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Four states report record number of new COVID-19 cases | TheHill – The Hill

Wisconsin, Minnesota, Oregon and Utah all hit records for single-day increases in the number of COVID-19 infections Friday as the country surpassed 7 million total cases, according to an analysis by Reuters

Reuters reported that, according to its tally, Wisconsin had the largest number of new infections out of the four states on Friday at 2,629, surpassing its previous record of 2,533 cases last Friday. However, as of Saturday morning, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services website recorded only 2,504 newly confirmed cases Friday. 

Your #COVID19_WI update and another day with more than 2,500 reported cases, plus 65 people hospitalized. Please, protect yourself and your community: stay home if you can, physical distance, #MaskUpWisconsin, and wash hands often. #YouStopTheSpread:

— WIDeptHealthServices (@DHSWI) September 25, 2020

The Minnesota Department of Health recorded 1,191 new cases on Friday, while Utah reported nearly 1,370 and Oregon recorded close to 460. 

Today we reached an alarming milestone: the single highest daily total of COVID-19 cases in Oregon since the onset of this pandemic. We don’t want to lose ground on all of the great progress we’ve made. Please keep distancing, wearing a face covering, and washing your hands.

— Governor Kate BrownKate BrownCalifornia fire becomes largest in state history Pac-12 moves toward ‘return to competition’ after Big Ten announces resumption of football season Oregon opens first mobile morgue amid wildfires MORE (@OregonGovBrown) September 26, 2020

Minnesota Gov. Tim WalzTim WalzGOP Senate candidate says Trump, Republicans will surprise in Minnesota Presidential race tightens in Minnesota as Trump plows resources into state National Guard activated in Minneapolis after homicide suspect’s reported suicide MORE (D) announced on Twitter on Friday that the state would be holding free COVID-19 testing in various cities next week amid the state’s spike in cases. 

Reuters said in its analysis that all Midwestern states excluding Ohio reported more cases over the past four weeks than in the four weeks prior. 

The outlet also reported that hospitalizations of COVID-19 patients hit new highs in Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming this week. 

These numbers come after Wisconsin Gov. Tony EversTony EversWisconsin governor declares emergency amid surge in infections Poll worker fired for not wearing a mask sues Wisconsin governor Coronavirus lockdowns work MORE (D) on Tuesday declared a new public health emergency following spikes in cases on college campuses in the state. The governor also extended the state’s mandatory mask mandate. 

In the order, Evers activated the Wisconsin National Guard to provide support on Election Day and oversee community testing locations. 

“We need folks to start taking this seriously, and young people especially—please stay home as much as you are able, skip heading to the bars, and wear a mask whenever you go out. We need your help to stop the spread of this virus, and we all have to do this together,” Evers said in a statement on Tuesday

In a video address tweeted by Wisconsin’s health department Friday, Evers said that “Wisconsin is now experiencing unprecedented, near-exponential growth of the number of COVID-19 cases in our state,” adding that a larger portion of cases came from young people aged 18-24. 

“It is critical that we work together now to get this virus under control, not only to protect our campus communities, but for the health and safety of Wisconsinites in every corner of our state,” Evers said in the video. 

“Wisconsin is now experiencing unprecedented, near-exponential growth of the number of COVID-19 cases in our state.” @GovEvers says it’s critical that we work together to get #COVID19_WI under control. Get information about how #YouStopTheSpread:

— WIDeptHealthServices (@DHSWI) September 25, 2020

As of Saturday morning, The New York Times reported that more than 7,059,200 people in the U.S. have been infected with the virus since it hit the country, leaving more than 200,000 people dead.

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Report: Trump Campaign Actively Discussing Radical Measures To Bypass Election Results – Forbes


A jarring new report from The Atlantic claims that the Trump campaign is discussing potential strategies to circumvent the results of the 2020 election, should Joe Biden defeat Donald Trump, by first alleging the existence of rampant fraud and then asking legislators in battleground states where the Republicans have a legislative majority to bypass the state’s popular vote and instead to choose electors loyal to the GOP and the sitting president.

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President Donald Trump shushes journalists before signing the Paycheck Protection Program … [+] Flexibility Act in the Rose Garden at the White House June 5, 2020 in Washington, D.C.

