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- BLM organizer knocks off veteran Democrat in House primary
- Most of the coronavirus tests the U.S. does are worthless. But there's a solution that could actually work ? and stop the spread.
Although President Trump is correct that the U.S. has conducted more tests than any other country, it?s not testing enough, given the scale of its outbreak. And the testing it is doing isn?t helping as much as it should. The good news is that there might be a simple solution: new tests that prioritize speed over sensitivity.
- 'Blatant disrespect of Black women': Women leaders criticize treatment of Black women being considered as Biden VP pick
- Satellite imagery shows scale of destruction after explosion at Beirut port
- Georgia prosecutor asks court to revoke bond for former Atlanta policeman charged with murder
A Georgia prosecutor has asked a judge to revoke the bond for the former Atlanta policeman charged with murder in the shooting of Rayshard Brooks, saying in court papers that he had violated its terms by taking an out-of-state vacation. Brooks, a Black man, was fatally shot in June in the parking lot of a Wendy's restaurant in Atlanta, an incident that was caught on video and set off days of protests over racial inequality and social injustice. District Attorney Paul Howard asked the court late on Tuesday to send former officer Garrett Rolfe, 27, back to jail for violating the terms of his bond, which include a 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew and an order that he stays within the court's jurisdiction.
- AP PHOTOS: Terror, death, devastation in Lebanon explosion
As they watched a huge mushroom cloud rise over the seaport capital, many who felt the massive explosion in Beirut on Tuesday thought it was a nuclear detonation. Others described the popping and bursting of fireworks and a raging fire that spread to another building, triggering the blast felt kilometers (miles) away. The explosion collapsed balconies, shattered windows and ripped bricks from buildings, killing more than 70 people and injuring more than 3,000.
- White House responds to Trump encouraging voting by mail in Florida after criticizing it for months
- There Are No Women Leading Marine Infantry Platoons. The Corps Wants to Change That
- 'Delta may be onto something': Experts describe how the company is winning with customers even though rival airlines can fit more passengers
- Direct-to-Consumer Furniture Brand Burrow Expands Its Offerings
- Baltimore is investigating after officials removed 5 approved Black Lives Matter murals
- Biden asks reporter if he's a 'junkie' in testy exchange over cognitive decline
Joe Biden asked an African American reporter if he was a "junkie" for questioning whether the former vice president had taken a cognitive test in response to attacks targeting his mental health.At an event for black and Hispanic journalists, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee compared the question to asking CBS News correspondent Errol Barnett if he was using cocaine during the interview.
- This is what it looked like after the US dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima 75 years ago
- Poll: Most Black Americans Want Police to Remain in Their Areas
Most black Americans say they want police to continue their current presence in local areas, even as protests against racism and police brutality sweep the nation, and calls to reform and even defund police departments persist.Close to two-thirds, 61 percent, of black Americans said they want the police presence in their area to remain the same, while 20 percent said they would like to see police spend more time in their neighborhood, according to a new Gallup poll. Another 19 percent said they would like to see the police presence in their area decrease.Among the general population, 67 percent of Americans say they want the police presence near them to remain the same, with 71 percent of white Americans saying so. A majority of other minority communities also said they do not want to see fewer police officers patrolling their neighborhoods, with 59 percent of Hispanics preferring the current police presence.Black Americans said they observe police in their neighborhoods slightly more than other groups, 32 percent saying they see police officers often or very often in their area, above the national average of 24 percent of all Americans who say the same. About 27 percent said they rarely or never see police in their neighborhoods. Only 22 percent of white Americans said they see police often or very often around where they live.Of black Americans who see police frequently in their areas, only about a third say they think police should curtail their time in the neighborhood, similar to the overall percentage who say so.Despite most black Americans approving of the level of police presence in their neighborhoods, less than one in five say they are very confident that they would be treated with courtesy and respect during an encounter with police. Meanwhile, over half, 56 percent, of white Americans say they are confident in the same.The Gallup poll was taken after weeks of unrest in metropolitan areas around the country over police tactics involving interactions with minority communities, particularly black Americans. Protests and riots broke out in May in many cities following the police custody death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck as he pleaded for air.Calls to defund police have been particularly prevalent in Portland, Ore. and Seattle, Wash., both of which are predominantly white cities.The survey was conducted online from June 23 to July 6.
