Trump Administration, Week 186: Friday, 7 August – Thursday, 13 August 2020 (Days 1,295-1,301)

 

Passages in bold in the body of the texts below are usually my emphasis, though not always. This is an ongoing project, and I update the site frequently during the day. Because I try to stay focused on what has actually happened, I usually let the news ‘settle’ for a day or so before posting. I hope readers will peruse the articles in full for a better understanding of the issues and their context; our democracy and our future depend on citizens who can distinguish between facts and falsehoods and who are engaged in the political process.

 

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Friday, 7 August 2020, Day 1,295:

 

Some Global Coronavirus Updates for Friday, 7 August 2020: Trump Vows to Issue Executive Orders if Coronavirus Relief Talks Collapse, The New York Times, Friday, 7 August 2020:

Many other significant developments are included in this article.

Some Business Coronavirus Updates for Friday, 7 August 2020: U.S. Added 1.8 Million Jobs in July, The New York Times, Friday, 7 August 2020:

  • U.S. employers added 1.8 million jobs in July despite a coronavirus surge.
  • Wealthy families are throwing a lifeline to distressed businesses.
  • Canada outlines its response to the new U.S. aluminum tariff.
  • An expert on economic calamities sees ‘very, very dangerous territory.’
  • Wall Street is held back by China tensions and gridlock in Washington.

Some significant developments in the coronavirus pandemic on Friday, 7 August 2020: Coronavirus relief package talks stall; Trump might use executive actions to bypass Congress, The Washington Post, Brittany Shammas, Lateshia Beachum, Siobhán O’Grady, Kim Bellware, Hamza Shaban, Marisa Iati, and Meryl Kornfield, Thursday, 7 August 2020: “Talks regarding a coronavius relief package collapsed on Capitol Hill on Friday, and White House officials said they will recommend that President Trump move ahead without Congress to try and address unemployment benefits, eviction rules, and student loan relief. ‘The president would like us to make a deal, but unfortunately we did not make any progress today,’ Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said after he and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows met with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.). ‘At this point we are going to recommend to the president that over the weekend we move forward with some executive actions,’ Mnuchin said.

Here are some significant developments:

Many other significant developments are included in this article.

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Trump Administration, Week 185: Friday, 31 July – Thursday, 6 August 2020 (Days 1,288-1,294)

 

Passages in bold in the body of the texts below are usually my emphasis, though not always. This is an ongoing project, and I update the site frequently during the day. Because I try to stay focused on what has actually happened, I usually let the news ‘settle’ for a day or so before posting. I hope readers will peruse the articles in full for a better understanding of the issues and their context; our democracy and our future depend on citizens who can distinguish between facts and falsehoods and who are engaged in the political process.

 

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Friday, 31 July 2020, Day 1,288:

 

Some Global Coronavirus Updates for Friday, 31 July 2020: A $600-a-Week Lifeline for Unemployed Americans Expires After an Impasse in Washington, The New York Times, Friday, 31 July 2020:

Many other significant developments are included in this article.

Some Business Coronavirus Updates for Friday, 31 July 2020: U.S. Debt Outlook is Downgraded, The New York Times, Friday, 31 July 2020:

  • Fitch Ratings downgrades its outlook on U.S. debt.
  • Stocks climb as Big Tech rallies after strong earnings.
  • United will add international flights despite travel restrictions limiting U.S. visitors.
  • Europe’s contraction is its worst on record.
  • Economic snapshots: France, Germany, Italy and Spain.
  • Exxon reports a record loss and Chevron writes off Venezuela investments.

Other significant developments are included in this article.

Some significant developments in the coronavirus pandemic on Friday, 31 July 2020: U.S. deaths from coronavirus surpass 150,000, The Washington Post, Miriam Berger, Hannah Knowles, Derek Hawkins, Hannah Denham, Reis Thebault, and Meryl Kornfield. Friday, 31 July 2020: “The death toll in the United States from the novel coronavirus surpassed 150,000 on Friday, according to data gathered by The Washington Post, a milestone the country was never supposed to reach. While the disease continues to kill the oldest among us with impunity, other disturbing trends have surfaced. In recent weeks, Hispanics and Native Americans have made up an increasing proportion of deaths from covid-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus. Though the national fatality rate was on the decline for most of June, it began a steady rise in July, when the pandemic took a turn for the worse. States reported at least 24,833 coronavirus-related deaths in July, up more than 3,000 over the previous month, according to The Post’s tracking. The United States tallied 1,315 coronavirus deaths Friday, the fifth day in a row the country has reached a four-digit death toll. On Friday morning, three of the Trump administration’s top health officials were pressed by a Democratic-led House panel about the ongoing crisis. Anthony S. Fauci, the country’s leading expert on infectious diseases, told the panel that a ‘diversity of response’ from states had hampered efforts to bring down the number of new infections. In contrast, he said, many European nations went into near-total lockdowns.