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Key Facts

Following the casting of ballots and counting individual votes in a presidential election, the United States Constitution prescribes that the 538 electors who constitute the Electoral College cast their electoral votes, determining the winner.

Customarily, electors are chosen by popular vote, but nothing in the Constitution mandates that tradition, with Article II, Section 1, Clause 2 merely asserting that each state shall appoint electors “in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct.”

Since the late 1800s, every state in every presidential election has ceded the decision to its voters, but the Supreme Court affirmed in Bush v. Gore that a state “can take back the power to appoint electors.”

The Atlantic report claims that sources in the Republican Party at the local and national levels confirm that “the Trump campaign is discussing contingency plans to bypass election results and appoint loyal electors” in red battleground states.

“The push to appoint electors would be framed in terms of protecting the people’s will,” an unnamed Trump-campaign legal adviser tells The Atlantic, adding, “The state legislatures will say, ‘All right, we’ve been given this constitutional power. We don’t think the results of our own state are accurate, so here’s our slate of electors that we think properly reflect the results of our state.’”

The chairman of the Pennsylvania Republican Party says, on the record, that he has discussed appointing loyal electors with the Trump campaign: “It is one of the available legal options set forth in the Constitution.”

Key Background:

A critical factor in the Trump campaign’s approach is delegitimizing mail-in and provisional ballots and any other votes that are not counted by the end of Election Day, November 3, as those other votes are expected to heavily favor Biden. Earlier this summer, Trump tweeted, “MAIL-IN VOTING WILL LEAD TO MASSIVE FRAUD AND ABUSE. IT WILL ALSO LEAD TO THE END OF OUR GREAT REPUBLICAN PARTY. WE CAN NEVER LET THIS TRAGEDY BEFALL OUR NATION.” Later, in a Twitter post in July, Trump wrote, “With Universal Mail-In Voting, 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history.” However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, 2020 will feature more voting by mail than any other election in history. Earlier this week, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said he plans to spend the next six weeks urging the country to prepare for a “nightmare scenario” in which Trump declares himself the winner of the election and refuses to leave the White House. Thus, Sanders recommends states tally mail-in ballots as quickly as possible, urging them to begin processing and counting ballots before Election Day. When The Atlantic asked the Trump campaign to comment on the quotes in the article, and about possible plans to take the unprecedented step of appointing loyal electors, the president’s deputy national press secretary, Thea McDonald, did not address the questions directly. “It’s outrageous that President Trump and his team are being villainized for upholding the rule of law and transparently fighting for a free and fair election,” McDonald said in an email. “The mainstream media are giving the Democrats a free pass for their attempts to completely uproot the system and throw our election into chaos.”

Crucial Quote: 

When asked by Fox News’ Chris Wallace earlier this summer if he would accept the election results, President Trump said, “I have to see. Look, you—I have to see. No, I’m not going to just say yes. I’m not going to say no, and I didn’t last time, either.”

Big Number:

31: An investigation by Justin Levitt at Loyola Law School uncovered a total of 31 credible allegations of voter impersonation out of more than 1 billion votes cast in the United States from 2000 to 2014.

Further Reading:

The Election That Could Break America (The Atlantic

Bernie Sanders: U.S. Must Prepare For ‘Nightmare Scenario’ Of Trump Delegitimizing Election Results (Forbes)

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CDC report that dining out risks COVID-19 transmission based on ‘false assumptions’: industry – Fox Business

Dining out now poses a significant risk for COVID-19 transmission, according to a new CDC report that comes as many states begin to lift restrictions on restaurant guidelines. The announcement has set off a clash with the flailing industry, and many restaurant owners and coalitions are refuting CDC claims based on “false assumptions.”


Adults who test positive for coronavirus are twice as likely to have reported dining at restaurants within the past two weeks, whether it’s indoor, patio or outdoor seating, the study shows. Evidence pointing to a higher likelihood of contraction hinges on activities where masks are not worn and there are greater threats to exposure, including on-site eating or drinking. The CDC advised that efforts to reduce possible exposure at these types of locations “should be considered to protect customers, employees and communities.”

