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Fauci says new US coronavirus cases could hit 100,000 a day in stark warning to Senate – live Fauci says new US coronavirus cases could hit 100,000 a day in stark warning to Senate – live
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Top health expert says US is sliding backwards on handling of pandemic and that he fears the rate of death and infection will rise dramaticallyTop health expert says US is sliding backwards on handling of pandemic and that he fears the rate of death and infection will rise dramatically
Former combat pilot Amy McGrath has won her primary race in Kentucky to represent the Democratic Party in November in the Senate race against majority leader and pro-Trumpian powerhouse Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell, according to The Associated Press, which called the race just now.
A few months ago this would not have been a surprise result, as McGrath has emerged as a strong and popular candidate, fiercely supported by the party establishment and having raised a bajillion dollars.
But a late, progressive challenger, Charles Booker, ran her right to the rails, especially in recent weeks as she faltered in public discussions of the Black Lives Matter movement and the waves of protest that followed the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Booker emerged from Louisville, fighting for justice and for police reform and an end to systemic racism and police brutality, particularly with regard to the shooting death of Louisville’s Breonna Taylor in March after what appeared to be a botched police raid on her apartment, where she the EMT was asleep.
The US set a new high last week for the number of new coronavirus cases confirmed in one day, following the statistics issued regularly by Johns Hopkins University, when it rose to 40,000 compared with the high of 36,400 in a day, reported on April 24 during the first peak of infections.
Fauci last testified in the Senate on May 12. Since then, and especially in June, business have started opening up in quite a rush, seemingly sidestepping recommendations issued by the federal government about not relaxing restrictions on businesses and social movements until criteria had been met such as a two-week reduction in new infections, much higher rates of testing and the guarantee of sufficient hospital capacity and supplies if things got worse.
“If you look at what is going on, you see the film clips,” Fauci said, of images on TV of crowded beaches, people rushing back to bars, few wearing masks in states where huge infection surges are not being seen, especially Florida, Texas, Arizona and California, but other states in the Deep South and places like North Carolina.
People “congregating without masks” he said.
He warned states that if they continued “jumping over the guidelines we have carefully put out, you are going to be in trouble.”
Senator Elizabeth Warren said: “If we don’t get our act together, more and more communities are going to see these dangerous surges” in cases.
She mentioned to Fauci that in March he had estimated that between 100,000 and 200,000 people in America will die from coronavirus and there would be millions of cases.
The figures currently stand in the US at 2.68 million confirmed cases and 129,000 deaths (worldwide it’s 10.4 million cases and 509,000 deaths so far).
“How many Covid-19 deaths and infections should America expect before this is all over?” Warren asked Fauci.
He demurred on the death toll, but said: “It’s going to be very disturbing”, adding on the number of cases that he “would not be surprised if we go up to 100,000 a day if we do not turn this around.”
That is, obviously, a staggering projection, at 1.5 times the current record high of daily new cases.
“So I’m very concerned...it could get really bad,” Fauci said.
Two’s company, this is a crowd.
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Infectious diseases expert and White House coronavirus task force member Anthony Fauci just gave a stark warning to the public in the middle of his testimony to the US Senate just now.Infectious diseases expert and White House coronavirus task force member Anthony Fauci just gave a stark warning to the public in the middle of his testimony to the US Senate just now.
“I’m very concerned about what is going on right now,” he said, referring to a dangerous surge in new coronavirus cases in the US, particularly in the south and west.“I’m very concerned about what is going on right now,” he said, referring to a dangerous surge in new coronavirus cases in the US, particularly in the south and west.
Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren said that when Fauci had last testified before this Senate health committee, seven weeks ago, he had said that “at the time the US did not by any means have total control over this outbreak” of coronavirus.Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren said that when Fauci had last testified before this Senate health committee, seven weeks ago, he had said that “at the time the US did not by any means have total control over this outbreak” of coronavirus.
At the time, May 12, she was referring to the national picture, as the state currently of most acute concern, Florida, Texas, Arizona and California, were still under effective lockdown.At the time, May 12, she was referring to the national picture, as the state currently of most acute concern, Florida, Texas, Arizona and California, were still under effective lockdown.
As they have reopened in recent weeks without, as Fauci pointed out, adhering to federal health guidelines, new cases have surged there and in some other states to the point where last week there was a record one day high of 40,000 new Covid-19 cases diagnosed.As they have reopened in recent weeks without, as Fauci pointed out, adhering to federal health guidelines, new cases have surged there and in some other states to the point where last week there was a record one day high of 40,000 new Covid-19 cases diagnosed.