Here are some significant developments:

  • Over the past week, 24 states surpassed a case increase of more than 100 cases per 100,000 people — a metric the White House and Deborah Birx, the coronavirus response coordinator, have defined as ‘red zone’ states, where the spread of the virus is serious enough to warrant stricter public health precautions.
  • The coronavirus recession threatens to devastate Black commercial districts and other ethnic enclaves that fuel the vibrancy, economies and identities of American cities.
  • A new CDC report suggests that children of all ages may be susceptible to coronavirus infections and may also spread it to others, and it details an outbreak at a sleep-away camp in Georgia last month in which 260 children and staffers — more than three-quarters of those tested — contracted the virus less than a week after spending time together in close quarters.
  • Students can return to college safely if they are tested for the coronavirus every two days, according to a JAMA study by researchers from the Yale School of Public Health, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital.
  • Minnesota Attorney General’s Office filed a lawsuit against a ranch claiming that its three-day rodeo event in July bucked social distancing orders, threatening to expose people to the coronavirus.

Many other significant developments are included in this article.

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Trump Administration, Week 184: Friday, 24 July – Thursday, 30 July 2020 (Days 1,281-1,287)

 

Passages in bold in the body of the texts below are usually my emphasis, though not always. This is an ongoing project, and I update the site frequently during the day. Because I try to stay focused on what has actually happened, I usually let the news ‘settle’ for a day or so before posting. I hope readers will peruse the articles in full for a better understanding of the issues and their context; our democracy and our future depend on citizens who can distinguish between facts and falsehoods and who are engaged in the political process.

 

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Friday, 24 July 2020, Day 1,281:

 

Some Global Coronavirus Updates on Friday, 24 July 2020: 73,400 New Coronavirus Cases in the U.S., Nearing Single-Day Record, The New York Times, Friday, 24 July 2020:

Many other significant developments are included in this article.

Some Business Coronavirus Updates for Friday, 24 July 2020: Markets Fall Again as Poor Earnings Reports Continue, The New York Times, Friday, 24 July 2020:

  • Stocks fall and gold rallies as uncertainty ripples through Wall Street.
  • The partisan divide on the coronavirus goes beyond masks.
  • Nonprofits helping Americans through the pandemic are in jeopardy themselves.
  • Smithfield Foods defends its pandemic response: ‘Think this has been easy?’
  • Schlumberger, an oil services company, will cut 21,000 jobs.
  • Catch up: McDonald’s joins other major chains with mask mandates.

Some significant developments in the coronavirus pandemic on Friday, 24 July 2020: CDC says people with mild coronavirus cases still report health issues weeks after testing, The Washington Post, John Wagner, Herman Wong, Derek Hawkins, Hannah Denham, Meryl Kornfield, Marisa Iati, Hannah Knowles, and Jacqueline Dupree, Friday, 24 July 2020: “Coronavirus infections are taking a lasting toll on people, even among those who had cases that were not severe enough to seek hospital care. Many people with milder covid-19 symptoms continue to report health issues two to three weeks after testing, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study found that 35 percent of people who had covid-19 and were able to self-treat were not at their usual level of health two to three weeks after testing. For people ages 18 to 34 with no underlying health issues, 1 in 5 were still feeling ill weeks later. The United States reported more than 1,100 coronavirus-related deaths on Friday, the fourth day in a row that reported deaths have been above 1,000. It’s the first time since late May that there have been four consecutive days of coronavirus-related deaths above 1,000.

Here are some significant developments:

Many other significant developments are included in this article.

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Trump Administration, Week 183: Friday, 17 July – Thursday, 23 July 2020 (Days 1,274-1,280)

 

 

Participants at a gathering in Williamstown, MA, on Friday, 17 July, calling for a name change for Williamstown’s Colonial Village and for a law to address a racist covenant. Section ‘f’ of the ‘Protective Covenants and Restrictions’ written when the Colonial Village neighborhood off Main Street (Route 2) was developed in 1939 reads: ‘No persons of any race other than the white race shall use or occupy any buildings or any lot, except that this covenant shall not prevent occupancy by domestic servants of a different race domiciled with an owner or tenant.’ See ‘On the Books, Unenforceable; Restrictive Covenant an Echo of Williamstown’s Racist Legacy’ by Stephen Dravis in iBerkshires. See also, Representative John Barrett Answers Williamstown Residents’ Call for Law to Address Racist Covenant by Stephen Dravis in iBerkshires.

 

Passages in bold in the body of the texts below are usually my emphasis, though not always. This is an ongoing project, and I update the site frequently during the day. Because I try to stay focused on what has actually happened, I usually let the news ‘settle’ for a day or so before posting. I hope readers will peruse the articles in full for a better understanding of the issues and their context; our democracy and our future depend on citizens who can distinguish between facts and falsehoods and who are engaged in the political process.

