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Tumultuous Trade Relations Have Created an Exit Door and Opportunity for America

Yahoo News - Tue, 06/02/2020 - 13:07

Tumultuous Trade Relations Have Created an Exit Door and Opportunity for AmericaWhile walking out of the World Trade Organization is, in part, the right action for Washington, remaining outside of a global free and fair-trade regime is not.


Tear gas is banned from war — but police still shoot it at protesters, who cough and bleed as a result. At least one has lost an eye.

Yahoo News - Tue, 06/02/2020 - 12:55

Tear gas is banned from war — but police still shoot it at protesters, who cough and bleed as a result. At least one has lost an eye.Tear gas canisters can cause permanent injuries, and all the coughing and sneezing that tear gas prompts is bad news for coronavirus spread too.


'You will move, or you will die': A frightened truck driver's viral Facebook post says truckers will 'defend themselves' by running over protesters

Yahoo News - Tue, 06/02/2020 - 12:38

 A frightened truck driver's viral Facebook post says truckers will 'defend themselves' by running over protesters"Air horns will sound, steering wheels will be held tightly, but those brakes will not be touched," the truck driver wrote.


'Horrified': Around the world, American allies are stunned

Yahoo News - Tue, 06/02/2020 - 12:34

 Around the world, American allies are stunned"The U.S. has stood for many ideals we dearly share," said analyst Ziya Meral. "Now we are witnessing an America spiraling down into chaos."


Sudan appoints new defense chief amid tensions with Ethiopia

Yahoo News - Tue, 06/02/2020 - 12:33

Sudan appoints new defense chief amid tensions with EthiopiaThe swearing-in came amid tensions with neighboring Ethiopia over a cross-border attack allegedly conducted by a militia backed by Ethiopia’s military.


Swarms of Millions of Locusts Devastate Crops in India Amid Economic Crisis Due to Pandemic

Yahoo News - Tue, 06/02/2020 - 11:54

Swarms of Millions of Locusts Devastate Crops in India Amid Economic Crisis Due to PandemicMillions of locusts that stretch up to 4 miles long crossed into the Western state of Rajasthan from Pakistan at the beginning of May


Trump slams North Carolina and says he's moving GOP convention elsewhere

Yahoo News - Tue, 06/02/2020 - 11:53

Trump slams North Carolina and says he's moving GOP convention elsewhereThe president says he's moving to Plan B after Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper insisted that the GOP scale back its planned 50,000 person event.


Kellyanne Conway Lashes Out at Bishop Who Condemned Trump’s Church Photo-Op

Yahoo News - Tue, 06/02/2020 - 11:46

Kellyanne Conway Lashes Out at Bishop Who Condemned Trump’s Church Photo-OpKellyanne Conway defended President Donald Trump’s decision to tear-gas protesters for a photo-op in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church Monday night by going after the bishop who presides over that congregation.The White House counselor was confronted with the criticism from Episcopal Bishop Mariann Budde during an appearance on Fox News early Tuesday afternoon. Asked to respond to Budde, who told CNN’s Anderson Cooper she was “outraged” that Trump had used her church as a “prop,” Conway went on the attack.After listing various actions Trump has taken in the name of “religious liberty”—implying that all clergy should be grateful for his help—Conway addressed Budde directly.“That is not ‘her church,’ that is not ‘her Bible,’” Conway said. “We don’t look into other people’s hearts and souls and discern and judge what their faith is.” CNN’s Don Lemon Goes Off on Trump for ‘Declaring War on Americans’Then, after saying we can’t pretend to know why the president “felt compelled to walk there” and hold a Bible in the air awkwardly, Conway did just that. “That is a symbol to everyone that we will not allow arsonists and anarchists who set that fire ablaze, who demean the memory of those that lost their lives in the name of their respective faith and religions, we won't allow them to dissuade us from practicing our religion,” she said, failing to note that members of the church were among those tear-gassed on Monday. Before the interview was over, Conway made sure to get in one last dig at Joe Biden, who promised action on police brutality and systemic racism in a speech earlier in the day. “Joe, you’ve been here 40 years in this city,” she said snidely. “What do you mean you're going to do it now?”Kayleigh McEnany Insists Trump’s Not ‘Hiding’ While Speaking for HimRead more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


GOP will tour Nashville as possible new location for convention planned in Charlotte

Yahoo News - Tue, 06/02/2020 - 11:45

GOP will tour Nashville as possible new location for convention planned in CharlotteThe party is in a standoff with North Carolina over whether to host the event in Charlotte, as originally planned, amid the coronavirus pandemic.


