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Report: Epstein’s Cohort Ghislaine Maxwell is ready to Name Names in Pedo Scandal (VIDEO)

GatewayPundit - Sun, 07/05/2020 - 22:50

In May a new book claimed that Bill Clinton had an affair with Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged madam.

The New York Post reported:

Bill Clinton had an affair with British-born socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, who is accused of helping recruit underage victims for notorious pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, according to a blockbuster new book.

The ex-president — who denies cheating on wife Hillary Clinton with Maxwell — reportedly engaged in the romps during overseas trips on Epstein’s private plane, a customized Boeing 727 that’s since become known as the “Lolita Express.”

The nation’s 42nd head of state also repeatedly sneaked out to visit Maxwell at her Upper East Side townhouse, as detailed in this exclusive excerpt.

That was less than two months ago.


Ghislaine Maxwell at Chelsea Clinton’s wedding.

Jeffrey Epstein died in prison in August 2019.
New York officials said it was a suicide.

On Wednesday the FBI arrested Ghislaine Maxwell.

Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested in New Hampshire.

Now there are reports that Ghislaine is ready to name names in the Epstein pedophile scandal.

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America celebrates Fourth of July 2020

UPI - Sun, 07/05/2020 - 22:01
President Donald Trump and first lady attend fireworks event at South Dakota's Mount Rushmore, Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest takes place in New York and Macy's holds fireworks displays in New York City.

Energy companies cancel proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline

UPI - Sun, 07/05/2020 - 21:35
Duke Energy and Dominion Energy on Sunday announced the cancellation of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline project, which was first announced in 2014.

President Trump to Hold Campaign Rally in New Hampshire Next Weekend

GatewayPundit - Sun, 07/05/2020 - 21:33

The Trump campaign announced Sunday that President Trump will hold a campaign rally in Portsmouth, New Hampshire next weekend.

The rally is set to be held outdoors at an airport hangar, similar to this rally by then-candidate Trump in Lakeland, Florida in 2016.

Trump claps and smiles in appreciation of supporters at end of Lakeland, FL rally Oct 12, 2016

Late arrivals fill hangar at Trump rally Lakeland, FL Oct 12, 2016

Photos by Kristinn Taylor.

Campaign press release:

TRUMP CAMPAIGN ANNOUNCES RALLY SATURDAY, JULY 11 – PORTSMOUTH, NH

President Donald Trump will host an outdoor Make America Great Again Rally on Saturday, July 11 at 8:00 p.m. (EDT) at the Portsmouth International Airport in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

“President Trump’s record-setting accomplishments in record-setting time have improved the lives of all Americans. He rebuilt, restored and renewed our great nation once, and he’ll do it again,” said Hogan Gidley, Trump 2020 National Press Secretary. “We look forward to so many freedom-loving patriots coming to the rally and celebrating America, the greatest country in the history of the world.”

There will be ample access to hand sanitizer and all attendees will be provided a face mask that they are strongly encouraged to wear.

Saturday, July 11, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. (EDT): Portsmouth, NH
President Trump will hold a Make America Great Again Rally at the Portsmouth International Airport in Portsmouth, NH.
Portsmouth International Airport at Pease
36 Airline Ave
Portsmouth, NH 03801

General Admission Doors open at 4:00 p.m. (EDT) for General Admission

The Trump campaign is calling this an "outdoor" rally, but at least part of the crowd will be inside a hangar, per campaign source. The rest on the tarmac outside. https://t.co/IJGHLyNPfr

— Jeremy Diamond (@JDiamond1) July 5, 2020

Trump held an indoor rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma on June 20 where attendance for the 19,000 seat venue was reportedly sabotaged by the anti-Trump arena management over concerns about the COVID-19 Chinese coronavirus, resulting in thousands of empty seats in the arena’s upper bowl. Protesters also blocked entrances to the security zone set up around the arena preventing rally attendees from getting through. While this will be his first campaign rally since Tulsa, Trump has since spoken to large crowds at a TPUSA event in Arizona on June 23 and at Mount Rushmore and the White House for Fourth of July celebrations this long holiday weekend.

