President Trump condemns supporters who rioted at Capitol, concedes to Biden in new video
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump is conceding to President-elect Joe Biden and condemning the violent supporters who stormed the nation’s Capitol Wednesday. In a new video message, Trump says that now that Congress has certified the results, the “new administration will be inaugurated on January 20” and his “focus now turns to ensuring a smooth orderly and seamless transition of power.”He is also speaking out against the violence, calling it a “heinous attack” that left him “outraged by the violence lawlessness and mayhem.”Trump did not address his role in inciting the violence. But he is telling his supporters that, while he knows they are “disappointed,” he wants them to know “our incredible journey is only just beginning.”
President Trump says Attorney General William Barr resigning, will leave before Christmas
WASHINGTON – Attorney General William Barr, one of President Donald Trump’s staunchest allies, is resigning amid lingering tension with the president over the president’s baseless claims of election fraud and the investigation into President-elect Joe Biden’s son. Barr went Monday to the White House, where Trump said the attorney general submitted his letter of resignation. Trump said Deputy Attorney General Jeff Rosen, whom he labeled “an outstanding person,” will become Acting Attorney General. Barr, who was serving in his second stint as attorney general, sought to paint himself as an independent leader who would not bow to political pressure. But Democrats have repeatedly accused Barr of acting more like the president’s personal attorney than the attorney general, and Barr had proved to be a largely reliable Trump ally and defender of presidential power.
Electoral College makes Biden’s win official
The Democrat had topped the incumbent Republican by more than 7 million in the popular vote nationwide. California’s 55 electoral votes put Biden over the top. Republicans who would have been Trump electors met anyway in a handful of states Biden won. With the exception of Maine and Nebraska, states award all their Electoral College votes to the winner of the popular vote in their state. The bargain struck by the nation’s founders has produced five elections in which the president did not win the popular vote.
US agency ascertains Biden as winner, lets transiton begin
WASHINGTON – The General Services Administration has ascertained that President-elect Joe Biden is the “apparent winner” of the Nov. 3 election. The move clears the way for the start of the transition from Trump’s administration and allows Biden to coordinate with federal agencies on plans for taking over on Jan. 20. An official said Administrator Emily Murphy made the determination after Trump efforts to subvert the vote failed across battleground states, most recently in Michigan, which certified Biden’s victory Monday. “Please know that I came to my decision independently, based on the law and available facts. I was never directly or indirectly pressured by any Executive Branch official--including those who work at the White House or GSA--with regard to the substance or timing of my decision,” Murphy wrote in a letter to Biden.
Trump hails progress on coronavirus vaccine
In addition, there’s no information yet as to whether the vaccine worked in vulnerable populations or only in younger, healthier study volunteers. White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, meanwhile, said Trump is “not even at that point yet” when it comes to conceding to Biden. White House chief of staff Mark Meadows tested positive last week after attending an election night party at the White House. Others at the party also have tested positive, including White House political director Brian Jack, former White House aide Healy Baumgardner and Trump campaign advisers David Bossie and Corey Lewandowski. Incoming White House chief of staff Ron Klain said Biden will appoint a “COVID coordinator” who will lead the administration’s pandemic response.
Election results: What states are we still waiting on, and why? A breakdown
A handful of pivotal states remained in play Thursday in the tightly contested U.S. presidential race. But there are outstanding ballots left to be counted in the coming days. North CarolinaThe situationWith ballots left to count, the race is too early to call. As long as those ballots are postmarked by Nov. 3, state election officials have until Nov. 12 to count them. And when it comes to mail ballots, Biden was outperforming Trump.
Campaigning for the 2020 presidency: These photos tell the story
(2020 Getty Images)President Donald Trump speaks at a rally at iG Flight Services on Oct. 26, 2020 in Martinsburg, Pennsylvania. (2020 Getty Images)Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden speaks at a voter mobilization center on Oct. 26, 2020 in Chester, Pennsylvania. (2020 Getty Images)Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden speaks to reporters while visiting a voter mobilization center on Oct. 26, 2020 in Chester, Pennsylvania. (2020 Getty Images)President Donald Trump arrives for a campaign rally at the Waukesha County Airport on Oct. 24, 2020 in Waukesha, Wisconsin. (2020 Getty Images)Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden speaks at a drive-in campaign rally at Dallas High School on Oct. 24, 2020 in Dallas, Pennsylvania.
