July 5, 2020

Essentials

LA Mayor Garcetti admits connection between coronavirus outbreak and protests, after downplaying link

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Wednesday that public protests are likely causing the number of citywide coronavirus cases to spike, just two days after claiming there wasn’t “any conclusive evidence” showing a connection between the two.Garcetti, a Democrat, was speaking at a press conference concerning the recent Black Lives Matter protests in Los Angeles when he was asked if…

Dave Portnoy apologizes to staff after vowing not to ‘bend the knee’ to viral mob over resurfaced remarks

Barstool Sports CEO Dave Portnoy offered an apology to his employees over resurfaced remarks he made about Colin Kaepernick after previously vowing he would not “bend the knee” to the viral mob.On Monday, Portnoy remained defiant in response to “cancel culture” when a 2016 clip from Barstool Sports’ “The Rundown” was amplified by critics showing Portnoy comparing…

Spc. Vanessa Guillen, missing Fort Hood soldier, was murdered and body hacked to pieces, attorney says

A Texas soldier missing since April was killed by another soldier on the same military installation where they served, the lawyer for her family said Thursday.Spc. Vanessa Guillen was killed April 22, the day of her disappearance, by Spc. Aaron David Robinson inside an armory room where she was working on Fort Hood in Killeen,…

Seattle father mourning loss of son killed in ‘CHOP’ zone gets calls of support from Trump, Mayor Durkan

On the day he buried his 19-year-old son, who was gunned down in Seattle’s lawless ‘CHOP’ zone, Horace Lorenzo Anderson Sr. got a phone call from President Trump, who had been moved by his heart-wrenching appearance the night before on Fox News Channel’s “Hannity.”Anderson’s son, Horace Lorenzo Anderson Jr., was killed in the early hours of…

Biden: Economy remains at risk until Trump ‘faces what’s going on in this country’ | TheHill

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden campaign raised M more than Trump in the month of June RNC, Trump campaign raised 1M in June Michigan shuts down most indoor bar service in bid to prevent virus resurgence MORE tore into President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse panel approves 0.5B defense policy bill House panel votes against curtailing…

Florida records over 10K COVID-19 cases, highest single-day increase | TheHill

Florida recorded 10,109 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, the highest single-day increase for the state.There are now more than 169,000 confirmed cases in Florida. An additional 68 deaths were reported Wednesday, bringing the total number of COVID-19 fatalities to 3,718.Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisThe Hill’s Campaign Report: Colorado, Utah primary results bring upsets, intrigue…

Severe thunderstorm winds in Texas derail 86 cars on train, cause ‘significant’ damage

A severe thunderstorm that blasted through west Texas on Tuesday was so powerful that it caused dozens of freight train cars to derail, according to officials.Thunderstorms that roared near Colorado City generated straight-line winds that derailed the train and snapped multiple powerline poles, the National Weather Service (NWS) office in Midland, Texas, said on Wednesday.The storms…

Investigation into St. Louis couple who defended their home against protesters is ‘abuse of power,’ says Se…

The investigation into a St. Louis, Mo., couple who defended their home against protesters is “an abuse of power,” Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley stated Thursday.In an interview on the “Fox & Friends” with host Brian Kilmeade, Hawley blasted circuit attorney Kimberly Gardner – the prosecutor spearheading the probe – pointing out that she has had “dozens of violent criminals referred…

Feds arrest ‘ringleader’ in attack on Andrew Jackson statue by White House

Federal law enforcement officials on Thursday arrested a man in Washington they call a “ringleader” in the recent attempt to destroy the Andrew Jackson statue in Lafayette Square near the White House.Law enforcement sources tell Fox News that Jason Charter was arrested at his residence Thursday morning, without incident, and charged with destruction of federal property. These sources add that Charter has connections to Antifa and was…

Jeffrey Epstein’s confidant Ghislaine Maxwell arrested in New Hampshire, FBI says