- N. Korea's escalating virus response raises fear of outbreak
North Korea is quarantining thousands of people and shipping food and other aid to a southern city locked down over coronavirus worries, officials said, as the country?s response to a suspected case reinforces doubt about its longstanding claim to be virus-free. In late July, North Korea said it had imposed its ?maximum emergency system? to guard against the virus spreading after finding a person with COVID-19 symptoms in Kaesong city, near the border with rival South Korea. State media reported that leader Kim Jong Un then ordered a total lockdown of Kaesong, and said the suspected case was a North Korean who had earlier fled to South Korea before slipping back into Kaesong last month.
- Obama endorses challenger to Maine's Susan Collins, under fire for Kavanaugh confirmation vote
- Seattle City Council Won?t Slash Police Budget, but OKs Cop Layoffs
A majority of Seattle?s City Council on Wednesday voted down a proposal to slash the police department?s remaining 2020 budget by 50 percent. But the council did pass a slew of other defunding efforts, including ones that would cut 100 officers from the agency this year through layoffs and attrition.The vote by the budget committee?which came one day after the city?s mayor and police chief held a press conference to criticize the proposal?signaled some progress for Black Lives Matter and anti-police brutality advocates who?ve pushed to defund departments across the U.S. and reallocate funds to community services, including housing and youth programs.The budget-cut plan, proposed by council member Kshama Sawant, would have cut $54 million from the Seattle PD immediately through layoffs and reallocated it to programs, including $34 million for affordable housing. Sawant was the only member to vote in favor of the proposal, while another council member abstained and the remaining seven voted against it.While the council?s budget committee voted on a variety of amendments related to police funding, activists marched from a King County juvenile detention facility to City Hall. One reporter on scene captured demonstrators chanting, ?Bad boys. Bad boys. Whatcha gonna do? Whatcha gonna do when we defund you??Shootings Rise in Big Cities Along With Calls to Defund the PoliceSeattle?s vote comes on the heels of other local governments, including the Washington D.C. Council, passing legislation to dismantle or cut the budgets of police departments. In late June, the Minneapolis City Council unanimously approved a proposal to disband the city?s police department?and replace it with a new Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention?following the death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man who was killed May 25 by a Minneapolis cop who kneeled on his neck during an arrest.Minneapolis? charter commission voted 10-5 against the city council?s proposal on Wednesday, saying they needed more time to review it. The decision meant voters won't get to decide on the amendment on a November ballot. The Seattle council?s budget committee unanimously passed a series of amendments, including adding $4 million to the Human Services Department for a community safety initiative which would be an ?alternative to traditional policing.? The funding for that effort would come from a loan authorized by separate legislation.They also voted to cut $886,000 from the Seattle PD and reallocate it to a proposal that would add $10 million for community-led organizations ?to increase public safety.? (The remaining $9.1 million would come from interfund loan to be addressed in separate legislation.) The cuts approved included $36,000 from the police department?s remaining 2020 budget for implicit bias training; $50,000 from SPD?s 2020 travel budget; and $800,000 from the department?s recruitment and retention activities. > Protesters gathering near the youth jail for today?s march to City Hall. Saw a handful of bike cops on my way over, though they seem to be around the block now. pic.twitter.com/8vf6r3EW9W> > ? Heidi Groover (@heidigroover) August 5, 2020The committee also unanimously approved a ?consent package? which includes ordering the police chief to eliminate the mounted unit and public affairs unit, each of which has four officers; lay off five members of the community outreach unit; lay off two members of the 29-officer SWAT team; and let go of 30 officers through attrition. All told, the council approved a reduction of 54 officers from the department.This package also included $50,000 in funding to contract with a community-based organization to create a non-police 911 response system.On Monday, KOMO News revealed the proposal to slash the Seattle Police Department?s budget by 50 percent appeared to be ?losing steam? among the nine council members. The remainder of the Seattle PD?s unspent budget is an estimated $188 million, the outlet reported.Council member Sawant slammed her colleagues in an interview with the TV outlet and on Twitter, where she claimed Democrats on the budget committee ?ganged up against our movement?s proposals to Defund the police...?