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  • Top Trump aide says president is 'eager to return to the campaign trail' amid reports a planned rally was scrapped news

    Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh held a press conference call with reporters on Tuesday where he said the president is “eager to return to the campaign trail and to keep campaigning and keep connecting with Americans.” 

    Tue, 30 Jun 2020 16:59:48 -0400
  • `You broke my wrist!' Police sued for taking down wrong man news

    Body camera video shows Antonio Arnelo Smith handing his driver's license to a Black police officer and answering questions cooperatively before a white officer walks up behind him, wraps him in a bear hug and slams him face-first to the ground. “Oh my God, you broke my wrist!” the 46-year-old Black man screams as two more white Valdosta officers arrive, holding him down and handcuffing him following the takedown. One eventually tells Smith he's being arrested on an outstanding warrant, and is immediately corrected by the first officer: They've got the wrong man.

    Wed, 01 Jul 2020 01:12:49 -0400
  • Study finds asteroid impact, not volcanoes, made the Earth uninhabitable for dinosaurs: 'Only plausible explanation' news

    A new study found what happened to the Earth's dinosaurs. An asteroid strike blocking out the sun for years and causing permanent winters was cause.

    Tue, 30 Jun 2020 15:09:49 -0400
  • Feud ends in gunfire as pastor kills two in front of his daughter, Las Vegas cops say news

    The man, a pastor at a Las Vegas church, killed his 71-year-old neighbor and her friend with a shotgun, police say.

    Tue, 30 Jun 2020 17:04:31 -0400
  • Texas Bar Owners Sue Over Reimposed Coronavirus Restrictions news

    Several Texas bar owners on Monday sued over Governor Greg Abbott’s order to shut down their businesses again as coronavirus cases in the state soar.Texas reported a record high on Monday of 5,913 individuals hospitalized for the coronavirus, and new cases of the virus rose on Saturday to a record daily high of 6,263 confirmed new cases. Deaths from the virus have remained level, however.The bar owners filed lawsuits in Austin, Houston, and Galveston, charging that the governor has exceeded his authority under the state constitution to order bars to close again and claiming that the restrictions are being unfairly imposed on bars while other businesses, such as nail and hair salons, are allowed to continue operating. The owners are demanding that Abbott call the state legislature into a special session to handle the issue.“Gov. Abbott continues to act like a king,” said Jared Woodfill, a lawyer representing the bar owners. “Abbott is unilaterally destroying our economy and trampling on our constitutional rights.”Abbott rolled back his state’s reopening process on Friday, singling out activity in bars as a driving factor of the spike in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations Texas has experienced.“As I said from the start, if the positivity rate rose above 10%, the State of Texas would take further action to mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” the Republican governor said. “At this time, it is clear that the rise in cases is largely driven by certain types of activities, including Texans congregating in bars.”The governor’s slowdown of the reopening process reimposes restrictions on businesses he had allowed to reopen at partial capacity, including bars, restaurants, gyms, malls, and bowling alleys. Bars were required to close at 12 p.m. on Friday but are allowed to remain open for delivery and take-out orders. Restaurants may operate dine-in service at 50 percent capacity, down from the 75 percent capacity Abbott approved earlier this month. The majority of gatherings of 100 or more people must gain approval from local governments.The announcement came two days after Abbott warned that the coronavirus is now spreading in Texas at an “unacceptable rate” and pleaded with residents to wear masks in public and continue practicing social distancing.Several other states have seen their coronavirus cases spike in the last several weeks, including Florida, Arizona, and California. Along with Texas, Alabama, Missouri and Nevada.

    Tue, 30 Jun 2020 10:36:29 -0400
  • COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. may be 28% higher than official count, study estimates news

    Researchers calculate that there were 122,300 more deaths in the U.S. in March, April and May this year than are typically seen during that three-month period.

    Wed, 01 Jul 2020 14:31:45 -0400
  • Simon Cheng: UK asylum for ex-consulate worker 'tortured in China' news

    Simon Cheng is granted asylum in the UK almost a year after he was detained by Chinese authorities.

