Trump bristles at question about police killing Blacks
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump bristled at a reporter’s question about police killing African Americans and defended the right to display the Confederate flag as he continued to play into racial divisions in an interview Tuesday. Trump seemed taken aback when asked by CBS’s Catherine Herridge why African Americans are still dying at the hands of police. “And so are white people,” he responded. There is no national database tracking police-involved shootings. But studies have shown that Black Americans are much more likely to be killed by police, even though more whites — who represent a larger portion of the population — are killed.
Trump signs bill, order rebuking China, and slams Biden
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has signed a bill and executive order that he says will hold China accountable for its oppressive actions against the people of Hong Kong. Trump used a speech Tuesday in the Rose Garden to argue that Democratic rival Joe Biden’s entire career had been a “gift to the Chinese Communist Party.” Trump’s actions are part of his administration’s almost daily offensive against China. Trump blames China for the coronavirus pandemic, but he too is under fire for the surge in U.S. COVID-19 cases.
Florida urges US Supreme Court to keep stay on felon voting
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The state of Florida is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to turn down a request by voting rights advocates to lift a stay on a federal judge’s ruling that allowed Florida felons to regain the right to vote, regardless of unpaid fines and other financial obligations. The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals earlier this month granted a request from Florida’s governor to review a May ruling that was deeply critical of how Florida has set up road blocks for hundreds of thousands of felons seeking access to the ballot box. The appellate court has scheduled a hearing on the matter for Aug. 18, the same day as Florida’s primary.
Officer’s actions toward Black Indiana senator under review
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana State Police spokesman says the agency is reviewing allegations that a white Capitol Police officer reached for his handgun while confronting a Black state senator inside the Statehouse over the weekend. The incident happened Saturday after Democratic Sen. Eddie Melton of Gary and another senator led a few dozen people taking part in an Indiana Racial Justice Alliance rally inside the Statehouse when a thunderstorm arrived. A white senator said two Capitol Police officers were too aggressive from the start even though they might not have recognized the legislators since they were in casual clothes.
The Latest: Fauci urges youths to separate politics, science
The top U.S. infectious disease expert offered encouragement – tinged by firsthand experience – to young people on doing their part in separating politics from science as they navigate life in the age of coronavirus. Dr. Anthony Fauci advised students during a virtual forum Tuesday, hosted by Georgetown University’s Global Health Initiative, to “do your thing, and don’t get involved in any of the political nonsense, that’s a waste of time, and a distraction.” Fauci has been increasingly sidelined by the White House as he sounds alarms about the virus, a message that White House officials have become hostile to as President Donald Trump pushing for economic rebound.
Biden’s $2 trillion climate plan aims to reframe debate
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Joe Biden has released a $2 trillion plan aimed at combating climate change and spurring economic growth in part by overhauling America’s energy industry. The plan includes a proposal to stop all climate-damaging emissions from power plants. It’s the latest example of Biden’s efforts to appeal to progressives as he builds out a legislative agenda as the Democratic Party’s presumptive presidential nominee. He rebuffed arguments from President Donald Trump and his Republican allies that Democratic plans to invest in clean energy would cost jobs. It’s a significant acceleration of the $1.7 trillion over 10 years he proposed spending in his climate plan during the primary.
Trump administration rescinds rule on foreign students
BOSTON (AP) — The Trump administration has rescinded a rule that would have required international students to transfer schools or leave the country if their colleges hold classes entirely online this fall because of the coronavirus pandemic. The decision was announced at the start of a hearing in a federal lawsuit in Boston brought by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The announcement brings relief to thousands of foreign students who had been at risk of being deported from the country, along with hundreds of universities that were scrambling to reassess their plans for the fall in light of the policy.
Navy official: Warship stable, fire could be out in 24 hours
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Sailors have isolated a fire aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard to two areas and a top Navy official said Tuesday the blaze could be extinguished in the next 24 hours. Rear Adm. Philip Sobeck says there’s been significant firefighting progress and much less smoke is being emitted from the ship. The vessel caught fire Sunday as it was undergoing maintenance at a berth in San Diego. About 400 sailors, outside fire agencies and Navy helicopters are pouring water on the ship. Sobeck says the ship is stable and the fire’s threat of moving toward its fuel supplies has subsided.
Wall Street rebounds after yet another yo-yo day of trading
NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market shook off a weak start and ended broadly higher after pinballing through another day of unsettled trading. The S&P 500 rose 1.3% Tuesday. It had been down nearly 1% in the early going. The gains accelerated as the day went on. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 2.1%, lifted by gains for UnitedHealth Group and Caterpillar, among others. The bumpy trading followed another turbulent day Monday, when stocks veered from an early gain to a loss after California brought back restrictions on its economy amid a jump in coronavirus counts.
Maxwell denied bail on Epstein-related sex abuse charges
NEW YORK (AP) — Jeffrey Epstein’s former girlfriend has been denied bail and will remain behind bars on charges she recruited girls and women for the financier to sexually abuse more than two decades ago. British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell appeared in a video court hearing in Manhattan, where she pleaded not guilty. Maxwell, 58, has been held without bail since her July 2 arrest at her million-dollar New Hampshire estate. She was charged with recruiting at least three girls, one as young as 14, for Epstein to abuse between 1994 and 1997. An indictment alleged that she helped groom the victims to endure sexual abuse and was sometimes there when Epstein abused them. Epstein killed himself in August 2019 while awaiting sex trafficking charges.
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