized what he called a coronavirus “testing problem” in the United States, saying it was “simply inexcusable” that his daughter was unable to get a test. “My son was tested recently; we had to wait 5 to 7 days for results. My daughter wanted to get tested before visiting her grandparents, but was told she didn’t qualify. That is simply inexcusable at this point in the pandemic,” Mulvaney wrote in an op-ed for CNBC. Mulvaney represented South Carolina in the U.S. House for six years before joining the Trump administration in 2017, first as director of the Office of Management and Budget and later as acting White House chief of staff. He left at the end of March as tensions rose in the White House over the coronavirus pandemic to become the administration’s special envoy for Northern Ireland. Mulvaney also called in his op-ed for a stimulus package to focus on enhancing resources related to the pandemic, writing, “Any stimulus should be directed at the root cause of our...
    Are MLB players safe from the coronavirus at summer training camps? Kris Bryant doesn’t think so. The Cubs third baseman believes his team gets tested too infrequently. According to the return-to-play agreement between MLB and the players union, players were promised they would be tested every other day and receive results within 24 to 48 hours. Speaking with reporters on Monday, Bryant said that some players had only been tested once within seven days. “I don’t want to be insensitive to people who haven’t been able to get tests, but as the country gets access to more of those, it’s appropriate to talk about our situation here,” Bryant said Monday. “What we agreed to was testing every other day, and we’ve had guys who showed up on Sunday [June 28] and hadn’t got tested again [until] seven days later. And you don’t get the results until two days later. That’s nine days without knowing. “If we want this to succeed, we have to figure this out. I wanted to play this year because I thought it would be safe. Honestly, I don’t really...
    A Black man, Oscar Veneszee, Jr. has filed an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint against social media giant, Facebook. In the complaint, Veneszee says that the social network does not give Black workers equal opportunities in their careers. READ MORE: A Black filmmaker seeking a Black editor triggers Facebook group for ‘racial discrimination’ In an interview with NPR, Veneszee said that “We have a Black people problem.” The man, who has worked for the company since 2017, says that Facebook “set goals to increase diversity at the company, but we’ve failed to create a culture at the company that finds, grows and keeps Black people at the company.” Veneszee, a Navy veteran, was hired to recruit other veterans and people of color to the company. Also listed in the complaint is Howard Winns, Jr. and Jazsmin Smith, who were both recruited by Veneszee, but not hired by the company. Winns and Smith allege that they were not hired because they are Black. Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg (C) greets Facebook employees before speaking at a news conference at Facebook...
    Former CDC director Dr. Richard Besser said on MSNBC Monday that one of the problems in the U.S. coronavirus pandemic response is the “clash of messages” across the country. He told Katy Tur that the rise in cases among young people is notable, but added, “Young people don’t stick with young people. They have contact with elderly people, they have contact with essential workers who may be at greater risk of having severe infection. And so there’s a lag.” Tur noted how some places are currently postponing or rolling back some reopenings and asked, “Is it going to be too late if we are playing catchup with the spread of the virus?” Besser said states have to base reopenings on “the best public health science” available and warned, “What happens when you go in the other direction is you can’t be as incremental. You’re going to have to do some bigger steps if you really want to nip this in the bud.” “But we have open borders between states,” Tur said. “There’s free movement between states. And you have...
    The rapid increase in the rate of contamination by the new coronavirus in the south of the United States is a “serious problem”, warned Anthony Fauci, director of the American Institute of Infectious Diseases on Friday. “We have a serious problem in certain areas,” said Dr. Fauci, the most listened to by the American government expert on the pandemic, at a press conference of the White House coronavirus crisis cell. He called on young people in particular for individual responsibility, stressing that they live in an “interconnected” society: “If you are infected, you will infect someone else, who will infect someone else”. “And in the end, you will infect someone vulnerable, it could be a grandmother, a grandfather, an uncle in chemotherapy or radiotherapy, or a child with leukemia,” he said. At the same press conference shortly before, Vice President Mike Pence tried to reassure the Americans about the current situation, saying it had nothing to do with the start of the pandemic in northeastern Canada. countries in March and April. “About half of the new cases are Americans...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — When pressed to take a position on tough issues during the Democratic presidential primary, Kamala Harris often replied with a variation of “we need to have that conversation.” But as the U.S. is roiled by police killings of Black men and women, the California senator is done hedging. As one of two Black Democrats in the Senate, Harris took a lead role this week in blocking Republican-backed legislation to overhaul policing. In an interview with The Associated Press, Harris said she wouldn’t be “played” by GOP leaders seeking to move the bill without input from Democrats and called on Americans to do more to acknowledge racial injustice in policing. “There is a problem that we need to solve,” she said. “And the problem is that we have American lives that have ended at the hands of excessive force and police brutality.” Seven months after ending her presidential bid, Harris is at another crossroads moment in her political career. She’s a leading contender to become presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s running mate at a time when many...