As with the Tulsa rally, those registering for the free admission to the Portsmouth rally must agree to not hold the Trump campaign liable for exposure to the coronavirus:

“By registering for this event, you understand and expressly acknowledge that an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. In attending the event, you and any guests voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19, and waive, release, and discharge Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.; Portsmouth International Airport at Pease; or any of their affiliates, directors, officers, employees, agents, contractors, or volunteers from any and all liability under any theory, whether in negligence or otherwise, for any illness or injury.”

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Pompeo urged by US congressmen to rethink Mauritania policy over human rights abuses

Middle East Eye - Sun, 07/05/2020 - 20:24
Pompeo urged by US congressmen to rethink Mauritania policy over human rights abuses
Mauritanian government rights commission rejects allegations of racism, slavery and ethnic cleansing
Amandla Thomas-Johnson Sun, 07/05/2020 - 21:24
Black Mauritanians say they face widespread racial discrimination (AFP)

Five US congressmen sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urging the government to reconsider its relationship with Mauritania amid evidence of racism, human trafficking, and slavery, prompting a response from the West African nation’s governmental human rights commission that staunchly defended its record.

The country’s treatment of its Black population was further called into question last week when political opposition parties and civil society groups urged visiting French President Emmanuel Macron to pressure the government to dismantle what they described as a system of “disguised apartheid".

These efforts to lobby what are two of the country’s most stalwart allies come as Mauritanian activists make renewed calls for the government to address racial injustices amid a global groundswell of Black Lives Matter protests.

Mauritania has for years been a key ally in the US "war on terror" across the restive Sahel region. In March, it hosted Flintlock, an annual US-led military training exercise attended by several African and European partners. Relations between the two nations stretch back to 1960 when the US became the first country to recognise Mauritania’s independence from France. 

The US is also home to the second-largest Mauritanian diaspora community after France, many of whom are Black Mauritanians who fled racial pogroms in the late 1980s. 

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Still, in the strongly worded letter, the congressmen urged Pompeo to put human rights front and centre of the US relationship with the Saharan nation.

“While Mauritania remains an important partner in our fight against terrorism in the Sahel, we believe that it is critical to also keep human rights at the forefront of bilateral relationship,” they wrote.

The congressmen said that “impunity for racial discrimination, including ethnic cleansing” and “hereditary slavery and human trafficking constitute grave violations of human rights that the United States should work to remedy through our engagement with the country".

Dated 25 June, the letter was signed by Republican representatives Steve Chabot, Christopher H Smith, Ron Wright, F James Sensenbrenner Jr and Tim Burchett.

Mauritania’s office of the commissioner for human rights responded with a lengthy statement about the letter after an inquiry from Middle East Eye: “With all due respect to Congressmen’s viewpoint, we do not share their opinion on the country’s human rights record, and formally reject the ungrounded allegations of human rights abuses the letter contained.”

The congressmen's letter said: “Mauritania has a long history of hereditary slavery based on ethnic and racial discrimination against Black Mauritanians.” The country formally abolished the practice in 1981 but criminalised it only in 2007, and in 2018 the Global Slavery Index estimated that 90,000 people in Mauritania were living under modern slavery. 

The commission said that Mauritania had made “remarkable progress” in combatting slavery and trafficking, pointing out that the US State Department had last month upgraded it to a tier 2 country in the fight against trafficking, meaning that it was making significant efforts to comply with international standards.

'With all due respect to Congressmen’s viewpoint, we do not share their opinion on the country’s human rights record'

- Mauritania's commission for human rights

The country’s previous status as a tier 3 country - one that was not attempting to comply with basic standards -  led the Trump administration to suspend non-humanitarian and non-trade-related foreign assistance in 2018.