5 days until the election: Trump, Biden will appeal to last-minute voters
President Donald Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden are set to chase votes in Florida, a state all but essential to the Republican’s pathway to another term as both nominees turn their focus to encouraging voters to turn out on Election Day. More than 73 million Americans have already voted, absentee or by mail, and Trump and Biden are trying to energize the millions more who will vote in person Tuesday. Thousands gathered in close proximity without wearing masks — a trend that was expected to continue through more than a dozen events in the final sprint to Election Day. Biden, meanwhile, heads later in the week to three more states Trump won in 2016: Iowa, Wisconsin and Michigan, where he’ll hold a joint Saturday rally with former President Barack Obama. Trump, meanwhile, is banking on enthusiasm among his Election Day supporters to overcome indicated Democratic strength in some early returns.
Take our quiz to rate your feelings on the final presidential debate
With less than two weeks before one of the biggest Election Days in history, Republican incumbent nominee, President Donald Trump, and Democratic nominee and former vice president Joe Biden met at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, for the second and final presidential debate. The debate, which appeared to be a little more constructive than the last, was moderated by Kristen Welker of NBC News. What did you think of responses and ideas presented by Biden and Trump? Let us know your reaction by clicking on an emoji below each statement that was made.
Debate commission adopts new rules to mute microphones during second presidential debate
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden will have their microphones cut off in Thursday’s debate while their rival delivers their opening two-minute answer to each of the debate topics. The 90-minute debate is divided into six 15-minute segments, with each candidate granted two minutes to deliver uninterrupted remarks before proceeding to an open debate. The open discussion portion of the debate will not feature a mute button, but interruptions by either candidate will count toward their time in the second and final debate Thursday. The nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates announced the rule changes Monday, three weeks after a chaotic opening faceoff between the two presidential contenders that featured frequent interruptions -- most by Trump. The commission has faced pressure from the Trump campaign to avoid changing the rules, while Biden’s team was hoping for a more ordered debate.
President Trump halts COVID-19 relief talks, stimulus check negotiations until after election
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump says he has instructed aides to stop negotiating on a coronavirus aid plan until after the election, roiling stock markets hoping for an economic boost for hard-hit industries such as the airlines. Trump, who has the coronavirus himself, tweeted Tuesday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was not negotiating in good faith. The Democratic-led House passed a $2.2 trillion relief bill last week. The White House said at the time that it had raised the price tag on its own proposal to $1.6 trillion. But bridging that difference has proved difficult.
White House press secretary says she has tested positive for COVID-19
WASHINGTON – White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany says she has tested positive for COVID-19. This comes days after President Donald Trump tested positive for the coronavirus. McEnany says in a statement that she tested positive Monday morning and is experiencing no symptoms at this time. She spoke briefly with reporters Sunday evening but says that no members of the White House press corps spent enough time around her to be considered close contacts. She says that she is beginning the quarantine process and “will continue working on behalf of the American People remotely.”
THE LATEST: White House doctor says President Trump doing ‘very well’ at hospital; Senate cancels work as lawmakers contract virus
11:20 a.m. -- Trump’s doctor to give update on conditionThe White House says President Donald Trump’s doctor provided an update on his condition Saturday morning. President Donald Trump’s doctor says he is doing “very well” as he spends the weekend at a military hospital for treatment of COVID-19. 11:35 p.m. — The White House physician says his medical team has “elected to initiate Remdesivir therapy” for President Donald Trump. ___11:55 a.m.First lady Melania Trump says she is experiencing “mild symptoms” after she and President Donald Trump tested positive for COVID-19. White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said President Trump was also experiencing mild symptoms, but continues to work from the White House residence as he quarantines.
