It was the first time in Massachusetts history that a member of the Kennedy family lost an election in the state.
“See, even a Kennedy isn’t safe in the new Radical Left Democrat Party,” Trump tweeted Wednesday morning. “Taxes up big, no 2A. Biden has completely lost control. Pelosi strongly backed the loser!”
With about three-quarters of ballots tallied late Tuesday night, Markey won 54 percent of the vote to Kennedy’s 46 percent.
Markey, who is 74, is perhaps best known for his work to advance “Green New Deal” legislation alongside Ocasio-Cortez.
It was the senator’s ties to his party’s progressive wing that energized support for him among young liberals and propelled his candidacy past the 39-year-old Kennedy.
But Trump’s assertion Tuesday ignores the fact that Kennedy also ran a significantly progressive campaign. The congressman has expressed support for the Green New Deal and “Medicare for All.”
In addition to the Kennedys, the president has previously reveled in the defeats of other political dynasties.
Trump memorably vanquished former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in the 2016 Republican presidential primary before his unexpected victory over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in the general election.
In 2018, Trump equated his wins over Bush and Clinton to his battle against former special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe.
“I’ve had to beat 17 very talented people including the Bush Dynasty,” he tweeted, “then I had to beat the Clinton Dynasty, and now I have to beat a phony Witch Hunt and all of the dishonest people covered in the IG Report … nd never forget the Fake News Media. It never ends!”
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump alleged in an interview that a group of people from “the dark shadows” are controlling Joe Biden.
In an extensive on-camera interview with Fox News host Laura Ingraham on Monday night, Trump was asked who is pulling Biden’s strings.
“People that you’ve never heard of, people that are in the dark shadows,” Trump said.
Ingraham responded, “What does that mean?” and she said that it sounded like he was espousing a conspiracy theory.
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“People that you haven’t heard of. They’re people that are on the streets, they’re people that are controlling the streets,” Trump said.
The president then suggested, without citing any evidence, that there was an organized plot against the Republican National Convention last week, claiming that someone boarded a plane “from a certain city” and it was “almost completely loaded with thugs wearing these dark uniforms, black uniforms with gear and this and that, they are on a plane.”
“I’ll tell you sometime, but it’s under investigation right now,” he continued. “But they came from a certain city and this person was coming to the Republican National Convention. And there were like seven people in the plane like this person and then a lot of people were in the plane to do big damage.”
Ingraham then said that money is “coming from somewhere” and asked Trump how it can be tracked.
“The money is coming from some very stupid rich people who have no idea that if their thing ever succeeded, which it won’t, they will be thrown to the wolves like you’ve never seen before,” Trump said.
Asked to clarify his comments on Tuesday, Trump told reporters, “A person was on a plane, said that there were about 6 people like that person, more or less, and what happened is the entire plane filled up with the looters, the anarchists, the rioters, people that obviously were looking for trouble. And the person felt very uncomfortable on the plane. This would be a person you would know.”
On the final night of the RNC last Thursday, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said that he and his wife were attacked by “an angry mob” and said the following morning on Fox News that he believed there were people “involved with the attack on us that actually were paid to come here, are not from Washington, D.C., and are sort of paid to be anarchists.”
Meanwhile, while expressing support for police during the Fox interview, Trump compared shootings to golf, saying, “There’s a whole big thing there, but they (officers) choke just like in a golf tournament, they miss a 3-foot…”
Ingraham asked if he was really comparing it to golf, and he said, “I’m saying people choke.” The president did not mention any specific incidents.
Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates responded to Trump in a statement on Tuesday, saying, “The President of the United States is bizarrely highlighting the unrest and division he has stoked, refusing to condemn violence committed by his own supporters. Donald Trump’s incomprehensible case for doing even more damage in a second term makes less and less sense every single day.”
Chief Executive of Hong Kong Carrie Lam said Tuesday the new national security law imposed by China does not spell all “doom and gloom” despite TikTok announcing it will abruptly pull out of the territory.