    Wed, 01 Jul 2020 11:09:29 -0400
  • Russian envoy says North Korea anger over leaflets was for depiction of Kim’s wife news

    A series of condemnations over leaflets distributed in North Korea were driven by fury over “dirty, insulting” depictions of leader Kim Jong Un’s spouse, Russia’s top envoy in the reclusive country has said.

    Tue, 30 Jun 2020 06:38:46 -0400
  • Did a Cyber-Weapon Blow Up an Iranian Missile Factory—And Is This Cyber-War? news

    Israeli and U.S. officials have denied any responsibility.

    Wed, 01 Jul 2020 15:35:00 -0400
  • Amid surge in coronavirus cases and mounting criticism, GOP leaders do about-face on masks news

    As the coronavirus pandemic continues to ravage large swaths of the U.S., leading Republicans and even some right-wing TV personalities have come out in favor of wearing masks to prevent the spread of the virus.

    Tue, 30 Jun 2020 15:14:57 -0400
  • 1 of 2 Oklahoma officers shot during traffic stop dies news

    One of the two Tulsa, Oklahoma, police officers who were shot during a traffic stop has died, authorities said Tuesday. Police Chief Wendell Franklin said Sgt. Craig Johnson died Tuesday. Franklin described Johnson's death as a “tremendous loss” to the police department.

    Tue, 30 Jun 2020 17:52:16 -0400
  • Former Pope Benedict's brother Georg dies at 96 news

    Georg Ratzinger, the brother of former Pope Benedict who nurtured a very close relationship over decades to his sibling, has died at the age of 96 in the German town of Regensburg on Wednesday, the local archdiocese said. In June, Benedict, aged 93, had spent five days in his native Germany to visit his ailing brother, who was also a priest. It was the first time that Benedict left Italy since 2013, when he became the first Pope to resign in six centuries.

    Wed, 01 Jul 2020 07:03:28 -0400
  • ‘Beat it, little f***er.’ Officers laugh after shooting rubber bullets at protesters. news

    Warning: This article contains profane language.

    Wed, 01 Jul 2020 18:20:53 -0400
  • Gun Sales Spike, FBI Background Checks Set New Record news

    Background checks for gun sales spiked again in June, setting a new record for the highest number of checks in one month as nationwide protests, riots and the coronavirus pandemic continued to increase safety concerns for many.The National Instant Criminal Background Check System conducted 3.9 million checks in June, an increase of 70 percent over June 2019. Last month’s numbers broke the previous record of 2.7 million checks set in March.Already this year, the FBI has recorded 19 million background checks in the system, more than were recorded during first 14 years of the system, which has been operating since 1998. Only six months into 2020, the surge in checks is already nearing last year’s record of 28 million background checks.The number is not a representation of gun sales, but is used to estimate the number of weapons that trade hands. Small Arms Analytics and Forecasting, a consulting firm that tracks the gun market, estimates that 2.3 million firearms were sold in June, a year-over-year increase of 145.3% from June 2019.Protests, riots and looting have raged across the country in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis police custody. Footage surfaced online of armed business owners and civilians in multiple cities protecting businesses from rioters and looters. Other sources of concern for gun buyers may include gun control advocate Joe Biden’s presidential candidacy, as well as concern that other states might follow Virginia’s suit in setting new gun limits. The Washington Examiner reported a backlog on weapons, ammunitions and parts.The marketing director for one of the biggest sellers in the nation, Hyatt Guns of Charlotte, North Carolina, told The Washington Examiner, “I’ve been in this business going on 14 years, and I have never seen this much demand. There are shortages of nearly every single defensive firearm currently manufactured.”

    Wed, 01 Jul 2020 12:25:00 -0400
  • Fact check: Picture of a massive dust cloud is over Phoenix, not Puerto Rico news

    A post incorrectly attributes a 2018 photo to the recent Sahara dust storm and misstates that Puerto Rico was damaged by the storm.

    Wed, 01 Jul 2020 13:37:03 -0400
  • More than 400 US Army paratroopers flew almost 5,000 miles to practice a long-range Pacific island invasion news

    The drill "demonstrated that we are capable of deploying anywhere in the US Indo-Pacific Command area at a moment's notice," a commander said.