The National Restaurant Association issued a detailed memo on the flawed conclusions and lack of evidence to the CDC’s claim that the systematic spread of coronavirus can be pinned to restaurants that are abiding by safety protocols.

“In effect, the lack of a direct correlation should be evidence that, when restaurants demonstrate effective mitigation efforts, the risk is low when dining outside or inside,” the statement said. The NRA called the CDC “irresponsible” for blaming the spread of COVID-19 on a single industry.


“One of the major flaws of this report is that it is based on false assumptions,” Dickey’s Barbecue Pit CEO Laura Rea Dickey told FOX Business. “Not all restaurants are the same. We don’t serve the same, and we don’t operate the same.”

As a fast-casual restaurant, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, the largest barbecue franchise in the United States with over 500 locations, exemplifies the contrast between dining varieties. With behind-the-counter ordering, the Texas-based chain functions without waiters and waitresses, and its design layout is inherently limited in contact.

(Credit: Dickey’s Barbecue Pit)

Interactions between customers and servers average two minutes, which has been set as a restaurant standard. The majority of guests spend as much time dining at tables than they would at a grocery store, which the CDC does not consider, according to Rea.

Over the past 100 days, Dickey’s Barbecue has had no reported cases of COVID-19 after serving at least 100 guests at each location, bringing the total number of guests served to over 5 million.


“It’s very unfortunate to look at that size sample regulation for an industry that has so many variables from what we are serving and how we are serving and interact with guests,” Rea said. “It really just escalates that climate of fear, and it is certainly very damaging to an industry that is doing everything we can to survive.”

The CDC’s study pooled a limited number of participants from 10 states with varying and inconsistent dining restrictions. Subjects did not report whether or not they had dined indoors or outdoors, another fundamental error cited by the NRA. According to the NRA, the CDC also failed to distinguish between bars and coffee shops, “two establishments with decidedly different atmospheres and customer behaviors.”

Outdoor patio of Dickey’s Barbecue Pit (Credit: Dickey’s Barbecue Pit)

Rea also raises attention to the CDC’s neglect of the training and licensing that restaurants have already implemented as part of their services. As a profession certified to be safe food handlers, the industry is better equipped to enact stringent guidelines in limiting pathogens and contact.

Aside from measures taken, the choice should ultimately be up to the customer’s judgment, Rea said.

“It’s completely ignoring the ability for guests to make good choices based on their life and their lifestyles,” Rea said. “Our customers are very intelligent people and they know how to assess not only their risks but also whether or not a restaurant environment is well-managed.”


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Fast take: The jobs report and the U.S. presidential race – Reuters

(Reuters) – An unexpectedly steep drop in the U.S. unemployment rate last month looks to offer fresh ammunition for President Donald Trump as he stumps for votes contending he is the better choice for the U.S. economy in the run-up to the Nov. 3 presidential election.

FILE PHOTO: People wait in line to register to a screening session for seasonal jobs at Coney Island in the Brooklyn borough of New York March 4, 2014. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

But the Labor Department’s monthly jobs report also contains tinder for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden to make his own case against Trump’s economic stewardship, with fewer job gains and widening disparity among racial groups.

Trump was quick off the draw with his take: “Great Jobs Numbers!” he tweeted, adding that the unemployment rate had fallen below 10%, the peak during the Great Recession, sinking “faster and deeper than thought possible.”

Biden, meanwhile, took Trump’s economic stewardship to task in a campaign speech on Friday. “The economic pain remains unrelenting for millions of working people from every race and background who aren’t getting the relief they need.”

Historically, incumbent presidential candidates are hurt by a weak economy, and the coronavirus pandemic touched off the worst quarter in modern U.S. economic history. But a sharp recovery could offset that.

With just one more national employment scorecard due before Election Day, here’s a look at some highlights of Friday’s report and what they may mean for each political candidate:


At 8.4%, the unemployment rate is lower than many top economists had expected it to be even by the end of the year.

The drop surprised economists, who forecast a slide to 9.8% from July’s 10.2%. While still well above the pre-crisis rate of 3.5%, the steep downward trajectory plays into Trump’s narrative of a quick return to a strong economy as businesses re-open.