> To see Democratic Party politicians in their real role, watch today's Seattle City Council Budget Committe, where they ganged up against our movement's proposals to Defund the police by at least 50%, fund community programs, and increase significant funds for affordable housing.> > ? Kshama Sawant (@cmkshama) August 4, 2020?I?m not surprised,? Sawant told KOMO News, ?but it?s quite interesting to see how council members are now displaying how they actually stand and I hope members of the public are watching.?Last month, protesters targeted the homes of two council members who supported reducing the police budget but wouldn?t commit to slashing it by 50 percent, the Seattle Times reported. The demonstrations allegedly included making noise outside one councilor?s home at night and leaving notes on his door warning, ?Don?t be racist trash.?In June, another group visited Mayor Jenny Durkan?s residence, which was tagged with spray paint, according to the Times. Durkan asked the council to probe Sawant for taking part in that protest but council president Lorena González declined. Meanwhile, Police Chief Carmen Best said her neighbors had to stop a ?large group of aggressive protestors? from trespassing at her home on Saturday. One of the demonstrators, Nicole Gitaka, told King 5, a local news station: ?All we were doing was walking and they met us with guns, I don?t know who the aggressor is at that point, but I don't think it?s us.?> Crowd gathers across from the site for the new youth jail for a march and rally pertaining to the city council?s vote today on defunding the SPD seattleprotest seattleprotests pic.twitter.com/MuTzTIU74h> > ? Elizabeth Turnbull (@LizTurnbull5) August 5, 2020This summer, Seattle police swept through an autonomous protest zone known as the Capitol Hill Organized Protest Area (CHOP) with blast balls and pepper spray, arresting at least two dozen people after Durkan issued an executive order to clear the area.Previously called the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ), the six-block stretch near downtown was occupied by demonstrators in the wake of Floyd?s death and Black Lives Matter protests. But the site also brought multiple shootings, including the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old boy, and injuries to both cops and protesters. One Tacoma man was charged with arson for torching the police department's East Precinct building during the CHOP protest.Last week, the head of Seattle?s police union warned defunding cops would bring higher crime rates and make CHOP or CHAZ ?look like child?s play.?Was Seattle?s Notorious Protest Zone Doomed by Recent Shootings?On Tuesday, Durkan and Best held a press conference to ask council members to hold off on deep cuts to the police budget until 2021.Durkan said the city shouldn?t make ?hasty decisions? when it comes to defunding the police department. ?We should make right decisions,? Durkan told reporters. ?That doesn?t mean slow; it just means thoughtful.??The chief and I, again, we are absolutely committed, committed to reimagining how policing works in the city, to having a better community-based response, to have a public health and harm reduction based response,? Durkan added. ?But we also know that policing is complicated and that sometimes you do need a police officer to respond.?For her part, Best said ?there are some good approaches? in the council?s proposals and that ?some of the ideas SPD already had and has raised before.??But what is problematic is these are approaches without any clarity on how they will become reality. What is the plan? ? Best asked. ?The push from Council and some of our community is to do these large-scale changes in 2020 with no practical plan for community safety. And I believe wholeheartedly that is completely reckless.?Council has directed me to lay off 70 or more officers basically overnight,? the chief added. ?And I cannot do that in good faith knowing there are no systems in place to bridge the gap.?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.