    Wed, 01 Jul 2020 17:23:23 -0400
  • Ex-Canada PM Mulroney calls for revised relations with China news

    Canada must have an "urgent rethink" of its relationship with China, former prime minister Brian Mulroney said Wednesday as tensions build over the possible extradition to the United States of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou. Conservative Mulroney backed his Liberal successor Justin Trudeau's rejection of any exchange of Meng, who was arrested in Vancouver in December 2018, for two Canadians who were detained in China in apparent retaliation. Mulroney said Canada's hope that China would emerge as a constructive partner in international relations had been proven wrong, referring in particular to Beijing's militarization of the South China Sea.

    Wed, 01 Jul 2020 11:43:29 -0400
  • The 20 Best Deals from REI’s Fourth of July Sale

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    Tue, 30 Jun 2020 14:09:00 -0400
  • Trump defense on Russian bounty story falls flat, even with Republicans news

    White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany has defended the president over reports that Russia offered Taliban fighters a bounty on U.S. soldiers killed in Afghanistan.

    Tue, 30 Jun 2020 19:42:05 -0400
  • An Italian teenager is one miracle away from becoming the first millennial saint news

    Carlo Acutis coined the phrase: "Everyone is born an original, but many die like photocopies," to warn people not to lose themselves on the internet.

    Tue, 30 Jun 2020 10:28:01 -0400
  • With a pen stroke, Mississippi drops Confederate-themed flag news

    With a stroke of the governor’s pen, Mississippi is retiring the last state flag in the U.S. with the Confederate battle emblem — a symbol that’s widely condemned as racist. Republican Gov. Tate Reeves signed the historic bill Tuesday at the Governor's Mansion, immediately removing official status for the 126-year-old banner that has been a source of division for generations. “This is not a political moment to me but a solemn occasion to lead our Mississippi family to come together, to be reconciled and to move on," Reeves said on live TV just before the signing.

    Tue, 30 Jun 2020 12:22:42 -0400
  • Republicans weigh mandatory COVID-19 testing at convention: sources news

    The Republican National Committee plans to make coronavirus testing available to all attendees of the party’s convention in August and is discussing whether to make the testing mandatory, according to two people familiar with the matter. The RNC is scrambling to put together plans to hold a largely in-person convention in Florida and North Carolina amid mounting concerns about the spread of the novel coronavirus that has so far killed more than 127,000 Americans.

    Wed, 01 Jul 2020 18:06:26 -0400
  • Australia seeks long-range missiles in Indo-Pacific defence shift news

    The country is to significantly lift military spending amid rising US-China instability, its PM says.

    Wed, 01 Jul 2020 02:59:21 -0400
  • Vice President Mike Pence discloses donors who helped pay nearly $500K in legal bills from Mueller investigation news

    Vice President Mike Pence received nearly $500,000 from a dozen contributors to help him pay his legal bills from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

    Tue, 30 Jun 2020 15:16:39 -0400
  • If Americans keep ignoring COVID-19 safety precautions, we'll have to shut down. Again. news

    A contagious virus is not a subject for a debate over personal choice. The only thing to discuss is what public health measures we need to control it.

    Tue, 30 Jun 2020 10:16:05 -0400
  • See How One Modern Family Restored Its Ancestral Family Estate in England

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    Tue, 30 Jun 2020 14:23:31 -0400
  • Mark Zuckerberg reportedly said Facebook is 'not gonna change' in response to a boycott by more than 500 advertisers over the company's hate speech policies news

    "My guess is that all these advertisers will be back on the platform soon enough," Zuckerberg told employees, according to The Information.

    Wed, 01 Jul 2020 20:51:02 -0400
  • Trump news: President says he still hopes coronavirus 'will disappear' as US death toll closes in on 130,000 amid surge in infections news

    Voters have increasingly expressed disappointment in President Donald Trump's performance in recent months amid the coronavirus pandemic, with a Wednesday poll showing his disapproval rating standing at 59 per cent just four months ahead of the November election.Democratic presidential challenger Joe Biden says the self-proclaimed “wartime president has surrendered, waved the white flag and left the battlefield” when it comes to tackling the coronavirus and standing up to Russia and “does not know what’s going on” in a blistering new campaign speech on Tuesday, his first press conference since March.