 

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Friday, 17 July 2020, Day 1,274:

 

John Lewis, Towering Figure of Civil Rights Era, Dies at 80. Images of his beating at Selma shocked the nation and led to swift passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. He was later called the conscience of the Congress. The New York Times, Katharine Q. Seelye, Friday, 17 July 2020: “Representative John Lewis, a son of sharecroppers and an apostle of nonviolence who was bloodied at Selma and across the Jim Crow South in the historic struggle for racial equality, and who then carried a mantle of moral authority into Congress, died on Friday. He was 80. His death was confirmed in a statement by Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House of Representatives. Mr. Lewis, a Georgia Democrat, announced on Dec. 29 that he had Stage 4 pancreatic cancer and vowed to fight it with the same passion with which he had battled racial injustice. ‘I have been in some kind of fight — for freedom, equality, basic human rights — for nearly my entire life,’ he said. On the front lines of the bloody campaign to end Jim Crow laws, with blows to his body and a fractured skull to prove it, Mr. Lewis was a valiant stalwart of the civil rights movement and the last surviving speaker from the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963. More than a half-century later, after the killing in May of George Floyd, a Black man in police custody in Minneapolis, Mr. Lewis welcomed the resulting global demonstrations against police killings of Black people and, more broadly, against systemic racism in many corners of society. He saw those protests as a continuation of his life’s work, though his illness had left him to watch from the sidelines.” See also, John Lewis’s Legacy and America’s Redemption. The civil-rights leader, who died Friday, acknowledged the darkest chapters of the country’s history, yet he insisted that change is always possible. The New Yorker, David Remnick, published on Saturday, 18 July 2020: “John Robert Lewis was born in 1940 near the Black Belt town of Troy, Alabama. His parents were sharecroppers, and he grew up spending Sundays with a great-grandfather who was born into slavery, and hearing about the lynchings of Black men and women that were still a commonplace in the region. When Lewis was a few months old, the manager of a chicken farm named Jesse Thornton was lynched about twenty miles down the road, in the town of Luverne. His offense was referring to a police officer by his first name, not as ‘Mister.’ A mob pursued Thornton, stoned and shot him, then dumped his body in a swamp; it was found, a week later, surrounded by vultures. These stories, and the realities of Jim Crow-era segregation, prompted Lewis to become an American dissident. Steeped in the teachings of his church and the radio sermons of Martin Luther King, Jr., he left home for Nashville, to study theology and the tactics of nonviolent resistance. King teased him as ‘the boy from Troy,’ the youngest face at the forefront of the movement. In a long career as an activist, Lewis was arrested forty-five times and beaten repeatedly by the police and by white supremacists, most famously in Selma, on March 7, 1965—Bloody Sunday—when he helped lead six hundred people marching for voting rights. After they had peacefully crossed a bridge, Alabama troopers attacked, using tear gas, clubs, and bullwhips. Within moments of their charge, Lewis lay unconscious, his skull fractured. He later said, ‘I thought I was going to die.’… Too often in this country, seeming progress is derailed, reversed, or overwhelmed. Bloody Sunday led directly to the passage of the Voting Rights Act––and yet suppressing the Black vote is a pillar of today’s Republican Party strategy. The election of the first African-American President was followed by a bigot running for election, and now reëlection, on a platform of racism and resentment.” See also, John Lewis, front-line civil rights leader and eminence of Capitol Hill, dies at 80, The Washington Post, Laurence I. Barrett, Friday, 17 July 2020: “John Lewis, a civil rights leader who preached nonviolence while enduring beatings and jailings during seminal front-line confrontations of the 1960s and later spent more than three decades in Congress defending the crucial gains he had helped achieve for people of color, has died. He was 80….  Mr. Lewis, a Georgia Democrat, announced his diagnosis of pancreatic cancer on Dec. 29 and said he planned to continue working amid treatment. ‘I have been in some kind of fight — for freedom, equality, basic human rights — for nearly my entire life,’ he said in a statement. ‘I have never faced a fight quite like the one I have now.'”

Some Global Coronavirus Updates for Friday, 17 July 2020: U.S. Reports More Than 70,000 New Coronavirus Cases for the Second Time, The New York Times, Friday, 17 July 2020:

Some Business Coronavirus Updates for Friday, 17 July 2020: Lowe’s and Home Depot to Require Customers to Wear Masks, The New York Times, Friday, 17 July 2020:

  • Home Depot and Lowe’s join other retailers with mask mandates.
  • Steven Mnuchin says Congress should consider forgiving some small loans.
  • More stimulus should go to the hardest hit, the Treasury secretary says.
  • Waiting for the world to go back to the beach.
  • Two former Federal Reserve chairs push for more economic relief.
  • Wall Street notches its third weekly gain in a row.
  • Watch: White House officials testify on small-business aid.
  • British Airways retires its fleet of Boeing 747s, ending an era.
  • Airbnb was like a family. Then the layoffs started.