“Surely, this is not doom and gloom for Hong Kong,” Lam, the territory’s Beijing-backed leader, said at her weekly press conference, attempting to calm unease over the new legislation. “I’m sure, with the passage of time … confidence will grow in ‘one country, two systems’ and in Hong Kong’s future.”
Lam also vowed that though national security was a “red line” that should not be crossed, cases that would involve mainland security agents, who now have an enforcement presence in the city as part of the newly established national security committee, would be “rare,” according to Reuters.
The law established the committee under Beijing’s control and allows for those accused of offenses to be sent to the mainland for trial. Those who are not permanent residents of Hong Kong may be charged under the national security law as well.
Despite the national security law going into effect on June 30, the Hong Kong government waited until Monday night to release the new rules for the implementation of the legislation that gives sweeping new powers to the city’s police force, sounding the alarm for tech companies fearful they’ll be subjected to China-like censorship in Asia’s financial hub.
Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam listens to reporters’ questions during a press conference in Hong Kong, Tuesday, July 7, 2020. TikTok said Tuesday it will stop operations in Hong Kong, joining other social media companies in warily eyeing ramifications of a sweeping national security law that took effect last week. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
TikTok, run by Chinese Internet giant Bytedance, said in a statement Tuesday that it had decided to halt operations in Hong Kong “in light of recent events,” according to Reuters.
Critics see the law as Beijing’s boldest step yet to erase the legal firewall between the former British colony and the mainland’s authoritarian Communist Party system. Social media platforms have already been blocked in mainland China behind its “Great Firewall.”
About 370 people have been arrested since last week for charges including unlawful assemblies, disorderly conduct in public places and furious driving, according to police. At least 10 people have been arrested for allegedly directly violating the new law.
Tong Ying-kit, 23, was the first person in Hong Kong to be charged under the new law, for allegedly driving a motorcycle into a group of policemen while bearing a flag with the “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our time” slogan. He appeared in court Monday facing charges of incitement to secession and terrorist activities and was denied bail.
Chris Tang Ping-keung, the commissioner of the Hong Kong Police Force, has made an on-camera pledge in support of the new national security committee.
Under the latest rules laid out in Article 43, the police may issue written notices or restraining orders to freeze or confiscate property if there are “reasonable grounds” to suspect that the property is related to an offense endangering national security.
Platforms and publishers, as well as Internet service providers, may also be ordered to take down published electronic messages that are “likely to constitute an offense endangering national security or is likely to cause the occurrence of an offense endangering national security.”
Service providers who do not comply with such requests could face fines of up to 100,000 Hong Kong dollars ($12,903) and receive jail terms of six months. Individuals who post such messages may also be asked to remove the message or face similar fines and a jail term of one year.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday he was considering a ban on TikTok amid concerns that the app could be forced to hand over data to the Chinese government. TikTok has some 65 million users in the United States, according to UK’s The Telegraph.
Facebook Inc., which owns Instagram and WhatsApp, Google Inc. and Twitter Inc. have all suspended processing government requests for user data in Hong Kong since last week.
Facebook Inc., said in a statement Monday night that it would freeze the review of government requests for user data in Hong Kong, “pending further assessment of the National Security Law, including formal human rights due diligence and consultations with international human rights experts.”
Twitter also paused all data and information requests from Hong Kong authorities after the security law went into effect last week, emphasizing that it was “committed to protecting the people using our service and their freedom of expression.”
“Like many public interest organizations, civil society leaders and entities, and industry peers, we have grave concerns regarding both the developing process and the full intention of this law,” the company said in a statement.
Google likewise said it had “paused production on any new data requests from Hong Kong authorities.”
Telegram, a platform widely used to spread pro-democracy messages and information about the protests, said it understands “the importance of protecting the right to privacy of our Hong Kong users.”
“Telegram has never shared any data with the Hong Kong authorities in the past and does not intend to process any data requests related to its Hong Kong users until an international consensus is reached in relation to the ongoing political changes in the city,” spokesman Mike Ravdonikas said.