Houston doctor who went viral for touting hydroxychloroquine as COVID-19 cure offers to treat WH staffers with drug
HOUSTON – The Houston-area doctor featured in a controversial, viral video claiming anti-malarial drug, hydroxychloroquine, is a cure for COVID-19, offered to treat White House staff Friday after President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump announced they had COVID-19. PREVIOUS INTERVIEW: Houston-area doctor in viral video touting hydroxychloroquine as virus cure doubles down on claims“This virus has a cure, it’s called hydroxychloroquine,” she said at the time. “Everyone in the White House get on HCQ twice a month. Everyone in the White House get on HCQ twice a month. Read the full memo tweeted by White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany below:Watch Immanuel’s full interview with KPRC 2 from July below and read the transcript here.
What we know about the experimental antibody cocktail given to President Trump as he fights COVID-19
The experimental antibody drug given to President Donald Trump has been called one of the most promising approaches to preventing serious illness from a COVID-19 infection. Trump was given the experimental drug at the White House on Friday before he was taken to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he’ll be monitored, officials said. Several physicians who treat COVID-19, including Dr. David Boulware at the University of Minnesota, had speculated that doctors might use the antibody drug, given that this approach has worked against other diseases in the past. In multiple studies, Regeneron is testing it both for preventing infection and in people already infected, like Trump, to try to prevent serious illness or death. Trump apparently is not receiving hydroxychloroquine, a drug he widely promoted that has been shown in many studies to be ineffective for preventing or treating COVID-19.
Inside Walter Reed Army Medical Hospital’s VIP treatment ward: This is what President Trump can expect
HOUSTON – President Donald Trump will be treated in Walter Reed Army Medical Hospital’s VIP treatment ward in Washington. The medical center has its own intensive care unit, kitchen, secure conference room, NBC 4′s investigative reporter Scott MacFarlane noted. Here are his additional reported details:The White House typically has a person on duty at medical center when President is in town (Monday through Friday)If the President needs specialty care, Walter Reed has already-vetted doctors to provide it. The White House Chief of Staff has his own office space in the medical center, and the White House physician gets sleeping quarters. Walter Reed administrators do not have unrestricted access to President’s area.
President Trump and first lady test positive for COVID-19, he has ‘mild symptoms’
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is experiencing “mild symptoms” of COVID-19 after revealing Friday that he and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the coronavirus, a stunning announcement that plunges the country deeper into uncertainty just a month before the presidential election. “Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. Trump had consistently played down concerns about being personally vulnerable to contracting COVID-19, even after White House staff and allies were exposed and sickened. On July 3rd, Kimberly Guilfoyle, who is dating Trump’s oldest son, Donald Trump Jr., tested positive in South Dakota before an Independence Day fireworks show at Mount Rushmore. In July, Trump National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien tested positive.
Top White House aide Hope Hicks tests positive for coronavirus
WASHINGTON (AP) – Hope Hicks, one of President Donald Trump’s closest aides, has tested positive for the coronavirus after spending time in close proximity to him this week. She is the most senior White House official to test positive so far. She originally served as White House as communications director, and re-joined the administration this year as an adviser ahead of the election. Multiple White House staffers have tested positive for the virus, including Katie Miller, Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary, national security adviser Robert O’Brien, and one of the president’s personal valets. After earlier positive cases close to the president, the White House instituted a daily testing regimen for the president’s senior aides.
AP FACT CHECK: Claims from Trump and Biden’s first debate
You were a disaster.”THE FACTS: Trump frequently distorts what happened in the pandemic of 2009, which killed far fewer people in the United States than the coronavirus is killing now. Supreme CourtBIDEN, on Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett: “She thinks that the Affordable Care Act is not constitutional.”THE FACTS: That’s not right. Health careTRUMP: “Drug prices will be coming down 80 or 90%.”THE FACTS: That’s a promise, not a reality. Delaware StateTRUMP: “You said you went to Delaware State, but you forgot the name of your college. “I got started out of an HBCU, Delaware State — now, I don’t want to hear anything negative about Delaware State,” Biden told a town hall in Florence, South Carolina, in October 2019.
