Seattle police started clearing out a protest zone in the city that has become "lawless and brutal" after weeks of violence, including four shootings and the deaths of two teenagers, the city's police chief said Wednesday.
The move came after Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan declared the gathering of people in and around the police department's East Precinct and Cal Anderson Park an "unlawful assembly," the city's police chief, Carmen Best, said in a statement.
The East Precinct was abandoned weeks ago after protesters clashed with Seattle police outside the station house in the wake of the May 25 killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. Floyd's death triggered a nationwide wave of demonstrations against racial injustice.
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Judge erases key Trump asylum crackdown policy
A federal judge struck down a key part of the Trump administration’s immigration crackdown framework late Tuesday, ruling that Homeland Security cut too many corners when it tried to block asylum seekers from picking and choosing which country they settle in.
Known as the “third-country” rule, it was intended to prevent Central Americans from crossing Mexico — where they could have claimed asylum — in order to reach the U.S.
Administration officials believe that many illegal immigrants were abusing the system with bogus claims, and making them have to make their claim in Mexico would prevent them from coming.
Trump: Russia Bounty Allegations Are 'Fake News'
President Donald Trump on Wednesday dismissed as “Fake News” allegations that Russia offered bounties for killing American troops in Afghanistan. He said news stories about the allegations were made up to “damage me and the Republican Party.”
Lawmakers have been demanding answers over the allegations, and Democrats have accused Trump of bowing to Russian President Vladimir Putin at the risk of U.S. soldiers' lives.
They returned from a briefing at the White House on Tuesday saying they learned nothing new about American intelligence assessments that suggested Russia was making overtures to militants as the U.S. and the Taliban held talks to end the conflict in Afghanistan. Senate Republicans who attended a separate briefing largely defended the president, arguing along with the White House that the intelligence was unverified.
The intelligence assessments were first reported by The New York Times, then confirmed to The Associated Press by American intelligence officials and others with knowledge of the matter.
Trump threatens veto of defense bill over amendments renaming military bases of Confederate leaders
President Trump overnight threatened to veto the $740.5 billion defense policy bill if it includes legislation to rename military bases and assets that honor Confederate leaders.
Last month, a Republican-majority Senate panel approved a provision to the National Defense Authorization Act — which lays out policy and military spending for the following year — that would require the Pentagon to change the name of military bases and other assets named after Confederate Civil War figures within three years.
Weeks later, a group of 36 Senate Democrats, led by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts Democrat, introduced legislation to speed up the timeline to remove Confederate names from military bases and Pentagon assets within one year.
Supreme Court rules Montana scholarship program must include religious schools
The Supreme Court gave a boost to religious liberty and school choice advocates Tuesday by ruling that barring religious schools from a state scholarship program violated the Constitution.
In a 5-4 decision, the court’s conservative majority said Montana violated the First Amendment when it excluded religious schools from a program that allowed parents to use tax credits toward tuition at schools of their choice.
The program was used mostly by families of disadvantaged and disabled children.
US Buys Up World Stock of Remdesivir
Virtually all the supply of remdesivir for the next three months has been bought up by the U.S.
The drug, used to treat COVID-19, is made by Gilead. And according to The Guardian newspaper, the U.S. has now bought more than 500,000 doses, which is all of the company’s production for July and 90% of August and September.
“President Trump has struck an amazing deal to ensure Americans have access to the first authorized therapeutic for COVID-19,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar. “To the extent possible, we want to ensure that any American patient who needs remdesivir can get it.
“The Trump administration is doing everything in our power to learn more about life-saving therapeutics for COVID-19 and secure access to these options for the American people.”
NYC Passes Budget With Police Cuts, but Some Say It's Not Enough
The New York City Council voted to pass the 2021 budget on Tuesday night with cuts to police funding after weeks of fraught negotiations with Mayor Bill de Blasio, but some lawmakers complained it fell short of a $1 billion cut they and protesters demanded.
The austere, coronavirus-era budget tightens spending across city agencies, including a cut of nearly $484 million from the New York Police Department's $6 billion operating budget if the department can adhere to new overtime limits, the council said.
Another $354 million of police funding will be transferred to other city agencies, most prominently in the mayor's agreeing to shift oversight of school safety officers from the NYPD to the Department of Education, the council said.
Hong Kong police issue first arrest under China’s controversial security law
Police in Hong Kong on Wednesday said they issued their first arrest under the newly passed security law that critics say undermines the semi-autonomous territory’s judicial independence and gives China unprecedented power over the city.
The man was arrested for carrying a flag that called for Hong Kong’s independence, the Associated Press reported. He was reportedly intercepted by law enforcement after a crowd at the city’s Causeway Bay was issued warnings that they could be in violation of the new law. Hong Kong Police also tweeted news of the arrest.
City police said that they raised a “new purple warning flag” to warn protesters that by chanting independence slogans “they may have breached” the new law.
China passed the law on Tuesday that many in the Hong Kong media say will allow Beijing to crack down on any activity there that authorities deem subversive with secessionist aims.
Rockland County, Probing COVID Cluster, Uses Subpoenas as People Resist Contact Tracers
Health officials are investigating a new cluster of eight or more COVID-19 cases in Rockland County tied to a large party earlier this month, but they're running into trouble with contact tracing because people refuse to cooperate.
The county plans to resort to subpoenas, as it did during its measles outbreak some years ago, to compel people to work with contact tracers as they work to contain a new potential outbreak. It may mark the first time in the tri-state area that such a measure has been taken over COVID contact tracing noncompliance.
That party linked to the new potential cluster was the first of three large parties in Rockland County in the last two weeks. It was hosted June 13 by someone in New City who was sick with coronavirus at the time, sources say. County officials said Wednesday that the host knew they were symptomatic and held the party anyway.
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Trump makes punishing leftist anarchists for desecrating monuments a priority
President Trump was elected in large part on the issue of law and order. It’s been an issue for generations in this country, as Americans have watched the decline of social cohesion ever since the left enjoyed sympathetic coverage by the mass media during the Vietnam War.
What we are seeing today with riots, vandalism and the wanton destruction of public property and art is a natural and cancerous outgrowth of the encouragement and coddling of leftists and their violent but farcical anarchy.
The good news is, we are seeing Mr. Trump emerge, once again, as the right man at the right time. After weeks of seeing chaos and anarchy unfold on the streets with no apparent response from law enforcement at any level, the White House and Department of Justice have begun to make it clear that there will be serious repercussions for those engaging in mob violence.
Mainstream media goes all in with 'panic porn' over COVID-19
Coverage is relentless and often fact-free
Former New York Times reporter Alex Berenson has a perfect name for the mainstream media’s coverage of COVID-19: Panic Porn.
Take this headline: “COVID-19 hospitalizations in Texas hit another record Monday.”
“Hospitalizations of patients with the novel coronavirus in Texas reached an all-time high Monday after breaking records for nearly every day the previous two weeks,” the Fort Worth Star-Telegram wrote Monday.
The MSM have pumped out story after story about hospitals — and especially intensive care units — becoming jammed with COVID-19 patients. And the reports from early on in the pandemic have returned: Hospitals will soon become overrun with critically ill patients.