The State Department’s latest report on human trafficking, released on 25 June - the same date that the congressmen wrote to Pompeo - acknowledged that Mauritania had made some progress since last year by convicting five slaveholders and taking steps to reduce child trafficking.

Despite this, the report said that “the government has rarely imprisoned convicted slaveholders, and the government did not proactively identify any trafficking or hereditary slavery victims”.

The congressmen also criticised the lack of accountability for purges by state forces of Black African Mauritanians between 1989-1991, in which tens of thousands - about eight percent of the community - were deported or forced to flee to neighbouring countries. “Mauritania has not provided accountability for mass murders, repression and unwarranted deportations,” their letter said. 

Most of those purged from the country were subsistence farmers working on the little arable land Mauritania has, which lies along the Senegal River valley in the south. Others were intellectuals, business people and professionals, members of the thriving urban elites who were pushed out as the government pursued a sectarian Arab-nationalist ideology.

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Black Africans make up about a third of the country’s population, as do Arab-Berbers, the dominant group. Haratin, the Black descendants of slaves once owned by Arab-Berbers, account for the rest.

Despite the violence, a law was passed to shield the perpetrators from justice and an amnesty was granted to the security forces involved. “This impunity has left several Mauritanians without recourse for wrongs they and their families suffered almost three decades ago,” the letter said.

Still, Mauritania’s rights commission said that the government had “taken the necessary measures to address the issue and settle its aftermath".

About 25,000 Mauritanian refugees in Senegal were able to return home in a “dignified and organised manner to their homeland”, the commission said, adding that it had made efforts to “ensure that the returnees become property-owners”.

It said the government “did acknowledge that state agents committed grave abuses”, but stopped short of saying anyone had been held accountable.

The commission further claimed that “justice and reparations have been adequately delivered to the victims and measures have been taken since then to compensate victims and survivors".

Yet almost 30,000 Black Mauritanians who fled the violence still live in a number of refugee camps in Mali and Senegal, unable to work and with little medical care. 

'Mauritania has not provided accountability for mass murders, repression and unwarranted deportations'

- US congressmen

According to a 2018 survey of refugees in both the neighbouring countries taken in by the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR), only 1.5 percent of respondents said they would opt to return to Mauritania. 

Refugees in Senegal told MEE last year that the prospect of facing racial violence on their return was key among the reasons. 

Activists said that refugees have often returned home to find their property and the land they abandoned when they were forced to flee now occupied by others.

The commission failed to address concerns in the letter that “Mauritania has continued to strip the citizenship of tens of thousands of Black Mauritanians” since the purges.

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Nevertheless, the commission claimed that “the principle of non-discrimination is established in the Constitution” and that there was “equality of treatment in access to justice and equal access to public services”.

In practice, things are far different, five political parties and civil society groups said last week in a letter to France's Macron, who was headed to the capital Nouakchott to attend a key meeting of the G-5 Sahel, a French-backed regional counter-terrorism force headquartered there.

“Mauritania, which you are going to visit as part of the G5-Sahel, is a country in which there is a 'disguised apartheid', not codified as it was in South Africa,” the letter said.

“Unwritten laws, in effect, confine the Mauritanian Black man at best, to the rank of second-class citizen, at worst, a victim of the denial of humanity through slavery.”

The letter, which was also signed by Alassane Dia, a prominent anti-racist activist, added: “Apartheid was fought by the free world in its time, thus, you cannot keep a low profile on what is happening with us.”

Abdoulaye Sow, a Mauritanian-American activist who fled the racial pogroms of the late 1980s, told MEE: “To be honest, we don’t want any measures to be taken that will harm the Mauritanian people.

'Mauritania, which you are going to visit as part of the G5-Sahel, is a country in which there is a 'disguised apartheid', not codified as it was in South Africa'

- Letter to President Macron

“We just want countries who have good relationships with Mauritania to tell them that there is something fundamentally wrong within this country and that they should take this into consideration when dealing with it,” said Sow, who spoke to MEE from Texas. 

“It is as valid for the United States as it is for France.”

