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China and Russia spreading anti-US vaccine misinformation, White Residence says – as it happened

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Night summary

That’s it for me tonight. Thanks for studying alongside! Right here’s some of what we covered:

  • A federal prefer in Texas ordered the suspension of Daca – a program that protects immigrants brought to the US as children from deportation.
  • An investigation into voter fraud in Arizona grew to turn into up only 200 imaginable cases out of more than 3m votes cast for the length of last-one year’s presidential election. No votes were counted twice.
  • Senate investigators released a document detailing how a little-known security unit in the US Commerce Department racially profiled and conducted unauthorized surveillance of company employees of Chinese and Center Eastern descent.

  • The Biden administration is standing by conservationist Tracy Stone-Manning, nominated to cross the BLM, as Republicans name for her withdrawal.

Have a grand weekend! Seek for you subsequent time.

Updated

Two attorneys that filed a federal lawsuit last December claiming to record 160m American voters in a dispute over the implications of the 2020 election might perhaps face ramifications for filing a frivolous suit, the Washington Post reviews.

Gary D Fielder and Ernest John Walker, the two attorneys from Colorado, were chastised by federal magistrate prefer N Reid Neureiter this day, for the length of a listening to to assist in thoughts whether or no longer the pair can procure to face sanctions.

“Did that ever occur to you? That, perhaps, [you’re] lawful repeating stuff the president is lying about?” Neureiter asked, questioning whether or no longer they knowingly grew to turn into a “propaganda instrument” for the frail president.

Each and every argue that they acted in ethical faith and believed the election had been stolen.

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The Biden administration is standing by Tracy Stone-Manning, a conservationist nominated to cross the Bureau of Land Administration, as Republican lawmakers name for her withdraw, Reuters reviews.

Calling Stone-Manning “a faithful public servant who has years of skills and a confirmed note memoir of discovering solutions and basic ground when it involves our public lands and waters,” in an announcement issued Friday, the White Residence said she was exceptionally certified.

Stone-Manning was a senior adviser for conservation policy on the Nationwide Flora and fauna Federation who pushed relief against the earlier president’s public land expend insurance policies, including the growth of fossil gas manufacturing.

The enlighten was issued after a neighborhood of Republicans despatched a letter calling on Biden to withdrawal his nomination, accusing Stone-Manning of deceptive the committee on her ties to a tree-spiking incident – a tactic used by environmental activists that includes inserting metal or assorted supplies into bushes to stay them from being logged – that took place many years ago.

“We enact no longer fabricate this ask evenly,” wrote 10 members of the Committee on Vitality and Natural Sources in the letter issued Wednesday, citing their perception that she made “unsuitable and deceptive statements in a sworn enlighten to the US Senate Committee on Vitality and Natural Sources relating to her activities associated with an eco-terrorist cell”.

Noting that the BLM manages one in ten acres including roughly 65m acres of forests in 12 states, and about 30% of the nation’s minerals, they said “any individual who leads this critical company must procure the faith and belief of the American folk. Ms Stone-Manning has violated this belief.”

From Reuters:


The director position might be central to the Biden administration’s effort to deal with native climate trade thru administration of public lands, including a present overview of the federal oil and gas leasing program.

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A current document from Senate investigators found that an obscure security unit working in the US Commerce Department spent a decade performing as a “rogue, unaccountable police power” and conducted unauthorized surveillance of the company’s employees if Chinese and Center Eastern descent.

The document, released by Republican Senator Roger Wicker of Mississippi, was based on the accounts of more than two-dozen whistle-blowers, in accordance to the Original York Instances.

“Combating nationwide security threats posed by China ought to be a priority for any company, but that does no longer give the federal authorities a license to brush aside the law,” Wicker said in an announcement. “Abuse of authority and hasten-based focusing on is unacceptable, especially in law enforcement.”

The investigators found that the unit searched employee electronic mail accounts, flagged “ethnic surnames” and even deployed masked-agents to raid areas of work.

From the NYT:


Senate investigators painted a image of a unit that robotically engaged in unethical or unsafe activities that were past the scope of its mandate and that its employees were no longer skilled to enact. The document indicated that the majority of these efforts were driven over the route of a few administrations by one legitimate: George Lee, the unit’s longtime director, who has since been placed on leave. Mr. Lee couldn’t be reached for enlighten on Friday.”

