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    https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/26/polit...sks/index.html

    CNN)Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney posted a photo of former Vice President Dick Cheney sporting a face mask on Friday and took a shot at the manhood of people who refuse to wear face coverings in a seeming jab at President Donald Trump.
    Liz Cheney, the No. 3 House Republican, posted the photo her father as lawmakers push harder for their constituents to wear face masks to limit the spread of coronavirus. Trump has been loath to wear a mask, despite the advice of public health experts.
    "Dick Cheney says WEAR A MASK. #realmenwearmasks," the younger Cheney tweeted Friday along with a photo of her father wearing a mask.

    Masks remain a sticking point for some politicians, most notably Trump, even as the number of coronavirus cases climbs past 2.4 million, according to data from the Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that everyone "should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities."

    But Trump has continued to defy health recommendations and has been reluctant to be seen wearing a mask in public. He recently told The Wall Street Journal that masks are "a double-edged sword" and also suggested that masks are being worn as a political statement, rather than a health precaution, to show disapproval of him.
    Some Republican governors, such as Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, have resisted mandating face masks be worn in public in their states despite new coronavirus peaks in their states. Experts say wearing a face mask or other face covering could reduce the transmission of Covid-19 by as much as 50%.
    Cheney's comments on Friday were not her first to run counter to the President's decisions in combating the coronavirus.
    Cheney said in March that the US must address its health care crisis in order to restore the economy, as some of Trump's allies pushed to reopen the country despite the threat of the coronavirus pandemic.
    "There will be no normally functioning economy if our hospitals are overwhelmed and thousands of Americans of all ages, including our doctors and nurses, lay dying because we have failed to do what's necessary to stop the virus," Cheney wrote on Twitter.
    In April, Cheney pushed back against a false claim by Trump that he has "total" authority to decide to lift restrictions governors have imposed amid the coronavirus pandemic.
    "The federal government does not have absolute power," Cheney tweeted at the time, though she did not mention the President explicitly.
    The Wyoming Republican invoked the 10th Amendment to the Constitution in her tweet, saying, "'The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.' United States Constitution, Amendment X."

    Cheney is not alone in calling for mask-wearing. Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, whose state of Florida has seen a recent surge of coronavirus cases, said Wednesday that "everyone should just wear a damn mask."
    Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden said Friday that if elected president, he would make wearing a face covering in public mandatory. Last month, Trump and the White House had mocked Biden for wearing a mask outdoors to a Memorial Day event, leading Biden to fire back in an interview with CNN, calling Trump "an absolute fool."

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    https://www.cbs8.com/article/news/lo...8-6d7d539ff6b8

    SAN DIEGO — A San Diego woman’s social media post shaming a Starbucks barista for telling her to wear a mask has backfired. As of Tuesday night, the post had more than 122,000 comments from across the world, many defending the employee.

    “This is a minimum wage job he is trying to get through his day,” said former Starbucks partner Courtney White

    She stopped at the 4227 Genesee Avenue Starbucks on Tuesday to support the employee identified as Lenin Gutierrez.

    “Shame on her for shaming him for doing his job,” said White.

    In a prerecorded video, Lenin Gutierrez, the Starbucks barista, thanked the thousands of people who donated more than $12,000 to a GoFundMe to tip him after a San Diego woman berated him on social media for telling her to put on a mask inside the Clairemont coffee shop.

    “I just wanted to say thank you for all of the love and support and what everyone is doing - it's an honor to see all this happen,” said Gutierrez.

    The viral post started on Monday when the woman posted and tagged the Genesee store writing:

    “Meet lenen [sic] from Starbucks who refused to serve me cause I'm not wearing a mask. Next time I will wait for cops and bring a medical exemption."

    Backlash from the post created more than 40,000 shares calling the woman a “Karen” and praising Lenin. A Karen is described as a pejorative term for a woman perceived to be entitled or demanding beyond the scope of what is considered appropriate or necessary.

    “What Lenin did was the right thing, he was just doing his job and didn't deserve to be berated in the store,” said GoFundMe organizer Matt Cowan.

    The Irvine man said he doesn’t know Lenin and is promising him every penny raised online.

    “I wanted to put money in the tip jar, and that is kind of what led to me making a virtual tip jar,” said Cowan

    People as far as Australia have donated, Mikayla Zerafa wrote, "From Australia to you, Lenen! [sic] I wish I could’ve offered more but I’m out of work due to COVID. I appreciate people like yourself who are making sure proper health practices are in place and being adhered to. I apologise [sic] that you unfortunately have had to deal with ignorant Karen’s who believe they’re above the polices there to keep people safe. Keep up the great work"

    The Starbucks store’s Facebook page and Yelp have been inundated with positive reviews and support for Lenin. Yelp posted it disabled comments until this cools down.

    Under Governor Gavin Newsom’s orders, you can be exempt from wearing a mask for medical reasons. The woman’s Facebook page is filled with anti-mask memes. She did not return requests for comments but responded to many on her post defending herself and her beliefs. A relative confirms she is not a COVID-19 believer and doesn’t believe masks protect against the virus.

    “I want to remind everyone to be kind to one another and to love each other and always remember to wear a mask,” said Gutierrez.

    Starbucks e-mailed a statement, “We want everyone to feel welcome in our stores. We respectfully request customers follow social distancing and safety protocols recommended by public health officials, including wearing a facial covering when visiting our stores.

