News and Headlines.7/30/2020

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In The News:

Ohio pharmacy board reverses ban on hydroxychloroquine as coronavirus treatment after DeWine’s request

Instead, the board now plans to re-examine the issue with the assistance of the State Medical Board of Ohio, clinical experts, and other stakeholders to determine its next steps, according to an announcement

The board’s shift came after Gov. Mike DeWine asked the state pharmacy board on Thursday morning to rescind its plan to ban hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine as treatments for the virus.

DeWine said the decision of how to treat COVID-19 should instead be between patients and their doctors.

3 children among family of 5 found dead in Ohio home; police investigating as apparent murder-suicide: report

Police said the five bodies found inside the home were all family members.
Police said the five bodies found inside the home were all family members. (Google Maps)

Officers in Elyria, a city about 30 miles west of Cleveland, responded to the home around 8:11 a.m. to conduct a welfare check, the department said in a press release. Five bodies were found inside. Investigators determined the deceased were all family members.

While police have not released what caused their deaths, FOX8 Cleveland spoke with sources who said detectives are investigating it as an apparent murder-suicide.

The three children were all siblings, Elyria City Schools said in a statement on Facebook. They were between the ages of 6 and 12, according to FOX8.

Nebraska jury finds Wyoming man guilty of making threat to kill President Trump

He could get up to five years in federal prison at his sentencing in October.

In an affidavit to charge Cessor, a special agent with the U.S. Secret Service said on Feb. 4, 2019, Cessor was driving from Cheyenne, Wyoming, to Washington on Interstate 80 when he stopped to call his parents.

He told them he had a gun and was going to “take care of Trump” and all members of Congress who support him, according to a court filing.

But Cessor’s parents persuaded him to drive back to Cheyenne, where his father secured the gun and Cessor agreed to go to a hospital.

The agent learned about the threat after a worker at the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center reported a patient on psychiatric hold had made threats to kill Trump. Cessor was detained there out of concerns he might harm himself or others, according to court records.

NASA’s Perseverance Rover En Route to Mars Despite Communications Snag

NASA / YouTube
NASA / YouTube

The Mars Perseverance Rover mission is on its way to the Red Planet, carrying the Ingenuity helicopter set to make its first flight 50 to 90 Mars days after its landing, scheduled for Feb. 18, 2021.

The joint mission aboard United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V rocket launched from Florida’s Cape Canaveral without issues: “It went right on time — it is on a trajectory that has been done with pinpoint accuracy,” said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine at the opening of the post-launch panel shared on YouTube.

“The spacecraft rotates, so it’s stable — and it is in fact on its way to Mars.”

It will take Preserverance six and a half months to the roughly 60 million miles (roughly 96.5 million km) between the Earth and Mars, according to the NASA panel during the post-launch conference.


White leftist accused of stabbing black conservative journalist during Portland rioting

Image source: Multnomah County (Oregon) Sheriff's Office
Image source: Multnomah County (Oregon) Sheriff’s Office

“I was stabbed for being a conservative journalist,” Andrew Duncomb, 25, told the paper, which noted that he records video of demonstrations and other political events under the moniker “Black Rebel.”

Duncomb — a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump — added to the Oregonian that he traveled last Friday to Portland from his northern California home to document nightly unrest outside the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse and county Justice Center.

“Someone’s stalking us,” the friend is heard saying in the video as Duncomb approaches the man from behind.

Duncomb told the Oregonian the knife entered his back between his rib cage and hip, just inches from his spinal cord.

CNN, Others Delight in Hysterical Ignorance Over GDP Shrinkage

Guess which number CNN and other media outlets, renowned for their economic literacy and scrupulous aversion to context-free hysteria, chose to use in their reporting on the economic data.

Hint: It’s the same number that Democratic politicians, in their quest to restore common sense and science-based accountability to Washington, cited in their denunciations of President Trump.

Not to worry, though.

We can be confident that these fearless journos will rediscover their passion for context and sober analysis just in time for the late-October release of third quarter economic data, which many analysts expect will show significant growth.

