News and Headlines.8/4/2020

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New York nurse who fought on front lines against COVID-19 calls on teachers to ‘do their jobs’ — just like she did

Photo by Octavio Jones/Getty Images
Photo by Octavio Jones/Getty Images

The ongoing fight is prompting parents, policymakers, and observers to ask: Aren’t teachers essential workers?

Knowing that many defenders of teachers who refuse to return to work would surely argue that nurses and teachers are fundamentally different on the essentiality scale,

McConnell noted that the country is essentially at war and the people in positions that keep our society in tact are needed at the front lines.

“This was a war, and I was a soldier,” she said, then remembering when the pandemic first started.

“It wasn’t my choice to serve, but it was my duty; I had skills and knowledge that were needed.”

Al Sharpton’s Lucrative Secret Revealed – He’s Made Over $1 Million Since Black Lives Matter Movement Started

The business of racial justice has been far more lucrative for Al Sharpton than he would have you believe. It has just been confirmed that he has made over $1 million in compensation since the Black Lives Matter movement was started.

When Sharpton was asked about his large salary, he replied, “It’s a six-day-a-week job and several hours a day, and when [the compensation firm] compared it to other companies, other non-profits, that’s the salary that they would get.”

It seems that the business of social justice is far more lucrative than anyone thought indeed.

Uptick In Violent Crime Continues In Minneapolis

An AutoZone store burns as protesters gather outside of the Third Precinct in Minneapolis Thursday, May 28, 2020.
An AutoZone store burns as protesters gather outside of the Third Precinct in Minneapolis Thursday, May 28, 2020. (Mark Vancleave/Star Tribune via AP)

More people have been shot in Minneapolis this year compared to the last five. Homicides have also increased with at least 41 reported so far this year. In 2019, there were only 48 homicides total.

“The criminals feel like they can do whatever they want to do,” said Rich Walker Sr., Director of the Minneapolis Police Federation. “They know the police department is at a vulnerable state right now with staffing levels and with morale.”

Minneapolis police are down at least 100 officers in the last two-months. Among them is over six dozen officers who have taken medical leave for PTSD in the wake of the riots.

Facebook’s Fact-Check Board Gets a Lot of ‘Likes’ From Soros

“The board members come from different professional, cultural and religious backgrounds and have various political viewpoints,” they wrote in a New York Times op-ed on May 6. “Some of us have been publicly critical of Facebook; some of us haven’t.”

Contemporaneous news articles reinforced this message, reporting that the board’s ideologically and geographically diverse members criss-cross the ideological spectrum.

A closer look, however, reveals that 18 of its 20 members collaborated with or are tied to groups that have received funding from George Soros’ Open Society Foundations – which is one of the most well-funded and influential progressive organizations in the country.

Here’s a list of the oversight board’s members:

Gruesome testimony in hearing for ‘Doomsday’ dad Chad Daybell

Ray Hermosillo, a cop from Rexburg, Idaho, said he and other investigators began digging on Daybell’s local rural property on the afternoon of June 10 after seeing a suspicious mound of freshly laid sod.

There were three white stones eerily lined up in a row directly under the patch of sod, as well as a thin piece of wood paneling, the cop testified.

The stench that hit the officers as they began digging was overwhelming, he added.

Beverly Hills party for NFL player ends with 1 killed, at least 3 wounded after gunshots ring: Reports

The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to a shooting shortly after 12:45 a.m. PST on Mulholland Drive in Beverly Hills, the agency wrote on Twitter, at a crowded house party that was reportedly hosted to honor an athlete who had just been drafted to the NFL, according to CBS Los Angeles.

Local affiliate FOX 11 LA reported early Tuesday morning that the shooting was believed to be gang-related and one of the victims had died. While LAFD previously said there were three total shooting victims, FOX 11 reported the additional person had taken themselves to a local hospital for a gunshot wound, though their condition was not clear.

According to the CBS report, a fifth victim was injured while running away from the gunfire.


MSNBC producer resigns from network with scathing letter: They block ‘diversity of thought’ and ‘amplify fringe voices’

She then quoted someone she described a “successful and insightful TV veteran” who said: “We are a cancer and there is no cure… But if you could find a cure, it would change the world.”

Pekary, who described herself as an “integral member” of the MSNBC primetime show “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell,” used the “cancer” analogy to describe MSNBC’s coverage of the coronavirus outbreak and the racial unrest in recent months, writing:

“The model blocks diversity of thought and content because the networks have incentive to amplify fringe voices and events, at the expense of others… all because it pumps up the ratings.”