    More information on what customers can expect in our stores can be found on our At a Glance page”

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    Right before the GOP re-scheduled convention in Jacksonville....let the wailing and gnashing of teeth begin.

    https://www.news4jax.com/news/local/...-mask-mandate/

    A week after Mayor Lenny Curry said he didn’t think it was “prudent” to require the wearing of face masks in Jacksonville, the city did an about-face Monday and issued a face-covering mandate.

    The order that went into effect at 5 p.m. Monday will be for indoor locations only, a city spokeswoman said. It will not be required outdoors, for anyone under 6 years old, for anyone with breathing problems or while at a table at a restaurant.

    City officials said the beaches area is included in the mandate and masks are required anywhere inside where people are unable to socially distance.

    The string of record or near-record days of additional coronavirus cases in Florida and greater Jacksonville was broken as Monday’s increase slipped back, but still increasing far faster than earlier in the month. Total cases in Duval County have doubled in eight days.

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    https://www.mynews13.com/fl/orlando/...-stalking-case

    Joel Greenberg enters a plea Not Guilty for political corruption, Stalking and making false rape allegations.

    ORLANDO, Fla. -- Former Seminole County Tax Collector Joel Greenberg entered a not-guilty plea Tuesday in a federal case alleging he stalked a political foe.

    Greenberg, 35, resigned from his elected post on June 24, a day after the U.S. Attorney?s Office for the Middle District of Florida announced two charges against the Lake Mary man.

    He is accused of stalking and unlawful use of a means of identification of another person.

    Greenberg?s attorney filed a document on his behalf waiving his right to appear in court and entering a plea of not guilty.

    U.S. District Judge Gregory A. Presnell is scheduled to preside over a status conference for Greenberg?s case on July 14. A jury trial is set for August 3.

    According to an indictment, Greenberg is responsible for social media accounts that falsely alleged the political foe -- a school employee -- had sex with a student.

    Federal prosecutors also allege he was behind an ?imposter Twitter account? using the foe?s name and image without that person?s knowledge or approval.

    ?Greenberg caused postings to be made using that account that falsely represented that the school employee was a segregationist and in favor of white supremacy,? the U.S. Attorney?s Office said in a statement.

    Greenberg faces up to 10 years in federal prison if convicted of both charges.

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    So Kanye says he is running for President.

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    Apparently Kanye West for President rumors is at play here.

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    I really hope people see thru this BS. Kanye is trying to get the black vote, which would take away from Bernie's vote... this leaves Trump with the most votes and winning again. Total fucking political move. Both him and his wife has been buddy buddy with Trump during his presidency, no way he is doing this is an attempt to beat him.
    I can be your *ADDICTION* if you wanna get hooked on something!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nclexusgirl View Post
    I really hope people see thru this BS. Kanye is trying to get the black vote, which would take away from Bernie's vote... this leaves Trump with the most votes and winning again. Total fucking political move. Both him and his wife has been buddy buddy with Trump during his presidency, no way he is doing this is an attempt to beat him.
    Bernie dropped out. Most of us have traded Trump to anyone but us. We're not voting for his nutty ass. Plus he wouldn't make the ballots in a few states.

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    I do think Kanye's attempt is an attempt to divide black votes, but as Queena said, I don't think he will be able to get on the ballot in most places. Even though his POS wife is a 'billionaire' we've seen enough true billionaires run and drop out. It takes more than just money to run an election.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raisedbywolves View Post
    So Kanye says he is running for President.
    Hes insane

    "The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man" -Charles Darwin

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    Quote Originally Posted by raisedbywolves View Post
    I do think Kanye's attempt is an attempt to divide black votes, but as Queena said, I don't think he will be able to get on the ballot in most places. Even though his POS wife is a 'billionaire' we've seen enough true billionaires run and drop out. It takes more than just money to run an election.

    But Kanye West made the announcement sound like it was from the Onion though. I figured it was more to do with him wanting to be a political pundit somewhere though but where needed to be determined.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Queena View Post
    Bernie dropped out. Most of us have traded Trump to anyone but us. We're not voting for his nutty ass. Plus he wouldn't make the ballots in a few states.
    totally meant Biden. The Kardashian following and the people Kim "won over" by helping get poc out of jail/prison are the people they are counting on to listen and vote Kanye. Everything is just so fucked up.
    I can be your *ADDICTION* if you wanna get hooked on something!!

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    https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/...134250894.html

    Kanye West’s presidential bid has dinged Democratic presumptive Joe Biden’s odds to win the 2020 election, according to one of the largest online sportsbooks.

    According to Bet Online, political betting markets opened Sunday with West added at +10000 (100/1) odds to win the 2020 election. Those are the same odds 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has, though she is not in the race and has thrown her support behind Biden.

    From Saturday to Sunday, Biden — the outright favorite — moved from -180 (5/9) to -160 (5/8) odds, according to Bet Online. Republican and incumbent Donald Trump’s odds to win improved with West’s weekend announcement, moving from +150 (3/2) to +130 (13/10).

    Also Read: Kanye West Announces 'I Am Running for President of the United States! #2020VISION'

    “We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future. I am running for president of the United States ! #2020VISION,” West tweeted on the Fourth of July.

    This isn’t the first time he has said he’s running to become the commander in chief, either. In 2015, while accepting the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at MTV’s Video Music Awards, he told a stunned audience, “As you probably could have guessed by this moment, in 2020 I have decided to run for president.”