Speaking from Cincinnati, Ohio, activist Papis Wane said members of the Black Mauritanian community had approached the congressmen months ago, but that the Black Lives Matter movement had given their case added momentum.

“This is one global movement against racial justice. We’ve been trying hard to make sure that everyone sees it that way, " he said.

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'Gang-Related' Shooting At South Carolina Club Concert Kills 2

Newsy - Sun, 07/05/2020 - 20:21

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A shooting at a Greenville, South Carolina, nightclub left two dead and eight injured and authorities say the incident may be linked to the headlining performer's entourage.

Authorities say about 200 people had gathered for a concert by rapper Foogiano at Lavish Lounge in Greenville County when the shooting occurred early Sunday morning. 

Authorities said one of those killed worked as a security guard at the club.

There have not been any charges filed yet but the Greenville News reports that police believe the incident was gang related. The Greenville County sheriff said his office is looking at two suspects.

Local media quoted the sheriff telling reporters Sunday that investigators believe people associated with the Georgia rapper were involved in the shooting but that Foogiano himself was not part of the violence.

Authorities are also investigating whether the concert was legal under South Carolina's coronavirus lockdown rules.

Dozens Of People Dead Or Presumed Dead In Japan Floods

Newsy - Sun, 07/05/2020 - 20:20

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Over two dozen people are dead or presumed dead in southern Japan after the country experienced a weekend of torrential rains.

Thousands of people lost power, and over 33,000 lost landline connections. The top three mobile carriers experienced outages. Officials asked more than 200,000 people who lived by a river to evacuate because it overflowed in at least 10 places, washing away some homes.

Japan's public broadcaster reports at least twelve people are missing. Tens of thousands of troops have been deployed to help with rescue efforts, which have been complicated by the continued risk of flooding and mudslides.

Prime Minister Abe Shinzo pushed for increased rescue efforts, saying "nothing is more important than human lives." In a tweet, he urged the people of Japan to continue to check for updates from local governments and "be vigilant" against continued natural disasters.

Reuters reports the flooding is the worst natural disaster since Typhoon Hagibis killed 90 people last October.

Demonstrators Topple Christopher Columbus Statue In Baltimore

Newsy - Sun, 07/05/2020 - 20:19

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A group of protesters pulled down a statue of Christopher Columbus in Baltimore during a demonstration on Saturday.

The marble statue broke into several pieces when it hit the ground before protesters dragged it and threw it in the city's Inner Harbor.

The statue stood in Baltimore's Little Italy neighborhood since its unveiling by the city's mayor and former President Ronald Reagan more than 35 years ago.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan denounced the protesters' actions on Sunday, calling what happened "the antithesis of democracy." In the same statement, Hogan said he welcomes "peaceful protests and constructive dialogue" on what to do with certain monuments. 

Protesters in Richmond, Virginia, and St. Paul, Minnesota, toppled statues of Columbus in their respective cities last month, while Boston officials removed a Columbus statue shortly after it was found beheaded.

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Italy agrees to take in 180 migrants rescued in Mediterranean

Middle East Eye - Sun, 07/05/2020 - 19:56
Italy agrees to take in 180 migrants rescued in Mediterranean
Those on board explode with joy at announcement their ordeal amid cramped conditions on Ocean Viking will soon be over
MEE and agencies Sun, 07/05/2020 - 20:56
Migrants react on Sunday aboard Ocean Viking rescue ship after Italy announces they will be authorised to land (AFP)

Italy on Sunday authorised charity vessel Ocean Viking to transfer 180 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean to a ship in Sicily for quarantine, the ship's operator and the government said.

Those on board exploded with joy at the announcement that their ordeal amid the cramped conditions on the Ocean Viking would soon be over, with migrants singing, applauding and taking selfies.

"We have received instructions from the Italian maritime authorities to disembark those on board in Porto Empedocle," a spokesman for the charity SOS Mediterranee told AFP, which has a correspondent on board.