Arizona had lower than 200 cases of imaginable voter fraud known by election officers out of more than 3m votes cast for the length of last one year’s presidential election, “undercutting frail President Donald Trump’s claims of a stolen election as his allies proceed a disputed ballotoverview in the advise’s most populous county,” the Associated Press reviews:


An Associated Press investigation found 182 cases where problems were jog adequate that officers referred them to investigators for additional overview. To this level, only four cases procure resulted in expenses, including these known in a separate advise investigation. No one has been convicted. No individual’s vote was counted twice.

While it’s imaginable more cases might perhaps emerge, the numbers illustrate the implausibility of Trump’s claims that fraud and irregularities in Arizona price him the advise’s citizens votes. In closing, certified and audited results, Biden received 10,400 more votes than Trump out of three.4 million cast.”

Quite heaps of research procure confirmed that voter fraud is uncommon, but that hasn’t stopped Trump supporters from claiming the election was stolen and for Republican lawmakers to expend the be troubled to push for legislation that might add current balloting restrictions.

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US Take dangle of guidelines Daca is prohibited

Gabrielle Canon right here, signing on from the west coast to exhaust you thru the remainder of the afternoon.

First up—

This present day a US federal prefer in Texas has ordered the suspension of Daca program, which protects so-referred to as “Dreamers” – immigrants who had been in the US since they were children – from deportation, arguing that it was illegally created by the Obama Administration.

The US district prefer Andrew Hanen wrote in his ruling that the characterize received’t yet impact the more than 616,000 folk are already enrolled in this system till assorted courts weigh in, but this system is otherwise put on stay.

Zoe Tillman
(@ZoeTillman)

Real in: A federal prefer in Texas has blocked the DACA program going forward — it received’t procure an value on present recipients for now (prefer is placing that be troubled on defend, pending expected appeals), but it blocks DHS from approving current applications https://t.co/urJh8jnJDd pic.twitter.com/LqvSDWx2ao

July 16, 2021

“DHS violated the APA with the creation of Daca and its persisted operation,” he wrote. “Nonetheless,” he added, “these rulings enact no longer unravel the be troubled of the hundreds of thousands of Daca recipients and others who procure relied upon this program for nearly a decade. That reliance has no longer diminished and might perhaps, for jog, procure increased over time.”

The characterize might be temporarily stayed in its utility to present recipients till “additional characterize of this Courtroom, the fifth circuit court of appeals, or the United States supreme court” the ruling says.

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Afternoon summary

Right here’s a fast summary of what happened this day.

  • Rochelle Walensky, head of the Centers for Disease Alter and Prevention said that the country is currently in a “pandemic of the unvaccinated” as 97% of participants who’re hospitalized with Covid-19 are unvaccinated. Every advise has reported increases, and the federal authorities has been doubling down on messaging to salvage vaccinated, despite the indisputable truth that many American citizens stay skeptical.
  • White Residence press secretary Jen Psaki said the advise division has found that Russia and China had been spreading misinformation on social media that claims vaccines made in the West are ineffective. The White Residence has been calling out social media firms to enact more to curb misinformation on their sites.
  • An excerpt from an upcoming e book by journalists Susan Glasser and Peter Baker revealed that Gen Mark Milley, chairman of the joint chiefs of workers, stopped Donald Trump from launching an assault on Iran.
  • Anonymous sources procure said that the ex-daughter-in-law of Allen Weisselberg, who has surrendered to Ny prosecutors of their investigation of the Trump Group for tax fraud, has implicated Trump by telling prosecutors that she witnessed the frail president offering to pay for her children’s tuition as yet any other of giving her husband a elevate.

Preserve tuned for more stay updates.

Caitlyn Jenner, who’s campaigning to interchange California governor Gavin Newsom in his assume hasten, is currently in Australia to be a contestant on a reality level to 2 months sooner than the election takes position on 14 September.

On Twitter, Jenner said she is “honoring a piece commitment that I had made prior to even deciding to plod for governor” and said that she has no longer paused her marketing campaign.