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Trump Administration, Week 182: Friday, 10 July – Thursday, 16 July 2020 (Days 1,267- 1,273)

Passages in bold in the body of the texts below are usually my emphasis, though not always. This is an ongoing project, and I update the site frequently during the day. Because I try to stay focused on what has actually happened, I usually let the news ‘settle’ for a day or so before posting. I hope readers will peruse the articles in full for a better understanding of the issues and their context; our democracy and our future depend on citizens who can distinguish between facts and falsehoods and who are engaged in the political process.

 

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Friday, 10 July 2020, Day 1,267:

 

Some Global Coronavirus Updates for Friday, 10 July 2020: New Coronavirus Cases in the U.S. Soar Past 68,000, Shattering Record. The number of daily global cases also broke a record, with the United States as the biggest source of new infections. The U.S. death toll is also on the rise. The New York Times, Friday, 10 July 2020:

Many other significant developments are included in this article.

Some Business Coronavirus Updates for Friday, 10 July 2020: Oil Demand Recovery Is Threatened as Virus Cases Surge, The New York Times, Friday, 10 July 2020:

  • The Fed adds another $1.3 billion in bonds to keep credit markets moving.
  • Delayed by the coronavirus crisis, tax day is almost here.
  • Auctions get creative as the pandemic forces them online
  • Lawmakers ask Brooks Brothers to extend benefits to laid-off factory workers.
  • A boycott against Goya Foods takes off after its leader praises President Trump.
  • The surge in virus cases is ‘casting a shadow’ over oil demand.
  • Stocks climb along with oil prices.
  • Here’s what else is happening.

Some significant developments in the coronavirus pandemic on Friday, 10 July 2020: Coronavirus death toll in U.S. increases as hospitals in hot-spot states are overwhelmed, The Washington Post, Kim Bellware, Derek Hawkins, Hannah Knowles, Hannah Denham, Meryl Kornfield, Michael Brice-Saddler, Marisa Iati, and Joshua Partlow, Friday, 10 July 2020: “The daily coronavirus death toll in the United States increased this week after months of decline, as hospitals in hot-spot states were overwhelmed with new patients. The U.S. reported its highest single-day infections — more than 67,000 cases — on Thursday. The United States reported more than 4,200 deaths in the past seven days, and experts warn that the trend could continue to get worse. More than 131,000 people have died from coronavirus in the United States since the pandemic began, and more than 3.1 million confirmed cases have been reported.

Here are some significant developments:

Many other significant developments are included in this article.

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Trump Administration, Week 181: Friday, 3 July – Thursday, 9 July 2020 (Days 1,260-1,266)

Elijah McClain: Murdered by police in Aurora, Colorado, in August 2019

 

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Friday, 3 July 2020, Day 1,260:

 

Some Global Coronavirus Updates for Friday, 3 July 2020: Coronavirus Cases in the U.S. Are Rising, Even as Death Rates Trend Down. At least five U.S. states set single-day records on Friday as the country’s daily infection report passed 50,000 again. President Trump, in a speech at Mount Rushmore, barely mentioned the pandemic.  The New York Times, Friday, 3 July 2020:

Many other significant developments are included in this article.

Some significant developments in the coronavirus pandemic on Friday, 3 July 2020: Trump speaks at Mount Rushmore as U.S. sets record for new cases, The Washington Post, Kim Bellware, Jacqueline Dupree, and Meryl Kornfield, Friday, 3 July 2020: “The United States tallied its largest single-day total of coronavirus infections Friday since the start of the pandemic, 57,497 confirmed cases, as President Trump attended a fireworks display at Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota, where the crowds were not required to wear masks or practice social distancing. Friday’s record, which comes a day after a peak of 55,220, is the seventh reported high in nine days. With the rate of new coronavirus cases rising in nearly 40 states, Fourth of July celebrations across the United States have been canceled or scaled back as anxious governors and mayors urge people to take a more restrained approach to the holiday. Trump delivered a fiery speech Friday, for the first of two nights of Independence Day celebrations he will attend. Heading into the holiday weekend, at least 20 states set record highs for the average of new cases over seven days, with Florida, Texas, California, Arizona, Georgia and North Carolina tallying the highest number of infections. Florida leads the nation with 9,488 new reported cases Friday — the 26th consecutive day it has set a record in its seven-day average. Meanwhile, scientists warn of a new coronavirus mutation, which doesn’t appear to make people sicker, but there’s concern it has made the virus more contagious.