    Read original story Kanye West’s Presidential Bid Hurts Joe Biden’s Odds to Win, According to Betting Site At TheWrap

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    https://news.yahoo.com/is-kanye-west...222938521.html

    On Saturday, just four months before the 2020 election, musician, provocateur and former ardent Donald Trump supporter Kanye West tweeted that he was launching his own bid to become president.

    “We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future. I am running for president of the United States! #2020VISION,” West wrote on Independence Day.

    His tweet was boosted by his wife, reality star and entrepreneur Kim Kardashian, and was endorsed by Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. Fellow artists like rapper 2Chainz griped that he’s upset he voted in Georgia’s primary elections, implying that he’d rather have waited to cast his ballot for West, but that won’t be possible in many states where deadlines have already passed for names to be added to preprinted voting forms.

    So far, however, there’s little indication that West intends to follow through with his campaign announcement. No official FEC filing has been made under West’s name this year (back in 2015, however, a parody filing was made by Kanye “Deez Nuts” West).

    In 2020, West would be forced to run as an independent, as Joe Biden has already become the presumptive Democratic nominee and Republicans are unlikely to substitute him for Trump. Deadlines to appear on several states ballots as an independent are also quickly approaching, and the chance to run in six major states, including delegate-rich Texas and New York, have already passed. West would have to assemble a campaign and file paperwork at breakneck speed to even be considered a viable candidate in the most traditional sense.

    Of course, a West win could be possible (though, again, highly improbable) through a series of grassroots, write-in-ballots, which is more pie-in-the-sky thought exercise than anything else.

    Making his prospects even dimmer, write-in ballots aren’t even possible in eight states, and even if he were able to win the popular vote in other states, he would have had to file before Election Day with many other states for it to matter.

    So what’s West’s ploy, then? Is his last-minute campaign a bid to peel votes away from Biden? Or is the whole endeavor simply a PR stunt?

    West has always found his way into presidential politics. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, West declared live on television controversially that “George W. Bush doesn’t care about Black people.” West spoke openly about what he believed to be the president’s failure to reach ailing Black families in Louisiana in the aftermath of the deadly storm.

    After West interrupted Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, President Obama called him a “jackass.”

    In 2012, West accused Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney of not paying his taxes.

    In 2018, West made fresh waves by coming out in support of Trump, calling the Republican president “his brother” who he said possesses “dragon energy.” In 2019 his defense of Trump became much sharper, accusing Democrats of controlling the Black community and teasing his own future run with a simple “2024.”

    West and wife Kardashian helped promote criminal justice reform legislation and have visited the White House on a handful of occasions.

    The Biden campaign has yet to make any public comment about West’s announcement to run for president. When asked for comment by ABC News, the Trump campaign simply said: “God bless America.”
    I say Kanye is trying to flip flop the presidential issue to keep the press speculating on a ploy to somewhere after November 2020.

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    https://fox40.com/news/national-and-...tivate-voters/

    NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump is wielding America’s racial tensions as a reelection weapon, fiercely denouncing the racial justice movement on a near-daily basis with language stoking white resentment and aiming to drive his supporters to the polls.

    The incendiary discourse is alarming many in his own party and running contrary to the advice of some in his inner circle, who believe it risks alienating independent and suburban voters. It’s a pattern that harks back to cultural divisions Trump similarly exploited in his victorious 2016 campaign.

    “It’s not about who is the object of the derision or the vitriol. The actual issue is understanding the appeal to white resentment and white fear,” said Eddie Glaude, chair of the Department of African American studies at Princeton University. “It’s all rooted in this panic about the place of white people in this new America.”

    Though Trump has long aired racially divisive language and grievances in the public sphere, his willingness to do so from behind the presidential seal — and on his Twitter account — has reached a breakneck pace in recent days as the nation grapples with racial injustice.

    The president tweeted — and later deleted — a video of a supporter yelling “white power.” He referred to the Black Lives Matter mantra as a “symbol of hate.” He took a swipe at NASCAR for removing the Confederate flag from its races and falsely suggested a Black driver had carried out a racially charged hoax. He mused about overturning a suburban fair-housing regulation and spoke approvingly of the current branding of the Washington Redskins and Cleveland Indians, team nicknames that many consider offensive to Native Americans.

    Most notably, he has engaged in a full-throated defense of the Confederate legacy, which he at times has cloaked within tributes to the Founding Fathers, including during a pair of high-profile Fourth of July weekend speeches.

    “Those who seek to erase our heritage want Americans to forget our pride and our great dignity, so that we can no longer understand ourselves or America’s destiny,” Trump said Friday at the base of Mount Rushmore. “In toppling the heroes of 1776, they seek to dissolve the bonds of love and loyalty that we feel for our country, and that we feel for each other. Their goal is not a better America; their goal is the end of America.”

    In defending Thomas Jefferson and George Washington that night, Trump did not mention the Confederacy. Instead, he painted racial justice demonstrators with a broad brush that made no distinction between the many who oppose honoring the Confederacy and the relatively few who question celebrating Founders who owned slaves.

    But Trump has repeatedly called for the preservation of statues of the Confederacy and the names of its generals on military bases — all assailed in the protests that have swept from coast to coast in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd.