Caitlyn Jenner
(@Caitlyn_Jenner)

I am honoring a piece commitment that I had made prior to even deciding to plod for governor. There might be rarely a stay at all on this hasten to keep CA!

July 16, 2021

Separate reviews on Friday from Politico said that Jenner appears to be like working on a documentary or series of forms as a film crew has been following her on the promoting campaign path.

Jenner is half of a prolonged slate of Republican candidates who’re searching for to oust Newsom. She held her first press convention last week, months after she first announced her plod.

Inclined Senate Democrats procure gotten a flood of cash over the last few months as they instruments up for the 2022 elections.

In line with CQ Roll Name, four present Senator – Mark Kelly of Arizona, Raphael Warnock of Georgia, Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada and Maggie Hassan of Original Hampshire – raised a blended $19.2m between April and June of this one year and ended the quarter with $31.3m in the bank.

Warnock raised $7.2m in the 2nd quarter of 2021, which he ended with $10.5m in the bank. Kelly meanwhile raised $6m and had $7.6m in the bank.

The fundraising numbers counsel the candidates are out-elevating Republicans who procure began trickling into the Senate races.

Kyle Griffin
(@kylegriffin1)

Punchbowl Records: Cash on hand for senators in competitive races, per 2nd-quarter FEC filings:

→ Sen. Mark Kelly: $7.5 million

→ Sen. Raphael Warnock: $10.5 million

→ Sen. Maggie Hassan: $6.5 million

→ Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto: $6.5 million

July 16, 2021

Over 1m folk were arrested on the US-Mexico between October and June, in retaining with US Border Patrol files released Friday. Over 178,000 folk were arrested in June, a 20-one year memoir for that month.

A bulk of the arrests were of participants who’re searching for to recross the border after being grew to turn into away. Migrants searching for to scandalous can straight away be grew to turn into away when the authorities uses Title 42, an characterize from the Trump administration that permits Border Patrol to bar entry to folk that pose a public properly being risk.

About 455,000 outlandish participants were arrested by US Border Patrol this past one year, which is decrease than the assortment of outlandish participants who crossed in 2019.

Original Yorker: Milley stopped Trump attacking Iran

Martin Pengelly

Susan Glasser of the Original Yorker and her husband, Peter Baker of the Original York Instances, procure a Trump e book popping out subsequent one year. No longer to be no longer critical this summer season, as the bestseller lists are soaking moist in the issues, Glasser has a fraction of standardly startling reporting out on the topic this day.

In fast, Gen Mark Milley, chairman of the joint chiefs of workers and megastar of many a Trump-related books legend of late, reportedly failed to only stay Trump from shooting protesters and muse to chums about “Reichstag moments” and “the gospel of the Führer”. He additionally did his only to stay Trump launching an assault on Iran.

Right here’s basically the most critical passage:


In the months after the election, with Trump apparently appealing to enact one thing to stay in vitality, the topic of Iran was many situations raised in White Residence meetings with the president, and Milley many situations argued against a strike. Trump failed to want a war, the chairman believed, but he kept pushing for a missile strike based on assorted provocations against US pursuits in the position. Milley, by statute the senior military adviser to the president, was disturbed that Trump might additionally problem in motion a chubby-scale war that was no longer justified. Trump had a circle of Iran hawks round him and was shut with the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, who was additionally urging the administration to act against Iran after it was jog that Trump had lost the election.

Once you enact this, you’re gonna procure a fucking war,” Milley would divulge.

Trump failed to enact it.

For what it’s value, Trump returned to the offensive against Milley on Friday, issuing yet yet any other intemperate enlighten in regards to the contents of books with which, in basically the most half, he himself co-operated. The gist: “’Regular’ Milley (who [former defense secretary James] Mattis wanted to ship to Europe in characterize to salvage rid of him), if he said what was reported, per chance ought to be impeached, or court-martialed and tried.”