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"We're very happy! We've come a long way, Libya was like hell and now at least we can see the end. I need to tell my family that I'm still alive," said Rabiul, 27, from Bangladesh.

Last week, a group of human rights activists and lawyers took a case to prosecutors at a court in Rome, asking them to determine whether the Italian authorities were complicit in an incident involving a migrant boat on Easter Sunday in which 12 people drowned and the 51 survivors were taken back to Libya, according to the InfoMigrants website.

The Ocean Viking is now heading for the port where the migrants will be transferred to the government-chartered ship, the Moby Zaza, for 14 days of quarantine.

"I can confirm that they're authorised to move to the Moby Zaza, likely tomorrow morning," interior ministry spokesman Dino Martirano said.

They have been on the Ocean Viking for more than a week, with fights and suicide attempts on board prompting the charity to declare a state of emergency on Friday.

The Ocean Viking, which has been in limbo in the Mediterranean south of Sicily, has been waiting for permission from Italy or Malta to offload the migrants at a safe port. 

Tensions have risen in the past week, as witnessed by an AFP reporter, with the migrants increasingly desperate to reach land. Others have become distraught at not being able to telephone their families to let them know they were safe.

A member of the crew, Ludovic, said that he had never witnessed such violence on board a rescue vessel, after a spate of fights between migrants and threats of suicide. 

The migrants, who include Pakistanis, North Africans, Eritreans, Nigerians and others, were picked up after fleeing Libya in four separate rescues by the Ocean Viking on 25 and 30 June. 

"Now, a second life is in front of us, after everything we went through in Libya. Thank you Italy for offering us a second life, and to SOS Mediteranee for saving the first," said Emmanuel, 32, from Ghana.

Migrants and NGO

The migrants include 25 children, most of whom are unaccompanied by adults, and two women, one of whom is pregnant.

At times, all the members of the SOS Mediterranee rescue team have been on deck in order to calm tense situations. Some of the threats were directed at the rescuers themselves. 

Rumours abounded among the groups of migrants, including that the NGO was in cahoots with Italian authorities, earning money each day the migrants were kept on board. 

On Thursday, two migrants threw themselves into the Mediterranean but were rescued.

More than 18,000 people have drowned or disappeared in the Mediterranean Sea while trying to reach Europe since 2014, according to the UN’s International Organisation for Migration. 

The arrival of summer and more favourable conditions at sea may lead to an increase of attempts to cross the Mediterranean with the hope of arriving in Europe.

BLM Protester Dies After She Stood on Interstate in Seattle at 1:30 AM and was Struck by Black Driver

GatewayPundit - Sun, 07/05/2020 - 19:41

Two women activists were hit by a car in downtown Seattle early in the morning on July 4th.

The women activists were standing on the interstate at 1:30 AM.

The protesters were wearing black on the dark highway at 1:30 AM.

The car suffered front grill and windshield damage.

The driver was in custody but was not impaired when he hit the women on the highway.

Here are two pictures of the suspect vehicle that struck two protesters on I-5 this morning. Investigation into motive and point of entry in to I-5 are still under investigation. pic.twitter.com/gU1QH6TFTu

— Trooper Rick Johnson (@wspd2pio) July 4, 2020

The driver was later identified and doxxed by Antifa.

The man D**it K***te was just driving down the interstate when he ran up on the protesters at 1:30 AM.

The local antifa is calling him “a racist monster.”

The driver is black.

The man who hit two Black Lives Matter protesters on the freeway in Seattle is a black man. Left-wing activists on social media claim without evidence that the incident was a Charlottesville-style far-right attack. Both victims sustained serious injuries. https://t.co/scx15rlHVu

— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) July 4, 2020

One of the women – Summer Taylor — died later on Saturday.

A friend wrote his memories of Summer then was attacked for calling Summer a “her.”