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Including the 1.37 million jobs gained in August, U.S. employment has recouped just about half its losses since the crisis began, still leaving the total number of employed short by 11.5 million compared with six months earlier. Moreover, the pace of gains has slowed, particularly in the hard-hit leisure and hospitality sector.

Just 174,000 leisure and hospitality jobs were created in August, less than 10% of new jobs in the sector created in June.

“If this sector has run out of steam, high levels of joblessness will last longer than initially thought,” wrote Nick Bunker, chief economist at job search website Indeed.

In fact, private-sector hiring overall at just over 1 million fell well short of the median estimate among economists in a Reuters poll, and the big overall driver was government hiring – mostly for 238,000 short-term jobs for the 2020 U.S. Census.

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The strengthening job market benefited white people more than Black people, marking the fourth month of reversal of a pre-crisis trend that had brought Black and white unemployment rates much closer to parity than ever before.

Among Black people the jobless rate dropped to 13% in August, from 14.6% in July; for white people it fell to 7.3% from 9.2% a month earlier. The gap was the biggest in six years, underscoring racial inequalities that have become a flashpoint in the presidential election campaign.

For a graphic on Black vs white unemployment:



The share of the U.S. population who had a job or were seeking a job – a yardstick of labor market vibrancy – rose in August, but gains were driven almost entirely by men.

The male labor force participation rate climbed to 67.7% from 67.1%, while the rate for women barely changed, inching up to 56.1% from 56% a month earlier.

For those in their peak working years, ages 25 to 54, the gender split was even more pronounced, with the participation rate for women declining for a second straight month, while it edged up for men, pushing the gap between them to 13.2 percentage points, the widest in more than a year.

With both political candidates courting the female vote, a stall out in women’s labor force gains in August bodes poorly for Trump.

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Reporting by Ann Saphir; additional reporting from James Oliphant in Wilmington, Delaware; Editing by Dan Burns, Andrea Ricci and Aurora Ellis

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Report: Alvin Kamara, Saints Close on New Contract; 4 Teams Had Trade Interest – Bleacher Report

New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara (41) runs against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 17, 2src19, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark LoMoglio)

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The New Orleans Saints and running back Alvin Kamara are reportedly making progress on a long-term contract extension. 

Per ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, the sides are “not far apart,” and Kamara isn’t asking for the deal Christian McCaffrey received from the Carolina Panthers (four years, $64 million). 

Fowler noted the Saints “were open” to moving Kamara for a first-round draft pick after he missed practice, and four teams showed interest in acquiring the three-time Pro Bowler. 

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Monday that Kamara had three unexcused training camp absences believed to be related to his contract situation. 

Kamara is entering the final season of his rookie deal. His $2.13 million salary in 2020 is tied for 30th among all running backs, per Over the Cap.

The Saints seem to be limited in what they can pay Kamara, as Over the Cap estimates they will be $39.2 million over the 2021 cap. 

If New Orleans can make the money work, Kamara is worth investing in. The 25-year-old has had at least 1,300 yards from scrimmage and six touchdowns in each of his first three seasons. He’s one of the NFL‘s most productive receiving running backs, having posted 81 receptions every year since 2017. 

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Mueller report: FBI lawyer ‘altered email’ to wiretap Trump aide – BBC News

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President Trump has consistently dismissed the Russia allegations as a “witch hunt”

An ex-FBI lawyer is expected to admit falsifying a document that was used as part of the inquiry into alleged Russian interference with the 2016 US presidential election.

Kevin Clinesmith’s plea deal comes as prosecutors investigate the origins of the investigation by Robert Mueller.

His inquiry found no criminal conspiracy between Moscow and the Trump campaign, though it did not clear the president of obstructing justice.

Mr Trump says it was a “witch hunt”.

What did the ex-FBI lawyer do?

Mr Clinesmith is due to accept responsibility for altering an email used to obtain permission to wiretap a Trump campaign aide.

The email from another FBI official was changed to suggest that the aide, Carter Page, had never been a CIA “source” – whereas Mr Page was in fact a CIA informant.