Trump supporter charged with hitting girl with flagpole
ORANGE PARK, Fla. – A man was arrested last week after striking a 12-year-old girl in the face with a flagpole during a small rally for President Donald Trump near a Florida intersection, authorities said. Norbert Logsdon Jr., 67, of Orange Park, was charged Sept. 16 with child abuse without great bodily harm and later released on bail, the Florida Times-Union reported. Logsdon and others had been participating in a sidewalk support event for the Republican president near an Orange Park intersection, according to a Clay County Sheriff’s Office arrest report. A video that the mother posed on Facebook appears to show Logsdon approach the vehicle, stick the flagpole through an open car window and hit the girl. A deputy who later interviewed the girl noted redness on her face.
Ted Cruz blocked Senate resolution to honor Ruth Bader Ginsburg, citing a ‘partisan’ amendment
The war of words on the Senate floor is likely a preamble to a coming brawl to replace the Ginsburg. "Unfortunately, the Democratic leader has put forth an amendment to turn that bipartisan resolution into a partisan resolution," Cruz said in his floor remarks, referring to U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer. Schumer took to the floor immediately after Cruz spoke, stating that he believed "Justice Ginsburg would easily see through the legal sophistry" of Cruz's argument. When U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died in February 2016, Cruz and other Republicans successfully blocked then-President Barack Obama's appointee, Judge Merrick Garland, from serving on the court. They argued at the time it is inappropriate for a Supreme Court nomination to move forward so close to a presidential election.
President Trump says new TikTok headquarters could land in Texas, but questions about the deal remain
President Donald Trump said Saturday that he tentatively approved a deal between the Chinese-owned social media app TikTok and Oracle and Walmart that could bring the new joint venture’s headquarters to Texas. Greg Abbott tweeted that he had spoken to the president about Texas housing the possible new TikTok headquarters. “I let him know that if he approves the deal Texas would be the perfect place for the HQ,” Abbott wrote in the tweet. Trump had previously requested that there be a contribution to the U.S. government in exchange for helping to arrange the deal. In a TikTok press release describing the deal, the company said the jobs would be “across the country.”While Trump said the deal had his “blessing,” a final agreement is still uncertain.
U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw calls expanding mail-in voting “playing with fire” despite rareness of voter fraud
Republicans and President Donald Trump have repeatedly tried to sow doubt over the reliability of voting by mail, alleging it allows for widespread fraud. During the interview with Politico’s Tim Alberta, Crenshaw raised concerns about voting practices in Pennsylvania and Nevada, falsely saying that Pennsylvania was sending unsolicited ballots to voters. Crenshaw suggested in the interview that he worried that some ballots might be mailed to the wrong addresses, inviting fraud. Just 372 possible cases of double voting or voting on behalf of dead people were identified, the Post reported. “It’s no secret that in the suburbs and especially amongst women, that they’re simply turned off by Donald Trump,” Crenshaw said, later adding, “They have a personal dislike for him.”
McConnell: Senate will vote on Trump pick for SCOTUS despite election year
WASHINGTON (AP) – The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg just over six weeks before the election cast an immediate spotlight on the high court vacancy, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell quickly vowing to bring to a vote whoever President Donald Trump nominates. Trump took the stage for a Minnesota rally not long before Ginsburg’s death was announced. She “stood for all of us.”A confirmation vote in the Senate is not guaranteed, even with a Republican majority. Typically it takes several months to vet and hold hearings on a Supreme Court nominee, and time is short ahead of the election. He has said he’s also working on a list of potential nominees, but the campaign has given no indication that it will release names before the election.
New voter registrations plummeted during the pandemic in Texas, where you can’t register online
But the state is already seeing one major effect of the pandemic on voting: It’s much harder to register voters. Texas is not one of them, and the state’s Republican leadership has long fought efforts to allow for an online voter registration process. “We’re not seeing an increase in voter registration activity that compensates for the decrease that we’ve seen in previous months,” he said. Democrats and Republicans told The Texas Tribune that they’re struggling with voter registration in the era of COVID-19. While Texas has turned to online services during the pandemic, the state doesn’t allow residents to register when they renew their driver’s licenses online.
