Month: July 2020

James Murdoch Quits News Corp Board Over Editorial Disagreements

Michael Kovac/Getty James Murdoch has resigned from the board of his family’s news behemoth, News Corp, due to disagreements over editorial content published by the company’s notoriously right-wing outlets, The Daily Beast has confirmed. “Mr. Murdoch informed the Company that his resignation was due to disagreements over certain editorial content published by the Company’s news outlets and certain other strategic decisions,” a company statement said. He was immediately scrubbed from the company’s online list of board directors. The move comes a little over six months after Rupert Murdoch’s eldest son issued a stunning rebuke of his family’s media empire and its promotion of climate-change skeptics during Australia’s bushfire crisis. James Murdoch Slams Fox News and News Corp Over Climate-C...

Kamala Harris is reportedly losing favorite status in the tumultuous Biden veepstakes. Here's why.

Democratic presidential hopefuls Former Vice President Joe Biden (L) and California Senator Kamala Harris (R) speak while Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders walks by after the third Democratic primary debate. Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images Drama surrounding a nominee’s VP pick is nothing new, but Joe Biden’s age has heightened the attention on his looming decision. Sen. Kamala Harris has been a favorite for the nod for quite some time, both in political chatter and betting markets. However, a series of articles reporting doubts by some in Biden’s inner circle — particularly following a meeting between Harris and one of Biden’s most trusted confidants, former Sen. Chris Dodd — has put Harris in a precarious position. The crux of the issue goes back to last July when Har...

Florida sets new coronavirus record as U.S. lawmakers bicker at hearing

By Maria Caspani and David Morgan (Reuters) – Florida, one of the U.S. coronavirus hotspots, reported another record increase in COVID-19 deaths on Friday as the country’s top infectious disease expert dodged partisan bickering at a congressional hearing about a national strategy to fight the pandemic. The state health department said Florida registered 257 fatalities, a record for the fourth straight day despite predictions that the U.S. coronavirus epicenter could be shifting to the Midwest. In numerical terms, the one-day loss of life in Florida was roughly equivalent to the number of passengers on a single-aisle airplane. Florida also reported 9,007 new cases, bringing its total infections to over 470,000, the second highest in the country behind California. Florida is amon...

Court overturns Boston Marathon bomber's death sentence

A federal appeals court Friday threw out Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s death sentence in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, saying the judge who oversaw the case did not adequately screen jurors for potential biases. A three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered a new penalty-phase trial on whether the 27-year-old Tsarnaev should be executed for the attack that killed three people and wounded more than 260 others. “But make no mistake: Dzhokhar will spend his remaining days locked up in prison, with the only matter remaining being whether he will die by execution,” Judge O. Rogeriee Thompson wrote in the ruling, more than six months after arguments were heard in the case. An email seeking comment was sent to an attorney for Tsarnaev. A spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s offic...

Former U.S. Ambassador Labels Pompeo Speech on China a ‘Psychotic Rant’ in Interview with Chinese Propaganda Outlet

Charles “Chas” Freeman, a veteran U.S. diplomat who served in East Asia and as ambassador to Saudi Arabia, slammed a speech by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as a “psychotic rant” in an interview Wednesday with a Chinese propaganda outlet. In his July 23 speech at the Nixon Presidential Library, Pompeo said, “Securing our freedoms from the Chinese Communist Party is the mission of our time, and America is perfectly positioned to lead it because our founding principles give us that opportunity.” The U.S. is upping its hostility toward China “as outlined in Pompeo’s psychotic rant of last Thursday,” Freeman told Chinese state news agency Xinhua on Wednesday. “China policy is now made by notable anti-China elements, who will have agreed with the many falsehoods and distortions of Pompeo’s rhe...

Boston Marathon bomber’s death sentence overturned by appeals court

A U.S. federal appeals court Friday threw out Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s death sentence in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, saying the judge who oversaw the case did not adequately screen jurors for potential biases. A U.S. federal appeals court Friday threw out the death sentence that had been handed to Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, seen in this court room sketch from June 2015. (Jane Flavell/The Associated Press) A U.S. federal appeals court Friday threw out Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s death sentence in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, saying the judge who oversaw the case did not adequately screen jurors for potential biases. A three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered a new penalty-phase trial on whether the 27-year-old Tsarnaev should be executed fo...