RIP Summer Taylor , 24 years old murdered for peacefully protesting, being nothing but light. Let's celebrate the life and the courage and respect their pronouns it's they/them . pic.twitter.com/WiXJOBkeBm

— Samirah (@Thisishowispeak) July 5, 2020

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Black Lives Matter, Indigenous groups rally for justice on Fourth of July

UPI - Sun, 07/05/2020 - 19:33
Demonstrators gathered throughout the nation to call for justice for victims of police violence as well as calling attention to injustices faced by indigenous people and people of color on the Fourth of July.

Kanye West Announces Bid For Presidency

Newsy - Sun, 07/05/2020 - 19:11

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Kanye West announced on Twitter he's running for president in this year's election.

He said, "We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future." He added #2020Vision. 

Some people speculate it's a publicity stunt, though. The rapper just released his latest single, "Wash Us in the Blood," and his new album, "God's Country" will be released soon.

The music mogul has teased running for president quite a few times. During MTV's 2015 Video Music Awards, he said he would run for president in 2020. And last year, he said twice that he would run for president in 2024's election. 

On Saturday, Kim Kardashian-West supported her husband's announcement with a retweet and an American flag emoji. Tech billionaire Elon Musk responded to West's tweet, as well, offering his full support. And business leader, Mark Cuban, said he would vote for West over President Donald Trump.

However, it's unclear whether West has filed paperwork for his presidency with the Federal Election Commission. There's no sign of a campaign committee set up for him for this year's election.

West could meet the deadline to run as an Independent candidate in some states. He would still need to get enough signatures to get on November's ballot, otherwise he could end up being a write-in candidate. 

Pesky storm to keep southeastern US drenched into midweek

UPI - Sun, 07/05/2020 - 18:50
Forecasters are carefully monitoring a slow-moving storm system that has brought repeated downpours to the Southeast since last week. Widespread showers and thunderstorms will continue daily into the middle of the week -

Iran is negotiating 25-year strategic accord with China, Zarif says

Middle East Eye - Sun, 07/05/2020 - 18:22
Iran is negotiating 25-year strategic accord with China, Zarif says
Iranian media have highlighted possibility that agreement would see Iran benefit from China’s robust economy
MEE and agencies Sun, 07/05/2020 - 19:22
Iran Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, left, and Miao Lu, secretary-general of Center for China & Globalization, at Doha Forum in Qatar last December (AFP)

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Sunday that Iran has been negotiating a 25-year accord with China whose terms will be announced once a deal is struck.

"With confidence and conviction, we are negotiating a 25-year strategic accord with China," Iran's top trading partner, he told a stormy session of parliament.

China is also a key market for Iranian crude oil exports, although those have been dampened by US economic sanctions imposed after Washington's 2018 withdrawal from the nuclear deal with Tehran, AFP said.

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An accord with China has been a hot topic on Iranian social media since populist ex-president Mahmud Ahmadinejad last month denounced negotiations that were underway with a foreign country.

The agreement was raised by Ahmadinejad during a recent political visit to Gilan province, where he alleged that there was a secret agreement and argued against recognising the contract, according to the Jerusalem Post.

Still, Zarif, who came under fire over the 2015 nuclear accord that Iranian conservatives had opposed, insisted there was "nothing secret" about the China deal.

The nation will be informed "when an accord has been concluded", he said, adding it had already been made public in January 2016 when Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Tehran.

In the last several days, Iranian media have highlighted the possibility that the agreement would see Iran benefit from China’s robust economy and help increase the partnership between the two countries, the Jerusalem Post noted.

The two countries already have warm relations and Beijing may be keen to knit Iran more deeply into its various economic plans at a time when Iran has turned to China and other countries in its struggle against damaging US economic sanctions.

Washington is also currently pushing to extend a UN arms embargo on Iran that is set to expire in October.

The US already has the support of Saudi Arabia and Israel, but China, Russia, Germany, the UK and France - all members of the UNSC and signatories to the nuclear deal with Iran - have publicly expressed their opposition to the extension plan.