In crackdown on violent protesters, Justice Dept. says federal sedition charge may be applied
Neither was a man accused of shooting and killing a demonstrator in Louisville following the death of Breonna Taylor. Demonstrations have slowed, though not necessarily because of the federal charges. Carroll accused federal authorities of using the cases to try to make the protests seem more violent and disruptive than they really were. “There is absolutely an agenda here to blow these out of proportion, make these look more serious or more sinister than it is,” Barnett said of the pursuit of federal charges. “This is the Justice Department, from the top, furthering an agenda that has nothing to do with justice,” he said.
What happens if the US election is contested?
Even if the election is messy and contested in court, the country will have a president on Inauguration Day. But states' electoral votes have to be cast on Dec. 14. When the electors meet, the candidate who gets at least 270 of the 538 electoral votes wins. But what happens if election issues still prevent a winner from being named? In a contingent election, House members have to choose among the three people with the most electoral votes.
Thousands of immigrants in Texas could be forced to leave the country following court decision on protected status
Tens of thousands of immigrants who are living in Texas legally under humanitarian protection could be forced to leave or face deportation after an appellate court ruled that President Trump can end the program. The ruling would require Salvadorans to leave the country by Nov. 5, 2021 for Salvadorans. Monday's decision in Ramos v. Nielsen could affect more than 300,000 TPS holders nationwide. The plaintiffs in the case said they would appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary. According to the center for American Progress, TPS holders from El Salvador, Honduras and Haiti add about $2.2 billion to the Texas GDP every year.
After Needville HS senior asked to remove Black Lives Matter mask, parents and students cry foul
HOUSTON A ban on Black Lives Matter face masks at Needville High School has some parents and students accusing the school and district of bias and silencing students trying to express their first amendment rights to free speech. She says she questioned his rationale and asked why other students are allowed to wear masks that say Trump on them, apparently in support of President Donald Trump. The Needville Independent School District did not answer KPRC 2s specific questions regarding students being allowed to wear Trump masks. When a student wore a Black Lives Matter face mask, that student was told the same thing that face mask was not permitted. The district recognizes that it is important to provide students with guidance regarding what face masks are permitted and which are not.
Top execs of 9 companies testing coronavirus vaccines sign pledge to focus on safety, high standards
The top executives of nine drugmakers likely to produce the first vaccines against the new coronavirus signed an unprecedented pledge meant to boost public confidence in any approved vaccines. Meanwhile, public health officials have expressed doubt that adequate data on vaccine safety and effectiveness would be available before November. BioNTech has partnered with Pfizer on one of the three vaccines now in the final round of human testing. The country already has a small, but vocal, group of “anti-vaxxers” who oppose giving their children the many standard vaccines. They added that extra transparency on testing results and the approval process is needed.
CDC issues order to halt evictions nationwide through Dec. 31 to slow spread of COVID-19
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention followed up Tuesday by declaring that any landlord shall not evict any covered person from any residential property for failure to pay rent. Senior administration officials explained that the director of the CDC has broad authority to take actions deemed reasonably necessary to prevent the spread of a communicable disease. Affirmatively declare they are unable to pay rent because of COVID-19 hardships. Trumps Democratic rival, Joe Biden, called on Aug. 1 for Congress to enact a broad emergency housing support program to prevent evictions and shore up landlords. Diane Yentel, president and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, said the order will provide relief for millions of anxious families, but added that the action delays rather than prevent evictions.
Kimberly Guilfoyle says shes a 1st generation American during RNC speech
WASHINGTON (AP) In her Republican National Convention speech, Kimberly Guilfoyle described herself as a first-generation American, citing her mother's Puerto Rican roots. Now, she says, I consider it my duty to protect that dream.The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for clarification. Kimberly Guilfoyle describes herself as a first-generation American, but also notes that her mother is a special education teacher from Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. Guilfoyle, a Trump campaign adviser, cited her roots to make the case that she knows how dangerous a socialist agenda would be for the nation. The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for clarification.