    By KATHLEEN RONAYNE, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — When pressed to take a position on tough issues during the Democratic presidential primary, Kamala Harris often replied with a variation of “we need to have that conversation.” But as the U.S. is roiled by police killings of Black men and women, the California senator is done hedging. As one of two Black Democrats in the Senate, Harris took a lead role this week in blocking Republican-backed legislation to overhaul policing. In an interview with The Associated Press, Harris said she wouldn't be “played” by GOP leaders seeking to move the bill without input from Democrats and called on Americans to do more to acknowledge racial injustice in policing. “There is a problem that we need to solve," she said. "And the problem is that we have American lives that have ended at the hands of excessive force and police brutality.” Seven months after ending her presidential bid, Harris is at another crossroads moment in her political career. She's a leading contender to become presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden's running mate...
    The Trump administration is preparing for another round of coronavirus in the fall. “We are filling the stockpile in anticipation of a possible problem in the fall,” White House trade adviser Peter Navarro told CNN’s “State of the Union” show on Sunday. “We are doing everything we can beneath the surface, working as hard as we possibly can.” He added, “You prepare for what can possibly happen. I’m not saying it’s going to happen, but of course you prepare. “ ‘We are filling the stockpile in anticipation of a possible problem in the fall.’ ” — White House trade adviser Peter Navarro The U.S. cannot afford to have a resurgence of the virus either now or in the fall, health professionals say. For one, it’s harder to get people to practice social distancing and stay home again, especially after they’ve already abided by stay-at-home orders for more than 11 weeks. Secondly, the effect on the economy could push the U.S. into a prolonged recession. Thirdly, the flu season will already be upon us in the winter...
    One day after New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees reaffirmed his stance on Wednesday that Americans should not disrespect our flag, the NFL star, amid strong backlash, including from fellow athletes, issued an apology for his racially “insensitive” comments. Brees didn’t stop there. The athlete has since issued additional apologies and clarifications, and even publicly responded to President Donald Trump after he called Brees out for backing down. Now, Brittany Brees, wife of the QB, is issuing apologies, too, claiming it’s people like herself and her husband, and other Americans not on board with the hyper-political national anthem protest, who are “the problem.” In an Instagram post on the “Brees Dream Foundation” page, Brittany posted a lengthy message captioning two quotes from Martin Luther King Jr., starting with: “WE ARE THE PROBLEM.” View this post on Instagram WE ARE THE PROBLEM . I write this with tears in my eyes and I hope you all hear our hearts. I have read these quotes and scripture 1000 times and every time I read it and the words sink into...
    Drew Brees’ wife Brittany penned an emotional message Friday on Instagram, stating “WE ARE THE PROBLEM,” a day after the Saints quarterback offered a second apology over his national anthem remarks in the wake of George Floyd’s death. “WE ARE THE PROBLEM,” Brittany began. “I write this with tears in my eyes and I hope you all hear our hearts.” Sharing two quotes from Martin Luther King Jr. — “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends,” and, “Not only will we have to repent for the sins of bad people; but we also will have to repent for the appalling silence of good people” — Brittany said that while she has read these statements a thousand times, she digested the whole meaning in recent days. “I have read these quotes and scripture 1000 times and every time I read it and the words sink into my heart,” Brittany said, also referencing the passage: “The Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you.” see...
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