China's state media says US can now 'enjoy' protests after criticizing China's handling of unrest in Hong Kong

Yahoo News - Tue, 06/02/2020 - 11:40

China's state media says US can now 'enjoy' protests after criticizing China's handling of unrest in Hong KongA foreign ministry rep tweeted "I can't breathe" above a screenshot of a State Department flack condemning how Hong Kong protesters were treated.


Cuomo: Don't "blur the lines" between looters and protesters

Yahoo News - Tue, 06/02/2020 - 11:30

 Don't "blur the lines" between looters and protesters"COVID-19 is one issue, the outrage over Mr. Floyd is another issue, looters are another issue," he said.


Active-Duty Troops Remain Outside DC as Guard Force Grows

Yahoo News - Tue, 06/02/2020 - 11:30

Active-Duty Troops Remain Outside DC as Guard Force GrowsMore than 100,000 National Guard troops are now activated for missions across the nation.


Mexico's president says military is aiding missing students probe

Yahoo News - Tue, 06/02/2020 - 11:27

Mexico's president says military is aiding missing students probeMexico's military is cooperating with a fresh probe into the 2014 disappearance of 43 student teachers, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Tuesday. The apparent massacre of the youths, whose remains are still being searched for, is widely believed to have been committed by corrupt police working with a violent drug gang, and has drawn international outrage. Lopez Obrador, who came into power in 2018, has vowed to uncover what really happened and examine the prior handling of the case, which led to one of the worst crises of his predecessor Enrique Pena Nieto's administration.


Royal Caribbean, P&O cancel cruises into October because of coronavirus; Norwegian updates health policies

Yahoo News - Tue, 06/02/2020 - 11:13

Royal Caribbean, P&O cancel cruises into October because of coronavirus; Norwegian updates health policiesBritish cruise line P&O; Cruises, a Carnival subsidiary, and Royal Caribbean, are canceling sailings after a move from Canada.


Cuomo Hypothesizes About Overthrowing de Blasio After NYC Riots: ‘Police Did Not Do Their Job Last Night’

Yahoo News - Tue, 06/02/2020 - 11:12

 ‘Police Did Not Do Their Job Last Night’New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo openly hypothesized on Tuesday about overthrowing NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio after rampant looting and destruction swept across Manhattan on Monday night, overwhelming the NYPD and leaving the city looking like a war zone. “I’m disappointed and outraged by what happened in New York City last night. That criminal activity hurt everyone,” he said. De Blasio had doubled NYPD officers out on the streets to 8,000 on Monday night and imposed an 11 p.m. curfew after three nights of protests against police brutality were overshadowed by violence.But it was not enough to stop rampant looters from taking over midtown Manhattan. The Daily Beast witnessed hundreds of rioters roaming freely for hours through the city, looting countless stores, setting fires, loading stolen goods into SUVs, and damaging cars and storefronts. For hours, police were nowhere to be seen. “We’re spread a little thin,” one officer told The Daily Beast at about 10 p.m. after they arrested six men near Times Square, but were unable to chase down hundreds more who fled on foot.On Tuesday, the NYPD said it arrested 700 people the previous night for looting in Manhattan. An exasperated Cuomo said the police and the mayor failed to protect New York City—a city already on its knees from the coronavirus pandemic. “The police in New York [City] were not effective at doing their job last night, period. They have to do a better job,” he said. “You have 38,000 NYPD. They have protected the city before in these situations... They did not do it last night. But I believe in the inherent capacity of the NYPD.”Cuomo said he had offered all New York mayors the assistance of the National Guard and the state police to help stop looting on Monday, however de Blasio did not take up the offer. The mayor said the National Guard would not be helpful, and that the NYPD was sufficient. “Look at the videos, it was a disgrace,” Cuomo said. “I believe the mayor underestimates the scope of the problem. I think he underestimates the duration of the problem, and I don’t think they’ve used enough police to address the situation because it’s inarguable that it was not addressed last night. Facts.”Cuomo said his option was to “displace” the mayor and bring in the National Guard during a state of emergency, “and basically take over... the mayor’s job.”However, he said “we’re not at that point” and that it would be too chaotic right now. He said the National Guard would not be needed if the entire NYPD—the largest police department in the nation—were properly deployed. Thousands of people peacefully protested across New York City on Monday night following the death of unarmed black man George Floyd, at the hands of a white police officer in Minneapolis. However, as night fell, large groups broke away and started smashing storefronts and looting hundreds of shops along Broadway, Fifth Avenue, Sixth Avenue, and more. In Manhattan, Cuomo said looters had “blurred” the line with peaceful protests and distracted from much-needed conversations about racism, inequality, and police brutality. He said Tuesday he would sign legislation, if it was brought before him, to make police officers’ complaint records public. Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