WATCH LIVE: President Donald Trump holds virus briefing as Dem Convention continues on night 3
Trips are planned with input from the presidential medical staff, and the president, vice president and senior staff are regularly tested. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is painting Trump's public appearances as public health threats. President Trump and Vice President Pence are safely hosting events that allow them to bring their message directly to the American people in several states across the country, said campaign spokeswoman Courtney Parella. It isnt the presidents and vice presidents safety thats at risk, said Dr. Perry Haltikis, a public health psychologist and dean of the Rutgers University School of Public Health. At one, called suddenly on a Friday night, club members holding wine glasses assembled keeping no personal distance and, like Trump, not wearing masks.
Unemployed Houstonians, HEROES Act supporters demonstrate and distribute food outside Sen. Cornyns office
Senator John Cornyns office Tuesday with the aim of getting him to support the HEROES Act, a proposal led by Democrats in Congress. The provisions in the HEROES Act are the same $600 weekly unemployment assistance. Since the CARES Act expired in July with final disbursements on July 25, the HEROES Act would extend that provision though January 2021 and longer for others, depending on their circumstances. Republicans supported the HEALS Act which, unlike the HEROES Act, proposes a lesser payment to unemployed workers. Sen. Cornyn supported the additional federal unemployment benefits in the CARES Act and supported its extension in the HEALS Act.
Tears in my eyes.: Houston and Texas leaders react to Biden-Harris run in 2020 election
HOUSTON In a historical move, former Vice President and presidential candidate Joe Biden announced that Sen. Kamala Harris (D-California) will be running mate for the 2020 elections. Simply put Kamala Harris is a leader who will never stop fighting for the people. She and Vice President Biden are the right team to lead America out of the dark era of Trumpism and into our next generation. I'm honored to join him as our party's nominee for Vice President, and do what it takes to make him our Commander-in-Chief. He said by picking Harris, Biden underscored his own judgement and character.
President Trump on Mount Rushmore? President denies suggesting it, but says it’s a ‘good idea'
HOUSTON – President Donald Trump says he never suggested that his face grace Mount Rushmore in South Dakota, but now that it’s been mentioned, he thinks it’s a “great idea,” according to a recent tweet. Never suggested it although, based on all of the many things accomplished during the first 3 1/2 years, perhaps more than any other Presidency, sounds like a good idea to me! https://t.co/EHrA9yUsAw — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 10, 2020On a recent visit to Mount Rushmore, the president posed with his face positioned beside the other presidents -- George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln -- envisioned on the mountainside. President Donald Trump smiles at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Friday, July 3, 2020, near Keystone, S.D. What do you think about the idea of President Trump’s face on Mount Rushmore?
$400 in extra unemployment benefits remain uncertain in Texas after Trump's executive order
Around 1.6 million Texans were receiving the extra unemployment benefits before funding for them expired in July. On Saturday, Trump ordered that eligible unemployment recipients receive an extra $400 weekly but only if states administer the funds and provide $100 of that amount. Trumps order calls on states to use money from the federal Coronavirus Relief Fund or other state funding to pay for its share of the unemployment benefits. But even if it were to hold up in court, it remains unclear how exactly Trump's order would work. Neither of Texas two Republican senators directly answered questions posed to their offices Monday about whether they supported Trumps order.
Biden on cusp of historic running mate announcement
FILE - In this July 28, 2020, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a campaign event in Wilmington, Del. Despite all the secrecy, the speculation and the fierce jockeying behind the scenes, presidential running mates rarely sway an election. But as the political world awaits the imminent announcement of Bidens vice presidential pick, there is a real sense among his allies and adversaries that this decision may matter more in 2020. Joe Biden is on the cusp of announcing the biggest, and possibly most consequential, decision of his political career with the unveiling of his running mate. It has become typical over the past few presidential campaign cycles for the presumptive nominee to put a team in place so that the running mate can hit the ground running, and so that its a more integrated campaign, he said.