Florida coronavirus cases surpass 200,000, including more than 10K in one day

UPI - Sun, 07/05/2020 - 18:11
New cases of COVID-19 continued to surge over the Fourth of July weekend as Florida surpassed 200,000 total cases on Sunday.

Protester Hit By Car On Closed Freeway Dies Of Injuries

Newsy - Sun, 07/05/2020 - 17:18

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A 24-year-old demonstrator was killed Saturday when they were hit by a car on a closed Seattle freeway during a protest.

Washington State Patrol said Summer Taylor died at an area hospital Saturday. Another protester 32-year-old Diaz Love was hit by the same driver and was in critical condition.

The two protesters were participating in a Black Lives Matter takeover of Seattle's I-5 — which State Troopers had closed down for the event — when the driver got around protester-parked cars used for protection and hit them.

The driver, described as a 27-year-old Seattle man, fled the scene. However, a protester hopped in a car and chased and stopped him. Troopers eventually arrested him for vehicular assault. Bail was denied.

A GoFundMe page set up by a friend of Summer Taylor to help pay medical expenses described them as, quote, "an incredibly strong and independent spirit" who worked at a veterinary clinic.

President Trump Delivers Divisive Independence Day Speech

Newsy - Sun, 07/05/2020 - 17:03

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In a divisive Independence Day speech at the White House Saturday, President Donald Trump promised supporters he'd defeat the "radical left," comparing his effort to America's fight against German Nazis during World War II.

He said, "American heroes defeated the Nazis, dethroned the fascists, toppled the communists, saved American values, upheld American principles and chased down the terrorists to the very ends of the earth. We are now in the process of defeating the radical left, the Marxists, the anarchists, the agitators, the looters and people who in many instances have absolutely no clue what they are doing."

The president also took a swing at the media, accusing reporters of falsely labeling him and his supporters as racist.

"When you level these false charges, you not only slander me, you not only slander the American people, but you slander generations of heroes who gave their lives for America," said President Trump.

The rise in COVID-19 cases caused officials across the country to urge Americans to celebrate Independence Day at home. When addressing the pandemic, the president continued to blame China for what he called a cover up.

And — avoiding a mention of nearly 130,000 U.S. deaths from coronavirus — President Trump without evidence claimed that 99% of COVID-19 cases are "totally harmless." The Food and Drug Administration's commissioner, Stephen Hahn, responded to the president's remarks on CNN on Sunday saying, “I’m not gonna get into who’s right and who’s wrong.” Johns Hopkins University reports the U.S. has a 4.6% coronavirus fatality rate.

Canada Suspends Extradition Treaty With Hong Kong

Newsy - Sun, 07/05/2020 - 16:47

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Canada has suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong in response to China's new security law.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday the country will stop extraditing people to Hong Kong over the new law, which critics say threatens the territory's autonomy guaranteed under the "one country, two systems" model. He also said Canada will immediately halt shipments of "sensitive military items" to Hong Kong, and is considering "additional measures," including immigration.

"We are extremely concerned about the situation in Hong Kong," Trudeau said. "We will continue to look at responses, working closely with our allies, including our Five Eyes allies, who have made very strong statements in regards to the decision by the Chinese government to move forward and weaken the one country, two systems principle that is so important not just to us, but to the 300,000 Canadians who live in Hong Kong and to the millions of people who live in Hong Kong."

China's embassy in Ottawa accused Canada in a statement Saturday of "meddling in Hong Kong affairs under the pretext of human rights." The statement added, "We urge the Canadian side to view the National Security Law in a fair, objective manner, [and] immediately stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs and China's domestic affairs in any way."

CDC: COVID-19 is close to losing its epidemic status in the U.S.

Geller Report - Sun, 07/05/2020 - 16:00

This will get NO coverage from the seditious Democrat media complex – COVID deaths are at an all-time low.

The latest data show that the percentage of deaths in the country attributable to those factors had as of the last week in June reached its lowest point since the end of last year, becoming “equal to the [current] epidemic threshold of 5.9%,” the CDC said.