The document was cited in support of the contention that there was “probable cause” to suspect Mr Page was “a knowing agent” of Russia.

The charges against Mr Clinesmith – who during his time at the FBI had been critical of Mr Trump – stem from a US justice department investigation into the origins of the Mueller inquiry.

Mr Trump hailed the reported guilty plea.

“The fact is they spied on my campaign and they got caught and you’ll be hearing more,” the Republican president said on Friday.

Why is the Mueller report being investigated?

The review of the Mueller investigation which began last year is being overseen by US Attorney General William Barr and run by US federal prosecutor John Durham.

He was tasked with determining whether the collection of intelligence on the Trump campaign in 2016 was lawful.

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Critics have accused Mr Barr of launching a review more in the interests of the president than the interests of justice.

Mr Trump has previously accused the FBI investigators who first launched the probe into his election campaign of treason.

Was there a ‘deep state’ conspiracy against Trump?

Mr Trump has cited the surveillance of his aide as part of a supposed deep state plot against him that he says was orchestrated by President Barack Obama.

A justice department inspector general report in December 2019 did find “serious performance failures” in the FBI counterintelligence inquiry, but no evidence of political bias.

The report found “17 significant errors or omissions” in the FBI applications to spy on Mr Page.

However, the watchdog said there was “no documentary or testimonial evidence that political bias or improper motivation influenced” the opening of the counterintelligence investigation.

What was the Mueller report?

The 448-page report did not conclude that there was a criminal conspiracy between Moscow and the Trump campaign to influence the 2016 US presidential election.

However, it did detail 10 instances where Mr Trump possibly attempted to impede the investigation.

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Media captionDid the president refuse to be interviewed? Yes, says Mueller.

The report concluded that Russia had interfered in the election “in sweeping and systematic fashion”.

That interference took the form of an extensive social media campaign and the hacking of Democratic Party servers by Russian military intelligence, the report said.

Timeline of key events in Mueller inquiry

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Russia report: UK considers tougher security laws after criticism by MPs – BBC News

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Ministers are considering strengthening security laws after a report by MPs accused them of underestimating the threat of Russian interference.

Home Office Minister James Brokenshire said foreign agents could be required to register in the UK in future.

He told MPs that this and other “new offences and powers” for dealing with foreign spies were being looked at.

Labour’s Sir Keir Starmer accused the government of complacency and leaving a “serious gap in our defences”.

Speaking at Prime Minister’s Questions, Sir Keir said the government had “delayed” legislation to help counter Russian interference, despite acknowledging 18 months ago that existing powers were insufficient.

“The PM sat on this report for 10 months and failed to plug a gap in our law in national security,” he said.

“How is the PM going to address that gap and meet the threat with the joined-up, robust response it deserves?”

Boris Johnson said there was no other country in the Western world that was more “vigilant” about Russian interference, pointing to recent sanctions against Russian officials involved in human rights abuses and proposed laws to protect critical infrastructure and intellectual property.

“Let us be in no doubt about what this is all about,” he said.

“It is about pressure from the Islingtonian remainers who have seized on this report to try and give the impression that Russian interference was somehow responsible for Brexit.

“The people of this country did not vote to leave the EU because of pressure from Russia.”

The Intelligence and Security Committee report claimed the government made no effort to investigate claims of Russian interference in the EU referendum and criticised intelligence agencies for not prioritising the issue.

The government has said an inquiry is not necessary as it has “seen no evidence of successful interference”.

‘Additional powers’

But ministers are listening to calls from all parties to do more to counter Russian espionage and subversion after the UK was described the main target after the US and Nato.

Plans to make foreign agents register were mentioned in the government’s legislative agenda last December, and were previously announced by former home secretary Sajid Javid in May last year.

In response to an urgent question from Labour in the House of Commons, Mr Brokenshire said the UK would consider strengthening the Official Secrets Act and tightening rules on investment visas.

“Let there be no doubt, we are unafraid to act where necessary to protect the UK and our allies.”

If you do not seek, you do not find.

Whether deliberate or deficient, the Intelligence and Security Committee’s very long-awaited report outlines gaping holes in the UK’s handling of the threat from Russia.