Health officials are quitting or getting fired amid outbreak
A review by the Kaiser Health News service and The Associated Press finds at least 48 state and local health leaders have resigned, retired or been fired since April across 23 states. At least 38,000 state and local public health jobs have disappeared since the 2008 recession, leaving a skeletal workforce for what was once viewed as one of the worlds top public health systems. In Oklahoma, both the state health commissioner and state epidemiologist have been replaced since the outbreak began in March. She said she knows many public health department leaders who are considering resigning or retiring because of the strain. Our elected officials in positions of power, whether presidents, governors or mayors, they arent supporting staff better or aligning messages," forcing public health officials to bear the political pressure, Brown said.
How social media reacted to President Trumps Executive Order against TikToks parent company
HOUSTON President Donald Trump issued executive orders against TikTok and WeChat Thursday night, prompting reactions from social media users on Twitter. The Executive Order came after the U.S. accused Chinese tech firms ByteWave and Tencent of automatically capturing vast swaths of information from its users, such as location data and browsing information. The executive order is set to go in effect for 45 days. Stephanie Jill Roberts (@Stepherpsu) August 7, 2020Hopefully this supposed Tiktok ban wakes people up to how their data is mined and packaged for sale. Adolwulf MUFC (@Adolwulf) August 7, 2020Ban Facebook instead of Tiktok cheese connoisseur (@Isabellecreager) August 7, 2020instagram: *sees tiktok is getting ban*instagram: this is our chanceinstagram: NOW INTRODUCING REELS dacia (@Dacia_k_) August 7, 2020alright trump can you NOT ban tiktok please.
President Trump signs executive order against TikTok parent, effective in 45 days
HOUSTON In the latest move against China, President Donald Trump signed an executive order against the parent company of popular video app, TikTok, that will go into effect in 45 days, according to a report from the Washington Post. Trump previously said the app was a threat to national security as tensions between China and the U.S. have escalated. Per the order, all U.S. companies and people in the country will be prohibited from transacting with ByteDance, TikToks parent company. pic.twitter.com/1zR4HgCPVj Andrew Feinberg (@AndrewFeinberg) August 7, 2020The order further states that TikTok reportedly censors content that the Chinese Communist Party deeps politically sensitive.Trump reportedly also signed a similar order against China-based app, WeChat. MORE: @realDonaldTrump has also signed a similar order banning transactions with WeChat.
Inside the Trump campaigns effort and struggle to win over Black voters in Texas
The meeting was part of a series of events across the country to reach Black voters. Angela Piazza for The Texas TribuneTrump himself has made sporadic attempts to reach out to Black voters. The state party has taken some steps to diversify: Allen West, a Black former congressman from Florida, was recently elected chair of the state party. While he doesnt need to win a lot of Black voters to win reelection, just moving the needle by a few percentage points could be helpful. The effort is there, Smith said of Trumps strides with Black voters.
Virus testing in the US is dropping, even as deaths mount
Widespread testing is considered essential to containing the outbreak as the U.S. approaches a mammoth 5 million confirmed infections and more than 156,000 deaths out of over 700,000 worldwide. Jessica Moore of rural Newberry, South Carolina, said that after a private lab lost her COVID-19 test results in mid-July, she had to get re-tested at a pop-up site organized by the state. A number of companies are studying COVID-19 antigen tests in which you spit on a specially coated strip of paper, and if you are infected, it changes color. But the approach faces resistance in Washington, where federal regulators have required at least 80% accuracy for new COVID-19 tests. To date, the Food and Drug Administration has allowed only two COVID-19 antigen tests to enter the market.
Shame on all of you: Texas widow blames Pres. Trump, Gov. Abbott in obit after husband dies of COVID-19
HOUSTON A Texas widow, whose husband died from coronavirus last month, penned a scathing obituary in which she blamed President Donald Trump and Texas Governor Greg Abbott. Stacey Nagy of Jefferson, Texas posted the obituary for her husband 79-year-old husband David on Facebook after she had it printed in their hometown newspaper. In it, she said her husband had died a horrible death from COVID-19 on July 22. The father of five and grandfather died alone in the ICU at Christus Good Shepherd Hospital in Longview, Stacey Nagy wrote. Shame on all of you, and may Karma find you all!On 07/22/20 my dear husband died a horrible death from COVID-19.