    His comments are an apparent descendant, a half-century later, of Richard Nixon’s coded outreach to white voters known as the Southern Strategy. Trump himself has embraced Nixon’s phrase “the Silent Majority” to describe his own supporters.

    By all accounts, the president’s actions are, at times, born of impulse and an instinctive reaction to what he sees on television. However, according to current and former Trump campaign officials, his overarching strategy is an appeal to white voters — some of them racist and some who fear being left behind by a government seemingly consumed with helping others. Those officials were not authorized to publicly discuss such private matters and commented only on condition of anonymity.

    The belief is that his appeals will generate enthusiasm among the same disaffected white voters who made up the president’s base of supporters four years ago.

    But many in Trump’s orbit are sounding the alarm that 2020 is not 2016.

    White House advisers Kellyanne Conway and Jared Kushner, according to the officials, have both warned that some of the racist rhetoric, including the use of China-blaming “kung flu” to describe the COVID-19 pandemic, could turn off swaths of voters. And some believe there was more of an audience for inflammatory rhetoric about immigration four years ago, particularly as polls show the Black Lives Matter movement gaining widespread support.

    “The 2016 debate about immigration was about the future of sovereignty, the American worker, and our culture. The issues that involve race now are completely different,” said Sam Nunberg, a former Trump campaign adviser.

    “It’s not easy to conflate people who want to tear down the statues of the Confederacy and the few who want to get George Washington,” said Nunberg. “I don’t think it’s a winning argument in a time of a pandemic. This doesn’t affect people’s daily lives. This is a dumb issue to fight.”

    Four months before Election Day, Republicans are nervously watching polls that show Trump slipping behind his Democratic rival Joe Biden. They have grown increasingly worried that his focus on racial rancor could force GOP senators locked in tough campaigns to distance themselves from their party’s president.

    “Defending the Confederacy and racial dog whistles is not going to help win the suburbs. He is solely focused on a small part of his base when he should be looking to grow his support,” said Alex Conant, a Republican strategist who advised Sen. Marco Rubio’s presidential bid. “If Joe Biden proposed tearing down Mount Rushmore, that would be a huge opening for Trump. But Biden is not doing that.”

    Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., said GOP candidates “need to do what they need to do to win. And in some states, he will be a benefit in some parts of the country. In other parts of the country, less so.”

    The Trump campaign dismisses accusations of racism.

    “President Trump’s Mount Rushmore address was a defining speech highlighting America’s highest ideals of freedom and individual liberty,” said campaign spokesman Ken Farnaso. “He both educated citizens on our shared history and pushed for a more united front combating those who want to create chaos.”

    Democrats have charged that the president’s recent rhetoric is consistent with Trump’s history, including his call in the 1980s for the death penalty for Black teenagers later exonerated for the rape of a jogger in Central Park and for questioning whether the nation’s first Black president, Barack Obama, was born in the United States.

    “We are beyond dog whistles with this president,” said TJ Ducklo, the Biden campaign’s national press secretary. “Donald Trump openly embraces racist rhetoric and sends blatant signals of support for the causes of white supremacists — and he does it from the highest office in the land.”

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    https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/08/enter...bes/index.html

    Kanye West says he no longer supports Trump and that he had coronavirus

    Kanye West is taking off his MAGA hat.

    That's just one of the revelations from a four-hour Forbes interview conducted Tuesday with the rapper/mogul/aspiring politician that was released on Wednesday.

    West, who has been widely criticized because of his support of President Donald Trump, reportedly told the publication he has lost confidence in the commander in chief.

    "It looks like one big mess to me," West said. "I don't like that I caught wind that he hid in the bunker."

    The "Closed on Sunday" wordsmith was referring to reports in June that Trump was briefly moved to an underground bunker during protests at the White House over racial injustice and police brutality.

    West's comments come after he announced he is running for president himself, despite having missed deadlines in several states to actually get on the ballot.

    He insisted to Forbes that his run is not a publicity stunt and said he had no issue with the idea that his planned run could potentially take votes away from presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden and aid in the reelection of Trump.

    "I'm not denying it, I just told you," West said. "To say that the Black vote is Democratic is a form of racism and white supremacy."

    "I'm not saying Trump's in my way, he may be a part of my way. And Joe Biden? Like come on man, please," the publication also quoted West as saying. "You know? Obama's special. Trump's special. We say Kanye West is special. America needs special people that lead. Bill Clinton? Special. Joe Biden's not special."

    One of the reasons the star believes he will be able to get on the ballot despite missing deadlines to file is because of the coronavirus -- a disease he says he contracted in February.

    "Chills, shaking in the bed, taking hot showers, looking at videos telling me what I'm supposed to do to get over it," West said of that time.

    It's unclear whether West was ever tested for the virus or antibodies and he said he's praying for a cure, though he is suspicious of a possible vaccine.

    "We pray. We pray for the freedom," said West who last year dropped his "Jesus Is King" album and talked about his spiritual awakening. "It's all about God. We need to stop doing things that make God mad."

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    Quote Originally Posted by raisedbywolves View Post
    https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/08/enter...bes/index.html

    Kanye West says he no longer supports Trump and that he had coronavirus
    Please Explain its Jibberish at this point.

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    SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) — Lisa C Alexander was trending on Twitter Saturday after a video surfaced on social media showing her confront a man for writing “Black Lives Matter” on his property.

    Alexander, a skincare CEO, approached James Juanillo Tuesday, June 9 around 4 p.m. in front of his home in Pacific Heights.