- An emergency medicine physician projects that if schools open in the fall, they'll close by the end of October with COVID-19 outbreaks
- What you need to know about the coronavirus right now
Latin America surpassed Europe on Tuesday to become the region with the highest novel coronavirus death toll, according to a Reuters tally. Brazil, the Latin American country most affected by the coronavirus, had recorded a total of 95,819 deaths as of Tuesday. Australia's Victoria state reported a record rise in new coronavirus cases and deaths on Wednesday, as it prepared to close much of its economy to control a second wave of infection that threatens to spread across the country.
- Portland's Black police chief says violent protesters have 'taken away from' the Black Lives Matter movement
- Virginia business owner reacts to employee's house arrest for defending shop from robber
- Letters to the Editor: Heads up, Joe Biden ? Kamala Harris has always been campaigning for her next job
- MS-13 gang members charged with sex trafficking, other charges in abuse of 13-year-old runaway
- Lebanon PM Blames Beirut Explosions on Shipment of Ammonium Nitrate Sitting in Port Since 2013
Massive explosions that rocked the city of Beirut on Tuesday were fueled by a 2,750-ton shipment of ammonium nitrate that had been stored in port since 2013, Lebanon's prime minister announced."I will not rest until we find the person responsible for what happened, to hold him accountable and impose the most severe penalties," Prime Minister Hassan Diab told reporters on Tuesday evening. It was not immediately clear why the ammonium nitrate was stored at that location, or how it ended up there.The explosion destroyed Beirut's port and the surrounding area. At least 78 people were killed and thousands more injured in the incident, with city hospitals unable to find room for all patients. Residents of the island nation of Cyprus reported hearing the explosion, and the Beirut newsroom of CNN as well as Lebanon's Daily Star were destroyed."It's like Hiroshima," Beirut mayor Jamal Itani said at a press conference. "There is lots of destruction and the wounded are lying in the streets."The disaster hit as Lebanon continues to struggle with the coronavirus pandemic as well as hyperinflation and looming economic collapse.While tensions between Lebanon and Israel have increased following an attempt by militants to infiltrate Israel's Golan Heights on Monday, officials from Israel and terror group Hezbollah have denied involvement in the incident.
- Q's your daddy? Republican funders back conspiracy theorists running for Congress
- A nuclear sea-launched cruise missile will help deter nuclear aggression
- Bill Gates issued a stark warning for the world: 'As awful as this pandemic is, climate change could be worse'
- Syrian refugee hailed as hero in Germany after saving woman from rapist
A Syrian refugee has been hailed as a hero in Germany after he stopped a man raping a woman. The 30-year-old Syrian, named only as Faner O under German privacy laws, intervened after he saw a woman being attacked by a man in the early hours of Sunday morning. With the help of another passerby, he overpowered the rapist and held him until police could reach the scene. The rape victim, who has not been named, is understood to be a trainee police officer. Faner O, who fled to Germany from his native Syria four years ago, works as a car mechanic in the west German city of Wuppertal. He was driving home in the early hours of Sunday morning when he saw a woman being pursued by a man. ?It was around half past three in the morning. I had just dropped a friend off and was driving home to my wife and daughter, when I saw a woman walking along Friedrich-Engels-Allee and a man in a red T-shirt running after her. Then they disappeared into the bushes,? he told Bild newspaper. Concerned, Faner O stopped his car and followed them into the bushes, where he found the man pinning the woman to the ground. ?He had one hand over her mouth and was choking her with the other. She was resisting, but he was very strong.? The would-be rapist fled but Faner O gave chase. A 20-year-old passerby who had heard the sounds of struggle came to his help, and together they were able to overpower the perpetrator. The rapist has not been named but is understood to be a 20-year-old Afghan migrant known to local police in connection with similar incidents. The woman suffered only minor injuries, according to local police. ?She fought hard and cried out for help. This alerted witnesses who rushed to her aid and drove off her attacker. They then gave chase and were able to seize him after a short pursuit. They held him until officers arrived,? police said in a statement. Faner O said he was not afraid during the encounter. ?At that moment I was only thinking of helping the woman,? he told Bild. ?If something like that happened to my daughter, I?d want some one to help her.?