That beat the April peak, when New York was the hotspot, of the high somewhere north of 36,000 new cases in a day.That beat the April peak, when New York was the hotspot, of the high somewhere north of 36,000 new cases in a day.
Warren continued about the May 12 session: “But you also said we were going in the right direction.”Warren continued about the May 12 session: “But you also said we were going in the right direction.”
Fauci responded that the current figures “speak for themselves”.Fauci responded that the current figures “speak for themselves”.
“I’m very concerned. We are going in the wrong direction, if you look at the figures for new cases. We need to do something about this and we need to do it quick. We are not in total control right now,” he said.“I’m very concerned. We are going in the wrong direction, if you look at the figures for new cases. We need to do something about this and we need to do it quick. We are not in total control right now,” he said.
America’s leading public health expert Anthony Fauci has confirmed what the record figures are telling us – the US is sliding backwards on its handling of the coronavirus pandemic.America’s leading public health expert Anthony Fauci has confirmed what the record figures are telling us – the US is sliding backwards on its handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
“We are going in the wrong direction,” Fauci just told the Senate.“We are going in the wrong direction,” Fauci just told the Senate.
Last week the US saw a new daily record of 40,000 new coronavirus cases in one day.Last week the US saw a new daily record of 40,000 new coronavirus cases in one day.
Fauci just said, in testimony before committee, that he fears that the rate will rise dramatically.Fauci just said, in testimony before committee, that he fears that the rate will rise dramatically.
“I would not be surprised if we go up to 100,000 a day if this does not turn around.”“I would not be surprised if we go up to 100,000 a day if this does not turn around.”
Fauci added about death and infection rates going forward: It’s going to be very disturbing … it could get really bad.”Fauci added about death and infection rates going forward: It’s going to be very disturbing … it could get really bad.”
A leading Republican senator says Donald Trump should start wearing a mask at least some of the time because politics is getting in the way of protecting the American people from Covid-19.A leading Republican senator says Donald Trump should start wearing a mask at least some of the time because politics is getting in the way of protecting the American people from Covid-19.
“The stakes are too high for the political debate about pro-Trump, anti-Trump masks to continue,” says Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, the chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee that’s currently holding a hearing with top public health expert Anthony Fauci and CDC director Bob Redfield as witnesses.“The stakes are too high for the political debate about pro-Trump, anti-Trump masks to continue,” says Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, the chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee that’s currently holding a hearing with top public health expert Anthony Fauci and CDC director Bob Redfield as witnesses.
Alexander had to self-quarantine after he was exposed to a staff member who tested positive. But the senator says he was told by the Senate physician that he was protected, never developing the disease, because the staffer was wearing a mask.Alexander had to self-quarantine after he was exposed to a staff member who tested positive. But the senator says he was told by the Senate physician that he was protected, never developing the disease, because the staffer was wearing a mask.
“This small, life-saving practice has become part of the political debate,” Alexander lamented, “that says, if you are for Trump you don’t wear a mask and if you are against Trump you do.”“This small, life-saving practice has become part of the political debate,” Alexander lamented, “that says, if you are for Trump you don’t wear a mask and if you are against Trump you do.”
He continued: “That’s why I’ve suggested that the president occasionally wear a mask, even though in most cases it’s not necessary for him to do so.” (Trump gets a coronavirus test at least once a day.)He continued: “That’s why I’ve suggested that the president occasionally wear a mask, even though in most cases it’s not necessary for him to do so.” (Trump gets a coronavirus test at least once a day.)
“The president has plenty of admirers, they would follow his lead, it would help in this political debate, the stakes are too high for this to continue,” he said.“The president has plenty of admirers, they would follow his lead, it would help in this political debate, the stakes are too high for this to continue,” he said.
“It’s also a pretty good way to make a statement,” he added, then going on to mention styles of masks, himself favoring a plaid one, he said, though the graver message about leading by example in order to help prevent transmission came through loud and clear.“It’s also a pretty good way to make a statement,” he added, then going on to mention styles of masks, himself favoring a plaid one, he said, though the graver message about leading by example in order to help prevent transmission came through loud and clear.
Meanwhile, even “Fox and Friends” co-host Steve Doocy is now begging Trump to wear a mask, telling it would set a good example to others. The president has refused to wear a mask out in public.Meanwhile, even “Fox and Friends” co-host Steve Doocy is now begging Trump to wear a mask, telling it would set a good example to others. The president has refused to wear a mask out in public.
