By Robert A. Vella
President Trump continues to feed racism in America by scheduling his political events on anniversary dates of violent attacks by whites upon blacks (including his first campaign rally in Tulsa and his party nomination acceptance speech in Jacksonville), by excluding Dallas’ top three law enforcement officials – who are all black – at a police reform meeting held there yesterday, and by using inflammatory rhetoric to glorify the forceful suppression of peaceful protests by police and national guard troops. Curiously, Trump is also requiring his campaign rally supporters to sign waivers declaring that they will not pursue legal action against him if they become infected with COVID-19. And, speaking of the coronavirus pandemic, government officials across the world – who have been pushing to reopen the economy – are getting rattled by a worrisome resurgence of the contagion which is prompting a few state and local leaders to consider re-implementing “stay at home” orders and other restrictions in the U.S. (such as Oregon and Houston, Texas).
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President Trump praised the use of tear gas and other force to disperse Minneapolis protesters, calling it a “beautiful scene” and describing the National Guard’s actions “like a knife cutting butter.”
Trump’s event at a conservative, evangelical and predominantly white church in Dallas on Thursday afternoon came as the White House has yet to announce what new measures it might support in response to the protests against racial injustice that have gripped the nation since the killing of George Floyd by a police officer.
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump heads to Dallas on Thursday for a discussion on race and policing that excludes the three top law enforcement officials in the county – a police chief, sheriff and district attorney who all are black.
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump defended his decision to resume campaign rallies next week on a day marking the end of U.S. slavery and at the site of a black massacre 100 years ago, saying it would be a celebration.
“This isn’t just a wink to white supremacists — he’s throwing them a welcome home party,” Senator Kamala Harris, a contender to be Joe Biden’s vice presidential pick, said on Twitter on Thursday.
On Thursday, the Republican Party scheduled Trump’s speech accepting the Republican presidential nomination in Jacksonville on Aug. 27. That day will mark the 60th anniversary of what is called “Ax Handle Saturday,” when a white mob wielding ax handles began a riot over black youth attempting to order food from a whites-only lunch counter in the Florida city.
A small Cessna Citation jet flying straight into Washington’s highly restricted airspace would typically be met with fighter jets on its wing. But when one flew over the nation’s capital on June 1 and circled the White House 20 times, it was hardly an accident.
The plane was only one of several aircraft — both piloted and unpiloted — that CNN has been able to track flying over protests in Washington, Minneapolis and Las Vegas. Government watchdogs fear the planes were used to track protesters and perhaps capture cell phone data.
The government’s use of surveillance planes to watch over those protesting the police killing of George Floyd has captured the attention of nearly three dozen Democrats in Congress who want to know whether the planes — typically equipped with live video cameras and heat sensors — were used for “surveilling of Americans engaged in peaceful protests.”
From: Chicago police made coffee and popcorn in US Rep. Bobby Rush’s office while shopping plaza was being looted, he says [Rush co-founded the Illinois chapter of the Black Panthers and was a 1960s civil rights activist]
Chicago police officers made popcorn and coffee in U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush’s office while nearby businesses were being looted last month, he announced at a stunning news conference alongside Mayor Lori Lightfoot.
Rush’s South Side campaign office was looted about two weeks ago during widespread civil unrest in the wake of George Floyd’s killing by Minneapolis police. Looters also went into a nearby plaza of businesses, he said.
Rush said he got a call that his campaign offices at 65th and South Wentworth had been burglarized and there was videotape of eight or more police officers “lounging in my office” as looters were in the shopping center nearby.
Rush looked at the videotape and saw eight or more cops, including three supervisors, with their feet up on desks, he said.
Federal and state health agencies are refusing to give Native American tribes and organizations representing them access to data showing how the coronavirus is spreading around their lands, potentially widening health disparities and frustrating tribal leaders already ill-equipped to contain the pandemic.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has turned down tribal epidemiologists’ requests for data that it’s making freely available to states. Authorities in Michigan and Massachusetts since early spring have also resisted handing over information on testing and confirmed cases, citing privacy concerns, and refused to strike agreements with tribes on contact tracing or other surveillance, eight tribal leaders and health experts told POLITICO. In some instances, officials questioned tribes’ legal standing as sovereign entities.
LONDON, June 12 (Reuters) – Fears of a second wave of COVID-19 infections grew on Friday with a record daily increase in India, warnings against complacency in Europe and word from half a dozen U.S. states that their hospital beds were filling up fast.
Health officials worldwide have expressed concerns in recent days that some countries grappling with the devastating economic impact of lockdowns may lift restrictions too swiftly, and that the coronavirus could spread during mass anti-racism protests.
Wall Street took its biggest dive in three months on Thursday on worries of a resurgence and on Friday, shares around the world extended a four-day losing streak.
A federal appeals court on Friday appeared unlikely to stop a federal judge from examining why the Justice Department sought to walk away from its prosecution of President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
During 90 minutes of argument by teleconference, at least two members of a three-judge panel of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia indicated that they were not inclined to grant a motion by Flynn’s lawyers, who want an order directing District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan to let the government drop the case.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The International Criminal Court has condemned the Trump administration’s decision to authorize sanctions against court staff, saying it amounted to “an unacceptable attempt to interfere with the rule of law and the Court’s judicial proceedings.”
An executive order by U.S. President Donald Trump announced Thursday authorizes sanctions against ICC staff investigating American troops and intelligence officials and those of allied nations, including Israel, for possible war crimes in Afghanistan and elsewhere.
Trump’s order would block the financial assets of court employees and bar them and their immediate relatives from entering the United States.
The Iowa House on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a revised election-related bill that had sparked intense controversy in the Senate only a day before.
The House vote of 95-2 came after Reps. Bobby Kaufmann, R-Wilton, and Bruce Hunter, D-Des Moines, proposed an amendment that eliminated the most controversial parts of the Senate Republicans’ bill, which had included a measure prohibiting the secretary of state from sending absentee ballot request forms to Iowa voters without first receiving a request from the voter.
Such a measure would have directly prevented the events leading up to Iowa’s record-setting June primary, in which Republican Secretary of State Paul Pate sent ballot request forms to every registered voter in the state and extended the voting period for mail-in ballots from 29 days to 40. More than 80% of Iowa’s primary vote came from absentee ballots.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) – A Tennessee judge says state election officials have until 12 p.m. Friday to make new absentee ballot request forms available to voters.
If they don’t, she says officials could be jailed.
Chancellor Ellen Lyles scolded the state in a virtual hearing Thursday, saying election officials did not comply with her order which allows any registered voter to request an absentee ballot because of COVID-19.