- I tried making Guy Fieri's signature recipes for a week, and I didn't love my whole trip to Flavortown
- Ex-Google exec sent to prison for stealing robocar secrets
A former Google engineer has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after pleading guilty to stealing trade secrets before joining Uber's effort to build robotic vehicles for its ride-hailing service. The sentence handed down Tuesday by U.S. District Judge William Alsup came more than four months after former Google engineer Anthony Levandowski reached a plea agreement with the federal prosecutors who brought a criminal case against him last August. Levandowski, who helped steer Google's self-driving car project before landing at Uber, was also ordered to pay more than $850,000.
- Fox News Host Sandra Smith Grills Kellyanne Conway on Trump?s COVID ?Misinformation?
On Wednesday, Facebook finally took the long overdue step of removing a piece of Trump campaign content from its platform that pushed misinformation about COVID-19. That didn?t stop Kellyanne Conway from trying to defend it Thursday morning on Fox News. The claim in question came during the president?s appearance on Fox & Friends that morning, where he falsely stated, ?If you look at children, children are almost?and I would almost say definitely?but almost immune from this disease.? ?Of course there is a debate happening about whether Facebook and Twitter should be arbiters of truth and decide what is fact and fiction,? Fox host Sandra Smith began, before sharing the actual facts about confirmed coronavirus cases in children. According to the CDC, she told Conway, children under the age of 18 now make up 7.4% of total cases in the United States. ?So kids are getting this disease, Kellyanne,? she said. ?Yes, they are and thankfully most never make it to a hospital and very few have died,? Conway replied, hastening to add, ?and every death is a tragedy.? As she tried to pivot to glimmers of good news about the spread of the virus overall, Smith brought her back to the issue at hand.?I want to stick to children though,? the host said. ?Because the debate right now is over the spread of misinformation by the president about children being ?nearly immune.?? Smith cited remarks from the Republican governor of Mississippi, who has just instituted a state-wide mask mandate, as further evidence that kids are transmitting the virus in large numbers before asking, ?Is it helpful for the president to tell parents that children are ?nearly immune? from this and then have it factually spreading from child to child in places like Mississippi where they?ve opened the doors to their schools?? Seth Meyers Brutally Mocks Trump?s Kindergarten Coronavirus Death ChartInstead of defending Trump?s claim, all Conway could do in response was try to highlight other instances when the president didn?t spread misinformation about children?s susceptibility. ?So I think the president is making clear that overall the average age of those who pass away from coronavirus is still about 78,? she said, a separate fact that does not mean children are ?nearly immune.? After Conway attempted yet another pivot to attack Joe Biden, Smith again brought her back to Trump and his lies about the virus. ?I get that Kellyanne and that?s another conversation,? the host said. ?But the point is that the president said in that interview on Fox & Friends yesterday morning said it?s going to ?go away, like things go away? and that is something many people are taking issue with.? She quoted the White House?s own health expert Dr. Anthony Fauci, who said, ?I do not believe that it will disappear because it?s such a highly transmissible virus.? ?So is the president listening to the advice of the health experts that he has at his side?? Smith asked.?Yes he is, and they should be listening to him as well,? Conway replied ominously before accusing those experts of saying things on TV that they didn?t express in classified task force meetings.Conway had plenty to say after that about Twitter and Facebook, but she could not defend Trump?s claim that COVID-19 will magically disappear. Kellyanne Conway Loses It Over Mary Trump Book on Fox NewsRead 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.
