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Some Protests Against Police Brutality Take Confrontational Approach

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I'm a leftie, and even I was worried this would happen.
>The protests are moving into white residential neighborhoods, where activists demand that people choose a side.

>PORTLAND, Ore. - Terrance Moses was watching protesters against police brutality march down his quiet residential street one recent evening when some in the group of a few hundred suddenly stopped and started yelling.

>Mr. Moses was initially not sure what the protesters were upset about, but as he got closer, he saw it: His neighbors had an American flag on display.

>"It went from a peaceful march, calling out the names, to all of a sudden, bang, 'How dare you fly the American flag?'" said Mr. Moses, who is Black and runs a nonprofit group in the Portland, Ore., area. "They said take it down. They wouldn't leave. They said they're going to come back and burn the house down."

>Mr. Moses and others blocked the demonstrators and told them to leave.

>"We don't go around terrorizing folks to try and force them to do something they don't want to do," said Mr. Moses, whose nonprofit group provides support for local homeless people. "I'm a veteran. I'm for these liberties."

>Nearly four months after the killing of George Floyd by the Minneapolis police, some protesters against police brutality are taking a more confrontational - and personal - approach. The marches in Portland are increasingly moving to residential and largely white neighborhoods, where demonstrators with bullhorns shout for people to come "out of your house and into the street" and demonstrate their support.

>These more aggressive protests target ordinary people going about their lives, especially those who decline to demonstrate allegiance to the cause. That includes a diner in Washington who refused to raise her fist to show support for Black Lives Matter, or, in several cities, confused drivers who happened upon the protests.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/21/us/black-lives-matter-protests-tactics.html
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GOP senators' anti-Biden report big nothing burger

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https://www.politico.com/news/2020/09/23/gop-senators-anti-biden-report-420362

For a year, Senate Republicans have teased a bombshell investigation into Joe and Hunter Biden that could rock the former vice president’s campaign for the White House.

But an interim report, issued by Sens. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) less than six weeks before the presidential election and released publicly on Wednesday, is largely a compilation of previously public information — some of it rehashed anew by witnesses who already testified during the House’s impeachment inquiry last year — as well as news articles and strongly worded insinuations with little evidence to back them up.

The report, titled “Hunter Biden, Burisma and Corruption,” reprises these year-old claims and adds little new to a discussion first raised by President Donald Trump’s defense team in his impeachment trial before the Senate earlier this year, when the president was acquitted by GOP senators on charges of abusing his power by seeking to pressure Ukraine to investigate the Bidens. The report does little to substantiate allegations against the Democratic presidential nominee, which have been fueled in part by foreign actors linked to the Kremlin whom U.S. officials have said are attempting to interfere in the 2020 election.

The report relies on vague assessments already revealed publicly — namely, from top State Department official George Kent, who said Hunter Biden’s role on the board of a Ukrainian energy company was “very awkward” for U.S. officials who were carrying out an anti-corruption policy in Ukraine. Kent made a similar remark during his impeachment testimony last fall.
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Nevada bans employers from refusing to hire those who fail marijuana tests

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https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2019/06/12/us/nevada-marijuana-job-screening-trnd/index.html

Starting in 2020, Nevada employers cannot refuse to hire a job applicant for failing a marijuana screening test, making it the first state to pass such a law.

"It is unlawful for any employer in this State to fail or refuse to hire a prospective employee because the prospective employee submitted to a screening test and the results of the screening test indicate the presence of marijuana," states the law, signed by Gov. Steve Sisolak on June 5.
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Trump to far-right terrorist groups and white supremacists: ‘Stand back and stand by’

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Trump refuses to condemn white supremacists, again.

https://apnews.com/article/election-2020-joe-biden-race-and-ethnicity-donald-trump-chris-wallace-0b32339da25fbc9e8b7c7c7066a1db0f

President Donald Trump on Tuesday didn’t clearly condemn white supremacist groups and their role in violence in some American cities this summer, branding it solely a “left-wing” problem and telling one far-right extremist group to “stand back and stand by.”

“Almost everything I see is from the left wing, not from the right wing,” said Trump, whose exchange with Democrat Joe Biden left the extremist group Proud Boys celebrating what some of its members saw as tacit approval.