Goldman Sachs, for example, projects that the U.S. economy will expand at an annualized rate of 25 percent over the next several months.

Estimate: U.S. GDP fell almost 33 percent in 2nd quarter

A man walks past a retail store that is going out of business due to the coronavirus pandemic in Winnetka, Ill., Tuesday, June 23, 2020.
A man walks past a retail store that is going out of business due to the coronavirus pandemic in Winnetka, Ill., Tuesday, June 23, 2020. AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh

Gross Domestic Product is the total market value of goods and services produced over a specific time period. It is viewed as a measure of a country’s economic health.

The bureau, a division of the U.S. Department of Commerce, said its latest report is an estimate based on incomplete data. A second estimate, based on more complete data, is scheduled to be released Aug. 27.

“This recession was caused by a global pandemic, and so a health care solution is needed for a full recovery,” Lucci said.

“However, new investment is also needed to strongly pull out of this downturn and to restore job and wage growth”


Ohio bans sale of hydroxychloroquine to treat coronavirus against governor’s objections

A rule banning the use of the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine for treatment of the coronavirus has gone into effect in Ohio starting Thursday.

The new regulation prohibits pharmacies, clinics, and other medical offices from dispensing or selling the controversial drug with few exceptions, including permission from the board director or a prescription for a pet, according to Newsweek.

All previous approvals for the use of hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine “shall be deemed void,” the regulation says.

Trump to meet with slain Fort Hood soldier Vanessa Guillen’s family

The attorney representing the family, Natalie Khawam, joined Guillen’s mother and sisters at a press conference Thursday morning on the National Mall.

The #IamVanessaGuillen Bill would allow active-duty service members to report sexual harassment or assault to a third party outside their chain of command. The goal is to eliminate fears of retaliation that discourage soldiers from reporting abuse by superiors.

The Army on Thursday also named an independent panel of five experts to investigate the culture at Fort Hood around the time of Guillen’s disappearance.

The review will be headed by Chris Swecker, an attorney and former assistant director of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division.

3 Chicago cops shot outside police station during arrest, suspect also hit, authorities say

The suspect fired multiple gunshots at police during the arrest, Brown said, striking several officers.

One officer suffered a gunshot wound to his chin and neck, and also was hit in his bulletproof vest, Brown said.

A second officer was struck in the vest. A third officer suffered a gunshot wound to his hip. Two other officers suffered chest pains and were hospitalized.

The four other officers were being treated at Loyola Hospital, Brown said. The suspect was taken to Stoger Hospital for treatment.

Rep. Louie Gohmert Taking Hydroxychloroquine To Treat COVID-19

The Texas Republican, 66, said he and his doctor have agreed that he should begin taking the anti-malarial drug, which some doctors believe can reduce the effects of the coronavirus.

“My doctor and I are all in,” Gohmert said in an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity.

“I got a text before I came on from a friend doctor who just found out he had it, and he started the regimen, too — zinc and hydroxychloroquine.

And that will start in a day or two, so thank you.”

Gohmert said while he was diagnosed with the virus, he is asymptomatic.

Twitter Under Fire for Flagging Trump Posts but Not Iran Ayatollah Demanding Israel’s Genocide

Iranian Supreme Leader Office via AP/AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster
Iranian Supreme Leader Office via AP/AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

The news came amid a Twitter storm that included the suspension of Donald Trump Jr.’s after he tweeted a video promoting hydroxychloroquine as a COVID-19 cure and a 48-hour Twitter boycott by Jewish people and allies over online antisemitism.

In her response, Pettersson said Khamenei’s calls for genocide against Israel were merely “foreign policy saber-rattling.”

MK Michal Cotler-Wunsh, who initiated the hearing, interjected: “I just want to fine-tune [Ostrovsky’s] question:

Calling for genocide on Twitter is okay, but commenting on the political situation in certain countries is not okay?”

Ingraham: Do you know his name?

Last week in Milwaukee, a well-known, passionate figure in the community was murdered.


Herman Cain, the former Republican presidential candidate and affable business magnate, died Thursday after being hospitalized for coronavirus, according to reports.