For years, it seems a lack of priority, and a lack of curiosity, allowed the risks to go unmonitored, if not to go unchecked.

The UK government has now stiffened its attitude to Putin’s Russia.

Read Laura’s full blog

But shadow home secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds said the “conscious” decision not to consider whether they was any attempt to manipulate the Brexit vote spoke volumes.

Urging ministers to treat the issue with the “seriousness it deserves”, he added: “I thank the security services for the work they do but they need help. This report makes clear they have not received the strategic support, legislative tools or resources necessary to defend our interests.”

In its 50-page report, the ISC said the UK was “clearly a target” for disinformation campaigns around its elections, but that the issue was described as a “hot potato”, with no one organisation taking a lead to tackle it.

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The committee suggested a new Espionage Act could help prevent individuals acting on behalf of a foreign power from concealing their links with that country.

It said an obligation similar to that in the US – where agents are required to register with the Justice department – would “clearly be valuable in countering Russian influence in the UK”.

ISC member Kevan Jones said he was concerned that the Law Commission, which was asked last year to look at the legal issues regarding such a move, had yet to release its findings.

“Can I urge the minister to make sure we actually gets this legislation in place because it is needed,” he said. “Let’s hope it is not just some spin to get the headlines.”

Downing Street was accused of holding back the ISC report ahead of December’s UK election and for delaying its nominations to set up the new committee – both claims it has denied.

Its chair Julian Lewis, who was stripped of the Conservative whip after defying No 10 by standing for its leadership, sought reassurances that Downing Street special advisers would not be able to interfere with its work

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‘Colbert Report’ spot once featured ‘anti-feminist’ lawyer Roy Den Hollander – New York Post

July 21, 2020 | 12:51pm | Updated July 21, 2020 | 4:08pm

Proudly “anti-feminist” lawyer Roy Den Hollander — who fatally shot a federal judge’s son and wounded her husband before killing himself — once made a chilling call for armed men to flood the streets of Washington, DC, during an appearance on “The Colbert Report.”

“Let’s get 100,000 armed guys in DC,” he told the Comedy Central spoof news show in 2011. “I’m willing to go down with you guys. Let’s go.”

A gun-toting Hollander, 72, came to the New Jersey home of federal Judge Esther Salas on Sunday afternoon disguised as a Federal Express deliveryman, sources have said.

He opened fire as soon as the door was opened, killing Salas’ 20-year-old son, Daniel Anderl, and critically wounding her husband, prominent attorney Mark Anderl, 63, before fleeing.

Salas, in the home’s basement at the time, was not harmed.

Citing a cancer diagnosis, Hollander recently withdrew from a case Salas was hearing, in which he argued that the military’s men-only draft was discriminatory.

Hollander was the subject of a tongue-in-cheek profile on “The Colbert Report” as a “Difference Maker,” for his suits against New York nightclubs, arguing that ladies’ nights were discriminatory against men — just some of the many far-fetched, anti-woman cases he brought over the years.

His misogyny was on full display in the segment, in which he cracked that he suffered from PMS — “persecuted male syndrome” — and slammed calls for equal rights.

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“If they want equality, let’s give them 51 percent of the worst of the society,” Hollander said. “Then they’ll change their tune and they’ll start whining, ‘Where’s the kitchen?’”

He also bashed his ex-wife as “a Russian Mafia prostitute [who] used to be a mistress to a Chechen warlord,” insisted that he was “anti-feminist but not anti-female,” and portrayed himself as standing up for downtrodden men.

“I am speaking for a lot of guys who are too scared to come out and say, ‘Yes, I’m tired of being pushed around. I’m tired of these feminists walking over my rights,’” he said.

Hollander said in recent months that he was terminally ill — and investigators believe he may have used his death sentence as an excuse to target his enemies. He was found dead Monday in New York’s Catskills of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

In a massive online screed he left behind, he railed against his doctors, minorities, women and Salas in particular, alternately describing her as “hot” and expressing a desire to ask her out, and denigrating her as “a lazy and incompetent Latina judge appointed by Obama.”