He was responding to a question from debate moderator Chris Wallace, who asked the president if he would condemn white supremacist and militia groups that have showed up at some protests. Wallace specifically mentioned Kenosha, Wisconsin, where a white teenager was charged with killing two protesters during demonstrations over the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man. Trump has repeatedly blamed “antifa,” which stands for the anti-fascist movement.

“I’m willing to do anything. I want to see peace,” Trump said. “What do you want to call them? Give me a name.”

“Proud Boys,” Democrat Joe Biden chimed in, referencing a far-right extremist group that has shown up at protests in the Pacific Northwest. The male-only group of neo-fascists describes themselves as “western chauvinists,” and they have been known to incite street violence.

“Proud Boys, stand back and stand by,” Trump said. “But I’ll tell you what, I’ll tell you what, somebody’s got to do something about antifa and the left because this is not a right-wing problem.”
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Elderly man turns $5 poker bet into $1M at New Jersey casino

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A New Jersey man who was playing poker at an Atlantic City casino won $1 million after placing a $5 bet, a Facebook post by the Borgata Hotel Casino stated.

The Lakewood resident, Harold M., made the three-card poker "6 Card Bonus" bet Saturday afternoon at the casino.

He then got a royal flush of diamonds, a hand that overcame one-to-20 million odds, the Associated Press reported.

The man was dealt the 10, queen and ace of diamonds. The dealer's hand was the nine, jack and king of diamonds.

A Facebook post by the casino says this the first time this bet has been hit at the Borgata.

Experts at wizardofodds.com told the casino that the odds of hitting the six card Bonus Royal Flush are one in 20,348,320.

https://wjla.com/news/offbeat/poker-player-turns-5-bet-into-1m-at-new-jersey-casino
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Ninja bomb’, which uses 100lb of dense material and six attached blades, has been deployed

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The missile, believed to have been first used in 2017 to kill al-Qaida’s then No 2 leader, Abu Khayr al Masri, in Idlib province, first came to wider attention when its existence was disclosed by an article in the Wall Street Journal last year.
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The weapon uses a combination of the force of 100lb of dense material flying at high speed and six attached blades which deploy before impact to crush and slice its victims.

The bladed, non-explosive version of the Hellfire missile is the latest iteration of a weapon that has undergone several variations since it was used to weaponize previously unarmed Predator drones in around 2000.

The first Hellfires were designed as tank busters with a powerful shaped charge, used in Afghanistan for which they were regarded as not entirely suitable.

A later version was developed that carried a heavier explosive warhead , but which led in turn to issues with civilian casualties, leading to the development of the R9X.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/sep/25/us-military-syria-non-explosive-drone-missile-blades
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donald t-Rump Destroys Biden in Debate Debacles Gone Wild

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Trump targets Biden's mental health in debate lead-up, despite aides' efforts to raise expectations
The president has eschewed typical debate prep instead meeting with advisers.

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/trump-targets-bidens-mental-health-debate-lead-aides/story?id=73264525

President Donald Trump is set to enter the first presidential debate on Tuesday down in the polls, but coming off the high of nominating his third Supreme Court justice. Some top advisers expect a dominant performance by the president, despite the opposing narratives of attacks on Joe Biden's mental state and the Trump campaign's work to raise expectations for the Democrat ahead of the showdown.

With days to go the debate, Trump has carried out conflicting and confounding strategies both repeatedly targeting Biden's mental acuity, claiming at a recent rally he doesn't know he's alive, while also making passing attempts to boost the former vice president as a seasoned debater who could outshine him.

"This guy doesn't have a clue. He doesn't know where the hell he is," Trump told his supporters in Pittsburgh a week to the day before the first debate. "This guy doesn't know he's alive."

At a campaign rally Saturday night in Pennsylvania, the president both attacked Biden as "dumb" before immediately lauding him as an experienced debater. "He’s a dumb guy. Always known as a dumb guy. But we look forward to seeing him in the debate. He's got a lot more experience. He's got 47 years. I’ve got 3 1/2 years. So we'll see. But he's got 47 years of experience."

On Friday, the president delivered an extended attack on Biden, comparing the showdown to a boxing match while repeatedly pointing to his head and saying, "To win matches you need that up here. ... This wins, probably, it's 50% of it. ... It's great that it's that way, isn't it?"