The rules also allow Lam to authorize police to intercept communications and conduct surveillance to “prevent and detect offenses endangering national security.”
Police can conduct searches for evidence without a warrant in “exceptional circumstances” and seek warrants requiring people suspected of violating the national security law to surrender their travel documents, preventing them from leaving Hong Kong.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
President Trump took credit for popularizing Juneteenth in an interview with the Wall Street Journal on Thursday, stating that no one had ever heard of the June 19 holiday commemorating the emancipation of black slaves in the U.S. before he scheduled a political rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on that day, claiming, “I did something good: I made Juneteenth very famous.”
Trump initially scheduled his first campaign rally in months for June 19 in Tulsa, but later rescheduled to June 20 “out of respect for this holiday.”
In Wednesday’s WSJ interview, Trump said a black Secret Service agent told him the meaning of Juneteenth when the president initially faced criticism following his announcement of the rally.
Also fueling criticism of the rally is that Tulsa was the site of a massacre in 1921 in which mobs of white residents attacked black residents and businesses in a section of the city referred to as “Black Wall Street.”
Speaking of Juneteenth, Trump told the WSJ, “It’s actually an important event, an important time. But nobody had ever heard of it.”
The Trump administration has put out statements on Juneteenth in each of his first three years in office.
“Oh really? We put out a statement? The Trump White House put out a statement?” Trump said when informed of this fact. “Ok, ok. Good.”
When asked whether he believed that systemic racism existed in America, Trump said, “I’d like to think there is not, but unfortunately, there probably is some. I would also say it’s very substantially less than it used to be.” Per the Wall Street Journal, Trump expressed interest in rooting out racism in the U.S. and said his plan to heal the country’s racial wounds exposed by the death of George Floyd and other high-profile cases of police brutality was to build a strong economy. However, Trump also said he had no regrets over his controversial tweet at the start of the protests that “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.” The president said the tweet could be read as either a threat or a fact. Asked how he intended it, Mr. Trump said, “a combination of both.”
According to the Washington Post, celebrations of Juneteenth began in 1866 and has its roots in the emancipation in Texas, where more than 250,000 enslaved black people received news on June 19, 1865, that they were finally free. It is considered the most popular annual celebration of emancipation from slavery in the United States. In 1979, Texas became the first state to make Juneteenth an official holiday. Today, 47 states and the District of Columbia commemorate or observe the holiday.
Trump Talks Juneteenth, John Bolton, Economy in WSJ Interview (Wall Street Journal)
Attorney General William Barr told “Special Report” in the second part of an exclusive interview that aired Tuesday that he believes social media platforms are “engaged in censorship” and are acting more like “publishers”.
“So you think these [social media] firms are somehow censoring the president and his supporters?” host Bret Baier asked Barr.
“I think there are — clearly these, these entities are now engaged in censorship,” Barr responded. “And they originally held themselves out as open forums where people, where the third parties could come and express their views and they built up a tremendous network of eyeballs.
“They had a lot of market power based on that presentation,” the attorney general added. “And now they are acting much more like publishers because they’re censoring particular viewpoints and putting their own content in there to to diminish the impact of various people’s views.”
Late last month, Twitter slapped a warning label on one of President Trump’s tweets for the first time, cautioning readers that despite the president’s claims, “fact checkers” say there is “no evidence” that expanded, nationwide mail-in voting would increase fraud risks — and that “experts say mail-in ballots are very rarely linked to voter fraud.”
Within minutes, Trump accused Twitter of “interfering in the 2020 Presidential Election,” that the platform “is completely stifling FREE SPEECH” and vowing: “I, as President, will not allow it to happen!”
Two days later, the president signed an executive order that interprets Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996 as not providing statutory liability protections for tech companies that engage in censorship and political conduct. It also cuts federal funding for social media platforms that censor users’ political views.
Baier asked Barr if he was taking “some action” on the issue.
“We are looking, as many others are, at changing Section 230, which is a rule that provides some protection for these companies…” Barr said.
