The U.S. headed into the Fourth of July weekend with many parades and fireworks displays canceled, beaches and bars closed, and health authorities warning that this will be a crucial test of Americans’ self-control that could determine the trajectory of the surging coronavirus outbreak.
With confirmed cases climbing in 40 states, governors have ordered the wearing of masks in public, and families were urged to celebrate their independence at home. Even then, they were told to keep their backyard cookouts small.
Crowds flocking to Jersey Shore...
Rising in 40 states...
Hospitalizations cause for concern...
Mutation more infectious...
Texas Mandates Masks...
California Bans Singing in Church!
GALLUP: Assessment of Situation Increasingly Bleak...
Ambassadors sold stocks as president downplayed...
CDC keeps asking for permission to hold briefings...
Alabama students throwing parties to see who gets infected...
Infections increasing in night spots, among youth...
Lockdown Loneliness: 1 In 4 Feel Like They Have No Friends...
Key vaccine trial delayed...
Africans revolt against vax 'test'...
Surgeon General: Worry About COVID Precautions, Not Reopening Dates
It doesn't matter when your state opened or closed over the spread of coronavirus if people don't follow recommendations on wearing masks and social distancing, Surgeon General Jerome Adams said Friday.
"Look at California. They shut down early," Adams said on Fox News' "Fox and Friends." "They had some of the strictest measures. They reopened slowly and later than other places, and they are seeing a resurgence there."
The message the American people need to hear is that they have the power to control the spread of COVID-19, if they take simple measures, regardless of where their states are in terms of reopening, he said.
'Soured': Peter Thiel abandons Trump's 2020 re-election campaign: Report
One of President Trump’s few major Silicon Valley backers in the 2016 campaign reportedly expects to abandon him in 2020.
According to a Thursday evening report in the Wall Street Journal, venture capitalist Peter Thiel likely will sit out the race this time around because he sees the chance of a Trump victory as slim.
The Journal, citing “people familiar with the matter” reported that Mr. Thiel “has soured” on the president’s prospects in recent weeks because of the state of the economy and expected double-digit unemployment in November.
Some Senators Want to 'Go Nuclear' to Pass Democratic Priorities
Democrats’ improved prospects for winning both chambers of Congress and the White House in November have reignited calls within the party to end the Senate filibuster, lowering the bar for passing all legislation to a simple majority.
Lawmakers of both parties have resisted throwing out the current three-fifths threshold—60 votes when the Senate has no vacancies—even as they changed the rules for federal judicial and executive-branch nominees, and most recently Supreme Court picks, to require just 51 votes when all senators are present. But a growing number of Democrats see eliminating the filibuster as the only way to pass legislation on health care, policing and other priorities if they win the Senate, even if it means they will have less power when they are in the minority again.
“I decided the only way I could justify spending more years of my life in this broken institution was to do everything I possibly can to restore it to being a functioning legislative body,” Sen. Jeff Merkley (D., Ore.) said in an interview Wednesday, adding that he had wrestled with whether to run for re-election this year.
Michael Avenatti's shining reputation tarnishes fast at alma mater
Michael Avenatti used to be the golden boy of George Washington University’s law school, having been awarded its Alumni Achievement Award in 2010, served on its dean’s board of advisers and been the subject of a fawning profile in its alumni magazine.
He also sponsored a $250,000 endowed scholarship and paid to renovate a room for a moot court. Since 2003, the school had given a newly minted law graduate the Michael J. Avenatti Award for Excellence in Pre-Trial Advocacy.
That was, until this year.
The school that used to celebrate Avenatti seems to be trying to scrub him from memory now that he has been convicted of extortion and faces two more trials on charges of bilking clients.
Sen. Cruz: NFL's Plan to Play Black National Anthem 'Asinine'
Sen. Ted Cruz is not a fan of the NFL’s plan to play the Black National Anthem before games during the first week of the season.
The Republican from Texas called the plan “asinine” on Twitter.
“How many national anthems do we have??” he wrote.
According to ESPN, the NFL will play “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” which is also known as the Black national anthem, before every Week 1 NFL game.
Antifa 'ringleader' arrested in attempted destruction of Andrew Jackson statue: 'They had acid'
Officials say suspect headed up 'very organized' group
Law enforcement officials have arrested Jason Charter in a connection with a “very organized” effort to destroy a statue of Andrew Jackson near the White House.
The activist who recently tweeted “tearing down statues of traitors to the nation is a service to this nation not a crime” will have his assertion tested in the near future after a Thursday morning arrest on charges of destruction of federal property.
An FBI complaint against Mr. Charter regarding the June 22 incident at Lafayette Square Park also links him to the recent destruction of the Albert Pike Historical Statue in Washington.
Ghislaine Maxwell, longtime Jeffery Epstein confidante, arrested and charged with sex crimes
Federal agents on Thursday nabbed Ghislaine Maxwell, the British heiress and confidante of deceased sex trafficking suspect Jeffrey Epstein, while she was hiding out in New Hampshire.
Federal prosecutors say Ms. Maxwell helped her billionaire boyfriend “recruit, groom and ultimately abuse victims,” whom they knew were underage, from 1994 to at least 1997. Some of the girls were as young as 14, according to the six-count indictment unsealed after her arrest.
“Maxwell played a critical role in helping Epstein to identify, befriend and groom minor victims for abuse,” Audrey Strauss, acting U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, said at a press conference. “In some cases, Maxwell participated in the abuse herself.”
Ghislaine Maxwell 'will be naming names':
Arrest sends shockwave through Epstein’s celeb circle with Clinton, Trump & ‘elites’ in spotlight
Powerful men are scared about what Ghislaine Maxwell will say
Jeffrey Epstein’s ‘Madam’ Is Behind Bars. Who's Next?
Supreme Court Gives Indiana 2nd Chance on Curbing Abortions
The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday gave Indiana a second chance to revive two restrictive abortion laws - one imposing an ultrasound requirement and the other expanding parental notification when minors seek abortions - by throwing out a lower court's rulings blocking them.
The justices directed the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider both cases in light of the Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling on Monday invalidating a Louisiana law that imposed restrictions on doctors who perform abortions.
Indiana will now get another shot at arguing for the legality of its two Republican-backed laws that the 7th Circuit had prevented from going into effect.
Vulture Joe Biden no Atticus Finch
The man who wants to oversee the Department of Justice waffles on tearing down statues
What kinds of political vultures sit around bobbing their nasty little heads in search of rotten carrion after a human catastrophe?
Well, Democrats, of course! (Joe Biden is the first vulture in history to get hair implants on his pale, beady little head. Which only makes him look even more unfit for civilized company.)
Emerging from the worst economic collapse in U.S. history, the country last month posted the largest job expansion in U.S. history. But that was nothing according to Mr. Biden, who, along with President Barack Obama, presided over the slowest economic recovery in U.S. history.
Our last happy Fourth of July, or just our last period?
Sometimes just when you’re feeling up, tears come and take you by surprise.
As a happy Fourth of July greeting, my wife and I sent friends the link of The Texas Tenors singing “God Bless the USA.”
One friend texted this back: