June 28, 2020

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Mississippi Lawmakers To Remove Confederate Emblem From State Flag (Lulu Garcia-Navarro, June 28, 2020, NPR Weekend Edition )

GARCIA-NAVARRO: Why do you think the change was possible this time?

JOHNSON: Money - money. The climate in the country that was sparked by recent events across the nation said to all of America that race relations in this state - we can take the cover off of it. It is not what it needs to be. We have a serious race problem in this state - how we understand each other, how we perceive each other. And right in the front door of this country, a glaring symbol of that stands in the state of Mississippi.

And people who do business with the state, sports teams, colleges and universities saying hey, we can't be a party to that. We can't be involved in that kind of - we can't rubber-stamp or endorse a system like that. We're pulling out. You know, we may end up losing business. We may not - we certainly won't get any new business, no new jobs.

And when student athletes start talking about quitting the team - you know, a football industry, a college football industry at the SEC where two schools in the state of Mississippi make millions, tens of millions of dollars every year on the backs of African American athletes. And those athletes start saying, we may not play - all of a sudden, people get clarity. And that's why we changed.

...when it's actually the free market that's pummeling them.

Posted by orrinj at 7:03 PM


How One Maryland Nursing Home Avoided COVID-19 (LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO, June 28, 2020,  Weekend Edition Sunday)


A hopeful story now concerning the pandemic. It's about a nursing home in a hard-hit part of the country, and the majority of its residents are Black. And no one there has gotten the coronavirus. It's the Maryland Baptist Aged Home in Baltimore, and Derrick DeWitt is the director. He's also pastor of the First Mount Calvary Church nearby. And Reverend DeWitt joins us now.


DERRICK DEWITT: Hi. Thank you for having me.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: Sir, deaths in nursing homes account for nearly half of the virus-related deaths in the United States. How did you do this? What measures did you take?

DEWITT: Well, it was a combination of things. The best thing I could say we did was we really believed that the virus was coming. And this is kind of funny, but it's - when I heard President Trump say we only had 15 cases and by the end of the week that it would be zero, I knew that it was time to act.

Posted by orrinj at 12:00 AM


New U.S. coronavirus cases break record; Pence cancels campaign events in Arizona, Florida (Nicole Acevedo, Joe Murphy and Josh Lederman, 6/27/20, NBC News)

The U.S. set a new grim record in the number of new coronavirus cases in a single day, with reports of nearly 46,000 on Friday.

The 45,942 single-day increase was driven by more than 8,000 new cases in Florida and thousands more in Texas, Arizona and California, according to an NBC News tally.

Vice President Mike Pence meanwhile has postponed appearances that were planned in Arizona and Florida this coming week "out of an abundance of caution" due to the virus spikes in those states, an official with President Donald Trump's campaign said Saturday.

Posted by orrinj at 12:00 AM


Trump admits it: He's losing (ALEX ISENSTADT, 06/27/2020, Politico)

What should have been an easy interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity on Thursday horrified advisers when Trump offered a rambling, non-responsive answer to a simple question about his goals for a second term. In the same appearance, the normally self-assured president offered a tacit acknowledgment that he might lose when he said that Joe Biden is "gonna be your president because some people don't love me, maybe." [...]

"Under the current trajectory, President Trump is on the precipice of one the of the worst electoral defeats in modern presidential elections and the worst historically for an incumbent president," said former Trump political adviser Sam Nunberg, who remains a supporter.

All before the really dire numbers he's causing on Covid start coming in.

Posted by orrinj at 12:00 AM


Workers removed thousands of social distancing stickers before Trump's Tulsa rally (Joshua Partlow and  Josh Dawsey, June 27, 2020, Washington Post)

In the hours before President Trump's rally in Tulsa, his campaign directed the removal of thousands of "Do Not Sit Here, Please!" stickers from seats in the arena that were intended to establish social distance between rallygoers, according to video and photos obtained by The Washington Post and a person familiar with the event.

The removal contradicted instructions from the management of the BOK Center, the 19,000-seat arena in downtown Tulsa where Trump held his rally on June 20. At the time, coronavirus cases were rising sharply in Tulsa County, and Trump faced intense criticism for convening a large crowd for an indoor political rally, his first such event since the start of the pandemic.