“Which requires Congress?” Baier interjected.
“Which would require Congress,” Barr said. “Yes.”
Fox News’ Gregg Re contributed to this report.
Another 1.9 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week as the total number of claims passed 42 million since the coronavirus pandemic hit the US.
The pace of layoffs has slowed dramatically from its peak of 6.6m at the start of April as states start to relax quarantine orders and last week was the ninth consecutive week of declines. But the scale of layoffs remains staggeringly high. In the worst week of the last recession “just” 665,000 people filed for unemployment.
Jason Reed, professor of finance at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, said the numbers may be coming down, but “this is unprecedented. The figures are so high that it’s hard to grasp the reality.”
On Friday the labor department will release May’s monthly jobs report. Economists are predicting unemployment will rise to close to 20% from 14.7% in April and some 8m more jobs will have been lost after a combined drop of 21.4m in March and April.
At 20% the official tally would mean one in five Americans in the workforce are now out of work. The layoffs have disproportionately hit African Americans, Latinos and those without a college education.
On Wednesday ADP, the US’s largest payroll supplier, said private sector companies had shed 2.8m jobs in May, a huge number but far less than the 8m analysts had expected.
The news cheered Wall Street and was taken by some as a sign that people were now returning to work after the lockdowns. But the report also contained worrying signals about future losses. Losses in leisure and hospitality jobs dropped sharply to 105,000, down from 7.5m in April, but there were large job losses in trade and transport (down 826,000 jobs) and manufacturing (down 719,000 jobs).
The Bureau of Labor Statistics is currently reassessing its measurements and Morgan Stanley economists warned this week that the “shadow” unemployment rate – which includes people not currently picked up by the official government figure – may be 25%.
“In reality, the shadow unemployment rate, which includes people absent from work for other reasons, is much higher,” Morgan Stanley wrote in a note.
A woman in a protective face mask walks through Brixton Market in South London, as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.
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The number of people claiming unemployment benefits in the U.K. soared in April, as the coronavirus outbreak created mass job losses in the country, the latest data showed.
U.K. jobless claims rose by 856,500 to 2.097 million, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said on Tuesday, representing a monthly increase of 69.1%. A Reuters poll of economists had produced a median forecast for an increase of 676,500 in the claimant count.
The ONS noted, however, that enhancements to “Universal Credit” (a social security payment designed to simplify the benefits system by rolling six benefits into one payment) as part of the U.K. government’s response to Covid-19 meant that an increasing number of people became eligible for unemployment-related benefit support, although they were still employed.
“Consequently changes in the claimant count will not be due wholly to changes in the number of people who are unemployed. We are not able to identify to what extent people who are employed or unemployed have affected the numbers,” the ONS said.
The U.K.’s unemployment rate came in slightly higher at 3.9% in the January-March period, although that time period covered only one week of the lockdown (imposed in the U.K. from March 23). The rate was up 0.1 percentage points from a year earlier and was 0.1 percentage points higher than in the last quarter of 2019.
The U.K. has sought to encourage businesses to retain staff amid the coronavirus pandemic with its furlough scheme, or “Coronavirus Jobs Retention Scheme’ (CJRS). In this, the government provides a grant to employers to cover 80% of an employee’s salary, up to a maximum of £2,500 ($3,059) per month. The scheme has been popular and has been extended to the end of October.
Kallum Pickering, senior economist at Berenberg Bank, said Tuesday that despite widespread take-up of the CJRS, he expects the unemployment rate to jump to a high of around 9.5% in the late second quarter from the 3.9% rate in March.
“That implies a rise in the number of unemployed workers to around 3.3 million from the circa 1.35 million in March – far exceeding the previous peak of 2.7 million in October 2011 in the wake of the financial crisis,” he said in a note.
However, the rise will be much smaller than it would have been without the CJRS, he added. “Around 7.5 million furloughed workers are receiving wage subsidies through the scheme which has been recently extended until October. From August onwards the scheme will be adjusted to allow workers to return to work part time.”