Here are some other significant developments:
  • Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams, speaking Friday on NBC’s ‘Today’ show, said everyone should wear a mask when going out in public but stopped short of discouraging large gatherings — which would undercut Trump’s desire to see large crowds at his scheduled holiday events.
  • The weekend’s weather is expected to push most states into the 90-degree range and threatens to further strain hospital capacity. High temperatures are forecast to be especially intense in the central and southern United States, which is struggling with the worst of the outbreak.
  • Donald Trump Jr.’s girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle, tested positive for the coronavirus Friday while in South Dakota, according to a person familiar with the situation who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss their personal situation. Trump Jr. was cleared of the virus, and the couple will drive home together to avoid contact with others.
  • Ahead of baseball and basketball returning this month, several players were reported Friday to have become infected with the coronavirus. Major League Baseball announced 38 players and staff members tested positive on 19 teams, even as the 60-game schedule is set to open on July 23 or 24.
  • Jimmie Johnson, seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion, tested positive for the coronavirus, meaning he will not drive in the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday, the first time he is missing a race in his Cup career, he said in a statement.

Many other significant developments are included in this article.

U.S. enters Fourth of July weekend facing surging coronavirus infections, The Washington Post, Derek Hawkins, Friday, 3 July 2020: “The United States entered the Fourth of July weekend against a backdrop of surging coronavirus cases and hospitalizations, with officials and health experts nervously watching to see if the public would heed warnings to limit the size of their gatherings and take other steps to slow the virus. Nationwide, new infections reached another single-day high of 57,497 on Friday, and at least 20 states set record highs for the average of new cases over seven days. Faced with the soaring numbers, governors and mayors around the country have canceled or scaled back Independence Day celebrations and pleaded with people to wear masks, maintain social distancing and only celebrate with household members. ‘We’re going to have to celebrate differently this year. Everyone should cancel plans with others for the 4th of July,’ Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti tweeted. ‘Please stay home and save lives — it’s that simple.’ Beaches were closed in Los Angeles, South Florida and in other states, but Myrtle Beach, S.C., remained open to the public, even as cases in the city and state continued to rise sharply. The tourist hub passed a last-minute mask ordinance as it prepared for thousands of vacationers to flock in for the holiday. ‘We are doing all that we can,’ Mayor Brenda Bethune told CNN. ‘I believe that people spread this virus ⁠ — that’s been proven ⁠ — not places.’

Here are some significant developments:
  • Tom Frieden, the former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, warned that the new waves of infection were far from over. ‘It’s worse, will continue to get worse, and will take months to improve substantially. We are going in the wrong direction, fast,’ he tweeted.
  • Ahead of baseball and basketball returning this month, several players were reported Friday to have become infected with the coronavirus. Major League Baseball announced 38 players and staff members tested positive on 19 teams, even as the 60-game schedule is set to open on July 23 or 24.

Interim Aurora, Colorado, police chief Vanessa Wilson fires 3 officers as part of Elijah McClain photo investigation. The Denver Post, Sam Tabachnik and Elizabeth Hernandez, Friday, 3 July 2020: “Aurora’s interim police chief on Friday fired two officers who posed for a photo reenacting a chokehold at the site of Elijah McClain’s violent arrest, and terminated a third officer who received the picture mocking the 23-year-old’s death last summer. Jason Rosenblatt, the officer who received that photo and a second image, was one of the three officers involved in McClain’s death, but later was cleared of criminal or departmental wrongdoing. ‘We are ashamed, we are sickened, and we are angry about what I have to share,’  interim Chief Vanessa Wilson said at a news conference. ‘While the allegations of this internal affairs case are not criminal, they are a crime against humanity and decency. To even think about doing such a thing is beyond comprehension and it is reprehensible.’ Officers Erica Marrero and Kyle Dittrich were fired for posing for the photos in October with officer Jaron Jones, who resigned Tuesday after learning he would be terminated. The official cause for firing all of the officers: conduct unbecoming. Wilson said she fired Rosenblatt because he received the photos via text and ‘replied with the inappropriate comment ha ha.’ ‘I am disgusted to my core,’ Wilson said. The photos, released Friday, were taken Oct. 20 near a memorial for McClain.” See also, Interim Aurora police chief fires 3 Colorado officers over photo taken near memorial site for Elijah McClain, The Washington Post, Nick Miroff, Thursday, 3 July 2020: “The interim police chief of Aurora, Colo., on Friday fired two officers who she said were in a photo reenacting the violent arrest of a 23-year-old black man, Elijah McClain, who died last summer after he was placed in a chokehold and injected with a heavy sedative by paramedics. Interim chief Vanessa Wilson also terminated a third officer, Jason Rosenblatt, who received the photo and participated in McClain’s arrest. Wilson said Rosenblatt replied ‘a ha’ to the image, taken last October near a memorial to McClain. McClain’s death has been a focus of the street protests in Colorado that erupted after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The Aurora officers have not been charged.” See also, Photos show Aurora police officers smiling while re-enacting chokehold that killed Elijah McClain, CBC|The Associated Press, Friday, 3 July 2020: “Police released photos Friday showing three officers smiling as they re-enacted a chokehold that their colleagues used on Elijah McClain, a Black man who died after police stopped him as he walked down the street last summer in a Denver suburb. Following an internal investigation by the Aurora Police Department, interim police chief Vanessa Wilson fired three officers, one of whom received the photos by text and responded ‘haha.’ The officer who was seen re-enacting the chokehold resigned. ‘We are ashamed, we are sickened, and we are angry,’ Wilson said. The officers may not have committed a crime, but the photographs are ‘a crime against humanity and decency,’ she said.”