The Democrats need lockdowns to destroy the economy to defeat Trump. Enemy of the people.

COVID DEATHS CONTINUE TO FALL: “Biggest milestone today is that the 7-day average for COVID-19 deaths reported by states fell below 500″

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COVID-19 is close to losing its epidemic status in the U.S., according to the CDC

The percentage of coronavirus deaths in the country has been declining for ten straight weeks.

By: Daniel Payne, JTN, July 4, 2020;

Coronavirus deaths in the country have nearly reached a level where the virus will cease to qualify as an epidemic under Centers for Disease Control and Prevention rules, the federal agency reported on Friday.

The CDC qualifies a disease outbreak as an “epidemic” if the number of deaths attributable to the disease exceeds a certain percentage of total deaths per week. That threshold for pneumonia, influenza and COVID-19 fluctuates slightly depending on the time of year, ranging from around 7% at the height of flu season to around 5% during less virulent months.

CDC data indicate that deaths from those ailments began skyrocketing in the country around the second week of March, hitting a peak around early May and then plummeting quickly after that.

The latest data show that the percentage of deaths in the country attributable to those factors had as of the last week in June reached its lowest point since the end of last year, becoming “equal to the [current] epidemic threshold of 5.9%,” the CDC said.

The agency notes that the official tally of deaths “will likely change as more death certificates are processed, particularly for recent weeks.” Yet the number of deaths attributable to COVID-19, pneumonia and influenza have been declining for 10 straight weeks, the agency said on its website, suggesting COVID-19 may cease to qualify as an epidemic in the next few weeks.

The welcome news comes as fear over a “second wave” of the virus has gripped the U.S., with some states experiencing fresh surges of COVID-19 along with increased hospitalizations.

Though infections are significantly up in some places, deaths throughout the country have remained flat, due likely to several factors including a younger cohort of infections as well as improved treatment methods.

Remember: in April, the question was mass graves in Central Park. Now it’s if ICUs will reach 100% of normal non-surge capacity (Houston is back under again today). And #covid deaths in Houston are about 2% (yes, 2%) of what they were in NYC at peak, with no obvious trend higher. pic.twitter.com/z9Gd9ELNew

— Alex Berenson (@AlexBerenson) July 4, 2020

Roses are red, violets are blue, Florida’s hospitals are pretty much where they were a month ago despite 100,000+ #sarscov2 positive tests, wouldn’t it be nice if someone besides me reported this to you? pic.twitter.com/96biXDfOZl

— Alex Berenson (@AlexBerenson) July 5, 2020

SICK: MSNBC Host Labels 4th of July “Independence for White Men” – Compares Trump Voters to “Colonizing Slave Owners”

GatewayPundit - Sun, 07/05/2020 - 15:59

This is the modern day left — America hating, whitey hating bigots.

On Sunday morning Tiffany Cross filled in for Joy Reid on MSNBC.

During her monologue Cross labeled the 4th of July “Independence Day for white men” and compared Trump voters to “colonizing slave owners.”

Tiffany Cross: And so here we are celebrating the birth of a nation, independence for white men at a site described by one native American activists as “a symbol of white supremacy.” Trump choosing Mount Rushmore for a 4th of July campaign stop is just like when he chose Tulsa, the site of the 1921 massacre against black Americans, for his Juneteenth weekend rally. It’s that cool, tired and familiar jab to black, brown and indigenous people that makes the shrinking MAGA voter feel as big as a 60-foot face of a colonizing slave owner.”

These people really do hate their country.

Tiffany Race Baiter is on again. https://t.co/WLiRHCOyaQ

— Tim Graham (@TimJGraham) July 5, 2020

Unfortunately, she is the perfect spokeswoman for the modern day Democrat Party.

If you're not watching #AMJoy right now…you're missing ALL the #CrossTalk Let's get it! pic.twitter.com/RUP6bwU24t

— @tiffanydcross (@TiffanyDCross) July 4, 2020

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