Doocy said MAGA should now stand for Masks Are Great Again.Doocy said MAGA should now stand for Masks Are Great Again.
Here’s more from my colleague Lauren Aratani:Here’s more from my colleague Lauren Aratani:
When you’ve been the US’s top expert on infectious diseases since 1984 and been at the forefront of assessing public health blights from HIV to Ebola, swine flu, bird flu, and more, and now Covid-19, Fauci 79, is not easily rattled.When you’ve been the US’s top expert on infectious diseases since 1984 and been at the forefront of assessing public health blights from HIV to Ebola, swine flu, bird flu, and more, and now Covid-19, Fauci 79, is not easily rattled.
So when Senator Rand Paul, the first member of that chamber to test positive for coronavirus earlier this year, raises his voice, shakes his curls and waves his arms around and says: “We should not assume that a group of experts knows what’s best for everyone”, Fauci just smiles.So when Senator Rand Paul, the first member of that chamber to test positive for coronavirus earlier this year, raises his voice, shakes his curls and waves his arms around and says: “We should not assume that a group of experts knows what’s best for everyone”, Fauci just smiles.
Paul said that Fauci is always very busy being negative. “Every day we hear from you what we cannot do,” Paul said... “you cannot do this, you cannot do that, you need to not be so presumptive that you know everything.”Paul said that Fauci is always very busy being negative. “Every day we hear from you what we cannot do,” Paul said... “you cannot do this, you cannot do that, you need to not be so presumptive that you know everything.”
This brings to mind Fauci’s do’s. Do wear a mask, do keep six feet from others in public, etc, etc, as he tries to save lives and get the government to take seriously the fact that coronavirus is out of control in the US.This brings to mind Fauci’s do’s. Do wear a mask, do keep six feet from others in public, etc, etc, as he tries to save lives and get the government to take seriously the fact that coronavirus is out of control in the US.
But Fauci instead pulled out a positive for Paul, after the Senator pointed out that child-to-child transmission of Covid is less common that most community spread.But Fauci instead pulled out a positive for Paul, after the Senator pointed out that child-to-child transmission of Covid is less common that most community spread.
“If you were listening [to opening testimony] and I’m sure you were,” Fauci said, Paul would know that “I feel very strongly that we need do everything we can to get the children back to school.”“If you were listening [to opening testimony] and I’m sure you were,” Fauci said, Paul would know that “I feel very strongly that we need do everything we can to get the children back to school.”
There is hot debate about where, whether or how children can go back to school after the summer break.There is hot debate about where, whether or how children can go back to school after the summer break.
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Nuff said.Nuff said.
America’s top US infectious disease expert, Dr Anthony Fauci, is addressing a top Senate committee in a hearing this morning. We’re live streaming it, above, but will bring you highlights here on a very lively news day.America’s top US infectious disease expert, Dr Anthony Fauci, is addressing a top Senate committee in a hearing this morning. We’re live streaming it, above, but will bring you highlights here on a very lively news day.
Fauci has been director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984 and is the leading authority in the US on this topic.Fauci has been director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984 and is the leading authority in the US on this topic.
As July begins, there are several coronavirus vaccine trials moving to a more advanced stage of clinical trials. There are many efforts to produce a vaccine for the virus going on around the world.As July begins, there are several coronavirus vaccine trials moving to a more advanced stage of clinical trials. There are many efforts to produce a vaccine for the virus going on around the world.
But the US is a leading medical and scientific force in this battle. Fauci just said that he is “aspirationally hopeful” and “cautiously optimistic” about progress towards a vaccine.But the US is a leading medical and scientific force in this battle. Fauci just said that he is “aspirationally hopeful” and “cautiously optimistic” about progress towards a vaccine.
“There is no guarantee that we will have a safe and effective vaccine,” he reminded the public in his testimony to the Senate health committee.“There is no guarantee that we will have a safe and effective vaccine,” he reminded the public in his testimony to the Senate health committee.
“But we are cautiously optimstic that we will at least know the efficacy by early winter or the first part of next year, and hopefully [will have] doses available by the beginning of next year,” he said.“But we are cautiously optimstic that we will at least know the efficacy by early winter or the first part of next year, and hopefully [will have] doses available by the beginning of next year,” he said.