- Crystal Rogers disappearance: FBI takes over case of missing Kentucky mom, 5 years later
- China threatens countermeasures as Taiwan prepares for U.S. visit
China on Thursday threatened to take countermeasures over a trip to Taiwan by U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, as the Chinese-claimed island geared up for its highest-level U.S. official visit in four decades. The visit, which begins on Sunday, adds to tensions between Beijing and Washington over everything from trade and human rights to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin told a daily briefing in Beijing that any attempt to deny or challenge the "one China" principle, which states that Taiwan is part of China, would end in failure.
- 'Are you a junkie?' Joe Biden bristles when reporter asks him about taking a cognitive test
- Esper says he underestimated how much racial injustice affects service members
- Sen. Ron Wyden is introducing a privacy bill that would ban government agencies from buying personal information from data brokers
- Op-Ed: U.S. leaders knew we didn't have to drop atomic bombs on Japan to win the war. We did it anyway
- A Florida woman was kicked off an American Airlines flight for wearing a 'F--- 12' face mask
- Death toll rises, mass power outages after storm destruction
At least nine people, including a 5-year-old girl with autism, were killed as Tropical Storm Isaias battered the U.S. East Coast with rain and fierce winds after making landfall as a hurricane in North Carolina. Millions of people were without power on Wednesday after felled trees downed power lines. The sound of generators and chainsaws punctuated the sunrise in New Jersey, where more than 1 million homes and businesses were without electricity.
- Narendra Modi lays Ayodhya temple foundation, delighting Hindus and dismaying Muslims
Narendra Modi, the Indian Prime Minister, has invigorated his Hindu support base after laying the foundation stone of a controversial new temple on a site contested by Muslims. In November, after a decades-old legal battle, India?s highest court ruled a temple could be built in the city of Ayodhya, where a mosque had stood until it was destroyed by Hindu mobs in 1992. Mr Modi made its construction a key pledge as part of his Hindu nationalist campaign, which saw him re-elected with a landslide victory last year. Many Hindus believe the deity Ram was born at the temple site in Ayodhya, and soil was gathered from more than 2,000 holy sites for its building work. Calling it the ?dawn of a new era?, Mr Modi said: ?India is emotional as decades of wait has ended. For years, our Ram Lalla [the infant Lord Ram] lived beneath a tent; now he will reside in a grand temple.?
- Teen ?mastermind? accused of crippling Twitter hack is linked to deadly home robbery
A Florida teenager who is accused of participating in last month?s Twitter bitcoin scam, which saw several of the world?s highest-profile accounts hacked, has reportedly been linked to an attempted robbery that ended in a lethal shooting.An investigation by the Tampa Bay Times has found that 17-year-old Graham Ivan Clark, who is credited by police as one of the ?masterminds? of the scam, has also been named in the case of a burglary seven months ago that saw one teenager killed and another wounded.
- Children rapidly deported from the United States strain Guatemalan shelters
Hundreds of migrant children rapidly expelled from the United States under a coronavirus immigration policy are returning to shelters in Guatemala where virus testing and bed capacity are regularly stretched to their limits. Shelter operators, government officials in the Central American nation and international organizations said they are seeing rising numbers of children being sent back to Guatemala alone, with some unable to return to their homes because of domestic abuse or gang violence. "Child protection services, which were already overstretched and under-resourced have now been further compromised by COVID-19," said United Nations children's agency UNICEF spokesman Christopher Tidey.