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Report: Monday “maybe too soon” for NFL, NFLPA deal on health, safety issues – NBC Sports – NFL

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Rookies for the Chiefs and Texans are taking COVID-19 tests on Monday to complete the first step of the process for reporting to training camp and rookies from other teams are set to do the same in the coming days, but the full rules governing the return to work remain unfinished.

The NFL and NFL Players Association have been talking about a number outstanding issues that include testing frequency, opt-out procedures, the number of preseason games, revenue losses and the overall structure of training camp. Word at the end of last week was that there’s been some progress, but the flood of messages from players on Sunday made it clear that there’s still some distance to cover before there’s an agreement.

Mark Maske of the Washington Post reports that progress continues to be made on health and safety issues, but that Monday is “maybe too soon” for the two sides to bridge the remaining gap.

The NFLPA has said that the league controls the start date of camp and that players should report as scheduled. The union can file a grievance if they believe the safety issues have not been properly addressed when camps start next week.

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Task force report says 18 states in coronavirus ‘red zone’ should roll back reopening – CNN

(CNN)An unpublished document prepared for the White House coronavirus task force and obtained by the Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit newsroom, recommends that 18 states in the coronavirus “red zone” for cases should roll back reopening measures amid surging cases.

The “red zone” is defined in the 359-page report as “those core-based statistical areas (CBSAs) and counties that during the last week reported both new cases above 100 per 100,000 population, and a diagnostic test positivity result above 10%.”
The report outlines measures counties in the red zone should take. It encourages residents to “wear a mask at all times outside the home and maintain physical distance.” And it recommends that public officials “close bars and gyms” and “limit social gatherings to 10 people or fewer,” which would mean rolling back reopening provisions in these places.
The report comes despite President Donald Trump’s insistence that states reopen and a push to send the nation’s children back to school, even as cases increase.
“Now we’re open, and we want to stay open and we will stay open. We’re not closing. We’ll put out the fires as they come out,” Trump said at a White House event earlier this month.
The following 18 states are in the red zone for cases: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah.
The report says the following 11 states are in the red zone for test positivity: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, South Carolina, Texas, Washington. The 11 states in the red zone for test positivity are also in the red zone for cases, with the exception of Washington state.
One of the states that is in the red zone for both cases and test positivity, Georgia, is currently embroiled in a political fight with its largest city. Republican Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp filed a lawsuit over Atlanta’s Democratic Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ mandate on masks in her city Thursday. He claimed it violated his emergency orders prohibiting local leaders from adding to the state’s requirements to protect against coronavirus.
The task force report specifically includes a recommendation that Georgia “mandate statewide wearing of cloth face coverings outside the home.”
Asked about the task force report, Bottoms told CNN she had not been in touch with the task force.
“I had not heard from them, but again, the people that I’m listening to are the scientists and our health care professionals,” she said during an appearance on CNN’s “New Day.”
Devin O’Malley, spokesman for Vice President Mike Pence and the task force, didn’t dispute the document’s authenticity, and claimed the report showed “encouraging signs” amid the pandemic.
“When the vice president held a White House Coronavirus Task Force press briefing at HHS a few weeks ago, he reported that 16 states met the criteria for rising cases and rising positivity rate. As it stands in that report, there are only 10 states that fit that criteria. This is just one data point of many encouraging signs that we are seeing across the country as we continue to respond to the coronavirus pandemic,” O’Malley said in a statement.
Dr. Deborah Birx also said earlier this month that people living in states with coronavirus surges should return to the White House’s original “phase one” recommendations on gatherings.
Citing guidelines such as wearing face masks and avoiding bars and indoor events, Birx said those steps should be resumed in order to bring cases back under control.
She said they are “asking the American people in those counties and in those states to not only use those face coverings, not going to bars, not going to indoor dining, but really not gathering in homes either. And decreasing those gatherings back down to our phase one recommendation, which was 10 or less.”
Birx touted the importance of mask-wearing and said “any kind of indoor gathering” should be avoided in places experiencing a spike in cases.
Asked by CNN’s Joe Johns about the document, counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway said: “I think we see the surge in cases and we know where the hotspots are. We’ve been very upfront about that, we’ve published many documents.”
She said she didn’t know about the document specifically but had read reports.

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