    Juanillo spoke with KRON4’s Haaziq Madyun Saturday afternoon to share his side of the story.


    After Alexander assumed he was vandalizing private property, Juanillo explained to KRON4 that he has lived in his home since 2002.

    A video of the encounter has reached more than 10.4 million views on Twitter.
    https://www.kron4.com/news/bay-area/...ty-speaks-out/

    Now the target of the Karen rant comes forward

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    https://wreg.com/news/health-officia...f-virus-surge/

    Now there is a correlation between people who went to the Trump rally and COVID-19 Positive cases in Oklahoma

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — President Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Tulsa in late June that drew thousands of participants and large protests “likely contributed” to a dramatic surge in new coronavirus cases, Tulsa City-County Health Department Director Dr. Bruce Dart said Wednesday.

    Tulsa County reported 261 confirmed new cases on Monday, a one-day record high, and another 206 cases on Tuesday. By comparison, during the week before the June 20 Trump rally, there were 76 cases on Monday and 96 on Tuesday.

    Although the health department’s policy is to not publicly identify individual settings where people may have contracted the virus, Dart said those large gatherings “more than likely” contributed to the spike.

    “In the past few days, we’ve seen almost 500 new cases, and we had several large events just over two weeks ago, so I guess we just connect the dots,” Dart said.

    Trump’s Tulsa rally, his first since the coronavirus pandemic hit the U.S., attracted thousands of people from around the country. About 6,200 people gathered inside the 19,000-seat BOK Center arena — far fewer than was expected.

    Dart had urged the campaign to consider pushing back the date of the rally, fearing a potential surge in the number of coronavirus cases.

    Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh said the campaign went to great lengths to ensure that those who attended the rally were protected.

    “There were literally no health precautions to speak of as thousands looted, rioted, and protested in the streets and the media reported that it did not lead to a rise in coronavirus cases,” Murtaugh said in a statement. “Meanwhile, the President’s rally was 18 days ago, all attendees had their temperature checked, everyone was provided a mask, and there was plenty of hand sanitizer available for all

    “It’s obvious that the media’s concern about large gatherings begins and ends with Trump rallies,” he said.

    Although masks were provided to rally goers, there was no requirement that participants wear them, and most didn’t.

    A reporter who attended the Trump rally is among those who have tested positive for COVID-19, along with six of Trump’s campaign staffers and two members of the Secret Service who worked in advance of the rally.

    Statewide, Oklahoma health officials on Wednesday reported 673 new confirmed cases of coronavirus, the state’s second-highest daily total since the start of the pandemic.

    The new cases reported by the Oklahoma State Department of Health follow a record high of 858 cases that were reported on Tuesday and bring the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 17,893. The actual number of infections is thought to be much higher because many people haven’t been tested and some who get the disease don’t show symptoms.

    The health department also reported three additional COVID-19 deaths, bringing the statewide death toll to 407.

    In response to a recent surge in coronavirus cases, the cities of Norman and Stillwater have approved mandates that people must wear masks in public. Norman approved its ordinance Tuesday night after a five-hour city council meeting during which citizens on both sides of the issue spoke out.

    For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms that clear up within weeks. But for others, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, the virus can cause severe symptoms and be fatal.

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    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court issued a mixed verdict Thursday on demands for President Donald Trump's financial records that will keep his tax returns, banking and other documents out of the public eye for the time being.

    By 7-2 votes, the justices upheld the Manhattan district attorney's demand for Trump's tax returns, but kept a hold on Trump’s financial records that Congress has been seeking for more than a year.

    But Trump, who has strenuously sought to keep his financial records private, didn't immediately regard the outcome as a victory.

    “The Supreme Court sends case back to Lower Court, arguments to continue. This is all a political prosecution," Trump wrote in a series of angry tweets that followed the court rulings.

    The justices rejected arguments by Trump’s lawyers and the Justice Department that the president is immune from investigation while he holds office or that a prosecutor must show a greater need than normal to obtain the records. The tax returns are being sought as part of a grand-jury investigation.

    Because the grand jury process is confidential, the rulings make it likely that none of Trump’s financial records will become public soon.

    Trump’s two high court appointees, Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, joined the majority in both cases along with Chief Justice John Roberts and the four liberal justices. Roberts wrote both opinions.

    "Congressional subpoenas for information from the President, however, implicate special concerns regarding the separation of powers. The courts below did not take adequate account of those concerns," Roberts wrote in the congressional case.

    The ruling returns the case to lower courts, with no clear prospect for when the case might ultimately be resolved.

    The tax returns case also is headed back to a lower court, but Trump's major arguments have now been rejected.

    Justice Samuel Alito, who dissented with Justice Clarence Thomas in both cases, warned that future presidents would suffer because of the decision about Trump's taxes.

    “This case is almost certain to be portrayed as a case about the current President and the current political situation, but the case has a much deeper significance," Alito wrote. "While the decision will of course have a direct effect on President Trump, what the Court holds today will also affect all future Presidents—which is to say, it will affect the Presidency, and that is a matter of great and lasting importance to the Nation.”

    Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said his investigation, on hold while the court fight played out, will now resume.

    “This is a tremendous victory for our nation’s system of justice and its founding principle that no one — not even a president — is above the law. Our investigation, which was delayed for almost a year by this lawsuit, will resume, guided as always by the grand jury’s solemn obligation to follow the law and the facts, wherever they may lead," Vance said.