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Trump Administration, Week 180: Friday, 26 June – Thursday, 2 July 2020 (Days 1,253-1,259)

George Floyd protests on the Burnside Bridge in Portland, Oregon on Tuesday, 2 June 2020.

Passages in bold in the body of the texts below are usually my emphasis, though not always. This is an ongoing project, and I update the site frequently during the day. Because I try to stay focused on what has actually happened, I usually let the news ‘settle’ for a day or so before posting. I hope readers will peruse the articles in full for a better understanding of the issues and their context; our democracy and our future depend on citizens who can distinguish between facts and falsehoods and who are engaged in the political process.

 

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Friday, 26 June 2020, Day 1,253:

 

Some Global Coronavirus Updates for Friday, 26 June 2020: U.S. Hits Another Record for New Coronavirus Cases. More than 45,000 new cases in the United States were reported on Friday, the third consecutive day with a record total. The New York Times, Friday, 26 June 2020:

Many other significant developments are included in this article.

Some Business Coronavirus Updates for Friday, 26 June 2020: Stocks Slide as Texas Rolls Back Reopening, The New York Times, Friday, 26 June 2020:

Other significant developments are included in this article.

Florida confirms nearly 9,000 coronavirus cases in a single day, a new record, Miami Herald, Ben Conarck and Daniel Chang, Friday, 26 June 2020: “A record week of surging coronavirus numbers was only heightened on Friday, as state health officials confirmed 8,942 cases, nearly doubling the previous record of cases reported in a single day, two days earlier. Florida’s Department of Health on Friday morning confirmed the cases, bringing the state total to 122,960. The state also announced at least 39 new deaths, bringing the total of COVID-19 deaths north of 3,360.” See also, Texas and Florida governors order bars closed and impose new restrictions as cases surge. The actions by the close allies of Trump came as the White House downplayed the spikes as ‘hot spots.’ Politico, Caitlin Oprysko, Friday, 26 June 2020: “A pair of GOP governors on Friday moved to impose new mitigation measures in their states amid record numbers of new coronavirus infections, with both Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis ordering bars closed and Texas placing new restrictions on other businesses the governor said were linked to the virus’s resurgence. Texas and Florida are among around a dozen other states that have hit the brakes on reopening their economies amid a resurgence of the virus across the South and West affecting more than half of the states in the country. They’re the first that have had to reinstate restrictions as case soar. That both governors — who are close allies of President Donald Trump and were criticized for resisting calls to lock down their states in the pandemic’s early days — have not only pressed pause on reopening but reimposed some restrictions, speaks to the severity of the outbreaks in two of the most populous states in the country.”

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Trump Administration, Week 179: Friday, 19 June – Thursday, 25 June 2020 (Days 1,246-1,252)

75-year-old Buffalo protester pushed to the ground by Buffalo police officers on Thursday, 4 June 2020.

Passages in bold in the body of the texts below are usually my emphasis, though not always. This is an ongoing project, and I update the site frequently during the day. Because I try to stay focused on what has actually happened, I usually let the news ‘settle’ for a day or so before posting. I hope readers will peruse the articles in full for a better understanding of the issues and their context; our democracy and our future depend on citizens who can distinguish between facts and falsehoods and who are engaged in the political process.

 

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Friday, 19 June 2020, Day 1,246:

 

Race and Policing: Court Allows Trump’s Tulsa Rally to Go Ahead, The New York Times, Friday, 19 June 2020:

Other significant developments are included in this article.