"[Biden's] not exactly prime time. ... This is not prime time for Joe. He never had too much of a prime time," the president added.
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Trump announces he will gut social security and medicare through executive order

No.670839 ViewReplyLast 50OriginalReport
https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-executive-order-payroll-tax-cut-social-security-medicare-weakened-2020-8

>Economists are warning that if Trump enacts a payroll tax cut, it would weaken the shaky finances of the Social Security and Medicare trust funds.
>It's unclear whether the president would attempt to replace the funding as Congress did when it deferred employers' Social Security tax payments earlier this year.
>"It's like borrowing money from the Social Security and Medicare trust funds to give to employers just to hold," said Seth Hanlon, a tax expert.

A group of economists at a think tank are warning that if President Donald Trump moves forward with a payroll tax cut through an executive order, the step would weaken the funding mechanisms for Social Security and Medicare.

Over the past week, the president has threatened to circumvent Congress and sign an executive order to enact a payroll tax cut. The tax refers to the 15.3% levy on wages imposed by the federal government, and evenly divided between employers and workers. Most of it funds Social Security, but it also helps finance Medicare.

But experts say the step would further erode the shaky finances of both safety-net programs by yanking a critical source of funding.

"Trump's scheme would weaken the Social Security and Medicare trust funds by diverting the revenue from the employee portion of Social Security and Medicare taxes, and potentially the employer's share of Medicare taxes, from the programs' trust funds," the memo from the Center for American Progress said.

Earlier this year, Congress deferred the employer-portion of the Social Security tax (6.2%) through 2022 under the CARES Act. But they replaced the lost money with an infusion of general Treasury funds.

Trump, the memo said, lacks the authority to appropriate funds, which is Congress's purview.
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Missouri hairstylist may have exposed 91 people to Covid-19, officials say

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A Missouri hairstylist may have exposed 91 customers and coworkers to coronavirus, public health officials said, after the state’s governor allowed businesses including salons to reopen on 4 May.
The stylist who tested positive for Covid-19 worked at a salon in Springfield on eight different days while experiencing coronavirus symptoms. Because the stylist and the customers wore face coverings, health officials said on Friday, they hoped the interactions would lead to “no additional cases”. Those potentially exposed would be contacted and offered testing, officials said.
The potential exposures started little more than a week after Missouri allowed salons to reopen.

The push by Donald Trump and some state governors to reopen most businesses with some public health modifications, such as social distancing and masks, comes as public health officials warn that relaxing restrictions will certainly lead to new outbreaks.
“A permanent lockdown is not a strategy for a health state or a healthy country,” Trump said on Thursday. “Our country wasn’t meant to be shut down.
“This country is poised for an epic comeback,” he said. “Just watch. It’s already happening.”


https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/may/23/missouri-hair-stylist-coronavirus-exposure
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Coronavirus questions: I-Team digs into records of Orinda nursing home, scene of COVID-19 outbreak

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> https://abc7news.com/health/i-team-digs-into-records-of-orinda-nursing-home-scene-of-covid-19-outbreak/6082554/

A resident from East Bay nursing home Orinda Care Center died over the weekend after testing positive for novel coronavirus. He was among two dozen residents who've been infected there, along with several staff, making for one of the largest nursing home outbreaks in the state.

The ABC7 I-Team has been digging into the facility's records. Advocates for nursing homes tell us this coronavirus pandemic is exposing long-simmering problems with oversight.

Three staff and 23 other residents have also been infected. Half of those cases are people over 80 years of age.

Orinda Care Center is one of eleven facilities owned by Crystal Solorzano, who has a frequent presence on Instagram. Solorzano showed off new masks for her staff, "Alright guys, as we told 'ya, we got masks."

Records show in May of last year, the state revoked her nursing home administrator license "for unprofessional conduct ... based on (her) using fraudulent documents" in applying for the license. But Solorzano is still permitted to operate homes including Orinda Care Center while appealing the decision.

Through a spokesperson, Solarzano at first agreed to an interview, but then backed out. We also wanted to ask about the record of violations at Orinda Care Center.

Among those violations are:

- In July, the state cited Orinda Care Center for misuse of anti-psychotic drugs, and failing to properly sanitize tableware and cookware, putting the residents at risk of food-borne illness.

- In May, an investigation found the facility failed to keep a resident with dementia safe from sexual abuse by a housekeeper, who had two previous complaints of sexual abuse.

Through a spokesman, Solorzano says, "We believe these were unacceptable, but isolated, incidents. We're doing everything we can to ensure they won't happen again."
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