    The case was argued by telephone in May because of the coronavirus pandemic.

    The fight over the congressional subpoenas has significant implications regarding a president’s power to refuse a formal request from Congress. In a separate fight at the federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., over a congressional demand for the testimony of former White House counsel Don McGahn, the administration is making broad arguments that the president’s close advisers are “absolutely immune” from having to appear.

    In two earlier cases over presidential power, the Supreme Court acted unanimously in requiring President Richard Nixon to turn over White House tapes to the Watergate special prosecutor and in allowing a sexual harassment lawsuit against Clinton to go forward.

    In those cases, three Nixon appointees and two Clinton appointees, respectively, voted against the president who chose them for the high court. A fourth Nixon appointee, William Rehnquist, sat out the tapes case because he had worked closely as a Justice Department official with some of the Watergate conspirators whose upcoming trial spurred the subpoena for the Oval Office recordings.

    The subpoenas are not directed at Trump himself. Instead, House committees want records from Deutsche Bank, Capital One and the Mazars USA accounting firm. Mazars also is the recipient of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance’s subpoena.

    Appellate courts in Washington, D.C., and New York brushed aside the president’s arguments in decisions that focused on the fact that the subpoenas were addressed to third parties asking for records of Trump’s business and financial dealings as a private citizen, not as president.

    Two congressional committees subpoenaed the bank documents as part of their investigations into Trump and his businesses. Deutsche Bank has been one of the few banks willing to lend to Trump after a series of corporate bankruptcies and defaults starting in the early 1990s.

    Vance and the House Oversight and Reform Committee sought records from Mazars concerning Trump and his businesses based on payments that Trump’s former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, arranged to keep two women from airing their claims of decade-old extramarital affairs with Trump during the 2016 presidential race.

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    LOS ANGELES - Kanye West is late to the 2020 presidential conversation.

    In fact, the rapper has yet to file the necessary paperwork to be a candidate, despite tweeting on July 4 that he was running for the top office in the land. And it’s far too late to appear on most state ballots.

    Even so, the “Late Registration” rapper already has an idea of how he’d set up his administration.

    Drawing inspiration from the 2018 Marvel superhero film “Black Panther,” West told Forbes he would have the White House set up like the government of Wakanda. In the movie, Wakanda is a fictional country in Africa ruled by King T’Challa, better known as the Black Panther. He frequently receives guidance from a council of nobles.

    He also consults the nation’s lead scientist, who happens to be T'Challa's younger sister, Princess Shuri.

    West indicated he would make meeting with top scientists a cornerstone of his administration. "Like in the movie in Wakanda, when the king went to visit that lead scientist to have the shoes wrap around her shoes. Just the amount of innovation that can happen, the amount of innovation in medicine — like big pharma — we are going to work, innovate, together," West told the outlet.

    Forbes described West’s four-hour interview as “rambling.” At one point, West declined to say the presidency would make him powerful because “you got a lot of alien level superpowers and it’s only collectively that we can set it free.” West also spoke about his recent battle with COVID-19, saying that he had chills and that the virus left him shaking in bed.

    “I remember someone had told me Drake had the coronavirus and my response was Drake can’t be sicker than me,“ West joked.

    West also touched on prayer in schools, China, abortion rights, the death penalty, race relations and said he had withdrawn his support for President Donald Trump.

    West had long been a vocal Trump supporter, often being spotted wearing Trump’s signature red “Make America Great Again” hat.

    But he said he could no longer support the president after learning that he reportedly hid in the White House bunker during nearby protests over racism and police brutality sparked by the death of George Floyd.

    Last month, West donated $2 million to the families of Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor.

    On July 7, West received criticism after newly released government data showed that his apparel company Yeezy received between $2 million and $5 million in coronavirus relief funds intended to help keep small businesses afloat during the pandemic.

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    https://www.orlandosentinel.com/opin...2qu-story.html

    If You think Kanye West and Donald Trump are batshit crazy. Check out this Joel Greenberg ex tax collector he had scandals crazier than even Trump.


    The Orlando Sentinel’s editorial board video-interviewed one of two Republican candidates for Seminole County tax collector this week, J.R. Kroll.

    The other candidate, Brian Beute, didn’t sit in. He’s collateral damage in Joel Greenberg’s scorched-earth re-election campaign.



    Greenberg, who until recently was the incumbent tax collector, is under federal indictment, accused of posing as a “very concerned student” in fake letters to the private school where Beute teaches, falsely accusing him of sexual misconduct.

    As if sexual assault on kids wasn’t enough, the feds say Greenberg falsely wrote that Beute was “a segregationist and in favor of white supremacy.”

    The indictment says Greenberg also posted the phony accusations on fake Twitter and Facebook accounts.

    None of it is true, according to the indictment. It’s all fabricated. But now Beute — the victim in this sordid episode — feels he can’t sit in on a routine editorial board interview “out of an abundance of caution,” he said in a written statement.



    Greenberg, who has pleaded not guilty, ended his campaign and resigned from office before Gov. Ron DeSantis could suspend him, assuming DeSantis had planned to do so.

    Good riddance. Greenberg was the worst elected official in recent Central Florida memory, and that’s saying something. His behavior was arrogant, reckless, untrustworthy and ridiculous. And he was a terrible steward of the public’s money.