- Hong Kong foreign press says journalists being targeted in US-China stand-off
- 'No such thing happened': Former acting AG Sally Yates says Obama, Biden did not urge Flynn inquiry
- France and Spain have recorded their biggest daily spikes in new coronavirus cases in weeks
- The story of how Manhattan Project workers tried to stop the atomic bombs 75 years ago
- Apple Fire in Southern California now 20 percent contained
- Seattle City Council takes steps to cut police officers
- This May Be the Most Absurd, Trumpian Drama Ever
The federal agency primarily responsible for the distribution of foreign aid has been roiled in recent days by the most Trumpian of dramas, one involving an anti-LGBT political appointee, blundering conservative operative Jacob Wohl, accusations of stalking, prostitution, and the potential hiring of a young conservative with past racist writings. The chaos seemed set to crest with a slap-dash press conference scheduled for this Thursday. But within a day of the presser?s announcement, the main protagonist was apparently recanting her accusations and insinuating that Wohl had stolen her phone and signed into her Twitter account to send the offending messages that set off the fireworks that got her fired. The setting of the entire mess was the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), an agency known largely as a bit of a backwater when it comes to the government?s foreign policy apparatus, but one with a $16.8 billion foreign aid budget. On Monday a political appointee and deputy White House liaison there, Merritt Corrigan, took to Twitter to accuse her employer of ?anti-Christian? bias. Corrigan?s appointment at USAID has been under fire for months over anti-gay tweets she made in 2019 and 2020, including accusing the United States of being a ?homo-empire? devoted to a ?tyrannical LGBT agenda,? tweeting that ?female empowerment is a civilizational calamity,? and advocating for the creation of a ?Christian patriarchy.? But on Monday, her targets were both USAID itself and House Foreign Relations Affairs Committee Chair Eliot Engel (D-NY), whom she accused of soliciting prostitutes. As Corrigan?s initial tweets went up, she claimed USAID gave her a 3 p.m. deadline to resign or be fired. When the deadline passed, Corrigan said she was fired.On its own, the episode was bizarre. But then it got much weirder. Jacob Wohl Charged With Felony in CaliforniaCorrigan, who is/was apparently dating Wohl, announced that she?d be appearing Thursday in front of Wohl associate Jack Burkman?s Northern Virginia house?a site that has previously hosted farcical attempts to smear Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Kamala Harris (D-CA) with lurid sexual allegations. There, she would further denounce USAID, accuse a Politico reporter who covered her resignation of stalking her, and demand that Engel debate her and Burkman. In a press release announcing the press conference, Burkman and Wohl claimed that Wohl, who is currently facing two felony charges related to security sales in California, had ?been working behind the scenes with Corrigan for months.?Jacob Wohl?s Bogus Warren Accuser Exaggerated His Military Service RecordEngel?s office did not return a request for comment. And, perhaps, for good reason. The accusations have no proof or merit, and as the story unfolded it became increasingly difficult to get a read on where the truth actually began and the innuendo and smears ended. On Tuesday afternoon, Corrigan deleted her tweets attacking USAID and stopped responding to messages from The Daily Beast. Wohl claimed in an interview Tuesday that a coterie of Trumpworld personalities had convinced Corrigan to backtrack on her claims. And Burkman claimed that Corrigan had ?buyer?s remorse? after sending her tweets. ?Somebody does something and then they regret it,? Burkman said. But later in the day, a conduit sent a statement from Corrigan herself that was darker in implication. Corrigan now claimed she?d become the pawn of individuals who had attempted to ?ruin? her. "I would like to apologize,? it read. ?Especially to the people who have been affected or hurt by the messages sent from my Twitter account, and the claims made in my name over the past 24 hours. I did NOT send these messages, and while I vehemently protested about them being sent in my name, my devices were not in my control. I see now that I was part of an abusive scheme and I was used to attack people that have nothing to do with me.?I will not be participating in any press conferences as claimed in my name, and will have nothing to do with individuals who forced me to hand over my devices so they could control me and the output in my name. Due to naivete and inexperience, I became involved with people who abused my trust, conned me, and claimed they were working in my interest. I became powerless in a situation, and I deeply regret not reaching out to people who knew better, or could help me.?Corrigan is far from the first Wohl associate