Joe Biden close to picking running mate: Here are the top contenders

In a U.S. election year that has seen the coronavirus pandemic upend primary voting as well as the conventions of the two political parties, the vice-presidential pick might be more widely anticipated than in past years. Democratic nominee Joe Biden is expected to make his choice some time in the coming week. U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, who has served as vice-president himself, has a number of contenders and factors to consider in the search for his running mate. The candidates include senators, congresswomen, governors, a mayor, a former UN ambassador and a former state legislator. (CBC) In a U.S. election year that has seen the coronavirus pandemic upend primary voting as well as the conventions of both the Democrat and Republican parties, Joe Biden’s vice-pre...

NSGEU president says he’s not taking part in Northwood review, calls for public inquiry

NSGEU president Jason MacLean says he will not take part in the Northwood review due to the “secretive nature” of the process. The review process looking into the coronavirus outbreak at Northwood, announced on June 30, restricts anyone who appears before the committee from sharing that same information publicly, and threatens them with fines and prison time, MacLean said in a statement Thursday. NSGEU said in the statement that MacLean was invited to speak with members of the review committee about union members’ experiences working at the long-term care home during the first wave of COVID-19. The NSGEU said that hours before the meeting, it received an email from a committee staff person stating that “any quality improvement information, is protected from disclosure under the Quality Imp...

Alberta records 127 new COVID-19 cases Friday, 1 additional death

Alberta identified 127 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, along with one additional death due to the disease. Alberta Health said the person who died was a man in his 80s from the Central zone. The man was not linked to a continuing care facility, according to Alberta Health. Alberta has seen 196 deaths related to COVID-19 to date. As of Friday afternoon, there were 1,386 active cases of COVID-19 across the province. That’s a slight decrease from Thursday’s active case total of 1,408. Of the active cases Friday, 599 were in the Calgary zone, 272 were in the Edmonton zone, 254 were in the Central zone, 147 were in the South zone, 107 were in the North zone and seven were not known to be linked to any zone. Story continues below advertisement Ahead of the long weekend, Alberta’s chief medical ...

Trump says he doesn’t think Herman Cain got coronavirus at the president’s Tulsa rally

Before leaving the White House on Friday, President Trump praised Herman Cain and said he doesn’t believe the 2012 Republican presidential candidate got the coronavirus at Trump’s June 20 rally in Tulsa, Okla. Cain died on Thursday after contracting COVID-19. Earlier at a White House briefing, Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany referred to Cain’s website regarding speculation that he may have gotten coronavirus from the rally, saying, “We’ll never know.”

Jim Jordan tries and fails to get Fauci to say protesters should be arrested for gathering during pandemic

Dr. Anthony Fauci wants to make it clear he’s got nothing to do with the justice system. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, appeared before Congress on Friday for a hearing on the federal government’s coronavirus response. That’s where Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), who’s been skeptical of restrictions meant to stem the virus’ spread, tried to get Fauci to distinguish between protests against racism in the U.S. and bans on businesses reopening amid the pandemic. Because science indicates crowds exacerbate the spread of coronavirus, Jordan asked Fauci on Friday if the government “should limit the protests.” “I’m not in a position to determine what the government should do in a forceful way,”...

Florida couple jailed after breaking coronavirus quarantine

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office via AP A couple in Florida has been arrested for allegedly breaking a mandatory coronavirus quarantine order, officials have said. Jose Antonio Freire Interian, 24, and Yohana Anahi Gonzalez, 26, were arrested on Wednesday in Key West on two misdemeanour charges, The Miami Herald reported. Both Mr Interian and and Ms Gonzalez allegedly failed to follow an isolation order from the Florida Department of Health in Monroe County requiring the couple to remain at home for 14 days and wear face masks around others, according to the newspaper. A property manager at their apartment complex was said to have told authorities the couple was not complying with the quarantine and going about their daily lives as usual. A police report alleged Mr Interia had made sev...

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