Monday, August 3, 2020

MixedTimes - Adam Shaw

Fauci, Redfield testify before House coronavirus committee: live updates

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci and Centers for Disease Control Director Dr. Robert Redfield are testifying to the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis about the need for a national coronavirus strategy.

Pompeo tells lawmakers the ‘tide is turning’ against China

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told lawmakersThursday that the “tide is turning” on China, asthe U.S has led the push to ramp up international pressure on the communist regime on issues from property theft to international surveillanceto theChinesecrackdown on freedoms in Hong Kong.

Ted Wheeler becomes latest liberal mayor spurned by protesters

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler on Wednesday was booed, heckled and called a “fascist” by rioters in the city as he tried to attend a “listening session” about ongoing unrest -- becoming the latest liberal mayor to be shunned by protesters with whom they had sought to show solidarity.

Trump's federal intervention in cities sparks furor – but it's not unprecedented

The Trump administration is facing intense criticism for its decision to send federal law enforcement to Portland in an effort to protect federal property from riots that have gone on for more than 50 days -- but it is the latest in a history of presidents sending federal muscle to cities facing unrest, albeit with circumstances very different from today.

Pentagon bans Confederate flags on military installations

The Pentagon on Friday laid out a new policy on Friday that will ban displays of the Confederate flag on military installations, while not actually mentioning an explicit ban or the controversial flag itself.

How Jeff Sessions went from top Trump ally to White House outcast

Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions is fighting for his political life on Tuesday as he faces a toughrun-off for his former Alabama Senate seat, in which President Trump is backing his opponent --demonstrating how Sessions has gone from one of Trump's earliest and strongest backers to an outcast in Trumpworld.

Trump accuses Biden of ‘plagiarizing’ him over 'buy American' push

President Trump on Friday took a swipe at presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden over a set of “buy American” proposals he unveiled a day earlier, saying Biden “plagiarized” from him -- hinting at past accusations of plagiarism that have dogged the former vice president.

White House highlights impact of school closing on minorities, amid re-opening fight

The White House on Thursday warned that continued school closings in the fall could have a particularly harsh impact on minority students, arguing that the effects could reach beyond just education -- as the Trump administration battles with Democratic politicians about when and how schools should re-open.

ICE expands coronavirus testing to all at family centers

Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced Thursday that it has expanded testing for the novel coronavirus to all those in the agency’s family residential centers -- amid ongoing fears about the virus spreading atICE centers.

George Floyd's brother to testify at House hearing on police brutality

The brother of George Floyd isscheduled to testify Wednesday at a House hearing on racial profiling and police brutality, coming after riots and protests engulfed the country in response to Floyd’s death -- and amid a growing push to abolish, reform or defund police departments.

NYPD union chiefs rip politicians for anti-cop push: 'They're asking us to walk away from you'

New York Police Department(NYPD) union officialson Tuesday tore into lawmakers both in New York and elsewherefor ongoing efforts to either defund, abolish or radically reform police departments in the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis -- warning that cops are being told to "walk away" from communities and that criminals are gettingthe message.

AOC warns of Dems trying to ‘repackage’ push to 'Defund the Police’

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., on Tuesday warned about Democrats and others trying to “repackage” the push to “Defund the Police” to make it more “palatable” to affluent swing voters -- amid an ongoing debate on what the left-wing rallyingcryactually means.

Bush, Romney not expected to support Trump, NYT reports

Former President George W. Bush and Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, arereportedly not expected to support the reelection of President Trump -- two high profile GOP figures who are believed to be avoiding backing the Republican president in November.