Jeffrey Epstein’s confidant Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested in New Hampshire on Thursday morning on multiple sex abuse charges, including conspiracy to entice minors to engage in sexual acts.Epstein’s former girlfriend and accused madam was taken into custody at 8:30 a.m. in Bradford, N.H., the FBI confirmed to Fox News. She had purportedly been hiding out in…

Amazon driver abandons delivery van, says he quits in viral tweet

A Detroit-area Amazon delivery driver on Monday said he abandoned a van full of packages at a gas station in a tweet that has since gone viral.Derick Lancaster, known as @_lilderick on Twitter, said in a Monday tweet that he “quit” his job at Amazon and shared the location of his abandoned delivery van “full of gas wit…

Detroit police chief hits back at Rashida Tlaib: ‘Totally inaccurate’ to claim abuse of peaceful protesters

Michigan Democratic Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib’s claim that Detroit Police Department officers abused peaceful protesters is “totally inaccurate,” Detroit Police Chief James Craig remarked Tuesday.In an interview on “Fox News @ Night” with host Shannon Bream, Craig explained that there was “something very different” going on Sunday evening, when police squad cars were seen on a now…

California high-speed chase ends after driver races over cliff into Pacific Ocean

A man who led California police on a pursuit that reportedly reached speeds greater than 100 mph was taken into custody — but only after he drove his vehicle off a cliff into the Pacific Ocean.The incident that unfolded in Santa Cruz County Tuesday afternoon began when officers received a report of a man firing a handgun into the air, a police spokesperson told the Santa Cruz Sentinel. An individual matching…

CNN’s Cuomo accused of ‘siding with the St. Louis mob’ during heated interview with armed homeowner

CNN’s Chris Cuomo was accused of siding with the “mob” on Tuesday night during a contentious interview with Mark McCloskey, the man who went viral for brandishing a gun alongside his wife as the couple protected their home from protesters.The couple told police the protesters broke a gate to get onto the private street in St. Louis, and the pair say they only retrieved…

Trump dismisses Russian bounty allegations as a ‘hoax’ | TheHill

President TrumpDonald John TrumpUtah Lieutenant Gov. Cox leads Huntsman in close governor’s race Trump tweets ‘we all miss’ Ailes after swiping at Fox Former NFL player Burgess Owens wins Utah GOP primary MORE claimed early Wednesday that reports about suspected Russian bounties on coalition forces in Afghanistan were a “hoax” meant to damage him politically.“The…

The Hill’s Morning Report – Republicans shift, urge people to wear masks | TheHill

Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. It is Wednesday, and welcome to July! We get you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver are the daily co-creators, so find us @asimendinger and @alweaver22 on Twitter and recommend the Morning Report to…

Trump congratulates Boebert for win in Colorado primary

President Trump congratulated Lauren Boebert late Tuesday night after the pro-gun businesswoman defeated Rep. Scott Tipton, who represented his Colorado district for five terms in Congress.“Congratulations on a really great win!” Trump tweeted. Trump’s tweet linked to a post from her Twitter account from back in May where she described herself as a tough fighter against socialism…

NY City Council approves slashing $1B from NYPD budget

Police union fumes over de Blasio’s possible plan to cut NYPD budgetFox News’ Aishah Hasnie says New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s (D) plan would slash the New York Police Department’s budget by $1 billion if it passes the city council. FOX Business’ David Asman later discusses where the funding could go to instead…

Trump 2020 Campaign reshuffles; Brad Parscale stays put

Ten days after President Trump’s rally in Tulsa, Okla., there has been a shakeup in the Trump 2020 Campaign.Michael Glassner, organizer of the president’s rallies, has been reassigned and Jeff DeWit, who served as Arizona chairman of Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, joins the 2020 staff as chief operating officer.Trump 2020 Campaign Manager Brad Parscale is…

Tucker Carlson calls on GOP voters to ‘demand three things from their candidates’ this November

Tucker Carlson called on voters to hold Republicans accountable Tuesday in the aftermath of his Monday interview with Sen. Mike Braun, R-Ind., about Braun’s introduction of a bill that would limit qualified immunity for law enforcement officers.”An awful lot of Republican officeholders look very much like Mike Braun right now. Probably most of them. That’s…