As new details have become available about antibodies, a vaccine, or how COVID actually spreads, producers still want to focus on the politics. Important facts or studies get buried,” Pekary explained.


NYC health commissioner resigns, citing de Blasio’s handling of coronavirus pandemic

Dr. Oxiris Barbot, seen with Mayor Bill de Blasio earlier this year, abruptly resigned as New York City health commissioner.
Dr. Oxiris Barbot, seen with Mayor Bill de Blasio earlier this year, abruptly resigned as New York City health commissioner. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

“I leave my post today with deep disappointment that during the most critical public health crisis in our lifetime, that the Health Department’s incomparable disease control expertise was not used to the degree it could have been,” she wrote to de Blasio.

“Our experts are world renowned for their epidemiology, surveillance and response work,” she continued. “The city would be well served by having them at the strategic center of the response not in the background.”

Barbot, in a letter to Department of Health colleagues, confirmed her resignation.

Black Lives Matter Protesters Swarm Seattle Police Chief’s Home

David Ryder/Getty Images
David Ryder/Getty Images

Dozens of vehicles lined the road as roughly 200 protesters, “mostly white men and women in their twenties,” gathered in the neighborhood to protest, according to the Lynwood Times.

The protesters wore masks and held signs reading, “Black Lives Matter.”

The outlet reported that protesters “shouted profanity and insults at neighbors, took license plate information on vehicles, took pictures of homes, and asked little kids who lived in the neighborhood what schools they attended.”

Some demonstrators attempted to head to Best’s residence (she was not at home at the time) but were stopped by neighbors, who “established a perimeter to protect her [Best’s] home from possible mischief.”

Lawsuit Claims Cost of Protest Gear Violates Seattle Protesters’ Civil Rights

David Ryder/Getty Images
David Ryder/Getty Images

“Because protesters now must purchase expensive equipment to be assured that they will be able to protest safely, the indiscriminate use of weapons by SPD implicates equal protection,” the lawsuit, assigned to Chief Judge Ricardo Martinez, reads.

It seeks a temporary restraining order prohibiting the police from using force or crowd-dispersal munitions, in addition to a similar injunction by Judge Richard Jones, already in place.

Pro-life activists arrested for writing on sidewalk with chalk

FOX NEWS VIDEO: Warner DePriest and Kristan Hawkins speak out against arrests for writing ‘Black Pre-born Lives Matter’ on the sidewalk.


Trump signs the Great American Outdoors Act

President Trump participates in a signing ceremony for H.R.1957 – The Great American Outdoors Act.


Soros Boosts St. Louis Prosecutor After Prosecuting Gun-Toting Couple

Soros made the donation as part of his ongoing efforts to elect far-left prosecutors across the country in a bid to overhaul the criminal justice system.

Earlier this year, the financier sent large sums into Chicago backing state’s attorney Kim Foxx, who drew national attention after her office dropped charges against Jussie Smollett, the actor who staged a hate crime and attributed it to Trump supporters.

The liberal billionaire has spent millions supporting far-left candidates in California, Florida, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and elsewhere.

‘Never Trump’ Republicans team with progressives to convert the president’s religious base

On Wednesday, Vote Common Good will launch a new partnership with the Lincoln Project, an anti-Trump GOP group founded by veteran Republican strategists, to mobilize faith voters to reject Trump on Election Day.

The initiative will focus on courting white evangelicals and white Catholics — two demographics Trump won by significant margins in 2016 — who have lost patience with the president’s behavior or been disappointed with his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and the Black Lives Matter protest movement against racism.

The efforts will be concentrated in six battleground states — North Carolina, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Florida — where multiple polls have shown Trump trailing his Democratic rival, former Vice President Joe Biden.

Lawmakers remain at an impasse over next round of coronavirus relief

Trump administration officials are gearing up for the second week of negotiations with Democrats over the next economic stimulus package.

One America’s Jenn Pellegrino has more.

Walz requests federal disaster declaration to rebuild after $500M in riot damage

Gov. Tim Walz announces a mask mandate in indoor public spaces starting Friday at 11:59 p.m. to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Gov. Tim Walz announces a mask mandate in indoor public spaces starting Friday at 11:59 p.m. to curb the spread of COVID-19. Image courtesy of Gov. Tim Walz’s Youtube

“We need to work together to support Minnesotans who lost their homes and businesses to this destruction – that’s why we’ve asked our federal partners to step in,” Walz said in a statement.

“We remain committed to working with the impacted communities to restore their vitality in the wake of this damage.”

