Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton is starting Sunday’s season-opening Austrian Grand Prix from fifth spot after stewards gave him a three-place grid penalty following an incident in Saturday’s qualifying
Kanye West's presidential ambitions appear to have been reborn on the Fourth of July, reports Reuters , with the rapper tweeting thusly : “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,” West wrote,...
Leading US civil rights activist, the Rev. Al Sharpton, has lamented the state of race relations in America as the nation marks independence day amid a surging pandemic. (July 4)
CNN reports the cozy relationship the US has enjoyed with Europe for the past seventy years is being reconsidered on both sides of the Atlantic. Earlier this week, the EU declined to include the US in its list of 'safe countries.' Americans will be unwelcome inside the bloc for the foreseeable future, due to the eyewatering US coronavirus infection numbers. Sure to irk the Trump administration, the list does include China -- the country where the virus originated -- on the condition of reciprocal arrangements. Velina Tchakarova is from the Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy. She says that President Donald Trump is undermining EU efforts to strengthen their autonomy in matters of security and defense. He's doing it, Tchakarova says, through his attacks on the European NATO members, and economic and trade measures. The problem is, officials in DC...have hung on as long as they can but if we get a second Trump term, then we are in real trouble. Velina Tchakarova Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy
A loose network of Facebook groups that took root across the country in April to organize protests over coronavirus stay-at-home orders have now pivoted to new targets
This Day in History: American Colonies Declare Independence July 4, 1776 The Declaration of Independence was adopted in Philadelphia during the first Continental Congress. 12 colonies would ratify the Declaration on this day. New York would ratify on the twelfth. Written by Thomas Jefferson, the Declaration was essentially a list of colonist grievances with the British. Jefferson's ideas about equality were borrowed largely from European philosophers, including John Locke. The famous words, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal ..." would alter the course of human history. The United States would become an independent nation with the defeat of the British and signing of the Treaty of Paris in 1783.
Emily Ratajkowski is instantly recognizable by her freckles, pouty lips, and long, brown hair. And when she revealed last week that she'd dyed her hair blonde, the comments on her Instagram posts were largely celebratory. "Forever I have said that you can't go wrong with anything you do. But this blond hair is big NO," one commenter wrote, while another demanded, "Go back to brown!!!" — and those are only two of the rude remarks. At first, Ratajkowski ignored the unsolicited opinions, sharing several more posts of her new flaxen look throughout the week.
Not everyone was barbecuing and having a beer this Fourth of July. Some Americans hit the streets for sit-ins and marches in Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, New York, and over a dozen other towns and cities to protest police brutality and shine a light on what they consider a one-sided...
Official US COVID-19 Death Toll Is a 'Substantial Undercount,' Yale Study Finds Conducted by researchers at Yale University, the study was published on Wednesday in 'JAMA Internal Medicine.' Using data from the National Center for Health Statistics Data, the study compared excess deaths in the U.S. between March 1 and May 30 with deaths from COVID-19 during the same time. The total deaths of 781,000 during this time was 122,300 higher than expected. 95,235 of these deaths were attributed to coronavirus. According to researchers, most of the remaining excess deaths were likely caused by the coronavirus as well. Dan Weinberger, Yale, via CNBC Because COVID-19 affects almost every system of the body, the uptick in strokes and heart attacks was also indirectly caused by the coronavirus. Some states, including TX and AZ, show more than a 50 percent discrepancy between COVID-19 deaths and excess deaths.
Ethiopian police were patrolling the country’s troubled Oromia region and the capital, Addis Ababa following a week of unrest in which 166 people were killed and more than 2,000 arrested, after a popular singer was shot dead
Yet another former Philadelphia Phillies pitcher has died in a plane crash, People reports. Tyson Brummett, 35, died Friday morning along with a small plane's three passengers when it spiraled out of the sky in American Fork Canyon near Salt Lake City, authorities say. The passengers are identified as Brummett's...
Members of President Donald Trump's Cabinet and agency leaders are finding time this election year to visit politically important states as their boss campaigns for a second term
Turns out Ghislaine Maxwell—who apparently dodged authorities until her arrest this week—has a rather powerful ally. "We never saw her do anything inappropriate," writes Alan Dershowitz at the Spectator . "We knew her only as Jeffrey Epstein's thirty-something girlfriend." The celebrity attorney often saw her "in the presence of...
Top Trump campaign official and girlfriend of Donald Trump Jr. Kimberly Guilfoyle has tested positive for coronavirus. Guilfoyle tested positive in South Dakota before she was set to attend President Donald Trump's event at Mount Rushmore. CNN reports Guilfoyle was not with the President and Donald Trump Jr. has so far tested negative. Guilfoyle has not met with President Trump recently, but she was backstage for his rally in Tulsa, and was also at his event in Phoenix. A former Fox News personality, Guilfoyle is also the ex-wife of California Governor Gavin Newsom. Guilfoyle's test results came soon after Trump Jr. posted images falsely suggesting masks don't help prevent the spread of the highly contagious virus.
Hand Sanitizer May Make Fireworks More Dangerous on July 4 With the ongoing pandemic, many people have integrated alcohol-based hand sanitizer into their daily lives. Combined with Fourth of July celebrations, which rely heavily on fireworks, the pairing could lead to trouble. NSC's Maureen Vogel, via CNN The National Safety Council has strongly recommended that people leave the fireworks to the professionals this year. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 57% of the 7,000 firework-related injuries from July 4 last year were from burns.
Pre-COVID-19, the White House was always one of the busiest social hubs in Washington. But since late March, it's been on virtual lockdown. This week, however, party preparation began anew. Previously laid off staff have returned this week to set up the White House July Fourth party. Guests will be front-line workers and their families, including law enforcement, doctors, nurses, and others, as well as members of the military. Waitstaff will wear disposable rubber gloves and US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-advised face masks. Yet Friday evening, President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump appeared at Mount Rushmore in South Dakota. There, several thousand supporters blatantly non-socially distanced. They sat closely packed in bleachers, and in chairs that were zip-tied together.
The Cinders? The Castles? The Spiders? Whatever they choose, the Cleveland Indians organization said Friday it might just get a new team name, the New York Post reports. In light of "the recent social unrest in our community," the team tweeted , "committed to engaging our community and appropriate stakeholders to...
Over 50,000 New US Coronavirus Cases Reported in a Single Day According to Johns Hopkins University, 50,203 coronavirus cases were reported in the U.S. on Wednesday. To put those numbers into perspective, in the early days of the pandemic, it took more than two months to reach the 50,000 mark in the U.S. The previous record of cases reported in a single day occurred on June 26. On that day, there were 45,255 cases. On Wednesday, five states reported a record number of cases: CA, AZ, NC, TX and TN. Reopening of businesses in many of the states has been rolled back or halted. Gavin Newsom, CA Governor, via CNN The record number of cases comes as states are prepping for Fourth of July celebrations. Infectious disease experts refer to the holiday as "the perfect storm." Dr. Ricardo Franco, University of Alabama