Black Tulsans, With a Defiant Juneteenth Celebration, Send a Message to Trump, The New York Times, Astead W. Herndon, Friday, 19 June 2020: “In a city that has become known as a landmark to black pain, Friday was a day for black joy. More than a thousand people gathered along Greenwood Avenue — the site of one of America’s worst racist attacks — to celebrate Juneteenth, the holiday that commemorates when enslaved black Americans in Texas formally learned of emancipation. The end of a centuries-long massacre. In any year, Juneteenth in Tulsa means something different than it does in other cities, according to black residents. The exuberance more palpable, the music more soulful, against the backdrop of the 1921 white riot that killed an estimated 300 black Tulsans and destroyed the area once known as ‘Black Wall Street.’ ‘We’re celebrating the emancipation of slaves, but we’re really celebrating the idea of being black,’ said Jacquelyn Simmons, who has lived in Tulsa for 45 years. ‘We love it and we love us.’ But this was not any year. Organizers planned to cancel their annual Juneteenth celebration amid the national coronavirus pandemic. Then President Trump announced a campaign rally in the city, originally slated to be held on the Friday holiday but later moved to Saturday evening. With that event looming, and national protests raging about racial injustice and police brutality, what was typically a celebration of resilience had transformed into one of defiance. ‘Black Lives Matter’ was painted in bright yellow letters across Greenwood Avenue. Attendees said they were celebrating not only how black ancestors were freed from enslavement, but also the persistence of black Americans today — from a pandemic that has disproportionately affected black communities, police departments that disproportionately kill black people, and a president who has shown little willingness to acknowledge the reality of both.” See also, Black leaders in Tulsa are outraged by Trump’s planned rally during a pandemic: ‘We are dealing with the virus of racism and the virus of covid-19, The Washington Post, DeNeen L. Brown, Friday, 19 June 2020: “The historic church that once sheltered black Tulsans escaping one of the deadliest massacres in U.S. history has shut its doors for the Juneteenth holiday weekend, said the Rev. Robert Turner. It will provide only ‘essential services’ such as feeding the hungry and serving people’s spiritual needs, said Turner, pastor of Vernon A.M.E. Church. Hosting President Trump, he said, is not essential. The president arrives in Tulsa on Saturday for his first campaign rally since much of the nation locked down in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The event has drawn outrage from black Tulsans, who say it will stoke tensions — in a city still trying to make amends for the 1921 attack on a historic black community — during a weekend that celebrates freedom for enslaved black people and amid nationwide protests over racism in policing. When Turner heard that Gov. Kevin Stitt (R) had offered to give Trump a tour of the historic Greenwood district, where as many as 300 black residents were slaughtered, he was furious. ‘We are not doing tours,’ he said. ‘Juneteenth is our community holiday.'” See also, Vice President Mike Pence Won’t Say the Words ‘Black Lives Matter’ in an Interview, The New York Times, Michael D. Shear, Friday, 19 June 2020: “Vice President Mike Pence twice refused to say that ‘black lives matter’ during an interview on a Philadelphia television station on Friday, insisting instead that ‘all lives matter in a very real sense.’ Mr. Pence also claimed during the interview with 6ABC Action News that Americans had cherished the idea that everyone is created equal ‘from the founding of this nation,’ an assertion that ignores the institution of slavery during the first 100 years of the country’s history. The vice president’s comments came on Juneteenth, a holiday that commemorates the end of slavery in America. And he refused to specifically say that black lives matter at a time when the country is convulsing in outrage about racial injustice at the hands of the police following George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis last month. President Trump has been under fire for weeks for his response to protests in cities across the nation in the wake of Mr. Floyd’s death. His tweets calling for aggressive action by the police to quell violence have angered activists. And earlier this month, his administration ordered the police to clear protesters from streets near the White House before Mr. Trump held a photo op at a church.”

Some Global Coronavirus Updates for Friday, 19 June 2020: Brazil Passes 1 Million Coronavirus Cases, Adding 54,000 in a Day. The W.H.O. warns of a ‘new and dangerous phase’ of the pandemic as cases rise in 81 countries. Face masks become a political flash point. The New York Times, Friday, 19 June 2020:

Many other significant developments are included in this article.

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Trump Administration, Week 178: Friday, 12 June – Thursday, 18 June 2020 (Days 1,239-1,245)

George Floyd Protest, Williamstown, MA, Friday, 5 June 2020

Passages in bold in the body of the texts below are usually my emphasis, though not always. This is an ongoing project, and I update the site frequently during the day. Because I try to stay focused on what has actually happened, I usually let the news ‘settle’ for a day or so before posting. I hope readers will peruse the articles in full for a better understanding of the issues and their context; our democracy and our future depend on citizens who can distinguish between facts and falsehoods and who are engaged in the political process.

 

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Friday, 12 June 2020, Day 1,239:

 

George Floyd Protests: Judge Peter A. Cahill Will Hear the Case of the Four Police Officers Charged in the Killing of George Floyd, The New York Times, Friday, 12 June 2020:

Many other significant developments are included in this article.

Some Global Coronavirus Updates for Friday, 12 June 2020: China Shuts Vast Beijing Market as It Hunts Coronavirus Cluster, The New York Times, Friday, 12 June 2020:

Many other significant developments are included in this article.