    In this election season, Greenberg’s wrecking-ball tenure is a reminder of what’s at stake, even in races that might seem as innocuous and inconsequential as tax collector, essentially an administrative function.

    Greenberg was elected in 2016 — the year of the Trump — at the age of 31. He spent nearly $200,000 of his own money to defeat longtime incumbent Ray Valdes, who had served beyond his expiration date.

    It was a bad choice of candidates but Seminole County voters picked the greater of two evils — Greenberg, who wasted no time proving it:

    A few months after his election, Greenberg decides he doesn’t like his free office space and moved to new digs that cost $9,200 a month.
    A couple of months after that he lets the county know he’s hiring 19 new employees at a cost of about $500,000 annually.
    In June 2017 he decides employees should be able to openly carry firearms.
    Later that summer, armed and wearing a “tax collector” badge, he bans from his offices a county commissioner he was miffed at.
    Greenberg closes out 2017 by following and pulling over a woman he thought was speeding so he could scold her.
    The tables are turned at the start of 2018 when Greenberg is pulled over for speeding and tries to use his public position to get out of a ticket.
    About that same time the state puts an end to a scheme in which Greenberg wanted to sell off tax collector branch offices and invest in shopping centers.
    Later that year he takes to Facebook to insult Muslims.
    In late 2019, the Sentinel reveals that Greenberg has been handing out lucrative contracts and jobs to pals, business associates and buds who were in his wedding party.
    In the course of a few short years, Greenberg spends so much money that he’s returning nearly $5 million less each year in excess fees to the county, money that would otherwise be spent on roads, libraries and trails.

    That’s some kind of record in less than one full term.

    And yet, until he was indicted on charges of stalking and identity theft, Greenberg was going to run again.


    But who would support the re-election of a person who had proved so completely that he was unfit for office, including his betrayal of the bedrock conservative principle of fiscal responsibility?

    Chris Dorworth, for one. The Ballard Partners lobbyist, River Cross developer and former state lawmaker from Seminole gave Greenberg $1,000, according to a campaign finance report filed on June 10.

    So did Dorworth’s friend Matt Gaetz, the Panhandle Republican congressman whose $1,000 contribution shows up on the same report.

    Their contributions were made before Greenberg’s indictment, but his shortcomings as a public servant, his betrayal of the voters’ trust by acting in his own self-interest instead of the public’s, should have been an unforgivable sin.

    We’re glad Greenberg’s out of office, and we hope he stays gone. He embodies nearly everything that’s gone astray in politics.

    Electing the wrong person can damage the public trust, waste public money and harm people who have done nothing wrong.

    Just ask Brian Beute.

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    Kanye West says he no longer supports Trump and that he had coronavirus
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    Kanye West is reportedly fighting Bipolar disorder according to a person connected to the Kardashians.

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    Kanye West's announcement about his intention to run for president has come amid a new cycle in the rapper's struggle with his bipolar disorder, a source tells PEOPLE.

    "Kanye has been doing well for a long time. In the past, he has suffered both manic and depressive episodes related to his bipolar disorder. Right now, he is struggling again," a source tells PEOPLE.

    Wife Kim Kardashian West, who according to the source is in Los Angeles with their four kids while West is in Wyoming, has been feeling "worried" about her husband's behavior.

    "Kim is concerned, as well as her whole family. It's super stressful for Kim, because Kanye's behavior is very unpredictable. She is worried," the source adds. "The episodes usually last for a few weeks and then things go back to normal. Kim hopes it will be the same this time."

    RELATED: Kim Kardashian Previously Warned Husband Kanye West About Possible Presidential Run


    Days after announcing his campaign on July 4, the rapper, 43, doubled down on his intentions on running in 2020, despite significant hurdles to getting his name on the ballot, including that he seemingly has yet to register with the Federal Election Commission.

    In a new interview with Forbes, which the magazine described as occurring over "four rambling hours,” the rapper claimed he was running with the campaign slogan "YES!" as a member of his new political party called the "Birthday Party" because "when we win, it's everybody’s birthday."

    In the interview, which has drawn widespread controversy and condemnation, the rapper also addressed his mental health, saying, "You know I was out there, ended up in the hospital, people were calling me crazy. I'm not crazy."


    Following years of speculation from fans —particularly after he was hospitalized for a "psychiatric emergency" in November 2016 just after canceling his Saint Pablo tour — West seemingly confirmed that he had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2018, with the release of his album Ye — which bore the phrase "I Hate Being Bipolar. It's Awesome" on the cover.

    "I had never been diagnosed until I was 39," he said during an interview recorded with radio host Big Boy soon afterward "But like I said on the album, it's not a disability, it's a superpower."

    Later that year West stated that he had been misdiagnosed and was actually suffering from sleep deprivation. However, in subsequent interviews, both the rapper and his wife confirmed his diagnosis.

    In a 2019 cover story for Vogue, Kardashian West, 39, said that her husband has accepted that he is bipolar, though he has opted out of treating the disorder with pharmaceuticals.

    "For him, being on medication is not really an option, because it just changes who he is," she explained, adding that the couple had reached a "pretty good place" with his mental health at the time.

    "It is an emotional process, for sure," she added. "Right now everything is really calm. But we can definitely feel episodes coming, and we know how to handle them."

    RELATED: Everything to Know from Kanye West's Outlandish Forbes Interview, from Wakanda White House to Denouncing Black History Month

    The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star also spoke about how she handles criticism of West's more controversial acts and public proclamations.