Herman Cain, the former Republican presidential candidate and affable business magnate, died Thursday after being hospitalized for coronavirus, according to reports.

(VIDEO) Mounted Police & Their Supporters Run ANTIFA & Black Lives Matter Out Of Colorado Town

Demonstrators gathered in Berthoud Colorado on Sunday to show their support for local law enforcement when they were meant with a small group of ANTIFA and Black Lives Matter protesters.

Ryan Armagost had organized the rally and had made it clear that this was a peaceful rally meant to back the blue and show support for their local police department.

The ANTIFA and BLM protesters who showed up to the event were kept under control by the police after a brief scuffle between the two groups.

Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith expressed his appreciation for the event and the community coming together to show their support for law enforcement.


Ilhan Omar Paid Her Husband’s Firm $600,000 in Three Weeks

Rep. Ihan Omar (D., Minn.) / Getty Images
Rep. Ihan Omar (D., Minn.) / Getty Images

Federal Election Commission records released Thursday show that over the first three weeks of July, Omar’s campaign sent $606,000 to the E Street Group, a D.C.-based consulting firm run by Tim Mynett, Omar’s husband.

The money accounted for 77 percent of the campaign’s disbursements during that time.

Omar has sent massive sums to her husband’s firm even as her Democratic opponent, Antone Melton-Meaux, significantly outraised her ahead of the primary.

Feinstein: China Is ‘Growing Into a Respectable Nation’

“We hold China as a potential trading partner, as a country that has pulled tens of millions of people out of poverty in a short period of time, and as a country growing into a respectable nation amongst other nations.

I deeply believe that,” Feinstein said during a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting.

Feinstein has also benefited from her husband’s relationship with China. She pushed for expanded trade relations with China as her husband’s company was partnering with business ventures in the country.

She said that a “firewall” existed between her political career and her husband’s business interests.


‘Red flag’ gun confiscation for US military members in House defense budget

Last week the Democrat-controlled U.S. House of Representatives passed its version of the 2021 national defense budget, which includes a Gun Confiscation Order (GCO) that applies to military members.

The House’s $740 billion National Defense Authorization (NDAA) for 2021, H.R. 6395, passed unanimously out of the House Armed Services Committee and then by a veto-proof majority on the House floor.

In an opinion of the legislation shared by Gun Owners of America, the gun rights advocacy group raises concerns about the standard of proof for granting the confiscatory protective orders and argues gun owners have been killed in the past by law enforcement officers carrying out similar protective order legislation passed at the state level.

Tucker: Joe Biden’s VP pick will be the most consequential in history

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden could win in November.

But he isn’t capable of running the country.

Sen. Tom Cotton calls the 1619 Project a radical work of historical revisionism that aims to indoctrinate kids

FOX NEWS VIDEO: Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton proposes withholding federal funds from schools that teach New York Times’ 1619 Project.

Flynn Update: Order To Dismiss Case ‘Vacated’ Case Will Be Reheard In August

The full U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued the order Thursday that challenged the Department of Justice’s request last month to drop the case against Flynn.

That order will allow the courts to revisit U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan’s request that the case not be dismissed and the case will be reheard by the full federal appeals court in Washington D.C.

The order to hear the set oral arguments is now scheduled for August 11.

“Further ordered is that the court’s order filed June 24, 2020 be vacated,” stated the order. It also stated that an “oral argument before the en banc court 9:30 am on Tuesday, August 11.”


DAs backed by Soros, other liberal activists join fray in clash with police

District attorneys and current candidates whose campaigns benefited from the work of left-wing organizations – including ones backed by liberal billionaire George Soros – are now pushing for new practices that could see sharp reductions in prosecutions and incarcerations.

Soros, through the Justice & Public Safety PAC and other groups, has been spending millions of dollars on prosecutorial races in recent years, with a number of beneficiaries making headlines since their elections.

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, who was boosted by Soros in her campaign, drew controversy when she announced her office was bringing felony charges against Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the couple who brandished guns outside their home as protesters marched by in June.