Fauci also told the committee (and one is tempted to make this all capitals, just like a presidential tweet, but we’ll settle for bold): “I think masks are extremely important. We keep hammering that home.”Fauci also told the committee (and one is tempted to make this all capitals, just like a presidential tweet, but we’ll settle for bold): “I think masks are extremely important. We keep hammering that home.”
House No. 2 Democrat, Steny Hoyer, said after a White House closed-door briefing earlier today that Democrats want a full congressional briefing on alleged Russian bounties on the heads of US troops serving in Afghanistan.House No. 2 Democrat, Steny Hoyer, said after a White House closed-door briefing earlier today that Democrats want a full congressional briefing on alleged Russian bounties on the heads of US troops serving in Afghanistan.
Hoyer said he believes that Russia “remains involved in a negative way in Afghanistan”. He called for a direct briefing from US intelligence officials, not just White House aides and said he had heard nothing that indicated the media accounts of the scandal were built around a hoax.Hoyer said he believes that Russia “remains involved in a negative way in Afghanistan”. He called for a direct briefing from US intelligence officials, not just White House aides and said he had heard nothing that indicated the media accounts of the scandal were built around a hoax.
House intelligence committee chairman Adam Schiff (who led the Trump impeachment hearings in the House) has demanded that the US now weigh new sanctions on Russia to deter its “malign” actions.House intelligence committee chairman Adam Schiff (who led the Trump impeachment hearings in the House) has demanded that the US now weigh new sanctions on Russia to deter its “malign” actions.
Schiff said Trump should not be courting Russian President Vladimir Putin by inviting him to a Group of Seven (G7) summit of leading industrial nations - but rather should impose costs on Moscow.Schiff said Trump should not be courting Russian President Vladimir Putin by inviting him to a Group of Seven (G7) summit of leading industrial nations - but rather should impose costs on Moscow.
“The president of the United States should not be inviting Russia into the G7 or G8. We should be considering what sanctions are appropriate to further deter Russia’s malign activities,” he told reporters after the White House briefing.“The president of the United States should not be inviting Russia into the G7 or G8. We should be considering what sanctions are appropriate to further deter Russia’s malign activities,” he told reporters after the White House briefing.
Meanwhile, in London, Britain’s defence secretary said he was aware of intelligence relating to reports that Russia paid the Taliban to kill US troops but declined to comment further.Meanwhile, in London, Britain’s defence secretary said he was aware of intelligence relating to reports that Russia paid the Taliban to kill US troops but declined to comment further.
Asked about the reports in the New York Times, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said: “On the issue of the reports which I think were in the New York Times, all I can say is: I’m aware of the intelligence.”Asked about the reports in the New York Times, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said: “On the issue of the reports which I think were in the New York Times, all I can say is: I’m aware of the intelligence.”
“But I can’t comment on intelligence matters other than to say we take lots of measures to defend and make sure our soldiers ... are kept safe when deployed,” Wallace told a parliamentary committee.“But I can’t comment on intelligence matters other than to say we take lots of measures to defend and make sure our soldiers ... are kept safe when deployed,” Wallace told a parliamentary committee.
He said he would not comment on whether the intelligence was true or not but that “we just take steps”.He said he would not comment on whether the intelligence was true or not but that “we just take steps”.
“It is absolutely true that countries like Russia have taken lots of malign activity against us,” Wallace said.“It is absolutely true that countries like Russia have taken lots of malign activity against us,” Wallace said.
Donald Trump must have at least been aware of the allegation that Russia paid bounties to Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan to kill US-led coalition troops, a senior Democratic lawmaker said this morning after a White House briefing.Donald Trump must have at least been aware of the allegation that Russia paid bounties to Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan to kill US-led coalition troops, a senior Democratic lawmaker said this morning after a White House briefing.
“Based on what we heard today, it was information that a) the president should have known about and b) based on what we were told today, he did - it seems to me like he did know about it,” said Representative Adam Smith, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Reuters reports.“Based on what we heard today, it was information that a) the president should have known about and b) based on what we were told today, he did - it seems to me like he did know about it,” said Representative Adam Smith, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Reuters reports.
Trump said on Sunday he was never briefed about any Russian bounties and Trump administration officials have said there was no consensus on the underlying intelligence among US agencies, something Smith said they underscored to Democratic lawmakers at the closed-door White House briefing.Trump said on Sunday he was never briefed about any Russian bounties and Trump administration officials have said there was no consensus on the underlying intelligence among US agencies, something Smith said they underscored to Democratic lawmakers at the closed-door White House briefing.