Some significant developments in the coronavirus pandemic on Friday, 12 June 2020: As coronavirus cases spike, Dr. Anthony Fauci warns Trump rally attendees that large gatherings are ‘risky,’ The Washington Post, Marisa Iati, Lateshia Beachum, Keith McMillan, Samantha Pell, and Angela Fritz, Friday, 12 June 2020: “Anthony S. Fauci said Friday that it is a ‘danger’ and ‘risky’ for people to be gathering in large groups — whether at a Trump rally or a protest. The nation’s top infectious-disease expert advised on a podcast that if gatherings take place, people should ‘make sure’ to wear a mask. President Trump plans to hold his first rally in months next week in Tulsa. Meanwhile, across the South and West, coronavirus cases and hospitalizations are on the rise. In Texas, more than 2,100 people in the state were hospitalized with covid-19 as of Friday, according to state data tracked by The Washington Post, and intensive care units are reportedly at 88 percent capacity in the Houston area. Arkansas reported 731 new cases, the largest since the pandemic began. And in North Carolina, cases topped 40,000 after its highest single-day increase. ‘We continue to see a decrease in social distancing,’ Mecklenburg County, N.C., health director Gibbie Harris said Friday, ‘and before long we will be back to where we were when we put the stay-at-home order in place.’

Here are some significant developments:

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new coronavirus guidelines Friday, which included a recommendation that organizers of large events that involve shouting, chanting or singing ‘strongly encourage’ the use of cloth face coverings.
  • Florida got rid of its top geographic data scientist in May. Rebekah Jones now publicizes statistics on her own, at FloridaCOVIDAction.com, which gives a higher case total and a lower number of people tested than data published by the state.
  • Wall Street is back in buying mode, with the Dow Jones industrial average jumping nearly 700 points at the opening bell following Thursday’s massive sell-off.
  • The United States surpassed 2 million coronavirus cases on Thursday, less than five months after the first case was confirmed. That far exceeds the number of infections reported in any other country. The virus has now killed at least 112,000 people in the United States.

Many other significant developments are included in this article.

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Trump Administration, Week 177: Friday, 5 June – Thursday, 11 June 2020 (Days 1,232-1,238)

 

Passages in bold in the body of the texts below are usually my emphasis, though not always. This is an ongoing project, and I update the site frequently during the day. Because I try to stay focused on what has actually happened, I usually let the news ‘settle’ for a day or so before posting. I hope readers will peruse the articles in full for a better understanding of the issues and their context; our democracy and our future depend on citizens who can distinguish between facts and falsehoods and who are engaged in the political process.

 

For independent global news, visit Democracy Now!

 

Friday, 5 June 2020, Day 1,232:

 

George Floyd Protests: Minneapolis to Ban Use of Chokeholds by Police.  Major demonstrations are planned across the country on Saturday, including in Washington, where thousands of protesters are expected to converge. The New York Times, Friday, 5 June 2020:

Other significant developments are included in this article.

George Floyd Protests: Some New York City Protests Ended Quietly. Others Ended in Arrests. Demonstrations filled the city’s streets for another day, and mostly dispersed in a more muted way than they had the two previous nights. The New York Times, Friday, 5 June 2020:

Other significant developments are included in this article.

George Floyd Protests: Nation braces for another day of protests; North Carolina flags at half-staff for George Floyd, The Washington Post, Hannah Knowles, Ben Guarino, Alex Horton, and Brent D. Griffiths, Friday, 5 June 2020: “Cities and towns across the United States are bracing for another outpouring of protest Saturday amid national outrage over law enforcement excess sparked by the death of George Floyd in police custody. Officials in Washington, D.C., are preparing for the city’s largest demonstration yet, with tens of thousands of people expected to start gathering in the early morning hours. Rallies are also planned near the Trump golf club in Doral, Fla.; in front of Philadelphia’s famed art museum; outside Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz’s official residence; and in many lesser-known places, from Collegeville, Pa., to Poquoson, Va. Researchers say these protests, now in their 12th day, are the broadest in U.S. history, having spread to well over 650 cities and towns, across all 50 states.

Here are some significant developments:

  • A public viewing and private memorial service for Floyd are scheduled to take place Saturday in Raeford, N.C., near his birthplace. North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) has ordered flags at all state facilities to fly at half-staff until sunset in honor of Floyd.
  • Although clashes between protesters and police have ebbed in recent days, and curfews in some places have been lifted, tensions remained high Friday night, with mayhem in Portland, Ore., extending into early Saturday. In New York, police arrested protesters out after an 8 p.m. curfew.
  • Fifty-seven members of the Buffalo Police Department’s emergency response team resigned from the unit to protest the suspension of two officers who shoved a 75-year-old protester to the ground.
  • NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Friday admitted the league had been wrong to ignore players who spoke out against police brutality and encouraged peaceful protest, a remarkable reversal, given the exile of Colin Kaepernick following his own protest.
  • A federal judge ruled late Friday that the Denver Police Department must stop using “chemical weapons or projectiles against peaceful protesters” after four protesters filed suit against the city.
  • Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) said the state will conduct an independent review of the in-custody death of Manuel Ellis, a black man who was filmed being beaten by Tacoma police while handcuffed on the ground.

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