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|As Trump courts Black voters, critics see a 'depression strategy'
While the president’s team touts its efforts to court a community that Republicans have long ignored, critics describe them as part of a cynical “depression strategy” designed to minimize Black American turnout.
POSTED SEPTEMBER 18, 2020 6:57 PM
|Sources: Russian aggression against U.S. intelligence satellites sparks congressional briefing
Over recent days, officials from the U.S. Space Force and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence briefed congressional committees on an “uptick” in Russian military activity in space targeting U.S. defense and intelligence satellites.
POSTED SEPTEMBER 18, 2020 5:41 PM
|Pelosi to church: 'Follow science' on COVID-19 restrictions
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pushed back Friday against the Catholic archbishop of San Francisco's criticism of COVID-related restrictions, saying he should “follow science” rather than advocate for fuller in-person gatherings for Mass and worship. Asked about Archbishop Salvatore Joseph Cordileone's recent op-ed protesting limits on larger public gatherings, Pelosi, a practicing Catholic, said he should not be putting people's lives at risk. “With all due respect to my archbishop, I think we should follow science on this,” Pelosi said.
POSTED SEPTEMBER 18, 2020 1:45 PM
|Mass suspension of German police officers who shared pictures of Hitler and doctored images of refugees in gas chambers
The officers allegedly shared extremist content in chatrooms and WhatsApp groups. Some face charges of spreading Nazi propaganda and hate speech.
POSTED SEPTEMBER 19, 2020 5:00 AM
|Jerry Falwell Jr's wife called 911 saying there was 'lots of blood' after husband fell while drinking, report claims
Reports indicate Ms Falwell reluctant to comment on husband’s drinking to 911 dispatcher
POSTED SEPTEMBER 18, 2020 6:41 PM
|Southern California jolted by magnitude 4.5 earthquake, another worry after raging wildfires
In a region already reeling from wildfires and smoke-filled skies, a magnitude 4.6 earthquake jolted Southern California.
POSTED SEPTEMBER 19, 2020 7:11 AM
|T cell shortage linked to severe COVID-19 in elderly; antiseptic spray may limit virus spread
A lower supply of a certain type of immune cell in older people that is critical to fighting foreign invaders may help explain their vulnerability to severe COVID-19, scientists say. When germs enter the body, the initial "innate" immune response generates inflammation not specifically targeted at the bacteria or virus. Within days, the more precise "adaptive" immune response starts generating antibodies against the invader along with T cells that either assist in antibody production or seek out and attack infected cells.
POSTED SEPTEMBER 18, 2020 2:42 PM
|Planned Black community in Georgia draws interest for a reality TV show
Last week, nearly two dozen families in Georgia made headlines for pooling money to purchase land in a Georgia town with a vision to build a safe-haven community for Black people. The news garnered widespread attention, including interest from big wigs in the entertainment sphere hoping to develop a reality TV show about the forthcoming community dreamed to be Freedom, Georgia, per TMZ. The group of 19 families, led by Ashley Scott and Renee Walters, bought 97 acres of land in Toomsboro, Georgia, a rural town of about 500 people, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates, about two hours south of Atlanta.
POSTED SEPTEMBER 19, 2020 1:05 PM
|Justice Ginsburg saw raw racism and sex discrimination long before she joined the court
Our Supreme Court reporter recalls the private side of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
POSTED SEPTEMBER 19, 2020 5:16 PM
|Trump Finally Admits Many Americans Won’t Get Vaccine Until April
President Trump on Friday said that the U.S. expects to have enough coronavirus vaccines for every American by April. “We’ll have manufactured at least 100 million vaccine doses before the end of the year and likely much more than that,” Trump said at an afternoon press conference. “Hundreds of millions of doses will be available every month, and we expect to have enough vaccines for every American by April. And again I’ll say that even at that later stage a delivery will go as fast it comes they can deliver.”Despite Trump saying “three vaccines are already in the final stage,” there is still no certainty when a safe and effective vaccine will indeed be approved for the American public. The Global Rush to Approve a COVID-19 Vaccine Keeps Getting CreepierThe claim from the president put him closer to the timeline the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention testified to lawmakers about earlier this week. Trump challenged Dr. Robert Redfield's words during a tumultuous press conference Wednesday by claiming that his timeline on when a COVID-19 vaccine would be ready was “incorrect.” Redfield had told lawmakers earlier this week that he thought a vaccine wouldn’t be “generally available to the American public” until “late second quarter, third quarter of 2021.” Trump Claims Vaccine Will Be Ready by Fall, Says CDC Director Was ‘Confused’ That answer caught Trump’s ire as he described the leading medical official in his own administration as “confused,” and pushed a much more aggressive timeline for later this year, throwing out different potential months the vaccine could land. “When he said it, I believe he was confused… We’re ready to go as soon as the vaccine is approved,” Trump insisted Wednesday. “We’re not going to say ‘in six months,’ we’re going to start giving it to the general public.”When a reporter pressed Trump about his timeline given the April date he had just offered, the president deferred to Dr. Scott Atlas, a neuroradiologist advising the president on the virus. Atlas reiterated Trump’s point about having “over 100 million doses manufactured,” by the end of the year. People on the “prioritized list including high risk, including first responders, will have the ability to take the vaccine, no one’s being mandated to be vaccinated, at the latest in January.”“And as we said....there will be hundreds of millions of doses delivered for people to take it during the first quarter and so that by April every single American who wants to be vaccinated will have the ability to be vaccinated,” Atlas said. “It’s not a forced vaccination of course.” Atlas taking the question—rather than leading health officials who often spoke at the former White House Coronavirus Task Force briefings earlier in the pandemic like Dr. Deborah Birx or Dr. Anthony Fauci, was another sign of how much the public face of the White House response to the pandemic has changed. Neither Birx nor Fauci were in attendance in the briefing room Friday.-With additional reporting from Allison Quinn Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
POSTED SEPTEMBER 18, 2020 3:26 PM