Donald Trump, for the first time, has confirmed the US conducted a covert cyberattack in 2018. The attack was against Russia's Internet Research Agency, according to reports at CNN. The Internet Research Agency is a troll farm blamed for interference in the 2016 presidential election. Trump gave confirmation during an interview with reporters.
[NFA] The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director on Thursday said his agency will not revise its guidelines for reopening schools despite calls from U.S. President Donald Trump, instead his agency will provide 'additional reference documents' to aid communities. This report produced by Yahaira Jacquez.
California’s governor on Monday clamped new restrictions on businesses, reports HuffPost. The rules also include the state’s two largest school districts, Los Angeles and San Diego. He stated children would not return to class as coronavirus cases and hospitalizations soared. Governor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, ordered another round of shutdowns. “It’s incumbent upon all of us to recognize soberly that COVID-19 is not going away anytime soon, until there is a vaccine and/or an effective therapy.
[NFA] State election officials face budget cuts after tax revenues plunged in the virus-stricken economy, with consequences that could undermine voters’ faith in the polls. This report produced by Zachary Goelman.
Rashida Tlaib is facing the fight for her political life. She is being challenged by Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones in the August 4th Primary for her House seat. Jones challenged Tlaib in 2018, losing to her by only 900 votes. In a survey of voting intentions, Jones received 34 percent and Tlaib 43 percent, with 23 percent undecided. Tlaib’s popularity in the district has dropped 28 percent in the 16 months since she took office.
The Trump Administration is pushing to reopen schools in the fall of 2020. Business Insider reports the US is dealing with record spike in cases of the novel coronavirus. Education Secretary Betsy Devos on Sunday doubled down on the Trump administration's position. "There is going to be the exception to the rule. But the rule should be that kids go back to school this fall." Children are at low risk of serious illness and death from COVID-19.
President Donald Trump said "99%" of coronavirus cases in the US are "totally harmless." Dr. Anthony Fauci is the nation's top infectious-disease expert. Fauci said Trump's claim is "false." "I'm trying to figure out where the president got that number," Fauci said in a Financial Times interview published Friday. Business Insider reports that there is overwhelming evidence of COVID-19's effects contradicts Trump's statement.
Business Insider reports that Walgreens has halted its share buyback program. The pharmacy chain revealed it plans to cut 4,000 jobs after reporting worse-than-expected third-quarter figures. The drugstore giant lost $1.95 per share over the period. Thats $1.71 billion overall. The company's Boots UK division saw same-store sales nosedive 48% over the period. The reason? Walgreens says quarantine orders "compelled consumers to consolidate shopping into grocers.
Netflix is on the verge of reporting a blockbuster second quarter earnings report, according to Goldman Sachs. Business Insider reports that Goldman Sachs is basing their judgement on strong app download trends On Friday, Goldman raised its Netflix price target to $670, representing upside potential of 32% from Thursday's close. The firm said COVID-19 continues to accelerate the trend towards video streaming services. Goldman Sachs said Netflix is a prime beneficiary of that trend.
Business Insider reports that Chelsea Clinton is forming her own venture capital firm. The firm will be called Metrodora Ventures. It was registered in April and has its own Twitter account. Clinton hasn't decided whether to commit to the firm full-time, Axios reports. On Twitter, Metrodora Ventures describes itself as "a values conscious venture capital firm focused on health and learning businesses.
A new interview with the Sunday Times of London has gotten Ilhan Omar into more hot water. According to the Times of Israel Omar likened Saudi Arabia’s influence on the Trump administration to Israel’s. The congresswoman said both countries relied in part on money to bring about their preferred outcomes. Omar has a long history of unprovoked verbal tirades against Israel. The Sunday Times story said that Omar’s “new approach is to pivot to Saudi Arabia so she isn’t singling out the Jews.
According to ABC News Rep. Ilhan Omar will still support Joe Biden for the presidency. Omar also thinks it is important to believe survivors of sexual assault. That includes Tara Reade, the woman who has leveled allegations against the former vice president. In an interview with the Sunday Times of London Omar said she believed Reade's accusations against Biden. Omar said if it were up to her, Biden wouldn’t be the presidential candidate. Now, it appears Omar is back tracking.
Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar said she believes the sexual assault claims leveled at Joe Biden by former Senate staffer Tara Reade. Omar told the Sunday Times of London “I do believe Reade,” “Justice can be delayed, but should never be denied.” According to the NY Post Omar said if it were up to her, Biden wouldn’t be the presidential candidate. Omar was a supporter of Bernie Sanders, before he dropped out of the race in April.
[NFA] Robert Unanue, the CEO of the Hispanic staple food maker Goya Foods, praised President Donald Trump on Thursday at the White House which swiftly led to backlash on Twitter. Colette Luke has more.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is in a war of words with NY Mayor Bill de Blasio and it looks like she's losing... badly. De Blasio called her “just wrong” when she accused him of fudging his $1 billion cut to the NYPD budget. AOC said said de Blasio was using “budget tricks” and “funny math” to make it look like he had defunded the city’s police department. The Mayor appeared in an interview on CNN’s “New Day” on Wednesday morning. “Well, she’s just wrong.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has likely secured a second term after winning her Democratic primary. According to Business Insider, Ocasio-Cortez won the race by a significant margin on Tuesday. The final numbers from the primary election won't be known for at least several days. The delay in declaring an official winner is due to this year's large number of absentee ballots. According to Decision Desk HQ, Ocasio-Cortez has already won nearly 73% of the vote.
Pete Buttigieg is running for President. He is currently the Mayor of South Bend, Indiana. The 37-year-old was a consultant for McKinsey & Company from 2007-2010. He was a US Navy Reserve officer from..