'Too many are selfish': US nears 5 million virus cases
Members of the Nevada National Guard install social distancing stickers while setting up a new temporary coronavirus testing site Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in Las Vegas. Some Americans have resisted wearing masks and social distancing, calling such precautions an over-the-top response or an infringement on their liberty. We do.The number of confirmed infections in the U.S. has topped 4.7 million, with new cases running at over 60,000 a day. In Virginia, cases have surged so much in cites like Norfolk and Virginia Beach that Democratic Gov. You just dont care as much about social distancing after youve had a couple of drinks.
Black Dallas church alleges intimidation by pro-police rally
DALLAS A predominantly Black Dallas church active in the Black Lives Matter movement alleges a pro-police rally tried to intimidate its members by roaring into its parking lot Sunday afternoon. Organizers said a Friendship-West Baptist Church pastor gave them permission to use its parking lot to rest. Leaders of the church, which displays a huge Black Lives Matter banner on its exterior wall, said in a statement, however, that it was asked to use the parking lot for a Black Lives Matter rally, not a Back the Blue event. Were the only one out of those seven or eight that has a Black Lives Matter sign up. Fellow organizer Nathan Adams also blamed a communication breakdown and apologized "for any kind of misconceptions or misunderstandings or anything.Nevertheless, some church members responded Sunday evening with a Black Lives Matter rally and march at Dallas police headquarters Sunday night.
Houston-area doctor in viral video claiming there’s a cure for COVID-19 tells her side of the story
HOUSTON – The Houston-area doctor featured in a controversial, viral video claiming an anti-malarial drug is a cure for COVID-19 is sharing her side of the story with KPRC 2 Investigates. “This virus has a cure, it’s called hydroxychloroquine,” claimed Dr. Stella Immanuel at a press conference in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday. But that bold proclamation goes against what the World Health Organization, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and most medical experts say about the drug. But the consensus among the worldwide medical community is that there is currently no cure for COVID-19. “I’m a warrior, sniper in the kingdom of God.”Watch the full interview below and read the transcript here.
This private border wall was already at risk of falling down if not fixed. A hurricane made things worse.
Also, sign up for The Brief, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news. The damage comes at the start of what is projected to be an active hurricane season, which runs through Nov. 30. Engineering experts who reviewed photos of the jagged cracks caused by the weekends storms said the damage reinforces what many have long said: Building and maintaining a border fence so close to the river poses serious challenges. Flooding and erosion concerns are some of the main reasons why the government has not built a border fence directly on the banks of the river. We said it was too close to the water, erosion would be an issue, the location made no sense, Patrick said.
Pres. Trump rallies oil-and-gas workers in Permian Basin against Dems ahead of election
President Donald Trump sought to give a morale boost to the beleaguered Texas energy industry during a visit Wednesday to the Permian Basian, while also rallying oil-and-gas workers against Democrats ahead of the November election. "We were very close to losing a very powerful, great industry," Trump said, "and now we're back and we're just gonna keep expanding." While Texas officials welcomed Trump to Texas by endorsing his "support of Texas energy producers, the industry across the state has been harshly disrupted in 2020. The trip was Trump's 16th visit to Texas as president but first to the Midland-Odessa area, a Republican stronghold. The Texas Democratic Party held a news conference ahead of Trump's visit to highlight how the pandemic has disproportionately impacted Latino Texans.
House approves $3 trillion Covid aid bill that includes another stimulus check for Americans
Republicans also criticized the rules change proposal to allow remote voting and remote committee work as a partisan power grab that will upend institutional tradition. Democratic leaders say remote voting by proxy will ensure lawmakers can continue to legislate safely and effectively during the pandemic. How the remote voting rules change worksThe rules change approved on Friday will authorize temporary implementation of remote voting by proxy in the event of a public health emergency due to the coronavirus. Proxies will be required to "receive exact written instruction" from the members who are using them as proxies, according to the House Rules Committee. Once enacted, the authorization for remote voting and remote committee work will remain in place for a 45-day period, after which it could be extended if the public health emergency persists.