National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien earlier today issued a statement insisting Trump had not been briefed on the intelligence.National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien earlier today issued a statement insisting Trump had not been briefed on the intelligence.
One of the Scotus rulings today further challenges the separation between church and state in the United States.
The US supreme court narrowed the separation of church and state in a major ruling today by endorsing Montana tax credits that helped pay for students to attend religious schools, Reuters reports.
It’s a decision paving the way for more public funding of faith-based institutions.
The court’s nine justices, in a 5-4 decision, backed a Montana program that gave tax incentives for people to donate to a scholarship fund that provided money to Christian schools for student tuition expenses.
The justices sided with three mothers of Christian school students who appealed after Montana’s top court invalidated the tax credit for violating the state constitution’s ban on public aid to churches and religious entities.
There won’t be a decision today on three eagerly-awaited cases involving Trump’s taxes, religious exemption for employers not wanting to cover employees’ birth control c
osts as part of their health insurance, and the constitutionality of partisan gerrymandering in a case aimed at stemming abuse by political insiders in charge of redrawing state legislative maps.
Instead, the court issued two rulings. One involved the travel reservation company Booking.com, a unit of Booking Holdings Inc. It deserves to be able to trademark its name, the supreme court decided, in a ruling issued moments ago, Reuters reports. The outcome overrules a federal agency that found it the .com name too generic to merit protection.
The court decided 8-1 that the US Patent and Trademark Office was incorrect when it denied the company’s application to trademark the name Booking.com, with the justices finding it distinctive enough that the agency should have approved it.
US law allows trademark registrations only on terms that are “descriptive,” or able to distinguish a particular product or service from others on the market. “Generic” words that refer to an entire category of goods or services, like “car” or “computer,” cannot be protected under the law because that would give an unfair competitive advantage to the trademark holder.
Booking.com, based in Amsterdam, began using its name globally in 2006, and filed US trademark applications in 2011 and 2012.The ruling may guide how some other companies, such as Salesforce.com Inc and Home Depot Inc, protect their brands from potential copycats.
In the other decision issued today, the court ruled for parents in the state of Montana seeking tax-credit-funded scholarships for religious schools. Some more details on that shortly.
Here’s House intelligence committee chairmen Adam Schiff:
My colleague Tom McCarthy reports that Donald Trump was given a written briefing months ago about intelligence suggesting Russia offered bounties for attacks on US forces in Afghanistan, multiple US media have reported on Monday night. The president said on Sunday he was not told of the allegations because the information was not “credible”.
The New York Times quoted two sources as saying details were included in a daily intelligence briefing the president received in late February. CNN said an official with direct knowledge told them it was included in the briefing – a written document – briefing “sometime in the spring”.
Senior White House officials were aware as far back as early 2019 and the intelligence assessment was included in at least one of the president’s written daily briefings, the Associated Press reported, according to multiple officials.
The House’s No. 2 Democrat, Steny Hoyer, also not impressed:
Most travelers from the United States will be barred from entering the European Union after it reopens its borders tomorrow, because the coronavirus is still far too prevalent in the US, European officials announced Tuesday, NBC reports.
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“The human factor that we love so much about our jobs has nearly gone.” That’s what Dr. Jennifer O’Hea, an intensive care unit doctor overseeing 100 patients at the Banner University Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona, told ABC News.
Arizona is one of the southern states seeing a record surge in coronavirus infections, after a rapid reopening for businesses despite a lack of cure, proven drug treatments or vaccinations against Covid-19. It quickly backtracked on its reopening last night.
O’Hea said the situation at her hospital “exploded” towards the end of May and, ABC reported, has now snowballed into a dire situation.
“Never, never, ever have I seen this many patients in our ICU,” O’Hea, who has worked at the hospital for 22 years, said. “We were using ICUs that we’ve never used before. Rooms that were vacant we’re now using as ICUs.”
Sitting in New York, where the virus peaked in April, New Yorkers have been watching and fearing this would happen in other states, dreading the tsunami of severely ill patients coming to overwhelm health care workers, as they did in the city when up to 1,000 people were dying ever day at the apex.
“Time to wake up, America,” New York governor Andrew Cuomo said yesterday.
Dr. Marjorie Bessel, the chief clinical officer for the Banner Health System, told ABC News she has “been concerned for weeks.”
“We’re not New York at this time. What we’re concerned is we don’t want to become New York,” Bessel said. “The curves suggest we could be headed there.”