    Wed, 01 Jul 2020 17:30:00 -0400
  • Couple recorded pulling weapons on protesters outside their St. Louis home news

    Sunday night's demonstration was sparked by mayor releasing names and addresses of "defund police" advocates.

    Tue, 30 Jun 2020 06:47:58 -0400
  • Catholic priest suspended for comparing BLM to 'maggots'

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    Wed, 01 Jul 2020 11:35:33 -0400
  • Pakistani PM says 'no doubt' that India was behind stock exchange attack news

    Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan told parliament on Tuesday he had no doubt that India was behind an attack on the stock exchange building in the southern city of Karachi. Four gunmen armed with grenades attacked the Pakistan Stock Exchange on Monday, killing two guards and a policeman before security forces killed the attackers. "There is no doubt that India is behind the attack," Khan said in his address to parliament - a charge that India had denied a day earlier.

    Tue, 30 Jun 2020 07:37:48 -0400
  • Military Mystery: What Happened to Russia's New T-14 Tank in Syria? news

    Last month multiple media reports suggested that the Russian military's new T-14 Armata tank had been "battle-tested" in Syria.

    Wed, 01 Jul 2020 22:00:00 -0400
  • Joe Biden hits President Trump over Russian bounty reports, coronavirus response news

    Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden publicly takes questions for first time in months; Doug McKelway reports.

    Tue, 30 Jun 2020 19:32:12 -0400
  • 'You’ve been warned': Florida sheriff says he may deputize gun owners against protesters news

    Critics have likened Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels' actions to "a call for vigilantism" after his comments about protesters.

    Wed, 01 Jul 2020 14:48:47 -0400
  • U.S. urges companies to steer clear of Chinese forced labor news

    The advisory comes as relations between the United States and China continue to deteriorate over a range of issues.

    Wed, 01 Jul 2020 12:22:52 -0400
  • Saudi triples VAT in unpopular virus-led austerity push news

    Saudis braced Wednesday for a tripling in value added tax, another unpopular austerity measure after the twin shocks of coronavirus and an oil price slump triggered the kingdom's worst economic decline in decades. Retailers in the country reported a sharp uptick in sales this week of everything from gold and electronics to cars and building materials, as shoppers sought to stock up before VAT is raised to 15 percent. The hike could stir public resentment as it weighs on household incomes, pushing up inflation and depressing consumer spending as the kingdom emerges from a three-month coronavirus lockdown.

    Tue, 30 Jun 2020 23:42:48 -0400
  • Trump Says Coronavirus Will Just ‘Disappear,’ Brags He Looks Like ‘Lone Ranger’ in Mask news