World News:

Former US Marine Trevor Reed handed nine-year prison sentence by Moscow court

However, the case against Reed has been marred by inconsistencies. Video evidence reviewed in court appeared to show no evidence that the police vehicle swerved as a result of Reed’s actions, as alleged by the police officers.

Speaking before the judge, the officers themselves have claimed to have no memory of key moments in the journey, and have retracted parts of their statements on several occasions or failed to answer simple questions from Reed’s defense team.

Reed is one of several American citizens to face trial in Russia in recent years on charges that their families, supporters, and in some cases the U.S. government have said appear trumped up.

Last month, another former U.S. Marine, 50-year-old Paul Whelan, was sentenced by a court in Moscow to 16 years in prison for espionage which he, his supporters, and the U.S. government have questioned.

Israel-U.S. discuss Iran; UNIFIL probes recent events; Europe warns Turkey -TV7 Israel News 30.07.20

1) Israeli intelligence experts warn that Hezbollah remains adamant to attack the Jewish State in the near future.

2) Saudi Arabia voices support for Egypt vis-à-vis its Western neighbor Libya, as Cairo reiterates its resolve to preserve its national security interests.

3) Europe warns Turkey over “provocations in the eastern Mediterranean.”

Hong Kong bars pro-democracy candidates from election, signals intent to uphold new China law

Hong Kong disqualified at least 12 pro-democracy nominees from an upcoming election after the government said the candidates failed to pledge allegiance to both Hong Kong and Beijing.

“#Beijing shows a total disregard for the will of the #Hongkongers, tramples upon the city’s last pillar of vanishing autonomy and attempts to keep #HK’s legislature under its firm grip,” Wong wrote on Twitter following news of the disqualifications.

The government said candidates for the Legislative Council, which helps to make and amend Hong Kong’s laws, will be invalidated if they advocated or promoted the territory’s independence, solicited intervention by foreign governments in its affairs or expressed “an objection in principle” to the imposition of the national security law by central authorities in Beijing, the BBC reported.


Vehicles burned in Mexico to protest US water payment

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador gives his daily, morning press conference in front of the former presidential plane at Benito Juarez International Airport in Mexico City, Monday, July 27, 2020.
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador gives his daily, morning press conference in front of the former presidential plane at Benito Juarez International Airport in Mexico City, Monday, July 27, 2020. The president, who only flies commercial as one measure in his austerity government, has been trying to sell the plane since he took office. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

MEXICO CITY — Demonstrators in northern Mexico have burned several government vehicles, blocked railway tracks and set afire a government office and highway tollbooths to protest water payments to the United States.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Thursday that the protests were being fanned by opposition politicians for their own motives.

He said there was enough water to comply with the treaty and support local crops.

And he noted that further west along the border — notably in the Colorado River basin — Mexico receives four times more water from the United States than it gives under the treaty.

French Mayor Viciously Beaten After Telling Youths to Stop Shooting Off Fireworks

LOIC VENANCE/AFP via Getty Images
LOIC VENANCE/AFP via Getty Images

According to a report from Actu 17, the youths attacked the 51-year-old mayor so badly he received hospital treatment. He was given seven days’ leave from work due to the extent of his injuries.

Dufour described his injuries to local media shortly after the attack, saying: “I have a dislocated finger, a burn on one hand, and stitches in my brow bone.”

He added that he was accompanied by two of his deputies when he confronted the youths, and despite identifying himself as mayor, the mob still attacked him.


Gov. Kristi Noem: Science Shows Not Going To School Hurts Kids Much Worse Than COVID

From day one, I committed to let the science, facts, and data drive South Dakota’s response to COVID-19.

Though there has been much handwringing these last several weeks, when it comes to schools, the science is clear: we need to open them.

Let’s walk through the facts together.

Second, we know that it is extremely harmful to kids to keep schools closed. We know that children thrive on routine and being in supportive, social environments.

We know that the loss of human connections for many of these kids is driving increases in stress, anxiety, and depression. We know this to be true most especially for our most vulnerable students.

Right now, the best decision we can make for our kids — for their full development and well-being — is to get them back into school. Their futures — and ours — depend on it.