    "I think some of the hurtful things that I read online: 'What is she doing? She's not stopping him…' Like it's my fault if he does or says something that they don't agree with?" she said. "That’s my husband. I share every opinion that I have and let him know when I think something's wrong. Or if it comes to him being in the middle of a bipolar episode, I'll do everything to be supportive and help to calm the situation."


    West has also spoken candidly about what it's like when he has an "episode."

    "When you're in this state, you're hyper-paranoid about everything," West said during his My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman interview last year.

    "Everyone — this is my experience, other people have different experiences — everyone now is an actor. Everything's a conspiracy. You feel the government is putting chips in your head. You feel you're being recorded. You feel all these things," he continued. "You pretty much don't trust anyone."

    Referencing the explosive interview he gave to TMZ in May 2018, in which he infamously suggested that slavery is "a choice," West noted that without regularly taking medication "you have a potential to ramp up."

    "When you ramp up, it expresses your personality more. You can become almost more adolescent in your expression," West continued. "This is my specific experience that I've had over the past two years."

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    https://time.com/5865261/tiktok-trump-campaign-app/



    The TikTok-tivists are at it again.

    Thousands of users of the popular video app flocked to the Apple App Store in the last few days to flood U.S. President Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign app with negative reviews. On Wednesday alone 700 negative reviews were left on the Official Trump 2020 app and 26 positive ones, according to tracking firm Sensor Tower.

    TikTok fans are retaliating for Trump’s threats of banning the app, which is owned by China’s Bytedance Ltd. and is hugely popular in the U.S., especially among teens. The thought of taking away a key social and entertainment hub in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic has led to outrage.

    “For Gen Z and Millennials, TikTok is our clubhouse and Trump threatened it,” said Yori Blacc, a 19-year-old TikTok user in California who joined in the app protest. “If you’re going to mess with us, we will mess with you.”


    Blacc said the movement gained steam Wednesday when a popular TikTok user, DeJuan Booker, called on his 750,000 followers to seek revenge. He posted a step-by-step primer on how to degrade the app’s rating, notching 5.6 million views. “Gen Z don’t go down without a fight,” said Booker, who goes by @unusualbeing on TikTok. “Let’s go to war.”


    The efforts to push the app low enough so that Apple will remove it from the app store may be misguided. Apple doesn’t delete apps based on their popularity. The App Store may review those that violate its guidelines or are outdated, but not if their ratings sink. A similar tactic was tried in April to protest Google Classroom by kids frustrated with quarantine home-schooling.


    But young people are looking for ways to make their voices heard, even if some of them can’t yet vote. Last month, many young people organized through TikTok to sign up to attend Trump’s first post-shutdown campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, but then didn’t show up. The Trump campaign denied the online organizing effort contributed to lower-than-expected attendance.

    The Trump campaign and Apple didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. TikTok was experiencing connectivity issues on Thursday, according to Downdector, which measures web traffic.

    Trump’s re-election smartphone app is a big part of the president’s unrivaled digital operation and was meant to circumvent tech companies like Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. and give the campaign a direct line to supporters. The app has helped the campaign engage Trump’s die-hard supporters, especially in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, by feeding them his latest tweets and promoting virtual events. Supporters can donate to the president’s campaign or earn rewards for recruiting friends like VIP seats to rallies or photos with the president.

    The Official Trump 2020 app has been downloaded more than 500,000 times on Google’s Android store as of June 15. Apple doesn’t publish information on downloads.


    Reviews with titles such as “Terrible App” or “Do Not Download!” have been flooding the App Store since late June. Official Trump 2020 now has more than 103,000 one-star reviews for an overall rating of 1.2.

    But the uptick of activity has also caused the app to rise in rankings. Users have to download the app to review it, vaulting it to second place on the Apple store from No. 486 on Tuesday, according to Sensor Tower.

    “Do I think that this is going to fundamentally change the election? No,” said Tim Lim, a veteran Democratic digital strategist. “But it goes to show that they are just as susceptible to these mass actions as anyone else. Trump is starting to see what it feels like to have a massive online army committed to defeating him.”

    Trump earlier this week said his administration is considering banning TikTok as one way to retaliate against China over its handling of the coronavirus. Trump’s comments came after Secretary of State Michael Pompeo told Americans not to download the app unless they want to see their private information fall into “the hands of the Chinese Communist Party.” Bytedance is also facing a U.S. national security review for its acquisition of startup Musical.ly. It has denied allegations that it poses a threat to U.S. national security.

    Trump didn’t offer specifics about a potential decision and Pompeo seemed to walk back the idea of a ban in a later statement, saying that the U.S. efforts to protect American consumers’ data don’t relate to any one particular company.

    Many TikTok users say they care less about potential Chinese snooping and more about Trump taking away their digital hangout. In the U.S., TikTok has been downloaded more than 165 million times, according to Sensor Tower.

    “I don’t believe Trump is trying to take TikTok away because of national security, but more to retaliate against activism on the app and all the videos about him that drag him through the mud,” said Darius Jackson, an 18-year-old TikTok user in Champaign, Illinois, who asked his followers Wednesday to give Trump’s app a one-star rating.

    “This is the first year I’ll be able to vote and I think activism on TikTok is going to make a big difference,” Jackson said.

    —With assistance from Mark Gurman.

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