    With coronavirus cases surging to all-time highs and states reversing reopening plans, President Donald Trump once again claimed on Wednesday that the deadly virus would eventually just “disappear.” At the same time, the president appeared to change his tune on face-coverings, telling Fox Business that he’s “all for masks” while boasting about the single time that he was spotted wearing one, claiming he thought he “looked OK” and that he resembled the “Lone Ranger.”Speaking to Fox Business host Blake Burman from the White House, the president bragged that the economy is recovering in a “very strong fashion” as states reopen businesses and public spaces following stay-at-home orders. “And I think we are going to be very good with the coronavirus,” Trump continued. “I think that at some point, that it’s going to sort of just disappear, I hope.”Rand Paul’s Coronavirus Fix: ‘We Just Need More Optimism’Burman, meanwhile, wondered aloud that Trump “still believes” that the disease will just go away, as he’s asserted many times in the past. “I do. I do. Yeah,” the president said. “Sure. At some point. I think we will have a vaccine very soon, too.”Since February, the president has repeatedly assured the public that the virus would “disappear” in the near future. For instance, in early February, the president claimed that it would “go away by April.” Later that month, when the nation’s cases were still in double-digits, he confidently declared that it would be “close to zero” in a couple of days. Even in recent weeks, after deaths had already exceeded 100,000, the president insisted it will fade away even without a vaccine.Burman eventually moved on to recent studies and models that show that mandatory mask-wearing not only would have a health benefit to the public, but would also be a net positive economically as it would help prevent lockdown. Furthermore, in recent days, some of Trump’s top allies at Fox have urged the president to wear a mask.“So if there is an economic benefit, sir, and there is a public health benefit, sir, why not go forward and say there should be mandatory masks all across this country?” Burman asked.Trump replied that he didn’t think a mandatory order was necessary because “many places” in the country feature people living “very long distances” from each other. Then the president, who has openly mocked his political opponents for wearing masks and has avoided publicly wearing face coverings, claimed he was “all for masks.”“I think masks are good,” he stated, prompting the Fox host to press whether he’d wear one.“I would—I have. I mean, people have seen me wearing one,” a rambling Trump responded. “If I’m in a group of people where we’re not, you know, ten feet away but usually I’m not in that position and everyone’s tested because I’m the president, they get tested before they see me but if I were in a tight situation with people, I would absolutely.”North Carolina’s Top Two Officials Are at War Over CoronavirusBurman, meanwhile, asked whether the public would see the president wear one at some point. The only instance of the president having been spotted with a face mask occurred during a May trip to a Ford plant, where Trump briefly donned a mask away from the press in a back area while viewing some classic cars.“I mean, I have no problem. Actually, I had a mask on,” Trump said, referencing the Ford plant moment. “I sort of like the way I looked, OK? I thought it was OK. It was a dark black mask and I thought it looked OK. Looked like the Lone Ranger. But no, I have no problem with that. I think—if people feel good about it they should do it.”The Lone Ranger, for the record, wore a domino mask over his eyes.Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar Shut Down Meghan McCain’s COVID OutburstRead more at The Daily Beast.Get 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.

    Wed, 01 Jul 2020 16:18:30 -0400
  • McConnell warns Democrats about changing Senate rules to kill the filibuster news

    The Senate GOP leader spoke as some experts believe there's a fair chance his party could lose control of the chamber in November.

    Wed, 01 Jul 2020 17:36:00 -0400
  • Stonewall Jackson removed from Richmond's Monument Avenue news

    Work crews wielding a giant crane, harnesses and power tools wrested an imposing statue of Gen. Stonewall Jackson from its concrete pedestal along Richmond, Virginia's famed Monument Avenue on Wednesday, just hours after the mayor ordered the removal of all Confederate statues from city land. Mayor Levar Stoney's decree came weeks after Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam ordered the removal of the most prominent and imposing statue along the avenue: that of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, which sits on state land.

    Wed, 01 Jul 2020 14:45:52 -0400
  • Driver In Deadly Crash Has Been Sentenced To 20 Years In Prison news

    A woman who caused a deadly crash last February has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

    Tue, 30 Jun 2020 17:30:25 -0400
  • Ex-Atlanta policeman charged in Brooks' death freed from jail, official says news

    The former Atlanta police officer charged in last month's death of Rayshard Brooks, which touched off days of anti-racism protests, has been released from jail on bail, an official said on Wednesday. A Georgia County judge on Tuesday set bond for Garrett Rolfe, 27, at $500,000, and added numerous conditions, including that he wears an ankle monitor and obeys a curfew. Rolfe left Gwinnett County Jail at 12:27 a.m. EDT (0337 GMT) on Wednesday, according to county Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Shannon Volkodav.

    Wed, 01 Jul 2020 07:04:49 -0400
  • Meet the Douglas B-66 Destroyer: A Tactical Light Bomber and Recon Aircraft news

    How well did it perform?

    Wed, 01 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0400
  • Memphis police clear downtown plaza, detain protesters who camped out for two weeks news

    Protesters have camped outside the Memphis City Hall since June 16. The city said the move was necessary to allow for construction.

