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Thursday, August 06, 2020

Vice President Mike Pence described Chief Justice John Roberts in a new interview as a "disappointment" to conservative voters, explicitly seeking to cast the Supreme Court as a campaign issue ahead of the November election. read more


A contact investigation by the state found that the infected man, 56, attended a service on June 14 and came into contact there with a wide range of people who later developed symptoms, including a 67-year-old woman and a 15-year-old girl - and those people then had contacts of their own. Within three weeks, the state found, 91 people from five counties had developed symptoms of Covid-19, probably stemming directly or indirectly from that one man's trip to church. "It spread like wildfire," (Gov.) DeWine said. read more


Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has tested positive for coronavirus, his office announced Thursday. The Republican governor is asymptomatic, according to his office, and plans to quarantine at home for 14 days. DeWine was tested ahead of President Trump's trip to Ohio on Thursday, and the governor was set to meet Trump on the tarmac. read more


The attorney general of New York took action Thursday to dissolve the National Rifle Association following an 18-month investigation that found evidence the powerful gun rights group is "fraught with fraud and abuse." read more


Reflecting on the coronavirus pandemic, (Donald Trump) declared, "If you look at children, children are almost -- and I would almost say definitely -- but almost immune from this disease." The president ... promoted his nonsensical claims to the public via social media, which for Facebook, was simply a bridge too far [causing them to remove the posting]. Twitter also removed the video last night after it was promoted by the Trump campaign, rejecting it as "misinformation." read more


Bells have tolled in Hiroshima, Japan, to mark the 75th anniversary of the dropping of the world's first atomic bomb. But memorial events were scaled back this year because of the pandemic. On 6 August 1945, a US bomber dropped the uranium bomb above the city, killing around 140,000 people. read more


For 20 straight weeks, the number of Americans who have lost their jobs and filed for unemployment insurance has topped 1 million. This unprecedented streak of weekly jobless claims has shattered all historical records. read more


Joe Biden rebuked a reporter who asked if the former vice president had taken a cognitive test, claiming that asking the question was similar to asking the interviewer if he was using cocaine. read more


Over the last seven days, a grim new COVID-19 calculus has emerged: one person died every 80 seconds from the coronavirus in America. And the pace at which those 7,486 people died appears to be accelerating, a new NBC News tally revealed Wednesday. The numbing new national snapshot of how COVID-19 is claiming more and more lives came as Johns Hopkins University reported another milestone: The world death toll from this plague had eclipsed 700,000. read more


Most strikingly, biosecurity researchers didn't predict that the United States would be among the hardest-hit countries. On the contrary, last year, leaders in the field ranked the United States top in the Global Health Security Index, which graded 195 countries in terms of how well prepared they were to fight outbreaks, on the basis of more than 100 factors. President Donald Trump even held up a copy of the report during a White House briefing on 27 February, declaring: "We're rated number one." As he spoke, SARS-CoV-2 was already spreading undetected across the country. Now, as COVID-19 cases in the United States surpass 4 million, with more than 150,000 deaths, the country has proved itself to be one of the most dysfunctional. read more


Radiant in a long white gown and veil, 29-year-old Lebanese bride Israa Seblani stood smiling and posing for her wedding video. But the scene was shattered by a deafening roar as a powerful shockwave swept through Beirut. The dramatic footage captured the moment when a massive explosion rocked the Lebanese capital on Tuesday, killing at least 135 people and injuring more than 5,000. read more


Russia continues to use a network of proxy websites to spread pro-Kremlin disinformation and propaganda in the United States and other parts of the West, according to a State Department report released on Wednesday. The report is one of the most detailed explanations yet from the Trump administration on how Russia disseminates disinformation, but it largely avoids discussing how Moscow is trying to influence the current campaign. read more


Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) tore into his fellow Republicans on Fox News Wednesday for considering a coronavirus relief package that could cost more than $1 trillion, calling on them to apologize to President Obama "for complaining that he was spending and borrowing too much" during his time in office. read more


Wednesday, August 05, 2020

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill) released the following statement on his positive COVID-19 test: Because of the high temperature, my wife and I received a test this morning. While my test came back positive, my wife's test came back negative. My staff who I've worked with in-person this week have received negative tests as well. Other than a higher-than-normal temperature, I am showing no symptoms at this time and feel fine. Having consulted with the Office of the Attending Physician (OAP) of Congress and local county health officials, our office is contacting constituents I have met with in-person within the previous 48 hours, per CDC guidelines. My staff and I take COVID-19 very seriously. My wife is a nurse and a cancer survivor, which puts her in an at-risk category like so many Americans. My office and I have always followed and will continue to follow CDC guidelines, use social distancing, and wear masks or face coverings when social distancing cannot be maintained. I will postpone public events our office has planned for the coming days until I receive a negative test. I will continue to serve my constituents virtually from home while I quarantine. Our district offices throughout central and southwestern Illinois remain open for constituents as well. During these challenging times, protecting the public health is my highest priority. If you're out in public, use social distancing, and when you can't social distance, please wear a mask. All of us must do our part. That's what it will take to get through this pandemic. read more


Wisconsin clerks are reporting they are about 900 poll workers short for the Aug. 11 primary election, the state elections commission said Tuesday. read more


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