Walz requested a major disaster declaration in early July to provide public assistance for $15 million of eligible damages to public property, which was denied.

Walz said he’s in the process of appealing that decision.


Trump approves Whitmer’s National Guard extension through December, will split costs 75/25

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer asks for more federal aid to battle the COVID-19 pandemic on July 28, 2020.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer asks for more federal aid to battle the COVID-19 pandemic on July 28, 2020. Image courtesy of Gov. Whitmer’s office

Whitmer asked Trump on July 10 to extend the Michigan National Guard deadline to run mobile screening facilities and COVID-19 tests, distribute food and medical supplies, and “support public safety when required”, according to the letter.

The extension federally funds 75 percent of the Guard’s cost from August 21, 2020, to December 31, 2020, and bills the state at 25 percent.

Whitmer, again, asked for more federal funding to fill the state’s $3 billion budget shortfall for fiscal year 2021.

Trump fires Tennessee Valley Authority chairman over outsourcing jobs to foreign workers

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference Thursday, July 23, 2020, at the White House in Washington.
President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference Thursday, July 23, 2020, at the White House in Washington. Evan Vucci / AP

(The Center Square) – In response to the Tennessee Valley Authority’s plan to outsource 20 percent of its tech jobs to foreign workers, President Donald Trump has fired TVA’s board chairman and called for TVA to hire a new CEO.

Trump told reporters at the White House on Monday he fired TVA chairman James “Skip” Thompson, along with another board member, The Associated Press reported.

“Let this serve as a warning to any federally appointed board: If you betray American workers, you will hear two words: ‘You’re fired,’ ” Trump said.

Tucker: In a normal year, Biden’s VP options wouldn’t be qualified

America awaits Joe Biden’s pick for vice president.
In Biden’s hunt for a VP Susan Rice takes the lead – and she’s a threat.

World News:

Beirut explosion: Health Ministry says there are more than 50 dead and 2,750 wounded – live updates

This story is developing:
This church in Beirut was televising mass when the explosion took place.

We urge U.S. citizens in the affected areas who are safe to contact their loved ones directly and/or update their status on social media. If you are in the affected area and need immediate emergency services, please contact local authorities;

Israel retaliates against Syrian targets; U.S.-IAF drill F-35 Squadrons – TV7 Israel News 04.08.20

1) The Israeli Air Force conducted an intensive bombardment of Syrian military installations last night, as part of a retaliatory response for an unidentified Syrian cell that sought to plant explosive devices along the border with Israel a day prior.

2) the Israeli Air Force concluded a joint exercise with the U.S. Air Forces Central Command, dubbed “Enduring Lightnight 2,” in which F-35 squadrons from both militaries trained to deal with various aerial and ground strategic threats.

3) Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has publicly ruled out any negotiations with the United States over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

Beirut blast: Massive explosion shakes Lebanon’s capital; at least 10 dead


At least 10 people have died as a result of the explosion, Lebanese security officials told Fox News. The cause of the explosion remains unclear.

The Lebanese Red Cross tweeted that more than 30 teams were responding to the scene of the blast via ambulances.

The cause of the blast is under investigation but Hezbollah is already in the limelight, multiple intelligence sources told Fox News.

“There are cars with dead people in the streets under rubble, and the medical infrastructure was already at full speed due to the pandemic and lack of supplies,” one source in the region said.


George Floyd Bodycam Footage Is Out. We Weren’t Told The Full Truth. | The Matt Walsh Show Ep. 535

Today on the Matt Walsh Show, after two months of being kept from the public, the bodycam footage showing the minutes leading up to George Floyd’s death has been released.

Let’s just say that the issue is far more complicated than what the media led us to believe. We will discuss in detail today.

Also Five Headlines including a white ESPN host openly gloating over the injury of a black NBA player who stood for the National Anthem.

And in our Daily Cancellation, I will try to soothe the fears of a paranoid journalist who thinks pickup trucks were invented to kill pedestrians.

Investigative Issues: The Troubling Fact Is That Media Fact-Checkers Tend to Lean ← Left

That discord is likely to persist because in large part the fact-checking solution is illusory.

Many such efforts fail because they amount to a circular feedback loop of verification.

The fact-checkers are like-minded journalists or often liberal Silicon Valley gatekeepers, who frequently rely on partisan news sources and political activists to control narratives on a wide variety of issues and controversies.

This small group of players exerts an oversized influence, using fact checks to shape and censor information.

One measure of the problems in “objective” fact-checking is the vastly disparate treatment accorded two of the most established partisan outfits – the conservative Media Research Center and the liberal Media Matters.