to bail on one of his press conferences. But she does appear to be the first to have formally held such a high post at a government agency. And her drama illustrates the degree to which the once-staid USAID has become a stomping grounds for a twisted, absurdist circus involving Trumpian figures who despise one another and are notorious for trying to conduct botched operations against their political foes.Prior to the apparent change of course, Corrigan had also made one other noteworthy assertion?that USAID was set to hire yet another controversial political appointment: conservative personality Kyle Kashuv, whose admission to Harvard was revoked last year over racist remarks he made in high school. Kashuv, a survivor of the 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, rose to fame on the right in the aftermath of the shooting as a conservative counterweight to pro-gun control Parkland students. Kashuv?s opposition to the gun control measures pushed by his classmates earned him a visit to the White House, and a position at conservative campus group Turning Point USA. Along the way, Kashuv antagonized Wohl and some of his right-wing associates for actions like criticizing anti-Muslim activist Laura Loomer for wearing a Nazi-era Jewish star to protest her Twitter ban. Harvard Pulls Pro-Gun Parkland Survivor Kyle Kashuv?s Admission Over Racial SlursBut Kashuv?s star on the right imploded in May 2019, when he was exposed by a fellow classmate for writing racist messages and Google Doc notes. In one text message, Kashuv complained that a classmate dated ?ni**erjocks.? In the aftermath of the reporting on Kashuv?s remarks, Harvard revoked Kashuv?s admission to its undergraduate class.Corrigan claims Kashuv has been offered a political appointment to be a special assistant to USAID Deputy Administrator Bonnie Glick, after initially being considered for a congressional liaison position. That job offer, she adds, was one point of disagreement with her fellow USAID officials that ultimately led to her speaking out against the agency. ?I don?t believe that he?s a real conservative, and his prior media was going to bring a lot of negativity to USAID,? Corrigan told The Daily Beast. The Daily Beast wasn?t able to confirm that Kashuv has been offered a position at USAID, but did obtain a document dated July 31 purporting to be an offer letter from USAID, offering Kashuv a position with roughly $50,000 annual salary as an assistant to Glick, pending a security clearance. The purported offer letter to Kashuv listed the phone number of a USAID employee. When a reporter for The Daily Beast called the number, the woman who answered identified herself as a USAID employee but refused to answer questions about the letter.?I?m sorry, I can?t answer your call,? the woman said, before hanging up.USAID declined repeated requests to comment on whether the agency had offered Kashuv a position, but a spokesperson said USAID would investigate ?any complaints of anti-Christian bias? made by Corrigan.Kashuv didn?t respond to multiple requests for comment. Glick, who called Kashuv a ?rockstar? in a May tweet, also didn?t respond to requests for comment. 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.
- Pakistani court sparks outrage by ruling 14-year-old Christian girl must stay married to alleged abductor
A Pakistani court has sparked outrage by ruling a 14-year-old Christian girl was legally married to a Muslim man who allegedly abducted her at gunpoint. In a case that has renewed focus on the persecution of Pakistan's Christian minority, the Lahore High Court ruled on Tuesday that Maira Shahbaz had willingly converted to Islam and married Mohamad Nakash. The girl and her family claim that she was kidnapped in April by Mr Nakash and two accomplices from near her home in the city of Faisalabad. If the ruling is not reversed, Ms Shahbaz will have to return to Mr Nakash's home from the shelter she was temporarily placed in. Around 1,000 Christian and Hindu women are abducted each year in Pakistan and typically forced to convert to Islam, according to the Movement for Solidarity and Peace. Mr Nakash, who is already married, tried to claim Ms Shahbaz was 19-years-old but this was discounted by the victim?s family who produced birth certificates and school records to show she was a minor. After this evidence was provided last week, a local court ruled Ms Shahbaz should be removed from Mr Nakash?s house and placed in a girls? shelter, pending further investigation. However, that decision was reversed on Tuesday by a court with a greater jurisdiction in Pakistan. The victim's lawyer, Khalil Tahir Sandhu, claimed 150 of Mr Nakash?s associates arrived at the court. ?It is unbelievable. What we have seen today is an Islamic judgement. The arguments we put forwards were very strong and coherent,? Mr Sandhu told the Independent Catholic News (ICN). ?With this ruling, no Christian girl in Pakistan is safe,? echoed Pakistani Christian advocate, Lala Robin Daniel.