Surgeon general urges widespread mask use: ‘It is not a suppression of your freedom’ | TheHill

Surgeon General Jerome Adams on Tuesday implored Americans, and young Americans in particular, to wear masks as lawmakers and public health officials increasingly seek to break down partisan barriers about the use of face coverings.Adams specifically sought to address arguments among some conservatives that requiring masks is an infringement on personal freedoms and civil liberties, arguing…

Senators press IRS chief on stimulus check pitfalls | TheHill

Senators on Tuesday pressed IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig about difficulties surrounding this year’s stimulus checks, as lawmakers start debating whether to create another round of payments in any future COVID-19 legislation.Rettig’s appearance on Capitol Hill comes as Congress is about to leave town for the July 4 recess, but lawmakers are expected to start crafting…

How much of the United States does China really own?

The coronavirus pandemic may have shed light on China’s influence in America over the supply chain, including life-saving medicines, technology and equipment.But some analysts believe the ongoing crisis lays bare the inroads China has made on U.S. soil.The American Security Institute recently released a report and launched a campaign, featuring a billboard in Times Square, to draw further attention…

AOC says proposed $1B budget cut to NYPD isn’t enough: ‘Defunding police means defunding police’

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., weighed in Tuesday on the proposed New York City budget cuts to the police department she said don’t go far enough, saying “defunding police means defunding police.”“Defunding police means defunding police. It does not mean budget tricks or funny math. It does not mean moving school police officers from the NYPD budget…

Biden accuses Trump of ‘dereliction of duty’ over Russia bounty reports in first press briefing in nearly 3…

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden pulled no punches in going after President Trump on Tuesday during his first press conference in 89 days, while also saying some statues across the country should be removed and teasing his forthcoming announcement about a running mate.While Biden’s press conference in Delaware was ostensibly about how he would respond…

Video shows NYC thief choke, rob elderly woman in broad daylight

A thief choked and robbed a woman in broad daylight in New York City before calmly walking away, in a disturbing incident caught on video.The attack happened in the area of East 29th Street and First Avenue around 8:30 a.m. Sunday, police said.FORMER NYPD COMMISSIONER: MAYOR DE BLASIO IS ‘SURRENDERING’ TO VIOLENT CRIMEFootage posted on Twitter by the New…

Top intelligence officials release statements criticizing leaking of Russian bounties information | TheHill

Top U.S. intelligence officials released statements Monday criticizing leaks to the media as the Trump administration continues to defend against allegations that it knew Russia had offered bounties to incentivize Taliban-linked militants to kill coalition troops in Afghanistan. CIA Director Gina HaspelGina Cheri HaspelTop intelligence officials release statements criticizing leaking of Russian bounties information Russian bounty intel was included…

CNN: Russian bounty intel was included in Trump’s daily briefing | TheHill

Intelligence assessing that Russia had offered bounties to incentivize Taliban-linked militants to kill coalition troops in Afghanistan was included in a written briefing for President TrumpDonald John TrumpTop intelligence officials release statements criticizing leaking of Russian bounties information Russian bounty intel was included in Trump’s daily briefing: reports Senators will have access to intelligence on…

China passes national security law for Hong Kong: report

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke out against China’s threat to restrict visas for Americans prior to Beijing increasing its grip on Hong Kong after reportedly passing a security law that critics say undermines the semi-autonomous territory’s judicial independence.FOX BUSINESS: US ENDING SPECIAL TREATMENT OF HONG KONGBeijing passed the national security law that the Hong Kong media says will…

Dave Portnoy, Jemele Hill ignite ‘cancel culture’ war over past remarks

Barstool Sports CEO Dave Portnoy and former ESPN host Jemele Hill had an intense clash on Monday over controversial remarks each had made in the past.The feud began on Sunday after Hill amplified a 2016 clip from Barstool Sports’ “The Rundown” where Portnoy compares then-San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick to an “ISIS guy” and…

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