    Wed, 01 Jul 2020 13:10:59 -0400
  • Judge Blocks Trump Admin. Rule on Third-Country Asylum Seekers news

    A federal judge has overturned a Trump administration policy mandating that asylum seekers first apply for asylum in countries they pass through on their way to the U.S.-Mexico border.The policy was aimed at deterring illegal immigration from Central American countries including Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador.U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Kelly of Washington, D.C., a Trump appointee, said that the administration violated the Administrative Procedure Act when adopting the policy. The APA requires that the federal government allow time for Americans to weigh in on certain proposed federal policy changes."There are many circumstances in which courts appropriately defer to the national security judgments of the Executive," Kelly wrote in his opinion. "But determining the scope of an APA exception is not one of them."Among the plaintiffs were advocacy groups for migrants as well as individual petitioners, who argued that the Trump administration policy violated the Immigration and Nationality Act. Kelly wrote that the law generally allows asylum seekers to petition no matter what country they passed through.The Trump administration will likely appeal the ruling. However, it is unclear if the ruling will have any immediate effect because of the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on illegal immigration.U.S. Immigration, Customs and Enforcement has since mid-March returned almost all migrants caught crossing the border back to Mexico, fearing possible outbreaks of coronavirus in holding facilities. As a result, the pace of illegal immigration has drastically slowed during the pandemic. ICE has also refrained from arresting migrants who do not pose a public danger, and has not attempted arrests at health care facilities to allow migrants to receive medical care.

    Wed, 01 Jul 2020 08:03:56 -0400
  • 'Significant number' of people may have some natural immunity to coronavirus news

    Large numbers of the population may have natural immunity against coronavirus even if they have never been infected, scientists believe. Sir John Bell, Regius Professor of Medicine at Oxford University, who is leading an Oxford team to develop a vaccine, said there was likely to be a "background level" of protection for a "significant number of people". Recent studies have suggested the immune system can be primed by other coronaviruses, such as the common cold, giving the body a head start in fighting off Covid-19. Research shows that a separate part of the immune system, T-cells, respond to chains of amino acids produced by different types of coronaviruses and may be responsible for stopping the virus in people who never show symptoms. Crucially, those T-cells die off in older people, which may be why they are far more likely to develop a more serious illness. Speaking to the Commons science and technology select committee, Sir John said: "What seems clear is you do have cross-reaction from T-cells that are activated by standard endemic coronaviruses. I think they are present in quite a significant number of people.

    Wed, 01 Jul 2020 13:40:16 -0400
  • Covaxin: India to hold human trial of coronavirus vaccine in July news

    This is the first Indian vaccine and developed from a weakened strain of the virus isolated locally.

    Tue, 30 Jun 2020 04:52:39 -0400
  • Donald Trump should stay away from Mount Rushmore, Sioux leader says news