Chinese propagandists seize on George Floyd protests

Yahoo News - Tue, 06/02/2020 - 11:11

Chinese propagandists seize on George Floyd protestsBeijing-backed broadcast, print and social media outlets are accusing the U.S. of a double standard on Hong Kong.


Louisville cop in fatal shooting of David McAtee had mocked protester on Facebook

Yahoo News - Tue, 06/02/2020 - 10:59

Louisville cop in fatal shooting of David McAtee had mocked protester on FacebookLMPD Officer Katie Crews celebrated a protester getting hit by pepper balls amid demonstrations over the death of Breonna Taylor.


‘Not the Same Question’: De Blasio Says Businesses, Churches to Remain Closed Even as Demonstrators Flout Lockdowns

Yahoo News - Tue, 06/02/2020 - 10:58

 De Blasio Says Businesses, Churches to Remain Closed Even as Demonstrators Flout LockdownsNew York City mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday said that although mass protests had erupted in the city, religious institutions and small business owners would still be closed until Monday."When you see . . . an entire nation, simultaneously grappling with an extraordinary crisis seated in 400 years of American racism, I’m sorry, that is not the same question as the understandably aggrieved store owner or the devout religious person who wants to go back to services," de Blasio told a reporter for the ultra-Orthodox Jewish publication Hamodia."This is a powerful, painful historical moment. So no, I have eyes to see. We're not going to treat it like it's just any other day, we're not going to treat it like, 'Why are people outside [at] the bars,' and not notice that all of America is grappling simultaneously with a horrible crisis," the mayor continued. "Sorry guys, there's a world outside New York City."De Blasio said that while he did fear that demonstrations could result in another outbreak of coronavirus, New York institutions would continue to reopen according to the timetable set in conjunction with state health officials. New York has seen widespread looting in the upscale neighborhoods of Soho and Midtown Manhattan, as well as in parts of Brooklyn.De Blasio has clashed with ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities in the city during the course of the pandemic. In late April, after police dispersed a crowd at a funeral for a Brooklyn rabbi, the mayor wrote on Twitter, "My message to the Jewish community, and all communities, is this simple: the time for warnings has passed. I have instructed the NYPD to proceed immediately to summons or even arrest those who gather in large groups."While the tweet provoked criticism from the Satmar ultra-Orthodox sect, whose leaders had organized the funeral, some in the sect defended the mayor from other critics."We strongly denounce the vicious attacks against the Mayor, particularly those accusing him of anti-Semitism," wrote Mayer Rispler, head of a Satmar faction. "The close relationship between Mr. De Blasio and our community goes back close to two decades…We consider him a dear friend."Since the incident, the NYPD has shut down several yeshivas operating in defiance of lockdown orders.Last week, however, demonstrations protesting the death of George Floyd, an African American man killed during arrest by white officers, spread across the city. Those demonstrations have devolved into looting and rioting. Rioters and even peaceful protesters have not adhered to social-distancing guidelines."You don't get to pick and choose First Amendment freedoms. You don't get to side with protesters and slough off churches and synagogues," Senator Ben Sasse (R., Neb.) said in response to de Blasio's decision to keep businesses and religious institutions closed. "Americans ought to hope that New York City is sued so that Bill de Blasio's nonsense gets laughed out of court."


Trump tells NYC to activate National Guard: 'The lowlifes and losers are ripping you apart!'

Yahoo News - Tue, 06/02/2020 - 10:44

 'The lowlifes and losers are ripping you apart!'After vowing Monday to deploy military force to restore order in states that fail to “dominate” unlawful demonstrations, President Trump on Tuesday all but ordered New York City to request help from the National Guard.


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