Right here, meanwhile, is Lloyd Green’s overview of per chance the supreme of the Trump books, I Alone Can Repair It by Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker of the Washington Post, which incorporates quite a pair of Milley’s musings in regards to the possibility of a coup, which procure for jog angered Trump. The e book is out subsequent week but is No1 on Amazon already:

US e-book Joyce Beatty said in an interview that the arrest of her and eight others yesterday for the length of a balloting rights divulge was ironic given how fast the response to the divulge was when put next to the Capitol riot 6 January.

“Right here we are with the disparities of medication with lower than a hundred of participants [compared to the] thousands and thousands of participants who were no longer peacefully protesting,” she told SiriusXM Urban Vie’s The Joe Madison Display mask.

The divulge was “in the same spirit” as protests that took position for the length of the Civil Rights Circulation that resulted in the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Joyce Beatty
(@RepBeatty)

Let the folk vote. War for justice. pic.twitter.com/JnEUPl9KJW

July 15, 2021

“Fannie Lou Hamer and John Lewis and assorted marched, sang, protested and what happened? They bought The US’s consideration,” she said. “We are in a critical level suitable now… balloting rights is our vitality”

Updated

Talking to the click temporarily sooner than he left for Camp David for the weekend, Joe Biden doubled down on the White Residence’s message against vaccine misinformation.

Kaitlan Collins
(@kaitlancollins)

Asked what his message is to platforms like Fb on coronavirus misinformation, President Biden says, “They’re killing folk. The easiest pandemic we procure is amongst the unvaccinated, and they’re killing folk.” pic.twitter.com/Ke27Vi4M18

July 16, 2021

At the White Residence’s day after day press briefing yesterday, press secretary Jen Psaki said that Fb and assorted social media firms aren’t doing adequate to fight misinformation spreading on their platforms.

“We’re flagging problematic posts for Fb that unfold disinformation. We’re working with doctors and health workers to connect health workers who’re in trend with our viewers with lawful knowledge and boos relied on instruct,” she said.

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker signed a brand current invoice into law Thursday barring police from lying to underage kids for the length of interrogations.

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker.

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker. Characterize: Justin L Fowler/AP

Continuously used interrogation tactics, such as promising leniency or insinuating that incriminating proof exists, are banned for suspects below 18 years frail below the current law, which goes into attain January 1, NPR reported:


In line with the Innocence Project, a company targeted on exonerating wrongly convicted folk, these forms of interrogation suggestions had been confirmed to e-book to unsuitable confessions. They’ve additionally played a job in about 30% of all wrongful convictions later overturned by DNA.

Illinois once was referred to as the “Spurious Confession Capital of the United States,” the organization said, as a consequence of a assortment of high-profile exonerations of participants who falsely confessed to crimes they didn’t commit.

“In Illinois on my own, there had been 100 wrongful convictions predicated on unsuitable confessions, including 31 appealing folk below 18 years of age,” said Lauren Kaeseberg, real director on the Illinois Innocence Project.

One important case enthusiastic the Englewood Four. In March 1995, Chicago police brought in four Dark children from the Chicago neighborhood of Englewood and accused them of the rape and damage of a lady named Nina Glover.

After hours of interrogation, police told one of the vital children, Terrill Swift, that if he lawful confessed to being on the scene he might perhaps lumber dwelling — so he did. All four children would confess to the crimes, and were all aloof in penal advanced 20 years after they were exonerated thanks to DNA proof.

A prefer in DC has said that the federal authorities can no longer share grand jury supplies with a contractor who was employed to put collectively the grand assortment of proof from the 6 January Capitol riots, in retaining with Politico. Over 500 defendants face federal prosecution for their role in the insurrection.

Deloitte Monetary Advisory Providers was supplied $6.1m to fabricate a database of topic topic from the riot unruffled by the FBI. The federal authorities has reportedly unruffled 16,000 hours of photography from the day and procure issued 6,000 grand jury subpoenas. To cross prosecutions forward for the hundreds of cases, the authorities would prefer to share its proof with defense attorneys representing these dealing with expenses.

The ruling formulation that organizing the massive pile of proof might be more of a headache for the federal authorities.

In her resolution, DC district court prefer Beryl Howell said that prosecutors failed to level to there was a “particularized need” to fabricate Deloitte with salvage admission to to grand jury supplies provided that it is a non-public company.

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