    The president’s planned visit to the monument on ‘stolen’ Native land risks spreading coronavirus, tribal president warnsDonald Trump should not carry out his planned 3 July visit to Mount Rushmore in South Dakota because it represents a safety risk in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic and is an insult to Native Americans on whose stolen land it was built, the president of the Oglala Sioux tribal council has said.Several Native American groups are planning protests for Trump’s controversial trip to the 79-year-old stone monument carved into the Black Hills that is set to include the first fireworks display at the site since 2009 and an air force flypast.“Trump coming here is a safety concern not just for my people inside and outside the reservation, but for people in the Great Plains. We have such limited resources in Black Hills, and we’re already seeing infections rising,” the Oglala Sioux president, Julian Bear Runner, in an interview with the Guardian.“It’s going to cause an uproar if he comes here. People are going to want to exercise their first amendment rights to protest and we do not want to see anyone get hurt or the lands be destroyed,” Bear Runner said.Trump’s visit to the huge site that commemorates four US presidents was a violation of the historic treaties that the US government had signed with Native Americans that were meant to govern the sacred Black Hills, the Oglala tribal president said, adding that Trump should have asked permission for the trip from the seven Sioux tribal governments.“The lands on which that mountain is carved and the lands he’s about to visit belong to the Great Sioux nation under a treaty signed in 1851 and the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868 and I have to tell him he doesn’t have permission from its original sovereign owners to enter the territory at this time,” Bear Runner said.The 1868 treaty acknowledged Sioux sovereignty over the Black Hills in perpetuity but after gold was discovered in the area the federal government forced the Sioux to relinquish this part of their reservation. In 1980, the US supreme court ruled that tribal lands covered by the treaty had been taken from the Sioux illegally.Bear Runner added that Trump’s visit could only be approved if the US president sat down with the leaders of the seven tribal councils in a government-to-government consultation.“As leader of the United States he has obligation to … honor the treaties that are the supreme law of the land,” the 34-year-old president said.Trump’s visit comes after months of escalating tensions between Native Americans and South Dakota state and federal authorities over jurisdictional power to isolate reservation lands from the spread of Covid-19 that has devastated many Native communities elsewhere.In early May, leaders of the Oglala and Cheyenne River Sioux refused a request from South Dakota’s Republican governor, Kristi Noem, to remove checkpoints leading to their reservation that they say have helped protect the tribe from all but a handful of coronavirus cases.Last week, the Cheyenne Sioux accused Trump administration officials of a sustained and unlawful campaign of threats against the tribe aimed at taking control of tribal land policing after the Cheyenne and Oglala Sioux rejected Noem’s demands.Trump’s planned visit also comes amid a reckoning over racism and a reconsideration of provocative representations of colonial power across the US.In New Mexico, home to more than a dozen Pueblo Indian reservations as well as part of the Navajo Nation, a movement is under way to the remove monuments to the Spanish conquistadors Juan de Oñate and Diego de Vargas.Native American activists have argued for years that the memorial to US presidents carved into Mount Rushmore is equally offensive as monuments to Confederate leaders or Spanish conquistadors.The monument was, they argue, carved into a mountain with its own spiritual meaning, sits on stolen land, was designed and executed by a sculptor, Gutzon Borglum, who had ties to white supremacists, and represents presidents each of whom had dirty hands in terms of slavery and racial oppression.“The rocks already had spiritual meaning before westerners came to squat our territory,” Bear Runner said. “The land is rightfully ours, and we didn’t give the Black Hills over. It would be wrong for me as a tribal leader to remain diplomatic. We consider the carvings a symbol of trying to wipe us away and to say they had conquered us.”For years there have been calls by activists to remove the four presidents – George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt – from the mountain. Each either owned slaves, made racist remarks or initiated actions that contributed harm to Native peoples.Of the four, Lincoln gives the greatest offense to Native Americans for ordering the largest mass execution in American history when 38 Sioux were hanged in Minnesota during the Dakota war of 1862.“They don’t tell the true story and it’s wrong. We hear only the highlighted story of the good things these men have done for this country but they don’t tell that this land belongs to Native Americans, that the Black Hills belong to the Sioux nations, or the hanging of these Dakota men,” Bear Runner said.The social and cultural desecration the monument represents, has led many Native activists to call for the removal of the monument. But Governor Noem tweeted last week: “Not on my watch.”

    Wed, 01 Jul 2020 04:00:17 -0400
  • The rate of positive coronavirus tests is increasing. Here's a state-by-state breakdown. news

    The rate of positive coronavirus tests is increasing, mostly in states with an uptick in cases.

    Wed, 01 Jul 2020 16:32:18 -0400
  • Vatican prosecutors seize data from St. Peter's Basilica news

    Vatican prosecutors have ordered the seizure of documents and computers from the administrative offices of St. Peter’s Basilica in an apparently new investigation into financial irregularities in the Holy See. The Vatican said Tuesday that Pope Francis also named a special commissioner to run the basilica, reorganize its offices, update its statutes to comply with new Vatican norms on procurement and contracting, and to “clarify its administration.” The Vatican said both decisions stemmed from a report from the Vatican’s auditor general.

    Tue, 30 Jun 2020 06:27:59 -0400
  • Beijing asks some U.S. media to submit information about their China operations news

    China's foreign ministry said on Wednesday that the Chinese government has asked some U.S. media outlets present in the country to submit information about their China operations. Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian named the Associated Press, National Public Radio, CBS and United Press International news agency as companies asked to submit the requested information in writing within seven days. The AP has requested more information about the Chinese government's requirements and "will review them carefully," a spokeswoman for the outlet said.

    Wed, 01 Jul 2020 03:32:11 -0400
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