This is Joanna Walters in New York taking over from my colleague Martin Belam in London on what is unfolding as a busy morning in US political news on many fronts.
Soon the group of Democratic members of Congress will emerge to let us know what the White House had to say earlier this morning about the Russian US military bounty scandal.
The Democrats are being briefed a day after their Republican colleagues (using the word colleagues may be an exercise in hope over recent experience but, nevertheless, we persist with optimism for bipartisan efforts).
Two things are happening at 10am ET: the US supreme court will announce its latest decision or decisions - you never know exactly what you’re going to get until the rulings start spilling into the public domain. We’re waiting for a decision concerning Donald Trump’s tax returns, among others.
Also at 10am, the top federal public health experts are testifying to the Senate health committee. That’s infectious diseases specialist Anthony Fauci, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Robert Redfield, assistant health secretary Brett Giroir and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner Stephen Hahn. They recently testified to a House committee, where Redfield said Covid-19 has brought the nation “to its knees”.
The president appears to have been ignoring his own experts’ warnings that coronavirus is nowhere near under control in the US and currently running wild in new hotspots across the south and west. If Trump could think of them as the four horsemen of the apocalypse he might be rightly scared into paying attention and following their recommendations on testing, tracing, mask-wearing, social distancing, caution on reopening, etc.
We’re hoping for a result to day in last week’s Kentucky Democratic primary, where it’s on a knife edge between moderate Amy McGrath and progressive Charles Booker - but hard to know as we wait for the mail-in ballots to be counted.
One of the results of the Black Lives Matter push for change that has swept across the US in the wake of the killing of George Floyd by police has been a reappraisal of national monuments and racist symbolism in the country.
Alexandra Villarreal has been looking at this movement, and talking to historians about the history and meaning of these symbols.
From money to street names to the man who penned the national anthem, Villarreal examines how tributes to a checkered past exist all over the US, even as Confederate statues are removed and brands reconsider the racial stereotypes on their packaging.
Read it here: ‘The worshipping of whiteness’: why racist symbols persist in America
We also have another piece today looking at one specific monument. Atlanta urban designer and author Ryan Gravel and historian Scott Morris have a proposal for Stone Mountain’s 150ft Confederate carving.
They suggest, rather than actively destroy it, which would violate State law, it should no longer be tended, allowing nature to reclaim the space and the carving to fade from view.
Politico have a useful wrap here about the eight Democratic party representatives who are to be briefed this morning over the ‘Russian bounty’ controversy.
Majority Leader Steny Hoyer will lead the group that includes Adam Schiff and Eliot Engel.
Virginia’s Abigail Spanberger will also be there - she tweeted out earlier something that has irked the party over the process - that Republicans were briefed separately earlier.
Read it here: Politico - House Dems headed to White House for briefing on Russian bounties
Carol E. Lee and Kristen Welker for NBC have a piece up this morning looking at the scramble at the White House to get Donald Trump to take down a tweet that appeared to feature a supporter shouting “White power”
In their piece they claim that two White House officials told them:
Read it here: NBC - Trump’s ‘white power’ retweet set off ‘five-alarm fire’ in White House
Reuters are reporting that Google has said it has removed ads for companies that charge people large fees to register to vote or harvest their data, which appeared when users searched for voter information.
A Google spokeswoman told Reuters that the company’s misrepresentation policy barred such ads, which were found by the nonprofit watchdog Tech Transparency Project (TTP) when searching for terms such as “register to vote,” “vote by mail,” and “where is my polling place.”
A TTP report that nearly a third of the more than 600 ads generated by its Google searches took users to sites that try to charge large fees for voter registration services, extract personal data for marketing purposes, install deceptive browser extensions, or serve other misleading ads.
The report said: “Some people may find it difficult to distinguish Google ads from other kinds of content because as of January, search ads on Google feature the same type face and colour scheme as organic search results.”
A Google spokeswoman said the company did not yet know how the ads had got through its approval process, which uses a combination of automated and manual review.
“We have strict policies in place to protect users from false information about voting procedures, and when we find ads that violate our policies and present harm to users, we remove them and block advertisers from running similar ads in the future,” the spokeswoman said.
The move comes with social media and internet companies under increasing pressure to act over misleading and hateful content in the run-up to the November election.
Yesterday Reddit and Twitch became the latest social media companies to ban or suspend pro-Donald Trump accounts over hate speech.
Facebook, meanwhile, is coming under commercial pressure as big brands withdraw advertising money over the issue of hate speech on the platform.